Women Issues (2)

When I was growing up in the seventies and eighties, we didn’t have social media and internet access like what teenagers have today. Our form of “socializing” was in person on the school campus, fast food restaurants or around the neighborhood. We didn’t have hand-held devices to get lost in and we actually stayed in touch with friends via our home phone as cell phone texts were not an option then. There was no cyber-bullying. If anyone got teased, it was usually at school and no world-wide web to continue the torture on. There was no “online dating”; you got to know each other in person. Personally, I’m glad I grew up in that era. Young people today are blessed with technology, but with it comes with serious issues as well.

Today, so many people hide behind their cell phones and social media, and spend less and less time with the people they love. Some have used technology to hurt and embarrass others publicly with posts that are never removed; some of which have driven persons to commit suicide. In other words… people are now able to be cruel to each other on an even larger scale than ever before. For example: Posting nude pictures of love interests who once trusted them, etc. has been a common thing and the stories go on and on. And what’s strange is that with all the “friends” we make on social media and “followers” of our various accounts, people find themselves alone and empty. Yes, technology is a huge blessing and has brought many positive experiences to the lives of many, but on the other hand, it is also used in a destructive way. I feel for kids growing up today — those who have been targets on social media and not knowing where to turn or what to do. It’s a very sad situation.

Girls, in particular, need to have a healthy balance of self-esteem and confidence to help them through the maze of puberty and adulthood. Tools that will help them to make good decisions and to refrain from situations that can prove detrimental in the long run. They need to never be convinced by a so-called boyfriend who loves them to take naked pictures which may be used against them after there’s been an argument or the relationship has ended. Self-worth and value should be in the forefront of every girl’s mind and affectionate words and actions by a partner should never be enough to convince them to put themselves in a potentially damaging situation. When every girl/woman gets to know her value, she’ll be amazed by the inner strength that comes with it.

If you’re interested in the book I co-wrote that’s geared toward girls and women of all ages, the link to it is below. It’s currently widely available online. And after you’ve read it, I would really appreciate if you’d leave your comments about it on Amazon or wherever you purchased it from.

Until next time, take care, be safe and in spite of what you’ve been told, I want you to know that you are BEAUTIFUL.

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Women Issues (1)

I realized long ago that having the right self-image and self-esteem are important components in a woman’s life and that of young girls. The lack of self-esteem and a poor self-image has done so much damage largely due to the false definition tied into what “society” calls “beautiful”. How do you define it? Is it that model on TV who probably looks nothing like you? Is that what real beauty is? It’s really sad because a lot of girls have grown up thinking just that — believing that largely unspoken, misleading definition of what being beautiful is. This has scarred many for life because they couldn’t live up to that myth. Poor self-esteem was the result and for some came depression, eating disorders and unhealthy obsessive behavior. A woman around my age (I’m now 48) recently told me she’s been struggling with the image she’s had of herself all of her life. Sometimes it’s outsiders who contributed to such a feeling and other times it’s been parents or other family members, not realizing that their words were powerfully influencing that child in a negative way that would stay with them throughout their childhood and into adulthood. Our behaviors/actions as adults have usually been determined by the experiences of our past. There comes a time though when we have to face the disappointments and injustices of our past head on. Confront them by taking a good look into ourselves and find out what it is that causes us today to think less of ourselves or to shy away from others when the fact is no one is better or less important than we are.

I’ve co-written a book titled: ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Beautiful: The Real & Raw Facts That Every Woman on The Planet Should Know’. It’s a collaborative effort with my teenage daughter (she’s nineteen), who at eighteen-years-old established her first online business and now has three of them that are doing very well. She even makes her very own line of lip glosses, lip balms and scrubs! She, neither I was born with a silver spoon in our mouth. We know about struggles, hard work and determination to succeed and when we fail (which we all do), to try again… and again. She’s also working her way through college as a Law student and fighting against the barriers that have appeared before her. Hopefully, this book can inspire other young girls and older women to strive in the midst of adversity and to prove the naysayers wrong. Growing up these days as a teenager is rough because there’s so much coming against the youth in all different directions, but having a good self-esteem and a clear focus as to what you want to achieve makes the impossible dream possible. If the image you have of yourself is poor as a young girl or as an adult, it stagnates you, making it so difficult to get ahead because most of the time, you’re subconsciously enveloped by thoughts that you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough or that you don’t have what it takes to make it. Hopefully, this book will help a lot of people to see the truth and discard all the lies that have been spoken throughout the years.

I will try to be more active on this blog as this topic is so important. I was once a shy teenager. I was teased when I was a small child and know the pain of that experience and never forgot it. When I became a young businesswoman I realized the importance of being able to speak confidently to people if I was going to make my business work. I worked on myself and since then, have never looked back. That’s just one example. I hope as we reflect more deeply on what matters to girls and women, we’d be a positive influence on each other. If you’re interested in the book, you can find it here as an ebook and in paperback at Amazon or on other platforms here.

Until next time, take care, be safe and in spite of what you’ve been told, I want you to know that you are beautiful.

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Shadows & Spellcraft featuring MONIQUE SINGLETON

Shadows and Spellcraft has your copy of Primal Nature by Monique Singleton plus over a dozen more reads at the amazing pre-order price of $.99! Order your copy today!

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Known simply as subject 336, she was the unwilling subject of sinister and brutal experiments designed to replicate her enormous strength, healing powers, and apparent immortality.
It didn’t work that way. They unleashed her primal nature.
Now they’re dead and she’s lost.

From the sweltering heat of the Mexican desert, her journey leads her to the tropical jungle of the Columbian Amazon.
Against the backdrop of the Third World War, she fights her own grueling battle to come to terms with what she is: a killer, a monster, or maybe worse.

The world is at war, and she is caught up in the middle.
Joining the revolution, her newfound talents sway the balance of war in their favor.
But is she a blessing, or a curse.

Primal Nature captivates you from the first page and plunges you deep into the struggles and terrors of a random woman cursed with immortality
Warning: 18+ Adult content.
I don’t write standard Urban Fantasy, the characters go through dark times and don’t always come out on top. Primal Nature is not a romance, it is an awakening. This book has been written in UK English


Author Bio

Monique Singleton writes compelling stories that mix fantasy with realistic psychological suspense and unique insights into the mind of the main characters.

As the daughter of a British soldier and his Dutch wife, Monique was born in an English military hospital in Germany. The family toured the world where she was exposed to different cultures in many countries. Finally settling down in the Netherlands she pursued a career in Art and later in ICT.
About six years ago Monique started to put the scenes she had running around in her head, down to paper.
Scenes led to a story, the story to a book, and the first book to a series.
In addition to her writing, Monique still holds down a full-time job as a business consultant. She lives in a beautiful old farmhouse in the south of Holland with her two sloppy monster dogs, some horses, and a cat.
The cat is the boss.

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Shadows & Spellcraft featuring K.A. Last

Shadows and Spellcraft has your copy of Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles #1) by K. A. Last plus over a dozen more reads at the amazing pre-order price of $.99! Order your copy today!

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Some rules are made to be broken.

Grace is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. Until now, fighting evil has been simple: kill the bad guys, keep the good guys safe. Falling in love was never part of the plan.

When she least expects it, Grace falls for the wrong guy. Her worst enemy becomes her most important ally, and amongst the love and betrayal, Grace must make a life changing decision.

Blood will be shed, lives lost, and friendships tested. Can Grace save those closest to her? Or will she pay the ultimate price for breaking the rules?

Fans of Buffy, Fallen, and Twilight will love this fast paced young adult read. Fall For Me will make your heart race, but it will also break it along the way.

 


Author Bio

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. K. A. Last is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She now resides in the countryside on the mid-north coast of NSW.

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Each story is exclusive to this collection, and includes some shiny new stories from USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors.

If you love to binge on stories that take you away from the ordinary, this boxed set of fifteen books will keep you reading for days. It’s stuffed with vampires, shifters, mages, fae, ghosts and more in everything from modern day Earth to Apocalyptic settings. Bury your nose in this box set now. Order your copy of SHADOWS AND SPELLCRAFT NOW

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Shadows & Spellcraft featuring ROBYN JENKINS

Shadows and Spellcraft has your copy of Expelled Reaper by Robyn Jenkins plus over a dozen more reads at the amazing pre-order price of $.99! Order your copy today!

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Lara is a reaper, locked out of Heaven, and the worst part is she doesn’t even know why. She’s not even sure if she’s still an angel anymore. On the bright side, she can still see the dead which makes her think that she hasn’t been fired. However, with each passing year, she realizes she’s been naive to think Heaven would make a mistake of this magnitude.

Lara finally starts thinking about accepting her situation and making plans for the long term. Then she witnesses a young woman die in a car accident. It’s one thing to arrive after the fact to retrieve a soul, it’s another to actually see someone killed in person. Since Lara is the only one who can see the dead, she feels compelled to console the woman. But something is wrong. Since when are reapers late to pick up souls?

Convinced that her eternal soul may be at stake, Lara is pulled back into the life. She’s died once already. Now, flesh and blood, she’s worried about what will become of her if this new vessel is mortally wounded. Will she gain access to Heaven again, or will she plummet into a fiery Hell?

About the Author

Robyn is the author of Expelled Reaper and the Into the Ether trilogy. She enjoys writing when she’s not at her day job, Zumba to release, and when all else fails, a glass of pinot and a good suspense novel at the beach

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Each story is exclusive to this collection, and includes some shiny new stories from USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors.

If you love to binge on stories that take you away from the ordinary, this boxed set of fifteen books will keep you reading for days. It’s stuffed with vampires, shifters, mages, fae, ghosts and more in everything from modern day Earth to Apocalyptic settings. Bury your nose in this box set now. Order your copy of SHADOWS AND SPELLCRAFT NOW

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Their blood cried out from the ground.

NEW ADDITION TO THIS BESTSELLING SERIES NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER!!!
THE DISAPPEARING HOUSE
 
Dr. Mira Cullen uncovers something that is bound to devastate her small town and perhaps, her family. Should she keep quiet about it or should the truth be told and the chips fall where they may?
 
Overview:
 
Mira and her daughter Rosie share an amazing gift some people may love to have and others quietly thank their lucky stars that they don’t. Once you meet the Cullens, however, they become dear to your heart and you’d want to go on every adventure they will ever have.
 
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The Visiting Fairy – NEW 5-Star Read is FREE!!!

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A mystical, magical, touching short read for fans of Urban Fantasy, Stephen King and shows like The Twilight Zone.

************A MOVING, SHORT READ *************

Little Adam Matheson isn’t like other kids he knows — he’s never been able to walk, run, play and even travel. However, more than anything, he yearns to see snow falling, to feel it on his skin and scoop it with his hands.

For quite a while, he’s been regularly visited by someone who teaches and shows him things most people in the world are not privy to, and his sister, Isabella, although she thinks his stories are nothing more than fairy tales or wishful thinking, lends him an attentive ear each time.

Something remarkable ultimately occurs which changes their little family’s life forever. But the question is: Is it a good thing or is it an event laden with regret?

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CARA: The Beginning-MATILDA’S STORY

In celebration of “CARA: The Beginning- MATILDA’S STORY” release yesterday, there is a CARA (THE PREQUEL) ABSOL. FINAL99 cents Kindle Countdown Deal currently running on some books in this bestselling series; there is even one that’s absolutely FREE for a limited time. Click here to see what they are and to reserve your copies before the deal ends in a couple of days.

 

 

 

Shadows & Spellcraft featuring KIM RICHARDSON

Shadows and Spellcraft has your copy of Dark Hunt (Shadow and Light book 1) by Kim Richardson plus over a dozen more reads at the amazing pre-order price of $.99! Order your copy today!

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dark huntOnce she was the hunter, but now she is the hunted…
Demons and half-breeds rule the darkness in a mortal world rampant with dangers beyond imagining. It’s where they hide, prowl, party… and feed. Rowyn Sinclair’s job is to track and hunt them. Rowyn is a Hunter and angel-born—a mortal with angelic essence flowing in her veins—and she’s going after demons with a vengeance. When the Council offers her a job to hunt a human-killing demon, Rowyn must work with Jax, the sexy and dangerous warrior who has a vendetta of his own. But Rowyn is hiding a dark secret… something that’s always been there… a secret that could change everything…

Author Bio

Kim Richardson is the award-winning author of the bestselling SOUL GUARDIANS series. She lives in the eastern part of Canada with her husband, two dogs and a very old cat. She is the author of the SOUL GUARDIANS series, the MYSTICS series, and the DIVIDED REALMS series. Kim’s books are available in print editions, and translations are available in over 7 languages.

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Shadows And Spellcraft

The Ultimate Urban Fantasy Binge Collection

A boxed set with over a dozen amazing reads, that will take you to lost worlds, fall in love with unlikely heroes, and kick some butt with no-nonsense chicks. With a collection that includes New Adult romance, urban fantasy, and Young Adult, there’s something for everyone.

Each story is exclusive to this collection, and includes some shiny new stories from USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors.

If you love to binge on stories that take you away from the ordinary, this boxed set of fifteen books will keep you reading for days. It’s stuffed with vampires, shifters, mages, fae, ghosts and more in everything from modern day Earth to Apocalyptic settings. Bury your nose in this box set now. Order your copy of SHADOWS AND SPELLCRAFT NOW

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