Feathers in the Wind – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

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Lynn Case

In Lynn Case’s Feathers in the Wind, Catherine is left heartbroken and widowed after the sudden death of her beloved husband, S.J. She does the best she can to move on, ultimately deciding to pursue her dream of owning a ranch in Wyoming. Soon after she moves to Wyoming, however, mysterious events begin to unfold. Cattle are being horrifically slaughtered, and a shadowy stranger is seen lurking around the perimeters of her land. She enlists the help of her ranch hands and a Native American chief to get to the bottom of this mystery, but she soon discovers that there might be more to these events- including S.J.’s death- than meets the eye.

Feathers in the Wind is a bit of a difficult book to read, largely because of its dire need of thorough editing. There was hardly a single sentence in the entire novel that didn’t contain some sort of error. Aside from that, the general narrative was also grossly inconsistent. Painfully slow in some areas and rushing through others, the pacing needs work. Also, the constant shifts in perspective and time frame grew to be confusing rather quickly.

These drawbacks are truly quite a shame, because it’s clear that Lynn Case had an interesting idea in her mind. The bare plot of Feathers in the Wind was intriguing and certainly holds a great deal of potential. It features a unique blend of mystery, drama, and western literature that seems rather promising. The story is there, but it’s not executed nearly as well as it could be. With some comprehensive editing and a bit of fine-tuning, Feathers in the Wind could be an excellent novel. It just needs a bit of help to get there.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Cherokee Wisdom

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Cherokee Wisdom:

12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader

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Book Description:

In this book, Leadership Expert Cynthia M. Ruiz taps into her Cherokee roots to share profound advise on developing your unique Leadership Style. Everyone is different yet has the ability to be a powerful leader in many aspects of their life. These twelve lessons are powerful reminders of what attributes are needed to become a leader, which benefits yourself and others.

Cynthia is proud to come from blended cultures and feels she takes the best from both worlds, Latina & Native American. She has been know to say “ I get my passion for life from my Mexican side and my spiritualty and respect for the environment from my Cherokee roots”

She has received over 50 awards and accolades for her Leadership and philanthropy. Hollywood Chamber has named her a “Women of Distinction” and she appeared in the Discover the Gift with the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith and Jack Canfield.

Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Counseling and has worked with people her entire life. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 

“Sometimes we complicate our own lives, ancient wisdom can remind us to keep it simple. One simple lesson many leaders miss the mark is humility.”

Cynthia M. Ruiz


Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles.  She currently serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner overseeing a multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.

 She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award.  Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.

Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of two books , “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader” and “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more. 

Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.

Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.

Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment and started the Wise Latina Network.  Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others with her lessons.  She has does this through her books and workshops.

She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 



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Rob and Janelle


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

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Woman of Many Names – Ties to Daniel Boone and George Washington


Woman of Many Names

Debra Yates

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Book Description:

Author Debra Yates wrote Woman of Many Names, which is about her seventh-great-grandmother, Nancy Ward, who had ties to Daniel Boone and George Washington, including having saved the latter’s life (and, it’s believed, vice versa) – yet she’s not in the history books!  A role model akin to Joan of Arc, for young girls, Ward has been memorialized in Benton, Tennessee, by a federal historical marker.  The late Elia Kazan, who the New York Times called one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history said that his biggest regret was that he didn’t make a movie about Nancy Ward.  Known (among other names) (hence the title of the book) as Nanyehi, she also foretold one of the great American tragedies, the Trail of Tears.

Woman of Many Names has just gone to the publisher, so the hopefully it will be available by the end of this year.

The Mastermind behind Woman of Many Names:

Debra Yates

Based in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, Woman of Many Names is the first novel for her.  Debra aims to do a follow-up because this first installment chronicles her seventh-great-grandmother’s early life, focusing on the love story between her first husband (Kingfisher) and her people (the Cherokee Nation).

Learn more at www.facebook.com/WomanOfManyNames

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The question remains – Will you accept your mission?

Rob and Janelle



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The Story of a Native American Woman

There is a rich and wondrous story within Debra Shiveley-Welch’s Cedar Woman. Though she was apprehensive to write it in the beginning she found a mentor and explores the journey of one Native American woman. There is such a deep sacredness in grasping that we are all the same – we are NOT different.



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Winner of the Best Native American Fiction Award 2011, Cedar Woman is a powerful book filled with courage, romance and the beliefs, ceremonies and language of the Lakota Sioux.

Travel with her to Columbus, Ohio as she rebuilds her life, and the lives of her family. Join her in the sweat lodge as she follows Zitka Mine to the fifth step of the edge of the world to find her father’s soul.

Join her at powwow where she meets her half side. Consultant Julie Spotted Eagle Horse, descendant of Chief Spotted Eagle and Crazy Horse.


Born in Columbus, Ohio, Debra Shiveley Welch resides in Central Ohio with her husband Mark and son Christopher, also an author.

Author of four books and a bevy of short stories and poems, Debra is the winner of Books and Authors best Native American Fiction 2011, AllBooks Review Editor’s Choice 2010, Faithwriters Gold Seal of Approval – Outstanding Read and Books, Authors Best Non-Fiction Book 2007 and Excellence in Literature awards.

Debra is now working on “Spirit Woman,” a sequel to “Cedar Woman,” “Swinging Bridge,” a collection of her short stories, essays and poems, and “Memories of an Old Farm House,” a micro memoir about her memories of her family’s ancestral farmhouse situated on a hill across from Serpent Mound in Southern, Ohio.


Always ready to open another book,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.


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