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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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Indie Saturday – Author Sandi Rog on “The Master’s Wall (Iron & the Stone)”

April 21, 2012 25 comments

Today, we have author Sandi Rog featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her award-winning historical Christian fiction book “The Master’s Wall” from her Iron & the Stone series (Available on Amazon). Sandi’s stories feature strong characters who struggle to overcome trials with the help of their faith.


Sandi Rog writes :

Thank you for inviting me here today! I’m honored that you want me to talk about my book The Master’s Wall.

Here’s a book jacket copy, so readers can know what it’s about::

He fights for his freedom. She fights for her life. Together, they fight for each other.

After watching Roman soldiers drag his parents away to their death, David, a young Hebrew, is sold and enslaved to serve at a villa outside of Rome. As David trains to become a skilled fighter, he works hard to please his master and hopes to earn his freedom. However, an opportunity to escape tempts him with its whispering call. Freedom beckons, but invisible chains hold him captive to the master’s granddaughter, an innocent girl with a fiery spirit. David vows to protect Alethea from his master, the murderous patriarch, and contrives a daring plan—sacrifice his own life to save hers.

 

I have to be honest. I’ve been struggling with what to share today. I don’t know if anyone here is aware that I’ve been battling cancer for over a year. On the very day this book was released, I was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma. I underwent several rounds of intense chemo and radiation, followed by a stem cell transplant, but the cancer doesn’t want to go away. I just got news on April 9th (after being told I was in remission at the end of December) that the cancer is back. It’s been a rough road, fighting cancer and trying to market my book. But, I can tell you, everyone at the hospital has a bookmark, and several have even bought it. 🙂

I wrote The Master’s Wall (and Yahshua’s Bridge, which is the second book in this IRON AND THE STONE series), with the hopes of encouraging people who have to endure challenges in this life. In fact, the second book is dedicated to those who suffer. Little did I know, I’d have to practice what I preached. Oh, don’t worry. The book isn’t preachy. That was another reason I wrote it. I wanted a good Christian story without having to wade through numerous sermons.

In The Master’s Wall I wanted to show the faith of a young man who has to overcome difficult situations in his life. After all, every one of us faces trials. I want folks to see what it’s like to be an overcomer. My characters aren’t perfect by any means, and they have to not only overcome the enemies and circumstances around them, but their own mistakes. I want my characters to be honest, to be real. When I say honest, I don’t mean that my characters don’t lie. What I mean by that is their reactions, motivations, etc, won’t lie to you, the reader. I want my readers to see a part of themselves in my characters.

David is very serious and controlled, and Alethea anything but, or her seriousness is so dramatized, one can’t help but either be shocked or laugh. David has a hard time forgiving (which we’ll see foreshadows of in the first book, but it especially comes out in the second book Yahshua’s Bridge).

There’s a piece of myself in all my characters. Even the bad guys. My bad guy in this story (the grandfather) is a bit insane and arrogant. David is hot tempered, but has a passion to please God. Alethea is carefree and foolish, but at the same time shrewd, especially when it comes to saving her own hide.

I don’t tell my characters what to do, I let them tell me (not that plotting is a bad thing; even plotters listen to their characters). One thing I can’t stand in Christian fiction is pious characters who act perfectly under every circumstance. I can’t relate to that at all, and I don’t think most readers can, either. In Yahshua’s Bridge, the second book to this series, my main character, David, comes in contact with a man who took his parents away in the first chapter of The Master’s Wall. This man practically raped David’s mother right in front of him, and as an adult David is expected to accept this same man as his brother in Christ. The man has repented, and he admits to his past faults, but David can’t forgive him, and even tries to kill him. To me, that’s real. That’s honest. I love delving into that kind of controversy because I believe it’s something we face every day, hopefully in most cases on a smaller level, but ultimately still the same. When someone harms us or someone we love and then asks for forgiveness, how easy is it to really forgive?

I hope my readers will not only be thoroughly entertained, but be encouraged and inspired in their faith after reading The Master’s Wall. Ultimately, I want this story to lead readers to God’s word, to compel them to search the Scriptures, to find out if what a character says is true. After all, that’s what the Bereans did, they examined the Scriptures daily to see if what the apostles taught was true, and because of that, they were considered noble-minded.

Sandi Rog is an award winning author, her debut novel The Master’s Wall winning the 2011 Christian Small Publisher’s Book of the Year Award. Her second book Yahshua’s Bridge just won the 2012 CSPA book of the year award. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders.


The Master’s Wall (Iron & the Stone) by Sandi Rog is available at Amazon in Kindle format. She also has two other books out: Yahshua’s Bridge (Iron and the Stone 2) and Walks Alone.

To learn more about Sandi Rog, follow Sandi on her website: Sandi Rog, Twitter: @sandirog, Facebook: sandi.rog or her Facebook author page. Marlene also blogs at sandirog.blogspot.com. Drop by and say hi!

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Indie Saturday – Author Mac McConnell on his Cradle to Cross Trilogy (Bozra, A Shepherd’s Journey; Hadad, The Innkeeper’s Journey; and Joseph, A Father’s Journey)

April 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Mac McConnell featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for his biblical fiction series The Cradle To Cross Trilogy (which includes the ff novellas: Bozra, A Shepherd’s Journey; Hadad, The Innkeeper’s Journey; and Joseph, A Father’s Journey).


Author Mac McConnell on his Cradle to Cross Trilogy:

Mac McConnell

So many of the biblical novels I read were so predictable with holier-than-thou heroes that I was continually left wanting — not wanting more — wanting real. I’m a Bible character impersonator, a biblical actor which began when I understudied the narrator role for the Emmy Award winning Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Pageant. You might be tempted into thinking of a stereotypical church play with maybe some good singing and cute kids scenes, but notice please the reference to Emmy Award winning, two so far. Now in our 28th year, we have eight hundred in our cast, crew and support team. We host forty-five thousand patrons each December with eighteen performances over three weekends—not too shabby.

Year number two I was cast as co-narrator, a minor role which became a major addiction to stage, acting and the spotlight. But something else surfaced. A new way to read the Bible. Not as a lesson or a sermon, but as if it actually happened. As if biblical personalities might have real lives, real heartaches, real challenges, real faith or maybe just a really bad day.

Mac McConnell

Year four, nineteen years ago, I became the sole narrator with twenty-five percent of Act II, The Passion, and forced to write my own script. My research for scripting brought me to many celebrated authors, and rightly so, but I never felt a real connection with the players. I bought and perused hundreds of Christian scripts, but found them way too churchy and immature. What to do? Without a conscious decision I began to read scripture in first person. Bam. Suddenly I was transported to first century Judea. I choose Simon Peter, the fisherman, to tell the story of Jesus. He was a perfect fit with my rambunctious personality. Full of questions, doubts and superior attitude.

Asking questions about all the gaps in the four Gospels felt sacrilegious at first, but then I sensed a responsibility to do just that. And that made all the difference in my narrations and opened the window of my imagination to author six one-man biblical dramas that became the seeds for my biblical novels. One of those dramas, Three Faces at Christmas, evolved into the three novella series, Cradle to Cross Trilogy, first place winner of Compilations and Anthologies by Independent Publishers. A story of three lives—three paths—one hope.

Cradle to Cross Trilogy

I would like to focus on Book III, Joseph, A Father’s Journey, the earthly father of Yeshua (Jesus) that begins with an estranged betrothal, but let me lay the foundation with the fictional characters of Book I and II for just a moment.

Book I is Bozra, A Shepherd’s Journey. Bozra is a shepherd boy in the fields of Bethlehem who is continually in the wrong place each time he tries to meet Yeshua. What I didn’t realize about Bethlehem shepherds is about the sheep they raise. Bethlehem sheep are groomed for one thing—to be sacrificed in Jerusalem at Passover. Bozra has a lot to learn as the youngest of five but never forgets the babe born in his home town. As an adult he and his family finally travel to Jerusalem after hearing news of Yeshua and the trouble he’s stirring in the Holy City. Bozra is determined to meet the man, but is he in time?

Book II is Hadad, The Innkeeper’s Journey. Hadad is a crusty, self-centered barkeep with zero interest or patience with a knock on his door by a man with a pregnant woman on a worn out donkey. He slams the door in their face only to hear the woman scream in agony and wonders if she just gave birth on his doorstep. Knowing his wife would be furious at his insensitivity, Bozra shows them the stable out back. He becomes infatuated with this child but has an up close and personal experience with the slaughter of innocent babies at the order of King Herod in Jerusalem. Bozra is relieved to discover Joseph, Mary and Yeshua disappeared, but he is haunted by rumors of a miracle man by the same name and regrets he didn’t give them his room at the inn, then he could have hung a sign; Yeshua Born Here.

Book III, Joseph, A Father’s Journey brings to life the earthly father of Yeshua, a man with an enormous responsibility that began in complete denial. So little is known of this man, but there in tons of info on Jewish life, marriage and the business of first century Palestine. But, trust me, this novel is not a history lesson. It’s not a Bible story or a sermon. It’s about a romance that begins under incredible pressure, fraught with danger, challenges of faith and the unbelievable responsibility to parent the Messiah. Yikes.

Joseph, in the lineage of the author of the Palms, King David, is engaged to the maiden Mary, a virgin. Joe is a hard working perfectionist carpenter that is smitten with this fourteen old and often wonders if she’s too young for him. Truth is, Joe can’t keep his mind off of her and for the first time in his life he knows his life is out of control. Love is about to take him down.

Joe is a man you’d admire. Strict work ethics. A responsible neighbor. Known for his custom carpentry with precise quality. He may charge more than others but seldom gets an argument when the finished product could easily become a cherished heirloom. He sees his life is all arranged. Predictable. He’s building his business, his reputation and about to build a family. Everything’s in place, he thinks.

Mary takes off for three months with some flimsy excuse and Joe imagined she’s having second thoughts. He lives between furious and frantic and when she returns, she’s pregnant. It can’t be him. He hadn’t laid a hand on her. Not even thought about it—well thought about it, but that’s all.

Joseph has the right, he has every right to take Mary to court and show that without his involvement she’s pregnant. That will officially clear his name. But, that’s a harsh decision. Moses provided that a betrothed woman found pregnant by another man cold be stoned. There were exceptions to that law, but the shame would be a dark cloud for years. However, Joseph still loves Mary, he does not want to humiliated her so he has another choice. To give her a simply bill of divorcement. He could do that quietly and that was best. He’d made up his mind. First thing the next day he would see the authorities. But what he saw was an angel in a dream. The angel told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. Easy for the angel to say. Not so easy for Joseph.

Joe has to swallow his pride, ignore the gossip and oh yes wait way past the wedding night for the one thing he doesn’t want to wait for. He’s either a great patient man or a huge sap. Just to make things interesting it’s census time and Joe must take his pregnant wife on the treacherous trip to Bethlehem. No honeymoon, no time off, no … nope, none of that either.

When they reach Bethlehem, the town of Joseph’s lineage, the city is swamped. Horses, donkeys, carts, wagons, tents, everything you could imagine except a place to stay. Mary’s about to give birth on her donkey, Joseph is completely humiliated. One last inn and one more, “No vacancy.” This time the scruffy little man shows them the barn, little more than a hole in the side of a hill. Joe is ready to slug the man when Mary screams, “Anyplace, Joseph. Anyplace will be just fine.”

This one night changed the way history dates events for all eternity. What follows is unprecedented—the story is long from over.


Mac McConnell’s art gallery and framing store won small business of the year as featured in Inc. Magazine. He is a record setting private pilot and black belt in TaeKwon Do. Five of his novels became finalist for Book of the Year and Footsteps of St. Peter, The Early Years placed second in biblical fiction. He sold his gallery and founded One Way Productions performing his one-man biblical dramas in churches, youth camps, dinner theaters and “on location” in Jerusalem, Greece and Turkey. Mac and his wife, Linda live in Florida.


The Cradle To Cross Trilogy includes the following novellas: Bozra, A Shepherd’s Journey; Hadad, The Innkeeper’s Journey; and Joseph, A Father’s Journey. You can also check out Mac McConnell’s Amazon author page for a listing of his other books.

To learn more about Mac McConnell, go to his website Way.Org and You Tube page. You can also follow Mac on Twitter: @macmcconnell316 and on Facebook: macmcconnell316 Drop by and say hi!

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Indie Saturday – Author Elizabeth Byler Younts on “Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl”

April 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Elizabeth Byler Younts featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for the inspiring Amish memoir “Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl” (Available on Amazon). Elizabeth tells the heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant story of her own Amish grandmother Lydia Lee.


Author Elizabeth Byler Younts writes about ‘Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl’:

“I was learning all about sacrifice as my hungry little brother wanted more than his share of food. I fed him what I had, knowing there would be nothing more for me.”

Over twenty years ago I began dreaming up this book: Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. Wow, that makes me sound old… but I’m a young thirty-four year old. Seasons is about my sweet Amish grandma and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved my grandma’s stories. I started memorizing them and learning everything I could about her young life. Sitting at the foot of her hickory rocker or across the table with hot chocolate and homemade sugar cookies with a raisin in the middle became a comfortable place for the budding authoress that I believed myself to be… and I was only eleven.

When I was an ambitious single in my twenties, I didn’t really give this story more than a healthy “nod” at family events. While I really loved the idea of writing it and wanted to write it… I, quite honestly, had zero confidence that I could actually write it and write it well. It suddenly started to sound like a bunch of disjointed stories that didn’t have any real “story” tying it together.

“The worn and dented tin cans we used for cups, however, were like a constant ache, reminding me that we were poor. I wasn’t ashamed; I was sad.”

The book doesn’t begin to formulate until I’m nearly thirty-two when a young Liddy’s voice suddenly speaks to me (I promise, I’m not kooky, authors understand this phenomenon). I end up writing the first chapter longhand sitting up in bed that night. The words string together like Christmas lights…and finally all the lights were working!

Over the next eighteen months or so, I worked with critique partners, editors, and beta readers to polish up the manuscript. Finally, I felt it was ready for publication. I’d always anticipated self-pubbing this book because my grandma was nearly eighty-five and in the midst of another case of pneumonia. There was no way I was going to wait any longer to get this in her hands. She and my patient family deserved this book. My critique group loved the story so much that they encouraged me to still market the book to the general audience despite my need to self-publish. I wasn’t sure where it would lead, but I took their advice and it has been a great experience. In the third month it was already a three-time Amazon best-seller. Topping out at #1 in my category on my 34th birthday, about six months into publication. What a gift!

“I am not sure when the rumbling of hooves became quieter, but as I reached the schoolhouse steps I looked back and didn’t see the bulls behind me anymore. I had outrun them. I exhaled and cried.”

I cannot explain the amazement I have with all of this. I am truly humbled that I have been privileged to be the mouthpiece, the writer, of this story.

I hope my personal story to publication has inspired you to read Seasons.

“I think I was most embarrassed of the holes in my stockings. I even took a black marker to my legs and colored my skin in hopes they would go unnoticed.”

Here is a short description of Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl:

As the oldest child in an impoverished Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl she strives to be content with all God has provided.

Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.

The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache. Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be a harvest of happiness?

Here is the link to my book trailer: http://www.elizabethbyleryounts.com/p/book.html

These photographs are all original images of my elderly grandma and my ten-year-old niece (the young Liddy stand in that is also on the cover). While Amish often do not pose for photos, my grandma allowed me to take these shots and they are some of my greatest keepsakes.

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“I might write you,” he teased.

He must have seen the expression of worry run across my face and he smiled sweetly.

“I promise I’ll write.” He kissed me. “I should be able to get a letter out about every other day.”

“I’ll write you back.” I said, wishing he could stay forever.

You can learn more about me and the Amish at my website: Elizabethbyleryounts.com.

Thank you for stopping by & happy reading!

Cheers,

Elizabeth


Elizabeth Byler Younts is the author of an Amish memoir titled SEASONS: A REAL STORY OF AN AMISH GIRL. Seasons is the story of her grandmother Lydia Lee Coblentz who grew up in an impoverished Amish family through the Great Depression. Seasons was released in August 2010 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in 3 categories. Elizabeth is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force Officer’s wife with two young daughters and makes her home wherever her family is stationed.


Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts is available at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats.

To learn more about Elizabeth Byler Younts, go to her website/blog elizabethbyleryounts.com or follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @EBYounts or Facebook: AuthorElizabethBylerYounts or Pintrest: http://pinterest.com/ebyounts/. Drop by and say hi!

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Indie Saturday – Author Traci Hall on “Diary of a Bad Boy”

January 21, 2012 14 comments

Today, we have author Traci Hall featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her young adult coming-of-age novel “Diary of a Bad Boy” (Available on Amazon).  Everybody deserves a second chance, including fourteen-year-old Josh Grady who goes on a personal journey leading to forgiveness and redemption.


Author Traci Hall writes about ‘Diary of a Bad Boy’:

Diary of a Bad Boy is a story about a fourteen year old kid who makes a series of bad choices. Josh Grady hasn’t had an easy life, but is that any reason to steal his dad’s junker car, and talk his best friend into running away to California?

Probably not 🙂

In this novel, I created a character who is most definitely flawed. His outbursts are endearing, frustrating and all teenage-boy. Josh’s perceptions of things are skewed by the last few years of tragedy, and he resists all help by acting out whenever his emotions are threatened. The story begins with Josh stealing his dad’s old car, and smoking pot with his best friend, Brian, while driving to California. They get into an accident, and Brian ends up in a coma. Josh is given a chance that he doesn’t feel he deserves when he is sent to Shining Star Boy’s Ranch instead of juvie. He wishes he could trade places with Brian. His alcoholic father seems happy enough to deliver Josh into somebody else’s care. Josh resents the rules and the other boys, and continues to make the wrong choice. He is given a journal as part of his therapy, something he deems stupid. But in the end, he is able to write to his dead mother, allowing him to begin the healing process. Killed by a drunk driver, he views his mother’s death as the catalyst for everything wrong in his life. Once he forgives her for her ‘abandonment’ he is able to forgive himself.

One of the reasons for independently publishing this story is because traditional publishers shied away from the faith aspect of the book. I used a light hand, but faith is an integral part of these programs, and learning to release negativity, whether by religion, or individual practice, is an important step in self awareness.

Many, many years ago, my younger brother spent some time in a boy’s ranch. Diary of a Bad Boy is not based on his experiences, but the set up always intrigued me. We’re talking boys on the verge of being sent to jail, or too ‘bad’ for foster care, who don’t function well in a traditional format. What caused them to act out? In the end, can love, routine, and boundaries, all be combined to save them from a life of crime? Of misery? Maybe it takes a little bit of faith, too. And the people who dedicate themselves to helping these boys are crucial to their success – one person’s guidance can truly make a difference.

As a former teenage rebel, I firmly believe in second chances, lol.

I’m an active member of Florida Romance Writers, as well as a previous President of the organization. I write Medieval Paranormal Romances, Young Adult Paranormal, Coming of Age YA and Non-Fiction. Telling stories is something that makes me happy down to my toes. I detested being a teenager, since I wasn’t very good at it, so writing stories that have mostly happy endings is a great way to restructure my past!


Diary of a Bad Boy by Traci Hall is available at Amazon in Kindle format. You can check out her Amazon author page for a list of all her books (which also include paranormal and romance titles). Traci Hall’s books are also available at Barnes and Noble.

More info also available on her Facebook, Website and Twitter!

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Borders.Com Non-Fiction eBook Freebies

October 8, 2010 1 comment

Sigh, Borders.Com and their hard to navigate site. Anyway, they’ve put up two more freebies, both are nonfiction. If more nonfiction stuff come up, I’ll be sure to add here.

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities‘ by Yantra Bertelli , Jennifer Silverman, Sarah Talbot (Editors) is FREE (the Kindle version costs $9.99)

Book Description:

The stories in this collection provide parents of special needs kids with a dose of both laughter and reality. Featuring works by so-called alternative parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought, this anthology carefully considers the implications of raising children with disabilities.

From professional writers to novice storytellers, including original essays by Robert Rummel-Hudson, Ayun Halliday, and Kerry Cohen, this assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents in the know is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled children and their parents.

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FREE eBible! The Holy Bible (HCSB Digital Text Edition), plus Bargain Books!

September 24, 2010 2 comments

So, how many of you have bought a Kindle OR if you haven’t bought a Kindle yet, whataya waiting for? Amazon has just released a WiFi Only Kindle 3 for $139, and a WiFi + Free 3G Kindle 3 for $189! You can also check out the new Graphite Kindle DX.

(If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry, you can still read the free books! Just download the Kindle for the PC, Kindle for the iPhone/iPod Touch, Kindle for the iPad, Kindle for BlackBerry or Kindle for Android!)

Well, time to fill your Kindle with FREEBIES! My sis is gonna be really happy with this one – a bible that’s specially formatted for an eReader.

The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition: Holman Christian Standard Bible‘ is available for download on the Amazon Kindle site. Just click here to download! *Note that an ePub version is also found at Christian Books Distributors AND at the Sony eBookstore.

Book Description:

This text edition of the HCSB has been optimized for easy reading on digital devices. Free from the visual clutter of footnotes, cross references, and other links, this edition is fast to navigate and easy to use.

The HCSB was developed by 100 scholars and English stylists from 17 denominations, who prayerfully translated what is one of the most significant Bible translations available today. The HCSB reflects linguistic advances in vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and formatting while it retains meaningful theological terms. In the HCSB you’ll find God’s personal name (Yahweh), the use of “Messiah” in the New Testament, and the use of “slave” in the New Testament, just to name a few examples. Also, you’ll notice the contemporary speech patterns in the HCSB mean that words like “behold” and “shall” are not used. Instead, words or phrases that are common today can be found in their place.

The HCSB employs a first-of-its kind translation philosophy known as Optimal Equivalence, which seeks to achieve an optimal balance of literary precision and emotive clarity through a comprehensive analysis of the text at every level. This process assures maximum transfer of both words and thoughts contained in the original.

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And want to check out some MORE really good bargains for your Kindle? Check them out after the jump! (This follows a previous bargain books round-up HERE)
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