Rita Mosiman’s Scenes from Serenity and Beauty

Rita Mosiman presents scenes from her book Serenity and Beauty.

As we look through the colors and shapes of this world, we see beyond. by Rita Mosiman

As we look through the colors and
shapes of this world, we see beyond.
by Rita Mosiman

In the fog, the familiar neighborhood park unexpectedly and suddenly becomes a filmy never-before-visited spot. Might it be France or England instead of my neighborhood park? The mist sprinkles us with illusions, turning what some might call a dreary day into a mystical or a playful one instead. How easy it is to let our imaginations run!

In the fog, the familiar neighborhood park unexpectedly and suddenly becomes a filmy never-before-visited spot. Might it be France or England instead of my neighborhood park? The mist sprinkles us with illusions, turning what some might call a dreary day into a mystical or a playful one instead. How easy it is to let our imaginations run!

The sunset paints the sky in ever changing wisps of colors, forms, darkness, lightness, texture – a creation on the largest of easels, developing every second until it fades into memory.

The sunset paints the sky in ever
changing wisps of colors, forms,
darkness, lightness, texture – a
creation on the largest of easels,
developing every second until it
fades into memory.

Open spaces, wide horizons of the amazing Southwest, with vast fields of summer flowers, completely open our souls to the immense and marvelous feeling of freedom.

Open spaces, wide horizons of the amazing Southwest, with vast fields of summer flowers, completely open our souls to the immense and marvelous feeling of freedom.

Published by JB Stillwater 2013

Published by JB Stillwater 2013

Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at Bookworks for her book signing event.  4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

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Book Promo Day: 12th September, 2013

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I only had two submissions for this week, sadly.  While I said that a minimum three would be required, I have decided to go ahead this week because I am able to list three links which may be of some interest to you.

Smashwords has introduced a new feature, which allows all the books in a Series to be listed in one location.  The links for my own three series are:

  1. Thief
  2. The Captain Henri Duschelle Stories
  3. G1: The Guardians

Hopefully, this will be mutually beneficial!


Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1 by by Gillian Felix

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery…

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Rita Mosiman Presents … Open Spaces

Open space with daisies

Photo and prose by (c) Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

Open Spaces 

Open spaces, wide horizons of the amazing Southwest, with vast fields of summer flowers, completely open our souls to the immense and marvelous feeling of freedom.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Book signing event: Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Serenity and Beauty

Published by JB Stillwater

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The Sunset

Orange Sunset sky

Photography and prose (c) Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

For Whom Are We Singing?

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Photo by Rita Mosiman

The Power of Nature

Power of Nature areal view of the clouds top mountains

Photo and poem by Rita Mosiman

Rita Mosiman Presents … Sculptures

Yellow cottonwood trees

Poetry and Photo by Rita Mosiman

SCULPTURES

Fall colors are approaching.  I can’t wait to see the gold of the cottonwood leaves against New Mexico’s azure skies!  Equally beautiful are the forms of the tree’s branches that become more pronounced as the leaves turn gold.  Each tree offers a unique sculpture, which, when seen with the colors of leaves and sky, creates a painting of incredible design and blend of hues.

Nature’s gifts are stupendous.  I hope man remembers to gift in return by preserving and respecting nature and letting the warmth its gifts bring us spill onto those whose paths cross ours.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Book signing event: Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Serenity and Beauty

Cover by Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

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The Old Fence

Old wood fence with blue morning glories

Photo and poetry by Rita Mosiman

Canopy Of Colors

Autumn trees

Photo and prose (c) Rita Mosiman

Mystical Fog

Two trees stand in the fog in a park

Photo and prose by Rita Mosiman. (C) JB Stillwater

Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1 – Now Available

Thank you for visiting Plain Talk. Just a quick post between post to let you know that my novel Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1 is now available on Amazon in digital format or paperback. Today I will be giving away a free digital download.

FP Changes PTAdriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this young adult novel, you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance. You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

This novel is based on a television series I had written three years ago. It follows the lives of two teenage starlets as their careers are placed on hiatus. Adjusting to the life as a ‘regular person’ is sometimes a comical and heart breaking change for these girls.

Normally the novel is $2.99, but today, I am giving away a free copy in exchange reviews on Amazon. If you find my novel interesting and would like to read and review it please click here to get your copy. If you chose to download the copy and not give a review that is okay too.

Please stop by our Facebook Fan page and LIKE us for updates. https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPortraitNovels

Thank you for your support.

Gillian

Rita Mosiman Presents … The Sunset

Orange Sunset sky

Photography and prose (c) Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

The Sunset

The sunset paints the sky in ever
changing wisps of colors, forms,
darkness, lightness, texture – a
creation on the largest of easels,
developing every second until it
fades into memory.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm for her book signing at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Free extras from Rita Mosiman

Stepping Into Nature’s Paintings

Stepping into nature's paintings

Photo and prose by Rita Mosiman

Southwest Rain

Southwest Rain by Rita Mosiman

Photography and poem by Rita Mosiman

The Power of Nature

Power of nature area view of clouds

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Hanging with Lawrence Weill Author of Incarnate

Author Lawrence Weill returns to Plain Talk for a more casual chat. Lawrence opens up about the spiritual beliefs of the main character in his novel Incarnate.

incarnatecoverMed ptbmThe lead character in Incarnate, Lara Joyner, is motivated by a wide range of beliefs, from reincarnation to the power of crystals to numerology to the Kabbalah to the Tarot.  While it is true that for Lara the application of these belief systems is somewhat idiopathic, I still wanted to be accurate in the implications of all these different convictions, so I conducted a great deal of research into these various philosophies.  That was time consuming, although also very intriguing.”

Intriguing indeed! While some of us may be put off by these systems of belief, some people tend to be drawn to it, horror is a prime example.

“I think the key to understanding why we might be attracted to horror is to understand what horror is all about.  Horror causes us to have intense aversion and fear by using what is primal within us against ourselves.  For example, we may fear death at a primal level, especially senseless, unprovoked, violent death, so horror movies involving “slashers” and the like put that scenario before us.  The irony is that we are attracted to the horror at the same time we are averse to it.  Perhaps it is the opportunity to confront our inner archetypes.

Lawrence is a family man who loves being home with his wife and has a number of interests when he is not writing or promoting his book.

“I love to travel and have been to many countries.  I am an avid gardener and outdoors-man. Honestly, that only scratches the surface of the many faces of me.”

Fast Five – Lawrence answers five quick questions, in under five seconds each.

How would you use and empty stapler?

Toy monster. Notecard backstop. Paper weight. Finger pincher. Shoulder blade scratcher.

Tea or Coffee?

I drink both, but in the morning, I drink very strong coffee.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Raspberry.

Michael Jackson or Elvis?

Elvis.  I really like his “Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane.” You did mean Elvis Costello, right?

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

I am very fortunate to be living a life that makes me very happy.  Other than the usual tediums of household chores, which I actually don’t mind that much because I enjoy the results, there is nothing I find especially onerous in my daily schedule.

Thank you Lawrence for stopping by, we wish you the best of luck with Incarnate.

Click to purchase a copy of Incarnate.

Autographed copies of Incarnate are available at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call to order yours (505) 344-8139.

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10Q’s with Author Lawrence Weill.

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Rita Mosiman Presents … The Power of Nature

The Power of Nature

Power of Nature areal view of the clouds top mountains

Photo and poem by Rita Mosiman

Desicating winds
Seared the earth
No respite in sight

Suddenly appeared
Cumulous clouds
Providing us hope

Torrents of rain
Crashed to the earth
Breaking the spell

Thundering bolts
Lightening streaked skies
Earth quickly sated

In one month’s time our drought has been broken.  It is perhaps too late for some plants and creatures, while other creatures thankfully munch the new greenery on the desert floor.  Desert’s extremes seem to have momentarily struck a balance, albeit leaving damage in its path.  Homes flooded and cars stranded as people rode out the storm.  There’s a mix of thankfulness for much needed rain and sadness for the destruction its violent nature took.  Thus can be the flash floods of the Southwest.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Photography by artist Rita Mosiman is featured at Western Commerce Bank. 1910 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112!

Free extras from Rita Mosiman

How Many Seasons

Flowers in bloom against a blue sky

Photography & Prose by Rita Mosiman

Southwest Rain

Photo and poetry by Rita Mosiman

Photo (C) Rita Mosiman

 

5 Quotes Regarding Child Marriage

In the 8 months I’ve been posting about child marriage here are some of the memorable people and quotes that have struck a cord with me.

FORWARD – Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development.

I had the pleasure of interviewing two associates from the organisation, Ambassador Gavin Weston and Events and Special Projects Coordinator Naomi Reid.

Child marriage quote from FORWARD

Quote courtesy FORWARD

Please visit Forward’s website and check out the amazing work they are doing.

Peris Tobiko – First Maasai woman elected to Kenyan Parliament.

Quote regarding child marriage

Quote courtesy Global Press Institute

To appreciate the significance of this win for Mrs. Tobiko, you have to understand how difficult it was for her to get to where she is. She grew up in a culture where girl’s education was not valued and it was normal for parents to marry off their daughters at a very young age. During the election she had to put up with dirty tricks from competing male Parliament hopefuls. Read more about Peris Tobiko’s election.

Girls Not Brides – Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Quote on Child marriage

GirlsNotBrides.org

Child marriage is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicity. It denies girls their rights to health, to live in security and to choose when and whom they marry. It cuts short girls’ education and traps them, their families and their communities in a cycle of poverty.

Learn more about Girls Not Brides here.

Gavin Weston – Author of the novel Harmattan.

Quote on Child Marriage by Gavin Weston

Quote by Author Gavin Weston

Harmattan is a novel that takes us into the mind of a 12-year-old girl who is forced into marriage after the death of her mother. The novel serves as a vehicle for raising awareness of child marriage. As an Ambassador for FORWARD, Mr. Weston promotes the campaign at book signings and speaks at conferences regarding child marriage.

Read more about Harmattan here. In case you missed it check out my interview with Mr. Weston here.

Wanjala Wafula – Founder of The Coexist Initiative

Quote on child marriage

Quote from Wanjala Wafula

The Coexist Initiative is a Kenyan community-based organisation that works alongside boys and men to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence. Coexist was awarded the African Achievers Awards 2012, celebrating the successes of engaging men and boys as a means to empower young girls.

Check out my article on The Coexist Initiative.

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Southwest Rain, Picture and Poetry by Rita Mosiman

Photo and poetry by Rita Mosiman

Photo (C) Rita Mosiman

Southwest Rain

Torrents of water
Gush down the street
Summer’s first rain
Excitement replete

Every droplet
Cleansing each leaf
Each heart, each thought
Bringing relief

Glistening grasses
Fresh, clean air
Stirring our senses
Styling our hair

Thunder exploding
Lightening afire
Coaxing our beings
Never to tire

Southwest rain
Threatening skies
Brighten our spirits
Open our eyes

Get more of Rita’s prose and photography in her new book Serenity and Beauty.

Read Rita’s interview here.