I Need More Veteran Friends

Thanks to all of you who have been joining us here. The response has been wonderful.  We just past 3,630 new subscribers. That is a huge increase in 2016. We only had 1,000 a year ago. Help us to make it to 4,000.  Could you be the one that puts us over the top? Just need 370 by the end of December.Help us continue to grow by subscribing today if you haven’t already. Just click on the icon right after the title of this post to do that.


Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics.  


If you follow Twitter, join me by following @heavenencounter. Many veterans are starting to follow and we hope to have many more to share thoughts and ideas with. You can also connect with me on Facebook by putting my name in the search area. A third place to connect is: 



It is a new social network just for veterans. 


I have been away for a little while due to some ailments. I am back and should be posting regularly again.

I have grown a ton of new military followers on Twitter and a new social network I joined a year ago called RallyPoint. It is a rare social networking that it is only military people that join it. If you want to join just us my link to check it out.




It has men and women from all branches of the military, all MOS, all ranks, and all ages.

I have connected with 2,400 veterans in a very short time, and have become close friends with many of them. If you are a veteran, I highly recommend this new social network just for veterans.

If you are feeling forgotten, and alone, as a veteran, please stay strong. I am here to support you. Please make a comment at the end of this post, so I can share thoughts with you. You are a valuable person of self worth. Don’t let the dark side sway you into thinking you are useless.

Always Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

Social Networking Can Change Your Future in Writing

Facebook is an Outstanding way for Authors to get Known.

Social networking wasn’t very will known as few as five years ago, as far as authors using it to promote their books.

Now there are thousands of authors using this approach to reaching out to readers.

My Space, Twitter, You Tube, Friendster, Linkedin, etc, have become an important part of an author’s publicity kit.

On Facebook you can show videos, pictures, images, audio, and media, that will give the “friends,” plenty of information  on the author’s book.

On Twitter, you reach millions of people with one push of a key.  You can also promote your book there, but many use it more for social contact, and then “lure,” the contacts into their websites, or onto Facebook.

If you can build each of your Facebook, Twitter, Blog subscribers, My Space lists to over 2,000, you will do very well when your book finally comes out.

Having these many “followers” on each of these avenues, will also impress agents and publishers.

If you haven’t started working with these promotional techniques, I strongly suggest you look into each of these channels and see if they are for you.


There are six more days left on the latest book give away, of the book, Moments This Good: The Softer Side of Alzheimer’s, Written by Bonnie Nester. Bonnie wrote about her mother Ruth.

Here is a review about the book:

“Nester offers the reader a path to gentle acceptance, and even moments of playfulness and joy-and always, always models profound love and respect for her mother.”

                                                                                                        Ellen Waterson

                                                                                           Author of the award-winning memoir, Then There was No Mountain and I am Madagascar.

Bonnie has many examples for caregivers on how to be loving, and understanding at the same time.

I know the need for that as I have a 92 year old mother that battles dementia.

I highly recommend her book, and Bonnie has autographed it along with a personal note to the reader.


To have a chance to win this book, go to the right side bar and click on the icon that talks about subscribing to my free newsletter, Signs of Hope Press. Notice that it also says that you will be able to download a free eBook I have written called, The Top 25 Ways to Survive in a Troubled World. You can down load it when you receive the first newsletter.

So you get a free newsletter with several pages of good information. A free eBook with ways to cope, and chances to win free top selling books with many them having the author’s autograph, and personal note in them.

Go ahead and try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.


We Have Winner for the “What’s so Great About Christianity Book!”

The time has past for our second giveaway! A winner has been selected, and they will be notified.


Now I have another free book to give away! The book is called, How to Win Over Worry. It is written by John Edmund Haggai. He is the founder of Haggai Institute for Advanced leadership Training. He has written eleven other books. This particular book is very timely, because of the situations you and I have to go through because of the economy. It is very easy to fall into self doubt, anxiety, low self esteem, fear, depression, etc.

How to Win Over Worry, Has over 2 million copies in print. This shows us many people are getting it to help them cope in their lives.

You can have it free! Just sign up for my free newsletter by going over to the right sidebar, and click on “Sign up of my free newsletter,” and your name will be put in a drawing for the book. For every new person you get to sign up, you have another chance in the drawing. So if you get ten people to sign-up you will have eleven chances.

If for some reason you do not like the newsletter when it starts coming to you, there is an opt out spot at the bottom of the newsletter. You have nothing to lose and you can have this timely book for yourself.


I have some exciting news about my book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life beyond Bumper Stickers. People are starting to endorse the book. That is why I just added the endorsement tab at the top of this site for you to check them out as they come in.

I have eight people reading the manuscript, and I am hoping they all like the book. I can’t tell you the names of the people who are considering endorsing the book because that would be wrong. They wouldn’t want me to falsely claim they endorsed the book.

You can read excerpts from the book when you sign-up for my free newsletter. I will have a chapter in each newsletter.

I have also signed up for Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Friendster, and My Space.

I am up and running on Facebook, so if you want to be my friend and follow what is happening each day with the book, invite me to join you. I am doing many reports on Twitter lately. If you want to follow me there sign-up now!

I will soon have some free eBooks for those new people that subscribe. All you will have to do to get the free eBook, is to sign-up for my free newsletter on the right side bar. You will then be able to download the eBooks for free.

I am loving this!! I haven’t had so much fun since I first realized I could walk as a little child. A whole new world happened to me back then, and a whole new world has opened up for me now. I hope you will join me on this adventure. Give me feedback when you start receiving excerpts from the book in the newsletter. My email address is at the bottom of the newsletter.

You can email me right now at: doug@dougbolton.com and let me know how you like this site, and ask me any questions you may have. I will read evey email, and try to answer them all.