The Bones of Boulder Creek

The Bones of Boulder Creek provides readers with a window in which to view  the lives of Nathan and Chris.  It is difficult to share what makes this book so special without revealing the secrets written inside. The story goes deeper than a friendship between two boys, it causes readers to analyse how they see people and what impact their own actions have on the lives of others.

Rarely does a book have the ability to capture readers of different ages, The Bones of Boulder Creek does just that.

The Bones of Boulder Creek is available in paperback and on Kindle by visiting this link.

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Workshops for Emerging authors by Renea Winchester

If you haven’t reserved a seat for one of the emerging author workshops I am teaching, please visit my blog and follow the links to a venue near you.

Workshop participants will receive a variety of helpful information such as: navigating social media, how to plan a book launch, the importance of a website, and three things every author needs. All this and much more.

Kindly follow my blog http://adviceforauthors.wordpress.com Here you will receive updates which may not be found in the book Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author.

Renea Winchester is the author of In the Garden with Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes and Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author. Currently, she is collaborating on a  book tentatively titled: The Ora Coleman Legacy, and is working on In the Kitchen with Billy: Tall Tales and Short Recipes from the Garden.  She will meet with your book club or writing group to discuss marketing techniques that really work. Contact her at www.reneawinchester.com

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I Made My Wife Cry by Bryan Powell

Yes it is true. Probably more times than I would like to admit but this time it was different, this time it was for reasons that did not require an apology…Praise the Lord. This time it was balanced with an equal (or greater than) amount of laughter. You see, we just finished reading my newest novel The Witch and the Wise Men…A Christmas Tale.

We (Patty and I) started reading The Witch and the Wise Men…A Christmas Tale out loud earlier this week and finished it around midnight last night; she simply couldn’t or wouldn’t put it down until she finished. She had to know, she had to find out how it ended. The story took us on a wild ride from Babylon to Bethlehem, from the first century to the twenty-first century. We went from laughing to crying, from yelling at the characters to cheering with them, from being scared out of our wits to praising the Lord for the great things He had done.

The Witch and the Wise Men…touched the full spectrum of emotions. We laughed ourselves silly at the funny comments made by my character Gasper, the youngest member of the trio of Magi.
Our hearts soared with joy as Ty (Huntley) compared his love for Samm (Samantha Myers) to that of the love Hosea had for Gomar; just to have it ripped out of our beating chests as she admitted her culpability in the deaths of Ty’s parents. Tears scalded our cheeks as Scott Wyatt (Pastor of the Cedar Point Bible Church) turned his back on his wife in her time of need.
We cheered as if our team won the Super-Bowl when our hero finally came through at the last minute and saved the mission from certain disaster.

The Witch and the Wise Men… took us on a journey from the Judean hills of Endor in the years following our Lord’s birth, down through the corridors of time to the present day, to an insignificant valley town in Illinois. It is there that a great spiritual battle was fought in the night skies over Cedar Point; it was there that the united prayers of the saints ascended and touched the throne of Heaven and it was there that a mighty foe was defeated in the Cave of the Witch buried deep within the wicked mountain. When we finished we were exhausted but completely thrilled. I sent my manuscript in to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest with the hope that it passes the first, second and third judication levels. I should know by February 24 if it passed the first level, which is called the Pitch; a 300 word summary of the manuscript. Below is my Pitch. Please find me on Facebook or LinkedIn and let me know what you think.

While you are at it, don’t forget to go to www.newlifepublicationsonline.com  and check out my Book Trailer. Click on the ‘My Content Page’ and click the video link, then let your fingers run, not walk to the link to place your order for Stranger in the Pulpit.
You can order it from me and I will send it right out!

A child has been abducted by the Witch of Endor posing as a modern day witch named Mrs. White. She plans on offering the child to the Dark Lord on December 22nd, the night of the Winter Solstice. With the help of Ty Huntley, the Wise Men set out to rescue Ashton, Samantha Myers’ baby from the clutches of the wicked Witch and in the process learn the power of love, prayer and forgiveness. Along the way they encounter a hurting Pastor who needs to know the truth about his wife, a lost attorney who is seeking to make sense of it all and a desperate young lady who has made a mess of her life and will do anything to forget her past, but time is running out for all of them. With only hours to spare, the three Wise Men must rely on the power of a praying church, the support of two newly converted Jewish believers and a young shepherd boy with a sling shot to stop the coming of the Son of Perdition, but is there time?

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A Little Writing Humor

"I'm going to write a novel"

Every now and then I stumble upon something that provides a few chuckles and eases the stress sometimes associated with writing. This link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9fc-crEFDw does just that, while teaching emerging writers a valuable lesson about the process.

Hope you enjoy.

Renea Winchester

Author of Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author, (ranked #77 on Kindle Jan 14, 2012).

FREE to Amazon Prime Members, 2.99 for Kindle Owners, also available in paperback at your favorite bookstore or online.

For more practical advice about the marketing and the author’s life, subscribe to my blog, AdviceForAuthors here.

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A Blue Christmas

What do these two songs have in common?

Deck the Halls

“Deck the halls with ball of holly; fa, la, la, la, la_ la, la, la, la!
‘Tis the season to be jolly; fa, la, la, la, la_ la, la, la, la!
Don we all our jay apparel; fa, la, la, la, la_ la, la, la, la!
Strike the harp and join the carol: fa, la, la, la, la_ la, la, la, la!”

Blue Christmas

“I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me
I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

They both exude with emotion!

Christmas is a time for families to gather and celebrate the birth of our Lord. It’s a time of festivity and joy, as the hymn says; “Joy to the world the Lord is come.”

But have you ever thought that for some it is not a time of joy but loneliness and sorrow?

Many of us can think of someone who was with us last year but are not with us this year. Someone who brought joy into our lives is gone, passed away and their seat at the table is empty. There are a growing number of churches today that are holding annual Blue Christmas services for those faced with the grief of the loss of a loved one. This is an opportunity for people to come together in the presence of God and acknowledge their grief and sorrow without being condemned for being a party pooper.

Although our Lord’s birth brought us great joy, yet his life was one marked by sorrow and grief. More than likely he lost his earthly father Joseph possibly in his teen years. As his itinerate ministry grew so did his opposition and soon he felt the sting of rejection and betrayal. He knew the pain of losing a close friend (Lazarus). He knew the hurt that is associated with being forsaken by his followers. But most of all he felt the anguish of seeing his own Father turn his back on him and he cried out “Father, why have you forsaken me?”

Despite these difficulties, these characteristics stand out in our Lord’s life.

His Compassion – Matt. 14:14

“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

His Tears – John 11:35 He wept for his friends…“Jesus wept”

His Joy – Hebrews 12:2

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Fa, la, la, la, la_ la, la, la, la!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Bryan M. Powell
Stranger in the Pulpit
Stranger in the White House
Seeing Jesus a Three Dimensional Look at Worship
http://www.newlifepublicationsonline.com
http://www.newlifemusicpublishers.com

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What’s better than selling a book? RAVE REVIEWS!!!

Bryan,
“Congratulations on your novel. I enjoyed reading Stranger in the Pulpit very much; it held my interest to read it in a couple of hours. I’m looking forward to your next one, Stranger in the White House.”
Then he quotes this poem;
Our dreams are wings by which we fly.
They help us to soar and lift us high.
God placed big dreams within our souls,
and with these dreams, we reach our goals.
“I can attest to this truth throughout my life expectations, as God is faithful and supportive of the desires of our heart. I highly recommend your novel to anyone that I know.”
Best Regards,
Bill B. ,Tallahassee, Fl.

Bryan M. Powell

http://www.newlifepublicationsonline.com

http://www.newlifemusicpublishers.com

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Workshops for Emerging Authors

If you haven’t reserved a seat for one of the emerging author workshops I am teaching, please visit my blog and follow the links to a venue near you.

Workshop participants will receive a variety of helpful information such as: navigating social media, how to plan a book launch, the importance of a website, and three things every author needs. All this and much more.

Kindly follow my blog http://adviceforauthors.wordpress.com Here you will receive updates which may not be found in the book Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author.

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