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Congratulations to David Tadlock on his newest novel, Woman of Courage. It’s been accepted in Smashword’s premium catalog and is available for purchase here.

Woman of Courage is the story of Beverly Tarvey. She was given a bad hand from the very beginning, from a father whose heavy hand was quick to punish, to a teenage marriage that was doomed almost from the start, and then, just as she’d found the husband of her dreams, and they had built their life together, even more tragedy follows. But as tough as her life was, each test drew her closer to the one thing that mattered the most to her: her love for family, friends, God and church. Through hardships she questioned why God would let such things happen to good people. But the wisdom of a loving grandmother taught her that we don’t always go through trials because of what we’ve done but of what we can overcome. Beverly overcame many obstacles from the very beginning but she held on and never lost her faith.

If you’ve read Woman of Courage, please consider leaving a review on your favorite bookseller’s website.

 

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

Rhonda Allen wrote this devotional and prayer guide for women who want to know more about how to operate in the will of God. This devotional/journal will strengthen your faith in God and draw you closer to God.

You can purchase the print book on Amazon at this link;  you can also purchase the e-book version on Smashwords under the title “Wisdom Prayers and Confessions“.

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

Are You Writing?

27/01/17

If you’re a writer, are you writing? That may sound like a dumb question, but so many folks who want to be a writer, find excuses not to be writing.

I can’t tell you how much time you need to spend every day writing, but I know this: if you’re not spending some time at least every week, putting words on paper or in a document, you’re not making progress.

Yes, I know sometimes it’s hard to find a place to start.

Yes, I know sometimes your mind whirls in a thousand directions at once.

Yes, I know sometimes there are ten other things you need to be doing- shopping for the house, washing dishes, working at your day job, just to name a few. But you set aside time for those things – you schedule them because you know they’re necessary.

So, why aren’t you scheduling a time to write? Some days all you may get written is a note about your latest dream, or the crazy thing that happened after work, on your ride home. But write it down- keep it in your journal.

And if you want to work on a specific story (if you’re like me, you’ve got several going at any one time), go back and reread part of the story to get back inside it. That should help get you start again.

But write…. write regularly. If you have a talent for it, don’t waste it. Just Write.

I’d like to introduce you to one of my customers. Greta Kataha has lived an amazing life- she’s survived things most people can’t imagine.

Devastating illness, facing death and sexual exploitation, prejudice, racism, ostracized by family and friends. Countless setbacks in her personal, professional and ministry life. Separated from her late husband and babies due to war in Africa and fighting to keep her interracial marriage for almost 29 years. Through grief, widowhood, too many losses and suicide itself.

Her book contains  just some of her testimony, and I’d like to encourage you to pick up a copy.

It’s currently available in paperback on Amazon and for all e-readers on Smashwords.

You can also follow Greta on Facebook here.  In fact, I’d encourage checking out her page- she does an excellent job or marketing her book from her page, and I’d encourage everyone to learn from her.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,faith and values,marketing,writing

Congratulations to David Tadlock on the release of his book, Mistaken Identity, on Smashwords. All eBook versions are available for purchase.

I think you’ll enjoy it! David has a very unique sense of humor and is a great story-teller.  You can also visit his blog to read more of his stories and poems.

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

The Last Day

12/12/16

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The Last Day by Cleveland Brown was recently released on Amazon as a paperback, and on Smashwords in all ebook formats.

The Last Day discusses current teachings on the end times, and then presents and studies scriptural references to each topic. It allows and encourages the reader to make their own educated decisions about what the Bible truly says about “the last day”.

If you’re interested at all in end time discussions or study, you need to pick up a copy of this book for your library.

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

Are You Writing?

05/10/16

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If you’re a writer, or you want to be a writer, then you need to be writing…. it’s as simple as that.

Don’t let someone steal your dream by telling you how hard it’s going to be to get a book published, or how much it’s going to cost. Is that why you want to write?

If you’re writing a book to make a million dollars, or be a best-selling author, stop now. Chances are very good that won’t happen.

If you’re writing a book to be famous, so folks will want your autograph or your picture, quit… just quit. That’s probably not going to happen either.

But if you’re writing because you have a story to tell, then write. Just write. Sit down at your desk, your computer, your laptop, your notepad- whatever you write on- and write. It doesn’t always have to be a part of your story, but write anyway.

Write a letter to your mom, your dad. Write a note to your best friend. Write a story for your grandkids.

Write because you’re a writer. And the person whose opinion should count most will be happy. YOU.

Author: Beth R - Categories: the writers life,writing

Who Are You?

05/09/16

I’d like to address something that has gotten under my skin for quite a while. This is aimed at Christian women, but if you are going through this, and you’re not a woman, or a Christian, you are still welcome to take this message to heart.

I’ve worked with several ladies who are Christians and who have a book to write. They know God has given them this story, whether it’s a testimony they have lived through, or a work of fiction that will inspire or encourage someone.  They’ve worked hard on this book; they’ve agonized over details that to some would be irrelevant, but they know how important it is to get it right. At some point, they’ve talked to me about getting their work into a published book form. We discuss how the book is going to look, inside and outside.

We talk about all kinds of things- the type and size of font to use for the text; the colors and design for the cover; thoughts, prayers and discussion over things that most people might not even realize, but it all goes into making the book a package that appeals to readers.

So much work goes into the background of a book; a book that was inspired by God and given to someone.  A book, a story, that really is the person’s who is writing it.

But what discourages me so much is when this beautifully flawed, talented person, who has decided to share the deepest parts of their soul with others, and then feels like they’re being boastful or proud if they choose to put their name on their book, or in the header of the pages.

If you’ve got a testimony of where God has brought you through, or you can share something with others that will encourage them, or you can tell a story that will entertain others and maybe shine a little Jesus light on them, why would you think that God does not want you to be able to say, “This is mine- God gave it to me and now I’m sharing it with you!”

If your name isn’t on it so folks can find you, how are you going to be able to help them? It’s not boasting on anyone but God when you share your gifts.

I’m not encouraging anyone to be a braggart (my grandmama used to call them “Big Ike”) or a boaster…. but don’t we as Christians have the most in the world to boast about? Haven’t we been given a reprieve from a death sentence?

As the meme says, stand up tall, straighten your crown and walk out like the warrior princess (or prince) that you truly are.

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

Becoming WarriorBecoming Warrior, the first book by Belinda Kamshuka Barrocks, is now widely available on Amazon.com and Books A Million.

This powerful book will ” elevate, empower and ignite in you a fire that will awaken your inner warrior.”

Check this book out today- and be watching for the release soon of the ebook version! (To check out a promotional video about the book, see this)

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When you were a kid, did anyone ever ask you, “What will you be when you grow up?” I’m sure most every child has answered that question.

When I was young, all I wanted to be was a teacher; I’m not sure I ever thought about what I wanted to teach, but I knew I wanted to stand before a class and help people learn.

Then as an adult, I decided to finally buckle down and get my degree teaching English and literature.  My thought was that because I love to read, I would love reading students’ work and helping them better their craft.

Life threw a few more curves and that possibility faded.

But then I started working from home. Sometimes I didn’t even realize I was still working towards that childhood dream, but it was always in front of me.  And all the things I thought I wanted to become as a child are now what I get to do every day! Not the way I thought it would- me sitting behind a desk with a room full of kids to whom I’m teaching grammar, math, science and spelling… but as someone who works one on one with clients to help them be the best they can be. Reading their stories and making sure grammar, spelling and sentence structure is correct, all while making sure their voice is still heard – which sometimes means using “bad” grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Because we don’t always speak correctly 100% of the time – sometimes we southrons drop our “g”s, or say “ya’ll” or “ain’t” or “gonna”;  the author’s voice is more important than being 100% correct.

I’m exactly what I wanted to be when I was growing up- how cool is that? I had to take the long way ’round, and it doesn’t look like what I expected, but I’m living the life I always wanted.

So…. what do you want to be when you grow up? And what are you doing to make that happen? Live life specifically and intentionally- and be what you want to be.

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