Christian Fiction Friday: April 24th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

My snippet this week is from my current work-in-progress, A Harmony for Steve, book 4 in the Song of Suspense Series:

cover-front_9781939603-4ah4s_640When everyone had tasted his flesh, he used the ritual cloth to bandage his skin and stop the bleeding. Francis then intoned, “What else do you bring.”

Charles smiled and answered, “I bring an enemy for the flames.” With that, he lifted the Harmony Harper CD from the ground and offered it to Francis.

Francis grinned and stripped the cellophane from it, then removed the CD disk itself from the case. He allowed the case to fall to the ground. It would be an excellent place for Charles to hide a bootleg copy of Steven Slayer or some other true believer’s work.

Francis held the CD high and announced, “Nos vobis inimicus!” We bring you your enemy. Then he tossed the CD into the flames. Harmony Harper’s smiling face on the front of the CD melted as the flames engulfed it.e.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.




Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.

Pin It
Categories: 4. A Harmony for Steve, Christian Fiction Friday | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

Interview with Author Shirley Raye Redmond and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so happy to introduce you to Shirley Raye Redmond. I completely related to Shirley when she talked about how she came up with an idea for a murder in a crowd of people. I do that all the time! And, I’m fascinated by anyone who can write a book longhand. I am so clumsy with pen and paper and have never been able to do that. Please enjoy this interview — and read to the end! Shirley is giving away an ebook of her latest release, Prudence Pursued! Check out the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview to see how you can win a copy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up on the island of Okinawa, living for those packages of Nancy Drew books and Sweetarts from relatives in the States. We couldn’t buy those treats overseas. I met my husband in college following my baptism ceremony. We have now been married for forty years, have two grown children, two grandsons and one spunky Scottie named Duncan. Besides writing inspirational novels, I have written several children’s books for Random House and Simon & Schuster. My Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection.

prudence pursuedTell us about your current release:

Prudence Pursued is an inspirational Regency. Despite Prudence Pentyre’s best efforts, her cousin Margaret proves reluctant to accept Sir James Brownell’s marriage proposal, and fears being “bovinised” if she undergoes the controversial cowpox vaccination he recommends. And the dashing baronet seems more concerned about the plight of headhunters in Borneo than Margaret’s refusal. Then Prudence suddenly finds herself smitten with the man. What to do? What to do?

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.):

I like to take notes in a spiral notebook, draft my story on a yellow pad and then type the revised draft on the computer. I love the feel of good pens and the smell of paper!

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?

I was in 7th grade when I made up my mind I wanted to write stories—like Jo March in Little Women. From that point on, I did everything I could think of to prepare myself to be a “real” writer: I kept a journal, I joined the school Journalism Club, and I eventually went on to earn an M.A. in Literature. My first newspaper article was printed when I was still in high school and after that, I was hooked!

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea?

Many years ago I was visiting my parents in Arizona. They took me to Tombstone to see a re-enactment of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. While watching the noisy event—guns blaring and people shouting—I realized how easy it would be to have a REAL gunman hidden on the roof of one of the nearby buildings take a shot at a spectator standing on the sidelines. The unsuspecting victim could be shot dead and no one would really notice, thinking it was part of the “show.” I worked just such a scene into my first novel, STONE OF THE SUN—a romantic suspense.

shirley raye redmondHave you always wanted to write a book?

Actually, I wrote and sold many magazine and newspaper articles, essays, and short stories long before I attempted to write a book. I wasn’t sure I had the perseverance to start a novel and see it through to the end. In fact, when I started writing STONE OF THE SUN, a romantic suspense novel, I only wrote 7 chapters before submitting it to an editor. When she expressed interest in seeing the rest of the manuscript, I felt motivated enough to finish the book.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?

I find that reading nonfiction about people or events related somehow to my novel-in-progress are the best ways for me to combat writer’s block. For instance, when some scene in Prudence Pursued just wouldn’t fall into place, I would sit down with the nonfiction book, The Speckled Monster by Jennifer Lee Carrell (a book about the history of small pox) and read a chapter or two. Soon my imagination would be primed once again and I could return to my creative writing.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Resist the TV temptation. This is a distracting time-waster for most writers. Leave the television off while you’re writing. Resolve to go TV-less for two or three evenings per week, and you will discover more time for writing. Increased productivity will eventually lead to increased sales. Many people have told me they wished they could “find the time” to write. I tell them they have as many hours in a day and as many days in the week as I do. They must “make the time.” Hundreds of popular television series have come and gone that I never saw because I was busy writing.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? (Book series, maybe?)

I loved the Betsy, Tacy, Tib books by Maud Hart Lovelace and the Little Maid historical novels by Alice Turner Curtis. And C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia affected me like no other. He died the same day JFK was assassinated (although I did not realize that at the time), but I was later fortunate enough to meet his former secretary Walter Hooper when visiting Oxford on a literary trip.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?

I never imagined traveling to Iceland, the “island at the top of the world.” But a few years ago, my sister and I took a sibling trip and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We even rescued a lost puffin, took it back to our hotel room for the night and released it on the black sand beach the following morning.

Find Shirley on Facebook, her blog, her website

 

Find Shirley’s books on Amazon:
Find Shirley’s books on Kobo:
Find Shirley’s books on Barnes & Noble:
 

Enter to win an ebook of Prudence Pursued! Check out the Rafflecopter to see all of the different ways you can enter to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

halleeLOGOspinefinal


I’m so grateful for your visit, today.
You would bless me if you added me to your Subscribe via any Reader feed reader or subscribed Subscribe via Email via email.
You can also become a fan on Become a Facebook Fan Facebook or follow me on Follow me on Twitter Twitter. I would love to see more of you!


Pin It
Categories: Readers Write to Know | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment

Christian Fiction Friday: April 17th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

My snippet this week is from the 3rd book in my recent Virtues and Valor series, Charity’s Code:

cover_9781939603470_front_640She kissed him soundly. But despite the triviality of its beginnings, this kiss felt somehow important. It felt bittersweet and frighteningly final. Her heart thundered in her ears and she suddenly wanted to just kiss him and kiss him and kiss him… and never stop. She desperately wanted all the clocks to stop ticking. She wanted all the trains to rust onto their tracks and stop moving. She urgently wanted this wretched war to end in the very next second so that she could just kiss her husband and pour every ounce of love she kept in her heart into him.

A shrieking train whistle startled her back to the present moment in which clocks still ticked, trains still rolled, and soldiers still made their way to the front lines. She opened her eyes as their lips parted and beheld the present reality, a reality in which wives still remained behind minding children, keeping busy, staying useful, and fearing every moment that the last time they had seen their husbands alive would be the very last time.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.




Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.

Pin It
Categories: 3. Charity's Code, Christian Fiction Friday | Tags: , , | 3 Comments

Interview with Author Kimberly Payne

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m trilled to bring Kimberly Payne back to my blog. I’ve previously interviewed with her Fit for Faith - a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Last year, she was my guest with her  Trees of the Book, a 26 page children’s activity book about the trees in the Bible. As the mother of younger children, I LOVE that one. Now she’s here promoting her devotional photo journal about her trip to the Holy Land. I’m so intrigued by her branching out to photo devotionals! I hope you check it out and are blessed in some way by her journey. Please enjoy this interview as much as I have.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an author who is reinventing herself as an authorpreneur. I’m venturing into sharing my books in other formats such as podcasts, webinars, and teleseminars. I have many interests including walking/hiking, photography, reading, and writing.

My_Journey_to_the_Holy_Land_CoverTell us about your current release.

My latest release is a devotional photo journal inspired by my 10-day trip to Israel with my mom. It combines my faith and photography into a short devotional. http://amzn.to/17GTCpg

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?

I was head-over-heels in love with Michael J. Fox. I loved his character in Family Ties and also in Back to the Future. He was the only star that I actually wrote a fan letter but he never responded. He broke my young heart.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?

A prayer walk. Getting out into the great outdoors, moving my body, and getting my blood flowing while talking with God is the best way for me. God never disappoints to clear any blocks I’m experiencing.

Have you always wanted to write a book?

I’ve kept my goal-planning records from many years ago and one of my “bucket list” goals was to write a children’s book. I’m excited to report that I’ve surpassed that goal with three children’s activity books published in the last few years: Trees of the Book-Learning from God’s Creation, Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts about God’s Creation, and Super Simple Animal Crafts.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Never, never, never give up. Some days, weeks, and even years can be discouraging but if you keep moving forward one step at a time, you will reach your goal.

KimberleyPayneWhat is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.)

I write my devotionals with pen and paper, but all other writing is done on the computer. Editing is always done on the computer.

What is your inspiration for writing?

My Father God. He is the source of all my creative ideas. He deposits inspiration into my thoughts in the most unlikely places.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea?

I actually get a lot of devotional thoughts when I’m snowmobiling with my husband. Last year, I collected a number of these articles together into a short devotional called Think Snow.

Website/Blog: http://www.kimberleypayne.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyPayne.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitForFaith

Amazon page: http://bit.ly/AmazonPayneAuthorPage

My Journey to the Holy Land: http://amzn.to/17GTCpg

halleeLOGOspinefinal


I’m so grateful for your visit, today.
You would bless me if you added me to your Subscribe via any Reader feed reader or subscribed Subscribe via Email via email.
You can also become a fan on Become a Facebook Fan Facebook or follow me on Follow me on Twitter Twitter. I would love to see more of you!


Pin It
Categories: Readers Write to Know | Tags: , , | 10 Comments

Christian Fiction Friday: March 27th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

Please note that there will be no Christian Fiction Friday on April 3, 2015. Please enjoy the holiday weekend.

cover-front_9781939603-4ah4s_640My snippet this week is from my upcoming book, A Harmony for Steve, book 4 in the Song of Suspense Series:

No more.

His promise repeated itself over and over again in his mind. The single kidney he had couldn’t take any more abuse, and one more binge might be the last. The message from the doctor resonated loud and clear. As much as he had spent the last thirteen years running as far and and fast away from whatever deity reigned above, he had no desire to meet Him anytime soon. So he’d chill on the drinking and the drugs, and he’d stick to not smoking even though right now the need for a cigarette screamed through every single pore in his skin.

When he thought he might be able to stand without falling back down or throwing up, he shakily stood and stumbled into the bathroom. He barely recognized the man staring back at him in the mirror. Black circles framed red rimmed eyes. A long beard covered his face and his hair lay in greasy strings all around his hollow cheeks that sunk into yellowed skin. One of his earlobes was crusty with dried blood where he’d apparently ripped out an earring.

Drink. Then shower. Then food.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.




Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.

Categories: Christian Fiction Friday, Song of Suspense Series | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments

Christian Fiction Friday: March 20th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

I don’t have a snippet from a work in progress this week because I don’t have a work in progress!  My last work, a, Flight of Faith released March 17th! But, here is the link up for you!

Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.




Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.

Categories: Christian Fiction Friday | Tags: | Leave a comment