3 Questions Wednesday with Sara L. Foust

Happy Wednesday! Sara Foust is filling our last interview of the year and we are excited to introduce her debut novel, Callum’s Compass. Her novel won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest…

So, without further ado, Sara, here’s your first question:

What inspires you?

Sara:  My faith. My family. Nature.

A good trio to pull inspiration from. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Sara:  Evergreen. It reminds me of the greenery on the mountains of East TN. And it is steady, a strong color. I hope I am strong too.

A great choice! Just the name evokes a strong foundation lasting into eternity. Last question: 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sara:   I went through a lot of careers. I think the first was a veterinarian. But by second grade, I wanted to be an author. I drifted from being an author as I grew because it seemed so impossibly hard and scary. I am very thankful that God has allowed me to return to my truest passion.

That’s wonderful! God knows the desires of our heart. Thanks so much for dropping by, Sara.

Click to tweet:  Check out Sara L. Foust and her debut novel, Callum’s Compass. @InspiredPrompt #Tennessee #fiction

Sara is graciously offering a giveaway of her book, Callum’s Compass. E-book or paperback. (Paperback available only to residents within the U.S.) Make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win…


Callum’s Compass

 KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.

RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.

With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?

Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.


Sara L. Foust writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and is a member of ACFW and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest.

Sara also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Gain access to a FREE digital scrapbook detailing some real-life places from Callum’s Compass by signing up for her newsletter: www.saralfoust.com.


Christmas in Our Hearts

by Betty Owens

The wonderful thing about Christmas is…it’s the only one. (Adapted from the Tigger song).

Yes, there’s only one Christmas, and it comes once a year. I hear some of you shouting, “hallelujah!”

For many of us, the hectic Christmas season can be overwhelming, especially lately, when it seems to last the entire final quarter of the year. However, it’s still a magical, joyous time.

Christmas is one of those seasons that’s new every year–no matter how many traditions you carry over from previous years, there’s always something that’s new and precious.I tend to associate memories with sounds and aromas. Sounds, like the bells of a nearby church tolling seasonal tunes, send me back to my childhood home in San Diego, near the mission at Balboa. Aromas, like molasses cookies baking in the oven, mixed with the fresh scent of pine from the Christmas tree remind me of home. With the visual of old-fashioned Christmas bulbs reflected off shiny glass ornaments—I can almost hear the crackle of excitement in the air, as memories come rushing in.

I didn’t grow up in an overly religious home, so I didn’t always associate Christmas with church services and worship. But, we sang the beautiful carols and hymns I came to love and cherish. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, are a few of my favorites.

As a young teen, after I accepted a friend’s invitation to join her church’s Christmas choir, I was hooked. Something began to change in my heart, making room for the Savior, and the story of His birth.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.~John 1:14 NIV

Christmas took on a new and special meaning, so much deeper and more satisfying than the beloved fairy tale story of St. Nicholas. [Click to tweet]

We’ve had some wonderful posts this December, as our crew members have shared their hearts and warmed ours with beautiful moments, and priceless memories. Taken as a whole, these messages combine to relate the true meaning behind Christmas, and confirm our beliefs in the One born on that first Christmas Eve. I’ve linked them here, if you’d like to re-read them.

December: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Micki Clark’s Christmas Traditions

A Glimpse of Christ

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas; The Reason for the Season

‘Twas the Night before Christmas

What Christmas Means to Me

Now, it’s your turn. What’s your all-time favorite Christmas memory or tradition? What sets your heart aglow as the day approaches? We welcome you to join the conversation. You’re the reason we write, and we love to hear from you.

From our homes to yours, may you have a wonderful, blessed holiday season!

The Writing Prompts Crew

3 Questions Wednesday with Suzy Parish

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Suzy Parish discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. Way to go, Suzy! So, with that in mind, let’s see how she answers our 3 questions.

Question: What inspires you?

Suzy:  Reading stories of hope and triumph over life’s trials. That inspired the tagline “Hope blooms in unexpected places.” True heroes inspire the heroes in my fiction.

Hope and heroes just go together somehow 🙂

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Suzy:  Forest Green. It’s been my favorite color since I was a little girl. I love nature, and the color green reminds me of life and resurrection.

Good choice. Green is definitely a color of life and rebirth.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Suzy: I was full of questions as a child. That untamed curiosity led me to investigate a wide range of professions, including a veterinarian, Bible translator, writer, and artist. I believe that character trait helped me become a better researcher. But I never really had a single occupation in mind. If asked, I would have said all of them.

Curiosity is a must in a writer. Thank you, Suzy,  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Readers, here’s more about Suzy and her books–


Suzy Parish is an author at Pelican Book Group. Suzy wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Her novel, Flowers from Afghanistan was a semi-finalist in the Genesis contest for 2013. Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. Suzy currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, Chet. Her tennis-ball addicted dog Charlie keeps her life filled with daily mayhem.

Suzy’s debut novel, Flowers from Afghanistan will be released in 2018.

Click to Tweet: Find out how author Suzy Parish answered our 3 Questions! #military #fiction


 Flowers From Afghanistan

Weighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain.

As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for?

With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all. Save

Grand Prize Winners of Our Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway III


Wow. Christmas is truly just around the corner. I still have shopping to do, blog posts to write, and cookies to bake. Not to mention parties to attend and family get-togethers, well, to get together. But let’s take a moment to pause and let y’all know who won our Once Upon A Christmas Giveaway III.

 

Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway

We offered three sets of prizes for our grand prize winners.

First giveaway prize package – $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, Books Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women (hardback) and The Reason by William Sirls (paperback)

Second giveaway prize package– $25 Starbucks gift card, Books The Tilting Leaves of Autumn by Robin E. Mason (signed paperback) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game (paperback)

Third giveaway prize package – $25 Subway gift card, jewelry, Books A Perfect Fit by Karen Jurgens (ebook) and The Whisper of the Palms by Harriet E. Michael (paperback)

Now the moment you are all waiting for:

drum rollWe are happy to announce three big winners:

(1)First giveaway- Laura Zimmerman

(2)Second giveaway-Sonnetta Jones

(3)Third giveaway-Sum Dietzel

Congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be getting in touch with you soon so we can send those gifts to you. A big thank you to everyone that entered. It was by far our best contest yet…

Stay tuned to all the big changes ahead in 2018…And don’t forget our weekly 3 Questions Wednesday interviews.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Harriet E. Michael

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

As one of our contributors, Harriet Michael provides insightful posts, revealing her background in writing devotionals. But how will she answer our three questions? Read on–

What inspires you?

Harriet:  So many things inspire me—a good book, an encouraging speech, a great song, nature. But I think most of all, I am inspired by people who have overcome obstacles in their lives. I know many such people, some are even family members. Their stories of making it through tough times or overcoming tragedy, handicaps, hardships, trauma, or struggles both outward and inward and going on to become active, functioning people who contribute to society really uplifts me. It also makes me question what am I (who has overcome far less) contributing to the world around me?

Thought-provoking answer, Harriet. It’s as though you see past the surface into the hearts of those around you. Empathy like that is a true gift.

So, you’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Harriet:  Yellow. As a child and through my teenage and early adult years I would have told you pink or rose because these are the colors I liked in clothes. These days even my clothing choices have changed, and I go for the brighter colors. But I never wear yellow. It looks awful on me, frankly. It makes my olive complexion turn a bit sallow. And yet, I have learned that it’s my favorite color. Yellow makes me feel sunny and warm. I use variations of it on my walls at home. It’s funny, I can walk into two rooms that are nearly the same color—a neutral off white—and tell immediately if it’s a gray-based white, which sort of calms me but also bothers me a little, almost making me feel sad, or if it’s a yellow-based white, which lifts my spirits and makes me feel happy.

Yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and imagination. What a great color for you, even if you can’t actually wear it. 🙂

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Harriet: I wanted to be a teacher. I used to play school all the time. I sat my stuffed animals and dolls in rows and stood in front of them writing things on my imaginary chalk board. I did not become a teacher, though.

I come from a medical family—my dad’s a doctor, my mother and both sisters are nurses. I worked in the hospital as a nurses’ aid the summer after high school, because it was an easy job to get with my connections. I liked it and decided to major in nursing. I worked as a nurse for several years but stopped when my youngest was born over 20 years ago and stayed home with him. When he was in kindergarten, I wanted to work part-time again, and applied to substitute teach at his Christian school. I have been doing that ever since and I love it! When I started writing a little less than 10 years ago, I discovered what I really love! So, these days I work a couple days a week in the classroom and write the other days and I’m as happy as a clam. I have finally discovered what I really want to be!

Well, you eventually got back to what you wanted to be as a child, and you have time to devote to writing. Happiness in your vocation is priceless!

Click to Tweet: Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet Michael is a writer, gardener, and substitute teacher, but how will she answer our 3 questions? #InspiredPrompt #interview


Readers–If this book seems familiar, it’s because the co-author,  Shirley Crowder, was interviewed here last Wednesday.  Harriet and Shirley first met as children in Nigeria. Here’s more information about the book:

Glimpses of Prayer – a devotional

God is looking for prayer warriors. • Start each day meditating on prayers in the Bible. • Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer. We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer. We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life.God is looking for prayer warriors. • Start each day meditating on prayers in the Bible. • Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer.

We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer.

We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life.

Buy the Book at Amazon


Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet Michael is a writer, gardener, substitute teacher, wife of over 36 years, mother of four, and grandmother of two.

She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has over a hundred and fifty published articles and devotions. Her work has appeared in publications by Lifeway, Focus on the Family, David C. Cook Company, Bethany House, Standard Publishing Company, Judson Press, and more.

Harriet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Louisville Christian Writers. She has authored two nonfiction books and is working on more—both nonfiction and fiction.

Follow her on:

Website: www.harrietemichael.blogspot.com

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

Blog: www.whatHehasdoneformysoul.blogspot.com


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