Monday, November 29, 2010

The House Blog Tour – Win a FREE Kindle!

Read at the bottom of this post for details about how to win a FREE Wi-Fi Kindle ($139 value).

About the Author:

Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.

A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting for the last decade, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.
Anjuelle facilitates writing groups and provides individual consultation of fiction projects. She also gives talks on The Need for Family, the Writing Process as a Path Toward Self-discovery and Healing.

About the Book:

On receiving the very thing she wants—a divorce and the power to sell their house—over which they have fought the past year—Anna Manning learns that Edward, her soon-to-be ex-husband is dying from cancer.

A faithful wife for three decades, and stay-at-home mother of four children, Anna endured Edward’s constant absence due to travel for his international real estate firm and numerous extra-marital affairs. With their children now adults, Edward has less than six months, possibly three, to live.

Anna takes him home to die in the house she has fought so vigorously to sell. But letting go of someone who has caused so much pain in your life doesn’t come easily. Edward has changed. There are Anna and Edward’s four children, three of whom who are married and struggling to endow their families with meaning and purpose.

News of Edward’s terminal illness provokes her to understand the present, rooted in a wellspring of the past and pouring into a future without him.

The House shows what happens when one adopts the belief that: All hold regret and are seeking forgiveness. Our salvation rests in the hands of others—most particularly the ones we love, and who have treated us wrongly.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Well We're Moving on Out..

Moving on out
to a deluxe location on my domain
We're movin on out
Moving on out
We finally got the webdesigner's timee!

(For those of you too young to know or remember...that's my plagiarized version of the theme of the Jeffersons, a sitcom from the 70's.)

Anyway, I sang the above to say--this blog has finally been imported onto my author domain site as This new address will supersede as well as the old FTP address

Since it is mid-stream...the upcoming blog tour for The House by Anjuelle Floyd on the 29th will be posted on both sites. (PLEASE NOTE: This location will no longer be updated after 11/29/2010.)

Hope to see you here or there on the 29th!

Also, if you're a current follower, you will need to rejoin my site at its new location since I don't think I can automatically transfer members. (We shall see.)

And last but not least... check out my upcoming activities around the web:

  • November 17th - Blog Tour Host for Dr. Tiffany C. Brown, Author of The Reflections of Light for Daily Living
  • November 17th - Gratitude Giveaways - 11 days of appreciation for the followers of two of my blogs. You must be a follower before November 17th to be eligible to participate.  Blogs being used are:
    • Divine Perspective - Life, relationships, love, books, writing and more–from a Christian Perspective
    • Naked and Unashamed - Transparent ramblings of a singing, talking and writing abuse survivor


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Introducing: The House by Anjuelle Floyd

Title: The House
Author: Anjuelle Floyd
Publisher: Neptune Publications
Release Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0-9787967-2-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-9787967-2-3
Paperback: 300 pages
List Price: $16.00


On receiving the very thing she wants—a divorce and the power to sell their house—over which they have fought the past year—Anna Manning learns that Edward, her soon-to-be ex-husband is dying from cancer.

A faithful wife for three decades, and stay-at-home mother of four children, Anna endured Edward’s constant absence due to travel for his international real estate firm and numerous extra-marital affairs. With their children now adults, Edward has less than six months, possibly three, to live.

Anna takes him home to die in the house she has fought so vigorously to sell. But letting go of someone who has caused so much pain in your life doesn’t come easily. Edward has changed. There are Anna and Edward’s four children, three of whom who are married and struggling to endow their families with meaning and purpose.

There is also Inman who loves Anna, and gives the one thing Edward denied her—passion and intimacy. And lastly there is Anna. An art history major turned wife and mother out of college, she had planned on divorcing Edward and with her proceeds from the sale of the house move to France. Anna would visit and study the works in Europe’s famous museums—perhaps work as a docent in one.

Friday, November 05, 2010

We have a winner!

And it is Katy F. of A Few More Pages

Katy has won a copy of Red Ink.

She has been notified by email and has responded.

Please take a moment to stop by her site and congratulate Katy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blog Tour: Excerpt/Giveaway Red Ink by Kathi Macias - Day 4

You made it!  Welcome!

It's day number four of the Virtual Book Tour of Red Ink, Book #3 in the extreme devotion fiction series by award winning author, Kathi Macias.

Below is an excerpt of Red Ink to whet your appetite just a bit followed by instructions how to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Red Ink:


By Kathi Macias


Yang Zhen-Li was nearing thirty but at times felt twice that old. Her back was becoming permanently bent forward from the heavy pails she carried daily, one attached on each end of the thick bamboo rod that stretched across her shoulders, mirroring the heaviness of her heart. There had been a time when she’d been acclaimed as a beauty, but she could scarcely remember why…or imagine that it would matter.

She tried to fight the encroaching darkness, tried to hold fast to what she knew was true, but the constant lies and propaganda were taking a greater toll even than the physical labor and abuse or the burning, gnawing hunger. If her situation didn’t change soon, she knew she would never live long enough to see her husband or son again. And with nearly eight years of her ten-year sentence left to serve, the possibilities of her emerging from prison alive grew dimmer by the day.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. She forced herself to focus on one of the many scripture verses she’d had opportunity to memorize between the time she accepted Zhu Yesu as her Savior and her arrest by members of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) on charges of teaching religion to children, including giving them papers containing religious writings. Even before her arrest, her parents had written to her—warned her, begged her, threatened her—and finally had her kidnapped in an attempt to convince her to go along with the government rules, especially the one limiting each family to one child. After all, she already had a healthy son. Why would she want another baby when they could scarcely afford to feed the first one? But though her abductors had forcibly aborted her second child, they had not succeeded in convincing Yang Zhen-Li to abandon the faith she had adopted before marrying her Christian husband. If anything, the ordeal had only strengthened her resolve to take a stand for the meaning of her name—Zhen-Li, “Truth,”—and spurred her to begin actively sharing the Good News of Yesu every chance she got. As a trained teacher, that quite naturally included talking with children about the gospel, a practice expressly forbidden by the government.

5 Key Phrases to Keep Love Alive

by Laurie Puhn, J.D.,

Today's busy multi-tasking couples have little time to invest in their relationship. In my couples mediation practice it's no surprise that many people reveal they have lost that loving feeling for their spouse. I tell my clients: it's only natural for love to disintegrate over time, unless you work at keeping it alive. Sound hard? It's not.

You can keep the connection strong with 5-minute conversations and simple comments that show you care. You don't need lots of quality time together. In fact, you and your partner don't need to talk more, you simply need to learn to talk better. Below are 5 key phrases that will instantly ignite a loving bond. In my new book, "Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In," you will discover many more simple strategies to give you the love, respect, appreciation and companionship you want, from the partner you have, for a lifetime.

1. Key phrase #1: "You are such a generous person"

Many people compliment the superficial things in others: "You look great in that dress" or "I love your new haircut." External compliments are nice, but research shows that people prefer compliments for internal character traits such: "You're such a kind, helpful or thoughtful person." In the on-line survey we did for my new book Fight Less, Love More, we found that 84% of people want their mate to compliment them for being kind rather than good-looking.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blog Tour With Kathi Macias - Day 3

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Hello and welcome to Day #3 of the At the Water Cooler Virtual Book Tour for award winning author, Kathi Macias.

Below are the stops for day three. Please check them out. You can also click here to view the schedule of stops to date. Age is Just a Number will be the tour host for tomorrow, Sunday, the 24th so come on back to learn more about the book, the author and have a chance to win yourself a copy of Red Ink..

Day #3 - Saturday, October 23, 2010
A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blog Tour With Kathi Macias - Day 2

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Hello and welcome to Day #2 of the At the Water Cooler Virtual Book Tour!

Below are the stops for today. Age is Just a Number will be hosting the tour on Sunday, October 24th so do come on back for your chance to learn more about the book, the author and have a chance to win yourself a copy of Red Ink!

If you missed yesterday's stops, you missed a treat!

Kathi answered some questions for us at At the Water Cooler and shared a nice juicy excerpt over at A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews. Once you're caught up, hop on over to today's stops, but don't forget to come back here on the 24th!

Follow the Tour for more opportunities to win a copy of Red Ink, More Than Conquerors or No Greater Love each day.

Day #2 - Friday, October 22, 2010

A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red Ink Blog Tour/Giveaway - Day #1

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Hi Folks!

The tour has begun! Below are the stops for day one. I'll be hosting on Saturday, the 23rd so come on back for your chance to learn more about the book, the author and have a chance to win yourself a copy of Red Ink.

Now hop on over to the first stops, but don't forget to come back!

Day #1 - Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews

At the Water Cooler

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coming Soon: Blog Tour/Giveaway: Red Ink

At the Water Cooler - #1 Book Info Spot (ATWC1) is excited to announce the blog tour/giveaway for Red Ink, the third book in the Extreme Devotion Fiction Series by author, Kathi Macias.

The tour is scheduled to run from Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Thursday, October 28, 2010. Along the tour, there will be opportunities to win a copy of Red Ink as well as Book #1, No Greater Love (South Africa) and Book #2, More Than Conquerors (Mexico).

We will be hosting the tour on Sunday, October 24th

That's only three days away!

Be sure to follow us or subscribe to our feed to ensure that you don't miss it! (No, being a follower is not mandatory in order to be eligible, it just would be appreciated.)

Here's a bit about the book and the author:

Red InkRed Ink (Extreme Devotion Series: China #3)
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Release Date: October 4, 2010
ISBN-10: 1596692790
ISBN-13: 978-1596692794
Paperback: 320 pages
List Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $10.19

A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets.
Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards.
About the Author:
Kathi MaciasAward-winning author Kathi Macias has written more than 20 books, including the award-winning devotional A Moment a Day, and the popular "Matthews" mystery novels. One of her recent novels, Emma Jean Reborn, is being put into script form by playwright Barry Scott. Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, and the grand prize in an international writing contest. With women's ministry as her primary interest, Kathi is a popular speaker for women's retreats, conferences, and churches. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.

Click here to read an interview with Kathi.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

My Way of Saying Thanks

Hi Folks,

More fun for those of you who had as much fun as I did with the Welcoming the Fall Giveaway where I offered prizes from five of my blogs:

  • Age is Just a Number - Online dating, relationships, articles (This blog)
  • BookZone - Introductions to new and not-so-new authors (temporarily down for domain transfer)
  • Divine Perspective - Life, relationships, love, books, writing and more---from a Christian Perspective   
  • Divine Truth Press - Ministry via the published word (temporarily down for domain transfer)
  • Naked and Unashamed - Transparent ramblings of an abuse survivor
I have since learned that maybe five is a bit much, since I've finally finished packaging and mailing out all the prizes. (There is no post office in walking distance and since I don't currently have a car I had to bite the bullet and re-open my internet postage account).

Thursday, September 30, 2010

And the Winners Are...

Scottsgal and Melanie L!

They were chosen out of a pool of 38 submissions, some specifying, one title or the other or both choices.  With the use of a spreadsheet and random numbering system at Scottsgal won a copy of Age is Just a Number

and Melanie L. won a copy of The Great Sex Secret

Thanks to you both and everyone else who participated. I've notified Scottsgal and Melanie L. via email and they have already replied.  So no suspenseful, nail biting drama as we count down to 48 hrs.  LOL.

Boy this was fun!  Much thanks to the ladies at Good Choice Reading who hosted the Welcoming the Fall Giveaway.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

At Least a Hamburger Happy Meal

Hi Folks,

Divine is in the house today to share another of her, It-Could-Only-Happen-To-Me, moments with her regulars and those of you surfing in looking for a little Fall Giveaway fun! While humorous, it does bring to mind the questions, "What are we teaching our teens today? Is chivalry or decorum obsolete? What about selfworth?" And yes, the characters names are Mary and Jesus, but before you run away saying. . .ooo. . .she talking bad about Jesus. . .that's Hay-suce not Jesus. . .LOL.  So read on...

At Least a Hamburger Happy Meal

Divine inserted her key and pushed open the storage-room door. It slammed shut. She turned the key and pushed the door again, and just as quickly, it slammed again. After trying to figure out how a storage room catches a wind, she dismissed that idea and reached into her pocket for the original set of keys. She inserted the key and pushed the door in, applying more pressure this time, and came up against resistance accompanied by a faint rustling noise. Again the door slammed shut.

Okay—the wind can’t be blamed for all of that. There’s someone in there! Now curious, she once again turned the key, and as she was about to put her weight behind her push, the door gave way and she was eyeball to eyeball with two flustered teens. As Divine opened her mouth to speak, the slender, fair-skinned young lady’s eyes slid away from hers. The girl fixed her disheveled shoulder-length hair, slid past Divine, and disappeared down the nearby hallway.

“Oh my gosh! Were you locked in there?” Divine asked, looking at the remaining teen. He shrugged his shoulders, nodded his head, and said, “Uh . . . yeah.”

With forced nonchalance, he walked around Divine and headed in the opposite direction. Divine left the storage-room door ajar and was halfway down the hallway when a thought occurred to her. Wait—don’t those doors look from the inside? She turned around to check, ensuring that she had her cell phone with her in case she got locked in. The resident manager getting locked in a storage room wouldn’t exactly be good press.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcoming the Fall Giveaway Has Begun!

Hi Folks,

The Welcoming the Fall Giveaway hosted by Good Choice Reading is now well underway. It is a week long event running from September 22 - 29.   This is my first time hosting a giveaway as part of a Blog Hop.  I'm participating via five of my blogs (#47 - #51 in the Linky List below). I look forward meeting all of you.  Now for the reason you're here--to win a book!

The prizes are:

Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating by D.S. White

Release Date: 9/15/2006


MEET DIVINE: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. She is fresh out of a long-term relationship and has completed the two-year mandatorywound-licking I-hate-men mourning period. Unfortunately for Divine, someone neglected to inform her that dating has been upgraded to new millennium level. But maybe she shouldn’t worry … hemlines aren’t the only things that have gone up.

Thirty-somethings are premium dating material now … at least for the twenty-year-olds … Divine’s experiences are the basis for the serialmemoir I call Age Is Just a Number, a lens through which to view the world of online dating.

The Great Sex Secret: What Satisfied Women and Men Know That No One Talks About by Kim Marshall

Release Date: November 1, 2006

Mutual satisfaction during lovemaking - true fulfillment for both partners - really matters, especially in long-term love relationships. But because of the way our bodies "interface" during straightforward intercourse, women are often left unsatisfied. Throughout history, one-sided sex has been the norm - male contentment and female frustration. Even today, with our improved understanding of sexual anatomy, many couples are still in the same fix. Marshall's carefully researched and superbly written book tells what a few fortunate lovers have discovered - and almost never talk about. "The Great Sex Secret" gives a detailed, straightforward description of three approaches that reliably deliver mutual satisfaction. This book is a perfect conversation-starter for couples who want to find their way to sexual happiness but are having difficulty talking about the details.

Giveaway rules:
  • The form must be filled out to enter (all items marked (*) are required)
  • Contest is US ONLY and ends September 29th
  • Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to respond with his/her mailing address
  •  While comments are not mandatory, they are lovely to receive
Once you have filled out the form below and entered this giveaway, you then hop onto the next site via the Linky List below.

Fill Out Entry Form

Good Luck!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Welcoming the Fall Giveaway

Hi Folks,

Next week I'll be participating in the Welcoming the Fall Giveaway hosted by Good Choice Reading. It is a week long event running from September 22 - 29. The giveaways can be anything book related. Signups are being accepted until Saturday, September 18th 11:59 PM.

Below is the list of blogs signed up so far, you may add your blog then send an email to Goodchoicereadin (at) to advise of your entry. For directions on how the hop will work Click HERE.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I'm Getting a Facelift!

No... not this face... lol


My author site,, is currently getting a facelift and will be all brand new (and organized) as my webdesigner extraordinaire at Ventilation Studios is so fond of saying. What does that mean? I'm so glad you asked!  It means that this blog (and a few others) will have a new location directly on the site so my family of blogs will be reunited.

I'm trés excited!

Hope you will join me in celebrating the new "me" when it rolls out on March 10th.

Rumor has it...

There will be...



Monday, February 15, 2010

Meet LaShaunda C. Hoffman

Hi Folks,

Age is Just a Number (AIJAN) was able to have a brief conversation with LaShaunda Hoffman, the publisher of Shades of Romance Magazine (SORMAG), whose site has had a recent facelift!

AIJAN: Your site looks fabulous! What prompted the change?

LASHAUNDA: I’m always trying to take SORMAG to the next level, so I thought it was time for a change. I had someone look at the sites I’d done and they suggested that in order to move it to the next level, I needed to give it a professional look instead of a homemade look. I contacted Ella at EDC Creations and she created the new look.

AIJAN: What has been the reaction of your readers?

LASHAUNDA: Everyone loved it. I think it was the look it needed to move forward.

AIJAN: I also see that you're now a paying market, kudos to you... when did that begin and where do you hope to go with it?

LASHAUNDA: We’ve been a paying market for the last five years. I like the idea of helping someone start their freelance career. It’s not a lot of money but it something for your efforts. This year I plan on featuring a short story and an article each month.

AIJAN: Aside from SORMAG, what personal goals are you hoping to achieve in 2010—literary or otherwise?

LASHAUNDA: I’m an aspiring writer so I’m hoping to complete two books this year. I’m currently working on a contemporary romance and a middle grade book. They both have challenged me in the writing area, but it’s fun to see where the characters take me.

AIJAN: Thanks for stopping by to answer our questions. The stretch from contemporary romance to middle grade book does sound both challenging and rewarding. We look forward to reading your offerings and also to the opportunity to help promote your work the way you’ve done for others over the past ten years. Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know?

LASHAUNDA: Stop by SORMAG anytime. We offer author interviews on Monday’s and Fridays. We have three new columnists who are offering their wisdom on writing characters, journaling and freelancing. We love giving away books, so there’s always a free book to win and if you don’t have time to stop by, you can get the magazine delivered daily to your email or blog reader—

Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my favorite blog.

LaShaunda C. Hoffman -
SORMAG Publisher

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