Monday, January 7, 2013

Janet K. Brown's "Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness"


Title: Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing Co.

Cover blurb: I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained the loss for seventeen years. One tool in my recovery remains the daily reading of inspirational books. I found my library incomplete when I searched for one that combined a twelve-step program with God as the Higher Power. The biggest secret to my success was giving up my will and letting God do it through me. I wrote a book of daily devotions that came from my journals and memories. This is one woman’s road for success. I pray these thoughts help others reach the same healing God gave to me. It’s all about God.

1) How did this story come to you?
About 4 years ago, I awoke in the middle of the night and went to my computer and wrote 14 devotions as fast as I could type. God literally set my fingers to moving. Seeing those 14 caused me to think of all the 365 daily devotion books I had read. At first, I thought it was just to help me with my own eating problems.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
God brought more and more thoughts to the total of 320 and then I started submitting it to publishers. That brought two rejections. The editor at Pen-L Publishing attended Oklahoma Writers Federated Inc. conference in May, 2012. He was looking for self-help, inspirational books, so I pitched it to him and received a contract right away after finishing the other 45 devotions. After signing, we did a fast-track to get it released before Christmas. It came out Dec. 6, 2012.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I love line dancing and zumba for exercise.
2. Several years ago, I lost my weight, opened a Diet Center franchise, but then gained back my weight and was not allowed by the company to sell my franchise and recoup my investment. Boo-hoo.
3. 4RV Publishing released my debut novel in July, 2012. It was an inspirational YA, Victoria and the Ghost, so I have published a YA and a devotion book, but I consider myself more of an inspirational romance writer. Go figure.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on the sequel to my YA that I hope to sell to 4RV Publishing. I have the full manuscript of my romance out to an editor.

5) Parting comments?
As I read my daily devotions in Divine Dining, I pray for anyone else who’s going through it with me and needs God’s help with compulsive overeating.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: http://www.janetkbrown.com
e-mail: Janet.hope@att.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Janet-K-Brown-Author/143915285641707
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx

19 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book, and I would love to win a copy! I'm currently in the middle of my own weight-loss adventure (down 40 so far!), and I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Congrats, Randi, on the weight loss. Good luck on winning the book. Weight isn't something funny. It can be a major burden for many.

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  2. Sounds like a devo book I could use, Janet. Congrats on losing so much weight. I'm sort of dieting, but not as seriously as I should be. It's frustrating to see that number in the "tens" place keep climbing, but if the number in the "huhdreds" place changes, I'm in trouble!

    Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

    patgonzales@arkvi.com

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    1. Patti, there is something about crossing to 200 or in some cases, 300, that scares us to death & that's good. When I reached 250 lbs, my health broke. I was at bottom, but as Christians know: But, God.....

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  3. What a great idea to have a devotional on this topic!

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    1. I needed it, Cynthia. Some days I thought I was writing just for myself.

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  4. Congratulations Janet! I lost a lot of weight recently too. I am now using weights and aerobic dance to help maintain my weight. I also take vitamins daily. I went from a size 16 to 6 in less than a year. (stress - divorce turned into a plus with exercise and healthy living) Thanks gahome2mom/gmail/com

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  5. Congratulations to you, also. That's a super loss. I really believe some sort of exercise is key to maintaining. WTG @ turning a negative into a postive.

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  6. Just the book I have been looking for - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Wish you well, Bonnie. If you get it, I pray it helps. I started reading with January 1. I still need it too.

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  7. This sounds like a great book. We are in the midst of some major changes in our lives this year .... good positive ones and this book sounds perfect. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. The start of a new year always inspires me with ideas of everything new. Praying for you, Jo. Good luck.

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  8. Please enter me to win. I have never read any of her work and would love to. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh, thank you. check out my blog, too, my debut novel, released July, 2012, is elgible for a free book giveway this week, also. Good luck with both.

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  9. Wow sounds like the perfect book I need now......looking forward to getting a copy.........babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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  10. Good luck, thanks for stopping by Dawn's blog today.

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  11. Dear Janet,
    I would LOVE to win a copy of your book. I sure need it. I would also love to give you a free e-book copy of one of my books -- Cinderella Texas and Bedtime Stores for Believers. But you forgot to leave your email address.
    Here is mine.
    Mollyb83ATsbcglobaldotnet
    Love,
    Molly

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    1. You got it Molly. I'm drawing for the winner this morning. Forgot, my email is Janet.hope@att.net

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  12. The winner of Divine Dining is the one with this e-mail gahome2momATgmailDOcom
    I don't have a name. If this is you, please contact me at charlesjanATsbcglobalDOTcom

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