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A Coward’s Solace is Now Available on Kindle!

Final cover for A Cowards Solace

That’s right!  I uploaded Book III of the Locket Saga:  A Coward’s Solace onto Kindle. I know that this book does not officially launch until the end of the month, but for anyone who is looking to get a sneak peek at the book can do so on Kindle beginning today! What is A Coward’s Solace about, you ask? Well, let me tell you. A Coward’s Solace is a Historical Christian Romance set at Valley Forge in 1777-1778. a Stranger comes to the cabin where Martha Dawson and Phillip and Elizabeth McCray live This stranger, who goes by the name Head of Stone was raised by the Lenape since he was a child. He is on a mission to avenge his Lenape wife’s, murder.

In a twist of fate, new information about Head of Stone’s past is discovered and he decides to stay with the McCray household for a while. During that time, the ragtag, nearly frozen, half starved Continental Army stumbles into the nearby fields to spend the winter. To the north, a political power struggle threatens to replace the army’s commanding officer because many think that he has become a coward. He has not won a campaign the entire summer of 1777. Hope for the American cause is at an all-time low.

An incident in February 1778 changed everything for Head of Stone and this commanding officer, and their lives would never be the same again.

Download a copy today! Even though A Coward’s Solace can be read without first reading the other books in the Locket Saga Series, please check out other books When God Turned His Head and Soldiers don’t Cry on my Author Central Page

Passed Out Flyers This Week

This week my flyers came back for my book launch so I have been putting them up all over town. Not only does this get the word out via the poster, but I also have been meeting some nice people.

 

Contacted the Media

I have been working on contacting the media including local newspapers, radio stations, and book stores about my book launch and the start of the writer’s group.

 

Started A Part Time Job This Week

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I worked at a new job. Not one that paid much, but it was one where I am able to add to my cash flow. It may have been in the upper 90s this week, but winter is fast approaching!

 

School Started This Week!

My daughter started back to school yesterday.. As a cheer leader at her school, she already has her place in the hierarchy of the school. i told her that she had better not be like one of those girls in the movie Mean Girls.  I think she knows better. . She’s very down to earth, My husband says it is because she is a Taurus, but I say it is because she was raised to think about the needs of others.

 

 

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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Is something eating you? Perhaps your fear is misdirected

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Have you ever noticed how many times the Bible tells us to fear not? Although it says in the movie Facing the Giants that the Bible says it 365 times, there is actually just over one hundred times. More important than the number of times however, is who we are and who we are not supposed to fear. Every time the Bible says to “fear not”, we are not to fear other people and every time it says to fear, we are to fear God. As we read this, we think that God is an ogre that wants to ruin our fun and wants us to be scared of him, but when we read and understand what it means to fear, we understand that what the Bible is saying is that we should respect God’s desires more than we should respect the desires of others.

We often hear someone say “I am afraid of what other people will think”. This is the kind of fear that we are not supposed to have. When we are more concerned with what others think, our concern is misdirected. The idea is not that we are right, but that we are most concerned with being on the side of the one who is always right.

This reminds me of something I heard that Abraham Lincoln supposedly said. During the Civil War, one of his aides asked him if he thought that God was on the North’s side. Lincoln replied. “It is not important to ask whether God is on our side. What matters is that we are on God’s side.”

 
Having the fear of the Lord brings peace, not torment. The other day, a friend of mine was talking about her divorce and how she had decisions to make concerning decisions about her future. Others had a lot of questions for her and they wanted her to make decisions right away. The more she was concerned about what they thought, the more she would get frustrated and concerned with the situation herself. Finally, she gave all her concerns to the Lord. She discovered that God simply wanted her to trust him. She realized that God not only wants the best for us, but he also sees our futures. If we follow him to do just what we need to do today, he’ll take care of the rest if we rest in him.
How about you? Are you more concerned about what God says or what others say? Do you know God’s peace in your life or have others and what they think is best rule over your life?

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


It may be the dog days of summer, but it seems that I have no time to sit back and relax. If you saw me today, I am sitting writing at the Oregon County Local Producers and Artisan Coop sipping on ice tea and on my computer, but don’t think that I am playing video games or social media. I am, in fact, working.

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

Doing My Own PR

During the past several days I have been working on doing my own PR for my book A Coward’s Solace. I have been contacting radio stations and newspapers locally via email and so far I have gotten one response concerning anyone including my information as a news item. I am still waiting on my flyer from the printer. The young man who is doing the one flyer finished the design on Saturday and we went it off to the printer Saturday, so it should be done by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Once that happens I will have to rush around getting the flyers up around the county.
I have been thinking about how I can continue physical (as opposed to online) marketing. Once the flyers are up and the media is contacted, I am going to call senior citizen centers locally then regionally, and then nationally and see how many I can visit. In addition, I am going to contact bookstores with my press release and see how many places I can visit for book signings (hopefully in conjunction with visiting the local senior citizen center). I think that it will be a good way to spend the upcoming fall months.

School Shopping

Where has the summer gone? Already, I took my daughter school shopping on Friday to buy the last of her school supplies. This morning, I am adding to that, where has all my money gone? Raising kids are so expensive. I am glad that she is my youngest and that she only has four years of school left. We had a good time, but it seems like every time I have to leave her at her Dad’s I feel depressed. I really wish I had my family back.

New Job

Today I started another job in addition to the one that I already had. A friend of mine asked me to help care for her mother and I agreed to do a few chores for her. It doesn’t pay a lot , but it will help me keep my cash flowing in the directions that it needs to flow.

Thinking About Working Around My Travel Trailer

As I am rushing around trying to get started on the marketing of my latest book: A Coward’s Solace, I have been thinking about starting to work more on my travel trailer and growing a small vegetable garden around it. . What is it about life that when we know that we have to do one thing, something else draws our attention? A friend of mine had volunteered to help me do some of the work that needs to be done, so I guess I have a legitimate reason for thinking this way, also, I have more time to do other things now that I have finished the second drafts of those two other books that I am writing this year. It is amazing how much time ti takes out of a day to write every day.

My trailer is cleaner than it has been since I moved into it at the end of May. Now that everything has a place, I am able to keep things caught up. This certainly gives me more time to look around and see all the things that I still need to do.
I have been thinking about starting a garden next spring. Along the front of my house I want to put in a multi-level garden. I was thinking about building a pergola type structure and hanging upside down tomato plants on it and underneath grow pole beans growing up a trellis in the back along the front of the trailer with a salad bed in the front, then next winter I can cover the whole area with a heavy duty plastic and use as a greenhouse to extend the whole garden season and maybe plant snow peas instead of pole beans. In the back yard I want to grow bins of potatoes and sweet potatoes and in the rest of my yard raise chickens and goats.
However, before I do all of that, this fall, I still need to get the underpinning on the trailer and get the porch built and figure out how to save my gray water and rainwater. (a composting toilet is also something that I would like to have.) Not that any of that is hard, it all just takes time and, of course, money.

 

Building Online PR

In addition to physical book marketing, I need to step up my PR and marketing presence online. I really want to update my website. I also need to get motivated to get started planning a blog tour as well as finding individuals to review my book. I haven’t yet been too motivated to do that yet. Perhaps I will once I get the flyers hung up and get more interest generated by the local media. Whatever it takes, you know?

 

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


What should I do now?

What should I do now?

During the past week I have been working twelve hour shifts at my job that keeps the cash flow going. In addition, I have been starting to seriously market my book as well as letting people know that we are starting a writer’s club at the end of the month just two days after the book launch.

Preparing for the Book Launch

This may see sort of crazy, but I did not have a mailbox before last week, so last week on Monday I had to put up the mailbox. That done, I was able to get my home phone put in so that I could take calls about both the book launch and the writer’s club.It took me most of the whole week to get the phone put in. It was a long frustrating story that I do not care to repeat. Let’s just say that I doubt I will get internet or television service through them.

Another thing that I have done is had a flyer made for the book launch. I decided to invest a bit of advertising money into this project so that I have a professional looking poster for the launch. At the same time I am having a poster made with blank location, time and date so that I can use the same design for future author events. Yesterday I checked into the flyer’s progress.

In addition, to all of this, I have been thinking about other places that I can do author events in the future and one idea that I have is that I would like to speak at senior citizen centers around the area, then the state, and then the nation. Although some seniors like the e-book, others still prefer to read real books.

Last Thursday I ordered books for the book launch and I formatted the book to put on Kindle and is ready to add to other e-book sites later. I still haven’t thought a lot about my online book campaign. That will happen once I get a better handle on this book launch

Final cover for A Cowards Solace

Preparing For The Oregon County Writer’s Club meeting

I am not made of money, so for the flyer for this event, I went extremely low tech. I designed a black and white, text only flyer that I had copied for ten cents per copy and made fifty copies. So far I have only handed out three of the fifty. when I get my flyers for the book launch, I will hang them up around the county at the same time.

Wednesday I worked on contacting newspapers and radio stations about this writer’s club meeting.

As soon as the flyer for the book launch is done, I will be putting both flyers up around the county. I should have had them up at least a week ago, but  not everyone is as dedicated to my projects as I am. I guess.

Time On Duolingo

since i finished the second draft on my second book, on the days that I was working at my job, I spent much of my early morning and evening time on the internet doing my language courses on Duolingo. I finished all the lessons in the Spanish course, and I have been reviewing what I have learned.since I finished the lessons last month. On August first, I started French and have been doing really well in that. I studied French in high school (and failed it), but I am surprised at how much I still remember from then. (I was in high school 40 years ago!) I haven’t worked in Bubblews in several days.

So overall, most of my time has been spent preparing to market my book launch, announcing the book club, and studying Spanish and French, oh, and yes, working too. Today for a change of pace,  I will be going school shopping with my daughter, and  then tomorrow it is back to marketing.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


 

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Everyone knows the story of Noah. A recent movie that I watched at the theaters Evan Almighty was based on the story of Noah. Noah, of course, built an ark, put all the animals on it. There was a worldwide flood, the only animal life and human life saved were on the ark. Everyone got off the ark and looked up in the sky and there was a rainbow, end of story.

But as Paul Harvey used to say, here is the rest of the story.

In Genesis chapter 9 it tell s us that after they got off the ark, Noah started a vineyard and grew grapes. He made wine and got drunk on that wine. He was naked and passed out, spread eagle in his open tent. Anyone could see him, not just his wife, sons, and daughters in law, but also by this time (It takes a long time to start a vineyard), his young vulnerable grandchildren.
His son Ham saw that his father was naked and passed out in his tent, so he went and told his brothers Shem and Japheth.
Shem and Japheth however, reacted differently. Instead of going and looking for themselves, they went and got a garment, a covering and laid it across their shoulders and then walked backwards into their father’s tent with the garment and laid it over his naked body.

A Lesson For Today

Over a week ago, a hacker hacked into the files of Planned Parenthood and is threatening to expose all the names and private information of all the employees of that organization. Their motivation is that they want to expose ‘the baby killers’.
I do not believe that is God’s desire for us to expose others perceived sin any more than it was in Ham’s right to report his father’s nakedness to his brothers. I believe that we are to do like Shem and Japheth and cover the nakedness of those we perceive are in sin.
How do we cover someone else’s sin? Telling another person that what they are doing is wrong doesn’t work. It only creates resistance. Instead, we need to let everyone know about the one, the only one who can cover their sins and that is Jesus Christ.
In Romans 6:23 it says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He is our propitiation (substitute-Romans 3:25, I John 2:2 and 4:10) and his is our advocate (in legal terms, defense attorney) with the father. As it says in prophetically in Isaiah 53, “though our sins be as red as blood, he will make us as white as snow”

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A Christian’s responsibility is not in judging another person. Our job is to point them to the one who can cover their sin (no matter what it is) permanently.

Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Final cover for A Cowards Solace

At the end of this month I am officially launching my new book A Coward’s Solace. Finally I am putting my baby out there on August 29, 2015.
Yes, I have a launch to plan and prepare, but that is not all that I will be doing this month to get ready for that launch. I have to contact people and let them know that I would like for them to attend. The more people that I personally ask to come to the launch, the better.
Also, I will need to send out press releases, and vie for public appearances and radio interviews. I will need to contact other bloggers/authors about guest spots.
Last month was all about planning. This month it is all about the execution of those plans. Even though I may be afraid, I will do it any way.

Starting A Writers Group

Two days later I have arranged the start of The Oregon County Writers Group. Here’s what I have so far. I have located my venue (co-op building on the square, confirmed the date, and begun work on the flier that will go up around the county that we are starting a writer’s club.
A couple of things that I have done this week that is connected with these two projects is that I have had my physical mailbox put in and my mail (finally!) transferred to my new address. In addition, I have put in a home phone. Partly because I don’t have cell service where I live, but also because I plan to do phone interviews for online and regular radio. (I have done a few of these in the past, but I really need to be doing many more.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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