Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Coming Soon! Sue and Chelsea Badeau"s #ColoringBook "I'm in Charge of My Feelings!"


Growing up is hard, and as little children become bigger kids and head into the teen years, the surge of hard feelings can, at times, be overwhelming.

This is especially true for children who have experienced bullying, grief, loss or other traumas in life.

This unique coloring book, by nationally known child welfare and trauma expert Sue Badeau and her artist-daughter Chelsea Badeau uses artwork paired with useful strategies to help children learn about and manage big feelings like anger, fear, anxiety and sadness while also experiencing joy in their daily lives.

When used with the companion book, “Building Bridges of Hope for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma,” this book provides a rich resource for children ages ten through early teens. It is the third in the “Bridges of Hope” series.

The Amazon link to both the ebook and paperback of Sue and Chelsea's other coloring books in the "Bridges of Hope" series are :

Building Bridges of Hope : https://www.amazon.com/Building-Bridges-Hope-Chelsea-Badeau/dp/1622085930/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504702161&sr=8-2&keywords=sue+badeau

Bubbles and Butterflies A Calming Coloring Book : https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sue+badeau

About Sue:
Love children (mom to 22, grand mom to 35, great grandmom to 7!) chocolate, camping, road-trips, writing, reading mysteries and more, standing up and speaking up for those without a voice. I have worked in children's services, policy and advocacy for 35 years. Married to my best friend, I divide my time between my home and kids in Philadelphia and traveling to speak and teach on the topics I am passionate about - healing and hope for children who have experienced trauma, foster care, adoption, permanent families for all kids, and more. My faith is my rock.

Drop by her website and say "Hi!", she would love to hear from you! http://www.suebadeau.com/


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Origins of “Horizon Homeless” By Larry Peterson @slipperywillie #Inspirational #Homeless #Suspense #KindleUnlimited

The seeds for this novel were probably planted inside me long ago.

During a four year period in the early 60’s our Mom died, Grandma (she lived with us) died and then Dad died. There were five of us and we had nothing. As the oldest I had to take charge and the threat of eviction (among other storm clouds) hung over us. My brothers were 13, 10 and six. My sister was 18 and I was 20. We pulled it all together and made it. (Read my book: The Priest and the Peaches, you might enjoy our story).

Years later I was living in Florida. I had come down with MS and the doctor’s advice was to get away from the cold and ice. My wife, (there was a GREAT woman for you. Years earlier, when I had three brothers to take care of she stuck with me. Her folks tried everything to break us up.) Heck, if it was my daughter wanting to marry a “ready-made family” I may have reacted the same way. But it was LOVE—for real! We made it work. Those years taught me much about adversity.

In the early 90’s I joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. All we did was try our best to help people---“no strings attached”. I loved being able to do that. And that is where the seeds for “Horizon Homeless” sprouted into seedlings and grew into branches and turned into a novel.

One thing I quickly learned while working with SVDP was that the vast majority of people that asked for our assistance were just regular working class folks who had hit, as the saying goes. a “rough patch”. An unexpected layoff, a sudden illness, medications and specialist treatments for “little Johnny or Joanie”, electric power cut off for being two days late with a payment and not having the money to pay the bill plus the “late fee and reconnect fee”. No way to get to work because the car broke down. No work--no pay—no car –no job. No job—no rent money—no roof—and BOOM! You might be living in a non-running car or—under a bridge. The “domino theory” quickly becomes the “Rule” when these things happen and they happen to SO many people---all the time---all over the country.

Horizon Homeless is about Bob and Tracey Slider and their 12 year-old son, Jake. They are a composite of an average American family, doing OK, making ends meet and even having a bit left over. Then Tracey is ‘downsized” and the dominoes start to topple. Before you know it life has turned upside down for the Sliders. It is not far-fetched and it happens every day. Amazingly, people do not even realize it is happening until it has happened. Meet the people who come to St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations like it.

Come and meet Bob, Tracey and Jake Slider, an American family who are hanging on by a thread. To what, you ask? Their very existence, that’s what. Will they make it? How can they? Is there a force that moves them forward through adversity? Or will they become just another ‘homeless” statistic? Slide through the pages of Horizon Homeless” and find out.

Larry's novel is available on Amazon Kindle and is an Amazon Unlimited Deal! Here is the link and a Facebook/Twitter posting you can share to spread the word:
http://ow.ly/yI3O30bjSjw #NewRelease Larry Peterson's "Horizon Homeless" @slipperywillie #Inspirational #Homeless #Suspense #KindleUnlimited

Monday, May 1, 2017

Inspirational, Thought-Provoking Novel of Despair and Triumph - "Horizon Homeless" - Larry Peterson

Larry's new release is available for free as part of Kindle Unlimited! Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Horizon-Homeless-Larry-Peterson-ebook/dp/B071HCZMPM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493638785&sr=8-1&keywords=larry+peterson+homeless+horizon

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


Sunday, April 30, 2017

@PegPhifer #NewRelease “Cascades” – Sweetwater River Volume 6" #Adoption #KindleUnlimited #InspiredRomance #Suspense

It is summer in Sweetland.

While the expansion of Gentry’s Family Restaurant nears completion, Pastor Mike and Rozene Carson have their hands full when Mike’s Children’s Ministry Director, Jayne Barrows, learns that her ex-fiancĂ© and convicted felon…against whom she testified…has been released on parole from a state prison in Illinois, her former home. Not only that, he seems to have arrived in Sweetland, and is stalking her.

Mike and Rozene have taken Jayne into their home to protect her while local law enforcement officers work to apprehend the man, who is in violation of the terms of his parole, and return him to Illinois. But he is being elusive. Though Jayne has seen him once, no one else has.

In the meantime, the Carson’s second oldest adopted daughter, Shira, has been invited to spend the summer months in Branson, Missouri, at Emmy Love’s Country Music Hall, a God-given opportunity for Shira to advance her singing career.

The Amazon Kindle Unlimited link for Peggy's new title "Cascades" is : https://www.amazon.com/Sweetwater-River-Peggy-Blann-Phifer-ebook/dp/B071177G9Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493569445&sr=8-2&keywords=peggy+blann+phifer


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Check OUT the cover for Larry Peterson's "Horizon Homeless" @slipperywillie #Inspirational #Homeless #Suspense


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

What do you think? Please leave a comment for Larry. Thank you!

Coming Soon from @PegPhifer “Cascades” – Sweetwater River Volume 6"

It is summer in Sweetland.
While the expansion of Gentry’s Family Restaurant nears completion, Pastor Mike and Rozene Carson have their hands full when Mike’s Children’s Ministry Director, Jayne Barrows, learns that her ex-fiancĂ© and convicted felon…against whom she testified…has been released on parole from a state prison in Illinois, her former home. Not only that, he seems to have arrived in Sweetland, and is stalking her.

Mike and Rozene have taken Jayne into their home to protect her while local law enforcement officers work to apprehend the man, who is in violation of the terms of his parole, and return him to Illinois. But he is being elusive. Though Jayne has seen him once, no one else has.

In the meantime, the Carson’s second oldest adopted daughter, Shira, has been invited to spend the summer months in Branson, Missouri, at Emmy Love’s Country Music Hall, a God-given opportunity for Shira to advance her singing career.

Grab Volume 5 now on Amazon: http://ow.ly/y1fB3039yGQ @PegPhifer #InspiredRomance #Suspense "Sweetwater River - Volume 5 - Depths" #Adoption #KindleUnliited


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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