Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Donn Taylor's Murder Mezzo Forte

What would you like readers to take away from your book? RE: Murder Mezzo Forte: First of all, I want them to feel entertained and satisfied that they've had a complete story with all the loose ends tied up at the end. More deeply, though, I hope they realize the seriousness of denominational colleges going secular in their struggle to stay alive. But most of all, I hope that the novels counterpoint between imagination  and reality leads them to the truth of the novel's headnote: "A man's heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directive his steps" (Proverbs 16:9).
Why did you choose to write this book? 

I had not finished with the characters from Rhapsody in Red, nor had I finished with satirizing the problems of denominational colleges and the brainwashing techniques practice in secular universities. That's the heavy stuff in the background. Mainly I thought there was a good bit more fun to be had with the characters.

 What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not? 
I am most proud of my marriage to Mildred, who came very close to being the ideal woman of Proverbs 31. Our marriage lasted 61 years, seven months, and four days until the Lord called her home. I've told out story at bit.ly/1F2bGWh. Next to that, it would be my service with the U.S. Army, Infantry and aviation, in two wars.

What are your favorite writing conferences and why? 
Although frequently attend the American Christian fiction Writers conference, my favorite is the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC.com). It presents a wide variety of writing subjects presented by an excellent faculty, and it maintains a positive spirit much like that on a college campus. Its site in the North Carolina mountains is exceptionally beautiful. All of that adds up to a wonderful conference experience. I was privileged to teach poetry writing there for some seven years.

Why do you write? 
I guess the most honest  answer is that I can't not write. I've been writing something ever since I can remember, and at last I have the freedom to write whatever the Lord lets me write.

What are you working on right now? 
My Murder Mezzo Forte is a sequel to Rhapsody in Red. Now I'm working on a second sequel to it, with perhaps one more coming.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website): 
My Web site is www.donntaylor.com, and there's a contact button on the site. Me e-mail is donn at donntaylor dot com. But I'd invite people to visit me at www.facebook.com/donntaylor. I post something every day, mostly funny but sometimes philosophical or scriptural. You never know what's going to show up there, so come join the fun.

Will you be doing a book giveaway? 
I will give one print copy of Murder Mezzo Forte to whomever you designate in the US or an e-copy to a winner outside the US.

About the book:
He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations, she a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they're probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs. Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.

Can this ill-matched pair's stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college's incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse . . . 

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ada Brownell, Jesus, and Peach Blossom Rancher...

We're happy to have Ada Brownell with us today with a devotional and a blurb about her book, Peach Blossom Rancher. To learn more about Ada, Jesus, and Peach Blossom Rancher, read on!

By Ada Nicholson Brownell 

Anyone who has heard the gospel has to make a decision about Jesus Christ.  Is He who He said He was when He lived on earth? Is He who His followers say He is? Or are the skeptics right?
            I was young when I first heard about Jesus. Yet, in my youth I began to wonder.  Are the beliefs of my church correct? I started searching scripture and I discovered Jesus revealed Himself to those around Him.  Reliable witnesses of His life on earth put their testimonies in writing for me to study, so I did and I found out who Jesus is.
Matthew wrote, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’’ (Matthew 1:23). The prophet Isaiah wrote the same words hundreds of years before Jesus was born. It’s recorded in Isaiah 7: 14.
We can read their testimonies in the New Testament. According to tradition, all gave their lives because of their faith in Him, with the exception of John, who died in exile on Patmos Island.
In his book, "Evidence that Demands a Verdict," Josh McDowell wrote that no one would give his life for something he knew was a lie.
The disciples were there when Jesus walked on water, calmed the storms, fed thousands on a bit of fish and bread, healed the sick, raised the dead, died on a bloody cross in agony for our sins, and rose from the dead three days later. These men knew Jesus.  But we also may know Him because He took on bones and skin and walked in human flesh.  By becoming one of us Jesus:
1. Demonstrated concern about our eternal destiny. "In my Father's house are many mansions.  I go to prepare a place for you ... that where I am you will be also." (John 14)
2. Demonstrated he cares about our lives. "The thief (Satan) comes to steal and destroy but I come that you might have life to the full." (John 10:10)
3. Demonstrated concern for our physical needs. He healed the sick and fed His followers.
4. Demonstrated power over our emotional needs by healing the brokenhearted and comforting those who mourn.
5. Demonstrated the need to resist Satan by sending the tempter fleeing when the devil came to Him (Matthew 4:1-11). Satan wanted Jesus to start a "reality show" by turning stones into bread, jumping off the pinnacle of the temple without a parachute. Then He offered Jesus rulership of the world, which is laughable since Jesus was there at creation (See Colossians 1:16).
Further concerning temptation, we’re told in Hebrews 4:15, "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin."
6. Demonstrated compassion. He was not annoyed by interruptions; he loved on children; cried at Lazarus' death; and restored Peter to the ministry even after Peter denied he knew him.
7. Demonstrated his power not only to stop storms, but to change lives. The woman at the well experienced a transformed life.  So did the man delivered from demon possession who dwelled among the tombs, so wild he couldn't be chained, cutting himself, crying. Suddenly he was delivered and in his right mind. (Mark 5:1-15)
Jesus didn't use his power to draw attention to himself, but He used it because He loves people.
8. Claimed to be God and demonstrated His divinity by walking out of the tomb alive, verified by many witnesses. He said, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!" (John 8:38 NLT)
9. Demonstrated His love for humankind by dying on the cross in order that death would be swallowed by life (2 Corinthians 5:3-5). For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
10. Demonstrated how He will come back for His church when He was taken up before their astonished eyes and a cloud received him out of their sight. An angel told the 500 men and other dumbfounded believers, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Act 1:9-10).
            That's who Jesus is. Do you know Him?
©Copyright Ada Brownell June 2016

 The Peach Blossom Rancher, an historical romance

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive


By Ada Brownell

A handsome young man with a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect. How will they achieve their dreams?
John yearns for a wife to help him make the ranch all it should be after his uncle, a judge ravaged it before he was murdered in the last book. He has his eye on his sister’s elegant matron of honor, Valerie MacDougal, a young widow. But Valerie, a law school graduate, returns to Boston to live with her parents since her little son was born. John and Valerie write, he’s kissed her a few times, but while in Boston Valerie and one of her father’s law partners try to get three patients wrongfully judged as insane out of the Boston asylum and they spend a lot time together.
Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor who has been in love with John since they were in grade school? Edwina’s father is in a wheelchair and she’s taking care of their ranch. John tries to help and protect this neighbor who has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. But John and Edwina fuss at one another constantly. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Tentative Release Date July 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Terri Wangard's WWII romance, "No Neutral Ground"

 We're happy to have Terri Wangard with us talking about her WWII romance, No Neutral Ground.I believe the covers in this series are gorgeous! To learn more about Terri and No Neutral Ground, read on!

Why did you choose to write this book?
 At an editor appointment during conference, I was told the book I was pitching probably wouldn’t be contracted unless it was in a series. So I started No Neutral Ground. Like the previous book, Friends and Enemies, it follows a B-17 navigator in World War II. In researching the damaged planes that sought sanctuary in neutral Sweden, I learned about a navigator who convinced his pilot to try to reach Sweden instead of bailing out over Germany. He had fled Germany after being a member of the Hitler Youth, and had no desire to be captured. He became my protagonist, Rafe, who hadn’t known he had Jewish ancestry until he was kicked out of the Hitler Youth. When I told an agent about what I planned for No Neutral Ground, she sought to discourage me from having Rafe be part Jewish. Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust were such huge facets of the war, though, I ran with it.

What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
 I read as much as I could about the B-17s and the 381st Bomb Group. For No Neutral Ground, I read about Sweden’s role in the war and OSS experiences. With each book in the Promise For Tomorrow series, I tried to outline the story a little more than the previous book. The outlines aren’t very detailed, and every time I start a new project, I think I’ll do better next time. Maybe on my next project, I really will be more of a plotter.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
 I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I did work in libraries for a few years before joining my family’s business full-time. By now, my degree is out of date, but I wouldn’t mind being back in a library.

Tell us a little more about yourself, with three things not many people know about you.
 Back in my junior high days, I attended concerts by the Osmonds and the Carpenters.
When I first heard that Insight For Living would sponsor an Alaskan cruise, I wanted to go. While on a business trip in Massachusetts, dinner at a Chinese restaurant gave me confirmation in a fortune cookie: “You will soon take a cruise to Alaska.” That fortune is pressed in my cruise photo album. After that trip, I spent twenty years globetrotting on my own.
Since I first learned about the planets in second grade, I’ve been fascinated y astronomy.

Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what kind of music – or do you find it distracts you?
 Since I’ve been writing World War II stories, I’ve listened to World War II music. My favorite songs are “Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” I also listen to soundtracks, including “Pearl Harbor.” I also like instrumentals like Jonn Serrie’s “Epiphany.”

If you could spend an hour with anyone dead or living, who would it be?
My great x 10 (I think) grandmother, Marguerite Martell, who came to New France in the 1600s as a king’s daughter. What was her life like?

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
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