Saturday, July 30, 2016

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Today, July 30, is the international World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

What exactly is "Trafficking in Persons"?

"Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability." (Department of Homeland Security)

In other words, the poor, the homeless, the prostitute, children, even those who've suffered from some type of disaster - the most vulnerable in our society - become easy targets for traffickers. We must open our eyes and observe what's happening around us, because this is not a problem that is just overseas in some remote location. Human trafficking is happening right now, right here - in our own cities and towns, in our own neighborhoods.

Here are some common indicators that should help us all recognize human trafficking:

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?

Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

We just need to be aware. And take action when we spot it.

In her new novel, Imperfect Bonds, Elizabeth Noyes addresses the topic of human trafficking. At the end of the book, she provides a list of resources, and we're providing that list here today.

Learn How to Protect Yourself and Your Children
& How to Fight Against Human Trafficking

U.S. Department of State
             
Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security
HumanTrafficking: 101          

Human Trafficking Awareness Organization

HOTLINE: 1 (888) 373-7888

Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)
To get help for victims and survivors of human trafficking, or to connect with local services.




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Imperfect Bonds
Book Three of the Imperfect Series
by Elizabeth Noyes

Now available in print and Kindle formats!

Some bonds hold strong despite our efforts to break them.

Cassidy Cameron’s life is in a tailspin. Her estranged twin sister hates her. Her family tiptoes around her. She’s lost her driver’s license and any hope of a new job. Worse, the arrogant town
deputy who stole her heart wants more than she’s willing to give … or is she the one who wants more from him? And now she’s being threatened by a pair of unsavory ruffians.

Deputy Derek Naughton is stumped and aggravated by a series of malicious pranks around the county. Add in a too-smart German shepherd and a too-sexy troublemaker who also happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s ready to cry uncle.

Derek pulls out his guns instead when Cassie stumbles into a maelstrom of illegal arms deals, illicit drugs, and human trafficking.

This sizzling romantic suspense is chock full of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat action.





The Dog Daze of Summer Sale Continues! 

Load up your Kindle with these 99 cent deals!



Visit the blogs of our participating authors:

Peggy Cunningham: Human Trafficking

Elizabeth Noyes: Imagine

Marji Laine: Stop Human Trafficking





Friday, July 29, 2016

New Release: Imperfect Bonds

We're excited to announce the release of Elizabeth Noyes' third book in the Imperfect Series, Imperfect Bonds.

Some bonds hold strong despite our efforts to break them.

Cassidy Cameron’s life is in a tailspin. Her estranged twin sister hates her. Her family tiptoes around her. She’s lost her driver’s license and any hope of a new job. Worse, the arrogant town
deputy who stole her heart wants more than she’s willing to give … or is she the one who wants more from him? And now she’s being threatened by a pair of unsavory ruffians.

Deputy Derek Naughton is stumped and aggravated by a series of malicious pranks around the county. Add in a too-smart German shepherd and a too-sexy troublemaker who also happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s ready to cry uncle.

Derek pulls out his guns instead when Cassie stumbles into a maelstrom of illegal arms deals, illicit drugs, and human trafficking.

This sizzling romantic suspense is chock full of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat action.

Available in print and on Kindle.

Learn more about Elizabeth Noyes on her website.


If you're not familiar with the Imperfect Series, now's the perfect time to get acquainted!



Book One, Imperfect Wings, is on sale for only 99 cents! 



And Book Two, Imperfect Trust, is on sale for $2.99!

Don't forget - the Dog Daze of Summer Sale continues through August 19!
Get these books for only 99 cents each!



Monday, July 18, 2016

Dog Daze of Summer Sale!

The "dog days of summer" are upon us, so what better way to get through them than a book sale!

The Dog Daze of Summer Sale!

For the next month - July 18 through August 19 - we're celebrating in three ways:


  • With eight 99 cent Kindle books! (Yes, 8!)

and
  • With New Releases! 

and
  • With Coming Soon Releases!





The eight Kindle books on sale for 99 cents are:


Book One in the Imperfect Series
by Elizabeth Noyes



Book One in the Legacy Series
by Betty Thomason Owens



Book One in the Mended Vessels Series by
Marie Wells Coutu



Book One in the Redeemed Side of Broken Series by
Joan Deneve



Book One in the Bird Face Series by
Cynthia T. Toney



Book One in the Sisters Redeemed Series by
Jerusha Agen



Book One in the Ties that Bind Series by
Fay Lamb



by Ann White Knowles

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two Winners in the Grace Awards

Congratulations to Betty Thomason Owens and Joan Deneve for winning a Grace Award!



Annabelle's Ruth won in the Women's Fiction/General Fiction category, and Saving Eric won in the Action Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction category.

        




Monday, May 23, 2016

New Release: Carlotta's Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens

We're thrilled to announce the release of our latest novel, Carlotta's Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens.

Her life is in a downhill plunge. Will marrying an Italian count bring Rebecca the love she’s dreamed of?

Rebecca Lewis is a reluctant bride-to-be. Marrying Riccardo Alverá, a young Italian count, may seem like a dream come true—an instant answer to her family’s dire straits. But it also means she must leave American soil, possibly forever.

Riccardo is relentless in his pursuit of Rebecca. After her father’s death, she and her mother set sail for Italy. Though Rebecca is still plagued by doubt, Riccardo’s warmth and humor soon melt the icy frost encasing her heart. But as Rebecca settles into his Italian villa, her questions and fears return.

His mother, Carlotta Alverá, is dedicated to strict Roman Catholic beliefs. Will she ever accept Rebecca, who has no real faith? After Rebecca’s mother decides to pursue life on her own terms, peace comes to the villa. But not for long.

Trouble finds Rebecca, even in the tranquil heart of Italy. As political unrest shakes the core of Italian society, a dark shadow falls over Riccardo’s beautiful estate. In her deepest despair, Rebecca confronts her past, finds forgiveness, and finally … the love and acceptance she’s always longed for.

Carlotta's Legacy is Book Two in the Legacy Series.

Available in paperback, Kindle edition coming soon.

About the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens writes romantic comedy, historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She has contributed hundreds of articles and interviews to various blogs around the Internet and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers and serves on the board of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.

Her writing credits include Annabelle’s Ruth, Book 1, Kinsman Redeemer Series (2015), a 20’s era romance, Amelia's Legacy, Book 1, Legacy Series (2014), both through Write Integrity Press. Carlotta’s Legacy, Book 2 of the Legacy Series. She writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and its sequels, The Love Boat Bachelor and Unlikely Merger, (2015). She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by
Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.




Amelia's Legacy
Available in paperback and on Kindle



Saturday, May 14, 2016

TMP Announces Writing Contest

Yesterday, our subsidy press, TMP Books, announced a new writing contest.



2016
Christmas
Short Story Contest

TMP Books announces our 2016 Christmas Short Story Contest. The entry deadline is July 1, 2016. There is no entry fee for this contest.

This contest will feature two rounds - the first round winners will be included in a new book, while in the second round, readers will decide one winner for the Reader's Choice Award.

First round winners will be included in:

The Gingerbread Diaries
A Collection of Scrumptious Short Stories

Authors of the chosen stories will receive a byline and a one-page bio in the back of the book, with links to books, websites, social media, and up to two images (headshot and one book cover image). Each author will also receive a Kindle version of the book.

TMP will form a marketing group from all the chosen authors, and those authors will work together to promote The Gingerbread Diaries and each other’s books and websites. (Participation is voluntary but encouraged.) This is a great way to network and build a buzz around your writing.

The book will be released November 1, 2016.

The second round will take place from November 1 to November 30. Readers will select their favorite short story through a poll that will open on the TMP Books website. The poll will list all of the included stories for readers to choose their favorite. Readers may only vote once. The winner of the Reader’s Choice Award will be announced on December 1, 2016.

The Reader’s Choice Winner will receive the following prizes:

* A Complete” publishing package and cover design from TMP Books (retail value of $949).
* Ten print copies of The Gingerbread Diaries (retail value $150).
* Ten print copies of the author’s book that TMP publishes (retail value $150+)
            (Print books shipped to continental US addresses only.)


Short Story Guidelines:

            * Length: 2500-5000 Words
            * Genre: General fiction
            * The short story must feature gingerbread in some way – houses, cookies, ornaments, etc.
            * Family-friendly. No profanity or erotica.

Tip: Have fun with your story – make it humorous, heart-warming, memorable. This collection is one we hope readers will return to again and again.

Manuscripts should:

* Be submitted as a Word document, attached to the e-mail. (Do not include the short story in the body of the e-mail.)
            * Be typed in size 12 font, Times New Roman.
            * Be double-spaced.
            * Include a cover page that includes your name, address, phone, e-mail, and story title.
            * Include a header with author name and page number on every page.

Entries:
            * Should be e-mailed to: info@TMPbooks.com
            * Subject line MUST read: Short Story Contest Entry
            * Should include a brief bio and links to social media
           
Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016.


A few more details:
The number of stories chosen for The Gingerbread Diaries depends on the quantity and quality of entries received.
No cash substitutions for prizes.
The Reader’s Choice winner may transfer their prize to another author of their choice.
Publishing package must be claimed/scheduled by December 1, 2017. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thirsting for More Named Finalist in 2016 Selah Awards



Thirsting for More by Marie Wells Coutu 
is a Finalist for the 2016 Selah Awards,
sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountains
Christian Writers Conference
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.   Edie Melson, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and Eva Marie Everson, BRMCWC Contest Director, announce the finalists in the 2016 Selah Awards, awarded to published authors each year during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers conference.
The Selah Awards are open industry wide and internationally to authors published by traditional and nontraditional publishing houses during the previous year. Winners will be announced during the awards banquet on May 25. The 2015 Book of the Year award is chosen by the contest director from the top scores/first place recipients.
This year Thirsting for More (Write Integrity Press), by Marie Wells Coutu, is a finalist in the category of Fiction: Contemporary Women.
In this modern-day version of the woman at the well, the whole city of Charleston seems to be watching, waiting for Northern transplant and recently hired director of tourism, Victoria Russo, to either work a miracle or to stumble and fall. The change of geography is a chance for multi-divorced Victoria to start a new life. Hoping to gain acceptance, she purchases and tackles the renovation of an historic home, but soon falls back into her old ways.
Thirsting for More is the second in the Mended Vessels series, contemporary stories loosely based on Biblical women that reveal how God takes broken lives and restores them to usefulness. The first book, Coutu’s debut novel titled For Such a Moment, won the Books of Hope award in 2013. The Secret Heart, the third book in the series, will be published later this year.
Recently, Coutu also received an honorable mention in the Great Beginnings Contest for an unpublished historical work-in-progress titled Judgment Between the Rivers.
Thirsting for More is available from bookstores and online retailers. For more information, visit www.MarieWellsCoutu.com/books.

For Such a Moment, Book One in the Mended Vessels Series,
is available in print and Kindle formats, on Amazon and
other online retailers, and at most bookstores by request.