Monday, March 31, 2014

Eternity

God,

I'm so glad that days like today won't continue indefinitely. I'm ready to swap this life for eternity with you and your unlimited comforts and joys. That you for promising that when my stressful residence here on earth ceases, I'll content myself by glorifying you in your kingdom. Then I'll have abiding fellowship with you. Lord, unaffected by time.

                                   Amen and Good Night, God


This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night,God
by Jo Huddleston 
Print and Kindle  
(Different covers) 















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Rock and a Hard Place by Deanna Klingel is maubac... I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 30, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book. 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



Rock and a Hard Place by Deanna Klingel



Deanna K. Klingel is our blog guest. Deanna enjoys living in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and their golden retriever, Buddy. Their seven children are all in the southeast with eleven grandchildren. They are active in their church and community and enjoy traveling to visit family and friends from their previous homes. Deanna travels to sell her books. 



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

I married my childhood sweetheart. We met in 8th grade and have been best friends ever since. For several years I competed in canine freestyle events which means I danced with my dogs.


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

I enjoy sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, and golfing. I’ve given them all up since I’ve been writing full time.


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

I’d like to meet Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I’ve written a book, not yet published, called The Mysterious Life of Jim Limber. Because my research came directly from Varina Davis’s diaries, journals, letters to her family in the north and to her husband, I discovered a lot about her. I think I’d like her. She was a strong, moral woman, and a devoted mother. I’d like to talk to her.


Please tell us about Rock and a Hard Place

Rock and a Hard Place is a Lithuanian Love Story, released this month. This is a true story about a boy and girl born in 1930 in Lithuania. They were nine when Russia invaded and their families began their incredible journeys across Europe as displaced persons. I enjoyed interviewing this couple for two years to put their stories on the pages of my book. I didn’t do it to invade their privacy, I did it because it is world history that young readers need to know about. We all need to hear it.


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

I hope my readers will embrace their liberties and understand how they can be lost one at a time through tyranny.


Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My books are always available on my website, www.BooksByDeanna.com. They are available on Amazon.com and as kindles. Your indie booksellers can order them for you if they don’t carry them.


Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Website: www.booksbydeanna.com. My blog, Selling Books, is also on the website. Facebook: Deanna K. Klingel and Books by Deanna. 


Any parting comment?

On my website you can find the book trailer and also a video on the meaning of the unusual cover. I hope you’ll take a look, and then enjoy the book.


Thank you, Deanna, for the interesting interview. One of the commenters on your post will win a copy of Rock and a Hard Place, which you have offered.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 30, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Rock and a Hard Place by Deanna Klingel. 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, March 24, 2014

Commitment


God,

Today did you doubt the wisdom of giving me life when I refused you even a small amount of my time? I'm so stingy, Lord. When I have some free time, I want it for myself. Help me to remember that you give me all my days. Thank you, Lord, for your unselfishness toward me. Help me to give back to you with equal generosity.

                                   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 The Road to Mercy by Melissa McGovern Taylor is Tammie. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Drawing




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



The Road to Mercy by Melissa McGovern Taylor




Melissa McGovern Taylor is our guest blogger. Melissa has been writing fiction for over a decade. She has a BA in writing from Methodist University, and her writing credits include fiction and nonfiction in local, national, and international publications. In 2011, she received a regional artist grant for her YA novel, Enemy of Gideon (coming May 2014). Her short story, "Gabe," won first place in the 2013 Salvation Army Writers Contest. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a Coca-Cola and chocolate chip cookie addict. My husband makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever, so he constantly fuels that addiction. Also, I used to be a middle school teacher, so I’m slightly mentally unstable now.
 

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

I love to go on bike rides on the local trails with my family. We enjoy watching movies and cartoons together. I also love being with my kids, so I homeschool them (something else that impacts my mental stability). I’m an avid reader of middle grades fiction, particularly Newberry winners because I aspire to write a middle grades novel of the same caliber.


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

I would love to meet my favorite poet and literary great, Christina Rossetti. Her poetry is amazing, and she was a woman of God who used her talent to glorify Him. I would love the opportunity to tell her how beautiful and inspiring her poetry is to me.


Please tell us about The Road to Mercy.

The Road to Mercy is the story of Karen Denwood and Joe Aldridge in the town of Mercy, North Carolina. Karen’s terrible mistake as a teen ends the life of long-time Mercy resident Frank Aldridge and lands her in prison for nine years. Near the end of her sentence, she meets Joe, a handsome visitor in the prison Bible study. When Joe discovers that Karen is responsible for his grandfather’s death, God plants a seed of forgiveness in his heart. But Mercy residents aren’t ready for Karen’s return, and the two must face the town’s scorn together as they resist feelings for each other they never expected.  


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

Forgiveness is a huge calling on the lives of Christians, and I wanted to tell a powerful, inspiring story about the hardships that come with answering that charge. I hope The Road to Mercy will inspire readers to forgive, even when forgiveness is tough and bitterness sinks its claws into your heart. I hope the reader will remember that you can’t forgive or endure animosity without God’s help. 


Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

The Road to Mercy eBook is available absolutely free through Smashwords. Periodically, I’ll be offering the Kindle free on Amazon as well. The printed book is also available on Amazon.The print version as well as a free Nook are available at Barnes and Noble. 


Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Visit me on my website, you can also like me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter at MelissaMTaylor1. Fellow writers might like to follow my blog.
 

Any parting comment?

Watch for my first YA novel, Enemy of Gideon, coming May 2014!

Thank you, Melissa, for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters on your blog post will receive a copy of The Road to Mercy, which you have offered.



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 23, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of The Road to Mercy by Melissa McGovern Taylor. 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.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Boredom



God,

I thought I was doing my own thinking, but now I realize I was listening to Satan. The lure of the lifestyle I left behind beckoned through my boredom with a sweet, clear voice. Boredom must be one of Satan's most powerful and subtle weapons. He made my old ways look as attractive as ever. And so inviting. It would have been easy today for me to have stepped across seduction's thin line and into the arms of worldly pleasure. Thank you, Lord, for taking my hand when I reached for guidance out of the slimy waters I'd willingly waded into. Please stay near, helping me defend against all of Satan's weapons. 

                                   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 Rebekah's Treasure by Sylvia Bambola is MelanieB. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 16, 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.





Rebekah's Treasure by Sylvia Bambola



Our guest blogger is Sylvia Bambola. Here is her biography in her own words: "I was born in Romania but ended up in a German orphanage. No one can tell me how or why. But that’s understandable when one realizes that Germany was still reeling from the devastation of World War II, and people all over Europe were displaced. At age seven I relocated with my adopted military family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany lingered and was the inspiration behind my novel, Refiner's Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.


"Life as an 'army brat' gave me the opportunity to live in several states, including Hawaii. And oh, how I fell in love with my beautiful adopted country! Americans were wonderful, friendly and so welcoming. One of the proudest moments of my life was when I became a naturalized citizen! Then came nursing school in New York after which I married and began a family. Raising two children and being the wife of a corporate executive made for a busy life. So did working in marketing for a telecommunications company, then a medical software company. But my favorite times were those spent with my husband and family and of course my extended family, which was considerable. Think 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' only my extended family is Italian.


"My first novel, A Vessel of Honor, written under the pen name of Margaret Miller, garnered a Small Press Editor's Choice Award and was seriously considered for production as a television movie.


"I've authored six published novels, live in sunny Florida (and yes it's sunny most of the time) and have two grown children. I've also been a guest speaker at Women's Aglow and various church functions, am a Bible study teacher at my church, love gardening though these days, living in a condo, this is confined to pots only. And I'm learning to play the guitar."


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

When I was sixteen I wanted to be a nun. No kidding! Now I can't image missing all those wonderful years with my husband and raising our children. They were truly golden.


Also, one of my secret dreams was to be an interior designer. I just loved painting walls and matching colors and fabrics and then shopping for the accessories. Note that the past tense is used here. At my age I no longer enjoy climbing up and down ladders, but I still like browsing through home d├ęcor magazines.


Please tell us about Rebekah's Treasure.

Rebekah's Treasure takes place in war-torn 70 A.D. Jerusalem when Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value:  Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure. Ahead, separation and danger face them as each tries to survive. But it's not only external forces that could keep them apart forever but internal ones as they struggle to discover where their true treasure lies.


I must admit I was really pleased when Rebekah's Treasure won first place for Adult Fiction in the Florida State Association National League of American Pen Women because this is a secular award and proves that Christian writers can go toe to toe with their mainstream counterparts.


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

As a Bible study teacher I was intrigued by the destruction of the Jewish Temple and Jesus' prophecy concerning it. After researching the event and times, what I discovered utterly amazed me. I began seeing parallels to other Bible prophecies: How Roman mirrored the New World Order spoken about in Daniel and Revelation. How the end time church resembled the religious groups of that day, etc.  So I hope readers see how alive and relevant the Bible is for us today. I also hope they will enjoy the marriage of 70 A.D. history with suspense and a bit of romance, then come away evaluating where their own treasure lies.


Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Amazon carries both the trade paperback and Kindle version.

Also readers can get it in any bookstore. If not on the shelf it can be easily ordered.


Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

At my website and I'm always happy to hear from readers and other writers.


Any parting comment?

Thank you, Jo, for hosting me. And God bless you and your many books!

Thank you, Sylvia, for a most interesting interview. One of my commenters on this post will win a copy of Rebekah's Treasure, which you have offered.





Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 16, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Rebekah's Treasure by Sylvia Bambola. 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.