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Guest Blog...Tracy Smoak Free Copy of Book to Commenter

Dear Readers, thank you so much for going along with me on this ride...I love getting to know you as you comment and I'm enjoying getting to know new authors right with you!





My name is Tracy L. Smoak, and I grew up in Florida running around barefoot outside and swimming in lakes. That sense of freedom carries forward as I look for adventure each day. I like puzzles and challenges. A hobby is taking photographs. Whether there is a close-up of a bee feeding on flower nectar or a sunset panoramic, I marvel at the beauty God surrounds us with.


Ideas for my novel Who Brought the Dog to Church? began in a small country church in Virginia during a Good Friday prayer vigil. A lady nearby had her little Yorkie seated on the pew with her! I didn’t get to meet her, but wondered what her story was. Seeing that sparked my imagination for creating. Other life experiences volunteering as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence factored in too. The story is about the power of friendship to heal hearts and empower positive change.


How often do we judge based on a casual observation without knowing someone’s background?





While writing the tale, I wrestled with grief since my dad had a heart attack. The family weathered the crisis, and my dad recovered. However, we were reminded of the fragility of life and not to take even a day for granted.


A question I would ask readers is “How do you help someone who is in an abusive relationship?” Silence and embarrassment surround this issue. My hope is that providing safe forums for discussion will empower people in difficult, and often dangerous circumstances, to find helpful resources and combat isolation.


My website with blogs about faith and books is www.tracysmoak.com.

 

This YouTube playlist shares insights about domestic violence with resources to help.

 

This YouTube playlist introduces characters and chapter excerpts in Who Brought the Dog to Church?

 

 


Thank you, Tracy, for sharing with my readers!



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CRYSTAL
CRYSTAL
05 mai

Book looks like a good read

Your a new author for me so if excited & looking forward to reading &trying your books 📚

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
05 mai

I continue to reach out to them. I encourage them to get help and leave. I pray for them to have the strength they need to make the decision that is best for them and their families. I love the cover. I pray that you have a wonderful week. God bless you.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
13 mai
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Debra, you are our winner! Just email me at ChristinaSinisi@gmail.com and I'll connect you with the author. God bless, Christina

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Dianne Miley
Dianne Miley
05 mai

Be supportive to abuse victims by listening and encouraging without judging.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
05 mai
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Thank you, Dianne, for joining in--this is a tough topic to discuss, but we need to! Blessings,

Christina

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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
05 mai

This sounds intriguing! I’ve experienced abusive situations and with people I know. Sometimes they listen to advice, take steps to escape, and some do not. Judging them for their choices does not help anyone. There are many more resources out there than my own generation had. Thank God for that!

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E. V. Sparrow
E. V. Sparrow
06 mai
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That’s so helpful!

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