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Angela D. Meyer – Author Spotlight

Thank you for joining me for this very special Author Spotlight!

Angela’s debut novel, Where Hope Starts, was a finalist in the 2013 Grace awards. Her short story, More to the Story, was a genre winner for the 2014 Family Fiction short story contest. She is also a contributor to the devotional collection The Benefit Package. You can catch Angela on social media encouraging women in their faith journey and watch her video devotionals on her YouTube channel. Angela is active in her local Christian writers group, serving on their advisory board.

Now let’s hear from Angela

 

My Story

I don’t want to land on one part of my story and be just about that. We are all more than the moments. That being said, you will hear bits and pieces, stories of the hurts along the way. Not for the sake of complaining, only for the purpose of understanding, learning, and growing together.

My journey has taken me through the ups and downs in marriage, parenting, homeschooling, teaching, writing, marketing, being a child of God.

Loneliness a familiar companion. Since as long as I can remember I struggled to connect with others. Emotional to a fault and feeling like it was all my fault and I was somehow defective.

Raised in a legalistic household, I felt like I had to be perfect to be enough.

Learning to trust God through 2 miscarriages, messy family relationships and a marriage betrayed by the choices of my husband

I still struggle with how to meet life’s demands. I question whether choices about parenting, homeschooling, writing and marketing which consume so much of life have been the right ones.

Through it all, God has stayed by my side. He continues to pull out the dross inside of me as I learn to live better with the world around me. I can smell the fragrance of grace and hope. A new beginning through the pain and struggles.

My prayer is that together we can learn that when we hold onto Him, there is an end that is not an end. It is hope.

 

On the Lighter Side

I currently live in Nebraska with my husband of 23 years. We homeschool my daughter and recently graduated my son. I have taught childrens’ Bible classes for over 35 years. I am active in Wordsowers, the local Christian writers group, serving on their advisory board.

I love God, my family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday I want to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.

Our pets round out our family. Lucy is my daughter’s orange tabby. She has green eyes and will jump up in our lap in the blink of an eye. And if we are eating cheesy popcorn we have to guard it tightly.

Ranger is my son’s good natured dog. Breed? Let’s see… part golden retriever and German Shepherd — we were told when we took him in. We think he might have some Newfoundland as well.

 

Readers can learn more about Angela at http://www.angeladmeyer.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Goodreads.

 

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And here is my interview with Angela:

Have you always wanted to write?

I’ve always made up stories in my head, although I never had a big dream of being a published author. My writing began as simple journal writing – poems mostly. Then came the inspirational essays. Somewhere in here the idea began to grow that maybe I could be published. Next I dabbled in writing children’s stories and the biggest surprise of all was the novel. I never thought I could maintain a story for that many words!

  

Do you use an outline for your stories?

I use a loose outline-bullet points of what I want to happen along the way. To make sure the story is fully fleshed out. But my characters have a way of adding to that. I never really know exactly how it will unfold.

 

How does it feel being a published author? Have you encountered any surprises along the way to being published?

It’s kind of unreal, but I’m starting to get used to it. The biggest surprise is how much time the marketing takes. And exactly what it means to market and build a platform.

 

Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories or do you just come up with ideas after a suggestion from your editor, agent, or friends?

Ideas come to me at the most random times. At the very least I try and jot them down and stick in a file. Some ideas really stick with me and I’ll take the time to flesh it out a bit more and save it on the computer. Other times, I’ll need a short story for something and I’ll take a couple of hours to stir up ideas-browse through my files, ask myself what if questions or just stare off into space and let my mind wander.

 

How do you find time for everything… writing, family, church, friends, etc.

I don’t. It’s impossible to always get everything done and spend time with everyone I want to spend time with. When I choose one thing, I usually have to say no to someone or something else. It’s a constant learning process to know what to let go of.  It’s a good thing to learn.

I believe here in America especially, we get this idea in our head that it’s possible to have it all. Then we get stressed out trying to make that impossibility happen. Life is more easily enjoyed when a few things are let go of. It’s like de-cluttering your soul to make room for the really important stuff.

  

Have you attended any writer retreats, conferences and the like? Do you think they are necessary for your writing?

I have been to a few conferences and enjoyed them all. Beyond the learning, one of the most important benefits from attending a conference is connecting with other authors as well as agents and editors. I think every writer should go at some point. If the larger conferences are not a possibility, find something closer to home, smaller and less expensive. Maybe a one day workshop would be an alternative.

  

How often do you travel? Where do you go? Who do you travel with? What is your favorite vacation spot?

I don’t get to travel a lot. A part of me would enjoy doing so more, another part of me likes just being home. When I do travel, it is usually with family. Some of the vacation spots I’ve visited over the years include California, Pennsylvania, New England, South Dakota, and Colorado.

  

What are you working on now? Is there another genre you are interested in writing?

Book 2 in the Applewood Hill series,Where Healing Starts, is under contract and due out in 2016. After I finish my edits for that, I plan to get the 3rd book, Where Joy Starts, written before I start on my next series. I have a couple of ideas for that, and haven’t decided which one I will do.

As far as a different genre goes, I have a couple of files started for stories that are a different genre, a spy novel and a speculative fiction. I think I would like to try a mystery someday, too.

 

Thank You Angela and God bless you!

 

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very touching AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

Don’t forget to check back or follow my blog to see new reviews — this month I have one more special debut author… and February will be dedicated to another of my favorite authors!

 

 

Do not miss Where Hope Starts by Angela D. Meyer!Tweet this!

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Today is the final day to enter Angela’s GIVEAWAY contest!

Angela Meyer Marathon | Giveaway!

 

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

NEW books for 2015-2016… | Angela D. Meyer Marathon

 

Here’s a look at what we have to look forward to from Angela D. Meyer:

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Where Healing Starts

Life at Applewood Hill series — book 2

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Where Healing Starts focuses on Joanna and Blake.

Joanna, full of bitterness over the past, can no longer ignore the growing storm inside her and is bent on self-destruction as she seeks to ease her pain. But the refuge she seeks is always out of her reach.

Blake must choose between what has always been safe and what he has always wanted, but never found. One mistake after another leads him down a dangerous path.

The one for all, all for one sibling bond can’t help them now. They are both determined to hang onto their anger, never forgetting. Never forgiving. They see no reason to trust God.

After so many years of turmoil, will the Hannigan siblings find refuge in the God who loves them? Or will they get lost along the way?

  ** An official synopsis has not been released yet, but Angela has graciously provided an unofficial look at book 2…

 

Don’t miss Where Healing Starts – book 2 in Angela D Meyer’s Life at Applewood Hill series.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

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Where Joy Starts

Life at Applewood Hill series — book 3

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Where Joy Starts continues the story of the Hannigan siblings…

Book 3 is still in the editing stages — even though I am unable to give you more information, I wanted to include it, since it is part of the series… be sure to watch Angela’s website or subscribe to her newsletter to read more about this sequel.

 

 

 

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If you’d like to know more, I invite you to check out the Life at Applewood Hill  blog site. Karen has just begun blogging about her wonderful bed and breakfast — she would love for people to stop by and check it out!

 

I would like to encourage you to sign up for Angela’s NEWSLETTER for book updates, author news and between-the-books short stories – as she continues to give us insights into her characters and their journeys!

 

I know I can’t wait to read and review each new story Angela releases!

 

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the…

Angela D Meyer Marathon | Giveaway!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Short Stories | Angela D. Meyer Marathon

   Life at Applewood Hill…



I’m featuring Angela D. Meyer on my bookblog this month, along with several Debut Authors…


Angela
is doing something amazing… and wonderful… 

In the quarterly newsletters that she sends out, Angela often includes a short story about some of the characters from Where Hope Starts, the first book in the intriguing, wonderful Life At Applewood Hill series.

Please stay with me as I post a mini review for each short story…

…and don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like to win an autographed copy of Where Hope Starts!

The winner will be chosen Tuesday morning.

 

 

        MY THOUGHTS:

Turnaround
Turnaround is the very first short story — chronologically — in the series.

 

Turnaround shares the earlier story of Karen’s parents… Charles and Annibel — but primarily focuses on Charles.

Charles is a very angry, frustrated and violent man. He sees the mistakes in others, but he can’t see his own faults and he refuses to even try.

When a still, small voice speaks to him, he ignores it – as he’s done many times in the past.

When another man makes an offhand comment, Charles finally sees himself as he really is… and listens to that still, small voice.

 

 

Have you heard that still small voice? Did you listen?CLICK TO TWEET!

 

Returning-Home

   

Returning Home is the second short story — chronologically — in the series.

 

Returning Home continues with the theme of the first short story. This story focuses on what happens after Annibel, Karen’s mother, leaves home — determined to make it on her own.

Annibel is also hearing the still, small voice…

She desperately wants to go home — especially to be with her children — but she just can’t.

When she finds warmth — and solace — in a nearby church, she learns how easy it is to forgive, once she accepts the truth that God had already forgiven her for her sins.

In just a few months, she receives a letter from home… with a plane ticket!

 

 

Can you go home again? Would you want to?CLICK TO TWEET!

 

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The Gift
 is the third story — chronologically — in the series… and is truly a special “gift” — just for Christmas!

 

The Gift focuses on Karen and Barry, just after they buy the Applewood Hill Bed and Breakfast.

This year Karen is looking forward to a special Christmas with Barry… with no guests and the staff given time off to spend with their families, she and Barry will enjoy a quiet, just-the-two-of-them holiday.

… until lots of unexpected travelers show up.

Amidst the grumbling and complaining, Karen and Barry — and their guests — learn what Christmas is all about.

 

 

What makes your Christmas truly special?CLICK TO TWEET!

 

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When Dreams Come True is the fourth short story — chronologically — in the series.

 

When Dreams Come True focuses on the last unexpected guests in The Gift — Isabella and her three children.

In The Gift, the guests at the Applewood Hill Bed and Breakfast had done whatever they could to give Isabella and her children the best Christmas they had ever experienced!

Because of their generosity, Isabella and the children were able to return to her mother’s home in Florida. Another gift was an all expenses paid trip to Disney World!

 

 

 

 

Isabella finally learns that it’s always best to wait on GodCLICK TO TWEET!

 

Angela D Meyer - He Loves me Not - He Loves me - An Applewood Hill Short Story

 

He Loves Me Not is the fifth short story — chronologically — in the series.

 

He Loves Me Not focuses on James, the manager of the Applewood Hill Bed and Breakfast, and a couple of new guests.

While Barry and Karen are on vacation, a mysterious young couple shows up — without reservations — or money to pay!

James gives the young couple — Peter and Karie — one of the best room, free of charge.

When the girls’ father shows up, demanding she leave with him, threats are made and it seems as if there’s no hope.

What happens next shows everyone — especially Peter and Karie — that God is indeed watching out for them.

 

 

Have you ever witnessed a true miracle?CLICK TO TWEET!

 

“Our choices impact our family. But forgiveness makes a way for the effects of bad choices to be overcome.” ~ Angela D. Meyer

 

If you want to read more, check out Where Hope Starts, the first book in the Applewood Hill series.

… or join Karen on her blog — Life at Applewood Hill

… and you can read more reviews and more about these stories on Angela’s Website

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

January 2015 Debut Author Marathon | Angela D. Meyer

 

 

I am dedicating the entire month of JANUARY on my bookshelf blog to:

FOUR GIFTED DEBUT AUTHORS

Each week I will be featuring a new author!

These four authors are especially talented in their respective genres.

 

The featured author for week three is…

ANGELA D. MEYER

 

Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband of more than 23 years, Kevin, and their two children. Angela has taught childrens’ Bible classes for over 35 years and is active in Wordsowers, the local Christian writers group, serving on their advisory board. Where Hope Starts is her debut novel; however, her writing also appeared in the recently released The Benefit Package — a compilation devotional.

 

Don’t miss this inspirational romance by Angela D Meyer?Tweet this!

 

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Every Tuesday in January, ONE WINNER will be selected to receive one of the featured author’s books… autographed and sent to you from the author!

 

For a chance to win one of Angela’s books, do the following:

1) follow this blog (if you don’t)

2) “like” this post (if you can)

3) leave a comment for one of the featured authors

** Please put your first name in your comment (but don’t add your email address)
Now go enter! And tell all your friends about this contest!

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Blessings!

 

Please remember that giveaways are limited to US residents only. Visit my giveaway rules page for a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of this giveaway.

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

January 2015 Week #2 WINNER | Holly Michael Marathon

 

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It’s time to announce the weekly winner for an autographed copy of Crooked Lines!

 

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I will be contacting you via e-mail
to let you know what you need to do to collect your prize.

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

And keep coming back to read reviews and share posts!

You can find more about Holly on her website… HERE
God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Holly Michael – Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

About Holly…

I’m a kaleidoscope, twisted and turned by the hand of God through a beautiful life of writing, traveling, and other incredible opportunities. I was a regular freelance ghostwriter and online editor for Guideposts for Teens/Sweet 16 Magazine, creator/editor of a magazine for Wal-Mart Corp., journalist, newspaper features writer, published in a variety of national magazines and local newspapers, script writing/editing for a financial corporation, book reviewer, and now writing fiction, blogging, and editor of Koinonia Magazine.

I’m the wife of Rt. Rev. Leo Michael, an Anglican Bishop in the Holy Catholic Church-Anglican Rite. Mom to three great kids: Sweet Betsy and my two #81’s: Jake Byrne (San Diego Chargers) and Nick Byrne (Ragin Cajuns).

I’ve been blessed to be able to travel extensively across the United States and internationally to India, England, Scotland, and Canada. More info on my books to come…

COMING SOON:
Crossed Lines (Sequel to Crooked Lines) Release Date: February 2015

I’ll Be Seeing You: In Wyoming’s Wind River Valley, Charlie Willow faces a future more unsettling than the one he imagined upon realizing he was dead. The plan, written into his will, ought to fix his children, but an angel asks for a little more help.

I’ll Be Seeing You was an ACFW Genesis 2014 semi-finalist.

Devotional: Holly Michael and her son, Jake Byrne, an NFL player with type one diabetes, are writing a devotional contracted with Harvest House, due for release fall 2015.

 

Holly’s debut novel, Crooked Lines, released July 2014. Her second novel, TSUNAMI 2004: Still Wading Through Waves of Hope just released in December 2014.

Readers can learn more about Holly at http://www.hollymichael.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Goodreads.

 

Holly Michael’s personal story is as inspirational as her writing.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

And here is my interview with Holly:

Have you always wanted to write? Do you use an outline for your stories?

I wanted to write from a young age, when Dr. Seuss’s impressed me with his rhythm and rhyme. I began to dabble in poetry from the time I could spell out words, became a newspaper features writer, journalist, magazine writer, and now books! I don’t use an outline. I get the story plot in my head, a solid idea of where I’m going, and just plunge into it. “Leap and the net will appear,” has always worked for me.

 

How does it feel being a published author? Have you encountered any surprises along the way to being published?

I was published in newspaper and magazines before authoring books, but holding that first novel in my hands was the most amazing experience, next to giving birth to a child. I had been a nonfiction writer for years and wanted to get back into writing as a full time career after the kids left home. The more I prayed about where God wanted me to use my writing talents, the more drawn I was to the “novel in my head.” Now, I write fiction and non-fiction.

Surprises: I think the most surprising thing about writing a novel is the amount of work involved in marketing after the book is published. I never imaged it would be so time-consuming.

 

Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories or do you just come up with ideas after a suggestion from your editor/agent/friends?

I do both. I ask my editor and agent what they are looking for, even meeting with them at conferences to brainstorm. I let them know that I can write fiction and nonfiction and am open to writing anything they think will sell. I do keep ideas in a folder and have a big list of project I want to get to in 2015.

 

How do you find time for everything… writing, family, church, friends… and you’ve recently taken on home-schooling, too!

Keeping it all balanced is tough. My husband is a bishop in the Anglican church and we travel a lot. We also have our home parish in Kansas City. Our kids are grown, but we visit them and enjoy their visits home. Since I consider writing a full time job, I try to write as often as possible.

Some full-time writers set aside a certain number of hours in a day, but my life gets so chaotic, I can’t always do that. I write where and whenever I can, often in the car while traveling. Sometimes I can’t write for a couple days and sometimes I write 12 hours a day.

 

Have you attended any writer retreats, conferences and the like? Do you think they are necessary for your writing?

It depends where you are at with your writing and what your goals are. Retreats, conferences, and the like can be a real boost for your career. My first ACFW conference, I had definite goals. I prayed about them and worked really hard at that first conference to talk to every agent and editor I could. It paid off. I got an agent and a book contract. That conference flung the doors to publication wide open. I highly recommend writers go if they can swing it.

 

How often do you travel? Where do you go? Who do you travel with? What is your favorite vacation spot?

The question could probably be better asked, “When do you not travel?” My husband has the oversight of about twelve churches and has to travel at least once a year to visit each of them. We have churches as far out west as Wyoming. Also, my sons play football (college and NFL), so we love to visit them when we can and watch their games. I also travel for writing conferences. I was invited to the Annual Pulpwood Queen Book Club Convention, (Girlfriend Weekend) in Nacogdoches, Texas in January! Looking forward to that.

My husband and I will travel together then go see our two kids in college in Louisiana. So, traveling is a huge part of my life. But traveling also gives me story ideas. In November we returned from five weeks abroad–England, France, and then on to India for Mission Work. We got back home in December and in twenty-six days I wrote and published: Tsunami 2004 Still Wading Through Waves of Hope. It’s a nonfiction “then and now” book about the work we did ten years ago when the tsunami hit and our follow-up work.

Favorite vacation spot was the Isle of Iona, Scotland. Most beautiful, peaceful, green place I’ve ever been too.

 

What are you working on now? Is there another genre you are interested in writing or are you perfectly content to stick with historical fiction?

Now, I’m working on my sequel to Crooked Lines. I am really an all-around hybrid author. Along with my indie-published works, I have a devotional coming out in August 2015 with Harvest House Publishers. My son and I wrote it together. He’s an NFL player who also has type one diabetes. I’m planning for about five releases in 2015–fiction and nonfiction, traditional and indie published. My genre is also not very defined. Crooked Lines has been called literary fiction, Christian fiction, and even a book that defies genres. The sequel is more of a romance and I’m excited about finishing that and getting it published. Looking forward to a May or June release.

Thank You Holly and God bless you!

 

THANK YOU for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

Don’t forget to check back or follow my blog to see new reviews — this month I have two other special debut authors… and February will be dedicated to another of my favorite authors!

 

Crooked Lines is not an easy story to read – but it is worth reading.CLICK TO TWEET!

You don’t always see a mission trip coming.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Masterpiece Marriage | Gina Welborn

Today I’m reviewing Masterpiece Marriage, a wonderful Quilts of Love historical fiction novel by Gina Welborn.


Here is a brief synopsis:

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles.

Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife.

However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh, I really enjoyed reading about Zenus and Mary!

Gina creates wonderful, realistic, I-would-like-to-meet-them characters! Zenus is such a treat; reading about him blesses my heart.

It was such a joy, reading as he walked through his textile mill, assessing the water damage to the fabric, as well as the new equipment, that he never lost hope or spoke ugly thoughts…

“No sense bemoaning fate. Count it all joy– it was the only contingency he had. And he would count it all joy he’d fallen into this trial, because the testing of his faith was producing patience in him.”

Now, I’ll admit he drove a few other bonkers with his impatience; I guess that’s how God teaches patience – with the opportunity to learn how to be patient.
And while Mary is much more headstrong that I would normally appreciate, I think it’s possible that the book might not be as engaging without her liberated attitude. After all, she just wanted to do something she loved.

Gina Welborn shows just how this type of thinking affected individuals during this time period. I’m glad I don’t live in that time; the twenty-first century is difficult enough for me!

I don’t want to give away anything from this wonderful story except to say that it is well written and definitely well worth reading!

 

You can find information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   ABINGDON PRESS   QUILTS OF LOVE   GINA‘S WEBSITE

Buy from Amazon. Buy from Barnes and Noble. Buy from Christian Book Distributor. Buy from iBooks.

I received the book free from the Litfuse blogger program
in exchange for an honest review.

God bless you!
 
 
© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Tsunami 2004 | Holly Michael Marathon

Today I’m reviewing
Tsumani 2004: Still Waiting Through Waves of Hope
by Holly Michael.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

December 26th, 2014 marked the anniversary of the monster waves seen around the world. Is life restored back to normal on the shores of Nagapattinam, South India? Will it ever be?

“We’ll go to the most devastated, remote villages where no one else has gone,” Bishop Leo Michael promised a Northwest Arkansas newspaper reporter.

Like a sweeping wave, news of the tsunami fundraiser spread to a national level. Bishop Leo Michael became the ideal vehicle to collect, then ferry aid across the sea. He had lived and worked in the now tsunami devastated region for many years, spoke the native language, and had a counseling degree.

TEN days later, trekking into impassable villages and decimated shorelines, the Michaels helped the widows and the orphans and those most affected by the tsunami.

TEN years later, the Michaels returned to the same villages and encountered surprising changes and a life-threatening situation.

10 years later – they could not have guessed what they would find.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow! What an amazing story!

I met Holly Michael at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference September 2014, where she presented me with an autographed copy of Crooked Lines.

After reading just a few pages, I knew I wanted to feature her on my book blog. But I had no idea at the time that when Holly and her husband, Bishop Leo Michael, would travel to India in 2014, that he would fall ill with dengue fever while there. Thankfully, Bishop Leo has recovered.

In Tsunami 2004: Still Wading Through Waves of Hope, Holly shares how she and her husband helped the victims of the tsunami.

“Send us to the most devastated, remote villages where no one else has gone.”

This is the request made by Father Leo Michael in January 2005, just after the tsunami destroyed many villages of South India.

So many children lost family members and their homes. A few chose to end their lives, but thankfully many of them received enough help to grow up and get an education. Some have spouses and children now.

I learned many things about the differences between the way we live and those in India. I have great respect for Bishop Leo and Holly (as well as Vicky, one of their parishioners who traveled with them to India 10 years ago).

I think it’s wonderful that they went back 10 years later to visit the villages and people they met previously.

Bishop Leo and Holly Michael not only share their faith, but they live their faith.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

God bless them.

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

You can find more about Holly on her website… HERE

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Crooked Lines | Holly Michael Marathon


Today I’m reviewing
Crooked Lines
by Holly Michael.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Two continents. Two cultures. Two souls seek hope and a future.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.

Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.

Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…And buried memories, unearthed.

Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

MY THOUGHTS:

Crooked Lines is Holly’s debut novel… but she is no novice to writing! She’s published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books. Crooked Lines is a beautiful story – yes there is heartbreak, but there is faith, hope and love, too.

The story begins with Rebecca who lives in Wisconsin; her opening lines are intrinsic to the story…

“It didn’t occur to me at the edge of the pond that I’d broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder.”

Rebecca leaves home on a search to find God’s will for her life. Yes, she makes some very bad choices, but so have we all.

Across the globe, Sagai Raj is also searching for God’s will; after being called to the ministry in the Anglican church, he begins a study to become a priest – yet things are not always as he expects them to be.

There are many similarities between Rebecca and Sagai – both are the seventh child in their families, both have lost family members; they are even praying for one another (through a mutual friend).

This mutual friend is an Indian Priest who counsels and encourages them both through many difficult decisions. Rebecca wants to travel to India to find the peace she hasn’t found in America.

The difference between the two cultures is amazing! I have only been out of the United States once many years ago. I haven’t had the chance to visit India, but this story makes me want to go…

If you take away nothing else from this amazing story, remember that peace is not a place – you will find peace when you choose to follow God’s will.

 

Crooked Lines is not an easy story to read – but it is worth reading.CLICK TO TWEET!

Have you ever felt such a deep desire to take a mission trip?CLICK TO TWEET!

 

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

You can find more about Holly on her website… HERE

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

January 2015 Debut Author Marathon | Holly Michael

 

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I am dedicating the entire month of JANUARY on my bookshelf blog to:

FOUR GIFTED DEBUT AUTHORS

Each week I will be featuring a new author!

These four authors are especially talented in their respective genres.

 

The featured author for week two is…

HOLLY MICHAEL

 

God writes straight with crooked lines. Crooked Lines is the title of Holly’s first novel. Through life’s crooked lines and learning curves, people are the dots that connect. Holly’s website is about connecting with each other to inspire and share about life and writing.

 

Don’t miss this story of loss and hope that spans two continents by Holly Michael!Tweet this!

 

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Every Tuesday in January, ONE WINNER will be selected to receive one of the featured author’s books… autographed and sent to you from the author!

 

For a chance to win one of Holly’s books, do the following:

1) follow this blog

2) “like” this post (if you can)

3) leave a comment for one of the featured authors

** Please put your first name in your comment (but don’t add your email address)
 
  
Now go enter! And tell all your friends about this contest!

Want to WIN a wonderful book?Tweet this!

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Blessings!

 

Please remember that giveaways are limited to US residents only. Visit my giveaway rules page for a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of this giveaway.

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

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