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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Money Tree - Children's Blog Tour & Giveaway

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/20/14 - 2/17/14
Genre: Children


Follow Tyler on his adventure to get enough money for a cool new toy, without the help of his parents. A witty and fun story with upbeat text for your young child with a valuable lesson about working hard and saving money to get something they really want! The clear text and playful illustrations aim to simplify financial concepts like earning, saving, interest, the difference between needs and wants, and the joy of running one’s own business. To make the otherwise boring topic interesting, the concepts have been explained through small anecdotes accompanied with colorful illustrations to stimulate children and ignite a love of saving.

About the Author:

LaDonna N. Smith is a certified financial educator whose goal is to educate youth from all walks of life on how to find their path to financial empowerment. LaDonna draws inspiration for her book ideas from several typical parenting routines; watching her children play or argue, overhearing them sing or talk, and listening to all the amazing ideas, concerns, & request that they come up with. The Money Tree, is the first, but her children have inspired many more literary surprises already in the works! LaDonna and her husband reside in New York and have four wonderful children, all with intriguing and different personalities, like the characters she creates in her storybooks.

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a print copy of The Money Tree by LaDonna N. Smith!

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What is the Biblical Definition of Poverty?

This is going to be a rather stern post, but as time passes, it really breaks my heart about how far people have strayed. It seems like morals and values are almost a thing of the past, especially in the younger generations. And when I say younger, I'm not talking about children. I'm taking about the 20 - 30 year old generation.

Be it that I hear this from others, see it in a publication like a magazine, or just see it for myself, it's not uncommon to hear many that believe they are able to do better for themselves by simply not working. I've heard several say that they get far more in food stamps by not working, and that it's better for them financially to simply be unemployed. 

It's not just the food stamps, it's the public assistance that they get with utilities, medial expenses, food banks, and more.

What kind of message is our society sending? Do we really want to encourage our younger generation to rely on these things? What happens when food stamps or the medical card simply runs out because more and more people are getting assistance rather than working?

I remember in days long gone, where people believed in working and taking care of their own... I can't believe how far things have fallen. 

When I see these things, and the laziness of many (I'm not talking about the ones that are truly disabled!), I have to wonder what God thinks. Recently, I know of a younger man that went on disability because his knee sometimes hurts. But this same young man can still do all the fun things in life and spend his time socializing. Yet, he's unable to hold down even a part-time job? 

Hearing and seeing all these things make me wonder what the Biblical definition of poverty really is? Let's look at some verses:

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Proverbs 10:4 ESV

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
And then I really love the following:
"When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow." Deuteronomy 24:19-21  

In this day and age, who would be there to collect it? How many people actually get out there and try to grow their own food, or take action to provide for themselves? In Biblical days, there would have been grateful hands to pick those olives... Now, everyone just waits for their next assistance.

This is a tough post, I know it is. I don't have the answers about correcting it, but I do believe that they can all be found within the pages of a Bible. Empower people to work.... Don't just give them handouts and make them reliant on the fruits of others labors. The people that still believe in work and working hard are the ones that are paying for those that believe they come out ahead by simply doing nothing.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Living Separate Lives - A Christian Fiction Book Tour

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/6/14 – 1/20/14
Genre: Christian Fiction


ISBN: 978-0989969109

Publisher: Thy Word Publishing (November 10, 2013)

Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny
Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes. What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?
For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised. Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.
Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn? 

“Who cares anyway if I die? I hate my life; I curse the day I was born,” said Candace as she rolled out of her twin bed to face yet another day of sheer disappointments. Her feet landed on the beige, shaggy, dirty carpet that had seen better days. As she sat on the edge of her bed, she looked around the small apartment as though she was expecting to see something different, but nothing had changed.
“Lord, can I get a break? Can something good happen in my life?” she cried as her head collapsed in her hands. She knew within herself that today would be like all the rest: gloomy, sad, and most of all, lonely. After all she had experienced in life, how could she think today would be any different?
Candace lived in a small studio apartment off of School Street in the city of Pittsburg, California, a city surrounded by the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Her apartment had enough room for only one dresser and a nightstand, which she got at the neighborhood Goodwill store.
The walls of her apartment were dirty from years of cigarette smoke that didn’t escape out of the window. Her kitchen table was made of plywood, which she covered with a red tablecloth. The table was encompassed by two chairs, one for her and the other one she had hoped would be occupied by someone who genuinely wanted to be with her. The blue and cream d├ęcor in her kitchen came from visiting the neighborhood garage sales. Her neighbors knew her so well because of the frequent visits she made to their sales. Although Candace always had a roof over her head, she did not like the environment in which she lived. After looking intently at her dwelling place, she lay back on her bed and stared at the ceiling. Her thoughts shifted from her disappointing apartment to her anger about the issues she had to deal with, problems that had been with her for years, issues with her family.
Since high school, life was hard for Candace. Almost every decision she made never retuned a good dividend. The men in her life came and went, except for Derrick. He stayed the longest, but his bout with kidney failure ended whatever dreams she had of getting out of what she called the “ghetto.” Derrick was her sure ticket to a better life, she’d hoped. The only consolation to his memory was the pictures on the stained walls and a locket she wore around her neck.
Candace grew up with both parents and two siblings. Her sister, Monique, was three years younger than her; her brother, Zach, was two years younger. Candace always felt that she got the worse end of the stick when it came to Monique. Monique was light-skinned with long, black, wavy hair, which belonged to her, by the way. Candace’s skin tone was a few shades darker than Monique’s. She was short in stature, five feet, three inches tall, to be exact. She wore her hair down and straight, although it mostly contained black hair extensions, which she bought from the neighborhood beauty supply store.
Monique was the image of her mother, minus a few inches of hair. She stood five feet, eleven inches with a small frame; she could have been chosen as America’s Next Top Model. But Monique decided to study law, passing the bar on her first attempt; she then started her own practice and moved it to Los Angeles. Monique and her parents could not figure out why Candace didn’t make more of herself. To them, Candace was merely existing and taking up space. They wrote Candace off years ago. 

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About Paulette Harper:

 Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print. 








Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How Will You Make Ends Meet? The Broke Man's Survival Book Tour and Giveaway

A Note From The Single Mom Minister:

2013 has been a financially brutal year for many. Families all across the United States have went from middle-class to poor. Many have lost their homes due to the ever-increasing costs of food, utilities, and healthcare. It seems like we are being hit from every direction as the cost of living just keeps increasing. 

It's very rare I watch television, especially talk shows, but a few weeks ago I saw a Dr. Phil show. He said something along the lines that people are now in survival mode. The sad thing about this is the show aired in 2008. If things were that bad for many back then, how much worse are they now?

So when I saw the book, The Broke Man's Survival Guide, on tour, I wanted to participate in this. The book is $2.99 on Amazon, and I'm sure you will find this a helpful read and giveaway.

None of us can be certain of what the future holds. We have to stand strong with our faith. Don't let a day pass by that you don't pray. With our faith, there will always be some light at the end of the tunnel, even if we don't immediately see this. 

Tour Dates: 11/29/13 – 12/27/13

Genres: Non-Fiction/Self-Help


When you are broke, the last thing you want to hear about are saving plans, financial portfolios, or investment strategies. You are broke! Debt collectors are calling. Disconnection notices are mounting. Foreclosure is pending. You want to hear about how you are going to going to make ends meet. Real talk. You want to know how to survive through it.
This amazing book provides the answers to a lot of very tough questions such as what to do when you are facing eviction or you don’t have the money you need to pay the your bills for the month. The Broke Man’s Survival Guide helps you develop a survival plan before the worse happens (job loss, vehicle repossession, foreclosure, debt collectors). If the worse has already happed, these strategies can help you weather the storm.
The 50 strategies are bold–brash, yet sincere. Many former “broke enthusiasts” used these strategies to weather the storm of job lay-offs, unemployment, chronic illness, student loans, or just unwise choices. They all survived and so can you. Instead of worrying about things that are beyond your control at the moment, learn how to survive through it!


From Strategy #31: Stop Hanging With The Joneses
Your friend, Jane Doe Jones, shows up to the PTA meeting wearing $200 designer shoes and carrying a $800 handbag. She instantly becomes the center of attention, receiving compliments and admiration by all those around her.
Before you know it, Old Man Envy is tapping you on the shoulder, whispering, “That should be you.” “You can afford that.” “You deserve that attention.” “You look way better than her anyway.” The next thing you know, you’re eagerly awaiting your next paycheck because you can’t wait to blow it all on the same overpriced shoes or handbag in a feeble attempt to “keep up with the Joneses.” That is, buying items you cannot afford in an attempt to impress others and yourself.
The consequence? It depends. Perhaps the rent is late, utilities are in jeopardy of disconnection, or there is little food in the house. Either way, it was a foolish decision. Live by this creed: If you can’t afford it, DON’T BUY IT!
This may all sound like common sense, but you would be surprised at the number of people going through hard times who are making their situation worse by trying to keep up with the Joneses.
It’s okay to want the finer things in life. That desire is what motivates many of us to become successful. However, if you cannot afford the finer things in life, but ignore this fact, you will only end up successfully broke! Don’t let this be you!
Don’t be fooled. The world is full of Jones Wannabes. You know—the ones who drive a BMW, but live in their parents’ basement! Or that friend who meets you for lunch dressed head-to-toe in expensive designer clothing only to have the waiter come back to inform them that their credit card rejected their $8.00 lunch charge!

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About A.M. Harris:

A. M. Harris worked as a Program Director for a large non-profit organization for more than 25 years helping to provide much needed emergency services to the downtrodden, unemployed and underemployed. She spearheaded programs at the organization that included job training and placement services and emergency assistance for utility disconnections, pending evictions and foreclosures.
“Many of our clients lost jobs they held for twenty years or more. Before coming to us, many of them had been out-of-work for several months. Although we were able to assist some clients find new jobs that were comparable to the salary they lost, many, many others did not find an equivalent job and were forced to settle for mediocre, low paying jobs just to keep food on the table and regularly faced the possibility of utility shut-offs and eviction. It was difficult to look in the faces of struggling people and not have real answers to help them.”
As the program director, it was Harris’ responsibility to develop life skills and training programs to help these families get back on track. Her organization spent hundreds of dollars on resource materials that just did not do the job. She believed that people just want to know what they have to do to survive and make it another day without the red tape and politically correct mumbo jumbo that comes along with the territory. “Sometimes the best way to help people is to just tell it like it is and give them just right ideas and point them in just the right direction.”
Harris began to write her own material with topics like, Creating Your Own Employment Opportunities, Avoiding Scams, Attitude Adjustment, Avoiding the Repo Man and Keeping A Roof Over Your Head. Over the years, Harris accumulated close to 100 topics. In 2005, A.M. Harris decided to capture the very best of years’ worth of 50 front-line solutions and The Broke Man’s Survival Guide was born. Eight years later, in 2013, Harris decided to revised the earlier edition with new information to help those who are still trying to survive in our struggling economy.

Connect with the Author:

Email amharris@thebrokemansurvivalguide.com

Giveaway: Two lucky winners will win a $15 Amazon gift card! 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Self Help Book Tour: Be Happy by Aisa Ross and Giveaway - Win Amazon Gift Cards (Ends 12/20/13)

Book Tour Dates: 11/22/13 – 12/20/13

Genres: Nonfiction, Self-Help

Promotion: Be Happy will be on sale on Amazon for $.99 during the tour

Foreword by the Author:

Be Happy, the first of the “BE” series,  is a book written in a straight-talk fashion, quickly delving into the heart of the matter–How to live our days better and happier, with purpose and direction.  Also, this short book contains massive information on the psychology behind people’s self-sabotaging behaviors and negative thought patterns.


If you are like me, at one point in your life, you have asked yourself questions like these:
1. What’s wrong with me?
2. Why can’t I just forget about him/her?
3. Why do I feel so lonely and sad?
4. Why do I do the things I do? They’re irresponsible and destructive, I know that! Yet, here I am again–overeating or overspending.
5. Why do I feel so restless, angry, and impatient?
6. How can I improve my life and myself?
I believe the primary causes and also the answers to these important questions are:
a) We lack psychological/mental and spiritual nourishment, solid boundaries, and established foundations.
b) Our physical selves live disconnected from our inner beings.
c) We did not learn the necessary life skills in managing each aspect of how to live a balanced lifestyle.
“Be Happy: How to live your life by design” is an easy and simplistic guide to help us find a better, happier way to live.

Injury sustained inside our brain is the most difficult to diagnose and to treat.  In the case of motor vehicle accidents or physical traumas, physicians have the advantage of background information as to what happened.  In turn, they can automatically activate an emergency plan of treatment, such as a stroke protocol, CT scan, medications, and observation via in-patient hospitalization.
However, most of us are what can be classified as “the walking wounded.” We have unresolved psychological traumas and/or untreated brain injuries.  To function or cope with daily living, we subconsciously self-medicate to soothe or to provide the missing chemicals that our brain requires.  Our irresponsible behaviors and/or addictions are symptoms.  It’s a cry for help.  However, when we do seek treatment, we often focus on the symptoms and neglect the source of our sufferings.
First example:  EATING DISORDER
Please, let’s not rely solely on suggestions from diet/health books to lose weight or to overcome anorexia.   I agree that they are necessary materials because of the important information they provide.  However, first, we must bravely ask ourselves these questions:
a)    What is causing this restlessness?
b)    What is my body/mind asking me to take care of?”
The answer might be that we must join a survivors’ support group or speak to a therapist.  This is a situation that we cannot “tough it out, just be disciplined, and/or get over it!”
Let’s be kind to ourselves and give voice to our sorrows.

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About the Author:

Aisa Ross was born overseas but now calls San Francisco, CA her home. She’s single, a Buddhist, and a devout minimalist.  She’s loves her career in the medical field.  However, her life’s passion is in her writing.  Aisa’s newly published book “Be Happy: How to live your life by design!” along with two upcoming titles “Be Well: How to find perfect balance in your life and yourself”  and “Be You: How to reinvent yourself with love and confidence” have been inspired by years of pursuit on finding her authentic self and living a truly happy lifestyle. She hopes to impart precious knowledge through her humble writings.  Namaste. 

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Open internationally. Starts 11/22/13 at 12 am eastern time and ends 12/21/13 at 12 am eastern time.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Tour: Daily Spiritual Vitamins And Minerals For Your Soul: Feed Your Soul As You Feed Your Body Every Day by Myrlande E. Sauveur - #Giveaway

Genres: Devotional/Bible Study


Oftentimes, the vicissitudes of life get in the way of building an intimate relationship with God. We live in a fast-paced society and sometimes feel overwhelmed to the point that we question God’s plan for our life. Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul offers a dozen meditational reflections, supported by daily key verse, as a regulator to give our lives the rhythm we need to enhance our self-esteem, elevate our morale, increase our faith, and strengthen our fellowship with the Lord. We all need vitamins and minerals to stay physically healthy and we need the Word of God to remain spiritually healthy.
These pages contain nuggets of peace and wisdom for a troubled society and its weary people-and with daily meditation and reflection on God’s Word, you will nourish your soul and soothe your spirit.

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About the Author:

Myrlande E. Sauveur was born in Haiti. She came to the United States when she was 17 years old to further her education. She started writing poetry and short stories at a very early age. Some of her writings won national recognition back in her homeland. Although she had a passion for and excelled in writing, she never major in English literature or communication in college. She obtained her MBA in Business Management from Strayer University and kept writing on the side as her main hobby and a place to escape when life became too overwhelming.

In August 2009, she was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in marketing. She is the author of Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul. She is a volunteer youth counselor working with troubled teens all over the U.S and Canada through a Christian online mentoring program. She is a health and wellness consultant, teaching people how to live a healthy and well-balanced life.
She is the Co-Chair of Dorcas Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping Haitian College students and Haitian women in Stamford, CT and the surrounding areas by providing them with charitable services in the form of scholarships, college fairs and health fairs.
In September 2013, her first book Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul was the recipient of a Bronze Medal from Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest. 

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Myrlande is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at each tour stop! To enter, simply leave a comment. Make sure to follow the tour and leave a comment at every stop to increase your chances of winning! Open internationally. The giveaway will run the length of the tour, from 12/1/13 – 12/7/13.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christian Fiction Book Tour: The Snow Series by Marita Kinney

Genres: Christian Fiction


The Snow Series:
3 Books in 1 "The Snow's Meltdown," Don't Rescue Me," and Seed of Discord"
What happens when everything seems perfect and peaceful, but all of a sudden you, your family, or your surroundings is threatened by something or someone that will rob you of what you've always known? This happens to many people, from all walks of life, each and every day. No one is exempt from the trouble that can cause one to have his or her own personal meltdown.
Some are able to overcome their meltdown. Others, however, are not so fortunate. They find themselves stuck, trying hard to deal with the meltdown of loss, pain, and hurt. Such is the case with the characters in Marita Kinney's novel. Will the Snows break under the pressure or will they be able to overcome?

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About the Author:

Marita L Kinney is a Amazon Best-Selling Author and a woman of many talents. A published Author, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Marita has inspired thousands of people to overcome adversity with triumph through faith and perseverance. While facing several life changing challenges herself, Marita had enough faith to conquer tribulations, coming out victorious. She is best known for her Christian Fiction novellas and heart felt inspirational books. Loving God with her whole heart, she has vowed to live a life of transparency winning souls to Christ with the realness of her journey and the relatability of her testimony.In March of 2009 Marita published her debut book entitled The Unspoken Walk”. Capturing the true essence of what it means to turn “lemons into lemonade”, she has taken the harsh lessons of life and developed a plan for successfully living.

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