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Support Builds Friendships

In many of the books I read the women are helping each other with chores and whatever else. The thought of “we’ll get it done quicker, together” ever present. I believe having someone to help you complete a task also makes it more enjoyable, it gives you someone to talk to and laugh with. This support builds friendships.

I think that even in today’s world this is true. No, we’re not out helping one another with the laundry or the cooking, but there are things we do that help each other. Let me give you some examples:

  1. Your good friend is $100 shy of earning an all expenses paid vacation -so you rally together with others and order some make up from her to make it happen.
  2. A family member is going through a medical issue and has set up a GoFund me account – you spread the word.
  3. Someone you know has lost someone they love and a pray chain has begun, you join in.
  4. A community member lost their home and belongings in a fire – you rally together to be sure they have clothing and food and such.
  5. A friend of yours has started a new business and needs help getting it out there, again you spread the word.

See what I mean? We may not be gathering together doing laundry or cooking, but the work of many hands is still at play. I’m sure you’ve heard “word of mouth” is the best advertising you can get, right? I believe the “many hands” and “word of mouth” go hand in hand. They are companions. Like a right leg and a left leg – they support you, hold you up and keep you from failure.

This brings to mind Ecclesiastes chapter 4: Oppression, Toil and Friendlessness.

Oppression = cruel or unjust treatment.

Toil = work extremely hard.

Friendlessness = right leg and left leg are missing, you’ve no support.

We all know we live in a very cruel world. Don’t believe me turn on the news. I hate watching the news or listening to it on the radio. Rarely is there a HEA (happy ever after). Some of it will down right scare you to death. Just this week we had an active shooter not 5 miles from my home! I know I needed to be aware, but my goodness!

People are always going to say and do mean things and for that reason we need a tough skin, but even that doesn’t prevent the damage.

This is a lie and if you believe it you will be greatly hurt. Yes, sticks and stones may very well break your bones, but words are sharper than the sharpest knife. They have more power than you can imagine or perhaps you’ve already learned that life lesson.

People say, “Oh just let it roll of your shoulders” and you try. Then late at night, when you’re all alone those hurtful words replay through your mind like a bad dream stuck on repeat. You tried to protect it, but your heart has taken a painful hit.

You feel as if you have no friends or that the ones you do have don’t really care because they’re telling you to “shake it off“. Ostracized and sad. It’s easy to feel that way when you’ve taken a painful hit. It doesn’t matter your vocation in life, you can be a housewife, a business owner or a millionaire – those painful hits are gonna happen. Which is why we need supporters. We all need friends to help us through the oppression upon our toil.

I know it gets annoying when people ask you to like their Facebook page or add you to a group without your permission. Let me just say, I will never add you to a group without permission, I myself cannot stand that. I will however, invite you to like a page from time to time or share someones page with you. The reason for that is I enjoy supporting my friends as they toil through life. Thankfully, Facebook does give you the option to accept the invite or not. Truthfully, few people realize they have even been invited to like a  Facebook page.

Just this week my youngest sister was asking me about my mountain of journals. I thought she was aware that I am finally putting my brave face on and getting my writing out to the public. I thought I’d told her about it. I did invite her to like my Facebook page months ago. She had no idea or she would have been supporting me.

For a little research, if you are reading this and willing open Facebook on your computer. On the left hand side, scroll down until you see Pages. Click that. It will show you:

  1. Top Suggestions (based on pages you’ve liked)
  2. Invites (this is where you find your friends that are asking for your support)
  3. Liked Pages (ones you’ve liked – you can edit those there as you need to)

I don’t believe you can view this from your phone. I’ve looked and not found it, anyway. Every time I open Pages on my computer I find several invites. Today, there are 7. Now, do I accept every invite? No. However, I do accept those that truly apply to me, like say fellow Authors, writing pages, and coffee pages. We all know how I love coffee.

Now, if you did as I asked – then if you don’t mind leave a comment with the number of invites you had. Did you even know they were there? Makes it kinda hard to support your friends and family if you miss the invitation.

Why am I writing about this? If you’ve visited my website before or my Facebook page, you know that I try my very best to support my fellow Authors. I do this in several ways:

  1. Amazon Review
  2. Goodreads Review
  3. Share via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
  4. Review their book on my website
  5. Thunderclap (just learned about this)
  6. Voting – sometimes their cover or book is up for an award
  7. Connect with the Author by tagging them and hash tagging their name and book
  8. Bookbub, BookCave, Instafreebies, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink, Kindle Unlimited and E-Discovery.

There is so much you can do to support causes, people and things that are important to you. So many ways you can make them feel less lonely. I’ve read some really nasty reviews out there and I know most Authors avoid reading them because they hurt. I believe people just need to quit their belly achin’ and stop being ugly. I’m positive their Momma’s raised them better.

So why am I telling you about all this?

I want you to understand why you will see this kind of activity from me. Why I write the reviews, share and help promote the way I do. Writing is a solitary adventure. The story that you have within you can only be written by you. That can be lonely and scary and perhaps you find yourself wondering if you’re even doing it right. Connecting with other Writer’s and Author’s makes it a more enjoyable adventure, you have friends of a like mind. In other words, you have found your tribe. Shouldn’t you support that tribe the best way you know how? That’s what I’m doing and someday I hope they’ll return the favor.

It is also, my hope that my kind words will find them and brighten their day from time to time in an attempt to drown out some of the oppression from their toil. Nobody wants to live in a friendless world.

Be Blessed as you Progress.  

If you would like to follow me in my journey you may find me in these locations.

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram
  4. Website
  5. Pinterest


Book Review: Dianna

Josephine Blake. A relatively new author and one I also met through Facebook. I must say Facebook has opened up a whole new world for authors and readers. I love being able to connect with the authors who have connected with me through their books as well as finding new authors. There are so many books out there, so many new ones being written every day and so many little hidden gemstones that without today’s technology…I believe we might never find. Like diamonds in the rough. I have been lucky enough to find a few of those precious stones and in the process I have found some really fun authors that I adore.

Now, before I get into this review I want to share with you the link to FREEBIE FRIDAY – a list of books that are currently free or will be within this week. Perhaps, you might find a precious stone of your own here. Happy Reading.

Dear Josephine,

Here’s the honesty! At first I was not going to read your book. Why? Because it wasn’t on Kindle Unlimited and I was unsure if I wanted to spend $2.99 on an author I hadn’t heard of. I only knew you a little bit through some Facebook groups. You had left a comment on a post I’d made back in October and offered to discuss self-publishing with me.

So I sent you a message and you actually responded! I was thrilled! I have had some bad experiences with Authors in the past, some can be really hurtful to aspiring Authors. I was also feeling really guilty because I still hadn’t purchased or read your book and you were being so nice to me. Needless to say I purchased Dianna that day in October. However, I was reading several different series at the time and I put Dianna on the back burner. As I weeded through the books I was reading I finally returned to Dianna.

You had me wondering throughout the book what on earth was up with Greyson Crowley (I did not trust him) and even more so, Shiye. I wanted to know their stories and why they were so evasive. I was very intrigued. I was even afraid a few times that perhaps Dianna would not end the way I, as the reader, wanted it to. I am happy to report that you did not disappoint me. It ended just the way I wanted, except now I’m worried about the future of these characters and I need book number 2!

I feel I should say congratulations here…

I believe that Dianna was your debut novel and I believe from my standpoint that it was a success.

My reasons for that are:

  1. You kept me interested enough to get past chapter 3. I have a 3 chapter rule, if I’m not hooked by then chances are I won’t finish it.
  2. If I don’t finish it, I don’t leave a review. I left one and noticed that several others did as well, giving you a 4.5 star rating.
  3. You made me care enough about the characters to purchase Little Rose, the next book in the series. I’d say that’s an accomplishment for an Author, a goal they hope to meet if writing a series.

…so Congratulations! I’m very happy for you and I can not wait to read Little Rose. Thank you for writing and sharing your stories with the world and thank you for being my friend.

Sincerely,

Renea

Now then, I have one more thing I must tell you before I sign off. The third book in Josephine’s series – The Brittler Sisters – is available for preorder HERE. If you preorder Charlotte and send Josephine your confirmation number, as long as you are one of the first 30 to do so, she will send you a FREE copy of  “Two Hearts One Stone“. You can find Josephine on Facebook by clicking on her name within this post. You can also find her in The Rumor Mill, a historical romance Facebook group. I do hope you’ll give her a chance. I know I’m glad I did. She is quite a comical person.