MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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WINNING WEEKEND

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, my win for this week is that I reached my goal to become a VIDA Gold Status Designer by my one-year anniversary as a VIDA designer!!! This means I have sold my first 50 pieces from my Collection!!! WOW!!! I am beyond excited!!!

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In VIDA and its designers’ endeavor to bring you beautiful, inspiring apparel and accessories, we also provide literacy programs to our makers which help them to learn to read, write, and do basic math and build a better life for generations to come. VIDA also rewards our customers with VIDA gift cards and awesome, regular sales. And last (but not least), they reward us designers by featuring and showcasing our work on their social media pages and home page and with VIDA gift cards as well.

Thank you again so much to all of you who helped me to reach my goal!!! And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !!!

Maxine 🙂

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GOLD STATUS

VIDA SCARF (SIGNATURE-MIDNIGHT BUTTERCUPS) 5.jpgIn order to reach VIDA Gold status, I need to sell ten more products from my collection which means I will have sold 50 pieces total!!! I will then be featured on VIDA’s home page and will receive a $100 VIDA gift card. In addition, all customers who purchased my last 25 pieces will receive a $15 VIDA gift card.

Remember: When you purchase from VIDA, not only are you getting an elaborate piece of art to add to your fashion or home design, but you are also contributing to VIDA’s Literacy For Life program which helps our makers learn to read, write, do basic math and also build better lives for generations to come.

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

Maxine 🙂

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A FLOWER AND A BIRD

My two VIDA tote bags arrived yesterday! My “Peppermint Rose” and my favorite little titmouse bird, “Who You Lookin’ At?

Don’t forget that when you shop VIDA, you also help us support our LITERACY FOR LIFE program. We provide literacy programs to the makers of our products. They learn to read, write, and do basic math which helps them to build better lives for generations to come.

To shop my collection, just click on the links in this post. And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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SENDING LOVE, HUGS & FLOWERS

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A beautiful photo book of various, colorful flowers from my gallery that I designed on Shutterfly and ordered recently. It went to someone whom I felt would appreciate the beauty of the flowers and expressions as much as I do. 🙂
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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ZAZZLE GREETING CARDS

Do you like to give and/or receive greeting cards? Although they are usually given on special occasions, they are also sent to express gratitude or other feelings. Today, I’m sharing with you six that I received just today from my Zazzle collection for my personal use. All contain images from my Nature’s Finest photo gallery and inspirational words written by me and/or Scriptural quotes.

To browse and shop my Zazzle store, just click here.

All of these beautiful cards plus more are available for purchase in my Zazzle online store.

And as always, this is 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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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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THE WRITE TO FEEL

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Diane Hoversen-Smith is the founder of The Write To Feel, a journal business. She designs journals for various journeys in life. She recently released her newest journal, “Thank You Wasn’t Enough–Loss Of A Parent.” My mother passed almost seven months ago, and I am still trying to heal from the pain of losing her. Last week, I received from one of my dearest friends this journal along with a beautiful, reversible, silver and gold, heart bracelet that is also available on Mrs. Smith’s site.

As a fiction inspirational author, I can say from personal experience that writing is extremely therapeutic. But oh, how much more so is it when one is writing down one’s own personal thoughts and feelings in their own private journal.

Please visit Mrs. Smith’s inspiring site to read about her own personal journey to healing and to see the lovely products she has to help you through your journey.

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

Maxine 🙂