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A Life of Gratitude: Free Kindle Book and Giveaway

By Shelley Hitz

About the Book:

A Life of Gratitude: How to Overcome Self-Pity and Negativity

During a season of transition in my life, I found myself overwhelmed with negative emotions like self-pity and a complaining spirit. It was as if a dark cloud had descended over me. I prayed and asked God for wisdom on how to overcome these negative emotions. As I did, I sensed Him leading me to do a 21 day gratitude challenge.

Over the course of the 21 days, God began to change me as I spent intentional time being grateful for all I had been given. I did this through writing in my journal each day and also sending a hand-written thank you note to someone different each day. This also led me to writing out 21 prayers of gratitude and compiling 21 stories of gratitude.

I want to share what I learned with you in the pages of this book which includes:

  • 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge
  • 21 Prayers of Gratitude
  • 21 Stories of Gratitude

What to Expect On Each Day:

  • Read my personal stories, struggles and reflections.
  • Read one scripture and one quote about gratitude.
  • Apply one personal application step from the challenge.
  • Read one prayer of gratitude
  • Read one story of gratitude

Get Accountability and Encouragement

Along with the 21 day challenge, I also started a private Facebook group to provide accountability and encouragement for myself but also for others who decide to join me in the challenge. You will get access to this group as well. It has been amazing to see God at work in each of our lives.

Will you join me on this journey to gratitude?


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Shelley Hitz

Shelley HItzShelley Hitz is an award-winning and international best-selling author. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing through her books will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been ministering alongside her husband, CJ, since 1998. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.

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Does your e-book marketing need a fresh start?

Today my guest poster is Karen Baney, here to help up with a Fresh Start to Marketing ebooks.

Are you an author and getting down about your eBook sales or the lack thereof?  If so, it may be time for a fresh start to your marketing efforts.

Doing too much of the same thing can cause your marketing messages to get lost in the crowd.  For example, let’s say you’re in a cross-promotion group with about 20 people.  You’ve tweeted out messages for each other somewhat consistently over the past four months—and the messages have been pretty much the same day after day after day.  Perhaps you’ve started to see a decline in your sales or you just feel like this isn’t helping anymore.  You’re probably right.

What happened?  Why did this marketing strategy stop working?  Well, your audience started turning a deaf ear because they’ve heard what you were saying.  You are now white noise.

So, how can you freshen up your marketing?

  • Try a new channel.  If cross-promotion has become stale, then try some paid advertising.  If paid advertising has become stale, try some guest blog posts.  If guest blog posts have become stale, try cross-promotion.  No one strategy in and of itself is necessarily ineffective.  It could just be that you’ve worn out one particular channel for now.
  • Freshen up your messaging.  Whether you’re tweeting or using some other marketing channel, try writing new marketing messages.  Perhaps you’ve used that reader’s comment one too many times.  Or that novel line has lost its luster.  Go back to your book.  Spend a half hour flipping through the pages.  Look for a new angle.  Find new reviewer quotes to use.
  • Pick a new audience.  Does your book have broader appeal than the audience you’ve been targeting?  If so, maybe it’s time to focus some attention on a different audience.  For example, I have a Christian historical romance series set in Arizona in the 1860s.  When I first started marketing, I focused on just Christian historical romance readers.  But what about those who love westerns?  I completely missed the obvious:  my books were westerns.  Here was this entirely different audience that would probably like reading them.  Maybe the same could be true for you.
  • Focus on beefing up an existing channel.  Are you great at using Twitter, but terrible with Facebook?  Maybe it’s time to spend less time on the first and more on the second.  Get to know the ins and outs of the neglected channel better (i.e. Facebook).

These are just a few ideas on how you can breathe new life into your marketing.  Did one of these ideas stand out to you?   Do you have your own ideas?  If so, take a few minutes to jot them down and start working on integrating your ideas into your marketing plan over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget about your old marketing channels or messaging.  Save them for a future date when it’s time to mix things up again.  Eventually, your fresh messaging will become stale and your old messaging might just be the fresh message you’re looking for.  Marketing can be funny like that.


Did you like Karen’s advice?  If so, pick up her new ebook:  10 Keys to eBook Marketing Success.  It’s free on Amazon for a limited time.

Best-selling self-published author, Karen Baney, enjoys sharing information to help authors learn about the Business of Writing.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in various business related career fields for the past 20 years.  She writes Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance novels.  To learn more about her novels visit her website:  Authors can find tips and information on self-publishing and marketing at:


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 Winter’s End (Seasons of Faith)

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Book Two of the Seasons of Faith Series

Musician Michelle Burton just had the best night of her life. Her band Tangled Web opened for Wonderland in downtown Orlando and the crowd loved them. Too excited to sleep she makes a fateful decision to go to work early. The best night of her life turns into the worst day of her life.

Nearby, at boutique Hotel Lago, Stephen Longbottom, acting concierge manager, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the board of directors for Silken Pleasures, a multimillion dollar company based in New York and specializing in high end cosmetics, fragrances and lingerie. Their incessant demands before they even arrive are driving him to distraction. Meanwhile Lizzie Reynolds, his boss is on a romantic ski trip in Vermont leaving him to manage his first solo event.

Hope, forgiveness and love are an integral message throughout the book and like a fine tapestry the threads of God’s master plan for the character’s lives are woven into a fabric of great storytelling, conflict and humor.

Readers who came to know and love the characters of Summer Storms will enjoy catching up with Lizzie, Stephen, Michelle, Jeffrey and Ian.

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Rebekah Lyn
ScanRebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing. She enjoys travel and has traveled extensively across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Her reading taste run from the classics to light fiction. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking,baking and sharing recipes on her blog,

Her current works include, Summer Storms and Winter’s End, books one and two in The Seasons of Faith series, and Julianne the first book in The Coastal Chronicle series. She is currently working on the, as yet untitled, second book in the Coastal Chronicles set in coastal Florida during the early years of the space program.

Rebekah currently resides in Florida along with her “attack” cat, Mia. They would enjoy meeting with you on her Facebook page.

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What’s up with the Segway?



Are they easy to learn how to ride? Will I fall off? What makes them go?DSC_0021

The Segway PT, “an electric, self-balancing human transporter with a sophisticated, computer-controlled gyroscopic stabilization and control system,” (Wikipedia) was invented by Dean Kamen, an American inventor. Segway is a homophone of the word segue, and PT is for Personal Transporter.

Easy to ride: Computers and motors in the base keep the Segway upright when powered on. Gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based leveling sensors detect the weight shift, and riders move by shifting their weight on the platform. (Unless you’re a lousy driver and jump off a curb, the only danger in falling is if the power ever shuts off, but each Segway has a warning alarm, and gives you time to step off.)

What makes them go? Segways are electric, and can go up to 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).

Because they’re quick to learn how to ride, Segways are ideal for persons with arthritis or other conditions that make walking long distances difficult. Although Segways cannot be marketed in the US as medical devices because they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a medical device, Segs4Vets, a nonprofit organization, provides Segways to the men and women of the United States military whose service in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom resulted in permanent disability and difficulty walking.


Besides assisting warriors with mobility, Segways can be seen in countries around the world used by police, on guided tours, and for personal use where municipalities permit.

Segways have inspired the formation of enthusiasts groups, Segway polo, group glides, and a growing community of riders worldwide.

From sports to security, tourism and mobility, so hop on and find out for yourself how easy and fun they can be.


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