Friday, November 23, 2012
Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, a brand new mystery adventure for preteens and teens, is available for free this black Friday weekend in the Amazon Kindle Store.
The book set in the Florida backwoods is the story about a boys’ church group whose first-ever nature retreat turns into a nightmare. Problems begin early when the no-see-ums strike at dusk. And it’s downhill from there when 13-year-old Zack mysteriously disappears in the middle of the night, several of the campers become sick, and a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast.
The story shares biblical principles and the message of God’s saving love in an action-packed plot with a cast of lovable characters. Readers encounter the nature-loving Zack, shy, video-loving Chang, tough and cocky Steve, and the reluctant chef, Bill.
The book is written by Cheryl Rogers, publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine, a free publication with new book announcements, excerpts, author marketing news, digital book news, features and an online storefront.
“As a mom I’ve been privileged to work with school and church groups. I try to capture the realism of those experiences in a fiction account that shares my faith,” Rogers says.
Rogers, a Miami native who worked several years as a newspaper reporter, writes ebooks encouraging people of all ages to seek God and stay connected to his word. Among her books are Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions About Our Maker and Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook.
She targets preteens and teens with Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, a collection of short stories teaching there is a price to pay when you disobey. A family book, the I Can See Christian Storybook Treasury aims to defeat doubts about God as a child grows.
Rogers came to know the Lord as an adult after suffering a devastating illness. “It is my hope to spare others the needless pain of not having God in their lives,” she says.
An experienced camper and native Floridian, Rogers has traversed the backwoods trails, swatted no-see-ums, paddled canoes, and pitched her tent on primitive campsites sans electricity.
The book retails for $2.99, but Get your free copy today. The giveaway runs Nov. 23, 24, and 25.
Exclusive details about the lovable Bible Camp Mystery characters will be published in the coming weeks at New Christian Books Online Magazine.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I’m sharing today about the next book in my Buried Treasure series, due out in 2013. Writing has finally become an okay full-time business for me, nine years after I said I'd give it a year and a half. Keep writing, keep producing, keep doing the best you can, network, like this, make friends, help others. Use common sense, and have fun!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The third in a series, this story clears up some leftover questions in the second book. Judy found an old quilt in a trunk in her attic that turned out to be stuffed with an old newspaper, one that had some letters circled in an article. The circled letters, were, of course a code. I came up with the idea from studying about the Civil War era in American history, how messages were created and sent during that time.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ah…I don’t often think this way, so…Judy is kind of a sensitive Amy Adams-type; while Olivia is clueless but engaging Ellen Page-ish.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Judy Wingate’s NOT-BFF, Olivia Hargrove of the Robertsville Reporter, discovers a Civil War-era secret newspaper code that may lead to seven million dollars of missing city money.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s contracted by the publisher who picked up the mystery series from Barbour.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Four years – which is terrible of me; but I took a three-year break after I got half-way; in reality, less than six months. Brenda Hendricks (see below) was my supporter and loyal critique partner during the first half, and Gail Pallotta (also see beloe) has stepped in as chief accountability and critique partner during the second half. It’s been a joy and relief seeing my story unfold through the eyes of these wonderful authors.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A little like the Cat Who mysteries, and Hannah Reed’s Queen Bee mysteries.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The mysteries were initially inspired by Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents: Mysteries book club. As I met other mystery writers and learned about the style of writing, I was inspired by people like Deb Baker and re-explored Agatha Christie with fresh eyes, reminded myself of the Nancy Drew-type stories and pacing for the coziness of approach.
Gail Palotta - http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com
- whom I've had the pleasure of working with both at Other Sheep and Clash of the Titles (http://www.clashofthetitles.com), writes a lot like me, certainly a challenge to keep all our genres in order. I enjoy her sense of outside the box, as well as her vulnerability.
Shelley Wilburn - http://www.shelleywilburn.org
- really, friends, just visiting Shelley's site and seeing the picture and reading about her and her husband's activities is worth the visit!
Brenda K Hendricks - http://www.myquotesofencouragement.com - who's working on a very, very cool story, one you won't want to miss: Maggie’s greatest worry is a leaky roof before her estranged niece Dawn shows up unexpectedly with more baggage than she could squeeze in the trunk of her Volkswagen bug.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Swings. Swings conjure up memories of my carefree childhood. Higher and higher I flew. I grabbed the chains, pumped my feet and sang at the top of my lungs. But life in a “swing” state has violated this childlike innocence.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Living in the Light/Dwelling in His Presence
by Rhonda Rhea
excerpt from Chapter 14 of:
How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?
I admit it, I’m a cruise fan. I love everything about it. Especially the food. A cruise and overeating go together like a hand in glove. Well more accurately, they go together like a size ten hand in a size two glove. All the gourmet food you can eat, for crying out loud! I guess I was just asking for a trip back to maternity pants. I now refer to myself as “17 years post-partum.” The staff on the ship said the average person gains seven to ten pounds on a seven-day cruise. But then, I’ve always considered myself an overachiever.
On prime rib night, my husband and I were walking out of the dining room and, even though he was about to let his belt out a notch, Richie said he was thinking of ordering yet another prime rib. Another one! I figured that could cost him at least another two belt notches. I told him I thought that would be a mistake.
Get it? Prime rib? “Mis-steak”?
Anytime we’re going to overdo, though, it’s good to make sure we’re “overdoing” in all the right areas. First Thessalonians 4:1 talks about living right to please God and then it says, “Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” To do and to overdo. It’s an encouragement to keep growing. Not so much growing in the “bring on the elastic waistbands” kind of growth. But growing in maturity.
We grow as we seek to stay in the light, dwelling in the presence of the Lord, making sure our lives are for Him and all about Him. Our growth is not an option. It’s a command. Verse 7 in that same passage in 1 Thessalonians says, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
Rejecting His instruction? Rejecting the Father Himself? Mistake of the highest order.
Growing in Him and dwelling in His presence results in a life in which growing “a notch or two” spiritually is a regular happening. The good kind of growth. And seeking that consistency in growth diligently.
There’s a lot at stake. Sometimes also a lot at steak.
Rhonda Rhea is a radio personality, humor columnist, conference/event speaker and author of eight books, including I’m Dreaming of Some White Chocolate, High Heels in High Places, and her newest, How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person? She is presently working on her ninth nonfiction book, scheduled to release in early 2013, and just this week got a yes from a publishing board on a two-book fiction deal co-authored with her daughter, Kaley Faith Rhea. Rhonda is a pastor’s wife and mother of five mostly grown children. She chuckles through the hubbub with pastor/hubby, Richie Rhea, near St. Louis in Troy, Missouri.
About Rhonda's Latest Book:
How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?—Bright Ideas for Delightful Transformation (New Hope Publishers, 2012). Author and speaker, Patsy Clairmont, calls the book “high voltage humor along with a biblical charge.”
In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays, “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” One version calls it “light” that will “flood your hearts.” God shines so much of His light through Scripture so that we can see—we can have understanding.
For every person longing for a change, for everyone who is getting weary in a grisly struggle to make a particular change, God-given enlightenment makes possible real change in every way. Lasting change.
The God who is powerful enough to create light, then create the sun—the God who keeps the sun blazing and the stars and moon reflecting—that same God is powerful enough, caring enough, and detail-minded enough to light our way. He wants to show us the path of change, and He longs to light the way for us in His magnificent plan for our lives.
How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person is a laugh-along-the-way journey into that light through God’s Word. His Word? Now there’s some enlightening! And I hear enlightening has even been known to strike twice in the same place.
Friday, November 9, 2012
c. August 2012
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
In fact, archaeologists Kevin Elliot Jill Gates have unearthed twenty mysterious copper scrolls. They manage to open one scroll far enough to take a series of digital photographs of the writings and email them to a Professor of Ancient Latin for translation. Unaware of the content, Kevin and Jill are unprepared when they’re caught between an ancient conspiracy of global power that’s determined to destroy the scrolls along with everyone connected to them and a small interfaith group of former military volunteers, the only force on earth that stands between the truth and certain death.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Visit the following sites for great authors and book info- get everyone you love a book this year!
Sat, Nov 3: Nike Chillemi (GOODBYE NOEL, PERILOUS SHADOWS, BURNING HEARTS) http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/
Mon, Nov 5: Shaunna Gonzales (DARK DAYS OF PROMISE) www.shaunnagonzales.blogspot.com
Wed, Nov 7: Debbie Roome (CONTAGIOUS HOPE) http://debbieroome.blogspot.co.nz/
Sat, Nov 10: Naomi Musch (THE BLACK ROSE, THE RED FURY, THE GREEN VEIL) http://www.naomimusch.com/apps/blog/
Mon, Nov 12: Elaine Marie Cooper (THE ROAD TO DEER RUN, THE PROMISE OF DEER RUN, THE LEGACY OF DEER RUN) http://ReflectionsInHindsight.wordpress.com
Wed, Nov 14: Deanna Klingel (CRACKS IN THE ICE) www.BooksByDeanna.com
Sat, Nov 17: Meg Moseley (WHEN SPARROWS FALL) megmoseley.wordpress.com
Mon, Nov 19: Sharon Leaf (LADY AND THE SEA) www.sharonleaf.com
Wed, Nov 21: Tracy Krauss (WIND OVER MARSHDALE, PLAY IT AGAIN, MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER) http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com
Sat, Nov 24: Suzanne Williams (MISSING, FOUND) http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com
Mon, Nov 26: Amanda Stephan (THE PRICE OF TRUST, LONELY HEARTS) http://www.booksbyamanda.com/blog
Wed, Nov 28: Barbara E. Brink (THE CHOSEN, THE BOOK OF THE SHUNNED, THE BISHOP’S RECKONING) http://barbaraellenbrink.com/
Sat, Dec 1: William D. Burt (THE KING OF THE TREES, TORSILS IN TIME, THE GOLDEN WOOD) http://www.kotbooks.blogspot.com/
Mon, Dec 3: Tammy Doherty (CELTIC KNOT, CLADDAUGH, CELTIC CROSS) http://mystiqueofnaultag.blogspot.com/
Wed, Dec 5: Christina Freeburn (LOST THEN FOUND, LED ASTRAY, SAFE AND SOUND) www.theselfrescueprincess.wordpress.com
Sat, Dec 8: B.J. Robinson (WHISPERING CYPRESS, SOUTHERN SUPERSTITIONS) http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com
Mon, Dec 10: Carole Towriss (SHADOW OF SINAI) caroletowriss.com/notes
Wed, Dec 12: Jean Thompson Kinsey (WILLOW SHADE, THE LIGHT KEEPER’S DAUGHTER) http://kystorywriter.blogspot.com/
Sat, Dec 15: Karin Kaufman (SPARROW HOUSE) http://www.karin-kaufman.blogspot.com
Mon, Dec 17: Katie Ganshert (WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER) http://katieganshert.com/blog/
Wed, Dec 19: Laura J. Davis (COME TO ME) http://interviewsandreviews.blogspot.com