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The Unexpected in Life~Guest Post by Chrissie Parker
What would you do if your whole world fell apart? If a person you loved dearly died suddenly, you were thrown into witness protection, or became involved in a life changing criminal case through no fault of your own? In our every day lives of getting up, going to work, going for drinks with friends, it’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of what some people would term a boring every day existence.
But the unexpected does happen, and more often than people think. Learning to live with the unexpected is actually a huge part of life whether we like it or not. Every day things do happen to us that we didn’t plan for, and certainly didn’t expect, and for a few minutes, an hour or maybe longer our lives are thrown onto a new course, forcing us to experience something different, testing our stress levels and emotions. Most of the time we deal with it, brush ourselves down breathe a big sigh of relief and step back into the footsteps of our continuing life.
So what happens when the unexpected is so life altering that it changes your way of life completely?
That’s what we learn in Temperance. Every character is dealing with something big, a situation that has changed they way they think, and they way they live their lives. The interesting thing is how they actually deal with it and what the end result is.
As with everything in life there is a positive and a negative. People can either live through the situation positively (or as positively as they can), deal with it and learn from it and become a better person, or they can take it badly, wallow in what has happened, let it rule their lives and affect them so that they can never move on or live happily again.
So what would you do? If the worst happened to you taking you out of your normal day-to-day routine, would you wade in and deal and just do the best you could until the situation is resolved? I think it’s hard to say, as each situation is different, and this is what I thought about when writing Temperance. Each character has a huge problem to face, and in their shoes I have no idea how I would cope.
It is easy to think that when the unexpected occurs we would all be strong of character and face it head on, but sometimes life isn’t like that. In the end all we can do is take life day by day, in the hope that we never have to face the worst.
New Release ~ Temperance
“Gabriel is weary, hunting for a murderer.
Patience is adrift, her life a complete lie.
Nate is scared, hiding from his worst fears.
Juliet is frantic, her time is running out.
As four fragile lives collide, the truth is finally revealed.
And betrayal and death become inevitable.”
Other Books by Chrissie Parker
“Among The Olive Groves”
Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.
Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.
From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.
“A battered and broken body lies in the road. A discovery that leaves the local community gripped with fear. Suspicion as to who killed the woman is rife. Corinne’s peaceful life is shattered by the tragic death, forcing her to struggle daily with overwhelming grief and loss. A chance meeting with a stranger helps Corinne through the hurt and pain, but can she really trust Jack?”
Twin sisters Corinne and Helena have always been close, growing up in the same small town. Corinne lives alone in the house that used to belong to their parents and Helena lives with her husband and love of her life, Jimmy, and their two children.
Helena loves life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and relishes being a wife and mother. Corinne lives in isolation, unable to get over the death of their parents. She relies on the spiritual world, reading tarot cards, surrounding herself with crystals and candles. She also has to deal with unwanted premonitions that strike when she least expects them.
During a tarot reading Corinne predicts Helena’s death, and is distraught when she learns that Helena has been murdered. The grief and sudden loss of her twin sister overwhelms Corinne and she struggles to live day to day. At Helena’s funeral Corinne falls out with her brother in law and is left feeling alone and unloved.
At her lowest ebb Corinne becomes friends with Jack, a stranger in town, but the grief remains and whenever she is around Jack, she gets a vision; one that takes her back to the horrifying scene of Helena’s death. Unable to stop them, Corinne realises the visions may be her only chance of finally understanding what happened to her sister and why. But will it be the answer she is looking for?
Chrissie lives in Devon, UK, with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.
Chrissie is also an Author. Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013 and her historical fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014.
Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.
Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She is learning to play the Ukulele and likes to read, collect books, listen to music. To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com
Twitter – @Chrissie_author
Let’s Write it Right – Military/Security Acronyms and Initialisms Guest post by #amazingauthor Lynn Hallbrooks @lynnhallbrooks
I liked to begin by saying thank you to Belinda for allowing me a chance to spend some time with everyone today.
In order to become a better writer, I’ve been reading many books, especially those in the Military and Political Intrigue genres. I noticed that one term had different ways of being typed out. I wanted to know who was correct. If you’ve done any research on the Internet, then you know I went on a journey. I’d like to share a little bit of my adventure.
The Term In Question
SEAL vs. Seal vs. seal
I’ve always believed that it should be all capital letters. I saw on this on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs >:
…”SEAL” is always capitalized in reference to members of the Naval Special Warfare community…
That was good enough for me but if I was going to tell others they were wrong I had to have a little more proof because not everyone believes in Wikipedia. So I went to their sources, The Navy SEAL Museum article entitled Genesis of the U.S. Navy’s SEa, Air, Land (SEAL) Teams <https://navysealmuseum.com/about-navy-seals/seal-history-the-naval-special-warfare-story/genesis-of-the-u-s-navys-sea-air-land-seal-teams> where I learned how the term for this special amphibious was created:
“…focal point through which all elements of this specialized Navy capability (naval guerrilla warfare) would be channeled. An appropriate name for such units could be SEAL units, SEAL being a contraction of SEA, AIR, LAND, and thereby, indicating an all-around, universal capability.”…
Further along on my adventure I discovered the U.S. Navy Style Guide <http://www.navy.mil/tools/view_styleguide_all.asp> which has several military abbreviations defined.
SEAL – Sea, Air, Land. SEAL is acceptable on first reference. If plural, use SEALs.
As you can see from the above quotes and keeping in mind that oftentimes it is difficult to get websites to cooperate, SEAL is a contraction of SEa – Air – Land. It is a proper noun for a US Navy special warfare operator. If you use the lowercase version, seal, it denotes a marine mammal. While a SEAL may be amphibious like a seal, that’s where the similarities end. I have the utmost respect for the U.S. Navy SEALs. I will always show it by using capital letters for them. I hope you will too.
Here is another bit of information I learned. According to Grammar Girl there are subsets of abbreviations known as acronyms and initialisms. <http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/abbreviations-acronyms-and-initialisms-0>
SEAL is an acronym because it is a set of letters that can be read or spoken as a word.
An example of initialism is CIA short for Central Intelligence Agency because you say each letter individually.
Below are some more acronyms from the glossary used in Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) <http://www.amazon.com/Call-Sign-Wrecking-Storm-Warning/dp/0982792352>
BUD/S = Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (Training or School)
FARC = Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Spanish for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
HALO = High Altitude Low Opening
ICE = Immigration and Customs Enforcement
JAG = Judge Advocate General’s Corps
LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LEOs = Law Enforcement Officers
NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NEST = Nuclear Explosive Search Team
SOAR = Special Operations Army Regiment
SWCC (pronounced “swick”) = Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen
TOC (pronounced ‘tock’) = Tactical Operations Center
TOE = Tables Organization and Equipment
There are several initialisms as well. I’ll share a few that are less commonly known.
ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol
CHL = Concealed Handgun License
CID = Criminal Investigation Division
CO = Commanding Officer
CT = Computed Tomography
CTU = Counter Terrorist Unit
DIA = Defense Intelligence Agency
ETS = Expiration of Term of Service
FOB = Forward Operating Bases
HK = Heckler & Koch (German defense manufacturing company)
IDF = Israel Defense Forces
INS = Immigration and Naturalization Service
JCSSO = Joint Chief of Staff, Special Operations
KGB = Komitét Gosudárstvennoĭ Bezopásnosti (Russian version of CIA)
KIA = Killed In Action
MIA = Missing In Action
MiG = Mikoyan-i-Gurevich (Russian aircrafts)
NCO = Non Commissioned Officer
NEA = National Endowment for the Arts
NSA = National Security Agency
NVG = Night Vision Goggles
OIC = Officer in Charge
OJT = On the Job Training
PPOs = Personal Protection Officers
SAW = Squad Automatic Weapon
SOF = Special Operations Forces
UDT = Underwater Demolition Team
USSOC = United States Special Operation Command
USP = Universale Selbstladepistole or “universal self-loading pistol” a Heckler & Koch product
WIA = Wounded In Action
XO = Executive Officer
I hope this information will be helpful to you down the road. Have a great one!
Looking forward to another amazing and productive week, #amwriting #reasearching #studying & #volunteering.
No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re living with passion & purpose.
Live, laugh & love! ❤
“Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won’t have to chase your dreams, they will come to you.” ~ Randy Pausch
Sarah Elle Emm
About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.
Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about my writing process… I hope you enjoy!
So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). ;) While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my
favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.
My Writing Process:
I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic.
I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…
Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… ;)
Previous Books in the Series:
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About the Author:
Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.
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Busy week ahead! #Amwriting #Researching #Transcribing Wherever you may be in your day/eve I hope your making each moment matter. Live, laugh & love! #WonderfulWeek #FollowYourDreams #MakeDreamsAReality #DreamsDon’tWorkUnlessYouDo
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman
I recently had an opportunity to catch up with a familiar face on this blog, Author MaryAnn Kempher! MaryAnn is extremely busy but was kind enough to take a few moments to answer some questions for us. Welcome Back MaryAnn!
I understand you’ve got a new book out…Play Dead: A Detective Jack Harney Murder Mystery (Under the Moonlight, Book Four) tell us a bit about it.
Jack Harney is a former police detective turned Private Detective. Jack was introduced in my first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder, but became the main character in my second book—Forever Doomed—a murder mystery set aboard a cruise ship where two people have been murdered. In my third book, Sweet Mystery, he and an old Army buddy open up their own agency in Reno NV and investigate the murder of Jack’s ex-girlfriend. In Play Dead, business is slow and money is tight. Jack reluctantly agrees to find the missing dog of a very wealthy woman—and to investigate, unofficially, the murder of an elderly man, whose body was found at a local park and who also was friends with the elderly man who lives above the detective agency. Nene and Gaga Albright, two sisters who first appeared in book two, Forever Doomed, are back to provide comic relief. This book is another murder mystery and like the others, has an ending you won’t see coming.
Every great writer has critics. What has been the toughest criticism you’ve received about your writing? What was the best compliment? What did you learn from each?
I always feel a bit stabbed in the heart when they call my writing boring. Thankfully, that is rare. The best compliment I can ever get is when they say they did not see the ending coming and that they were totally taken by surprise. Also, one reader compared me to Agatha Christie. Now, that’s not me, I didn’t say this—she did—and I’ll take that compliment and relish it forever. I greatly admire Agatha Christie.
Which character do you most enjoy writing about?
I’m happiest when I’m writing from Jack’s perspective. When I’m writing the mystery, the twists and turns, that is a lot of fun for me. On the other hand, Nene and Gaga Albright are funny ladies, and fun to write too.
Your characters are very well developed; where do you start when creating your characters? Are they based on people you know or even yourself?
Thank you. I appreciate that compliment. Nene and Gaga Albright are loosely based on my mother and aunt; my mother’s nickname was Nene and my aunt’s nickname was Gaga—pronounced Guga. My personality comes through most in the character of Katherine. She’s the “star” of my first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. The characters of Jack and Curt are my idea of perfect men; handsome, strong, sexy, flirtatious—but always gentlemen, never vulgar.
What if you were to meet Jack and Curt in the “real world”, what would they think? Would they be friends with you, their creator or fear you (insert evil laugh)?
Let’s assume that they don’t know I’m their creator. Curt would be reserved, but courteous. Jack would flirt and charm me. I’d giggle, blush, and then we’d make mad passionate love. I don’t look at Jack as one of my children, trust me. ;) He’s way too hot for that.
When writing a story, do you stop to consider how readers will react to certain plot twists and changes to characters?
Yes. Twice, a main character has died in my books—but the reader never knew—because I reconsidered and that character got to live.
You have a military background, how do you feel that lends to your writing and/or writing process?
I’d like to think that my background has made me very detail oriented. This is a good thing when writing mystery; sometimes it’s the little things that turn out to be the most important.
As far as your process, now that you have four books under your belt what changes (if any) have you made to the way you work? Any advice you could offer other writers just starting out?
I’m more organized and have more self-discipline. Some writers are called Plotters, they create a very detailed outline—they plot the book—from start to finish and all that’s left to do is actually write it. Other writers are called, Pantsers. They just sit down at the computer start writing. I am a little of both. I have a hard time writing a detailed outline. When I write, things just come to me. On the other hand, I brainstorm a lot before I start, and take a lot notes once I have started. It’s also important to set a daily word count goal. If you’re just starting, start low. For instance, say to yourself—today I’ll write 500 words. Gradually increase that number. I have a friend who can write 10,000 words a day. I’m lucky if I can do that in five days. The important thing to remember is that it takes dedication, determination, and self-discipline. It’s up to you to get it done, the book won’t write itself.
Are there any authors you would recommend to fans of your books, possibly that you love yourself?
I’m a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. I’ve read them all, twice.
Are you working on your next book?
Yes. I’ve started brainstorming book five, another Jack Harney/Curt Noble murder mystery.
Thank you Belinda!
Under the Moonlight series #4
Play dead. It might just save your life.
When Jack Harney and Curt Noble opened their detective agency, they expected to investigate the occasional cheating husband or minor theft. Instead, they’ve somehow found themselves, once again, investigating not one, but two grisly murders.
Nene and Gaga Albright; one sweet, one sour, both suspicious of the new tenants above. Strange things are happening in the apartment across the hall. Are the new tenants eccentric, or just plain crazy?
Can Jack and Curt find the killer before he kills again? Will Nene find out what’s going on behind door number two, or die trying?
Purchase Link: Link to Amazon Page
MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery novels with a dash of humor.
She is the author of three other books in the Under the Moonlight series: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder; a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. Forever Doomed, a mystery set aboard a cruise ship, and Sweet Mystery—another “I did not see that ending coming.” mystery. All three will make you giggle, and keep you guessing until the very end.
Her influences include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.
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Before We Say I Do
About the Book:
Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.
Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?
Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.
Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.
Turning from my thoughts of being human again, I watched Chase closely. He fiddled with his
own tie, straightening it when it didn’t need straightening. Something was on his mind, and little did he
know there would be a lot more on his mind later.
“Is everything alright?” I asked.
“Is Mads okay?”
“Of course. Why do you ask? Are you worried about her?”
“Well, it’s just that you’re here . . .”
I tried to put on my best smile. “Madison is perfectly fine. Honest.”
Chase sighed audibly. “I cannot tell you how happy I am to know that Mads is okay.” His lips
tugged into a half-smile, and I wondered if he was still a bit concerned.
“Chase, as long as she has you, she’ll be fine,” I assured him.
He laughed nervously. “I hope you’re right, Zach.”
“Trust me. I am.”
Chase sat down across from me. “Have you seen her?”
I felt my lips curl into a smile. “Yes, and she’s absolutely beautiful.”
Chase bit his bottom lip, and I knew he was probably thinking about their marriage. I would
never know such a union, but I rejoiced that these beautiful humans were about to embark on a new
phase of their journey together with God.
“You know. Andy’s right,” Chase said, “I want you by our side when we get married. Do you
think you could be my secondary best man?”
“It would be my great pleasure and honor, Chase.” I had never been honored in such a way
before, and it brought tears to my eyes. I just hoped he still felt that way after he learned the real reason I
Chase grinned. “You don’t know how much that means to me. To us. I know Mads would love to
have you up there, too.”
I smiled, hoping it didn’t waver. “I look forward to it.”
INTERVIEW with Emerald Barnes via Vox Dei:
What was your inspiration behind the story?
My inspiration for Before We Say I Do was my readers. That may sound cliché, but everyone who read it fell in love with Chase and Mads, and I, honestly, so did I. I wasn’t ready for their story to end, so I decided to continue and show them getting married. But I, also, knew there was an unanswered question from Entertaining Angels. What happened with Chase’s dad? Keeping with my themeof angels helping humans, I decided to answer that question and bring back a favorite character, Zach.
Tell us a bit about your book.
Before We Say I Do is about Chase and Madison on their wedding day, but Chase has to face his past in a huge way. His dad is seeking forgiveness, but Chase doesn’t know if he can forgive him for what he did to him years ago. Chase has to learn that forgiveness may not be easy, but it’s also necessary.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee as a hot drink, but I’m a Southern girl. I like my cold sweet tea. I take my coffee with a lot of creamer and sugar! I don’t only need the caffeine, I need the sugar rush! Plus, I’m not a big fan of the bitter taste of coffee without it.
What kind of reader are you?
Multi-tasker, must finisher, multiple books at one time I’m a “must finisher.” I have to finish a book before I can start another one. I don’t like trying to focus so much on two or more different stories.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m usually spending time with my nieces and nephews – five of them. I can’t imagine a day without them. When I’m not with them, I’m usually reading, watching TV, blogging or studying the Word.
Who is your role model/inspiration?
My role model has always been my mom. She’s always talked to me about my life, questions I’ve had about God, and she’s always given me the moral support I need. She’s never let me doubt my dreams, and she’s always been my biggest prayer warrior. My mom and dad as a unit have been my biggest cheerleaders. They have given me everything I needed to support my dreams, and they have prayed for me relentlessly.
Vox Dei’s motto is “Christian Books for a messy world.” Do you find this is true with your books?
Oh yes. I definitely find that it is true regarding Before We Say I Do. We all get caught up in not wanting to forgive someone for how they treated us, what they said, or how they acted around us. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but God said that we had to forgive for us to be forgiven. That is my theme in this short story, learning to forgive when it’s one of the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but I also want people to know that when you forgive, the bitterness and resent building up in your heart will disappear, and you’ll be free.
When did you come to know Jesus?
I was in fourth grade. It was September of 1996, and my mom and dad had just gotten a phone call about how one of my best friends had acceptedJesus into her life. I was lying in bed that night and called my dad (my youth pastor also) back to talk to me. I asked him what it would take to get to know Jesus, and he told me. That night, I asked Jesus into my life, and I haven’t regretted that decision. I’d always been in church, and I’d known about God. So, it felt like the best decision was to go ahead and ask Him into my heart as well.
How has your faith changed over time? That’s a huge question for me because it’s changed considerably. I was raised Free Will Baptist. My dad was the pastor at almost every church I’ve ever attended. One day, as we all know, it’s time for pastors to move on, and it was time for us. We took a few Sundays off to pray about where we needed to go next. My brother-in-law came from a non-denominational background, so we gave his old church a try. We haven’t looked back since, and I’ve had a considerable change in the way that I’ve seen God and the Bible. It wasn’t that I wasn’t learning it in the FWB, but I have had a deeper connection with God this go-around. I pay more attention to the Bible, and I spend more time in prayer now. It was a huge change for me, but it’sopened my eyes up to what I thought was impossible, but it’s not impossible. I feel like where I’m at now is where I was always meant to be, and that makes a huge difference in my spiritual life. It deepens it. And it’s where I need to be spiritually to write the books I am writing.
I’ve heard that the characters in Entertaining Angels series are your favorites. Why is that?
They are. For some reason, Madison, Chase and Zach have wound their way into my brain, and they won’t let go! I love them so much, that I’ve continued writing about them. Before We Say I Do continues their story, and I found a way to work them into book two when they originally weren’t going to be in it at all. I fell in love with Madison because I saw her grow from a timid, shy young woman to a confident one. And Chase, well, I’m going to be completely honest, he’s my ideal type of man (if he was older)! But, they’re so wonderful. I can’t help but love them!
What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
I hope that the legacy I leave behind with my writing is that teens and women will learn to love themselves and overcome whatever obstacle is holding them back. My Entertaining Angels series is just about that. It’s stories to help heal, and I hope that I’ve accomplished that in some way.
ABOUT Emerald Barnes:
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a familyoriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor
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Help our friend, author L.L. Hunter celebrate her newest release!
The Aqua Lie
The Aqua Saga book 2
by L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography
Release Date: July 31st
Ever since being told he had to work for General Maddox in order to see Pym, Rush has had more than enough time to contemplate how to get out of this deal.
When he is invited to play a high stakes poker game with the General and his father, he is a little suspicious of the General’s motives.
When he discovers just what he is playing for, it has Rush seeing red.
The prize: Pym’s heart.
But if he loses, he will have to watch his friend Troy take Pym to the annual General’s Masquerade Ball while he sits on the sidelines.
And the hardest part of it all – trying to keep his secret from Pym.
In the much anticipated sequel to The Aqua Secret,
Will Rush be able to keep up the facade, or will it all be unraveled by midnight?
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