Thursday, June 25, 2015

Darlene Franklin novella

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     LOVE’S GLORY by Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes

full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. Poetry is her newest passion. She has written over thirty novels as well as more than 250 devotionals.

Welcome, Darlene. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would like to have been a fly on the wall listening to the discussions between Mary and Luke. How much more did Luke learn about Mary than what is revealed in his gospel? Her perspective on Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity would be unlike anyone else’s, but she seems to have been a very private person.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Love’s Glory.
I’m offering a patriotic novella for Kindle, Love’s Glory: 


LIES AND BETRAYAL CHASE BETH FROM HER HOME TOWN.


It’s 1919. Everything is changing—cars are common and airplanes helped win the War to End All Wars. Even the German-Americans of New Brandenburg, Texas, renamed their town Old Glory to prove their patriotism.


None of that matters to Beth Smith. In 1917, her boyfriend Garan Schmidt enlisted in the Army—and left her pregnant. She left home and built a new life for herself and their daughter.


When Garan finds Beth and their daughter in May 1919, he is eager to make amends and start over. Beth is unsure if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I wrote with one takeaway value in mind, and readers mention another, both valid. Mine was along the lines of “the truth shall set you free”—Garan and Beth had to admit the truth of what happened before they could be free of their past.


Readers mention the theme of forgiveness: Beth had to forgive Garan for abandoning her in her time of need.


Where can readers find you online?
You can find me online elsewhere at

My blog
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Love’s Glory?

Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thank for having me as your guest! And check out my next title, Jacob’s Christmas Dream, scheduled for release on August 8th, the first in the Christmas Mail Order Angels series. When the Black Hills gold rush winds down in Angel Vale, Wyoming, Jacob Underwood joins with his friend Matt Thomas in bringing mail order brides to Angel Vale. The prosperous store owner is drawn to the pastor’s daughter, Becky Patterson, and the attraction is mutual—until God calls Jake into the ministry.


Darlene, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a Kindle eBook copy of Love's Glory, which you've offered. 

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Sunrise by Scott J. Abel is Sheila H. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunrise, novel

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SUNRISE by Scott Abel



Scott Abel works in state government and is the author of several short stories and the young adult paranormal romance novel, Sunrise. In addition to his writing endeavors, Scott is also a public speaker. He often speaks to organizations, non-profits, and churches on leadership, communication, and teamwork.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University, but is a rabid, life-long fan of the TCU Horned Frogs. He lives in the suburbs of Austin with his wife and two precocious daughters - who enthusiastically assist him in his search for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.


Welcome, Scott. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Sir Anthony Hopkins. I’ve always fancied myself an amateur actor, and if I had to do it all over again I’d pursue acting as a profession. Hopkins, in my opinion, is the finest actor of the past thirty years. My favorite performances of his are Meet Joe Black and Legends of the Fall.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Compassionate. Driven. Coffee-addicted. 


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Watching college football – except when TCU plays, then I’m a nervous wreck.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
My kitchen table with a steaming cup (or two) of coffee.


What can your readers expect from you next?
A sequel, False Light, is in the works, and should be released in 2016. I’m also working on a contemporary adult romance entitled, The Promise Keeper.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word of mouth suggestions to friends are helpful, especially on social media. As always reviews are greatly appreciated.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Sunrise.
Eighteen-year old Parker, big brother and high school

quarterback, dreams of glory on the football field. But on the night of the shooting, his entire world shatters. In a chilling span of sixty seconds, a mass tragedy wreaks havoc upon his life, family, and community.

Although hailed a hero, Parker is horror struck to discover an incident from his past was the motive for the killings and that he was the intended target. And when someone threatens to get the one that got away, Parker finds himself hunted. But help comes from an unexpected source … an angel named Marie.


A spunky, impulsive guardian, Marie is dedicated to saving Parker at all costs. When confronted by a sinister nemesis who covets Parker’s soul, a desperate struggle is waged over Parker’s fate. With time running out, Marie must face her growing, but secret affections for Parker that she can no longer ignore. Affections that will force her to make the ultimate decision - sacrifice herself and all that she believes or lose Parker to the darkness forever.


Where can readers find you online?

Facebook
Blog

Where can readers purchase Sunrise?
My original publisher closed its doors shortly after Sunrise was released this Spring. Another publisher, Black Opal Books, quickly signed me to a contract and will re-release Sunrise in the next few months. When my book releases in the fall, I'll send the winner from this blog drawing an eBook copy of Sunrise.


Any parting comment?
What I’ve learned over my journey to becoming a published author is this: work hard, have patience, and never, ever give up on your dream. And keep a large supply of coffee at hand.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you look for most when you want a book to hook you?


Thank you, Scott, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will receive an eBook copy of  Sunrise in the fall when it releases, which you've graciously offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.



Friday, June 12, 2015

When Dawn Breaks, novel-Corrected

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If any of you received an email with my 2014 Christmas greeting, I apologize. I did nothing for that to get sent out. Sorry it gave you unwanted mail in your inbox. I can't explain how it got delivered, especially since it was from many months ago. So sorry for the inconvenience. Instead of making you mad, I hope you can smile and remember the reason for the Christmas season, even in June.


 WHEN DAWN BREAKS by Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband. Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud


Rejoicing Over Closed Doors
Jennifer Slattery

When a door closes, do you rejoice or slam your fists against it? Do you remain on the stoop, trying to push your way in, or do you look up, awaiting direction from your Heavenly Father? 

Accepting redirection, especially when we’ve become entrenched in our current path or when we’ve developed fondness for a particular destination can be tough. When we focus on the detour sign, or our plans, or ourselves period. But when we focus on God and His ever-faithful, loving, unchanging nature, then redirection becomes easier. 


After nearly a decade of almost full-time ministry, we moved, then moved again, and again. Always the newbie, never staying long enough, it felt, to truly put down roots. We finally ended up in a small town, one where we felt alone and uninvited. (It’s hard being new, the outsider, when everyone else is family.) Eventually, needing a safe place to land, we attended a home church while we searched for a church home. One with no outreach events to plan and launch, no dramas to facilitate or classes to teach. Honestly, I felt like God was through with me. And that thought left me broken.


Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you’ve been in a place of waiting so long, you’ve begun to wonder if God’s forgotten about you entirely. If He’s done with you. But what if you’re waiting period is preparing you for an all new direction? 


Sometimes God must close a door to help us see the one He’s opened wide for us. 


As I look back, I realize what a blessed gift that brief desert period was because that was when I picked up my keyboard. It was my island of Patmos. Although I wrote on occasion prior to this, mainly as ministry aids, I never took my writing seriously. It was one of those “fill-a-need” things.


Once ministry opportunities ceased to exist for me, I needed an outlet for all the ideas swirling through my brain. This was when my love for writing was born and now I look back on that painful time with gratitude, realizing it was all part of God’s big-picture plan.


What about you? Are you standing before an open door, looking back at all those “training” steps God led you on, or are you trudging through the valley? When trudging it can be easy to think God’s forgotten or abandoned us, but in Scripture He promises to fulfill His plans for us. He promises to carry His plans to completion. Even now, as you hover between the disappointments and rejoicing, God is at work with one eye on the goal. Which means, you can rest in whatever stage of the journey you’re on knowing God will do what needs to be done in you to prepare you for His big-picture plan.


You’ve probably noticed I use that term, big-picture plan, a lot. For me, it’s a reminder of how completely other God’s plan is from mine. I might angst over a promotion, a move, a house…God angsts over lost souls. I often get distracted by today, but God’s worried about eternity. He came to seek and save the lost. And to conform us into His likeness, which means He will do what it takes to strip away inferior priorities, pride and selfishness so that we can be cleaned and open vessels ready to do His will.


Whenever we find ourselves fighting against His will, we know His work in us is not complete.



Jennifer Slattery’s recent release is When Dawn Breaks. Here’s a little about the book:


As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. Then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt of When Dawn Breaks


Here’s where you can buy a copy of When Dawn Breaks:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
CBD


Jennifer has graciously offered an eBook copy of When Dawn Breaks to one of the commenters on this blog post.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Mother to Love by Gail Gaymer Martin is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gail Gaymer Martin novel

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A MOTHER TO LOVE
                 by Gail Gaymer Martin

Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the
author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 57 contracted novels and four million books sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the Executive Board, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers and Christian Authors Network. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and enjoys presenting workshops at conferences across the U.S.  She is a lifetime resident of Michigan.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My mom often reminisced about her childhood and incidents in her past, and over time, I reminded her I’d heard the story before, if she continued, I listened with one ear. Now I wish I could spend another day with my mom and ask her a multitude of questions and re-hear those funny and sometimes poignant stories of her life. We don’t always appreciate things until they are gone.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Many Bible verses touch me with their truth and God’s amazing gift to His children, but one that has meant a great deal to me as a writer is this.


You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3, NIV
 
This verse reminds Christian writers that what we write ministers and changes readers as the stories, like modern parables, brings characters to life who have the same kinds of issues and problems, joys and sorrows of the reader. I hear this over and over in my reader mail and I praise the Lord He has allowed me to write for Him.

What 2 or 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
The first thing that comes to mind is my tap dancing lessons. I had a friend who was a beautiful ballet dancer and she also took tap, and I wanted to be like her. I had the wisdom to know I’d never be a ballet dancer but tap might be something I could do. Every year the dancers performed at the State Fair, and I faced my first performance on stage with a large audience. I was petrified and when the dance began, tapping to the old song, Varsity Drag, I was fine, but somewhere in the dance, I mixed up two parts of the routine and reversed the steps and did a section backward. I leaped into other dancers rather than leaping in the direction they had. Red faced, I realized perhaps tap dancing wasn’t for me.

Another surprising moment was when I was named and then crowned the queen of our new city, Madison Heights. I won a bond, took part in a city parade and joined the King to open the dancing at a big park event. I’m not a beauty queen by any means. The king and queen were based on a number of criteria and somehow I was the Queen of Madison Heights, Michigan.

And finally something unique about me is I’ve been in every state in the United States, all fifty, and most of the states weren’t just a drive though but also staying there and spending time. The state where I spent the least amount of time is Delaware.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Once again I can’t name one favorite place but I’ll try to be brief. In Michigan, my home state, I love amazing, back-in-time Mackinac Island. Take A Look And in another state, Sedona, Arizona where we spend three winter months. Don't miss this video. But out of the country my favorite travel vacation is Europe. I’ve visited and stayed in so many of the countries including: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Italy, Greece, and the Greek Islands, Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Crete, and Rhodes. Each country has a charm of its own, and I go back to some of them when I can.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Mother To Love.
A Mother To Love is the first novel in the Lilac Circle series. Lilac Circle is a fictitious cul de sac in the real town of

Owosso, Michigan. Readers will get to know a number of the neighbors and their goings-on, some wise, some nosy, some struggling and some happy and falling in love. Each novel will revolve around a character or two who live on the neighborly small town street.

Book 1: Angie Bursten wants to find love without her family's matchmaking, and coworker Rick Jameson comes to the rescue as her pretend boyfriend. Angie spends time with Rick and his adorable daughter, Carly, and what began as a hoax soon feels all too real. Betrayed by the woman he'd once married, Rick is slow to trust. but when Angie helps him with gaining full custody of his child, is he still pretending.? Do Rick and Angie have a real shot at happily-ever-after?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?The story leaves readers with the realization that we have little power on our own, and instead of living with fear and worry, trust in God’s promises and keep their faith strong. With God all things are possible.

Where can readers find you online?
I can be found everywhere in social media.
Website
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
GoodReads 
Google Plus Circles

Where can readers purchase A Mother To Love?
A Mother To Love is published by Love Inspired and they are sold in most bookstores, at Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer’s, among other grocery stores and bookstores online.

Any parting comment?
I am active on social media, but readers can also find personal photos and news, appearances, new books, sites with free book drawings, recipes from Gail’s Kitchen and a devotional in my Bi-Monthly Newsletter. The subscription box is located in the right sidebar on my website.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Novelists love to meet readers who share their posts and book information, leave comments at online bookstores and promote authors’ books. If you have been moved to support a specific novelist, what about the books or the author inspires you to do so?  
 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Cowgirls Don't Cry by Debra Lynn Collins is Trixi. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.