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Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin December 9, 2015

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Sandra Ardoin_Headshot (1)Today we get write to the point with Sandra Ardoin. Read on to see what she is up to.

Tell us about your newest book.

A Reluctant Melody grew out of my Christmas novella that released last year, The Yuletide Angel. It’s historical romance set in 1892 and is the story of Kit Barnes and Joanna Stewart, two people with a past relationship that led to betrayal, strife, and abandonment. Here is the back cover copy:

Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past. 

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life. 

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching TV, cheering on my sports team (Keep pounding, Panthers!), or trying to get some gardening done. I also like to window shop, eat out, and prowl around antique stores.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. I’ll read something that will resonate with me and I’ll start seeing a character and situation in my head. Sometimes, it’s simply a line or an image in my mind that sparks an idea. I keep a notebook and try to record those ideas as they come to me, because they aren’t polite and wait until I’m in a position to write the story. J

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

I’m an in-betweener, a plantser, or whatever you want to call it. I used to be totally seat-of-the-pants, but have learned to do some plotting—GMC, major plot points, etc. I can write a synopsis that hits the high spots, but I’m not AReluctantMelody (1)one to plot out every scene. Though I admire those who can, that would drive me nuts.

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

Most of us have those unpublished favorites, don’t we? It’s hard to see them rejected. Mine is the first novel of a trilogy set in Texas in the 1870s. I love the heroine—her stubbornness, strength, and the heartache she experiences. In fact the series involves three strong women I really enjoyed getting to know. The second book is finished, but without the first selling, I’ve never submitted it anywhere. Maybe one day.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I suppose all of a writer’s characters have something they take from their creator, even if it’s just an opinion about a theme or topic. Joanna has the joy I get in gardening and the sorrow I feel over past mistakes. That’s all I can think of right now. However, we never know ourselves as well as we believe, so someone who knows me might answer that question in a different way.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am working on the first book of a three-book series I’m hoping to contract. It’s historical romance set in Texas in 1886. I’m also pondering a novella series, but my mind is only good for one project at a time.

Anything you would like to add?

I want to thank you for having me on your blog, Melissa! After years of writing in a closet (figuratively), I love talking about my work.

Readers, you will find The Yuletide Angel in both print and e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have a Goodreads giveaway going on through December 15, so hurry on over and enter for a chance at a signed, print copy of this Christmas novella!

A Reluctant Melody releases January 11 and is available for pre-order on Amazon. We’ll be celebrating the release with a Facebook party on January 12. Please put it on your brand-spanking new 2016 calendar to attend! Come and go (or stay) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. We’ll have lots of fun interaction and giveaways! As soon as the event page is set up, I’ll post the link to the event on my Facebook page.

Become a part of my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story and visit me at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

It was great hearing from you again, Sandra and what you are up to. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part Seven) November 11, 2015

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GreenspedssoftUntitledToday we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. Today she shares an interview with a character in her book. 

An interview with Elijah Eversole from Daughters Of The Heart, book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series of author Caryl McAdoo.

 

Hello sir, excuse me. Are you Mister Eversole, Mister Elijah Eversole?

 

Yes, ma’am. That’d be me.

 

Oh, good! It’s such an honor to have this opportunity, Mister Eversole. I’m with the Clarksville01 Front - Daughters Standard, and while I’ve read plenty of stories about California and all the gold out there, but I’ve never ever even met anyone who’s actually been there before. Is it as beautiful as they say?

 

It surely is soothing on the eyes, ma’am. The big old sun setting over the Pacific Ocean…well, it can take your breath right away. And the mountains rising up… Yes, Ma’am, it’s beautiful alright. If you’ll excuse me, please…

 

I only have a few questions. I’d really like to write an article for the paper, and you’re so interesting. So you own a goldmine? I mean you don’t look like it. No one would ever think you were rich by looking–no offense intended.

 

None taken, ma’am, but I can hardly keep from grinning. Wouldn’t want you to think I’s laughing at you or nothing you said…it’s just I’ve heard tell about the rumor mongering goes on in Red River County, and your information is tea partyway off from the Truth. I do own a small percentage in the very successful Jones and Risen Mining operation. God blessed me the day Moses Jones walked into my shop.

 

So you were in another business. What was that?

 

Well, you could say I was a smithy, but I prefer machinist. Gold bug nit my pa and he and Ma left when I’s still in my teens. Though smithin’ kept bread on the table, I loved making machines, figuring out how to help a man do his job easier.

 

Wow. How admirable is that? So you must so intelligent like a genious. Is there a Mis’ess Eversole, or a special girl back in San Francisco, Elijah?

 

Ha! I don’t know that I’d say genius, but no, ma’am, no mis’ess. There is a very special young woman there. But you probably know her. Mary Rachel Buckmeyer…Wheeler…er, uh Risen.

 

Well of course I do! Mary Rachel and me were in school together. I’s a couple of years behind her in her sister Gewndolyn’s class. Do you know Gwen, too? Or Cecelia? Because if you don’t, I’d be happy to show you around Red River County. I could pack a picnic dinner and show you the Red….

 

That’s right nice of you ma’am.”

 

Oh, please, you’ve just got to call me Ronnie, well, or Veronica if you prefer. Daddy wanted a boy I guess—I’m the oldest –and hung that nickname on me ’fore I could walk.

 

Yes, ma’am, I mean Miss Veronica. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mary’s sisters, but I’ve come to build a steam engine for their pa, so I suppose I will. Most every man within a hundred miles tried to win Mary’s heart after that husband of hers got himself killed. My partner, Jethro Risen, he’s the only one could win her over. He’s a good man, but I sure was hopin’… Anyway, I best be on my way, Miss Veronica. I understand the Buckmeyer place is about five miles south? Is that right?

 

And a few miles east. I could show you where they live, ride out there with you. You going to rent a rig? I could bring it back to town for you. Wouldn’t be no trouble. None at all.

 

I do appreciate your kindness, ma’am, but I’m thinking I might as we;; but me a horse and buggy since I’ll be here a while. Could you be so kind as to point me to a livery?

 

Oh, yes! I’ll do better than that. Come on. I’ll walk you right over to Duck’s. Ain’t far, and he’s got the best deals in town.     

Thanks for visiting us again, Caryl. 

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Rachelle Rea October 28, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Rachelle Rea. Her second books has just released. Read on to learn more about her. 

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

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

Some fun facts: I’ve lived in the same town my whole life, I got my dream car (a silver pick-up truck) at seventeen, and my name is pronounced like Ruh-shell. 😉 I’ve been writing stories since middle school, although I didn’t finish my first full-length novel until my freshman year of high school. The Sound of Diamonds is my first historical novel.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mama, who taught us who Jesus is by story and example. J

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

The Sound of Diamonds follows Gwyneth, a girl who wears glasses and believes in the God she’s been told about all her life, through the adventure of the Dutch Revolution and the Protestant Reformation. All she thinks she knows as truth is tested—mostly due to Dirk appearing to rescue her from a convent ablaze. I won’t give the rest away, but my hope is that all who read Gwyneth’s story are inspired to hold to hope no matter what might be crumbling around them.

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

Inspiring Daring is my online journal where I like to talk about daring, courage, and going for your dreams. I also blog regularly on the books I’m reading and writing. The common theme is great fiction because I’m a big believer in the power of story

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

Recently I finished The Lost Heiress by my favorite author and one of my editors, Roseanna M. White. I really enjoyed the look into the Downton-era—and how the heroine, Brook, felt like a friend as I read her story.

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

Two years ago I entered a big writing contest, hopeful that my entry would place and that would be how my publishing journey began. Instead, I didn’t even semi-final. I considered quitting writing, but I’m so very glad that instead I started talking to my publisher, WhiteFire. Months later, I signed a contract with them!

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

I just love Isaiah 30:18 because those words remind me that God loves me so much He will rise up off His throne in order to be gracious to me, to show me love, to remind me He is with me, and to inspire me to live my life for His glory.

Where can we find you on the web?

I love social media! J

Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiringDaring/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RachelleRea/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/RachelleRea/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

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

Thank you, Melissa, for having me today!

ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…sound of silver

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Thanks so much for visiting with my readers today. May God continue to bless your writing journey. 

Readers, come back tomorrow when I will review Rachelle’s book.

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 6) October 14, 2015

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01 Front - DaughtersAn interview with Elijah Eversole from Daughters Of The Heart, book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series of author Caryl McAdoo

Hello sir, excuse me. Are you Mister Eversole? Mister Elijah Eversole?

Yes, ma’am. That’d be me.

Oh, good! It’s such an honor to have this opportunity, Mister Eversole. I’m with the Clarksville Standard, and while I’ve read plenty of stories about California and all the gold out there,  I’ve never ever even met anyone who’s actually been there before. Is it as beautiful as they say?

Plenty soothing on the eyes, ma’am. The sun setting over the Pacific…well, it can sure take your breath. And the mountains… Yes, Ma’am, it’s beautiful alright. If you’ll excuse me…

I only have a few questions. I’d really like to write an article for the paper, and you’re so interesting. So you own a goldmine? I mean you don’t look like it. No one would ever think you were rich by looking–no offense intended.

None taken, ma’am. Sorry, I can hardly keep from grinning. Wouldn’t want you to think I’m laughing at you or anything you said…it’s just, I’ve heard tell about the rumor mongering goes on in Red River County, and your information is way off from the Truth. I do own a small percentage in the very successful Jones and Risen Mining operation. God sure blessed me the day Moses Jones walked into my shop.

So you were in another business. What was that?

Well, you could say I was a smithy, but I prefer machinist. After the gold bug bit my pa, he and Ma left. I was still in my teens and took over his business to keep bread on the table. My love is making machines though, figuring out how to help a man do his job easier. Maybe more efficiently.

Wow. How admirable is that? So you must be so intelligent. Is there a Mis’ess Eversole, or a special girl back in San Francisco, Elijah?

No, ma’am, no mis’ess. There is a very special young woman in California, but you probably know her. Mary Rachel Buckmeyer…Wheeler…er, uh Risen.

Well of course I do! Mary Rachel and I went to the same church. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with her and Gwendolyn both. Do you know Gwen, too? Or Cecelia? Because if you don’t, I’d be happy to show you around Red River County. I could pack a picnic dinner and show you the Red….

That’s nice of you, ma’am.

Oh, please, you’ve just got to call me Ronnie, well, or Veronica if you prefer. Daddy wanted a boy I guess—I’m the oldest–and he hung that nickname on me ’fore I could walk.

Yes, ma’am, I mean Miss Veronica. Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mary’s sisters, but I’ve come to build a steam engine for their pa, so suppose I will. If they’re anything like their older sister, I was hoping…. Anyway, I best be on my journey, Miss Veronica. I understand the Buckmeyer place is about five miles south? Is that right?

Yessir, and a few more east. I could show you where they live, ride out there with you. You going GreenspedssoftUntitledto rent a rig? I could bring it back to town for you. Wouldn’t be any trouble. None at all.

I do appreciate your kindness, ma’am, but I’m thinking I might as well buy me a horse and buggy since I’ll be here a while. Could you be so kind as to point me to a livery?

Oh, yes! I’ll do better than that. Come on. I’ll walk you right over to Duck’s. Ain’t far, and he’s got the best deals in town.     

 

Daughters of the Heart

 

BLURB:

God’s perfect plan is oft so hard to determine.

In his life, Henry Buckmeyer has never been so beside himself. His little girls are so young, just babies, too young. He hates the whole idea of men coming to take them away and is inclined to shoot every one of them, but praise God for a level-headed, loving wife and step-mother! She helps keep him sane amidst the female chaos. Packed with fun, romance, deception, action, heartbreak and tears, this delightful Christian novel keeps the twists and turns coming.

Gwendolyn, Cecelia, and the youngest, Bonnie, make a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister did. Then their determination is sorely tried when suitors show up, and he gets so pigheaded with his rules.

Will Henry survive his daughters coming of age? Will they endure and keep their promises to each other?

From one man asking to court her—who Daddy sends packing—Gwen goes to three! How can she ever decide? Cecelia knows exactly who she wants, but she’s still a year away from Daddy’s acceptable courting age. What if her beau doesn’t know or won’t wait? And Bonnie hates being the baby and wants to be grown-up more than just about anything…except her man. She is for sure and for certain in love.

Will the Buckmeyer home ever be settled and peaceful again? Will any of his daughters find true love…a man he’ll approve and to whom he can give his blessing?

REVIEWS:

Oh those teenagers! Raging hormones, sibling rivalry, heads that are empty of anything except the cutest boy on the ranch, rebellion against parental control, full of themselves, conniving, conspiring to get their way . . . on and on it goes. Teenagers! To think, all of us were teenagers once upon a time back in medieval ages . . . at least that’s what teens think about their parents. Everyone knows Mom and Dad are so out of touch and old fashioned!

Judging from Daughters of the Heart, nothing has changed today from the 1850s. Caryl Lawrence McAdoo has penned a book to tickle the funny bone and warm the heart. Her characterizations are spot on, her plot believable and her writing compels the reader to turn the page. With a villain or two who give rise to a span of time when the reader’s heart leaps into their throat and three teenage daughters whose common sense has been doused by a healthy dose of hormones, not to mention, two parents who are kept on their toes from the antics of their brood, for sure, Daughters of the Heart will take you hostage and keep you up well past your bedtime.

This reviewer loved Daughters of the Heart. I do believe it is Caryl McAdoo’s best book yet. Now up for pre-order, the reader would be well advised to reserve their copy. Can hardly wait to see what comes next from Mrs. McAdoo’s rich imagination and gifted pen.

–Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals

http://www.wordsabouttheword.com/recent-historical-fiction-release.html

 

A fun packed Christian romance novel with plenty of action, heartbreak, tears, deception, twists, and turns. Henry’s daughters, Gwendolyn and Cecelia are coming of age. His oldest daughter, Mary, had broken his heart when she eloped. Therefore they along with their younger sister, Bonnie, made a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister had, but when suitors show up, it’s hard for them to stay determined to keep their promises to each other. Will they ever know God’s will for their life? Will they find true love? Will Dad accept a suitor for them and give his blessings? Their loving stepmom helps them by helping their dad to see they are growing up, and he can’t hold them back. Will they realize that stepmom, May, loves them as daughters of her heart?

–Joy Gibson, a Tennessee reader and pastor’s wife

 

EXCERPT:

“Pa is going to be mad.”

Cecelia shot her little sister the look. The one that seemed to work less and less of late. “No, he is not.”

Bonnie leaned back on the surrey’s seat and crossed her arms over her budding chest. “Well, ten cents isn’t enough.”

“Bonnie Claire Buckmeyer! We made a deal. You know how Daddy feels about welching. You gave your word.”

“But I’m not talking about today. If you ever want me to chaperone you again, I want a quarter.”

“Mercy, girl! A dime is too much. Two bits is highway robbery.”

“Don’t care. I didn’t know we were going to just sit here and watch them work. It’s so boring. Why do you want to? Let’s just leave it.”

“They’ll break for dinner soon enough. I did not come all this way to just drop off the basket and hightail it back home.”

“Fine. Fifteen cents, and that’s my best offer.”

 

BIO:

Award winning author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific, bestselling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

 

LINKS:

All Books   –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

PRE-ORDER Daughtershttp://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Heart-Texas-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B012EBN35G

Website       –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter –        http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

(Get FREE books for subscribing!)

Reviewer?   –        http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

                                     (Join Caryl’s Street Team!)

Facebook    –        http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

 

Blog            –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads –        http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+       –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

LinkedIn     –        https://www.linkedin.com/pub/caryl-mcadoo/23/623/5

Twitter        –        http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest     –        http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks for visiting us again, Caryl 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Jennifer Slattery October 7, 2015

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Intertwined_N154121 (1)Today we get write to the point with Jennifer Slattery. Read on to learn about her newest release.

Tell us about your newest book.

I’d love to! It’s about a medical professional who’s forced into single parenting when her husband abandons her for another woman. It’s also about the man, an old flame, she encounters late one night in the hospital cafeteria who’s fighting to hold on to his boys when a fire threatens to destroy his restaurant and tragedy threatens to destroy him. These two find much needed support in one another and begin to wonder if God might have had an additional purpose—the romantic kind—in reuniting them.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a recent empty nester who’s been enjoying the special time with my husband. It’s almost like we’re on an extended vacation. We’ve been going to small towns near us to peruse antique stores, out to dinner, visiting art shoes and festivals. The other weekend our daughter came home for a visit and said, “You guys have become so social. You know, you could’ve done all that when I was home.”

Which is true, and we did, but perhaps less frequently. I’m not sure why our outings have increased since our princess left for college. She says it’s because she left a void that we’re trying to fill with events and daytrips. Maybe. Though I think it could be more that I’ve had a bit more breathing room, writing-wise, and want to take advantage of this extra time before my next deadline hits.

Where do you get your ideas?

Sometimes from listening to and interacting with others. Sometimes ideas come from things I’ve experienced. Sometimes a storyline just flows through my brain. And other times, an idea is triggered by an off-the-cuff Facebook comment left by a friend. That’s how Intertwined was born.

One day I posted a question on Facebook. I don’t remember what it was, and a friend responded, “Write about organ donation.”

I found her answer strange and completely off-topic. I’m not sure if I responded to her but in my mind I thought, “Um… no!” I knew nothing about organ donation or the medical field, expect what I’d seen on television, and we all know how accurate Hollywood is, right?

But a short time later, I awoke with my heroine Tammy Kuhn’s story playing through my mind. I knew her struggles; her fears; how, when and why her husband left her. (I was absolutely livid at him for doing this, by the way!) I also knew the emotional struggle she needed to overcome in order to experience the joy—and love—Christ had waiting for her.

I’ve been writing with Christ long enough to know when a story unfolds this clearly, it must come from Him, so, I sighed and said to Him, “Okay. I’ll write this, but I’m going to need A LOT of help.”

Then I called my friend, who worked as an organ procurement coordinator at the time, and reminded her of her comment on Facebook, asking if she’d help me with this novel. She said she would, although I doubt she had any idea just how much help I’d need! Poor Ami Koelliker! That woman is truly amazing and literally spent hours—HOURS, yes, enough to warrant all caps—teaching me the ins and outs of donation, and then reading the novel—three times!—to ensure its accuracy.

There’s no way I could’ve written this story without her.

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

I’m a big outliner, ever since I got the timeline really, really, I mean really, messed up in one of my stories. It took so much work straightening everything out, I decided it’d be easier to plot the scenes, their order, and the days they occur, before getting too far into the story. I also tend to be an incredibly insecure writer and am always afraid a story might not work or that my idea might not be strong enough to carry a full novel. By plotting it out, I can see holes and saggy middles before I begin to write. Sometimes this requires minor tweaks; other times a major reroute is in order.

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

As of yet, no. However, I’m still waiting to hear back from my publisher on one—an orphan story that’s very near to my heart. But hopefully I’ll receive good news soon! (Well, as soon as one can expect in the publishing industry. Haha.)

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

You know, I probably have bits of me in every character. For this one, I really get Tammy’s love for her children, her desire to protect them from emotional harm, and her uncertainty as to how to do that. I also understand her struggle in moving past the bitterness caused by being betrayed. In Tammy’s case, she must learn to forgive her husband before her unforgiveness destroys her. Though my husband’s never betrayed me, I have experienced betrayal from others, and that hurts. I’ve found the deeper the hurt, the harder it can be to forgive, but I’ve also found God’s command to forgive is for our own sakes. Because bitterness is toxic and can blead in to every area of our lives and every relationship we have.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am, thanks for asking! I’m in the rough draft stage for what I hope to be book three in a series I’m tentatively calling the Midwestern Romance series. Beyond I Do was book one, hopefully book two, Freedom to Love  (working title) will follow, then A Different Kind of Love (also a working title).

Here’s an unpolished, unedited, not final blurb for A Different Kind of Love:

Though she stands for everything he’s against, his heart won’t let him walk away.

 

All Robby wants to do is serve God, grow a godly family, and make a positive impact on the lives of others. But when a pregnant abortionist and a soon-to-be paroled father ignite the pain from his past, his mercy-filled love is overshadowed by a bitterness that threatens to destroy him. At what point can he walk away for good? And what will it cost him if he does?

 

Anything you would like to add?

Thanks for having me, Melissa! I always love visiting your blog. I’ve got a question for your readers. I shared how God moved me to say yes to something I’d already said no to. Has He ever done the same to you, and if so, how and when? I’d love to hear your divinely-redirected story!

 

BCheadshot2013 (1)Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte

 

Intertwined:

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that makes Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

 

Buy it:

CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/intertwined-a-contemporary-romance-novel/jennifer-slattery/9781596694439/pd/694430?event=ESRCN

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Intertwined-Jennifer-Slattery/dp/1596694432/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/intertwined-jennifer-slattery/1121268293?ean=9781596694439

Thanks so much for visiting with us again, Jennifer. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey!

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Ann Lee Miller September 23, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Ann Lee Miller. Her newest book touches on a very hot topic. I haven’t had the chance to read her book but I have read the first chapter and that alone was enough to know this book wouldn’t be a fluffy read. The reality is we live in a world that needs to look at these tough issues and see the brokenness underneath and respond as Christ would. 

Today she shares about her own relationship with her dad, may you be touched and encouraged by her words.

Bio:
Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. When she isn’t blogging memoir at AnnLeeMiller.com or muddling through some crisis—real or imagined—you’ll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband or meddling in her kids’ lives. Over 100,000 copies of her debut novel Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from Amazon.

Forgiving Dad

 

I stood in a slice of sun and dust motes coming through a gap in the storage barn while Dad rooted through our pre-boat life.

Dad barked at me to help him look for the box labeled “memorabilia.” He hunted the April, 1953 Athletic Journal that contained a four-page pictorial spread of him doing the backstroke for an article by swimming great Doc Counsilman.

I smarted from his tone of voice as I climbed over R.J.’s old crib that Mom held onto hopes of filling with a new baby.

Twelve years of Dad’s barbed words and disappointed sighs stuffed inside me like our possessions packed into the horse stall. Some of Dad’s slights were small like the green, blue, and brown antique bottles he salvaged from mangrove swamps, now tucked in dust-covered liquor boxes. Some were big like the dining room table with the broken base we’d propped up with a cement block.

I hefted aside the glass case that held Dad’s swimming medals. My knuckles brushed dust from the footboard of my parents’ bed, and I was six again, hanging upside down, letting my hair flop over the end of the mattress, contemplating a Dr. Seuss inverted world. I scrambled across the rumpled bedding to peer over the edge where Dad leaned against the headboard, reading the newspaper.

He smelled like Ivory soap.

Sunshine streamed through the open windows and glanced off the terrazzo floor, happy like I felt inside.

But Dad had run out of patience with my antics. He told me to quit trying to peek under the sheet at his birthday suit.

I squawked in protest. I didn’t even know he wasn’t dressed. And besides, my baby brother’s pee-shooting sack of extra flesh had satisfied all my curiosity about male anatomy.

But I could tell by his expression he didn’t believe me.

I slid boneless from the bed and slunk from the room.

I packed the emotional relic back into its cardboard box and shoved it into a corner of my soul with the rest of the things I didn’t want to think about.

Five years later when I was seventeen, Dad would stop me on the front stoop of our house in New Smyrna Beach—the step where I’d ducked out of more good-night kisses than I’d stood still for.

Dad must have sensed the Clampett collection of complaints I’d piled between us. “You hate me, don’t you?”

Of course, I didn’t hate him. He was being dramatic. But I didn’t particularly like him, either.

That year I chose Janis Ian’s At Seventeen—a song about an ugly, ignored girl—to play as I was presented on the homecoming court. A weird choice for a girl just voted attractive and popular by her classmates. But the song was true underneath my skin. Dad had written it there when I was six.

At twenty-two I scribbled a short story on loose leaf as Jim, my fiancé of ten months, studied across the living room of Fern’s boarding house where he lived.

“Write what you know,” my professor had said.

I knew… Dad and a hodgepodge of hurts.

I glanced at Jim. We thought we knew everything about each other, but Jim had never met Dad. I’d told him things that didn’t matter. Dad held a BS in business. He built a sluice box to pan for gold out West the year I was five. He made wine in the bathtub from grapefruit Hurricane Betsy knocked down.

I heaved in a breath and read aloud the bitterness I’d bled in ball point ink. Then I told the stories that hurt my throat to tell.

Jim waded through the flapped open boxes of my life and sat down, sliding an arm around me. “You hate your Dad.” The words echoed Dad’s on the stoop.

“I strongly resent him.”

“You need to forgive.”

I looked at Jim, incredulous. “Didn’t you hear anything I said? He doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.”

Jim covered my hand with his. “The forgiveness is for you.”

I tore my gaze from the compassion in his eyes “I can’t. It’s too hard.”

Jim’s voice was gentle, probing. “Do you believe God is strong enough to help?”

I surveyed the wreckage littering Fern’s Persian rug and sensed the dead calm I’d felt in the eye of Hurricane Betsy.

Bible words wafted to me, nothing is impossible with God.

I scanned Fern’s delicate old lamps and figurines that peered at me from the edges of the room. “I guess if He wanted to, He could use some of His power to help me forgive Dad.” But I wasn’t sure I wanted to let Dad off the hook.

“Good. Let’s pray.” Jim gripped my hand tighter, hope in his eyes.

“Now?” It took me six months to decide to get a haircut and Jim expected me to forgive Dad two minutes after the idea materialized?

“Yeah.” Jim’s arm felt heavy on my shoulders like his will pressing down on me.

But Jim was the one person who loved me unconditionally, who’d given me a picture of how God loved me. Neither of them would do anything to hurt me.

“Okay. Fine.” I dropped my chin to my chest, my hand still wrapped in Jim’s larger one.

His prayer splashed over me in a gentle rain of encouragement, and it was over way too soon.

I wondered where Fern and Jim’s housemates had gone. Were there any Hawkins Market cream sticks on the kitchen table?

I inhaled a breath for fortification. “I believe You can do anything. If You want to—help me forgive Dad.”

My eyes popped open. The anger sucked out of me as though through a divine vacuum cleaner. I felt… free. In its place something new sprouted. For the first time, I wanted to see Dad.

That was the day Dad started his bicycle trek from California to Ohio for my wedding—sleeping in graveyards along the way.

Three months later, I walked into my Aunt Barb’s house in Canton, Ohio, and gripped Dad’s bony shoulders in an awkward hug. The faint, familiar scent of BO clung to him.

He shook Jim’s hand as the room buzzed with relatives. And before the evening was over, Dad volleyed me a criticism.

Acid poured into my stomach, my body stiffened, bracing for the plunge and twist of Dad’s emotional knife.

But his negative words melted off me, pooling at my feet. Not even a flesh wound, Monte Python said in my head. And Dad’s words never again pierced me.

Far from lily white, I’m not proud of spending my adult life stiff-arming Dad from coming closer—as though God weren’t up to protecting me after all He’d done. I got in digs when I could.

But after the boat years, after my parents’ divorce, Dad kept coming back—every year of my life. He found me in Florida—Coconut Grove, Stuart, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Lakeland, and Deland—Ashland, Ohio, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. He persisted, pursuing relationship with me when I wanted to give up. It was his steadfastness that told me he loved me.

And when liver cancer yellowed his skin and the whites of his eyes, he came home to die with me.

I rode away from the storage barn on that Miami winter day in 1970 in our two-toned Plymouth Valliant. In my lap, I cradled Dad’s past and my future God would heal.

Chasing Happy Back cover:

After an epic fail in the hetero world, Ash Jackson heads cross country to Arizona to figure out his bisexuality and make peaceChasingHappyFinal with himself and God.

Nashville Star Samma Templeton’s music career bankrolls her future husband’s political campaigns. But she throws up before every concert and feels relegated to an item on the senator’s calendar.

When Ash moves into Samma’s apartment building their childhood friendship resurrects, and Samma must choose between promoting a political agenda that will benefit millions or following her heart. Ash must face his inner demons for the girl who was his past and feels like his future.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Ann. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey. 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 5) September 16, 2015

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atTablePM (1)Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo for the fifth (but not final) time. Read on to see what she is up to and how you can win a copy of her book.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit Genesis 5020 again, Melissa! 

You’ve just released book five in your historical Texas Romance series, and book one, Vow Unbroken only launched eighteen months ago. That’s a release in the series every three to four months. How exactly are you doing that? Would you like to tell us about it?

 

Of course, I’m just thrilled to! And the answer is pretty easy, too. Simon and Schuster took about eighteen months from contract to shelves on VOW UNBROKEN, and I kept writing the whole time. When it debuted in March 2014, I already had book two HEARTS STOLEN completed and book three HOPE REBORN well on its way.

Now the farther along I get, they’re catching up with me more, and I have to write faster to meet my self-imposed deadlines. I try to release one every four months, three a year. It just so happens, I wrote ‘The End’ today on JUST KIN, book six! It’s scheduled to release in January 2016. I’ll start book seven, AT LIBERTY TO LOVE, pretty soon though I don’t need it until March for a May release.

How are you getting so many stories for the series?

Well, book five, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, is the second story of the ‘next generation’. The story started with book one in01 Front - Daughters 1832 with Sue and Henry. Book four SINS OF THE MOTHERS was the first book with a heroine who was their daughter—the oldest, Mary Rachel. She defiantly eloped and carved out a hard life for herself, breaking her daddy’s heart.

So the next three daughters made a pact to obey him no matter what, and this became the theme of book five.

His stubbornness of course tests their promise—especially once suitors started showing up asking permission to court Gwendolyn, the oldest still at home at eighteen and Cecelia, seventeen and not yet old enough to court per Daddy’s strict rules. The youngest sister Bonnie, twelve going on twenty, is smitten as well and just as ready to be courted in her estimation.

The story is filled with laughs and loves and misguidings, and heartbreak. And it’s a wonderful read for teen readers since it’s so squeaky clean.

I know you’re on track to release eleven new titles this year. How many are you planning for 2016?

   I’ve already mentioned two of the three historicals planned for 2015, JUST KIN coming in January and May’s AT LIBERTY TO LOVE. In September 2016, THE BEDWARMER’S SON will debut. It has two parallel storylines running, one in the 1860s and the other in 1929, and the Buckmeyers may not be in this one, though a few Nightingales will be. I want to introduce a few new characters who will show up in 1950 when the series culminates with THE CHIEF OF SINNER…or maybe not. After all, the Viet Nam era is considered historical now. Imagine that.J

What inspired you to write Daughters of the Heart, Caryl? 

I just have to say the Lord. He’s been so faithful and blessed me with these wonderful stories. There are three books of the first generation, I figured three of the next generation was appropriate, and I wanted at least one of those to be Charley’s (the four-year-old in book two) because the readers loved him as much as I did. So between Mary Rachel’s and his, I needed to work in the three other girls.

Bonnie may still get another book to find her true love in, but this and Charley’s will be three of that generation and get us up to the Civil War period. I’m might write a couple of stories without all the family members to introduce some more of the characters who will show up in THE CHIEF OF SINNERS. Hope that wasn’t all confusing.

But as with any plans I make, they are all subject to God’s will. I’ll follow where He leads!

  How does this story differ from the others?

 DAUGHTERS is very different in that I have two heroines. It’s the biggest family story yet. There’s no traveling in it as in the first four books—well just a little, but ninety-five percent takes place at home in the Buckmeyers’ house. Another difference is that no one gets saved in this story as all the others. There’s one rededication of sorts, but everyone in this book are Christians. This one also includes a little politics of the time, too.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

 Each one of the books requires research to keep up with the history of that, or those, particular years. But with this one, being mostly at home, it didn’t take quite as much.

What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

   Well, before, I always said find a good read and critique group to be active in. While I still believe that’s important, I now would highly recommend that they get the title I released in June 😉 STORY & STYLE, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction. It’s a little book packed with ways to avoid all the mistakes new writers make.

Its friendly conversational format and all its examples help beginners to understand point of view and the difference between passive and active voice. I took the time to write what I’d learned to help other writers, and I definitely believe it will! It’s hasn’t jumped out there and sold a hundred, but I’ve had a couple of great five-star reviews that thrill my heart. J

 I want to thank you for visiting at Genesis 5020 and you’ll be back next month, right?

 It’s always my pleasure to get by here! And I’d like to offer a free copy of DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART to your visitors. I’ll put in an entry for commenting here, another for Liking my Facebook page (I’m on my way to 1000!), and a third for tweeting(copy and paste) this:  #NewRelease  Historical Romance, Texas, 1853 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1512273791 5-Star #ChristianFiction Great for teens and YA, too! @CarylMcAdoo

BIO:

Award winning, bestselling author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

 

LINKS:

All Books   –        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

PRE-ORDER Daughtershttp://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Heart-Texas-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B012EBN35G

Website       –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

Newsletter –        http://carylmcadoo.com/sign-up-to-the-caryler/

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Facebook    –        http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Blog            –        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads –        http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

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Twitter        –        http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest     –        http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks for visiting with us. We’ll see you again soon 🙂

 

Write to the Point with Paula Mowery September 9, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Paula Mowery. She has visited us before. You can read her first interview here. Read on to see what she is up to now.

Tell us about your newest book.

My newest release is called For Our Good. It is a Christian romantic suspense. An undercover officer, Charlie, is brought in to help catch the drug supplier in the local high school. Her expertise and drive are to bring down drug traffickers. But a couple of problems arise in this case – she’s required to return to her hometown and attend church. Two things she thought she would never do. If that’s paulanot enough, now she’s attracted to Colton who doesn’t know the truth about her. Just when she decides to let her guard down and get closer to Colton, he is put in danger.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing or editing, I read my favorite Christian fiction authors. I write reviews for several on a regular basis.

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas have come from dreams, sermons, news, personal experiences, and tidbits of ancestral history.

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

I believe I am considered to be in between those two extremes. I do write down some notes and sometimes even a for our goodlisting of scenes but never quite as detailed as an outline. When I have my few notes from brainstorming my story idea, I start writing.

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

My first writing was an historical series, which I do really like but have never had published. I feel those were like on-the-job-training type manuscripts. I learned so much while writing those first stories. Maybe someday I’ll revisit those but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I like to think I possess some of Charlie’s spunk. You can also see a part of me from my past in the character, Emma. She struggles with infertility in the story, which is a struggle I am familiar with.

Are you working on a new project now?

Just recently I awoke from a dream that is quickly turning into a second story involving Charlie and Colton. I’m also polishing a completed manuscript that I hope to submit soon. I’m also working on a nonfiction about being intentional in leaving a Godly legacy.

Anything you would like to add?

I would be so honored if you would check out For Our Good. I provided a bonus Bible study at the end of the story that I hope readers will find encouraging.

Thanks so much sharing with my readers. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey. 

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 4) August 12, 2015

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carylToday we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She has been on here a few times before. You can click here to see her other posts and find links to connect with her. Today she is sharing about writing Biblical Fiction. Enjoy!

Biblical Fiction – Truth & Imagination Merge

I’ve always had a love hate with Biblical fiction. My first exposure was as a child with such classic as Ten Commandments, Exodus, and Ben Hur, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Daddy took me and a girlfriend to El Chico and to see the The Greatest Story Ever Told for my fifteenth birthday! My introduction to reading the genre came much later, but I fell in love with the way fictional stories brought the familiar characters to life.

The first book I wrote for publication was in the ’80s IN THE BEGINNING, a 380 page hand-written manuscript I paid to be transcribed so I could submit it to New York publishers. (Now think of that ’64 Terry Stafford song ‘Suspicion’, to that tune:) Rejection! Woe filled my mailbox! Rejection! Kept us apart! Rejection! Why don’t you leave me alone! Sorry, everything reminds me of a song. Point is, no one brought sacks of money to my door.

The Lord led me to a writers’ workshop where I learned right off I’d made every conceivable mistake a new writer could, so I studied, read, and paid close attention to my mentors and learned my craft.

I loved writing Christian fiction for my historical Texas Romance and contemporary Red River Romance series, but didn’t get back to Biblical fiction until 2014 when I went back to rework A Little Lower Than the Angels written roughly off the first 80 pages of that original handwritten, multi-rejected manuscript.

During the ’90s and ’00s (my 40s and 50s), I came to know God’s Word much more intimately. I suddenly realized every little wrong jot and tittle in the movies. I’d anticipated all the new Bible-based movies. But I HATE it when the writers, producers, and/or directors change God’s story! If they want to create Biblical fiction, do they really think mortal man can improve what The Creator wrote?

A reviewer gave Then the Deluge Comes a one-star rating because ‘the author [I] totally left out how Noah preached to the multitudes while they mocked him…and the people clamoring trying to get into the ark.’ But that isn’t scriptural, it’s Hollywood. And she’s taken it as “Truth” not because she read it, but because she saw it. It’s so important for movies to be accurate.

By its genre’s very name, The Generations series is presented as untrue, not real—the definition of fiction is a story concocted purely from a writer’s imagination. On the other hand, Biblical—from the Bible—indicates Truth and nothing but the Truth! Every Word in the Bible is true. So no question about that; absolutely set in stone far as I’m concerned.

Jesus is the Truth. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.

Jesus is the Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1; and again, And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:13.

So Biblical Fiction is an untrue, imagined story based on absolute truth. We could assume a writer of Christian Fiction is a Christ follower, so why don’t they all adhere perfectly to the facts? I mean facts are the facts, after all.

Personally, I get very frustrated with writers of Biblical Fiction who stray from the truth of the Word. Fiction gives them the right through imagination to flesh out the story, bring characters we know so well to life, but why do they need to rewrite the story? Change truth, you only have a lie.

I present The Generations series labeled Biblical Fiction, praying imagination enhances the Word’s stories and searching for clues to flesh-out the facts. I include a section called ‘Search the Scriptures’ in every book to show where I got some of my clues. I purposely examine the Word to find a new perspective.

In Mark, 7th chapter, in red letters: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! …Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down…” I now consider all those Sunday School stories taught as a child to be suspect. They are nothing more than traditions of men. Some  may be spot on, others—like three wise men traveling to the manger—are not true according to the Word, yet we believe them.

I invite you, should you perceive by the Word that any part of any of my stories are contrary to God’s Holy Book, to let me know where and how. I stand ready to alter my opinion any time it is shown not to line up to the Word.

 

  • 01FrontCov low-resVolume One A Little Lower Than the Angels follows Adam and Eve in Adam’s Valley, Cain after he kills his brother and flees to Nod, and Abel in Paradise with a wise old cherub as a teacher and companion.

5-Star Review: “Well done, good and faithful servant of God, Caryl McAdoo: my first thought after reading A Little Lower Than The Angels. This Biblical Fiction fleshes out the creation stories we all know so well and brings God’s beloved first couple and their sons to life. A Little Lower than the Angels does not take away from the truth of the Scripture, or add to them (as it is Biblical Fiction), yet it fills in blanks with what could be a possibility.

Like Caryl’s other works, A little Lower than the Angels is very well written. What this book did for me: Revelations of what could be stirred my soul. My heart soared from its reminders of how the Father loves us, and I raised my heart in praise to The Creator. It refreshes my knowledge and love of Scripture and of angels, too. The only other book that has done that for me on such a level is the Holy Bible, and like the Holy Bible, this small book is one that you will want to pick up again and again. I especially appreciated the end of the book, Search the Scriptures, where Caryl lists a few of the Biblical clues (from the King James Version) that guided her work of fiction.                –Holly Michael, Author of Crooked Lines and others, Kansas City, Missouri

 

  • Volume Two Then the Deluge Comes begins with Adam and Eve’s deaths and the first couple’s reunion in 000Front Cover2 Paradise with Abel. It continues through to the 8th Generation of Noah and his sons, ending the day it starts raining for the first time on earth.

5-Star Review: Then The Deluge Comes by Caryl McAdoo is beautifully written. This novel concentrates on the story of Noah, leading up to the flood. She takes nothing away from the biblical story, but enhances it. The characters are fully developed, becoming more three dimensional than in the Bible.

As with book one, not only does the reader see the earthly version of the story, but there are glimpses of the heavenly one too. This helps to remind the reader that all of life is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness. One must always be ready and wearing the full armour of God.

Then The Deluge Comes can actually help to understand the original Bible story. Parts of the Old Testament that can be confusing, are made much clearer. There is so much beauty in Caryl McAdoo’s retelling of the traditional story that the reader just revels in the language. It will leave you feeling calm and peaceful, and you will be glad that you picked it up.                                –Julia Wilson, teacher and reader, United Kingdom

 

  • 001 FRONT ReplenishVolume Three Replenish the Earth opens right where Volume Two leaves off. God closes the door and the eight souls are lifted from the surface of the earth by the fountains of the deep and forty days and nights of rain. Spend the year aboard the ark with them, working alongside them as they tackle daily chores. Feel their elation when it’s finally time to leave the ark.

5-Star Review: Caryl McAdoo has retold the familiar Genesis flood account with clarity and sensitivity. While remaining faithful to the King James Version, the human story beneath the print page comes alive drawing the reader into the pathos and joys of real breathing people faced with the most devastating natural disaster ever known in human history, one which survives in the mythology of every culture and race, but which is most fully and literally told in the pages of the Bible. This reviewer loved this segment of The Generations Series and heartily recommends the whole work.

–Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals

Thanks so much for sharing with us again, Caryl. Can’t to see what you are to next month 🙂

 

 

Write to the Point with Gail Kittleson August 5, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Gail Kittleson. Read on as she talks about perseverance.

Gail has always loved to read, but had no burning desire to write fiction. She was happy instructing college expository writing and English as a Second Language, but after she penned her memoir, the fiction bug bit her. She’s been addicted ever since, with special interest in the World War II era. Now,she teaches a small writing class in her home, edits for people (a little), and facilitates workshops for writing and spiritual growth/creativity.

She and her husband enjoy life in small-town northern Iowa, their grandchildren, and in winter, the
Ponderosa forest of Central Arizona. Meeting new friends is the frosting on Gail’s cake–please feel free
to contact her however it works for you.

 

Perseverance

 

These days find me practicing a yoga position in my garden.

 

Downward Dog.

 

Among, between, interspersed, EVERYWHERE—weeds rear their tenacious heads. Near the Veronica, around the lilies, betwixt the yellow daisies, encroaching on the Johnny Jump-ups and zinnias.

 

What did we expect? Two years ago, this courtyard was a “lawn” with probably as much plantain and creeping Charlie as grass. A waterway runs through here, and there’s no easy deliverance, since we eschew chemicals.

 

At least now, the weeds have all been excavated. But they don’t give up easily—they just pop up elsewhere.

 

Same goes for the ever-present booboos in my manuscripts. I may be on a different plain altogether, with a much stronger moral premise, better characterization and more succinct movement from scene to scene, yet challenges remain.

 

But I’m beginning to relax into this reality, just as I’m FINALLY beginning to realize that some internal weeds are always going to pop up, too.

 

When you come from a shame-based foundation, this is how it is. IT IS WHAT IT IS. And if I relax into this truth, I can see how it helps with my writing. YEP.

 

I know exactly how a heroine feels when she’s put down. It’s not difficult to convey nasty, snake-like whispers that haunt her. Oh, she knows God loves her, that she’s a treasure to him … but is she a treasure to herself?

 

Not exactly—and it’s a long road to get there. Growing up with guilt makes adulthood so much harder. Them’s the facts.

 

As they say, “It comes with the territory.” If I sought perfection, I certainly chose the wrong inner voices, not to mention the wrong vocation.

 

And there’s the rub—the vocation chooses us. And then here we are, in our perpetual downward dog, editing the daylights out of our manuscripts. And we’re also forever editing what bubbles up inside us, too.

 

But we do see results, and that keeps us going. Our characters still talk with us, only on a deeper level—what’s not to love about that? And in our intimate thoughts, we learn to be kinder to ourselves, to stop stinkin’ thinkin’ in its tracks.

 

Certainly not saying it’s easy, here. But after decades of practice, I DO see progress.

 

I will soon learn the release date for one of my heroines—Dottie Kyle. Can’t wait to introduce this gail bookcool midlife lady to the world! And thank you SO much, Melissa, for this opportunity to connect with your readers.

Connect with Gail here:

http://www.gailkittleson.com/

www.facebook.com/gail.kittlesonauthor@gailkittleson.com

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gail-kittleson/43/935/b06

https://plus.google.com/106969195211961187796

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Gail. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey.