Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Feeling Alone In Your Journey With Jesus?


Let Me Walk with You: Letters of Faith and Strength By Gisela Yohannan

About the Book:

Are you feeling alone or overwhelmed in your journey with the Lord Jesus? In this volume of letters, originally addressed to women serving on the challenging mission fields of South Asia, Gisela Yohannan shares precious lessons from her own life and insights from God’s Word that will fill your heart with faith and strength, no matter where you are in your walk with Jesus. By His grace, you will make it!
GiselaGisela Yohannan Gisela Yohannan serves the Lord along with her husband, K.P. Yohannan, who is the founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. Gisela ministers to thousands of Christian women in many countries, teaching God’s Word with deep insight and practical life application. She has written four other books.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Contest


 The Author is giving away one e-book copy of An Unexpected Blessing( Kindle or Nook Only) To enter go here: 
Book Title:  When You Let Go
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publication Date:  May 22, 2014

About The Book:

An answered prayer. An unforeseen betrayal. A family healed by grace.
Amara and Ejike Dike had been married for six glorious years. Amara was convinced Ejike, was the perfect gift from God. Loving, charming and very easy on the eyes. 

They had a beautiful life. Well, not so beautiful. Amara’s inability to bear children made her feel like a less than the perfect mate for her husband. Then after many years, God lifted her faith and had finally heard her cry. The Dikes couldn’t be happier.

A surprise visit from Chinelo, Amara’s long lost cousin, turns Amara’s world upside down and threatens to turn her once-perfect existence into ashes.
Ejike loved his wife with a passion. They shared a burning desire and faith in God that burned deep. However Chinelo’s appearance would open a Pandora’s Box that had purposely been kept shut.

Faced with the loss of all she holds dear, Amara finds herself at crossroads. Would she lean on God’s sustaining grace to let go and travel the rocky path to forgiveness? Or would she throw everything to the wind and walk away?
When You Let Go is a novel about people who know what the Word of God instructs but struggle with actually doing it when the chips are down

About The Author:

Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. Unoma Nwankwor spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. 

She is a romantic at heart and is passionate about telling stories of faith and hope about love. She hopes to capture her readers through stories that are faith based with an element of love. After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

Unoma Nwankwor is the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013), The Christmas Ultimatum (2013), and When You Let Go (May, 2014), as well as many published flash fiction and short stories. 

Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel A Scoop of Love (October, 2014).

Ms. Nwankwor's readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. She calls them her God-given stories and strives every day to use her gift to His glory.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast featuring Amy von Borstel

About the Book:

If you knew that your prayers could change the lives and futures of your children or grandchildren, would you pray regularly? Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation is a hope-filled resource for those desiring a life of prayer and for those seeking God for miracles. In the Prayers of a Mother's Heart eBook, there are several personal stories that reveal the power of prayer, a collection of heartfelt prayers that address a wide range of concerns many mothers have for their children, along with over ninety-five Scriptures, simple guidelines for preparing the heart for prayer, a chapter on prayer journals, and a chapter on the importance of generational blessings. Be inspired by Prayers of a Mother’s Heart to begin trusting that Jesus truly holds the answers to the challenges in your children’s lives. Jesus promised He would do the impossible if only we would believe (Mark 9:23).
Amy 2014Amy von Borstel

Amy von Borstel is a passionate follower of Christ, a wife and mother of two—one adult child and one teen. She attributes her twenty-eight year marriage and happy home to the love of God and living a life of faith-filled prayer. She’s been a writer since she was a little girl, writing poetry and keeping journals as a way to find peace and rest in her soul. Her first published short story, A Divine Hair Appointment, was released in the 2013 Thomas Nelson book, When God Makes Lemonade. She is passionate about helping orphans and seeing people find abundance through an intimate relationship with Christ.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Please welcome R.M. Strong to our Meet The Author Day

Sharon: Welcome to Author Day, Rickki, May I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? A soft drink? Or just plain water?

R.M. Strong: Well, my husband and I have been Netflix binging on Star Trek: The Next Generation this last month, so there’s really only one answer to that question: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Sharon: Coming right up!
Tell us a little about your family.

R.M. Strong: As I mentioned just now, I married a Trekie, and I’m happily watching ‘90s sci-fi with him, so that should tell you something about us. ;-) We’ve been married for over 11 years and have one son, who is 7.

Sharon: Who has been one of your best encouragers on your writing journey?

R.M. Strong: I’d have to say Nathan, my husband. I would have never pursued publication if he hadn’t read my feeble attempts at writing the first few drafts of my debut novel and encouraged me to keep polishing. Now, 10 years later, he has a good job and encourages me to keep at it, helping me polish, and hand-coding all of my ebooks.

Sharon: I love hearing how your husband and you can work together on your projects.
What gave you the inspiration for Patient Love? How was this story placed on your heart?

R.M. Strong: A friend of mine gave me the basic outline for Patient Love a few weeks before Camp NaNoWriMo in April of 2013—a young woman is dumped by her college sweetheart and relearns her worth in God’s eyes with the help of friends and family. The story evolved from the one sentence synopsis, as all stories do. I was determined to write something new, in a different genre than my “safe” biblical historical fiction and young adult fiction. I was also in a slightly more nostalgic and romantic mood as Nathan had moved to Portland for work and I was still in Idaho while our son finished the school year. My main character, Jasmine, re-discovers herself as I was doing somewhat the same thing.

Sharon: Sounds like a case of absent makes the heart fonder. Giggle.
Of your own experiences, what influenced the writing of Jasmine the most? What features became aspects that were Jasmine’s alone?

R.M. Strong: Like Jasmine, I was a lonely adolescent. I only had a few good friends, and even those friends I kept at arm’s length emotionally. Because of that, like Jasmine, I also fell into a one-sided relationship and while we didn’t get to the point of planning the wedding, it still wasn’t the right thing for me.

Sharon: I do believe an author’s experiences makes the writing more true to life.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

R.M. Strong: That would have to be my son. He has big dreams (right now, he wants to be president, a doctor, go to Mars with NASA, and be an Olympic medalist). Despite having sinners for parents, he loves Jesus, loves Bible quizzing, and loves the people around him.

Sharon: As far as your writing career, have you received a particularly memorable reader response?

R.M. Strong: Patient Love has gotten some very memorable responses, especially from some of my beta readers. One of my characters sits for the Bar exam in the book and I asked an old friend who had just passed her own exams to read the story and make sure the legal stuff was correct. Unbeknownst to me, she had been in an abusive relationship herself. She was very impressed with how I portrayed Jasmine coming out of her bad relationship and beginning to see herself not as Philip saw her, but as God saw her.

Sharon: So even your beta reader was a God thing!
Are you planning another book? If so, what’s the story about?

R.M. Strong: I always have a few other books in some state of done-ness. Currently, I have three works in progress and one book out with some beta readers. The book that’s being critiqued right now is the third (and probably final) in my My Life as a Superhero series. I also have another biblical historical fiction, God of Chaos, which retells the story of Exodus and the Ten Plagues of Egypt, and an historical fiction about 17th Century Caribbean pirates. I’m also working on a fantasy with some allegorical overtones.

Sharon: What an interesting line up of subjects!
One last question: How can readers find you on the Internet?

R.M. Strong: I can be found quite a few places. I’m on Twitter ( @RM_Strong ), on Facebook, at my website , and my books are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, and Barnes & Nobel (Just search for R. M. Strong). If you have any questions that are still not answered, my email address is rmstrongbooks@gmail.com.
Sharon: Thank you so much for joining us today. Do you have any parting words?

R.M. Strong: Thanks so much for having me, Sharon, and letting me talk about my books and what I’m doing. And a big thank you to your readers for stopping by as well.

Sharon: The pleasure is all ours, mind and the readers.

Q4 Our Readers: Do you read only one type of book, or are your tastes versatile?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Please welcome Mary C. Findley to our Meet The Author Day

Sharon: Hi Mary, I’m so glad you are here today. May I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? A soft drink? Or just plain water?

Mary: Hot tea will do nicely, thank you! It’s been a very cold winter.

Sharon: You are certainly right about that. Take your pick of tea bags from this basket while I get your hot water. Then tell us a little about your family.

Mary: Hubby and I will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year. He drives tractor trailer cross country and sometimes to Canada. I ride along full time. We have 3 grown children, Boy-Girl-Boy.

Sharon: When and how did you get interested in writing?

Mary: I started drawing around kindergarten, creating characters for stories. It was junior high when I seriously decided to be a writer.

Sharon: Do you write while traveling?

Mary: Yes, we do everything in the Semi, or a truck stop. :-)

Sharon:  Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

Mary: I read a lot of books by friends in my indie author groups now, quite a mixture of genres. I want to review for them, and I have been blessed by stretching my preferences with some very good stories.

Sharon: Who has been one of your best encouragers on your writing journey?

Mary: The Christian Indie Authors group on facebook.

Sharon: Are we allowed to ask about the group?

Mary: The authors group itself is secret, but this is the Portal Group, where we route people to the other groups.

Sharon: What story haven’t you told yet that you want to tell? What’s holding you back?

Mary: I started writing a modern-setting book for the first time for NaNoWriMo last November. I normally write historical fiction, and it’s tough to make sure the conversations and characters are contemporary without being so up to the minute that they will not remain relevant.

Sharon: What makes your writing different than other writers? What is your brand? What can a reader expect every time she picks up one of your books?

Mary: We use Findley Family Video Publications as our imprint. “Speaking the truth in love” is our tagline. In my historicals, there will always be some romance, but mostly suspense, with people finding God doesn’t work the way we think He does, but brings things to a good end if we rely on Him.

Sharon: What gave you the inspiration for the Benny and the Bank Robber series? How was this story placed on your heart?

Mary: It was a combination of Tom Sawyer, the Sugar Creek gang, and some classic children’s adventures, like those written by Louisa May Alcott. I wanted a boy main character traveling westward in the 1800s and the people he meets along the way. I especially wanted to communicate the message that we might not understand why things happen, or like how they go, but God always has a purpose.

Sharon: What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Mary: Regular sales each month without any real paid advertising. We might not be million-sellers, but apparently we are doing something right, with mostly good reviews and 30-100 sales a month.

Sharon: Have you received a particularly memorable reader response?

Mary: I’ve had some wonderful reviews by parents reading them with their children. They have even done some historical fact-checking and found out I was right about details I included. Since I wanted them to appeal to homeschoolers, this was very encouraging. They also loved the way I included faith in the stories. One said, “One of the best Christian adventure books out there!” 

Sharon: How can readers find you on the Internet?

Mary: Our blog is http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com All our books are linked there, and there are teasers, plus we write about current issues and Bible study topics.
Sharon: Thank you so much for joining us today.

Q4U Readers: How many books to you read each week?