Monday, September 8, 2014

Saving Tate Michaels


Saving Tate Michaels
(Book Three in the Isaac Hunt Series)




Former FBI agent Tate Michaels's past and present threaten to pull him further from his relationship with God and family when he needs them most. To save his family from a kidnapper bent on revenge, Tate Michaels must first lose himself.
 
Tate is forced to examine his motives and open himself to a whole new definition of family.
 
Down load the first chapter here: http://llhargrove.com/
 
Visit Linda at: http://llhargrove.com/ to learn more about her and her works.
 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 

 
 

TO ENCOURAGE YOU!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Should You Eat the Cake You Have



Judith ‘JJ’ Isaacs’ dream comes true when she gets the position of backup singer for Deacon Hill. She’ll soon find that her climb toward fame comes with a cost. Add to that the necessity to adjust to life on the road and JJ is forced to face the fact that celebrity isn’t always the perfect world it’s made out to be. While checking in on Sheree, her pregnant sister-in-law she is reacquainted with Dr. Simon Massari. That re-connection opens the door to what she’s needed along, but that need won’t be so easily had—for either of them.

In ‘Hitting the Right Note’, author Bowen speaks to the reality of life-choices many are faced with. The characters and situations she has created are relatable. Most of all this work speaks to the necessity of holding to one’s faith and the power of forgiveness.
 
To learn more about Rhonda and her works, visit her online at: www.rhondabowen.com

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MEET TYORA MOODY


Tyora Moody is an author and literary entrepreneur.  Tyora has coined her fiction books as Soul-Searching Suspense. Her debut novel, When Rain Falls, was released March 2012 (Urban Christian). This is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. The second book in the Victory Gospel Series, When Memories Fade, was released in April 2013 (Urban Christian).  The final book in the series, When Perfection Fails (Urban Christian) was released March 2014.

Deep Fried Trouble, the first book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery series was released June 2013 (Tymm Publishing LLC). She is currently working on the second book in the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries, Oven Baked Secrets (October 2014) and the first book in a new romantic suspense series (April 2015).

Tyora recently became a finalist for the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction. She is the 2013 Urban Literary Awards Debut Author Winner and 2013 Urban Literary Awards Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Winner.  Tyora is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.

As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her company, TywebbinCreations.com. Popular services include online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers. The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit was released January 2014. On Mondays, Tyora hosts The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.

When Tyora isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family, catching a movie on the big screen, and traveling. For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com.

About the Book

When Perfection Fails / Victory Gospel Series, Book 3

VIDEO TRAILER LINK - http://youtu.be/Uy0cGsOYqQI

Reverend Jonathan Freeman and his wife Lenora are quickly becoming Charlotte's "it" couple. All eyes are on them as Jonathan is named pastor of a church following the death of his father and Lenora has become a sought-after wedding planner. The Freemans are media darlings and a model couple; the picture of perfection. Or are they?

Behind the scenes, Jonathan struggles with his role as pastor of a megachurch while Lenora grows increasingly and uncharacteristically distant. A number of odd and tragic incidents push her further away from the love of her life and the fa├žade of perfection begins to crack.

A carefully guarded secret catches up with Lenora and it threatens her security as well as that of her family. Has an imperfect past finally caught up with her? Will the ghost of someone she thought long dead rise like Lazarus from the grave and destroy all she has worked to preserve? Or will Lenora fight to protect the man she loves and the beautiful life God has blessed her to have?

What's Next for Tyora Moody?

While the Victory Gospel Series is finished, there is one character whose story will be continued in a spin-off series. Serena Manchester was the resident "bad girl" in the Victory Gospel Series and she has more to share as she discovers her own journey of faith.

I'm also excited about getting back to the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. I hope to release "Oven Baked Secrets" in Fall 2014.

You can learn more about Tyora and her works by visiting the links below:

Tyora "Ty" Moody | TyoraMoody.com
Author and Literary Entrepreneur

VICTORY GOSPEL SERIESSteppingIntoVictory.com

When Perfection Fails, Book 3 

·         When Memories Fade,  Book 2 

·         When Rain Falls,  Book 1 

EUGEENA PATTERSON MYSTERIESEugeenaPatterson.com

·         Oven Baked Secrets, Book 2 (October 2014)

·         Deep Fried Trouble, Book 1

·         Shattered Dreams: A Short Story 

DIYwithTy SERIES |  DIYwithTy.com

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      The Literary Entrepreneur's Toolkit  

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Journey: Everybody Needs Support


Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by. I’ve been hard at work with some behind the scene tasks for Through the Fire. One of those tasks was going over feedback from my group of beta readers.

Last week I received some encouraging feedback that I’m grateful for. I’m also grateful for a remark they shared that made me smile—“I want to see more of her.” The ‘her’ being referred to in this request is the secondary character, Bernadette Lewis. The ‘more of’ refers to seeing more of her  in the story.

Request Denied

As pleased as I am at knowing that the character connected with the reader, I’m unable to fulfill that request. I can’t because it would take that character out of their role of being  supportive to the protagonist.

Like any project there is a standard process to be considered. For writers of fiction, one of the most important steps is establishing the role of the characters. At the top of the list is the protagonist/main character. The story primarily revolves around them, their goal(s), possible failure or success. Questions to be answered about them can be extensive. Who are they? What’s their plight? How will they deal with it and others as they work their way through? Are they loveable or are they someone the reader will love to hate?

The list goes on; because it does who that protagonist is has to be written in a way that gets the reader invested in them. It is equally important that the reader develop some type of rapport with those sent to help tell the story. Drawing from the adage, ‘a person is known by the company they keep’, writers must build a supporting cast capable of giving depth and realism to the protagonist and the story.  Who they are should show to what extent they are or aren't trusted, how they deal with adversity and most of all, what they contribute to the central theme of the story. Although secondary, they too should have an independent goal and represent a key element of the story. A bit of backstory is helpful. How much is up to the writer. Who they are should never overshadow the main character. But, who they are should be interesting enough to where the readers can’t imagine the book without them.

A prime example of this is the character Mouse from Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress. Mouse came to support Easy Rollins' need for protection. His presence did just that and you also learned a bit of his backstory. The supporting role he played helped you to see another side of Easy. It also added a bit of levity and insight to the unlikely friendship Easy cherished having with him.

So again I must say, ‘Request Denied’. Not because I don’t want to give Bernadette a larger role than she already has, but because I have to keep her in her lane of—supporting Hayes.

As always I thank you for stopping by. Until next time remember to use your words to bear good fruit!

 
 
Linda!


 

Friday, February 14, 2014

And The Winner Is

Congratulations to Carrie Sawyer. You're the winner of the $25.00 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Enjoy!

 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Journey: Time Management

One of the things I’ve learned about being a wife, mother and business owner is that time-management is of the essence. Regardless of how you feel, you have to the meet the deadlines in order for the plan to run according to the set schedule.

When you factor in the needs of family and other commitments, what we’ve set our minds to can seem to be too much. It becomes even more challenging when virtually all you do leaves no time for you to decompress. But take heart, our guest blogger, Ms. Nakia LaShaul is going to share her insights on this subject.

The truth is…There is not enough of it—TIME.

You can wake up and start your day with the very best intentions. Oh, how the best of us can carefully plot out every single hour, minute and second of it—TIME. Post it notes, mobile device reminders, ticking alarm clocks blare in your ear flashing signals that it’s time to go again. You have a task, one more job to do and another assignment. The most important meeting of your career is at eight a.m. and you didn’t dare touch the snooze button because you understand the importance of moving. You have a lunch date with your very best friend at noon. Don’t forget to pick up the kids by six and remember, if they’re late to football practice at six-thirty there will be drills to pay. A drive-thru dinner at seven-forty-five saves you a little bit more of it, but a surprise major assignment for junior’s art class which had been hiding in his backpack for two weeks took three hours and there in a billowy could of smoke went the time you strategically set aside to plot out your plan to take over the world—your dream TIME. It was after midnight when you finally sat down at your desk and in the seconds it took to boot up your laptop you had fallen asleep.

How in the world are you supposed to manage the chaos of your life? When will you have the time it takes to make your dreams come true? You look at your friends who somehow manage to move forward, make the best of their time but with a schedule like yours it’s next to impossible. You feel stuck and can’t figure out where you keep going wrong. Well, I will tell you the secret to successful people. If you think time is going to come to you by happenstance, you are sadly mistaken. No my friend, you must steal it. Yes, I said steal TIME. And I know that you good people have never stolen anything in your entire lives, so I shall tell you exactly how to do it.

STEAL TWENTY MINUTES: I know your body requires exactly eight hours of sleep. I am here to tell you that you will survive on seven hours and forty minutes. Wake up before everyone else and use that twenty minutes to work on your project. I know twenty minutes doesn’t sound like much, but that 140 minutes a week—over two hours a week—nine hours a month!

STEAL AN HOUR: Your best friend will miss those lunch dates and so will you, but you need that hour back. Instead of meeting weekly to complain about what’s lacking in your life, you meet only once a month. And you just scored yourself three hours a month plus travel time! And if you can’t do a little side work from the day gig, that’s what laptops and backseats are for—mobile office!

STEAL A DAY: Girls Night Out or Game Day with the fellas—steal that. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know you deserve it. But we’re not talking about deserve right now, we’re talking the desire of your heart. You can get a good eight hours a month if you steal time away from an activity such as these.

STEAL A WEEKEND: Arrange with your spouse, friend, parents or whomever trustworthy to help with the kids one weekend a month. It doesn’t have to be overnight, but if you can just steal the bulk of the day and snag ten hours on Saturday and Sunday for a whopping twenty hours. Winning!

APPROXIMATE TIME STOLEN: I just helped you score over 40 hours. The same amount of time you faithfully devote to corporate America. You can thank me later!

There is no way for you to time-manage all of life’s activities with precision and you deserve the opportunity to make your dreams come true. Remember, it’s your time, you stole it, so only use it to do you.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Award winning author, Nakia R. Laushaul resides in Houston, Texas with her lovable teenage son. She is an inspirational poet, motivational speaker, novelist and entrepreneur. Nakia truly believes that by doing what you love, you become happy! She hopes that you will find your happiness. For more information visit her website: www.NakiaRLaushaul.com or shoot her an email nrlaushaul@yahoo.com

Connect with Nakia R. Laushaul on the Web:

Web: www.quit2write.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nakia.laushaul

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nakiaRL

Instagram: agirlnamedkikiwrites

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Journey: Romance Is In The Air

In the month of February this nation places special emphasis on Romance.

We’re bombarded with what everyone thinks should be done for that special someone in our life. Advertisements for diamonds, flowers, chocolates, exotic vacations and much more are everywhere.
As a writer who incorporates romance in her works I’m always curious as to what others consider to be romantic. In my upcoming release, Through the Fire you'll find passages that speak to the emotion of romance, in some very unique ways. 

Sooo, in keeping with the romantic theme of February I’m soliciting your points-of-view as it pertains to romance. And of course you’ll be rewarded for your time. The most creative/thought-provoking comment will be selected by Team Linda and be rewarded with a $25.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

Please bear in mind that my works do not showcase explicit acts of sex or language; therefore I ask that your submission not contain that either. That said, I’d like to hear what you consider to be romantic.  Comments are to be posted at:  www.letsbeargoodfruit.blogspot.com Deadline for acceptance is end of day PST,  Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Selected entry will be posted on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

Before I go I'd be remiss if I didn't invite you to visit my website at: www.lindabeed.com to learn more about Through the Fire and my other works.

I thank you in advance for your entry and as always—remember to use your words to bear good fruit.

 

Linda!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Your Testimony Is Not Your Own

It is often said that the testimony you give is not for you, but those struggling with the same challenge. So it is with Shiloh Griffin.  
 
Being a pastor’s wife is challenging at best. Being a pastor’s wife with a past that won’t let go is more than troubling for Shiloh. The annual ritual she performs gives her little peace. She believes that her decision to take the job as a music teacher just might. It's perfect for her, but little does she know that it will cause her to internalize her secret in a way she could never imagine.
 
Lead Me Home opens the discussion to acknowledging that no one is without flaws. Beyond this it speaks to the importance of accepting those flaws in order to walk in who you’ve been called to be.
 
Stacy Hawkins-Adams – “I'm a lifelong writer who pens novels with characters like me and people I know - trying to live fully and faithfully, and trusting God to lead the way. Though we often fall short, grace is ever present. You'll likely recognize yourself, your relatives or your friends in my characters, and by book's end, I hope you will have laughed, cried and found yourself reflecting on how the twists and turns in their fictional world relate to your own.”
You can learn more about Stacy and her works at: www.stacyhawkinsadams.com
 
 


 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Buyer Beware

The song—‘While I Run This Race’ simply asks the Lord to guide our hands, our feet, to stand by our side and to search our hearts, because we don’t want our race to be in vain. Today I thank Him for opening my eyes to the not-so-kosher representation of a product promoted as a valuable tool for writers. Because He did I redirected my steps away from this work and sat down to write this post.
 
I often come across or receive suggestions for an enjoyable read or processes that should enhance my skillset. Today I looked into a new recommendation and saw red.
 
I bit the bait for the free download because intuition told me this could not be all it was promoted to be.  That selection became the beginning of my journey. Before I could get to the free download I was connected with a lengthy audio power point presentation. It of course speaks to how the author made millions of dollars and I could too. Points that were presented as viable, in my opinion danced on the shady side of the room. Beyond that it led to the typical, I’ll give you this, but in order to capitalize on my genius, sign up for my program at a cost of $$. 
 
 
Oh, yeah, click the button to BUY NOW. That in and of itself, became a hostage situation in that it wouldn’t let me out. I ended up having to close the system and log on again. At that point I revisited and  was able to bypass the video to get to the download.
As I skimmed through the table of contents I became aware of the fact that it did not align with the title of the book. Or should I say, the steps presented, one would be hard-pressed to complete in the time-frame suggested; at least not for a work of standard. Needless to say I deleted the download and now refer to my twenty minutes of wasted time as a teachable moment. I did because as writers it is important that we become perpetual students of not only the craft, but also the business side of writing. It’s also important to build our skillset and protect ourselves from endless scams promoted as a valuable tool.
 
There are those who shared their stumbles with me and I feel that I can do no less for others. So in closing, I cannot say this enough--writing is a calling. It’s also a calling that comes with responsibility. I caution you to take care to investigate offerings sent your way. Some will be legitimate, others may not. Bottom line is that you don’t want to run your race, your writing business, in vain by casting your pearls before swine.
 
Until next time -- remember to use your words to bear good fruit.
 
Linda!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Journey: Setting the Calendar

 

We’re twelve days into the new year. I pray that these days have been blessed and productive for each of you. I also have a question – How many of you have made resolutions for this coming year?

Have you resolved to lose weight, stabilize your emotional state, or perhaps, achieve a business goal? For me I've resolved to adhere to a better laid business strategy. Now that I've gone public with this declaration and I promised to be honest with you, I’ll share what has transpired thus far.

This month I will complete a marketing course specifically designed for those in the arts. The classes have caused me to take a hard look at my current business model, then compare it to the vision of On Assignment Publication for this coming year. By doing so I saw the need to tweak the mission plan. Note I said mission, the method needed to reach the goal; not the vision, my end goal. Readjusting the mission became the rudder for steering my literary ship. That rudder transformed into my ‘Master Calendar’.

By utilizing this tool, I’m able to set attainable goals and not lose heart due to lack of preplanning. This is done with the assistance of an electronic and manual calendar. I’m using two calendars because I’ve been known to destroy an electronic item or two. Having a hardcopy backup is my safety net. It’s also mounted on my wall so that I’ll always see it.*

I started the process by plugging the preferred dates of my major and minor projects into each calendar. My next trip through the calendars, I added holidays and special occasions observed by my family. Trip three through the calendar consisted of adding deadlines for things such as promos, edits, printing and other needs associated with publishing this book.

As advised I selected one of the projects, noted the end date then backtracked. I chose 'Her Gifts', my Christmas Ebook release.

Of course I thought that December 1st would be the perfect release date. However, research told me that those releases should be available for purchase no later than October. That pearl of wisdom required a need to reset the pre-release work schedule. This included aligning with the schedule of the editor and others whose services I’d selected for this project. Revamping that calendar involved more than the Christmas work. It caused me to realistically look at the schedule for my other works. I was fortunate that only a few things had to be rescheduled.

To some this may seem time-consuming and possibly, overkill. For me it’s working smarter rather than harder. Speaking of working smarter, I need to get back to work. Talk to you soon and please remember to use your words to bear good fruit!

 


Linda!

 

*A visual of your vision should be placed somewhere that allows you to see it daily.