Chained Maggie – e117s3

episode 117 season 3

Today I welcome to the show Tamira Ci Thayne, author, animal activist, book designer, and founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She reached out to me to produce an audiobook, Reboot Ranch by Eileen Watkins and I just fell in love with Tamira’s purpose – to inspire, assist and entertain animal lovers, activist and rescuers in your fight for the animals. She fits perfectly into my theme of READ and CREATE. Think Books for Animal Lovers, think books that tug on your heart strings and you want to learn more about rescue operations, slaughter houses, adoption and donating. Welcome to the show Tamira!


First break: How did you get into this, how did the name come about, Who Chains You? What happened that changed you?

Second Break: How did you get a passion for saving animals? Younger?

Third Break: What was the start of the book…after Dogs Deserve Better?

Fourth Break: What would be your ideal, infrastructure to get your business where you want it?

Fifth Break: Do you read all of the books you publish? Whats the Criteria?

Sixth Break: Do you have a favourite book in your repertoire?

Seventh Break: The Olympic Animal Sanctuary, true story?

Eighth Break: It went to the Dogs, Tamira’s Book

Ninth Break: Eileen Watkins book Reboot Ranch (insert retail clip)

Tenth Break: Her platform for people to tell their stories?

Eleventh Break: List off some of the more unique stories about animals in your publishing house? Snails, Hermit Crabs, Sloth Bears (dancing bears)

Twelth Break: A book that has done so well, unexpectedly, think rats!

 Thirteenth Break: How do you read these books, does it take a toll?

Fourteenth Break: Starfish Story..

Fifteenth Break: Who’s your audience?

Sixteenth Break: The books that Tamira writes..

Eighteenth Break: The people who harm animals…

Nineteeth Break: A personal story about turtles that has impacted me..

Twentietth Break: One piece of advice for helping animals and rescue shelters..

Twenty Onth Break: Tamira asks me…

Twenty Second Break: What’s next for Tamira. & What is a Piegon Shoot?

Twenty Third Break: Coronavirus Impact..

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Follow Tamira & Who Chains You

Website @ Who Chains You

Instagram @Freedom Chaser Books

Facebook @Freedom Chaser Books

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The show music is call ‘Girl’ by Text me Records and Leviathe

The cover art, storytelling and production is by me, Valerie Moss.

Stay Tuned for the next season, season 3 on Valerie’s Variety Podcast with your host me, Valerie Moss from Studio 17

Her Worth Comes from Within – e114

episode 114 season 3
Her Worth comes from Within

Todays guest is RonaLafae also known as hoot, she shares the behind the scenes stories about her book that your’s truly narrated. This book is full of murder and forgiveness, it’s full of love and hate along with healing all from her near death experience memoire..enjoy the episode. London also sits with Rona and asks questions about spirits and ghost about Rona’s book and London’s own experiences…so stay tuned and you’ll never guess who’s house Rona was married…and you’ll get a sneak peak into chapter 1 in it’s entirety at the end of the episode, so stay turned! 

  1. Describe the Cover…near death experience
  2. What inspired you to write about this experience…
  3. Rona’s psychic Grandmother was ‘her happy place’ 
  4. What was my biggest takeaway, the discovery of the grandma being dead…
  5. Tell me about the most difficult story that she needed to tell…and Rona’s advice…looking for death but she found life
  6. The boys camp this lodge full of throwaway teenagers…the firewalk
  7. What have you learnt most about yourself after writing this book..
  8. Locking Horns…Grandfathers…charted destinies
  9. Talk about the man you saved – vision quest…chills, scared and nervous
  10. The Halloween Party that changed everything, 24 hours later…
  11. My favourite story, ‘she’s a hot dish’ 
  12. A survivor of Mt Saint Helens and the loss of her 1st crush..
  13. So…what’s next for your Rona, a movie….professional, and personal goals
  14. Pinkie was her pig, and her best friend

Maybe the next time you’re thinking about a lost friend or relative you’ll see something that makes you take pause, according to Rona that is not by accident, it’s on purpose. After completing her memoire she did do a reading for me, this was over the phone, and I did send her a list of questions and people that I was curious about so she could meditate on them. I asked about my husbands health, my friend Kristi and here’s a few things she said…

  • my husbands health is actually better than it’s ever been, he’s actually younger inside now then he has been, and if you’ve been listening to my show for the last few years you’ll remember my husband had heart surgery and he’s is incredible health now
  • My mom…this infamous mother I discuss sometimes…one thing my mom has said for over 20 years is that she’s an orphan, My mom was never an orphan, she did however lose her mom when she was 16 and her dad when she was 40 but grew up in a home with all 5 kids and 2 parents…Rona used this word when describing my mom…which was very validating.
  • My friend Kristi…this is a friend that I lost a few years ago, she was a dear friend of mine, you know that easy convenient friend that just clicks and works, Rona said she’s around me sometime, when I see a flicker out of the corner of my eye when I’m working in my studio…this happens ALOT

I could go on about this reading as it was very impactful, she spoke alot about my voice over work, and to encourage me to continue to, try everything that comes my way – but don’t spend money on it just do it as I love to do it…

Here comes London convo with RonaLafae as well as Education of Hoot and chapter 1 in it’s entirety. The music for this episode is called Tackle Box Blues in memory of Rona’s Mom and her love for working with her dad at the gas station…you’ll have to read or listen to the book to find out why this is so important…

As I come closer to the end of this season, I’m looking for ideas for next season, and a co-host, if you’re thinking of starting a podcast and have some great ideas for a theme, let me know, reach out to me. 

Coming up before the season ends we meet Tamira Thayne from Who Chains you Publications and he love to rescuing and bringing attention to all things around animal rescue…

An another Valerie who goes by Val and her hand is ValLovestoCreate – she a player of paper to process life…

Also Brandi Fleck and incredibly passionate podcaster who tells stories about humans and their acts being amplified…

Ana Buzzalino the way she takes fabrics, processes them into works of art, where this started for her, coming to Canada and more…

Until next time, this is Valerie Moss, from Studio 17

Wait for the end of the show, London chats with RonaLaFae about ghosts..spirits and and her book experiences….and you’ll never guess who’s house she was married…

Insert chapter 1 in it’s entirety

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Follow RonaLafae Hoot:

Website @ Psychic RonaLafae

Facebook @ Psychic RonaLafae

Follow Me:

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Instagram @ValerieJMoss

Facebook @VSMoss

YouTube @ValerieJMoss

Pinterest @VJMoss

The show music is call ‘Girl’ by Text me Records and Leviathe

The cover art, storytelling and production is by me, Valerie Moss.

Stay Tuned for the next season, season 3 on Valerie’s Variety Podcast with your host me, Valerie Moss from Studio 17

It Made a Difference to that One – e113

episode 113 season 3
It Made a Difference to that One

Hey everyone it’s Valerie here, today’s guest Eileen Watkins is incredible. She’s poised, genuine and all class. She rides horses every week and has written a book about her life around horses, that I had the privilege to narrate and produce for her through Who Chains You Publications. Eileen and I get right personal about this book, the characters and best of all the horses, and they are rescues. 

This book/ episode is full of horse knowledge where the characters are from and how true the stories really are. She has a love for horses on many levels and is very educated on breeds, their personality traits and the hidden underground world. We also get into her next chapter lol and her cozy mysteries series. And this series is about a cat groomer. 

Just a side note this was recorded early in 2021 over video Eileen in Jersey and me, in Calgary. 

Also I just need to mention that some of the topics discussed are about the less positive side to the horse rescue world like PMU Farms around the middle and slaughter houses is discussed towards the end. It’s graphic and definitely eye opening and sad. 

  1. Sooo your love for horses
  2. So let’s set the stage for the book…
  3. Let’s talk about some of the verbiage
  4. One thing Eileen does…
  5. Josh and his horse whisperer…
  6. Patches and Murphy
  7. Is there anything you left out that would have included now?
  8. Where can people find you and what’s next?
  9. Humour and People, finding connection… 
  10. Slaughter Houses…we went there…
  11. Here’s where the stories for Reboot Ranch came from
  12. Off the record
  13. Valentine how can you not lover her and love how the horses communicate non verbally all the time. 
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So those of you who are new to my show, thx for listening you got a pretty great interview with an incredible author and writer from New Jersey. genuine take of my personality and Eileen’s to and our sensitive sides. The star fish story is told twice in the book and both times makes me tear up. Because we were on video I too saw Eileen’s soft side come through when speaking about  her beloved Brenda her horse and The character Valentine the horse in the book ‘that everyone loves’ is portrayed after.Eileen is always trying to include humane practice anecdotes throughout her book to just make people aware about animals treatment. And working towards a common cause – rescuing one horse at a time. 

After 35 years in journalism isn’t that a feat in and of itself. She’s been a writer for many years…and was approached to write cozy mysteries series – what a flattering compliment. 

Before we close I’d like to say thank you to Eileen, I just love how pragmatic she is, truly grounded and just so articulate with her answers – having a writing background and getting to play with words all day helps! We have a connection now and I sure hope you enjoyed today’s interview. 

Tomorrow’s show, we will play chapter one in it’s entirety so you get a glimpse of the book I fell in love with. 

Links to Reboot Ranch and all her books and where you are can find her are in my show notes. 

As we start to wrap up this season I still have a few shows coming up with people that will make you take pause. you’re going to meet Tamira from who chains you – the publisher for Eileen’s book Reboot Ranch, and her strong affiliation to rescuing animals of all types it’s in her DNA drives her. 

Also, RonaLaFae hoot her incredible memoirs and my audio production of her book, full of love and betrayal, rejection, murder and the connection to heaven. 

another Val and her incredible journey through scrapbooking and how she uses it as her cathartic creative therapy outlet. She’s someone who you’d love to be friends with. 

I sit down with a fellow podcaster Brandi Fleck about her show human amplified and the stories she’s heard and how incredibly vulnerable and raw her guests are on her show. It’s true and heavy. 

And we’re going to sit down and talk to Ana Buzzalino and her life around losing her job, separation, love and heart break and her hobby that’s saving her – quilting. 

So lots coming up. Stay tuned this season has so much more to Come! If you have an idea for my show email me I’d love to hear from you. Also if you can rate my show or leave a comment I’d love this…cause honestly I’m just flying by the seat of my pants here sharing things I love in this eat-read-create theme of my life. 

Until next time I’m Valerie in Studio 17

Follow Eileen:

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Facebook @ EFWatkins

Blog @ EFWatkins

Books @ Amazon

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Facebook @VSMoss

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The show music is call ‘Girl’ by Text me Records and Leviathe

The cover art, storytelling and production is by me, Valerie Moss.

Stay Tuned for the next season, season 3 on Valerie’s Variety Podcast with your host me, Valerie Moss from Studio 17