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    IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (2020)

    Category #52:  “Best New Voice: Nonfiction” Judge’s remarks regarding: Alone in the Darkness, In Search of Hope    “An appealing and engaging voice that draws a reader in to hear more and more of these unique life experiences. Well written, conversational, warm, and sensitive. There’s a powerful flow to the writing that carries a reader along and moves one to keep turning pages. The voice is open, honest, and conveys how emotional selected episodes were, yet it maintain a steadiness and avoids histrionics. Instead of telling us, the author shows us, and that enhances reader engagement in the process. This book should have significant appeal to a range of audiences.…

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    Writer’s Digest Book Awards Review

    As a first time author, I was hesitant to submit my book for consideration in the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Although I did not receive a award, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a 5 star review in all categories. Please read on for the judge’s evaluation and comments about my book.   Entry Title: Alone in the Darkness, In Search of Hope Author: Valerie Dziengiel Judge Number: 28 Entry Category: Inspirational Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.   Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5 Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5 Production Quality and Cover Design:…

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    Spirituality

    The Spiritual Side of Death   Spiritualism ~ According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, spiritualism is a belief that the dead survive as a spirit that can communicate with the living.  Even though I have always had a religious belief in a spiritual afterlife for our soul, I was skeptical when it came to the idea that our spirit has the ability to interact with the living in ways that are recognizable as spiritual contact from the other side. Although I have always been intrigued by the paranormal, in the past I have wondered whether contact with a spirit was possible.  After all, I do believe that one of the…

  • Inspirational

    WHO IS DRIVING YOUR BUS?

    I received this article in an email the other day.  Because I found it very inspiring, sometimes humorous as well, I wanted to pass it on for everyone to enjoy.  I do not know the author’s name, or else I would have given credit for their work.       How often have you said to yourself, “I’d really like to find a fulfilling job, get fit and healthy, or get my financial act together” yet, after a few attempts you find yourself pulled off course. Whenever I hear someone listing out all the reasons why they can’t achieve their goals, the same thought pops into my head. “Who is…

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    The New Normal

      SOME TIME FOR ME: It has been a while since I have written a blog post because I needed a break ~ some me time.  Since it had taken about 3 1/2 years for me to write my book, I had burnout.  Therefore, once I published my book, instead of concentrating on writing, I decided to focus my attention on creating inspirational quotes, which I quickly discovered took up quite a bit of time to create.  After composing what I believed to be a motivational thought, I would spend hours on a stock photo website I subscribe to, in search of the perfect picture to download, into which I…

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