My upcoming poetry book, Love Without Borders, Book Three in the Without Borders Inspirational Series, is a collection of inspirational poetry scheduled to be published this month. The cover art is by award winning author, David Sandum, and the foreword was written by my friend, supporter and mentor, Pastor Johnie Butler. It has been a journey to put this book together, as I have a compilation of poetry from different stages of my life. As an added bonus, I have included a very special section of poems by family and friends, some of them first time authors with this publication. May this poetry book touch, bless, encourage, and inspire you in many ways.
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Working Book Cover for study guide
New book cover for devotional
God recently put in my head to change the cover to the devotional I wrote, Faith Without Borders. The change was to make the book cover softer and more appealing. I am pleased, and I believe God is too, with the result. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the devotional benefit my local church. My plan is to do a study guide for the devotional titled, Walk In Faith, to be published in November, 2017.
The study guide will go into each chapter more, and will have questions to prompt reflective thought about the topic of the chapter. I will have new bible verses and quotes for inspiration and encouragement. My plan is to hold a four to six week study at home once the guide is published. I have participated in the Women's Ministry at my local church as a co-facilitator for a few bible studies, and I find that I enjoy the fellowship and sharing of God's word.
Below are some bible verses and inspiring quotes that will be in the study guide:
"...would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart." - Psalm 44:21
"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ." --1 Peter 4:11
Enlightenment brings reflection, and ignorance brings sorrow.
God defines me, not man or society. I am confident because I am wonderfully made by God.
"In your anger do not sin, when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent." - Psalm 4:4
Most importantly, if you are facing strife and are full of stress: "Be still and know that God is God."
God, I bow before you in humble repentance for the idols that I allowed to replace you in my heart.
"I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity." - Chronicles 29:17
I look forward to sharing more of the study guide with you throughout the upcoming months. I pray for God's guidance in writing it and hope it brings Him all the glory. It is not about me or what I write, but all about His word and unconditional love.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Ella Patton works at a local Walmart in a small town, far away from a loveless marriage and abusive husband. She lives one day at a time, though she feels half of her is dead, the half that knew how to love. Now there are only deep scars and a resolve not to let any man hurt her again. That is until she meets the handsome, and charming, Liam Stone.
Liam Stone is used to having control over everything, especially women. His money buys him anything he wants, and he uses it to offer Ella a proposition that she cannot resist. This starts them on a steamy, rollercoaster relationship, where falling in love is not an option. Can Ella finally find love again in Liam? Will Liam let his defenses down long enough to realize he cannot live without Ella? In an unexpected turn of events, they find that you can only run so fast from your past, before it catches up with you.
This was an enjoyable, entertaining, fast read romance. You cannot help but root for Liam and Ella to get their act together and live happily ever after. But do fairy tales really exist? Laura Marie Altom does an excellent job in keeping the reader engaged from beginning to end.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Hope without Borders is a guided inspirational journal that opens your spiritual soul to reflective thought with quotes and questions that also encourage you to record life as it happens.
Reflective thought leads you to understand that each day is valuable, full of lessons to learn, kindness to show, and words to encourage. A reflective person no longer walks aimlessly, or stands by while life passes them by. They are present, engaged in the moment, enjoying what makes them come alive.
Living a reflective life stems from having a spiritually rich soul. You have an awareness and a deep understanding of who you are, acknowledging that the challenges, experiences, and the highs and lows of life allow for your personal growth and maturity.
Monday, January 2, 2017
The question is: How do you know what your writing voice is? Does voice lead to writing ability and writing style or vice versa?
First, we need to understand what our 'writing voice' is.
Your 'writing voice' aka 'writer's voice' is as personal to you as your fingerprint. It is a direct reflection of your personality and what makes you unique and different from all other writers.
Each one of us has a unique style of speaking, a personal attitude, and a certain tone or inflection when we speak. When it comes to tone, you can hear it in two ways - the tone of your voice when you speak out loud and the silent tone you hear in your head. Both of these tones can vary, depending on the situation you find yourself in. Listen closely to both tones, for they make up your 'writer's voice.'
When you write, you want to allow your personality to shine through and write what feels comfortable and natural to you. In other words, you want to write the same way you talk.You don't have to go in search of your writing voice, you already own it. It is within, but you must listen for it carefully. Pay attention. You can even make it a wakeful meditation to consciously hear the way you talk to others.
If you want to embellish your writer's voice or change it in some way, you can read more. This way you can hear other author's writing voices. Sometimes, you will find that you relate to or are drawn to a particular author's writing voice over others. This may very well be because their writing voice is similar to your own. Reading other author's can stretch you and move you in the direction you want to go.
When I wrote my first novel, I wrote in first-person and my main character was a male. Since I am female, I made it my occupation to sit in different coffee shops and restaurants and eavesdrop on men's conversations. I wrote down their dialogue as I was hearing it in my Writer's Notebook. This gave me some of the best samples of natural dialogue amongst men. It really helped. Don't worry, I never divulged any of their secrets.
I believe that our writing voice does lead us to our writing ability and writing style. No matter what voice you decide to take up, yours or a combination of yours and someone else's, you can be sure that your unique inner voice and personality will always shine through - in spite of you. Embrace it! That is what makes your voice different from everyone else's.