More and more people are becoming aware of the healing powers of creativity. Human nature makes people want to strive to feel good, and keep their bodies free from illness and dysfunction. Two goals most people hope for are to be creative and to improve/maintain health. Taking our cue from physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form into another. Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy. Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity. Drawing, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, cooking and playing an instrument are all creative activities that can ignite that creative spark. Many people already embrace their creativity while others are in the realm of “I am just not creative”. The key to being creative is taking action!
“Another word for creativity is courage” ~ George Prince
Before We Say I Do
About the Book:
Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.
Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?
Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.
Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.
Turning from my thoughts of being human again, I watched Chase closely. He fiddled with his
own tie, straightening it when it didn’t need straightening. Something was on his mind, and little did he
know there would be a lot more on his mind later.
“Is everything alright?” I asked.
“Is Mads okay?”
“Of course. Why do you ask? Are you worried about her?”
“Well, it’s just that you’re here . . .”
I tried to put on my best smile. “Madison is perfectly fine. Honest.”
Chase sighed audibly. “I cannot tell you how happy I am to know that Mads is okay.” His lips
tugged into a half-smile, and I wondered if he was still a bit concerned.
“Chase, as long as she has you, she’ll be fine,” I assured him.
He laughed nervously. “I hope you’re right, Zach.”
“Trust me. I am.”
Chase sat down across from me. “Have you seen her?”
I felt my lips curl into a smile. “Yes, and she’s absolutely beautiful.”
Chase bit his bottom lip, and I knew he was probably thinking about their marriage. I would
never know such a union, but I rejoiced that these beautiful humans were about to embark on a new
phase of their journey together with God.
“You know. Andy’s right,” Chase said, “I want you by our side when we get married. Do you
think you could be my secondary best man?”
“It would be my great pleasure and honor, Chase.” I had never been honored in such a way
before, and it brought tears to my eyes. I just hoped he still felt that way after he learned the real reason I
Chase grinned. “You don’t know how much that means to me. To us. I know Mads would love to
have you up there, too.”
I smiled, hoping it didn’t waver. “I look forward to it.”
INTERVIEW with Emerald Barnes via Vox Dei:
What was your inspiration behind the story?
My inspiration for Before We Say I Do was my readers. That may sound cliché, but everyone who read it fell in love with Chase and Mads, and I, honestly, so did I. I wasn’t ready for their story to end, so I decided to continue and show them getting married. But I, also, knew there was an unanswered question from Entertaining Angels. What happened with Chase’s dad? Keeping with my themeof angels helping humans, I decided to answer that question and bring back a favorite character, Zach.
Tell us a bit about your book.
Before We Say I Do is about Chase and Madison on their wedding day, but Chase has to face his past in a huge way. His dad is seeking forgiveness, but Chase doesn’t know if he can forgive him for what he did to him years ago. Chase has to learn that forgiveness may not be easy, but it’s also necessary.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee as a hot drink, but I’m a Southern girl. I like my cold sweet tea. I take my coffee with a lot of creamer and sugar! I don’t only need the caffeine, I need the sugar rush! Plus, I’m not a big fan of the bitter taste of coffee without it.
What kind of reader are you?
Multi-tasker, must finisher, multiple books at one time I’m a “must finisher.” I have to finish a book before I can start another one. I don’t like trying to focus so much on two or more different stories.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m usually spending time with my nieces and nephews – five of them. I can’t imagine a day without them. When I’m not with them, I’m usually reading, watching TV, blogging or studying the Word.
Who is your role model/inspiration?
My role model has always been my mom. She’s always talked to me about my life, questions I’ve had about God, and she’s always given me the moral support I need. She’s never let me doubt my dreams, and she’s always been my biggest prayer warrior. My mom and dad as a unit have been my biggest cheerleaders. They have given me everything I needed to support my dreams, and they have prayed for me relentlessly.
Vox Dei’s motto is “Christian Books for a messy world.” Do you find this is true with your books?
Oh yes. I definitely find that it is true regarding Before We Say I Do. We all get caught up in not wanting to forgive someone for how they treated us, what they said, or how they acted around us. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but God said that we had to forgive for us to be forgiven. That is my theme in this short story, learning to forgive when it’s one of the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but I also want people to know that when you forgive, the bitterness and resent building up in your heart will disappear, and you’ll be free.
When did you come to know Jesus?
I was in fourth grade. It was September of 1996, and my mom and dad had just gotten a phone call about how one of my best friends had acceptedJesus into her life. I was lying in bed that night and called my dad (my youth pastor also) back to talk to me. I asked him what it would take to get to know Jesus, and he told me. That night, I asked Jesus into my life, and I haven’t regretted that decision. I’d always been in church, and I’d known about God. So, it felt like the best decision was to go ahead and ask Him into my heart as well.
How has your faith changed over time? That’s a huge question for me because it’s changed considerably. I was raised Free Will Baptist. My dad was the pastor at almost every church I’ve ever attended. One day, as we all know, it’s time for pastors to move on, and it was time for us. We took a few Sundays off to pray about where we needed to go next. My brother-in-law came from a non-denominational background, so we gave his old church a try. We haven’t looked back since, and I’ve had a considerable change in the way that I’ve seen God and the Bible. It wasn’t that I wasn’t learning it in the FWB, but I have had a deeper connection with God this go-around. I pay more attention to the Bible, and I spend more time in prayer now. It was a huge change for me, but it’sopened my eyes up to what I thought was impossible, but it’s not impossible. I feel like where I’m at now is where I was always meant to be, and that makes a huge difference in my spiritual life. It deepens it. And it’s where I need to be spiritually to write the books I am writing.
I’ve heard that the characters in Entertaining Angels series are your favorites. Why is that?
They are. For some reason, Madison, Chase and Zach have wound their way into my brain, and they won’t let go! I love them so much, that I’ve continued writing about them. Before We Say I Do continues their story, and I found a way to work them into book two when they originally weren’t going to be in it at all. I fell in love with Madison because I saw her grow from a timid, shy young woman to a confident one. And Chase, well, I’m going to be completely honest, he’s my ideal type of man (if he was older)! But, they’re so wonderful. I can’t help but love them!
What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
I hope that the legacy I leave behind with my writing is that teens and women will learn to love themselves and overcome whatever obstacle is holding them back. My Entertaining Angels series is just about that. It’s stories to help heal, and I hope that I’ve accomplished that in some way.
ABOUT Emerald Barnes:
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a familyoriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor
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Help our friend, author L.L. Hunter celebrate her newest release!
The Aqua Lie
The Aqua Saga book 2
by L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography
Release Date: July 31st
Ever since being told he had to work for General Maddox in order to see Pym, Rush has had more than enough time to contemplate how to get out of this deal.
When he is invited to play a high stakes poker game with the General and his father, he is a little suspicious of the General’s motives.
When he discovers just what he is playing for, it has Rush seeing red.
The prize: Pym’s heart.
But if he loses, he will have to watch his friend Troy take Pym to the annual General’s Masquerade Ball while he sits on the sidelines.
And the hardest part of it all – trying to keep his secret from Pym.
In the much anticipated sequel to The Aqua Secret,
Will Rush be able to keep up the facade, or will it all be unraveled by midnight?
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Incredibly busy week ahead #amwriting #studying #creating #volunteering
Wherever you may be in your day/eve, I hope you’re living with passion & purpose!
Live, laugh & love! xo
“I write because I must. It’s not a choice or a pastime, it’s an unyielding calling and my passion.” ~Elizabeth Reyes
Check out another new release from a familiar face on this blog, Author MaryAnn Kempher! (read more posts about MaryAnn & her books here)
Under the Moonlight series #4
Play dead. It might just save your life.
When Jack Harney and Curt Noble opened their detective agency, they expected to investigate the occasional cheating husband or minor theft. Instead, they’ve somehow found themselves, once again, investigating not one, but two grisly murders.
Nene and Gaga Albright; one sweet, one sour, both suspicious of the new tenants above. Strange things are happening in the apartment across the hall. Are the new tenants eccentric, or just plain crazy?
Can Jack and Curt find the killer before he kills again? Will Nene find out what’s going on behind door number two, or die trying?
Purchase Link: Link to Amazon Page
MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery novels with a dash of humor.
She is the author of three other books in the Under the Moonlight series: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder; a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. Forever Doomed, a mystery set aboard a cruise ship, and Sweet Mystery—another “I did not see that ending coming.” mystery. All three will make you giggle, and keep you guessing until the very end.
Her influences include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.
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The Dragon Heart Series #3
by L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA fantasy/urban fantasy/ paranormal romance/myths and legends
Formats: eBook and print
Release Date: May 31st 2015
“Eva and Ash thought they were safe.
What they don’t know is someone is watching their every move.
As the bounty on their head looms, Eva will do anything to protect Ash, even if it means trusting the enemy.
Ash must learn to work with Henry if he is to survive, and Eva must put up with both boys—and her feelings for them.
But their plan to escape the clutches of Eva’s father is ruined when the trio is separated.
To find their way back together, they must all confront their own demons—in order for them to confront the Man with the Fire in his Eyes.
When you’re the last of the Dragon Hearts, everyone hungers for your blood.
Crave Love. Crave Blood. Crave Death.”
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1. The Dragon Heart Keeper (FREE)
2. Crave (99 cents)
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Due to an extremely busy month ahead I will be taking a short break from blogging until the end of June. #amwriting #studying
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Wherever you may be in your day/eve, I hope you’re living with passion & purpose!
Live, laugh & love! xo
Wishing all a wonderful month! :)
Recently I was able to catch up with #AmazingAuthor Micheal Rivers. Last time I spoke with Micheal was during our previous interview back in the spring of 2013 (here). Looks like fans will be happy to see he has big things happening on the horizon.
Welcome Micheal, it’s been a while since we last spoke
It’s been too long. With our schedules we don’t talk nearly enough.
I understand you’re pursuing different genres…What have you been working on?
I actually have two in the works that are a different genre. I believe they may raise some eyebrows when they are released. One in particular, which is titled Robin Peace, is a story a few people may get a little angry with. It does reflect the way many people are thinking at this point with world affairs.
What inspired you to change genres?
I have a lot of stories in my head that I want to get down in print. It just happens they are not in my usual genre. It’s a little excitement in my life. The world is wide open. When I see or hear something that sticks with me it can bring on what if, and then it’s an open end run for the goal line.
In general what inspires/motivates you to write?
Inspiration comes from a thousand places at once sometimes. I never could pinpoint any one thing that produces inspiration for me. I only wish I could write when I want to. The motivation comes from not being able to control the passion. As an author you cannot always write situations or events as they really are. There is such a thing as respect or consideration for others even when you are wielding a pen.
What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your books?
There are times when I sneak in tiny bits of wisdom for my readers. I do so without the intention of interfering, but with a morsel to try and get them to think about what was written. There are things out there we will never understand and yet they exist; it’s up to us to find the answers to the riddles.
Are you a plotter (do you outline) or are you a “pantser” and prefer to just see where an idea leads you?
I have tried outlining and still do to a degree. The outline works for me, and yet it goes out the window when the character decides he has his own agenda. Makes you wonder who is controlling whom. My storyboard is the main- stay of my work. It is confusing to others looking at it, but it makes perfect sense to me.
Do you ever get writer’s block and how do you work through it?
I do not get writer’s block. I work through the tale until I am satisfied with where it is going. That is another reason I can work on more than one manuscript at the time. I have six in the works at this moment. I have no problem separating the characters and I know where the stories are going. I just have to decide on how I want to write it. With enough Pepsi, cigarettes and Twinkies, you can rule the world.
What does your average work/writing day look like?
That is a tough question. Life changes every day so getting a set time for me is like watching a train wreck in progress. It is the peripheral things that drive me insane and does not allow a set schedule. I do research, answer emails, and a host of challenges to keep me company. The greatest challenge is myself; I have to have the right mindset before I can lay down the first word for the day.
What challenges do you find (if any) in changing genres?
I think maybe the greatest challenge is Mike Baugham. (You know Micheal Rivers, the guy who writes the paranormal stories.) Will anybody recognize the name or will they say there is a new writer in town?
Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?
In the future there are a number of books. I have a sequel for The Black Witch. This one is where it all began for the schooner. I have a mind bender entitled Scratch. There is a sequel to Moonlight on the Nantahala. The coup de gras is Robin Peace and another, which is untitled. They are out of my genre. The others, which I have to look forward to, are lain out for their execution and maybe I will live to be a hundred and get them all.
I can be found at
Since my time is spent in two locations (city and country), for my ‘Day in the life’, I chose to give you a glimpse into a day in one of my happy places. From a tree laden homestead in New England, I wish all of you a happy Spring. I know it is Spring, not from looking outside, but because the calendar says so. This morning greeted us with a weather forecast of more snow. No kidding. Going into the second week of April and more snow is on the way. I drowned my sorrow with gads of coffee and an extra large cinnamon swirl muffin. Bleary eyed, I gazed at the woodpeckers at the suet feeders, I kept telling myself that Spring would come. Someday. Today though: 35 degrees. After a quick shower, I shoved hair into pigtails, and piled on the many layers I required, I dragged my butt outside. If it weren’t for my girls, I wouldn’t. But my momma hen radar was on. I knew they were squawking for me. Sure enough, as I neared the coop, I heard them. Opening their coop door, I was greeted by my bright eyed and bushy tailed girls. After brief morning hellos, they took off to explore the grounds, pecking at any patches of earth. Coop cleaned, food trays filled, water changed, sand raked, and buckets of waste dumped in the compost, I took some time to hang out with the girls. Don’t believe anyone who says chickens aren’t social or have personalities. They are, and they do. After corralling them back to the safety of the kennel, I head back inside. The wood stove, and my latest work in process was calling me. I planned on spending the week in my writing cave (next to the woodstove), but first I needed to make enough food to meet every craving I could possibly have and feed my homesteading partner. So, I made a sh*tload of food. A week’s worth. Now I could write. Wrong. Next was a trip to the library to stock up on research books. They know me well there. Then, just when I thought it was safe to write, the tree removal guys pulled up. They did all the hard work, but clean up was up to us. Log after log, branch after branch, twig after twig. We moved them all, and it needed to be done before dark. Dinner=(thank you slow cookers) Finally, after the girls were tucked in, the kitchen cleaned, the emails and promotion taken care of, it could have been writing time, but instead, we decided a cozy fire was in order. Thanks to my homesteading partners penchant for torching , we had us a nice bonfire. After that, when normal people would probably start thinking about bedtime, I escaped into my plant filled office (after downing a coffee), clicked on the pink fairy lights, and turned on my beloved Acer laptop. Me and him, we go way back. Who knows where I will be five years from now, but I know this; Writing will always be a part of my life because I make room for it. There is always time if you make time. Making time for everything, spending time in two different locations, I had to figure out how to make it all work. I did. I write deep into the night. Peace, May May’s New Release:
Not only are toxic partners dangerous physically, they can damage your self-esteem and affect decision making. You focus on surviving each day instead of thriving. After a lifetime working for women and families, May Woodworth explores why some women attach themselves to toxic partners, and why they have difficulty unsticking from them. In her debut non-fiction, Sticky Girls, Why Women Stay In Bad Relationships, May approaches dependent relationships in a compassionate manner, giving guidance, and offering solutions to woman who feel stuck. Keep attracting the wrong type of guy? Do you stay invested in toxic relationships well past their expiration date? Have you ever been on the receiving end of relationship abuse? Do you have a relationship pattern that you would like to change? Are you ready to explore why you behave the way you do? Sticky Girls is for you. Getting unstuck is not impossible. With the right tools, you can make it happen. About May May’s books explore women’s self-esteem, parenting struggles, personal growth, and empowerment. After years in social services and early childhood education, she has now carved out time to explore her new passion: writing. Sticky Girls (Non-Fiction, Self-help) Arrow Publications LLC, (book 1 in a women’s empowerment series) releases February, 2015. Heart of the Hurricane, 2014 (Romance, Drama, Fiction), Big World Network, is available in print, e-book, and audio-book. May also published over 14 romances under a pseudonym between 2010-2014. Where to find May: May’s Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/May-Woodworth/e/B00LE2S09Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1/190-2314278-2146555 May’s Blog http://mayrising.blogspot.com/ May’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MayBWilde May’s Twitter https://twitter.com/MayWoodworth
I am happy to announce that my novella Closure is available through audio on ACX. Now you can bring Sara’s story to life with the amazing talents of Clay Lomayaku. You can find the closure audio available through Audible from ACX and it is also available through iTunes and Amazon. I will be giving out three free copies of the audio book. Make sure to post your comments to enter and win an audio copy of Closure.
Closure ~ Chapter 2 Excerpt
In the dark corner of a room, Sara James waited until the monster fell asleep.
Who was the monster?
Garrison James, her father.
It amazed her how much had changed in the few short months since her mother, Lila left. It felt as if it happened over night.
At first, he seemed absent. Then the yelling, drinking, and angry glares erupted whenever she entered the same room as him. Soon, he began calling her names. When she thought things could not get worse, the real abuse began.
He’s not my dad! He’s a monster!
Heavy footsteps tromped towards the room. She gulped in jagged breaths and looked to the ceiling while blinking rapidly. A feeble attempt to control her tears.
When hiding from the monster found her, she would replay what she did wrong and how he caught her the time before.
Don’t cry, she reminded herself, that’s how he finds you.
She looked around the once lively home for a sweet reminder of better times. There was a time when the house was surrounded by a beautiful garden. Her and her mother would walk hand in hand and choose which flowers to bring inside. Now, the windows were closed, and the vase that usually held flowers sat empty. No matter where she looked, there was no sign of happiness or life.
The house had become a vessel of sorrow and pain.
Mommy, think of her.
She closed her eyes and forced images of her favorite memories. A brief smile appeared as thoughts reverted her to one of the many times when her mother taught her how to bake cookies.
“Oh, Momma, I miss you,” she whispered.
The memory of her mother distracted Sara from the harsh reality. However, nearly as quick as the memories arrived, they dissipated, and before she knew it, the monster began lashing out.
“Sara! Sara! Where are you?” he screamed.
Realizing she had made noise. Sara covered her mouth and began internally praying.
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Hi, it’s Laura here, but you may know me better as author L.L. Hunter. I write Young adult paranormal and dystopian as well as romantic suspense and crime for adults.
Writing for me is a passion and I am pretty lucky to be able to do what I love and be earning decent money.
I do have another job other than being an author. I work with kids with special needs, which I find very rewarding. As this is a split shift (before and after school hours) I get to write during the day. I have the best jobs!
If I have to go to my non-author job, I wake early, make myself some coffee and go to work. When I get home I brew myself more coffee and head into my office. I check emails and Facebook messages before getting down to writing or book promotion. Promotion stuff usually takes up most of my time as a self publishing author – I say around 70- 80%. Yes, it is not all about writing! Shock!
These days it is almost impossible for a book to get discovered. The most important way for someone to find out about a book is via word of mouth – if you love a book and you feel others will too, tell the world about it!
When writing, I don’t often plan what I am doing. Yes, for some series I may have a clear idea of how the series ends, but not all the stuff in between – the journey, but that’s what I find exciting about writing a book. I get to experience everything alongside my character as it happens. Yes, most of the time THEY run the show. My characters are very persistent and bossy!
I used to not be very good at expanding my world and building my characters. When I started writing books, I could only write short stories. But practice makes perfect, and now I can write novels. Yes, I know my first book was pretty big, but the first draft was absolutely horrible. I had to write that thing fifty thousand times. The version that is currently out today is the product of years of blood, sweat and tears. It felt like I was writing a thesis, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished. You can purchase that piece of my soul here for FREE.
A book I have discovered recently to help me elaborate on my characters and make them feel more real, is The Emotion Thesaurus. This book is amazing! It has all the actions and movements a character could be doing while feeling that emotion. For example: Curiosity. The character could tilt their head to the side, move their body closer to the thing they are interested in knowing more about, asking questions, lingering touch etc. I just love this book and it has helped me greatly. I recommend it to all writers! You can purchase it here.
If you want to know more about my books, my writing process, or if you simply want to know more about my fur kids aka writing assistants. Writing Assistant Heidi, my puppy, would love to say hi!
You can find me in the following places:
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I would also love to say hi, so feel free to send me a message.
My latest release: Second Sight, book 2 of the Adelaide Paige Saga is out now.