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)

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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
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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
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Evansville Local Authors - Episode #8: Terri Dunsterville

The Evansville Local Author group continues to add more fascinating, astute and remarkable ink slingers (thank you Today's featured author embodies all of those descriptions and more. Terri Dunsterville is the author of a new sci-fi novel:  Warlocks of Evergreen.
Dunsterville has lived all over the USA and other countries, which cultivated her appreciation for culture, nature and earth. She spent five years swimming in an underwater show as a mermaid and performing underwater ballet; and later took up belly dancing which she also taught.  Yowza! Read more about Dunsterville below.

Please tune in to the Recipe Records Radio Show tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CST to hear Terri. You can tune in live at this link and if you can't tune in at that time, you can hear the archived show after 1:30 p.m. - same link:


Terri Dunsterville
Hi, my name is Terri, and I write under the name T. I. Dunsterville. My first published book is Warlocks of Evergreen, a science fiction novel with a touch of fantasy and romance. I started reading my Dad’s science fiction books in my early teens while traveling with my family as an Air Force “brat”. While living in different countries I learned to appreciate my own country while gaining a world view of humanity and the earth, which I believe, has affected my novel and the series (The Evergreen Journals) it is part of. Although reading all forms of genre from an early age; science fiction, with its endless possibilities, remains a favorite and this is what I choose to write.
I have a file cabinet (old school!) and computer filled with the bits and pieces of writing; poetry, notes and rough drafts; accumulated down through the years and only now, after family, college and work, being put to use. The scope has grown, from the planet Evergreen to include other planets and species in a universe called the CIAM (Central Information Assessment Module) universe. I have a lot of work ahead of me, and I hope I have the time and energy to accomplish it!
I chose Warlocks of Evergreen to finish first because it continued to grow (in my head and in notes and drafts) into something beyond one or two books! The series follows individuals on Evergreen as the sentient planet is preparing to connect with the human inhabited universe. Before Evergreen can move forward however, in Warlocks of Evergreen it must deal with a portion of the human population that is going to war and killing the indigenous species and half breeds. The reader travels with a human and sea sprite half breed, Dasimbe Halcon, who is developing her paranormal talents. She is aided by Daniel Scott, a warlock, half breed human and air fairy with extraordinary mental talents; and his marsh folk foster family. Her sister, Cierva’s story is also briefly told. Separation of family, discovery of self, new friendships, love, war and a strange bonding with the planet await them in Warlocks of Evergreen.

I’m working on book club questions. Subject to change!!
The book introduces the concepts of prejudice and genocide. What circumstances cause these to occur in the book and in reality?
The sisters struggle with their human identity but remember their father’s strengths and attributes. In the larger picture, what traits weigh in humanity’s favor? (Emphasized in the next book!)

Daniel questions Evergreen’s intent as its direction increases but trusts the results. The question arises for the reader, is this type of intervention a good thing, bad, or something in between?

Check out Terri's super cool site here:

Purchase her book here:


Jude Southerland Kessler
and Lanea Stagg
at the Rock Star Bathroom
 - Beatles At The Ridge!
September 16-17 - Walnut Ridge, Arkansas is the place to Rock & Roll!  Get all the details for the event here:
"I'll Drink to That"

Jude Southerland Kessler, Ivor Davis, Aaron Krerowicz, Sara Schmidt, Rande Kessler, Ken Orth and Cameron Hicks will be rounding out the Authors Symposium at The Ridge. You are all cordially invited to my presentation: "A Day in the Life of a Beatle" - tea, scones and lemon curd at 4:00 p.m. on the 17th! 


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Evansville Local Authors Series Episode #7 - C. A. Jamison & C. Marie Bowen

The feedback from the Evansville Local Author radio show series has been greatly appreciated! Episode #7 in Recipe Records Radio Show series will take place Tomorrow: July 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. CST. My guests are authors in the science fiction/young adult genre: C.A. Jamison and C. Marie Bowen. Tune in to hear them dish on their steamy new upcoming releases.
Remember, if you are a member of a civic club or other group, the Evansville Local Authors are available for presentations and programs. Their knowledge is incredible! Follow the Evansville Local Authors on Facebook:

C. A. Jamison

Ready to read about a new type of hero in the world of fantasy? Meet C.A. Jamison. She introduces us to plasmetric humans in her novel, Polarity, Children of the Orb. Judged by popular editors and agents, Polarity was awarded third in Science Fiction-Great Beginnings and holds a Certificate of Excellence from Romance Writers of America.
After marriage, Cynthia Ann moved to Atlanta Georgia where her husband studied Sound Engineering. There, she worked as a Private investigator for Argenbright securities. However with their family based in Evansville, the couple returned to Indiana and invested in retail. For the past twenty-years, they’ve owned a car audio shop called Dr. Dashboard. With the store now run by a manager along with her husband and son, she found the time to make her dreams come true, and writes Romance inspired stories for the world’s reading pleasures. 

C.A. Jamison books include:

Polarity, Children of the Orb:

Rush James and his brother, Chris, are plasmetric people—a unique life form born of human parents. Their blood cells are alive with alien electronic energy—and living a normal life in the human world creates havoc for those of their kind.
But Rush and Chris aren’t alone—there are others. As their parents slowly die, the Children of the Orb must find one another to survive. Rush must share his life with the only woman in the world who can keep his blood cells charged.
Trulie Morgan is the positive to Rush’s negative. When they touch, polarity moves energy, their passion grows, and the battle of opposites begins. Trulie’s kind heart is na├»ve to the dangers that surround them, and Rush must learn to use her optimism and strength if he wants to claim victory and love.

Anthology-Nine Deadly Lives.

Mary Lynn Price adopts a shelter cat to keep her company as she begins her new job across the country in California. 
The challenge is daunting when she is given the task of screening three novels, in only three days, for her mysteriously absent new boss.  
Magic happens as the story-lines of each novel weave into her dreams, and a familiar blue-eyed stranger stars as the hero in each tale.

A Dance To Remember

Can a Male stripper and an Uptown Fashion Designer put away their differences and find love?
This exciting novella will appear in an upcoming box set of music inspired stories set in different decades.

To find more books by C.A. Jamison visit her website at


C. Marie Bowen
Award winning author, C. (Connie) Marie Bowen writes the kind of stories she loves to read, paranormal fantasy and time travel with heroes from the past, present, and future. Her stories are crafted to contain an element of magic, suspense and romance. Each tale is an extension or prequel to another. She has created a series of novels and novellas with characters her readers have grown to love.
Connie grew up in Denver, telling stories to her friends who say they’re not a bit surprised she became a writer. However, that didn’t happen right away. Her stories of magic and adventure were put on the back-burner but remained close to her heart.
She moved from Denver to Wichita, Kansas, and then finally settled in North Texas to raise her sons. Connie earned a degree in Architectural Drafting and Design and worked her way up through retail design to Project Manager at an Architect and Engineering firm in Fort Worth, Texas. As a person who paid attention to detail and cared about her surroundings, she earned a Green Building Certification as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
C. Marie Bowen
Band practice. Soccer lessons. She loved watching her boys grow and time passed far too quickly. Her young adults left home for college, and in their absence, she took the opportunity to fulfill her writing dreams. She pulled the novel she’d written many years before out of her closet and set about retyping and learning a new craft. She furthered her education with online writing classes and discovered a multitude of like-minded authors and new friends.
Her first novel, Passage, won First Place in the Paranormal Romance category in Indiana's Golden Opportunity contest in 2014. In 2015, her novels Passage and Prophecy were both nominated for RONE awards in the Time Travel and Paranormal categories, respectively. She has authored four short stories and two novels, with the final book in her Soul of the Witch trilogy, Paradox, set to publish by the end of this year. She also plans to publish the first full-length novel featuring her cursed immortal, J.L. soon after Paradox is released.
Connie resides in North Texas with her wonderfully understanding husband and a precious feline companion named Abby.
She is a PRO member of RWA and the North Texas RWA chapter.

Passage, Soul of the Witch, Book 1    Available now

A car accident and near death experience allow Courtney Veau to visit her past-life in the post-Civil War west. After recovering in a present-day hospital, Courtney she goes in search of proof that her trip through time was more than imagination, and struggles to understand her deep feelings for the man and the family she left behind.
A carriage accident almost takes beautiful Nichole Harris’s life. She wakes to a world plagued by amnesia and confused by flashes of memory that are out of time with the world around her. Only her strong emotions remain to guide her. As others try to take control of her life, she fights a desperate battle to survive.
Merril Shilo is the love of her life—no matter when that life might be. Courtney Veau would give her life to return to her soul mate if she could only find the passage back to him.

Prophecy, Soul of the Witch, Book 2    Available now

Courtney Veau has managed to return to her life as Nichole Harris, and to Merril’s arms, but at what cost? Amy Harris has pushed her magic to the limit in a desperate attempt to heal her friend. In doing so, she encountered another—an entity who can twist its magic through her, and promises to find Amy.
A young woman near Toronto emerges from a trance. Her fire-magic twyned with another witch’s earth-magic to save a woman’s life. For Alyse, secrets held from her for a lifetime begin to unravel as she learns of The Prophecy, and how it has shaped her life.
Near New Orleans, a bounty hunter agrees to find the witches who brought The Prophecy to fulfillment, while in hell, the demon, Morago awakens to the siren’s call of elemental magic.

Paradox, Soul of the Witch, Book 3    Forthcoming

The inhabitants of the Shilo-Harris Ranch have withstood the attack of a powerful demon, but the battle continues. Aided now by Hunter and his mysterious magic, the group plans to defeat the monster once and for all and free the innocent souls he holds captive.
The demon, Morago, learned a valuable lesson in hubris and won’t be surprised by modern weapons or outnumbered again. While the devil licks his wounds, he makes plans to complete the Prophecy of the Twins on his terms.
By fire and earth lest death shall reign. A Prophecy realized. A Passage retraced.
My Website

Tune in Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. CST to hear C.A. Jamison and C.Marie Bowen. If you can't listen live, you can hear the archived episode at this link as well.

My Music Nugget O' the Day:

Recently watched a poignant documentary about Janis Joplin titled:  Janis: Little Girl Blue
Check it out and in the meantime, enjoy Janis' interview with Dick Cavett:

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