Sunday, July 17, 2016

My FAV Facebook Blogging Groups

As an author, I was fortunate to be on Facebook before the explosion of Blogging Groups happened. Over the years I've tried a lot of them both there and on Google+. Here are my go to Facebook Secular Blogging Groups...enjoy!


Book Bloggers, Book Lovers and Reviewers  https://www.facebook.com/groups/164191693606802/


Bloggers & Authors Connect ;-)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/320758974690465/

Bloggers and Guest Bloggers  https://www.facebook.com/groups/basicbloggers/

Bloggers, Reviewers & Indie Authors!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/591352280913085/









= The Christian Blog Cafe =  https://www.facebook.com/groups/queeniechero/ 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Please welcome, Texan & author of "ROPED", DiANE Gates!

What Readers Are Saying the Novel Roped
“5Stars! Crying by the end of the first chapter, I was cheering by the last! I really enjoyed this book! The author had an almost magical way of making her characters, and the Texas rodeo culture, come to life. This book emphasized the importance of forgiveness, of keeping your temper, and of trusting in God. I plan on reading this story many more times in the future, and I would highly recommend it for teens and adults alike. I'm eagerly looking forward to the sequel!”

“5 Stars! Hard to put the book down, author, DiAne Gates has written a story that makes you feel you are actually there! There were times I found myself holding my breath, waiting for the outcome of what was happening at the moment. I felt like I got to know each of the characters of the story and it was written in such a way I could literally "see" what was going on and felt what each character of the story was feeling at that moment. The story line moves quickly and with each chapter you will find yourself drawn into the life of this young girl, feeling what she feels and wanting her to win!! How refreshing to see a story that has as its center such strong family ties, lessons in integrity and bonds that cannot be broken regardless of what life may throw in your path. I highly recommend this book, not only for young people but for adults as well. There are lessons for all of us to learn regardless of age.” Marie

My Interview with Author, DiANE Gates
Why do you write? I entered an essay contest when I was fifteen and won. The title was “The Basis of a Great Nation is a Christian Home”. I’ve been writing since that time about this same topic. I can’t not write. Christian homes are the backbone of America.

How did God direct you? My children were young when I launched into the art market via the means of local art shows. Watching fellow artists go home penniless, I told God we needed extra family income. And He laid on my heart to create color books for children. Even if paintings didn’t sell, the color books did. Then God spoke to my heart about parents not being able to teach what they don’t know, and my four book family devotional series, based on the color book characters, “The Master’s Plan”, came to life. We lost a twenty-eight-year-old daughter fifteen years ago and God not only directed me, He carried me through those difficult years of grief. Then led me to lead a GriefShare support group, where He has directed me for thirteen years.

What is your self-publishing or regular publishing experience? In 2014 I signed my first book contract with Prism Book Group to publish my YA Novel, “Roped”, and am in the process of completing the next book in this series, “Twisted”.

Where do you write? Anywhere the words come. On scrap paper, my computer, my laptop. In the backyard swing, waiting on doctors, in my chair alongside husband when he watches boring sports. When I signed a contract with Prism for “Roped” we took a spare bedroom and turned it into my office. My neighbor designed and built a twelve-foot desk across one end of the room. That desk top holds everything a gal needs to create—family photos, printer, computer, sewing machine, my paints and brushes, and my old computer—just in case.

Do you have any words of wisdom to pass along? “Roped” was my first novel. I sent it to two publishing houses and received two rejections, then threw it in a drawer—for years. After God called our daughter home, He led me to ACW and within thirty minutes of walking in the door found out why my manuscripts weren’t accepted. They screamed amateur. I joined North Texas Christian Writers and began the arduous word crafting process. Several years and three first place finishes later, in their Children’s Division, I signed with Prism. Moral of the stories? NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP! Join a local writing group and educate yourself. Find folks who are bent on success and write and edit with them for as long as it takes. You will achieve your dream if you write within God’s will and for His glory, not your own.

About Author, DiANE Gates
Texan, DiAne Gates, illustrates, photographs, and writes for children and YA, as well as serious non-fiction for adults. Her freelance artist, photographic work for the East Texas Rodeo Association magazine gave birth to her western rodeo adventure series ROPED which Prism Book Group in August of 2015.

DiANE leads an adult edit group, The LifeSavers, for North Texas Christian Writers. And DiAne is a facilitator for GriefShare, an international support ministry for those who’ve lost loved ones.

Wife, mother, and Mimi, whose passion is to share those hard life lessons God allows. Lessons she hopes will leap from the page into your heart.

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Email DiAne Gates at: dianegates@sbcglobal.net

Monday, April 18, 2016

One of the joys of being an author is...AMAZING 5STAR REVIEWS!

One of the joys of being an author is reading rave reviews! Having been too sick to promote my books, I was blessed when I read the reviews for The Naomi Chronicles, which I’ve posted here.

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5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 "Written with love, bathed in Scripture, The Naomi Chronicles, are a heartbreaking, inspiring, and spiritually riveting read! These novels will leave you speechless, breathless and profoundly altered in your beliefs about God's love when you discover what this estranged couple will do and forgive to recommit to theirs." http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp

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5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “The Naomi Chronicles are ‘MUST READ BOOKS’ for teens and adults. So real you get immersed and tangled in their lives. These stories will keep you reading for the situations Naomi and Chaz face cause them to make choices that will affect the rest of their lives. Author Paula Rose Michelson’s #Inspired #Women's #Family #Faith #Fiction is on my “To Read Again List'! If you do not own, borrow an eReader so you can read this #series about love, life, forgiveness, and faith!" Reviewer, Kim Justice amzn.to/22tQtP3

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5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “This is a tale of a quiet hero who waits upon the Lord! Naomi's story will leave you feeling blessed and inspired. I love this series! No matter how many times I have read it, I always find something new and exciting about the books. There are messages and morals within the pages that I apply to my life drawing me closer to God!” The New York Reviewer of Books amzn.to/1zV9oKP


About Author, Paula Rose Michelson
An avid reader of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families' sake, amazing women, and unique faith challenges are found within author, Paula Rose Michelson's fictions. A writer from an early age, when asked about the idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula says, "I cannot take all the credit for Naomi started telling me her story, and together we penned the six fictions."

When not involved in writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula Rose Michelson pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point she and her spouse worked for the mission. However, her desire to write for the Lord full time lead her to leave that work so she could devote herself to this work.

This mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven has been known to weave such wonderful tails that sometimes listeners lose track of the time. At her core, both family and her ever increasing reader family matter to Paula, so while writing to entertain, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her fictions and nonfiction's.

Some who first knew this author as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those teachings are found within her books. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her desire to see those precious wounded ones restored to wholeness, so within each of her books, she includes a few of her biblically based teachings so others can overcome and feel good about themselves.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Theresa Snyder shares why a SciFi Author wrote “WE 3” a Much Needed Book!

What Readers Are Saying About...
“This book reminded me of my childhood favorites - Laura Ingalls Wilder and Understood Betsy - because of the focus on the everyday lives of a loving family. It is full of touching details. For example, when I read how Theresa and her father worked for years on the garden so that the ailing mother could see her favorite plants & flowers from every single door & window, a tear came to my eye. It doesn't gloss over the tough parts of being a caregiver for aging parents - but the author's graceful sense of humor carries her through it all. Even though the topic of the book is aging, I'd say the book is more funny than sad. Reading it was a really soothing, peaceful experience for me. The book distracted me from my worries and made me thoughtful about the things that really matter in life.” — Charlotte Ashlock


“I recommend this book! Theresa's collection of essays on living with her parents as their adult caregiver shed light on the ups and downs of re-combining the family unit after years spent apart. There are the difficulties of merging households while maintaining respect for each other, the joys of connecting as friends beyond the hierarchal parent-child relationship, and the challenges of give-and-take as age and illness encroach on both the parent and the caregiver. These vignettes don't glamorize or soft-pedal, neither do they portray anyone as martyr or saint. This is how the Snyder household truly is, and we are invited to join them. If you take nothing away from this book but the fact that LOVE lives here, then I'm sure Theresa, Lorine, and James will be well-pleased.” —  JK Mohr
                                    Author Interview
Why do you write? I wrote We 3 because I saw the need for other baby boomers, like me, who were inheriting their parents to see they were not alone. I wanted to show that it didn’t have to be a chore. That you could learn from the experience.

How did God direct you? He gave me the ability to keep a sense of humor and the talent to write about it.

What is your self-publishing or regular publishing experience? I have been self-published since 2013. Prior to that I wrote for the local newspaper. We 3 is a compilation of those newspaper articles from my human interest column. I am on all the platforms so my international readers have access.

Where do you write? I write in my head mostly, then when I sit down at the computer I write in a room I built which I call The Moroccan Room. It is all jewel tones and very relaxing.


Do you have any words of wisdom to pass along? To authors, I would say, don’t get discouraged. It takes time to gain an audience. To readers, baby boomers in particular, relax and enjoy the moments with your elders. Remember, if you do, you won’t have to say, “I wish I had.”
About Author, Theresa Snyder
Theresa Snyder is a multi-genre writer with an internationally read blog. She grew up on a diet of B&W Scifi films like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. She is a voracious reader and her character driven writing is influenced by the early works of Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. She loves to travel, but makes her home in Oregon where her elder father and she share a home and the maintenance of the resident cat, wild birds, squirrels, garden, and occasional Dragon house guest.

To find We 3 in Kindle or Paperback click: amzn.to/22owy9w
(Available in regular and large print.)
This book is available on other platforms, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google+, etc

Facebook (Author Site): https://www.facebook.com/booksbytheresasnyder/

Paula Rose Michelson’s Amazon Review: Having asked and been gifted We 3, by talented author, Theresa Snyder, I must share that this authors memoir of a daughter changing her life to care for her aging parents is one all who work in the field of Gerontology and those who live with, or care for the elderly need to read. We 3 is a touching, funny, love and family affirming great primer for children who find their parents aging in ways they could have never imagined. Though written with great love, respect, and understanding, the author shows us what it's like to give up our freedom to live with and handle the difficulties the elderly face when only a short while ago they were taking care of us! Having chosen to be the one to support all my husbands and my aging family members, I know being prepared is critical! Therefore, were I rich, I would gift a copy to each family, doctor, senior retirement facility and every person taking classes in senior issues! All this said, I urge you to read and keep this on your shelf so when the time comes you’ll have a reference that shows the joy within the journey!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Book Marketing 101: Key Word Tags Help Shoppers find Your Book!


I developed the new Back Matter for No Other Choice because, recently becoming a PromoCave author, my Amazon author page, and everything posted there for the marketing of this Amazon Women’s Romantic Inspirational Family Fiction Bestseller was reviewed by Jorge Olson. The error he found was significant! Aware that key words tags help shoppers find books, I hadn’t used them in the books Back Matter! Now I have!! Furthermore, my bio wasn't about me, but my books! Today, I've posted the rewitten Back Matter for each novel in The Naomi Chronicles Saga, which now includes the novels key words. At the end of this article you'll find my rewritten bio, that tells readers about me and my passion for writing. Links to PromoCave, and locations where Key Word Tags lists are found are located at the end of this article.  


NO OTHER CHOICE: While hiding two secrets that would be her undoing, Naomi journeys from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation and captivity to the noble status of heiress. Trapped in a life where all who know her think her a saint, saddled with a mission and responsibilities few would agree to, Naomi marries to sidestep more issues and the couples tangled web escalates for neither are what they seem to be making this inspirational family faith saga one women love.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “A faith based read about love, life and forgiveness there are things we must do in our Christian walk, but life choices can make these things seem to be pushed far back and our fleshy desires forefront.” — Reviews by SweetReadz Mag  http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp

CHOOSING to BE: Longing, lies, desire and passion give Naomi and Chaz no rest as they try to figure out how to live without the one their heart cannot forget or forgive. In this uniquely inspiring family faith saga, we see a bride in flight instead of facing the fall out of her revealed secrets. Alienated from all who loved and affirmed her, with no place to stay, God will gift her everything if — finding herself embraced by people who care — Naomi discovers the ‘Lover of her Soul’.

Will Naomi’s friendship with a ‘Titus 2 Woman’ and the blessings found at ‘Blessings Rock’ bring her to Christ? Can a husband who refuses to forgive his wife handle what he discovers when visiting his family? Is there is more between Chaz and Naomi than their unfulfilled longing? Only God can fix what is broken between this star-crossed couple, and if he does will the romance they both long and hunger for finally be realized?

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “A fascinating layered read, the tension between characters leaves you breathless in anticipation. I admit I had to cheat a little and check to make sure there was a happily ever after! Never fear! There is! The plot twists, turns and carries you all the way to the end hoping Chaz and Naomi find each other again! For those looking for a great book... pick it up!” - Kitty Muse Book Reviews  http://amzn.to/1zV9oKP

BEGINNING ANEW: Beginning where the last book ended, after a month of individual soul searching, Chaz and Naomi have married again. Driven by their desire for each other, inspired by their faith in Christ, each is eager to ignite the fire of passion that flickered and died when secrets were revealed.

Aware that secrets almost ended their marriage before, each knows they must share them. While this star-crossed couple tries to keep their passion to an ember, many who live in El Barrio begin to foment a riot. As the hatred for their once beloved and admired Tía escalates so does this couples passion and need for their spouse. Will God intervene so they can experience the blessings of their union? Will Naomi learn to trust Chaz and can Chaz discover the blessing of loving Naomi as Christ does us.

Captivated by this multilayered, romantic saga, women eagerly await each new book, of which there are three more novels still to be published.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “A heroine learning to love the man she needs and a hero in love with a woman whose duty is tearing her apart. Together they find the strength to face their fears with love built upon an unshakable faith. Author Paula Rose Michelson captures the complexities of human emotion like few authors I've read. Passion, duty, fear, revenge, courage, prejudice and love are woven into this truly gripping story which so well illustrates that which makes us human.” – Book Reviewer, Amazon Bestselling Author, William Struse http://amzn.to/1zV9oKP

About Author Paula Rose Michelson
An avid reader of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ sake, amazing women, and unique faith challenges are found within author, Paula Rose Michelson's fictions. A writer from an early age, when asked about the idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula says, "I cannot take all the credit for Naomi started telling me her story, and together we penned the six fictions."

When not writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula Rose Michelson pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point she and her spouse worked for the mission, but, her passion for writing full time lead her to follow where she felt God was leading her.

This mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven has been known to weave such wonderful tails that sometimes her family has almost been late. At her core, both family and her ever increasing reader family matter to Paula, so while writing to entertain, she hopes to imparting a blessing to those who read her fictions and nonfiction's. 

Some who first knew this author as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those teachings are found within her fictions. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her desire to see those precious wounded ones restored to wholeness, so within each of her books, she includes a few of her biblically based teachings so others can overcome and feel good about themselves

To find out more about PromoCave visit: http://promocave.com/about-promocave/

For Amazon list Key Word Tags click:    https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A200PDGPEIQX41

BISG International & Necessary Key Word Tags click: https://www.bisg.org/bisac/tutorial-and-faq

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Please Welcome poet, Feon Davis, author of Footsteps of Faith (Volume 2)

Feon, why do you write? I write what is given to me in the name of Jesus Words for hope, peace, love for what reason I do not know only he does.

Interesting, and how did God direct you? He whispers to my spirit the words intend for me to write. Despite how I am feeling for he has all control.

What is your self-publishing or regular publishing experience? I learned that it cost either way. However, having marketing tools is a BIGGER help along with editing to back you up.

Since many wonder about us authors, please tell us where do you write? Mostly at home. But this depends on my spirit sense through God.

Feon, do you have any words of wisdom to pass along? Pray before writing and ask God to guide you hand, heart, and mind.

What Readers Are Saying
"Feon, you have truly found the true spiritual walk and all through the book, you lead others to see God’s love. Sometimes poets struggle to achieve, but you give yourself to Jesus in every way in the book, thus establishing a path for others to follow. An awesome work, I am so proud of your work. Keep writing from your heart and your poetry will always be whole. This new book of poems is very beautiful and spiritual guaranteed to uplift many hearts! May your writing will help others always to keep the faith!" – Dorothy E. Scott

"Within Footsteps of Faith are 55 beautiful pages from this talented Christian author. That the Miss. Davis has been writing since she was nine years old helped me understand how she was able to convey from her heart to our souls using our Lord’s language to share the joy of Him in vivid poetry and prose. Any ‘disability’ Feon may have suffered at birth when she was deprived of oxygen has been decisively and brilliantly overcome. In leading others to see His love she established a path for others to follow. This is a book I can recommend – both for personal reading and also as a gift book. A well-earned five stars and GOD BLESS you Feon. I look forward to reading more of your works." – Eliza E.

About Author, Feon Davis
Feon L. Davis, poet and writer, offers as a blessing to all in the message of her anthology, which shows that faith is an essential part of life. This engaging anthology was written for readers who share the authors love of God. Within the readers finds religious language, and vivid imagery that evokes feelings of joy. The spiritual delight of the author in being a poet who feels close to God is apparent. Written with love, each poem speaks of how everyday experiences draw us closer showing us how faith affects our lives. This gifted author believes faith to be the foundation of all she encounters. Her language is strikingly beautiful, graceful and elegant. Desiring to empower her readers these skillfully written poems offer to all who a sense of being delighted by God's message. Enjoying the wise words of the Bible, Feon's poetry shows how splendid life is when reflecting upon God's love. Enfolded in this poets work, if you would like to read more, Feon L. Davis has written several other anthologies, including 'Footsteps of Grace.'

Find Feon Online at:
Footsteps in Faith, Kindle: amzn.to/1S7kFMY
Footsteps in Faith, Paperback: amzn.to/1S7kFMY

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Author, Joy DeKok & I chat about Writing & her Amazing Novel, BETWEEN THE LIES

Joy, why do you write? My fascination with words started when I was four and taught myself to read and write. I love words and they are part of who I am. Putting them on pages is almost as important as breathing. Wow! I’m trying to imagine you writing at four years old when many that age don’t know their alphabet!

Joy, how did God direct you? After coming to faith in Jesus, my first response was to write about it. I've been doing that ever since. First in letters and poetry. Then in stories. So many authors, myself included, began by writing poetry.

Joy, please share your publishing experience. I was traditionally published first. It was okay. Then I discovered self-publishing and love it. It's hard work either way, and I'm not declaring one way better for everyone. But self-publishing works better for me.

Joy, where do you write? Wherever I am. I have an office in our home, I work for my husband part-time in his insurance office and in the quiet times I also write there. I love the seclusion of my personal life, but now and then need the energy I find in a coffee shop. Or on a writing retreat with friends. I relate needing a quiet place to write. Also, I think each of us would love to have a breakaway with friends!

Joy, do you have any words of wisdom to pass along? Trust God. Write from your heart. Be brave. Writing true. A great insight, which I believe applies to anything we peruse!

FYI: If you love to read books by bestselling authors Lynn Cahoon, Shelley Hitz, and Barbara Freethy, I know once you’ve read one of Joy DeKok’s novels you’ll be a fan for life! If you use Amazon’s ‘Follow’ feature, you’ll always know when her new book is available!

Between the Lies (The Northern Lights Series Book 1)
Olivia Morgan was fine. Until the dead guy in the elevator, her married lover's disdain, the loss of her dream job, and an FBI agent who is looking into the past she's worked so hard to hide. All she wanted was the perfect life; the love of a wealthy man, a beautiful place to live, and to be an art teacher. She didn't mind doing what it took to get those things, and for ten years, she had it all - almost.

Plus, someone is watching her - someone who knows things and how to get to her without being seen.

To prove she's innocent of at least one of the murders she may have committed, Olivia uses her ability to notice what others often miss, and her art to remember and reveal what she knows.
Will her sketches save or convict her?
Want to know what happens? Click this Amazon link: amzn.to/1RRj7E6

What Readers Are Saying
“DeKok slowly peels away layers of pain, heartache, and deception to reveal the true heartbeats of her characters, making Between the Lies nail-biting suspense with heart and soul.” —  Author of the bestselling Fredrickson Winery Novels, Barbara Ellen Brink

“DeKok's new mystery is one of those books that haunted me from page one. Meaning, when I wasn't reading, the story kept drawing me back, making me wish I could set everything else aside and just finish it! I loved that Olivia wasn't the usual stereotypical heroine. In fact, most of us would be appalled at her secret life. Yet, as the story unfolds and her life begins to unravel and secrets come out of the closet (literally), you can't help but wish for her to find her way. The twist and turns of the intricate plot line made for a fascinating story. I'm so thrilled this is book one of a series and look forward to reading more about these colorful characters. I'd rate Between the Lies right up there with titles by two of my favorite authors, Chris Fabry and Creston Mapes. Well done, Joy DeKok!” —  Bestselling author, Diane Moody

Between the Lies is rich on multiple levels: the intricate plot has enough twists and sudden reveals to please the most demanding mystery fan, the settings ring true, and the characters are lined with a fine and discerning eye. Olivia Morgan is a crackerjack heroine, cursed with a nightmare childhood but charged with a determined grit that will see her through this.” — Author, John Robinson

About Author, Joy DeKok
Joy started writing as a child – she loved following along with the words when her mom read to her. When she married Jon, he encouraged her to follow her dream, then made a way for her to do that. She’ll always be grateful he believed in her talent even when she wasn’t so sure. They now live on thirty-five acres of woods and fields of wildflowers with their dogs, Sophie and Tucker. Joy enjoys long walks or rides in their John Deere Gator with her camera, journal, and dogs. She likes her coffee strong, black, and hot.
Find Joy online at:
Webpage:  www.joydekok.com

To write your review for Joy’s awesome book, clic amzn.to/1RRj7E6