It’s important to know that I grew up in church. Went every Sunday, usually twice, and again on Wednesday nights most of the time. As a child, it wasn’t a choice, it was just what we did. I’m thankful for that, and for the people that became a part of my childhood as a result. The thing is, though…maybe I can explain it better this way…

There came a time in my young adult life, that I moved away and quit going to church. Mostly because of my work, but there were other reasons, too. Instead, I did something that would have a far-reaching impact on my life. I actually read my Bible…and fell into a whole new world that I knew very little about, in spite of my upbringing.

I also began to realize that many of us think that, because we go to church every Sunday, we might know a little bit about salvation. And, we’re right. We do know a little bit. So little that we come off looking like hypocrites, bigots, idiots and a host of other undesirables…then we sit around wondering why some people are so put off by Christianity…

I discovered things that just can’t be revealed in a few minutes on a Sunday morning. Or in a few minutes on many, many Sunday mornings. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love going to a good church! A good church is great! But church should not be the Source. Only the Source can be the Source! Church is more for encouragment, support and building knowledge on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

That is the inspiration behind my books. Providing a foundation of Jesus Christ for those who have spent a lifetime in church, but have never cracked open their Bibles! Or maybe they have read the Bible, but have done so wearing the mental blinders of one particular denomination or another.

It is my hope that my books will inspire others to seek the Source, rather than to be content with the scraps that get tossed out in those short segments of time we spend gathered together in a building for a few minutes each week.

Many of us, even as believers, struggle in daily battles against life in this world. I don’t have to be told that it can be a tiresome and frustrating experience, because I’ve been right there beside you and all the rest, fighting my own battles. And it’s hard, sometimes. Sometimes, it seems like it would be a lot easier to just sit down and give up. Been there, done that. I don’t have to be told. I know.

But God didn’t create us to be quitters. He didn’t create us to simply be punching bags for the enemy. He created us to be victors! Not victors through hypocricy and bigotry…but victors through Jesus! That’s what my book, “Hail, Ye Knights of the King” is about. Victory through Jesus…

I have found that when I write, I normally learn more than I attempt to teach. “Hail, Ye Knights of the King” is no different. I found myself amazed and humbled at the journey I was allowed to take during the writing of this book! I must also confess that I had one thing in mind when I started, but ended up with something so totally different…for which I am thankful!

It amazes me how everything in the Bible is tied to one Person…one event. From Genesis to Revelation! The armor of God is just one of the tiny pieces that fit together in the grand scheme of things. This book takes a look at the armor of God, perhaps, like you’ve never seen it before…adding a strength we cannot possibly fathom.

We aren’t helpless. We can stand. If we’ll just learn to use the tools we were given….

Author’s website: andrewsoyars.com

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me n punkin andy sayas(Hail ye)A bit about the author:

*From the author*

*Me-n- Punkin*

*The little girl is my daughter, Shana*

Thanks for stopping by to learn a little bit more about me and the things I stand for!

I firmly believe that the kingdom of God is within you…and it’s my goal to help as many that are willing, to enter the gates. As an author, my books are written with that goal in mind. While I claim to be non-denominational, in that I don’t particularly follow any one denomination, I am also made up of a bit of each, as they all have certain aspects that make up faith in Jesus!

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hailyeknightscoverAbout the book:



  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description(Amazon)

March 2, 2013
As long as we live in this world and in this flesh, we’ll have our flaws to deal with. That’s enought to keep us busy even without all our other adversaries.That’s why we need our armor. The following pages are about the armor that God has provided for us. Not so much the functions of the armor, which has already been studied and written about countless times, but more about the creation of the armor…so we can rest assured that the armor really isn’t flawed. Because if the armor is flawed, then how can we be sure our salvation isn’t flawed too?
Let your imagination wander just a bit, if you will, to a time of knights and armor. To a world of fairy tale-like magic that’s not magic at all, but the power of the living God. A place where the dragon really is a dragon, but it has already been slain…not by a knight, but by a Lamb. Instead of the ancient, dusty streets of London, we’ll take a quick peek at the ancient, dusty streets of Jerusalem…where the true King became a pauper, so that we paupers could become kings…
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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate



MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

DC: I’m an incredibly young looking fifty-something-year-old (yeah, baby!) with two grown children and one adorable baby grand. During my Debbie-Do-Over Year when I turned 50, I blonded the gray, harnessed my front unicorn tooth with invisible braces, and lost 40-pounds. I adios the facial wrinkles with alligator clips behind the ears. Haven’t figured out what to do with the CCCB yet though (Computer Chair Cauliflower Buns).

I’m totally blessed to have Baby Blaine and his parents living next door so that I have a front row seat to his life. I live and love in central Florida with my long-suffering spouse of 35 years and my desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

I’ve been an orthopedic occupational therapist for 34 years, piano teacher for 20, and tennis addict since high school. As a writer, I’m a late bloomer – started writing professionally at age 45 when my youngest chick flew the coop. Somehow since that time (it’s truly a God thing that totally lows my mind), I’ve accumulated over 120 articles in international magazines, newspapers, and trade journals, and my 12th book, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate, releases in Feb.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for this title?

DC: After my first women’s inspirational book, Mom NEEDS Chocolate, came out a few years ago, I began traveling as a women’s event speaker. During the course of my travels, I kept hearing certain themes repeated, daily struggles that many women seem to have in common, namely overwhelming stress, anger management, and debilitating fear. So I approached Barbour Books with the idea of writing a series of light-hearted but heavy-hitting scripture-based books, chockfull of awesome true stories and practical tips for successfully dealing with these very issues. First came Too Blessed to be Stressed, then More Beauty, Less Beast, and now Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate.


By the way, I was completely honored and humbled to be notified just last month that Too Blessed to Be Stressed received the renown Mom’s Choice Award. Papa God never ceases to amaze me by His amazing grace notes!  He is indeed able to do exceeding, abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing this title?

DC: Fear itself was my biggest challenge. While I was interviewing dozens of people about their most horrendous fears, Satan grabbed the opportunity to attack me in that very vulnerable area. Strangely enough, I developed a fear of writing a book about fear.

Thankfully, I was able to lean on powerful fear-fighting scriptures like “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4, NASB) and “With his love, he will calm all your fears” (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT). And of course, the go-to verse for fear warriors, 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT): “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”

Self-discipline is, of course, the bugger. I’ve had to learn to implement it effectively so that I could step boldly up to my personal fear monsters and yank off their masks.

One important thing I discovered in writing Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate is that our fears reveal what matters to us most … those hidden corners of our life in which we trust God the least. Those are the hotspots we need to work on, and for me, relinquishing control to the only One who can truly defeat fear was a huge step.

Another challenge was finding out exactly which fears women struggle with most on a daily basis. So I conducted a survey of 500 random women between the ages of 18 and 80 in order to pinpoint their worst fears. The results – which may surprise you as much as they did me – became the chapters of my book as I explored the reasons specific fears can keep women stretched tighter than size 8 jeans over size 12 buns.



MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence your writing?

DC: I write my books in an informal conversational tone – like girlfriends chatting over lattes and nibbling on Godiva. I include lots of humor and personal stories that apply scriptures to real life (from my own experience and those of others). My books are well stocked with tried-and-true techniques for increasing spiritual growth and living our faith out loud.


MBA&: Give our readers some insight into the research required to write this title.

DC: Besides the previously mentioned interviews with many incredible people who had enough courage to share their deepest fears and how they’ve overcome them through Papa God’s grace, I thoroughly researched hundreds of scriptures about fear, read numerous books about the subject, and spent four months conducting my fear survey.

Plus I worried a lot. J (In the name of research, of course!)

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase your title.

DC: Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate will be available in Feb, 2013 at all Christian bookstores, many secular bookstores, and online wherever books are sold (e-reader versions also). I love to bring my offbeat blend of wit and near-wisdom to women’s groups and can be reached to arrange speaking engagements at my website, www.DeboraCoty.com, (speaking samples are available there too). Hey, let’s connect through Twitter, FaceBook, and my free quarterly e-newsletter (you can sign up for all of these at my website). 

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COMING FEBRUARY 1, 2013  to a bookstore near you!

Fear, Faith & a Fistful of Chocolate

Sold at a bookstore near you in February, 2013

Are you ready to strip fear’s power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder?

Okay, sister – take my hand and let’s boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.

With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart  needs of women worn down by everyday fears – financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs …

With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL’s along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate!

Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life’s Worries (Barbour Publishing) will be available in print and e-book editions February 1, 2013. (Excerpt HERE)

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162029169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620291696








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 Teasi Cannon

Teasi Cannon Teasi Cannon has an M.A. in pastoral counseling. She is a teacher and conference leader based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and three children.  Learn more at TeasiCannon.com, and on Twitter: @TeasiCannon.


Tessi Cannon



Genre: Religion/Christian Life/Women

Source: Received for an honest review from Worthy Publishing

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617950769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617950766

Book Description (from  Amazon)

Publication Date: May 8, 2012
The media feeds us distorted images of beauty and what an “ideal woman” should look like. In My Big Bottom Blessing, author Teasi Cannon offers a way out of distorted body images and the pain of self-rejection.  She says, “My obsession with fat and failure robbed me of a lot of the good in my life.  I have been miraculously set free from the lie that being thin equals being beautiful.”

My Big Bottom Blessing offers Teasi’s story–and real-life solutions for the millions of women who struggle with poor self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy and rejection.  Whatever it is that you despise most about yourself (it doesn’t have to be weight) can become the catalyst for serious life change. Teasi’ story proves that emotional pain can be healed and self-confidence found from knowing that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

My Big Bottom Blessingis a joyful, compassionate, and wise guide from someone who knows the power of exchanging the way we look with a new way of seeing.

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We are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “My Big Bottom Blessing: How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life” by Tessi Cannon. Sorry, Open to U.S. residents only! No P.O. Boxes,please.Giveaway will run from today July 18 until July 25,2012.
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