Cover Reveal: The Lynching Calendar by Jessica Starks

Friday, January 18, 2019

Today I find myself looking back to 2013, my senior year of high school...

I'm sitting in my Statistics class, waiting for everyone else to finish their work. In an effort to cure my boredom, I decide to do something I love: write. I'm not sure what it is about my Statistics class, but I wind up writing to my heart's content, and as soon as I leave my class, my inspiration is gone until the next morning.

It is in this class, during my senior year, that leads me to this very moment. 

It was in this class that I wrote the book that will officially make me an author.

After much procrastination and then prayer, I am here. Five years later, I am finally brave enough to step out and share my art with the world.

I am thrilled to finally reveal the cover of my first book, The Lynching Calendar, which will be released October 18th, 2019!

Click here to sign up for my email list to keep up with me and to be the first to preorder!




About the Book

The Lynching Calendar gives readers a sneak peek into one of America's darkest times. History tends to tell the story from one perspective, but what if we had the chance to hear the story from those involved? The Lynching Calendar allows us a chance to hear the full story and show that, no matter what the circumstance may be, there is more than one side to every story. 

Being that this was my first book and it was such a HEAVY topic, I knew the design of the cover was important. I wanted the book to hit you as soon as you see it and immediately draw you in. I wanted the cover to be something that would cause conversation, even before the pages were opened. 

I'm so thankful to VC Book Cover Design for bringing my vision to life! Vikki was so easy to work with and prompt - highly recommend!




If you notice, there are small names etched into the tree on the cover of The Lynching Calendar. The names are the names of the main characters in each story of the collections and the dates are that of when they were born and when they passed. I feel so connected to each character and I wanted to honor them and bring the message of the entire book together by making their names visible.

I really hope you love the cover of The Lynching Calendar and I hope you will love the stories, and the messages inside! The book, both print and ebook, will be available for pre-order soon! Click here to sign up for my email list to keep up with me and to be the first to preorder!

Thank you SO MUCH for all your support of my first book! See you in October!

Bible Study: The Book of Micah

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Happy 2019!!

I'm so excited to be back with you guys this year, and what better way to start out the new year than with some Bible study! This month, you and I will be reading through the book of Micah!

Micah is a book that I've found myself overlooking for a long time, and I'm honestly never really remember any pastors or anyone really going through Micah much. So this is going to be exciting!

Before we start digging in, I wanted to take a moment to give you guys a brief rundown on Micah and what you can expect from our study these next few weeks!

The Intro

The book of Micah was written in Palestine around 772-722 B.C. by the prophet Micah(source: Dake Bible).

During the time that the book of Micah was written, Judah and Israel were going through a lot. A good king would come into power, followed by a good king, then another good one, and so on and so forth. 
Israel and Judah were also becoming worse, morally, and rejecting God. The book covers God's plans for judgment and restoration, as well as other prophesies from Micah. 
Mind you, I'm preparing and reading along with you guys. To me, it almost sounds like another book of Jonah. Jonah was an excellent study, so I can't wait to get into this one!
The Plan
We will read one chapter per week. So this week, read chapter 1 of Micah with me! On Sunday, I will post my commentary for the first chapter and we can have a discussion in the comments below or on Facebook! 
I'm excited to start reading and I can't wait to see what we can all learn from the book of Micah together!
See you soon!
Chapter 1
The first few verses really did take me back to Jonah. Israel had fallen ALL THE WAY off, especially Samaria and Jerusalem. All kinds of terrible things are going on, and Micah was instructed to let the citizens know that God had had ENOUGH!

When Micah said, "The Lord is making accusations against you(verse 2)," and "The Lord is coming(verse 3)." That was scary! But, if we stop and think about it, is that not what's happening in our world right now, in a way? It's like when you and your siblings are being too loud in your room and your dad warns you to chill out, but you keep getting loud anyway....then you hear his footsteps coming towards the room....all games are over! God was finished playing with these folks!

And how he called the cities out by name? Poor Moreshethgath had no chance to be saved (verse 14)! How scary is that? When God calls you out by name, you KNOW it's a problem!
There wasn't much else happening in chapter 1 of Micah, but it definitely set the stage for how the rest of the book will be. 
What were your thoughts on chapter 1? What did you get from it? Let's discuss in the comments!




Product Review: Tikoro Foot Pads

Thursday, January 3, 2019


*I received this product in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


In 2019, one of my big goals is to find new and different ways to take care of my body and cleanse myself of all the bad stuff that may be blocking all the good stuff!

I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the Tikoro Foot Pads!

I've heard a lot about foot pads in the past and how they're supposed to be helpful, but I have also heard many stories about foot pads not really being as helpful as they're portrayed to be, so I was interested to see what Tikoro had to offer!

Tikoro touts a few things about their foot pads:

  • "­čî┐PRODUCED WITH ALL NATURAL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: We ensure that each foot pad is curated with 100% natural and premium ingredients to aid a naturally healthy lifestyle. We've upgraded our formula to give you the best results and to ensure the comfort and health of our families
  • ­čĺÄIMPROVED & PREMIUM QUALITY: Our aromatherapy foot patches have FDA and CE certification quality, they are infused in natural essential oils and each foot pad contains pure bamboo vinegar extract, Dextrin, and Tourmaline. All natural ingredients that improve both circulation and cognitive relaxation. Boost vitality metabolism and replenish your energy levels. Support a healthy immune system
  • ️EXPERIENCE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TIKORO FOOT PADS: will aid in the feeling of Improved quality of sleep, stress relief, soothing aches and pains, increased energy, foot pain relief, enhanced mental function, and a boosted immune system"

All that sounds amazing, but how do they REALLY work? 

The packaging was really nice and came with a nice thank you card, as well as a mini ebook with healthy recipes!

The foot pads were a bit bigger than I expected them to be, but it's not a big deal. They smelled pretty good and came in four different scents: lavender, green tea, rose, and ginger.

The Tikoro foot pads were easy to put on and they stuck well. I put them on in the living room, and it felt kind of funny walking to my bedroom with these pads on, but it was all good!

My mom and I both tried these foot pads the same night. Her pads stayed on her feet all night, but for some reason, I woke up and couldn't find either one of mine! Lol. Guess I sleep too rough. 

The next morning, the pads were completely black, and the bottom of her foot was sticky from the pad adhesive.

Kind of gross, right?

Again, my pads didn't stay on, so I have no report to give, lol. But I will be trying again! The box contained 16 pads so I have a few times to test this thing out.

I will keep you updated on how the pads look as the days go on!


Swag IQ Referral Promotion

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Have you played SwagIQ? It’s a live trivia game show where you test your knowledge to win cash prizes. It’s free to play, just download the app to get started. To earn money, you must be a member of SwagBucks. It’s also free to sign up, and there are plenty of ways to get free gifts cards by using the site! Just click on my referral link to get started!

Here’s a little more about Swag IQ:

Monday through Thursday they broadcast a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one.

Get it right; you get SB (points you can use to get gift cards) and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.

Get it wrong; still, play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.

Have fun!

Earn BIG with Coupons!

Saturday, December 8, 2018


We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢!

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use.
That's it!

But, that's not all... Today through Monday, December 12th, you can earn 2 points (2¢) for every coupon you print, up to 50 prints per day. That's an extra dollar every day just for printing coupons that will save you a ton on your next grocery store haul!

Earn Big Cash Back this week leading up to Black Friday

Monday, November 19, 2018


As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Earn BIG At The Register

Friday, November 9, 2018


We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢!

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com and use my special code SBCouponer to earn an extra 50 points, that's 50¢ just for signing up!
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use.
That's it!

But, that's not all... This month you can earn 1 point (1¢) for every coupon you print, up to 25 prints per day. That's an extra 25¢ every single day!
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