MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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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.


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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LAM REVISED COVER (DRAFT)In my first young adult fiction inspirational novel LIFE AFTER MOMMA, where does the story take place (town & state)? Also, is the town fictional, or is it a real town?

The first person to correctly answer both questions will receive this calendar free. For those of you who haven’t yet read the book, now is a great time to purchase it for yourself or for someone else. Click here to order.

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

Maxine 🙂

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TBPHello, everyone! I’m adding another book contest to my current ones, so this means that I now have a total of four (4) contests.  This will give you an even greater opportunity to be a winner!  The title of this one is “Name the Flower Shop.”

In my book THE BREAKING POINT, one of my main characters, Estelle Brickman, owns a flower shop. The first person to correctly answer what the name of her shop is will receive a free, autographed copy of my newest release DESPERATE HEARTS.DH COVER 4_8.25.14

You can e-mail your answers to me at, and don’t forget to include your mailing address so I’ll know where to send your book.

To enter any of the other three (3) contests, please click the links below:

(1) Taylor’s First Dance

(2) Paula’s Weekend Getaway

(3) Name That Child

Thanks for playing, and have an awesome day!

From my heart to yours,

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 🙂




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)


Janae (5 years old)


Misha (Mee Mee) (1 year old)


Misha (Mee Mee) (3 years old)

Jaydon (Jay) (1 year old)

Camra (Cammie) (1 year old)


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, 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 🙂