Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Radio-thon for Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit,MI

All afternoon and evening yesterday, Tuesday December 22nd, 11 Romance authors read complete short stories aloud on local (Ann Arbor) internet radio station PIVTR to raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen grows organic vegetables in its Detroit farm to supply veg for its soups, teaches Detroiters how to grow their own veg, has its own On The Rise bakery to provide bread for the soup kitchen and also to teach self respect and a trade to recovering addicts and incarcerees who are returning to society. It also provides a clean safe place where the homeless can come off the streets for a shower and a change of clothing…. and much more.
To donate to the soup kitchen using a credit card visit
The 11 authors’ stories can be heard for the next 2 weeks free “On Demand” There are 3 two-hour and one one-hour tapes. The mp3 recordings can be purchased for $3.50. Royalties go to the Soup Kitchen.
More details: Lillian Cauldwell
Rowena Cherry said this on Your comment is awaiting moderation. December 23rd, 2009 at 10:59 am
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the short stories. In the two o’clock to four pm session, Detroit author Cindy Spencer Pape read “Christmas at Morts” which was, most appropriately, about a Homeless lady.
Southern author Loretta Wheeler read a very clever short piece titled The Pan Man.
Brenna Lyons shared two science fiction/fantasy pieces. One Hour Burial was a powerful and horrific –in a tasteful and understated way– “what-if” tale.
The Stone Lord is a story that Brenna shares for free on her website, and developed from an interesting premise about magic that Brenna explained on air.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Military Tribute

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Astro Forecast with Flash Silvermoon, a PIVTR Host


Ah, another year passes and a new one unfolds right before our very eyes! We may all be a bit groggy from a Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer from the night before and or too much New Year's cheer.
Some of us may have made resolutions that may become a distant memory by mid month but if you wait to make your resolutions til mid month, you just might keep them.
I must admit that it will be hard to feel too much forward motion at the beginning of the month because Mercury, Mars, and Saturn are all retrograde. This means that the energy of these planets must wander inward before manifesting anything outwardly hence many situations can feel as if they are stuck in the mud or at least in slow mo.
The trick is to not waste too much energy pushing the river just because we have a New Year.. Winter time is always a time of contraction, of sorting out your life and options so no rush. Allow your options to be viewed like a tasty smorgasbord and if possible sample but don't get too attached to anything just yet.
If you have been in a funk or feeling kind of grumpy for the past month or so you are not alone. It's not even seasonal depression but a rather funky square aspect between Saturn and Pluto and a sluggish Mars that is causing all the fuss. These energies can make us even more conscious of our security needs which can cause fear for some. Of course if you become too involved with the madness of the fear mongers that pollute the air waves this energy will be heightened.
This is a wonderful time for self-examination as many issues that can remain hidden during easier times, are ripe for exploration now as Pluto demands that we dig deep into our core to become even more authentic and Saturn can give us the fortitude to do so. In this way, one can truly plumb the fertile darkness that may reveal hidden gifts if we are willing to take the time and effort to "get dirty".
On the lighter side of things, the Sun and Venus will be conjoined in Capricorn on Jan 8 with Mercury and Pluto occupying the same sign as well. Not exactly light because Saturn rules Capricorn. We can complain about the heaviness of the time or we can make heavy lemonade which can allow us to create sturdy structures that will in the long run give us a true and reliable security, this is Saturn's gift for those who are patient and not afraid to break a sweat.
Jan 13 will mark the beginning of Saturn's retro motion so we will get a chance to double check all of our decisions. Lots of changes mid month and managing to keep our balance will be interesting.
As if this wasn't enough intensity, the Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn occurs on Jan. 15 as Mercury comes out of retrograde.
Fortunately, sweet Venus is snuggling up to the Sun and Moon that are already quite cozy with each other making this a good time for romance.
The good news, is that all the energies that have been held back will flood forward and that can also be the bad news because if there has been a lot of frustration, which is likely on some fronts, angry words may also fly out of the box as well.
No doubt the whole Health Care Reform is being stymied by these regressive energies as well as fear mongering that has been hovering about the issue for a long time. With Saturn in the egalitarian sign of Libra, there is a strong need to make things FAIR and to some extent that can be most subjective and hence time consuming.
I must say, that I could think of several issues right off the top of my head that could be passed to institute a more egalitarian way of life like Marriage and the rights that offers for everyone who wants to be married, end DOMA, and Don't Ask Don't Tell and Equal Rights and Pay for everyone. What a fascinating experience that would be.
On Jan. 17 Jupiter will enter Pisces and finally separate all the way from its long time buddies Neptune and Chiron who will remain Siamese twins for this month as well.
Neptune periodically offers a rosy glow over these challenging times and it is crucial to balance these times of intensity with joy, pleasure, and light heartedness. Find the places and activities that help you to lighten up. In this way, you can find enjoyable and creative solutions for some of the tougher choices and changes we are encountering.
We will be defining what is truly important and ideally moving in that direction.
What are you made of and how do you want to move forward into this New Year, THE CHOICE IS YOURS, choose to use all of your options.

The New Year is a great time to gift yourself or others with a look at the road map for your future,YOUR ASTROLOGICAL CHART. Learn about the best timing for projects, love and much much more Call Flash Silvermoon 352 4752432

ARIES - What the hell! Mars moving backwards all month? I am just not having it. I need to move and action is my primary way of being in the world. I don't want to think too much about what i am doing that spoils my spontaneity which is like the air that I breathe. I want to speak to the management about this problem and.. I refuse to be tardy for the party.

TAURUS - Retro Mars, Saturn, no biggie with me. Slow and steady wins the race that's my way and a slower pace for me feels just right. Anything that is of value is worth waiting for and taking one's time that way you know what you are getting into or out of for that matter. And...sometimes slow can be absolutely delicious if you catch my drift.

GEMINI - Difficult times call for creative solutions and I have a dozen that I have been nurturing for the past week or so. The more challenges, the more I journal, blog and communicate. It helps me to stretch out my thoughts and look at all the options before me so that I do the right thing. I must admit, I do change my mind a bit but maybe the changes won;t come as fast for now.

CANCER - Everyone is so damned focused on their careers and making money. I have known all my life how to make something from nothing, how to stretch a meal or a budget. There's nothing more important than sitting around the table with friends and family and sharing a home cooked dinner or at least a good piping hot drink and pie. If you want to really feel at home and nurtured, c'mon over.

LEO - What a burn! Mars is in my sign all month but it doesn't want to go anywhere. I will have to really get very creative with all my energy and I know I can always do something. I just hope that somebody notices me because half of the reason that I create is to express myself but it can feel sort of empty if nobody sees me.

VIRGO - Leo, is there no end to your need for ego gratification?
Sometimes you have to do things that other people need to really make a difference.I still feel like I have a lot to accomplish and I look forward to the opportunities that the New Year offers. I know that I will be doing my part to push the envelope towards a more humane world.

LIBRA - I like the way you are thinking Virgo. My problem is that I have a hard time deciding which cause to throw my energy into so I wind up all over the place. I wouldn't want anyone to think that I was disinterested in their issues because one person's struggle is every one's struggle. One thing I do know is that equality needs to go all the way around.

SCORPIO -I like to really focus on one thing, one person, the deeper the better. How can you ever really know someone if you spill your energy everywhere. I am not always willing but true intimacy is my goal if I have to be honest. I am surprised that I am telling you all my secrets here but sometimes one must reveal to attract the one who can actually connect with enough depth to make it interesting.

SAGITTARIUS - "Don't ask me nothin' about nothin', 'cause I just might tell ya the truth." Uh huh with the tension lately my nerves are stretched to the limit so excuse me if I do not sugar coat but I really want to get to the bottom of things and then move along. I am tired of making excuses for everybody and leaving my needs unmet.I'm taking names.

CAPRICORN - I have to say that I am feeling right at home with all the Capricorn planets floating around me. I like to keep busy and have something to show for it at the end of the day . I am also willing to work long and hard to meet my responsibilities which are many but then I have the satisfaction to know it was done RIGHT! People respect me and they should because I respect myself and take pride in my accomplishments and that matters to me.

AQUARIUS - I am still feeling pulled by Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron which makes it hard to take a solid position on anything but Jupiter will be moving into Pisces so the overwhelm factor will not be so strong for a change. I do feel like I have gotten a better handle on parts of my personality that have literally been under construction these months. I like who is showing up these days.

PISCES - Oh Jupiter, you big old planet, I am so ready for your grand wisdom and style. It will be quite the contrast to having Saturn and its contracted ways dogging my every step so bring it, I AM READY! Haven't had nearly enough laughs and giggles and you are nothing if not humorous. Even if I have some tough lessons still , if I can have some humor to make the medicine go down that really works for me.

In case you haven’t noticed, this is not your Mama’s Astrological report. I deliberately let the signs talk right to you, giving them a voice that really tells it like it is!

I have endeavored to make it more gender neutral to speak to all sexual preferences and identities.
If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

HallMark Virus


There is an e-card virus making the rounds and it is being disguised as a Hallmark greeting card.

The phony e-card will come to your inbox as an email from It says you have received a Hallmark greeting card from a friend, to view it click the attachment, which is named or sometimes postcard.exe.

Hallmark doesn't have any e-cards that they make you download. If you do click on the link in the bogus e-mail, you will launch a variant of the Zapchast Trojan virus. Zapchast installs an Internet Relay (IRC) chat client and causes the infected computer to connect to an IRC channel. Attackers then use that connection to remotely command your machine.

If you receive an authentic e-card from Hallmark, there will be a confirmation number on the e-card. You can then go to the Hallmark website and type in that information. You are NOT required to download anything! You will view your card ON the Hallmark website.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

PIVTR 2010 Clean-Up

G' Morning All

I wanted to drop you all a line to officially make the announcement that there will be a whole new look to PIVR VERY soon.

This Sunday, I am setting aside some time to do a MAJOR cleanup to the site.

If you look at the home page you will see where we have a new setup for Streaming of everyone’s shows. The links at

the top of the page are the new and improved system that we have been working on over the past month or so, and these links (which may/ will take a change in shape) will be on every page within the site.

Check out the difference of the 2 links and I will explain the links:

The LISTEN LIVE link will be used for your LIVE shows. Listeners can simply click that button to listen live.

The ON DEMAND link is where they will now be able to listen to pre-recorded shows.

Normally we record your show, post the MP3 on your archives page, in the VIP section and on the mobile phone site (This hasn’t been released to the public yet). Well this will be changing very quickly. We will be posting the recorded shows to the on demand so this will eliminate the MP3’s from all archives pages. Now your archives pages can be used exclusively for your personal information as well as open a larger door for you to advertise your up and coming shows!!!! The VIP section of the website will also be eliminated (sorta) and turned into a RSS Feeds page where the pre-recorded shows will still be available for download/ purchase. There will be numerous options for purchasing the shows

1: Purchase an Individual show

2: Purchase a weeks worth of shows

3: Or purchase the entire month’s worth of shows.

Once a purchase has been made (week or month) listeners will automatically be updated with any new shows that are posted for that time period within the feed.

Now what does all of this mean to you and your loyal listeners?

MUCH easier navigation of the website,

Less maintenance and upkeep of the server, by consolidating everything,

To keep costs down for the daily maintenance,

To move forward with the latest technology available

Banner Advertising is at our fingertips with the new players (we are still working on a price list as well as incentives for advertising)

The ON DEMAND player will carry ONE month’s worth of shows on it and be continually updated (add something new, delete something old) and the RSS FEEDS page will still carry a min of 3 months worth of archived shows. The shows within the RSS feeds that we have built currently start at the beginning of November 2009 and will move forward from that date. Shows prior to Nov can still be made available as always by contacting Lillian with date and host name.

Website cleanup:

I will be clearing out a LOT of links that are wasting space and making things hard for people to navigate and find what they are after. A simple example is the 3 Military links. This will be consolidated into one link and then branch off from the central Military page, thus eliminating 2 links from the current menu. Tom can you send me some new poems to post, and Everett, can you send me some updated military info. These pages have not been updated in forever and need some immediate help.


Our blog… send in your info weekly to Brittany (upcoming schedule, book signings, what’s new etc) so that she can add this info to the site. Please remember to CC Lillian and myself. Creating a mail list from your current e-mail with all 3 of us in it will make things quick and simple to contact us all in one shot J

EVERY host page: I need your upcoming schedule no later that Saturday of every week if you want me to keep your page updated. Right now there is only ONE host that does this weekly, and one that does it monthly. If we keep your pages updated with your next schedule show, then YOU open the door to MORE listeners!!!!! If you have no bio or explanation of what your show is about on your current archives page, I will need that sent in also. If we aren’t going to keep these pages updated on a regular basis, then we will consider eliminating all of the unused pages, and open up more server space for the next venture that is coming LIVE VIDEO STREAMS

2010 is coming fast, and we are planning on WOW’ing EVERYBODY, so lets all put a little effort into this and start this year with a GIANT BANG!

As always questions, comments, and/or ideas are ALWAYS welcome!!! If you have any, please fwd to myself and Lillian. I will be starting this venture Sunday morn around 4:30am CST so try to have the ideas in before then so that everything and everyones opinion can be considered with all of the changes!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Science Fiction Romance Authors

Crazy Tuesday with host Rowena Cherry and guests: Heather Massey, Doug Knipe, Lisa Paitz-Spindler and Ella Drake discussed science fiction romance.

Please go and listen to the podcast at

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CRAZY TUESDAY elected for EPPIE Nomination

Ann Arbor, November 24th 2009

PIVTR's 'CRAZY TUESDAY' show is nominated for the prestigious EPIC "Friend of e-Publishing" Award.

Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC) President, Brenna Lyons says:

"Rowena (Cherry) has been an anti-piracy advocate for many years. She's former indie/e and currently working in NY, with e-books there. Unlike some people who make the leap, Rowena is fiercely protective of all facets of the industry, including indie. She oversees 9 blogs, several of which address anti-piracy and e-publishing issues. She's also been instrumental in starting and maintaining several anti-piracy groups, including Charlee Boyett-Compo's AuthorsAgainstE-BookTheft Yahoogroup, and supports still more. She's used her radio show to do shows on things like anti-piracy, copyright, and authors helping authors, which not only helps the industry but EPIC, as well. Rowena has wonderful contacts in the industry and is often sought for quotes and interviews, which she refers to EPIC in often. She's one of our biggest supporters, and she's certainly doing her all to support the industry. Most recently, she was quoted at the FCC hearings on net neutrality, on the subject of protecting our copyrights in a digital society. Overall, I think we could do MUCH worse for a nominee.


EPIC members are voting now for one of three nominees. The nominees are Crazy Tuesday, hosted by Rowena Cherry, ARe (Lori and Barb) and Baen Webscriptions (Arnold Bailey). Awards will be announced in March 2010 at the EPIC annual convention EPICon.

Interview with the author of "The Anna Mae Mysteries"

Lillian Cauldwell talks legend, race, critical thinking in new tween series

In “The Golden Treasure” (Star Publish), the first book of local author Lillian Cauldwell’s “The Anna-Mae Mysteries” series for tweens, heroine Anna-Mae Botts accomplishes something that’s eluded almost 145 years of effort by adults: finding the lost gold of the Confederate Treasury, supposedly buried in northern Georgia during Jefferson Davis’ flight from Richmond after the South’s surrender. Anna-Mae doesn’t do it alone, of course — she’s got the help of her eight-year-old brother Malcolm, her best friend Raul Garcia, three remarkably supportive grandparents and…a giant disembodied black fist, accompanied by a host of other supernatural phenomena.

Told from the perspective of two black kids and a Hispanic one growing up in rural Georgia, the book neither shies away from the obvious facts about race — like that all the members of a junior high clique are often the same color — nor invests them with the sort of futile hand-wringing sometimes engaged in by adults who see race primarily as a “problem” to be “solved.” Mostly, though, it’s an adventure story, pure and simple, focused on a bright girl who finds it hard to fit in sometimes, has a little brother who’s equal parts extremely useful and a pain in the rear, and occasionally finds her best friend kinda cute in a way that makes her insides a bit “gooey.” chatted with Cauldwell about it recently.
Q: Tell me how this book came to be.

A: I wanted to write a book for multicultural kids. I wanted them to know that girls could have adventures as well as boys can and that girls can think and solve problems — and yet (as tweens) they’re also in what I call “purgatory“. They’re not toddlers, they’re not holding their parents’ hands, but they don’t want mid-teens giving them trouble. They don’t know who they are, where they’re going, what people are doing, but here they are in junior high — they’re in the big leagues. And depending on how your junior high is set up, you may even be sharing space with the big kids, so…at any one time, there’s always a group that’s a little superior. I know how they’re feeling, and I wanted to get that across.

And I wanted to get across that life isn’t fair — but before you can do anything, you have to find out who you are, learn how to deal with what’s bugging you, and learn to get along. You can’t just disappear; you’re going have to deal with whatever problem comes along, and you usually have to do it by yourself. So to me, being that age meant that you were in the middle of nowhereland. I remember what it was like, and I remember what it was like watching my kid go through it, too. He was gifted, very smart, and his sophistication was up there with grown-ups…but his maturity was on the floor. (Laughs.)

Q: There’s lots of crazy supernatural stuff going on here! Are you a believer in the supernatural in general?
A: A lot of it was research. I’ve had one or two experiences that I don’t share much because people who haven’t been there don’t understand. My husband is an organic chemist, so there’s no way he’s going to believe that there’s anything else besides us out there. A ghost could walk through him and he wouldn’t believe it. But I’ve had those experiences, and I’ve known other people who’ve had those experiences, especially around this age. At this age…you’re more open to other things that may happen.

Q: What drew you to the mystery of Jefferson Davis’ lost gold?
A: I wanted them to find the lost treasure. I did not want my kids on a mystery where they found dead bodies or got shot; there’s plenty of that in the world and other folks can do a better job of writing it. So I wanted a mystery, and I started researching Davis, and the more I read, the more intrigued I became, because the gold he lost was not all Southern gold. He took out a loan from the French bank with interest, whether or not he won the war. Now, you’re not taught that in history class. And I found out which bankers he borrowed it from, and I discovered that it makes a difference whether you read the Northern or Southern account of the story. (Davis) ran out when the (Confederate) Cabinet fell, and he had a trick for storing the gold so that no one would find out, and he was trying to get it to Savannah to take the gold back to France. So I found the route he took for his great escape and added some of my own touches. ...
Everyone has their own theory about how the gold was carried, where it was buried, why it was buried, so I tried to give enough of the story without digressing too much from the adventure.

Q: I like how you’re very explicit about the systematic way the kids go about putting their clues together. Are you hoping to sneak some critical thinking skills into your readers’ enjoyment?
A: Oh, absolutely. Actually, the book is a plot. (Laughs.) I wanted to show that there are certain things you need to do to take this to its logical conclusion. When I went to school, you had to show all of your work on a problem, so that even though I never got the right answer, my teacher could give me credit for thinking. … I wanted these kids to actually sit down and think about what had taken place, who was involved, and how they got there. One of the things my husband taught me is that if you can’t find something where you think you put it, you can go and retrace your steps and you might find it. And it seemed like a girl would know this instinctively.

Q: Isn’t it interesting that you said your husband taught you, but a girl would know it instinctively?
A: (Laughs.) Well, maybe other girls. My mother knew it, anyway! I do think a big difference is that it seems like girls will go out and find the information they need and store it away for another time. I think that boys do have adventures, but I think girls maybe have better ones because they pay better attention to the details. They use them later because they want to make their lives better, while a guy seems more likely to say he can tough it out the way it is.

Q: You say toward the end of the book that the South is “still fighting the war between the states.” What do you mean by that?
A: A lot of places still have rigid class structures, still have strict rules about who can sit together. … I wanted to get across to kids that no matter where they lived in the United States, there was still superstition and prejudice and (basically) no democracy. There are still racial tensions in this country, and you ignore it at your peril. I had a friend who was a student out west and he decided to drive home to Ohio with a friend, and they stopped in this little town to get gas and a snack and just got this feeling like they better conduct their business and get out of there as fast as possible. On the other hand, I had a friend who was an adult and she and her friend stopped in Tennessee and it was the same thing — they knew they were not welcome and the local law was trying to figure out a way to throw them in jail.

And a kid in this situation acts differently than a grown-up, but they can feel it. They may not be able to say, “Oh, they don’t like me because I’m black,” but they know they’re not welcome. So Anna-Mae, she’s a black child in a white rural school district that’s located in Georgia, so there’s two strikes against her there. And on top of that, she talks to ghosts, so that’s three strikes!

Q: You have some interesting classifications that involve race — you provide names for two classes of white kids, and there’s a suggestion that black Anna-Mae is being treated less well by the authorities than her white antagonist. What conversation about race are you hoping to start?
A: I’m hoping to start (a conversation that says to) girls, and black girls especially, that there’s more to life than being a mother, than following a gang mentality, that they do not need to choose sports or become or a singer or an actress to get ahead. That there are other opportunities. ... And that girls don't need to dumb themselves down. My attitude is more of, “You are fine the way you are, it’s the rest of the world that’s out of whack, and don’t get down to their level. Force them to come up to yours.” There’s no reason for the girls of today to have that kind of attitude or that type (of worldview).

Q: Are you saying that there are no pressures on girls today?
A: No, there are plenty of pressures — you don’t have to look any further than Saturday morning TV! There’s a great deal of conformity and a great deal of pressure to do what’s acceptable. But why is it always the old maid (that we’re supposed to be scared of)? The wicked stepmother? I never hear anything about the wicked stepfather! I guess as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a little more conservative — don’t tell my hippie friends that, but I guess you just do — but it hasn’t gotten any easier to be a girl since I grew up in the ’50s.
And you know that junior high is when you learn how to kiss! I would be foolish if I didn’t recognize that at 12, you start noticing that boys and girls are a little different, and you maybe go a little past kissing. In my second book, Anna-Mae goes overseas and meets a 13-year-old boy, and Raul knows immediately that he’s dangerous, but he doesn’t know if he should shoot the guy or befriend him. And that’s how it goes at that age.

Q: I like that your son (cartoonist Ben Caldwell) drew the cover and also that you reference his “Dare Detectives” in the story. Does Anna-Mae ever have a walk-on in his work?
A: Not yet. But he’s very interested. He’s the one who suggested that when I set up the book, I storyboard it. So that was how I did it. He told me that kids want to be entertained, they want to be able to see what’s going on, because today’s world is so visual.

Q: What do you have planned next?
A: (Book Two in the series is) “The Holy Relic,” based against the Solomon and Sheba legend. The whole book is written as one big clue, so you have to figure out what I’m talking about, why Anna-Mae is where she’s at and how she’s going to get out of it. She encounters other people and other types of problems and ultimately realizes that as bad as the United States can be, it’s a lot better than overseas. Which a lot of kids don’t understand — we’re way ahead of the game. We’re not bombed continually, there aren’t troops in the streets. We do not have foreign soldiers living in our homes, our water supply is still working, and we live a pretty comfortable life. I think it’s important for kids to realize that any country can only offer as much as their citizens give back to it — it’s a two-way street. (Laughs.) I don’t say that right out, of course.
After that is “The Tablet of Stone,” which takes place in South America, and the fourth book is “My Mother’s Keeper,” which comes back to the United States. So I’m willing to take (the characters) all the way up until they become adults and have careers as investigators, but I wanted to keep away from murder and mayhem. And there are so many other types of mysteries to be solved! Sometimes they’re right underneath you, and they have just as much power.
You can get "The Anna-Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure" at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Star Publish, LLC, or you can contact email Lillian Cauldwell for a signed copy. Cauldwell is also the founder of Passionate Internet Voices Radio.

Leah DuMouchel is a free-lance writer who covers books for

Monday, November 23, 2009

Reviewers for Self and Independent Published Books

Frequently, I see authors asking where they can get their books reviewed especially if they've self-published or P.O.D. their books. Here's a small list of a few individuals who might help you out.

1. Fore Word Magazine - dedicated to Independently-published books. The magazine appears 6 times a year and is known as a supporter of independent published books. Fore Word Magazine DOES NOT review books published by publicly traded companies.
Contact Info: Teresa Scollon, Book Review Editor, ForeWord Magazine, 129 1/2 East Front Streeet, Traverse City, MI 49684; Check their site for details;

2. January Magazine, online-only Canadian review magazine attracts 35,000 visitors a day. Reviews the very best self-published books. DOES NOT review Christine or computer books. Contact Info: Linda L. Richards, Editor, January Magazine,;

3. The Rap Sheet targets crime fiction. Contact Info: J. Kingston Pierce, Editor, The Rap Sheet,

4. Shelf Awareness, contact Marily Dahl

5. The Book Report Network,, DOES NOT review how-to, self help, relgion and medical/health books. Complete guidelines are availabe at

6. BookBrowse, DOES NOT review romance, sci-fi, relgious fiction and business books. Go to website and click on submissions for additional information.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mac Users


Here are the instructions for watching a Windows Media stream from a Mac:

Streaming videos in the Windows Media format are compatible with MAC OS.
For OS X you will need to download Flip4Mac Windows Media plugin

Note: When connecting to Windows Media streaming servers, the Flip4Mac may try to download the requested media instead of streaming it. This can cause the video stream to stutter or loop back after a few minutes of play. To correct this:

Open the System Preferences utility
Click Flip4Mac WMV to open the Flip4Mac preferences pane
Open the Movie tab
Select "Create streaming movies"
Close System Preferences and restart any open browsers
The next time you access a WMA or WMV stream, the plugin will display the streaming progress bar instead of the download bar, and the stream should play correctly.
For OS 8/9 you will need Media Player 7.1

After you've downloaded the correct codec or Media Player you may need to quit your browser and then re-open it for the player to work correctly.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Frist Five Scams of Christmas Are:

The holidays are near – prime time for crooks to send out “holiday greetings” in the form of spyware and viruses, in effort to put your money into their own stocking.

Today McAfee released the“12 Scams of Christmas,” or, the most popular scams cybercriminals are using to trick people into handing over millions of dollars this holiday season.

Among the top of this year’s most popular online scams for holiday are:

Charity Phishing Scams – Be Careful Who You Give To
During the holiday season, hackers take advantage of citizens’ generosity by sending e-mails that appear to be from legitimate charitable organizations. In reality, they are fake Web sites designed to steal donations, credit card information and the identities of donors.

Fake Invoices from Delivery Services to Steal Your Money
During the holidays, cybercriminals often send fake invoices and delivery notifications appearing to be from FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Customs Service. They e-mail consumers asking for credit card details to credit back the account, or require users to open an online invoice or customs form to receive the package. Once completed, the person’s information is stolen or malware is automatically installed on their computer.

Social Networking – “A Cybercriminal Wants to be Your Friend”
Cybercriminals take advantage of this social time of the year by sending authentic-looking “New Friend Request” e-mails from social networking sites. Internet users should beware that clicking on links in these e-mails can automatically install malware on computers and steal personal information.

The Dangers of Holiday E-Cards
Cyber thieves cash in on consumers who send holiday e-cards in an effort to be environmentally conscious. Last holiday season, McAfee Labs discovered a worm masked as Hallmark e-cards and McDonald’s and Coca-Cola holiday promotions. Holiday-themed PowerPoint e-mail attachments are also popular among cybercriminals. Be careful what you click on.

“Luxury” Holiday Jewelry Comes at a High Price
McAfee Labs recently uncovered a new holiday campaign that leads shoppers to malware-ridden sites offering “discounted” luxury gifts from Cartier, Gucci, and Tag Heuer. Cybercriminals even use fraudulent logos of the Better Business Bureau to trick shoppers into buying the products they never receive.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

December Astroflash


December opens its gates with a Full Moon in Gemini on the 2nd so we can expect lots and lots of words. Will we hear the Truth? Now that may be another story entirely depending on how exacting you are about the T word. I have learned that Geminis rarely lie but they do change their minds;so it depends on which twin is talking.
The political and economic log jam that was created when Saturn and Pluto began a most UN-seductive tango with each other will ease up as the two become slightly less intimate in the beginning of the month and drift even further apart as the month continues. This should be quite a relief for all of us who have had the month from hell in November feeling the continual pressure of these 2 planetary energies duking it out all over our minds, bodies and spirits.
By the 17th of December we should start seeing more progress in the world both politically and economically and not just mud slinging and back room arm twisting. We have all been under potentially fear producing energies that have even caused some to question their very survival!
Thankfully Venus and Mars are both in fire signs so they will heat things up and keep are hearts more open as well. Venus in Sag all month will keep us feeling feisty and active which will be necessary to get everything done and still have time for play.
Holiday festivities may be grander too with Mars doing it bigger and better in Leo while on the political side of things Pride could make or break efforts towards peace and domestic policy.
Essentially everyone will want to look like a winner so working with Saturn in Libra's desire for equity, a win win shift could really work. So important for us all to make the quantum leap from the dominance and submission paradigm to willing cooperation.
I want to start calling Jupiter,Neptune and Chiron, the Three Weird Sisters, because these three oh so heavenly bodies have hardly been more than a degree or 2 apart for a year. On the plus side, that they have draped this whole challenging mess in a magical mystical cloak which has allowed us to move ahead with some measure of faith that somehow it will all turn out OK as well as forcing us to dig deep into our self healing and metaphysical bag of tricks.
I believe that we will see even more merging of spiritual and scientific worlds.
On the down side, we will continue to be engaged in more hand washing as one or another flu morphs and chases us around or keeps us hunkered down at home.
The Jupiter/ Neptune effect will likely have us in even more of a daze than usual this holiday season and we will need to be mindful about impulse buying to chase the blues away.
Could be a good time to organize your dreams and aspirations as old Murky Mercury does its 3 week retro dance from Dec.26 to Jan.15. By this time many of you know of mercury retrograde and the way that it can totally screw up forward motion... because the mind and mental processes are going backwards. Solution is to not push the river forward. You want to get all your ducks in a row,weed out all physical and emotional clutter so that when Mercury moves forward on Jan. 15, you will be ready to go!
On New years Eve, we will have a Blue Moon and a Lunar Eclipse, that is, a second Full Moon in the month, this one being in Cancer which will bring a most interesting vibe to our parties. I find the Lunar Eclipses to be very internal times and this one being Cancer, may encourage many more to stay home and have quieter celebrations.
Whatever you choose, listen to your inner wisdom which is always there to give you the best guidance. See ya next year!!!

NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL- $10 OFF on Astrological charts

ARIES - I love anything new so get me out of this month ASAP. I could go on a shopping frenzy but anything to keep me busy will be good right now. Oh fine, another retro Mercury. Saturn and Pluto wore my poor patience to a frazzle and I had so little to start. I will surely need to learn some new meditation skills or Yoga for this one. Actually, maybe I could go cruise the Yoga studio?

TAURUS - Right now, I just want things to feel a little easier. I mean turkey and stuffing and apple pie sending warm cinnamon smells through the house will really work for me. Back to basics and solid values that I can count on to be there next year is what I need. I know nothing is promised but maybe just a little promise please?

GEMINI - It's my Full Moon Yeahhhhhhhhhh let's have a party or go do karaoke or recite our poetry or, let's do it all. If we schedule it right we can make it all happen in one day. Anybody game? OK I will get on Face Book and Twitter and let all my friends know that it is ON! If you miss it not to worry because it will all be on my BLOG tomorrow.

CANCER - OK Gemini you just run wild. This is my big nesting time and I think I will call Taurus up and plan a cooking day because we are on the same page. Spending quality time with old friends really warms my heart and allows me to just slow down and feel my feelings rather than run away from them. Gratitude is my attitude.

LEO - So glad that you noticed Mars in my sign and yes i am on the prowl for my mate. Life just isn't fun without one and I have so much to offer that it would be a waste to not share my heart and enthusiasm.Others may have left you cold. I promise that would never be the case with me. I would make you my Queen and we would rule our world together purring happily.

VIRGO - I am glad that mercury won't be retrograde til after the holidays because I have everything planned just so and I hate to have to rearrange it all. The retro is always so hard for me but I have learned to get ahead of it and now its not so bad. Planning is everything. My cards are organized and stamped. With Saturn off my butt I have so much more energy and I can actually get a lot done and still have time to read and work on my "special projects."

LIBRA - GIVE PEACE A CHANCE wouldn't that be a wonderful gift under every one's Solstice Tree? If the powers that be could see that War never solves anything and good mediation can work wonders where bullets can not.... Trouble is, sometimes we need to create a more equitable way to share and those who have are rarely willing to simply give to those who do not. Everything in balance really works for us all and we all get more rather than less.

SCORPIO - I think it's all about motivation and intention.That's the key to the lock that opens up our willingness. Now don't think for a minute that I will open up and tell you mine. A girl needs some secrets however, if you really take the time to get to know me, all will be revealed. I just need to know that you are interested in depth and substance. Intensity is good but I have learned not to be beguiled by a one trick pony.

SAGITTARIUS - Enough of all this serious talk. I have had 4 years of that and now I am ready to play. Sky's the limit and for me beyond that. Magic Carpet let's set the controls for the hear of the sun and see where that takes us. A bottle of vino or sparkling juice, a hunk of cheese and some really dark chocolate should be all the supplies that we need for an exotic get away. Maybe a DVD of some of my fave comics for this excursion would be just the ticket.

CAPRICORN - I need to understand the core issues around why I am always struggling. I mean, I don't mind hard work, Goddess knows that I can do that just fine but I need more and want more balance in my life. Saturn is getting on my case about that and creating situations for me that demand that I lose my denial blinders. Pluto is compelling but Saturn forces the issue into reality and I am feeling compelled to change my reality.

AQUARIUS - Like it or not, I am in a polygamous marriage with 3 planets. One of them shifts and we all go tumbling after. Sometimes it's a lot of fun but I rarely know where I am going til I get there and even then, it takes me a minute to shake off the fog. I must be learning some deep lessons that I might have been resisting because this pattern just keeps hammering away at me. OK I am learning to have faith and trust already, I give,now can we get back to something resembling consistent reality?

PISCES - Consistent reality? Oh Aquarius, Please! Since when is reality consistent. You at least have Neptune yanking your chain and she can be so seductive. I am dealing with lightning - fast changes that shift in the blink of an eye, third eye or other. Half the time I am so restless that I don't know what to do with myself while other times I am scrambling to keep up with all the new projects that I start. It's all good but sometimes I long for my peaceful pond.
In case you haven’t noticed, this is not your Mama’s Astrological report. I deliberately let the signs talk right to you, giving them a voice that really tells it like it is!

I have endeavored to make it more gender neutral to speak to all sexual preferences and identities.
If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Lord's Prayer

This arrived in my email this morning. What do you think?
Feedback please!

NEW School prayer :

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom thing..
The law is specific, the law is precise..
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks....
We can carry smut, but not the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Financial Economist

Dan Shaffer is coming to PIVTR on November 4 from 9 to 10 p.m.
Please join us by going to and click on the Logo.
It will take you straight to windows media.
Want to join in the interview? Ask questions?
Call 712-338-8710, 618#

Sunday, November 1, 2009

March 2010 Serial Reading-a-thon


For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson Partner To Offer Fiction Reading Opportunity

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson invite authors to participate in a frugal and fabulous reading and cross-promotion adventure
Starting March, 2010.
Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio will feature authors of published books of fiction to join in the first-ever serial weekly literary festival where authors read brief excerpts from their books over PIVTR’s radio network.
(Nonfiction and Poetry Weeks will come later in 2010.)

Authors may book a reading on what may be a first-of-its-kind event:
It is only $10 for 10 minutes. Authors may contact before January 15, 2010.
The special will air March 21 thru March 28, 10 to 11 p.m. (New York time) except Wednesday evening when the show starts 10:30 and ends at 11:30 p.m.

Text Lillian at 734-277-2733 Or E-mail: for details!
The planned program also includes:
§ Authors book reviews will be posted on Carolyn's The New Book Review blog: That blog was recently named to Online Universities 101 Best Blogs for Readers list.
§ A special authors' page will be created on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio ( Web page.
§ Lillian will make MP3 streams (html codes) of participating authors' presentations available for $3 each plus shipping. Proceeds from the MP3 streams will go to Mission Socorro and Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help the homeless, migrant workers and recently released prisoners get back on their feet.

Passionate Voices Radio is based on three principles: to market and promote published mid-list and unknown authors to the media; to provide a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy world; and to provide quality educational and informative content to listeners so they can use it immediately in their spiritual, personal and business lives.

Lillian Cauldwell is an author of one award-winning nonfiction book, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide." She writes multi-cultural paranormal mysteries for mid teens (9 to 14 years) and mentors junior and senior high school students to write their first books. and

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an award-winning novelist and poet. She is also the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

The pair plans future reading festivals for poets and writers of nonfiction.

Media material available on request

Rebecca Reads 2010 Contest

Authors, just a little reminder - the contest is now open for Spring 2010 Written Art Awards. Please send your books in early to help us prevent judge-burnout at the last minute.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Contest "What Makes A Good American Citizen?"

Jason Wilson and his nonprofit association sponsors a yearly contest for 9th thru
12th grade students to write an essay on how they feel about what makes a good citizen of the United States. Applications for the contest remain opened until December 31. Check it out. Listen and take action. First place prize is $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Query Letter Contest

CEO of Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio, Inc. is also a multi-cultural paranormal mystery author. Her first book, The Anna Mae Mysteries-The Golden Treasure was released by StarPublisLLC in 2008.

Her second book in the series, The Anna Mae Mysteries-The Holy Relic is being written as I write. To help speed the process of obtaining an agent and/or a publishing company, L S Cauldwell has entered The Holy Relic in a series of contests.

For this particular contest, a query letter needed to be written under 500 words and submitted to the agent. To seal the deal, Ms. Cauldwell needed to post the url for the contest on her blog. Please check out the link and see if you're up to submitting a query letter for acceptance by an agent for kids and young adults.

Kidlit Contest

Other Contests Ms. Cauldwell has entered: Dzanc Literary, Gotham Writers and Turner Maxwell Books.

Curfew Not Just for Teens Any More

What it is: iCurfew (but not just for teens and parents)i

iCurfew is an easy way for kids and parents, or anyone, to check-in with each other remotely. We designed it specifically for kids simply use iCurfews to send their location to their parents in an email. It is a way for anyone to send their location to a friend. Whether you are at the movies, at a friends house, or across the world, you can send your location using iCurfew on cell data networks or Wifi.For parents and teens: parents don’t have to be nervous any longer; wondering if their kids are really out where they say they are. This app builds trust, and verifies real time location with an un-editable link.What makes us different: Unlike other teen tracking apps, we want the check-in process to be mutual and encourage open communication. We have made the location link un-editable to ensure parents get the real location of their child. We think this mutually cooperative process encourages stronger relationships between kids and parents.Please please please buy us a pack of gum and help us get into hot new releases, it really is great if you want to meet someone somewhere or keep track of where your kids are.You can buy it now or wait until Monday, whatever is easier!Thank you!Vanessa and Scott

PS- Please pass this along!

PPS- If you buy it please rate it or give it a review!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Feedback on Proposed Stamp

I thought PIVTR was non-political, non-religiously biased.
This is the type of message that belongs in email spam, not on a serious organization's blog.PIVTR is not a mouthpiece for religious hate speech, is it?
IMHO, take it down.

Rowena CherrySPACE SNARK™

Lillian, I personally agree 100% with the person who sent it to you, yet I don’t believe it has a place on PIVTR unless you want to become political and send out others from those supporting other positions. We have MSNBC, Fox, CNN etc for that. . .in addition to all of the radio shows. It is your call and I will support you either way. I am just concerned this will open up something you do not have the time to deal with?? Enjoy your day, Joan

I think it is salacious, hate filled and an indirect and dangerous attack on Obama---and inaccurate these were not Muslim attacks, they were attacks by Muslim's . Hitler was born a Christian- so those worshipping Christ were responsible for the Holocast. The people who are protesting this stamp should be sent to Afganistan. Post it and your part of the problem. Carol Schlanger

I found it a bit partisan (the call to boycott a Muslim themed stamp).
Not all Muslims are guilty of the atrocities you mention, and many Americans/Protestants/Catholics throughout history have been guilty of worse atrocities.
I suppose much depends whether there are Chinese holiday/Christian holiday/Kwanzaa holiday/Jewish holiday stamps.If there are.... maybe there should be one Muslim stamp.
Just a thought.

Rowena Cherry

What are YOUR thoughts about this proposed stamp from the OBama government?
Let PIVTR know.

Proposed Stamp

This was forwarded to my email today. I would like you to read it and let me know your thoughts. The person asked me to post it on the "What's Happening" section of PIVTR's website. Thanks, Lillian

I snoped this...they say it's TRUE - - disgusting!!!!!!!!

USPS New 42-Cent Stamp!!! Celebrates Muslim holiday. If there is only ONE thing you forward today.... let it be this! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight 103! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon ! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia ! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa ! REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE! REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001 ! REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!Now President Obama has directed the United States Postal Service to REMEMBER and HONOR the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new commemorative 42 Cent First ClassHoliday Postage Stamp.. REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps at the post office.All you have to say is "No thank you, I do not want that Muslim Stamp on my letters!" To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors. REMEMBER ~pass this along to every Patriotic AMERICAN that you know and lets get the word out !!! Here is something to chew on... They (MUSLIMS) don't even believe in Christ, & they're getting their own Christmas stamp! BUT, don't dare to dream of posting the ten commandments on federal property! This is truly UNBELIEVABLE !!!

All feedback appreciated! Thank you. Lillian

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Today, I learned a very important lesson curtesy of AT&T.
When you sign up for a service with any phone company, make sure that the sales reps tell you everything. If not, you'll wind up like I did when I received my monthly phone bill.

My hair dropped out of my scalp. My blood pressure hit the ceiling. I'm still in shock. Who has that kind of money to pay those kind of bills when that particular company doesn't tell you "the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

Nail those sales rep to the floor and make sure you ask every conceivable question you can think of, cuz if you don't you'll be hit by a whopper of a bill that you didn't ask for and certainly didn't plan on paying.

If you do receive a surprise from that company or phone company, make sure you pick up the phone and call them and get a live person to help you out. That's what I did. And, I'm bringing down the total amount of that bill because they failed to tell me certain things I needed to know before I signed up with their service.

Get it in writing. In blood if you must, but make sure that you've got all the facts ma'mam or you'll be having more than just heart palpitations. Trust me on this.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Career Tip with Pat Meehan

Career Talk News
Tip of the Week

Vol. 34
Career Tips Provided by Pat Meehan of The Meehan Group

Working with Executive Recruiters or “Headhunters”

Executive recruiters, often known as “Headhunters,” are independent contractors. They are hired by companies to search for talented candidates that possess the skills and experience required to fill job vacancies for key positions within the companies that hire them. With manufacturing and other industry jobs on the rise, you may get a call from a headhunter soon.

A good recruiter can be your best friend when making a career move. Recruiters are also a part of the unadvertised job market. Although they do run ads on internet job boards and in newspapers, headhunters are very proactive in seeking and finding talent. Because they are proactive, they are accountable people and therefore, you will want to work with them as part of your self-marketing program.

How can you tell if a recruiter is a good one or a bad one? There are many books that have tried to make this distinction. However, it is a very easy one to make. As a person who has chosen accountability as a way of life, your keen sense of self-awareness should enable you to quickly identify relationship-oriented people. You will easily be able to distinguish between recruiters who are relationship building ones from those who are not. As a self-aware person, you can rely on your gut instinct to work with recruiters that you have identified as proactive and relationship oriented. Good recruiters are excellent relationship building people and they can help you immensely.

When you work with a recruiter, you should be very cooperative in providing information about yourself. Recruiters work very hard to match your talents, experience, and personal goals to the requirements and specifications of their client companies’ job vacancies. Recruiters work on straight commission and they only win financially when they match both the employer and the employee together. It is very important for you to cooperate with your recruiter by providing all of the information that he/she needs in the areas of your current and desired salary, relocation spots that you are open to, family issues that may present concerns in a job change, and any other pertinent information that may come into play in a career move.

Recruiters are the only exception in which you must openly share your current salary as well as your salary expectations for your next career move. A recruiter can’t and won’t present you to his/her client company without this information. Therefore, be cooperative and extremely truthful as they will try to help you get to where you want to go based on the information you provide them.

The term ‘executive recruiter’ can be misleading, as the term might imply that they only work with top executives. To the contrary, recruiters/headhunters actually seek all levels of employment, from first line supervision to top management. Working with a recruiter is a great networking opportunity and like everything else in life, it requires a high level of relationship building and networking capability on your part.

Building a good relationship with a recruiter may be a very valuable experience, not only in your current job search, but it may become a lifelong relationship that produces a continuum of benefits for you in your “Career of a Lifetime.”

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Audio Children Stories

We are seeking original children's stories (or books) by authors who own the rights to their tales. "The Library Fairy® and Friends" is a storytelling podcast distributed by AIRS-LA for young listeners. This is an audio service only, and stories are performed by Miss Fairy.
Stories should be finely edited, and take the listeners on a wonderful, sincere or adventurous journey. Responses should include a link where we can view the full text of the story, or at least give us an idea. No attachments are opened.
Since author's name and website are given in the broadcast, stories must be available on the author's site in a book or similar format.
lilysnap1 @ hotmail.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

28 Days Later

28 Days Later
The Brown Bookshelf is now accepting submissions for our 3rd Annual 28 DAYS LATER.
During the twenty-eight days of Black History Month, we’ll profile a different children’s or young adult author and children’s illustrator. On March 1st, we’ll announce the winner of our grand prize–a gift basket featuring every book profiled during the month, donated to a library in need!
We need your help. We’re looking for the best new and unnoticed works by African-American authors. From picture books to novels, books fresh off the presses to those that have lurked in the background unsung for months or years–whatever books you like, we want to know. We’re specifically looking for new books and books that have “flown under the radar,” that are children’s or Young Adult written by an African-American author published by a traditional publisher for the trade market.

Nominations accepted from September 28th to November 1st. Just post a comment here at the website, or email us at You can nominate as many books as you like. Also, check out the 2008 and 2009 28 Days Later campaigns to see who’s already had the spotlight.

So what are you waiting for? Nominate an author! And spread the word!

- The Brown Bookshelf
(Click here for additional information about the

Monday, October 19, 2009

Google and Your Website(s)

(Warning! Some of the links and screenshots use strong language, and content some people might find offensive.)

In the last 24 hours, comments are coming in fast and furiousfrom both sides of the issue. Some are quite fascinating, too. Nevertheless, if you're marketing online and you want to protectyour business, your customers, and your integrity, read this...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

3D Interview with Netera Lindar on Second Life

Check it out!

A new experience for PIVTR listeners.

National Writing Day - October 20, 2009

On Thursday, October 8, the U.S. Senate passeda resolution declaring October 20 as theNational Day on Writing!

October 20, 2009
In the National Gallery of Writing we’re collecting all kinds of writing from people from all walks of life—people just like you. Submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video, and artwork.

Want more information on contributing to the National Gallery which will open to the world on October 20? Learn more about submitting your writing and about starting a gallery.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Astro-Cast with Flash Silvermoon

"....and it's got to pick up every stitch..must be the season of the witch!? Nothing stranger than our weather as the South is still hot and the North had its first snow!
I always find that as November unfolds, some of the chaos and challenges of October seem to resolve themselves however, this November will bring in a whole new set of challenges.
Saturn the 3 ringed planet that is the task master and teacher, the planet of focus, rules, contraction, obstruction as well as longevity will shift from the earthy Mercury ruled-sign of Virgo to the Venus ruled sign of Libra. Whenever these distant planets shift signs, you can bet that the world and your lives will manifest signatures of such shifts as well. We will retro back to Virgo on April 8 til July 22 which will probably see the final version of Health Care Reform pass into law.
With the Sun in Scorpio for the first part of the month, some of these energies may feel hidden at first but for sure they will be simmering in hot water by the time Sagittarius rolls around.
Saturn in Libra, the sign of relationships, will surely bring the issues of Gay Marriage as well as Equal Rights front and center at long last. Saturn is the Law, and Libra is Equality so I think this will be the time when Equality for All could become the Law of the land. One would have thought that this was our birthright. There can be a global feeling and need for all to GET ALONG.
Libra is the sign of the Peacemaker and hopefully we will actually see our Nobel Peace Prize winning Prez get us out of some wars and enable us to work with a peacetime economy.Whether it be the relationships of countries or the relationships between people, we will all be seeing what will and what will no longer work for us. Yes Libra is the Peacemaker yet more wars are fought under Libran aspects because most issues revolve around fairness and equality. You know if you have always let her decide on the movies and restaurants or better still the terms of the relationship itself, this may be the time when that lack of fairness begins to wear thin and a new regime will begin or the relationship could be in big trouble. Sometimes Librans can be fence sitters because they really want everyone to like them and when treaties and relationships are bound together by needs and truths that are silenced, sooner or later that dam will burst and problems that seem "Out of the Blue" arise.
In the outer world, we could well see treaties between various countries come apart. In short the rules of the game are changing and relationships will either attain some balance or they will end! This theme will be manifesting more and less through the next couple of years as Saturn makes its way through lovely Libra so this is just the beginning of this topic and we will discuss this theme more fully in future columns.
Let us not forget the beautiful Full Moon in solid Taurus on Nov. 2 which could be a very stabilizing influence. I find this to be the best Full Moon for a Prosperity Ritual. I will be doing one here and you can see a full description of this ritual on my BLOG Flashes of Insight on my website
I would have to say that this will be good prep for the Holiday Season because on Nov 15 til the end of the month, Saturn and Pluto will square each other and those two planets together in hard aspect can mean harder times for the world. It can tend to create a situation where our survival issues are threatened. Keep your ears to the ground on that one. I don't like to be a gloom and doomer as it only serves to inflate the fear mongering that is used to scare us into settling for fabricated desperate solutions. I prefer hope and evolving consciousness which supports working together to create good and sustainable solutions. We could also see more sharing of power and resources as this will be a path of enlightened self interest.With Jupiter still nestled close to Neptune and Chiron alternative solutions for healing and energy are not only possible but necessary as these aspects can also bring trouble with toxins and disease.Everything that we need to heal ourselves can be found in nature somewhere so it is important for us to make that effort and not just"drink the koolaid" of the AMA who sit with needles poised to maybe heal what they probably created!! Oops did I say that??
Ah my Pluto transit is loosening my lips ever more to their radical edge where I am most comfortable living. Funny I must be picking up the style of Sagittarius as I move to the later days of the month. Sagittarians will boldly go where angels may fear to tread and often say things that a wise Scorpio would just keep to themselves.
All and all a fascinating month ahead with many opportunities for growth and elevation. Shed the fears, find your smoothest road and see it opening wide before you with all of your wildest dreams fulfilled!
ARIES - Seems like a whole lot of shakin' will be going on. Hope its not the EARTH? Don't get me wrong, I love live action as long as my feet have something solid underneath. I don't know about any of you other signs but I am feeling like making a big fire. Seems like a lot of good things can happen around a fire.
TAURUS - I love my Full Moon. It's my favorite time of the year when it's just cool enough to really want to cuddle up with something warm and delicious. You know, like me . Good food, good woman, and something sensual in the tune department. Set the mood for the time of your life.
GEMINI - I am finally feeling like I can slow down enough to read the pile of books that are towering over my bed at this point. What to do? Long conversations, hours of reading, meeting new friends, posting on FB, or should I Twitter? OK so what if I am an information junkie at times, I am cute and so interesting. Where would networking be without people like me anyway.
CANCER - Any good excuse to nest works for me and I am ready. Hard to get too comfortable though feeling all the shifts in the Universe. I mean the world for me is like a gigantic full wave water bed. Something moves in Nepal and I feel it in my left foot. Joy breaks out as a well needed rain heals the draught in Texas and I feel it.So, I work on my own environment making it as peaceful as possible.
LEO - Oh Cancer you call me a drama queen! Honey you put me to shame. I just know all will be well wherever I am and that's all there is to it. When you radiate, it makes it really hard to absorb any one's crap. Try it you may find a whole new experience. Works for me anyway and comes so naturally.Let the Sunshine In.
VIRGO - OMG!! Is Saturn really going to take its 3 ringed hoof off of my neck for 6 months? I'll take it. What a relief! I mean I have gotten used to a certain level of frustration and restriction. Some of it really has been useful but hell i am so ready to feel free, to bust my world wide open and take that leap of faith that i have been contemplating for the last 2 years.
LIBRA - Gulp! I guess it's my turn to toe the line. Hopefully this new dance with Saturn will not make me even less decisive. I do want a real relationship with integrity first with myself and then with another. In the meantime, perhaps Saturn will help me shape my creative bursts and not stifle them.
SCORPIO - Why talk so much about it, just do it, feel it and let your essence emanate from your pores. Draw people in so that they see the real you, don't give it to them all at once, who can handle all that? That's the way I do it. If you don't know what to say, just sit there and look mysterious and brooding. Works every time and adds to your intense persona. Muy caliente'
SAGITTARIUS - Shaking the remnants of Pluto's backtrack off of my wings. Thought I was done with that driven feeling but I guess there was a little bit left to kick loose. The cosmos are calling and a quick ride on my magic carpet would be the perfect solution to soaring air fares. I need the exotic and perchance the erotic to soothe my weary soul.
CAPRICORN - Thanks Saggie so glad to have old Pluto kicking me from the underworld once again. I know there are some deeper aspects of myself that I need to explore in order to let go of my baggage and Yes, I will feel much better as that is accomplished but you can't fault me for not wanting to go there just yet. Any chance I can book a seat with you Sag on that carpet of yours.
AQUARIUS - My menage e trois with Jupiter,Neptune and Chiron seems to be lasting all year. Granted it gets stronger and weaker and some days I feel as inflated as Jupiter, full of positive intentions only to feel them dissolve in a few days when Neptune has her way with me calling me like a siren to her undersea reams. After that I am dazed and confused and just when I think this will drive me bonkers, Chiron shines its healing light and i am flooded with wisdom but geez, what a process.
PISCES - I feel for ya my Uranian sister, but then I feel for everybody and everything and since Uranus has been in my sign lo these many years,I never know just what feeling is going to come flying out of the ethers to throw me headlong into a new direction. Since I have had 26 degrees of this wild ride already, I have become adept at free style body surfing the white water but it can be hell on the physical body I can tell you that!
In case you haven’t noticed, this is not your Mama’s Astrological report. I deliberately let the signs talk right to you, giving them a voice that really tells it like it is!I have endeavored to make it more gender neutral to speak to all sexual preferences and identities. If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign.
For deeper questions and readings of an Astrological or Psychic nature, feel free to call for an apt. through my website BLESSINGS FLASH SILVERMOON
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Advice for Aspiring Writers

No matter what, be NICE and STUBBORN. One needs both to get published-Dena Celeste
Answer to Crazy Tuesday's program with Rowena Cherry, on Marketing and Promotion for Authors.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Look Out When Bartering

Before your company does a barter with another company or individual, make sure you know the value of what you're giving away. For example, PIVTR is an Internet talk radio station. The station incurs a series of costs to keep the station running. One must remember that thirty minutes of time for an authors interview costs $36 per show when considering the talk show host's or interviewer's time for preparation and actual interview of that individual.
You must then add in the media stream services that picks up the live broadcast and inserts it into another server and then is broadcasted worldwide. That cost runs $90 per month.
You then add it how much the recording equipment is, $25.
Then you add in the DSL cost, the phone line service cost, utility costs, media equipment and the cost of running the computer. When you add in all of those factors, a typical thirty minute interview costs the host about $75 to $100 per thirty minute show.
When you start adding in extras like a power point slide show, the cost goes up by $25 plus the amount of jpgs used in presenting that particular slide show.
When you offer a barter of doing a interview for an author or a series of author, make sure you do all the necessary calculations before shaking that hand or signing on the dotted line. You just might fine that you're losing more than what you're receiving.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Virtural Training for your Workforce

Dear State and Local Leaders: Your employment workforce development offices are overflowing. “Career talk With Pat” can relieve you of this problem by provide virtual training via internet radio. Once a week your unemployed citizens can get the best career advice and training right from their home computers. This weekly virtual training show would be sponsored by your State, City, or Town through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Please preview “Career Talk With Pat”:
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October 20th National Writing Day

With all of the other vastly more important things that the US Senate should be passing, this one is a gem if it encourages people to write: On Oct. 8, the US Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20 as the National Day on Writing. You may submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video and artwork. Will be fascinating to see what is submitted. Kinda like opening an early Christmas present. LOLAnyway, just thought all you writers would like to know.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Warning Website Spammers

If any of you (which is actually unlikely) receive an email from or indeed from anyone at


It was not from me. My webmaster shut down my site pretty promptly, so I have no idea if I am hawking viagra or sending the worst worm ever to my friends, acquaintances, and total strangers.

I only write once a month to my newsletter group from and this is not the time.

Authors... these spammers go through registered domain names, and also through the internet dictionary. At some point, it is highly likely that your identity will be used to send Viagra spam and Trojans to all the world.

Anyone know how to get a fast headsup? These hackers send hundreds of emails per second.

Rowena Cherry

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fame? Fortune? Noterity?

Looking for Fame, Fortune and Fast Career Advancement? Look no further. Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio, Inc., a sought-after Internet talk radio station by CBS, Dr. Phil and other known celebrity figures, is looking for a passionate individual with Sales and Marketing experience to meet, greet, and obtain major record companies and labels for its newest division, “London Rocks.”Interested parties, please contact Lillian Cauldwell, 734-827-9407 or email

Friday, October 9, 2009

Crazy Tuesday Practical Tips for Authors

Helpful Blogs: Michael P Geffer,

Alien Romances

Helpful Websites



IWOFA (website)

Author Marketing Expert


Charlee Boyett-Compo

Charlee's Writer Pages

Charlee's Links

Erotic descriptives WARNING...NUDITY... ADULT WORDS


Copyright Alliance

Letter to President Obama

Groups Authors Of Romance Helping Authors Of Romance



Marly Mathews

Brenna Lyons

Rowena Cherryhttp://www.rowenacherry.com

Deborah Macgillivray

Dawn Thompson

PIVTR on youtube

Karen Fox

Samplers Mentioned

Last National Assoc. of Inde Writers & Editors Blog Day

Friday: When I want to give someone a special gift, I give them Charlotte's Web because it's a conforting story where a little girl grows up without losing her specialness with a talking pig and spider.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Fun Video

Check it out! You'll laugh until your eyeballs pop!

For Thursday: I hated...when I had to read it in high school, but when I read it on my own later, I loved it because it said it all. War and Peace. Read it. It's so true then during the Napoleonic era and today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Janet Elaine Smith Makes Good

One of PIVTR's talk show hosts, Janet E. Smith, was asked by Blue Leaf Publishing if they could do one of historical novels, Dunnator, as an ebook and placed it on Kindle. Dunnator ranks #9 of Blue Leaf Publishing Ebooks. Check out this link:

On, Janet E. Smith's books rank #17 out of 271 books in their category.

Autobiography of My Life

For Wednesday, the statement read: I'd write myautobiography, but I don't need to because my story has already been told in The Autiobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt. This is a lady who turned reinvented herself and took on the opposition, including her husband, without letting conflicting events mow her down. That's all I look at myself. I reinvented myself after my kid left home, my husband lost his job and I had none to talk to.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Great Books Week

PIVTR is participating in the National Association of Independent Editors and Author Blog Tour. All week, there are 7 questions that the participant must answer and post on their own blog before posting it on the NAIEA's site.

Monday: If I were stranded alone on a deserted island with only seven books to read over the next few years, I would like to have The Once and Future King by T. H. White, Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Rebecca by Daphne Du Murie, War and Peace, The Hornblower series, Anne Perry's Mysteries, I Claudius and Claudius The God; the Kenneth Rober's Historical series; Charlotte's Web, Wind in the Willows. I'm greedy. What can I say?