MESSENGER by Lillian Duncan

I’m so excited about the release of MESSENGER. This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment.

Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult),  it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

And that’s what makes MESSENGER a modern day parable.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time.

The grand prize winner gets an e-copy or a print copy of MESSENGER along with their choice of any other book I’ve written. Five more winners will receive an e-copy of one of books from Amazon–except for MESSENGER  or The Sisters By Choice trilogy.

To be entered, leave a comment under this post. Easy Peasy!  Winner will be chosen on March 15.

Question: Why do you like to read Christian Fiction?

By the way, I’m extending the giveaway for the $50 Amazon Gift Card until April 1. If you sign up to follow this blog, you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway!

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash by Gail Pallotta

GIVEAWAY

Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s a 2013 Grace Awards Finalist, a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a 2019 finalist in TopShelf Magazine’s Humor / Comedy category. Learn more about Gail and her books on her website at https://gailpallotta.com and connect with her on twitter – Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords.

What makes this book a modern-day parable? The book tells a story about people who believe in Jesus’s Gospel of love interacting with each other.

The residents of Triville are bound together by their Christian faith. They’re certainly not perfect. Actually, they’re a bit gossipy and quirky, but they believe in Jesus’s teaching.

They’re much like the residents in the small town at the foothills of the N.C. Mountains where I grew up. They have acquaintances, close friends, people they tolerate, and those they keep at a distance. However, when a crisis strikes prayers go up and casseroles go out no matter how close or distant the person in need.

In the words of Lloyd Rock, the local mechanic in Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, “…we take care of each other…”

Gail has graciously agreed to give away an e-copy of Hair Calamaties and Hot Cash. To be entered leave a comment.

Book Blurb: A Nominee for the 2020 TopShelf Magazine Book Awards

“A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop…on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash…and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

Amazon link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQX79B5

Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hair-calamities-and-hot-cash-gail-pallotta/1129740945?ean=9781522397915

To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment or answer this question:  What’s your biggest hair calamity? Last day to enter will be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Steadham–Interview of the Day

Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas. You can learn more about Allen at https://allensteadham.com or at https://goodreads.com/allensteadham.

How or why did you become a writer?

I started making my own superhero comic books at the age of ten. I continued that into adulthood, making webcomics and eventually novels.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

After I became a Christian in January 1996, my writing focus changed. I was married by then and my wife co-wrote a Christian webcomic together (I did the art) called “Due East.” By 2007, we put that comic online and it won two awards in 2008 from The Duck Webcomics: “Best Spiritual Comic” and “Most Profound Comic.”

I had health issues for a number of years, but once I recovered, I felt compelled to enter National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) in November 2013. However, before I began, I prayed and handed over all of my creativity to the Lord and asked Him to help me write a 50,000-word Christian novel. God blessed me to write a 56,000-word first draft within three weeks. That first draft eventually became my debut novel, Mindfire, which is a superhero thriller with themes of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances. It also featured many characters and story elements from my earliest comic books, though adapted for the present day and a Christian story.

I write Christian fiction because that is where my inspiration comes from: God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. I want to reach people for Him and show them the hope and salvation only He can offer.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I like to take sky pictures (sunrises/sunsets/clouds/weather) and post them on Instagram.

Thanks Allen, for sharing about yourself and your writing.

 

Match Made in Heaven by Julie Arduini

GIVEAWAY!

Match Made in Heaven giveaway: One US winner can choose eBook or print version. If international winner, reader receives eBook. Leave a comment to be entered for the giveaway.

Match Made in Heaven blurb:

Beth Prescott wants to make a difference with the senior citizens she serves as a volunteer coordinator, but their matchmaking efforts leave her guarded. She’s experienced too much pain to make that leap again.

Dean Kellerman returns to the Finger Lakes area to help his grandfather and heal his own broken heart. He’s recommitted his life to Christ, and doesn’t want any distractions.

When his grandfather needs assistance with a senior program, it places Dean right in Beth’s path. Can these two surrender their pasts to Christ and have faith in each other and their future?

What makes Match Made In Heaven a modern day parable?

Match Made in Heaven is a modern-day parable because it’s not afraid to address issues readers might not otherwise read and learn about. It’s the first Christian romance I wrote and I revised it in 2019 to include a diagnosis that is something our family knows well. Beth doesn’t trust God because with her congenital hypothyroidism, she’s had to work twice as hard all her life. She’s faced bullying and verbal abuse. Through Christian romance readers can learn from Beth’s journey that God’s faithful and loves us more than we can ever imagine.

Julie Arduini  loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

GIVEAWAY:  To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment or answer this question: Were you ever bullied in school? If so, why? Last day to enter for the giveaway is January 22!

 

 

Julie Arduini–Interview of the Day

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

 How did you become a writer?

My writing journey has twists and turns, but overall, it’s the call on my life. I was always writing little stories in school. I joined yearbook and was known in high school for all things writing. However, in college, writing was all academic. I didn’t have time or energy to write fiction. I missed it. In my single years, I was completely inspired and a new Christian, so I wrote a lot of romances. They weren’t good, but I had so much fun writing them. I felt complete. Marriage and parenthood took over, and writing took a backseat for a long time. When there was an opportunity to join Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and their publicity team, it felt so right and ignited a spark to write more. During a service I felt God ask me if I was willing to let my MOPS writing go and trust Him. I obeyed, completed the Christian Writers Guild, started submitting weekly challenges to FaithWriters, and received a request to allow one of my writings in an anthology. Today I write through Surrendered Scribe Media with the goal of encouraging readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I write Christian fiction because I love reading Christian fiction. I’m an introvert that spends a lot of time praying for others, but I’m light-hearted as well. I love to be entertained. Writing fiction is where God has me, and I believe it gives a balance to who I am and how God can use me. If I can entertain readers and yet share a life-changing message on surrender, I’m blessed to have the opportunity.

Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

There are so many weird trivia aspects to me, but one is that I can usually guess the date of when movies and songs came out. I remember a lot of zip codes that I’ve used in Upstate NY. Yet I struggle with Bible memorization. Go figure!

Wow! I’m impressed with your memory, Julie. Thanks for visiting us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction.

Lillian writes in a variety of genres, but mostly in suspense and mystery. She loves to write the sort of books that she loves to read! Lillian lives in Ohio with her three parrots, two dogs, and one husband.

How did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved books. From the time I could read, I would always have a book with me no matter where I went. Visiting family…had a book. Doctor’s office…had a book. Fishing…had a book. And yes, I was one of those people that got in trouble when the teacher caught me reading one of my books instead of a text book!

To me a writer was more awesome than a rock star!

As much as I loved books, I didn’t start to write until I was 40. I can’t explain why it took me so long to figure out that I wanted to write, other than it seemed impossible that I could become a writer.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I didn’t start out writing Christian Fiction, but as my faith became more important to me, it became clear to me that I couldn’t or wouldn’t write for the mainstream market.

I now consider my writing my ministry as well. All the books I write illustrate some spiritual principle–usually more than one. That’s why I call them modern day parables.

Share a bit about your books, including a few titles.

Most of my books are romantic suspense–heavy on the action and suspense but with enough romance to sweeten up the story. My Sisters By Choice series (Deception; Betrayed; Redemption) was my first series. But I love my stand-alone books as well, such as Game On; Broken Trust; and Trapped. 

I have two books that will come out this year. Jane Doe is romantic suspense while Suffer the Little Children is women’s fiction.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I received my first traditional contract in 2011. In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. Even though they were not malignant, they have wreaked havoc on my health. I had two books under contract when I was diagnosed. That means I’ve written more than twenty books while undergoing a variety of treatments for the brain tumors and dealing with all sorts of side effects!

I don’t say this to brag or to get sympathy but to encourage others who are struggling because of their health. With God, we are so much stronger than we think.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

They can connect with me at http://www.lillian-duncan.com.

Thanks for having me.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Modern Day Parables!

What’s a parable? It’s an earthly story with a heavenly message–the perfect definition for today’s Christian Fiction!

Today’s Christian Fiction ain’t your mama’s Christian Fiction! In days past, Christian Fiction was a sermon wrapped in a sweet story. There’s nothing wrong with that but today’s Christian Fiction is so much more than that.

Today’s Christian Fiction has something for everyone–no matter what you love to read. Suspense? We’ve got that! Fantasy, horror or the supernatural? We’ve got that! Romance? We’ve got that! Still love the traditional? We’ve got that as well!

Today’s Christian Fiction also runs the gamut from the subtle to the hit-you-over-the head when it comes to the heavenly message. Some books are written from a Christian worldview while others delve deeply into a spiritual message. Some books are sweet while others are on the edgy side. Again there’s something out there for everyone.

Modern Day Parables is here to showcase all sorts of Christian Fiction along with author interviews, book reviews, new releases, book giveaway and much more . So welcome to Modern Day Parables.