About LR Gray’s Book

LR Gray’s book is a very excellent picture book about how to conquer your fears and to trust in God. It is a book that kids of all ages will enjoy over and over again.

41FeMmqXefL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_[1]Dizella jpegHere is more information about this wonderful book

1. What is the theme of your book or description

Who Goes There is a story where fear, imagination and a good name comes together all in a very stressful night. We know fear is something that can get to the best of us as well as our imagination. And in this story a good name brings favor for a very good man who needed a little help. This book is also about family love. Which Granny Gray explains in her memories of her childhood. Sometimes love comes with unthinkable home remedies, like cow manure tea, spider webs and soot, catnip tea and a spat of chewed tobacco.

2. Who is the audience for your book?

Anyone and Everyone.

3. Can you provide us with you publisher information?

The publisher is Halo Publishing.

4. What is your Email

My email address is wordofaction@gmail.com

5. What contact information do you want the reader to have about you?

My Phone number is: 210-980-7675

6. Where is it available for purchase?

My book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble. It is also available everywhere books are sold.

7. Please include anything else that a potential buyer of your book may need.

This book is safe for our little ears to hear and little eyes to read.

Thank you so much for being here on my blog again!  My readers are enjoying reading all about your book.

 

Meet LR Gray

Dizella jpegHi there! It is great to have you here on my blog!  I am SO looking forward to getting to know you more over the next week. I know that readers of my blog will be inspired by your beginnings and your writing life.

1. Tell us a few things about yourself

Well I am a mother of 8 and grandmother 21. I always wanted a big family. Maybe it was due to me coming from a large family, a family of 4 by my mother. She is one of 25. So family is very important for us. Holidays, birthdays, weddings, family reunion and even funerals are looked upon as opportunities to get together.

2. What’s your favorite book?

Great Expectations, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

3. Who is your favorite author?

Charles Dickens

4. What inspired you to want to write your book?

When I look around and see how much of my generation are doing things unthinkable. Then the next generations are following suit. You have to ask yourself. What has gone wrong? Then I realized how blessed I was as a child to have had this network of family structure in my life.

I did not have an easy life. My mother raised me and my other three siblings by herself but not alone. There was her parents, brothers, sisters, good neighbors, church and Jesus our foundation. This structure was lacking for many of my peers and even more so in this present generation.

Where we see the mentality of having a baby is a decision based on flipping a coin, he’s so cute. He will make a cute baby for me and maybe even have a reality show. I would like to do my part of bringing back family values by first injecting self-awareness, self-value, self-worth, self-standards and goals, then self-achievements.

I hope to inspire these treasures through books, imagination, and arts and gifts. See I too have made many mistakes along my journey and even now. But the way I look at it is: Each one of us are responsible for what we can do and don’t do. I might not be able to do what others can, but what I can I should. We All Can Do Our Part.

5. Tell us a bit about your current writing projects.

Pillar and His Discoveries In The Rainforest is a story for adventurous and exploring minds. It’s full of dangers and mystery for a little 7 year old who just can’t be without his best friend. Not thinking about the what-if’s only focused on saving his friend, a 30 year old sloth.

6. Tell us a bit about your writing projects.

There is the Granny Gray series which goes on and on. I don’t know if she will ever end. For there is always a lesson to learn and teach. Then there are the L R Gray stories which are for the much more mature group. There are still lessons to learn but from a much more serious view.

Like for instance The Purple Tu-lips is about bullying, The Hike is about a faith that is stronger than life itself, Conspiracy Town is about what it says, So They Think They Got Us is about a government system lead by the dark society. Then there is my story: From The Mind of Damage Goods. This is basically my beginnings.

7. What can readers expect to get from this book?

There is much to get from each of these books for every stage in life.

8. Any tips for aspiring writers?

You have to be true to your most deepest self (your soul) and never let anyone talk you down. Your voice count.

9. Any last words? Or add your contact information.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but your soul is an even bigger loss.
Greatness is in all of us. Make it for the good of everyone.

My contact information is: wordofaction@gmail.comor nvention09@yahoo.com

God Bless

Thank you for inspiring today!  I look forward to learning

About Amy Hannah’s JoJo The Dorky Dog

Illustration-COVER-AmyHannah (6)Theme of Book

JoJo is not your everyday, fancy schmancy, purebred canine, but a mutant-mutt with a mish-mash of curious characteristics belonging to different sorts. Throw in a pair of unmatched peepers and a heart as big as the Georgia sky, and you have found a genuine friend who is nothing short of D-O-R-K-Y! In his very first Stillwater Farm Adventure title, “JoJo the Dorky Dog”, JoJo finds himself ready for a different kind of adventure and a new place to call home when his owners decide to move to Alaska. This loveable pooch sets out across the countryside determined to discover where he belongs, and a boy to call his own. He finds everything, and a little more, on his journey to Stillwater Farm.

Target Audience – age range of 6 thru 10.
Publisher – Halo publishing International

Social Media
Twitter: @stillwaterfrm
Instagram: jojostillwaterfarm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afhannahstillwaterfarm/#

Mailing/Phone Information
Stillwater Farm
PO Box 448
Blackshear, Georgia 31516
(912) 816-5706

afhannah@gmail.com

Book is available for purchase at Amazon & Barnes and Noble.

Here are the Links for Amazon & Barnes and Noble…..

Amazon – JoJo the Dorky Dog

https://www.amazon.com/Jojo-Dorky-Dog-F-Hannah/dp/1612444849/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470917568&sr=8-1&keywords=jojo+the+dorky+dog

Barnes and Noble – JoJo the Dorky Dog
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jojo-the-dorky-dog-af-hannah/1124275799;jsessionid=81977F484E1854236EE7C5EA5FCBD878.prodny_store02-atgap01?ean=9781612444840

Information for potential buyer

Whether children are reading for themselves or being read to, it is my desire that each little heart identify with the similarities and differences within their own characters, and the character of God, as they share JoJo’s Adventures on Stillwater Farm. The “Questions to Ponder” section at the end of the story is designed as an interactive aid to spark the imagination and summarize main points in the story. This cute and useful tool aids in developing reading comprehension and retention skills.

Amy Hannah’s Writing Life

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My Writing Life

For a few seasons, I have had a gaggle of unpublished adventures nesting in my attic. I have both nourished and disciplined these ideas and scribbles. But, it wasn’t until March of this year that I was given the confirmation from God that this particular flock of stories had matured and were now ready to take flight.

When I received that confirmation, I got my “ducks in a row”, and proceeded with the publishing process. The venture has gone much smoother than I expected. The reason I suspect is that the Lord’s hand was behind it.

You have heard the term Godspeed! The publicist asked me to describe my writing life….well, I watch and experience God’s glory and awesomeness unfold throughout every precious day that I am permitted to breathe.

I love to write, and I have to include Him in whatever I do. I believe that HE has given me a platform. “A platform for what?” you ask. Impressing the gospel and the character of God on little hearts – that’s what!

And, did I mention that a generous portion of proceeds will go to benefit various outreaches for children? Exactly how much and to what group will be decided by prayer as the Lord directs.

As followers of Christ, we are instructed to have a heart for the hurting and needy children of this world. “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27 HCSB”. So, that’s it.

I am watching and waiting to see what the Lord is going to do with this ministry. I urge you to come along with me on this journey. It is going to be awesome!

A.F. Hannah,

Scribbler for Jesus

Meet Amy Hannah

Hi Amy! I am excited to have you here on my blog today and to get to know you and your work better.

AFHannahAuthorPicture1. Tell us a few things about yourself

The author of JoJo the Dorky Dog is a witness and follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, grandmother and companion of many four-legged creatures. It is her aspiration to be a scribbler of all things pure, good, and true to glorify God and His Kingdom.

2.  What is your favorite book and author?

My favorite book, authored by my favorite writer, Judy Blume, is “Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret.”
What inspired you to want to write your book/series?

The Stillwater Farm Adventure series is based on inspiration from Psalms 23. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters….. Stillwater Farm was born!

Our Lord, He has a plan for our lives. In the wake of technology it seems that our senses are not in sync with that God, the very creator of the universe, is in our everyday midst. And that it is His sovereignty that carefully knits our circumstances to form the reality that has been His plan before the beginning of time. In this lighthearted and colorful story, JoJo the Dorky Dog recognizes that we, as children of God, are never alone. He is always by our side.

Illustration-COVER-AmyHannah (6)3. What are your current writing projects:

JoJo Meets Goali-ath (pronounced Goliath) the Ginormous! About being a real friend

Reader or Not? JoJo Gets Glasses!- About stereotypes and the benefits of hard work

JoJo’s Day Out! About peer pressure and consequences

Izzy Lizzy in a Tizzy! About everybody being valuable and having a purpose – and purposes change.

JoJo’s Turtle Surprise! About endurance and accountability

Always Room for One More! About love and acceptance of others

4. What can readers expect to get from this book

It is my prayer that through the encounters with JoJo the Dorky Dog and the other imperfect characters on Stillwater Farm, that children will entertain a new understanding – in a lighthearted way – of Christian characteristics and how to live them out by example of simple stories.

Thank you so much for visiting me on my blog today!  I look forward to getting to know you more in the next few days!

For readers of my blog, please be advised that we will have a lot more about Amy Hannah in the days ahead!  So, stay tuned!

Interviewed by Irene S. Roth

Steps not to Overstress

take-your-desktop-for-a-walk-through-the-forest-nature-picture-forest-wallpaper[1]There is much truth behind the phrase stress eating. Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary comfort foods push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress, and according to an American Psychological Association survey, about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 or more on a 10-point scale.

In the short-term, stress can shut down appetite. A structure in the brain called the hypothalamus produces corticotropin-releasing hormone, which suppresses appetite. The brain also sends messages to the adrenal glands atop the kidneys to pump out the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, a revved-up physiological state that temporarily puts eating on hold.

But if stress persists, it’s a different story. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and can also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn’t go away — or if a person’s stress response gets stuck in the “on” position — cortisol may stay elevated.

Fat and sugar cravings

Stress also seems to affect food preferences. Numerous studies have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both. High cortisol levels, in combination with high insulin levels, may be responsible. Other research suggests that gremlin, a “hunger hormone,” may have a role.

Once it is ingested, fat and sugar-filled foods seem to have a feedback effect that inhibits activity in the parts of the brain that produce and process stress and related emotions. These foods really are comfort foods in that they seem to counteract stress and this may contribute to people’s stress-induced craving for those foods.

Of course, overeating isn’t the only stress-related behavior that can add pounds. Stressed people also lose sleep, exercise less, and drink more alcohol, all of which can contribute to excess weight.

Steps to counter stress snacking

When stress affects someone’s appetite and waistline, the individual can forestall further weight gain by ridding the refrigerator and cupboards of high-fat, sugary foods. Keeping those “comfort foods” handy is just inviting trouble.

Here are some other suggestions for countering stress:

Meditation

Countless studies show that meditation reduces stress, although much of the research has focused on high blood pressure and heart disease. Meditation may also help people become more mindful of food choices. With practice, a person may be able to pay better attention to the impulse to grab a fat and sugar-loaded comfort food and inhibit the impulse.

Exercise

Intense exercise increases cortisol levels temporarily, but low-intensity exercise seems to reduce them. University of California researchers reported that exercise — and this was vigorous exercise — may blunt some of the negative effects of stress. Some activities, such as yoga and tai chi, have elements of both exercise and meditation.

Social support

Friends, family, and other sources of social support seem to have a buffering effect on the stress that people experience. For example, research suggests that people working in stressful situations, have better mental health if they have adequate social support. But even people who live and work in situations where the stakes aren’t as high need help from time to time from friends and family.

By taking these steps, you will be avoiding emotional eating that leads to weight gain.

Until Next Time!

Irene S. Roth

How to Minimize Emotional Eating – Tip 2

Tip 2: Take Frequent Breaks

497aab608519dc641087cfcd5766a23fee545fb3[1]Do you have a difficult time taking the necessary time to take sufficient breaks during your writing day? Do you work nonstop and then feel extreme fatigue? Do you feel exhausted because you lead a relatively sedentary life? Are you overweight and can’t seem to take those pounds off?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, believe me, you’re not alone. You all seem to want to cram as much into a day as you can. And when you do that what has to go is our time to move and take a break. But is that really necessary to be productive?

I believe that you can’t be productive unless you take breaks. But what is more, you will be indulging in binge eating or emotional eating. This is because when you are exhausted and haven’t stood up or stretched, your body and mind is in overdrive. This feeling over many hours can result in frazzled and stressed muscles and feelings, causing you to overeat even more.

Therefore, you must get away from your desk when you’re at writing every hour or so. You could take a walk or go out for lunch. Try not to simply stay at your desk all day.

Here are some of the benefits of not staying at your desk all day.

1. You will feel better and more productive when you get some fresh air. There is nothing better than getting outside during your lunch hour. Go for a walk, or just simply get outdoors to clear your head.

2. When you take a complete break from your work, you will feel much more focused and able to work productively and efficiently when you return.

3. You will be able to shed some of these extra pounds by taking three twenty to twenty-five minute walks a week. Just increasing your activity level this much will really help because your metabolism will perk up as a result.

4. You will feel less stressed. Taking even a brief walk or break from your desk can really help you to centre and to regain some of your energy. Then when you return to your desk, you could be doubly productive. But what is more, this will help you to curtail emotional eating.

5. By taking time for yourself you will feel better and less fatigued, thus improving your productivity levels. You will be happy with yourself and with your productivity. And who knows, your boss may even notice at the improvement in your attitude.

So, take frequent breaks away from your desk, especially at your lunch hour. You deserve some time away from your desk. And your body, mind and spirit will thank you. You will be happier and more productive, and you will curtail emotional eating.

Irene S. Roth