This Blog Was Used As A Bad Example In A Youtube Video. I Said Thank You For The Advice And Moved.

I have a youtube channel where I promote Donnie Townsend Music. Donnie was my companion and best friend.
I’m going to continue to promote his music to keep his memory alive.
Sometimes it’s comforting to hear his voice but a lot of the time it makes a river of tears flow.
He passed away on June 12, 2015. Check out his music because I could really use the help.
Donnie was a wonderful person with great compassion and empathy for others.
What was so amazing about him was that he never wrote a word of lyrics down on paper or his computer.
He would just start playing his electric acoustic guitar and he would come up with a song in the moment.
His music is at
Donnie never got any recognition for his talent but he loved God so much so I know he’s singing in God’s choir now.
Check out his songs like Heaven, Praying Hands, The Cross, The Trumpets Will Blow, and any number of songs on youtube.
Well, I have tried very hard to improve my blog site. I have a better understanding of how to do it now.
I have moved to
Donnie read two poems in my book and wrote a song called “Little Girl in the Orphanage.”
The poems I wrote and living in an orphanage and foster homes is a true story about my childhood and until I was 18.
I would love to hear from you all again because I could use some cheering up because all I do is cry a river.
Donnie was so very special. He was 65 and still had an innocent quality in him. He believed what people said even when it wasn’t true.
Because of that he got hurt deep in his heart and the pain manifested itself into three heart attacks, a mini stroke, and congestive heart failure.
He kissed me goodbye at 8 p.m. and he passed away at 10:30 that evening. I feel so bad because I didn’t tell him I loved him when he left.
I would give my life to have been there to tell him “I Love You” one last time.
I need some prayer warriors to pray for me because I have lost the will to live. I haven’t been eating anything for days at a time.
It’s not the kind of diet I would recommend although I was over weight.
Donnie was a very handsome man for his age and he loved me in spite of all of my flaws. He deserved somebody prettier, with a better figure, and in better health.
It was the only three years of my life that I truly knew what it felt like to be loved and to love someone so deeply I want to die.
I had prayed so hard to be the first one to die out of any of my family or before anyone I loved died. I keep asking God to take me to Donnie.
It’s not right to question God but I still keep asking Why?
Please pray for me.
Thank you.
Bonnie Gail Carter

Expression Of Love To My One And Only You

When I think about you

I think about a soft pillow to lay my head on.

I think of what sweet dreams are made of.

The sparkle in your eyes and your million dollar smile

gives me joy that can stretch for miles.

The journey we are sharing is so full of caring.

You even compliment me on what I’m wearing.

When you are happy you shine as bright as a star.

The glow from your face radiates.

You have the greatest character traits.

You have a gentle and tender heart.

God has been with you since the start.

Your music touches my soul because you tell stories that need to be told.

My love for you will never grow old.

Each day I get to spend with you is a gift from above.

I get so much delight from our love.

Bonnie Gail Carter



That Final Tear

That Final Tear


A soft rap a tap tap of silver rain
cascading from a charcoal sky
keeping time with the sorrow of
the tears rolling from your eyes

Lay your head on my shoulder
I’ll hold you til the morning light
maybe dawn will find your smile
but now it’s okay to cry tonight

The death of love is never kind
and you’ve lost something dear
yet worry not I’ll hold you close
until you’ve cried that final tear

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Issue #96, BAB, Monday, March 2, 2015
Voice Matters. Dare To Share Yours.  Impact the World.

Hey Michaela,

This week’s Big Idea discusses the importance of using beta readers to get valuable feedback about your books in the way of fact-checking, content consistency, and structural issues.

Also in this issue…

You’ll discover a lap desk plus cup holder and desk light that can enhance the coziness of the writing you do at home. Plus, you’ll get to meet this week’s Makin’ It Happen author Bonnie Gail Carter, a poet who is also enthusiastic about music and photography.

I hope this week’s issue helps to improve the quality of your books. And as always, thank you for being a BAB subscriber!

Write on,


Today’s Quote
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
Monday Musing

During Your Writing Process, Do You Seek Out Feedback On Your Work?

Today’s Big Idea

Beta Readers – Get The Feedback You Need To Mistake-Proof Your Books

By Jennifer Carlevatti Aderhold

Have you ever sent a text message you really regretted? I have. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mistake on your part or that darn auto-correct, it’s still embarrassing. Now imagine sending your book to an editor and finding out that you’ve made a major mistake – a mistake that could’ve been avoided if you approached your project with fresh eyes.

Beta Readers

It doesn’t matter how good you are, you’re still going to make mistakes, and you’re still going to miss things. Beta readers give you a fresh set of eyes to point out any mistakes you’re overlooking. Maybe it’s something innocent – you’ve changed one of your character’s hair colors halfway through. But maybe it’s something big – your realistic depiction of New York fails because you have the subway going somewhere it doesn’t actually go.

A beta reader can give you an overall impression of your story, some ideas on what is and isn’t working, and help you with small errors you might overlook.

Beta Readers Are Not Editors

Your beta reader sees your story before you submit it to editors. They’re the first person to see your story besides yourself. However, you should know that your beta reader is not an editor. Their job is to give you an overall impression of how they feel about your story. Their job is not to tell you how to fix it.

Pretend that you’ve built a car. Your beta reader is the first person to test-drive it. They’ll tell you if it doesn’t handle well, or if the engine won’t start, but they won’t tell you how to improve the handling or fix the engine. That’s true most of the time, at least. Some beta readers will go as far as offering line edits.

I Was a Beta Reader

It’s true! In fact, I’d wager most writers were beta readers at some time – it’s great experience. I was one of the beta readers for Gayle Carline’s “Hit or Missus.” If you’re looking for a beta reader, or you want to be one yourself, here are some traits you should be looking for:

The Target Audience

If you write romance novels, you probably don’t want a beta reader who only reads horror. No matter what you do, the romance novel isn’t going to please someone who hates romance novels, which means you can’t get an honest opinion from them. However, if you have a friend who devours romance novels, that’s perfect!

Tactful Opinions

The ideal beta reader understands that what they’re seeing is a work in progress. They know that you’re aware there are problems and that you plan to fix them. As such, you don’t want someone who’s going to laugh at every mistake you make. You want a beta reader who realizes what their place in the process is, and is willing to point out the weak spots of your novel without crushing your ego.

But Not Too Friendly

It’s one thing to have a beta reader who doesn’t attack your weaknesses; it’s another to have a beta reader who refuses to see them altogether. If someone is too close to you or cares about you too much, they’ll know how hard you’ve worked. Romantic partners and parents are rarely good choices for this reason – they want you to feel good, and part of being a beta reader is pointing out flaws.

Plus, it’s a natural instinct as a writer to be defensive when someone points out the mistakes you’ve made. If your beta reader is too close to you, it’s easy to hold a grudge.

Sometimes They Write, Too

It’s good to have a mix of writers and non-writers as your beta readers, as both will notice different things. Non-writers typically notice how they feel about things, whereas writers are much more likely to notice smaller details – if you’re using passive voice too much, or if you have an excess of exposition.

Fair warning: beta readers that write are more likely to offer opinions on how to fix your story problems. Sometimes these suggestions may be brilliant, sometimes they won’t be. You need to know when to take these options into account and when to disregard them.

Specialists Please Apply

If your novel deals with a particular community or niche, it pays huge dividends to find a beta reader in that community. For example, if you write crime novels, a retired cop can tell you a lot about how the police force works, including what they would and wouldn’t do. Likewise, if you’re setting a story in ancient Egypt, a curator who’s highly knowledgeable about that time period can help your story feel truly authentic.

Finding Beta Readers

While you can look through your friend circle, sometimes they’re too close to you. Instead, you can try a website like Goodreads. Typically, writers make an agreement to beta read each other’s work. Try to find a writer you’re in-sync with for a better experience. Readers like the idea of being beta readers because they get to peak behind the curtain and help a writer out.

A Fresh Set of Eyes

Almost all writers use beta readers. They’re a fresh set of eyes that will check your blind spots and point out any problems you may have missed. If you’ve used a beta reader, or you’re looking for one, I’d love to hear your experience on the Be a Best Seller Facebook fan page.

And remember:

Voice matters. Dare to share yours. Impact the world.

Your “Write” Resource

Laptop Buddy

If you’re anything like me, a lot of your writing takes place while curled up on the couch or sitting up in bed. And in which case, today’s “Write” Resource can make your writing a lot more comfy.

Being featured today is the Laptop Buddy Laptop Desk and Cup Holder.

The Laptop Buddy has a base comprised of molding foam balls, which allow for easy contouring to your lap, that are enclosed with a soft fleece casing.

The top is made from a durable piece of wood that has a water resistant textured finish. There is also a cup holder that can accommodate cups of most sizes along with a desk light that takes 3 AA batteries, which are not included.

Additionally, the Laptop Buddy comes with a fleece carrying handle so you can easily transport it from place to place. Check it out.

Makin’ It Happen

Bonnie Gail Carter

As this week’s Makin’ It Happen author we have Bonnie Gail Carter, who is 60 years old and lives in Peru, Indiana.

Bonnie is passionate about poetry, music, and photography, and she loves telling stories through her poems.

Bonnie’s life has been a roller coaster of both good and bad experiences. And through her poems she provides hope to people who are facing hard times. She gives inspiration to her readers that they too can overcome challenging situations no matter how difficult they might be.

Bonnie’s philosophy is “Don’t let the world take away your smile.”

The Chill Turned Warm is Bonnie’s first collection of poems. She wants her poems to give hope to people who are going through trying times, and she wants her readers to know that no matter what life throws at them, there is always a glimmer of sunshine and love is just around the corner.

In addition to writing poetry, Bonnie also enjoys nature and she loves animals. She frequently travels country roads taking photographs, which have been featured on multiple websites. Bonnie also promotes Donnie Townsend Music on her YouTube channel.

You can learn more about Bonnie and her work at:


Your eyes sparkle when you tell me you love me.

Your touch is so gentle and sweet.

Your kiss melts my heart.

You are the only one I call my sweetheart.

I like to retreat into your arms.

It makes me feel safe from harm.

I love it when you play your guitar

and sing songs about us.

You make me feel special

because you are a special kind of guy.

I love you and that is why

I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

I want to hold hands with you on walks in the park

where we can kiss in the dark.

It creates a spark in the air wherever we are.

Our love is special and so are you.