Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 1, 2014 you'll 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. You must have a U.S. mailing address to receive a paper book. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers. 

Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson is our guest. Laura loves books---reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I am a HUGE Houston Rockets fan!
I ate an ice cream filled cupcake at the Houston Rodeo Saturday, and it may be one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love watching sports, reading, hanging out with my family/friends. To be honest, working all day as a school librarian and writing at night keeps me busy.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
My dad. He passed away three years ago, and I miss him. I have so much to tell him.

Please tell us about Worth the Wait.
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing--doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
I hope they know that what God has planned for them is more amazing than any plan they have. It may not be what we wanted or expected, but it’s what we need. And it’s worth the wait. 

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Available as eBook or paperback.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Tumblr 
Email  

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me! 

Laura, thanks for spending time with my readers and me in this interesting interview. One of the commenters will win a copy of Worth the Wait, which you graciously offered.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 1, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson. 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, May 26, 2014

Indecision


God,

Thank you for coming to my rescue today. Satan planted his seeds of doubt in my mind and watered them with his lies. Then, in my indecision, he tossed me about like ocean waves. But ultimately he lost the battle when your strength directed my feet to more solid ground than Satan's consuming quicksand. Help me always to honor my commitment to you, not weakened by compromise and defeat.
 
                                              Amen and Good Night, God




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















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson is Janet. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 25, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book named 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.

 



Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson



Our guest blogger is Dianna Torscher Benson. This month Dianna won the Selah Award. She is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. She’s the author of The Hidden Son, her debut novel.  Final Trimester is her second release.



After majoring in communications and a ten-year career as a travel agent, Dianna left the travel industry to earn her EMS degree. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, she loves the adrenaline rush of responding to medical emergencies and helping people in need. Her suspense novels about adventurous characters thrown into tremendous circumstances provide readers with a similar kind of rush.



Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.



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

As a scuba diver, I’ve dove nearly 150 feet in the Caribbean Ocean in Grand Cayman. As a climber, I’ve reached the summits of thirty-three Fourteeners (in Colorado there are fifty-four mountains over fourteen thousand feet in elevation). In addition to scuba diving and climbing, I love to cycle and run. My father was a triathlete; he was killed in a bicycle accident when I was in high school. My oldest daughter competed at the 2012 US Olympic Swim Trials for a spot on the team that went to the 2012 Summer Games in London, but the Trials were only seven weeks after my daughter endured scoliosis surgery (thirteen-inch spinal incision to insert two titanium rods and twelve screws), so she was unable to swim anywhere near her best. 


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

I’m a life-long outdoor enthusiast and high-level athletic competitor. I love spending time in any kind of nature doing something athletic and adventurous, especially with my family and friends. My four favorite activities are running, climbing, cycling and scuba diving. I also enjoy traveling, reading, watching all kinds of movies, and watching Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, The Walking Dead, Castle and The Big Bang Theory.  


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

Mother Teresa. Her life represented everything kind, good and selfless. The love she had for all people of the world is exactly how God wants us to think, feel and live. I’d love to sit down and simply listen to Mother Teresa about anything and everything.  


Please tell us about Final Trimester.

Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before the Myrtle Beach PD even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. Despite the vast differences in the two cases, Jodi urges Detective Nate Quigley to think outside the box. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business, which only fuels her passion for the cases.



When a third pregnant woman is murdered, Nate is named lead detective on the case and works to link the deaths in order to unmask and stop the serial murderer, a disturbed man who believes God and the devil battle inside his head to bend him according to their wills. As he fights both voices, his interest fixates on Jodi when he discovers her obsession with ending his rampage.



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

Life is hard; relationships are super hard, but that’s that point. Through our trials and tribulations, God is building our souls so when our flesh dies, our souls are developed to where God wants them to be for our life in eternity. In Final Trimester (and in all my books), I want readers to see how my characters don’t just “get through” or try to “get over” the difficult stuff in life; instead, my characters accept the pain difficult events in their lives cause and they move forward with a renewed sense of understanding in themselves, in life, and in God.


Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My releases are available wherever books are sold. Below are the links to Final Trimester at the three biggest booksellers: 
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Books-A-Million


Please tell our readers where they can find you online. 
My Website



Any parting comment?

Thank you, Jo, for hosting me on your blog!


Dianna, I’m glad you spent time with my readers and me in your interesting interview. Thank you for offering a copy of Final Trimester, which one of our commenters will win in a random drawing.




Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 25, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson. 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, May 19, 2014

Impatience


God,

Today I questioned your silent answer to my prayers. I fussed at you when you seemingly refused to intervene in my problems. I just couldn't understand it when you didn't change my life for the better as soon as I thought you should. But the timing of events in not mine to determine. Thank you, God, for not turning away from me and my demands. Please teach me how to be as patient with you as you are with me.
                                              Amen and Good Night, God




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















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey is Melanie. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Drawing


When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 18, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book listed 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 for print copies. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.
 

Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey 


Our guest blogger is Elizabeth Maddrey. Elizabeth began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website or on Facebook. 

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

I have freckles and I love them. (Don’t most people dislike their freckles? I’ve never really minded them – but now I think they’re great.)

I love watching The Amazing Race. Someday I really would love to travel the world with my family.

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

Reading, for sure. But I also enjoy crochet and cooking.

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

I’d love to have dinner with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I recently read his biography (by Eric Metaxas) and was just fascinated and inspired by his amazing strength of faith and sense of God’s purpose.

Please tell us about your novel, Faith Departed.

Starting a family was supposed to be easy. 

Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group. Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children.

But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering. Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial?

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

That it’s okay to struggle with your faith when life gets hard. I believe God wants us to ask the hard questions and cry out when we’re frustrated and hurting. I also hope that there’s some encouragement in there for couples who are experiencing infertility and some insight into the struggle for those who never have.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My publisher is, primarily, direct-to-consumer, though any bookstore can order my titles. So the best place to find my books are online.
Amazon for paperback
Amazon for Kindle

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.


Any parting comment?

Thanks for having me!

Elizabeth, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters to this post will win a copy of your book, Faith Departed, which you graciously offered.



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 18, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey. 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.