Before I Formed You…

A Writer's Corner

Jeremiah 1:5 says that the Lord knew us before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. This is the scripture I used when I wrote Grace Defined.

I find it interesting that the Lord will use some of the various experiences I have had in some of the books. As stated before, there are bits and pieces of me; my attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, experiences, etc. sneakily incorporated into the stories. This one is no different.

Some years ago the Lord gave me a vision that dealt directly with this verse, and as I started this book and asked, “What do I write for the Prologue?” that vision suddenly appeared in my mind. So the Prologue is the actual vision the Lord gave me back then. Now how sneaky is that?

When I sent the completed manuscript to a couple of people to read for their endorsement I was amazed…

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I confess

A Writer's Corner

I talked a little about my second book but I have to make a confession here. I have been very disappointed in that book for a couple of reasons. After all the work of thinking, pulling things together, hunting and pecking out the words, editing, and making sure everything was as the publisher wanted, and trying to come up with a cover design, as well as reliving the memories, (Its a true story) when I got the completed, published book in my hot little hands I was shocked!

All that work and Sacrifices of a Saint is a mere 36 pages long! It’s also over priced, in my opinion. So naturally I’d sell it for less. Which by the way, I still sell my books for less than the publishers price, unless its a doctor or lawyer. 🙂 (Just kidding)

The other reason I’m disappointed in it is because it…

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A Day Off

A Writer's Corner

When God was creating everything He took a day to rest. Not that He gets tired, but as an example to us and today is my day of rest. No it isn’t Sunday, the day we normally think of as our Sabbath.

Georgia July’s are known for our heat and humidity and I have been working out in it for the last few weeks and it has absolutely caught up with me and the body is saying, “enough!”

Each year, for the past 3-4 years, I have been doing a lot of crocheting; hats and scarves for the homeless and women’s shelters. Last year I added to the collection several crocheted lap afghans for the wheel chair bound residents at the assisted living and memory care center where I have been teaching crocheting.

I was so blessed when all those residents, men and women, were so thankful and so appreciative…

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The Way it Was

A Writer's Corner

Back when I wrote my first book, Laying Down my Net – A Walk of Faith, I knew absolutely nothing about having a book published much less actually writing one. I was merely being obedient to the lord and totally relied on Him to help me to do that.

As I have stated before, each publisher is different. Vantage Press was my first publisher and I paid a very high publishing fee to have that book published. One of the reasons it was $7,000.00 versus the $4000.00 many now charge, was because they stored printed books in their warehouse. If an order came in they had them ready to go. There was no need for printing up whatever was ordered. Faster and more efficient service.

They were a well known and very reputable publisher and had been in business for many years. In fact it was my understanding that they…

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Endorsements

A Writer's Corner

Endorsements are important although I confess, I never even thought of getting endorsements until I had already written a couple of books. Many people may skip over the page that lists the endorsements but there are many who will not. They want to see if others feel like your book is worthy of reading.

A review of your book is different from an endorsement. Joe blow on the street can write a review. For example, “I really like the part about…. but I feel the author fell short in the area of… I thought the author was way off course.” It’s similar to someone writing a critique about a restaurant they ate at. It can be good or it can be bad.

With an endorsement, whoever is writing it is praising your work. They’re encouraging others to want to buy it. I’ve often wondered how an author can have an…

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10 Ways to Teach Your Child the Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse

Cyber Support Group

Straight talk about body parts and a no-secrets policy can protect young kids without scaring them

Natasha Daniels

We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street. But, more often than not, body safety is not taught until much older — until sometimes, it is too late. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. You want to hear something even scarier? According to the US Department of Justice (nsopw.org) only 10% of perpetrators were strangers to the child and 23% of the perpetrators were children themselves!

Related: Signs Of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents

These statistics do not surprise me. In my practice…

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“If It Isn’t…”

A Writer's Corner

Dawn’s Light is probably the most suspense filled book I’ve written so far and has a powerful message. Pursuit has suspense but is a more family oriented story. I really had fun writing Dawn’sLight for it kept me on the edge of my seat as it does the readers, as well as laughing.

I’ve found that with writing the novels, I’ve leaned toward beach scenes, a little romance, suspense, and always try to add some humor. I think I mentioned once before how various people react to what is displayed on my book signing table. Seek My Face seems to be the shunned one on the most part, the elderly customers tend to gravitate to Pursuit when told its more of a family type story, Laying Down my Net, seemed to be just about everyone, but especially Christians, when I tell them it is a true story about…

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