Monday, March 31, 2014

Giveaway! Life Support by Candace Calvert!

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

I’m delighted to be here, Casey—always great to connect with you and your readers.
To answer your question, I was always a fan of make-believe. The kid who daydreamed, doodled, and lived to create “through the looking glass” scenarios with siblings and friends. Writing is a validation of that quirk—and a really good excuse to continue it into adulthood!


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

In addition to the Bible . . .


To carry on with my previous answer, I’ll pick a children’s fiction title: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I was so caught up in that fictional world! It spun my imagination like . . . a web. And, in truth, made me sob in my spaghetti plate. I finished reading the story just as I was called to the dinner table.  It’s important to me that my hopeful fiction touches readers’ emotions—laughs, tears, and sighs.


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  pressure yourself to “get it done, be published”—that isn’t validation as a writer. Much the same way it’s vital “ . . . to be still and know” in our relationship with God, it’s important for writers to take the time (while working at learning craft, of course) to really discern where this journey is leading them. When hard work, passion, and calling combine, it’s a blessing worth waiting for.


5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? (Grin) You’re asking a “foodie”—hand me my apron, please!
Email or snailmail? What, no texts? Seriously, I do all the fast things, but receiving handwritten cards and letters is a beautiful thing. I love sending handwritten notes to readers.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Online. I don’t see shopping as a contact sport.
Books or movies? Books.  With popcorn.
Note-taker or memorization? Memorization—unless an idea wakes me up. Then I’ll actually jot a few pertinent notes via the computer.
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished?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?

(Please plug the other books’ ears wouldya?) My favorite, so far, may well be my current release, Life Support. The story issues are important to me, and these characters really wrapped themselves around my heart.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

Readers can find me hanging out on Facebook and Twitter—and I’m always available through the contact page on my website. My blog, Authors’ Galley, is a fun mix of authors and food. Here are those links:

Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you for hosting me, Casey and friends—enjoyed it! 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

DREAMING of: That Perfect White Day

Have you picked out your wedding dress?

On the top of my desk is a drawing by a dear friend of mine. It’s of my heroine in my fifth book: Addie. Addie is one of those characters that gets under my skin and I want to see her gain her wings. But she’s still crouched in the shadows waiting to unfurl and fly away. Addie has a problem. She’s got the wedding dress and no groom. No fiancĂ©e. No boyfriend. No prospect. But she’s got that white dress and has hidden it in the back of her aunt’s store…where no one will find it.

Don’t we all have a bit (chunk) of Addie in our lives? If it’s not you, it might be your daughter or your best friend or your best friend’s daughter. We’re sitting on the edge of that seat, waiting for the right guy to come along so we can grab our perfect dreamed-for white dress and rush down the aisle before he changes his mind.

We listen to sweet love songs. Read romance novels. Moan over wedding pictures. Pin hundreds (thousands) of ideas for our perfect day on Pinterest. We feed this obsession we have with finding our handsome Prince Charming and how happy and joyous that day will be. And well it should be!
But the problem with Addie (and most of us, if truth were to be told) is that we focus on that white dress instead of keeping our hearts white and pure in all things. Really, after that day where we commit our hearts to our one and only, the dress won’t be worn again. You might pull it out for special occasions, but I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve seen my mama’s wedding dress.

The dress does not a marriage make.

See, that’s another one of Addie’s problems. She’s basing her future around a dress. How perfect the day will be and whose face will be at the end of the aisle. She’s dreaming about the day instead of what that day brings: a future with someone you’re committing your entire life to love and honor.

If I’m going to do this “dreaming” thing right this year as my “one word” for 2014, I can’t just “dream” whatever I want. Sure, I can imagine and have some plans lined out in my head, but if I’m dreaming of a future and a marriage and a family, trusting God that day is headed my way, then I better be doing that dream justice. So what am I doing to remain faithful in that dream?

I better be reading His word. I better be talking with and surrounding myself with women and wives I respect. It’s not a one day trip, it’s a life-time journey. It all starts with a beautiful, white-dress day, but until that day I’m dreaming of, I challenge myself (and you!) to lean hard into God.


We’re dreaming of/for our future, ladies, let’s commit these days as singles to learning His truth and path for us now.  

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A series of posts centered around my "one word" for 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Beautiful Telling ~ A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley ~ Review

The depth of character development in this novel is deep and subtle, drawing deeply on the surrounding events that are happening to the characters with a beauty and an ease to the storytelling that made it easy to keep picking up this book.

Our heroine, Laura has not had the easiest of lives and that has contributed everything to where she is right now. In her hometown, her childhood sweetheart back in her life and the potential that her once thought to be dead father could very well be alive. If that is not enough emotional depth, I don’t know what is. 

There is much happening within the characters and I think it’s balanced well with the action of the story, though it is slight and more is focused on creating rich and deep characters. I found sections of the story emotionally pulling at my heart strings and while the romance is subtle, it drew me in ever so gently-a hard thing to do with this hopeless romantic.

I did think parts of the story might have been a little bit slow, but on the flip side of that, the literary quality, the character depth, the symmetry woven throughout the story created a great character driven women’s fiction.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.

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More about the novel...

When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother's estate, she hears a startling rumor---that her father staged his drowning years ago and has recently been spotted roaming the mountains. 

With the help of her former high school sweetheart, Laura searches for the truth. But will what they find destroy their rekindled feelings?















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Monday, March 24, 2014

Giveaway! For Such a Time by Kate Breslin!

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

Hi Casey, thanks so much for asking me to join you and other readers today. Yes, I…am…a…writer! My career began early, with poetry—as a child I wrote all kinds of rhymed prose, which I included in family birthday cards and pen pal letters; then I graduated to short stories in junior high; song lyrics as a young adult, and finally, after exhausting my supply of the books I loved, I decided I’d give writing my own novel a try. And once I started, I couldn’t stop!

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


I’d have to say the Bible. I was born and raised Christian, but drifted away from my faith when I grew older. Also, I had never actually read the Bible before. Then years later, after an incident I credit entirely to God’s Providence, I “came home” and for first time began reading the Scriptures. It took me an entire year to finish the Good Book, but in the end, I began to understand what having faith means and the incredible gift I’d been given. And I’m still learning!

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?

That’s a great question, Casey. My first reaction would be to say that I should have written inspirational stories from the get-go; instead, against my own inclination I sought to publish in the general romance market, with my starry gaze on fame and fortune. And I got close, but never quite there. It took years before I finally woke up to the Spirit’s gentle prodding and started writing what I was supposed to be writing; and once that happened, it seemed I published almost overnight. But I also wonder if that time was meant to further hone my craft; I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I’m where God wants me to be right now. The title of my novel, For Such A Time, seems very symbolic of my own writing journey.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out?
I prefer the taste of the first, and the efficiency of the second. :-)

Email or snailmail?
I usually email these days, which is bad because I still love getting cards and letters in the mail.

Online shopping or Black Friday deals?
I shop online, though when I can I like to buy local. And I don’t “do” Black Friday! :-)

Books or movies?
I usually have at least one book going at all times, but I do enjoy watching period movies. I’m a big DA fan!

Note-taker or memorization?
Personally, I tend to memorize more than I take notes. Stephen King mentions in his book, About Writing that writers must read, read, read! I think I’ve learned more from other authors than poring over “how-to” books. Still, there have been a few I’ve found very helpful.               

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 an easy question, Casey. I’ve written three books, but For Such A Time is the book of my heart, so I’m thrilled it’s the one I sold!

Places for readers to learn more about you?

My website is www.katebreslin.com and you can sign up if you’d like to receive news on my upcoming events and giveaways. You can also email me at katebreslinauthor@hotmail.com
My FB page is: https://www.facebook.com/KateBreslinAuthor and you’ll also find me on Pinterest and Goodreads.

Thank you for being with us today!


Casey, thank you so much, it’s really been a pleasure. And I hope readers will let me know what they think of Stella and Aric’s story!  

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Friday, March 21, 2014

What Words Are Being Said About You?

A friend and I were talking last night, she about a college class she’s taking and me contemplating her words. The concept of the conversation? What words would people use to describe you if you weren’t around? If there was no agenda or something hindering their honest truth?

It gave me pause. A chance for reflection. Because I certainly have words I hope people would say about me. Kind. Loving. Compassionate. Generous. Encouraging. But would those words come out of someone’s mouth to describe me?

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It makes one reevaluate one’s life and think about one’s actions. It makes me think about my attitude at my job or my heart towards my family or my response in a difficult situation. Do I want to be viewed as someone to turns to God and devotes her life to His calling for me—no matter what that might cost? Or do I just want to ask for help from God when I really need it? That one hits too close to home.

I don’t want my words here on this blog to just be empty phrases and thoughts. Something that sounds good to put on the screen to be read by “my” followers. I want them to be true and honest, pouring from my heart and what God is teaching me. It’s not just about me. It’s about God. And how He is working through me to impact other people’s lives.

I think I know what some people would say about me. My friends and the ones who know my heart. Who know who I am—even when frustrating circumstances have morphed and twisted my emotions.
But what would the patients coming through the clinic doors of my work say about me? What would the teller at the bank or grocery story have to say if questioned? The people you run into that pass through your life without really stopping. I formulate thoughts about them: it’s called a first impression. What are the first impressions someone makes about me? Would they want to get to know me better? And then once they get to know me better, would they want to continue spending time with me?

It makes me think. Ponder what I want my life to represent and it is convicting.

If I want to be viewed as loving, godly, kind, generous and encouraging, what do I need to change about who I am at the heart level to achieve that?


What are three words you hope someone would say about you?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Emotionally Provoking ~ A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner ~ Review

            
At times emotionally overwhelming, a woven thread of character stories that tore at my heart – and then proceeded to put it back together again – “A Fall of Marigolds” is sure to impact lives and remind readers of what they have to be grateful for.
           
Set between two American tragedies in 1911 and again on 9/11 there were scenes throughout the book that were so emotionally evoking that I almost wanted to set the book down and breathe a different breath of air. I was taken to the streets of Manhattan on both of these tragedies that tore at my heart.
          
  Clara and Taryn are two women, separated by one hundred years and yet tied together with this piece of cloth, a scarf that has seen them through some of the hardest points of their life. While the story has much going on within our characters, there is a tremendous level of hope. The story is told so both spectrums are well balanced and I found I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to find out what happened to these women that came alive on the page.
            
This novel is written for the secular market, but one no less powerful with a story line that I think will connect with so many readers. It takes a great deal of emotional energy to write an emotionally impactful story and that was certainly accomplished within this novel.
           
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy to review.

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More about the novel...

A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....


September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?



Monday, March 17, 2014

Giveaway! Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck!

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

Rh: I always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me I was a writer. Finally, at the age of 32, the Lord called me to quit my job and in the lull time of not having a pressure packed schedule, I started writing. Christian fiction was very young and new in those days, and WW2 novels dominated the shelves. So I started an epic WW2 novel. It was rejected but I was able to actually use part of that book in Love Starts with Elle. 


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

RH: Probably Song of Abraham by Ellen Gundersen Traylor. That book really made me understand I could be a friend of God’s.


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?


RH: Don’t take it all so seriously. Yes, it’s your career and your passion but take it all in stride. There’s more to life…

5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out?: Homemade
Email or snailmail?: Snail mail
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? : Online!
Books or movies?: Depends. :-)
Note-taker or memorization?: Memorizer but I do take notes only to discard them later.
               

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?

RH: I love Softly and Tenderly for some reason. Just remains one of my favorites. I think Princess Ever After is a favorite too.


Places for readers to learn more about you?

www.rachelhauck.com

Thank you for being with us today!


RH: Thanks for having me

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A Week of Lasts...The Start of Firsts

I’m sitting here on my bed, surrounded by boxes of clothing, decorating supplies and memories, slowly being placed ever so carefully in their cardboard homes as we prepare to journey over one thousand miles to our new destination.

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This week has seemed to be filled with many “lasts”. Last day of work. Last church service with my family. Last time visiting with some of the friends I have made in this small town that has been my home for over twenty years.

I’m looking around trying to figure out how to pack everything I love into these few small boxes that aren’t even big enough to hold all my garage sale treasures in the form of clothing and shoes. ;-) And I realized I shouldn’t want to pack everything up. Because not everything can be packed up. The memories, the smiles, the times of laughter and joy, the hugs and kisses can’t be measure d in what does and doesn’t fit inside a box or a 4x6 frame, though those things can be important for remembering these special events.

But sometimes you don’t realize what you had/have until you start packing and saying good bye. Like the lives you’ve touched. The hearts that have been blessed just by you being available and there. It’s not always easy being in those positions, but God has us there for a purpose and a time and a place. As I packed up my office this last Friday and put everything into one lone paper box, put it in my car and drove home through the dark, I wondered, who will show these people Jesus? The sick and elderly, the young and worried that come through those clinic doors…who will show them the love of God?

And I realized, how much I’ll miss that. Sure, I’ll be blessed to share Jesus with the people I interact with in my new job, but these lives have touched mine, just as much as I have touched theirs. Our journey together might have ended, but God is still looking after His children, just as much as He’s looking after me.

Sometimes we don’t realize what is important to us until it’s time to say goodbye. I did not realize how important that part of my job was to me. There might have been more times of struggle then there were of joy, but every single one of those moments was a learning experience—a stepping stone onto a forward path. A journey of learning and growth and a chance to show the love of Jesus to someone who needed it.


Goodbye became harder than I expected. But what part of change, of growth is going to be 100% easy? I won’t be packing everything into a box this week and shoving it into the back of my Explorer for the long drive. I won’t be able to hold everything I want to between these two fists. But what I will be able to do is walk forward with all the experiences, all the reminders, all the memories of what God has done here, in me and the lives of those who have touched mine, backing my every step.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hope Beyond the Desperate ~ How Sweet the Sound by Amy Sorrells ~ Review

“How Sweet the Sound” wasn’t the easiest read, and nor should it be. It’s not intended to give the reader a stomach of warm fuzzies, but meant to cleanse the evil that has cloaked these characters and give them a hope beyond the desperate depths they have fallen into.
        
   It’s not pleasant, it’s not comfortable, but I don’t want to talk about what the book is not. I want to say what the book is. Because it offers hope. Redemption. Love. Grace. Forgiveness. The opening of a flower to the glow of God’s love and warmth.

            The story documents much what is happening in the inner workings of our main characters. I thought the pace was a bit sluggish, because so much of the story took place in the character’s retrospect, but there is much for how God plumbs the depth of our hearts, even into the darkest, most secret places we attempt to hide from His light.

            Overall, I would recommend the novel to fans of Gina Holmes and lovers of emotional evoking women’s fiction.


            This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.


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More about the novel...
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
How Sweet the Sound
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
by
Amy K. Sorrells


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three boys and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana. After writing and editing for her college newspaper, she combined a nursing degree with journalism and creative writing, which led to publishing and editing a wide array of medical and nursing writing and multimedia projects over the past 21 years, a position as director of communications of her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a weekly column for a local newspaper which ran from 2009-2012. She has been a two-time semi-finalist for the ACFW Genesis awards, and was the winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

When she’s not reading or writing, Amy loves spending time with her three sons; spicy lunches and art gallery walks with her husband; digging in her garden sans gloves; walking her dogs; up-cycling old furniture and junk; photography; and friends.



ABOUT THE BOOK

From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.

Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.

This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.

If you would like to read the first chapter of How Sweet the Sound, go HERE.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Giveaway! Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig!

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

Actually, that’s a very funny story. See, ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a very vivid imagination. I loved to daydream about interesting characters and daring heroes. I also had a voracious appetite for books, and it was not unusual for my mother to catch me reading at two or three in the morning…on a school night! Since that got me into trouble, I took to reading with a small nightlight under the covers (my poor eyes—I’m surprised I can still see).

Anyway, fast-forward twenty…um…thirty years. I was sitting in church one Sunday, but instead of listening to the sermon, I was daydreaming a story. It wasn’t until I heard the preacher give the invitation that I realized what had happened. Not only was I embarrassed, I was really heartbroken, because I had allowed the same thing that used to get me in trouble as a kid to come between me and the Lord.

Well, I went to the altar that morning and laid it all out before God. When I asked Him what I should do with the stories in my head, His answer was simply to “write it down.” Many months later, when I was questioning whether I had truly heard from the Lord regarding my writing, He gave me these verses:

Habakkuk 2:2-3
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (NKJV)

Since that day, I’ve never doubted my call to write.

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

Oh my goodness…I know this answer is going to baffle most people but…I have to say the book (and the character) that impacted me most is No Flying in the House by Betty Brock, and the child/heroine of the story, Annabel Tippens.

Annabel is a little girl “with short blond hair and very good manners” (taken from the book description on Amazon.com). She seems quite ordinary, except that she’s also half fairy—and instead of parents, she has a two-inch high dog named Gloria.

Well, you can imagine that for a kid who loved to read, this book was extraordinary.  I read it over and over again, and dreamed of the day I would learn to fly. Later, I came to realize that what captured my imagination was not so much the story of a half-fairy princess, but of a little girl struggling to find herself. The sacrifices that Annabel Tippens makes challenged me to acknowledge what was real and important—love, faith, and family.

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?

This question actually made me sad for a moment, because I realized that somewhere along my publishing journey, I had inflicted too many provisions on what I considered to be success. My prayer when I first started writing was simple—Lord, please help me to get published, and let my words touch someone’s heart.

Oh, how that prayer has changed over time! After my first book contract, I quickly discovered how unpredictable the publishing industry can be (an article for another time). The joy of holding my first published book disintegrated when I learned that the subsequent two books in the series would not be published as had been promised, and I added this line to my prayer—Lord, please help me to get published, and let my words touch someone’s heart, and let there be another contract.

Proving His love and faithfulness, God did provide another contract. I remember celebrating with thanksgiving the upcoming Christmas novella that would allow me to tell the story of my walk into adulthood. But then the book cover came, and I realized that readers would need a microscope to read the teeny-tiny letters of my name beneath the big, bold letters of the lead author, and I added this line to my prayer—Lord, please help me to get published, and let my words touch someone’s heart, and let there be another contract, and someday, Lord, let my name be the prominent one on the cover.

Since then, I’ve added many lines to that first simple prayer. Weights like good sales numbers, positive reviews, and contest awards encumber what was once a sincere desire. God reminded me of this during a dark period of wrestling with Him over the path I was to follow. I think if I could go back, I would tell myself to measure success not by contracts or sales numbers, but in my level of obedience and striving to please the Lord.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Well, if my mom makes it, definitely homemade. Otherwise—takeout! LOL!

Email or snailmail? Email, please. I am much too impatient for snail mail.

Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Black Friday…but only if my kids are with me and we’re out just to have a good time.

Books or movies? No fair! I love them both. Oh, all right…books.

Note-taker or memorization? Ahem…I am of a certain age where memorization no longer holds the same charm it used to. ;-)

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?

Originally, I had intended Edge of Freedom to be a two book series, so the third book, Tide and Tempest, was the only story that wasn’t planned, but it has turned out to be my favorite. I love, love, love the hero and heroine—Keondric and Tillie. Their story amazed me, and their love was just phenomenal to write.

Also, I share a common grief with Tillie—the loss of a child. I think that’s why she resonated with me so deeply. I really hope her triumph over guilt and grief speaks to readers.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I LOVE connecting with my readers. I wish I could visit with every single one—find out where they are in life, and what hope or encouragement (if any) they drew from reading my books. Stop by and visit with me! I post information on upcoming releases on my website at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Or check out my blog at www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. We do author interviews, weekly devotionals, and book giveaways. We also post book reviews and list upcoming releases from many of your favorite Christians authors. In other words, there’s something for everyone!

Lastly, if you just want to see what I’m up, search for me on Facebook. I would love to visit with you.

Thank you for being with us today!


Thank you so much for having me!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

My Peace I Give to You

I’m thinking about packing. What books do I take? Will I get all my clothes into my car?

Can I get everything switched over on the Carol Awards to my new address?

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Pretty much felt like this little clamper/pincher/staple puller
was headed right for my head the other night...
Millions of little tiny nothing tasks are racing through my brain, including but not limited to, paying my car insurance, getting reimbursed for the shopping I did for my current job, to answering the hundreds of emails that are stacking up between the two accounts I manage.

Can I just sit in the corner and cry now? I’m near to overwhelmed and feel the constriction of my lungs about to send me into hyperventilation.

A friend once told me that “I liked to be in control”. I admit it. I scoffed at him, on the inside of course, but me? Need to be in control? Surely you jest. I’m just fine with doing what I need to do when I need to do it. Control is the last thing I want. I’d rather see someone else hold the reins.

Yeah. I obviously don’t know myself that well and someone who had talked with me only twice, pegged me. That was a little hard to swallow, not going to lie.

But I realized last night as I was stressed about finishing all these little tasks and getting everything on my to-do list done, I had lost the excitement, the anticipation that was roaring around the corner and headed my way. I was worried about who would be taking over my two jobs that I’m leaving behind and would they do a good job? Would things fall through the cracks? Maybe I should just keep the one that I can do long distance to make sure everything goes right.

Now how in-control is that? That I can’t leave, knowing God is going to be taking care of everything that I’m leaving behind. I’m just me. A simple human being and yet I think I can do it better than God? I think that I’ve got this in control better than He does?

Well sit me down in my seat and tell me I need an intervention. So I stopped. I didn’t want to stop, after all, I had tons of things that I needed to finish and accomplish before bed time, not to mention exercising, finishing that review book and on and on the list goes…But I stopped anyway. And realized, if God’s hand is on this isn’t He going to give me the grace and the time to finish everything that I think is so important?


And if I don’t get that time, maybe I need to rethink my priorities…and focus more on the One who gave them to me to begin with. I don’t like feeling overwhelmed. I don’t like worrying that something isn’t getting done. But the hard solid truth? God’s got this. So why spend the time worrying when His peace He wants to give to me?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Can't-Put-It-Down Read! Distortion by Terri Blackstock ~ Review

From beginning chapter to last page, I was glued to the pages of my Kindle as I rapidly flipped through the book to find out what was going to happen next, in this action-packed, adrenaline-filled novel.
           
I couldn’t help but feel immediate empathy for our heroine when her husband is gunned down in the middle of the U-Haul parking lot. All seems to be great and honest about this man and I wasn’t sure where the tension was going to be picked up. Oh ye, of little faith. There was plenty of tension just in listing off this upstanding doctor’s sins-one by one or alphabetical?

            From drug trafficking to illegitimate children to recurrence of an old and familiar villain, the reader doesn’t have much chance to take a deep breath while reading, making it difficult to put down at any given point. One of the faster books I’ve read so far this year.

            Tension is well maintained throughout the book without feeling tired or overdone, as I had expected. Something new is always turning up and enough character points of view to keep things interesting as well. The book does not have the perfect and tidy little ending one would expect, so it’s waiting on the next book in the series for me. Hopefully it won’t be a long one!


            This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley through Litfuse for my copy to review. 

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More about the novel...

Juliet Cole's life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn't know who---or what---to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie.

A husband's lies can have deadly consequences.
When Juliet Cole's husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.
Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers' demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband's dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?
Pre-order a copy for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or the eBook version on CBD until March 10th.

*~*CONTEST INFO*~*


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The book releases March 11th, and Terri will be kicking off the release with a fun Facebook Distortion party and giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. PLUS readers can pre-order the ebook for just $4.99 between now and 3/11 everywhere ebooks are sold.

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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Distortion and Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 11th. Winner will be announced at the Distortion Facebook Party on March 11th. Connect with Terri for a "suspenseful" book launch party with prizes, a book chat, and more.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

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