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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

Your Defining Moment, Lynn Taylor’s collection of devotionals, has good daily words for you, as well as journaling space along the way. This book will help you recognize those ‘defining moments’ that we all have, as well as to learn from them.

Check it out on Amazon today!

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Do you have a favorite local author, someone who says just what you need to hear?

Oone very simple way you can help authors, and help other readers at the same time is to leave a review on their book’s page on any online bookstore.

here’s how to do it on Amazon- most bookstores will operate the same way.

First, go to Amazon and sign in to your account. If you don’t have one, sign up. In order to be a verified account, you have to give them some kind of payment information. This keeps unethical folks from signing up for hundreds of accounts and ‘spamming’ their own items with good reviews.

Then go to the book’s page and scroll down until you see ‘write a review’. Click that button and it will take you to a screen that lists all the items you’ve purchase. Choose the book you want to review. You’ll have to give a 1-5 stars rating first, then you’ll have a place to type in your review.

When you’re done, click ‘submit’…. that’s all there is to it! You’ve encouraged your author to keep going- and if if he or she is like most authors, he’ll want to visit that page often when he needs a pat on the back.

Good job!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies

What Is It With Me? is a collection of tales from the mind of Danny C. Hall, and I have to admit, I’ve had a lot of fun working on it.

Danny tells stories in a true, southern/slang style. Growing up in a small, rural southern town has it’s own charms, and I can’t imagine anywhere else in the states could offer the same kinds of experiences. Danny does a great job sharing his life – he reminds me somewhat of Jerry Clower – lots of homespun humor and truth, plus a few tall tales thrown in just to keep things interesting.

What Is It With Me? is now available on Amazon, and will soon be available as an ebook.

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

Destination, a book of poetry by teen author Charley Guernsey. Ms. Guernsey’s hope is that this book will encourage others, especially teenagers, to realize that words hurt. Bullying needs to stop and the only way that will happen is for each of us to be determined that we won’t tolerate it from those around us.

Softcover copies of her book are now available on Amazon, and will soon be available in all e-book formats.

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Sixteen year old Charley Guernsey is a high-school sophomore. Her passion is for writing; both poetry and prose are a part of her portfolio but she is truly gifted to write poetry. She was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and the health problems related to those have resulted in her having thirty-four surgeries. Spina Bifida is a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord, and most people who are born with SB are not able to walk, but Charley is blessed to be able to walk. Hydrocephalic babies are born with too much cerebrospinal fluid within the brain. One way to treat this is by inserting a shunt to drain excess fluid. As you can tell, Charley’s health challenges have been tough on her and her family, but she has been inspired to write because of these challenges. She has a message for those who are reading this book: you are not alone. She wants to inspire you to have hope. You can do anything you set your mind to. She wants to encourage you to be strong and brave; and to remember that God has given you a purpose for your life.

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

Well, Bilbo made it there and back again, safely, once more. And now I am following Frodo, Sam, Merry & Pippin and of course Strider (Aragorn) towards Rivendell. There they’ll join others who will help the ring journey  towards its (hopefully) final destination.

The Lord of the Rings is another one of those books I visit quite frequently. I always read The Hobbit and start right into LOTR.

There are so many life lessons that can be learned from these books:

  • no matter how small or insignificant someone seems to be, they can make a difference
  • when wise people speak, it’s a good idea to pay attention.
  • people can look scary or different and still be good people

For six more lessons from Lord of the Rings, see this link.

If you’ve never traveled to Middle Earth, I’d like to encourage you to give it a try. And one of the great things about ebooks – you can get a free sample of most of them to ‘try before you buy’.

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

Chime Rhymes

15/03/17

Congratulations to Greta Kataha on the release of her newest book, Rhyme Chimes. It’s a children’s activity and oral language book that encourages kids’ imaginations. They’ll practice letter sounds, rhyming and hand-eye coordination.

If you’re interested in purchasing in bulk for your school or church, please contact Greta on Facebook.

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