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What Every Parent Should Know! Protect Your Teens Tour with Diane Griffin - Interview & Giveaway

Welcome Diane, I'm so glad you could stop in today. We're touching on a very serious subject, Protecting Your Teens Online, and I know so many parents are going to love your tour to learn more about this much needed information. Diane is currently on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe', and you can follow her tour HERE for more information and to enter her contest (details below).

WI:  Why did you choose to breach this subject?
DG: As a security expert, I deal with a wide variety of growing trends of activities that have the potential for harmful consequences to businesses and people. A few Close friends of mine have teenagers and I was troubled by their behaviors on social networks and texting while driving.  I wrote the book so that my friends would have a better understanding what teenagers are doing on these social media sites, and then I thought to myself; that this information should be shared to ALL parents of teenagers. Parents that have teens active on social Media Sites, and don’t want to read 100+ pages of info on Facebook or find some of the techno-terms and lingo online confusing. Even if you have a Facebook profile and connect with people from time to time there, you will find this book helpful. I wrote this as an informative, easy-read, quick-answer guide so you can take action to protect your teens (and you) on Facebook now.

WI:  Tell us a bit of what people can expect from these books.
DG: In the Social Media book, I discuss the critical elements you and your college bound teens must consider regarding social networking and media if you want them to have an advantage for getting accepted, getting scholarships and ultimately an advantage for being desirable to employers in an already very difficult job market. In other words, helping you give them the better that you want them to have.

I am not here to tell you how you must parent your child. I am here to provide you with important issues to consider so you can make the best decisions possible for you and your teens in keeping a positive and healthy relationship as it relates to their online activities and specifically Facebook

WI:  What is the most common mistake parents make when it comes to protecting our teens online?
DG: While there are many benefits today to the ways we have of staying connected, it creates opportunities for many other people whom we don’t know to connect with us and our teens. This gives strangers access to information about … where we live, where we were born, who our friends are, what our “likes” are … you name it.

WI:  In your experience, what is the number one mistake teens make when socializing online?
DG: Not fully understand that you should not post anything online you wouldn’t expect the whole world to see and not understanding that there is no such thing as privacy on the internet

WI:  What can parents do to protect their teens, especially if they're going off to college?
DG: Identity Theft is high among teens going off to college, parents can teach kids about how to handle credit cards & bank accounts.  Also, how to protect personal identifiable information online, i.e. bank accounts & credit card numbers.

WI:  Facebook is huge. What should parents do when their child signs up for Facebook?
DG: Go with your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. If you don’t feel right about what someone is asking you to do, walk away.

WI:  What are the statistics for children either being abducted or murdered from socializing online?
DG:  The Counterintelligence and Cyber Divisions, Los Angeles FBI field office started keeping statistics in 1996, and we opened 113 cases that year. Through fiscal year 2007, opened 20,200 cases and arrested almost 10,000 subjects for sexually exploiting children online. So it's a crime problem that has grown exponentially over the years and continues to grow every year.

WI:  What should be the first thing parents should do when first allowing their children to have access to technology?
DG: Parents should monitor what their kids do with technology, they should be the first line of defense -Know their online friends. – Ask for their passwords, discuss the dangers of social media

WI:  What is the biggest danger of cell phones?
DG: Never-Ending Interruptions, Distracted Drivers, Negative Impact on Personal Contact, Health Effects, a very expensive hobby

WI:  Where can readers find you:
DG: Reader can contact me on website site;   or 866-661-5211  or

WI:  Where can readers purchase your books?  
DG: The can purchase the book from the web site:

WI:  Anything else you'd like to share today?
DG: With the knowledge that one would gain from the books,  I am hoping that you can make better informed decisions about what social Media activities you are comfortable with your teen actively participating on. Now you know the positives of social media, the potential risks and what you can do about them. While in some cases, it may be best for you to have your teens wait until they mature more before they are exposed to this massive social network. And for others, you can create a better bond between you by actively participate in how your teens set up their profiles and how they engage with the apps and people in this community.

Diane I love all of your advice. The books have been getting great reviews and I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you so much for chatting with me today. I believe it is much needed information.

The Writing Innovations Team

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This is the first book in a series to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of technology and the Internet. Not only does the book describe the dangers and legal implications of texting, but also gives tools and information how to dialog with teens about the dangers of texting. This is a very practical book. Also, there is a project to go with the book on Diane's website that is based on best practices in education to help teens understand the dangers and how to deal with them. This project will include lesson plans for teachers and parents who home school their teens based on national educational standards and learning targets. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Safe Text. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.

This is the second book in a series of books to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of the Internet, texting, and social media sites. This book is about Facebook. Not only does it spell out the dangers of Facebook for teens but also the positives. It describes the problems and actually tells parents what to do about them. The book gives links to a good amount of useful resources.

Have a teen planning to go to college? This is the book for you. It is a book to help parents and teens use Social Media to help the student get into college. It describes the traps that might have an adverse effect on admittance into a college. The most popular social media sites are described as well as some newer sites that a becoming more popular. This is a must have book if you want to help your teen capture an advantage in being accepted to the college of their choice. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Social Media Secrets. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.

Diane Griffin:
Diane Griffin is the founder and President of Security First & Associates. Ms. Griffin works with a variety of clients throughout the Security industry. Ms. Griffin has also worked in a wide array of fields to include training, facilitation, communications, human resources and industrial security management and Ms. Griffin is the current Chapter Chair for National Classification Management Society (NCMS), Chapter 26.

Diane's expertise in the security field and her experience as an author of books on Security Clearances helped her make a natural transition to security issues for teens and their parents.

According to Ms. Griffin, Social Media is the way to communicate with teenagers today. Parents have a lot to learn when it comes to the behaviors of their children online. To help parents and teachers understand today's teenager, Diane Griffin has written several books on the topic of Social Media and your teens. She also has a helpful blog that gives good advice about the subject and valuable resources for parents and teens on the subject of internet and phone safety on her site Take advantage of a security expert to help you manage this important process in your child's life.

Title: Protecting Your Teens Tour
Genre – Education
Publisher – Self-Published
Release Date: May 15, 2011


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We Found The First One-Eyed Man At Dawn...Chatting with Lyle Blake Smythers

Do you not just love that teaser? "We found the first one-eyed man at dawn.." What better way to start off! Welcome to Writing Innovations Lyle Blake Smythers!

WI:  Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I am a busy man because by day I am a librarian and by night I am an actor.  I have been in the Washington, D.C., area since 1974 and have worked most of that time in the field of children’s and young adult books,  as a children’s librarian for a public library, a school librarian, and a cataloger of children’s/YA books at the Library of Congress.  Currently I am still at LC but providing cataloging support for a special ongoing inventory and quality control project.

When I’m not among the books,  I am onstage performing.  I started in local community theater, which here in D.C. is of unusually high quality, and somewhere along the way I made the jump to professional theater that actually pays me something.  Right now I can be seen as the Major-General in a dinner theater production of The Pirates of Penzance.

In what I laughingly refer to as my spare time, I pursue my other passion, which is writing.

WI:  How many books have you written?

Feasting With Panthers is my first published novel but actually the second one I’ve completed.  The first was a short realistic children’s novel for the middle grades which I shopped around to traditional publishers for a while before coming to believe that it had insurmountable problems with the narrator’s voice.  It has now become a trunk novel, meaning I have put it away.  It was doing something completely different that allowed me to produce Feasting, which is not a children’s book but an unusual magical adventure novel with multiple narrators and, I hope, a fresh approach to the whole swords-and-sorcery field.

WI:  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was in the sixth grade I was a big fan of the adventure novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, his Tarzan books, the John Carter stories set on Mars, and the Pellucidar books that took readers to a strange world at the Earth’s core.  I started writing my own story, entitled Expedition Into the Unknown, a highly derivative work that took some men in a giant Devil Drill to the Earth’s core for adventures among strange people and monsters.  It was not terribly good but I had fun with it.  When I got to junior high school I said, “This is awful” and abandoned it.  Since then I have been preoccupied with making my own stories.

WI:  Have you had any classes or hold a degree that aides you in your writing?

Like most writers, I have been a lifelong reader, and I took a creative writing class in high school.  I worked on the literary magazine in both high school and college and was an English major.  As I have mentioned, I am a librarian, with a degree in library science.  Most importantly for my creative side, however,  I read widely in many genres.

WI:  What, in your opinion, is the first most important step to marketing a book?

If you want get basic, I agree with those who say that the title and the cover are extremely important, followed by the blurb or the description that you provide.  We are currently awash in a sea of books, what with e-books and self-publishing, and so we must fight for the reader’s attention.

WI:  Do you prefer to publish in paperback or e-book format?

I am rather traditional in that I want my work to see print, something I can hold in my hand and show to my father, who does not use a computer.  I also recognize the importance of e-books and their growing popularity.  I am very pleased that Pink Narcissus Press is making both versions available.

WI:  Tell us what it's like for you when you sit down to write...Do you need complete silence, do you create a playlist?

Because of my busy schedule,  I can go as long as one or two weeks between writing sessions, during which time I am frequently thinking about what’s coming next in my work in progress and making notes to myself.  I frequently find myself writing in a leather armchair at the cigar shop where I buy cigars, because they have a smoking area inside that is climate controlled.  It’s a nice place to relax, look over my notes, and start trying to make more literary magic.

WI:  How long did it take you to write this particular book/novel?

It took an incredible fourteen years (see previous remarks about my busy schedule), during which I occasionally put it aside and came back to it again.  There were other things going on in my life which distracted me from being productive.  Now I do make more time to write.  I am on the verge of finishing the first draft of my work in progress and it has only taken two and a half years.

WI:  Most authors despise the editing process. What is this process like for you?

I have found the editing to be essential for producing a better book, but it must come from the outside, from another person who is impartial.  I do some self-editing as I go, then go back and try to clean things up, but I need an editor.  Rose Mambert, my editor at Pink Narcissus Press, did so much to improve my book in the areas of consistency,  clear writing, the pruning of unnecessary stuff, and content in general.  This is an invaluable process.  It’s less painful when I realize that the editor is helping make my book a better book, which of course is the ultimate goal.

WI:  Do you like the traditional publishing route, or do you prefer self-publishing?

This has been my first publishing experience, other than a few short stories here and there, and Pink Narcissus is a small press that falls into the traditional pub category.  I like having the support and not having to do everything myself.  However, I tend to write rather unusual, not to say oddball, things and there may come a time when I may choose to embrace the freedom of self-publishing to get something out to the world that a trad pub would not want to publish.  I find it’s valuable to be open to different options.

WI:  What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

I hope they find a fresh, original story that is full of surprises and told in inventive ways, through language that is vivid, literary, and exciting.  I love words and I must say I had a field day with writing this one.

WI:  What can we expect from you in the future?

My work in progress is a blend of dark fantasy, New Weird and urban detective noir.  A little China Mieville, a little Jeff Vandermeer, a little Philip K. Dick, a little Raymond Chandler., in a realistic, complex real-world setting combining elements of both science fiction and fantasy.  Two supernatural beings from Irish mythology, the hero Finn M’Coul and Viledark, the Hog Who Ate the Sun, are running a private detective agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., when they come across a new sex drug that increases the male orgasm but also kills and only works on gay men.  Their search for a missing boy leads them to Sin, a psychotic supervillain who claims to be the original model for Fu Manchu.  I have not yet sold this book to a publisher.

WI:  Please let readers know where they can connect with you and purchase your books...

Right now Feasting can be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble at  It will shortly be available on Amazon and from my publisher at which is also how they can connect with me if they have comments or questions.  I am also on Facebook.

Thank you so much for this opportunity to be here.

Thank you so much for taking time to chat with us today. We wish you much success in the future.

The Writing Innovations Team

Lyle is on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe', and you can follow HERE.

We found the first one-eyed man at dawn...

So begins the highly original fantasy tale of warrior poet Catalan,  when he and his band stumble upon a handsome acolyte near death in a  mountain pass. But when the acolyte reveals his mystical vision, the  poet finds himself at the center of a War Game between two mysterious  
sorcerers. To unravel the mystery, Catalan and the agents of the War  Game must seek the missing pieces of an enchanted chess set in a quest  complicated by deceit and treachery, in which nothing is what it seems.

Ingeniously weaving together citations throughout the text from a  variety of sources ? including Yeats, Milton, Joyce, Poe, Baudelaire,  the King James Bible and many more ? author Lyle Blake Smythers serves  up a truly literary feast.


Book Genre - Literary Fantasy
Publisher - Pink Narcissus Press
Release Date - May 2012

Lyle Blake Smythers:
Lyle Blake Smythers is an actor, writer and librarian in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 1976 he has performed in over 100 stage productions, including three appearances at the National Theatre. He has published fiction, poetry, satire and literary criticism in Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal and Children?s Literature Review. He is a former children?s librarian and is currently providing cataloging support for an ongoing project at the Library of Congress.

Need a Reason to Write Inspirational? Cesar has 4 - & Giveaway

4 Reasons to write Inspirational genre books
One: the author gets a chance to share with readers about their own personal life, the problems that they have faced and their triumphs in life. For many the idea of putting out personal thoughts and experiences is quite daunting, maybe fearing ridicule perhaps? There is one poem in my book which I had an issue with, the one that talked about looking forward to my wedding day. Right now, at this stage of my life, I am divorced. I could have removed that poem, but many people look forward to marriage and just because mine did not work, it was no reason not to include the poem.
Two: the author gets a chance to inspire the reader, it might just be in a small way but there is always a chance that your words can change a persons life. I have read books in my life that have made dramatic changes to my life for the better, and if some place, one of my poems helps a person then that would be fantastic.
Three: it can help create change, not just change in a person, but change in society. As teens, many of us loved the idea that we can change the world, yet as adults we look to our president or prime-minister to make the changes for us. But books can change opinions and shape minds, and those minds can go on to change the world.
Four: inspirational books can help people that are feeling alone in life. They can possibly see that they are not the only one that feels what they do, that they are the only one who have faced trauma, and this simple fact can help show that people can fight through the bad times of their life and come out better-off on the other side, that there is hope in life.

This collection of 250 poems was written by Cesar during his late teens, and each piece of writing was originally intended to remain as a personal record of his journey with God. Yet the collection at some point became much more than mere thoughts about the world and God; they developed into poems, lyrics and poetry on a full range of subjects.

Then the writing stopped and the pages of thought and devotion were lost to time, gaining nothing but dust in an attic. That is where Cesar found them thirteen years later, and he chose to publish them as a testament to the influences which once surrounded his life, and as a dedication to God for his faithfulness.

The book is also dotted with hand drawn sketches which adds an additional level to the book.

Release Date: April 13th 
Genre: Christian non-fiction / poetry 
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Prayers Poems Songs by Cesar

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by Cesar

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Cesar has a very experienced background in the spiritual world. He was brought up in a Christian family, but branched out from that base as he got older, seeking answers about the world around him, and the spiritual world around him.  In his mid-twenties dramatic events occurred in his life which challenged his very existence, but he learned from these experienced and most of learned that how that life is not just in our own hands.  Now Cesar is a firm believer that everyone has their own path to walk in life, and part of that walk is all about the choices that you make. Some people choose a good life and some a wicked life, but most of us live the life in the middle, influenced by the world around us and our own upbringing, Cesar understands that life is simply not black and white.

Writing to Debt Free & Giveaway with Nicholas Maze

Today we welcome Nicholas Maze to the table, as we chat about his book Exit:How to Leave Debt Forever, his writing and his future plans. Welcome Nicholas, we're glad you could join us today.

WI: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have been writing since about the age of 12 and I have always had a great imagination. When I began to write my first book (White Collar Woman), I was at a security job. I had no plans to pursue a writing career, but I wanted to see what I could put on paper. After finishing my story, I received a prophecy from a visiting prophet at our Church. Although I had been writing for years, the prophecy was my confirmation.

WI: What inspired you to pen this particular novel/book?

I received a prophecy. A prophet visited our Church and told me that he saw me writing books dealing with finance. At the time, I had just completed my previous book (White Collar Woman), which was a romance/fiction. I began to research and was amazed at the information I was coming across and discovering. I knew that majority of Americans did not have this information and felt I had to write this book.

WI: What road blocks did you come across while writing this story?

The number one culprit is writer’s block. This is common for most writers, if not all. Outside of writer’s block, I would say finding a balance. When I speak of balance, I mean holding a reader’s attention and teaching, at the same time. It is a difficult task. It is rare to find a person buying a book, because they miss going to class. So, I couldn’t give a class assignment. I had to present the book in a way that an 80-year old scholar can read and smile, while a 20-year old waitress can understand and grow. Balance.

WI: What do you do if a story just doesn't seem to flow the way you were hoping it would?

Normally, I take a break. If things are not blending and there is too much confusion, I have to walk away. If I am questioning whether it is flowing for the reader, I will have people close to me review what I have written and give me their opinion.

WI: What has been the hardest thing about marketing this story?

The invisible barrier. Most people read for entertainment, so it is difficult to market literature that will help someone versus entertain someone. Most people are hesitant and place more value on entertainment than knowledge.

WI: What is one thing you wished you knew before, that you now know about marketing?

Marketing expenses. When you are paying out of pocket, it is better to spend less. The best way to market is through guerilla marketing, not paying some marketing expert or marketing company. In reality, unless you have a name, no one knows you. So if you drove pass a billboard of someone you have never seen before, what draws you in? Instead, use your marketing dollars for fuel and go to local areas to sell and speak about your book. Call local businesses and ask to setup a table and speak to their customers about your latest book.

WI: What is one piece of advice that you received to help your writing that you still carry with you today?

Build a background. Don’t just write from feeling, but build something to grow from. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, you have to have something to build off of, a foundation. That is why you research in non-fiction or create a bio for a character in fiction. Your foundation.

WI: Tell us what a day in your writing life is like, do you have any writing quirks?

Once I have a lot of information to put on paper, I limit myself. Instead of putting down everything at once, I save some for the next day. By doing this, I have something to build off of, when I begin to write the next day. This is my way of eliminating writer’s block.

WI: Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

Film and television. I am preparing for a future film script. Having the opportunity to see my words come to life would be wonderful. So, I look forward to taking my writing to that next step.

WI: Are you currently working on any new projects?

My current project is a book that will help restore Churches and restructure ministries. I discovered that Churches have been in need of this literature, for over 100 years, but it has never been written.

WI: Do you have any upcoming events or special news you would like to share with our readers? 

On April 22nd, I have a guest blog for Ashley’s Bookshelf. Also, a great friend of mine has begun hosting her own blog on my site (

WI: Where can readers find you?

Barnes & Noble:

WI: Where can your book be purchased?
Barnes & Noble:

We want to thank you for taking time to chat with us today and offering your writing & marketing experiences. We wish you much success in the future.

The Writing Innovations Team

What 12+ years of schooling never provided is located within this amazing literature. From basic instructions on saving to the reason for America’s current financial dilemma, we receive great advice in the world of finance. People across the globe are crying for relief that will never come. In EXIT, we learn that financial strain is planned and orchestrated. The more America suffers financially, the more successful certain individuals become. How do we eliminate a problem that has been in place for almost 100 years? We first learn how to exit, escape.  

Nicholas is also giving a $25 Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter from his tour. Leave a comment with your email for a chance to win. Follow his tour HERE for more chances.

Born in Flint, Michigan, Nicholas L. Maze attended Baker College, where he earned his degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and Marketing. With a knack for advertising and excelling in math, Nicholas seemed destined for a productive career in business. Instead, there would be another gift that would prove to be more dominant and rewarding.
In the summer of 1999, while still in college, Nicholas found a job with a nation-wide security organization. His initial plans were to work his job, until he finished college. But it was his stint with the security organization that would lead to a rebirth of his passion for writing. As a child, being driven by a strong imagination, Nicholas would write stories to past time. It was during his composition courses in college that Nicholas realized that his gift was still intact. His writing craft received praise from his colleagues and instructors. With substantial amount of free time on the job, Nicholas found himself writing more and more. He started by writing poetry and composing songs, during his free time on the job. It was at this same time that Nicholas began managing a small rap group, which allowed him to hone his writing skills even more. Nicholas began composing songs for his rap group and him. In 2004, Nicholas began to write his first published work. With ample amount of time and a number of ideas, Nicholas began to write. In order to compose a successful work, Nicholas had to make himself the reader. Nicholas placed himself in the passenger seat and let his imagination go to work.
As Nicholas was completing his book, he renewed his relationship with GOD and acquired a second job. Two jobs and attending college full-time, forced Nicholas to put his writing on hold. Once Nicholas completed his first degree in Marketing, he was able to focus on his unfinished work and complete his book in 2007. From there, Nicholas began to send out query letters for his book. After no success, Nicholas placed his book on the shelf and returned to school. In 2009, Nicholas received a prophecy on his writing gift and immediately began shopping his book around. “I instantly thought of my finished work and began sending out query letters. Within two months, I received a publishing deal.” Now, Nicholas is fine-tuning himself for a long, successful career as an author. His first love.

VBTC Pit Stop: Interview & Giveaway wth Acacia Beumer - Launch Out Into The Deep

I am so excited to take part in the Launch Out Into The Deep Tour with Acacia Beumer and Aaron Slaton. If you get a chance, visit their website and check out how beautiful it is and all the wonderful information they offer. I loved it!

Today we are joined with the female half of this magnificent duo, Acacia! We're so glad you could join us today!

WI: Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I am an army wife and a mother of two little ones (Jana Grace 3, and one year old Jaci Marie). My husband is presently in Afghanistan and this has been extremely hard for my oldest daughter; more so than for me. As an adult, I understand that this is my husband’s job but my daughter does not understand why daddy left and she can’t see him. The last time she saw him is when we dropped him off at the airport. So at times she’ll ask, “Mommy, are we going to pick up daddy from the airport?” My husband said, “I have something for Jana and you’ll never guess what it is. He’s was right, as I named the latest kid gadgets and did not come close. He gave me a hint: “It’s something that people rarely do in this day and age.” He wrote Jana a personal letter. How sweet. Besides being a wife and mother I spend approximately 32 hours per week at my intern site (psychiatric hospital) in order to fulfill degree requirements to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.

WI: I could imagine that would be hard. Bless her little heart.

WI: How many books have you written? 

Launch Out Into The Deep is my first book but it will not be my only. I plan to write many more books that will encourage others and propel them to new highs spiritually. All of the positive feedback and reviews have helped me to see something that I doubted; and that is that I am a writer.

WI: Have you had any classes or hold a degree that aides you in your writing? What developed your creative side?

My creative side comes from personal experiences. One will also notice when reading Launch Out Into The Deep that I share a lot of personal experiences I’ve had with clients. I gain a lot of wisdom and insight from counseling. I find that when people are at their lowest they can be the most humble and truthful. I find this to also be true of myself.

WI: What, in your opinion, is the first most important step to marketing a book? 

The first step is to have an intriguing cover and title that will make a person want to pick up your book and read it. Yes, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but truthfully, most of us do.

WI: Do you prefer to publish in paperback or e-book format? 

I guess I am a bit old fashioned but I prefer paperback. However, Launch Out Into the Deep is also available in E-book because I realize we live in an instant society. E-books are also great for the customer that feels really compelled to read your book and does not want to wait for it to ship. I actually purchase e-books quite often but my eyes do tire from being on the computer daily so paperback is always my first choice.

WI: Tell us what it's like for you when you sit down to write...

Do you need complete silence, do you create a playlist? I have to just motivate myself to do it. There are times when I don’t feel like it but I find that once I get started, the flow happens.

WI: How long did it take you to write this particular book/novel? 

It took me less than six months to write Launch Out Into the Deep. For the most part, the experiences were within me waiting to come out. During the writing of this book I was going through a lot of emotional pain and was growing weary in my faith. Writing was healing for me and helped me to reflect back on what I had accomplished and even value what I’d learned through bitter trials.

WI: Most authors despise the editing process. What is this process like for you? 

Interesting question as Lanuch Out Into The Deep has had two editions. The first edition of the book was published in 2006. Upon reading some reviews I saw where reviewers commented on grammatical errors. I recently published the 2nd edition (includes a chapter-to-chapter reader’s guide, and author’s story) and took the opportunity to have it edited again. Most reviews rave about the book and say that it’s edited well. Others say there are grammatical errors. I realize there is no perfect book and your book will not appeal to everyone. At the end of the day, I tried, and the most important thing is that the majority of readers could care less about a few errors when the book is one that inspires them.

WI: Do you like the traditional publishing route, or do you prefer self-publishing? 

To be honest self-publishing was never my desire. I attempted to knock on the doors of traditional publishers but was unsuccessful. I now realize that unless you have a platform or an audience, a traditional publisher is not going to invest thousands into your message. I read the success stories of renown authors who self-published and I eventually felt this was the route for me to take.

WI: What do you hope readers will take away from your books? 

I desire for readers to view their hurt and shame differently in order to let go of the past. Bitterness and unforgiveness can take a toll on your life and can lead to many physical ailments. Love the life you have and accept that there is no perfect life. Love yourself and stop looking back at past mistakes. We all make mistakes but we can grow from our experiences if we so desire.

WI: Please let readers know where they can connect with you and purchase your books...

Readers, please visit my site at and make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive two free chapters from the book, two audiobook mp3’s (also available in audiobook), and the animated screensaver featured on our homepage.

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The topics are contemporary and compelling; these are subjects that affect our world today and those for which people are seeking genuine guidance. Her words reveal an understanding of the depth of emotions in our world, as she explains situations through her own personal experiences. Yet, throughout the book, there is a solid and strong emphasis on the Word of God. The author has effectively bridged the gap between the natural and the spiritual world. Her complete reliance on the power of God brings a taste of heaven to some of today's bitter situations. Sexual promiscuity, peer pressure, disease and even crime are discussed with a bold and frank style. Readers will know there is nothing outside of God's reach that He cannot restore and make right again. An added layer of spiritual enlightenment comes from the poems that accompany many of these essays. Intense and extremely insightful, the words of Aaron L. Slaton provide a strong commentary to his sister's counsel. Encouraging, yet filled with many hard-hitting exhortations, this book speaks with a contemporary language and a timeless commitment to love and truth.


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Acacia Slaton Beumer is a graduate of Oral Roberts University; she will earn her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in the summer of 2012. She works in the Social Service field and finds a sense of joy from helping others. Her husband John is in the United States Army. She has two daughters; Jana is 3 years old Jaci is 1. Acacia loves to interact with readers and welcomes questions and feedback. Her next project is to write an autobiography about her many life experiences. If you're interested in contacting Acacia email her at . May you be tremendously blessed and continue to persevere and daily grow in your walk with Christ.

Aaron Slaton is the author of the poetry and one chapter featured in this book. Writing since the age of twelve, Aaron has been gifted with the ability to bring the Scriptures to life through rhythm and rhyme. Aaron is an aspiring songwriter and producer. If you're interested in contacting Aaron email him at .