Wednesday Words – Erin Unger (GIVEAWAY)

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Please welcome author Erin Unger to The West Corner! She’s here today talking about books. Giveaway details are at the end of her post!

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Thanks so much for having me today!

Books are powerful. Whole other worlds unfold in a few well-stated sentences. There’s nothing like that feeling a reader gets when the perfect book is open on their lap and it pulls them in on the first page. It’s like a gift. Sometimes they make us rethink long held ideas. At times they mirror what we’re going through. And sometimes they remind us of areas in our lives we haven’t worked on.

But not every book is for every person. Sometimes it’s not the best seller that struck the right cord or the book everyone’s reading, it’s the one you stumbled upon on a special or heard of from a friend. It’s a God-ordained tool to show us His ways and plans.

As Christian writers, the power to transform is even more in our hands. We have the ability to show how great our God is and how he works in the most unusual ways at times. We use our gift to do more than only entertain, we want to make Him more real to our readers. We want to show them how to grow and change as our characters do. And it’s amazing that we can use fiction to do so.

Next time you pick up a book, see if you can find the message hidden in the character’s struggles. Maybe God used a writer to put it there just for you to learn from.

Comment below for a chance to win an eBook of Practicing Murder, and leave your email. Five people must comment for a prize to be given.

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About the Author

photo of author Erin UngerErin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her novel, Practicing Murder, releases March 29, 2019.

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Practicing Murder cover artBook Description

Graduate student Maddie Clare is never talking to her ex-boyfriend Joze Evans or God again. Broken from her past and Joze’s betrayal, she must go home for her Aunt Lonna’s funeral. But after a run-in with a stalker, who insists Maddie knows the secret that had Aunt Lonna investigating him, she’s afraid for her life and must accept Joze’s protection.

As the stalker draws closer, how will Maddie and Joze face the past and their love that never died? And will Maddie stay out of the stalker’s grip long enough to figure out what secret he possesses?

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Practicing Murder is available from Amazon and Pelican Book Group.

Long December…

In case you couldn’t tell from the title of this post, I occasionally get songs stuck in my head. While thinking about the fact that today is December 1 and the month ahead promises to be busy with writing, holiday preparations, and various other busyness, the Counting Crows song “A Long December” popped into my head and hasn’t left yet. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, or you just enjoy it, here’s the music video for it.

Boy, that song brings back some memories. Feel free to share your memories in the comments, if you’re so inclined. If not… Well, read on for some fun book recommendations (aka Shameless Self-Promotion *wink*).

I’ve been remiss in keeping you all up to date on my book news. Please don’t hate me! *ducks rotten tomatoes* In all fairness and honesty, I spend much more time on Facebook and share all my book news, updates, and general randomness on my author page. If you haven’t already liked it, hop on over and check it out! Actually, considering Facebook only allows my posts to reach a small percentage of followers, you might want to hop over and check out what’s been happening lately even if you liked the page a while ago. Remember, the more you interact with Facebook pages (liking posts, sharing, commenting), the more likely you are to see posts from those pages in your news feed.

Now, for the book news that prompted the previous paragraph. Running from Christmas, my newest inspirational romance, released from Astraea Press in time for the holiday season. I hope you’ll give it a read and leave an honest review on your favorite retail site, Goodreads, your blog, or wherever. Hearing what readers think of my writing is a great encouragement to keep writing and improve my craft! Plus, glowing reviews are always a great source for the warm fuzzy feeling that can brighten even the coldest, dreariest winter day.

**Shameless Self-promotion Alert**

You know what else brightens a cold, dreary winter day? A heart-warming holiday romance. I happen to have three such books in my writing credits (hint, hint). Just to keep things orderly, here they are in chronological order, starting with the most recent release. The first chapters of these books and many more are available on my website.

Running from Christmas

Running from Christmas cover artArmy veteran Alessandra Castillo just wants to be left alone. Life has been tough since her deployment in Afghanistan, and the holiday season makes it even more difficult. Unemployed and homeless, she’s currently living with her brother, who refuses to let her avoid all things social.

Enter Brad Kovac, youth pastor and good friend of Alessandra’s brother. He’s tall, gorgeous, and outgoing, three things guaranteed to catch Alessandra’s interest. At least they would have caught her interest before she survived an assault by a fellow soldier. Now all she wants to do is run from him and avoid anything resembling a relationship.

Will God provide a miracle in time for Christmas, or will Alessandra lose her chance for romance?

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Running from Christmas is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other online retailers.

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Trust of the Heart (Veteran Hearts, Book 2)

Trust of the Heart cover artJosh Teague has dark memories from his time in Iraq. While he longs to share the burden of those memories with someone, he is afraid they will scare his girlfriend. Unwilling to risk losing her, he keeps the memories to himself and tries to keep a cheerful attitude despite the holiday season threatening to bring his mood down.

Leann Robak has her own set of memories causing trouble. Abandoned by her father when she was ten, she is devastated when her mother announces she’s taking a month-long trip to Europe over Christmas. Although Josh’s invitation to spend Christmas with him at his parents’ house holds exciting prospects, Leann can tell he’s hiding something from her. That knowledge leaves her wondering how well she truly knows him and whether he even wants to be in a relationship with her.

Can Josh and Leann learn to trust each other fully, or will their insecurities drive them apart?

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Trust of the Heart is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other online retailers.

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Breath of Christmas

Breath of Christmas cover artWhen Esther Beauchamp agrees to drive a snowmobile during the Santa Snow Challenge, she expects a weekend of transporting snowboarders with no complications. What she gets, however, is the task of transporting a single snowboarder and babysitting his service dog while he’s on the slope.

Robbie Kendrick is instantly attracted to the pretty staffer volunteered to help him out during the competition. While she’s clueless about asthma, he appreciates her efforts to understand how it affects him and his snowboarding. Best of all, she treats him like a man who isn’t disabled and gets along great with his medical alert dog.

Then Robbie’s ability to compete is called into question due to his health. Is it in God’s plan for him to give up the career he loves, or will his competitive spirit cause him to lose his chance at a future with Esther?

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Breath of Christmas is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other online retailers.

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Happy reading!

Get Writing: Children’s Fiction by Karen King

Please welcome author Karen King to The West Corner! She’s here to talk about her new book on writing.

Get Writing: Children’s Fiction

Is your head full of children’s stories?

Will they make a book?

My new publication, Get Writing: Children’s Fiction, is out now to help you break into writing for children.

Get Writing Childrens Fiction cover artCover blurb

The aim of this book is to get you writing. It’s full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children’s fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Includes chapters on:

  • Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults.
  • How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life – and how to expand those ideas.
  • Creating believable characters children will love reading about.
  • Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach.
  • Writing realistic dialogue.
  • Writing the first draft
  • How to create ‘reel them in’ beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings.
  • How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series.
  • Writing for the educational market.
  • Writing a synopsis and a proposal.
  • Submitting your work to a publisher or agent.
  • Dealing with rejects and rewrites.
  • Publicity and marketing.
  • Publishing your own work.

Buy Links

Amazon

Waterstones

Barnes and Noble

The Book Depository

Author Bio

Photo of author Karen KingKaren King has had over one hundred children’s books published. She’s written for many children’s magazines too including Sindy, Barbie, Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine. She writes for all ages and in all genres; story books, picture books, plays, joke books and non-fiction. As well as her children’s books, Karen has written some short stories for a woman’s magazine and has had two romance novels published under the name of Kay Harborne.

She has a Certificate in Education, a HNC in Media and many years of experience as a writing tutor. She was a part time lecturer on the MA in Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College, Falmouth for many years, where she also ran Summer Schools on writing for the children’s market.

She has tutored online for the TrAce Online Writing School, and via correspondence for the Open College of Arts. She now tutors for the Writer’s Bureau and wrote several modules of their ‘Writing for Children’ course and their ‘Write for Profit Using the Internet’ course.  She also tutors for The London School of Journalism.

Karen offers private writing tuition and a manuscript appraisal service. Details are on her website.

Author Links

Website: www.karenking.net

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KarenKingAuthor

Good Reads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74448.Karen_King

Updates, Exciting News, and Randomness

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a regular blog post! So, to make it up to you, I’ll write a post now that’s filled with good things. That will make you forgive me, right?

If you’ve been following my author page on Facebook (and if you haven’t, hop on over and give it a “like”!), you already know that I received a contract for another inspirational romance novel, Trust of the Heart. (You’ll want to read this one, especially if you fell in love with Josh in Battlefield of the Heart.) What you may not know, however, is that I’ve survived the edits and turned in the galley this past weekend. Next step, publication! I don’t have the release date yet, but it should be out in plenty of time for Christmas.

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Aren’t they pretty? 🙂

There’s also exciting news with Battlefield of the Heart. No longer is it just an ebook. It’s available in print as well! I couldn’t be happier, and I know a few people who are just a thrilled (they don’t read ebooks).

And keeping with the Battlefield of the Heart theme (tired of seeing that title yet? LOL), I signed a contract with Astraea Press for the prequel to it over the weekend. Wounds of the Heart is a short story and not a romance. *gasp* I have no idea when it will be available (edits haven’t even started yet), but I’ll be sure to give you all the details when I have them!

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Paisley the wonder mutt. Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth West

Let’s see… I’ve covered the updates and exciting news. Now for the randomness. As you may know from previous posts, I have a black and tan mutt named Paisley. When I adopted her at five weeks old, the shelter told me she’d grow up to be somewhere around seventy pounds. She’s now two years old and done growing. As of this past Friday when she went to the vet for her yearly vaccinations, she weighed a whopping thirty-nine pounds. Not quite the large dog I thought I was adopting, but I couldn’t ask for a sweeter, more intelligent dog. Isn’t she adorable?

 

Sweet Saturday Sample – Battlefield of the Heart

Here’s an excerpt from my new inspirational romance from Astraea Press, Battlefield of the Heart.

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Battlefield of the Heart cover art“Your roommate’s worried about you.”

Danny’s eyebrows shot up. “He is?”

“Yeah.” Hopefully, she wasn’t causing trouble between the two of them with her honesty. “When you told me you were fine, he let me know he didn’t believe you.”

“Doesn’t surprise me.” He sighed, his gaze on the empty quad. “I figured out why they stuck me in with Greg. He’s a psychology major with a focus on counseling. I guess they figured someone like that would be the only one who could stand to live with me.”

“Are you that hard to get along with?”

“No, it’s just because of the PTSD. Not everyone can handle it.” He sent her a faint smile. “You’re one of the few who handles it well and doesn’t treat me like a freak.”

Cindy laid her hand on his shoulder. “I know how weird people can be. I mean, look at me. I’m twenty-one years old and sleep with a stuffed duck.”

“You do?” Danny looked skeptical.

She grinned and nodded. “If you ever come up to my room, you’ll see it. It’s all floppy and fluffy and yellow. Leann threatens to steal it from me on a regular basis.”

“Leann’s your roommate?”

“Right. She was the girl sitting next to Greg.” She’d had a feeling he hadn’t heard the introductions.

“I wondered where she came from. She’s kind of cute.”

A pang of jealousy surprised Cindy, and she lowered her hand. “Yeah, I guess she is. I’ve never really thought about it.”

Danny laughed. “You wouldn’t, would you? Though for all I know, you might go for that kind of thing.”

“Oh, please.” She rolled her eyes. “Girls are so not my type. You and Greg are much more my speed.”

A twinkle lit his eyes. “Oh, really? I’ll keep that in mind.”

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You can purchase a copy of Battlefield of the Heart from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Astraea Press, and other online retailers.

Be sure to visit Sweet Saturday Samples for links to more excerpts!

Review: Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

Alienation cover artTitle: Alienation

Author: Jon S. Lewis

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book Description:

The invasion was only the beginning . . .

After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books—one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don’t even scratch the surface.

Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?

As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they’re forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.

Review:

Sixteen-year-old Colt McAlister is back for another exciting adventure full of aliens and intrigue. This time, however, someone is determined to kill him. Thanks to the government’s belief that Colt is the one who will save the world from an invasion of six-armed, shapeshifting aliens, he must survive multiple attempts on his life. His friends Danielle and Oz are determined to help him in any way they can, but can he truly trust them? Can he trust anyone?

The second book in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, Alienation is an action-packed thrill ride full of conspiracies, danger, and of course, aliens. From hoverboards and nanotechnology to robots and jet packs, this book embodies any geek’s dream world. Although fictional, the technology is described in such a way that it is fully believable and undeniably awesome. Colt, Danielle, and Oz continue to develop their close friendship as their characters grow in strength and depth. When the three friends arrive at the CHAOS Military Academy, they work together and separately to stop the plot to eliminate Colt. Through the wild, life-threatening events, Colt learns who he can trust and what friendship really means.

Yet again, Jon Lewis has done a wonderful job of writing a book that will hold the interest of both teens and adults until the very last page. Alienation shows the importance of thinking for yourself, as well as knowing when to rely on others. Teens are sure to love the adrenaline-laced adventures Colt and his friends experience, and parents will appreciate the thread of faith skillfully woven into the tale. With all of the questionable role models out there, Colt McAlister and his friends provide a welcome change with their determination to help others and do the right thing, no matter the personal cost.

I highly recommend Alienation, and the rest of the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, to anyone who loves science fiction, adventure, and high-tech toys. These books will not disappoint.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review and the opinions expressed in it are my own and based solely on the contents of the book and my experience reading it.

Review: Accused by Janice Cantore

Accused cover artTitle: Accused

Author: Janice Cantore

Publisher: Tyndale House

Book Description:

Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she’s eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly’s ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man and win her back, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.

Review:

Detective Carly Edwards is stuck in “juvenile exile” and wishes she was back in her patrol car, on the front lines of protecting Las Playas, California. When a juvenile she knows is accused in a high-profile murder case, Carly is sure it will lead to her release from working in juvenile investigations and return her to patrol. Instead, it leads her into the investigation of her life and forces her to figure out who she can trust. Unfortunately, one of the few people she is sure she can trust is her ex-husband, a man she wants to continue to avoid. Carly and her ex must work together with the help of a few others to figure out who the real killer is and untangle the web of corruption and deceit surrounding them before someone else ends up dead.

Accused is a Christian suspense novel with romantic elements. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns, which quickly grabs the reader’s attention and holds it tightly until the end. The Christian themes could be woven in a little more smoothly in the first half of the book, but the second half mixes Christianity into the story seamlessly. The biggest issue I had with the elements of faith in the first half of the book was Carly’s somewhat repetitive negative reactions to any mention of God, prayer, or church. While it was good to see a main character in a Christian novel struggling with doubts and anger toward God, the repeated references to “Bible-thumpers” and disproportionate anger whenever anyone mentioned church or prayer to Carly felt a bit overdone.

Despite the occasionally clunky inclusion of Christian themes in the first half of the book, I enjoyed the story a great deal and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense or complex mysteries. The characters are realistic with flaws as well as good qualities, and the author did a marvelous job of weaving a plot so complex that the reader is left wondering who can be trusted right along with Carly. I would read more books by Janice Cantore.

Disclaimer: I received a free uncorrected Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. This review and the opinions expressed in it are my own and based solely on the contents of the book and my experience reading it.

Review: The Mercenary’s Marriage by Rachel Rossano

The Mercenary's Marriage cover artTitle: The Mercenary’s Marriage

Author: Rachel Rossano

Publisher: Rachel Rossano

Book Description:

Trained as a mercenary soldier, Darius was a man of decisive action. He was also a man of compassion. Seeing a young slave woman about to become the spoils of war, he claimed her for his own. Marrying her before God and king, he made her a free and respectable soldier’s wife.

Brice was born a slave. Abused and beaten, she learned quickly to avoid being noticed and to stay away from men. When her master’s walls fell to enemy forces, she ran, but not fast enough. In Darius’ offer she found deliverance, but experience had taught her to fear power such as his. Could she trust in his protection, or had she traded one form of slavery for another?

Review:

Once I started reading The Mercenary’s Marriage I couldn’t stop until I finished the book! The vibrant characters felt like they could step off the page at any moment because of their realism. The journey and challenges of Darius and Brice kept me riding along on their emotional roller coaster until the very end. While I would have liked to see little more attention given to Darius’ motivation for his actions, I have to admit that the way Ms. Rossano wrote his character made it that much easier to identify with Brice. After all, Darius kept me guessing as much as he did her!

All in all, this is a wonderful sweet romance I would recommend to anyone looking for an engaging read. I would definitely read more books by Rachel Rossano.

Interview with Author Michael Duncan

Please give a warm welcome to author Michael Duncan!

E.A.:  Tell us a little about yourself.

Michael:  Ah, where to begin?  Well, I’m a born-again Christian who loves the Lord and wishes to be able to walk closer to Him than I do.  I love and am blessed with a very patient and beautiful wife, who has endured me these past 18+ years and together we have three amazing children – all of whom are starting to try their hand at storytelling.

I serve as a pastor of a small church in the state of Washington.  I have been in ministry for over twenty years, having served in four different churches in three states.  We also home-school our children and have been adopted by two cats.  And, given the opportunity, you might find me lost somewhere on the back nine of a local golf course.

That’s a “little” about myself – the really good stuff I’m saving for my autobiography. 🙂

E.A.:  You must be proud that your kids want to follow in your footsteps. I wish them all the best in their storytelling adventures! Please tell us about your book.

Michael:  It is called Shadows: Book of Aleth, Part One.

If history is written by the victorious, what if the victors lied?”  This is the question that weaves its way through the heart of this story.  Shadows is an allegorical fantasy about Aaron, a captain in the Royal Guard, who discovers that all he’s ever known to be true is a lie.  He sets out on a quest to find the one book—the Book of Aleth—(Aleth is the Greek word for truth) that will unlock the swirling mysteries that haunt his life and plague his thoughts.  Accompanied by unlikely companions, Aaron is beset by difficulties and betrayals.

E.A.:  Please tell us about the series this book is part of.

Michael:  This first book is a part of a larger series where Aaron must recover the Book of Aleth and rescue the nation of Celedon from the deceptive dominion of the usurper, Emperor Therion.  The prophetic time of restoration looms and the Book of Aleth is the key.  Aided by elves and dwarves, and all those loyal to the truth, Aaron embraces his role as the Protector of Celedon and sets out to restore the nation he has sworn to protect.

E.A.:  Ooh, the series sounds great! Where can readers purchase copies of your books?

Michael:  This book is available at online retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  It is in both print and e-book formats.  This first book, Shadows, released on October 1st, and the second in the series, Revelation, will be available in the Summer of 2012.  For more information, you can go to Harbourlight Books at: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/browse-by-imprint/harbourlight.  You can also find it at my own personal website: http://www.michael-duncan.net.

E.A.:  What made you want to be a writer?

Michael:  God did.  I loved the fantasy worlds of the likes of Tolkien, Eddings, Brooks and Anthony.  I lived in them as a youth, and found my heart disappearing into the words on the pages as if I were transported into those worlds.  I tried to write my own stories, but life took a turn and I was discouraged by some who saw no benefit to such “trivialities.”

When I became a Christian at the ripe old age of 19, I put aside those fantasy stories and aimed my eyes upon the tomes of theological studies.  However, I longed for the adventure that I enjoyed as a youth.  I realized, many years later, that the things people remembered from messages I had preached were not the theological points but the stories that illuminated them.

That’s when I began to put my thoughts back to the power of a good story.  I saw, even in the Scriptures, that God uses stories to convey His wisdom and love, His power and salvation.  So I began to write.  And, as if carried on the wings of angels, I found myself enrapt and enjoying the zest of my youth molded by the wisdom of experience as I sought to convey a message through allegorical fiction.

E.A.:  What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Michael:  My advice is never, never, never stop learning.  God gives us wisdom in the Scriptures, and one such nugget goes like this: “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (Ecclesiastes 10:10).  Hone your craft until it sings like an Irish Tenor and is as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel.  It may seem like you’ll never get there, but realize that there is no such thing as a perfect manuscript and that all writers, no matter how much they have mastered the art, are still learning and growing in their potential.

Another thing: don’t let discouragement drag you away from God’s purpose.  It took me over seven years from the beginning of writing Shadows to it’s acceptance by Harbourlight Books.  But God had a plan and a purpose, and though I must admit that the rejection letters were hard to read, when the right connection came God opened the door.

E.A.:  Great advice, Michael! It is so easy to get discouraged, but perseverance is the only way to get your book in front of the right editor. Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

Michael:  You can learn more about me at my website: www.michael-duncan.net where you will find a link to my blog, previous sermons that you can listen to and information about my current books available.  It is a constant work in progress so come back often!  You can also learn more at my publisher’s website: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/.

E.A.:  Is there anything else you would like to add?

Michael:  Just one thing – trust the Lord.  My book is allegorical, about a man’s quest to find the truth.  He experiences circumstances and situations that are inexplicable, but comes to understand them when the truth is made known.  We go forward by faith and then it seems that circumstances take turns that are nowhere near the mark that we had hoped.  Trust the Lord.  He leads you not only beside still waters, but also through the valley of the shadow of death.

Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.”  Let this wisdom – and all the wisdom of God – be the guiding voice in your life and your writing.

And one more thing, I want to thank E.A. for being so gracious to invite me to meet you and share a little about myself.  You are a blessing!

E.A.:  Aw, thank you, Michael! It’s been great having you here. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. Congratulations on the release of Shadows! May you have many sales and happy readers.

Shadows cover imageTitle: Shadows: Book of Aleth, Part One

Author: Michael Duncan

Publisher: Harbourlight Books

Book Description:

A stolen text…When the Book of Aleth is stolen, Aaron, captain of the Royal Guard, is ordered by Emperor Therion to reclaim the ancient tome. The mission thrusts Aaron into a world he’s never known–a world of elves and dwarves, races long thought extinct; a world where everything he has known and believed is a lie. A secret past… Forced to challenge his long-held beliefs, Aaron and his companions, two soldiers of the Royal Guard and two men of the Dwarvish kingdom of Brekken-Dahl, set out on a quest to recover the Book. Aaron resolves to discover the truth, and rescue the empire he is sworn to protect.

Blog Tour: Reflecting Him by Carla McDougal

Today at The West Corner I’m participating in Carla McDougal’s blog tour with a brief interview to help her promote her new book Reflecting Him, a Bible study that can be done individually or in a small group. In fact, as part of the tour, there is a giveaway of a Reflective Life Ministries Instant Leader Kit, valued at over $125! So, if you are a small group leader or you know someone who is, be sure to read the giveaway details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win.

And now, without further ado, may I introduce Carla McDougal.

Photo of Carla McDougal and Reflective Life Ministries logoCARLA MCDOUGAL is founder of Reflective Life Ministries headquartered in the Houston, Texas area. Her true passion for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, shines brightly, whether she is speaking or writing. She shares experiences from her own life to encourage women to live every day for Him. God is sending Carla around the world to speak to women from all walks of life—those living in the best of circumstances to those who have hit rock bottom.

Carla’s book, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It, is a 10-week study that encourages you to open your eyes to God’s daily life lessons. The more you ask God to be in your life, the more you will recognize His hand on everything you do. For more information on a growing number of products from Reflective Life Ministries, and to see about booking Carla for an event or interview, go to http://www.reflectivelifeministries.org.

Q. What practical steps can believers take to be less self-focused and more God-focused?

A. Life is not about me, but all about Him. This phrase changed my life. Prayer is the key to keeping your eyes on Jesus. The more we pray, the more God moves us to do His will and not our will!

Q. You say it’s important for believers to discover how to pray everyday prayers.  What does this mean? I heard a speaker say she would never bother God to help her find her lost keys or a good parking spot—how do you feel about that statement?

A. I pray about everything! Jesus tells us in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.” We categorize prayers, God recognizes prayers. God wants us to bring everything to Him. Nothing is too small or too big for God! Prayer builds our faith and trust in Jesus!

Q. What are some of the blessings of having an intimate life with Jesus, and how does one develop that intimacy?

A. Humbleness abounds as I realize there is nothing I can do to earn an intimate relationship with Jesus. I can only obtain it through His grace and mercy, which He gives so freely. Jesus is my all in all.

Thank you, Carla, for your honest and inspiring answers! Now, for the giveaway. The rules to enter are simple. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before October 3 to let me know you want to be entered. I’ll announce the winner no later than October 11, so be sure to check back! Here are the prize details:

Grand Prize Giveaway:

photo of Video Teaching Series, Bible Study Book, Leader Guide, and Music CDReflective Life Ministries Instant Leader Kit:

Video Teaching Series
Bible Study Book
Leader Guide
Music CD

Product Descriptions:

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