Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 2, 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.



Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley



Our guest blogger is Patricia Bradley. Patricia lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, is the first of three set in Mississippi and released this month. She will present a workshop, Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN on March 8, 2014.


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

When I’m not writing, I like to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. Sometimes I craft  jewelry from pieces I create out of porcelain, and when the temperature is above 65 degrees I like to ride my bicycle instead of driving my car.


Please describe yourself with three words.

Contented extroverted writer


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

I would love to have dinner with Agatha Christie so I could pick her brain.


Please tell us about Shadows of the Past.
 
Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.


Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother, the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble. 

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

I want readers to see that God watches over us even when we don’t see him, and that our self-worth comes from him, not others.


Please tell our readers where they can get your book.


Please tell our readers where they can find you online. 
 

And, I have posted Discussion Questions for Shadows of the Past on my website.


Any parting comment?

I’ve long been an admirer of your blog and wish to thank you so much for having me.


Patricia, thank you for the interesting interview. I appreciate your kind words about my blog. Thanks for your support. One of the commenters of this blog post will win a copy of Shadows of the Past, which you have graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 2, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley. 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.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Discouragement


God,


Please, I need an extended leave of absence from life. Let me go away and return when things get better. I just need to get away from it all! I was so irritable today people could hardly stand to be near me. I've allowed my miseries to handcuff me, holding back the person I should be. But wanting to walk away from my discontent won't remove it. Please give me  a makeover, Lord, renewing my attitude to conform to your will. Thank you for your encouragement when things close in on me.
                                                              
                                                    Amen and Good Night, God


This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night, God
by Jo Huddleston 















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman is Emma. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 23, 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. 


Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

Our guest blogger is Pam Hillman, author of Claiming Mariah. Pam was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. She didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel.


Welcome, Pam. Please describe yourself with three words.
Southern country girl.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Claiming Mariah.
After her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
One reader’s review starts out “Hunky bad-boy hero. Beautiful, desperate heroine…” I love it! She was looking for a good read and got it. That makes me happy. Another reader took away a reminder to forgive and to pray for those who have hurt or offended us. Yes, she loved the story (yay!), but the spiritual aspect spoke to her as well. I like that, too.

I hope readers take away something that correlates to what they brought to the table when they started reading, whether that’s simply a sigh of satisfaction, or a deeper understanding of moral or spiritual question they’ve been struggling with.
 
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I think I would want to have dinner with Mary, the mother of Jesus. I would ask her what Jesus was like as a child. Was he a happy, laughing child, or a very serious one? What were her hopes and dreams, her fears? We’d spend the entire time talking about the 33 years he walked this earth.

What do you find the most enjoyable about writing?
I enjoy the early stages of dreaming up a story when that first little nugget of an amazing idea or character starts germinating. Eventually, I plot myself into a corner, and the real work begins!

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
When I first started writing, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about crafting a well-thought-out story. It’s not that I didn’t have the passion to write, or some unique ideas, or that they weren’t perfectly well-formed in living color inside my head, but I had a long way to go to get those stories onto paper so that readers would enjoy them. I’m still working on that!

Where can readers find you online?
Readers can find me at website. From there, they can sign up for my newsletter, read my blog, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I look forward to meeting new friends.

Where can readers purchase Claiming Mariah?
Print and digital versions of Claiming Mariah can be ordered online or found in retail bookstores. All the buy links can be found at the books page of her website In addition, I’m very excited to report that Claiming Mariah can be purchased at Wal-Mart.

Any parting comments?
Thank you, Jo, for inviting me for a visit. I’d love for your readers to stay in touch either on facebook or by signing up for my newsletter.

Thank you, Pam for this interesting interview. One of the commenters on this post will receive a copy of Claiming Mariah which you graciously offered.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 23, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman. 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.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Anxiety




God,

I had this bad feeling all day—like impending doom lurked around every corner. Waiting, ready to snatch at me, defeating my every effort. Instead of being a positive force for you today, Lord, I wasted the day trying to second-guess my next moment, my next hour. I tuned in to the world’s principles, not listening to you. Please blow away anxiety’s dark cloud, which I’ve allowed to overstay its visit. Thank you for caring for me in all ways, just as you provide for little birds and the wildflowers in the field.
                                                Amen and Good Night, God


This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night, God
by Jo Huddleston 
















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Love's Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey is MarthaA. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.