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Announcing “Love’s Legacy”   Leave a comment

My friend Stephany Tullis from the Open Book Blog Hop is publishing a new book tomorrow.

Love’s Legacy

About the Book

GENRE (S)

 Literature & Fiction – Religious & Inspirational Fiction – Inspirational

Contemporary Fiction – Religious – Christian

PUBLISHER

Kindle Worlds

eBook Price: $2.99

Available – 7/19/17 –  Purchase here

Stephany Tullis Love's Legacy

 

Can their marriage survive the loss of one of God’s greatest gifts?

 

 

Can, A list couple, Kevin and Deidre O’Connor’s marriage survive the escalating inter-family turmoil that follows the murder of their three-year-old son? In the midst of their raging storm, car trouble leads them to Sweet Grove, Texas and an opportunity to find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Interview with Stephany Tullis   1 comment

Today’s interview is with STEPHANY TULLIS. Welcome to the blog. Tell us something about yourself. 

 

Stephany Tullis Author PicHello, I refer to myself as a ‘A Native New Yorker’. Typically, when most people think of New York, they think of New York City—one of the biggest cities in the world. I’m from upstate New York about two hours north of NYC. However, I love The City—as it is also called and have visited it many times but would not like to live there-. New York, however, is a city known for its style, flare, theatre, shopping and so much more. It is a progressive city where its residents and often first-time visitors learn the importance of coping with their environment and circumstances with an attitude and perspective of succeeding with the hand life has dealt them. It is that seeming ability to cope and handle it all that I bring to my personality. My father and some family members continue to live in New York State. Other family members live in Georgia where I also reside about 30 minutes north of Atlanta.

I currently have small business management consulting company but write full time for the most part.

 

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote my first book entitled The Master’s Plan, A Novel at the dare of my oldest son. I had unexpectedly left my management job in New York because of family reasons and relocated to the Atlanta area sooner than I expected. Upon relocation, I was extremely disappointed when I was not able to find a job. When I relocated, finding another job was the least of my worries. It was this New Yorker attitude that eventually led me to conclude that my sometimes brash, bold, fast talking, confident persona did not mesh well with the genteel southern sometimes-not-so-hospitable south.

 

Stephany Tullis Masters PlanAs I commiserated over my unemployment status, my son said quite cavalierly, ‘why don’t you do what you do best? Write! Write a book!’ I had never thought about writing fiction. Loved to read—always have and he was correct. I wrote but my expertise was in the areas of technical writing—contracts, proposals, speech-writing.

Needless to say, I took the dare and wrote my first book in 2013—a novel about a woman’s search for purpose.

 

What are you passionate about?

As I write in my bio, “In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.”

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God.

With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write.

I love to travel and like me, my characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research (and often visit) so many fascinating places.

I also love music—all kinds and I’m never surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.

People frown sometimes and don’t understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration background and thrived on it and in my past government career. For me, it’s the people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.

If you haven’t guessed, I love my world that allows me the joy of living a life I love but most importantly, one where I can share it with others via my writing.

 

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Stephany Tullis Blue LadyFrom start to finish, my writing is driven by my characters. There are times when I have an idea or a plot and storyline but as I create my characters, the story line and plot usually changes. For example, recently, I had developed a very general outline of my intended story. When I began my search for images for my cover design, the entire theme of my story changed as well as the qualities, quirks and characteristics of my characters. In this respect, my cover is very important to me and has a motivating influence on the development of my characters and the ultimate storyline. Additionally, I use a lot of dialogue in my stories and have been told that I am a cinemagraphic writer…scene and dialogue driven.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?

I am a pantster, i.e. discovery writer primarily as I describe above. My characters drive my story and as ‘they develop (along with the storyline), an initial plot outline will change drastically as my story evolves. I no longer spend time in developing outlines for this reason.

 

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

Stephany Tullis Love's LegacyI intend to write ‘with purpose’ without moralizing or chastising. I write in several genres but my goal is to not only entertain and write a ‘good’ book but to also provide my readers something to think about. This was an important objective in writing my first novel, The Master’s Plan. My first book is ‘Inspirational’ and I tackle some important moral issues; e.g. fidelity, family, relationships, etc. My goal was to write a book that anyone could read and would want to read regardless of religious backgrounds and come away with a message that they could apply to their respective personal situations.

 

My favourite review of this first book is by a reader who describes himself as a ’63-year-old blond-haired, blue eyed male who rated the book with five stars.

 

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I decided to self-publish after hearing the horror stories of so many writers who had signed writing contracts only to find themselves boxed into situations that limited their ability to write and did not provide them the financial advantages they expected.

 

If you have experience with both traditional and indie publishing, compare the two.

For a short period, I was under contract with a small publishing company. There were some distinct advantages such as the availability of editing, proofreading and cover design services. I’ve learned, however, that I prefer my independence and the ability to direct my writing according to my personal preferences. I had anticipated that I would receive much more support in promoting my books with a publishing company. I was extremely disappointed to discover that this was not the case.

 

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

As mentioned previously, my cover design is very important to me and I view the cover as a reflection of me, the overall quality of my book and writing. I have used several designers since publishing my first book. My primary objective in selecting a designer is their willingness to work with me to design a cover that meets my needs and personal taste. I’m proud and very happy to say that I have ongoing relationships with all my designers and that several of my covers have won ‘best cover’ awards in various competitions.

 

 

***Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

I address this question above but would also like to reiterate that I write cross genre, always with a ‘purpose’ and do not write only for Christian audiences. I want my reading audience to understand that all people, regardless of their religious background, ethnicity or gender have problems, issues, and challenges. It’s the manner in which we handle those issues and challenges that makes the difference in our lives.

 

What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

The biggest challenge for me is reflected in how I view myself. I am a Christian who writes fiction and not a Christian writer. This may appear to be a minor point, but it isn’t. I’ll use a couple of examples to illustrate my point. As a Christian, I know that we all have issues and problems. We live in a world filled with horrific problems that impact us all and not just Christians. My goal as a writer is to share stories about how people live in view of and despite such problems. To illustrate a point, as a writer, I might have a character who swears. While I know most Christians will find swear words offensive in an inspirational book, I approach this area carefully. Usually by softening the presentation by using language such as, ‘he cursed’ but I have been known to use certain words such as ‘hell’ to illustrate a point.

 

 

Do you feel that Christian writers should focus on writing really great story or on presenting the gospel clearly in everything they write? Or is it possible to do both?

 

I think as a writer who is a Christian, my purpose is to tell a great story. In my first book, The Master’s Plan’, I use a lot of scriptural references (note the book is based around a woman in search of her purpose who happens to be the second wife of a pastor). My goal is not to present the gospel. My goal is to present a life style that reflects a character’s ability to face life challenges in a manner that would be pleasing to Christ.

 

Where can readers find you and your books?

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

Book Bub

Readers Group

Interview with Temba Magorimbo   1 comment

Today’s interview is with Temba Magorimbo. Welcome to the blog. I love interviewing authors from cultures I’m less familiar with because I learn a lot. I also have to say this interview made me laugh. You’re a very funny guy. Tell us something about yourself.

Temba Author PicMy name is Temba Magorimbo. I am a male author. My twitter handle is @_the_chapter6k but it should have been @_the_author6k. Misspelling, call it that. I am from Zimbabwe here in Africa. You don’t know where Zimbabwe is? That is the country which broke world records by having the worst recorded inflation outside a war zone. I work for the government as an accounting assistant. I shuffle financial and administrative duties at a school. I am married, yes to Itayi. We have two daughters whose marriages are going to the highest bidder, offers? Did anyone say a cruise yacht?

 

Ah, you have a sense of humor. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing when I was around ten to eleven years old. I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. I just created stories or I extended those I had heard. I liked pen dancing patterns on paper. My father was not amused. I tried writing mystery novels between the ages of fourteen and seventeen.

 

Yeah, my parents always wanted me to do my homework instead. Tell us about your writing process.

Oh boy! My writing process is going through a metamorphosis. I used to plan, strategise then put pen on paper. Now I find snippets of action coming to my mind. I record these. I end up with ten percent of the book in abeyance for some period before I start work. I use a storyline to guide me though I don’t split that into chapters.

 

What is your favourite genre … to read … to write?

Romance is what makes me a writer, the contemporary variety. Other than that I would choose to write the general fiction category. That allows a writer to put in a little bit of the cheating wife, the squeamish detective and the hit-and-run driver. I read all types of fiction except horror or erotic.

 

What are you passionate about?

Temba Boomerang

I like to read and research. I like my game of cricket. I watch other sports when time allows. I also enjoy seeing winter sports that include skiing plus English soccer.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

If I knew that I would have written a guide to inspiration for would-be writers. Inspiration just pops up like a dog on a wet beach. I just get inspired maybe by an article or a glimpse of an event then off I go creating fictitious situations and characters.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

I do detailed research. No reader wants to find out that the author is off key on any topic. Of course you can always write a disclaimer that the author’s views are their own and they cannot be held accountable for errors. Or you can call it an error of judgement. I try to avoid all that.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I would say I am a fiction contemporary romance author heading for the top wherever the top is be it a sand dune, anthill or Mount Kilimanjaro. Maybe I am headed for the top of Mount Pinatubo, geez, let no volcano start when I am past the point of no-return.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

My bedroom is where it is peaceful. That way I do not allow television programs to disturb me. After all some of them are repeats. At times I even write at the office if the ideas keep popping in.

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

 

Yes. I should not find the answer because that would be bad for business. Is there any pension for retired writers?

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Temba Butterscotch

I would suggest that I am plot driven. Characters just hang on to the gravy wagon as I write. Though once in a while I come up with the ideas of a strong character or protagonist, I always plot and plan before I put myself to write.

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

Outlines are like playing tennis. They keep you within the rules of the game. You then wonder what the umpire or line judge was thinking of.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I swoop for third point of view. It allows me to snoop without being detected.

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

I will bring a laptop, a smart phone or/and a tablet. Make sure there is internet connectivity even via a satellite link. I will need to see CNN News everyday because that is where some ideas come from. The Discovery Channel and National Geographic Wild will keep me entertained. After I am bruised by the characters, I will need to know why the wildebeest keep crossing the same crocodile-infested river between Tanzania and Kenya. Of course, I need hear the verbal roasting of some unlucky character or vehicle by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and his comrades in crime. Then I need to know what is trending on the international finance/economic section.

 

 

Africa is apparently better connected to the Internet than Alaska. Talk about your books individually.

Temba Child Of Promise

The latest are the most remembered. A writer’s memory ages with the date they created new fiction. The latest is BOOMERANG about a guy who likes to use a chisel on wood while keeping his distance from other folk. They call him weird. He is befriended by the ruling class who take on his creations while his own try to fleece him. He loses the chieftainship. He shifts to a place 200 kilometres away and marries to produce a family. His blood brother is a rural dancer and drummer of repute. He has a reputation for liking ladies and beer. He leaves a trail of broken-hearted and pregnant women. Then time swings to the present. Who fathered the boy that Richard adopted? LAKE OF MY HEART is about Trevor who likes to go up the mountain even when the storm is heading the opposite way. Of humble beginnings, he burns the midnight oil up the real estate ladder then he meets a girl, Naomi with dimples and tantrums/short or explosive temper. His heart is broken by this charming lady more than four times? Will their marriage survive? PATA – PATA [SOFT FOOTSTEPS] is about Sandra who is love lone now that she is a single mother in a society where being a single mother reduces marital chances. She goes to a couples’ forum and play acts at marriage with a roving bachelor who has a live wire of a girlfriend called Tina. Tina is not amused. What will happen? She has sharp nails. BUTTERSCOTCH is about a man with luck in getting high paid jobs yet they are on contract. He loses his first date when she dumps him. He is married with children when she returns to him. She wants them to live together once outside the country in Alberta. Who of his married ex-girlfriend mother of two and his wife is joining him in Calgary, Alberta?

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

Life is a struggle. Those who hang on will tell about the storm that drowned many. They will explain that there are no fish seedlings.

 

I like that. What influenced your decision to self-publish?

The traditional publishing houses liked making entry into the publishing field to be like being asked to attend dinner at the White House. Dinner tastes the same at the Waldorf Astoria or at a beach with white sand.

 

You and I would get along great. There are people who believe that traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

Yes, rather digital publishing is getting to the top. Gone are the days when the publisher will be at pains to explain that their print run of your book, that one you said was a bestseller, did not sell. Traditional publishing is the stage coach resisting the internal combustible engine and the melancholy model T-Ford. These are the days of reading devices that are hand held which can contain an entire library with less than 40GB of hard drive.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

Temba Pata-Pata

It is unique. The writer can change and edit as the book sells. Whereas if a million copies

 

are printed and there is a need to edit it becomes extremely embarrassing. Self publishing gives the readers/buyers the choice of deciding who goes to the #1 list and why?

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

They have to behave like professionals and treat their work like assets. They may miss out on brushing shoulders with agents, librarians and booksellers. Most of them are tongue-tied anyway. Books cannot be mass produced. They have to be created one at a time.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Yes they can do well given the right financial platform. It costs a lot to do editing, book jacket, interior design and to other works because they have to be done by dedicated professionals. These same professionals are at par with those doing the same tasks for the traditional publishing market.

 

Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

No I don’t. The last time I tried that they accused me of being a Bolshevik communist.

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

 I am a Christian. I do not write for the Christian market. I write what can be read by the general market. I have read books about Allah akbar so why not write for the general market.

 

What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

 You need to separate your church and your writing. You need to separate your Christian beliefs and your writings without denying the Christ.

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

 Yeah I do though I do not pronounce some of my staunch Christian beliefs on paper. You have to be principled. That is why there are no bedroom scene descriptions.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers are expected to conform to some standards that are perhaps not realistic to the world?

 Yes and no. Christian writers should remember they are not preacher bodies. They are writers like the rest of the world. Christian writers are bound by the Biblical moral code.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers should focus on writing really great story or on presenting the gospel clearly in everything they write? Or is it possible to do both?

 A great Christian fiction is told in story form. If you decide to take the pulpit to the writing boardroom then make sure you explain the book is a FICTION title. You can always reverse the roles. If anyone interviews you, just say, “No comments.”

 

If you write speculative fiction, do you find that the Christian reader community is accepting of that genre?

 They will not. However they will be loading speculative fiction from non-Christian writers onto their kindles or kobo.

 

Yeah, there is that double standard. How do readers find you and your books?

 

EBOOKS LINKED TO AMAZON KINDLE STORE

 

https://www.amazon.com/Butterscotch-meet-Alberta-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00JNN8APW

 

https://www.amazon.com/All-Have-Sinned-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DJTURMA

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lake-My-Heart-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00IQRK5MW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Women-Can-Weep-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00ITPI460

 

https://www.amazon.com/Splash-Loch-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00K45BQDQ

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Slaughter-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00QTGWMOQ

 

https://www.amazon.com/Let-Close-Me-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DK6N256

 

https://www.amazon.com/Off-Eagles-Claws-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00I6CNZTW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pata-Pata-soft-footsteps-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00ONSONTE

 

https://www.amazon.com/Breed-Merino-Sheep-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00OF9SFWW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Tigers-Hunt-Night-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DJOR76E

 

https://www.amazon.com/Whiplash-love-triangle-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00TV0TQIC

 

https://www.amazon.com/Child-Promise-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B015E9GC9E

 

https://www.amazon.com/BOOMERANG-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B01EYJ4VSE

 

OTHER LINKS

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5203977.Temba_Magorimbo

https://www.amazon.com/Mr.-Temba-Magorimbo/e/B00F9TABDI

https://twitter.com/_the_chapter6k

https://www.facebook.com/The-Chapter-1099133093438985/

 

Interview with Raven H. Price   3 comments

Today’s interview is with Raven H. Price, who I have been retweeting often. Welcome to the blog, Raven. Tell us something about yourself.

Raven Price Author PicI am from Leesburg, GA, a small town a few miles north of Albany, GA.  I am a wife, mother and grandmother who retired from government service in 2014, to write and travel.

 

At what point, did you know you wanted to be a writer?

In 2010, I was inspired to write a fantasy/romance based on my own life’s story.  I lived through several heart-breaking events and felt sharing them in an entertaining manner would inspire and encourage other women to be more careful with relationships and seek a life with Jesus first.

 

 

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

I love to read fantasy and romance novels so, when I began writing, it was natural for me to incorporate the two genres.

 

 

I’m a big fan of writers who write the books they want to read. What are you passionate about?

Raven Price The PlanShowing people love, respect and acceptance regardless of their beliefs, lifestyles or sexual orientations.

 

 

Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you?

Yes.  While I was writing THE PLAN, I realized if I didn’t write truthfully as well as in a fictional manner I would lose a reader’s interest.  I found myself crying many times and came to realize being a judgmental person had to die.  It was then I promised myself to be open-minded and show respect to people as much as possible.

 

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

Sort of.  The Plan, my first book is a stand-alone, but the other three are a trilogy call The Paradigm Shift Trilogy.   Convicted (Book 1) has an abusive theme involving physical abuse, Convinced (Book 2) has a mental abuse twist where Commissioned (Book 3) is a fantasy explaining why physical and mental issues are intertwined.

 

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

Raven Price ConvictedI usually write early in the mornings and after lunch I love sitting quietly in a natural environment.  Communing with what is around me clears my mind and opens my heart for a more enjoyable relationship with Jesus.  I like reading so I’d probably have a few romance novels to read in the evenings, such as Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb books.

 

 

Talk about your books individually.

Rather than talk about my books I will post the blurbs.

 

THE PLAN: As a young child, Rachel Parody has a very special relationship with Jesus. By his side, she explores a magical place, is comforted, and encouraged to not live in fear. Over time, Rachel and Jesus lose contact and evil demons use their time of separation to steer her into the ways of the world. Not until her heart is completely broken and her mind is convinced she is headed for hell will she seek a face-to-face encounter again with her Saviour. At the age of thirty-four, Rachel learns to rely and depend on her childhood friend once again. He teaches her the truth and then introduces her to the love of her life.
Because of her horrific past, many years later, Rachel’s need to be a good example for young women in her church drives her to worry over their romantic influences. When she notices a series of books and movies enslaving them with lustful desires, her interest gets piqued. After investigating the books, these stories don’t repulse her but become a catalysis for Rachel to share the love of Jesus with these girls. But the fantasy appeal of the characters enthralls the girls more than helping them see there is a true immortal named, Jesus. She tried many ways to share how this love story between a mortal and a vampire was written from references out of the Bible’s ‘Song of Solomon.’ but no one would listen.
Once Rachel realizes her efforts were futile, she asks Jesus to calm her obsession and send someone who could reach the younger generation with His loving nature. Instead of sending Rachel help, Jesus convinces her to write her own story. Exposing her past was not in Rachel’s plan, but giving her life away as an example was His.
Will Rachel tell everything?

 

CONVICTED (Book 1 of The Paradigm Shift Trilogy)

Raven Price ConvincedThis book was previously published as The Conversion (Book 1 of the Harvesting Machine Trilogy)
Convicted (Book 1 of the Paradigm Shift Trilogy) begins the story by explaining how after being beaten and emotionally bruised by two ex-husbands, Hope Anderson seeks the comfort she once felt within her family church. Upon her first visit back, she sits on the last row to secure her anonymity. Desperate to find comfort and acceptance, Hope felt judgmental eyes instead. Regularly plagued by fear and paranoia, Hope seeks counsel and finds it through a female evangelist on television. The woman’s depiction of love and her explanation of a spiritual journey prompts Hope to ask God for the same. He grants her request. Hope is taught how to pray effectively because of her journey with the Holy Spirit. With intercession, Hope is also granted supernatural gifts of spiritual sight and hearing. She faces demons bravely through her faith in the Holy Spirit to help others.
When Hope’s journey is over, she does not turn her back on her church or on her colleagues at work. Convicted, she boldly stands and fights for them using her superpowers. It is through this process that Hope learns to love herself and other people and to forgive.
Living happily with her Lord, Hope is faced once again with what caused her immense fear and paranoia. The fight for her life begins, and it is the worst physical and spiritual battle imaginable!

 

CONVINCED (Book 2 of The Paradigm Shift Trilogy)

Raven Price CommissionedA prophecy is starting over. Heaven holds a meeting so the last piece of a puzzle can be found. Jesus chooses Gina Grimes, a strong willed, self-serving and unchurched young woman to complete the team.
For Jesus’ plan to work, the Holy Spirit has to first convince Gina her lifestyle isn’t great. He uses Caylee Sellers, Gina’s happy-go-lucky co-worker, to convince her there is a better life with the Lord. Once Gina submits to Jesus, he sends her a guardian angel. But when the angel called Ox arrives on the scene to guard her, he sees that Satan is already focused on Gina and is determined to ruin or kill Jesus’ new convert before the Lord’s seed of faith can take root.
A battle of wills begins and in the process Gina gets physically hurt. To counter act the situation Satan caused, the Holy Spirit uses another strategy on Gina to produce an effect that will shape her outlook and give her a supernatural way to contour nearly every action and thought.
While Gina physically heals, the Holy Spirit makes sure Gina finds new friends who are also equipped with guardian angels and various powers. Jesus’ plan starts working. Gina gains strength with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Ox’s presence and her new friend’s assurance. Will she find what she craves before all hell breaks out?

 

COMMISSIONED (Book 3 of the Paradigm Shift Trilogy) picks up where Convinced left off. After Gina Grimes places Satan under her feet, Jesus declares a war. One factor remained before He could follow through with His war. God, insisted He free Satan’s harlot before proceeding with the annihilation.
After Jesus releases the harlot, for one year, the Holy Spirit, also known as Whisperer, will narrate the story behind the commissioned. He will lead readers through more escapades involving the heroes and heroines of the first two books while explaining how they harvest souls for God’s kingdom. After telling how Pastor Craig Reed is transformed into the vessel God uses to preach the true meaning of love, Jesus unleashes his final battle that affects the old harlot and gives her a purpose.
Who is this harlot that Jesus redeems? Why did God insist she be saved from Satan before Jesus started a war? How is she transformed to create a paradigm shift for mankind to follow? Find the answer to these questions and see how her decision and actions affect all of humanity.

 

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I had a previous contract with another publisher, but the books were priced too high and it forced me to rethink my career.  Self-publishing was a great decision.

 

 

Price is so important when it comes to selling books. You would think publishers would know that, but they don’t seem to. What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

I love being in total control of my work.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

The only thing I miss is having someone’s help with marketing and planning book signing events.

 

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

selfpubbookcovers.com

 

 

Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

Yes.  I belong to South Georgia Writer’s Guild.  All of the authors share helpful tips, encouragements as well attending events together.

 

 

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

I am a Christian fiction writer, but my books are not just geared to a Christian audience.   All women, not just Christian women will enjoy my books because they are sweet romances with fantasy elements that will keep their interests.

 

What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

People think since you write Christian themed books that you will be a preachy, judgmental writer.  I’m the opposite of this.  I try to inspire, and encourage women who feel forgotten, abused, and weak.  I love empowering my readers with hope and happy endings.

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

I’m glad you asked.  I truly believe in a spiritual existence, where we can be better people, know true love and grow as strong, well-rounded people.  Without having a sense of a pure undefiled place, our realities would cause our brains to malfunction.  Everyone must be able fantasize, dream or wish upon the proverbial star.  I write a lot about the spiritual realm where angels live and fight for us.

 

How do readers find you and your books?

Amazon

Facebook

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Where Mystery Meets Romance   Leave a comment

Fiala Missing the Point2I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

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Missing the Point   Leave a comment

fiala Missing the Point CoverStephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

Amazon :  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Amazon
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iBooks:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-iBooks
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Announcing “Missing the Point”   Leave a comment

Missing the Point by PJ Fiala

I’m so excited to release Missing the Point for so many reasons.

First and foremost, this is a series I’ve thought about for a long time.  You see, my father’s parents were both born and raised in Kentucky.  My grandfather came from a very poor family and on top of that, his father divorced his mother when he was very little, about 2 or 3.  Divorce today isn’t thought of in a negative way, back then it was horrible.  My great-grandmother did remarry and the man she married, took my grandfather as part of the package, but the stigma remained.  As a result, my grandfather lied about his age as a 16 year old and joined the Army.  He wanted a new beginning and he was willing to do what it took to find it.  The thing is, he’d met my grandmother before hand at a church dance and he didn’t want to leave her behind.  He went to boot camp and as soon as he could come back, he did, and he married my grandmother, but they’d need to leave Kentucky.  Grandpa stayed in the Army for many years, and after leaving the Army, my grandparents settled in Missouri.  My grandmother went back to Kentucky every year to visit her sisters and brothers and their children, my grandfather only went back periodically, the bad memories just couldn’t be erased, no matter the situation.

As a result of my grandmother going back each year, as I got to be a bit older, I got to travel with her to Kentucky and spend several weeks.  I remember those times fondly and they’ve ingrained in me a sense of family, easy times and a long-ago world.  Now, as an adult, I go back as often as I can to visit my father’s cousins and my cousins.  My dad’s cousin, Janet Sue, still lives on the family farm my grandmother grew up on and visiting there is such a treat for me.  So, as a result, I always knew I wanted to write stories that took place in Kentucky.

Fiala Missing the Point1Secondly, my friend and fellow author, Stephany Tullis created Chandler County with me and this was truly a labor of love.  We knew from the beginning we wanted to invite other authors to write in Chandler County with us, so we could share this world with them and all of our readers.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I release my first book in Chandler County, Missing the Point.  This book is the first of my books in Chandler County but certainly not the last.  Sam McKenzie is an Army veteran who has finally retired after 25 years.  He and three of his friends have started Bluegrass Security in the little town of Bourbonville, one of two towns in Chandler County.  As the Kentucky Derby nears, the over-flow of people coming to Chandler County brings with it trials and tribulations and as the locals deal with these and other scenarios, we get to know many of the residents in Bourbonville.

Stephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

Amazon :  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Amazon
Barnes & Noble:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-B&N
iBooks:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-iBooks
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