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!

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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!

Coming soon… THE DAVID YEARS

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Giveaway News!

I’m excited to announce my latest novel–THE DAVID YEARS–will be released soon! In fact, it will be available in a few days.  THE DAVID YEARS is the sequel to Puzzle House. In case you don’t remember, Puzzle House was a finalist for the 2017 Carol Award–an award for excellence in Christian Fiction by the American Christian Fiction Writers.

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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.

That’s it for now, but I’ll be sharing more about THE DAVID YEARS in the next few days so stay tuned!

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!

Stretching With God!

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I’m not young, skinny, or athletic, but I have exercised most of my adult life. I believe in exercise! I’m not all that healthy but I keep trying because our bodies are the temple of God. So we should do what we can to be as healthy as we can be.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors and subsequently a genetic disease called Neurofibromatosis Type 2. If you want to hear more about that, you can read my book, GOD, LIFE & HULA HOOPS.

Anyway, without going into all the gory details, I’m completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the others. Along with that I also have multiple other health issues, including  serious balance problems and fatigue among other things.

At one point, I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything and could barely walk.

I decided it was time to take control of my health.

I decided it was time to start exercising again.

I was told I should go to physical therapy for my balance issues. Instead, I started researching it and ending up developing an exercise routine to help with my balance and flexibility. I call it Stretching with God, because I incorporated the seven days of creation into the workout.

So how’s my health now? I’ve lost 50 pounds, I usually do 2-3 miles on the treadmill at least 3-4 times every week, and can bend over to pick stuff off the floor without falling! I still have my struggles, but I’m healthier than I’ve been in a long time. And I believe Stretching with God has helped!

Want to know more about it? Click on the page that says Stretching with God, and it gives the full workout!

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

I Want To Be Wise!

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Proverbs 10: 19

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Wow. I love this verse.  Many words equals an unavoidable transgression but he who restrains his lips is wise.

I want to be wise.

It may not be the only thing we need to do become more wise, but it’s a good start. Thanks to social media, there’s way too many words out there in the universe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll read something on social media and my first response will be to write something that won’t be so kind or useful. I’ll even write the post, but most of the time, I’ll delete it before I actually post it.

The times I don’t I usually wish I had.

For some reason we think we have to tell the world how to live, what’s right and wrong, how to feel or not feel. The list can go on and on. But a better choice is to restrain or lips–and our fingers!

God Bless & Good Reading!

Writer of the Day–Gail Kittleson

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Gail Kittleson is my Writer of the Day. Gail writes from northern Iowa, where she and her husband of forty-one years enjoy grandchildren, gardening, traveling and historical research. After instructing college writing and English as a Second Language, Gail wrote a memoir. Then the World War II bug big her . . . hard! Seven novels later, she’s still hopelessly addicted to this riveting era. Her women’s fiction honors Greatest Generation characters who made a difference despite great odds. Gail’s second love, teaching, has her facilitating workshops and retreats, where she cheers others’ creativity.  You can connect with Gail at http://www.gailkittleson.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GailKittlesonAuthor.

She’s here today to talk about her new book-UNTIL THEN. But first, she shares how the book came to be.

Creativity in Wartime

Madeline L’Engle wrote that when we create, we co-create with Spirit or our muse and also with the recipient. We weave seeds of our imagination into our artistic work and hope they take root, flourish, and touch or change our readers.

My D-Day release Until Then (after the World War II song), features a real WWII nurse/heroine. Dorothy Woebbeking grew up down the street from the Sullivan brothers in Waterloo, IA. The Woebbeking children played with the five Sullivan boys, who all enlisted in the Navy. Like many from rural Iowa, three of Dorothy’s brothers also enlisted in the Army or Marine. And so did Dorothy.

I think she would like this tea bag message I read the other day.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle, a comedian in the fifties and sixties, said this. Other versions exist, but this one, short and sweet, fits Dorothy’s modus operandi.

So often in the dangerous trek of the Eleventh Evacuation Hospital across North Africa, through the Invasion of Sicily, up the boot of Italy, northward through France and into Germany, opportunity failed to knock. But Dorothy and others built doors everywhere they went.

They suffered from terrible heat, torrential rain, snowstorms, and enemy fire. A ruthless enemy that didn’t mind aiming at the white cross clearly exposed on hospital tents. But these incredibly faithful workers determined to use every ounce of their expertise to save wounded GIs—or to stay with them through the throes of death.

Someone recently asked me why I wrote this book. Well, Dorothy’s real-life story gripped me, and so did another one. At about the time Dorothy deployed, the worst civilian tragedy of the war occurred in a poor London borough, a horrific loss of life that would affect the community for decades.

Verbalizing our pain helps at times like this, but the war department ordered survivors to keep silent, lest that bugger Hitler hear and think he’d gained the upper hand against the populace. This added suffering—being forbidden to talk about your lost loved ones—is understandable, but so difficult to grasp.

And so Until Then took shape. I’d never tied together two such divergent stories, but the more I wrote, the more I loved them both. I hope readers do, too!

 

Thanks, Gail, for sharing how the story came to be. Here’s the book cover–front and back.

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Thanks, Gail for being my Writer of the Day today! It looks like an intriguing book.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

A Writer’s Life–Part 5

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A writer’s best friend–or maybe not!

I like to focus on the positive but everything in a writer’s life is not always positive. So, what do you think a writer’s best friend is? Certainly (at least for me) one of my best friends is my computer. There are days when I spend more time with my computer than with my husband! OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

There are a few writers out there that write everyone out in long hand, but I’m not one of them. I’m not sure I could create a story that way. Believe me, I’m not even going to try.

So why do I call the computer my BFF? I create stories on it, of course. But that’s just the beginning. I keep track of all my covers, my promos, my contracts, my royalties and other tax information on my computer. Another thing I use the computer for is to set up my blog tours when one of my books is released. I have a special calendar program I use for that.

So I have two books releasing this year–The David Years and Trapped. So as you can imagine, I’ve been busy putting together my blog tours and the info for the blog tours. Anyway…my computer hasn’t been acting all that friendly to me lately so I thought I’d do a refresh on it. I chose the option that said it wouldn’t affect my files.

But guess what?

It did affect my files. Especially the calendar files showing who’s blog I’d be visiting and on what day as well as the information for that specific blog. After a few moments of panic, I remembered I have everything backed up. Whew…I could breathe again–or so I thought! After a week of trying to get the program to work right, I gave up.

So, now I’m in the process of trying to recreate the calendar by going back through my emails. It’s working but it’s a slow process.

The computer may still my bestie–but I’m not going to trust it quite the way I did before it betrayed me.

And such is the writer’s life!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

PS.  Here’s the covers for my upcoming releases.