Monday, April 30, 2012


He who rejects change is the architect of decay.  The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.  ~Harold Wilson

The dictionary defines changes as transforming or converting into something else. Change is a complicated experience brought on by the challenges that we face on a daily basis. However, in all things, change is constant. We must learn to adapt, and move forward, progressing toward a better understanding of life.
The authors at Peace In The Storm Publishing, along with many other authors, have first -hand knowledge of the winds of change with the closing of several well- known bookstores.  Bookstores that authors could count on to carry their latest novel, or host a book signing, have closed, leaving many searching for alternate routes to hock their wares.
However,  in the best of times, or the worst of times, the Peace In The Storm Family will continue to offer top-notch works that are written from the heart. What we will leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others .  
Change is inevitable; Embrace it.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Faith over Fear by S.D. Denny

Yesterday, while driving back from a vacation on the beach, my mind wandered back to a moment during our stay that inspired this thought.

On the first morning of our vacation, the sun was shining brightly and we decided to head down to the beach to get our feet wet. I noticed that my youngest son, who is 14 years old, only stayed at the shore for about five minutes before heading back to our condo. He did this two or three times, which I found odd, but I didn’t make a big deal out of it. After about two hours of family frolicking in what seemed like perfect beach weather, we decided we’d head back to the condo and get cleaned up for lunch. Within 30 minutes, my oldest son had us all come to the balcony and look at a large dark cloud that was moving in over our section of the beach, causing monsoon-like winds (maybe I’m exaggerating a bit), and sending all the beach-goers on their way.

As the dark cloud moved slowly past the area, my youngest son, who was near the balcony, jumped up and said with fear in his voice, “Ma, does it look like the ocean is rising to you?” He seemed a bit nervous, so I peered out into the ocean and then back at him. “No, it doesn’t, son.”

It was at that moment that I realized He’s afraid!

So I asked him, “Son, are you afraid of the ocean?” and he replied without hesitation, “Yes!”

I was saddened to hear that he was afraid, but my thoughts quickly turned to the words of the song I Hope You Dance by Leigh Ann Rimes. There’s a part in the song where she sings “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean…” My son felt really small – small enough to be afraid, but the truth of the matter is, he’s not alone.

Many of us have fears, especially of things like the ocean – things that are so immense that they can swallow us whole and take us away from our loved ones…or situations in life that have the potential to be devastating and life altering. The important thing is not to allow your fears to stop you from living or pursuing your dreams.

When I was writing my first novel, The Baker’s Dozen, I experienced moments of fear and doubt that made me question what I was doing.

What if no one enjoys my book? Who do I think I am to be writing a book? Perhaps I should just quit now before I fall flat on my face.

Yes, these are things that I said to myself because of fear, but I had to reach deep within and connect with the faith I needed to conquer those negative thoughts. Faith told me that my book would inspire someone…and that I’m not less worthy of the title, Author than others…and that following my dream could never be a mistake. When my dream became a reality, I learned that I had done the right thing by not allowing myself to be overcome by fear and by holding onto the faith that God placed this gift and this dream inside of me and for that reason, I had to persevere.

I told my son that it was okay to have fear, but never to let that fear keep you from experiencing what God has for you. Many fear what they cannot comprehend, but having Faith over Fear will allow you to walk into your blessings in spite of the roadblocks along the way, even when you know in advance that those roadblocks are out there waiting for you.

There’s an awesome life waiting for you, if you’ll just step out on faith. You have dreams that are waiting to come true if only you’ll stop letting fear get in your way.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean…but I hope you have Faith over Fear… and I hope you dance!

Friday, April 6, 2012

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5 Tips for Writing a Novel Series by the lovely Stacey Deanne

Writing a series can be very lucrative for an author especially in genres like Young Adult, Sci-Fi and Mystery. If you write a dynamic novel then readers will become hooked and if they become hooked they will look for more books with those characters.

Series are written for different reasons. Sometimes the publisher will suggest the author write one to follow up a popular book. An author might choose to write a series based on feedback from fans. I began writing a series because I fell in love with the characters from a previous book and there were so much more I wanted to do with these characters.

Writing a series can be extremely fun for an author and their readers. You can take your characters in different directions from one book to the next. Audiences are most likely to follow a series. If they read one book in a series they will probably check out the others so you have the doorway to guaranteed sales most likely. Still nothing will hook readers if the series doesn’t focus on characters and plots people wanna read.

So are you considering writing a series? If so I’d like to provide some tips that will help you. Writing a series can get you in the door with readers on a long-term level. But how do you keep readers coming back for more?

Here’s how:

  1. Write Standalone Books in Your Series:

It’s best not to write a series where books leave off with a cliffhanger. It’s frustrating for the reader. No one wants a book without a solid conclusion. Each book in the series should have a complete story from beginning to end. A lot of times a reader will hear of a series that’s been around for a while. If they decide to check out book five in your series, you don’t want them to feel lost because you ended four on a cliffhanger.

  1. Don’t Waste Time Rehashing Details from Previous Books

Just because you write a series does not mean you have to repeat things that happened in previous books in the current books. You can relay details of major things that happened in previous books if the reader needs to know it. But you should not use your current book as a catch-up for all the other books in your series. The reader will check out the older books if they are that interested. Rehashing a previous book takes away from the story in the current one.

  1. Don’t Take Shortcuts with Plots and Characters

This tends to happen in the middle of a series. Sometimes an author becomes lazy once they’ve written a few books in a series. They tend to not pay attention to character development or plotting as much as they did in the first few books. Some call this the “middle of the series slump”. And believe me readers can tell when a series is lacking or when the author doesn’t seem to be into it anymore. You are obligated to give readers the best story you can. You must take as much time with books four, five or six as you did with books one and two. If you don’t care about the series anymore, why would readers?

  1. Upgrade and Challenge Yourself As Series Moves Along

Challenge yourself with every book you release in the series. Put your characters in larger-than-life situations, amp up the tension; make the plots more powerful, bring out another layer to your characters.

  1. Don’t Continue a Series When You Are No Longer Interested

It’s a writer’s death sentence to continue a series you no longer wanna write. When the books tend to feel less like fun and more like obligation it’s time to move on. You shouldn’t have to force yourself to be happy about writing a book. It’s unfair to your fans and yourself to continue a series you’re no longer interested in. Most likely once your interest fades the impact of the writing will too.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Am A Woman by the beautiful Lorraine Eliza

I AM a Woman

I am a woman
Subliminal is my presence
Unintentional in design
yet lingering just the same

I am a woman
and even the trees whisper my name.

I switch, sash shay
and ostentatiously glide
as I waltz by
Ever cognoscente of your
Intrusive eyes

I smile in recognition
Of your undivided attention
All the while
constantly knowing

I am a woman
and even the trees whisper my name.
Provocative is the web I weave
Evoking a longing
within your psyche
My scent is ambrosia
Forcing you to want me

I am a woman
and even the trees whisper my name

My clandestine sexuality
intrigues you
My femininity
you crave
I do it without trying
For I am a woman
and even the trees whisper my name

Copyright© Lorraine Elzia
Poetic expression in Mistress Memoirs