Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Worth Her Weight Available Now

Worth Her Weight available for pre-order now.



10% discount if you pre-order before Christmas. Since it will release by Dec. 16, you should even receive it in time for Christmas delivery.



Go now to http://www.pen-l.com/WorthHerWeight.html

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cover Reveal of 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? Is she Worth Her Weight?

 
 
 Brown's debut inspirational women's fiction. Available for preorder before Christmas at http://pen-l.com/Books.html
Watch for the date.

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