Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Ariella’s Story-Part Two October 31, 2014

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By Volkan Olmez

By Volkan Olmez

Daddy never came home.

Saturday came and went with no word from him. By the end of the day Saturday I took my spelling test, ripped it to shreds and threw it in the garbage. That’s all it really was now. A piece of garbage and isn’t the what you do with it? Throw it away?

Isn’t that what my dad had done to me? Thrown me away? I must be garbage. My little seven-year-old mind didn’t comprehend all of that at the time, but over time that was my deduction.

About a week after he never came home he called. My mother thrust the phone in my face. Anger flared in her eyes. Did she hate me? Was it my fault Daddy didn’t come home? Maybe if I had been a better daughter he would’ve come home? Maybe I demanded too much time from him, making him study with me every night.

When I talked to Dad on the phone it was brief. He never said he was sorry, or even ask about my test. He told me he wouldn’t be coming home anymore. He found a new place to live but I could come visit him.

I don’t think I said much back to him. I was so confused. What did I do to make him leave us? I wanted to know but didn’t have the courage to ask.

My first visit to his apartment was about a month later. There was a woman there, but she was a lot younger than my mom. She tried to be nice but I could tell she was trying too hard. She cuddled up to my dad and kissed him a lot. Every time she did I wanted to run out of the room.

Dad never snuggled with me when I went to bed, like that week before he left. He would just send me off and I would fall asleep eventually.

My visits were sporadic and each time it seemed like he had a new woman living with him. I wanted to tell them they probably shouldn’t bother to unpack but I never said anything.

I got really good at not saying what was on my mind.

I was learning at a young age to not become attached to anyone. That men used woman and then moved on. This seemed normal to me.

My mother was pretty much ignoring me as well. She had turned to alcohol and laid in bed most days. I got myself up and ready for school.

No one really noticed. Teachers never asked if anything was wrong. Even when I came to school with knots in my hair and wrinkled clothes. I was sure no one really saw me, or maybe no one wanted to see me.

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 NIV

 

 

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Motherless by Erin Healy October 30, 2014

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motherlessAbout:

A whispering voice at the back of my mind reminds me that I’ve been this way for some time. Dead, that is.

The dead have a very broad view of the living, of actions performed out of sight, of thoughts believed to be private. I would know. Losing both parents is a trial no child should endure, and Marina and Dylan have endured enough. They deserve the one thing I could never give them: a mother’s love.

A mother’s love, and the truth.

My children have believed a lie about me for years and years. After all this time I can still feel their hurt in my heart. But the tether holding me to them is frayed from years of neglect . . . and I have to find a way to make my confession before it snaps.

But when the truth comes out, what other beasts will I unleash?

“Why do we lie to the children?” someone asked me once.

“To protect them,” I answered.

How terrible it is that they need protection from me.

My thoughts:

I have never read a book by Erin Healy before, although I have heard good things.

Wow. This book blew me away. It totally bent my mind. Just as I start to think I know what to expect she slams me with a completely unexpected twist.

From the first pages I was hooked and knew I loved her style. It is so different from any other Christian fiction I have ever read.

Truthfully, I don’t think this book will be for everyone. I think some people might be troubled by it. I am pretty open-minded when it comes to fiction so the story line didn’t bother me. Basically you have a parent observing their child but they aren’t really there, they are sort of a ghost (for lack of a better word) watching things play out.

Overall, this is a story of a broken family in need of healing. Who can relate to that? So many of us. We see kids with issues that stem from wounds in the past, we see parents covering up their past sins. Yeah, this story speaks to the heart of so many of us.

This is a book I highly recommend for anyone who likes something different and wants a story to touch the broken places in their soul.

Visit Erin here.

Grab you copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Mary L. Ball October 29, 2014

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mary ballToday we get write to the point with Mary L. Ball. I interviewed Mary a while ago. You can read her first interview here. Read on to see what Mary is up to these days and what is next on her plate:)

 Tell us about your newest book.

Postmarked Ever After is my new release. Below is a little about it.

A delayed letter and a message from afar unite two hearts.

Recently widowed, Serena Gray battles the daily drama of the Emergency Room, as well as her grief. When a mysterious letter arrives, it raises questions about a past she’d only heard her beloved husband speak about.

While on hospital rounds, a child has a brush with death and recounts a vivid dream that bears a message.

Will she risk happiness for the truth or keep a secret from the past?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a part-time caregiver for my mom, I keep my grandson around the school schedule while may daughter works. My husband is an associate pastor, so I’m always into a church project or singing with him at events.

Where do you get your ideas?

The plots to my books came from many places, at times; a TV broadcast will spark a story, but more often the Lord places a subject in my heart that I feel needs written.    Postmarked_Ever_After-cover-001

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

A little of both. I keep a short outline of important facts, but the plot unfolds on its own as the story moves forward.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Not yet.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I write fiction, but my outlook on faith is scattered about in the characters.

 Are you working on a new project now?

Yes, I’m work on “Sparks of Love” As I get more into this story, I see it can potentially be a series. I guess time will tell. 🙂

Anything you would like to add?

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, it’s been great!

I hope readers will connect with me on Face Book at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspirational-author-Mary-L-Ball/200478210087932?ref=hl

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Mary. It’s great to hear what you are up to and how God is continuing to work in your writing career.

 

Review and Giveaway: A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley October 27, 2014

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a promise to protect

About:

In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman’s secret could change everything.

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her–or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago–out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task–protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it’s no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the second book in the Logan Point Series. I really enjoyed the first one and knew Patricia Bradley would be an author to watch.

And I was right. Book two proved to be just as interesting as the first. We have a lot of well-rounded characters, each with their own personality. Patricia has weaved together a tangle of mysteries. Who can Leigh trust? I definitely had my doubts about a few characters early on but didn’t know if my suspicions were correct.

Patricia did a great job of keeping a mental distance between Leigh and Ben yet they are so tightly connected in a way that Ben doesn’t even know. And Leigh is struggling with telling a lie and keeping a secret. I love her innerturmoil, it definitely had me sympathizing with her. I felt so sad for her and her lack of faith and how she has given up on trusting God.

Both characters have a lot of brokenness in their lives that they need to overcome and heal from. Those are my favorite kind of characters.

Although this the second book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone. So have no fear if you haven’t read the first. I recommend this book for any romantic suspense lover.

Visit Patricia here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by November 2nd at 5:00 p.m. to be entered to win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Ariella’s Story-Part One October 24, 2014

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By Jake Givens

By Jake Givens

Hi everyone, my name is Ariella. Melissa asked me if I would share my Genesis 5020 with you. I was a bit hesitant to do so but after much prayer I have decided to step out of the boat and trust that Jesus will use my story for His glory. Actually, He already has 🙂

My story probably begins before I even really remember. I know my parents fought a lot. They were on again off again, hot and cold. We would go months with peace in the house and then things would explode. I was really too young to pick up much but I heard phrases such as, “You choose her over your own child.”

I wondered who my dad was choosing over me because I never saw anyone else. Actually, I hardly ever saw him.

But I remember one glorious week when I was in second grade. I brought home my spelling list and Dad worked with me every night. I loved cuddling close to him as we went over my words. I wanted to do well to show him that when he spent time with me it would be worth it and I hoped he would do it every week.

I still remember the smell of his aftershave tickling my nose and knowing that was my daddy. His scent lingered much longer than he did, sticking to my blankets and pillows as I drifted off to sleep.

Friday came and I got every single word right. I couldn’t wait for Dad to get home from work so I could show him my test. A big 100% at the top and a smiley face.

I couldn’t wait to be wrapped in Daddy’s big arms and have him swing me in the air. He would never choose anyone else over me again.

I sat on the front porch steps and waited.

Mom called me in for dinner. Daddy was usually home by then but he wasn’t. I told her “no” I would wait for Daddy.

Soon the sun touched the horizon and I began to shiver from the cool evening, or at least that’s what I wanted to believe. I think I really started to shiver from fear. Did something happen to Daddy?

Mom finally dragged me off the steps and I cried. Mom’s face was stone, no expression. Didn’t she care that her husband wasn’t home yet?

She sent me to bed without making me brush my teeth. I knew something was wrong, she never let me slide on that.

I cried into my pillow, breathing in the scent of Daddy. Hoping that he was okay and that in the morning he would there so I could show him my test.

I never really talked to God. We didn’t go to church, but I heard other people talk about Him. So I sent up my first desperate prayer, Please let Daddy be okay. Bring him home to me so he can be proud of me.

That evening changed the course of my life.

 

 

 

A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson October 23, 2014

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a matter of heart

About:

Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica’s dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.

Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.

If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?

My thoughts:

This wasn’t a book that grabbed me right away and I’m not even sure why. Tracie did everything right but I just had trouble connecting with the story…until about page 100 and then I had to see what would happen.

Jessica is a young women struggling with the person she has been in the past and how people perceive her. She wants to change but change doesn’t come as easy as she thought. Who can’t relate to that? She finds herself falling back into old patterns of thought and gets frustrated at her fall backs.

The two men in Jessica’s life make things much more interesting. I immediately liked Austin and his mysterious, quiet way. Harrison was a bit more bold and I could see why Jessica would be drawn that but something in me didn’t really trust him at first. You’ll have to read the book to see if there was a reason I couldn’t trust him:)

This is a series but I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything that wouldn’t allow me to enjoy this book, so I think this can be read as a stand-alone, since I haven’t read the other books.

If you enjoy Tracie Peterson and historical romance this might be a book you want to take a look at.

Visit Tracie here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin October 22, 2014

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Sandra Ardoin_HeadshotToday we get write to the point with Sandra Ardoin. She had a book release this month. Take a minute to learn about her and leave a comment to win an  e-copy of her book.

BIO:

Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction who writes inspirational historical romance. Her Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel, releases October 2014. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Born in Indiana and transplanted to Texas at sixteen, I think I’m finally settled in North Carolina. My husband and I have a daughter who graduated from college last spring.

My hobbies include reading and gardening. I love NASCAR, the NFL (Carolina Panthers!), and when I get a chance to see it, professional bullriding. Maybe one day, I’ll have a horse again. I miss that part of my past.

I started writing in 1986 with a poster quote being my first sale. From there, I wrote and sold devotions, greeting cards, and more posters. In 1992, I began writing children’s short stories for denominational publications. My serious novel writing didn’t begin until 2008.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was twelve. After fits and starts of church attendance during the first several years of my life, we settled in a church and became active. I’d received a small, plastic, glow-in-the-dark head of Jesus for my birthday and had it sitting on my nightstand. One Saturday night, I was looking at the trinket and felt the Spirit’s pull. That’s when I prayed, accepting Jesus as my Savior. The next morning I made it a public decision in church. I still have that glow-in-the-dark Jesus, though, it’s no longer on my nightstand. J

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My novella, The Yuletide Angel, released this month. It’s Christian historical romance set during the Christmas season in 1890. Here’s a quick summary:

A shy, spinster-in-the-making, Violet Madison secretly delivers food to the poor at Christmas and earns the title The Yuletide Angel. When confirmed bachelor Hugh Barnes Ardoin - TYA Coverdiscovers the truth, he vows to protect her—in secret. Neither realizes someone else waits in the shadows, threatening to ruin Violet’s generosity and her reputation.

The themes of this novella are forgiveness, trust, and pride. We’ll never forgive or learn to trust if we don’t make an effort, and sometimes, we can become prideful even when something is done with the best of intentions.

It’s available on Amazon.com.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

On my personal blog, I post on Tuesdays and an occasional Friday. I do Christian book reviews and run the ACFW new releases list. Sometimes, I host a guest author. I aim my blog at readers of Christian fiction.

I’m also the Wednesday hostess for the Seriously Write blog where we encourage writers and post writing tips.

Once every quarter, I’ll be posting a mystery/suspense book review on the Suspense Sisters blog.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Of course, this changes over time, but in the past few years I’ve read Tamera Alexander’s From a Distance and Rekindled at least twice each. I’ve also become a big fan of Elizabeth Camden and love her novel Against the Tide.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

This may not be quite what you’re looking for, but I consider it a story of God’s provision against Satan’s troublemaking.

When we moved from Texas to North Carolina at the end of 1995, we left in the early evening in terrible weather (Dallas was expecting ice). We’d been up since early morning with the closing on the house and waiting on the movers. I drove our ’72 Celica, towing a small boat, and my husband drove an old pickup, towing a small U-Haul trailer. He had our daughter and dog with him. About an hour out of Dallas, the car started giving me an oil problem. We babied it along for what was supposed to be a twelve hour drive to my in-laws in Mobile. When we reached Shreveport, the car smoked so bad, I was pulled over by the police, who graciously let me go on without giving me a ticket for polluting their air. That poor vehicle chugged and smoked all the way to Mobile, arriving several hours late. We reached my in-laws and it died a noble death. Fortunately, they had a vehicle to loan us for the rest our trip. My husband and I have never forgotten that trip or the way God protected us! It’s always a reminder of His provision.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Too many to whittle down to one.

As far as my writing is concerned, I’ve always relied on Jeremiah 29:11-13. There’s so much hope there. I fully believe God has a plan for our lives, which includes our writing. To go along with that, I’ve always loved Isaiah 55:8 – “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

One of my favorite books in the Bible is Colossians—so much great stuff there, like 1:17 “He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Gives me goosebumps.

Where can we find you on the web?

Visit me at www.sandraardoin.com and the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Check out my Pinterest board for The Yuletide Angel. Sign up for my newsletter to receive upcoming news, fun facts, and special offers.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

First, Melissa, I want to thank you for letting me tell you about myself and my novella.

Second, I keep telling people that God spit this story out for me, so my desire is that it blesses others. It has certainly blessed me.

And third! The Yuletide Angel has led to a contracted novel (my debut in that length), A Reluctant Melody. The story revolves around my hero’s brother, Kit, and will release in early 2016.

Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with my readers.

Readers, Sandra is giving away an ecopy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by October 28th  at 5:00 p.m. to be entered in the drawing.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Giveaways start and end on the dates and times posted. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries.Entrant must be 18 years or older at the time of entry. Participation is subject to an entrant’s local laws. Participation is restricted to residents of the United States. See Sandra’s website for additional disclaimers.