I am always completely humbled and eternally grateful to God for the incredible people He has placed in my life. I am truly beyond blessed!
My featured friend this month is one of those extraordinary people. She is inexpressibly talented and brilliant and so graciously, without hesitation, allowed me to introduce you all to her.
I am thrilled to call her friend and delighted for you to get to know this accomplished, dazzling and gifted woman.
Author, Ava Armstrong
After two decades in corporate America working for a four-billion dollar corporation, Ava Armstrong decided to give it all up and focus on her true love: writing thrillers, romance, and children’s books as an independent author.
Who are Armstrong's heroes? Everyday men and women who do extraordinary things: veterans, police officers, farmers, hard-working middle-class folks, all striving and struggling to make the world a better place. From homeless vets to women living quiet lives of desperation, Armstrong transports readers to small town America, writing complex characters and stories that often stir deep emotion. Her hallmark, as an author, is writing interesting female characters into thrillers—creating a plot line that becomes a love story wrapped in a tale of espionage.
Armstrong has also written two children's series and two books of prose. All of her books are exclusive with Amazon—both e-book and print available. She does her own proofreading and has a mysterious handful of beta readers who help her through the process of crafting the perfect novel. Armstrong does her own marketing on social media and you can find her media links below.
Ava often describes her writing as 50 shades of red, white, and blue! She is a Constitutional Conservative, a patriot, and a lover of the 2nd amendment.
She confesses great fondness for her first firearm—a Smith and Wesson revolver. Besides being a wife and mother, and avid dog-lover—Armstrong frequents rod and gun clubs and indoor ranges on a regular basis. She has a special affinity for Glocks and tactical shotguns. Her favorite things are the smell of molten metal at the shooting range, motor oil that drips from vintage 1940's Indian motorcycles, and the aroma of sandalwood soap – you’d have to read her novels to truly understand that.
Hold the applause. Ava Armstrong cares nothing about fame, she just loves the process of creating characters and stories to stir readers’ imaginations and possibly tap into their hopes and dreams. It is the process of creating that drives her, and it’s those five-star reviews that makes her smile.
Ava is also a political commentator on America Out Loud. She co-hosted Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Season 1) and has been a producer for America Out Loud’s Sunday news show, ViewPoint.
links to books on Amazon
I have been very blessed in this life to have met many wonderful and talented people. Doubly blessed when I can call these people friends. There have been many times, as a Christian, I happen upon another Christian and just know they are, not because they tell me, but from the unexplainable light that shines from within them that can only come from God.
My ‘featured friend’ for the month of October is no exception. A chance meeting on Twitter, our witty banter back and forth and our regular “good mornings” over virtual coffee and donuts, has led to a friendship that I am very thankful for. An incredibly talented writer and author of numerous books, (available on Amazon!) and… he’s just a really great person!
I am so honored and excited for you all to get to know this this extraordinary God loving man.
Please, meet my friend, Del…
Del Duduit is an award-winning freelance writer, blogger and author from Lucasville, OH. He is represented by Cyle Young, Hartline Literary Agency.
He is the author of Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful (2018, BY Books) Bengal Believer: 40 Who-Dey-Votions for the Cincinnati Faithful (2019 BY Books) Dugout Devotions: Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best, (2019, New Hope Publishers) and First Down Devotions; Inspirations from NFL’s Best (2019, New Hope Publishers.)
As a former sports writer, he won both Associated Press and Ohio Prep Sports writing awards.
Del’s articles have appeared in Athletes in Action, Clubhouse Magazine, http://OhioStatehousenews.com, Sports Spectrum, The Portsmouth Daily Times, The Sports Column, One Christian Voice, The Christian View Online Magazine, and Portsmouth Metro Magazine. His blogs have appeared on One Christian Voice and its national affiliates across the country, on http://ToddStarnes.com and on Almost an Author and The Write Conversation.
In 2020, Del and his agent released Michigan Motivations (IUP), and Bama Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Roll Tide Faithful, and Auburn Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Tiger Faithful, from New Hope Publishers. And in 2021, he will release three more books.
In November 2017, he was named Outstanding Author, 1st Place in Short Non-Fiction, and 1st Place in Inspirational at the Ohio Christian Writers Conference. He also won a 1st Place Blue Seal Award in non-fiction at the 2018 Ohio Christian Writers Conference. In 2019, Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful, won second place in the Selah Awards for Best Devotional at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. His book, First Down Devotions: Inspirations from NFL’s Best was nominated as a finalist in the devotional category for the Selah Awards.
He is a junior literary agent with C.Y.L.E. and a member of the Serious Writer, Inc. team.
He and his wife Angie live in Lucasville, Ohio and attend Rubyville Community Church.
Del loves to cook, deep sea fish and spend a ton of time with his grandchildren.
Follow Del on twitter @delduduit or on Instagram @delduduit or on his website http://delduduit.com
It is a thrill and honor to introduce September's Featured Friend, Kate Taylor.
An extraordinary woman and mother who is strong, intelligent, accomplished, talented, kind, and beautiful on the inside and out. I feel so blessed to call Kate my friend!
I have seen her outstanding videos and articles and I am in awe of the depth of her courageous and raw depiction of today's realities. Her works are real, thought provoking and sometimes spine tingling.
I hope that you will take the time to get to know my friend, Kate, and discover this amazing woman that I am so fortunate to call my good friend.
My friend, Kate...(Kitty Kat)...
I am the CEO of Taylor TriMedia, which includes companies like OnAir Media, OnAir Radio, and the Republic Post Informer news blog with over two million regular readers. I am also Director of the Screenwriting Division and Marketing Department for her husband’s company VineHill Entertainment.
Before film school and my move into media, I studied Interior design and have a background in Psychology with a concentration on early childhood development. I was a panelist on Fox11’s “Trending Now” segment and host of popular shows on HTLA Radio One New York.
I currently reside in North Carolina where I write, am the Mom of two bipeds plus a dog and a cat.
I love to cook, entertain, scrapbook, play video games, and play outdoors.
Follow Kate on Twitter: : @TheRealFKQ
I am so excited to have my friend, Aunt Cinnamon, as my 'Featured Friend' here on my corner. She is not only a friend, but an amazingly talented artist whose work is unique and breathtaking. I know, I am fortunate to own one of her beautiful designs.
I hope that you will enjoy getting to know her and that you will take the time to visit her site and check out her work. It’s like visiting an art gallery.
My friend, Aunt Cinnamon…
I’m honored that Roberta has asked to feature my website here, she is by far the kindest, most caring and genuine person I’ve had the pleasure of calling a friend.
Many things have led me to where I am with my art today but it was my mother, whom I’ve just recently lost, who always inspired me to work with my hands to create beauty wherever I could.
I have loved jewelry, glass, rocks and crystals since I can remember and have worked in fine jewelry stores from coast to coast since the age of 18 in various positions and facets of the industry.
15 years ago I was introduced to glass fusing, which accidentally led me to lamp working, when I purchased a kiln from a woman who was no longer able to do her beloved Lampwork. I left her with my car loaded with not just the kiln but a torch, glass rods and some basic tools to get me started. I had always wanted to blow glass so the thought of working with glass and fire was incredibly exciting!
I began scouring the internet for videos and information about Lampwork then once I felt comfortable with what I had learned I lit the torch and I never looked back.
There was just one problem, I found myself with a large supply of beads and fused cabochons, I needed a way to offer those designs to a larger audience than just fellow jewelry designers.
One day I saw some copper weaved pendants that intrigued me and set about learning some weaving techniques. I found weaving came easily to me and began making pieces here and there for friends who pushed me to keep at it and so Aunt Cinnamon Designs was born.
Each of my creations are truly a part of me, I don’t sketch my designs I simply cut lengths of wire and let each piece take me along on whatever path it chooses.
I really hope you’ll enjoy the journey along with me by visiting my website now and then or commissioning me to create a custom one of a kind piece for yourself or a loved one.
❤️ Aunt Cinnamon
We all have cookbooks stacked up with recipes that are a mile long, with ingredients we have never heard of, and bulky machinery we don’t have and probably never will.
Cooking can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! I am here to take food journeys with you. We will cook a lot of mostly healthy, great tasting meals that don’t keep you spending your whole day in the kitchen. They will be approachable and fun to make without big, bulky machines, and herbs that you have to go to the rainforest to find. Everything from appetizers, to comfort food, to meals that would likely impress your favorite celebrity Chef.
Soon you will be saying, "Hey! I Can Cook That"!
The real bottom line is that I want people to have fun in the kitchen. I help make it easy and tasty with a lot of tips and tricks along the way.
My website will be up soon – in the next few weeks…its getting a makeover.