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Indie Saturday – Author Shawna K. Williams on “Orphaned Hearts”

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Shawna K. Williams featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her book “Orphaned Hearts” – an inspirational and heartwarming story set during the Great Depression (Available on Amazon). Sadie, David and Caleb’s story will steal your hearts!


Shawna K. Williams writes :

Here’s a book description of “Orphaned Hearts“:

Pastor David Langley understands six-year old Caleb Holsheyer — what it feels like to be damaged and alone. His family killed in a fire, and his body severely burned, David grew up in an orphanage, ridiculed and shunned. He couldn’t let that be Caleb’s fate.

When adoption plans fall through, David is desperate to find Caleb a new home. But in the midst of the Great Depression, most families are barely getting by. No one seems willing to take on the responsibility of an extra mouth, especially one belonging to a crippled child.

Except for Sadie Miller, the town spinster. In Sadie, David sees the answer to Caleb’s needs. But Child Welfare doesn’t agree, and demands other arrangements be found, or the boy be returned to the orphanage.

David and Sadie team up, determined to find a home for an orphaned child, but while searching, might they find a family instead.

 

I never intended to be a writer, but life took a funny turn shortly after my 32nd birthday while visiting my parents for the Thanksgiving holidays. It began with a vivid dream. I woke up on the sleeper sofa in my parents’ den feeling like I’d just experienced key moments in someone else’s life.

I was so intrigued by this dream that I spent the next six months pondering on it and trying to fill in details. It eventually became too big to keep straight in my head so I had to start writing. At first, my writing was just to satisfy my own curiosity, but as the story unfolded, I discovered that I’d not only fallen in love with the characters and their journey within the pages, but with writing itself.

That dream served as the inspiration for my debut novel, No Other, and its sequel, In All Things. I’ve now have four novels published and a fifth under contract. The sequel to Orphaned Hearts, A Hand to Hold, releases in December 2012.

Orphaned Hearts is a story that is dear to my heart. It isn’t my grandparents’ story, but it was written because of them. My grandfather grew up in the same orphanage the one in this story is based upon. My great-grandfather was hired to work the orphanage’s dairy during The Great Depression. He brought his young family with him to Arkansas, and they lived in the accommodations provided for them on the orphanage grounds. That is how my grandparents met.

My grandparents served as foster parents for many years, and I firmly believe the seeds for this were planted because of their childhood experiences. At my granddad’s funeral, I sat in the pew marveling at the fullness of his life, but also thinking how unfair it was for him to have been orphaned as a young boy. Then I remembered a story my grandmother told me about one of the many children who came to live with them through Child Welfare.

She was a young girl, about fifteen or sixteen years of age, pregnant, and she’d been cast from her home. The social worker told my grandmother she would be a problem, but that turned out not to be the case at all. She was sweet, appreciative, and longing. For a few short months she got to experience a home — a real, loving home. When she gave birth, she decided that sort of home was what she wanted for her child, and chose to give her baby up for adoption to a family in the area. The girl left my grandparents’ house not long after and my grandparents moved away later that year. Life went on.

Many years later my grandmother ran into an old friend who went to church with the family who had adopted that baby. She learned that the little girl had grown into a lovely young Christian woman; compassionate and kind-hearted. She was attending a university and had a bright future ahead. I can’t help but wonder, had my granddad not been an orphan, had that empathy for hurting children not been embedded deep within my grandparents’ hearts, what would have happened to that young woman and her baby, and so many others they took into their home? How many lives did they affect because of their experience?

While the story above is not the one you will read in Orphaned Hearts, I was able to incorporate many of the memories my grandmother shared with me from her and my grandfather’s days at the orphanage. Sadly, most were not good, but from them came a heart of compassion. I tried to bring this same spirit into the pages of the Sadie, David and Caleb’s story. It’s my pleasure to share it with you.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

Shawna K. Williams is an inspirational novelist who loves telling a story through flawed characters – the only kind she can relate to. She also likes a good dose of nostalgia, which is why many of her stories are set in rural America during the first half of the 20th Century. However, being a fan of other genres, including Science Fiction and Suspense, she has a few surprises planned for future works.

When not writing, Shawna spends time with her husband and three children enjoying life on their ranch. She’s also an avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and jewelry designer.


Orphaned Hearts by Shawna K. Williams (Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.) is available at Amazon in Kindle format. The eBook is also available at Barnes & Noble and Christian Book. Check out her Amazon author’s page for a listing off all her books!

To learn more about Shawna K. Williams, follow Shawna on her website: Shawna K. Williams, Twitter: @shawnakwilliams, Facebook: Shawna-K-Williams. Shawna also blogs at shawnawilliams-oldsmobile.blogspot.com. Drop by and say hi!

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Read an embedded sample of “Orphaned Hearts” after the jump!

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Twitter Deal Alert! Get a FREE $3 credit for Amazon Instant Video for movies and TV shows!

April 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Please follow these steps to get your $3 credit for Amazon Instant Video for movies and TV shows:

Connect your Amazon.com and Twitter accounts. (If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so).
Automatically follow @amazonvideo. The message “I just got a $3 credit for Amazon Instant Video for movies and TV shows @amazonvideo. Click http://amzn.to/HeZicl to get yours. #get3″ will be automatically tweeted from your Twitter account.

After completing these steps successfully, browse for a movie or TV show at Amazon Instant Video, and click the “Buy” or “Rent” button.

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Twitter Deal Alert! Buy select paid Apps for Android, Get $1 in MP3s

April 27, 2012 Leave a comment

How to Qualify for This Offer (Buy select paid Apps for Android, Get $1 in MP3s):

Purchase at least one qualifying paid app offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android in the webstore or on an Android device. The apps that qualify are apps for Android offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android that display the offer message on their webstore product information pages. Qualifying apps will not display promotional messaging on their Android on-device product information pages. Free apps, including Free App of the Day, do not qualify for this promotion.

After completing your purchase, you will receive an e-mail indicating that a $1 credit for Amazon MP3 music downloads has been applied to your account automatically. The e-mail will also provide instructions on how to redeem your credit.

Promotional offer limited to one promotional credit per customer.

Promotional offer is valid from April 20, 2012, through June 30, 2012, and subject to change. You must redeem the credit by July 31, 2012.

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Adam Lambert Performs a Five-Song Set on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

April 27, 2012 12 comments

Never Close Our Eyes (via Jimmy Kimmel Live!)

AS the Hollywood Reporter said – it was “a booking three years in the making.” But finally (after getting cockblocked by ABC after that AMA ‘scandal’), Adam Lambert was able to perform an outdoor mini concert for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ in support of his soon-to-be released album ‘Trespassing’ (Amazon, iTunes)! Due out on May 15! I’ve listened to the samples on iTunes, and I’m liking how the album’s shaping out! My fave is the sassy Cuckoo!

Looking slim & happy, and sounding flawless live as usual, Adam performed on the Bud Light outdoor stage for 1,000 of his adoring fans. His set list: Never Close Our Eyes, Trespassing, Naked Love, Broken English and Cuckoo. Only Never Close Our Eyes and Trespassing were aired, so we’ll have to depend on the kindness of the fans who were there for the other songs.

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I’ve embedded Never Close Our Eyes above here, and you can check out the other videos after the jump!
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Ellen DeGeneres Reads ’50 Shades of Grey’ (Don’t eat the pancakes!!!)

April 26, 2012 1 comment

 

LOL! I can’t recall the last time I’ve laughed so hard… tears running down my face too!

Check out this hilarious video of Ellen Degeneres attempting to record the audiobook of that uber-steamy BDSM erotica bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…  My stomach hurts…

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‘5 Questions’ with Elle Casey!

April 26, 2012 3 comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Elle Casey to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


The Changelings (War of the Fae: Book 1)

Describe your series ‘War of the Fae‘ in ten words or less

War of the Fae – Light or Dark, who will win?

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

It started with two characters, Jayne and Tony, and their need to leave their current life. Plus my love of fantasy and fae; it blossomed from there.

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

Jayne. She is the rebel of my heart and the first-person narrative in my head.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

Yes. I’m a lawyer and a university professor. It affected my writing in that it took me a loooong time to finally publish my stuff. I was too busy being a responsible attorney to do it before. 🙂

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

War of the Fae: Book 4, New World Order is 1/4 done. After that, a start to a new series.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like fae books and strong female lead characters who kick butt, you’ll probably like my book too.


Thanks again for stopping by, Elle! You can learn more about Elle at her website (www.ElleCasey.com), Twitter: @ellecasey and Facebook: ellecaseyauthor.

The War of the Fae series currently has three books out! The Changelings (War of the Fae: Book 1), Call to Arms (War of the Fae: Book 2) and Darkness & Light (War of the Fae: Book 3). You may also visit Elle’s Amazon Author’s page to check out her other books!

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Twitter Deal Alert! Queen’s Greatest Hits Album for $4.99 (Amazon MP3 Store)

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Queen's Greatest Hits Album

Hey, for those who tuned in to American Idol and ended up wanting more Queen music! You can grab Queen’s Greatest Hits Album for just $4.99 at the Amazon MP3 Store today!

Whenever I think of Queen’s Greatest Hits Album, I can’t help but be reminded of the demon Crowley on Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hilarious take on the Apocalypse). Crowley drove around in a flashy black Bentley wherein any tapes he listened to would unfortunately always morph into a Best of Queen tape 🙂

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