“Empowering Children Through Books” with Bracha Goetz

“Empowering Children Through Books” with Bracha Goetz   

A Woman’s Soul: Restored

    • Self-Improvement

Children are the fabric of our future and we should do everything in our power to protect them. Danger does not necessarily come from strangers anymore and we must teach them that ‘bad touch’ is bad no matter who it comes from. We should give them the much needed guidance and information to aid them in knowing that they are important and that their voices will be heard. This week, Latonia’s guest Bracha Goetz is the author of 40 children books that speaks to the souls of children and she is empowering them through books.

Daniel C. Lorti to speak at the Genre-LA™ Creative Writing Conference

Author Daniel C. Lorti will be speaking at the Genre-LA™ Creative Writing Conference. This educational and inspirational event will focus on the genres of Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Thrillers, Suspense, Mysteries, True Crime, Classic Romance, Memoirs, Biographies, New Adult (YA), Christian, Spiritual, Self-Help, Historical Fiction, and more.

A writer of mainly factual and historical fiction, Daniel C. Lorti is the author of the Jean Termonde NovelsThe Avignon LegacyKnights of Honor, and Knights in Action, the Jim Factor NovelsThe Missing F_ctor and The Business End, which embody Lorti’s professional background as an arms broker in outstanding suspense thrillers, The Mulligan, a parody on do-overs/second chances, and The Writer’s Tool Box, a clear, concise, and inclusive guide for aspiring, beginning, or accomplished writers in all facets of creating, sustaining, and completing a first draft. It provides a step-by-step description with examples of the major phases right up to the finished manuscript. Suggestions and recommendations concerning the next phase include external review, finding an agent, and promoting your accomplishment. — all published by W&B Publishing.


An aerospace engineer with sensors, weapons, and intelligence background, Lorti was the Chief Radar Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and was on President Clinton’s twenty-member committee for Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland. A former international arms broker, he conducted business in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During his career, he, with partners, sold a successful aerospace company to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. A member of Mystery Writers of America, the Historical Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers, he currently resides in Newport Coast, California. Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

GeneLA 2021
Genre-LA will be held VIRTUALLY October 22-30, 2021.
Topics are offered in a progressive manner so writers are immersed in an exciting and educational environment throughout 9 days / nights of panels, workshops and presentations with educators, noted speakers, and industry professionals such as yourself. Topics are ideal for writers with works in progress looking to polish them prior to submission to agents and publishers.
This educational and inspirational conference will focus on all aspects of the creative writing process for fiction and nonfiction writers of all genres and disciplines. The event differentiates itself by presenting unique creative writing program streams for (what we call the 3-A’s) Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished writers of literature, as well as script writing for motion pictures, television, graphic novels and video games. We typically attract a broad-base of writers and content creators of books and screenplay to this event

Something in Madness by Ed Protzel was named an American Fiction Awards finalist in the Adventure: Historical category!

Something in Madness by Ed Protzel was named an American Fiction Awards finalist in the Adventure: Historical category!

Something in Madness (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 3) by Ed Protzel
TouchPoint Press
Adventure: Historical

Sponsored by American Book Fest

Full Results Listing by Category

Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists
of the 2021 American Fiction Awards.

All Finalists are of equal merit, listed alphabetically.



Minister Joe Wright opens Kansas Senate

Minister Joe Wright opens Kansas Senate

This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It
seems prayer still upsets some people.
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities,
but this is what they heard:
“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done.
* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics.
* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have institutionalized bribery and called it sweets of office.
* We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
responding negatively.
The church is now receiving international requests for copies of
this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.
With the LORD’S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be

The Journey Is Real Podcast: Bracha Goetz – Nourishing Your Hungry Soul

The Journey Is Real Podcast: Bracha Goetz – Nourishing Your Hungry Soul

My guest, Bracha Goetz, has a light about her. She loves to share that light with others. Whether it’s her zest for life, food, or her various books she has out, she loves to share with others! She overcame nourishing her food addiction, and replaced that addiction with nourishing her soul! To find out more about her and her books, go to her Amazon Author Page.

Loiacono Literary Agency has taken on Blair Northen Williamson’s six picture books!

Loiacono Literary Agency has taken on Blair Northen Williamson’s six picture books!

Children’s book author, Blair Northen Williamson has written six picture books depicting environmental, anatomical, and every day topics that children will readily relate to.

Island Girls, Turtles in Danger – Sadie spends her days swimming in the ocean and playing with the sea creatures. When a strong wind blows plastic grocery bags into a cave, Sadie realizes the bags look exactly like the jellyfish her turtle friends eat. This picture book will show that even kids can be conscious protectors of the ocean and make a big difference through small actions.

Parrot’s Boat Disaster – A disaster-prone Parrot is preparing for a tea party on her houseboat until she sees a bug. Chaos ensues! Parrot goes through a series of hilarious attempts to get rid of the bug before her friends arrive, creating more and more catastrophes with each try. Is it too late to save the tea party?

Red – Red is a bouncy ball that isn’t happy with her life because bouncing makes her feel all jumbly inside. Red sets off on a grand adventure to find a new life. Through a series of comical events, Red attempts to be something that she isn’t. The story shows the reader that even if your life isn’t perfect, it’s best to be your true self, where you will find your greatest happiness.

The Adventure of Sally, Bobby, and Blue – Sally wakes up one morning only to find her puppy missing. She and her brother, Bobby, go out in their backyard to look for Blue and find a bottle of magic bubbles. The huge magic bubble helps them locate Blue and teaches children that your imagination can take you anywhere.

Queen Braina and the Taste Bug Knights – Queen Braina is happily reigning over the Body Kingdom, enjoying a variety of healthy foods, until one day, Lexi declared she would no longer eat greens. In a state of emergency, Queen Braina summons her trusted Taste Bug Knights and orders them to help bring back an array of foods to avoid an energy crisis in the Body Kingdom. Will order be restored?

Mermaid Princesses – Lexi lives on an island with very little access to technology. She is thrilled her cousin Ava comes to visit from NYC until she realizes all her cousin wants to do is play on her pad. This story will shed light on how screen time can take away from childhood adventures and friendships and will show the magic of connecting with nature.

Blair Northen Williamson is from Richmond, Virginia but spent much of her childhood off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina where she developed a passion for life at sea. Her love of nature, the ocean, and relating to others led her to work for Global Expeditions Group for over a decade. She has lived and traveled all over the world, following her desire to explore, meet new people, and immerse herself in new cultures.

Represented by Jeanie Loiacono, Loiacono Literary Agency


Ray “Bubba” Sorenson Rock – Iowa

Ray “Bubba” Sorenson Rock – Iowa

There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy. 25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed.

It’s quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll and check out the multiple photos (all angles) of the rock. At the very end, you’ll meet the young artist.

I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it’s not. It’s actually painted on the rock, too.

Here’s the artist — Ray ‘Bubba’ Sorensen.

AWESOME Work, RAY…Thank you!

God Bless America ‘    and   ‘OUR SOLDIERS AND VETS’