What’s Your Story? Questions that Lead to Authentic, Powerful Writing by Rachel Renee Smith

What's Your Story?Title: What’s Your Story? Questions that Lead to Authentic, Powerful Writing
Author: Rachel Renee Smith

Synopsis: Some of the most memorable moments in life are when we obtain the answers to our burning questions. What’s Your Story? is a guide written by editor and writing coach Rachel Renee Smith, packed with questions to keep your creativity flowing and ensure that your writing connects powerfully with your readers.Learn how to capture and organize your ideas, how to create and use an outline, how to use different resources to gain material and supporting data for your project, and the importance of and elements of a great presentation.

As a writing coach, I employ the use of questions all the time to not only help me understand what my writers’ goals are, but also to help the writers clarify their goals, purpose, intentions, and major writing points. As we progress further into the writing process, I put myself in the seat of the reader and ask the questions that I believe they would be asking.As you can imagine, going through this process of question and answer not only yields more detailed and interesting writing, it makes the story or message come alive and sometimes causes the author to deal with thoughts and emotions that they may not have delved into as deeply before. With the intention of writing to help and liberate someone else, the author frees themselves in the process. Addressing your readers’ questions gives you the opportunity to connect with them on a deeply intimate level without ever having a face-to-face conversation. Your reader will feel as if you intimately understand them when they turn the pages of your book and find the answers they have been seeking. Throughout this book, I ask many questions to help you exercise your mind and write in a way that will have a lasting impression on your readers..

How did you first get interested in writing?

I have been a writer since I was a child and while I know it is in my blood, I believe it was also my curiosity that really sparked it. I was that child who was always snooping in their parents’ stuff and I got into my mother’s journals at an early age. (I know, that was terrible. Mothers get no privacy!) My mother is an amazing writer so I got this vivid glimpse into her life beyond just being “Mommy.” I think this is why I have such a love for memoirs to this day – you get a real glimpse into a person’s life and their individual journey but you also inevitably see yourself.

Do you have a favorite author or writers who inspire you? If so, who?

If I have to pick one, I will say Dr. Maya Angelou has always been my favorite. I read all of her memoirs and different things in my own life often spark memories of passages from her books.

What can readers expect from you next? Are you currently working on another book?

Well, I always working on another book because I am always assisting someone in birthing their books into the world! I also have an ongoing project: Bag Ladies:Unpacked, which is a series of stories from real women who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives and want to empower someone else with their journey. One day soon I will resume working on my own memoir as well as a book that I am writing with my husband Jeff for singles and newlyweds.

Where can readers find out more about you, what you’ve written and where you’ll be?

You can find out more about me at http://www.facebook.com/rachelreneesmith and my other titles at http://www.RainPublishing.com or by emailing me at info@rachelreneesmith.com

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The G’wan by Charon + Jypsea Leather Goods Mashup

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This past Saturday I was feeling quite stylish in a FAB romper from G’wan by Charon and a GORGE leather and lace belt from Terina Nicole of Jypsea Leather Goods. I’ve been excited to pair them together for a while now. Their styles mesh so well. I made the announcement online that it was inevitable that their styles would meet. I’m just sayin’.

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There Truly Is a Bra For Everything

I received an Aerie gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own.

Just when you thought that your one “staple” bra could make do and go from dropping off the kids at school, to your 9-5 day at work, to running errands, picking up the kids and figuring out dinner and then occasionally date night and everything else in between, you discover that there is truly a bra for everything! Gone are the days of wearing the same sad bra under every outfit and trying to workout in it too only to find that it’s not giving you the kind of coverage that you need. As summer approached and my wardrobe expanded I found myself in this very dilemma, what do I wear under the cute spaghetti strap sundress or strapless sundresses and Aerie solves that for you. What I love the most is that their selections are old-fashion and stuff, they’re fun, hip and will incorporate easily into the trendy wardrobes that many of us already have.

aerieJust like fashion is ever changing every true fashionista should have a bra to fit every style she loves and Aerie has just what you need to stock your wardrobe with the best bras out there. Just check out their 9 Bras that Every Girls Needs chart above (see the full graphic and read more tips on Aerie’s blog). My absolute favorites from their charts are the full coverage that I normally wear under almost anything (and you’ll probably pick it as a favorite too), the demi, that I mostly reserve for date night with hubby and the “bare” that comes in handy for my evening and summer strapless outfits. This is definitely a style to choose when you still want major coverage. Oh and definitely the “sports” for my morning walks and sometimes runs!

I’d love to know: How many bras do you own? Which of these 9 are your favorites? Which do you really need to purchase but haven’t gotten around to just yet?

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Broken For the Promise by Chasity Strawder

Broken for the PromiseTitle: Broken For the Promise
Author: Chasity Strawder

Synopsis: In early 2010 after a heartbreaking miscarriage, I found out I was pregnant once again. My joy was short lived due to a diagnosis of gastro paresis. Soon after the news, this medical dilemma forced my husband Terrence and I into a financial hardship that led to our homelessness. This book is a depiction of my struggles to maintain my faith in God and the fight of survival for my life and that of my unborn baby.

What is the pertinent message that you want to convey to your readers?

God can truly heal any and all brokenness. There is nothing about your life that can’t be restored.

How did you first get interested in writing?

I became interested in writing as early as age 10. It has always been an outlet for me to express my feelings and to do soul searching for what I have desired for my life.

Do you have a favorite author or writers who inspire you? If so, who?

I like reading all of Joyce Meyer’s books. Her books are inspirational, but surround her life experiences. I can identify with a lot of what she has been through.

What can readers expect from you next? Are you currently working on another book?

I am not currently working on another book, but there are plans for others in the near future. I am working on a book tour and some opportunities to share my testimony as a motivational speaker.

Where can readers find out more about you, what you’ve written and where you’ll be?

By visiting my website: http://www.chasitystrawder.com

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The Best and Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes Ever!

buttermilk_pancake_recipeMy husband loves pancakes. I mean adores them. He can eat them with sausage, bacon, fried chicken, you name it. He can even eat them solo. His favorite recipe so far is one he found from Martha Stewart. She says the secret to fluffy pancakes is to not overmix the batter.

This is Martha Stewars’s Buttermilk Pancake Recipe below and it’s relatively easy:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1/2 teaspoon for griddle
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions:

  1. Step 1

    Heat griddle to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk and 4 tablespoons butter; whisk to combine. Batter should have small to medium lumps.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oven to 175 degrees. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 teaspoon of butter or reserved bacon fat onto griddle. Wipe off excess.

  3. Step 3

    Using a 4-ounce ladle, about 1/2 cup, pour pancake batter, in pools 2 inches away from one other. Scatter with berries, if using. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around edges, about 2 1/2 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heatproof plate in oven. Serve warm.

I serve my pancakes with sliced strawberries and whipped butter. My husband loves his butter melted so it can soak into the pancakes. Either way you like them, enjoy!

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Thoughts on the Cole Haan Pinched Leather LTE

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Cole Haan has done it again, as soon as I saw these Men’s Pinch Leather LTE I called all the stores in my area looking to see if they had them in the store. Needless to say they didn’t but that that didn’t stop me. I immediately got on the phone and ordered two pairs the red and the gray. I am loving them, the butter soft leather uppers, and the comfortable lowers which makes wearing the shoe very enjoyable. I only wear Cole Hann footwear, and these purchase makes my eleventh pair of Cole Haan’s I now own. I continuously tell everyone about the Nike technology which Cole Haan has added to there products which makes me a happy customer. I am not a sneaker person, the thing I love about these shoes they can be casual or I wear them when I am going to work my ten hour shift at work. I will probably be purchasing the blue and the tan later on.

Reviewed by Mr. C

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The Savvy Blogger’s Manual

TheSavvyBloggersManualLinda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland is a midwife to entrepreneurs and helps them give birth to their dreams. She also assists bloggers, ministries and authors with increasing visibility and understanding social media as well as how to effectively network and create buzz about their products and businesses. She helps position them to create multiple streams of income through her Grow Your Dreams Network. Her own blogging endeavors landed her an appearance on The Today Show to dish about one of her favorite things, “Why Women Love Shoes.”

In The Savvy Bloggers Manual Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland has harvested together information that she’s acquired during her 16 years as a bestselling author, brand promoter and business owner. You’ll learn the importance of networking, how to drive traffic to your website and or blog, what SEO is and why you should care about it and she even shares how she landed a national television feature on The Today Show in 2011. If you have a blog or a business website with a blog extension, you need this book in your arsenal.

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Feeling Very 70′s Vintage

vintagelookLast week I was feeling very vintage. I got tired of wearing my hair in a bun and a 2 strand twist so I just left it out in sort of a fro. Hubby and I took in a movie and so I wore a cute lilac vintage top with a cute tie at the neck. I paired it with a pair of linen pants and my favorite gold sandals. This is my serious militant face. Ha! I actually think I look like my mother did in the 70′s here.

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Diane Von Furstenberg Dress on Sale

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If you didn’t get a chance to watch my video here  this is the dress that I scored from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. As I said in the video, you don’t always have to shop with the sole intention of coming out of the store with 15 million bags, sometimes just acquiring 1 or 2 quality pieces to boost your wardrobe is enough. I love this dress. It hits right above the knee and is perfect for summer, fall or any time of the year. Diane Von Furstenberg should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.

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