INTERVIEW AND REVIEW~DJ’S LULLABY~A MOTHER’S LOVE SONG BY LUCY RIVAS ENRIQUEZ….

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D J’S LULLABY~A MOTHER’S LOVE SONG

BY

LUCY RIVAS ENRIQUEZ

 

 

Thank you for the opportunity to bring my story to your readers. DJ’s Lullaby – A Mother’s Love Song is a very personal project. It is the bedtime story I created for my son when he first came home to us. The lullaby at the end is the same one I have sang to him hundreds of times. I wanted him to know from a very young age how special he is and how loved, wanted, and prayed for he has been. I am the mom in the book and my son is DJ. This is our story.

 

In August of 2009, my husband and I became foster parents and welcomed baby DJ into our lives. We fell in love with him from the first minute we saw him. Truth be told, I fell in love with him years before when I knew in my heart he would come. I didn’t know he would come through adoption. But believe me, I knew he would come. My son is now a toddler about to turn four and one of the biggest fans of this book. I think he likes to see his image on the cover. He also enjoys the pictures that go with all the silly faces I would make when I would tell him the story.

 

A mother’s love is a universal theme. That’s the overriding message of my book. Throughout the pages, I talk about this “mom in waiting” who has all the special mommy parts needed to do the job. In the end, her baby comes to her through adoption. Nonetheless, all the special mommy parts are still there and used for exactly the right purpose; being a mom. Anyone who is a mom, a child of a mom, or even knows a mom can relate to it. There is an adoption component to the story. Families who have grown through adoption will find it particularly special. Most importantly, it is a children’s book intended for sharing with the very special children in our lives. My goal in sharing this very personal story is to provide parents a tool for conversation about the depth of the love they have for their adopted children. With all my children’s stories, I want to make adoption a celebrated choice.

 

My book combines a few themes at the same time. Certainly it is a book about a mother’s love for her adopted son. It also has an element of faith and trust in God’s plan. I think it is important for children to hear these messages from a very early age. What sets my book apart however is the fact that it is a book with a mission. We were blessed to have DJ’s two older sisters join our family a year after he did. We finalized our forever family by adopting them too. Adoption, in particular adoption from foster care, is a cause very near and dear to our family. I have partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. They are a wonderful organization that works to find “forever families” for youth in foster care. My proceeds from this and future children’s books are being donated to help children in my area get matched with their forever families.

 

DJ’s Lullaby is my debut book. I am currently working on several other children’s books. Simon the Dragon is being illustrated at this time. Simon is a dragon who struggles with being different.  A special book about DJ’s sisters is also in the works. Their story is a little different. We were their 4th home and they were old enough to understand what was going on. There are struggles for them that come with that experience. My books all have a special component about diversity, adoption, acceptance and other themes that children in foster care or who are adopted struggle with. I hope to help children with similar experiences understand they are not alone. I hope to help parents by providing a fun and interactive tool to open discussion about these themes.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to mention my illustrator, M.A. Moisa. She is my extremely talented sister. She is an amazing artist and person. Right now, she is busy working on Simon the Dragon and I have seen some of the drawings. Readers are not going to be disappointed. She has an uncanny way of breathing life into the words. They tell the story just as much as the words do. She is featured on my website: www.marveluzbooks.com.

*A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR*

My book is unique in that it combines a few themes at the same time. Certainly it is a book about a mother’s love for her adopted son. It also has an element of faith and trust in God’s plan. I think it is important for children to hear these messages from a very early age. My book is also special because it is a book with a mission. Proceeds from my book are being donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. My husband and I adopted our children through the foster care system. Helping others connect with these wonderful children is a family mission. There are over 400,000 children in foster care right now and more than 100,000 immediately available for adoption because parental rights have already been terminated. These are wonderful kids (like my three) who through no fault of their own find themselves without family. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a wonderful organization that works to find “forever families” for youth in foster care. They are particularly successful in finding homes for older youth who would otherwise age out of foster care. When children in foster care turn 18, they are no longer anyone’s responsibility. Imagine sending off your child into the world at 18 and saying – so long and good luck. Yet that is what children who age out of foster care face. Everyone deserves to have a loving home and family…18 is not a magic number for that to end.

 

In addition to the proceeds from my book, we are organizing a DTFA Kickball for a Home Tournament in Rockford, IL the first weekend in September. This is another way my family is trying to raise funds for the DTFA. More information about this will be going up on my website. If you are interested in playing, sponsoring a team of foster youth to play, or simply making a donation, you can visit my website for more information.

 

 Again, proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care. This is a book you can feel good about buying for many reasons.

Thank you,Lucy for sharing your story with us and our readers!

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LUCY RIVASAbout the Author

Lucy Rivas Enriquez is a business woman who has worked in the field of human resources for more than 17 years. In that time she has learned a thing or two about people, diversity, and the human condition. Writing has always been a part of her life and now she weaves real-life experiences and lessons about diversity and people into her children’s books.

In her debut book, DJ’s Lullaby, Lucy shares the bedtime story she created when DJ joined her family. It is a heartwarming story of love for her adopted son. Lucy and her husband became foster parents when they learned there was a baby coming into the world who might need a home. They welcomed baby DJ into their lives when he was 10 days old. One year later,  DJ’s two older sisters joined him. Today, Lucy, her husband, and three (now) adopted children live in Illinois, where running around, being silly, and singing songs are an important part of daily life.

Visit Lucy at:

Website: www.marveluzbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Marveluz-Books/30462993176

Twitter: @marveluzBooks

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/marveluzbooks/

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DJ’S LULLABY~ A MOTHER’S LOVE SONG

LUCY RIVAS ENRIQUEZ

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478711485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478711483

Book Description

 

February 21, 2013

 

Every child is a gift from God. Like many women, Lucy Rivas Enriquez wanted to be a mom. She prayed for a child to bless her home-and then discovered that God had a very special plan for her. On a bright August day, DJ came into Lucy’s life, making her dream of motherhood come true. DJ’s Lullaby is a beautifully illustrated bedtime story and lullaby-a song of love from mother to child-written to celebrate the many wonderful aspects of adoption. Because every child is a gift from God. And every child is perfect for every mom who loves them.
 Available now on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
*Proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care.*

 

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MY THOUGHTS:
DJ’S LULLABY~ A MOTHER’S LOVE SONG  by Lucy Rivas Enriquez is an interesting children’s book/Family/Adoption. A cute tale of the love of a mother for her beloved foster children and adoption. Written from the heart with beautiful illustrations. A beautiful bedtime story for all children rather adopted,foster children or natural children. A lovely story told by a mother. Received for an honest review from the publisher/author.
*Proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care.*
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN’S)
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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~KAY DAVID~TEXAS HOLD ‘EM,INTERVIEW WITH A PAIR OF Harley Davidson Earrings raffle copter

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 IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WITH WELCOME, KAY DAVID TODAY…

So without further ado, welcome Kay!!

 

MA&M: Please Kay give our readers some insight into your mind and your world of writing?

 

KD: I don’t really think you want insight into my mind!  It’s a very scary place because a lot of people live there. They’re constantly talking to me, usually all of them at the same time.

 

Luckily, these folks are the characters in my books (usually).  My writing world swings from very organized to pretty chaotic, depending upon where I am in my current book.  I prefer to progress along an orderly road and follow the synopsis I’ve written for the book, but I always seems to wander off the path.

 

In TEXAS HOLD’EM,  I made some very minor changes when I was about halfway through the book, but I believe they made a huge difference in the complexity of the story and the characters who were involved.

 

 

MBA&M: What inspired you to write “Texas Hold’ Em?

 

KD: I saw a piece of artwork of a man riding a motorcycle, and it triggered that ‘ah ha’ moment that all writers long for!  It doesn’t take much for my brain to take off once I get the key element, which, in this case, was a motorcycle rider. I combined that image along with an encounter with a biker (all good) when I was a teenager and TEXAS HOLD’EM was born.

 

 

I always enjoy writing about law enforcement characters, too.  The vast majority of officers represent what is good and noble in our society; bravery, sacrifice, love for their fellow man.  I’ve never known one who would describe him or herself in that way, but who else would risk their lives, give their time, and help folks who sometimes don’t even want their help?  When I think about the salary athletes make versus what cops make, I just shake my head.

 

 

 

MBA&M:  What is the allure of Biker gangs,law enforcement,cartels and of romance,combined in one story for readers today?

 

KD: Two words:  Bad boys!  I love to write the bad boy hero, and in our culture, motorcycle gangs are perceived to be a rough bunch who do drugs and drive fast.  I just turned that upside down, a technique I think always makes for an interesting story (This is something I learned from my critique partner, Amanda Stevens).  The result was a motorcycle gang of undercover policemen. The cartels came into the story because I’m a Texan, and border violence is, unfortunately, a reality in my state.  I know a Department of Public Safety officer who worked in that location, and he put his life on the line every day down there.  The romance part was easy!  My characters live dangerously so they have to love passionately. They know their lives could end tomorrow(or on the next page, at least).

 

 

MBA&M: Where did you draw your research from and how hard is it to write this genre in today’s market?

 

KD: The DPS officer I mentioned above gave me some insight as well as a friend who’s a double bad-ass biker! The back of his bike is a terrifying, wonderful place.  You wouldn’t believe the webpages in my ‘favorites’ list.  Everything from ‘Harley baffles’ to ‘Latin architecture’ is noted.

 

As far as the genre goes, writing romantic suspense has always been the focus of my professional life, but, as in every situation, change is the only factor that is constant.  The market for romantic suspense was very strong when I first started writing, then it dipped in popularity. It’s coming back now, and I think it’ll be even stronger.  We have some great writers out there like Amanda Stevens, Deb Webb and BJ Daniels who are making folks realize again how great these stories really are.

 

 

MBA&M:  On the subject of characters, who was the easier to write, the hardest to write and which was your all time favorite?

 

KD: My heroes are always the easiest characters for me to write because they come to me with a full set of emotions and complexities.  I’m not sure why that is but I see them very clearly before I start the book. In TEXAS HOLD ‘EM Timothy Santos was a pleasure to write.  I knew immediately what he looked like, how he thought, even what he liked to eat before I started the book.

 

The hardest characters, conversely, are usually the heroines.  In my mind, they arrive as complete as the heroes do, but they’re usually more conflicted.  For me, it’s just more difficult to write female characters.  I hope that doesn’t say something strange about me, but I’m sure it probably does.  Rose Renwick was a little easier than most because she has such terrible secrets.

 

My all time favorite character is always the next one I want to write!

 

 

MBA&M:  Which scene in “Texas Hold’Em was the hardest to write? Why?

 

KD: I’ll define ‘hard’ these two ways:

 

The action scenes always take a lot of time because I almost need to choreograph them in my head before I start to describe what happens. So they’re hard in that way.

 

In another way, the black moment—the defining point in the story where love seems like an impossibility for the hero/heroine—is hard to write because you’re pulling apart two characters you’ve just spend 200+ pages bringing together! Ouch.

 

The Smokin’ ACES series is turning out to be both difficult and enjoyable to write, just as the characters are both good and bad.

 

The team works separately and together, so there’s a group dynamic as well as individual motivations.  I’d love to keep the series going for a very long time because the possibilities intrigue me.  I hope my readers feel the same way!

Thank you Kay for the delightful insight into your mind and your writing!

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A bit about the novel Texas Hold ‘Em:
Part law enforcement. Part criminal. And all deliciously bad…
Working undercover as part of an elite team of Rangers disguised as the Smokin’ ACES biker gang, Timothy Santos walks the thin line between law-enforcer and law-breaker. With one of his informants missing—and possibly dead—at the hands of vicious cartel leader El Brujo, Santos will do whatever it takes to find justice. Even if it means heading to Rio County to look up his former lover…who’s not only the sheriff, but Santos’s only lead.
Rose Renwick is not happy to see Santos. In the past, their chemistry had been explosive—raw, sensual, and unforgettable—but she’d been burned. Now Santos is back in town, looking just as lethal and as irresistible as she remembered. But Santos wants something from her—and suddenly Rose’s family is in danger and her town is under attack. The only way out is to trust the one man she swore never to trust again. Ante up…
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A bit about Kay:

 

 

Kay David is the author of over thirty five romantic suspense novels. After enjoying a variety of careers including computer programming at NASA, custom home building and working in the oil and gas industry, Kay admits that writing has always her been her first love.      Living in such diverse countries as the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Bolivia has made Kay appreciate her own great home in Texas while allowing her to add intimate details to her books of the exotic settings she knows firsthand.
Kay David’s Links:
Visit Kay David’s website:http://kaydavid.com/
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Kay will be giving away a pair of Harley Davidson Earrings at the end of the tour.

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STAYED TUNED !

“My Thoughts” on  “Texas Hold’em”

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