Thursday, March 5, 2015

The novel, STAR SONG

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STAR SONG
      by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Our guest blogger is Katheryn Maddox Haddad. Katheryn

grew up in the northern United States and now lives in Arizona where there is no snow. She lives with her palm trees, cacti, music, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.

With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.


She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Welcome, Katheryn. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with a Christian martyr a few days or even hours before s/he is executed, especially if it is by torture (burning at stake, etc.). Actually, I doubt there would be any eating. Perhaps there wouldn’t be any conversing either. Perhaps I could listen in on their prayers. I think I would weep for them, but they would tell me not to weep, for their pain will be for a moment compared to living with God forever. To be in the company of such a one would be life changing.



Please tell us a little about your novel, STAR SONG.
Come meet the people who met Jesus. You are one of them. Probably

you are several of them. Go ahead and struggle with him as they did. Laugh. Cry. Do mental battle with him. Emotional battle too. Fight for your faith as they fought.  Pause to listen for what you've never heard before. Then touch Jesus.

This is the story of faith in the impossible. Hope in the inconceivable. Love for the invincible. It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song of eternity.

Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus’ life comes to terms with who they are, and who Jesus is. It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared away. It is your story and mine. For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and struggled with Jesus.         

Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna too senile, Simeon too idealistic, Salome too flippant. The wise men should have minded their own business, Zechariah should have accepted he'd never have children. King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
STAR SONG is dedicated to “everyone who has ever doubted.” It is book one in a series of eight lyrical novels on the life of Christ—Soul Journey With the Real Jesus— and 100 people who met and struggled with them.


Life is hard. Jesus was not born in order to create romances in the snow, bright lights, and parties. Jesus was born into a world where Herod’s spies were everywhere, and he killed three sons, a wife and numerous others to protect his crown. The people involved in Jesus’ birth were not always strong, but they did what they could. They did not always understand, but as their part in Jesus’ infancy unfolded, they were courageous. Anyone of them could have been you.


Where can readers find you online?
My website
Webpage about STAR SONG

Pinterest about STAR SONG
Video #1 about STAR SONG
Video #2 about STAR SONG  
Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble:  “Katheryn Maddox Haddad”
Email:  Haddad1940@yahoo.com
Facebook


Where can readers purchase STAR SONG?

Amazon

Katheryn, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters on this blog post will win an eBook copy of STAR SONG, which you have offered.

 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Vigil by Marian Pellegrin Merritt is Britney. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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24 comments:

  1. I haven't read any Biblical fiction in the past, but it seems to be a growing genre and I would like to give it a try and this book sounds like a really good one. Thanks for the opportunity! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. It took me 57 years to write this series on the life of Christ, and finally to get it published. I started it when I was 17 and life-of-Christ books and movies were popular.. But I thought I was too young and needed to do some living first. So I decided to write it when I was 60. When I was 60, I wrote it. But it has been in and out of the closet. When I turned 74 I decided to write it. Yes, I hope this is a growing genre. I tried to write so you could get inside the head and heart of everyone who met and struggled with Jesus.

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    2. Sonja, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  2. I love to read Biblical fiction. Just finished Keeper of the Covenant. I'd enjoy meeting those who knew Jesus!! It was nice to meet you Katheryn . .
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtCo M

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    1. I hope, as you read, you will fall in love with all those courageous people who protected Jesus the infant, sometimes in fear for their own lives.

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    2. Deanna, glad you came by and left your comment.

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  3. Katheryn, I am eager to read your perspective of these people who knew Jesus. Thank you and Jo for this chance.
    cps1950atgmaildotcom

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    1. Connie, you're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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    2. I think we all automatically love Jesus. Hopefully this book will help people love those in his life a little more.

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  4. Kathryn is a new Writer to me. I'd be honored to get acquainted over the pages of this book.

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    1. Kathie, glad you found a new author to you here. Thanks for your comment.

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    2. I write lyrical novels. I have a logo that says, "Where the poet and scholar meet." While I include historically acurate facts in my writings, my style is kind of like prose. It's all designed so we can share the heart of the character.

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  5. I would love to read this. Beautiful cover.
    Blessings
    Diana
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana, thanks for reading and for leaving your comment.

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    2. I was so pleased with the cover. There are three embedded symbolic images in the cover. Can you find them?

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  6. Loved the author's description of her novel. Sounds like a good read. annknowles03ATaolDOTcom.

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    1. I hope, when you read this book, you will fall in love with your Savior all over again.

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    2. Ann, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  7. Hi Jo. Thanks for introducing another new to me author. I would love to have a paperback of this but hope can win this ebook. It sounds interesting Katheryn. I am a follower and subscriber Jo. GOD bless you both. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. The ebook is available now. Paperback should be availale by the end of the month. My illustrator is fast at work creating eight beautiful covers for me. That done, I plan to show the covers of all eight books in the series on the back cover. The series name is "Soul Journey With the Real Jesus".

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    2. Maxie, glad you found a new author here. I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  8. I follow too :)
    dkstevensneAToutlook D Otco M

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    1. In book one, you will discover the deep and beautiful courage shown by people involved in Jesus' birth and childhood as they lived under the kingship of Herod the Great, a madman.

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    2. Deanna, I appreciate you following my blog!

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