We all have a life story. An experience. A journey. But how you write it so the world can "see" and "experience", that is a different endeavor in itself. My name is Esther Amariah, the author of my own story, Mercy and Grace, Victory through Hardships.
The Victory is the sole reason I wrote about my thirty-two year hardships! A tragic family accident that has left scars, yet God's grace abounded, pulling me through massive, painstaking surgeries for nearly eighteen years while seeing my fathers health deteriorate after a life altering accident, in which a drunk driver nearly took his life. A divorce that left me and my two toddlers homeless and forced to move in with my parents, not a good experience for a thirty one year old woman! Battling oppressive neighbors, struggling to survive with no money, all the while living in the literal mountains with no fellowship, isolated and lonely.
You won't believe how God delivered my family through all of that. But He did!
A Wandering Warrior is an action-adventure, historical fiction novel set in late 12th century England. It was published 15 April 2013 by 4RV Publishing (ISBN-10: 0985266198) and is available through on-line booksellers. This is my eighth published book.
Thomas Beaumont, a commoner itinerant soldier, begins a quest to get revenge for the death of his brother. Along the way he saves two young ladies from capture by the Royal Guard, is attacked by a wolf pack while recovering from an infected wound, falls in love with a Traveler girl, fights in trials of honor by combat, pulls off a daring rescue of two ladies of nobility, fights in the army of the Crown Prince, and experiences lost love, revenge, tragedy, and enlightenment.
Author Murray Pura gathered 15 authors to write Civil War short stories for an anthology called Cry of Freedom. Olivia's Wedding, my short story, premieres today. For now, each short story is on Kindle for .99. In December, all the stories will be combined in one hardcover anthology.
John Brooks is a brilliant young lawyer, but not getting much notice. Those who know him admire his work ethic and his intellect. His friends believe he needs one big case to show off his talents. Defending Hal Boyd, known as the Butcher of Belhaven, on arson and four murder charges, looks like that big case as the world media, hungry to fill 24 hours a day of nonstop news coverage.
Soon the Boyd case looks like a career ender when Brooks announces his defense: "Not guilty by reason of insanity. My client was so insane that he believed that the person he intended to kill, was a vampire." The world media ridicules the "Vampire Defense," and Brooks and his defense team become the laughing stock of the legal profession. Ridicule becomes the least of Brooks' problems when he discovers that a satanic cult is intent on exacting murderous revenge against Boyd and his defense team. Kidnapping and multiple murders occur at a dizzy pace as the action careens from the city to the swamp to the courtroom.
Romance coupled with comic relief allows you to occasionally catch your breath until even that is stolen by a double climax with a verdict that shocks the world, followed immediately by a dramatic final battle between good and evil.
In the final chapter of Shug’s Place, Eve Campbell returns to Detroit thinking her long-time pursuer, Eric Farber, is dead. Jealous Detective Darcy Raintree trails Shug and Eve to Eve’s hotel, where a very much alive Farber waits, savoring thoughts of his coming revenge. What follows when the four confront each other provides for an explosive climax.
Raider's Vendetta is a hard hitting story of how far we can be from God. How forgiveness and our faith can break through the strongest walls to reach the hearts of those we should hate by man's standards. If you struggle with someone who brings pain and misery into your life, this story inspires us to trust God's grace for us all.
Four years ago, girl-next-door Kat Nelson had gone from being a tempting assignment to the fling P.I. Logan Carmichael never forgot. Now he'd been hired to find her by a king claiming Kat was heir to the throne. Locating her wasn't difficult.
Learning he was the father of her toddler twins, however, made him ache. But his job was to protect her from a madman who wanted her dead, and keep her away from the king who needed her alive. And yet one look at his children made the steely CIA vet yearn to be more than just a bodyguard. Defusing bombs and taking out terrorists wasn't as scary as being a father—and didn't get his heart racing as much as the thought of spending every night by Kat's side.
After ten years of working as a Life Coach, I have discovered that most relationship problems can be traced to unforgiveness. In my novella, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, Sonia Pettit learns that unforgiveness will enslave her, while forgiveness will set her free. Remember that forgiving is a decision, not a feeling. If there is someone in your life you need to forgive, do it now. If there is someone of whom you need to ask forgiveness, do it now.
Game Drive releases April 15, 2013. A cozy mystery about a New York-based travel agent on a research trip for her agency who suspects foul play after a colleague is killed in a tragic accident. Game Drive is the second book in a series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh. This time Sidney’s travels take her to Cape Town, South Africa, and a private game lodge near the Kruger National Park.
The intent of this book is to inform managers/supervisors about the importance of positive self-esteem, how our self- esteem is formed and to provide a way to examine his/her own self esteem. It takes the reader through the activities of the manager/supervisor and shows how to perform those activities in ways that never harm, but normally improve employee self-esteem resulting in better performing, self- assured workers.
Pagne (Champagne) struggles with a life of neglect beginning as a small child. Her relationship with her guardian angel and her faith in God bring her through the upheavals and pain her life presents. If you have wondered what the point is, why am I here, this story shows you how each life is a ripple that grows and touches so many others. Each one of us was designed with divine intent, no one is a mistake.
purpose in publishing PS: I'M INNOCENT is to provide readers with a fun
read. It came out in December and comments have been unanimously
In the novel, Lizzie, an environmental researcher, is
studying loggerhead turtles on a Florida beach late at night when she
sees illegal aliens being brought in. The smuggler pursues her. When he
is found dead in her bed, the police believe she killed him. The
people who hired the smuggler also pursue her. Will she have the
strength and courage to clear herself and escape death? How will a
semi-retired Mafia don and a tame Florida panther help her?
PS: I'M INNOCENT is available through all bookstores but more rapidly available on Nook or Kindle. Thank you for considering reading it. Hope you enjoy it.
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Amy Metz is the mother of two sons and is a former first grade teacher. When not actively engaged in writing, she can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in her hands. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
_I was an event manager in my
first life. They say you should know when it's time to leave. My time came the
summer my musical director was shot and a set of drums rolled off the
stage. During a performance.
With nine months of severance
pay, I turned to writing mysteries. And a mere six years later, one was
actually published. UNCOMMON GROUNDS was that first Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse
Mystery and this past December marked the release of the seventh--TRIPLE
SHOT.I also write Main Street
Mysteries, set in the High Country of North Carolina. The Maggy books have been
described as "witty" and "laugh-out-loud funny" and
received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. So far, so good on Main
Street, too: Kirkus saysRUNNING ON
EMPTYis a "full-throttle joyride," and Booklist and Library Journal recommend the series to
fans of Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.
indeed. And, I might add, no one was shot in the making of these books. Except
fictionally, of course. www.sandrabalzo.com
I invite you to read my newest book, Dead Ends or Destiny? and discover the seven people you will meet in the Wilderness. This book consists of seven vignettes describing the lives of seven characters. Each character will teach you lessons you will need in order to survive the Wilderness experiences of your life. They are the evil talebearer, the radical nonconformist, the juvenile delinquent, the overwhelmed pastor, the unwilling immigrant, the lone ranger, and the silent partner. Why will you meet them in that order? They are ranked from the least helpful to the most helpful to you in handling your Wilderness experience. Each one will post his résumé, describe his life, and share his epitaph. They will each issue the same invitation: “follow me.” www.walterscottmoore.com
Whether from death, divorce, tornado, or other trauma, families find themselves having to start over in dire circumstances every day. THE HOUSE ON DIRTY-THIRD STREET tells the story of one mother and child starting over in a very run-down neighborhood. As they reach out to the community around them, not only do they find help to repair their own house, but the seeds of revitalization are sown.
All the houses on Thirty-Third Street were old and run down, but the one with the For Sale sign was the worst. I'd call the whole place "Dirty-Third Street." "It's perfect," said Mom. "It doesn't look perfect to me," I said. "It's perfect," she said, "because we can afford it. "Try looking at it through eyes of faith," said Mom. I squinted and tilted my head. "It still looks horrible to me.
Thomas Gonzales' beautiful watercolor illustrations increase in vibrancy as the story unfolds and hope is restored. THE HOUSE ON DIRTY-THIRD STREET will touch the heart of anyone who has faced starting over in difficult circumstances. (Peachtree Publishers, 2012)
Animal Adventures in North Carolina directs readers to 70 opportunities—aviaries, aquariums, farms, sanctuaries, rehabilitation centers, zoos, and seasonal events—to meet new species, observe how injured and orphaned animals are cared for, discover where food products come from, and learn how to champion the cause of animals. Families will find in these pages enough adventures to last them for years. Even lifelong animal lovers will be amazed at the variety of attractions North Carolina has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Get the book, pick out a site, grab your camera and let the animal adventures begin!
"The River Witch tells a story of the deep South with all its mystery, strangeness and distinction. Its essence brings to mind memories of the stories of Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers." ~ Jackie K Cooper, Huffington Post Books
The River Witch is Georgia author Kimberly Brock's acclaimed debut novel about a ballet star who suffers the end of her career and a tragic miscarriage. Devastated, Roslyn Byrne retreats to a cabin on a Georgia island where she is confronted by ten-year-old audacious, motherless Damascus Trezevant and an unforgettable summer that will work a gentle brand of magic on her grieving spirit.
“...the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope..." ~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints
Now featured in DEEP SOUTH MAGAZINE'S SUMMER READING LIST!
In this historical romance,"Lifetimes Ago", a modern-day couple discovers through past life regression that their lives were once intertwined and unintentionally uncover a passionate 1930s love story. It is 1934 in Rensselaer, Indiana when Elsie Wilkins meets John McDonald-a man unlike any other. After feeling an immediate and intense chemistry, Elsie cannot take her eyes off him. Its official — the handsome apprentice architect has just swept the independent-minded teacher off her feet. Despite the fact that Elsie is still married to a man who abandoned her without warning, she and John begin a fervent courtship as all social mores fall away. Their love affair is brief, but their story gives flight to the heart: love never dies. It preserves even after death, with powerful ties reconnecting in a future life.
Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.
In SWEET TEA AND SECRETS you'll be swept away to the small town of Adams Grove where the town is mourning the loss of Pearl Clemmons, known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and the best unsolicited advice in the county.
When Jill returns to settle her grandmother’s estate, she’s greeted by a Clydesdale-sized guardian dog who doesn't seem to be earning his stripes (although he drools on them pretty well), and Garrett Malloy, the ex-fiancé she left behind a year ago.
Jill insists on staying at Pearl’s amidst the string of break-ins, but Jill’s past with Garrett becomes the least of her worries when she learns that their lives are in danger. She is the only person standing between a desperate conman and a secret from Pearl’s past.
Will Pearl’s past kill any chance of Jill and Garrett’s future together?
Someone wrote that my novel WHISPERING TIDES, set in beautiful Savannah, GA, is a constant declaration of love to my first wife, Paola, who passed ten years ago. It's true, she is my unforgettable Angel. Someone else said it is a declaration of love to my second wife. And I can not deny that it is also true: Maria Rosa is my Angel, now. Personally I would add that my book is a declaration of love to all woman of the World because I do believe they are the Angels who make the World go round.
Hi y’all, I’m Guido Mattioni, a former senior journalist and a “Southern writer” living far away, in Milano Italy, but with his heart under the Mason Dixon line. WHISPERING TIDES is available at Amazon and B&N in paperback and in ebook (in eBook at Apple iBookstore).
Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture, a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. She’s besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds IG Office in Atlanta. He and his partner arrive to investigate Slade’s accusations, and, if possible, catch Jessie in the act of handing over money. However, the IG isn't telling Slade everything. The agents are also investigating the disappearance of Slade's boss the year before in connection to possible land fraud. And when the sting on Jessie goes bad, the case is stopped and Wayne is called back to Atlanta, leaving Slade to fear not only for her life and job, but for her children’s safety. And nobody believes her.
RIVER RAT (A Lucy DelRose Mystery Series) will be out in print soon. This is a romance mystery set along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Commercial fisherwoman Lucy DelRose's ex-husband washes out from under her marina — dead. Nasty drug dealers begin to chase her. Alligators try to attack her. She gets blown sky high. This gutsy Southern woman kicks butt to protect her family from danger. A half-breed Indian whose skill as a boat pilot follows her into a deadly storm beating down on them as they make their way through the muddy river to rescue Lucy's son from the hands of the devil.
This poetry brings magic into the mundane. A simple walk in the woods opens doors of wonder. The thoughts on health bring special insights. The reader is reminded to never take anything in life for granted. The poems are illustrated with original drawings and photography. Whatever the season, you'll enjoy this unique book.
David Cooper sat on the back steps of the small Florida farmhouse as the sky slowly faded from gold and red to purple. He had been there ever since the sheriff and his deputies finished their work and took away the body. Minutes? Hours? He wasn't sure. He kept retracing the day in his mind, a bright, quiet Sunday that evolved into an afternoon of confrontation, horror and death. He stared at the dark stain on the ground. It was the kind of stain that he saw so many times when he was fighting in France in the big war--bright red that dried brown. The kind of stain he had hoped to never see again.
Think writing for kids is easy? Think again. And writing for kids sometimes gets dirty. I never dreamed I’d be writing about the difference between dirt and soil. Or bugs. Plus, make a mistake—incorrectly describe a roach or a snake—and kids will throw you under the bus.
However, writing for kids is not only challenging but fun and a good way to hone your writing skills while building up writing credits. By writing 500-800 word stories mining childhood memories and making up a few, you’ll be entertaining the wee ones before you know it.
Televenge is " . . . an emotional rollercoaster that ends as intensely as it begins. . . . those who commit to Cable’s tome will find themselves captivated and deeply devoted to Andie. Fans of Fannie Flagg and Janet Evanovich will be hooked on this saga of religion, romance, and crime." - Shannon Marie Robinson, Library Journal LJ editor’s BEA pick
"A captivating, beautifully rendered, and unforgettable look at a world so few of us understand. Ms. Cable has courageously opened the door...and my eyes." - Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Good Graces
"Pamela King Cable's debut novel breathes good and evil, frost and fire. You can finish it, but it won't let you go." - Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
I often refer to myself as the Jack Russell Terrier of Southern Literature because I don't seem to ever be able to simply sit still. I'm the author of four books with three more on the way. I am also a pharmacist, mask masker and certified Zumba Fitness Instructor and own a pharmacy/restaurant and Zumba Fitness studio in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Love all my jobs, but am especially proud to be a Southern Writer!
Sometimes, if you keep hanging in there, things work out. I can’t help being happy about the review that just came out from Kirkus, “the world’s toughest critics.” Here’s an excerpt: “In Shelly Frome’s latest mystery, a homeless man uncovers secrets that may lead to fatal consequences. Disillusioned journalist Josh Devlin, biding his time at a shelter in Kentucky, finds an apparently injured girl and is determined to help her. What neither of the two know is that Alice was witness to a murder in Mississippi, and the killer is dead set on tying up all loose ends—one of those loose ends being Alice. Author Frome churns out a laudable crime thriller with a Southern setting. Josh is a bluesy detective armed with a harmonica instead of a gun, and he plays tunes in lieu of smoking cigarettes. The novel maintains an abundance of mystery to keep readers invested. A novel with impeccable Southern flair, as soothing and cool as the notes from the protagonist’s blues harp.”
_I have written nonfiction most of my adult life. NIGHT OF THE COSSACK is
my first historical fiction. It is written for the YA genre. It has 48
reviews on Amazon and a 5 star rating. I have received correspondence
from readers age 12 through 86 with very positive feedback. I have a
strong desire to get involved with the homeschool arena as well as YAs
who are at risk--addicts, felons, etc. I have been a public speaker for
40 years and would love to speak to writing groups, book clubs, critique
groups, homeschool students or just about any type of group. www.tomblubaugh.com
Written in skillfully crafted free verse, poet Debbie Harris blends elegance, beauty, and sensitivity into Christ-centered portraits. WHICH CHURCH AM I? is a compelling thought-provoking poetry series challenging both seekers and believers to thoughtfully ponder the modern day church. The reader is invited to enter each church as a participant. This poetry series is a must have for those who desire an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Debbie Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Education, a Master of Performance Studies degree from Bob Jones University, and a Masters of Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce with a double emphasis in School Counseling and Community Counseling. She is currently a School Counselor and has been a volunteer Chaplain at Parkland Hospital. Her passion is to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through Christian poetry. dharris1.wordpress.com
_I am so excited to be in the process of releasing my first full length book into the market. After over 10 years of writing and turndowns, “Cursing the Church or Helping it?” will be in stores this March. I believe it is a very NOW word for the church as a whole, and I feel it will open up the eyes of many. I’m passionate about its message.
Last week I started my 16th book, and while my fiction still needs to find a publishing home, I feel so blessed. Many people now come to me and ask what is the secret to writing. The secret is simple. It’s knowing it’s part of your destiny, and refusing to quit. Being stubborn isn’t always a bad thing as long as it’s aimed in the right direction. :-)
I am the mom of two awesome kids, one which is the topic of a children's book I wrote about children living with mental illness, emotional illness, neuropsychiatric disabilities...whatever the official name you choose to call it. The end result is pretty much the same, for the child, the family and loved ones. These children feel different, may know they are different and want so much to be accepted by peers. They struggle and their inability to control much of their behavior rules their lives and the homelives as well. I wrote this book, No One is Perfect and YOU are a Great Kid, from my son's point of view, as one of these loving children struggling with these challenges.
I recently spent a week nestled in the North Carolina mountains at the Wildacres Writers Workshop, my reward for winning the 2012 Hub City Writers/Emrys Foundation Fiction Prize. The faculty included many fine instructors, including author Ron Rash, whose novel, Serena, is being made into a motion picture. It was truly an inspiring event, and one every aspiring writer should consider.
Much of the instruction and “work-shopping” of manuscripts was provided with an academic bent, something I hadn’t previously been privy to, and it gave me a whole new outlook to consider for my work. Many of the participants had been attending the workshop (as well as a Writers Retreat the previous week) for fifteen or twenty years. That, in itself, is quite a testimonial to the quality of the instruction.
The fourth installment in the My Son's Wife series, My Sister My Momma My Wife is now available at your bookstore, Etailers (online), and on your favorite eReader. This sizzling, edge of your seat Christian fiction novel continues to reveal the imperfections of the Graham family. Like all of us, the Graham family is flawed, but Reverend Stiles Graham discovers the depth of the imperfections that run rampant through his family.
“One woman's search for true love brings her to a place of spiritual renewal.”
Londa Hayden takes you on a journey of her various dating experiences as a Christian woman in her debut release DATE, PRAY, WAIT. Touted as the Christian version of Eat, Pray, Love, you will laugh, cry, and be blessed with the frankness of her true and very personal stories that will inspire you to find peace in your own search for real love. Londa offers insights and methods that worked for her. This book will encourage women to seek God first and wait for His best for them. DATE, PRAY, WAITretails for $19.95 at www.publishamerica.net/product38647.html at local bookstores, and $9.95 in ebook format at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. You'll also find it in the Southern Writers bookstore.
Additionally, you may request a signed copy available in limited quantity at the author's website at londahayden.com.
One of the best things about writing (besides "having written") are the relationships we develop with other writers, and I'm grateful to Southern Writers Magazine for giving writers a place to exchange ideas as well as to share their journeys. That encouragement from other writers makes all the difference. So does learning from each other, and challenging each other to give our best. It's like iron sharpening iron. I'm grateful to be a Southern Writer!
_Like grains of sand become pearls, our sorrows taken to Christ become of great value to him as well as ourselves.
An oyster covers the grains of sand that causes pain to its tender
heartlike tissue, with a substance that is similar to mucus. I know
that sounds so gross! But that is what we do as we cry and cover our
sorrows with tears and prayers.
Then in time, a pearl of great
value is brought forth from pain and sorrow, and by the end of our lives
we have a String of Pearls. Each one a testimony of great value to what
Christ has done in our lives.
_ Excerpt from Bob Strother’s “Traveling Mercies.”
Otis Sacks shifted uncomfortably in the high-backed seat, trying without success to avoid the glare of the snot-nosed kid sitting opposite him. Otis hadn’t said a word since they’d all boarded the old locomotive and shuffled like cattle into a stuffy coach car redolent of cigarette smoke, cheap perfume, and stale body odor. Nevertheless, the kid glared at him like he just shot Santa Claus. He’d first noticed the boy—whom he figured to be five years old—inside the terminal, ripping train schedules from the wire rack beside the ticket counter and shredding them like confetti across the polished marble floor.
“Traveling Mercies” won the 2012 Hub City/Emrys Foundation Fiction Prize, and provided me a week-long writers conference this summer at Wildacres www.wildacres.org.
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