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Subscribe to my new mini-blog ChickLitGurrl on Writing August 28, 2008

What are hot sites for writers?  What videos are available that discuss/illustrate the writing craft?  What quickie tips could you use to help your writing?

These questions and more are answered at my new mini-blog – ChickLitGurrl on Writing.

Each tip – whether it’s a writing tip, a video, a link, or other – is just a short tasty morsel, so you can grab it, use it, and GO.

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Brenda Janowitz and Summer Book Giveaway August 27, 2008

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Summer Book Giveaway!

Enter to win signed copies of the hottest books of summer!

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop reading the hottest reads of the summer! And now you can enter to win a beach bag full of free books!

The winner will get signed copies of both of Brenda’s novels, JACK WITH A TWIST and SCOT ON THE ROCKS, as well as signed copies of these other fabulous reads:

by Lynda Curnyn

by Lauren Lipton

by Alison Pace

M.J. Rose

To enter, just email You must be a subscriber of the mailing list to enter.

Winners will be announced on September 9. So what are you waiting for? Enter today!


Beating the Devil

Filed under: life,writings — Shon @ 11:46 am

This was my daily BLESSING OF TODAY blog from my MySpace page:
Felt the need to share it over here, too, because I could have written a book JUST on this today.  I hope you get something from it.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.– Matthew 4:1 – NKJV

The devil loves to hate us, and he loves to do so at two moments in our lives – when we are most vulnerable and right after a victorious moment.

We get into an argument with our spouse or boyfriend.  We lose a job.  A best friend back stabs us.  We take ill.  We watch our loved ones suffer.  We have a bluesy kind of day.  We have 50-11 things on our agenda for the day and know we can only get two of the things done.  We listen as our child screams, “I hate you” for the first time.  We see our bills outnumber our cash flow.

Anything can put us into a weak moment.  Sometimes, you can’t even pinpoint why you feel blue or down – you just know that you do.

Now flip all the things I stated above in reverse.  Your hubby surprises you with a vacay – sans the kids.  Your boyfriend proposes.  You’re recognized for your hard work on the job and get a promotion.  Your best friend splurges for a girls’ night out.  Your health is perfect.  Your loved ones prosper.  You wake up with a smile on your face and the thought, “I’m gonna rock this day out.”  You have 50-11 things on your agenda, and you have enough energy to do yours and somebody else’s to-dos.  Your child peeks his head into the kitchen just to say, “Hey Mom, I love you.”  Your promotion and your talent and gumption allow you to pay your bills [on time!], keep money in the bank, and buy a few nice things just because.

The devil loves to hate us during ALL OF THESE TIMES.

The minute there is a crack in your soul, he pounces, ready to fill that crack with despair until the crack widens, and his poison inundates your entire being.  He loves to whisper doubts into your mind.  He loves to sweet talk you with past transgressions that you’ve worked hard to overcome.  He loves to caress you with those skeletons you’ve tucked into your closet nice and neat.

The minute there is jubilation in your life and you say, “Thank you, God,” he’s there, smiling, waiting to immediately rock your foundation so that you can say, “Why can’t my happiness last longer than a minute.”  He’s there, waiting to make you say, “Why even try to be happy when something bad lurks right around the corner.”  He’s aching to destroy your victories so that at the end of the day, you just say, “Forget it.  There’s no point in trying.  You want me?  You want me broken?  Fine.  You got me.”

This is why we must stay the course.  This is why we must continuously have God first in our life, looking toward Him for guidance, utilizing His ways in our life.

We must be vigilant.

We must be tireless.

We must be survivors to what the devil wants to accomplish.

He wants us in that wilderness, like Jesus.  He wants to tempt us like he did Jesus.  He wants us to falter like Jesus did not do.  He wants us to succumb like Jesus did not do.

But he can’t have us.

He won’t have us because we’re God’s children.  Because Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and because we have them in our lives, no weapon formed against us – even by the devil – shall prosper.

We are more than warriors.

We are conquerors.

And we can most certainly conquer the devil.

This doesn’t mean that all our days will be sunny.  This doesn’t mean that we’ll never want to give up.  This doesn’t mean the tears will cease falling.

What it does mean is with the most powerful Father and Son, we can persevere, we can move past, we can move on, and we can reach our destiny and glory – despite all the obstacles that try to take us down.


Why Should You Subscribe to All the Blog’s a Page? August 23, 2008

All the Blog's a Page

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE – Where Everything Relates to Writing – is a monthly blogging series hosted by ChickLitGurrl™ in which writers and readers talk about writing and its relation to various topics!

In August, we’re tackling FAITH & WRITING.  In September, we’ll be looking at SEX & WRITING, and in the upcoming months, we will be talking about such topics as gender, homosexuality, memoir, culture, death, and TV and movies.

Take the time to head to ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE and read our wonderful works by the following authors:  James A. Jimason, Susan McGeown, Pamela S. Thibodeaux, Niambi Davis, and Beth Fehlbaum.  Our last FAITH & WRITING author for August will be Cynthia Polansky, who will go LIVE @ AtBaP Friday, August 29, 2008.

While you’re there, take the time to SUBSCRIBE to ATBAP, too, so that you can kept in the loop to new updates and author features!

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APOOO Books Founder Yasmin Coleman Talks about Book Promotion! August 18, 2008

Today @ ChickLitGurrl, I talk with YASMIN COLEMAN, another everywoman, who is literary publicist and promoter, book reviewer, and founder of APOOO Books and BookClub.

When asked, “What are three things that EVERY author must have in his/her promotion arsenal,” Coleman stated that one of those things was “a local presence. Many authors want to travel the country to promote their book and that’s fine; however, when I ask them have they explored their local options they look at me as thought I just grew another head. LOL. Does your local newspaper know that you’ve written a book and have they done a feature article on you? Have you done book signings/appearances at your local bookstores? Are the local book clubs aware that you have a book and have you asked them to host you at an upcoming meeting? What about local organizations? Does anyone know your name? What about in your state? Before an author spends hundreds/thousands of dollars travelling to promote their book, they should make sure they’ve covered most of the bases in their home location.

To learn more about Yasmin, APOOO, and how SHE can help authors promote their literary works, head over to CHICKLITGURRL: high on LATTES & WRITING —!

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Writing a Memoir? Check Out My Latest Article for TIPS! August 17, 2008

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Well, it’s the 17th of the month, and that means my latest Blogging in Black column is LIVE!

This month, I’m talking about memoir writing.

I’ve met so many people who not only feel that their life story is important to write, but it’s also important to publish for others to read.

This got me thinking about memoirs, about the difference between memoirs and autobiography, and about some of the problems that might occur when a novice starts out trying to write his/her innermost feelings.

Come check out my article – The Story of Me: Tips on Memoir Writing – and leave comments!!

Blogging in Black – (LINK)


Author Niambi Davis Talks about Faith & Writing Today! August 8, 2008

Today at All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP), Niambi Davis – author of FROM DUSK TO DAWN – talks about faith and writing!

Something she knows a BIT about considering her novel…

Taliban wanna-be! Bible-thumping Crusader! Is this any way to begin a love affair? In the case of Ayo and Bilal, the answer is a resounding yes! After the dust from religious and familial wars has settled, the 42 year old widow and 32 year old appraiser fall deeply in love, until an unexpected diagnosis convinces Ayo that loving Bilal means letting him go. But has she underestimated the man who, in spite of a tragedy of his own, vows never to let her go?

The question asked this month @ AtBaP is How does your faith, your spirituality integrate itself into your writing and Niambi’s first couple of sentences alone will make you want to read the rest of her response: I was a child when I first heard the word ecumenical. Once a year, the local AME, Episcopal, Catholic, and United Methodist congregations of our small town gathered together to praise the Lord. It was the only Sunday of the year when religion trumped race.

Head over to ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE today to read the rest of Niambi’s response and to share your OWN thoughts on faith and writing!

Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the wonderful response by Beth Fehlbaum, author of COURAGE IN PATIENCE!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing: (LINK)