Monday, December 9, 2013
1. Penny C. Sansevieri guest posted at Working Writers and Bloggers. Wow! She had some great tips on using audio to sell your books, as well as referencing other articles.
2. Now that you've read the first article, here's a How-to Create and Market a Stellar Podcast on The Blogging Bistro. BTW, this site has some awesome how-to articles. Even if you're not a writer, you can add some zip to your blog with their guidance.
3. Once again, The Blogging Bistro is my choice for a handy-dandy blog/story starter. What's a seaplane doing in the middle of the road? Find out here.
Writers and Readers: Do you listen to audio books, book trailers, podcasts, etc.? Why do you like/dislike them?
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 3:39 PM
The topic today? Her “The Storms of Time” trilogy.
Here is the link for the show and more on the author and the trilogy:
Her debut The Storms of Time (Published 2013) is a Christian fiction three book series of self discovery, worth and the power of faith, family and love.
Her love and passion for writing is with the hope that she can spread awareness and inspiration throughout the world.
B. Chantel was born and raised in Michigan and still resides there with her family.
The Storms of Time trilogy is an exciting yet powerful, inspirational and entertaining Christian fiction story for the young and the young at heart.
What happens when three young people lose their way, their hope and their faith? Where will they turn when they're lost, scared and confused? Travel through time and through each journey of this exciting trilogy to see at what lengths God can go to get their attention and make them once again see through the eyes of faith, hope and trust.
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 9:56 AM
In Amish Circle Letters II, reconnect with the members of the Fisher family from the first book.
In Volume 9 of this serial book, Mary Ruth is settling into her role as mamm to the Yoder kinner but worries about Melvin and his big secret. Just when she thinks he might make a confession, an emergency at her parents' farm calls her home. Katie ponders whether or not Melvin will make things right with his parents about having stolen the Bible verses. Steve and Mimi return to her parents' home and he makes a surprising discovery about his wife.
As Amish do not use computers or cell phones to communicate, Amish women will often write circle letters, letters that they send to a list of addresses of people that they would like to include in the correspondence. Since they do not have access to photocopiers, the first person on the list will receive the letter, read it, and respond. That person sends both the first letter and their response to the second name on the list. This continues until the entire package of letters goes full-circle, returning to the original sender.
An Amish Christian Romance that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Sarah Price, an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of Amish Christian Romances, brings her twenty-five years of experience living among the Amish and from growing up Mennonite to the pages of her novels and novellas, in order to present a truly authentic Amish experience just for her readers.
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 6:42 AM
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Monday 12/9 – Bethany Chantel -9AM
Tues. – 12/10-Michael Tabman – 11AM
Weds. – 12/11 – Lisa Bergen 11AM
Thursday – 12/12 – Helping Hands Press Thirsty Thursday Simulcast – 8PM
Friday – 12/13 - David Stearman – 2PM
Saturday – Sheila Seiler Lagrand – 11AM
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 1:28 PM
Patricia Souder has just released "Hobby Horse Faith", Volume 3 - Marsha Hubler's Heart-Warming Horse Stories
The series is YA, and it is extremely good.
Here is the Amazon Kindle link and more on the story, the series, and Patricia:
George Roe’s elation over finally securing a full-time job after being out of work for months is punctured by the revelation that his five-year-old son Douglas has pneumonia.
In the pre-antibiotic days of 1911, George and his wife, Nellie, face two crises. Will Douglas survive? And if he does, how can they even begin to afford the only gift he wants for Christmas, a hobby horse he fell in love with at Wanamaker’s.
Horses! Horses! Horses! Who doesn’t like a heart-warming story about a boy and his horse or a girl and her horse? Horse stories have been popular ever since The Black Stallion, Flicka, and Misty of Chincoteague appeared on the scene years ago.
Read best-selling authors like Murray Pura and Loree Lough and enjoy other fiction writers, whose exciting stories are based on their own experiences. Ride the range with wild Mustangs, learn about the despicable practice of drugging horses at riding academies, learn about the compassionate care of horses at rescue ranches, visit other horse lovers and their beloved equines, and have your heart warmed by stories about young people whose dreams about owning a horse finally come true. It’s all here in a moving series sure to touch the hearts of horse lovers of any age. A new story by a different author will be released every two weeks from October to February.
Join us for one of the most exciting collections of horse stories in Christian publishing. Helping Hands Press presents HEART-WARMING HORSE STORIES, compiled by best-selling author and horse lover Marsha Hubler.
Patti also enjoys speaking at conferences and banquets and singing with church and choral groups. She earned an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and an RN from the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing and was active as a nurse for over twenty years. She is married to Larry Souder, President of the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation, with whom she co-hosts a daily radio program. Larry and Patti have three children and six Patti.Th.Nightgrandchildren, all of whom are joy-bringers.
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 9:41 AM
Saturday, December 7, 2013
We discussed her novel,”Dark Road Home” and much more.
Here is the link for the show and a bit on the story and Elizabeth:
It's been two years since Tillie McGrath last saw Captain Keondric Morgan. He'd let her visit her ill fiancé before he died. Now the dashing captain has found her at the boarding house where she lives and has swept back into her life. But all is not well. He seems to be trying to protect her--from whom or what stays a secret.
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from RT Book Reviews. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Texas.
Learn more at www.ElizabethLudwig.com
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 5:14 PM
Travis Perry has just released “No Revolution Too Small”, Volume 4 in Mike Lynch’s No Revolution is Too Big series.
If you are a Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader, this series should be right up your alley.
The story is available on Amazon Kindle right now, here is the link and more on Travis and the story:
Matt Rodgers considered himself a budding writer with a promising literary future, but two failed papers in his college writing class have all but shattered his dreams. All that changes when an acerbic alien unexpectedly lands in his backyard and offers him the opportunity of a lifetime.
Rescue Brokers are one of the most notorious professions known in the galaxy, and the most benevolent, for the right price.
Of them all, Stelfson has set himself apart. He has transformed himself into human and taken on an advanced raced threatening another with extinction, been hired to free an enslaved civilization no bigger than a micron from their overlords, and journeyed to the other side of the universe to try and stop a world eater with an unquenchable appetite for every planet that comes its way.
Sit down and strap yourself in for ten adventures that are sure to grab a hold of you and never let go until the last page.
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 11:00 AM
The Swaddling Clothes is a surprisingly sweet treasure that deftly weaves fiction and Scripture to create a compelling tale of love, hope, and promise. This story follows the tumultuous years from King David to the birth of Jesus Christ. We get a firsthand look at the heartbreak and despair that Israel finds itself in throughout this time. It’s not a history fill of ease and peace, but it is a time full of hope and humility. God uses this time to bring Israel back to Him. He chastises His people because He loves them, and He wants their hearts to turn back to Him in sincerity and love.
The idea that something as insignificant as swaddling clothes can be passed down from King Solomon to Jesus Christ is mind-boggling and yet something that I could see God using as a way to bind His people to Him in hope and promise. While this story is a work of fiction, its inception and execution is brilliant. Watching as this cloth is handed down through the generations of kings almost lost and its meaning all but forgotten, is both heartbreaking and beautiful. The research and detail put into this story is amazing and not without great passion and heart from the author.
I love the up close and personal feel that we receive from reading this amazing story. You feel like you are invading very private moments in the lives of significant people. This new feel of intimacy makes these stories come alive for me. I get so much more from a story if I can read it on a personal level. After all, we were created to be intimate beings in constant communication with the Creator of the Universe. That is a part of our nature that we can’t erase or escape from no matter what we do.
Amber Schamel knows how to reach down deep and touch your heart. With what seems like little effort, she is able to make you feel like you are sitting next to these amazing people of God and discover that there is a way that we can relate to them on some level. They were real people who feared, hoped, loved, and dreamed just like we all do. We are all vessels that God wants to use for His purpose, but the choice is ours to allow Him to use us. I pray that you will allow Him to use you for a greater purpose than you can ever imagine. If God can use Rahab, Ruth, and Mary to prove that His love can reach this far down from the Heavens, then why can’t he use us?
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 5:24 AM
Friday, December 6, 2013
I have a confession to make: I am a Grinch. I live in dread of this time of year and feel guilty because of it. Don’t get me wrong: I love Jesus and totally get that “He is the reason for the season.” As a child, I absolutely loved Christmas: the decorations, the music, the lights, the cookies, the tree, the visits from Santa, the reverence of our candlelight Christmas Eve service, the fun of opening gifts—everything held me in awestruck wonder. I appreciate now all my parents, and especially my mom, did to make the season magical.
But as I have taken on the role my parents played, I have found the season to be incredibly stressful, not magical at all. Mind you, I have nine children, three times that of my parents; so I could in good conscience multiply the amount of work I have to do at least that many times, plus even more now that we have enlarged our family, adding 7 sons and daughters-in-law and 12 grandchildren (as well as my parents who have moved in with us). While I’m writing this blog, I have a stack of end of term papers to grade for the college composition class I teach, long overdue edits on my books to complete so that they can be released as e-books, and then the usual Christmas litany of the annual letter to write and mail, the decorations to finish putting up, and the gifts to buy and wrap. I feel overwhelmed and stressed and not at all excited that Christmas is a little over two weeks away. Sometimes I almost wish we were Puritans who do not observe special holidays! But we are not, and for this reason, I’ve confessed that I’m a Grinch.
Here’s hoping I can take a deep breath, concentrate on essentials, forget the nonessentials, and do the next thing God has put before me, not what I think should be done. And like the Grinch, I hope I can reform and allow my heart to grow three sizes in one day.
May “God bless us, every one!” Merry Christmas!
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 3:40 PM
Here is the link for the show:
LET'S TALK DEMENTIA - A Caregiver's Guide is an informative, easy to read, and often humorous look at caregiving for someone with dementia. Carol Howell, a Certified Dementia Specialist and caregiver to her mother, helps to educate the reader on the various forms of dementia. She also provides hands-on tips that make life easier for the caregiver and better for the loved one with dementia. The book is scattered with "smiles" that brighten the day. The author reminds readers of her motto - "Knowledge brings POWER. Power brings HOPE, and HOPE brings SMILES."
Carol Howell is a work in progress. She has experienced the amazing pleasure of losing 100 pounds and learning how to live as a totally new person. This experience led her to write a book telling of the journey. That book is humorously titled, If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? .
Carol has one child, Brandie, who is a Physician Assistant and getting married in October. Carol has been married 28 years to Michael whom she proclaims as “too cute”! Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. It is Carol’s goal to make life wonderful for her Mom as together they LIVE with this disease.
Carol’s book is available in ebook and paperback.
Here is the Amazon Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Talk-Dementia-Caregivers-Guide-ebook/dp/B00CTAW7MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386355567&sr=1-1&keywords=carol+howell
Posted by Helping Hands Press at 11:06 AM