Chase by Glenn Haggerty

Today we’d like to welcome author, Glenn Haggerty, to the Inspired Prompt blog. Glenn recently released Chase, the third book in the Intense Book series, and we want to know more…

Glad you could join us, Glenn! Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Glenn:  Once I was puzzling out a plot point and couldn’t make it work. When the brain fog descended, I called it a day, but since I was feeling like a couch potato too, I decided on a 30-minute workout on my stationary bike. I tried to forget the plot problem and just focus on the ride, but unexpectedly, ideas started popping up, and I suddenly had solutions. Now whenever I’m going for some serious creativity, I add a 30-minute bike ride to my schedule.

What is your book about?

Glenn:  In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Glenn: That’s a tough question for an author! I won’t spoil the wrap-up, but I can say that the dramatic and I think surprising resolution to the opening scene is probably my favorite. Another is the scene where the hero, Tyler, gets blindsided at school by the glamour clique. He’d had an embarrassing encounter with a certain girl and had no clue what can happen in middle school when those things go public. I guess I can relate to that sense of helplessness and humiliation when you are roasted for something dumb that you did.

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

Glenn: Yes, several. God doesn’t force people to do the right thing, so we can’t force anyone to do anything regarding matters of the heart. Bad company corrupts good morals. Sometimes you have to make tough choices about who to hang out with. On the other hand, using good judgment, consider giving someone another chance. If someone has broken your trust, you must forgive them, but then he or she should have to earn your trust back again. And, there is power in prayer, but God doesn’t always answer the way we might expect, sometimes it is yes, sometimes no, sometimes wait and sometimes another unexpected way.

Where can readers find you online?

Glenn:   Website 

Facebook 

Twitter

Amazon Author Page 

If you’ve read this far, I have an extra for you! You can get Escape, Intense Book 1 free in e-book format at:

Kindle Link

Nook and other epub 

Escape is a short, fast-paced introduction to the series and another great summer read.

Readers, Glenn has graciously offered to give one of you a free e-book of Chase. Please leave a comment to be entered…

Thanks, Glenn, for stopping by and telling us about your book!

Click to tweet:  Chase by Glenn Haggerty, Jr. “I write inspirational fiction with an edge. I want people to finish my stories saying, ‘Awesome book!’ and, ‘Yes. I can do this life thing too.'”   #amreading #YA


Chase

“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here:  https://books2read.com/u/3yZOW6


Glenn Haggerty writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven.

Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.

3 Questions Wednesday with Laura V. Hilton

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Laura V. Hilton to the Inspired Prompt. Laura has released a new Amish novel, Firestorm.

Good morning, Laura.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Laura: Quiet, bookish, imaginative.

I could use those three words also. Must be a writer thing 🙂

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

Laura: Montana. I’d love to research the Amish community there.

Sounds like an inspiring working vacation.

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

Laura: Oh heavens.  I don’t know.  Maybe “Who am I?” by Casting Crowns.

Wonderful choice. Casting Crowns is one of my favorite singing groups. We’re so glad you dropped by, Laura.

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Readers, Laura is graciously offering a giveaway of a copy of Firestorm, reader’s choice of format. Please leave a comment below to be entered.

Firestorm

Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

 

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Can Blogging and Fun Go Together?

By Jennifer Hallmark

Blogging enjoyable? I see y’all shaking your head right now. No way, no how. I’m part of several online and in-person writing groups and when blogging is mentioned, eyes roll and people shiver.

“I can’t think of enough to write about.”

“I forget when I get busy.”

“I don’t think it makes a difference.”

“No one reads my blog except my mom and Aunt Suzie.”

After several years of mindless and inconsistent journaling, I stopped. I dreaded blogging and what I wrote was rambling at best and confusing at times. It was time to go to God. After all, He created the people who invented blogging so maybe He could help me out.

I quit blogging and told Him about all my shortcomings, failures, and irregularities in my blogging world. Then I listened. It took some time but what finally came to mind was this: my blogging pointed to me. All about me. Me. Me. Me.

Oh.

He whispered in my soul about how others had helped me get my start in the craft, especially writers. I went to two of my critique group friends, Betty Thomason Owens and Christina Rich and laid out my heart. I wanted to give back to writers. How could I do this and would they like to be a part? They graciously agreed. Christina did the tech work, Betty edited, and I thought up ideas. 🙂

We brainstormed and decided on a blog that would spark the imagination through writing prompts. We would blog on various subjects—flowers, animals, sports, the Olympics—A plethora of topics with a writing prompt that might help someone who needed a little help. Our first post introducing our blog, Writing Prompts, Thoughts, & Ideas: Oh My! went live on April 28th, 2012.

Cue the crickets. We had a tiny following. We had contests for writing stories using our prompts and grew a tad. I went back to God. What were we doing wrong?

Nothing in the fundamentals.  But we could help writers even more by promoting them. Their books. Or blogs. And we wouldn’t worry whether theirs was a self-published book they wrote for their family or a best-seller. Our only stipulation: fairly clean reads.

Everyone did reviews and interviews so we came up with 3 Questions Wednesday. 3 simple questions and we’d promote the writer and whatever they wanted to promote. Our first guest was Jordyn Redwood. From there, the blog grew stronger. We had all types of guests from all writing levels and walks of life.

I started really having fun. I enjoyed meeting all the new people. We started adding bloggers and I met more neat writers. Books I never heard of before became part of my library. Writers and even publishers were coming to me, asking to be a guest on our blog.

We added Saturday interviews. We grew and by 2017, five years from the start, we were garnering shares, comments, and attention. Our blog morphed once more by honing in our focus on specific writers: Indie published and new to the writing world.

Now, please understand blogging is still hard work. At times, I wrestle with tech issues and want to throw my desktop in the yard. I grow tired and don’t always want to write my posts. I forget to do things on occasions.

But I’m having fun. I believe we’re making a difference.

My advice? Follow the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Take your eyes off yourself and be a blessing to others. Invite others to come along for the ride. You’ll make new friends. You could start to smile when you blog.

You might even have fun.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Ellen Fannon

 

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Ellen Fannon to the Inspired Prompt. Ellen has released a new book, Other People’s Children.

Good morning, Ellen.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ellen: Compassionate, generous, droll.

I like droll. 🙂 Next question . . .

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

Ellen: That’s easy.  It would most definitely be Israel. There is so much historical, geographical, political, archeological, and scientific information being unearthed daily in Israel, which only confirms the accuracy of our Bible. Having been privileged to visit Israel in 1998 and again two years ago, the Bible literally came alive for me and it gave me a much deeper understanding of the events recorded. Actually being in the same places where Biblical history occurred, along with a realization of the political climate, geography, etc. of the time made everything more personal and real.  And there are no words which can adequately express my feelings of being in the authentic places where Jesus stood over 2000 years ago.

Stunning views and Biblical history combine for a fantastic trip. Now for your last question.

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

Ellen: That question is a little tougher because there are so many good songs which would be appropriate. However, since I have to narrow it down to one, I chose “Blessings” by Laura Story. Not only do I love the musical score (which is important to me as a musician), but the words are so meaningful. How often do we pray to have everything our way, to have everything easy and comfortable in our lives? Yet how many times do we find blessings in the midst of trials, or blessings we would never have experienced if it weren’t for trials? Let’s face it, I don’t think any of us would deliberately pray for problems.  But God always knows what’s best for us, and it is through the fires in our lives that we are refined into more of what He wants us to be. I have heard it said that God never wastes a hurt. I have to cling to that promise and Romans 8:28 during times of difficulties.

 A lovely song. Thank you for dropping by, Ellen.

Click to Tweet: Ellen Fannon talks about her new book, Other People’s Children, today on Inspired Prompt @InspiredPrompt #interview #giveaway

Readers, Ellen is offering an e-book of Other’s Peoples Children to one person who leaves a comment!


 Other People’s Children

As a mid-thirties childless woman, Robin has all the answers on proper parenting. It doesn’t take long, however, for Robin to realize that her perfect parenting ideas and reality often collide—the result being an amusing journey of finding out that God, indeed, has a sense of humor. As she deals with the baggage, idiosyncrasies, unique personalities, and special gifts of each child who crosses her path, she finds that there is no “one-size fits all” to parenting.

In spite of the challenges she and her husband face, they are determined to become the children’s strongest advocates in a flawed system that often fails the very victims it is designed to protect. The journey is often heartbreaking and frustrating, but these foster parents are firmly resolved that for whatever time they have children in their care, the children will know they are safe, protected, and loved by God, as well as by their foster parents.

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Ellen Fannon has always had a keen interest in writing, starting at three years old when she would draw and tell herself the stories. As a child, she wrote many short stories, including a biography on John Glenn’s first space flight, when she was six years old. Some of her short stories were published in her high school’s literary magazine, Esprit, which she edited during her junior and senior years. Her writing took a hiatus while she got her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati in 1976, graduating summa cum laude, and later her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1980.

 In 1993, she returned to writing by originating and writing a pet care column for the local newspaper, The Playground Daily News. She wrote the column for six years until she and her husband were commissioned by the International Mission Board for a two year assignment in Southeast Asia and Oceania. While on the mission field, she often wrote and edited news releases concerning the persecution of Christians.

After the 2004 tsunami, she and her husband returned to the mission field for several weeks to work in disaster relief. During that time, she wrote a daily blog on their activities.  After returning from the mission field the second time, she and her husband went through the process of becoming certified foster parents, which they did for ten years, having cared for more than forty children and adopting one.

Her first novel Other People’s Children is a humorous, fictional account based on her and her husband’s experiences as foster parents, was released November 2017 by eLectio, a small, traditional Christian publishing company. Ellen is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, foster parent, pastor’s wife and church pianist. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida with her husband, son, and assorted pets.

Is God Real? Prove it! A Child’s Defense by Pam Antoun

Today we’d like to welcome author, Pam Antoun, to the Inspired Prompt blog and introduce her new book. After her daughter was confronted on the playground because she was Christian, Pam wrote a children’s book, Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense to help children defend their faith.

Glad you could join us, Pam! Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Pam:  For the past four years, my car has been my portable office as I chauffeur my daughters to and from school, martial arts and music lessons. There were many productive writing sessions in school car lines and during my daughters’ after school activities.

What is your book about?

Pam: How do you know God is real? Is it a mere feeling or a hope? Or is there something more you can point to that proves you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of a loving and majestic God?

In Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense, two middle grade children, Amanda and Josiah are confronted with this very challenge. Nine-year-old Gavin has a difficult past that fuels his cynical attitude toward God and church; he craves love, acceptance, and meaning, but he struggles with distrust. When he sees Amanda and Josiah excited about an upcoming church event, Gavin is shocked anyone can happily attend church or believe in God. As Amanda and Josiah answer Gavin, another quick witted schoolmate, Sophia, joins in questioning, and sees something different in Josiah and Amanda – a warmth and peace she desires for herself.

Both Gavin and Sophia believe they are fine living without God.  Can Amanda and Josiah stand their ground without shaking their faith in God? Even more, can they share their faith and help their friends embrace the good news?

What is your favorite part of the book?

Pam: The way children speak honestly and directly about what they believe, the obstacles many children face to establishing a relationship with God, and how children can help others overcome their obstacles. This book could be read individually and can also be used in discussion settings. It includes questions and answers for each chapter along with Bible references explaining the answer source.

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

Pam: 

  • God commands us to know the reason for our hope in Him and be prepared to explain it to others when asked. Over 70% of children are falling away from the Christian faith after entering high school and college. Children need to be equipped to defend their faith before entering high school.
  • God created us because He wants a loving relationship with us. The most important decision in life is whether we choose to establish a relationship with Him. The only way we can have a relationship with God is through Jesus Christ.
  • Certainty that God is real and increased confidence in speaking about why the reader is certain. God gives everyone clear evidence of His existence.

Where can readers find you online?

Pam: Here’s where you can connect with me on social media.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PamAntounAuthor

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/PamAntounAuthor

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-antoun-author

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PamAntounAuthor

Website: pamantoun.com (coming soon)

Click to tweet: Pam Antoun’s book asks: How do you know God is real? Is it a mere feeling or a hope? Or is there something more you can point to that proves you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of a loving and majestic God?  #amwriting #children


Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense

Gavin, with a difficult past, and Sophia’s quick witted curiosity challenge Amanda and Josiah’s faith in God. Can Amanda and Josiah stand their ground without shaking their faith?

“Is God Real? Prove It!”:

– answers tough questions about God

– defends the Christian faith

– helps establish a relationship with God

– encourages spiritual growth

– includes discussion and reflection questions.


Pam Antoun

Author/Editor/Teacher

Pam Antoun has over 20 years of experience teaching children in Sunday school and Bible camp environments. After her daughter was confronted on the playground because she was Christian, Pam wrote a children’s book, “Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense” to help children defend their faith. She strives to draw people closer to God and equip them to defend their faith. In addition to writing, she enjoys raising her daughters, swimming, trips to the beach, and painting.

Prior to starting a family, Pam worked extensively in software engineering, quality assurance, and process improvement.

Favorite Bible verse: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (New American Standard Bible)

Professional Affiliations: Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Word Weavers International, Toastmasters International

Education: Master of Science/Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science/Computer Science