Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Friday, December 30, 2011

Welcome Amazon Authors

For those of you here because of wanting to be featured as an author, leave me a note in the comments section and I'll reply within a week. Thanks for stopping by!

Change of Direction

This blog will soon offer a page where you can buy my books and the study packet without having to go elsewhere. I'm excited about doing this and am having to learn so much. Once I figure it all out, I'd like to add it to my blog postings and then pull my helpful posts together into a free ebook. It will be offered at most estores.

Also, I'd like to start including posts that will interest a reader who stops by here and not just other authors. So look for some changes, starting with my next post . . .

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Results of . . . is it God's providence or a well prepared manuscript?

This is exciting news for me and might be encouraging to those of you following a similar path. Because of my books being well-liked by certain individuals, they may find their own way to Random House and Thomas Nelson.

Let me back up. A few weeks ago, I asked my husband about our internet sevice. You see, we're still using dial up, but we have the opportunity to switch to Wild Blue or wait a year for Big River to come through. His advice was to wait. I woke the next morning with this thought in mind. If I had high speed internet, I could online market my books more effectively and gain a much larger following. But if I wait, like my husband suggested, and my books take off, it will clearly be the hand of God. Thus, I felt like God saying, "Give me a year, and let Me show you what I can do."

That being said, an individual associated with a certain bookstore is giving my book to a representative to one of the above mentioned publishing houses. Another individual knows the people who run the other mentioned publishing house and wants to give them a copy of my books.

I'm not so naive as to think, "this is it", but I do have enough faith to say, God's in control and who knows what He might do!

Thank you to all who believe in my writing and want to share it with the world, and I hope those of you reading this will find a dedicated following for your own works.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Study Guide to Abandoned Hearts

The study guide to Abandoned Hearts will be available in January, 2012. Following is a list of the chapter contents.

Chapter 1

Don't Settle For Second Best                         1

Chapter 2

Know When To Say "When" - Setting Boundaries in Advance   4

Chapter 3

Dealing With Temptations                               7

Chapter 4

A Return to Modesty                                         9

Chapter 5

What If I Already Messed Up                        13

Chapter 6

Living To A Higher Standard                        16

Here is what one youth leader already had to say:  The Study Guide gave me chills (and that is good because it touched my heart). I think you have some very deep thoughts in it that are fresh and new!

This study guide, entitled Pure Heart, will be available with a copy of Abandoned Hearts and a purity ring packaged together for each individual student. Anyone interested in reviewing a copy for youth groups, please contact me at reginatittel@gmail.com.

Here is a list of the intended spiritual messages of each of my books.

Abandoned Hearts:  abstinence before marriage, supported with the importance of scripture memorization (avail. now)

Unexpected Kiss:  how to understand our Heavenly Father when raised without an earthly example and trusting God as the one in control (avail. now)

Coveted Bride:  building self-confidence through Christ after living under abuse and safe-guarding children in today's world (avail. spring 2012)

Cherished Stranger:  recognizing the need of sponsoring children in third-world countries and the difference between 'milk verses meat' churches (avail. winter 20012)

The fifth book of the series in still in the planning stages.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas!

For all my readers, I wish you a Merry Christmas - may your day be filled with humble thanksgiving toward our Savior and King, Jesus Christ and may your time with family be blessed with merry cheer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Have I steered anyone toward Create Space only to have you disappointed in their quality? Then I'm sorry. Not everyone is dissatisfied, but I am. You can have the nicest personnel in the world but if your quality is poor, the rest doesn't matter.

Unexpected Kiss is a black and white cover. How many shades should black and white come in? For Create Space, too many. My books are tinted pink, blue, green, boy, I can't wait to see what's next. (That's sarcasm, by the way.) Actually, I'm not mad, just disappointed. And guess who else is?

Gospeland Bookstore. Gospeland, in Cape Girardeau, is selling my books like hot cakes. (Yes, even with the not-so-good covers) But, they're not pleased with the result of my chosen printing company any more than I am. In fact, so much so, that because of them, my book is now in the hands of a rep for a large publishing company that currently bought a self-publishing company. What does that mean? I hope it means that my books will soon be printed through a different company and even promoted through the same!

(Note: not only am I having the 'color tint' problem, but often my spines are bent or the covers are torn simply because of rough packaging.)

My Untitled Song

Here's a song I wrote (or God wrote through me) when my first child was still a baby. It's to the tune of the oldies, 'Teen Angel.'

Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

You told me of, a man who died
For me to be set free
And if in Him I would believe
I'd live eternally

Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

Faithfully, to church you'd go
When Sunday rolled around
I was too lost in sin
To see what you had found

Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

When the trumpet blew
I couldn't hear
And with it you were gone
So here I am down on my knees
Salvation is my plea

Jesus, can you hear me
Jesus, can you see me
Are You somewhere up above
And will you send for me

Notice the last line, no longer is the individual asking for prayer, but asking to be with Jesus. Don't wait for the tribulation to make a believer out of you, go to Him today.

If you can think of a good title for it, please let me know.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Book Signing Dos and Don'ts

In my short experince at book signings, the first and most important rule I've learned is this: 
Never sign alone. With the exception of the one I have scheduled tonight, I don't plan on scheduling any more unless there will be other authors present. I recently shared a signing with well-known inspy author, Deborah Raney and her husband Ken. We had a great supportive crowd, I sold at least 22 books.

Also, Deborah told me she doesn't do them alone either, because if no one shows up, at least you have someone to visit with. Did you catch that? Deborah's first book was made into a movie by Billy Graham. She's written 25 novels to date . . . and she experiences no-show book signings? That's important to remember when you experience a no-show as well, it happens to the best of them. (Though I doubt it happens very often with Deborah.)

Another important item to remember is how you present yourself. How do you want the public to view you? How do you want to be remembered? Because rather you want it or not, everything you say, down to the way you're dressed, will be remembered in the eyes of your public. Deborah was a wonderful example to emulate. She was dressed casual but refined. She possessed the grace of a lady from her mannerisms down to her speech. She not only made me feel comfortable and important, but she also extended the feeling to our guests.