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This is the SEASON FOR GIVING!

I would like to give you my Historical Romance for a sweet read this season! Feel free to share!

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A Noble Wife
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.

Merry Christmas!

Brenda Scruggs

Dreams

Believe In Your Dream

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Believe in Your Dream!

Every person has a dream but only a few pursue those dreams. If you are one of those people then this article is for you to encourage you to believe again. This article includes encouragement, simple tips of how to believe in your dream, and a few affirmations to kick start your belief that you can start right now.
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One of the biggest reasons so many people do not pursue their dreams is that they don’t really believe in them. To believe is to accept something as being true, sure of the truth, and have faith in something.
You’ve had a dream for a long time but that’s all it seems to be – just a dream, that stays in the corridors of your mind, tucked secretly in a box that you visit every now and then. You examine it, think about, and even wish that it will come true someday, but then you carefully tuck it back into the hiding place only to visit it at another point in time. But listen up dreamer, I want to encourage you that your dream doesn’t have to stay hidden. Believe in your dream and live it.
And now that a spark of courage is rippling through your thoughts tapping on that box where your dream is tuck safely in, Negative Nancey shows up spewing out her words of unbelief, doubt, and fear. Believe me, I understand the thoughts and conversations in your mind of the, “what if’s.” What if I’m not good enough, what if it’s a failure, I don’t know if I can do it.
The bible says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
Believe me, I know the thoughts that bombard your mind. I have had and still have wavering thoughts sometimes. But this is where you need to do crowd control. Kick Negative Nancy (negative thoughts) that crowds your mind of unbelief to the curb and replace her with a new best friend – Affirmation. An affirmation is basically a formal declaration. (I will do a post on affirmations, so stay tuned.)
Once you believe in your dreams nothing will be able to stop you.

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m Possible!

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        5 Simple Steps In Believing Your DREAM!

1. Believe in Yourself – You are capable of more than you think. You can accomplish anything once you set your mind to it. Confidence is important when it comes to believing in yourself. It shows faith in oneself and one’s ability without any hint of conceit or arrogance. But first, you will need to know who you are and identify your negative thoughts so that you can build confidence and self-esteem. (This is an excerpt from my book, “Fear – It is a Devourer.”
2. Overcome Your Fear – Fear is the biggest block to our dreams. Ask anyone who has achieved their dream, and they will tell you at some point in their life they felt that they couldn’t make it. But it’s patience and persistence that made them achieve.
3. Visualize Your Dream – See your dream as if it was already functioning. Example: If you want to write a book, see yourself holding that masterpiece. What does it look like? What does it feel like? How will it change someone’s life? These three questions can work for any dream. No matter what your dream, visualize it as if you were already doing it.
4. Share Your Dream – My advice to you is only share your dream with someone that you trust and that believes in you. You don’t need dream killers in your life. Dream killers are the ones who will say, “you can’t do that, your not smart enough, or who do you think you are?” But sharing your dream with someone you trust, is one way of assuring yourself that you are ready to work hard and attain it. The friend will be asking you how far you are progressing to the dream. This is important! It motivates you because there are expectations for not only you but also your friends.
5. Planning is a must – Dreams must be accompanied by some form of a plan. This plan must make sense. Real dreamers are believers and doers of their dreams. A plan will show the progressive steps that will take you to the realization of your dreams.

Here are some don’t to help you with mental obstacles:

1. Don’t wait until the circumstances are perfect.
You shouldn’t wait for the circumstances to be perfect because the truth is, there may never be a perfect time to start on your dream.
2. Don’t wait for other peoples approval.
Everyone will see your dream different than you do and that’s okay. People are programmed different, it’s just a fact of life. You can get any number of people in a room and ask the same question to everyone and 9 times out of 10 the answers will all be different.
3. Don’t think you need to wait until you have skill.
I know that it seems normal to think you need the skill before you start but the truth is, you will learn so much more by doing than by waiting. Doing allows you hone in on the skill much faster than learning the theory.
3 Simple Affirmations you can start saying right away to ignite your confidence.
Repeat these phrases several times a day or even once a day and watch how your mindset changes!
• I believe in myself.
• I trust in my abilities.
• I make a difference in my life.
Take a step today and write down more affirmations that pertain to your dreams. Repeat and speak them daily out loud. When you speak out loud, the sound (words) travel through your ear canal reaching the eardrum. The eardrum translates this information into a form that your brain can understand. If you only think it and not speak it, then the message doesn’t have the same effect. (Another excerpt from my book, “Fear- It is a Devourer.

Believe in Your Dream,

Brenda Scruggs – Author

Dreams

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.

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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
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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

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Free Today! Get the first book in the Series, Ladies of Entrepreneurship and let it inspire you to follow your dream! Many Hats of a Lady, is a book where dreams come to life. But, in any life, there are twists and turns that can delay or disrupt that dream. In this book, you will grasp a young woman’s determination and faith at overcoming obstacles keeping her dream from coming to life. It is a story that will impel you follow your own dreams.

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The Best Gift that you can GIVE!

 

Are you looking for a book that contains all genres?

Action/Adventure, Historical Romance, Drama, How To’s, Futurist Events, and many more, this book contains them all.
Are you in need of self-help, instruction, direction, or needing a hero, then these pages incorporate it all?
Action/Adventure – Read about journeys to faraway lands, mystic battles of giants and unusual circumstances.
Historical Romance – Read about amazing and romantic love stories that melt the heart, some remarkable, some tragic.
Drama– Read about world creation, how civilizations formed, an amazing BIRTH, how the Hero gives His life, and how the future will be.
How To’s – Read about how to overcome any situation that you face.
Instruction/Direction – Read about instruction/direction from a king that God granted wisdom beyond measure. (Proverbs and the parables of Jesus (Yeshua- Hebrew name) Books Mathew, Mark, Luke and John gives insight on everyday living.)
Futurist Events (Sci-Fi) – Read about how kingdoms will rise and fall, cataclysmic events, spectacular atmospheric occurrences and final residing.

This Marvelous book is the BIBLE!

Reading or giving the bible is the Best Present that you can give.
Merry Christmas!

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Jesus Loves You!

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I have a message for you. Jesus loves you. You may think oh, another religious nut. But, WAIT please finishing reading then you can label me a nut.

Jesus died on the cross that you might have life and life more abundantly. Life is worth going through the things you are going through. You may say that’s not a loving God. But, the truth is most of the time we go through things by the choices we make in life. You may have not had a loving, caring family to guide you. You may have had the opposite – unloving, uncaring, abusive even. But, Jesus was the word who became flesh so that He could know us. He went to great lengths even a brutal beating before being nailed to a cross just for you. You may think that was just a man a long time ago. But, I want to tell you He is just as real today as He was 2000 years ago. If you don’t know Him what have you got to lose – except the old life. Make today, a brand new day! Give your life to Jesus.

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Book Review “The Chocolatier”

  1. Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

The Chocolatier by Brenda Scruggs is a complex yet sweet romance that centers on a man and a woman from very different worlds, yet they are perfect for each other. Charles Riviera is the heir to a chocolate empire that thrives on the dark, rich, sweet intensity of chocolate. He loves his job, he loves chocolate, and he really enjoys working as Director of Marketing. However, he had no idea that life had an even sweeter surprise waiting for him in the form of a delectable woman who is hiding deep pain.

Charlene Callaway has seen the worst that love and romance have to offer. Ready to marry the man she loved, she found him cheating on her with another woman on their wedding day. Broken hearted and bone weary, she moves away and gets a job at a chocolate company. She had no idea that her future was waiting for her in the form of a dashing, handsome and very interesting man. But bad luck still has an eye on her. She has a stalker and he will not stop until he has her. What can Charlene and Charles do in a situation like this? They are hardly ready to accept their feelings for each other, so what will they do when they have to confront an adversary that is hell-bent on claiming Charlene?

Brenda Scruggs did a wonderful job of creating characters that were real and relatable. The element of surprise, romance, and suspense was great and very well built. The scenarios were real, complex and believable. I loved the sweet love between Charlene and Charles, nothing was forced and Scruggs gave them time and the opportunity to fully explore their feelings for each other before they gave love a chance. The Chocolatier is a complete novel that gives you a sense of fulfillment and leaves you smiling.

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5 Reasons to Reblog and its Importance

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5 Reasons to Reblog and the Importance of it.

 

1.     Share great information

2.    Great way to network

3.     Stimulates conversation

4.     Meet interesting people

5.     Makes someone’s day

When a blogger makes a post, they are sharing their passion. It’s important to them. The time spent researching, writing and posting is essential to give the reader a content to learn, inquire, and pursue a subject is time well spent to the blogger.

 

Reblogging is a great networking tool. It gets information out to a broader list of readers with the benefit of drawing more readers to your website. As an Author, I find ways to promote other books on my blog. For instance, the month of February is the month of LOVE, so I am accepting excerpts and blurbs of romance books.(Clean Reads). It not only promotes other authors but my books as well drawing other readers to find my books.

 

Reblogging stimulates conversation. It builds a community of readers engaging in conversation about a certain subject which gives you a chance to meet interesting people.

 

And, last but NOT least, reblogging can make someone’s day. When a person puts time and effort into making a post and then see’s someone reblog their content, it gives them a sense of pride and joy. It will certainly cheer them up. Remember, you may be the only communication that someone has.

 

Happy Reblogging! 

 

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Romance Writer’s

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During this week’s shopping, I noticed that a few shops are already filling the empty Christmas space with Valentine product. Each year, it seems the next celebrated day is being advertised earlier and earlier. I’m not sure I like that since that means I’m getting older sooner. (laugh).

So, even though, it’s still December, I’m getting this advertisement out there. On my blog for February, I’ll be posting excerpts of Romance Novels. (Sorry, no erotic) If you’d like to have your novel featured so that it gets some attention, please feel free to email an excerpt and pic of book. Scruggs3@nctc.com.

It’s not to late, if you’d like to be featured in January for Business. Just click on the Business Women feature in my blog posts to get information.

I strongly believe in People helping people. So, if my blog helps you get sales, then I’m glad to help.

Merry Christmas and Happy Valentine’s whoop’s maybe, I should wait on the Valentine’s Day.

 

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Journaling

 

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Journaling

I came across an adult Cat coloring book the other day and a creative thought past through my brain. I thought this could be an easy way of journaling. The picture above is from the book. Cat of Many Hats is what I call her. A lot of the time, I can’t seem to journal on a regular basis, so my creative thought was even though, I might not color the page, I could use the sheet in front of me to jot down my thoughts for that day.

Have you considered Journaling. Wait, before your thoughts get in the way of, I don’t know how, I don’t have the time or even why should I Journal.

The easiest way to journal is by keeping it simple. When starting your journal, just date the entry and note your location. Start by describing your surroundings if you need to get warmed up. Write a little bit about your day. What’s on your mind? Think of your journal like an old friend you’re sitting down to have coffee with. Just answer, “What’s up? What’s new? What’s going on?”

Journaling can have mental and emotional benefits, a way of releasing stress from your daily life. Journaling helps to process complex ideas. Most of the time when you write down an idea then read it seconds or even minutes later the answer seems to pop off the page. The beauty of journaling is that it helps you grow as a person, helps you recognize patterns in your life as well as helps you gain perspective. As for me, at the end of the week, I like to scan through my journal to see how God secretly worked in my daily life for that week.

Journaling by hand in a paper notebook moves a different part of your brain than typing does. And before you argue that you can write faster on the computer, journaling is not about speed, efficiency, or volume. It’s about dedicating a few minutes each day to honor yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. Writing by hand helps you get in touch with all of that better than a keyboard.

Whether it’s putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard journaling can make a difference in your daily life.

However, you choose to keep your journal, there are clear benefits to doing it. In every case, they can be a huge benefit to you, personally, and enlightening for anyone you choose to share them with.

Journaling may seem a waste of time to a lot of people but time is something we can’t get back. I know that sounded negative but your time can be precious to someone else. I lost my mon several years ago and what I wouldn’t give to have the time back with her. One of the many reasons why I started to journal is for my son and for when he has children. By writing my thoughts, the person that reads it can get a sense of what kind of person I am, my daily life and who I want to be. They can see the times I cried and the time that I laughed. It’s my legacy to the next generation.

Happy Journaling