Melodies from the Heart: Mihran Kalaydjian

I told y’all a few weeks ago that I was going to be doing things a little differently around here; I’m starting with featuring a musician for the very first time! Allow me to introduce you to Mihran Kalaydjian.


Mihran, affectionately known as ‘Mino’, is an accomplished pianist and composer. Not only is his music absolutely beautiful, but he also has a way with words. Check out what he had to say about playing and composing music for the first time as a young boy in Jerusalem:

It no doubt opened the soft place within me from which the music seems to rise — a place of felt grace and communion, of not being separate. The themes and concepts in psychology and spirituality – and the way in which music helps us open to the deeper truth sometimes held within them — often found their way into my conversations with people. I guess I could say it became my heartbeat.

Anyone with a passion for art, in any form, can relate to the sentiment of Mihran’s musical endeavors. Coming from a place of wanting to positively influence humanity with the work of your hands is something I can totally relate to.

Take a moment to listen to a couple of Mihran’s compositions. He pairs his inspiring performances with breathtakingly beautiful art.

It’s been said that music colors our lives, and I couldn’t agree more. A world without music isn’t one I want to experience. Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” I think that about sums it up.

Connect with Mihran via any of the links below!

Did you enjoy listening? Are you a fan of contemporary instrumental music? Do you find it relaxing? Do you find that it helps with your own creativity?


All Up In My E-Reader (October Edition)

It’s that time again. I’m giving y’all full access to my Kindle. Take a look at what I’ve downloaded in the last month. Some of these items I bought, some were on free promotion, and one of them I won! I told you guys that stalking authors on Facebook pays off. Don’t sleep on “liking” author pages! Anyway, check these books out. If you see something you like, add it to your Amazon or Goodreads wish list.

Clicking on the book pic or title will take you to Amazon.

What God has for me2Title: What God Has For Me (Love at the Crossroads Book 4) *Note: This book is the 4th in a series

Author: Pat Simmons

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, African-American, Christian

Book Description: Halcyon Holland is leaving her live-in boyfriend, taking their daughter and the baby in her belly with her. She’s tired of waiting for the ring, so she buys herself one. When her ex doesn’t reconcile their relationship, Halcyon begins to second-guess whether or not she compromised her chance for a happily ever after. After all, what man in his right mind would want to deal with the community stigma of ‘baby mama drama?’ But Zachary Bishop has had his eye on Halcyon since the first time he saw her. Without a ring on her finger, Zachary prays that she will come to her senses and not only leave Scott, but come back to God. What one man doesn’t cherish, Zach is ready to treasure. Not deterred by Halcyon’s broken spirit, Zachary is on a mission to offer her a second chance at love that she can’t refuse. And as far as her adorable children are concerned, Zachary’s love is unconditional for a ready-made family. Halcyon will soon learn that her past circumstances won’t hinder the Lord’s blessings, because what God has for her, is for her…and him…and the children.

sifting through mudTitle: Sifting Through Mud

Author: Demetria Foster Gray

Genre: Literature & Fiction

Book Description: The death of Nyla’s husband comes as a shock to everyone except Nyla. What’s shocking to Nyla is her inability to grieve his death like a typical loving wife should grieve. But Nyla isn’t a typical loving wife. She’s a woman in desperate need to breathe. The oxygen in her life has long gone, and the astonishing thing she feels from her husband’s death is relief, not grief.

Even more astonishing is the rare and unexpected friendship which develops between Nyla and her dead husband’s mistress. However, Nyla isn’t aware her new best friend is a former mistress. And as their friendship deepens into an unshakable bond, Nyla is forced to face secrets her husband took with him to his grave. This means she has to sift through mud to unravel the truth. A truth that’s better off dead. Yet through it all, the one thing which makes Nyla violently breathless, is the exact same thing that causes her to finally breathe.

collins_promo (1)Title: The New Mrs. Collins

Author: Quanie Miller

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Book Description: In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great-grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

Kiss a CowboyTitle: Kiss A Cowboy (Kiss A Cowboy Series Book One) *Note: This book is the 1st in a series.

Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Book Description: Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything…

Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle and says goodbye to her sister to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she’s ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him and is also downright rude. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.

Luke Brennan isn’t interested in having his heart-broken again. He’s loved and lost once, and he’s hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she’s a city girl, and engaged to another man. She’s off-limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it’s too late?

Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?
(Please Note: This is a Contemporary Romance novel and does contain tastefully written sexual content.)

 I’ve had the pleasure of featuring two of the authors on this list! Check out and excerpt from The New Mrs. Collins here and Deanna Lynn Sletten’s Author Spotlight interview here.

I hope you found something you’ll enjoy while curling up with a blanket and a book this winter! What’re are you currently reading?