I’m Moving!

February 1, 2013

By: Staci Stallings

movingSorry I seemed to disappear in December.  The move was supposed to be quick and painless. It was not.

But finally my new site is up and running….

http://www.stacistallings.net

The Spirit Light Blog is moving to the new site as well (this blog will stay here but will no longer be updated, and all of the posts from here have been moved to the new site as well).

You can see the new Spirit Light Blog at:

http://www.stacistallings.net/category/spirit-light-books/

I believe I have fixed it so most of my followers will automatically be switched over, but if you stop getting the feed, just go to the new site and sign back up on the left side!

I sincerely hope this move will be my last for a long, long time.  It brings my varied and various blogs and websites under one roof… FINALLY!

Thanks for sticking with me, and starting Monday, we will resume talking about the song, “The Well” like the last two months never even happened. 🙂

Sincerely,

Staci Stallings

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Going on Hiatus

May 28, 2012

by:  Staci Stallings

I wanted to let you, my loyal readers, know that the blog will be on hiatus for a couple weeks.  With a retreat coming up followed immediately by VBS, I have to pare and prune somewhere, and blogs are one of the things to be put on the back burner for just a little while.

While I’m gone, feel free to get a great Staci Stallings book from http://ebookromancestories.com and enjoy a summer of reading!

 

Thank you to all of you!

 

Staci Stallings


Progress

February 20, 2012

by:  Staci Stallings

Consider this a progress report on my writing/publishing life.

First off, God has blessed me with an amazing cover designer.  He’s a 24-year-old graphic artist from Malaysia (yes, you read that right… isn’t God AMAZING?!).  So far we’ve done 4 covers together, each is more beautiful than the last.  To see them all, click here (and you can vote on which is your favorite).  The one for Cowboy was done by another friend of mine.  Aki’s covers are:

Deep in the Heart

Dreams by Starlight

Reunion

If You Believed in Love

I wish I had time to just sit and look at them all day!  Thanks, Aki!

Secondly, as you can see by the above post, I have a new website for my romance novels.  Over there, you can read the first chapter of every book, as well as excerpts, reviews, and thoughts on the titles.  Enjoy and share!

Finally, February has been quite a month.  Coming Undone hit the #1 spot in Religious Fiction and Religion & Inspirational on Amazon.  Cowboy hit the #9 spot in Top-Rated Religious Fiction.

Thank you all for being on this journey with me!  I’m so grateful for all of you!

Staci


Cowboy is Now an Amazon BestSeller!

December 21, 2011

I woke up this morning to some pretty incredible news!

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Amazon’s system, so I’ll give you a little crash course.

There are two ways to be a “best seller.”  The first (and easiest) is to be listed high on the Tagged pages.  Cowboy hit #1 on Christian Inspirational, #4 on Kindle ebook and #10 on Christian Romance at the beginning of this month on these pages.

Then there is the official BestSeller list… Well, guess what?!

Cowboy hit the official BestSeller list this morning (Dec. 20)!

#12,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#37 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction > Romance

 

Thank you SOOOOO much to my awesome, wonderful readers and friends!  Thanks for reading and encouraging and supporting all these years! Thanks for asking about my books and giving me great feedback!

 

And if you want to come over and do the Snoopy Dance with me… COME ON!!!!

Have a blessed, safe, warm, wonderful Christmas!

 

Oh, and if you’re looking for great ebooks for presents for others or to fill your own Kindle or Nook, visit my new site through Grace & Faith:

http://fillyourkindleornookwgnf.wordpress.com

Have a blessed day!


Happy Thanksgiving to All!

November 24, 2011

I want to take a moment today and tell you how very grateful I am to all the loyal Staci Stallings readers.  To those who have read the books, followed the blog, or anything else I have done over the years… THANK YOU!

May God bless you richly for the love and support you have given me!  You will never know how much it has meant.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Peace,

Staci Stallings

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Is there life after dyslexia?

August 22, 2011

By:  Staci Stallings

If you’ve been reading this blog since December two years ago, you know the struggle I’ve had with my eight-year-old son.  At first we had no idea what was going on.  This seemingly bright, wonderful little boy was having the most atrocious time with spelling.  Then reading became a real problem.  Then he started having blank-outs in school.

First grade was an incredible struggle just to keep our heads above water.  By the middle of that summer, I knew something was really wrong.  Not only could he not read well, simple words like “left” and “spin” were far above what he could decode on anything other than a hit-or-miss basis.  That’s when I learned that there was a label for kids like him.  Dyslexic.

Yes.  At first that label scared me to pieces.  But I’m not one who will just lay down and “accept the inevitable.”  So with the prayers of a lot of people and following every small step God asked me to take, we embarked on a journey to first understand and then to cross the abyss that this new reality held.  At first we tackled it with word help and breaking words down and decoding them.

I learned very quickly that he was reading nothing.  Instead, he was memorizing.  Which works when you “read” the book three or four times, but what about things you have to read cold?  What then?  What he didn’t memorize, he guessed at, and he had gotten really good at looking at pictures and telling the story close enough so that everyone thought he was reading.  Around that time, I also learned there are several actors who struggle with this–people who I really admire for the creativity and honesty they bring to their roles.

I also learned that in a couple of states, the prison system estimates how many beds they will need in 20 years by the number of 3rd graders in their state that can’t read. Let me tell you, that’s scary!

Through the first half of second grade, we struggled.  It was better because now I knew there was a definable problem and what it was.  However, how best to get past it was still a mystery.

Enter Vision Therapy in January.  As you recall, my son went in for testing, and we found out that his eyes “jump” as he is trying to focus on something.  They also didn’t stretch side-to-side the way they were supposed to.  He also had trouble shifting from near focus to far focus quickly.  In February we started therapy.  We kept reading too.

It wasn’t always pretty, and the downs sometimes felt like they would last forever.  But…

After a spring and a summer, I’m happy to report that last Tuesday in his final vision evaluation, he scored “at or above grade level.”  Those are some of the best words I’ve ever heard!  Unbelievably, we are 10 chapters into his very first long chapter book!  And he’s READING.  He can read a chapter in 10 minutes.  It used to take us 10 minutes to get through 2 pages of a 1-sentence-per-page book.  It feels like we’re flying!

So to all of you who prayed so diligently for us, thank you.  Sincerely.  From the bottom of my heart.

Last night we got into bed, and always before, mentioning a book was a one-way-ticket to a bucket of tears.  Instead, he reached up and grabbed a book.  It was called “Why Does it Rain?”  He said, “I think it should be ‘Why Doesn’t it Rain?'” (Terrible drought here in our part of the country.)  Then he would look at each page, read it to himself, and reword it to what it would be if it was trying to explain why it doesn’t rain.

I really think life after dyslexia is going to be fun.


A New Chapter Begins

August 5, 2011

By:  Staci Stallings

Many of you have been with me on this writing journey for a long time now.  Some have been here from the beginning.  A few of you have even read my books out of binders, printed by me.

Along the way, you have encouraged me, supported me, and helped me.  Some of you have even contributed to stories through the wisdom and life lessons you’ve shared with me.

For all of those things, please let me say, Thank you so much!  I could not be here without you!

Over the course of this amazing journey, the river has taken many twists I did not see coming.

Dennis was one of those twists.  Dennis came into my life when giving up on the writing seemed preferable to pressing on.  He stayed and he encouraged, and then he moved on… to a life of peace and hope in Heaven itself.

Last night I was fiddling around with my blog trying to get some new things to work, and I hit a button that brought up a “random” post.  It was the last one Dennis posted on Spirit Light before he went in for the knee surgery.  The last  two sentences he wrote were, “Be nice to Staci during my absence.  Thank you.”  I still feel a warm sense of his protection and love when I read that.  He was always looking out for me like a big brother or a guardian angel–always with humor but with noted respect and seriousness as well.  And he loved all of you as well.

The care and excitement he had for the people who read his words was indescribable.  He loved our Lord so much, and he was so honored to get to share that love with all of you.  In fact, upon his death, it was that vision that kept me going.  I did not want to let the connection between Heaven and earth that he had helped me forge disintegrate.  What happened instead was that the connection seemed to grow stronger and more “territory” was added to what God was giving me.

During our time on earth together, Dennis and I “revised” the Prayer of Jabez.  I still have our revision on my wall.  It says simply, “Enlarge my territory according to Your Will, Lord, and let me do it in love…”  We prayed that prayer often, asking for God’s guiding hand on our lives as we pressed out of our comfort zones into territory God had laid out for us to claim for Him. I don’t think either of us ever felt worthy of this undertaking, and we did a lot of falling at the feet of Jesus for His wisdom as to what to speak into the lives He sent to us.

Since Dennis’s death, I have felt his continued presence in my life–especially in those times when God is moving to expand my life into territory that I would be crazy to go into without Him.  That’s why reading Dennis’s final message to all of you was so very poignant for me.

In this last week, God has been planting seeds in my life that make me a little nervous but very excited for just where this thing is going.

First, He brought a woman and her daughter into my life who are giving me the tools to break out in a big way into the world of Kindles and Nook.  I’d always wanted to do this and had already dipped a toe into those waters.  But these two are phenomenal angels sent straight from Heaven to pave the way in this venture.

Then God dropped a man into my life that has been through the how-to’s of promoting Kindle and Nooks for a year or so.  He’s made the mistakes and figured out what works.  His advice and guidance was absolutely a Godsend.

Finally, God sent a wonderful woman who has been in my life as a mentor, a guide, and a friend for nearly 10 years now.  She has expertise in an area that I will really need going forward.

So, the “arrival” of Dennis back in my life last night felt like a sign that, “Yes, God is serious about this, but never fear, dear Staci, He has everything in hand.  Just trust Him like you taught me to do.  I’ll be watching as the dream we always knew was out there begins to come to fruition.”

As I begin this new and exciting chapter of my life, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and encouragement!  I could not have made it this far without each of you!  And I thank you, sincerely, for your love and grace!

In gratitude, I would like to extend the following offer to each of you, my loyal readers:

 

The First-Ever Staci Stallings Friends’ Special!

For a limited time, the Kindle and Nook versions of Staci Stallings’

Cowboy

and

The Price of Silence

are on sale for only 99 cents!

Get Cowboy for Kindle!  for Nook!

OR get Staci’s BRAND NEW RELEASE…

THE PRICE OF SILENCE — Where do you turn when the watching eyes are everywhere? Where do you go when no place is safe? Who do you turn to when saying anything could get someone killed? Who can you trust when “they” could be anyone?

The Price of Silence for Kindle!  for Nook!

If you love what you read, please let me know on my Contact Page or by leaving a short review on Kindle or Nook.

And watch for new Friends’ Specials coming each month.

Novels.

Bible Studies.

God Help books.

Reflections on Life…

Stories full of God’s hope and love… signifying everything!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!