Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Laura’s Story Part Three May 3, 2013

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 We continue with Laura’s Genesis 5020.

We will only have about two more weeks of her story, so……what’s your Genesis 5020? Share your story at: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com

In a short period of time I learned a lot about the dynamics between the girls and the clients and found it to be both disturbing and fascinating, and I finally found myself in the situation I had been hoping for. 

After interviewing with some business men, I was assigned to a particular man to be his private “travel companion”. I had an appointment to meet with him at the club the following week and was told to bring all my information to include my address, social security number, and all of my bills for them to pay off for me. 

But the day before I was to meet with this man, a friend of mine from the Christian school came to see me. 

She was never crazy about the choices I was making but she never judged me and just continued being my friend. But on this day she sat on my bed next to me and through tears she literally begged me not to go to that appointment.  

I laid awake all night thinking about all I had gone through to score this gig and how I didn’t want to pass it up. But my friend’s pleas kept penetrating my thoughts and eventually shook me to my senses! 

I could’ve easily ended up a sex slave in Bangkok or God knows where.   I did not go to that appointment and I never again returned to that club.

 As brief as my involvement in the business was, its negative impact further chipped away at my soul and to this day I have a strong aversion to a particular scent that was worn by one of my regulars. 

THANKFULLY my story doesn’t end there! 

Fast forward to my 30’s in the 90’s when my husband and I got back together. The destructive lives we had returned to during our separation had finally burned us out after a year, so we decided to give what we started a chance.   But we knew if we were going to make it this time, we had to do things completely different and really learn how to be married. 

So ANOTHER friend from the same Christian school, recommended an intense marriage ministry that teaches God’s blue print from the Bible for marriage, which gave us the opportunity to begin building the foundation we never had. 

God provided us with the coolest mentors; People who were willing to walk along side of us as difficult as we were to deal with, who made an eternal difference in our lives. We also started attending an awesome church that was a wonderful fit for us. 

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

 

Write to the Point with Tanya Eavenson January 9, 2013

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Tanya pic 1Welcome back to write to the point Wednesdays. Two-thousand thirteen will bring many new authors and even some authors from last year.

We kick this year off with Tanya Eavenson. She has done a really neat Genesis 5020 story with a character from her book. This is a great way to get a glimpse of her book and meet a character.

Tanya is doing a giveaway for her book which doesn’t even release until January 10. 

Hi, I’m Samantha from Tanya Eavenson’s debut novel, Unconditional.., Elizabeth Roberts, the main character, is my sister. Okay, this is harder than I thought.

Do you ever feel responsible for something even if it wasn’t your fault? A part of me feels that way for Elizabeth’s tendency to run from her problems. Well, I guess you can say it’s what I showed her when I left home at nineteen.

See, Elizabeth looked up to me. She tagged along everywhere I went, tried to dress like me, even liked the same music I listened to. But I couldn’t handle Mom and Dad always nagging me to go to church. How I needed better friends or why couldn’t I be more like Elizabeth. I just got tired of it and left. The world was not what I thought it would be like, but I was determined to make it. And I did. But at a price.

When I got the news about Mom and Dad’s death, it really hit hard. Not only had I not spoken to them in years, but now Elizabeth avoided any contact with me. I know I deserved it, pushing her away like I had. But by God’s grace, a few years ago she forgave me and let me back into her life. That’s when I met Chris, Elizabeth’s husband, and his brother Phillip, my husband. Yes, Elizabeth and I married brothers. Funny how God works things out.

Anyway, what can I say about Chris? He was always so sure of himself and where he was going in life. Nothing was going to stop him. You know, the “everyone knows your name” type. And he was in love with my sister, the total opposite. Quiet, well unless she was talking about her faith, otherwise quiet, very loving, and extremely beautiful with those eyes of hers. Turquoise I’d call them. Yes, Chris and Elizabeth were complete opposites, yet in a way, perfect for each other.

I never thought they’d have marital problem with Chris’ family being church goers, missionaries, deacons, lawyers running a homeless shelter, but I’ve learned that if you’re not living day by day in the presence of the Lord, it doesn’t matter who you are; the devil will find his way in and try to destroy what God has created.

I think a lot about what happened between Chris and Elizabeth. I also think a lot about my own life and the past. How God took the bad things that had happened, the ugliness of my sin, and used those circumstances to draw me to Himself.

Before I leave I want to read a short scripture. Hold on, let me get my Bible. Here it is. Hosea 2: 14-15, “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Archor a door of hope.”

I see this verse being true in my and Chris’ life, even though our stories are different. God lead us into the desert, and that is where we listened. God didn’t give us what we deserved. Instead, He loved us, wrapped us in righteousness, faithfulness, and compassion, giving us hope for our future.

Has there been a time in your life the Lord allured you into the desert—a time of loss or uncertainty—and spoke tenderly to you? Compassionately bringing Tanya Coveryou back to Him? If so, share your story. In your story there is hope and assurance of God’s love for others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been in the ministry for fifteen years teaching youth, adults, and counseling. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. You can find her on Twitter at @Tan_eave and contact her at her website www.tanyaeavenson.com  Want to learn more about writing? Stop by her blog http://guidedgirls.blogspot.com

Tanya, thanks so much for sharing with my readers. I pray God’s blessing over your writing.

Readers, Tanya is giving away an ebook copy of hr book to one commentator. Leave a comment by January 15th at 5:00 PM to be entered.

 

Write to the Point with Jordyn Redwood June 6, 2012

Congratulations to Karen who won last week’s giveaway.

This week we get write to the point with Jordyn Redwood. Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly 20 years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

When she discovered she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors, this led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge. This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting and cross stitching. You can learn more about Jordyn by visiting her website at www.jordynredwood.net.

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

Jordyn: I’m a wife and mother of two beautiful girls age 7 and 9. I was born in Torrington, WY and have lived in Wyoming and Kansas but was pretty much raised in Colorado. Returned toWyomingfor college. Currently, my “real job” is working as a pediatric ER nurse and I consider kids the best patient population to work with.

I’ve been writing as long as I could form sentences. When I was in elementary school, I remember writing a story about a bunny that had to go to the “hoppyistal” because I couldn’t spell the word “hospital”. I guess I was born to do both nursing and writing from a young age.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

Jordyn: My relationship with Christ has evolved over the years. I don’t have an exact “time and date” for my salvation. I was raised in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church and confirmed and do believe I was saved at that time. During high school, I was involved in Campus Life/Youth for Christ and that’s where my understanding of God changed from the intellectual aspects to the personal aspect of Christ wanting to have relationship with us. However, my family did not attend church faithfully after my brother’s confirmation and it wasn’t until after college I took personal responsibility for my faith and growth in Christ. Now, I love to learn about the Lord and am currently reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. There is a reason this book is a classic.

I just purchased that book, can’t wait to read it!

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

Proof deals with the real life possibility of DNA testing setting a guilty criminal free. Lilly Reeves is the fifth victim of a serial rapist and though she correctly identifies her assailant to the police, DNA testing sets him free. In order to reclaim her life, Lilly endeavors on her own search to unravel the mystery of his DNA.

What I hope readers take away is the nature of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. The Bible is really historical documentation of His constant pursuit of His people. It amazes me.

Amazon Blurb: Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it’s the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find–and punish–her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?

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

I have two blogs. The first is Redwood’s Medical Edge. That blog started in October, 2010 and is designed to help contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. I blog there Monday, Wednesday and Friday and host medical questions, have experts blogging in their area of expertise, blog about common mistakes seen in published works (though the book and author are never named), and host novels that have a medical angle.

The second blog is called Redwood’s Ramblings and I blog there 4-8 times a month. This blog is more personal and about my journey as an author.

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

Jordyn: I’m a suspense girl at heart and Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. My most loved book from him is Life Expectancy. Right now, I’m reading Lisa Gardner’s Love You More which is very entertaining. I’m also reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity—let me say there is a reason this is a classic.

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

Jordyn: My own will. This may seem weird but I think the enemy feeds us this lie that we don’t really need God. That whatever we choose is fine. For me, my pursuing a job that wasn’t God’s Will took me down a stray path for over 10 years. I don’t consider any part of my nursing career a waste but I was adamant about obtaining this “one” type of position. That never happened and for most of those years I put writing aside. I think this is a question to ask—if doors are obviously closing on what you consider the desire of your heart—perhaps it’s not God’s Will.

Once I got back to what God’s Will for my life was—doors opened so much more easily. It’s not that I didn’t have to do the work—but I got more positive affirmation with my pursuit of publication than I ever got trying to pursue a flight nursing position. And when you write novels from a Christian Worldview—I can now see how the enemy would have fed my desire for the other thing I wanted—to keep these stories in my own mind and not available for public consumption.

I think many people could relate to your struggle with their will. I know I have, you are not alone.

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

Jordyn: “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Where can we find you on the web?

Jordyn: I have a medical blog for historical and contemporary authors to help them write medically accurate fiction called Redwood’s Medical Edge. And my website at www.jordynredwood.net.

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

Jordyn: Melissa, thanks so much for having me. It’s been an honor getting to know you and your readers.

Thank you Jordyn for visiting. It has been great getting to know you.

Readers, Jordyn is giving away a copy of her book Proof to one commentator. Show Jordyn some comment love by June 12 at 5:00 PM to be entered to win.

 

Write to the Point with Caprice Hokstad May 16, 2012

Congratulations to Karen who won last week’s giveaway!

This week we get write to the point with Caprice Hokstad. Caprice spends most of her time dreaming up other worlds to live vicariously in. Her first half-million words were lavishly spent on the fantasy setting of Byntar (where her published Ascendancy Trilogy novels are set). Caprice lives in a mobile home in southern California, but regularly stares at her simulated aquarium screensaver. Her ultimate aspiration is to live in the first undersea colony, Atlantica, currently being built off the coast of Florida. She is assured they will have electricity and internet and that there will be room for her laptop, so she can continue to write. At that point, she may change her screensaver, but no promises.

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

Married 27 years. Four children, ages 8-24, one grandchild with another on the way. Born and raised in California. Went to college in Texas. Lived in a log cabin in the boonies for the first ten years of marriage. I’ve been writing since 1998.

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

Blood and Brine: What should be a season of rejoicing over Duke Vahn’s newly-recovered son is overshadowed by fear of an uncertain future. Vahn’s brother, King Arx, expands the war with neighboring Ganluc, while enemies at home seek to shatter the Rebono dynasty forever. Strained relations between royal twins harden into cold suspicion and treasonous accusations while a deadly plague sweeps across the land. As the royal bloodline is torn asunder, two races, the Elva and Itzi, discover that only together can they stop the plague and restore their unraveling kingdom.

It’s the third and final book in a fantasy trilogy, so I hope my readers feel sad it’s over, but satisfied with the way everything was resolved.

How did you come up with the idea for this book/series?

It was very loosely based on some roleplay characters from America Online chat in the late 1990s. When my roleplay partners stopped playing, I missed it too much to let go. I started this story as my self-consolation.

What’s something surprising about you?

I think Algebra is fun. No. Really.

I will admit to that as well. I loved Algebra in high school. I owe that to Mr. Brink : )

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

For college work-study, I was assigned to work in the cafeteria. I soon discovered this was the most-hated on-campus job there was. People told me to transfer to the library or be a resident assistant. I had to get up incredibly early (breakfast crew had to arrive at 6:30 AM, which for a night person is just about obscene). The work was tedious and grimy. I often had class directly after a shift, so I had arrive in my grubby jeans and hat-hair. The other girls in my dorm spent at least an hour every morning on hot rollers, hairspray, and make-up and they wore dresses and heels. I stood out like a scuzzy bum everywhere I went.

For the first month, I absolutely hated it. I still don’t know why I didn’t transfer to another job immediately, but it turned out it was good thing I didn’t. I didn’t understand how the work-study program operated. A certain amount of my financial aid was designated as work-study, but when my first paycheck came, it wasn’t the amount I was “promised”. That amount was actually the maximum limit I could get from the program. I had to earn every penny in wages, paid by the hour. It wasn’t guaranteed like I had stupidly assumed. I had tuition and fees due and not enough paycheck to cover everything. My parents only let me go to private school on the insistence I found a way to pay for it. I couldn’t stand the thought of having to call them and tell them I had misunderstood my financial aid. I was sure they would make me try to join ROTC (which was unlikely I could meet physical qualifications for; I was overweight) and when that fell through, I would have to quit school and come home in utter disgrace.

So I sold back my meal plan to pay off that installment of my bills. Being a cafeteria worker meant I could eat when I worked and I usually worked once a day, so I wouldn’t starve. This made it possible to meet my expenses on what little I made, but with very little to spare. The cafeteria paid ten cents more per hour than any other job and now that extra mattered quite a bit. I also had an opportunity to get more hours than would have been available to me in other jobs. Plus, when I used up the work-study funds, the cafeteria hired me on as a “regular” employee, doing the same job, just getting paid differently. If I had worked any other on-campus job, when work-study funds ran out, I would have been laid off and had to find something off-campus. I didn’t have a car then, so that would have been really difficult. Suddenly, the cafeteria was not such a bad deal after all.

I did resent the ickiness and the tedium for quite a while, but I eventually made peace with the job. In the end, all my best college friends were the others who worked in the cafeteria and I have better memories of that dirty job than of just about anything else I did in college.

Where can we find you on the web?

Blog: http://caprice.splashdownbooks.com

Website: http://Latoph.com

Thanks so much for visiting with us today.
Readers, Caprice is giving away a Smashwords coupon so you can purchase her book in any e-format you would like. Leave a comment by May 22 at 5:00 PM and you will be entered in the drawing.
 

Write to the Point with Fay Lamb May 9, 2012

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Congratulations to Patty who won last week’s giveaway.

This week we get write to the point with Fay Lamb. Read to the end, Fay is giving away a copy of her book.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.

Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.

In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

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

I’m a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of five. My husband, Marc, and I are both lifelong resident of Titusville, Florida (where Kennedy Space Center is located). We love to open up the books of history on the town and tout, “My families mentioned more than your family.” And how long have I been writing? I have been storytelling since I could talk and writing stories since I could write. My imagination has never been without a story or characters auditioning for stories. My mind is a very crowded place to be.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was around twelve-years-old when I was saved. My grandmother had a weekend home only thirty miles from where we lived, and the church bus would pick up the neighborhood kids every Sunday. I remember the pastor was Adrian Rogers, and I remember sitting up in the balcony for the church service with my friend, Conrad. I don’t remember the sermon, but I remember the pull of the Holy Spirit as the invitation was given. I walked down the steps of the balcony and proceeded up the aisle of the church. There I confessed my sins and asked the Lord for His mercy and his salvation. When I finished praying, I looked up. Conrad had come to know the Lord that day as well, and that gives me much peace, because he died on his eighteenth birthday. In Heaven, we’ll be able to celebrate our second births together for eternity.

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

Because of Me is the story of Michael Hayes and Issie Putnam. Michael and Issie have been separated for many years. On the last night they saw each other, Issie was the victim of a horrible attack, and Michael was arrested and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Michael returns home and finds that Issie is not alone. She has a son, and though he is not Michael’s child, Cole Putnam was definitely born because of him.

When the readers put down this novel, my hope is that they see, just as Michael and Issie have learned, the deep truths of Romans 8:28. No matter what occurs in our lives, no matter what we’ve done to mess things up, God is always there to “make all things good” for those who love Him. The deeper truth of that statement is tied into God’s forgiveness. The Bible tells us that God is faithful to forgive our sins. God is so faithful that even when we do, He is at work “making all things good. . .”

Because of Me blurb:

Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.

Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing, a division of Treble Heart Books.

Purchase the book at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1

Or at Treble Heart Books at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html

Your book sounds great. I love Christian fiction that isn’t typical, I hope that is the kind I write!

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

I wish I could say that I’m a faithful blogger on my own website, but currently, I’m enjoying guest blogging whenever anyone wants me.

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

I don’t even have to think about this one. I read this book last year for the Carol Awards. I couldn’t put it down. Not only was the message a great one, but the main character was hilarious, always getting into wonderfully funny situations, and she had so many quirky friends. I laughed so hard at times that my husband would stop what he was doing so I could read passages to him. The name of the book is Bliss by Tracy Bowen and Jenness Walker.

The focus of this blog is Genesis 50:20. Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life

You know, I probably have had one of those moments, but I really can’t recall one personally. However, my novel, Because of Me  is about one of those moments in the lives of two people. Michael and his fiancée, Issie, are torn apart by a violent act and lies that make them feel alone and abandoned. At the end of their journey, neither Michael nor Issie would change any path they had to walk, because in doing so, their lives would be empty of their most treasured gift from God.

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

I’ve adopted two life verses. Most everyone knows Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give an expected end.” I love this promise from God. Everyone of us, no matter what we’re going through, if we know Christ as our Savior, have a promise of a peaceful future.

The other is the same life verse that Michael Hayes adopts in Because of Me:  Job 13:15: “Thou He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.” This one is a hard verse to live up to, but the truth is, no one has to go it alone. Christ is the strength we need to maintain our ways before God.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.faylamb.com, but you can always find me acting up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fay.lamb

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

Yes, I’d like to thank you very much for allow me to share a little about myself with your readers. It is very greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for taking time to visit with my readers and share a bit about yourself.

Readers, Fay is giving away a copy of her book to one commentator. You can choose e-book or paperback. Just leave a comment for Fay by May 14 and you will entered in the drawing to win a copy!