Abide With Me by Shellie Arnold

Today we’d like to welcome author, Shellie Arnold, to the blog. Her latest book in The Barn Church series, Abide With Me, is a great Southern fiction read. But I’ll let her tell you a little more about herself and her book..

Glad you could join us, Shellie. Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Shellie: For many years I struggled to write anywhere except at home in my office, when my family was gone. I think my “mommy” brain simply wouldn’t let me concentrate except under those conditions. Then I trained myself to use music as a device to create my writing “environment.” Now, I have a sort of Pavlovian reflex to a few different soundtracks—not kidding. A couple of worship albums, the soundtrack from the movie Solaris, and Islands: Essential Einaudi CD by Ludovico Einaudi. (I love Einaudi’s piano music) With my earbuds in, I can write almost anywhere. 🙂 I always start with worship music to get my heart and mind and spirit in the right place, then usually switch after about twenty minutes.

What are your books about?

Shellie: I write and speak about marriage issues. My passion is sharing everything I’ve learned the hard way about marriage. I want to support and give hope to marriages. My novels are about the “perfect storms” in marriage: what happens when my weaknesses hit yours head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged.

Abide With Me is the third novel in my Barn Church series. Books one and two are: The Spindle Chair and Sticks and Stones. For this series, I created a fictional town in southern Alabama. In this small town is a church that’s a renovated barn. Each book in the series looks at a different marriage within that church body. I focus on one problem that can be present in a marriage—always an issue I’ve encountered or am still facing—and go deep into why the couple is where they are, and what God is trying to do in them and in their marriage.

Abide With Me is the story of Angelina and Nicholas Rousseau. They’ve been married ten years, they’re both believers, and their marriage is a disaster. Using both points of view, I look at what brought them to this place of unhappiness and discontentment.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Shellie: That’s a tough question! My favorite part of this book…well, without giving away the storyline, I think I have two favorite parts. The first would be the opening scene when Angelina attends a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas. Her heart and emotions have been so suppressed, so controlled, she’s unable to handle so much “happy” around her, even though she’s happy for her friend, the bride. Angie even stuns herself with her reaction, and I really like that image—the idea a wife’s yearnings are such a powerful force.

My second (and equally) favorite part would be when Nicholas is in jail, waiting in an interview room to speak again with his attorney, and he’s just seen Angelina for the first time in months. I take him to a really low place. He “hits bottom,” if you will, which is sometimes what it takes to get our attention, isn’t it? I really enjoyed writing how he begins to see not only the condition of his marriage, but what he contributed to its dysfunction.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Shellie: Yes! Honestly, I thought this book would be first in the series, but God had other ideas. Abide With Me is the message of my heart, the message I wish I could say to every marriage. That every time we say no to God, we’re saying no to our mate and our marriage. That’s a tough truth. One God has been teaching me for almost thirty-two years now. But I think it’s the bottom line, the litmus test for every action and decision in marriage: Is my behavior righteous? Am I doing what God wants me to do?

In our everyday lives, I think it’s easy to overlook our mate, or demand our own way, to withhold forgiveness, to hold a grudge—even without realizing. I wanted to highlight how easy that is to do, and what the consequences would ultimately be for two people who were extremely in love when they married, but ten years later have almost nothing to show for their marriage. I also wanted to show how God can redeem that marriage, or any marriage. I truly believe God can redeem, heal, and restore anything—I’m living proof of that. I believe any marriage can thrive when both parties listen to God.

Where can readers find you online?

Shellie: My web site: www.shelliearnold.com (find my blog, FREE e-cards gallery, sign up for my newsletter, view my events page, and learn of new products and teachings soon to be available on DVD)

Find me: Facebook, Your Marriage Resources, Twitter, Youtube: Your Marriage resources, Pinterest,

Link to purchase on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yad6j9ak


Abide With Me

After ten years of marriage to the only man she’s ever loved, why is Angelina so unhappy?

Angelina Rousseau pours all her emotions into her paintings. When she meets a handsome stranger at a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas, she believes she’s discovered why she’s so lonely—she simply married the wrong man. 

Nicholas Rousseau is a highly successful industrial engineer and has the Midas touch with his investments. Only in his marriage is he a failure. 

When Nick is arrested for real estate fraud, Angelina is as uncertain of his innocence as she is certain she should end their marriage. But the authorities believe Angelina is as guilty as Nick. To protect her own future, she must return to the opulent home she abandoned and sell her cherished possessions to finance Nick’s defense. Nick desires to reconnect with his estranged wife, but examining their emotionally bankrupt marriage proves more difficult than he imagined. And, even if they discover what went wrong between them, Nick could still spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Could “having it all” cost Nick and Angie more than they ever imagined? 


Shellie Arnold is a writer and speaker on marriage and family. She truly believes—despite baggage, neglect, or mistakes—if a husband and wife listen to God, they can live happily even after. Her passion is sharing how God is helping her do exactly that. She maintains a blog at www.shelliearnold.com and is the founder of YOUR MARRIAGE resources. Shellie is a mother of three and has home schooled for over twenty years. She lives in Ohio with her husband of thirty-one years.

Storms in Serenity Interview with Fay Lamb

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have our very own Fay Lamb with me this morning. Fay is talking about the writing process and her new book, Storms in Serenity. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Is worry a ritual? Only kidding. I have a ritual of reading my work over and editing it as I go forward. As I read the earlier chapters, I am able to layer in details that have occurred later in the story.

What is Storms in Serenity about?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years with one island in its path.

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when the sons of a ruthless man from David’s past arrive in town, he realizes God is about to open the lid on the truth. Soon after, David gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime. Then the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, and he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only One who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

Sounds interesting! What is your favorite part of the book?

That’s a hard question for me to answer. I’ve been writing the story for forty years, and the characters are such a part of me, but I feel that my favorite moment in the story is when the reader learns the truth about John Ryan. He is one of my favorite heroes because he’s just not that perfect—or is he? And that’s all that I’m going to say.

You have my attention. LOL. Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

The story is a modern-day retelling of the aftermath of King David’s sin involving Bathsheba. David has always been such a hero to me, a flawed hero, but nonetheless, he was a brave man in battle. He seemed to get into trouble when left to his own devices. As I studied that fact about this awesome king and as I wrote the contemporary novel, I realized that the truth was the same then as it is now: sexual sins are not private sins. We tend to think that what we do in private affects no one. God opened my eyes to how much all sexual sins can touch the lives of even the most innocent, and that’s what I hope the reader will see play out in the pages of Storms in Serenity.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

All over the place. Here are some ways to connect with me, and I always welcome the connection to readers and friends. You can find me on my personal Facebook page, my Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. I’m also active on Twitter. And I have some blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

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Fay Lamb is an author, an acquisition editor, and a freelance editor. She also loves to teach workshops for fiction writers.

The last novel, Frozen Notes, in her Amazing Grace romantic suspense series released in September. The series also includes Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken.

Fay’s popular The Ties that Bind romantic series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Readers are anxiously awaiting the fourth novel in the series, Delilah, which will be released in mid-2018.

Her adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Fay’s third series contracted with Write Integrity Press is entitled Serenity Key, and the first novel, Storms in Serenity, released in March, 2018.

The Confession of Tobias Tucker by Sherri Stone

Sherri's pictureGood morning, readers. Today, we’re excited to welcome Sherri Stone, author of The Confession of Tobias Tucker.

Hello, Sherri. Here’s your first question.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Well you can chalk this up to just the tiniest little bit of OCD, but I have a hard time writing if my work area is messy, so I will usually straighten and organize just on and around my desk before I can focus on writing. It’s a double-edged sword, though. While it keeps my office organized and neat, it can also become an excuse for not writing. A more fun thing for me is that I keep a small drawer in my desk filled with Dove dark chocolate with almonds. Chocolate is this writer’s best friend and motivator. Write 500 words, eat a piece of chocolate.

I like this plan! Now, where did I put that chocolate?  🙂 Now…

What is the book about?

This book is Grace’s story. Before she was born, her father broke with his family over something terrible. It was so bad that he never spoke of it, even to her mother. Now her parents are gone and her grandfather (whom she has never met) asks her to visit him and help him make this terrible secret right again. The secret is much worse than she ever imagined and murder and kidnapping await her. Of course, the Sheriff becomes an unwilling ally, and they have more in common than they know. She goes from being a suspect in a double murder to a loose end that someone is trying hard to tie up.

Wow. Sounds like a stay-up-all-night story. So tell us…

What is your favorite part of the book?

There are a couple of places in the book that I really love, one of which is when Grace encounters an intruder in her home. She’s a tough chick and I love that about her.

Gotta love a strong female protagonist. No wimps here. 🙂

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Not everyone is born into an Ozzie and Harriet kind of family. As my husband says, some of us are more Ozzie and Sharon. Grace struggles with the terrible past of her family and wonders how she can possibly ever make up for it and make amends. Through the story she begins to learn that while she is not responsible for her family’s legacy, she does have a chance to change that legacy and begin a new one for her generation and those to follow. I would like for readers to get a sense of that in their own lives, that whatever has gone before, God is the God of healing, restoration, and making all things new. Sometimes we need to be set free from our past, and I’d like for readers to know that the very act of being set free is a testimony to what God can do – no matter how bad we think our past is.

That is a much-needed message in today’s world, Sherri.

Where can readers find you on line?

My website/blog is sherristone.net. I’m also on Facebook at facebook.com/sherrilynnestone.

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The Confession of Tobias Tucker

Tobias cover

Grace Tucker’s father took a dark secret to his grave. Now the grandfather she’s never met reaches out to her for help. He’ll tell her the secret – if she promises to help him make things right. It’s a temptation she can’t refuse, but before the sun sets on her first day there, heart-stopping revelations and murder turn her visit into a nightmare. Everyone, including the Sheriff, thinks she’s after her grandfather’s money. Worse, she doesn’t know the secret, but someone out there isn’t taking any chances. They’re determined to bury the secret once and for all, and Grace along with it. With her life and sanity on the line, the wise, old saying comes back to haunt her with a twist: be careful what you wish for, it just might get you.


 

Sherri's pictureSherri has been a social worker for twenty-five years in the fields of mental health, hospice, and now home health. She and her husband, Jeff, are working on their house, a never-ending project, and busy being the keepers of a very naughty terrier named Riley.  They live in the panhandle of Florida which is not nearly as warm as it should be at the moment. Looking forward to spring!!


 

Missing Us by Traci Wooden-Carlisle

I’m so happy to welcome back author, Traci Wooden-Carlisle, to our blog. Traci teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the third book in her Christian-fiction romance series. So what else is she up to these days? Promoting her new novel, Missing Us, which releases on December 7th…

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Traci:   I have been writing since I was 8 years old. It was soon after I was misdiagnosed with a reading disorder. I like to think of it as a setup from God. I was sent to an after-school reading program for two years. When I was tested at the end of those years I was in the third grade, reading at the ninth-grade level. Unfortunately, I was still having a hard time in class. After one in-depth teacher’s conference my parents realized the problem was with my eyes. One pair of glasses later, I was reading everything I could get my hands on.  When I ran out of books between trips to the library I would make up my own stories.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Traci: I write mostly Christian fiction romance. Some are contemporary, and some are suspense. I am a hopeful romantic. I enjoy a humorous or explosive ‘meet cute’, a middle full of angst, and a fought for happy ending. I love a happy ending. Though it may take a moment to get there in my series the most important point is that my characters do get there.

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Traci:  I usually see where an idea takes me. I love the anticipation and I can’t keep a secret when I’m writing. I want to tell it right away, which makes suspense impossible.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Traci: I used to think it was meeting time deadlines, though that is challenging, the hardest thing for me is not going over the maximum word limits placed on me when I work with other authors. I think the more I write, the better I will be at meeting certain limits while presenting readers with a great story.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Traci: I will still write books, but I believe I will also empower women to regain confidence and control of their lives after dealing with abuse. I’ve addressed certain forms of abuse in my books, which has allowed me to have in-depth discussions at some of my readings and signings. It has evolved from a writing ministry to one of writing and interaction.

Wow. That sounds like something much needed in our world today. Thanks for dropping by, Traci!

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Missing Us (A Chandler County Novel)

Dr. Atherton Nathan, Terry, never imagined that the pact he made four decades ago would cost him what he treasured most – his family. Though he survived the slow disintegration of his marriage, he held fast to the hope that he could win back the only woman he ever loved.

His youngest daughter now has a life and love he has always wanted for her and their relationship has healed enough for her to allow him to give her away during her wedding.  He hopes the weeks he will spend in Chandler County to ensure her transition from her life and career in Chicago to Chandlerville before the nuptials will be enough to convince his wife…ex-wife of his love for her and hers for him.

Reina Fellows Nathan can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Her youngest daughter’s life is out of danger and Shauna is carving out her own path towards happiness. All Reina has to do is get through the weeks it will take to help her daughter plan her wedding and avoid her ex-husband. He nearly destroyed her once and despite some of the changes he’s recently made she dare not trust her heart to him.

Each day brings new challenges that work against her resolve to remain unaffected by her ex- husband’s attempts to court her again, but secrets, lies and a long-held pact that comes to light may make it impossible for a true reconciliation.

Links for book:

Amazon: http://tiny.cc/tawmissingus

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/bnmissingus

Kobo: http://tiny.cc/kobomissingus


Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God.  Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband. She teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the third book in her Christian-fiction romance series.

Amazon Author Page – https://goo.gl/mpD2YX

Bookbub – https://goo.gl/WMGebX

website: www.tawcarlisle.com

www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548758.Traci_Wooden_Carlisle

www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle

www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle

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The Wisdom Tree by Lisa Worthey Smith

I’m so happy to welcome one of my Alabama friends, Lisa Worthey Smith, to our blog. Lisa finds truths in everyday events and nature itself and uses those truths to show a patternplan, and purpose intentionally designed by the loving hand of The Creator.

Hello, Lisa! Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Lisa:  I’m a simple Southern girl, who would rather be outside than inside any day of the week! I relished my time as a full-time mom then transitioned into the corporate workplace for a number of years, then taught high school students at a small Christian school.

Then when my health would no longer allow me to work at all, God sent a hummingbird to teach me about suffering. Yep, a real hummingbird who I named Oscar. The story was so unique people often asked me to write it down, so I did. Oscar the Extraordinary Hummingbird was published in 2015.

God used that story to guide me into this phase where I minister by writing and speaking occasionally. After a recent speaking engagement, several kind people requested I publish that story, and The Wisdom Tree was put into book form October 2017.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Lisa: I intended to write non-fiction, Christian inspirational (like Oscar). “I just don’t have the creativity to write fiction.” Then God gave me the fictional story of The Wisdom Tree. (Hint- Don’t tell God what you can’t do. God has a sense of humor and might just change your course!)

Both have Bible studies included which is where my heart lies. My mission is to draw people to the Word, to point them to the hand of God all around us and create an eagerness to learn more about Him.

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Lisa:  Some of both. My short stories tell themselves, then I go back and block in chapters and outlines. If I ever write a novel length piece, I’m sure it will start with an outline.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Lisa:  Finding a way to say “the end.” I know readers want a satisfying conclusion, but I enjoy the stories so much that it is hard to stop! I tell myself if I don’t finish, I won’t be able to share – so I make myself cross the finish line in order to be able to share them with you!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Lisa:  Tippy tapping on the keyboard for His kingdom as long as He desires, and there is life within me!

Thanks, Lisa, for dropping by! Sounds like a good book…

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 The Wisdom Tree

An ordinary tree, in an extraordinary place, in an extraordinary time, being prepared for an extraordinary event. If you listen closely to the trees in the Garden of Gethsemane, you might hear this story of a little olive tree named Sprout, and how he came to be known as The Wisdom Tree.

Often compared to the writing style of Max Lucado, this parable includes a Study Guide with the most basic and important questions in Christianity and provides the biblical answers for each.

Simple enough for middle readers, and yet adults who are acquainted with the New Testament love to hear the familiar story told from a unique perspective.

Suitable for book clubs, Bible study groups, homeschool, and personal growth.


 A long-time Bible student with a passion to help people grasp the depths of God’s love, Lisa Worthey Smith has been called “the parable teacher”. Using stories of everyday life and Creation, she weaves gentle stories of inspiration, hope, and love with the common theme of seeing the hand of God at work.

She and her husband live in northern Alabama where she spends time in her yard which includes a hummingbird garden and of course, an olive tree.

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Website –  www.BibleStudy101.net

Blog – www.LifeInMyFathersWorld.blogspot.com