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10 ACTS OF KINDNESS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS
8/24/2019 1:20:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Jessie’s Hope

AUTHOR:  Jennifer Hallmark

PUBLISHER:  Firefly Southern Fiction

GENRE:  Southern Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Series

TARGET AGE:  Women of all ages

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER HALLMARK TO PATTI’S PORCH. JENNIFER, KNOWN FOR ACTS OF KINDNESS, SHARES SUGGESTIONS WE CAN ALL PUT INTO PRACTICE.

 

 

 

JENNIFER IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF JESSIE’S HOPE.

 

 

 

TEN SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS

 

 

by

 

 

Jennifer Hallmark

 

 

I’ve seen the holidays bring out the best in people. From supporting the Salvation Army and the red buckets to buying gifts for needy children to stocking a local food bank, Thanksgiving and Christmas help people to remember those less fortunate.

 

 

But what about now? We still have the rest of August, September, and October. People all around us still have needs. And not just physical ones like I mentioned above. People are starving for kindness. Lonely people just want to know someone cares. A kind word truly has the power to change a life.

 

 

So, what can we do before the holidays to brighten someone’s life? Here’s ten ideas that are sure to make a positive difference:

 

  1. Send a card. You don’t have to wait until a birthday or Christmas. Pick up a card, pen a few kind words, and give someone a smile.
  2. Make a phone call. Yes, we’re all busy but something as simple as time, a few minutes to check on a family member, friend, or neighbor can spread happiness.
  3. Offer to help with outdoor chores. As fall arrives, it brings piles of leaves and dying flowers that need to be removed from our yards. Stay alert to who in your family or community might need some extra help this year and then volunteer. Bring others and make it a fun day.
  4. Offer to help with indoor chores. A good fall cleaning always lifts my spirits and you can do the same for an elderly or infirmed friend or neighbor.
  5. Have a free yard sale. Go ahead and clean out your closets and possibly aid someone in clothing their children for back to school.
  6. Support a local back-to-school fundraiser. Our church participates every year in a backpack ministry that supplies children with a backpack full of school supplies.
  7. Leave a close parking spot for someone else. Don’t fight for one slot in front of the grocery store. Parking further away can assist others and gives you a bit of exercise too.
  8. Decorate a flower pot. Decorate a pot, then plant a winter flower and give it to someone to brighten their day.
  9. Volunteer to baby-sit. Fall brings sports and school events and sometimes it’s hard for parents to attend them with babies and toddlers. You can remove some of their stress.
  10. Send a restaurant gift card to someone with children in school. With homework and after-school activities, it would be a real blessing for parents or grandparents to not have to worry about putting a meal together.

 

Be the change. Don’t wait for others to take the lead. You can be the one to start with a small act of kindness and see it pass along throughout your community.

 

Start today. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

Blurb for Jessie’s Hope

Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie's high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie's grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for "his Jessie," one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles--including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather--highjack Jessie's dream wedding?

 

 

Jessie’s Hope can be found at

Amazon   

Barnes and Noble    

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF JESSIE’S HOPE BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

Connect with Jennifer:

Inspired Prompt   

Alabama Inspired Fiction    

Facebook   

Twitter     

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Instagram   

 

 

 


Comments

Greta Picklesimer From Michigan At 9/2/2019 5:43:13 PM

Hi Jennifer, I would love to read your book especially since it is set in the south. We need more writers of southern fiction. My mother and father are both from Kentucky. I feel a kinship for the south through them. I work as an office assistant for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Greta. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

Jennifer Hallmark From AL At 9/2/2019 2:24:51 PM

Thanks for dropping by, Alicia and Kathy. I love sharing kindness :)

Kathy From Central Texas At 9/2/2019 5:06:07 AM

Oh dear! This sounds like a bittersweet story. One that will grab ahold of your heart. Looking forward to reading it. The ten acts of kindness is a great idea. It’s always more wonderful to give then to get. Thank you for your article and a chance to win.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am reading this book now. It is a well-written story. I am curious to see how it ends.

Alicia Haney From Texas At 8/30/2019 6:55:47 PM

Hi, this book sounds like a very good read. I love the cover and I loved reading the review. Thank yu so very much for the acts of kindness list, we all could be much more giving and show kindness, I enjoyed reading this blog. Have a Great weekend. God Bless you.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Alicia. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

Jennifer Hallmark From AL At 8/26/2019 9:49:04 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Dave...

Dave Parks From Heaven, Mama said. At 8/25/2019 9:54:32 AM

Jennifer! These look practical. Doable. Thank you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dave. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Jennifer. May you always be treated with kindness.

Jennifer Hallmark From AL At 8/24/2019 5:39:06 PM

Thanks for letting me drop by, Patti! ??

Reply by: Patti Shene

Always a pleasure to have you visit, Jennifer. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel.

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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
12/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
12/14/2014 3:45:38 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
12/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
12/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
11/29/2014 12:36:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
11/22/2014 6:55:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
11/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
11/8/2014 2:41:19 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
11/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
10/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
10/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
10/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
10/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
9/27/2014 9:25:12 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
9/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE NUMBERS
9/15/2014 2:24:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
9/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene