Thursday, July 24, 2014

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING CHRISTIAN FICTION - C E Maychild - One Free Book

What would you like for readers to know about you personally?
C.E. Maychild is my pen name. Currently I'm residing in Nigeria, West Africa, where I make home and run a Christian Writing and Publishing Programme to help raise and nurture Christian fiction writers who will fill that part of the world with the light of hope through the stories they tell.

Besides mentoring writers, missions is my other passion. I looking forward to spend the next few years traveling all over English-speaking West Africa sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, eating unfamiliar foods and, hopefully, picking up authentic story ideas.

Have you written other non-fiction books?
Yes, I have written a small volume titled Raising Godly Teens and edited a work of poetry, A Writer's Apology, which is a book of Christian poetry in free verse originally presented the author's note in John Bunyan's classic, The Pilgrim's Progress.

It was while I was working on issuing the abridged version of the book to be used as Christian Literature in schools and colleges in West Africa that I fell in love with the resplendent poetry tucked away in its preface and I wanted so much to share it. It is often left out of newer editions of the book, but in it the writer sets forth his struggle with his reason for putting pen to paper. It is his attempt to justify his motives. Oh, I cried and laughed quite a bit on this project. I could absolutely relate with all those voices in one's head, and external ones too, telling you it is all meaningless writing stories when the world was dying and beset with all these other serious issues. I know that a lot of other writers can too!

Do you have any other books in the works?
I have gone back to my project on The Pilgrim's Progress which I hope to complete in the late Fall. It's coming along slowly as I also have to facilitate our annual online Christian Creative Writing Workshop at this time and keep a part-time job. Hopefully I can make the November deadline. 

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I am not a very outdoorsy person but I enjoy an occasional game of squash rackets. I love to bake and cook. Whenever I taste something new which I like I want to know how to prepare it. I experiment a lot with food.

Why did you write the featured book?
I had the idea to put together the lesson notes for the online workshop I mentioned facilitating earlier because I wanted more space to share more than just a few salient points on creative writing with my students. I also wanted to provide more of the writing and reading activities which are such a hit on the workshop, and also provide more illustrations than there was room enough for on a workshop forum.

The other thing was that in the course of facilitating this workshop, I was confronted with the reality that some of the people who applied to the workshop came with the fancy idea of becoming famous and world-acclaimed writers. I really wanted to address that issue and speak to their hearts about the real import of writing Christian fiction. Again, there didn't seem to be room enough for this on the workshop itself so I had written a separate treatise on what it means to be a Christian fiction writer and the notion that God does indeed call people to write “mere” stories, and basically letting those interested in writing Christian fiction know that the call to write fiction is a call to affect lives and point people to the Lord rather than to self. So, that became Part One of the book, Guidelines for Writing Christian Fiction: A Comprehensive Help for Aspiring Authors, which I give away as a 5-chapter Free Sample E-book on the workshop (the last of the free sample chapters is a creative writing one). Part Two (about twenty-one chapters) is purely creative writing topics. Well, so, before I knew it, I had a 460-paged book on my hands!

What do you want your readers to take away from the book?
I hope that readers will be better off in their writing for reading Guidelines for Writing Christian Fiction, but I want also to see their hearts in the right place as they sit at their desks toiling over their stories. I want so that all will not be in vain when our works are tried by fire, and our oeuvres will show themselves of a commendable sort, able to withstand the fire of judgment wherein the things we do for the Lord will be tried in the last day (I Co. 3: 13).

Is there anything you'd like to tell my readers about you or your book?
I also co-own a newly established small publishing house, Cedar and Cypress Publishing Co., where we offer all the boutique author services usually provided by a publishing house. We will also be outsourcing those services to indie authors.

Guidelines for Writing Christian Fiction: A Comprehensive Help for Aspiring Authors is published in-house.

Where on the internet can the readers find you?
I can be reached by e-mail on: authormaychild@gmail.com
Or contact me through the W and P Programme website at www.christianmonthlylibrary.org

The book can be found online here:
Amazon.com:
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Thank you for sharing your new book with us.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNSEEN - James Pence - One Free Ebook

Welcome, James. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
A lot. When I write, I become every one of my characters. For me, developing characters is akin to what a method actor does. I put myself into a character’s shoes when I write, so there’s a lot of overlap between my personality and that of my character. Those who know me well can spot a lot of those things.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hmmmm. Probably taking up karate. I’m not particularly athletic, and I don’t really like sports. So studying karate (and earning a black belt) was definitely out of character for me.

When did you first discover you were a writer?
When I was in college and could start a research paper the day before it was due and still get an A on it. That wasn’t when I decided I wanted to be a writer, but it’s definitely when I knew I had some aptitude.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
As far as fiction goes, I enjoy reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Ray Bradbury. I also enjoy reading popular science authors (e.g. Michio Kaku) and love reading about astronomy, relativity, and quantum theory. I love history, too. I’m listening to Shelby Foote’s The Civil War on audio right now.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Living in the country helps. It’s quiet around our home, and the only sound tends to be the mooing of the neighbor’s cows or the nighttime howl of coyotes. I’m busy when I need to be, but I don’t like the hustle and bustle of city life.

Sounds wonderful to me. How do you choose your characters’ names?
When I’m just starting a novel, I tend to give characters throwaway names—something to call the character until I’m ready to name her. Sometimes I don’t even do that much. I may just give a character a descriptive name. “Tall Dentist” or something like that. Occasionally, I’ll name a character after a friend or acquaintance. Several of the character names in Unseen are like that. I also have some character naming software. It throws out first and last names in various combinations, and sometimes I find one I like. When all else fails, I’ll pull out an old phone book and flip through it. That’s a particularly good resource for surnames.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I celebrated my 34th wedding anniversary to the most wonderful woman in the world on June 14th of this year. That, and together we raised two awesome children who are now grown and out on their own. We also have an awesome granddaughter, but I can’t take credit for that. J

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d probably be a golden retriever. Eat, play, sleep—do it all over again the next day. Yep. Works for me.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza. Definitely pizza.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
A serious lack of self-confidence. I found it difficult to believe that people actually liked my writing. To be honest, I haven’t overcome it—at least not completely. I’m still amazed that people like to read my writing, and when I’m in the process, I often think my work is junk. But one way I keep going is by having trusted friends—people who will be honest with me—read my material as I write. They’ve promised to tell me if I’m turning out junk, so if I don’t hear from them, I assume I’m okay.

Tell us about the featured book.
Unseen is the story of how a man who lost his wife and children in an auto accident, and who is angry with God, comes to grips with God’s goodness and sovereignty in his loss. When two children who are being pursued by a religious cult are dumped into his lap, he must rescue them and return them to their mother, who is in hiding. In doing so, he finds a reason to live.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Friday, December 6
Sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight.

Peter Bishop didn’t know whether or not that particular adage was true, but for his children’s sake, he hoped it was.

Their lives depended on it.

Standing in line at the EconoAir ticket counter, Peter muttered in frustration. Flight check-ins were always tedious. Yet every second that Micah and Michelle stood exposed, their danger increased.

Peter flicked his eyes back and forth, scanning the steady flow of pedestrian traffic. Four women in dark blue uniforms paraded along, pulling small suitcases behind them. A gray-bearded man trotted in the opposite direction. A suntanned young couple stood in front of him, gazing into each other’s eyes. The woman carried a bright yellow bag with “Cancun” printed on it.

Honeymooners.

Maybe.

Peter looked them over and wondered if they were also killers.

Something bumped his heels. Peter inhaled sharply, balled his hands into fists, and swung around to face a middle-aged brunette pushing a baby stroller.

She drew back, a flash of fear reflected in her eyes. “I’m so sorry. Did I hurt you?”

Peter mumbled a reply and an apology. He let out a quiet sigh and turned around, rubbing his eyes.

Got to relax.

But Peter knew he’d never relax until Micah and Michelle were safely on board EconoAir Flight 298, bound for Dallas. He glanced toward the flight information display screens.

Still on time.

Departure time. 5:55 p.m.

He glanced at his watch: 5:16 p.m.

Peter felt his right eyelid twitch. He raised a trembling hand and tried to rub away the annoying tic. He had been careful to the point of obsession in planning the children’s escape. He had even ordered the children’s tickets from a public-access computer. But Peter knew that Sawyer Wynne’s people would catch even the tiniest slip. And if that happened, they would dispatch a conversion team.

The hit would be efficient, untraceable—and merciless.

Conversion. Nothing but a sanitary term for murder.

Peter would not let that happen. Thus, he had to proceed on the assumption that someone had uncovered his plan and that somewhere in JFK Airport a killer waited for them. Peter looked down at the two children standing beside him.

 I know that has hooked my readers. How can readers find you on the Internet?

http://jamespence.com  | facebook.com/jameshpence | Twitter: @jameshpence

Thank you, James, for sharing this new book with us.

Readers, here is the link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Unseen

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Monday, July 21, 2014

FAIR PLAY - Deeanne Gist - One Free Book

Today, we're featuring Deeanne Gist with her new book Fair Play. If you've read her other books about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, I know you've been waiting with bated breath for this one. I know I have.

Deeanne did a video for us. Enjoy:



As you can see, Deeanne and I have been friends for quite a while.

Bio: 
Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historical novels. She has won the National Readers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best Award, USA Best Books Award, and stellar reviews. With a background in education and journalism, Deeanne has written for PeopleParents, and Parentingmagazines. Visit her online at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.

About the book:
From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home…

Despite their difference of opinion on the role of women, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them—until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby in the corner of a White City exhibit. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn’t left in the slums of Chicago with only the flea-riddled, garbage-infested streets for a playground. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream.

Will Billy exchange her doctor’s shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the “gray city,” a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?


I can hardly wait to start reading this one.

Thank you, Deeanne, for making this video for us. 

Dear Readers, Deanne lost her father this past week, and she will be spending the rest of July with her family and not on social media. Please pray for them.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Fair Play - Christianbook.com
Fair Play: A Novel - Amazon
Fair Play: A Novel - Kindle


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

WINNERS!!!!

Sharon (SC) is the winner of No Easy Catch by Pat Simmons. 
Squiresj (MO) is the winner of The Shepherd's Song by Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers.
Danielle (IN) is the winner of Friday Night Love by Tia McCollors.
Diana (VA is the winner of Hog Insane by Carole Brown.

If you won a book and you like it, consider giving the author the courtesy of writing a review on Goodreads, Amazon.com, Christianbooks.com, Barnes and Noble, or other Internet sites. 

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Congratulations
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

AN ANNOUNCEMENT - AND THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

I found out this week that my latest book, Catherine's Pursuit, is a finalist in the Will Roger Medallion Awards this year for Inspirational Novel. The awards ceremony will be in October at an event at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Stockyards in Fort Worth.

How are we doing on the Summer Reading Challenge?

Three months of reading challenge - June, July, August. Keep a list of all the books you read and list them this way:

List one will be books with covers on either sidebar of this blog. You will get 3 points for each of them you read.

List two will be the books featured on my blog that aren't in either sidebar. You will get 2 points for these.

List one will be any other book you read in these three months.

When you make your list, we want the title and author(s) of the book.

You'll be reporting on your progress at the end of each month. At the end of June and at the end of July, you can leave a comment with only the number of books read. At the end of August, we'll want your complete lists in the comments. The one who has the most points will receive a gift card to Deeper Shopping Online Christian store.

I'll be reading along with you. This is going to be fun.

I have been reading books, but I've also been reading pre-published books for endorsement. And I'm writing my next novel at the same time.



Friday, July 18, 2014

TRUE NORTH - Susan Diane Johnson - One Free Book

Welcome, Susan. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I believe there’s a small part of the writer in every character they create. That doesn’t mean the characters’ thoughts, feelings, opinions, or memories are made up of my own personality. But I do think everything that fuels a writer’s imagination comes from the sum of their life experiences. Memories, observation, dreams, overheard conversations, the way a book or movie affects us—each of these things make up who we are and some of that will just naturally leach over into our writing. That does not, of course, mean that the evil or unsympathetic character’s thoughts are my own—but perhaps sparked by something I’ve seen or experienced. We writers just take those sparks and run with them, turning them into something large enough to create characters and hopefully fill a book.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh boy. People who know me well would probably say “everything.” I’m pretty quirky. Do you think being quirky is a writer thing?

You’re probably right. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I submitted my first story to a publisher when I was nine or ten years old. My friend illustrated it with her crayons. Funny thing, I never did hear back from them….

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
From cozy or quirky mysteries like Murder She Wrote and Monk, to contemporary and historical romances by Susan Meissner and Sharon Gillenwater, with a little bit of Dean Koontz and Tess Gerittsen thrillers to mix things up.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I go to the beach. That is all. That is the most comforting, calming place for me when I need it. And the stormier the water, the calmer I feel. Remember, I told you I was quirky?

When we went to the beach at Manzanito, Mexico, I loved walking on the beach near midnight when no one was there, except my husband and me. It was so peaceful with the sound of the waves. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I did steal one from a car salesman once. In the book I’m currently working on, my character is named after my grandmother. And the last names of both my hero and heroine are from my grandmother’s family tree. The name has to feel right to fit the character, in my opinion. At least it does for me. I can’t just randomly pick a name. I tried to change a character’s name once, and it became so frustrating because it seemed to change the character’s personality. I just couldn’t work with it and went back to the other name.

In one of my books, I had a character who didn’t like the name I gave her, so I had to change it to what she wanted. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My son. He is a caring and compassionate human being. He’s a wonderful person, and I’m so amazed that I had even the smallest part in who he is. 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d definitely want to be an orca whale. Swimming in the ocean all day, leaping out of the water in the bright sunshine, the ocean as my playground—it would be a joy.

What is your favorite food?
Lasagna alfredo with extra mozzarella cheese, and garlic bread.

Now I’m hungry for that. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Time. There never seems to be enough. I haven’t overcome it. But I do take my Alphasmart or writing tablet with me wherever I go.

Tell us about the featured book.
True North is about a woman, Lisa, whose marriage is falling apart after the tragic loss of her son. Her husband, Joe, has more or less left the marriage because he can’t deal with his grief. When Joe’s boss tells him he has to take mandatory time off, he decides to use the tickets they had purchased for an Alaskan cruise. Thinking this is the perfect opportunity for her to save her marriage, Lisa decides to go along.

Please give us the first page of the book.
PROLOGUE
“Cody, are you almost ready?” Lisa Kendall glanced at the clock sitting on the entryway table. Shaped like a catcher’s mitt with a baseball in the center, it reflected most of the décor in their house. Baseball topped her nine-year-old son’s list of passions. Whales and anything to do with the ocean took a close second, so both themes ran throughout the Kendall household. Not that she minded one bit. There would be plenty of time to decorate the house her way when Cody grew up and went off to college.

“Your dad should be here any minute.” She glanced at the clock again then out at the driveway and tried to stem her rising tension level. Joe promised he wouldn’t let their son down today, of all days. Today Cody’s Little League team would play their final game of the season. Cody wanted his dad to be there for at least one of his games.

While Lisa would like to believe the sincerity of her husband’s promise, it looked like work would take precedence over family. Again.

“Just a sec, Mom. I’m getting my glove. Oops.”

A crash came from the direction of Cody’s room, followed by the slamming of the door and the sound of feet scrambling down the hall. Cody skidded to a halt in front of her.

“OK, I’m ready.” He looked up at her and beamed, proudly dressed in his red and white pinstriped baseball uniform. His brown eyes and quirky smile were a miniature version of Joe’s. Small in stature, like Lisa, he also had her blond hair. But the smattering of freckles across Cody’s face belonged to no one but Cody. Lisa felt the same catch in her heart she always did when her son smiled at her. She simply couldn’t imagine life without this precious little boy.

“What fell over in your room?”

“Just my stack of whale books. Nothing got hurt, though. I’ll pick ’em up when we get home.”

Lisa bit back a smile. She’d been after Cody to put those books on a shelf for weeks. Nodding, she peered out the window. Still no sign of Joe.

“I don’t think Dad’s gonna come to my game.”

Something inside Lisa wrenched at Cody’s matter-of-fact tone. He seemed way too comfortable with Joe’s long hours at work. More used to it than any little boy should ever have to be.

Whose divorce interfered with their family time today? Though tired of Joe’s long hours at the law firm, she instantly regretted the direction of her thoughts. Joe worked hard in a demanding profession to provide the best life he could for them. Not only that, he agonized over his extra time at work as much as she did. “Forgive me, Lord.” She took a deep breath and prayed for help with her attitude.

“Hey, Mom, you’re wearing the shirt!”

“I sure am, sweetheart. It’s my lucky shirt.”

Cody grinned, and Lisa’s heart filled with joy. The sweatshirt depicted an orca swimming on the ocean floor. Cody drew the picture when he was in the first grade, after a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia. At that time, they still had orcas in the aquarium.

Cody had fallen truly and madly in love.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My group blog is: www.inkwellinspirations.com

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this book with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
True North - Christianbook.com
True North - Amazon
True North - Kindle


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

IN A TEXAS RANGER'S ARMS - Cynthia Hickey - One Free Book

Bio: Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 200,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer.”

Welcome back, Cynthia. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Letting go and Letting God. It’s something I struggle with in my life and like to show characters realizing things work out better when God is in control.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I will be releasing the third mystery to Anything For A Mystery and Killer Plot by the end of summer and have the last Harvey Girl book from Heartsong releasing November 1. I am signing a six book contract with Heartsong that deals with natural disasters in history.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Probably Diana Gabaldon. She is not an inspirational author, but her characterization is the best.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Hmmm. This is a hard one. Maybe Mother Theresa. She could give me an insight on patience.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
To keep writing. Persistence is the key! That and to keep learning the craft.

Tell us about the featured book?
KATIE GAMBLE IS ON THE RUN 
After her unscrupulous stepfather accuses her of being a thief, a horrified Katie hopes to hide out until she can prove otherwise. But slipping into obscurity in a small Texas town isn't so easy. Not with Texas Ranger Ward Alston on her tail.

Ward's used to getting his man—or woman. But he's not used to the accused being so resolute in her innocence or so beautifully appealing. As he uncovers the truth, Ward realizes this Harvey Girl isn't all she seems. Together, can they evade danger and obey the law of their own hearts?

Please give us the first page of the book.
1910
Katie Gamble cast one last glance over her shoulder. No Amos Moore.

With a grin, she clutched the handle of her satchel and stepped onto the train that would take her to her new home and job in Somerville, Texas. As she moved down the aisle, she found a seat next to a petite blonde with the bluest eyes Katie had ever seen.

“Howdy. I’m Sarah Chapman, and I’m a Harvey Girl.” Her eyes twinkled.

“Hello, I’m Katie.” She stashed her bag in an overhead compartment. The papers in the hidden pocket on her slip crinkled as she stretched to place the bag overhead. She peered at her companion. Had she heard? Although the papers were hidden, she still wasn’t eager to let her other belongings out of sight, even if it was the land deed that mattered the most. She didn’t want to answer any questions either. However, she need not have worried, because the girl continued to chatter to anyone willing to listen.

“You can have the window seat, if you’d like, Katie. The motion outside the window makes my stomach roll. Why did you sign on with the Harvey Company?” Sarah smoothed the skirt of her green dress. “I’m going to find a husband. As the youngest of eleven children, there isn’t much left for me back home in Missouri, and there are a lot of men along the railroad line.”

A husband? Katie hadn’t really thought of that. Maybe once Amos stopped chasing her, she could think about settling down and having a family of her own. “I joined up so I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from or how I’m going to put a roof over my head.”

“You poor thing. You sound like you’ve had a rough time.” A statuesque brunette reached across Sarah and patted Katie’s hand. “I’m Rachel Warren, and while I am searching for a taste of independence, I won’t turn down the right man if he asks for my hand. After all, the Harvey women are bringing refinement to towns desperately in need of morally upright women.” She glanced around the car. “Looks like we’re the only three heading to the Santa Fe.”

Refinement? That left Katie out. Was it wrong in God’s eyes to steal back something that had been stolen from her? She didn’t know. But she would keep it pinned to her underskirts until the day she died, if need be. The deed and the document showing that oil had been discovered on her family’s land was one secret she had to keep to herself. She sat down on the upholstered seat, the cushion letting out a soft whoosh of air.

Katie leaned her elbow on the windowsill as the train pulled away from the platform with a jolt. She rested her chin in the cup of her hand, and watched the prairie speed past. Guilt over her actions warred with the idea she had done nothing wrong. Sure, the land was hers, but maybe she shouldn’t have taken the few coins left on Amos’s dresser. When the man had returned to his room after his nightly visit to the bar, had he yelled? Punched the wall? Hit someone? She didn’t know, but she knew he’d come looking for her. He would never let go of her family’s property so easily.

She tuned out the friendly chatter of her companions and touched her chin, all too familiar with the consequences of his anger. She blinked back stinging tears. Once she settled into her new job, she would evaluate her feelings. If nothing else, she could pay Amos back the money. Not that the dirty scoundrel deserved it, but because she wanted to be a better person than that.

An automobile rumbled along a dirt road beside the track. What would it be like to ride in one? Would a town the size of Somerville have automobiles? After her small mountain community, Somerville sounded like a bustling town.

She turned to the other girls. “Do any of y’all know anything about this town we’re headed to?”

“I do.” Sarah practically bounced in her seat. “It’s a cotton town. There’re some ranches, too, I think. My cousin once worked at the Harvey restaurant there, and she wrote to me all about it. Said sometimes the Texas Rangers come and stay at the hotel. She said they are all the most handsome men.” She clasped her hands together. “I want to marry one of them!”

Rangers! There couldn’t be a worse place for Katie to go.

 How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cynthiahickey

Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing this new book with us. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive. Harvey girls and Texas Rangers. I love reading about both.

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In a Texas Ranger's Arms - Christianbook.com
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FROM DARK TO THE DAWN - Alicia Willis - One Free PDF Ebook

Welcome, Alicia. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Generally speaking, I try not to write myself into the characters. However, I made the exception with my new release, From the Dark to the Dawn. Many of Philip and Marcus’s prayers and emotions during difficult times were originally my own. I was going through a hard time when I wrote the book, and my feelings flowed over into their inner monologue and petitions.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Ah, confession time, is it? Is unexpectedly wrestling with my younger brother during a get-together with friends quirky or just plain weird? J

Sounds quirky to me. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was eleven. I found myself unable to put my writing notebooks down and would actually feel guilty when I was not writing.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
 I mostly enjoy historical fiction, biographies, history books, and Biblical self-help type books.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Prayer and coffee. Enough said.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I choose them historically. While doing research on whichever era I am working in, I study the names of that era and choose the names according to their historical significance and my own preference.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
As an author, I am very grateful to have been a top-thirty winner for the CrossBooks/LifeWay Manuscript contest two years in a row. The contest has several hundred entries, which makes it extra special to me. As an individual, I hope developing a reputation as a coffee connoisseur counts as an accomplishment - because I am rather proud of it!

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I have never thought of it until now! I honestly have no clue. I am 5’10”, so maybe a giraffe.

What is your favorite food?
I love spicy Mexican food. Indian rice, enchiladas, tacos, and Mexican lattes are just a few of my favorite dishes!

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I was heavily influenced by the classics as a young writer. While I will always appreciate the beauty of the classics, I have since learned that modern readers don’t always appreciate the old style. Therefore, I have learned to surmount my classical style with the inner monologue and second person outlook that historical-fiction readers so appreciate.

Tell us about the featured book?  
Here is the official synopsis!
Decadent Rome
61 Anno Domini.
The masters of the universe have crushed the Iceni rebellion with an iron hand, slaughtering and enslaving her people.

For Philip, his existence as a captive means living to hatred. He despises his rich, young master, resenting his life of servitude and the wrestling feats Marcus forces him to perform. Bitterness engulfs his soul until he only lives for the day when he will crush the might of Rome.

Then Christianity enters the picture. Taught by a Jewish breadmaker to know the man called Christus, Philip begins the struggle to forgive and honor his master. But forgiveness is not easy toward one who lives for himself.

Marcus Virginius knows nothing but power and pleasure. Destined to a successful career serving Nero in the Praetorian Guard, he wants no part of Christianity. And he is determined to crush Philip’s newfound faith—no matter what it takes.

Join Philip and Marcus in their journey of redemption, faith, and forgiveness. Is love enough to conquer hate? And will the light of the gospel ever surmount the darkness of Rome?

Persecution abounds—will the two young men survive its terrors and live to experience the bright hope of a new dawn?

Please give us the first page of the book.
61 Anno Domini
British Isles
Philip crouched in the tall grass, his heels poised to spring. His pulse raced, pounding against his chest. The smell of smoke and death was gagging. All around him, carnage and the bodies of thousands of his tribesmen were haunting reminders of yesterday’s battle.

Indistinct shouts sent chills running up and down his spine. The Roman legionaries ran like red ants through the plain and glades, plundering, capturing, killing. Massacre was still in their blood.

They would kill him if they found him. Or, worse still, they would enslave him.

Philip peered through the grass. The sun glistened off of thousands of pieces of armor and weapons, half-blinding him. Many of the weapons had been stolen from the Romans themselves. Now, their fallen glimmer was a mocking reminder of what they had lost.

They had failed. His people lay dead in the thousands.

Philip’s heart lurched as a legionary ran in front of his hiding place. He stumbled over a longsword, evoking a short chuckle from his comrades. The sight, trivial as it was, was a small consolation. The longswords of the Iceni had been no match for the Roman gladius. Short and efficient, the Romans had killed thousands of them with it. But at least it had played a small part in humiliating one of them.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
You can connect with me on Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest, and my personal blog. I love meeting new readers. I hope you will connect with me!

Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome - Amazon
From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome - Kindle.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE LADY AND THE OFFICER - Mary Ellis - One Free Book

Welcome back, Mary. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
There were too many to name, but I’d like to especially thank the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Roundtable, and the Peninsula Valley Foundation of Ohio and GAR Hall, whose appreciation for Civil War history has kept my passion alive locally.

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
Library talk and Book-signing on Saturday Aug. 9th 11:00 at the Youngstown Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503

Reception and book-signing with author, Kylie Logan on Monday, Aug. 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Location: Novel Destinations Bookstore, 177 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown, New York 14701 Refreshments will be served.

Library talk and book-signing on Saturday, Aug. 23, 12:00 to 2:00, Milan-Berlin Library, 19 E. Church St. Milan, Ohio 44846

Ohio River Festival of Books on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at the Big Sandy Superstore Civic Arena in Huntington, WV. See the festival website for more details: www.ohioriverbooks.org

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
I would live on one of the barrier islands of Georgia. I have vacationed there a dozen times—in both summer and winter. The weather is lovely just about year-round. I love my home state of Ohio, but I’m tired of shoveling snow!

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Read, read, read in the genre you wish to become published in. Reading a variety of published authors will help you develop your own unique voice.

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I would love to be in charge of a celebrity cruise on a paddlewheel boat like the American Queen for history lovers! I would invite novelist Jeff Shaara to participate. He wrote several wonderful Civil War novels.

And I would love to be on that cruise. Tell us about the featured book.
My featured book is The Lady and the Officer, part of my Civil War Heroines series, although the story “stands alone.” As a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederacy. But even though she must soon make her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a Union Army corps commander. Colonel Haywood has not forgotten the beautiful nurse who did so much for him, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. While spending time with army officers and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Madeline overhears plans for Confederate attacks against the Union soldiers. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends? Is it right to allow Elliott to dream of a future with her? Two men are in love with Madeline. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring devastation on those she loves.

Please give us the first page of the book:
Late June, 1863
Cashtown ,Pennsylvania
“Gentlemen, please take heed to what your horses are doing to my flowers!” Madeline Howard spoke with as much authority and indignation as possible after two long years of war.

Four blue-clad officers paused in their conversation to gaze down on her heat-wilted ageratums and hollyhocks. Beneath their horses’ hooves the flowers were trampled beyond recognition. The soldiers offered faint smiles and then resumed their postulating and pointing, affording her as much attention as a gnat.

Except for one officer, who straightened in his saddle and removed his broad-brimmed hat. Tugging gently on his reins, the man guided his mount out of the flowerbed toward the road. “Good afternoon, miss, General James Downing, at your service. I apologize for the damage.” He tipped his hat and then turned his attention back to the others.

“Madeline Howard, General. Mrs. Howard.” She marched down the porch steps. “Now if you would kindly move your meeting to someone else’s yard, I shall be forever in your debt.”

A thin, gangly officer mounted on a sorrel mare was quick to retort. “See here, madam. In case you’re unaware, the war has come to the fine Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the arrival of Robert E. Lee’s infantry. Your posies are of no importance to the Union Army.” His glare could have cut down an oak tree.

“I’m well aware of the war, sir. My husband died on the banks of Bull Run Creek, leaving me alone to run this farm.” Madeline settled her hands on her hips with growing indignation. “Those Rebs you’re chasing marched through last week, stripping every ear of corn from the fields and every apple from my orchard. They stole my chickens, killed my hogs, and led my milk cow away on a tether. They took every bit of food from my kitchen and larder. So if I request that you not to trample my flowers for no apparent reason, I would think you could oblige me.” Maddy completed her diatribe with a flushed face and sweating palms. But after months of privation, she had lost her temper.

Where can we find you on the Internet?

Thanks, Lena!!! You’re the best!

And thank you, Mary, for sharing this new book with us. I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, and this second one came in the mail yesterday. Can’t wait to get started on it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Lady and the Officer - Christianbook.com
The Lady and the Officer (Civil War Heroines Series) - Amazon
The Lady and the Officer (Civil War Heroines Series Book 2) - Kindle


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Monday, July 14, 2014

AT HIS APPOINTED TIME - Pat Reynolds - One Free Book

Our church is connected to some ministries in Guatemala, and about ten years ago, I went on our second mission trip there. On the way from Guatemala City to Chichicastenago, we passed a mission run by the Reynolds. Our mission trip leader pointed it out as we went by. I didn’t think much about it until a few months ago, when the Reynolds were at the church. When missionaries come, we have a special time when people can meet them and hear about their work. The story about how they got started with their mission is amazing. I told Pat I wanted to share the opportunity to hear the story with my blog readers.

Welcome, Pat. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
From my childhood, I have enjoyed the adventures of life. In the midst of the hard times, which we all have at one time or another, I have looked for the hand of God, and always found it. That does not mean I have understood everything that has come my way, but it does mean that somewhere along the journey I have been able to come to the place where I can see God in the midst, reordering my steps, and changing my heart.

Tell us about your family.
I am married to Charles Reynolds and we have 2 sons, Daman and Tommy and five grandchildren. Daman is married to Karri Anne. They have one son and two daughters, Kylan, Addie and Brenna. Tommy is married to Holly and they have one son and one daughter, Harrison and Hannah. We are from the great state of Texas. We are the founders of His Appointed Time Ministries, based in Snyder, Texas. We have been missionaries in Guatemala, Central America, since 2000.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
No other books have been written. I am in the process of having this book translated and printed into Spanish. It should be ready for purchase by October of this year.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Only in my heart—nothing in print! When you come to the end of this first book, you will see the reason for the second book and the title.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to get in a quiet place with soft instrumental music playing in the background, a cup of hot tea, and a good book. I have been reading avidly since I was 19 years old. Prior to that, I only read what I had to for school. I can’t remember who, but someone told me about the book, In His Steps, What Would Jesus Do, written in the 1950´s. I bought that book and devoured it, and I have not stopped reading since.

Why did you write the featured book?
I wrote the featured book for two reasons. First of all to leave a written record for my grandchildren and second to share with all who are interested in what God has taught me about learning to wait on His promises. Many Christians have forfeited their promises from God because they got in too big of a hurry, and gave up when they didn’t see their promise materialize immediately. I believe that God purposely called me to wait long spans of time to see my prayers answered in order to use my story to help others not to grow weary in their wait. It has always been encouraging to me to read the stories of others who have had to wait on God. I hope that my story will do that for those that read my book.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
God made several promises to me about my future. Without exception, each one has required a “wait.” Most people don’t care to wait, and I am no different. I am a person who really likes it done “yesterday.” But God is not moved by our timeline. It is more important to Him that we learn to hear His voice, trust Him without having to know His full plan, and wait for His promises.

Some of God’s promises to me have been miraculously fulfilled after a long wait and some still await their fulfillment. God has Appointed Times in our lives. And these appointed times often do not just involve us personally, but others as well.

When you have waited, like I did, for twenty-two years to see a promise from God come to pass, exactly the way He said it would, it brings overwhelming joy.

My prayer is that this book will encourage many, especially if they have grown weary in their wait and have thrown away their confidence in the Lord. I hope that my story will encourage them to go back to where they left God’s promise, pick it up, and continue in their journey, because His promise carries a great and glorious reward.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
It took me nine years to write this book. I started the book in 2004 and wrote approximately half of it before I stopped. I had said all that I had to say. I am glad that I stopped, because during the years that followed God walked me through many more truths that He wanted shared in the book. Always in the back of my mind, I knew the book would one day be in print.

In May of 2013, a close family member asked me when I was going to finish the book. I told her that I knew it needed to be finished. She replied, “Pat, if you don’t do it for any other reason, you need to do it for your grandchildren.” That did it! I immediately started writing again and finished the second half in about three months.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
E-mail address: patricia@hisappointedtime.com

Thank you, Pat, for sharing your story with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
At His Appointed Time: When God's Promises Are Suddenly Fulfilled

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