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RELEASE OF DESPERATE HEARTS!

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MY SECOND BOOK IN THE ONE OF A KIND SERIES IS HERE!!!  MY NINTH FICTION

INSPIRATIONAL NOVEL, DESPERATE HEARTS, IS NOW AVAILABLE

ON AMAZON AND CREATESPACE.

AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  FROM MY HEART TO YOURS!  🙂

MAXINE

http://www.maxinebillings.com


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EVERLASTING LOVE–IS IT POSSIBLE?

LOVE EVERLASTINGI just finished my manuscript for my next book to be released, DESPERATE HEARTS, which is my sequel to ONE OF A KIND!  Even though I now have to start the editing process, I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment whenever I complete a manuscript.  And since DESPERATE HEARTS is a sweet yet dramatic love story, I felt compelled to write this blog about love.  As to its release date, I’m not sure yet, but hopefully sometime this year (preferably in October.)DH

Song of Solomon 8:6 says:  “For love is as strong as death . . . the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”  (The Holy Bible in the KJV)

As most of you probably know, I love writing stories about relationships.  I also enjoy not only adding touches of humor to them, but I like to add a little romance as well.  God created humans with the capacity to express love.    However, in our imperfect human society, love is disintegrating.  Therefore, some may wonder, Is it gullible or naïve to think that enduring, mutual love can last forever?

OOAKTrue love between a man and a woman can be exceedingly strong, firm, and unyielding.  The Bible well demonstrates this in The Song of Solomon 1:1-14 and 8:14 where it tells of the unwavering love that existed between a shepherd boy and a country girl.  This song also reveals that despite all his splendor and riches, the king could not gain the love of that beautiful girl, for she was saving her heart and her love for her one and only true love.  She thus showed that genuine love cannot be bought with material things.

God purposed that love and marriage bring joy to humans, yet that does not mean that we will not experience adversities in association with the two.  But as long as we do things His way, our problems will be fewer.

Well, good night, and HAPPY READING.  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(I’ll Love You Forever! Photo – Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 


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GIVE ME NOW WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

OWL“Give me now wisdom and knowledge to lead this people, for who can possibly judge this great people of yours?”  (2 Chronicles 1:10)

When God invited His servant Solomon to ask what he would like Him to give him, the above words were Solomon’s humble request.  Yes, of all the things Solomon could have asked for, his one and only heartfelt desire was to have the wisdom and knowledge to lead God’s people in a way that was pleasing to Him.  Therefore, God not only granted his request but also blessed him with the things he had not asked for–wealth, riches, and honor such as no kings before him had had and none after him would have.  (2 Chronicles 1:11 & 12)

Who of us would, if given the opportunity, make such an unselfish and humble request?  Many of our elderly ones did not have the chance (for various reasons) to be educated secularly as many of us younger ones have.  Yet, whatever they may lack in the way of worldly education, they more than make up for in the wisdom and knowledge they have acquired throughout their lifetime.  So we should never feel that just because we may possess more book sense than them that they can’t teach us anything.  And especially when what they share is from God, it will always be beneficial for us because He is the source of true wisdom and knowledge.  (2 Timothy 3:16 & 17)

In my book ONE OF A KIND, I introduced my readers to Paula’s Aunt Eevie.  She’s a hoot in the sense that she is an extremely funny person, as most of ourOOAK elderly people are.  Most of us probably have an Aunt Eevie in our family–the elderly, female relative who always gives us her extremely candid advice or opinion (whether we ask for it or not.)  Sometimes, in an effort to pick us up, they beat us down, but we know they mean well.  As a matter of fact, they’re the ones who are always there for us–to pick us up when we fall, to cry with us when we hurt, to laugh with us when things are good, and to tell us what life is all about (they know because their own experiences have made them all the more wiser.)  And that’s why we love ’em!

You’ll also get to hear more from Aunt Eevie in my soon-to-be-released sequel to ONE OF A KIND which is titled DHDESPERATE HEARTS.  In fact, I like Aunt Eevie so much that I’ve decided to give her  a site of her own on the Internet, an advice column called ASK EEVIE.  I am now in the process of working with an extremely talented illustrator, Ms. Cait Maloney, on Eevie’s portrait.  I am so excited to be partnering with Ms. Maloney on this project and can hardly wait to reveal Eevie to you–and of course, Eevie is on pins and needles to meet you, too!  So in the meantime, please feel free to share your thoughts with me of how you imagine she will look.  I may even have a special prize for the person who comes closest!

To all of you who have been and still  are loyal supporters of me and my stories and to those of you who have recently given me your support and encouragement, I thank you from the very depths of my heart!

Happy reading!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Owl Photo Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 

 

 


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WHEN COMES THE BRIDE?

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God instilled in man and woman a natural attraction between the sexes. Therefore, the desire to be married is a natural human feeling. Understandably, some feel discouraged or left out if they are still among the single. This may be especially so if most of their friends are already married. In my short story, ONE OF A KIND, this is exactly how Paula feels.

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For some, singleness can seem like a brick wall that separates them from true happiness. A common belief is that marriage is the mechanism that automatically opens the door to total, infinite exhilaration. Yes, marriage can and often does add more joy to our lives. However, just as it takes hard work, self-sacrifice, and effort to preserve and maintain the things that are precious to us, the same is required in order to keep the flames of marital happiness burning.

The desire to be married may not go away. Be patient. Marriage may come when you least expect it (Ecclesiastes 7:8), as Paula will learn in DESPERATE HEARTS, my soon-to-be-released sequel to ONE OF A KIND.

DH

HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com