Archive | November 2013

Declan Finn’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

FACEBOOK PROFILE-600x600 copyNot being a “chick-lit” kind of guy, I am thankful for Declan’s honesty and tact in tempering some valid criticism with genuine praise. Visit A Pius Man Novel to read the full review, which I am excerpting in part here:

So, was it good? Sure.  I’d give it about three to four stars, definitely leaning on A for effort, A for narrative style, and a B for execution.
Why wouldn’t I give it five star?  Well, I had to slog through a few pages here and there. Have you ever had the prose of a book turn you off? Five pages in, I was going to just stop reading, lie to Daria and say that something had come up and I wouldn’t finish this in time. There were at least two pages of mea culpa that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Thankfully, the cringe-worthy setup rhetoric was wonderfully deflated by more sarcastic, wry commentary.  For example, describing “Tom… the male character in an ill-fated courtship that led to my starring role in a summer romance novel.” Or, perhaps,

“Samantha, one of the most glamorous girls in the group… never misses a Pilates class or dares to leave her house without flawless hair and makeup, even if she’s only headed to Publix..She fixed her big blue eyes upon me with the same intensity a prosecutor might employ while interrogating a witness.”

While not my usual thing, I liked it. There were moments at the beginning that I was tempted to shut things down, but thankfully, the narrative saved it. It keeps the rest of the book from becoming a collection of misery or a collection of sap. The narrative flow worked here.

One Supreme Goddess loves Reflections on the Ring!

FACEBOOK PROFILE-600x600 copyI am scheduled to be a guest on her show Supreme Sense on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern so I’m breathing a little easier knowing 1 Supreme Goddess is a fan of my book:

Life is a delicate balance of good times and bad times. You need to celebrate and enjoy the good times when they happen, but you also need to appreciate the struggles as well for they are the motor that keeps you moving forward, keeps you seeking answers in order to grow as individuals. Our struggles seem to be what motivates and drives us to seek our better selves, better lives and better relationships. If we rise to the challenge we generally come out on the other side better people living better lives because of it.

This isn’t always an easy thing to understand or accept especially when we are in the throws of such struggles in our relationships. We either grow together in love or we allow the struggles to tear us apart. Even the best of relationships usually encounter difficult times where their choices set the tone of their futures, but when things start out on what we consider to be less than perfect circumstances, often people take what seems to be the easy and most expeditious way out without really considering how that may impact them and even others in the future.

Such was the case that Lori Colombo found herself in and Reflections From The Ring  she tells a part of her personal struggle as she describes her journey through an unexpected pregnancy and the resulting difficulties this unexpected situation created in her as a woman, as well as her life, love and marriage.

As Lori struggled with the circumstances of her life, she found comfort, love, support and guidance in her relationships with her family and friends, a piece of her Nona’s life, a seemingly random find and the guidance of several people she didn’t even know but who’s influences went a long way towards helping her to steer her path towards her own version of a “fairy-tale” life filled with love, happiness, a wonderful husband and her two beautiful daughters.

While the circumstances were less than ideal for Lori, it is a beautiful expressed story of love, life, faith and growth, which I could sincerely relate to. While my own circumstances of life were very different than Lori’s, I can sincerely relate to the struggles she faced along the way as a new bride and a soon to be mother, as well as the strength, support and encouragement of the important people and things that she clung to in order to get her through her struggles.

Please visit The Twisters.org to read the whole thing.  I am truly humbled by her words and look forward to chatting with the Goddess on Monday night. Hope you can tune in!

 

 

It’s Official!

Florida Author’s Poignant Book An Inspiration for Married Couples Everywhere

New Book, Reflections on the Ring: An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of How She Saved Her Marriage and Family, chronicles a wife and mother’s testament to the power of faith in action and the triumph of traditional values.  

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida—In her first book, Reflections on the Ring: An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of How She Saved Her Marriage and Family, Lori Colombo-Dunham reveals how she transformed a shotgun wedding in a sterile courthouse mandated by an unplanned pregnancy into the marriage and family life of her dreams. Having always desired the trappings of an elegant church wedding and lavish reception, the author bravely discloses the “sins” of her past as a traditionally raised Catholic young woman and takes the reader on a simultaneously heartwarming, frustrating, and inspiring journey filled with broken dreams, financial turmoil, marital discord and parental responsibility. It’s a compelling personal story of triumph over one’s own self-directed aspirations and acceptance of God’s perfect — if at first seemingly ‘imperfect’ — plan.

“Most women harbor dreams of a fairytale wedding and marriage. And while some do achieve it all, they are in the minority. For most of us the reality of living out our daily lives with another person by our side demands compromise, cooperation and commitment. Yes, it takes two to make a marriage, but someone has to take the lead. Why not let that person be you?” Colombo- Dunham asks.

Filled with references and quotes from prominent authors and relationship experts Stormie Omartian, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and John Grey, Reflections on the Ring: An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of How She Saved Her Marriage and Family is already receiving rave reviews from a variety of critics one of whom, historical romance writer Katherine Bone states, “Reflections on the Ring is an adventure of discovery, love, and inner strength. Humorously written, readers won’t be able to put it down!”

One of Colombo Dunham’s passions is inspiring everyday women to stand up and fight for their marriages rather than live lives of quiet desperation or file for divorce. Aside from sharing her own story, she cites specific passages from the books that guided her into taking meaningful action. She ends each chapter with a bulleted summary of best practices and concludes the book with a rousing testament to the power of love, faith, family, friendship, fidelity and persistence.

To read a synopsis of Reflections on the Ring: An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of How She Saved Her Marriage and Family visit www.reflectionsonthering.wordpress.com   (Paperback, 119 pages, $13.95). The book may be ordered online at http://www.lulu.com/shop/lori-colombo-dunham/reflections-on-the-ring-an-ordinary-womans-extraordinary-tale-of-how-she-saved-her-marriage-and-family/paperback/product-21309971.html.

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Catch me on Writestream Tuesday with Daria Anne! UPDATED with Archive

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My friend and collaborator Daria Anne runs the Writestream Radio Network on Blog Talk Radio. I’ll be her guest on her show Writestream Tuesday on November 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern. This should be a fun interview as we worked on the book for over three years together before finally achieving our goal of publication!

I am looking forward to being her guest and hope you can join us for some lively conversation! To listen online, click on this link to the Blog Talk Radio episode or dial (347) 945-7246 to listen by telephone.

UPDATE: Did you miss it live? Click to listen to the BTR archive.

I’m talking to One Supreme Goddess on Monday, November 25!

After much collaboration, we arrived at the final cover design.

Like Supreme Sense? Then I think you’ll enjoy listening to my interview with One Supreme Goddess this coming Monday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. You can click on this link to the Blog Talk Radio episode to listen live, or listen by phone by calling (914) 338-1458. I am really looking forward to talking to her and hope to see you there!

 

Tune in to Just Believe with Lisa Tarves and me on November 24!

Just Believe host, Lisa Tarves.

Just Believe host, Lisa Tarves.

 

This Sunday, November 24 I’ll be a guest on Lisa Tarves’ show Just Believe, which broadcasts on the Writestream Radio Network. You can click on this link to the Blog Talk Radio episode to listen online of if you prefer, just dial (347) 945-7246 with a cell or landline to listen the “old-fashioned” way. 😉

Looking forward to talking with Lisa about Reflections on the Ring!

 

Bernie Lutchman’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

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Wow, I am just blown away by Christian minister Bernie Lutchman’s wonderful review of my book, which includes a nod to Stormie Omartian. Very humbled and grateful! Here’s an excerpt:

Reflections on the Ring took a lot of soul-searching, courage and yes, faith to write. It was encouraging to me to see how Lori never stepped away from her traditional faith and turned it into something proactive that will impact her family for decades to come. I will encourage the reader to grasp the conundrum she faced when transitioning from her dream wedding to the nightmarish, almost mind-altering experience of getting married in a South Florida courthouse in front of a Judge! Her emotional conflicts and anxiety come over in the book as she tries to come to terms with marrying a man who bought her a Cubic Zirconia wedding ring! Here she was, with her 110 year old heirloom wedding ring from her great- grandmother, having recently given up a 2.5 carat engagement ring from a man she discovered she did not love, just to marry Dave in a cold impersonal courtroom. Could this get any more mind-boggling?

To her credit and here is where the minister in me warmed up to Lori, the person – she turned to the only Place she could find comfort and even peace. Even when things were darkest…. Even when bills were tough to pay…. Even when Dave was tough to love, she kept the Faith. What I loved about this “page-turner” is the various Scripture references therein, which are placed strategically along the narrative to tie into what was occurring at the time in Lori’s life! More impressive was her reliance on the writings from the wonderful prayer ministry of Stormie Omartian, with whom I am acquainted through my association (from 2006) with the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force. Stormie was once a speaker at one of our prayer summits up in the amazing Rocky Mountains, where praying to our Glorious God comes really easy (after one beholds the majestic mountains).

Please visit Bernie’s blog The Write Stuff to read the rest. Thank you Bernie so very much and God bless you!

And for those of you interested in purchasing, please stay tuned for details. The book will be available on Friday, November 22.