MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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SOMEONE WHO CARES

I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.

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One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

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MY LITTLE HELPER

WASH DISHES 7This is my niece Avery.  She was my little helper today, and WASH DISHES 6she got extremely upset with me when I finally got her down from the sink.  Aren’t children so funny and cute?  I remember when my daughter and son were little–they always wanted to help do cleaning around the house.  Then when they got big enough to really help, I practically had to beg them for their assistance :).

Children bring so much extra joy to our lives.  That’s why I often include them in my stories.  Here are the names of some of the youngest ones you’ll meet in five (5) of my books:

Kayla (5 years old)

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Janae (5 years old)

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Misha (Mee Mee) (1 year old)

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Misha (Mee Mee) (3 years old)

Jaydon (Jay) (1 year old)

Camra (Cammie) (1 year old)

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Name ? (Age ?)

DH COVER 4_8.25.14WASH DISHESPerhaps you noticed that I omitted the name and age of the child from my book DESPERATE HEARTS.  This is because for a limited time, I am offering free, autographed book giveaways of my first five (5) published novels to the first person who correctly answers this two-part question.

But that’s not all.  The giveaway also includes a mass-market paperback copy (a smaller, less expensive version) of A MEASURE OF FAITH, so that’s six (6) free books in all.

Please submit your answers to me at maxinebillings@yahoo.com, and remember to include your mailing address so I’ll know where to ship your books.

And in case you don’t know, I’m still running two (2) book quiz contests on Goodreads.  To participate, please click here to go to my Books page.  Then scroll down until you see CONTESTS (GOODREADS BOOK QUIZZES).

Well, that’s all for now.  HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine 🙂

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GOODREADS BOOK GIVEAWAY (FOLLOW-UP)

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HELLO, EVERYONE!

THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP TO MY POST THAT I SENT OUT RECENTLY REGARDING MY

GOODREADS BOOK GIVEWAY OF

DESPERATE HEARTS.

DUE TO AN OVERSIGHT ON MY PART, APPROVAL OF THE GIVEAWAY WAS

DELAYED.  HOWEVER, YOU MAY NOW ENTER BY CLICKING HERE

TO GO TO THE GOODREADS SITE.

PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR THE OVERSIGHT.

REMEMBER:  I AM GIVING AWAY TWO (2) COPIES.

YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT OF

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 TO ENTER.

HAPPY READING!

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS,

MAXINE

http://www.maxinebillings.com


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GOODREADS BOOK GIVEAWAY

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I AM GIVING AWAY TWO (2) COPIES OF

DESPERATE HEARTS

ON GOODREADS STARTING TONIGHT, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW.

(NOTE:  THIS GIVEAWAY IS CURRENTLY PENDING APPROVAL BY THE GOODREADS STAFF.)

HAPPY READING!

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS!

~~~MAXINE~~~

http://www.maxinebillings.com