Don’t Listen to the Liar

Growing up there was one sure way to get into A LOT of trouble and that was lying to my parents. Regardless of what had happened, it would only get worse if you were not truthful.   My brothers and I certainly tested our parents. Like the time my middle brother and I burnt his end of the year report card because he made a F in a subject. (I don’t even remember the subject was).  I was in the 8th grade and he was in the 6th. We burnt his report card in the field in front of our house. My poor Mom looked for my brother’s report card for weeks. Finally, she called the school and they told her he passed to the 7th grade and she let it go. (Thankfully) Years later we finally told her and she laughed (kinda.)  We got away with this one but it was rare. As many of you know, mamas always know.

On my way to work this morning, I heard this song about lying. It is actually Fear is a Liar. Here are some of the words to this song:

When he told you you’re not good enough
When he told you you’re not right
When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you’re not worthy
When he told you you’re not loved
When he told you you’re not beautiful
That you’ll never be enough

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness

         Zach Williams

I found strength and reassurance in the words of this song.  Fear keeps us from doing a lot of things that benefit us. Example:  We drive the speed limit for the “fear” of getting a ticket.  We respected our parents for “fear” of being in trouble.  However, fear can keep us from taking chances that are good for us and fear can rob us of happiness and self-worth.

As I was listening to these words, I thought of the times when I was told I was not good enough or strong enough. I thought of the times when I was bullied during middle school for being “short for my weight” and having this crazy curly (not popular in the early 80’s) hair.  While I always felt loved by my parents and my sweet brothers, friends were very few in numbers. Today, I am very fortunate that I have a supportive family and friends PLUS I have great work family.

Today & every day, I want you all to know that you are valuable, worthy, beautiful, needed, and strong. You make a difference and for you, I am thankful.  I hope that you will think about this song when you are having a bad day or do not feel like you are worthy or valuable.  Life can be hard and we can all feel beat down. However, difficult times are temporary and through persistence—you (we) can overcome.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend.

Mindy West


Loiacono Literary Agency takes on Ann Howell’s novel, The Red Tin Chocolate Box!

In order to survive the Irish Famine of 1847, the O’Clanahan family flees starvation in their beloved homeland. Life gradually improves in Charleston, South Carolina, but Fiona must not only adjust to the customs of a new country but to the rift that death and circumstances bring to her marriage. Fiona and her husband, Rory, find themselves at odds over almost everything, especially the issue of slavery in the Antebellum South. Complications arise when Rory’s brother visits and Fiona is torn by her love for him. She must also hide her involvement in the Underground Railroad or risk losing what is left of her family; this time not to starvation but from her own actions. Her deeds could bring about her arrest and prosecution or maybe even cost her her life.

Ann Howell has had several short stories published. “Just My Eight O’clock and Me,”; “April,” WNC Woman; and in the book Hungry for Home, Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas, a compilation of stories and recipes featuring many of her favorite authors, including Lee Smith. The Red Tin Chocolate Box is her debut novel. The first chapter was a Top Ten Finalist in the North Carolina Writers Network 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize judged by Wiley Cash. The manuscript was a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the Novel Category sponsored by Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA. Ann lives with her husband and part feral cat by the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, near the rural community where she was born and raised.


Great review for Shanty Gold!

Jeanne Charters recently spoke about her research and writing technique at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia, during Jeanie Loiacono’s series of classes — “So, You Want to Become an Author?” Most of those in attendance either had a completed manuscript or were in the process of writing one. Charters’ information on writing historically accurate fiction and how to keep the reader riveted from first to last word inspired all those in attendance. Mr. Davis’ review is exceptional for several reasons: he is a man reading a female protagonist historical fiction, it is fiction and he prefers nonfiction, and his ancestry has always been at odds with the Irish. This makes his opinion unbiased and extraordinary.

Shanty Gold is a true testament to fortitude and survival, as is the soon-to-be released sequel, Lace Curtain, in February 2019 by Rogue Phoenix Press.

“Being a guy of English/Welsh ancestry, and knowing the English were going to be bashed, I decided to buy the book after hearing Jeanne give a talk about it and tips on writing. She knows how to develop a story with the best of them. It is an outstanding, historically accurate novel, but she also sneaks in some lessons of life. This would be a great gift for any young female who could use an inspirational role model. It is also a great read for an old guy like me who rarely reads fiction.”

  • James Davis

Bracha Goetz memoir, Searching for God in the Garbage, is # 4 in The Fourteen Books You Should Read for a Happier and Healthier Relationship!

Bracha Goetz memoir, Searching for God in the Garbage, is # 4 in The Fourteen Books You Should Read for a Happier and Healthier Relationship!

In order to have happy and healthy relationships, a person needs to be happy and healthy. In order to be happy and healthy, a person needs to fill his or her soul with the nourishment it needs. This is the simple yet vital takeaway from my new memoir: Searching for God in the Garbage.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the links below:

Contributor: Bracha Goetz | Author: Explore Her Books Here


Newly released – TODAY! Jennifer Johnson’s The Kingdom Child, based on the true story of Jordan Allen.

Newly released – TODAY! Jennifer Johnson’s The Kingdom Child, based on the true story of Jordan Allen.

Jennifer Johnson and Jordan Allen

The Allen Family

A true story of what happens during coma and how God’s plans are always best, even when we don’t agree.

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Allen learned the power of prayer is not always getting what you want but accepting the answer you receive. Growing up in a strong Christian home, he knew God had a plan for his life, he just did not know if playing professional sports was what He had in mind. Each night, he would ask God ‘to help him be all that he needed to be,’ hoping his prayer would reveal God’s plan.

Several months later, Jordan’s prayer was answered, but not in the way he expected. After being diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor, Jordan discovered his purpose would be revealed while battling for his life. In and out of a coma, Jordan was given the gift of seeing both the physical world and the spiritual world as one. He learned it’s not a physical death we should fear but spiritual death, even among those claiming to be Christian.

The Kingdom Child will prompt each reader to look at the authenticity of their own faith through personal discovery of the path they’re on. We are either on a pathway to life or the pathway to death, and only a Kingdom Child can distinguish the difference. The Kingdom Child endorsements and reviews  Houston Chronicle story 2011

Jennifer Johnson’s passion is writing. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her first book, What Have You Done for Me Lately? (2008), discusses God’s presence in corporate America. She is currently working on her third, Perfect Timing, based on the lives of four elderly people who meet in a nursing home. Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency Published by Argus Publishing

Author Ginny Fite June 2, 2018 @ 12 – 2:30 Turn the Page Bookstore Multi-author signing with Nora Roberts!


Our next event will be
Saturday, June 2nd from 12pm – 2pm

Scheduled to attend:

Nora Roberts / J.D. RobbAlex GrecianCarolyn BrownRobyn CarrMary Burton Mary Ellen TaylorJasmine Guillory

Local authors Ginny Fite & Thomas Clemens

Please read our RULES & ETIQUETTE

June 2, 2018 @ 12 – 2:30 Multi-author signing with Nora Roberts (!!!)

Turn the Page Bookstore

18 N. Main St.

Boonsboro, Maryland

Jeanie Loiacono to take pitches at Northwest Georgia/Calhoun Writers Conference

Doors will be open at 7 am for set-up. Please check in at the registration table to pick up a packet containing any additional information you may need, payment due to you, etc.

The conference will open to the public at 8 for book sales. We will start promptly at 9. The schedule is as follows.


8:00   – Doors Open, Book Sales, Agent Appts Begin

9:00   – Welcome Address – Vickie McEntire

9:15   – Living the Writers Life- Karin Gillespie

10:00  – Nuts & Bolts of Marketing- Deborah Malone

10:45  – Break

11:00  – Author Panel

12:00  – Lunch catered by Calhoun Coffee Company

1:30    – Keynote Presentation- Karin Gillespie

2:30    – Story Outlines; 5 Bones to Skeleton Outline – Nicki Salcedo

3:30    – Break, Book Sales

4:00    – Speed Presenters

5:00    – Door Prize Giveaways, Book Sales

6:00    – Doors Close