Saturday, November 8, 2014

Check out this AMAZING blog tour: Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month Blog Tour

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month Blog Tour

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million (Alzheimer’s Association, 2014). The Author Community of Helping Hands Press is getting involved this month, and hopes to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Staring Nov. 3rd, with Anne Baxter Campbell’s blog post and Sue Badeau’s appearance on blogtalk radio, and finishing on Nov. 25th with Mark Venturini’s blog post, many of the authors in the Helping Hands Press Community will be sharing their personal stories.
Who are the authors, their blogs and what days?
Here is the list:
Nov.3rd-Anne Baxter Campbell-
Nov.4th –Doris Gaines Rapp-
Nov.5th-Marcia Lee Laycock-
Nov. 6th –Ruth L. Snyder-
Nov. 7th –Sheila Seiler Lagrand-
Nov. 8th –Giovanni Gelati-
Nov. 10th –Cindy Noonan-
Nov. 11th-Sue Badeau-
Nov. 12th-Peggy Blann Phifer-
Nov. 13th-Sandy Sieber-
Nov. 13th- Joy Ross Davis-
Nov.14th –Karen Gass-
Nov. 17th –Patti J. Smith-
Nov. 18th-Tracy Krauss-
Nov.19th –Melanie M. Jeschke-
Nov. 20th-Richard L. Allen
Nov.21st- Andrea J. Graham-
Nov.22nd-Linda Wood Rondeau-
Nov.24th-Diane Huff Pitts-
Nov.25th –Mark Venturini-

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

J.T. Patten, The Safe Havens Black Ops Series & The Green Beret Foundation

J.T. Patten, The Safe Havens Black Ops Series

In the world of black operations, often neither the public nor the participants know what it transpiring as innocents can be targeted and the enemy can be allowed within secured gates of National Security. Author J.T Patten, a former guest of the show, gives us an update about his Safe Havens black ops series, which has been described by best selling authors as “Blacker than black”, “Authentic”, and a “new loud voice in thrillers”.

The first of the series, Shadow Masters, has been highly ranked and rated on Amazon and Goodreads. The indie debut novel has sold over 1,100 copies and has sustained ranking in the top Thriller categories for the past eleven months since its release. Its audiobook, narrated by actor, Charles Kahlenberg, will be released in early December.

Patten, a former intelligence specialist and special operations advisor with degrees in Foreign Languages, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism, blends espionage, conspiracy, and military thriller sub-genres in what he describes as the emotional and operational blends of realistic warrior and spy situations. Having worked integrally with U.S. Army Special Forces groups in intelligence training and operational intelligence support, this Veteran’s Day, Patten will be donating book sales to the Green Beret Foundation.

In a brief conversation with Patten about the Green Beret Foundation, J.T. stated, “Green berets have been perhaps my favorite SOF group to work with. For as much as I have had the opportunity to train and support them, they have mentored me, taught me, and included me with their team family on numerous occasions. Those members and my experiences with them have inspired many of the story scenes that I write. Despite my writings being fictional (and approved by the CIA and DOD for release), I feel that I need to give something back to that community. In Shadow Masters, there is a powerful scene that involves the loss of a special forces warrior and the ripple effects that many readers don’t realize can happen in the real world. It still gives me a lump in the throat to read.” The root of that segment, again, highly fictionalized according to Patten, was actually taken from Patten’s experience as a youth, which inspired him to seek a career with intelligence and special activities.

Learn more about the Green Beret Foundation at or visit J.T. Patten on Twitter @jtpattenbooks and at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mark Rubinstein, Peter May, Aleshia Robinson & much more this week on The G-ZONE!

Mark Rubinstein, Peter May, Aleshia Robinson & much more this week on The G-ZONE!

We are fortunate to have a very busy month on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show!
We have three shows this week, one has already happened-Mark Rubinstein & Peter May were on this morning. Here is the link:

Weds. Aleshia Robinson returns to The G-ZONE @10AMEST, and to round out the Holiday shortened week we are simulcasting Helping Hands Press “Thirsty Thursday” @8PMEST.
I will have more about each author here on the blog as the week goes on.
Just in case anyone forgets, here is the main link for the blogtalk show, you can click on that or on the sidebar of my blog there is a widget you can click on to the shows as well.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Monday Everybody! Here is this week's schedule for The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show!

Happy Monday folks!

We have a very interesting group of guests on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio this week.
Tuesday Melanie M. Jeschke drops by to discuss her pending release “Expectations”, her trip to Oxford, and much more. Melanie will be on @11AMEST! Here is the link for the show:

Weds. is a double header with Lynette Sowell & Julia Roller. The show starts @10.30AMEST.

Thursday night @6PMEST RJ Thesman returns!

If you wondering,”Hey, how can I be a guest of The G-ZONE?”, wonder no more. Just email me, message me on Twitter, or any other place you find me. I would love to have you on the show.
Here is the main link for The G-ZONE, you can find any of the shows we have done on the archives as well as any that are scheduled for the future:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Glow In The Dark by Michele Huey


Matthew 5:14-16; Exodus 34:29-35

When Moses came down from Mount Sinaihis face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. Exodus 34:29 (NIV)

I can remember when I first discovered how glow-in-the-dark figures really worked. Until then I’d never really given much thought to how something could radiate light without being a source of light itself. I noticed how they shone brightly at first, then slowly lost their glow. Rather than give off light all by themselves, glow-in-the-dark figures radiate the light they’ve absorbed from a light source such as a light bulb or the sun. The brighter the light source and the closer and longer the exposure, the more light is absorbed and the brighter the glow.
I remember how I’d take a glow-in-the-dark figure and hold it close to a light bulb, then hurry to a darkened room so I could watch it glow. But the glow would eventually fade, and I’d have to return for more light.
Christians, too, are “glow-in-the-dark” figures. We are to radiate the light we absorb from God to a world darkened with selfishness and sin. The closer we get and the longer we stay in His presence, the brighter we will glow.
I wonder how well I am radiating God to those around me. Too often I jump right into the day without taking much time to absorb His light through praying and reading His Word. Then, when I go into the sin-darkened world, His radiance dims much too quickly.
Yes, I can go to church once or twice a week and catch some light, but it’s only when I’m up close to God on a daily basis and I spend adequate time with Him that I absorb – and then radiate – the most Light.

Remind me, O God, that my purpose in life is to radiate Your glory. For You alone are the true Source of Light. Amen.

By Michele Huey
© 2000 by Michele Huey. All rights reserved.

Michele Huey is the author of The Heart Remembers, “Gracie’s Gift,” Vol. 1 in her Fifth Wheel series, and Before I Die¬, as well as two books of devotionals. She writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea. Michele and her husband, Dean, live in western Pennsylvania and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Visit Michele online:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Michele Huey, author of "Before I Die", "The Heart Remembers", "Fifth Wheel",will be on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show today @ 1PMEST!

Today @ 1PMEST Michele Huey will on The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show!

She will be discussing a number of things including her soon to be released novel "Before I Die".

The link for the show is :

Here is more on Michele:
A writer with a passion for teaching and speaking, Michele Huey writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, which placed second in the 2009 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Press Awards. Two compilations of these columns have been published as devotional books. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and national publications. Her daily radio program, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, aired on stations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama for 10 years. She writes devotionals on assignment for Pathways to God and is a former newspaper feature writer, photographer, and editor. Her debut novel, The Heart Remembers, has enjoyed 5-star reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Her second novel, Before I Die, and her short story series, Fifth Wheel, are also published by Helping Hands Press. An inspiring speaker, Michele is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and serves as pulpit supply for a small, local congregation, which she calls her "little flock." A former teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, Michele was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2004-2006). In addition to serving as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, she coaches writers through The Writing Academy, teaches at writing conferences, and was a member of the team that rewrote two CWG courses. She has a passion for reaching women with the Word of God and serves as the assistant director for the annual Punxsutawney Christian Women's Conference.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

David Clarke,Alan Lester,David Stearman,Anne Baxter Campbell! Why it must be another "Thirsty Thursday" simulcast on The G-ZONE!

It is almost time for another “THIRSTY THURSDAY”

What is Helping Hands Press “THIRSTY” for:
Your input! Your ideas! Your feedback!

The authors at Helping Hands Press will be ready to answer your questions, listen to your thoughts, and to help you have a great experience!
The Party starts @ 8PM EST, we hope that you can make it!

The link for this evenings simulcast is:

Tonight’s guests are : David Clarke, Alan Lester, David Stearman, Anne Baxter Campbell &….who knows who else will call in, maybe you.

The call in number is 1-949-270-5955!

Nature, Nurture, and a little bit of Maturity by Jen Cudmore

Nature, Nurture, and a little bit of Maturity by Jen Cudmore

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll

"Nature vs. Nurture" is an argument that has stumped people for ages. How much of our identity is shaped by the personality we were given at birth, and how much is influenced by the way we were raised? I remember discussing this argument in one of my psychology classes in college. The final answer seems to be that it differs for each person; some are more dominated by nature and others by how they were nurtured.
Our reactions, which we choose, play a big part in quality of life. As proven by statistics, if we are positive and loving in how we respond, we’re more likely to be content and happy. And as we get older and learn from our mistakes (another choice!), we’re less likely to respond in a negative manner.
The nature /nurture topic struck me as I was working on my origin story for the San Francisco Wedding Planner series. These installments are due out this month! As you delve into the backgrounds of Heather, Bryan, Indigo, Gloria, and Skye, you’ll see how nature, nurture, and maturing over time has shaped each character.

Here is the opening to the story I wrote about Bryan and how he ended up in San Francisco.

"Bro! Over here!"
Bryan Tate swiveled on his heels at the sound of his brother's voice bellowing across the airport terminal. Raul charged toward him, white teeth gleaming nearly as much as the mass of gold necklaces about his neck.
"I thought you were gonna meet me at the curb," Bryan said.
"No way!" Raul threw his arms around Bryan and squeezed. "It's been too long, man!"
The smell of cologne wafted over Bryan and he tried not to gag. Ignoring the raised eyebrows of those nearby, Bryan patted Raul's back and stepped away. While he wasn't much for PDA, he was glad to see his only sibling for the first time in over a year. They had separate mothers and for the most part separate childhoods. Yet despite their differences, they'd kept in contact over the years.
Raul scanned him up and down. "A flannel? Really?" He gave Bryan a pained expression.
Bryan glanced down at his blue and green flannel over top a plain navy T-shirt. "What's wrong with it?"
With a shake of the head, Raul tsked. "We'll have to do some shopping while you are here."

Jen Cudmore’s Amazon Author Page: