Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

A Dash of Daring by Elizabeth Maddrey December 10, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

God doesn’t always call us to do what’s easy.

Amy Harris is the after-school care coordinator and long-term sub at the same inner city high school she graduated from. She’s always avoided the complications of dating outside her multi-ethnic heritage. Until Zach got hired.

Zach Wilson took a teaching job in a D.C. public school as part of a student-loan forgiveness program. Nearing the end of his commitment, a possibility arises to move to a magnet school in the suburbs. But will leaving the city end things with Amy before they really have a chance to start?

As Zach and Amy work together on the school’s annual holiday program, they must each decide if they’ll dare to follow where God calls.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her websitewww.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

My Thoughts:

This was a nice story about a couple who have different struggles they are dealing with. The question is are their struggles too big to overcome?

I love that Elizabeth tackled the topic of race in her book. This is something that doesn’t get talked about too much and the issues that can arise internally and among family.

Zach has an opportunity for a new job that will take him away from Amy and work with different kids that might not be as challenging.

Elizabeth does a great job with these issues and bringing them to light.

Grab you copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Write to the Point with Elizabeth Maddrey May 21, 2014

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Today we get write to the point with Elizabeth Maddrey. I interviewed her awhile ago, you can read the first interview here.   Read on to see what she is up to now. Read to the end, she has a giveaway for you.

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

 

 

 

Social Media:

Website: http://www.ElizabethMaddrey.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Twitter: @elizabethmaddre

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emaddrey/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ElizabethMaddrey/posts

Tell us about your newest book.
Faith Departed is the first in a three-book women’s fiction series about twin sisters, June and July (pronounced Julie) as they try to start families. Unfortunately, things don’t go smoothly, so both sisters find themselves struggling with their husbands, each other, and their faith. The main question sort of driving the plot is the one I think we all ask when we hit trouble – where is God in all of this?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My number one job is “Mom.” I have two boys (six and two) who take up the bulk of my days. We’ve also decided to homeschool (well, I’d decided that long before we had children, my husband got on board when it got to be time for our eldest to start Kindergarten.) And then I never seem lacking in projects or other commitments. I’m the Commander of the AWANA club at our church and we lead a small group for adults. When I have time, I like to crochet and do other crafty type things. Those don’t happen nearly as often as they used to.
Where do you get your ideas?
I find ideas everywhere. For this most recent series, the idea actually came from my own struggles with infertility. That wasn’t something I everFaithDeparted planned to put in a novel—but the idea started to whisper in my ear. Then it started mumbling. Then talking. Pretty soon it was yelling and I really didn’t have a choice about the matter but to write it down. But when it’s not coming out of my own life, it’ll often come out of a “what if” while I’m people watching. Someone will catch my eye and I’ll wonder why they’re where they are…and then I start making up a little story. “What if they’re at the grocery store at nine p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving because…” and ideas just kind of germinate from there.
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?
I’m seat-of-the-pants. I want to be a plotter. I really do…but for whatever reason, it kills my creativity.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
It’s not complete. I keep playing with it when I have a few minutes here or there—but I have a speculative novel (that I actually term sci fi, because that’s what they called it when I started writing it) that I simply adore. Maybe one of these days…
Are you like any of the characters in your book?
There are probably pieces of me in just about all of them. For example, my characters all tend to have a dry, semi-sarcastic sense of humor. That’s me. My female characters tend to be pretty outspoken. Also me. But I wouldn’t say any one character in any of my books is like me (nor am I like them) completely.
Are you working on a new project now?
I’m working on final edits for Hope Deferred, book two in my women’s fiction series where we see June & Toby and July & Gareth struggling with the hardship of infertility treatments. I’m also finalizing Love Defined, the third in the series.

Thanks so much, Elizabeth, it’s great catching up with you.

Readers, Elizabeth has a giveaway for you. Leave a comment for her by May 27th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win your choice of on ebook or paperback of Faith Departed.

 

 

Write to the Point with Elizabeth Maddrey April 24, 2013

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Today we get write to the point with Elizabeth Maddrey.

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

I’m a nerd at heart, that’s probably the first thing that has to be said. While I’ve been writing forever (truly – I don’t really remember ever not writing little stories), I’ve also been interested in computers since 1980 when my dad brought one home. My sister and I used to sit and program games (in BASIC) and then play them for hours. That was in Los Alamos, New Mexico. My dad worked for the National Lab there – so nerdiness runs in the family, too. Regardless, that nerdiness took me to through a science and technology magnet school for high school and onward to a PhD in Computer Science.

I met my husband the first day of our freshman year at Wheaton College in a computer architecture class (he’s a nerd too). We got married the summer between his junior and senior years (I’d just graduated on the 3 year plan). Now, almost 18 years later, we live in the suburbs of Washington DC (close to where my family moved when I was in the 6th grade) and I get to stay home with our two boys (5 and 1), homeschool the oldest, teach programming online, and write. It’s pretty awesome.

Sounds very nice. And I am a nerd too, just a different kind. As my husband would call me, I am a choir dork. I never played sports but was involved in any and all drama or music I could find.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

Growing up, my mom always had backyard Bible studies for the neighborhood kids during the summer. Part of each would be an invitation to accept Christ. When I was three, I told her I wanted to do that. She made me wait until after everyone went home and then talked to me more about it because she wasn’t sure I really knew what I was saying. But I did, so I prayed with her. I’m grateful to have had the blessing of growing up a Christian in a Christian home!

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

My recent release is my second novel – and it’s the second in the Grant Us Grace series. (Book 1 is titled Wisdom to Know.) The second is Courage to Change – here’s the back cover:

Should you be willing to change for love?

When Phil Reid became a Christian and stopped drinking, his hard-partying wife Brandi divorced him. Reeling and betrayed, he becomes convinced Christians shouldCourageToChangeFront never remarry, and resolves to guard his heart.

Allison Vasak has everything in her life under control, except for one thing. Her heart is irresistibly drawn to fellow attorney and coworker, Phil. Though she knows his history and believes that women should not initiate relationships, she longs to make her feelings known.

As Phil and Allison work closely together to help a pregnant teen, both must reevaluate their convictions. When Brandi discovers Phil’s new relationship, she decides that though she doesn’t want him, no one else can have him. Can Phil and Allison’s love weather the chaos Brandi brings into their lives?

What I hope readers take away at the end of my stories is that God’s grace covers us – no matter what and that sometimes the choices we make have consequences that are hard to bear, but even so, God walks along side us if we are faithful. I also aim for that happy sigh moment that you get at the end of a good romance – when you know that the people who belong together have found a way to be together.

I just need to chime in here regarding Wisdom to Know. I have read the book and it is so real. I could very much relate to the story about a young woman who had an abortion and her life goes downhill from there. If you follow my blog you know this is my sister’s story. And Elizabeth has some snappy dialogue, love it!

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

I make every effort to blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’ll admit I’m not perfect at keeping to the schedule, but I really do try! The content is…random. I post tidbits about family life sometimes, Spiritual insights I’ve had, behind the scenes (or deleted scenes) from my books, announcements, book reviews. Really whatever I can think of to fill a few paragraphs.

What are you reading right now?

I’m actually between books right now. I just finished Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore and am trying to figure out which of the many books on my pile to grab next.

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

When my husband and I first started looking into adoption, we had the opportunity to be considered for a placement through some friends of my mother’s. Ultimately, the birth mother ended up choosing a different family because I don’t scrapbook. At the time, I was devastated to lose this opportunity simply because of a craft I didn’t enjoy. As time progressed, my mom heard stories here and there about the baby and her new family and the troubles they were experiencing due to conflict with the birth mother. The details of the situation made it so clear to us that we were not the right family for this situation and though it hurt to miss out on the placement, in the end we would not have been able to deal with the details down the road as well as the family who was chosen did. Additionally, having seen that side of placements, it made future missed placements and our two successful adoptions so much easier because we were able to rely on the fact that God would bring us our children in His time.

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

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

I’ve had a number of friends (and lost several as well) who were confused because they couldn’t understand why someone intelligent would be willing to have faith in God. And while I don’t really get their confusion, to me the two are not in any way opposed, I do know that when you’re smart and consider yourself capable, it’s very easy to start relying on your own knowledge rather than remembering that God’s wisdom is beyond our ability to understand. I always loved this passage because it helps me remember that being a Christian won’t always make sense to those around us – and it has soothed the hurt of losing a friend because of their inability to understand my faith.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website (where I blog, plus other fun info): http://www.ElizabethMaddrey.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Twitter: @elizabethmaddre

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emaddrey/ (I have a board for each book as well as homeschool links and things I think are funny or interesting – another random collection.)

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

Nope, thanks for having me!

So glad you could join us today, Elizabeth.

Readers, Elizabeth is giving away a copy of her book, Courage to Change. U.S. residents only and we need at least five comments to have a drawing. So leave Elizabeth a comment by April 30th at 5:00 pm to be entered.