Tis the season for gratitude! As Thanksgiving draws near, focus shifts to what we are thankful for. For me the list is long, with family, friends, our book community, and knock on wood, no broken bones this year, making my top five!
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting an amazing woman who fully embraces the power of gratitude. Our first coffee could easily have turned into a three hour pow wow, that is how wonderful our engaging hour was. Amy Collette introduced me to her book, The Gratitude Connection, that teaches how gratitude, practiced 365 days a year, can transform our lives.
I went home and read the book cover to cover, and loved her message so much I wanted to share it with you. Amy Collette’s mission is to help raise the positive vibration of the planet! She is a book coach, best-selling author, and award-winning speaker. Her upbeat book, The Gratitude Connection, features inspirational stories and practical exercises to retrain your brain for happiness and success.
Always a spiritual seeker and self-help junkie, she finally settled on gratitude as her spiritual practice of choice. When she’s not writing, Amy speaks to groups, teaches writing courses, coaches authors, and enjoys life in Colorado with her husband, Tom. She loves to work with people who are making a positive impact on the world. Favorite clients include socially conscious entrepreneurs, thought leaders and speakers. Publishing their stories helps raise the vibration of the planet, one reader at a time.
Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.
~ Amy Collette
Excerpt from the book:
LIVING THE GRATEFUL LIFE
Your gratitude practice is just that: a practice, a habit. It’s not
something you have to sit down and do for 20 minutes a day, it
is an easy practice that sneaks into all the nooks and crannies
of your life. I didn’t know this when I started, but practicing
gratitude makes you happy. Gratitude is a high-energy emotion,
and once you start feeling it, it seeps into everything, like air.
Pretty soon, it becomes a lifestyle and changes you in subtle
ways. Like you’ll smile at someone you think is judgmental.
You might wake up in a good mood instead of dreading the
morning. You might shake off the anger about your commute
and look forward to your evening with the family.
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and gratitude filled holiday season!
For you guys that follow my blog you know I'm all about wellness and well being. I hate being stressed. But what is stress really? It's a physiological reaction to an event. When we experience a stressful situation our fight or flight response is triggered. Our heart rate and blood pressure increases causing not only psychological and emotional challenge but physical challenge as well. Triggers can be different for all of us whether it is a low grade on a test, being late for work, traffic, or a fight with a significant other. These can be heightened during the holidays when there is more to do. So how can you stay cool for the holidays? I found these great tips...
1. Exercise regularly to work out your extra energy
2. Meditate to clear your mind
3. Keep a gratitude journal to stay positive
4. Eat right
5. Get regular sleep
6. Prioritize so you're not doing more than you need to
7. My person favorite... relax, read a book ❤, watch a movie, listen to music, play a game, put together a puzzle, anything that makes you happy!
To learn more about stress and how to stay healthy you can go to this website to learn more...
Wishing you a wonderful start to the holiday season!
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.
They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.
One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.
I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.
Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
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Find on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36434960-veiled
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
Buy Link: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xPVytD
Keep reading for more about the author and a short exceprt!
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.
You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:
I was in my room, lost in my own worries, when the world as I knew it was torn to shreds.
My room was large, and with only a bed and wardrobe inside, it was far too spacious than anything I needed. But it was also my sanctuary. It had to be. Father didn’t allow me to leave the space without an escort, and only then when he gave me permission, which wasn’t often. I considered myself lucky to have a window until that day.
The horrors I saw from that window would stay with me forever.
Sitting quietly in the alcove, watching the comings and goings of the villagers, was how I learned the ever-changing styles in fashion and beauty, how gentlemen and ladies were to properly act, and how some acted very improperly when they thought no one was watching.
The day the Kingdom of Aelawyn fell, I was watching and envying the lives of her people.
Nothing seemed amiss as three large, covered wagons approached the front gate. The man driving the horses that pulled the lead wagon shouted to the guard atop the gate, announcing that they carried supplies, taken from another forest raid. They were granted immediate entry, Father’s guard raising the portcullis for them.
One by one, the wagons crept into the yard. As soon as the gate slammed back to the ground behind the third wagon, a loud whoop sounded. The guards were stunned, so much so that it took far too long for them to spring into action and defend the castle. The wagon canvases were torn to shreds as a small army, clad in armor and donning swords, shields, and all manner of weaponry, unfolded from the wagons and began to slash their way across the yard.
They did not take time to discern villager from soldier, male from female, innocent from guilty.
A river of blood flowed in their wake, draining between the cobblestones. They were so skilled and efficient in battle that they entered the castle before any alarm could be raised to stop them. In no time, they’d taken the castle itself.
Copyright Casey L. Bond
Overcoming those mid-project/mid-semester blues can be tough...The beginning of the term or a new endeavor is exciting! At the start, I have all my goals laid out and am ready to tackle them. As time goes on though, maybe there are setbacks, or maybe I’ve got the big things checked off the list and there are the small mundane details to finish up, and I begin to feel less motivated. Sometimes I’m tired, or burned out, over-stressed with other commitments, and become overwhelmed or unmotivated.
This fall, I noticed my zeal for a new project waning. I had a major disappointment with another undertaking, and although I only had like 20% to finish, I began to slack off. But I’m not one to quit things, so I kept muddling through. It wasn’t until I got some time away, that I realized my sadness over the other setback was affecting me more than I thought.
I started searching for how to get over that mid-way slump. First, I owned being bummed over my setback, then I took to heart a comment a friend made. “That was one thing,” she said. “It doesn’t mean the next one will be the same.” AKA, I took stock, and got some inspiration.
Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones.
Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have gathered together to give ONE lucky winner signed copies of their books (one per author). You may even find other types of giveaways on their sites so, keep your eyes open. While you’re looking you want to locate the secret word on each site. Make a list of the words in the proper order. When you reach the final destination (Authorsfbenson.com), you’ll find an email address. Send your list to it by Sat., Oct. 21 at 6PM Eastern time. The winner will be selected courtesy of random.org.
Get on your marks.
GO! ... find my word below along with a link for a chance to win 1 of 3 signed copies of my paranormal novella, Drops of Sunshine!
To continue the hop, please go to http://depressioncookies.blogspot.com
Check out my paranormal reads!
Being a victim of bullying is never fun. Whether it’s the kid on the playground who makes fun of you every day, or more extreme cases of cyber bullying, threats, intimidation, in a social circle, or in the work place, being bullied is hard to deal with. I was that kid on the playground, the little kid that the big kid always picked on. That same big kid followed me to high school and never stopped. As I grew older, I learned to wear a thick skin. But, I still felt sad and embarrassed.
In several my books, I’ve weaved in a character who is a bully and harms one of my heroines. I tired to show good ways of dealing with bullies. Aleena in Kingdom of Embers is the target of some bullying cheer friends as well as the school bully. Think You Know Me is about a college co-ed who is assaulted by a violent bully. Knowing what to do when you or someone you love is hard, so I’ve done some research and have some tips for you!
Bullying Survival Tips
Here are some ways to combat psychological and verbal bullying:
If your child or teen is the victim of a bully at school...
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/how-to-deal-with-bullies#ixzz4ob9ng9yq
Tips For Dealing With Being Bullied At Work http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-michelle-callahan/work-bullies_b_833977.html
Today I'm featuring a Halloween themed collection entitled, Book of Spells. The set includes seven novellas. Here's what's found in Book of Spells.
7 original novellas from 7 authors:
Katie M John
Tia Silverthorne Bach
A bit about it:
A magical assortment of 7 stories of witchcraft from 7 Award-Winning authors.
In this anthology of seven novellas exclusively written for this enchanting Book of Spells project, you will discover seven unique voices with seven innovative responses to the challenge of writing a novella based on the theme of spell casting. From the wickedly humorous, to the dark and tragic, each story promises to take you on a spell binding journey through time and space.
Comprised of works from authors who have won multiple awards, and topped multiple best-seller charts throughout their writing career, Book of Spells is a wonderful collection of stories aimed at introducing you to their works and writing.
Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0758DBJNW
These stories were written for an Upper YA / Adult audience. They are suitable for audiences 15 years plus. Please be aware that the novella Bittersweet Vengeance by Tia Silverthorne Bach contains a scene of sexual assault that some readers may find distressing.
This collection is already on my Kindle! I can't wait to read it!
I'm excited to announce release of White Lies by Julie Wetzel!
When her identical twin comes down with stomach bug, Molly finds herself suckered into a huge favor. Impersonating her twin for a romantic dinner… With her sister’s amazingly hot boyfriend.
After a minor accident has Molly spending the night in his arms, she swears off ever again standing in for her sister. But life rarely turns out as planned…
When a chance meeting changes everything, Molly is faced with the hardest decision of her life. Should she keep her sister’s secret and continue pretending to be her twin, or follow her heart and tell the man she’s falling for the truth about her deception? Both choices will lead to the destruction of a relationship. But how do you choose between a sister you love and the man of your dreams?
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Title: White Lies
Author: Julie Wetzel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Marya Heidel at Strong Image Editing
Publisher: Changing Tides Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
I am so excited to bring you the next journal in the Kingdom Journals series, featuring Jude, the unlikely hero...
Jude only knows one thing: he must rescue Camille. It doesn’t matter what has to be done to save her from the evil coven, he will do it. But once she’s recovered, what will his role be? How does he fit into the trinity’s prophecy? Find out in this urban fantasy adventure novel that finds the Kingdom Journals characters traversing the globe in search of Camille, and the key to breaking an age-old curse.
Buy Links (99 cent special):
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Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2ykbYLm
What Others Are Saying:
Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession - “Holy moly Tricia has written a book that has me needing more, like right now!!”
Charity Rowell at On My Kindle - “Kingdom of Honor is nothing short of amazing!”
I grew up in Georgia but now lives outside the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. I aim to create adventures and fantastical journeys for her characters. I feel it is important to portray bravery in the face of turmoil and challenge. My new adult romance series is entitled Being Me.
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In the Series:
Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals #1)
Kingdom of Darkness (Kingdom Journals #2)
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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2y9i7t1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2woT2h2
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2xbRdRK
Tricia has teamed up with Big Hugs Little Envelopes and Superior Earth Essentials to bring you an amazing opportunity to win a Kingdom Journals inspired mug, two Kingdom original scents, and a signed Kingdom of Honor paperback! Got to Tricia’s Instagram account @authortriciacopeland to enter through 11AM Mountain time Sept. 22! Winner announced noon mountain time!
If you’ve been following the series, here is a unique chance to get the Kingdom of Honor ebook FREE! Leave a text review on Amazon for Kingdom of Darkness and send Tricia the link via email at firstname.lastname@example.org! She’ll send you a link to download your free copy of Kingdom of Honor. Free copies are limited, so don’t miss this opportunity! It doesn’t have to be long, just leave an honest review. (Verified purchase only)
Review blitz hosted by Enticing Journeys Promotions