Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This is the last post of our Positivity Blog Tour. We hope that you have enjoyed the daily messages. We have certainly enjoyed posting and have learned from each other. Remember, it only takes a moment to give someone a smile, which costs you nothing but may mean the world to the recipient.


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As our month of positivity is coming to an end, it seems like a good time to reflect on the things we've learned and the goals we've created for ourselves.

As I, Barbara Chioffi, reflect on this month, sharing with my fellow bloggers has meant so much. We all need a support system that is uplifting and filled with positivity, and that is what has made this month so special. Each of us has our own methods to deal with those days when nothing seems to go right, whether it be meditation, music, dance, humor, art, sharing a friend's work, or reflecting on our blessings. Life is short, filled with pitfalls but also with happy moments with family and good friends. Success is also important, but never at the expense of others. Looking at someone else's life with envy only diminishes you. Find those with like minds and lift each other up at every opportunity. Be kind for it costs nothing and may make a difference for someone that means more than you will ever know. Share your good fortune in small ways... a pat on the back, encouragement where there is doubt, and a belief that we can accomplish great things. And lastly, believe in yourself. You are amazing!

Before my, Jen Winters', 25th birthday, I was a happy-go-lucky young woman. I was able to see the world through rosy glasses and I laughed a lot. My entire life was all about joy. After my 25th birthday, things went down hill. A lot of stuff happened (some of it was my fault some of it was not) that sent me spiraling into darkness. I've clawed my way out of that pit of despair, but really, I don't think I have been so happy in the last seven years as I have been this month. Really focusing on the positive and having friends that have kept me meditating on goodness and light all month has changed my basic outlook. I don't know how effective this tour has been for you or my cohorts, but for me, I am so much happier. I thought I was happy before, I thought that I was as good as I was going to get, but I was wrong. I am a better person now than I was on June 1st; happier; easier going; less stressed; a better mother and wife. I just want to say, Thank you--for sharing this month with me, for returning me to a previous state of happiness that I didn't think I would ever get back to, and for sharing this journey with me.

Hey, Savannah here. I just wanted to share a few last thoughts with everyone. This is a bittersweet post for me; bitter because this wonderful Positivity Blog Tour is at an end, sweet because I’ve learned so much and will take that knowledge with me from here on out. I’ve also had an abundance of feeling great, thankful, and less stressed. People around me have mentioned I’m smiling more and seem to have really found my zen. LOL I do feel lighter, happier, and more positive. I’ve started several new projects this month on top of my writing, and where I would usually feel stressed at my heavy workload, fearful of not completing all that I have going on, or worse, falling on my face; I feel energized, ready to meet the next challenge, and ready to go forward with positive thoughts and more confidence. This time with Mistral Dawn, Barbara Chioffi, Jen Winters, Julie Nicholls and Susan Ricci has been, for me, a real camaraderie and has not only brought me new writer companionship, but budding friendships to carry me forward. It has been such a blessing having these ladies in my daily life, and I hope we continue as we move into new frontiers, projects, and life in general. I know I will take the deep, provocative thoughts, the meditative exercises, and a new appreciation for music, positive connections, and a better understanding for appreciating the small joys in everyday life I have learned from each of them. In honor of what I’ve learned this month, and due to the fact that I feel it is a topic worth revisiting frequently, I will be incorporating a weekly segment into my blogging where I dedicate the daily post to Positivity. If you would like to continue your positive thinking journey with me then be sure to stop by STG Blog every Monday morning. I think that is the best day to dedicate to this topic. It gives a nice, fresh, positive kickoff to the week. Thank you again for joining us this month. I hope you enjoyed reading our thoughts on positivity. I hope you were able to incorporate at least some of it into your daily life. Lastly, I hope you know just how essential you are to the world and to me. Go forward in peace, positivity, and prosperity

Good morning friends, Julie Nicholls here. I want to post my final piece here and hope you think it's not too dippy downy lol. The positive blog tour is at an end and I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I. I want to leave you with these final words and how I feel. It’s very easy to be critical of people who don’t meet up to our standards and I confess to being a ‘not so kind’ person in my past as I was growing up. I’ve learned to understand that just because someone acts a certain way, doesn’t mean they are at fault, it means they could need help. Throughout my internet life, which is only about five years, I’ve met some nasty people who love nothing more than to ridicule what a person does or attempts, and it’s a little sad in a way. But I want to tell you how I’ve turned that negativity around. I continue with my work and my personal pursuits and just send love, light, and peace to those negative people because they need help. They are lacking in something important in their life, be it love, friendship or something else, and so they feel the need to set themselves up on a pedestal and ridicule others. I don’t let these people stop me, they make me stronger, they feed me and in turn I turn it into positive energy and feed others who need compassion or a shoulder to cry on, someone to vent off at or even just a kind word. My fellow bloggers are amazing people and I love each and everyone of them: Mistral, Barbara, Jen, Savannah and Susan, thank you for sharing, and thank you for allowing me to be part of your positive life. Be good to yourself and to others, be positive in all that you do, forgive and move on, don’t carry unwanted baggage because it will only hold you back. Love, light and peace.

Hi, Susan Ricci here. First, I’d like to express my gratitude for Mistral Dawn’s awesome invitation to participate in the Positivity Blog Tour this past month. I’d also like to thank the group – Barbara, Julie, Jen, and Savannah for welcoming me aboard and befriending me. You all rock, that’s a given. Plus, you all have special gifts and it’s been a wonderful month getting to know all of you through your daily blogs. Positivity is an unsurpassed and helpful way to live your life. It’s what society, as a whole should be embracing, instead of the negativity surrounding our sometimes-cynical culture. I’ve gotten myself into trouble a few times by not watching my negative comments about others, people I either know, or don’t. This blog tour has taught me to measure my words more carefully, before I shove the proverbial foot into the cavern known as my mouth, and that’s a blessing. I’ve been called a snark-a-doodle a time or three, for good reason by my own husband, and this has been an embarrassment. However, with the tools I’ve gathered from ALL of your posts, ladies, I can and have already amended my snarkish tendencies. When life’s challenges sneak up from behind, instead of lashing out, I now fall back on those gentle reminders regarding the little things that better our lives. The coloring book designs, the meditation posts, the dreams, finding your auras, the posts about faith and values - ALL the lovely thoughtful suggestions via your amazing shares. Please know I’ll be always trying to be a little kinder. Bless your sweet hearts and have a wonderful summer. Let’s stay in touch, shall we?

Hi everyone, Mistral Dawn here. I think the most important things that I've learned this month are that it's the small things that count. The words we choose when we speak to or about other people, how we describe ourselves, the fleeting moments we have to build each other up or tear each other down, the little things we do to relax and enjoy ourselves, and what attitude we choose to view the world through. All of these things are critical to maintaining a positive outlook, and (hopefully) to achieving happiness. We're all imperfect, we all make mistakes, and we all have insecurities and secret fears, so it's imperative that we are all patient with each other's flaws and gentle with each other's souls. With these things in mind, I've given myself the goals of being more careful with my words with regards to how I speak about myself and others, trying not to lash out in the heat of anger or frustration, to always attempt to find a silver lining in every situation, of taking time to relax and appreciate all of the good things in my life, and of looking for opportunities to do something nice for someone else every day. I'll be keeping track of my progress in a journal, and I'll also keep track of how I feel at the end of each day. Hopefully, if I'm able to succeed at these goals, I, and the people around me, will start feeling happier and more optimistic about the world.
So in wrapping up our positivity month, we urge you all to look for opportunities to be kind and thoughtful towards others, to try to find a way to turn a negative into a positive, to take the time to engage in activities you find fun and relaxing, and to just take a moment to appreciate everything that's good in your life. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have, and we'd also love to hear from you! So if you don't mind sharing, please tell us what your thoughts are in the comments. Happy Summer Everyone!! 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Good afternoon. Today is a free day for us bloggers, and after seeing Mistral's post with her kitties, I thought I'd share mine.  As with Mistral, these precious furbabies give daily unconditional love and are always a source of comfort and joy.

This is a group picture...lol. We rescued three cats which turned into eight when one was pregnant, then gained three more with additional rescues.

Watching the birds. :)

The Queen

The dad

My sleep buddy

These are all precious as all furbabies are. They are our 'Ƨhildren' and are a part of our family. Thank you for letting me share with you.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mistral Dawn shares her very own little furbabies that bring her love and positivity and they are precious. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Savannah Morgan gives us a much needed shot of positive reinforcement.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Join Jen Winters as she shares the talents of our very own Julie Nicholls in 'Let's Talk About Stress Relief'.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 I was reading the previous posts by my fellow bloggers and all are excellent, sharing personal takes on being positive. We all need reassurance from time to time, and if you've been reading, there are so many ways to receive this, whether it is from within or from another person. 

My father always told me that I had a choice to decide, each day, that I was going to greet that day with a smile and I have always tried to do so. We can't control everything that happens, but we can put ourselves in a positive frame of mind and that will help with what the day brings. 

When there are times when nothing seems to be going well, I try to think of what blessings I have and what I am thankful for.

So here is my latest list:

I love my fellow bloggers...Mistral Dawn, Julie Nicholls, Savannah Morgan, Jen Winters, and Susan Ricci. They have enhanced my life immensely and brought me friendship, support and laughter.

My family gives support in their own quiet way, sometimes with just a touch.

Paulette two doors down knocks on my door unexpectedly to bring me a dozen homemade yeast rolls which I confess I can't resist, consuming far more than my share.

 My daily discussions with a dear friend on facebook are the highlight of my day and there are no holds barred. which really makes me chuckle.

The hummingbirds are a sweet delight as they carry on their aerial battles over the feeder.

I think you get the idea. Make your own list either mentally or written. Refer to it often. You'll find that it changes as you do and as the times dictate. Life can be difficult with losses, illnesses, etc., but if you try to keep a bit of a smile in your day, it can go a long way toward helping your mood and in turn, your health.


Monday, June 22, 2015


Mom belonged to a group of women affectionately known as the Eufaula Eight or So. They were all middle-aged and belonged to our local Methodist Church. Being together for over twenty years had given them the perspective of time and wisdom. I always wondered what they discussed and was usually given the cryptic answer, "Whatever happens to fall out of the sky".  I did know that they had a list to pray for each week.

One Saturday morning, I was up early, made my coffee, and left for the local church where our choir was to give a concert. Upon my arrival, I discovered that the air conditioner wasn't working. It was the middle of June, one of those early hot days that you don't expect, one that takes your breath away with its arrival. If it's something I can't stand, it's being hot and not able to escape it. I was miserable. Also, having to sit on a narrow window sill of one of the church windows didn't help. I was becoming increasingly agitated with each passing moment.

Suddenly, I found myself walking down a cool forest path.  The trees formed a canopy overhead. The sunlight played over the leaves making ever-changing patterns on the forest floor. As I walked, I delighted in the sounds and smells of the woods I loved. The path led to a shady pool surrounded totally by trees and bushes. A huge rock covered with moss was at one end with smaller rocks nearby. I found myself in the water, sinking in in the cool green, with sunlight filtering through. It was the calmest feeling I had ever experienced...perfect peace.

 I was back in the church, sitting in the same window, no longer agitated, hot, or hurting. I looked over the faces in the crowd, some familiar, most not. Who had given me this perspective, this gift of calm and peace? I received no affirmation, no acknowledgement. I couldn't wait to get to the phone to mom and our usual Saturday morning conversation. As I related the events, she remained silent, making no comment. When I had completed my wondrous revelation, she uttered five words that would have an effect on me for many years...."I'll be damned, it works".

She and her group had created a 'soul pool' in which they placed all their children and the people on their prayer list. They did this each morning at the same time, faithfully, through their many years together.  I had described the pool and surrounding woods perfectly down to the smallest detail.

Mom and I shared many psychic connections through the years. Those waned when my son was born. The 'soul pool', however, remains vivid to this day, a testament to her unending spirit, her quest for knowledge, and her belief in a rewarding hereafter.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

See what Savannah Morgan has to say today about dealing with people who steal your joy. This is a powerful message.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Check out this exciting news from the talented Jen Winters on day 17 of our Positivity Tour.
WTG, Jen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015


If I could have one wish, I would be back in my mama's house. I loved her company.  She was a brilliant woman with a wicked sense of humor. I think she knew me better than anyone, although that is easy to say. She knew my many faults but never threw them in my face, but for the most part, she was a delight. We spent many times in the car on the way from one place to another, discussing ethereal topics, her mind wandering as far as mine. She seemed to know no limits in her imagination and I matched hers, finding her a joy. I don’t think I've ever found anyone as fascinating.  

I remember sitting quietly in Grandma Stewart’s kitchen when young, watching Mama cook.  She was a fantastic creator of food. Despite what you had in your kitchen, she would produce a delicious meal.  I asked her how she would feel if I died, and she answered, “I would cry for the rest of my life.” That, to a paranoid kid, meant the world.

She was cooking dinner in a pressure cooker, leaning over to inspect the pot, and it blew up in her face.  I remember her consoling me in my terror, telling me that she would be fine as she was taken to the hospital.  I counted every second until she returned, her face wrapped in gauze.  Luckily, she suffered no real damage.

Another memory…she made wonderful donuts and shook them in a bag of sugar. She loved for me to watch her cook and I loved it as much.

When I was around 12, my parents discovered I could sing.  I hid it from them for a long time, letting them think that it was the radio. She was so proud and engaged a German voice teacher near Chapel Hill to give me lessons.  She would sit in the car and read while I sang.

She was a voracious reader, everything she could get her hands on.  It tickled her when we girls shivered as she told us about Rasputin, the mad monk of Russia.  I've never forgotten the look on her face as she watched our reactions.

She had a good work ethic, often leaving home in later years, traveling several hours away to make a sale.  She made friends easily and virtually no one could resist her charm.

I don’t think she ever met a stranger, no matter what race or nationality.  She had many friends and was a friend to them as well. 

I miss you mom.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

 Check out Susan Ricci's chuckles and gratitude for day 13 of our Positivity Blog Tour.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Follow the link to see what Julie Nicholls has to say today. I tried it and was so relaxed that I fell asleep. What a way to relieve stress.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

For today's wisdom with a joyful way to put a smile on your face, please check out Savannah Morgan. Here's the link.  


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today we will hear from Jen Winters, accomplished author, in our Positivity Blog Tour. Check out her comments below.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Day 9 on our Positivity Tour brings to mind several methods for dealing with days when the writing just doesn't pop.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes a little imp called 'writer's block' invades your psyche? You sit down to write in your favorite place, only to find yourself staring at a blank screen. No matter what you do, the words just won't come. Well, I'm definitely no expert, but I want to share with you several methods I've found useful.

First, being a music teacher and singer for most of my life, my treasured go to is always music. Rhapsody and You Tube have been lifesavers when faced with a blank slate. I must have over a hundred playlists from every genre and my mood at the time determines my choice. Favored genres are opera, which always makes my heart soar, and the other end of the spectrum, modern rock. They both serve a purpose when I'm writing and also when I can't put a word on the page.

Don't laugh, but I love to color. :) There have recently been a number of adult coloring books to appear on Amazon as well as other venues. The designs vary from detailed to simple and all provide a good measure of calmness.  I can actually feel myself relaxing as the page comes alive.

The point I'm trying to make is that you all probably have your favorite methods to get in touch with your muse. Share these with each other, as I know all writers have days when nothing flows...ideas, words, mental pictures, etc. We are all blessed with a love of words and putting these words on paper, and regardless of your talent, I do believe that we should all aid each other whenever possible. 

That's it for today. Share and support, please.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Today, we will hear from the talented Mistral Dawn. Please click below to visit her blog.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today, we will hear from Susan Ricci. Her link is below. Enjoy!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Today is the sixth day in our Positivity Blog Tour and is a free day for all of us. Being an animal activist, I thought I'd share with you a piece I wrote for the humane society newsletter for all the help they willingly gave me. 

Tomorrow, we will resume our Blog Tour. Check for the link in the next stop.


I sit and watch as they put out food.
They see me but make no overtures, as they know I will run.
They seem to care, so I come each day and wait.
I can only hope that I will always be welcome,
If only from under a bush.


It sat under a bush, a small, thin ball of fur, and seemed to know instinctively that this was where it should be.  I had watched the cat for several days, putting out food, hoping it would eat, and the third morning, there it was.  I spoke softly as I placed the bowl on the lowest step, and going inside, I watched from the partially closed door. It took a week before it would stay under the bush and not run.  It took another week before it began to trust me enough to let me watch from inside with the door completely open.

One morning, I opened the door to see a tiny flash of orange.  She had kittens!!!!!!   I placed the food down and went back inside to watch.  Slowly, she came up, tentatively followed by four kittens, one orange, one gray and white, and two orange and white.  What a joy they became!  I looked forward to seeing their tiny faces each morning and grew to love each one.  They began to trust me, letting me touch them, if only for an instant. 

 As the weather was turning colder, my husband and I bought a sleeper for them – a large plastic crate that he cut a hole in, sealing it against the rain. We placed a large towel inside, first insulating it with newspaper underneath. Each day, we would replace the towel with a nice warm one from the dryer.  They slept there all winter, safe from the wind, growing friendlier as time passed. Why didn't I take them in?  We already had two cats that never went out, a dog, a bird, and two ferrets.  Being new at the feral cat experience, I think we were afraid.  

By spring, they were grown, sweet cats but only trusting us.  The little female surprised me one morning with a litter of kittens that I promptly placed with a loving woman who had done cat rescue and lived on a mountain.  What a perfect place. As time passed, the calico gave birth to another litter. I caught them, turning them over to the humane society and a local rescue group and the capable and loving hands of women who became mentors.  I remain grateful for their knowledge and support.

I was able to trap the five cats that formed the “colony” and through the humane society, had them spayed/neutered and inoculated. The last litter that had been born before we could trap the mama became members of our household, loving reminders that although we could not take all, we could at least make a difference for some of them.

I remember, as a child, watching our Siamese cat give birth and wondering at the tiny, helpless forms that filled the bottom of a box my mother had put in her closet.  We watched them grow, playing with them and falling more in love with them each day. When the time came for them to go, we cried, but knew that my mother had found special, loving homes for each one.  Soon after that, she had Belle, our beloved cat, spayed.  When asked why she replied that there weren't enough homes for all the kittens Belle would have.  We took her at her word but would not understand until later in life when we had our own experiences with cats.

My two sisters and I have a special place in our hearts for all animals, but especially cats. We all have several each, my last count in my house was 10. We also take care of ferals whenever we find them, going out of our way to feed them and look after them as best we can.  

We don’t look for a 'pat on the back'.  We do what we do as a small appreciation for regal, beautiful creatures that don't ask for their lot in life and return love and affection whenever it is given, even from under a bush.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Today is day 5 of our Positivity Blog Tour. Check out what the very talented Julie Nicholls has to say.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Welcome to the lovely Savannah Morgan who will be sharing her thoughts with us today.

Savannah's Thought Garden

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


 Jen Winters :)


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What a beautiful morning. The sun is shining, the hummingbirds are staging their aerial battles, and the cats are sleeping peacefully in their respective spots. In April of last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have had my last treatment of the series. I am grateful for my family and the many people I met in social media who have helped my journey.During the process, I began to read incessantly, a pastime that has always helped me over rough spots in my life.

We all have rough spots...loss of a loved one, financial woes, the daily aggravations, etc. Finding a diversion to make the road a little less bumpy is a positive thing and for me, that has always been writing and music. They go hand in hand and I couldn't have one without the other. Finding a favorite book and treasured family tapes with me and my father singing began my 'diversion program'. Then one day I discovered an ad on my news feed for a book on Amazon, and I was fascinated. A new world opened and being slightly OCD, my list of 'books to read' grew at an alarming rate. Imagining myself in a bookstore sitting in a comfy chair in front of a fire with a bottle of wine became my 'go to' when I was low. 

Over the last year, I have met, through social media, some incredible people, mostly writers. There is a unique camaraderie among these people, one that comes from a common goal...to be a success at what you love best. And for the most part, all of the fascinating people have been gracious, funny, and quite willing to share stories, posts, and advice. The one thing that I've learned (and I'm still learning), is how to navigate the waters in this competitive endeavor. Finding myself stepping on toes without being aware led to watching carefully what those I admire were doing. They would promote their work while at the same time, give others the same respect. Sharing posts for their friends, being on street teams, posting on blogs, tweets on twitter (that always makes me smile), and buying their books were all positive reinforcements. 

At the same time, however, there were often injurious comments, purposely negative reviews on Amazon and other platforms, and 'pimping' one's book during a takeover event or in the middle of another writer's moment to shine. I can understand the need to succeed. There are so many writers out there who want to be successful prize-winning authors, but to demean another only diminishes you. If your heart is in the right place and you are talented, with perseverance and patience and friends to help, your success will come. It takes work to be accomplished, no matter what field you pursue, and believe me, the respect of your peers is most important. All the work, the countless hours and days and months won't mean anything if you're sitting at the top of your game alone. 

Being a music teacher and professional singer for most of my career, I found other musicians who had the knack for making comrades feel treasured, no matter their level of talent, and I have found the same among writers . This makes my heart glad. The world is a difficult place and life is short and these people are the ones I will remember....for their writing as well as their heart.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Hi Everyone!! :-)

Indie authors Jen Winters, Susan Ricci, Julie Nicholls, Savannah Morgan, Mistral Dawn, and Barbara Chioffi have come together for June to give you a month's worth of positive thoughts. Each of these authors has their reasons for doing this, but they all hope to make your month a little brighter.

Hey everyone! I'm Jen Winters, a paranormal romance writer, who does mom things including homeschooling. I'm so pleased to be a part of this blog tour because I get to bring exciting news from positive sources and being part of the indie world of romance writer's has been the very best experience for me. The women who are participating in this month's tour have been wonders of light in my life and I get to be with them all month long! So get ready! We are going to bring you into a better place this month!

Happy June, everyone! I’m Susan Jean Ricci, an Indie author who loves reading every genre out there, but pens humorous, contemporary romances dubbed the Cindy’s Crusades Series. I’ve recently published a novella in the Blush genre called My Sexy Chef, the first in a new series, and a complete change of pace for me. I’m excited to be participating in Positivity Month with these fabulously talented authors, because we all share a common interest - humanity has much to be grateful for, but sometimes that’s forgotten. Perhaps a few gentle reminders about those blessings, via our posts, will lighten people’s hearts or help them overcome a challenge they’re facing on a daily basis. Please join us so we may bring you joy if there’s sorrow, or maybe just a chuckle or two.

Hi, I’m Julie Nicholls, the owner of Fallen Angel’s blog and I’m here with my fellow authors in the Positivity Blog tour because having being stuck in a negative rut and stressed, I know that being positive helps me get through the rough days. So you’re probably wondering what craziness I’m going to spout about? Something quite simple, but effective. So come and join me and I’ll give you a reason to smile.

I’m Savannah Morgan, and I write in several different genres. I’m the author of the Sapphire Spring Series, which are my erotic contemporary titles. I also have a contemporary suspense series that just came out called Deadly Flowers. And finally, I write a little PNR as well. You might have heard of my Touch of the Irish: A Collection of Erotic Fantasies. I decided to participate in this project for two main reasons. First, I know what negativity can do to a person. I also know what the power of positive thinking can do for a individual. Secondly, I’ve been noticing a rather nasty trend of negative thinking, hateful posts, and people suffering from severe depression on social media. I’m proud to be involved in something geared to change that. We all have moments when it’s hard to pull ourselves out of the mire. It is at those moments we need to come together as a community and show the one suffering there is a better way. My hope for this project is for it to reach enough to make a difference, and be seen by those who want to take up the banner and do their own positive posting.

I'm Mistral Dawn and I'm the author of fantasy, romance novels Taken By The Huntsman and Bound By The Summer Prince. I decided to participate in this project because I've noticed a lot of negative things happening lately. I've heard some people speak unkindly to others, and I've seen things that hurt my heart. My hope is that this project might help reverse that negative trend somewhat, and bring a little happiness to our readers. If even one person smiles I'd consider that a triumph. :-)

Hello, my name is Barbara Chioffi and I am a 73-year old retired music teacher. I live with my hubby, son, and ten cats- yes, ten. I've been writing most of my life...family stories and poems, most recently, romance. I can't help but think of how blessed I've been to make the acquaintance of so many authors, each with their own brand of craziness. I've never read as much as I have recently and have experienced laughter, tears, frustration, fear, and romance, lots of romance. As my circle grows, learning from these talents has helped enhance my own writing. And that is as it should be...helping each other, giving each other confidence...not backbiting and using other writers to promote yourself. I've noticed that more than I would like to mention, and perhaps, that is why this introvert has decided to become a part of this positive blog tour. In the learning process, I've stepped on a few toes, as I imagine others might have, but only from inexperience. It's simple...trust yourself enough to allow others to shine a little and don't step on their light. It will only diminish your own in the end.

So there are some wonderful reasons for wanting to participate in this little project. For the rest of the month, one author per day (with four free days during the month) will post about their thoughts for that day, and the rest of them will post the link to that author's blog. That way all of you fine folks will have the opportunity to visit some new blogs, and maybe discover some fun new reads along with your positive thoughts for the day. Hopefully you readers will have as much fun with this as the authors!! Happy reading everyone, and have a great June!! :-)

Links for the Blogs Participating In The Tour: