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Helping Teens deal with Peer Pressure

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m back today talking about another teen issue that is at the cornerstone of many problems teens face today. I’m talking about peer pressure.

Peer pressure is the influence exerted by a peer group or an individual, encouraging other individuals to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors in order to conform to group norms. (Thanks Wikipedia :)).

Peer pressure is a fact of life for teens. There’s no way to escape it or avoid it. I worry about this as my kids grow and become more and more social. I don’t want them to fall in with the wrong crowd and get involved with drugs or any other form of criminal activity. So, how do I avoid this?

First of all let’s look at some of the personality characteristics of teens who are at a higher risk of being influenced by peer pressure. I got this from this website

1)    Low self esteem

2)    Lack of confidence

3)    Uncertainty about ones place within a given peer group

4)    No personal interests exclusive of one’s peer group

5)    Feeling isolated from peers and/or family

6)    Lack of direction in life

7)    Depression

8)    Eating disorders

9)    Poor academic abilities or performance

10)    Fear of one’s peers

11)    Lack of strong ties to friends, feeling that friends could turn on you       easily or with little reason

12)   Close bond with a bully

So how do we as parents keep our kids out of the peer pressure trap?

That is a very good question and I’ve come up with some answers. (wink) You knew I would, didn’t you?

First and foremost, we have to encourage our children’s individuality. Celebrate it! I’m always telling my kids that everyone is different and likes different things. So, if they don’t like football, that’s okay even if their friends do. We can still be friends and like different things.

When they come home from school, they’re always telling me what one of their friend’s did, or didn’t do, or who got into trouble. I always take this opportunity to explain different personalities and how I expect them to behave. They’re first and second graders right now so they’re still at the stage where they want to please their parents. This is a good time to have these conversations and develop a rapport with your kids because you want them to continue talking with you well into their teen years.  Start the habit now.

I feel if we celebrate our child’s individuality that he/she will grow up with the confidence that they need in those situations when peers are encouraging a bad choice.  For example, I’ve explained that smoking is very bad because it’s bad for your body. I’ve told them that it’s bad for your lungs and your heart. It can lead to heart attacks. So, I’m confident that when a peer tries to pressure them into smoking, they’ll have the wherewithal to stand up for themselves and say, “No way! Are you crazy, smoking causes heart attacks.”

Another way to combat the peer pressure trap is to keep our kids involved in positive situations. For example, sports and extracurricular activities, these types of programs keep kids working together toward a common goal. But what about those kids who are loners and don’t like either one of those choices?

Well, that’s a very good question and I’ve got some answers. Maybe they’d be interested in Volunteering. Here’s an organization run by teens that encourages teens to Volunteer. Here’s their website

Or another solution may be to have them get an after school job, anything that moves them in a positive direction.

There you have it. Some ways to combat peer pressure. Here are some other websites that offer some sound advice for parents and teens.

She knows parenting

More Love in

Thanks for stopping by today and if you’ve got some ideas that you’d like to share feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

***I would like to thank MoreLove in and Wikipedia for some of the information provided in this post.

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I’m going to be on Nicole O’Dell’s Radio show!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m so excited that I’m going to be on Nicole O’Dell’s radio show this Friday, February 1st at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time!

Here’s her website

I’ll be talking about my books and how they can encourage parent/teen interaction!

I’d love it if you’d tune in and chat with us!

Here are the book covers and blurbs that we’ll be discussing! 🙂


The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…


TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll tune in and chat with us!

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Please Welcome Nell Dixon as she shares her New Release with Us!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! Please welcome Nell Dixon a fellow Astraea Press author and an all around great gal! Thanks for being a guest today Nell…and take it away! 🙂

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog to talk about “Lights, Camera, Poltergeist!” I’m so excited about this novella as it came about by readers requests. My previous story, “Cue Me In”,

led to lots of requests for another story featuring Fae and the Ghost UK team. This time though Fae and Flash are spending Valentine’s Eve in a spooky Scottish Manor house and everything is definitely not as it should be!

Here’s the cover and  blurb!

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Things don’t just go bump in the night, sometimes they throw tea cups!

As the presenter for Ghost Uk, the leading TV show investigating paranormal activity, Fae thought she’d seen it all. Until a Valentine’s Eve live show from Scotland’s Fingelly Manor upsets both her preconceptions and her love life.

And a small excerpt!

Fae snuggled down deeper into the chunky knitted roll neck of her sweater and wished she could shake off the eerie sensations. She puffed out a sigh and watched her breath condense in the air before her face. It wasn’t only the room that was chilly. The relationship between herself and John had taken on a distinctly frosty tinge lately too.

She strolled across the room to the huge diamond leaded window that would have filled the room with light if it hadn’t been shrouded in dust and some dark red velvet drapes that had seen better days. Out in the corridor the electricians and tech staff were hammering and cursing the ancient electrical wiring.

The afternoon light had already started to fade and fingers of frost were beginning to form at the corners of the window. A flicker of movement near the trees on the far side of the lawn caught her attention and she leaned forward, almost bumping her nose against the glass in her quest to see what it was.

Whatever or whoever she thought she’d seen had vanished and she relaxed back on her heels. Working as a presenter on Ghost UK had made her jumpy. Every dark corner now held the possibility of something spooky. In such a deserted spot it was unlikely that anyone would be outside in the grounds, especially in this freezing weather.

“Fae, darling, there you are!”

She turned around to see her producer, Tim, sweeping towards her. She pasted a fake smile on her lips when she saw he was accompanied by the owner of the house, Giles McGinty, Laird of Fingelly. She’d already met Giles when she’d arrived and her impressions hadn’t been favourable.

“Giles has invited us all to dinner tonight before we start filming. Isn’t that marvellous?” Tim raised his eyebrows at her.

“That’s very kind.” Fae was quick enough to pick up the signal.

Giles smiled at her, his gaze lingering just a fraction of a second too long on her bust before raising his gaze to her face. “The pleasure is all mine. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better before the filming.”

She suppressed a shudder as his dark eyes locked on her face. “John and I will look forward to it.”

© Nell Dixon 2013

Romance with Heart

You can get your copy of Lights, Camera, Poltergeist from all good etailers including: Amazon

Amazon UK

Why not read more about Fae in “Cue Me In”? Haunted happenings in a WelshCastle.

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Please Welcome Billie Thomas–Author of “Murder on the First Day of Christmas”!


Please give a warm  welcome to Billie Thomas! She’s the author of “Murder on the First Day of Christmas”.  Take it away Billie! 🙂







The Story Behind the Story.

By Billie Thomas, author of Murder on the First Day of Christmas

We’ve all heard (and cheerfully discarded) the writing advice “write what you know.” While true to a degree, we’d all prefer to let our imaginations drive our stories rather than our SAT scores. But writing who you know – in other words having a thorough, personal and intimate understanding of your characters – is advice I believe in wholeheartedly. Luckily, when it comes to the core relationship in my Chloe Carstairs mystery series – the relationship between Chloe and her mother Amanda – I have a lifetime of inspiration from which to draw.

My mom and I have always been big mystery fans and we traded books back and forth endlessly. No matter how our relationship was going at the time (can you say ‘rollercoaster’?), our love of mysteries was always neutral ground. So when I set out to write one, I knew Mom would be my biggest fan and toughest critic. The idea of a fun, funny mystery with a mother-daughter relationship much like our own, appealed to both of us, and our relationship was the perfect inspiration. The first draft was a joy to write. I’d work on a chapter, send it to my mom, she’d make suggestions and I’d rewrite. Easy. Fun. Maybe even therapeutic.

Sadly, my mom died unexpectedly of an aneurism at the end of 2011 and never got to see Murder on the First Day of Christmas get published in December 2012. While the book is the perfect tribute to her, I still have 5 things I wished I’d thanked her for more explicitly. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but a heartfelt one and one that shapes everything I write.  


She gave me a life-long love of books.

My best Christmas present ever – even better than my go-cart or Commodore 64 – was a library card in my stocking. I was seven or eight at the time and when I gravely signed the back, I knew this was a Big Deal. It’d be years before I figured out how big. We went to the library every Saturday and I could pick out as many books as I wanted. By the time I was nine, Mom and I had an unofficial book club where Nancy Drews, Judy Blumes and eventually, Agatha Christies were enthusiastically traded and discussed. Reading and writing have been constant joys in my life and my Mom deserves all the credit.

She turned off the TV.

For several years, the TV remained mostly dark in my house. My parents watched the news and “60 Minutes.” My sister and I could only watch one hour a day during the school year and slightly more during the summer. That was it. No daytime TV at all except a few Saturday morning cartoons. Yeah, I hated having to fake-laugh when kids recounted SNL sketches, but that dark TV helped make me creative, healthy and able to entertain myself.

She cooked.

My mom wasn’t a fancy cook, but some of my favorite meals were hers. Spaghetti. Pot roast. Pork chops with a ring of crispy onions on top. Fried chicken for my birthday. She kept it all pretty healthy. Breakfast, always, sugar cereals, never. A side salad at every meal. Family dinners were the standard and we read Trivial Pursuit cards at the table. I don’t know why. She also understood that it was sometimes necessary to delay breakfast till ten when Taco Bell opened. Loved that.

She taught me to be a girl’s girl.

I don’t know how she managed this, since my dad was her whole world, but Mom always stressed the importance of cultivating friendships with girls and never letting guys come before them. (Husbands notwithstanding.) She said the only woman you couldn’t trust or respect was one that didn’t trust or respect other women. I completely agree.

She was willing to be the bad cop.

Any journals I kept before 1988 only had two or three entries in them, all detailing with Anne Frank-caliber anguish show stupid, cruel, unreasonable, lame, wrong or mean my mom was. Once I called her a “bourgeois bitch” – I can’t imagine why, but suspect it’s because I had recently learned the word bourgeois. I’m sure I communicated those feelings in thousands of other ways over the years. She didn’t care. Even if it hurt her feelings, she didn’t let it stop her from enforcing rules, teaching discipline and saying no when she needed to. You only have to meet or work alongside someone who thinks the world is their juice box to know why that’s important.

As I said, not an exhaustive list. I hope Mom’s somewhere where she knows these things and is proud of the job she did raising me. I miss her every day and am thankful I have the series to work on because it makes me feel close to her. If I ever hear that a daughter loved Murder on the First Day of Christmas and passed it along to her mom, or vice versa, saying “this is so us”, I will be thrilled. I’ll bawl my eyes out, probably, but sometimes I do that when I’m thrilled.

About Murder on the First Day of Christmas:


Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games. But Chloe Carstairs and her mother, Amanda, won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to crack the case before the killer strikes again – this time much too close to home.

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, romance and a delightfully difficult mother-daughter relationship, this new series from Billie Thomas offers a fast-paced caper as these two southern ladies try to keep their very merry Christmas from turning into the Noel from hell.

Connect with Billie Thomas and her protagonist Chloe Carstairs at:

Thanks for being my guest today Billie! You’re story sounds like a great read and I’ve got it on my TBR pile. 🙂

The Benefits of Exercise

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! Today I’m going to discuss a subject that’s near and dear to my heart and that is improving my health. I’ve made a plan that I’m going to eat better and exercise more this year.

I started my plan this week. Today, I ran three miles (on the treadmill…yuck) and when I was done I felt great. I had a hard time tearing myself away from my manuscript though. For me, starting the run is the hardest part. 🙂

My goal is to get back into shape. I’ve been a runner for years, but because of the holidays and sick kids I’ve been lax and haven’t been running as often as I should. So I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into the habit of running and working out regularly. I also do strength training exercises. Those aren’t too bad because they don’t take a big chunk out of my day.

What I find after my run is that I’m much more relaxed and creative. I have a more positive attitude. I also find that if I have a problem with one of my manuscripts and I step away from the computer, and either go for a run or a hike in the woods I usually work the problem out. Physical activity stimulates my brain in a positive way.

I’ve found there is scientific proof that this is true. My body releases endorphins when I exercise which improves my mood and lowers my stress level. For more information on this click here

I run but I also love to walk. That’s right, walking has the same effect on your body that running does. Did you know that you burn the same number of calories whether you walk a mile or run a mile? The pace does not matter.

I feel that this is an important piece of information. Especially for people who can’t run because of an injury or they just don’t like to run period.

In my opinion, the only difference between running and walking is that walking doesn’t work out the heart like running does. So, if you have a family history of heart disease, like mine does, then it’s in your best interest to do some form of exercise that works out your cardiovascular system. If you don’t like running try riding a bike or a spinning class. Both work out the cardiovascular system without all the stress on your joints.

There are also other benefits from exercising. It reduces stress and also combats depression. So if you’re feeling low go for a run, ride a bike, or just go for a walk. Get moving and get your blood circulating and get the endorphins running through your brain. You’ll feel better. I know I do. 🙂

I know it’s hard to find time to exercise. This is my biggest challenge. There’s so much that I want to accomplish during the day that taking a half hour to exercise and then clean up seems like a huge sacrifice. But I’m actually more productive when I do take the time to do it and we all know the health benefits of it.

I also know that as I continue to run I’m going to have to increase my distance which will take more time from the other things that I want to accomplish. Maybe by increasing my distance it will also increase that positive energy that I always have after a good run. I’ll have to find something to do with all of that positive energy.

Hopefully, I’ll write some more bestsellers! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to get moving and improve your health. 🙂

Please Welcome Stephanie Campbell! She’s here to tell us her Publishing Story!

How I Got Published by Traditional Publisher and You Can Too

By Stephanie Campbell

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a published author. I had this image in my head of what it would be like. I would write my book, it would get picked up within weeks, and I would be able to push out novels and everybody would love me. With this dream in my head, I wrote my first book, Until We Meet Again. I located non-fiction guides that told me who to contact and what to do. First, you write a query letter. I wrote one, albeit a sloppy one. After that, you write a plot synopsis, which was once again very sloppy. I then sent out my query letter by mail and was crushed by my rejection a month later. I continued this conquest, pushing through the “nos.” I finally decided on self-publishing, paid two thousand dollars, and got my book self-published. My editor, unfortunately, wasn’t very good and I ended up with a sloppy book with little sales. It wasn’t until after I turned eighteen and I pulled my book from the market that I got my first traditional publisher and looked back and realized I approached publishing the wrong way.

Yes, this appears to be a gloomy story, but it really isn’t. I’m going to share with all those authors striving to be published out there how to get published without making my mistakes. And even if you love the idea of self-publishing, you can do that FREE on CreateSpace.

First, many people ask me, do I have to have my book written in order to approach publishers? Yes, yes, yes. Unless your book is non-fiction, when you have to have a forty-page proposal written anyway, do have your book written. My best advice to those trying to write is for thirty minutes each day let nothing stand in your way and work on your novel. Step by step, inch by inch, you will finish your book.

Secondly, if you have a finished manuscript, don’t expect to be accepted unless you self-edited your book multiple times yourself. Get yourself a good copy of Chicago’s Manual of Style and make it your best friend. This was a big mistake I made when sending out my manuscript to people. I assumed they wouldn’t care about the errors. Microsoft may have great spellcheck, but you need to dig in deeper to find the real mistakes. Also, editors in publishing houses read your manuscript out loud in order to catch errors in flow. I would recommend doing the same.

When attacking publishers or agents, the query letter is your sword and the plot synopsis is your armor. A query letter consists of a tagline (your story summed up in one sentence), a blurb (your book in one or two paragraphs), and your bio. In your bio, only write what is relevant to your writing history and your book. You may farm mushrooms in the rainforest, but if you’re writing a book about cats, that’s irrelevant. A plot synopsis is your entire manuscript summed up in three to five double-spaced pages. Never, never, never leave out the ending of your book to leave the publisher or agent hanging. They are looking at your book for market potential. Also, avoid fancy font. Use Times New Roman always unless otherwise specified and let your writing speak for itself.

Next, decide your route for publishing. You can’t touch the “big six” publishers (Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, etc.) without an agent, but they are tough to get for a first-timer. Agents take on very few clients per year. After the agents, there are independent publishers that will take un-agented submissions. For both routes, you will need your query and synopsis.

My recommendation is this. Go to Pre-Editors and Editors and query the agents on the list. Make sure to pay attention to query guidelines like “exclusive submissions only” and “simultaneous submissions accepted.” Exclusive submissions mean the publisher or agent wants you to query only that publisher or agent. Simultaneous submissions mean you can query others on top of them. Most agents allow you to query simultaneously.  After you have queried them and (if) haven’t gotten a positive response, go to the independent publishers and query them. Please pay attention to the Pre-editors and Editors guideline list and avoid who they tell you to avoid. That’s the great thing about Pre-Editors and Editors. They post warnings about bad business practices. Don’t pay for a traditional publisher. A true traditional publisher or agent will work for free. They pay you, not the other way around.

Okay, I know that sounds complicated, but you can do it. I am twenty-one years old and have published many books through traditional publishers. I even re-wrote Until We Meet Again and am now publishing it through a bigger publisher via my agent. I am just your average, everyday Nancy with just a little side serving of “weirdo.” The only difference between those who publish and those who don’t is the belief in oneself and the knowledge about the subject.

You CAN write that book.

You CAN get published.

You CAN be everything you imagined.

Self-belief is the number one key it takes to getting published. Don’t give up because of rejection letters. Everybody gets them. I have enough of them to wallpaper my house. Follow the guidelines, keep trying, and you will get a publisher and your book will be wonderful. Don’t ever let something stand in the way of your story.

About my latest release, Late but not Never:

Late but not Never

Seventy-eight year old Trinity thought that she was too old for falling in love, until she finds it in the most unlikely of places.

Trinity Davis is seventy-eight years old and has never been married. She spent her whole life living and breathing her career, but now, after being forced to retire, she realizes how much she’s missed. After seeing a brightly colored pamphlet for a dance at the senior center, she decides to go. What she doesn’t expect is to meet the soul mate that she has spent her entire life waiting for.


Trinity Davis was the cat lady, except she had no cats. In fact, she was allergic. But that didn’t change the truth about her. She was seventy-eight years old, unmarried and living in a small home all by herself. That qualified her as the cat lady in her own mind. The lonely, old cat lady.

A sigh escaped her throat.

Currently, Trinity lingered in her bedroom, but sitting in front of the television made her knees ache just as much as standing did. She cursed old age as she put both feet on the ground and stood up. A stray white hair got in her face, and she pushed it aside before turning and hobbling to the kitchen. She put her hands on her painfully thin, arthritic hips as she went and ignored the pain. She had worked as the CEO of a design company for twenty-five years, and before that, she had been a secretary and a designer. She was too big of a trier to give up just because her hips bones were fused together.

As she went into the kitchen and opened the door to the refrigerator, she blew out a sigh. She saw the packages of food left by the Meals on Wheels people. She peaked in at one of the meals and grumbled. It was supposed to be mashed potatoes and salmon, but it looked more like the throw up of the cats she was so allergic to. She shut the refrigerator door and frowned. No use eating now. She’d figure something else out later, or luckily, she would reap the added benefit of old age forgetfulness and just not eat at all.

Just as she was about to return to her room to begin to rifle through some more design magazines, reliving the moments when she had reigned as an amazing business woman, something bright green caught her eye in her stack of mail. It would have to, she reasoned, what

with her right eye going bad and everything. She looked at the mail again and hobbled toward it, intrigued. Mostly she just got junk mail these days.

She picked up the bright green paper and cocked her head, frowning. The paper was far too bright and had way too many explanation points. To help me see it, she thought.

Come to the Senior Center!!!

Every Night is something EXCITING!!!

Bowling, dancing, old movies!!!

For people sixty-five years and older!


Cripes, she thought, grimacing. They really need a new copy editor. She put the paper down, but she couldn’t stop looking at it, even after she did. She couldn’t help herself. She was intrigued by it. A part of her wanted to go to that senior center. A part of her wanted to know if it was as EXCITING!!! as the bolded lettering and the three explanation points relayed. Mostly, she wanted to see someone besides her own reflection. Who would have thought how lonely retirement could be?

About the author:



I am the published author of The Willow Does Not Weep, Racing Death, Case Closed, Mirror of Darkness, Hot Wheels, Dragon Night, Poachers, Dragon Night, Tasting Silver, Late but not Never, Specimen X, Tales of Draga, E is for Eternity, and P.S. I Killed My Mother.  I have written another screenplay available, His Name was Dan Jose. My short story, The Beauty in Ugly, is being produced by Lower End Productions. I am represented by Sheri Williams of Red Writing Hood Ink.

If you want to read more about my release(s) or just want to keep up with me, please feel free to join with me on any of the following websites.

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My agent’s page:

You can also hear me talk on The Candy O’Donnell Show at

I have also spoken with Silver Star Media at

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I’ve Won a Blogger Award!!




Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! Well I’ve been tagged by Joselyn Vaughn to receive the “Lovely Blog Award”!  Whoo Hoo! For me! Thanks Joselyn for thinking of me.  If you get a minute and are looking for a great sweet romance stop by Joselyn’s blog and check out her books. You can find them here:

Now on to the seven random facts about myself.

1)    I love to hike through the woods all year round but especially in the fall. I love the sound of walking through the leaves that have fallen on the ground.

2)    I have one can of Mountain Dew first thing in the morning, to jump start my day. 🙂 I know…veeerrrry veeerrry bad. 🙂

3)    I love to go to the movies and I love movie theater popcorn!

4)    I love early morning when everyone else is still asleep and I can watch the sun come up. It’s very peaceful.

5)    I love listening to my kids talk when they don’t know I’m listening. They’re at a fun age and their conversations are so sweet and innocent.

6)    I miss my dad. He passed away twelve years ago and I feel sad that my kids never got to know him.

7)    I love the beach and someday I would love to live near the ocean.

And now I’m passing this award on to these awesome authors and bloggers! Check out their books for some great reads! You won’t be disappointed!

Sharon Ledwith

Tanya Eavenson

Graeme Ing


Thanks for stopping by and sharing my award with me!

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Please welcome Tanya Eavenson as she shares her New Release “Unconditional” with Us!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with  you! Please welcome Tanya Eavenson. She’s a fellow Astraea Press author and she’s sharing her new release with us! It’s titled, “Unconditional” and it sounds like a great read. It’s definitely on my TBR pile. 🙂

She’s also giving a copy away! How do you enter this giveaway? It’s very easy…just leave a comment explaining how you show your love to your husband and Tanya will put your name in a hat. Her husband will be the one drawing the names and Tanya will contact you if you win! So please leave your e-mail address with your comment!

Well…without further commentary from me…here’s Tanya and her wonderful new release!


Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been in the ministry for fifteen years teaching youth and adults. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. You can find her on Twitter at @Tan_eave and contact her at her website  Want to learn more about writing? Stop by her blog

And here’s her  New Release!

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He will fight for her at any cost…
Elizabeth Roberts can’t remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter’s death, her husband’s affair.

When his wife’s coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can’t erase his betrayal, but with God’s help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.

She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?

Here’s the buy link for Amazon:

Here’s an excerpt:

Chapter One

Elizabeth pushed herself up from the bed. Her gaze swept the dark room and fixed on the hall nightlight. Her hand grazed over her husband’s shoulder when a thought gripped her. Katherine. The baby monitor stood silent. Darkness shrouded the red and green lights that indicated movement.

Her chest tightened. She hurled the covers away and leapt to the floor. Panic made her clumsy as she rushed to her daughter’s room. She lunged over the crib. No sound. No movement. Not even a stirring of air from her tiny nostrils.

“Katherine!” Elizabeth snatched her daughter from the mattress. The infant drew a heavy breath as her eyes flung wide open.

Lord, what’s happening?

Elizabeth’s bare feet pounded the cold tile as she ran back to her husband. “Chris, wake up! Katherine quit breathing again!”

Chris rubbed his eyes and scowled. “What is it?”

“We need to take Katherine to the hospital. She stopped breathing.”

He studied their child. “She seems to be breathing now. Are you sure?”

“Of course, I’m sure.”

“She’s fine.” Chris fell back against the pillow.


“We don’t have the money to take her to the hospital when there’s nothing wrong with her.”

“But there is. She stopped breathing.”

He sat back up. “You’ve been worried about her since before she was born. You’re all worked up because she hasn’t rolled over yet. The doctor said that’s normal for being early.”

She’s called a preemie. She glared into his eyes. “If you were home more often you’d know she’s not fine.”

“I’m home, Elizabeth, and she’s fine.”

Heat flushed her cheeks as tears filled her eyes. “I’m scared. Can’t you see that? I need you to pray for our daughter. I need you to hold me and tell me everything will be all right.”

“Look, she’s sleeping.” His voice softened as his hand ran down her thigh. “Come to bed.”

“How can you care so little? I’m worried about our baby.”

Chris’s hand dropped to the sheets. “Shut the door when you leave.” He turned away from her.

Elizabeth stood for a moment unable to speak. With their baby in her arms, she slowly closed the door behind her and sank her teeth into her lip to keep from crying. If tears came, it would be for her daughter, not for the stranger in her bed.

So there you have it! Doesn’t this sound like an awesome read?

Thanks Tanya for sharing your new release with us! Here’s wishing you many sales!

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How I became an Amazon Best selling Author in one day…and you can too!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I have some awesome news to share with all of you! I have made it to the Amazon’s best sellers list! Whoo! Hoo! I made it to the number two spot in the mystery and detectives category and I ranked in the top ten and top twenty in a couple of other categories as well.

I couldn’t believe it! I checked my sales ranking quite a few times throughout the day just to make sure it was accurate. And you know what? It was!

I bet you’re wondering how I did it, aren’t you? I mean how does someone go from a sales rank of around two hundred and fifty thousand to number two in one day?

Well I’m here to tell you how I did it. After spending a lot of time looking for reviewers, sending letters requesting reviews, and writing guest posts, I realized how little time I had for writing my books. Feeling a little burned out and frustrated, I happened upon a friend’s book and noticed that her sales rank was much lower than it had been the previous day.

I couldn’t figure out the reason for the change because I knew she hadn’t been doing any promotion for that book.  After chatting with her, I decided to use the same method she had used.

Here was the formula that worked for her and me. 🙂 My book is currently number eight in the category of mysteries and detectives.  It’s dropped some…but I’m still in the top ten. 🙂

First of all, I dropped the price on my book to $.99. This probably isn’t news to a lot of you. It’s a technique many authors and publishers use to get people to take a chance on your book. However, I went a step further and listed it on .

It was like magic. The book was listed and started selling within an hour. I first noticed that it went to sixty six. And it didn’t stop going down! I kept checking back and I couldn’t believe it I was at number two by the end of the night and I stayed at number two until the end of the next day. This was an astounding response. When I first inquired about this program, I was told that young adult novels don’t do as well. So, as you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, this service isn’t free. I have to pay them a percentage of my take from Amazon. So, it isn’t really a money maker, but, if you want to increase your exposure quickly and increase your readership…this is a good way to do it. I also want to add that these results are not guaranteed. I’ve seen other books that didn’t do as well…so use your best judgement. 🙂

There are some other sites that are available, but I haven’t had the opportunity to check them out yet. If you get a chance to check them out, drop me a note and let me know how happy you are with your results.  The links are below.

One Hundred Free books

Ask David


And if you feel so inclined…my book is still only $.99 and I’d really love to see if I could get to that number one spot. 🙂

Here’s the cover and blurb…and the buy link! 🙂

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

Thanks so much for stopping by! And if you have any success stories that you’d like to share, please do so! I’m always interested in ways to market my books. 🙂

Posted in Teen

Volunteering: Another solution to Teen Angst

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you today! I wrote this blog post about three years ago and I thought it was important enough to share again. So here you go! 🙂

I’m back today and I’d like to just touch on some of the teen issues that I’ve discussed in the past, for example, bullying behavior, teen depression, and teen pregnancy. What I’d like to touch on is a possible solution to these problems. 🙂

All of these behaviors are a result of pressures that the young adults feel during these tumultuous years. These years are filled with new challenges and new emotions and this is the first time teens are testing their boundaries. These are exciting and frightening times for them.

So, it’s not surprising that they make some incorrect choices. 🙂 In the past, I’ve said that parental involvement and keeping kids active in sports are ways to combat some of these negative choices. I still believe that parental involvement is very important in developing positive behaviors, but what about the kids who aren’t interested in sports? Some kids just don’t have any inclination in that direction.

Well, I’ve thought about this and I’ve discovered a solution. 🙂 You knew I had one didn’t you? What about volunteering? That’s right. I came across a wonderful organization that encourages teens to volunteer and I’m very impressed by it.

In fact, I’m working with them on a project and I’m very excited about it! But, there will be a whole blog post about that as soon as we get all the details ironed out. 🙂  So stay tuned for that. 🙂 The organization is called VOLUNTEENATION and here’s the link to their website. Check it out!  This is a national organization which means they have volunteer opportunities all throughout the United States.

I’m sure you all have heard one of the best ways to combat depression is by helping others…I believe this applies to teenagers as well and that’s what volunteering is all about.

What I love about this organization is that teens are working with other teens in a positive situation. They aren’t at home closed off in their rooms brooding about their problems. Volunteering takes their focus off of their problems and gets them moving in a positive direction.  In my opinion, this might lead to more fulfilling friendships because teens are working together toward a common goal.

Another positive effect this type of organization has is that there are certainly instances where teens can utilize/learn leadership skills as well as team building skills. 🙂 Skills that are necessary for the working environment. 🙂

Maybe if we got our kids involved in volunteering we’d have fewer disasters like Columbine and Newtown. Something to think about my friends. 🙂

Check out Volunteenation’s blog. Here’s a post about how teens can support the Newtown victims.

I can’t say enough about this organization; it’s getting teens headed in the right direction. 🙂

Thanks for reading my post today! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! 🙂