The Healing Power of a Grateful Heart


Years ago, during a difficult period of my life, I sat in a sweat lodge with a Native American Shaman and listened to his prayers and words of wisdom as sweat poured from me.  Sweat Lodge is a sacred practice of cleansing and reconnection with spirit.  The shaman began with a simple prayer, “Oh Great Spirit, I come to you with a grateful heart and a prayer for those I love.”  This simple prayer sets a tone of gratitude and respect for the power of giving.

Grateful HeartIf we aren’t careful, we sometimes find ourselves thinking too much about the things missing from our lives.  If left unchecked, this pattern of thinking creates a culture of scarcity.  The simple solution is to shift our thoughts to the many things we have to be grateful for.  Focusing on these riches has the power to wipe away all thoughts of scarcity.

Knowing our true measure of wealth makes it much easier to shift our thoughts to the needs of those we love.  There is tremendous healing power in acts of service to those we love.

Peace out,


Paper or Plastic

Rebecca and I have much in common, but there is one thing we differ on. Rebecca loves the feel of a Phone Readerbook in her hands. She wants to curl up next to the fire and turn pages. Me, well, I love that too, but I also embrace new technology. I think it is amazing that our smartphones can do many things, including carry a small library of eBooks.

Today’s picture is The Nostrum Conspiracy on an Android 6s smartphone.  It is a joy to read a book on this phone, but sadly Rebecca clings to paper.

Our home is full of books. We love them and they spill off the shelves and find themselves in stacks next to the bed, on the coffee table and even on the kitchen counter. I love that, but I also love standing in the grocery line and reading a chapter on my phone.

The 21st century has brought us many wonders and one of them is the choice of paper or plastic. So friends, what do you prefer, eBooks or paper?

Peace out,

The Nostrum Conspiracy-Full Review

The Nostrum Conspiracy Book Review

In his second novel, The Nostrum Conspiracy, Louisville-based Author, Robert Grant, continues the saga of Grant, a young, up-and-coming Attorney and Grant’s childhood The Nostrum Conspiracy eBook on Sale from the Desk of the Authorsweetheart, Ginny, now a successful International Business Woman.  The two of them unwittingly find themselves in the middle of a healthcare industry conspiracy.

On page One, Grant wakes up in the hospital only hours after a shoot-out in which he believes all the family he has left are killed.  He immediately begins plotting his revenge and, so, begins his journey from hospital psych ward to Amazonian rainforest to an ancient, hidden cavern and a tribe of people calling themselves The Guardians.

Ginny disappears fairly early in the novel to begin her own quest to find the father she hasn’t seen since she was eight years old. 

Grant and Ginny are reunited in the Amazon rainforest where their intertwined destinies are revealed.

The characters in this book are rich and complex and, oftentimes, funny.  The setting is both gritty and fascinatingly lush and dangerous.

Robert Grant keeps you on the edge of your seat with every unexpected twist of this offbeat tale that keeps the pages turning.  This book is a pleasure to read and I’m not just saying that because I’m his wife.

Peace out friends,


The Nostrum Conspiracy Book Signing

Come meet Robert and Rebecca and get your signed copy of the hot new release, The Nostrum Conspiracy.  We will also have signed copies of Robert’s first book, Naked Tao.  Signed books are on sale for just $9.99.  For those of you who love your Kindle, you can purchase an eBook for just $1.99.

Where: Ridgway Memorial Library, 127 N. Walnut Street, Shepherdsville, KY 40165

When:  Saturday, November 14th, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM


Book Fair

Naked Tao 3rd Ed Book CoverThe Nostrum Conspiracy eBook on Sale from the Desk of the Author


The Nostrum Conspiracy by Robert Grant

Are you ready to curl up by the fire with a good book?

The Nostrum Conspiracy eBook on Sale from the Desk of the AuthorWe are thrilled to announce the arrival of Robert’s second novel, “The Nostrum Conspiracy!”   This story continues the saga of Grant and Ginny, reunited after a decade, and their quest to uncover the truth behind their parents’ deaths and the corruption of modern day Healthcare’s Big Business.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with each shocking twist and turn.

Order your signed first edition directly from Robert’s desk or in eBook format for your favorite reader from our website,

Happy Reading and Peace Out, Friends

A Snippet of The Nostrum Conspiracy

A Snippet of The Nostrum Conspiracy

Quote from The Nostrum Conspiracy

“What do you think marriage is?” asked Marguerite.

The lawyer in me spoke up and said, “It’s a legal binding agreement to share one’s life and worldly goods with another person.”

Marguerite raised an eyebrow, but said nothing.  Instead she waited for more.  I felt like there was something better inside of me to give.  It was something more real than the legal bullshit I had just spouted.  I swallowed.  Marguerite wanted more than legalese and Ginny was looking crushed by my comments.

“It’s completion,” I said.  “Like closing a circle.  Ginny completes me.”

Marguerite nodded her approval.

“Dude,” said Eric softly.

Camo Girl dabbed at a tear in the corner of her eye.

Pony Tail gripped my shoulder and said softly, “Yes.”

Ginny closed the gap between us in two quick steps.  At first I thought she was going to throw her arms around me, but she stopped just short and held me with her eyes.

I liked what I saw in Ginny’s eyes and would have been content to gaze into them, but slowly she stretched a hand to my cheek and caressed it ever so lightly with the back of her finger tips.  A spark of electricity crackled between us and some of the tension I had been carrying around for the last few days melted away.

Ginny’s breath quickened.  In anticipation of her touch, my breathing matched pace with hers.  I wasn’t disappointed.  She curled her hand behind my neck and then pulled me into a kiss.  I had never experienced anything like it.  The kiss filled an ocean of loneliness with love and I knew that I would never be the same.


Soul’s Completion

Soul’s Completion

When Plato wrote nearly 2,400 years ago that love is nothing more than the desire to be whole again, the concept of soul mates was already ancient.  In an age when divorce rates are disturbingly high, it is comforting to know that our ancestors also longed for love’s completion.  Fairy tales have endured because their message touches a part of us that won’t give up hope.  Happily ever after is within our grasp.  Keep the faith that you can and will be whole again.  Love’s promise is close at hand.

Soul's Completion

Peace out,


Author Interview of Robert Grant

Author Interview of Robert Grant

On the eve of the publication of Robert Grant’s second book, The Nostrum Conspiracy, Diamante Lavendar interviewed Robert for her blog at

Here is a brief excerpt from her interview:

  1. What prompted you to write your book?

    As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer.  Like many young people who are called to a creative life, I had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it.  While I have spent most of my career as a successful attorney, I never forgot my dream.  In the meantime, I pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures.  One of those interests was martial arts.  I spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts.  Before his death, I promised my teacher I would someday write that book I always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure.  The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it.

You can read the rest of the interview at:

Peace out,


The Joy of Writing


I love writing.  There is something magical about the creative process.  I begin with an empty page and a sliver of an idea.  I get to play with those ideas and let my imagination run wild.  Characters are born in the imaginative fire and soon take on lives of their own.  They become friends to me and will soon be your friends too.

Over 1,000 people participated in our recent book giveaways.  The last of the winners will receive their copies of Naked Tao in a few days.  Some of those winners live half way around the word.  Yes, my friends are traveling far and wide.

My second book, The Nostrum Conspiracy, will be on the shelves of book stores in a few weeks.  Soon I will be starting book three.  Yes, I love writing.

Peace out,


Signed First Edition Giveaway on Goodreads

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of the positive feedback on my first book in the Naked Tao series.  Your response has been heart-warming.  I feel truly blessed.

So with a grateful heart I would like to give back tenfold.  My first step is to give away 25 signed first editions of Naked Tao.  For those of you who are interested, please go to Goodreads to enter for your chance.

Here is the link for my book giveaway:

I would appreciate it if the book winners would write a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.  Of course, this is not required.

The second book in the series, Naked Chi, will be available soon. Enjoy!

Peace out,