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Free Read: Help From Above (Second Edition)

I’m excited to announce that so far I have completed five chapters in my rewrite of Help From Above. Although I’ve not finished the entire novel, the first five chapters are available for you to read without charge. I’ve made them available at Authonomy. If you sign up for a free membership there, you’ll be able to comment on my novel and add it to your bookshelf so you can keep watching for more chapters, which I’ll be adding as I finish writing them. To add Help From Above to your bookshelf at Authonomy, just click “Back the Book.”

When I first starting rewriting Help From Above, I thought about re-publishing the second edition. However, because I wanted to share some of my inspiring words with my readers and fans, I later decided that the second edition of Help From Above would be free. I was going to wait until I’d completed the entire novel, but today I decided to go ahead and make the finished chapters available to readers, and then I’ll add the additional chapters as each of them become available.

If you enjoy Christian fiction, head over to read the first five chapters of Help From Above today! Again, there’s no charge, so for those of you who haven’t yet purchased the first edition or were unable to come up with the money to make the investment, you can now read it free. If you did purchase the first edition, you may enjoy this one as well. While the plot remains the same, I have add new text, cut text and the location was also changed.

After you’ve read the first five chapters, please leave a comment here or at Authonomy with your feedback and/or comments. Nothing you say will hurt my feelings. I love to hear from my readers and criticism only makes me better. After all, I can’t learn from my mistakes and make things better if you don’t let me know what I did wrong.

Enjoy, spread the word and God bless!


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Writers: How to Share Your Blessings

I know the Lord blessed me with the ability to write, so when I share my blessings with others, it’s my way of thanking the Lord for His many blessings. Not only do I share my blessings through writing, but I also share them in other ways.

Share Your Blessings by Helping Others

The Lord expects us to share our blessings with others, and to do that we should share our knowledge. We can share our knowledge by mentoring aspiring writers and speaking in public. Not only will the knowledge we share help and inspire others, but we’ll feel good about ourselves afterwards. Besides, who knows, what you shared could spread when those you taught, helped and inspired goes on to share the blessing you helped them achieve with even more folks looking for a little assistance and inspiration.

Give Generously and With Sincerity

2 Corinthians Chapter 9 Verses 7 through 8 in the King James Version says, “Let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” Basically, what this means is we must give out of generosity and with sincerity, and if we do, God will bless us even more.

How can we give financially to others out of generosity and with sincerity? Simple, by donating a portion of the profits from our writing to charity. Now I know many of you are probably thinking you don’t make enough and won’t donate until you can give a large amount to charity, because you’d be embarrassed to give a small amount when other well-known authors and writers can donate six figures. I’ve thought the same thing, but the truth is, the Lord only expects us to give what we can, and then later He may bless us with even more to give. If the day does come when the Lord blesses you with a large amount, then by all means, give even more, but until then, the Lord will be proud of you even if you’re only able give $10.

Help Those in Need

Normally, I don’t write for free, and yes, I know I said the Lord expects us to give, but we do that by giving to charity, as well as in other ways. The Lord knows we have to make a living, and in order to provide for our family, we have to charge for our services. However, a time may come when an organization that also gives is in need. When that time comes, we could be gracious enough to donate our services. Whether it’s an article, brochure or short newsletter, it would be okay since it’s for a good cause. By a good cause, I’m referring to organizations that help others. For example, maybe there’s a church trying to raise funds to help a family in need, feel free to donate your writing services to help them out.

Back in November 2005 I donated a personal essay to the Stories of Strength anthology. A group of writers and editors wrote and published the anthology to help victims of natural disasters. When I donated my personal essay, I knew that 100% of the proceeds from each sale would go to disaster relief charities in the region, so I felt that was a good cause and was glad to be a part of it. In fact, not only did I donate a personal essay, but I donated my time and marketing experience to help promote the launch of the anthology, and I bought a copy to help support organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Share the Word

Have you written and published a children’s book with a Christian message? Inspire and share the word with children by visiting hospitals. During your visit, read your book to the children, and then give some more by taking along a gift for each child. A great and affordable gift is a small guardian angel pin or a small teddy bear with angel wings.

Go ahead and start sharing your blessings today. Just as soon as you begin sharing those blessings, you’ll feel good about yourself. Moreover, the Lord will bless you. It may not be when you want him too, but with faith and patience, He will bless you.

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 36:7; King James Version).

Author’s bio: Misti Sandefur writes with the hopes that her words will inspire and warm souls. She’s the author of Help From Above (published under Misti Jackson), and although the angel in her Christian novel is fictional, the message she tries to convey through the novel is that in life there are angels watching over us all, sinners included.

To learn more about Misti, visit her official Christian author website. If you’d like to hire Misti to write words that will inspire your readers, check out her freelance writing services.

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If you do reprint this article in your print or electronic publication, I’d appreciate a complimentary copy. Just contact me to find out where to send the copy.


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Help From Above Birthday Contest

On March 1st I celebrated the birth of Help From Above, my Christian fiction novel! Wow! I can hardly believe it has been six years since Help From Above was first published! Anyway, to celebrate, I’m running a contest where you’ll receive the gift, which is a free autographed copy of Help From Above. This is the first of the surprises that I said was in store for my 2008 goals. Even if you already own a copy, you’re still welcome to enter, because this Christian fiction novel makes a wonderful gift! Here are the details:

First, the basics: The contest ends on April 3, 2008 at 12:00 a.m. (CST). The winner’s name will be drawn from a hat by yours truly. You will get a chance to have your name placed in the hat four times.

Now, are you ready to find out how to enter? Great! Here’s how:

1. Announce this contest on your blog. You must place a link to the contest from your blog. Once you’ve announced the contest on your blog, return here and leave a comment with the URL to your blog, so I can confirm your entry.

2. Subscribe to my RSS feed via email. You must subscribe via email so I can confirm your entry. After you’ve subscribed, contact me with your name and the email address you subscribed with. This allows me to associate the name with the email, because the winner will be announced on this blog, and I don’t want to make your email address public if you’re the lucky one.

3. Read the first three chapters of Help From Above free. Next, return here and leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on the first three chapters. Your comment must include a short review based on the first three chapters of Help From Above in order for this entry to be valid.

4. Place an announcement about this contest in your newsletter or e-zine; the announcement must include the link to this contest. After you’ve placed the announcement in your newsletter or e-zine, contact me with a link to the newsletter or e-zine, or forward me a copy of the newsletter or e-zine that you placed the announcement in. Again, this allows me to confirm your entry.

You can enter using as many of the four aforementioned ways as you wish. For example, if you perform number one and number two, then you’ll receive two entries into the Help From Above Birthday Contest, which means your name will be placed in the hat twice. Perform all four and I’ll put your name in the hat four times. Sound fair? Then by all means, place your entries before the deadline!

The winner name will be revealed here on April 6, 2008. At that time, I’ll provide instructions for sending me your address so I can ship the book to you. By the way, shipping, of course, is free too. 🙂 Good luck!

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ChatterJam — A Great Opportunity for Writers

I just ran across a website called ChatterJam.com and wanted to share it with y’all. The reason I’d like to share this site with you is because I think it’s a great opportunity for writers! If you sign up to be a “Jammer” at ChatterJam, you’ll get access to exclusive information on new services, ideas, special events and more. Moreover, you’ll be given the chance to receive free products before they hit the markets — something all of us writers could take advantage of. Of course, if you like the free products you will receive, ChatterJam asks that you write a review about the products.

The above mentioned is just a fraction of the benefits a “Jammer” for ChatterJam will receive. To discover more and sign up for free, visit ChatterJam.com today.


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Articles for Your Reading Pleasure

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I would like to start this Thanksgiving week off by inviting you to read some of my latest articles published by Associated Content. I hope you will find one or more of them helpful, and if you do, please share them with your friends, blog readers, newsletter or e-zine readers, website readers and anyone else you think might enjoy them.

For all you pet lovers out there looking for holiday gifts for your favorite dog, Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Dog will help you make the perfect choice.

Why did your client abruptly end the writer-client relationship with you? You may discover the answer in Common Errors that Kill a Writer-Client Relationship.

Do you think you have what it takes to be the first Power of 10 contestant to win ten million dollars! Then read Become the Next Contestant on Power of 10 to discover how you could become the next Power of 10 contestant to play for the ten million dollar prize.

Finally, grab your family and enjoy some of the Christmas Fun in Chicago to get them in the Christmas spirit.


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Great Tool for Writers

Whether we’re stuck, blocked or our fingers are typing nonstop, we writers can always use a little assistance. Just the other day I needed some assistance with ideas, so what did I do? I headed to my favorite search engine (Google, of course) then typed in “writing challenges.” I had many results to choose from, but when I came upon Seventh Sanctum my searching came to an abrupt halt! Turns out Seventh Sanctum’s Quick Story Idea Generator gave me the boost I needed to start tapping away on the keyboard again.

Not only did I bookmark this great tool for writers, but I decided I would share it with all you writers, too. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it really is a great tool for writers. Not only will the Quick Story Idea Generator produce writing challenges that could turn into a short fiction or book, but it can do so much more!

Have you ever found yourself looking for a theme or setting for a story you were working on? The Quick Story Idea Generator could have helped you. Next time you need a name for a fantasy character, a Greek-sounding name, weird name or some other type of name for your character, head over to the Quick Story Idea Generator and take your pick.

The above are just a few of the many things this great tool for writers can help you with. Check out the Quick Story Idea Generator today to discover everything it can help you with. Moreover, don’t forget to come back here and let me know if you agree that it is indeed a great tool for writers.


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Shopping for the Holidays? Save Money at CouponChief

It looks as if the holiday shopping season is upon us again. If you remember, last year I announced that I did my Christmas shopping online, and I plan to do the same this year. However, I just found out about a website where I can save money — boy, do I wish I’d known about CouponChief last year; I could have saved a ton of money!

Guess what, though? Now that I’m aware of CouponChief, you can bet I’ll save money this year. And since I just discovered this website, I thought I’d share it with y’all as well. After all, we could all benefit from saving money during the holiday shopping season.

Some of the Money-saving Opportunities From CouponChief

Best Buy has a great selection of discounts to choose from. You could save $100 if you invest in a Canon S51S PowerShot 8.0MP Digital Camera. The original price on that camera is $499.99, but with the Best Buy deals, you can get it for only $399.99. Not a bad bargain if I do say so myself.

In addition to Best Buy, Target is offering a variety of discounts as well. Target coupons range from $5 off an order of $50 or more, free shipping and much more.

I hope you enjoyed what I had to share. I can’t help it friends, I’m a sucker for bargains. Until next time, happy shopping!


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Get Ready for a Giveaway — Coming Soon

I know it’s been a while, but lately my writing life has been busy, busy, busy! I have had all kinds of article ideas that have been popping into my head, and so I write them all down so I don’t forget them. Then to act on them I have been writing and surfing the web for markets that will buy my articles. So much to do and not enough time in one day to do it.

In addition to my article ideas, I have also been working hard on the second edition of On the Net Resource Guide for Writers — I have got to get this edition done. Right now I am in the process of going through and checking for websites that no longer exist, so I can remove them from the book. The most time consuming part of it all, though, is I am also researching the markets to see if they have been reported for scamming writers. I don’t want the book to be full of markets or publishers that scam writers; therefore, I do whatever I can to remove those. For example, the first edition of On the Net Resource Guide for Writers listed Publish America, which had to be removed for sure. When I listed this publisher in the book, they were just beginning, but it turns out they were only around to scam authors.

Are you ready for a giveaway? I have been working on coming up with some nice things that I can give you free when you purchase my books. What’s even better is you don’t have to buy the books from me to get these freebies — you can buy the books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor or the merchant of your choice. Keep watching my blog and my website for the giveaways and details.


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