Dreams, Goals and Adventure by Michael D. Ditton

Dreams, Goals, and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometimes a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging

◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

          Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it’s okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.

          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don’t be afraid to dream.
* Don’t accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can’t” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.

Author Michael D. Ditton

I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.

I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:

At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career, I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on my 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:

“Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you’re fascinating to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more.”     ~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling.  CEO of Cathcart.com 

May 22Writers and Authors – Guest Post
Defending the Pen – Feature
Mythical Books – Guest Post

May 23Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang – Feature
Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

May 24Fabulous and Burnette – Feature & Excerpt

May 25Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Review & Feature
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview
What Is That Book About – Excerpt

May 26A Blue Stocking’s Place – Feature

May 29Year of the Book – Feature

May 30Hank Quense’s Blog – Feature

May 31The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt

June 1Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post

June 2Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt


He Gave Me Barn Cats by Maria Santomasso-Hyde

by Maria Santomass0-Hyde
*Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.barn-cats-3-d-cover

*Available March 14, 2017

*$10.95, 6×9 Trade paperback, 134 pages

*Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement

*Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4

*Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher

*$3.99 eBook available in all formats

Inspired by true events…

        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.

          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.

          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?


Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde

Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde

Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.

She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat)… and other Black Cats who decide to move in.

Come join the blog tour!


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I am organizing a two-week blog tour for He Gave Me BARN CATS by Maria Santomasso-Hyde. The tour will run from March 7, 2017, through March 21, 2017 (excluding weekends).

Posts will consist of interviews, reviews, features, and/or excerpts, and every participant will be able to post the tour-wide giveaway – prizes courtesy of the publisher. HTML will also be provided. Books are available to review in print (U.S. only), ePub and Mobi formats.

March 7 – Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Feature

March 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post

March 9 – Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang! – Feature

March 10 – Defending The Pen – Excerpt

March 13 – Reviews by Crystal – Q&A
Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
Murees Dupé – Feature

March 14 – Thoughts in Progress – Review

March 15 –

March 16 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
deal sharing aunt – Review and Interview

March 17 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Q&A

March 20 – The Story of a Writer – Feature
CBY Book Club – Excerpt

March 21 – bookworm1102 – Excerpt
Storey Book Reviews – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Feature


Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler


Author Joylene Nowell Butler’s new release, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries , was published in November by Dancing Lemur Press LLC.

Joylene’s tour ran from Oct. 17 through Nov. 19. Posts consisted of reviews, interviews, and excerpts. There was also a tour-wide giveaway for three (3) print copies of the book open to U.S. residents only and one (1) eBook copy open internationally. Be sure to check out the tour schedule at the bottom of the post.

This was an exciting tour and we hope you’ll visit along with us. You can find the dates, blog locations and types of posts featured below.

Oct 17 – Mojito With a TwistReview & Interview

                A Creative Mind – Excerpt

               La Vita On The Sea – Review, Excerpt, Feature

                What Is That Book About – Excerpt

Oct. 18 – Rockin Book Reviews – Review

                 Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang! – Feature

Oct. 19 – Medeia Sharif – Social Media Post

                Just Reviews – Review

Oct. 20 – Patricia Stoltey, Author – Guest Post

                  Que Sara Sera Book Blog – Review

                 Just Us Books – Excerpt

Oct. 21 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Review, Excerpt

                  Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

                 Julie Flanders – Excerpt

                Careann’s Musings – Review

Oct. 24 – Thoughts in Progress – Review

Oct. 25 – Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt

                 Sandra’s Blog – Excerpt

Oct. 26 – Books and Spoons – Review, Excerpt

                 JoJo The Bookaholic – Feature

Oct. 27 – Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt

Oct. 28 – Careann’s Musings – Excerpt

Nov. 1 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Excerpt

                Writer’s Gambit – Interview

Nov. 2 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt

Nov. 4 – Writing in Wonderland – Feature, Excerpt

Nov, 7 –  – Feature, Excerpt

                Storybook Reviews – Excerpt

               Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams – Review

Nov. 8 – A Holland Reads – Feature

Nov. 9 – Author Annette Drake – Interview

               The Five Year Project – Interview on Blogger – on WordPress

              Crystal Collier, Author – Feature

Nov. 10 – Bookworm 1102 – Excerpt

Nov. 11 – The Book’s The Thing – Guest Post

Nov. 14 – Christine Rains – Writer– Excerpt

                  Bish Denham – Excerpt

Nov. 15 – Rosie Amber – Review

Nov. 17 – The Girl With Book Lungs – Excerpt

Nov. 18 – Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Review

Nov. 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Excerpt

Extra ReviewsStuart Aken

                              Reviewing the Evidence

                             Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

You can check out the giveaway HERE. It will end Nov. 22.


A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

Book CoverWhen Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.

Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is available in eBook at the following sites:



Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C

The print copy is available at:




When Joylene’s father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father’s Child. Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steampunk collaboration Break Time.

Author Joylene Nowell Butler

Author Joylene Nowell Butler

While she’ll admit being published didn’t fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal, and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.

Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog then connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author Page.