Hello again! Well, if you missed Part 1, be sure to catch up. Here’s part 2!
Part 3 coming soon!
Hello again! Well, if you missed Part 1, be sure to catch up. Here’s part 2!
Part 3 coming soon!
As you may know, CaSandra McLaughlin and I have a new release coming out in a matter of weeks. The book, Deacon Brown’s Daughters, is about a man who sired four children with four different women but had no relationship with his offspring once the relationship with the mothers ended.
It’s a touchy subject for so many people who didn’t grow up with their natural fathers. It’s also something that hit home for me. My mother and father divorced when I was a toddler. He stayed in California, my mother moved back to Texas. She remarried and I got a wonderful new Dad, who raised me as his own – thank God!
But I did have questions about my biological father. What happened? Why didn’t he try to contact me? Did he miss me all those years?
Well, writing Deacon Brown’s Daughters stirred up some of those questions, and I wanted to get some answers. It was good writing research, of course, but it also gave me a new perspective on my father that also helps me appreciate my Dad and my Heavenly Father even more.
Here’s part 1 of that interview, conducted by fellow author Kendra Holmes. I pray that it will be a blessing to you and give you the courage to ask questions, seek answers, and perhaps gain new perspective on the fact that parents are people, too.
I’ll post part 2 soon and we’ll get the answer to the question of what I knew about my father and more!!!
And be sure you’re on my email list so I can let you know when the book releases! http://bit.ly/2m2OlQF
I pray that over the next weeks, you will find (or steal) time to sit down and relax and just be still! Here’s a page from my next coloring book. This design was hand-drawn by your truly. I haven’t added a Scripture yet, so I figured it might be best to let you write a Scripture in the center – one that speaks to you where you are right now and then color as you meditate on that Word. Merry Christmas!
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Hello there! If you missed the discussion and walk-through of the War Room Strategies workbook held on LaSheera Lee’s blogtalk show, Read You Later, don’t fret! Here’s the link to both recordings. And if you haven’t printed out or ordered your copy of War Room Strategies: Developing Effectual Prayers for God’s Glory, you can do so here!
Hello, Friends and Family!
I hope that you will…no, I beseech you to check out my latest release – War Room Strategies: Developing Effective Prayers for God’s Glory.
Not just something to read and nod about. Not for entertainment. It is for digging into God’s Kingdom agenda for your life and those you intercede for, digging into the Word, and actually fighting the enemy (offensively & defensively) in a strategic way through word-based, faith-filled, well-planned, effectual & fervent prayer.
This workbook is available as an ebook on just about every ebook platform for FREE (though you will still need the pages to write out your prayers). The download at WarriorWives.Club is also FREE and includes the prayer pages. You can print them for yourself and put the copies in a 3-ring notebook, your journal, or wherever you record your prayers. (If you have never done this before, welcome to a new level of victory!)
If you would rather order a bound copy that is ready to use, you can get it HERE.
I’m starting to get the texts and inboxes about how this book is changing people’s prayer lives, bringing wisdom, causing major spiritual breakthrough – I am honored and amazed myself that He used me to write it!
Now I’m about to go in, in love – you ready? Here it goes: I just can’t stand by any more and watch believers pray amiss (if we are praying at all). God is gracious and merciful to forgive what we don’t know, obviously, but there is hardly an excuse for us to not know in a world filled with so many resources. I mean, if you are reading this right now, you are on the Internet and have the ability to find out what you need to know. Wisdom screams in the streets (Proverbs 1:20)!
And since the Lord has allowed the technology for such a time as this and led so many teachers and pastors to make information and resources available for FREE, there is no reason for anyone to not get an understanding of what is happening in the spiritual realm and what our place is in it. Quiet as it’s kept: What’s happening all around is us part 2. We need to get involved at part 1 – on the spiritual level!
I love you. I NEED you. The Kingdom NEEDS us all in our places doing what we have been called to do, not distracted by all these other things that keep pressing in on us. A lot of the stuff we’re dealing with would cower if we offered it even the slightest bit of resistance in the spiritual realm. So if your marriage is facing attack, if your kids are facing attack (can I get an amen?), if your mind is facing attack with memory problems, depressive episodes, addiction to entertainment, issues you thought you had dealt with a long time ago–WHATEVER! Don’t just sit back and let it happen. Speaking to you and myself: Turn on The Light and end the pity party (Psalm 119:130). Stop looking for other “transparent” believers to show their “struggles” so we can bond in the frailty of human existence. Find some people who are free and bond in the Victory of Life in Christ!
And don’t keep praying that same old, “God, if you could just do something about this,” prayer. First of all, God doesn’t “just” do anything. When He does something, it’s done to the utmost. Like the time He left much power in the hands of believers after Jesus died and rose from cross. There is no need to beg God to do what He has already given us the power to accomplish by Christ through faith.
Our God is Greater. He is Stronger. And He has given us everything we need in His word. Christ is the Living Word, and He already lives in you. Let Him shine!
In His Love,
There comes a time in every productive artist’s life when he/she sits down and goes, “Hmmm…what other creative things can I do?”
[As a side note to fellow authors, many of us who were publishing on KDP before 2014 have seen a sharp decline in income after Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited. That’s got us asking the hmmm…question for real!]
After writing 40+ books, I’ve come to that same question and the answers have been quite surprising! After attending several webinars, I’ve dabbled in a few projects over the past couple of months that have opened my eyes to so many possibilities with technology, print, and online learning. I’m trying to stop my brain from going into creative ADD-mode, where I get so excited about one project that I neglect the one I started before it.
That’s bad…in a good way. The possibilities cause me to jump out of bed every day ready to roll! At this point, my prayer is that I don’t get myself off track by chasing down all these opportunities. I have to admit, though, I’d rather be too excited about life than bored to tears.
So, what have I been up to?
Well, in case you missed it, I created a coloring book with scriptures.
This has been a game-changer for me at face-to-face events. I usually bring 5-7 books with me when I go places to sell books. Often, these events have tons of authors present but not many book-buying readers. Having something at the table for other authors (like my 21-Day Publishing Plan) as well as something for anyone who needs relaxation has proven profitable. Yes, people still buy my fiction, but that coloring book will pull almost anyone to my table.
I’ve also created a few journals. Sermon journals help connect the message to “real life”,
and Reader’s journals help readers keep track of what they’ve read and reflect on the characters/lessons in every book.
So far, I’ve just been sharing these with friends/family. I’ve got an order from a local church and they are on sale on Amazon, but I’m not sure how much time/energy I want to put into the marketing. They were just really fun to make!
Finally, I’ve got a new non-fiction book for wives that just released! It’s a hybrid-book: part fiction, part professional commentary. It’s like watching a reality show with a counselor to help you understand what just happened and how you can address the issues if they’re happening in your life.
And, of course, I’m working on webinars. Over the past eight months or so, I conducted several in-person workshops but there’s only so much I can do in person in my sweet little corner of the state of Texas. So, I’m branching out into webinars and online courses. Hopefully and prayerfully, I’ll be able to teach other artists how to expand their creativity and create multiple streams of income. I’d also like to use the web-based classes to minister to women who were never taught how to wives. (It does need to be taught, by the way, according to Titus 2.)
So now I’ll got to ask you: What ideas are you working on? What’s got you super-excited about your life right now?
As I write, I keep a file of “thrown out” lines and scenes that don’t work with the plot. When I have a strong outline, this doesn’t happen so much. But when I’m winging-it, I may end up throwing out an entire character. I tell writers all the time: Don’t be married to your first draft.
And yet, I know how hard it is to part with words. In fact, I still haven’t gotten get rid of the “thrown out” files on my computer. They are my friends. It’s like I’m a digital hoarder! I keep thinking, “Maybe one day I’ll use that line or that scene!”
Well, it seems today is the day. Perhaps someone can use them and/or learn from the reasons why there were cut to help make choices about their own drafts. (See – I knew I there was a reason why I couldn’t rid of them!)
When I tell you God was not happy about me askin’, I ain’t lyin’. I’m not saying He was mad. Just saying I got the feelin’ He didn’t like me pokin’ around in Frank’s past.
Why was it cut? I think Mama B did actually go pokin’ into his past a little bit!
My first novel, Boaz Brown, had playground chants at the beginning of every chapter to open up the childhood flashbacks. But they were cut at the last minute because the editor felt that they were a distraction. I was too hurt! I really wanted to have “Down, down, baby, down by the roller coaster” in my book. In retrospect, I think my editor was right. But I’m still gonna make a coffee table book out of those songs one day!
From Falling Into Grace
Ronald was right, too. Kyra didn’t need to pimp herself to people like John David who asked her to do stupid stuff like join churches so she could sing. But what if she hadn’t joined the church? What if she’s never joined the choir? She never would have met Ronald.
Why was it cut? Well, a person’s name was changed (Kyra became Camille). And “pimp” is a strong word for Christian Fiction (at least it was at the time).
From Last Temptation
He followed me back to the table and we began discussing Eric’s situation. The weight settled back in my chest again. When I had a job, there was no question in my mind that Eric would be getting all the care and services necessary to overcome his academic challenges. If I didn’t get a job in the next two or three months, I might have to make a choice—did I want Eric to be able to read or eat?
Why was it cut? I made this more of a “showing” than a “telling”.
Why was Daphne trying to turn his world upside down?Maybe he should just leave her alone. Drop this whole relationship and find somebody he didn’t have so much history with.
Why was it cut? I moved it until later in the book, and by then he was too far in love to think these exact words.
From Stepping Down
None of them had done what the doctors described as “unimaginable”—keeping him pinned to his seat at the point of impact so that he didn’t go flying out the window. Only One God had done that.
Why was it cut? I can’t remember, but now I kinda wish I had kept it!
After writing more than 40 books, you can imagine that I’ve got plenty more lines sitting on the virtual cutting room floor. But this is what writing is all about – doing what needs to be done with words to convey a strong message. Sometimes, great words must be sacrificed on the altars of plot, consistency, and necessity. Getting rid of extra words, lines, scenes, or even characters will only help your writing become more succinct!