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Chances we take, choices we make, an Interview with Author Rick Flores

Thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview with me. I have read your christian book and love it. It is written for readers of all ages.

 

What are you working on now?
I am primarily a bible study writer. In 2018 I plan to put out two more studies. One will cover the parables of Jesus Christ while the other will take an in depth look at the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation.

What are common traps for an aspiring writer?
Trying to be too much like someone you’re not. Just because you like the style of another author does not mean that style best fits you. Just be yourself. Write from your heart and you will find your uniqueness to be refreshing to the reader.
Another trap is self-doubt. It is common during your writing to want to give up because you feel no one will want to read it. If you feel a string calling to write – do it!

What is the first book that made you cry?
Honestly I cannot remember, but in my later years, a book by Tony Dungy titled, “Quiet Strength,” was a huge inspiration to me. It made me cry in the sense that it drove me to prayer because I realized it was indeed possible to let your light shine even in the most secular atmospheres.

What other authors are you friends with, and do they help you become a better writer? If so, how?
While I do not know other authors on a very personal level, I have become a better writer because of the works of Dr. James Dobson, Jon Acuff, and Max Lucado.

What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
I suggest “Authors Publish Magazine”.

What does literary success look like to you?
Obviously, a large number of book sales would undoubtedly equal success. But as a new and relatively unknown author, I realize I cannot compare myself to a NY Times best seller. Success also comes to the satisfaction of knowing you have touched a few lives (that could means hundreds or thousands) and inspired others to want to write as well.

What’s the best way to market your books?
In this current age you must take advantage of all the free social media available. Market your book on all of your accounts. Create pages and/or websites.
FB pages allows you to pay minimal prices to “boost” your posts to reach an audience which you have to power to select the demographics.
Also, be very creative and innovative.
Send your book to various media outlets, celebrities, leaders, etc that make a living from featuring guest authors on their shows or people with great influence who can give a “plug” of your book to their thousands or millions of followers.
Above that, check with your publisher. They will usually have many different methods of marketing for an additional cost to you, but the possibility of reaching thousands of book readers and book sellers may be well worth the price of marketing.

Do you Google yourself?
Any author who says they’ve never googled themselves is not being honest.
No, we shouldn’t have an obsession with ourselves, but we should keep up with our reviews and sales – whether they be negative or positive.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely I do. Writing is easy, but writing in the form of an informative, entertaining, and interesting style takes a lot of time and work. As in anything else, practice and study makes you so much better.

 

 

You can purchase Rick Flores book at the link below:

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Chances-We-Take-Choices-Make/dp/1498478174

My first tv interview
https://www.facebook.com/rick.flores.7923/posts/1725582694120983

🎁Day two of our 🎁12 Days🎁 of Christmas book giveaways 🎁

Tonight I will be giving all my blog subscribers chapter one of Pushing Back the Darkness for free.

Pushing Back the Darkness is a faith based novel concerning human trafficking in Houston Texas area.

You can buy one copy and get the second signed copy half off during this Christmas season.

There will be a book bundle giveaway at the end of the twelve Days for one lucky subscriber.

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Help bring awareness!! Thank you for your support.

Chapter One is coming your way free!! Look for it within the next 24 hours.

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🎁Merry Christmas 2017🎁

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017

What a year this has been!

Wow. I would have never imagined the whirlwind of excitement that has happened since publishing, Pushing Back the Darkness in April of this year.

So for the twelve Days of Christmas, I am so blessed to be able to share and give to others (it’s one of my love language if anyone has read about the five different languages….)

I am blessed to have a family who supports my dreams unconditionally.

I am blessed to have the IMPACTJUNKIE team rallying around me.

I have met wonderful new friends from all over the US.

I am blessed with an incredible church family pastored by a phenomenal pastor and his lovely wife who is always a lady.

My cup runs over. I could go on and on but….

So for the twelve Days of Christmas I will have giveaways of a signed copy of my book and different sales each day. Come see it daily here and on instagram (AuthorLauraAranda)

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Giving Tuesday 2017

My Giving Tuesday goes to the DC Dream center. My Team partner, Zuri and I have a goal of getting this done prior to MLK Day 2018

Please consider helping with art supplies, paint, etc. Thank you!

The mission of IMPACT JUNKIE is to excite, engage, and inspire entrepreneurs, change-makers, and impact-seekers to use their superpowers (talents, skills, abilities) for good — to create real impact in real lives in their cities/communities and around the world. Since the establishment of ImpactJunkie in February 2017, we have already built water wells in Haiti and currently investing in sustainable work for locals to build water wells in their country. Many of our ImpactJunkie members were instrumental in the relief projects of Hurricane Harvey. We are excited about future projects multiple cities in the US.

During our most recent event in Washington, D.C., our team supported the DC Dream Center by organizing and cleaning the gorgeous Southeast White House for the holiday events provided to all in the community. Needy children in the Washington DC community go without proper food, shelter, and small things we take for granted such as a safe place for after-school activities. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, there are many children and families who are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of people in need around the holidays. While cleaning and prepping, we noticed a special sunroom that stole our heart. It currently functions as an art room for the community’s children. Sadly, the tables are old, the vinyl on the chairs are split, two tall window panes are missing, and the art supplies are all gone.

Knowing the wonderful support the DC Dream Center provides to the community by keeping kids off the streets and providing them with a space to be creative, ImpactJunkie has adopted this room and asking for your help. It would not take much to transform this room (pictures available). Together, we will be able to help many of these families’ beautiful children start toward a brighter future using creativity with after-school programs in an awesome, safe, warm room. As a member of this incredible organization, to support a pillar program like DC Dream Center is an honor.

More Information:

You can find the Dream Center on social media @DCDreamCenter http://www.dcdreamcenter.com/. The Southeast White House is conveniently located behind the Dream Center and both work completely off donations. Their most recent event they gave away hundreds of Leesa mattresses and are currently organizing Thanksgiving baskets to give away to those in need in the community.

Join our Impact project: Monetary donations can help purchase supplies, materials, and have the windows fixed in the art sunroom. We would also take donations such as complete table sets, plastic containers for supplies, and art supplies. We have a team of impactjunkies ready to get this room ready as soon as possible. Our goal is to have the room ready in time for, January 15th MLK Day.

ImpactJunkie is most rewarded when we are able to empower others to have an impact in their communities and around the world. Join us as we drive impact!

Please contact our Team lead, Author Laura Aranda for information on donating materials. For monetary support visit our website at https://impactjunkie.co/products/support (in special instructions put “DC Dream Center”)

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Cyber Monday Book Sales 2018

Cyber Monday, November 27th I am hosting a book sale for the holidays.

Think: Stocking Stuffers

Buy your first signed copy of Pushing Back the Darkness and get the second signed copy for half price. All books will be shipped within twenty-four hours of payment on Nov. 27th. 

  1. Send one to a friend. 
  2. Donate one to your local library. 
  3. Give one to a teacher. 
  4. Place one in your pastor’s hands and let him know we are available to come to your city to help with workshops on a weekend in 2018. 

Whatever you do, buy the book and pass it on. Start those hard conversations with your teenagers. This book is perfect for those age fourteen to 114. 

You can contact me via Email (lauraaranda@owlofhope.com) to order your books via Paypal.

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As always, thank you so much for what you do. If you have already bought the book, please leave me a google review, Amazon review, Facebook selfie review or live shout-out. That would make my day!

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What is a predator? 3 Facts to consider.

Read a blog from modernmom.com

And summarize that post to share.

FACT #1 – A child predator doesn’t look like a scary monster.

He or she smiles. They are so nice. They don’t look like predators.

That’s their first step. Once they’ve accomplished that, they can proceed with their second step, which is to sexually victimize their target.

FACT #2 – Molesters, groomers, predators are typically NOT strangers though some can be.

They are people you overlook. Usually they have a relationship with the family involved. They can go to the same social events and be in the same circles. They go church too.

FACT #3 – They use deliberate tricks and ploys to gain a child’s trust.

Candy. Toys. Friendly talks. That’s their first step. Once they’ve accomplished that, they can proceed with their second step, which is to sexually victimize their target.

Who Are They?

Relatives, church family, a family friend who spends a lot of time at your home, a married neighbor or co-worker, cousins or older siblings, the ice cream man, that nice old man who lives next door and seems so harmless, the swim coach or teacher who takes such a special interest in one particular child, above all the others. Someone who works very hard at arranging “alone-time” with your child, making it seem like they’re doing you a favor!

To book speaking events email lauraaranda@owlofhope.com

DC Dream Center -Things we need

 

 

The mission of IMPACT JUNKIE is to excite, engage, and inspire entrepreneurs, change-makers, and impact-seekers to use their superpowers (talents, skills, abilities) for good — to create real impact in real lives in their cities/communities and around the world. Since the establishment of ImpactJunkie in February 2017, we have already built water wells in Haiti and currently investing in sustainable work for locals to build water wells in their country. Many of our ImpactJunkie members were instrumental in the relief projects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. This month, we are working with an organization to support Syrian refugees in Athens, Greece, providing tech and entrepreneurial training. We are excited about future projects in Central America, Africa, Asia, and multiple cities in the US.

 

During our most recent event in Washington, D.C., our team supported the DC Dream Center by organizing and cleaning the gorgeous Southeast White House for the holiday events provided to all in the community. Needy children in the Washington DC community go without proper food, shelter, and small things we take for granted such as a safe place for after-school activities.  While all of us are susceptible to hard times, there are many children and families who are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of people in need around the holidays. While cleaning and prepping, we noticed a special sunroom that stole our heart. It currently functions as an art room for the community’s children.

Sadly, the tables are old, the vinyl on the chairs are split, two tall window panes are missing, and the art supplies are all gone.

 

Knowing the wonderful support, the DC Dream Center provides to the community by keeping kids off the streets and providing them with a space to be creative, ImpactJunkie has adopted this room and asking for your help. It would not take much to transform this room (pictures available). Together, we will be able to help many of these families’ beautiful children start toward a brighter future using creativity with after-school programs in an awesome, safe, warm room. As a member of this incredible organization, to support a pillar program like DC Dream Center is an honor.

 

More Information:

You can find the Dream Center on social media @DCDreamCenter http://www.dcdreamcenter.com/. The Southeast White House is conveniently located behind the Dream Center and both work completely off donations. Their most recent event they gave away hundreds of Leesa mattresses and are currently organizing Thanksgiving baskets to give away to those in need in the community.

 

Join our Impact project: Monetary donations can help purchase supplies, materials, and have the windows fixed in the art sun-room. We would also take donations such as complete table sets, plastic containers for supplies, and art supplies. We have a team of impactjunkies ready to get this room ready as soon as possible. Our goal is to have the room ready in time for, January 15th MLK Day.

 

ImpactJunkie is most rewarded when we are able to empower others to have an impact in their communities and around the world. Join us as we drive impact!

 

Please contact our Team leader, Laura, at 337-849-9860 for information on donating materials. For monetary support visit our website at https://impactjunkie.co/products/support (in special instructions put “DC Dream Center”)

 

 

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Be an #impactjunkie

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Start changing lives today.

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DO SOMETHING AWESOME.

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Impact Junkies at the other White House

I smile as I think of the wonderful weekend with the Impact Junkie team in Washington DC area this past weekend. What an incredible team of people who use their abilities, talents and skills to help domestically and internationally. Impact Junkie

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On this trip I stumbled across a project I need help with this year. The White is an old gorgeous home that has the best kind of creaky floors. It is located behind The Dream Center created by Mark Batterson’s Dream Team to give people a place to hang out, learn, grow, get their families involved in productive after school activities like ballet, martial arts and even basketball. Walking through the White house with my Impact Junkie team, we began checking off the list of things we would want to get done like:

  • cleaning grout,
  • fixing two broken toilets,
  • collecting all the holiday decorations from the attic and basement and
  • organizing those for the upcoming season.

I was excited to be there but my heart kept tugging me to explore the old house more…until I found the sun-room.

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The sun-room was a warm haven. Quiet with huge glass windows that overlooked the beautiful DC residential area. As cold and windy as it was outside, I was warm and toasty and my heart felt peace in that sun-room. I decided to make this my project for the day. I cleaned, dusted, mopped and made it shine the best it could but it lacks art supplies and paint on the walls as well as it misses two window panes…the holes covered by wooden planks.

If you want a legitimate place to invest in. A place that really needs a small touch of love for it to really bloom and thrive I offer to you the other White House on South Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC.

As I swept the floors I picked up old hand drawn art projects from children I will never meet. I thought about those kids and smiled. I prayed God would paint beautiful memories in their minds and cover any nightmares of memories they might have.

I dusted baseboards and asked God to dust away any debris in the kids’ lives that might be covering talents they could use to grow and have productive lives in the future.

I cleaned away old glitter from long past projects and prayed God would fill their lives with sparkle.

This was a peaceful place for children to come and be safe and artistically grow.  As we washed the windows we noticed repairs needed. Two window panes are missing covered by wooden boards.

There are no art supplies left. Only broken chalk.

The three tables are sturdy but mismatched and their vinyl chairs are torn and the stuffing is coming out.

The one wall is beige and scratched from constantly been touched by little hands.

My friend Zuri came to check on me and I showed her the things I wouldn’t be able to fix today but it would be easy to make this room incredible.

Our idea? Let’s adopt this sun-room!

  1. Chalkboard paint.
  2. Three new donated tables and chairs.
  3. And the IMPACTJUNKIE logo over the newly adopted door.
  4. And of course the art supplies.

We would need a group of people with a vision to donate and contribute a very small amount of money to go to buying good art supplies monthly.

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Laura & Zuri

An idea was born and I have to see it through.

 

I may not be able to go overseas and do missions but I can offer these simple solutions and help kids here. If you’re interested in helping at all reach out to me and I promise 100% will go to those renovations. I can’t wait to show you the updates…the improvements on the adopted IMPACTJUNKIE sunroom. I have shared pictures with you here to show you what the room looks like right now. Color and new supplies would be all this room needed. Feel free to contact me: LauraAranda@owlofhope.com

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A panoramic of the sun-room that needs new tables and chairs and paint as well as a new windowpane (2)

Will you remember me?

There is a song by Sarah McLachlan whose lyrics came to mind today as I was studying.

I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I’m so afraid to love you
But more afraid to lose
Clinging to a past that doesn’t let me choose
Once there was a darkness
Deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me life
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
It is fascinating when you realize that the mind makes up only 2% of the human body yet controls so much of our lives. It is responsible for all body functions as well as personalities, memories and how we react to the world all around us. This link is the page I studied today if anyone is interested in reading the entirety. 
Memories are not stored in our brains like books on a shelf. They must be actively reconstructed from elements scattered throughout the various areas of the brain. Memories cannot be deliberately deleted at your will. If we experience any traumatic events, I have learned through studies that memories are imprinted even stronger in our minds due to emotional content. Young children, with their lack of verbal and conceptual systems, are more likely to have real eidetic (extraordinarily accurate) memories than adults.
I spent this time explaining all of this because I want to combat the ideas and myths and lies like:
  • Pornography affects no one but myself.
    This is a lie. I submit to you Readers, what you place in your mind and what you allow your thoughts to dwell on feeds an industry that is perpetually pumping out this garbage to a world whose appetites are getting darker and darker.
  • What I do in my alone time hurts no one else.

What you deem normal and ‘OK’ will affect the way you view relationships. Girls that are in this industry are demoralized and abused and mistreated. When the veil on that world can be torn down and viewers see how those girls are treated and manipulated and bribed, would viewers still find ‘pleasure’ if they knew about the tears and nightmares behind the scenes as well?

Covenant Eyes says the following:Today, we have a multi-billion dollar worldwide porn industry. Pornography production and distribution is done by businesses that run like Fortune 500 companies. Pornography isn’t just a haphazard collection of images that kids find through scrambled cable channels and websites run by perverts living in their parents’ basements. No. Pornography is a business, and a pretty successful one at that. About 20 large U.S. companies are responsible for at least 70% of the hundreds of millions of pornography images online.

And why is this a problem? Up until recently those more likely to be predisposed to sexual addiction were those who had subconscious motives to act out sexually, such as victims of physical or sexual abuse. Now the Internet has changed that statistic greatly. Thirty years ago, when Patrick Carnes studied the neurochemistry of sex addiction, he was testing in a pre-Internet world.

 

There are now people struggling with sexual compulsivity who never would have been if not for the Internet.”

We must take our heads out of the sand. Cavemen may have used cave walls as their pornographic canvas, but there are no limits to the canvas of the Internet.

 

We have to keep our children safe. Insist on Internet safety. What is in the mind cannot be deliberately deleted. Guard your mind. I could use so many scriptures that talk about the mind. WE know the mind is a battlefield. The Devil’s playground. Don’t give room for him to work. Don’t place images in your mind that you cannot get rid of. Will you cry over the memories you allowed yourself to experience? Guard your mind. Guard your eyes. Guard your heart. Guard your memories.