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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Prayer - A Love Story Guestpost and Giveaway


I am honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for this wonderful inspirational love story by Jaqueline. Read about her debut book, and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter contest at the end of this post.


Jacqueline's Guest Post
Lessons on Life
This is not a dress rehearsal.  You don't get a re-do and there is no digital editing.  This magical thing called LIFE happens only once.  So PAY ATTENTION.
Lesson 1: Learn Your Purpose in Life
God put you here for a unique and special purpose that belongs to you and you alone.  Spend some time alone in deep prayer and meditation to learn what that purpose is.
Lesson 2: The Law of Attraction
How you treat others is how you will be treated.  That simple.  There are NO COINCIDENCES in life.  Anyone who tries to teach you the randomness theory is plain stupid.  Everything in your life is a consequence of your previous decisions and actions.  If there is something in your life you don't like or want to change, it has to start with changing your mind and your heart first.  Here's a dozy...there is no such thing as a victim.  I know, you're instinct is to yell and scream and argue with me, but the truth is everything does happen for a reason.
Lesson 3: Don't Take Advice From Those Who are BROKEN
Everyone wants to give advice.  Be careful who you listen to.  Even me, why are you reading this blog and why would you listen to me?  Ask yourself that question.  Only listen to those whom you respect and are living a life you admire.
Lesson 4: You Only Have 2 Choices in Life
The fact is you only have 2 choices with everything in life.  One, how you react to everything that happens to you.  This goes back to Lesson 2 and the Law of Attraction and thus determines how your life actually unfolds. 
Two, how you feel.  Notice that word is bold, underlined and italicized.  That's important, re read this ten times if you have to.  If you're miserable you have no one on the planet to blame except yourself.  Only you have the free will to choose how you feel.
Lesson 5: Love
All the world's major religions teach the same thing.  The purpose of life is to love unconditionally.  Surround yourself who those who project love and stay away from those people who simply don't.

The Prayer, a Love Story
by Jacqueline von Zwehl
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BLURB:

Do you Believe in Miracles?

Do you Believe in Eternal Love?

Do you Believe in Answered Prayers?

YOU WILL

The Prayer, A Love Story is the inspirational true story of one woman who discovers the secret to living a life filled with miracles, unconditional love and answered prayers.

The journey begins with a divine promise, continues with unforeseen life challenges, and eventually leads to Jerusalem. Inside the Old City, a prayer will unlock the key to a life of miracles. This journey is proof heaven is real and its gifts are available to you now. Whether you have stopped believing in God or not, God believes in you.

The journey holds a promise for everyone. No matter how much darkness exists in your life, it cannot diminish the flicker of even the tiniest light. That light will lead you to your destiny and it will change your life forever.
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EXCERPT

Destiny

As soon as I got in the car, I almost changed my mind. I was exhausted. It had been a long week and, quite frankly, I was not in the mood for a party. Still, I had to go. I’d just say hello to Todd and leave early, I decided. I fumbled around in the dim light, looking for the directions. I had gone to Fort Lauderdale only a handful of times, and I still wasn’t sure how to get downtown.

Todd and I had known each other for years. He was the friend from Long Island who had organized the dismal raft-up that made me decide to leave New York. He was one of the most sociable and fun people you’d ever meet. Once you get on his email list, you’re a friend for life. That’s how he is. Todd was one of the last people I said goodbye to when I moved to Boca.

The previous Tuesday night, he had called. In his classic, larger-than-life style, he said he knew a guy who had a house in Fort Lauderdale, and he and a big group of friends from Long Island were flying down to stay there for the upcoming boat show. They were throwing a huge party on Saturday night, and I just had to be there.

I was not in the mood even early in the week. I was working long hours at the time, and I was mentally drained. I also didn’t look forward to partying with a bunch of single guys from Long Island. If it had been anyone else but Todd, I would have politely declined, but we hadn’t seen each other in over a year and a half.

Reluctantly, I accepted, but I added one little white lie. I told Todd I had a boyfriend. The last thing I want- ed was for any guy at this party to think I was single. I did not want to get hit on by any out-of-state guys on vacation. I’d just make a quick appearance and get home early, I told myself.

I pulled up to the house a little after dark. It was a spectacular, newly constructed mansion on the inter- coastal in the Las Olas Isles  of  Fort  Lauderdale. The home was impressive and stately, surrounded by stunning landscaping tall palm trees and a gated entrance. Although the house was huge, it looked quite warm and inviting, as well.

Suddenly, something odd hit me. There didn’t seem to be a party. In fact, hardly any cars were parked on the street. I double checked the address and checked the number on the gate.Yes, it was the right house.Was I too early?

Flashbacks of the cancelled raft-up went through my mind. The last time I got an invitation from Todd  for a supposedly huge event, it turned out to be a small disaster. I swore that if Todd had invited me to this house and there was no party, he was going to owe me big time.

As I started toward the gate, my doubts took over. What was I doing there? I couldn’t hear any music. I considered turning around and getting back in my car, but just then, someone on a Harley parked next to my car. He spotted me right away and made his way towards me. I thought I would look foolish if I turned around and got back in my car.

The tall man from the Harley approached.“Hi, I’m Joe.”

“Hi, Joe, I’m Jackie.”

“Hey, Jackie. So, how do you know Chris?”

“I don’t know Chris. My friend Todd invited me.” “Oh. I have no idea who Todd is.”

I was starting to feel a bit awkward, but there was no turning back by then, so Joe and I walked in together. From a grand center hall foyer, we stepped down into a sunken living room accented by a vaulted ceiling and twenty-foot floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The first thing I noticed was the angel above the fireplace. It was a stunning, hand-carved, six-foot- tall wooden angel with a four-foot wingspan. I stood there staring at it, mesmerized. He was  beautiful. For a moment, I completely forgot where I was or how I got there.

I began to notice my surroundings. This was not the house of a bachelor, as I had assumed. It was definitely a family home. Family photos were everywhere, adults and children covering every wall and counter. In the foyer, an ornate antique Bible and a pile of rosaries graced a coffee table. Crosses and religious pictures adorned every wall. I could see that this home had been decorated by a mother, a woman of faith. It was a gracious and welcoming home.

The moment we walked in, Joe had left my side and slipped through the sliding glass doors leading to the back deck. Obviously, he’d been there before and knew the house well. I’m not sure how long I stood there, taking in my surroundings.

I quickly realized there was, in fact, no party. I was standing in a stranger’s home, completely alone. No crowds, no music, and definitely no party. Once again, I contemplated discreetly leaving. Then I heard a voice that seemed to be addressing me.

“Hey, there. I’m Carlos. How do you know Chris?” I followed the voice and walked through a break-fast room to get within view of whoever was talking to me. The voice had come from the kitchen. A casually dressed guy was seated at the island, enjoying his din- ner, and I guess he had noticed me standing by myself in the living room. I probably looked ridiculous just standing there, staring at the angel.

“Hi, Carlos. I’m Jackie. I don’t know Chris. I was invited by my friend Todd.”

“Who the hell is Todd?” Carlos blurted out.

At that point, I definitely felt like I had just crashed someone’s home. What was I doing there? Nothing about this made any sense. Why had Todd invited me to that house? Why had he told me there would be  a  party  there  that  night? Why  didn’t  anyone  there know who he was?

I needed to leave, and by then I didn’t care whether anyone saw me walk out the front door with no explanation. However, as I made my way back through the breakfast room and across the living room, I was intercepted.

A dark-haired man in blue swim trunks barreled through the sliding glass doors into the living room. He didn’t have a shirt on, just a towel wrapped around his shoulders. He was soaking wet, obviously just out of the pool. Oh my goodness, but he was cute! He was also half-naked and smiling at me—and that smile was melting me.

Full of excitement and exuberance, he put his hand out to shake mine and announced,“Hi, I’m Chris.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Jacqueline von Zwehl, is a faith based relationship expert. She holds a BFA from New York University and a MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Jacqueline travels the country as a motivational speaker encouraging singles on the path to finding their soul mates. She has appeared on Nite Line, The Harvest Show, EWTN, TCT TV, Victory TV, CatholicTV, Telecare, Changing Lives, CatholicLife, That's the Spirit, The Church, The Cardinal and You, NPR, and more.

 Jacqueline lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with her husband Christopher, their two daughters and dog. The Prayer, A Love Story is her debut book. Jacqueline von Zwehl, is a faith based relationship expert. She holds a BFA from New York University and a MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Jacqueline travels the country as a motivational speaker encouraging singles on the path to finding their soul mates. She has appeared on Nite Line, The Harvest Show, EWTN, TCT TV, Victory TV, CatholicTV, Telecare, Changing Lives, CatholicLife, That's the Spirit, The Church, The Cardinal and You, NPR, and more. Jacqueline lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with her husband Christopher, their two daughters and dog. The Prayer, A Love Story is her debut book.

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12 comments:

  1. Thank you to Hywela Lyn for hosting The Prayer, A Love Story. I'm available to check in, answer questions, and simply chat. Wishing you all a wonderful day.

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  2. So happy to be able to host you Jacqueline, and I wish you much success with your book, which I'm really looking forward to reading.

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  3. I enjoyed this excerpt, but it was a little scary. Hope it gets better.

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  4. Great guest post, I enjoyed it.

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  5. Hello Mom Jane - that was a really intriguing excerpt wasn't it! It actually really made me want to read the book! :)

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  6. Hi Rita, thanks so much for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  7. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway! Wow! My favorite part of the post was the excerpt and the advice to be careful who you take advice from. So true! Thanks for sharing. :)

    So happy that I found your blog again, I thought it was all done and then I stumbled upon the new site. Yeah!
    ~Jess

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  8. Hi Jess, Thanks so much for stopping by at my blog, and so glad you enjoyed Jacqueline's post; it sounds like an amazing book, doesn't it! Good luck in the contest.

    Lyn

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  9. The Lessons on Life were most interesting.

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  10. Hi Mary, thanks so much for stopping by, yes, the Lessons on Life are well worth reading and absorbing, aren't they!

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  11. Loved ur "advice", thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous@yahoo.com

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Thank you SO much for commenting - I LOVE comments and value each and every one. Could I ask you a favour? If you have not already done so, could you follow me as well? Sorry to ask but I've had to re-do this blog and consequently lost all my previous followers :(