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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 27, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention 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 have a U.S. mailing address. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony

Connie Almony is our guest blogger. Connie is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. Her newest release, At the Edge of a Dark Forest, is a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD.

Welcome, Connie. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

1) I once lived in an all-male dorm at a major state university. I was a graduate-assistant, resident director. Yep, that’s the premise of another manuscript.

2) I am a Third Day Gomer (more on that below).

3) My daughter and I sometimes converse in song. It is the byproduct of watching way too many musicals growing up.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Well, reading, of course! I also love to attend Christian music concerts. While writing another manuscript that was heavily influenced by the music of Third Day, I discovered a group of fans, named “the Gomers” (after a song from an early album, entitled Gomer’s Theme). They are sometimes lovingly referred to as “Third Day Psycho Fans.” I joined the group and have come to know there are other crazy Christian music lovers like myself. We sometimes get together before concerts, and pray online for each other when needed. Many of them have allowed me to share their ministries and faith testimonies on my blog. Very inspiring! I love these guys!

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?

Can I use a different Bible character? I hope so. I had to think about this one a very long time and couldn’t pick one. You see, I admire one person for one thing, and another person for another thing, and like to see each person as a part of the whole God created—or better yet, as part of the Body of Christ. That’s when it hit me. I’d like to spend time with the man who authored the idea of the Body of Christ, the apostle Paul. He often wrote of how we are all different and yet that’s exactly how God meant us to be. For that reason, we must work in communion with each other to accomplish His purposes. I love this idea and am so grateful to Paul for including it in God’s Word.

Please tell us about At the Edge of a Dark Forest.

Cole Harrison, an Iraq War veteran, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.

Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new limbs, only to discover the darkness that wars against the man he could become.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

I think if I had to choose one point, it would be that though God uses us all in His work, healing His children and bringing them to Himself, in the end He alone is the one Who will do the saving. It’s a balance. I think many times we feel we need to be the ones to fix someone. We want to hear them say, “You’re right,” when we tell them of God’s loving salvation. But sometimes we need to obey even when God tells us to “step back” and let Him do the work. As a counselor, I’ve worked with a lot of abused young women who felt it was their job to save a man with their love. It is not. In fact, if not careful, one can travel into something very dysfunctional called co-dependency. God chooses to use us in His work, but we need to remember He, alone, is the Savior.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest can be found at
Smashwords and its distributors.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online. 
You can find me writing book reviews for Jesus Freak Hideout and hosting the following blogs: InfiniteCharacters and Living the Body of Christ. You can also meet me on the following social media outlets:   

Any parting comment?

Thank you for having me on your site. It’s been a pleasure to meet you :o).

Thank you, Connie, for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters of this post will win a copy of At the Edge of a Dark Forest, which you have graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 27, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. I am intrigued by this one, count me in. Please. I am a follower.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Melanie. And good luck :o)!!!

    2. Melanie, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

  2. I've read this very inspiring book and admire Connie's insight. I'd probably join her in dining with Paul.