THE BATTLE FOR EASTER

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Easter is the most holy and most precious of our Christian holidays.

Without Easter, there would be no Christianity. Easter is the cornerstone of our faith. We all love Christmas, the celebration surrounding the birth of the baby Jesus. We love that that He was born in a manger on a star-filled night. We love that the angels announced the Good News of his birth first to the humble shepherds that kept watch over their flocks. We love that the magi came bearing gifts for the newborn king.

Jesus was born a man. Just as God gives each of us free will to choose or not to choose Him, Jesus had that same right. He didn’t have to go to the cross for us. At any time he could have said no. He could have called 10,000 angels.

He didn’t because he loved us.

Instead, He made the ultimate sacrifice. For us. He chose mercy, grace, and love. He chose us.

Have you ever wondered what happened during those three long days between Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross and His resurrection, the first Easter? 

I have.

As a writer when I wonder something for long enough, something usually gets created. And that’s true this time. I wrote a short story called THE BATTLE FOR EASTER a few years ago. It’s not available all the time, but it’s available right now during this Easter season–and IT’S FREE for the next few days! Click on the link to get it through Amazon.

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HAPPY EASTER!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

APRIL’S FOOLS DAY!

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It’s April 1st, better known as April Fools Day. A day when we pull silly pranks or jokes on those around us–all in good fun. It’s a day I’ll never forget. And that’s no joke!

Nine years ago today, my life changed forever! I developed Bell’s palsy and from there my brain tumors and Neurofibromatosis Type 2 were diagnosed. It’s not been an easy journey but God has been with me through it all, strengthening me, giving me peace and joy, and giving me the best husband ever!

As I sit here and reflect on what I’ve learned during my journey, I ask myself what can I share to help others who are on their own difficult journey. Many answers come to mind. In fact, I’m in the process of writing a memoir/devotional book about my journey so there’s lots I could say.

God has promised us many things, but one thing He never promised us was that life would be easy!

But what exactly does He promise us? Ahh…that’s the question, isn’t it. And that’s the one thing I’ve learned on this journey.

God’s Word is crucial.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to live our best life.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to experience God’s promises.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to access God’s power, his peace, and his joy.

God’s Word is crucial if we are to complete our race.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Can we go to heaven without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Can we get blessings without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Can we have faith without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Yes, but… We can struggle and muddle our way through this life or we can make the choice to do it God’s Way. And the only way we can do it God’s Way is to spend time with God and His Word.

And that’s no joke!

WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

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I’m a writer so, yes, I love words! Before I was a writer, I was a speech pathologist in schools. And being a speech pathologist for children is all about… you guessed it… WORDS! Understanding words… saying words…reading words…and writing words! Of course, you have to put the words together to communicate your message. But it all starts with WORDS!

So, I love it when I learn new words.

I learned a new word today–CUPIDITY. Just in case you don’t know the word any more than I did, it means greed for money or possessions. Some synonyms would be lust; greediness; or avarice. Another one I liked was money-grubbing. I think that pretty much sums it us.

Anyway…that got me to thinking. I’m always looking for new ways to connect with my readers so I thought it would be fun to play STUMP ME! You give me a word and I’ll try to give you the definition. I promise not to look it up on the Internet before I answer. But to be fair, you can’t do that either.  It has to be a word you actually know.

SO GO…STUMP ME!

And the Winners are…

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Here are the winners of my Jane Doe Giveaway. Each winner will get a $10 Amazon Card!

R.Bayne

Jeanna M.

KKJamm

Please send me an email so I have your correct email address to send the gift card. If you don’t send me an email, you won’t get your prize.

Thanks to everyone who commented. Sorry you didn’t win this time, but I so appreciate your participation and support.

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

Jane Doe or Lillian Duncan?

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Jane Doe or Lillian Duncan?

I have a little more in common with JANE DOE than I usually have with my characters and I can admit that makes me a little uncomfortable. True the details are completely different but there are some commonalities as well.

Jane Doe also known as Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping but just barely. Along with a broken body, her mind is broken.  That’s sound like hitting rock-bottom, doesn’t it? Even though, I’ve never survived a brutal kidnapping, I have hit rock-bottom–physically.  I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012. They were non-cancerous but they still wreaked havoc on my health.  By the end of five years of treatment, I had to use a walker; barely had the energy to walk to the kitchen; was completely deaf in one ear and partly deaf in the other; severe balance issues as well as a multitude of other “little” symptoms.

When you hit rock-bottom physically, it can affect you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.  I’m also sure the reverse is true as well–if you hit rock-bottom in one of the other areas, it can affect you physically as well. When you hit rock-bottom, whether it’s physically or spiritually, that’s when your faith will either grow or you’ll get stuck in the situation.

The choice is yours, just as it was up to me to decide.

I knew I would never be as healthy as I was before the tumors, but I decided I wanted to be as healthy as I could be. That meant believing God’s promises–even when it seemed impossible–even when I wanted to give up–even when I didn’t see any improvement.  Hebrews 11: 1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” In other words, believing when it seems impossible–believing without seeing.

In JANE DOE, Raven literally hits rock-bottom when she’s thrown off a cliff. As Raven struggles to rebuild her life, she learns that God is still trustworthy; that God is still faithful and loving; and  that God is still all-powerful. Her belief in God gives her hope for the future and assurance about what we do not see.

That is faith!

I learned those same things during my journey to a healthy-er me. And that’s what I hope my readers learn when they read JANE DOE!

 

GIVEAWAY!

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and this time is no exception. The first giveaway will be here on my blog, but there will be a second giveaway later, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that information  For now, leave a comment on any of my Jane Doe blogs, and you’ll be entered to win one of three  $10 AMAZON GIFT CARDS! That’s right–three winners! But wait…there’s more!  If you tweet, or post about JANE DOE  on your social media, I’ll give you a second entrance.  Just enter the link as a comment and you’ll be entered a second time. EASY PEASY!

Here’s a few examples of a tweet or post you can use:

A Broken Body. A Broken Mind. What if she isn’t his last victim? JANE DOE by LillianDuncan https://buff.ly/2Zf6NdV

A chance to win Amazon Gift Cards at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes to celebrate  the release of JANE DOE. No purchase necessary to be entered. For more details, go to www.lillian-duncan.com 

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON JULY 20TH. PLEASE SIGN UP TO FOLLOW THIS BLOG SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON THE WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT! THANKS.

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

NEW BOOK ALERT! MESSENGER

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I’m so excited to let everyone know that the first in my MESSENGER Series will be releasing on February 29!  As of now, it will be a 3-book series, the second will be UNCITIZEN and the third, EXILE.
This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

 

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment. Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult), but it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time but…. the giveaway is on my new blog–MODERN DAY PARABLES. To learn about the giveaway, go to Modern Day Parables and leave a comment under the MESSENGER POST. And while you’re there, sign up to follow the blog so you don’t miss any other giveaways! Thanks,

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

FREE BOOKS!

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I’m in the winter doldrums–even though we haven’t had much of a winter here in Ohio.  How about you? To beat the winter doldrums, I’m giving away FREE BOOKS! For a limited time, these books will be free on Amazon. Click on the link and get a free book–that’s all there is to it. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. But, of course, reviews are always appreciated–especially 5-star reviews!

 

ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE:  Kara Smith has the perfect life except for one thing—the voice.

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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART (Country Living Book 2): When Reggie vowed until death do us part, she had no idea how close she’d come!

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SPLIT: No matter how hard she tries, her life is one big gutter ball!

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DARK ALLEYS:  Homeless and alone, Tessa witnesses a murder–now he’s after her!

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THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF: She can’t go home—ever—if she wants to stay alive.

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The books will only be FREE for a few days so click on them now!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

There’s a New Blog in Town!

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If you love Christian fiction (and I’m assuming you do), there’s a new blog in town! Modern Day Parables is all about Christian fiction and the people who write it! As well as about the readers who read it!

Check it out at MODERN DAY PARABLES.

If you enjoy reading about other authors and their books, not to mention giveaways, you’ll want to sign up to follow Modern Day Parables. I’ll be moving my interviews and book highlights over to that blog so you won’t be seeing them on this blog any longer.

Make sure you hop over to MODERN DAY PARABLES and sign up to follow the blog by email. If you sign up right now, you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!