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REBECA SEITZ SPEAKS TO BOOK CLUBS



Rebeca Seitz author of a brand new series "Sister's Ink" came to speak at the two night time book clubs I run. There are 4 books in the "Sister's Ink"series. The next book in this series is to be released in July of this year. A book in that series will come out every 6 months after that. Hooray for us!! Lots of work for Rebeca.

Rebeca was wonderful enough to speak to all three of my book clubs - two in person and one via a telephone conference. Here she poses with some of the members of "Hope Readers" one of my night time clubs.
As you can see Rebeca was very entertaining and very informative. She had us laughing out loud quite a bit just like in her book. She said "The Lord kept putting people in my life that would say to me "Did you ever think about writing a book. I really believe you should be a writer." That still small voice of the Lord kept getting confirmed by the influencial people in her life. She wrote her first story at 8 years old. Before that she memorized books and would resite them for friends and family. She felt even then she was onto something thru books.
Another thing that people kept telling her was to get as many jobs as she could by the age of 25. She could get away with that habit until age 25 after that it would be a problem. A couple of teachers had told her you are young and you think you know everything, trust us you don't; so inorder to write you either have to have life experiences to be able to write about or you can spend a great deal of time doing research. Rebeca decided she wasn't a big fan of lots of research. So, Rebeca set out to gain life experience through working as many jobs as she possibly could. Sometimes working a two or three jobs at a time.
Shortly after college she was asked to go to a writing conference - where yet more people told her that she should be a writer. At the conference she met a person from Focus on the Family that wanted her to turn in copies of the book he had just read that she had written in her late teens. Rebeca didn't feel the time was quite right for her to settle down right then and become a full time author.
Then an unexpected opportunity came her way to check out a position at Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. She want thru an extensive 3 month interview process where she eventually got the job. She was fascinated to learn another aspect of the book publishing business.
At Thomas Nelson Rebeca was a publicist. She learned many things about the publishing business that has helped her now that she is an author. Little did she know what was still instore for her future.
When Rebeca became pregnant with her first child she was looking for ways to stay home with her little one. Thomas Nelson did not have flex time available or let their employees work out of their houses at the time. One of her bosses at Thomas Nelson suggested that she start a public relations firm. She thought this was crazy but the more she thought about being away from her child, the more she thought why not give this a try? Rebeca was not the bread winner in her home so what was there to lose?
She consulted her father in law who is not a fan of being self employeed and he thought it was a GREAT IDEA. Rebeca couldn't believe her father in laws' excitement. He even said "You were born for a job like this" So, she quit her job the very next day. She was full steam ahead working to develop her own company "Glass Roads Publications."

Rebeca said that she was working for clients even as she was about to deliver her first child. She is passionate in regards to getting the word out about GREAT STORIES!!! Her business is thriving, so much so that her husband has joined her in this exciting pursuit. She enjoys a good story and totally loves telling a few herself. I'm very excited to read the next book in the Sister's Ink adventures you will
Rebeca also spoke to the other night time club that I have called "Book Ends" here are some of the gals in that group posing with Rebeca. The were great to hold up Rebeca's book as we took our pictures.
Rebeca was such a sport to come all the way from Kentucky to speak to our groups and do a book signing at Life Way. She is very excited to be about 4 or 5 months pregnant right now with their second child. Rebeca and her husband are looking forward this new little addition to their family.
Top on Rebeca's list is journaling to the little one growing inside of her. She wants the baby to know how much they are loved and wanted. Rebeca already has a lovely active little boy who is 4 years old. She said that she started journaling to her 3year old when he was growing and developing inside her too. It's a tradition. She hopes to present thes special books to each child as they go off to college. She has lived many places but now calls Kentucky home. There she lives on a 7 acre farm with her husband and son. They are in the process of renovating their 100 year old farm house which has made news in the town paper. She says her husband has now taken on raising chickens. She never thought that this would be part of her life but it's another thing that might just show up in one of her books. Her favoriate T-Shirt to wear around her small town (population 2,500 or there about) is "Watch what you say to me - it just might end up in one of my books!" Ha! Ha! She said people are laughing and cutting up until they read her shirt. She loves people's reactions to that shirt but is might be missing out on really good dialogue. Ha! Ha!

Rebeca was approached by a publishing company to write a story for scrapbookers. Rebeca is an avid scrapbooker. She thought this would be a great idea and couldn't believe this hadn't been done before. She quickly jumped on board to write about another one of her passions which was scrapbooking with girlfriends. "Sister's Ink" is the first series of its kind which has the theme of "scrapbooking" all thru the book. Her main characters LOVE to scrapbook and look forward to the times when they can scrapbook together. There are many other advenutes that the ladies have besides scrapbooking - so if you are not a scrapbooker you might be by the end of Rebeca's book. Or you might be able to understand the scrapbooking mind. It was all very interesting.

At the end of her talk with us she shared with the ladies that scrapbooking doesn't have to be VERY SERIOUS or ARTISTIC!!! It was meant to be fun!!! Sharing time with friends as you scrapped certain periods of your life. Rebeca said "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SCRAP "IN ORDER"!! Many of my ladies were relieved. So much pressure was been put on scrap bookers that wasn't meant to be there. SCRAPPING IS FUN KEEP IT THAT WAY!!!

Scrap what you want to that day. It will come out much better in the long run. Be elaberate if you want to. But most importantly Rebeca says is to JOURNAL!!! Especially in your own hand. That way the people that you pass the scrapbook down to will have your PERSONAL TOUCH!!! It loses alot when you type your entire book. One of Rebeca's treasures is the photo book/scrapbook that her great grand mother left for their familiy to glean from. It is written in her great-great Aunt's hand writting. It's a piece of history from her family that is priceless!! Yours will be too!!

NORA'S REVIEW OF SISTER'S INK BY REBECA SEITZ

Sisters, Ink (Scrapbooker's Series #1)

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Back Cover:
The first in a series of novels written by, for, and about scrap bookers!
Join the Sinclair sisters – each separately adopted during early childhood into the same loving home –as they encourage each other through highs and lows that include starting their own scrapbooking studio, rekindling romance, and discovering God’s well in their lives.
Review:
The back cover states “The first series written by, for, and about scrapbooks.” I have to be honest I first hesitated to read this book steeped in scrapbook knowledge because I’m not addicted to this hobby. On the other hand I do have family members who are, so I reconsidered. I plunged into this story in hopes of learning more about scrapbooking and the people who do this. I’m happy to report I’m glad I did. A few pages into this story I was delighted to find out this book was about so much more than scrapbooking.



This heartwarming story pleasantly surprised me with its humor that got me to smile real big and even laugh out loud several times. Rebeca captures the essence of what goes on between sisters, their love, fun, joy, heart ache and bond. The sisterhood described in this book made me miss the fun and laughter I have with my own sisters.



Tandy Sebatian is single, self-reliant, unattached, successful attorney in a prestigious law firm in Orlando, Florida who is forced to take a leave of absence from her job. Things have heated up on this one case. She is asked get off this case and stay away until things cool off.


Home!! How long has it been? Too long since she was able to be hugged by her sisters and Dad. Home!! Memories of Laughter, good food and scrapbooking. Home!! That sounded so good to her right now. Tandy headed for Stars Hill – which was her childhood home. She hasn’t been there in 10 years. She re-discovers emotional baggage she had forgotten, memories she cherished, people she loved, the relationship she missed with her sisters, and dad.


Tandy also starts thinking “God was easier in Orlando, she could keep him at arm’s length by standing anonymously among thousands of people in a mega sanctuary.” She was used to keeping everyone in her life at arm’s length. It was simple that way; less painful; and messy. It makes it easier to run away from an uncomfortable situation; no strings attached.


This book is definitely fun and it pulls on your heart strings. There’s a few things to learn too. Grab a copy of this book, get to a comfortable chair and give yourself a real treat.


Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader

REBECA SEITZ'S BOOK SIGNING AT LIFE WAY 4-28-08





Peggy a morning book club member was spyed at Rebeca's Book Signing. It was great to see her there.

AMY WALLACE AT LIFE WAY MALL OF GA STORE BOOK SIGNING 4-19-08

Nora and Amy before the book signing began at Life Way. I want to thank the ladies from my book clubs for coming out to support Amy Wallace at the new release of her second book "Healing Promises". Way to go ladies!! I sure hope you put your name in for the treasure chest of books that Amy was giving away that day .
Amy Wallace and her husband; who just so happens to also be her web designer. If you haven't checked out Amy's website in a while you should. It's been updated and is really neat. Chocolate goodies are included on the site of course. The dietic kind of chocolate - you can only see them not eat them. Ha!
Amy Wallace and her three lovely children who came to support their mom - who homeschools them..
Marcia my Book Ends Book Club member is spotted at the book signing. Marcia brought her sister along to met Amy. I had the pleasure of meeting Marcia's sister too!
Tricia, Book Club Member of Hope Readers; caught in the action of having a GREAT time at Amy's book signing.
Sheryl a Book ends book club member is asking Amy a few deep questions.
Amy Wallace is all set up for business everything she needs for a successful book signing. Check out the great chocolate fountain. She doesn't leave home without it.
As you can see the marshmellows go great with the chocolate. Great for dunking!!
More people coming to get their book signed by Amy. I'm very excited for Amy, she had a great turn out.

JENNY B.JONES'S NEW BOOK OUT - THE BIG PICTURE


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Big Picture

(NavPress Publishing Group April 15, 2008)

by

Jenny B. Jones


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenny B. Jones is the author of A Katie Parker Production series. The other books in the series are In Between and On The Loose. Though now an adult, she still relates to the trauma and drama of teen life. She is thrilled to see her writing dreams come true, as her previous claim to fame was singing the Star Spangled Banner at a mule-jumping championship. (The mules were greatly inspired.)

Jenny resides in Arkansas, where, as a teacher, she hangs out with teens on a regular basis.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Sometimes there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy—and Katie Parker is walking it.

School is winding down for the summer but Katie Parker is having a bad day. After leaving the drive-in, where her imploding love life was the main attraction, Katie arrives home to a big surprise on the Scott's front porch.

Her mother, Bobbie Ann Parker, a former convict and recovering addict, wants to take Katie away from her family, friends, and church. Now Katie's life will be changed by a series of dramatic choices as she struggles to understand what family and home really means.

Katie is forced to walk away from In Between, leaving behind a family who loves her, a town drive-in to save, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. When the life her mother promised begins to sink faster than one of Maxine’s stuffed bras, Katie knows she needs to rely on God to keep it together.

But where is he in all this? Can Katie survive a chaotic life with her mother—and one without the Scotts? And if God is there, will he come through before it’s too late?

A Katie Parker Production series offers teen girls real-world fiction balanced by hope and humor. The The Big Picture helps us realize that the difficult chapters in our journey are only part of God's big story for our lives.

You can read the first chapter HERE

"A heroine to love. Jones just gets better with every book, and The Big Picture is her best one yet."
~BARBARA WARREN, author of The Gathering Storm

"Such inspiration in a package of fun and faith!"
~EVA MARIE EVERSON, author of the Potluck Club

AMY WALLACE HEALING PROMISES INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW WITH AMY WALLACE BLOG TOUR:

1. How was writing your second book in the Defender of Hope Series, Healing Promises, different than writing Ransomed Dreams?

Writing each book was like giving birth, but to two very different children. Some of the same experiences, many totally different. I wrote Ransomed Dreams in six weeks after playing Supermom and rescuing my then eighteen-month-old daughter from a bad fall off our front porch. I ripped tendons in the process, had surgery and then was rewarded with six weeks in a cast and ten hours a day to do nothing but write. I loved every minute of it!

Healing Promises came into existence over the course of a few months and happened in two spurts. One before editing Ransomed Dreams and one after. Because I learned so much in my first editing experience, writing the second story seemed easier. And at the same time, it was harder. I knew more about what I needed to do with the mechanics of writing, but this time I had a deadline. That made the writing a little less fun with Healing Promises. But because I loved both stories and the cast of characters, there was much to enjoy both times.

2. How did you get the idea for Healing Promises?

One of the major storylines for Healing Promises came from a question I posed to the amazing Secret Service Agent I interviewed before I wrote Ransomed Dreams. I had the seed of an idea about the character’s emotion journey, so I asked, “What would a federal agent do if he was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?” My expert advisor said that many agents would end the battle fast. I knew then I wanted to explore how a Christian federal agent would handle a life-altering medical diagnosis.

3. What did you do to prepare yourself for getting into the head of a serial killer, and when did you get to the point in your research where you said “I get this guy” and felt you could write from his POV?

Great question! My college degree came in very handy here. I have a counseling background and was totally fascinated with abnormal psychology and my criminal justice classes. Plus, I did extensive reading about infamous serial killers and FBI biographies which gave various case details.

The research proved far easier than being in a serial killer’s head. Often, writing from the killer’s POV was disturbing. But I knew if I wrote him well and wrote his scenes realistically, I might help parents see ways to teach their children how to stay safe.

4. You mention in the back of your book some websites and places to go for cancer information. What other research did you do to describe the heartfelt experience of cancer your characters went through in your book?

One of the coolest parts of my research for Healing Promises included sending a prayer request and plea for help to my ACFW writer’s group. One of the ladies who answered provided me with an intimate and in-depth look into her husband’s struggle with the very cancer I’d researched. Her openness and amazing details breathed life into this story. She also became a very good friend, and I’m happy to say she and her husband are healthy and doing well post-cancer.

In addition, I had a dear friend go through cancer treatments while I wrote this story, and I had another very precious friend and his family show me what faith looks like even when life and healing don’t go the way we pray.

5. Did you find it difficult to write from so many men’s POVs and do so much male dialogue?


No. I really enjoy delving into the mind of male law enforcement officers and seeing life from a different point of view. I have a number of great expert advisors in law enforcement who’ve helped me with research, and from them I’ve also noted dialogue patterns and expressions. Plus, I loved participating in a citizen’s police academy where I learned so much about how law enforcement officers think and act.

Another fun thing about male dialogue is that it tends to be more direct and there are lots of opportunities to show friendly ribbing without a lot of fluff. I love writing that!

6. I noticed more romance scenes in Healing Promises than Ransomed Dreams. Was it hard or uncomfortable to write these scenes? Did you want to tell more but couldn’t because of the publisher’s rules about how much romance you can put into a book?

For me, writing about a married couple makes it easier to write more romance because there’s a depth to the relationship already established. Plus, you can let the characters have intimate moments without violating scriptural principles. But the key is showing the readers the intimacy without using too many words or descriptions.

Another fun thing about the romance in Healing Promises is that I was able to contrast the intimacy in a marriage relationship with the excitement of a new relationship beginning because both Clint and Sara and Michael and Hanna had a number of scenes together.

As to the publishers rules about romance…I’m thankful for them. I write CBA fiction and read CBA fiction because I don’t want to be taken into anyone else’s bedroom or sexual encounter. I don’t want to see it as I read. My publisher gives me a great deal of freedom to write sexual tension and real-life emotions and experiences. And instead of censoring me, my editors help me with the challenge of balancing realism and the thoughts I leave with a reader through the words I write. I don’t want to cause readers to stumble, so I keep that in mind and in my prayers as I work.

7. After you finish writing Enduring Justice, the third Defenders of Hope book, what do you want to write about next?

Enduring Justice is already turned in (praise the Lord!) and I’ve started work on the next suspense series. I’m excited about these stories that have been brewing in my heart a long time. As to what they’re about…let’s just say they include law enforcement, families with children, and intense storylines.

8. Since the publishing of your first book, Ransomed Dreams, can you tell me two of the neatest “wow” moments you have experienced and why they were “wow” moments for you?

My first “wow” moment was actually a series of conversations and emails with reviewers, family and friends who read Ransomed Dreams and saw God’s fingerprints throughout the story. One particular email had me in tears because the person shared how reading Ransomed Dreams had helped her hear God speaking about the lies controlling her and the healing work God was doing in her life. I remember crying and thanking God for working through this story and allowing me to be a small part of His work in touching hearts and redeeming dreams.

Another “wow” came just a short while ago when I found out Ransomed Dreams was nominated for a RITA Award! What an honor and reminder that God knows what He’s doing with this story.

9. What has been the scariest moment in your writing career so far?

One of the scariest moments was pushing through some intense pain as I worked on edits for Healing Promises. The day after I turned in final edits, I had shoulder surgery. Signing papers detailing how I could possibly lose use of my hand and arm sent a surge of fear through me. Thankfully, none of those fears were realized and I was back to work after a short recovery time.

10. Is being an author everything you thought it would be? Name 2 surprises you’ve had writing these books and speaking to people about your books.

It’s everything and nothing like I thought it would be! I knew it would be hard work, and it is. But there have been more joys and stresses than I could have imagined. What’s surprised me most is the teary-eyed, full feeling I have when I speak to groups or sign books for people who are so excited about the story. It’s an honor to be invited into reader’s lives and to hear how God is at work through the stories.

The second surprise has been watching my husband and children talk about the Defenders of Hope books with such pride. Hearing my children bubble over with excitement and beam when they talk about their mommy, the writer, is one of the best parts of living the writing dream. One that was far beyond what I could have hoped or imagined.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Nora!
Thank you Amy for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to seeing you at your book signing at Life Way Christian Store - Mall of GA April 19th 11-2p.m.
See you then. :)






HEALING PROMISES
By Amy Wallace
Published by Multnomah
314 pages

BACK COVER:
FACING A NEW THREAT.

When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But now even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

FROZEN IN FEAR.

Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission – beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but in this case, the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

FAITH UNDER FIRE.

As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted?

REVIEW:
In Amy’s first book Ransomed Dreams we are introduced to Gracie and the overwhelming incident in her life. Gracie experiences every mother’s nightmare. The story is fast paced, compelling and full of amazing scenes of forgiveness. I found it exciting, thought provoking, heartfelt and a very rich story.

While Gracie’s investigating the facts of her nightmare she meets FBI Agent Steven Kessler working in the Crimes Against Children Unit. Clint Rollins is Steven’s partner. Clint’s wife Sara is an oncologist. This group of people rooting for the same team encourages each other in and out of work. They all face impossible challenges in their lives day in and day out. They all have a strong faith in God. They live their faith out loud in the middle of unnerving situations. You’ll want to read this book first so you’ll experience the richness Healing Promises has in store for you.

In Amy’s new book Healing Promises, all the same characters are back. Faith as they knew it and life as they all were comfortable with is threatened. Clint is tested in every aspect of his existence while he fights for his life. Clint is also on a mission to save children’s lives and catch the serial killer –it’s becoming so confusing for Clint. But he is determined to be an overcomer.

Clint is not going to let this disease get him down and stop him from getting this bad guy. Clint and his wife struggle with the reality that “In our weakness God is Strong.” Both Clint and Sara are used to being at the top of their game, in control. They both struggled with letting go of control – and letting God work in every fiber of their being. They wonder can it be done?

Both Clint and Sara didn’t even want to entertain this thought “In Our weakness.” That was a very uncomfortable place for them both to be, yet it was the very place God was taking them. This is a fast paced story with a great sense of family unity. Amy introduces a new character Hanna Kessler, Steven’s sister. We will learn more about Hanna in the third and final book of this series. Parts of this book made me feel uncomfortable. If you have a family member or friend dealing with a serious illness this will grip you. Amy has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. Treatments can be brutal on the patient and the family members as well. I have known some people very close to me deal with this disease. I had a new appreciation for what that family has gone through. This will definitely open your eyes to many things medically which I felt were necessary to the story.

Clint came to the conclusion “He was weak, but God was strong. God was God. God was in control.” Control that is what Clint wanted; Sara wanted; we all want. Read how Amy’s story gives a clear message of this very passage. This book will leave you with the message of hope and what God’s love looks like. This book will take you deeper if you let the message of God’s Love grip your heart.

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader








Website links:

Heart Chocolate
Ransomed Dreams first chapter
Healing Promises first chapter

HEALING PROMISES - AMY WALLACE



This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


Healing Promises


(Multnomah Publishers - April 15, 2008)


by


Amy Wallace


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams, a homeschool mom, and a self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books, including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Facing a new threat.

When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But not even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

Frozen in fear.

Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission–beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but in this case, the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

Faith under fire.

As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted?

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

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