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Social In Books Today’s Feature–Deception http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/social-in-books-todays-feature-deception/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:01:00 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/social-in-books-todays-feature-deception/

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Inspirational Romantic Suspense  

About the Book
Jewel Caraway thought she’d left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she’s thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister’s new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed?
Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide.

Behind the Book

Deception is book six and the last book in the Mountain Cove series set in southeast Alaska. I originally wrote the series around a family of search and rescue siblings, but the secondary characters in the stories wanted their own story too. So I’m closing out the series with action, adventure, suspense and the romance between Jewel Caraway, the owner of the Jewel of the Mountain Bed and Breakfast, and Mountain Cove’s police chief, Colin Winters–they deserve to get their happily-ever-after, too!

I love setting my stories against incredible backdrops hence the stunning waterfall on the cover. Setting always inspires me so honestly, I could keep writing stories set in southeast Alaska, and who knows, maybe I’ll revisit this setting in the near future. Deception deals with a question we all face, if we’re human. Have you ever made a simple decision that turned out to be a mistake with far-reaching repercussions?



About the Author

Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard

With over half a million in book sales, Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time. She currently makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and children.

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Fresh Look at Old Problems http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/fresh-look-at-old-problems/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/fresh-look-at-old-problems/

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Vicki Hinze


One of the greatest advantages people hold is the power to change.  Not to change others. To change themselves.



That ability gives us the courage to take risks, the honesty to face our shortcomings, the determination to try—and to try something different, over and again. It gives us the wisdom to see the flaws in our attempts, and spurs us into thinking outside the proverbial boxes, seeking for solutions that have escaped us.



Taking a fresh look at an old problem isn’t always painful. It can be. Especially if we’ve visited that problem multiple times and still failed to find a better way, a solution that generates change that lasts. But here’s the thing:



When we take that fresh look—each time we take a fresh look—we do so bringing all we’ve learned from our past attempts to the table. We know more and more what hasn’t worked, and that expands our thinking. We relate new ideas, test them, seek them, and that revitalizes our hope that a solution exists and if we search long enough, hard enough, open our minds enough, we’ll find it.  We just have to be willing to fail.



Some fear failure, but it isn’t failure that gets to us. It’s hard. We don’t like it. It’s not fun. But failure is a sign that we’re stretching and growing. So what does get to us?



It’s when we fail and we refuse to try again. When we refuse to make another attempt, we doom ourselves to being stuck with an old problem.  So long as we’re making attempts, we have reason to believe that we can and will find the solution we seek.



We’ve heard it all our lives:



We all get knocked down.

The secret to success is to get back up just one time more than you get knocked down.



Taking a fresh look and being revitalized by it soothes our battle-weary souls.  Rather than focusing on the defeat we suffered, we’re focusing on the possibility of success.



After the lessons of the failed attempt are learned, focusing on it, on the fear of subsequent failure, is destructive. Focusing on the lessons learned and incorporating them into a future plan for a possible solution is constructive.



Each fresh look sharpens our focus, and the sharper the focus, the more likely we are to find the solution we seek. The more likely it is when that solution presents itself, we won’t overlook it, dismiss it, ignore it. We’ll recognize and embrace it. What’s the worst that can happen? We’ll fail again. Okay, that’s not the outcome we want, but we’ve failed before. It’s not lethal. We learn what doesn’t work and that’s as important as learning what does work.



Taking a fresh look is healthy. We want issues resolved so we can focus on living our lives, progressing in areas that are important to us. We want balance and healthy lives—physically, emotionally and spiritually. We want good relationships, to enjoy our work, to feel good about ourselves and what we’re doing. We want our lives to matter and for what we’re doing to make a difference. Whatever we’re doing, we want to make a difference.



I said something about this in a group once, and a person responded. I’ll call her Jane. Jane said, “What we’re doing makes a difference only if we’re doing something worthy.”

I asked, “Isn’t there worth in everything? What lacks worth to one person might be worth a lot to another. Who decides the worth of anything?”

“No, everything doesn’t have worth,” she says. “What about those plastic tips on the end of shoestrings? Those aren’t worth anything.”

Before I could answer, another person did. “Obviously you’ve never tried to lace a wiggly kid’s shoe without them.”



My point is this: Just because you see little value in something doesn’t mean there is little value in it. It only means it’s not yet revealed its value to you. We all matter. We all make a difference. And what we do to and for one another makes a difference—sometimes far more than we realize.



Think about the ripple effect. You share something. It gets shared with another, and another, and all those people share. Has that insight or information, that wisdom, been worthy?  Of course, it has.



And it’s very likely that that some failure or problem or challenge or trial generated the circumstance that resulted in that insight being gained to be shared.  In other words, someone took a fresh look at an old problem—and someone else (probably someone who had faced it before) lit the path to the solution.



That solution might not be the right solution for you, but it very well might change the direction of your thinking and lead you to the right solution for you. And found, that solution leads to the change you wanted, sought, and now find.



Taking a fresh look at old problems might be uncomfortable. It make you uneasy, be work you’re not eager to do. But it can pay big benefits. It can be the spark to the very change you seek, and that is a huge win.






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The Power of Clarity


Vicki Hinze

We know the power in clarity, and that its absence is confusion and chaos.  What, then, can we do to create more clarity and less havoc in our lives?


We need to start from an honest place.  No delusions or rose-colored glasses, no illusions or putting on happy faces.  Instead, let’s strip the veneer and see what’s really there.  Then we’ll best know what we really can do and what we must accept.


The facts are that times are tough and, from appearances, they’re about to get tougher.  But here’s the thing: Times have always been tough.  At no time in recorded history has life been a cake-walk for anyone anywhere. Everyone has challenges and they either rise to meet them or they don’t.  It’s, simply put, a choice.  And we have to make it.


Whether you’re talking about situations on the governmental front or the situations front-and-center in your personal life, there will be challenges.  Believe it.  Know it.  Accept it.  The key to navigating your way through those challenges is in knowing they exist for everyone (as opposed just to you) and that how you respond to them will determine whether you’ll be drowned or successfully navigate them.  We choose.  The benefit of us making wise choices is apparent.  For that, we need clarity.


To get clear, it’s important to keep our challenges in perspective. To stay calm and clearheaded, because the absence of calm is anxiety and no one gains clarity when anxious.  So that’s counter-productive.


Anxious and confused isn’t the best frame of mind or state of being for making wise choices or good decisions, and both are required of us to rise and meet our challenges constructively.


So what can we do to minimize being anxious and maximize clarity?


1. Take a deep breath.  Knee-jerk reactions often create situations where we have to backtrack, regroup, and then step forward again.  So before taking any action, or expressing any reaction, step back, take a couple deep breaths, and absorb the challenge and its tentacles before you allow yourself to react.  An emotional, knee-jerk reaction isn’t in your best interest, so pause and just breathe.


2.Identify the problem.  Not what you’re told it is, or what you think it might be, but the actual problem, which often can be very different from the perception—your perception and that of others.   Explore and get accurately informed.  Once you have, then stop giving the problem your attention.  Don’t fall into the destructive path of pointing fingers and assigning blame.  Instead, be pro-active and constructive.  How?


3. Focus on the solution.  Hammering on a problem doesn’t do a thing to correct the problem.  It doesn’t contribute to a “fix.”  So once you’ve gotten the grasp on the challenge, shift your entire focus to potential solutions.  Explore the possibilities with an open mind.  There are likely several alternatives, several different methods and choices that you can make to meet the challenge.  In order to select the one that offers the greatest positive results, you’ve got to be willing to look at all possible fixes.  So do that.  If you do this, then this happens, or is likely to happen.  Choose the solution that offers the greatest benefits to your objectives.


Approach situations with calm steadiness, identify the problem, focus on the solution and do so knowing that we all face challenges and how we respond to them is a choice we make and our choices impact the outcome.  Do this, and you’ll see the power of clarity and enjoy the absence of confusion.❖




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In Japan, the Floors Can Sing http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/in-japan-the-floors-can-sing/ Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:01:57 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=2746

by Susan Spann

In medieval Japan, some castles (and other buildings) were constructed with special floors that made a squeaking or chirping sound to alert the residents to intruders (or anyone else) walking across the floorboards. Visitors can still see and experience these “nightingale floors” at a number of Japanese landmarks, including Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

Modern myths claim these floors were designed to prevent shinobi (aka “ninja”) assassins from harming the occupants. If a ninja tried to cross the floor at night, either alone or as part of an attacking force, the singing floors would alert the watchmen and other occupants of the house or castle.

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In reality, foiling assassinations was only part of the reason for these special floors. During the medieval era, wealthy samurai faced many threats, and ninja assassins were only one.  Thieves were as big a threat then as now (if not more so, in some cases), as were sneaky or nosy guests, as well as clandestine, midnight attacks by many different kinds of enemy forces. 

Squeaking floors could alert a host to guests moving through the house in the night, but also gave notice of servants walking in places where they didn’t belong, and even teenagers sneaking out for clandestine “adventures” — a problem which has existed as long as teenagers have!

Does she hear an intruder, or just a sneaky teenager?

Does she hear an intruder, or just a sneaky teenager?

The special, “singing” floors were called uguisubari, which translates “nightingale floors,” because of the chirping noise the floorboards made.

The full, literal translation is “floor with the sound of a nightingale from the straining floorboards” – but “nightingale floors” gets the idea across without the extra verbiage.

Architecturally, the floors were constructed with nails positioned to rub against a metal jacket or clamp when someone or something placed pressure on the boards. If you’d like to see (and hear) these famous floors, there are several good videos on YouTube.

In modern times, people spend a lot of time and money to ensure that hardwood floors are properly “de-squeaked” and that family and visitors can walk across them without a sound. We’ve moved from squeaky floors to less immediately intrusive electronic alarms for doors and windows. However, if you consider the ingenuity involved in constructing an effective alarm for houses without the benefits of electricity or other modern conveniences, I think you’ll agree the nightingale floors are a pretty ingenious solution.

Finding a way to create an alarm without the benefits of modern bells and whistles (literally as well as figuratively) is a clever and intricate example of architects using design to solve a real-world problem.


Susan Spann writes the Shinobi Mysteries, featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. Her debut novel, CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur Books, 2013), was named a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month. The second Shinobi Mystery, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, releases on July 15, 2014, from Minotaur Books.

Susan is also a transactional attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. When not writing or practicing law, she raises seahorses and rare corals in her marine aquarium. You can find her online at her website (http://www.SusanSpann.com), on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SusanSpann).