Win a free copy of Pam, a new romance from Sharon Srock

Happy Tuesday, Readers. Today we welcome Sharon Srock to Home Thoughts. Sharon has a brand new romance out called Pam. At the end of this interview you can win a free electronic copy of Pam. Just leave Sharon a comment! She also has a free novella download available too! But first, here is a little something aboutPam:

perf5.500x8.500.inddPam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness. Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past. Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
That forgiveness isn’t always easy, but it is required. When we hold a grudge, when we bury that hurt we tell ourselves that we’re making “them” suffer. The reality is we are only hurting ourselves.

What are you working on now?
THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA is currently under review with my publisher. I’m writing, furiously, on THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: KATE. Story threw me a curve this week and I’ve got some serious editing I need to do before I go any further.

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cutSharon Srock her writer’s teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri, both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam released  11 April 2014.

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Thanks so much for visiting, Sharon. And readers, leave a comment here to be entered in a drawing for Pam. Drawing in one week!  If you don’t want to wait, here’s the link to get your copy:

Enjoy your Easter holiday!  ~ Mary

Welcome Heidi Glick to Home Thoughts-Win a copy of Dog Tags

Happy Monday morning, readers,

Today I am welcoming fellow Ohio author Heidi Glick to my blog. DogTags_h11265_680

Heidi has written an intriguing romantic suspense that is so my cup of tea! Here’s a short summary of Dog Tags: When disabled ex-Marine Mark Graham reconnects with his best friend’s sister, he finds himself falling in love. But Beth Martindale’s presence is a constant reminder of events he’d rather forget. Mark wants to move forward, but the secrets surrounding her brother’s death as well as his own confinement to a wheelchair threaten to tear them apart. When a psychopath who calls himself The Knight fixates on Beth, Mark is determined to give her the protection he failed to give her brother on the battlefield, yet he discovers that a wheelchair isn’t the only impediment he has to keeping Beth safe. Will terror win or can Mark find the strength of mind and body to rescue Beth and find his own redemption?

I asked Heidi a couple questions about Dog Tags:

What provided the inspiration for this story? I wanted a villain with certain weaknesses that might help lead to his demise, but at the same time, I wanted the villain to be able to capitalize on the weaknesses of the hero. Also, I wanted a strong female as my heroine. I used my husband as part of my inspiration for my hero. My husband is quite the history buff and can spout off trivia facts at random. Also, one of my dogs served as the inspiration for the dog in the novel. And like the heroine, I’m a free spirit.

What are you working on now? I’m working on a Dog Tags sequel, a romance novella, and a new suspense series.

Heidi Glick has a B.A. in biology, a minor in Bible from Cedarville University, and a passion for writing Christian fiction. She has over seven years of technical editing experience, a certificate in technical writing from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and is working towards her Master of English at Utah State University. Additionally, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has written two articles for Intercom. When not working, Heidi spends time with her husband, son, and two dogs, Cocoa and Sparky. She attends Grace Chapel in Mason, Ohio. 
Please leave a comment for Heidi to congratulate her for her first published book. I will draw one luck winner next Monday to win a copy of Dog Tags.
Have a lovely week readers. The weather is great here in Ohio, and I hope it is where you are too.  Mary

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming debut author, Janayn Voigt

Today I am featuring a new Christian fantasy by debut author, Janalyn Voigt. Here’s a little about her book DawnSinger:

The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

I asked Janalyn a few questions to introduce her to my readers: Your book reveals a variety of issues to do with–freedom. One is the sacrifice of freedom. Can you think of an example from your own life of a time when you had to put something you loved aside for the greater good, so others could experience a greater freedom?

In our world today we tend to focus on rights rather than responsibilities. And yet, living a life of honor sometimes requires sacrificing what we want for the greater good. It’s almost a foreign concept in our world today but on a gut level, we still understand nobility. Shae’s struggle to accept her calling mirrors the decision each believer makes. Freedom is never truly free, especially when we win it for others. On a personal level, I had to surrender my ideas about my writing and even my desire to live a normal life in order to write DawnSinger. In many ways, Shae’s journey is my own.

DawnSinger adeptly addresses the issue of prejudice. What example from your own life caused you to have these enlightened insights? My father was a half-breed Native American who was orphaned and on his own at fourteen. Besides the dislike of prejudice he gave me through the stories he told about his life (and sometimes what he didn’t say), I’ve always had an innate sense of fairness. I seem to have inherited my father’s mantle.

Prejudice stands in the way of unity. What other issues keep us from living in unity, and how can addressing these issues expand      the Kingdom of God? Prejudice comes in many forms, and it’s not always about skin color. We can become so focused on our will and our way within the Body of Christ that we limit what God can accomplish through us. Christ is the only door through which we can be saved. That is the unifying statement for all denominations. If we focus on that together, we can overcome a dark world with the light of unity.

What word of encouragement can you give our readers as they seek to live out their own purpose? How might they discover an      even deeper sense of freedom as they operate in their strengths and giftedness? Live the right dream. It’s hard enough to do what you were called to in this life, let alone something you weren’t. This is a soap-box passion of mine. So many of us never examine our lives. A person can be successful at the wrong thing because it doesn’t matter so there’s no fear of the risks. But that’s not really living. When we step out of the comfort zone and risk what matters to us most, then our dreams can come true.  What that looks like for each of us is different, and that’s the beauty of it.

Janalyn Voigt’s epic fantasy trilogy, Tales of Faeraven, starting with DawnSinger, is published by Harbourlight Books. Janalyn also writes in the western romance genre. She is represented by Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel. She serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA. Janalyn lives in a quiet corner of the Pacific Northwest, where she discovers worlds of adventure in the great outdoors. DawnSinger is available from www.Harbourlightbooks.com and www.amazon.com

 

CREATING WORLDS OF BEAUTY AND DANGER  Website: http://janalynvoigt.com

Creative Worlds: http://janalynvoigt.com/blog

Sounds great, no? I hope you’ll drop by her website and post a comment. And be sure to order a copy of DawnSinger which releases on Tuesday. Stay cool readers…. Mary

Join me in welcoming new romantic suspense author, Fay Lamb

Today I’m pleased to interview a debut romantic suspense author, Fay Lamb. Here’s a blurb of her fast-paced, exciting new novel, Because of Me:

Issie Putnam’s life took a detour the night she was raped at gunpoint in front of her fiancé, Michael Hayes. Instead of marrying Michael, a promising young investigative reporter, Michael, along with the man who attacked her, and the man who held the gun on Michael, are imprisoned for conspiracy to assassinate the local district attorney—a crime Michael was trying to expose but had no intention of committing. Issie’s name is ruined, she lost her perfectly-planned future, but she gained Cole, her son—born of that rape. On the eve of her attacker’s parole, Michael, already released from prison, follows through on his plan to return to the small town of Amazing Grace and protect Issie from the madman who promised to seek revenge. There, he meets Issie’s seven-year-old son for the first time. Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart? Will Michael be able to protect the woman he loves from the man who will stop at nothing to destroy them all?

You may purchase the book at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb (print and e-book), or at  http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1 or go to www.faylamb.com for an autographed copy.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing. Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.  In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board. Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where. multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

I asked Fay to answer three questions regarding Because of Me:

What you hope readers will take away from your  book? Romans 8:28 permeates the book. The characters can’t get away from the fact that if not for the road they’d taken, they might have experienced the Lord’s blessing, but they wouldn’t have the blessings they now hold so dear. Because of Me is a book about Christ-like forgiveness and the fact that our wondrous Lord is in every detail of our lives.

 What did you learn about yourself during the writing?  Just as my character’s learned, I came to terms with the fact that when God says we are forgiven, that forgiveness is so complete that the Lord takes our worst mistakes and the troubles we face and turns them for good. While we are walking through the valley, we may not be receptive to what the Lord is doing in our lives, but on the  mountaintop, we look back and realize the truth of Jeremiah 29:11. God knows the thoughts He has toward us, for good and not evil, and always with an expected end. What a wonderful God we serve.
What are you working on now? I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary romances, Charisse and Faith. Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the intriguing world of professional surfing.
Please leave a comment after this interview for Fay and be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of Because of Me.
Thanks for dropping by, and everyone have a blessed week.