Today I am featuring my new book, For All Eternity.
Here is the book blurb.
When Joella Crawford meets handsome accountant, JD Neilson, he's the man of her dreams—polite and clean cut with strong moral values. He's the perfect Christian man. Or is he?
JD Neilson falls in love with interior designer, Joella Crawford despite his father's command to marry a woman of his faith, the one true church, the Exalted Brethren. Yet despite his efforts to gain status in the afterlife, he can't attain the quiet peace he sees in Joella's life. Can he find the strength to forsake the teachings of his childhood to embrace The Truth? If he does, will Joella accept him or has he lost her forever?
Available for purchase at Amazon.com
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." Proverbs 4: 18-19.
Hmm. Let's see. Would I rather walk in the full light of day or in darkness and stumble. That's a no brainer. But the passage says the righteous walk in the full light of day. I don't feel very righteous. I've harbored some unkind thoughts today … and I've gossiped a bit. And oh, yeah, I envied a few people and lost my temper with my husband. That doesn't sound too righteous. Sounds like sinful behavior.
But what does God's word say? "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3: 23-24. Though I don't feel justified, God says I am. And I believe Him.
Romans 8: 1-2 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." This is good news. Though it doesn't say I'll never sin again, it does mean I'm not a slave to it. Now I think I can walk in the full light of day and hold my heart up higher.
Monday, October 27, 2014
The Lyre and the Lambs
In the sequel to The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, Dee and Valerie redefine family when they move bag and baggage into a modern Eichler compound in sleepy Los Altos, California in the 1960s. The newly-wed mother and daughter and their husbands attract young relatives from out of town: Danel from Navarre, a leader and charmer; David from Israel, an intellect and driver; and Addy from New York City, full of spirit and energy. What invisible music lures them to the Glass House?
It’s not long before this tribe of misfits raises the suspicions of their neighbors. When City councilman Schwartz takes up the neighbors’ cause, Dee, now the family matriarch, must protect her flock. Once again she will turn to Father Mike for help.
Father Mike is more than willing to come to the aid of the Moraga clan, but he has his own problems. The city has exercised eminent domain over St. Matthew’s and the popular rector is now without a church. More troubling than that, the Anglican priest finds himself attracted to newly widowed Laura, a state of affairs for which he is ill prepared.
The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the forces that drive them apart.
Sydney Avey lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non profits and corporations. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, and Unstrung (published by Blue Guitar Magazine) and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Sydney is the author of two novels, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter and The Lyre and the Lambs. She blogs at sydneyavey.com on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life.
The Lyre and the Lambs by Sydney Avey on Amazon. ISBN 978-1-938708-31-2 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-938708-33-4 (ebook). http://www.amazon.com/The-Lyre-Lambs-Sydney-Avey/dp/1938708318
The Sheep Walker’s Daughter on Amazon. ISBN 978-1-938708-19-0 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-938708-20-6 (ebook). ISBN 978-1-938708-30-5 (audiobook). http://www.amazon.com/The-Sheep-Walker-Sydney-Avey/dp/1938708199/
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Macy, penned by April McGowan, is more than a page turner. I literally felt compelled to keep reading and couldn't put it aside until I finished. The story, written in first person, drew me into the heroine's world, kept me rooting for her, and sent my emotions on a roller coaster ride.
Red headed, green-eyed Macy Stone marries her middle aged husband, Arthur, at sixteen and travels with him in his long-haul truck for seven years. Living out of a suitcase and eating on the road sounds fun at first but eventually loses its charm. Though Arthur is emotionally abusive, she remains with him, caring for his every need—including acting as his navigator.
The days pass, not happily, but at the same time they aren't intolerable. That is until Macy finds out she's pregnant.
Secret after secret unravels before her, adding to her pain and burden. But along her journey, she learns about God. How He provides His loving and caring people to make a difference in lives, especially Macy's.
Macy is an exquisite, intense story of forgiveness, healing, and learning to listen to God, a life changing experience. April's first book, Jasmine, has been nominated for a Carol award. I would suggest this one is a candidate as well. 5 stars.
About the Author:
April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she's on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.