MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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The Voice

OOAKHello, bookworms! I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I hope you will accept my sincere apology. I’ve been extremely busy working on my nature photography business, but starting now, I will do my best to focus my efforts on it and my writing.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve titled this post “The Voice.” Well, for those of you who’ve read my book “One of A Kind,” you may have a general idea. Anyway, regardless of whether or not you have, let me give all of you something to think about.

Have you ever been in any type of situation where you were about to endeavor on something that you knew deep down inside was not in your best interests but you failed to listen to your inner voice and did it anyway–thereby sooner or later, reaping the bitter consequences of your actions? Without a doubt, most of us can probably answer yes. And that is exactly what happens to my main character Paula in “One of A Kind.”

That inner voice inside our head is our conscience (a beautiful gift from God) that speaks to us through life’s lessons. And sometimes even if we desire something that goes contrary to how God feels about it, if we want it bad enough, we can end up doing things that we ordinarily would not. Then if we humble ourselves before God, even though He will allow us to reap the consequences, He will be there to help us through.

So how do you feel about this wonderful gift of the inner voice that God has given you? Please share your thoughts. We’re not here to judge anyone–just something to get us thinking and sharing uplifting comments with one another. So please remember that this and all of my other sites are family-friendly.

And until next time, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ ! 🙂

Maxine

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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 “BOOKS” NEWSLETTER

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If you would like to keep up-to-date with my new releases, events, and more, please sign up for my free BOOKS newsletter by sending me your e-mail address to maxinebillings@yahoo.com.

You can also do so by utilizing the form on the CONTACT ME page of my main website for my books.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!

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

Maxine 🙂


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WELCOME, MRS. ANNIE

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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 🙂


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A MEASURE OF FAITH

AMOFMy first published novel A MEASURE OF FAITH was released by BET Books in April, 2004. It is now out of print. However, you can still purchase a new or used copy through Amazon. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy for yourself or someone else, just click on the links in this post.

I am currently working on my sequel to it which is titled CHANGES.CHANGES COVER-Rev. Sept '14.jpg
Also, if you enjoy any of my books, please post reviews of them on Goodreads and/or Amazon. For those of you who already have accounts with Goodreads and Amazon, in case you don’t know, if you post your reviews first to Goodreads, they will also automatically post to Amazon. I like that! 🙂 So now, whenever I write reviews on the books I read, I post them first to Goodreads. Not only does it save me time, but the authors also get a broader range of reviews! 🙂
 
HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours !
Maxine 🙂


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“LIFE AFTER MOMMA”

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MY 1ST YOUNG ADULT FICTION INSPIRATIONAL NOVEL
 
 
A teenager learns how to come to terms with the death of her mother as her father discovers how to let his little girl grow up.
 
A wholesome read–for young adults and also older ones–and not just for females. That’s right, my books aren’t just for girls/women :). Many of my readers are males who also enjoy my stories just as much as my female readers. If you don’t believe me, why not give one a try? And why not start with this one? 
 
From my heart ❤ to yours <3!
Maxine 🙂


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CADES COVE

CADES COVE 7Cades Cove is an 11-mile loop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  My husband Tony (that’s him in the picture on the left) and I love going there and went this past weekend.  I was able to get a lot of great shots with my cell phone camera which I’ll share more of at the end of this post.

When photographer Tim McClain took my author photos a couple of years ago, he shared with me that one of the tricks to getting great head shots is to take several poses from various angles.  Therefore, when I recently developed an interest in digital photography, I kept that concept in mind and thanks to him, I now have a massive library of awesome photos which I love sharing on my blog.

Something else I enjoy doing when I write my novels is to add flavors of some of the places I love to visit.  In my first young adult novel, LIFE AFTER MOMMA, some of my characters go to Cades Cove.LAM REVISED COVER (DRAFT)

I hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures I’ve posted here at the bottom.  Have an awesome day!

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

Maxine 🙂

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