Friday, December 5, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Cindy Kirk




Today I welcome author: 
Cindy Kirk


To win a copy
of Cindy's new release:
Baby on His Doorstep

Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.



Cindy is an amazing writer. Her writing schedule is tight with adding two new books. But when I asked her to share with us how God has led her on her writing journey, I was so extra moved with this post she shared in only minutes. Here is what she said:


Cardboard Characters Come to Life with Faith


When I was sixteen, I wrote in my diary “I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t be a writer.” 

From the time I was small, I thought everyone made up different endings to television shows and movies.  Instead of counting sheep when I had difficulty falling asleep, I made up stories.

I grew up in a Christian home. I thanked God for having loving parents, for good health and a quick mind but I never considered that my storytelling ability was another gift from God.

Even though I had the desire to write fiction for as far back as I could remember, I didn’t start seriously pursuing publication until I was through college, ensconced in a career and married. Our daughter had grown older and I decided to once again try my hand at writing a novel.

Even though the first few books I penned garnered some interest, there was something missing. Eventually I identified what it was—the characters were cardboard and flat--two dimensional, not three.  It wasn’t until I added a faith element that the characters came alive.

The first inspirational romance I wrote, three years after I’d started writing with the goal of publication, won a contest.  The first prize was a complete critique by an editor. The editor, Patience Bloom, not only read and critiqued the manuscript, she bought it!  The working title of that book was “Faith on a Harley.”  It was published by Harlequin’s Steeple Hill imprint in 2000 as “Unfogettable Faith.”  I would go on to write 11 more inspirational romances before shifting genres.

Now, after forty books sold, I have returned to my inspirational roots with “Love at Mistletoe Inn” a Christian novella that is out this month.  I loved writing this book and I hope you check it out!

But whether I’m writing inspirational or secular romance, I am now fully aware that my storytelling ability is a gift from God and not a day goes by that I don’t give Him thanks and praise for such a blessing.

To be entered into a drawing to win a copy of “Baby on His Doorstep,” (a Christian e-novella I wrote available only in Kindle and set in the same town as Love at Mistletoe Inn with common characters) all you need to do is become a follower of this site or sign up to receive post by email, and comment on the post telling what gift you’ve received from God. That gift may include being a good listener, being patient etc. 

Three winners will be drawn from those who comment!!

Blessings,
Cindy Kirk
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To be released February 2015

From the time she was a little girl, Cindy Kirk thought everyone made up different endings to books, movies and television shows. Instead of counting sheep at night, she made up stories.

She’s now had over forty novels published. She enjoys writing emotionally satisfying stories with a little faith and humor tossed in.



Connect with Cindy at: 
Twitter @cindykirkauthor and  
her website: www.cindykirk.com


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Released November, 2014
Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
Hope Prentiss didn’t go to the Harmony High School senior prom. Instead, she and John Burke drove to Boise and got married. At eighteen. But when Hope panicked after saying “I do,” the mail-order preacher assured her he just wouldn’t send in the paperwork. No forms, no marriage, no problem. Right?

Well . . .

Now, ten years later, Hope discovers that her prom-night wedding counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. And he’s staying with her Aunt Verna at the inn where she and Hope host weddings. Though Hope thinks she wants an annulment, a little time with John makes her think twice . . . and emotions between the more-or-less Mr. and Mrs. Burke reach a boiling point a soon as they get a moment alone.


With annulment out the window, Hope finds herself staring in the face of a divorce. But after spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce … or a real wedding of her own.

Click Here to buy Love at Mistletoe Inn 


To enter the contest for a copy of 
Cindy Kirk's ebook: "Baby on His Doorstep"
leave a comment (and email address)
AND become a follower of this site, 
OR sign up to receive posts by email
if you aren't already.


3 Winners will Be Chosen! 


Winner announced on my facebook page.


Thank you, Cindy, for Joining us This Weekend!


Don't forget: To be entered into a drawing to win a copy of “Baby on His Doorstep,” (a Christian e-novella Cindy wrote available only in Kindle and set in the same town as Love at Mistletoe Inn with common characters) all you need to do is become a follower of this site or sign up to receive post by email and comment on the post telling what gift you’ve received from God. That gift may include being a good listener, being patient etc. Three winners will be drawn from those who comment!!

We love chatting with you.

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Don't forget to comment!

18 comments:

  1. I think I have been given the gift of patience and I also want to become a Barnabas--be an Encourager to others. Cindy, I am so glad that you returned to writing inspirational fiction.
    Connie
    cps1950@ gmail.com

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    1. Connie....I think the gift of patience is a wonderful gift. I love that you want to be an encourager to others. I consider myself to be an optomistic person and also try to be encouraging. It was fun to write this book and return to my "roots." Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Well, Connie, it strikes me that most folks blessed with the gift of patience often also have what it takes to be a Barnabas. You have probably encouraged many people already. :)
    Thanks for stopping by today.
    Merry Christmas

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  3. Cindy so very glad you are staying the course and using your God given talent. look forward to reading many more of your books. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Pamela,
      Welcome to my blog, I'm so glad you stopped by and chatted with Cindy and me. What an encouragement to Cindy to know you've already read some of her books!
      Merry Christmas

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    2. Hi Pamela,

      So nice to hear from you!! Merry Christmas....and I'd love to have you follow me on Facebook. I have two Facebook accounts, one is my author one and the other is a personal page. LIKE me on one and send me a friend request on the other!

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  4. Forgot to leave my email address
    pamrp52@yahoo.com. Can we follow you on facebook?

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    1. To enter the drawing you need to either sign up for email of the latest post or become a follower of this site. See the right column to sign up. I'd love to also have you join us on FB for the latest!

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    2. Oh, and I see you did sign up for the email. You are definitely eligible for the drawing. Thank you.

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  5. I've been wanting to read this book and would love to read "Baby on His Doorstep." I enjoy Christian novels. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Fingers crossed! :-)

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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    1. Hi, Connie,
      Welcome to my blog. I'm so glad you stopped by. Christian novels are wonderful reads, I agree. To be eligible for the drawing, you need to either follow this blog or sign up for the email posts. Look in the right column to see how. If you have questions, I am more than happy to help.

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    2. Hi Connie,

      So nice to see you here!!

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  6. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen, Glad you could make it this weekend. I had a special plate of virtual Christmas cookies waiting to set out when you came.
      Hope you are having a great Merry Christmas season.

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  7. I have added you to my tbr list. I can't wait to read one of your books

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    1. Terry, So nice to see you this morning. Cindy's book will be a nice one to add to your list. I hope you are having a wonderful Advent season. I know you brightened our day by joining our chat today. :)
      Merry Christmas

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    2. Terry, So nice to meet you here! One of the bonuses of visiting different places is meeting new people!

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