Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet Ohio Author Sandra Merville Hart

Sharon: Please welcome Sandra Merville Hart to our Meet The Author Day. (Wait for applause to die down.)

May I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? A soft drink? Or just plain water?

Sandra: Thank you, I'd love a glass of sweet iced tea.   

Sharon: Here you go. 
What can you tell us about your family?

Sandra: My husband and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary last year with a trip to Gettysburg. (I do write historical romance novels!)  I have a stepson, two married stepdaughters, a daughter, and a granddaughter who live nearby. We have a great time when we get together!

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

Sandra:I love to read, but now I pay attention to how authors build tension. I notice how the words they choose to describe people and settings. In other words, I guess reading has become another opportunity to learn the writing craft.

Sharon: Who has been your greatest encourager on your writing journey?

Sandra: My husband has supported me the whole way. I like to visit historic sites to discover the local history. He uses vacation time to go on research trips with me. He supports whatever I need to do. He understands that rejections break my heart at times and does what he can to bolster my courage to try again.               

Sharon: I love the cover of your debut novel A Stranger on My Land! How was this story
placed on your heart?

Sandra:I wondered what it would have felt like to find a wounded soldier on your property after a Civil War battle. It surely happened. Would you walk away and leave him to die if he fought for the other side? What if your members of your family fought for the opposite army? Does that change anything? Suppose you help them anyway and fall in love?

I pondered these questions and the story was born.

Sharon: Who inspires you?

Sandra:I'm inspired by great authors. I've read several books by Mark Twain in the past year or so because I write historical fiction. This master storyteller inspires me.

I'm inspired by the courage I find in people who face insurmountable challenges and somehow find a way to get through it.

I'm inspired by those who cling to their faith when it's all they have left to hold on to.

I'm inspired by a friendly smile, a warm welcome, and how good old-fashioned hospitality feeds the soul.

I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, if I only take time to discover it.

Sharon: Are you planning another book? If so, what’s the story about?

Sandra:I'm currently writing a romantic suspense novel. An idea just came to me and I have to write it to get it out of my system.This is my first time to write in this genre, but I'm having a blast with it. My next novel will be a Civil War romance set in Gettysburg.

Sharon: I am eager to read all of them!
Thank you so much for joining us today. Do you have any parting words?

Sandra: Thank you, Sharon, for hosting me on your wonderful site. I've enjoyed being here. The sweet tea tasted great!

Sharon: The pleasure is all mine. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

30 Days Of Savings

Today we feature Deadly Secret with the sale price of $.99 regular price $2.99

A medical drama about a drug scandal--false accusation-- and death. 

The covering on Evalena Davidson’s head invites all kinds of confidences and sharing, a blessing on Denton Community Hospital’s oncology ward. But people expect her to be perfect, which makes living up to the promise of her Old German Baptist uniform a challenge. 

Old German Baptist Brethren with their adherence to traditional ways do not get involved with the law. But how can Evalena turn her back on a friend? 

Pete Neper, head of the sanitation department senses unrest among the employees but finds it a challenge to track down the cause. 

Danni Wagoner, another oncology nurse is implicated in a drug scam. 

This unlikely trio put their lives and reputation at risk to uncover a deadly secret in an attempt to identify a killer before someone else dies.

Deadly Secret on sale now for $.99 regular price $2.99 Link to purchase:

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast with Michelle Word Hollis

It's in the House: Lessons from a Widow Woman - Getting What You Need & More!
By Michelle Word Hollis

About the Book:

In this book you will discover the powerful lessons, from the Biblical story of the Widow's Oil, that will help you overcome any difficulty you are currently facing. You will learn easy to implement strategies that will cause positive transformation in your thoughts and actions. The lessons are based upon Biblical principles that you can use daily for successful living. God has given us a blueprint in His Word that will help us build a grand life no matter where we are currently in life. The principles contained in these pages have withstood the test of time; they are universal truths! The lessons and principles are simple to understand, as well as, implement for those who would dare try and keep trying. Making a lasting permanent change does take time, practice, and patience, but you can do it! image1Michelle Word Hollis is a native of St. Louis,  Mo. She is a wife and a mother. She received her undergraduate degree from SIUE and her MBA from UOP. Michelle is a life long learner and enjoys many other personal pursuits. Michelle is a new author, but she has been writing privately for many years. Michelle's Pearlable Woman book series will explore spirituality, family, life, and love. In the series, she will share lessons that have stood the test of time. These lessons are pearls of wisdom from the lives of Biblical women that can be applied to our contemporary lives.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Truth Seekers by Anne-Rae Vasquez

Doubt By Anne-Rae Vasquez

About the Book:

Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game ‘Truth Seekers’, has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine. His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones. During Harry’s missions, Cristal and the team of ‘Truth Seekers’ stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the ‘end of the world’ as they know it.
Anne-Rae-Vasquez-500pixAnne-Rae Vasquez is currently writing "RESIST" book 2 of the Among Us Trilogy. Her latest novel Doubt, Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy was released on November 9, 2013 at the Rain Dance Book Festival. Among Us Trilogy is a book series about a group of outcasts (online gamers) who band together to investigate who or what is behind the catastrophic events happening around the world. Her previous novel, Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, was adapted into a screenplay and later produced into an award winning feature film and web series and was her directorial debut. Aside from her artistic work, Anne-Rae is the creator/producer and host of Fiction Frenzy TV (fictionfrenzy.tv), a VLog channel featuring indie artists and authors. She also freelances as a journalist for Digital Journal, an online magazine Other works include: Gathering Dust – a collection of poems, Salha's Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook published by AR Publishing Inc. and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing).
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Please Welcome Margaret Armanious to our Meet The Author Day

Good Morning, Margaret. I'm happy to visit with you today
When and how did you get interested in writing?

Margaret Armanious: I believe I’ve always enjoyed writing on some level. Growing up, I always loved creative writing assignments, excited to see what I could craft on paper while the other kids groaned. (Now I can’t say the same for math!) I’ve almost always kept a journal, although the frequency of my entries would vary throughout the years. However, the love of putting words to paper has always been a part of me. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I began to write Bible Studies, accumulating them but never sharing them. One day I realized that if God gave me the desire and tenacity to write, then I need to share it. I realized that is what I have to give.  
Sharon: We study for ourselves and can be too shy to share. Thank you for heeding the nudging to share what God has given you.

How was this particular study placed on your heart?

Margaret Armanious: That’s an easy one, Sharon. Many, many years ago, I remember my dad teaching the book of Philemon to my small group fellowship. The message of the book of Philemon, (forgiveness), and the way he presented it left such an impression on me that years later I decided to study the book myself. “An Invitation to Forgive” is a product of what was placed in my heart upon that initial impression. In fact, that’s how this book is dedicated.
Sharon: What impact do you hope this book has upon the reader?

Margaret Armanious: Wow, that’s a good question.

What is amazing about the book of Philemon is that it is so saturated with practical wisdom, especially for such a short epistle. It’s written by the Apostle Paul to his friend Philemon, urging him to take back and forgive his runaway slave, Onesimus. As I began to study this letter, I discovered that it addresses many aspects of forgiveness, such as:

-        What is the character of one who forgives?
-        What is it about forgiveness that is so transformative?
-        What are the motives of the one who forgives?
-        What are the dynamics of forgiveness?

Point by point, the apostle weaves a brilliant case for reconciliation in the midst of a volatile situation. He presents a truly gracious appeal towards compassion that I believe can be directly applied to our own lives.  Through his words, we see a shining example of what a godly mediator looks like.  After all, which of us has never longed to see a broken relationship mended? 

My hope is that the reader will come to appreciate the book of Philemon through this simple, easy-to-read study, not only for the practical application, but to draw closer to a deeper understanding of the Author of forgiveness, Jesus Christ Himself
Sharon: The interesting thing about this book to me is I am in the process of studying how to forgive the hard things. For instance ... how would someone forgive a murderer ... of a loved one. I am sure I will find some valuable lessons in the book of Philemon.

Are you planning another book?

Margaret Armanious: Yes. I have written a short, expository study on Hebrews 12: 1-3, which speaks of running the race of faith. Like “An Invitation to Forgive”, it is also written in an interactive, question and answer format.

I also hope to publish a study I call “The Four Greatest Lies of Satan”, which examines  Satan’s lies in  the account of the Fall of Man (Genesis 3:1-24), and how it his lies continue today on an individual, church, and societal level.

I also hope to publish studies on the untamable tongue, (James 3:1-12), as well as a topical study on money management, (Selected Scriptures), Lord willing.

Sharon: Wow! I certainly want to encourage you in those two studies as well.

How can our readers find you on the Internet?

Margaret Armanious: I have a blog, called “Ministry In Words” that has been such a joy in my life. It was developed from an insatiable desire to share my love for the word of God and my faith in Christ. The groundwork for this blog really started many years ago, as God began to develop a real joy for Bible Study within me. This is a small way to share some of it. Sometimes that will come from studies and devotions I have put together, and other times from the simple, everyday conversations and lessons I find along the way. You may find it at www.ministryinwords.wordpress.com.  Each reader is important to me and by their input and comments enhances the blog in ways that I never could do alone. Stop by and join the conversation!

My Twitter handle is @tweetinginwords.

I’ve also been featured as a guest blogger on GospelBlog by FEBC:

Sharon: I just started following you on twitter!

Margaret Armanious: Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog!

Sharon: It has been my pleasure. 
Readers you can find Margaret's book here