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Divatiel Gift Bags

Let’s face it. The holidays are not the only time of year we’re tasked with finding fun, useful and unique gifts for loved ones. Over the calendar year, there are birthdays, graduations, promotions, Boss’s Day, Administrative Assistant’s Day, and a whole range of other personal events that require a special gift.

Creating the perfect gift bag is always a challenge, but we know the items in this one will be used long past when the last candle is blown out! This gift bag is suitable for a wide range of ages, from the middle-schooler to the college graduate about to enter vet school to the animal-loving retiree. You can adjust the contents depending on your budget and the occasion.

Here are the gift bag contents, in detail:

The book – Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion, tells the story of how four ounces of spirit took over the household and became the diva that everyone has grown to love.

The canvas tote – This makes a great book bag, work bag, grocery bag or knitting bag.

T-Shirts – Shirts come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles to suit your needs.

The coffee cup – Big enough for your caffeine fix, but works for tea, too 😉 If the recipient is not a coffee or tea lover, stainless steel water bottles are also available.

The tiara – Every woman needs a tiara, right? These closely match the ones on the book cover. We have limited quantities available, so contact us at for more info.

All items except for the tiaras are available from the Grand Arbor Press store. If you see something on the site but we don’t have it available in our store with our little birdie logo, please let us know.

These bags make great gift items for any bird or animal lover you know. No one can resist the charms of the Divatiel!

Thank you for your interest,

Team GAP

Cindi’s Thoughts – Where to find me in 2016


I like to think that everything we do somehow sets a foundation for our future life. We might not always see an immediate correlation, but somewhere along the line, our decisions today will affect our future tomorrow.

in 2015, I decided to consolidate my websites and to be more active on social media. The websites were easy; social media I’m still working on, although I have improved.

Previously, I had a separate website for each project under my creative hand. It just got too unwieldy to maintain an ever-growing list of projects and their accompanying sites. I finally got things down to what I hope will be a manageable four.

I’ve also tied my blog posts to Facebook and Twitter, so every time I have a new post, you’ll be alerted if you follow me on either one. So, I wanted to provide a breakdown of what you can find on each site. – This is my main blog site. Here, you’ll find out things about me, my KonMari journey notes, recipes, favorite things and so on. It’s an all-encompassing Cindi Maciolek overview. – This is my business site. Anything related to my books, CDs or products can be found here. – Anyone who knows me knows I loved my little birdie so much I wrote a book about her. I have plans to do a few things with this down the line, so I’ve decided to keep it a separate site. That may change in the future, but for now, blog posts will be updated on my Facebook page but on a different Twitter account. – This site is dedicated to my latest non-fiction book series. You’ll find blog posts here related to topics in my Aunti Cindi Presents books including business, caregiving and emergency preparedness tips. Emergency Preparedness was originally on my site, but I’ll be transferring  the content here. As other books are added to the series either by myself or other authors, the subject matter will grow.

You can also join my email list. I currently do not send regular updates via email, but I welcome you to add your name to my list.

Social Media

As I said, I’m not a social media expert while I understand its significance. All my blog posts will also post on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, in the last year I’ve opened Pinterest and Instagram accounts, both of which I hope to build on during 2016. I’m also toying with the idea of YouTube. Maybe somewhere down the line.

So, there you have it! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be on my laptop, fingers traveling a mile a minute, keeping you posted on random thoughts and somewhat useful information while I continue to focus on my books and other outlets for my writing.

See you in cyberspace!



Duck Crossing

Duck CrossingI grew up in Michigan and although the state is not the land of 10,000 lakes like Minnesota, there’s certainly a lot of water around. Water attracts ducks. Ducks are birds. Birds are fun to watch.

It seems I’ve had a life-long love of birds. As an adult, I had the pleasure of sharing my house with my fine feathered friend, Jake’, whose tale I tell in my book Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion.

I’m told that as a young child, i used to sit on the neighbor’s stoop and sing the theme song to the Chilly Willy cartoon. I still love penguins, probably always will, but I had to look on YouTube for the tune.

Growing up in Detroit, we could see Canadian Geese from time to time as we were so close to the border. But, periodically, ducks have been part of my life.

I attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, and one activity every student can recall is feeding the ducks on the Red Cedar River. Springtime was particularly joyful, watching the Momma ducks taking care of the little ones and teaching them the do’s and don’t’s of life.

But now that I live in Las Vegas, one would think duck sightings would be at a premium here in the desert. Well, perhaps, but I’m blessed to live not too far from one of the few lakes within the Las Vegas Valley.

When I want to take a more scenic route to my destination, I drive by the lake to see where the ducks are. After a rain shower, it always cracks me up that they choose to waddle over to the curb and drink from the puddles in the street rather than the beautiful lake they inhabit.

I’ve had the opportunity to stop traffic to allow a family of ducks to cross the road to safety, reminiscent of my days at MSU. Why they choose to hang out in the rocks across the street from the lake, I have no idea, but they do.

Unfortunately, that can mean trouble for the ducks. From what I understand, birds mate for life, so the loss of a spouse can be heartbreaking.

I’ll never forget the time I came cruising around the corner to see a duck on the grass, wailing at the top of her lungs, surrounded by her duck friends. I looked into the street and discovered that her loved one had been struck by a car and would never come home again.

Birds are such fragile creatures. If you’ve ever had the chance to hold one, you can see they’re practically just skin stretched over a small skeletal structure, plus their feathers. Yet, they have so much heart and bring us such joy.

I cried that day. I knew what that little duck was feeling. I was also impressed with how the duck community rallied round to try to calm her. So much happens in this world that we just don’t always see.

One of my favorite movies – that also makes me cry – is Fly Away Home. It’s based on a true story about a young gal who rescues a family of Canadian geese and not only teaches them to fly but shows them how to migrate south for the winter – all with the help of her Dad.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s great for family night. If you have seen it, maybe it’s time to pop some popcorn and enjoy it again. Don’t forget the tissues. And watch it all the way to the end.

Birds are amazing creatures.

My First Novel – Destiny Drop

Destiny Drop Book 1 in Diana Diaries Series

Most of my life, it seems, I’ve spent in the non-fiction writing world. Even my poetry and lyrics at a  young age all dealt with real-life situations. School papers, of course, were factual accounts; working in high-tech and writing for magazines all resided in non-fiction.

Even my reading tends to dwell in the living – biographies, business, how-to, art, design. I have had spurts of fiction enjoyment: The Shopaholic Series, Dan Brown, Harry Potter, maybe another here or there. However, it seemed I was trained to write in short segments that got the point across.

My first true foray into fiction happened in 1990 when I drafted my first screenplay. I wanted to start in that medium because I felt it would help me to write better dialog. So much of a screenplay is based in dialog that if you can get that right, you’ve won a good portion of the battle.

I went on to write two more screenplays and while I enjoy them all and have some interest from appropriate parties, they haven’t made it to the screen just yet. (Perhaps I’ll convert them to novels…)

My next interest in fiction writing came about after a trip to the Grand Canyon. I felt incredibly inspired and within just a couple of days penned a draft novel. It was to be the start of a series for pre-teens, but I feel it needs a good edit before it gets published. However, I still love the concept and may address it again in the future.

In between, I published Java Jems, a book and CD of poetry, along with my loving homage to my fine-feathered friend, Divatiel. However, something kept pulling me into thoughts of actually creating my own characters and telling their stories, stories I felt had lessons for us all.

Since then, I’ve had fits and starts in the fiction arena. About a year ago, I was drawn back to one book in particular. I attacked it in earnest, writing and editing every day for about a year, along with penning the second and most of the third in the series.

The result? Destiny Drop, the first book in the Diana Diaries Series.  Here’s my summary of the book from the Amazon sales page:

Diana MacKenzie seems to have everything going for her – love and marriage and a globe-trotting career – only to be beset by the economy, divorce and the challenges of trying to make it on her own in a new town – Las Vegas. It’s a story about life that many a woman – and man – can identify with.

Diana’s move from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas is wrought with troubles. After her business then her marriage fail, she is left struggling to survive. Desperate for income, Diana turns to the only industry in town that will hire her – retail. She loves to shop so she feels this will be her perfect new career.

However, as an employee, Diana is exposed to the good, the bad and the ugly of her new field. Faced with the drama of co-workers and disrespectful customers, having to live on a tight budget, plus her new-found aches and pains, her retail job is often more than she can bear. Still, Diana toughs it out, determined to forge a new life for herself in the city she’s grown to love.

Destiny Drop, book one of The Diana Diaries series, sets the stage for Diana’s new life. Come along for the ride as Diana sets out on a journey of discovery to create a new meaningful life for herself – and still be able to pay her bills! The first three books in the series complete the initial story arc, with more books in the series to follow.

Now that I’m writing in a longer form, it’s hard to limit me to a specific word count. I have to admit, it’s been a blast to embody these strangers and bring them to life. For the most part, the series is devoid of language although this first book has two or three instances of swearing. However, it’s only used to reflect true-life situations.

I think the series is a great pool-side or beach read, to keep you entertained as well as make you think.

I hope you’ll take a chance on my first novel and stay tuned for more.

Divatiel is a finalist!

Indie Excellence

I woke up this morning, opened my email, and there it was – a message from the National Indie Excellence Book Awards that Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion  is a finalist in the 2013 competition! I’m so excited, and I’m certain Jake’ would be thrilled.

If you want your very own copy, you can order it here from Amazon.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists this year!

Special Amazon Kindle promotion – Divatiel

Hi Folks!

May 1st is Jake”s birthday, so to celebrate, I’m offering free downloads on Amazon Kindle on May 1st and May 2nd, 2013. Please spread the word, download and enjoy!

Just click on the book image and it will take you to the correct page on Amazon for downloading.


Divatiel: Reflections of a bird's companion

Divatiel Virtual Book Tour Begins!

Cindi-Maciolek Virtual Book Tour

February 9th marks the beginning of the Divatiel virtual book tour, thanks to Virtual Book Tour Cafe. Over the next five weeks, you’ll be able to follow my guest blog posts and author interviews regarding my bird book on a variety of spectacular blogs across the Internet as well as Blog Talk Radio.

I’m so excited to have this opportunity to share with you fun details about my cockatiel book, my writing life and myself. It’s a bit crazy as I have a lot of special writing during this time, but I’m so honored to participate in this journey.

Updates and links will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure you’re following me. The links are on the upper right of this website.

See you in the blogosphere!

Editing, Editing…

Hope everyone had a great summer! Mine was busy doing a very important family project, which slowed my book release down by a few months. Right now, I’m in the final editing phase, which should take another week or two. After that, we go to layout. Fingers crossed, Divatiel should be out before the end of the year.

I want to thank everyone for their support and to say to those who are anxious to get their hands on a copy – I am, too! This book has truly been a labor of love, and I’m thrilled to be able to share the story of my fine feathered friend with all of you.

Stay tuned for more updates. If you’re not on my mailing list, please sign up. That way, you’ll be the first to know when the book is ready, and to take advantage of pre-launch pricing.

Until next time!


Yay!!! My bird book is almost ready!

Those of you who know me know how much of an impact my fine feathered friend has had on my life. I’ve been busy working on her book, and I’m proud to share with you the cover of Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion. I also want to give a big shout-out to Shelly Volsche for designing the cover.

Divatiel: Reflections of a bird's companion

We’re finishing up the editing process, and I’m searching through her photos to determine which ones to include in the book, so it’s still a couple of months away. However, we’re starting a pre-order list so we can officially notify you when the book is available.

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to be able to share the wonderful love of Jake’ with you and your friends. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, but in the meantime, put your name on the list!!!

Go here to sign up, and thanks for all your support!