Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pen It! to publish "A Brokenhearted Father: 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 1"




It's official! I've signed with Pen It! publications, LLC!

I look forward to working with Debi Stanton and her talented team to ensure A Brokenhearted Father: 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 1, is a captivating read for all ages. I'm delighted that they will publish all the books in this Middle Grade series!

Please pray each Fruit of the Spirit book becomes a bestselling Christian fiction that crossover so it can touch many hearts with God's love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Kids, Mom's & Folks...
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10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2!
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About Paula-Rose

At fifteen, Paula-Rose and her family spent many weeks on a friend’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Since all had daily jobs on the farm, she did too. Though Paula grew up in large cities, she loved being there and has suggested to her pastor husband that if they retire she’d like to live where her heart first experienced what she hopes kids do when they read her Gracie books.

Happily married to Lutheran Pastor, and Chosen People Ministries field missionary, Ron Michelson, the couple have two wonderful married daughters and seven adorable grandchildren. When her daughters were little, Paula’s husband made up wonderful stories for them. She learned from him the joy of using life situations in a way that blessed children. What started as bedtime stories are realized in this first Gracie book written to entertain and encourage love for God and His Word, while kids learn about the Fruit of the Spirit.

When not writing, Paula likes to teach Praying the Psalms to the women at her church. Her sisters in Christ have shared how blessed they are to discover those who pray the Psalms draw closer to God while he shows them how to deal with each emotion in a way that brings them closer to the Him. A member of her churches weekly prayer team, Paula knows all things the Lord asks of us are accomplished when we start with prayer. 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Free for 5-days! Grab your Copy of "No Other Choice"!


5-Stars! “Once I started reading No Other Choice, I couldn’t put this wonderful book down!” 

5-Stars! "No Other Choice is one of most interesting Inspirational Christian Romances I've read!" 

5-Stars! “Full of intrigue and suspense, the strong thread of inspiration woven throughout No Other Choice kept me reading. I can't wait to start book two!” http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp

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Naomi fled Spain for America to escape living the lie generations of her people had lived. She planned to find her uncle and help him earn enough money to bring their family to this land of promise. About to be sent back, the teenager lets an old woman help her and when handcuffed and dragged to the woman's casa, discovers she must continue to live a lie. Will Naomi's coming-of-age journey be one of fear, freedom, or love?

Chaz met Naomi when she gave this drunken bum a few dollars and made him sign her pledge book while saying he would help others. Now an internationally well-known philanthropist, he will pretend to be less than he is to wed Naomi!

Lola was rescued from immigration by Naomi. Now this teenager wants to discredit her benefactor so she can have Chaz. And having discovered Naomi's secrets, she is bound to succeed!

Two people in love yet neither knows who their spouse really is. A teenage girl whose goal is to drive a wedge between this star-crossed couple. Can anyone get what they want before fear, longing, lies and secrets cause this triangle to unravel? http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp


About the Author

Writing great Inspirational Christian Romances, Children's Chapter Faith Stories, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-help and works to encourage are author Paula Rose Michelson’s passion. Her desire to inspire others comes from being a late reader, who discovered books were her best friends! A lover of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ or the Jesus' sake, she writes about amazing women and girls who have unique faith challenges. When asked about her idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula said, "Naomi and I penned these fictions together." 

When not involved in writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point, both of them worked for the mission. However, when the Lord called Paula to write full-time, she gladly left to devote herself to this work. 

This happy mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven, has friends who often tell her that she weaves such wonderful tails they lose track of the time. Since both family and her ever-increasing reader family matter to Paula, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her books. 

Some who first knew Paula as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those biblical 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 wish to see those who feel 'less than' restored to wholeness. Therefore, within each of her books, she includes a few of the teachings God gifted her so readers can overcome and feel good about themselves. https://goo.gl/jYagKJ

Email Paula at: Paula.Wordsmith@yahoo.com

Paula's Facebook Author Page is at: https://goo.gl/t2a9mz

Friend her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/paula.michelson

Ask to join her Author VIP Facebook Group at: https://goo.gl/4Yqe1d

Twitter:  https://goo.gl/0YD21U or @PaulaWordsmith1

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

National Girlfriend Day!

Growing up I wanted (as I imagine all girl's do) lots of girlfriends. However, moving as much as we did... I still can't remember if I lived in nine house and went to seven schools or if it was the other way around. I do know the many friends of mine who had to move many times like we did agree that isn't easy on kids. I did learn to fit in at any cost, which wasn't hard since my mom was strict. However, I longed to be accepted just because I was me. Now 71, I've learned that from infancy to our last breath women desire...no need this. Many I've talked with told me it was easy to fit in since they did what I did.

Then I meet the Lover of my Soul and rejoiced for Jesus didn't want me to fit in! He wanted and continues to ask me to stand out for Him! In doing this, I become the authentic person He created me to be. In doing this, I learn to praise Him. I doing this, I hear God speak to me. Turn my back on Him, and I silence the one who gave His life for me.

When God called me to write the 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team faith fictions, I was doubly blessed because these books about virtues, values, girls, women and social skills, show others that being authentic is best. I believe readers will enjoy A Heartbroken Father for within the pages they meet a sweet child, a caring Mama, and an angel. These three have captivated me and I think they will touch your heart as well.

Since the original book has 10 more chapters, a new title, and is being proofed, I ask you to pray I find a publisher because this is now a 16 book series.

Here's the new... un-proofed beginning of chapter 1

Chapter 1: Two Years Ago

Grace heard a car backfire and a few minutes later smelled smoke. Though only eight-years-old, she knew what that could mean since her daddy was a firefighter. She looked out her classroom window and saw flames. Grace looked from the other kids, to her teacher. Since they didn’t act like there was a problem, Grace figured she was having what her mama called “a bad daydream because that’s what firefighters’ families did sometimes”, so she tried to give it no-nevermind.  
Ten minutes later, Principal Jones’ voice boomed over the loud speaker, “Fire! This is not a drill!” 
“Okay, class, we all know what to do,” Miss Elderberry’s smile and soothing voice calmed those who didn’t know what Grace did. However, Grace, true to the promise she’d made her daddy, didn’t say a word, which was hard since as a first-responder firefighter, her daddy had told her stuff. With Grace seated the nearest to the blackboard and window, she was the last to file out. When she stood, Grace heard a big roar and a loud crackling. She looked out the window. Flames were so high what little sky she saw was filled with blackish-grey smoke.   
Aware this wasn’t good, Grace hurried to her classroom door, relieved to see her mama handing each child a water-soaked towel, as she said, “Cover your nose and mouth with this.” Mama’s joy at seeing Grace was evident though all she did was hand Grace what she had every other kid. Grace tried not to gag while she placed the towel over her mouth and nose. Taking her daughter’s hand, Mama and Grace ran to the playground. The headcount was completed when Grace arrived. While the count was double-checked, Grace wondered where her daddy was and why her mama left their farm since Pa told them, “If in danger, stay there, so he’d know where to find them.” She looked up and seeing the sky was almost pitch black, she said a prayer for her Daddy, Joe who was near as she had to an uncle, and the others who risked their lives every day to keep them safe.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Article After My Notes on "Marketing Your Children's Books"



That most writers have too write a lot before their proficient enough to call themselves and author is a given. However, few realize while honing those skills that it is as or more necessary to learn how to market their book, even before it’s finished.

Though the reasons very, it is a normal, healthy thing to tell others what you’re doing. I believe many good closet-writers don’t publish because of fear. However, if you start early-on sharing what your doing, you’ll find within every group another wannabe whose as passionate and worried like you. The adage ‘there’s safety in numbers’ applies here. For in all personal endeavors which require time and perseverance, isolation and self-doubt rob the world of many a fledgling – name your favorite author, athlete, or....

Therefore today, I share an article which deals with one reason writers don’t publish, namely marketing. Now, I’m not posting this because I know what will work for you rather because the first steps require those who write to talk about what they are doing.
For me this hit close to home when I learned last year that my brother started writing in Junior High School and is now seriously writing for publication. And to think I found this out at 71, was a shocker. Especially when I would have happily supported him.

Below is what I believe to be valuable, get out of the closet and do what it advices!


This article is by Kimberly S Hoffman

Develop a Strategy:
*   Who is your main audience? Can you expand this out to include other groups?
*   What is your book’s theme? How can you use that to develop programs around this theme?
*   Are there other elements of your book that can be used to develop programs.
Create a Contact List:
*   Brainstorm Who Can You Contact
      *  Schools (include all age appropriate levels from preschool-elementary)
      *  Libraries
      *  Toy Stores
      *  Book Stores
      *  Churches
*   Utilize Social Media
*   Ask Children for Help Reaching Their Teachers
*   Bring up what you do in conversations.  You never know what may come of it
Time to Contact:
*   Keep your email as concise as possible, but include all pertinent initial data.
      *  Remember that teachers & librarians are busy people. You don’t have to provide dates,     
         times, etc. on the first contact.
      *  Include who you are, your purpose in writing, possible choices of programs, and include links to your Social Media site, your webpage, your publisher’s page, etc. Establish your legitimacy.
      *  If you cannot find contact information, call. Keep it to the point. Same rules apply.
 You Receive a Reply:
*   Set Up the Visit
      *  Try to be as flexible as possible to meet their schedule.
      *  Determine the length of the program.
*  Determine what program they would like presented.
*   Ask for possible headcount.
*   Send the teacher a confirmation of details and include a pre-buy flyer.
*   Mark your calendar with date, time, contact number, and any pertinent details such as what you need to bring that day.
      *   Most schools will require you sign in upon arrival.
      *   Some will require you to fill out a background check.
Programs:
*   Read your book
*   Main theme of your book
*   How to write a book
*   Secondary topics
*   Be flexible!
Follow-Up:
*   Thank you note
*   Ask for a review
*   Let them know you are more than willing to come again
*   Look at what went well and what didn’t ADJUST
Other Ideas for Marketing
*   Book Launch
*   Book Signings
*   Attend local Literacy Fair
*   Talk up your book - You are your own best marketing agent!
*   Ask teachers/librarians/etc. to leave a review on your Facebook page, author webpage, etc.
*   Use other sites such as Author Central on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
*   Look for ways to give back to the community through your book.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise
*   Facebook events, posts, etc.
*   Other Social Media / Websites
*   Posters, fliers, postcards, etc.
*   Word of mouth

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Your Family is Gods #1 Priority!


Parents today have it harder than my hubby and I did when our kids were young. Now that Danae is almost 50 and since Cheryl's almost seven years younger, do the math and you'll discover that I'm an oldster, which, according me is a person who is old but still has enough opinions to stir things up, I hope in a good (or should I say God) way?

Looking back at the 80's which is when both of our daughters were teens, it was as needed then as it is now to check out everything and everyone our girls spent time with and find out what they were doing. Ron and I assumed there would be no problems. We were wrong and there were consequences we had to deal with.

Whether you call them problems or issues, they happen all the time. With most families today needing both parents to work, like I did, kids may think their parents don't care what happens to them as long as they look like their following the rules. God 's Word tells us that's wrong!

Well, if that's wrong, what's right? you may wonder. And I'd have been right there with you before I go the big ah-ha from Jesus, which was when I discovered that Every Family Matters to God! His Word God tells us what matters to Him, so let’s check it out.

1. When Adam sinned God punished him like we do are kids. Why? Because He knew we learn best by living with the consequences of our behavior.

2. When Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans because God told him to go, he had to leave his father’s house. To become the man God needed He lead Abraham away from sin, and gave him, his family, and those who believe in Messiah an everlasting inheritance in heaven. 

We're still in the beginning of Genesis and we already see that God’s number one priority is families like yours.


Paula-Rose wrote this Children's Christian Chapter Book 
 
5-Stars! "Wow! Great story! Begin building a child's library with Paula-Rose's books. This author definitely has a knack for the written word! I love reading books of faith to kids. I always did to my children and grandchildren. We need more books like this for kids of all ages! Highly recommend! God's grace captivates Paula-Rose in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His Glory!" https://goo.gl/2TgXWw



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Send it to GraciePrayerTeam@mail.com 
The winning recipe & your name will be in the next book!
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Each Child Needs...JESUS!

For kids to have a sun-shine day here's what they must have. 
Before start, it's Not Stuff we Buy like video games, or fancy clothes. 
Children’s Hospital Colorado and other online sources say children need… 

1. Security—Kids must feel safe and sound. This means providing them with basic survival needs: shelter, food, clothing, medical care and protection from harm.

2. Stability—Stability comes from family and community. Ideally, a family remains together in a stable household. But when that ideal breaks down, your child’s life must be as little disrupted as possible. Kids and families should also be part of larger units to give them a sense of belonging and cultural continuity.

3. Consistency—Parents must synchronize their parenting. No “good cop, bad cop.” Consistency also means that important values should not be changed casually or for convenience.

4. Emotional support—Parents’ words and actions should facilitate kids’ trust, respect, self-esteem, and, ultimately, independence.

5. Love—Saying and showing you love your kids can overcome almost any parenting “mistakes” you might make. Even when your kids have disobeyed, angered, frustrated, and rebelled against you, they must know that you love them and that you’ll always love them.

6. Education—Make sure your kids get the best possible education for their future. This, of course, includes school. But it also includes the invaluable lessons about life that you provide during the time you spend together.

7. Positive role models—Parents are their kids’ first and most important role models. Be the kind of person you want them to become.

8. Structure—Rules, boundaries, and limits: Without them, kids are forced to be adults before they are ready, and they lose respect for you and other adults.

I like this list. Yet, as fallible as we all are, and as tired and stress as parents get from juggling everything, where can your kids needs be meet?

Aware that Jesus is The Answer, here's what I know:

1. Security - Jesus meets kids most important need because they know He loves and will never leave them. That He has prepared a special place for each of them in heaven.

2. Stability- Jesus is there always eager to listen to each kid. And, He keeps his promises.

3. Consistency - Jesus never changes His mind.

4. Emotional support - Even before something happens Jesus is there. He supports and encourages those who know Him through prayer, which is how we talk to Him and scripture, which is how he speaks to us.

5. Love - Jesus loves each child so much that He gave His life, so they could live in heaven with Him when the time came.

6. Education - Jesus though His Word and the Holy Spirit teaches kids things beyond our understanding. The things children learn from Him make life better.

7. Positive role models - Jesus is the Very Best Role Model a child can have because He is the same today, tomorrow, and forever.

8. Structure - Jesus has given us guidelines in scripture as to how kids and parents should treat each other. At every stage of your child's development you will find guidance in God's Word very beneficial.


Paula-Rose is the author of the children's book …
A Father's Broken Heart
8-Year-Old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team

5-Stars! “I fell in love with prayer warrior Gracie. An old soul who would become a world changer for sure! Discovering that Miss Millie or as Gracie calls her M&M is an angel was reminiscent of the Touched by an Angel TV show which I love. 

The story reminded me of the movie The War Room. I like how the author wove the story of the janitor into the book. I look forward to reading more of Gracie's adventures.” https://goo.gl/2TgXWw



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Send it to GraciePrayerTeam@mail.com 
The winning recipe & your name will be in the next book!
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

4 the Kids Sake!


In the last 20 years America, the only country in the world founded on biblical principles, has become the third largest Christian mission field. Where previous generations took their kids to church many... perhaps most families today, with both parents working, needing the weekend to distress have gotten their kids involved in team sports and decided that since fair play, rules and character are stressed in those places going to church or reading the Bible isn't needed. 

WRONG! Nothing can take the place of the one location where we are asked to place our trust in God and given the opportunity to start a lifelong relationship with Jesus, the savior of our soul. 

The interesting thing is that kids need and respond to Gods love much quicker than most adults do. The seeds of faith planted early in a child's heart help them make good choices. Not so, kids that win a game but don't know the Lord.

Because of the desire of many in our country for each of us to have it all, our youngsters may be shortchanged when we chose what others did for their kids instead of what God's Word tell us to do. 

It's never too late to turn back to your first love, or if you don't know the Lord visit a church to find out why I'm so dead set on writing this. And, yes, I do know that there have been personal and church faith failures. However, God didn't fail, people and organization did!

Don't feel like going to church is your thing? Then get your kids and you some books where they'll experience God at work. 

Don't know where to shop? Check out Amazon online. If you want something fun for your child to read that's faith based, you can check out A Father's Broke Heart: 8-Year-Old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team at: https://goo.gl/2TgXWw

If you'd like something else, visit Paula Rose Michelson's Amazon author page for fiction and nonfiction reads.  https://goo.gl/2TgXWw