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National Book Lovers Day!

 

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National Book Lovers Day!

This is one of my favorite days since I’m an author and I have a special gift for you, keep reading until the end for a FREE book!
Books can transport you to different times, places, and where dreams come true. Words bring the imagination alive making you experience diverse emotions leaving you wanting more! They can give make you love or hate the character, circumstances, and outcome. They can you make you a so-called time traveler, either going back in time, or speeding into the future depending on the genre. They can teach you to become whatever you want. They can entice you to dream!
Ideas to enjoy your National Book Lovers Day
• Support an author by buying their books, leaving a review, or just let them know how much you like their writings.
• Give a book to someone
• Tell someone about your favorite author by verbally telling them or make a post on your facebook wall.
• Read a book! Grab a cup of coffee and ease down on a park bench or any favorite place. Let people see you reading.
Speaking of Coffee, have you heard of Smart Coffee? If not, comment “Interested” and I’ll send you some information.
To get your FREE BOOK, click on Free Book “The Noble Wife,” on the side bar or click on it on the menu.
Happy Reading,
Brenda

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Chasing Your DREAMS!

Chasing your dreams can sometimes feel like when you watch fireworks during holidays, they seem to explode in our mind only to fizzle out when we don’t have the courage to chase them.
Do you have a burning desire to do something? Is there a dream that keeps coming up but you’re too afraid to step out into it?
Bravery is facing your fear and having the courage in taking steps regardless of how it feels. The word “courage,” is related to the French word “Coeur,” which means “heart.” Have you heard the phrase,” to take at heart?” If you take heart in something, you are encouraged and made to feel optimistic by it. Synonyms: be encouraged, be comforted, cheer up.
In this post, I’ll share some helpful tips in chasing your dream.
Remember, real bravery isn’t about fearlessness; it’s about taking steps in spite of it.
Courage is your fuel in achieving amazing success in life, follow/chase your dreams.
• If you’re a writer, you could be the next best-seller.
• If you’re a singer, you could be the next pop or country, etc. singer.
• If you’re an inventor, you could invent the next creation that could change the world.

Dreams are limitless. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. So, don’t limit your dreams, live them.
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Can you remember when you were a child and you chased your friends in a game of tag or hiding seek? You would run as fast as you could to tag the person you were chasing so that they would be it. In other words, you chased the person for a purpose. When you chase something, for instance, your dreams, it is for a purpose and that purpose is to see the dream come to life.
Here is a story about a man that had the courage to continue when rejection seemed as cannon balls that targeted him. (Independence Day theme)
George Lucas spent four years sending the script for Star Wars around to various studios. After numerous rejections, he didn’t give up even when Universal Studios and United Artist both turned him down. Can you see the cannon balls? – Rejection.
Then finally, an executive from 20th Century Fox who had seen his American Graffiti film and been impressed by it decided to give him a chance with his Star Wars. The film was made for $11 million dollars and was released in 1977. Since then the original Star Wars trilogy has grossed over 2.4 billion dollars. If he’d let his negative inner voice get to him, he would never have ended up having the highest grossing film of all time. George Lucas had the courage to chase his dream.

What’s keeping you from chasing/pursuing your dream?
 Could it be fear?
 Could it be not knowing where to start?
 Could it be finances?
 Could it be doubt in achieving your dream?
It’s easy to talk yourself out of something, but face the fear, begin somewhere, invest in yourself little by little, and CRUSH doubt!
Steps in Chasing and living your Dream

1. Vision your dream
Think to yourself and imagine seeing yourself living your dream. Activate your imagination and see where you want to be.

2. Design your dream
Once you have a vision of your dream, build a blueprint of it on paper. Jot down an outline of ideas, and techniques.

3. Work your dream
Now that you have the vision and outline for your dream, you will need to work it. This is where you need to collaborate with all the tools and materials that you will need for the finished product – your dream.

4. Launch your dream
Now that you’ve seen your vision, planned it, worked it, it’s time to launch it. Launching your dream can be exciting and scary at the same time. An assortment of thoughts will bombard your mind some good others not so good. But believe in your dream. Believing is a vital part of your dream.

I am an author of contemporary/historical romance and I am following/chasing my dream.

Free Gift

I have a historical romance on my website for you. Visit brendascruggs.com to get your free book, “A Noble Wife.” Plotted in Nashville, Tennessee in 1872.

The Noble Wife

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Blurb:
Norma Gentry is a natural entrepreneur. Her ideas are more than dreams, they become reality. Her beauty is more than skin deep. Her heart is in everything that she does from being a wife to starting different enterprises. Though a lady’s place is in the home, her husband encourages her dreams. But when the train that she is returning home on derails, her life is changed forever.
Jim Gentry a notable councilman in the city of Nashville, Tennessee considers himself fair and is respected by the townspeople. Known for his astuteness and investments, he took the position of a moderator on the city council to aid in the growth of this great city. But his world comes to a standstill when the train Norma, his wife is on derails.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/lv13SCErHTE
If you liked, “A Noble Wife,” then
You May Also Like…

Ladies of Entrepreneurship Series
The Ladies of this saga are Proverbs Thirty-One women. They are women who are business orientated, strong-willed and determined to live the dream that God has placed inside of them. Follow these women of free enterprise and see how their story unfolds as God secretly works behind the scenes fashioning love together, healing wounds and bringing dreams to life.
Each novel can be read as a standalone book or as a historical saga.
Until next time… Follow your dreams!
Brenda Scruggs

Writing and Promoting

How to Promote with Business Cards

How to Promote Your Business Using Business Cards
Today with all the social media and digital platforms, and with just one click, the internet can find all the information that you need making you wonder if business cards are of any use. But I believe that any network is useful.

The goal of any marketing is to set your company apart from the competition in a positive way to motivate prospect customers to take the next step and purchase your product or build an email list. Always, always keep business cards with you ready to hand out. You never know who you next customer may be.

A business card is a master key that opens doors of opportunity. It is perfectly designed to fix in a wallet where the potential customer can find it easily. It contains all the business and contact information making it easy for the customer to find you.

I have compiled a list of some simple tips to help you get your business noticed. You can download the cheat sheet and print it reviewing it daily to remind you of potential opportunities.

Below are a couple of business cards uses that are on the Tip List.

– Give your card another purpose than going in a wallet and turn it into a bookmark.
– Turn it into a folding fan. A lot of business is going to this technique where the fan is used in public promoting their business in plain site without being pushy.

TIP:
A good presentation is a part of a good first impression to a potential customer. So, don’t be pushy.

Click here for Cheat Sheet and Tips!

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Prayer Teams for Authors!

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Prayer Teams for Authors!

Have you considered a prayer team for your book?

A prayer team is like a street team. You gather as many people as you like to pray for you and your work. The prayer team can be used in aspect of any business.

It’s not being arrogant asking people to pray for your work, it’s wise. Proverbs 15:22 says, Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors (prayer warriors), they are established.

Being a prayer warrior myself, I can tell you first hand that prayer works.

Don’t be shy- prayer warriors are just that, they enjoy praying for people and their reward is seeing you succeed. A true prayer warrior will not be envious. They want to see how God will move in your life.

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Book Reviewers are SUPERHERO’S!

 

SUPERHERO!

Book Reviewers are SUPERHERO’S!

 

Sometimes, I think reviewers underestimate their power. They may think, “Oh, I’m just reading a book and will write a few lines telling what I think about the story.”

When actually, they are doing soooo much more.

I say to you, THE REVIEWER, YOU ARE A SUPERHERO! and your super power is writing a review.

To us, the Author, we rely on readers much more than you comprehend. We, the author depend on feedback so that we can write what readers enjoy, make ourselves better writers and just to know that people read our stories. Positive feedback builds our self-esteem and confidence to keep producing bigger and better stories, much like a puppy wagging his tail when given attention.

 

So, I want to thank all of the reviewers for taking the time to write a few lines about our books. You are a SUPERHERO  and writing a review is your SUPER POWER!

 

Please Re-Blog to show our reviewers how much they are appreciated.

 

My book, “The Chocolatier” is open for reviews if anyone is interested.

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 Would her heart learn to trust again?

 

Would she be able to love again?

 

Charlene Callaway finds herself far from home after finding her fiancé with another woman on their wedding day. She moves to San Francisco when her friend convinced her to start a new beginning. But, when she goes to work at a Chocolate Company, she wasn’t ready for her new boss. She wouldn’t let her heart get broken again.

 

Charles Riveria an heir to huge Chocolate Company was content as Director of Marketing. Charles’ passion is to represent Riviera Chocolate making it the best empire in the industry until he literally bumps into Charlene Callaway.

When a stalker abducts Charlene, Charles finds himself doing everything in his power to find to her even if it took his cousin, the leader of a black opt team to find her.

 

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Thanks for Sharing Kari!

Ruby’s heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff.

When Beau walks into her life, one glance has her running from her past. He couldn’t want someone like her. It should be easy to avoid his quiet charm.

If he can convince her she’s a prize, not prey, he might have a chance. Beau’s captivated when Ruby scrambles from him whenever he gets too close. Her sweetness is an allure he can’t fight.
Can Beau convince Ruby she is beloved?

Don’t miss A Ruby Glows, the fifteenth romance in the Cutter’s Creek Series, by Kari Trumbo. If you like engaging, sweet stories that leave you wanting even more, then this historical Christian romance is just for you!

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Romance Blurbs

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Thanks for Sharing Kari!

Ruby’s heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff.

When Beau walks into her life, one glance has her running from her past. He couldn’t want someone like her. It should be easy to avoid his quiet charm.

If he can convince her she’s a prize, not prey, he might have a chance. Beau’s captivated when Ruby scrambles from him whenever he gets too close. Her sweetness is an allure he can’t fight.
Can Beau convince Ruby she is beloved?

Don’t miss A Ruby Glows, the fifteenth romance in the Cutter’s Creek Series, by Kari Trumbo. If you like engaging, sweet stories that leave you wanting even more, then this historical Christian romance is just for you!

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Romance Blurbs

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 Wellington Cross Series

This is a historical romance series set in the late 1800s.

Welcome to my world of Wellington Cross.  I want you to close your eyes with me and imagine yourself on a plantation on the James River in old Virginia, sitting on a veranda gazing at the billowy boughs of tall oaks and magnolia trees.  Oh, the heat finds you where you are, so see yourself drinking a cup of tea or a mint Julep.  Or take a bottle of Madeira wine and a blanket down by the river and watch the sunset, feeling the warm wet southern breezes against your face and deeply inhale the scent of jasmine so sweet it becomes one with your soul.  This is the world of Wellington Cross, and I want to take you there.  This plantation has more stories than you can imagine.  So many stories, you will need to shoo them away with your hands like lightning bugs.  Sit for a spell and read about a world away from our own and far in the past.  You may just want to stay.

If you want to list your romance novel for February just email it to me. scruggs3@nctc.com

 

 

 

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Opportunity for Romance Authors

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Opportunity for Romance Authors

Accepting excerpts or back matter for romance genre: Historical, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller but no erotic.

I will be featuring romance excerpts or back matter of romance books for the month of February on my blog and facebook page. It’s a great way to get exposure for your novel and a brilliant way to advertise for free.

If you want to list your book, please email me @scruggs3@nctc.com with an excerpt or back matter and a pic of the book. I need these by the end of January.

You’re Welcome to Reblog!

Happy Advertising!

Brenda