Amazing Grace – Playlist Song #6

Marvelous MercyMERCY …

Merriam-Webster defines mercy as “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.” In other words, mercy is an unearned pardon.

In Chain of Mercy, my hero Richard Brooks is granted mercy, but rather than grasp its freedom, he rejects it. By refusing to accept it, he lets mercy shackle him.

This weekend Christians will celebrate God’s Marvelous Mercy–we deserved the punishment for our sin–Jesus didn’t. Yet, Jesus took on all of our sins, from every one of us! God removes our chains and sets us free!

And we celebrate God’s Amazing Grace – the undeserved gift of eternal life. All we have to do is say “Yes!”

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

Chain of Mercy Character Intro

Couple Holding HandsOnly ONE MORE WEEK until the official release of Chain of Mercy! Woo hoo!

Chain of Mercy

The paperback is currently for sale on Amazon as a pre-order. (Go here to order.)

I recently realized that you haven’t been introduced to my main characters yet. Well, I have to remedy that! But rather than me telling you about them, I thought I’d give that job to Karla, the company gossip at Wharton Sports (where my hero and heroine meet). This is an article she would likely put in the company newsletter.

Who’s Who at Wharton Sports!

by Karla the Gossip Girl
     If you’ve felt the temperatures rise in our old building these past few weeks, it could be because Wharton has a new janitor who actually knows how to fix things. Or it could be because that janitor is, well, that janitor is hot. RICHARD BROOKS looks more like he just stepped from the pages of GQ than from the custodial closet. Seriously! How a man can look that sizzling in metal grey, I’ll never know, but he pulls it off. Haven’t seen the guy around? Well, check out the pic of Eddie Cibrian (click here), and you’ll know who to look for.
     Apparently he’s a family man, too. Inside his locker he keeps pictures of a bunch of kids. Are they his? I don’t know, the man didn’t have time to talk to me, but he did gave a very polite refusal. The important thing is, ladies, he’s not wearing a wedding ring!
     Since he didn’t have time for me, I did a little checking up on him. He’s a former Minnesota farm boy–guess that’s where he learned to fix everything. But where he was in between the farm and now is a mystery. Ethan, our HR director, is very hush-hush about that, but you know me, I intend to keep hunting.
     Another mystery is the man’s love life. I’ve caught him sharing “looks” with our Senior Sales Executive, SHEILA PETERSON, (who we all know is rebounding from her break up with the Minnesota Twins’ outfielder), but the only non-work conversation I’ve heard them have is about baseball. Boring!
     Speaking of Sheila Peterson (think Bridget Moynahan with Jennifer Garner’s dimples. See pic here), she refused to speak to me, and was outright snarky about it! Her history isn’t a mystery (ooh, I rhymed!). She grew up in south Minneapolis, an only child, and she has a thing for Fig Newtons (really? Who craves Fig Newtons?!). She’s a U of Wisconsin grad who’s climbed the ranks here at Wharton. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s got her eyes set on the CEO spot.
     Makes me wonder why she’s casting those lingering stares at our new hire in the basement…

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Today you’ll find me just down the web-road at Inkspirational Messages. It’s my first post on the revamped blog (Don’t you love the new look?!) I’m talking about being a bit overwhelmed. But, that’s life!

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When God Ran – Chain of Mercy Playlist – Song #5

” …we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:32

Highway sign pointing homeMost of us are familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). The son of a wealthy man takes his inheritance and squanders it on wild living. Once he’d wasted it all, he decided to return home to be his father’s servant. But as he was approaching his father’s home, his father ran to him, threw his arms around him, kissed him, and threw a huge party.

I love this story–we’re all prodigals in some way, and to think that when we return, God throws a massive party! How cool is that?!

In Chain of Mercy, Richard Brooks’ story doesn’t completely parallel the Biblical prodigal son’s, but CoM is Richard’s story of returning home. I love the image of God running to Richard as he walks that long, dusty road home.

When God Ran by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Chain of Mercy Updates!

Chain of Mercy BannerApril 22, 2014 - Two weeks from today is Chain of Mercy‘s official release date! Eek! It’s still rather surreal–maybe it will become real once I actually hold a book in my hands and page through it, smell the paper, run my fingers over the cover. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, the process has been picking up speed. In this past week alone …

  • I revealed the front cover to the public. Isn’t it beautiful?!

Chain of Mercy by Brenda Anderson

  • I saw the full cover! Love it! The back cover just needs one important tweak before I can share it with everyone. The graphic at the top of this post gives you a peek at the back cover.
  • Chain of Mercy was listed on Amazon! Right now if you pre-order the paperback, it’s a great price! Click <here> to go to Amazon.

Chain of Mercy on Amazon

  • I created an Amazon Author Page. I’d love it if you’d *like* the page for me. :) Click <here> to go to my author page.

Brenda S Anderson Amazon Author Page

And

  • I learned that Pieces of Granite, the prequel to Chain of Mercy in the Coming Home Series, has a scheduled pub date of September 16, 2014! Oh my!

Looks like my journey is just beginning. Thank you for joining me!

Chain of Mercy Cover Reveal!

Yeah! Here it is!

Chain of Mercy 3Isn’t it beautiful? I love how it hints at the story and asks the question, “What happened?”

Thanks to George, my fabulous cover designer at Winslet Press, for understanding my story and bringing it to life!

And, you can now pre-order the paperback version of Chain of Mercy at Amazon – click <here> to order.

 

Chain of Mercy Playlist – Songs #3 & #4

baby ultrasoundAbortion.

A word that provokes emotion and stirs controversy.

An act that has left an infinite trail of tears … broken hearts … guilt.

In Chain of Mercy, each of the main characters is touched by abortion in some way, and it doesn’t leave them unchanged. It can’t.

These two songs, Lucy by Skillet and The Healing Has Begun by Matthew West, express the hurt abortion causes, show the deep scars abortion leaves behind. They poignantly convey the brokenness my characters experience.

Novel Anticipation, April 2014

Unlike March, April is a busy month for new releases I can’t wait to read. Don’t know when I’ll find the time, but I’ll manage somehow. :)

A Broken Kind of BeautifulA BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL by Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Press)

Attempting to revive her career, Ivy heads to Greenbrier, South Carolina, to model wedding dresses. Her future rests with mysterious photographer Davis Knight, who gave up his New York studio to work maintenance at a local church. His decision calls into question everything Ivy has ever wanted. Could there be another meaning to the word “beauty”?

Bridge to HavenBRIDGE TO HAVEN by Francine Rivers (Tyndale House)

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven, a sleepy little town in Northern California. Zeke and his son, Joshua-Abra’s closest friend-watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at a devastating price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

Meant to be MineMEANT TO BE MINE (A Porter Family Novel, Book #2) by Becky Wade (Bethany House)

Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty feels exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be anybody’s husband. As a professional bull rider, he lives on the road and can’t bring himself to settle down.

Until I Found YouUNTIL I FOUND YOU by Victoria Bylin (Bethany House)

Kate Darby has grown from an orphaned girl into a high-powered advertising executive living in Los Angeles; Leona Darby, her grandmother, is the only family she has. When Leona suffers a debilitating stroke, Kate has no choice but to return to Meadows, the rural California mountain town of her youth, where she meets Nick Sheridan. A freelance writer for the newspaper Leona owns, Nick is also a former womanizer who has found God and made a pledge: no dating for one year. The camaraderie between Kate and Nick is easy from the get-go, and Kate’s presence soon challenges Nick’s vow. As comfortable as life becomes in Meadows, Kate still has responsibilities in LA. And then there is God. Nick is committed to his faith while Kate struggles to believe that God exists.

The Pursuit of Tamsen LittlejohnTHE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Press)

To flee a brutal stepfather and unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists backwoodsman Jesse Bird to help her escape over the mountains. But trouble pursues in the form of scorned suitor Ambrose Kincaid—and uncertainty awaits in a settlement divided by unrest. Is it possible her growing attraction to Jesse could prove the greatest risk of all?

Rodeo SongRODEO SONG by Shannon Taylor Vannatter (Heartsong Presents)

Jenna Wentworth Found the Man of Her Dreams

But when silken-voiced Garrett Steele set out for stardom, he left Jenna—and his cowboy past—far behind. A chance encounter at one of his concerts propels him back into Jenna’s life. But, once burned by love, Jenna must guard her heart against the captivating singer.

Once upon a time, Garrett vowed he’d be a success, no matter what. But that path shattered his soul. His reunion with Jenna makes him long for things he once took for granted. Now he must show her that he’s found what he was looking for all along…right here in his hometown.

Chain of Mercy Playlist – Song #2

Image courtesy of markuso / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of markuso / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Forgiveness is an underlying theme in Chain of Mercy as each of the main characters struggles with one aspect of it.

The hero, Richard Brooks, cannot accept forgiveness.

The heroine, Sheila Peterson, doesn’t realize that what she has done requires forgiveness.

And a third main character, Meghan Keene, refuses to forgive.

Matthew West wrote the song Forgiveness based upon a mother who forgave the drunk driver who killed her child (read that story <here>. Considering that Chain of Mercy is about a man who kills a teen in an auto accident, the words to this song really hit home.

FORGIVENESS by Matthew West