Today’s The Day!

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Today’s the day!

Today’s the day for the big American Christian Fiction Writer’s Gala where the winners of the Carol Award will be announced. My book, Puzzle House, is a finalist in the novella category sooo…. what’s my thoughts as I wait to hear the announcement tonight?

I’m sure the other two finalists in my category are just as deserving. I’m sure their books are just as good. I’m sure they’ve worked just as hard to get to this point. Of course, I’d love to win but… winning isn’t everything.

Win or lose, God has blessed me by giving me the dream of being a writer and then the dream becoming a reality.

Win or lose, when Monday comes around I’ll be back at my computer working on my next story.

Win or lose, God will still love me as will my husband, family and friends.

Win or lose, I’m blessed in more ways than I have time or space to talk about.

In 2012, I heard the words, “you have bilateral brain tumors.” Those are not words you want to hear! Those words were quickly followed up by explaining that these type of tumors are rarely cancerous. Good news but that doesn’t mean they haven’t wreaked havoc on my life and my health.

As I went ( and still go) through my struggles, Romans 8: 28 has become one of my go-to Bible verses to give me peace and strength. God promises to work out ALL things for good for those who love him. That’s me! But the truth is I couldn’t see how God could work out BRAIN TUMORS for my good.

And yet He did!

Here it is 6 years later and I still struggle with the effects of the brain tumors but… I have peace and joy. I can still write the stories God gives me. And one of the stories He gave me is PUZZLE HOUSE. Puzzle House would never have been written if I hadn’t developed the brain tumors because the main character has what I have. Yes, the same Puzzle House that’s up for the Carol Award.

So as you can see, God really does work all things out for the good of those who love him.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

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Trivia Game Winner!

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First, let me apologize. I said I’d announce the winner on Friday–which obviously didn’t happen. But I’m ready to announce the winner now.

The winner of the trivia game is….drumroll….Trixi! Trixi, you’re the winner.  Use the contact form to tell me what book you want and where you want it from–Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to use the address you want me to send the book to.

Now for the rest of you–I have a surprise. I can send you a PDF copy of one of my books so the instructions for you are to go to Amazon, pick a book, tell me what book you’d like and I’ll send you a PDF copy. Thanks for playing the game with me!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

PS. The book offer is only for those people who already answered the trivia question–as of this moment.

TRIVIA GAME–DAY 3

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 3.

QUESTION 1–‘Call me Ishmael’ is one of the most famous opening lines every written. What’s the name of the book and the author?

QUESTION 2-What’s the last book of the Old Testament?

QUESTION 3-Tell me one interesting thing about the town, city, or area you live in.

 

There you have it. Three days of trivia. I’ll put all the names of anyone who answered all three questions in a bowl and pick a winner of one of my books. If you answered all three days, you’ll have three entries. The answers must be left as a comment on the blog. Thanks and good luck! Winner will be posted on Friday!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

TRIVIA GAME–DAY 2

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 2.

QUESTION 1–Who wrote GREAT EXPECTATIONS?

QUESTION 2-What’s one of your favorite Bible verses? Give the reference and the verse, please.

QUESTION 3-On the TV show NCIS, what is Gibb’s full name?  Who was he named after? You only need to answer one of these questions.

Don’t forget you need to answer as a comment to be entered in the contest.

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Let’s Play A Game!

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OK. I’ve been busy for the past few months with visiting family, a family wedding, my 45th class reunion, and then a camping trip but the summer’s slowing down. Nothing to do this week so….Let’s play a game!

How about a trivia game? Today, tomorrow and Thursday,  I’ll post three questions. Anyone who answers all the questions correctly gets entered to win. The prize? You can choose any e-book I’ve written (except for the Sisters by Choice trilogy). Notice I said e-book–not print. If you answer all the questions for all three days, you get three entries.  One question will be book-related, the second will be Bible-related, and the third will be an anything goes question!

You must post your answers here as a comment. If you post it on Facebook it won’t count. When you post the comment, it may not show up right away since I have to approve comments from people who haven’t posted before.

Are you ready?

QUESTION 1–Name 2 different locations used in GONE WITH THE WIND.

QUESTION 2-What Bible verse talks about God using all things for the good of those who love him?

QUESTION 3-What’s your favorite summer food?

Don’t forget you need to answer as a comment to be entered in the contest.

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

HELP ME BRAINSTORM!

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I’m working on a series of novels that will show God’s supernatural power. My idea is to have an overall title then a specific title for that novel.

Example: Miracles: A Small Blue Purse

But I’m looking for something other than Miracles because I don’t want to make people think the stories are real. Something catchy but readers will know right away they’re fictional and have a touch or two of the supernatural. Any ideas? Here’s a few of my ideas. Feel free to expand on them or come up with one of your own.

 MIRACLES: A SMALL BLUE PURSE

MIRACLES; A ROCK’N ROLL CHRISTMAS

MODERN DAY PARABLES: A ROCK’N ROLL CHRISTMAS

MIRACLES, PARABLES, & GOD: A SMALL BLUE PURSE

 

PS. I’ll make a gift of one of my ebooks if I use someone’s idea!

Why Don’t Christians Read Christian Fiction?

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Much of mainstream fiction is filled with bad language, graphic sex scenes, and all manner of wrong-thinking. Considering that, you’d think more Christians would want to read books that come from a Christian worldview–and yet I know many Christians who don’t read Christian Fiction. So why don’t they?

They haven’t even heard of Christian Fiction or if they have…

They think Christian fiction is all based in Bible times.

They think all Christian fiction is sweet romances.

They think Christian fiction is really a sermon disguised as a book.

They think it’s not as professional as mainstream fiction.

They think it’s corny, cheesy, or too preachy.

They think it’s not fun, interesting, or exciting.

They think Christian fiction is not socially relevant.

Whatever the reason, I’m here to say they’re wrong. Modern Christian fiction has something for everyone, no matter what they enjoy. It ranges from very mild Christian content to strong. It has every imaginable genre you could want except for erotica or porn. It ranges from sweet to edgy to even more edgy. It has characters ranging from facing the realities of this life to characters facing aliens or magical beings in another time or place.

So what puts the Christian in Christian Fiction?

In my opinion, there are two things that make Christian Fiction Christian Fiction.

First you have to follow some rules…I know…writers hate rules. It stifles our creativity, right? But without rules there would be anarchy!  And that’s never a good thing.

To me Christian Fiction is a label, much like the movie-rating system and that label should mean something. Readers should be able to trust that label when they make their reading choices. The traditional list for Christian Fiction included: conservative Christian values; Christian characters who didn’t drink alcohol, play cards, dance, or gamble; no profanity; no strong violence; chaste relationships that focuses on the emotional side of love, not the physical. In recent years these rules have relaxed. In fact, some publishers have relaxed beyond a point that is uncomfortable for me.

My own list includes these DO NOT HAVES:

Explicit sex scenes.

Superfluous violence.

Four letter words or any other words that might offend my readers

Second of all, there must be Christian content—how much depends on your specific story.

One of the ways I describe the Christian part of my stories is to say that all of my main characters are on a spiritual journey but they aren’t all in the same place spiritually. Some are devout Christians; some are lukewarm and some are even backsliders. And some are not Christian at all but searching for answers. As Christian Fiction writers, we need to help our characters find the answers. And in the process we might just help our readers find some answers they’re searching for as well.

 

So I hope this post has got you thinking that you might like to give Christian fiction a chance. Tomorrow, I’ll post a list of books that can get you started!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!