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“Secret Places Revealed” by Paulette Harper —> Book Blast and Contest Giveaway.

Please join author Paulette Harper as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Secret Places Revealed, on September 27, 2016.

Publication Date: September 16, 2016
Paperback: 342 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance

ISBN-10: 0989969150
ISBN-13: 978-0989969154

ASIN: B01M0GXCGB

In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autographed copy of Secret Places Revealed.

This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016

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A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.

Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.

 

In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California.

 

Tour is hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours

In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autographed copy of Secret Places Revealed.

This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016

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“Beyond The Faces of the Movies” by D.C. Lassiter —> Virtual Book Tour


Please join author D. C. Lassiter as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary and her new release Beyond The Face Of The Movies, from Sept 1-30, 2016.

Publication Date: July 7, 2016
Paperback & E-Book: 200 pages
Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing
ISBN-10: 1782284168
ISBN-13: 978-1782284161
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living



About the Author
D.C. Lassiter resides in the Pennsylvania area and is a student of God’s word. After being called from a life of modeling and singing, she is now heading to Lancaster Bible College to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Theology & Biblical Studies with a minor in Communications. D.C. Lassiter is single and worships at Blue Route Vineyard Community Church. 

She also writes on her blog as well as various online Christian magazines and counsels women struggling with separation or divorce. You can also find her engaging with her listeners, on the radio, every Sunday as she hosts Dovetales from 2:30-3:30 pm eastern time. Through guests willing to share what the Holy Spirit has done in and for their lives, D.C. Lassiter has an opportunity to encourage many towards a personal relationship with the Godhead which is for everyone: all nationalities, all races, all ages and all backgrounds.
About The Book
Have you ever wondered why after watching a movie you are left with a residue of emotions? Perhaps after the credits have rolled off of your screen, you’ve experienced a sense of peace, empowerment, exhilaration, fear or maybe a better understanding of how to deal with a personal issue you’ve struggled with.

Whether we are a believer in God or not, everyone will come to a place where the choices they’ve made will lead them to asking themselves, “How did I get here?” And as we run from co-workers and then to friends and family pleading for an answer as to how it all went so wrong, we will still have to choose, in the end, which path we’ll take. Don’t be fooled, because once you decide it is you and only you who will ultimately have to live those choices out.

Beyond the Face of the Movies will show you at heart just how similar we all are and whether you see your life resembling a Hollywood movie or a real life biblical character you will discover, underneath all the glitz and the glam, that people are still the same when it comes to making mistakes.

Many times God challenges us to go deeper than the surface of the movie, in hope that we will discover principles that can be gleaned from beneath the excitement and buzz of the film.

By juxtaposing Hollywood movies and biblical characters, the author connects the dots for the reader so that they are guided through fundamental biblical truths in order to better understand and navigate through their own life challenges on a daily basis.

What does Bruce Almighty have in common with the biblical Samson? What is Prophet Jonah doing in the Wizard of Oz instead of going down to Nineveh? Find out in this fun and feisty easy-to-read book, and while you are at it – take the time to look beyond the surface of the movie and you will sense God speaking to you in encouraging, practical and at times convicting ways.

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just a “half”?well…

Let me tell you something. IMG_5745

For someone, who never thought he/she would be able to run 5km without walking…

For someone, who thought he/she hated running…

…there is no such thing as JUST A HALF! it was SOLID 21km race.

Race for which I was preparing for a few last weeks. OK, so maybe it was still kind of too early, I do not know. Maybe I could have prepped more, trained harder. There were so many things I could have done. Cross-training, strength-training, etc. I did not do it, for the reasons I can’t name. Oh wait. I can name one: laziness.

Regardless.

14102589_298273257206237_4324865380772390491_nI did the Bayshore Race – a half marathon held in Owen Sound.

21km. I ran first 19 with no walking. And then I walked a bit, 300m maybe. Then I ran again, and walked a bit. I ran the last 500m. The volunteer felt like running along me at the end.

Yes, I did not come first. Nor second. Nor third.

I was 71st. Out of 80. I thought it’d be bothering me more than it does though. I was just sooo happy to finish it! Yes, me, yes, I, the person who 2 years ago couldn’t run 500m in one piece, heck, I could barely run for 60 seconds straight.

I ran the half Marathon!!!


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“Loyal” by Yasmin Shiraz —> Guest Post / Blog Tour


Virtual Book Tour,  Loyal, a Young Adult Novel

Releasing August 30, 2016

About The Author


Yasmin Shiraz is an author, filmmaker, speaker and activist. She uses her passion for life to fuel her books, documentaries, speaking engagements and social activities. She’s spoken at over 100 colleges, universities, middle schools and high schools as well as non-profit organizations. 

She’s an award winning Writer/ Director and enjoys producing work on youth and community issues. By day, she’s the President of Still Eye Rise Media and runs the Yasmin Shiraz website.

About The Book

 

When a teen girl
discovers her brother has been shot,
she learns about firsthand about loyalty.

Should her brother be more loyal to her or the gang members he’s so eager to impress?

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How I made my first sale

– guest post by Yasmin Shiraz

 

Becoming a published author was such a daunting idea. Like so many writers before me, I dreamed of having an agent and publisher who loved my book and who would enthusiastically support and promote me. I sent query letters to 100 agents and hoped they would select me as their newest, most promising client. Instead, I received exactly 100 rejection letters. 100 different ways to say, ‘No Thank You.’

I could have stopped right there. I could have let my dreams of becoming a published author go the way of the dinosaurs. Rather, I started doing some research on self-publishing and before you know it I had self published my first book, The Blueprint for My Girls. After having the actual book in hand, I aggressively visited bookstores and asked clerks, assistants and anyone who I could find what did I need to do in order to promote my book. To my surprise, everyone was generous with their information. The book industry insiders suggested I sign up for book fairs and find independent booksellers to sell my books.

When I first released The Blueprint for My Girls, Karibu Books was the largest African American themed bookstore in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where I resided. I visited one of their bookstores and dropped off my book with my business card. Within a few days, I received a call back from one of the owners asking me if I’d be interested in doing a book signing. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.

When I arrived at my first book signing, I was nervous. But, the manager at Karibu Books encouraged me to talk about my book to customers who had stopped by my table. Being personable, I learned, helped book sales. The more I talked, the books I sold. For my first book signing which lasted two hours, I sold seven books. I was ecstatic.

As I traveled to other bookstores and set up tables at book fairs, I continued to talk to customers and shared stories which connected with other readers. Doing book signings no longer made me nervous, instead I saw them as an avenue to reach the people who could love my work. The unexpected bonus of book signings? Every book signing gave me the chance to meet a new reader whose purchase told me that at least 100 agents were wrong about my work. Book signings and book sales boosted my confidence.

 

Yasmin Shiraz is the author of  more than ten books including the best seller, Exclusive and the American Library Association Award Winning Book, Retaliation. She is a full time screenwriter and author. She actively runs trivia contents, video chats and more on her Facebook page: Bit.ly/FBYasmin





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The New Beginnings by Iris Blobel –> my review

Two posts earlier I was doing a little promo post for “New Beginnings” by Iris Blobel. Time for my very personal review😀

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New Beginning pic2How many of us would like to have another chance in life… to start over. Especially if the life wasn’t too kind so far…

Two sisters. Though because of the death of their mother – one more a mother than a sister… Money always short, always not enough… And then all of a sudden – a chance for a total change. 180 degree turn. Light in a tunnel, a spark in a darkness. Unexpected and seemingly unexplained inheritance changes everything…

I loved this story. Not oversweetened , captivating, with likable and believable characters. Add to that a little mystery (WHY did they actually got that inheritance, and WHO was the “giver”?), little love story (well… won’t say anything more, no spoilers here!), and the strongest possible, sisterly bond – and there you have it! A perfect summer (or winter, depending where you live😉 )read!!!!

 

 


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so much happening, so little time…

I just  discovered that work gets in a way of lots of things.

Take running for example – I used to be able to run in the races Saturdays OR Sundays. Now? Sundays please. Somehow I managed to sign up for more races this year than last… Then again – I can afford to sign up for races and not think: gee, for that amount of money I could get…🙂

Also – not sure how did that happen – but I signed up for a half marathon… yaaaay me… I have exactly 25 days to prep for it now… considering that my max (happened last Sunday) IMG_5144was just over 18 km, I’m almost there, aren’t I? (what are the 3 missing kms?🙂 ) yeah… it just does not work that way… I know I can always walk a bit, that there is no real shame in that, but somehow…

Well. For me, walking was always something I was good at. I walked 7 pilgrimages (150-180km each), and I am distinguishing between running and walking – dramatically. I KNOW I can walk those 21 kms. The thing for me is now to be able to RUN it!🙂

I find I’m reading very little😦 sigh…

And writing even less…

Always have time for cuddles with Pumpkin though😉 Whenever His Royal Highness wishes that is…😉