Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Have Joined the Insecure Writer's Support Group!

For more information about #IWSG please visit Alex J. Cavanaugh 
         

Why have I joined the Insecure Writer's Support Group? 

Because at times I get a little insecure and any support is welcomed! 


Recently I celebrated the launch of my paperbacks at a local library. 
The brain pain I went through leading up to the day is something I never want to repeat again. 

I love a good party.
But I don't like to organise the stuff. 
(my hubby pictured to my right was the most awesome MC)

I love to hang out with people.
But feel a little heartbroken when people don't want to celebrate with me.



I love to write books.
But I don't love asking people to purchase them.

Authorly friends... Andrea Grigg and Julieann Wallace

I love holding these two new babies in my hand.
But I don't like to ask for help. 


Amongst all of the things I love and don't love ... I am glad I asked these two in the above pic to share a few words. 
Thanks Michelle and Julieann for making my day a whole lot more special! 

And if you asked the very insecure writer inside of me would I host another book launch... the answer would be no! 
But if I could launch a book with one or two friends, then I'd think about it. 

Celebrating with friends is always more fun. 

 




Saturday, August 2, 2014

True Blues & The Angels Unaware with Elizabeth Paige

Please make Elizabeth Paige feel welcome as she brings the last of the friendship posts... 

The True Blues & The Angels Unaware:
Two Biblical Friendship Types


by Elizabeth Paige

The Bible gives us many types of good friendships, but two of my favorites are what I call “The True Blues” and “The Angels Unaware”.

“The True Blues” are the friends that stand by your side through thick and thin, are there for you no matter what, know you through and through, and always have your back. These friends are truly worth their weight in gold, and are a rare and precious treasure indeed. This is shown beautifully in the covenant friendship of David and Jonathan, as laid out in 1 Samuel 18. David and Jonathan were like brothers, and loved each other enough to do anything for each other. They were loyal and completely transparent and trustworthy with each other, and were willing to defend each other’s lives, no matter the consequences.

“The Angels Unaware” are those who seem like angels—who come into our lives for just a season, and make all of the difference in the world, and then leave without a trace, except that knowing them, even for a brief moment, made you a better person. They are often nameless and faceless, yet showed up at the most critical point in your life and helped you in your hour of need. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is an excellent example of such a friend. Unlike the religious leaders who saw a man in tremendous suffering--yet did nothing for him—he took it upon himself to care for a stranger in need, expecting absolutely nothing in return. That’s why he is like an angel.

So, be a true blue friend, who can always be counted on, look for opportunities to bless a stranger in need, and allow the “Friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24), to be your very best Friend, and to love a hurting world through you.


Grab Elizabeth's book...
He's Looking for a Bride: Preparing the Bride of Christ for Holy Intimacy with Jesus
He’s Looking for a Bride is soap for the soul, a deep-cleansing book to prepare the Bride of Christ for true, holy intimacy with the King of all Kings. Perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups, He’s Looking for a Bride is a complete Bible study, loaded with soul-searching Scriptures and powerful testimonies that lead you into more intimate fellowship with Jesus. 

Jesus washes us with the water of the Word to prepare for Himself a Bride without spot or wrinkle of any kind. I don’t know about you, but I still have a few spots… and a few wrinkles. I desperately need the cleansing power of His Word. How about you? 

Through the pages of this humble book, the Lord Himself wants to peel back the layers of your Christian walk, to the very thoughts and intents of your heart, to purify you with His perfect Word, so that you will be ready—not only on that triumphant day when He returns—but here and now, to enjoy true holy communion with Him like never before.

Elizabeth Paige is a Christian and children's author, illustrator, and speaker. She is a minister, co-founder of In his Hands International Ministries, and president of Moldable Clay Publishing. She has a powerful testimony including: divorce, domestic violence, adultery, abortion, adoption, redemption, and restoration. Her published books include: "He's Looking for a Bride", "The Narrow Road", "Porky the Prickly Porcupine", "Misfits or Mighty Messengers? God's Unlikely Heroes", "Sue, the Boo-Hoo Moo Cow", "The Cat is Fat", and in Spanish: "Sue, La Vaca Buu-Huu Muu" and "El Gato Gordo".

Thanks so much for visiting today, Elizabeth, and sharing your thoughts on Friendship - I can so relate to what you've written about - I've had several of those angel types that pop in and out of my life and have a couple of true blues. (that's a very Aussie saying for an American, Elizabeth) 

This post is part of a series on Friendship as we celebrate the release of the paperback versions of the Spiralling books .

 




Monday, July 21, 2014

Could there be More to Life than Romance? with Lillian Duncan

Please welcome Lillian Duncan to my blog ... I must admit her heading grabbed me to read more ... 


MORE TO LIFE THAN ROMANCE? REALLY?


There’s more to life than romance.
An odd statement coming from someone who writes romantic suspense novels, but the truth is the truth. We can’t survive on romance alone. We need all sorts of connections with other people—not just romantic relationships.
As in life, not everything is about the romance!
Friendships are important! That’s the theme of my Sisters By Choice series. Even though the books are romantic suspense, they show deep friendships between the women in the books.
Women who are willing to help others in a crisis. Women who will go the extra mile—take the extra time—use the extra energy to help. So much so that they are willing to risk their own life.
Now that’s a friendship!
BETRAYED tells the story of Maria and her daughter. They are in Witness Protection after a devastating betrayal by her husband. (You’ll have to read the book to find out what he did.) Maria trusts no one, but she is forced to trust others to keep her daughter safe. As the story proceeds she learns that family isn’t just about blood.
Family is about sharing life together. Being there for each other in the good times and the bad. Those bonds are formed as we go through life together. Those bonds can take strangers, acquaintances, and even friends, and transform them into family.
In my own life, I’ve been blessed to have three such friendships. And those relationships have helped me get through some of the tough times in my life. But they’re also about having someone to share the good times with. Laughing, giggling, and happy tears are better when they happen with a friend.
So remember, there really is more to life than romance. We need friends and family—whether it’s by birth or by choice.



BETRAYED by Lillian Duncan
Amazon link:  http://buff.ly/1cdlbkX

BACK COVER:
The Witness Protection Program claims it can keep anyone safe if only the person follows the rules...so Maria follows the rules. Every rule. She gives up everything--her friends, her family, her past, even her name--to ensure her daughter has a future.
Reborn as Veronica Minor, Maria struggles to build a new life amid the beauty of her flower shop in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.
 When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she's wrong? Not knowing whom to trust, she trusts no one...and that's her first mistake, because the nightmare isn't over--her dead husband just called from the grave.

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Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder and mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com  as well as her personal blog, Tiaras  Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com


Thanks so much for visiting today, Lillian, and sharing your thoughts on Friendship. 

This post is part of a series on Friendship as we celebrate the release of the paperback versions of the Spiralling books .