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Book Spotlight: Exodus, The Departure From Egypt (Journey Through the Bible Book 3)

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Book Spotlight: Exodus, The Departure From Egypt
(Journey Through the Bible Book 3)
by Russell Sherrard

Exodus, the Departure from Egypt

The title “Exodus” means “going out”. It records the great numerical growth of the Israelites during their enslavement and oppression in Egypt. Moses emerges to lead God’s people from slavery to the Promised Land of Caanan. At Mt. Sinai, God gave Moses the laws which will form the basis for the Covenant between God and the new nation of Israel. They are summarized in the Ten Commandments. The book concludes with a description of the worship centered around the Tabernacle and the Law of Moses.

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New Release: Hide it In Your Heart

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by Annie Douglas Lima


More than just a coloring book, this inspirational activity book will help you relax, unwind, and enjoy some creative fun while hiding God’s Word in your heart. 

The 35 separate verses and passages are printed in colorable word art with decorative borders, blank on the back to make them easier to remove and frame or display, if desired. Each one is accompanied by two different activities or puzzles featuring the verse or key words from it. 

Hide it in Your Heart is an ideal Scripture memorization aid for Christian schools, homeschool programs, Sunday schools, or your own personal use. Children and adults will enjoy learning, practicing, and meditating on these artistically presented verses from the New International Version Bible. 

Proceeds from the sale of Hide it In Your Heart will be donated to www.Christar.org to help provide a translation of God’s Word for a particular people group in East Asia who do not yet have the Bible in their own language.

Here are a few sample coloring and activity pages from Hide it In Your Heart. If you’d like to color them or complete the word puzzles, click here to access a PDF that you can download and print.

Hide it In Your Heart is available in paperback on Amazon. Click here to order your copy for $8.99. 

HOWEVER, you can get it for 15% off if you order it here on CreateSpace with coupon code JZBVVBH8The code can be used an unlimited number of times and will not expire, so feel free to order as many copies as you like for family and friends. Hide it In Your Heart makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys word puzzles, coloring, or God’s word! 

You’re welcome to share the code with others, too.

Happy coloring!

About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in

Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and

her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at

Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since

her childhood, and to date has published thirteen books (two YA action and

adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, five anthologies of her

students’ poetry, and a Scripture coloring and activity book). Besides writing,

her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),

scrapbooking, and international travel.

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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Lorieen D. Henry

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Our interview today is with Lorieen D. Henry. Thank you Lorieen for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Lorieen Henry

 

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

Answer: 2 Corinthians 3:5
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. God qualifies me to encourage as well as inspire others.

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

Answer: My personal satisfaction comes from encouraging others and spending time with my family. Maintaining a safe and secure environment for my family is the best gift that I can give them.

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

Answer: No doubt we all have struggles and life is not always a bowl full of cherries, but with God, we are more than conquerors in Christ and all things are possible with Him. There’s one requirement, we must give Him our mess so that He may fix it. Stop holding on to mess! I walk you through my mess to my miracle, but I do it with you in mind. It is my goal to encourage, inspire and give hope to you as you walk out your own journey. Know that in all things, God Completes!

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 message is to encourage readers to finish the race realizing that anything that begins, continues and ends with God cannot fail. God Completes!

There is a Miracle in 21

 

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I had the opportunity to visit Hawaii as a 19 year old walk-on on the University of Southern Mississippi basketball team. After that experience, I realized I wanted to go back one day with my husband. Hawaii was beautiful and peaceful! I regard it as a little piece of heaven on earth and who better to share it with than the man God blessed me with, my husband.

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

Answer: The one thing that consistently gets a laugh out of me and never gets old is when my 4 year old daughter kisses me on my stomach and says, “Mama remember when I was a little baby and I was swimming around in there”.

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

Answer: I become angry when I see people mistreat one another. We are all gifts from God that should be cherished and celebrated.

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

Answer: I’m currently working on a book titled Marriage: Take It or Leave It. I’m inspired by my marriage as I celebrate 10 years of marriage on January 1st. I’m going to share some truths that some Christians don’t want to admit. Hint: Stop being boring! Study your mate! If short skirts turn his head, get some for your bedroom.lol Keep it holy, but keep it HOT!

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: You can look for my 4th title: “Seasoned for this Season” in December 2014. It will encourage readers to make their dreams reality. In January 2014, I will begin working on my Masters in Secondary Education as well as a Christian Life Coach Certification.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: Here is my professional writing process outlined:
Step 1: Write everything I want to write, everything that’s on my heart.
Step 2: Pray about everything I wrote asking God for guidance. The Holy Spirit is the best editor!
Step 3: REWRITE! REWRITE! REWRITE!
Step 4: Lift my work before the Lord as an offering.
Step 5: Have my work professionally edited.
Step 6: Read my work again to ensure the message that God wants delivered was not lost.
Step 7: Wait for God’s sign to proceed with publishing.

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Barbara J. Shelton’s Review of “The Time Under Heaven” by Laurinda Wallace

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The Time Under Heaven

Time seems to be against missionary Ruthanne Carroll. Suddenly faced with a life threatening illness, she reluctantly returns to the U.S. from a small Maasai village in Kenya. Once she reunites with her sisters Elizabeth and Melody, she clearly sees God’s hand leading her to uncover a guilty secret from her past.

A journey to uncover the truth leads them through sometimes dangerous circumstances and battles with old hurts. Each find their faith and relationships challenged as they reach a crossroads where the choices are healing and reconcilation or bitterness and defeat.

Laurinda Wallace’s debut novel is an uplifting tale about family and faith, a sweeping story of three women coming to terms with their shifting roles as daughters, sisters, or mothers. Join her indelible characters on a journey of discovery and reconciliation as the steady, inexorable rhythms of life play out. – Rosebud Communications

MY REVIEW

Laurinda began her story one lead character at a time…first was missionary Ruthanne Carroll in a hot and humid waiting room of Doctor Hawkes office in the village of Maasai, Kenya in Africa. The scene was easily imagined with Ms Wallace’s vivid description of the village people in their colorful native garb and beads, flies, sweaty bodies, sick and whimpering children and a very nervous Ruthanne waiting to hear the results of the MRI she had taken. She did not receive news she wanted to hear, instead what the doctor reported to her would change the entire course of her life and her sister’s lives immediately.


Melody, the youngest sister, is not blessed with the finer things of life she wishes for. Her husband Dennis is her biggest problem and is not employed in a job or otherwise at taking care of tasks and chores at home. They live the seamier side of life with little money, but find funds to provide for cigarettes and beer. Their loveless marriage is full of volatile arguments, rough abusive comments, and daily exhaustion on Melody’s mind and body through her work as a nurse’s aid in a home for the elderly. Melody has no faith in God, due to the upbringing her father imposed upon her. She could see nothing loving about Christianity as her father demonstrated. Have her dreams of becoming an RN fading into forever?

Elizabeth, the middle sister, and her husband Tom are parents of two grown children Paul and Corinne. Elizabeth is romantic about gardening and knew each flower’s fragrance by memory.  The past years of happy marriage and family life had been undaunted with major problems until recently when Tom and daughter Corinne had a major blowup over her boyfriend Trevor. Corinne fled to parts unknown with her choice sweetheart. They did enjoy being grandparents and Elizabeth often cared for her grandbabies while their mother, Sonya worked.  Elizabeth now knew unusual stress and even resentment toward Tom for being so unreasonable and chastising of Corinne, causing her disappearance. Elizabeth and Melody were close, but the relationship wasn’t always easy due to Melody’s co-dependence on Elizabeth’s kindness. Their lives were quite opposite in Christian belief and lifestyle – and their knowledge of Ruthanne’s life was almost nil.

All three sisters were raised by a strict protestant minister with constant and continuing negative attitudes toward his daughters; a weak submissive mother with her own problems of no real identity of herself, although artistic and creative in nature. She tried to protect her daughters from their father’s temperament to show loving support. Their relieving grace came from grandparents that were affectionate, understanding and provided positive reinforcement of help. The sister’s best memories were of time spent with their fun inspired grandparents, especially grandma, at their beach home in Cape Cod. The people of their formative years are now gone, but the memories are still ever present.

It was Ruthanne’s phone call to Elizabeth informing of her arriving soon in the States because of her health that began the highly active changes in everyone’s lives. Ruthanne is facing major problems of loss in the area of her ministry where she has made her home from a young age….everything becomes uncertain. Secrets of each sister were now in danger of revelation. Coincidences, which I prefer to refer to as Godincidences began happening as paths crossed and God’s plans for each character took them in different directions physically and emotionally in a miraculously cohesive nature.

Among the multitude of Laurinda’s stylistic finer points was allowing the reader to hear the thoughts of each character easily….learning more of who they really were by the time the story ended. I can’t leave out one of my favorite persons in this story – Nan, the Southern Lady – a key friend to all with so much insight into the problems and situations each sister was growing through. She added fun and humor with unconditional love. Was she actually an angel in disguise? It made me wonder.

Ms Wallace’s characters are excellently developed. She obviously loved each character and developed traits insightfully into each one. I became more endeared to each sister as the chapters flew by. This story spoke deeply and emotionally to me of like problems throughout my lifetime of raising children, serious health issues and working toward improved marriage relations, and more – I easily became personally involved.  Laurinda adds enticement into her writing flow that is highly entertaining.

Faith in God, choices, secrets, mistakes, redemption, change and growth; the core concept of this story is scripturally based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. I pray you will keep these verses in your consciousness as you read Laurinda’s novel A Time Under Heaven. Every verse provided a story line into each sister’s search. So, there is a time for searching and revealing in all seasons of our lives. How many secrets have been kept to haunt each character? Laurinda brings to my own personal thoughts these times and seasons of my life.

The Time Under Heaven is a true reminder that life cycles in sameness – the problems and crises are not new…only to each generation. My favorite quote “If God brings you to it – He’ll bring you through it.” is proven true once again through Laurinda’s insightful writing about human and spiritual nature. This story ended just as it was beginning. Is it possible Laurinda has in mind a continuation story for this family?  Thank you Laurinda Wallace for sharing your faith and delightful writing with us. Friends, for an engrossing read – do yourself a favor and compliment the author by getting your copy now. You will both be blessed!

About Laurinda….

Laurinda Wallace

Living in the high desert of Arizona, Laurinda writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, The Time Under Heaven and devotional, Gardens of the Heart are available. Mysteries are coming in 2013.
Biography

Laurinda is a native of the snowbelt in Western New York and left the snowy weather for the sun and mountain views of southeast Arizona in 2003.
A graduate of Houghton College, New York, she’s made a career in administration.

A lifelong writer, she seriously pursued freelance writing in 2005 and has been published in both print and e-publications. She contributes regularly to Christian Devotions, and has written devotions and articles for The Upper Room and Mature Living.
Her debut novel, The Time Under Heaven was released by 3-Mice Productions in June, 2012.
Active in church ministry, she teaches a women’s Bible study in a bi-lingual setting.

Favorite Books

Too many to mention. The top three are: The Bible by God, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Website:  http://www.laurindaw.blogspot.com

A Time Under Heaven is available @ Amazon in Print and on Kindle!

Book Release: Prince of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima

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Prince of Malorn, the third book in the Annals of Alasia trilogy, is now available!

Prince of Malorn

About the Book:

One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus.  Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age. 

                              

Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control.  But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military?  Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?

 

Q: What makes this trilogy unique?

A: The books don’t take place one after the other; instead, their time frames overlap.  They each describe the same major political event: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.  In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.  Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.  In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap.


Q: Do you recommend that readers start with your first two books before reading Prince of Malorn?

A: Not necessarily.  The books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.  But each of the three fills in gaps in the others’ stories, and their different perspectives on the same events and characters will make for a richer reading experience overall.


Q: Will there be more books in the Annals of Alasia?

A: Definitely! I’m nearly done with the fourth book, tentatively titled King of Malorn. It takes place five years later and brings together the main characters from all three books in the original trilogy. There may eventually be other books in the series too; I have lots of ideas!

 

The Annals of Alasia

Click here to download the Kindle version of Prince of Malorn from Amazon.

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About the Author

Annie Lima

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three YA action adventure/fantasy and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.  Click here to view her other books on Amazon.

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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Staci Stallings

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Our interview today is with Staci Stallings. Thanks Staci for being here today and for doing this interview.

Staci Stallings

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

Answer: Well, “qualifies” is a pretty strong word. I don’t really feel qualified to write the stories I do. I spend the majority of my time on the floor in front of God’s throne begging that if He doesn’t show up here, I’m sunk!

As to WHY I write the genre I do, I blame God and my grandmother. God, because I’m nearly certain He wired me to be in love with love and romance, and my grandmother for consenting to read “Cinderella” to me nearly every day for the first 5 years of my life. My grandma babysat me while my mom worked, and every day before naptime, she let me choose which books she would read. Cinderella was always in that stack.

When I got older and into middle school and high school, I “graduated” to Sweet Dreams Romances, and I’ve been in love with love ever since.

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: HAHA! Take a breath first… my “real” life looks kind of like this: I have a husband, three kids, a house, 4 businesses (3 online, 1 that’s my husband’s in the real world). I write a twice-weekly blog, volunteer at my children’s two schools, and teach Sunday School. I have two very active writing/reading online groups – CrossReads.com and GraceNFaith4u.com where I help promote other authors through blogs, book blasts, and newsletters. I serve on church retreats and hang out with my Holy Spirit friends online and in real life as much as possible. I love to watch TV with my kids, and I find all three of them simply fascinating!

I love life and learning and growing with God, seeing all the pieces He’s patiently putting into place in my life!
As to how I find time to write? Um. I have no idea. What I’ve been doing is picking ONE project and working on that in my “spare” time. Other than that, I’m not really sure.

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: In April of 2012, I put my book “Deep in the Heart” out as a free book through Amazon’s KDPSelect program. In two days it was downloaded 47,000 times, staying in the #1 free book spot for 36 hours. Then it went #1 in two Amazon categories for 6 weeks after that. The embrace that book received from readers was huge for me because it helped me to realize that I wasn’t the only one who liked the way I wrote. ?

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

Answer: The newest book, “The Easy Way Out” has been a 12-year Odyssey for me. In 2001, I put out the first book in this series called “Eternity.” At the time I was just beginning in the publishing world. I was eager and fragile. I did not realize there were sharks in the water and people who, though they said they were on your team, really weren’t. I had a publicist who thought her job was to run my life from New York. It wasn’t going well, and really, I should have cut that tie long before I did. But again, I was young and eager to please whoever would help me get my writing out there.

The Easy Way Out

This publicist read and RAVED about “Eternity.” She just loved it! Got me TV spots and book signings and all of that stuff that makes you think you’ve finally “made it.” Totally ready to capitalize on my budding career, I sent her the second book “The Easy Way Out.” I didn’t hear back for a long time, and then I got an email. She said that she had given the book to a friend of hers to read as well and they “just didn’t think it was ready,” that it “wasn’t up to the standards of Staci Stallings.”

I was crushed. Looking back, I wonder if her game wasn’t going to be to sell me on someone who could “edit the book professionally.” (I’m glad I didn’t!) But I didn’t give her a chance. I was sick of leaving my young children here to go out and do publicity that often turned into a nightmare. I was tired of being told the day before that I was supposed to be at such-and-such the next day and having to round up babysitters at the last possible minute. So I cut ties with her.

That was 12 years ago. I guess a big part of me lost faith in that story because of what she said. That’s why I put out 23 other books and ebooks between there and here. Then a couple of close reader friends asked about Drew’s story, and I told them about the book. They wanted to read it, and lo and behold, they fell in love with it! So I repackaged “Eternity,” and final-edited “The Easy Way Out” and here they are!

“The Easy Way Out” is about making tough choices in life rather than skating by and hoping it will all work out. Drew and Charity are both damaged souls. I guess you could say the book is a life lesson in what happens when “hurting meets hurt.” It does have an inspiring ending and a great message, but the getting there, like life, is pretty messy.

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: Every one of my books has its own reason for being. Most of the time, I don’t even know what that reason is. Sometimes it becomes clear as I’m writing it. Sometimes it doesn’t show up until years after it’s finished.

I have a book called “Lucky” that’s been out for a LONG time. In the last week, three people whom I dearly love have read or re-read it, and it struck deep, deep chords with them. Interestingly, all three got a different message from it. One found new meaning in God’s Word, one was moved by the image of Jesus standing on the waves, the other realized just how much faith Kalin had to have to live like he did. That, to me, is cool. It’s not something I do, it’s something God does through me. I’m just incredibly honored to be a part of it all.

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

Answer: I love seeing my characters through the eyes of other people. It amazes me the doors my books have opened for my readers. I’ve had people contact me, like one young lady who Facebooked me out of the blue to thank me. She had read “Cowboy,” and because of one scene in it, she had gone to patch up a broken relationship with her dad. They hadn’t talked in 15 years, and she wrote to tell me she had gone over there that day.

I love it when my characters can invite readers into new understanding of their own lives and how those stories can be a conduit to real people being reconciled with each other, with themselves, and with God. I remember one new author contacting me after reading “Dreams by Starlight” because she finally realized that God’s calling on her heart to write wasn’t some random thing. She went on to become a New York Times Best Selling author. And I remember the man who contacted me after reading “Reunion” to finally, for the first time, pour out his heart over the hurt of being left at the altar 40+ years ago.
I don’t do those things. God does. But it amazes me every time one of those stories crosses my life.

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

Answer: ALL of the above!

I have yet to find one piece of any of this that I feel capable and qualified to do. Other authors will tell you that I’m some kind of “Superwoman,” but the honest truth is, none of what I do is me doing it. If it was, oh, I would have given up a LONG time ago!

Plotting? Um… I don’t do much of that. I pretty much put my fingers on the keys and let God tell the story through me.
Finding information? Just today I was trying to put a simple form on my website, and I was like, “Oh, Holy Spirit, help! Why does this have to be SO hard every single time?”

Covers? HAHAHAHHA! If you only knew how much I struggle with every, single one.

All I can tell you is God puts the steps in front of me, and I do my best to take them, falling on His Grace and help every step of the way.

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

Answer: I’ve been debating what my next book will be. It took forever to get “The Easy Way Out”… out. Now, I have about four options that could be the next book. The one I think that’s in the lead at the moment is the very first book I wrote back in 1996, when contemporary Christian romance wasn’t even a thing yet. It’s a high-suspense, high-drama novel, and very much an aberration from my “normal” books… whatever those are!

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: My writing style is probably best called eclectic. I don’t tend to write the formula for romances though I’ve found some of my own conventions for writing romance over the years. In the non-fiction realm, I write real. I don’t try to sound “learned.” I just write as if you and I are talking and I’m telling you what happened and what I learned from it.

Conversational maybe is a good word for it.

One thing I learned a long time ago though is that words have a rhythm. I’m big on music as well. I play piano, guitar and a little bit of drums. To me prose (written words) have a rhythm, and if you get them out of rhythm, they are much harder to read. I think that’s why people who read my writing often comment that the words “disappear” as they read. They don’t have to struggle with strangely worded or difficult to read prose. I try very hard to choose words that complement the story. I will write the words of a college professor very differently than those of a high school freshman. So my style changes with the book as do the words and how I choose to use them.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: 24… I think. I always lose count.

I have 17 novels, 2 Bible studies, 3 inspirational collections of true short stories, and 2 author help books. That’s 24, right?

Some of these are available in paperback. Some are available on Nook. All are available on Kindle. You can check out my website at: http://www.stacistallings.net Click on any of the top links to see series titles, adult romances, young adult romances, etc. I don’t tend to write in one genre and write it to death. I write what God gives me and put it wherever it fits.

THANKS FOR SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH ME TODAY! And thanks Russell, for having me over to your place! I enjoyed it!

First Review for “The Easy Way Out”

Choices

We are all faced with choices. As we mature and grow older, these choices, whether good or bad, can affect the rest of our lives. It is up to us how these choices are made. Do we make them and try to remain true to ourselves and God or do we let the world pressure us into taking THE EASY WAY OUT.

Thankfully, Staci Stallings chose to continue the story of Drew and Charity in the second book of The Friendship Series. At the end of the first book, hints are dropped of a possible relationship. The second book begins with Drew and Charity in Harmony and Aaron’s wedding, the two main characters in the first book, Eternity. Both are fulfilling their duty to friends and family but they both realize each can’t wait till the day is over. Hurts and heartaches from the past overshadow their day and their lives. As the story continues, Drew and Charity’s friendship and feelings for each other grow.

From the first pages, I was pulling for these two to simply confess their love and live happily ever after. However, it’s never that simple. Life happens for Drew and Charity. Choices are made. And consequences must be dealt with. Drew and Charity make some good choices and some bad that will totally redirect their lives. Together, they navigate these difficult choices one day at a time, one hour at a time and even during a very difficult time, one moment at a time. Most importantly, they learn during the bad, friends don’t run and take THE EASY WAY OUT!

I think my favorite scene and maybe the most heartbreaking is when Drew asks Charity to take her lunch break with him and he tells her he will always be there for her.

The wonderful thing about this book is the choice of characters and their development. I love how they are just average, every day people. They are not fancy. They are not rich. They are just common every day people who must get up and go to work every morning to simply pay the bills. Both Drew and Charity have problems with family, jobs, finances and each other but they learn to talk with each other, ask for help from each other and simply trust God to show them the next step. And sometimes, the hardest lesson of all is to simply just wait on God and not take THE EASY WAY OUT.

It’s a wonderful story of a love that has grown and blossoms between two friends and with God. I received a copy of this book for an honest review. And as usual, you will not be disappointed with the latest Stallings’ novel!
–Farm Girl, Amazon Reviewer

Amazon Link to “The Easy Way Out”: The Easy Way Out

Author Bio:

Love to be inspired? A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, #1 Best Selling Christian author, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure!
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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Dave Stone

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

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

Answer:  Dreams Die Hard, Truth Sets Free with a subtitle of: A Triumph Of The Human Spirit by Dave Stone is a memoir/biography of my wife. I am qualified to write it by a BA double major in philosophy and sociology with a minor in psychology and 20 years as her husband. I took her individual memories and old records and wrote of her triumphs over a number of severe disabilities and family problems.

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 86 years old, raised by Christian parents, a believer from age 50. My first family of 4 is grown and I have 14 grandchildren. The above book is about my second wife. My major job area was personnel administration. More recently, I have been disabled by impaired balance and hearing from cancer in an inner ear, and limited hearing in the other ear. Christianity is the inspiration in and for my writing. I do get help.

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

Answer:  Trying to follow the LORD’S leading is followed by interest in gardening, chess, tilt table I have designed, travel, natural scenery, and serious spiritual conversation.

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:  My only book so far has had several beta readers, a partial edit of 1700 words and proofreader. The front and back cover pictures were taken by my wife and the words were entirely ours.

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:  This is my first book, so I have been looking for ways to promote it. So far, the following seem to be some of them; media book reviews, (print & social), free samples, book readings, discussions on related subjects, finding the books natural audiences (churches, medical establishments, etc.), quid pro quo promotion with interested parties.

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

Answer:  If you want to know how the multiple problems of severe chronic illnesses, frequent movement of military life, alcoholism, suicide, and molestation impact family members this will help. If you enjoy travel logs check here. If you like love stories and happy endings this qualifies. If you want examples of GOD’s power and love this is biography/memoir is for you.

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 continuing message is encouragement, and the inspiration of GOD in you of Col: 1:27, Gal: 2:20, Eph: 2:8-10.

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

Answer:  The Grand Canyon, for the great beauty of GOD’s workmanship as the clouds troop across the sky changing the colors on its magnificent walls in all their intricate shapes.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: Israel to see where Jesus walked and understand more clearly what the language of the Bible means.

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

Answer:  My statement in the Preface of the book, “darned if I know” to the question of how the book was published after my hunting and pecking on mysterious, stubborn computers.

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

Answer:  I am amazed and touched at the LORD’S movement in our lives to reveal HIS love and power to us, especially in my wife’s life.

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

Answer: I have a website and am intending to blog weekly. It will be a continuing story of GOD’s lighting up my and my wife’s lives with scripture. It will highlight other books which help show examples and/or clarify scripture. The blogs are intended to be the basis of another book roughly titled “You Light Up My Life a sequel To Dreams Die Hard, Truth Sets Free.”

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer:  Just one for now but will be writing two other books.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: You Light Up My Life….and a coffee table photography book of my wife’s pics.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: Right now my favorite book is: Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.

Contact Information:

Web Site: www.sdaveinspirationalbooks.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dave.stone.58910049
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dreams_Die_Hard
eMail:
sdave746@gmail.com

Dreams Die Hard

Book Review:

Gail Furford, Author/Writer/Friend Reviewed on March 27, 2014

I just finished your book and, I am awe-struck at the resilience of your wife’s life!  Lives will be touched after reading this honest and straight-forward story of a young girl from childhood to adulthood in the face of epilepsy and other illnesses.

Though dealt with devastating seizures and other health problems throughout her younger years into adulthood, and her dreams of what she would like to do as she grew up kept dying, she learns to triumph in spirit!

In later years as truths of reality and disappointments present themselves, she learns of the wisdom of peace and contentment. Simple truths like knowing the details of illnesses, family dysfunctions, and even facing one’s own thoughts — all open life to face reality head on.

This book will touch anyone whose hearts and lives have been dealt with adversity — whether by illness, death, or just by learning of a truth from the past that was so different than what you knew it to be. Life is never what you expect it to be, but life can be triumphed over and lived in beauty and contentment.

An interesting thought that I got from reading your book which you would enjoy (I think) is for you to write a book on your travels with pictures. Because of all your wife has been through, she sees BEAUTY in ways others do not, and the story telling is wonderful! I can see you both in the telling of your travels. It was so enjoyable seeing the places through your eyes.

Gail Furford, Author/Writer/Friend

Phil March 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

A wonderful testimony with a triumph ending!!!

Sung-Ja Rich March 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Definitely would recommend your book to everyone. Your life events will bless someone who needs encouragement and uplifting. God will bless you.

Reviews From WestBow Press

This is one of the most inspiring stories that I have read in a very long time. I would recommend this book to family, friends, church family, doctors and etc. Thank you for this book.

5 of 5 stars – Michelle

This book was written by her husband on his wife’s life. It is a book of encouragement and how she overcame her disabilities and is making her dreams come true in her later years in life. It is a book I highly recommend.

5 of 5 stars – Janice 

Here is “reality” in the true sense, some pretty, some not so pretty. God can bring beauty in a life despite the ugliness of dysfunctional families, homelessness, epilepsy, death and other major issues.

5 of 5 stars – Rosalie

Reviews from Amazon.com

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, September 28, 2013

By Leslie – Dreams Die Hard, Truth Sets Free: A Triumph of the Human Spirit (Paperback)

Our family just received our book tonight and has completed reading it. This book provides great help and insight. I will be giving my book to my children’s school to help out with other children that have similar disabilities. They are very excited about receiving this book. Thank you for taking the time to write the book and help other folks out!

5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement, September 23, 2013

By le0lady – Dreams Die Hard, Truth Sets Free: A Triumph of the Human Spirit (Paperback)

A sweet friend of mine and her husband wrote this book about her life story. It is a book of Encouragement and how she overcame her hidden disabilities and is making her dreams come true in her later years in life. God Bless you both and I hope your book become the the best book of all times! xoxo xoxo

Reviews from Barnes and Noble

Anonymous – Posted September 23, 2013

A beautiful story about overcoming life’s trials and tribulation motivating and touching!

Anonymous – Posted September 23, 2013

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  Delivery service was great and book was not damaged.  The title of the book, picture of front and back cover were suiting to the title and subjects that were discussed in the book.

Anonymous – Posted September 26, 2013

I just got home from work and received my new book.  So thrilled with it and the titles of the chapters pertain to a lot of the disorders that are in my family. Thank you so much for an AWESOME book!!!