Stories that Matter

Featured Friday Author

Meet Author Lillian Duncan!

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

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

June 29, 2012 |

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!

June 27, 2012 |

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!

June 22, 2012 |

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!

June 15, 2012 |

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!

June 8, 2012 |

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!

May 25, 2012 |

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!

May 11, 2012 |

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!

May 4, 2012 |

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!

April 27, 2012 |

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!

April 13, 2012 |

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!

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 say. It might be good entertainment but that’s where it ends. Not so, I say.

Jesus used stories to teach a point—He called them parables.

People love stories. Stories can touch our hearts, stir our imagination, and teach us. Stories allow us to see the truth without the actual experience. Stories give us the opportunity to learn, change, and grow without all the growing pains.

As a writer of Christian fiction, I have two goals with every story I write. The first goal is to create an entertaining story. And the second goal is to further God’s Kingdom in some way. It may be as simple as portraying Christian characters in a positive light to an all out salvation scene. It varies from book to book.

The Christmas Stalking, my latest novel—actually, it’s a novella-had even more of a challenge. I had to make it suspenseful, have a Christian message, and a Christmas theme. And I had to do it all with less than 25,000 words according to my publisher!

I guess I succeeded since The Christmas Stalking is being released this holiday season! The cover is awesome, you should take a look at it at www.lillianduncan.net

The Christmas Stalking is a romantic suspense novella that features Destiny-a very famous country music star. She has everything she dreamed of and more. Fame. Wealth. Beauty. Adoring fans. Oh, yeah and a stalker.

So, what’s the Christian message in The Christmas Stalking? I’m so glad you asked that! It’s a theme I think most of us can relate to, especially parents of minor children. It’s about being too busy for God. Destiny never made a conscious choice to stop living a Christian life, but as she became a star, her life became so busy. More and more, she let her schedule push God out of her life.

And oddly enough, I think the Christmas season may be the time of the year we do this the most. Just when we should be focusing on the wonderful gift of Jesus’s birth, we’re too busy shopping, cooking, baking, shopping, going to parties, going to school programs and shopping!

So, I hope everyone slows down a bit this holiday season and take the time to enjoy the season. And, of course, a great way to do that would be to enjoy an evening reading The Christmas Stalking.

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Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com