CrossReads Book Spotlight: How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

CrossReads Book Spotlight: How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

CrossReads Book Spotlight

How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?
by Terri Main

How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

How much do you think you need to spend for an e-book cover? $100? $200? $500? Yes, you can spend that much and more. OR you can create one yourself for under $10 using free open source software and stock photos.
This short illustrated step-by-step guide shows you one way to create a beautiful e-book cover inexpensively. You don’t have to be a graphic artist or a computer tech to follow a few simple instructions and create a stunning cover in just a few minutes.
In this book, you will learn how to use GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), a free full-featured graphics program you download to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer, to create simple, but attractive e-book covers in minutes.
Additionally, with the purchase of the book, you will find links to additional free web extras.

How do I …. guides are short, “fat-free” tutorials giving basic instructions for accomplishing specific tasks. They are simple and to the point. In many cases, there are other ways of accomplishing the same task. In the cause of simplicity, we present only one. We believe that people today are too busy to have to wade through hundreds of pages just to learn a single task. If you are looking for something more comprehensive, you can look elsewhere. If you are looking for the fastest path to learning, then these books are for you.

Amazon Buy Button

CrossReads Short Takes: A Handful of Flowers & A Well-Watered Garden

CrossReads Short Takes

A Handful of Flowers

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

A Handful of Flowers

This Christian romance novella of 34,000 words is the first book in The Callaghans & McFaddens series from author Kimberly Rae Jordan.

NOTE: This book is also part of the boxed set, Love Blossoms (ASIN: B01B0X44IE)

When Emily McFadden first met Steve Callaghan, her only goal had been to gain his permission for his son to come over to play with hers. When she realizes that he is in need of help caring for his four sons, she decides to see if he’d be interested in making a deal. She’d help him with his boys, and he’d help her with the repairs to her aging house. Steve makes it clear he’s not in the market for a wife which is just fine with her. She has her own reasons for not wanting to get involved romantically.

Steve has no interest in a relationship after having dealt with his ex-wife and her rejection of their boys. However, he finds himself drawn to Emily as she showers his boys with love in the same way she does with her own four children. But is it just gratitude or something more? Is it possible that God has a different plan for their families than what they’d thought they wanted?

Stayed tuned for the next Christian romance – A Change of Heart – in the The Callaghans & McFaddens series coming July 2016.

If you enjoy heartwarming Christian romance with a focus on love, faith and family, be sure to check out these other books and series by Kimberly Rae Jordan.

Amazon Buy Button

A Well-Watered Garden

by Terri Main

A Well-Watered Garden

Living an abundant Christian life means more than showing up at church on Sundays. It also means bearing fruit which can nourish those around you. This series examines the “Fruit of the Spirit” described by the apostle Paul.

These studies are designed so that you can study alone or use with a group Bible Study. Each lesson has a commentary and some study or discussion questions to take you deeper into the study of each topic. These lessons are designed around a one hour Bible study session for groups and about 30-45 minutes for individual study.

 Amazon Buy Button

Sheltering

Sheltering

by Sherry Chamblee

So many of our parenting issues would be solved if we just got the kids involved in ministering to other people.

How do we go about helping someone come back from addictions or a life dedicated to self? We get them to stop thinking about themselves, and start thinking about God – to start thinking about other people and how they could point other people to Christ.

So do the same thing with your kids at an early age. Don’t just teach them all the right things… but ALSO get them involved in the nitty gritty of ministering to other people.

Let them get involved in things in a ministering capacity. Don’t have them standing around, or sitting at home alone, while you go off and do things for God. Bring them with you.

Where I’ve seen us as Christians getting rightful criticism about ‘sheltering’ our kids is when we’re too afraid to let our kids go out into the world in order to do right by someone else.

We ‘shelter’ them from going to the homeless shelter because we’re afraid they’ll be around people who talk about things we don’t want our kids to know about.

We ‘shelter’ them from being friends with ‘that’ kid over there because ‘that kid’ is involved in things we don’t approve of.

I’ve even known of people who don’t think kids should go door-to-door soulwinning because they might see some rough neighborhoods…

You know what we’re doing? We’re sheltering them from helping people.

Don’t stop your teenager from coming with you on that visit, or going to the homeless shelter, or having ‘that’ kid over to your home. Take them to the pregnancy crisis center and let them volunteer with you.

We don’t need to shelter them from the fact that hardness in life exists. We need to place it in a context of ministry, instead.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Selling Writer

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Selling Writer

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Selling Writer
by Dwight W. Swain

Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer’s craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner’s apprenticeship by years.

This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Amazon Buy Button

CrossReads Short Takes: School’s in Session & There Was Once a Bright Star

CrossReads Short Takes

School’s in Session

by Teri Main

School's in Session

Someone said that, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus touches on every teaching he gives throughout his ministry. That is largely true. Understanding the Sermon on the Mount gives a basis for understanding all of Christ’s teachings. Jesus is at the beginning of his earthly ministry. People gathered around him to learn from him.

There were many teachers at that time. Some claimed to be the Messiah. Others taught for the prestige or to make money tutoring the children of the rich. Jesus was different. He went directly to the people. He didn’t try to impress them with complex theological conundrums like some of the teachers of his day who would create complex (and usually unlikely) ethical dilemmas and prove their brilliance by untangling them.

No, he taught in plain words, but his message was unusual. He told them that they poverty of spirit, mourning and persecution could bring happiness. He told them to forgo the natural desire to strike back when attacked. He told them to love their enemies. He told them that God cared for them as if they were his sons and daughters, and if they acted on his words, they would be able to withstand the storms of life.

Jesus’s teaching that day, simple as it was, is graduate course in successful day to day living. It is timeless. It speaks to us about handling such universal problems as grief, anger, temptation, offense, persecution and material need.

This Bible study examines the Sermon on the Mount from the Beatitudes to the Lord’s Prayer to the parable of the two builders. As with all Wordmaster Bible studies, this can be used for private study or with small groups. Each lesson has a short commentary followed by study questions. This takes a discovery approach to Bible study sending you into The Word to find answers for yourself.

We trust this Bible study will give you new insight into The Sermon on the Mount.

Amazon Buy Button

There Once Was a Bright Star

by Cynthia P. Willow

There Once Was a Bright Star

“There Once Was a Bright Star” provides young children with a fun explanation of how stars make their own music while combining the Biblical story of the Christmas star. The story uses illustrations and rhyme, which young readers enjoy. There is a link to recordings of stars included so parents can listen to the awesome sounds stars make with their children.

Amazon Buy Button