Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another Ghost Legend from Fort Sill, Oklahoma

It's Weird Wednesday.

This is my third and last story that I found in The Ghost of Fort Sill by Robert R. Hiatt published in 1989. Especially if you live in the area, I recommend the book. Since it contains maybe twenty-five more ghost legends around the old fort, you just might find the book fascinating, as I did.

 

Hiatt titled one chapter “The Old Post Quadrangle Appearances.” Ghostly figures walking in the dark across the Old Post Quadrangle are fairly common through the years.

 

Occurrences date back to the 1920s. A veteran of the old Army from that period told Hiatt that the tale of the “old Indian” that walked at night was common knowledge, and was seen by several.

 

In the 1970s, a lone walker faced off with another walker. As they neared, he got a good look at the ghostly-appearing man dressed like someone from the 1890s. The spirit stared straight ahead, continued on his path, and disappeared.

 

These two reported ghosts appear to be two different spirits, both seen late at night in the same area.

 

So, for those stationed or visiting Fort Sill, be careful if you walk the Old Post Quadrangle late at night alone. You might just meet a ghost.

Weird Wednesday is looking for more ghost legends. If you have one, please e-mail me at Janet.hope@att.net
 
Remember my ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost is based on real ghost sightings at Clara Cemetery in the ghost town of Clara, Texas. It makes a great Christmas present especially for a girl aged 13-17.
Click on that page for further information.
 
Until then, beware ...

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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Author Interview with Harry Wegley

Christmas is coming. Books make wonderful presents. Just a friendly reminder. I try to help followers of this "Writing with God's Hope" blog to choose books wisely. On Dec. 10, I'll post my list of recommendations.

I've been blessed to have many super authors as guests the last few weeks. Today, I wish to introduce you to thriller/suspense author, Harry Wegley. I've read books by him and found them fascinating and thought-provoking. I asked him several questions so that you, and I, might get better acquainted with him as a person. So, here we go ...
 

 1. Harry, tell us a little about your writing journey.

As a research scientist, I suppose you could say I wrote professionally for several years. But my writing fiction began in the USAF when my wife and I were too broke to do much of anything. I got her hooked on Zane Grey books and, while she read, I wrote some short stories. They were awful – 3 paragraphs of telling and 2 lines of dialogue. Fast forward 40 years – I wrote my first novel in 2010, Hide and Seek, and writing that story was more than fun. It was fulfilling and exhilarating. But reality slapped my face when I had it critiqued and had to rewrite it. I attended some conferences, took classes, had it critiqued again, and rewrote it a second time. 18 months after the first draft, Hide and Seek won a contract. I now have a series of 4 contracted books and am finishing my 8th novel.

 

2. Congratulations. That's an inspiring story. Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?

I’ve never felt like giving up on writing, but I nearly gave up on publishing Hide and Seek. I went on to a second novel, On the Pineapple Express. The draft weighed in at 105K words. I submitted it and got a bite, but the acquisitions editor wanted it reduced to more like 65K words. I almost gave up on this story too, because of the effort to retell a shorter story, but that’s when I got the contract for Hide and Seek. For me, giving up on writing was never the issue, but giving up on a story has been an issue several times.
 

3. How did you come upon the title for your latest release?

My wife and I were joking about my heroine being a triple threat, beauty, brains, and brawn, the 3 B’s. Then I mentioned the 3 attack vectors used by terrorists in my story, cyber warfare, biological warfare, and forest fires.  My wife latched onto Triple Threat and it stuck.

 

4. How do you feel this book will help readers?

In a society that has become pluralistic over the past 60 years, we have probably all discovered that it’s much harder to defend our Christian worldview against attacks out in the marketplace of ideas than it is to sit back in our fortresses—our churches and friends— and take long-range pot shots at someone else’s beliefs. It’s intimidating to think about preparing to give a reason for our faith to anyone who asks, but that’s exactly what our Lord asks us to do. I tried to show some good ways of doing this, in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15, through my heroine, Katie Brandt. Over the course of the story, she refutes nearly every major objection to the Christian faith. Though she has an IQ of 180+, we can all use the simple facts and approaches she uses to defend her faith, approaches that look for the underlying questions and needs residing in the hearts of our audience.

 

5. Any other writing-related careers that we will find on your resume?

In your first question, I mentioned that I worked as a research scientist. I researched a variety of problems in atmospheric physics, everything from diffusion of effluents from nuclear power plants to wind energy. If you google H L Wegley, you’ll see several references to me in the scientific literature related to siting wind turbines.

 

6. If your life resembled a song, what would that song be?

I think it would be a funny, lighthearted, country song that, I believe, BJ Thomas sang, Help Me Make It to My Rocking Chair. It expresses what we all need in our spouses, and it does so in a humorous but, in my case, fairly accurate manner. After 48 years of marriage, I found someone to help me make it to my rocking chair and, at this point in our lives, that chair is sitting right in front of us. Please don’t try to find any great spiritual message in this answer. You probably won’t. But if you’re interested in this musical masterpiece, here’s a link to the lyrics and the song: http://bit.ly/1uUxgtb

 

 7. Anything more you'd like to add? 

Thank you for hosting me, Janet. If anyone has weather-related questions, especially for your writing, please feel free to contact me for weather stats, realistic scenarios, storm info, etc.. You can message Harry Wegley on Facebook. I have been known to do custom forecasts for people, upon request, but only if they promise not to sue. J

 

 8. How can readers find you?

Here are a few of my web links:

Author Web site: http://HLWegley.com





 

H. L. Wegley has been a USAF Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer, performed weather research, and published in the scientific literature. After earning an advanced Computer-Science degree, he developed computing systems for 20+ years, then retired to write. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian, thriller/suspense series with Pelican Book Group. The 4th book released in November 2014. He’s currently finishing his 8th novel.

 



Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it's only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh’s life, an agnostic, who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences for Josh, a mistake that could break Katie's heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

Will Katie and Josh survive the investigation? If they do, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Triple Threat, an adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow's paper, but pray you never will.

 

Triple Threat purchase links:

Amazon:


Barnes & Noble:


Christianbook.com:


Pelican Book Group:


Sounds like a winner, Harry. Can't wait to take another ride with Katie. She's quite a heroine, the kind we'd all like to be. 

 I enjoyed getting acquainted with you. Who knew we had our very own weather expert. We may be calling on you.  Anyone have a comment or question now? Click on post a comment below.

 

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.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanks



I wish to thank everyone who has followed or viewed any of my blog posts in 2014. Thank you to all my faithful readers. You light up my world.

And thanks be to God, from who all blessing flow.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Another Ghost Tale from Fort Sill, Oklahoma and a Book Giveaway

It's Weird Wednesday  on Writing with God's Hope blog. A few weeks ago, I told you a legend from Fort Sill, Oklahoma near my home. Today, I offer another tale. To remind you this one also comes from the book, The Ghost of Fort Sill, by Robert R. Hiatt. It was published in 1989 with over thirty ghost sightings from the old fort.

 

Today, my story is called “The Phantom Child of Quarters 424 East.” Sightings about this ghost were reported in the 1950s, 1960, and up to the 1980s.

 

On one occasion, the lady of the house hosted a card party attended by wives of other officers. During this middle-of the-afternoon party, she heard a baby crying. She assumed one of the ladies had brought her child who had now awakened.

 

“Whose child is that?” she asked.

 

No one had brought a child. All the ladies heard the sound. The crying continued and disturbed their fun. Finally, they went as a group upstairs and determined the sound was coming from the middle bedroom. The lady of the house opened the door. The room was empty. The crying stopped.

 

Near this period of time, a workman was inside this same house doing maintenance. A child crying unsettled him while he worked. He searched the empty house but found nothing.

 

Who knows? The story goes that a child was lost going to the out house and froze to death. The base tore down the out house in December, 1929. From then on, stories of hearing the crying have cropped up every few years.
 
Just another Weird Wednesday ghost story? Maybe, maybe not.
 
 
Next Wednesday, I'll tell you another from this book, so drop back by when it's Weird Wednesday, again.
 
I tried last week to host a Rafflecopter book giveaway, but because of my lack of tech-savvy, I never got it working correctly. The only way you could enter was to tweet about it, and many didn't use Twitter. I wish to thank Amy Cattapan for pressing through and tweeting to be the only one who entered for a chance to win a free copy of Victoria and the Ghost. Thanks to her perseverance, she wins a free book.
 
However, today, I wish to extend another chance to others to win a free copy of Victoria and the Ghost in time to give it for a Christmas gift.
 
All you must do to enter is leave a comment below, giving your e-mail address, so I can notify you if you win. I will draw a name after midnight on December 2 and announce the winner on Weird Wednesday next week.
 
So comment now and check out Weird Wednesday again on Dec. 3.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Interview with MG Author, Mary Hamilton

My special guest is middle-grade author, Mary Hamilton. When I met Mary at ACFW conference in 2012, I fell in love with her sweet spirit. I read her debut novel, and that made me hungry to read the second in the series. She has the voice and heart of the preteen/early teen. In Speak No Evil her characters are a couple years older.

    If you ever went to summer church camp, you will relive those years in her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series, both the good and the bad.

     If you have a middle-grade student on your Christmas list, this is a must-buy for a stocking stuffer.

     So, now I have some questions for Mary, so that you might meet her, too, and learn about her new book, Speak No Evil.



1. When was the last time you wanted to give up on writing? What saved you from doing that?

I’ve wanted to give up many times in the last few months as I’ve worked on the last book in my Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. It was a difficult story that I struggled with all the way through. The only reason I didn’t quit was because I had a contract to honor.

 

 2. Ah, yes, those pesky contracts that we both love and hate. Where did you get the idea of your new book?

When Hear No Evil, the first book in the series came out, I received many comments that the bully in the story was very relevant to today’s youth. So I decided to make him the star of the second book. I wanted to figure out what made him tick, why he acted the way he did.

  

3. Who is your favorite character from your new book?

I’ve developed a great fondness for Taylor, the main character. When I first started writing his story, I didn’t particularly like him. He was, after all, a bully. But the more I wrote and got to know what was in his heart and the hurt he was hiding, the more I came to love him. He reminds me of a couple people I know who are rough around the edges and kind of prickly at times, but inside they have a good heart.

 


4. If you could be a song, what would it be?

I would like to be any one of the great hymns, because they are enduring, meaningful, and their whole purpose is to praise our God.

 


5. In what place do you do most of your writing?

If I’m working on a first draft, I’m usually closeted in one of our upstairs bedrooms away from telephones and noise and our attention-loving Golden Retriever. If I’m rewriting, I’m either at the kitchen table or out on the patio (with the dog!).

 

 
6. What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Red Zone by Kelli Hughett. It’s a romantic suspense played out on the edges of professional football. I highly recommend it.

 


7. How did you connect with your current publisher?

I met Lynellen Perry of HopeSprings books at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. We sat across the table from each other at breakfast the last morning, when I’d pretty much given up on getting my first book published. Obviously, God had a different idea!

 
What a wonderful inspiring story for other still unpublished authors who are getting discouraged.
 


    

Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. While raising her own three children, she was active in her church’s youth ministry, hosting small group Bible studies and pancake suppers. One summer, she even volunteered as a camp counselor for a week—and decided once was enough.

When not writing, Mary enjoys knitting, reading and being outdoors. She and her husband make their home in Texas with a rescued Golden Retriever.

 

Connect with Mary:




Twitter:@mhamilton122

 

Having his younger sister at camp was a pain, but Taylor Dixon never expected the pain to go so deep.

At 15, Taylor dreams of getting his driver’s license and driving racecars when he’s older. Only his younger sister, Marissa, believes in his dreams, but her adventurous spirit keeps landing him in trouble. Dad won’t let Taylor get his license unless he stays out of trouble, and predicts he’s heading for the same jail cell as his once-favored older brother.

Taylor returns to Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, expecting softball, swimming and sermons. Then he discovers a classic Mustang in the camp’s machine shed, and the owner’s invitation to help restore it fuels his dream of driving race cars. But when Marissa falls for his snobbish cabin mate, the ensuing war of words and pranks escalates until it threatens to destroy both the car and his dreams for the future.

Will Taylor fulfill Dad’s prediction? Or will the message of the old Mustang’s engine set him free from the prison he built himself?

 


 


 
I love the cover, Mary. Of course, I love Mustangs. The book is good.

Do any of you have questions or comments for Mary?