On days like today, a National Day of Service and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, I tend to get overwhelmed with the pressure of feeling like I make a significant enough contribution to society. As a former stay-at-home parent and now working mom, I barely have time to sit alone and read a book. An article I found is helping me see how I already do give back and discover small ways to help in the future. Here are a couple of suggestions from John Hawthorne's article "Simple Ways to Help the People Next Door...And Around the World".
1. Think local - sometimes there is need right in your back yard. When my kids were younger, our mom's club organized a craft hour with a local nursing center for Alzheimer's patients. The kids had fun making crafts and the patients got personal interaction and to use their hands and keep up their dexterity. As a mom to three young kids, I appreciated the social and activity time for me and my kids. John suggests that connections with like minded individuals can lead to a host of other ideas and projects.
2. Raise funds for the needy - this can be as easy as asking a business to place a coin jar on the counter beside the register. Students might start a coat or used toy drive.
3. Be a mentor - to your own kids and to others. You can help at the local elementary school, listening to kids read or reading to them, helping the teacher copy worksheets, or redecorating a bulletin board. Professionals might mentor college students or at the local senior center.
4. Help promote wellness - among your kids, their friends, and in your community. Mr. Hawthorne writes "The need for public service is driven by the concept of the common good, or what is in the best interest of everyone involved. Promoting a healthy lifestyle has immediate and long-term benefits to society and significantly impacts the viability of the population as a whole." Simple ways to help include volunteering to teach a yoga class or organizing a local walking group for kids or adults.
5. Look globally - in this digital age reaching out is easier than ever. Mr. Hawthorne suggests connecting by communicating with people around the world, whether digitally or via regular mail.
6. Connect with organizations making a difference - seek large charities that do the work you're interested in and help them spread their message online.
For me it feels good to give to my community and others in need, even if it is just spending an hour a week at my local school or visiting older patients. I hope my actions help foster community building in my kids and those around me. So, on this National Day of Service, hug your kids, hug your pets, give a friendly wave to a neighbor. If you're able, build a house, donate to the charity you are passionate about, share the message, little acts do make a difference.
John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. His writing not only solves a creative need it has also lead to many new opportunities when traveling abroad. You can read his full article at businessconnectworld.com/2017/11/28/simple-ways-help-people-next-door-around-world/
Wishing you peace,
I'm excited to share with everyone my latest novel! Lovelock Ones is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel set in a near future world where global warming and an epidemic virus has shrunk the world population to a fraction of its numbers. The story is told through the first person view points of two young characters, Jema and Troy. Early reviews are very positive and if you love action/adventure, science fiction, or dystopian stories, I think you'll enjoy this read! It is now available in paperback and releases in Kindle form on January 25. Thanks to Daryl McCool of d.a.m. Cool Graphics for my cover design (http://www.damcool.com/) Read on for a synopsis and excerpt!
Jema and Troy mange semi-normal lives at the Port Orford Naval Base despite global warming and mandatory genetic typing. With the threat of a second worldwide flu epidemic, their parents send them to a remote desert community. Jema’s sister contracts the virus, and Jema and Troy must decide whether to compromise the group to save one. Can Lovelock develop a cure in time to avoid mass casualty? As the political stage shifts, who can be trusted?
If your a paperback reader, you can get Lovelock Ones now on Amazon or at the release price Jan 25- Feb 8th!
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More about me...
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her novels include the award nominated contemporary romance series, Being Me, Best Book Award finalist urban fantasy series, The Kingdom Journals, and Drops of Sunshine, a YA paranormal novella. Find all of Tricia’s books on her website at www.triciacopeland.com. For additional content including book trailers, inspiring quotes, & more, connect with Tricia on her website or your favorite social media with the links below. Read on for an excerpt from Lovelock Ones!
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I'm continuing my run of sharing new releases today! Jo Michaels is a prolific author with books in many genres. I've read at least five of her books, and can highly recommend them. Whether you're looking for paranormal or raw thriller, she's your girl! Here's all about her latest releases!
Simone spent the last two years by her cancer-ridden mother’s bedside. Taking care of her was the number one priority. When Mom suddenly goes into full remission, Simone is left bobbing in an unfamiliar ocean with a young man named Tristan. What happens next is the stuff of fairy tales—and nightmares.
Shocking, heart-wrenching, and insightful, Utterances will make you question everything you thought you knew about self-sacrifice. Award-winning author Jo Michaels pulls reality and the paranormal together in a way never before seen, intensely examining what we call the human condition by diving into the innermost workings of one young lady’s mind.
How to be a Total Loser
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Want to learn how to eat better and maybe lose a little weight along the way?
Need a realistic plan you’ll be able to stick to for the long haul?
Then this is the book for you.
There are no fad diets on the pages of this book, and no magic secret formula that’ll make you half the woman/man you are. What’s in here is real, sensible advice, and a ton of tips and tricks to help you ease into a newer, healthier you.
You’ll be a total loser. You’ll lose the fatigue, that general blah feeling, and maybe even a few pounds (or several), but you’ll start feeling better than you thought was possible in a very short amount of time.
Best of all? It’s not a plan that strips you of the things you love most. It only teaches you how to alter those things slightly, or look for better alternatives, so you can improve your overall health.
So, dive in, and become a total loser that wins in every way.
More about Jo from Jo...Born in Tennessee, 1977
Jo Michaels is...
Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild.
I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.
Click on the images above to find her newest releases or go here to find all of her publications!
About the book...
Grey has always enjoyed the finer things in life. He maintains control over his darker, blood-thirsty side by being “human” as much as possible. He's immersed himself in the daily life of the living, as a history professor, and art historian. He has no patience for the seedier parts of humanity and revels in honor and propriety. That's what keeps his thirst at bay, along with the threat of The Directive.
He's been enjoying his mundane life, until he's contacted by an old friend who reminds him that he owes him a favor. A favor he must repay for a time when he exercised less discretion.
There's a Supernatural wreaking havoc in Atlanta and he has to stop them. That's when it strikes: The Thirst. Like a bolt of lightning crashing into him and rendering him powerless to resist the allure of his target. His control has deserted him and his power has increased beyond his comprehension. He'll defy anyone and everything, including The Directive to fulfill his desire for his Bloodmate.
From Bella Roccaforte...
I’ve always seen things in the world with a different view. I love spending time with people that can appreciate a laid back atmosphere. One of my favorite things to do is spend time on my porch with some of my favorite people.
I love writing stories that evoke emotion! I've written horror, contemporary romance, PNR, Urban Fantasy and recently branched out into some sexy smexy PNR. They all have one thing in common, my unique Bella-style.
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As always, happy reading!
Today I'm spotlighting my friend and editor's new romance novella! Tia Silverthorne Bach teamed up with 9 other authors to bring us 10 things I love about you! Here are all the details:
10 Things I Love About You, a 90s Box Set featuring titles from: Michelle G. Miller & Mindy Hayes, Christina Benjamin, Micalea Smeltzer, L.A. Fiore, Carey Heywood, Skye Warren, Mary Ting, Katie John, Tia Silverthorne Bach, and Elise Kova is AVAILABLE NOW!
Download your copy today!
** A portion of proceeds goes to the National Kidney Foundation.**
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ArNXU5
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2APwl7s
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2BDajC1
The 90s: The decade of AOL, Grunge music, the Gulf War, OJ Simpson trial, Friends, Seinfeld, Britney and Christina, tattoos and belly button piercings, Monica Lewinsky, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Tarantino movies. It was a decade of polarities and hilarity.
Those who reached adulthood in the Nineties were branded Generation X, and were labeled apathetic slackers and cynics. But, ultimately, this generation was called on to bridge the gap between old ideals and new technologies and ways of living.
These new adults had to find jobs, find themselves, and find love amidst rapidly changing landscapes online and off.
TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU is a collection of ten contemporary romance, new adult, stand-alone stories set in the 1990s.
The title of each love story will be a hit song from the year that the novella represents, and are written, respectively, by award-winning and bestselling authors.
1990: "Nothing Compares 2 U" -- Michele G Miller + Mindy Hayes
Can one weekend erase a first love's betrayal?
1991: "More Than Words" -- Christina Benjamin
It takes more than words to make it in love and music.
1992: "Jump" -- Author Micalea Smeltzer
Jenna's shy, quiet, and a bookworm. Caleb is wild, sarcastic, and an adrenaline junkie. One trip will bring their worlds together in ways they never expected.
1993: “Can't Help Falling in Love” -- L.A. Fiore
Emma doesn’t put much stock in fairy tales and happily ever afters, but finding herself stranded in some unknown town, in a diner late at night, dripping cheeseburger juice on her wedding gown is so not how she saw her big day ending. But when the town’s sexy mechanic comes riding to her rescue, maybe her fairy godmother is onto something.
1994: “The Sign” -- Carey Heywood Author
Are personalized mix tapes, Ferris Wheel rides, and ice cream-flavored kisses signs that I'm falling in love with my best friend?
1995: “Who Will Save Your Soul” -- Skye Warren
Emily's a pathological liar. When her life is at stake, will anyone believe her?
1996: “Always Be My Baby” -- Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke
Lucas' words might have begun to sew me back up, but Grayson's love would heal the wound and ensure there were no scars.
1997: “Lovefool” -- Author Katie M John
When Vicky Dean finds herself drowning in the ocean of cool that is the London indie music scene, she soon learns that if she's to survive, it's time to change the record.
1998: "My Heart Will Go On" -- Tia Silverthorne Bach
After a tragic car accident, Kerry struggles to put the pieces of her life back together. Until Jase walks into her life, and a spark of hope ignites. Can her heart go on?
1999: "Genie in a Bottle" -- Elise Kova
When high school senior Erin Williams discovers that an N64 game she picked up at a yard sale contains a real (and really hot) genie, she gains three wishes and a much-needed confidant. However, the final wish may cost her more than she wants to give.
I've already downloaded my ecopy and can't wait to start reading! Happy holiday reading!
Today I am highlighting Renee Scattergood's Shadow Stalker series. Shadow Stalker Part 1 contains six episodes. Here's the dime version:
Auren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.
Now for more...
The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?
Praise for Renee's Shadow Stalker series...
"This is the first time I’ve read a serial and I didn’t know what to expect. I was pulled into the story right away. The pacing was cleverly crafted so that while the action had the pages turning, there was enough back story to keep you rooted in the plot."
~ Melissa Barker-Simpson, Author of the Morgan and Fairchild Series
"Scattergood's writing style is simple and straightforward and her characters very believable."
~ Grant Leishman, Author of Tortured Minds
"One of the best things about the series are the characters, who are human and sympathetic. The heroine is both a tough, capable young woman, and a naive and self-centered teenager; the tension between the two sides of her personality as she is suddenly forced to leave childhood behind and enter into adulthood is often well-captured, as is her ambivalent relationship with her foster father."
~ E.P. Clark, Author of The Zemnian Trilogy
Part 1 isfree to download!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VI2ZCY8 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532091
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-stalker-part-1-renee-scattergood/1121702263
More about Renee...
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn't start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God's Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
Happy holiday reading!
Today I'm highlighting A Spirit's Last Gift by Kathy-Lynn Cross. I read a version of this story in an anthology, Echoes of Winter, last year! I'm exciting to see where Kathy has taken this expanded story!
About the book: Juslynn’s one wish is for Carter to notice her, not as his best friend but something more. Carter and Juslynn are attending the Snow Flurry dance together, but she catches him kissing her rival. Overcome with emotions, her reaction to flee in four-inch heels causes a fatal accident. Now caught between life and death she must figure out how to move on with the help from a demon.
About Kathy-Lynn Cross: Born in Pomona, California, Kathy-Lynn Cross lived there for twelve years until her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Kathy-Lynn wasn’t always a writer. In 2008, when her niece was hospitalized, Kathy-Lynn decided to do something special for her, so she wrote a short tale for her to read. After devouring it in a single day, her niece and the nurses in the pediatrics wing quickly asked her, “What’s next?” That was when a new chapter in her life opened up, and Kathy-Lynn realized that she wanted to become a story weaver.
Kathy-Lynn loves the color red and uses it obsessively in everything, including her bottle-blonde hair accented with red highlights. She has a knack for baking and cake decorating—that is when her fingers are not busy writing mayhem. When recharging, she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book or spending time with her hubby of twenty-two years, two kids, three cats, two silver dollar fish, and the family dog.
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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