BOOK REVIEW: Asia’s New Wings, The Untold Story of a Little Girl Lost on 9/11 by Clifton & Michelle Cottom


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

Asia’s New Wings is a non-fiction book about the loss of 11 year old Asia Cottom on Flight #77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It is not written by professional authors, and has it’s problems as far as proper writing technique goes, but this story is worth reading. It is not only a story of trajedy, but of triumph, not only a story about pain and loss, but also about faith and recovery.

Asia left behind not only two grieving parents, but an older brother, and many friends.  This book is a tribute to her, and a way for those who suffered the loss to do good. Clifton and Michelle Cottom have created a scholarship fund in Asia’s name and proceeds from this book go toward that wonderful cause.

I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child, or any loss of a loved one. And also, especially to anyone whose faith has flagged as a result of such loss. Below you’ll find all the details about Asia’s New Wings as well as a list of other sites where you can read reviews and author interviews, see a trailer, and put your name in a hat for a chance to win a free copy of Asia’s New Wings.

Asia Cottom lived eleven short years on this earth. Her tragic death on Flight #77 on 9/11 is forever etched in the hearts of the countless people who loved her.

 

 

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Book Description:

Asia Cottom lived eleven short years on this earth. Her tragic death on Flight #77 on 9/11 is forever etched in the hearts of the countless people who loved her. But her wise and influential life, her positive attitude, and profound faith in God are her true legacy.

You may love God with all your heart and soul, yet not understand what He is doing. In Asia’s New Wings, Clifton and Dr. Michelle Cottom, along with family and friends, walk beside you, sharing their thoughts and offering compassion to help you come to a place of acceptance, when trying to make sense of suffering great loss. The people in this book have learned to come to terms with what God allows, and are now in a place where they can help heal others. If you have gone—or are going through—the “valley of despair,” you will find comfort and empathy from those who care. You will also find hope and the strength to move forward as you rediscover your life.

What Asia’s parents and all those who loved her went through, healed from, and learned will bring comfort and relief to those who travel down the road of loss. Reading and experiencing Asia’s story will truly bring healing and life to all who turn these pages.

Book Details:

Book Title:  Asia’s New Wings:  by Clifton & Michelle Cottom
Category:  Adult non-fiction,  222 pages
Genre:  Self-help / bereavement / personal growth
Publisher:  Next Century Publishing
Release date:  August 25, 2015
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Content Rating:  PG

To see the trailer, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/zRk-gEBZyIQ

 

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Meet the authors:  

Clifton and Michelle Cottom live in Prince George’s County, Maryland and they have one son, Isiah. The Cottoms are the co-founders and executive board members of the Asia SiVon Cottom (ASC) Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

Connect with the authors:   Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

 

TOUR SCHEDULE:
With Special Book Spotlight feature
on Sept 11 to commemorate Asia’s passing on that day

All of these articles, reviews and interviews are still available.
Sept 7 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway
Sept 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy and Sissy Too – review / giveaway
Sept 8 – Mommy’s Gone Shopping Again – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 8 – TW Brown on Zombies, Border Collies and the Indie Writing Scene – review / guest post
Sept 9 –   Room with Books –  review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 10 – XoXo Book Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Jessica Cassidy – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Nighttime Reading Center – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Room With Books – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – T’s Stuff – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – TW Brown on Zombies, Border Collies and the Indie Writing Scene – special book spotlight
Sept 11 – Deal Sharing Aunt – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy and Sissy Too – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – I’d Rather Be at the Beach – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Two Children and a Migraine – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Everyday Gyaan – review
Sept 11 – Penny Minding Mom – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Library of Clean Reads – special book spotlight feature / giveaway
Sept 14 – T’s Stuff – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 15 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 16 – Did You Hear About the Morgans? – review
Sept 17 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review / giveaway
Sept 18 – The Autistic Gamer – review
Sept 20 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight
Sept 21 – Hanna Marie Lei – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 22 – Two Children and a Migraine – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 23 – For Him and My Family – review / giveaway
Sept 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 28 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
Sept 30 – Penny Minding Mom – review / giveaway
Oct 2 –  I’d Rather Be at the Beach – review / giveaway
Oct 2 –  Jessica Cassidy – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 –  Ryder Islington’s Blog – review
TBD – The Booksnake Etc. – review

 

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REVIEW: Going Against The Grain Italian Style by Nuccia Ardagna


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery For those of us who are gluten sensitive, gluten intolerant, or have full-blown celiac disease, this book is a life saver.  With an informative forward by Peter HR Green, MD, who helps the reader understand what gluten is, and how it affects those of us who don’t tolerate it, and details directly from the author about her own journey, Going Against The Grain Italian Style, reminds us of our limitations, while opening us up to the wonderful possibilities of great food that’s gluten free! Nuccia also details how to read labels for gluten, how to eat out gluten free, how to deal with cross-contamination, and providing for children who can’t tolerate gluten. The recipes are clear and easy to understand, and delicious! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and use this book. It has really allowed me to enjoy food again without the miserable symptoms that accompany gluten intolerance. I would recommend this book to anyone who has problems with gluten, as well as anyone who cooks for a sufferer of sensitivity, intolerance or celiac. In fact, the recipes are so good that anyone who loves good Italian food will love this book. Below you’ll find details about the book and author, as well as a list of other sites where you can find more reviews, and also, opportunities to win a free copy of this fabulous book. Good luck!   Going Against the Grain

Book Description:
 

This two-part book is a vital adjunct to any home attempting to be gluten-free. The first part guides you through early diagnosis and is an essential guide for any beginner diagnosed with celiac disease or some form of gluten sensitivity. You will learn how to identify symptoms of the disease, how celiac disease is diagnosed, and the consequences if left untreated. It will help you to understand how to read labels and how to manage your gluten-free home in a shared environment. It outlines practical advice for parents of children with celiac disease as well as tips for eating out and dealing with social settings such as special occasions or when traveling. Honorary foreword provided by renowned Dr. Peter HR Green, MD – Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Growing up authentically Sicilian, Nuccia Ardagna thought that getting rid of gluten meant giving up her favorite traditional foods, but that could not be further from the truth! Nuccia combines her passion for eating amazingly Italian with her new dietary needs to bring you scrumptious, traditional Italian (and Sicilian) recipes. From simple, classic appetizers to decadent desserts you thought you could never enjoy, every recipe is easy-to-follow and offers beautiful full-color pictures throughout. You can feel confident about entertaining guests and family with these mouth-watering recipes. You can eat healthier, feel better, and truly enjoy living gluten-free while never having to sacrifice great taste! In this book, Nuccia not only shares her personal story with celiac disease but also the recipes she grew up with at home and uses to entertain guests. Look for the bonus section at the end of the book along with a section dedicated to her favorite links and resources. We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.   Author’s Bio: Displaying Nuccia Ardagna.jpg Nuccia Ardagna loves to travel to the place of her roots: SICILIA! Being Sicilian, she grew up with mamma, nonna and all her zie learning all the tricks of the trade and creating DELICIOUS Italian food from scratch. When diagnosed with celiac disease she was forced to learn new habits and, now, after trial and error and experimenting, wants to share her exquisite culinary creations with you. She IS a true Italian to the core.   Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review May 4 – Working Mommy Journal – review May 5 – Get Cooking – review / guest post May 6 – Library of Clean Reads – review / author interview / giveaway May 6 – Girl With Camera – review / giveaway May 7 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – review / author interview May 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway May 11 – Freda’s Voice – review / giveaway May 11 – T’s Stuff – review / guest post / giveaway May 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway  May 12 – One Frugal Girl – review / giveaway May 13 – I’d Rather Be At the Beach – review / giveaway May 13 – Ryder Islington’s Blog – review / giveaway May 14 – Il Mio Tesoro – review / author interview May 15 – Ivory Owl Reviews – review / giveaway May 18 – Storeybook Reviews – review / giveaway May 19 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! – review / giveaway May 20 – Brooke Blogs – review / guest post / giveaway May 20 – Genuine Jenn – review / giveaway May 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – review / giveaway May 22 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway May 22 – Anglers Rest – review / giveaway

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The Common Cold And The Creative Brain.


Posted by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

Maybe the title should be more specific–based on This Creative Brain. I hate getting a cold, and in fact don’t think I’ve had even a sniffle in the last ten years. Until last week.

At the most inconvenient time, when I’m in the beginning stages of revision with my wonderful, and patient, editor, I was knocked for a loop by a virus that had me sneezing and hacking, unable to sleep, with a fever, a sore throat, and a bad attitude.

The first couple of days I couldn’t concentrate on anything. My brain was just too busy sending out warriors to fight the virus. It didn’t have time for creativity. In fact, it didn’t have time for understanding simple English. I said, “Huh?” to anyone who spoke.

By day three the fever was lower, and I was able to function on a simple level, but trying to revise the story and get it back to the editor just couldn’t happen. By Sunday, the fever and headache were gone, and my throat was only sore from a raspy cough. I began with page one of the revision, reading the editor’s comments, trying to make sense of what she wanted. The easiest fixes were manageable, but I still couldn’t create new content.

It’s Monday night. My sinuses are still not up to par, and I cough so hard on occasion that I think my lungs are coming up, but my brain is at least able to create. Now, if I could just understand what  it is the editor wants me to create!

We all know that even a simple virus affects many of our abilities. We know the body and brain will ignore things that aren’t vital to survival while fighting off invaders. But I never realized how profoundly my thinking is altered by a simple cold.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to send an email to the editor and see if she can explain her comments to me, like I was a two year old.

Before and After


The good news is, I submitted book two of the Trey Fontaine Mystery series to my publisher. The bad news is a major revision is in order. On the other hand, the good news is, I have a chance to fix the manuscript and make it much better, but the bad news is, I’ll have no time to read, or blog, or breathe, until it’s done.

Here’s some more good news: I judged five published books in the Daphe this year, and plan to review all of them on this blog after the big revision. And I’ve also read several other books this year, and plan to review them this spring/summer. So after my manuscript for ULTIMATE GAME, A Trey Fontaine Mystery is re-submitted, you’ll have the opportunity to read reviews of DEADLY INTERITANCE by Suzanne Rossi, DEEP IN MY HEART by Patricia W. Fischer, STOLEN by Allison Brennan, THE FALLEN ANGELS BOOK CLUB by R. Franklin James, BETRAYED by Donnell Ann Bell.

In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to read some of the past reviews and articles, you’ll find over two hundred options for a short read about books, writing, authors, classes, guest posts, interviews, promotions, and moi. I’ll be back.

My Middle Is Sagging!


As all writers know, it’s that sagging middle of a manuscript that can make us crazy. My WIP has a great beginning and a bang up ending, but that darned middle looks like a string hanging down between two pieces of wire.

I don’t know how authors put out two, or three, or a dozen books a year!. How do they take the characters from safe and happy in the beginning, through a maze of problems, and bring them out the otherside? Well, I know all about bringing them out the other side. The ending of my WIP is kick butt rock solid. If only I knew what to do with those twenty chapters before the end, that keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Well I did it once, so I guess I can do it again. But for the life of me, I can’t remember how I did it the first time.

I’d love to hear from other writers as to how they manage to fill in that middle. I’ve found that it’s not so hard to get the characters in trouble, but getting them out in a believeable way is the trick.

Welcome Guest Blogger Author Judith Marshall


Today we have a guest blogger, author Judith Marshall, with an intersting article on writing badly. Enjoy.

Take it away, Judith!

Give Yourself Permission to Write Badly

When I look back at the first draft of my novel, “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever,” I’m appalled. How could I expect to interest an agent or publisher in this drivel? But while I was pounding out the words, I didn’t know it was bad. I only knew I had something to say.

For all you aspiring writers out there, I want you to know that it’s okay to write badly. It’s okay not to have an MFA in writing or even any knowledge of the craft. The main thing is to get it down from beginning to end. Why? Because writing is about revision. There will be plenty of time to correct mistakes, beef up the plot and hone your characters later.

But first you must silence your inner critic; that voice that keeps telling you your writing is crap. This voice does not like to be ignored. She wants you to be precise, to choose just the right word, to use the proper punctuation. She wants you to be inspired, prolific and brilliant. Wouldn’t that be nice? But if you wait for that to happen, you’ll be staring at a blank computer screen most days.

If you want to be a writer, you have to start somewhere, and most often it begins with writing badly. Writing badly is the first step toward producing anything worthwhile.

Thanks, Judith. You hit the nail on the head.

Below is a great photo of Judith, with a cover shot, and you can contact Judith at http://www.judithmarshall.net

Guet Blogging on Bigi’s Reviews Today


Just wanted to remind everyone that the blog tour is still on the road. You can see my article on Revisions today at the following blog:
http://bigisbookstore.blogspot.com/p/interview-ryder-islington-author-of.html

And I’ll be back soon with another Memory, and also a book review, so don’t go away.