Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deanna Klingel's "Rock and a Hard Place"



Blog: Not Your Typical Romance
Rock and a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story, is possibly the most unusual love story Romance fans have ever read. This isn’t a story of a man and woman attracted to each other, looking into each other’s eyes, falling in love, marrying, happy ever aftering.  It’s also not fiction.
I enjoy writing true stories of everyday heroes. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things against enormous odds are my heroes. Many times their only tools are faith in God and courage that comes from that faith. I’ve written the story (Bread Upon the Water) of a South Vietnamese boy who escaped as a boat person in order to follow his calling to the priesthood.  God’s love carried him through the most horrendous circumstances.  It was also a love story, but not a romance; and certainly a hero story.
Rock and a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story, is the story of a boy and girl born in 1930. When they are nine years old, Russia invades the country they love. They begin a long and difficult journey across Eastern Europe with millions of other displaced families. Clinging to their faith, tending to their familiar traditions, their families survive bombs, escape genocide, disease and starvation. Through it all, they love their country, their families, and God.
As teenagers trying to live a normal life in a displaced persons camp in Germany, they go to school in a bombed out factory, enjoy Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and dances. Here neither admits to their first crush, the love of their hearts.
I’m not a spoiler, so I’m not telling you the rest of the story, but believe me when I tell you it is an enviable life filled with love that God orchestrates in the most unlikely way.
Do you believe God has a hand in our love life? If you don’t you may change your mind after reading this story. If you do believe it, then you are going to love the affirmation of this story. As Romance readers, you’ve read a lot of love stories, sweet, poignant, edgy, hurt and lost love. But I bet you haven’t read much about patient love. Contemporary love stories aren’t usually about patience. I Corinthians: 13 names it, but of all the things love is, patient is probably the least practiced in 2014.
My story covers years, a lifetime. The couple I write about are now 84 years young. Their love required time and patience. But, God accomplishes his plan in His own time, doesn’t He? These two lives are models for living and loving patiently in God’s time. Doing the best we can everyday with what we have, we are assured that God will handle the rest. He does indeed inform our love life.  I hope you will enjoy this different kind of romance, and perhaps grasp some world history as well.
Author bio: Deanna K. Klingel, author, has been married to Dave 51 years. “He was my first love,” she says. “God arranged it all.” The couple has raised seven children and now have eleven grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and visiting their family. Deanna travels to book fairs and speaks to schools and civic organizations.
Links: www.BooksByDeanna.com (website)
ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSR2yT0f6rE  (trailer for book)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Richard Mabry's "Critical Condition"


“Warning: May Contain Christian Content”

I’m prepared to have my writing style criticized so long as he cause is valid. It’s conceivable that the reader doesn’t like medical novels. Perhaps I don’t pack a particular book with enough suspense. Maybe the characters are one-dimensional. All these are valid criticisms. But I bristle at criticism leveled at my work simply because it was written from a Christian worldview.

Every time one of my books is available as a free download, I can look forward to several one-star reviews, generally with the same comment: “I don’t like Christian fiction.” It’s not that I fill my novels of medical suspense with altar calls and conversion scenes. True, one of the characters sometimes quotes Scripture, but that’s rare, and always in context. What I do is write fiction from a Christian worldview, knowing that following Jesus isn’t a “get out of jail free” card, but rather a promise of strength most of us don’t know we had.

I’m often asked by interviewers from secular sites to explain Christian fiction. Here’s some of what I’ve said in the past: The books portray characters that are flawed, as we all are, and who struggle with their relationships, both with God and their fellow man...What I’ve frequently said is that the only difference I really see is that these novels don’t contain anything I’d hesitate for my mother, wife, or daughter to read.

I’m pleased that my latest novel, Critical Condition, has been given great reviews, including 4 ½ stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews. But I’m holding my breath until readers weigh in. Will some of them criticize my work because it’s “Christian fiction?” I hope not, but you never can tell.

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Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page. Links for the purchase of his books are found on his web page.