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Kathleen J. Shields Author Interview

The First UniBear follows a cub that through acts of kindness and compassion grows a unicorn horn and spreads acts of kindness all around the forest. When you wrote your story at the age of ten what was your inspiration?

I absolutely adore Unicorns and I loved watching the Care Bears. I never understood why there weren’t unicorns in the “Land without Feelings” or why there wasn’t a bear with a unicorn horn and special magical gift. That’s how the idea came to me to combine them.

I began by wondering why no one could SEE unicorns. I determined that they DO exist, that they are rare, and we haven’t “Earned” the ability to see them. Then I began wondering what we could do to EARN the ability. Being a good person, doing good things, that was a given, but there were plenty of good people in the world that couldn’t see unicorns. So there had to be more to it. That’s when I came up with the “Pay it Forward” idea (long before that movie came out). You have to help one person, then that person has to help another person, and down the line. So by having met all of those challenges, you could have the gift… but would you know it?

As a child, I hadn’t helped save someone yet, so that made sense as to why I hadn’t grown a horn. As an adult though, editing my rhyming story – yes, I wrote it in rhyme at ten years of age, and no, I will not share that hilarious version, I realized that it may be because I hadn’t met a unicorn yet, muchless, SAVED a unicorn. I had met horses, but none of them needed saving. There were a lot of dominoes that need to be lined up just right to get to that miraculous gift.

So in my mind, I still instilled the idea that you should all do good deeds, help each other and be kind, because in that rare chance a unicorn is involved one day – I want to earn that horn!

I really loved the artwork and character renditions. You drew some of the illustrations when you were ten what was it like working with illustrator Aashay Utkarsh to turn your vision into the final artwork?

I wrote a blog post late last year entitled “My memories behind the upcoming book” https://www.kathleenjshields.com/authors/the-first-unibear-my-memories-behind-the-upcoming-childrens-book/ and in that post, I shared the original illustration I drew at 10 years of age. It really was adorable (in my own opinion) but Aashay added a level of depth, emotion, and detail that I could never fathom! Finding him was a blessing from God and it was all due to covid! During the lockdown, so many authors that I had met over the years had extra time on their hands and they all wanted to do children’s books. Since I had done so many illustrated books, they came to me.

Over the course of the year, I worked with nearly a dozen different illustrators across the globe to help illustrate their children’s books, but it wasn’t until I saw Aashay’s first page (of another author’s book) that Unibear came rushing back to my mind. I hadn’t thought of Unibear for half a decade, easy! I had lost my father nearly three years earlier. The will to even attempt it had been shelved, and yet, seeing Aashay’s first sketch ignited that spark within me! I immediately asked him if he could draw a teddy bear and a unicorn and what he sketched for me made me feel like that 10-year-old girl – all giddy and excited! I told him he HAD to do my book (as soon as he finished with the other author) and I have been utilizing his illustrations since, in many other authors’ works.

Working with him has been an absolute joy! He understands what I want, and adds a flair and thrill to his work that I haven’t seen from any of the other illustrators. I’ve started projects with a half dozen more this year alone, only to be grossly disappointed. Good illustrators that just disappear or don’t return messages. Illustrators that charge a ton and submit subpar work… maybe Aashay has spoiled me. All I know is he was a blessing and he’s definitely a keeper!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Originally, I just wanted to tell a story. I wanted it to be nice and magical and, as a ten-year-old girl who moved a lot, I wanted to make friends (out of a unicorn and bear of course). As an adult and author, my primary focus with all of my books is to educate and inspire. I want to encourage children to use their imagination, to do good, help others, and to believe that anything is possible. I want my stories to be fun and entertaining, and I don’t want to present major protagonists. I feel childhood is difficult enough without throwing so much ‘bad’ at them. And I wanted the story to be thought-provoking and a conversation started, which I believe it is.

I feel that 3rd, 4th and maybe even 5th graders can gain a lot from this story, especially Christian schools! Teachers could have the students point out Christian symbolism throughout the book; like the butterfly, the light leading the way, the ability to see with belief, and so much more. I even put together a document that detailed scripture along with questions of the theme which is available on my website.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I currently do not have an official book in the works. I have started a memoir but that has a long way to go! I also started writing a funny book about dogs, but it will be a chapter book. My illustrator for the Hamilton Troll series has come out of hiding and might want to work on the next part of the series… we’ll see. None of those are really inspiring me at the moment, and as any good author will tell you – when you force it, the readers can tell. A good story flows through you like warm chocolate cocoa on a bitter cold day. It comes to you like a frosty breeze and dares you not to shiver! When a story comes to an author, you have a very short amount of time to get as much of it written as you can because when that muse takes off, you’re left out in the cold without your cocoa. And for me… I want it to require illustrations because I want to work with Aashay again.

I am very grateful for the reception Unibear has received, all of the wonderful reviews, the awards it has already won, along with its stellar first day almost breaking the Amazon Top 100 Best Selling books in its respective categories! I honestly feel there are more awards coming up, and I have a dream of a screenplay making this inspirational and important story into a movie! Whether or not it makes it all the way is entirely up to God! Thank you for your support and don’t forget, “The First Unibear” is not only a full-color hardback book, but you can also get the full story in the black and white coloring book, for those young eyes that need a bit more activity to keep their attention.

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This happy-go-lucky little Bear cub loves to explore! One day he follows a butterfly into the dark woods where he sees a curious sight and a shimmering light. A beautiful white horse needs help and this tiny young bear hurries to save him. What follows is a magically inspirational tale of what can happen if you follow your heart, have good in your soul, and do good deeds.

The First UniBear

A brave bear cub loves to explore the forest he lives in. There are so many wonderful animals and things to see in nature. One day he follows a butterfly even into the dark part of the woods he hasn’t been into before. Continuing to follow the butterfly, he finds a clearing with shimmering light. Laying in the clearing is a horse that looks hurt, and Bear rushes over to help the horse. The horse is caught in a vine, and Bear is able to free him. He is rewarded with seeing the horse for his true self, a unicorn. Bears good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness and compassion through the woods, and soon the unicorn magic is spreading to all the animals in the forest.

The First UniBear, written by Kathleen J. Shields, started as a project when she was only ten years old. This beautifully written picturebook contains the messages of kindness, compassion, and faith. Bear’s pure heart and compassion for others allowed him to receive his horn. His good friend Bunny prayed for a chance to meet a unicorn and had faith that they existed even though she had never seen one. Once Bunny helps save a baby squirrel, she gains the ability to see a horn on Bear. Surprised, Bear and Bunny talk to Unicorn again and learn how kindness spreads and how showing compassion is contagious.

At critical moments in this story, there are references to scriptures. This is a great way to introduce the sometimes confusing concepts of scripture to young children. The whimsical rhyming style by Shields gives the story an excellent flow and makes it a joy to read aloud to children.

Complementing the touching storyline is the bold and colorful artwork of Aashay Utkarsh. The art style brings characters to life with expressive faces, and the scenery highlights the emotions that go along with the story on each page.

The First UniBear is a heartwarming picture book sharing the love of God with children and teaching them how they too can spread love and kindness to help make the world a better place.

Pages: 45 | ASIN : B09DM64V6F

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Look Deep Inside And Discover

Vasile Ghiuta Author Interview

Bible, God And Free Will takes an in-depth look at the Genesis, Scriptures, and the concept of Free Will. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I have wanted to write this book for many years. I read a lot of books about the Bible and the different interpretations that were given to the Scriptures. I have noticed some inaccuracies about Genesis in the Bible and have tried to give my own interpretation even though it may not be the most acceptable. I was very impressed to read the books of the hermits in Christian Egypt (written more than 1,000 years ago); what I liked most was their tenacity in seeking God. I have been making notes for years and a year ago I decided to structure all my notes and compose them in a book. I believe that everyone finds God where they feel. For our inner peace we need God; how we visualize or “materialize” it is not important. I considered it important to discuss the Bible, God, and Free Will in order to emphasize my view that God does not forbid us or oppose anything.

What challenges did you encounter when writing this book and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge I had in writing this book was how to write it so that no one would be offended by my interpretations. I tried to overcome my fears by treating the various topics with sincerity.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I think that those who read my book should have a very sincere introspection. They need to look deep inside and discover. They need to know who they really are and what their priorities are in life.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am a visual artist – abstract painting and for a long time I want to write a book about the “beauty” of abstract painting. I think in 2 years the book can be ready.

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The oldest questions man has asked himself are: “how did he appear on earth” and “what is the meaning of his existence?” Some theories try to answer these two fundamental questions, but neither covers the complexity of this problem.
In this book, I ask myself the same questions without claiming to find an answer that everyone fully accepts. There are two major theories about man’s appearance on earth: the Creationist and the Evolutionist. I believe that the two theories are not contradictory because one does not exclude the other. From my point of view, it is an inclusive relationship between them in the sense that the Creationist Theory contains the Evolution Theory. Creation does not impede evolution, on the contrary, creation “needs” evolution; the existence of time implies change and implicitly the perfection of man.
In this book, I try to present, in four parts, my opinion on certain aspects of the Bible, God, and Free Will.
This book treats the above aspects without representing any religious doctrine. It is a philosophical book which presents sensitive topics such as the Bible and God without intending to offend any religious cult. My view on some issues may be similar to Christian dogma. Of course, my Christian background may influence how the conclusions were polished, but my science education is prevalent. It should be seen and interpreted as a personal vision rather than a “religious” book.
I tried to write it in a way that everyone could understand. “Bible, God and Free Will” is addressed to all: believers, agnostics, and atheists. It aims to open the way to free thought and not be bound by ideology or doctrine patterns. I wish the readers to ask themselves questions and look for answers to each person’s fundamental issues.

God, Are You Listening?

God, are you listening?: Hearing His voice through forgiveness and faith by [c. bryant]

God, are you listening?: Hearing His voice through forgiveness and faith has several explanations and exercises that can help you be positive when dealing with changes in your life. We all have some moments where we feel down and we feel as though our life doesn’t have any meaning. It is in these times that we must speak with Him. He will help us overcome everything, we just need to be faithful and loyal.

Bryant has written an excellent guide to give readers the push that they need to find joy in the smallest things. The day has come for you to find your purpose in life, don’t create excuses because with this book you won’t be able to find any! I am truly amazed with the author’s writing and how she makes you feel at peace with yourself and feel happiness through God. This book made me look deep into myself and think of the person I want to be and how I want others to perceive me. I know I am not alone and felt comfort in the words of this book.

I must admit that I felt lighter after reading this book and that is why I recommend it to all who are not only going through a dark time in their life, but also to the ones who need to find themselves. I truly enjoyed the C. Michelle Bryant’s positivity and encouragement.

Pages: 311 | ASIN: B081VV4ZPR

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Better Than Our Dogs

In John Murray’s latest book, Better Than Our Dogs, he uses the interesting lives and behaviors of his and his neighbor’s dogs to impart faith-based life lessons. Not only has he beautifully captured God’s love in his words but he also managed to write in a non-judgemental way that would attract even those outside the faith.

This story follows the lives of five dogs; Socrates, Chloe, Darby, Young Pup, and Old Vet, so deeply explaining their mannerisms and temperaments that you would be forgiven for mistaking them for actual people. Truly, character development doesn’t get better than this.

By drawing parallels between his relationship with his dogs and our relationship with God, he brings life to Biblical principles, clearly laying out lessons that we can all apply in our lives. I also like that the author draws on Greek mythology as well to bring more clarity to his points.

Moreover, the way he manages to draw the same message from different stories and weaves them together is something to behold.  He also does the reverse quite efficiently, fetching different lessons from a single story.

I truly appreciate about the simple and whimsical delivery. Needless to say, this is one of the easiest books to read. It’s not too wordy and there aren’t any long paragraphs of meaningless information.

It is captivating and straight to the point, yet still giving you enough to leave a long-lasting impression. It is clear that John really put his heart and soul into this. As this book is written in his voice and is actually about real-life experiences, it feels very personal, as if we are peeking into his innermost musings. Coupled with its gut-wrenching epilogue, it is this that I believe makes this book so relatable. Some of the running themes in this book include the fragility of life and the importance of loyalty and serving others.

Pages: 122 | ASIN: B08FWBRF1L

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The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character

The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character (The Diamond Soul Trilogy Book 1) by [George Vasilca]

The stepping stones shared by George Vasilca in his book The Diamond Soul will help you change your life for the better. The author highlights the necessary virtues and habits that you can adopt to be the best version of yourself. The text in the book is uncomplicated and convincing for any reader who enjoys reading inspirational and religious books. When reading about heavenly virtues, I got to understand why God wants to be closer to his people and why everyone who believes in him has a personal responsibility to do by his will. The virtue of love spoke to me the most. Human love is beautiful. The author explains that by loving each other unconditionally, human beings get to exalt and exhibit the nature of the Almighty.

Other than improving your character to be Christ-like, George Vasilca will also have the reader ponder life and it’s meaning. While reading through the chapters, one thinks of one’s purpose on earth, their destiny, and why certain things happen. The author also gives clear answers to questions Christians ask about God as a supreme being. Reading this book is fulfilling as the author makes one feel at peace with his words. The text is therapeutic and gives one hope to face the next challenge. George Vasilca also reminds the reader that God’s love is all we need to enjoy life. The Lord has plans for everyone and will not hesitate to step in when the devil tries to overpower you.

Every stepping stone discussed in the book is important. My favorite stepping stones were 2, and 5. The topics under the two were ‘You are a Fighter’, and ‘Polishing Your Character’. The second stepping stone is helpful for someone who feels conflicted about self and is on the verge of giving up. the author reminds everyone that even when the going gets tough, there is someone or somewhere where you can lean on until things get better. The author also speaks to people who are still discovering themselves and explains how change can influence one as a human being. The biggest take I got on polishing one’s character was being a kind and humble servant. Christ loves it when his people serve the church and others. You will receive blessings when you serve your family, perform acts of kindness to strangers, and respect your friends. By putting yourself ahead of others, you are living as God intended.

George Vasilca incorporates his personal stories while giving lessons in the book. I enjoyed stories from his past because they show that human experiences are almost the same. His encounters were interesting and the conversations he had with people fascinating. The stories also added a personal touch to the book which made reading and relating with the author’s words easier. The stepping stones are like guides or tidbits of wisdom that will help you build character. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy inspirational books and are looking to live a righteous life.

Pages: 282 | ASIN: B08FMXTWVR

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I Share This Witness

Trenet Worlds
Trenet Worlds Author Interview

Holy Grams looks at the Bible through anagrams from Creation to modern times. Why was this an important book for you to write?

While the opinions of humans are subjective to speculation, debate, and cultural bias, anagram software is impartial; generating results based on algorithmic precision. Upon realizing that even Artificial Intelligence validates Biblical history and futuristic prophecies, it was imperative that I share this witness.

How did you come up with the idea to explore the bible with anagrams?

Anagramming uses the letters in a word to form another word, or letters in a phrase to form a different phrase. The fascinating beauty of anagrams becomes apparent when the resulting word or phrase has a high relevancy to the original word or phrase. Simple anagrams such as silent (listen), heads or tails (I herald a toss), French cuisine (nicer chef in us) that are on point – suggested that phrases formed from Biblical events would likewise yield targeted results. I was pleasantly surprised to see anagrams also accurately confirmed both the Old and New Testament record.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

Confidence in the Holy Bible as the unerring Word of God.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

A sequel to Holy Grams is in the works. Watch for Dire Grams: The Dystopian Future Foreseen with a projected release in Spring 2021.

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A whole new way of looking at the Bible: through anagrams! Holy Grams takes the reader on a mind-boggling journey from Creation clear to the end of this present age and into the world to come. Experience the fear and chaos of the Genesis flood, and the frustration and hilarious confusion at the Tower of Babel. Gain insight into the subtle powers that distract followers of Christ from achieving their full potential. Unmask the nefarious agenda of fellowships that leave their first love to yoke with this present world for money and power, and how they will ultimately persecute true followers of Christ. You’ll marvel at the battle scene when the Lord Jesus Christ himself returns to reclaim the earth and the unfathomable peace, prosperity, and celebration during his millennial reign.

Later, as a spectator in the Heavenly Court, you’ll observe the guilty refuse to answer to the charges, only to have their thoughts escape their mind and be written for all to see! You’ll cringe in horror at the customized torments and horrors of the Lake of Fire, and long for the indescribable beauty and peace that belongs to the New Heaven and Earth. Get ready to uncover secrets of the past, witness the present, and experience the future; through the often amusing, sometimes terrifying, but always awe-inspiring perspective of Holy Grams: the only prophecy book you’ll ever need to read!

Holy Grams: Past Present Future Through Anagrams

Holy Grams: past present future through anagrams by [Trenet Worlds]
Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams’ gives readers a new experience of the bible. The author divides the book into three parts that focus on the past, the future, and the present. The arrangement of the parts in the book make reading Trenet Worlds book relaxing and easy. The text in the book is biblical and does not go outside of the stories in the bible. Going through every topic in the book gives one a different perspective of the bible and spirituality. In between the text are lessons for Christians too. Trenet Worlds blends biblical stories and links them with experiences believers go through. This element in the book is eye-opening and helps people on their journey of reflection.

I applaud the author for starting with the story of the creation and fall of man. This story is important for every Christian as it shows them how they came into being. Starting the book with this story gives the reader a chance to go back and reflect on their lives and check if they are living life as instructed by God. Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams is generally about understanding the bible through anagrams. The author recounts the Genesis story, highlighting crucial parts that will have Christians thinking deeply and asking questions. Trenet Worlds answers pertinent questions that sometimes seem ambiguous.

Just like the first part of the book, parts two and three are also enlightening. The selection of stories is marvelous and the breaking down of the stories even better. I got the impression of reading the lite version of the bible when reading Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams. The reader is also informed on the lives of followers of Christ who try to seek the kingdom of God as they navigate through this secular world. Part two of the book has some of my favorite topics as the author was real with her words and open with the discussions. Some of my favorite topics include apostasy and spiritual delusion, persecution of the saints, and merger of the church and state.

Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams is relatable to many Christians who are trying to live a righteous life but are obstructed by wordy obstacles. It is also a great book for those that love literature. The inclusion of different bible stories spices up the reading. The author covers the beginning of life to the end and everything in between. Readers learn that there can never be a present without a past. And that the future is as important as the present.

Pages: 321 | ASIN: B07V4MTCWD

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