Escape from the world by reading books!

Today’s post is an interview conducted by David Barrick, a retired librarian. He interviews author-motivational speaker, Gavin Hill … the other half of Sweet Conclusions.Areavoices. Enjoy this informative interview about Gavin’s new book release, The Tale of the Golden Casket  and other highlights of interest …  

David:   Not once but twice I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being in the audience during Gavin Hill’s motivational speaking – author events in the U.S.A. Today, I had the honor via Skype to connect and interview Mr. Hill. Here are the highlights of our time together:
Greeting, Gavin! Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for your loyal fans!
Gavin:    And thank you for taking the time to speak with me.
David:    I have read your excellent series of adult books. In August, your sixth book was released. I am holding my printed copy in my hands! Great front and back covers by the way! I will let you tell our viewers the title and about this new release.
Gavin:   Thank you! The title is, “A Tale of the Golden Casket” it is as you stated my sixth published book in the Maze series. When I began book one in the Maze series I had no idea there would be a second book. Now there are six books in the series!
The fate of the Maze rests within the Golden Casket which is now in the possession of the Novark King. If the Chosen Four are not reunited soon the Golden Casket could be lost forever with the Maze falling deep into the pits of purgatory!”

TGC with Spine cover #1

David: Another great adventure book in your series!  The ending left me feeling completely at peace, satisfied that you connected the series so well. Please tell our readers the titles of all of your books.
Gavin:    The Maze, The Blood Tree, The Changling, The Watchman, The Power of the Zycon, The Tale of the Golden Casket. All are available on online through, Barnes and Noble. Com and Jan-Carol Publishing .com.


6 book covers

David:   I am a recently retired librarian. I have always been interested in bringing into the school system story lines that captivate a young child’s attention with a valuable moral. Is it true you have a children’s book coming out in 2016? If so please tell us about your book.
Gavin:   Yes, I have an upcoming children’s book entitled, “A Lesson in the Jungle” under contract with my publisher, Jan-Carol Publishing, in Tennessee. It is a captivating children’s story teaching the importance of preserving life within the animal kingdom. It is the first in my children’s book series called Live and Learn. Each book has a live and learn message with different animals and characters. Readers of all ages, young and old, will be enriched with the valuable lesson told within its illustrated pages.
David:    We look forward to taking this new adventure with you, Gavin!
Gavin:    Thank you, David. I am very excited to show readers the many avenues of my writing from adult to children’s books, poetry to children’s themed theatre productions!
David:    I purchased your inspiring poetry-photography, coffee table book at your event! Please tell our readers more about this special collaboration.
Gavin:    Reflections upon the Waters of Life has actually been years in the making. Not the book itself of course, but the love and energy that has surrounded the concept at least. My dear friend, Rosie is an avid photographer and me, well I write a little, as you well know. I have a long and deep relationship with the written word; have written books and song texts and poetry and a whole lot more. Rosie shares my passion but with pictures. It only seemed right that we would put our creative minds together to come up with the book you purchased at an event. Reflections upon the Waters of Life is a collection of photography and verse, the idea being to lift and to inspire others.


David:   My grandchild and I were in attendance for your library children’s event in 2013 in a quaint town in Minnesota. The children really poured their hearts into acting out the roles! Everyone in the audience enjoyed your special anti-bullying message.
Gavin:   That’s good to know. I have always cherished the young; have worked within the school system most of my working life. The young are the future and it is up to us to mold them into fine adults. I didn’t much care for school, hated having to sit hour upon hour, reading and writing and then reading and writing again. Education has to be fun or it simply becomes a chore. It must be interesting and uplifting. I think that is why I came up with the idea of a theme theater.
David:   You mentioned at the meet and greet I attended, while at your home away from home in Minnesota ,you found inspiration to write, while relaxing with nature on your patio. Please tell us what project you were working on during your time in the states and if it is completed?
Gavin:   Oh yes, it’s complete. I have the perfect writing spot, a corner plot, with plenty of grass and trees. I love nature. Oddly enough, my home from home in Minnesota always inspires me and it is very rare that I don’t have ideas while sitting there with a strong mug of coffee. The project you are referring to is a book entitled, ‘The Rise of Silent Shadow’. It all came about one early morning when I was sitting out in the sun listening to the birds. Just at that moment three boys went by on their bicycles. It’s kind of strange how the mind works, but suddenly the three of them gave me an idea. I rushed indoors, took a pen at note pad and began writing. The story is about a young journalist named Mathew, who leaves city life to work at a small newspaper in a little town called Silent Shadow. What he doesn’t know is that Silent Shadow has been waiting for him ever since he was adopted almost twenty-three years earlier. The town holds a deep and dark secret, and only through Mathew will peace return to a town that has been cursed by an evil above all others.
David:  On a lighter side, it would be fun to know what foods you found more savoring than others during your travels in the U.S.A.? Any other final news you wish to share with us before this interview ends?
Gavin:   When I was down in Kentucky I got to try okra for the first time. That was totally new for me. I also ate grits and sweet potatoes. Oh and kettle corn. I love kettle corn. I ate goat for the first time when I was in Texas. It was at a lovely Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Very nice, I love food and the U.S.A certainly has a taste for everybody.
I have several other books ready for my publisher as well. I don’t really want to go into great detail about them just yet, although I can assure you, you haven’t read the last of me yet!

David:  Exciting! Thank you again Gavin. I enjoyed interviewing you.

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We all look forward to reading more adventures from author Gavin Hill and seeing him at events across America soon!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,


Living in a Free World (part 7)

We are so lucky to be a part of life, so blessed and so fortunate to live in the free world. Together we can make it a better place to live in, together we can stand up with pride and love in our hearts, defy those who choose to oppress and to tyrannize.

We are better than them for we see the beauty of life, the magnificence of creation and the glory of our creator. 

Our Sweet Conclusions Book ~ Reflections Upon the Waters of Life~ and our greeting cards show the magnificence of creation in photo and verse …

Hug a loved one and let them know you really care. Hugs are like smiles: the more you give; the more to get!

This photo and caption made me laugh.

I would like to leave you though with this video I found on Facebook. I think it sums up everything I have written here the past weeks. One good deed deserves another, it’s a chain reaction. Watch as each act of kindness is passed from individual to individual. Imagine a world just like this.

Here’s to today. This is our day and only we can choose if it is to be a good or a bad one. Let’s make it the best ever!

Until next time


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What’s the Rush

Have you ever wondered where the years go? Has it ever crossed your mind that the older we become, the faster they appear to rush on by? I have always maintained that youth is wasted on the young. I didn’t really need youth when I was a kid, was too busy getting by at the time. I need it now. All joking aside though, the sands of our time are indeed, running out.

It’s now 2013 and I have been on this planet more years than I care to mention. Looking back, I can hardly believe time has passed by so quickly.

We live in a crazy world though, wrapped up in the latest technology, twisted wrecks of the world we live in. It’s all computers, social media, web cams, iPhones, online gaming, touch screen cell phones, cinema 3D smart TVs, wireless direct, sound cylinder portable Bluetooth speaker systems, GPS systems, camera surveillance systems…every system you can imagine. It’s all about keeping up with the latest fashion trends, hairstyles, exclusive shoes; fashionable accessories, speed dating, fast cars, fast food, indigestion, rushing to work and hoping to beat the traffic.

Surely it hasn’t always been like this. Surely we are destined for more than the rat race we are in right now.

It’s 2013 and within the comparative blink of an eye it will be 2014. But go back just one hundred years, to 1913 and then you realize that the world has changed far beyond our natural reasoning. Did you know that the first parachute was invented in 1913 or that windscreen wipers were made standard on all motor vehicles in 1913? How about that the first patented bras were invented in 1913? Brillo pads, stainless steel, the first geological time scale, even the crossword puzzle was invented just one hundred years ago, in 1913.

President Richard Nixon was born in 1913, as was President Gerald Ford. Burt Lancaster, Vivien Leigh, Jesse Owens, Danny Kaye, Jimmy Hoffa and Muddy Waters were born just one hundred years ago, in 1913.

It wasn’t all that long ago at all. How things have changed. Technology has taken us on some fanatical and seemingly unstoppable roller coaster ride. It might be a one way ticket, but sometimes it’s important to step off, step back, relax and live in the real world.

Sit back, read a book, write a verse, sing a song, smell a flower, catch up with old friends, take a walk, go for a run, slow down, calm down, loosen up, lighten up, look after each other, be grateful for what you have. You are so much more than the high tech world that suffocates you, worth so much more!



Life is wonderful, exciting, exhilarating, stimulating, thrilling…absolutely breathtaking as it is. You have to savour, appreciate and delight in it.

Wishing you relaxation and peace within.


Goodbye 2012 and thanks for the memories

As 2012 comes to an end I cannot help but think that endings are little more than new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to look back over those New Year’s resolutions from last year and to consider trying again real soon. Maybe you have already succeeded and are now looking for new goals for the year to come. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you accomplish them. My New Year’s resolution is the same as last years New Year’s resolution. My New Year’s resolution is to never again make another New Year’s resolution.

I’m not so sure New Year’s resolutions are all that important. I set small goals everyday, not just for the New Year. It’s a nice thought though and in all fairness, I probably stopped setting them because I couldn’t keep one.

2012 has been a wonderful year for me. Apart from the fact I have travelled to America, met so many wonderful people and been to so many equally wonderful places, I also saw my theater production, William Gray & the Family Next Door performed on stage in America. I published a new book, The Watchman, seen Sweet Conclusions expand with a book, Reflections Upon the Waters of Life and been given the opportunity to write here. I have also been given the possibility to see another year pass.

As a child I was very sick and wasn’t expected to live that long. I have been lucky. I have seen forty-five of them now and I am hoping to see many more.

So as 2012 comes to an end and 2013 opens up in all its glory, I would like to wish you all a wonderful year to come. May all your New Year’s resolutions become your personal success stories and may all your dreams come true!

Here’s to you. Happy New Year!


Shared “Thanks”giving

During the “first” Thanksgiving in 1621, Pilgrims and Native Americans did not focus on what was different between them, but instead concentrated on what they all shared. They sat down together to give thanks for nature’s bounty.

This past Saturday, Sweet Conclusions was part of a shared craft event at the historic Opera House in Litchfield, MN.  While displaying and selling our products, I felt complete peace inside this historic building among strangers but yet fellow community people all sharing our homemade goods.

My brain reveals in an artistic way, I saw people blended together at this event as a beautiful sunset, many colors blended together and sharing their products.  Such as when I take a paint brush dappled into my acrylic or watercolor paint and the paint runs together and blends to form a perfect imagine to enrich our sense of view so is Sweet Conclusion‘s photography and poetry, combining the two souls of Gavin and Rosie. We blend together Sweet Conclusions to give you the opportunity to view nature in photo and verse. Our book Reflections Upon the Waters of Life and our greeting cards are made for you to pause and reflect on the beauty all around us. Stop awhile to read a poem and dream while viewing the photography, letting both take you into that moment in time to become a sweet conclusion!

What touched my heart the most was the enthusiasm of people viewing our booth and hearing such wonderful remarks not only about our products but also about us.

 Sharing some of the highlights:

“I think you lived or survived your health issues so you could meet Gavin and form Sweet Conclusions and share with us … bless you.”

 “We heard you both on the radio this summer and read the newspaper articles!”

“Oh, I heard about Gavin poetry event and sadly missed it, I will have to get this book!”
“We attended Gavin’s William Gray Theater event  this summer, it was fantastic!
“We are so glad Gavin arrived to our community”
“Tell Gavin to hurry back!”
An elderly lady made a purchase and looked at me and said, “Are you Elmer’s daughter?” I proudly said,” Yes, I miss him with every breath I take. She responded, “I do also. I worked with him and he was the kindest man. I miss having coffee with him.”

This is a great community!

 Gavin and I wish to thank you for your continued interest in Sweet Conclusions products and for the successful events this summer and on Saturday.


Dreams unfolding just in time for summer!

For sixteen years Gavin has been sharing his written word and expressions with me over the phone from Europe. First he started reading his poetry to me and then this novels and children’s theater work.  We formed a bond interacting over his written words.  I took my camera and captured nature to go along with some of his expressions.

This summer we are going to be achieving our dreams and goal of not being an ocean apart but together going to public events and sharing with others our book, Reflections Upon the Waters of Life and also promote Gavin’s novels, mainly his new novel to be released this summer, The Watchman. Plus, we have the wonderful opportunity to bring his children’s theater production, William Gray and The Family Next Door to the Little Theater in Litchfield. This is a Community Ed class that is being offered to the youth in the area. For more information and to sign up call the Community Education office at 320 693 2354.

Going back and forth with expressions leads to marvelous ways to communicate especially when you live an ocean apart from each other. Now these expressions have been put into book form for you to read and enjoy … that will take you on a fantastic journey.

Reflections Upon the Waters of Life: Combines our passion of poetry and photography. Pause and reflect on the wonders of the world, sit back, put your feet up and relax. Allow yourself to peacefully slide away from reality on the wings of photo and verse.

The WATCHMAN:  Author Gavin Hill’s version of creation.

From the beginning of time, he was created to watch. He watched creation form, became Father Sky, watched the birth of the human race and walked among them and watched as the game of Chance was played out between good and evil.

The All Powerful thought up a game for the three of them to play. He called it the game of Chance and taught his children the rules. It was a board game, a mighty cosmic plasma board game with a series of shapes on it.

In a future post we will tell you more about the game of Chance.

William Gray & The Family Next Door: Leads you on a fantastic journey into a fictitious world, where mice take on the rolls of humans, a jazz-playing cat takes on the roll of a bully and a beautiful crow takes on the roll of a friend in need.

So many school children, all over the world, face bullying daily; so many adults within the workplace suffer without end. William Gray & The Family Next Door is an educational tool that anybody can use, that any age can enjoy.

Sign up at the Litchfield Community Education Office or call 320 693 2354 to join the cast and perform William Gray & The Family Next Door on stage!

Have a great weekend!

Rosie and Gavin

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Sweet Conclusions Video

For those of you that have been following us here on Sweet Conclusions. Area Voices, you know Gavin is a British author and Rosie is a photographer. Sweet Conclusions has been our dream for years. We reached our goal by combining our passion of poetry and photography and founded Sweet Conclusions, an exclusive art company showcasing our passion in book form, greetings cards, and printed enlargements for your office or home wall decor.

During this video we talk about our new book, “Reflections Upon the Waters of Life,” and  our company Sweet Conclusions. Sit back and enjoy as Gavin reads you one of his poems!

Showcasing combined artistic style

on the wings of photo and verse

is our book Reflections Upon the Waters of Life.

Pause and reflect on the wonders of the world around us. Sit back and put your feet up and relax while you read Reflections Upon the Waters of Life. Allow yourself to peacefully slide away from reality on the wings of photo and verse!

Our book is available by leaving us a message under this post or by emailing us @  or by leaving a message by telephone (320-693-7100) or at Very Vintage in downtown Litchfield.

We received our third shipment of Reflections Upon the Waters of Life today so we are able to ship to you immediately.

Have a wonderful day!

Gavin and Rosie   ( We want to thank Ashley White, reporter at West Central Tribune for taking and editing this video for Sweet Conclusions)

Something’s Coming has now Aired!

We were given a wonderful opportunity to write a blog for Sweet Conclusions Areavoices in February. Ashley White, reporter for West Central Tribune arrived in March to Rosie’s home in Litchfield. (Something’s Coming) We connected with Gavin in Europe over Skype and recorded a video for promotional purposes for Areavoices. After two months, we have almost tripled our site stats from 3,000 to over 8,500 followers tuning in to read our stories.

This photo of Gavin and Rosie was taken on July 4th, 2011 in Mankato, MN

( by Debra’s Photography)

Here is the link to the West Central Tribune video and article that streamed today on us. The music you hear in the background is from Gavin’s anti-bullying story: William Gray and The Family Next Door. Music by Martin Lignell.

There will be an additional video on our blog soon for you to enjoy. Stay tuned.

When Gavin arrives to Minnesota, reporter Ashley White (West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN) will capture us in a new video; both of us in the same room with no Skype camera! We can’t wait!

Areavoices is the blogging platform for Forum Communications Company which owns 36 newspaper and broadcast news properties throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. This thriving blog community is part of a network which reaches 1.7 million people every month.

Catch you tomorrow with more continuations!

Gavin and Rosie

On the Wing’s of Love Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

I was taking in the warmth of the sunshine cascading through the windows in the veranda when I heard the sound of the tune, “On Top of the World.”  This sound was coming from the musical, love bird figurine that is placed inside of my glass hutch for display and safe keeping. It had belonged to my parents. A keepsake they had gotten to represent their 50th anniversary of marriage. It didn’t play long; just a few seconds. But long enough to catch my attention.

The day before, I heard the tune “Anniversary Waltz” coming from a musical-photo frame of my parents. This is also displayed in another part of my home. On the outside of that frame it shows the symbol 40th anniversary. This played long enough for me to hear it and stopped.

Two days before, I was outside enjoying an unusually warm March day. I was finally going through piles of papers of my parents. I had been putting this task off for years. I thought it would help my mind set to do this task outside while breathing in the fresh spring air. It wasn’t long and an astounding moment happened.  A glorious butterfly fluttered around my head with wonderment and beauty. It stopped for awhile along side of me. My whole soul came alive. I knew instantly who the butterfly represented. It had distinctive,one of a kind, array of colors. I had never seen a butterfly like it.  It was too early in the season for a butterfly to appear but that didn’t cross my mind until I watched it disappear. I was grateful for being able to sense the warmth of that moments love.

All of these reminders of love were surrounding me not magically but spiritually. To make me aware that when I go deep into lonely thoughts of missing loved ones that I am not truly ever alone. They continue to be with me. When I forget, they make their presence known.

The butterfly symbols change, transformation and celebration. The ancient Greek word for “butterfly” is ψυχή (psȳchē), which primarily means soul or mind. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Stop, look, be silent and listen. Feel the presence of God and our loved ones that surround and carry us through our daily life. I hope a butterfly flutters by and visits you soon. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  The heavenly spirit is closer than we realize; renewing,transforming and refreshing us with new life!

Happy Easter from both of us, Rosie and Gavin

The Greatest Love Affair of All (Part 6)

Continuation from The Greatest Love Affair part 5.

In 2006, my son was close to death again. This time the situation was totally different. He was in a car crash, one of the worst in Sweden. I wasn’t in the car with him; his mother was back in his life by this time. He had been with her and her new boyfriend, coming home from vacation. Somebody called from the hospital, told me he was hurt, but not how badly he was hurt. I made a dash for the hospital, found my son barely conscious. He mumbled something about hearing them scream before they burned up, before they died. I didn’t understand, asked to speak with a doctor, but they just allocated us a room. He was resting, so I decided to call a friend. There was a TV on in the room, a couple of minutes away from the ten o’clock news. I remember speaking with my friend when my son mumbled under his breath, “I was in that car.”  I quite simply dropped the phone; I couldn’t believe what had happened. My son came so close to death that day. He watched, unable to do anything, as the car he was in caught on fire. He watched as two children burned to death before his very eyes, in the other car. My son is a miracle in so many ways. It took a long time before he was physically well again. As for the psychological aspect, he has healed as much as one can from such a tragedy.

In 2008, I decided to send The Maze to some publishers. My son was back at school, was doing really well for himself. I think I sent to three different publishers, one in Sweden and two in America. RoseHeart Publishing wrote back. They wanted to publish. The Maze was released in June of 2009. The Blood Tree in April of 2010. William Gray & the Family Next Door was released as a story – musical CD in 2011. The Changling was released in November of 2011. Reflections Upon the Waters of Life, a book with Rosie, was released in February of this year. The Watchman is due for release this year. I am now a published author and motivational speaker. I still haven’t really gotten used to that. I also work with special needs children.

The road to where I am today has been a long and winding one, full of ups and downs. It’s been touch and go at many points in my life. I find myself looking back and wondering how I managed to come up trumps. I can tell you this much though. Without caring hearts, without the people who stood behind me, who told me I could better myself, who believed in me, I would not have made it. I couldn’t have better friends. They have helped and guided me through my ups and downs, have followed me into the darkness of myself, helped me back into the light. They have never given up on me, even when I myself came close. Their love for me has been unconditional and wherever I go, I carry them with me in my heart.

If there is a moral to my story and I can assure you, I have barely told you anything about me, it must be this. It doesn’t matter where we come from, our color, religion or country of birth. What matters is that we learn from our mistakes, understand that none of us are perfect, that we never will be. Most of all though, it’s that we are all individuals, we are all born of this planet.  As we grow and realize our dreams, no matter how large or how small, we all deserve the chance to shine.

Thank you for reading.