Christian Fiction Friday: February 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!

Here is my offering for the week, from my current work in progress, Flight of Faith, Part 7 of the Virtues and Valor Series.

v07-faith“We aren’t going to make it!” Helen yelled as she struggled with the controls.

“Just lost the left engine,” her copilot Harold Curtis said, looking beyond Helen to the burning wing. Less than a second later, the entire plane shuddered as another antiaircraft burst exploded right next to them, causing her to rapidly start losing altitude.

“You need to find me a place to set this baby down or else we’re going to be in a heap of trouble,” she managed to say as she stood and used the weight of her body to try to control the yoke. Some part of her brain told that right now she ought to feel absolute terror, but she didn’t have time for that. Maybe later, when this was over, would she take time and react to the fact that she was crash landing into enemy territory, into a country in which she did not speak the language.

 

Now, 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.

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Christian Fiction Friday: February 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!

Here is my offering for the week, from my current work in progress, Flight of Faith, Part 7 of the Virtues and Valor Series.

v07-faithHelen popped the canopy on Diamond and pushed herself out of the cockpit. As her boots landed on the ground, she saw the two men rushing toward her, one of them with a gun drawn from the holster on his belt. She weakly raised her hands. “I have a letter of permission,” she declared before they even came to a stop.

The man in the officer’s uniform looked her up and down, intense green eyes taking in her leather jacket, pants, and boots. He inspected her with a methodical eye for detail, taking in her apparent age, weight, and state of alertness along with her very American accent. He waved a hand at the gun toting man next to him. “Put that away, Erickson.”

The trip here had taken Helen from Texas to New York to Newfoundland to Greenland to Iceland and finally here. The trip had taken seven days. Exhaustion overrode every cell in her body, and Helen didn’t know how much energy she had left from which to pull reserves, especially standing here with her hands in the air. “Let’s have a looksie at your letter, then, shall we?” he demanded.

“I have to get it out of my jacket pocket,” she warned, her voice hoarse with exhaustion. “Don’t let Skippy here get an itchy trigger finger.” The officer simply raised an eyebrow and extended his hand. She retrieved the letter from her inside pocket and handed it over to him.

After he skimmed it, he looked at her again. “This says H. ‘Troy’ Mulberry. You don’t strike me as a Troy.”

She loved his accent. She didn’t think he’d appreciate hearing it at this point, but she honestly thought she could listen to him talk all day. “Well, shucks, Admiral. We just met. Give it some time to grow on ya.”

He didn’t look amused. She lowered her hands and shoved them into her pockets. “Everyone who knows me calls me Troy. Not my fault people assume that means a man.” Helen slumped down onto the wing of her Na-16. “I’ve been flying for half a fortnight. Think I could catch forty winks somewhere, Admiral?”

He looked at Texas Diamond, dusty and dirty, and back at her. “Where did you fly out of, Miss Mulberry?”

 

Now, 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:

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An Interview with Author Erin Taylor Young

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 thrilled to have Erin Taylor Young as my guest. Her book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, sounds hysterical. I so admire authors who can write humor. I appreciate humor, and can scatter it throughout my books in dialogue, but I can’t just straight up write humor. That’s hard work.

I also love that one of her young crushes was John Denver. I remember my 4th or 5th grade year, our grade had a music program. One of our songs was “Grandma’s Featherbed” by John Denver. The boy that was supposed to sing the solo verses of that song was sick, and I was the only kid in the entire grade who knew all of the words to the verses, so I had to sing them. (1) I’m not a boy (heh) (2.) I can’t sing. Seriously. I’m a terrible singer. My autistic son will hold his ears when I sing. So, that was certainly an adventure – for me AND the audience. Weren’t my parents surprised?

Please enjoy Erin’s interview as much as I did.

ErinTaylorYoungTell us a little bit about yourself.I’m a humor writer who’d rather wear jeans and a flannel shirt than tights and dresses. I probably belong in the mountains somewhere, but I live in the flat part of Oklahoma with my well-meaning husband, two polar opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. When I’m not writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, I work as an acquisitions editor for Redbud Press—a company I helped found. I’m also partnering in another start-up project—a podcast aimed at ministering to the hearts of writers, with a series of coordinating books. I love what I do! You can visit me at www.erintayloryoung.com where I blog about writing, God, and my aversion to spiders.

Tell us about your current release.  Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe  is our true-life story about a rogue torpedo of a dog who broadsides our family with love. Think Marley & Me meets Erma Bombeck meets the Roadrunner. (Yes, really!) The book has been repeatedly accused of making people laugh until they cry, but I say folks have to decide that for themselves. I’m working on an additional collection of “Henry stories” (he’s so bad I couldn’t fit everything in one book) that I hope will be out later this year.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?  This is a question we writers frequently ask ourselves. Writing is hard. Publishing is hard. The journey is long. But for me, the answer is yep. Writing is first and foremost what I do as an act of obedience to God. And it’s a way I spend time with Him, creating together. I see His faithfulness, His love, and His amazing provision time and again, and so I grow, I change, and I treasure the time with God. So I guess I already know that it’ll benefit one person—me. : ) I hope and pray the things I write will make a difference in someone else’s life too, but all I can do is offer my best effort and see where God wants to take it.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?  Oh, definitely Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music. Handsome, brave, and he could play the guitar!

Surviving Henry_2D coverWhat advice do you have for aspiring writers?  Enjoy the journey. Only God knows ultimately where our path will lead, but the one thing we can know is that it’ll be filled with curves and detours and rough roads and barely visible paths that lead to high bridges that are detours to more rough roads. And we’ll never really arrive, exactly, because there’s always another destination around the next bend. But here’s the thing, it’s a grand adventure.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.)  I love to sit on the couch, my laptop open, a view of the trees outside, and Henry curled up on the couch next to me. Now that Henry is older, that’s more a possibility. But anyone who reads Surviving Henry will learn about one ridiculously odd position I sat in to write a few portions of the book.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?  This one’s easy. I NEVER saw myself turning into a humor writer. I mean, I wanted to be a songwriter (John Denver was my next crush after Christopher Plummer). My hubby and kids would tell you I’m not the funniest one in our family, but God had other ideas. He gave me the most ridiculous and difficult dog in maybe the whole wide world, and I just had to write about it. And it turns out that I’m not a very talented musician, but I’ve got lots of funny stories about that too.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story?  It was probably early in Henry’s ludicrous string of near-death fiascos. I remember thinking: Oh. My. Gosh. People will never believe the stuff this dog does. I oughta be writing it down…Like that would prove it really happened or something? Or maybe I just wanted a record of it all.  And when readers tell me their trials and escapades, and how much the book helped them to know they’re not alone in this crazy pet gig, well, then I’m really glad I wrote it all down.

Thanks very much, Hallee, for letting me meet your readers!

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Mission of Mercy is Now Available!

The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 6!

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06_9781939603500_640Doctor BETTY GRIMES, miraculously survives the Nazi bombing of her hospital but suffers the loss of her fiancé in the raid. She goes to the countryside to grieve and recuperate and there meets the leader of the Virtues team who recruits the brilliant surgeon.

After months of training, Betty, code-named MERCY, now works in Occupied France as a nurse, where she garners information from patients and passes it to the Allies. Secretly, she tends to injured Resistance operatives, treating gunshots and other wounds that would otherwise draw the attention of the Third Reich.

When Betty is sent to the local prison to see to a prisoner who has taken ill, her shock at finding TEMPERANCE nearly blows her cover. Now Temperance is sick and Mercy needs to get her well enough for the coming rescue operation to succeed.
Can MERCY save TEMPERANCE in time for her rescue, or will her patient succumb to the disease brought on by the torture of the Gestapo?

MISSION OF MERCY is part six of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Continuing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. Book 6, Mission of Mercy, is now available at the following locations:

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Christian Fiction Friday: February 13th

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!

Here is my offering for the week: five paragraphs from my current work in progress, Flight of Faith, Part 7 of the Virtues and Valor Series.

Suddenly, the antiaircraft fire ceased. No more explosions tried to rock them from the sky.

“Not good,” Harold murmured, looking out the window. “There’s no way this beast can out fly fighters.”

“I’m going to keep climbing. Maybe they won’t see us,” she said quietly. Then, because the plane was filled with intelligent, strong people, she yelled back to the cabin, “This ain’t right. They stopped shooting, but we’re pretty far from the coast.”

Harold added in voice intended to raise above the sound of the engines, “If you can manage, keep a look out the windows, lads and lasses! The only reason they’d stop shooting is if they sent up fighters to bring us down!”

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a tracer. Twisting in her seat, she looked as far behind the plane as she could and saw a glimpse of something in the moonlight. “Hang on!” she yelled. “They’re coming in low on our six.”

Now, 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.

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An Interview with Author Norma Gail 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 very pleased to introduce you to Norma Gail. I very much enjoyed this interview and fell in love with Norma’s spirit while reading it. Her book sounds amazing – Scotland is one of my favorite places in the world. Norma is graciously giving away a copy of her book! Read below to see what to do to be entered to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I have lived in New Mexico pretty much all of my life. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and quit working to raise our two children, now adults. I have a passion for leading women’s Bible studies, and have done so in various capacities for 19 years. I love family history and work at a desk with portraits of my ancestors looking down on me.

My husband and I moved to the mountains about 5 ½ years ago. The peace and quiet of our new home gave me the peace and quiet to pursue my dream of writing seriously. I love taking my Jeep out on 4×4 trails and traveling. I write poetry and devotionals and would like to someday use some of my family history as the basis for a series of historical novels about the pioneer spirit of our country.

Norma Gail - AuthorTell us about your current release.  Land of My Dreams is a contemporary Christian romance set in Scotland and New Mexico about an American college professor who accepts a job teaching at a small Christian college in Scotland to escape the loss that has overwhelmed her. She meets a Scottish sheep farmer, angry at God over a painful past, and they fall passionately in love. Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart?

Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?  I would. I know the story has the power to work in the lives of the readers, and I have already seen it do so. It would be worth all the work if it changed one life. I believe it shows the importance of a right relationship with God and shows what kind of attitudes Christians should and should not carry into relationships.

Land of My DreamsWhat do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction?  I know a lot of Christians who do not read Christian fiction, mostly because they feel the writing is inferior to secular fiction. I believe Christian writers have a call from God to write with excellence, no matter what genre they write. I have seen Christian fiction change lives. It is a valuable tool for both evangelism and discipleship, a way to open doors with those who might not want to visit a church or attend a Bible study. Our books need to have stories that are well-written and edited, and covers that look as professional and appealing as any put out by secular publishing houses. They need to have maximum impact in a non-threatening manner that displays a biblical world view.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher?
I had to be convinced that God had a purpose for my story. I asked about 15 friends to read it and tell me if they thought it was worth pursuing before I ever pitched it to anyone. I knew I could write as well as many books I see published, but it was still a scary venture. You are putting your work out there for criticism, and sometimes it’s painful. It is necessary to believe you have something worth saying, written in a way that will appeal to readers. Then it is a matter of practicing your pitch and making yourself do it. If you fail you try again. If God wants your story published, your efforts will pay off. A rejection from one is not a rejection from all, but if you can’t pitch it to publishers and agents, how will you be able to do the marketing after it is published. Believe in what you write.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?  I am not particularly bold by nature, so pitching it was difficult for me. However, my husband and I prayed and discussed it and decided that if it was not good enough to be picked up by a traditional publisher, it was not good enough. I was prepared to wait for years, but I received a contract the second year that I attended a writer’s conference. If I had not I would have kept trying. It was important to me to have the backing and support of someone who knew the business. I am with a small, but fast-growing publisher, which proved to be the best fit for me and for my book.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Attend Christian writer’s conferences. There is nothing more important for you to do. The best time is while the book is still in its infancy. Be teachable. Be open. Be bold. Learn your craft, and then get a professional edit before you pitch it to anyone. It will be worth the money. If you believe in your story enough to think it is publishable, then it is worth paying for the edit. Learn from it, and don’t give up.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality?  The heroine, Bonny Bryant is most like me, even though I am not certain I would have the courage to move to another country. She takes things to heart and hurts a long time. She comes across as brave, when she is terrified inside. Bonny loves with all the love she is capable of giving and fights for what she believes in. She is tenacious, and goes after what she wants, even if it is scary.

Do you ever change your mind later on in the book, and go in a different direction?  I can’t tell you how many times the beginning changed, but the biggest change was made after I had a contract and was working with the editor assigned to me. We made the decision that the character of Bonny’s former fiancé needed to be a real character rather than someone in her past. It is not an easy thing to write a character into the book when it is pretty much finished and have it not seem like it was patched in. It was the right decision because readers want to see him back in the sequel I am writing. So he is. We also made extensive changes to a minor character that will play a much larger role in the sequel. The direction of the story itself did not change. We felt the changes were necessary to give it the ability to carry on in another book. I do not have a contract for the sequel. The success of the first book will drive the future of the second.

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