Thursday, October 30, 2008
I don't like to talk politics. Inevitably someone gets upset, angry and shouting ensues. (Especially here in California) But I can't help but be very nervous about this upcoming election and the general direction in which I see our country heading. In all the years I've been old enough to vote, I've never felt such anxiety over a presidential election outcome. I've also never seen such greed, such hypocrisy, such corruption in our government and its officials. It seems as though everyone is out for themselves, what they can get out of a situation to further their career, their power, their bank accounts, instead of being the public servants they were elected to be and actually "serving" the people who elected them. Now there's a thought! How refreshing that would be. And not only serving the people, but the country, puting its long term needs ahead of their own personal ones. In essence, I'm disgusted by what I see happening and I truly believe our forefathers would be too.
I've heard it said that a democracy will crumble from within when most of its people become so self-centered that they no longer consider future generations or the state of our nation, but only want to satisfy their own immediate desires--when most people, instead of doing the homework necessary to investigate each candidate thorougly, they choose the one who will benefit them the most with no regard for others or the country as a whole.
When this happens, it causes bigger and bigger government ruling over a selfish mass who constantly look to government to solve all their problems.
But government cannot solve people's problems It never could. Our founding fathers knew this from experience. That's why they created a small government with lots of checks and balances and put the true power in the hands of the people.
Where have we gone wrong? I'll leave you with this verse from 2Timothy 3:1-4. But I'll also urge you to pray for this upcoming election. Pray for God's will and for our nation to rise up and be great once again.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Because of their Protestant faith in Catholic France during the 17th century, Huguenots Francois and Madeleine Clavell's estate is overtaken by King Louis XIV's dragoons. Madeleine takes it upon herself to save her family by calling on her past love affair with the king. This is a desperate and risky decision, and one that forever changes her family's future.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wars and rumors of wars Matt 24: 6-7 Rev 6:3-4
Famines Luke 21:11 Rev 6:5-8
Pestilences Matt 24:7, Rev 6:8
Earthquakes Luke 21:11; Isaiah 24:19-20; Rev 6:12-14
Nation of Israel reborn Isaiah 66:8; Ezekiel 37:21
Increase in strange weather and natural disasters Romans 8:22
Rise of many false prophets Matt 24: 4,11,24; 1 Tim 4:1-2
Rapid exchange and increase of knowledge Daniel 12:4
People would travel to and fro—global transportation Daniel 12:4
Gospel is preached to every nation, tongue and people Matt 24:14
Global communication made possible where everyone will be able to see Jesus when he comes Matt 24:30
Falling away of the church or the great apostasy 2 Thess 2:3; Matt 24:10
Morality declines all over the world and great wickedness prevails 2 Tim 3:1-5; Matt 24:11; Gen 6:5-6 and Matt 24:37-39
Men become lovers of self, money and their own pleasure over anything else, especially God 2 Tim 3:1-5
Youth rebellious against parents 2 Tim 3:2-3; Mark 13:12
Homosexuality on the rise Luke 17:28-30; Ezekiel 16:49
Rise in sexual immorality and perversion Jude 1:7-8
Scoffers who ridicule and insult Christians Jude 1:18
War of Gog and Magog Ezekiel 38
Babylon is rebuilt and then falls at the end Rev 18
Rise of the final world empire, based on the old Roman empire (this could be an economic empire rather than one won by military might). This new kingdom will have 10 major kings or rulers Daniel 2:41-43; Rev 17:12
Persecution of Christians resulting in martyrs Matt 24:9; Rev 6:9
One main world leader will arise out of the new empire. He will get rid of three other of the rulers and take over all power. Daniel 7:7-8; Daniel 7:23-25
New world leader will make a peace treaty with Israel and her enemies for seven years Daniel 9:27
At some point, this new leader gets shot or killed and comes back to life Rev 13:3
The Jewish temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem Daniel 9:27, 12:11
3 ½ years into the peace treaty, the world ruler breaks the treaty with Israel and sets himself up as god in the Jewish temple to be worshiped Daniel 9:27; Matt 24:15
Remnant of Jewish people flee their land to hide out in the mountains Rev 12:6; Zechariah 14:5
Everyone is required to receive the sign of the beast on his forehead or hand, signifying their undying allegiance and worship of this world leader. If they do not, they are unable to buy and sell anything Rev 13:16
Persecution of Christians intensifies and many are martyred for their faith. Daniel 7:25; Rev 13:11
Rise of the False prophet who sets up a living statute of the antichrist and demands people worship it. He performs many signs and wonders. Rev 13:11-15
The sun darkens, the moon turns to blood and stars fall from the sky as Jesus descends in the clouds to gather his saints (rapture) 1 Thess 4;15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
144,000 young Jews are marked as belonging to the Lord Rev 14: 1-5
Marriage feast of the lamb in heaven. Rev 19:6-9
God’s wrath is poured out on all mankind Rev 8:6-12; Rev 9; Rev 16
Jesus returns with all His saints and plants his feet on the Mount of Olives Zechariah 14:1-5; 1 Thess 3:13
The Battle of Armageddon Rev 19:19
Devil chained up in the Abyss for 1000 years Rev 20:1-3
Antichrist and False prophet thrown into the lake of fire Rev 19:20
We rule and reign with Jesus on earth for 1000 years Rev 20:4, 6
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What about Job? If you haven't read the book of Job, I highly recommend it. Job lost his home, his livelihood, his children and his health. Why did all those bad things happen to him? It was because Satan challenged God. He told God that Job wouldn't worship God anymore if all the good things in his life were taken away. So God took him up on the challenge. Now, many of you may think this unfair. It seems like poor Job was simply a pawn in a cosmic game. but lets look at it a little differently. What an incredible opportunity for Job, just an average human mortal, to play a grand part in a huge battle and win a victory for God! He was commissioned by God, the creator of the universe to do battle with the enemy. Now, I don't know about you, but my life is pretty mundane and boring most of the time. I dream of big adventures battling evil and defeating my enemies. Job had that opportunity to make his life count. Isn't that what our lives here are all about? In the end, Satan lost the bet, and Job received back twice everything he had lost.
So, the next time you wonder why bad things are happening to you, stop a minute and think. Perhaps God is giving you an opportunity to glorify Him and win a battle against the enemy! What an incredible privilege.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
A collection of three novels By Yvonne Lehman
SARA HONEYCUTT needs a life goal now that she has a college degree, so she takes a summer housekeeping job. She quickly attracts the attention of the family's three sons, but which one can she really trust?
ELLEN JONSEN is jobless and feuding with her father. Desperate for a job that will keep her close to her little sister, Ellen starts working at a Christian conference center for a boss who harbors a mysterious pain in his past. Can she find relief for an increasingly stressful life?
TYLER CORBIN, just released from two years in prison, finds a woman he could love—if only his past were different. Can he trust her enough not to expose the fact that he is innocent?
Through joy and sorrow, each person finds a trail leading them torenewed faith, as well as romance.
Orchid House by Cindy Martinusen
Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words"Cindy Martinusen reveals the exotic beauty, generous hospitality and heartbreaking history of the Philippines in this stunning tale that enthralled me from start to finish." Rel Mollet "RelzReviewz"(Australia)
From back cover:A funeral and some family business--that' s what Julia Bentley expects when she travels to the Philippines to bury her grandfather. Instead, she discovers a place where the past and present, Spanish and Asian, primitive and civilized mingle in a melange as spicy and colorful as the paella her relatives dish up for special occasions. A place where children hitch rides on cattle and others wield loaded guns. Where guerrillas lurk in the jungle and volcanoes and governments are threatened to blow. Where stories haunt her ancestral home - the grand but decaying Hacienda Esperanza, Plantation of Hope - and danger lurks behind every tree. How can a land so foreign, and so troubled,fill her with a strange peace? And would staying mean risking her life...or finding it at last?
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
With God's help and the wisdom found in His Word, I hope to address these questions as best I can. And by the way, the 2nd book in my Pirate series, The Reliance, revolves around these very questions as well.
Before I give the first reason, let me lay a foundation.
1. God created the world and filled it with people and animals and it was Good.
2. He gave mankind free will and when confronted with the choice between good and evil, man chose evil.
3. God is a gentleman and always gives man his choice. Therefore evil in the form of Satan and his minions took over the world.
4. The consequences of man's choice not only brought evil into the world, but it brought evil into man's heart. The Bible says that the heart of man is evil. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live Ecclesiastes 9:3
So the real question should not be: Why do bad things happen to good people? but it should be: Why do good things happen to bad people?
We deserve nothing from God. He owes us nothing. Therefore, it would be better to focus on His goodness and the blessings He does send out way out of His mercy and love than to complain about the hardships.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
For me, the hardest thing is managing my time with all the other things I have to do—my critiquing service, online marketing in various forms, blogging. I do my best to manage my time, but sometimes there are other things that need to be done, so the writing gets squeezed out for the day.
I’m trying to get better about that, however. I try to set aside some time each day to write NO MATTER WHAT, and also an hour to read—because if I’m not reading what’s already being published, I can’t be sure that what I’m writing is fresh and appealing.
2. I’ve read all three of Camy’s books and she is the queen of characters. All of her characters are real, interesting, and identifiable people who will strike you in the emotional gut. What is your secret to creating such intense, real characters? Tell us briefly about the main characters in Single Sashimi? What makes the heroine, Venus, tick? What sets her apart from other heroines? What about Drake?
I use character archetypes as the baseline for my characters. I typically use the book 45 MASTER CHARACTERS by Victoria Lynn Schmidt and choose an archetype for the character first. Venus is the Father’s Daughter archetype, based on the goddess Athena.
Then I add some sort of twist to the character to make them more interesting than just the basic archetype.
For the Athena archetype, she values approval by the men she works with.
For Venus, I turned that on its head by making her despise the men she works with because of the change in how they viewed her when she suddenly lost so much weight.
This is how she is at the start of the story, so while she’s still the Athena archetype, she’s dealing with what seems like the betrayal of all the men in the world. This makes her more than just the archetype—she starts off the story already struggling with the loss of something she’s always held close.
Using archetypes is helpful for me because it separates, in my own mind, how I view each character. Lex is the Artemis archetype, Trish is the Persephone archetype, and Jenn is the Demeter archetype. They each seem very different to me in my own head, so when I write them, hopefully I convey their differences to the reader, too.
3. Is there a theme running through the story? What do you hope readers will take away besides a fun, entertaining read?
My hope is that readers will come away with a stronger understanding of how God is always in control, and that we just need to let go of our own sense of what we’d like to do or have happen and let Him do His thing.
4. You run a critique service as well as a “book doctor” service. What are five of the most common mistakes you see in the manuscripts that cross your desk?
I actually did ten of the most common mistakes, and I blogged about it here:
Some things I mentioned might surprise an intermediate writer. The one thing I want to emphasize is number 2, where I talk about clichéd characters. I see too many stories where the characters are not intriguing or original.
The thing is, a writer will not know if their character is truly original unless he/she READS EXTENSIVELY. In the article “Surviving Your Career” in the October 2007 issue of the Romance Writer’s Report, best-selling author Connie Brockway said: “In order to keep the word well filled, for every word you write you ought to read two.”
She was talking about refilling the creative well, but I’ve taken that a step further and believe that a writer should read extensively to keep the creative well FRESH and ORIGINAL.
5. What is next for you?
My next release is a romantic suspense called Deadly Intent that’ll be out around August next year. It’s part of Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Suspense line, and I’m totally thrilled about it!
Here’s a back cover blurb I came up with, but this might not be what’s on the actual back cover:
THERE WAS A DEAD BODY IN HER MASSAGE ROOM
And massage therapist Naomi Grant is suspected of murder. She’s frustrated and helpless as a web of lies closes in around her, framing her. She doesn’t have time to worry about her shaky faith or think about her growing attraction to the victim’s ex-husband, Dr. Devon Knightley.
Orthopedic surgeon Devon had only needed to claim his mother’s necklace back from his ex-wife, but suddenly he’s embroiled in a murder investigation and someone is trying to kill him. He wants to somehow protect Naomi from the trap being set around her, but can he keep them both safe against a villain with deadly intent?
Thanks for having me here, MaryLu!
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/ for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away ten boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, SINGLE SASHIMI.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Next, Monday, the 6th, Camy Tang will be my guest blogger. I will be posting her interview and information on her newest release, Single Sashimi. (I've read it and it's fabulous!) And Camy's giving away a free copy!!! So, please check back on Monday for that.
Now, this weeks, Chapter A week!
A Taste of Murder
By Virginia Smith
A ruthless killer stalks a young woman during a Kentucky town's annual Bar-B-Q Festival. He's had a taste of murder … and is hungry for more.
When classical music lover Jasmine Delaney accepts a gig to play her violin in a small town, she arrives in time to join in the festivities of the local Bar-B-Q Festival. But when she checks into the hotel, Jazzy is in for a few unpleasant surprises--like a body in the bathtub covered in barbeque sauce. Not even the soothing strains of Mozart can still her jangled nerves--especially when it seems the killer is intent on making her the next victim.
"A Taste of Murder is a delightful read. ... Virginia Smith dishes up strong characters, a viable plot and a warm, effective conclusion. " -- Romantic Times (4-star Review)
Lying on Sunday
By Sharon Souza
For Abbie Torrington, betrayal and truth are about to collide.
After learning her husband died of a heart attack—in another woman's bed—Abbie is faced with a choice: She can give in to despair, or she can create a new life. Abbie does both … Then a shocking revelation threatens to undo everything she's accomplished. Will the power of the truth really set Abbie free, or is forgiveness too far out of reach?
" Sharon has created a character so vivid and real you'll feel as though you've stepped into Abbie Torrington's life. You don't want to miss this beautiful story of healing and grace." --- Virginia Smith, author of Stuck in the Middle.
"Lying on Sunday is delightful and poignant, witty and moving . . . Bravo!" --- Nancy Moser, award-winning author of Washington's Lady and Just Jane.
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