3 Questions Wednesday ~ Sarah Van Diest

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome Sarah Van Diest to Inspired Prompt. Sarah’s new book is God In the Dark: 31 Devotions to Let the Light Back In. She wrote this book as letters to a dear friend whose life was turning upside down. Letters can be an amazing gift when you are hurting. I’m eager to learn more about Sarah. How about you?

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Good morning, Sarah.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Creative, compassionate and philosophical.

Someone who takes the time to write letters to hurting friends is definitely compassionate. 🙂

Philosophical: having a calm attitude toward a difficult or unpleasant situation. Next question . . .

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

A trip to Ireland would fill me. One of my favorite authors lived, worked and wrote there: John O’Donahue. I would love to see the places he wrote about in books like Conamara Blues and Beauty.

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Ireland is a beautiful place. Now for your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

“You Are My Hiding Place”

I fell in love with this song back in the 90s. It is still a great worship song. Readers, to hear “You Are My Hiding Place” click on the song title above.

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Readers, Sarah is offering a print copy of God In The Dark to one commenter.

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God In The Dark: 31 Devotions to Let the Light Back In

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When you are in the dark places of your life, Sarah Van Diest offers a companion for the path you are walking. You will find a voice of comfort and truth to call you back to the light, to help you see that you are never alone, never too far gone, and never unloved. This collection of 31 devotions doesn’t minimize the reality of your struggles, but rather points you to where God is—walking right alongside you. Receive this hope in the pain, God in the Dark.

To find out more about the book visit God In The Dark


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Sarah Van Diest is a writer and editor. She’s the mother of two boys, stepmother to three more, and wife to David. Sarah wrote this book as letters to a dear friend whose life was turning upside down. She’s done this for years for numerous friends and will continue to, Lord willing. It’s her gift to them. It’s hope written down.

 

3 Questions with Cynthia Roemer

 

IMG_3623This morning we welcome author Cynthia Roemer.  Readers, be sure to leave Cynthia a comment for a chance to win a  copy of her book Under Prairie Skies. Good morning, Cynthia.

Describe yourself in 3 words: 

Cynthia: Faithful, Quiet, Outdoorsy

I love the outdoors too.

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Cynthia: Well, since I write historical fiction, rather than be sent somewhere, I would wish to be transported into the past. It would be so wonderful to take a trip back to the 1850’s to experience life as it was during the setting of my novels. And just think how much time I would save in research. LOL!

LOL! That would be a fantastic trip.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Cynthia: I would have to say, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from the animated version of Cinderella. Since I was a teenager I dreamed of being a published novelist. It’s been a long journey, but the Lord is faithful. Though it took thirty years, He allowed the dream in my heart to come to fruition. For that I’m truly grateful and give Him the praise!

I agree, Cynthia. God is truly faithful. Thank you for joining us on Inspired Prompt and allowing us to know you better.

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UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES

~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~

Book Cover ~ Under Prairie Skies (Final)Illinois prairie ~1855

Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

AUTHOR BIO: 

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.

Contact Info:

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Website:  http://cynthiaroemer.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com@cynthiaroemer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCynthiaRoemer/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16785237.Cynthia_Roemer

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Springtime and Winners

Spring has arrived! Well, it’s still chilly here and there’s snow in other parts of the country but it’s supposed to be spring. :) Here, at the new Inspired Prompt Blog, we have more winners…

Kimberly Rose Johnson offered an e-copy of The Reluctant Groom to one blessed commenter. Its been won by Kathy Houser. Congrats!

Caryl Kane has been picked to win a print copy of Carrie Turansky‘s latest novel, Across the Blue.  Congratulations!

Readers, Dee Dee Chumley is giving an e-book of Some Form of Grace to Rory Lemond 

THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner!

3 Questions Wednesday with Eva Marie Everson

Happy Wednesday! I’m excited to introduce Eva Marie Everson, bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction.  Good morning, Eva.

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Can you describe yourself in three words? 

Hard-working, Loyal, Seeking.

Sounds like an author to me. Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Ireland (to trace my Irish roots) … with a side trip to Scotland (to trace my Scottish roots and to see the places I wrote about in The Final Race).

Ireland and Scotland, a trip of a lifetime! Here’s your last question, Eva. I can’t wait to hear your answer. 🙂

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If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

That’s Life, by Frank Sinatra 🙂

A perfect description of life! Love it. Eva, thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to join us on Inspired Prompt.

 

Readers, Eva is offering a print copy of The Final Race to one commenter. U.S. addresses only

 

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978-1-4964-1994-1On July 19, 1924, Eric Liddell was on top of the world.
He was the most famous Briton at the time, having just won the gold in the Olympic 400-meter race. The story of that race—and the one he didn’t run—was told in the popular movie classic Chariots of Fire.

But what most of us don’t know is what became of Eric Liddell in the years after the credits rolled. As the storm clouds of World War II rolled in, Eric had already made decisions in his life that gave him the resilience to stand tall while others fell into despair. His strength of character led him to choose an uncertain future in China during World War II in order to continue helping the Chinese. He lived purposefully even as his world crumbled and he experienced the horror and deprivations of a Japanese internment camp.

Eric’s story is a story of hope in the face of uncertainty, resilience in the face of unspeakable odds, and inspiring vision of what life means, even when the final hour comes.

The first race you run isn’t your most important one. It’s the final race that matters most.

You won’t want to miss this story of an Olympian who chose the better way.


Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson is the bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She served as the contributing author for The Final Race: The Story of Eric Liddell, her most recent work. Eva Marie is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and the managing editor of Firefly Southern Fiction. She is a popular speaker at conferences and churches and, in her rare spare moments, enjoys walking, hiking, reading, and knitting. A wife, a mother, and a grandmother, she is owned by one very spoiled dog. FMI: EvaMarieEversonAUTHOR.com


 

3 Questions Wednesday with Dee Dee Chumley

Good morning and happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to have author Dee Dee Chumley with me this morning. Let’s get started.

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Dee Dee Chumley

Good morning Dee Dee. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Curious, contemplative, indecisive.

I think contemplative a wonderful trait for authors.

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

 

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I’m afraid this answer will make me sound rather dull. While there are many exotic destinations I would love to visit—Alaska or Australia—if the trip is for writing research, I wouldn’t need to venture far. My preferred genre, both to read and write, is contemporary women’s fiction, and my settings are generally places I’m familiar with. That said, I’m always open to “researching” new ways to grow in my writing, so an expense-paid conference would thrill me. I recently learned of the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference near Santa Cruz, California. Workshops presented by successful writers, small-group mentoring, manuscript reviews—all this while surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. What more could a writer want?

Dee Dee, you could never be boring. It sounds like an exciting trip. Now for the next question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Had a hard time choosing between these two. (See third word in above description.) I love Chris Rice’s rendition of “Untitled Hymn” as I think it gives an accurate description of every Christian’s journey. But while writing Some Form of Grace, I began closely considering the concept of grace and realizing how blessed I am to be a recipient of such an extraordinary gift. So my final answer is … “Grace Flows Down.” If you look for it on YouTube, the Sandi Patty version is my favorite.

I love the song. Sandy Patty is a favorite. Readers, you can listen to the song by clicking on the title.

Dee Dee, thank you for joining us this morning. It has been a pleasure talking with you.

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Some Form of Grace

full book coverAngry loner Gracene has just stepped out of the prison gates and already she’s pulling another con job: She’s moving to Transformation Place. The apartment complex offers free rent and a re-entry program for ex-offenders. But there’s a catch. The apartments and the program are for Christians, something Gracene knows she can never be. A dark secret has convinced her she is beyond forgiveness.

Faking her faith works for a while. She finds a good job with an understanding boss, and for the first time in her twenty-eight years, she has true friends. Even romance seems a possibility. At long last her life is headed in the right direction. But when a creeper from the past slithers back into her life, can Gracene’s pretend faith save her from a U-turn?


headshot 3Dee Dee Chumley has received numerous awards for her short stories, essays, and poems, and in 2012 her debut novel Beyond the Farthest Star won Best Juvenile Book from the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling across the US with her husband Bill to visit friends and family, volunteering at her church, or relaxing on her front porch in Oklahoma. She is a member of OWFI and ACFW. Please connect with her at www.deedeechumley.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deedeechumley, or on Twitter @dee_chumley.