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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Looking in the Window: Updates - TBCN Give Away - Fun Blog on Friday

Give a cheer for your favorite team and enter to win a $10.00 Starbuck’s gift card and an e-book of Stopped Cold in the Teens Read Too Room on The Book Club Network (Leave cheer under the Discussion Forum)  

Join me at the Decatur Book Festival, August 30 and 31, booth 426, Sweet Romance, Mystery & Inspy Fiction

Coming Soon Mountain of Love and Danger, a Fairwilde Reflection Novella 

Jack Greenthumb finds romance in Fairwilde Kingdom—a different day—a different girl. Then a cruel mystery begins. Dad’s beaten, the family farm destroyed and Jack’s true love, Gwendolyn Bante, kidnapped. Jack’s undercover operation reveals Gwenie’s a captive atop a mountain accessible only by helicopter. Reaching her is a dangerous expedition even for a champion rock climber like Jack. However, a Greenthumb Acres employee plants a miraculous seed from Heaven for the rescue. Suspense mounts as Jack scales the perilous cliff to face a brute and a treacherous descent in this retelling of the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Fun for Friends Friday on Friday, August 29th - Unwrinkling without Ironing, on Lillian Duncan's Blog

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Ada Brownell Talks about Writing and Her Latest Book, The Lady Fugitive. Give Away.

A Warm Welcome to Ada Brownell
Ada will give away a copy of Joe the Dreamer, either paper or e-book.
To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below. 

When Joe's parents disappear, he becomes the target of the radical militant group that enslaves them and his fate could be worse than death.

Hi Ada, first, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the youngest of eight children, six of us redheads, not including Mama. One by one my family became born-again Christians after I was born. Our house was filled with gospel singing and instrumental music.

I’ve been a Bible student most of my life and started writing for Christian publications at age 15. I worked as a reporter for 17 years, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo, and have a degree in mass communications.

 My husband was a telegraph operator for the Rio Grande Railroad . We lived in a cabin on top of Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, in railroad depots and even in a railroad  car. God blessed us with five children, one of them now in heaven, and  they are a blessing to us.

 In retirement, I continue to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers. and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. I am critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Why do you write?
 I had hoped to be a secretary. I wrote because I had a fire in me to share the gospel, but also a love for Christian fiction and fun interesting stories. In one of my first writing courses, however, the instructor said a thousand novels are rejected for every one published. I decided to write non-fiction, although once in a while I’d write fiction for a Sunday school paper. In retirement, I decided to write both and now have three non-fiction books and two novels.

Tell us about your latest book, The Lady Fugitive.
How does a respected elocutionist become a face on a wanted poster?

Jenny Louise Parks escapes from the coal bin, and her abusive uncle offers a handsome reward for her return. Because he is a judge, he will find her or he won’t inherit her parents’ ranch.
Determination to remain free grips Jenny, especially after she meets William and there’s a hint of romance. But while peddling household goods and showing a Passion of the Christ moving picture, he discovers his father’s brutal murder.

 Will Jenny avoid the bounty hunters? Can she forgive the person who turns her in? Will she find peace, joy and love?

What inspired you to write this particular book?
My grandmother was an elocutionist who performed her original poems and songs on stage in Colorado as a teenager before the turn of the 20th Century.

Some relatives say when Grandma’s parents died she moved in with an uncle, a judge, who lived in Pueblo, Colo. Grandma graduated from Centennial High School at a young age and earned a teaching certificate. But one day, knowing she was in danger of being abused by the judge, she packed a suitcase and took off down the road walking. She ended up in Florence, Colo., where she was hired as a schoolteacher.

A portion of my family denies Grandma had to run from the judge. I wasn’t there.
Grandfather was dead before I was born, but he sounded like an interesting character who traveled about the country in his youth showing one of the first Passion of the Christ moving pictures created. My brother has the reel.

Like William in The Lady Fugitive, Grandpa’s dad was murdered.
As a widower, Great-grandfather had remarried, supposedly because he needed a cook. He was age sixty or so and his wife decades younger, and she was pregnant. When his wife’s lover kept coming to see her, Great-grandpa tried to stop it and the man beat him so badly he died.
Although I’ve used similar situations, The Lady Fugitive is the story of Jenny Louise Parks and William O’Casey, created from my imagination. They, all characters and events in the book are fiction.

How do you get to know your characters?
I made short profiles of each character in a notebook, but they grew their own personalities as I wrote. Sometimes a character pops in out of no where. That’s the way it was with Stuart, a young orphan whose living on the streets because his parents died of cholera.

Here’s how he dropped in:

“What ya doin’?”

Jenny jumped and banged her head on a board above her. She edged her fingers under her tightly secured bun to rub the spot.

A skinny boy with a dirty face and ragged clothes leaned in behind her and took a peek at the judge and William. “Is that man botherin’ the peddler? I kinda like the peddler. Gave me apples one day.”
“SShhhhhh.” She put her shaking index finger across her lips and considered holding her nose. The boy needed a bath.

He lowered his voice. “Why you hidin’?”

“I don’t want the man who is bothering the peddler to see me. But I need to hear what they say.”
William and the stable boy appeared to be giving the judge directions.

“Need a job?” Jenny asked. “I’ll bet the gentleman would like to have someone carry his suitcase to the rooming house.” She reached out and shook his dirty hand. “I’m Jenny Parks. The new schoolteacher. Hope to see you in school Monday. What is your name?”

“Stuart Ripley.”

My editor also loved the wife of the antagonist who Jenny called “Grouch.” She also just popped in.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
My husband and I are retired and writing takes commitment even now. I try to be organized, clean dirt the instant I see it, wash and fold that laundry, plan those meals, and budget my time. My husband likes that I’m a writer, but he doesn’t particularly like all the time I spend at the computer.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
 Know your goal, pray, study writing and other people’s writing, then sit down and do it.

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers. and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Among her books: The Lady Fugitive, released July 18, 2014, Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.

Imagine the Future You audiobook is available at  Free book with new Audible membership.

The Lady Fugitive
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Twitter: @adellerella
Blog: Stick to Your Soul Encouragement


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Winner of Beyond I Do

The winner of Beyond I Do is...

Hat, Horns....

Congratulations Connie Almony!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Jennifer Slattery Shares a Beautiful Devotional and Talks about Her New Book, Beyond I Do. She'll Give Away a Copy.

A Warm Welcome to Jennifer Slattery

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Closed Door
I’m not sure when this started or where it came from, but somehow, over the years, my view of obedience has become tainted. I’ve heard so much about open and closed doors and letting go and letting God that I’ve developed this idea that obedience is going to be easy. And successful. But when I read the Bible, that’s not what I see. Consider how many doors Moses had slammed in his face. His own people opposed him, Pharaoh ridiculed him, and the harder Moses pushed, the worse things became. At least initially. And what about Joshua and his encounter with Jericho? He didn’t just have a closed door. He had an entire, seemingly impenetrable, wall standing in his way. Then there’s the prophet Elijah. His life wasn’t exactly a bed of roses. At times, he even thought his work was pointless. But he kept on. As did Isaiah, John the Baptist, Stephen, and Paul, just to name a few.

Paul has become the super hero of Christianity. We like to talk about all the great things he did for Christ, about all the churches he planted, and how faithfully he suffered for God. But if we really stop and study his life, we won’t see very many open doors. That’s not to say his work didn’t produce amazing results. What I’m saying is his road to obedience wasn’t this peaceful, well-paved, flower-lined path we’d like to see in our own lives. It was fraught with intense, life-threatening obstacles at every turn. Hop on over to Acts and tell me you don’t see all the heavily fastened dead bolts–prison, beating, slander, ridicule. (Pay special attention to Acts 20: 22-28) Paul didn’t wait for a nice, wide, open door. He looked for those tiny cracks then worked, with God’s leading, to wiggle himself in. Not because he was forging his own way with single-minded stubbornness, but because he knew-knew-knew God’s will and focused on obedience with unwavering determination. Walking with intentional blinders on, he kept his eyes on his Savior and not the obstacles all around him.

The result? Many came to salvation, and numerous churches were planted. I’m not saying that closed doors don’t exist or that we shouldn’t pause for re-evaluation every once in awhile. What I am saying is if you know in your heart of hearts God is calling you to do something, don’t let anything get in the way. And don’t expect the obedience journey to be easy. When doubts and obstacles arise, put your blinders on and withdraw within, closing off everything else until that still, small voice shines through. Then, once God has confirmed or perhaps reaffirmed your route, walk forward in confidence.

What about you? Do you feel like you’ve hit a closed door? Maybe you have. Or maybe, God is stretching and growing you, developing perseverance while drawing you closer to Himself. There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s through consistent prayer.

I love to pray Romans 12:1-2, which says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

As we come to God in prayer, offering all we are and have to Him, He begins to transform our thinking, aligning our will with His. Then we can move forward in confidence, trusting He will redirect us if need be. What about you? Where are you in your faith journey? Have you hit a few hurdles and speed bumps, maybe enough that you’ve considered turning back? Could be. But what if He’s asking you to persevere and keep stepping?

Thank you for that wonderful devotional.

About Beyond I Do.

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancĂ©. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

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Jennifer Slattery is an avid reader who enjoys long, leisurely strolls with her husband; mall dates with her daughter; and chatting with her girlfriends over hot, flavored milk with a hint of coffee. She writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for for, and devotions for Internet CafĂ© Devotions. She also writes and edits for Christ to the World Ministries, an international ministry that broadcasts via radio waves in 32 countries. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her serving in her church, community, or home.
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