Saturday, February 4, 2017

GUEST POST with Brittnay Lewis


I'd like to introduce to you another advocate for depression and anxiety, Miss Brittnay Lewis. She's here today to talk about her passion and spread awareness. 




How is depression different from feeling sad? What is it like to live with anxiety?
It’s much easier to go about your day-to-day life when you just feel sad. When I’m depressed I feel like I’m drowning. I cry a lot. I withdraw completely and don’t want to be around anyone. When you have depression and anxiety you battle your own mind. It’s like you are your own worst enemy, you’re fighting the feelings and thoughts you’re having, and you often feel like you’re losing.

What is someone’s day-to-day life like when they suffer from depression and/or anxiety?
            I can’t speak for everyone but I often feeling like I have difficulty breathing. I go back and forth between wanting closer relationships and not wanting to be involved with people, or wanting to get out of the house but not really wanting to at the same time. I worry a lot- about everything. I clean a lot when I’m anxious and when I’m depressed I just sit around and cry a lot. When it gets really bad sometimes people don’t take care of themselves very well. I lose my appetite and forget to eat. I either won’t want to shower or want to just sit in the tub for a long time. I will want to lay in bed but be too worried about whatever it is that’s causing my anxiety that I can’t rest. So to put it simply- life with depression and anxiety is hard. I feel isolated a lot of the time.

How old were you when you first started feeling this way?
            I can remember having these feelings as early as five years old. I would have really bad stomach aches and go to the nurse’s office at school every day. I was always extremely tired and lethargic but couldn’t sleep at night. I’ve never really slept through the night my whole life. My mind races at night and I frequently have anxiety attacks when I’m trying to settle myself down to try and rest.

How do you manage your symptoms?
I try different things. If I’m depressed and I feel like I have to cry, I start by just letting myself do that. Then I try to shower and straighten my hair and put on a nice outfit. Usually chocolate helps me feel better and talking to a friend. If I’m anxious I clean my house.  When my house is messy is makes my anxiety worse so that helps and I usually feel anxious when I have a billion things I need to do, so I make a to-do list. I’m sort of weird about that so then I’ll go through the list and number the things I need to do in order of importance and then re-write it on a new piece of paper so it’s neat. Sometimes my anxiety gets so bad that I can’t do any of that and all I can do is pace back and forth through my house praying and trying to take deep breaths. Chamomile tea helps with my anxiety also. Counseling has helped me a lot. It helps just knowing someone is there when you need them, even if there’s no crisis going on- someone to tell you that you aren’t crazy and help you organize your thoughts and brainstorm solutions to whatever problems you might be having.
I also strongly recommend writing. I’ve always been a very creative type of person and a big introvert. Writing has always helped me cope with my feelings- and sometimes escape them. If you don’t like writing, I suggest painting, sewing, quilting, and cooking. Creating something is relaxing and can give you a confidence boost when you need one!

What is life like for you now?
            In short- crazy, haha. I am a stay-at-home mom, mother of two. I have a seven-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son who is autistic with developmental delays. My husband is a Marine. I have multiple physical disabilities. My son has anywhere from four to five and a half hours of therapy a day and we usually have multiple adults at the house working with him. I am always working on multiple projects at once. Right now I am promoting my book of poetry, Shine Through the Darkness, which focuses on depression and anxiety and how I got saved (available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon), preparing my first YA novel Finding Freedom for publication, writing the second novel in that series and I began writing a children’s series targeted toward children with special needs to help teach self-help and daily living skills. My son is the main character. I also write articles for websites and ghostwrite books for clients. My depression is usually better because I’m busy, but lately, my anxiety has been through the roof. I’m a huge introvert, so doing interviews and going to bookstores and libraries to pitch my book is hard.

Have you felt embarrassed to tell people about your depression or anxiety?
            Sometimes I do but not always. I don’t usually talk to people I’m not close with. I’m a big introvert and don’t usually enjoy talking very much. That’s a big reason why I became a writer. J

Do you have any advice for women struggling with depression and anxiety?
Know that you ARE NOT alone. Get counseling. Reach out, even though you don’t want to. Find some way to force yourself to keep taking care of yourself and keep your relationships intact even if you don’t want to. And please, PLEASE if you EVER have thoughts of suicide- tell someone immediately!




Now let's talk more about poetry.....


When did you start writing poetry?

The first poem I ever wrote was when I was in middle school. I think I was in second or first grade. Ready for a laugh? Here it is:

The Rat Went Splat 

There once was a rat 

Who ran under a mat. 

A cat came and sat 

On the mat. 

Then, SPLAT! 

The rat was quiet after that… 

Why do you write poetry now?

To try to make sense of my feelings- to escape.

Do you have a process for writing your poetry?

Not at all. I write what comes to mind. I write what I feel.

Who are your favorite poets to read?

If I had to name some I would say Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost, but believe it or not, I don’t really read poetry.

Do you have any books to recommend on anxiety & depression?

This isn’t really related to anxiety or depression but I try to live by the Bible as best I can. It’s my guidebook for life <3 br="">
What other projects are you working on (that you can tell us about 😉)
I’m writing a YA series, I have one book completed that is getting ready for publication and I’m writing the first draft of the second book in that series, and I’m writing a children’s series. The children’s series is targeted toward preschoolers and special needs children/youth. I’m hoping to help
teach self-help and daily living skills. I only have one book that is written so far and my graphic artist is doing the pictures for it now. There are twelve books so far that I have outlined for that series and my son Jeremy is the main character. He has autism and developmental delays.

What is your blog about?


My blog is written with teens and young adults in mind. I have only done two posts so far as I have been busy with my books and I write articles and ghostwrite books for clients (I actually have a list of ten articles waiting for me when I finish here), but they are about recognizing unhealthy relationships and perseverance. I plan to write more on building strong support systems and self-esteem/confidence.

Where else can we find you on Social Media?

You can find me on twitter @BLewis and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brittany.lewis.5055.

You can view my website at www.brittanynicolelewis.blog.wordpress.com and if you like you can email me at Brittany.lewis2008@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you!

Thank you, Brittnay, for hanging out with us today. It was a pleasure to have you here. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Soon to Release: The Gracious Wife by RaeBeth McGee-Buda





Title: The Gracious Wife
Author: RaeBeth McGee-Buda
Genre: Christian Living
Publish Date: Feb. 5, 2017

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Book Description:

Marriage can be surreal, unpredictable, and enticing all at the same time. We find and fall in love with our best friend, and all of our dreams seem to be coming true. We've heard of the princess being rescued by her prince and they ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this isn't how marriage is in real life, especially when you're trying to be what God has called you to be. Marriage is two self-centered individuals coming together to live as one.

Given all the foes and dips that may come with marriage, this book gives the basic understanding of marriage the way God intended and not as the way fairy tales has made it out to be. It's meant to help wives be more self-sacrificial toward their husband by acting in grace, love, and forgiveness. In this journey with our best friends, we can work toward being more humbling and giving. It takes more than love alone for a great marriage. The basis of a great marriage starts with a strong spiritual foundation, a strong friendship which grew into a strong romance, along with tons of work, sacrifices, and submission by both partners to make it last.

This book provides Rae-Beth's opinion with communication, getting through the tough times, fair fighting, and keeping God the center of the marriage. Dive in and see marriage from one wife's perspective.

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Tell us a bit more about your new book, 

The Gracious Wife...



The purpose for my writing this book is directed at all women in all walks of life. My goal is to help those who are looking forward to getting married one day, those who are engaged, and those who are married. As I wrote this book, I included so very personal details about the darker side of my marriage in hopes of giving someone else the opportunity to learn from my mistakes. I feel that we are so focused on what society thinks is a great marriage over what God wants for our marriage. In the past, I was so focused on doing things my way and pointing out where my husband was going wrong; while I did this, I forgot to focus on what God had planned for me as a wife. The transparency and honesty within the pages of this book are to show those who are struggling what I overcame and that it's possible for them to overcome them too.

God wants and desires for us to be the gracious wife he intended. I pray that each person who reads The Gracious Wife can relate to several areas within the book and see their marriage in a different light by the end of their reading. I encourage all women to read this book, even if they're looking to strengthen their joyful marriage. We all know that marriage doesn't come with a manual, but I think this book will make a great engagement gift to a Christian bride to be, a Christian wife who wants to better herself for God and her spouse, and for the struggling wife. There are a lot of Bible references that are there to help guide and direct the reader toward the ways that God intended. I believe this book will be great to refer back to often throughout marriage to help keep us on our intended path.

So, join me in being your husband's crown as you journey with me into being a gracious wife.

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Excerpt

The Gracious Wife

(Taken from Chapter one)

Most little girls dream about their wedding day. They want the perfect dress with the perfect pair of shoes for the big walk down the perfectly decorated aisle where their prince charming is waiting to sweep them off their feet and run away to paradise. However, this is where the dream usually comes to a screeching halt; at least for me, it did.

Growing up, I was a very imaginative little girl. I made a castle out of blankets, cars out of boxes, a field into a battlefield, and two rooms in the same house into a neighborhood. But thinking about it, I never went on to dream of how my life would be once I was married. Let's face it, most Disney movies stop once the princess married her prince. (Until years later when the second movie comes out for the second generation and those that saw them aren't interested in fairytales anymore.)

I was married on August 11, 2012, to my prince charming who loved me for the previous eight years. When I walked down the aisle to become Mrs. Buda, it never crossed my mind on what kind of wife I wanted to be for this man I was forever uniting within the eyes of God. It's a little sad to say, but I started thinking about these three years after I was married, and after a handful of problematic situations had occurred, which almost ended my marriage, what I actually wanted for my marriage. Shouldn't we be thinking of the values of a wife/husband before we say I do? I think so.

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About the Author


RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh-grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small West Virginia town of Farmington. RaeBeth is a full-time mother of one beautiful little girl, an angel in heaven as of May 27th, 2013, and her rainbow baby son.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.

CONTACT LINKS

Website:
http://raebethmcgee.weebly.com/index.html

Facebook :
//www.facebook.com/raebethbuda/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/raebethmcgee

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/raebethmcgeebuda/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5095502.RaeBeth_McGee_Buda

Blog
http://raebethbuda.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 30, 2016

Release Day: In My Reality by Cameo Ranae



In My Reality (Sequel to In My Dreams) by Cameo Renae
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Stephanie Hobbs of Steph's Cover Design

Amazon & KU Link


ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s been three years since Michael’s death, and life isn’t any easier. The gift bestowed upon me has only grown stronger. I see the dead, everywhere. Those who have remained earthbound are looking for answers, or have messages for their loved ones. That’s what I do. I help resolve those questions, then assist them in crossing over.

Lately, I’ve had a recurring nightmare—a guy, badly injured in a car crash. Each time I’ve called out to him, he never answers. I’ve never even seen his face.

My mentor, Lucy Crow, believes he’s still alive, and I’m supposed to help him. That my dreams are not just subconscious thoughts; they’re premonitions.

For the first time ever, I will leave my reclusive life in Alaska. My best friend Emily is taking me to California for spring break. She thinks it’s time for me to find someone—to start living again. But what I need to find is the answer to my nightmares.

Little do I know...my answer will find me.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Alaska. She's a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality. 

One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going. 

One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!










Here is Book 1

so you can catch up on the series.





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Monday, February 29, 2016

Author Spotlight feat. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


I'd like to welcome Deanie Humphrys-Dunne to the blog today. Thank you for sharing your books with us and spending a bit of time here today. I must say that these books are amazing. My daughter has read Tails of Sweetbrier and loved it. She's now reading Charlie the Horse. I recommend each one for your little reader. 


Tails of Sweetbrier:
This is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she would never be able to walk, what does her dad do? He decides to teach her to ride horses. Will she give up when things don't go well? What happens when she falls off her horse? Even if she prevails, she will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team. This inspirational story will show you that nothing is impossible if you don't quit. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne grew up in Easton, Connecticut, where her parents owned the riding school called Sweetbrier. Tails of Sweetbrier has received a number of recognitions including;  Finalist in the CLIPP Award, The Feathered Quill Book award, Purple Dragonfly Book Award and the "50 Writers You Should Be Reading Award for 2015."

This book is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Holly also designed the cover.

Charlie the Horse:
Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his Dad, Charles the Great. Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? What will he do if he’s tired and doesn’t feel like running? How will Charlie react when he faces challenges on the race track? Charlie tells this story just for you. Your child will delight in reading about Charlie as a baby horse with a big dream. All of Deanie’s books convey positive messages for children. Charlie the Horse emphasizes working hard and setting goals.

Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her Mom?  Wait until you see how Charlene shows her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead?  Her career takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine.  This is an award-winning story shares positive messages for children. They’ll see why it’s okay to have different talents than your friends.

Charlene the Star is Deanie’s third book. She has also written: award-winning stories, Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse.

Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrated this story. Children will agree her illustrations make the story come to life.

Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she’s looking for something new and exciting to do in her spare time. What is her new career? How do her new friends Hattie the Chicken and Wooliam the Sheep help? Charlene and her friends will delight your child with their amusing adventure.  This award-winning tale will remind readers it’s okay to have different talents than your friends.

Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, drew the adorable illustrations and the cover.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes:

Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she’s looking for something new and exciting to do in her spare time. What is her new career? How do her new friends Hattie the Chicken and Wooliam the Sheep help? Charlene and her friends will delight your child with their amusing adventure. This award-winning story will show    readers the value of friendship and teamwork while the adorable animals work together to solve problems.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is the second book in the series of Charlene the Star stories. This award-winning story stresses the value of teamwork and friendship.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Readers will agree Holly’s adorable illustrations bring the story to life. Holly also created the cover.

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog:

Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She wants to win a special award for jumpers. She must learn important things if she wants to reach her goal. Does she succeed? How does Hattie react when she sees the headline in The Gazette? Why is Cherish so afraid? Your child will be fascinated with the amusing adventures of Charlene and her friends. Children will be entertained and learn important life lessons.  Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie's fifth book. It's the third in her series of Charlene the Star books. Her other books include her award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. All of Deanie's books encourage children to persevere and strive to do their best. In this story, children will learn how to combat bullying, work together and help others.
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie’s fifth book, and the third in the series of her Charlene the Star series.

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is an award-winning tale illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Children will agree Holly’s adorable illustration show the characters’ endearing personalities. Holly also designed the cover.

My bio:
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning author. She completed two courses at The Institute For Children’s Literature. Deanie has been featured on several author websites and has received a number of blogging award nominations including; The Shauny Award, The Super Sweet Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Each of Deanie’s books: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, convey positive, character building messages for children such as perseverance, setting goals, working hard, teamwork and generosity.
Deanie will be interviewed on WTNH TV Show, CT Style on February 23, 2016.

Website:


book trailers:
youtu.be/tT5zBYieZbo



All books are available on Amazon.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Author Corner



Lil Bits About Me



RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up with a passion for reading and writing poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher.

Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh-grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small West Virginia town of Farmington. RaeBeth is a full-time mother of one beautiful little girl, an angel in heaven, and her rainbow baby son.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in Business Administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal. 
Her objective for her books is to inspire and give hope. She is a Christian author, who firmly believes in God and incorporates her faith into some of her work.

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My Top 10 Favorite Songs

1. Oceans by Hillsong United
2. Revelation by Kari Jobe
3. Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
4. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickman
5. How He Loves by Flyleaf
6. Worth Dying For by Higher
7. Jesus Freak by DC Talk
8. Different Drum by Blanca
9. You Are My All in All by Hillsong United
10. Mercy Tree by Lacey Sturm

Favorite Movie

I love all the Transformers movies!!

Favorite TV Shows

1. Big Bang Theory
2. Law and Order: SVU
3. NCIS
4. Any home improvement shows on HGTV.

My Favorite Books

The Holy Bible
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman
Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs



Name a person that you would most want to meet and have dinner with and why?

This one is a hard one because there are several authors who I admire for their work and their faith. I would have to say that I'd pick Emily P. Freeman because we are so much alike. I'd love to sit on our Tuesday bench over coffee and talk with her. She's an inspiration to be the person God called her to be and she brings light to this in her book, "Simply Tuesday".

Here is how you enter the giveaway. Answer Rae-Beth's questions in the comments section we'll pick one of you to win an ecopy of her latest book, Heavenly Realities: Stumbling toward Gratitude !!

What do you incorporate gratitude into your life?
 What is one goal of yours for the 2016 year?



 Books





Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.

When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take effect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.










In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die!

In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away.

After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life.


Will Amber overtake her darkness of cutting or will the darkness overtake her?








The journey of pregnancy brings hope, joy, and love for the expecting mother. The hope of giving birth to a new life. The joy of feeling this new life grow inside of her. The love that starts with a test that doesn't ever end. Dreams for the unborn child flood the new mother’s mind, as well as those around her. Each step of the pregnancy is a cherished moment. The anticipation of meeting her cherished baby builds from the very first month and ends after birth.

This is the story of one mother and how a few words changed her life forever. How a piece of her faded when she heard these words: “There’s no heartbeat.” When Rae-Beth Buda laid in the hospital in labor, she and her husband heard those dreaded words.

What happens when all of those dreams are shattered in a moment’s notice? How does one cope with the loss of their child? This is the story of their journey and of the devastating grief of the loss of her daughter, Dakota Emily Buda.









Gratitude is often thought of as a gift or a blessing. By choosing gratitude, we teach ourselves to see the blessing in all situations, which leads to a more thankful life. 

This thirty-day challenge will take you on a journey, which will have you looking at different parts in life to find gratitude and give thanks. We will focus on the meaning of gratitude, seeing gratitude in difficult moments, ungratefulness, thankfulness, and even focus on saying thanks to friends and family who deserve recognition. When we choose gratitude, we teach our children to be more thankful and live a life with "eyes of gratitude." 

Join me in this journey to better your life with joy, happiness, and an attitude of gratitude. 



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