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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 21



When you were small, what did you want to be when you grew up? Tell us about your childhood.
I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. I loved working with children. I loved watching the teacher write on the chalk board and pass out papers. My childhood was amazing. I have four sisters and we made such great memories with each other, which we laugh at today. (Audra this one is for you... “Tractors are junk!”)
I was quiet and always had my nose in a book. When I’d get into trouble, my parents would ground me from... books.. yep not toys but my books. LOL
I didn’t make friends easily but when I did.... I’ve kept a hold of them, even to this day! My parents always supported everything I wanted to do, even if I didn’t finish it. But most of all, my childhood was filled with love and blessings from our Lord. (My daughter has something in common with you, she loves to read books and I've often wondered about grounding her from them, too!)
How did your writing career take form? Don’t spare any details!
I always had a passion for writing. While growing up, I wrote short stories and poems. Of course I kept those to myself. Then in high school we had an assignment to write a short story. At the time, I still thought I was going to be a Cosmetologist/Nail Technician/Masseuse. As my younger sister and I were going through old boxes, she found the start of Silenced in a box and began reading it. Afterwards she insisted that I add on to it and make it into a full book. So I did. That’s where I found that I love writing books and I had a message to share. (Oooh, it's always wonderful to find a great start of a book from our past and turn into something even better!)


How many “book starts” do you have that you have never finished? Which of those is your most favorite one?
At this time I have six books that I am working on. At this time I would say that “Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello.” is my favorite because it has a lot of meaning behind it. It’s the story of my daughter, Dakota who was stillborn on May 25, 2013. This story will be our journey and how I found to cope. (I'm sorry about Dakota, what a wonderful way to honor her memory.)


Do you like dancing in the rain, or sitting under the porch, watching it?
That would depend. If I’m alone, I’d rather watch the rain. If I am with friends or family having fun..  yeah I’d be dancing.


Please, in about one or two sentences, tell us about Silenced.
A message of hope, which addresses self harm and depression. It’s the journey inside the mind of someone who is suffering from these issues and her journey. (I'm intrigued!)


Writing about self-infliction must have been difficult, what gave you the drive to see this book to its end?
I needed to get my message out there. It was difficult. But I wanted to show those who are struggling with self harm that there is hope and someone out there does care. (I'm sure there are a number of people who are suffering in silence and in shame because of it, what a fabulous thing for you to do!)


Did you cry in any parts as you wrote? Which? Why?
I did. They were parts of the book that were actual parts of my life.

How has this book touched the life of others?
As I have seen from reviews and personal emails, I have helped put into words the feelings that others feel every day of their lives when they couldn’t put it into words. I’ve helped parents recognize the signs and watch their own children to find them cutting and get them help. I’ve brought more awareness to self harm and depression. I’m very proud of it all. (That is definitly something to be proud of--to bring hope, and combat the ugly feeling of helplessness among your readers. Kudos, to you!)


What inspired you to write the sequel, Silenced 2: The Overtaking? Tell us about the title.
I needed to finish Amber’s story because it wasn’t over. Silenced is about her battle. The Overtaking is about her fight against her darkness and it’s outcome. The title is for one thing which I can’t really say without giving too much away. But will she overtake the darkness of cutting or will the darkness of cutting takeover her?

What message would you like to share with your readers?
A reviewer has summed up what I would want to say: no matter how bad things... there is a bright light at the end. Family, friends, and support groups are always a big help. But most of all Jesus will always be there for you. All you have to do is ask. There is nothing you could do that would make him turn you away. So when you think your helpless and lost, remember you are never alone just turn to him and he will give you the strength and courage to see there anything. (Well said!)

Please share with us your sites and where we can purchase your books! Where can your fans contact you?

Author Links
Author Facebook Page Link https://www.facebook.com/raebethbuda

Purchase Links
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/136q6AK
Thank you, Ms. Buda, for the fun interview, I enjoyed getting to you better. I wish you much success with every book. Please make sure you visit her links and become her fan!

Friday, December 20, 2013

What's to come in the Buda's Book Celebration Event?

I wanted to give you all a peek into what's going on during the Buda's Book Celebration in January. The schedule is found under the tab above called Event Schedule. You can follow along there. There are a number of different stops coming up on different blogs.


Below is a list of the subjects that will be covered at the stops in the guest posts.

1. Pet Peeves in the Author World
2. Five Idea's For Using Pinterest
3. Ten Tips for Writing a Great Author Bio
4. Authors & Bloggers: Why We Need Each Other?
5. Readers: Supporting Authors
6. What NOT to do As A New Author
7. What It's Really Like Starting Out As An Author


What is a guest post?- This is where the author takes time to write on a certain subject for the blog. Each word written within the guest post is not from the blog owner, however the blog owner has allowed the person to temporarily take over their blog for the day.

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 20





Totally random question: what type of fruit juice do you like? Why? Do you hate fruit juice? Why?
I love apple juice. I’m not sure why it’s my favorite but I prefer to drink it over any other. My best guess would be because of the taste. It’s sweet but not too sweet and it’s not sour. I hate sour.

 What made you want to start writing?
I’ve always loved to write. I started by writing poems which I keep to myself. At first it was a healthy way of expressing how I was feeling. Then in high school we had an assignment to write a short story. One day while going through my old boxes, my sister came across Silenced and suggested I added on to it. Therefore for the next five years… I did.

Totally random question: do you watch zombies movies/shows?  Why or why not? Which are your favorites?  If not, what do you like to watch?
I don’t watch zombie movies or shows. They never did interest me. I’d rather vampires, witches, wizards, etc.

 What author has inspired you the most/who is your favorite author?
As inspiration I would say Edgar Allen Poe at first with his poems. Now it’s harder to answer that question because there are so many amazing authors out there. I would say that each author I came across gave me a little inspiration each day. Especially the Indie Authors I have met. Each one has given me a little more understanding of writing and publishing. I’m most thankful for them.

Totally random question: are you wondering why the heck you agreed to this stupid interview in the first place?
I don’t think any interview is stupid. Each one has its own meaning. I love doing interviews even though at this point I haven’t done many. It’s great seeing the different questions others are interested to know. So thank you for the opportunity.

 If you could give your fans one piece of advice, what would it be?
First and foremost I would say to write for yourself and never give up. The process is hard and sometimes it can get tough. But don’t let it stop you from reaching your dreams. You can do it.

Give us what you think is your best or one of your best lines of writing from any of your titles that are available to purchase?

I know it’s asked for only a line but it’s hard to pick just one. I would say this section has the most pull:

I get out of bed and go to the bathroom to check on my masterpiece. Once I start to walk, I get a shocking stabbing pain in my left leg. Is something wrong? I try to walk as fast as I can but the pain is too bad.

By the time I get there my leg is bleeding again. The pain is still there and I start crying. I sit down on the side of the tub and carefully pull off the blood soaked gauze; red goes everywhere. My leg’s swollen and there’s a lot of pain shooting down my leg. Once the gauze is completely off, I see my entire thigh swollen. Was Sarah wrong? Did I go too deep? Redness surrounds the cut and it looks like a welt.

 Last question which is also totally random: if you had to be a supernatural creature (vampire, werewolf, yeti, etc., etc.) which would you be and why?
I would say a vampire. This way I could live forever and write. I could do what I love to do and have no end to it. Not to mention their awesome powers. The speed would be great because I hate traveling. Getting to my destination in a flash would make traveling so much more enjoyable.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 19






When did you realize that writing is your cup of tea?
I didn't realize it until after I wrote and published Silenced. My plan was to put it out there and see what happened. I didn't think many people would be interested in my work, but now it seems like just about all authors think this way. I saw lovely reviews coming in and that's when I realized..."Hey... maybe I can write. Let's try another round." That's how The Overtaking was born. I again saw people loving this series. 

When I wrote Saying Goodbye, this was a given. So many people from all over the world followed my journey with Dakota and I had to honor her memory by sharing her story with the world. 


How would you choose books for giveaways?
I have changed the way I plan on doing giveaways in the future. There are a limited number of books I am willing to donate for giveaways. Each book has a set number of copies. I also plan on NOT doing giveaways with book items (bookmarks, magnets, etc.) until my blow out giveaway at the end of the year. This way I'll be giving away a massive amount of wonderful prizes at the end of each year.

Are you a full-time writer?

Yes and No. I am a full time writer but I am also a full time Mommy. So, I am able to write when needed, but I do have to reserve time with my daughter.


Why did you choose YA over other genres to write?
Well, I chose YA for the Silenced Series because cutting and depression happen very often within this age group. I felt that I'd be able to reach more people if I would write it in a teen perspective.

Which genre you prefer to read, apart from YA?
I love to read all types of books. It depends on my mood though.

What are your tips for writing?
Write consistently and use feedback. Criticism is needed to revise a manuscript. Don't do things half way either. You need to put it all up in the front and work hard to make your manuscript the best it can be BEFORE you release it into the public. Don't wait until others pick out the flaws within your book before you decide to edit or format.


What are the technicalities that have to be kept in mind while writing?
One must overcome the many distractions found when working at home.


Do you buy books you need to read or just collect books to read in future?

I read for pleasure, so I collect books to read in the future.


Do you encourage ebooks as a reader and writer?
Yes. I read both print and e-books, and there are advantages to both. The advantage of ebooks is that it’s convenient to read things outside of home. It’s easier to bring my Kindle on a trip versus a pile of books.


How do you name a novel?
It comes from the theme of a manuscript or a phrase from it.




How did you start blogging?I started blogging mainly when my daughter was diagnosed with Pica. I wanted to note our journey and have something to refer to over the course of this time. I wanted to see if she was improving or needed more help. Blogging about my daughters Pica was another way I wanted to show families who are going through it too... that they are not alone. I called that one Emma's World. Then, I started doing product reviews for companies and started Rae-Beth's Corner. I blogged for companies for a year and then took a break. I came back to Rae-Beth's Corner to blog about my journey to my wedding vows. 

Shortly after is when I found out I was pregnant with Dakota. So, of course I had to blog about that. When we lost her... I turned to Rae-Beth's Corner as a way to express my feelings and my journey, while helping others in the process.


Please suggest other networking sites to promote readership and writing?
I also use Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


What do you like the most, reading or writing?
I like both equally, so I can’t decide.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 18

 
 Welcome to day 18 of the event. I love answering questions and allowing you all to know me better as a person. So here's today's interview.
 
 
 At what point did you start considering yourself an author?

R: When my first book Silenced was released on Amazon. Before that, my writing was a hobby. From that day onward, I realized my writing would be read by people who didn't even know me and I hope that I could touch one life.


If you had the choice to collaborate with ONE author, who would it be?
R: Edgar Allen Poe. Unfortunately he passed away. I simply adore his short stories and his ability to write in a cryptic manner.


What are you currently reading?
R: I'm not really reading much at this time. However, I am slowly reading several books. The one which I find myself going to the most is Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over by John F. Westfall.


What entities outside of your families and friends have helped you to grow as a writer?
R: I guess all the authors who have ever touched my heart with their work, as well as all the people who cared enough to give my book a try.


What are you currently working on? 
R: I am working on a story that is based off of my grandmother. She passed away at 36 years old from breast cancer and I've added a bit of a twist to her story. I'm also working with parents who have had to experience a loss of a child. I'm helping them to share their story with the world. I believe that when writing Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello, I healed a bit more. I'm praying that by these parents writing their stories, they will be taking one step closer to getting past their hurt and see happiness.


In what ways do you challenge your writing skills?
R: I re-read my work and make sure there are a few months between each sitting. Also, I ask various proofreaders to have a look at what I've written.


Explain your personality in four words.
R: Positive, sensitive, spiritual, and giving.


What kind of music do you usually listen to?
R: I like anything played on K-Love and Today's Christian Music App. I listen to them all the time.

What's your everyday schedule like?

R: First, I wake my daughter, get her ready, and send her off to school. After I come back, I enjoy a cup of coffee while catching up with one of my family members on the phone. Once we finish talking, I dive into either blogging, writing, or promoting. At some point in the afternoon, I'll accomplish all three until I have to get my daughter off the bus. I fix her dinner. She does her homework. When she's finished, she goes off to play and I get back to writing.


If you could change anything about your author experience so far, would you? 
R: No, I feel like everything that has happened so far belongs to my own, personal path toward being a great author. I guess that sounds cliché, but it's actually true! Each story that I have written has something to do with awareness for something. Each book is meant to inspire. Therefore, I love the experience I have had so far.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 17



Why suicide and cutting?
I decided to write about depression and cutting because it’s something very close to my heart. I feel that the awareness of these disorders needs to be more. Therefore, with my series I am trying to create more awareness.

One thing you learned along the way?
I’ve noticed how little some people know about depression and the reasons why one decides to cut. Most of the time when a person cuts, it’s not at all about suicide. It’s about control and having a way to cope with their lives.

Something few people know about you?
There’s not a lot going on that few people know. I’m an open book. I’m straight and have let people in. But what I can say is that I hate spiders and bees. Especially walking through a spider web.

20 Questions:
1.      Pen or pencil?  Pen
2.      Laptop, desktop, or pen & paper? Desktop or Laptop
3.      Outline or go with the flow? Go with the flow
4.      Characters are based on real people or 100% made up? Thus far, real people
5.      Write in third person or first person? Both
6.      Horrible review or piracy? Horrible Review
7.      E-books, paperbacks or hardbacks? Paperback
8.      Write one best seller or 100 average books? One Best Seller
9.      Never able to read again or never able to write again? Never be able to read again
10.   Coffee or Tea? Coffee
11.   Early bird or night owl? Night owl
12.   Hugs or kisses? Kisses
13.   Running or biking? Running
14.   Terminator or John Wayne? Terminator
15.   Walk through a forest or along the beach? Along the Beach
16.   Have a song written about you or be an extra with a line in a major blockbuster movie? Song
17.   Time Travel: Past to meet your ancestors or future to meet your great great-grandchildren? Future
18.   Get rid of all bad drivers everywhere or never have to wait in a line ever anywhere? Bad drivers
19.   Buried alive or eaten alive? Buried alive
20.   Death at sea or by burning building? Sea

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 16


Here we go with the 16th interview of the event:


What book inspires you?
The Bible. It inspires me to life my life right so I can go to heaven.

Who taught you to swim?
My husband did a few years ago, but I only learned enough to save my life. That's all that matters right?

What are your marketable skills?
I know how to market my work via social media. I plan on expanding next year into the town around me and try to make me known as the "local author".

If you wrong someone, how do you apologize? 
If they are in front of me, I tell them why I did what I did and that I am sorry.
If they aren't in front of me, I write to them and let them know how I feel.
Although both ways don't always work.

When you where a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher.

What would be the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
I would donate most of it to Stillborn research. I hate the fact that I don't know why my daughter passed away.

Would you be willing to live "off the grid"?
YES!!! I would think it'd be less stressful.

When was a magical moment in your life?
I felt like my honeymoon was a magical moment. My husband and I went away for two weeks. Out of those two weeks, we didn't use any computers and only used our cell phone to keep in contact with my mother n law because she was taking care of our daughter. I loved how both of our attention was on each other. We enjoyed everything the Pocono's had to offer and I had the time of my life.

What makes a good teacher?
One who is willing to work with all students and be a friend on a professional level. My high school English teacher constantly boosted me and my work. She told me to follow the writing because I am very talented. I didn't believe her until my sister read Silenced as a short story.

When was the last time you went barefoot in public?
Never. I always have to have something on my feet.

What makes a house a home?
Having God, Love, and Faith. With these three, anything can be made into a home.

What do you like to learn about?
I love to learn about our solar system, grammar, and the way people work (Psychology).

Where were you during a life changing moment?
The last life changing moment I had, I was in the triage room in the hospital. The doctors were checking to see if I was really in labor.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 15


Here we are at the half way mark of the event. I want to thank those of you who have stopped by and checked out the interviews. Here's a big virtual hug to those who have followed along the entire event. My heart fills with happiness knowing you've taken interest in getting to know me. 

On that note, lets go into today's interview...



Were you named after anyone?


I am. My mother named me after her.  She took "Rae" from Rachel and "Beth" from Elizabeth, which is her name, and put them together to come up with mine... RaeBeth. :)

Do you like your handwriting?


At times I do. Sometimes I get into a certain type of writing style that I love. I'm sure everyone does this though.

Do you have a journal?

Sort of. I have two different journals where I write letters to my daughter Dakota and within those letters, I write how I feel. As well as my wishes for her or my family. Then, I use my blog called Rae-Beth's Corner for an online journal about my life.

What is your favorite cereal?
I love cereal, especially Cheerios. 


Do you think you are strong?

I don't think I am muscle strong. But I think I can take some stuff emotionally. I've been through a lot of pain in my twenty six years of life and I'm still ticking.

What's your first thought when you wake up? 

I wonder what today will hold. Then, I pray that it's not filled with tear, but of hope and faith.

What's your favorite character from a book?

Oh there are so many. I don't think I can properly answer this one. There are so many characters out there which I love. 

What country would you most like to visit?

I would love to see Japan.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope I'll have my rainbow baby before then. As well as have all of my current books that I am working on published and new works in progress. :)

Are you close with your parents?

I am extremely close with my mother. She's my best friend. I don't think there is anything that she doesn't know about me. As for my dad, we aren't so close. I don't see him as often as I would like. The same goes for my sisters, too.


Do you believe God?

Yes! There's no hesitation on that one. I am a firm believer of our Lord and I have faith that I'll meet him one day. (As well as my daughter and other family members who have passed.)

Do you hold grudges? 

No. I am the type of person who doesn't like conflict. When something is going on, I try to resolve it as soon as possible. It's hard for me to go on knowing someone is upset with me or mad.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 14


Wow, time is flying by. It feels like December just started. Here we are at the 14 interview for the event. I hope you enjoy.


Do you feel you have a purpose or calling in life?
 I believe I do. Each book that I have written so far has been based off of my life. I feel I am to inspire people through my writing and give them hope.

Are you artistic outside of writing?
Outside of writing, I'd like to think so. I can paint nails really well. I love to scrapbook. I also plan on starting my own swag making for my books.

What is one thing you would like to be remembered for after your death?
I want people to remember me for inspiring them and giving hope. I would love to touch one person and change their life. I pray that my books go on even after I do.

If your house was on fire and you were able to grab three things...what would they be?
This is a hard one. If I knew my daughter was already safe, I would grab the following:
So, the first would be the bag that has all of Dakota's stuff in it.
Second would be my daughter's baby scrapbooks.
Third would be my wedding photo. 
These are the most import to me outside of my family.

How many books would you like to write within your lifetime?
I don't know. It takes time writing books and sometimes it even takes years. I'm going to say that twenty or so books would be awesome.

If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what three things would you want to do?
I would want to have all my family gathered in one spot and have a day of laughter and joy. I don't want anyone sad over my death. When I pass, I would like my family to celebrate my life and be happy that I finally got my one wish in life... to be with my daughter Dakota.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?
First wish would be to have my daughter back and my life the same as it was before she gained her wings.
Second would be to be pregnant with our third baby.
Third, would be to have my family pain free from any health issues and free from anything that is holding them back in life. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 13


Welcome to the 13th interview.

Enjoy!
 
 
What is your fondest memory?
The one memory which sticks out to me is from my childhood. My younger sister and I were together all the time, using our imaginations, and creating awesome stuff out of the simplest things. My dad gave us two boxes. With those two boxes, we made our own cars. Well, I said I had a Tracker and my sister made hers a Bronco. We used clothes lines to tie from the front of the box to the back, so we could rest it on our shoulders. Then, we used the lids to the plastic tub of a gallon ice cream as the steering wheel.

Apparently, my sister is better at construction with this because mine kept falling apart. I remember throwing mine down, kicking and stomping it, and crying out "Tracker's are junk!"

What did you enjoy about high school? College? 
The one thing I enjoyed most about high school was being able to have somewhere to go everyday and be around people. Being home all the time gets really boring. As for college, I enjoyed the work. I was in college because I wanted to be, therefore, I was interested in all the assignments that were given.

Name one thing you miss about when you were a child.
I miss how innocent life was. I didn't fully understand death and what it could do to a person. I had no idea what heartbreak was. I miss not having to worry about stuff. This grown up stuff is so overrated! 

What did you do for your first job?
I worked at the local truck stop/restaurant as a dish washer.  I didn't mind the job because the people I worked with were so much fun.


What do you do to relax?
I lay in my bed and watch Netflix on my laptop. I shut my door and Hubby takes care of our daughter. Leaving me in my own little world. I love it.

What's one thing you wish you could do more of?
I wish I could read more. I have so much time wrapped up in my blogs and books, I never have time to read. 

Name one wish you'd like for your books.
I would love for them to reach 100+ reviews on Amazon, and I would love for more people in the area where I live to know about them.

What do you consider is your greatest achievement? 
 My greatest achievement is being a Mother. I feel that it's a blessing that only a few get to experience without trying. I have a feeling that my future will be full of broken hope and lots of faith.
 

 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 12


Are you enjoying this event so far? I hope so. Please feel free to drop a question in the comments below and I'll answer it in a future interview. 

Here is today's interview:



Do you wear your seat belt in the car? 
Yes, I do. It drives me crazy not to have it on.

Do you have a crush on someone? 
My husband and it's lasted 8 years so far.
 
Name one thing you worry about running out of.
I worry that we will run out of milk or foods that my daughter eats. She has the eating disorder called Pica and she's very picky when it comes to eating. Due to these issues, she only eats a few things. 


What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble?
I have been told that I sort of look like Avril Lavigne. Smile

Do you crack your knuckles?
Yes, sometimes I do. It's a habit that I am trying to break. 


What super power do you want if you could have it? 
I wish I could read people's minds. I think that would be cool. There would be a lot less lies said and believed.

What's your most annoying habit? 
I would say my smoking. I hate it but the habit is so hard to quit. I wish I never started!
 Where did you last go on vacation? 
 I visited my mother n law for Thanksgiving.

What is your best physical feature? 
I would say my eyes, but my Hubby disagrees. He says my butt. LOL

Do you talk on your cell phone when you drive?
 No, I don't drive. I'm 26 years old and I've never got my license. But I plan on getting that out of the way soon.

What are your favorite sayings? 
The hardest person you will ever have to fight is... yourself!
Live from the heart and believe.


What song(s) do you listen to when you write? 
It depends on the mood I am in and what I am writing. If it's a sad depressing scene, I listen to music that reflects the situation. 


If you could go back or forward in time,where would you go? 
I would go back to my pregnancy with Dakota. I wish I could have said Goodbye before she grew her wings. I wish she could have hear me say I love you one more time. 

How many kids do you plan on having? 
I only planned on having two. However, the Lord had different plans. I have two (one with me and one in heaven) and I'm trying for my third.

If you could kiss anyone who would it be? 
I wish I could kiss Dakota one more time.


What do you do when no one is watching? 
I cry. The pain from my loss doesn't fully go away. It lingers somewhere deep within me and breaks free when I am alone. A good cry always makes me feel a bit better at that time.

Would you rather die in a blaze of glory or peacefully in your sleep?
Sleep would be nice.Smile

Coffee or Tea. 
Coffee of course.



Favorite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert? 
I went to the Bad Boys of Rock Concert. Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Hinder, and Revelation Theory played.


Have you ever been in love? 
Yes, I am in love. I have loved my husband since the very first time I heard his voice on the phone. 

Do you talk to yourself? 
Yep. All the time.  I entertain myself quite often.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 11






Welcome back again!! I hope your having a good time reading the interviews, as I am having filling them out. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer, feel free to post them on my Facebook page.


Do you have a photo hosting site that you use? 
Yes, I do

Ever been to Las Vegas?
No, but I would like to visit there, among other places before I die.

Have you ever been gambling?
No
 
When is the last time you updated your blog?
I update my blog I use to help promote other authors (The Writing World) everyday. Then, I try to update my author blog and "Mommy" blog every chance I get. 

Do you have your wisdom teeth?
No. But I do have them on my dentures.

Favorite place to be?
In the comfort of my own home. I dislike leaving the house because my comfort is at home. I like the cozy feeling.

Have you been to New York City?
No.
 
Favorite sit down restaurant?
Olive Garden

Ever been to Disney Land?
No, but I would like to take a trip with my daughter one day.

Do you have a favorite cartoon character?
I would have to think about this because I haven't watched cartoons in years.

Last thing you cooked?
The last food I cooked was Mac-n-Cheese, but I'm about to make dinner now. Who knows what I will end up making.

How is the weather today?
Cold, snow, and just icky!!

Do you email?
Yes-everyday

Last letter/piece of mail you received besides junk or a bill?
The last piece of mail I got was from Lee Ryder. She sent me a swag pack with her book cover on it. I just love them.

What is the best city in the state that you live in?
My hometown, of course. Why wouldn't I say that?

Are you bored right now?
No

Last concert you went to?
Bad Boys of Rock

What do you think about before you go to bed?
My daughter and I wonder why I didn't get to have her with me. As well as, what life will be like when I find out I'm pregnant with my rainbow baby. ** Oh what a day that will be!! **

What are your plans for tomorrow?
Get my daughter off to school and hopefully write more on my newest story for Christmas. Which I don't think will be done before Christmas. :(

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 10


We are back with the 10th interview of the month. I hope you are enjoying the event while learning more about what makes me tick as a person and author. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been hanging out and reading each interview. I love hearing from you and love seeing your comments. With that said, we are now on to interview 10:

Q: Do you sleep with your closet door open or closed?
A: That depends. I have a lot of clothes. I will admit, I'm not one who likes to put my clothes away. So when I get into the mood and put them away....then the door is closed. But, if there are a few baskets that need put away, the door is open.

Q: Have you taken the shampoo and conditioner bottles from a hotel you stayed in?
A: I have. I look at it this way... I paid for that room and they will throw the stuff away. So, why let it go to waste?

Q: Do you watch college football?
A: I don't, but I cheer for West Virginia University.

Q:Who was the last person to send you a text? 
A: My Husband. Right now he's on his way out of town for work. :(
 
Q: Where was the last place you went shopping? 
A: I believe the last place I went shopping was at Walmart for Black Friday. I was impressed to find books for $5, when they were originally $15.
 
Q: How do you feel about your hair?
A: I think it's getting thinner. I used to have really thick hair. But overall, I love it and I am happy the Lord has blessed me to keep it. I know a few people out there who would do anything to have their hair back.

Q: Do you have any expensive jewelry?
A: My Wedding ring is the most expensive I have. I'm not one for lots of jewelry.
 
Q: Do you like math?
A:  I hate math. When it comes to doing math, I always ask hubby to do it seeing how he's a nerd for math.

Q: How many hours on average do you work a week:

A: 24 hours a day - I am a wife & mother, as well as an author and blogger!
 
Q: Last restaurant you went to?
A: I can't remember the name of it. It was the first time I ever went and I loved the food. I'm not great with names... hahaha, which is crazy since I'm an author.

Q: Who was the last person to call you?
A: The last person was my Aunt Sam, which was calling me back. I was wishing her a Happy Birthday. 

Q: What's your sign?
A: Gemini, although I don't follow along with it. 

Q: Do you have a favorite number?
A: Yes, it's 8.

Q: Last time you did volunteer work or made any donations?
A: I am constantly making donations to Pregnancy and Infant Loss. I donated about $20 the last time I purchased a hair bow for my daughter. Then, shortly after that I donated to a Facebook event for Domestic Violence. 
 
Q: Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
A: I'm not an only child. I have two blood sisters, and three step sisters.

Q: Do you drink beer?
A: No, I hardly drink to begin with. But since I'm trying to get pregnant, alochol isn't part of my beverages. 

Q: Whats your favorite color? 
A: Hot Pink
 
Q: Are you missing anyone at the moment?
A: Yes, my husband and my youngest daughter.
 
Q: Did you take a nap today?
A:  Surprisingly, no. I haven't taken a nap during the day in a few weeks.
 
Q: Ever been on a cruise? 
A:  No, and I don't plan on ever going on one. I hate water because I can't really swim. I never learned how.
 
Q: Favorite actor? 
A: Channing Tatum
 
Q: Favorite actress?
A: Kate Hudson

Q: Are you multitasking right now?
A: Yes, always.

Q: Could you handle being in the military?
A: No. I had a small taste of it when my husband and I first met and I could not even be a Military wife. I do thank all Military personal & their spouses. I would say that would be the hardest job.

Q: Can you speak any other languages?
A:
No, English only. But I would love to learn a few more.
 
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? 
A: About four or five pair.


That's all with today's interview. Check back tomorrow for more random questions.
Thank you for stopping by and reading. Now I ask you to pick one question from this list and answer it in the comments below. :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event- Day 9





1) Who are you? What do you do?

   - I'm just a woman who fell in love with writing. So, I am RaeBeth and I write for a living.
 

2) What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
   
   - My writing process doesn't follow any regular routine. I write when my muse decides to work with me. When that happens, I can write about 10,000 words in a day.. easy. 

3) What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

  - I feel the most important elements of good writing is editing. This is above anything I believe. When I grab a book and it's nothing but a bunch of misspelled words, it draws me out of the book. I also think that it's a good idea to watch how much cursing is used within the book. I have put down books and not read them because of too much cursing. 

4) What motivates you to write?

- Life motivates me. Writing is my outlet. If I wouldn't write, then I'd be going crazy. The characters within me that have been born and will be born would be shouting at me every day. That would drive me nuts. I have to write!!


5) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

- Yes I do. I don't do anything about it. I have found that if I force the writing, it's not that good in the end. Therefore, I have to wait until I get past it and write.

6) Do you have any advice for other writers?

- Believe. You can do it. When you publish a book, you will find some really mean people out there. Overlook them and push on. Don't let someone else dictate what your future holds.

7) What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

-Silenced: The message here is about what it could be like in the eyes of a cutter.

-Silenced 2: The message is that with enough will power and the right type of support, you can overcome cutting.

-Saying Goodbye: The message is hope. Even when the unthinkable happens, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

8) Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

-I have learned to follow me. There will be a lot of people out there who will be doing things that you'll find interesting. That it works for them, but it won't necessarily work for you. It will take time, but I can do it!

9) What are your current / future projects?

- I am working on a paranormal read about witches, witches, and demons. As well as, a book about a mother who contacts her youngest daughter after she passes, so she can try to bring her family back together after her death.

10) What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

- I wouldn't say books have influenced me, although they do help me. I find myself wanting to write sometimes while I am reading. There are several authors who have influenced me: Jaime Gibson, Lee Ryder, Dianatha Jones, JH Glaze, and KB Miller. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thirty #Interviews in Thirty Days #Event-Day 8


Aside from Writing: Various Questions


Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

RB: Loving, Driven, & Compassionate 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10...how happy are you?

RB: 7

Q: What makes you angry?

RB: Oh this could be a very long answer.  I absolutely hate when the bottom of my pants are wet and they cause my socks to get wet. That makes me mad. I get angry when I don't hear from someone in a long time and they call me when they want something. I get angry when I see any type of child abuse. Last one, it makes me angry when my husband leaves his dirty socks in the living room. 

Q: What kind of people do you dislike?

RB: I dislike those who use others to benefit from them. This is one of my biggest things. Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Q: Do you like Jerry or Tom?

RB: Oh, that's easy... Jerry!

Q: What video games do you play?

RB: I like to play Candy Crush, Sims, and I used to play Fiesta Online. 

Q: What will your first thought be when you had learn that you won a lottery?

RB: I can do many things with this. I could really make a difference in the Stillborn Awareness research!!

Q: What will you do if you have million dollars cash with you?

RB: I would never carry that much on me. But, I would give a portion of it to the family members I know could use it for the good. 

Q: Which ancient place would you like to go?

RB I'd love to stand on the mountain where Jesus was with the cross.

Q: What will you do if you have a time machine?

RB: I would go back in time to my younger self and warn myself of the heartache that I'll face in the future.

Q: Which super power do you like to have and why?

RB: I'd love to be able to read thoughts. This way I could really see who people are.

Q: If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find?

RB: Milk, soda, water, eggs, butter, salad dressing, and my daughters lunch stuff.

Q: If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be?

RB: Oh this one is easy. I'd love to be able to tell what my cat says.

Q: What do you like to wear when you go to work?

RB: Well, since I don't work outside of my house, I am always in something comfortable. 


Q: Tell me about your recent traveling experience.

RB: The most recent traveling experience I had was to my mother n law's, which is normally a six hour drive. The ride out was mostly smooth with a small patch of snow while passing through Maryland. After we arrived, we laughed and had a great time while enjoying our Thanksgiving break. The ride back was a different story. It took almost seven and a half hours to get home because of the traffic rush.

Q: What is your bad quality?

RB: I worry about everything. Yep. That is me. The smallest thing will have me worried over it until I see everything works out. This is something I am trying to work on.

Q: How does u handle change?

RB: It depends. I have a love/hate relationship with change. Most of the time I get super freaked out about the idea of something changing, but it excites me too.

Q: Does u like a dog or a cat?

RB: I love cats and I like dogs.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blog Hop: 12 Days of Christmas




Blog Hop:  12 Days of Christmas
Event Date:  December 1st  - 12th 2013

 Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe



Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or shortening, room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
48 Hershey® Kisses® chocolate candies, unwrapped



Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

In a large bowl, cream butter or shortening and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beating until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture until well mixed.

Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Place balls, 2 inches apart, onto un-greased cookie sheets.

There are two popular ways to cook these cookies. Take your pick:

Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven; press a chocolate kiss candy into the center of each cookie. Return to oven and bake another 2 minutes or until cookies are light brown. Remove from oven and remove from cookie sheet; let cookies cool on wire cooling racks.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Remove from cookie sheet and let cookies cool on wire cooling racks.





Excerpt: Chapter 11


The house looks too familiar. As I turn the corner, I see someone lying on the floor. Without delay I realize it’s Sarah. It’s hard for me to see, but there are several things in the room which stand out. I see a white book shelf, which matches the other furniture in the room. On the shelves, the scrapbooks stick out.

I realize everything in this room is black and white, except for the scrapbook. They are the only things in the room that has color.

I run to the closet and the same boxes I moved earlier are in color too. I bend down to move the boxes. I move the small piece of the wall that hides Sarah’s cutting tools. The tools aren’t there but there’s a piece of paper; I pull it out. Opening it up, I see there are words written on it. Once it was fully unwrapped, I can read it:

Dear Amber,

I want to thank you so much for all you’ve done to help my mom and dad through my death. I know this is really hard for you to do, but I know deep down inside you can handle it.  I want to thank you for removing my “tools” before Mom found them. Please don’t worry about me. I’m a lot better now than I was my entire time on earth. Heaven is exactly how I pictured it to be and more. I’m at peace now, and I couldn’t be happier. I love you Amber, and I always will.

Your Best Friend, Sarah

I fold up the note and slip it into my pocket. In an odd way, this sends love and comfort through my body. I replace everything in the closet, I return to the room to find Sarah’s body isn’t lying there anymore.

I decide to toddle down to the family room to discover what else I can find. When I enter the room, I don’t see anything out of the ordinary. Everything’s in place. I walk over to a picture of Sarah from her sixteenth birthday. Her dress was made for this party and especially for her. Allen made sure she felt like a princess. She liked the pink, girly girl look at this time. Well, we both did. This is when we tried changing our look to fit in and see if that made a difference in how the girls treated us. Needless to say, it didn’t.

Just as I turn around, the TV comes on and it’s loud. I can’t even hear myself think. I jump when I see what’s on. It’s the tape Allen and Donna made for Sarah for her third birthday and mine too. We shared our party. As I watch the tape, I notice the same guy that was in the picture, is on this tape too. Who in the hell is he?

We have the same outfits, ate the same cake, and got pretty much the same gifts. This was the party that tied us together. This was the time everyone said we would grow to be sisters, and we did.

“Amber...”

I hear a gentle and calming voice coming from the doorway. I turn to see Sarah standing there. I don’t know how to react; I just stand there. I’m not sure if I should talk to her or if it’s just my mind messing with me. A few moments go by and I decide I need to talk to her.

“Sarah.” I say wearily.

“Please don’t feel bad for me.” Sarah starts to say.  “I’m happier now. I don’t feel the pain or darkness anymore. This was for the best.”

“Before you go on, answer me a few questions. Why? What happened? What went wrong?” I ask her.

“I fell into a deep depression when you moved. I tried calling you several times, but hung up before the phone connected. I didn’t want to seem like I was bothering you.”

“Sarah, you could never do that! We are sisters.”

“I didn’t do it on purpose. It just kind of happened. I was trying to take away my really bad headache. The bottle I got them from didn’t say how many to take. I started with one, and it didn’t do anything. I took another, still the same thing. The third, and then the fourth. After I took the fourth, my body seemed to take control all on its own. The next thing I knew, well… here I am. I wasn’t trying to kill myself. I just wanted my headache to go away. Don’t feel bad for me. I am free.”

“It’s good to know the truth. I miss you. We all do. And…” I begin to say, but Sarah cuts me off.

“I don’t have much time. I want you to know that Landon is good. He will be your husband one day. You may not believe me but just watch. Tell Patrick that Stacey is a good girl. Amber, she’s going through the same thing we did. She needs you. Don’t let him push her away. Casey will be fine. She’ll move on. Hopefully, we can talk again soon. I’m sorry, but I have to go now. Love you bunches lil sis!”

That was it; she disappeared. I fell to the floor sobbing. I cry harder than I ever have. My hands start shaking. I don’t want her to go. I want her to stay. I want her to live!


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