Thursday, June 17, 2021

Guest Blogger: Virginia Babcock

5 Things You Don't Know About Virginia Babcock

1. My right thumb is double jointed

2. I may not be a medium but I can sense the Spirits of deceased people 
3. I wish GM still made Pontiac Firebirds 
4. I write my novels as scenes hit me. I put them in order later.
5. I have worked for the same employer for almost 25 years. The only adult thing I’ve done longer is drive.

Marion raises sheep. She prefers twins for the profit they bring but falls in love with a bum lamb—a baby abandoned by his mother. Leon mourns losing his grandparents place to a developer before he moves far from his family home. Can these two people find common interests and romance in the wilds of Utah?

Monday, June 14, 2021

Guest Blogger: Vern Turner


5 Things You Don't Know About author Vern Turner

1.  I taught anatomy to doctors and nurses in university and medical college.

2.  I wrote an award-winning op-ed column for four years with a Texas newspaper.

3.  I broke 80 on the golf course two days after my 65th birthday.

4.  I have visited every continent on Earth except Antarctica.

5.  My technical, trade journal articles on assembly robotics pioneered several high-tech companies to advance their production methods.

Or, one of my favorite sayings is:  “When you’ve lived this long, everything you say is insightful.” Meadows and Minefields eBook: Turner, Vern: Kindle Store

Every family has a saga that includes love, pathos, joy, disappointment, tragedy and hope. Meadows and Minefields is one such saga that encompasses the events and challenges that all “baby boomers” experienced in the 1950s and 60s. In light of today's inter-generational discussions, Bert Waller's compelling story about his generation is as rewarding to those who lived it as it is to their descendants, the alphabet generations. It includes the values, events and the social atmosphere of those times that shaped the children and grandchildren of the greatest generation, those who fought tyranny in WW II. Included is the messaging that subsequent generations draw upon, and continue to use, as our nation attempts to move forward into today's uncertain times.

Meadows and Minefields is a compelling, well-crafted, colorful, romantic, true-to-life, page-turner where every chapter has startling new events, life-changing experiences, heart-rending exasperation or unqualified joy.

When a Millennial waxes curious about Baby-Boomers, reading Meadows and Minefields will help him or her understand how America is the way it is today, and better understand the people responsible for making it so.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Guest blogger: Actress Reagan J. Pasternak


New Memoir / Pet Loss Guide By Actress Reagan J. Pasternak

Now Available via Amazon: "Griffin's Heart: Mourning Your Pet With No Apologies," the debut book by actress Reagan J. Pasternak. A memoir, interactive healing journal, and beautifully crafted keepsake to honor the pets we loved and lost.

Actress Reagan J. Pasternak, Author of "Griffin's Heart"

Actress Reagan J. Pasternak, Author of "Griffin's Heart"

"This book provides a space to honor the loss of our amazing friends and have their memory forever live on if only through our heart and these pages." - Jaycee Dugard, NY Times Bestselling Author of “A Stolen Life” & “Freedom: My Book of Firsts," Founder of The JAYC Foundation

“I know for me animals have always been a major source of comfort. Our pets give us so much unconditional love that when we lose them it can feel like our world stops. This book provides a space to honor the loss of our amazing friends and have their memory forever live on if only through our hearts and these pages.” - Jaycee Dugard, New York Times Bestselling Author of “A Stolen Life: A Memoir” and “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” and Founder of The JAYC Foundation

The culture of grief when it comes to our animal companions leaves many bereaved pet owners feeling lost and isolated. Too often, the expectation from friends and family is that the mourning period should last no more than a few days to weeks. But the loss of an animal can be equally as devastating as a human loss — it’s just that the support and resources for this brand of grief have been in short supply.

In her debut book, “Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet With No Apologies” (Creatures Align Press; Hardcover; $27.99; For sale now on, actress Reagan J. Pasternak (HBO’s “Sharp Objects”, Netflix/HULU/HBO’s “Being Erica”, BET’s “Ms. Pat”) provides readers with interactive tools, healing exercises, and unwavering companionship to help them navigate their grief and honor the life of their beloved animal ‘being.’ Readers are encouraged to explore their darkest feelings, make peace with them, and find meaning in their loss. Throughout the book, Reagan provides constant comfort by sharing insights from her own 10-year long journey of healing. For more information, visit

“I started writing ‘Griffin’s Heart’ after the death of my soulmate animal, Griffin, as a way to help heal my wound and find meaning in my grief. Through this process I began to understand that the crushing weight of my loss was not unique to me and that for millions of people whose pets are their family, there was a need for a compassionate and insightful resource. The book is everything I wish I’d had after my Griffin died and it’s my hope that readers will find comfort, insight, companionship, and hope in the pages.” - Reagan J. Pasternak (Author, “Griffin's Heart”)

For 85 million households across the US, pets provide joy, companionship, and uncompromising love. When a pet dies it can be devastating and isolating, especially during a pandemic. Griffin’s Heart takes a new approach to healing in a hybrid format (part memoir, part journal, and part keepsake) and seeks to become the comprehensive resource for pet owners in grief. The book approaches the idea of grief from many angles, leveraging therapeutic ideas from psychology, philosophy, art, and world religions. Throughout the book the reader is engaged to participate by examining their emotions, journaling out their thoughts, documenting memories, placing photos, and more. By the end of the book, the reader will have created a personalized keepsake to commemorate their beloved animal that can be revisited for years to come.

“‘Griffin’s Heart’ is an invaluable resource for anyone suffering from the pain of pet loss. Reagan Pasternak has written a beautiful, easy to read book to support those who are experiencing grief. Interspersed with her own story, she offers tools, resources and journaling exercises to help readers release their pain and soothe their heart. Full of compassion and heartfelt wisdom, this book is a must have for animal lovers who are looking for support and healing.” - Tamara Levitt (Head of Mindfulness at “Calm,” and Author of “The Secret to Clara's Calm” and “Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands”)

“Finally a book that honors the grief connected to the loss of a significant source of support for so many. Grief is an unavoidable part of loving. Thank you Reagan for providing a protected space to grieve. Sometimes the process of talking or writing out our feelings can have the benefit of helping us heal…I highly endorse this book for anyone grieving after the loss of an animal friend.” - Rebecca Bailey, PhD Author of “Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe,” Clinical Director of The JAYC Foundation and Director of Transitioning Families

"I loved this book. I want to buy copies for all my friends who are pet parents to give to them when their time of need comes. I can’t recommend it enough." - Heidi White, Long and Short Reviews

“A wonderful and holistic resource for healing the loss of a pet.” - Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL
International Bestselling Author, Pet Loss Grief Coach, and Founder of

“An amazing resource for every single pet owner.” - Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT (Veterinarian and Host of Pet Life Radio's “ER Vet”)

“I found the book highly relatable, and would definitely recommend 'Griffin's Heart' to anyone looking to heal after a loss of any kind.” - Melissa W. Hunter (Author of “What She Lost”)

"A great, great should never apologize if you are mourning or grieving your pet." - Maria Milito (iHeartRadio's “Maria’s Mutts & Stuff” Podcast)

With “Griffin’s Heart,” author Reagan J. Pasternak seeks to change the culture of grief around mourning animals. Those in grief, and anyone seeking to help after the loss of a beloved pet can now turn to “Griffin’s Heart” and embrace an uncompromising, unapologetic, and honest approach to healing.

The specially-curated volume has been created using ethically-sourced FSC certified materials, and comes elegantly bound in hardcover and packaged with a gold foil stamped slipcase. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to various animal charities.

Click here to watch a brief message from author Reagan J. Pasternak. Like “Griffin’s Heart” on Facebook ( and follow on Instagram (@griffinsheartbook).


Reagan J. Pasternak is a Canadian-born film and television actress, singer, and writer. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and five rescue animals. Learn more about Reagan at Instagram: @reaganjpasternak

Reagan J. Pasternak
Imprint: Creatures Align Press

On sale: Feb, 2021
Price: $27.99
Pages: 242
ISBN: 978-0-578-70446-3

Jonathan White