Sunday, May 27, 2012

Something New: Tasha Turner Blog Tour

The Tasha Turner Coaching Virtual Blog Tour Has Begun!

This week marks the beginning of the Tasha Turner Coaching Blog Tour. Each Sunday I will be adding a posting from my guest blogger for that week. I have written a blog post as well which can be seen on Linda Bolton's blog at

My guest for this week is Anjiie Harrt.

The Thin line between lying and storytelling
When I was a child, my mother worked as a domestic helper and nanny to a family with three children. She worked from 6am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays. We lived in a small flat cottage with little  apartments. When my mother would come off the bed around 3am to prepare for the day; cooking, cleaning and washing, I would get off as well and lie on the chair in the little living room. Before she left for work I would have already had a bath, had my hair combed and decorated with my school ribbons and I would also have been semi dressed.
Being semi awake since 3am and already dressed and waiting from 6am to 9am, when school would be called in, was boring. So most days I would leave home since 7, sometimes 7:30 am and wait outside the closed school on the verandah, unknown to my hardworking mother, of course.
Soon, that too became boring. There were two or three children who came that early for school. So, to keep us entertained I used to tell stories. Enid Blyton was the first author I read outside of nursery rhymes and most of my stories were inspired by her work. I told stories, which many children believed to be true, about little people living under my floor boards, about the spirit under the bamboo tree in the back of my yard, about the girl who danced through my street late at night and many more.
Soon, it became hard to keep up with the stories I told, since they were all made up. I would mess up on the details and things would change day to day. Some of my listeners, an audience that had grown from two or three to five or ten, would notice. So, at nights I would write down my stories, keeping little exercise books with stories and information pertaining to them. This was how I kept track of my lies.
When I wrote composition for exams in school, I would always be the first to finish because I always had a story in my mind.
 When I became a teenager my stories changed. I started reading Sweet Valley High, Mills and Boons, Harlequin novels and the like. My stories were now about rendezvous with dark and handsome men and there were times when I myself believed them. I kept a diary, but truthfully, my diary was boring in comparison to my exercise books of stories I wrote for friends. Somewhere along the way I lost those stories, those books, and leaflets of my lies, and tales.
 Life came at me fast and hard and all I managed was a scribbling here or there; a poem about a lost love, a beautiful butterfly, a pain within. It was scarcely done, but I always managed to write something or the other.   
Then, Nanowrimo came and I searched for that girl within me, that liar who couldn’t stop telling tales. This is how I started to write and became inspired to continue telling more of those stories that created themselves in my head. Now I find that every time something happens to me, or I meet someone new I go into this sort of day dream where my mind thinks, “What if this happens, or that happens.” From these ‘what ifs’ I create my stories.
I haven’t published anything, since my nanovel is still waiting to be edited. I am working on a novel called An Unexpected Desire, which I hope to publish soon. One day I hope to be called a novelist, whether I choose to self publish or traditional publish is yet to be seen.
I started writing to escape boredom, and continued writing to escape life. I read because I can escape into another world, another country or another scene. Writing and reading makes my life exciting and adventurous.
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Anjie Harrte: Romance with some Caribbean flavour
Anjie Harrte is a twenty nine year old mother of one who resides in sunny Guyana, South America. Sometime between running a small business, having a full time job and being a mother and partner she finds time to pursue her passion for creating stories. Anjie dreams up stories of contemporary fiction splashed with some romance, a little dose of murder or an ounce of suspense and sometimes when no one is looking she dashes in a little twist. When she isn’t doing any of that, she is decorating a cake, knitting a chair back or sewing her latest design. Anjie even finds time to lurk around and stalk people and pages on facebook and you too can stalk her if you like at  or you can follow her on twitter @anjieharrte or keep updated with her writing at

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The life and times of Daniel Boone Part Three

                            The Making of an American Legend

Daniel's Youth

Daniel's youth had been normal for a boy of his culture and times. Native Americans often visited his Quaker community to trade and were entertained by the families. His friendly interactions with the native populations would prepare him for his adventures in the wilderness. When Daniel wasn't visiting with the Native Americans, Daniel was either visiting his uncle, John Webb or helping his father on the farm. He developed a love of nature early on he easily became fixated with. Every time he helped his father with the cattle he would pay careful attention to his natural surroundings. He developed a keen sense of the natural world from his observations. That awareness would stay with him his entire life. Daniel created his first weapon in his youth; a wooden staff he called his herdsmen club. He developed his keen eye for marksmanship by trying to sneak up on birds and small animals in order to kill them. When he was 12 he asked his father to buy him a rifle. Squire had refused his son's request at first. With time, his father submitted to his son's desire and bought Daniel his first rifle. That same year, Daniel killed his first bear without adult supervision. Daniel would always remember that kill because not many boys his age could kill a bear by themselves. Daniel's love for the hunt soon became an obsession. He would often neglect the cattle he was supposed to be caring for in order to hunt. While his obsession had upset his parents they couldn't complain much. Many nights he brought fresh meat him for his family.
Daniel Boone once told his children that he had never gone to school. In fact, his father taught him how to shoot a gun, survive in the wild and how to be a gentleman. Daniel apprenticed under his father in his father's smithing shop. There he learned the mechanical knowledge of gunsmithing that would aide him in his wanderings. When Daniel was 14 years old, his older brother Samuel (7 yrs his elder) married Darah Day. Darah took it upon herself to teach Daniel how to read, write and do arithmetic.

Paradise Lost

Life in Pennsylvania had been good for Squire and his family. Although they had not fared as well as his older brother, Squire had enjoyed a good standing with the Oley Meeting House. In 1736, he was a trustee of the church and on October 27, 1739 he was elected as an overseer. He had raised all of his children in the church. The Quaker foundations that had been laid in Daniel Boone as a boy would solidify Daniel's faith. He was known to be a gentle man with a strong faith. Life was good for the Boone family. Yet that would all come to an end when Squire's eldest child Sarah "Sally" Boone married an outsider, John Wilcox. Squire was soon reprimanded by the church for allowing his daughter to marry someone from outside the church. This wasn't the first time he had been scolded by the church for the way his children conducted their lives. His eldest son, Israel Boone, had also married outside of the church before that encounter. Squire resented the church's overbearing desire to control the way he raised his children. His children had married for love. Determined no other of his children should marry an outsider, he uprooted his family in 1750, sold his farm and started towards North Carolina. The family stayed for a year in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In 1751 they moved into Yadkin River Valley of North Carolina. Squire and his family would never again join a Quaker church. Many of his children would leave the Quaker faith behind and become Baptist. It was here Daniel meet and fell in love with Rebecca Bryan.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I am pleased to announce the second edition of my book Calico, published through a new publishing house, Little Acorns Publishing, and with a new cover will be free on Friday, May 25th and Saturday May 26th.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Life and Times of Daniel Boone - Part 1

His Parents and Birth

We all know his name. Daniel Boone, the original American frontiersman. Immortalized forever in songs, stories, films, dramas, memorials, statues and public buildings; his very name stirs the imagination. Yet who in reality was this man? How can we separate the facts of his life from fiction?  If we are to truly understand this remarkable man we must first explore where it all began. In his childhood home.

Daniel's parents were Squire and Sarah Boone of Pennsylvania.  A member of the Religious Society of Friends, (aka Quakers)  Squire Boone had emigrated from his home in Bradnich, Devonshire, England with his older brother, George and their sister, Sarah  on July 27, 1713. While most Quakers had left England to join William Penn's newly formed colony of English dissenters in Philadelphia County to escape perscuation in Europe, Squire and his siblings had come to the new land for George's marriage to Deborah Howell, who lived in the colony. Soon after George and Deborah married, George joined the Abingdon Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Squire and his sister lived with the newlyweds until their parents arrival in 1717. There is no evidence of Squire and Sarah ever joining the meeting house their brother belonged to. While in the colony, Squire took up the occupation of weaver and blacksmith. Sometime between his parent's arrival and 1720, Squire moved with his parents and sister to Oley Township in Pennsylvania County. Their lands would later become a part of the infamous Lancaster County where today sits a large Amish community. The family began to attend the Gwynedd Friends Meeting House of Philadelphia County. There Squire met Sarah Morgan, the daughter of Welsh Quakers who had first settled in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1708. As per Quaker custom, the young couple announced to the entire group within the meeting house their intentions to marry. On September 23, 1720,  Squire and Sarah were married at Gwynedd Friends Meeting House. Below is an excerpt of their marriage record found in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Whereas Squire Boone Son of George Boone of ye County of Philad & Province of Pensilvania Yeoman and Sarah Morgan Daughter of Edw Morgan of the Said County and Province Haveing Declared Their Intention of Marriage of Each Other before two Monthly Meetings of ye People Called Quakers Held at Gwynedd in ye Said County According to ye Good Order Used Among Them Whose Proceedings Therein After a Diliberate Consideration Therein and haveing Consent of Parents and Relation Concerned Their Said Proceedings Are Allowed of By Ye Said Meeting Now These Are to Certify All Whom it may Concern that for ye Full Accomplishing of Their Said Intentions This Twenty Third Day of ye Seventh Month In ye Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty They ye Sd. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan Appeared At A Solemn Assembly of ye Said People for ye Purpose Appointed at Their Publick meeting Place In Gwynedd Afforesd And ye Said Squire Boone Took ye Said Sarah Morgan by ye Hand Did In A Solemn Manner Openly Declare he Took her To Be his Wife Promising To be Unto Her A Faithfull and Loveing Husband Untill Death Should Seperate Them And Then & There In the Said Assembly the said Sarah Morgan Did Likewise Declare She Took ye Said Squire Boone To be her Husband In Like Manner Promiseing to be Unto him a Faithfull and Loveing Wife Untill Should Seperate Them And Moreover The Said Squire Boone & Sarah She According to ye Custom of Marriage Assuming ye Name of Her Husband as Farther Confirmation Thereof Did Then and There to these presents Set There Hands And We Whose Names Are Under Written Being Among Others Present at ye Solemnization of the Said Marriage And Subscription in Manner Afforesd
As Witnesses Thereunto have also to These Presents Set Our Hands ye Day & Year Above Written

Samll Thomas
Mary Webb
Squire Boone
Jenk Evans
Eliz Morris
Sarah Boone
Robt Jones
Dorothy Morgan
Geo Boone
Morgan Hugh
Eliz Hughs
Edw Morgan
Jno Edwards
Mary Hamer
Eliz Morgan
Tho Evan
Eliz Morgan
Geo Boone
Cadr Evan
Jane Griffith
Ja Boone
Rob Evan
Eliz Griffith
Wm Morgan
Jno Cadwalader
Margt Jones
Jno Morgan
Jno William
Ellen Evans
Danll Morgan
Jno Humphrey
Gainor Jones
Morgan Morgan
Jno Jones
Jos Morgan
Jno Jones
Jno Webb
Evan Griffith
Jno Webb
Row Robert
Amos Griffith
Cadwalader Jones

Four years after their marriage, Sarah delivered their first child they named after her. The couple continued to have children every two years after Sarah's birth. In 1731, Squire acquired land on the arm of Oley Township close to present day, Reading, Pennsylvania. Only one wall was built of native stone while the rest was wood. There he built a two story cabin around a large stone fireplace with the basement of the house serving as a springhouse. The springhouse provided easy access to water for cleaning, cooking and drinking. It also provided cool storage.

In the fall of 1734, Sarah gave birth to Daniel Boone. Because the Gregorian calendar was adopted during his lifetime, the date of Daniel's birth can be quite confusing. Before the Gregorian calendar was adopted, his birth had been recorded as  October 22, 1734. Afterwards it had changed to November 2, 1734. Throughout his lifetime, Daniel would never claim the Gregorian calendar because his mother never approved of it. Sarah had always insisted he had been born on October 22, 1734 even though modern records record his birth as being in November.

Daniel spent much of his young childhood on the homestead in the frontier of Pennsylvania. In 1741, Squire expanded his property with the acquisition of 25 acres. Sarah had given him there more children after the birth of Daniel. In order to meet the growing need of finacial resources Squire decided to add a third occupation, dairy farmer. He used the land he had acquired to pasture his dairy cows. Daniel spent much of his youth tending to his father's cattle. During the summer months, Daniel would often live in a rustic cabin on the edge of the pasture where he could protect the herd from black bears, mountain lions and bobcats. By 1750, Sarah had delivered two more children for a total of eleven. The couple would have no more children.

Daniel's childhood wasn't without controversy. The 1750's brought much distress to his devout Quaker parents that would persuade Squire to uproot his family and head further west into the frontier. Next time we will explore Daniel's childhood.

Questions: How would you feel if you had been born on date only for it to change when the calendar changed?

How do you think it would feel to have ten siblings? Do you think Daniel ever got lost in the mix? Or how do you think his parents must have felt? Thirteen mouths to feed. That's alot of people in one household. Do you have a large family? If so, what is that like? If you don't would you want one?

Squire and Sarah's house can be viewed at

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Whole New World

Little Acorns Publishing - The Acorn Has Sprung

Ever feel that refreashing moment in your life when something completely changes and you are soaring on the clouds like Aladdin and Jasmine in the Disney movie Aladdin? That is how I feel today. Recently I changed publishing houses to Little Acorns Publishing LTD. Little Acorns is a new publishing house located in Wales, United Kingdom that offers personalized services to their authors. Not only will they publish your ebook, print or both but they also offer help with marketing. Their team includes authors, editors, artists and a tech geek who understand the publishing world. This morning I am happy to introduce the founder of the company, Kristina Jackson, as she explains how her company was founded.

From where do these ideas spring? From random sleeting bouts of inspiration that fly through the universe. I made the decision to self-publish my books without the use of a publisher. Traditional or Indie. It was a decision purely based on personal reasons. I had no idea then I would be doing this now. Then one dream fell crashing around my ears. It was at this point, whilst I was sitting with the metaphorical debris around my ears, did this idea come.

Enter Tasha Turner, my friend, my confidante. She sat there in her hospital bed, having survived a car crash that would have finished many, helping me build on my concept. Using her skills and working with her ideas, I was in a position to offer a new and exciting approach to Indie Publishing. But what we needed was a team, including at least one author!

Here a chance conversation with another friend, Allison Bruning, came into play. I gave her an un-biased opinion of her options. I suggested to her she might try doing it herself, the self-publishing route. She went away and thought about it. To my great surprise and pleasure, she asked if I would re-publish her book, Calico, for her. So I agreed.

Allison brought with her an editor, and I persuaded another good friend and fellow author to come and be the second editor. Both have a lot of experience and are equally excited to be part of something new!

Tasha then brought in the rest of her team, including the delightful Lisa Alford and the wonderful Jess Williams. Tasha and her team will be offering complete marketing services, as well social media coaching, at a flat rate for authors signing up for those packages. This team will help authors who are floundering in the marketing sea to grow and be strong swimmers.
I then brought in my husband David to help me run the business, my good friend Amy to be one of the artists, and finally my tech geek! My team is not complete–look out for opportunities down the line!

Here we are launch at day of Little Acorns Publishing, after long hours and hard work by all involved, ready to bring this launch ready for Beltane. Like the pagan festival it is when the Crone becomes the Maiden and meets the Oak King. A time for union, about new growth In this case something totally new.

I know what we will offer is not going to suit everyone. But with the use of as a launch pad for our authors, the benefits we can offer as part of this, as well as giving them benefits such as % on sales of the book-branded merchandise through our Zazzle store, we are in shape to be something exciting and different!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my team members! You rock. Now the acorn has sprouted, let it grow sustainably and organically. If you would like to grow with us, look at our submission’s page, or contact us at

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guest Review: B. E. Schafer

Today's guest post comes from author B.E. Schafer. B.E. is the author of Obtuse. He has graciously offered to review the second edition of my book Calico which was released by Little Acorns Publishing House LTD out of Wales, United Kingdom.


When I picked up the novel Calico by Allison Bruning, I was not sure what to think.  With the mention of historical figures such as Chief Pontiac and Daniel Boone, I thought I was on a somber walk through American history as so many books of this caliber often does. I was sorely mistaken. 

This novel weaves well-researched history into an exciting frontier story.  Coupled with the fact that it dabbles into the realm of American Indian witchcraft and lore, that takes the reader into a dark world often overlooked in books written on the American Indian and the early frontier.  Bruning’s knowledge of American Indian History is well researched. 

In an uncivilized wilderness, Calico must cope with the loss of her family.  Adopted by the Shawnee young Calico is confused and lost.  Young Calico must forget her white-man past and live by the law of the Shawnee.  In a world where the man is the master and the woman a subservient, Calico come of age.

In a sinister plan where the once trusted white man becomes pitted against the Indian in a web of deceit and lies; lies of the white man or lies of the Indian?  This is the confusion Calico must face and a truth she must seek an answer.

If you like early American History, you will love CALICO.  If you like, dark magic you are in for a treat. Bruning brings these aspects together like a well-mixed margarita!  The first in a series leaves you thirsting for more.  I give Calico 5 stars.

Review by

B.E. Schรคfer