My First Book Has Been Published! Thanks Active Rain!

My First Book Has Been Published! Thanks Active Rain!

New Book

After months of working diligently to publish my first book, it has finally happened! I want to say a big "THANK YOU" to my friends here on Active Rain! Because of my blogging here, I had the courage to finally write my book and to put it out there. You all have encouraged me, been there alongside me and have cheered me on.

 

I had a dream to publish a book for some time. Blogging and interacting with fellow bloggers helped me to step out in faith to fulfill a dream. Seeing the book live on Amazon tonight almost has me in tears.

 

And just like blogging, we put ourselves out there each time we post. Your heart and soul are shared with those who read our words. What we say here in the Rain is important.

 

I would be honored for you to take a look at my author page and take a peek at the book. Super excited! Extremely nervous! Riding on a cloud!

 

Hugs to you all!

 

Click here for the link to the book!

 

Click here for my Author's page!

Beam & Branch Realty       

"Have you fully lived today?"

   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

        Granbury, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling Hood County and surrounding areas!

PaulaMac59@gmail.com 

      CNE

Houzz      

 John Maxwell

Farm & Ranch

 


          ABR                 Institute for Luxury Marketing                Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

 

 

Copyright 2019 Paula McDonald

Comment balloon 97 commentsPaula McDonald • July 08 2016 08:38PM

Comments

Congrats Paula McDonald; you are an inspiration to us all! Well done!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 3 years ago

Thank you Paul.  You all have been excellent cheerleaders. 

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Paula - Congrats on your book. I hope it is a big success.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 3 years ago

Good morning Paula.  Well I see it finally happened.  Congrats on the release, may it be a success.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 3 years ago

That is awesome, Paula.  Wow, what an accomplishment.  You are a true author.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

How exciting! I wish you the best with your published book!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Congratulations, Paula!  It sounds like a wonderful book.  I hope it becomes a bestseller.  

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 3 years ago

Paula,  Would this book be a good Bible study for a group of older ladies.  I belong to the sweetest Small Group of older ladies.  They are Bible study ninjas! This seems like a great way to get to know the women of the Bible.  

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 3 years ago

Very impressed. I would love to do this, but have never sat down long enough to start.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on the accomplishment. Good luck in achieving all your goals.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on the book - best wishes and continued success

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Congratlations Paula. You made a dream come true and that is wonderful.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Kudos and Congrats Paula McDonald!  May your book get into the right hands to impact many lives and help lift them up from whatever they are facing.  Thank you for sharing~

Posted by Gena Bolton, Sandestin, Destin and South Walton 30A Real Estate (The Premier Property Group | GRI, CLHMS | SoWal 30A Your Beach Awaits | ) over 3 years ago

Congrats on writing a book. That is on my bucket list.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 3 years ago

Congratulations! You've joined the ranks of Mimi Foster and humbly myself in being a published author! I'm working on my second book now, as my first was a collaboration with many authors, I do not yet know the thrill of having my name solely on a book as you have accomplished, so thank you for the inspiration! I'm sure there are many other in The Rain. I'll check out your links!

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) over 3 years ago

This is wonderful Paula, you are a true inspiration.

Best of luck in all your endeavors! 

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

Congrats Paula on your dream goal.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on the book Paula and the best of luck to you on everything you do !

Posted by Eva Erdmann, interior decorator (Lion International Inc.) over 3 years ago

How come you omit that you were a cheerleader in your book bio?

Congrats. May be another book forthcoming on dealing with real estate clients?

 

McDonald is an avid blog writer, has developed Bible studies, and authored curriculum for years. A love of journaling was born at an early age. Writing has continued to provide her with a wonderful, creative outlet.

A proud grandmother, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, McDonald values each of these beautiful roles. She learned to keep smiling no matter what during her days as a collegiate cheerleader—a life view that helped her survive two life-threatening tumors.

McDonald prays the messages of Beloved Not Broken will encourage you, no matter what your situation.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

Absolutely OUTSTANDING Paula Paula McDonald . Congratulations on another major life accomplishment but also on putting out some good in this crazy world. You are a superb person. Please keep us updated on its progress.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (West USA Realty) over 3 years ago

Paula, Congratulations, I have had the same dream and Activerain has been a big part of kicking that dream into motion, it is amazing how many other successful Activerain members have taken the same step due to the confidence that AR builds in us to write.

Very excited for you.

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (LoKation Real Estate) over 3 years ago

What an awesome achievement Paula... congratulations!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Congrtulations!!! That's an awesome accomplishment!!! Hope you get to sell lots of them!!!

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on your book and much success to you.  

Posted by Teri Pacitto, Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty (Compass) over 3 years ago

Paula- So very happy for you and proud of the achievements of a fellow Houstonian!!!!!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Awesome, Paula McDonald!  Congratulations to you on this remarkable achievement ... hope your next announcement is that you have a "Best Seller"!

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 3 years ago

Congratulations. Best wishes for great success with your book.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Congratulations! That is a lot of hard work. I've done a few books on amazon each time gets easier! Are you going to do a kindle edition?

Posted by John Manuwal, Kalispell Montana Agent and Photographer (Keller Williams Northwest Montana) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Paula McDonald -I have tears of joy running down my face. I am happy for you ... following and living your dream despite the many challenges and adversity along the way.  You are a true inspiration.  Thank you for never giving up ... for believing and having faith to carry on. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Good for you! That is quite an accomplishment to write a book.

Posted by April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers) over 3 years ago

Paula,

Congratulations and much success with your new book!  

Posted by Dinah Stallworth-Lewis, NATCHITOCHES, LA HOMES FOR SALE (Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847) over 3 years ago

Good afternoon Paula McDonald ,

Congratulations on your awesome achievment! What an inspiration you are!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 3 years ago

Paula McDonald I am so proud and excited for you!  Woo Hoo you made your dream happen!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Paula and what an inspiration you are to many of us who want to write and publish a book! Way to go!!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (HomeSmart Professionals) over 3 years ago

Wonderful News! Congratulations! Looks like a very positive uplifting book to encourage others to make it through whatever challenges they face. 

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 3 years ago

Troy Erickson I so appreciate your kind words. The support from AR is overwhelming.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

James Dray I have missed you too. I was up in Hot Springs Village last weekend visiting my sister and thought of you.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Debbie Gartner thank you so much. It really feels unreal at the moment!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Kat Palmiotti thank you for your support. This has been an exciting journey.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Carol Williams hey there. Thank you for the support and YES, this is a perfect study for a small group. I have already been leading women's retreats on this topic too and I travel!  :)

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Gita Bantwal so appreciate your kind words. It has been a long process for sure.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Jennifer Mackay super sweet of you to drop by with these sweet words. Thank you.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Sheila Anderson thank you so much. And yes, a dream a long time coming.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Gena Bolton I too hope this book finds just the people who need it most.  Thank you.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Harry F. D'Elia make it happen. If I can do it, so can you. I am available if you need any help along the way.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor that is great that you too have taken the plunge. It is exciting.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366 you inspire me as well. Have enjoyed following you all of these years here in the Rain.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Lyn Sims appreciate your encouraging words. I still can't believe it finally happened.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Eva Erdmann thank you. I am super excited about this finally happening.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Sam Shueh you miss nothing! Ah, my college cheerleading days are way over! Hung up those pom poms years ago.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Richard Bazinet /MBA Wow, thank you for your super, sweet words. It is folks like you who help me along.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

John Marshall - FORE! Then you need to GO for it. If you are dreaming of it, you should do it. I am here to help if you need it.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Fred Hernden thank you friend. All of you here are so encouraging.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Sham Reddy thank you. I hope to sell some too! I am really hoping it leads to some leading of retreats.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Teri Pacitto I so appreciate your kind words. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Kathy Streib thanks so much! Hey, I have an idea....why don't I come to you and have a book signing or lead a women's retreat??? I would love to come to your part of the world.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi thank you so much! Not sure about a best seller but will be happy with anything that happens with it.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Roy Kelley you are super sweet. When are you going to publish a book on your beautiful photographs?

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

John Manuwal that is great. I too am already working on several new projects and hope it does get easier.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Kathleen Daniels YOU my friend are my inspiration. Thank you for all of your encouragement over the years. You too are a survivor!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

April Swenson thank you so much. I finally put my head down and got it done.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Dinah Stallworth thanks so much for stopping by with your kind words. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Dorie Dillard thank you sweet friend. I am beyond excited.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Anna Banana Kruchten thank you for years of encouragement here in the Rain.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Susan Laxson thank you so much. If you want to get a book done, YOU can do it too!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Debra Leisek thank you very much. Life is an interesting road isn't it?

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Kenneth J. Jones thank you. After much research, I went with Create Space. They were excellent to work with.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 3 years ago

Paula - congratulations! It's a huge achievement. I agree that AR is great for not only releasing the "writing juices", but also for getting past the fear of the published word. Very encouraging... you are not the only one with those ambitions...

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Congratulations!  Publishing is a huge endeavor and a major accomplishment (I have quite a few writer friends).  I wish you all the best with this book and I hope to see it on the top of the New York Times Bestseller list soon!

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties (https://HugginsHomes.com) over 3 years ago

Many congratulations, Paula. You must be beyond thrilled!! Hope it sells like crazy.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

Paula McDonald  Congratulation on your first published book. Wishing you all success.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on all of your successes!  Having the guts and determination to put pen to paper isn't easy, much less given all that you've been through.  Best of luck in garnering many readers! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 3 years ago

Paula, what a great accomplishment. Congratulations to you on your first book. Wishing you all the best!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 3 years ago

I'm so stinkin' proud of your courage.  How would one go about getting a signed copy?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

Congratulations. That is just wonderful. I'm always thrilled and proud to see just how many published authors received their start on ActiveRain.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on the publication of your book. What a wonderful success for you

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 3 years ago

This is awesome Paula!  Self-love, is that your theme?  My journey has been far from smooth.  Lack of self-worth after a traumatizing event can hurt almost anyone.   " live life convinced they will never be loved again." 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 3 years ago

A huge congratulations to you! I applaud your courage and your willingness to put yourself on the line to help others.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Paula McDonald  Congratulation on your first published book.   This is so exciting and I wish you much success!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

Giant smile as I realize you've made a huge accomplishment.  Surely not easy, but that definitely makes it's attainment even sweeter.

Very nice Paula.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 3 years ago

It looks fabulous Paula McDonald !!  I was at lunch today with a neighbor suffering from those same issues.  I'm sending her the Amazon link right now!   It will be fun to hear about your sales!  Good Job!  We all admire you!

Posted by Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616, Top .0033% of 40,000+ Realtors in our MLS (Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT)) over 3 years ago

Wonderful!  Good for you for making your dreams come true!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

Paula McDonald - Congratulations on becoming an author.  I see that you are already making sales just two days after publication.

You should seriously consider selling your book in several ebook formats as well as many people prefer ebook format over paperback.

Posted by FN LN over 3 years ago

What a high and thrill it most be to conquer and rise like a Phoenix!

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 3 years ago

Congratulations, I hope it continues to be a great success and brings you much joy. 

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, Let me help you find your path to the beach. (PrimeSouth Properties) over 3 years ago

Paula, I love to see success within the activerain family here.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 3 years ago

Paula McDonald - congratulations! What you believe in is what you can achieve!

It's so kind of you to Thank AR members - however,  the credit should go to your creativity.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Congrats! Wishing you great success!

Posted by Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem, Residential Real Estate Broker Associate (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) over 3 years ago

Congratulations! That is awesome, and I can't wait to check it out.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Well Done Paula McDonald You are living your Dream.

May your book be a huge success and the start of many more.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Paula! You took the big step out of your comfort zone to share what you have been through so others can learn. Lots of success to you!

Posted by Janice Zaltman, South Florida Residential Real Estate (United Realty Group) over 3 years ago

Awesome! Congratulations, Paula and best wishes on every success!

Posted by Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties) over 3 years ago

Congrats Paula! 

Posted by Paula McDaniel, Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years (The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Paula McDonald Hope you hit the top of the charts with your new book.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Congratulations, you must be so excited!!! It's a great accomplishment..I had my first book published last year. www.feelathomebook.com Enjoy this exciting time in your life!

Posted by Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR (Tori Toth, International) over 3 years ago

Congrats! I can't wait to check it out! My fave color teal/aqua shades in your cover. Well done.

Again, can't wait to read. Much success to follow for your book.

Love the rainers for giving you that help and motivation. Nothing so amazing like this crowd of rainers.

Lauren Selinsky

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) over 3 years ago

I am so proud and excited for you Paula!  We need a meet up!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 3 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments