Friday, October 17, 2014

Words to live by

Please welcome Canadian author, Sarah Butland to Magic of the Muses. Sarah is revving up to release her inspirational book BEING GRATEFUL, BEING THANKFUL.
Author, Sarah Butland

She gives you a lovely taster of what's between the covers of her upcoming release.

Welcome to the Magic, Sarah...


 Wherever you are in life, wherever you are right at this moment you have much to be thankful.

You likely hear the words thank you as much as you say and hear the words I'm sorry in a day, but it's important to listen to it and say it with meaning. To truly be grateful is to appreciate where you are and where you've been, so that you can know where you will be going and as well as how to get there.

With the Law of Attraction being on everyone's mind, it seems the world still finds it challenging to think in the positive and be appreciative of where they are and what they have. If you struggle with this, or if you don't really, this book is for you.

Not every chapter may be relevant to you at the time you read it, I encourage you to read it. You may read the chapters in any order you choose; I do encourage you to read them all for greatest effect.

Why? Let's say, for instance, you don't currently have your drivers license, so at first you think it silly to be thankful for that. Take a moment and wonder if you would ever like to have your license. To have that independence and freedom to grab the keys and go when you're ready and not when you can afford a cab or at the whim of another driver. Reading this chapter now will send your intention to your future so it understands how wonderful you will feel when you have your license.

Life is about feeling- something science nor religion can ever truly explain. When you experience gratitude, even in just a small dose, your vibrations are on alert and you smile a little. Standing a little bit taller, you suddenly feel proud and good, no matter who you are, and in doing so reflect this genuine feeling back to others around you.

What would happen if everyone appreciated everything for their experience and what it had to teach them? Quite literally, the world is already filled with energy, so this would work to amplify that magnificence to eventually heal the world.

We all think we want more time in our day. Envy the younger generation for their ability to wake up playing and continue to play all day, if we'd let them. Many of us say we'd be able to play if only we didn't have to drain ourselves to pay the bills

This attitude stops now.

My request of you is to begin posting a thank you to someone in your life on a daily basis. Through social media we can all easily show appreciation and make someone's day a little better with just a few words of public gratitude.

I'm working on getting BEING GRATEFUL, BEING THANKFUL in print this month to ensure people can gift it for Christmas and would love to see your support. You can donate or share, anything you can give back helps literacy around the world.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Visiting the Olde neighbourhood...

A week and a half from now, I will be participating in Words in the Park in Strathcona County, the community where I spent many years a decade or two ago raising my children and establishing the family business (Genesis Homes Ltd.)

I invite all old neighbours and friends and relatives  in the area to drop by my table at the Book Sale and Fair for a chat.   I've been selected to participate in the Open Mic event and will be reading from one of my recent novels sometime between 2:30 and 3:00 pm.

Although it's been on my 'To Do" list for a while, this is the first time I've visited Strathcona County since becoming a published author.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Research on pitfalls of Cannabis use

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Destiny

Author Melissa Wray is celebrating the second anniversary of her novel, DESTINY ROAD, with an emotional behind-the-scenes look at the writing of the book as well as a fantastic Rafflecopter draw.

Tell us about DESTINY ROAD, Melissa.

What sparked the idea to write Destiny Road?
Recently Melissa Wray was asked this question by Uncommon YA. Here is her very personal response.

We moved to North Queensland when I was 14. After a year or so Mum could see that something about Townsville and I did not mix. Strangely enough it was her suggestion to ring my dad and ask if I could move back south.

So I did. Then I packed my bags and moved 3,000km away to live with him. This decision is what sparked the idea for Destiny Road.

Now I never set out to write this story, let alone have it published. It just kind of happened. It came about because one night I was lying in bed and couldn’t sleep. There was an unspoken conversation going on in my mind. It was a conversation that I regret not having and has played on my mind over the years. This particular night it got the better of me so I got up and began to write. It wasn’t until after I read through those mad ramblings a couple of weeks later that I thought hmmm … I could create a story from this. So I began writing. I passed my 10,000 word milestone. Then 20 then 30 then before I knew it 50,000 words had been typed.

You see I think about that one phone call I made all those years ago sometimes. I have often thought about how that decision, that one pivotal moment that is talked about in Destiny Road, really did change the course of my life. I’m sure as you're reading this you can look back over your life, and pinpoint one moment that has shaped it in a big way. I truly believe that Dad saying yes when I asked was a determining factor in how things have turned out for me.

One afternoon I was sitting with him. He got to talking about his philosophy on life and death. Dad had been fighting a battle against cancer for a while at this point and I was kneeling next to him as he sat on his reclining chair. He was holding my hand as he shared these ideas on life and death. He said to me "It’s cool.

Whatever happens, it’s cool." My dad used cool a lot when he spoke. He was pretty cool. He was also a big believer in God. So that afternoon he said "It’s cool if I die because I get to meet my maker." ‘Then he said "But it’s cool if I live because I get to be with the ones I love." This was his philosophy. Either way was cool with him.

I remember kneeling there, holding his hand and wishing I could say thankyou to him. Thanks for saying yes all those years ago. Thanks for that pivotal moment in my life. I wanted him to know how much that meant. But I couldn’t. I just couldn’t get those words out. 

That night he passed away.

I never did get to tell him and have regretted that for the past 10 years. So you see once the spark to write Destiny Road was lit, it had to finished. It was my tribute, my thankyou and I am beyond thrilled it was published.

Now I’m not going to bore you with my views on life and death but I can’t help but wonder something, because anyone who knew my dad, Rod Morris, and anyone who knew his sense of humour ... well I can’t help but wonder if there wasn’t a helping hand when Morris Publishing (no relation) chose to publish Destiny Road. I like to think so.

It's hard to believe two years has passed since the launch of Destiny Road. To celebrate there is a chance to win 2 x $20 Gift Cards, ENTER NOW!

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