Monday, August 15, 2016

Grey Stone - Evansville Local Authors Episode #10

Once again, you are invited to get acquainted with two Evansville authors who are celebrating the release of their young adult fantasy novel, Grey Stone. Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy gained inspiration from their children, spouses and a keen sense imagination to pen this brilliant fantasy which was published as a result of winning a contest with Ink Smith Publishing. The talented writers will be on my radio show today! Please tune in and call the show to ask questions - link is below.
Jean Knight Pace also has essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, 6 ducks, and a cat. 
Jacob Kennedy is an ER doctor who dreams werewolves and tournaments in his free time. Read more about the duo below.

But back to the story.....
In the land of the great red sun, wolf-shifters reign—able to wield magic and shift form at will while privileged wolves serve them. Dogs rove through the woods in packs speaking, singing, and scavenging—afraid to befriend the humans who live repressed. As the lowest of all four races, the humans work at mines, fashion metals, and send over half their gains to the wolf-shifting king.
However, when Pietre, an impoverished human boy, finds an unusual, orphaned pup in the woods and the wolf-shifting prince is sent to arrest the boy’s father soon after, both boy and prince begin to realize that obeying the rules might be just as dangerous as breaking them. Unfortunately, breaking the rules means they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to change their world before it turns on them. 

Jean and Jacob will be on my radio show Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CST! Tune in live or listen to the archived show immediately following (same link):

Meet Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy:

Jean Knight Pace
This is the first book for both of us. We drew a lot of inspiration from our families and our love of reading. A lot of people ask how it works with two writers. I don’t know how it works for other people, but this is what we did for this book. Jake came to me with an idea he’d had and asked if I was interested in developing it with him. I thought it was a great idea and was loving all the fantasy books my son was bringing home. For the first draft, Jake and I would get together once a week or so to develop the story and hammer out ideas, then I would go home to write a chapter or chapters for what we’d talked about that. Then of course came the editing and the selling of the book. That took a while.
Jacob Kennedy
We actually sold the book to our publisher by entering a contest hosted by Ink Smith Publishing. And then we won! It was a fun and surreal experience. I actually entered the contest on second-to-last possible day (on Halloween actually). And then I kind of forgot I’d entered it, because winning a contest seemed like such a long shot. Then that December I was working on the next book we were doing and out of the blue I thought, “Hey, that contest should have the results out by now.” I hadn’t received an email or anything, so I just went to the website to see who had won. I scrolled down from third place to second to first. And there we were. It seemed unreal. I was like, “Why haven’t I gotten an email about this?” So I hopped over to my email and there was a message from them—I’d received it in the last two hours. The whole thing was just crazy. And fun.

How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?  

The idea for this book was Jake’s. His wife had a dream about his daughter’s teacher becoming a werewolf and saving his daughter (so… a dream about a good werewolf). From this, Jake got the idea to write a book about wolves, dogs, werewolves, and a girl. It was a piece of magical realism (monster style)—a regular girl living a normal life in a small town—until strange things start to happen and she begins to realize that there are werewolves in her town. But that story had tons of back story about a different world where werewolves reigned—some good, some bad. When Jake sent me a few of his ideas, I couldn’t help but feel that the back story could also be its own book. That’s how Grey Stone was born (and, yes, you should stay tuned because we are working on the companion book—the one about the girl—right now).

We started the book in 2012, so it took about 2 ½ years to write and then some time to tweak after that.  

Jean and Jacob will be at BARNES & NOBLE 
Evansville, Indiana
This Saturday, August 20
3:30 p.m.

Find the authors at these links:

Twitter: (@jeanknightpace)
Jean also writes a food blog:

Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana

Our Evansville Local Authors group is giving a series of presentations which is sponsored by Willard Library! You can register on Willard's website to attend the presentations. (guess who's giving a presentation on The Beatles in September ;)

Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Authors Series Schedule:

August    22, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Carolyn Howard
Author of “The Cliffords & Mr. Orr” – A snapshot of life in Evansville, Indiana from 1915 to 1920
A presentation that outlines the valiant services performed by the men and women of Evansville during World War One. Learn about rationing, the American Red Cross, meatless days, gasless days and the Spanish Influenza pandemic that affected millions world-wide.

September   26, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records – A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles
The author of the Recipe Records cookbook series, Lanea Stagg will spend the evening discussing the question:  “Were The Beatles the Original Millennials?”
Listen to a history of the Fab Four and their behavior during their formative years and compare it to today’s phenomenon: The Millennials! The presentation will include audio/video displays along with samples from Recipe Records-A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles. Beatles fans and millennials who are curious about the group are going to Love It – Yeah Yeah Yeah!

October   24, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Rick Kueber and C. A. Jamison
Rick is the author of the “Frost & Flame” trilogy and “The Convergence Saga” sci-fi series
Jamison is the author of “Polarity – Children of the Orb”
Kueber’s “Frost and Flame” trilogy mentions Willard Library in book 2. Kueber will speak about his books along with a viewing of photographic evidence of hauntings; also audio clips of spectral voices. Kueber will also be speaking about his Science Fiction series – “The Convergence Saga.”
Jamison’s YA sci-fi book will be discussed along with a new horror-ish book she is releasing in October.  *May include an appearance by the Evansville Paranormal Team.

November  28, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Evansville Local Children’s Authors:

Patricia Easley – Author of 13 books for children such as “The Mighty Mascot Miss ODee” – Evansville’s Freedom Heritage Museum’s canine mascot
Donna Hendricks – Author of “We’re Combing the Beaches and Doing Projects”
Lanea Stagg – Author of “Little Dog in the Sun” and “Little Dog About Town-An Evansville Tail”
The children’s authors will each give a presentation about their books and encourage holiday shoppers to give the gift of books to children!

January  23, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Teen Night!
Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy – authors of “Grey Stone”
The pair will chat about their book and also give a presentation for teens. They will talk about the process of creating a book of fantasy--how to get ideas for books, develop them, and refine them. During the course of this discussion, small writing exercises will keep the teens engaged and to get them writing some of their own ideas. Middle school/High schools are invited to attend!

February  27, 6 pm – 8pm:  LOVE of Poetry!
Honey Angela Williams – author  “Life More Abundantly and Other Powerful & Inspiring Works”
M. Dianne Berry – author of “Things Happen When Women Dream”
Two prolific Evansville poets will discuss their published works and also recite poetry to celebrate the month of LOVE!
An extra treat will be the appearance of Evansville musicians, “The Honey Vines” who will join the evening to discuss writing song lyrics – which is really … POETRY!


Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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Twitter: @RecipeRecords and @LaneaStagg

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sean Redenbaugh - Evansville Local Author Series, Episode #9

Sean Redenbaugh will appear on my next radio show to talk about his debut fiction novel, Sunlight Parted. Thank you again for tuning into this terrific series - my stats have been off the charts!
Please check the schedule below for upcoming Evansville Local Author events. We will be appearing at Haynie's Corner First Fridays Event - next Friday evening. Fun will be had by all, so check out the festivities! 

Tune in live tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. CST at this link:
If you can't listen live, the archived episode is available at the same link (after the show closes around 5 pm)

Evansville Local Authors can be found on Facebook:


Sean Redenbaugh:

I am from a tiny town in west central Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University.  I used to be a professional photographer in Evansville for 7 years.  I currently write computer code during the day and fiction by night.  I am an avid book collector and reader.  I have published a poetry and photography compendium titled Distant Lands of Solitude and a fiction novel titled Sunlight Parted.  Sunlight Parted has received great reviews and was included on a list of the best Indie books of 2015, according to Phoenix Publishing Group.  Cara Lockwood, 12-time author and USA Bestseller wrote:  

"Sunlight Parted is an amazing love story without being sappy or too saccharin, it draws the reader in with high emotional stakes and an incredibly interesting take on life and death. I found it so meaningful, I got teary at the end! Books don’t usually affect me so directly, but this packs a heck of an emotional punch. Bravo!"

I am 36 and married and in love with my wife Amanda (graphic designer for Evansville Living magazine) and my dachshund, Spades.  I am an avid golfer as well.  
There is more on my bio page here if you want to look:

Sean has recently begun the process of turning his book Sunlight Parted into a movie script, with the help of long-time friend and Hollywood actress Katie Glover.  Check her out on!  Together, they are planning a production company to do creative projects, their first being to turn this story into an Indie Film.  It is their plan to film it mostly in the Midwest, using local Evansville talent and locations whenever possible.  This project is in the beginning stages, so keep your ears and eyes open for more information about it.  

The book is available locally at Barnes and Noble on Green River, and at River City Mercantile on Main Street.  Available online at,,, and pretty much anywhere else that sells books.
Also in the kindle and e-book stores.

Evansville Local Authors

Mark your calendar for future Evansville Local Author Events:

Thursday, August 4 - Hot Summer Facebook Party  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Like the Facebook page for Evansville Local Authors and join the party. Interviews with the authors, give aways and refreshing fun!

Friday, August 5 - Arts Council First Fridays Event -- Haynie's Corner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The ELA table will be located near Patchwork Central

Monday, August 22 - Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Author Series
Kickoff with Carolyn Howard, author of "The Cliffords and Mr. Orr"

Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
Facebook: RecipeRecords Cookbook (send friend request)
Twitter: @RecipeRecords and @LaneaStagg

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Am Everyday People

"Don't hate the black. Don't hate the white. If you get bit, just hate the bite." - Sly Stone

Writers tend to be great communicators. Interestingly though, they tend to communicate better on paper (or computer screen) than they do vocally. At least I fall into that category. 
Members of the Evansville Local Authors group approached me about creating a narrative to comment about the current violent acts that are being committed in our country and around the world. I offered to share pieces written by members of our group and I invite you to read and reflect on their offerings. These words will surely give you much to reflect upon. 

My Music Nugget o' The Day:

Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People/Dance to The Music

Violent Storms by Patricia Easley

Patricia Easley

Easley is the author of 13 children's books - found at Amazon

"Letter To The Immigrant"

An American Anthem

by M. Dianne Berry

Welcome, starry-eyed guests with musty bags, ropes to cast;
Here, you’ll share the place to breathe out fear, your sorry past.

Sing, O’ Land whose praising arms salute

the Most High God, His Love penned by

our Eagle’s striped paradigm.

Let the Red Woods pine for snow
so frozen tears will stream
down the mountain’s chest to Mother earth.

Sweeten grief tween cobalt skies and purple soil
with grain and fruit, honey and milk,
the prize of labored hands.

Dance, green hills which cloak the valley crest
round diamond pools still aching from accolades
fought dear by native sons.

Let us chorus, the music of Ages, trading tunes and tongues,
All language of lovers, together adapt and adore.
M. Dianne Berry

Welcome, starry-eyed guest with musty bags and hopeful hearts;
here you’ll see a place to breathe out a sorry past; once dreamt
now waken to kiss our Freedom Shores.

Berry is the author of "Things Happen When Women Dream" - found at Amazon

On the Road by Robin Wright

A hooded grey cloak sways then stumbles
ahead of me. No clue whether man, woman,
black, brown, white, old, young. A wet trail
dots the asphalt like a cryptic language.
Cloak stops, leaves the road, leans against a tree.
I shout, but grey merges into night as I kneel
next to the spot, scoop a puddle of blood
into my hands. It trickles through my fingers.

Robin Wright
I taste rust in my mouth, wipe lips and cheek
with the back of my hand—more blood. It slides
down my fingers, mixes with the stranger’s blood.
I drop onto roots. Orlando once meant
sunny vacations, Dallas, visits to relatives.

Wright is the co-author of "Ghost Orchid" and "A Needle and a Haystack" - found at Amazon

We Can’t Lose Sight©
By Honey

We can’t lose sight
Of what is wrong and what is right.*
The Bible is our guide for times like these,
Not politicians, self-serving religions,
Or guns and ammunition.
And don’t give into hatred, murder, retaliation or greed…
Certainly not alcohol and weed…
We know that justice is not blind.
Honesty and truth have been left far behind.
Know this,that God is just and He will bring justice for us!

Remember that God is love**
A holy God, from heaven above.
He gave us Jesus as a model of righteousness.
Don’t get caught up in all this mess.
Jesus is coming back again!
Wait!  The winner is he that endures to the end.***

Let go of “an eye for an eye…
And grab hold to New Testament Truth to live by.
Love, forgiveness, unity and peace…
These are values, we are to keep.

Christians, this is not a time for fear+
Your family needs your mind clear.
Fear God, not man.
Hold onto the Master’s hand.

“I will look unto the hills
From whence cometh my help.
My help comes from the Lord.”++
Not my will… 
It’s not about self…
Put on the full armor of God…
Including prayer and the Holy Spirit’s Sword!+++

I will “Trust in the Lord
With all my heart and lean
Not to my own understanding.”++++
I won’t depend on man for a happy ending…

Where is your fruit?+++++
Keep it close, whatever you do!
Hard times are going to come.
But true Believers know we’ve already won!

Honey Angela Williams
*Isaiah 5:20-21
**John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:16
***Matthew 24:13, Rev 2:26
+2Timothy 1:7
++Psalm 121:1,2
+++Eph 6:11-18
++++Prov 3:5
+++++Gal 5:22-23

Honey Angela Williams is the author of "Life More Abundantly and Other Powerful & Empowering Works"

A Special Gift To Share by Owen Small

In 1619, the first group of Africans were brought into the United States at Jamestown, Virginia as slaves. For the next two and a half centuries, people as chattel supported the economy and was a fixed way of life in most southern states of the U.S. Since the first black person stepped foot on American soil African-American people have been generally viewed as a low-class, or even a sub-human race.
Owen Small
After the bloodiest war in our nation’s history, emancipation brought no relief to its black population. According to Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Slavery By Another Name; The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, contends that in many ways the decades from emancipation to World War II were far more difficult for black Americans than during the two and a half centuries of their slavery. Blackmon notes that, “in Alabama alone, hundreds of thousands of pages of public documents attest to the arrests, subsequent sale, and delivery of thousands of African Americans into mines, lumber camps, quarries, farms and factories.” He also mentions that over thirty thousand such documents are in the files of the Department of Justice at the National Archives. African Americans were sentenced to forced labor by our own judicial system, with no merit to the accusations that put them there. Their forced labor was enforced by their local police forces. Unwarranted bigotry, prejudice and hatred have been thrust upon African American people since their first arrival in the U.S.
Black people of America have always been treated as having no personal worth or dignity. Diane Nash of the Freedom Writers of the 1960’s said in a P.B.S. interview, “Travel in the segregated South, (during the Freedom Ride) for black people was humiliating. The very fact that there were separate facilities was to say to black people and white people that blacks were so subhuman and so inferior that we could not even use the public facilities that white people used.”
The police brutality of today serves only to reiterate the attitude held by this nation’s judicial and law enforcement systems, dating all the way back to emancipation. Black people always have been and still are, often treated as sub-human.
It may be the technological shift that has made us aware of what has possibly been happening all-along. With the use of cell phones, dash-cams, or body-cams, the public can view the use of deadly force by police against unarmed black men. In the past we have not had this benefit.
One of the most horrendous, brutal and obvious cases of the murder of an unarmed black man by a police officer was in Chicago on November 24th in 2015, when officer Jason VanDyke shot 17 year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times; even as McDonald lay on the ground. Laquan McDonald had a pocketknife in his hand as he turned away from the officer and walked away. Obviously, Lanquan was no threat to VanDyke. Other officers were in close proximity and could have helped if McDonald were to make any kind of threatening move. The situation was obviously controllable without deadly force. But as Laquan McDonald turned away, VanDyke stepped out of his patrol car and emptied the contents of ammunition from his weapon into Laquan McDonald. The next day on the P.B.S. News Hour, commentator Judy Woodruff commented, “Why would a police officer shoot an unarmed man sixteen times?”
In a recent study The Washington Post found that, “Although black men make-up 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed black men shot to death by police this year.”
It seems a complete irony that our nation is faced with such police brutality against unarmed black people during the administration of our nation’s first black President. John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy stood strong with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in all of the racial turmoil of the 60’s. President Kennedy had begun writing what would become The Bill of Rights, which President Lyndon Johnson worked fiercely to finish and get passed in 1964.
It is deeply commendable that President Obama and former President George W. Bush eulogized the five police officers recently gunned down in Dallas, Texas by an African-American gunman. But for only a few of the unarmed African-American men gunned down by police, President Obama has only placed a phone call to the families of some of the black male victims of police brutality. He gave much less honor and respect to the innocent black victims of police brutality than he gave to the innocent police officers that were gunned down. Should they all not have received the same recognition of dignity and respect from the president?
History has brought to us a great divide between the races and nationalities of people living on our planet.   As average citizens we cannot do much to heal the open sores of distrust, prejudice and hatred throughout the world. But each of us can do something. We can show more kindness to others. Just a smile to a stranger in a public place can go a long way to restore trust. Beginning a conversation with someone we don’t know, especially of a different race, or nationality than ourselves can quickly break down barriers that stood through years, even centuries. The police officer can take more time to get to know the people of his community beat. The people of each community can show gestures of kindness to police officers. Love respect and appreciation can move the mountains of bigotry, distrust and anger.
People on this planet are like a package that holds inside them a beautiful gift. As long as we harbor distrust, prejudice, or anger to another person we completely pass over the chance to receive the gift that person has to offer. But by making the effort to show respect and love for others we open that package and receive their gift that can be ours for a lifetime. In doing this we share with them the beautiful gift that is inside ourselves. We are all gifts to each other; gifts to be shared.

Mark your calendar for future Evansville Local Author Events:
Evansville Local Authors

Thursday, August 4 - Hot Summer Facebook Party  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Like the Facebook page for Evansville Local Authors and join the party. Interviews with the authors, give aways and refreshing fun!

Friday, August 5 - Arts Council First Fridays Event -- Haynie's Corner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The ELA table will be located near Patchwork Central

Monday, August 22 - Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Author Series
Kickoff with Carolyn Howard, author of "The Cliffords and Mr. Orr"


Lanea Stagg
Facebook: RecipeRecords Cookbook (send friend request)
Twitter: @RecipeRecords and @LaneaStagg