Friday, February 26, 2016

Fabulous Friday Feature-Julianna Deering-The Mystery is Afoot




Today we welcome author:
Julianna Deering

A commenter will win one title from
Julianna's mystery series

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Mary here. I'm so happy to welcome Julianna Deering today. I love, love mysteries. We are in for such a treat today with a mystery writer guest.  I don't want to steal Julianna's thunder or whodunit answer book, so without further ado...here is what Julianna said when I asked her: how has God led you on your writing journey. Come, be inspired: 

I Had No Intention of Ever...


People are often surprised when I tell them I had no plans to be a writer when I was growing up or even when I was in college. I always loved to read, but it never occurred to me to try to write anything. Certainly not for publication. During my teen years I sometimes wrote short episodes of my favorite television shows. I guess it was Fan Fiction before such a thing actually existed, but that was just for my own amusement.

When I was in college, sitting through boring lectures on tax accounting or business law, I began writing little scenes that were totally original. I had only recently developed a real interest in Shakespeare’s history plays and medieval English history, and these scenes were definitely influenced by that, but there wasn’t really a story there yet. All I knew was that this young man from medieval times had been in a terrible battle and had been gravely injured and was just waking up. Who was he? What had the battle been about? What was his current situation? All of that began to take shape the more I wrote, but I still had no intention of ever trying to get published or even making the scenes I had into one coherent whole.

Then a friend of mine suggested I actually write a book and get it published. I didn’t take that suggestion seriously for a long time, but then I decided to give it a try. What would it hurt? To my amazement, In Honor Bound, the book I pieced together out of my collection of random scenes, was accepted by the third publisher I queried. It was nothing short of a miracle, but looking back I could see how those little “TV episodes” and other scenes I wrote were practice for what was to come. I could see how my sudden interest in Shakespeare and English history, something I would have run from (shrieking!) before that time was all story fodder. For the first time, I felt sure I was doing what I was called to do.

Now, writing as Julianna Deering and as DeAnna Julie Dodson, I have twelve books traditionally published and three more due to come out over the next several months. I am more certain than ever that I am meant to be a writer. There have been lots of ups and downs over the past few years, some times of waiting, and some times of incredible answers to prayer. Through it all, I have held on to this scripture: For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear. I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13


What will this writing career look like for me in the future? Well, that’s where the adventure comes into play. That’s when I pray and trust God to lead me where He wants me to go and make me all He wants me to be. Whatever comes, I know He is holding my hand and helping me through.
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Julianna's cat: Eddie
JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. 
A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. 
Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, 2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, 2014). Also, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, she has written a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) and four contemporary mysteries for the Annie's Attic series. She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).


Julianna loves to connect with readers. 
You can find her at her:
  
Website | Twitter
Facebook 

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A REGENCY-ERA COSTUME PARTY SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN AN AMUSING DIVERSION, BUT IT SEEMS, WHEREVER DREW FARTHERING GOES, MYSTERY—AND MURDER—ARE ON THE GUEST LIST

Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-Era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew’s former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancĂ©e, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she’d taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.

The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he’s trusted and admired since his childhood—someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew’s never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know who to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover—or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Squashed and Rescued



A friend and Bible college classmate of mine is the CEO and Director of the New York City Rescue Mission. This friend is so dedicated to God's calling. I look forward to his posts on Facebook




God has given him a very creative mind to draw the homeless into the mission. For the Super Bowl screens were set up along with chairs. A local vendor donated pizzas and other vendors provided hot dogs and chips.










To me, my favorite was his report on a recent blizzard in New York City. The mayor had banned all traffic from the streets. My friend welcomed his staff and anyone--including homeless men and women--to join him in a game of soccer outside. Yes,, they played on streets usually packed with cars and trucks. This is the link to the video:
Soccer in the streets of New York



I've seen many executives sitting behind desks, cranking out paperwork. Maybe work that could be farmed out. 

These executives miss the real action. Being with the people that are served by their company. Hospital administrators, college presidents, CEO's all squashed in fancy offices churning out paperwork --not even knowing what is happing in the ranks.

My friend from the New York City Rescue Mission, though, chooses to follow the example of the greatest of all Executives. God is the perfect one. He set up a place for us, gave us food, THEN DID NOT ABANDON US while he tended to paperwork. God dwelled among us. He experienced first hand how we felt when we are hungry, lonely, concerned, neglected, loved, hugged, tired, hurting, etc. He knows.

He knows.

And--He didn't leave us afterwards. Jesus rose and ascended, and yet God is still here with us.  Sometimes this is so hard to understand...but think of my friend, who left the papers on his desk, or gave them to someone else to do so that he could be with those in need and show them God's love. 

God is here with us today.

Let us rejoice and be glad. He HAS rescued us.



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Friday, February 19, 2016

Fabulous Friday Feature-Leslie Gould-Connections





Today we welcome author:
Leslie Gould

A commenter will win a copy of
Leslie's book:
Amish Sweethearts

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Mary here. I'm so happy to welcome Leslie Gould today. This talented woman cared for children, ran her home, and went to grad school, all at the same time. Talk about a tight schedule!  I don't want to steal her thunder so without further ado...here is what Leslie said when I asked her: how has God led you on your writing journey. Come, be inspired: 

Connections Made By God


My first three novels were published in 2003, 2005, and 2006. They received good reviews and one, Beyond the Blue, won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Inspirational Book of the Year (2006) Award, but none of them were best sellers—or even stellar sellers, lol. I wasn’t sure if I would publish any more novels, honestly, and after a lot of prayer I decided to go to graduate school and get my masters in fine arts in creative writing. If I couldn’t write to publish, I’d keep writing anyway—and plan to make a career out of teaching.

With four kids still living at home, I started grad school at Portland State University. To my surprise, I did end up writing to publish throughout my graduate years, along with writing for my courses. My agent, Chip MacGregor, connected me to Guideposts to do write-for-hire novels. In all, I worked on three different series with a variety of other authors and wrote eight novels altogether. I learned to collaborate, write more efficiently, and to keep trusting God with my writing.


Soon after I graduated, Chip connected me with author Mindy Starns Clark. We began collaborating on an Amish series, The Women of Lancaster County, and the first one, The Amish Midwife, hit the #1 bestseller spot and won a Christy Award. Since then I’ve written six more Amish novels on my own, including my latest, Amish Sweethearts, which just released. And, currently, Mindy and I are writing a new series, Cousins of the Dove. The first, My Brother’s Crown, released last fall.

God led me to be flexible in my writing, and I’m so glad I followed his direction. I love visiting Amish families and writing about them. I’ve also included many of my own life interests and experiences into the stories—from adoption to midwifery to the military. And I delight in the research I do for my other projects too. I learn something new every single day.


A double blessing is that even though I write fulltime, I also teach one college writing class per semester. God has truly given me the desires of my heart.

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Leslie's family
Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of twenty-two novels. She has a MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific College. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter are the revolving-door parents of four children and three cats. 


Leslie loves to connect with readers. 
You can find her at her:
  
Website 

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Amish Sweethearts
They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.


However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn't enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it's now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane's service takes a dramatic turn when he's sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences--both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?.


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Amish Sweethearts

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