Showing posts with label YA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YA. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Christmas Book Picks

Here's a few of my recommendations for Christmas presents this year:



For the middle grade kids on your list:














For teenagers 14-18















Do you have a girl who just graduated from high school? Choose a new adult.




Need a good adult fiction? Here's 4 different type books that I've read lately & liked.




For Pre-order only- but may be in time for Christmas




                                                                Need a gift book?

















Need a book for a child







Devotion Book
                                   
 
 
 

I could list a whole bunch more, ones by DiAnn Mills, Margaret Daley, Linda Broday, Killing Lincoln,  a great history book by Bill O'Reilly

Books make great gifts. Check out some of these I have listed, or search out your own.

What's your recommendation?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Lady in White at the Old Collin County Courthouse

     In downtown McKinney stands a tribute to North Texas history. When a new Collin County Courthouse was built, the old one became the home of the McKinney Performing Arts Center, and now provides live entertainment. Last year, the wonderful ladies that oversee MPAC provided me with a tour of the building.

     The old courthouse, by order of the judicial system, belongs to the people of Collin County. Since it can never be closed off to its owners, the east door remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its called the People's Entrance. An iron gate separates the foyer from the rest of the building when MPAC offices or theatre are closed, but the foyer with a water fountain, restrooms, literature, and media board are never closed to the public.

     Ghost legends abound in many downtown McKinney buildings. Self-guided tours will take place during the McKinney Ghost Walk on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 25 in 2014. During that time, the tale will be told of the sightings of the lady in white at the old courthouse. The courthouse was the site of the last public hanging. That, in itself, raises the eye of paranormal enthusiasts.

     During my private tour, I learned the story propagated by local people of the lady in white. Frequent sightings keep the story alive. In 1890, a young divorcee, last name Winslow, was found hung in the courthouse. It was never proven whether she was murdered or if she hung herself. She lived as an outsider with the pain of isolation because of her divorce. She was known to play the organ.

     At night, organ music has been heard coming from the second floor. The theatre is located there and houses a mighty Wurlitzer - Vintage theatre pipe organ. Different ones have spotted a woman leaving the organ as they entered the theatre, but when they follow her down the hall, she disappears.

     Others claim a view of the lady in white overlooking the eagle on the east side. Back in 1890 when Ms. Winslow died, the courthouse had a clear view of her home site to the east near the cotton mill. Now the bank with an eagle statue on top hides where she used to live.

     The second book in my YA ghost series will be released soon by 4RV Publishing. The title is A Ghost for Shelley. Shelley, the mean, all-country girl in the first book, Victoria and the Ghost, moves to Dallas. She and her dad clean the old Collin County Courthouse. Ridden with bitterness and guilt, Shelley adds fear to her list of emotions when she is visited by the "lady in white."

     That's my story. Read all about Shelley soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Ghost of Clara

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS BEGIN
 
 
My first Weird Wednesday ghost tale wound its way to me several years ago when I first moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. Clara is certified as a ghost town about 30 miles northeast of town. On a lazy afternoon joy ride, my husband and I discovered Clara Cemetery, a well-cared for oasis in the middle of the sparsely-populated North Texas plains.

We entered the archway to the cemetery and walked the concrete paths to view graves marked mostly by German surnames. Set out in the middle of nowhere was this cemetery, a church, and a rectory. I researched the area. Many former occupants now live in nearby Burkburnett, Texas, and any children are bused into Burkburnett schools. I interviewed several such as Raymond Schroeder and Phoebe Todd. The North Texas historian, Dick Vallon, shared history on the area. The town once sported a post office, a school, a general story, and a bustling population.
What's more interesting than a ghost town in your backyard? I learned the answer; a ghost legend that sprang up from the area.

Clara, Texas was founded by a German, Colonel Hermann Specht. Texans gave him the title but he was never in the military. Colonel Specht was instrumental in moving Germans from several states to North Texas. His dreams were high, and he set about to make them come true. He named the town after his beloved wife, Clara.

Colonel Specht's life faced a tragic end. He traveled to visit his brother in Germany. World War 1 broke out, and he was stranded. He died for away from the land of his dreams.

A woman by the name of Dorothy Crowder probably started the ghost legend in her book "Tales of the Red River Valley." Here's an excerpt:

     The ghost of Colonel Hermann Specht can be seen on foggy nights walking between the headstones at the Clara Cemetery. Specht's back is rigidly straight in a military bearing, but he has a distinctive limp as he drags his left leg behind him. He is over six feet tall. His clothing includes a Prince Albert coat with boutonniere in the left lapel. Specht uses a cane to support himself. His face is gaunt, his eyes sunken. When he turns to see who dares to follow him, he shows no animosity, only sorrow. For Hermann Specht was a man who had a dream which withered and died before it was born.

     ... Colonel Herman Specht's ghost came into being one October morning when a reporter from KAUZ-TV called to ask if there were any good ghost stories in Burkburnett. He was told, "no, not in Burkburnett, but there is in Clara."

And, so the story spread.

When I discovered it, my granddaughter, Victoria, was going through her rebellious teens. As I love to do, I asked myself, what if ...

 What if a young girl sad from lack of friends and feelings of rejection, met up with a sorrowing old ghost. Had Colonel Specht still work to be done in Clara Cemetery?

And, so the story Victoria and the Ghost was born. It's an inspirational, paranormal YA.


    


 

At fifteen, Victoria, a city girl, loses her mother’s love and copes with country isolation, no friends and no one who cares, until she meets a ghost.

 


 

 



Well, that's my first ghost legend for Weird Wednesdays, and the one that sparked my interest in ghosts. Watch next Wednesday for the ghost legend that I explore in the sequel soon to be released by 4RV Publishing. It's titled A Ghost for Shelley.

If you have a ghost legend, you'd like to share on Weird Wednesday, let me know. See how to contact me under the "Who is Janet, and Where Can You Contact Her" page.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Connie Almony and Her Character Interview

Today, I've invited Connie Almony and her new friend, Carly Rose, to visit with us here on the Writing with God's Hope blog.  First let me introduce Carly.

Who is Carly Rose?

I'm glad you asked.



Carly Rose stars in her own novella, At the Edge of a Dark Forest, a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Janet: How exciting for you. Tell us something about yourself.
 
My name is Carly Rose. I develop prosthetics to help people who’ve lost limbs. I work mostly with veterans. Though I grew up in the business, helping my father who started Rose Prosthetics, I wanted to learn all aspects of the field so received training as a physical therapist as well. Right now, my dad and I are trying to start a new company, since my brothers ruined the one he’d originally created.

Janet: What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know if you’d call it quirky or downright crazy, but I moved in with a very bitter disabled Iraq-war vet, Cole Harrison, to help him rehab with my prototype prosthetics. I was hoping to get him to invest in a new company and redeem the Rose family name. Only I didn’t realize the guy would be such a … oh well … Let’s just say he’s not all together pleasant (cough) a-beast. Ahem. Excuse me, I had something in my throat.

 What are three things we might not guess about you?

1)      My favorite part of my work is wielding a blow-torch. Yes, a blow-torch! We use them to heat molds for prosthetic sockets during the fitting process. I don’t know why I love that part so much. I guess it just makes me feel a little dangerous.

2)      I’m not real good filtering what I say, especially if I’ve been insulted. I tend to lash out. Dad says I got my temper from my mom. She’d been a little fiery when she was alive. Dad always smiles and winks when he tells me that.

3)      I’m not afraid of much, but I’m deathly afraid of horses, especially Cole’s horse, Lightning. No reason. No childhood trauma involving the big brutish creatures. I think it’s just because they are big, and I am not. Oh yeah, and they don’t talk so you can’t reason with them about not stepping on you, kicking you, or galloping off with you at top speed. And they’re big. Did I mention that yet?

Oh, I so understand that part. Victoria Peterson who starred in her own YA novel, "Victoria and the Ghost" was afraid of those big animals, too  How was it that your life got complicated?

Things had been going slowly down hill since my brothers took over my dad’s prosthetics company, but it really hit the fan when a disabled vet fell down some stairs while using a prosthetic leg created by the Rose company that had a seriously defective screw. Between the lawsuits against the company and the recalls that followed, my father’s mood had become very dark. It was his dream to help amputees since his brother killed himself years ago, but his own sons have destroyed that dream.

Still, my life changed dramatically when I moved into Cole’s manor. Our arrangement gave my father hope, so I didn’t have to worry about him so much. But now I traded that concern for the man I live with—a man who wrestles many demons, though I’ve been increasingly aware, has a softer, generous side. If only he didn’t feel such a great need to shield it from vulnerability.

I'll bet you despise that Cole, or at least your brothers.

Oh, I can’t say I actually despise anyone, though I’m really angry at those wretched, selfish, beasts of brothers I have—Ahem—I mean, I’m not too happy with my siblings. Sometimes I’d like to wring their scrawny necks and throw mud on their former-model wives’ sequined gowns … but I couldn’t say I really despise them. I know, since God has forgiven me my sins, I need to forgive them theirs … someday … I hope.

I'd like to see you throwing mud at sequined gowns, but forgiveness is a must when God forgave us, isn't it? What stands in the way of your current life goal?

I guess that would be my family’s reputation for creating inferior products that can injure rather than help. That’s why I started developing prosthetics on my own. However, I need to find a way to distinguish my work from theirs, but no one will invest in my new designs. Except, maybe Cole. I don’t know why, because he’s made it painfully clear he wanted nothing to do with prosthetics again. But for some reason, he’s trying mine.

In three words, describe yourself.

Tenacious, hard-working and plain.

Plain?

Yeah, well, next to my brothers’ former-model wives, I think most people would call me plain.

Does Cole find you plain?

Yes, I believe he does. He often mocks me by calling me Beauty. Only sometimes I wonder … well … never mind. Yes, he thinks I’m plain.

Do you trust yourself in your work or do you rely on the wisdom of others, feeling they may know more than you do?

I know the business of prosthetics inside and out. I’ve been trained in all aspects of the job from fitting patients to the right product, to rehabbing them. My father taught me to do everything as if for God, so I take my work seriously.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t remain open to suggestion. I’ve been very fortunate to have Cole’s horse trainer, Joe Sakamoto, give me advice about how to deal with the ornery owner of the manor. And Sam, the horse trainer’s son, has taught me the benefits of therapy with horses (hippotherapy)—even if they do scare the daylights out of me. We now use this therapy to help Cole heal both physically and from the psychological trauma of PTSD.

That sounds interesting.

Yes, it really is. But don’t tell Sam or Joe I said that. I’d get a tag-team attack of I-told-you-so from the two of them.

Thank you, Carly, for joining us today. I hope Cole decides to invest in your new company.
 
Now, I turn to Connie Almony. I want to learn more about her since she is the creator of Carly Rose.

Connie Almony is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. Her newest release, At the Edge of a Dark Forest, is a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD.

You can find Connie on the web, writing book reviews for Jesus Freak Hideout, and hosting the following blogs: InfiniteCharacters.com and LivingtheBodyofChrist.Blogspot.com.

You can also meet her on the following social media outlets:




Back Cover

Cole Harrison, a war veteran, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.

Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new limbs, only to discover the darkness that wars against the man he could become.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.
I love the sound of that last sentence. Congratulations, Connie on the release of At the Edge of a Dark Forest. I look forward to reading it.  The way you've intertwined your career and Carly's problems must make for an interesting read. Thanks for visiting with us today so we can get acquainted.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cover Reveal for Angie Brashear

Online friend meets real-life person. Today, I have a rare treat. My decision to ask Angie Brashear to allow me to reveal the cover of her new book began with her as an online friend. While we conversed back and forth by e-mail, we discovered a new facet to our relationship. Angie and my daughter, Christie, are friends. Their husbands, coaching for competing high schools, met each other on the field a few years ago.

Angie's debut novel will release in June. I'm so proud for her and excited to be one of the first to reveal the cover of her book. Angie, it sounds exciting. Thanks for letting us preview this exciting venture.


Angie writes Christian fantasy. Some of my Christian friends don't correlate those two things. Today, we talk with Angie about her thoughts on Christian fantasy. She calls it a life-saving genre. Tell us your feelings, Angie.

 
Definitions of literary genres can be…well, complex. Even tricky. Attempts to define Christian fantasy vary, though I’ve spent little time fretting over an official definition. I mean, Christian fiction typically illustrates a Christian world view within its plot, characters, or both. And the fantasy genre commonly uses myths and legends as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. So, in my opinion, Christian fantasy embodies fantastical elements in an internally consistent setting all the while reflecting aspects of the Christian world view.

But the debate (at least for some) surrounds who writes Christian fantasy. Writers who are Christians, writers who claim to be Christians, or writers who believe Christianity is a fantasy to begin with? It’s not a debate I choose to enter, for the truth lies outside the discussion: the genre influences nonbelievers. My path to salvation began with a classic fantasy, told to me in the midst of my secular world.

When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis aloud to my class. In doing so, she opened my eyes to adventure and possibilities, all the while helping me escape a world of darkness for a short time. At its conclusion, I wondered, Is God real? He couldn’t be, right? For if He existed, innocent young girls wouldn’t suffer the wrath of drunken addicts, or the torment of abandonment.

I continued to speculate. Each time God placed believers in my path—a high school teacher, a college friend, and a college coach—my fascination with the possibility grew stronger until the truth stunned me like a slap to the face. God indeed lives in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He rescues. He saves. And He waited for me. Then He embraced me. It all started with a little seed, planted in the empty heart of the girl I once was. A love for reading expanded to a love for writing. A desire to know God became a desire to serve Him, to reach nonbelievers.

And Never Let Go was born.

In all things, I’m grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for embracing a lost, lonely girl. That He died for me…there is no greater gift. My prayer is that I’ll never let go of His truth.

 
I love your perspective. I write Christian paranormal YA and have been criticized for it because Christians shouldn't believe in ghosts. God specializes in supernatural. Who better than God to use the unexpected, the unusual, the impossible to touch our lives? Thank you so much for a lovely testimony of how God "slapped you in the face."

Now, tell us a bit about your new book, Never Let Go.


Captured by the Rendow Clan, who seek to slaughter those with faith in the Maker, Laila Pennedy awaits death. Moments before her execution, she is rescued from the gallows by Lars Landre and his dragon. Marked as The Chosen by his blue eyes, Lars is destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution.

Lars guides Laila on a harrowing race across The Woodlands to Tuveil, where the Faithful are preparing to fight a rebellion. But the secret location of the village is betrayed and the Rendow Clan’s army will soon be at the gates. Faced with this impeding peril, Laila trains for battle, but the struggles in her mind and heart may be as overwhelming as the war to come. Will she prove herself an asset or is she condemned to forever be a burden to those she loves?

 

Pre-order Never Let Go here:
 
And now the cover reveal. Ta-da!
 

That is beautiful, Angie.
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Okay, now tell us a little about yourself and where we can contact you.
When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s an avid reader and runner, both of which perplex her husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Follow her at http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor, https://twitter.com/AngieBrashear, and http://angiebrashear.com.

Thanks for being my guest today, Angie. I can't wait to read the book

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cover Reveal for Beverly Stowe McClure's new book

I'm excited to be one of several this week to show off Beverly Stowe McClure's new cover art. I'm loving it. I've read McClure's young adult Life on Hold and recommend it. In that book, she speaks with a teen voice. I'm thinking this new middle grade book will be more of the same excellent writing. McClure knows how to tell a story meant for young people.
 
A girl.
A dream.
An accident.
A dream shattered.
 
Ten-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.
 
Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?
 
 And now, to reveal the gorgeous cover.
 
 
Isn't that an exciting cover, so inviting to a reader.
Congratulations, Beverly Stowe McClure
 
Ten-year-old Kate Taylor wants to be the star of her basketball team, Angels, but when her tooth is knocked out at one of the games, her goal is in jeopardy. Even though the dentist replants the tooth, her mother, who is also her coach, refuses to let Kate play unless she can come up with a way to protect the tooth.
 
 With the encouragement of her friends and teammates, Kate tries everything. She asks her sister, Zoe, how her boyfriend, Ray, protects his teeth when playing football. Zoe is clueless. Kate wears her friend Simon’s catcher’s mask to practice, but it’s too big and blocks her view of the goal. Kate stuffs cotton balls in her mouth and thinks she’s swallowed one. Nothing works.
 
 To add to Kate’s problems, Emily, the new girl at River Bend Elementary, is great at basketball. Kate worries Emily will be the star of the team. On top of that, Simon, the school brain, as well as klutz, says he plans to join the Angels, even though boys are not allowed.
 
 In the final game of the season, Kate faces a decision that will not only decide who wins the game, but whether she’s star of the team or not.
 
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
 
 
 
Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of picture books, early readers, middle grade and teen novels. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, both national and North Texas. A fourth generation Texan, she lives in the country with two cats, and a variety of wild critters.
 
 
 
 
Thanks, Beverly, for sharing a peak at the new cover with the followers of this blog. I wish you much success and many blessings from God.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Debut Author - Ladonna Cole

Today, I'm excited to introduce a brand new author and my good friend, Ladonna Cole. I knew Ladonna when she was a teenager. Now, she has teens of her own. Her debut YA novel The Torn released this week, November 25.

Ladonna, what a wonderful time in your life. I know from my experience last year, debuting your first book changes your life, increases your work load, and brings more exhilaration than one person can handle. God bless you and your book.

Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL__xETUiHM

Though we want to hear more from Ladonna, right now, I want to interview and learn about Katie Lynn Wilson. I see her standing over here. Characters always do run away with the show.

Writing with God's Hope: Welcome Katie Lynn.

Katie Lynn Wilson: Kate. Just Kate.


WWGH: Sorry, Kate. Welcome. Some of our readers haven’t read your stories yet. Could you tell us a bit about the Torn and what prompted you to give this account?

KW: Sure, I guess. The Torn is about a small part of a summer in my life after my parents divorced, when I was 16 years old.

WWGH: Recently, then?

KW: Yes, very recent. It all started when I got arrested one night. I was hanging with some friends and we were dared to graffiti the back of the gym of our high school.  I don’t usually do stuff like that.

WWGH: But you did this time?

KW:  (Nods.)  Not one of my better moments.

WWGH: So, The Torn is about you and your graffiti friends.

KW: Oh, no, not at all. I was just telling you the reason I had to go to Heartwork Village.

WWGH:  What is that and where?

KW: It’s a grief recovery center in the Catoctin Mountains, about 70 miles from Washington, D.C. It’s so pretty there.

WWGH:  So the story is set in Pennsylvania? 

KW: Um, yes and no.

WWGH: (raises brows)

KW: The village is there, but the story is everywhere. Or well, it could be anywhere, or anywhen.

WWGH:I don’t know what you are talking about.

KW: Sorry, it’s just Heartwork Village doesn’t really do regular grief recovery therapy. They do something quite different.  They use quantum technology to create spheres that carry the jumpers, (that’s kids like me), to alternate realities.

WWGH: Time travel?

KW: Yes and No.

WWGH: Here we go again.

KW: (giggles) Sorry. The spheres can go through time, but mostly they are created to take you into a quantum energy field where reality is manipulated.

WWGH:  (waves hand overhead)

KW: (Smiles) Yeah, me too. I am no science whiz much less a quantum geek. I’ve just picked up the lingo around the village. Simplified?

WWGH:  Please.

KW: Whatever you fear the most, whatever dark thoughts you have, whatever insecurities you carry into the Village with you…that is what comes to life inside the quantum jump. It’s supposed to help you face things and teach you to be strong.

WWGH:  But it didn’t for you.

KW: (pauses to think) No. It did. But…

WWGH: Please don’t say yes and no.

KW: I did learn to be strong, but something bad happened. Something went horribly wrong. The safety protocols were broken and my whole team had to endure the unthinkable.  (Kate’s eyes well with tears and she squeezes her hands together.)

WWGH:  I am so sorry to hear that, Kate. Are you all okay?

KW: Not all of us.

WWGH: (hands Kate a tissue and waits)

KW: (wipes her eyes and draws a ragged breath.)

WWGH: (In a soft voice) What do you fear most, Kate?

KW: That I am..(falls silent).

WWGH: That you are…

KW: (A bare whisper) that I am poison and hurt the ones I love the most.

WWGH: Are you able to go on with the interview?

KW: I can do one more question.

WWGH: Why did you decide to share this very personal story?

KW: I decided to tell the story of The Torn because I thought there might be other people like me, who just struggle with a great loss in their life. I want them to know that it won’t always be like this. The pain is there for a reason. We can embrace it and learn and grow from it, you know?

WWGH:  Thank you for your time and candor.

KW: Thank you.

I don't know about you, but meeting Kate makes me want to rush right out and get her story.
Purchase The Torn now at
 http://www.amazon.com/The-Torn-Holding-Series-Volume/dp/0991233506/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384867418&sr=8-1&keywords=ladonna+cole
 



Ladonna Cole thrives in the Smoky Mountains with her two kids and enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, and traveling. The research trips to England and the Bahamas in 2013 fueled her well of imagination for a long while.  She is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Anger Management Therapist. Here's some other places you might find Ladonna hanging out.
Welcome, Ladonna and Kate. I wish you well. Any questions or comments out there?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sneak Peek at my Sequel

This week, 4RV Publishing and I signed a contract for a sequel to my inspirational YA, Victoria and the Ghost. We're looking at a release date in May or June, 2014.

For those who have read the first book, you'll remember mean girl, Shelley, who's country born and bred. The sequel tells her story.

                                       A Ghost for Shelley



A guilt-ridden country girl, forced to move to Dallas, confronts betrayal, arrest, and a loss of faith but meets a jet-set jock with a heart for God, and a ghost with a message just for her.

 
Guilt lassoes country girl, SHELLEY HALVERSON, reminding her of the snide remarks, gossip, and deceit from her past. If she could hurt herself, she might forget.

The only one who seems to care is COLSON CONNELLY, but who can trust him? He’s popular, rich, handsome, and everything she's not.

Thank you, 4RV. Looking forward to getting out this story for teens and adults.

Watch next year for the release date.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

RESENTMENT

I've struggled with resentment over the years. Anger hoarded and hidden becomes resentment. Our emotion may not even be recognized by us. Resentment may drive us to overeating, overdrinking, overspending or many other addictions without us understanding the root cause.

     Anger directed outward, we call conventional anger, which leads patients to shake their fists at God, hit their spouses, or yell at their bosses.
      Anger directed inward, we call depression.
                                                               "Love Hunger" by Minirth, Meir, Hemfelt, and Sneed 

When I was younger, I suffered depression though I never realized it until my children were grown, and God healed me. God urged me to make amends to my children for all the yelling, and emotional outbursts they suffered during their growing-up years.

      My oldest daughter caught the brunt of my inward-aimed, yet outward-driven anger. In her typical analytical view of things, she told me, "If that had been now, the psychiatrist would've put you on anti-depressants."

That's true, but back then, we didn't discuss mental illness in the same manner that we do today. Also, I must remember the definition for depression according to the book above.

 I was an angry person.

 I resented my sister-in-law that had the favor of my husband's mother. I was left out of family plans. I got angry, or as I preferred to call it, "got my feelings hurt" whenever I sensed my children, my husband or myself was slighted at church or in the community. I hated myself because I was fat.

The cause for our resentment isn't significant. God gives examples in the Bible where resentment can be understood, but still not approved. Think of Jacob's ten older sons who worked hard and longed for their father's love. Yet, the scrawny younger boy received that love, that favor. Look at the telling verse below:
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours     Genesis 37:3 
Joseph's older brothers deserved better. The father did them wrong. Yet, God refused to bless the ten because they allowed resentment to turn them into hard, angry men.

Look at the story of Mary and Martha. Martha worked away in the kitchen to serve Jesus and His disciples. The more tired she became, the more resentment tainted her thoughts. Finally, she let that anger explode to the Master. Look at this verse:

        But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not
        care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Luke 10:40

The devil may find it harder to tempt a strong Christian to murder or steal, but he has way too much success weaving resentment into our hearts, and with that, he destroys our witness and perhaps even our souls.

In my inspirational YA, Victoria and the Ghost, Victoria faces her mother's rejection and her father's favoritism. Can she learn to allow God to change her resentment into love?

Have you ever suffered resentment? Why? Did you allow God to heal it?


Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE NEXT BIG THING

I’ve been tagged to take part in The Next Big Thing by fellow 4RV author, Melanie Robertson-King Find her at:
http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/wp02/?p=5955

  I answer ten questions about my next book in progress, then pass the baton on to two more authors. It’s loads of fun and you never know what you might find out about an author’s book.
So here we go!
What is the working title of your next book?
A Ghost for Shelley
Where did the idea come from for the book?
After 4RV released Victoria and the Ghost last year, I was asked if there was a sequel coming. I decided there should be and started at work writing it. In Victoria and the Ghost, Shelley Halverson is the girl you love to hate, the country girl who gives city girl, Victoria, a rough time. I thought what if....? I find it fun to play that game. What if Shelley got moved to the city? What if the move made her feel ashamed of her actions toward Victoria? What if she fell for a rich city boy that had everything when she had nothing.
In what genre does your book fall?
Inspirational YA with paranormal elements
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Amy Adams as Shelley. Adam Senn as Colson, the hero.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A guilt-ridden country girl, forced to move to Dallas, confronts betrayal, arrest, and a loss of faith but meets a jet-set jock with a heart for God, and a ghost with a message just for her.
Who is publishing your book?
4RV Publishing (I hope). I submitted the first 3 chapters and synopsis and received a request for the full manuscript. I'm in the process of doing a final editing of it before I send it. I hope it's good enough since they published Victoria and the Ghost and this is a sequel.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I began Sept., 2012 and ended April, 2013 so seven months. However, I do many projects at the same time, so I wasn't always writing on this one. My non-fiction devotion book Divine Dining came out in Dec., 2012, so I also worked promotion on both of my books during this time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Live on Hold  by Beverly Stowe McClure and the Laurel Shadrach series by Stephanie Perry Moore.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The what if question.
The first book explored a teen's view of a mother's rejection and a world with no friends because of being moved from city to country. A reverse viewpoint drew me to the sequel. Another thing that brought about this story is hearing of struggles with teen self-mutilation. I discussed the reasons and forms with our church youth pastor, and I sought to help the reader understand this progression in a teen.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The proverbial opposites-attract love story. Colson hates being loved for his money and his family connections. Shelley hates being classified as a freak because she comes from the country.

Now, to select one more person to take part who will post their next big thing on May 23  TODAY.
Susan Meyers
http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-next-big-thing.html

Now, to select one more person to take part who will post their next big thing on May 30.
  Eileen Rife @
http://www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com

   

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WINNER!

And the winner is: Cheryl Rahkonen.

Yesterday, we drew the name from the comments to pick the one who won a copy of Victoria and the Ghost.. I'll be sending her the free book today.

Thank you all who commented for a chance to win. I hope you all won a free book on another site. I appreciate all the involvement in the Children's Book Week giveaway blog hop. We'll do it again. It was fun.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Check below for other links to win free books


Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

May 13th – 19th

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I'm very tech-challenged, so if that link to sign into the host blog doesn't come through, here is the URL link. Maybe, it will.
http://www.iamareader.com/2013/04/childrens-book-week-giveaway-hop-sign-ups-may-13th-to-19th.html

Personally, I believe every week should be children's book week.
                                                               Kathy Vossler, youth department head
                                                                 Wichita Falls, Texas Public Library
                                                                 
I agree, Kathy.

I hope my viewers will allow me to give a few personal insights. My ten-year-old grandson brightened my day yesterday. This was the kid who hated reading. My daughter and son-in-law worked with him hours on end. Besides their own involvement, they brought in a tutor to get him excited over reading.

Yesterday, he detailed the plot of the book he just read, gave me the title, and the author's name. He found the action story fascinating. I soaked in his words with the pride that a grandma can't help but feel.

 Friday, this same boy won a multi-school contest for the poem he wrote. It will soon be published. His dad is a teacher/coach and has published motivational articles in magazines and newsletters. Along with me, that makes three published authors in the family.

This is me shouting. YEAH!

Since July, 2012 when my YA novel, Victoria and the Ghost, debuted, I've visited with several librarians and communicated with many who write and read teen fiction. I love the people that share my enjoyment of books and a special thanks to those who cherish and share children's and YA books for our young people.

People ask "why do you write for teens?"

My best answer is "it's fun." Teens act with abandon and far less intimidation or people-pleasing fear than adults. I love being a teen again and find my way to solutions with insights from only living in the world 15-16 years. Try that on for size.

I assure my grandchildren and often friend's kids that their actions or words might end up in my books. Who else might I study?

This week I celebrate Children's Book Week with this giveaway. I will draw from the names of all who comment to this post. The name I draw will receive a copy of Victoria and the Ghost. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win. Also, check in with the host site for further ways to win during this week. Help us celebrate children's and YA books. Below is a list of 132 more links where you can sign up for free children's and YA books. Check out them all.

 
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