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Emma Palova, born in Czech Republic, is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, a journalist, a photographer, a designer and the founder of Emma Blogs, LLC, based in Lowell, Michigan. Currently, she is working on her memoir "Greenwich Meridian" which she intends to turn into a screenplay. Palova started her blog EW Emma's Writings at http://emmaplova.com in support of the publication of her memoir in January, 2013. The blog has grown into a passion and a company that designs blogs for other people under the umbrella of Emma Blogs. Palova is a prolific online publisher open to new ideas and to new horizons. A natural innovator, Palova loves to create progressive brands into the future. Check out her inspirational post "Desert epiphany" and the authors page on About_me and on Facebook. I am looking forward to seeing you around the greater Grand Rapids area and on my blog. I am seeking an agent or a publisher for the memoir that I intend to publish for my mom Ella's 80 birthday on Aug. 23. I celebrated my fourth anniversary on the WordPress publishing platform on Jan. 15th, 2017 with more than 1,000 followers and 500 plus posts. Love always, Emma

Podcast guests in May, June

Summer brings a variety of guests

By Emma Palova

I am pleased to announce the following guest lineup for my two favorite months May and June. The authors range from novices to experts. I like the representation of many genres that reflect the diversity of For the Love of Books Podcast show.

It is now made possible by sponsors Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, and Modern History Press. I am always looking for new sponsors, so I can add more authors. We are deeply grateful for your sponsorship.

I was very pleased to have a special guest, Diana Duell of Muskegon, on the show. Duell supports Indie authors in a very unique way in that she buys all our books at art fairs and shows in West Michigan.

“I like supporting local businesses,” she said, “and writing is a craft.”

Also special in June will be Mark Loeb director of Integrity Shows talking about the Palmer Park Art Fair on June 4th & 5th in Detroit.

Listen in to these fine guests on http://emmapalova123.podbean or wherever you get your podcasts.

The featured photo is a letter from author Amy Klco’s student who won a series of her books. Listen in to the episodes for a chance to win a signed copy of your next favorite read.

Guest Schedule for May

Robin Marvel, Healing Childhood Trauma, May 10

Diana Duell, special guest, May 20

Andrew Allen Smith, Another Slice of Fear, May 26

Summer Porter, Maggie Chambers, A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island, May 27

Guest Schedule for June

Jon Stott, Summers at the Cottage, June 2

Mark Loeb, Palmer Park Art Fair, June 3

Kris Gair, The Beautiful Moment, June 3

Nikki Mitchell, Nightshade Forest, June 10

Deborah Frontiera, Superior Tapestry, June 17

Victor Volkman, U.P. Reader, June 24

Mackenzie Flohr, Rite of Wands, July I

Reserve your spot today for August

If you would like to be a guest on the show email me in the comment section and fill out the podcast guestform.

Copyright (c) 2022. Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

Indie book collector supports authors in a unique way

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Hauling a cartful of books, you can find Diana Duell at just about any festival in West Michigan, but her favorite one is the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in Muskegon.

“That’s where I started my book collection,” she said. “I was looking for something new.”

Right off the bat, Duell bought 60 to 70 books that the first year when she discovered Indie local authors.

Her collection of Indie authors counts 60 authors, 171 books read, and 350 TBR. She spends approximately $1,000 a year on books.

“It’s disposable income,” Duell said. “It’s my vacation. I fell in love doing this and I collect more books every year.”

Now, as an established collector, she knows most Indie authors and writes reviews on Facebook and Goodreads.

“It’s all about supporting local businesses and writing a book is a craft,” she said.

She has built-in three bookcases with six shelves, all full.

“There has to be a meaning behind a good book,” she said. “A great book is one you can escape into. Keep on writing and I will keep on buying. That’s a promise.”

Depending on her mood, she likes to read anything from a cozy mystery to a short story, and everything in between.

Among her favorite authors are Ingar Rudholm, DA Reed, and Andrew Allen Smith.

“I wouldn’t want to be on DA Reed’s or Andrew Allen Smith’s bad side,” she said.

Duell is always on the lookout for new authors and new books.

Watch for Duell at LAF this year on June 25 & 26. Listen in to the interview for a chance to win a signed copy of your next favorite read.

In Healing Childhood Trauma author Robin Marvel offers tools to heal

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Author Robin Marvel of Hersey, MI is that girl who has survived mental, domestic, and drug abuse; homelessness, and kidnappings throughout her childhood. Being addicted to alcohol and partying at age 15 resulted in a sexual assault, and later she became a teen mother at age 16.

Since May is mental health awareness month, Marvel opened up to talk about her story captured in her book “Healing Childhood Trauma” from a PTSD standpoint of view.

“I didn’t want to repeat the cycle, and I started working on myself,” she said. “I realized I was in control of what happened to me.”

As a motivational speaker, Marvel talks about self-respect and determination. She strives to be a role model for her five daughters. She chose to grow through the trauma she had endured as a child.

“I didn’t have any role models,” she said witnessing how her mother was abused by her father with subsequent kidnappings of her.

“It was always the same,” she said. “He took me to his mother to get supplies and we slept in a car. I grabbed my blanket.”

But facing all these hardships, Marvel found the strength to overcome being a victim of circumstance.

“It doesn’t happen at the flip of a switch,” she said. “I had to work on myself.”

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Marvel’s life-changing book.

In Healing Childhood Trauma author Robin Marvel offers tools to heal

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-a4ecz-1221e63

Author Robin Marvel of Hersey, MI is that girl who has survived mental, domestic, and drug abuse; homelessness, and kidnappings throughout her childhood. Being addicted to alcohol and partying at age 15 resulted in a sexual assault, and later she became a teen mother at age 16.

 

Since May is mental health awareness month, Marvel opened up to talk about her story captured in her book “Healing Childhood Trauma” from a PTSD standpoint of view.

“I didn’t want to repeat the cycle, and I started working on myself,” she said. “I realized I was in control of what happened to me.”

As a motivational speaker, Marvel talks about self-respect and determination. She strives to be a role model for her five daughters. She chose to grow through the trauma she had endured as a child.

“I didn’t have any role models,” she said witnessing how her mother was abused by her father with subsequent kidnappings of her.

“It was always the same,” she said. “He took me to his mother to get supplies and we slept in a car. I grabbed my blanket.”

But facing all these hardships, Marvel found the strength to overcome being a victim of circumstance.

“It doesn’t happen at the flip of a switch,” she said. “I had to work on myself.”

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Marvel’s life-changing book.

May is mental health awareness month

Embrace freedom from all your monsters and fears

By Emma Palova

We have all gotten hurt at some points in our lives. That doesn’t mean it has to last forever. Author Robin Marvel of Hersey, MI offers coping and healing tools in all her books. And it’s never to late to start. Love and forgive yourself first, and spread that love around you. Do not be a victim, but a victorious survivor. Talk about your issues, write about them.

Listen in on For the Love of Books Podcast on http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and on all major podcasting apps. The show features Indie and small press authors, and their special events.

Watch for these incredible authors and special guests: Robin Marvel, Andrew Smith, Diana Duell, Jon Stott, Summer Porter with illustrator Maggie Chambers.

Thanks to major sponsors Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger and Modern History Press. Become a guest and or a sponsor of For the Love of Books Podcast with host Emma Palova.

PM Emma if you would like to be a guest. Now scheduling August. Thanks to all the founding authors who have made this show a success: Diana Kathryn Wolf Plopa, Jean Davis, Ingar Rudholm and Andrew Smith, along with countless others.

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Spring into the Past museum tour this weekend

Spring into the Past Museum Tour is back in West Michigan.

Fallasburg Today

The Tri-River Historical Museum Network (TRHMN) will hold its premier special event “Spring into the Past 2022” this weekend on April 30th and May 1st with more than 30 museums and historical societies participating.

Stop by at the one-room schoolhouse signature museum in Fallasburg just six miles northeast of Lowell.

This year’s theme “Celebrating Women” depicts the many roles that women have played in history over the centuries as they serve their families in the home or community and fight for equality in many different ways.

Many museums are preparing special exhibits featuring women in their local communities such as Bowne Township Historical Society which is home to TRHMN.

“It has been a long couple of years and we are all excited to get back to business as usual,” said TRHMN president Sally Johnson. “We’re hoping for a great turnout.” TRHMN received the 2021 State Award for Special Programs/Events in…

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Author Michael Carrier releases To China with Love

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Hot off the presses, the long-awaited To China with Love is out there wherever its author may be at the present moment. That too could be a mystery. Two years in the making due to sabotage efforts, the first book in the Jack Unchained series follows Jack Handler, a retired Chicago homicide detective on his covert mission.

The previous 14 books, all fiction, are divided into a series of seven books each that successfully sustain Jack as the main character, despite the reader’s evolving apprehension of Jack’s accomplishments.

“I have yet to see the nerves that I touch in this book,” Carrier said. “All chains are off. He is who he is. I am having a lot of fun with this series.”

Carrier draws inspiration from his private security contractor career for three decades.

“I write strictly fiction,” he said. “My stories are plausible based on real crime. I don’t intend to write non-fiction about crime.”

His biggest advice to other authors is not to shy away from returning to various events.

“It pays to go back and revisit venues where you didn’t do well,” he said.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Carrier’s To China with Love.

Author Phil Bellfy pens UP Colony struck by contrast between twin cities

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In his UP Colony, Author Phil Bellfy, P.h. D. poses the ultimate question: why has the Upper Peninsula’s vast wealth, nearly unrivaled in the whole of the United States, left the area with poverty nearly unrivaled in the whole of the United States. “Where did the $1.5 billion earned from copper mining, $1 billion from logging, and nearly $4 billion in iron ore go?”

 

 

Struck by the contrast between two cities on different sides of the American Canadian border, Bellfy has published an update to his 1980s MA thesis, UP Colony.

It is the story of resource exploitation in Upper Michigan in one of the oldest US cities Sault Sainte Marie. The book was published on its 350th anniversary in 2018.

“Sault Michigan was clearly a city on the decline, while Sault Ontario shared none of the malaise that infected the Michigan half of these “Sister Cities,” Bellfy writes in the new introduction. 

Bellfy grew up in the Detroit suburb of Livonia and moved to Sault Sainte Marie in the fall of 1970. “We were urban Indians growing up in Detroit, but Chippewa County is most native populated East of Mississippi,” he said. “I was exposed to the native community.”

“I was also struck by the raw beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and perhaps, even more struck by the raw beauty of the landscape across the St. Marys River,” he wrote.

However, just around the time of his arrival, all the major industries shut down, and Sault Michigan was little more than a “resource colony” or “Internal Colony” without any residuals left from the mining industries.

“My own personal history adds a lot to my perception of the situation up here,” Bellfy said.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of UP Colony.