Thursday, September 28, 2017

Coming Soon! @SueBadeau "Our Special Christmas Joy!"

Coming Soon!

Pre-Sale of the ebook starts Oct 6th on Amazon!

Just as the Christmas tree goes up every year, so too do the stories and memories. Celebrating Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, and other holidays is one way to nurture and strengthen the roots of family ties. I enjoy writing stories with a holiday theme because the telling of stories allows us to see the times and places where we are most loved, where we exhibited strength, where God carried us across rocky terrain and where the seeds of hope for the future are planted and nurtured. Every tribe and community has its traditions for celebrating holidays and its own powerful storytelling tradition as well. From these tales come the wisdom and hope that nurtures and guides every people as they form the bridges that successfully link the past to the future through and over the sometimes muddy waters of the present.

I hope that as you read these stories you will be reminded of some of the moments of holiday joy in your own life– even joy that emerged out of messiness, disappointment or brokenness. Reflect on your own holiday traditions. Share the memories and stories with your children. Tell them stories of their ancestors and people. Gently guide them in telling their own stories.

As the popular song says, there are times when we all just “need a little Christmas” in our lives.

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 "Hello"! She would love to meet you!
http://www.suebadeau.com/

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Patti J. Smith
Assistant Director, Rachel's Hope Healing Ministry ~ Escondido, CA
San Diego Regional Coordinator, Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Inspirational Speaker/Author

WEBSITE: https://rachelshopehealingministry.com/
AUTHOR'S PAGE: http://amazon.com/author/pattijsmith
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/gridirongranny5
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/giridirongranny

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