Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Mississippi Nights by D.M. Webb January 14, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt. Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?

When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother,Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.

Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?

Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Daphne Self, writing as

D.M. Webb, is the author of 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir (2013), Mississippi Nights (2012), and I Lost My Hat (2009). Her children’s devotional, Balaam and the Donkey, appeared on www.devokids.com (April 2013). Between her writing the next novel, marketing her published works, and reviewing books on her blog, Rebel Book Reviews, she volunteers as an ACFW judge for First Impressions, Genesis, and Carol Awards. Her travels and life with her family makes life interesting and provides plenty of material for storylines.

About:

D.M. has a well-developed story with many interesting characters.

David’s secret is not spoken of directly too soon so it will keep the reader wondering exactly what he is hiding. He did frustrate me a bit, I wanted him to just get over being angry at his brother but I do understand that when we are deeply wounded forgiveness can be hard.

Jeremy is a very likable character who just wants the relationship he once had with his brother back.

The other characters in the book are all seemed to have their own personality that was well-developed. I did sometimes have trouble keeping track of who was who and their relationship with each other.

Overall, an enjoyable read with a lot to think about and reflect on, especially in regards to forgiveness.

Visit D.M. here. 

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

A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Write to the Point with D.M. Webb September 3, 2014

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d.m.Today we get write to the point with D.M. Webb. D.M. visited us awhile ago. You can read her first interview here. Today she shares about her non-fiction book.

Tell us about your newest book.

I won’t say new new since it was published last year; but, it’s a devotional that is geared toward divorcees, widows/widowers, single parents, etc. Of course, anyone can read it and hopefully get an encouraging message from it. Basically, I took blog posts and journal writings from a three span and condensed them into a 30 day reading. Each day touches on what I endured not only during a spiritual journey, but as a widow and single parent. My ups and downs in life were more like the ebb and flow of a tide, pulling me one way and then another. I always prayed for that eddy so I could rest, but God pulled me through some hard times where I learned to take Mark 4:39 to heart. My faith was beaten, smelted, and burnished into it became an armor for me to wear. Then it was laid on my heart to tell my story…of course I tried to ignore it, but within three days I had it compiled. I hate bearing my soul, but I hope that somehow what I wrote will help others.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m either trying to market, or I’m reading, or I’m exploring my new hometown, or I’m antiquing, or I’m playing video games. It all depends. Soon I will start home schooling so that will add to more to my day.

Where do you get your ideas?

Sometimes I dream them. Or I can look at something: a truck, a map, a passage from the Bible and think, “Hey, that would make a great story!”. d.m. coverThen I would write down the idea in a journal and file it away for future use.

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

I use to say, seat-of-the-pants; but, I am discovering that I am starting to outline. Since I am sharing my computer with my son (home schooling needs), I have to outline what my chapters are about, point A to point Q, action 1 leads to action 5, etc. Especially have to do this since my publishers are interested in a follow-up story to Mississippi Nights.

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

Not really….unless I count my middle grade book. I think I will add some more to it and pitch it later to my publishers once I get a few more books under my belt. Hopefully I can have the middle grade to be a series…a mystery series telling about the misadventures of a crime fighting duo.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

None of the characters that I have written about are like me; although I do have one book I’m working on sporadically where the character has more of my characteristics. Probably one reason why it’s taking me so long to write the book.

Are you working on a new project now?

I’m actually working on two. One will be an e-book that’s a follow-up to Mississippi Nights. The other is a stand alone based in Alabama. I’m about five chapters or so away from its completion.

Anything you would like to add?

Oh, I love it when someone asks me that. My mind goes…blank. Other than saying that my favorite verse is Mark 4:39 and my favorite book ever written is The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke, I can’t think of anything other than saying, “Thank you for hosting me! It means a lot to me, probably more than you know.”.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, it was great to hear from you again.

 

Write to the Point with D.M. Webb June 27, 2012

Congratulations to Morgan who won last week’s giveaway!

Today we get write to the point with D.M. Webb. I hope you will take the time to read this interview, I was deeply touched by the things D.M. shared, I hope you will be too.

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

I’m a widow (only 37 years young) with two sons, Caleb (17) and Blake (10). Lived in Mississippi all my life, even though I have flirted with the idea of moving. I have visited 29 of the states. And until they build a highway to Hawaii, then it will probably remain off the list. Or if I play the role of B.A. in the A-Team, the only way I will be able to fly since I wasn’t granted wings. As for writing, well since I was 6. Wrote my first poem about cats. Still have the “original” manuscript. Stopped writing when life intervened in my twenties, then I was inspired to pick it back up. Never give up, never surrender, my motto when confronting defeat and fear.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

It was a gradual process. I wasn’t raised in church. Started attending when I was 12, my bus driver was the pastor’s wife. Then regularly attended by the time I was 14. Back in the 90’s, it was okay to hold revivals on school property, especially the gym or auditorium. It was a hilarious show, with a ventriloquist and one of the funniest jokes I ever heard. Still remember it to this day. Anyway, when the time came to come to the altar I was pressured into it. The pastor there contacted mine and told him that I wasn’t ready. Unlike some people, I didn’t understand it all. Then one day at school weeks after the revival, I was standing outside waiting for the homeroom bell to ring. My boyfriend at the time was sick, and I was alone on the back side of the school. I remember staring at the blue sky with its wispy clouds breezing by overhead. The wind picked up and made my hair dance around my shoulders. I laughed. “I know you. I know who you are now.” And it happened. Just like that. One lone moment in time.

Wow, that brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful picture you just painted of your encounter with God.

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

Mississippi Nights: I want the readers to realize, no matter what Jesus is always there, waiting for us. Plus, when we look to the world to heal us or to help us, we will ultimately fall further away from God. Nothing is ever an easy fix, but with God, nothing is impossible.

My next books: I don’t know yet. So far the characters have been hush-hush about the whole ordeal. They just demand that I write their tale one step at a time.

Back cover blurb for Mississippi Nights: Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt.
Cant the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?
When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancee perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.
Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?
Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

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

I blog about one a week. Every once in a while, I get a wild hair and post TWO.

And it will cover just about anything: whatever is laid on my heart, jumping about in my brain, or sometimes just a rambling that eventually has a point.

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

That’s like saying share your favorite food or choose which is your better feature or choose which hand you like better. Each has its purpose. Since I am a collector of stories and old books, I have so many. If I had to choose one, it would be The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke. The book I have is over a hundred years old. I read a little in it at a time. The stories are beautiful allegories of Jesus and a person’s search for Him. A most wonderful book.

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

When my husband was killed in the line of duty (he was a firefighter), my father died in my arms barely three months later. For a few months I was lost, not caring about what I did or anything. I was numb, emotionally and mentally. Spiritually, I still relied on Him, but I started growing ever further away. In a nutshell: I was kicked out of my mother’s home, ended up in a wrong relationship, floundered about wondering what was wrong with me. In the space of those four years, I found me in my own home, myself published, my heart, dreams, and life held safely in God’s hands. And just when I thought I would forever be alone, God led me to someone. Just recently, too. A devout Christ follower and someone who has always been around. I still struggle (starving artist is a role I aptly play at the present), but no longer worry. The devil may intended for these hardships to hurt me or damage me, but I drew closer to God. I’m His…forever.

Thanks for sharing that, I am so glad you are seeing God’s goodness through your heartache. He will continue to hold you.

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

My favorite. Mark 4:39 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

Jesus continues to rebuke the storms in my life.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.dmwebb.com

www.dmwebb-writebyfaith.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/LaurelTree

https://www.facebook.com/WebbDM

https://www.facebook.com/MississippiNightsNovel

dmwebb2009@gmail.com

dmwebb42@gmail.com

Twitter:  @DaphMichele

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

Hmmm…

Everything and nothing. Basically this: when I hear God speak to me, I don’t hear it. I FEEL it. A peace that is beyond words. A confidence that this is what needs to be done, this is the path to travel. That gate is narrow and the world offers a broader path, but if you want to follow Jesus, never conform. Never compromise your beliefs, even if it means standing alone.

Beautiful. Not only did you give us a great interview I think you gave us all some things to think about and praise God for. God bless you as you continue to write for His glory.

Readers, D.M. is giving away a copy her her book Mississippi Nights. Leave a comment for her by July  3 at 5:00 PM and you will be entered to win.