Saturday, April 20, 2013

Eighty- Eight Keys by Catherine Lavender tour

Catherine Lavender is joining us today talking about her book 88 Keys

Welcome Catherine!

Guest Post

Staying Positive
Have you ever met a person who just seemed to radiate positive energy regardless of what situation they were going through? Even when facing serious life challenges, they were still happy and smiling. This is an example of a person who has learned that having a positive attitude towards life will help overcome any fear and anxiety.
Everyone faces challenges, heartaches, disappointments, and shattered dreams at different points in life. Some people dwell on negative situations and cannot seem to find any peace during these difficult times. They become stressed out, sad, and burden down by negative energy.
Other people adopt a more optimistic perspective when challenges arise. They refuse to allow situations and people to dictate their moods and outlook. They do not allow negative thoughts to control their lives and they surround themselves with positive people. They may also invest in their own spiritual growth by listening to positive people and reading inspiring and motivational literature.
Catherine Pulsifer once said, “Your attitude can take you forward or your attitude can take you down. The choice is always yours!” She understood that our attitude is something that we can learn to have control over regardless of the situation.
Most people who have an optimistic perspective on life believe that valuable lessons can be learned from the obstacles that we face in life. For example, I know a woman who got laid off from a mental health position and instead of complaining and stressing about it; she took the opportunity to begin her own business as a Life Coach. She could have surrounded herself with negativity and complained about how life was unfair but she chose to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome.
If you struggle with negativity, you should try re-training your thought process by observing your thoughts. When a negative thought comes, immediately change it to a positive thought. If the thought, “I’m nothing but a failure” comes, simply change it to, “I’m successful in many areas”. Using positive affirmations daily will help you filter away negative thoughts within time. Remember having a positive attitude will make a huge difference in your life and can help you achieve incredible things.

My Interview with Cathrine:

Tell us about yourself?

I’m from Baltimore, Maryland but now reside in Tampa, Florida with my miniature schnauzer name Ripken. I’m an animal activist, as well as a supporter of the organization First Book which helps supply literature for underprivileged children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading classic literature and playing the acoustic guitar.

How did you come up with this story?

The story sort of unraveled itself. However, life in general always inspires me to write.

What are you working on now?

Shadow of a Yardbird is the novel I’m working on now. It’s a suspense novel, with a little bit of romance.

What character was the hardest to write and which one was the most fun?

I would say that Leah was the hardest character to write, simply because you typically want your main character to be likeable to readers, however Leah was a character who had a lot of personality flaws.
Mrs. Turner was really fun to write about. Her sarcastic and prima-donna personality really made her stand out in the story.

Do you have a favorite comfort read?

I just love to read, no matter what mood I’m in.

If you could live in any book what one would you choose and why?

The Great Gatsby, simply because he knew how to throw great parties!

My review:

I really liked this book. Catherine introduces you to a few captivating characters. You get to know Leah,  a pianist trying to make her way, and the Daughter of religious parents. Leah is in love with Jason who has been murdered. With her heart broken over the one she loves she does what she can to find out who killed the only man she loved!

Blackmail, threats and murder make this book a nail-biting suspenseful love story. Cathrine is a Sensational author and it shows in this book!

Thank you for letting me read and review Eighty-Eight Keys!

Author Bio:
Catherine Lavender is from Baltimore, Maryland but now resides in Tampa, Florida with her miniature schnauzer name Ripken. She is an animal activist, as well as a supporter of the organization First Book which helps supply literature for underprivileged children. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys reading classic literature and playing the acoustic guitar.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Catherine.
    I lived in Tampa for several years and completed my graduate degree in Library Science at USF. It's funny that you mention The Great Gatsby. We just read it recently as part of a One Book One Community Big Read. YES, he did know how to throw a great party.


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