Thursday, January 18, 2018

H. L. Wegley, Thriller with Romance Novel


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VOICE OF FREEDOM
by H. L. Wegley


H. L. Wegley
H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he served as a Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Physics Department of a national lab. Then, he worked 20+ years in computer systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking beaches in the Olympic National Park, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and high-action, romantic-suspense novels. Besides his scientific work, he is a multi-published author with 7 novels and 2 nonfiction books published and several more novels on the way.


Welcome, Harry. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
My heroine, Julia Weiss, experiences the message of 2 Chronicles 16:9. I hope readers will see that they should never underestimate what God can do through a heart fully committed to Him, especially if that heart is theirs. God strengthens fully committed hearts.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Usually they are surprised, then curious. The revelation usually spawns a few questions about what I write and writing in general.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The plotline for Voice of Freedom was determined by the story told in the 3-book series. However, my personal study of Christians and self-defense provided inspiration for the two main characters, Julia Weiss, a small woman and a pacifist, and Steve Bancroft a big, powerful man who served as the weapons specialist for a team of Army Rangers. Opposites do attract, but they also have differences to work through. And Julia has a big question to answer. Is it ever right to kill another human being? And trying to answer that question while you point a gun at a killer is not the best time.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach, especially if it’s sunny.
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all may not know it, but my wife and I spent 4 ½ years with you guys down in Texas. For the rest of our lives, we’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest. So, it’s both for us.
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. But, for some reason, we call them dinner rolls on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. 
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug. You can’t get enough coffee in a teacup.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Voice of Freedom.
Voice of Freedom is the Silver Medal Winner for Christian Thrillers in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2017. On one level, this is the story of two people God brings together so each can help heal the deep wounds of the other. On a larger scale, it is the story of the rending and the repairing of America, continued from book 1, Voice in the Wilderness.

Voice of Freedom (Against All Enemies 2) back cover blurb:
All eyes are on America as the nation writhes under a tyrant’s grip.


Six Americans who spawned a resistance movement against tyrant, Abe Hannan, are hiding on the Israeli coast. Steve Bancroft, an Army Ranger protecting the other five Americans, is drawn to Julia Weiss, who reminds him of the twin sister who died under his protection. Julia, a petite woman with strengths that belie her stature, has horrific images of war etched on her mind, making Steve the kind of person her pacifist thinking rejects. 

President Abe Hannan, in a stalemate with the insurgents, gambles to crush the heart of the resistance, Brock Daniels, KC Banning, and their four friends, in a winner-takes-all battle determining the future of America. If Steve and Julia survive, can they overcome the demons from their past and find hope for their future?

Voice of Freedom is an action-packed political thriller set in the immediate future, a story spanning the globe from Israel to Canada and from Washington DC to Oregon, a story for the time in which we live, a story of faith, hope, courage, and love.

Where can readers find you online?
Website   
Facebook author’s page
Many of my readers friend me and contact me using my Facebook profile page
Twitter 
Amazon
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Voice of Freedom?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
The third book in this series, Chasing Freedom, is a prequel, meant to be read last. It tells the story of the third couple in the series, the couple cast in a supporting role in books 1 and 2.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you think about a Christian—like my hero, Steve Bancroft—serving as a weapons specialist for a team of Army Rangers—a person trained to use nearly every military weapon on the planet?

Harry, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Harry is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address) or eBook copy of Voice of Freedom to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 23, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Voice in the Wilderness by H. L. Wegley is xxx. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


AMAZON GIVEAWAY for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies: Friendly Persuasion (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends Jan 26, 2018 11:59 PM PST. See Official Contest Rules 



Thursday, January 11, 2018

HL Wegley, a Thriller with Romance


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VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
By H. L. Wegley


H. L. Wegley
H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he served as a Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Physics Department of a national lab. Then, he worked 20+ years in computer systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking beaches in the Olympic National Park, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and high-action, romantic-suspense novels. Besides his scientific work, he is a multi-published author with 7 novels and 2 nonfiction books published and several more novels on the way.



Welcome, Harry. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book, Voice in the Wilderness?
Actually, there are 3 takeaways. First, Jesus used stories to convince and convict our minds and hearts. Brock Daniels, a gifted writer and the hero of my story, uses words to convince a nation. I hope readers will better understand the power of words and the power of story. Second, the heroine, KC Banning, is incredibly gifted. She is a beautiful genius with a heart that simply will not quit. But KC has come to trust her abilities more than anything else. Regardless of our gifting, we will face times where we are not enough, and only by trusting God will we find a way forward. Thirdly, I hope readers will see that America, a nation God has blessed in the past, has abandoned much of the wisdom of our founders and that could lead us into a dark future. 

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
That’s an easy question—the sandy beaches of Maui. I’ve written parts of 3 novels there, read, walked miles barefoot in the sand, celebrated my 50th wedding anniversary, and snorkeled. Actually, I don’t snorkel ON the sandy beaches. It was my wife who did that. Suffice it to say that one should not snorkel too close to the shore. You might, as the Beach Boys say, catch a wave. But you won’t be sitting on top of the world.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
Everything I write—plot outlines, character descriptions, backstory, and chapters of my books—begins as words I scrawl in a spiral notebook using a mechanical pencil. The penciled portions are usually crude, so I transcribe them into Word using Dragon Naturally Speaking. From that point on, I work mostly on the computer. I’ve found that writing by hand usually matches the pace of my creativity. So, new words keep flowing without the disruptive starting and stopping I experience when creating from the keyboard.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach. It’s my favorite writing spot.
Y’all or You Guys? Both. My wife and I spent nearly 5 years in Texas and the rest of our lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. Summers are incredible in the Northwest.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug. Mug = more.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Voice in the Wilderness.
Voice in the Wilderness is the Gold Medal Winner
for Christian Thrillers in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2017. It is the story of two childhood soulmates brutally ripped apart by an overprotective father, a US Senator. When threatened by a tyranny-minded president, the two, now adults, find each other and find that, together, they have the abilities, information, and platform to rally a nation against a tyrant … if they can stay alive.

Voice in the Wilderness (Against All Enemies 1) back cover blurb:

What if your blog could save the nation, but posting to it might cost your life?

As catastrophes drive the US into martial law, all eyes are on America, waiting to see what emerges. KC Banning, network specialist, discovers President Hannan’s tyrannical plans and is branded a terrorist, sending her fleeing the Beltway to find her childhood soulmate and protector, Brock Daniels. Brock, a writer and man of faith, gives CPR to a dying nation through his blog, which is read by military members still loyal to the Constitution. But starting a grassroots resistance while reconciling KC’s and Brock’s broken relationship proves difficult. When Hannan sends Special Forces to kill Brock and KC, starting a war in the Central Oregon desert, reconciliation, like staying alive, might be impossible.
Two extraordinary people … born for a time such as this.

Set both in Washington DC and near Crooked River Ranch in the Central Oregon desert, Voice in the Wilderness, Book 1 of the Against All Enemies Series, is a political thriller, with romance, about two people who must decide if they’re willing to sacrifice their lives to prevent the USA from becoming the Dystopian States of America.

Where can readers find you online?
Website 
Facebook author’s page
Many of my readers friend me and contact me using my Facebook profile
Twitter  
Amazon
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Voice in the Wilderness?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
If the readers would like a good feel for the main characters and the plotline of Voice in the Wilderness, this trailer does a great job of presenting both.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
It seemed like a good plan to release my political thriller series, Against All Enemies, across the election year, 2016. But, by the end of that year, Americans were all on political overload. If I were to write a political thriller (with romance) for release later this year (2018), would it interest you or not?

Harry, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Harry is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (US mailing address only) or eBook copy of Voice in the Wilderness to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 16, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Finding Grace by Melanie D. Snitker is Diane W. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Melanie D. Snitker, Contemporary Inspirational Romance


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FINDING GRACE
By Melanie D. Snitker


Melanie D. Snitker
Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Welcome, Melanie. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I think most of us are pretty good about extending grace to others, but we often fail to allow the same for ourselves. As I wrote Finding Grace, I was reminded there are seasons in our lives when we can’t handle it all. It’s okay to let some things slide, to prioritize, and to rely on God and others for help. It’s also okay to release the unnecessary guilt that many of us carry. I hope my readers will come away inspired to give themselves a little grace when they need it most.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I have both a small laptop and a desktop that I use to write with. Recently, I got a new table for my main computer that converts to a standing desk. I find getting enough exercise is a true challenge, so being able to walk some while I write has been wonderful.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I’ve enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember and always knew I was going to be an author. As a teenager, I discovered Janette Oke’s books. From there, I developed a love of reading romances, and the library was my main source of reading material. It was very discouraging to go through the romance novel section because most of the books I found were less than clean and wholesome. That’s when I decided I would write the kind of books I wanted to read: Books that I wouldn’t mind my own daughter picking up when she became a teenager. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Rolls
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? Both
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Finding Grace. 
Single dad Tyler Martin can't be more grateful to the woman who finds his missing daughter. Even though he feels a spark between them, falling in love is a risk he shouldn't take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise. 

After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. With the walls around her heart finally starting to crumble, she's afraid of a future she can't predict. 

Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Finding Grace?
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much, Jo, for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog and visit with your wonderful readers! 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I’ve read a number of series that I hated to see end, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Zion Chronicles. What about you? Do you have a favorite series?  

Melanie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Melanie is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address only) or eBook copy of Finding Grace to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 14, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is Deanne P. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Novel


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A DANGEROUS LEGACY
By Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden is the author of ten historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.


From the book’s back cover:
Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming—and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can’t deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they’ve been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

From Jo:
Elizabeth Camden has written another winner! This historical inspirational romance is chock full of the sweet love between a young American woman and a member of British royalty. They each experience a burdensome family legacy that they cannot turn their back on, yet one that keeps them apart. This book’s pages hold suspense enough to keep you turning pages until the end. When you finish the book you’ll probably feel you know Lucy and Colin, their characters are so well written and developed. And the historical facts surrounding the story are woven into the story at precisely the correct amount and at the appropriate times.

Where you can purchase A Dangerous Legacy
Amazon
Barnes and Noble  

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 2, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of An Amish Summer by multiple authors is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

An Amish Summer by Multiple Authors


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AN AMISH SUMMER
By Multiple Authors


Shelley Gray
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best-seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website online. 


Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her website online. 


Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her website online. 




Kelly Irvin
Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. A retired public relations professional, Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-nine years. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Visit her website online.

From the Book’s Back Cover:
A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances
from some of our favorite Amish authors!

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
Arianna is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Adrianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.

From Jo:
This collection of four novellas by wonderful writers of Amish fiction is a winner! All four novellas are filled with sweet love stories sprinkled with elements of family and the Amish community. Enjoyed all the stories. My favorite is One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin!

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 26, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden is Jackie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, December 19, 2017 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


TO THE FARTHEST SHORES
By Elizabeth Camden




Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden is the author of nine historical novels and has been honored with the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the Carol Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.  


From the book’s back cover:
The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her.


Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas—an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny’s help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan’s past puts everything at risk—including his life—can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?


From Jo:
Elizabeth Camden has written an absolutely beautiful love story between a U.S. Navy man and a civilian nurse. When the Navy sends him on a highly secretive mission, it destroys his reputation and breaks her heart. He’s honor-bound not to reveal where he was or what he was doing while he was away. His telling would jeopardize countless lives and also the continuing mission. The couple battles continuous conflict when he tries to persuade her to take him back. The story is full of twists and turns that keep the reader turning pages. I love Elizabeth Camden’s stories!

Where you can purchase To the Farthest Shores:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

Commenters, to enter the book drawing for a print copy of To the Farthest Shores please leave your comment on this post through December 19, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Jerusalem Rising by Barbara M. Britton is Lori. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Barbara M. Britton, Biblical Fiction novel


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JERUSALEM RISING
by Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

Please enjoy Sara’s article below about writing Jerusalem's Rising.


A Book That Never Changes,
But Is New Every Day
by Barbara M. Britton

I have been a Christian for over forty years. I’m married to an ordained minister and my basement looks like a theology library. I’ve had the privilege of teaching Bible stories in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and in a local Christian school. I thought I knew a lot about the Bible…until I started reading the story of Nehemiah.

I had taught about Nehemiah going before the king and asking to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I had even had my students stack cardboard boxes to simulate the building of Jerusalem’s wall. So, when I started writing Jerusalem Rising, I thought it would be easier than writing my other Biblical fiction. But, no. The Bible never ceases to amaze me. I learn knew tidbits of information every time I dig into Scripture.

My heroine, Adah, is a daughter of Shallum mentioned in Nehemiah 3:12. I had no idea young girls worked to rebuild the wall. How did I miss this? We don’t know how many daughters Shallum had, but I have given him two [in my novel, Jerusalem Rising]. Two brave girls who help Nehemiah restore their city.

I also didn’t know there was a prophetess mentioned in Nehemiah’s story. Nehemiah 6:14 mentions the prophetess Noadiah. Now, you would think she would be a supporter of Nehemiah’s work. Think again. She tries to intimidate Nehemiah and he is not happy about it. She shows up in my novel and irritates Adah and Nehemiah.

As I mentioned previously, I have been a Christian awhile. I remember a song talking about the joy of the Lord being one’s strength. Well, that ditty is in the book of Nehemiah. I love Nehemiah 8:10b
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isn’t that an awesome reminder of where joy comes from? I like to say that you have joy if you put Jesus first, then Others, then Yourself.

Nehemiah also reminds us of the history of the Israelites. In chapter 9, he recounts the calling of Abraham and the Exodus. Nehemiah gives us a mini history lesson.

I feel blessed to be writing stories from God’s Word. My husband once told me to never bore people with the Bible. How can I? I am learning knew things every day about God and His Word.

May you and I continue to learn more and more about God as we celebrate Christ’s birth and the blessing of a new year.


Barbara, welcome. Please tell us more about Jerusalem Rising.
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise?

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Barbara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Barbara is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Jerusalem Rising to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 12, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust is Patti. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



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