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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sharon K. Connell, Christian Romance Suspense


Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see right sidebar to follow), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide more security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 

by Sharon K. Connell

Sharon K. Connell
Sharon K. Connell’s genre is Christian Romance Suspense. 

Through college, she lived mainly in Illinois, graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute, and took online classes in fiction writing. She now spends one to six hours daily in the craft. 

Sharon has published four novels: A Very Present Help (now rewritten into a more engaging style), Paths of Righteousness (currently being rewritten into the same style), There Abideth Hope (soon to be rewritten), and His Perfect Love (published December 2016). She plans to have published a fifth novel and a collection of mixed-genre short stories by 2019.

Welcome, Sharon. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The most important value I hope a reader would take away from my book is this: God sometimes allows things to happen in order to strengthen our faith in Him. He loves us and will always be there when we call upon Him. God has a plan for our lives, although sometimes all we see is the backside of it, like the tangled mess on the reverse side of a tapestry, full of intertwined strings and knots. Eventually, we’ll see the finished side—the beautiful picture.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
Grand Junction, Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, I love Texas. But Grand Junction was such a beautiful place to be. Everywhere you look, there’s a gorgeous landscape from the Bookcliff Mountains to the Grande Mesa. Being an artist as well as a writer, I loved exploring the surrounding area. Haven’t written anything about it in one of my stories yet, but it will come.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
Writing to me is a pleasure. My goal is to have the best story I can give a reader and to do it in a way that not only pleases my God, but leads the reader into a better understanding of Him. That is what compels me to write.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? HA! I’ve gone from You Guys to Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Oooo…I love all except summer – too hot.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop 
Mug or teacup? Both, mug for coffee and teacup for tea.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Very Present Help.
Shannon Collins has her life all figured out—great friends, family, adoring boyfriend, and a job she loves. But after the attack of September 11, her world is turned upside down. Her boyfriend enlists in the Marines and then proposes right before heading to Afghanistan. As Shannon waits and prays for him to return, she meets another Marine. Both know the other is off limits, and he departs with a simple kiss on Shannon’s hand. But she can’t forget him.

Then Shannon’s heart is broken when her fiancĂ© falls in love with someone else. Life takes an even stranger turn when a rich and unscrupulous businessman sets his sights on Shannon. Will she ever find a man to truly love her?

Fear and betrayal will cause Shannon to cling to God’s very present help in time of trouble.

Where can readers find you online?
Author’s book page on Facebook
Group Forum on Facebook
Amazon Author Page 

Where can readers purchase A Very Present Help?

Any parting comment?
I’d like to share one of the reviews from the back cover of A Very Present Help:

"A Very Present Help has so many wonderful things going for it, including romance and the bravery and honor of marines. You'll love this romantic story with heartbreak and true love intertwined with suspense." ~Jackie Zack, Contemporary Romance Author

Writing has been and probably will always be one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in life. To create a story that others can enjoy, and do it in a manner that brings out Spiritual truths of the Bible, is a privilege. I’m very grateful for all the readers that take time to enjoy my stories. You are why I do this.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought God had abandoned you? You prayed and prayed, begged and pleaded…but it seemed as though God was not listening. You thought He didn’t care?

Sharon, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Sharon is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (US mailing address only) or Kindle eBook copy of A Very Present Help to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 27, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here


  1. I have experienced troubling times and a period of great concern in a situation concerning a loved one but I have never felt that God wasn't with me. Thanks for sharing this lovely review with Sharon and thank you for this giveaway.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and telling us your experience. I'm so glad you never thought He had abandoned you. Praise God.

    2. Connie, you're wlecome. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Thank you for your nice interview. I have never felt abandoned by God. He has been and will always be with me every step of the way. I am blessed! mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. You are truly blessed, indeed. It's been years since I've felt God didn't hear me when I pray, but it did happen at one point in my life. I pray that never happens to you. God bless you.

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

  3. Yes, There was definintely a time in my life like that. It lasted about 10 years before things improved and 10 years or not feeling good really can take a toll. But our time is not always God's time and things are much better now. I am a follower! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you for the testimony, Sonja. I'm so glad that time period ended for you. Mine wasn't that long, but it was hard to go through, which I'm sure yours was too. In this book, Shannon has a similar experience of doubt, of whether God's listening to her. It's a very insecure time. Praise God it's over for you and me. God bless you.

    2. Sonja, thanks for following my blog and leaving your comment!

  4. Who among us has not experienced a time when we felt like God was far away? My father died when he was 51. He and my mother had a true love relationship born out of years of hardship and hard work. I couldn't understand why God took him away from her; I felt like it wasn't fair. Twenty years later, my husband died of a heart attach at 51, leaving me with four children. By then I had learned so much about my relationship with Jesus Christ. He was my ever-present help in every facet of my life through that most difficult time and He continues to be today. I would love to read Sharon's book. Thank you for offering us good books to read, Jo. I am a long time follower.

    1. Ann, you're welcome. I appreciate your following my blog! Thanks for commenting.

    2. Losing a loved one is never easy. I've been there. The book I'm rewriting now, Paths of Righteousness, has a heroine who has lost all three members of her family. She doesn't understand why either. Especially when her parents were missionaries, following God's will. Then other things come into her life to complicate her feelings.

      It's a good thing that God remains faithful, even if we waver.

      Thanks for your comments.

  5. Yes, when both parents were dying with cancer!also a follower! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot) com

    1. Shelia, thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

  6. Thanks for commenting, Shelia64. Like I said, it's a hard thing to go through. All we can hang onto is God's divine plan. He knows the whys. Someday we will too.

  7. I really having never felt abandoned by God. The closest was when my husband died and I was left with three children to raise.

    1. Nancy, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

    2. Nancy, almost missed yours in trying to catch up since my LT went out of commission. Sorry. But I'm back. LOL I can only imagine how devastated a woman can feel when the love of her life dies. That's something I haven't gone through yet. Although, I have had to raise three children on my own because of divorce. Still God remains faithful. He will not die nor abandon us. He's always there, and He always will be no matter what. All we have to do is hang on to that truth. God bless you.

  8. I know God did not abandon me but sometimes I question his plans. I do not see how it is working out for our good. It is hard when my sister passed from Brain Cancer in 2016, my brother in law continues to fight his sarcoma since 2014 with new ones popping up and then my check ups to make sure my cancer has not returned. It seems like God is doing the opposite of some of my prayers. I am tired of being in the desert. I would love to be with him also in the valley.

    1. Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

    2. Sonnetta, thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment.

    3. Sonnetta, I'm so sorry it took so long for me to respond to this reply. I know how you feel, but I also know that God knows what He's doing. I've had many times in my life when I questioned. All we can do at times is trust to his all-knowing will in our lives. As much as losing a loved one hurts, someday we'll know why. God bless you.

  9. I have prayed and not gotten the answer I wanted. And I have prayed and not seen the answer right away. After having prayed, I have wondered if I heard the Lord correctly. But I have never felt abandoned. I have had to keep control of my mind not to doubt. I have had to lean heavily on Him. But I can look back and say I have always found Him faithful, always found Him worthy of my trust. The book title makes me sing the song "A very present help in trouble" and think of Psalm 46! Fun interview! lelandandbecky [AT] reagan [DOT] com

    1. Becky, thanks for coming by to leave your comment.

    2. Thank you, Becky. Praise God you never felt abandoned. Yes, he is always faithful, even when we are not. God Bless you.

  10. My apologies to all of you. I've had some computer problems that have detained me from reaching these replies.