Author Interview with Donna E. Lane plus an excerpt from Sky Light Rises: Whisperers Book Two

Guess what today is!!! It’s Thoughtful Thursday! And I nearly forgot to post! Thank you, Donna, for being our guest today. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

What is the inspiration behind your writing?

I rely completely on the Holy Spirit to inspire and direct my writing. He will give me an idea, and I will sit with Him in prayer to write down the outline. My favorite writing times are the times I wake up in the middle of the night, and He has given me an entire story line, a complete outline, or the next part of a story I am working on, and I can write it all down like I’m taking dictation. For example, my husband asked me to write a children’s story to go along with some materials he was developing to work with trauma survivors of the Haitian earthquake. I prayed for help with the story before I went to bed, and at 3 am, I woke up and the Holy Spirit had given me the whole story in my head. It took me four hours to write it all down. Because He is my help in writing, I feel at peace with what I have written, knowing I have done my best to convey what He wants me to present.

When is your favorite time to write? Do you need quiet, or can you write no matter the noise?

I prefer quiet, although I am one of those people who can hyper-focus, so I am able to write when there is noise. My husband and I often spend “writing days” at our cabin in the mountains because of the peace and quiet.

If you could sit down with any author and ask them a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

I would choose C. S. Lewis, my favorite author, and I would ask him about his inspiration and how he came to have so much incredible insight about Jesus (having been an atheist prior to his interactions with J. R. R. Tolkien). I would love to just sit with him and listen to him talk.

What’s next for your writing?

I just finished the second book in a three-book speculative fiction series called Whisperers. Hopefully, Sky Light Rises, Book Two in the series, will release in July. Currently, I am writing a Bible study. The working title is Seeking Treasures, but that title may change as I go along. The study is based on Jesus’ parables of the priceless pearl and the treasure in the field. After that, I will start on Whisperers Book Three.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Something you find yourself coming back to again and again?

My absolute favorite single verse is Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. My favorite section of Scripture is I Corinthians 9:24-27 – Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for book research, where would you go and what would you be researching?

I would go back to New Zealand, just because the beauty of that country is inspiring and fills me with joy. I would love to stay there for several months and do nothing but write and enjoy God’s creation.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

The enemy doesn’t want you to say what God has for you to write, and he will do anything within his power to deceive you into thinking your writing isn’t good enough, you have nothing to say, and you’re going to fail. Don’t listen to him. He will throw what if’s at you, and he will whisper lies in your ears. Don’t listen to him. If God has put the desire to write in your heart, He wants you to write, and He has equipped you for His purposes in your writing. So, write with the assurance you are prepared and able, and do not let fear stop you.

 

The following is an excerpt from the beginning of Sky Light Rises: Whisperers Book Two, releasing in July.

 

Nikani knelt beside Amadah’s body, splayed on the Chalcedi makeshift altar like slaughtered game. His tears dripped slowly from his eyes and landed on Amadah’s chest, but he did not make a sound. He lifted her arms, dislocated from the hanging, and laid them gently across her chest, brushing the dirt from around her fingernails. Her beautiful auburn hair, always unruly, was smeared across her forehead and face, plastered down with sweat and blood. Nikani tried to smooth the stray strands back from her face, but in the process, he caught a glimpse of her empty, cloudy eyes, and the realization she was truly gone hit him full force. His head fell to his chest, his shoulders heaved, and he gasped out gut-wrenching sobs.

Alatha and Kai stood before the bonfire, gripping each other tightly against the horror of the loss of Alana, Alatha’s sister and Kai’s lover. The rest of the surviving Jasperi appeared to be in shock, staring at nothing, paralyzed.

The Jacinthi were clustered together around the altar where Aleshanee lay. Only a couple of Jacinthi had met Amadah, and those who had did not know her well, but they had gotten to know little Aleshanee, who was a friend to everyone. They wept silent tears. With Aleshanee, Amadah, and Kindra gone, no one seemed to know what to do.

Yiska waddled over to Aleshanee’s body, stretched out on display. He looked back to Enla, who was weeping in despair. “We can’t leave her like this,” he moaned.

His words roused Angeni, the Jacinthi leader, who was collapsed onto the ravaged dirt, weeping bitterly. She rose slowly. “No, we cannot,” she replied to Yiska.

Kacina spoke to the group. “We know only what Kindra said to us before the end: only the words can reconnect the worlds. We must listen to the words. We need to follow what the ancient texts tell us to do.”

“We cannot stay here,” Kwania spoke up. “This site is even more poisonous than our mountain. We must move on, or we will begin to experience the effects of the toxicity. And who knows what the Amthysti device did to the atmosphere.”

“Nothing,” Enla muttered. “It did nothing. Don’t you see? Didn’t you understand? That’s why Kindra brought us here. That’s why she died. She died to save this world from destruction and to save us from the aftereffects of that thing going off. She used her power to contain its effects and to spare this world from its results.

Purchase Sky Light Falls: Whisperers Book One I’ve read book one and loved it immensely. Can’t wait for book two. Get Book One today so you’ll be ready to dive into Book Two next month!

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Author Takeover with Gina Holder and her new release: No Greater Love

On today’s Thoughtful Thursday, it’s all about Gina and her new book, No Greater Love. I had the pleasure of reading No Greater Love and I can confidently say you should check it out.

nogreaterlove.jpg Purchase your copy here: No Greater Love

Book Blurb:

One Book Changed Her Life…and Her Eternity

He said he’d never risk leaving a widow.
She said she’d never love a man in uniform.

Paige McDonald collects antique literature and works at the largest bookstore in Portland, Oregon. When her grandfather, a firefighter, was killed, she vowed never to fall in love with a first responder. An old Bible leads to an unexpected discovery and disrupts everything she knows about herself, her family, and God. Her desire to know the truth sends her to the town of Whitman directly into the radar of Patrol Officer Hamilton Bryant.

After the loss of his best friend and fellow officer, Hamilton vowed never to marry. He won’t risk leaving a widow. Instead, he reserves his passion for serving his family and the town he’s sworn to protect. When a series of robberies and threats against the mayor correspond with Paige’s sudden appearance in Whitman, their paths intersect.

Gina has even provided a book excerpt to add a little sparkle to your day!

Book Excerpt:

“Call 911! Call 911!”

Years of training kicked in. Paige dropped the book in her hands like a hot coal and bolted into the Green Room. A small child jerked on the floor, coughing and sputtering, while an overwrought gentleman knelt beside her.

Paige dropped to her knees and grabbed his arm. “What happened?”

He raked his hands through his hair, then clenched his fists. His words came out shaky and broken. “I don’t know. Please, help my daughter.”

The child stopped coughing. Her lips tinted blue. Not good. “I have first aid training. With your permission, I’ll do CPR.” The anxious father nodded. Paige tucked strands of her hair behind her ears. Ignoring the gathering crowd, she bent over the small child and opened the little girl’s mouth, checking her airways. Something white was visible at the back of her throat. Paige eased her hand in and felt a stick. She tugged. A lollipop came loose. She sat back on her haunches and handed the candy to the father. His face blanched. “I—I thought…”

She’s still not breathing. Paige focused on blowing into the girl’s lips. After what seemed like an eternity, the child gasped for air and began coughing again. Paige rolled her onto her side, then stroked her hair and patted her back, whispering soothing words. “It’s OK. That’s good. Just breathe.”

Moments later, the crowd parted as the EMTs came through the front door with their equipment. Paige stepped back while the father explained what had happened. She wasn’t needed here any longer, so she slipped away. Just before she reached the stairs, a cold hand grabbed her wrist. Cat Bastille’s face was ghostly pale. “How did you know what to do?”  

“My grandpa required me to take the first aid class for babysitters at the Red Cross when I was twelve. I’ve renewed my certification ever since.”

Without waiting for a reply, she climbed the stairs to the third floor and entered the employee lounge. She crossed to the lockers and leaned her head on the cool metal, shaking as the adrenaline wore off. A warm feeling spiraled like waves over her heart. “You would be so proud, Grandpa. I saved someone today.” She wiped at the tears on her cheeks, sniffled, and unlocked her locker. She checked the time on her cell phone. It was already a quarter after five. Her aunt would worry when she wasn’t home at the usual time. I’ll call her on my way to the bus stop. Aunt Hattie, her grandfather’s sister, had been her caregiver ever since his passing. At twenty-five years of age, Paige hardly needed watching over, but she couldn’t bring herself to get her own place.

Once downstairs, she pushed through the revolving door. Portland’s Pearl District bustled with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. People rushed here and there, never taking their eyes off their cell phones.

“Hi, cutie.” A paramedic stood outside, waiting for the others. She tried to ignore him. She swung her backpack over her shoulder and moved down the sidewalk toward the crosswalk. He followed at her heels. “You’re the one that saved that little girl.”

She pretended that a plastic bag rolling down the street distracted her. Almost to the crosswalk. Just a few more steps. Please don’t ask me out.

“I’m Alex Fletcher. Do you want to catch a movie sometime? Maybe go out to dinner?”

Paige stopped walking and shifted her backpack strap to the other shoulder. She turned to face the medic, shielding her eyes from the setting sun behind him. “I don’t date first responders.”

“Really? You don’t know what you’re missing.” Paige walked backward, shaking her head. “Come on, what’s not to like about us hero types?” The paramedic puffed out his chest.

What’s not to like? “The hero part.”

About the Author: gina

Gina Holder dreamed of being a writer from her early teen years and completed the Long Ridge Writer’s Group “Breaking into Print” course. She also graduated from Faith Bible Institute. In August 2017, she published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go?, a historical romance. No Greater Love is her first contemporary romantic suspense.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not homeschooling her daughter or working on her next novel, she enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, and playing the piano and organ.

Blog: storiesbygina.wordpress.com
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Twitter: @GinaHolder83

Behind the Scenes with Tom Donnan: Will you open the One Door Between Us?

Today on Thoughtful Thursday, we have Tom Donnan sharing his experience and the story behind One Door Between Us. Join us for a glimpse behind the scenes.

 

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Behind the Scenes Story

Expectations and assumptions flew out the door as I sat down and had coffee with three lady pastors. I had come to Oklahoma City to minister with Pastor Phillip Corbett. He has a revival/healing ministry and the ladies were our hosting pastors. In the course of friendly chit chat I heard tidbits of God’s supernatural activities in their lives, families and ministries. As I sat with very strong coffee, I asked questions and they responded with over the top God stories. I loved it! I had just finished my test fiction booklet based on a true story and now, sitting with me are the subjects of my next book.

I had in mind a single book telling their stories, intertwining how Phil and I came into their lives and what God’s actions happened as a result. I know, in our culture people are looking for a manifest God who still does miracles. I began in July of 2017 focusing on the senior pastor. We had friendly phone interviews and soon a problem developed, she is a very humble person. That meant I had to pull information out of her. The flow in the creation of the new book was: phone interview, write three chapters, send it for review, edit content as requested and then repeat.

In January 2018; I was extreme panic mode! I was at the fifty thousand word mark and nowhere near being finished. The story was so good, wonderfully filled with God’s blessings, I was not close to being done with her story let alone the others. Productions cost would be beyond what I hoped to pay. Pacing in my townhome, talking with God with all my concerns, I remembered.

Each year I like to go on a personal pilgrimage to Moravian Falls, NC. There is hidden place called; Pray Mountain. A group of Moravians had traveled to the new world, bought this piece of property and deeded it to Jesus Christ. Then, each day they prayed on the mountain. To this day it is an angelic hotspot. I have met fifteen people, over the years, who have encountered angels there. One day, while spending time on the mountain, a young Korean women arrived. We talked and I was told she was the interpreter for a group of Korean Pastors who traveled halfway around the world to be on location for a conference. As we were leaving, moving towards our cars, she stopped, looked at me with a blank expression and said: “You are going to write a series of books.” It was May 2017. My panic subsided as trust built up in my heart. Putting the pieces together I saw that God already knew I was going panic and sent me a message seven months before I needed it. One Door Between Us is a Love Story and inspirational journey. The main character is; “Arielle.” She will open one door to love and another to God’s destiny in her calling.

Purchase your copy here: One Door Between Us

Book blurb:

One Door Between Us

Inspired by a true story

It was the third time in one week; someone was knocking on the front door. They were polite and invited them in not knowing their lives would never be the same. They enjoyed a good life. However, this family’s life is about to get better as heaven invades. Looming in the near future is a traumatic event they would never recover from, except God changed the course of their destinies. Ignorant to the ways of God, we watch as they grow in their spiritual life, from newborn babes to strong mature Christians. The world around them saw God in motion as the readers get a look behind the spiritual veil into the activities surrounding them.

Arielle is an inquisitive girl who always wants to discover the clues that lead her to the truth. Her thirst for knowledge is a life long journey and she achieves her lofty goals. The supernatural activities of God became a common occurrence; it was normal for her to experience it. She witnessed the manifest presence of God and her love for Him is on display. Paramount will be her decision to open two doors into her life. One will be to a deep romantic, fulfilling love and the other she will answer God’s call upon her life.

 

Excerpt

Right on time, three sharp knocks sounded on the door. Lance was standing in the hallway. Taking on last, quick look in the mirror, she reached for the doorknob. Two lives were separated only by one wooden door.

She was ready to say her first words, and they were poised on the tip of her tongue. Ari had planned to play it cool until she saw which way the evening would go. Turning the doorknob and swinging the door open wide, she saw lance for the first time. All her preparations flew out the window! Just when she thought she had it all planned out and would be in control, the sight of him took her breath away.

 

 

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Tom Donnan’s life is never boring. In the hands of God he never knows what will be next. His life ended on February 6th 2006 as the result of the widow maker heart attack. In that instant, in the spiritual realm, God spoke to Tom. He said: “It is only while you are on earth that you can work for Jesus.” He was unaware of the frantic activities by the paramedics who were feverishly working to save his life. One of them shouted; “Clear” as the defibrillator came to life administering a powerful shock that restarted Tom’s heart. Often, as he speaks before a group he will say to them: “I wasn’t a keeper, God threw me back.” Tom loves doing the work for Jesus and pursues it with a passion.

Tom has three children and five grandchildren. Now that they are grown the world is open to explore. The doors to adventure never stop as God provides away to keep working for the Lord. With a second chance in life, his goal is to reach people with the saving knowledge of God and to release the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Tom has now written five books. His first three books: Healing the Nation, Spiritual House Cleaning and Pastors and the presence of God are aimed to help people come into a supernatural relationship with their Father God. Writing fiction, inspired by true stories, is a way to reach readers who enjoy stories. 7:14 Angels on Assignment is about a pastor who was serious ill and going to die if God didn’t intervene. One Door Between Us came to life after Tom met three incredible lady pastors. This is the first book in a small series.

 

You can find Tom’s Books

Amazon Authors Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Donnan/e/B00IK6Z0GU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1524322315&sr=8-1

 

Healing the Nation Ministry on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealingTheNationMinistries/

 

Email: healingthenation1776@gmail.com

 

 

 

Character Post by Kristen Terrette from her book: Morning Star

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Today, Kristen is sharing a bit about Morning Star. Kristen, thank you for giving an insight into your characters.

Character Post:

Do you have a friend that is always the chief-in-command? Maybe she always takes the lead? Maybe she’s the first born? Or just a perfectionist, and hence thinks she’s the best for the job, so she takes charge?

This was my high school best friend. I relished being on the sidelines watching her work. She was, and still is, tough as nails, consistent, fiercely loyal, and superbly bossy in all the finest ways.

My heroine, Addie, is like this. She’s strong-willed, driven, and even authoritative at times. In fact, most might be a little bit intimidated of her—until she smiles really big and talks about God as her best friend.

Addie learned as an apprentice under her dad. After his death, she keeps his legacy alive by continuing in his footsteps restoring old homes on the brink of being torn down. She grows the business and gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she’s asked to star in a reality TV show about her life. She risks everything and buys one of the oldest, and most expensive, homes on Moanna Island, setting out to bring it back to life.

Her first day, she meets the boy next door who’s hiding out in his Grandmother’s beach house. Addie senses he’s hurting and, remaining true to herself, begins to pray for him. Because, you see, the biggest thing people learn quickly about her is that she’s not only fiercely loyal to her friends/crew and family, but she’s also this way with God. Her relationship with Him isn’t a façade, that it’s real and intimate. As an early riser, she has a dedicated quiet time every single morning, hanging out with the Morning Star (Jesus) to begin her day. She says it’s fitting because “the sun brings light into each new day, and Jesus, the Son, brings light into the world.” And she quotes Revelation 22:16, “I am the Root¾meaning the very foundation of everything¾and the Offspring of David¾a prophecy fulfilled¾, and the bright Morning Star.” (NIV)

Addie does a great job demonstrating to all of us how to be a Christ-follower, how to overcome fear, heartache, loss, and even how to love. I hope readers grow in their own relationship with God while getting to know her, and if anything, begin to see the Morning Star in a new way.

Book Blurb:

Addie McHenry, restoration home builder extraordinaire, catches her big break when the House to Home network contracts her to film a reality TV show focusing on how she brings homes back to life. She sets her sights on one of the oldest on Moanna’s beach and has to risk everything just to get it.

 

Shane Armstrong moved from Savannah to his grandmother’s Moanna oceanside house when his world shattered five months before. He went on leave from his job as a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, hopeful his grandmother’s peaceful street will help him heal. The reality TV show’s arrival threatens this serenity.

 

But the construction and camera crews are nothing compared to Addie herself. She’s tough as nails, challenging, and superbly bossy as she works to get her way. But she’s also kind, hardworking, and has a relationship with God Shane can’t begin to understand.

 

With each encounter, Shane’s walls start to crumble as Addie brings more than just the historical home back to life, but him as well. Addie tries desperately not to enjoy spending time with the irritable and scowling boy from next door. He hides his heartache well, but she sees it there behind his prickly exterior. Soon she begins to uncover the sacrificial hero underneath the façade.

 

With both of them only temporary residents on Moanna Island, their thin ice relationship crashes to a halt. Can Shane return to his risky job with the Coast Guard? Does he even want to? And can Addie let him go and follow her dreams even when tragedy strikes?

 

Purchase your copy here: Morning Star

Author Bio:

 

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Kristen Terrette holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children’s Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family starts to arrive home. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women’s leadership and teaching team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To learn more about her writing projects, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.

Are you a loner?

Pretty mysterious title? Maybe not as much as you think. Maybe not as much as I think.

Do you consider yourself a loner? Do you find yourself trying to do everything without ever asking for help? I do, on both counts. And as much as I like my lone-wolf status, writing is not a one-man show. Wait…let me clarify. When you write a book, you might be alone. If you self-publish, you might be alone when you hit the publish button. But the moments after writing the rough draft and before hitting publish should include the use of other people.

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I’m not telling you to go spend a fortune on editors, cover designers, proofreaders, and everything else that a book needs. And yes, they do need those things. That was my excuse for two years. I don’t have the money to pay a cover designer. Editors cost a fortune. I’ll never be able to find anyone willing to proofread. Excuses. Every one of them. Hard truth: I don’t have money to fork over for any of these things. Personal life stuff that you don’t need to know about. Fact: After a lot of research, I found my solution.

I fear I might be rambling…

Story time…

A little over a year ago, I self-published my first book. Without letting anyone set eyes on it. For the rest of the year, I continued publishing books. Although I did have someone do a read-through for grammatical errors, there was no content edits, no proofreaders looking for plot holes, no beta readers. Just me and my one-man show. Big mistake.

I love those books. Don’t get me wrong. I’m just notorious for being impatient. ‘Putting the cart before the horse,’ so to speak. I felt stuck, with no other options than to go it alone.

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This year, I learned something. Yeah, I know. Took me a whole year to learn what most authors figure out in a couple days. I learned my fear of critique was keeping me from writing my best story. My 97% introvert brain said I couldn’t let anyone see my work. That I had to do everything alone. That I just needed to publish and then everything would be fine. How backward is that thinking? All the way on another planet backward.

Man is it hard to let those pages out of my fingers for someone to critique. I have the best critique group thanks to ACFW. They don’t coddle me. It hurts to see those red lines scattered all over the pages. Sometimes, I even have to walk away for a day because my introvert brain despises rejection. That’s my problem, not theirs. They are not rejecting me. They don’t hate my work. They want me to succeed.

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Here’s my challenge for you. If you find yourself in the situation I just described, don’t give in to the ‘I can do it. I don’t need anyone’ mentality. Being strong is great. Asking for help is not a weakness. I’m still going to try and carry in all the groceries in one go without asking anyone to help, but when it comes to writing, I’m creating a team.

Do you need a team? Have you been trying to lone-wolf your way through writing, creating, and publishing? There are people out there who would love to help. I’m one of them. Helping is another aspect of my INFJ personality. I’m quicker to offer help than I am to ask for it.

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Maybe no one needed to read this. Maybe I just needed to write it. Either way, here it is. I still need help launching my next book. If you want to help contact me. If you need help with any aspect of your book, contact me. I’ll do everything I can to help and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll help you find the answer.