And the Winners are…

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First, let me apologize for it taking me so long to announce the winners from THE DAVID YEARS celebration. I could give all sorts of excuses but I won’t. I’ll just say I’m very sorry.

The winners get their choice of any of my ebooks other than the Sisters By Choice Trilogy. You can use the contact form on this page to let me know which book you’d like. And the winners are…

Jan Hall

Joan Arning

Cee

Martha T.

Nadine C. Keels.

 

Congratulations to all! I’ll be waiting to hear from you. Thanks for entering.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

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A Writer’s Life–Part 7–The David Years

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Last Chance

to win your choice of one of my books!

 

OK, so I had all the great plans for the release of my latest book-The David Years, including giving away books to five lucky people here on my blog.  But life doesn’t always happen the way you plan it. My book released on August 2 as I was in the midst of a family health crisis. My older sister passed away on August 5. She was quite the character and one of these days, you might see her in one of my books. In the meantime, she’s greatly missed.

Because of that I didn’t really promote the giveaway for The David Years the way I planned.

So, here’s the info. Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win your choice of one of my e-books, including The David Years. Five winners will be chosen so lots of chances to win. Last day to enter is September 1–my anniversary by the way! Don’t forget to leave a comment. Thanks!

God Bless & Good Reading!

Writer of the Day–Tamera Lynn Kraft

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Award winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Some of the novels she has written are Red Sky Over America, Alice’s Notions, and Lost in the Storm. You can check Tamera out on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net.

Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

She’s here to talk about her new book,  Lost in the Storm (Ladies of Oberlin Book 2)

 

 

Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm!

Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.

Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?

Let’s learn more about Tamera in this author interview:

 

What would you say has been the most rewarding part of writing?

Every story I tell has a theme that shows God working throughout history. I love researching historical events and seeing how God has weaved Himself throughout our nation’s history. I love when someone reads one of my stories and gets that. My faith permeates through everything I write because it’s a major part of who I am. Even when I don’t write something “Christian”, my faith still shines through the pages.

What made you decide to become a writer?

I have always loved to write. I remember writing my first novel when I was ten years old. It was awful. I think what sparked my love for books was my grandmother. She only had an 8th grade education and was a coal miner’s wife, but she loved to read. I remember sitting on her lap in her rocker and her reading great novels like Black Beauty to me.

In high school, I took all the English and literature classes I could to prepare for my career in writing. I even majored in English in college in preparation of being a writer. At some point in my twenties, my writing career was put on hold for decades. Between raising children and becoming a children’s pastor on staff at my church, there just wasn’t time. I still couldn’t keep from writing. I would write children’s church curriculum and puppet skits for my lessons. Some of it even got published.

Finally about twelve years ago, I resigned as a children’s pastor and started a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where I travel to other churches to do teacher training, kid’s crusades, and children’s ministry consultations. I also am launching Revival Fire for Kids children’s church curriculum in about a year. This keeps me very busy during the summer, but the rest of the time, I have time to write fiction.

My writing career is back on track and moving along. I feel like God has brought me full circle. I put Him first in raising my children and ministering to other children, and He is fulfilling the desires of my heart by opening up doors for me to write again.

Where do you get your ideas for your books? How did you decide to write Lost in the Storm or the Ladies of Oberlin Series?

I get my ideas from historical events. I love studying history. When I read about an event in history, I wonder what it would have been like for the people living during that time.

The way the Ladies of Oberlin Series began was when I thought about writing about strong Christian women in the 19th century. The more I researched, the more I noticed almost every women I read about had a connection with Oberlin College. That intrigued me enough to research Oberlin. What I found astonished me.

Oberlin College was the first college to give degrees to men, women, and blacks before the Civil War. Almost every missionary who went overseas between 1860 and 1900 was a graduate of Oberlin College. Oberlin’s president was the fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist Charles Finney. Oberlin graduates were involved in abolition, women’s suffrage, prohibition, education, laws protecting children, and many other causes of the late 1800s.

I knew I wanted to write stories about women who graduated from Oberlin shortly before the Civil War. The first novel, Red Sky Over America, is about America Leighton the year before she graduated. She went home to Kentucky to try to convince her father to free his slaves. In the second novel, Lost in the Storm, Lavena Falcon is a woman’s rights activist and a journalist during the Civil War and wants to be a war correspondent. In the third novel, The Aftermath, which will be released in 2021, Betsy Teagan fights for prohibition after the war. Each lady has a love interest to keep things interesting.

What advice/tips do you have for budding authors who are just starting out?

Don’t give up too early. It takes years to get to a point where your writing is good enough to be published. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you work hard, continue to improve, and don’t let discouragement stop you, you’ll make it. I’ve always believed that the published authors are not the ones who are the greatest or who have the most potential. They’re the ones who work hard and persevere.

What are your future plans?

I am currently writing the first of a series of novels about women who came to Jamestown in 1619 to marry. The series is called Jamestown Brides, and the first novel is The Seasoning of Elizabella.

Thanks, Tamera, for being my Writer of the Day.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

A Writer’s Life–Part 6

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THE DAVID YEARS

 

With the release of The David Years, I thought I’d share about how the book came to be. The David Years is the second in my Puzzle House series so before I can tell you about The David Years, I have to tell about Puzzle House first.

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The stories I usually write are mystery and suspense novels. Puzzle House and The David Years are anything but mystery or suspense, so how did that happen? When a writer’s life changes dramatically, their writing life usually changes in some way as well. In 2012, my life changed dramatically! I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors and a rare genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). The tumors are almost always non-cancerous, but that didn’t stop them from affecting my health in so many different ways.

I’ll share a writer’s secret with you. Writers often use their writing as therapy–at least I do. In 2016, I felt the need to write something different–a story where the main character has the same type of brain tumors I have as well as NF2. And Puzzle House was born! The story is definitely NOT autobiographical–it’s not about me. The only similarity is that the main character and I have the same type of brain tumors because of NF2.

After that–it’s pure fiction!

Puzzle House is a much more spiritual book than my mystery and suspense books. Because of that, I wrote a devotional book to go along with Puzzle House and called it DEVOTIONS FROM PUZZLE HOUSE. My publisher classifies it as Women’s Fiction, but I simply call it a Christian Fiction novel. By the way, men like it as well!

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OOOPS! I’m out of time for now so I’ll finish this story in the next edition of A Writer’s Life.

 

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To celebrate the release of The David Years, I’m having a giveaway–actually TWO different giveaways! The grand prize is a $25 Amazon gift card and your choice of one of my ebooks. To enter that giveaway, CLICK HERE and follow the directions!

I’ll also pick FIVE lucky winners to receive their choice of one my ebooks (except The Sisters of Choice trilogy) here.  To be entered in that giveaway, simply leave a comment here. EASY-PEASY! And if you want to get an extra entry, post something about me or THE DAVID YEARS on your Facebook account or any other social media. When you leave a comment tell me where you shared the information and you’ll have an extra entry.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here or on any of the other DAVID YEARS posts so you can be entered to win a book! Thanks!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

THE STRING–CALEB BREAKEY

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Welcome to the string. Let’s go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If any one person refuses to play, the threats to all players will come to pass.

Since this is my game, allow me to introduce myself. I am the conductor. Just as musicians in a symphony must follow the conductor’s direction, the selected students and staff of Trenton University must submit to my commands . . . or risk massive chaos and deadly consequences. Even that pesky university cop, Markus Haas, who thinks he’ll find a way out of the impossible dilemma in which I’ve trapped him. Oh, the surprises I have for him.

Ready to play?

The String (Deadly Games Book 1) by [Breakey, Caleb]

Warning: Don’t start this book if you don’t have time to finish it. Each page keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next. The String may be Caleb Breakey’s debut novel but it won’t be his last! If you like neat little stories that go from point A to point B to point C, don’t read this book. But if you love lots of action and suspense, this is the story for you. I’ve kept this review purposefully vague about the plot–I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Caleb Breakey has done a wonderful job creating a story that will not only keep you reading but keep you awake at night.

That’s how scary it is.

Meditation is NOT a Dirty Word!

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When Puzzle House was released, I also released a devotional to go along with it–DEVOTIONS FROM PUZZLE HOUSE. And to celebrate the release of The David Years, it’s FREE right now on Amazon. Simply click on the link and it will take you to Amazon.

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Anyway to continue the tradition, I wrote a new devotional to go along with THE DAVID YEARS. The title is MEDITATION IS NOT A DIRTY WORD! How I got that title is that at one point in The David Years, Nia gets involved with a questionable group that promotes meditation. I won’t give away the plot, but…it’s an interesting story line.

And the good news is that this devotional is also FREE right now for a limited time!

Meditation is NOT a Dirty Word! by [Duncan, Lillian]

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Why are they free? Because I don’t really care about making money from them. I’m not against making money, but that’s not why I write devotions and these devotional books. I want to share what I’ve learned about the amazingly, awesome power of God’s Word. So don’t miss out, they’ll only be FREE for a few days so click on them right now.

To celebrate the release of The David Years, I’m having a giveaway–actually TWO different giveaways! The grand prize is a $25 Amazon gift card and your choice of one of my ebooks. To enter that giveaway, CLICK HERE and follow the directions!

I’ll also pick FIVE lucky winners to receive their choice of one my ebooks (except The Sisters of Choice trilogy) here.  To be entered in that giveaway, simply leave a comment here. EASY-PEASY! And if you want to get an extra entry, post something about me or THE DAVID YEARS on your Facebook account or any other social media. When you leave a comment tell me where you shared the information and you’ll have an extra entry.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here or on any of the other DAVID YEARS posts so you can be entered to win a book! Thanks!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

THE DAVID YEARS

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Just released–THE DAVID YEARS!This is the second novel in the Puzzle House series. In Puzzle House, Nia was anointed to become a healer. The David Years starts out where Puzzle House stops but quickly moves to Nia’s high school graduation. My college years are long, long past so I thought it might be hard to get into the mindset of a college student, but it really wasn’t. I thought back to all the mistakes I made during that time and the story took off from there!

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Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?”

“Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible? There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. David was tested many times during those years. Those years were very important to David’s growth as a man so that he would be the king God wanted him to be when the time was right.”

“So what are you saying, Auntie?”

“I’m saying these are your David years.”

 

And so the story begins. Most of the book takes place after Nia’s high school graduation during her first year in college. She’s impatient to begin her time as healer and tries to make that happen in her timing—not God’s. But God will not be rushed and whether Nia likes it or not, she’s still in her David Years—her learning years. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘we learn from our mistakes.’ Well, Nia learns a lot that year. In other words, she makes a lot of mistakes.

Even though Nia is a college student, her story will resonate for anybody who’s facing changes in their life, no matter the age. We all have learning years throughout our lifetime—our very own David Years. Life changes whether we want it to or not. A new marriage. A baby. A divorce. A new job. Retirement. We all struggle with finding our place in the world, especially when life changes.

The good news is that as Christians, we may not have all the answers, but we know where to find them.

To celebrate the release of The David Years, I’m having a giveaway–actually TWO different giveaways! The grand prize is a $25 Amazon gift card and your choice of one of my ebooks. To enter that giveaway, CLICK HERE and follow the directions! I’ll also pick FIVE lucky winners to receive their choice of one my ebooks (except The Sisters of Choice trilogy).  To be entered in that giveaway, leave a comment here! Don’t know what to say, tell me what your favorite genre is to read.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!