MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment



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 🙂

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Ahhhh, babies!  Who doesn’t love them?  Have you ever noticed how whenever we see one, we nearly hurt ourselves trying to get to itBABY SLEEPING?  It’s understandable though–they’re so sweet, cuddly, lovable, and adorable.  Oh, and they also smell soooo good.  The ability to give life to another living, breathing human being is truly a miraculous gift from God as the Scriptures point out.  (Genesis 1:27 & 28; Psalm 127:3)

Consider what an amazingly marvelous process human reproduction is–the remarkable way that God made us!  The woman’s egg cell, no bigger than a pinpoint, is fertilized by the man’s sperm cell which is 1/85,000 the size of the egg cell.  In time, another complete human matures from the union of those two tiny particles, inheriting qualities from both parents according to the composite “blueprint” (DNA) that formed when the cells were united.  WOW!  Isn’t it fascinating!

My baby sister had her second child almost seven months ago–a precious, little girl!  Whenever I’m with her, I can’t help but watch how she is constantly taking in her new surroundings.  As she does so, I wish I could just reach inside her tiny head and grab all of her thoughts so I’d know exactly what is going on in that magnificent brain of hers.  I think back to the time when my own children were babies and how blessed I am to have brought two more human beings into this world!  Think about it–all of us started out as infants, but look at us now!  Because of our wonderful, magnificent Creator, we are all a part of the cycle of human reproduction that is called life.

ATOFI oftentimes include children in my stories because they can be so funny (most of the time, without even trying.)  As I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog, they add so much spice to our lives.  They start out as these little, tiny people (some of which you can hold in the palm of your hand) but can grow up to be incredible human beings (not just in our eyes), but more importantly, in the eyes of the One who is the source of all life, our Heavenly Father and Creator!  (Psalm 36:9)ISAIH


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


(Sleeping Baby Courtesy Of Clip Art)


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Without a doubt, mothers are some of the most wonderful creatures God has ever made!  They have an honored role within the family arrangement, and we should find ways everyday to show them our gratitude for their loving care, regardless of how young or old we are.

As many of you are already aware, I love writing stories about family.  In all of my books, I focus on family relationships.  Yet, I don’t always reflect on the good things that families share because that is simply not reality.  I also touch on their faults and imperfections because as much as we love our family, if we’re honest, we have to admit that there are times when we get on each other’s nerves and rub each other the wrong way.  However, because we truly love one another, we continue putting up with one another in love.  (Eph. 4:2)

I am blessed to have four Mamas in my life.  Four! you say.  Yes, four!  First, there is my biological mother who will soon be 79.  Second, I have my mother-in-law who is 77.  Next is a spiritual sister in my congregation who just turned 92!  And last is another spiritual sister who recently turned 90!  This post would be quite lengthy if I wrote of the many ways in which they are a blessing to me.  Therefore, I’ll simply say that they help me to better appreciate why God tells us to treat the older women as mothers.  (1 Tim. 5:2)

Whether we have our biological mother in our life or not, there is, more than likely, someone in our life who fills that role.  Perhaps it’s a grandmother, an aunt, or someone else.  Whatever area we are lacking in, God always comes up with a beautiful way to make up for it.

To place your order for copies of any of my books, please click on the appropriate cover(s) below. HAPPY READING!

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