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November 8, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month Blog Tour

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million (Alzheimer’s Association, 2014). The Author Community of Helping Hands Press is getting involved this month, and hopes to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Staring Nov. 3rd, with Anne Baxter Campbell’s blog post and Sue Badeau’s appearance on blogtalk radio, and finishing on Nov. 25th with Mark Venturini’s blog post, many of the authors in the Helping Hands Press Community will be sharing their personal stories.
Who are the authors, their blogs and what days?
Here is the list:
Nov.3rd-Anne Baxter Campbell-
Nov.4th –Doris Gaines Rapp-
Nov.5th-Marcia Lee Laycock-
Nov. 6th –Ruth L. Snyder-
Nov. 7th –Sheila Seiler Lagrand-
Nov. 8th –Giovanni Gelati-
Nov. 10th –Cindy Noonan-
Nov. 11th-Sue Badeau-
Nov. 12th-Peggy Blann Phifer-
Nov. 13th-Sandy Sieber-
Nov. 13th- Joy Ross Davis-
Nov.14th –Karen Gass-
Nov. 17th –Patti J. Smith-
Nov. 18th-Tracy Krauss-
Nov.19th –Melanie M. Jeschke-
Nov. 20th-Richard L. Allen
Nov.21st- Andrea J. Graham-
Nov.22nd-Linda Wood Rondeau-
Nov.24th-Diane Huff Pitts-
Nov.25th –Mark Venturini-

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Published on November 08, 2014 06:55 • 8 views

November 5, 2014

J.T. Patten, The Safe Havens Black Ops Series

In the world of black operations, often neither the public nor the participants know what it transpiring as innocents can be targeted and the enemy can be allowed within secured gates of National Security. Author J.T Patten, a former guest of the show, gives us an update about his Safe Havens black ops series, which has been described by best selling authors as “Blacker than black”, “Authentic”, and a “new loud voice in thrillers”.

The first of the series, Shadow Masters, has been highly ranked and rated on Amazon and Goodreads. The indie debut novel has sold over 1,100 copies and has sustained ranking in the top Thriller categories for the past eleven months since its release. Its audiobook, narrated by actor, Charles Kahlenberg, will be released in early December.

Patten, a former intelligence specialist and special operations advisor with degrees in Foreign Languages, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism, blends espionage, conspiracy, and military thriller sub-genres in what he describes as the emotional and operational blends of realistic warrior and spy situations. Having worked integrally with U.S. Army Special Forces groups in intelligence training and operational intelligence support, this Veteran’s Day, Patten will be donating book sales to the Green Beret Foundation.

In a brief conversation with Patten about the Green Beret Foundation, J.T. stated, “Green berets have been perhaps my favorite SOF group to work with. For as much as I have had the opportunity to train and support them, they have mentored me, taught me, and included me with their team family on numerous occasions. Those members and my experiences with them have inspired many of the story scenes that I write. Despite my writings being fictional (and approved by the CIA and DOD for release), I feel that I need to give something back to that community. In Shadow Masters, there is a powerful scene that involves the loss of a special forces warrior and the ripple effects that many readers don’t realize can happen in the real world. It still gives me a lump in the throat to read.” The root of that segment, again, highly fictionalized according to Patten, was actually taken from Patten’s experience as a youth, which inspired him to seek a career with intelligence and special activities.

Learn more about the Green Beret Foundation at or visit J.T. Patten on Twitter @jtpattenbooks and at

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Published on November 05, 2014 05:44 • 4 views

September 2, 2014

Mark Rubinstein, Peter May, Aleshia Robinson & much more this week on The G-ZONE!

We are fortunate to have a very busy month on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show!
We have three shows this week, one has already happened-Mark Rubinstein & Peter May were on this morning. Here is the link:

Weds. Aleshia Robinson returns to The G-ZONE @10AMEST, and to round out the Holiday shortened week we are simulcasting Helping Hands Press “Thirsty Thursday” @8PMEST.
I will have more about each author here on the blog as the week goes on.
Just in case anyone forgets, here is the main link for the blogtalk show, you can click on that or on the sidebar of my blog there is a widget you can click on to the shows as well.

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Published on September 02, 2014 10:30 • 6 views

August 11, 2014

Happy Monday folks!

We have a very interesting group of guests on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio this week.
Tuesday Melanie M. Jeschke drops by to discuss her pending release “Expectations”, her trip to Oxford, and much more. Melanie will be on @11AMEST! Here is the link for the show:

Weds. is a double header with Lynette Sowell & Julia Roller. The show starts @10.30AMEST.

Thursday night @6PMEST RJ Thesman returns!

If you wondering, ”Hey, how can I be a guest of The G-ZONE?” , wonder no more. Just email me, message me on Twitter, or any other place you find me. I would love to have you on the show.
Here is the main link for The G-ZONE, you can find any of the shows we have done on the archives as well as any that are scheduled for the future:

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Published on August 11, 2014 12:43 • 12 views

August 9, 2014


Matthew 5:14-16; Exodus 34:29-35

When Moses came down from Mount Sinaihis face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. Exodus 34:29 (NIV)

I can remember when I first discovered how glow-in-the-dark figures really worked. Until then I’d never really given much thought to how something could radiate light without being a source of light itself. I noticed how they shone brightly at first, then slowly lost their glow. Rather than give off light all by themselves, glow-in-the-dark figures radiate the light they’ve absorbed from a light source such as a light bulb or the sun. The brighter the light source and the closer and longer the exposure, the more light is absorbed and the brighter the glow.
I remember how I’d take a glow-in-the-dark figure and hold it close to a light bulb, then hurry to a darkened room so I could watch it glow. But the glow would eventually fade, and I’d have to return for more light.
Christians, too, are “glow-in-the-dark” figures. We are to radiate the light we absorb from God to a world darkened with selfishness and sin. The closer we get and the longer we stay in His presence, the brighter we will glow.
I wonder how well I am radiating God to those around me. Too often I jump right into the day without taking much time to absorb His light through praying and reading His Word. Then, when I go into the sin-darkened world, His radiance dims much too quickly.
Yes, I can go to church once or twice a week and catch some light, but it’s only when I’m up close to God on a daily basis and I spend adequate time with Him that I absorb – and then radiate – the most Light.

Remind me, O God, that my purpose in life is to radiate Your glory. For You alone are the true Source of Light. Amen.

By Michele Huey
© 2000 by Michele Huey. All rights reserved.

Michele Huey is the author of The Heart Remembers, “Gracie’s Gift,” Vol. 1 in her Fifth Wheel series, and Before I Die¬, as well as two books of devotionals. She writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea. Michele and her husband, Dean, live in western Pennsylvania and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Visit Michele online :

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Published on August 09, 2014 08:28 • 17 views

August 8, 2014

Today @ 1PMEST Michele Huey will on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show!

She will be discussing a number of things including her soon to be released novel "Before I Die".

The link for the show is :

Here is more on Michele:
A writer with a passion for teaching and speaking, Michele Huey writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, which placed second in the 2009 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Press Awards. Two compilations of these columns have been published as devotional books. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and national publications. Her daily radio program, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, aired on stations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama for 10 years. She writes devotionals on assignment for Pathways to God and is a former newspaper feature writer, photographer, and editor. Her debut novel, The Heart Remembers, has enjoyed 5-star reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Her second novel, Before I Die, and her short story series, Fifth Wheel, are also published by Helping Hands Press. An inspiring speaker, Michele is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and serves as pulpit supply for a small, local congregation, which she calls her "little flock." A former teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, Michele was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2004-2006). In addition to serving as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, she coaches writers through The Writing Academy, teaches at writing conferences, and was a member of the team that rewrote two CWG courses. She has a passion for reaching women with the Word of God and serves as the assistant director for the annual Punxsutawney Christian Women's Conference.


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Published on August 08, 2014 09:07 • 5 views

August 7, 2014

It is almost time for another “THIRSTY THURSDAY”

What is Helping Hands Press “THIRSTY” for:
Your input! Your ideas! Your feedback!

The authors at Helping Hands Press will be ready to answer your questions, listen to your thoughts, and to help you have a great experience!
The Party starts @ 8PM EST, we hope that you can make it!

The link for this evenings simulcast is:

Tonight’s guests are : David Clarke, Alan Lester, David Stearman, Anne Baxter Campbell &….who knows who else will call in, maybe you.

The call in number is 1-949-270-5955!
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Published on August 07, 2014 13:00 • 7 views

Nature, Nurture, and a little bit of Maturity by Jen Cudmore

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll

"Nature vs. Nurture" is an argument that has stumped people for ages. How much of our identity is shaped by the personality we were given at birth, and how much is influenced by the way we were raised? I remember discussing this argument in one of my psychology classes in college. The final answer seems to be that it differs for each person; some are more dominated by nature and others by how they were nurtured.
Our reactions, which we choose, play a big part in quality of life. As proven by statistics, if we are positive and loving in how we respond, we’re more likely to be content and happy. And as we get older and learn from our mistakes (another choice!), we’re less likely to respond in a negative manner.
The nature /nurture topic struck me as I was working on my origin story for the San Francisco Wedding Planner series. These installments are due out this month! As you delve into the backgrounds of Heather, Bryan, Indigo, Gloria, and Skye, you’ll see how nature, nurture, and maturing over time has shaped each character.

Here is the opening to the story I wrote about Bryan and how he ended up in San Francisco.

"Bro! Over here!"
Bryan Tate swiveled on his heels at the sound of his brother's voice bellowing across the airport terminal. Raul charged toward him, white teeth gleaming nearly as much as the mass of gold necklaces about his neck.
"I thought you were gonna meet me at the curb," Bryan said.
"No way!" Raul threw his arms around Bryan and squeezed. "It's been too long, man!"
The smell of cologne wafted over Bryan and he tried not to gag. Ignoring the raised eyebrows of those nearby, Bryan patted Raul's back and stepped away. While he wasn't much for PDA, he was glad to see his only sibling for the first time in over a year. They had separate mothers and for the most part separate childhoods. Yet despite their differences, they'd kept in contact over the years.
Raul scanned him up and down. "A flannel? Really?" He gave Bryan a pained expression.
Bryan glanced down at his blue and green flannel over top a plain navy T-shirt. "What's wrong with it?"
With a shake of the head, Raul tsked. "We'll have to do some shopping while you are here."

Jen Cudmore’s Amazon Author Page:

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Published on August 07, 2014 06:28 • 9 views

August 5, 2014

No, I Won’t Use an e-Reader

Let me begin by saying I love books, whether electronic or paper. I’ll read on my Kindle or a “regular” book. Frankly, I’ll read on whatever’s available. I just love reading and being transported to another world beyond my own. It’s pleasurable to share the domain the writer has created. It’s a realm to which I bring my own thoughts, feelings, fantasies and experiences, all of which no doubt, color my reading experience. It’s the experience of taking in the writer’s creation that’s so meaningful, not the medium by which it’s delivered.

I’ve heard many people refuse to consider using an e-reader. There seems to be an impenetrable wall of resistance to even the notion of using a reading device. It’s the usual mantra about loving the “feel” or “smell” of paper, or the pleasure derived from holding a real book in hand; or perhaps it’s the physical act of turning pages; or the heft of the book itself.

I too, love the sensory elements of reading a paper book, but that hasn’t precluded me from using an e-reader. After all, one reading medium doesn’t rule out the other.

Why do some people refuse--absolutely reject--the idea?

It’s not that they’re knuckle-draggers or technophobes because they often have smart phones, iPods, computers and Skype. And, I’ve noticed the repudiation of e-readers isn’t limited to older people. I know plenty of people under forty who, despite being completely comfortable with the technology of our times, want absolutely nothing to do with reading devices.

So, what exactly causes them to spurn this one technology?

I’ve thought about it as a psychiatrist, writer and avid reader. Maybe it’s because reading is something cultivated over the course of a lifetime, often beginning in childhood. Many book-lovers were read to as children—by a parent, babysitter, or some other adult. It was, for most of us, a very special thing.

“Read me a story” is something most of us can remember asking, if we think back to our earliest formative years. “Being read to” is an experience which becomes embedded in our psyches as a distinct and unique childhood pleasure. It’s loaded with meaning, and is suffused with memories of nestling on Mommy’s or Daddy’s lap; the look of the book with its bright, colorful illustrations; or the feel of the paper while we helped turn the pages. The physical book itself became the symbol housing the powerful emotional satisfaction of having parental attention bestowed upon us, with all its attendant meanings.

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences, and their residue, linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

On a pre-conscious level, perhaps some of us refuse to even try an e-reader because our minds view it as a renunciation of one of life’s earliest pleasures.

It’s merely my theory, but when I reflect upon how readily other technologies are embraced, none of them carry the primal significance of a “book in the hand.”

Mark Rubinstein,
Author, “Mad Dog House”

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Published on August 05, 2014 06:35 • 11 views

August 4, 2014

Three Lessons Learned From Adopting Older Children from Foster Care
By Sue Badeau

1. Everyone can heal and grow. Healing and growth may look different for each individual and we may never see the wholeness we are hoping for, but we can continue to work towards it. I learned this lesson at an early age from my grandfather as he showed me how he cared differently for the various plants in his vegetable garden so that each would have the best chance of growing and bearing fruit. I have come to understand that this analogy also applies to children and teens – they are not all easy to grow – like zucchini – but then, what a boring garden it would be if we grew nothing but zucchini!

2. There is as much value in the journey as in the destination. I know, I know, it sounds like a worn cliché, but we have found it to be true. Years ago, we went on a family hike and this message came home to me in a powerful way as I saw my son who had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and predicted that he would never walk, clambering along the hiking trail with his brothers and sisters. Years later as we experienced everything from teen pregnancy to a son in prison, I have had to remind myself again and again of this important lesson.

3. God makes all things new. While God does not “fix” everything in the sense of removing all obstacles, curing all diseases or unlocking all disabling conditions, He does, indeed, make all things new. I learned this after experiencing a car wreck – I still have some scars and there are things I cannot do, yet I was changed by the experience and “made new” in important ways. And as I think about some of my children viewed as most “damaged” by the world – whether physically or emotionally “damaged” by all kinds of brutal early life experiences – turning to drugs, early pregnancies or other outlets for their pain– I know that some people look at them and only see the wreck – but I like to look at them and see them as survivors. And I am always amazed how – in spite of the “damage” they have sustained they – through God’s grace and healing power – are able to find amazing new ways to do old things that many of us take for granted – communication, relationships, eating, moving, getting through the day.
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Published on August 04, 2014 10:34 • 8 views