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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Eva Peck

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Our interview today is with Eva Peck. Thanks for being here today Eva and for agreeing to do this interview.

Introduction:

Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview, Russell, and greetings from Australia to all your readers. Although living in the land “down under, I see myself in a much broader way, having been born in Europe, finishing my education in Australia, and having worked many years for a church in California, USA, as well as later teaching English in Asia. Similarly, as a Christian, I like to transcend the denominational boundaries that so often divide us.

The picture below gives you a very small feel for Australia.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: My genre is Christian devotional non-fiction. Besides God’s inspiration, I have combined my knowledge of the Bible with my love of nature.

Australian Bush

The church which I became a part of at the age of 17 gave me an excellent grounding in the Christian Scriptures. Later having the opportunity to fellowship with Christians of various denominations gave me a broader Christian perspective, for which I am grateful. I also have a Diploma in Biblical Studies and a Masters degree in Theology.

Since childhood, I have been fascinated and inspired by the natural world. Later I studied science subjects in high school and university, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Below is a glimpse of a beautiful Australian flowering bush with a colourful parrot (lorikeet).

Flowering Bush with Lorikeet

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I live with my husband and we are blessed, after having taken an early retirement, to be able to devote ourselves to writing and creativity. We are both writers and editors, so we have either worked together on a book or edited each other’s writing. We have also been able to bounce ideas off of each other, which has been very beneficial and resulted in superior outcomes as far as our books and websites (described at http://www.pathway-publishing.org.

Eva and Alex Peck

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I am very proud of my 90-year-old father — pictured below — who since his retirement in 1979 from being a classical musician (principal oboe player in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) has devoted himself to art. My husband and I have found an affordable way to publish his literally hundreds of art works in full-color books. The graphic design and compiling these books for publication has been my form of creative relaxation.

If you are an artist or photographer and would like help with creating a book of your pictures, check http://goo.gl/BgJIVX

Eva and her Father

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I have created several websites, including one for my father’s artwork (see http://www.pathway-publishing.org/websites and http://www.henrydegen.com).

When my husband and I taught English in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) after the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989, we were able to have published a conversation book for English learners entitled “Let’s Talk”, which sold over 65,000 copies. Its updated sequel, “Let’s Talk Anew”, now in its third year of existence can be seen at http://www.fraus.com/lets-talk-anew-modern-conversation-topics/.

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: In a way I have different purposes in different books. My “Divine Reflections” trilogy (Divine Reflections) aims to make readers more aware of how the natural world surrounding us reflects higher spiritual realities.

Divine Insights from Human Life reflects on personal life stories and what spiritual lessons can be harvested from them.

Pathway to Life Through the Holy Scriptures“, co-authored with my husband, presents the basic Bible message in a systematic, non-denominational way, with the intent of showing readers what the Scriptures really say and how various groups interpret it.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: Having lived in six countries on four continents (Czech Republic, Sweden, Australia, United States, Korea and Saudi Arabia), besides visiting other countries and places, I had to think hard about this question. Finally I chose a small village in the south of the Czech Republic (southern Bohemia), where my husband and I spent seven years. What made an impression were the down-to-earth people, who unconditionally accepted us and extended beautiful hospitality. Having come from the West to a post-Communist country and from a city to a small village meant that we needed help on more than one occasion. These dear down-to-earth people were always willing to assist, often without wanting anything in return (even though they knew that by their standards, we were very well off). They taught us that one can be happy and content by living very simply and without owning a great deal.

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Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: What is amazing, indeed awe-inspiring and mind-boggling, to me is the whole of creation. By this I mean all that exists around us from the tiniest microorganism to the largest blue whale in the animal realm and the tallest giant sequoia in the plant realm; from our nearest planetary neighbours in the solar system to the far-flung stars and galaxies, as well as spectacular nebulae and supernovas in outer space that manmade telescopes have been able to bring to our attention. The incredible diversity, beauty, order and harmony. And to think that what we have been able to perceive is only an infinitesimal fraction of all there is, that there may well be countless other not just galaxies full of stars and planets, but indeed entire universes which are presently way beyond our ability to comprehend and discover.

To me, all this points to a transcendent Mind or Being (God) behind everything who is even far far more incomprehensible than all that exists. Yet humanity in itself is amazing in so many ways, not the least in our ability to reach out, albeit in a limited way, to the transcendent Divine.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I have written or co-authored with my husband six Christian devotional non-fiction books. I have also created and published six books featuring my 90-year-old father’s art, photography, and poetry (in Czech). To see all the books with links to Amazon and other online outlets, please visit www.pathway-publishing.org.

Eva's current books

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: There will be more artbooks from my dad’s prolific collection. The next one on the drawing board is “Nature in Art” comprising abstract as well as realistic images from nature.

As far as writing projects, I have two in mind. One is a spiritual memoir looking back to key people and events in my life and noting divine leading or intervention. The second one is of a practical kind, namely on financial management — how to live happily and abundantly on a pension amount. It is based on personal experience.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: Much of my writing is based on real life. The memoir as well as the finance guide mentioned above certainly will be.

Concluding comment:

Thank you Russell, for having me. Interested readers can learn more about me at

My author page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eva-Peck/e/B00DH68WPE

My websites accessible through http://www.pathway-publishing.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PathwayPublishing

Linkedin: http://goo.gl/oD1QW8

Several of my books are downloadable for free in PDF format at: http://www.free-ebooks.net/search/Eva+Peck

About Eva Peck:

Eva Peck

 

Eva Peck’s books usually contain spiritual insights. She writes from a Christian and international background. Through her work in Australia, USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, she has experienced a range of cultures and interacted with believers from a variety of faith traditions. As she feels that different faith perspectives can enrich one’s own spiritual path, she values a nondenominational approach in her spiritual writings.

Eva has also been a nature lover since childhood, studied biological sciences and is drawing on her scientific knowledge and interest in her books. She has an undergraduate degree in science and postgraduate diploma in education, as well as a Masters degree in theology. Readers may like to visit her website, www.pathway-publishing.org for an overview of her and her husband’s works, including the publishing of books featuring her 90-year-old father’s art, photography and poetry (in Czech). Those who understand Czech may enjoy Eva’a father’s verse collection entitled Volne Verse.

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Eileen Rife

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(Editors Note: This interview was done over a year ago but Eileen would like to add the following updated information: “Eileen’s been playing house hostess to her missionary children and their families. With seven grandchildren’s voices (one a baby) filling the halls, life is never boring at the Rife homestead! In between all that, she’s managed to keep her foot in the writing/publishing door. Four works (one contracted) have been submitted to her publisher, OakTara. In addition, she was invited to contribute to two devotional compilations: Fear Not by Anne Baxter Campbell and Penned from the Heart by Marilyn Nutter. She’s currently working on the Savvy Sisters series and a missionary kid series.”)

Our interview today is with Eileen Rife. Thank you Eileen for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Eileen Rife

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: Reading. As a little girl I used to walk down to our small town library, breathe in the rich, musty smell, curl up in a sunny corner, and loose myself in a book. I’ve been reading ever since. Everything I can get my hands on, from nonfiction to fiction. I also write in both categories. Since 2005, I’ve focused my efforts on contemporary fiction. My first novel, Journey to Judah, poured out of me, inspired by my oldest daughter’s journey to India as a single gal investing her life in career missions. Little did she know God was going to take her clear around the world to meet her husband.

Journey to Judah

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I chronicle real life adventures in my journal—a funny thing my husband said, a cute insight from a grandchild, a meaningful memory, a lesson learned from Scripture, creation, or the muck of everyday life. My adult children’s mission adventures and heart for the needy, poor, and abused of our world have fueled much of my writing, especially my fiction.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Dancing with hubby ranks at the top of the list, along with playing with my grandchildren. Both pursuits occurred around the time we entered the empty nest, a time of soul-searching and adjustment for me after having home schooled our three daughters for twenty years. Of course, whenever possible, I seek out a sunny spot with a good book in hand.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I’ve sought out a number of advanced readers over the years, including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) critique groups. My choice of readers often depends on the project. Since my fiction works typically address an issue relevant to the modern reader, I also try to seek out at least one or two readers who specialize in that particular topic. I’ve dealt with overseas mission work, homosexuality, depression, infertility, miscarriage, gang life, adoption, abortion, sex trafficking, and foster parenting. In addition, I have several general readers who aren’t writers from whom I receive candid feedback on a beta read.

Once the manuscript is complete and production begins, my editor works closely with the graphics department of the publishing company to provide a top quality cover. I provide input on the cover as well.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: Twenty years ago I wrote over ten church dramas and a monthly column that garnered praise from viewers and readers. I was receiving comments like, “You really should publish that drama sketch,” and “Your writing is so clear and meaningful. I could identify with what you said.” So, when my professional counselor husband suggested we team together to conduct marriage seminars based on a syllabus, I said, “Why not a book?!” The kind and encouraging comments of church folks boosted my confidence and launched me into my first nonfiction book.

Later, I picked up the pen to focus on writing for Christian periodicals. Early in the journey, I submitted a query to Discipleship Journal about my struggle to release my oldest daughter to career missions in India. After months of waiting, the managing editor emailed requesting the full manuscript. Of course, I was elated. If accepted, the article would be my first big break. After several more agonizing months of waiting, I logged into my email to discover a message from the editor. He related that the article was not what he was expecting, and sadly, would not be able to accept it. Dejected, I closed the lid on the laptop and vented to my husband. As the evening wore on, I silently smoldered. The next morning, a quiet inner nudging prompted me to email the editor. I chose to humble myself by asking how I might amend the article to his satisfaction. Again, more waiting.

Then one day while eating a sandwich, the phone rang. To my shock, the DJ editor greeted me. “I reconsidered your article,” he said. “Let me say, in the six years I’ve worked for DJ, I’ve never reconsidered a piece once I rejected it. But something made me pick it back up. The article’s been reviewed by the editorial committee, and we’d like to publish it as a feature article, but with a reduced word count.” I nearly choked on my ham and cheese. Once I regained composure, I said, “Uh, sure, that’s fine.” The timing of the article couldn’t have been more perfect. “Releasing Rachel: When God Calls Your Child into Fulltime Missions” appeared on the stands in November, 2004, the same month our daughter departed for India.
Since that time, the article has been published in three other Christian periodicals, and has served as a wonderful reminder that God’s timing is best.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My golden-haired granddaughter served as the inspiration behind my latest fiction release, Laughing with Lily. That and a long held passion for preborn life.

Laughing with Lily

Laughing with Lily involves a long-buried secret, an unexpected encounter, and a quest for answers.
Celeste Tatem, a special-education teacher at The Brighton Center in Schreiber, Indiana, couldn’t be more in love with her husband, Joe. But the memory of one day in the past haunts her, threatening their relationship. When Joe dies in a factory explosion, she sinks into depression.

It will take the arrival of a new student, Lily, and her delightful honesty, laughter, and joy at life’s little things to awaken Celeste to hope. When Don, an old flame from college, reenters Celeste’s world, the flickers of love stir once again, and startling questions arise. Questions that threaten to rip the veneer off of her carefully guarded secret. Then the most unexpected thing of all happens.

Laughing with Lily is a story of love and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.

Here are a few reviews.

“Reaches into the deepest recesses of women’ hearts, encouraging them to hold tight to those they hold dear.”

Jennifer Slattery, Novel Reviews

“Sweet, suspenseful, and heartwarming. I couldn’t put it down.”

Diane Dean White, Seeds of Encouragement blog

“A top-notch, no-holds-barred, excellent story full of twists and turns, dilemmas, inspiration, and romance.”

Kathleen Freeman, Beauty in Simplicity, Hope in Hard Times

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My chief desire is to provide healing words for hurting hearts. Though the issues presented in my books vary, this overall purpose drives my writing. I don’t shy away from difficult topics. Ever since childhood, I’ve gravitated to the underdog, and find him/her naturally popping up in my stories.

Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

Answer: My husband. His dry sense of humor based on daily events evokes belly laughter. Here’s a line he delivered just the other day.

Talking with Chuck about our real estate investing adventure/madness, I jokingly suggested that we should write a screen-play about our experience. Chuck responded, “Sure. Why not? We already hold the scream rights!”

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: I have several in the beginning stages, but I’ve recently submitted a completed fiction manuscript. I’m excited about this project on many levels. First of all, it’s my first coauthored novel. Secondly, the setting is dear to my heart since I grew up in Christian camping ministry. And thirdly, the protagonist is blind. Entering into the world of the visually-impaired was a challenge, but I enjoyed the research and the experience of writing from a blind woman’s point of view. It forced me to go deeper with the other senses when describing a scene. Noises, odors, textures, perceptions rose to the surface. Prayerfully, I’m a better writer for having stretched myself in this area of expression. In addition, my discoveries opened my eyes to see some misconceptions I held about blindness and helped me navigate Loni’s world more accurately.

Seasons of Hope (working title) profiles a blind woman who seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight.

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks that’s the reason. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

From the moment Loni Parker steps onto the camp ground, Michael knows who she is, and he doesn’t want anything to do with her. Yet, in spite of his guilt that drives him to push Loni away, he can’t deny his growing attraction to the determined woman. After all, she reminds him of himself. Beyond that, she seems to see more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: Absolutely. My characters are typically composites of people I’ve met somewhere in my journey. Home settings are often patterned after a house I’ve lived in, some ten over my lifetime. In my novel, Second Chance, I pick up a passion passed along by my daughter and husband who work fulltime with an inner city teen ministry.

Second Chance

In the third installment, Chosen Ones, in my Born for India trilogy, Yvonne experiences infertility. When she finally does become pregnant, she later miscarries. The scene is based on my own experience. Some readers have noted my description’s effectiveness, given my personal connection with that particular story line. In Second Chance, Mave navigates the uncertain waters of the empty nest. While not entirely true to my experience, Mave’s journey helped me process my own feelings about middle age and a new season of life in a framework of both tears and laughter.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Chosen Ones

Answer: Mave, the protag in Second Chance, whose humor helps her survive the empty nest. And the delightful, lovable Golden Girl in Laughing with Lily, who lights up everyone around her with her fresh take on life.

Special Reviews

A particularly powerful review I received on Restored Hearts (2) in the Born for India trilogy came from a mom whose ex-husband returned to his homosexual lifestyle. Her grown son was having a difficult time accepting this.

Restored Hearts

When Restored Hearts came out, she bought a copy, read it and then passed it along to her son. I told her I would pray for healing and restoration in her family. The son made it to chapter three but could go no further. He closed the book and laid it aside. The reality of what many homosexuals encounter was too difficult for him to swallow.

Time passed, and I hadn’t received any updates on this particular situation, but I continued to pray as the Lord brought this family to mind.

A few months later, the woman approached me again, this time with a spark of hope in her eyes. She told me that her son was sitting on a park bench when a butterfly landed on his backpack. He did a double-take when he realized the insect was the exact same species as the one on the Restored Hearts book cover. Perhaps I need to go back and finish reading that book, he thought.

His mother reported that he did finish the book and told her he had changed his attitude toward his dad. He now wanted to seek healing and restoration for their relationship.

Sometimes, it’s the small things—like a butterfly on a book cover revisited at a park bench—that God can use to make all the difference in the world.

When Mourning Comes

 

Tranquil Moments

 

Links:

Eileen’s Web Site
Eileen’s Blog
Guard Your Marriage
Eileen’s Author Page on Amazon
Eileen on christianbooks.com
Eileen Hinkle Rife on Barnes and Noble
Eileen’s Facebook Page
Eileen on Twitter
Eileen on LinkedIn

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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Deborah M. Piccurelli

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(Editors Note: This interview was done a year ago and Deborah has some new information to add: “I do have a new inspy romance novella e-book releasing March 20th called, LOVE COMES CALLING, that can be added”)

Our interview today is with Deborah M. Piccurelli. Thank You Deborah for being here today and for doing this interview.

Deborah M Piccurelli

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: A lifetime of reading suspense, and particularly romantic suspense, qualifies me to write it. Not that I haven’t read my share of other genres, but romantic suspense has always been my favorite.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Most importantly, I love spending time with the Lord; just being in His presence. I like talking about Him, too, with like-minded people. Of course, I love to read, or I wouldn’t be writing. I like taking walks with my family, hanging out with friends; shopping, even if I’m not buying.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Hopefully the back cover blurb for HUSH, LITTLE BABY will make you want to read it:

Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s romantic overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office.

Hush Little Baby

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I’m an advocate for sanctity of life, so my stories are usually cause-related. For instance, HUSH, LITTLE BABY is about abortion, and more specifically, fetal harvesting. Also, the main characters are little people, because I wanted to help bring about awareness of dwarfism.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: Another author-friend and myself went to one of those free advance screenings of a TV show several years back. What made it so amazing was that the show was adapted from the books of one of our favorite authors, Tess Gerritsen. The evening also included a book signing of her newly released book, which coincided with the kick-off of the show. Tess mingled with and spoke to guests before the screening, and then spoke about her book, the show, and her writing in general.

Afterward, she signed our books and took pictures with us. But what made such a big impression on me is that she was very down-to-earth, not full of herself, at all, considering her popularity and that of her books so much that they were adapted into a TV show. And the fact that she recognized my name from comments I left on her blog!

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: What makes me angry are injustices that are inflicted on the innocent and vulnerable. That’s why I write about them.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: I’m working on a novella titled, LOVE COMES CALLING that was one of three winners in a writing contest to be allowed to submit the full manuscript to the publisher that sponsored it. They have been so gracious in making suggestions to improve it, and asking me to send it back when those suggestions are implemented.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: Aside from the above-mentioned novella, my current WIP is tentatively titled, GONE. I’ll leave the rest to the imagination.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: At the moment, I have one book released in both print and electronic formats, and one that is technically out of print, but there are some left being sold on Amazon.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I have several that are in the research and development stage. One is a TV drama that I’m very excited about, another is a feature film, another suspense novel, and a non-fiction book.

Contact links:

Website: http://www.deborahmpiccurelli.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100003395634363

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebPiccurelli

Reviews for HUSH, LITTLE BABY

I was totally delighted by author Deborah Piccurelli’s novel, Hush Little Baby. As a romantic suspense story it had my interest from the beginning, but the book still had to prove itself. I began by reading a few pages at a time, but it was so captivating, I had to devote a day for completing the story all at once!

Deborah develops the main characters and story right from the beginning. It moves at a fast pace, which is important for a suspense novel. The main character, Amber Blake who is an investigative reporter, begins working undercover at an abortion clinic and from that point on the danger escalates. Amber is a young and loveable Christian woman who sometimes takes her own path and has to face the difficult consequences. But with a strong spirit she manages to pull herself together by moving forward with God. Even so, this particular undercover work leaves Amber with some very difficult and new challenges.

She takes some hard knocks as a “little person,” but she doesn’t let that stand in the way, especially when it comes to getting justice for her twin sister of average height who met her death at the hands of Dr. Albert Hines who performs abortions and other atrocities within the clinic where she is working undercover. Amber finds herself confused by the doctor’s advances toward her, hating what he does, yet believing him at times to be a gentle and misguided soul. Grounded only by her estranged husband Evan, who is also a reporter and the only man Amber loves, she is able to remain fixed on the truth that the doctor cannot be trusted. I questioned many times whether the doctor had some redeeming qualities or a reason for his profession, but I didn’t have a clue until the end of this exciting story.

Hush Little Baby abounds with mystery concerning the strange murder of one of the employees at the clinic. Amber believes the murder may have something to do with a locked door inside Dr. Hine’s office. That mysterious secret really kept me reading, and when I found out what it was, I wasn’t disappointed! I was also shocked to find out the secret Amber was keeping from her husband after their separation. This is a must read book for lovers of suspense and romance! There’s plenty of romance that Deborah has woven into the story very tastefully. She also shares the reality of abortion and fetal harvesting; subjects which are near and dear to her heart.

Deborah has a great writing style and understanding of how to write a great story! I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a unique story that inspires with the truth that anything can be accomplished in Christ and that forgiveness is a means of new beginnings.

By Margaret Lukasik
www.lifepurposebooks.com

This is one of the most unique and compelling storylines I’ve read in years. There was suspense, intrigue and a lot of mystery to the story. I also enjoyed the romance and the undercover aspects of the story. Amber had a slew of secrets that ended up biting her in the butt, which was a bummer for her even though she’d caused a lot of her own heartache. At the same time, Amber had a soft heart and was not good at saying no when she needed to. Evan was pretty heroic for a guy also. Several times I wanted to applaud his valiant effort to save the love of his life.

I read this book pretty much straight through in less than two days. There was nothing boring about this story. I can’t imagine seeing some of the things Amber saw and having to do some of the things she did at the clinic. I’d have fallen apart. Amber was a tough heroine who put herself in jeopardy for a worthy cause, which was to intervene in a very disgusting business. The author did a great job of bringing the morbidity of the trafficking home in the way she presented it.

Well-written and compelling, Hush Little Baby was a read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel with quirky characters and a hard core moral dilemma at the center of the conflict. The villain in this story was very three-dimensional and I thought the author did a fantastic job of making him sympathetic even though he was a bit of a sicko. Sometimes it was easy to forget what he did. Great job!

Michelle Sutton, author of Decision to Love,
Out of Time, and It’s Not About Her

She’s there to avenge her sister’s death, but she might lose her own life while trying.

This author is not afraid to tackle an unpleasant subject. The story is set in an abortion clinic and that’s enough to create conflict between most people. Ms. Piccurelli makes her main character a “little person” who’s an investigative journalist. Amber has her own secrets that adds to the flavor of the story. Her twin sister was average size and died from the doctor’s mistake during an abortion so Amber is willing to take on the doctor and the clinic. She has another secret, too.

The author adds Amber’s estranged husband into the mix to give it some romance and add more misunderstandings. This keeps the story moving on several levels and it flows very nicely. Evan is also a little person, so he develops some jealousy when the regular sized doctor tries to put the moves on Amber.

The author gives Amber a very dangerous tightrope to walk. She wants to get information and will do what it takes to get it, but the doctor makes her uncomfortable. Her instincts are right on. This clinic holds more secrets than what you see from the front.

The plot is intertwined with a bit of the past and the present. Ms. Piccurelli gives Amber challenges in both the office and in her personal life. This is good read that holds your attention and makes you wonder how it’s going to end. I enjoyed it even if the subject matter bothered me. There are abortion clinics and I’m sure some of those doctors might be looking for extra money, too. Be ready for some unpleasantness. Whatever you do, don’t look behind the locked door into the chambers or you won’t want to go to sleep again…

Originally posted at LAS Mystery Reviews
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Reviews for IN THE MIDST OF DECEIT

In The Midst of Deceit

 

“I grabbed this book with the intention of just reading a few pages. . . . But I was hooked immediately. I read the story almost straight through. . . . The tension between the hero and heroine was fabulous and honestly one of the best portrayals of romantic tension I’ve read in awhile. The kisses were delicious and probably my favorite scenes. But there was so much more depth to the story than that. Truly! Plus, the suspense was awesome and very well done. The people felt like my friends long before the book ended. I truly cared about them and I think I fell in love with Slade, too. His characterization and growth was perfectly done! I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves romantic suspense.

Michelle Sutton, http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com, www.michellesutton.net

In the Midst of Deceit has intrigue and mystery. Romance and suspense. Love and faith. Deborah Piccurelli does a great job of creating characters who are three dimensional and realistic. We meet with all of them, seeing each one’s flaws and strengths. . . . The plot is done well and draws the reader into the story. . . . Overall, I recommend In the Midst of Deceit by Deborah Piccurelli.

Allison M. Wilson, The Road to Romance (www.roadtoromance.ca)
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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Angie Brashear

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Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: In all honesty, I don’t consider myself qualified. The world of writing is wide and, though I’ve learned a lot in the past year or so, I still have much to learn. But I am certain of one thing–the Lord speaks to young girls through speculative fiction. Without The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, my life would have been dramatically different. My hope is that my passion for the genre will lead teenage girls living tough lives to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I am a daughter of the Most High, wife, mother of three, educator, runner, reader, and writer. All provide inspiration for my writing. Thus far–during my short experience as an author–I’ve found sermons inspire increased depth to the spiritual themes of my work while my family inspires growth in each of my characters. Running clears my head, allowing me to put all of my thoughts together and prepare to write during the late night hours while my family sleeps.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Here’s a little blurb for Never Let Go which I recently wrote for a contest…

Laila Pennedy awaits inevitable death. By means of murder. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands, seeking to slaughter those whose faith lies in the Maker. To eliminate the weak.

Her heart pounds. Standing in a line of Faithfuls, the rope pinches her neck as she gazes at her brother. If not for her failings, he’d be safe. Instead he balances on a barrel beside her, a noose chafing his neck. Death moves closer. She flinches with each thud of the executioner’s feet on the platform. Terror snatches hope from her grasp, though she isn’t surprised. For she’s weak, no more than a burden to those she loves—all seventeen years of her life.

Yet a flicker of hope evades terror’s wrath. Found in the blue eyes of Lars Landre, the Chosen. The man destined to lead Faithfuls out of persecution.

So when her brother’s life is taken, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Clan.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: Because I spent the majority of my life wondering if there was a God, my message is simple–there is a God and He rescues us from all worldy devastation. No matter the tragic circumstances, He is waiting to embrace us.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: About a year ago, I finished writing Never Let Go only to learn that it was written in lackluster omniscient narrative. By God’s divine appointment, HopeSprings Books recognized my voice despite the many flaws of manuscript, provided some fabulous advice, gave me a chance to demonstrate my new skills, and then offered me a contract. Reworking the entire manuscript over the next six months was mentally and emotionally exhausting. But…it was also a blessing for I learned a lot through the rework.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I’m currently in the process of writing the sequel to Never Let Go, which is the second novel in my tentatively titled Legends of the Woodlands trilogy.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: My debut novel, Never Let Go, is scheduled to release in June 2014. Whoohoo!

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: Following the completion of the Legends of the Woodlands, I plan to write a trilogy about a teenage girl’s path to salvation…in the fantasy setting of course. Oh, and werewolves will be primary foes. I’m definitely looking forward to writing it!

Legends of the Woodlands

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: In Never Let Go, Zander Costigan’s recommitment to the Maker is based on the moment of my salvation as a young adult. There truly are no words to describe the experience, but Never Let Go reflects my best attempt. The bottom line–the Father waits for nonbelievers with open arms. When we open our hearts to Him, He shows us the way. He allows us to see all the ways in which He has been with us, guided us through tough times. Loved us when noone else did. Protected us when others abandoned us. Sent His Son to die for us. And then, as if His love isn’t enough, He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within our hearts. Amazing.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: Tough question because I love many books, but it’s difficult for works of fiction to compare to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story left a lifelong impression on me as a young girl and I’m forever grateful to the teacher who read it to me.

Contact Angie:

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Author’s Biography:

Angie Brashear

When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s an avid reader and runner, both of which perplex her husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children.
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Author Interview: 10 Questions With Ada Brownell

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Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: A deep hunger for the Word from a young age, the resulting study, and being in the House of God whenever it was open, prepared me to write for Christian publications and to write Christian non-fiction books. I earned a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible (now Global University).

Long ago I completed two major courses, Dorothy C. Haskin’s “Writing for Christian Publications,” and “Fiction Writing,” from New York School of Writing; and have a B.S. Degree in mass communications.
Being a journalist on the medical beat for seven years picking physicians brains and writing about the latest research helped with Swallowed by Life, Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal. In that book I go into the physical evidence that shows we’re more than a body.

Teaching and working with church youth most of my life, plus my years as a newspaper reporter, gave me a background for Imagine the Future You. I interviewed Miss America and other beauty queens, wrote about fashion, medical articles, stories on young scholastic achievers, musicians; but also wrote about problems they face, such as addictions, gangs, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, delinquency and crime.

In my church teaching years, I usually always had a packed house whether as a youth leader or in a high school or college class, and to this day I hear from people who grew spiritually because of my influence. But that glory is the Lord’s.
In my free-lance articles, stories and books, I often use personal testimony, research, quotes from experts, true illustrations, scripture.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: Someone told me a long time ago if you don’t embrace life, you have nothing to write about. In high school I won best actress in a one-act play contest and judges took me aside afterward and told me I could go to Hollywood as a comedian. I have phases where I naturally turn to the hilarious, mostly stories on me. But life has a way of bringing in the serious. My husband and I have five children (one of them in heaven).

Yet, I have abundant life. My husband was a telegraph operator for the railroad when we married in the 1950s, and we had a great time moving all over the Colorado mountains. We lived in a railroad boxcar once, in a train depot, a log cabin on top of Tennessee Pass, and spent five years in the Utah desert. We moved so often we met dozens and dozens of wonderful people, especially in the churches we attended. God sent a beautiful Christian lady to help me in Utah in the town of 100 population, three bars and no church, and we started a Sunday school in the schoolhouse.

I was the youngest of an almost destitute family, refugees from the Kansas Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, but after my oldest sister accepted the Lord as Savior, everyone else followed and our house was full of joy and singing. I’ve spent my life playing the piano or organ in church, and singing in trios. My life has been blessed.
The Bible talks about “joy unspeakable and full of glory” and “rivers of living water” and I experienced that. We are joyful our children and grandchildren serve God.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I love people and hearing their stories. I love to read, play games, and spent many years playing tennis and enjoying swimming. We love fixing up houses, decorating, touring model homes, and my husband built two beautiful houses.

Now as a senior citizen, we walk, enjoy family and other people, and love being in church and worshiping the Lord.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: Book signings where you’re well known are great, but with the trend toward e-books, you don’t sell many on the spot, but you can raise awareness about your brand and your book. Using free days on Amazon is a good booster for ratings and getting the word out. Newsletters and News Releases work well in keeping people knowledgeable about your latest success. I think you have to use Social Media even if it doesn’t increase sales much. If nothing else, you need to get your name and book titles out there.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I met a man several years later who read a newspaper column I wrote about our daughter’s homegoing and he told me he’s never forgotten it. People accepted the Lord because of articles I’ve written. One editor used to put my pieces for the unsaved on the back of The Pentecostal Evangel. A writer doesn’t know how many are touched or encouraged. It’s different from having a captive audience where you can see and often receive response. It’s nice, though, some readers submit reviews.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Imagine the Future You is a motivational Bible study for youth.

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.

  • How harnessing your will can make you a champion
  • How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful information in the brain, and avoid brain washing
  • How to look and be your best
  • How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
  • How who you marry changes everything
  • How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
  • Where you want your name to appear
  • Why you can believe God is there and interested in your tomorrows
  • Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on

This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

imagine

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My writing encourages others to accept Jesus as Savior, turn from sin, and live victorious through Christ. With Confessions of a Pentecostal, the message is God still does miracles and is with us no matter what. The theme of Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult is God answers prayer. For Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal I want readers to know if we accept Jesus as Savior we’ll live forever—and physical evidence from science and medicine testify we’re more than a body. The theme for Imagine the Future: God loves you and has a plan for your life here and for eternity that will bring “joy, peace, and abundant life.”

Confessions of a Pentecostal

Joe the Dreamer

Swallowed by Life

Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

Answer: When we lived in two-mile-high Leadville, Colo., in a mobile home, my husband worked out of town and I turned off the water in the bath tub he’d left running to keep the water from freezing. I awoke in the middle of the night to a loud sucking noise when my mother-in-law flushed the toilet. I forgot to turn the water back on. Without telling my mother in law, because she’d ask me forty times a day if the water was running, I threw a fake fur coat over my nightie, pulled on boots without socks, and sneaked out into the night with a fusee (a gadget like a small torch) and matches.

We had about two feet of snow. I made a tunnel to the pipes under the home with a broom, crawled through on my elbows, and discovered I got the matches wet. I backed out.

When I touched the doorknob to get inside, my bare hand stuck. Finally I got it loose and pulled, but the door wouldn’t open. Some of the deep snow on top of the mobile home melted, ran down the sides and froze the door shut. I tried and tried, prayed, but finally had to ring the doorbell. My mother-in-law pushed and I pulled (the door swung outward) until the ice cracked and I got inside.
Next time I put on socks, ski pants, sweaters, a hat, gloves, and I thawed the pipes. I left the door open a crack and got back inside, thankful to be warm and the plumbing wasn’t ruined.

The next morning I learned it had been 30-below zero F. outside that night.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: The Lady Fugitive, an historical romance, is almost ready to go. I plan to go through it one more time and submit it.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: Four. Imagine the Future You; Joe the Dreamer: The castle and the Catapult; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but now available as an e-book.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: Sequels to my novels and more books in my Dynamite Decisions for Youth series.

Thanks, Russell, for having me as your guest.

Contact Ada Brownell:

Ada Brownell

SWALLOWED BY LIFE
JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT
SWALLOWED BY LIFE
CONFESSIONS OF A PENTECOSTAL
Blog/website: Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement
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10 Questions With… Author Interview with Keely Brook Keith

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Keely Brooke Keith

Question: Tell us a little about your real (Non-writing) life family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: My day job is in music–I’m a bass guitarist. I’ve been very blessed to get to live out both of my passions: music and writing. As far as my job getting in the way of writing–I love playing music and will continue no matter how busy the writing life gets, but it can be difficult for me to focus on writing while I’m on tour.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy, what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I love being alone and writing, but as soon as I’m done I want to hang out with people. I love game nights, dancing, antiquing, and just being with friends and family.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books. Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I start involving other people in my writing during the second draft. That’s when I do the deep research and interview professionals in whatever field my characters and stories require. After several drafts, I start sending the story to beta readers. I’ll send it to a few at a time, get their comments, revise if I need to, then send to a few more. I have several critique partners who are also authors and their feedback is invaluable. When I believe the manuscript is the very best it can possibly be, I send it to a professional editor.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I started blogging about other authors and featuring other books. My blog followers really responded to that–especially the contests and giveaways that are often included. I would encourage all writers to get involved in the writing community.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: When I was sixteen I was an exchange student to Australia. I’ve been back there several times since and I always love it–the coasts, the people, the animals, the rainforests, the bush. It’s breathtaking. The Australian Outback is one of those places where the setting becomes a character, so that definitely inspired me. I envisioned a lot of that while creating the Land in The Land Uncharted.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I’m currently writing Uncharted Inheritance, the third book in the Uncharted series, which is written with the feel of historical fiction, set like a scifi, and of course, there is romance. The first book, The Land Uncharted, will be released October 21, 2014. The second book of the series, Uncharted Redemption, will be released Spring of 2015. The series follows the three youngest siblings in the Colburn family–each book is one of their stories, so as the books progress you know the main character from the previous books, but you get to know them deeper. So there is a sense of familiarity, but also much to be explored.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: The Land Uncharted is my debut novel.

The Land Uncharted

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: No. I got all my character names from printing out my family history and taking first names from ancestors born before 1860. The last names are also from my family history but no first/last name combination is an ancestor’s actual name. The story is totally made up; in fact, if I started to write anything that reminded me of something I’d seen or heard, I immediately backed up and went in another direction.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: The Sun Also Rises. Hands down my favorite book of all time, though I don’t particularly like any of the characters in it. Go figure.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: I’m a genre-blender. I enjoy the world creating that goes into speculative fiction, but I like to keep a sense of our reality. I love people and relationships and I always showcase a romance, but it’s not the A-plot. I like learning when I read, so I strive to use the best possible words when I write. If that sends a reader to the dictionary now and then, I think they’ll appreciate it.

Author Interview: 10 Questions With Karen Arnpriester

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Karen Anpriester

 

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1. Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

I was not prepared or desired to be a writer. I began on a whim and it was a journey with God’s lead. This was His big plan. I shared the first few chapters with a dear friend who encouraged and prodded me to continue and finish the story. After several people read Anessia’s Quest, they convinced me that the story was worthy of telling. The qualifier for the genre of Christian fiction was my faith and obedience to God.

2. Question: Tell us a little about your real (Non-writing) life and family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

My life is a wild pile of energy, confusion and intense satisfaction. I met my current husband later in life and truly found my prince charming. I had never been loved the way Don loves me. Four years ago we became foster parents. We adopted our two daughters in November on National Adoption Day. This has been such a profound decision in our lives. Don and I have four grown children and seven grandchildren. I am the owner of Karen’s Koncepts which is a graphic design company. Luckily I get to work from home which allows us to parent our two daughters. My first book was inspired by my compassion for children in the foster care system and it was written while we did the required training.

Life does get in the way of writing. I really struggle with finding time for this new love. Some writers commit to writing every day. I don’t. My schedule is too unpredictable and my family and my business have to take priority. I generally get windows of opportunity and then I write like crazy!

3. Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books. Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

I have a core group of people that I know will be brutally honest with me. They read along as I finish sections of the book. They help to keep me focused on finishing the book. Life certainly gets in the way. I consider their comments and revise if I agree. After several rounds of reading and rewrites I read the book aloud. You can catch many glitches in flow by reading aloud. Once I think the story is done, I have my test readers read again (thank you so much!). I consider, revise and then the book is ready to go to the editor. This is my biggest expense, but so necessary. I have them read for content, grammar, tense and point of view. Since I have not had formal training beyond high school creative writing, I can lose my way technically. Now the book is ready for a final revision round and test. I record myself reading the book and listen. Reading aloud is priceless, but hearing your story read does not rely on reading. It brings in another sense that can identify issues that reading won’t.

As a graphic artist, I am lucky to save the cost of hiring an artist for my covers. I usually have the cover done well before the book is complete. It is a visual inspiration and helps to keep me motivated. I love this aspect of writing, to create a window into the soul of the story. I also create video book trailers and am thrilled to search Youtube and see my work displayed there. My business has expanded to working with authors and developing their covers at an affordable price.

4. Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Promotion is the most difficult part of writing. I have read the books for self-promotion; have a Facebook Page, Twitter Account and all the social network suggestions. There are so many authors and books that you feel like a small minnow in a huge ocean. Several times I became frustrated that I don’t have the funds to market myself on a large scale and then I remember, I do what I can and God will take my books where they are supposed to go. I would love to support my family through my writing, but my true passion for writing is to share the experience with God, to tell stories about His love, grace and salvation for us broken souls. He is active in my process and drops ideas and visual pictures of the scenes in my lap.

I am involved with the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, CA and it is growing. We provide a day of authors, books, training and joy of the written word. This has helped to improve my visibility as an author.

5. Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

I have written a true story, Slimy, about my years as a bullied child. The experience profoundly affected my childhood and my adult life. It took many years for me to work through the self-loathing and to value who God made me to be. I have spoken before groups of children against bullying and their reactions encourage me to reach out even more. Our children are dealing with real pain and school can be a battlefield that they must face each day. I want to use my experiences to encourage the bullied child, educate teachers and parents, and help the student body to join together and stop bullying in their schools. The responses have touched my heart in a profound way.

6. Question: How many books do you have out?

Currently, I have four books available as paperback and ebook. My first two Christian fiction novels are also available as audible books.

Anessia’s Quest, my first book, was a whim. My heart ached for children in the foster care system and I wondered how they survived. I hoped that God provided each of them with a guardian angel. This was the catalyst for the journey of Pagne, my main character. The main thread through my book is that God has a destiny for each of us. No one is a mistake and we will create ripples through our lifetime that can be positive or negative.

Raider’s Vendetta, which is my second novel, is a story filled with suspense. Raider is a bitter man who hates God and inflicts his fury on a Christian hostage, Charley, that he takes during a bank robbery. A spiritual and physical battle for survival begins. The plot reveals that no one is beyond God’s grace.

Slimy is my first non-fiction story. It is based on my years of bullying, fifth through the ninth grade. I buried most of the memories but the humiliation and isolation shaped who I would become. Slimy is written primarily for children and teens. I also hope that teachers and parents will learn how to identify a bullied child’s behaviors. Most do not tell. The ebook is free on Smashwords and I provide a free pdf download on my website. I want to be sure any child can get a copy of my story.

Miraculous Relationship is a collaboration of Christians who have experienced God’s real miracles in their life. These are true stories about how our lives were touched by Heaven’s grace. The ebook is free on Smashwords and I provide a free pdf download on my website. I want to be sure everyone can get a copy. This is about proclaiming God’s love for His kids.

7. Question: What are your future projects?

I am currently finishing the most difficult book I have written. It is titled Leadbottom which was one of my many names as a bullied child. The story is fiction, inspired by a true story, my story. Leadbottom begins with the years of bullying (not the PG version as told in Slimy) and continues through the life of a badly damaged woman. The woman discovers her value through a life-altering encounter with her Heavenly Father and the healing begins. I did not want to reveal my secrets and regrets as a non-fiction book for my family’s sake, so I will leave the reader wondering which parts are true. This book is a mixed blessing, kind of like going to the dentist and getting an aching tooth fixed. You’re scared of the process but know that it will feel better when it’s over.

My next new book will be mixed with humor, romance and suspense. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is an unlikely romantic connection while unmasking an evil person so that the horror they bring is stopped. I have started a list as ideas and dialogue pop into my head.

I would like to write a story based on the journey I shared with my son. We have survived the nightmare of drugs, rage and hopelessness.

My granddaughter wants to illustrate a children’s story that I told her and her mother. This would be a wonderful collaboration with my talented Brianna.

My daughters and I have a powerful story to tell about their lives, foster care, abuse and adoption. I will wait until my youngest is 18 before we share the pain and celebrate the joy, but they are excited to speak out.

8. Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Yes, many of my characters and scenes were taken from real life. Some were my experiences and some were stories others shared over the years. My family and I are sprinkled throughout my books. Richy from Anessia’s Quest was inspired my son, Rob. Ophelia Buttonhook is me and my fear of Alzheimer. Slimy and Miraculous Relationship are both non-fiction and based wholly on real life. Leadbottom will be riddled with truths.

9. Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Love them all, my children so to speak, but Raider is my favorite. He was so much fun to write. To be able to unleash rage and frustration without any boundaries was healing for me. I didn’t realize until I read the completed book that I am Raider and I am Charley. These are the two conflicting sides of me when it comes to my Christianity. Charley is who I am now, secure in my faith and accepting that I will not understand all in this lifetime. Raider is who I was from twenty years old until I was in my forties. I was so angry at God. I didn’t see a loving father from above, I saw a ruthless force that watched us struggle and cry out, as if He was playing a video game against Satan. Some of the miracles in Raider’s Vendetta were my miracles. God reached out to a bitter soul so that I would not be lost.

10. Question: What is your writing style?

Anessia’s Quest was based on a beginning and an end that I wanted. The rest was written as it came. I moved through the journey as a reader would, not knowing what was next. Who would enter the story and why? When I would get stuck, God would show me a picture in my head, where they story could go. It was an incredible collaboration. Raider’s was similar, a little more preplanning, but not much. The twists and turns changed a lot during the rewrites. I had two main characters (which I found out breaks the rules) and even more people that needed to connect. Technically, it was much more challenging. Slimy and Miraculous Relationship are non-fiction, so much easier to write. As far a a style, I would say that I write down to earth, and emotional but not sappy. Some details are provided but as a reader, I skim lengthy descriptions. I create pictures in my head as I read, and I don’t want to get caught up in reading too much description. It actually breaks the flow of the story for me, but you definitely know what my characters look like, where they are and how they are feeling.

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ANESSIA’S QUEST:

http://www.amazon.com/Anessias-Quest-ebook/dp/B004MPRA52/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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Anessias Quest

Anessia’s Quest:

5.0 out of 5 stars More than optimism

Chris

This book is a must read if you are looking for a book that promises the virtue of hope and heaven as our ultimate good. It is one of the most spiritually uplifting books I have read in a long time. I congratulate Karen for having the imagination and the belief that with God all things are possible. I highly recommend reading this book for any one struggling with trials and tribulations in their life. You will find comfort in reading this book and the knowledge of knowing that we are all here on earth to fulfill a divine purpose.

RAIDER’S VENDETTA:

http://www.amazon.com/Raiders-Vendetta-ebook/dp/B00927CRAI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367453208&sr=1-1

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Raider’s Vendetta:

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Nicest Books I’ve read in a Long Time

Michelle M

I tend to lose interest rather quickly if what I’m reading doesn’t grab me right away. This book had me hooked from the first page. “Raider’s Revenge” runs the gamut of human emotion, complex relationships as well as enormous physical and spiritual challenges; all interwoven by the hand of God. Charley’s unwavering belief in the Father’s ability to reach Raider’s hardened heart inspired my own personal faith. And the ending could only be described as a “God Thing.” Two people who thrown together during the most frightening of circumstances discover that they are bound together in a most unexpected way. It’s a wonderful read, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a great book. Michelle Close Mills~author/contributor: Chicken Soup for the Soul.

SLIMY:

http://www.amazon.com/Slimy-Karen-Arnpriester-ebook/dp/B00I851UUS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-3&qid=1391181433

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzKtAJR6Ct8

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Relatable

Lisa G “LSG”

The honest, brave account of a girl who was bullied from 5th grade through high school. She documents her experiences and teaches an important lesson about the unspoken hierarchy that often exists in spite of anti-bullying policies. This is a story of survival and resilience. She gives important information at the end of the book about the best ways to deal with bullying situations. A must read to understand this prevalent problem that persists in today’s schools.

MIRACULOUS RELATIONSHIP:

http://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Relationship-Alanna-Lefsaker-ebook/dp/B00JLG42EE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1-catcorr&qid=1401544788

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