Changing My Perspective

PerspectiveLast week while working in the kitchen, I had the radio playing in the background and heard snippets of an interview with Christian music artist, tobyMac. One thing he said really caught my ear, the simple phrase, “I get to…”

He was referring to those things we take for granted, those things we often disparage because they’re not as new or as cool as our neighbors. As a writer, how often have I compared where I’m at in my writing journey with someone else?

Hungry for HomeMy upcoming release, Hungry for Home, is centered around a homeless teen, someone who has to scrounge for food, someone without a roof over his head or a bed to sleep on. How often do we take those things for granted?

Every day I get to eat without worry over where my next meal is coming from. I get to live in a house. I get to sleep in a bed. I get to cover myself with clean blankets.

I also get to stand on two legs, see with two eyes, and hear with two ears. I get to type my words on a computer using eight fingers and two thumbs.

In the United States we get to gather together, openly, without worry. We get to talk about—write about—pray to—Jesus freely without fear of being jailed, injured, or even killed for our faith.

We get to …

Three simple words that have made a big impact on my life perspective. Now when I’m feeling down or envious or forgotten, I just have to think about the abundant ways in which God has blessed me. Blessed all of us. I get to …

Think about it …

What do you get to do?

Congratulations, Keely Brooke Keith!!!

Keely Brooke KeithI’m Snoopy Dancing with writer friend, Keely Brooke Keith today as she’s just signed a publishing contract with CrossRiver Media! Way to go, Keely!

(Keely’s also having a book giveaway of the first 3 Uncharted books. See info below)

Here’s the press release from CrossRiver:

CROSSRIVER SIGNS
AUTHOR OF UNCHARTED SERIES
Aboard Providence scheduled for release in 2016

BREWSTER, Kan. – CrossRiver Media Group announced today the signing of a book deal with Keely Brooke Keith, author of the ground-breaking Uncharted series.

In her highly anticipated fourth book, Aboard Providence, Keith explores the history of her first series Uncharted. It follows the story of the founders as they leave everything they know to form a new colony. After an arduous voyage, Providence runs aground on an uncharted land in the South Atlantic Ocean. While the rest of the settlers celebrate finding the land they wanted, Jonah Ashton leaves the settlement to explore, expecting to find civilization nearby. He discovers a startling truth that will change his plans, but can it change his heart?

“I most enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them,” Keith says. “Not only from the perspective of the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t.”

“We are excited to have Keely join the CrossRiver family of authors,” says Tamara Clymer, founder and President of CrossRiver Media Group. “She is a talented writer with a history of intriguing and entertaining stories that ignite a woman’s relationship with God.” Aboard Providence is scheduled for release in 2016.

ABOUT KEELY BROOKE KEITH: Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely Brooke Keith was a tree-climbing, baseball-loving ‘80s kid. She grew up in a family who frequently relocated. By graduation, Keely lived in eight states and attended fourteen schools. Keely is a bass guitarist and plays on worship teams and for Christian artists. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys having coffee with friends, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Keely resides on a hilltop south of Nashville with her husband, Marty, and their daughter. You can visit her online at KeelyBrookeKeith.com, Twitter.com/Keely_Keith, and Facebook.com/keelybrooke.keith.

ABOUT CROSSRIVER MEDIA: CrossRiver Media Group is a Christian publishing company based in western Kansas. Founded in 2010, CrossRiver publishes books and other materials which help Christians in their daily walk with the Lord. It has grown to cover several genres – non-fiction, fiction, children, Bible study and Christian living and includes winners of the CSPA Book of the Year, SELAH Award, and Grace Awards. The company can be found online at www.CrossRiverMedia.com.

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Book Preview: The Bones Will Speak

The Bones Will SpeakI usually do a Novel Anticipation post at the beginning of the month, but as I’m not the biggest contemporary or historical romance fan, the pickings are very slim. Not that I mind reading romance, but I prefer books that have more meat than romances typically offer.

This month only one book made my anticipation list: The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks. Carrie’s debut, A Cry from the Dust, was one of my favorite reads from 2014, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting her sophomore work.

The Bones Will Speak
(A Gwen Marcey Novel book #2)
by Carrie Stuart Parks
Thomas Nelson

A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.

When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in their community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.

Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.

The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.

When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.

About Carrie Stuart Parks~

Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks met in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They married in nineteen eighty-nine and formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They welcome civilian artists to attend their courses as well. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society. Rick has received national recognition for his exquisite art placed on musical instruments.

Carrie began her fiction writing career while battling breast cancer. Mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie’s debut novel garnered immediate interest by major publishing houses and landed her a three book deal at HarperCollins Christian.

Connect with Carrie~

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Book Preview: Circulus de Potentia by Jim West

Circulus de PotentiaThis past February, I had the pleasure of welcoming author, Jim West, to my blog where he talked about his best-seller, Libellus de Numeros (read A Visit With Best-Selling Author, Jim West). Now Jim has a second book out, Circulus de Potentia, and it’s climbing the Amazon charts as quickly as the first.

Jim’s books are perfect for your middle grade reader, fantasy readers, lovers of Harry Potter, girl empowerment story readers, or for anyone who simply enjoys a well-told story. Two additional books are planned for this Magicae Mathematica series.

About Circulus de Potentia~

A festival in Nosaj’s honor has been interrupted by a mysterious challenger wearing the Circulus de Potentia, a band of gold that gives him unstoppable strength and power. One by one the Guardians fall and a race is on for Alex to go find the wizard with a secret regarding the curious symbol on the golden band. Finding this peculiar wizard named Pythagoras wouldn’t be such a daunting task if it wasn’t for the packs of wolves that roam the forest and a maze she and her friends will have to solve as well as a riddle fashioned by Circulus de Potentia back coverDaedalus himself. What awaits Alex in the Forest of Factors? Can Archimedes solve the equation in time? Can the Guardians stop this invincible challenger?

A symbol unknown, a riddle unsolved, a maze guarded by a monster, a race against time to find the secrets of the Circulus de Potentia and the most precious thing in the world.


Purchase Circulus de Potentia~

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Jim WestAbout Jim West~

Jim West was born in Killeen, TX in 1977 and grew up mostly in central Louisiana. For over 18 years he has worked in the Cyber Security field and came up with the ideas and concept for the Magicae Mathematica series about a decade ago. His first book of the series, Libellus de Numeros, is one he hopes will resonate with its young readers. Jim is a father of two SMART and beautiful girls whom he loves dearly and when he himself is not away ‘saving the world’ they live in Dubai, UAE with his wonderful wife Eman.

Connect with Jim~

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Happy Book Birthday, Sharon Hinck!

Sharon HinckAnyone who’s walked the I-wanna-be-published path, knows that path is an an extremely difficult one to travel, and you can’t go it alone. You need family, friends, peers, and mentors to walk alongside you, guiding you, holding your hand, lifting you up when you get knocked down. I’ve been blessed with a great crowd walking with me, one of whom is the amazingly talented, award-winning author Sharon Hinck.

But Sharon is so much more than that. She’s a mentor, teacher, encourager, and best of all, friend, and I’m blessed to know her. So with The Deliver, book four in her The Sword of Lyric series, coming out today, we have to celebrate with her!

The DelivererShe stopped by to answer a few questions and tell us about her new release. But first, here’s the back cover blurb for The Deliverer:

A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long awaited Deliverer

Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

The RestorerSharon also wants you to know that The Restorer, book one in The Sword of Lyric series is free for Kindle right now (purchase >here<). Once you pick up The Restorer, I’m certain you’ll devour the entire Lyric series.

Before you start reading though, let me introduce you to Sharon~

Happy Book Birthday, Sharon! I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to get my copy of The Deliverer. :) Can you tell my readers about this book? What inspired it?

I fell in love with the characters of Kieran and Linette, and wanted to know more about how their story unfolded after they went to Hazor to share the Verses. I realized that with Jake being the new Restorer, Kieran would be in an awkward position. After all, he prevented a war by offering himself (a Restorer) to serve the Hazorite people. I wondered what King Zarek would do when he found out that Kieran no longer had Restorer gifts. I also had noticed the awkward and shy appreciation that Linette and Kieran had for each other, and wondered what it would take for them to acknowledge their feelings. This book ended up with more of a romantic thread than most of my stories—and it was great fun to watch that unfold.

Sword of Lyric seriesNow I’m even more eager to read it! The Deliverer is book four in your The Sword of Lyric series. Can you briefly tell us about the first three books?

The Restorer (currently FREE on Kindle!!! purchase >here<) introduces us to Susan, a middle-American mom who longs to serve God, but feels very ordinary and flawed. She’s pulled into another world waiting for a promised Restorer—and she has the signs that mark her as their promised heroine. I feel like the story is a metaphor for all of us who feel inadequate and are called into “other worlds” we didn’t expect. Perhaps a child struggles with a learning disability and we find ourselves making heroic efforts to support him. Or a friend battles cancer and we join her in this new universe with new vocabulary and new rules. Or a spouse loses a job, and we embark on a difficult journey of support and trust that we never expected to take. We all feel ill-equipped at times, yet God can use us to bless and support others, as He used Susan in her adventures.

For those new to the series, you shouldn’t have trouble jumping in to The Deliverer, but if you have time, you could certainly read the first book (FREE on Kindle!) as an introduction to the world.

The Restorer’s Son follows a new and very reluctant Restorer who would rather cross swords with the One than follow Him. The Restorer’s Journey shares the experience of Susan’s son, Jake, as well as Susan’s very difficult experiences in captivity in Rhus.

I’ve read the first three books in the series, and I highly endorse the entire series for any reader! Sharon, when you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

I adore the times when a friend stops by to visit. A cup of tea, great conversation, sometimes praying together. I also love to dig around in my vegetable garden, make handmade cards, and Facetime with my granddaughter (and my kids, too). I love music, so playing piano, singing, or playing guitar are favorite activities. When we’re able, my husband and I love to hike. Many of the scenes in the Sword of Lyric books were inspired by hiking trips.

Thanks again, Sharon, for stopping by! Hope you have a fantastic book birthday!

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About Sharon~

Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her previous books.

Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a home-school mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime she’s pouring her imagination into writing.

Information about her novels as well as her devotional writing can be found at her sharonhinck.com website.

Connect with Sharon~

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Purchase Sharon’s books~

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Winners of Rodeo Reunion

Carlene Ford
Melissa Henderson
Deana Dick
Britney Adams

Rodeo ReunionCongratulations, ladies! And thank you from Shannon Taylor Vannatter for participating in her blog tour for Rodeo Reunion!

Note: Ten winners total were chose from Shannon’s blog tour. The four readers listed above visited my blog on:
http://brendaandersonbooks.com/2015/06/23/more-with-shannon-taylor-vannatter/
or
http://brendaandersonbooks.com/2015/06/25/meet-the-hero-heroine-from-rodeo-reunion/

Either/Or with Nicole Petrino-Salter

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DestinationI’m happy to welcome Nicole Petrino-Salter back today, and she gets to be the first guest ever in my Either/Or segment. It’s always fun trying something new, don’t you think?

(BTW – If you missed Nicole’s interview on Tuesday, you can find it >here<. And don’t forget to check out Nicole’s new release, Destination. Don’t you love the cover?!)

And Readers, I’d love to know your Either/Or preferences too! Just mention them in the comments below.

Loud or Quiet: Quiet

Milk chocolate or Dark chocolate: Milk Chocolate

City or Country: Country

Cat or Dog: I love animals, but at heart, I ‘m a horse and dog person.

Country or Rock ‘n Roll: Rock ‘n’ Roll – I don’t do Country.

Book or Movie: Both, but mostly books because movies in recent times have an agenda.

Introvert or Extrovert: Somewhere in between most of the time.

Northern states or Southern states: How ‘bout the Northwest? 😉

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Nicole Petrino-SalterAbout Nicole~

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. After spending over 30 years in Thoroughbred horse racing, she wrote her first novel Hope of Glory about racing and life on the track. Since then she has written several books. Nicole lives just south of Seattle, Washington, and is devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, friends, and writing novels for His glory.

Nicole writes Love Stories and Romance.

Connect with Nicole~

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About Destination~

Life leads us to and from many places, but when it comes to eternity there are only two choices for our destinations . . .

An unlikely felon returns to his roots and the friendship of a fiery old widow.  The last things he expects to find are true love, a ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.

Purchase Destination~

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Destination>>>eBook Giveaway<<<

Nicole has graciously offered to give away one ebook copy of Destination. To enter, leave a comment on today’s post (July 16, 2015) and/or Tuesday’s post (July 14, 2015).

This contest ends Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST. I will post the winner on Monday, July 20, 2015. Winner will be chosen via Random.org.

Chatting with Nicole Petrino-Salter

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Nicole Petrino-SalterA few years back I ran across a blogger who shared my affinity for Vince Flynn novels and gritty, Christian fiction. Since then, Nicole Petrino-Salter has become the best of cyber-friends. While we don’t always agree when it comes to books, I don’t think there’s anyone whose literary tastes are more similar to mine.

I’m so thrilled for Nicole as she’s just released another novel, Destination. Nicole writes romance, but it is not your ordinary romance. And with her new release, I just had to invite Nicole to visit my blog this week: today and Thursday.

Thanks, Nicole, for coming by today! And congratulations on your new release! (Another gorgeous cover, BTW.) Can you tell my readers about DESTINATION?

DestinationThe best way to do this is to give you the complete back cover copy which you don’t see on my ebook:

Life leads us to and from many places, but when it comes to eternity there are only two choices for our destinations . . .

An unlikely felon returns to his roots and the friendship of a fiery old widow.  The last things he expects to find are true love, a ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

I see myself in all of my characters injecting pieces of my humanity into most and some of my spirituality into others. We all carry with us the human stain, and although we don’t all think or act the same, or become enraged, joyful, or ambivalent to the same issues, our capabilities to act badly or perform well and kindly can intersect.

Well said, Nicole. What are you working on right now?

Right now I have three novels in various places of their development. One of them is a huge stretch for me because it’s my first attempt at a mystery with a thread of romance. Another is a contemporary sort of Redeeming Love, and the third is just beginning to reveal itself to me but was begun/inspired by the lyrics to a song by the Marshall Tucker Band called “Heard It in A Love Song.” My title is . . . in a love song.

Love that title! And I’m very eager to read your contemporary Redeeming Love Which authors do you enjoy reading? Have any influenced your writing?

I enjoy too many to name, but I can say they haven’t influenced my writing so much as they have inspired me to write deeper.

Thanks again, Nicole, for dropping by!

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About Nicole~

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. After spending over 30 years in Thoroughbred horse racing, she wrote her first novel Hope of Glory about racing and life on the track. Since then she has written several books. Nicole lives just south of Seattle, Washington, and is devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, friends, and writing novels for His glory.

Nicole writes Love Stories and Romance.

Connect with Nicole~

Website | Twitter | Novel Rocket

Purchase Destination~

Amazon | B&N

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Destination>>>eBook Giveaway<<<
Nicole has graciously offered to give away one ebook copy of Destination. To enter, leave a comment on today’s post (July 14, 2015) and/or Thursday’s post (July 16, 2015).

This contest ends Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST. I will post the winner on Monday, July 20, 2015. Winner will be chosen via Random.org.

Novel Anticipation – July 2015

Novel Anticipation

Nothing sounds better than bringing a book lake or poolside to wile away a summer afternoon, does it? If your to-read pile is running low, here are books by three authors I highly recommend:

Gone Without a TraceGONE WITHOUT A TRACE
(Logan Point Series #3)
by Patricia Bradley
Revell

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts Livy concerning a missing senator’s daughter who was last seen in Logan Point, she notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. But with self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of Jennings, Livy is finding this investigation an uphill battle. With her future in law enforcement on the line, can she find a way to work with a man who is her polar opposite?

Lady MaybeLADY MAYBE
by Julie Klassen
Berkley

A woman’s startling secrets lead her into unexpected danger and romance in Regency England…

One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.

DestinationDESTINATION
by Nicole Petrino-Salter
Redemption Press

An unlikely felon returns to friendship with a fiery old widow, real love, ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.