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Mind Matters: Get Out of Your Head & Jump Into Life by Tanya Miller


Do you ever get lost in the maze of your mind? When your thoughts start spiraling in a continuous loop—positive or negative—it can seem impossible to consider a different idea or even catch your breath. If the way you think greatly influences the way you live, then it’s important to know how to manage your thoughts and channel their power to improve your life, rather than hinder it.

Mind Matters explores practical ways you can bring balance to your thought life, from replacing anxious thoughts with hopeful ones to curbing unnecessary thinking altogether. It also points out traps that keep you stuck, like “clearing your mind” by airing your thoughts to anyone that will listen via Facebook or the occasional tantrum and outburst.

As you learn the art of controlling your thoughts, you will be able to focus on what you can do in the present to experience the life you want in the future. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts or just need a few tips to better manage your mind, this easy-to-read guide provides you with simple instructions you can immediately put into practice.

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Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years’ experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion and destiny.

Tanya holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University and is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Scrum Master.

Her lifelong passion for writng eventually led her to start the blog Talking with Tanya in 2005. Mind Matters is her debut book. Tanya is married and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Excerpt Friday: Going for Two by Laura Chapman

Going for Two

Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

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Despite my best attempts at shaking off the pre-draft jitters, they’re in full effect with only fifteen minutes to go before the draft begins. I’m not even worried about the draft. I’m concerned that I haven’t heard from Brook. What if he has to pick his team on auto-draft? That wouldn’t be the most terrible thing for the first few rounds. He’s drafting eighth, which should get him a decent running back, and a good wide receiver in the first two rounds.

But after that, who knows what he’ll end up with? He might not get a quarterback or end up with three kickers or four defenses.

I could text him to find out what’s going on, but . . . no. I’ve already sent one check-in message today. I’m not going to play the role of desperate, annoying girlfriend. Not this early in the season.

J.J. doesn’t bother hiding his glee at the prospect of Brook ending up on auto-draft.

Despite considering Brook one of his best friends, he’s obnoxiously competitive. About fantasy football and everything.

Until last season, Brook had finished in first or second place every year in the league’s history. But now that J.J. is the defending league champion, he’s determined to finish on top.

J.J. corners me in the kitchen after he finishes his self-guided tour of our apartment. “So this is it.”

“Yep.” I don’t bother to tear my eyes away from the spinach and artichoke dip in the Crock-Pot .

“It’s not very big.”

“It works for us.”

“Right.” Leaning a hip against the counter, J.J. spoons some of the dip onto his plate.

“I’m still surprised you guys got a place together, because, well . . .”

I wish I was strong enough not to take the bait, but I have to ask. “Why?”

“Mr. Perfect never really struck me as the living in sin type. I always assumed he was saving himself for marriage. You on the other hand . . .” J.J. takes a bite of the dip and wrinkles his nose, then takes another bite. “It seems a little hypocritical for a Bible-thumper like him to be shacking up with his girlfriend. But Brook is a changed man since he started penetrating your line on a regular basis.”

Dozens of thoughts flood my head, each wanting to be said. But if I say, ‘Brook isn’t a

Bible-thumper,’ it sounds like I’m saying it’s bad he goes to church with his family every week.

And then there is J.J.’s obsession with our sex life. He constantly finds new euphemisms disguised as sports metaphors to shock me. He once asked if Brook has ever eaten up my secondary. I’m not even entirely sure what that means, but I don’t want to know.

Through my teeth, I hiss, “You’re amazing.”

“Oh yeah?” He leans forward, invading my personal bubble to the point it could nearly pop. “Tell me more.”

“After last year, I was fairly certain there wasn’t a way you or any person could be a bigger dick. You keep proving me wrong.” I slam the crock pot lid. “Enjoy the freaking dip.”

I leave him gaping—a chip frozen midway to his mouth—and head toward the bedroom.

I should’ve known better than to talk with him this close to the draft. I shouldn’t have let him get me riled up, but seriously. How can he say Brook is one of his best friends when he’s always slamming him?

And what’s wrong with me for continuing to hang out with him? And what about Brook?

Are we secretly drama addicts? That can be the only explanation.

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Laura Chapman is the author of Going for Two, First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel. Be sure to check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Spotlight Wednesday: The Daffodils Still Grow by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

The Daffodils Still Grow

Title: The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughter

Author: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

Publisher: Mascot Books

Pages: 38

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

The Daffodils Still Grow is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child. “Beautiful and inspiring.”

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Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

The Daffodils Still Grow was inspired by diary entries of the author/illustrator, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, after the death of her mother when she was 14. “My mother committed suicide when I was 14, and after nearly a year of crying and hurting, I was surprised — almost shocked — to see the daffodils she planted right before her death still bloom again. It was a big wake-up call to me that, even though she was gone, I could still carry on without her FOR her. Somehow, our loved ones still find a way of communicating with us when we need it the most.” Sherri Elizabeth now attends Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She has a BA in both communications and studio arts from Austin Peay State University. She hopes that every parent will know how irreplaceable and loved they are to their children and that every child who has lost a parent will know they are not alone. Remember, the daffodils still grow!

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Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell is giving away a The Daffodils Still Grow T-shirt!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one The Daffodils Still Grow t-shirt
  • This giveaway begins February 1 and ends April 29.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on April 30.
  • Winners have 48 hours to reply.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me by Caroline James


Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, is a a story about friendship and that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again.

Set in Cumbria, London and beautiful Barbados.

‘The time to be happy is now…’

Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, the love of her life, husband Romany John, has died suddenly and Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away; Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados and Zach, to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks. Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday in Barbados and their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family.

Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo? Is there hope in middle years and can romance happen?

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1st Prize – A copy of the book – UK winner (paperback) / Outside UK (ecopy)