Saturday, June 25, 2016

Interview with Elaine Marie Cooper!

So excited to welcome Elaine Cooper onto the blog today. To start, here is a little about her:
Elaine Marie Cooper is the award-winning author of Fields of the Fatherless and Bethany’s Calendar. Book 1 of the Deer Run Saga (Road to Deer Run) released last December and Book 2 (Promise of Deer Run) releases June 16, 2016. It is available for pre-order at
Saratoga Letters, a historical romantic suspense, releases on October 4 through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and Book 3 of the Deer Run Saga (Legacy of Deer Run) releases in December, 2016 through CrossRiver Media. All of her books will be available at Amazon on their release date.

You can connect with the author at her blog/ website at  

Welcome Elaine! We're so glad you could visit us today. 

Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Angela!

We might as well delve right in. Can you tell us what made you decide to become a writer?

Becoming a writer seemed an inevitable path for someone who always wanted to express her inmost feelings in words. I began writing as a child but never thought it would be anything more than a hobby and for years, that’s all it was. When my children were young, I had an opportunity to start freelance writing for newspapers and then magazines. But in 2007, I felt a “calling” as it were, to write my first novel. Since then, I’ve written six novels. I suppose I will continue to write as long as I feel inspired.

We’ll hope that feeling doesn’t ever leave you…so we can hope for many more of your books to come. Where did the inspiration for your latest book come from? 

The plot for “Promise of Deer Run” was inspired by my respect and admiration for the military, as well as my concern for soldiers coming back from war who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has impacted soldiers in all wars even though we tend to associate the term with recent conflicts. I wanted to tell the story of a young Revolutionary War veteran who suffers from depression and withdrawal from society brought on by his terrible experiences in battle.

That was something that really drew me into your story. I felt for your hero and what he was going through and how much of his life it effected.
How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing? 

I try to weave Christian beliefs into my story plots in as natural a manner as possible. Messages heard from a pulpit on the Sabbath, a prayer spoken in desperation, the love given to the unlovable, forgiveness…these are all ways that faith becomes an integral message in my novels.

Beautifully put, and beautifully written into your books!
What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?

I don’t try to downplay the difficulties in life—we all know that our lives can carry many sorrows. But I emphasize that there is hope in faith and that, by following Christ’s guidelines in Scripture, He can bring about healing in our hearts in even the worst of circumstances and the deepest of pain.

Amen. That is a great message!
What is one of your favorite scenes in Promise of Deer Run?

It’s hard to choose just one! I think that—without giving away any spoilers—the scene at the corn husking when Nathaniel is given an unexpected opportunity. ;)

J I have to agree that is a great scene! I love that one as well…and encourage readers to get your book so they can find out what that opportunity entails. ;)

What are you working on next? 

I have two other books ready to release this year: “Saratoga Letters” in October and “Legacy of Deer Run” in December. That is the third book in the Deer Run Saga. I also have a children’s Christmas story that my agent is pitching to publishers. Plus a follow-up series to “Saratoga Letters” is in the planning. J

Looks like you have some great stuff going on, and I know I’m looking forward to those coming books! Thank you so much for being with us! 

I am so honored to be your guest, Angela! Thanks so much for your invitation!

                         Promise of Deer Run Back Cover Copy
The year is 1790.

The American Revolution is long since over, yet the battles still live in the hearts of the survivors.
One young veteran is haunted by the painful memories of war. He still awaits a father who has never returned from battle and feels the sting of betrayal from a former love. He withdraws into his own world, clinging to one hope: Perhaps his father still lives.
Only one person in Deer Run seems to understand him: Nineteen-year-old Sarah Thomsen, who feels a kinship with the loner veteran. She senses the wounds in his spirit as much as she struggles to bury her own traumatic memories of war. And the veteran’s search for his father touches a chord of empathy in Sarah, as she feels the loss of a father she never knew.
While the couple begins to find hope in a mutual affection, others determine to destroy it. Slander and misunderstandings ignite a fire of doubt and mistrust, destroying whatever faith they had in each other.

Can two souls longing for healing and trust love again? Can faith—and a family—be restored?

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Visit with YA Author Lorilyn Roberts: Her books are award-winners!

It's with real pleasure I introduce and welcome Lorilyn Roberts today as our guest. Her books are delightful young adult and award winning. Enjoy her post and be sure to leave a comment and your email addy for a chance to win one of her e-books.

A Door Standing Open  by Lorilyn Roberts

We all understand the purpose of a door. Even my cats know. My indoor cats won’t enter the front door to go outside. My outdoor cats won’t enter the front door to come inside. Doors separate one world from another. They provide entries and exits. In the Bible, some are open and some are closed.

In Revelation 4:1, John talks about a very unusual door. The door is different in two respects. It separates the external world from the spiritual world, and it’s a time portal to the future.

A voice that sounded like a trumpet said to the disciple, John. “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Our earthly bodies cannot cross the barriers of what I call the seventh dimension. Instead, we must enter through a spiritual door—as John did.

I used fantasy in the Seventh Dimension Series to show the spiritual reality that exists on the other side of that door, I wanted to stretch people’s minds into understanding concepts throughout the Bible not easily understood in a physical world.

I’ve found the more I enter into this spiritual world, the more spiritual warfare I encounter, and the more I feel God’s presence as He defends me with His weapons of mass destruction.

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to Him…

My passion runs deep for the unsaved, and in the Seventh Dimension Series, I draw on Revelation in ways that would appeal to a younger, unchurched audience. The first book in the Seventh Dimension Series is The Door.

If you are not a believer in Jesus, The Door might be a book you would enjoy. I never use the words Christian, Jesus, heaven, or sin. The Door would also be a winnable alternative for someone who comes from a Jewish background.

I want to remind readers, even though time ticks slowly, it travels in the blink of an eye. I just turned sixty, and it seems like only yesterday when I was chasing fireflies on moonlit nights and cuddling my childhood pet dog, Gypsy.

I believe time is short for Jesus’ return, and if I’m wrong, time is still short because time is fleeting. In the Seventh Dimension Series, I introduce a recurring theme, “Time is an illusion until God’s appointed times.”

We think we have all the time in the world—until we don’t.

The first book in the series, The Door, is free as an e-book. 
“The City” is on sale for $.99 (ONE DAY ONLY) 
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I hope to start the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension Series soon. 

In Seventh DimensionThe Door, a young girl, Shale, suffers from rejection and lives in a broken, unloving home. A stray dog befriends her, and she follows it into the woods. There she discovers a door that leads to another world.  

In Matthew 7:13, Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

How narrow is the narrow gate? The only way through that narrow gate is through Jesus. He is the door in Seventh DimensionThe Door, and the Bible tells us He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Your narrow gate will be different from mine and from Carole’s, but The Door is same for all of us.

I hope you will pick up my free e-book, Seventh DimensionThe Door. I’m also giving away a free e-book or signed copy of the latest book in the series, Seventh DimensionThe City. Leave a comment for a chance to win. 

Here is a quote to ponder from The City.

Confusion is our friend. Order is our foe. We must fill hearts with fear and deny hope to all humankind. We must unite parts of our vast empire into a one world government and make Jerusalem the capital.”

The demons and fallen angels praised the cunning craftiness of Lucifer.

Most humans take at face value what they are told, like sheep led to the slaughter. We need gullible patrons to buy into the lie that political correctness requires tolerance. And who are the slaughterers?”

We are,” the crowd roared.

Remember, as you read The Door and The City, as well as other books in the Seventh Dimension Series, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. (Romans 8:37).

To learn more about Lorilyn and her Seventh Dimension Award-Winning Series, visit

Thanks for joining us, Lorilyn!

Do remember to grab a copy of Lorilyn's THE DOOR, and then leave a comment and email addy for a chance to win her book: THE CITY. Thanks for reading!

About Carole:

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas.

She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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Check out her books here

Also, STT is giving away books too! Don't forget to leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for  the Lone Star Love collection! Winner announced in the Weekly Windup on June 27th. Check out all of our great prizes on the Prizes Galore page.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Christian Fiction - the ones that stick

 As I thought about which book to review for today’s blog, I began to reflect on the all Christian fiction I’ve read over the course of my life. The very first Christian Fiction I read was published in 1980 – A Truckload of Trouble by Patricia Kershaw. It’s a story about kids on a ranch and well . . . how they deal with a heap o’ trouble. I did not know the book was written from a Christian perspective, so when I encountered my worldview in the story, it swept me up. It was almost like discovering Oreo’s for the first time. A true wow! experience. I was ten years old.

Later in life, I discovered Madeleine L’Engle, one of my all time favorite authors. She writes from a distinctly Christian perspective, but it was also distinctly different from me. Very artsy. Very thought provoking. The book, Certain Women struck me in a very powerful way. First of all, she parallels a contemporary character with King David. They both had many wives and made serious parenting errors, but the juxtaposition was a wonderful thing, causing me to grapple with many modern issues from a Christian standpoint. Excellent, thought provoking, and entertaining to boot!

The Pawn by Steven James again, completely challenged me as a reader of Christian fiction. By the time I read this story, I’d read lots of Christian fiction, but nothing like this. The villain is truly pure evil, and I’d never really seen a Christian author dig into that side of things before. It’s a fabulous read, but shocking in parts – especially one scene at the beginning. And dark. Steven James can spin a yarn . . . he actually has a master’s degree in storytelling. He’s brilliant. The story is the first in a series about an FBI agent who reminds me of a modern day Sherlock Holmes, but less sure of himself. Highly suspenseful. This was the first Christian book that rivaled the secular suspense novels I was addicted to.

Lastly, I land on books written by Charles Martin. My favorite is Water from my Heart.  Martin started his publishing career with Thomas Nelson and is now with a general market publisher, but his novels still communicate his deeply rooted faith. In Water from my Heart, Martin’s main character is a drug runner in and around Florida. I never in my wildest dreams expected to read and enjoy a story about a drug runner, but Charles Martin writes highly flawed characters who are worth rooting for. He writes about honor and screwing up and redemption. I can highly recommend anything written by him.

So there you have it, sign posts on the path of my Christian fiction experience. I’ve read loads of Christian fiction. I still read loads of secular fiction. But looking back on the growth of this industry, it was fun to see which Christian authors/books really stuck with me.

Which Christian authors have had the greatest impact on you over the years? Are there any Christian novels that changed the way you view the world? Which ones have stuck with you?