Friday, August 5, 2016

Lil' Monster Bookmarks


I love to give freebies. Of course, not being wildly wealthy, I do need to keep the cost in mind. That's why I love making these Lil' Monster Corner Bookmarks. They are easy, cost efficient and kids love them. I give them out whenever I sell a book.

Of course, I found them on Pinterest. You can find the inspiration HERE.

Eat a bedbug tonight!

Susan

Update: Shoe Haiku Progress + a Fun Storytime


Shoe Haiku is at the printers! I'm so excited. One more reason (besides the hot weather) to look forward to fall.


I had a wonderful time reading Grrr ... Night! during Storytime at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop and Bakery. After listening to the story, the kids made friends for Woolsey's pet worm, Slinky.



Love and blessings,

Susan

Monday, August 1, 2016

Guest Author: Janet K. Brown

Welcome, Janet!



Thank you, Susan, for the opportunity to be a guest today on your blog, so that I might promote my soon-to-release inspirational women’s fiction, Worth Forgiving.

Without hope, we can’t make it through life. Addictions and compulsions have brought ruin and destruction to many lives. God ordained a life-giving philosophy, utilizing twelve steps, to save those addicted ones who had lost hope.

In 1935, the group became known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, these twelve steps have been found to help with any addiction or compulsion, not just alcoholism. Groups sprang up titled Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and many others.

The guide book, Alcoholics Anonymous, for the twelve step programs is called “the big book” by adherents to the ideas. The big book teaches us to admit our powerlessness in what afflicts us and realize that it takes a higher power to heal the problem.

Quotes from the big book:

The fact is that most alcoholics, (drug addicts, overeaters, etc)for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.                                 Page 24

The alcoholic (drug addict, overeater, etc) at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.                    
                                      Page 43

Does this sound familiar? It should. Here are quotes from the Bible.

  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do,
  but what I hate I do.
                                 Romans 7:15 NIV


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.                           II Corinthians 12:9 NIV



I set out to write compelling stories about people in the grasp of addictions who find their only hope in God, using the twelve steps.

Wharton Rock is small fictional North Texas town.

Available now for preorder is Worth Forgiving, the second in the Wharton Rock series. The link for preorder is: 

http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

Worth Forgiving will be available everywhere on Sept. 1


The first book in the series, Worth Her Weight, deals with food addiction and low self-esteem.

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Worth Forgiving


Second in the Wharton Rock Series


Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

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Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles.
     Worth Forgiving, an inspirational women’s fiction, is the second in her Wharton Rock series. Her only non-fiction is Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Worth Forgiving marks Brown’s fourth book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
     Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
     Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books. The author uses her platform of recovering compulsive overeater to weave stories of hope for addiction, compulsion, or impossible situations.

on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx
E-mail:  Janet.hope@att.net 



Thank you so much, Janet and congratulations on your new book. 

Love and blessings,
Susan

Friday, July 1, 2016

God Bless America



I fell in love with this patriotic craft when I saw it on Pinterest. Below is the link to the original. I did alter mine a bit. Instead of covered buttons, I used novelty ones. I dipped my lyrics in tea and scrunched the paper a bit for a antiqued look. I also indulged in my love embellishments.:-) On the whole, I'm pretty happy with the results.

Original God Bless America Craft 



Home of the free because of the brave!

God Bless,

Susan

Storytime

I'll be at Higher Grounds Coffee Shoppe and Bakery(on 63rd just off MacArthur) on July 7th reading Grrr ... Night! We'll also be making a wiggly, sqiggly craft. Come join the fun!

(Insider tip: the Lemon Pie is fantastic!)


"Eat a bedbug tonight"

Susan

Friday, June 3, 2016

Writing Updates

The exciting news is that Shoe Haiku is about to go to print! Since I'm not only author but also illustrator on this one, it's a very special project.

I am working on edits for my Middle Grade novel, Stone Girl. It's under contract to Doodle and Peck Press.

My Young Adult novel, I Spy Something Wicked, is also in edits. It's under contract with 4RV Publishing.

Three different books in three different genres. I feel like a Renaissance woman!


"Keep reading and dreaming!"

God Bless,

Susan

Friday, May 6, 2016

God made



Love and blessings,

Susan