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Mom tries an "airing out"

Damaris Scalzi
A reader of Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms recently wrote to me with some encouraging words for parents of teens.

Damaris Scalzi was missing the communication she had with her son when he was younger. Now, as a teen, he was less willing to talk about his day. While Damaris knew this wasn't unusual for a teen boy, she wanted to restore some of the closeness they once had. Here's the approach she took, which she calls an "Airing Out." Read More 
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Saying thank you to a veteran

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey Neuberger
From time to time, I receive brief recollections of service from military chaplains I've come to know. I'm always delighted to hear their thoughts and eager to share them with others. Here, I'd like you to listen in while retired Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey Neuberger explains the importance of ceremonies of remembrance.  Read More 
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Interview with WNIV Atlanta

One of my favorite things about publishing a book is the chance to talk about it afterward! Last week, I had my first interview about my new book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival. It was with an Atlanta radio station, WNIV.

The show's host, Rick Probst, asked some great questions and let me chat for quite awhile. I got to talk about many of the contributors and stories in my book, particularly the stories in the radio station's listening area.  Read More 
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Release Day!

On a summer day, when I was least expecting it, my book Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival released!

The whirl of activity is on! For now, I just wanted to let you know that the book is available on Amazon as well as other online outlets and bricks and mortar bookstores. And don't forget -- my publisher, Leafwood Publishers, is always ready to help you!  Read More 
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Stories of Survival... coming soon!

My Miracles & Moments of Grace series keeps on rolling! In just a few weeks, the fourth title in the series, Inspiring Stories of Survival will hit bookshelves, both real and virtual.

In this book, as in the others in the series, I tell fifty inspiring true-life stories. The people in this book have faced extraordinary circumstances and found they had the faith, the courage, and the strength to survive. Caught in Hurricane Katrina, attacked by a lion, facing a gunman, trapped in a violent marriage, losing the self to Alzheimer's--in the midst of their trials, these brave people discovered that God provides the grace to persevere in the face of life's greatest challenges. The stories they tell make the heart race, yet they also reveal the sustaining power of deep courage and true faith.

Speaking about the book, Leslie Haskin says, "These uplifting stories offer encouragement for our hearts and strength for our struggles."

No one knows better than Leslie what it takes to survive. She survived the felling of the Twin Towers on 9/11, escaping from the 36th floor. She wrote about her experience in her book Between Heaven and Ground Zero. I greatly appreciate her support of my book.

I'll keep you updated here as release day approaches. Waiting is the hard part! I can't wait to share these inspiring stories with you.  Read More 
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A special offer for Memorial Day

I love when people express their gratitude to those who serve in the military in concrete ways. If we're at a restaurant, my husband will pick up the check of anyone in uniform or wearing a veteran's cap. I've seen many people reach out to shake the hand of a person in uniform. These little actions count big time!

My way of thanking those of you serving in the military is to offer the Kindle edition of my book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains for the special price of $2.99 from now until Memorial Day.

Head on over to Amazon to take advantage of this offer. I can't wait for you to read the stories of these wonderful chaplains who care for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our men and women in uniform.  Read More 
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Just in time for Mothers Day!

Still wondering what to get your mom or a mom friend for Mothers Day? My publisher, Leafwood, is offering my book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms for a special price of $9.99 now through Sunday, May 11.

In the book, you'll read fifty inspiring stories of motherhood -- stories that will touch your heart and lift your spirits. New moms, seasoned moms, moms with a great sense of humor, moms who know what you're going through. They're all in here!

Flowers will wilt, chocolates won't last (at least in my household!) but these lovely stories will remain in your heart forever. Follow the link to the publisher's page and when you put the book in your cart, the special price will pop up. Hope I've solved your gift dilemma!  Read More 
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Weight loss... it doesn't take a miracle!

Let me go off topic on the Miracles & Moments of Grace blog just for today. Between titles in this series, I wrote a book of weight loss success stories. I know, I know. It sounds trendy, trivial. But for me, weight loss was life-changing, and I want everyone to experience the, well... the miracle.

My book, How We Did It is on sale right now for just $2.99 for those who read on Kindles. Just $2.99 and you can hear from more than two dozen people who used every plan from Atkins to the Zone to succeed.

It doesn't take a miracle to lose weight. It takes determination and hard work. There, I said it. There's no magic pill. Reading blog after blog of people who wanted to lose weight but were struggling, I decided that instead, I wanted to talk to people who had succeeded. They'd have the answers, right?

Right! And I soon learned that there's no one right answer. After talking to those who had succeeded at losing anywhere from 20 pounds to 220 pounds, I found that the right answer depends on many variables. The bottom line is that you have to choose a plan that is not so much a diet but a way of eating and exercising that you can maintain for life.

And life without those extra pounds is grand! I made healthier choices at the table and swam laps to lose my 30 pounds. And I still make healthy choices and swim laps nine years later. "Dance with the one that brung ya," said one person in my book. Wise words indeed!
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Buy 2 Get 1 Free!

It's time for gift-giving and my publisher has a great deal for you! For the month of December, buy any two copies of books in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series and get a third book free!

Not only that, but shipping on all orders from are also free this month. We're talking a phenomenal discount here. Take advantage of it while you can!

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series of inspiring stories, you'll hear from 150 people who share the most memorable moments of their lives. Their stories will allow you a look into worlds that will expand your horizons and your heart!

In the first book in the series, military chaplains talk about their life and death encounters, and their privilege of sharing in the spiritual lives of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. In the second book, doctors take you into their exam rooms, operating rooms and even makeshift clinics to shed light on the tender, and sometimes emotionally charged, doctor-patient relationship. In the third book, women share stories that reveal the deep and unique bond between mothers and their children.

Three books... 150 stories... hours of great reading! Your Christmas list, done! Read More 
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Good things come in threes

The Miracles and Moments of Grace series keeps growing! The trio makes a great Christmas gift. Three books--150 stories! It all adds up to hours of great reading. Who's on your list? Read More 
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