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Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper

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Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny

Author: Paulette Harper

Publisher: Thy Word Publishing

Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella

Hosted By: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour www.wnlbooktours.com

ISBN-13:  978-0-9899691-0-9

Releasing: Nov 5, 2013 e-book and paperback

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About The Book

Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

About The Author

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 Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

Social Media Links

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PauletteHarperAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/pauletteharper

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paulette-harper-johnson/7/a29/8a7

Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/pauletteharper/

Website: www.pauletteharper.com

Email: pharperjohnson@gmail.com

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18524878-living-separate-lives

Trailer:http://youtu.be/Y2YWSYkfxAM

 Excerpt

“Stop preaching to me. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’ve had enough of your self-righteousness.” The words continued to cut Jordan’s heart; words that she never heard before coming from the mouth of her husband, Eric. “You knew how I was before we got married.”  His tone deepened with every word.

Standing in front of the sink, Jordan was frozen and motionless in the middle of the kitchen. She held the dish towel in one hand and a plate in the other. She turned and faced Eric, whose eyes were cold and hard.  The verbal blows kept coming.  Her mouth opened wide, but no words could be formed when he uttered the deadly words, “I want a divorce.”

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Wednesday Author Spotlight~ Onyih Odunze

wedddd Onyih and I are kindred spirits. We ‘met’ through an online Christian writer group andit’s like we’ve known each other forever. We share stories, secrets, tears, laughter, prayer and critic each other’s work. She describes herself as a “Pencil in His hands”. She writes stories of grace, mercy and hope atwww.meditationsofthesoul.com

Read a short excerpt of her writing here…..

ONE HEAD, MANY HATS

Ring…Ring…Ring…

Bleary-eyed, I fumbled for my phone and shut the annoying alarm off. It’s 5 a.m. in the morning. Before the alarm went off, my little human alarm had already pulled me halfway out of a somewhat deep sleep and the alarm did the rest. I (very reluctantly) dragged myself up, and started feeding the baby. After feeding and burping him, I set him down and opened my textbook – time to work on my assignments. I mentally flipped through my program for the rest of the day – I thought about the mountain of washed clothes in dire need of folding and skipped past that. No, no time for that today. Too many other things to do. Life sometimes feels like a balancing act – something has to give way for something else. I’m married, I work, go to school and have two kids who need me to take care of them.

A friend of mine visited from Nigeria recently and we used to joke that over here, a wife/mom is not just a wife/mom, but also a cook, driver, housekeeper, washer-woman, nursemaid and so many other things rolled into one. She was glad to see that my housekeeping standards had relaxed a bit – hey, with an active toddler running all over the place, there’s no way it can be spick and span like it used to be BFK (before kids). There are days when I can’t pick up the toys all over the living room floor, or I can’t wash all the dishes in the sink before I go to bed. There are times when I fish their clothes out of the dryer for days because I can’t find 30 minutes to fold/hang them. I fully accept the fact that I’m not SUPERWOMAN, and I’m glad I’m not, but I do try to be a super woman. I try to be a great wife and mother, a good employee, a competent student, a loving sister/daughter, a faithful steward and so on.

As women, many of us wear many hats and even though they may not always sit right – a moment of anger can make your ‘good wife’ hat askew, but a few sweet words and some TLC will make it sit right again – we can take pride in the fact that we manage to juggle so many things pretty well, with no major catastrophes!

Every now and again, I pull out all my hats and admire them; I’m blessed to be a wife, thankful to be a mom, grateful for my job, happy to be back in school, glad that I have a family who loves me. All my hats don’t always fit right, but they’re mine…and I’m proud to have the privilege of wearing them all.

© 2013Onyih Odunze

Wednesday Author Spotlight ~Bola “Salt” Essien- Nelson

saltfIn my book she is one of the best sisterpillars I know. I just recently got to know her although I’ve heard about her for a long time. She is author of the popular Desperate Naija Woman series where she chronicles her efforts to desperately seek God. That phase is over… through rebirth she is now known as Salt…read more and find out.

I am Salt and I thank God for giving me this new name at the onset of 2012. However, the truth is we, children of God, reborn in Christ, vessels of the spirit of God, are ALL called to be Salt and Light. A while ago, I was in a video conference and a few colleagues who had recently attended an HR conference were giving feedback on all that they had learnt from all the respected Conference Presenters at the event. The famous James Robbins  was one of them and he shared his ‘9 minutes on Monday‘ theory which states that being a great leader is about taking nine minutes of one day ( Monday) to figure out what you were going to do in that week to groom a better, more productive team. But not just what you were going to do, but what you were going to do consistently.

I promise you, I am not sure at which point my mind drifted to my walk as a Christian and how all that I was hearing about leadership in the work place mirrored almost perfectly what I believe being a ‘salty’ Christian looked like. So, I took James Robbins’ 9 Minutes and converted them into my own personal ‘9 minutes on Monday’ for a Christian who wants to sprinkle godly flavour or shine godly light consistently on that patch of the world God has placed him/her.

If, like me, this is one of your chief desires, then join me in taking nine minutes every Sunday or Monday and decide the following for your coming week:

  1. 1.      Whom will I show a genuine interest in this week by calling, e-mailing, sms-ing, visiting?
  2. Whom will I give feedback to on how he/she has blessed my life?
  3. Whom will I recognise for how they have helped my life and my walk as a Christian?
  4. How will I link my purpose to someone by sowing financially or otherwise into his/her life?
  5. Whom will I help grow in their Christian walk this week (by sending a scripture for instance?)
  6. Whom will I help feel ’empowered’ as a brother or sister in Christ?
  7. What can I do to foster unity in my church, fellowship, prayer/blog/FB/Google group?
  8. Where can I inject the love of God in a fun way this week?
  9. What can I do this week to model Christ to those who will be contact with me?

You see, I can be ‘Salt’ all I want but salt that stays in the salt shaker is of no use to anyone. To be useful, I must be sprinkled out. Our love of and for God cannot be passive, it has to act. God is a verb. He is always ‘doing’ great and mighty things and so must we. I honestly cannot say I have done my 9 minutes every single Monday since then but I promise you, the days that I have? I felt really fulfilled and in sync with God. Those were the days I felt God’s DNA coursing through me the most.
My name is Salt and though all of the above is sometimes hard, by God’s grace I choose to live up to my name. Truth is, so can you. No, scratch that, so must you.

Be Salt. Sprinkle Love.

Be Light. Shine Love.

©Salt 2013

tcHer latest book called True Confessions is available now. Click Here to buy in paperback or Kindle.

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Annie Brown

annieBook: Christians with Pervasive Issues

Author: Annie Brown

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Hosted By: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours  www.wnlbooktours.com

The author is hosting a giveaway. Enter to win a copy of her book. Two winners will be chosen. Sponsored by author Annie Brown. Contest ends October 7, 2013

 Enter Contest Here

Synopsis

Even as a faithful Christian, there may be times when you feel that there is no hope of escaping issues and themes in your life that ensnare and trip you up time and time again. When a certain pattern of behavior or type of suffering has been following you all your life, it’s hard to believe that you can ever escape from it. Christians with Pervasive Issues shows us that every child of God can be delivered from issues that cause them to be a victim, rather than walking in victory. In compassionate, no-nonsense language, Annie Brown demonstrates that with genuine repentance, using God’s principles, and the right counseling/support, you can overcome anything. Christians with Pervasive Issues gives you the ray of hope you need in order to heal your life, and get closer to God.

About The Author 

annie2Annie Brown is the mother of four adult children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She is a licensed minister and social worker. As a social worker, Annie works the terminally ill, providing emotional support at the most critical time in an individual’s life. It is Annie’s desire that Christians work through their pervasive issues before the end of life, so that the transition between death and eternity can be smooth, and not cluttered with unresolved conflicts.

Book Excerpt

A Remedy to Get to the Root of the Problem

WHAT IS NEEDED is that the people of God “must” clean out their secret compartments and confess that they need the Lord to deliver them. Confession is made unto salvation (deliverance). If we confess our faults, the Lord is faithful in forgiving us. You may ask, “Why do I have to confess if I was not responsible for what happened to me?”

The issue then becomes whether you have forgiven the person that caused me this harm. If there is no forgiveness, then you become a victim twice: a victim of circumstance, and a victim of bondage. This can be in some ways more dangerous than cancer. This will always be eating away at you. With cancer, at least you know what is going on in your body. Being a victim of circumstance and having an unforgiving heart bring torment. This torment becomes a part of you in such a way that it eats through your mind, destroys your inner peace, and puts your soul in jeopardy because it becomes a heart matter of sin.

Links to Visit

Email Address: aclara2002@yahoo.com
Publisher Website www.outskirtspress.com/christianswithpervasiveissues

Author Website: www.anniecbrown.com
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christians-with-Pervasive-Issues/333501483361141

Buy Links

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Christians-with-Pervasive-Issues-ebook/dp/B005IAAPMK/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Outskirts Press: http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432775766