Rio Shayne

Multi-movement contemporary artist

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Although in the past, she nearly abandoned her passion for art, Rio Shayne attributes her revival of visual creativity to a combination of occasional psychedelic use, subsequent soul-healing, and renewed faith in herself as both an artist and a human being.

“Love is the meaning of life, and my goal is to express that through my art.” – Rio Shayne


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First of all, I want to thank everyone who left a comment. Feedback is hard to come by, so I very much appreciate your thoughts on my interview with Lilo Abernathy.

Next, I’d like to tell you how the winner was chosen. I used Random Name Picker, a free web tool. After I manually entered the participants, the application picked the winning name.

Without further adieu, the person who wins a free ebook copy of Lilo Abernathy‘s The Light Who Shines is… *drumroll* Continue reading

Jane Bled’s Author Spotlight

Season 2, Episode 5

Lilo Abernathy

Author of speculative fantasy and paranormal romance

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The breakout success of Lilo Abernathy’s The Light Who Shines actualizes a dream that most indie authors dream of, but few attain. Within her colorful cast of fun characters, romantic intrigue, and dynamic plot threads, Abernathy interweaves a vital social commentary about injustice and prejudice against minorities.

New to Lilo Abernathy’s work? At the end of the interview, I explain how to win a free ebook of The Light Who Shines. One lucky winner will be chosen on Wed 1/21.


“A simple kind or hurtful word can have a rippling effect for generations.” – Lilo Abernathy


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“Freedom of Speech” © Wuka

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This post may put you off. I’m not censoring myself, nor sugar-coating the subject. It’s quite possible I’ll offend you, so if you consider yourself conservative, rigid-minded, and in opposition to freedom of speech, you’ll do well to abandon this essay for something more your speed.

You should know that I’m not the type of person who desires to follow to society’s expectations. It may work for some, but I’m a free spirit. A depressing Japanese proverb my late mother-in-law taught me remains ingrained in my brain: “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.”

It’s a reflection of the societal pressure of Japanese people to conform; and expresses the complete opposite of my beliefs. The farther the nail sticks out, the happier I become. Continue reading