Friday, April 18, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Marianne Evans



Today I welcome an author who aspires to show God's love in every one of her stories: 
Marianne Evans


Enter to win 
Marianne's book
Devotion

Two winners will be chosen!

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While scrolling through FB one day, I happened to read about Marianne winning the ACRA trophy (Ancient City Romance Author's). I wrote to her and found out she had released several new books last year. And when I found she lived right here in my home state, I instantly knew she and I needed to connect. She has proven to be a godly, spirited, fun friend. I asked her if she could share with us how God had led her on her writing journey. After reading her words, so focused on glorifying God, I had to share with you what she said:



God's Plan Came to Fruition


My writing journey began in the lined pages of a black-and-white spotted composition book. I was in the fifth grade, and each time I handed it in for English, I received such wonderful words of encouragement: You show depth of feeling, so you drew me into your story. You utilize the senses very well. Readers love that. Your word-use is fantastic.

My love affair with words continued into the 8th grade, when I delivered hand-written stories to my friends in a chapter-by-chapter progression. These were sweet little romances, because even then, I was taken in by the notion of a butterflies-in-the-tummy explosion of happiness when people found their way to one another. Added benefit? My friends read, my friends enjoyed, my friends asked for more.

Given hindsight, I suppose those prompts should have tripped a few wires about what I was meant to do, but I never thought much about being ‘A Writer.’ I simply enjoyed observation. Word-crafting. Some of my most productive creative moments are spent watching the world around me, absorbing people and snips of conversation, and asking myself the all-important question: ‘What if?’ I translate those scenes into the written word because they come alive in my mind and refuse me peace until I’ve somehow captured on paper what I see in my mind. I enjoy the process of taking seconds in time and inking them into something that lasts (adding my own interpretation, of course…)

Back then, though, the art of story creation was no big deal. Believe me—if I could do it, anyone could do it. I didn’t recognize the gift, and God’s purpose through it. At least, not yet.

Let’s fast-forward a decade or so. My love of romance, along with the voices in my head and heart, led me to publication in the traditional, mainstream romance market. Following three releases with Kensington Publishing, an explosion in e-book publication led me to The Wild Rose Press. I loved it, but I’ll be honest. I wasn’t fulfilled.

Oh, Kensington and Wild Rose were wonderful. That wasn’t the issue. God kept tapping my shoulder, urging me toward a different path. I longed to write Christian inspirational romance and fiction but couldn’t quite come up with the right story to tell. Besides, I thought, who was I to write stories from a Christian world view. I’m a sinner. I’m not a theologian. I’m not worthy… (Ah…hello, Satan, you snake in the grass)

Fortunately, God is relentless. When He puts forth a mission, there’s nothing that stops it. It was His will that I move forward as a writer of Faith-Affirming Fiction, and an opportunity presented itself. Pelican Book Group, an independent, up-and-coming publisher of Christian romance and fiction, sponsored a contest called Heart’s Crossing. A bare-bones story idea was given, and it was up to the author/contestant to fill in the blanks. The victor would be awarded a publishing contract.

I found out, just days before Christmas of 2009, that I won the contest. Want to read it? Heart’s Crossing is free, and located at Amazon, right here: http://amzn.to/12BCHuM.

This novella led to nothing less than a writing explosion in my life. God called, I did my best to follow, dedicating each word, each character, each story to His glory. After Hearts Crossing came the Woodland Series, the Sal’s Place Series among several others. Then, there was Devotion, my “big book” as I like to say, which formed my Christian fiction debt. My latest release, Jodie’s Song, part of four very special novellas being released to celebrate the Easter season at Heart’s Haven, an apartment complex in southeast Texas governed by loving angels and God’s miracles. In creating these stories (this is the third set of Heart’s Haven stories) God also graced me with the friendship and sisterhood of three precious writing partners, Delia Latham, Mary Manners and Tanya Stowe.


God’s Plan came to fruition. I never could have dreamed of contracting over twenty titles in a span of four years. I never could have dreamed of sharing my stories with others in such a big way. God, however, is faithful to His promises, and He exceeded my every prayer. Piecing stories together, mixing words and emotion into the world of human experience comes to me as a grace from Him, and I’m forever grateful!


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Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’

Marianne’s Christian fiction debut, Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America as well as Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements from the Ancient City Romance Authors (ACRA), also a chapter of RWA. Hearts Communion earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors as well as Best Inspirational Romance from ACRA. Her novella Finding Home earned the Selah Award for excellence in Christian fiction and Evans has also earned acclaim in such RWA contests as The International Digital Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist three times, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest. 

Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network

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Blessings, friends, and please join me at the following sites—I love connecting with readers!!

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HEART'S CROSSING  

“How do you feel about God, Collin?”
“I don’t.”

Collin Edwards, a former parishioner at Woodland Church of Christ, has renounced God without apology, his faith drained away in the face of a tragic loss.

Daveny Montgomery cares deeply about her relationship with God and the community of Woodland. But lately she's been in a rut, longing for something to reignite her spiritual enthusiasm.

A beautification project at Woodland seems the answer for them both. Daveny spearheads the effort and Collin assists—but only with the renovations, and only because he wants to know Daveny better.

Despite his deepening feelings for her, even stepping into the common areas of the church stirs tension and anger.

Can Daveny trust in Collin’s fledgling return to faith? And can Collin ever accept the fact that while he turned his back on God, God never turned his back on him?

Heart’s Crossing is free, and located at Amazon, right here: http://amzn.to/12BCHuM.

Devotion

From This Day Forward

Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse

But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part

When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.


To enter the contest for an autographed copy of 
Marianne Evan's book: "Devotion":
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TWO WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN!

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Winner announced on my facebook page.


Thank you, Marianne, for Joining us This Weekend!
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Sure sounds like Marianne is bursting with her good news. God is so very good!

How has God blessed you recently? Let's share what He has done for us.


17 comments:

  1. Hi, Mary - and thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog! I always love hearing about how my favorite authors began their journey, so sharing with you was a real treat! God bless. xo

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    1. Marianne,
      I am so glad that you've joined us today. I'm waving to all of my friends to come meet you.

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    1. Hi Danie,
      I'm so glad you stopped back. I sent you an email with details.

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    2. Hi, Danie! I'm delighted to meet you - good luck in the drawing! So sorry I'm a bit tardy responding to visitors - it was a busy day of Good Friday worship. Mary, you asked about a recent blessing - well, I can tell you, after seeing the movie Heaven is for Real, I can tell you it blessed me abundantly. Highly, highly recommend!! xo

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  3. I enjoyed reading about Marianne's journey to becoming a published author. It is evident that this has always been God's plan for her life. Mary, you asked about a recent blessing we had received. On February 27th I became a grandmother for the first time. I had become reconciled to never having my own grandchild and always said I would just love the children at church and at the library. My granddaughter is healthy and of course, very beautiful in my eyes. I am very thankful that God sent this child and I pray that I will be grianted many years to love her, enjoy her and help raise her to love Him and serve Him.
    I wish both of you a very blessed Easter.
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com


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    1. WOW!!! Congratulations, Grandma Connie.
      She will need lots of grandma hugs and tons of spoiling. Oh the tales you will have. Better keep a journal. Hmm now that I think about it, wouldn't that be a great graduation gift for your granddaughter..to read your thoughts as she grew up?

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    2. Hi, Connie!! Congratulations on becoming a grandma!! What a thrill!!!! God bless! Thank you for visiting, and for sharing your sweet encouragement. I appreciate it so much, and really love meeting new readers! You and your family are in my prayers, and I wish you a wonderful Easter as well!

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  4. God has been blessing me with peace through some "storms" as of late. His faithfulness is amazing.

    Marianne - wow! That's a lot of writing and publishing. Congratulations!

    Mary, thank you for your Friday interviews. You are so faithful. You are a blessing.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy for joining our chat.
      Do you know what I saw this morning? Sunshine. Yeah. And green grass, birds singing and clear blue skies. Talk about a blessing. I'll ask God to send some your way :)

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    2. Hi, Cindy! I'm so glad you stopped by - thank you!! Peace through the storms. It's so hard to find at times, but God manages to pave ways through terrain that seems impossible. You're a blessing and affirmation in faith since you recognize His grace so fully. Keep shining!!! You're in my heart and prayers.

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  5. How God has blessed me, well he has given me two wonderful parents who have adopted me when I was a baby, I have 3 loving sweet caring sisters and I have 3 different cleaning jobs that I love doing.
    So God is good all the time and all the time God is Good.


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    1. Hi, Danie! And, may I add a hearty "AMEN!" Sister!! :-) Glad you stopped back!! xo

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    2. Danie,
      Such sweet words. I'm sure your parents burst into smiles everything you call them wonderful. I have a feeling those sisters think the same good thoughts about you. :)
      Yes. God is good…all the time.

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  6. Nice to meet you in person, Marianne. Happy Easter.

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    1. Rohn, Great to see you. I'm so glad you joined us today.
      Blessings on you.
      Looking forward to your next visit.

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    2. Rohn, it was so great to meet you face-to-face a few weeks ago as well! God bless and happy Easter!

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