BLOG, Real Life-- Not a book, Reposted From a friend of Becky Lewis's

Congratulations Celebrate Lit on 5 Years!!

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Most of this post is not original with me, but rather is reblogged from Chautona Havig, one of the tireless leaders of our wonderful group called Celebrate Lit. You as my blog readers may notice that a vast majority of my blogs have mentioned Celebrate Lit as being the source for my books, as well as a  “Celebrate Lit tour” of said books. More often than not, there are prized associated with the books on a Celebrate Lit tour. Am I excited about Celebrate Lit as a company? You bet! But let me turn you over to Chautona, who is an author herself. She will explain all about this  great company even better.

 

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Chautona Havig:

As often happens, college classes sparked an idea—a desire. Authors needed exposure for their books. Word of mouth goes so far, but what if more “mouths” could be rallied to spread the word about great books?

Sandy Barela took all she’d learned in the marketing classes and began with one blog imagestour to help a friend promote a new release. Little did she know then that five years later, she would have hundreds of bloggers helping her promote authors’ books. Little did she know then that she’d tour hundreds and hundreds of books. That first blog tour gave birth to a fledgling company that since then has featured every genre in the clean and Christian realm. From rom-com to women’s fiction, historical romance to contemporary, sci-fi to fantasy, not to mention nonfiction, they’ve done it all.

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Congratulations to Celebrate Lit on 5 Exciting Years

In the past few years, Celebrate Lit Publicity has expanded first to include Celebrate Lit Publishing and more recently, #BecauseFiction Magazine, an online magazine also dedicated to helping authors and readers connect in one, easy to find place.

Each tour reaches thousands of potential readers who are already looking for their next read. This benefits authors and readers both. Authors know that people don’t just see a picture of their book and hope that’s enough to capture the interest of their ideal readers. Instead, those readers are exposed to other readers’ readers’ impressions of that book. All the benefits of an Amazon review (which authors receive, too) but delivered directly to potential readers.

Even more than that, Celebrate Publicity takes those reviews and advertises them where those readers congregate to ensure that even blogger/reviewers with a small following have their reviews shared beyond their little sphere of influence. The Celebrate lit team devotes dozens of hours to each tour to ensure the best success they can give it, and all for an extremely affordable price.

Christian authors love one more thing about it.

Knowing that the team prays over every book toured with the company reminds authors of Who controls not only the outcome of the tour but the company as well. Everything the Celebrate Lit Team does is through careful, prayerful consideration.

So, just what is a blog tour?

You’ve probably seen one here. It’s just information about a book, a reader’s perspective on the story or content, a post from the author to you, and a list of other readers who are featuring that book. It’s a great idea to visit at least a few of the books to get a balanced perspective on it, but it’s an even better idea to go to all of them.

Why?

Because most tours also include a giveaway. Visiting each blog gives each visitor the opportunity to gain more entries into the giveaway, especially if one leaves a comment.

You can discover all the books on tour today by visiting Celebrate Lit to see what books are on tour this week or by visiting the Celebrate Lit Community Forum on Facebook.

From all the authors and bloggers blessed by Sandy and her team at Celebrate Lit, Happy Anniversary! And may you have fifty more years to serve the Lord through this ministry.

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Real Life-- Not a book, Reposted From a friend of Becky Lewis's

REAL LIFE

I work with special needs kids. They bring and exhibit such joy. What if someone had decided their lives were not worth it? Here is a post from a friend and coworker of mine who totally gets what it means to take a chance on a child many would have not carried to term.

I have kept quiet long enough…I have a few things to say and am climbing up on my soapbox as I type this, so consider yourself warned!
If you know me, you know my first born son Drew. Drew was in distress at birth and due to a lack of oxygen, damaged his brain. We never let that define him. We treated him just like the other two. He had amazing teachers all throughout his public education. In fact his elementary and middle school teachers were the reason I went back to college and got my degree in special education. Drew is now getting close to being 30 years old and is the most remarkable young man ever. Despite his IQ of less than 50, he holds down a full time 40 hour a week job for the company he has worked for for the past nine years (in March). He unloads trucks in receiving at Stevensville Meijer and even has trained non-disabled workers!!! He receives absolutely no state benefits or services and according to the state of Michigan is not even considered disabled. Drew is an independent young man that even has a drivers license and is doing great! Yesterday, he loaded up his snowblower in his truck and went to make sure some of the single or widowed ladies he takes care of could get out of their drives before and after church. He is a valuable member of Summit Church and volunteers for just about anything. He is a very hard worker and a friend to everyone he meets. So when I hear the news about New York…it seriously awakens so many emotions!!!! Not many of them good! To choose to abort a life just because it is not what a mother wanted or expected is crazy. Was I prepared, did I think I was capable, was it what I dreamed of….NO! But I trusted God that He would not give me anything I could not handle. But that was soon to be tested only six years later. I was pregnant with Teagan and only a couple months into the pregnancy when I was told she had severe Down Syndrome. This was a hard pill to swallow when you are learning to be a mother of a special needs child and his younger brother which always had me on my toes. Oh was I angry. I remember running out to the backfield as soon as I got the boys down for a nap and screaming at the top of my lungs. I was so angry with God. He had promised he would not test me beyond my ability to remain firm…but I screamed at Him to check my gauges…I was sure it was past my ability level! All of this was tough enough not to mention that I did this all while trying to hide my failing marriage to an out of control alcoholic from the world. My doctor wanted me to get an abortion. He said I had enough to handle and no one would blame me for getting rid of this “problem”. Oh, that doctor did not know what would unleash on him by even suggesting such a thing! I do not think I was very kind. I was hurt, I was overwhelmed, I was basically a single mother, but I was not going to give in. I told God if He really thought I could handle it…I would try. Did I believe I could…no way but I could not bear to think of the alternative. For weeks I started learning everything I could about Down Syndrome. I took classes at Michigan State about how to handle everything I would need to know about giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome. I also did some research on the accuracy of the test that determined Teagan had DS. I decided it was a long shot but I would have the test redrawn. Needless to say, the second test came back negative! If I had listened to those doctors, I would have killed a perfectly healthy little girl. Doctors make mistakes too. Tests can be wrong. A life is a life and should be valued! If a loss of heartbeat determines the end of a life…shouldn’t the presence of a heartbeat indicate LIFE!!!! I am blessed beyond measure with my family. I could not imagine my life without either of these two that others would have discarded (or any of the other kids). It was never easy but God provided just what I needed for the step I was on. I had amazing parents that helped as much as they could from 100 miles away and I had the most outstanding friends ever that went above and beyond to help. There are so many more parts of this story that are glimpses into why things happened the way they did and how God used my struggles to help others but this is long enough. Just my two cents…had to weigh in on the situation…now I will go back to praying and being quiet.

 

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