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Birthday Surprise, a labor of love by author David Tadlock and artist Kayla Landrum,  is almost done! Within the next week, the soft cover book will be available on Amazon, and soon after as an ebook; we are also looking at the possibility of a hard cover version. (Edited: the book can now be purchased here in paperback. Hardback copies will be available shortly.)

I think two of the reasons I’m so excited about this project is that David and Kayla are good friends of mine- it’s so good to see such a sweet book come to life. The other reason- David and Kayla both have donated their services so proceeds from the sale of the soft cover will support the efforts of the Crenshaw County Animal Society.  You just can’t ask for a better blessing than to be a part of such a great effort.

Be watching in the next few days for links to purchase the book!

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

How have I not told you about this book already?! Seven Little Postmen is the story of a little boy who mails a letter to grandma. What happens to the letter along the way? You’ll need to get it to see what happens.

I had never heard of this book until my own kids were grown and I had grandkids. In fact, I happened across a copy in a bookstore soon after my husband started working at the post office. I bought that copy then, and I’ve purchased several more for other grands since then.

A cute story with wonderful illustrations; I’ve often wondered why the post office doesn’t market this book and sell in local post offices since they sell other merchandise… they’re missing a marketing idea!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

Transforming Minds by Larry D. Williams is a book of devotions that will transform the way you think about yourself and the life that God has given you to live. You have so much more power through Jesus Christ than you know! Take hold of that power and use it for the glory of God!

Transforming Minds is available on Amazon and other online bookstores and will soon be available as an ebook.

Down This Dirt Road,  the second book from the mind of Danny C. Hall, is now available from Amazon at the link above or here.

Both this book and his first, “What Is It With Me?” are a collection of short stories that is reminiscent of other southerners like Jerry Clower or Lewis Grizzard. Some are knee-slappers, and some are thought-provoking; and then there are the ones that require a box of tissues nearby.

We believe you’ll enjoy this book as much as the first one.

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life

Book Clubs

07/07/17

If you’ve written a book, or are in the process of writing, you should consider reaching out to local book clubs. Like most other groups, they are always looking for new and interesting speakers for their meetings.

Some things to consider:

  • Ask if they are willing for you to bring copies of your book to sell – if so, make sure you bring someone to help you. They can sell and make change while you visit with the members and guests. (And make sure you get your new readers’ contact information. You may want to follow up with them about how they enjoyed the book.)  Another person to get pictures without interfering with the meeting is also a good idea.
  • Whether they allow you to bring your books or not, consider giving a copy of your book to the president as a “thank you” for allowing you to come.  While you are helping them, they are helping you even more, by allowing you to get your name and book in front of people.
  • Make sure your presentation does not “hard sell” your book. You are a writer, so they will expect you to talk about it, but instead of trying to sell your book, talk about how you came to write it, or what inspired you. Even better, tell them about a book you read that changed your life and outlook.
  • Take plenty of business cards with you- there are bound to be other budding writers who would like to correspond with you. You’ll be able to encourage them and you’ll both be better for the relationship.
  • Make sure you write a “thank you” note to the group for allowing you to come. Most folks today have lost a sense of gratefulness, so when you display it, it will stand out in people’s minds- and besides, it’s the right thing to do!
  • Check with the group’s secretary to see if submitting an article for the paper would be appropriate. It will be good publicity for you, but it will also shine a light on the group; make sure you include all the pertinent information about the group in case others are interested in joining.

My faith encourages me to help others; yours may do the same. Either way, it’s always a good thing to help others. Goodness rolls around and will eventually find it’s way back to you

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,marketing,the writers life

Thank God for Boll Weevils is set in southern Alabama- Enterprise and Troy to be exact. Because I live near both places, many of the family names and locations are very familiar with me.

I remember studying Alabama history in 4th grade – the story of the boll weevils and the monument was told then, but it seemed very dry to me… this story has given life and color to the story, making it personal to me. Seeing how historical figures lived, and seeing how their actions affected our area makes it real to me.

It’s a great story and has characters that are well thought out and developed. The story brings you in immediately and you know these people who are going through the struggles before them.

You can find the book on Amazon – check it out!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

Walking in Red Boots is for anyone who is struggling with addictions. Whether drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, gambling or anything else that will try to destroy your life because you can’t turn loose of it.

Amanda has come through the valley of the shadow, with the help of the Holy Spirit; this book shares a bit of her journey, but the best part of the book is that she shares how you too can put the addiction off of you, once and for all.

It’s currently available through Amazon at the link above, as well as other online bookstores in paperback, and will be available as an ebook in the next few days.

For all the Thaddeus Taite fans out there, the second in the series is now available on Smashwords at this link. (All versions of e-reader books are available.)

David Tadlock has created two very unique individuals in Rev. Thaddeus Taite, and his sidekick, Rev Adam Teppo.  They tend to get into as much trouble as they can get out of,  so there’s always an interesting turn of events in their stories. In Brotherly Love, they run into a young man running from the law – and his sister is the only who believes in him.

Check out this second book in the series- and if you haven’t read the first one, check Mistaken Identity out as well.

 

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,writing

Debbie and Me is one of the sweetest little books you could get anyone you consider a friend.

It tells the fictionalized account of the friendship between the two authors. It might seem like an unusual friendship but after you read it, you’ll see they have much more in common than they do differences- and aren’t we suppose to celebrate the differences anyway?

The book can be purchased on Amazon at this link; you can also purchased signed copies locally by contacting either of the authors on Facebook.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends,writing
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