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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Connie Almony Talks about Her New Book, One Among Men, and Discusses Psalm 77:3




A Warm Welcome to Connie Almony
 
Connie will give away an e-book of One Among Men. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.


I remembered You, O God and I groaned (Psalm 77:3, NIV)

From Connie:
This is the favorite verse of the main character, Samantha Hart, in my latest novel, One Among Men. She got this verse from me. It was my first favorite and the very first I’d ever memorized when I began studying the Good Book in my late twenties.

You may wonder why someone would love a verse about groaning at the memory of God. Isn’t that memory something we should sing about instead? Well, yes, but the idea I needed to be reminded of Him is most definitely groan worthy. And yet there was an author, like me, charged with penning the actual Words of God, who needed to do the same.
That gave me hope.
Hope that after having forgotten about Him for too many years, I could also be used by Him to do great things. Samantha Hart feels the same. You see, she’d abandoned God when her mother was murdered many years before, remembering Him only enough to rebel against the things she knew He’d wanted for her. She squandered her relationships only to come up feeling more empty than she’d been after her mother’s death. But God never left her. Much like he’d never left me. He worked in my life, behind the scenes, and would occasionally make His presence apparently clear … until one day, I remembered Him … and groaned.

It was a good groan. Much like the kind we communicate to the Holy Spirit who in turn translates them to the Father. He answers those groans, so I keep verbalizing them. He’s my Daddy after all. The One whose arms I fall into when things aren’t going my way. The One who holds me up when my knees want to buckle. The One who smiles and touches a kiss to my forehead when I need to feel loved. The One who pats me on the back and says, “You can do it” when I can’t imagine how.
I can do it with Him—that’s how.
So I keep remembering … and groaning.


About One Among Men

Samantha Hart is looking for godly purpose, like her missionary best friend, but is forced to take a job as the resident director of the all-male party dorm at the major state university where her prodigal past haunts her. She must avert the pitfalls of a woman in her position as well as the dangerous forces that threaten her life.

Chris Johnson, a rock guitarist, has come back to school as a music major, and finds himself in a business relationship with the ruthless supplier of an on-campus drug ring. He’s intrigued by the lady RD, while learning more about his musical gift and the God who gave it to him. Can he manage his two worlds without risking Samantha’s life?


Author Bio:

Connie Almony is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. She is the author of One Among Men, about a woman whose job requires she live with 500, hard-partying college guys, and At the Edge of a Dark Forest, a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD.
You can find Connie on the web at ConnieAlmony.com, and hosting the following blogs: InfiniteCharacters.com, IndieChristianFictionSearch.Blogspot.com, and LivingtheBodyofChrist.Blogspot.com.

You can also meet her on the following social media outlets:
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Pinterest


15 comments:

Connie Almony said...

Thanks so much for having me on today, Gail!!!

Gail Pallotta said...

It's my pleasure, Connie!

June Foster said...

Connie, it's so exciting to see your book in print. After all, I had the privileged of reading it as a critique partner. The hero, Chris Johnson is one of my all time favorite leading men. Whew, a cool guy. Best wishes with your book sales.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

This sounds like an intriguing book. Romance, danger, and mystery! My kind of book.

Miss Mae said...

This sounds exciting, Connie! Love the rock guitarist. :) Ooh, that's almost always a first turn-off, isn't it? LOL Your cover is gorgeous too, btw. :)

Wishing you much success. :)

Connie Almony said...

Thanks for stopping by, June. I kind of like Chris, too :o)!!!

Connie Almony said...

Linda, I hope you have a chance to read it :o).

Miss Mae, thanks about the cover. You should see the full wrap-around--it has a guitar on it and Lynnette Bonner did a BEAUTIFUL job tying it all together. Here's a link where I first unveiled it: http://www.conniealmony.com/#!New-Release-PreOrder-Sale99-Cents/c1q8z/FDE5B56C-80D4-4D5A-871B-3D7D040A8812

Sonja said...

I am excited to read this book! It looks like all my favorite things in one book, suspence, romance and some mystery. That sounds like a super read! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

Connie Almony said...

Well, it's right up your ally, then Sonja :o). Hope you like it!!!

Laurean Brooks said...

This sounds like an amazing story, Connie. Where did you come up with the premise?

Gail, I enjoyed learning about Connie and her book. landtbeth at yahoo dot com.

Connie Almony said...

Laurean, I actually LIVED the premise! I ran an all-male (party) dorm and had to live in the building with the guys. Long story about how I ended up there, but it wasn't intentional. Still, God used it in very important ways!!!

very_inky_fingers said...

Hi Connie.. I am here from BookFun... looks like a great book and even more so after reading that you actually lived thru running an all male party dorm. ladycase2@aol.com

Elaine Stock said...

I love, love, love the picture you've painted, Connie, of our loving Father :)

No need to enter me for this awesome Giveaway of this awesome book since I've read it and loved it.

Deanna Stevens said...

Hello ladies... I finished reading this a few days ago & it was a wonderful book. 500 young men, one serious but pretty lady.. action, mystery, a great story! I'm here from bookfun.org & I have an e-copy so don't enter me.. ! !

Connie Almony said...

Deanna and Elaine, thank you for the compliments on the book. It means a lot!!! And "Very Inky," yes, that was an interesting time for me in the all-male dorm. This is not my actual story, but there are definitely bits of me in it.