Monday, March 30, 2015

WOI: Author & Illustrator Christa Pierce Visits the Stories for Children Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. On today's Stories for Children show, listeners will get to meet Christa Pierce, a 24-year-old author and illustrator making her literary debut with Did You Know That I Love You?, published by HarperCollins, which Publisher’s Weekly calls a “sweetly assuring ode to unconditional love” and Brooke Shields raves, “I can't wait to read this to my girls. It so sweetly exemplifies the countless ways in which love is given.”

The show will air live on Monday March 23rd at 4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Moutain - 1pm Pacific

Did You Know That I Love You? was originally written as a letter to her mother during a difficult time in their relationship, offers a heartfelt story about the importance of expressing your feelings to those you love.
The World of Ink Network is more than just a blog talk radio show network, it also offers writing and marketing help. You can learn more about WOI at http://worldofinknetwork.com

About the Host: Virginia S Grenier is a creative writing instructor for Dixie State University's CommunityEd program, a freelance content editor, director of the St. George Book Festival; along with being a Mom's Chocie and Award-winning author.

We invite you to listen in live and join us in the chatroom during the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2015/03/30/woi-author-illustrator-christa-pierce-visits-the-stories-for-children-show or catch us on demand at http://blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork

Friday, March 27, 2015

Interview Friday with Author Lawrence Elliott



Lawrence Elliott was born in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas called New Providence. He is married to a lovely lady named Deborah. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them.


VS: I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today, Lawrence. So let’s get things started for the interview. What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?

Lawrence: I tend to write in the mornings after my children go to work and my grand children go to school. Only my wife and I are home during this time. My wife has a physical challenge, so she is unable to work, my job know is to take care of my wife. During the day I write and take care of my wife. In the evenings I relax with my wife, children, and grandchildren. Sometimes I write late at night when the house is quiet.

VS: How long have you been writing?

Lawrence: Several years ago, I started to write books on different subjects. Almost all of them were never completed. Early in 2014, I began writing, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living". At the end of 2014, it was published.

VS: What inspired you to write your book "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living?"

Lawrence: My inspiration for this book came from the Holy Spirit. One day as I was lying across my bed, I heard a few proverbs popped into my head. The Holy Spirit told me to write a book of proverbs and call it, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living". I responded by saying, "Five or six proverbs cannot fill a book". He replied, if you do not write down the ones that I have given you, then how do you expect me to give you more. I immediately jumped up and wrote down the proverbs and the rest is history. I decided to tell this personal story, because there are people out there who are hearing the voice of God to do something. This story will help them to get started, in order for them to accomplish the request of God. Sometimes as human beings, we need a little inspiration.

VS: Is your family supportive of your writing?

Lawrence: My family was very supportive of me writing a book. My wife continually prayed for me and encourages me to keep moving forward. Her inspirational words helped me tremendously. My children consistently helped me by typing my writings into the computer. My wife even helped me financially with publishing the book. I received great support from my family.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book?

Lawrence: My book, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living" is a book about vital wisdom principles in order to have a live of peace and joy. This book gives you insight on how to avoid the convoluted problems in this world. The book also teaches the reader how to have insight to avoid problematic situations. Overall it is simple but yet profound, to help the reader to live a truly successful life.

VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your book?

Lawrence: The most challenging part of writing my book was ensuring that the reader receives the maximum benefits from the proverbs. I had to tweak and sometime re-tweak the proverbs so that I could reach that goal.

VS: What part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally?

Lawrence: The part of the book that really stands out to me personally is called "A man of Rectitude". This is a good picture of who a real man is. This section will teach men how to become a real man. It will also teach women what to look for in order to have a real man. Society needs this information. I surely love this section of the book.

VS: If this is a nonfiction book/inspirational book, what event do you feel was the turning point to your story?

Lawrence: My book is not a story. It is a book of wisdom keys. I personally do not have a turning point. I only have proverbs that I need and some that I don't need as much.

VS: What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Lawrence: I would say to writing parents who have children at home, you must balance your time and manage it correctly. Set aside a writing time when the children are occupied with another adult or when they are asleep. This strategy will help very well to get your book public in reasonable time frame.

VS: What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Lawrence: The basic ingredients of a good book are, an interesting topic, a relevant story, a well presented work and most importantly information that would help the reader move forward in their life. Even if the book is entertaining it should still benefit the reader in a positive way.

VS: What do you feel as parents we need to do to help our children see success?

Lawrence: The first thing one should do is to live a good positive life, because children tend to gravitate more to what they see, rather than what they hear. We as parents should teach them, but even more so, train them in the success laws of life. Education also plays a vital role along with love and discipline.

VS: Have you received any awards for your writing?

Lawrence: I have not received any awards for my writing as yet. However, I expect to receive some very soon.

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about and your writing?

Lawrence: My readers and The Writing Mama can find out more about me and my writing on Facebook. www.facebook.com/zirconempowerment.

VS: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Dad”?

Lawrence: It is an awesome experience being a writing Dad. It is a wonderful thing to put your words on paper to help encourage or inspire someone. We are all placed on this planet to help someone in some way. Be blessed. 



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WOI: Celebrate Early Childhood Tooth Loss on The Families Matter Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Wed. March 25th (6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific) on The Families Matter show, the hosts will be chatting with author Ingrid Bencosme, a former schoolteacher, about her interactive book for children, TEETH FAIRIES.

TEETH FAIRIES is a new, interactive book and doll set celebrating a child’s tooth loss process. From the age of about 5 to 12, the average child loses twenty baby teeth. That’s a lot of visits from the Tooth Fairy! This process is an exciting and sometimes stressful time for both children and parents.

This is a fantastic tool for moms and dads to help their kids get excited about losing their teeth and wanting to take care of their dental health!

You can find more info at www.teethfairies.com

Learn more about the World of Ink Network and its hosts at http://worldofinknetwork.com

Tune in Live or On-demand at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2015/03/25/woi-celebrate-early-childhood-tooth-loss-on-the-families-matter-show

Monday, March 23, 2015

WOI Special with Acclaimed Director, Alejandro Monteverde

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Monday March 23rd (4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Mountain - 1pm Pacific) we have Acclaimed Director Alejandro Monteverde as our guest. He will be chatting about his newest movie LITTLE BOY (starring Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, and Ali Landry, and is produced by heavyweight TV and movie producer, Mark Burnett).

Set during the height of World War II, the film centers on a little boy, Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati), who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so that he can bring his father home. Through his struggle, Pepper learns lessons of morality, such as the value of self sacrifice, how to face the town's bullies (at times hilariously depicted), the importance of racial equality, and many lessons in between.

This heartwarming family film expertly captures feelings similar to those recognizable in so many great American movies.

Website
http://littleboymovie.com/
See the movie trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX1f5O4s3ik&feature=youtu.be
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Listen to the show live or on demand at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2015/03/23/woi-special-with-acclaimed-director-alejandro-monteverde

Monday, March 16, 2015

WOI: Author Lawrence Elliott on The Writing Mama Show

Welcome to The World of Ink Network on Blog Talk Radio. Today's show is The Writing Mama with award-winning author and host Virginia S Grenier.

The Writing Mama show will air live at 6pm Eastern- 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific
Our speical guest author today is Lawrence Elliott. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them.

Our host will be chatting with Lawrence Elliott about his recent book, Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living, published by Halo Publihsing, Int.

This book gives the reader keys to unlock the mysteries of life in a simple, but yet profound way. The proverbs will assist you with avoiding unnecessary problems. The principles in this book will teach you how to go through your preordained trials with patience, joy and peace in order for you to come out victorious. These teachings of wisdom will provide insight and inspiration to safely guide you through the uncharted waters of your life. Be blessed.

You can learn more about Lawrence Elliott, his book and our show at http://worldofinknetwork.com

Listen live or on demand at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2015/03/16/woi-author-lawrence-elliott-on-the-writing-mama-show

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living by Lawrence Elliott




About the book:
This book gives the reader keys to unlock the mysteries of life in a simple, but yet profound way. The proverbs will assist you with avoiding unnecessary problems. The principles in this book will teach you how to go through your preordained trials with patience, joy and peace in order for you to come out victorious. These teachings of wisdom will provide insight and inspiration to safely guide you through the uncharted waters of your life. Be blessed.

ISBN:  978-1-61244-286-0

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book as it isn't a typical self-help book. There are 9 chapters total and each one touches on a different theme: God & Spirituality, Home & Family, Love & Relationship, Wisdom & Knowledge, Leadership & Politics, Habits & Virtues, Kindness & Gratitude, Business & Finance, and Strength & Endurance. 

The author shares at the beginning of each chapter his personal thoughts on the subject. Nothing the author says is judgemental. Everything shared is common knowledge, but stuff we tend to forget in our busy daily lives. The proverbs are just as simple as the opening remarks by the author. They are broken down into either a simple phrase such as: "The blind need a guide, the cripple needs a crutch, the visionless needs a visionary, and the sinner needs a savior." (God & Spirituality, proverb 10.) Or they can be short paragraphs filled with insight such as: "Whenever you catch your children stealing, don’t pet them. Punish them. If you don’t punish them now, society will punish them later. When society does it, your family’s embarrassments
will be greater." (Home & Family, proverb 14.)

Yes, these are simple statements of fact, but how often do we really sit down and ponder the things we know to be true? Rarely I'm afraid. However, with Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living, you can take these simple words with you or share them with those you love. I've even taken it a bit further and write one on my kid's and my own bathroom mirror for the week. It's just a simple reminder of the kind of person we want to be in our home.

In the words of the author Lawrence Elliott at the beginning of the book, "Life is a mixture of good times and rough times. You cannot avoid all of the negative situations that come into your life. They are there for a purpose, to help you grow. But you can avoid the unnecessary situations that bring pain, regret and despair. Practicing these proverbs will greatly enhance your life."


About the author:
Lawrence Elliott was born in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas called New Providence. He is married to a lovely lady named Deborah. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them.

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