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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Three Ghost Tales from Kathy Cretsinger

Publisher/author Kathy Cretsinger offer us a bonus today. She has three experiences with ghosts, though she claims unbelief. What do y'all think?


GHOSTS, GHOSTS AND MORE GHOSTS

Don’t be angry with me if I tell you I’m not a believer, but ghosts always make a good story. Until five years ago, I lived in the second oldest town in Tennessee. A small town by the name of Rogersville, and it is reported to have lots of ghosts. I’ve never witnessed any, but I’ve hears stories.

 A friend of mine told me one day she got up and found flour on her cabinets and floor of her kitchen. She said, “I guess Mrs. McFadden was at it again.” Like I said, I never saw what she talked about, but I had an eerie feeling when I drove by that house.

Then there is the story about one of the oldest houses in town. The owner, Mr. Netherland, had a beautiful daughter who was to be married in a few days. The daughter’s future husband took her riding to one of the farms a few miles outside of town. Her horse threw her and her neck was broken. Her parents buried her in her wedding dress. The now owner of the house, Captain Netherland-Brown said when the moon was bright you could see her dancing around the trees in her wedding dress. Again, I never witnessed Miss Netherland, but I have an eerie feeling when I drive by the house at night, especially if it’s a moonlit night.

The one thing that would make me believe, if I wanted to believe in ghosts, is the ghost of St. Simons Lighthouse in St. Simons, GA. His name is Freddy.

Freddy was an assistant to the lighthouse keeper and lived in the keeper’s cottage. He wasn’t married, but he fell in love with the keeper’s wife. The lighthouse keeper found out about their love affair, and Freddy went to check on the lights one night and that was it. No more Freddy, but he is supposed to roam the lighthouse.

My daughter and I love to climb lighthouses and we’ve been up St. Simons Lighthouse several times. Once we had a strange experience. Each time we stepped on a step, we heard a clang. I stopped and looked down the steps to see if there were other guests on the stairs, there wasn’t. I looked up and saw no one. When we stopped, the clangs stopped.

You know how things blurt out of your mouth? I said, “If I believed in ghosts, I’d think there was a ghost in here.” At that time we didn’t know about Freddy.

When we reached the landing that either goes out to the walkway around the lighthouse, or to the light, there was a man lying on the steps to the light repairing the tread on a step. He had a rubber mallet and was pounding on the step. He had on work boots, like the kind you don’t see much anymore, navy pants and a white shirt. It was like the clothes I’d seen in the pictures of the keepers. Strange.

After a short look from the walkway and a wave to our family below, we went back inside. The man was gone. There was no one in the room where the lights were and no one on the stairs going down. No one had had time to get down those stairs that fast unless they slid down the stair railing.

A ghost? I doubt it, but it makes a good story.

The last time I climbed the lighthouse was with my four grandchildren and my son. The lady who sold us our tickets said, “You may see Freddy.” I raised my hand and said, “I’ve already seen him.” Five heads turned quickly and five sets of eyes stared at me. They still think Grandma rocks.
 
 
 
Kathy Cretsinger writes under the name of Katt Anderson. Kathy and her husband, Jerry, live in Western Kentucky close to both of their children and their grandchildren. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and KenTen Writers Group.
Two years ago, Kathy and her husband started their own publishing company, Mantle Rock Publishing. They are passionate about helping Christian writers publish their books. Kathy has published two under Katt Anderson, Callie’s Mountain and Susannah’s Hope. Emily’s Faith will be out this summer. They tell the story of the Melungeon people, a proud race located in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee and part of her heritage. By the end of this year, they will have published seven books and have contracted eleven for next year.
Kathy blogs twice weekly at www.mantlerockpublishing.com/blog. Please visit her and leave a comment.
 
 

Thanks, Kathy. I'll confess my disbelief in ghosts to a certain extent. However, when questioned about putting a ghost in my inspirational YA, Victoria and the Ghost, here was my answer.

**** "If God can't use the supernatural to help a teenager struggling with life, who can?"

That's still my belief as 4RV Publishing prepares to soon release my YA sequel, A Ghost for Shelley.

So what do y'all think about ghosts?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stressed Out with Carole Brown

With a November 1 deadline on edits for my women's fiction and thirteen teen short stories, I needed the post today written by our guest blogger. Perhaps, some of the rest of you do, too. Award-wining author, Carole Brown, talks about being Stressed Out.

Carole could be a bit stressed since her book launches on Facebook November 10. Scroll down for the link.

She wished she could go away. Papa had always told her she needed to broaden her horizons. But now, at the beginning of war?

 

No, she couldn’t leave the boarding house to Papa and her sisters to run. She would have to stick it out. ~~from With Music in Their Hearts

 

 

I was feeling stressed out, tired and over anxious about nothing and everything. Snappish at the one person I adore in this world--my husband, offended at the slightest provocation at others’ supposed slights, and trying to hide the impatience I felt at my friend’s “unimportant” complaints.

 

Couldn’t they see how overworked I was?

How could they ask me to do another task?

Why couldn’t I get this long list completed?

 

Ever felt like you were the proverbial camel eyeing that last straw a big hand was getting ready to lay on your back?

 

No matter whether you’re an author/writer or a fellow-laborer for the God we serve, at times we take on too much, we try to be super-human, when what we really need to do is:

 

Ÿ         Say no. We are not the only person who can coordinate that needed project!

Ÿ         Remember that the list will still be here tomorrow. If you cross off one or two items, you’re an accomplished person.

Ÿ         Take time to relax.

 

This past weekend we took a few days to go camping with family and friends. We invited our two-year-old grandson to go along. There’s not a lot of things that can get me to relax as well as the presence of family and friends. Yes, I’ll have to admit I worked all the way down the interstate with occasional glances up to see the scenery my husband and son were pointing out and enjoying.

 

But once there, I turned off the laptop, saw I had NO reception to my cell phone, and gave in to a time of fun and laughter. 

 

Carole's family de-stressing
 
How did it go?

 

 
I came away more relaxed. On the way home, I joined in with my husband and grandson as we worked to see who could see the next bridge or the next horse. My husband and I discussed and talked and laughed and snacked together all the way home.

 

As the excerpt from my soon-to-be-released says, Emma Jaine wanted to escape her problems, but realized she couldn’t. And we can’t always escape. But that doesn’t mean we can’t schedule a much-needed retreat for however long.

 

Jesus went up in the mountains to commune with God and become stronger. He and his disciples went out in the boat to get away for a bit. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to take a much needed time for yourself. Whether it’s an hour a day soaking in your tub, reading a book in a comfy chair or joining a friend for lunch, do it! Your body--and your family and friends--will thank you!


That's a good reminder for us all, Carole. Thank you. Now, tell us something about With Music In Their Hearts.


 

Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.

 

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.

 

While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.

 

As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?

 

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

 

 

With Music in Their Heart releases November 2014! Check out my personal links to keep in touch for availability! Then look for it on Amazon. Book Launch is scheduled for November 10 on facebook.


/Scroll on down for an except from chapter one.

First, I would guess that Writing with God's Hope viewers would like to know more about Carole Brown.


Brown not only has her award winning (Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.

 

November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies.

 

Releasing November, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.

 

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

 

 

Connect with her here:






 

 

I also am part of several other blogs:


Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
 
Remember that Facebook link for the November 10 launch of With Music In Their Hearts.
 
Now, as promised, here's an excerpt from With Music In Their Hearts.
 
 
Excerpt from Chapter One
A vehicle’s tires spinning gravel behind him warned him he’d not lost the black car. Slowing. Creeping. Engine purring. Only a few feet separated him from the car and making a sudden decision, he jogged around the corner and hugged the building trying to put distance between it. The car’s tires squealed as the car sped up. The driver took the corner, gravel crunching and spinning into the air.
They must have spotted him for the driver braked, throwing the passenger forward. Tyrell flung himself at the car and grabbed for the door handle.
The window slid down.
Something tugged at his arm.
And the handle tore from his grasp as the car accelerated.
The seemingly belated, reverberating crack of a gun vibrated the air around him.
The car spun around a far corner, and Tyrell reached up to rub his stinging arm. The sticky wetness drew his attention.
Blood. He saw the tear in his coat sleeve, the minute traces of blood oozing.
He’d been shot?
Why would they—whoever they were—want to shoot at him? It was a scratch, and they’d been close enough to kill him if they’d wanted to.
They didn’t want to. What were they after? A scare tactic? To warn him away? From what? Perhaps all this was a coincidence, a figment of his active imagination.
No sign of the car. Satisfied he was rid of them, he entered the hotel. At the reception desk, he filled out the necessary papers, climbed the stairs, and headed down the hallway.
At the far end, a red-haired woman inserted a key into the lock.
Was she the same woman who’d been in the recruitment office? That hat . . . He called out, “Hey, lady.”
She glanced his way, her luxurious hat tilted at just the right angle to hide one side of her face. With a flip of her plaid skirt, she shoved open her door and disappeared inside.
Tyrell hesitated at his own door, next to her’s, but inserted his key and entered. Inside, he switched on a light then as quickly flicked it off. He stepped to the window.
And drew in a breath as if he’d been sucker-punched.
Down below, across from the hotel, the streetlight reflected off a long, black Oldsmobile. Standing beside the car staring up at the hotel, stood Ben Hardy.
            His cousin and best friend.
 
Don't miss that book launch November 10.

Thank you, Carole, for telling us about you and your book. It sounds like a must-read. Any comments or questions, anyone?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Penny Ehrenkranz's Ghost Stories

My guest today is Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz. I love her children's book, Boo's Bad Day. Naturally, I'm fond of ghost tales, so ...

Since this, after all, is Weird Wednesday, I interviewed Penny about her writing and about her upcoming middle-grade ghost stories. Here's my questions. Perhaps, Writing with God's hope blog followers will have more to ask in the comments section below.
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WATCH BELOW FOR PENNY'S "W...E..I..RD  G...HOST STORIES!!!"
 
Janet, thank you for inviting me to visit your blog today.  It has been a pleasure answering your questions. If people want to learn more about me or my work, my web site is http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com

 

1.You're sure welcome, Penny. Now, tell us something of your writing journey.

Like most authors, I became interested in writing when I was a child in grade school.  I often entertained myself by writing books, illustrating them, and binding them with cardboard and ribbon.  In high school, my senior English teacher allowed me to work on a novel in lieu of doing homework assignments.  I have no idea what happened to that manuscript. I do remember being influenced by J.D. Salinger at the time.  After high school, I took some writing classes, but I was unable to sell any of my work and gave up for many years.  After my children were born, I did some grant writing for local non-profits.  When I realized I could make money from my writing, I took another writing class and this time, I made my first sale.  I began by writing non-fiction articles and short stories.  My middle grade novels, Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch are the only full-length books I’ve written.  I still prefer to write 10,000 word or less stories.

 

2.       Your journey sounds a lot  like mine. I was inspired by an English teacher, and I started with short stories.   Is there a favorite theme in your writing?


I enjoy writing fantasy and science fiction, but I generally include a touch of romance.  I would say a common theme would be that families and relationships between people are important and should be nurtured.

 

3.                What books have you read recently?

I recently completed Room by Emma Donoghue (my book group selection), and11/22/63 by Stephen King (for pleasure).

 

4.                What other interests do you have besides writing?

I enjoy walking, water aerobics, gardening, spending time with my family and pets, crocheting, and of course, reading.

 

5.                What is your writing routine?

Routine? Hum… I really don’t have one.  I’ve never felt that I needed to write every day to call myself a writer.  If I write, submit, and get a story or article accepted, I feel I’ve accomplished my goal of being a writer.  When I am working on a project, however, I do better in the afternoon and early evening when I tend to feel more creative.  I am a “pantser,” so I don’t outline, although I will keep track of my characters names, descriptions, quirks, etc. I will often see a scene running through my mind as though I’m watching a movie.

 

6.                What song best describes you?

Sorry. I don’t have an answer for this one.  I’m a classic rock kind of gal, but I’m afraid what I would have answered when I was younger doesn’t really fit now.

 

7.                Have you ever felt like giving up? If so, how did you get through it?

Since I don’t feel obligated to write every day, I suppose one could say I give up quite often.  I rather think of it as taking a break to do what needs to be done to care for family, finish up a major task, or take a vacation.  When I get an idea for a new story or article, however, I am refreshed and ready to get started.

 

8.               Interesting way to view it. What’s your favorite quote?

I’m not sure who said it, but my favorite quote is “These things, too, shall pass.”

 

9.               Ah, good one to remember. What’s next for you?

I retired from my day job (office manager for our county district attorney) in 2008 and promptly hired on as an editor for a couple of small publishing houses.  When family obligations became more demanding, I retired again and gave up my editing jobs. Now, as time permits, I’m working on a fantasy, working title Raven’s Story.

 

I am currently under contract for my middle grade novels, Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch as well as a picture book, Many Colored Coats. I am waiting on illustrations for all three of these books and hope to see publication with 4RV Publishing in the next year.

 

10.          How would you answer the question, "do you believe in ghosts?"

I do believe in ghosts.  The first time I saw a ghost was after my dad died when I was a child.  I looked out the window of our house and saw him walking up the street from the bus stop, suitcase in hand, headed home. Of course, he never arrived, but to this day, I can still picture it in my mind.

 

The second ghost I saw was when I was in my 20s. Several of my friends and I had rented a ski lodge in New Hampshire during the off-season.  I was home alone one evening, sitting in the main living room.  The clock struck thirteen (yes thirteen). I looked up and saw an opaque form floating up the stairwell to the second floor. When I ascended the stairs to investigate, no one was there.

 
I don't have cover art for my two ghost stories, yet, but here's what my main characters look like in my mind:

Mike Wiles, age 13

Wendy Miles, age 11
 
 


















Tell us a bit of what the stories are about. I find the titles catchy.

First in the Series
GHOST FOR RENT

      This middle grade, paranormal, ghost story is aimed at youth in grades four to six. It is approximately 16,418 words, 11 chapters, and 61 pages long.

      The story begins when eleven year old Wendy Wiles learns her parents are planning to get divorced.  Forced to leave her beloved city home for a cheaper country place, Wendy, her mother, and her thirteen year old brother move to rural Warren, Oregon.

      On move-in day, Wendy meets a neighbor girl who tells her their quaint country home is haunted.  Events proceed quickly as Wendy, her new friend, Jennifer, and Wendy’s brother, Mike, see ghostly figures dancing in the woods.  Despite Mom’s claims that “there are no such things as ghosts,” paranormal events persist in the Wiles’s home. Meanwhile her brother Mike, arch-tease, continues to torment Wendy, claiming he’s causing the unusual happenings.

      Wendy searches through library records to get to the bottom of the mystery.  Finally with Jennifer’s help, Wendy begins to unravel the truth. At last, even Mike can no longer disbelieve and decides to aid Wendy in her search.  By the end of the story, the three young sleuths have uncovered an accidental death, a suicide and a murder.
 
 
 
 
Second in the Series
GHOST FOR LUNCH
 
            This middle grade, paranormal, ghost story is aimed at youth in grades four to six. It is approximately 30,365 words, 13 chapters, and 110 double spaced pages.
            Wendy Wiles, her brother Mike, and her family have lived in Warren, Oregon for almost a year.  When they moved into their new home, they found it haunted. With the help of a new friend, Jennifer, Wendy and her brother solved the mystery of the haunting in the first book of this series, Ghost for Rent.
            This story begins as Jennifer and her family move to California, leaving Wendy bereft of her best friend with only a new kitten to help remember her.  Shortly after Jennifer leaves, Wendy and Mike meet their new neighbor, a thirteen year old boy, Jon Adams.  Jon is cute, and Wendy is attracted to him, but everything is thrown into turmoil when Wendy learns Jon’s family bought a haunted restaurant in St. Helens.
            Wendy, Mike and Jon soon become good friends.  Jon’s mother is a bit odd.  She loves ghosts and wants to learn more about Wendy’s experience.  She invites Wendy to help clean the haunted restaurant, hoping that Wendy’s presence will make the ghosts more active.
            Wendy agrees as long as Mike is there, too.  As soon as they arrive at the restaurant, Wendy becomes aware of the ghosts.  She sees shadows in the upstairs windows; she hears a young boy calling; she feels blasts of cold air.  Although Mike, Jon and Jon’s family are all there, too, no one else sees or feels anything.  Wendy is frustrated until one of the ghosts attaches himself to Jon’s dad.  It’s impossible to ignore what happens, and Jon and Mike both admit they now believe Wendy.
            The children embark upon a quest to find out who is haunting the restaurant and how Wendy, Jon and Jon’s dad are connected to the ghosts.  The children follow clues they find in old newspapers, a note left in the restaurant’s kitchen, and a ghostly apparition that causes Wendy to have a bicycle accident.
            By the end of the story, the children solve the mystery.  The restaurant is haunted by none other than Steve Milhouse, the husband of the young woman who took her life in Wendy’s home almost a century ago. In Ghost for Rent, Steve’s skeleton was found in Wendy’s attic although he never haunted the house.  Wendy was left wondering why.  Now, in Ghost for Lunch, the answer is revealed.

Those both sound interesting. I can't wait to hear that they've released. Be sure to let us know when they do.
 
Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has published more than 100 articles, 75 stories, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications, and non‑fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications.  She is a former editor for MuseItUp Publishing and Damnation Books.  Visit her web site at http:// pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com. Her writing blog is located at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/.
 
She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. She recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has three other children’s books under contract with them: Ghost for Rent, Ghost for Lunch, and Many Colored Coats.  Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Alban Lake Publishing and Smashwords.
 
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

A New Book by Beverly Stowe McClure

How exciting!

4RV Publishing Co. has just released a middle grade book by one of my favorite authors, Beverly Stowe McClure. Her young adult novels have kept me riveted, so I'm anxious to hear about the new book.

What's it about,  Beverly?


STAR OF THE TEAM is a middle grade contemporary novel.


A girl.

A dream.

An accident.

A dream shattered.

 

Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star
.

 

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?

 

Links where we can purchase the book:

 
 
Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/k5y1mky

 Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/18r6ox4

 

 
Now tell everyone something about yourself.

 

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.

For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

 

http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com

Thanks so much for telling us about your new book, Beverly. I can't wait to get my copy. Thanks for allowing me to join your blog spotlight for STAR OF THE TEAM.
 
Anyone have a question for this author?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Ghost at Fort Sill

A dear friend, Sue Watson, bought me a book titled, The Ghost of Fort Sill, by Robert R. Hiatt. This army fort, built in 1870, has been the site of many strange happenings through the years. Fort Sill, just north of Lawton, Oklahoma is only an hour from my home in Wichita Falls, Texas, so I find the stories in this book fascinating.

 
Hiatt’s book was published in 1989. He lists 20 documented sightings.
 
Today, I wish to share one of Hiatt’s tales.

This story is titled “The Lady with the Rustling Skirts.” A grey limestone house built in 1870 was, along with the other officer’s quarters, occupied in 1871.

A family that moved into the house in 1987 was warned that a ghost had been sighted there. A few days later, while the lady of the house was unpacking in her bedroom, she found a planter with flowers in it overturned. She picked it up but found it overturned again twice more. She never heard it fall. Finally, she moved it to another room where it never happened again.

The lady put her rocking chair near her bedroom. One night a sound awoke both the lady and her husband. The rocking chair squeaked as it rocked. Both of them saw it rocking. They investigated but never found any wind, and no firing had been going on that might’ve shaken the house. The chair moved forward as it rocked until the footstool in front of it made it stop. This happened three nights in a row until the lady of the house moved the chair to another room. The rocking stopped.

They forgot the incident. Weeks later, a sound alarmed the lady. When she went into the room, a lazy susan was spinning at a fast rate. The lazy susan stopped while she watched.

From time to time the couple heard the rustling of a skirt like a woman walking around the second floor. At the time of the writing of Hiatt’s book two years later, the couple continued to hear the rustling skirt, and the lady of the house would never go upstairs without lighting her way and keeping a close watch.

 

When you read my upcoming book, A Ghost for Shelley, you will notice I used the planter turning over by itself as one of my strange happenings.
 
How many of you have a ghost story to share? I would love to hear it.
 
Happy ghost hunting

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dreaming with Author, Lillian Duncan

Today, I have a special guest, multi-published, Lillian Duncan, with another of her wonderful books now released.  This one is titled Redemption. Just the title makes me want to read it.

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 Read on down in the post.
You have until Oct 18 to claim your chance.

I always love the posts on Ms. Duncan's blog, so I asked her to send a devotion for this Writing With God's Hope blog. Here's another thought-provoking article. I think you'll find it inspiring.


DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!
by Lillian Duncan

 

I wrote another post with this same title after receiving my first contract from a traditional publisher three years ago. It took 15 years of writing before I received that contract. So you can well imagine I was a little bit excited.

Now three years and seven contracts later, I still get excited. I just don’t cry quite as much!

REDEMPTION, my sixth book with my publisher was released on September 19. So I thought I’d take a moment or two to reflect on dreams.

I believe God gives each of us many different dreams during our lifetime. Different dreams for different times of our lives, but there’s also that special dream—The Big Dream. For me that was becoming a writer and it might be for you, too.

 So why doesn’t everyone pursue their Big Dream?

I can think of a few reasons:

It’s not practical.

It can never happen.

I don’t have time.

I don’t know how to do it.

What if I fail?

What will people think?

 

The list of reasons can go on and on, but I think you get my point. I can tell you that I told myself all of these reasons and more why I should quit during all those years I didn’t get a contract. But every time I quit, I eventually started writing again. Mostly because it left too big of a void in my heart when I stopped.

 

I’m not going to tell you that going for your dream is going to be easy, or even that you’ll get there. But there’s joy in the journey as well as in the destination. Even had I never received a book contract, I would never say my time spent pursing my dream to be a writer was wasted. Why? Because I love writing stories. It’s fun for me!

 

Of course, that’s easy for me to say now that I have a contract—or seven of them!

 

But one thing I do know is that if you quit on your dream, I can guarantee it won’t happen. If I’d given up in year 13 or 14, I would never have received that first contract. So, I urge all of you to go for that special God-given dream. And never, never give up!

 

To celebrate the release of REDEMPTION, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. But wait…there’s more! I always feel bad for the people who enter the contest but don’t win. So I’m also going to pick FIVE more lucky names to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Just the right amount to buy REDEMPTION! Just kidding, the winners can use it to buy whatever they wish.

So hop on over to TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at www.lillian-duncan.com  to enter. Leave a comment on the post REDEMPTION and you’ll be entered to win. Easy Peasy!! Contest ends October 18!

 
Lillian, tell us something about the new book.


Others may think Jamie Jakowski is a hero, but she knows differently.

Haunted by her past, she seeks redemption by helping others in spite of the danger to herself. However, after almost orphaning her daughter, Jamie opts to retire. When a friend needs her, Jamie agrees to one last undercover operation.

She is determined to reunite a heartbroken mother with her kidnapped son. Used to working alone, Jamie’s not happy when she’s assigned a partner. And after a failed operation and their failed romance, Enrique Rodriguez is the last person she wants to work with—ever.

To succeed, Jamie must confront her past as well as the people who want her dead.



Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!

Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us

Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com.

 

Thank you so much, Lillian, for visiting with us here on Writing with God's Hope blog. I posted last Saturday about dreams and goal-setting. Seems we're on the same mindset.
 
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