Monday, October 20, 2014

Giveaway! Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Gina Holmes, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

I figured out in highschool that I could write, and was suprised to find out most people didn't find it as fun, fulfilling or as easy as I did. In college, a professor's reaction to an essay I'd written told me I had some talent. Fast forward to motherhood, I wanted to find a way to bring in extra income since I was blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mom for a little while and I set out to write and sell everything from articles to greeting cards with limited success. I learned then that writing was not a fast, easy or lucrative job. While at church service one day, a 17 year old girl told the congregation that she was writing her second novel. My mouth hit the floor. It never ocurred to me until then that writing an entire book was possible for mere mortals. I began to read every how-to writing book I could get my hands on and set out to work on my first novel.


What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Until I read that novel, I didn't think the Christian market had a place for someone with my history. I came from a broken family and was pretty broken myself. I didn't relate to pollyanna fiction because that's not the world as I know it. Francine (and later, others) showed me that not only does God accept everyone into His family, but so could the Christian market.


If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

Relax and focus on learning to write well rather than trying so hard to sell before you're ready. Enjoy the journey because in many ways it's far more exciting and wonderful than the other side of publication.


5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Homemade is always best but especially on deadline or when I'm going through a tough time physically, I'm perfectly fine with a drivethru salad or a pint of beef and
broccoli.

Email or snailmail?
I can't remember the last time I sent a letter the old fashioned way. Email is so much more convenient, though once in a while I will send my parents a letter because talking on the phone isn't one of my favorite things to do.

Online shopping or Black Friday deals? 
 I'd rather have a root canal than deal with a black Friday crowd. I find the convenience of online shopping wonderful. That being said, I love my brick and mortar bookstores and definitely prefer picking out clothes in person.

Books or movies?
I'm not real big on movies or TV. I do enjoy documentaries however. I read and listen to books constantly.

Note-taker or memorization?
Mostly I listen, though I will sometimes right down key words to help jog my memory of something I thought was important.
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

I'm going to have to say there's a tie-breaker. Crossing Oceans was my debut and might turn out to be the best loved novel I'll ever write. Everything came together on that one from story to writing to marketing to reader response. I very much miss those characters and think I'll likely write a follow up one of these days. I miss Mama Peg most of all, I'm sure because she was based on my own grandmother who was one of the people I've loved most in my life.

The other is Wings of Glass. I thought my writing in that one was some of my best but more than that, the subject matter of domestic abuse is very close to my heart. I wanted to give people a glimpse into the mindset that keeps women (or men) in an abusive relationship, but also open the eyes to those who might be in an abusive relationship. Sometimes everyone knows it but him or her.


Places for readers to learn more about you?


Thank you for being with us today!

Thank YOU, Casey. It was a pleasure!

Readers, enter to win Gina's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on October 31st.
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 

Friday, October 17, 2014

I Don't Want Prince Charming

The fairy tales have us dreaming over the handsome man on the steady white stead. Heavy metal plating his chest and protecting his head, a sword ready at his hip, heels anchored toward the ground and back straight as he gallops to our rescue.

We spend time dreaming about this hero. The one that will sweep into our lives and be the hero we’ve prayed over.

But I have to admit something.

I don’t want a prince on a white horse.

As charming as that image is. As much as I giggle over the handsome man on the white stead like the next hopeless romantic, I don’t want just a hero.

I want a warrior.

I pray for that warrior.

We are called into battle every day of our lives. The devil is constantly bombarding us through the evil that surrounds us in this fallen world. We aren’t called to live lives that are easy and simple—we are called to stand strong and fight the good fight. Though our knees may shake and strength weaken.

The problem with those fairy tale princes? They are filled with bravado and fanciful charm that make for great stories and make our hearts sigh, but hold up little under the true strain of fighting for her/our heart. They were never truly put through the fire storm of battle.

When I think about the man I hope to marry, I don’t envision a fairy tale Prince Charming.

I think of the man who is chasing hard after God. The man that is fighting to remain pure and honest in a world that wants to drag him down at every turn. The man that is waiting for me with a passion that can’t be quenched and a heart to fight for mine as a valuable possession.

A man who first and foremost puts his relationship with God primary and everything else as secondary.

This man? He’s a warrior. You can’t live pure in this world without being one.

He’s prepared for battle and knows how to arm himself with the armor of God. This man doesn’t spend the time on his white horse as he does on his knees. This man doesn’t look to the attention of the world to validate what he is or is not doing, he’s focused on what God is asking him to do right now.

He’s a man that when he walks into a room, you notice. Not because he has a face or a physique we can’t take our eyes from, but because he spends his days fighting for Christ. And that love and passion and drive emanates through every single pore.

Those sheet-metal princes? They have nothing on this warrior.

This is the man I pray will do battle for my heart. Who will stand beside me, in stance to fight the battle for Christ. To walk bravely where other men stumble. And to kneel humbly before the Creator of his heart.

This is the warrior I pray for.


Girls, don’t pray for just a prince charming. Those are a dime a dozen. Pray for the warrior of Christ, that will win your heart and go to battle for you.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Giveaway! Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Leslie Gould, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

As a preschooler, I used to make up stories about the letters of the alphabet. Each had a distinct personality, and I’d come up with little plots as groups of letters interacted. Yes, I was a pretty weird little kid, but my interest in creating characters and story worlds definitely started early!

Later I figured out, as both a history major and a human being, that it’s pretty hard to get to the truth of almost anything (except for God’s love for us). As a fiction writer I get to make up the truth when it comes to a story, lol. Writing fiction helps me process life—to see a situation from someone else’s point of view, to explore motivation, to experience great empathy, and to better understand Christ’s redemptive work in all of our lives.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?


What a hard question! So many books have impacted me in so many ways. But the one that had the biggest impact is To Killing a Mockingbird. I first read it when I was nine or ten and I reread it every few years. It was the first truly empathetic novel I read, and even as a child I was impacted by the way Harper Lee’s writing made me respond to the injustice in the story. Through the years, I continue to be impacted by her honesty in telling the story, the simple but complicated setting, and her complex cast of characters.

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

To seek out a mentor early in the process. There’s nothing like the wise advise of a seasoned author to help a new author sort things out with more clarity.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Homemade if someone else is cooking, lol.
Email or snailmail? Definitely email, but I do still send cards and love to receive them.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I try to shop in my neighborhood when possible, but I end up doing a lot of online shopping. I absolutely avoid Black Friday.
Books or movies? Definitely books (although I enjoy movies too).
Note-taker or memorization? Big time note-taker. I can’t seem to process information without a pen and paper in hand—or my laptop.
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished?

Playing favorites is really hard. Right now, I’d have to say my latest is my favorite—the currently releasing Becoming Bea. It’s inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and is the fourth in my Courtships of Lancaster County series (all of the novels are inspired by Shakespeare plays). Beatrice has long been one of my favorite all-time characters, and it was great fun to figure out her motivations and desires.

Places for readers to learn more about you?


Thank you for being with us today!


Thank you for having me!

Readers, enter to win Leslie's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on October 24th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 

Friday, October 10, 2014

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

You’re dying to know more about me right?

I figured as much.

I was tagged by my friend Emilie Hendryx to share 20 facts about myself. Hmm. Not sure I’m that interesting to fill up all 20 things, but I’ll give it a shot! ;-)

Which one surprised you the most?

1.       How tall are you?

My close friends are going to laugh at me. They always do when I say how tall I am: 5’ 1
Julie Lessman and I are about the same height.
Another reason to love her even more!
1/8”. Yes, I DO claim that 1/8”. When you’re this short you take all you can get.


2.       Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?

Yes, I am a fantastic singer. I sound just like Carrie Underwood in my car. My true, underappreciated ability: I am exceedingly fluent in sarcasm.

3.       What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Bloggers that don’t post on a consistent basis. I like to know what to expect when it should be expected. I’m a bit Type A—if you couldn’t tell. ;-)

4.       What’s your biggest non blog-related pet peeve?

Bad grammar in writing. I’m the one who needs the shirt that says “I’m silently correcting your grammar”

5.       What’s your favorite song?

Not.An.Easy.Question! Probably He Walked a Mile In My Shoes by Clay Crosse. Get chills every time I hear it.

6.       What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

I actually don’t have a “favorite” Etsy shop, but I love anything sign related. So I’m usually browsing the shops that make their own signs. And there are many of them.

7.       What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
Love this picture my cousin took several years ago.
This was a no-brainer. Reading. Reading. Reading.

8.       What’s your favorite junk food?

Anything related to caramel. Or chips. Chips are a fun go-to junk food.

9.       Do you a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I’m actually not a huge pet person. If I did have a pet though, it would be a small-ish dog. But not a little yapper dog. (sorry). I grew up with cow dogs, so I’d probably have some kind of working ranch dog. But then you’d have to have work…and a ranch for them. Of which I have neither.

10.   What are your #1 favorite fiction and nonfiction books?

You’ve got to be kidding, these are getting hard!

Okay fiction: (still sitting here thinking…still thinking…) probably between Hidden Places by Lynn Austin which is ragged, I’ve read it several times and A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman.

Nonfiction: I haven’t read that many, but Praying for Your Future Husband by Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn was very impactful.

11.   What’s your favorite beauty product?

I’m tagging Jim Rubart for these questions next, just sayin’. I’m coming for you Jim! I don’t wear makeup—not really, so whatever works! Still trying to find a mascara that actually works…

12.   When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
Oh, I also posted this picture of my own volition on Facebook.
Not sure what I was thinking. Then or now!


Do I have to relive it? Seriously. I’m embarrassed all the time. The college group at my church makes sure I know that they noticed my moments of embarrassment. Recently? Told a friend about this “great church I’m attending” to a friend who attends that church. *shakes head*

13.   If you could drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Water. Yep. Water. Or Snapple. Peach.

14.   What’s your favorite movie?

The Locket—a production by Hallmark Hall of Fame

15.   What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Um…valedictorian. Top of my class. I’ll always make my high school reunions. Beauty of being homeschooled. ;-)

16.   If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Virginia. I would absolutely love to visit that state and soak in the beauty of God’s creation in person.

17.   PC or Mac?

DON’T come near me with a Mac. I start twitching. Never been able to figure those things out.

18.    Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

*cough* *ahem* *loooooooong awkward pause*

19.   Favorite celebrity?

I really don’t keep tabs on the celebs. But I do like Ryan Reynolds. Kimberly Williams-Paisley is another favorite.

20.   What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

Phylicia Delta. What I have read from the woman, she hits the nail on the head every time. Fantastic stuff.

There ya go! 20 useless facts about me you probably didn’t know before. I’ll be sharing on my Facebook page and tagging a few friends.

Why don’t you answer a few of the questions below in the comments. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Giveaway! A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Patricia Bradley, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

It all started when I couldn’t sleep. These people came to live in my head and they were quite entertaining. Suddenly, I didn’t mind that I couldn’t sleep. Then I wrote their story down and Woman’s World bought it.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

The Bible. I know you’ve heard it before, but when I started reading through the Bible in Chronological order 9 years ago, I gain such a wonderful understanding of God’s love and mercy. It changed my life.

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

Connect with other writers and craft teachers. I wrote in a vacuum for 20 years because I didn’t
reach out and didn’t have the Internet. So I stagnated in my learning. It’s only been since I’ve made connections with people like Susan May Warren and the My Book Therapy team and community that I grew as a writer.


5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Depends on whether it’s my homemade.
Email or snailmail? Email!
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I shop online all the time, but I also LOVE Black Friday. There’s something about all that energy at the malls.
Books or movies? Books, hands down.
Note-taker or memorization? Memorization? You do have to be kidding…right? Although I have been memorizing scripture again. For years I thought I couldn’t, but I’m adding about 4 verses a month to my memory.
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

My favorite book is the last one I finished. J And it will come out next spring. Of course, that may change with I finish with my current book.

Places for readers to learn more about you?


Thank you for being with us today!

Readers, enter to win Patricia's book here! 

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on October 17th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com  


Friday, October 3, 2014

A Chapter is Closing

Simply because I love, love old doors
There comes a time when good things have to come to an end.

Reviewing books has been a staple of this blog from day one. I mean, getting free books just in exchange for posting my review on my site?

Hello, I am so there. 

I went from grabbing every free book I could get my hands on, to requesting the books I was pretty sure I would like. To only requesting the books from authors I admired or had a pretty strong idea would fit my taste. To only requesting one or two books a month.

I'm like an addict, I just can't say no to a book I really want to read or written by a beloved author.

And I don't plan to start saying no--my support will just be of a different sort. But I do plan to say no to review requests. It is with great peace and a little bit of sadness that I am laying aside the book review aspect of my blog. 

I will no longer be accepting unsolicited book review requests or requesting books from publishers and the agencies I have worked with. 

You still might see the occasional review from a book I have purchased, but because of time constraints, the desire to build strong face-to-face friendships here in my new home of Colorado, and a desire to spend more one-on-one time with my Lord, I will not be actively requesting review books.

Still expect to enter the weekly giveaways and I hope you'll continue to read my Friday devotionals. I look forward to continuing to connect each of you in this different and new chapter for Writing for Christ. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giveaway! Kept by Sally Bradley!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Sally Bradley, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

I’ve always been this way, so I’d say God did it. I really do think He wanted me to write Christian fiction, and I’m thrilled to do it.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

 Karen Ball’s The Breaking Point. I think it’s an important book because it was the first time someone ever said to me that marriage wasn’t my “right” to a happily ever after but God’s method for making me more like Him. Talk about life changing! Our whole country needs to hear that.


If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

I’ve had seasons where I didn’t write much, but that was because I was pregnant and had a toddler (hello, afternoon nap every single day!) or was working or... I just didn’t have the time then to write like I wanted to. So I’m always tempted to point to those times, but I do think they were necessary periods that made me a better person and writer.


5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Take out—no clean up and I can write more!
Email or snailmail? Email. I stink at anything that require a stamp.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals?—Online shopping. Even then I don’t do that. My husband does most of the gift shopping for the kids (he’s so good!), and he’s usually done by the first week of December. Then all the Amazon boxes start to arrive. It’s fun!
Books or movies? Books. Hands down.
Note-taker or memorization? I used to remember everything. Now... I take notes and make lists and forget to take them with me. It’s a gift. I’m just glad we live 3.3 minutes from the grocery store.
               

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

Kept is my favorite book so far! I adore my characters and can’t imagine the next book will be as entertaining. Of course I said that after I finished my previous book too. So that’s encouraging.


Places for readers to learn more about you?

 I’m mostly on Facebook at Sally Bradley, Writer and my website, sallybradley.com. For those interested in my book Kept, there’s a Pinterest page. Twitter and I kinda nod at each other in passing. If you’re okay waiting a few days for me to get back to you J, let’s connect there. I’m @SallyBWrites.

Thank you for being with us today!


Thanks so much for having me, Casey.

Readers, enter to win Sally's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.


For extra entries:
~Be a follower
~Be a subscriber

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on October 10th.
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 

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