Showing posts with label #Christian books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Christian books. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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?

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.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Have You Found a Kindred Sprit?

My Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness released in December, 2012. It continues to be the best seller of my four books. As of a few days ago, I had still not found another book even similar. Then I discovered a kindred spirit in an author that released her book in 2013, short months after mine, both of us thinking overeaters needed that daily dose of support.

Have you found a kindred spirit in your writing?

When we pitch manuscripts to agents or editors, we often compare our words to other books. To do this, I've sought out like-minded writers. When I pitched Divine Dining, I compared it to “Food for Thought” by Elizabeth L., “Daily Affirmations for the Compulsive Eater by Susan Ward, and “Food for the Hungry Heart” by Cynthia Rowland McClure.

If you've purchased and enjoyed Divine Dining, then I want to recommend another book to you. 

 
When I read the preface of Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers: 365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters  by Kathleen Kurlin, it was almost eerie at the similarities in our background.
 
 
We were both "professional dieters.
Kurlin started her first diet at age fourteen. My mother put me on one at age fourteen.
 
We both reached the lifetime status with Weight Watchers early in our walk.
 
 
We both spent our lives in yo-yo dieting with every plan known to man (or woman).
 
 
We both believe that focusing on the Lord and committing our will to Him is the only lasting answer to the problem of compulsive overeating. As Kurlin put it in one of her nuggets, "Surrender leads to freedom."
 
We both used much of our own journal to fill our devotion book pages. Our formats are similar, using a Scripture verse and a prayer with each thought.
 
 
With full discloser, I've not read all 365 of her days of encouragement since I've only had the book a few days. I spotted it on my Amazon page under, "If you like this book (Divine Dining), you might like this one. Kurlin and I shared copies of our books. 

The pages I've read so far seem to give more practical helps than spiritual applications, while Divine Dining gives more Biblical insights.

For instance, here's a excerpt from today's "diet nugget."

Remember, your stomach is not the boss of you, but if it starts growling at you, maybe you just need to take it out for a drink. A drink of water, that is. Life is short-drink up!

As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul pants for you, my God.
                                                                     Psalm 42:1








If you've spent a lifetime struggling with your weight, Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers would make a helpful addition to your library. That is, after you've purchased and read Divine Dining, of course.
  



Yes, I have found a kindred spirit on devotions for dieters. I can't wait to read Kurlin's fiction. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blanche Day Manos and Her Fictional Friends

Today, my guest is fellow Pen-L author, Blanche Day Manos, and she has a new release to tell us about. I've read two of her other books. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find my review of her first cozy mystery, The Cemetery Club, and the third, Best Left Buried.


Are you ever so energetic and enthused that you feel as if you could “run through a troop and leap over a wall?” (Psalm 18:29)

I doubt that I could do those things but the protagonists in my cozy mysteries just might be able to manage them. Fictional people can do all sorts of things that their creators can’t but that’s the fun of writing!

The Psalmist exclaimed, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1). And, so is mine. I love writing. My goal is to write stories that are intriguing page-turners, but are devoid of all profanity and lurid scenes. You see, I write Christian cozy mysteries.

God gives each person gifts and talents, and I believe He expects us to use them, not bury them under a bushel. Those talents, seems to me, should in some way help people and point them toward God, the Creator of us all.

Pen-L Publishing has published all four of my cozy mysteries, The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, Best Left Buried, and Moonlight Can Be Murder. In the first three, Darcy Campbell and her mother Flora Tucker take on the mysterious happenings in their hometown of Levi, Oklahoma. The fourth cozy is the first of a brand new series with a different protagonist, Ned McNeil.

 

A native Oklahoma, Blanche Day Manos has a deep familiarity with the Sooner state so it’s the logical setting for her books. Her Cherokee and small-town heritage are vividly woven into the background fabric of her books. These books are all available from Pen-L.Com and Amazon.com.



You can find out more about Blanche at her website, http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/  and also at these places:




https://twitter.com/blanchemanoshttps://www.pinterest.com/blanchemanos/

All cozy mysteries by Blanche Day Manos are available from http://pen-l.com/Mystery.html


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My review of The Cemetery Club

Best cozy mystery I've read in a long time. This was my first time to read one of Manos' books, but I will definitely read more. I fell in love with Darcy & Flora. I love the idea of older ladies still having it on the ball. They're self-sufficient, intelligent, yet exhibit Christianity in action. Keep them coming

 My review of Best Left Buried 
 
 
Manos hits it again with this, the third in her Darcy & Flora cozy mysteries, but this time, I knew what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. These two older super-sleuths get into all kinds of trouble and uncover secrets hidden for years, some that affect their own lives. I love reading these. I know there will be just enough violence or suggestion of violence to be believable without being gory, and I know the hint of love in the making will excite my romantic sensibilities. I hate to say goodbye to two of my favorite characters
 

Thank you, Blanche for being my guest today. I'm excited to meet Ned in Moonlight Can be Murder.