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I found a quote on Facebook that bears repeating and considering.

“I’ve got to remember that I’m supposed to fly with the eagles, not sit on the fence with the buzzards waiting for something dead to show up.”

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

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

Gifting Books

26/06/17

In case you don’t know it by now, I absolutely love books- I am continuously finding books that I want to read, especially if I find a bargain bin somewhere.

So when my friend Judy gave me Fervent,  a book on prayer, I was so grateful. I’d had a rough week, and was beginning to think that the things I’m doing aren’t making a difference to anybody.

And then at our Bible study lunch, she gave me this lovely, strong book. Which was awesome.

Since we were studying I didn’t really get a chance to look at it until I got home, and then I found the real gift. Because Judy had inscribed it to me- she told me how much she appreciates the things I do for our study group, and that she loves me…

Isn’t that a great gift?

Inscribing a book is as wonderful a thing as a hand-written note. Try it- you’ll be surprised at how well it’s received!

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,family and friends

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

Memorial Day

29/05/17

As today winds down, I hope you’ve made time to pray for the families of our fallen military heroes – their family member made the ultimate sacrifice, and those left behind have to deal with it the rest of their lives.

Thank you to those who sent their loved ones into harm’s way for our freedom.

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values
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