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Meet Author Elizabeth Musser!

I’m thrilled to have best-selling author Elizabeth Musser with us today! I read The Swan House  a while ago, and was completely captivated by Elizabeth’s writing. If you haven’t yet read any of Elizabeth’s books, you’re in for a treat! Let’s learn a little more about her today… Who Are You?  Bonjour!  I’m Elizabeth Musser, a…
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Introducing Author Jennifer Fromke!

Okay, I double booked my Friday authors this week. Bad me. But the upside is, you get to learn about TWO authors this week!! Today we have the pleasure of Jennifer Fromke’s company! Jennifer is celebrating the release of her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, and she’s here to tell us about it and about…
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Hanging Out with Beth Vogt!

I wish I could say I was, in person! But having Beth with us on the blog will have to be the next best thing! Beth and her husband, Rob. Beth’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here, is simply smashing! I devoured it in a few days, fell in love with the story, her characters…
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Meet Author, Katy Lee!

Who are you? That is not an easy question to answer. When I sat down to write this, I actually stumped myself on who is the real Katy Lee? Did I want to share about my role as wife to my helpful and handsome husband and mother to my three young children? Did I want…
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Meet Author Sherri Wilson Johnson!

I’m excited to have my fellow OakTara author, Sherri Wilson Johnson, author of To Dance Once More, on the blog today! Sherri writes historical romance, and she’s here to tell us all about her journey to publication! My Road to Publication I have been writing for as long as I can remember—probably for as long…
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Meet Author Michelle Sutton!

Michelle is one of those prolific authors – you know the kind I mean – the kind who seems to have a new book coming out every other day! I don’t know how she does it, but she’s been an inspiration to me for many years. I’m pleased to have Michelle on the blog today…
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Introducing Dani Pettrey!

This is the month for debut authors! I’m thrilled to have Dani Pettrey here today, to share a bit about herself and her new novel, Submerged. People often ask me why I enjoy writing about adventure so much. This question is usually followed by, “Are you as adventurous as your characters?” The answer to the…
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Celebrate with debut author, Dineen Miller!

So I’m SUPER EXCITED to have amazing author Dineen Miller with us today! I’ve known Dineen awhile, through ACFW, and most recently through the fact that we share an agent, so I was delighted to hear about her first publishing contract, but I didn’t know her as an author until this year, when we decided…
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Meet Author Yvonne Lehman!

In May of 2011, Abingdon editor Ramona Richards said “Yes” when we were at the Blue Ridge conference together and I asked, “Do you want a Titanic book?” Thus began the fastest writing job I’ve ever done. There was no time to think… just write, read, research, at every possible moment. The characters cooperated, came…
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Today's Featured Author is JoAnn Durgin!

I’m pleased to have JoAnn as my guest on the blog today! JoAnn writes Inspirational Romance, and she’s had a busy few years! Her first novel, Awakening, released in 2010, followed by Second Time Around, in 2011, and now she’s just released a third novel in the series, Twin Hearts! Whew! So here’s JoAnn to…
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Meet Author Lillian Duncan!

December 7, 2012 |

Writing Stories of Faith…Mingled With Murder And Mayhem Really? Christian Fiction and murder/suspense novels. On the surface the two don’t seem to go together. After all, how can a book where murders, mayhem, and bad guys abound promote Christian values? Can a writer of suspense novels make a difference in a life? Surely not, you…

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A Story of Adoption in My Family by Margaret Daley

November 30, 2012 |

In my family one of my relatives had a child at the age of sixteen. He was unmarried and the baby was given up for adoption. It always bothered him, wondering where his daughter was. He never had another child although he did marry. One day he received a call from a young woman who…

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Meet Author Darlene Franklin!

November 16, 2012 |

Who are you? I am from Ellis Island and mystery, high school sweethearts and faith hope and charity. I am from strong women, three mothers and loneliness. I am from poodle cookies and chocolate glazed mayonnaise cake. I’m from red velvet dresses and braided rugs. I am from rocks and hills, crashing waves and fog…

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Friday's Featured Author – Gail Sattler!

November 2, 2012 |

I am delighted to have Gail back with us today! She’s going to share a few thoughts on writing that I am sure you will find inspiring!     When asked to make a post that was writing related, I stopped to think of a topic. So many things jumped through my head I didn’t…

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Introducing Author April Gardner!

October 26, 2012 |

Business or Hobby—How Do You View What You Do? When I discovered I needed a business license to be “legal,” applying for and obtaining one for my fledgling home business did something for me I never expected. I’m an author and, more recently, an editor with Astraea Press. True to their claim, authors don’t make…

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Crazy Times!

October 19, 2012 |

Well, I have to apologize – due to technical difficulties and traveling non-stop for the last few weeks – I’ve been lax in my blogging, and have not managed to post my Featured Friday Author. But then I figured, since last Friday was my birthday,(not sure what that has to do with anything),  and I…

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Meet Author Donn Taylor!

October 12, 2012 |

Suspense author, Donn Taylor, joins us today! I think you’ll find his post interesting and informative! It’s nice to feature a male author for a change! LOL! Welcome, Donn! The Magic of Transitional Words and Phrases Long, long ago and in a universe that no longer exists, my high school basketball coach taught me a…

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Meet Author Becky Lyles!

October 5, 2012 |

I’m pleased to have author Becky Lyles guest posting for us today!   As you’ve probably figured out by now, writing a book rarely happens overnight. Though the first Author spoke just a handful of words—“let there be”—and complete, perfect creations popped into existence, we human authors must take time to develop our skills and…

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Meet Author Ava Pennington!

September 28, 2012 |

Who are you? So many answers to such a simple question! I’m a wife, daughter, and sister. I’m an author, Bible teacher, and speaker. I’m a transplanted girl from New York City who now calls sunny Florida her home. I’m a graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA and a graduate of Moody Bible…

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Meet Author Sarah Sundin!

September 21, 2012 |

Who Are You? I’m just your average author/pharmacist/soccer mom. All right, so that’s pretty strange. I was raised in southern California in a home full of readers and always had my nose in a book. Although I flirted with idea of becoming a writer, I also wanted to be a ballerina and a protozoologist. When…

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Meet Author Elizabeth Musser!

I’m thrilled to have best-selling author Elizabeth Musser with us today! I read The Swan House  a while ago, and was completely captivated by Elizabeth’s writing. If you haven’t yet read any of Elizabeth’s books, you’re in for a treat! Let’s learn a little more about her today…

Who Are You?

 Bonjour!  I’m Elizabeth Musser, a Southern girl from Atlanta, Georgia who has lived almost half of my life in France.  I’m a novelist, a missionary, a wife and mother and even soon-to-be grandmother!  I consider it a delightful privilege to have two vocations—writing and missions—and to watch the Lord intersect these ministries time and again.  I’m married to Paul, the love of my life, and I’ve been writing ever since I was six years old when I penned this poem (and many others in a similar vein):

I have a little pony

I ride him all around

But when I take him over jumps

He throws me on the ground!

 Where Are You Now?

At this precise moment, I am sitting at my desk inside my little ‘writing chalet’—the tool shed in our front yard where I write.  We live on the northern outskirts of Lyon, France, in a little village of 1000 people.  One of my favorite activities is taking a daily walk by the Saône River, right across the street.  On those walks, if I’m alone, I’m usually talking with the Lord or dreaming up a scene for one of my novels; if I’m walking with someone, we are probably talking about our faith journeys and the challenges of living a Christ-filled life in a very secular society.

Where Are You Going?

 All over the world!  Literally!  Paul and I have been working in French churches for over 20 years, but just two years ago our mission gave us a new role as Pastors to Members, that is, we offer ‘soul care’ to our colleagues throughout Europe.  So we travel quite a bit.  I’m still figuring out how to write ‘on the go’.  Never a dull moment with our Lord!

I’m also thrilled to be going ‘back’ in time to the first novels I wrote back in the 1990s, Two Crosses, Two Testaments and Two Destinies.  The Secret of the Cross trilogy is historical fiction, taking place in the south of France and in Algeria, and these novels have quite a history of their own, which you can read about on my website.  The wonderful news is that Two Destinies, the final book in the trilogy, is at last going to be available in English.  Written 14 years ago, it has been a best-seller in Europe.  The complete trilogy will be available in 2012—Two Crosses and Two Testaments are in bookstores now, and Two Destinies is coming in September.

Two Crosses

 In late 1961, as Algeria’s war for independence from France is coming to a close, two crosses, symbolic of another time in history, draw together a host of characters in an unforgettable story of love and war, revenge and forgiveness.

When Gabriella Madison arrives in France in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence from France. The further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged.

The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forces—a wise nun involved in the smuggling, a little girl carrying secret information, and a man with unknown loyalties who captures her heart. When she discovers a long hidden secret from her past, it all leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.

 

Two Testaments

 Love for war’s victims keeps them apart.  Will love for each other see them through?

The slightest spark will ignite an explosion.. The tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. In the midst of the chaos, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care, while battling jealousy with Anne-Marie Duchemin, David’s former flame who has recently arrived in Castelnau, France. Even more problems arise when the townspeople start expressing their discomfort with the multi-cultural orphanage.  They want it shut down…permanently.

Meanwhile, David is trapped on the other side of the Mediterranean, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help.  But even if he accomplishes his mission, can he get out of Algeria alive?

 

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’  Her novels have been acclaimed in the United States and in Europe.  The Swan House (Bethany House, c2001), set in Atlanta in the early sixties, was named as one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year (2001), was an ABA and SEBA bestseller and was recently named one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the past 100 years, right behind Gone with the Wind (from Georgia Backroads, Autumn, 2009).  Her Secrets of the Cross trilogy, which takes place during Algeria’s War for Independence from France and also in present day Algeria and France, (Two Crosses, Two Testaments, Two Destinies) has been a bestseller in Europe and will be republished this year in the America (David C. Cook, 2012).  Elizabeth’s other novels The Dwelling Place, (Bethany House, c2005), Searching for Eternity (Bethany House, c2007), Words Unspoken (Bethany House, c2009), and The Sweetest Thing (Bethany House, 2011), all set in the South, continue to examine themes of brokenness and healing, faith and forgiveness, surrender and sacrifice.

Elizabeth’s books have been translated into German, French, Dutch and Norwegian.

For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.  They presently live in Lyon, France. The Mussers have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a fourteen-year-old mutt.

To learn more about Elizabeth and her books, please visit her website at www.elizabethmusser.com.

Or connect with her on Facebook!