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COVER REVEAL: Everyday Miracles

Title: Everyday Miracles Publisher: Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Genre: Miracles  Release Date: July 2017 
Synopsis:  Thy life's a miracle.  --King Lear, William Shakespeare 
Have you ever experienced something that seemed impossible, but inexplicably became a reality? In each of the stories and poems in this anthology you will dive into a world where the impossible becomes possible by the work of a divine agency, hopefully bringing a tear to your eye and joy in your heart. Miracles are all around us if we open our eyes and truly believe. 

Author List: Andrea Stenlund Munia Khan Kate Marie Robbins Brittany Whitmire Heather Kirchhoff Sandy Ashley Esther Rohm Carol Cassada Michaelle Madrid Jasmine McGhee Aisling Spofford

Coming soon!!!  All proceeds support CHERUBS.

The Sounds of Advice #48: Social Bullying

The definition of social bullying: social or covert bullying involves spreading rumors about another person, purposely leaving someone out of an activity or group or embarrassing a person in public. Another form of bullying that falls into this category involves encouraging others to avoid a certain person or group.
The topic of today's blog post is about social bullying: how you can combat it and cope with it.

Sandy: We all at some point hear something about ourselves that clearly didn't happen. As adults it can still happen in a work environment. I have dealt with things like this before. The rumor was that I hacked this other co-worker's Facebook. All because she posted something on her fb and her husband saw. Instead of taking the front of what she did she blamed me because I was over at her house the other day helping her with something. Now some people believed her and others didn't. I just shrugged it off because I knew the truth. I had no reason. To hack her Face…

Facebook Spotlight with Lori McBroom and Michaelle Madrid

Meet Lori McBroom and Michaelle Madrid, the faces behind the RRSMS Facebook page!

My name is Lori and I am 33 years old. I am in charge of the rock and roll saved my soul page on facebook. The group has inspired me to like different music and we inspired other people not to be bullied and I am lucky to be proud of this group 

Michaelle Madrid is a wife, mother, friend, reader and writer. She lives with her family in the dry heat of the Arizona desert. She received a B.A. in Communication with a minor in English from The University of New Mexico and spent ten years working in corporate America. She currently has a few works in progress and is co-writing with a self published author. Michaelle's Muses is a Facebook page she has just recently created and dedicated to all of her different writing; please follow along.
I joined rrsms because I love the way the group reaches out to help others. I am happy to work with an organization that allows me the flexibility to serve our followers on…

Current Submissions

Today I just wanted to take the time to update everyone on the anthologies that are currently accepting submissions! 

Please consider submitting something! If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail or through any of our social media accounts! 

The Sounds of Advice #47: Physical Bullying

Physical Bullying. This is any bullying that hurts someone's body or damages their possessions. Stealing, shoving, hitting, fighting, and destroying property all are types of physical bullying. Physical bullying is rarely the first form of bullying that a target will experience.
Today's blog post will talk about what you should do if you're being physically bullied and coping mechanisms. 

Aisling: If you are being physically bullied you may feel ashamed & want to hide it from others. Please, don't. 
Confide in someone you trust to get the help you need. 
Too often people have tried to hide that they are being physically bullied & can later on end up in life threatening situations because of it.
Sandy: My son was physically bullied at school a couple years ago. All because he let the teacher know the kid had his phone out in class. He wasn't able to fight back really because of how the kid had him, but he did go and tell a teacher what happened and they took care…

Instagram Spotlight with Radeyah Ali and Keleigh Grosso

Meet Radeyah Ali and Keleigh Grosso, the faces behind the RRSMS Instagram!

I really believe in #RockAndRollSavedMySoul. We are a charitable publishing house and we are constantly looking for ways to support and help minority groups through our published work. I absolutely love helping out with #RRSMS's Instagram account since I use Instagram every single day and I think it's such a strong platform for advertising and getting the word out about our charitable publishing house. 
I am an Attorney at law by profession and I have a huge passion for reading. Books mean a great deal to me and my enthusiasm for them fueled me to open my own online bookstore, Scribbles and Quills, and to start my own BookTube Channel on YouTube called 'RadeyahTV'. I also sometimes have a compulsion to write poems, short stories and novels and have been published numerous times under the pen name, R.H.Ali, including in some lovely RRSMS books! 
I am a proud Muslim and I've founded the social me…

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul: A Musician's Tale

Instead of posting an interview from the book, I'll share with you today a bunch of quotes from the collection. Enjoy! 

The book can be purchased on Amazon if you're intrigued by these quotes. And be sure and leave us a review there and on Goodreads!

The Sounds of Advice #46: Verbal Bullying

Verbal bullying is a means of using words in a negative way such as insults, teasing, put downs, etc., to gain power over someone else's life. Many people's lives have been destroyed by verbal abuse at home, in schools and business settings.

Aisling: When it comes to verbal bullying you may feel angry and flustered and want to retaliate verbally as well. Don't, that will give the bully the reaction they are looking for. Talk to someone you trust about it & stay away from the person who is verbally bullying you if possible. Do your best to ignore them. Eventually in most situations they will give up & move on.
Sandy: If you are being verbally bullied. Walk away from the person. They may keep saying things as you do, but go find help and let someone know what happened. So that way things can be handled. If you don't have anyone that can handle it, just make sure the words that are told you that they don't bother you. The less reaction you give them the more the…

June Band of the Month: Daughtry

Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006 and reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell more than four million copies in the United States, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. Daughtry was also named the best selling album of 2007 by Billboard, becoming the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. The album produced four top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including top five hits "It's Not Over" and "Home".
The band's second album, Leave This Town, was released in July 2009 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Daughtry's second number one album in the United States. To date, Leave This Town has sold over 1.3 million copies in the United States and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album's lead single, …

Band of the Month/The Sounds of Advice Spotlight with Sandy Ashley

Meet Sandy Ashley, the face behind Band of the Month and one of three lovely ladies that help with The Sounds of Advice column. 

My name is Sandy Ashley! I'm a mom of 3 kids, almost 4. They are 12, 5, 15 months and I'm due July 8th. My family means everything to me. There is nothing I wouldn't do for them. They keep me going no matter what.
Other things that I do when I am not working on RRSMS stuff, is writing, swimming, playing games or watching tv. I do love of course spending time with my kids most of all. I try to do a lot of the things I like with them. I have one published short story which I am very proud of having done. I am still working on two full length novels.
I have been working with RRSMS from the start. It is certainly something that I was proud to be a part of! II always love the new an exciting things that we come up with to help reach out to more people! The fact that everything we earn from our published books goes to charity is just amazing. I have never…

June Volunteer of the Month: Lori McBroom

June Volunteer of the Month: Lori McBroom!!
My name is Lori and I was born in Hahn Germany on an American base and dad was in the air force as a special agent and I know a little German as well and I got to see the Berlin Wall fall down as well. I have 1 blood brother and 4 half brothers and 1 half sister and 3 step-brothers.

A message from the RRSMS Team:
Kate: We've been friends for a very long time. It has been such a priveledge to get to work with you. You are a team player and do a great job. Thank you for everything that you do for RRSMS! 
Sid: Thank you for all your hard work. it's a joy to work with you.
Andrea: do a phenomenal job! We greatly appreciate all your hard work and dedication to RRSMS. You're amazing. Keep it up!
Renee: Thank you for sharing your time and being a member of the RRSMS family!
Radeyah: Thanks for all you do for RRSMS Lori!
Aisling: Thank you for all your help Lori! Keep up the great work!
Twinkle: Great Job Lori! Thanks for everything yo…

The Sounds of Advice #45: Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying: the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Today, the focus of the column will be to talk about coping mechanisms and what to do if you're being cyberbullied. 

Aisling: If you or someone you know is being cyber bullied make sure you talk to someone you trust about it. 

Block the person, or people, doing the cyber bullying. It is better not to respond to the bullying online. Sometimes that's what the bully wants is for you to feed into it because they want a reaction.

Honestly save what they say to you and talk to an adult about it or someone you trust. Then you should block anyone who cyber bullies you. Bully look for you to react to things. If you don't react they grow bored and move on to someone else. It's better to walk away from things then to show them it bugs you.

If you're being cyberbullied, here are some steps you can take. 

1. Don’t respond to and d…

LinkedIn Spotlight with Melissa Lorraine

Meet Melissa Lorraine, the face behind the RRSMS LinkedIn!

Mj Rain (Melissa Lorraine) is a writer, poet, and Activist.

In the Summer of 2005, she and her family moved from Long Island to Central Iowa. She currently resides there with her mom, husband, daughter, and their Lilac Siamese cat named Lucky.

Mj is very proud of the work she does running the RRSMS LinkedIn account and the opportunity she has to be a philanthropist, as a contributing writer and a member of the advert team. She is very proud of all that she and her teammates have accomplished in their mission to cause positive change in the world. 

She is also the Co-Founder of Maidenstone Press and has been published by RRSMS, I'm With Geek, The Cat's Meow for Writers and Readers Magazine. 

Mj was also a winner of NaNoWriMo 2014.

She is currently working on a letter to her daughter about how much of a miracle her life truly is and all of the obstacles that had to be overcome in order to bring her into the world. She hopes on…

The Real Love Campaign: Let's Talk About Gaslighting

Let's talk about Gaslighting.

You may or may not have heard this term before, so let's start by talking about its origins. The term ‘gaslighting’ gets its name from the 1938 play Gaslight. (It also gained a more well known film adaption in 1944).

The premise of the play involves a young woman named Bella in 1880 whose husband attempts convince her that she is losing her mind in order to hide his crimes. 

So, what exactly is gaslighting? 

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which a person manipulates another into thinking that they are losing their mind, or simply manipulating them into believing lies to the point that they question their own thoughts and how they perceive the world around them.  

An example of attempted gaslighting in media would be in the Harry Potter series when Dolores Umbridge attempts to convince Harry that Voldemort has not returned, despite Harry knowing that he saw him with his own eyes. 

There was also a case in the first Twilight book where Edw…

The Sounds of Advice #44: When Teachers Don't Take Bullying Seriously

Bullying: what to do if teachers aren't taking it seriously:
Aisling: If the teacher(s) won't listen go to someone in a position above them. Also, it will help to talk to your parents or another family member that can help. Bullying is unacceptable & shouldn't happen to anyone.
Sandy: If the teachers won't, do anything go up higher than them. Principal or school counselor. If that doesn't work, tell your parents. I know that I have talked to my son's school before because it didn't seem like the teachers were doing anything. No one deserves to be bullied and it should always be handled no matter how you have to get it taken care of.
Kate: I wholeheartedly agree with what both Sandy and Aisling have said. If your teachers aren't taking it seriously, go to a counselor or the principal. Tell your parents. They can help and even set up a meeting with your principal or teacher to make sure that the situation is dealt with. You are not alone. 

Michaelle: My a…