May…Lupus Awareness Month


Someone You Know Has Lupus…Me!

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).

These are some additional facts about lupus that you should know:

  • Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.
  • Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above.
  • Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.
  • Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
  • Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. The actual number may be higher; however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the U.S. living with lupus.
  • More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.
  • It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people will develop lupus between the ages of 15-44.
  • Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.


There’s Nothing To Fear!

The Jonah complex is the fear of success which prevents self-actualization, or the realization of one’s potential. It is the fear of one’s own greatness, the evasion of one’s destiny, or the avoidance of exercising one’s talents. Just as the fear of achieving a personal worst can motivate personal growth, the fear of achieving a personal best can also hinder achievement.
Maslow states, “So often we run away from the responsibilities dictated (or rather suggested) by nature, by fate, even sometimes by accident, just as Jonah tried—in vain—to run away from his fate”.

What fears are hindering you?

Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection or not being good enough.
Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotten or ignored.
Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
Autophobia- Fear of being oneself.
Catagelophobia- Fear of being ridiculed.
Cenophobia or Centophobia- Fear of new things or ideas.
Cherophobia-Fear of gaiety, happiness, joyfulness, rejoicing
Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
Doxophobia- Fear of receiving praise.
Eleutherophobia- Fear of freedom.
Ergasiophobia- Fear of work or functioning.
Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
Geliophobia- Fear of laughter.
Gelotophobia- Fear of being laughed at.
Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes.
Prosophobia- Fear of progress.
Rhabdophobia- Fear of being criticized.

No fear is too great for you to overcome. Within you lies the power to conquer them all. If you change your thoughts, your feeling and results will ultimately change too. The person who thinks he is able is able. Conquer your thoughts and you’ll conquer your fears.

There is an old African Proverb that states “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Fear is your enemy within!
Be Encouraged…Be Blessed…Be Enriched…Be Authentically You!

DEAR Texas!

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Media Contacts:
B. Alan Bourgeois
Texas Association of Authors
512/554-9560 or

Kimberly Beasley
Hunny Child Books
830/899-5541 or

Texas Association of Authors Seeks to Support Texas Authors and State Literacy with “Drop Everything and Read Texas Day”

AUSTIN, TEXAS —The Texas Association of Authors has dubbed April 12 as “Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Texas Day,” created to encourage readers of all ages to enjoy a book by a Texas author. The day will be marked with a statewide event in which more than 80 Texas-based authors will participate in readings and signings at 30 bookstores across the state, including selected Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books locations as well as independent bookstores.

Texas dignitaries will kick off events at the Texas State Capitol at noon on April 11 with an award ceremony for this year’s winners of the Book Awards.

The initiative has gained support from city governments and businesses alike. Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have proclaimed April 12 as DEAR Texas Day. Also among its supporters, Joe’s Crab Shack has joined Barnes & Noble in offering customers a donation voucher, which directs a portion of proceeds from net sales to support DEAR Texas events and children’s literacy programs.

“We have three goals for DEAR Texas,” said B. Alan Bourgeois, Founder and Director of the Texas Association of Authors. “Our first goal is to encourage people of all ages to read more because we as a society are losing readers to TV and electronics. Second, we need to give readers an opportunity to meet a fellow Texan that has written a book, and give authors an opportunity to introduce their book to people they may have not had a chance to reach before. Third, with the money raised from the Barnes & Noble and Joe’s Crab Shack vouchers, we will be able to work with other literacy programs in Texas and bring more books and authors to schools, libraries and events, thus helping everyone grow.”

For more information, including a complete list of participating bookstores and authors, please visit

About the Texas Association of Authors:
The Texas Association of Authors promotes the works of Texas authors. The only organization of its kind in the country, Texas Authors leverages the knowledge and expertise of many different authors to help promote others within the world of reading and writing.


About DEAR:
Originally created by HarperCollins, the DEAR program has taken place nationwide on April 12 in honor of young adult and children’s book author Beverly Cleary’s birthday.


DEAR Texas Day
Events in Austin and the Surrounding Area

Texas authors will be appearing at various bookstores in Austin and the surrounding area on April 12. Authors will read from their books and will be available to autograph books purchased at the event.

Malvern Books
613 W. 29th St. Austin, TX 78705
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Art Anthony, author of “Return to Sulphur River”
J.C. Hulsey, author of “The Traveler Series”
Jeffery A. Mays, author of “The Former Hero”
David Alkek, author of “The Doorway”
Jan Sikes, author of “Convict and the Rose”
Andrea Stahle, author of “Gods of Arcadia”
R.C. Knipstein, author of “Paradise Forbidden”
Kimberly E. M. Beasley, author of “Revelations of my Heart”
Maryann Miller, author of “Doubletake”
Mary B. Stafford, author of “A Wasp in a Fig Tree”

Barnes & Noble – Arboretum
10000 Research Blvd.
Ste. 158 Austin, TX 78759
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
David Hughes, author of “Melted Clowns” and “The Epiphany of Joy”
Kathleen Shields, author of “Hamilton Troll Series”
Andrea Boltwood, author of “The Clown Who Came Down with a Frown”
Debra Winegarten, author of “Oveta Culp Hobby”
R.L. Nolen, author of “Deadly Thyme”
Rob Wood, author of “Let’s Scare Mom”
Elizabeth Garcia, author of “Border Ghosts”
Joanne Fox Phillips, author of “Revenge of the Cube Dweller”
Art Costello, author of “Expectation Therapy”
Cindy B. Wright, author of “Reel Transformation”
R.W. Jaeger, author of “Next Stop Heaven”
Justine San Filippo, author of “Lose Your Inches without Losing Your Mind!”
Aralyn Hughes, editor of “Kid Me Not”
Diana Finfrock-Farrar, author of “The Door of the Heart”
Roger Leslie, author of “My First Last Year”

Barnes & Noble – Sunset Valley Village
5601 Brodie Ln.
Ste. 300
Austin, TX 78745
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Jackie Smith, PhD., author of “Once More with Feeling”
Barnes & Noble – La Frontera Village
2701 Parker Rd.
Bldg. A, Ste. 700
Round Rock, TX 78681
2 p.m.
Anna Church, author of the children’s series “Hug-A-Bug”
Jedha Mayberry, author of the award-winning “The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle”

Half Price Books – South Lamar/The Corners
2929 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Howie Richey, author of “Party Weird: Festivals and Fringe Happenings of Austin”
Lillian Hunter, award-winning author of “Sam Solves a Problem” and “What If I Had Taken the Road Not Traveled”

Half Price Books – North Lamar
5555 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mitchel Street, author of “Prophase”
Arlene Gale, author of “Face Forward Move Forward”
Linda Baten Johnson, author of “Mystery at Desolation Point”

Half Price Books – Boardwalk
2601 S. I-35
Round Rock, TX 78664
1 p.m.
Myra MclIvain, award-winning author of “Stein House” and “Legacy”

PRECARIUS…God Wants To Hear From You!

Precarius Front Cover


“Precarius” Latin for “Pray”

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

There is nothing more common and complex among people; no other practice more mysterious and misconstrued than prayer. The ancient art of prayer has been practiced in seemingly every culture, on every continent throughout all civilizations. Of course there are skeptics and antagonists who believe that praying by no means impact human experience or the course of life. It’s merely human delusion and a fanatical religious ritual.

As children we are taught to say certain prayers but never thoroughly explained why. We merely repeat what our parents tell us, commit it to memory and recite them each time we’re told to say our prayers.

No matter what we question about prayer, it somehow works. Many will still find themselves fixated on the queries regarding prayer and it is this challenge we will embrace as we explore the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” questions about prayer.

Award Winning Book!


Texas Association of Authors

1712 E Riverside Dr., Ste. 124, Austin, TX 78741 – 512 554 9560

For Immediate Release

B. Alan Bourgeois, Director
(512) 554-9560

Kimberly E.M. Beasley, Author
(830) 899-5541                                                                                       

Revelations of My Heart Best Poetry/Spiritual

Austin, TX – Readers of the delightful titles selected for Texas Association of Authors
(TxAuthors) Best Book Awards would agree that the selected books are winning reads and top-tier selections in their categories. By any measure, excellent books from this year’s list are of stellar quality. They are delivering to readers, who love to fall into the pages, the experience of climbing out with the greatest satisfaction. The newest slate of winners is:

Revelations of My Heart: Poems, Prayers, Notes and Quotes
Kimberly E.M. Beasley

This is the fourth year for TxAuthors to select winning titles by Texas Authors. TxAuthors is currently accepting entries for the 2016 contest. A sample chapter from this book can be found along with the other 29 award winning books from this and previous years at

The winners from this year’s contest will be presented at the State Capitol on April 11th.
As part of the DEAR Texas event. On April 12th, they will be in an Austin book store doing a reading and book signing of all of their books. For a complete list of book stores that will be participating in DEAR Texas, please visit

Texas Association of Authors focuses on promoting authors from within the Lone Star State. The association is the only organization in the country that promotes its state authors and gives them a greater chance of success in selling and marketing their books.

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Buy this award-winning book to add to your collection today! Thank you again to all who voted and are making Revelations of My Heart a success!

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5071 FM 2673 #225, Canyon Lake, TX 78133 – (830) 899-5541

For Immediate Release

Kimberly E.M. Beasley – President
(830) 899-5541                                                                                          

Award-Winning Book – First Place
Excellent News…
We WON the 2015 Texas Association of
Authors Book Contest for Best Poetry Spiritual Book

Poetry Spiritual
That is right!

Revelations of My Heart: Prayers, Poems, Notes and Quotes
Is now an Award-Winning Book!


It is a great feeling to be acknowledged by others for the work that was put into this book. The words produced were sent out in hopes of finding an audience. I hope the stream of words that flow from my heart cascade upon fertile ground causing beautiful to grow in a barren land.

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Buy this award-winning book to add to your collection today! Thank you again to all who voted and are making Revelations of My Heart a success!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015


651 Business Loop IH-35

New Braunfels, TX 78130

from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Don’t Stop Believing!

Things may seem bleak right now and trouble looming all around

Don’t Stop Believing!

When you feel like your problems encapsulate you

Find the strength inside to pull yourself through

No matter what you decide to do

Don’t Stop Believing!

Believe that things will be alright

No matter how cold and dark the night

God will always provide you guiding light

Don’t Stop Believing!

When you’ve done the best you could do

And all they see is the worst in you

When your family and friends seem to have forsaken you

Don’t Stop Believing!

Believe that every storm has an end

Believe that every sea has a shore

When all you can see is the great blue wide

And the tears that blind and flood your eyes

Believe that there is a reason to be

Believe in that spark of hope that only your soul can see

That ray of sunshine peeking through your misery

Stop pressuring yourself to be all they think you should be

Concentrate on being You…Authentically

There is hope, There is light

Stay on course, fight through your plight

No matter what comes your way

Things always turn out right

It’s your choice, It’s up to you

Don’t Stop Believing!

By: Kimberly E.M. Beasley

Be Encouraged…Be Blessed…Be Enriched…Be Authentically You!

You Are Valuable!

Imagine you’re holding a hundred dollar bill in your hands. Now tear it, ball it up and throw it on the ground. Stump on it and kick it around. Now pick it up, unravel it, smooth it out, piece it and tape it back together. After all the abuse and mistreatment, did the money loose it’s value? No matter what you’re suffering from, you are still valuable. As cliche as it may sound, there is a greater purpose for your life. Through your suffering, you are someone’s hope! Through your despair, you are someone’s inspiration! Through your tears, you are someone’s joy! Through it all…You are valuable!

Be Encouraged…Be Blessed…Be Enriched…Be Authentically YOU!

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

A simple prayer that requires daily application.  Most people merely recite it neglecting the application and aimlessly expect results.  Peace is one thing we lack most in this life. The author asks for serenity/peace to accept the things that cannot be changed. With life comes unchangeable circumstances more so than not. This is were most people waste a lot of their time and energy…COMPLAINING about things they cannot change. Mainly trying to change other people. People are going to be who they are no more no less…you don’t control that. Make peace with life and accept what is. Know your place and stay in it. When you apply this you’ll alleviate undue stress and strife.

Courage to change the things I can… The one thing I’ve found that people fear changing the most are themselves. If you focus your attention on changing you rather than everyone else your peace will increase. No matter where you go or what you do peace will encompass you. All because of your courage to change. Maya Angelou said it this way “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Mohandas Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Bottom line the only thing you have the power to change is your mind.

Be Blessed, Be Encouraged…Be Authentically You!