Thursday, April 18, 2019

WHY ARE YOU BAREFOOT? - Dr. Jeff Brodsky - One Free Book


Welcome, Dr. Jeff. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I am a Messianic Jew who is a modern day abolitionist. I have devoted my life to the Rescue, Restoration, Reintegration, and Prevention of children, teens, and young women who have been trafficked and forced into commercial sexual exploitation.

It’s such an important problem to deal with. I applaud you. Tell us about your family.
I am happily married to my wife Gail for 44 years. She is my biggest support and prayer warrior. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
I have written The Least of These - One Man’s Remarkable Journey In The Fight Against Child Trafficking - Published in 2018. I also authored the book Stepping Into Adulthood - Published in 1997. This was a book about the lack of the Rite of Passage in Christianity.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I am writing one more book based on my Barefoot journey

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Since I work up to 16 hours a day… my favorite things to do would be BBQ’ing, fishing, and the most enjoyable - spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren.

Why did you write the featured book?
After being invited to speak at an Elementary School about JOY International, I didn’t know how I could present the work I do to young children, since it involved the child sex trade. When I arrived at the school an idea came to me and I immediately knew it was God speaking to me about what to share. It was a powerful object lesson presenting modern day slavery to the children with all references to the child sex trade removed. When I was finished speaking the Principal of the school came to me with tears and said, “Dr. Jeff what you just shared with the children was fascinating. It would make a great children’s book." That was the start of putting it together.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want the reader to understand that awareness is good, but awareness without action is apathy. My hope and heart’s desire with the book is that it motivates people to action to help in the fight against child trafficking.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Tell your readers that no matter what age they are, there is something they can do to help. Tell them the story of 8-year-old Braelynn in Anchorage, Alaska, who after hearing of the plight of children forced into slavery, she told her parents she wanted to help Dr. Jeff. She found a recipe for Peanut-Flavored Dog Biscuits. She baked them, bagged them, labeled them and sold them and raised $1,200 the first year and $1,500 the next year. Astounding for an 8 year old! She’s now 10 years old with a goal of raising $2,000 this year!

I love it when things like that happens. Please give us the first page or two from the book.

Why Are You Barefoot?
by Dr. Jeff Brodsky

“Who’s ready for our special speaker today?” Miss Porter asked. The kids in my class rolled their eyes, but then she said, “This will sound a little strange, but the man coming to speak today has been barefoot for over 5 years!”

I thought, “Seriously? He’s been barefoot for over 5 years?” How is that possible? Maybe this was one speaker who wouldn't be boring.” 

I raised my hand and Miss Porter said. "Yes Emma?" I said, "Miss Porter, does he go barefoot all the time, even here in Colorado, in the winter, in the snow?" Miss Porter laughed and said, "Emma, why don’t you ask him when he gets here? I’m sure he would be happy to answer any questions."  Then she had us all go to the auditorium. All the other classes were there too.

When the speaker walked in, he looked just like Santa Claus, but everyone was looking at his feet to see if he was really barefoot. Me too! Yep! Omigosh! He was really barefoot! Miss Porter wasn’t kidding! She said, "Alright everybody, let's welcome our special guest speaker today, the President and Founder of JOY International, Dr. Jeff Brodsky.”

As he walked on the stage he had a big smile and he greeted everyone by saying "Good morning boys and girls! Hey, how come everybody’s looking at me funny? I know, It’s because you think I’m Santa Claus right? No? Then what is it? Is something wrong?” Lots of kids starting laughing and shouting out “Yeah! You’re barefoot! Where are your shoes and socks?”

“Oh, so that’s it huh? Well, I’m sure you’re all wondering why I’m barefoot. Well, there’s a good reason and I promise, that’s something I’ll share a little later with you okay? Right now, I have a very important question to ask you. Are you ready? Here goes. If your Mother sold you, would she be a good mom or a bad mom?”

"Huh?" I thought. What'd he say? Is this a trick question?

"Let me ask you again," he said. "If your Mother sold you to someone, would she be a good mom or a bad mom?"

Everyone started calling out their answers, "Bad!" “Really bad!” One kid yelled out "She’d be a terrible mom!" I thought, "Of course, that would be terrible if my mom sold me. Are you kidding me? No way! It would be horrible! Why would any mother ever, ever sell their child? That could never be good. Could it?"

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
I can be found at: www.joy.org 

Thank you, Dr. Jeff, for sharing this book with me and my blog readers. I’m eager to read it and share it with my great grandchildren.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Why Are You Barefoot? - Paperback
Why Are You Barefoot? - Kindle
Why Are You Barefoot? - Hardbacki

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

JOY FOR THE JOURNEY - Matthew Miklasz - One Free Book

Bios: Matthew Miklasz is a pastor and author of the book, A Normal Guy. He studied theology through Trinity College of the Bible, and was ordained with the EFCA in 2003. He served on the District Board of Ministerial Standing, and coached other pastors through the Center of Excellence in Congregational Leadership. His wife of 27 years, Cyndy, has devoted her time and energy to raising their four children on their hobby farm in Minnesota. Visit www.mattnormalguy.com for more information.

Welcome, Matt and Cyndy. What motivated you to write the new book?
Matt — There were two main motivations for writing this book. One was a conviction God has been giving me in my times of reflection. This conviction is my need to steward the challenges I have faced and this next season of my life well. I believe deeply God does not waste anything. The second motivation came when I spoke at a men's conference in a vulnerable and authentic way on my journey with cancer. I gave five talks over the weekend and several men encouraged me to speak more on this and perhaps write a book on it.

Cyndy —
Matt asked me to write a timeline of our experiences as a context for the lessons we have learned. I don’t think he expected as much as I wrote, but once I started it just kept coming. It was enriching to work on the book together.

What are some of the difficult moments that your family has endured?
Matt— When our son Ben was born, he had a heart condition that required surgery just a few days after he was born. His condition was difficult for many months. For me, my journey has included Leukemia, Colorectal cancer and metastasis to lung, and the risky surgeries and treatments that have accompanied the cancers. Plus, the challenges of pastoral ministry and moving many times has always been a challenge.

As a pastor, is it difficult to share your doubts and fears in public?
Matt — It can be difficult at times. I often fear getting in the way of the message. I am, however, pretty transparent and authentic in the way I choose to minister. I believe God's grace is clearly seen in weakness.

What have you learned about God that you didn't know before your battle with cancer began?
Matt - meet our fears and desperation. I am finding more and more, this type of honest prayer is the avenue to real change. This is true in my life. It’s not that anything necessarily changes in regard to my circumstances. I still have leukemia. I still lost most of a lung and still face colon challenges. The oncologist still expects cancer to pop up again somewhere. So my circumstances haven’t changed. But I have. And I am. What I am discovering, in increasing measure, is that what actually changes in my life is out of my control. Though I long for good health, the only certainty God promises is peace. Peace in my heart and mind. When everything around me is uncertain, fearful, painful and confusing, there is God’s peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) His peace comes in ways that exceed human understanding. God’s peace brings a supernatural calm. It is perhaps the greatest miracle we can experience in our journey. This miraculous peace can settle over you when the bank account is empty, when the child walks away from God, when the doctor’s report is bad or when your marriage is in the balance, when a drug addiction overwhelms a loved one. It is the incredible, miraculous peace of God that calms any storm.

How does having an illness change your perspective on life?
Matt — I put more value on individual moments with people, most especially with Cyndy and my children. My main daily goal in life is to lay my head on the pillow at night and be able to say I loved God and I loved people well that day. I have found my journey with cancer has allowed me to answer this in an affirmative way more often. I believe it has helped our marriage in some ways. The things we used to find irritating have faded, and been replaced with growing appreciation for each other.

Cyndy —“I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob.” The kids and I still pull out this Larry the Cucumber quote, which pertains here. But seriously, while I began thinking back to what I was feeling during some of worst moments, sometimes it was overwhelming. It was also good to be able to look back and realize all that God has brought us through. 

Talk about your A Normal Guy book and why you wrote it.
Matt — My first book came about when my oldest daughter, Angela, encouraged me to write a book a couple of years ago. Then, on my birthday, she sent me a card and shared in it that it was still her dream for me to write a book. So I sat down and just started writing about my life, convictions, family, core values and passions. While ministering at the church, I was meeting many new people and one man I had spent some time with made a statement, “You know you’re just a normal guy.”  That conversation helped me realize the confidence and freedom I have found over the years in just being me. My normal. There is freedom I have found in not performing or pretending in the way I live my life. I believe authenticity provides confidence. In my personal journals, I record Scripture, circumstances and events that God has spoken to me through. As I wrote A Normal Guy, it was wonderful to see the hand of God in my life, and realize when some of my convictions were birthed. I am passionate about living authentically as I believe it provides the avenue to leaving a godly legacy.

How can people find joy in the midst of bad circumstances?
Matt — James 1: 2-4 tells us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  “Consider” means to reflect on something. This is the word James uses in reference to how to view trials. God has not called us to just survive the storms and surprises in life. He calls us to endure them with joy and passion. God wants us to embrace the purposes of our trials as we journey. This requires us to build a deep, abiding sense that God is in the storms; in control of the storms, purposeful in the storms, and good in all He does and allows. All through the Bible, God has a call for His people. It is call to journey well. Over and over, we see examples of people who walked in faith and journeyed with an enduring joy. Hebrews 11 speaks to this. We are not called to simply survive the trials and surprises in life. Instead, we are to rise up and live out God’s call on our lives in the midst of the trials. This call is not to be comfortable, but to grow in Christlikeness. It’s not to hide and run from every trial, but to be an authentic light in the midst of the trials. We are called to journey on the path set before us, including the trials, joyfully. To some, this sounds like a contradiction. Our lives are filled with surprises, and to journey well through them we need to face the questions we ask and the fears and doubts that linger. God wants us to be honest about our lives.

Thank you, Matt and Cyndy, for sharing Joy for the Journey with my blog readers and me.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Joy for the Journey - Paperback
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Monday, April 15, 2019

THE CHAPLAIN'S DAUGHTER - Kathleen L Maher - One Free Print or Ebook


Welcome back, Kathleen. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I am compelled to share the hope that is given to me in Jesus Christ, and the best way I know to do that is through stories of redemption. I set out to show my characters navigating real life situations that are beyond their natural ability to manage. God’s intervention has been real in my life, and I hope to show what that looks like in the lives of my fictional characters. Even though the work may be fictional, I don’t spare the realistic detail of how these answers manifest.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
My happiest day actually wasn’t the day I was saved. I hope that isn’t blasphemy. I know it was the most important day, but I was six years old, my parents’ marriage was crumbling, and I was at a Bible camp surrounded by strangers, away from my safe routine. But something happened in that moment which has given me the peace that has made a foundation for a secure life, despite the odds stacked against the child of an alcoholic. To me, that’s more important than happiness, which can be fleeting.

To answer the question about my happiest day, it was probably my wedding day.

How has being published changed your life?
Having books out there as a hybrid author has done a few things for me. When I landed my first traditional contract, I felt affirmed, that my calling wasn’t just a wish or a want. And then, there’s the longing fulfilled of sharing characters and messages that have been on my heart for ages—it’s a thrill when others connect. I truly hope my stories will make a difference in others’ lives, in the way they see themselves, their circumstances, and the God who cares and still answers prayer.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading an Indie book called Lane Steen by a talented new voice, Candace West Posey. She weaves a story of an underprivileged young lady who finds redemption through education and the kindness of a mentor, until she meets the Lover of her soul. The writing is lyrical and creates an atmosphere in which I can readily escape. I think we’ll be seeing more from her in future.

I’ll have to look her up and invite her on my blog. What is your current work in progress?
I’m currently working on Book 3 in Sons of the Shenandoah Series, called No Man’s Daughter.
Love was the last thing on Benjamin Sharpe’s mind, seeking to settle the farmstead adjacent to his father’s land. The fiery young lady squatter he encounters is more untamed than the neglected property. If he’s to prove himself to his father and his older Civil War veteran brothers, he’ll have his work cut out for him. Lee may have surrendered, but as far as she’s concerned, the war’s still on!

What would be your dream vacation?
I’ve been dreaming of taking a cross country road trip with my young adult kids to see America. So much is changing, and so fast, I just want to capture this moment in time before revisionist history or catastrophe changes the literal or political landscape.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I’ve written three novellas and two novels so far, plus two novel works-in-progress, and the settings vary. Of course, the series has common ties. All three have the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia as the axis from which they turn.  But choosing setting also involves my other loves—whether it be my fascination with the history of New York, my home state, or my Irish ancestry. Nineteenth century America is the time period for all but one. That outlier chose a made-up medieval town in Europe as its setting, since the part-fairy tale and part-allegory called for it. Think all the campy fun of The Princess Bride meets Shrek, but without the adult humor. 

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I think I would love an evening with Melania Trump. I can think of a million questions I would ask her, from being the wife of the most powerful and resolute leader in the world, to parenting a brilliant young man who some speculate might be on the autism spectrum, to asking her beauty tips and secrets. And I suspect there is a strong religious faith there, too. I would love to know more about her.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I paint and have an art page on facebook where I take commissioned pet portraits. I am a passionate gardener, but have so much to learn… And I recently forayed into raising puppies. I will probably not do that again soon. They were fun, for sure, and adorable, but the stress was more than I bargained for. But pets will always be a passion.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I have had a hard time committing to writing due to the general lack of monetary compensation. My husband works in human services, and we will never be rich on his income. I struggled with wanting to contribute, but knew the way I am made, I can’t both write and work—my brain just doesn’t allow it. So it has slowed my progress. I think having a couple of contracts has helped ease my guilt. It enabled me to invest what advances I earned toward the expenses of Indie publishing, so at least I can break even.

Prayer and encouragement from the writing community has been the biggest factor keeping me going forward.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I would encourage those starting out to find a critique partner, a mentor, and to write what you love. I am so grateful for ACFW who connected me with my best friends and critique partners. Writing groups like that offer a wealth of resources to help people in all stages grow in craft and business sense.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Chaplain’s Daughter, Book 2 in Sons of the Shenandoah series.

A minister’s daughter abandoned during war must rely on faith to survive. A wounded widower feels God has forsaken him. Will her devout care bring medicine to his soul or rub salt in his wounds?

This series follows the sons of Virginia horse trader Sam Sharpe through and after the Civil War. Book two focuses on the eldest son Captain Gideon Sharpe. It is a story that explores an unlikely hero—a broken man in desperate need of restoration—and the mending of the masculine soul. It explores the roles of men and women, and how modern fads and ideology cannot change who God made us to be—unique and equal but not same or interchangeable.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Chantilly, Virginia
August 30, 1862
Ellen White jolted on her bed roll and her dream of home faded into the predawn hour. A noise filled her A-frame tent, leaving her blinking into the darkness.

The sound which had woken her came again, a moan so near the hairs on her neck tingled. Raising the tent flap, she focused bleary eyes out onto the dim camp avenue. A man lay not two feet away on a stretcher, shivering despite the heat.

Manassas. Her mind connected tracks of thought like severed rail lines. Casualties from battle must have flooded in overnight. She’d retired early after toiling over her laundry cauldron all day, too tired even to change out of her clothes.

Ellen sat up and pushed tendrils of hair from her forehead to gain a better look at the wounded man. His ragged breath and stifled groans launched waves of urgency through her.

But then, knee boots stepped in front of her tent, blocking her view.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I can be found on the group history blog the 8th of every month:
 
https://www.hhhistory.com/


Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. Both the beautiful cover and the first page have made me eager for the arrival of my copy, so I can dive into the story.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Chaplain's Daughter (Sons of the Shenandoah) - Paperback
The Chaplain's Daughter (Sons of the Shenandoah Book 2) - Kindle

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

LOVE IN SEASON - Pamela S Thibodeaux - One Free Copy


Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Welcome back, Pamela. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Most of my stories revolve around forgiveness and second chances.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I don’t have another new release scheduled as of yet, however the audio version of my Indy title, Tempered Hearts, is now in production and hopefully will be out this year.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Nora Roberts. She is my favorite author and I’d love to sit and converse with her about life in general, friendships in specific, and what it takes to become as prolific an author as she. I know “hard work” would be the first answer but I’d like to go deeper.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I’m not much of a history buff so I hadn’t thought about who I’d like to meet besides Jesus. Joan of Arc maybe and see how she knew her calling beyond a shadow of doubt.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Don’t give up! Submit, implement feedback, re-submit or submit elsewhere. Writing is a talent and gift from God. Don’t bury your talent or hide your gift. Someone, somewhere wants, needs, to read what you write!

Tell us about the featured book.
For quite some time I wanted to put together a collection of short stories that centered around the 4 seasons and 4 holidays that focus on love and family (Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Since I already had several stories at Pelican Book Group, I mentioned this idea to my editor, the amazing Nicola Martinez, and she loved it. I submitted two previously unpublished stories to round out the collection, along with those PBG had already published, and viola! Love in Season was born.

Blurb: Anytime is the perfect time for love.
In this anthology, author Pamela S Thibodeaux brings together eight of her most beloved romance stories—one for each season plus four holidays that revolve around love and family.

Includes two brand new stories!


Please give us the first page of the book.
Winter Madness
They met on a cold winter morning in a cozy coffee shop. Not just the tinkle of the bell above the door announced his arrival, but also the quickening of her heart, the slow thud of blood through her veins, the sharp curl of need in the pit of her stomach. Even before she saw him, she knew the minute he’d walked in. A dream from her past.

He turned; their eyes met.

William’s eyes widened and his breath caught. There she sat all soft and glowing. A ghost from his past.  He hesitated, blew a soft rush of air to cool the steaming brew he’d just purchased. A sigh escaped followed by a resigned shrug. There’s no way out of the meeting now. Only a few steps separated them physically, miles emotionally. One hurdle at a time, he thought, and joined her at the table for two beside the window.

“Good morning,” she breathed up at him, every year of distance, every minute of longing reflected in her voice–as though she’d waited for him all along, just as she promised so long ago, and again not so long ago.

William scowled. “Snow everywhere, slush beneath, what’s so good about it?”

Sienna sighed, “There’s nothing quite as lovely as the first snow of the season.”

He frowned. “Lovely? Tell me, what do you find so lovely about the cold and dampness that comes with the first snow of the season?”

She smiled, and his heart skipped a thud.

“Always reminds me of what the Bible says about our salvation, and that the Blood of Jesus cleanses us as pure and as white as snow and offers us a chance for new life.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Links:
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com  
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

Thank you, Pamela, for sharing this collection with my blog readers and me. Sometimes, it’s good to have something shorter to read when you only have a few minutes.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

BEAUTY IN BATTLE - Robin Patchen - One Free Book


Welcome back, Robin. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?

He has been moving, Lena! Phew, it’s been a wild ride getting books from my laptop into readers’ hands. If I ever decide to release three books in four months again, somebody, please stop me!

It’s been wonderful to connect with readers, though. That’s my favorite part of releasing books—meeting and chatting with readers and hearing their feedback. In the midst of that, I’ve written another book, Legacy Rejected, which will release in July, God willing. It’s the story of Ginny, who readers of the Beauty series will remember was Jack’s real estate agent. Poor Ginny was pretty lonely in the Beauty books, but thanks to meeting Jack and Harper, she now has a solid group of friends in Nutfield. Good thing, too, because when her parents’ enemies catch up with her, she’s going to need them.

Tell us a little about your family.
Ah, my favorite subject! My husband, Eddie, and I have been married for 25 years. We both grew up in New Hampshire, but we’ve lived for 23 years in the Oklahoma City area. We have three children ages 21, 19, and 17. Our 21-year-old, Nick, is a missionary serving with Youth with a Mission. He’s currently leading a team of 15 in the Himalayas, where they’re sharing Jesus and serving a local Christian community. My 19-year-old, Lexi, is working and preparing to start college next year. She’s a great singer and has a wonderful sense of humor and a unique talent for voices and accents. She plans to study broadcast journalism and possibly pursue a career as a voice actor. My baby, 17-year-old Jacob, is a junior in high school who decided a few years ago to become a social media star. He’s the kind of kid who sets goals and then sticks with them until he reaches them. As of right now, he has 300k+ followers on Tick Tock, a social media app for teens, and it’s growing every day. Obviously, God has blessed me beyond measure with this family.

Wonderful!! Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Writing and editing—my other job—have made me a more critical reader, and not in a good way. Too often, I find myself thinking of ways I would have written a certain passage differently or silently editing as I go along. On the other hand, when I get fully sucked into a book, I go back and reread, trying to figure out what the author did. I love it when that happens, and I learn so much from other writers.

What are you working on right now?
As soon as I get Legacy Rejected sent to my critique partners, I’m going to dive into the edits of a book I wrote five years ago. This is the book of my heart, the only book I feel like the Lord gave me. I’ll be honest: I don’t feel up to the task of this edit. I’ll be relying heavily on the One who gave me the story to begin with. Only He can make this book all that it can be. I hope someday to be able to tell you and your readers all about Marley’s story.

I’ll look forward to that. What outside interests do you have?
Besides writing and editing? There’s my relationship with God, which is always first and foremost in my life. There are my family and my friends, whom I love to spend time with. But as far as hobbies go… does sleeping count? If so, that’s my favorite hobby.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Recently, my books have all taken place in Nutfield, a fictional town in New Hampshire. I chose that because it reminds me of home. In the book I just finished, I have the heroine having lived in Louisiana. I chose that because I have family there. It’s a nod to my cousins in that part of the world.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Today, I think Benjamin Franklin. He was such a unique character who lived in an amazing time. I’d love to ask him a million questions. (I’m sure he’d love that.)

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I’d known that there was no rush. I was so desperate for a publishing contract that I took the first one that came along. I’m not saying it was a bad decision, but there are things about those first books that I’d change now if I had the chance. I wish I’d waited until I had a little more experience and, frankly, ability.

We’re all tempted by the first offered contract. I did the same thing. At least, it was just a one-book contract. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
The same thing He’s been teaching me for years and years: to trust Him. Every season has its own challenges, and with each one, I have to lean into the Lord in different ways. The good news is that each lessons stays with me. My faith grows little by little. I wish I’d hurry up and learn everything I need to learn so we could get through these latest trials. Apparently, it doesn't work that way.

It’s all about the process. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Don’t run ahead of God. Be patient and go where He leads.
Find great critique partners you trust, and then take their advice seriously. It’s possible they see things in your writing that you can’t see.
Don’t settle for mediocre. Keep learning and improving.

Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Beauty in Battle: Book 3 in the Beauty in Flight Series 
The truth is out, but will it set her free or land her in the grave?

Harper doesn’t want to return to Maryland to face the police. The mess she left behind makes her look guilty of the worst, but it’s too late to run again. Red is safe and the authorities are waiting. At least Jack is by her side.

Now that Jack knows the truth, his feelings for Harper are deeper than ever. He’s not about to leave her side, especially knowing a killer is after her.

But Derrick is on their trail, and he’s come unhinged. And he may not be the biggest threat lurking.

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion of the Beauty in Flight series. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
Darkness swallowed Harper's rental home even before Jack navigated his pickup around a corner. She leaned against the cold window and restrained the sigh that wanted out. It was deja vu all over again.

When she’d first navigated the streets of Nutfield, rain and fear and exhaustion had made the little town seem scary, even sinister. Now that she was leaving, she knew better.

She’d like to tell herself she’d see the house again, see this town again, see Red again. But she’d fallen into that trap before.

When she’d hugged her parents good-bye, taken off to Los Angeles to see her name in lights, hadn’t she been sure she’d go back home to Kansas someday? Go back to flaunt her glorious success? What a naïve, foolish girl she’d been. She hadn’t been home, and now she’d never go, never have the opportunity to beg her parents for their forgiveness, to rebuild the bridges she’d torched with her own stupid choices.

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Monday, April 08, 2019

MEOW MATRIMONY - Lisa Lickel - One Free Book


Welcome back, Lisa. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I feel that I’m in a good place right now with writing. I spent a couple of years wondering why I was still creating new books and whether I was doing the right thing, but lately I’ve had good encouragement and found a rhythm of work, a niche that meets my quirky commercial cozy mystery side and my need for meatier, dramatic storytelling.

Tell us a little about your family.
Only a little? I have a semi-retired husband who loves to roam our acreage here in western Wisconsin. Our two grown sons and daughters-in-law have blessed us with six grandchildren in the last five years, so we love to visit. We are closer to our parents so we can help out a bit when they need it, and spend more time together.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes, my reading has changed significantly in the last fifteen years. When I first began writing professionally, all my brain could do was read as a writer. I would see the great lines, the awesome words, but also the mistakes, so it helped me as a writer to be able to parse other works. Then I became an avid reviewer, so much that a couple of times a year I have to put on the brakes so I can read books that I want personally to read.

What are you working on right now?
I have more mysteries in the works and will be working on a second tale following Understory, focusing on the human organ black market this summer. But this month, I will be writing a holiday novella in my Everything series to pitch for the upcoming holiday season with my publisher.

What outside interests do you have?
My husband and I enjoy traveling. We just returned from a trip to Hawaii, so now we have visited all fifty states. I love history everything and anything, and quilting.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like the Midwest—it’s where I am and it’s what I know, though I generally create my own communities within a specific region. Sometimes my books are set in a place I’ve visited, or a conglomeration of places. Wisconsin’s Great North Woods is an excellent place to hide, and western Illinois has a lot of charm.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I try to put a little history in my books. A Mark Twain impersonator is heavily featured in another of the Meow Mysteries. I think he was probably pretty squirrely in real life, but it would have been fun to sit in a small literary circle listening to his tales.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
One thing I’d wished I known before I became heavily invested in a professional writing career is that there is much more work promoting your novel than actually writing them. I took a good writing course so I didn’t come into it blind, but it’s still a shock.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience and listening. Learning to hear Him and to simply rest in His peace. It’s a good thing not always having to have the final word, or to be right.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
I am blessed to be able to help authors at an annual writing immersion program in May each year at a beautiful resort in Wisconsin. The things I repeat over and over are to Be Patient and Thick-skinned, Learn and Work at your Craft. Don’t Rush but never Surrender.

Tell us about the featured book.
Meow Matrimony is the third book in the Fancy Cat series. Ivy Preston has waited a long time to get married. This time she plans to do more than make it to the altar. But when Ivy tries to do a good deed and stumbles over a body, she and her former fiancé, Stanley, are accused of the crime. Ivy hopes she's not the only one who believes in their innocence.

Worse than being framed for murder, when one of her beloved kittens falls ill, Ivy must face her greatest fears. How will she ever parent a child if she can't even take care of a cat. . .and for that matter, how will she be the type of wife her devoted fiancé needs?

Through the love and support of her mom, fiancé, and friends, Ivy is determined to clear Stanley's good name, and her own. With nuptials looming, Ivy hopes not only to find a killer, but to make it to her own wedding.

Please give us the first page of the book.
“This is Ivanna in the morning,” the throaty voice from my car radio chanted. “Ready to sign off. Remember, North Star Candies…the way to enjoy the day. Who doesn’t adore North Star mocha fudge? Treats so light they’ll take you beyond the moon!”

“Hmm, North Star might have been the best around here,” I told my car radio. “Before Featherlight Confectioneries made caramel cashew with sea salt.” I pulled into my driveway, the cool sunny breeze whipping my hair when I opened the car door. Yippee! Not only was March arriving like a lamb, I had presents. My mail carrier Janie knew I’d stop in at home at lunchtime to check on the kittens, so she’d left the beautiful box from Emblem Paper Works on my front stoop next to my still tightly budded tulips. Sigh.

I put my hand over my fluttering heart and drooled once again over the wonderful, fabulous hunk of man who was going to marry me. The box of wedding invitations sitting there pushed me one step closer to the altar, which I vowed I was actually going to make stick this time. When I could touch the scrumptious, thick, silky paper and read the words, I was sure the wedding would finally feel real, and everything would be perfect this time. Adam Truegood Thompson, the man who loved cats and children, fed me gourmet coffee and chocolate, would take me, Ivy Amanda Preston, as his lawfully wedded wife. Mmhmm.

OK, quit dawdling, grab the box of invites, which technically wasn’t a present since I paid for them, and check on the man’s kittens which were currently in residence at my house so their father wouldn’t be tempted to harm a hair on their little heads. Sadly, the darling fluffballs broke the line of pure-bred Egyptian Mau cats when my silver, Memnet, got to, um, know his cat Isis, a smoke, a little better than we’d anticipated last fall. Mem and Adam were currently batching it at his place downtown.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2bPxi2X

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this mystery with my blog readers and me.

Readers, here is a link to the book.
Meow Matrimony (Fancy Cat Cozy Mysteries) - Kindle

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

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Thursday, April 04, 2019

THE SHATTERING II - Marsha Barth - One Free Book


Welcome back, Marsha. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I like to write all of my books as inspirational books to give others hope so that they may know that joy does come in the morning. I also, like to write them in novel form to develop the characters and theme, describe the beauty, instill the moral, and proclaim the victory in the end.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
There have been so many of them. Nothing compares to coming to know the Lord and truly experiencing the reality of His love. But meeting and marrying my Mike and having each other to climb the mountains, fight the battles, and claim the promises is at the top of the list, along with the birth of my two children. But then, so are the days of each and every birth of my nine grandchildren and every special day that I get to grow with them and be a part of their lives. “This is the day, that the Lord has made-and truly I rejoice in all of them.”

How has being published changed your life?
Being published has been life-changing for me. My stories are true stories, so writing them were very healing to me. Also, every time that I hear that God changed a life because someone read my books, gives me more joy than I could have ever known when writing them. Having the books published has opened many doors for me to go to many diverse venues and advocate, speak, and present to others how that we can overcome, and become whole, and that we are not defined by what has happened to us in our lives.

What are you reading right now? 
I sometimes read several books at one time. I use different sides of my brain. Just kidding. I have been enjoying both The Paradigm and The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. On a lighter side- It's a Wonderful Life-The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern who wrote this short story which the movie “It's a Wonderful Life” was based on. Which is my favorite movie of all times. And I want to reread the book that inspired me to write my books, Not My Will by Francena H. Arnold, as I haven't read it for a long time.

What is your current work in progress?
I write like I read—usually doing several projects at one time. I have some different ideas that I want to develop. One, is a story based in heaven. In heaven, I keep running into this person that I can't quite recognize in my heart as I have all the others. As I continually run into him, each time the familiarity becomes clearer but still vague until one day as I'm walking and talking with the Lord, He reveals to me who it is....   I also am busy writing a four-week study titled, “Victim to Victor” for Teen Challenge and will present and teach it as an elective for their curriculum. I would also like to develop this study into a book. I love writing children's stories and poems and would like to make a compilation of these in an easy-to-read book.

What would be your dream vacation? 
Have you ever watched the movie, The Shack?

Yes.
There is a little cottage in the woods surrounded by beautiful flowers everywhere with a lovely lake. I would love to be there, where I could walk, and decompress and write and write. It would also have to have a piano there, so my husband could sit and write his music. And to be truly perfect, there would have to be a waterfall somewhere within walking distance.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Actually, my books have been true stories and the settings are real places. But, also, whether I write fictional or true, I actually see the setting in my mind's eye. I can see it as if it is a painting or picture in front of me and I just begin to write it in detail-like a painter paints a picture, except I paint it with words.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Wow. This answer will probably get a rise one way or the other from people. But, truly, I'd like to spend an evening with Donald Trump. The reason why? Because, I believe he would truly listen to what I have to say. I would talk to him about the needs here in America, with our children, the broken foster care system, the need for better preventive care and intervention that works for our abused children. I would ask for more accountability for the perpetrators and for the needs of the children to be put first. I would ask him to make it a federal law that our broken social worker system would be fixed, that each state would be required a certain amount of social workers for our children per capita and that the social workers would get paid more than what they are now, which is usually just a little above minimum wage. With this, also, that there would be more accountability to these social services when these state agencies have dropped the ball and a child has suffered or died because of this. Sorry, you got me on a passionate subject with this question. But, truly, I believe he'd listen to me, and I believe he'd care, and I actually believe he'd at the very least look into it.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to play sports-all kinds, from swimming to playing all types of ball. Good thing, because out of the nine grandchildren, eight are boys and only one little girl. I love to play games, too. My favorite thing to totally chill out and enjoy is drawing landscape pictures on an Etch-A-Sketch. Quite challenging-try it-but relaxing also.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I find that time itself is my greatest obstacle. There is so much that I love to do that if I live to be 100, I'd still have just touched the top of the list. Also, second in place as an obstacle is the crazy stupid distractions and interruptions—like solicitation calls, junk mail, and e-mail. Often, I will write at night where I can be totally absorbed in my work, way into the morning. Only problem is, it makes for a rough next day.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I tell those who really like to write—write from your heart first. Don't focus on the grammar, spelling, or even your complete story line. Just let what you want to write flow forth. Then secondly, put it down and let it set. Then go back to it and clean it up good. Hack it, edit it, rewrite it, and make every word important to the story or take it out. I also tell people that everyone who has a story to tell may still not be true writers. I tell them if they want to go the way of writing a book, be prepared to write it, rewrite it, rewrite it, and did I say rewrite it, and then edit it, over and over again, until you know that it is the complete and perfect creation of what you wanted to express. Anything short of this-just enjoy journaling.

Tell us about the featured book.
This featured book is The Shattering II- Breaking the Silence. It is a sequel to my first book- The Shattering-A Child's Innocence Betrayed. Both books can be read in any sequence and stand on their own as an individual read. This book again is an inspirational book of the joy of overcoming more than victimization. This book lets the reader embark with the main character, Julie. You are able to experience with her the hope that prodded her forward at every crossroad, through every obstacle, and share the sweetness of discovering with her the reality of a God who truly never left her alone—loved and carried her in the darkest hours, and led her on a healing journey that made her whole. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
Julie nervously paced the floor, back and forth. Her mind raced. No matter how hard she tried, she could not organize her thoughts. They bounced around inside her head like ping pong balls, ricocheting one against the other, until Julie thought that her head would burst. What can I do? What can I do? Julie could hear the sound of voices rise from downstairs as the argument escalated. There was no stopping them. Julie had tried and tried countless times before to help settle her dad and stepmom’s arguments, but tonight, this would be impossible. Things had gone too far. There was no turning back. Julie walked quickly to the window and pulled down the blind with a quick jerk. As she let it go, it snapped at the top and continued to spin. Julie reached and unlocked the window, and then with a quick thrust pushed it upward. Dampness had made the wood frame swell as Julie tugged at the window earnestly to get it to open further. It was late. Julie leaned out the window. She shivered as the cold air rushed past her. Looking up into the sky, tiny snowflakes caught onto her eyelids causing her to blink. The full moon cast its light, brightening the surroundings. The porch roof on the other side of the opened window was covered with a fine dusting of snow. Julie pulled the blind back down and left the jammed window open.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://marshabarth.com         

Thank you, Marsha, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Shattering II: Breaking the Silence - Paperback
The Shattering II: Breaking the Silence - Kindle

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