Welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author Yvette Calleiro

Yvette CalleiroWord Museum welcomes #RRBC Spotlight author Yvette Calleiro. Yvette has received the honor of becoming Rave Reviews Book Club’s spotlight author and will be on tour this week.

Today, Yvette shares the story of the Chronicles of the Diasodz, how she came up with the idea for the series and how it grew from there. We are also featuring her book The One Discovered. I know you’ll enjoy reading this series.

Once Upon a Time…

by Yvette M. Calleiro

Every story has a beginning. Yet when I first encountered the Diasodz, it was in a dream. The scene that I saw would take place at the end of book one.  The characters and the story line did not come to me in chronological order, so I had to take some time to see the whole picture before I could begin writing.  As the characters began to speak to me, I found my beginning for book one.  It’s the start of Sofia’s story, but it isn’t the beginning of the Diasodz’s world. So, I thought I’d give you a small introduction as to how the Diasodz came to be. In book two (The One Enlightened), you will learn a lot about the hows and the whys of the Diasodz’s predicament, so I won’t give away everything just yet! 😉

In the beginning, there was God….Yes, I wanted to start from there. Whether you are spiritual or not, the creation of a species must start with a creator.  Call him Allah, God, Budda, Zeus, a chemical reaction…whatever you want, but creation happened.  So, my story starts with the fact that there was a God AND a Goddess.  There were angels and arch-angels.  In my world, the God and Goddess were equal, but the Goddess was most revered by all, including God.

When God created humans, he created them as equals, but Adam held Eve to be more valuable, as God did with the Goddess.  Lucifer was not content with the hierarchy that was set up and wanted change.  He schemed and connived until he had many angels who agreed with him.  Unfortunately for Lucifer, he fell in love with a female angel.  Because of his own superiority complex, he thought she would follow him anywhere.  When he finally confronted God about becoming the dominate gender, the love of his life stood on the God and Goddess’ side.

In his anger, Lucifer couldn’t think clearly.  He wanted to hurt her the way she had hurt him, and in doing so, he brought pain and suffering to humans.  Lucifer was cast out of the heavens along with the angels who stood by his side.  He vowed vengeance and promised that God’s precious creation would never find peace. In the aftermath, an arch-angel asked the Goddess to protect the humans, and She created the Diasodz for that purpose.

By Her wishes, the Diasodz would live the first eighteen years of their lives as humans so that they could truly understand the struggles of those in which they were bound to protect.  Around his/her eighteenth birthday, he/she would experience a “death day.” His/her body’s human life force and human characteristics would “die” and his/her spirit would transform into that of a Diasodz, a being with supernatural abilities to heal and protect humans from the evils created by Lucifer.

Yet, as with humans, the Diasodz were given free will.  Many Diasodz became influenced by Lucifer to join his entourage of evil over time.  As a race, the Diasodz made choices that caused the Goddess to turn away from her creation, and their powers have been fading ever since. And so we come to Sofia’s story, where she must find out who she really is and whether she can discover it in her heart and soul to save the Diasodz from fading forever…

Check Out This Book: The One Discovered

TheOneDiscovered - Cover Design 10The One Discovered
by Yvette Calleiro

How do you choose when both options have dire consequences?

Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life.  She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth.  She has a loving mother.  She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job.  She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.

Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans.  Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them.  Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading.  A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior.  Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind.  Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home.  But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?

Choices create action.  Actions have consequences.  When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make?  Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?

To learn more about Yvette M. Calleiro, or to purchase, The One Discovered, please visit:

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48 Hours in Nairobi

nairobi school childrenNairobi is a city teaming with extremes, the poorest of the poor in areas like Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, contrasts with a thriving metropolitan city center and high end shopping malls. You can move from a bustling marketplace to a remote tea farm to a national wildlife reserve in the span of hours. In two short days, in this city known as the “Green City in the Sun”, one can make memories that will last a lifetime.

After arriving in this east African city, you’ll likely need a few hours to rest and recoup from jetlag before you begin your 48-hour adventure. Most hotels and guest houses offer breakfast, so plan to eat before heading out for your day.

Day 1

Morning

Welcome to Kenyan, a land filled with smiling faces. As you go about your day, say Habari to those you meet, which is Swahili for “How are you?” or Jambo, which means “Hello!” You are now on Kenya time, which means you should not be in a hurry to go about your day, but savor these moments and enjoy the leisurely pace of this country and these people.

First stop in Nairobi is the Maasai Market, or Village Market. This is a rotating market that is set up at the different shopping malls on different days of the week. If you are in Nairobi on a Friday, there is one held on the upper car park level at the Village Market shopping center. This is the Kenyan version of a flea market and is where vendors display their handcrafted items and novelties. The Maasai Market hosts between 50 and 75 different booths. You’ll find wooden hand-carved giraffes, wall tapestries painted by hand and tiny wooden boxes with secret locks. Everything has an Africa theme of some sort.

Go into the market ready to bargain. Most vendors write down the price they want on a piece of paper. The initial price tends to be extremely high, such as 1500 Kenyan shillings. Decide what you’d like to pay for the item before you ask the price and then make your initial offer lower than what you want the final cost to be.

tea farm plantationsAfternoon

After shopping, head 40 minutes outside of town toward the Limuru area to the Kiambethu Farm, which is a working tea farm. As you make the trip toward the tea farm, you’ll experience the rural life of Kenyans. You’ll pass through small towns and tea plantations. When you arrive, the owners will take you on a tour through a small forest and the farm and explain how they harvest the tea. After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch on the sprawling lawn of the plantation home buffet style. The food is prepared mainly with fresh grown vegetables and fruits right from the farm. As you dine, you’ll have a view of Ngong hills. If it is a sunny day, you may even spot Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

Finish off the evening at one of the many ethnic restaurants in Kenya, such as Mesob or Motherland, where Ethiopian food is served.

Day 2

Morning

safariKenya is known as the safari capital of the world. It is within driving distance of several day trip safari options. Maasai Mara National Reserve is 1510 square kilometers and sits north of the Serengeti Park, but it is a very bumpy 280 kilometer ride to the west of Nairobi, depending upon road conditions. Two and a half hours to the south is Amboseli National Park. Another option is Nairobi National Park, which can be visited by bus or taxi, and is a mere 7 kilometers south of the city center.

With only two days to see as many of Kenya’s attractions as possible, Nairobi National Park is your best bet for a quick visit and opportunity to see some of Africa’s amazing animals. However, you won’t get the true, riding on a bumpy road to the middle of the African plains, experience as you’ll get with a trip to Maasai Mara.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage is also located inside Nairobi National Park and is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya, home to hurt and orphaned animals both indigenous and exotic.

Afternoon

giraffe centreEnjoy lunch at one of the many American cuisine restaurants in Kenya, such as Java House. Java House is a chain with 17 different locations around Nairobi. Their menu includes favorites, such as hamburgers, French fries, fresh salads, wraps and even Mexican cuisine.

After lunch, head to the Giraffe Centre, which is located in Karen, about five kilometers outside of Nairobi. This conservation center is home to Rothschild giraffes, which are endangered. They have had some success in breeding these statuesque creatures. The best feature of the Giraffe Centre is a raised platform where visitors can feed the giraffes. The center is open until 5 p.m. each day.

Finish off day two by heading to the Westlands District, where you can enjoy dinner and a drink at local nightclubs such as Gipsy Bar or Simba Saloon and try a local favorite, Tusker beer.

The end of two days comes quickly and it is time to say kwaheri (goodbye). 48 hours in Nairobi isn’t nearly enough to see everything this unique part of the world has to offer, but you can certainly see a lot in that period of time. Once you get a taste of Nairobi, you’ll definitely want to return for a more lengthy adventure, perhaps to a safari camp in Maasai Mara.

Karen Kingbury’s Redemption Series


So, here at Word Museum, we no longer take in books for review. It was just too much at a point as far as keeping up with submissions, finding people willing to review the books and so on. However, we are always open to a guest blogging about a great book (not your own or your best friend’s, please, but one you just truly enjoyed reading and perhaps don’t even know the author). Such is the case with the Karen Kingsbury books.

Recommended by Cheer Moms Everywhere

I had never heard of Karen Kingsbury, but some of the moms at my daughter’s cheerleading mentioned that they loved her Redemption series and that these books were set in Bloomington, Indiana. Bloomington… Home to Indiana University, rolling hills and about an hour and a half from where I live in southern Indiana. Needless to say, I was intrigued. I ordered Redemption, the first book in the series, on my Kindle reader and put off starting it.

Why I Sometimes Hate to Read Fiction

When you are a writer, it is hard to read books. On top of that, I am also an editor by profession. I see every error, every passive bit of writing and every plot point gone wrong. Yes, I likely make just as many mistakes in my books, because no one is perfect, but there are a lot of books published that I wish I’d never set eyes on. I put off reading the Kingsbury series, because I knew my cheer mom friends were going to ask what I thought and I hate to lie.

Over Thanksgiving, we headed to Alabama to visit some close friends. I went ahead and started the book. I couldn’t put it down! I know a lot of reviewers say that about books. However, when I can’t put a book down, it must be particularly compelling because of the reasons I mentioned above.

I read it from first page to last and was left wishing it hadn’t ended. Which, of course it hadn’t, because there is a second through fifth book in the series.

A Few Plot Details Without Spoilers

The story is about some pretty hefty topics and the books are Christian. The characters deal with everything from choosing to have an extramarital affair to dealing with the cheating spouse and whether that person should be forgiven to murder to lust to… on and on it goes. The plot was interwoven where you could see the spin-offs that would come from the other characters, mainly brothers and sisters from the same family, the Baxters. By book five, I was so in love with the characters that I actually sobbed as I read the end of the book. I don’t mean that a few tears trailed down my face, which is unusual these days anyway. I’m a pretty tough cookie anymore. I mean I curled up in a ball and breathed out those gut-wrenching, soul-wracking, loud sobs that I rarely, RARELY let out of my inmost being.

My only complaint is that one plot point was pretty predictable. You knew it was coming. You almost wanted this thing to happen. However, a little more suspense might have been nice. Still, all in all, I loved the book and the series so much that it didn’t matter. I wanted this horrible thing to happen anyway. Does that make me a bad person? Nah. They are fictional characters after all.

If you’re looking for a good, clean read, then Redemption by Kingsbury is an excellent choice.