Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Imperfect Love Blog Tour $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

Imperfect Love Imperfect Love Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She has a career she loves, a husband she adores and a baby on the way, but a devastating diagnosis changes everything. The life she's built suddenly crumbles around her when her husband insists she choose—the baby or him. Returning to her small hometown to rebuild her shattered life, Lauren crosses paths with Ethan Campbell, the man who stole her teenage heart. The old attraction is still there, but Lauren won't admit it to anyone—least of all herself. Her only priority is providing a life for her child, and she can't afford to get it wrong. Ethan is confusing everything, including stirring up feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will she spend her life raising her baby alone or is the family she's always wanted finally within her reach?  
rebeccaAuthor Rebecca Lynn Talley Rebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children. Rebecca is the author of a children’s picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children’s chapter book, Gabby’s Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children’s stories and articles for both print and online magazines. When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.The Power of Words

Words are powerful. Thus, the saying that words are mightier than the sword. Words can uplift and encourage or demean and destroy. Words can paint pictures in our minds, be they good or bad. Words have the ability to change people and to leave lasting impressions. We tend to remember what someone said far longer than what someone did. Words stick with us. 

Some of us use our words to destroy. Hateful, ugly words have led to fear, prejudice, and even holocausts. Some of us use our words to build. Kind, beautiful words have led to faith, compassion, and courage. We each have the opportunity to use words in negative and positive ways, and it's up to us to decide how we will use our words. 

I have always loved words. I like to feel them on my tongue when I say them over and over again. As a novelist, I like to string them together to make sentences, paragraphs, and stories to make my art. How I use my words determines the kind of art I make. 

As a mother of ten children, I am acutely aware of all the choices my kids have when it comes to reading. Some authors choose to create stories that are beautiful and moving. Others choose to create stories that are degrading. While writing "clean" stories is not the most popular route, it is the route that I choose. When I write a story, my gauge is always whether or not I would be happy to have my children read what I've written.

I believe there is a market for clean reads. I believe that there are readers who want to experience a powerful story or simply want to escape for a few hours in a world that is free from profanity, sex scenes, and heavy violence. I believe that deeply moving stories as well as fun, light stories, and everywhere in between, can be told with the same complexity and interest as those littered with foul words and explicit images. 

In the end, I have to be true to myself, and my art should reflect that. Words have power, and I need to be responsible for how I use my words to create my stories.

 
Rebecca Talley
Fiction Inspired by Life
http://www.rebeccatalley.com

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