N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

Books by Nancy W. Boyer

FREEDOM…FEAR…FAITH

Most people are familiar with World War II Holocaust where millions of Jews died terrible deaths, but may not be aware that there have been a number of other genocides in modern history. One man, whose family immigrated to America, learned it all too well in recent years. His name is Daniel Yessian. He is trying, through his music, to ‘SPEAK FOR A LOST GENERATION.”

Daniel Yessian

A shy young boy, born here in America, found a love for music through the encouragement of an older musician. As he grew, music would take him to places that he never dreamed of to find again his heritage…in Armenia.

Daniel had a natural ear for music, often imitating what he heard a teacher play. As time went on, he found a love for jazz and formed his own small band. Then something happened that would eventually change his life. He was asked to write music for commercials, which he found exciting and gave some pocket change that seemed like a God sent. He married, had children, and continued playing.

His family members were baptized into the Armenian Christian Church and it was through their priest that he was asked to compose some music that would be played for the Commemoration of the tragedy endured by the Armenian people in 1915.

A Short History:

The Armenian genocide was the systematic killing and deportation of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. In 1915, during World War I, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide: a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. 

The Armenian people have made their home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia for some 3,000 years. For some of that time, the kingdom of Armenia was an independent entity: At the beginning of the 4th century A.D., for instance, it became the first nation in the world to make Christianity, its official religion.

But for the most part, control of the region shifted from one empire to another. During the 15th century, Armenia was absorbed into the mighty Ottoman Empire.  The Ottoman rulers, like most of their subjects, were Muslim. They permitted religious minorities like the Armenians to maintain some autonomy, but they also subjected Armenians, who they viewed as “infidels,” to unequal and unjust treatment. Christians had to pay higher taxes than Muslims, for example, and they had very few political and legal rights.

In spite of these obstacles, the Armenian community thrived under Ottoman rule. They tended to be better educated and wealthier than their Turkish neighbors, who in turn grew to resent their success.

This resentment was compounded by suspicions that the Christian Armenians would be more loyal to Christian governments (that of the Russians, for example, who shared an unstable border with Turkey) than they were to the Ottoman caliphate. (note: Russia also had as a primary religion…Christianity through the Russian Orthodox Church and not Muslim.)

These suspicions grew more acute as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. At the end of the 19th century, the despotic Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II – obsessed with loyalty above all, and infuriated by the nascent Armenian campaign to win basic civil rights – declared that he would solve the “Armenian question” once and for all.

“I will soon settle those Armenians,” he told a reporter in 1890. “I will give them a box on the ear which will make them…relinquish their revolutionary ambitions.” (History.com)

Footnote: Today, Turkey refuses to admit that anything happened to the Armenian people even though there are skeletons to prove it and some 100 year old survivors, who remember this terrible history as children. Turkey calls it “relocation.” The truth being that they moved the Armenians out before they murdered them because they didn’t want the bodies to be in their territory. Only a few escaped to tell the story.

Daniel Yessian believed he would honor his ancestors and those who died in the Armenian genocide if he could compose a musical trilogy with photography of the history of the Armenians. He had never traveled to Armenia, but found it a wonderful experience of getting to know the land and people who suffered so much…but survived to this day. This Trilogy was based on FREEDOM…FEAR…and FAITH.

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If you would like to watch a remarkable film with the complete story of Mr. Yessian’s journey to bring his composition to the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. It is available on Amazon Prime…An Armenian Trilogy. It is worth your time to look it up and watch.

AN IMPORTANT THOUGHT

In this film, Mr. Yessian wonders if there will be more genocides to come. This is a very important thought for all of us to contemplate. How much do we know or remember about the genocides in more recent history? How much are our young people learning today about past history that must not be repeated? Even today, in various places in the world, there is great persecution going on that may not make the national news.

REFRESHING OUR MEMORY OF HISTORY AND GENOCIDES

These pictures represent only a very few of the atrocities during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is, however, important to remember what people have endured and pray that there will be no more. Where one group of people stand against another, it is entirely possible that it will happen again. Mr. Yessian also says, “We are nothing without each other.”

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Video: A trailer, ARMENIAN TRILOGY, concerning the music composed in commemoration of the Armenian people who perished.

by Daniel Yessian.


THIS IS THE DAY

In previous posts, I have shared with you the music of John Rutter. He had a special commission to write a song for an occasion in which the world would be looking for every moment to be perfect. What a responsibility!

I can only imagine the nights that he must have struggled over the exact song…a perfect song for this ceremony. The Queen would be there and everyone who could have managed to receive an invitation. This was the day! As with all his other music, he puts God’s words and love as the main focus of his composing. In this special event, he wanted God to be honored and for the world to receive a message of God’s tender care. Using Psalm 118, he expanded on a familiar gospel chorus…adding special words.

Finally, he finished his composition for the organ and voices of the choir boys and older singers. This special day would be at Westminster Abby, one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world.

I’m certain that at some point before the ceremony, Rutter had to present this song to His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton for approval. What if they decided it was NOT what they desired for their big day.., after all his work and prayers? Thankfully, this beautiful song was right on target and with a thumbs up…the rehearsals began!

You will notice that this song is not one of flowery love between a couple. It is about God’s love and the responsibility of the couple before God. The words are words of encouragement that God will be with them. He will be their defender and protector. Yet, they must also “praise Him.” They must be strong and put their trust in Him. We pray that this is what they are doing in life, for it was a ceremony before God… not to be taken lightly amidst the grandeur.

Here are the words, in part, to this special song, This is the Day by John Rutter. He used the Holy Scripture in many parts. (source: Musixmatch)

This is the day
The day which the Lord hath made
We will rejoice and be glad in it.This is the day
The day which the Lord hath made
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day.
O praise the Lord of heav’n: praise him in the height.
Praise him, all ye angels of His: praise Him, all His host.
Praise Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars and light.
Let them praise the Name of the Lord.
For he shall give his angels charge
Over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
To keep thee in all thy ways…


The Lord himself is thy keeper
The Lord is thy defense upon thy right hand;
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day
Neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
Yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in:
From this time forth
From this time forth for evermore.
He shall defend thee
He shall defend thee under his wings..
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Be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart,
Shall comfort thine heart…
Put thou thy trust in the Lord
Thy trust in the Lord.

What about your day? Each day God gives you is a special day and you too should rejoice and be glad in it. Thank Him today for your special day. It may be simple and plain…nothing royal…but it is YOUR DAY!

This day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. Psalm 118:24

For your enjoyment, here is the beautiful music by John Rutter, THIS IS THE DAY. Turn on your sound.


EXPLORE, DREAM,DISCOVER

When you HESITATE…think on this thought from a wise man:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did do. So THROW OFF THE BLOW LINES! SAIL AWAY from the safety harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER!”

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 to 1910), known by pen name Mark Twain.

Excellent writing is a talent. For some writers it is a pastime of enjoyment. Most likely I fall into this last category. Yet, it is always my hope that somehow, with practice, I may eventually find my way into a “talent.”

Mark Twain is a man who had talent although he didn’t know it at first. He had many words of wisdom, with a touch of humor and a home-made flare.

He started out poor, living in the South of the United States with all its history of racial inequality, but it didn’t keep him from making his own friends regardless of color.

Twain was a product of his times with a mind for writing that eventually brought him fame and fortune. Best known for his books about the adventures of young boys, which reflected his own upbringing. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were among the best known works in children’s literature.

What makes a truly, outstanding man? He usually never starts out to be anything but what he is at the time. God has given men and women minds that can be used to discover the world and learn from it. This is what Twain set out to do…even when he was challenged by a man with a duel, which could have taken his life. The wise thing to do was to walk away…and he did…to live another day…and another…and many years to come. Perhaps even this part of his life is a lesson for all to learn when the odds are not in our favor.

The 70th birthday of Mark Twain was a lavish affair held at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City. In introducing Twain, friend William Dean Howells, in quoting Twain, said, “Now, ladies and gentlemen, and Colonel Harvey, I will try not to be greedy on your behalf in wishing the health of our honored and, in view of his great age, our revered guest. I will not say, ‘Oh King, live forever!’ but ‘Oh King, live as long as you like!’” (PBS Ken Burns)

His life story proves that he lived what he wrote in that he did EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

Perhaps as we look into the life of Mark Twain who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, we can learn something for our 21st century.

BELOW ARE 2 VIDEOS: Twain’s Life and His Famous quotes

VIDEO 1 THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN

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It really didn’t matter to Twain whether he was sitting with the poorest of the poor or in regal company. He was always totally down to earth. Here are a few of his most famous quotes:

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A FEW FAMOUS QUOTES BY TWAIN…THE HUMORIST


Animal Lessons…a new book series

Very young children love to be read to and shown pictures…especially of animals.  If there is a pet in the home or the family takes trips to the great outdoors, animals are always in the mix.

Our family dogs and cats give us love and attention and love is mostly what they crave …next to a big bowl of food.  cat and dog eating

 

All animals, domesticated or wild, feel better when they have a full tummy.

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A bird finds an orange treat

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A squirrel is happy for a hand-out!

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Wow! Some little creatures bite off more than they can swallow.

Food changes all moods…human and otherwise.  This led me to think about how animal books could teach very young children how to behave.  Parents, you will like this first in a series on “animal lessons” as you try to feed, put to bed or teach sharing with your child.

Here is my newest book for a little one that you may know…The Moody Musical Cat.

It wasn’t food that changed his behavior, but music.  Surprise! Surprise!

  View The Moody Musical Cat 

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A New Direction

Probably right now there is someone reading this blog that is thinking about making a change in life.  It could be a new direction within a job, or a place to live, or even in an attitude.  New directions are often the start of something good, challenging, and even inspirational.  Change is not always easy because we are comfortable with the routine…ever the need to feel stable.   Nevertheless, stability, while is good, leads to boredom and boredom could even lead to depression.  We know that is not a good thing.

So what the heck…go for it and see what life brings you!   The old saying, “Nothing ventured…nothing gained”  may hold true for you today.   For me, I have already made a decision to move along and try to use some of the talents I believe God has given…as well as some of the opportunities I’ve had in life thus far to share with others.   I read recently that a good blog is not filled with “self” so forgive that fault today for I’m going to share with you, my readers, and in many cases friends…the move forward I plan for the next year.    In no particular order, here goes:

  • I plan to continue blogging on whatever hits my fancy.
  • I do not plan to become rich on anything, but want all that I do to have a purpose for myself and others.  Since I have enjoyed in the past some of these things, I plan to make myself and interests available as follows:

I WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

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I PLAN TO WRITE MORE BOOKS:

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Fiction Books

Blue Ridge Book Collection by NW Boyer

Non-Fiction Books

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Children’s Books

I WANT TO CREATE GIFT CARDS

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7 cards and envelopes with assorted photography by N.W. Boyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKING ON IMPROVING MY PAINTING WILL BE A GOAL

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Photography and over-lay paint

Flowers in the pond

Original art

PIANO MUSIC…I PLAN TO LEARN MORE NOTES, CHORDS AND RUNS

Becoming a concert pianist is not my goal, but I could learn more for pure pleasure. When I was in boarding school, Mrs. Tollison taught me piano. I was about 10 years old. After leaving the school, my Mother could not afford a piano that would go up a flight of stairs to our apartment.  When my husband thought I should try to revive my lost art at a much…much older age, he made it possible for me.   He bought me one for Valentine’s Day.  So the promise to him is that I will spend more time playing it!  (Thank you, Honey!)

 

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Boarding School?

Piano

No, I don’t have a Steinway

There you have it… a long list about my plans.  Oh, I forgot an important part…my emotional, spiritual and mental health.  This should have been at the top of the list.  I wrote a previous blog about listening to, reading, or being consumed with the “evils, sadness, and all the things that make one wonder ‘What is the world coming to?’….  which has led me to turn off the TV more, don’t read the internet headlines, and take care of my own brain, emotions and welfare.   They belong to me.  They were GOD- given and I should be furiously protective of them. I will have to admit that I cringe when I see a four-year-old…or older with a smartphone entertaining him/her when it should be around- the- table conversation that is training their little brains and enjoying moments with the family.  Protecting our minds and hearts is an important part of life, especially with those whose brains are growing and forming.  

I WILL LOOK MORE AT BEAUTY AROUND ME

  • In God’s Words of wisdom through the Holy Scriptures if I spend more time reading it.
  • In Nature…all about me if I will pay attention.
  • The good and beauty in people  (Spend less time with negative people)
  • Eat good foods that don’t upset my stomach or keep me awake all night!
  • Look for someone who might need a helping hand, a thank you, or a bright spot for their day. (How about the hard-working waitress who would just like for people to be pleasant?)
  • Feast on the stars, sunrise and sunset more often. I like clouds too.  Even the winds flowing through the trees and rain have their own beauty.
  • Listen to more up-lifting music

I’m certain you have your own list.

One other thing:

I WANT TO REACH OUT MORE

If I know someone who is sick, terminally ill or going through a hard time, I would like to have the courage to reach out and ask if they would like me to pray with them.  Perhaps that is something you can try to do also if it is not a normal direction that you would take.    (I know, I can hear it now… “I really don’t feel comfortable getting into someone else’s space and faith. Isn’ that only for a priest or minister to do?”) 

Well, that is up to you, but you never know how God will want to work through you or me to give hope to someone who needs it. Being a minister of the Gospel is a calling and a profession, but if you know Christ as your Savior, then you are His child and He wants to work through you also.  If that little inner-voice prompts you to do something…you better do it because God has His purposes. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the blessings…even if you never know them until eternity.   Here is an example to what I mean.  When I was in college, I was short of money.  Going to my mailbox one day I found an envelope with $10 in it and a note that said, “Something for one of God’s children.”   I have never forgotten about this and believe me, it has been a long, long time since college days.  I never knew who was reaching out to me…but God does.

I hope you will let me know if you are making some changes in your life for I would love to pray for your “NEW DIRECTION.”  I would ask that you do the same for me.     (boyerwrites@yahoo.com)

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N.W. Boyer…A Year of Writing in 2017

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This year has been an exciting one for me.  I have had the opportunity to interview many people for my books and actually seeing the books go to print.  Today I would like to share with you my 2017 books that followed my books for children in previous years.

(The links are in blue.)

One of my most recent books, SPENCER’S MILL, is fiction set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  It is a cast of characters with an exciting plot that incorporates the history of the decline and failure of mill industries in North Carolina and Virginia when those businesses went to other countries around the world, leaving people without jobs.  It is the story of their strength to carry on and find enriched lives for themselves.

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SPENCER’S MILL…PAPERBACK

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OLD TIMERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE

Old Timers of the Blue Ridge is a series of interviews with people who have relatives that go back to the Civil War.  The stories they shared are interesting reading and gives insight into the cultures of the mountain people.  They tell of what it was like to grow up in the Blue Ridge…their joys and sorrows.

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CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENTS   This book, North and South at the Blue Ridge Mountains, gives a short overview of the Civil War and the leaders from both sides. It explains the Reenactment that takes place yearly in October in the mountains of Virginia, near Ararat, VA.  I included a large selection of photographs of the reenactment which gives a beautiful description of this event. Men and women dress the part of the period. The main goal of the Civil War Reenactors is to not forget the history of our country.

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THE SEEDS       This novel originated from a post on my blog that I wrote in 2010 on Boyer Writes  It was on SS General Hans Kammler and asked the question: “Whatever happened to Gen.Kammler?”  After World War II, a number of high-ranking officers fled to places like Argentina. This question seemed to be of great interest to my readers. Some readers wrote emails that they knew where General Kammler had lived. One even said the General was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution. General Kammler, as portrayed in this book is entirely fiction. The accounts of him, however, are based on historical facts. General Kammler, was in fact from 1944, head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project. The enormous interest in General Kammler led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and thus, this novel evolved. All characters are fictional, but many of the places described in the novel, as the World Seed Vault in Norway, sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault” are actual places.

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I look forward to 2018 when I plan to complete a Memoirs Book called MY STORY.  I will begin with as early as I can remember in my childhood.nancy as a babybw 6x9

My remembrances of my days in boarding school and the courage that I found in my faith in Christ during years of adult hardship will be an honest and open account.  My family history and doors that opened for me to travel the world as a Christian teacher and missionary will also be part of the story.  The joy that I found when God brought into my life the husband I have loved for over 35 years is a part of “waiting for God” to do wondrous things that we know not of.  Looking back I know that the things that happened to me and around me were often most extraordinary.

It is obvious to me that everyone has a story to tell about their life.  As I have had the opportunity in the books mentioned above to share many stories told to me by others, it is time to write about my own life.

Merry Christmas to all my readers and to all a wonderful NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Creativity….and Finding Your God-Given Talent

We often hear that a person who is creative is highly developed on the right side of the brain.  An analytical person uses the left side most frequently, so science tells us.  Hopefully, there are some of us who use both sides of the our brains.   We are told that  we use a small percentage of what the brain is capable.   It would be fascinating to know what we really could accomplish…should we put our mind to it!

My talents, or lack of, are definitely in the organizational arena, but I know that I am the happiest when I am creating something special.  This could be in the realm of art, design or simply setting a table for dinner.  Food preparation is also a creative skill that many have developed to our culinary delights.  Some of us dabble in many of these areas, but find that there are a few that give the most pleasure.

What are your skills and talents?   Perhaps you should think seriously about what areas God has given especially to you , that others say they cannot attain.   It would be a shame to waste these or not use them in the way our God, the Creator, wanted for you.   You are a unique individual and in that way, you are quit special with many gifts and talents.

When we think of creativity, we also think of the word “creation” for the word actually means:  “the action or process of bringing something into existence.”   For God Created the World would be one example.

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Recently I wrote a blog about a young artist in England who said that his biggest thrill was to actually put something on canvas and know that it is the only one in existence…for only he made it.

Recently, I set aside some of my writing and dived into learning more about video creation.  I know that it is easy these days to whip out a camera and push the record button.  Actually producing a video with special effects and creative skills is a challenge.  Understand me, the video below that I’m sharing, is simply a use of a video producing program that I have been trying to understand.  Hopefully, as time goes on, I will accomplish something more profound.   I would love to learn animation, so I’m open to any suggested programs that some of you think are great for a novice.

In this video, I am showing some of my abstract art work, and also promoting the books that I have written over the last few years.

Thank you for sharing in this beginner’s efforts at video production:

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Everyone loves a good book…gift idea

Since you may be thinking of a book for your favorite person or a friend who may be interested in historical fiction or culture in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am going to give you some shopping ideas from the books that I have written this year.  They are all available on Amazon and if you act now, they will be to you before Christmas.

Click on book title for description and price

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Books are also available.  Great books for Grandparents to give or for parents to read with their children with questions for discussion at the end.parents-reading-to-two-children1

All children’s books by Nancy W. Boyer  (for elementary students or early teens)

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Invitation to Browse Books

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Recently I have had readers write to me about suggestions for gifts for children or grandchildren…or even adults.  They are looking ahead toward the holidays. Christmas seems far away, but we all know how quickly things begin to happen especially after Thanksgiving.  MAN READING

I’d like to invite you to take a look at the right side of this blog for some of my books that are on Amazon. There is a wide variety of children’s books.  Some are available on Kindle, including my new novel, THE SEEDS and all are in paperback. Click on the picture.

Two new additions for Boyer Writes:

  • A first of the month Newsletter called Boyer Writes News    If you’d like to be on this newsletter notification, please return this email and say “Yes”. 
  • Guest Speaking    I am available to speak to churches, clubs or schools in Virginia (May-late October) and in Florida  (November-April)  Contact me by email for this as well.  Be sure to give your group name, location, phone number and suggested date for my calendar.   boyerwrites@yahoo.com

Thanks for being a follower and reader. Writing is my joy.   Nancy

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THE SEEDS

Whatever happened to SS. General Hans Kammler?

This is the question that many history readers are asking and will enjoy THE SEEDS novel that attempts to answer it.

The Seeds is now on Amazon as a published book and on Kindle.
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THE SEEDS, a historical fiction novel by N.W.Boyer

 THE SEEDS  originated from a blog that I have written for a number of years called Boyer Writes. One post on World War II and the Nazis, who fled to Argentina and other places, seemed to be of great interest to my readers. I was amazed that one particular post called What Happened to General Hans Kammler? received hits every day for years. Some readers wrote me that they knew where General Kammler had lived or that he was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution. Readers even started to make comments back and forth to one another because they were certain that they knew the answer to the question of the General’s whereabouts.
Who was General Hans Kammler?
General Kammler, as portrayed in this book is entirely fiction. The accounts of him, based on historical facts is that Kammler, from 1944, was head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project.
This fascination about General Kammler also led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and thus, this novel evolved.
First, I gave it birth online with the help of pictures and videos found on the web. Many of the places described in the novel, as the World Seed Vault in Norway, sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault” or the people, places and cultures of the Middle East, are generally not known or understood by other parts of the world. This only increased the mystery behind the writing.

I hope you will follow or return often to this blog site to see what other books  I have written.   Thank you for reading.

See further information on THE SEEDS:    Available on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle. 


THE SEEDS a novel by N.W. Boyer

For those who love mystery and intrigue, I would again like to introduce to my readers my novel, THE SEEDS, which is fiction with a few historical characters thrown into the plot.    Chapter by chapter the mystery unfolds.  I have set up a special blog so that my audience may read from the beginning. Click on any chapter missed. Simply leave your email if you’d like to be notified as each chapter is published.   It would also be great to hear your comments as you get into the story.   THE SEEDS

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ANNA and the ATTIC … a new book by Nancy W. Boyer

It is my privilege to announce the 8th book in my Nanny Series.  It is called Anna and the Attic.  The entire book is based on the fears of a little girl and her visit to her Grandparents in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. ( appropriate for ages 8-12)   In our uncertain world, young people have many fears, real and imagined.  We know the importance of good mental health and with each book I give parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults the opportunity to go over some thought-provoking questions.

Anna and the Attic is now available on amazon.com under the author’s name, Nancy W. Boyer.   All the books in the series are listed  here.  It is my hope that it will meet the needs of young people everywhere.

Click forAnna and the Attic and other books in the Nanny Series

 

 


Adventures of Willy Worm makes a debut

It is my pleasure  to share with you my first book in a new Nanny Adventure series.  The book title is Willy the Worm.

Willy the green worm decides he is going to climb out of his hole and see the world.  He is tired of living in a damp, unhappy place. Willy demonstrates what life can be like when one just needs courage and a strong will-power.    This book helps young people from about age 8-12 think about different cultures…the likeness and differences…as they journey with Willy on a very challenging adventure.

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Mental Health….and bullying…the living hell

My goal as a retired teacher has been to write books that help young people and their parents with those informative years that are so crucial.  I just read an article about  young people who lived just outside of London where a teacher stepped in and probably saved a life.

You may have a child, a grandchild, a niece or nephew that is going through the same hell that this person put another young person through when they were young.   Yes, bullying comes in many forms.  The old adage that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is certainly not true.

In the case of this bullied teen, it is wonderful that she was able to rise above it and have a productive life. So many other young people do not and feel as the girl describes in the article below.   Our prayer for all young people and older people who need mental emotional health screening and help is that they will speak out and receive the help that they deserve.  They need to know it is not shameful to share their feelings.

Sometimes these difficulties surface later in life.  The people closest to this person that they love are bewildered to what really happened to make such drastic changes in him or her.   I’m certain that everyone who has lost a child that somehow went down this slippery slope will certainly agree that there is a great need in our society today worldwide.

Charlotte Lait wrote the article below.   It is shared here in its entirety.  This article is so brutally honest.  I challenge you to read it in its entirety. At the end is a video about young people and mental health.  Since the article was written about  young people growing up in England, we share with you the thoughts of  a very famous person who speaks of the need for better mental health.  We certainly need this same emphasis here in the U.S. before our children are lost to a darkness that is difficult to change.

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“Fatty, fatty, bom, bom!” I screamed, and the other 12-year-old girls around me laughed hysterically. We pointed, laughed some more, shouted out similar chants, as we ran around our school’s racing track. There were five of us, and our energy was focused on one girl, running alone, tears welling up and nobody to help her. She was our victim; she was no match for the collective energy of a group of self-appointed “cool girls.”  We let the girl overtake us on the track while we ripped her apart in private conversation.

“Her boobs look so weird, she can’t even run with them.”

“She got her period so young, there must be something wrong with her.”

As the girl continued running, boys from our grade walked by on their way to soccer practice. Perfect timing for us, as we watched them shame her body too, echoing our sentiment, validating that we had a right to our behavior. The girl, named Felicity, nickname Flick, continued running.

A lot of people assume that when kids are mean, they don’t really know what they’re doing; that they’re harmless, really. I knew exactly what I was doing, and I knew how it would affect Flick, because I’d been a victim of it for years.

From when I was seven to 13, I had no friends. None, absolutely none. And I wasn’t just left alone to quietly get on with life; kids made fun of me constantly. I had headgear (followed by all other kinds of lisp-inducing braces), horrendous granny-floral glasses and, best of all, warts. A ton of warts on my hands and arms.

Not only was I visually destined to be an elementary school outcast, but pretty soon my personality changed to fit the profile, too. I wouldn’t understand for many years later that people, particularly kids, absorb the identities they are given by others.

I subconsciously developed nervous tics, including counting everything I did in eights, right down to the pieces of toilet paper I used. I obsessively repeated whatever people said to me under my breath, over and over again until someone else spoke to me and I’d change the sentence.

One afternoon, aged 10 in the girl’s locker room (a place designed for bad things to happen) I became so frustrated with the other girls sharing inside jokes I wasn’t a part of, and so paranoid they were talking about me, I slammed the hairbrush I was holding onto the floor. It terrified the girls, only making them more inclined to shout “freak.”

It terrified me, because I felt like one.

So it was pretty great for me when Flick showed up in school. Finally, I wasn’t the biggest weirdo in town. I was pretty relieved everyone seemed to be bored with picking on me, and had moved on to something else.

In my school, tormenting others was the top social currency. I soon realized that not only did I need Flick to distract people from my own inadequacies, but if I joined in with everyone else, maybe I’d finally be accepted.

So there I was, chasing her around the running track, making her sob, breaking her down mentally, like there was no tomorrow. Like I didn’t know what that felt like.

The irony was, of course, I didn’t really like the cool kids. I had nothing in common with them, and they with me. The person I liked the most, if I was honest with myself, was this girl I made cry every day.

When we first met, at the school’s “Welcome Day” for new students, Flick seemed so comfortable in her own skin, so at peace with herself that she gave off a magnetic energy. She wore one of those Lizzie McGuire-esque rainbow tie dye tops, and pink jelly sandals (which I was obsessed with, and my parents never let me get). I’d never met anyone my age like that, and I so desperately hoped that she would overlook my shortcomings, and just like me.

I only stopped bullying Flick when a teacher forced me. The teacher was cool, young, and most of the preteen girls saw her as an older cousin. It made it all the more humiliating when we were made to apologize to Flick and reprimanded for our shameful behavior. Later, we discussed how we couldn’t believe Flick lied and said we were bullying her. She obviously wanted attention.

Too scared of punishment to go near Flick, the girls soon turned their cruelty onto me. I was so, very livid—hadn’t I proved myself to be just like them by now? What had all that effort been for?

Everything came to a head the summer before eighth grade when I was invited to a sleepover party with just a few of the girls. I picked out my clothes and PJs meticulously. Maybe I’d fool them into thinking I’d gotten cool over the summer.

That night, the girls were unrelenting. It became very clear that I was simply there because they weren’t  allowed to watch TV past 9 p.m.

They took chocolate cake and wiped it over my face, and I let them. We played one game, I can’t remember the rules for it, but I ended up naked and they laughed at how I had no breasts. I was confused—hadn’t we laughed at Flick for having breasts? I took my things into a corner and slept backward in my sleeping bag so the hood would cover my face and they wouldn’t be able to draw things on me while I slept. They put my hand in a bowl of hot water so I wet myself.

When my mother drove me home the next day, I cried hysterically and wouldn’t tell her what happened. When school started the next week, it was very clear to the class that I’d been demoted.

It didn’t take long for Flick to offer to be my friend. She’d gotten herself some of her own by that point — other girls who’d been bullied, they were sort of forming a club — and they took me in. There were no questions, no conditions; I wasn’t reverted to the bottom of a food chain because with them there wasn’t one.

It turned out that not only did Flick and I have a lot in common, we were pretty normal teenage girls; boy-obsessed, emotional, big on daydreaming. We shared secrets, we made each other scrapbooks.

Once we took the train from our suburb into London by ourselves, without permission, and way too young. As soon as we frolicked out of the station, I remembered my mom would be picking me up in half an hour from her house, so we frolicked right back onto the train. I thought we were the coolest girls in the world.

Years later and eating dinner at Flick’s house, her kid sister burst out, “Didn’t you used to bully Flick?”

As I sat, frozen in shame, Flick replied, “Yeah… how embarrassing for her!” She winked at me, a familiar expression. That night, I gave her a long-overdue apology.

“When it happened to me, I wanted to die sometimes,” I said.

“Yeah,” she replied. “I know what you mean.”

Fast-forward to today, and my best friend is essentially winning at life. She graduated from the University of Cambridge (yes, that is Cambridge) after a year of volunteering in Uganda. She survived a motorcycle crashing into her in Kampala and now calls it a “funny story.” She was elected into a full-time job as the President of Cambridge’s Student’s Union. She got her nose pierced. She still loves rainbow-colored anything. She now works with a teenage girl with Asperger’s Syndrome as her classroom aid.

And last summer, I walked down the aisle as her maid of honor, and watched her marry a loving man who is her equal in kindness and strength.

I had boyfriends in school but I call Flick my “first love” because she was the first person in my life who chose to love me. I wasn’t her family; I was a girl who had made her life hell for a long time. Our lasting friendship continues to teach me the power women gain when we forgive and lift each other up.

In one of the scrapbooks Flick and my other first friends made me, I wrote a note in the back page to myself:

“These are the best friends ever, you are too lucky to have them.

Never take them for granted

Always treat them with respect

Love them for what they are — themselves.”

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It appears that in Britain, even royalty is  reaching out to the parents and children about mental health and the need to lower the stigma that is sometimes involved with seeking mental and emotional health.   We at Boyer Writes commend you.

Books by N. W. Boyer to help young people with decision making , self-esteem and bullying.

LINK TO N.W. BOYER BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE


Two New Nanny Books…by N. W. Boyer

Author and Illustrator of the Nanny Book Series  Nancy W. Boyer

Author and Illustrator of the Nanny Book Series
Nancy W. Boyer

I’m happy to share with you the two new books from my Nanny Book Series.

Why  Nanny Books?    I am Nancy, the author and illustrator, who is called “Nanny” by my grandchildren.  My inspiration for these books is that as a Christian writer I believe that parents and grandparents are looking for some inspirational books…especially those that help young people with problem solving as well as  developing excellent values and ethics.

Previous books have been  Linda Long Legs,  Betty Big Ears, Bobby Big Brain  that deal with self-esteem and finding one’s gifts and talents.

The two new books are  Running Away Rita best for older young people, ages 8-14. Rita has to adjust to a new situation and this book helps young people understand how to do that. Most young people will identify with her feelings.

How to be Happy for Young People, for ages 6-10 is a brightly colored book that will appeal to various age groups with some advise and questions to be discussed after reading. 

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Parents, Grandparents, and educators who work with young people may want to take a look at the books mentioned at the following site: Nanny Books on Amazon     They are available in the U.S.A and major countries around the world.  Kindle readers will also find them at Amazon.


Author Nancy W. Boyer adds new book to Nanny Book Series

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Being an educator, I have had the privilege to understand the parts of life that gives students the most difficulty.I know parents and grandparents are concerned that the young people they love develop the best attributes in decision-making and in moral character.

This is why I have written and illustrated another of my Nanny Book Series.  I am happy to announce a new book…the 5th book to add to the others listed below.  It is my hope that you will pass this blog on to the family members and friends who may find them beneficial and would like to order for gifts to young people.

TERRI TENNIS SHOES

This is to help young people (ages 7-14) to think seriously about their decision-making and moral values.  The end of the book has questions that parents or educators can read and discuss with their young people.  (Available as a hard copy and on Kindle)

CLICK FOR TERRI TENNIS SHOES

 

 

ballet long legsOther books in the series are:

  • LINDA LONG LEGS which helps in identifying one’s best talent even though it may take some heart-ache and disappointment. Self-esteem building is an important part of this book.
  • BETTY BIG EARS   Another self-esteem book for the child who must learn to be happy with her/himself.   The book shows how friends can help with problems in school and at home.

BOBBY BIG BRAIN    It can be a problem when other students think that if you are extremely smart that you are different.  See how Bobby turns his problem into a time to show leadership.  This is a spin-off from Betty Big Ears.

  • MORGAN MONSTER   (best for children 4-9)   All children have some fears…fear of the dark…fear of being alone etc.   This book helps younger children with coping  with a problem that many have to face as they grow up.
  • All books are available in paperback or on Kindle  at this link:

BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nancy W. Boyer introduces new book…….Terri Tennis Shoes

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I am happy to share with my readers a new book for young people.

Terri Tennis Shoes is the fifth in my Nanny Book Series. The purpose of this series is to help young people and their parents and teachers deal with problem areas of character development, self-esteem, and good decision-making.  This is appropriate for those in grades 3-7.   Questions for discussion are listed at the end of the story.

Terri Tennis Shoes and four others are available on Amazon (paperback or kindle)

Click for  Details of all the Nanny Book Series by Nancy W. Boyer

Other books in the series:  Linda Long Legs, Bobby Big Brain, Betty Big Ears, Morgan Monster

Thank you for looking.  Any comments and reviews will be appreciated.


Introducing a new Kindle Book: Linda Long Legs

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It is my pleasure to introduce a new Kindle Book,  LINDA LONG LEGS available on Amazon   (click here to view)

This is the second in a series of self-esteem books written to help young people find their talents and identity in this difficult world.    The first book in this series was  BETTY BIG EARS also available on Amazon as an e-book and a hard copy

We hope you will pass this information along to family and friends who have young people who may benefit from this book.  It is also an excellent source for parents and  educators to engage young people in meaningful conversations.

Nancy W. Boyer, Author