Thursday, April 24, 2014

ONE CHOICE - Ginger Solomon - One Free PDF Copy of the Book

Welcome, Ginger. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
They always tell writers to write what they know, so I do. I know me. A lot of me is sprinkled into my characters, especially my love of flowers, roses in particular. I also include a lot of my family’s characteristics. There are nine of us, so I have a lot to work with.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Wow… this took a great deal of thought. I’m not a particularly quirky person.

When I was a teenager, I took a temporary job as the body inside a full-sized animal costume. We went to a local fair. I think it was in September. I remember it was super-hot inside the costume. We were only allowed to stay in them for thirty minutes at a time. See, told you. I’m not a quirky person.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’ve liked to write since I was a child. Sappy, awful poetry was my choice back then. I started writing novel-length fiction about five years ago. I discovered I was a writer when I requested a friend read one of my manuscripts, and she actually liked it.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I really like reading romance of all kinds—Amish, fantasy, historical, contemporary, etc. I also enjoy supernatural fiction, and some sci-fi. These last two have to have a really compelling story line for me to finish them.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sanity? What’s sanity? I lost that many moons ago. No, really, I did. I think it was along about the time my fourth or fifth child was born. LOL

In reality, I’m not much of a runner. I’m a home-body. If I have to go out, I try to shove as many errands as possible into the one outing, and I make sure it’s a day I can remain patient.

In recent years, since my children don’t need my undivided attention, I make sure I treat myself to a day alone, usually spent writing, at least once a month. I recharge in private.

My children are grown and married, and I have grandchildren and great grandchildren, but I have all the privacy I need when I’m writing. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes the characters tell me their names, but just as often I have to do a search on the internet. I usually start with names that have a certain meaning and go from there.

My current heroine’s name is made up. Her father was of Scotch/Irish descent, so I started with Gaelic names. The name Cari means love. Her mother was of Turkish descent, and they live in the area around the middle-east, so I wanted the name to reflect that culture a little. I didn’t want Cari to be pronounced with an /a/ sound, so I added the “h” to make it more of the /ah/ sound. Thus the name Cahri was born. Josiah named himself.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’ve homeschooled my children since the beginning of their schooling career. Sometimes I wondered if I was doing all that I could to prepare them for the future. A few years ago, my second son graduated from high school and was offered a full scholarship to a local university. I was proud of my son, and proud that I had indeed done a good job.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse. I have always loved horses. They are such majestic, athletic animals. I could sit and watch a well-trained horse for hours—or even a wild one. They look so happy as they run with their tails extended and their manes flowing behind them.

What is your favorite food?
I’m not sure I have a favorite food. There are so many that I enjoy. I guess if I have to choose I’d say New England Clam Chowder. It’s my go to comfort food—warm and creamy goodness.

My husband loves New England Clam Chowder. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock is putting myself out there for rejection. I’m not sure I’ve overcome it fully, yet, but it’s getting a little easier. I just have to remember that what I write is not who I am, and the rejection is not aimed at me but at the words on the page.

Tell us about the featured book.
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.

Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?

When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?”
Kral Sarayi, The King’s Palace
South Belikara
March 2011

“Father, must I do this?” Josiah Vallis stood rigid, feet spread in a soldier’s stance, in front of his father’s large, antique oak desk. His hands fisted behind his back as his mind reeled with the humiliation of having to find a wife in this manner.
He had tried, but every woman he'd met, both on his own and those his father had arranged, were money-hungry, power-hungry, unattractive, or all three. The one woman he thought perfect for him had betrayed him. She’d had him fooled, and now he doubted his own judgment when it came to the fairer sex.

He didn't want a wife just to produce heirs and to hang on his arm like a showpiece. His ideal mate would be much like his mother—a woman who could love him for who God intended him to be, not for his family name and position. His desired wife would be kind and considerate, would care for others more than herself, would be giving, loving, and attractive. Most important to him, and even harder to find, was for his wife to have a personal relationship with God.

He gazed around his father’s immense office. All the furnishings, made of quality materials, were fit for a king. One day it would be his, though he’d never wanted it. As the remaining male heir, he had no choice. He peered back at the man behind the desk.

His father's eyes, a shade lighter than his own dark brown, moved away from the computer screen with a spark of irritation. He leaned back in the chair. “Yes, Josiah.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Ginger, for visiting with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
One Choice - Kindle

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

VOW UNBROKEN - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book

My review: Caryl McAdoo is a new voice in historical Christian fiction. This book is her debut novel. I was eager to read it, so it went right to the top of my to-be-read pile when it arrived. Of course, I love reading books set in historical Texas. Her voice is unique, and I fell in love with the characters from the very first page. They pulled me into their lives and kept me there through the whole interesting storyline. I found the setting authentic, and Caryl kept me turning pages. When I turned the last one, the characters stayed with me for awhile. I know you’ll love this book as well as I did.

Welcome, Caryl.
Hello, Lena, Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog! I’m honored to be here!

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I find a lot of myself in most every female character I write, but it’s as though different parts of myself in different characters. I know one of the kudos I get is how different and well-developed my women are. I believe we all are so multi-faceted. Now my heroes are all a lot like my husband, and my characters’ girlfriends are very similar to my own dear lady friends!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I went right ahead and just looked quirky up hoping it would give me some ideas, insight into myself. Basically we’re talking about a peculiar personality trait. Synonyms include
eccentric
idiosyncraticunconventionalunorthodoxunusualstrange,bizarrepeculiaroddout-landishzany. Yes, that helps. I think the quirkiest thing about me, and I’ve done it a lot, is to burst out singing a song in just about any setting. Sometimes something someone said triggers it, but anyone around me is liable to be serenaded!

And ONE thing I did was when I was a teen and at the grocery store with my mother. She was shopping in the produce department at our local Safeway. Back then they had li’l squirt hoses to keep the veggies moist and fresh. I picked one up and squirted her GOOD! J

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
As a little girl I loved books, and English was my favorite subject. In 1962, at Letot Elementary in Dallas, I was a 7th grader with an essay to write. “What will you be doing in the year 2000?” Well, I wrote of being an intergallactically famous author jetting from planet to planet signing autographs! Though space travel may not have met up to my imaginations, my first book did come out in the year 2000. How fun is that? So long ago, God gave me the desire to write, and then let me remember the homework assignment!

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Since I started writing, I do read less, but I pretty much still have a book with me everywhere I go. The older I’ve got and the closer to the Lord I’ve drawn, the more I hate reading novels with foul language because I can’t escape saying the words in my head. Ugh! So these days, that eliminates a LOT. For the last many years, I’ve only read authors I personally know for pleasure, and now that I’m in the Christian genre which thrills me so! I love historical and contemporary romances as well as Biblical fiction. I steer clear of horror and a lot of fantasy (when wizards and witches are characters). My favorite author I don’t know personally is Bodie Thoene. I devoured her Zion series!

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Yes, Miss Lena, and you don’t know the half of it! There’s only one answer to this question and that is : by the mercy and grace of God! In 2002, after one thrilling year of empty nesting with my high school sweetheart, the Lord saw fit to fill our nest right back up with four precious grandsons aged 6, 4, 3, and newborn straight home from the hospital. The oldest is a high school senior this year and will be off to college in the fall. When I read scripture that says He won’t put on us more than we can bear, sometimes I think He has way too high an opinion of this woman J But He is faithful to give me energy to go to one more parent/teacher conference and drive to one more season of baseball practices and games. How does anyone make it without God’s peace continually raining down on them?

That is so true. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Isn’t this one of the most fun parts of writing fiction? I love naming characters or goats or dogs and horses, even chickens J When I hear an interesting name, I try to make a mental note to remember that one. But actually choosing a name is quite random, I use what hits me or comes to me. I like to go and look up what it means after. In a WIP, THE BEDWARMER’S SON, the historical heroine’s name is Jasmine. She’s the bedwarmer. I went and looked up Jasmine to find it’s a flower that blooms in the night and its essential oils have a sedative quality. How awesome is that? I attribute such to Holy Spirit’s inspiration.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I had to think about this one for awhile. My immediate response would have been reeling in my handsome husband, but I can’t take credit for that because I know God created him in his mother’s womb to be my husband and me to be his wife, so I can’t very well be proud of that. Next I thought of being published by Simon and Schuster’s Howard Book division. I suppose that could be the answer since it is a personal accomplishment I never dreamed would come to pass, but without God introducing me to Mary Sue McAdoo Seymour and her suggesting that I write a historical Christian romance … I suppose in the end, as scripture says, ALL good things come from above, so the accomplishment I’m most proud of is accepting Him as my Lord and Savior. Everything else pales in comparison.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’ve always said I would want to be a bird if I wasn’t a human. I love being up high and looking down on creation. Living in trees appeals to me, flight seems absolutely thrilling, and knowing God’s eye was on me … AND, I could still sing and sing!

What is your favorite food?
Mexican. I could eat jalepenos, tortillas, and beans morning noon and night. I enjoy a steak and when we eat out at Clarksville’s excellent little Mexican restaurant Rio Verde, I usually order Steak Mexican. They chop the steak about the size of my little fingernail and grill it with same sized chopped tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and jalapeños. Yum, with pico and sour cream. Is your mouth watering yet? Add the rice and beans J

I love Mexican food, only with a touch of jalapeños. I like my Mexican food mild, but with just a little kick of spice. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Life proved to be the biggest problem in the beginning, rearing my family (four children and work). I first started writing again when the two big ones were married and the two little ones were older. I suppose getting started heated my passion to a slow burn that’s never quit again even when we got the four grandsons, although marketing sure took a hit as travel became practically impossible.

Tell us about the featured book.
VOW UNBROKEN, the story of a spunky and determined young widow hanging onto God for all she was worth, is an anointed novel. Nothing has been easy since leaving her father’s home in rebellion to marry a man he didn’t approve of, and she thinks all her trials are only what she deserves for disobeying God and going against His Word. She’s bound her ownself by her vow, and it looks as though she’ll never know love again, that she’s doomed to live a lonely life rearing her daughter and orphaned nephew.

She misses her neighbors’ wagon train taking their crops to market; there’s no one left to help her. When she realizes she has to take her cotton herself, well, her friend remembers Henry Buckmeyer, but he has an awful reputation for being a drunk and lay-about. The land her husband and her brother left the children is in jeapordy—the very existence of her little family.
But God has other plans and uses all the seemingly bad things to her good, just like He promises. It’s a story I pray will call readers to a self examination of their heart toward God and draw them closer to Him.

Please give us the first page of the book.
He took the pinch of cotton Sue offered and rubbed it between his short, pudgy fingers. “I’m truly sorry, Mis’ess Baylor. Two cents is all I can pay.”

She seethed, but forced at least a show of civility. “Mister Littlejohn.” She spoke in a stiff staccato. “A week ago. Before everyone left. You promised three-and-a-half to four cents a pound! You said depending on the quality. That is the main reason. The biggest reason. That I didn’t go with the others.”

The man smiled. “Oh, I might have said two-and-a-half or maybe even three, but things change. You know that.”

She couldn’t stand being talked down to, especially by such a lying loafer.

“I wish I could help you, but two cents it is. I mean, besides, anyone can see.” He held the sample up. “It’s shoddy lint.” He shook his head. “Pardon me for saying, Mis’ess Baylor, but a granger you are not.”

“Anyone can see its excellent quality, you mean.”

A bit of breeze, a very little bit, stirred the top layer of dust from the street; it cooled her skin, but her insides still steamed.

He stuck out his bottom lip. “I’d advise you to take my offer. I can pay half now, the rest when I return.”

Sue studied his face while a hundred calculations ran through her mind. He certainly didn’t look like the weasel he’d turned out to be. Her cotton was as good, if not better, than any of the loads that left last Thursday. She reached up and massaged her neck, then lifted her braid to let some air dry her sweat.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
AUTHOR’s Pages

VOW UNBROKEN’s Pages

I look forward to sending VOW UNBROKEN to your Blog reader who wins the contest and hope they’ll get in touch with me after they read it! Thanks again for having me! I really enjoyed the visit.

Thank you, Caryl, for spending this time with us. And I am eager to be with you on Friday and Saturday at the writing conference in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Readers, if any of you are interested in checking out the writing conference, here’s the link to it.
http://www.netwo.org/

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DOWN TO EARTH - Patricia Pacjac Carroll - One Free Book

Readers, I’m thrilled to have my very good friend, Patricia Pacjac Carroll, back on my blog. You will be, too. I just recently finished reading her book, Golden Dreams. I hope you didn’t miss getting a copy of it. If you did, check it out. A very good historical, western, wagon train story.

Welcome back, Patty. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
More stories. Right now, I’m working on a series of mail-order bride stories.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have the best husband. He takes care of me and works hard so that I can write.  My son is wonderful. My latest book, Bounty is dedicated to him. And I can’t leave out the snarky overgrown papillon, Jacs. We are a blessed and happy famiy.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?  
Yes, unfortunately I have less time to read. While it is hard to turn off the editor, I know how hard it is to write a good story. So, I am pulling for author as well as the characters.

What are you working on right now?
Caroline’s Love. She is the first of mail-order brides to get her man. Unfortunately for her, she discovers that two other women have the same sweet letters that she answered.

What outside interests do you have?
Writing takes up the bulk of my time and life. Of course there is Jesus – He is the author and finisher of my faith. Friends. I love to laugh with my friends and yes, eat lunch or dinner out.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I love the Old West. So far all my stories are set in the West.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I would have to Jesus. Can’t top an evening in the presence of the Lord.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Work only on one computer. When I started writing, I had a desktop, laptop and a mini PC. I spent the whole first month of writing the first book by trying to figure out which chapter one to use. I had oodles of them. Organizing files is still an ongoing battle. BUT at least they are all on my laptop.

That’s why I like using Dropbox. When I work on a chapter, whether on my desktop or laptop, Dropbox syncs the files on both machines—and saves a copy in the Cloud, so I never lose it. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Discipline and diligence. And I need His help for those are hard for me. To go and play seems to be a loud voice of distraction for me. 

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Learn the craft.
Write and write and write
Find trusted author friends to critique your work and help brainstorm.

Tell us about the featured book.
Down to Earth is my only Contemporary Romance right now. It’s about a young widow with two small children and a snippy mother-in-law. She needs a loan to save the family ranch and is about to meet with the banker, an old flame, when a skydiver falls into the tree outside her home and into her life. Jenna is faced with risking her heart. She’d loved her husband, but he died. The banker offers security. Clay offers her love. Down to Earth is a story about second chances, love, and faith.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
His eyes glared dusky blue. A shade reserved for an anger Jenna Lairdon had only seen a few times in their marriage. She shuffled backward across the cool slats of the wooden floor and wished a hole would open up and swallow her.

The past month, Sam had grown distant. The financial hole they had dug for themselves created a canyon between them. Why had she bought that outfit, the shoes for Amy, and the boots for Sammy? Hot accusations of guilt battered her mind. Once again, she had failed.

A quick glance at Sam’s face set off an awkward rhythm in her chest. Her palms grew clammy. She kept quiet, muffling the witty remarks that threatened to escape. Humor would not diffuse this argument.

The crunch of paper drew her focus to him. He held up a wad of crumpled charge slips in his calloused hand. “The credit’s gone. We’re gonna lose Arrowhead.”

His family’s ranch. That was all he cared about. She turned to explain and stopped. His voice, deep with rage, didn’t scare her. Sam wouldn’t hurt her. She knew that. But the fear that clouded his face terrified her.

Jenna lowered her head. “I … I’ll return them tomorrow. I’m sorry, I should have known better.”
She could take Sam angry but not beaten.

“It’s too late.” His words a mere whisper.

She slipped onto the bed, grabbed her grandmother’s quilt, and scrunched the soft layers in her fingers.

Heavy steps jarred her. Sam swiped the keys from the cluttered dresser. His wild grab knocked their wedding picture to the floor and shattered the glass. 

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-PacJac-Carroll/e/B008R9JCN2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Thank you so much, Patty, for sharing this new book with us. This is a good book to feature on Earth Day. 


Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Down to Earth - paperback
Down to Earth: Contemporary Christian Romance - Kindle

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT - Tracie Peterson - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Readers, I've loved reading Tracie's books since we were both authors for Heartsong Presents. Then Tracie became my acquisition editor there. I met her and Jim at the first American Christian Romance Writers over a decade ago. She's a very special person. to me.

Bio: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana series and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana

Welcome back, Tracie. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I hope I see more readers getting to know God on a deeper level. The books are a ministry and I love what God has done to encourage people through them. I get letters all the time that share how God is at work and it humbles me to be a part of it.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my zany, goofy husband Jim for over 34 years now. We work together 24/7 and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. I have three adult children scattered to the winds, although Erik is with us now as he recovers from knee surgery. I have three grandchildren – Rainy, Fox and Max. And my mom lives with us in Montana.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It really hasn’t. I was always a voracious reader and still am. I suppose I have been digging more into the Bible and Bible studies because I don’t want to misrepresent God to the reader.

What are you working on right now?
A 3-book series set in 1880’s Seattle. I have some zany old ladies who own a bridal prep school. The romances focus on some of the gals passing through the school, as well as their niece (a rather Anne of Green Gables type) who doesn’t seem teachable.

What outside interests do you have?
I’ve gotten addicted to play Minecraft on the computer. Well, not really playing it – just creating in it. I also love to spend time with my grandkids as often as possible, and of course read. Music has always been a strong passion in my life, so I try to keep up with that as well.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
It really varies. Sometimes it comes from taking a trip somewhere and reading about a historical event. Sometimes it comes through reading non-fiction books. I have even chosen settings from places I lived.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Wow, I really don’t know. I’ve seen some answers to this question be Jesus, but I spend every day with Him, so that’s not my answer. I think it would be fascinating to talk to Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott. I could gush all over them about what a fan I am. J

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How important it is to network with other authors.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
He’s really been teaching me the importance of silence and praying.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Pray before writing.
2. Do your research.
3. Don’t be afraid to go with the story God gives you – no matter how strange it might seem.
4. Figure out why you’re writing. If you know the reason be it money, fame, God, because you can’t stop, it’s important to know why you write. For me it changes everything about what I do and why, and takes the stress off. Guess that was 4 things. J

And they were 4 very good answers. Tell us about the featured book.
A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT is book 100 for me. It’s the start of a brand new series called Lone Star Brides. It’s set in Texas during the 1890’s and will tie together two previous series (STRIKING A MATCH and LAND OF THE LONE STAR). People kept asking for more about a couple of the characters from those series and I thought, “Why not marry them?”

Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.

Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.

Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.

Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.

What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Texas
December 24, 1892
Marty Dandridge Olson looked over the letters once again. There were three, and each contained a variety of information meant to assist her in making a decision. A life-changing decision.

“Hannah would call me mad,” Marty mused aloud. She picked up one of the letters—the latest—and noted the first line: I have enclosed funds enough to cover your travels to Denver.

Marty shook her head. Am I mad? Crazy to seriously consider this matter?

Putting the letter down, Marty got to her feet and paced the small kitchen. She put a few pieces of wood into the cookstove and stoked the fire. The chill of the day wasn’t that great, but she was restless and it gave her something to do—something other than contemplate those letters ... and what happened four years earlier.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
www.traciepeterson.com

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.


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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Thank you, Tracie, for visiting with us on the blog.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Sensible Arrangement - Christianbook.com
Sensible Arrangement, A (Lone Star Brides) - Amazon


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

WINNERS!!!!!

Blessings on you on this Holy Day.

Anne (NC) is the winner of Wild Mint Tea by Valerie Comer.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

MARY - Lena Nelson Dooley - My Gift to You This Easter

Readers, I have a degree in Drama and was a director for church drama programs and even in community theater. I wrote a number of dramatic monologues of people in the Bible. Here is one that I wrote and performed a number of times. Part of a trilogy of the three most significant events in the life of the mother of Jesus.

Mary
Meditations on the Death of Her First Child
by
Lena Nelson Dooley

Oh, Yahweh, how can I contain my grief?

Is this all there is?

My grief overwhelms me with pain. My body aches ... My soul aches ... My spirit aches.

Why?

Why?

When the angel came to me so many years ago, I wondered what it was all about, but I trusted You. Then the Baby came. Joseph, who wasn’t His father, was with me. As Jesus grew, Joseph was such a help to me.
Now, during the darkest time of my life, he is no longer with me ... Why?

Yahweh, I watched our Son grow and mature physically and spiritually, and I trusted You. I pondered all the unusual events at the beginning of His life.

I did not question You.

I knew ... that I knew ... that I knew I was within Your will. Now I don’t know anything, but pain.

Why did You bring Him into my life knowing I would love Him without reservation? Have You known all along that it would lead to this?

Did You knowingly bring this unbearable pain upon me? What have I done to deserve so deep a pain? Did I not trust You completely? ... Why? ...Why?

As Jesus began His ministry, I was aware of Your power and presence in His life. I watched Him perform miracles and healings. I saw Him meet deep needs that no one had ever been able to meet. People were changed, never to return to their old lives. Yet He was hated by many people ... Why?

The wisdom He imparted was as from Heaven, far surpassing even the wisdom of King Solomon. He confounded learned men. Maybe jealousy made them hate Him. Disillusioned, I watched as more and more people moved against Him.

The nightmare has become a tragedy ... Why? ... Why?

You sent angels to announce His coming, and a choir of angels to announce His birth. Couldn’t You send even one angel to prevent His death? ... Why not?

Oh, Yahweh! I have nowhere to turn but to You. I have spent a lifetime trusting You without question, but I cannot comprehend what You have allowed to happen.

My heart groans within me.

My soul groans within me.

My spirit groans within me.

I can see no hope for the future.

The Light of my life has been snuffed out.

Why? ... Why? ... Why?
Copyright 1985 - Lena Nelson Dooley

Friday, April 18, 2014

DYNAMO - Eleanor Gustafson - One Free Book

Welcome back, Eleanor. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My first novel, Appalachian Spring, was “Can you do this?” Turned out to be my best-selling book. Second, Wild Harvest, was, “Okay, you can do it; now write what you know: tree farming.” That one was a good time travel but had a bad ending. Number 3, Middle Night, was a disaster (but had a good ending) and had to be self-published—a fantasy dramatizing the gospel without the use of any religious language. Too raw, and hardly anyone liked it. #4, The Stones, was the life of King David—a joy to write because I have always loved David. Dynamo, releasing this month, blends my dual passions for God and for horses. I write because I have to, and I speak through whatever my perception of God happens to be at the moment. Drama and strong characters are powerful voices in this regard.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Probably my wedding day, though it rained hard, and the motel room we had been assigned that night already had people in it—still pouring rain, mind you, and no interior corridors, with the clerk long in bed. I could regale you with other honeymoon stories like a mountain climb and eating gasoline-tainted food from a leaky Coleman burner; sharing a single down mummy bag that got soaked from puddled condensation…. The marvel is that our marriage lasted longer than one week. Yet it was a happy time and remains so to this day.

How has being published changed your life?
My focus has reverted from parenting and considerable music involvement to my early love of story. Life, however, has gotten increasingly busy with today’s demands for hands-on author involvement in the selling process. My first two books were fun because Zondervan did all the marketing. The fantasy was not fun, but I learned a lot about writing. Good prep for writing the David novel.

What are you reading right now?
A book on abortion by R.C. Sproul.

What is your current work in progress?
A novel called An Unpresentable Glory, the title based on a verse in 1 Corinthians 12:23—“… the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty….” After drinking water, the sick stranger in Linda Jensen’s guest bedroom has to “go,” and Linda holds a jar for him. This hidden, caring act becomes significant when the stranger’s identity is revealed and the awkward incident hits the headlines. It is, she says, an “unpresentable glory.”

What would be your dream vacation?
Another trip to Scotland to visit friends there, then perhaps Iceland and possibly Ireland.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
The needs of my characters determine the setting. The mountain man in Appalachian Spring required mountains—thus West Virginia. Our tree farm is in Vermont, so why not put the time travel there, using the topography I knew so well? David, of course, had to be Israel, and I took the requisite trip. Dynamo with its horse shows had to be centered in a horsey area.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Eugene Peterson—a very kind man who writes stuff that fires my brain and spirit. And he endorsed The Stones, my David book!

He was at a church where we attended a number of years ago, and we were there that day. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I garden, my husband and I walk 2 to 3 miles a day, I do some photography. I won’t go into all the things I used to do. Too long a list, but it includes sewing a canvas, 15-foot tepee. Not surprisingly, my work-in-progress has an American Indian thread.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
The lack of time, and it seems impossible to overcome, with so many things of consequence to be done. I do what I can and trust God to hold me together—with duct tape, if necessary.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read good literature. Make notes on clever phrases—not to copy them, but to get patterns in your mind. Learn proper grammar and punctuation. Learn to write tight—fewer words, more punch. Don't go all preachy in your writing. That’s dangerous for me to say, in light of Dynamo’s hefty spiritual component. I have tried, however, to let drama and strong characters carry the weight.

Tell us about the featured book.
Jeth Cavenaugh hires on with Rob Chilton at his stable of show jumpers and a cranky five-gaited stallion named Dynamo. He studies Rob and Katie’s spiritual commitment but doesn’t step over the line of faith until his girlfriend Janni slaps him viciously. From then on, God begins to work in unorthodox and unsettling ways. But he does have a church friend Maybelle who serves as his interpreter in this foreign territory.

The three main characters in the novel are God (subject), Maybelle (verb), and Jeth (object). The story is not about horses; it is God acting sovereignly. Jeth takes Him seriously, and in return, God puts him through spiritual boot camp to turn out a trained, disciplined, and effective servant. I have tried to counter the common perception of a God who exists only to serve personal needs, rather than the all-powerful God who is “greater than our mind and heart and perfectly free to reveal Himself where and when he wants.” (Henri Nouwen)

Maybelle, an old bit of lace, who serves as Jeth’s personal prophet and God interpreter, loves Jeth and walks him through the spiritual minefield of God’s unusual activity in his life. She sees, even before Jeth becomes a Christian, that God has chosen him for a special purpose. Drawing on the Old Testament prophets, she feeds him passages that strike terror in his heart but that bolster him at critical moments. (She is, by the way, a favorite character for all my early readers.)

The book is written from a unique perspective and carries the sharp, clear message through a dynamic storyline, strong characters and dialogue. I have basically laid out the classical understanding of servanthood. And while the horse part is simply the setting, it does provide an effective vehicle that powerfully communicates who God really is and what He asks of His servants.

Scriptural Inspiration: The God of Ezekiel and Daniel; the sovereign God who pulls and shapes and lifts Jeth into the unfathomably rich fellowship of suffering servanthood.

Please give us the first page of the book.
One last kiss. Simple, unadorned, passionless; two seconds, at best; and in a bottom-end motel parking lot. But kisses of any sort had been long in coming, and this one, impoverished though it was, was the last touch of love Jeth was apt to get for a long time to come.

After the quick kiss, Jeth stepped back and closed the door of Janni’s powder-blue Acura. As he did, he noticed a thread of her dark hair on his sleeve. He would keep that; he’d need it to warm his emptiness. As she backed the car out, he clapped the hood and waved. His eyes hungered after her, pursued her out of the driveway and into the stream of traffic. He looked at the hair again and shivered in a breeze that couldn’t decide between winter and spring. He turned and walked slowly around the faded, scratched trunk of his own clunker. He was glad to have the heap. No money, no job, and a no-good reputation. Basic transportation, yes—along with a full gas tank and a hundred dollars that Janni had put in his pocket. Plus three pieces of cold pepperoni pizza.

“Don’t call me,” Janni had said. “If Daddy guessed I was even talking to you, he’d ship me to Africa, or even the South Pole.”

“You’re a big girl now. Somebody once took horses to the South Pole, y’ know.”

“Don’t change the subject. Daddy can do what he wants with me, and you know it.”

“I called you yesterday and got away with it. Are you sorry?”

“Of course I’m not sorry, but it’s not safe.”

“Why don’t you do the unthinkable and get a job—get away from Daddy? Twenty-six is old enough to think and act on your own.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Ellie Gustafson
Email: egus@me.com
Author video: http-//youtu.be/jdEvOFyA#4F1238   Good for a laugh, anyway.

Dynamo:

The Stones: 
A Novel of the Life of King David  http://www.amazon.com/Stones-Eleanor-Gustafson/dp/1603740791/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366735533&sr=1-1&keywords=gustafson+stones

Thank you, Eleanor, for sharing this time with us today.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

IMOGEN'S CHANCE - Paula Vince - One Free Book

Readers, Paula Vince is one of my writing friends who live in Australia. I’ve featured Paula before, but it’s been a while. I’m thrilled to have her on the blog again.

Welcome back, Paula. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
They are the kind of books I’ve found I’ve learned most from. Although I love many genres, I live in the contemporary world and find the challenges experienced by characters in our fast-paced, media-driven times easy to relate to. I also like the opportunity to show that the twenty-first century can be as fun to live in as “the good old days.”

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day of your life?
Although giving birth to each of my three children is surely up there, I’ll choose another day. Before having them, I’d suffered several early miscarriages and was wondering if that situation would ever change. Although I was feeling quite sick, I remember the day an ultrasound technician said, “There’s a tiny baby here, and you can clearly see the heartbeat.” That little baby is now a young man aged 19, but I’ll never forget how happy and excited I was that day.

How has being published changed your life?
I think the biggest impact has been in my confidence level. It makes a world of difference to know that somebody has thought enough of my books to risk publishing them, and trusted that they would sell.

What are you reading right now?
It’s a new novel called, How Sweet the Sound by Amy K Sorell, set in the southern states of America, somewhere I’m very unfamiliar with.

What is your current work in progress?
I haven’t started a new story yet. I’ve only recently finished the polishing touches of Imogen’s Chance, so my head is still full of those characters and their plight. I do have a few unformed ideas beginning to float around.

What would be your dream vacation?
I’d love a tour to each of the sacred sites and wonders of the world. That way I’d be cheating a bit, by getting to see a lot of our planet in the one vacation.

How do you choose settings for each book?
I usually stick to my own local environment. I’ve lived in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia since I was a teenager, so I’m familiar enough with it that I can write more convincingly and effectively than if I had to research. It’s a great place for a setting, with an interesting history of battling pioneers, and a different beauty and colour for each season. If I ever do need to do a little research, it’s usually no more than a day’s drive away.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’d choose an old High School English teacher of mine, who encouraged me to keep writing. He was a trendy and popular teacher, so I appreciated his efforts to single me out to praise my writing, as I was shy and unsure of myself. I’d love to show him my books and say thanks for old times.

What are your hobbies besides writing and reading?
I love bushwalking, cooking, and homeschooling.

What is your most difficult writing hurdle and how do you overcome it?
It’s probably dealing with the earliest feedback from friends and family. At that stage, I get anxious and read into their facial expressions messages which they aren’t trying to give. I overcome it by remembering that their tastes in reading material differ from mine, and they’re trying to help.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t expect the first draft to be perfect. I think we have an automatic tendency to get discouraged at the outset, but the truth is that first drafts always need revisions, no matter how many books we’ve ever written. We need to get used to the idea that each project may take far more work than we expect.

Tell us about the featured book.
My heroine feels guilty and partly responsible for a couple of horrible events which happened when she was younger. One day she vows to return and fix things up if only she gets the chance. For Imogen, back-tracking means returning all the way from America to South Australia. She finds that one of her old friends, Asher, has a problem which seems impossible for her to help with. As he’s one of the people she feels most wary about facing again, she’s unsure how she should behave around him. And she dreads the possibility that her secrets will be exposed.

Imogen’s Chance blurb:
She has given herself a chance to fix her personal history. But will old mistakes bring up new emotions?

Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter.

A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets, concealed with the best intentions, bear the light of day?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Ginny squirmed, turned her pillow over and sighed. The worst part of staying with the Dorazio family was being sent to bed by Mrs Dorazio—Aunt Marian—at nine o’clock, even though there was still a tinge of daylight visible through the chinks in the blind. Becky’s breathing was already even, and the usual few hours of boredom and homesickness stretched ahead of Ginny.­

Humping her back beneath the covers, she pressed her face into the pillow, trying to smother her thoughts. It never worked. They just got shaken up a little, and then jostled each other through her head. Her mind insisted on reviewing each day before she could sleep.

At least I might get to see The Twelve Dancing Princesses tomorrow. Seth Dorazio had offered to take Ginny and the twins to the movies, but they couldn’t agree on which to see. Seth had ripped a piece of shiny, gold construction cardboard into fifty tokens which he’d hidden all around the house, and the person who found the most would get to choose the movie.

So far, Ginny and Becky had pooled together their eighteen tokens while Asher had discovered twelve. Twenty tokens were still concealed but Aunt Marian had announced it was bedtime, and she never listened to protests. Ginny and Becky would have to find the others in the morning. They just had to. There was no way Ginny would sit through the silly movie Asher wanted to see, about racing cars and basketball players. She and Becky hadn’t thought of checking the back of the laundry cupboard yet. Or behind the dishwasher, or under the plastic thingy in the cutlery drawer….  

If I was Seth, where would I choose to hide tokens? That was a challenge, to imagine the way a cute fourteen-year-old boy would think.

Movement along the passage caught her eye.

How can readers find you on the internet?
Please visit my blog, www.justoccurred.blogspot.com
Twitter, @PaulaVince1

www.christianwritersdownunder.blogspot.com

Thank you, Paula, for sharing both the new book and your life with us today.

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Imogen's Chance - Amazon
Imogen's Chance - Kindle


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MAYBELLE IN STITCHES - Joyce Magnin - One Free Book on this blog, Plus More

Bio: Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright's Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Welcome back, Joyce. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love the idea of community and people working together to solve problems and support one another. So all my books have that in common. And I also believe that part of getting through life is keeping a sense of humor about things.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Well, I guess I’ve had several happiest days if you count the days my kids were born, the day I got my first book contract, the day I learned to ride a bike, the day my brother came home from Viet Nam, the day my daughter got married, the days she gave birth to The Adorables (my three grandsons). Yikes! Lots of happiest days. It is really hard to narrow down to just one—sorry.

The longer we live, the longer those lists become. I now how two great grandsons as well. How has being published changed your life?
Oh, boy, I’m certainly busier than I ever was. Getting a publishing contract is very validating for writers even though there are many days when I think I’m the worst writer in the world.

Don’t we all? What are you reading right now?
Books by Elizabeth Berg. I love her simplicity. Books on needlework and embroidery because I’m working on a book that uses embroidery as a symbol.

What is your current work in progress?
Working on a book called Counting Threads about a woman who runs a small stitchery shop.

What would be your dream vacation?
I want to go to Scotland and wander the moors and castles. Or a day to myself would be nice.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
They choose me. I love small towns so that’s where I set my books. The small towns I write about are pretty much an amalgam of all the small towns I’ve explored in upstate Pennsylvania.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My sister Elaine. I haven’t seen her in a long time.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Cross Stitch, video games, grandsons.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Self doubt. I never think I’m good enough. I overcome it by looking at past successes and listening to the amazing cheerleaders in my life.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write. Attend conferences. Persevere.

Tell us about the featured book.
A patchwork quilt holds together two hearts separated by miles of ocean and the Second World War. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.

My newest great grandson is named Holden. Please give us the first page of the book.
October 1943
Chester, Pennsylvania


My dearest Maybelle,

Another long day has finally come to an end. We just finished dinner. Paxton is already snoring. He can sleep anywhere. I don’t have to tell you how sleep eludes me here. But, supper was good, lamb stew with potatoes and carrots. I had three helpings. I can’t tell you how or where, but we actually ate supper at a real house, not a foxhole. But now, I am in our tent, shivering because it is so cold and it makes me wish even more you were in my arms. I love you, darling, and miss you more than anything. I know you are worried, but don’t be. I’ll be home soon, I promise. I can hear artillery off in the distance, but if I listen real hard, I can hear your voice, singing the silly song you always sang. Oh, sorry, sweetheart, I have to go now. My sergeant is waiting for me. Some sort of (censored) duty. Good night, darling.

Your Ever-Loving Husband,
Holden

Maybelle slipped the V-Mail letter into her pocket and headed off down Ninth Street toward the Sun shipyard. The main reason she had taken the job was because she thought it would help take her mind off of missing Holden. And because most of the men had been sent off to war, they needed her. As it turned out, learning to be a welder repairing huge war ships did accomplish some of her goal, but it also accomplished something else. Maybelle had become a part of a small group of army wives whose husbands were fighting in Europe. A group that worked together, laughed together, ate together, and far too often cried together. Try as they might, the wives had a difficult time refraining from long talks of their husbands and the war. There was no use trying to hide their true feelings, although each and every woman was proud as punch her husband was doing his part. It seemed to be the motto on the home front. Do Your Part. Well, Maybelle certainly believed she was doing hers.

She lived only five blocks from the massive shipyard on the Delaware River in Chester—a small but bustling suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After Holden enlisted, Maybelle moved in with her mother. Maybelle and Holden had plans to move into one of the blossoming communities a little farther west. But for now, home with Mom and Bingo, her black mutt of a dog, was the best of all places for Maybelle. Still, she missed Holden more than anything. They had gotten married only two weeks before he shipped out for Europe. His orders came early. Six whole months early and so Maybelle and her mother scrambled to get the wedding organized in time. Pastor Mendenhall was more than accommodating. As a matter of fact, Maybelle was delighted the way the entire congregation, what was left of it, pitched in.

Maybelle could hear the shipyard whistle blow all day long from the house. The yard operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The whistle announced the numerous shift changes, lunch, starting and stopping times. She felt fortunate for having the day shift

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I can be found at http://joycemagnin.blogspot.com or Facebook.
Thanks for visiting with me!

Joyce, it's always a pleasure to host you, and I love the Quilts of Love books.

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.

Joyce is celebrating the release with a $200 Modcloth giveaway. Enter today for a chance to spruce up your spring wardrobe!


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  One winner will receive:
  • A $200 ModCloth.com gift card
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced on April 21st on the Quilts of Love blog!

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Joyce, I recently discovered the ModCloth web site. I'd love to win a shopping spree there. I'm sure my winners would, too.


Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Maybelle in Stitches - Christianbook.com


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