NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY, Joyce Hertzoff's "Nissa", S. E. Isaac, Review of Homeworld -


On May 20, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.

No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You’ll find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.

Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. But, rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.

Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.

They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations or help to investigate the cause of a fire.

When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It’s hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion. Give them a treat!


Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs. There are a variety of ways to share the puppy love.

  • Volunteer at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.

  • Shelters always need donations. Financial donations are always welcome. Most shelters have a list of constant needs, such as blankets, bleach, toys, treats, and leashes.

  • If there is room in your life for a rescue dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.

  • Consider fostering. Many dogs abandoned to shelters require some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.

  • Remember to spay and neuter your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.

Is there a rescue dog in your life? Share your rescue dog stories and use #NationalRescueDogDay on social media.

HISTORY Tails That Teach founded National Rescue Dog Day on May 20 to honor the inspiring ways rescue dogs become apart of the human family and increase awareness about the number of dogs in shelters. Given a chance, they would fill their forever homes with unconditional love and unabandoned joy with every belly rub.

Lisa Wiehebrink, author and founder of Tails That Teach, wrote Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, inspired by Cooper, her rescue dog from a Los Angeles shelter.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Rescue Dog Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.

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Last week we met Joyce Hertzoff and read about her cupcakes and her writing journey. This week we'll meet her character Nissa.

First: A Blurb for The Crimson Orb.

While thousands of people travel to Meecham to seek the legendary Crimson Orb, teenage Nissa Day is more concerned about her missing magic teacher, the wizard Madoc, who failed to return after a journey to care for his ailing father. Together with her

older brother, Blane, she rides east to look for him. They carry two strange books from his chambers. In Fairhaven, the capital of the East Islands, they join forces with Madoc’s brother, Gareth, sister, Carys, and two of Gareth’s men.

Their perilous journey back across the sea, then south and west through the Frozen Tundra of Sorn eventually brings them to Meecham, a town teaming with Orb seekers. They learn Madoc is being held by four outlaws, who believe he can lead them to the red crystal before anyone else.

Through their adventures, Nissa realizes how little she knows about her world. She develops unexpected skills, including the ability to mind-speak with Madoc.

Will Nissa and her companions be able to use their combined abilities to rescue Madoc? Is the Crimson Orb really in Meecham?

One of my favorite reviews:

The Crimson Orb is the story of a Quest. Two siblings, a brother and a sister set out to find their mentor, tutor and friend who not only knows about the world but also knows a bit of magic. Nissa, our heroine, is longing to do more of what the boys do, fight with weapons and go on adventures. Little does she know that she's about to do just that.

When her friend and mentor, Madoc fails to return from a journey, she and her brother go in search of him. Together they traverse land and sea, meeting and overcoming obstacles as well as meeting and becoming fast friends with Madoc's siblings who join there search. As they search for Madoc, others are searching for the Crimson Orb, a magic item that does...something. No one is certain but the legend of what the orb can do grows as does the lust of those who want it to gain power. As their search takes them far to the north, the grow in both experience and in character, find out about themselves and others in their world around them. Some of what they learn is happy, other lessons are sad. This is a great start to what promises to be a fun series for the younger set. It's filled with excitement but also things that you can learn at the same time you enjoy NIssa's adventure.

This is also a book that you can give an older child without worrying about inappropriate content..I recommend it highly for anyone who likes to "go walkabout."

And Now, Nissa

1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.

My name is Narissa Day, but my friends and family call me Nissa

2.Tell us where and when were you born.

I was born eighteen years ago at Holm Manor, home to Duke Alec, his family and staff. My mother is a herbalist, but also served as Duchess Rona’s personal secretary. My father is the sword master.

3. How would you describe yourself?

Tall and slim with mud-colored hair and eyes. I learned to channel the energy around me from the magic teacher, Madoc. I always hated sewing lessons, but find myself as chief taylor and seamstress at the Stronghold. I finally learned to fight with a sword, the way my brothers do. I’ve been told I’m daring.

4. Tell us about where you grew up.

Holm Manor is in Holmdale, a village along the north south road between the capital of Leara and the sea to the north. It is quiet farm country, isolated from what is happening in the world.

5. How old are you?

At the start of the story, I was sixteen, but I’m now eighteen.

6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?

Yes, I did. I love my parents. The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, is that I wanted to learn what the boys did rather than what the girls did.

7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?

I’ve long been in love with Madoc, the young mage who taught the boys science and magic at the manor. After my adventures searching for him when he was missing, he admitted his feelings for me.

8. What do you value above all else in life?

Family and friends, with seeing the world to learn more a close second.

9. What are you obsessed with?

The re-invention of technology at the Stronghold.

10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about? They know they can rely on me in any situation. I’m told I’ve influenced the young women around me, encouraged them to be all they can be.

11. Biggest fear?

Losing my family and friends to the Legion or some other threat.

12. What line will you never cross?

I will never use my ability to send thoughts to others to harm anyone but my enemies. I won’t willingly take any life.

13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

The best was finding and rescuing Madoc. The worst was our time in the swamp where vines entangled us and our horses, and dragged us

down, killing one of our party. Second worst was Toren’s attack on me when I learned to mind-scream.

14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

Can’t think of any.

15. Biggest secret? My love for Madoc used to be but not anymore.

16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?


17. What is your current goal?

To rid Solwintor of the Legion (stay tuned for book four)

Our Next Author is S. E. Isaac

What made you want to be a writer?

I have suffered from depression since I could remember. Age seven maybe (???). Writing has always been my outlet. My way to escape the world around me. With my words, I can paint a whole new world and hide in a sense from reality. Writing has always been therapeutic for me.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

Lierum’s Reflection is my upcoming paranormal romance book. It is part of my Fates Intertwined Series. The release date will be approximately October 2019.

Lierum’s Reflection is book four in the series. However, all the books in this series up to book five can be read out of order.

Book#1: Kiss of a Vampire

Whispering Hills was Adrena's only escape from the world around her. The one place she could lose herself without a single care. That was until Calleb crossed her path causing a ripple in the balances. One vampire, one Lierum and one fate…Love bites.

Book #2: Bite of a Lierum

Fate has a funny way of crossing the paths of those who are unlikely to meet on their own. For years, Faith hunted the infected vampires refusing to give up until they no longer existed. Nothing else in life mattered to Faith. Her life was simply to see an end to the rogue vampires.

However, Fate had different plans for Faith. This journey that she had chosen was leading her toanother purpose in life. The life Faith had chosen made her keep most beings away from her, except for a pack of Lierums. They had fought side by side in battles and in the end, an unexpected bond was formed. For once, she wasn’t alone, but there was only one problem. Within this pack of Lierums was Elijah. He was the only being who could ignite feelings within her that she never knew existed. Faith is ready to flee to escape her feelings and Elijah is prepared to chase her. Will Fate be able to hold on to the reins with its plans for Faith and Elijah or will Faith slip through Fate’s hands?

Book #3: Enchantress’ Tale

Since a child, Annaliese has always watched life from the shadows of the kingdom. Her existence was known to very few. Only those whom the queen trusted most knew of Annaliese and were able to see her. But they weren't enough for Annaliese. She was lonely and felt like a caged bird within the castle's walls. While in the shadows of the kingdom, Annaliese's path is crossed with Elder Li, the fiercest elder, and warrior in the kingdom. Instantly, she feels an unexplainable connection to him and spends the next few years admiring him from afar. When Annaliese is finally of age, King Theo calls for a meeting with the Council of Elders to reveal her to the elders and the rest of the kingdom. Annaliese must now come face to face with the man who makes her knees weak and butterflies flutter in her stomach. Will she be able to gain enough nerve to step into the light? Or will she remain in the shadows?

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How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

Reading is key in life. Even for those who don’t want to be an author. Reading stimulates our minds, takes us to far away places, and gives us knowledge to grow in life. 😊

Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember that first book I read, but I do remember my favorite book growing up. It’s “Milk and Cookies” by Frank Asch.

What book are you reading now?

When I am in the middle of a writing project, I don’t like to read. However, I am a critique partner to the lovely Author Josette Reuel so I read her works in progresses almost daily. Her current WIPs are paranormal and erotic romance.

How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?

For Fates Intertwined Series, it was accidental. I was invited to be part of a paranormal romance anthology.

For this anthology, I wrote Kiss of a Vampire. Readers were very responsive to the characters and storyline that I went for book two, Bite of a Lierum. Each of these books had actions in their titles. Vampires and Lierums are the main breeds in this series, so I went with one breed in each title. But then things got tricky, when I fell in love with a cover who had a beautiful blue-colored woman with red hair. I had to have that character in Fates Intertwined Series; which created Enchantress’ Tale.

Book four, Lierum’s Reflection’s title plays with an action and a specific breed in the book. Plus reflection is part of the character and how he/she is looking back on their life and how fate led them down their current path.

I decided to cross the stories paths. It isn’t blatantly obvious as the reader is reading the first three books, but book four is when things really start to open doors and trigger light bulbs.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

The three main characters in each book are paranormal characters, but their overall personalities are very realistic, which makes it easy for me to relate to Adrena, Faith, and Annaliese. They all have three qualities that I see in myself: nurturing, loyal and kind spirited.

How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

With this series being paranormal, reality isn’t your norm. There aren’t vampires sword fighting in the middle of a village. Nor are there massive-sized lierums running through a forbidden forest. However, the characters do share similar traits of normal everyday humans. They feel pain, love, jealousy, etc. All relatable emotions.

To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Traveling to get into my writing would be heavenly. But unfortunately, no. There is no traveling involved.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I am a mother to boys. My house is always chaotic and busy. I have learned to multi-task and skip over certain scenes until I’m able to have peace and quiet. When I have a fight scene, I like to put on Evanescence. For Enchantress’ Tale, I listened to a lot of Japanese traditional music and battle music. It helped me get in the mind set.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

I know a lot of writers need their sweets, coffee and/or tea to write. However, I’m the weird one of the bunch, and I sadly don’t need any goodies, when I write.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

Great question! The publishing process that I detest most is (drumroll)… editing!

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

I have a special needs child who has autism and schizoaffective. It has been very challenging. I am constantly getting called up to the school because he’s having an episode, or I’m taking him to a doctor’s appointment, or he is at home having a major episode. My writing has had to take to the backburner several times throughout my writing career. The older he gets, the more severe his meltdowns. So I just have to take things one day at a time and I had to come to an understanding with myself that sometimes deadlines are meant to be pushed back.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

I turn to my mother, my critique partner (Josette Reuel) for encouragement. They help keep me balanced and moving forward.

How do you market your book?

Marketing books can be very challenging if you are an Indie Author. I have relied a lot on ‘word of mouth’ and author takeovers. I have run giveaways to attract readers, but I don’t feel that they are as successful as the word of mouth and author takeovers.

Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

For my book Eye Kandy Key, a reader left me a review asking that I please write book two. Another reader contacted me via my Facebook author page telling me how much they enjoyed Train to Anguish and that they were just messaging to let me know. Both readers made my day.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

Josette Reuel and Rebel are my go-to people when I have a finished book and need it read before it is released into the world. I can always count on their honesty.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

I’ve only done one book signing due to my son’s health issues. The book signing was in April of this year and it was in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was such a magical experience for me. It was nice being in an area with some many authors. Realizing how much we all have in common and being able to share jokes, stories, and life was really refreshing.

The book signing was held in a large conference room and had well over fifty authors there. The authors had their tables decorated very nicely. Some had naughty décor, while others had more wholesome décor. Most of the authors gave swag away to the readers.

I shared a table with Josette Reuel. We dressed up in 1950s matching outfits (along with Rebel, Josette’s PA). The dresses went along with out two-story collection book Help! I’m Trapped in Camden! Dressing up was a lot of fun because it gave the readers and those at the signing something to talk to us about. A few readers even took pictures with us because they loved our look. It was lots of fun.

**what a reader posted and tagged me in on Instagram & Facebook**

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

Acceptance. Acceptance is the one message that I like to send through my books. In my books, no two characters are alike, nor will there ever be two characters alike. The world isn’t a cookie cutter world so I don’t like my books to be either. I want people to read my books, see the differences in my characters and see how they come together to accept each other’s differences. (well, the good guys at least 😉 )

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

For my upcoming release, Lierum’s Reflection, I would love for Amber Heard.

Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

No. There isn’t one particular person I would love to meet. Everyone from the past would be interesting to meet because they all have a tale to tell. As for those in the present, I’m content with those in my life and I’m not starstruck over anyone. (not that I know of…)

Do you have any hobbies?

Writing, playing soccer with my youngest, going to the movies with my kiddos.

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch much American tv and when I do, it’s good ole’ Paw Patrol. (Smile) When I do get downtime, I love to watch Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and/or Taiwanese movies and shows. (Closed Captioning on of course)

Favorite foods

My mom’s lasagna and eggrolls

What’s your sign, lucky number.

I am a Taurus in the zodiac and a Boar in the Chinese zodiac. Both animals are considered strong-willed so I think they are both fitting.

My top two lucky numbers are five and eleven. 5-11 is my birthdate and 11-5 is my oldest son’s birthdate so I figured those two numbers are pretty special.

What’s your favorite color.


What music do you hear in your latest book.

For Enchantress’ Tale, I can hear the traditional Japanese battle music and traditional music. The battle music of course gears towards the fight scenes and the intensity of the drama. And traditional music gears towards the dramatic, emotional scenes.

Do you have hobbies other than writing?

Playing sports with my youngest, going to movies with my kiddos.

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

If things in my family were more settled, and I could choose to do anything my heart desired, I would love to finish my degree in psychology and become a psychologist as I had originally planned. I love helping others.

You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would spend it with family and friends. I’d go skydiving somewhere between conversations with my family and friends. 😊

What do you want written on your head stone?

“Now she can finally get some sleep”

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?

My first book I was overly excited and published before it was truly edited. That was my biggest mistake. Lessons learned.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?

Being an author is not easy. It requires tough skin and a lot of willpower. There will always be that one bad review. There will always be that one book that doesn’t do well in sales. It is hard to do, but don’t compare your work and your sales to other authors. Just write because you love to write. Worry about your writing and your happiness, and you will do just fine.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

My mother, Josette, Rebel, and Ginger.

Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)

For a signed paperback copy, I can be reached through my Facebook author page:

Social media links and websites?

4.0 out of 5 starsA fast-paced future-world romantic epic

May 13, 2019

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I had read and reviewed the third installment by Ms. Milani entitled Monkey’s Luck which I had thoroughly enjoyed. I looked forward to reading this Prize-winning book that began right in the middle of an action scene. I was fascinated by a future world in which all humanoid species were genetically engineered and racially segregated. Natural humans were a racial and type minority called “monkeys”.

I had a little trouble visualizing Letitia and wanted to understand her type as well as Mother’s type, but no trouble picturing the Lupans, Strongarm and Kaitan. Slowly as I continued reading, the story came together a little more.

We have Jezekiah a reluctant ruler designate who wants to marry Keiko. Keiko wants to prove herself as a Samurai and uncover the truth of her own identity and bloodline which has been kept from her. Meanwhile Strongarm, the head Lupan (genetically altered wolf-man) meets her and decides he would like to marry her instead of going forth with a treaty marriage to Jezekiah’s spidery sister Letticia – who doesn’t want to marry him and wants to kill everyone. The only problem I encountered early on was that of figuring out who the characters were and what they looked like. Their personalities were well developed and the world of futuristic dystopian Earth with a capital in the Hawaii, was a wonderful touch. I like stories like this with palace intrigue and romantic conflict. My only concern was a confusing start. It’s a long read, but very rewarding and worthwhile.

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