My WHY Journal — The Parker J Cole Show

“Why?”

This is a question kids ask all the time.  For those of us who have children, it may be easy to tell them, ‘Because I said so.” or “Not now.” or give some pat answers. ‘Why’ questions that children are opportunities for communication, for teaching, and for connecting. This was something my guest today wanted to do. In her own words: I wanted to create a tool that would help me encourage my kids to ask their questions because I want them to know that they matter to me, and their questions matter too. That’s why I created the My Why Journal.

My Why Journal is not only the key to opening the door of communication and building strong relationships with our children, but a beautiful keepsake to treasure for a lifetime. In the business of life, we often find ourselves giving our children short answers to the many questions that they ask us. Sometimes, if the questions are too difficult or the timing isn’t right, we shut them down completely. But that doesn’t make the question go away. These questions they ask and the  answers they receive to even the smallest inquiries are building blocks to the foundation of learning and moreso, to having great relationships with our children, even as they get older.

Parents, the days are long, the questions are tedious, but the years are short and our answers matter!

Join me as I chat with author, podcaster, and mom Bethany Adkins as we talk about kids, questions, and our relationships with them on Saturday, June 23rd, at 2 pm Eastern time. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow on iTunes, Spotify, or, iHeartradio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11883955.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The First Rains of October with Anthony Barbera

**SPECIAL EDITION OF WRITE STUFF**

August St. Clair leaps off a cliff, crashing into the icy ocean never to be heard from again. Clay Moorehouse, her boyfriend, spends the next ten years in prison for her murder. When a young woman shows up in town claiming to be August, it sets in motion a cascading series of events forcing the townspeople to question what lengths they will go to make sure that the truth is never revealed.

When a long-buried secret suddenly resurfaces, it threatens to turn the lives of everyone involved inside out.

Join me as I chat with author Anthony Barbera about his hard-hitting YA book on Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm Eastern. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on Apple Podcast. Add PJC Media to Spotify and iHeartradio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11878398.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Vasilisa with M. L. Farb

“Forest born! Ogre child! You’re nothing but a demon wild!”

Vasilisa has always been strong. She’s strong enough to break the arm of the bully that daily taunts her. She won’t because she and her mother are servants at the Orlov manor, and her mother would be punished for her retaliation. Instead Vasilisa bides her time until she is sixteen and can return to the forest.

Only Staver, the master’s son, shows her kindness. His friendship pulls as strong as the forest, but their classes are divided forever by law. She is a forest born, fatherless servant and her future at the manor holds mockery filled drudgery.

War threatens. The forest calls. Will she stay to protect the one who can never be more than a friend, or flee to the peace that the forest offers?

Join in the conversation as I chat with author Maria Farb about her book on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 pm Eastern time. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on Apple Podcast. Add PJC Media to Spotify and iHeartradio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11878392.

Get Rid of Your New Year’s Resolution — The Parker J Cole Show

Are you the type to make New Year Resolutions? “This year, I’m going to do more this or that.” “This year, I’m going to lose this or that.” “This year, I will do this or that.” 

No matter what it is you plan to do this year, most New Year’s resolutions fizzle before the end of the month of the New Year. Lets face it: most of us have stopped making New Year’s resolutios because it’s impossible for us to keep focused on the goal. 

This isn’t to say that goal setting is wrong — far from it! We are meant to succeed in all areas of life — but we can’t do it on our own. 

So on this episode of the Parker J Cole show, we’re telling to do something — get rid of your New Year’s resolution, and seek God more. 

Seeking God instead of a resolution puts us in His plans, not ours. It keep us focused on His will, not our hopes. And there’s more when we seek God.

Join me as I chat with my returning guest co-host and contributor Malinda Fugate on Saturday, January 16th at 2 pm Eastern time. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on Apple Podcast. Add PJC Media to Spotify and iHeartradio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11878401.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Ins and Outs of Series Writing

Should writers invest creative effort in writing a series? It’s a question that has a nuanced answer to it. It’s not simply ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and then hurry up and write twelve books. It requires a thoughtful plan, process, and other considerations.

When I first started writing, I preferred to write standalone books. More and more, I find that series writing lends is own rewards and opportunities to succeed. What are the best ways to approach a series? How do you begin one? Do you work by yourself or with other authors? What about marketing? Is a series the same as a serial?

Join me as I chat with my returning guest co-host and contributor, Lynn Donovan as we talk about the ins and outs of series writing on Tuesday, January 12th at 7 pm Eastern time.

You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on Apple Podcast. Add PJC Media to Spotify and iHeartradio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11878074.

Parker’s Top Ten Picks for 2020

I’ve had such a great time on the show all this year as I chatted with authors about their books. There were some great reads that made me laugh, cry, run for cover, or made me think about the world or spiritual things at large. Through the written word, I’ve experienced great love, traveled to distant planets and stars, pondered things about the beyond and more.

It was incredibly difficult to pick ten books out of the slew of books I’ve hosted this year. However, I narrowed it down and below, I hope you find a great new author to read.


10. The Land of the Purple Ring by Deborah Nateleson

Immeasurable imagination. Unmitigated magic. Spectacular style.

The clockwork man is crafted, to begin with—his father forced by that terrible tyrant Time to create her a slave for all eternity. His brain boasts balance wheels and torsion springs; he can wind himself up with a key in his side; and, most importantly, his gyroscopic tourbillon heart glimmers with pure diamond.

He is a living being and he is art, and he refuses to remain a slave forever. He therefore slips through Time’s fingers as the Sands of Time slip through the cracks of reality (at least, when the time cats aren’t using them as a litter box).

Among astounding adventures, despite harrowing hardships, and in between escaping interfering enchanters, the clockwork man seeks his imagination, his purpose, and his name.


9. DAWN BEFORE THE DARK BY WENDY BLANTON

An ancient curse keeps men in fear of dragons, so only women can ride them in Slan–while only men can perform magic. As a necromancer from beyond the edge of the known world threatens invasion, Briant appears–a young man who loves dragons. Wybren Tanwen must decide: Is Briant the dragonborn, the answer to prophecy? Will he save Slan?


8. BRU AND BACCHUS BY MARK AIKINS

Bru Copetski and his robot copilot Bacchus are returning to Polkbridge Station for a much needed break from salvage and delivery patrol. There they encounter a troubled mayor with otherworldly dreams, and a pair of drug-runners who kidnap two of their friends.When their rescue mission leads them to the planet Generaton, one of the three Spiral Gap settler worlds, they can’t imagine that disaster lies ahead, even as death follows them from behind. Helped by their friends Maggie Poole and Kevin Ragg, as well as a couple of Christian professors from earth, Bru and Bacchus come face to face with a madman’s army……and a mysterious fellowship of aliens who call themselves the Knowers. 


7. MIDWIVES OF MOSES BY JENIFER JENNINGS

A god asked Puah to kill. That went against her faith. Her own God asked her to walk away. That went against her calling.

Until she is ordered by Pharaoh to kill newborn Hebrew males, Puah thought she had an easy profession. If she obeys, it means the deaths of untold innocents. If she doesn’t, it means her death.

As Pharaohs rise and fall, Puah’s people are forced into deeper oppression. Men are forced labor and women are sent to serve their Egyptian counterparts. Only Puah and her recently acquired guild are free. For now.

Moses, one of the hidden babies who was adopted by the Princess, is being groomed to take over. When he denies his right to rule and mistakenly kills an Egyptian, he is forced to flee into the desert. Forty years later, he returns as the instrument of God.

With her medical training and passion for helping pregnant women, Puah places herself in the heart of hell on earth as the intensity of plagues increases.

After the last plague falls, she must make the decision to stay in Egypt or face the unknown wilderness. Puah’s heart has always been for the women of Egypt. How can she obey God to walk away from them in their greatest hour of need? She can only make the choice once and morning won’t wait.


6. SOLITARY MAN BY ERIC LANDFRIED

Ten years after a brutal war, cannibals and humans fight over the pieces of a hardscrabble existence.

Former Navy SEAL Doyle has been prowling the broken remnants of a devastated America for years. Alone in an armored bus loaded with weapons and supplies, he’s grateful for his solitude. Being alone makes it easier to survive, as others can become a liability in the end of the world. But when a particularly brutal attack leaves Doyle in need of fuel and repair, he has no choice but to venture into the nearest settlement.

Jonathan has been pastoring a small church of Christians in that same settlement, but when he meets Doyle he sees an opportunity to expand his ministry. Cannibals have kept everyone from traveling, but Doyle’s armored transport and weapons bring hope to his small band of followers. The two men strike up a mutually beneficial bargain, but neither of them realizes that this journey will change them in ways they could never have imagined.

As they search for other believers, they must battle cannibals, militant atheists, and a mysterious super soldier. Doyle’s unbelief and Jonathan’s faith will collide in this action-packed wasteland.

Solitary Man is a gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic story with a solid, Biblical worldview.


5. THE RIFTWALKERS AND THE PIERCED VEIL BY ROBBIN PARRISH

All over the world, they are appearing.

Tears in the fabric of reality known as “Rifts” have been secretly manifesting for years, offering rare glimpses into a realm where the forces of light and dark wage eternal war. A place where rulers, powers, and principalities scheme to destroy mankind.

When new Rifts begin openly appearing in the sky over a small Texas town, the FBI pairs one of its brightest agents with an enigmatic consultant to search for answers. Why is it happening? Who or what is responsible? And what happens if the inhabitants of the other side make their way into our world?

What this unlikely duo discovers will set them on a collision course with destiny, and challenge everything we understand about our own existence.

Intricately plotted and emotionally riveting, THE RIFTWALKERS, the thrilling new series by author Robin Parrish, kicks off with a can’t-put-it-down debut that leads into a mind-bending series where mysteries and surprises await at every turn.

Proceed with caution: The Riftwalkers could become your new obsession.


4. AVERSION BY NATE ALLEN

For as long as Eric Davis can remember, the name of that distinct carpenter from the bible (“that J name”) has caused him to have severe panic attacks. Living on a religion free road with his wife, Brooke, and his two children, Fiona and Mitchell, avoidance has done the trick. But things change, as they tend to do. On the day his wife comes home from church (wait, church?) to deliver her life changing news, Eric is given a peek behind the curtain for his aversion. Dark stairs leading down into a far darker place, long shadows reaching up the walls, reaching for him.

In a last effort to save his marriage and his sanity, he seeks answers to his aversion. The more he discovers about the why, the more he wishes he could close the curtain for good. But he’s already gone too far. To stop now would leave him worse off than before. What waits at the end of his journey is darkness unimaginable and a past that was better buried in the deepest parts of his mind.


3. THE ONE BY R. D. PALMER

Blessed are the Machines, for they shall inherit the Earth.
A juxtaposition, dystopian novel of terror, hope, and faith. Written for the Christian market, this novel will inspire you. You’ll cheer the heroes in the face of war and death, and your heart will dip and rise on the roller-coaster ride of their romances and heartbreaks.

Beliefs are tested. Amish and English—the Remnant—forced to choose how to survive. Can they trust each other? Betrayal, honor, bravery and cowardice on full display.

Their mission—an impossible feat—defeat an Artificial Intelligent entity created in the image of man, yet lacking all emotions—including empathy, pity, and mercy. The stakes—all life on Earth. The unlikely heroes of this thriller will fight against an omnipresent, omniscient god while demonstrating principles of virtue and defining what it means to be human.


2. JORDAN’S WORLD BY ALLEN STEADHAM

Jordan Lewis and her mother have been abducted and marooned on an alien world.

Taken in by a friendly tribe of natives, Jordan tries her best to adapt to living on this strange planet called Algoran. Jordan becomes a respectable huntress, but she still longs for the life she once knew on Earth.

When she learns the beings who took her may be on the other side of Algoran, she sets out for answers. Joined by three of her fellow hunters, Jordan crosses dangerous terrain, facing perilous creatures and people.

Will Jordan risk death for a chance to return to Earth?
What is God’s will for her life on Algoran?

Exploring the life of an ordinary young woman torn from all she’s ever known, Jordan’s World shows that God reigns over the whole universe, and that consequences can sometimes span solar systems.


1. NORTHERN LIGHTS, SOUTHERN STARS BY C. S. JOHNSON

Her heart might be broken, but her spirit won’t be crushed.

As the dark-skinned princess from the Southern Colonies—formerly the kingdom of Marula—Ebony is no stranger to hardship and ridicule.

Forced into royal servitude after the death of her father, Ebony resolved to keep her head held high despite her sorrow—no matter how much vitriol she endured from her stepmother, Varyes, Queen of Pommier. And when the Queen’s son, Prince Rion, helps to piece her broken heart back together with his love and kindness, Ebony begins to hope she will one day find a new home for herself.

But when Queen Varyes loses the Southern Colonies to its warring neighbors, she strikes out for vengeance—and Ebony is her first target.

Can Ebony survive the wrath and cunning of her wicked stepmother—even if her survival means giving up her claim on Prince Rion’s heart?

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Parker’s Top Ten Picks for 2020

On this special episode of Write Stuff, I do something I’ve never done before: a top ten list.

I hemmed and hawed over this idea for a while. After all, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve highlighted on Write Stuff. I’ve made friends with some wonderful authors. I’ve had the pleasure of following their careers as they’ve grown into their purpose as authors. So, how it is possible that to take all these lovely books and par them down to ten? It was difficult but we did it. 

Join me as I go over my top ten favorite books of 2020 for the Write Stuff. Helping me is returning guest co-host and contributor, Rachel Rossano. Listen in at 646-668-8485. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Add PJC Media to Spotify or iHeart Radio. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11867677.

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Blast from the Past

Write Now Literary is pleased to organize a book blast tour for Blast From The Past by M.E. Marshall. The book tour will run Dec 17.

Genre: Fiction/Christian Suspense

ISBN: 978-0997257625

Meet Madlyn

Madlyn Marshall is the Founder of G.R.A.C.E. Ministry and G.R.A.C.E. Publishing, Inc., who aspires to empower the Christian community with the gems of knowledge of biblical principles relating to money management. A dedicated humanitarian and evangelist, she devotes her time to helping others eradicate the complexities from the process of financial management, budgeting, and consumer credit. Madlyn holds 40+ years of experience serving Corporate America in the field of Credit & Collection and served as the Chief Financial Officer at the local church for over 13 years. She strives to channel all the knowledge & experiences to help others learn the art of managing finances and get one step closer to achieving financial freedom.

Madlyn Marshall is also a zealous Author who aims to inspire a change with her words of wisdom, faith, and encouragement. She writes journals, short stories, poems, and books to empower the community and help people accomplish their financial goals & achieve prosperity. A survivor of physical & emotional abuse and a young witness to spousal abuse, Madlyn has risen above the worst of times with the power of faith. She serves as a beacon of hope for young women who are lost in the abyss of hopelessness and yearning to find a way out of the misery & desolation. Madlyn is laying the foundation for G.R.A.C.E House, that she hopes will begin to break the cycle of misery and help women heal emotionally and physically from the scars of abuse.

Driven by the desire to build a happier world for the generations of today & tomorrow, Madlyn Marshall aspires to inspire a change through education, encouragement, and restoration. She writes with the sole purpose to empower others and help them strengthen the walls of faith and turn to God as the only eternal source of strength & provision. Through her publishing company, Madlyn also provides a platform for aspiring authors to catapult their writing career and play an integral role in empowering the community.

Over the years, Madlyn Marshall has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the community and was the recipient of the National Coalition of Women Ministry Esther Award 2013. She holds the Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership Certifications from Toastmasters International and is an active member of the Georgia Christian Business Network. Madlyn also sits on the board of directors of the Words of Comfort Ministries, Inc.

Besides this, Madlyn Marshall cherishes spending time in the company of her friends & families and actively participates in self-development activities. She has served as the Chief Financial Officer for multiple non-profit organizations and believes in the notion of empowering the people as they are the roots of a strong & healthy community.

About The Book

The small town of Summersville has a big problem. They must come up with two million dollars in a very short period. In a surprising twist, that exact amount is dropped off at the door of the courthouse. Who left it and why; who is the mysterious man in town and why is he asking questions about the gold ol Herman Jones was supposedly found and buried? Why does this stranger seem so familiar?

Was there really gold in the surrounding mountains? Found out how the townspeople cope with the sudden wealth and the news of the return of Melanie Jones’ high school sweetheart. Melanie Jones’ ancestors founded the little town, what secrets is she hiding?

This is a story of Cagney and Lacey meets Thelma and Louise. Follow Jamie and Melanie as they investigate the town’s new wealth, and the mysterious stranger.

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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Create Anewu Healthy Creation by Dr. Kathleen B. Oden

            


 

Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour for Create Anewu Healthy Creation by Dr. Kathleen B. Oden.  The book tour will run December 7- 18, 2020.


Genre: Nonfiction

 

ISBN-10 : 1541036301

ISBN-13 : 978-1541036307

 

 

                                                         


 

Dr. Kathleen B. Oden is an author, missionary and Bible teacher, at God’s House of Refuge Church & School of Evangelism. She attained a Doctorate degree in Christian Theology in 2000. After a bad fall in 2014, she realized that she had to start eating healthy, in order to fully recover. She became a Certified Health Minister and God gave her a ministry called, Create AnewU Health Ministry. She loves ministering to people and her health ministry has opened the door for her to share what the WORD OF GOD has to say, about eating healthy food. Dr. Oden has published over 20 books through Amazon.com and several of them are about health and wellness. 



 

                      



 

Eating healthy does not or should not mean giving up eating tasty food! HEALTHY CREATIONS will teach you how to revise and/or re-create your favorite dishes that you know and love!

 

                                    

                                       


 

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God, the Universe, and Alien Things — The Parker J Cole Show

Along with the social and political upheaval of 2020,  various reports and articles have arisen about aliens. That’s right, we’ve got aliens to contend with.  Most of us were shocked to see the monoliths appearing for a while, giving us a glimpse into 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The idea of alien and alien lifeforms is a topic that is extremely divisive in the normal sense. Among believers of the faith, even more so. How does the idea of aliens impact Christian theology? Do we completely ignore it because the bible says nothing about it? Or, does it? What are some considerations we need to take into account?

Join me in the discussion as I chat with my returning guest co-host and contributor, Travis Perry on Saturday, December 12th at 6 pm Eastern time. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Add PJC Media to your iHeart and Spotify. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11862200.