Rose Dee

17 April 2014

Interview with James Pence

Interview with James Pence

God was calling you to ministry at 14 years of age. How did you know it was Him?

I always get double-takes when I tell this story, but God called me into ministry before I was saved. It’s a long story, but here’s the condensed version: I grew up in church and always believed in God, but I’d never cracked open a Bible. In fact, at 13 I was much more interested in the occult than I was church. One of my favorite books was The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish. Believe it or not, I also served as an altar boy at the time.

One day just before the service started, my pastor dropped a bomb on me by asking if I’d ever considered going into ministry. I told him that I wasn’t really interested in being a minister. I thought it would end there, but it didn’t.

God had planted a seed in me, and over the next six months or so, I couldn’t get the idea of ministry out of my head. It seemed like everything that happened to me was something else that pointed toward the fact that I should go into ministry. And so one night I clearly remember laying on my bed and praying and saying, "God, I don't know why you want me, but if you want me to be a minister that's what I'll do."

After that time I took an interest in reading the Bible and learning about the things of the Lord. I even turned on the television one day and decided to listen to a preacher named Billy Graham. And you can imagine what happened after that. It wasn't long before I placed my faith in Jesus Christ. So God actually used that call to ministry to bring me to Himself. And that's why I can look back now and have no doubts about God's call on my life, because I knew before I was even saved that he wanted me to serve him.

Knowing at a young age is one thing, but following through as you grow into adulthood is another. Did you purposefully take any steps to help you fulfill the call on your life?

I got involved in quite a few home Bible studies and found a Bible-believing church. However, I also had plans for the future. I knew of only one Christian college--Letourneau college in Longview Texas. One of my cousins went there a number of years before that. And so I planned to go to Letourneau and major in Bible. From there I went on to Dallas Bible College and later from there to Dallas seminary.

It’s inspiring to see how many ways God’s using your talents! One of those talents is chalk talk. Could you share with us how you got involved and developed your skill in this type of art?

I've always been interested in art, painting, and drawing. Even when I was growing up I loved to paint and sketch. When I was in Bible College I saw some chalk artists and, like many people, was fascinated by what they did. But I didn't become interested in being a chalk artist until I was in ministry down in south Louisiana. I was a youth pastor at Lake Charles Bible Church and was working at a summer camp. That summer, the speaker was a chalk artist. When I watched him draw, something just clicked right there. I asked him to give me a few pointers one afternoon, and after that I went back to Lake Charles, built a monstrosity of an easel, and began to draw.

My development as a chalk artist took off when I went to classes taught by one of the greatest chalk artists who has ever lived, Rev. Ding Teuling. I studied under Ding for eight years running, and that's where I learned how to develop my skill and improve the quality of my artwork.

You’ve said in an interview: “One of the great things about chalk art is that even if the people who see the drawing don’t remember everything I say, they will remember the picture and the Scripture that the picture represented.” Do you feel the same way about your fiction writing? Why or why not?

I never really thought about that, but I'd have to say that I do feel the same way about my fiction. There are many details woven into a story that most readers are not going to remember. But if they can remember the main idea, the main theme, and perhaps the Scripture associated with it then I think it can have a lasting impact on their lives. If the story is powerful enough, people will remember.

Speaking of fiction, share with us how you developed the story of Unseen. How much did you know ahead of time about the plot and characters?

Actually I knew very little about the plot and not much more about the characters. Before I started writing I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted my cult to look like and who my main character was going to be, but I didn't spend a lot of time writing detailed character profiles. As for plot, I remember writing a one-page, single-spaced synopsis of where I wanted the story to go. It was very sketchy and just covered the main points of the plot.

Many of the plot twists in Unseen came as complete surprises to me, and that's when writing is fun. Stephen King, I believe, has said that he often feels like the first reader of his novels rather than the writer. I can understand that. When I wrote Unseen, it was almost as if I was just watching the characters go through the story rather than write the story. It was a blast!

The novel deals with many serious topics, including cults. Does this come from personal experience or research?

A little of both. As I mentioned earlier, before I trusted Christ as my savior I had a very deep interest in the things of the occult. I read many books on ghost hunting, ESP, demonology, and just about anything else I could get my hands on. I had a very deep desire to become involved in these things, but God in his grace and providence prevented that from happening. However, there was that background of interest in dark things.

After I became a believer, I struggled for a while because I really didn't have a source of good teaching. But one day I came across a Christian bookstore and discovered cassette teaching tapes. One of my favorites back then was Dr. Walter Martin and his Kingdom of the Cults series. So, early in my Christian life I knew more about cults and their false teachings then just about anything else.

Finally, in my life I’ve seen three major cult events--Jonestown, David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and the Heaven's Gate cult in San Diego. When I wrote Unseen I wanted to portray cults like this and how they manipulate the minds of their victims.

You also teach karate to a group of homeschoolers. How did you come to learn karate yourself?

I started learning karate back in 1997 with my eight-year-old son. We took karate together as a father-son activity, and at 42 years old I was in serious need of some exercise. However, I had no idea that I would eventually end up as an instructor. Better than that, I own the school now.

Is there anything about karate you’ve learned, perhaps a principle that you’ve been able to implement in your writing?

Well for starters, karate has had a practical impact on my life. Writing is a very sedentary way to earn a living and it's easy to get out of shape. Teaching karate at least forces me to work out and not become a couch potato. Actually, I do a lot of my writing in a recliner, so maybe it would be recliner potato.

I think one principle from karate that does come through is that of persistence. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to earn a black belt. You have to be committed over a long period of time if you want to reach your goal. Likewise, writing a novel or a nonfiction book takes that same kind of persistence and commitment over time. You've got to be in it for the long haul if you want to reach your goal.

Several of your books have in some way tackled the question where is God in tragedy? That’s a theme that’s hit close to you and your family too. Can you share about the tragedy that struck your family many years ago and what would you say to someone who’s facing a similar tragedy and is tempted to leave their faith behind?

I suppose if there is an overriding theme to my writing, it is that we can trust God in all circumstances—even tragedy. That theme is present in Unseen, as well as my other books. And it all grows out of my wife's and my own personal experience with our daughter.

We lost our first child when she was a week old. It wasn’t a surprise; we learned twenty weeks into the pregnancy that she had severe birth defects and wouldn't survive long. I struggled with that for quite a while, wondering how or why God would allow something like that to happen. It's a very long story, but over the years I have seen how God worked in our lives through the loss of our little daughter and how he has used that event to impact others. God does not explain himself to us; he asks us to trust him. I think one of the goals of the Christian life is to learn to trust God in that way.

There are a lot of little "insider" elements in Unseen that you wouldn't pick up unless you knew me and knew me well. One of those is that one of the characters in Unseen, Michelle, is named after our daughter.

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?

I love astronomy. I’m on the board of commissioners for the Greenville (TX) Housing Authority.

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Reading novels, chilling with my wife, and going to movies with my daughter and her boyfriend. Also playing piano and doing watercolor paintings.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Cereal and milk, with uncooked oatmeal sprinkled in. Yum.

Three things always found in your refrigerator:

Diet Soda, tortillas, and cheese.

You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?

Whatever the coffee of the day is – strong, black, and undoctored.

What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?

Taking a cruise to Alaska and seeing the Northern Lights.

Three words that best describe you:

Blessed beyond measure.


by James Pence

Where is Justine Bishop? And why did she abandon her children?
Thomas Kent is determined to find out. Asked to pick up a "package" at the airport by an old friend he barely remembers, Thomas is shocked when he finds two desperate children looking to him for help. As he’s reluctantly drawn into the murderous plot of a ruthless cult, Thomas is forced to come face-to-face with his own torturous guilt over the tragic loss of his family and faith. Why does the cult so desperately want the kids? Their mother, Justine Bishop, holds the key. He just has to find her . . . or die trying.

Author Bio

James PenceJames Pence is a multi-talented author, published in both fiction and nonfiction. James broke into book publishing in 2001 when Osborne/McGraw-Hill published How to Do Everything with HTML, a book about Web authoring. He is also the co-author of Terror by Night, the stunning true story of Terry Caffey, a modern-day Job who lost his wife and children to murder and then forgave the killers. When he's not writing, James is a performance chalk artist, singer, and speaker. In his spare time he teaches karate, writing, and art to home-schooled children. James has been called a “Renaissance man,” but he prefers to be known simply as a follower of Jesus Christ and a storyteller. James and his wife, Laurel, live near Dallas, Texas. They have been married for 33 years and have two grown children and one granddaughter.

Author Website: 
(Photo credit: Alan Lindholm)

CFBA tour Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.

15 April 2014

Jenny's 52 treats Meeting Narelle Atkins

On Friday I was in the city to meet Narelle Atkins Debut author of Falling for the Farmer. We have been friends online for a few years and started the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance together.    

I decided to surprise her by getting to the airport. The plane was delayed so I had time to make it there. I got there to find the plane had arrived. As I was working out where they would come out I saw her coming down the escalator. I didn't have time to get my camera out so was waiting and she was looking right through me. She wasn't expecting me to be there. It was great to finally meet her. 

We took the bus back to the hotel and then I started showing of parts of the city of Adelaide. We saw some of the buildings in the city and came across an interesting house. Its all part of an art show at the art gallery. 

I took them over the new walkway to the Adelaide oval. I hadn't been over it myself so it was good to see what it is like. Then to look around the newly designed oval. 

We did a little more sight seeing then I took them round via the river. We are here on the University bridge. I have to admit I couldn't resist. You may see the padlocks on the bridge. This started last year and follows a tradition from Europe where couples will put there names on the padlocks and lock them to the bridge. Lunch was at the Crown Plaza Adelaide where I had a gift voucher for a meal. My niece Courtney joined us for lunch. It was a belated birthday lunch. 

After lunch was a walk ending up at Koorong which is where we found Narelle's debut book. It was so exciting. The sales girl could see out excitement asking if she could help when we explained about the book. She was jumping out of her skin to meet an author. It was so exciting. 

I put them back on the bus to the airport and then had time for a bit of a rest before meeting my good friend Robina for Tea.  We have been friends since 1976 and besides a photo possibly in 1980 we don't think we have had a photo together since. We had a great time catching up and don't you like the way the made the soy hot chocolate?

 It was a great day. Join me next week for my next treat. I am no idea what it will be yet as the week could be interesting. I am changing meds which means weaning of one before starting the new one with new side effects. Add one toothache which I am on antibiotics for as its an infection near the root. 

14 April 2014

Book Review Falling for the Farmer by Narelle Atkins

About the Book


And she’s incredibly grateful when Jack Bradley offers her a job on his apple farm. Working side by side in the orchards with her best friend’s brother seems like the perfect way to get over her disastrous engagement. Until Kate finds herself falling hard for the handsome farmer.

Jack Bradley knows city-girl Kate isn’t here to stay. Yet suddenly he’s imagining a life with her in the country. When Kate considers going back to the city, can Jack find a way to show her that her real home is here on the farm, by his side?

My Review:

I finally read a book this year. This is my first book book for the year and by debut author Narelle Atkins. I really enjoyed this book. I love the country setting. We start with Kate running away from her wedding and finding a place to think in the country working for her best friend's brother.  Kate and Jacks come from different worlds and backgrounds so its interesting to see how this plays out. I could identify with Jack and many of his traits. I was interested to find out why Kate ran from her wedding and why she needed to get away. We see at the beginning her mother really wanted her to marry Rodney and that is another reason Kate wants to get away. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more books by Narelle.

11 April 2014

ACBRA Tour Rocky Mountain Romance by Lesley Ann McDaniel

7th - 11th  April  2014

About the Book


But they haven't spoken since his sister Courtney's wedding last summer. Now that they're back together again on Courtney's Montana ranch, Sheila's wondering if she only imagined that Ben cared for her—and their time together was just a beautiful dream.

Ben's crazy about Sheila, but he's too shy to tell her, and he's praying for another chance to win her affections. Can this sweet computer expert overcome his shyness and show her that sometimes dreams really do come true?

About the Author

While earning a degree in acting, Lesley Ann McDaniel fell in love with theatrical costuming, and pursued that as a career while nurturing her passion for writing on the side. Through God’s guidance, she has shifted her focus to honing her skills as a writer of women’s and young adult fiction. She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and of a wonderful critique group. A native Montanan and a Big Sky girl at heart, Lesley now resides in the Seattle area.

My Review
I am so behind in reading due to my medical issues when I finish I will add my review.

10 April 2014

Getting to Know you with Lesley Ann McDaniel

Please welcome Lesley Ann McDaniel to my blog today. Lesley Ann is a Heartsong Presents author who is also being featured on a blog tour with ACRBA this week. My post will be up tomorow

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but my first love is theatre. When I started to write seriously about eight years ago, my plotlines just naturally seemed to revolve around the entertainment industry. It’s fun to see how some of the work experiences I’ve had have come out in my books. Not to mention people I’ve known, but I’m not naming any names!

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?

I had so many favorites. “Little Women”, “A Little Princess”, any of the Nancy Drew mysteries. I pretty much enjoyed every book I read. (I loved Little Women when I did read it)

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?

As a reader, I do seem to gravitate toward romance, but I prefer substantial plotlines. I love well-written suspense, and Young Adult. It should come as no surprise that those are the genres I write in as well.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?

Definitely Jane Austen. Who doesn’t want to write like her? I want to write description of setting like Margaret Mitchell, although she’s wordy for contemporary tastes. F. Scott Fitzgerald did such an amazing job of creating characters. I love Truman Capote’s way with words, although I’ll never be able to bring myself to read “In Cold Blood”. I got to see him speak one time, and he read one of his short stories. What an amazing experience that was.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I used to say I wanted to be an author when I was a child, then set that goal aside for a number of years. I have a theory about why so many of us seem to take up writing as a second career at a later point in life. We need to have some life experience to draw on in order to have something interesting to write about.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?

I started by writing the novel I’d had in my head for about fifteen years. By the time I finished, I knew it was terrible, and that I needed to set it aside for a while. I took a year to write what became my first completed book, “Saving Grace”, then went back to rewrite that first book. It’s a YA novel called “Pure Hollywood”, which I’m planning on publishing soon.  

I went the standard route of submitting my proposals for those first two books and eventually got an agent. Ironically, it was my third book, “Lights, Cowboy, Action”, that finally sold to a publisher (Heartsong Presents). Now that things are changing in the publishing world, I’m happy to call myself a hybrid author, with some books traditionally published and some indie published.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

The other things I already am; a mom and a theatrical costumer.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?

I love to spend time with my kids, cooking, watching movies. I love to travel, but rarely get to these days. I also love going to the theatre, when I’m not backstage.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?

So many places! My number one favorite place I’ve been and would love to revisit is Paris. The one in France.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
That is such a hard question. I’m going to say the first three people who pop into my head. Angela Lansbury (one of my favorite actresses, and I’d just love to hear all her theatre stories), Cher (loved her show when I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to meet her), and Brandilyn Collins (my favorite suspense writer- I have a hundred questions for her). I’m sure those three ladies would find each other fascinating. I’m such an introvert, I’d love to not have to do too much talking at this make-believe dinner. (I would love to meet Angela Lansbury she is so versatile and had a great career, it would be an interesting dinner)

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will
be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.

Well, since you asked…
My Montana Hearts series with Heartsong Presents:
“Lights, Cowboy, Action”
“Big Sky Bachelor”
“Rocky Mountain Romance”

Book 1 in my Madison Falls series:
“Saving Grace”

All my books are on Amazon and my website

I also have a romantic suspense coming out soon. “Tide Will Tell” will be book 2 in the Islands of Intrigue series. Check out book 1, “The Unrelenting Tide” by Lynnette Bonner at


But they haven't spoken since his sister Courtney's wedding last summer. Now that they're back together again on Courtney's Montana ranch, Sheila's wondering if she only imagined that Ben cared for her—and their time together was just a beautiful dream. 

Ben's crazy about Sheila, but he's too shy to tell her, and he's praying for another chance to win her affections. Can this sweet computer expert overcome his shyness and show her that sometimes dreams really do come true?

8 April 2014

New challange from a friend

Today I was talking with a friend about how the new med I am on is affecting me as I get use to the dosage. I am so exhausted and drowsy and was feeling really low. I was saying I need something to look forward to. Last year in May I went to America and had about 2 years planning and looking forward to it. I really want to go back and I had said 5 years but due to medical issues I am spending more than I am bringing in so unless I can get the Occipital Neuralgia to a point its manageable I am not going to be able to save. 

I am hoping to meet her in Oct for a weekend away and I said I need to hold onto that at this stage. I feel I really need something to look forward to that is achievable. She suggested doing a weekly blog about a treat for the week. To give me a new focus so I find a treat each week. 

As this is the beginning and introduction I will tell you what I am looking forward to this week for a treat. I am meeting my friend for the first time on Friday. I am looking forward to this and next week will blog about it as my first treat.

I will call Jenny's 52 treats (which is what my friend Dotti suggested).

4 April 2014

Getting to know you with Shannon Taylor Vannatter and giveaway

Please welcome Shannon Taylor Vannatter to my blog today. I first read one of Shannons novels about 2 and a half years ago and love it. Have connected with her on the new goodreads group at and she is also giving one copy away.

1.    Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a pastor’s wife/stay at home mom. We live in very rural central Arkansas. Our son is twelve and is very active in sports. Our church is twelve miles west of our house and his school is twelve miles east of our house. We spend a lot of time running back and forth in a twenty-four mile radius.

2.    When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
I loved the Dr. Suess books when I was little. When I was nine or so, I read The Little House on the Prairie books. The show was on then and I was an avid fan. In my teens, my mom introduced me to clean romance novels and I loved them. (Jenny here I loved Little House on the Prairie books also)

3.    Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
Inspirational Contemporary Romance. When I first started writing, I wrote romantic suspense. I think I went in that direction because I watched a lot of detective shows as a teenager and young adult. The problem with my romantic suspense was the bad guy got caught and the suspense got wrapped up long before the romance did.

I finally heard a speaker at a writer’s conference say that whatever genre you read the most is probably the genre you should write. It was an Aha moment for me and I hit my stride writing straight romance. A few of my books have a suspense element, but the romance is the focus.

4.    Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
I wish I could remember the authors of those first romance novels I read. I know it was Harlequin and it was a clean line, but that’s all I remember. That first taste of romance definitely influenced me. And it’s surreal that I write for Harlequin’s inspirational line now.

5.    When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I was in my thirties. My husband’s work hours changed and my evenings were free. Our son wasn’t in the picture yet, so I suddenly had free time in the evenings. I went to the library to get some clean romance books and couldn’t find any.
At the same time, I’d had a story in my head since my teens. I’d move scenes around and add complications over the years. I thought it was a movie, but I didn’t want to go to Hollywood, so I’d pushed it to the back of my mind.
Not being able to find clean romance novels and that story collided. It finally hit me that it was a book. But I didn’t have a computer and I wasn’t that great of a typist. I decided that if I ever got a computer, I’d write it. Three years later, my father in law got a new computer and gave me his old one. As soon as it was plugged in and operational, I was writing the book. It got 52 rejection letters in 1999.
In 2013, I totally rewrote it from scratch, using all the knowledge gained from years of writer’s groups and conferences and Rodeo Queen was published.
6.    How did you go about becoming an author?
I wrote five books without ever attending a writer’s group meeting or conference, without ever reading anything about how to write. I just did it. Over two hundred rejection letters, a Print On Demand published book, and lots of frustration, I joined two writers groups and started attending conferences. I bought several books on writing, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer magazines.

After three years, it seemed like I wasn’t learning anything new, but I was still getting rejections. I googled Christian Writers Conferences and found American Christian Fiction Writers. I attended the conference for three years, before I finally joined the online group, and joined an online critique group. In 2008, I pitched a book to an editor with Heartsong Presents, which was owned by Barbour then. I got a request for the full and an offer for a three book contract in early 2009.       

7.    If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
I can’t imagine being anything else. I dallied with the idea of being an interior decorator several years ago. But then a friend of mine went into that business and it didn’t sound as fun or glamorous as I’d imagined. But I made the heroine in my latest release an interior decorator. With writing, I can have fun careers through my heroines.

8.    Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I love spending time with my family. I’m a homebody and I’m at my happiest doing something crafty.

9.    Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
My husband has family in Texas and we love visiting there. I have cousins in Georgia and I spent some growing up years there, so I love going to see them. I’m not a vacation to somewhere I’ve never been just for the fun of it type. Vacation to me is visiting family I don’t get to see often.

10.  If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
My son, my husband, and my parents. That’s four, but I can’t leave anyone out. I’m pretty much about family. We live across a hayfield from my parents. My cousin lives across the dirt road and my aunt and uncle are moving to the end of the dirt road. I told you it’s rural. We do live on a paved highway, but you turn on the dirt road to get to our driveway. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and in laws live in a 20 mile radius except for the Texas, Georgia, and Missouri branch. (I have had a few say family and it refreshing to see, as it shows how much they mean to a person. Its also interesting to see how people read the question as it says 3 living people not 3 famous people although my 3 are not family I needed a 4th to even out the numbers a bit)
Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon.
Rodeo Song is another of my early attempts at writing. Back in the eighties, I went to a Michael Bolton concert. I loved his raspy voice. Halfway through the concert, he did his famous lobby run and sang Georgia on My Mind at the opposite end of the arena from the stage. That night, I dreamed I was in the lobby and he grabbed my hand. You know how dreams are—I wasn’t married. He took me on stage and sang Georgia to me. I thought the dream was funny and told my husband, family, and friends about it.

Years later, when I started writing, I decided it could be a book. It got several rejections. Last year when Harlequin gave the opportunity to continue my Texas rodeo series, I decided I could rewrite the one about the rock star. I rewrote it from scratch and the hero became a country star to fit the Texas theme and added a twist—the heroine he takes on stage was his high school sweetheart.

Also where we can find you on the web.

Twitter: @stvauthor

Rodeo Song
But when silken-voiced Garrett Steele set out for stardom, he left Jenna—and his cowboy past—far behind. A chance encounter at one of his concerts propels him back into Jenna's life. But, once burned by love, Jenna must guard her heart against the captivating singer. 

Once upon a time, Garrett vowed he'd be a success, no matter what. But that path shattered his soul. His reunion with Jenna makes him long for things he once took for granted. Now he must show her that he's found what he was looking for all along…right here in his hometown.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She lives in rural central Arkansas in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.

Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and doing craft projects.

Shannon has offered one copy to a reader of my blog (international) if you would like to win this book please leave a comment either asking Shannon a question or a comment on the interview. Entries saying looks good or good interview please enter me will not be accepted. Please leave a way to contact you. You have til Friday 11th. April to enter.

31 March 2014

ACRBA Tour Dave the Donkey by Andrew McDonough

31 March - 4 April  2014
is introducing

Dave the Donkey


Andrew McDonough

About the Book

Jerusalem. A lone rider approaches. The cheering crowd swarm to greet him. The King has come, mounted upon his mighty steed Dave the Donkey! Join Dave, his Grandpa and Jesus in this epic Easter tale of power, courage, death and resurrection. If you like Black Beauty you will love Dave the Donkey.

About the Author

Andrew McDonough is the creator of the popular Lost Sheep resources. He has written and illustrated 21 children's stories that are used in schools and churches around the world. Based in South Australia, Andrew belongs to the WestCare community, an inner city mission working amongst the homeless, supporting people struggling with addictions and advocating for refugees. He regularly visits schools & churches to tell stories, conduct workshops, preach and lead all-age worship services. He and the Lost Sheep team have a passion to provide high quality Biblical storytelling resources to children’s workers, pastors and parents. Andrew’s stories including Cecil the Lost Sheep, Jesus and the Children, Echidnas on Everest and his latest book, Tina the Tree

My Review:
Dave the Donkey is a fun children's book. What I love about it is the way the story is told by Dave the Donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It then tells the Easter story with Grandpa Donkey telling Dave what happened. It is a different way of telling the story the story in a simplistic but clever way. The illustrations are very well done and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a different book to use at Easter. It is a book little children would understand and it also has a guide in the back for teachers or parents to help them use the book with there children. Great book and the other books in the series are a good read also. 

I am going to give away my review copy to one Australian reader. All you need to do is comment and leave a way to contact you. you have til Monday 7 April 6 pm South Australian time to comment.

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