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A Changing Outlook — by John Nedwill

I wanted to share the most recent blog by John Nedwill on the #OneMillionProject website.

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Just over a year ago, my family was hit by a devastating tragedy. It was not something we expected; it hit us hard and suddenly. It also had ripples out into the communities my family was part of, affecting people beyond just us. I could write about what happened – indeed, some people might say that it is relevant to some of the things that the OMP was set up to do. But I’m not going to. In the last year, I have been over those events more times than I care to remember. Instead, I am going to write about the effects our experiences can have.

We are all the sum of our experiences. They shape our beliefs, our thoughts, and our deeds. It is also impossible to predict how our experiences will affect us. Something that seems trivial at the time may come back to haunt us, while…

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Heartwarming Story of Holiday Spirit

Listening to the news this morning, I heard a wonderful story about a homeless vet outside of Philadelphia who had assisted a young woman stranded after running out of gas.

Johnny Bobbitt, Jr. is a homeless vet who saw Katie McClure pull her car over to the side of the road.  He advised McClure to get back into her car and lock the doors.  He took the last twenty dollars he had and bought gasoline for the young woman.

Bobbitt was a flight medic in the military and wanted to go to college to be a medevac flight nurse after he left the service, but issues with substance abuse and money problems kept him from his goals.

His selfless deed touched McClure and her boyfriend.  They have kept in touch with Bobbitt and recently set up a GoFundMe page for him.  As of today, it has raised over 306,000 dollars in response to Bobbitt’s good Samaritan act.

Each of us has the ability to change another person’s life.  Johnny Bobbitt, Jr. helped countless of wounded service members when in his military role overseas.  He helped a young woman in her moment of need so she could get home safely.  Katie McClure and numerous donors are hoping to help change Bobbitt’s life.

Make today amazing by helping someone else in need.

I have a GIF for that…

I posted my blog on the #OneMillionProject blog in response to all of the GIF messages and emoticon ridden messages I receive.  I mean they are cute and funny.  I use them.  But it got me to thinking about social media and how it drives our culture.

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Time to Enter the Black Friday Giveaway

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Do yourself a favor and enter to win one of the Black Friday Giveaways from The Kindle Book Review.  

I’m a sponsor of this special Black Friday Amazon Shopping Spree Giveaway!  Here’s a chance to win a $400 or $500 Amazon Shopping Spree from The No. 1 Site for Reader Giveaways ~The Kindle Book Review. Just click on the link and enter the $400 or $500 giveaway. It’s easy & fun. If you love #reading #Kindle #books, enter now. Giveaways end Nov. 22. Click here and enter every day ~> https://wp.me/P2H01p-7EQ and check out my book Exodus if you haven’t had a chance. I sincerely hope my readers win a prize, so pass it on!

Enter to Win Daily

Hey there fellow readers and my faithful followers! I’m a sponsor for this special Black Friday Amazon Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Here’s a chance to win a $400 or $500 Amazon Shopping Spree from The No. 1 Site for Reader Giveaways ~The Kindle Book Review. Just click on the link and enter the $400 or $500 giveaway. It’s easy & fun. If you love #reading #Kindle #books, enter now. Giveaways ends Nov. 22. Click here and enter every day ~> https://wp.me/P2H01p-7EQ and check out my book Exodus if you haven’t had a chance. I sincerely hope one of my readers wins one or both prizes, so pass it on!

A Mother’s Instinct

I would die for my children to keep them safe, and I think most mothers feel the same way I do.  So when I was working on my current draft of Never Show Your Hand, I wanted to bring this protective mothering instinct to my character, Shanaya Cadotte.

Shanaya has returned to the Red Cliff Reservation to assist her Uncle Jeb with an accounting issue at the casino.  A forensic accountant who had worked for the CIA, Shanaya decided she wanted to raise her daughter near her family, so she relocated from Washington D.C. back to the Bayfield area.

But when she starts to investigate, the threats against her begin and her first priority is keeping her daughter safe.  That’s all I’ll tell you about the plot, so I don’t spoil anything.  Chapter Eleven of the story is complete and the first draft is nearing 16,000 words.

Question for my readers:  How would you keep your child from harm if you were threatened?  Would you send them out of town?  Or, would you keep them at your side?

“Max” Recognized

We live in a tiny place near the Mississippi River, and our son’s Labrador Retriever has been staying with us as we dog-sit. My husband was walking with the yellow fur baby when he heard a woman calling out, “Hello, Max!” referencing Clare’s loyal dog in Exodus and Winter’s Icy Caress.

On his return, he said, “Another reader of your books thinks Caesar’s name is Max.”

I absolutely love it!

Unlocking the Social Media Marketing Puzzle

My One Million Project blog for this week deals with Social Media Marketing for Writers. It can be intimidating and a bit of a puzzle.

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I was online chatting with another author the other day, and we were discussing what types of marketing we do.  I started going into whatIMG_5071 I do for marketing and realized my approach to social media needed something.

So where did I go for more information on how to market on social media?  I went online to social media to see what works for other writers.  I was able to download a ton of infographics on Pinterest about Social Media Marketing tools, and I read at least a dozen articles on it.

I gleaned some essential points from my research:

  • Social media marketing is not about your books as much as it is about you as an author.
  • Various types of social media have specific guidelines which help you get your brand out to potential readers effectively.
  • There’s a right way and a wrong way to use hashtags depending on…

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