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November 2011 – Darby Rae

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Book Blog Tour Contest

Over the last month and a half we have had several book bloggers review Merciful Law! We’ve had successful reviews and it’s our turn to show our appreciation…

Order a copy of Merciful Law – doesn’t matter which type – off darbyrae.com between now and December 15th and you’ll be entered to win an 8GB iPod Nano!!

Runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law and an autographed copy of Killer Coordinates when it comes out in the Spring.

Second runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law!

Good luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

*Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase is necessary. Submit your name, telephone, email address, mailing address and where you heard about the contest from to amanda@darbyrae.com. All entries must be received by midnight, EST on December 15th. All orders and prizes will be shipped December 16th to allow time for arrival prior to Christmas. Winner will be announced online December 16th and notified via email. Please direct all questions to amanda@darbyrae.com.

Thanks for the bird!

About ten years ago I read the book, You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, by David H. Sandler.  In the first 15 chapters, the author is teaching the reader his seven step selling system.  Chapter 16, ‘Getting the Angle in Success,’ is where he talks about a concept called the Birdcage Challenge.  In this chapter, he challenges the reader to buy a birdcage, put it in their kitchen, and see how much time passes before someone buys them a bird.

The birdcage is a metaphor for our goals.  Setting it in the kitchen symbolizes telling others our goals.  Someone buying us a bird reflects our friends and family wanting to help us achieve our goals.  This story encourages us to speak our goals to our network of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  It is my experience that while there are always people who can’t wait to tell you something is unachievable; there are many others standing in line to help you get there.  (If you find the opposite is true—you may be hanging around the wrong people!)

Over a year ago, I metaphorically brought my birdcage into the kitchen.  I discovered I had a burning desire to finish writing a fiction novel I had started, and wanted to have it published.  If this goal had surfaced years ago, I wouldn’t have told anyone.  Frankly, I used to be afraid if I failed, and all these people knew about it, I would look like a loser!  I shed this belief when my very wise mentor once told me (or maybe he told me repeatedly until it sunk in), “If you never fail, you aren’t trying hard enough!”  He pushed me often to stretch out of the safety of my comfort zone.

When I realized how committed I was to being a published author, I shared this goal with my family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  Over the past year, the outpouring of support from my personal network of ‘bird buyers’ has been tremendous!  Initially this was in the form of accountability.  I hardly had a conversation with family or friends without the question surfacing, “have you finished the book yet?”  The most relentless to keeping me accountable to finishing my novel were my kids and their teenage friends.  You want to be accountable to a goal…tell your kids and their friends!  What parent wants to face their children and their children’s friends admitting they gave up…decided not to finish/pursue their goal.  Not this parent.

An empty birdcage is a powerful thing! So during this wonderful Thanksgiving season, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of those who saw my empty birdcage…and helped me fill it!  To my family, fans – who I call friends, friends of my children, friends of friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, ad infinitum…thanks for the bird!  Now go get your own birdcage.

THIS week only, you will be able to download Merciful Law (from my website, www.darbyrae.com) for only $.99!! That’s right – from Sunday, November 20th through Sunday, November 27th you can download any electronic version of Merciful Law for only $.99 using the special promotional code TURKEY99. Thank you to all of my fans! Happy Reading! & Happy Thanksgiving!!  -Darby Rae

New Review by Danica Page

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Loved this novel.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved loved loved this novel. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last page. After reading the first chapter, I knew I had to immediately read this book and preferably in one sitting if possible. And that’s exactly what I did.

Darby Rae is a masterful storyteller. She wove a beautiful, compelling novel that combined romance, suspense, faith, grief, and enough wit to keep anybody’s attention.

I loved the characters. I love it when characters are witty and have scarcasm, this novel had all of that and more. I found myself laughing out loud in the most inconvienent places and at the most inconvienent times.

 

Deborah Davenport, alias Annie Logan, was the narrator for most of the novel. She was a character that I could relate to and fell in love with from the very beginning. From the very first page Lawrence intrigued me. And from the moment I saw Emmet interact with his best friends Chase and Mitch I was captivated. They are the type of friends that everybody should have. Darby Rae assembled an all-star cast in this masterfully composed novel.

Honestly, this book is pretty long page-wise. 455 pages long, but it didn’t feel like a long read. I flew through this novel because I had to know what was going to happen next. Every time I turned the page, I couldn’t wait until I could turn the next one, and so on and so on.  Until finally I turned the last page and just sat there with a content smile for ten minutes.

I loved this book and definitely recommend buying and reading it. I will admit that I love romantic suspense and this novel is one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve read in awhile.

It was funny, cute, adorable, romantic, suspesneful, and touched upon some of the harsher aspects of life in a way that blended into a beautifully written novel. Darby Rae is an author that I will definitely be keeping my eye on.

 

In Summary: A novel that I’d recommend buying. I love love loved it. This is another book that I will be keeping and proudly placing on my shelf.

 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some sexual references, slight drinking, and minimal violence. I wasn’t offended by this book. I was too busy laughing hysterically to be anything but amused.

 

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I loved. Darby Rae’s style is compelling, emotional, hilarious, and entertaining. A name I’m going to keep my eye on.

 

Additional Information/Side-note: If you want to buy this novel, please check out this link. You won’t regret it, trust me. Darby Rae will also be back in the near future for a guest post here on the blog. So be sure to check it out.

 

Also, thanks Darby for allowing me to review your book and for agreeing to do the guest post. I loved your book.

 

Happy reading!
Love,
Danica Page

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss Didn’t Write it…I Did.

I would not, could not write my blog.
I could not, would not take a jog.
I can not make another call.
Or take a trip out to the mall.

I will not clean my dirty house.
I will not wash yet one more blouse.
I will not send another tweet.
I will not format my spreadsheet.
I will not buy another book.
Not in the store, not on my Nook.
I have to write 3,000 words.
This other stuff is for the birds!

Is there always something getting in the way of your writing?  I spend 50+ hours a week in the world of “Talent Management” consulting (yes, much more interesting than it may sound) and running a household for a family of five (me plus 4 teens).  There is always something!

Years ago when I was in direct sales, I used to journal affirmation statements.  These statements are written in the present like, “I call on prospects who want to talk to me; I want your business, but I don’t need it; I have plenty of hours in the day to do everything I have to; I am in perfect health,” and so on.  As with many things, it worked…and I stopped doing it.

Journaling “I” statements is one of the best ways to reprogram your brain toward positive thinking.  I can’t count how many times this month I’ve said, “I’m having difficulty with…I’m struggling in…I can’t seem to…”  All those negative thoughts are slowing me down, so I am journaling again.

There are many ways to journal, but I keep it simple by writing affirmations.  The key is to write in the present (I am, I have) and without negative words (I am in perfect health, NOT I don’t overeat.  I have plenty of money, NOT I am not in debt.)  Every morning I rewrite the 5 negative statements that have been slowing me down into positive affirming ones, like these:

-I finished writing ‘Killer Coordinates.’
-I am a bestselling author.
-I have perfect health.
-I have plenty of time to do everything I need and want to do!
-I reach the goals I set for myself.
-Life is easy and fun.
-I have four teenagers who clean their rooms and do their homework without my prompting.  (OK…I don’t write that.  These are affirmations, not insanity statements.)

Internationally-known speaker, author, advisor and dear friend, Boaz Rauchwerger (http://boazpower.com/), once told me, “Darby, stop putting roadblocks in your own way!”  He was right then…and he’s still right.  Take a look at Boaz sharing his wisdom,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzorXvYeBfA, including powerful attitude advice like, “If it’s not what I want I won’t say it!”  Then leave me a comment with your Attitude Statements.  Have a powerful week.