Welcome to Bambina’s Words

I am a self-publishing Author. I just finished my first novel.

“Lost in the Land of the Midnight Sun”.

My manuscript is currently at the editor.

Next, I will sent it to my Advance Reader Team.

Tentative Publish date is Sept. 1, 2017.

There are still some spots left if you are interested in joining my Advance Reader Team.

I am also writing a short story based on the main character in my novel and an “Alaskan Refugees Cookbook”.

You can receive these freebies, other special offers, my blog posts, News and Updates by signing up to my mailing list. (I promise not to spam your inbox or share your email address with any third party.)

The best thing about being a self published author is the opportunity to connect personally with my readers. Feel free to contact me. 

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on J.R.Nichols and her book ‘Second Chance’

My good friend, and a member of the writing group I belong to, J.R. Nichols (Jamie), has just published her very first book on Amazon.

Moriah Walker is struggling to cope with the death of her son Joshua. Her life consists of nothing but working and visiting his grave.

So when a mysterious gentleman appears and offers Moriah the one thing she wants more than anything – the chance to see her beloved boy again – she is convinced that he is a product of her grief-stricken imagination.

 But Moriah cannot explain away the series of events that follow.

 Second Chance is the first story in TheSummervilles Saga, which chronicles the efforts of three alien races to survive invasion and unrest, and the first contact between them and the citizens of each of Earth’s Summervilles.

I am so excited for her, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all about Jamie and her book, so I had a chat with her and asked her a few questions:

Q1: What does it mean to you to have your first book for sale on Amazon?

A1: To have my first book for sale on Amazon means reaching a goal I have had for several years. 

Q2:  Tell us a little bit about your journey, how you arrived at this awesome milestone.

A2: I write short fiction and never thought I could find a market for my work due to my failure to find publication through the traditional route. The idea of self-publishing seemed daunting – there was (and still is!) a steep learning curve. When the time came to “pull the trigger” and publish, I had to face and overcome my fears of failure and rejection. However, I now understand that I have “won” already, just by crossing the “finish line.” But the ladies from my writing group encouraged me. One of the gals offered to let me borrow a book on publishing short stories. Just one little paragraph from that book, mentioning that there was a market online for short work, inspired and encouraged me to publish now, even if I *don’t* have a novel-length work.
Q3: What’s next for you? What can your readers look forward to?
A3: I have another book in the Summervilles Saga in the editing process now. My target release date is June 15th. After that, I intend to edit and release a gumshoe detective series I wrote for NaNoWriMo over the course of three years. Meanwhile, my readers can read free short stories on my website. I plan to put up one or two new stories per month.
Q4. Do you have any advice that you would give to other aspiring authors out there?
A4: My advice to new writers is two-fold. First, acknowledge and make peace with the fact that you cannot make someone buy a book. You can only put out a quality product and market within your knowledge and abilities. Do your part and leave the rest up to God. The second point goes hand in hand with the first. Make a plan, then keep your head down and work your plan. If you look up, you will find people prematurely suggesting you take a different approach, or you will hear horror stories that make you question your plan. Stay focused, and do what you believe will work. Do not let random advice or naysayers take you off course. Save the experimentation for your next project plan. Get to the “finish line” before you try “tweaks” or “tricks.”
Thank you so much, Jamie, for taking the time to answer these questions. You are an inspiration to me, and I am sure, many others.
 This is an exciting day for Jamie! A day many of us dream of and look forward to. Jamie gives us hope that we too can make it to this day!
Congratulations Jamie!

 

To visit J.R. Nichols website just click this link.

To buy her book from Amazon click here.

Saturated

This post will go under the Bible Study/Spirituality section of my blog. I am not going to write a lot except to tell you that if you are interested in living a victorious, power filled, Christian life, the key to that is talked about in this podcast.  It is part 2 of this podcast on the Book of Acts by Dr. Stephen Manley.

Dr. Manley is my second favorite preacher of all time. (Of course, I am married to my first favorite preacher of all time) He is the one who originally got me interested in researching Saturation Bible Study and eventually trying to practice it.

I hope you all are continuing to saturate in the Book of Romans. Even though I have neglected to keep up my posts with my answers to the questions, the truth is you don’t need them. You simply need your Bible and notebook, yourself and the Holy Spirit. If you have been saturating or attempting to, I would love to hear about it. Especially if God has revealed an “aha” moment to you.

I will be writing again soon. In the meantime please check out the podcasts above.

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Daze

It seems I haven’t posted anything since April 8th. I really have no excuse except that April was CampNano.(A month long crazy writing challenge) The awesome writing group I belong to (FLAWS) went on a writing retreat to Rogers City. After that, there were preparations for my daughter’s wedding, which was May 6th. Did I mention I got a job as a Web Search Evaluator somewhere in there, working 19 hours a week? I also got a regular freelance writing job, writing 5 articles a week.
So anyway, today I had a couple hours to myself so I decided to download a week’s free trial of PhotoShop and play around with it. I took a couple pictures my dad took in the seventies and combined them to create the banner at the top of this blog site. What do you think?

I have given myself a goal to write on my blog at least once a week, so hopefully, you haven’t missed me too much and will stick with me a bit longer.
I have no other daughters to get married, so there’s that. 😀

Readers Digest PAD Challenge April 8th

“For today’s prompt, write a panic poem. There are any number of things a person can panic about, including severe weather, military invasions, or what to wear to an event. And while some may be more life or death than others, that feeling of panic is just as real for a person who has to get up and speak in front of a crowd of smiling strangers as it is for a person hiding in the basement of their house as a tornado approaches.”

The Threshold

I stand at the threshold

My heart beats fast and loud in my ears

The darkness closes in, heavy

I want to run but can’t move

I want to cry out but can’t speak

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

Oh

Breathe in slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Breathe out slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

My heart rate slows

The darkness weakens

I force my hand to turn and pull

I force my feet to move

Right 

Left

Right

Left

Standing

Outside 

In Sunlight


Romans 1:8-17

If you need to review the steps we are following click here.

Step 1. Read Romans 1:8-17 several times. Write it out on index cards and place them in spots you spend a lot of time. Review the verses as often as you can.

For this passage, there are several words we need to look up in the Bible Dictionary. These words and concepts will be coming up frequently in our study of the book of Romans and it is essential that you understand their meaning. Even if you think you know what they mean look them up anyway, something fresh may be revealed to you.

Faith: This word in the Greek is pisteos. It has the same root word as the word translated ‘believe’ in John 3:16. Click here to read a story about the meaning of this word being translated to ‘lean your whole weight on him’. Pisteos is not just agreeing in your head, it is living that belief through your actions.

Gospel: The gospel is the good news about Christ. The totality of the gospel starts with who God is. Then it tells the truth about sin, how it came into the world, and what the consequences of sin are. Next, it tells the truth about who Jesus is and how he became the substitute (propitiation) for our sin. Lastly, it tells us how we should respond to this news.

Salvation: Being delivered from the power and penalty of sin.

Righteousness: Right standing before God through the fulfillment of the covenant between God and man.

Sanctification: Being made holy, a more accurate reflection of Christ,  resulting in the transformation of the inner person.

Reconciliation: Being brought back into a right relationship with God.

Some of these words were not found directly in our text but withing the definitions of the words that were. The definitions I have given are very basic and I strongly encourage you to read the more in-depth ones in a Bible Dictionary. Record what you discover in your notebook.

Step 2: Read the Bible Study notes. Write down any insights in your notebook.

Step 3: Look up the cross references, and record any insights in your notebook.

Step 4: Use the 3 question method.

  1. What does it say?
  2. What are the timeless truths?
  3. What does God want me to apply to my life?

Remember to write it all down in your notebook. Review your notes, and use listening prayer while waiting for your answer to question 3. Wait until God speaks to move on.

Watch for Romans 1:8-17 Part 2 tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Poem a Day Challenge Day 7

Here is today’s prompt from the Readers Digest website:

“For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. This poem could be about making a discovery; it could be about something discovered (by someone or something else); or something you’d like to discover. I can’t wait to discover what new poems poets will create.”

The Cookie Jar

In the Cookie Jar

Up high on the shelf

There hides inside

a forbidden wealth

The cookies in there

are different somehow

I’ll climb up and get them down.

I’ll remove the lid

to see within

All there is in here is wind

spinning

sucking

pulling me down

It’s forbidden secret

I have discovered

I can only blame myself

In the cookie jar

up high on the shelf