Stories that Matter

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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…
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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 Romance Author, Cara Putman!

April 6, 2012 |

It’s a pleasure to have Cara Putman on the blog today! Cara is a multi-talented author with many books available in different genres. She is also an attorney, and a wife and a busy mom. Methinks there are many hatboxes in Cara’s closet! Join me as we learn more about this fun author! Who are you?…

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Meet Author Gail Sattler!

March 30, 2012 |

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of a chat with Canadian author, Gail Sattler, I urge you to take the next opportunity you get and nab her for a cup of coffee or tea! Gail is a talented musician, and can usually be found playing her bass guitar on the worship team each year…

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Vacation…

March 21, 2012 |

I’m enjoying some family time and will be resuming my normal schedule in April – however, my featured authors will still be visiting the blog on Fridays! Please stop by this Friday to meet debut author Pamela S. Meyers! Meanwhile, play amongst yourselves. Okay, if all else fails here’s a question- Hunger Games. Movie. Excited…

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Meet Mesu Andrews!

March 16, 2012 |

Today we have a treat in store, with a visit by author Mesu Andrews! She’s here to share a bit about herself as well as tell us about her new book, Love’s Sacred Song! Hi Cathy, and thanks for inviting me to share with your readers! I laughed out loud when I saw the three…

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Book Buzz!

March 14, 2012 |

Anybody read any good books lately that you want to talk about? I recently read Into The Free, by Julie Cantrell. Julie was actually a guest on the blog a few weeks ago, and soon after that, her book, her debut novel no less, hit the NYT Bestseller List! Amazing, isn’t it? And yea, I…

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Meet Author Kathi Macias!

March 9, 2012 |

It’s my pleasure today to have esteemed author, Kathi Macias on the blog. Kathi is one of those rare gems of an author, someone who gives back to the writing community in wonderful ways. She’s also someone who graciously offered to read my debut novel for endorsement and gave me the amazing gift of a…

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Trish Perry Is Here!

March 2, 2012 |

Today I’m really thrilled to introduce you to my friend and author Trish Perry! Trish and I met several years ago through ACFW. While we don’t write the same genre, we do share a love for the written word, and Trish’s success has spurred me on through some dark days. I believe perseverance is her…

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Meet Author Robin Bayne!

February 24, 2012 |

Robin is here to chat with us today! First, here’s a bit about Robin! Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of six novels and five novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles…

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Meet Dianne Christner!

February 17, 2012 |

Today’s featured author is Dianne Christner! Dianne is going to answer my very inquisitive questions, so let’s get started! Who Are You? Thanks for asking, Cathy. I’m a vain-plain gal who colors her gray hair brown and usually dresses in jeans. I might add that I earned my not-so-gray hair from forty years of marriage…

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Susan Meissner Is Here!

February 10, 2012 |

Okay, I’m seriously excited about today’s guest! I’ve been a big Susan Meissner fan ever since I read White Picket Fences, so I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to share some thoughts with us here on the blog! Her books are amazingly realistic and speak to the soul, with characters you feel could just step off…

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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