Guest Blogger: Carol Ann Erhardt

Please welcome author Carol Ann Erhardt as she celebrates the release of Trapped, the first installment of her new romantic suspense series Havens Creek.

Inspirational romantic suspense writer, Carol Ann Erhardt, touches the hearts andphoto of Carol Ann Erhardt emotions of her readers. Fans categorize her books as emotional, suspenseful and inspirational. Carol Ann spent her early writing years working at a corporate job and writing late at night. Her first novels, contemporary romantic suspense, sold well, but she didn’t feel fulfilled—in fact, felt as if she’d compromised on what her heart wanted to write. She began praying for God’s guidance in her writing. In the quiet solitude of prayer, God showed her the path He wanted her to take. Her third novel was an inspirational romantic suspense. Now she writes each and every day hoping to bring messages of hope, happiness, and inspiration to those who read her novels. She gives all the glory to God.

A Hardened Heart Does Not Forgive

by Carol Ann Erhardt

I’m not proud of having a quick temper. I suppose it’s something I inherited from my mother, for she was always quick to anger. This is something I’ve struggled with all my life and I believe it’s the biggest reason I had trouble learning about forgiveness.

Anger comes from pride. When we perceive someone has wronged us, we sometimes strike back through angry words or deeds. We justify it through holding to a belief that the other person deserves our anger. But what happens to that anger? It doesn’t hurt the other person. Instead anger infiltrates our heart where it festers and grows like an infected sore that refuses to heal.

So how do we get past the anger? How do we forgive?

Forgiveness doesn’t happen because we choose to forgive. Forgiveness is not just saying the words. It’s the action that goes along with the words. It’s how we deal with letting go of the anger. It’s an ongoing process that takes root within us and heals us from the inside out.

A few years ago, when I was President of a writing group, two people who were in charge of
our annual conference got into a spat which escalated rapidly. One approached me in tears. The other approached me in anger. Neither would talk to anyone but me…in private. I commiserated with the tears and retaliated against the anger. That old devil temper of mine reared its ugly head. What happened as a result? I prayed for forgiveness and through God’s grace I was able to find peace. I apologized to both women. The angry woman apologized, too. The teary woman could not move past her perceived hurt inflicted by the angry woman. She refused reconciliation. And, sadly, she eventually left the group.

This was my first experience with a hardened heart. Christ commands us to love one another. It isn’t a suggestion that we do so. Romans 12:17-19 (MSG) says: “Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

We don’t have to like someone to love them. It’s impossible for us to live in this fallen world without getting angry. We Christians can only ask God for the grace to love and forgive. We are not perfect, yet every day of our lives we experience God’s unfailing love and forgiveness.

When I wrote my newest book TRAPPED, I didn’t realize how deeply the issue of forgiveness was woven into the story until I wrote the end. But God knew. I’m a work in progress and I’m learning how to pray for the grace to love and forgive.

©Carol Ann Erhardt

Trapped cover artBlurb:

She’s a woman who doesn’t trust cops. He’s a cop. She’s determined to keep her past a secret. He’s determined to find out what she’s hiding.

High school bus driver, Summer Grant, flees from death threats and winds up trapped in Havens Creek, a small town not far enough away from danger. With a broken leg and no transportation, she is forced to accept the hospitality of strangers. Staying with the police chief’s sister and five-year-old daughter in an isolated mountain home might be the ideal place for her to hide until she can get back on her feet, but if the man she’s hiding from learns her whereabouts, no one will be safe.

Havens Creek Police Chief, Jake Taylor, always protects his own. He feels duty-bound to help Summer when she ends up in his small town claiming she has no family. He has a soft spot for strays, but this two-legged one is hiding something, and he’s determined to solve the mystery.

An unwanted attraction draws them together. Evil threatens to rip them apart.
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Trapped is available in ebook format from Amazon.com.

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15 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Carol Ann Erhardt

  1. I’m so glad to see you around again. I lived with anger most of my life. For me it is toxic energy I can’t have in my life. Forgiveness is a hard one. i think I’ill always struggle with, especially when it comes to someone hurting one of my kids.. I guess we’re all, a work in progress. Best of luck with your book, I’m sure it will e a huge success.

    1. Adelle, thanks for stopping by! Anger is a toxic energy. I’ll be exploring the issue of forgiveness surrounding exactly what you said–when someone hurts one of our children. This will be a 3-book series I hope to begin work on in 2012.

  2. Carol Ann,
    You are, and have been since I met you, an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read your new book, Trapped.
    I hope to see this book on the top of the New York Times best seller list for at least ten weeks! 😀
    I love you Carol Ann, and I pray for the Peace that only we who know our Father rest in.
    Hugs and many blessings
    Katt

  3. This is a marvelous message, Carol Ann, and one I needed to hear. I have heard it before of course, but I’m a weak human being and it’s so hard to forgive, to shed anger. Thanks, my friend, for reminding me of the Word again. It’s been a good day. oxoxo

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Tanya! I believe anger is something we all struggle with from time to time. The difference is Christians recognize the anger as destructive and through God’s grace are able to let it go. Blessings!

  5. Hi Carol Ann, I was looking forward to meeting you at the Ohio Christian Writer’ Retreat at Rosanna’s. But now that pleasure will have to wait for a future date. Your blog today was especially helpful to me since I, too, struggle with anger and resentment. I tend to mull over and dwell on old hurts and slights, letting my feelings get hurt all over again…or worse, getting angry with that person again. Lately, I’ve been trying the C-C-F approach (I made this up but it’s hardly a new concept) I calm myself since few things are worth getting worked up over, apart from separation from the Lord, I center myself in Christ’s love, and I focus on what I’m supposed to be doing instead of stewing, letting the Holy Spirit fill and guide me. We are both works-in-progress. Good luck with your latest release. It sounds super great. Many blessings, Mary Ellis

    1. Mary, I so wish I could have participated in the retreat. My hubby’s condition is such that I don’t leave him alone for extended periods of times, especially overnight. But I was with you all in spirit. Thanks for sharing that you, too, deal with the same issues I do. Isn’t it wonderful that Christ doesn’t give up on us? One of these days we will meet in person and I want to give you a great big hug. Thanks for stopping by.

      Blessings,
      Carol Ann

    1. Thank you for dropping by, Laurie. I’ve been blessed to know that I’m not the only one who is a work in progress. Wishing you many sales on your newest release The Rancher’s Courtship. I LOVED it.

      Blessings,
      Carol Ann

  6. I’m sorry I’m late here, Carol Ann! I’m quick to anger at times, too, so this was a great post for me to read. TRAPPED sounds like a wonderful book. I’m glad I learned more about your journey as a Christian and your new release! God Bless!

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