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Write to the Point with Donn Taylor May 28, 2014

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Donn Taylor portraits 12/7/07Today we get write to the point with author Donn Taylor. I hope you will enjoy getting to know him today.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from?

I grew up in a small town near Jackson, MS. My father was a professor and scholar of literature, my mother a librarian. My brother and I were raised on good stories, with my father reading to us extensively from Mark Twain among others. (I still remember the riverboat oaths.) I enlisted for one year in the Army in 1948 to avoid being drafted. Afterwards, I was commissioned through ROTC and recalled for the Korean War. I led an Infantry rifle platoon there and stayed in service to complete the unfinished business. I later served with Army aviation in Vietnam and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. After retirement, I completed a PhD degree and taught English literature at two liberal arts colleges. I’m now retired from that, too. My wife and I enjoyed 61 wonderful years of marriage until the Lord called her home a few months ago. I continue to live near Houston, TX, enjoying children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren while continuing to enjoy my church and write fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.

 

How long have you been writing?

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t trying to create something. I began writing music at age 14. Two years later I entered college as a music major, studied piano with an instructor on leave from Cincinnati Conservatory and played some of my classical compositions in her recitals. (Much later, during occasional calm periods in the Korean War, I still wrote songs in my head. Most of them I’ve forgotten.) But at age 18 I got interested in poetry—the Romantics, of course—and began writing poetry and some very bad short stories. Since then, writing is just something I have to do, though there have been long periods when professional and family requirements pushed it far into the background. I always wanted to write a novel, and finally realized that ambition with The Lazarus File, a story of spies and airplanes in the Caribbean. It is still available and doing rather well as an e-book.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was raised on Bible stories as far back as I can remember. During an evening church service when I was 14, I felt moved as I hadn’t felt before, answered the altar call and was baptized a few Sundays later. I can’t say that that ended all questions, though. I suffered a number of doubts while trying to make sense of the universe, and I actually tried atheism for a while. (I lacked the blind faith required to maintain it.) But by age 30 I returned to Christianity as the only explanation that ultimately made sense. The reasoning that brought about my return is roughly that found in C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. Through prayer and meditation I’m now closer to the Lord than I’ve ever been, but I’m by no means a finished work. I don’t think He’s through with me yet.

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

I have to give two answers: My latest is the suspense novel Deadly Additive. In it the hero rescues an heiress and her female journalist friend perf5.500x8.500.inddfrom Colombian guerrilla kidnappers. It should be a simple operation, but in the process they stumble onto a chemical weapons conspiracy that threatens the global balance of power. That launches the hero and the journalist on an odyssey through danger on two continents and the Caribbean. In the process, both have spiritual lessons to learn. The takeaway: Performing heroic deeds for good humanitarian causes is not enough: Life is not complete without Christ.

But my forthcoming novel Lightning on a Quiet Night, from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, is radically different. It’s a historical set in Northeast Mississippi in 1948 as the Cold War begins. But its main subject describes how a small town too proud of its own virtues has to deal with its first murder. As the story develops, it includes hefty servings of romance, suspense, and comedy before a resolution (and takeaway) that I’ll let the readers discover when they read the book. I don’t yet have a release date.

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

I’m not currently blogging. Last year I blogged several times a month for http://authorculture.blogspot.com. In addition to book reviews, I discussed writing subjects—everything from broad subjects like the nature of inspiration and creativity to tiny subjects like the use of transitions and ways to dramatize compound predicates through punctuation.

What are you reading right now?

I like to keep different things going at the same time. In addition to the Bible and daily newspapers, I’m reading Karen Whiting’s excellent Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, Billy Graham’s The Holy Spirit, and Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society.

I’ve just finished reading The Preacher’s New Family, by Linda Glaz. It’s a very pleasant romance, and the quality of writing and editing is outstanding.

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

Definitely. Jesus’ statement of the great and next-to-great commandments in Matthew 22:37-39: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart , and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” I’m not there yet, but I’m still trying.

Where can we find you on the web?

My books are previewed at www.donntaylor.com, and I’m also at www.facebook.com/donntaylor and www.facebook.com/authordonntaylor. My twitter is @donntaylor3.

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

I love teaching poetry writing at writers’ conferences. Poetry has a bad reputation today because too many poets are writing only to themselves and a few other poets. In what I call my “poetry crusade” I try to teach aspiring poets to write good-quality poetry that can be enjoyed by ordinary readers.That’s also the kind of poetry I write.

Donn, thanks so much for sharing with us, we love hearing from new-to-us authors. I pray God will continue to bless your writing.

 

Write to the Point with Josephine Walker May 14, 2014

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jo walkerToday we get write to the point with Josephine Walker. Her interview is very inspiring. I know you will be encouraged as you read through.

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

I’ve been a widow for 2 1/2 years, have three grown children with eleven grandchildren. Originally from Oregon, my husband and I moved to Cody, Wyoming, in 2009. My writing didn’t begin until 2009, and it was only after I had asked the Lord what I would be doing when I got old. At the time, a Realtor in Portland, I said I didn’t want to be selling houses when I was eighty-five.

I thought I must have some kind of talent, but didn’t know what. One evening after finishing a poorly written mystery I said out loud, “I could have written something that good.” Out of my mouth, into my ears, the seed planted itself deep in my heart. The rest is history. Although the desire to write was never on the radar of my life, the seed germinated and I began to toy with the possibility.  Since I loved mysteries, it seemed a natural genre. Of course I had no idea what makes a mystery.

My original manuscript “HOPE” a suspense is how I learned to write. I knew absolutely nothing about writing a book. Writing a 100,000 word suspense and then going through the critiquing process in the ACFW critique loop prepared me for the day, three months after my husband’s passing, for a phone call. The oldest son of the subject of “Willing to Die”, asked me if I would help his dad write his book. The rest is history and all God’s idea. I had to quit my job in order to do it. Over a period of ten months I lived with the Munteans for five and did over 100 interviews.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was raised in a liturgical church and always believed in Jesus and loved Him. It wasn’t until I was twenty-eight years old that some friends shared Jesus in a way no one ever had. For me it was as though He walked into the room just for me. My life has never been the same. He is my life.

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

Willing to Die is a true story. A story of faith and courage and a desire for freedom. It is a sobering book, a powerful story of God in a communist country. The interview at the end has a strong warning to Americans and Christians. Willing to Die shows how God can use one willingperson in a country of millions to bring hope and make a difference.

My fiction, “HOPE” which is currently in the publishing process, shows that there is hope for all. That God can be trusted to bring one through the most painful of tragedies and indeed the heart can love again.

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

I don’t have a blog. But I tweet. About books, about Jesus and about politics.

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

There are so many, of course the most current, Heaven is for Real. Another encouraging book, Psalm 91, the Military edition. Wonderful stories of God’s protection. Dekker, and  Peritti, are a couple of my favorite authors. How can “The Shack” be left off the list.

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

I made certain to double check what the scripture said. Some might say my husband’s death was a cruel unexpected event. Everything indicated he would totally recover from his third stroke. The prayer support was amazing, doctors were confident of a full recovery but God took him home to glory. Had that not happened, the book “Willing to Die, the John Muntean story”, could never have been written. My being a widow allowed God to use me to answer His call. Every aspect of the writing of it was directed by the Lord. He prepared me for this journey. Going from one Monday with no publisher, no editor to sharpen, and no book proposal to the following Monday, an edited book proposal and an edited Prologue and three chapters, sitting in a publisher’s email and he reads it and says that afternoon he wants it, is a miracle. I take no credit. All along I cried out, “God, I didn’t ask for this gig. If you don’t do it in me, I can’t do it.” I give Him all the glory.

After forty-nine years of marriage a new season began in my life. Never could I have dreamed I would be a published author, with another book going through the process. The only two I have written. God is good and can be trusted.

I am currently working with a friend on two children’s books to be published on Amazon, and printed by Amazon. Simple children’s books that show what Jesus is like.

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

The whole of Psalm 139 ministers to me over and over but this year it is Prov. 3 v5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths/steps.”  I have to walk in this everyday.

Where can we find you on the web?

josephinewalker.com

twitter: @AuthorJosephine

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jo.walker.9809

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

One thing I didn’t mention is I do speaking engagements. In the churches I use the book to make the point that no matter how old you are, when your heart is sold out to God, you are never too old to be used by Him to further His Kingdom. That as the salt of the earth our work is never done. We simply have new seasons. My season as wife of 49 years ended and a new one began by God setting me on this journey of writing. I have no idea, nor how many books are in my future. It is God’s gig, not mind. 🙂

 

The Lord told me I am not “cookie cutter” .. I walk this path alone with Him leading me. He has proved that over and over again. I know very little about the world of writing and publishing, but obviously far more than in the beginning. Everything I write must bring God glory or I won’t do it.

Thank you so much for sharing with my readers. I pray God will continue to guide and direct your writing journey and many lives will be touched by the words God gives you.

 

Write to the Point with G.E. Hamlin April 9, 2014

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Today we get write to the point with G.E. Hamlin. Read to the end, she has a giveaway. This is a book I can’t wait to read. (I will be reviewing it next week!!)

G.E. Hamlin (Ginny) passionately writes about broken marriages and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. Her stories stem from personal experiences and working in lay ministry as a member of her church. Her characters encounter the natural consequences of addiction to: alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. It is Ginny’s hope each story will create a bridge for discussion in real life.

 

Ginny has been a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) for over six years. Her style of writing reflects the qualities of Nicholas Sparks’ soft side and the fast pace of James Patterson.

She and her husband Ed have a blended family with five adult children and eight grandchildren. Ginny and her husband live in Southern California where they enjoy the beach, desert, and mountains. As a full time author, she is blessed with frequent opportunities to spend time with the grandchildren.

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

I am a born and raised Californian, growing up in the northern and southern areas of the state. I have a blended family and recently celebrated the fourteenth anniversary of meeting my husband. We have five children and eight amazing and wonderful grandchildren between us.

I started making up bedtime stories for my children in the late seventies. I’d encourage them to pick a few characters, which included: playmates, animals, and often inanimate objects. Once the cast of characters was set, I’d have them pick a setting and tell me what they wanted the characters to do — a goal. My passion for storytelling was born during those years with my two little ones.

 

The desire to create stories never left me, but with adult children I no longer had an audience. I prayed about what God wanted me to do with the desire to create stories. I believe God directed me to ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers, which went by another name at that time) via my online search for Christian novels. I’ve been a member for over six years and the blessings are too numerous to count, one of which includes contracting with my publisher, Chalfont House/HopeSprings Books.

 

I write Christian fiction with a focus on broken marriages, and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. My husband and I are passionate about placing God at the center of our marriage and encouraging other married couples to do the same, thus the title of my debut novel Marriage Takes Three.

 

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I invited Jesus into my life on April 01, 2001. Yes, April Fool’s Day. 😉

My teenage daughter, who came to know Jesus about six-months before me, was a gentle witness of what Christ was doing in her life; through watching her, and the prayers of her and many others, I agreed to “visit” the church my daughter attended. Thankfully, that one visit changed my life.

 

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

My debut novel “Marriage Takes Three” which is scheduled for release from Chalfont House/HopeSprings books April 02, 2014, is amarriage takes three story about a woman, Darla Connor, who is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Darla Connor’s husband, Randall Connor, is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage. As a new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life. Jack Collins, the protagonist, feels Darla is the only woman who truly loves him for who he is, and not the well-known country music artist he’s become. Jack’s goal is to give Darla everything her heart desires, but first he must get her to divorce Randall. Darla is at a precipice. Will she follow promises of ‘better to come’ with Jack, or if she will she surrender to God in time to save her marriage?

 

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

My blog, For Better or For Worse, is dedicated to relationships, and my posts generally have to do with marital highs, lows, and everything in-between. I have a section on my blog titled “Marriage Testimonies” and the posts are authored exclusively by the readers; anonymously, unless the author specifies otherwise. My hope is that the testimonies will encourage other married couples who may be walking through challenging times.

 

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

Terms of Endearment by author Larry McMurtry is my favorite novel, which was also turned into a screenplay by the same name. The author makes you believe the fascinating characters really exist. I walked away from the book feeling as though Aurora Greenway was actually off raising her grandchildren.

 

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

There are many verses that have ministered to me at different times in my life, keeping that in mind, one verse is near and dear to me since I became a believer and that verse is found in Matthew 17:20. Mustard seed faith has gotten me through many challenges. About six years ago three family members were diagnosed with cancer, my mother my husbands father, and my bonus (a.k.a. stepson) son’s mother in-law. The enemy could have stolen any of the hope that had been built by the Lord, however, God was merciful, and healing came through surgeries for all three, even though the diagnosis for each was bleak according to their doctors.

 

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

Ephesians five was foundational scripture for my novel, Marriage Takes Three, and certainly applies to my own marriage.

 

Where can we find you on the web?

Amazon.com Pre-order Marriage Takes Three

My Blog is http://eghamlin.com/Gblog

My main Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/GEHamlin

My Facebook author Page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/G-E-Hamlin/111808395523799?ref=hl

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+GinnyHamlin/about

You can find me on twitter Twitter.com@GEHamlin

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/pub/g-e-ginny-hamlin/77/939/89

My Goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7236005.G_E_Hamlin

Pintrest http://www.pinterest.com/ge0073/

 

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

I’m looking forward to the feedback from the readers about how the protagonist in my novel is received. There may be a novella in store for Jack Collins, also known as J.J. Collins, who portrays a country music artist in Marriage Takes Three. So please, all you readers, let me know if you’d like to see more of J.J. Collins.

 

Melissa, thank you for having me on your blog, it’s been my honor and pleasure. I look forward to responding to any questions or comments that your readers post.

You’re welcome Ginny. Thanks for sharing with my readers. I can’t wait to read your book!

Readers, Ginny is giving away an autographed copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by April 15th at 5:00 to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Meet Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers (Review and Giveaway) March 31, 2014

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Take a minute to learn about authors Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers and their journey to publication. At the end I have reviewed their lastest book and they have a giveaway for you.

Bio:

Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers are sisters who write together.  They were born into a writing family, and began critiquing manuscripts at an early age for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars.  They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults  is The Shepherd’s Song,  Howard Books, March 2014.

Links:

www.WritingSisters.com

www.facebook.com/WritingSisters

www.amazon.com/The-Shepherds-Song-Second-Chances/dp/1476738203

Back copy of the book:

 

Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper—a copy of Psalm 23—as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message.

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures. . .

 

Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son.  Just The Shepherd's Song - cover imagebefore she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays, “Please let my life count.”

Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world.  From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational Marathon, this humbling message forever changes the lives of twelve different people.  Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.

With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.

 

Guest Post:

 

After many years of writing children’s books we made a decision to write for God.  We started our first book for God with great hope and expectation. We had our mission statement:

 

To tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. Psalm 78:4

 

We had the vision that we felt was from God: to use fiction to show how scripture can change lives.   We wrote with passion and with prayer and the result was beyond what we could have hoped for.  It seemed that all would go smoothly.  After all God was on our side. Then we hit some bumps in the road.

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

 

 The First Rejection

The first difficult rejection we faced together was in the submission of a children’s book trilogy that we still love and still feel was inspired by God. The book made it to the sales meeting of a publisher and we were very encouraged by the initial comments and questions.  Then the call came. They said no.  It’s not that we hadn’t experienced rejection before, we had…lots.  But this seemed so different.  We were writing specifically for God.

 

The rejection of the children’s trilogy made us stop and rededicate our work to God.  The rejection opened us up to look at other possibilities in our writing.  We were doing something that was familiar to us, writing children’s books.

 

We wrote down three ideas for our next writing project and one of those ideas, was The Shepherd’s Song.  It was a total surprise to us that we would attempt to write for adults.  Out of our pain, God birthed something new. The course of our writing careers had been shifted by rejection.

 

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

 

The Second Rejection

The second tough rejection was our 16 minute rejection.  Our book for adults was complete.  We had met an agent at a conference who was interested in representing us.  We sat in the coffee shop where we write and pressed send on the computer and submitted The Shepherd’s Song to this agent.  Sixteen minutes later an email popped up. We assumed the email had bounced back. Not so.  The agent had said no.

 

We sat in silence for minute, then prayed, what can we learn from this? God, what do you have for us in this?  The agent could not have even read it.  We looked carefully at the cover page of the query.  Maybe the word count.  We were not familiar with word counts for adult books and 35,000 words to us seemed a gracious plenty.  Some research proved us wrong and over the next two weeks we added 20,000 words to the book.  Our book was shaped by rejection.

 

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

The Third Rejection

Then we had a chance to pitch of the book at a conference.  We had rehearsed our fifteen minutes to present the book to an editor that we admire.  Three minutes into the pitch she looked at us, tossed our one sheet back at us, and said, “I don’t get it.”  And she didn’t. She said no.  Somehow we made it back to the hotel room. We laid on our beds for a long while. We prayed and learned something: we were letting the book down. We weren’t presenting it well.  We rewrote the first chapter and refined our pitch.  Our pitch was refined by rejection.

 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

 

The Happy Ending

Fast forward, two months later when we met our agent, Greg Johnson, at a chance meeting at lunch during a conference. We were ready. We had an adult book ready for him, 55,000 words, a great first chapter and a knock-out pitch. He said yes!

 

Over the course of our writing careers we have experienced a lot more than three rejections!  We don’t like rejection but we see it differently now.

 

In every vision there is some refining.  God often uses pain or rejection to help us refine our God-given vision.  In hindsight it makes perfect sense.  When you are going through it, it just feels like pain.  But later you understand.

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

My thoughts and giveaway:

What a beautiful story.

From the first few pages my heart was captured by the message of this book.

Have you ever wondered if your life really makes a difference? I think we all have. This book will encourage you to believe that you are making a difference in ways and in people’s lives that you have never met or imagined.

You will follow one piece of paper as it makes it way across the world and see how God’s Word can transforms lives. I love how each chapter is really like a short story all by its self. But each chapter is connected by the Word of God. With each page turn I wondered how was the paper going to reach someone new and how would it touch their lives?

Everyone has a story, as I believe with all my heart, and this book shares the stories of broken individuals in need of hope and who find it in the best place possible, the Word of God.

If you enjoy stories that encourage, you will love A Shepherd’s Song.

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

Leave a comment for Betsy and Laurie by April 8th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win your own copy.

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

 

 

Write to the Point with Linda Rondeau February 12, 2014

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Linda Rondeau smallest picToday we get Write to the Point with Linda Rondeau. She is sharing a short devotional with us today. I hope you will be blessed by it. She has a giveaway for you too, so read until the end 🙂

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.  Her next releases were her devotional book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses

Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street and A Christmas Prayer have been released in time for the Christmas  as well as her mini novel, Jolly Angel.  Songs in the Valley/ Helping Hands Press. Will be released in late 2013 or early A Father's Prayer2014.

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com or email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com  or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Goodreads. 

SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT? IT’S YOUR CHOICE

“Faith chooses hope, declines despair. The stirred soul, like the river’s peaceful flow, is restored after the storm…” from the poem HARD FAITH by Linda Wood Rondeau

Many believers, have the misconception that if we are true believers, God will not allow anything to happen beyond our ability to cope. When overwhelming disappointment comes, our faith is tested. Where were you God? Why did you let this happen?

Disappointment is part of the human condition. Who among us has not felt its sting to some degree? Even Jesus experienced the pain of rejection by those he loved.

Many cases of disappointment are caused by what psychologist call cognitive dissonance. This occurs when expectation is incongruent with reality. When our desire or object of pursuit exceeds the bounds of reality, defeat is likely and it can lead to disappointment. Ultimately it is not the disappointment itself that truly matters but how we process it.

grapesWhen life does not curve the way we want or if we don’t receive what we feel we deserve, we give up and become enslaved in Disappointment’s domino effect: I expect what I think I deserve, I don’t get it, I feel disappointment. As A result, I feel less capable or confident or strong, and then I feel discouraged or even depressed. This cycle has no good outcome and can lead to severe mental or physical health issues such as chronic depression or high blood pressure.

Does that mean we shouldn’t try?

No. That’s sour grapes.

Like Aesop’s fox who couldn’t reach the grapes, we leave the situation feeling defeated. We rationalize the perceived failure with the thought, “Wasn’t meant to be.” Or we go look for that proverbial window when the door closes. We fail to realize that it may not be the goal that’s out of God’s will, but our problem solving to get to the goal. When we think every detailFox of our life’s story should unfold a certain way, we can fall into the disappointment spiral.

God has created us as unique individuals with different characteristics. We often make the mistake of expecting the same outcome as someone else who may have traveled a similar path, and we fail to take into account our different makeups, the peculiar God-made construction.

His way may not match our pre-conceived design, but, if we choose to look for them, God obliterates the disappointment with grapes of blessings.

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

Readers, Linda is giving away a copy of her book but we must have 10 comments for the giveaway to happen. So get commenting and share this post with your friends 🙂 Deadline to enter is  February 18th at 5:00 pm.

 

Write to the Point with Fay Lamb February 5, 2014

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fay lamb Today we get write to the point with Fay Lamb. I interviewed her a while ago. You can read her first interview here. She has been very busy and has a lot to share with us (including a book that that will be free on Kindle soon and a giveaway).

Tell us about your newest book.

My most recent work is a novella collaboration. Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing does this well, and I have been so blessed to be a part of all three of three of the novellas. Each center around a heroine who has some type of journey.

A Dozen Apologies is our latest. It is being posted on our publisher’s website: www.writeintegrity.blogspot.com, daily, Monday through Friday up until February 5. Here is the story:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’dA DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (265x400) dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

On February 5, after the readers have met each of Mara’s heroes, they will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The winning hero will get the last chapter of the story, and you know what that means. He gets the girl.

Then from February 14 through February 16, the novella will be offered for free on Kindle.

I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing each of the heroes, and those heroes have been posted on my On the Ledge blog: http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/ where I have also included a sort of “behind the scenes” look at writing for a collaborative novella.

Readers, Write Integrity Press has put out a couple of collaborative books and they are very well written. I have no doubt this one will have the same great quality of writing. You will want to grab this read when it comes out.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m getting ready to sound like I’m having a pity party here, but it’s not that. I’m busy, and busy translates to being blessed for me. I keep the books for my husband’s appraisal business and my son’s lawn care. I’m an acquisition/copy editor for Pelican Book Group, and I also do freelance editing. I have been doubly blessed to receive multi-book contracts on multi-book series, so when not writing, I’m plotting, and editing.

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas come to me in various ways:

I see an actor/actress on television and something catches my eyes. I begin to watch their various roles and somewhere within the different characters they play, I develop my own and place him or her into a situation. Gideon Tabor the hero from my novel, Charisse, is actually a mix of Brendan Frazier from The Mummy and a lesser known serious film entitled Gods and Monsters.

I’m asked for an idea, and the Gals in the Steno Pool start sending messages to me. That’s how Mara developed in A Dozen Apologies and my hero, Jonathan Swain from A Ruby Christmas was born the same way.

I visit a place, and it stays within my heart. I begin to mix reality with my imagination, and the characters are created for the location. The characters in my Serenity Key series (book one to be published later this year) and my Amazing Grace series (Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge have released) came to me this way. They were simply citizens of the town who waved their hands and said, “Boy, do we have stories for you.”

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

I used to be a 100% seat of the pants writer. Now, I’m finding it a little more difficult to do. I have not yet succumbed to the dreaded outline. I tend to either adapt the LOCK system as taught by James Scott Bell or to use Scrivner and actually put the titles and the scenes on the pages and write into there. Scrivner is a God-send.

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

Storms in Serenity was that book for me. Then I got brave and I sent it to my editor. She contracted it. Storms, as I have affectionately called it for thirty-five years (yes, you read that correctly), is the story of my heart. It is a massive undertaking, a modern-day retelling of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba. With its fourteen characters, two main plots, and six subplots developed to show that sexual sin is not a “private” sin as most believe, it is also the story I used to practice the elements of storytelling, so I always imagined it would be the book that would never see the light of day. I’m very happy for the opportunity to share the message of this novel.

Now I do have three books that I’ve started that have not received contracts, but the publisher just asked me to hold off until we publish the three series they have contracted. Then at least I know that those three are still available while I begin to work on others.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

While Mara’s story is a multi-author (eleven, to be exact) collaboration, she is my brainchild. When I wrote the opening scene she came to life as a woman out of her element. For the story, that element was back at home doing lower pay grade jobs. In truth, Mara was always out of her element, in college and in the prestigious career she lost. As the other talented authors began to bring her to life, I think we all realized that Mara was just a bundle of insecurity, and that insecurity caused her to hurt people in order to build herself up.

Now, while I can honestly say that I never had the desire to tear anyone down to build myself up, I do think that Mara’s insecurities were presented because, like her, I am never comfortable in my own skin. I try to be as real as I can, and I try to be nice to everyone, but I’m always frightened in new situations, and I always second-guess my abilities. So, for Mara, that is definitely a part of me that she inherited.

Are you working on a new project now?

I’m working on several new projects at the moment: the third books in the Amazing Grace and Ties that Bind series Everybody’s Broken and Hope respectively. I’m currently editing Storms in Serenity, and I’m constantly throwing new ideas to my publisher.

Anything you would like to add?

My next novel in the Ties that Bind series, Libby, will release in winter/spring 2014.

And thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share my stories. I appreciate it so much.

BIO:

charisseFay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse the first release in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series has been released.

Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Libby, Hope and Delilah, Books 2 through 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.

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 six grandchildren.

Links for Fay:

http://faylamb.com (Fay’s website and blog: On the Ledge)

http://facebook.com/fay.lamb (personal FB page)

http://facebook.com/AuthorFay (Fay’s fan page)

http://twitter.com/FayLamb (Fay’s Twitter address)

http://faylamb.com/innersource/ (Inner Source Blog)

http://tacticaleditor.faylamb.com/ and http://facebook.com/TacticalEd

http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb

Giveaway!!!! Readers, Fay  is giving away your choice of one of her books. Click on the title to read what each book is about so you can make your choice. Leave a comment by February 11th at 5:00 pm to be entered.

Stalking Willow

Better Than Revenge

Charisse