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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Living Love Series, A Dad's Love, by Teresa Naidoo

A child left to their own devices will often choose the wrong devices. We see it time and time again, how children find their own answers, in their own ways – often to their own detriment. 
In a world of overworked parents, stressed out teachers, a straggling and struggling education system, an increasing cry for religion to be removed from mainstream schooling, technology advancing at such an amazing speed that children are overtaking their parents in their abilities to manoeuvre around the internet and social media. 
Easier access to the internet and social media mean that we can now reach people on the other side of the world in the blink of an eye. It also means that child traffickers and child predators can also reach a child in a blink of an eye.
Now, more than ever, children need solid, real, relevant and useful answers to the mountain of questions they have. A Dad’s Love is a simple, relatable story of both a child having an experience and a child observing an experience that they need guidance and support with. It stresses the open, trusting nature of a child, and the tendency of children to observe and model our behaviour. Children come to us pure. It is the world that contaminates them. We need to grow more hearts for children so that they have more models of how to live full, happy, safe, and healthy lives.

A Dad's Love: My best friend's Dad is always screaming and shouting at him and hitting him! I don't know what to do to help him! (The Living Love Series Book 1) is free on Amazon Kindle through Monday, April 16. To purchase or learn more, click on the title link above.

Teresa Naidoo has a deep and abiding love for God, children and writing. She hopes for a world where more and more children have a chance at a full, happy, safe and healthy life. And that she can help achieve this by combining the three things she loves - sharing the love and guidance she found in God with others through writing. 

Teresa believes strongly in the need of children for solid, real, relevant and useful answers to the mountain of questions they have and the need to provide them with guidance and support in this tenuous and precarious world. She's spent many years working in the secular world in IT and studied psychology with a special interest in child development before she finally turned her hand to get her words out into the world. She's South African, of Indian descent and lives a simple life focused on God, writing, family and good friends. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

New historical fiction from Carole Brown

A Flute in the Willows (The Spies of World War II Book 2)

A Flute in the Willows
Story and Logic Media Group
December 2017
Historical Christian Romance
eBook $2.99
Print $12.99

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About the Book:

Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other's love...and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she's scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life...especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife's life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can't stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

Lisa Lickel's brief interview with Carole:

Carole, what’s your biggest reward in writing?

I'd say it's two-fold:
·         Knowing I'm using the talent God gave me, and
·         Readers approval and enthusiasm over my books

What would you like readers to tell others when they’ve finished reading?
If a reader has read one of my books and enjoyed it, I'd love to have them sharing what they loved about the book. Perhaps how it affected them in whatever way. For example:
·       With my latest, released novel: A Flute in the Willows (Book 2 of the Spies of WWII series), some readers said they liked how I brought in PTSD in the book to bring awareness of the condition many soldiers and families deal with after the soldiers return from war.
·       They also enjoyed the relationship between the newly, but separated by war, married couple, how they grew into a deeper love relationship and their battle to overcome their troubles.
These are just two of the effects from this book.

Who’s been your biggest influence on your writing?
Perhaps my mother who read to my brothers and me as young children. Positive encouragements to me have been associations with other writer friends, words of advice (when I first began to seriously write novels) from those (like Lena Nelson Dooley and Gayle Roper) who had more authorly experience, and constant contact with fellow-critiquers who have helped me to grow.

What are you reading now?
I'm hoping to begin a book from a secular author and another from Author Jill Kremerer who spoke at a recent writer's meeting I attended.

What’s coming up for you?
·        I'm trying to finish up the 4th book in my Appleton, WV Romantic series, called Toby's Troubles. It focuses on the brother of Caroline Gibson from book three: his mystery and romance. He has his own shop-ghost, directs the town of Appleton's theater, is a tiny bit OCD when it comes to Undiscovered Treasures (antique, collectible, junk shop), a huge tease and doesn't know love when it stares him in the face.
·        I also hope to finish the 3rd book in the Denton and Alex Davies Mystery series, Daffy's Duck which features a special duck, a talented artist who has Down's Syndrome: Daffodil Meadows. She and her older brother co-own a ski resort in Colorado. Denton and Alex Davies, amateur traveling detectives, along with Taffy, their Jack Russell Terrier, are determined to find the person who is out to destroy the Meadows big time.
·         If time allows (a big “if”), I want to get a little more writing done on a historical stand alone book, Caleb's Destiny (a mystery from the past and romance), and then
·        work on the 3rd book in my Spies of WWII series, Sing Until You Die. The third Rayner sister, Claire Rosella Rayner, is an up-and-coming professional singer, who puts her musical studies on hold to sing to the war troops. An overheard conversation sends her straight to the boy-grown-man she's always detested, an undercover spy. Is there any possible way her life can be spared, let alone a possibility for love to grow between the two of them?

Can you share your favorite marketing tool?
Right now I'm using Celebrate Lit with a book tour for my A Flute in the Willows.

About the Author:

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Book, "The Man, The Woman, and Genesis, Making Your Relationship Work," Book Excerpt by Stephen Otalor


Every relationship is like driving, no one just jumps into a car and starts driving, you learn it, you acquire the skill to drive and you also learn about the cars and learn about special features of every car you drive and know how it operates from other cars and road signs. 

So what happens when you jump into a car without any knowledge of driving, you end up crashing the car and causing damage to it, hurting yourself and others. In some cases, you hurt others and damage the car and you walk away unhurt. This is why people are required to go through driving classes and have a license. 

Sometimes we get so hurt from a relationship that you wish people should get a license to date before asking anyone for a relationship. The sad reality is that everyday people jump into a relationship like jumping into a car and crash it and immediately get out and jump into another and crash it again. Every man must understand he needs to sharpen his mind and get the right knowledge to keep his relationship going. As a man, you must be honest with yourself, to admit to yourself when you feel and know you lack knowledge. That is where you start from in getting things right. Keeping a relationship is not like breathing when you can say it comes natural, you need the right knowledge and understand it.

Most relationships that collapse today is as a result of something hidden from the start, and you must understand that even the collapse of some relationships is not because of the enormity of what was hidden or how grievous what one was not transparent about. The major issue with not being transparent is the death of trust that comes when revelation is made. Distrust is like oil on the surface of a relationship, it makes it slippery and difficult to cleave to each other.

Whatever you fail to understand, you will abuse and whatever you abuse, you will eventually cause it to malfunction or fail to deliver the purpose it really exists for.
You can’t apply any instruction to life’s situations until it is backed up with understanding.
Your peace is at the mercy of your understanding, the more you understand, the more sustainable your peace will be.
You gain control and peace when you have an understanding concerning a product and you evidently avoid abusing that product, the same goes for our relationships.
Who you bring into your relationship as a friend matters, who you introduce to your partner as someone to be trusted matters, not everyone that ask deserves to know, not everyone that tells you their secret deserves to know your secret, there is no law or obligation that says you must share secrets with those who tell you their secrets.