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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

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.

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

I guess last week’s post couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

You see, a tornado hit the town where I live – thankfully no one was hurt badly, but there was a lot of damage. Many homes and businesses in the area took damage, and at least one home was completely destroyed.

Things can be replaced…. people’s lives can’t. In the end, we don’t need to worry about our possessions so much that we don’t take care of our lives and those around us.

So prepare for emergencies in whatever way you can. But in the end, remember that while things are important, people are so much more important.

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

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

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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