Saturday, July 30, 2016

Reflection

We left Wichita Falls to begin our vacation. Dawn didn't burst forth until an hour after we drove off. The first fifty miles put us in rural North Texas. Dark. Deserted. Daunting.



In summer, construction crews work on nearly every highway in Texas. I'm sure of it. Because of the recent repairs, the highway we followed from Wichita Falls to Seymour had no center stripe. The thoroughness of the workers remembered to place reflectors along the middle of the road. With the extreme darkness of the country, those reflectors were our only guide to keep us on the right course.

Glass dome of Spencer Theatre in Alto, NM reflects the sun.


It got me to thinking. That's the way we Christians are supposed to be. As the world gets darker and more daunting, Christ needs us to be stronger and better reflectors of His light than ever before. How else will any of us know the right course? Christ shines His light into our souls, expecting us to reflect that light to those who don't know Him, and can't find their way in the darkness., so they can locate the right path.


Star room at Spencer Theatre with my mirror reflection showing.



When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
                                       John 8:12


Are you a reflection for Christ?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway



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Worth Her Weight by Janet K. Brown

Worth Her Weight

by Janet K. Brown


Giveaway ends August 10, 2016.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Author Rebecca DeMarino Answers Some Questions

Today Writing with God's Hope blog welcomes Christian author, Rebecca DeMarino.  I loved interviewing her, and I think you'll enjoy learning more about her and about her new release. This could be one you don't want to miss.
 
 
Rebecca, welcome to our blog today.
First, where did you get the idea for your book?
 
While the original idea for the Southold Chronicles series came after I journeyed with my mother in 1999 to Long Island in search of the lighthouse named after our ancestor Barnabas Horton, the idea for To Follow Her Heart, book three in the series, developed as I wrote the end of the first book. In my original research I became aware that Joshua Hobart would eventually replace Reverend Youngs as minister of Southold. And as I imagined the three books, each set about ten years apart, I thought of Patience Terry—a young (fictitious) woman who came across from England on The Swallow with the Hortons in my debut, A Place in His Heart. And I imagined a romance between Patience and Joshua. Things do get complicated when you mix fiction with history and timing is everything, lol. But complication is a good thing in fiction!
 
How did you find your publisher?
 
It was my agent that submitted my proposal to Revell, but I had met my agent and editor previously at the Mount Hermon Writers Conference. I highly recommend conferences to anyone who is writing and would like to be published someday. It’s a place to learn and network and there are so many to choose from--smaller, local conferences to national level like the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.
 
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
 
I just completed my fourth manuscript—can’t really say too much about it except that it is historical romance set in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s. I love the story and am very excited about the project!     
 
What has your writing journey been like so far?
 
Well, I’d say amazing for certain. I began my writing career rather late in life, and I feel blessed that I’ve had this opportunity to share my stories.
 
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
 
Would it surprise you if I said England? I first traveled there in 1997 with my parents and two of my daughters. It is so beautiful! And I’m returning in September on a trip to Mowsley, where Barnabas and Mary Horton wed. I’ll be speaking at the 13th century St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Mowsley and also traveling up to Swanwick, in Derbyshire, to sign copies of To Follow Her Heart at Christian Resources Together (CRT) which is very much ICRS here in the United States. Of course, Long Island is a favorite vacation spot for me too, and I’ll be returning there in September as well for a book signing at Burton’s Book Store in Greenport.
 
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
 
I was born in my parent’s car, still at the curb in front of our house. My sisters remember the babysitter bringing them to the picture window and my dad held me up so they could see. When we got to the hospital I got to room in with my mother, unheard of in those days!
 
If you could be a song, what would it be?
 
Hmmm, I guess perhaps “I’m Walking On Sunshine”   Haven’t thought of that song in years, but that’s what popped into my head!
 
 
 
For more information and a free prologue to The Southold Chronicles, please visit me at www.RebeccaDeMarino.com and please say hello at www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino and www.twitter.com/RebeccaDeMarino  (@RebeccaDeMarino) I’d love to meet you!
  
 
 
To Follow Her Heart
Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.
In 1664 Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.
Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
 
To Follow Her Heart can be purchased at your favorite book store, and of course you can click here Amazon or B&N or CBD to purchase.
 
 
 
 
 
 
REBECCA DEMARINO inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad—and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her new novel, To Follow Her Heart releases this month from Revell. She is the author of A Place in His Heart and To Capture Her Heart, books one and two of The Southold Chronicles. A free prologue to The Southold Chronicles series available here: www.RebeccaDeMarino.com And visit Rebecca here: www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino
 
 
Thank you, Rebecca. I personally loved learning something about you. Before this interview, you were just a name I'd heard on the ACFW loop. The book sounds wonderful. I think I've been missing out.
Any questions or comments out there for Rebecca?
 
 

Cover Reveal for Worth Forgiving

My next inspirational women's fiction, Worth Forgiving is set to release on Sept. 1, 2016. My excitement bubbles over at the prospect. This is the second in the Wharton Rock series. The first in the series, Worth Her Weight came out in January, 2015.

Wharton Rock is a fictional small North Texas town where everyone knows everything about you, and gossip runs wild. The series focuses on self-worth destroyed by addictions, habits, and hang-ups.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
                                                                                2 Corinthians 12:9

Worth Her Weight deals with a woman controlled by food addition, a man who must let go of control, and a mother who fights anger over her fate.

In small town Texas, a drug addicted woman who is released from prison faces an uphill climb to forgiveness. This is the story of Worth Forgiving.

With that introduction, for the first time, I wish to reveal the cover Pen-L came up with for this new book.

And now, ta-da!
 
 

Pen-L will be offering it for pre-order on August 1, so watch for the link.

What do you think about the cover?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads now offers a chance to win one of two signed copies of Worth Her Weight.



It's easy. Go to the link and click to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/194725-worth-her-weight

The contest will close out after August 10, 2016, so don't delay.



TOBY WHEELER loves being a policeman in Wharton Rock.

         But…

           He can’t help his best friend, Lacey

           He can’t stop the town’s drug problem.

           His best never seemed so inadequate.  

 

LACEY CHANDLER hates her life as a single mom,

           So she eats. It’s the only control she has.

           She wonders if God even cares.

           Is she following her dad’s footsteps into insanity?

 

 
BETTY CHANDLER, Lacey’s mom, faces disability, despair, and anger at the only daughter who takes care of her.
 

3 people who are unfixable

Is God enough?

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Birthday Giveaway Winner is . .


Thank you for all who entered my contest. I loved the birthday greetings.  Thank you. I like giving away presents. My official "chooser" (better known as my husband LOL) drew the name this morning to win a $10 Amazon gift card for my birthday.




And the winner is . . .

Ada Brownell

 
Congratulations, Ada. If you entered but didn't win, today is the beginning of a Goodreads giveaway. Go over to Goodreads. All you must do is click on enter for a chance to win a free signed copy of Worth Her Weight. I'm giving away two signed print copies there. So, try again. Maybe, this time you're a winner.
 
 
Again, congratulations to Ada Brownell. Watch for your prize in your e-mail, Ada.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

An Interview of a Character in Penny Ehrenkranz's New Book

Welcome, fellow "ghost" writer, Penny Ehrenkranz to Writing with God's Hope blog. However, today, I won't be interviewing Penny. We wish to talk with the main character in her new book, Wendy Wiles.
                   

 

Wendy, tell us a little about yourself and your family.

 

I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1983.  When I was eleven, my mom and dad separated for a while and we had to move to a small town thirty miles outside Portland.  I was bummed since I had to leave all my friends behind.

 

My dad stayed in Portland, so my older brother Mike and I lived with our Mom.  Mom’s a writer, but she wasn’t selling too much.  My brother is a pain. He teases me a lot, but we eventually become close. My mom likes to say, “Wendy, darling,” when she talks to me and that drives me crazy.  I’m not some Peter Pan character.

 

I like to write and read poetry, so that makes me a little weird I guess.

 

What was it like moving from a big city to a rural community?  Was it hard to make new friends?

 

I hated moving at first, but because I met Jennifer, it wasn’t long before I felt good about it.  Mom used say in the city Mike and I were little fish in a big pond, but in Scappoose we were big fish in a little pond.  We were able to play sports and do things we might not have been able to do in the city where there were lots of kids wanting to do those things.  Jennifer had a lot of friends and she introduced me to them, but she and I were best friends.

 

What is your new hometown and school like?

 

Scappoose is where I go to school. I actually live in Warren, which isn’t really a town. Scappoose only has about 6,500 people.  There aren’t very many stores and the library is so tiny, not like the one in Portland.  St. Helens is the next town over. It’s the county seat and has over 12,000 people, and it has a few more places to shop, so Mom goes there more often to get stuff for us. 

 

Our school is small, too.  There are only four classes for each grade. Jennifer is a grade behind me in school, but we still see each other at lunch and recess times.  Mike goes to the middle school, which is right next door to Petersen School where I go.  It’s different from Portland, but I like it. The teachers are really nice.

 

When did you first realize your home was haunted?

 

The day we moved in and I met Jennifer, she told us a story about her brother and some friends spending the night in our house when it was empty. She said they heard a piano playing but no one was there.  While she was telling us the story, a windstorm blew through the porch where we were hiding from the rain.  All of a sudden the leaves looked like two people dancing and we heard this weird music.   Then later in the house, I started seeing things.  Crazy, huh?

 

What did you think when you learned your friend’s family restaurant was also haunted?

 

This was much later after we figured out what was going on at our house.  Jennifer and her family moved to California, and Mike and I met the new folks who moved in down the road from us.  They have a son, Jon. His family had read about our ghost hunting, and his mom was really interested.  She’s the one who told me they heard the building they bought for their new restaurant was also haunted.  It freaked me out at first because I was pretty well done with ghosts by this time. Once we started helping out getting the restaurant ready to open, Mike, Jon, and I all got curious and started digging for clues to see what was going on.

 

Were you scared when you found out you could see and communicate with ghosts?

 

You bet I was!  I’d get goose bumps whenever they came around or I saw them.  I didn’t know what to expect. I eventually figured out they wouldn’t hurt me, but they still scared me when they’d show up. They just wanted someone to know what had happened to them and why they died.

 

How did you and your friends solve the mystery of the ghosts?

 

We actually had a lot of help from the ghosts themselves.  We used the library to look up stuff and followed clues the ghosts left for us.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not chasing ghosts?

 

I love to read and write poetry.  I even had one of my poems published in a magazine.  Even though my brother teases me, we play together and with our friends.  We like being outside.  There’s always something to do when you live in the country, like riding our bikes and swimming.

 

Wendy, thanks for stopping by to visit with us.

 

Now, Penny, you tell us your point of view about Wendy's story.

   
Wendy Wiles attracts ghosts, first in Ghost for Rent, when her parents separate and she, her brother, and mother move into a haunted house. The story begins in Portland, Oregon and quickly moves to small town, Scappoose, Oregon. Miserable at leaving her friends and beloved Portland behind, Wendy meets her neighbor Jennifer who tells her the house Wendy’s mom rented is haunted. After two of them appear to Wendy, the girls find themselves tracking down the mystery of who the ghosts are and why they "live" in the Wiles' home.
 
In Ghost for Lunch, Wendy’s friend, Jennifer, moves away, leaving Wendy sad until new neighbors and their restaurant in St. Helens bring ghosts back into Wendy's life. She, her brother, and their new friend discover the two cases are connected. Once again, the young sleuths use clues and lots of brainstorming to figure out who is haunting the restaurant.
 
While on the surface, these two stories appear to be about ghosts and the mystery of solving them, they are also about the importance of family and friends and working together to solve a problem.
 
        Ghostly Visions is available direct from the publisher 4RV Publishing LLC for $15.99 including shipping and handling: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/penny-lockwood.php.  It can also be ordered from your local bookstore with the following ISBN numbers: ISBN-10: 0982642326, ISBN-13: 978-0982642320, or through Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Visions-Ghost-Rent-Lunch/dp/0982642326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465600196&sr=1-1&keywords=ghostly+visions.
 
Penny Lockwood (Ehrenkranz) has published over 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 genres 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, 4RV Publishing, and Damnation Books.  Visit her web site at http:// pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com and her writing blog at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/.
 
4RV Publishing has joined her two middle grade novels (Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch) as Ghostly Visions. She recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has one other children’s picture book under contract with them: Many Colored Coats. She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Alban Lake Publishing and Smashwords.
 
Oh, Penny, I'm so glad the two books are available for purchase now. They sound wonderful. I need to get mine.
 
Does anyone have questions for Penny or Wendy?
 
 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Two Tips for Beginning Weight Loss

Ready to begin a weight loss journey?

You don't need a new diet.
You don't need a new exercise.
You don't even need a support group, though they do help a lot.

Two things are imperative.

1. Clean out your kitchen of trigger foods and restock with healthy options.

Add fruits, veggies, low fat dairy, and lean protein.


Clean out trigger foods. This was mine. Twenty-three years ago, I would pick up a dozen cream-filled donuts and eat them all by myself.

I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for twenty years. I haven't bought a donut in probably sixteen years.

 
 
2. Clean out your mind of defeatist self-talk and fill it with God's presence.
 
Led by God
 
 
 
Rid yourself of negative thinking and talking.
Learn a new habit.
Form a new pattern.
Understand you're a child of God.
 
I used to say I'm fat and will never lose weight. With talk like that, I didn't.
 
 
 
Then, don't just clean out the bad stuff, but fill your mind and heart with good stuff. The more we struggle, the more we should read God's Word, pray, and meditate to listen to God's guidance.
 

That's my two tips for beginning weight loss. What's yours?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Devotion and a Birthday Giveaway

Monday, July 18, is my birthday, but I plan to give the gift, a $10 Amazon gift card. Scroll to the bottom to see how to win.

First, to celebrate my birthday week, here is today's devotion from my best-selling devotion book; Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.


July 16

 

197. Watch the Stripes

 

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8

 

     In my haste to be all things to all people, my life often veers too far to one side or the other. Highway departments paint a center stripe on narrow roads and several stripes on freeways. Without these, one car would swerve into another. Center stripes stop head-on collisions. The darker the night, the more we need stripes with reflective paint or pegs. Have you ever thought about who decided to paint stripes on highways? When did that become necessary?

 

     In the early 1900s, our roads consisted mostly of dirt or sand. Traffic meant horses or carriages. Interestingly enough, bicyclers first brought attention to the need for better roads in 1897. With the invention of the Model T, the US government realized a need for standardization of the road system. A simple idea like stripes on the highways eliminates collisions and gives guidance on your travels.

 

     God’s word and instruction in prayer is a Christian’s stripe on their pathway of life. We tend to get too far in one direction, compensate, and then go too far in the other. Twelve-step programs use the mantra, “First Things First” to remind us to take care of our recovery first, then all things will fall in place. God tells us to “Seek first the kingdom of God.”

 

     Focus on God (the stripe). He will tell you when your compass is off base. Then, you can adjust and stay on the right road. Your spiritual recovery must always be your first focus.

 


Prayer: Help me keep first things first today.
 
I hope that devotion ministers to you today.


Now, for my chance to give one of you a birthday gift for MY birthday. God said it was more blessed to give than receive.


Leave me a happy birthday message along with your e-mail address. On the morning of July 25, I will draw from the names of all that left a comment before midnight July 24. If you left me an e-mail, I will send you a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Of course, I would love for you to use it for one of my books. (Just a hint) preorders on my new women's fiction due to release Sept 1 will be available the middle of August) Nevertheless, the gift certificate will be yours to use as you wish, with my thanks for the birthday wishes.

Click on post a comment. Log in with your Google account or even anonymous. When you write your comment, don't forget to leave your e-mail unless you know that I already have it.


God bless you today and thanks ahead of time.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Debut Author Jean Ann Williams Shares Her Story

For years, Jean Ann Williams has blogged and wrote a message of hope. She stopped by this blog once before to tell us about her battle with grief. Now, I'm excited to introduce her first novel, her debut release. Congratulations, Jean Ann. Tell us what it's about.


One mother damaged. One family tested. One daughter determined to find her place.

ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.

With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.

Downloads available at Amazon: http://ow.ly/XmCJ5







Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanAnnWilliams


Jean Ann Williams has published over one hundred articles and short stories for children and adults. JUST CLAIRE is her first book.


The book sounds so good, Jean Ann. It's on my soon-to-read list. Thank you for visiting this Writing with God's Hope blog today. Any questions or comments for Jean Ann?

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Praise!



The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
                                                                
Psalm 27:1



This morning I woke up with this verse on my mind.  This week has filled with anxiety over my granddaughter's health, my middle daughter's stressful move, and the million and one things I need to do. With this writing stuff, God pushes me so far out of my comfort zone that I can't even view it from here. Can I hear an "Amen!"

The verse continues to float through my mind with everything I do. Isn't that just like the Lord?


Growth in depth and strength and consistency and fruitfulness and ultimately in Christlikeness is truly possible when the winds of life are contrary to a person 's comfort.
                                                              Anne Graham Lotz


Here's a verse I memorized awhile back and quote often.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you
                                                                                   Isaiah 54:10

Praise Be to the Lord!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Christian Writer's Goal

 We will accomplish little unless we set goals. At the beginning of the year, the beginning of a month, the beginning of a week, all are great goal setting times. Today, we will focus on goals for writing, but the same criteria works whatever you do.

 
Success requires goal setting
A shot will be way off target unless we know where to aim. If a sailor shoots a torpedo at the enemy but doesn’t set coordinates, the weapon might return to start. We can’t measure our progress if we don’t know which way we’re to travel.


A goal motivates us,
guides us,
and inspires accomplishment.

 
What is the criteria for a God-ordained goal?

Isn't that what Christian writers should be aiming for? 

 

 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

                               Psalm 127:2

 

 

After the Israelis return from captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah set out to build a wall around Jerusalem. Enemies jeered and vandalized. Nehemiah set guards over the work even while they built. Working to follow God’s instructions, the Israelis built the wall to God’s glory despite all opposition.
 
 
A wide receiver is the goal of the quaterback

 

 
Writers face rejection, loneliness, deadlines, and balancing family, promotion, and writing. No one said it would be easy. We need a goal. But, if we're Christians, not just any goal; a God-ordained goal.

 

 

To please God with our writing, we should ask these questions.

 

Is what I write pleasing to God?

Do I spend enough time or too much time on writing?

Do my written or spoken words lift others up?

Do I do or say anything that offends?

 

 

Apply these same principles to any activity or career? Remember, if God doesn’t build the house, we labor in vain. If we work just for money or fame, without bringing glory for the Lord, it won’t last.

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Introducing Author Bruce Judisch

Here's the questions I had for author Bruce Judisch. He's new to me and perhaps to you, also, but I think you'll find him fascinating.
 
 
Where did you get the idea for your book?
 
A friend of mine shared a newspaper from 1896 she found in the attic of her aunt’s house. Here is the unabridged article that was nestled in the bottom corner of an interior page.
 
Rangeley Lakes, Volume 2. Rangeley, Maine. Thursday, August 20, 1896. Number 13.
The center of attraction Thursday was at the railroad station after the arrival of the 1 o’clock train. There came on that train a “bridal trunk,” anyway, one of the cards attached said: “I’m a bride;” another announced, “We are married.” There was a drawing of a loving couple with wedding bells and a cupid. But the happy couple didn’t come. There was a crowd awaiting the train at night, and again they were doomed to disappointment, but they have the pleasure of looking over the trunk just the same.
 
I ask you, how can a fiction writer see something like this and not write a mystery? J
 
 How exciting! How did you find your publisher?
 
Quimby Pond was my first novel to go indie. I’ve been with a small publisher for a number of years, but I felt it was time to expand the horizons and seek independent editing and cover design—and try my hand at promoting my own work.
 
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
 
Absolutely! J  I’m working on the sequel to Quimby Pond, a teaser to which I included as an addendum to the book. I’m also completing a trilogy, “A Prophet’s Tale,” which is a novelization of the life of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. The first two books (The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled) are currently available via Amazon, but I’m revising them and will complete the series with Part 3, The Promise Fulfilled. When will they be ready? Well, I’m not quite sure just yet—however, I’ll be quite pleased to let you know when, I am sure. J
 
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
 
All kinds. In the fiction arena, my penchant for historicals currently immerses me in Justina Prima’s The Pawnbroker’s Ring.  In non-fiction, I’m getting a lot out of Dale Patrick’s The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible. My reading preferences are really quite broad.
 
What has your writing journey been like so far?
 
I’ve made just about all the mistakes one can make entering the industry (too many to name), wasted countless hours and almost as much money, and still don’t have the marketing thing down. But that’s okay. The love of spinning out a story is what drew me in, and it’s what keeps me going—despite the associated logistics of getting a book on the street and trying to keep it there. If you measure success by the joy of sharing a tale, I’m unsurpassed. If you measure it by the royalty payments, well …
 
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
 
I don’t know yet. I’ll get back to you when I cross the last item off my bucket list.  J
 
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
 
I should let my wife Jeannie answer that one—wait. On second thought …
Okay, here’s one. I’ve often wondered if I was born a generation late. I love the Greatest Generation. As horrific as WWII was, the era still intrigues me—the music, the hope coming out of the Great Depression, so much of it. I guess I should have been my dad … or something like that.  J
 
If you could be a song, what would it be?
 
Gosh, too many angles on this question. What song do I identify with? Which is the most inspiring? Do I pick a pun on a title? I love music, and different genres appeal to me in different ways. I think, though, if I had to pick one out of the many, it would be When I Fall in Love. The message is so tragically—and inspiringly—true.
 
Where can we find you online?
 
I have a poorly kept-up blog (told you I was a horrible marketer). I do keep up with my writing (and have some fun facts about Quimby Pond) on my Facebook author page. You can find my books here.
                                                                                         
 
Tell us about Quimby Pond.
 
August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively-adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again no one shows up. Where was the happy couple? Why was the trunk on that train? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all…?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her and her friends, one by one. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Marble Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time? If not, what have they stumbled into?
 
 
 
Bruce Judisch has been writing fiction for many years.  His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storylines.
Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh.  Bruce and Jeannie are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.



I so enjoyed "meeting" you, Bruce. God bless your writing.

Do any of you have questions or comments for Bruce?