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I hope you had an opportunity to check out my new book, Faith Without BordersIt is a unique devotional because I include affirmations, prayers, and poems, along with readings, bible verses and points for reflection.  I am confidant that you will start your spiritual journey with this devotional, and continue it with the Scripture verses and books for further reading, that I include at the end of the book.

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Book Release Day - FAITH WITHOUT BORDERS Devotional

The day is finally here to release my devotional, Faith Without Borders.  It is very exciting for me as a first time author.  This devotional is very dear to my heart because I share my testimony and experience in having God in my life. I encourage you to let God in and step out in faith.  He wants to meet you in all the places that you need him.  Simple readings combined with uplifting bible verses, affirmations, poetry and points for reflection make this devotional timeless, and will make you want to embark on your own spiritual journey.

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10 Writing Hooks To Catch The Reader

Writing Class Notes: Beginning Hooks - Strategies to use to catch your reader's attention. This is a post from my former blog "The Writer Today".  I have added some new examples of beginning hooks from my favorite authors. 
1. Begin with a simile or a metaphor.
My life has been a carnival. My family is like an open book.
NEW:  Her bones were as delicate as Belleek china, her skin like ancient parchment stretched thin over aged, sinewy muscles formed during a life working the ranch. -Widow's Might by Sandra Brannan
2. Begin with a question.
Who is the greatest athlete of all times?
NEW: How on earth could I have let them talk me into it? - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
3. Begin with a definition.
Amiable is the best way to describe my personality: I am friendly and caring. Perfect is the best adjective to describe me: I am flawless in every aspect of my life.

4. Begin with a quotation.
“Learn to laugh” is something my kindergarten teacher told me after Ralph …


My name is Ana Virginia Martin, and I use Virginia Martin as my author name.  I am a Christian woman who does her best to serve, trust, and obey God.  Jesus Christ is my Savior and I accepted him in May, 2009, at the darkest moment in my life.  I care about people, especially those that are hopeless, defeated, and struggling with brokenness. I hope to touch people that are needing inspiration, encouragement and spiritual reinforcement with my upcoming devotional, FAITH WITHOUT BORDERS (to be published in November, 2015). In it I share my testimony and am proof that you can triumph over adversity, as long as you let God in your life.

Each devotion touches on a different lesson or area of life that I had to deal with.  It is a very personal account in which God, and stepping out in faith, got me through trying and difficult times.
I use bible verses that have inspired and uplifted my spirit.  I have grown in my faith, developed a closer relationship with God and continue to lean on hi…

BOOK REVIEW: Standing On A Whale by B.J. Tiernan

Lance Stavros is a doctor, who is an emotionally unavailable loner, with a death wish. He refuses to delve into the "skeletons in the closet" that keep him from living a fulfilled life. His solution is to end it all by committing suicide, yet he lacks the guts to do it. On his 47th birthday, he finally has it all planned out, but fate interferes, as a phone call summons him to make a house call to a mystic named Hadden. Hadden is an empathic, spiritually charged individual who lectures on the philosophies of life. He is perceived as a threat by city officials, who will stop at nothing to see him dead. Lance is pulled into a web of intrigue and murder, yet he is determined to protect Hadden's life, even while risking his own.

Hadden becomes a mentor and father figure to Lance. He enlightens Lance by leading him to face his inner fears and demons, as well as find his inner peace and sanctuary. We clearly see Lance's transformation as he discovers the true meaning of f…

AUTHOR INTERVIEW and BOOK EVENT with B.J. Tiernan - Author of Standing On A Whale

Do you base your characters on people you know, or wish to know? I always base my characters on people I know. In my novel, Standing On A Whale, some of my characters are based on aspects of my deeper self that have come to life, or should I say, that I have set free. The other characters are based on people who have had an impact on me. I believe that our characters already exist within us, the good, the bad, and the ugly. We just need to choose which ones we are ready to face and then allow them to surface. Once they are set free, they practically write the story for us and take us on adventures we may or may not be ready for, but if we trust in the process, the journey is worth it.
Who has been the biggest influence on your work? I would have to say that Nikos Kazantzakis, the Greek writer and philosopher, has influenced me the most and continues to influence me today. His books:  Zorba the Greek, Report to Greco, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Greek Passion have had a great i…

BLOG TOUR: Of Demons and Stones by Anne L. Parks, Coming Soon

Title: Of Demons & Stones
Author: Anne L. Parks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Tour Host: DRC Promotions
Synopsis: Kylie Tate is highly successful and focused on her future. No one sees the fear that consumes her, ravaged by demons from a past that left her distrustful of love. Alex Stone is rarely denied. Not by business associates, and certainly not the women he dates and forgets. Romance is never an option. That is until beautiful, sexy, too damned independent Kylie comes into his life and frustrates the hell out of him. She sparks a desire in him to protect her from the one demon that haunts her - and threatens to destroy them both. Pushed to her limit and unwilling to be a victim any longer, Kylie takes control of her life. But a madman’s quest for revenge not only threatens to destroy the love she has finally found – but also her life. Buy The Book

About The Author Anne L. Parks has penned and self-published six novels, including a standalone and a completed five book series, since 2013. …

8 Types of Fiction

Writing Class Notes: 8 Types Of Fiction
I was enlightened, when I took a writing class, as to the many types of fiction there are to read, as well as write.  They are based on word count mostly.  For me, it is a good resource to keep in mind since I have a romance story I want to write in the future. In reading the description of each type of fiction, I am leaning toward it being a novella or short story.  

Novel - An extended piece of fiction, normally at least 40,000 words long. Most novels have multiple characters, a central plot building up to an important climax near the end, and two or more subplots.

Novella - A mid-length work of fiction, shorter than a novel but longer than a short story - typically between 20,000 and 35,000 words. A novella normally has some complexity in plot and characterization, but has fewer characters than a novel and may lack subplots. Also known as the short novel.

Short Story - A short work of fiction, usually under 20,000 words. It is traditionally based…