Monday, September 15, 2014

Giveaway! Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Anne Mateer, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

Almost from the time I could read I found myself wanting to write stories of my own. In 4th grade, I took a 2 week summer class on poetry and never looked back. I can also clearly remember the exact moment I decided I wanted to be a published author. I was in middle school and had just closed the covers of a Eugenia Price book. I knew I wanted to write historical fiction filled with spiritual truths.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

That’s a really hard question because my mind immediately runs to a
t least a dozen books! But in the end, I have to say The Bible, as cliché as that sounds. But truthfully, I fell in love with the Word of God many years ago and my while I’d called myself a Christian for decades before that, I began to really see change in my life when I spent time in the pages of God’s Word. It still changes my life as I read it today.

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

I would get serious about studying the craft of writing a whole lot earlier! I had this weird notion that if I had to learn about writing then I wasn’t really a writer. It took me a while to understand that writing, like anything else, has to be learned and worked at—even for those with natural talent.

5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Always take-out!!
Email or snailmail? Email.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I love online shopping!!
Books or movies? Books—and BBC tv shows. J
Note-taker or memorization? Well, I used to be a memorizer, but as I’ve grown older I’ve become a copious note-taker! If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember!
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

Oh my! I’d say it’s a toss up between two of my unpublished books—one historical, one contemporary. Both are very autobiographical in theme, not circumstance. Even after all these years, I still love both stories. Maybe one day I’ll revise them and put them out there.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I blog fairly regularly on my website www.annemateer.com, but I also love connecting with fellow readers and writers on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorAnneMateer), twitter (www.twitter.com/annemateer), and pinterest (www.pinterest.com/annemateer).


Thank you for being with us today! 

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Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 26th.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Learning the Meaning of Contentment

I am generally a very content person. I am happy where I’m at. What I’m doing and who I get to spend my time with. I am not easily rattled and glad to be where God has put me when He has put me there.

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To shake me from this foundation is a soul-aching kind of rattle. I’m confused. Stumble about as though I’ve lost my direction. And in many ways that is the case. I don’t like to be restless. And restlessness is often a choice.

But not always. Last summer, I was incredibly restless. With where I was, what I was doing—nothing felt right and yet to leave didn’t feel correct either. Wise voices in my life told me God was planning something bigger for me. I wasn’t so sure. I just wanted to go back to being happy and content.

Now I’m a resident of Colorado, have a great job and life is moving forward.

So is what does it mean to be content? Does it mean always pushing aside your dreams and desires to be “happy” where God has you? That’s superficial happiness at best and doesn’t lead to true contentment.

 Contentment, at the core, is peace. Peace with where God has you. What God is teaching you. Right now, 
to be 100% honest, there is more I’d like to be doing.. There is a new beginning I want to leap into with both feet.

I’m ready—or like to think I’m ready—to find the one to spend the rest of my life with and stop living as a single and embrace what it means to be two—three in Christ.

But…that’s not where God has me right now. And that’s okay. Doesn’t make it easy. Doesn’t make it my ideal, but that’s just the thing: it’s MY ideal.

It’s a God-driven dream, sure. He wouldn’t have put this desire with me—within you—if it weren’t the right thing. But it needs to be with the right one. Not because I’m desperate—which I’m not. Not because I’m impatient—and yes I can be. And not because I want to settle—something I will never do.

Contentment is a choice.

Remember when your mom would tell you being bored is your choice? Same concept. Because even in the midst of restlessness and sensing the greatest of God’s coming changes, I had to learn to be content. I had to learn to wait on Him and His perfect timing for my future.

We learn to be content by aligning our hopes and dreams for our future and our present with what God has for us. By asking Him to teach us even when it hurts and feels slow. To give us grace and patience and teach us what those words mean.


Because through everything, God is teaching us. Growing us. It’s our job to learn to be content through the growing and stretching and know that every day is an adventure deeper into the will and love of Jesus. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Giveaway! Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Lynette Eason, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

My husband travels a lot for his job. I was lonely and decided to start talking to the voices in my head! LOL


What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

The very first one that was published. LETHAL DECEPTION. It was the book I first got THE CALL on and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since. :- )

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

Don’t over commit. Makes sure to leave a buffer in your schedule and don’t be afraid to say no thanks to things that will over stress you. :- )


5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Take-out
Email or snailmail? Email
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? ONLINE
Books or movies? Books
Note-taker or memorization? Note-taker. I can’t remember anything anymore.

               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

The one that’s coming out next year – No Place to Hide.


Places for readers to learn more about you?
You can find me here:  www.facebook.com/lynette.eason
@lynetteeason

Thank you for being with us today!

Thank you so much for having me!

Readers, enter to win Lynette's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

 For extra entries:
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 19th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Take a Second Look

Something I have learned: there is plenty of time for people watching when you are stuck in big city traffic.

I’m from a very, very small town in Eastern Oregon and I have moved to the very, very big city of Denver, Colorado. I’ve also learned my country boot clad lead foot, does not mix well with miles of backed up traffic all waiting for the same green light.

But anyway. That’s a complaint for another blog post about the absurdness of living in the city. ;-) God is force-feeding me the meaning of patience, of this, I am 100% certain. A little bit of sugar with the medicine, please God? Oh well…

Regardless, I have learned there is plenty of time for people watching, observation and chances to talk with God as He opens my eye to the world around me.

On the street corner, as I waited oh-so-(im)patiently, for my stop light to change, were two teen girls. Blonde and athletically built, they were obviously headed to or from some kind of sporting event. As I sat in my car, several yards away, I couldn’t help but wondering if they were aware just how immodestly they were dressed.

And I wondered—do we as girls realize the second looks we are getting from the world around us?

Yes. Yes. We do.

It’s why we stand for so long in our closets every morning and think about what we’re going to wear. Maybe even think about who we might run into and how we want to make an impression upon them. Yes, as girls, we do think about how we look and how we present the overall image.

But do we realize that the second looks we are getting, when we open ourselves up to less than modest dress, are not the God-honoring kind?

When I get a second look, I don’t want it to be because of how nice my jeans fit or the flattering cut of the blouse I chose, but because the spirit of Jesus Christ is pouring out of me. I was once told by someone—who had only known me a handful of hours, that I had a quiet, strengthening faith that impressed him.

Wow.

I still savor those words over a year later. Because that is how I want to appear to those around me. Not by how short my shorts are, how long my legs look or how great that new shirt feels, but how much I love Jesus. And how very, very clear that is to everyone around me.

I want to give Jesus a second look when people see me.

I’m all for feeling pretty and attractive in my clothing choices. I like to feel good about how I look. But feeling good and looking great, always should take a back seat to everything else I want to be known for in Christ. I don’t want others to take a second look and stumble because of the clothing I’ve chosen to wear.


I want people to take a second look and say, “Wow, she loves Christ.”

Monday, September 1, 2014

Giveaway! Sunken Treasure by Katy Lee!

Welcome back Katy Lee! Since this is the third time for you to visit, I thought I would throw in some fun questions, maybe some that aren’t part of the norm in other interviews. :- )

If you could go anywhere on vacation where would it be?

Most likely Scotland, due to my heritage from there, but I’ve been to Italy before, and will return someday, I’m sure.

Do you have any pets? 

I have one kitty cat now. We lost our Princess Kitty this summer and are still a little weepy over it.

Your favorite book that you have written? 


My new release is my favorite right now. “Sunken Treasure” required me to step out of my comfort zone and go SCUBA diving. Yikes! My next series after my Stepping Stones Island series takes place around a speedway, and I’ve been on two high-speed races already. But I draw the line at skydiving. No way! That I will not do.

What is your favorite pastime? 

I’ve always been a big traveler and still do love seeing God’s creation with my own eyes, but my children have become quite the little swimmers on the swim team, and I am LOVING being a Swim Mom in the stands.

What people have inspired you in your writing journey? 

I am blessed to have wonderful writers right in my own town. They are my support and totally “get” me. We each write different genres, but we don’t let that come between us.

What character in a novel you have read has stood out and seemed to stand the test of time? 

Catherine Anderson wrote a book called “Phantom Waltz” with a paraplegic heroine. This is not a Christian book, but the characters really affected me. It was a different kind of romance. Anyway, it really made me want to write characters that have the odds stacked against them, and yet, they come across as strong and driven. My book “Warning Signs” has a deaf heroine, and it’s my hope I accomplished this. Reviews from readers, especially deaf readers have said every hearing person needs to read this book to grasp a better understanding of the lives of people who are deaf.

If you could meet one person from history who would it be and why? 

This tends to change for me as I read literature with my children. Right now we are reading “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain. So, I would say right now it would be Samuel Clemens.

Okay, last one and a fun one for our readers today: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing, what would it be? Why? 

Ha-Ha, I was asked this question in college. I had to perform an impromptu speech, and they threw that question out at me. My answer then was a lighter so I could start a fire create smoke signals and get rescued. Today, I would probably say the same thing, but I might wait a day or two and enjoy the peace and quiet while I had a chance.


Too fun, thanks for joining us for a third time!! It is a privilege. :- )

Readers, enter to win Katy's here!

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Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 12th
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Friday, August 29, 2014

DREAMING OF: That Novel Day

DREAM.

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It was the word laid on my heart for 2014. The word I was going to center my year around. The word I was dedicating back to God and asking Him to make it clear in my life where this was supposed to take me—spiritually and possibly physically.

If “dream” was my goal for 2014, then I wasn’t going to just dream and toss them over my metaphorical shoulder without pursuing them in faith.

There was the dream of working in publishing. Moving to a different place and meeting different people. And God blessed that dream and breathed it into life directly before my eyes.

There is the dream of finding the right man God has for me and starting a family. There have certainly been enough of my friends setting me up in this new place, to make a single girl doubt the longevity of her singleness—but we’ll see.

Then there is the dream of having my name on the spine of a book. Of those pages being cracked open by readers and having them breathe in my words. The emotion of that moment when I open the box from the UPS man and there lies in my book. Real and in front of me—not just on the computer screen. A beautiful cover and my name in scrolling font across the bottom (or top) of the novel. A novel with my name on it.

So what do you do with a dream that you’re not actively pursuing? That you want, but don’t have the motivation to chase. It’s hard to take the word “dream” and then put aside the one that you’ve fostered for over 8 years.

Is there a time and a place for every dream? Yes. Yes there is. Is it easy to set those dreams aside? Not always. In fact, I’ll amend that: never. Not at all. There is a disloyalty it seems. A giving into all the fears that keep us hiking far and away from our dreams.

When we align ourselves with God’s plans for our life, we don’t always realize that sometimes we have to accept that not every dream is for the right time. Could I have continued pursuing my writing during a move and a new job and working for ACFW? Mmm. Probably. Would I have killed myself? Definitely.

There is a reason we walk the path we do, especially when we are aligned completely with God’s will for our lives. There is a reason we walk through seasons of struggle and hardship and setting one dream aside for another. Because God’s plans and timing for our lives is beyond perfect. There is not a single thing He does that is not 100% in our best interest—even if we perceive this as a struggle—a fight against our own will.

He knows the dreams we are dreaming for ourselves. And He knows the dreams He is dreaming that are best for us. So I’m setting one dream aside—not trading it—for another and different on. The one He has for me now.

And someday I’ll see my name on that cover. Someday indeed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Giveaway! The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Dawn Crandall, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

Thinking up and writing stories had always been my favorite subject in school, and ever since I was in high school I knew I would write a book someday. Or at least I wanted to. Thinking about it, and wanting to do it is a lot different than actually doing it! It took my husband finding out about my desire to write a book to actually get me started. And it still took me years to figure out how before I started it in 2010. Once I got into it and figured out what I was doing, thinking up and writing really long, complex love stories quickly became my favorite things to do.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

There are a lot of them from my high school and college days, but I’m going to pick out Gone with the Wind because after I saw the movie and read the book, I wanted to learn more about the author, Margaret Mitchell. I learned that while she was laid up because of a broken ankle, she decided to write the book she’d always wanted to… and I knew then, that if I ever had the chance, I would write a book too. I never had to break my ankle, fortunately, but I did have the support of my husband in staying home (though, I did nanny off and on during the process) to write. 


If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

I would have joined ACFW or The Christian Writer’s Guild earlier. I knew about them, but since I wasn’t actually writing anything at the time, I thought it would be a waste of money to join prematurely. I started writing in January 2010 and joined ACFW in July 2011. I really should have joined as soon as I started writing. As it was, I knew about one person (that would have been you, Casey!) when I went to conference in 2011… and when I landed my agent right afterwards I didn’t have many writer friends to even turn to with my good news. Networking and making friends with fellow writers is very important, and I had to play major catch up. And I still don’t feel like I did that great of a job at doing so.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out?
Homemade.

Email or snailmail?
I really do prefer snailmail, but I don’t do it enough. 

Online shopping or Black Friday deals?
Online any day! I hate the crowds!

Books or movies?
Books, although I do really enjoy watching my favorite books in movie form.

Note-taker or memorization?
I’m a little of a mix here. I’ve had times while writing my first book (The Hesitant Heiress) in which I needed to write out tons of notes, and then while writing the second book in the series, I depended a lot on memorizing everything. And then smack dab in the middle of me writing the third book, I got pregnant and my brain disappeared into my uterus for nine months. So, I’m back to the note-taking, which really drives me nuts!
           
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

I have three books to choose from, and they’re all a part of The Everstone Chronicles series, all part of the same world involving the same characters, although the hero and heroine of each book is a different couple. I always feel that whichever character I am in the middle of writing is my favorite since I’m so entirely inside her head (writing first person POV does that). But even as I wrote Meredyth and am currently revising Estella’s story, Amaryllis is still very special simply because I had her name picked out and have been thinking about writing her story ever since I was in college.  


Places for readers to learn more about you?

Book Review Blog:APassionforPages.blogspot.com 

Thank you for being with us today!

Thank you for having me on your blog, Casey! It was a pleasure! :D

Readers, enter to win Dawn's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 5th
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