Building Faith: A Journey from Death to Life Review

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 Building Faith: A Journey from Death to Life by Francine Craft

 Available on Amazon.com

Reviewed by Dr. Maxine Thompson

This Book is a Testament to the Power of Faith, Prayer, and Belief 

Part memoir, part health journal, I enjoyed Francine Craft’s inspirational book, Building Faith: A Journey from Death to Life. When the author was faced with a cancer diagnosis, she dug deep into the spirit to fight this deadly disease. This book deals with the crucible of mortality, the abyss of depression, and the importance of faith during life’s journey.

As she related her life story, the author indirectly showed what went into the making of an artist. Born of a young teen mom and a young father, and reared by her maternal grandparents in the early years, Francine went on to become a successful writer of numerous romantic suspense titles. However, inside, something was missing. That something was faith. Because of her early sense of abandonment, for years Francine searched for the answer through therapy, through reading, through writing. Then, finally, through her renewed faith, she was able to rise above her circumstances and face her fears.

This is the inspirational book she had wanted to write for 20 years and was finally able to do so. “I write these books of the spirit to pass on the hope that God has given to me,” the author says. After she went through her battle against cancer and saw how prayer made her outcome successful, she wrote this book as a testimony to the power of faith. Using Biblical scriptures as epigrams, this book provides an uplifting experience.

This is a fast read, but one you will come back to and read over and overDr. Maxine Thompson

Back in the Saddle with BRAB

BRAB members = welcome back to my website. I have been a member from the beginning and worked closely with you a couple of years back. I am now a cancer survivor and just coming back into the fold with the speed I operated with before. I’m delighted to begin again now because we have the Vegas trip coming up. Fun-filled and information to be gained without end. So much to gain. I cannot be there, but I wish you and I know you will have with Sharon, Miss Prissy and a host of others you love a great old time!

Vegas is where everybody wants to go at least once. I am fortunate to know a couple of people there and they fell in love with Vegas long ago and the love affair continues. Read the rest of this entry »

Watching out for Pitfalls in Indie Publishing

I haven’t wanted to be this long since my last articles, but there is really enough to be found on Amazon and Smashwords to keep you busy for a couple of months. They answer questions readily and well, and these two will be your best bet for indie publishing that works well, looks good and is helpful in seling your work.

I’ve been gathering info on a few of the pitfalls of getting starting in indie publishing. I had written for publishers like Harlequin, BET (no longer in action) and one other major women’s fiction publishers for almost twenty years. Then e=book publishing opened up for freelancers and I jumped on it. Ah, freedom has been wonderful. Now it is dimming somewhat, but is still good. But you need to be on top of it, to know, to ferret out what is good and what is bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Best Bets for Info on Indie Publishing

Please know from the beginning that some of the best information in indie publlishing comes from Amazon and from Smashwords. www.amazon.com, and kdp.amazon.com. www.smashwords.com. Both will publish your e-books free. Play it wise and spend time studying, then going over and taking and saving notes on what you learn. Amazon employees are courteous and immensely helpful. Yo can access Help from the bottom or the top of most pages. Patience, patience, and more patience will be needed here. You know the old saw that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Please don’t expect to become a successful indie publisher in a month. It helps to prepare for the long haul.

Foorms are there to ask for help. Be specific. Be couurteous. You will receive an answer within 24 hours or they will tell you why you don’t. Remember, you are dealing with fellow humans here, not automation. It pays to be kind. Read the rest of this entry »

More Useful Websites to Help you Succeed in Indie Publishing – Part 2

Whatever you do, please don’t let anyone else’s thinking replace yours. You’ve written your book(s) — quite an accomplishment. Now you want to get it in the hands of readers. Truly good editing and proofing are absolute necessities. Google or the word of a trusted friend who has used the editor and proofer will help. If Google, be sure to check for complaints and kudos for your choice. If it’s to be an e-book, you’ll need a specialist in this to save pulling out your hair.

The best people to prepare your edited and proofed manuscript for e-book publishing will do it for both Amazon and Smashwords for the same price. Again, work with Google on this. They have the formats, etc. I’ve known writers who do their own, but I can’t sweat it These two companies are premier in the field and give a world of support and publicity. From them, you get worldwide distribution and special articles to keep up with what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »