Monday, April 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” 
― Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Total Randomness #1: Baking

Now that warmer weather is approaching, I'm starting to get that itch to be outside more. My husband and I have been in the process of starting a garden--more on that later--and I think because of this it's put me in a mood to start making more "home-made" items. I will be the first to admit that I am not a patient person, so store bought items are my go-to for everything. But there's something satisfying about making your own stuff and this post is dedicated to my latest obsession: baking.

Let me start off my saying that I do not consider my self a great chef or baker. It's a hobby and it's fun (when everything comes out the way it's supposed to--ha ha). I've attempted to make things from scratch in the past and they just never, ever turn out the way they are supposed to. My impatience and lack of proper ingredients is most likely the cause for that. That is also why I have never attempted to make bread--even though I LOVE bread. Too much resting time, and kneading, and more resting time. To quote Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for that!". But I decided that enough was enough and I was going to make time to bake some bread.

First on the list: find a recipe. I didn't do too much searching to find a bread recipe (add that to the list of impatience). I went to Google, typed in "Artisan Bread Recipes", looked at a few, and settled on this one:


Seemed easy enough, so I got to it. I went to my pantry and--surprise, surprise!--I actually had all of the ingredients! I did substitute unbleached all-purpose flour for bread flour, but that was the only thing I changed. How'd I do? I'll let you be the judge :)

After all that resting time we're ready to bake!

 And the finished product! Not bad for someone who once burned box macaroni and cheese :)

Day 2 of my baking craze was spent making more bread and one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures--chocolate chip cookies. Yum! I'm really particular about my chocolate chip cookies. They have to be a little crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. We have a local bakery/restaurant that makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever and--lucky for me--she shared her recipe for these delicious treats on her blog. Here's the recipe:


It was really hard not to eat all of the dough before baking... You know you do it too :) I mean--come on!-- that's the best part! 

And the final product. They turned out sooooo yummy and are now my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. My husband even said they were the best batch I've ever made. Score one for me :) 

I feel a lot more confident with my baking skills now and I see more baking from scratch in my future.

What are some of your favorite goodies to make from scratch? 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tour Stop! "Drama Jerk" by Lulubelle Love

Good morning, everyone! Today I am happy to host author Lulubelle Love on her tour for "Drama Jerk". Welcome Lulubelle!

Can Anyone Write a Book?
A Guest Post by Lulubelle Love
I think the answer is yes. If you really want to write don’t let anything stop you. The world of books is changing, and it’s now possible for anyone to publish their book. In fact I wish more people wrote more often and just let go of their fear. About 80% of people say they have a book in them and in the world we live in it’s possible for all 80% of those people to make their dreams come true.
Some self-published authors don’t let anything get in their way and keep publishing their books one after the other. Because of Amazon and Kindle they are making over six figures a year- no joke. The authors who publish more than one title a year and do this year after year, are finding real success in writing books, but don’t get me wrong it has to be quality. So anyone out there who wants to write get your pen out and try your turn at making hundreds or thousands of dollars a month. It’s worth a shot!





Today we welcome Lulubelle Love and her newest work: "The Lola Diaries: Drama Jerk"

If you have kids, you can't miss this book.

The Lola Diaries: Drama Jerk 
by Lulubelle Love.


Quick Facts
Release Date: February 28,2013.

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction.

Formats Available for Purchase: Paperback and ebook.



 Book Synopsis

Let’s face it turning eleven can be difficult especially when you still wear diapers to bed.  This is a secret that Lola Swanson wants to keep under wraps. But secrets always have a way of coming out especially when Hannah Thompson ( A.K.A . Captain Evil) is involved.
And then there’s the little problem that Lola and Hannah are both in love with the same boy.






The Author
Liz Steele (Pen Name Lulubelle Love) grew up in Holden, MA. She graduated from Worcester State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from Assumption College with a Master of Arts in Education. After working as a special education teacher for several years, she decided to follow her passion for writing and publishing books.
Find more about her at: www.lulubellelove.com







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April 17: Black Lion Tours Blog: Tour Kick-Off
April 18: 
Bunny's Reviews Blog: Promo Stop.
April 19: 
Laurie's Non Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: Interview.
            Cheryl's Book Nook: Review.
April 20: 
I know that Book: Guest Post.
April 21: 
Melissa's Midnight Musings: Guest Post.
April 22: Kimberly Lewis: Guest Post.
April 23: 
My Devotional Thoughts: Review.
April 24: Pure Jonel Book Reviews: Review and Interview
               Ohana Day Academy: Review. 
April 26: Bookworm Lisa: Review.
April 27: Makayla's Book Reviews: Guest Post
April 28: A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.
April 29: A Novel Idea Live: Promo.
May 1 : Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap- Up.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tour Stop! "The Devil's Elbow" by Ed Londergan

Today I am hosting Ed Londergan on his virtual book tour for "The Devil's Elbow". Ed is joining us today with a guest post about how to avoid those rejection blues. 

Welcome Ed!

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues
Let us start with a basic fact - no one ever said this was going to be easy. Writing and being published is not for the faint of heart. It takes determination, perseverance, and hope. If you give up easily, stop writing now. 
There are a couple of ways to make sure you do not get too down on yourself. The first is to realize that it will happen. Your writing career will be filled with ups and downs so get used to it. There will be times when you are thrilled because an agent or publisher is handling your book. At other times, you will be discouraged because sales are low or nonexistent. That does not mean you are not a good writer or that people don’t love you. It means you or your publisher have to do more marketing. Writing a book is only a third of the battle; finding an agent or publisher is the second third and getting people to buy it is the last third. 
Another thing you must realize is that publishing is a business, a for profit business. If an agent does not think a publisher will be interested in your book because it does not have a wide enough audience to have significant sales, then they will not represent you. If they think your book ain’t going to make them any money, they ain’t going to publish it. 
Prepare yourself for a tidal wave of rejections. It is a fact of the writer’s life. Not everyone likes what you write. Get over it. You have a greater chance of being hit by lighting twice in the same month than you do of being the next blockbuster author with you first book. You may think is too cynical but you have to realize the reality of the situation. 
Understand that it is all about the numbers: if you query 150 agents (yes, you may have to do that many), you might get 70 or so “thanks for thinking of us but it is not right for us,” emails. You will not hear back from the rest. If they are not interested, they will not take the time to respond. It is a business decision and nothing personal. Taking the time to respond to every query they get would take up a tremendous amount of and makes no financial sense. However, all you need is one agent or publisher who thinks your book is worthwhile. The more rejections you get is an indication of how hard you are willing to work and how strongly you believe in yourself. If you know that you are a good writer, if people tell you that you know how to tell a story, that they did not want to put your book down, then you need to believe in yourself and be  willing to put in as much time and effort as necessary to get published. 
Never give up no matter many rejections you get. If you believe in yourself, then someone else will too. 





Today we welcome author Ed Londergan and his new work: "The Devil's Elbow" a thrilling historical story.


THE DEVIL'S ELBOW

Quick Facts
Release Date: July, 2012.

Genre: Historical Fiction, history, action/adventure, romance.

Formats Available: Kindle



Book Synopsis
Set in colonial Massachusetts, The Devil’s Elbow follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, where he ends up in the fight of his life to protect the people and place he loves.
The knowledge Jack’s father gave him, that the measure of a man is how he deals with the worst life can throw at him, the support of the powerful man who becomes his friend, and deep, unshakeable love for the childhood girlfriend who becomes his wife, fuel Jack’s determination and will to survive. All Jack has learned on his eight year journey meets its greatest test when he and ninety-eight others are trapped in a four-room tavern for three hot, humid August days, fighting for survival against 400 once-friendly Indians, who are determined to wipe them out and reclaim their land and way of life.


PRAISE FOR "The Devil's Elbow"


Brings the 1600's Bay Colony alive.
A rousing story about tragedy, triumph, perseverance, and love. Rich in historical detail with well developed characters you will come to know. An enjoyable read from start to finish.
Jeff Lubs- August 9, 2012
A very good story:
 This book is a wonderful read. Mr. Londergan brings history to life. His depiction of life in colonial Massachusetts is right on. It reminded me of Kenneth Roberts classic story "Arundel" but much easier to read. One of the best historical novels of this era. I hope there are many more coming.

Lawrence J. Murphy - February 25, 2013

Excerpts 

Excerpt 1
July 7, 1695
In the following pages, I will tell you a story. I am older now and some of the things I’ll relate happened more than 30 years ago although to me, it seems as if they happened only yesterday. 
While I do not consider myself an accomplished teller of stories, I will do what I can with the abilities I have, so that you will know all that happened and why. And while I do not have what many call a formal education, as mine stopped at the time this story begins, my curiosity and attention to detail has always served me well. 
Certain memories from this time make me smile, and though it was a difficult existence, there were many simple things and many people that brought me great pleasure. We tend to forget details as the year’s progress, and our memories of the good tend to outweigh the bad and I, like all other men, am subject to the same influence. 
Excerpt 2


On many a night, I’ve stood outside watching the stars twinkling and shining in the dark sky. I saw them that night through the window in the west-facing second floor room and the feeling it gave me was altogether different from past times. Instead of a pleasant sight that made me marvel, for I was always fascinated by nature’s displays, I felt a pervading sense of loneliness and despair. There we were, 99 of us, crammed into a hot, stinking house surrounded by hundreds of Indians who wanted to kill us and see us dead. Instead of being just 25 miles from Springfield to the west and Marlboro to the east, we might as well have been hundreds of miles from any civilized place.

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The Author
Ed Londergan is an author and passionate storyteller who enjoys sharing his work with everyone.
He loves to write, is working on a sequel to The Devil's Elbow, and is an avid reader and an amateur colonial historian. A graduate of Holy Cross, he lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife Barbara and cat Duncan.
Find more about him at: www.edlondergan.com



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April 11: Black Lion Tours Blog: Tour Kick- Off.
April 13: Ky bunny's Blog: Guest Post.
April 15: Kimberly Lewis Novels: Guest Post.
April 18: My Devotional ThoughtsGuest Post.
April 19: A Writer's Life: Guest Post.
April 20: Pure Jonel: Review.
April 21: Bookworm Babblings: Review.
              A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.
April 22: Makayla's Book Reviews: Guest Post
               A Novel Idea Live: Promo.
April 23: I know that Book: Interview.
April 24: The Self Taught Cook: Review.
April 25: Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap- Up.


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Tour Stop! Karen R. Hardin's Virtual Book Tour

Today I have the pleasure of hosting author Karen R. Hardin during her virtual book tour! Karen is joining us today for an interview and a guest post. Welcome Karen!


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Karen R. Hardin and the R stands for Renee. I grew up in Raleigh North Carolina. I enjoy writing, but I absolutely love to dance. I’m an introspective person and observant. I see things somewhat differently than others, yet I see the fluid way that life unfolds. I absolutely adore the nephews and nieces of my life and look forward to the type of love that can make it feel like a joy to become a mother myself. I love the beauty that shows up in life either looking at the sky or scenery or in the eyes of someone full of hope. I’m an author and a screenwriter and I enjoy both a great deal. I can be defiant in a playful way. I still watch Young & The Restless after growing up listening to the women in my family be so into what the characters were doing each day. I learned that one of my greatest audiences would always be women and I love writing strong female character stories, but I’m not limited to any particular story type or genre. Flexibility feels like the spice of life to me and I like to have fun with it.

Let’s talk about your novels, starting with “Loyalty”. What can readers expect to see in this novel?

“Loyalty” is a mafia series. It is intended as the first edition of a trilogy. The story starts with an affair and ends with the lead characters in a war that leaves everyone dead except the child born of the original affair. She carries on for the next two novels creating completely different storylines with the legacies of this first novel. The story has some metaphysical aspects if the reader is a deep reader, but it’s overall an entertaining story of the life of a hit woman deprived of her true identity.  I’ve been told it’s a page turner. It’s a multi-story line of characters who all want to rule over something while dealing with love and family.

What can readers expect to see in your second novel, “Heart Strings and Love Nots”?

“Heart Strings and Love Nots” is very different from “Loyalty”. I played with a new approach to writing using a diary style that blends a year in the life of three women who are best friends with completely different personalities that cause the events to take on completely different perspectives. It has a dry humor to it if the reader isn’t too sensitive or concerned with being polite. The main characters are Reese, the church mouse who doesn’t speak up for herself and gets swindled by love, Dominique the bitchy boss who speaks up too much and accidentally gets tricked into prostitution and Skylar the shallow diva who’s clothing is more together than her life, but has opinions about everything.

When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Writing chose me one night in a dream. I awoke the next day and wrote “Loyalty” by hand. After I published the first version of it, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Learning to write better led me into screenwriting. Somewhere on that journey I realized I was a writer, so I just became it.

What prompted you to take those first steps and start writing?

The desire to see the characters I dreamed of again sparked the urge to write it all down. I didn’t want to forget them. They were very different from the nightmares I was used to.

Do you ever experience the dreaded writer’s block?

No. I experience distractions.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I like to just write when it comes to storytelling, but outlines help when it comes to writing treatments or Television show bibles or anything that involves keeping up with details that surround the story itself.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I enjoy writing day or night as long as the story is present.

Do you prefer a laptop, desktop, or good old pen and paper?

I like wireless keyboards for my laptop and I absolutely love to write by pen when I need something to register to my brain in a different way…I also love a good pen…I’m the type to ask if I can have it if I happen across one in the middle of signing something. I may actually have a slight office supply fetish. I also love beautiful dark lined college rule paper. As a little girl I was obsessed with getting a diary with a lock and key, but I didn’t get my first one until I was an adult, and I still haven’t found the perfect one that I can put my whole heart into as a keepsake. 

What is one of the most surprising things you have learned in creating your books?

I learned that inspired writing comes from a similar place that all communicated knowledge comes from and that people have so many names for it all, yet in all of their determining the “facts…no one knows what it is, yet it feels so present with me.

When you write, do you need background noise, or do you prefer absolute quiet?

It depends on my state of being at the time. If I’m unfocused, quiet gets me there, if I’m focused and playful some noise settles that playfulness in me enough to get me going.

Where can your readers connect with you?
Please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/karenrhardin
And check for new releases and updates on my website www.KarenRHardin.com
I look forward to making some new friends in the process. 

Please enjoy this guest post from Karen:

How do you research for your books?

I am a naturally observant Virgo who was abused in early childhood. The combination of these made me an analytical thinker who hyper visualizes and is aware of life, characteristics, movements, and actions in a self-protective way. This isn’t always helpful for personal relationships, but it allows me to create characters with ease when it comes to storytelling. It allows me to see multiple perspectives and what makes people’s attitudes and moods change. For the majority of my novels and scripts my research was life itself. In the past year I did a lot of online study of what’s going on with people today and I found a lot of judgmental and supernatural thinking and I had almost taken my latest novel “Heart Strings and Love Nots” to a supernatural level as a flip side to the book. The idea was to take the girls into their spiritual life to observe what was moving their lifestyles on a subconscious or spiritual level, but I opted to keep with their natural movements based on their personalities and allow the readers to use their own perspectives to either like or dislike any particular character or their traits. I find that people are more entertained when allowed to use their own perspective as to why a character is doing something or how they would do it differently. People are generally judgmental even when they deny it about themselves. If it is not showing in their words, it shows in their actions and it’s simply gaging right or wrong and reasoning. When it came to my first novel “Loyalty” it was a dream that I wrote the next day by hand because I was so entertained by the characters and I didn’t want to forget their interactions. Usually when I get a concept I just know how the story wants to go and I allow it to flow.



 One author, two stories.
Today we welcome Karen R. Hardin author of "Loyalty" and "Heart Strings and Love Nots"

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Quick Facts                                        


Loyalty:

Release Date: November 22, 2011                                        

Genre: Fantasy - Mafia                                           

                                                            



Loyalty:
A mob story on the surface, but a metaphysical saga deeper within the pages, "Loyalty" begins when the power struggles between Mobsters and Gangsters of Chicago's underworld are forever changed by an affair between Italian mob boss, Frank Cipriano, and the wife of African American gangster, Jonathan Casey. When Anna gives birth to Frank's daughter, Jasmine, the Cipriano and Casey family ties bind Chicago's underworld for generations to come. Through tragedies and triumphs, loyalties are constantly questioned, but more so when Jasmine grows into a deadly beauty. As a hit woman for the Cipriano family, but with siblings ties to the Casey family, Jasmine is torn until the very end. Readers seeking a deeper challenge in their reading experience can take the metaphysical challenge of reading this money power trilogy as a novel that takes your mind as far as you will allow it to go.

                                                                                                                      Get it HERE.

Quick Facts
Heart Strings and Love Nots:
Release Date: October 25, 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy.



Heart Strings and Love Nots:
Three diaries in one novel, “Heart Strings and Love Nots” is a comical drama of the heart-breaking yet life affirming love stories of three women. With different personalities the unlikely trio of best-friends are the perfect voices of reason for one another as the bossy bitch, Dominique, judgmental diva, Skylar and freaky church mouse, Reese, take readers on a journey of illicit affairs, strange religion, accidental prostitution all the way to marriage and motherhood.


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The Author

Karen R. Hardin has been hailed as a creative genius. With an imagination that developed from the sheer need to escape childhood abuse, her cultivation of higher consciousness at a young age brought forth unparalleled and unmatched artistry. She's turned out multiple scripts for indie film producers. One such script was written in a 24 hour period and helped to initiate the start of Derrty Entertainment's spinoff company UCME Films. Karen began her writing career with a dream that brought forth her first novel “Loyalty”, an epic mafia story. In 2012 Karen released a second novel “Heart Strings and Love Nots” with an eclectic take on novel writing, she created a southern sex in the city that blends three character diaries with perspectives based on some of the strongest stereotypical perspectives associated with women.

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Check these Excerpts:



Loyalty:
Chapter 1It was a quiet Sunday afternoon when Anna Casey made her first visit to the Cipriano mansion. She was less than pleased to see her sister wearing a food stained apron when she greeted her at the door. Thoughts of a mausoleum crossed her mind as she was led through the foyer into the kitchen. Immediately hit by the warmth of boiling pots and multiple hot ovens, Anna removed her sunglasses. She placed her hands on her hips and tapped her foot as if she were demanding an explanation.Abigail Williams pulled a large trash can to the middle of the kitchen floor and placed two stools on opposing sides. She watched her sister, Anna, become increasingly agitated at the sight of her older sibling working as a servant. Anna folded her arms and smacked her lips trying to provoke Abigail into allowing her to speak her mind. She only got silent glances in return. Abigail opened two sacks of potatoes and took two paring knives from the drawer. She laid one on the counter in front of Anna and took a seat, “If you want to talk, you have to work.”Certain this would be the only invitation to speak up, Anna took the knife, “I don’t understand why you want to be some white man's maid,” she paused for a reaction, but Abigail only gave another disapproving glance as she peeled potatoes with the speed of a pro. “Humph, you can be my maid, at least we're family,” Anna took her seat and leaned over the trash can with potato and knife in hand. “Jonathan has plenty of money. We can take care of you. You really don't have to work at all.”Abigail found herself in deep thought as she watched her sister mishandling the potato like only a housewife with a maid would. Anna paused and sighed heavily to make way for another comment, but Abigail cut her off, “I do not want to live off my little sister and her crooked husband.”“Wait a minute now” Anna carelessly flung her knife side to side talking with her hands, “John is no more crooked than your boss, and when I say boss I mean Boss.”“Be careful with that knife!”“Girl, you know you working for the Mob.”“This family has been good to me.”“But they’re not your family and this is not home.”“I have my own quarters, and when I finish my work, it's just like going home. I’m happy here, besides Rosa really needs me.”“Lord, my sister has quarters,” Anna threw her hands up in a fake moment of praise. “You went from head nurse to babysitting a mental case all because you felt sorry for her. And calling her Rosa like she’s your friend?”“She is.”“No. If she was your friend somebody else would be peeling these damn potatoes, and you’d be out shopping with her.”“Anna, she’s been through a lot, and she needs someone to care for her,” Abigail put down her potato and knife to turn off the ovens and lower the heat on the boiling pots. She poured pasta into the strainer, removed two pies, a pot roast and a cake from the ovens without breaking a sweat. Then took her seat and picked up another potato.“That’s what her husband is for,” Anna continued to reason, “but I guess he’s too busy taking care of people for real, if you know what I mean.”“Mr. Cipriano is a good man. You shouldn’t believe all the rumors you hear about him”“Mr. Cipriano, humph, you mean The Don,” Anna chuckled at her own wit, “or The Godfather.”“And what is John but a street punk turned so called gangster?”“Wait a minute now, John is a good man. He provides and cares for his family. He takes good care of us. He would take care of you too if you’d come live with us where you belong.”A devout Christian, Abigail had chosen a life of hard work and taking care of others including Anna, who never had to work a day in her life. As a spoiled housewife with a “take care of your own” attitude, Anna was often at odds with her older sibling.At first glance no one would think they were associates let alone sisters. Abigail’s homely appearance and serious demeanor toned down her beauty leaving her in the shadowed of Anna’s gregarious nature and flamboyant style. They shared the same features and long wavy hair, but Abigail’s dark almond skin made her an exotic beauty that Anna’s fair complexion and cat like eyes could have easily paled in comparison to.With her hair locked away in a tight bun and her hazel green eyes hidden behind black rimmed reading glasses, Abigail was easily overlooked. Anna, on the other hand, tossed her wavy locks and batted her long eyelashes every chance she got. The attention seeking beauty made men stop in their tracks.“Give me that,” Abigail quickly removed the knife from Anna’s wailing hand before it accidentally became a deadly weapon. “I don't need to be taken care of. Besides, if both of us were living with Jonathan, where would you run when he's being a tyrant?”Anna’s composure quickly changed from self assured offender to insecure defendant. She looked Abigail in the eye and confessed, “Abby, tyrant isn’t the word…lately he’s just been absent,” she exhaled with relief now that they were getting to the true topic at hand, her. She paused in deep thought then proceeded to seek counsel, “Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but-”

Heart Strings and Love Nots

Reese"I can't feel my legs," Dominique moaned and groaned.She had a nerve!!It was 10:00 p.m., something below zero on New Year’s Eve and there I was freezing my butt off in front of a shady night club surrounded by corn fields. The line wasn’t moving at all. I was pissed!I cut my eyes to my right glaring at my best friend, Dominique. It was her bright idea to bring in the New Year at a night club in the middle of nowhere. On the other side of Dom was our other best friend, Skylar, looking just as frustrated as I was. This was not how I was supposed to bring in the New Year.My mind drifted to the midnight watch service I was missing at Church. I wondered how many people noticed my absence, particularly if Pastor Terry had since his last sermon was all about how Christians should bring in the New Year praising God… not the D.J. He speculated that some of our members would be doing just what I was doing, “standing in line at a night club, checking our watches, and praying that we make it in before midnight as if our Savior was waiting inside”.If Pastor Terry didn’t notice I was M.I.A, certainly my mother and grandmother did. They were probably urging him to put me in his next sermon…they always had suggestions on what he should preach about. I started working through my alibi in my head, trying to figure out how not to lie without telling the truth. But it was a no win situation. My grandmother would just ask random but direct questions that require direct answers and my mother would make wild accusations until their combined forces made me confess."It's too freakin’ cold to be out here," Skylar’s grumblings broke my concentration."We should just go," I suggested as soon as I saw my window of opportunity to get Skylar to talk Dominique into leaving, "There's no way we're getting in, and I don't want to bring in the New Year standing in line," I thought I made perfectly good sense, but from the look on Dominique's face, I was speaking gibberish…I knew I should’ve driven my car.“Check him out,” ignoring me, Dominique turned to Skylar and pointed to a very unattractive man sitting in a really nice car, “Boss,” she smiled.“I doubted it,” Skylar frowned, “more like perpetrator.”That’s when I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. Dominique had just regressed to her early twenties and took Skylar with her. So, I made the most of the situation and began to pray for the lost souls in the parking lot like a mature Christian would. When I felt the Spirit move upon me…I knew I was doing the right thing. With my eyes closed and my thoughts pressed towards God, I blocked out the noise around me. It wasn’t easy with the overlapping secular music and all the random conversations seasoned with unnecessary cuss words. Everyone around me was restless and I had hell’s noise to contend with, but with the Lord’s help I was able to bow my head in a moment of silent prayer.“Damn…you embarrassing!!” Dominique’s outburst instantly broke my connection to Heaven. “You not in Church,” she snapped, “Christians ain’t even supposed to celebrate a New Year, it’s a pagan ritual,” she couldn’t resist adding some of her faithless facts.“Leave her alone,” Skylar defended my right to be openly Christian.I didn’t say a word to Dominique. I didn’t have to. The Bible tells us not to cast our pearls before swine…meaning don’t argue the Word of God with nonbelievers and Dominique had to be the biggest swine of them all. She was always ready to challenge any Christian with the truth as she knew it.  She was really good at twisting things around. If I told her I’m saved by my faith, she’d tell me that the Bible says to worship God in truth, and go on to explain how Christians act more like Pagans…especially at Christmas. I had yet to figure out how to explain my faith as being the truth, but deep down inside, I knew that it was.

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April 10: Black Lion Tours Blog: Tour Kick Off.
April 11:  Bunny's Reviews Blog: Guest Post.
April 12: Mythical Books: Interview
              Kimberly Lewis Novels: Guest Post and Interview.
April 13: My Devotional Thoughts: Interview.
April 14: Fandom Fanatic: Guest Post
               A Novel idea Live: Live Interview.
April 15: Laurie's non Paranormal Thoughts and reviews: Interview.
            A Novel Idea Live: Promo.
April 16: Jody's Book Reviews: Guest Post.
April 18: Makayla's Book Reviews: Guest Post
April 20: I Know that Book: Guest Post.
April 22: Pure Jonel: Review of Both books and Guest Post.
April 24: Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap-Up.



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