The ‘Rising Wind’ Book Series Is A Must Read For Fans of Cross-Genre Action-Adventure Mystery With Interest in Willy Beasts, Archaeology, World Religion & Paleontology. Article Excerpts, & Reviews. Series by Diane Olsen.


Written By Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen



Multi-Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen and Novel Series ~ Rising Wind ~ Books one through four are now available on Amazon in paperback, e-book, and within Kindle Unlimited.

Here are just some of what readers and book reviewers are raving about after reading this action and suspense-filled novel series. Several of the books in this series are now award-winning books. Here is what Reader’s Favorite shared about books one thru three. Placed on book three but shares the flair for the first three books of this series.





Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers’ Favorite

The Weeping God and the Book of Hope is part three in the Rising Wind series by Diane Olsen. This book is actually a prequel to the first two books, so it’s not necessary to have read those first. The two lead characters, Sage Dalton and L.W. are the parents of the main character in the other Rising Wind books. Although the characters are different and it is set in an earlier time period, the tone of the book is very similar.

This time they discover an ancient text in a Mexican desert tomb that leads Sage, L.W., and a group of fellow explorers to Tibet where they find themselves in the middle of a war. Even with danger at every turn, they still manage to discover secret caves that lead them toward an elusive yet powerful Book of Hope. The Weeping God and the Book of Hope, just like the other books in Diane Olsen’s series, combine three strong story elements to make for a fun, exciting, and educational read.

First, and foremost, her books have a superb cast of characters that readers can easily relate to. They care about each other, work together to achieve a common goal, laugh together, and cry together. Second, her stories revolve around rare ancient discoveries found all around the world. Much like the great Indiana Jones films, each new discovery comes with an element of danger. Sometimes the danger comes from a person or an organization that wants to keep the discovery for themselves, or the danger comes from the object itself, or sometimes it’s a little of both. The third common theme is an embracing of all world religions.

Religion is somehow intertwined with each rare find that the characters make. I appreciate the way Ms. Olsen always characterizes the religious elements in her stories in a positive light, as the hope of mankind rather than the way most works of fiction portray religion in a negative sense as mankind’s biggest problem. This book is a fun read filled with colorful characters and lots of action. I recommend it for fans of character-driven adventure who like to learn about science, ancient civilizations, and world religions along the way. I highly, highly recommend reading this series!


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Book Four Has Now Been Released in the Rising Wind Series
Titled: Like Feathers Of A Wing, Deep, Informative, & Pertinent has also garnished a new 5-Star Book Review by Reader’s Favorite!



Speaking about those “Wild Willy Beasts” in this review above, Diane was invited to write an article about the many supposed extinct willy creatures the cast of characters Secora and Gideon come upon or rub shoulders with like the Bear Dog. So, here is how Diane described this beast within her article through some excerpts from it. Just as you’ll read in book one “The Thunder Beings” to book four? I have no clue how much Diane had to research all of these beasts living or NOT within this series, but they do come alive within them!

Book One The Thunder Beings of Rising Wind Series


WHAT ABOUT THE BEAR DOG?

“When I first heard of American hyenas or hyena-like creatures, weird wolves, or strange dog-like animals in America I thought hmmm, let’s take a look. Was there a basis in the fossil record for the accounts of hyena-like creatures in North America? I wasn’t readily familiar with the bone-crushing carnivores of the last few million years so I wanted to do some digging to see the options.”

Before I continue, I’d like to share that most of my online sources were from Wikipedia or Wiki-Fandom and also Lon Strickler – a well-known Fortean researcher, a prolific author and media personality, and publisher of Phantoms and Monsters blog which he started in 2005. I also found fossil articles and newspaper references along with random bits from here and there, most of which I reference in the text.

If you look at the phylogeny the mammalian Order of Carnivora is composed of two branches – Caniformia, and Feliformia which is the archetypal suborder that encompasses all of the so-called “cat-like” predators including cats, viverrids – a group comprised of civets, fossae, meerkats – and surprisingly, hyenas. Some witnesses referred to seeing hyena hybrids. It is easy to eliminate actual wolf-hyena crosses because crossing a wolf with a hyena would be like breeding a lion with a hyena – zero chance of success – more likely to be a deadly encounter.

Later I moved into the canine suborder to look at bears, wolverines, and wolves. I chose to eliminate accounts of actual wolves and the rest of the canids with their long ears, tails, and snouts. Wolf-hybrids, coyotes, jackals, foxes, and dogs were genetically different animals from the family of Hyaenidae, and most of them weren’t as big as the animals in the descriptions – or they were the wrong shapes.

There were a couple of fierce predatory red herrings that didn’t fall into the cat or dog categories. For example, mammals like carnivorous pigs and the Hyenadonts. The pigs pretty much spoke for themselves – as pigs do. The latter were creodonts, named for their unusual teeth. They had been ferocious wolf-sized predators unrelated to hyenas, which vanished at the same time as the ancestors of present-day carnivores, leaving no living descendants as far as we can tell.

The prehistoric prototypes for all mammalian carnivores had once lived in forests and originally had retractable claws. When most of the early predators descended from trees in order to chase or bushwhack their prey, the cat-like creatures split into several distinct lineages in order to hunt and scavenge the rivers and grasslands along with other successful land predators like the Phorusrhacids, commonly known as terror birds. Many retained their retractable or semi-retractable claws, but the trait disappeared early on for the canines while overtime for others like the bears.

It’s easy to lose track of time while gazing at bizarre images and artists’ reconstructions of some of the oddest members of the Viverridae, a family which is currently composed of nearly thirty of the most interesting housecat-sized creatures on this planet. Check out the linsang, a furry critter that sometimes walks as slowly and deliberately as a chameleon. Civets and genets still spend much or all of their time in trees. Interestingly, a number of African civets have crests or manes running down their necks and backs which rise up when they are agitated, like hyenas, and they display an extensive range of coat colors. Except for their slender faces, some even look like ancestral forms of hyenas, but I have a feeling they are way too tiny for most of the accounts I found.

Moving on to the four recognized living hyenas; none is native to the Americas. As cute as the Aardwolf is, it’s way too small – built more like a tiny kit fox. Unlike its savanna ravaging cousins, it doesn’t kill wildlife or livestock just insects. It sleeps under the cover of bushes, trees, or rocks to avoid being overheated during the day. Only a few remain in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert, and the coastal areas of southwest Africa. The range for beautiful brown hyenas is also declining. In the south, it is rare or possibly even extinct. Brown hyenas are used in traditional rituals, and for medicine. They are also poisoned and trapped – mostly because people think they kill livestock. Some argue they don’t, but they do kill wild animals.



Another Excerpt of The Bear Dog Research

Wikipedia article noted that in 1909 an enormous black “freak wolf” was shot in Idaho’s Boise National Forest. Apart from its great size, its back and other parts of its body were “covered with a heavy growth of black hair, resembling somewhat the coat of a Newfoundland dog except that it was heavier and coarser, and it was bob-tailed.”

Local hunters, trappers, and Indians were all unfamiliar with it, and biologists who examined the skin and skull in Washington, D.C. stated that the animal was not a hybrid, and that “the only specimen that resembles it at all closely” was another specimen from Idaho’s Priest River Forest.

Since 1991 ‘hyenas’ have been reported in killing wildlife and livestock in Alberta, Idaho, and Montana, in 1995 and again in 2005.

In 2004 a large, hyena-like animal was reported as prowling around killing dogs in rural Maine. The beast was sighted by dozens of witnesses including policemen, all of whom said it looked just like a hyena.

Observers listed on Lon Strickler’s site saw an animal on two different occasions in the Adirondacks, which were suggestive of hyenas, but different. The witnesses wondered what else it could be. ‘Well, I thought I’d seen it all … I have no idea what this was, other than to say it was a hyena… It was very large; 150-175 pounds, had a long bushy tail, a brindle, wiry, spotted brown black and gray coat, with a powerful predatory build.

It had a thick lower jaw, rounded ears located high on the diamond-shaped head, and what appeared to be a mane running down the neck and back. Its hind legs were noticeably shorter, much thicker, and more powerfully muscled than the front so that the animal sloped down to the powerful rear.’ Needless to say, the long tail isn’t a modern hyena trait – and the mention of a black-brown and gray coat was interesting and unexpected.

He found a reference to the ‘American Hyena’ that turned out to be a conglomeration of the original Shunka Warak’in stories, Ringdocus, etc. The witness said the latter “was too small, pig-like, and the legs were far too scrawny and less canine than what we saw, it also possessed a longer straight coat and thinner snout.”

This would make a good comparison of a running hyena and a Borophagine. Some articles make what I feel is a mistake by lumping all the strange hyena or canid sightings into a single category for convenience – despite the obvious differences in morphology.

A number of late 2016 hyena sightings in Pennsylvania were reported to Lon Strickler and Stan Gordon. In one sighting, a correspondent and their mother were driving through Pike County and encountered a hyena-like animal by the side of a road which the eyewitness initially took for a hyena. It was described as weighing about 200 to 300 pounds, had a sloping back, and had rather long brown/black fur, especially around its shoulders that stood up a couple of inches from the body.

It’s a toss-up whether the following two sightings should also be considered as bone-crushing dogs or an Amphicyon bear dogs – because of their supersize.

A large creature was reported by a police officer in the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts, in 2016. Officer, Hadley, described the animal as a hyena-like dog and very large, perhaps 7′ tall if it had stood upright. Similar animals had previously been reported from the region.

In another Lon Strickler report from 2016, a man saw some sort of canid standing along a side road close to a bamboo thicket when he drove to a nearby creek to fish late one afternoon between Madera and Chowchilla in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. “It stood there almost as if it was not threatened by my presence… and seemed to take note of me but not flee.

It was hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It had wiry dark grey hair and walked in kind of a slinking motion, with its back (estimating) about 5 to 5 1/2 feet off the ground. It surveyed the area for a couple more seconds and slowly disappeared into the bamboo. I was perplexed as hell because the only canids in the area were foxes and Coyotes.”

Five to five and a half feet tall is significantly taller than a hyena or the small wolf-sized Ringdocus at twenty-eight inches tall and with the slender snout of a running hyena, or any regular wolf. In fact, the last two of these animals were so large they could have been placed in the bear dog category.

Legends surround a creature that has been reported from Alaska to northern Michigan. This enigmatic beast hails from the remote, cold regions of the north, where Native tribes in the Nahanni Valley of the Canadian Northwest Territories have long spoken of an enormous wolf-like beast that stalks the frozen wastelands called the Waheela. It’s usually said to look very similar to a wolf, but much larger, more muscular, and heavily built, and with shorter stockier legs that are longer in the front than in the back. The Waheela’s body is said to be almost bear-like in its shape and massive in quality.

The animal is often described as having disproportionately large feet that are almost like snowshoes, with widely spaced toes, and a broader, more formidable head and smaller ears, than a normal wolf. Some reports mention a dark-colored beast though there is at least one report of one having long white fur – perhaps seasonal like the arctic fox. At least one eyewitness sighting has described the beast as being like “a wolf on steroids,” standing around 3 and a half feet at the shoulder, which is far larger than a typical wolf.

It is a solitary hunter rather than a pack animal like wolves and most other canids and is said to have various supernatural powers. Interestingly, the Waheela’s main territory of the Nahanni Valley is also known for its disappearances and deaths, with human corpses found minus their heads leading to the rather ominous nickname “The Headless Valley.” Some blame these mysterious deaths on the presence of the Waheela, and indeed the valley is wreathed in dark legends of the numerous evil spirits said to inhabit it.

Ontario, Canada has its own version of the Waheela called the ‘Ontario White Wolf.’

But several stories suggest animals that were even larger. In fact, one man saw a beast from the seat of his truck at a distance of thirty feet. This 2020 sighting of a cow-sized American hyena in Pennsylvania was reported to Lon Strickler. The man said he was seized with genuine life-threatening fear.

The sighting occurred around 3:00 AM on 14 July 2020, near Shippensburg. The eyewitness noticed what he had first assumed was a cow lying in an open field. When he illuminated the area with his torch the animal rose up from the ground in a slow lumbering and purposeful action. “As it came up on all 4’s the creature stood about five to six feet tall at its shoulder blades. In my truck I’m elevated and I sit about that high from the ground.


Research About Bear Dog


The creature was about 30 feet from me and I know if I stood toe to toe with it the head would be taller than I, and I’m 6 feet… the back of this creature was facing me. It then turned its head into my light and the lens flare off its eyes was a yellow-green color… the eyes were facing FORWARD. This was a predatory creature. Not a damn cow! Heat and cold washed over my body, and I felt genuine life-threatening fear take over.” He couldn’t move and sat in the middle of the road knowing he was low on the food chain at that moment.

“It continued to measure me for what felt forever and it suddenly turned its head, and tore off faster than I could know. My pathetic guess is about 30 to 40 mph as it darted away. And after all this, the only thing I could think was that it was some form of giant hyena. The most terrifying real-life creature I’ve ever witnessed and it was gone so fast.” Other sightings involved attacks on vehicles by giant wolf-dogs or ferocious hyena-like creatures as in two accounts collected by Josh Turner and Tony Luong of Paranormal Round Table.

One night in the early 1990s near Odessa Texas, Oil workers left work at 9 pm in a couple of pickups. An animal ran out of the forest and bit a truck tire causing one vehicle to swerve and brush a passing car. Apparently, the animal was run over by a second vehicle but it still fled back into the woods – at high speed. Witnesses described a very large hyena-like beast the size of a big hog, weighing between four and five hundred pounds with its tail tucked between its legs. Witnesses supposed it would measure between five to six feet tall at the shoulders.

On a second late-night in Texas in 2013, at around 11 pm, a couple saw ‘an enormous prehistoric-looking, almost horse-sized hyena, as tall as the car and about half as long, with a ridged or humped back. It had rings around its body which culminated at the top of its head.

At first, they mistook it for a tumbleweed as it ran alongside their car, hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It banged into the car, denting it, but was still able to run off into the woods.

Were there misidentifications, maybe? Were people describing something like a bear or a buffalo? Not likely in the accounts I chose, but possible. Might they be flesh and blood remnants of supposedly extinct or nearly extinct predatory species?  In the end stories of hyena-type beasts far outweighed the staunch denials of their existence based on spotty fossil records. Rather than weigh in on the validity of the accounts, I decided to see where the evidence given in the descriptions would lead – and I was amazed.

Can’t wait for more DNA testing and dashcam footage. That’s it, and thank you for taking the time to read about the bear dog!

~Diane Olsen, Author

BIOGRAPHY

Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen, a seasoned writer, began with a non-fiction book titled; “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion,” which won a bronze medallion from the Christian Illuminations Book Awards in 2017. Diane’s “Rising Wind” book series has also won several awards. “The Thunder Beings” was released in 2018. “Ice and Bone” and “The Weeping God and The Book of Hope” were released in mid-2021. “Weeping God” garnished her a second bronze medal win in 2021. Book four has now been released in March 2022 titled “Like Feathers of a Wing: Deep, Informative and Pertinent.” Visit the author:  WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon,







We Welcome Award-Winning Graphic Designer and Author Deborah L. Perdue to Cat’s Reading Den. Sharing Deb’s New Book, an Interview, and Book News. . .


Author Deborah L. Perdue



Welcome Readers, Friends, and Visitors.

Cat is happy you are here and came by to meet our newest author and writer to “The Reading Den!”
Meet Author Deborah L. Perdue.


All About The Author Who Shares Inspiration & Gratitude With Readers:

Deborah Perdue is the author of five books on her favorite topic and passion, gratitude. She also teaches workshops, and classes and facilitates women’s retreats on the topic of gratitude, abundance, and how to live a life of peace and joy. It has been her passion to help others transform their lives and her own life through her spiritual path and the power of being grateful! She has been a Center for Spiritual Living licensed practitioner for over 14 years.

She writes spiritual articles and blog posts on gratitude. They have been published online and in local publications. Deborah writes ‘Daily Gratitude Reflections’ to her subscriber email list for over seven years! She was first introduced to the practice of gratitude on a daily basis at the Center for Spiritual Living in the Rogue Valley.

It is her intention that her gratitude journals and books will be a blessing to others who wish to uplift their consciousness by practicing gratitude. The spiritual classes she facilitates encourage others in their transformation to awakening.

In 1994, Deborah received two Bachelor’s Degrees (Cum Laude) from Sonoma State University, in English (emphasis: creative writing) and Studio Art (with emphasis: photography). Her graphic design business, Illumination Graphics, is a rewarding and prospering business that she loves. Deb is an accomplished book designer with over 20 years of experience, and she chooses to specialize in the design of spiritual book covers.

Living in the country in Oregon, her home office overlooks beautiful forested land and is near the famous Rogue River where she, her husband, and two dogs visit and swim, almost every day in the summer. She hails from the Bay Area, CA. where she spent 45 years until moving to Southern Oregon.


About The New Book Release TitledDaily Gratitude Reflections: 365 Inspirational Daily Guides to Grateful Living.”


Would you like to be a happier, more peaceful, and positive person?

Practicing gratitude each day is well worth the effort. It is the power to transform negative thinking, limited perceptions, low vibration emotions (such as anger, depression, anxiety ), and how you experience life in general. Peace, joy, and a brighter outlook are natural consequences of flowing gratitude.

Uncovering things to be grateful for, even in challenging moments, is a skill most of us need to be taught, and then we need to practice it. Most of us would benefit greatly from having a good example, a wise teacher, and a simple way to practice gratitude each day.

This book is such a guide.

Gratitude mastered, becomes a Super Power of sorts that can transform our perspective and worldview, resulting in more peace and joy and reducing stress.

Deborah Perdue has written five books on Gratitude. She offers online classes and annual retreats to teach others how to live Gratitude in the same manner she used to transform her own life.

Daily Gratitude Reflections is a gratitude devotional loaded with daily inspiration. It is a beautiful, easy read, filled with pearls of wisdom, powerful quotes, the author’s personal reflections, and beautiful, inspiring full-color photos on each page. This gratitude devotional is a lovely guide to becoming happier, more positive, and peaceful, harnessing the power of living with a heart full of gratitude.

“I ‘had never realized how much there really is to be grateful for every day. Deborah’s Daily Gratitudes helped to transform my thinking and fill me with a new sense of wonder.”- Kimberly Bowmen


If you would like to receive inspirational insights from the author to your inbox, Monday-Friday, to guide you on your daily “Spiritual Scavenger Hunt,” you may email Deborah at: info@GraceofGratitude.com

A Special Treat For Cat’s Readers! For a limited time, you can read Deborah’s new E-book Release from Book Funnel while they last! Just visit the link and download your copy NOW!
Get the free ebook & be added to her subscriber list.  https://dl.bookfunnel.com/3vx8hrqu7f



Author INTERVIEW With Deborah Perdue 🤗
(Courtesy of Awesome Gang Book Site)


What inspires you to write?
Writing about spirituality inspires me greatly. In particular, writing about gratitude, and inspiring others to be more grateful in their lives is very fulfilling to me. Becoming a gratitude aficionado in my own life in 2012 informs me of how very powerful a daily gratitude practice is, and I like to share this knowledge.


Tell us about your writing process?
I tend to write short pieces. When I write, I like best to use pen and paper, and then type on my computer where I also edit. I write daily because I send out Daily Gratitude Reflections and this keeps me always writing which I love to do.


Who are YOUR favorite authors?
Spiritually, I enjoy Mark Nepo, Michael A. Singer, Brene Brown, Caroline Myss, Deepak Chopra, and Wayne Dyer, to name just a few. Fiction-wise, I enjoy modern psychological drama and mysteries. A few authors to name are Kristen Hannah, Judi Picoult, and Susan Clayton-Goldner. I also love Toni Morrison, Anne Lamott, and Maya Angelou. Loved Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming.”


What genre do you enjoy reading for pleasure?

Modern psychological fiction and also modern mysteries.


What advice would you give other writers?

If you love what you are writing about, keep going! Never give up. Writing is a wonderful form of creativity.


How did you decide how to publish your books?

I self-publish through my own publishing company Applegate Valley Publishing. I wanted to publish my first Grace of Gratitude Journal and did, and then others followed. Inspiration gratitude books and one more beautiful journal.


What do you think about the future of book publishing?

Books will always be loved by many. A lot of people like me prefer touching the pages of a physical book. Print books will have their place and ebooks are now popular too.

Lastly, what is one quirky thing readers don’t know about you?

Sometimes my husband has to remind me to be grateful if I’m in a bad mood. LOL!

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I highly suggest you give Deborah a visit to her fabulous website to see all five books she has published and readers can connect with her on social media too by clicking these links:

Visit the author: WebsiteJoin Author’s NewsletterFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazonLinkedin
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Thanks for stopping by Cat Lyon’s Reading Den!

Peter Cotton Tail Hopped Over To Cat’s Reading Den and Dropped Off Some Book Banners and To Say, “Books Make Great Easter Gifts For Readers on Your Bunny List!”



Hello and Welcome, Readers!

Mr. (Reading) Peter Cotton Tail!


YES, Cat had a short visit with Peter Cotton Tail, and he dropped off some Easter Book Banners to show off the many different kinds of books available by his favorite writers’ Cat is working with. Peter loves to read all types of books. And he enjoys listening to audiobooks too.

No matter what format you like reading from or on what kind of device, books make great Easter gifts for children or adults from 1 to 105 years old! Just click on the author’s name in green and it will take you to Amazon right to their book to learn all about the author and the books!
We both hope you enjoy these fun new book ideas and book picks within book bannersCAT 😺🐰🐰




Adorable Bedtime Children’s Books by Steve William Laible

Available in E-book, Paperback, Audiobooks of Stevie Tenderheart




Middle-Grade Children’s Book Series by Anne Fifield 

All Anne’s E-books are $2.99!



Gripping and Suspenseful Political Fiction by Pavane Ravel
 

E-book on Sale and Available In Paperback Version




Gripping Suspense Mysteries At There Best by Kim Carter 

Historical, Murder, Serial Killers, and More! In both E-book and Paperbacks!


An ‘Indiana Jones’ Style Fictional Cross-Genre By Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen 

Diane Olsen’s “RISING WIND” Series Books 1-3 and Now Book Four Released
E-book on Sale for $2.99!



Action and Suspense Fiction Wrapped Around a Woman Cop? Priceless! by Dave Lager 

Ro’s Handle: A Ro Delahanty Novel Book Series




The Mobility Matters Book Series Book Three Coming Soon by Amy L. Bovaird (Author)

Books Come In E-book, Audiobook, & Paperbacks



Christian Award-Winne Amy L. Bovaird (Author) also writes Memoirs of Loss and Grief.



Another Amazing Memoir Worth a Read By Tony Kelly, Former UK Footballer.
https://www.amazon.com/Red-Card-Bet-You-Can-ebook/dp/B09312PL58



HAPPY SPRING & EASTER READING FRIENDS & READERS!

Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den!


Spring is Coming & Time To Fill Your E-Readers With These New Releases, E-Deals, and Our New Authors at Cat’s Reading Den. 😺🐾📚



Welcome Readers, Friends, Book Bloggers, Book Reviewers,

Spring and Easter are just around the corner and books and e-books make great Easter gifts! Cat thought she would share some of our new authors we are honored to be working with, and many have new book releases and E-Deals! Why not let the excellent Book Banners do the talking and sharing about all the new books and deals? Then Cat will share the links to where you can purchase them on Amazon.

I sure enjoy getting excellent reads into the hands of avid readers who will enjoy them. It’s just how this Cat rolls! But, of course, what I can tell you is not one of these books will disappoint even the most “Finicky of Readers!” So, here we go!


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Book Four of Rising Wind a New Release!


First up is the Award-winning Author of the “Rising Wind” book series. Diane Olsen has released Book Four of this series is, a fantastic read titled ‘Like Feathers Of A Wing: Deep, Informative and Pertinent.’ Currently in E-book Format for $2.99 and read free for KU members.
Link to the e-book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09V3KXJJS/

By Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen


About Book Four:

Experience the spiritual, social, and cultural evolution of humanity in the fourth book of the Rising Wind series. Diane Olsen demonstrates through vast research that humanity is interconnected. A treasure to celebrate, no matter what culture or faith we represent. We are as one… “Like Feathers of a Wing.”

Embarking on what appears to be an impossible project, the couple endeavors to struggle forward on their mission to help build shelters for the homeless and capture sustainable water in the desert. Be mesmerized by the wide array of strange and dangerous creatures that cross Gideon and Secora’s path. Will death take one or all their treasured friends?
Will anyone travel this journey unscathed?

Diane has just won her second book award and bronze medal for book three of this book series. She has garnished a 5-Star editorial book review given by Reader’s Favorite Literary Mag! On her Amazon Author page, you may visit Diane to learn more about her and the “Rising Wind” book series: https://www.amazon.com/Diane-Olsen/e/B01LWDB4K7/. Check out all four books in this series, and all e-books are now in Kindle Unlimited for members to read FREE.

Rising Wind Book Series – Book 2 & 3



Our next author is a seasoned writer of the ‘Mobility Matters’ series and a memoirist. Award-Winning Christian Author Amy L. Bovaird has released her newest book to learn how to find joy after the loss of a child titled ‘A Time To Dance: Finding Joy After Child Loss’ and is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Dance-Finding-After-Child-ebook/dp/B089NF92X3/.

Amy’s e-books are within KU to read free! Her e-book is on sale right now for .99 cents. Learn all about Ms. Bovaird and her books by visiting her Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-L-Bovaird/e/B00O79MW5G/

By Amy L. Bovaird ~ New Release


Amy Bovaird’s Books Are on Amazon And in KU!



Our next fantastic writer is also a memoirist Daphne McDonagh and has released her first full-length book titled ‘You Do You.’ Who wouldn’t want to read this book with a title like that! “-)

Daphne also runs a woman-owned business called ‘Daphnes Healing Hands.’ When you read her memoir, you’ll learn why she began her business as she is a brain trauma survivor and now through caring and a big heart, she helps others heal … 💝

Author Daphne McDonagh & Pup


Her E-book is now on sale for $1.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09K6VVF6B/.
You may learn all about Daphne from her Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Daphne-McDonagh/e/B09THLCQCN/.

You Do You by Daphne McDonagh


About The Book:
Daphne McDonagh shares her life experiences with you in the hope of finding that one nugget in her story to assist you on your journey. For everyone that has struggled through life and felt they could not be themselves. Yes, tragic and horrible things happen, but you do not need to stay stuck in the lower vibrating energy. The choice is yours about what comes next. It is time for all of us to shift our energy to one of compassion vs. competition. May this inspire you to follow your heart and do what brings you joy.

Stop her website: http://www.daphneshealinghands.com/ and check out all the healing crystals and wellness jewelry she makes for people and animals.



It is not every day a person becomes friends with not one but with two Living Zen Masters of our time.
I can say I have. Master Clifford Stevens and Master Gert Beirer have been dear friends of mine since 2018 and when their paperback of “Find The Seeker: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness” was released.

I have been privy to learning Buddism and “The Zen Way” from real Masters, but I know it is exciting and humbling at the time! Everyone should read this helpful and easy-to-understand book.
The e-book has just been released and is available on sale on Amazon for $3.99
Here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09T1LSZ5F/

Now In E-Book Version & On Sale


About The Book and High Praise-Reviews For Find The Seeker!

The book is based on the tried and tested wisdom of two living Masters and enlightened ones throughout the ages as they accompany us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage. Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering, and the intricate workings of the ego.

Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are, which can only be directly experienced by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. A refreshing inner journey to experience.

In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being inherently ours. Please visit Master Cliff Stevens to learn more about the book and him on his Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Clifford-Stevens/e/B078WVGVXY/.

“Seeker” has garnered extensive High Praise from spiritual teachers:

“A unique, extraordinary and precious work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen

“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant

“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum

“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

Author and Zen Master Clifford Stevens


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Here are more of our new authors and book releases that may or may not be on sale but are MUST-READS all the same… Will let the Book Banners Shine All Our Books!


Author Barbara Daniels Dena and her book “FOR The SOUL” is a Delightful Humorous Funny Collection of Fictional Short Stories, Tall Tales, Some Doggie Tails, and the best storyteller this ‘Side West of The Mississippi!’ All readers will enjoy this one, and her e-book is on sale at .99 cents! https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Barbara-Daniels-Dena-ebook/dp/B09D8SV1S9/

Author Barbara Daniels Dena



Fantastic Political Fiction Drama and Story of Larry Martin & E-book on sale for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle!
Book 1 of 1: The Other Shoes of Larry Martin

Author Pavane Ravel – New Release


I hope you enjoyed learning about all the new authors and new releases on sale to fill up your reading devices. Check out some of Cats Author Spotlights while you are visiting to learn more about all the authors we are working with through “Lyon Literary Services” https://LyonLiteraryServices.com.

So, if you are an author with a new book? See our page of affordable book marketing plans. Cat has some great author testimonials! My passion will always be to help all authors SUCCEED.

Cat Welcomes Back American Children’s Author Steve William Laible. Sharing News, Updates, New Releases, and a Run For Congress? Steve Sure Has Been Busy. . .


Hello Readers, Friends, and New Friends!

Steve and I got to catch up on what he has been up to the past year since he was with us last. And I sure was surprised to hear he is making a run for political office in his old childhood area where he lived in Coos Bay, Oregon. That is District 4 for those who live in Oregon. He has even written his resume’ of why he wants to serve Oregonians in congress and this little handbook shares why. It is now available on Amazon.

America the Beautiful (Résumé to Serve): 2022 Candidate for Congress (Oregon’s 4th District)

by Steve William Laible | Jan 17, 2022

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America the Beautiful (Résumé to Serve): 2022 Candidate for Congress (Oregon's 4th District)
By Steve William Laible

Cover by Holly (hollybookstore).

‘Résumé to Serve’ is a middle-class aspirational point-of-view for America the Beautiful meant to engage and enliven constituents. A collection of innovative & ambitious musings that document the author’s thought processes, distinguished military career, leadership, integrity, character, education, experiences, awards & values as he makes his 2022 bid for Congress representing Oregon’s 4th District. This is SO much better than a Voters’ Pamphlet and at $2500 for a small insertion in the aforementioned pamphlet, this book has a cost savings of 250 times that!

“America the Beautiful” is a Must Read! ‘Quality of Life’ and survival of our democracy, nation, and the planet can be achieved by rebooting and repurposing state and federal governments–namely, the White House, Congress, and State Legislatures.

A Founding Fathers’ worthy blueprint that actually serves in the best interest of the majority middle-class and below for America’s Survival-an innovative, a functioning platform of agendas and initiatives-with truer middle-class representation for a far more effective, efficient, and inclusive ruling class societal governmental body.

We simply MUST STOP anointing aristocrats, bigots & bullies, conspiracy theorists, and obstructionists as our Rulers! We Must Raise the Bar!



Now, beyond politics, Steve has also been busy writing and revising two of his first favorite children’s books to be appropriate for children of all sages to read and enjoy, not just for the tots as bedtime stories. See, Steve is the “Big Guy behind the little guy of Stevie Tenderheart Books!” I do believe these two ebooks are still on sale until after Valentine’s! They will make a great gift for Valentine’s Day for all the children and grandkids you love in your life! 💘


Stevie Tenderheart Wait a Minute! (A Bedtime Story)

by Steve William Laible and Nancy Watson | Oct 8, 2021, ~ Kindle is only $1.99 until after Valentine’s Day!



Based on a True Story. In this version, the author elevated the wildly popular children’s ‘picture book’ of the same name, to a 6 x 9” illustrated paperback novella [77 pages] so older children can get in on the fun too. It’s a fuller, richer story.

Summary: A warm and ‘tenderhearted’ story of gladness and adventure abound in this amazingly crafted, splendidly illustrated story about a boy and his dinosaur and SO much more. We’re talking about puppies and parrots and rabbits and chicks; frogs and dogs and pollywogs, but we shouldn’t say anymore…surprises and all.

In keeping with the “BED” theme, of his first book, Stevie Tenderheart My Favorite Place to Be…(A Bedtime Story) where Stevie loves his bed SO much, he wishes he could take it everywhere he goes, in this story, Stevie FILLS his bed instead, with ALL of his favorite things. (If you can imagine.) It’s a hilarious bedtime story with calming twists and turns that both parents and kids adore. The animals and their expressions are just too adorable to miss.


AND THE OTHER REVISED BOOK!

Stevie Tenderheart My Favorite Place to Be (A Bedtime Story)

by Steve William Laible and Nancy Watson | Oct 8, 2021, ~ Kindle Also On Sale for $1.99!

Stevie Tenderheart Books


Based on a True Story. In this version, the author elevated the wildly popular ‘picture book’ to a full-color, illustrated, 6 x 9″ paperback novella (for older children). Stories within stories of gladness and adventure abound in this sweetly crafted and splendidly illustrated storybook about a little boy who loves his bed SO much, he wishes he could take it everywhere he goes.

Author Insights:
The author uses a little misdirection (or leg-pulling) in his books, which is his nature, coming from a comic strip background. He feels this adds to the flavor and fun of his bedtime stories immensely. He believes his tongue-in-cheek writing style resonates with children’s funny bones.

Build your Stevie Tenderheart Home Library Today!

Stevie’s books are perfect for Bright Eyes & Toothless Grins. They appeal to positivity, kindness, and a general feeling of self-confidence and well-being. They are meant to be read ONLY at bedtime as a prelude to sweet dreams. The gentle cadence and leg-pulling lower the noise of the day, helping children feel silly, safe, (loved & cozy) at bedtime. ZZZzzz

Dispensing with “He said, She said,” dialogues, Stevie’s storytelling is easy to read and follow helping parents put their children to bed on time, every time, guaranteed! Just be mindful when you say, “It’s Stevie time.” They will likely hear, “It’s TV time.”
(And that’s on you.) “-)
(Stevie Tenderheart books have been lauded with 600+ Goodreads ratings and reviews.)



HERE IS Steve’s next fun project is this brand new release of “BACKFIRE!” A DIY Fun Board GAME!

Stevie Tenderheart Books Backfire by Kodel: (DIY Board Game) Family FUN Game Night Returns!

by Steve William Laible | Jan 20, 2022, ~ The Ebook Version Also On Sale FEB. 15th!


Stevie Tenderheart Books Backfire by Kodel: (DIY Board Game) Family FUN Game Night Returns! by [Steve William Laible]
A Blast For Family and Friends!


“Backfire” wasn’t created in a think-tank or peer-reviewed by focus groups or industry giants with top-secret, sophisticated, corporate laboratories at their disposal, but rather from the mind of a family man with a creative and innovative thirst for quality time with his boys. ‘Backfire’ is a Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Board Game invented by the author—a single dad raising his then, three young sons, Adam, Chase, and Kyle.

Family FUN Game Night Returns! Speaks to the truly amazing board game this is. The stacking point play is unmatched with anything on the market today. Manufacturing the actual board game was cost-prohibitive on his military pension, so he decided to share his prototype here in this book, so other gamers can get in on the fun! Competition & strategies are always keen. No game is ever alike. Each game has a different dimension and a different outcome!

‘Backfire’ is NEVER boring only exciting!!

‘Backfire’ enjoys elegant play with tremendously crafty twists and turns whether using the multicolored game board or flashcards. One minute you are stacking your dice, bridges, and overpasses (advanced play) and winning! And then, in the blink of an eye, you lose! How will you know? Everyone is yelling “Backfire.” That’s just the beginning of the end. Players then add their point values (in chips) to the ‘Fools Pot’ deciding whether or not to challenge the pot and win untold riches…‘nuff said.

Beyond being the perfect family board game for decades of fun, ‘Backfire’ is ideal for college dorm life too & military personnel stationed in isolated outposts where recreation & morale are so essential. ‘Backfire’ is the elite MUST HAVE board game when quality family time matters!


About Steve William Laible

Steve Proudly Served Our Country!
Thank You, Steve!


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Author Steve William Laible


“I shall be in transports of delight once parents, but especially children–those with bright eyes & toothless grins–discover Stevie Tenderheart books.”

Steve William Laible is an American Children’s Author who lives in the Pacific Northwest.

He ended his Stevie Tenderheart comic strip after five years in publication to write more. He currently has 17 Stevie books on Amazon & Amazon Global in Print, ebooks & Audiobooks, plus his Family Fun Game Night Board Gamebook, Backfire by Kodel, a must-get to complete your Stevie Home Library.

Steve served his country with honor & distinction for 22 years as a Mustang (enlisted & officer) from Aerospace Support to Special Duty/Joint Service tours at the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS); Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) Hawaii. 

As Chief of Administration, USAF Honor Guard (Wash DC); Superintendent of Publishing HQ 15AF; Commander, Civil Engineering Squadron & Commander, Flight Operations (CCQs) in Korea, [honorary call sign ‘ghost’] supporting two F-16 Fighter Squadrons, retiring on New Year’s Eve 1993 as a Captain.

Steve received the Bronze Star device for Desert Storm; Distinguished Graduate (Leadership Academy); Lauded as the USAF Outstanding Administrator of the Year; Nominated for White House Fellowship; unaffiliated 2020 candidate for Congress, Oregon’s 2nd District. Canceled by Covid.

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I sure hope you have enjoyed learning more about my buddy and friend, Steve Laible.
Before I close I want to share a YouTube Link and really encourage you to not just watch this video, but listen to the words as Steve shot this video some years back about The WHY he loves writing and publishing children’s books. He has a BIG ❤!

He is the BEST STORYTELLER I know, and many of his books are based on memories of his childhood.
Take a listen as the color of the video is a bit rough, but you’ll enjoy it just the same!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLG26u935g
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