The World is Waiting! – Guest Post by Faith Simone

Faith Simone_AuthorI’m so happy to feature fellow author, Faith Simone, and promote her debut novel When the Real Thing Comes Along.

Faith is a wonderful new author making her way on the literary scenes and today she’s guest hosting my blog. Please enjoy her words of wisdom as she shares why “The World is Waiting.”

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If there is something that you love to do, that you think about doing all the time, that you’re good at doing: please do it. There are people who will benefit from your gift. I look at musicians, teachers, entrepreneurs, painters, writers, etc and I think about all that we would be missing out on if they sat on their talent. That song you played at your wedding? Someone had to perform it. That wall art that inspires you? Someone had to conceptualize it. That power suit you wore to get your dream job? Someone had to design it. That hair product you couldn’t live without? Someone had to create and  market it. That poem read at a loved one’s funeral that you will cherish forever? Someone had to write it. My point is that you never know how your talent will impact someone’s life. If you have a gift (and everyone does), by all means USE IT!

At the risk of sounding extremely corny, we are all connected to one another. There is no contribution too small in the cosmic scheme of things. Besides, when you are truly called to do something, even if you try to resist, it will still be a nagging desire in the back of your mind. So give into it, and watch your world change for the better.

I love to write. I can’t help but to write. I plan to write until the day I die. I’m not me if I’m not writing. I’m not me if I’m not thinking creatively. Writing is my therapy, my joy, my frustration, my outlet, my preferred form of expression, my get right, my compass, my stress relief, my revenge and my victory.  If I’m not writing, then I know some part of my spirit is broken and I need to change something quick and in a hurry.

Make time to do whatever puts a pep in your step and  light in your eyes. You may not be the best at it, and you may make a few mistakes along the way, but no one can do it the way you can. So do the world a favor and get to it already.

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Book Information

Title: When the Real Thing Comes Along

Author:  Faith Simone

Genre(s):  Inspirational Fiction, Edgy Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Released:  February 13, 2015

 

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Faith Simone_AuthorAbout the Author
Faith Simone is a poet, playwright and novelist.  She is also an active blogger, sharing her personal thoughts, book reviews and tips for writers on her website FaithSimone.com. Simone is passionate about using her gift of writing as a tool to help promote humanity, understanding and compassion.

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Book Spotlight: The New Mrs. Collins

I’ve recently crossed paths with fellow writer and new friend, Quanie Miller, and I’m very blessed and thankful our paths have crossed. Quanie is a very talented and versatile writer. Her versatility of writing spans multiple genres with her debut release of a romantic comedy It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, and now with her southern paranormal novel The New Mrs. Collins.

Please join me for a spotlight on her new release,The New Mrs. Collins, then go pick up a copy to enjoy the read. I’ve already bought my copy, and you should too.

Book Information

Title: The New Mrs. Collins
Author: Quanie Miller
Genre: Southern Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2014


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Book Summary

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

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Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com

About the Author
Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.

My Virtual Book Tour: Sifting Through Mud

Wooo Hooo! Today marks the start of my online publicity tour and I’m excited. The tour runs from October 6th through October 31st. Finally, after a couple of false starts with previous book tours, I’ve finally found a touring company that delivers on their promise.

Join me and my touring host Pump Up Your Book for a three-week book tour of my debut novel Sifting Through Mud. There will be author interviews, guest posts, book spotlights, excerpts and, of course, prizes and giveaways. And who doesn’t like prizes and giveaways?

Click here to access my book tour page and see the tour schedule, giveaways, and more.

Also to wet your whistle, my fellow writer/friend, Quanie Miller, is kicking things off with a book spotlight. Check it out here.

I hope you’ll all join me—virtually—on this three-week tour. Here’s all you have to do:

  • View the tour schedule for locations & dates
  • Pick the tour stops to visit (or visit them all)
  • Enter to win prizes/giveaways
  • Hop along and enjoy the ride (even leave a comment or two if you’d like)

The best part about a virtual tour is you never have to leave home to participate. And, of course, you win stuff. Easy peezy! Don’t forget to tell all your friends.


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See you on the tour!

Follow Fest 2014

I’m happy to be participating in this year’s Follow Fest, which is organized by Melissa Maygrove. The Follow Fest is a one-week event that serves as a networking tool to meet and learn about other writers outside our usual blogging circles.

I missed out on this event last year and was told by several writers how much fun it was, therefore, of course, I’m not gonna miss the fun again. Duhhhh.

 

So let’s get started!

Name:

Demetria Foster Gray

Fiction or nonfiction?

Fiction, yes please! But I also like inspirational nonfiction, and some biographies.

What genres do you write?

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Are you published?

Yes. My debut novel Sifting Through Mud was released August 2014. It’s a contemporary women’s fiction book. Add it to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list here.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I’m a freelance writer and communications consultant with expertise in writing marketing, technical, and corporate communications for various companies.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m married with two kids (a pre-teen and a full-blown, drive me bats teenager. They both are the joy of my life).

For the past several years I’ve been on a mind, body, and soul journey to live my truth and walk in my fullest potential. Because of this, I’ve become an inner-growth, self-development, self-empowered, spiritual junkie who gobbles up books by spiritual thought leaders like: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Iyanla Vanzant, Deepak Chopra, T.D. Jakes, Marianne Williamson (and many others).

I’m a Pepsi-holic, chocoholic, shower singer, work-out dabbler, Zumba dancer, and tv-sitcom freak. I love a good laugh, a good book, a good hair day, long walks alone, and the color blue (particular navy blue). Fresh air and silence are my two best friends.

What are you reading right now?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Which authors influenced you the most?

Elizabeth Berg made me fall in love with contemporary women’s fiction. I thoroughly enjoy her books (most of them).

Where can people connect with you?

Website:  DemetriaFosterGray.com

Blog:  Shaken But Not Stirred 

Twitter:  @DFosterGray 

Facebook:  DemetriaFosterGray.Author 

Goodreads:  DemetriaFosterGray 

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes. I offer a free eNewsletter called Sexy Savvy Growth It’s a bi-monthly newsletter delivered only six times a year. In it I share personal stories, powerful resources, and awesome life strategies for obtaining sexy, savvy growth—because growth is sexy. The purpose of the newsletter is to give back what’s been given to me—knowledge and growth. Click here to learn more or to subscribe to the newsletter.

In addition, I also have an Author’s Mailing List for those wanting to stay updated on my book releases, announcements, or author events. This is delivered only when there’s news to share. Click here if you’d like to join the mailing list.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

Yes. I will be going on a virtual book publicity tour for my novel Sifting Through Mud beginning October 6 through October 31. The tour is being hosted by Pump Up Your Book Tours, and you can view the tour schedule here. Please join me on the tour by visiting any of the tour stops listed on the schedule. Your support is truly appreciated.

 Thanks for your Follow Fest visit today.

Be sure to visit the other writers/bloggers participating in Follow Fest this week. View the list of participants below.

 

WANTED: Laughter

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for a good laugh. This video NEVER gets old for me. It cracks me up EVERY SINGLE TIME I watch it. All my years in a corporate office setting makes me relate to this video on so many levels. And after the crazy days and unexpected detours I had last week for my debut novel, all I want this week is to have some laughs. Enjoy.