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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Romance & A Giveaway from Jean C. Gordon

I wish to introduce you to Christian author, Jean C. Gordon. I'm excited to have met her. Read this information about her new book. Sounds fascinating. What a unique presentation! Scroll to the bottom to enter to win Mending the Motorcross Champion book.


Mending the Motocross Champion was a long-time coming. I originally started writing it in the mid-2000s as a secular romance, and then about five years ago rewrote it as an inspirational romance.

 

You might think that it was inspired by me or my husband being a motocross fan. Actually, the idea for the book came from a discussion a former coworker and I had about marriage. The books original title was Everlasting Vows. The person I was talking with had only been married a short time, and shared with me that she didn’t want to make what she called compromises in her marriage. I saw the compromises she didn’t want to consider as the give-and-take needed for any successful long-term relationship.

 

That got me thinking about the sanctity of marriage vows. Since I read a fair number of cowboy romances, I considered the rodeo circuit as a situation that could try a young marriage. I also love reunion stories, so I wanted to put that spin on it. I felt rodeo would have required a western setting. So, I looked at other possibilities that could be set in Upstate New York and discovered motocross. There are two small local tracks nearby and Unadilla, an AMA Pro Motocross Facility, is only a couple of hours away. I had such fun with this story that I’m planning a whole series. A related sweet romance novella, Holiday Escape will be released next month.

 

As one book reviewer said, Mending the Motocross Champion isn’t heavy on sport details. I was more interested in the people of the motocross circuit. So much of my research was reading blogs written by motocross racers and their spouses and significant others and following them on social media. I found former supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s autobiography Wide Open invaluable for insight. I also discovered Team Faith, a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about action sports. It uses professional athletes to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I learned about “pit pastors” who minister to Christians and others on the circuit.

 

Mending the Motocross Champion description:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

 

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.


 

For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.

They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

 

Connect with Jean on Facebook, as @JeanCGordon on Twitter, or on JeanCGordon.com

 Post a comment below. Don't forget to leave your e-mail URL. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into Jean C. Gordon's contest that runs until the end of October. On November 1, I will post the winner. The author offers a print book to anyone who lives in the United States or an e-book to anyone in the world.

I find motorcross racing something new I wish to learn about. What is it about this book that strikes your interest? Tell us in your comment below.
 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Find Us on a Map To Win

Are you familiar with Wharton Rock, TX? What is that, you ask. It's where Lacey and Katie live.
 
 
Have you read book 1 or book 2 of the Wharton Rock series?  Book 1 is Worth Her Weight. Book 2 is Worth Forgiving. It just released Sept. 1.
 
 
 
 
My hand-drawn map
I'm sure not an artist.



Downtown part of Wharton Rock
 
 
West side of Wharton Rock
 
Check it out:

Where is Buffalo Lake and what is at least one thing that happened there?

What landmark gave the town its name?

Can you find Toby's police station or Larry's church?

For anyone who answers any of these questions in a comment below, they will go into a drawing to win either Worth Her Weight or Worth Forgiving, winner's choice.

Worth Forgiving


Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that she's not Worth Forgiving?
 
Worth Her Weight
 
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
 
 

 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blanche Day Manos, A Cozy Mystery and a Giveaway

I am honored to welcome one of my favorite cozy mystery writers Blanche Day Manos to Writing with God's Hope blog today. I love her Darcy and Flora tales, so I can't wait for this new one to release. Tell us about it, Blanche.



Summer storms can bring unwelcome surprises.

During the rainiest July on record for the people of Ventris County in Oklahoma, in the midst of a violent thunderstorm, a stranger is murdered. When a friend becomes the second person to die under suspicious circumstances, local sleuth Darcy Campbell is drawn into the investigation. Evidence points toward someone she cares about, but has loyalty blinded her to the truth?
Danger is closer to Darcy and her mother, Flora, than either of them suspect. And if the human threat is not enough, Lee Creek and the Ventris River flood, bringing Mother Nature into the fray. 

Has the whole world turned on Darcy and Flora?

 

     The above paragraph pretty much describes the newest cozy mystery by Blanche Day Manos, Grave Heritage.  Fans of Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker will recognize this book as the fourth in a series, following The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, and Best Left Buried. It is available for pre-order now from the publisher, http://www.pen-l.com/GraveHeritage.html which will give you a chance to win a signed, free copy, or pre-order a Kindle book from Amazon: Darcy-Flora-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KPDTHX2.

Launch Date is September 19.

     Why, you might ask, would a mild-mannered retired teacher of young children want to write mysteries? Why not children’s stories, or inspirational pieces? Actually, Blanche has written these too, but mysteries is her favorite genre to read; therefore, it is her favorite genre to write.

     In the Darcy and Flora books, Darcy Campbell returns to her hometown of Levi, Oklahoma after the death of her husband Jake. Going to her childhood home to live with her mother Flora Tucker, Darcy expects peace and quiet and healing. Instead of a tranquil life, Darcy encounters greedy men, murderous secrets, and deadly danger. Mysteries swirl just beneath the surface of placid-looking Levi and some people want to keep them hidden. Darcy and Flora find themselves deeply embroiled in tracking down the bad guys.

     In addition to the four Darcy and Flora cozies, Blanche has written the first book of a new series, Moonlight Can Be Murder. The protagonist, Nettie McNeil, faces danger when a deranged killer tries to add her to the list of murder victims. The entire story takes place during the month of December, a snowy month filled with renewed acquaintances, reviving a long-ago murder, and a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a secret.

     You may read more about Blanche on her website: http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/, or from these additional sites:




Check also for books 1, 2, and 3 of the series. I highly recommend them.


Book 1

 
Book 2

 
Book 3

Thank you, Blanche, for sharing with us about book 4. Time to get in my preorder for that one and recommend it to all my viewers. If you like Christian fiction and cozy mysteries, this one is a win-win.
Don't forget: If you preorder before Sept. 19, you enter the drawing to possibly win a free signed copy.


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 www.rosemccauley.com or twitter @RoseAMcCauley and Facebook http://on.fb.me/1LrXNoS
 
Books are available in bookstores and on Amazon in print http://amzn.to/28YAvd4
And in kindle http://amzn.to/292I9ov
 

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:
 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blog Hopping

Many sweet author friends have welcomed me to their blogs while I'm promoting my new women's fiction release, Worth Forgiving. (See below for what the book is about). Here's the lists and links from August 24 through Sept. 8

August 24: I'm the guest of Beverly Stowe McClure who interviewed Katie, the main character of Worth Forgiving  How interesting that she's compared to Scarlet O'Hara. What do you think?
 https://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/2016/08/worth-forgiving-by-janet-k-brown.html?showComment=1472414822942#c1165666535840572557

August 28 Peggy Chambers blog -I listed the things I'm grateful for about a writing career. See if your list compares to mine.
https://peggylchambers.com/2016/08/28/2016-cultivating-gratitude-the-blessing-of-writing/comment-page-1/#comment-1070

August 29 Gail Kittleson - Gail interviews Author, Janet K. Brown
http://www.gailkittleson.com/?p=1219

August 30 Blanche Day Manos - How did Worth Forgiving come to be?
http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/introducing-worth-forgiving/

Sept. 1 Julie Arduini - Hope comes from surrendering my food addiction to God. The Wharton Rock series focuses on God's power over addictions.
http://juliearduini.com/

Sept. 2 - This is my regular monthly date to write a devotion on Putting on the New, a blogging ministry of several authors. It was begun by author, Cherie Brubach.
http://puttingonthenew.com/

Sept. 3 - I post every Saturday on a Facebook devotion group called I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I encourage you to join the group. The pictures and posts are fantastic, so uplifting.

Sept. 7 - Jodie Wolfe  This author had some interesting questions for Janet K. Brown.
http://www.jodiewolfe.com/#!blog/cqs9

Sept. 5, Labor Day!  Lena Nelson Dooley - Lena is known for her in-depth author interviews. This is no exception.
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/


Check out all of these posts. Some feature giveaways. All offer some interesting tid-bits.



Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

 

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

 

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?


This is the last day to preorder Worth Forgiving at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

If you preorder, you're entered into a drawing. 1 lucky person will receive their copy signed and free. Don't miss out on entering the drawing by ordering before midnight tonight.

Tomorrow (Sept. 1) you can order from that link or through Amazon, Nook, or any retail store that sells books.

Which is your favorite blog post of the ones listed above?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Winner of Alice K. Arenz E-Book

Last weekend's guest, Alice K. Arenz offered a free e-book of her new release, Portrait of Jenny. Today, we choose the winner.


And the winner is:
                                   
                                    Gail Kittleson
 
 
Congratulations, Gail.  So proud for you. I know you'll enjoy the book.
 
 


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Alice K. Arenz Interview & Giveaway

Welcome, Alice K. Arenz to this Writing with God's Hope blog. I'm so excited to interview a past Carol award winner. Thanks to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) loop, I only recently "met" you, so I loved getting better acquainted. I read and reviewed your book. For those who might like to see my review, I added it to the bottom of this post.

Also, everyone be sure and scroll to the end because Alice is offering a fantastic giveaway offer, so don't miss out on that.



Where did you get the idea for your book?

I’ve always said that my ideas, inspiration, etc., come from God. Jenny is no different in that matter than anything else I’ve ever written—published or unpublished.  I was first “given” this title what seems a million years ago as it was back in high school. What triggered it? I’ve no idea. The title came into my head with the admonishment that I wasn’t to forget it—there was a story here that would come later.  I never forgot the title or that promise.

 

How did you find your publisher?

Short answer: I didn’t. Longer answer . . .

 

About six years ago, my original publisher went another direction, my health got really sketchy and I believed writing was in my past. Then, last year, a dear friend, Bonnie Engstrom, suggested I contact her publisher and I not only got a contract for three new books, but after getting my rights back from my initial publisher, my first three books were re-issued! So the advice is that if this is something you really want to do, feel God leading you to do, NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP!  God will find a way!

 
What an inspiring testimony. Thanks.
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

My next project is a Women’s Fiction called A Question of Survival, a story about spousal abuse…and survival.  I was hoping to get this out by the beginning of August, but haven’t been feeling well enough to write like I’d wanted.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Unfortunately, due to some health issues, I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading a book now for sometime—and because of hypersensitivity to sound, it also rules out audio books. When I began this recent foray back into writing, I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it. I can’t spend very long working, amazed if it goes beyond a half hour or so. But I’m trusting in God to see me through. If this is where He wants me, then I know He will give me the ability and strength to see it through.

 
I will sure begin praying for your health. Sorry, that it's been a rough time lately.
Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey.

I’ve always had a very active imagination, but didn’t really write much down until I was twelve or so. A lot of years went by before I took writing seriously. I devoured Writer’s Digest Magazine, took a creative writing course at the local university, and sent “over the transom” queries to editors and agents. In the early 90s I landed a contract with a New York literary agency. Though it didn’t produce the hoped-for results, it taught me a lot about how much discipline and determination were vital necessities in the writing world. Years later I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learned a lot from the group, and made some contacts that eventually earned me a contract with a small press.

In spite of a myriad of health issues—especially the hypersensitivity in my fingers and hands which makes typing a challenge, between 2008 and 2010, I managed to get three books written and published. Those books, The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (cozy mystery), The Case of the Mystified M.D. (cozy mystery), and Mirrored Image (classic romantic mystery/suspense), all finaled in ACFW’s Carol Awards, with The Case of the Mystified M.D. winning in 2010.

 
After a five year absence from the writing scene because of even more challenging health issues, I signed with a new publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications, published my fourth novel, a classic romantic suspense, An American Gothic, re-issued the previous three with wonderful new covers and changes, AND had my fifth novel, Portrait of Jenny, published by Take Me Away Books, also a division of Winged Publications. Talk about feeling God’s blessing with this second chance!

 
How wonderful! I'll bet with your health problem, I could answer the question below.
Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Yes, often. But writing is a part of me, a part of who I am. Even during the darkest of times the hope of continuing this journey remained. So, how have I “pressed through?”  God. There is no other explanation.


That's the answer for everything, isn't it, Alice?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spending time with my children and grandchildren—which I’ll never get enough of!

 
What’s your favorite Scripture verse?

My favorite of favorites is John 3:16-17, probably because it is the first one I learned by heart when I was very young.  I also love Isaiah 42:16—“I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight.”  That one is over my computer desk and reminds me every day that God IS by my side.

 
Tell us about Portrait of Jenny


Not even a beautiful woman can save Richard Tanner from his past.
Following an explosive—and public—argument with his ex-girlfriend, artist Richard Tanner races into a rainstorm, gripped by a powerful migraine. He wanders to the gazebo in University Park, where he meets the beautiful and mysterious Jenny—a brief encounter that leaves an indelible impression on his mind—and in his paintings.
When Detective Jack Hargrave accuses Richard of the brutal assault on his ex, he finds himself confronting demons of a past he doesn’t remember. A time when little Richie Tanner walked into University Park whole, was beaten and left to die…a time that may hold the key to his future.

You can purchase the book at:
 





Portrait of Jenny is the newest book of 2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K. Arenz. This follows last August’s release of An American Gothic, also a mystery/suspense.  
Cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (2009 Carol finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 Carol winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (2011 Carol finalist), have been re-released by Forget Me Not Romances.

 

 

Visit Arenz at her website www.akawriter.com

 
My review of Portrait of Jenny:
 
Arenz's knack for detail makes her book wordy but explanatory to ones of us seeking to understand the specifics of the crime. Portrait of Jenny is a complex and intriguing mystery. The author offers many red herrings for readers to chase and make their determination of whodunnit before the aggravating Detective Jack Hargrove learns the truth, or Richard Tanner gets killed.. Leaves you still thinking about the story.
 
 
 
Now, for the giveaway:

Win an e-book of Portrait of Jenny.
 
Post a comment below. Make sure you give your e-mail. We'll enter you into a contest. The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 14 after the midnight of the 13th deadline. So, don't delay. Leave your comment & e-mail now.
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Giveaway for New Release

What an opportunity!

What a reason to preorder my newest book!



Worth Forgiving - Book II of the Wharton Rock Series


Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

For those who preorder the book in August, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will enter into a drawing, so that one lucky person will receive, on release day Sept. 1, 2016, a signed copy absolutely free.

A new release for free and autographed too.

Pre-order now at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

You might win!

If not, you'll be one of the first to receive my new release.

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 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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

James Callan, Slavery in 2016, and A Giveaway

Once before, I introduced you to my fellow author, James Callan. I've recommended his books before. Now I'm delighted to tell you about a new release for him called A Silver Medallion. James, tell us about it.

 


Could You Walk Away?

On numerous occasions I have been asked why I wrote A Silver Medallion.  A few years ago, I read a brief story in the L.A. Times about a woman held a virtual slave. She was not held by chains, but by threats to harm her family left behind in a foreign country.  I found this a difficult concept.  Slavery? In the U.S.? In the twenty-first century?

I put the idea aside, but it kept popping back up in my mind.  So, I did a little research and to my dismay, I learned that this was not an isolated case.  It was rampant in the U.S. but most went unreported to authorities because of fear that harm would come to those left behind.

Every time I pushed this thought aside, it returned. Finally, I decided I had to write a book about it. I would not write a documentary.  It would be a fiction story. That was as close to the subject as I could force myself.

Bright, unadventuresome Crystal Moore discovers a young mother, Lucita, who is a virtual slave in Dallas, held by threats her two young girls will be killed if she escapes or even tells anybody of her situation. Crystal goes to the house where Lucita is held and while trying to get Lucita to talk to her, encounters the man enslaving Lucita.  The conversation with the man is brief and non-threatening, but Crystal leaves the place terrified.

She attempts to put this out of her mind. But she identifies with the two girls. Crystal's parents were killed when she was only seven. Now, she is plagued with nightmares about the children and after awhile, she sees three girls held captive and recognizes one of the three is herself. When she cannot forget it, she tries to find various ways to resolve the situation. None are acceptable. If she can get Lucita away, or the police rescue her, the children would be killed.

If becomes clear to Crystal that the only way to free Lucita is to rescue the two young girls first. Only when the girls are free and safe will Lucita dare to escape.

This means going into the jungles of Mexico and spirit the girls away from a ruthless drug lord. While Crystal knows this is not a smart thing to do, her heart will not let her turn away and she embarks on a dangerous mission to help a woman she has met only once and to rescue two young girls she has never met.

As I could not ignore the story in the newspaper about the virtual slave, Crystal could not ignore the plight of Lucita and her children.

A Silver Medallion will release in early June. But, since Janet has been gracious and allowed me to tell you why I wrote this, I will send the first chapter to any of her readers who sends an e-mail address to jamesrcallan@gmail.com with "First chapter" in the subject line.



A Silver Medallion - A Crystal Moore Suspense

James R. Callan

 
In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.

To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico. who will want her dead.
 

 
James R. Callan had a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.  He left the technology field to pursue his real love, writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published, but his passion is mystery and suspense novels. 
His eleventh book is scheduled to be published in 2016.

 

 

Be sure to take advantage of James' offer and be one of the first to read a chapter in his new book. Thank you, James, for giving us this great opportunity. The book sounds fascinating.
 

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 http://tinyurl.com/jt7wsao
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.