Thursday, July 17, 2014

We are proud to host a giveaway today for our Jenn and her Husband Mog. :-)














Today on Book Temptations they are hosting an interview by Sylvain Reynard of our own writing team, Jennifer and Morgan Locklear who just published their first book EXPOSURE. (Click for Amazon Link)
And HERE is a link to SR's Amazon page where you can find his Gabriel Series or pre-order The Raven coming out February 3, 2014

As for the Giveaway, Jenn and Mog Have contributed:
1. A $25.00 giftcard to Omnifics
2. An author signed Paperback of EXPOSURE.
3. FIVE E-books of EXPOSURE
GIVEAWAY
EXPOSURE on PINTEREST












We also want to wish THE PROFESSOR a very Happy Birthday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Author to Author Interview on Bookish 7-17-2014 with SR interviewing Jenn & Morgan Locklear

Don't miss the Special Event! Join us on The Professor's Birthday, (Iris' too ;-) July 17th.

Link to Bookish Temptation's Teaser:

http://bookishtemptations.com/2014/07/07/join-us-for-a-special-event/

From Tamie:

" Sylvain Reynard will be interviewing Morgan and Jennifer Locklear. We’re calling this an Author to Author event and we want you to save the date…July 17th!
Additionally, there will be a cool giveaway through the ladies of the Argyle Empire. We’ll link you up in the interview post.
But wait…there’s more…later on that day we’ll have something else you won’t want to miss. More details on that soon.
Help us spread the word y’all. You’re good at that and we appreciate it!
Tamie Xo"

We will Let you know when we have more details on the Giveaway. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SR's 30K Twitter Follower GIVEAWAY!!!!

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!! 
THANK YOU SYLVAIN REYNARD AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR 30,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER!! (UP TO 30.4k NOW) 

There are 14985 entries so far in the 30000 @sylvainreynard twitter follower #Giveaway! Enter the original 17 entries and come back daily to tweet about the giveaway to enter again. 
There are 28 days & 10 hours to go! It runs from 7/4-8/4 with TONS of prizes from signed books to gift cards! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! If you have SR's books already, consider entering & donating the books to a library.
Did you see all the cool things available in the #Giveaway?
~3 $20 @BNBuzz gift cards.
~Autographed US version of #GI or #Gra & 20 of #GRe ...
~Autographed UK version of #GI or #GRa and 20 of #GRe. ~Autographed Spanish version of #GI or #GRa
~Autographed Italian versions 2 of #GI & #GRa
~3 @the7virtues Perfumes.
~100 sets of #TheGabrielSeries # Bookmarks.
~100 #TheRaven #Bookmarks.

Thanks SR! @sylvainreynard
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dougie Hoser M.B.


 

Our lovely Jolie (Lady Fallow) recently had the opportunity to interview the very talented singer/songwriter Matthew Barber. You’ve all seen his songs mentioned a number of times in Sylvain Reynard’s “Gabriel” series. Jolie invited a few AE friends to submit questions for Matthew. Here’s what happened...



Musings from Toronto songwriter, gardien de but, oenophile (wine connoisseur) and academic lightweight

Matthew Barber
Born
January 10, 1977 (age 37)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Origin
Genres
Occupation


Website
http://matthewbarber.com/ 


Thank you to all who have generously contributed your questions to help us get to know the sing-songwriter we have come to love thanks to the ‘Gabriel Series’ by Sylvain Reynard

Elena from Italy has always been curious about how songwriters decide to compose their songs, since each one has their own methods.

Iris~Elli from USA mentioned how important music was for M. Reynard and at times his inspiration, so her question is with that in mind.

Susan (Mango) from USA loves this idea…she’s very interested in the creative process and would love to hear how it works especially after reading M. Reynard’s comments on writing.

M. Reynard who will only confirm he’s Canadian: “Please let MB know I admire his music.” Done!!

Sheila from England came to know Matthew just like I did…through M. Reynard’s book.

Judith from Sweden says HallĂ„ (pronounced halowa) … wishes Matthew much success with his new album “Big Romance”.

Infamous Lady Lemon aka Lauren from Australia wants to know when Matthew is coming back to Melbourne  #jealous #envious #turninggreen

Maria from the American West Coast who’s my adopted cyber daughter…hold up; she has two precious daughters…does that make me a cyber granny?

Kris from USA is so happy she participated because we had the same questions in mind.


QUESTIONS
·        When you write a song, what comes first: the lyrics or the music?
Usually the music
·        How long does it take to compose a song?
It depends - sometimes an hour, sometimes a year of chipping away at it.
·        What inspires you to write a song?
Anything can be a source of inspiration - love, lust, existential angst, other people's music, books, films, events in the world around you
·        Do ideas come at random?
Musical ideas seem to come randomly sometimes, but you have to put yourself in a state of mind that allows you to be open to the muse. Lyrical ideas can sometimes originate from random sounds, but then the work of finishing the song is more focused and intentional.
·        Do you have a particular time of day devoted to composing and writing lyrics?
No I don't work at any particular time of day, but I would say most good stuff comes around mid-day or after midnight.
·        Does your Muse tend to visit at the same time?
No, it is unpredictable.
·        Talk to us about your current tour and what’s next in terms of future projects?
The current tour is going well. I'll be working on a theatre show with my wife that happens in July and then I'm doing the music for another play - The Graduate in Montreal August and September.
·        Can you tell us more about the project FWYC you’re supporting at the Toronto Fringe Festival?
My wife has written a one-woman show inspired by the early life of Shania Twain and I am the musical director/band leader. She is trying to raise money to cover the costs of producing the show.
·        How do you feel about being spotlighted in M. Reynard’s books?
I'm flattered that Mr. Reynard mentioned me in his books.
·        Does that fact that you have a Master’s Degree in Philosophy affect your song writing?
I suppose it does but I can't say that I'm consciously aware of how it does. I actually have to fight against my rational brain sometimes when reaching out to the artistic muse.
·        Have you read the Gabriel’s Trilogy?
I've read the first book.
·        If so, what did you or the Mrs. think?
We enjoyed it.
·        Has redemption played a role in your life? If so, how has it changed you?
I can't really say that 'redemption' has played a role in my life - I feel like I'm constantly feeling the push and pull of who I am and who I would like to be but I've never felt like I had to seek redemption - that's a strong word.
·        Who do you listen to for inspiration?
I listen to all kinds of music - lately I've been really into older R and B and soul music. I always go back to Dylan and Neil Young.
·        Who is your favourite songwriter?
See above.
·        Is there a favourite musician whose guitar or piano you’d love to play?
Well, I play guitar left-handed so it would be pretty cool to play the guitars of some famous lefties like Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain.
·        A singer: dead or alive that you’d like to have sung/sing with or write a song?
John Lennon


Rapid fire ~ Slow burn … take your pick:


A catch phrase that the Professor uses in the series in regards to his beloved is: “I’m glad I’m your first.” 

With that in mind:

·        First reaction when you found out your were mentioned in an international book ~ Surprised
(I can vouch for that, I recorded it!!)
·        First car ~ Honda Civic hatchback
·        First paying gig ~ Higher Grounds Coffee Shop in Port Credit when I was in high school
·        First guitar ~ Yamaha acoustic guitar
·        First concert ~ Well, I sang in my church choir as a kid - does that count?
·        First hero ~ My Dad
·        First comic book hero ~ I was never too big into comics, but I'll take Batman over Superman - more mystery.
Wha… ☼.☼
·        First place that comes to mind if you were given two tickets anywhere in the world ~ India
Hubs and I offer free Hindi language lessons if you ever need them
·        First thing you drink in the morning ~ Coffee and more coffee, sometimes tea in the afternoon.
And I’m guessing your favourite afternoon tea is Lady Grey ☺(his wife’s production company is called ‘Lady Grey Productions’.


Thank you so much Matthew, really appreciated the time you took to answer all of these questions even though you’re right in the middle of your Spring Tour.

In case you’re wondering what’s with the title… that is Matthew Barber’s Tumblr account name!! Here's the link:  http://matthewebarber.tumblr.com/

For those who are interested in helping fund Matthew’s wife Alexis Taylor’s project as I did, here is the site:





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Raven by Sylvain Reynard May 27, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
May 27, 2014

We are so EXCITED!!!! By Early 2015 The Raven will be HERE!!!!


The Raven 
by Sylvain Reynard

Blurb: 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…




Release Date:
Early 2015


About the Author

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself. 


I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.


I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

You can find Sylvain at 

         


Monday, May 26, 2014

RAVEN COVER REVEAL TOMORROW!!!

The Highly Anticipated Cover Reveal is on it's way for:
The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
May 27, 2014 posting on several blogs, Twitter, FB etc. Starting at 8:00 AM EST.
Don't Miss IT!!!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ten Years After Loss...




“I had my own idea of grief.  I thought it was the sad time that followed the death of someone you love and you had to push through it to get to the other side. I am learning that there is no other side.  There is no pushing through anything, but rather, an absorption.  Adjustment and acceptance. Grief is not something you complete, but rather endure. Grief is not a task to finish and move on, but an element of yourself, an alteration of your being, a new way of seeing and a new definition of self.”

~ Gwen Flowers, Wings of Hope Living Forward
 


Ten years ago, I was 30 years old and carrying my second child.  I arrived at an ultrasound appointment, fully expecting to hear that our child was healthy and hoping to learn whether we were expecting a boy or a girl.  Instead, I was informed by my doctor that after 21 weeks of pregnancy, the baby had passed away.

On the morning of April 20, 2004, my husband and I arrived at the birthing center of our local hospital. I was admitted and induced into labor. That evening, with Morgan at my side, I delivered our child - a son we named Eric Jacob. I struggle to describe that day with any one word. Those who came to offer solace had difficulty hiding their fear and concern for me. The day was agonizing and sad, but it was also precious. I can't bring myself to call it the worst day of my life, although I doubt anyone would slight me if I chose to say that it was.

The unexpected loss of our son is likely the deepest grief we will ever endure.  It would have been tempting to surrender to it, but we were already parents to a 7-year-old son.  Before we returned home, I spoke with my husband.  Together, we decided we would find a way to move forward with life. We didn't want our son to shoulder the burden of our loss.  In the days and weeks that followed, we did our best to return to a normal routine.

It wasn't easy.

My physical recovery was hampered by emergency surgery, followed by a bout of pneumonia. Emotionally, I struggled with depression. Many nights, I had trouble sleeping. Outside of work, I found socializing more of a chore than a pleasure. The people in my life offered sympathy and kindness, but it was clear that they were navigating unfamiliar waters. While I was struggling to accept my grief, they were struggling with how to treat me.  At times it was obvious that people didn't always know what to say or what to joke about or what to do when I was around. And I found it mentally exhausting to maintain a brave face.

A few months later, on a Friday afternoon in August, I was working in my office and realized I needed a file from a cabinet behind my desk.  Without thinking, I spun in my office chair and rose from my seat to approach the cabinet.  Almost immediately, I became lightheaded and the room began to spin out of control. I froze in my stance and rode out the incident, hoping I wasn't about to hit the floor. When I recovered from the dizzy spell, I quickly understood what it meant. I was pregnant once again, and whether I was ready or not, life was moving forward.

The following April, just days before the first anniversary of Eric's loss and after a pregnancy free from complication, we returned to the hospital. After twelve hours of labor, our daughter was born. She was in perfect health and she completed our family.  Some believed this signaled the end of our grieving process, and I wish I could tell you they were right.  But nothing is ever quite that simple. However, our daughter's birth was the most important and tangible milestone in our recovery.

It has now been 10 years since our son's loss and the anniversary falls on Easter Sunday.  I've been thinking about this weekend for some time and mulling over the significance of observing this milestone on this particular holiday. I've reflected on where I once was, what I've been through since that day, and where I find myself now.

Today, I am 40 years old and a full decade beyond that moment of tremendous loss. I'll be honest ... thinking about Eric can still bring tears to my eyes within seconds. The sadness over his death has been absorbed as best as I think can ever be expected. I have fully accepted that it will always hurt me to think about our son. Regardless of this, my life is a good one.  And if there's anything I want you to take away from this post, it is this - I believe that many of my happiest days have occurred in the past 10 years.

Overall, we are content. Our son is now in high school, our daughter just celebrated her 9th birthday, and our marriage has thrived.  When Morgan and I committed to moving our family beyond our grief, we also discovered a deeper connection to one another. In the past 10 years, our bond as husband and wife has only grown stronger. Despite the shock and pain of what we went through, we fell even deeper into love. Several years ago, we discovered a mutual passion for writing and through this we have found great fulfillment and happiness. We discovered an incredible online community, developed strong friendships with people from all around the world, wrote and shared some fun stories, and together we will publish our first novel this summer.

What is important to us now is to assist others who are enduring their own loss and grief.  Locally, we became donors for our local hospital, primarily allocating our gifts for the benefit of women and children in our community.  Online, we have become dedicated supporters of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a charity based in Colorado.  The mission of the organization is "to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture."

When we lost Eric, this was not a service available to us. Knowing how fleeting those moments with him were, we understand how important it can be to a grieving family to receive this opportunity.  Our experience also taught us that people often feel compelled to help a family after the loss of a baby, but they don't always know what can make a difference.

If you have ever wondered how to help a family, Morgan and I strongly encourage you to become involved with this organization.  You can donate, or you can help bring their services to your local area by raising awareness in the community or by connecting a photographer and your local hospital to the charity.

We encourage you to look more into NILMDTS, by visiting any of their sites:

Website: www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nilmdts?fref=ts
Twitter: @nilmdtsHQ



“Time is ungovernable, but grief presents us with a choice: what do we do with the savage energies of bereavement? What do we do with the memory – or in the memory – of the beloved?  Some commemorate love with statuary, but behavior, too, is a memorial, as is a well-lived life. In death, there is always the promise of hope.  The key is opening, rather than numbing, ourselves to pain. Above all, we must show our children how to celebrate existence in all its beauty, and how to get up after life has knocked us down, time and again. Half-dead, we stand. And together, we salute love. Because in the end, that’s all that matters. How hard we loved, and how hard we tried.”

~ Antonella Gambotto-Burke, sayinggoodbye.org

 
Take Care,
Jenn
 

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