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    Kimberly Bower

    Kimberly Bower


    Hi! I’m currently enjoying life along the shores of Lake Okeechobee, Fla. I work as a librarian providing reference, reader's advisory, technology instruction and information services. I'm an anti-bullying and literacy advocate, book reviewer and an ordained minister. I like to geocache, write and blog about various social issues; share the healing I've found in Christ; make beautiful, usually useful things with my hands; dig in the dirt; breathe deeply of the salty ocean air and share life with my family. I'm here to entertain, encourage, enlighten, enrich and empower you to fulfill your destiny. In every area of life, my primary purpose is to glorify God and make Him known to all men.

    My favorite quote: "Why do we fear when we already know the ending?" -- Kimberly Bower

    The photo was taken in Florida's Ocala National Forest.

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Thank you SO MUCH for 50+ FB Likes! In celebration, I’m offering #FREEenrollment when you order a 30-day (or higher). Message me with #Thx4fiftyFBLikes. Hurry! Offer ends Sun 7 p.m. See website for details:


Book Blast + Giveaway: Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum




Welcome to the Official Book Blast for the new Young Adult Novel

BIG  FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum


Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.


Pre-Order this Novel From These Fine Retailers: 

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In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.

Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!

Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.

Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
You can find Beth online at http:www.bethfehlbaumbooks.com
on Facebook, and on https://twitter.com/bethfehlbaum

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Tonight! #STARTyourlife live call

#STARTyourlife April 15, 2014 live call, 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST)

#STARTyourlife April 15, 2014 live call, 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST)

Okay, I’ve been fielding questions about tonight’s ‪#‎STARTyourlife‬ live call over on Facebook so let me just post the details here:

1) You MUST be between the ages of 18-35. NO exceptions.

2) YOU must make the call tonight 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EST) on your own phone – I will not patch you through. This shows INTEREST.

3) You need to message me via Facebook AFTER the call if you are HIGHLY MOTIVATED to do this. I will expend tons of effort on making you successful and connect you with tools and a #1 team of leaders, if I know you’re serious about it. Tell me your goals so we can reach them together.

Are you in?

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get A Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine)

Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian):

Oh boy. The tattoo issue. You HAVE to read this post! It made my day.

Originally posted on The Ugly Volvo:

I’m not super pro-tattoo or anti-tattoo.  I’ve debated getting one in the past but never that seriously.  But my mother is vehemently anti-tattoo.  Listed below are the reasons my mother has always given me for why I shouldn’t get a tattoo.

And I understand that she’s from a different generation.  And I love my mother very much.  She’s a really wonderful person and I’m not saying none of them is a legitimate reason, but I’m saying that after having a child, I find it really hard to take any of them seriously.

And so in case you were headed out to the tattoo parlor as we speak, here are:


1.  “A Tattoo is Forever”

Yes, a tattoo is forever.  Totally forever!  Except that a tattoo can, if needed, be erased with a laser.

 *Some of you read that and immediately thought, "I am so exhausted, please I need a laser that can temporarily erase a three year-old," but sorry, that is not a thing that exists.  

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Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

NaPoWriMo , or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!

NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.

While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.

Ideas to get started

  • Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
  • Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
  • Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
  • Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.

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14 ways you can participate in National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week: March 31-April 6, 2014

14 ways you can participate in National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week: March 31-April 6, 2014

Am I Good Enough?

Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian):

What an honest look at an everyday struggle: Am I good enough? I will think about this post today. I hope you find it thought-provoking too.
– Blessings, Kimberly

Originally posted on PDXX Collective:

Am I Good Enough

I was speaking at a local high school about writing. Afterward, a girl came up to me with a notebook of handwritten poems. She showed them to me shyly and asked,

“Are they good enough?”

I didn’t need to read them to know that they were good enough. She was fifteen. She had a dream. While her friends were playing violent video games and getting pregnant, she was writing poetry. That’s good enough for me.

“They are wonderful,” I said.

I am not sure we were talking about the same thing.

It’s a big question for a writer: am I good enough?

Am I good enough to get published? To get reviewed? To win an award? To make money? To come out in hardcover? To move people to tears? To win the respect of my older brother who said I would never make it?

I advise English majors. Every so…

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