Thursday, September 24, 2020

JUSTICE FOR ELIZABETH - Mary Vee - One Free Book

 Welcome, Mary. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.


Oh, dear, dear. My life is an open book with pages copied and infused inside every character. My favorite color (orange), my favorite dessert, and deeper yet are my fears and triumphs. Veiled in story, woven with a single thread of ink dripped here then there. First in the main character and later in a tertiary soul suffering from a dreaded sickness or some other horrible drama. I’d say, pertnear most of myself can be found in my characters.

 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Only one? The candidates for quirkiest would keep you entertained. But. God has kept me alive despite my crazy whims to do more. The winner is: During our honeymoon, my husband and I chose to climb a cliff. We carried a rope up with us for the descent. Hours later, we reached the top, dangled our legs over the edge and feasted on the pine green treetop carpet beneath us. With the rope firmly anchored around a tree, we wedged our toes between rocks and grabbed onto tree roots, working our way down—but twenty feet above the earth, the rope unexpectedly ended. Yeah. Miscalculated that one. It was quite an adventure getting the rest of the way down.

 

Oh, my. When did you first discover that you were a writer?

Although I’d written many short stories for my students, I’d never considered myself a writer until that golden day when an editor sent an acceptance letter for my first article and asked for a second to be published in their national church paper. So many doubts filled my heart before that moment. In truth, those rascal doubts occasionally surface still. But with God’s encouragement they vaporize.

 

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I enjoy reading suspense, mystery, historical, biblical fiction, the classics (Dickens, Hugo, Bronte, etc.) and on occasion fantasy and science fiction, oh and young adult. Well maybe military fiction and split time too but never ever, unless tied to a chair and promised chocolate will I read non-fiction, excluding the Bible, of course.

 

Most of the nonfiction reading I do is research for a book I'm writing. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I talk with God conversation style. Confession: I’ve complained to him. Cried to him. Laughed, sang, recited His word to him. I’ve often seen later that my emotions or misconceptions steered me crazy. Good that God is in charge and always brings about the proper results instead of granting my wishes. ;)

 

I so agree with that last line. How do you choose your characters’ names?

Research. Hours of research. Google is a good friend for this project. On occasion I borrow real people’s names like Dickens did. I want a name that fits the setting, is unique yet not weird, has the right sound when spoken, matches the age, culture, beliefs, circumstances, and basically is the perfect name. But. Sometimes. Characters don’t like the spectacular name bestowed on them. They tell me to change it midship. Seriously? Yeah. Characters can be like that.

 

I've experienced a few if those. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

During my first summer as camp counselor for inner city children, God let me help a few girls see how to put their trust in Christ. In the many subsequent years, more opportunities came in Sunday School, AWANA, VBS, in the US, Mexico, and Honduras. The joy has never grown old.

 

I know what you're talking about. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

If I were an animal, I would be a mountain goat, fluffy and white, scaling cliffs, balancing on inches of rock…overlooking a sea of rugged, snow-capped peaks wildly rising above the clouds and kissing the sky. Then, in the still, I would look down at narrow valley canyons striped with blue squiggly rivers and cottonwoods. Why? Because I love to see God’s creation.

 

It is beautiful. I thoroughly enjoy his creativity. What is your favorite food?

Plain Jane. I use few spices in my cooking and always work to enhance original flavors. So, when I can strawberry preserves, I use twice the berries and half the sugar. YUM

 

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

For the longest time, I struggled with cryptic writing. What I mean is I focused on my conception of tight writing so much so I failed to paint 3-D word pictures. Reading well written books cured me of this problem like a sweet medicine. Occasionally, I fall back into the bad habit, but catch the rough sentences when editing. Caveat, tight writing is still important.

 


Tell us about the featured book. 

Today’s featured book is Justice for Elizabeth. Did you know the life of a high society, wealthy woman isn’t easy, especially when something goes tragically wrong? Social obligations and appointments fill a day from early morning to late evening. Real life truly hasn’t changed much since Downton Abby. Elizabeth Alexander can’t possibly fulfill her social calendar appointments with her husband locked away in prison. Who could when the gossipers won’t believe he’s innocent? Her family’s name is at stake. They’ll be ruined! She must hire someone who can prove him innocent. She chooses Carhill. The man who solved her dearest friend’s case last Christmas.

 

Detective Branson Carhill, a master of French, formal dance, dining, conversation, and all manners expected of one in the elite class, hides his true middle-class identity when working for his favorite clients. The rich. The witty. The arrogant. A campion force in the art of verbal sparring. How does he gain their confidence? With his motto: Your case can be solved quickly without notifying the media.

 

Wit. Friendship. Embezzlement. True Love. Murder. Justice. Humor. This is the next book to read.

 

Please give us the first page of the book.

Branson Carhill rested his hand on the doorknob to his agency, preparing himself for the next five minutes. Dreading.


The matter on the other side of the door involved his loyal assistant, Mrs. Spinnaker. She seemed to think she should be paid on a regular basis and so dedicated every morning to regaling the current solvency, or lack thereof, of his business. He let her believe he didn’t keep track of these details mainly because no one could replace a good assistant, even a detective with a perfect track record.


Granted her assessment of the agency’s finances had merit. She was, after all the best. As with every other business morning, she’d greet him once he opened the door, then insist he improve the cash flow by approving a meeting with one of the clients from the case pile towering on his desk.


This morning.


If he wanted the electricity to stay on.


Bold, rich coffee aroma drifted through the door, tempting him to enter. Such a cruel deed, Mrs. Spinnaker.

 

How can readers find you on the Internet?

You’ll find a common theme when looking for my name. Mary Vee Writer or simply Mary Vee

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Link for all my books: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Vee/e/B01N0XTYIQ

 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

HOSTAGE - Cindy Bonds - One Free Book

Welcome, Cindy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.


I enjoy reading books with strong, female characters. I guess it’s just easier for me to relate! So when I write, I tend to use some the same characteristics that I see in me, in my female protagonist. Sometimes those characteristics are good: confident, a leader. Sometimes, they are not as good: prideful, unwilling to allow anyone to help.

 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Quirky doesn’t really describe me or anything I’ve done. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment or anecdote?

 

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

I’ve always done well at writing, at least in school. Term papers, poems, those early years in elementary school when we wrote our own short stories. But I never even considered doing it until about four years ago. I had been on a Dani Pettry binge and those books gave me so many ideas. I happened to see a few posts on Pinterest about how to write your own book and it hit me, I could actually do that.

 

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I tend to stick to the Christian side of suspense, but I have been known to lean into YA fantasy. I started out reading The Happy Hollisters as a child, so as long as it has a mystery or a twist to it, I’m hooked!

 

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

My husband and I teach the youth at our church and knowing we have to be prepared and ready to teach twice a week really keeps me in check. It’s so easy to step away from the Bible, to be too busy, too tired, too bored. But being involved in our church keeps my head down and my focus ready. As we do our best to lift up our students, it’s a wonderful reminder that we can be lifted up as well!

 

How do you choose your characters’ names?

I really like unique names and names that can have a shortened nick-name. I’m not much on pet names, so when the male protagonist uses a shortened name, to me, it conveys a level of intimacy and knowledge within their relationship.

 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Accomplishment- an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment.

I would have to say, according to this definition, it would be the Genesis Contest with ACFW. I was a semifinalist in 2019 with this book, Hostage. To make it that far, it gave me a sense of accomplishment that the hours at the computer over the past several years, wasn’t a waste!

 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

I haven’t thought of something like this since grade school, not sure I really had an answer back then either! But when I think of being like an animal now, I think of Isaiah 40:31 - “But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Being high above this world, away from the chaos, hate and frenzy; yes, that’s where I would want to be.

 

I agree with you. What is your favorite food?

Seafood. More specific, lobster. I love lobster! But as a foodie, I’ll pretty much eat anything. I do think a big plus with the lobster is that you get to dip it in melted butter. I mean, what could be better?

 

My favorite food is lobster mac and cheese. But I've only eaten it a couple of times. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

When I first started writing, I had so many ideas. For the first year and a half, I didn’t stop and never felt like I couldn’t fill a page. I didn’t realize I had been saving up for so long! But after that, I bottomed out. I would start with an idea, knowing where I wanted to start and where I wanted to end. The problem was, I couldn’t fill the middle! The answer was pretty easy; read. Instead of staring at an empty screen, I would read. Three books or so a week and suddenly, I had ideas and scenarios filling my mind. The imaginative juices flowing, I was finally able to complete all those half-ideas and thoughts, forming them into a complete story line.

 


Tell us about the featured book.

Macy Packer is a strong-willed woman taken captive while doing her best to protect a senator. Imprisoned, she leans on one of her fellow inmates for support. After a harrowing escape and rescue mission, she finds herself back on U.S. soil.

Kane Bledsoe is soon healed and ready for life to become normal again. That is, until he finds the woman he met while in prison. It doesn’t take long before she’s in trouble once more and he steps in to help. But everything gets turned upside down as the threat becomes more than they can handle on their own.

 

Please give us the first page of the book.

“Get down!” Macy Packer shoved the senator to the ground and took cover. Gunfire erupted around them. Bullets ricocheted over her head, forcing her to wait before returning fire. Her com-link rang out with the voices of her five man crew, nearly deafening her, but over a short time, their voices faded. The outcome of the battle became clear. The smell of smoke stung at her eyes and throat. Fire engulfed their helo.

 

She yelled, “Get that bird here now!”

 

“Two minutes out.”

 

“Too long,” she muttered. Macy reloaded and rained another torrent of bullets, pushing back the insurgents making their way across the rooftop. She grabbed Senator Marstill and rolled him beneath her. He cried out and grabbed his head. “Don’t move.”

 

Ducking down, she snagged a Glock from a deceased friend, noting the blood seeping through his shirt and pooling around his body. There would be time to mourn later. Right now, she was intent on living through this day. A bullet tore past her shoulder as she stood to move the assailants back, firing and falling back to her position.

 

More! I want more! How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website is https://cindybonds.com/ and you can find my author page on Facebook @CindyBondsAuthor. Here is the link to purchase Hostage: https://scrivenings.link/hostagekindle

 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

VALLEY OF THE SHADOWS - Candace West - One Free Book

Bio: Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.

 


Welcome, Candace. I was born and lived in Arkansas until I was a junior in college. Then my faily moved to Texas, and I transferred to a Texas school. I didn't transfer again when they moved to New Mexico the next year. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

 

Even though a little bit of myself exists in my characters, I enjoy discovering their differences and looking at the world through their eyes. They need to be distinct and unique. The challenge is learning how they react to situations, how they think, and feel.

 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Often during my teen years, I donned an old fashioned dress, grabbed a book, a quilt, and spent the afternoon in a hay field reading. I pretended I was Anne of Green Gables.

 

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

 

I was twelve. My family and I were on a long car trip to visit my grandparents in Colorado. As we drove through Kansas, I grabbed my notebook and penned “Following Prairie River” to pass the time. Through those rolling hills, I created a western adventure of an orphaned brother and sister.  

 

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

 

I read either clean or Christian books. Historical fiction is my first choice, hands down, but I read contemporary romance and some suspense as well. I love the classics and British literature. I also enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies of historical figures, particularly American ones.

 

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

 

All my life, I’ve been a homebody and a country girl. Spending time with family is therapeutic for me. When things get too busy, I step back and spend time with them. Also, spending time with the Lord keeps me grounded and resets my focus.

 

How do you choose your characters’ names?

 

That’s a funny question because when I first started writing, I opened a phone book. Remember those? I thumbed through the list of names and picked the ones I liked. Now, though, I search through old fashioned names on the internet. Sometimes, if I hear an unusual name, I’ll jot it down for future use.

 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

 

That’s a hard question because often I don’t feel I’ve accomplished much. My hope and prayer is that the Lord will use my life somehow for His glory. Ever since I had my son, my desire is to be a blessing to him, to teach him what it is to walk with the Lord.

 

A very worthy endeavor. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

 

What a fun question! I love animals of all kinds, but I especially love cats. They’re comfortable in their own skin, confident. They’re master tree climbers. And most importantly, cats know how to nap!

 

What is your favorite food?

 

Mexican and southern home cooking. Enchiladas with white cheese sauce, beans, and rice is my favorite Mexican dish. At home, during the summer, I could eat fried okra and fried squash every day. And let’s not forget purple hull peas. Now, I’m hungry!

 

I love okra, squash, and purple hull peas. The best way to cook okra without frying it is to cook it whole on top of purple hull or blackeyed peas. There's no slime that way. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

 

Time. During my twenties and mid-thirties, I had little time to write. After marrying and starting a family, I found even less time. Stories filed away in my head for some day. In 2018, I made up my mind to publish Lane Steen. The way I overcame not having time was to make time. It’s a daily thing.

 


Tell us about the featured book.

 

How does a villain become a hero? Valley of Shadows is a second-chance story of an outcast and his estranged wife, both former concert musicians, working together to save a community and rebuild their life. But will the shadows from their past forever darken their future with failure?  

 

Sounds interesting. I love second-chance stories. Please give us the first page of the book.

September 2, 1910

The torrent swept away Lorena’s well-devised surprise into the muck. Coal-black clouds hurled sheets of rain upon the surrounding Ozarks and against the little train station huddled under the trees.

 

Stranded. Lorena was five miles away, but she might as well be five thousand miles from Valley Creek. No one knew she was here. Father told her to wire first, but she wanted to surprise her daughters. Lorena shook her head.

 

Edging back farther on the covered platform, Lorena winced as rain thundered down the tin roof, splattering mud on the bottom step as it pounded the ground. A burst of lightning swept across the sky and the hills. A sudden flood of color assailed the next moment with gray. Thunder  crashed and rattled the station’s windows.

 

“Ma’am.” The stationmaster poked his whiskered head around the door. “You ain’t got no one to pick you up?”

 

“No, I was planning to walk to Valley Creek. I guess it’ll have to wait for now.”

 

I want to know what happens next. I'm sure my readers do, too. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Please connect with me. I love becoming friends with my readers!

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I’m also coming soon to the Mosaic Collection of authors. https://www.mosaiccollectionbooks.com/

 

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Monday, September 14, 2020

THE SHOPKEEPER'S WIDOW - Izzy James - One Free Book

Welcome, Izzy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.


I’m not sure I have an exact equation for that, but generally I would say that at least one of the principles I live by is a part of my characters.

 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I am usually pretty staid, methodical, and frugal. A couple of years ago a friend of mine was selling her Mazda Miata convertible. After a 5 minute discussion with my husband, I decided to buy it. Since then I drive it as often as I can. Even a trip to the grocery store in the middle of winter for a couple of items will find me with the top down roaring down the twisty-turny country roads.

 

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

I can’t say with certainty how young I was when I first attempted a story. I do remember it was difficult and it caused me to think through what the necessary parts were to a coherent story. By junior high school I was getting chosen to read my stuff to the class and getting chosen to have my plays performed. It was then I began to understand that I just might be able to do this writing thing.

 

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I LOVE to read. In fiction it ranges from literary fiction to cozy mysteries to romance. In non-fiction, I read about mathematical modeling to histories to diaries.

 

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I work 6 days and guard the seventh. Sometimes the day of the week changes, but I guard that seventh day. I take short vacations and stay-cations with my husband.

 

How do you choose your characters’ names?

So this is a pretty funny question for me. I LOVE to look at names. I’m partial to old-timey ones, particularly Puritan names. For my historicals ,I look through old marriage registries for the time period, but that can get you into trouble too. When I first wrote The Shopkeeper’s Widow, I used an old marriage registry and found the name Xaney. It appeared twice in the e-book I used. Well, the name was so unusual that I got questioned about it in a contest, in fact I wasn’t allowed to continue and one of the reasons was they thought her name was too odd. So I went back to the book—it wasn’t there. In its place was Nancy. Apparently during the ebook conversion some weird mistake happened, and I didn’t know the difference! :-) So then I did another search and Xaney was renamed Delany. Given my ‘drothers though, I’d have stuck with Xaney.

 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Honestly, this one is hard, I think it changes depending on the context. Right now, I am very proud that The Shopkeeper’s Widow was chosen for publication by The Pelican Book Group’s White Rose imprint. The people at Pelican are dedicated to the Lord first and to publishing wonderful Christian stories. I haven’t read a bad book published by them yet. To have The Shopkeeper’s Widow sitting in that group of wonderful books is just an honor.

 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

It’s between two: a dog because they are loyal, kind, loving, and they guard their families or an eagle that soars to the heavens. Too bad I couldn’t be a flying dog. That would be great!

 

Thanks for my first chuckle of the day. What is your favorite food?

Spinach cooked in olive oil with roasted garlic.

 

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Having enough time to plan what comes next and write the words. I had a talk with the people concerned and began to guard the time.

 

Tell us about the featured book.

The Shopkeeper’s Widow is a romance that tells the story of Delany Fleet and Field Archer. 

 

Please give us the first page of the book.


Circular Letter from the Earl of Dartmouth to the Governours of the Colonies

Whitehall, October 19, 1774

Sir:

His Majesty having thought fit by his Order in Council this day to prohibit the exportation from Great Britain of Gunpowder, or any sort of Arms or Ammunition, I herewith enclose to you a copy of the order; and it is His Majesty’s command that you do take the most effectual measures for arresting, detaining, and securing any Gunpowder, or any sort of Arms or Ammunition which may be attempted to be imported into the Province under your Government, unless the master of the ship having such Military Stores on board shall produce a license from his Majesty or the Privy Council for the exportation of the same from some of the Ports of this Kingdom.

I am, Sir, your most obedient humble servant, DARTMOUTH  

30 September 1775Borough of Norfolk, Virginia

With a startled swipe of her arm, Delany Fleet brushed Noah’s animals to the floor. Still grasping the tiny wooden giraffe from the set she’d been arranging, she hurried toward the door of her shop and the sound of the drum.

Outside, fifteen British soldiers marched up the narrow, mud-caked street. Bayonets glinted in the early afternoon sun. Redcoats crisp against white lapels. Black boots marched in cadence with the drum.

Her heart thumped with the beat. Behind them, in the harbor, the fourteen-gun sloop-of-war, Otter, leveled its barrels at the borough.

People streamed out of their shops and houses to witness the spectacle.

Delany had grown accustomed to the sight of soldiers making a nuisance of themselves around Norfolk, but this formal display of British military strength took her breath away. It was Lord Dunmore’s latest ploy to control the ‚rebellious‛ Virginia colony. If only all this unrest would go away. She’d worked too hard to lose everything in a game of politics in which she had no part.

The soldiers marched two abreast, a wall of hewed stone. The men towered above her own sixty-inch height, faces wiped of all expression.

Their power stirred in her rebellious emotions she thought dead with her late husband, Tom. The spell broke when her nephew, Ben, arrived at her side. She pulled him close. At thirteen, Ben itched to join the militia. This display wouldn’t help matters. Forgetting the open shop, she and Ben followed the crowd as the column made a turn onto Main Street and arrived at the Virginia Gazette.

 

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Website:  http://www.echull.com

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

WINNERS!!!!

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

EPHESIANS & ALL THAT JAZZ - Tom Anderson - One Free Book

 Welcome, Tom. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?

 


The one thing I would like your readers to know about me is that God takes the unlikely and unremarkable and uncertain, loves on them and, over time, creates a message in them through the events of their life and then uses that to ministers to others.  For me and Nan, God used our marriage which should have failed miserably to show us how un-messes the messy and how He transforms lives and relationships.

 

Tell us about your family.

 

Nancy and I have been married over 45 years and, from the beginning, had a heart for God and for the things of God.  But for the first eight, we were on life support.  Then God stepped in with a specific word that began the transformation.  We have two children who are walking with the Lord, six grandchildren and some life-long friends. 

 

Have you written other nonfiction books?

 

This is the first book that I have written.  I have written in the past for myself because I found that the Lord seems to speak or clarify my thoughts as I write.  And when I preach, I also write and re-write the sermons. This book really had the same feel as that.

 

Do you have any other books in the works right now?

 

I am working on a book about Abraham.  It hit me a couple years ago that God declared him righteous about 10 years after he committed his life to the Lord.  It messed with my evangelical mind where we are declared righteous when we put our faith in Christ. 

 

Abraham’s righteousness was not about him believing in God, but believing what God said about him.  Abraham did not believe who God said he was (that is the father of many nations) until God brought him out under the stars.  At that point, Abraham went on a journey of becoming and this journey had specific stages.  These are the same stages each of his and God’s children go through. These stages can be summed up in three words—faith, hope, and love.

 

Abraham finally believed what God said about him and then spent years hoping against hope that he might become.  Finally, on Moriah, this was fulfilled in him because Abraham was willing to freely give back to God what He had given him.  Abraham didn’t need externals to know who he was or who God was.

 

This is what God desires for each of his children and is the path that I have seen God take me on.  First to know both that you are the loved son or daughter of God and you were created with specificity.  Then to know the process.  We need both to recognize the why of you and the how.

 

 What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?

Much to my wife’s consternation, the only hobby I have is her.  Saying that, we enjoy going out for coffee together, spending time with the kids and grandkids and developing friendships.

 

What is Ephesians and All that Jazz.  Riffing with Paul.

 

Jazz is a paraphrase of Ephesians.  It takes small sections of Ephesians and tries to express Paul’s heart in ways that might resonate with the readers.    

 

Why did you write Jazz?

 

I began writing Jazz to explore what I believed about God. The thought of publishing never crossed my mind because I never thought I would finish it.  But as I wrote, it drew me in and caused me to see God in a delightfully different and engaging way and, in light of seeing God, I began seeing myself in a new way as well.  I have published this because, I think, Jazz can create a wonderment in others as well.

 

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?

 

My greatest hope for those who read Jazz is not that they come away with answers per se but to come away with questions that will lead them into their own encounter with God. I invite the readers, in the intro, to journey with me as I explore my own soul and try to grasp the Wind. But, as they read my journey, I hope they would be encouraged to start their own.   

 

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?

 

In the title, Jazz is called a transliteration. There are three terms used in translation. The first is translation which is what we all know where there is a one to one correlation between the word in the original language and the one you are translating it it.  For example, charis is grace.  Agape is love.  A paraphrase will take the basic thoughts and take liberty with the text in order to paint pictures that help the reader understand the thoughts better.  In the truest sense, what I have done is produce a paraphrase.

           

A transliteration, however, knows that there is not a word in your language that approximates the word or concept in the language you are trying to translate so you must create a new word and attach meaning to it to be able to communicate it. There are many words in the Christian jargon that have definitions but no meaning. Words and concepts, like righteousness, the Trinitarian God, being filled with the Spirit, and others, can cause one’s eyes to glaze over.  The Holy Spirit needs to creates new words in our internal dictionary before they can come alive in you and before you can begin to understand and walk in them. 

 

Please give us the first page or two from the book.

 


You can find larger sections on Amazon but here is the intro:

 

Jazz is the best way I can describe what I have written.  Jazz is a uniquely American art form and, in its purest form, is improvisation.  It takes basic chord structures and then riffs or expresses notes that are imagined, not written.

 

Jazz is highly subjective and invites the audience to take a journey with the musician as he explores his own soul.  At times, it is brilliant.  At other times, not so much.  Jazz occasionally is not safe.  But it is always authentic.

 

In the first century, Paul was a jazz musician. The good news he proclaimed was uniquely his.  He even called the message he preached, “my gospel.”  What he heard from God was distilled in his own soul before he communicated it to those who were to hear the wonderful love of God. 


While Paul was unique in the breadth and depth of the revelation he received, he is not unique in how God transmits His message.  Though God can and does sovereignly reveal His Son without human agency, His plan has always been to infect others with someone who has been infected with God. 

 

Paul also talks about two ways to communicate the message.  One is by the letter and the other, by the spirit.  In musical terms, the letter would be reading from a score and the spirit would be playing jazz.  Both require a firm understanding of music theory and an effortless expertise.


While both produce music, however, one is born from within while the other echoes the past and others.  John the Baptist, when asked who he was, said that he was a unique voice and not an echo, even though the prophets of old could be heard resounding through him.


Paul said that the Christ he proclaimed was the Christ who was revealed “in” him.  The Word that had become Flesh, became flesh once again in Paul.  His life and writings were but an outworking of this. 

 

And that Word, in part, has become flesh in me.  This work is the result of many years of God changing my thoughts about Him, about myself and about life, and then ultimately changing me.  Most of these thoughts I have carried with me for years.

 

But there were moments when I was writing, that an idea dropped into my mind which had never occurred to me, nor had I heard, before.  These thoughts are either brilliant or borderline heretical.   It felt at those moments as if I was attached to a tether which was being stretched beyond its tolerances.  And I let it.

 

You might sense this as well because jazz at times can have a disrupting effect on one’s assumptions and create cognitive dissonance.  Jazz can bring unanticipated moments for everyone.  But these are the moments when you just might encounter God.  Moses did when he stopped to gaze at the incongruent scene of a bush being consumed by fire, yet not burning out.  It was in that moment that Moses experienced God in a new way. 

 

With jazz, it is difficult to have the music pause so you can think about what you just heard; but with this, you can.  It might be best read in bite-sized chunks so you can consider and pray about the thoughts which might bring a different perspective.      

 

I am asking you to join me in my journey as I try to express the heart and mind of Paul through mine.  You will experience some “aha” moments which will create fresh thoughts in you.  You also will scratch your head at times (which is equally my hope). 


But if you let Him, you will sense the breath of God blowing on you through these pages and find a desire grow in you both to know the God you could never have imagined and the you He imagined before the worlds began.  And hopefully at the end, you will find the courage to begin riffing yourself because you too were created to be a jazz musician. 

 

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?

 www.Ephesiansjazz.com is the book’s website

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjAvSMLUIAImJXbH8J5-hrw?view_as=subscriber is my youtube channel.

ephesiansjazz@gmai.com is my email address

 

Thank you, Tom, For sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I know it will touch and change lives.


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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

HEART OF A WARRIOR - Angela Couch - One Free Book


Welcome, Angela. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

Mostly, because they are the stories I really want to read about!

 

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?


That would have to be my wedding day (just over ten years ago). It was honestly perfect (despite snow in May!)
 

How has being published changed your life?

Being published has been a goal since I was a teen, so the biggest change was the satisfaction that I achieved a long-standing goal. 

 

What are you reading right now?

I am just finishing Mary Connally’s Loving the Texas Negotiator. Since I’ve read all her historical novels, I figured I should check out her contemporary ones, too.

 

What is your current work in progress?

I am working on a Canadian Mountie series, so it’s fun to be writing a little closer to home. 

 

What would be your dream vacation?

Maybe a cabin in the mountains with a lake and lots of trees. Just time with family enjoying nature. 

 

How do you choose your settings for each book?

Each book is different, but for this new release, Heart of a Warrior, it was while driving through the Rocky Mountains and wondering how it would feel to be lost down there the valleys so thick with trees and winding like mazes. 

 

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

Had to think about this one. I think I would enjoy an evening with an intellectual like Thomas Sowell or Jordan Peterson. 

 

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I enjoy gardening, teaching martial arts, and schooling my kids. 

 

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Finding the time with four busy kids to keep up with.


What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Take the time and effort to write, rewrite, edit and edit again, while listening openly to the advice and critiques of others.

 

Tell us about the featured book.

The Man She Fears Is Her Only Chance For Survival . . .


All Christina Astle wants is to reach Oregon before her baby is born, but the wagon train is attacked, and her husband killed, stranding her in a mountain labyrinth. Raised in the East, within civilization's embrace, survival is not a skill she's learned. Neither is evading the lone warrior dogging her trail.


Disgusted by the greed and cruelty of men like his white father, Towan has turned to the simpler existence of his mother's tribal people. He is not prepared for the fiery woman who threatens to upturn his entire life ... and his heart.

 

Please give us the first page of the book.

Autumn 1859

Eyes clamped shut against the subsiding ache in her abdomen, Christina Astle sucked in cool mountain air. Pine saturated the breath and constricted her lungs like the corsets she’d happily given up only months earlier. Her hand stole across her extended stomach. What had she been thinking, agreeing to follow Anthony away from society, safety, and a house with four walls? What if they didn’t make it to Oregon in time? She refused to give birth with nothing but canvas overhead.

The wagon wheel dropped into another rut, and a gasp escaped her, drawing her husband’s gaze. “I’m sorry. I wish I could go slower, but we’re at least a mile behind them.” He glanced at the sun hovering above, then slipped the gold watch from his breast pocket and flipped it open. “It’s after three already.”

“I know…and I am fine.” Christina raised her chin a degree but refused to look at him and his perpetually concern-laden eyes. Anthony did everything within his power to keep her comfortable, stopping often, even when it meant trailing behind the rest of the wagon train. As long as they caught up by nightfall. Still, heat rose in her chest. They should have waited another year, or—better yet—never left Cincinnati in the first place.

The crack of a discharging rifle pierced the valley and deepened into echo. Then a scream, soft and haunting. More gun fire followed, ricocheting off the high mountain ridges.

The wagon lurched to a halt, and Christina grabbed for the seat. She stared ahead at the empty trail scarred with evidence of those who led the way. Horses. Cattle. Families with children. God, no!

The wagon jerked and rocked off the trail, reins slapping the backs of the mules.

Christina dug her fingertips into the raw wood. “What are you doing?”

“I’m taking it away from the trail. I’m not leaving you sitting in plain sight.”

“Leaving me? You can’t. We don’t know what’s going on.” Her head spun. “No, Anthony. Not with these mountains full of savages. Don’t you dare leave me here.”

The wagon tipped slightly then righted, dropped over the slope, and rolled into an aspen grove. White bark glimmered in the bright sun, and young saplings sprang back into place as the wheels passed over.

“There’s only one way to find out what’s happening. If they’re being attacked, they’ll need help.” Anthony lunged to the ground and unharnessed the mules, fastening them farther out of the way. All except the one trained to ride. Anthony left him near the wagon, heaving a saddle over his withers and forcing a heavy bit into his mouth.

Christina remained paralyzed on the seat. “Anthony…no. Don’t go.”

He said nothing as he loaded his revolver and strapped it to his thigh. With the Winchester tucked under his arm, he swung onto the back of the animal and twisted the reins through his fingers. “You’ll be safe here. Most likely it’s nothing.” He looked away, giving the mule an angry kick. The animal balked but lurched to a trot toward the trail.

“Anthony!”

He rotated in the saddle enough to meet her gaze and yanked back on the bit. His brown eyes studied her face, and his chest released a sigh. “Chris, I have to go. You know where the other rifle is, and the shells are under the seat if you have any need of them. I’ll be back soon.”

Christina sagged against the back of the wagon seat. The edge bit her spine. Hooves scraped the loose rock of mountain trail and faded with the distant gun fire. 

 

How can readers find you on the Internet?

angelakcouch@hotmail.com 


Thank you, Angela, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. It sounds interesting.


Readers, here are links to the book.

https://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_73&products_id=1471 


https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Warrior-Angela-K-Couch-ebook/dp/B0875NPKLZ/ref=sr_1_38?crid=2AWNJA1N1SBPA&dchild=1&keywords=heart+of+a+warrior&qid=1594225113&sprefix=heart+of+a+warrior%2Caps%2C198&sr=8-38

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heart-of-a-warrior-angela-k-couch/1136867479?ean=9781522398738

 

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Monday, September 07, 2020

THE BLACK MIDNIGHT - Kathleen Y'Barbo - One Free Book

Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and bestselling author of more than 100 books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Student and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.

 

Her latest novel The Black Midnight is a historical true crime romantic suspense novel based on the true stories of the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper and the Midnight Assassin, a serial killer who terrorized 1880s Austin, Texas. Neither was brought to justice, and some theorize they are one and the same.

 

When she’s not spinning modern day tales about her wacky Southern relatives, Kathleen inserts an ancestor or two into her historical, true crime, and cozy mystery novels as well. Recent historical releases include bestselling The Pirate Bride set in 1700s New Orleans and Galveston, its sequel The Alamo Bride set in 1836 Texas, and The Chisholm Trail Bride set in 1880s Texas and Louisiana, which feature a few well-placed folks from history and a family tale of adventure on the high seas and on the coast of Texas. She also writes (mostly) relative-free cozy mystery novels for Guideposts Books.


Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They now make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and a family of very adorable Londoners.

 

Dear Readers, I have loved every book that Kathleen has written. Each time I read a new one, I think to myself, this is her best one yet. And it is always true. The Black Midnight, true to form, is my favorite right now. It is a historical romantic suspense novel. It hits all the bases for me. Authentic historical details. A romance that can never be. A suspense story that I didn’t figure out until near the end of the book. Her characters are full-blown with both virtue and vices. They really grabbed my heart and attention and kept me reading every minute I had available each day. You don’t want to miss this one.

 


Welcome back, Kathleen. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?

I’m sure I wanted to be everything from a horse trainer to a ballerina depending on the day when I was little. However, when I was in college, I thought I would go on to law school after I graduated. Instead, marriage and family delayed my entry into the legal field for about twenty years.

 

 How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?

Usually it takes about three weeks from start to finish to write a 65,000 word novel. The first two weeks is spent writing the first ½ of the book and the last week, the rest.

 

How do you come up with themes for your stories?

I rarely know the theme, so that’s a hard question. I start with characters and setting and let them tell me what happens. That sounds simplistic, but that’s really how it works for me most of the time.

 

Do you have a schedule of when you write?

I work full-time as a paralegal in a law office, so my writing happens on weekends and evenings during the week.

 

How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?

Ha! I’m not, at least with any regularity. But I try! Though I prefer a desktop, I write on a laptop so I can be flexible and spend time with my husband while I’m working on a book.

 

What elements do you think make a great story line?

For me, characters are what makes a book. So give an interesting character doing something out of his comfort zone, and I’m hooked.

 

What was the hardest thing about writing a book?

Convincing myself that I can actually do justice to the synopsis I gave my editor! I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to second guessing my ideas. At the end of the book, once I’ve written THE END, I’m always happy with the results. But the beginning? Not so much. That’s why the first half takes 2/3 of my writing time.

 

How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve lost count! It’s more than 100. That’s like asking which is my favorite child! The one I like best right now is my newest, The Black Midnight (historical true crime/romantic suspense). But I also really like The Pirate Bride (historical romance with pirates) and Firefly Summer (contemporary Texas romance). And my Women of the West series (historical Western romance). And the Secret Lives of Will Tucker series (historical steampunk/romance). I also just wrote a contemporary mystery for Guideposts earlier this year that touched my heart. The title was Where There’s a Will but I think it’s going to be renamed by the publisher. Anyway, ask me tomorrow and I’ll name different ones, I’m sure!

 

Do you have a favorite character?

I have a few favorites. Anna Finch, the heroine of Anna Finch and the Hired Gun ranks in my top three. I also love my pirate heroine in Pirate Bride and my feisty heiress turned reluctant nanny in The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. Oh…then there’s….sigh…there are so many!

 

Tell us about the story.


Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, a killer struck fear into the hearts of the citizens of Austin, Texas. Some believe one man is responsible for both while others lay the blame at the feet of someone close to the queen herself. With suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin murders case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter. One man is essential to her team, and she doesn’t want to consider taking on this challenge without his expertise. Unfortunately, he’s back in Texas with a bad attitude and a new profession.

The prospect of a second chance at catching the man who terrorized Austin three years ago just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer, even if it does mean working with the Queen’s great-granddaughter again. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the lady detective left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago.

Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted. 

Please give us a peek at the first page of the book.

The first chapter of the book is available on preview at Amazon. May I please break from protocol here and give you one of my favorite scenes of the book???? The only things you need to know to understand this scene is that Kellum is a detective from Scotland Yard and Isaiah is the Texan Pinkerton detective hero and he’s been instructed NOT to wear cowboy boots to Buckingham Palace. J

 

Excerpt from Chapter 22 of The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y’Barbo

A meeting with Queen Victoria’s advisors

Buckingham Palace, London

April 1889

 

“You may speak freely here,” Annie told him.

“Very well, it concerns your relative, Prince Albert Victor.”

Her attention went to the prime minister who showed no reaction. Then she turned to Kellum.

“I see.” Annie folded her hands in front of her. The man she knew as Uncle Eddy, that the public called Prince Eddy, had a rather interesting reputation, to put it mildly. Still, murder was well beyond anything she would expect of him. “Go on.”

“There have been some rumors...”

He paused, obviously uncomfortable with the topic. Annie wondered if he’d drawn the short straw in the competition to see which of them would be speaking today. Or rather, which would not.

“That is it has been whispered, quietly of course and certainly not intimated in the press or amongst those who might speak publicly...”

Annie shook her head. “If you could just say it, that would be most helpful, sir. I assure you I am not the delicate sort, and I prefer a man who speaks his mind plainly and clearly.”

Kellum gave Simon a helpless look, prompting the police officer to nod. “What Lord Brixton is saying is that there is a theory that the prince could be the killer—this Jack the Ripper--that we are looking for.”

Lord Brixton. Yes, she remembered him now. Papa hadn’t particularly cared for him.

“I-I-I am not advancing that theory,” Mr. Kellum stammered. “However sordid or false, which it likely is, what I am saying is that it is something that has been spoken about, though not publicly. At least not in the newspapers. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it.”

He looked around to the other advisors, and they all nodded. Then he returned his attention to Annie. “If we did not mention it,” he amended. “Our hope is that this investigation might prove that the prince is innocent of any atrocities. Were it to be found otherwise, I do not know how we would manage to tell Her Majesty.”

“So she hasn’t heard these rumors?” Annie asked. “Are you certain? I have found that the Queen is quite intelligent and generally well informed, even about rumors. Nothing gets past her, so do not underestimate her knowledge on this subject.”

“We have heard these rumors.” Granny swept into the blue room with a sea of courtiers following in her wake. “And we are much distressed.” She focused on Annie. “Thank you for the compliment, kitten. However, there must be no preferential treatment for Eddy. I want him properly investigated and I will not abide any editing of the facts.”

“Yes ma’am,” Annie said as she bowed to her grandmother.

She turned to inspect the men in the room. “Prime Minister, we did not expect to see you here.”

Lord Salisbury cleared his throat, his hands clasped behind him. “I am here on an unofficial basis, ma’am. What concerns the nation, concerns me.”

She held his gaze then nodded. “Yes, of course.”

Silence fell. After a moment, her steely gaze landed on Isaiah.

Annie held her breath. The Texan had executed a perfect bow when she entered the room and so far had followed all the rules of protocol he’d only just learned a few minutes earlier.

“Detective Joplin of the Pinkerton Agency,” the queen said.

“I was, Your Majesty,” he told her. “Though I have recently taken up lawyering.”

“An unfortunate turn of events,” she said. “We’ll not need a lawyer here today, thus we hope you have retained some of the knowledge that you once possessed when you actually were a detective.”

Annie detected the slightest hint of a smile beneath Isaiah’s serious expression.  “Yes ma’am. I believe that I have.”

Granny continued to study him. Unlike the other men in the room, Isaiah did not cower under the queen’s icy presence. Rather, he appeared ready to continue their conversation should Her Majesty wish to do so.

“What else have you retained from the time when you were a detective, young man?” Granny glanced down at his footwear and then back up at Isaiah as she waited for his response.

“I have learned that patience is a virtue.” He paused. “And that what is meant to be will be.”

One dark brow lifted. “And what cannot be?”

“Takes a little longer, ma’am,” he said in his Texas drawl.

Annie wasn’t sure whether to gasp or laugh. She decided it best to do neither.

The room fell into silence. Even the courtiers had stopped their whispering. Every eye was on the queen and the Texan who towered over her.

Finally she spoke. “Have you made the acquaintance of William Cody, Mr. Joplin?”

Buffalo Bill? Yes ma’am, I have.” He paused. “I understand he performed here for your Jubilee.”

“We were pleased with that performance.” Her gaze slid to the floor and then returned to his eyes. “We were gifted with footwear much like his cowboys wore. Unfortunately, the ornamentation on them has rendered the boots quite decorative and unfit for our stables.” She paused. “We would much prefer a pair like yours.”

“Ma’am, with your permission I could see that you have them,” he said. “It would be my honor.”

The queen never broke her even gaze or showed any indication of her thoughts on the matter. Then, finally she offered a very slight dip of her head. “We shall allow it. However, we must wonder at the advisability of wearing such footwear meant for the stables on our valuable carpets. Do we understand one another?”

Annie held her breath in anticipation of what the detective would say. Knowing Isaiah, it could be anything from a polite response to another of his cheeky comments.

After a moment, he nodded. “Yes, ma’am. We do.”

 

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?

My website at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com contains all my book news and buy links, a list of all my social media contacts, and much more!

 

Readers, here are links to the book.

Black Midnight - Christioanbook.com
The Black Midnight (True Colors Book 7) - Kindle

 

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