Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Last I heard, Israel was planning a land invasion. If that happens, Hezbollah in the north have threatened to attack Israel as well, and quite possibly Iran will jump in the mix as they have been supplying Hamas with weapons for years.
Please pray for God to intervene and bring peace to the area. Pray for minimal injuries and deaths on both sides and for all to come to a saving knowlege of Jesus.
Yet, even in the midst of all the wars, the economic crises, the sicknesses, we as believers in Jesus should not be afraid. Therefore, let me end on an encouraging note from A.W. Tozer:
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlastingarms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say,"Destroy!" --Deuteronomy 33:27
Surely Bible-reading Christians should be the last persons on earth togive way to hysteria. They are redeemed from their past offenses, kept in their present circumstances by the power of an all-powerful God,and their future is safe in His hands. God has promised to support them in the flood, protect them in the fire, feed them in famine,shield them against their enemies, hide them in His safe chambersuntil the indignation is past and receive them at last into eternal tabernacles.
If we are called upon to suffer, we may be perfectly sure that we shall be rewarded for every pain and blessed for every tear. Underneath will be the Everlasting Arms and within will be the deep assurance that all is well with our souls. Nothing can separate us from the love of God-not death, nor life, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature. This is a big old world, and it is full of the habitations of darkness, but nowhere in its vast expanse is there one thing of which a real Christian need be afraid.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A pirate lady.
No. He could not believe it. He would not believe it.
Through the city gates, Dajon turned the horse onto the dirt path to Hassel Street, searching for an explanation for Miss Westcott’s behavior, any explanation besides the one that kept shoving its way to the forefront of his mind. Perhaps her father had trained her in arms. Perhaps she’d been forced to defend their home in the past. No. He knew Admiral Westcott. He would never allow one of his daughters to behave in such an improper and audacious manner.
She wiggled in the saddle and pulled away from him. “You do not have to hold me so tightly anymore,” she shot back over her shoulder.
He leaned toward her ear. “Enjoying yourself too much, perchance?”
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Minnesota author, Michelle Griep, has been writing since she first discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. She has homeschooled four children over the past twenty years, and teaches both Civics and Creative Writing for area co-ops. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle's debut historical romance, GALLIMORE, is scheduled for release today! Here's a bit about the story.
On his way to battle, Colwyn Haukswyrth, knight of Gallimore, comes face to face with a storm the likes of which he’s never seen, and a woman in the midst of it who claims to live centuries in the future. The Lady Jessica of Neale is an irksome, provoking bit of woman to be sure. And she’s about to turn his beliefs on end.
The product of a family rooted in pain and evil, Colwyn has focused on naught but himself—until Jessica. To a mysterious prophecy stitched on a tapestry, through the invasion of Gallimore itself, Colwyn and Jessica are bound together by a lesson in forgiveness and love—a bond that might be strong enough to survive the grave.
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Quirky - Q & A with Michelle Gripe.
Fiction character you would most like to be or most identify with and why?
I always wanted to be Lt. Uhura on Star Trek because her uniform is pretty sweet, she gets to wear a funky ear piece, and she never had a bad hair day in her life.
If you could ask any person, living or dead, a random question -- what question would you ask of whom?
I’d ask Mr. Rogers about the whole sweater and sneaker attire…was that really your idea or your mother’s?
Some out there in writing land have strange rituals. Share yours.
It involves blood letting and small mammals, which I’m pretty sure is illegal in most of the contiguous United States. Good thing I live in the state of confusion (sorry, couldn’t resist).
If you could change something in any novel, what would you change about it and why?
I’ll be stepping on some toes here, but personally I’d cut a dinner party or two out of Sense & Sensibility.
What crayon in the box describes you on a good day? Bad day? Which one do you aspire to be?
I’m a marker girl myself, so I’m not really up on crayon colors.
Pick one…..Pink iguana, purple cow, periwinkle giraffe. Which one and why? Can be negative or positive.
Not touching that with a ten-foot pole.
Favorite turn of phrase or word picture, in literature or movie.
Classic: Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. (from Monte Python and the Holy Grail)
Most Recent: The sun stretched its rays further and stronger, like a thousand lances determined to strike a strong blow and leave a red mark. (from In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett)
If you were assured of writing a best-seller, what genre would it be? Give us a sliver of information, a characteristic or glimpse of a scene.
Time travel – I love to throw myself into history, and of course I’m always the heroine. Naturally there’d be an unbelievably muscular hero who’s a warrior with a big heart that’s completely devoted to the heroine. And sorry, Fabio would NOT be on the cover.
What period of history intrigues you the most?
What would you write if there were no rules or barriers? (epic novels about characters in the Bible, poetry, greeting cards, plays, movies, instruction manuals, etc.)
Whatever I feel like I wanna do! Gosh!
What makes you feel alive?
A cattle prod…don’t ask.
How does something worm its way into your heart? Through tears, truth, humor or other?
Time – I’m a slow learner.
Book, music, person, food you would take with you on a very long trip.
Book: Bible Person: Jesus
Music: Third Day Food: Chocolate
Where would you most like to travel ----- moon, north pole, deep seas, deserted island, the holy land or back to a place from your childhood, somewhere else? – and why.
England. I’m an Anglophile at heart.
Favorite season and why?
Autumn because of the amazing colors and the fact that hot chocolate is once again in season.
Favorite book setting and why?
Jane Eyre when she’s walking the misty moor and Rochester appears on a rearing horse. That’s how God most often works in my life. I’m usually walking around in a daze and bam! He appears.
Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?
Actually, I try hard to ignore compliments and criticism (mean-spirited, anyway) because I don’t want to get a big head, nor do I want to have my heart pierced.
What would you do today if you knew you had only a week to live?
Eat lots of chocolate, drink lots of coffee, and tell lots of people about Jesus. Wait a minute…I do that anyway.
What is your favorite word?
What word annoys you more than any other?
Superhero you most admire and why?
Underdog. What’s not to love about a pup in a cape?
Super power you'd love to borrow for awhile?
Anything you'd do but don't because of fear of pain? What is it? Ex. Bungee jumping, sky diving, running with scissors.
Grammatical pet peeve…sound off.
Just say no to sentence diagramming.
Societal pet peeve…sound off.
Young men, pull up your pants or spackle that crack. I’ve seen enough boxers in my laundry basket. I do not need to see yours.
by Michelle Griep
Fear. Not the instant electrical zing roiling your gut, quivering your heart into atrial fibrillation, and leaving the acidic taste in the back of your mouth near your uvula. No. I’m talking the heavy wool kind. Permeating and relentless. The storm cloud type of fear that settles into your bones and sets up house.
As a rookie writer, I lived with that fear. What if I can’t master showing versus telling? What if my plot and structure is a bowl of spaghetti? What if I can’t land an agent? All those doubts compounded into one sickening terror—what if I never get published?
The obvious cure-all was a contract. Signing a contract would mean I’m a for-real author and all those doubts and fears would suffer a quick, painless death.
As soon as my pen left the page and before the ink dried on that first contract, more fears sprang to life. What if no one buys my book? What if I get bad reviews? What if I don’t meet my deadline?
Good thing I started hanging out with Isaiah, or rather, in Isaiah. As usual, when I needed it most, God made a verse jump right off the page, stilling my erratic heartbeat. Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I’m sure glad that promise is in black and white, especially now, facing the daunting task of writing guest blogs. I don’t know how to do that. What if…
Okay, me again (MaryLu) . I had the privilege of reading Gallimore last month, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is an excellent adventure, time-travel, historical, romance that I'm sure you won't be able to put down!
A wonderful debut novel for Michelle Griep!
If you'd like to win a copy, please leave a comment about anything Michelle said in her interview that you found interesting.
And don't forget to visit Michelle at her website: http://www.mmgriep.com/
And you can order Gallimore at Amazon.com
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Brief Description: With dark brown hair, a rugged face and blue eyes the color of the sky, Dajon presents a handsome figure donned in his British Navy uniform. A large man for his day, his deep commanding voice and authoritative manner invoke obedience among his crew. Yet beneath his commanding and strict exterior, Dajon possesses the chivalrous heart of a true romantic and a love for God that outweighs everything else. Whenever I think of Dajon, a picture of the British actor, Richard Armitage, comes to mind. Dark and strong, but with a hint of playfulness on his face.
Strengths: Chivalrous, Possesses Integrity, Honorable, Loyal, Brave
Weaknesses: Inflexible, Rigid, Stubborn, Inhibited, Guilt-ridden
Quirks: Though Dajon prides himself on his crisp, clean appearance as a navy officer, he cannot keep one rebellious strand of his hair from incessantly escaping his queue. Beads of sweat appear on his forehead when he is angry or annoyed.
Inspiration: Dajon is the perfect example of someone trying to make up for a wicked past by following a set of rules. Instead of accepting God’s forgiveness and grace, Dajon believes he must pay penance for past sins by doing as many good works as he can. Hence, he joins the British Navy to protect and care for his fellow Englishmen. In addition, he believes that in order to avoid future mistakes, one must adhere to every rule thrust upon them by both God and man. This combines to make Dajon a very disciplined, pious, and unyielding man who is neither happy, nor at peace with the life he has chosen. I often battle, myself, with the idea of free grace and forgiveness. It seems too easy, doesn’t it? I feel like I should somehow earn God’s forgiveness. Otherwise it doesn’t seem real. So, I really enjoyed writing Dajon’s story, especially when he falls in love with wild, rebellious Faith.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
My interest in the Regency really began with a couple of Georgette Heyer books, and was then augmented by the 1940s version of Pride and Prejudice. At the time, I was so clueless I didn't even know yet that the costuming was all wrong in that film. Anyway, I started reading Austen with more interest, and then wishing I could find a Christian regency. I waited years. When it never materialized, I decided I'd have to write it myself!
To prepare for the writing, I spent hours in the library reference section, (internet was not what it is, today.) I bought reference books and devoured them, underlining and really learning what I read, not just reading it. And I began writing. Whenever I ran into an issue I didn't know about, I researched it, until I felt confident enough to write it into the story.
You have a strong spiritual message nicely interwoven into the story, which included the message of the gospel. Was that intentional? I was impressed because Christian novels rarely mention Jesus or the gospel so clearly.
I wasn't raised in a Christian home, and I wanted to emphasize that God really is only a prayer away—an earnest prayer, perhaps, but the point being that no distance from God is too far that He can't close it in a moment. I never knew that, growing up. I realize that people must count the cost, so to speak—and that living for God only BEGINS with that prayer, but my call is to show that the Lord is truly ever present, and that He cares. He will accept an earnest prayer from anyone, if they are truly seeking Him. I did have other goals for the book, as well, though: I wanted it to be entertaining, and true to the time period and the genre, but with a heroine who was smart but not cynical, innocent and yet wise enough to be committed to her ideals and attract a smart guy.
I was so impressed when your heroine stood by her godly principles especially when the hero was so dashing and charming and alluring! I’m not sure I could have been that strong! Was there a reason you emphasized her particular strength in this area?
Ariana knows her value as a woman in God's eyes, and she is not going to sell out, no matter the consequences. I believe if all women understood their God-given value, treatment of women across the board would have to improve because they would no longer tolerate abuse. And they would value their own purity. The fact is, that if God asks us to sacrifice anything in this life,(dashing heros included!) then he will more than compensate us— We just can't get a better life by having it our way apart from His will. He promises to give us life ABUNDANTLY—if we follow his plan for our lives. So that was important for me to include.
One thing that amazed me when I was reading your book was that I felt like I was reading a book by Jane Austen. How were you able to replicate the exquisite language of the time period so closely?
That is a fabulous compliment which I wish I could say I deserve! I'm not sure I was fully successful, but I'm still learning. How to pick up period language? All I can say is, if you read something enough, it starts to become natural to you. If you want to sound like Jane, read Jane. I rarely get to read any fiction these days, actually, but in the sequel to Before the Season Ends, (The House in Grosvenor Square) I had a lot of fun finding and using more period slang than I used in the first book.
If you could tell readers one thing to expect from your books, what would it be?
(Great question!) Regency atmosphere, faith-filled heroine, (or hero) a couple of good twists and turns when you least expect it, and a “prodigiously” happy ending.
What are your plans for the future? Should we be looking for more books?
Absolutely. I've got four regencies in my files to finish, first of all, (I love these) and a contemporary that is nearly finished. I've got two short stories that won't leave me alone, too (meaning, their main characters want me to make them into full books!) and I've got books I haven't started yet, and children's books, and non-fiction titles that I've outlined. I have more story ideas than I could probably ever write, actually.
How and where can we purchase your books? And how do readers get in touch with you.
Look in any major bookstore, or any online outlet such as ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc. For an autographed copy, go to my website, (while they're in stock) http://www.linoreroseburkard.com/. And readers can drop me a line at Linore (at) LinoreRoseBurkard (dot) com.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I love this picture. It reminds me so much of what Faith would look like. Wild, red hair, tempered by a hint on innocence in her pose, yet those eyes: filled with sorrow, yet such strength and determination!
Strengths: Bravery, Boldness, Loyalty, Dedication,
Weaknesses: Stubborn, rebellious, anti-man and anti-god
Quirks: Faith constantly throws her hands to her hips in an act of superiority. The freckles on top of her nose darken when she is angry or frightened.
Inspiration: Faith has every quality which a female pirate needs in order to be successful: Audacity, fortitude, and the ability to command an unruly crew. I loved writing her character because she possesses the wit, courage, and boldness that I only dream of possessing! She’s the kind of woman other women look up to as a role-model (except the pirating part): Fiercely loyal to family, dependable, smart, a woman who takes charge and does what needs to be done, instead of sitting back and waiting for a man to rescue her. She has lofty goals and a purpose for everything she does. But instead of using her strengths for good, she uses them to become a pirate. Wounded by a series of tragedies that have struck her family, she turns her back on God and on the rules of society and seeks other ways to complete the mission of caring for her sisters handed down to her by her mother on her deathbed.