Monday, August 11, 2014

Giveaway! Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery!

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

To be honest, initially, writing wasn’t even on my radar. It started as a means-to-an-end; creating dramas, curriculum, newsletters, etc. for ministries I was involved in. One afternoon, however, as I was running and praying over a short story a children’s director asked me to write, I realized, “Hey, I really enjoy this!” So I began to piddle around with it, for personal enjoyment, really. Years, and many nudges from God later, I clued in to the fact that this is what He created me to do.

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

Not a title as much a series: The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. The extreme, devoted faith of the slave girl Hadasseh made me want to develop and display the same level of faith. However, the book does have some graphic scenes that, at times, were quite disturbing. But even so, the overall message was strong enough to keep me reading despite this.

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?

Hm… I’m not sure. I’ve seen how God has used everything—every hurdle, set-back, and step forward, to grow me and move toward where I’m at. So I don’t think I’d want a do-over as much as a reminder to surrender, trust, and keep moving. A reminder to enjoy the journey, knowing He is faithful to always perfect those things which concern me.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Oh, this is tough. If I’m not feeling well, take-out for sure. But I kinda prefer the taste of my own cooking.
Email or snailmail? Email just because it’s quicker so I can respond to urgent needs. But oh, how I love getting cards from my special friend. I have a spiritual mentor that often sends a card with a verse written in it. Though she sends plenty of texts and emails, too.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Neither! For me, shopping is very relational, and I either like to go with my hubby, my teenage daughter, or a special friend. But I would never subject myself to the craziness of BF. Well, except I did once, for my daughter’s sake. (She wanted to try shopping on that day once. Yeah, that was all it took. Hahaha.)
Books or movies? Books! I have very little patience for movies, especially today’s movies which seem to have ten minutes of fighting followed by five minutes of plot then ten more minutes of fighting.
Note-taker or memorization? Both? I’m working really hard on trying to memorize Scripture. But I think and process through my hands, so…

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?

This is my debut, and well… my favorite novel is always the one I’m currently writing, but the one I got goose bumps on more than one occasion from God’s clear and very specific guidance; that one will come out in 2015. It’s about a fifty-one year old, menopausal realtor, a widowed railroader, and three precious children abandoned by their mother. Here’s the back cover text:

A hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate. Looking to begin again—and reconnect with her embittered daughter—Jacqueline heads north. Reconciliation is hard, but she has a handsome new friend to lean on. Most importantly, she knows God is standing beside her.

When her daughter rejects her, three children abandoned by their mother open their hearts. But can God use a woman who dashed the hopes of her own child to bring hope to someone else’s? 

Places for readers to learn more about you?

They can visit me at my personal blog, or at Facebook at

Thank you for being with us today!

Thanks for having me!

Readers, enter to win Jennifer'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- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on August 22nd
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  1. After looking on amazon for a synopsis, this seems like an interesting book. Please enter me in the contest. I enjoy your blog. Thanks,

    1. Hi, Velma! Thank you for the kind and encouraging words regarding the book's premise! Best of luck to you in the drawing. :)

  2. It was nice meeting you, Jennifer. Congratulations on your debut novel!

    Thanks for the interview, Casey.
    Follower/subscriber nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

    1. Hi, Cheryl, thanks for stopping in and saying hello, and also for the congrats. :) It was great fun to write. Best of luck in the drawing!

  3. It is nice to met you. I love romance books. This one looks so cute.

  4. I stumbled across this fun interview on Twitter and am glad I did--enjoyed learning more about you, Jennifer.

    Casey, thanks for hosting the amazing Jennifer!


    1. Ah, my sweet friend, Elaine! Thanks for popping in, and for the encouragement. :) I'm curious, where do you prefer to hang-out most, social media wise--Twitter or Facebook?

  5. This book looks good!!!
    I am a subscriber:)


    1. Hi, Sierra! Thanks for the kind words regarding the novel. What's your favorite genre?

  6. I loved reading more about her writing journey. Talker445@Yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks, Terri! It's been a great and very divinely-intimate journey. :) I love how God cares for us, watches over us, grows us, and guides us. What a patient and ever-faithful Father we have!

  7. Casey,
    I am a follower and a subscriber. Thanks for entering me in you giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. Hi, Janet,

      Thanks for stopping in and joining the conversation! Best of luck in the drawing! I love your title, "Library Lady". I love libraries. I could peruse the shelves for hours, and I love seeing what other people drop off. It's like getting a highlight of various reading options. :)

  8. Thanks for the chance to read this book, Casey...I'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi, Karenk, thanks for stopping in, and best of luck in the drawing!


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