Smorgasbord Autumn Reading – Miami Morning – A Leila Payson Novel by Mary Clark

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Smorgasbord Autumn Reading

Today the autumn reading choice is Miami Morning – A Leila Payson Novel by Mary Clark. Leila is a teacher who discovers that skills she developed on another continent could help one of her pupils. Published by All Things That Matter Press August 2016

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About the Book.

Forty-something Leila Payson loves her job as a high school Social Studies teacher, her social life with a group of diverse friends, and volunteer work at her neighborhood playground. But when Leila discovers one of her students is going deaf, she finds herself on a learning curve of her own. In her twenties she had taught for a year in South Africa, where she met an occupational therapist and others working in creative ways with persons with disabilities. She brought back to her teaching a new perspective based on that experience. Now, years later, when the student asks for her help…

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Miami Morning, a Contemporary Novel – Guest Post…

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I began writing Miami Morning after a visit to the city, and to Miami Beach, in 2006. The rhythms and pace of life captivated me. It seemed to me to be a good place to set my story of modern urban life. The wide range of income levels and education, the issues of technology and the environment, and mix of cultures and gender identities, are among the current issues in our society. How could this be handled with dignity and fairness? I believe that each of us is seeking the good. My main character, Leila Payson, is a compassionate, thinking woman who takes on these issues. She doesn’t see the world through rose-colored glasses, but she also refuses to give up hope for the good in people.

In her twenties she works as a teacher in South Africa for a year. There she meets the amazing Baruti, an occupational therapist…

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Can it be four years already? 2 in 1 Book Giveaway!

I recommend entering Diane Denton’s Giveaway for two of her books!

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the publication by All Things That Matter Press of my historical fiction A House Near Luccoli, I’m running a Goodreads Giveaway! This giveaway is for tw…

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Goodreads Givea way for Miami Morning

Sept. 20 – Wow, thanks for a successful Giveaway! More than 900 people entered to win. Five people did win a free, signed copy, and they are on their way – one to Canada, one to the United Kingdom, and three to U.S. residents. Happy!

Goodreads Giveaway for my novel, Miami Morning, is in progress. Enter to win one of five signed, paperback copies between August 27 and September 18, 2016. 

Miami Morning by Mary Clark

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Giveaway ends September 18, 2016.

 

New Release! Miami Morning

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Miami Morning, contemporary literary fiction, by Mary Clark, All Things That Matter Press

Forty-something Leila Payson loves her job as a high school social sciences teacher, adventures with a diverse group of friends, and her volunteer work. But when she discovers one of her students is going deaf, she finds herself on a learning curve of her own. At an earlier time in her life, she spent a year teaching in South Africa, where she met an occupational therapist and others working in creative ways with people with disabilities. Now years later, when the students asks for her help, she embarks on a pivotal journey that calls on everything she’s learned.

And while she juggles work, family, and her friends’ adventures, an attractive man keeps appearing at her favorite places. 

There’s magic in Miami, and Leila Payson is reveling in it. Come along for the ride as she meets her challenges with courage, a dash of philosophy, and a splash of humor, too. 

Amazon Paperback and Kindle       BarnesandNoble Paperback and Nook.

Upcoming NEW RELEASE Cover Reveal – ‘Magic in Miami’ by Author Mary Clark

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Miami Morning

by Author Mary Clark

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Cover Design by publisher All Things That Matter Press.

Magic in Miami

Leila Payson, known to her students and friends as Miss Pacer, is always pushing the boundaries of her experience, to become a better teacher and human being.

She enjoys her work as a high school Social Studies teacher, adventures with her diverse friends, and volunteering at a local playground.

But when Leila discovers one of her students is going deaf, she propels herself into a learning curve of her own.

At an earlier time in her life, she spent a year teaching in South Africa, where she met an occupational therapist and others working in creative ways within the disability community.

Now, years later, when the student asks for her help, she embarks on a pivotal journey that calls on everything she’s learned. 

While she juggles work, family, and…

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MAKE AUGUST Write An Amazon Review Month by @TerryTyler4 #AmazonReviews #Amreading

August is Write A Review Month

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August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

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On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!). You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time. The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on…

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Into The Fire

For those of you who’ve read Tally: An Intuitive Life, and for those who haven’t but wouldn’t mind an introduction, here’s a piece from Into The Fire: A Poet’s Journey through Hell’s Kitchen, which I’ve published on my Scribd.com site. He appears in the first chapter and then on other occasions throughout the story.

Working on PJ’s cryptic writing, I played with his new definition of Intuition.

At an elemental level, he described how we learn what advances our desires, and what thwarts our wishes. When the action or its consequence is harmful to ourselves or others, we learn to dissemble, all to ensure our “emotional security” by convincing ourselves of our innocence.

I made notes. What’s valuable and what’s not? How do we make these judgments?

With him I challenged his ideas on building the intuition in childhood. “What kind of intellect can a child have? What level of perceptual awareness?”

“A child’s sensory and perceptual apprehension of the world is pretty great,” PJ responded. “It has to be for the learning process to take place. The intellect evolves, often seeming to the individual to match the world’s maturation. It’s an incredible process, both gradual and immediate.” Then, he added, “But the concept of time is another subject.

“You see, you keep piling one lie on top of another and another on top of that,” PJ said, developing his theory of rationalizing guilt. “And the deeper you get into rationalization, the more you get away from ever becoming amiable again.”

This is a process over time, he said, and can lead to justification of whole sets of actions. Eventually we feel the overload and break down, and start over again with the slate wiped clean, or we continue to heap one justification on another until the intuition, swamped by guilt and lies becomes more hostile than amiable, and is unable to change.

“What about your conscience? Doesn’t that give you a guidepost to follow?”

“The idea is that once a person becomes saturated with guilt, he has to abandon his conscience, because he can’t do anything against his conscience, so he forgets he has one at all, and he is no longer a man integrated at all. He has no integrity anymore. You run across these people everywhere you go, as you know.”

I nodded.

Winter with PJ was a return to innocence, a primitive meta-state when human beings held the future in their opposing thumbs and “emanated” abstract renderings on cave walls.

He showed me a series of small designs he called “Emanations.” He said that he may have chosen the colors to work with on his watercolors and designs, but there was no way he could have planned the forms that came out.

“It was purely an intuitive thing,” he said. “And the intuition brings you back to innocence.”