OWL Author Laura Aranda Awarded $20K Investment

OWL Author Laura Aranda Awarded $20K Investment

We are excited to announce Laura Aranda, author of Pushing Back the Darkness, placed 3rd at Impact Junkie’s The Great Pitch in Indianapolis, Indiana! The audience selected her to receive $20K in investments toward creating a human trafficking awareness and survivor program.

Laura presented her plan to create a Christian-based awareness and recovery program to end human trafficking. Her plan includes community and school education and awareness, training for support group leaders, and on-going survivor recovery groups and safe houses. If you are interested in being a part of the team in some capacity, please contact Laura at LauraAranda@OWLofHope.com with your interest, availability, background, and credentials.

Please pray for Laura as she spreads the message of hope for families and victims of human trafficking. Laura is available to speak at any venue across the nation and the world. Below are the current training options available now:


1. What is human trafficking? Defining who they are and what they look for. Statistics available. 2. Internet safety. How to remain safe and keep your children safe online as well. 3. Pornography and Sex Trafficking. Why these two go hand in hand in destroying America. 4. Laws, government and ways to get involved in being a voice for tougher laws against criminals caught. 5. Self-defense. Guidelines on being in public and staying aware of your surroundings. 6. Emotional healing and restoration to Christ through the hands of your church family. How to help those who come in needing a church family.

We truly believe Laura’s award was God-directed. It is an astounding happening that is out of the ordinary and very exciting! Our Written Lives (OWL) of Hope, LLC did not have a part in creating this opportunity. We fully support Laura and her endeavors just as we support all OWL Authors, with book publishing services and prayer.

Life Legacy Books – What will you leave?

Life Legacy BooksSharing your life with someone else is the greatest value of writing a book. If you want to leave a legacy, consider writing a book that will stay around long after you’re gone. Life Legacy Books can share family history, teach moral values, or spread an idea to influence a generation. It can communicate your heart, and share the essence of who you are.

Life Legacy Books

Where do I start?

First of all, define your vision. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Is the legacy you want to leave spiritual, emotional, or financial?

Secondly, identify your audience. Will you write primarily for your family, your community, or a particular group of people?

The third step is to make a list or an outline of the topics you want to address. Do you have special stories from your life you want to share, particular beliefs to emphasize, or a desire to create a product that is sellable on a large-scale?

The next step is to set a goal. When do you want to start writing? When do you want to finish writing? How much will you write per week? Where will you write?

How do I move forward?

Many people have a vision for their book and can answer all of the questions I’ve asked above, but they just don’t know how to move forward to make it happen. There are many things you can do to motivate yourself to follow through and put in the hard work it takes to write a manuscript. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Read! Read the kind of books you want to write. Find inspiration. Feed your mind.
  • Join a writing group, or take a writing class. Taking a class is of particular importance if you lack grammar and creative writing skills. Participating in a writing group is essential to produce accountability and motivation. It is much easier to stay committed to the long haul when you are a part of a community of creative people.

Where do I find help to make my book sellable?

  • If you lack confidence in writing your manuscript, or maybe you’re too busy, or can’t stay focused, consider hiring a ghostwriter. Many authors hire a writer to assist them. Taking this route, you would: provide the information, work in close collaboration with the writer, have the final say, make any changes you want, own the copyright, and have your name on the cover of the book. Think about it like building a house. If you’re building a house, you may hire a contractor to do the actual work. It’s your plan, your vision, your product, but the builder brings expertise and artistry.
  • Find an author coach or editor. Working with an author coach or editor is less expensive than hiring a ghostwriter. An author coach or editor can provide accountability, deadlines and professional feedback. As a result, they assist you in producing sellable products and life legacy books.

For more on this idea of books as a legacy, read Brian Feinblum’s post on BookMarketingBuzzBlog.

Life Legacy Books

Hello 2017! You’re starting off great!

When it comes to blogging and newsletters, 2016 was a terrible year. When it comes to everything else, it was really quite remarkable. Our Written Lives published 11 new books in 2016, and White Hart Publications published 1 new book.

Facing Myself by Rachael Kathleen HartmanStealth Journey by Naomi HavensLife is Busy!

In 2016, I finished writing and publishing my third book, my personal story, Facing Myself: An Introspective Look at Cosmetic Surgery. I taught 4 “Writing and Publishing Your First Book” classes in three different states, and attended the Christian Product Expo in Nashville as an author to promote two of my books.

In September, I accepted a job offer and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In addition to running Our Written Lives, I am now working full-time in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. Life is busy, but it’s not too busy to keep me from what I love doing the most: helping people share their stories.

But Not Too Busy for New Books!

2017 is starting off with a kick with the newest OWL book, Stealth Journey: An Uncommon Fight Against Cancer, Fear, Tradition, and Pharmaceuticals, by Naomi Havens. Naomi shares her real-life journey of surviving cancer by pursuing the uncommon natural path, and saying no to chemotherapy and radiation. Learn more at www.victoryhaven.org.

In April, Laura Aranda’s novel, Pushing Back the Darkness, will captivate readers as Claire and her boyfriend Cole begin a thrilling quest to stop human trafficking and save Morgan Ann, a foster child kidnapped by foreigners.

Emra Smith, author of Your Story Matters, will be releasing her second book in 2017. She has been trailblazing the country, spreading the Hope of Christ through her Hope Walk and Hope Dolls, as well as empowering women to share their stories. Her new book will feature short stories of women who have survived various life circumstances and moved forward in victory. Learn more at www.emrasmith.com.

How can I help you write and publish your first book in 2017?

And don’t forget all of the great books from 2016! Check out these recently released OWL titles from authors all over the country! And the White Hart Publications educational book, Hamas Jihad, by Yisrael Ne’eman (learn more at www.hamasjihad.com.)

My Encounters with God II by Dick Jones When the Snow Comes Cuando Llega La Nieve by Marlene Castaneda Un-Mastering the Art of Losing by Ashtin T. Kennedy Livin in the Mortuary by D.C. Chatman Preachers Churches Saints and More J.M. Jordan You Can Say That Again by J.M. Jordan Why You Were Not Baptized in Jesus Name by Jim PickeringHamas Jihad by Yisrael Ne'eman

Rachael Hartman Interviewed on Blog Talk Radio Christian Authors on Tour (CAOT)

Blog Talk Radio Christian Authors on Tour

I was honored to be interviewed on Blog Talk Radio today with Christian Authors on Tour (CAOT). I spoke about my upcoming book Plastic Reality, my first book, Angel: The True Story of an Undeserved Chance, the beginnings of Our Written Lives and the authors I’m working with. You can listen to the interview, which was recorded live, via the link below.

Blog Talk Radio Christian Authors on Tour Interviewed with Rachael Hartman