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  • Through The Wilderness, finding God’s presence when all seems lost

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    If you have ever had a life altering event or trauma you have probably faced many of the same issues I did in regard to a sense of worth or value and purpose in life. Really questioning all of that and where God was in it and why He would allow such devastation.

    I love a quote that is attributed to Winston Churchill. “If you are going through hell, keep going!” We could say, if you are going through a wilderness, keep walking!” You will get through it if you keep moving. You will get through it if you do not lose heart and turn your back on God.

    And if you do keep moving through it with the Lord, you will come out the other side transformed. People may not recognize you!  “Who is this coming up from the wilderness like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?” Song of Songs 3:6

    Some topics covered are:

    • After major losses, we will be different, but not necessarily ruined.
    • When we feel we are “on the shelf, use the “shelf time” to honor God and learn His ways.
    • The trouble with centering is that, like clay, we fight the hand that forms us.
    • When we turn to Jesus in our brokenness, He will take great care to bind us up in ways unique to our brokenness. He knows exactly the lines along which we break, so He knows how re-assemble us.
    • In Jesus we can have no fear or regret…once we see from His perspective. In His timing He allows us to see with His eyes, without condemnation. He knows when we are ready to see with understanding.
    • When we do not understand we can put our confusing circumstances and dilemmas on a “mystery shelf” as we wait in peace for God’s timing for revelation.
    • It may sound like a Christian cliché, but the joy of the Lord really is our strength!

    As soon as the technology finishes its processes, it will appear on Amazon and ebook distribution outlets. May you be encouraged as you slog through your wilderness.

    Shining a little light,  Carol


  • Overall Vision for Sassy Pants Series

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    I was asked what my overall vision for the Sassy Pants series was. I wrote the stories first and then in retrospect marveled at what the Lord had done!

    When a child is laughing, he/she relaxes and it is much easier  to learn—lessons slip in and stay. It is my prayer that these books will help children build a sense of belonging and value, positive character traits, self-confidence, and good self-esteem. By watching how Sassy Pants overcomes difficulties that are not all that different from the trials many children cope with, they are encouraged to believe that they too have value and a place. My hope is that by using Sassy Pants model, children can eliminate some of the difficulties of  learning these lessons by trial and error.

     

    This launch, Dec. 4-6 in Tacoma, WA is for Book III in which Sassy Pants Learns about Strange Creatures. Strangers can be scary. Even people you know, but not very well! Sometimes you worry they won’t like you or they will do something you don’t like. How should you act? Say? Do? And when you are not too sure about who you are and how you fit in…well, things become confusing. Sassy Pants models finding a way.

     

    Book III – Sassy Pants learns…about strange creatures talking points

    • Overcoming fear of rejection and worry
    • Fear makes the situation much scarier than it really is
    • Facing a situation is much more productive than running and hiding
    • To call for help when she needs it
    • Truth about her father reduces her fear of him

    Book I – Sassy Pants learns…

    • Choices have consequences. (She bumps into this fact in other books in the series also.)
    • Different kinds of “sorry”
    • The importance of listening…or not
    • Respecting feelings, fences and boundaries
    • Bullying
    • Some learn the easy way…and some learn the hard way. It’s your choice.

    Book II – Sassy Pants learns…about amends

    • Words and actions can both hurt
    • Why we apologize and ask forgiveness
    • What amends is and why it is important
    • How to make amends
    • About honor – what it is and how to do it

    Books IV and V are yet to be illustrated and published. These stories share what Sassy Pants learns when making amends with her parents.

    • Making positive choices for one’s self often benefits others as well, far greater than she could ever imagine
    • She can do things she has never done before
    • Including others makes everything more fun
    • How to give and receive honor
    • What it feels like to belong
    • Everyone has something they do best
    • Her father focused on her potential not her mess ups
    • She has a place in her father’s heart and in the herd

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    Shedding a little light….   Carol

     


  • Update on Sassy Pants Learns…about strange creatures!

    We now have a date and a venue and updated art work! Woo Hoo!

    December 4-6 in the Tacoma Mall

    Tacoma, WA

     Look for our kiosk.

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    The book launch for Sassy Pants Learns…about Strange Creatures is happening. There will be two other authors with me, along with friends. As well as being at the kiosk to sign books, visit with book lovers and kid lovers, we will be doing library readings and visiting schools in the area.

     

    Sassy Pants worries about all kinds of things…dad’s rejection, strange creatures on the farm and she is not sure how to act or what to say. She is worried about having something special to do that will make her important…poor Sassy Pants!

     

    It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts.

     

    Moms, Aunties, Grandmas

    Stop by and see us and scoop up this delightful series for your little “worry warts.” Help your little worrier through some of the same difficulties Sassy Pants had.


  • Still Alive!

    Sometimes life hits with such aggression that it takes your breath away. Notice that?  I’m hoping that aggressive phase is done and I can return to “business as usual!”  About business…

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    We have a new publisher for my children’s books!

    Summers Island Press where you are sure to find TREASURE!   http://summersislandpress.com   

    Please come and puruse. We are working on book III in the Sassy Pants Learns series — fun stories that result in building character but no one really cares. They’re so intrigued by Sassy Pants antics no one notices. The title to book III is Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures. The title could change, as all things change in process.

    We have a new illustrator!  But I can’t post any illustrations yet.  I will be posting peeks into this new story as I get the OK.  Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures helps children figure out the difference between something that is strange-different (as in “different, or new to me”) and something that is strange-dangerous. Sassy Pants worries about many things and her worry exaggerates her fears. What to do? What to say? How to act? Nada’s illustrations captivate!

    Release:  We are shooting for completion in time for the holidays. Stay tuned; I’ll let you know the progress.

    We will go back and republish the first two books–redoing the covers and giving them color illustrations. Our ultimate goal is to have a boxed set of the full series.

    Please spread the word of these delightful stories.

    Blessings, Carol


  • Don’t Need A Word For That

    The mind is a  funny thing. Mine had been ruminating on the fact that the Chinese language does not have a vocabulary category for spouses to scold each other. Did you know that?

    When I was in university I was part of a Chinese community–ya, the one American in the whole bunch. One of my friends said that when he and his wife argued they did it in English because Chinese doesn’t have those words. Now, all these years later my mind brings that up…at 2:30 in the morning! And now 45 years later I protest.

    Me:  “You don’t need specific vocabulary to scold each other. You can use ordinary words. It is about communicating feelings and mental images. I don’t have enough Chinese vocabulary to demonstrate, but here is an example in English.”

    “I am so angry…I am so angry with you! Oh! One breath of my white hot fury will incinerate  the feathers off of General Tzao’s chicken!”

    In my mind’s eye I see my friend collapse to the floor, helpless with laughter.

    Me: “Check. I won that argument.” It seemed so funny to me that I had to wake my husband and tell him to double check to see if it was as funny as it was in my head. It was.

    That happened several days ago but my mind was not done. Today it downloaded why there was no vocabulary for spousal bickering.

        1. It is not polite
        2. It is not honoring
        3. It destroys face (mien tzu)

    Politeness, honor and keeping face are three very important aspects of Chinese culture so they never invented words that would destroy it. Wow, that’s brilliant. I think Jesus is very pleased with that aspect of the culture. In fact He encourages us through the apostle Paul.

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8  This would be polite, honoring and not only save face, it would add to it, seems to me.

    Amazing what the mind will do without our direction! But I think now I will direct it to come up with something about the holidays! Hope yours are beginning well.

     

    Shedding a little light…

     

    Carol A. Brown

    Author of The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive.

     

     


  • RIP Old Dell

    If you are looking for the fall sale and planned to buy books today–bad news!

    MY COMPUTER DIED! I have been unable to make all the connections and notifications that needed to be in place so I contacted th organizers and had someone take my place. I will honor requests today that come via the “contact me” on this site and on my website. It will not be set up to use PayPal so just leave a request on the “contact”. I will make sure to borrow a computer and check that once (at least) today.

    I only  have sporadic access to a machine so would not be able to participate with the other authors and  monitor the sale. I do not know when mine will be replaced.

    Deepest heartfelt apologies. I will hold a sale in the future when I have a new computer. Blessings on you, may your day be filled with favor from on high.

    Carol…shedding a little light

     


  • World Blog Tour – The Writing Process

    When I was invited to be part of a “World Blog Tour” I thought, “No, I don’t really have a process…” and you don’t want to put that out there to be emulated! However, I was assured that, yes, that does need to be out there to help someone else know that they are not the only one. Okay, so here is my contribution.

    The theme of this tour if the writing process. Aspiring authors and those well established will find these blogs interesting and affirming. We all approach writing so differently!

    Pearl Nsiah-Kumi nominated me. Pearl is a retired RN. She came to the United States from Ghana, West Africa and has lived in Maryland for over forty years. Pearl has three children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. She loves to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture.  She has authored two books: Get On Board and Stay On Board and The Last Train at Sunset, and is working on a third.  She is also a volunteer counselor at a local Crisis Pregnancy Clinic.

    Pearl’s books contain salvation messages, and messages about the Christian walk.  They are suitable for devotionals and also helpful in witnessing.  Both books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles. You can find more on her website: pearlkumi.weebly.com

    A bit about me—

    I am a wife, mother, grandmother and an author by accident or design, however you look at it! I was a teacher for many years but when hit by a massive MS attack I was suddenly retired. In an effort to save my sanity and sense of self-worth I began to write stories, insights, etc. without any plan or direction, bits at a time. Then the Lord informed me that we had a book.  “We do?” That massive pile of disconnected bits became two books.

    This concentrated time with the Lord has changed me in ways I cannot describe and I would not change anything!

    My writing process–

    1) What am I working on? I am involved in a writing project with a group of writers. We are getting the word out about a premier leadership training program that is transformational. It involves reintroducing relational brain skills that are rapidly falling out of our society. When we missed learning a skill growing up, we cannot teach it to our children, hence they fall out of family lines. The good news is that our brains can learn these skills at any age! My specific assignment is to co-author a book specifically for pastors and church leaders who are in a position to spread these joy growing skills. And who could not use more joy in their life?

    2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

    There are lots of leadership training materials out there that teach the skills of leadership, but there is not really anything like ours that we know of. We teach and train the relational brain skills needed to develop and maintain healthy relationships. What is unique about our “joy project” is that relational brain skills are learned in the right hemisphere of the brain. That means that you cannot learn them from a book, a webinar or other lecture type of classroom setting. They have to be learned by imitating–from modeling, by watching someone who already has them. It is kind of like “monkey see; monkey do”! In an ideal world we would all master these skills by the time we are 3 years old. So what am I, as a writer, doing in such a project? The mind has to be satisfied that there is a real need for such training. The book learning is important because when we understand the neurology and the need to retrain the brain, we can joyfully jump into the training.

    3. Why do I write what I do?

    The non-fiction started out as a sanity saver during the recovery from the M.S. attack in 1995. Then it became an effort to keep a promise I made to a mentor to take his teaching and explore it deeper and farther than he had. When that was done I thought that was the end of it–I wrote my term paper and handed it in! Now I could knit. But God had other plans. Now it is a matter of passion for my Lord.

    I finally came to understand that my classroom had expanded rather than been diminished. The Lord called me to be His scribe. My current assignment is to stay one step behind Jesus, close enough to hear what He says and write it down and make it plain. But the fiction is because I am a compulsive storyteller and word clown; it also gives me mental respite from the discipline of the non-fiction. I write it to entertain and while people are laughing, the character building message of the story goes into their hearts without resistance.

    4. How does my writing process work?

    I really have two styles of process. With the non-fiction I research and write up sections or snippets. First, I listen to the Lord to see what He wants to put in the table of contents. I try to outline–sometimes that works and other times I simply have to sit down and write to see what I know. Then I research to fill in the gaps. Then I go back to edit and rewrite, who knows how many times! After wrestling with it until I am mentally and emotionally exhausted I again ask the Lord how He wants to end the book. I sit back and watch the ending happen. When God shows up to write His part it is so exhilarating I want it never to end. Of course it does.

    The other style of writing is the children’s stories. Those pull out details from my childhood on the farm. God initiates by dropping a title and sometimes the story line into my head. When I sit down to write I am reading the story for the first time as it comes out on the computer screen. One chapter in the 4th book of the Sassy Pants series He gave me the chapter title, but not the storyline: “Pigs on Parade.” I knew nothing about marching but my daughter in the Coast Guard knew all about marching. She filled me in on the learning to march process and then I typed out the chapter laughing the whole time!

    The two authors who will follow me are Lilly Maytree and Martin Roth. They will be posting June 9 and you can find their URLs below.

    Lilly Maytree at: http://LillyMaytree.blogspot.com

    Martin Roth at: http://www.martinroth.com.au

    Lilly writes for the juvenile market (rollicking adventures with a thread of Christian faith woven in) as well as writing novels for adults in a genre you could call sort of suspense, adventure, and romance with a strong thread of faith in God—maybe we should call it the mixed genre? Lilly and husband Dave live in a sailboat and are continually on an adventure.

    Martin’s novels are Christian thrillers with that theme of faith woven throughout. His passion is to support the persecuted church world wide. A veteran journalist, his novels are set in Australia and other Southeast Asian countries. His Brother Half-Angel are real page turners…you keep needing to know what happens next!

    I have greatly enjoyed both of these authors; I think you will too!

    Blessings, Carol Brown

    P.S. You can find my books at www.fromgodsheart.com

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  • The Writing Art–a launch: Featuring author Lorilyn Roberts

    Lorilyn'sBKRegular readers of my old blogspot blog “connectwithcarolbrown” know that I am a member of a Christian writing community called John 3:16 Marketing Network. We are a group of authors who support each other’s work. This is a group of highly sensitive people who lean in hard to hear the heartbeat of God and express it in a myriad of ways. Today I’m featuring Lorilyn Roberts who founded the group. She is launching a new YA work. In her way she is shedding light in the darkness! Here is our interview:

    How does it feel to be launching your seventh book, Lorilyn?

    Launching a new book is scary and awesome all at the same time. I usually talk more about myself when I launch a book because readers love to learn about authors—e.g., when did you start writing, or ask questions about an off-the-wall topic that you’d probably never put in a blog post. So I selected a few questions for this interview I’ve not written about before.

    This week I am launching my new devotional book, “Am I Okay, God? Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension.” As part of the launch, visit http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and win some nice prizes. While there, you can purchase my book for only 99 cents (66 percent off the regular Kindle price), curl up with a cup of coffee, and be reading it within minutes.

    When did you first want to write? 

    I began writing when I could hold a pencil in my hand. I fact, I was writing before I could really write—in scribble. I would hand my mother a piece of paper and tell her to read it. She would admire my fake words and ask, “What does that say?” And I would read her my “special words” – often love notes. I have one story that I kept. I was eight when I wrote it.

    All through school, when other kids were complaining about term papers, I was already at the library researching, taking notes, and typing on an old manual typewriter. I loved it. Then I discovered poetry when I was eleven. I wrote parts of two books in high school.

    Recently, my 15-year-old took a careers test to see what her “bent” was. She hasn’t figured out what she really wants to do, but she asked me to take the assessment, too, just for fun.

    So here I am at 58, taking a test to see what I should do with the rest of my life. There were close to 200 questions on the assessment, and at the end, guess what it said I should be when I grow up?  An author! I laughed. If only. If only my life could have taken that course.

    But God is a God of redemption. We must let go of what wasn’t to allow God to give us what can be. As long as we are still breathing, God is not finished. If I make it to the ripe old age of 100 and I write a book a year, I can write 50 books (I’ve already written six).

    And if I don’t, I can focus on the process of writing and give myself one hundred percent to it when I’m not captioning, paying bills, raising my two beautiful daughters, or eating peanut butter and ice cream.

    I justify my strange addiction insisting it helps me to write at 3:00 am in the morning. Who wants to eat healthy then?

    You have the responsibility of a family. Do your children have an interest in writing?

    My children do not have an interest in writing although they are good writers. I’ll tell you a funny story.

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Jerry Jenkins. He was a new grandfather to a little boy his son and daughter-in-law had adopted from Thailand. As you know, I wrote a memoir about the international adoption of my two daughters, so I wanted to share my book with him. I told him up front I wasn’t looking for an endorsement or review. I just thought he would be blessed. 

    To make a long story short, he did read it and emailed me that if I was ever in his part of the country, he’d love to meet my daughters. As it turned out, we were going to be in Castle Rock, Colorado, later that summer for a family event, forty-five minutes from where he lived. He invited us for a visit while we were there.

    So my daughters (who were 13 and 21 at the time) and I drove out to his home/office in the country. Of course, I’d given my daughters the lecture that I wanted them to make a good impression and not embarrass me. Tell him you’ve read the Left behind Series (I had read several of the books to Joy when she was younger). What can go wrong, right?

    We walked up to the front door, knocked, and he came out to greet us. We were all starry-eyed, and then Jerry asked my older daughter, “So what did you think of your mother’s book about you?” Without missing a beat, Manisha says, “I didn’t read it.”

    Jerry looks at me—oops. What am I going to say? The truth is they don’t read my books. And I write YA.

    But we did have a wonderful visit, and Jerry and Manisha spent a lot of time talking about their favorite movies. She asked him what he thought of the Harry Potter Series (which she consumed— why can’t she attack my books like that?) and he said, “They’re brilliant.” I knew then they’d be friends for life.

    But one thing Jerry Jenkins said that struck me was this: He never compromised his family for his writing. And I feel like I have tried to do the same.

    I wrote my first book, “The Donkey and the King,” a children’s picture book, when Joy was 7. I became so obsessed with creating the story and embracing that writing passion that had been dormant, that afterwards, I felt guilty for the time it took me away from my children. After all, I’m a single mother.

    I decided not to write anymore until Joy was older. I waited four years, until she was 11, before I wrote my second book, “Children of Dreams,” the story of adopting my daughters, as well as the medical mystery of the older one. We were later featured on Animal Planet’s “Monsters Inside Me” in reference to Manisha’s neurocysticercosis.

    I have to admit, it was hard for me to delay my passion. I was afraid I would forget all the details from the adoptions, as it had already been over a decade since I had adopted Manisha. But God helped me to tell the story He wanted me to write.

    Now that Joy is fifteen going on eighteen, I have more freedom and don’t feel guilty for the time I spend writing. They have finally figured out, if they want to eat sometimes, they might have to go to the grocery store and cook a few meals. I’m preparing them for the real world, I tell them.

    This last week I gave them my credit card and they went to Publix together. I couldn’t believe they spent $300.  I discovered things in the grocery bag I didn’t know we needed, like mason jars.

    “What’s that for?” I asked Manisha. You’d be surprised at what mason jars can be used for.

    I confess I hadn’t shopped in a while. What’s a mom to do? I did get a lot of writing done while they went on their shopping spree buying things they thought we couldn’t live without.

    Manisha says all I want to do is eat ice cream and biscuits. (I sneak the peanut butter when they aren’t looking.) So now we have food to last a month—I hope.

    I am cutting back on captioning—but until I can support my family with writing, I won’t be giving up my day job any time soon. I am thankful, though, for the freedom and financial security television captioning has given me.

    Many stories behind the stories I’ve captioned will find their way into a book someday. A tease might go something like this: What sports has taught me about creative writing. Hopefully that piques your curiosity as it does mine. I’d like to read a book like that.

    I see you’ve done lots of traveling. Is it a personal journey or is it related to your writing?

    I don’t travel like I did before I adopted my daughters, but much of my writing goes back to my traveling days. Part of the reason is that my kids don’t want me writing about them – you wrote a whole book about us already, they say – so I don’t write parenting books. And when you think about it, when we raise kids, we are all doing the same sorts of mundane things, attending kids’ events and doing homework (or homeschooling like I did).

    As our children get older, we have more time to go back to our roots and re-explore some of what we missed or revisit some of the places we have been to and want to explore again. That’s what I like to do.

    I stay close to home now except for family vacations. I envision the day when I will be able to travel on speaking engagements and share my books. But until my daughters are either on their own or married, I don’t have the desire to scuba dive in the Red Sea or take a cruise on a live-aboard off the Great Barrier. Or ski in the Swiss Alps or be ordered to a safe room wearing a gas mask in Jerusalem. Yes, I did all those things. God has blessed me with many stories and I love to share them.

    How many books do you have in print? Is there a special one and why?

    I have six books in print and am finishing the rough draft of my seventh book. My favorite book is the one I’m writing at the time I’m asked or have just written. I suppose it’s because with each book, I learn more about writing and strive for each book to be better than the last. I hate to go back and read my earlier books. I’m the worst critic and find things that need to be fixed. So I enjoy the process of writing and marketing the newest published book the best, whichever book that happens to be.

    The book I’m writing now is the second book in my Seventh Dimension YA Fantasy Series, “The King.” I outline my novels and once I got about halfway through the first draft, I realized the book was going to be over 130,000 words. That’s too long. So I divided it into two books, “The King – Book Two,” and “The Castle – Book Three.”

    The premise behind the Seventh Dimension Series is there is a dimension called the seventh dimension where we all spend part of our lives. It’s a spiritual dimension that we visit – but instead of being just spiritual, I have made it physical.

    All realities exist at the same time, on a time line, and the spiritual reality of the protagonist in each book is determined by his or her background, goals, and issues that must be overcome. We have free will, but ultimately, we must choose.

    That is the fantasy element. Most of the plots in all the books take place or will take place in first century Israel, but the spiritual dimension intersects and forces the protagonist to choose between good and evil. Salvation through the king is the ultimate good in all the books.

    The books are presented as fantasy to avoid Christian legalese. I’m trying to reach the unchurched audience and secular Jews. The final book in the Seventh Dimension Series will be aimed at reaching YA Muslims. God is at work all over the world and I’m amazed at what is happening in the Middle East.

    My hope is for “The King – Book Two” to be released this summer.

    “Seventh Dimension – The Door,” the first book in the series, was a finalist for several book awards. My goal now is to write a novel that will do even better.

    Creating unusual plots is my favorite part of writing. And I’m insecure enough that I know I can’t write well without God’s hand throughout the process. Jesus was a masterful story-teller— and I’m thankful God has given me the passion to write from His storehouse of gifts. My dream is to do it fulltime—and why not dream? If we don’t have great dreams, God can’t answer us with great redemption.

    What advice would you give to writers to encourage them to continue on the journey if they find it too hard or hit a lot of roadblocks?

    A couple of thoughts come to mind. Take a break from writing and relax. Read some good books. Re-evaluate what you are writing. Taking a step back and relaxing will give you more perspective.

    If you are serious about writing a book, you have to finish it. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Writing a good book is not easy. Break down the process into small chunks: A sentence, a paragraph, a page, a chapter, and soon the words will develop into a full-length book.

    Set a realistic goal each day. Sometimes my goal is 100 words. A couple of days this last month I wrote about four thousand words. Some days I don’t write anything—partly because I haven’t set a goal.

    I always focus on the process and try to accomplish something that is realistic. If I don’t set a goal, I usually don’t get any writing done. There are just too many good things that will distract me and take up my time.

    Another suggestion would be to check out the John 3:16 Marketing Network. I lead this group of Christian authors who work together in a unique way to encourage and share information about writing and marketing.

    I find it less lonely to talk each day via a private forum with other authors about writing and marketing, especially at times when I get discouraged or need advice. There is always someone to bounce ideas off of, share information, and encourage me. Sometimes I might have a question and at other times I might have a marketing idea.

    I believe that by joining together to help each other, we all benefit, not only in marketing but mentally and emotionally. I know we have all saved time, money, and frustration by not repeating mistakes in marketing that others have made.

    I also enjoy seeing other Christian authors succeed. Maybe there is something I can learn from them. Or maybe there is something they can learn from me. In the end, we all benefit from the shared knowledge.

    When you consider all the creativity we have from authors all over the world, I feel like we have created a very special network. Encouragement to the mind is like prayer to the soul.

    If you are interested in joining the John 3:16 Marketing Network, you can learn more at: http://www.lorilynroberts.com/john_3_16_marketing_network.html

    If you would like to be added to my mailing list for the release of “The King – Book Two,” please visit http://LorilynRoberts.com and scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a square box to sign up for my newsletter.

    I would also like to offer you an opportunity to purchase “Seventh Dimension –The Door” for free on Smashwords. The link is: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/208413

    The Coupon Code is AZ34N           (The coupon is good until May 8, 2014)

    Thanks for letting me share my writing passion. And please stop by http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and get “Am I Okay, God? Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension” for only 99 cents.

    Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning Christian author who writes for the young and the young at heart. Lorilyn

    Her books, all available on Amazon, include the following:

    The Donkey and the King (ages 2-7)
    Seventh Dimension – The Door, Book One – a YA Christian Fantasy
    Seventh Dimension – The King – Book Two- a YA Christian Fantasy
    Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension 
    Food for Thought: Quick and Easy Recipes for Homeschooling Families 
    How to Launch a Best-Selling Christian Book 
    Taste and See Volumes One and Two (editor)
    Children of Dreams, An Adoption Memoir 

    Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 1991. Her studies included spending two weeks in Israel at the start of the Gulf War and touring England, Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe. She later attended the Institute of Children’s Literature and earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College.

    Lorilyn has two daughters whom she adopted from Nepal and Vietnam as a single mother. She homeschooled both of them, the older one through high school, and believes that the hope of the United States may rest on the conservative values homeschooling families instill in their offspring. 

    “If we fail to teach our children how to live out their Christian faith practically, we will have lost an opportunity to impact the world for good. It only takes one generation to forget the past. As JRR Tolkien said, ‘There is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.'”

    To learn more about Lorilyn, you can visit her website at http://LorilynRoberts.com and http://LorilynRoberts.blogspot.com

    Be sure to follower her on twitter at http://twitter.com/LorilynRoberts

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    If you would like to contact Lorilyn personally, you may reach her at AuthorLorilynRoberts@gmail.com

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    To purchase any of her books on Amazon, please go to: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002K8S2Y6

    Thank you, Lorilyn for joining us on the porch. And thank you for being a light in the darkness. And like you, I have found that my immediate family does not read my books either. It is quite a phenomenon. I think part of it is out of love–they don’t want to hurt us by not liking our writing and not reading it in the first place means they can have no opinion!

    I enjoyed your first novel, The Door – The Seventh Dimension. I am sure this one will be as good if not better, given your desire to keep improving your craft! I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Well that’s it for today. Click on over and get your copy of The King and join me on the porch for a good read!

    Blessings, Carol…shedding a little light!



  • December John 3:16 Marketing Network Book Launch! Introducing Katy Lee


    Katy Lee starts off our John 3:16 Marketing Network December book launch. Her book Warning Signs will take you inside the world of the deaf. You may never look at deafness and hearing impairment the same again.

    A Buy One Get One Sale of Katy Lee’s Books!

    In Katy Lee’s latest romantic-suspense story, WARNING SIGNS,
    her heroine, Miriam Hunter, is deaf. Owen, her hero, has some misconceptions of
    people with hearing impairments, but can Miriam change his way of thinking
    before she goes to jail? Or worse, killed?  WARNING SIGNS is the first
    story in Katy’s inspirational series that takes place on a fishing island in
    Maine.  Stop by the Island of Stepping Stones, where the lobster traps are
    always full and romance awaits even the hardest of hearts. 

    RT Book Reviews gave WARNING SIGNS 4 ½ Stars, making it a
    keeper. 

    “Miriam is a strong character who is not held back by
    what others may perceive as a weakness. Acceptance is a key theme as Lee
    dispels some misconceptions regarding people with hearing impairments.”
    ~RT Magazine

    Warning Signs
    GUILTY
    UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT: 
    When a
    drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen
    Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the
    town’s number one suspect—the high school’s new principal—doesn’t fit the
    profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment
    when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. But her recurring nightmares
    dredge up old memories that could prove her innocence—and uncover the truth
    behind a decades-old murder. Yet Owen’s help may not be enough when someone
    decides to keep Miriam silenced—permanently.

    To read an excerpt, please visit Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Warning-Signs-Love-Inspired-Suspense/dp/product-description/0373445598/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

    Katy Lee, Warning
    Signs at
    $4.61
    25 reviews, 5 stars
    Christian Inspirational/Suspense – adult audience.

    To purchase the WARNING SIGNS Kindle version, you can go
    to:  http://tinyurl.com/o446oqw

    B.O.G.O. Sale: If you purchase WARNING SIGNS between
    12/1/13 -12/16/13 from any retailer, contact Katy at her website at www.KatyLeeBooks.com for directions to
    claim your FREE ecopy of REAL VIRTUE. If you would like to see the details on
    REAL VIRTUE, go here: http://tinyurl.com/cxeo8ot
    But remember to contact Katy directly at her website to claim your ecopy!

    Meet The Author

    As an Inspirational Romantic Suspense author, Katy Lee
    writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. Through her writing,
    ministries, and teaching, she dedicates her life to sharing tales of love, from
    the “greatest love story ever told” to those sweet romantic stories of falling
    in love. Katy and her husband are born New Englanders and love to travel with
    their three adventuresome homeschooled children.  You can connect with
    Katy anytime at her website, www.KatyLeeBooks.com.
    There you will find links to Facebook and Twitter.  Please look her up!

     

    Bonus Giveaway: For a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift
    card, between December 1 and December 16, 2013, enter the John 3:16 Marketing
    Network Rafflecopter drawing at: http://bit.ly/Christian_Books
    You get a free entry just for stopping by!