Author H.A.Leuschel: My Sweet Friend, Hot New Release, and Telling Stories to Understand the Human Mind

Helene Andrea Leuschel is a wonderful Twitter friend and a talented author of psychological thrillers and writing dwelling into the human psychic. Her writing style has been described as “gripping”, “thought-provoking”, “full of depths and pathos.” She is the author of “Manipulated Lives” and  “Tess and Tattoos”.

My Sweet Friend by H.A.Leuschel
My Sweet Friend by H.A.Leuschel – A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

H.A.Leuschel’s new novella “My Sweet Friend” is coming out today, a fascinating modern story told from two points of view, that of the victim and of the manipulator, moving seamlessly between the two.

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My Sweet Friend, Book Blurb

A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

Read Helene’s thoughts on why writing stories for grown-ups is so compelling to her.

Telling stories to understand the human mind

Manipulated Lives
Manipulated Lives

Human beings have been telling each other stories for times immemorial, and this for many different reasons. Oral tradition has allowed knowledge to be passed on from one generation to the next, making sure that traditions, folk songs, general information and historical facts are not lost. This transmission was mainly done through speech or song.

As opposed to stories that are written down and can therefore be debated about more objectively, stories passed on orally are more vulnerable to distortions or misrepresentations. Hence, apart from the obvious and innocent problem of falsification, verbal transmission has always been a potential for fraud. A king or emperor for instance may have wanted to make sure that only good things were spoken about him or her, that any flaws were erased, and documents destroyed that could compromise the image of a perfect leader.

Tess and Tattoos
Tess and Tattoos

As much as a writer may also be misunderstood by her readers, the orator has a more difficult task in passing on information successfully, yet also the advantage to use the weakness of speech to manipulate and control. A lie is born whenever this happens, a deception to confuse and mislead another person.

The longer a person lies and improves in tricking others, and the more they enjoy the success, the more likely it is that they become addicted to telling a false story.

In my first book Manipulated Lives, I wrote five stories that were centred around psychological manipulation, a tool that although it can vary from mild to severe, has one underlying symptom in common: lying.

In my new stand-alone novella, I explored the pathology further where it is one character’s main skill in life and the curse she is unable to shed …

Helene Leuschel
Helene Leuschel

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

For more information about the author and her upcoming books, please visit:

Helene Leuschel Author Website

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Art Vibes Exhibition by Heinrich Pelser, Live Performance by Lily and Bear, Ice Cream from Legendairy @ Leaky Tap Craft Exchange

What is better to do on a rainy summer’s day in Pretoria than to visit a cutting-edge art exhibition, listen to great live music, enjoy home-made  gelato and smash a Leaky Tap Golden Ale while having a relaxed conversation with interesting people?



Heinrich Pelser
is an accomplished South African musician and a much treasured music teacher. A classical guitarist by training and a rock player at heart, his first art exhibition, Art Vibes, explored the connection between art and technology in a modern world. Just like through his music, Heinrich effortlessly communicates playful and optimistic ideas, backed by what appears to be graphic simplicity. Heinrich has offered us the gift of a true artist, as the many layers of work and thought transpire in each and every one of his creations. Each piece of art on display vibrates with a story to tell; some by the use of lines and shadows, some featuring brightly colored shapes that kindles the art, giving it an impression of movement.

DoctorPatrickAdvisesAnOldManAboutElvisBird, Heinrich Pelser
DoctorPatrickAdvisesAnOldManAboutElvisBird, Heinrich Pelser

Heinrich’s art is definitely perceived in a different light if you have the chance to listen to Heinrich the musician in a live performance together with his talented and beautiful wife Bianca, as Lily and Bear. Bianca’s refined and velvety voice blends to perfection with Heinrich’s classical guitar tunes, just as their personalities do, on and off the stage.

Lily and Bear
Lily and Bear

I had the great pleasure of asking Heinrich and Bianca a few questions. Here’s our chat on art, music, family and dreams.

Pat: Who is Heinrich Pelser and what would he normally be doing on a rainy Saturday morning?
Heinrich
(inward smile): I am quite the day dreamer, imagining myself in various scenarios all the time, from being on stage with my friends at massive venues to thinking what a dragon would say if he had to be in a musical production. Rainy Saturday mornings will have me drinking coffee and being busy with preparing food. I love to write songs and draw when the weather is gloomy, but my wife’s influence also has me watching movies when the thunder comes for a visit.(he hugs Bianca)
Bianca (with her warm, glowing smile): What he means to say is that I make him watch more television than he wants to! 😊

Pat: How do you balance art, music and your teaching job?
Heinrich:
I feel it comes quite easy and as a necessity as well, diverting my mind and helping me to not fall into a routine rut. Teaching helps me tremendously because kids have pure and colorful minds that aids me with ideas and also to break the loneliness one can fall into while drawing or writing music alone for hours on end.

Pat: Tell us about the media you use.
Heinrich (his fingers seem to have picked up an imaginary pen): I feel the media guides my style. With pen drawings the type of ink has a massive influence over the type of hatching I would use and the length of my lines. With digital drawing I took to the pen fairly easy and various programs have me apply different techniques. The tablet allows me the freedom to draw absolutely anywhere and that is super for when inspiration comes.

Pat: What is your creative process like?
Heinrich: I draw a lot in my classroom at school in between lessons and then I will take ideas home and finish them on the patio outside. I love late evenings and listening to music while I do creative things. There are guitars nearby almost always so If my mind throws a lyric at me I would put that idea down. Whatever I feel the vibe for I would do, I never force myself to finish a certain idea if I am not in the groove to do so.
Bianca (excited): It is amazing and very inspiring to see Heinrich while he is drawing or writing/composing. The creative process totally encompasses him and he gets in the flow very easily.

Pat: As a musician, you can take your guitar with you everywhere you go. Has this proximity influenced your choice of medium used in your art?
Heinrich (nods while his fingers seem to drum a little tune) : It has indeed. I always carry small sketch-pads with me so quite a few of my drawings are rather small. The digital medium changed that due to the fact that I can store any canvas size on my tablet. It is different not to see the big picture when you step back but that is part of the fun waiting for the large prints to arrive at the print store.

Pat: How has this art exhibition come to life? Who supported you?
Heinrich: Friso Woudstra and I were having a beer after a band meeting at Craft Exchange where he is an owner. The conversation steered in the direction of an art exhibition and I started planning. My father Willem was instrumental in everything, his arm was in a sling but he helped me with all the logistics and to build the various crazy things we attempted to have a decent display area. My friend Brenton Watt at Brand Inventors helped me with the UV printing for the bigger pieces I had on display and our experiments ended up being some of the key pieces on display. My wife is a legend and she drives me to do things a bit better every time. She is a beast when it comes to events so her planning skills and helping hands is an absolute blessing.(winks at Bianca).

Pat: What is the coolest part about being an artist and a musician?
Heinrich: The fact that they feed on one another so well. Music can also be a visual medium that creates images with sounds in the mind of the listener. I think over the years the two amalgamated for me personally and in many aspects they cannot be separated.

The Indulged Man, Heinrich Pelser
The Indulged Man, Heinrich Pelser

Pat: Which artwork is your favorite and why?
Heinrich: The Indulged Man is probably my favorite. I drew this at school so it was my first big project and it taught me so much of my own style and mind. I have fond memories of drawing this at my Mom’s dining table while listening to the radio.
Bianca: I remember seeing one of Heinrich’s artworks up on the wall of the art class in high school. It moved me deeply and I had, up until that point, never seen anything quite like it. The intricacy with which he composed that piece and the amount of detail he put into every square centimeter was just amazing. He was the first graphic artist at our school and inspired me to major in that medium as well. I don’t think he has that piece anymore. My favorite work at the moment is Whaleybubsinthecity.

Whaleybubsinthecity, Heinrich Pelser
Whaleybubsinthecity, Heinrich Pelser

Pat: What’s next for Heinrich Pelser?
Heinrich: I will keep on building my repertoire of songs and artworks. At the moment I am focused on creating and with the December holidays coming up I have ample time to create and consume fresh ideas and moments to feed me for another year.

Thank you, Heinrich and Bianca, for great art, good music and great company. I left Heinrich’s Art Vibes Exhibition with the enlightened feeling that anything is possible  when one works hard, believes in one’s dreams and, yes, perhaps, “with a little help from my friends”.

Quick links to contact Heinrich Pelser:

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You can buy Lily and Bear music here (CD baby, ITunes, Spotify)

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Susan Day – The Best Christmas Gifts are Books

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Susan Day,the author of the new and upcoming grand-parenting  book Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing.

Susan Day, AuthorSusan Day is a passionate author, educator and, of course, a grandmother. She wants to empower all grandparents to build meaningful relationships with their grandchildren. She is author of the children’s book series Astro’s Adventures which also has its own book club, Astro’s Book Club. Susan also runs a website for grand-parents, The Happy Grandparent.

Here are Susan’s insightful thoughts on why:

The Best Christmas Gifts are Books

Well, it’s nearly time for the silly season, and parents and grandparents will be running to and fro trying to purchase toys for the children in their lives.

While most children will ask Santa to bring them the latest must-have gadgets, dolls and games there is one item which has been a popular favourite for many years.

Books are a wonderful gift for anytime of the year, and should be included in all gift packages. They might not get the initial attention of flashing toys that speak or zooming cars or glitter-covered fairies, but books have a worth that goes far beyond those first few moments of unwrapping.

Books Open Up New Worlds

Children can learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience. Reading can take them to worlds they may never travel to. They can learn about tribes in deepest, darkest Papua New Guinea. They can learn how the people of Siberia keep warm, and they can learn what life is like for a child just like them in cities far away and unknown.

They can also learn about other cultures, festivals and with the rise in self-help books for children, they can learn how the world around them works. They can also learn what they can do if they feel unhappy or depressed; what to do if their grandparents are sick, or where their little siblings came from!

E-Books Make Great Gifts

Anyone with young children will tell you just how tech-savvy kids are now a days. They are born instinctively knowing how to swipe, download, upload and more. It’s really amazing.

Keeping this in mind, gifting an e-reader such as Kindle is a great idea. Not only are they portable which means children can read anywhere such as the car, the bus or when visiting grandma, but you can literally load hundreds of books onto just one device.

This means that your child can take their favourite books everywhere with them without needing a suitcase to lug them around. And, we all know that books can become our friends and having them close gives children an added sense of security.

Taking Time to Read Together is Important for Bonding

The most important reason why you should be giving books this year, however, is because you can read and share them with your very important small people.

Create wonderful memories cuddled up together sharing lovely stories about dogs, cats, or cheeky monkeys living in Africa.

The children in your life will cherish those times when you both discovered the magic of books. They will always remember how you both laughed at the crazy antics of the characters or hid behind the sofa cushions when the big bad wolf appeared.

Books are remarkably powerful tools that bring so much joy to our lives. They will outlast all toys; they don’t need batteries, and best of all they are not too expensive.

I can’t think of a better gift.

I couldn’t agree more, Susan!

Susan Day is happy to connect with readers of all ages as well as with fellow authors and bloggers, which she always supports. I have the honor of writing the Sunday Column for Susan’s website for puppy-owners and dog-lovers, Mypuppyclub.net.

Connect with Susan on Facebook, Twitter.

Visit Susan’s Websites – The Happy GrandparentAstro’s Book Club, Susan’s  Amazon Author Page .

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Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three bossy cats, two rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo.

The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing by Susan Day, book coverTHE TOP 10 THINGS HAPPY GRANDPARENTS NEVER REGRET DOING – Media Release

IT’S TIME TO PUT THE ‘GRAND’ BACK INTO GRANDPARENTING!

The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing! looks at the modern changes of grandparenting. It is an open and honest look at how much the role of grandparenting has changed, and what lies ahead for this growing section of our population.

Written by Dunolly author (Central Victoria), Susan Day, this book aims to empower all grandparents to share their knowledge and experiences with their beloved grandchildren.

Grandparents often worry that their grandchildren will grow up and forget them. Some are concerned about being alone and distant from their families emotionally and physically.

Most grandparents want to have a positive impact on the lives of their grandchildren, and create memories that will last forever.

The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing! takes its readers on an insightful journey into what they need to do to become the best grandparent they can be (even better than the one they are now).

At the end of each chapter are questions to complete. These are designed to create a unique and personal Grandparenting Philosophy. Best of all, readers will then learn how to adapt their own Grandparenting Philosophy into their life.

A Grandparenting Philosophy is an important document that is, not only uniquely about each gran, granny and pop, but about their family, and their goal to connect with their grandchildren.

Readers will also learn the Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing! These wonderful values will be incorporated into their Grandparenting Philosophy so they can develop a strong, meaningful relationship with their grandchildren.

As well, there are lots of free educational resources also available for each person who purchases a copy.

Now is the time for grandparents to reclaim and strengthen their relationship with their grandchildren. Grandparents have so much to offer.

Susan Day, AuthorAbout the Author

Susan Day is a passionate author, educator and, of course, a grandmother. She wants to empower all grandparents to build meaningful relationships with their grandchildren.

Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three bossy cats, two rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo.

Website – The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing! 

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Susan Day can be reached on: 0421 582 067

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Hot New Release – a look inside my children’s books

The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog,The Elephant and the Sheep
The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog,The Elephant and the Sheep – click on the image to buy from Amazon

The Cheetah and the Dog 

The Lion and the Dog

The Elephant and the Sheep

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“The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is yet another fun, colorful, and poetic read. It is about an unlikely friendship of a cheetah and a dog in Africa. It’s how they form a bond of friendship and protect one another from their foes. A bright and colorful book with a beautiful poetic story, young readers will thoroughly enjoy this tale. And parents will enjoy reading and discussing the book with their young children as well.” (Singing Librarian Books)

The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg is an absolute delight. Filled with fabulously fun and brightly colored page and an engaging and enjoyable poetic story, young readers will immediately be drawn to this charming read. It is a sweet book about the friendship of a jungle animal and a farm animal—an elephant and a sheep. Parents will not want to miss sharing this story with their young readers. (Singing Librarian Books)

The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is an absolute delight. Filled with bright and colorful pictures and an enjoyable poetic story, young readers will love this delightful and colorful read. This is an unexpected relationship and eventually friendship between a lion at the zoo and a dog that roams the zoo. Parents will enjoy sharing this story with their young readers. (Singing Librarian Books)

 

 

 

 

Two Authors. Worlds Apart. The Jennieration – Pat Furstenberg

Two Authors. Worlds Apart. Serendipity on their Side.

What is better for an author than to do a book signing event? Maybe a book signing half way across the world?

Better than a book blog tour?

When my new book publisher asked me to do a book signing at an historic book shop in some quaint little town within the state of Ohio, I didn’t hesitate for a second to agree. First, because I’d never set foot in the New World and I was so curious to find out if everything in North America is really ‘bigger than life’ as they say! But more importantly, because the bookshop where I’d been asked to do my signing could only have been a plan of pure serendipity or fate.

*** 

Of all the bookshops all over the world I was about to walk into hers! Jen, with her uncurbed enthusiasm. Talented author Jennifer Lopez!

*** 

So now, here I am at this very moment, nervous with excitement for the experience. I’m holding a red rose, searching among the myriad of busy Americans around me, for Jen and her red rose.

I know people do look a tad different when you meet them in person as apposed to their website or Twitter, so I’m hoping she’ll recognize me. We’re to meet for coffee first, here at this small and chic (I am impressed) coffee place right next to the bookshop. It feels like I’ve stepped into a world of times past. The coffee shop is one that’s been there for a very long time and has that old vintage feel. I see large windows at the back of the cafe- there are people looking down. I remember then, Jen saying the bookshop and café sat right atop a waterfall. I could hear it now—despite the bustle. Wow. This was definitely not what I imagined the U.S.A. to be like. Maybe because we aren’t in a large city.

And yes, I’ll answer your question before you even speak; we decided to meet like this for the fun of it! Is there a more exciting way for two writers to meet, I’m asking you?

*** 

There she is. We walk toward each other unable to contain our smiles and laughter.

Jen hugs me tight and says,

 “Finally a real hug instead of a virtual hug! You are so precious Pat.”

We tap our roses together and chuckle.

“Come on Pat, I’ve gotten us a table. The café will be clearing out soon- as the afternoon rush is over.”

The waiter sets down our two cups of expresso.

PAT: Ahhhh… It’s chilly here so this is perfect Jen. We’ve wanted to chat about so many things, but with our kids, family and writing, well—we just never have the time. I love your humanitarian efforts and you know it’s something we both feel passionate about. I’ll never forget when your Middle School ESL students read my book HAPPY FRIENDS and how they responded. It felt so great to hear that my little book had been appreciated in such a way.

JEN: Pat, it was so awesome to experience. Then, when your book JOYFUL TROUBLE came out, it spoke on such a deep level to both kids and adults alike. Ella and I were thrilled to write our endorsement for the cover. Are you so excited to be signing today for all your special animal stories?

My coffee’s gone cold, or is this the second cup already? We’re too engrossed in discussion to notice.

PAT: I can’t even begin to express my happiness Jen. Talking about JOYFUL TROUBLE (now in Large Print) is so fun—maybe because it is based on a true family story. Also it really seems to appeal to young and adults alike. I think it’s his human nature that makes the dog such a huge success. Through his sheer size, he commands respect. He reveres his sailor friends and has a loyalty towards them that is unsurpassed. The things he does…well, dogs do have this rare quality about them, to sense when they are needed. But Joyful Trouble is also a peaceful dog (almost As Good as Gold), a contrasting quality with his size.

Perhaps the fact that there is no self-interest in Joyful Trouble’s actions—yet they leave the reader astounded. I am grateful for its positive impact.

JEN: It sure does have a positive impact, Pat. Animal stories reach into the hearts of readers because of the unconditional love and tenderness their actions express. They themselves are lessons we humans can learn a lot from.

PAT: How did you develop such a tremendous love of Culture, Jen? I’ve always seen & admired it—so I have to ask.

JEN: I think we both feel it within us, Pat—you know? I’ve known culture is strongly rooted in you as well. Even your efforts to convey acceptance and the love of differences in HAPPY FRIENDS was tremendous. Maybe it’s something so deep, it’s a challenge to explain. I can’t say mine came from upbringing, because I didn’t grow up in a family completely immersed in this appreciation. So, I guess I’m inclined to feel as if my love if culture and the ‘uniquenesses’ of the world were just innately present and then grew. Every time I would interact with someone from another country, see a beautifully unique face from the rest of those around me, hear a new language, or be invited by a friend to take part in a cultural family celebration—it touched me deeply—all of it…

As I grew older, I read more and more about the cultures of our world, the rich traditions and the beauty in differences. I was magnetized by the sheer simplicity of cultures different from my own and how this very simplicity took nothing away from the people—in fact—it contributed tremendously to people’s happiness. It was as if there was no drive compelling me more so, than this deep reverence for culture. I believe my writing is an extension of this reverence for a simpler life and that kind of genuine happiness. That’s why I love HAPPY FRIENDS. Anyway, eventually I had to go, to live, to be a part of it for myself. Once I’d experienced the deeply endearing qualities of life and people in Italy, Spain and Mexico—I was forever changed. I felt myself connected, rooted forever-more in these distinct and beautiful cultures. What about you sweet Pat?

PAT: Well, I am so excited to visit America! I find it interesting and stimulating to see new places and be among people of a different culture. It’s quite diverse here, which is exciting to see. The way individuals think and their attitude towards the simplest facts in life is of great interest to me. When I grew up in Romania we didn’t have much access to the world outside its physical borders due to political restrictions and regulations. So other cultures were like a forbidden fruit. You would get what you could from movies, from books, by reading foreign author’s works and learning about their respective countries. I was lucky enough to be able to travel after the fall of the Berlin wall and the fall of the Communist regime. I felt like a sponge, ready to assimilate everything I saw. From art and music to the way people live and spend their free time; their national imprint and the way climate influences their lives. Everything was fascinating…

South Africa is the rainbow country. People from many nationalities live in harmony, or so we try. We have 11 official languages. What people share is their humor, the fantastic foods, the blue sky and the love for music.

It is a country that has inspired many artists and writers and it definitely influences my writing. Although my roots remain Romanian as does my heartbeat, I say.

JEN: I love that! Oh my gosh- it must be incredible living in Africa and still having that depth of appreciation for your own culture. Not only that, but you explain it so beautifully—something that affects so many: the desire to truly know the world—but be restricted from this possibility in its purest form. Media and the movies can actually taint one’s perspective regarding the truths of a culture. Thank goodness for good cultural literature.

PAT: Yes, you know, when I grew up I would study about famous Romanian people of culture who left to further their educations in ‘The City of Light,’ Paris. This was the beginning of the 20th century. And they all missed the blue sky from back home, the way the birds sing, the way the air smells. I could not understand that longing – until now. That is culture to me, being rooted in your own. I guess it is the way our hearts have been wired.

JEN: So interesting…all of it. And really, I feel we could talk forever. Are we still okay on time Pat? I don’t want you to arrive late to your signing?

PAT: We are just fine, it’s not until 7:30pm and I set aside this time to be with you. Let’s share a pastry. How does the Raspberry Custard Tart sound?

JEN: You picked my favorite!

I raise my hand and motion to the lad behind the counter. He smiles and points. He heads over with two forks and the tart.

JEN: So, children inspire your writing as does making a difference. How did you get to be such a dear one? Huh?

PAT: I think when we have our feet firmly grounded in our roots, in what drives us—as you say—(the moral compass), then all we want is to make a difference. Having roots is very import for our children. And books can help a great deal in discovering one’s roots. Because books tell stories and stories do have a source. Before ‘the story’ was printed, it was told—at the beginning of its time—and it went from mouth to mouth. Each story was sparked by one previous to it. Each is rooted in an old folk tale, somewhere in a forgotten corner of the world…

Just as Joyful Trouble and Happy Friends, my stories- depict unusual friendships between animals. Friendship regardless of differences…

Animals and children have this special gift of seeing beyond boundaries; to them there are no boundaries. Nothing stands and nothing should stand between a child and their hopes and dreams and life learning…

With Animals, when they look at each other, they see the possibility of friendship, especially baby animals.

Children, when they look at each other, they see beauty and they see the possibility of a friendship or the excitement of learning.

JEN: YES!! So then the nature of an animals’ emotional intelligence is essentially what draws you to write about them? There is such a clear undeniable connection between the purity and selflessness of children and animals.

PAT: Right and since we now live in a hyper-technologically-driven world, what was important yesterday might not have the same value tomorrow. The world is most definitely changing.

IQ- Intellectual Quotient, was of high value… yesterday.

Today, Emotional intelligence- EQ is what our children need to excel in life. Being aware of your feelings and of the feelings of those near you, knowing how to express them and how to put your feelings into words.

Animals can sense things long before we do. They can read our emotional cues; this is why writing about animals is so exciting and attractive to me. Animals have no boundaries when given the opportunity to thrive in an environment, they do not shield their emotions, they do not misunderstand them.

Giving animals human qualities in a story can have an amusing effect but in the end it isn’t the real life. Because animals are so much more emotionally intelligent than we know…

Children can easily relate to animal stories because children have an innate desire to care for and look after those smaller than themselves. Care, as they are being cared for. And who out there, is smaller than a child, but a baby animal or, at least, a furry character from a book? It’s why so many generations of children loved Winnie-The-Pooh, or Paddington Bear.

JEN: You yourself have proof of this beautiful truth in the story of Joyful Trouble. I love this because there are some who don’t acknowledge the keen emotional intelligence of animals. Their potential to contribute to each human’s life is unfathomably beautiful. My sister would love you as well. She has a highly intuitive sense related to animals and for this I admire her. Another fellow humanitarian- she cares for animals and advocates for them as you do. Pat, we just connect on these ideals and it makes me overjoyed…

Do you enjoy the Raspberry Custard Tart? It feels such a privilege to share with you and I still can’t believe we are sitting here together!

PAT: It’s yummy and I could sit here all day. It’s like the café cleared out for us to have this time.

JEN: That’s because they’re all getting ready for your book signing—is what’s happening! You know what- We also have this funny Elephant connection-you and I do. I just remembered this. The little elephant, Pete- in your Happy Friends book. My sweet daughter, Ella and I loved Pete and the cute story behind his becoming part of the book. —Ella herself has the Elephant’s namesake because of the deep emotional intelligence these stunning animals exhibit throughout their lifetimes with loved ones and the matriarchal strength that guides their family.

PAT: I know. I love the cover of your Fearless Thinkers book with the two Elephants. That book is a help to many families, aspiring to take a different path with parenting. It is evident that you wrote the book with the intention of helping others too. Elephants sure are an inspiration for both of us Jen. And yes, my idea to write about an elephant came not only from the plastic, old, yellow toy elephant (Pete) we have at home, but also from my mother’s interest in elephants and what they symbolize: courage, wisdom, strength, family. Perhaps the fact that elephants have a matriarchal family also influenced my decision!

But Pete, our yellow toy elephant with a twinkle in his eyes, was just sitting quietly on his shelf… until one day when he couldn’t keep quiet anymore and told me that he had a story to tell. Could I help him?

Turns out, my children’s book- Happy Friends was just that.

JEN: I know. So super sweet. The simplicity of that inspiration!! Well, let’s take a quick walk down to the waterfall so we can take in the sounds of nature and you can prepare for this evening’s events. The time has flown. I did mean to ask what your future plans are though Pat. We can’t leave without knowing what’s next—besides time with our kids—of course.

PAT: Well, I have lots of children’s books in my plans for the future, most of them about dogs! Fun stories, some sad ones as well—they are based on true events. One needs to raise awareness about animals’ feelings and their status and import in our busy lives.

JEN: Yes, I agree. Your FOUR latest books (that you’ll be releasing in the next few weeks) after your well loved-Happy Friends and Joyful Trouble, remind me of the tremendous stories you hear of around the world about Unlikely Animal Friends. They are utterly heart-warming. There’s been so many beautiful reviews and guest posts for your books. We loved your cover reveals for: Puppy, The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Cheetah and the Dog. OHHH! What treasures!

PAT: Thanks Jen. I hope they will be cherished in many homes for years to come. You know, I wanted to ask you the same thing—what’s next for you in your writing and in your career? You keep so busy with your Spanish Interpreting, your writing and your Homeschooling of Ella to boot! Do you plan to continue all of this?

JEN: You know how we are. Where there’s a passion- there’s always a way. So my passion to support the Spanish-speaking Cultures is ongoing. It’s as if it were embedded in my DNA. My hope is to continue my involvement in bridging the language and cultural gaps with TheJennieration.com through Interpreting and Translating. It is always incredible for me to witness others embracing the rich family traditions, ideals and work ethic of Latin Americans. They are some of the most tremendous people—and precious neighbors in Central and South America. Here in the U.S., we SHARE the very same continent—all of us in ‘The Americas’…and our American Continent’s farthest points reach both the North and the South Poles. I do plan to continue my writing, editing and proofreading. How can we not? It is our fuel, right?! Words, language and communication equate to passion and connection with culture. My own upcoming books… well one has been in the works for quite some time. The program has existed for 15+ years and I am finally putting it into book form. A writer’s work is never done though- so I keep making the tweaks.  When I am fully satisfied, you’ll be one of the first to know.  It’s a rapid Spanish Language Instruction book—an intrinsically Easy-to-Learn Spanish Program—different than any out there I’ve seen in my own research over the years… The other is a series of short stories called: Empathy Power. Much like your true animal stories, these are powerful due to their truth—each carrying a unique message. As an educator, my hope is for them to captivate while they educate. Time will tell my friend…

Well Pat, now it’s time we take that walk. I can’t wait for your book signing!

PAT: I can’t either Jen. Thanks for sharing this time with me, this has been incredible. I love conversations like these- where each of us can share a bit of ourselves, our deeper thoughts, our aspirations—and I just can’t believe fate allowed us this chance. The universe works in mysterious ways and far be it for me to question them. I’d rather embrace them and live to tell about them.

As they are about to leave the cafe, Pat looks back and smiles at the two spoons, two espresso cups, one plate with a bit of raspberry drizzle and the two red roses that were left on the table. She smiles and thinks….

HAPPY FRIENDS!

*****

Thank you for joining us today.

Read Jen’s Reviews of Pat’s books- Joyful Trouble & Happy Friends:

CLICK FOR REVIEW OF JOYFUL TROUBLE on AMAZON: 

CLICK FOR REVIEW OF HAPPY FRIENDS on AMAZON:

Initially published on Jen’s website. This is a collaboration between two authors.

 

eBook Publishing Day, Three Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity

eBook Publishing Day, Three Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity

Children's books by Patricia Furstenberg celebrating diversity
Children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg celebrating diversity

Available in paperback and eBook – FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited / KU on Amazon:

The Lion and the Dog

The Elephant and the Sheep

The Cheetah and the Dog

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

31 October: Publication Day, Cover Reveal, Guest post, Free Book

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles available in eBook and Paperback. Buy now:
Amazon Europe: http://amzn.eu/80yBxmI
Amazon US: http://a.co/1MRJqy5 

 

An amazing COVER REVEAL of my next three children’s books and Guest Post 31.10.17 so come over to http://jessiecahalin.com 

Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com
Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com

31.10.17 FREE BOOK, Joyful Trouble

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, Cover by The Book Khaleesi
Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, Cover by The Book Khaleesi

 

 

 

Get Joyful Trouble FREE from Amazon EU: http://amzn.eu/1rpORbF

Joyful Trouble FREE on Amazon US: http://a.co/eg937sa

 

3 x Cover Reveal and Book Release

Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com
Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com

On 31st October 2017 head over to Books In My Handbag Blog for a triple COVER REVEAL and FREE books!

 

 

Remember that Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will also be released on 31st October in both eBook and Paperback on Amazon.

What readers say about Puppy: “I cannot recommend Puppy enough” DANDELION INSPIRED BLOG

“My daughter loved this book. She enjoyed pointing out what was happening in the illustrations and listening to what the puppy got up to.” WHISPERINGSTORIES

“Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will be sure to bring a long-lasting smile to all dog lovers for many years to come.”READERS FAVORITE

“Grown up or not, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is a must-read for children that will teach them love and tenderness towards animals.”***** NADANESSINMOTION

It was sweet and fun to read to my two year old son.BOOK REVIEWS BY JASMINE

 

 

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

Children’s Book Cover Reveal & FREE book offer 2 & 3 Sept.!

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes, pre-order  Joyful Trouble, FREE

It is with great joy that I share with you the absolutely wonderful cover of my new children’s book, ready for pre-order NOW, out in October.

Don’t you just love this adorable Puppy?

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles an Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

 

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

 

 

 

 

Joyful Trouble, fun, engaging. Yours FREE 2Sept and 3Sept
Joyful Trouble, fun, engaging. Yours FREE 2Sept and 3Sept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Joyful Trouble the bestseller is also available in Large Print. Click on the image below for your respective Amazon website.

Joyful Trouble in Large Print Edition
Joyful Trouble in Large Print Edition