Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Release! Spiritual Insights from the Classics - Charlotte's Web


I have just released another book in the Spiritual Insights from the Classics series. This one is a companion to Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. 

In honor of the new release, I thought we could have a little fun today. Here's a quiz for you to learn how much you actually know about Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. Take the quiz and post your answers in the comments. I will then choose a random winner to receive an ebook version of my devotional book based on Charlotte's Web.


Enjoy!

1. What does Fern ask her mother in the first line of the book?

2. Why does Mr. Arable set out to kill one of the piglets?

3. Who wanted to keep Wilbur as a pet?

4. How does Fern sometimes take Wilbur out?

5. What sort of a pig is Wilbur?

6. How many times did Templeton the rat get words for Charlotte?

7. What did Charlotte write about Wilbur in her web?

8. Who won the blue ribbon at the fair?

9. How many eggs did Charlotte lay?

10. How many of Charlotte's babies stayed on the farm with Wilbur?

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Library Door

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This door may not look like much, but oh what wonders it held for me. Behind that door was more doors in the form of books, books, and more books. Countless summer days I would pedal my bike as fast as I could the mile to the library and check out a book or two or three. I would then ride my bike another mile and a half to our community pool (This is back in the days when I was in shape). I would spend the afternoon alternating swimming with my friends and reading my books. I truly had the best of both worlds.

My family didn't have a lot of money while I was growing up, and the library offered me free books galore! I had already developed a love of reading at home, but entering this door set that love in place for the rest of my life. I am now bound and determined to create a library of my own - you know, like the one in the Beauty and the Beast movie. It's a fact that one can never have too many books.

I even had one of my first jobs at the library. A friend of mine, April, and I worked through the card catalogs checking to make sure books were in their proper place on the shelf, preparing the library to update to a computer system (Yes, I'm that old!).

There are so many fond memories of being at the library as a child. I took my own children to our local library weekly while they were in school, bringing home piles of books to read together. I hope I instilled a love of reading in them. I don't spend nearly as much time as the library anymore, and I have to admit that I think it's a little sad. I still read a lot, but there's something about the atmosphere and smell of a library that gets the blood excited. At least for me.


If you don't have anything else to do this week, take a trip to your local library and see what they have in store for you!

Do you have any library memories? I'd love to read them if you leave them in the comments.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

My Childhood Door

Home. That's a word that has different meanings to different people. To me it was always a good word. Perhaps that's why I don't mind being at home now as an adult. This is the door to my childhood home. I was five months old when my parents bought the house and I stayed until I got married. This door was the entryway to family and love. There are a lot of good memories behind that door. While there are a few negative things I can remember from my childhood, there are really very few.

I remember when my dad told us he had lost his job. Yes, things were uncertain, but we stuck together as a family, and our church family at the time stuck with us as well.

I remember when my mom told me her father, my grandfather, had passed away from a heart attack. This was another sad time, but again, we were together.

There were fights among us siblings. There were also the three day long Monopoly games.

There was the occasional argument with one of my parents. The one that sticks out in my mind the most was not the offense, but the punishment. I was not allowed to watch Little House on the Prairie that night. Whatever I did, I'm sure I never did it again!


Home is where my mom read much of my early writing, giving criticism and encouragement to help me succeed.

Home is where my sisters and I would have food fights after my parents left the dinner table.

Home is where we entertained friends with food and fellowship.

Home is where we laughed.

Home is where we cried.

Home is where we celebrated.

Home is where my mom passed away. 

Home is where I accepted the Lord as my Savior.


Home is a special place to me. Even though someone else lives in "my" house now, I still have all the memories, and no one can take those away.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Book Release "Spiritual Insights from Classic Literature: The Wizard of Oz"

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As a writer I am always on the lookout for new ideas. Last summer an idea came to me while sitting in church. Our pastor was preaching on the heart. For one of his examples he read from The Wizard of Oz and the backstory of the Tin Man. That was when a light bulb came on in my head.

I love reading the classics. There's something about them that is different from today's writing. As a homeschooling mom for 20 years, I was always looking for things I could incorporate into school, but also looking to double up as there were only so many hours in the day. I wish I had thought of this when my kids were still in school. Oh well! It's here for your kids.

I am starting a new series of books. These are devotional books that go along with classic literature. After reading one chapter of the classic, you would then read one chapter of my book, which is a short devotion.  Reading through classic literature with new eyes, I've discovered there are so many lessons learned, or not, by the characters that we can bring into real life discussion with our kids.

I have many books on the horizon with this series, and I can't wait to see where it goes. The first book is Spiritual Insights from The Wizard of Oz. Coming out in February is Spiritual Insights from Charlotte's Web and then in April I'm looking to release Spiritual Insights from Little Women.  After that the sky's the limit as to what I choose. If you have any favorite classics that you would like to see a devotional companion to, please leave a message in the comments. I'll do my best to accommodate you. There's just so many choices, and I want to read them all!!!

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Age Range: 8 - 14 years
      Grade Level: 1 - 8


                                                               





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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Doors


Once again, a new year is upon us. A new year that will hold joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs, new opportunities. Each new day will offer a new door for us to walk through. Most of those doors are physical, but some might be symbolic.

That will be the focus of my posts this year – doors. I'll share some doors I have walked through and tell a little story about each one. Some will be happy, some sad, some full of reminiscing. Some doors will be a challenge to walk through, but with God's help, I'll get through all the doors He wants me to if only I take the necessary steps.

While I share my 2018 journey with you, I'd love to hear about yours. Where will doors take you? Feel free to leave comments on any posts that touch you in some way. Make sure to sign up to receive my posts by email if you don't want to miss one. You can find that link to the right of this blog.


I'm looking forward to doing 2018 with you!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Getting to Know Indie Author Claire Banschbach

My last indie author, but certainly not least, during the Indie Authors Sale is Claire Banschbach.

Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.

She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.

You can connect with her on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram


Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

I have not named a character for someone in particular, but I’ve based a few characters off family or real life people before.


At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

I got a review a while ago that said “this book got me back into reading after I’d stopped for a long time”. That really made me happy and made me think that maybe I could actually pull this writing thing off. J


What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?

I always enjoy checking out KM Weiland’s website/blog for tips. And Janeen Ippolito has some great articles that she shares over on her blog as well that I’d highly recommend.


Have you ever looked yourself up on Google? If so, did you find anything surprising?

Yes, I have. And I think the strangest thing I found was pictures from a horse show I’d done in highschool and halfway forgotten about. Lol!


Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?

Actually I’ve never been able to really “cast” my characters. It’s more of a ‘if I took this actor and this actor and somehow combined them, then that’s what this character would be like’.


What book are you currently reading?

Currently in between books. But I think Dune by Frank Herbert is next up since a friend of mine wants to watch the miniseries with me and I haven’t read it yet. (And I usually like to try and read a book before seeing the movie/show adaptation.)


Do you write/read every single day?

I wish! I usually try to write more than I read, I think. The only time I’m consistent is when I give myself monthly challenges to write at least 100 words/day (usually when I’m trying to finish a project).


What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?

I don’t typically eat or drink much when I write. The one thing I always have on hand is my big water cup. Snacks never last very long around me. ;)


Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)

Sadly, I just moved and had to leave the doggies at home. But our big Australian shepherd mix wouldn’t let me get much writing done anyway since he labors under the misconception that he’s secretly a lapdog, which makes typing awkward…


Do you keep anything special on your desk when you write?

Usually just my water glass. Although I frequently end up with a pen and paper of some sort for notes or map sketching.


Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?

I’m currently in the midst of embroidering stocking for my nieces and nephews, which is about as crafty as I get.

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The Rise of Aredor (The Rise of Aredor Book 1)

Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor's shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin's former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin's path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.



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The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor Book 2)

His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.

As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain - war is coming to the North!



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Adela’s Curse (The Faeries of Myrnius Book 1)

A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice. A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart. Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems. Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Getting to know Indie Author Lisa Flickinger

I have yet another Indie Author guest that might be new to you. Keep reading to get to know Lisa Flickinger.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the first time someone complemented you on something you had written?

I live and write along the banks of a river shadowed by the Rocky Mountains. I love walking in the woods, camping, and over the last couple of years, fishing. I remember my fourth grade teacher being impressed with a poem I’d written and sharing it with the class. From that time on, I considered myself a bit of a poet even though I don’t write poetry.


What can a reader expect when they pick up a book written by you?

According to my readers, you can expect a lot of realistic adventure and surprises! You will also find heartwarming characters who struggle with their faith. Elements of humor also creep into my characters personalities and surprise me, too.


What genre do your write and are there any unique challenges to this genre? If so, how have you overcome them?

I write historical fiction, and obviously the biggest challenge is not living during the time frame. I immerse myself in the time period through diaries, novels, biographies, and movies. Sometimes I find it hard to immerge from their world and return to my own quickly. It’s a challenge I’m still trying to overcome.


What were some of your favorite books as a child?

I loved the Nancy Drew series, although I pretty much read my way through the local library. My favorite book as a small child was the Disney Uncle Remus Stories. My dad would do all the different voices and we loved it.


How do you reward yourself once your book is published?

When a book is finished, my husband and I go out for dinner to our favorite steak house. I breathe a big sigh of relief, although by now I know it only means my focus changes to marketing.


With Christmas around the corner, can you tell us the most memorable gift you received growing up?

The most memorable gift would probably be keys which were hidden among the needles and ornaments on our spruce tree Christmas morning. They went to a motorized trike in the front driveway. We kids were so excited!


Do you have any new books coming out in 2018?

I plan to release the first novel in a series about logging camps in the late eighteen hundreds. In this novel a young women, who helps out in the kitchen, struggles with the loss of her child while our hero learns to set aside the rough life he’s known in the camp and put his full trust in the Lord.


Author Bio

Lisa J. Flickinger, author of historical novels Ella, and All That Glitters, lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her visit www.lisajflickinger.com or her Facebook author page Lisa J. Flickinger.  


1883 California Trail, Kansas

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Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.

Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.


Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing. 

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