Showing posts with label #anthology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #anthology. Show all posts

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Winner of Rose McCauley Book

Thank you for those who read Rose McCauley's post last week about her new novella to be found in Courageous Brides. The author was kind to give away an e-book of this new anthology to one who commented on her post.

And the winner is . . ..


Patti Shene

Congratulations, Patti.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rose Allen McCauley's Novella & Giveaway

I wish to welcome Christian author, Rose Allen McCauley today. Do you often read novellas? What is it you like about them? And stories about brides, how fun is that? Don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to find out about McCauley's giveaway.

A Real House that Inspired my Novella by Rose Allen McCauley

I am happy to report my 2nd collection for Barbour is now out! The Courageous Brides Collection contains nine novellas about courageous women during the 19th century.

My story is entitled “Hidden Dreams” and is about a young woman who becomes involved in the Abolitionist movement in Cynthiana, Kentucky. I named the heroine Elinor after my granddaughter who actually lives in the Pre-Civil War home where the book is set.
When her grandparents remodeled the house, they discovered a hidden room in the cellar, so some have ventured it might have been part of the Underground Railroad. The house is real and still standing, and Harriet Beecher (later Stowe) did go to Washington, KY in 1833, but the rest of the story is fictional. Elinor had to trust God to give her the courage to surrender her safe lifestyle to join the Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad.

Here’s what Amazon says about the whole collection: Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?
As you can tell from the blurb above about the collection, you should find several interesting stories to read—enough to read days and days, so hope you will order a copy soon! And one commenter will receive an ebook copy of the book. Drawing in 7 days for the winner (Sept. 18), so be sure you leave your info so I can contact you.
Rose has been writing for over a decade and has four books published. She is thrilled for this to be her second novella collection with Barbour. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over forty years, they enjoy their growing family of three children and their spouses and five lovely, lively grandkids! She loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website or twitter @RoseAMcCauley and Facebook
Books are available in bookstores and on Amazon in print
And in kindle

What a blessing to have you visit the Writing with God's Hope blog today, Rose. This sounds like a great book. Novellas are so easy and fun to read. I wish you congratulations.

****Now, viewers, don't miss out on this opportunity to win a free e-book of this new release. Just leave a comment and your email so we might be able to notify you if you win.  On Sept. 18, we'll announce the winner.

So, post a comment below:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Visit from Author, Paula Mowery

Christian author, Paula Mowery, visits Writing with God's Hope blog today. I was blessed to interview her. I know you'll enjoy getting acquainted with this lady, as have I.

Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

 Writing for me is a calling from God. I know this because I pulled a “Gideon fleece moment” with the Lord several years ago. I didn’t want to just think I was supposed to be published or only want it badly for my own selfish reasons. I wanted to be sure that God was really calling me to write stories bearing Biblical truths. So when I submitted an article to a national magazine and it was accepted, I knew I was on the way to my answer. Then I sent my first book submission to a publisher. I remember saying, “Lord, is this is where this needs to be published, let the story touch someone there.” Do you know that I received an email from the acquiring editor that read, This story really touched me. I cried, thanked God for the affirmation, and haven’t stopped since.

Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Oh my, doesn’t everyone speak of giving up about once a week, if not more than that? I’ve whined that I just don’t have enough time to write or market. I’ve moaned that surely all those other books were a fluke. But I always turn around and realize there are still messages to relate through my stories. There are still people to touch with Jesus Christ and encourage in their faith. The enemy knows how to pull me down and discourage me, but God always seems to teach me something new in His Word or a reader contacts me to tell me how much a story meant to her personally.   

What gave you the idea for this latest book?

The Crux of Honor story grew first out of a call for submissions from my publisher, Prism Book Group. The editor-in-chief wanted to create a series of books using the different phrases from First Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter. My phrase ended up being, love does not dishonor. I recalled the time I lived in Southern Maryland near an Amish community. I started asking questions like: What if a daughter dishonored her parents? Suppose the family has Amish ties – would this worsen the dishonor? What if a family secret creates a large cavern between the mother and the daughter? Could the daughter still learn the unconditional love of God, even though it isn’t modeled by her mother?

From that, The Crux of Honor was born.
How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

 I certainly hope that readers will turn that last page still remembering that God always holds out forgiveness and unconditional love. 

 How did you find your publisher?

Prism Book Group published Brave New Century, an anthology I had a story included in. One of the other authors of that book found Prism and we all agreed to submit the book there.

Soon after working with our editor, I submitted another book and had it contracted and published.

Connecting with Prism was such a God-thing. Through some interesting turn of events and divine urging, I became an acquiring editor with Prism and am still doing that today.  

If you were a song, what would it be?

Flawless by Mercy Me comes to mind. If you have never seen the video for this song, you must look it up on YouTube. I’ve always qualified myself to others by saying how surprised I am that God would use a plain hillbilly girl from East Tennessee like me. This song says it all – “He made you flawless.”

 Oh, I love that one too.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me editing writing, or teaching writing. I do enjoy spending time with my hubby and daughter. It doesn’t really matter what we do. We can just go out to eat or shopping or walking around the neighborhood. This is especially times I enjoy since we are a ministry family (my husband is a pastor, daughter a children’s minister, and I interpret for deaf members).  

Now tell us about your book.

Chelsea is rejected by her mother. She can’t understand why her mother hates her so, even if she has messed up. Why can’t she love her like Kevin’s mother always showed love to him and to her.

Kevin has had his heart broken by Chelsea before, but he has returned to town to set up his medical practice and can’t resist her.

This book has secrets which are finally found out. It involves a second chance at love. It most importantly shows the unconditional love of God no matter what we’ve done. He holds out forgiveness and love. The only thing is: Can Chelsea truly accept the love offered to her?      


Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

  Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements.  
Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at
I loved learning about you, Paula. Wow, are you ever busy. Wore me out reading about all that you do. I was blessed to "meet" you online as a fellow author of devotions on the group blog, Putting on the New. Thank you so much for your visit today. I am honored. This book sounds like it's right up my alley. Can't wait to get a copy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Introduction to Our Australian Anthology & A Giveaway

Three of my short stories appear in the recently-released Australian anthology, Let the Sea Roar. How exciting!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to receive this book for free.

The internet is a wonderful invention. Because of one woman in Australia reading my devotion book, Divine Dining, I "met" other Australian authors that were working on an anthology of short stories dealing with heartaches faced by women worldwide. They invited me to submit stories to be considered as part of the book.

Because of the perseverance of Madeleine Calcutt, this book became a reality. I asked her to tell us how this came to be. Take it away, my dear friend, Madeleine.

Rocks & gum tree of West Gippsland area near Madeleine's home
Having written some short stories several years ago that were just gathering dust on the shelf, I finally decided to do something with them. I contacted authors from various writing groups such as the American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Down Under and the Society of Women Writers of Victoria. I also put an advertisement in the Baptist Witness magazine and got an excellent response from each of these. I was inspired by the writers’ enthusiasm to contribute their stories to my project.

Australian banner on my sofa from my dear friend, Madeleine
      As the stories came in for me to read and edit, I was incredibly moved by them and impressed by the authors’ writing skills. They shared my vision, and we looked forward to the day when our anthology would be released, which was December 12th 2015. The book has emerged as a sensitively balanced mix of stories, some light hearted, some quite intense, full of pain followed by peace and joy. Make sure you have those tissues ready!

      With twenty-eight short stories by nine authors, Let the Sea Roar explores how women cope with turning points in their lives. It is a universal theme to which women readers will relate, covering issues such as homelessness; domestic violence; teenage pregnancy; family dysfunction; alcoholism; loneliness; divorce and the shattering of hopes and dreams. Many of these stories are loosely based on the authors’ experiences or those of people they know well. This added authenticity, but at times, there were awkward moments when I believed that realism should be sacrificed for literary perfection.

      With nine authors each having different viewpoints, there were some interesting confrontations. Sometimes compromise was the answer and this ended up improving the story instead of taking away from it. Six years it took, would you believe? We gave it a year to get ourselves published until one of our authors, Jenny O’Hagan, formed her own publishing company, ‘By the Light’, and published us, doing a magnificent job. It was an exciting time the day the anthology was officially released. I felt as if I were walking on air after all this time!

      Purchase Let the Sea Roar now at
Jeanette O Hagen, Madeleine Calcutt, and Glynis Dickens, 3 of our authors who met to celebrate the release of the book.
Back book cover shows all 9 of us
Giveaway opportunity
The first one to leave a comment will receive their own copy of Let the Sea Roar for free. All others who leave a comment will be entered into drawing for a chance to win a copy. Winners will have their choice of a copy on their kindle or, if they live in the USA, a print copy. Don't forget to leave your e-mail, so I can contact you if you win.
Deadline to leave a comment is midnight on Feb. 29.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Release of Let the Sea Roar

Announcing the release of our anthology, Let the Sea Roar. I'm blessed to be the only American included with my online Australian friends. I pray the stories will encourage, inspire, and establish a stronger walk with Christ. I wish to share one of such stories now.

Inspirational stories by women for women. With twenty-eight inspirational short stories by nine authors, Let the Sea Roar explores how women cope with turning points in their lives. The fictional stories trace women’s journeys through overwhelming challenges and difficulties as they find their way to comfort, direction, and an encounter with God. These moving stories explore spiritual insights on universal themes such as grief, alcoholism, marriage breakup, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, poverty and homelessness. The anthology portrays the human condition from a Christian world-view. Recommended for women of all ages and walks of life.

Purchase it now at:
In honor of the release and as a Christmas present for my viewers, here is one of my stories from the anthology. 
One Woman Makes a Difference
By Janet K. Brown
     Vicky Hopkins waited in the restaurant for the interviewer to arrive. She crossed her arms and tucked her trembling fingers into the opposite side. Why would anyone want to tell her story?  She wasn’t anything special, just a wife and mother led by God.
     The interviewer flew in with a flourish. “Thanks for talking to me.” She shook Vicky’s hand and sat across the table. “How in the world did you ever think to start a wonderful organization like Women in Need all those years ago?”
    Vicky squirmed. She gave pretense at studying the menu but instead sorted through memories. How indeed?  “I always wanted to make a difference, but I suffered from low self esteem and feelings of rejection.”
     The friend studied Vicky with questions flicking through her eyes before she formed them into words. “How did you overcome that?”
     “When I was twelve-years-old, I gave my heart to Christ.” Warmth settled on Vicky’s shoulders like a heater vent had been aimed at her.  “I couldn’t do anything without God.”
     The woman closed her menu. She must’ve made a dinner choice. “I agree with that. I’m amazed how God has led me into writing stories. When I heard about yours, I knew I wanted to tell it.”
     Both ladies gave their orders to the young man serving them.
     A dry mouth threatened to choke Vicky. She sipped her water. “Life wasn’t always kind.  A good couple adopted me as a baby in a time when the world considered the term adoptee derogatory. I wasn’t good enough for the woman who gave me birth. Cousins and schoolmates teased me. Even my new grandfather rejected me.” Never call me Grandpa. You’re not blood kin.  Vicky winced as memories flooded through her mind. A bad taste rose into her mouth, and she swallowed.
     “That had to have hurt.”
     Vicky nodded.
     The woman leaned over the table. “Tell me more about your childhood.”
     “My adopted mother’s mother lived with us. She taught me to pray.” Electricity zipped Vicky’s spine and caused an increase in heart rate. How she loved the evening prayers with Grandma, and the music. She loved the music that provided therapy for her wounded heart. Vicky had listened to southern gospel on the radio and would then sit before her upright piano and recreate the tune. “For my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a Wurlitzer spinet piano. I still own it. At thirteen, I began to play at the family’s Pentecostal church. I loved doing that.”
     Their food arrived, and they ate.
     The woman lay down her fork. “You play so well for church. I can’t believe that came naturally without lessons.”
     “That’s what happened.” Vicky ate a couple bites before she continued. She wished she could leave out the next part of her life, but though it hurt, God led her through it. “Hunger for love brought about an early marriage. My husband was abusive. After the birth of a daughter, I determined to leave him to protect my little girl. Now, not only was I adopted, I was divorced.” Heat flamed her cheeks. “I might as well put a scarlet A across my chest.” Vicky ate a few more bites and tried to swallow the shame and debilitating fear she had faced. “Problems mounted as great as Gideon’s grasshoppers.” She quoted to the interviewer a Bible verse that spoke to her.
     And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers …. Judges 7:12.
     Vicky’s voice softened, but her heart soared.  “Like Gideon in the Bible, God desired to show His power through me.”
     The woman clasped her hands under her chin. “Oh, tell me, what happened next?”
     “A wonderful Christian man entered my life. His love healed my wounds. We attended church and added another daughter to the family. Again, music saved me. When the girls were old enough to sing, the family ministered in song at church activities. That ended when our daughters left for college, but then my husband and I sang in a quartet with another couple.”
     After a moment of silence, Vicky spoke, “Next to music, I loved teaching. God brought me out of hiding behind a keyboard. I taught a Wednesday night group of girls, then Sunday school for teens and finally young adults. God stretched me. Young people gravitated to me and my husband. Our home was full of life and joy.”
     The interviewer nodded and smiled. “So how did you get from there to starting Women in Need?”
     “In days when support groups were unthought-of, I followed my heart to help other women bogged down with insecurity. God inspired me to place an ad in the local paper. It read Are you a woman in need? Is un-forgiveness destroying your life? Come and share together and be a winner.
    “ Twenty-two women filled a house next door to my church. It grew from there. We added people and programs”
     “Wow.” The woman stopped eating.
     “A Christian radio station referred women to us with a history of sexual abuse. My inadequacy reared its sparks of fear. Who was I to counsel people in pain? My husband encouraged me to continue to follow Christ’s leading but to seek training. I began college. Since I was older and worked schooling around a busy family life, a full time job, and two support groups, I studied ten years before I received my degree in social work. By the time I finished, I was fifty-seven.”
     She was rolling now and couldn’t wait to tell all about what God did through her.  “God’s goal for my life broadened. I wrote scripts for the church’s radio broadcast. The city newspaper published my weekly religious articles. God used my desire to ‘make a difference,’ and ministered through me to thousands. But, the devil wasn’t through trying to destroy my witness. My beloved church faltered, closed its doors, and merged with a larger congregation. My precious soul mate contracted cancer and together we faced chemo with his body growing weaker every day.”
     “Was that when you stopped doing the Women in Need groups?” The woman had finished her meal and listened with undivided attention. She waved away the young waiter. “Tell me about that.”
     “The women’s group was too big. With reports to write and grants to seek, my work ceased to be the hands-on counseling I loved. After twenty-five years, I handed over the reins to the organization. I told my husband, ‘I’ve done my do. I’ll sit back and let others play the piano and teach and write.’ However, God wasn’t finished with me.”
     “You and your husband started to the new, larger church?”
      “Yes, and soon, I was asked to teach a life recovery class. I did for three years. One day during my husband’s chemo, new problems arose. His heart stopped and scared all of us. Though he revived, I spent long hours at the hospital. While I was there, God laid it on my heart to begin a care ministry to address the needs of hurting people in the community. After my husband improved, I presented the idea to my pastor. He put the reins in my hands, and the dream became a reality.”
     Tears blurred her vision as she came to the next part of the story. “My husband of fifty-one years succumbed to his illness. For a year afterward, depression plagued me. God’s grace and again ‘the desire to make a difference’ charged me with new challenges. I returned to school and became certified in Christian counseling. Again, I used my pain and loss to minister to those who had lost loved ones through death or divorce.”
     The woman swiped tears from her eyes. “I would say this would be your epitaph.”
    From the heart of a little girl who wanted to help people to that of a widow who exemplifies love-in-action, Vicky Hopkins “makes a difference.”
                  This is based on a true story.
I hope my story inspires you to do more, despite setbacks. Our book brims with many such tales of victory, and it's available now just in time for Christmas delivery.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Crystal L. Barnes Tells About Anthologies and Contests

Today, I've asked award-winning author, Crystal L. Barnes, to be my guest on "Writing with God's Hope" blog. With her new anthology releasing, I asked her to tell us what it's like to be part of an anthology and to also reveal something about how she reached this point in her writing. So, Crystal, take it away.
Howdy, folks! Congratulations, you get to be subjected to my first guest post! I'll try not to torture you overly much but no promises.  :) 

How many of you have ever entered a contest? 'Pert near all of us, I'd assume. Now how many of you can say you actually won something from said contest? I'm sure at least half of us had to drop our raised hands. :) Trust me, I know that feeling. Thus it was a wonderful surprise when I found out my very first attempt at writing a short story landed me a contract. (Okay, now that I think about it, I did have to write a couple in high school but that was years ago.) It was a miracle somebody didn't have to come pick me up off the floor or pull me down out of the rafters. 

My short story is called Husband Hunting (I just love fun titles, don't you?), and it's one of twelve short stories chosen to be featured in the Out of the Storm anthology. It's the tale of how a rancher borrows his love's wedding dress in one last effort to prevent her from marrying the wrong man. (Ever met a man that desperate or determined? Boy, howdy! Wouldn't that be something? :) )

Out of the Storm is a compilation of our favorite stories from the 2014 Storming the Short Story contest, hosted jointly by Chalfont House Publishing’s fiction imprint HopeSprings Books and Writers on the Storm (WOTS), The Woodlands, Texas affiliate of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Writers submitted original stories around a theme, this year’s theme was storms, and the WOTS membership voted for the stories they liked best. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to a scholarship fund to help financially-strapped authors travel to the annual ACFW Conference, a dream for many.

I'm thrilled that my first story will be supporting such a worthy cause, and my work is getting to appear with a host of wonderful authors. Storms come to all our lives, and I love how much good God brings from them if we'll just let Him. I'm reminded of the verses from 1 Peter 4 I read just the other morning:
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

It's a joy to know that our troubles, our storms, don't have to be the end. With our hearts anchored in Christ Jesus, we have a certain and joyous future assured for us in heaven. 

What joys are you looking forward to in heaven?

Crystal L. Barnes is an award-winning author, who also happens to be a born-n-raised Texan. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), her local ACFW chapter, 19th Century Writers, and her local church. In 2012, she was a semifinalist in the ACFW Genesis contest.
She has a degree in Computing Science because she loves putting things into their proper place, and she enjoys writing because she gets to share her love of old-fashioned things and the Lord. When she's not writing or reading, Crystal enjoys knitting, sewing, or crocheting while watching old movies/sitcoms. I Love Lucy is one of her favorites. Find out more about Crystal at or connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, or Pinterest.
Thank you, Crystal, for sharing this. It's just the type post I love to have, filled with hope and the love of God. What encouragement that verse gives us since you are so right, there will be storms.
Good luck with the selling of Out of the Storm. It is a good cause. A lot of us might want to purchase it for that reason. I started with short stories myself, and I love them. A short reading for one sitting.
Any other short story writers out there?