MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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Please help me welcome the newest addition to the BOOKS page of my author Web site, Annette Bentley Smith (aka Mrs. Annie)!!! 🙂 ❤

Mrs. Smith is a children’s author whose latest release NYRAH’S BULLY focuses on how to be a friend instead of a bully.

To find her on my BOOKS page, just scroll down to the bottom of the page. Links to some of her sites are also included for your benefit.

Welcome again, Mrs. Annie, and thank you so much for allowing me to include you on my site. Continued best wishes to you!!!

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂



avery-nyrahs-bullyThis little cutie is my three-year-old niece Avery! She is posing here with the newest release from our friend Annette Bentley Smith. As you can see from the expression on her face, she does not like it when anyone is bullied. She takes the matter very seriously and agrees with Mrs. Smith that we should be friends instead of bullies.

Have you read Nyrah’s Bully, Mrs. Smith’s new release? nyrahs-bully-front-2If not, why not purchase copies for yourself and a special someone? Available now in Kindle edition and paperback. Five-star reviews!

From my and Avery’s hearts ❤ ❤ to yours !

Maxine 🙂






Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior toward another person that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Also, in our age of modern technology, it also includes cyberbullying.

Sadly, children can be the victims of bullies, the ones doing the bullying, or witnesses of this hurtful behavior. I personally know what it’s like to be bullied because as a young child, I was a victim.

A very dear friend of mine, children’s author Annette Bentley Smith, has just recently released her anti-bullying book. Although it is a children’s book, it is also geared toward families, which is so important because children who are victims of this horrific behavior need all the support they can get but especially from their families.


To purchase your Kindle edition and/or paperback copy of Ms. Smith’s new release or any of her other books, please click here to visit her Mrs. Annie’s Books Facebook page.

Also, to read up on bullying and how you can prevent it and respond to it, click here to visit the official site of the Stop Bullying website page.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂



BAG OF BOOKS 2Today, my sister Lisa, her little daughter Avery, and I went to the “Bag of Books” sale at Maude P. Ragsdale Public Library in Hiram, GA.  Or rather, I should call it the “Bag of Books, Etc.” sale because for $5.00 a bag, you could fill a big, paper or plastic bag (which they provided) with as many as you could of books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and magazines.

I felt like I was in book heaven!  Here is my stash below.  Of course, since I am a writer and also love to read, I got mostly books. In all, I got 23 books and one DVD!  I actually had more room in my bag for several more items, but they had so much to choose from that I got tired looking through it all.  My sister’s bag was practically full, too.  Her collection included an assortment of nice, hardcover cookbooks.BAG OF BOOKS

We had an awesome time!  We were probably there a little over an hour.  The sale started at 9:00 a.m. and was to end at 4:00 p.m.  About 3:30, we paid for our bags of items because as I told them, I could stay there the rest of the afternoon and all night looking through just the books.  My former supervisor and co-worker Christi Turner is the one who told me about the event, and she was there.  We had not seen or talked with each other (except via Facebook recently) in a long time, and it was so great to see her again!  My niece Avery fell in love with her and even gave her a hug :).  When we got ready to leave, one of their nice staff members even carried one of our bags to the car for us (and believe me, they were heavy, so we really appreciated his help!)

Well, that was part of what turned out to be a wonderful day for me.  I hope you had an awesome day as well!

From my heart to yours!

Maxine 🙂


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JOSEPH'S SURP GIFT (FRONT)Look at what I got in the mail today!  My new book by children’s author J. Hale Turner, Joseph’s Surprise Gifts.  This is Book 2 in the Joseph Land series, and I can’t wait to read it.  Ms. Turner is an awesome storyteller, and she also has other books for you and your entire family to read and enjoy.

When you have an opportunity, why not take a look at them on her website.  To buy Joseph’s Surprise Gifts, please click here.JOSEPH'S SURP GIFT (BACK)

Happy reading!

And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine 🙂