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Making the Move – Home to Assisted Living

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 9 comments

Making the Move – Home to Assisted Living

by Cindy Sproles It goes without saying, the decision to move a parent into an assisted living or nursing home facility is both heart wrenching and guilt filled. There is no doubt parents are happier in their own environment. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they thrive much better from their homes due to this one simple thing: A sense of independence. But what happens when it is obvious a move must be made? Many time aging parents are reluctant – even determined, they will not move into a...

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I Kid You Not

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

I Kid You Not

When new writers enter the world of publishing, the genre they lean toward is children. I’ve often wondered why until I realized it’s a mindset – and a wrong mindset at that. I began to ask new writers the question, “Why this genre? Why children’s?” Eighty percent of the time, I got a deer in the headlights look; the remaining twenty percent responded they thought writing for children was easy and short. There is some element of truth to that – children’s stories are short. The...

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Who Really Sells Your Books

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Who Really Sells Your Books

I’ve always been a hometown gal. I buy my groceries at the hometown grocer over the larger superstore and shop at the local small town hardware store, who – by the way knows my name and still says, “Hi, what can we do ya for today? I buy my flowers from the street side plant store, and my veggies at the Farmer’s Market. I love our local small businesses, but when my debut novel hit the shelves, I fell prey to obvious; the area chain stores from the Christian stores to the big boys like...

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Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

Homonym – A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air or bear and bare. I love editors. They are a breed all their own. A bit OCD and leaning toward a perfectionist’s mentality, they are the eyes that make our writing spotless. Clean. Grammatically. . . spit-shined. Without them, many of us would be . . .well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t look as good as we do. But, if you want to have some fun with an...

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Hearing the Call to Foster – Renee McCausey

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Blog, Guest Post, Inspiration | 2 comments

Hearing the Call to Foster – Renee McCausey

As Mercy’s Rain releases, I wanted to bring about awareness for abused children. Join me with Renee McCausey and her husband, Scott, as she shares their story of “making a difference.” Thousands of children are displaced yearly, falling into a system where few really care. The McCauseys heard God’s call, and through their obedience, God not only brought them additional biological children, but two adopted children as well. Now, they provide the loving nourishment of a...

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So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

The email asked, “Would you be a beta reader?” Before there was ample time to think it through, you shot an email back with an emphatic, “Yes.” A few days later, a pdf or paper book arrive along with Beta Reader Instructions. Becoming a beta reader comes with it’s perks – an early look at a new book, perhaps a signed copy , or even a personal thank you note from the author. All which are fun, but . . . there’s a great responsibility that comes with...

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