From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope

I started blogging about my journey in writing, editing, polishing and publishing my book, From Tears to Triumph. Now that the book is published, I will blog about aspects of the book: finding hope, making sound life choices, The Children of God, Costa Rica, sex-trade, redemption.

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       So, here’s where we stand. From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope is in the INTERIOR DESIGN stage.

“What’s that,” You ask?

       That is where an interior book designer takes the fully edited manuscript and makes it look pretty! He/she formats the pages, justifies the text right and left, adds page numbers, chooses a font style and font size, adds page numbers (upper right hand corner of page? Middle bottom of page) and headers…while making sure there are no “widows or orphans.”

“Widows or orphans???”  

It’s a tedious process. Who knew?

       Not me. I’m still not sure what widows and orphans are!

      I’ve been blessed that Ted Witt, President of the Northern California Authors and Publishers Association (NCPA) and owner of Pretty Road Press offered to do the interior design work at no charge!

       Wow! Kudos and hugs for Ted!  Some designers charge from $3.00 to $5.50 PER PAGE!!!

       So, I’m patiently awaiting Ted’s completion of the design…

Okay, that’s not true.

       I’m “impatiently” waiting for Ted to be done, yet knowing you shouldn’t rush perfection.

       The printing company is waiting for the interior design to PRINT the book. The presses are on and ready.

       BookNook.Biz is waiting the interior design to then reformat the text for the “e-book” so you can download From Tears to Triumph onto your Kindle or Nook or I-Pad, et al.

       In the meantime, I’ve been working with Superior Website Services on the completion of my website.

On the website you’ll find:

  • Pictures
  • Newspaper Articles
  • The book’s introduction
  • Deleted scenes

       You’re now able to PRE-ORDER autographed copies right on the website, using paypal, at a special discount!

Check it out! www.lindabelloruiz.com

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Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz, was born and raised in Redwood Valley, a small grape growing community in Northern California. Linda co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae.


After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Bello-Ruiz worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for twenty-six-years, and as a vocational forensic expert on disability for five of those years.


Linda is president of The Authors Resource Group and Faith Writers of SCLH, a member of Inspire Christian Writers and Destiny Church, and is an active member of the Northern California Publishers and Authors group and the United for Barra Association in Mexico, and an Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.


Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope—advocating for groups whose mission is to combat sex trafficking and provide a safe haven for girls rescued from the sex trade.


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