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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.

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, or here to get your copy 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.

Thanks!

Divatiel: Reflections of a bird's companion

It’s Book Frenzy Time!

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If you haven’t yet purchased a copy of Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion, today is the day! Well…at least until 2 p.m. PST Tuesday, February 28th.

Purchase an e-book from Amazon or a printed copy from www.divatiel.com/shop and you’ll receive three free e-books after you send me your proof of purchase. You’ll receive: Death Upon Me, Night Secrets, and Immortyl Kisses: Warrior Rising all by B.K. Walker.

If you’re a writer, leave a comment on this post or at www.virtualbooktourcafe.com and be entered to win a free 10 stop virtual book tour.

Take advantage of this great offer today!

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!

Cindi

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!