You Are Not Alone

You Are Not AloneThat moment when you can’t reach out and touch someone who knows your heart, who do you call?
The fear of being alone in this world can be crippling, if you let it. But there’s a better way.

So much life has passed through my years, and every bit of it meaningful, precious, and yes, even, lovely. I’ve had a good life. I experienced love in so many ways I can’t count them, and I’ve been loved by so many people, I don’t even remember all their names… The joy of being me is complete. I feel as if I’ve been loved ‘enough’ to live well, love back, and laugh my way into eternity with joy unspeakable. I’m blessed.

Inside those scriptures are directions. “Go forth from your country…”
Those weren’t the words my friend wanted me to see, but as hard as he pointed me toward the rest of the verse… those were the words I saw. Those were the words I read. And those were the words that stalled me out, kept me awake, and burned through my mind until I got up and found a tea bag and hot water this morning.

Do I bless others? How do I bless others? And the counting began… I thought of the many people whom I’ve assisted as they put their business together, or as they built their online connections, in my network, the people I’ve helped with graphics, or content, or whatever many ways I’ve helped others – professionally. But then, as I waited on God to show me something more… Because I knew there was more. There’s always MORE with God.

Dear Sarah by Don Stephens

Dear Sarah by Don Stephens“Where did they go? What have they done to me?” These are not just the words of Sarah Porter after having lost her husband and children. They are words soon to be echoed by family members throughout the world.

The event that unfolds in the pages of this book with terrify some, yet bring contentment to others. It is a fictional story, but the event described within WILL HAPPEN, and I believe DURING OUR LIFETIME.

What will happen? It is referred to by Christians as the RAPTURE of the Church, when all Christians are taken instantly to meet the Solid Rock – JESUS CHRIST – in the air. AND SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD.

Every Christian with an unsaved friend or family member should make this book a permanent part of their library.

READ IT NOW – before it’s too late!

Push Your Way to Purpose – Ross

Having the opportunity to know authors on social media and really get to know them, before you read their work, gives you a glimpse into their purpose of writing. Adrienne Ross shares her heart in Push Your Way to Purpose. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was getting to know the REAL Adrienne Ross, or just the public facade she chose to reveal to her reading public. Then, after several months of talking with her, chatting about various topics, and discussing life values, I realized – this is the real woman. This is a woman who knows what she’s about, and she shares that.

Then the book.

Full reveal in the book? More than just an introspective look at the woman, it’s a full on empowerment for others. She gives far more than she’s taking away from this program. Take time to read the book. Sit down and take notes on important details and apply it to your life. You’ll change. For the better.

And now a visit to Amazon.com –

Adrienne RossDo you long to live with purpose? Have you wondered what that purpose is and how to fulfill it?

You are not alone; young and old alike grapple with this and question their specific role in life. Many go through the motions every day, accept whatever life gives them, and hope to somehow bump into their purpose. Others do not believe they even have one. This book exposes that lie.

You do have a purpose.

It’s time to discover what it is and take the steps necessary to possess it.

About the Author

Adrienne Ross is an author, editor, columnist, speaker, and former teacher and coach. She taught English in the Hudson City School District in Hudson, New York, for 17 years and now owns Adrienne Ross Communications. Adrienne is a dynamic speaker and uses this gift in presentations to schools, churches, political groups, national and international service organizations, and businesses. Adrienne is passionate about pursuing her purpose and encourages others to pursue theirs, as well. Contact her at adriennerosscom.com and auntalma.com.

You Can Do This

Life isn’t always puddin’ and pie. Sometimes… It’s a desperate need for coffee, up all night caring for sick babies, and wishing you weren’t doing this alone. And you’re not.

The thought has crossed my mind, as a writer, that things happen to writers for the specific purpose of giving us things to write about…

We have adventures in life that nobody else has, and our very existence is breathed out in words. We dare to write about things most people might want to forget, because we want everyone to remember.  Writers choose to share their lives, their experiences, and their solutions.

To encourage, or offer confidence, the motivation to write comes from within the writer.

We breathe, we write. It’s a given.

White Space

The key to good writing is margin, or white space, as we call it in the publishing fields. Do the words fit on the page? Are there too many? Are there too few? Is there enough space to rest the eye? Is the page too wide? Too narrow? Or should there be more graphic interest?

When I first read Tricia’s writing, her first blog, even though it was after her husband had passed, I remember words filled every crevice. They were overflowing the page. There was an energy about them, as if she couldn’t write them fast enough. She flowed through the words, grasping at life as if she were afraid to lose it.

And I felt the same way…

My mother had passed away in October, and I couldn’t absorb enough of LIFE. I remember that desperate feeling of clutching life to me, and holding it tight, as if it might slip away.

Then, with the realization that by the sheer desperation of holding on too tight, I was smothering it out. I began to let go.

Along side Tricia, in some parallel universe, I learned about White Space, margin, and boundaries. I learned to let go, and allow others to live. In the process, I found myself living too.

I found the life I thought I’d lost, and I began to regroup, grasp my own reality, and regroup. When her latest title was released, I recognized the tone… Confidence, my word for the year, revealed in the tone of exuberance, a reminder that “We’re not alone!” There’s ALWAYS someone there. Across the aisle. At another table. In the same coffee shop. Drinking my favorite brew… Someone is there, close by.

Margin, It Can Separate, or Bring You Closer

 

Sometimes it just takes confidence to look around and find someone to share your moment. Tricia shares the secret in her book of finding the confidence to ‘do it alone’ and know…

You Can Do This From Amazon:
Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.

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The exciting part of reading this book is that you can actually read all three and follow Tricia’s journey back from losing her husband in her first book “And Life Comes Back” or the next book, where she regains some normalcy in life. “Let’s Pretend We’re Normal” gives insight to life.

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About the Author

(from her blog)

I’m pretty active on social media, so much so that my son once completed this sentence in preschool: My Mom’s job is: Facebook.  True story.

You can find me on—

My Blog: tricialottwilliford.com

Facebook Page: The Thoughts and Writings of Tricia Lott Williford

Twitter: @TriciaWilliford

Instagram: TriciaLottWilliford

Look me up. Let’s be friends. Drop me a line, if you want.  I read every word.  I am delighted to meet you.

About Riverboat Queen Author Bill Clarke

As the sun sank low in the western skies of Colorado, Clarke sat on a stump ravishing in the cool mountain breezes. “They won’t let me work, what am I going to do?” He lamented the loss of his recent job, and worried over the struggle to provide for his family without the eighty hours of work week he’d been putting in, every week.

One day, he’d been pushing numbers, servicing customers, and the next they were hauling his butt out on a stretcher, concerned about his heart. Whether he had a heart attack or not, Dish Network wasn’t willing to take on the liability, and Clarke needed income. At 64 years of age, he wasn’t ready to retire on social security limitations, and there was nothing else in the bank.

He needed income.

I bit my tongue and drawled out, “Write a book!” The words nearly choked me as they escaped my being.

I’d heard his stories for the past several years. He laughed at his own jokes. He was funny as hell, and he could talk forever. I figured it’d give him something to do.

I didn’t expect him to pound out a books like a salesman on a Colfax bimbo. There was more I expected. But his motto:

“Once you realize you don’t have to polish your turds, it’s easy to poop.”
~Bill Clarke

Became my undoing..

I was a single mom, working my butt off, supporting four kids, and writing, editing, coding my own set of shenanigans. And every time he called me, he wanted to know if I’d looked at his last chapter.

I hadn’t taken time to pee. And he wanted to know if I’d looked over a chapter. HA.

But, I had told him to write a book, so I kept pushing to get his book edited. Even telling him and showing him how to edit wasn’t working, so I had to do it myself.

And I kept trying. That first book was a chore. A full time chore, because he hadn’t written it true to the time period he was writing about, and I hadn’t learned there were alternatives to writing legitimate historic fiction. You could ad-lib, take writer liberties, and adjust the history to fit your story… And who says they didn’t have turd polishing toilets in Montana Gold Mine country in 1876?

Where do you find your characters?

Most of them come from people I meet, family members, neighbors, people who just seem to need to be in the book. They need to be famous, so I make them famous in my books. I talk about real named people, but they aren’t who I say they are. I make them famous. And I leave them legacies of existence in a world they may never visit. If I use their first name, I change their last name. Real live friends in my book may be brothers.

 What do you get from writing books?

I’m a writer. I published two books. I have a legacy. I’m leaving this life a published author with two stories that people will read, republish, and share for the rest of time on the planet. Books are forever. I get excited knowing that something might be here a hundred years after I’m gone and forgotten.

 What will people learn from your books?

They’ll learn to love people. That everyone makes mistakes and we can still love ’em anyway. They’ll learn there’s something good in everyone.

What’s the big take away from your books?

I think the good guys always win. They may not walk away, I sometimes kill ’em all off and let God sort ’em out, but the good guys win. There’s a sense of presence that comes from story that says, “Good guys win, here.” And I suit up for that every day at the keyboard.

Will you write more books?

As many as I can come up with story lines for, I’ll keep creating characters until they all fall off the planet, or end up in a book. I might need to hire a new editor… Know anybody?

And with that, Clarke turned up his oxygen bottle and drove off into the sunset on his favorite dream.

From his editor/publisher: My goal is to get him a new car with a driver. He’s dangerous on the roads! Buy his books!

Riverboat QueenWhen China Clarke left his five children with his brother John, to return to New York City to find wife number three, scoundrel son number one turned to women. The widow down by the river was a common conquest. There were more… When he got caught flirting with precious Violet, her brother wasn’t happy. But the brawl between them left her brother’s nose hanging by a hope, and his eyes black and bruised. To save his life, young Bill was carted out of town rolled into a blanket, by his Uncle’s sexy secretary. It’s a good thing his mama taught him the Lord’s Prayer, because it comes in handy! The stop and go trip to Chicago landed Bill in wedded bliss and a free trip to the Montana Gold Mine Country with his new wife, to take care of daddy, China’s interests in the General store. The life of a scoundrel is never pleasant, but young Bill fancies himself growing up eventually, and finds his way home. The adventures of his past haunt him, and in those final moments, his lovely bride realizes she still loves him. This venture into historic comedy and romance might leave you wondering what century they’re living in, but the heart of the book will tell you right up front, the writer lives in a time all his own. Don’t miss a single word of this adventure! (Click on the cover to buy the book.)