Reminder: The Sign Up For My Goodreads Book Giveaway Ends May 16

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Hi, just a reminder to those who are Goodreads members. My book giveaway will end May 16th at midnight. If you haven’t signed up yet, please follow the link below for a chance to win my middle grade fantasy/adventure, The Secret of the Golden Heart, for ages 9-12.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners.

You may sign up here:  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/182960.

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Website: debbie-erickson.com

Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Helping Widows and Orphans

 

I’ll be having my first book signing for my middle grade fantasy this weekend at Century Center. As I’ve thought about my writing career, I’ve realized that my passion for writing really goes deeper than just the sales, success, and even the writing itself. I think it’s something that I’ve been searching for, for a while, not really knowing what it was.

As I was driving the other day, I believe God spoke to my heart, and I wanted to share it. Two words came to mind: Widows and Orphans.

James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

These two classes of people are really a lot alike–less fortunate and dependent upon others. I believe that this is the reason James, the brother of Jesus, made this point in his writings.

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The first class of our little citizens are our own orphaned children, unwanted, often times abused, and in need of so much love. Years ago, there were orphanages in the United States and they cared for ones such as these. But where have they gone? We live in the greatest country in the world, and it seems that orphanages have fallen between the cracks. There are so many people who would love to adopt these little ones.

I know there are social services that do the best they can, but I’d like to bring back”orphanages” to this country; a warm place and a home for abused children who so desperate need to be loved and cared for until they can either be adopted into loving homes, or if I may go one step further, by offering counseling to their parent(s). Is this really too big of a thing to see come to life? I don’t believe so because “with God all things are possible.” ~ Luke 1:37

dependent-100343_640The second class of citizens are our own widows. While some may be left wealthy, many others are left with little to make ends meet. “Honor widows who are widows indeed.” ~I Timothy 5:3  These who haven’t been as fortunate also need our help, love, and compassion. And as they grow older, they become more fragile and dependent like a child depends upon a parent. My heart truly goes out to them.

I’d like to see a place for widows (and widowers) where they can live out their days in peace, knowing that they’ll be taken care of by those who will love them to the very end; who will comfort them in their time of need. I’m not referring to a hospital setting or “an old folks home”. I’m speaking of places throughout our country that are more like homes with homey settings . . . by the water where they are able to see the beauty of God’s blessings and watch the waves push to shore, or to watch a thunderstorm move across the water and light up the waves.

Or, see sunrises and sunsets . . .

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I know that “With God all things are possible.” ~ Luke 1:37

What greater joy than this: knowing we are taking care of our widows and orphans?

As we grow older, we realize that in the end, it’s not about us, it’s about loving others–even the unlovable and less fortunate. This is necessary. And I can’t think of any two groups of people who are less fortunate and more deserving of love and care than these two groups.

It is my desire to someday be in a position to help these and provide them with their needs. I’m unable to do this now, but I’m tossing my net out to see what God has in store because He is a good God. What a wonderful thing to see that net overflow with God’s rich blessings to help ones such as these.

~blessings to you all

My Book Giveaway Begins Tonight

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Hi everyone, for those of you who are a Goodreads member, my book giveaway begins tonight, April 16, at midnight and will run until May 16, midnight. Sign up for a chance to win my middle grade fantasy/adventure book, The Secret of the Golden Heart, for ages 8-12.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners and send me the list. 

You can sign up here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/182960.

I’d also like to invite you to my book signing at Century Center in South Bend, IN, April 29 – 30. There will be a drawing for a free golf lesson for any parent who buys a book, for a child or grandchild age 8-12. I’ll also be passing out bookmarks that look like the cover of my book, as well as passing out coupons.

I hope to see you there. If you’re in the area and are in no need of a book, please stop by and say hi!

My Book Give Away On Goodreads-April16 Midnight

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Hi everyone, I’m having a Goodreads book give away beginning April 16th (midnight) to May 16th (midnight). I will be giving away ten, signed copies of my book The Secret of the Golden Heart (for children ages 8-12). If you win, you can pm me on fb with a name to address the book to if you like.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners and send me the list. 

You can sign up on the link on my website, or go herebut It won’t let you sign up until April 16th after midnight.

Give away is only open to Goodreads members. If you’re not a member of Goodreads you can check it out here. 

Thanks to those who enter!

Book Signing

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THE SECRET OF THE GOLDEN HEART

Elliott and Sabrina, two of the characters in my book (pictured left) would like to invite you to their creator’s (that’d be me) first book signing at Century Center on Fri., April 29th (9am-6pm), and Sat., April 30th (9am-3pm), 120 S. St. Joseph St, South Bend.

The Secret of the Golden Heart is a fantasy adventure for 8-12-year-olds. My young main character gets himself in a bit of trouble when he is transported on a journey to another galaxy to find the secret of his mother’s golden heart. Soon he discovers a veiled light that discloses to him that he’s inherited his mother’s destiny and must now fulfill it. Along the way, he also learns a valuable lesson of the true meaning of faith.

I’ve had some great compliments from children about the book. There will also be other vendors there so if you’re in the area I’d love for you to stop by and visit.

I’ll be giving away bookmarks, coupons, and I’ll also be holding a drawing to win a free golf lesson by a pro at a local golf course for your 8-12-year-old children or grandchildren (the age group for my book). So, please mark the date and stop by to sign up for a free lesson. I’m working on a few other surprises, too. Hope to see you there!

Plotting Book Two

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Busy plotting and working on my next book…

Update: I will be offering my first book, The Secret of the Golden Heart, at a signing at Century Center in South Bend at the end of April. Further details will be forthcoming.

Book #1 in my Golden Heart Series is out on Amazon. If you get a chance to read it, please leave a kind review. It’s more of a challenge to market to children when self-publishing, but hopefully parents and grandparents will shop for their little ones and spread the word and leave a review.

This first book is an introduction to the Golden Heart Series and lays a foundation for my twelve-year-old main character’s next adventure on his 2nd quest in this coming of age fantasy story. But you’ll find no wizards or witches, or any other such characters because I didn’t feel it was right to take this book in that direction for young minds to absorb. There are too many books are on the shelves with such story lines that I feel serve no good purpose. Rather, I wanted my book to be adventurous with a bit of mystery with timely truths that will help children grow and develop into a better person.

My 2nd book in this series promises to be a bit more intense with some surprising twists after Kristian discovers that Gracie has disappeared. Frantic, he wastes no time trying to find her, but in the process he discovers a map and realizes there’s another golden heart to find, and he must find it before a cosmic phenomenon occurs and threatens their existence.

He must find Gracie and heart before a solar disaster, but will he have time to do both? The answer lies in the “town that drowned” where he discovers something that has lain dormant for thousands of years.

Stay tuned.

2016…A New Year…A New Beginning

 

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As we move into 2016, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who’ve encouraged me in my journey. I’m working on my second book in my Golden Heart Series, and it promises to send my main character on a more complicated quest as he tries to solve an even greater mystery.

I’d also like to wish everyone a great new year. I hope that you might be able to take an old dream off the shelf, dust it off, and make another attempt to look at it through fresh eyes.

Or, you may be satisfied right where you are; enjoying family, grandchildren, or working on a hobby. Time passes by so quickly. One minute we’re rushing our children to and fro, getting them to practice and other events, and the next minute, we’re attending our grandchildren’s sporting events and school functions.

Make sure you take time for you. Live healthy, eat healthy, and let this be the year that you decide to do something for you; something you’ve always wanted to do but never found the time.

This is hoping that you find the time.

Happy New Year, stay safe, and may God bless you.

 

 

“You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start…”

but you have to start to be great.  ~Zig Ziglar

I like Zig Ziglar. He was an author, a salesman, and a motivational speaker and such an inspiration. I guess you could say, he was a people builder. He says, success comes from hard work, and the work on yourself is first. Don’t just set goals…achieve them. Discover and hone your personal leadership style.

In order to achieve your goals, you must first begin and that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Years ago, I just couldn’t find time to write because life always seemed to get in the way. A good friend of mine, Diane, gave me some good, sound advice. Just start by spending 15 minutes two or three times a week and write. “Do you think you can do that?”

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I said, “Yeah, I think so.”

And I did and it started with a first small step. What I discovered was that those 15 mins turned into 30 minutes, and 30 into an hour, and two or three times a week eventually turned into four or five. I discovered that the more I wrote (because it was my passion) the more I wanted to take the time and succeed.

When you truly discover what it is you really enjoy doing more than anything else–something that if you had to do it for the rest of your life–you’d look forward to each day, and your passion wouldn’t feel like a job and most likely discover what you’ve been put on this Earth to do. When you discover what it is you like doing, then begin with a plan and work toward that goal. And don’t think you have to accomplish everything RIGHT NOW.

“Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.” — Zig Ziglar

Don’t look back. Keep your eyes on the road and believe that you can do it.

“If you wait until all the lights are “green” before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.” — Zig Ziglar

We can think of a hundred reasons for why we can’t do something because we’re human. But anyone can get past this hump. I use to be a doom and gloomer but it’s miserable down there. It’s not a place where you want to hang out.

“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.” — Zig Ziglar

I began focusing on goals I wanted to achieve and instead of looking back thinking I can’t do it, I started looking forward thinking I can. If we stay focused, we can accomplish great things.

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Be like them:

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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

Wanna get encouraged? Go HERE now! It’ll change your life!

We Have A Winner!

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As you can see, my good friend, Sirus here (one of the characters in my book), is quite happy to announce the winner of a signed copy of my book. Congratulations to Kirk Kraft from the state of Washington! The book is on its way.

I’d like to thank everyone who entered to win a copy of my book, and for those of you who stopped by my book launch page and signed my guest book. It’s not too late to stop by if you haven’t already. The book launch page will stay up until April. I hope to give away more prizes in the near future!

News:    I officially began the 2nd book in my Golden Heart series. My main character has a big problem when he discovers there’s another heart that he must find before the Syzygy begins. But someone close to him has disappeared, and he was counting on this person for help. Will he lose hope before it’s too late? Will he discover this person in time?

More news:    I’m also working on another project for Young Adult/Adult readers. When the idea presented itself to me, the first chapter practically wrote itself. I’m excited about it, and I think you will be, too. As I get farther along, I’ll keep you updated on its progress!

It’s the Christmas season, and I’d like to say that whatever we do in life, and whatever road life takes us down, may we always be big enough to be humble enough to know that any talent we have is because of the God who gives it. “But for the grace of God, go I.” Things don’t always turn out the way we plan, but it’s during such times as these when we can reflect and realize that these times build character in our lives if we can keep HOPE and not give up.

May you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of blessings! I’m thankful for family and friends. You are what makes this sometimes mundane world go round, and who bring a bit of joy into our lives. It’s a blessing to know that there are no strangers here! It’s a place I invite you to come for lasting friendships.

Enter to Win!

Unknown galaxies?Christmastime is the best time to send your child or grandchild on a great adventure through the universe in my new middle grade fantasy novel that will take them out of this world on a journey to another galaxy. Their journey will carry them to a dying planet in the Tri-fold Galaxy (more about this galaxy in my next book!). Can Kristian summon the courage to stop the entity lurking in the forest? Can he summon the faith to persevere before time runs out?

You can check out the book trailer on my website:  The Secret of the Golden Heart. Or, visit my Book Launch Party page at SCBWIparty. Sign up for my Book Giveaway under “Enter The Contest” that will be held tomorrow, Dec. 18th.