Thursday, November 3, 2016

@slipperywillie #YAParanoral #YASuspense #YAThriller "The Demons of Abadon-V1-Shadows and Light" FREE 11/7 until 11/11 on #Amazon! Grab it while you can!

Starting Monday November 7 and running until November 11 Larry Peterson's "The Demons of Abadon - Volume 1 - Shadows and Light" will be FREE on Amazon Kindle!!!!!!!

Helping Hands Press and Larry Peterson hope that you enjoy the story.

If you do take the time to read the story, please leave a review for the author on Amazon, Goodreads, the authors blog or website or here on the HHP blog. We would love your feedback! Thank you in advance!

Here is the Amazon Kindle link to the story and what it is all about: https://www.amazon.com/Demons-Abadon-Shadows-Light-ebook/dp/B0146QWGB4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1478184028&sr=8-3&keywords=larry+peterson+the+demons+of+abadon

Joey insisted he kept seeing and talking to his dad. He had told his brothers and sister and they thought he just did not understand Pops’ passing. But then Beeker and Joey went to stay with Charlie and Eleanor Winters for the summer. They lived on an old farm in the Abadon Forest . But so did the “Darkened”. They did not want Joey anywhere near the Abadon. Why? They feared his innocence.
The Peach kids were city kids and were used to the streets of the Bronx with the noises and smells and everyday hustle and bustle that was part of city life. When Pops died they were officially “orphaned” and Teddy,18, took over as head of the family. Plans had been made by Father Sullivan for the two youngest, Beeker and Joey, to stay with his friends, Charlie and Eleanor Winters, for the summer. Their first night there, a knock on the door introduces them to Jacob Lightfoot, a boy that no one knows anything about. They befriend Jacob and soon discover that his world is surrounded by darkness and evil. A girl named Lily constantly appears to help Jacob as the attacks on him increase. A hundred years have passed and it is time for The Great Festival of Torment to take place again. Unknown to anyone, Jacob is to be the Sacrificium Humani Agnus, (The Sacrificial Human Lamb), an offering honoring Satan. The Peach kids from the city are about to have a most memorable summer in the country.


@gridirongranny5 FREE! FREE! FREE on #Amazon 11/7 until 11/11 Patti J. Smith's #Crime #Thriller "Grave Obsessions-V1-Chiseled Heart"!

Starting Monday November 7 and running until November 11 Patti J. Smith's "Grave Obsessions - Volume 1 - Chiseled Heart" will be FREE on Amazon Kindle!!!!!!!

Helping Hands Press and Patti J. Smith hope that you enjoy the story.

If you do take the time to read the story, please leave a review for the author on Amazon, Goodreads, the authors blog or website or here on the HHP blog. We would love your feedback! Thank you in advance!

Here is the Amazon Kindle link to the story and what it is all about: https://www.amazon.com/Grave-Obsessions-1-Chiseled-Heart-ebook/dp/B00K39BRS2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478183492&sr=8-2&keywords=patti+j.+smith+grave+obsessions

He noticed a strong odor as he moved the curtains to look inside. A vile liquid surged up his throat and spilled out on the grass. He grabbed his cell phone and called 911.
Thus begins the case that unnerves the most seasoned veterans on the force. A witness interview leads Detective Dallas Keegan and her partner to evidence that puts the investigation into overdrive. HE IS NOT DONE. Her personal life unravels as she hunts down this demon while fighting her own.

November is "National Adoption Month"!!!!!!

November is "National Adoption Month"!

Here is the link to the Child Welfare Information Gateway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/

Please click the link and go to the website for a host of information on adoption.

We will be highlighting a number of HHP authors during the course of the month that have books or stories that revolve around adoption as their theme.

Do you have an adoption story, comment,link to share or observation? Please leave it here in the comment section!


11/7 until 11/11 @SueBadeau "Roots and Wings at Loonstone Lake - V1 - Call of The Loons" is FREE on AMAZON!!!!!!

Starting Monday November 7 and running until November 11 Sue Badeau's "Roots and Wings at "Loonstone Lake" - Volume 1 - Call of The Loons" will be FREE on Amazon Kindle!!!!!!!

Helping Hands Press and Sue Badeau hope that you enjoy the story.

If you do take the time to read the story, please leave a review for the author on Amazon, Goodreads, the authors blog or website or here on the HHP blog. We would love your feedback! Thank you in advance!

Here is the Amazon Kindle link to the story and what it is all about: https://www.amazon.com/Roots-Wings-Loonstone-Lake-Loons-ebook/dp/B00LFWP1NS/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1478182517&sr=8-8&keywords=sue+badeau

Louanne and Frank Hubert are two school teachers and almost empty-nesters getting ready to enjoy summer when an unexpected call from their past rocks their world. Will re-opening a long-neglected campground provide opportunities to realize new dreams? Or will mysteries from the campground’s past scuttle their plans before they can begin? A budding romance for the Hubert’s daughter provides help and hope for moving forward.

FIRST look at Chelsea and @SueBadeau cover for "Bubbles and Butterflies - A Calming Coloring Book"!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

@gridirongranny5 "A Story of Courage and Love" for Adoption Awareness Month b Patti J. Smith

As a pro-life activist, I travel all over the country and meet some incredible people. Thanks to a trip to Dallas this past summer to the Pro-Life Women’s Conference, and a mix-up in hotel rooms and conference registrations, I was introduced to a new friend, who I affectionately call “The Other Patti Smith.”

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and I wanted to share Patti’s adoption story. A story of courage and love.

“Welcome to my world – and what a wonderful journey it’s been. I am so grateful for my life. It has been 59 years since joined my family of destiny. When I say a family of destiny, I mean that all of us have a family of origin, our biological family, and some of us have a family of destiny – that family that takes us in and although we are not biologically connected, we are indeed family in every other sense. So my family of destiny was my adopted mom and dad and my adopted older sister. I grew up San Pedro, the greatest little city in the world and graduated from San Pedro High, Class of 1973.
I learned that I was adopted when my older sister blurted it out during a sisterly argument, “Well, YOU'RE adopted!” I asked my folks if it were true, and they both said, “Yes.” They told me the stork delivered me to the hospital, and they picked me out. Not knowing where babies came from as I was only 6, I just thought everyone was adopted!

I grew up and finally learned where babies came from and what being adopted meant. I wanted to know more about my birth family. Did my birth mother ever think about me? Why did she put me up for adoption? Didn’t she love me enough to keep me? Was she forced to give me up? Did I look like her?

I often thought of my birth parents and my desire to meet my birth mother grew I had my own children. I wanted to SEE her, I wanted to thank her for the gift of life, and I had questions that needed answers! During the 50’s adoptions were closed. That means that any identifying information of the birth parents is not available, including family medical information.
I knew that I may have a long hard road to find my birth parents if I ever did. My adoptive mom was very helpful and provided me the legal documents that finalized my adoption. I saw just two pieces of information. A last name "Baby Longhenry" and the city where my birthmother was born - St. Paul, Minnesota. I prayed for days and then I thought – I should just call 411 – logical first step. I prayed and finally picked up the phone. I called 411 and obtained four numbers of Longhenry's. I called the first number and needed to go no further … the man that answered was my birthmother’s cousin, AND he was that ONLY relative that knew of the birth and adoption. He was the one my birthmother told! I was floored and knew that this was my gift, my miracle from God. He said he would call my birthmother for me right away. I waited, and after two days, my biological mother called me, and I heard her voice for the first time.
Her name was Dotti, and she was living in Spokane Washington. Unable to keep her secret (ME) any longer, she told her family about me and soon was on a plane to meet me. As we shared our lives, she told about the circumstances of my conception and birth. I expected to hear a tragic but romantic love story, but instead I heard the shocking news that she was a victim of rape and could not cope with keeping the child of a rapist, so she gave me up for adoption. My father never knew about me, and she never saw him again. She didn’t go to the police -- she was too ashamed. She never told anyone about the rape except her cousin in Minnesota - the one I called on the phone - with his promise not to tell a soul.

She found herself pregnant and alone. There are those would say a child conceived by rape is disposable, of little value, damaged goods, bad genes. In fact, many people who say they are pro-life except in cases of rape and incest. Many respected members of the Senate and Congress who say they are pro-life carry the same conditions along with some clergy. Praise God my mother didn’t believe in exceptions. She knew in her heart that I was precious to God and that my life had value. It did not matter to her how I was conceived; she only knew she was pregnant with an innocent child
I asked her about how she felt carrying me for nine months. Wasn’t I a constant reminder of what she suffered? Did she resent me? Did she consider aborting me? She said that she was traumatized by the rape, but if there was anything good that could have possibly come from it, it was me. She said when she found out she was pregnant; she knew she loved me. From that violent and traumatic event, she considered something wonderful happened – me! She wanted a healthy baby. She wanted a mother and a father for me, so she gave me to a family and trusted God that I would have a good life, and she always prayed that someday she could meet me. I had thought that I was a burden to her, something to “get rid of, give away.” How wrong I was and I had to face that I had not believed that every baby deserves a birthday. I believe it now. Do you?

Dotti died within two years of our meeting, but I am thankful for the time I was given to get to know that very special woman. I'm thankful that I was able to tell her what a brave, and loving thing she did for me and to tell her how very grateful I am for my life. Members of her family told me that Dotti was not the same after we met. She was at peace; she had more confidence and faith. She was able to finally see and touch me, and meet her grandchildren. Dotti was my miracle, and I was hers!

I can’t honor my birthmother without also honoring my adoptive parents. I don’t know whether they knew the circumstances of my birth, but if they did, they didn’t care. They had a healthy baby girl, and they loved me completely and unconditionally. I had the life every child should have, and my parents taught me by loving example. I think the most important thing they did for me was to bring me up in the church. I went to church every Sunday, including Sunday School. A foundation my mom and dad gave me that has carried me through life – faith in God. He is my strength, my refuge, and my life. I know that there is nothing impossible with God. These Christian values were of the utmost importance to my adoptive parents, and they instilled these values and Christian morals in me.
I thank God each day for the wonderful life I have had. I love to tell people about how much He treasures every life, no matter what the circumstances of conception. I am not my father, nor am I my mother. I am NOT the product of rape! I am me. I was created by a loving God, and my life is valuable. And so is the life of every baby conceived -- of infinite value and a priceless gift from God.”

Patti works as a sidewalk counselor and is involved with many pro-life organizations such as 40 Days for Life, Lutherans for Life, Savethe1, His Nesting Place and Horizon Pregnancy Clinic. Volunteering with these groups enlarges her world view on abortion and other life issues. She strives to do her part to promote LIFE and trusts God to do the rest.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Introduction to "Horizon-Homeless" By Larry Peterson

Have you ever seen a homeless person and thought, Why don’t they just get a damn job? Did you stop and think that maybe they had a job and then, through no fault of their own, they lost it. Is it possible they tried as hard as they could but could not find another job? Did you consider that maybe there was an illness that altered their life? Maybe pain medications prescribed for an unwanted, debilitating injury turned them into a “victim addict”? Maybe they are a vet with a severe case of PTSD? Maybe it is certain type of mental illness? Do you know anything about that person you are looking at? We should remember that before people become homeless, they lived somewhere.

There are millions of people across this great land of ours that are pre-homeless. Please say hello to Bob and Tracey Slider and their son, Jake. They are a composite of so many American families that cover our land from ‘sea to shining sea’. They are among the millions of unnoticed, hardworking, Americans, locked into survival mode while trying their best to do the “right thing” every day. What happens when they are confronted with circumstances which place them on a road heading downward where the horizon up ahead turns homeless? Can they make the turn and begin heading uphill? What choices will they make? What will determine their success or failure?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matt: 11:28


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

@SueBadeau "Book Signing, Coloring, Wine and Chocolate"

Book Signing, Coloring, Wine and Chocolate

Author and Illustrator Sue and Chelsea Badeau celebrated the local launch of their book, "Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma" with a book-signing event at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in their home neighborhood of Mt. Airy in Philadelphia on Friday night, October 14th. Joining them will be another local author, Latasha Goodman-Shears, author of: "Dear Wives: Side Chicks Are Winning."

The Big Blue Marble Bookstore, located at 551 Carpenter Lane in Philadelphia, likes to celebrate local authors and artists and has been honored in Philadelphia Magazine as one of the "Best of Philly" - the magazine says, "Like so much of Mount Airy, Big Blue Marble is well thought-out, community-oriented, and full of unexpected delights."

The Badeaus shared sample coloring pages, read excerpts from their book and encouraged participants to use the practical tools in their book as a way to both prevent stress as well as coping with stress or trauma in their lives. Goodman-Shears will lead a lively discussion on marriage. Throughout the evening, participants were offered wine, lemonade and chocolate goodies.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

@TonyHilling "THE GOD WHO FORGIVES"

I have a fairly wide taste in literature, but for the first time that I can remember I have begun to find an interest in biography. One of the books that I have discovered is Tom Segev’s “Simon Wiesenthal”, the life story of the famous Nazi hunter. I must confess though that what attracted me to the book was not only the subject matter but the price on sale of $2. My friends would knowingly say: you can take the Scot out of Scotland…etc. Anyway, I digress. One interesting anecdote in Wiesenthal’s memoirs is the war time story of when he was called to the bedside of a badly wounded SS soldier who had asked to see a Jew before he died. Somewhat puzzled, Wiesenthal listened to the man confess his involvement with the murder of some Ukrainian Jews in August of 1941. Wiesenthal was even more dumbfounded when the man explained that to die in peace he needed a Jew to forgive him. Wiesenthal’s response was to quietly listen to him, then walk away in silence. Later he heard that the soldier had died and bequeathed him his personal effects. The incident troubled Wiesenthal and he agonized over his decision. He even shared it with some acquaintances and celebrities, asking them: what would they have done.

There was a whole gamut of responses ranging from anger and vindictiveness to complete ignorance of how to respond at all to such a request. Some even doubted the veracity of whether the incident happened at all. Others who knew Wiesenthal well, accepted the matter at face value. One interesting response came from fellow Austrian, Franz Cardinal Konig. He explained that Jesus preached that there was no limit to forgiveness. But he deftly remarked that given the horrors that Jews like Wiesenthal had experienced, an explicit pardon would have been “…beyond our concept of the human.” The Cardinal went on to say that the dying soldier clearly believed in God, and Wiesenthal had listened to him and showed him sympathy. The soldier somehow felt accepted or he would never have bequeathed him his personal belongings.

In the “Voice of Aedistamen”, forgiveness is an important theme. In volume 7 of the story, one of characters is introduced who will eventually experience redemption through forgiveness. But the major thrust of the whole book is the faithfulness of the Ghaedesh-Mor, God in the world of Aedistamen, who forgives the unfaithfulness of his people, and brings about their deliverance as they rediscover Him in their time of cruel bondage.

Returning to Wiesenthal’s remorseful soldier, perhaps this young man had some remnant of nobility of spirit that led him to unburden his terrible crimes to a Jew, a representative of the nation he had persecuted. He had the opportunity no doubt to speak to a pastor or priest, but he wanted to do more. I can’t help thinking though, that he spoke to the wrong Jew—no offence intended against Simon Wiesenthal. There is another Jew who is simply beyond the concept of the human. Only He could address the sin done to others Jews; indeed, the sins of the whole world.</b>

Please drop by Tony's Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Hilling/e/B00Y3UFUFS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1475780565&sr=8-3

Coming Soon from @SueBadeau and Chelsea Badeau:"Bubbles & Bears: A Calming Coloring Book"

Coming Soon from Sue and Chelsea Badeau:

"Bubbles & Bears: A Calming Coloring Book" (little kids)

and

"I'm in Charge of My Feelings! A Calming Coloring Book" (school age kids)

"Have you ever said "Calm down!" to a child who is spiraling out of control? It doesn't work too well. When a child is sad, scared or angry, these feelings can often lead to challenging behaviors at home or in the classroom. Parents and other adults in their lives need effective tools to help children manage challenging emotions, re-claim a state of calm and tame difficult behaviors. "Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma" provides a tool kit for adults in these situations. Soon, the author and illustrator, mother and daughter team Sue and Chelsea Badeau will be releasing two more versions of this popular tool, one for very young children (ages 2-6) and one for school-age children (ages 6 - 12) so they, too, will have their own tool kit of calming activities at their fingertips."


Right now you can grab Sue and Chelsea's "Building Bridges of Hope" on Amazon in ebook or paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Building-Bridges-Hope-Chelsea-Badeau/dp/1622085930/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1475779497&sr=8-1

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Please meet Crystal A. Casey's @Huggy_Dougie #Childrens character "Huggy Dougie : The Boy Who Gave Too Many Hugs"

At 2:22pm on June 17, 2009, my whole world changed forever…….

In 2006 I began after six years of being married, trying to have a baby. I was not successful and began to seek treatment via a fertility specialist... My first miscarriage came in 2007, and then another one in 2008... .. I kept trying, the heart of me cried out to be a mom, not because it is what you are supposed to do (the white picket fence dream), but because it was my heart. I had so much love and laughter to give. I became pregnant in latter part of 2008 and quickly settled into watching “TLC, A Baby Story,” eagerly planning the future of my son. Dreams of all the milestones filled my heart.

At 32 weeks I was rushed to hospital, and via C-Section gave birth to a baby boy weighing 3lbs and ten ounces (17 inches long) ….
Quickly I realized it was not the TLC dream ending I had planned on. I was wheeled into recovery and my husband came to meet me in the room with a Doctor in tow. She came to my bed, and put her elbows on corner of the bed, and said, “Congratulations Mrs. Casey you have a baby boy and he has Down Syndrome! “Any questions?” my eyes were wide as ever, and I just shook my head as if to say no; my mouth refused to allow any words to come out. He was born with holes in heart and partial deaf. He spent his first six weeks of his life in the NICU.

2:22pm on June 17, 2009, God gave me the most beautiful joyous gift. His name is Fisher named after Simon Peter in the bible so he could be a Fisher of men, and it also fits because my husband is an avid angler.
My journey changed forever; so about me; my name is Crystal Anne and I am a proud mom of a child with Down Syndrome. I have never fought harder, cried bigger and laughed deeper…

He had open heart surgery at ten months old. He still has a few holes left but is doing amazing. He was healed of his deafness after three years of wearing hearing aids, today he has complete hearing. He is very happy and full of life. He is very high functioning and has proven to break most of every stereotype associated with Down Syndrome children. I am so proud to introduce him to the world via my character inspired by him known as Huggy Dougie.

I have always possessed a passion for books and writing. I have written since I was a small girl. At the age of ten I would check out books at the library 50,000 pages long about the monarchy of Kings and Queens. I just love to read and write.

As I have walked along this DS path, creative inspiration has birthed the ideas to write about the adventures of Huggy Dougie. I pray these stories inspire you, and show you a glimpse of the highs and lows of our journey. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share Fisher’s love and passion for life. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share a piece of myself and my life with you.


Crystal Anne is a children's book author that is just beginning her adventure with Helping Hands Press, and her storybook persona, Huggy Dougie, based on her son’s journey through life with Down syndrome. Huggy Dougie’s adventures are the result of Crystal Anne’s adaptations of her son’s life as seen through both of their eyes. The author hopes that these adventures will provide entertainment and learning opportunities for both parents and children. Her hope is to inspire a passion for reading and creativity.
Being a parent of a special needs son is the greatest honor I have every experienced. Every day is full of surprises. Through my relationship with my son, I have learned so much about life and what it is that makes us who we are later in life. The wonder and innocence I find in my son's world is the inspiration for Dougie's adventures. Dougie is a loving boy, full of emotion and always seeking friendship. Thank you for taking the time to live in my world and help us introduce Dougie to your family!

Connect with Crystalon:
Facebook :
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Twitter:
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Blog:
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@SueBadeau #Devotional "Clean Heart, Renewed Joy: A Six-Week Journey Through Psalm 51" is NOW an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Deal!

Sue Badeau's Devotional "Clean Heart, Renewed Joy: A Six-Week Journey Through Psalm 51" is now an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Deal!

Sue would like to know: " Does Psalm 51 stir your soul? Do you long for the “clean heart” and “renewed joy” promised in these familiar verses?"

You can read a sample of one of the Devotionals right here on the HHP blog: Give 'Day 17' a read from Sue Badeau@SueBadeau #Devotional 'Clean Heart,Renewed Joy'! http://ow.ly/Jlths #Inspirational

Feel free to leave a comment here on the blogpost,use the Contact Form on the HHP blog sidebar, or connect with directly on her website: www.suebadeau.com. She would love your input and to hear your opinion!

Sue's Devotional is available in both ebook and paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Heart-Renewed-Joy-Six-Week-ebook/dp/B00V7LCT14/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470925425&sr=1-13&keywords=sue+badeau

This Psalm contains a perfect and complete framework, divided into six themes, for the Christian walk of continual renewal, growth and purpose. This six-week devotional is a perfect guide when you are ready to embark on a season of reflection and renewal. Begin expectantly and come away refreshed and re-invigorated with a renewed sense of joy and purpose!

" In Clean Heart, Renewed Joy you will experience the reality of God's redeeming grace. Sue Badeau beautifully illuminates the message of hope and light which God extends to all of us, his children." ~Sarah Meece, Speaker and Author, A Dose of Hope


Hector and Sue Badeau are an amazing couple who built a family of 22 kids and along the way, developed expertise in child welfare and caring for those with significant disabilities and challenges. Her experiences with children provide the rich source material, giving her unique insights and meaningful applications for God’s word in scripture, including those featured in this book.

Sue is also the author of a memoir about her family’s adoption journey, “Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting & Raising 22 Kids,” several short works of fiction featuring adoption, foster care and adoption themes in the Sweetland, Loonstone Lake and Christmases Past series published by Helping Hands Press and numerous other articles and training materials.

Learn more about Sue’s speaking and writing ministry at www.suebadeau.com
And about the Badeau family at www. badeaufamily.com,