Monday, September 2, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, September 4, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the novel below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.  


 Fiery Secrets by Stephanie McCall

Stephanie McCall is an English teacher with two Master of Arts degrees from Western Carolina University. She lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys reading, writing and participating in Bible studies, prison ministry, and her church’s drama team. Her favorite Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Connect with Stephanie on Facebook.




 Article by Stephanie McCall
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word.”
-Psalm 119:28 (NIV)

          “We live in a fallen world,” has become almost a stock response for Christians experiencing trouble. It’s difficult to question the phrase too, because it’s true. Sin corrupted our world beyond repair, and because of it, we deal with dozens of troubles. Yet, I wonder how many Christians know what it means to possess a soul “weary with sorrow.” As in, not sad because you lost your loved one, but sorrowing because every day brings a reminder that he or she won’t come back. Not angry because your kid disrespected you again. Furious, and bone tired of fury, because the latest incident is the umpteenth time he or she has rebelled.
          The main characters in my debut romantic suspense novel, “Fiery Secrets”, knew what “weary with sorrow” feels like. For heroine Grace Taylor, “weary with sorrow” came every time alcohol tempted her. “Again, Lord? Why won’t You heal me for good?”  For hero Chris Anderson, every PTSD episode wrung more energy from his soul, to the point that “God, please…” became his only prayer on a particularly oppressive night. When prayer gets reduced to a desperate minimum—that’s weary with sorrow.
          I’ve been there, too. In 2010, I had just graduated with my first Master’s degree and come home looking for work. Because of my cerebral palsy, I had to wait for the “right” job; I couldn’t go out and wait tables or flip burgers, as willing as I would have been. Unable to drive, with parents who commuted to jobs an hour away, and with no income outside SSI, I was housebound. The “right” job never came. At times, I told Jesus, “I won’t commit suicide, but if this is the way You want me to live, You better come get me, because I’m not doing it.”
          Similar circumstances have brought me to a similar situation three and a half years later. My prayers have long since reached the desperate minimum. However, God recently reminded me that for this time, my only duty is to embrace grace minute by minute. If I need a refill in thirty seconds, fine. He’ll do that. I may be eating morsels from His hand at the moment, but He feeds the birds the same way, and says I am more valuable than the birds.
          I will say the same thing to you now. Living under the weight of sorrow will never be easy, but inside it, grace exists. God does strengthen us according to His Word.


Book Blurb 
Fiery Secrets by Stephanie McCall. Christian Romantic Suspense.

When it comes to trial, God either spares you from it totally, asks you to walk through it, or delivers you from it by taking you to Heaven. Dr. Grace Taylor, a driven pediatrician and single mom, needs divine intervention if she’s going to heal from the actions of her cheating, abusive ex-husband.  But she never thought God would work through Chris Anderson, a tutor at the local learning center whose secrets keep him from opening up to her. Both Grace and Chris have been asked to walk through their trial by fire; they’ve come out alive, but they still smell like smoke.  Despite fears and distrust, love begins to take root in their hearts. But their fiery secrets threaten to keep them apart, and blister their souls.

Where you may purchase Fiery Secrets by Stephanie McCall: 
Paperback at Amazon.com
Kindle at Amazon.com
Nook at Barnes & Noble


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Fiery Secrets by Stephanie McCall. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need you email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday’s  blog.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of  It Adds Up To Murder by D.A. Featherling is Veronica. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

18 comments:

  1. Yikes! First comments don't usually win! ;) I would love to, though! Stephanie, I think you are a very courageous young woman with a lot of spunk! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great sounding book!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for reading, Diana! I'd love to see your feedback on Fiery Secrets whether or not you win. :) And thanks for being the first commenter.

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    2. Diana, so glad you stopped by and left your comment. I see below that you are also a follower and I appreciate that!

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  2. I'm a follower via GFC and also via email.

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. Hi Jo. A good article by Stephanie. A hard situation. Most people would just give up. She's a strong lady. God's blessings. Then I grumble about much less. Makes me ashamed. I'm glad she started to write. Something she can do with pride and help other people. Thanks Jo for this today. And thanks for the give-away. Enjoyed your MON. blog also. I am a follower. GOD bless. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Please don't feel ashamed, Maxie. Everyone has her own hard situation, and all that's accomplished when we try to "rank" them is that we feel even worse. And then, as 2 Corinthians 6 puts it, we end up acting as if we've "accepted God's grace in vain." I was recently reminded of how much I need grace for my situation, as does everyone. And although that's not why my heroine is named Grace, I find it interesting that the choice came back to "bite" me. :)

      Stephanie

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    2. Maxie, you're welcome. Glad you liked the article by Stephanie. Thanks for leaving your comment. Really appreciate you being a follower!

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  4. Would love to be entered to win. I have not read anything by this author.
    I am a follower.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey, glad you found a new author. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog!

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    2. Hello there,

      I hope to become one of your favorite authors as I launch a writing career and pen more books. Good luck!

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  5. This sounds like something my son-in-law went thru with our daughter.... looking forward to reading this!

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    1. Melody, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

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    2. I'm glad you can relate to the book, Melody. Hope your daughter is doing well.

      Stephanie

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  6. Book sounds fantastic! A lot of this book hits home. Thank you for sharing. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a follower!!

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    1. Barbara, glad you enjoyed Stephanie's visit. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

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    2. Hi, Barbara,

      I'm glad to have written a book people can relate to. I hope you enjoy it very much.

      Stephanie

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  7. Enjoyed your post, Stephanie! This is a book that can benefit everyone - sooner, or later. Thanks for bringing it to us!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a follower.

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