‘The Shattering’ by Diane Student in Kindle and Paperback


I was very proud to edit my good friend Diane Student’s debut novel, The Shattering – a fascinating Young Adult/Steampunk/Dystopia featuring an impressive 15 year-old female protagonist and a cast of compelling characters. It’s a new twist on the good versus evil theme, set far into the future:

What if you woke up in a different world – only it wasn’t a different world? For fifteen year-old Harper Lewis, that’s the dilemma she faces upon awaking in a jail cell in the year 2050 after The Shattering. In this dystopian Earth of the future, strange creatures, airships, and steam set the backdrop for a war between two brutal factions: the inhuman Dagon and the immortality-obsessed Malucians.

With the help of newfound friends Z, Cricket, Baldr, Annie Devlin, and Captain Yazu, Harper must fight her way out of this prison and find her way back home to 2013. But when circumstances conspire to test her will, she finds herself in an unenviable position: Should she risk a return home, or join her friends in battle against the evil forces of the Malucians, led by the despotic Donald Carver, and the cyborg legion of the Dagon, led by the demonic Abaddon?

To order an autographed paperback copy, visit Dianverse.com. Find it on Kindle at Amazon. It’s also available as a paperback on Create Space as it will be on Amazon soon.

Congrats to my amazing friend and client!


Got A Story to Share with the World? Writestream Publishing can help!

What’s your story?

Perhaps you’ve overcome countless obstacles in your life and would like to share the lessons you’ve learned with others. Or maybe you have a brilliant idea for a contemporary romance novel, a paranormal thriller, or a compelling mystery.

Well, what’s stopping you?

Could it be that although you’ve got the content or the concept, you have no idea where to begin? That in spite of your rich life experience and boundless creativity, you’re stuck….and stumped. For a variety of reasons.

Maybe writing’s just not your thing. Or, maybe you haven’t a clue as to how to find a good editor, navigate through the independent publishing process and/or use social media to connect with your audience. The consequences?

You — and most importantly — your readers are missing out. Because even though technology has leveled the playing field for new and unknown authors, your fabulous idea remains locked inside your head or hidden away in private journals because publishing and marketing in the age of the internet is just too overwhelming.

That’s where Writestream Publishing can help. Founded by Lisa Tarves and me in May of 2015, Writestream Publishing believes that everyone has a valuable story to tell. We’re committed to making the writing, editing, and independent publishing, and social media marketing process effective and affordable.

As a seasoned ghostwriter and editor, I know how to bring a client’s concept to life. Whether it’s a slightly fictionalized or straightforward memoir, or a creative work of fiction, I consult with each client to make their dream of writing and publishing a book a reality. All while remaining true to their vision and voice. Now I offer this service through Writestream Publishing, in addition to a full menu of services to enable our clients to reach their publishing goals, no matter how big or small.

Are you intimidated by the prospect of setting up a blog, Twitter account, Facebook Page and other necessary online marketing tools? Writestream Publishing takes the guesswork out of it and positions you for social media success!

Whether it’s simple set-up and training, or ongoing social media management, we can help you create your brand; establish and maintain important relationships with your readers; and ultimately attain your desired level of success.

Here are just a few of the services Writestream Publishing offers. To view our Publishing Packages, click here. We also offer a free, 30-minute consultation to discuss your unique project. Ready to get started? Contact us here.

  • Ghostwriting
  • Editing
  • Document Formatting
  • Management of Independent Publishing Process
  • Word Press blog set-up
  • Blog Content Creation
  • Social Media Sites Set-Up
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Training

Please note: In the slider above, I’ve included ghostwriting, editing, web content, and social media clients. While some of these services overlap depending on the client and book, all work together to help them reach their audience.


Get Fit, Feel Fabulous with Britt: Day 4, Cleanse


Good Monday morning!

I’m on Day 4 of Get Fit, Feel Fabulous with Britt — counting down to her Saturday debut on Writestream — and I’ve made it to my first “Cleanse.” Don’t be alarmed; this is NOT a colon cleanse (thank goodness!). Over the next two days I’ll be taking a liquid formula designed to help the body rid itself of toxins at the cellular level. Crazy at it may sound, I’ve been looking forward to this part because I’ve been on a healthy eating and exercise regimen for years — daily workouts with Leslie Sansone and/or 4-5 mile walks outside, a gallon of water a day, no sugar, no grains, no bread, good fats and protein — and the excess weight simply will not budge.

If I sat around all day typing at my computer while gorging on chocolate chips, soda, ice-cream, cake and every other fattening food, at least I’d have a good reason.

But that’s not the case.

Which is why I’m hopeful that this two-day cleanse will in fact remove the toxins that may be playing a role in this struggle. On Wednesday I return to the “Shake Days,” which include snacks and one regular meal in addition to the usual supplements.

Through it all Britt has been an amazing coach. She checks in with me every day to see how I’m doing and constantly sends motivating quotes and photos. And doing the program along my dear friend Damalis has been a blessing. By the way, after just three days I have noticed a remarkable difference in her: she’s definitely losing weight.

Although I haven’t posted any Before pics, I have in fact taken a few. But they won’t be published until I have some nice After pics to accompany them. 😉

Have a great day!



Get Fit, Feel Fabulous with Britt: Day 2

Health and wellness coach and new Writestream host Britt Allen.

Health and wellness coach and new Writestream host Britt Allen.

I’m on Day 2 of my 30-Day Challenge with Britt Allen and feeling great. This morning after my initial shot of something called Ionix Supreme (drowned out with a 16-oz. bottle of Zephyrhills water), I waited about an hour before mixing and drinking the chocolate shake — which was absolutely delicious!

What do I like the most?

Britt’s program is simple to follow. As in easy.

Although at this point I’m replacing two meals with shakes (plus eating two snacks and one “regular” meal), I don’t feel hungry at all. By the time she goes live next Saturday at 10 a.m., I am hoping to have some wonderful news to report! It was a humbling experience, taking measurements and weight before embarking on this new adventure — mainly because I have been sticking to my low-carb lifestyle faithfully since October, yet the pounds refuse to budge like they used to.

I banished soda from my diet many years ago. I’ve been drinking the right amount of water for me since I was a kid (my doctor dad insisted on it). I don’t eat sugar, flour, bread, or grains. And I exercise faithfully every single day, either to Leslie Sansone, or via the causeway walk (round-trip over three miles with four very nice inclines back and forth over the bridge).

So to say I’ve been frustrated would be an understatement.

That’s why I am thrilled to have taken a leap of faith after meeting women around my age (and even ten years older), who have experienced significant weight loss and improved health with Britt’s program. And having a buddy in this journey – my friend Damalis – is a blessing!

IMG_0681Get Fit Feel Fabulous debuts on the Writestream Radio Network one week from today: Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m. Eastern. I hope you’ll join us as I interview the amazing Britt Allen — a role-model for women (and men) who proves you can look and feel your best at any age.

During the live show, we welcome your questions at (347) 945-7246. Tune in to Get Fit Feel Fabulous with Britt by clicking on this link to the Blog Talk Radio episode. You can either listen online via your computer or by calling the (347) 945-7246 number to listen by phone.


Feel-Good Story of the Day: Lost and Found Edition


Over eight years ago, a good friend of mine gifted me with the beautiful ring below for Christmas. She and her family had endured a horrific year, culminating in the death of her sweet nephew from a fatal brain tumor at the age of five. She appreciated the emotional support and insisted on giving me the ring (and also purchased one for herself) when we’d both spotted it at one of our favorite metaphysical gift shops in South Florida.


Since that day I’d worn it daily, until several months ago when I realized it was no longer on my finger. After an exhaustive search yielded no results, I’d just about given up although I prayed it would show up somewhere before the next time I saw my friend. I didn’t want to upset her by admitting I lost this treasured gift.

Fast forward to yesterday morning. As per my habit, I headed to Beachside Cafe to pick up my low-carb breakfast when Louis, the young employee who usually waits on me, asked if I’d lost a ring. Seems he’d found one while sweeping up the restaurant and saved it, believing it to be mine. It had been so long, I’d initially responded “no” to his question until he started describing the ring. Then he walked over to a closet and produced it, much to my great surprise and delight!

In this day and age when it’s easy to complain about bad service, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge someone who not only consistently provides excellent service but also demonstrates honesty and consideration toward customers. Thank you, Louis!

If you’re ever in Indialantic, I highly recommend Beachside Cafe!

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