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Emotionless Pricing

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The Other Side of Abuse

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Today, please welcome Rita A. Schulte as guest blogger for Tackling Tough Topics. 


Mark sat in my office looking broken and defeated. The life was gone from his eyes--- he was drowning and needed help. He spoke slowly, recalling the events of his childhood living with an angry and abusive mother. When he was a kid, she would pull his hair out when she’d become angry and frustrated with him. Once, she made him stand outside all day with a broken collar bone because he had gotten hurt doing something she told him not to do. He said she had erratic mood swings; sometimes she could be loving; other times she would explode. Mark grew up walking on eggshells, leaving him constantly fearful and anxious. He formed a belief system about self, God and the world around him that would impact his entire life trajectory, and keep him locked into the cycle of abuse.

Mark was fifty years old, but he was still a little boy locked in a man’s body--- and still the victim of abuse. The next time he came …

And the winner is ...

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Last week, Deborah Malone dropped by to share with us her new book, Death in Dahlonega. We held a contest, asking for your favorite small town.

The winner, determined my a random number generator, is:

Carmen7351

Congratulations, Carmen! Watch your inbox for an e-mail from me.

Deborah, thanks for dropping by and for giving away a copy of your book to one of our readers. This contest was great fun - I'm just ready to go experience all the towns mentioned!

Love Letters from the Heart Free on Kindle

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Love Letters from the Heart is free on Kindle today and tomorrow (2/12 and 2/13).

Here's the back cover blurb:

Friends, family, perhaps even strangers, have messages within their hearts they want to share with you, but never found the right time or the right place to speak them. Here, within these pages, you'll find messages of hope, forgiveness, direction, and even prayers – written from caring, loving hearts directly to you and for you.

Know this – you are not forgotten or abandoned. You are not alone. You are loved – more than you can possibly imagine.

Who could love any of us that much? Turn the pages – we hope you'll soon discover the answer.


And here's the video for Love Letters from the Heart:


Meet "Death in Dahlonega" author Deborah Malone

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Recently, I met author Deborah Malone and was thrilled to learn about her new mystery, Death in Dahlonega. When we discussed ways to share about her book, I asked her to answer a couple of fun questions to help readers get to know her better. She's also giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to check the details below to enter!


Deborah, thank you for joining us today!
If you had a dinner party and could invite seven people - past, present, future - real or fictional - who would you invite and why, and what would you serve?
This is a hard question. I'd like to invite Jesus, but I would probably be like Martha and worry about everything being just right. Then I guess I'd like to invite Anne George who is a cozy mystery writer who had a lot of influence on the way I write. I'd love to see my parents and grandmother again so that brings the total to five leaving two more. I should probably say a president or something, but I'd love to meet the writers of Psych or Monk…

Love Letters from the Heart

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Love Letters from the Heart is now available in print and Kindle versions. 


UPDATE: The Kindle Version of Love Letters from the Heart will be available for FREE February 12th and 13th!


About the book:


Have you ever felt unloved? Friends, family, perhaps even strangers, have messages within their hearts they want to share with you, but never found the right time or the right place to speak them. Here, within these pages, you'll find messages of hope, forgiveness, direction, and even prayers - written from caring, loving hearts directly to you and for you. Know this - you are not forgotten or abandoned. You are not alone. You are loved - more than you can possibly imagine. Who could love any of us that much? Turn the pages - we hope you'll soon discover the answer.




A 5-star review!


"This is a beautiful book. Each anonymous letter shares words of peace and healing to hurting individuals from many situations. Sexual abuse, motherhood, friendship, and overcoming fear, are but a fe…

Irresistibly Sweet and Seven Random Facts

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This blog was nominated for The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award by Nike Chillemi and Shawna K. Williams over at Inspirational e-Books. Be sure to check out their awesome site. I'm still waiting to see if that delightful strawberry confection comes with the award. :-)

The rules for the Irresistible Sweet Blog Award are: put the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award badge up on your blog, thank the person/blog who nominated you, nominate at least ten other blogs and contact them to let them know, share seven random things about yourself/your blog. Here goes…


Ten Nominees for the Irresistibly Sweet Award goes to:


Suzanne Williams Photography [Life, God, & Photography]


Whispers in Purple [Reviews, Contests, Inspiration by Peggy Blann Phifer]


Steve Biddison [Coaching, Life, Writing - and I hope he doesn't shoot me for this rather feminine award!]


Valerie Comer [Recipes, Local Food Advocate, Writing, Reviews]


Linda Yezak [Writing, Reviews, Snippets from Life]


Jennifer Fromke [Life, Writing]


Carla&…

One of THOSE People ...

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Life has hit us hard lately, and a couple of weeks ago, I heard a particular phrase playing itself in my brain. The first time I heard “I’m not one of THOSE people,” I heard it with a heart that needed some work.
The second time I heard “I’m not one of THOSE people,” my heart had been softened a little, thanks to prayers surrounding me and my family the past two weeks.
A few days ago, I heard “I’m not one of THOSE people” and I stopped. I repeated the phrase to myself, and then I asked, “What exactly does that mean? Who are THOSE people you are trying so hard NOT to be? What’s wrong with THOSE people?”
Conviction set in.
THOSE people – who are they? The hurting, the confused, the saddened, the burdened? The people trying to live life in a way that honors God, but sometimes falling short? The people who work hard despite curveballs thrown at them? The poor, the hungry, the weak, the lonely? Murderers, adulterers, gossips, thieves? The abused? The abuser? The addict? A friend? A stranger? …

The Power of Our Words

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Today, we welcome Staci Stallings as guest blogger.