5 STARS from C. Michael Bennis on Cocooning The Butterfly

 5 of 5 stars – MAGNIFICENT narrative with the touch of excellence

“Very quickly I became caught up in the narrative and was trapped irrevocably with this delicious heroine who was orphaned at a very young age and left alone to cope for her self and not surprisingly made bad decisions that really hurt. Then suffering horrible consequences, she takes control of her life. It is an adrenaline pumping experience where I was loudly cheering her on as SHE began to turn her life around. This is the stuff of Gabriel Garcia Marquez where — carefully crafted and beautifully constructed fiction is irreversibly captivating. This extraordinary and remarkably fabulous narrative has a way of trapping the reader at the edge of his or her seat. To say I could not put the book down is the truth. This is a great experience. I COMPLETELY RECOMMEND THIS FIRST BOOK!”  Amazon Review by C. Michael Bennis, Author & Speaker ~ Tucson, Arizona USA

Thank you Mr Bennis for your kind words, encouragement and praise.  To be compared to such a writer as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (learn more about Mr Marquez on his IMDb Profileis to be honored with the highest regard for my writing, and I accept this as not only an honor, but a privilege.  You have given me the courage to continue writing, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  And, I am so very happy that you enjoyed the book. 

Cocooning The Butterfly by Laila Doncaster – Official Book Trailer

If Halya had known what the Knight Riders stood for, stood against, and what they did to protect her life from the Demons Den gang, would she have experienced the trauma and heartache that she had gone through?

Possibly, but that’s not what happened or how it was.

Sheltered and innocent to the reality of the bikers that swarmed about her everyday life, and the modern world, her family did what they had to do to save her from sure death. The Demons wanted her dead, but they had to find her first.

Orphaned and uneducated about the real world she was bullied, beaten, shunned, molested, raped, battered, harassed and broken, but her faith and will to endure gave her the strength to search for the man in her nightly dreams.

This is Halya’s side of the story, what she went through and how she overcame the pain and sorrow of her past.

Loving her, protecting her, sheltering her in warmth and tenderness, her dream man, The Buffalo, it was his destiny in Cocooning the Butterfly that would save her spirit from sure madness, as he used his horse whisperer’s tactics to make her feel safe.

A biker’s war, a long-standing feud over a multi-million dollar ranch, one boy and one girl were destined to achieve the promise of the old men of long ago.

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“Cocooning The Butterfly” book is receiving wonderful words of praise and 5-Star Reviews – available worldwide at every major online book sales outlet.

A clean read, romantic, drama, literary fiction novel.

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We Were Poor But We Had Love

My family was a musical family.  Guitars, a few beers, and homemade rootbeers chilling on ice in the picnic coolers.  Fire roaring in the backyard firepit, kids running around dribbling mustard and ketchup from their barbequed hot dogs, the dog yapping in the background begging to be untied and wanting to play, the tunes filling the air and dancers swaying or stomping to the music; another serious ya-hoo was about to commence.  Grammas and Grampas tapped their feet while rocking in the rocking chair, infants and little ones cuddled up on their laps.  My sisters sang and played their guitars, spoons, tambourines, and squeezebox right along with my brother’s guitar and my father’s harmonica, as they played and sang all of those old country and western songs, mixing in a few rock and roll, or blues songs when Mom wasn’t paying attention.

I miss those times.  I miss my parent’s laughter and my grandparent’s warmth, but those memories will always be with me.  I just wished that I had a way to bring my memories out of my mind and into films to share with everyone.  I suppose that’s why I write books now; using words to paint the pictures that float in my mind with fond emotion or tragedy.  Life in a big family – eleven children from one couple – it was a hard life, and we were not well-off, but the love that filled our home, never held any bounds or limits.  We always had good food, a warm bed, clean clothes, a few toys to share in play, hugs, laughter, and my parent’s hand of discipline was always fair and just.

I grew up listening to my brother singing songs by Merryl Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Chris Christopherson, and George Thorogood, and so many other great musical artists.  My sisters sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Anne Murray, Dolly Pardon, Reba McEntire, Rita Coolidge, and so many others.  Country music was the chosen genre. To this day country music is a very real part of my life.  I enjoy songs that tell a story, a tale or offer advice, insight, or tell of a lesson and experience.  Today, my imagination can run rampant with ideas as scenes flash in my mind while listening to certain songs, songs that bring you back in time when men made promises and women worked alongside their men to create a life of stability, honor, and truth.  I gain inspiration, insight, knowledge, and receive the advice offered while listening to the past music world that I grew up in.  We were poor, but we had love.

Even today, in the state of our current world, these musical greats and their vocals tell it like it is.

Free & Paid Video Footage Resources

Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection.  Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects.  This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often.  If you know of a great website, please let me know.

Public Domain Review

YouTube & Creative Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia Sound Files

Choral Public Domain Library

Vimeo Creative Commons

Archive.org/Video

Archives.org/prelinger

Videezy

Videvo & Videvo’s Stock Footage

Coverr

Pexels Videos

NASA (SoundCloud) & Usage Guide

National Park Services

Canadian Publishers & Associations

The best place to locate an Editor, Publisher, Publicist, register for and gain memberships within well-known Associations, here’s the list.  Everything publishing, or rather ‘self-publishing’ and a whole lot more – getting involved and learning the industry from the ground up, will help you go farther than you could possibly imagine.  Don’t delay, do it today.  Are you connected to an association not listed here?  Please tell me about it.

BookBaby – Free Guides 

Association of Canadian Publishers

Canadian Publishers Council

Book Publishers Association of British Columbia

Book Publishers Association of Alberta

Book Publishers Association of Saskatchewan

Book Publishers Association of Manitoba

Book Publishers Association of Ontario

Book Publishers of Atlantic Canada

First Nations, Inuit, & Metis Publishers & Distributors 

Canadian Music Publishers Association

Song Writers Association of Canada

News Media Canada

Literary Press Group of Canada

Magazines Canada

Wikipedia – Canadian Publishers

Penguin Random House – Associated Publishers

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