Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Open Our Minds to Greater Understanding

I've been a Christian for a long time but am certainly not a theologian. After all these years, I still have trouble understanding many portions of the Bible, yet hunger to comprehend more perplexes me. When reading Luke 24:45 the other day, a notion struck me. See if you agree.
After Jesus' resurrection, two men were on their way to Emmaus. A stranger showed up and walked along the road with them. To their astonishment, he explained the scriptures then disappeared. At that moment they realized it was Jesus and rushed back to Jerusalem where they found the eleven disciples assembled. Together, they discussed the meaning of the events.
While they were gathered together, Jesus appeared in the room. John 24 reveals the whole story. One verse that stood out to me is verse 45. "Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures."

It hit me. Jesus is no respecter of persons. If He could do that for the disciples, couldn't he do the same for us if we ask Him? "Lord, open our hearts and minds to better understand Your word."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today's Author Spotlight Shines on Sharon Srock

Today Sharon joins us to share about her latest release. Pam Women of Valley View.
About the Book:
Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.
 Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

 Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

Author Bio:
Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie, The Women of Valley View: Terri, and The Women of Valley View: Pam . Book number four The Women of Valley View: Samantha will release in early 2015.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Feature..Getting to know June

So I thought it would be fun to share some questions that I have been asked in interviews over the last few years since my books started coming out.  This will be a three week series.  So I hope you enjoy getting to know me better and if you have any questions leave a comment and I will do my best to answer your question.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the mother of two and grandmother of 10, soon to be a great. My husband and I traveled in our RV full time until last November when we bought a house. I taught school for 34 years and began writing in my 60's. I love the Lord and couldn't go one day without Him.

 Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Well, I'm 5'10" and have a daughter who's 5'2". My great grandfather was a Catholic priest. I generally tell people to think about that one for a minute. I lived in Europe for three years.

 Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
I loved reading as a child. The Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew books were my favorites. In high school, I loved historicals.

 As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
Never. That is another strange thing about me. I wrote academically in college and with my job, but never fiction. It was only until the Lord put a story on my heart that I began writing. I knew nothing about the craft and started reading every "how to" book I could get my hands on. I'm continually learning.

 What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Quirky, huh? I've done lots of crazy stuff, but one I don't think I've mentioned before is many years ago when my brother came to a dinner at my house, he pretty much passed out from, shall I say, too much wining and dining. I painted his nails on both hands red. I need to mention, that was in my BC days. Before Christ.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Though I write contemporary romance, I believe end-time fiction such as the Left Behind Series, is my favorite.

 Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better.
I get up in the morning and read my Bible, accompanied by a hot cup of coffee. Then my husband and I do a devotional and pray together. Since I'm retired from teaching, my schedule isn't as rigid as it once was. I try to go upstairs to my office for a couple of hours. Since my husband is on Eating For Life, I do a lot of cooking. Then, God willing, I try to do one of my exercise tapes - stretching or aerobic walking. Then it's back to the computer and more writing. Some days doing the wash or going to the little country grocery store near our house keeps me busy.

 When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?

I first began writing in January, 2010. I continue to write because the Lord won't let me stop. Seriously, I have so many stories in my head and such a strong desire to get them written down, I can't stop.

How many books do you have published and where can they be found?
I have four published. Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, Deliver Us, and A Hometown Fourth of July. They can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Desert Breeze Publishing, and where ever e-books are sold. Ryan's Father will be published with White Fire in January 2014. (Of course this book is out already along with my novella Red and the Wolf, which also released earlier this year)

 Tell us about your latest book.
The Way Home whose name is soon to be changed, is the story of a Christian woman who falls in love with a handsome accountant she believes would make the ideal Christian husband. In reality, she discovers he belongs to a non-Christian cult, but it's too late, she loves him and doesn't want to give him up.

Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
In 2011, I submitted a proposal to Desert Breeze Publishing for my Bellewood Series. I never thought it would result in a contract. One Sunday morning in September, I opened my e-mail and received the news that Gail Delaney wanted to contract all three books in the series. When I screamed, my husband came running from the bedroom thinking a bug had attacked me or something. Deliver Us is the third and final book in that series.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our True Thoughts

Sometimes I struggle with keeping my thoughts on things that please God. Too often it's God, why didn't I get that contract when that other author got one, if I hurry up with this prayer, I'll have more time to get on with my agenda, and since I'm a Christian, I've got more insight than that other person. Those are only a small sampling of what my mind is capable of.
Philippians 4: 8 offers guidance on this very subject. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Eight words that describe the characteristics of thoughts that please God.
Okay, I have to admit these kind of thoughts don't come naturally to me, but I decided to define each to help solidify them in my mind. I chose the definition that came closest to referring to our minds.
True - real, concordant with the facts
Noble - aristocratic or gentle
Right - fair or just
Pure - genuine
Lovely - beautiful, agreeable
Admirable - held in great respect
Excellent - superior, wonderful
Praiseworthy - deserving congratulations

If I measure my thoughts against this list, it's not too hard to weed out the ungodly ones. I pray this helps you, too.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Some pictures from the Awards and conferences.

Again, I just have to say I am truly blessed and honored to have had my two books place as well as they did.  These are some pictures from the awards presentations.

 Yes I closed my eyes, this was the award in San Antonio for the RWA conference
This is in Portland OR at the Cascades conference

Ryan's Father Book Trailer

Where to Buy June's Books

Click on any of the images to go to a purchase site for the book.