Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mindfulness Mandalas: An Adult Colouring Book by Kimberly-Ann Debling

Mindfulness Mandalas

Art therapy to reduce stress, remain calm, truly relax & create art. Adult Colouring Books have recently become popular for good reason - they allow us to take a moment to be calm, still and relaxed. In today's stressful world this is more important than ever! Mandalas have long been used as a method of meditation and as a symbol of wholeness. They are pleasingly symmetrical and contain both complex and simple shapes to focus on. In Mindfulness Mandalas! An Adult Colouring Book there are 12 mandalas paired with little phrases to help you focus on yourself and your life. Each page is blank on the back and has room to cut the page from the spine so that you can frame your completed artwork. Remember... You don't have to stay within the lines!


About Kimberly-Ann Debling

1. I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant and during my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with cancer. I realised that even though I'm now in a hugely stressful situation I had been more stressed and anxious in the past under less 'socially valid' reasons! 

It made me really think about the way we deal with stress and how creativity helps so much. I feel that any creative pursuit is sometimes hard unless we're naturally good at it, or have practiced since childhood. Don't sing unless you have a good voice, don't paint unless you're an artist, don't woodwork unless you create sellable items, don't play an instrument unless you're stage-worthy! At what age do we tell kids that its not right to do creative things unless they're already a pro?! 

I've always been interested in stress-relieving activities due to my previous life as an Air Traffic Controller, so I wanted to combine a few things that I've always loved to bring myself calmness - art and mindfulness. 

2. My art journey has always tended towards the 'design' end of the spectrum. I'm passionate about packaging design (someone has to be)! But a lot of my joy was creating surface pattern and computer-drawn vector designs to include within the graphical elements. I just love how a beautiful pattern in combination with great typography, a barcode, and an ingredients list can become a real physical item that gets on shelves and in customers' hands! 

3. My book is deliberately simple, but the things that make it a little different from your average adult colouring book are: 
     - it is not too thick that it is overwhelming - there's actually a good chance that you will finish all the pages. I always feel a sense of waste when I see too many un-coloured pages! 
     - it is printed on one side only so that if you use pens the bleed through doesn't ruin the next page, my medium of choice for colouring is often alcohol based pens so this was a huge factor for me. 
     - each page consists of a mandala plus a mindful phrase or saying to focus on. I wanted there to be a definite focus so that the 'mindful' part of the colouring has a special place for each page. 

4. I'm obviously in awe of some of the more famous colouring book artists, but I also love Lichtenstein, Mucha and Dali. Mucha is probably my most obvious influence. I'm working on another book which will be a coulour-in diary but this time hand-drawn, I can see lots of Mucha-inspired elements creeping in! 

5. I have a Midori style notebook/diary system and one of my inserts is devoted to notes and sketches. I sketch all the time but often away from home so most of my sketches are in biro! I rarely refine the sketches as I work directly on the computer either in vector or bitmap form. I love that if something doesn't work I can shift around elements to play with different arrangements. I get very obsessive so I often have to tell myself to just stop! I love working with clients and I make it clear to them that all feedback is positive. I usually love the finished design after feedback much more than the initial drafts. 

6. How has the cancer affected your life? Actually, I really feel that being diagnosed with cancer has improved my life dramatically. It sounds crazy I know. For 5 weeks or so I had no details so became really introspective about so many things. My own mortality, the way I feel about life, how I feel about my husband, the kind of parent I want(ed) to be to my child. I was put into the very best care and when the doctor told my husband and I that my prognosis was excellent and that I would be treated with light therapy (essentially I have fancy sunbed sessions twice a week) we felt like we'd won the lottery. Before all this I was your standard person who had ups and downs and rushed through life either doing too much or wasting time. Now I really do enjoy every moment and no longer tell myself that its 'rushed' or 'wasted'. My husband and I are so much stronger in our relationship. I work with clients better. Even my designs seem better to me now that I don't critique myself so much! I'm so much happier now that I could cry - those 'silver linings' really do exist.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Love's Transformation by Emil Toth

Love's Transformation

Batu’s inspirational story dramatizes how tragic and explosive events transform her from being self-centered to self-empowered. Batu fearlessly speaks out against injustice in a male dominated society. Unwilling to subject herself to a barbaric ritual, she insults the High Priest and creates a persistent enemy throughout the story. Selfishly, she marries the Story Teller to continue her quest for knowledge. The marriage turns into a test of wills, until she is transformed by falling in love with her husband. The death of her husband and her baby causes Batu to lose worth, as defined by law, and the council decrees she is to be expelled from the village to face certain death. With the Healer’s help, she gains a deeper understanding of life as she faces tragedies, final expulsion and death courageously and heroically.


About Emil Toth

Emil’s lifelong profession was in the field of Information Technology. In his quest to know himself on a spiritual level, he grew involved in meditation, spiritual support groups, energy healing and the esoteric. In 1999 he made a spiritual pilgrimage to India and was initiated by his guru, Mother Bandana. Filled with spiritual fervor he returned and founded the Sacred Waters Spiritual Center with two ladies, where he was the director, facilitator and caretaker for three years. It continues to flourish today. Inspired by all he learned, he turned to writing as his outlet for all he had learned. His two published poems reflect the depth of his yearning to know God. Emil’s most controversial novel, Seven Souls on a Cross concerns a man trying to rid himself of rage by following his visions and building and hanging from a cross for forty days. The sequel follows the lives of those seven souls. The novels in the ‘Love’ series focus on the four stages of love: transformation, sacrifice, unfolding and enlightenment.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Devoted Defender: Danger in the Deep South by Rachel Dylan

Devoted Defender

Personal Chef Annie Thomas thought she’d finally found a safe haven from her past. But when her boss is shot in cold blood leaving her as the only witness, she’s forced to go on the run—again. And this time there is an even bigger target on her back.

Navy SEAL turned small town police chief Caleb Winters doesn’t like that danger has come to Maxwell, Georgia. But he vows to protect the innocent woman seeking refuge from an organized crime network that he knows will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends. 

When hiding is no longer an option and threats surround them, will Caleb be the devoted defender Annie needs with her life on the line?

Available on Amazon

About the author:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeds of Destiny: A Faith Filled Journey to Fulfilling Your Dreams by Cary Palmon FREE 8/11-8/12

Seeds of Destiny

With her new book, Cary Palmon inspires you and awakens your destiny in God. Learn how God meets the brokenhearted in the midst of their sorrows, restores lives, and ignites passion!

If you have become weary, disillusioned or discouraged, this book
will help you unlock the secrets to fulfilling God's will for you.
You will be captivated by stories of faith and revelation, which will
empower you to be who you were created to be. This amazing story will challenge you to pursue God’s plan for your life.

Cary Palmon is the host of “Minuto Final”, an evangelistic television show that is broadcast over all Latin America and the USA, reaching millions of Hispanic viewers daily. She travels nationally and internationally speaking at conferences and churches.


Cary Palmon was born in Havana, Cuba. As a teenager, she witnessed the dramatic changes that took place in her country. Her father was tragically murdered at the age of 37. Emotionally scarred and grief-stricken, Cary and her remaining family left Cuba and settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she met Jesus Christ in a supernatural encounter.

She was called into the ministry in 1982. Her work has now expanded to television and radio reaching millions of Hispanic and Arabic people daily with the Gospel. Cary Palmon is an international recognized speaker, best seller author and producer/host of television and radio programs. Her passion is seeing people saved, healed and delivered.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thoughts: Meditations for Your Spiritual Walk by Brandon Champney

Thoughts: Meditations for Your Spiritual Walk

Join me on a spiritual journey as I share tidbits of thought on topics such as Faith, Hope, Love, Vision, Trust, Success, Spirit, Possibility in Thoughts, Meditations for Your Daily Spiritual Walk. We can all use insight and depth of understanding to feed our soul and spirit, helping us on whatever path to enlightenment we find ourselves. In a world which tries to deplete, on a daily basis, our spiritual reserves, it is good to fill oneself up. However, one can.

Each topic filled with helpful and encouraging insight lifts up and inspires, rejuvenating one's inner being with a fresh outlook on life. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? What price can we put on the needs we have as spiritual beings to transcend the seen to realms in which we soar on wings like eagles and plant our feet firmly on mountain tops.

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Read an excerpt:
The change will come when your vision overshadows the force which keeps you from moving forward and changing. When the vision for your life is greater than your momentary desires, you will change. You have spent your life acting on your desires, make your vision, your desire, and you will act on it. The thing is to allow that vision to grow, to plant it within and water it. A vision for a better life, to see things new, to cast off the things which entangle.

The goal is to come to believe so firmly in the vision. Don't get down on yourself. Don't focus on the moment whether you happen to think you are doing well or not doing so good, set it aside. Keep building the vision within you and you will naturally and comfortably make the small changes which bring about significant changes. If you create the view for yourself, your actions will follow. You will increasingly not want to do things which jeopardize your vision. It is all a matter of time, it is inevitable, your desire will burn inside you. Fuel the flame and you will achieve what you believe. Don't look at where you are at the moment it doesn't matter, look rather to where you are going.

Nurture within you the best vision for your life; your mind can imagine. Imagine how it will feel to be on this journey. Make it increasingly clear within your mind's eye. Imagine how it will be to love and to be loved; to have joy and peace and real lasting happiness. To have self-control and determination, to not judge yourself or others, to have a real purpose and meaning in your life. To feel confident and truly believe in the things you hold dearest to your heart. To extinguish all the flaming darts life throws at you. To have a growing faith which shines. Dream; the universe is open to you.

Remember when you were a child, and you couldn't wait for the next day. When you woke, you jumped out of bed and ran to do the thing you wanted to do. Wouldn't it be great even to have a portion of it back into your life, where you look forward to where your life is going? Life can beat you down to the point you feel stuck. Where you feel nothing will ever change. Envision a new life, one in which the possibilities are endless, and you have it within you to grab hold of it and make it yours. Open your eyes wide, take a deep breath, watch the sunrise on a new day, smile, you will renew your strength. You will mount up with wings like eagles. You will run and not get tired; you will walk and not grow weary. Isaiah 40:31

About Brandon Champney

What excites me is the availability of a lifelong abundance of learning. Not only of things which interest me but also of seeing life, mine and the world around me, in the light of ever increasing possibilities.

I write in the hopes of saying something small that in some way will be helpful to others.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

She Could Be the Girl Next Door: The Jihadi Bride by Renee Uzma Matthew

She Could Be the Girl Next Door

She could be the girl next door, somebody’s daughter, anybody’s friend. The difference is she makes a life changing choice that stands against all reason, betraying her country and turning her back on her accustomed way of life. This girl trades her Western identity to become a jihadi bride where there is no turning back. This is an interfaith romance adventure story of redemption, the search for the meaning of life, and the human desire for love and acceptance. It is about the coping mechanisms humans use to get through the vicissitudes of human existence with all its trials and tribulations in the most important journey we all take...life.


About Renee Uzma Matthew

Writes under the pen name Renee Uzma Matthew. She is a student of theology, graduate of Bible school, Bible teacher, chaplain, educator, and writer/author. She lives as a missionary in Puerto Rico.

Draw Closer to God and Walk in Victory: A 52-Week Devotional by Dr. Arcolia Beverly

Draw Closer to God and Walk in Victory

This book is a collection of scriptures that have provided encourage-ment and strength to me throughout the years. This 52-week devotional was written to encourage readers to spend time mediating and praying over scripture to strengthen their faith. I found that I needed to focus on one scripture each week in order to deepen my understanding of the word of God. Through these scriptures, I have found answers and peace in the midst of challenging situations. Each devotional has a scripture reading assignment as well as a prayer to focus on for the week and apply it to your life. I pray that this devotional will help you grow and experience victory in all areas of your life.


About Dr. Arcolia Beverly

Having earned her doctorate at Capella University, Dr. Arcolia Beverly is a professor of information technology, author, and Christian who holds Jesus Christ at the center of her life. At an early age, she expressed an interest in reading and creative writing, and as she pursued a degree in higher education, she remained determined to write in order to draw people to Christ and positively influence society. When not writing, she enjoys reading and studying God’s word, as well as shopping. Her passions include writing, teaching, and training for the glory of God.

Getting Back in the Game by Cheryl B. Martin

Getting Back in the Game

What do you do if you suddenly find yourself single again after years or decades of being in a marital or romantic relationship? Where do you go to meet other eligible singles, a travel companion or movie escort? Online dating is a 2 billion dollar industry and Boomers are taking advantage of it by becoming the fastest-growing populations to join dating sites. Getting Back In The Game will guide you through the maze of online dating and calm any fears you may have about this growing phenomenon. 

     * If online dating is for you 
     * The importance of “The Profile and tips on writing an effective one 
     * Some of the most popular dating sites for Boomers 
     * Dating advice and tips that will turn your date from one to many dates Mature adults need love, affection and camaraderie too. So, get back in the game, today!

Read an excerpt:
John was also tall. I remember the first time we met. We arranged to meet at a local Italian restaurant. He arrived 15 minutes early so he was already seated when I arrived. He came to the hostess station to meet me and I marveled at the presence of his physique in his tan-colored jacket and turtleneck sweater. As our evening started winding down, I stepped away from the table and returned to find that John was not at the table. ‘Had I been gone too long?’ I wondered. Was I gone so long that he thought that I had left the restaurant? Time can be fleeting but I didn’t have the sense that too much time had passed. 
After a moment or two John returned to the table with a guy who turned out to be the floor manager. As it turned out, John had arrived at the restaurant without his wallet and he lived one hour away. He was so embarrassed. Here he was on a first date at a very nice restaurant with no cash or credit cards. Of course he did not want to ask me, his date, to cover the expenses of our first date. What kind of first impression would that make? So during his absence from the table he was making arrangements to pay. Luckily, a checkbook was in the inside pocket of his jacket. 
This eventful evening lead to a second, third and fourth date. John was the consummate gentleman always opening doors, pulling out chairs, holding hands and catering to my desires. Did I mention that he loved to cook? His face would light up at the thought of grilling, baking or preparing a meal. 
We met in April and that May he was surprising me with a beautiful flowerbed and stone walkway, for Mother’s Day.


About Cheryl B. Martin

Living in Midtown, USA Cheryl is a Baby Boomer that has been online dating for several years and has written this guide to help you navigate the world of online dating. She enjoys meeting new and interesting people and is currently planning a trip to Italy in 2017.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meet Molly Jebber, author of Change of Heart

Molly Jebber is the author of CHANGE OF HEART, an Amish historical romance. Rated third on Publisher’s Weekly best reads list. She’s received widespread media coverage for her speaking engagements talking about the Amish, and providing events for writers on writing, marketing, and publishing throughout the U.S. Check her website for where she’ll be next. Her books have received widespread media coverage throughout the U.S., as well as her speaking engagements.

What started you on your writing journey?
My childhood imaginary friends, Bugs and Debbie. As an only child before my brother was born, Bugs was my little companion who got the blame for all the things I did wrong, and Debbie got all the credit for the things I did good. Mom laughed at my imaginary friends. Dad was a little worried about me. They were relieved when Bugs and Debbie went by the wayside when my brother, Mitch was born! With my imagination, my friends and family encouraged me to write, and I’ve always wanted to.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
I love visiting Amish towns and learning from them. They inspire me with their strong belief in God and focus on Him. I find their way of life fascinating. I enjoy shopping in their stores and seeing their handiwork. The quilts and other dry goods are beautiful.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?

My husband, Ed, suggesting we go to dinner or a movie. My daughter, Misty or my friends wanting me to go to lunch for a good gab session, movie, swimming or beach. Or reading a book from one of my favorite authors.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
Devotional, Romance and Mysteries – I loved “Breathing on Her Own” by Rebecca Waters
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Becca – She’s kind, but speaks her mind. She’s got a large birthmark on her hand, but she doesn’t let it define her. She loves God and appreciates her Amish upbringing, but she struggles with how to react when she’s faced with difficult people and harrowing situations.
Click on a cover to find out more about one of Molly Jebber's books.

Her website is http://www.mollyjebber.com - Sign up for her newsletter for giveaways, where she’ll be touring and new release information.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pre-Order Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber

Two Suitors for Anna

In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future…

Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she’s found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they’ll begin a new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they’re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves.

Daniel Bontrager’s arrival adds to Anna’s confusion. Since taking over his late brother’s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share…

Coming in January 2017

About Molly Jebber

Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Amish Christmas Sleigh by Molly Jebber, Kelly Long, and Amy Lillard

The Amish Christmas Sleigh

Through the snowy night, silver bells ring cheerfully, heralding a season of secret gifts, unexpected chances, and love's sweetest journeys . . .

Kelly Long 

For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .

Amy Lillard

Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it's impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope.

Molly Jebber

As much as Charity Lantz's children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he's never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?


About Molly Jebber

Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.