Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Book Review: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Lucy here with a review of

The Mark of the King, by Jocelyn Green


Can we pause for a moment and admire the cover?? How gorgeous is that! 

Right. Onto the review. I give "The Mark of the Kin" a solid 4 stars. 

I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I had no expectations (warnings?) when I started reading and LOVED it up until about the end of the first 1/4 or 1/3. It then dawned on me that this was NOT going to be a "standard" romance. I left it sitting idly on my Kindle for a few days before swallowing hard and diving back into it.

What drew me back? 

The description.

Slate grey clouds now drifted in the sky, veiling the constellations like wraiths.

Green, Jocelyn (2017-01-03). The Mark of the King (Kindle Location 934). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

Mmm mm. I'm a sucker for description (I still vividly remember Laura Frantz's Courting Morrow Little's first page and the line about "the dust beneath her bare feet fine as flour") and wow does Jocelyn do description really well. Seriously. I felt like going to a southern bayou and finding a crayfish chimney to stand on just to feel it crunch beneath my heel as Julianne had. I could practically feel the humid slap of Spanish Moss upon my face as we traversed the muddy 18th century frontier. Could hear everything. Feel everything.

And that was part of the problem. I could visualise everything so clearly that the brutality of midwifery, greedy soldiers, backstabbing Indians (as portrayed in the book, not my personal opinion), and the lack of care from France was so, well, in my face. So raw. Refreshing, for a Christian book. But also uncomfortably so at times. 

A dilemma. 

Also...the romance. Great setup for romance, at least at the start. An arranged marriage. Between 200 men/women. Wow! Nothing like having to pick one's life partner in ten minutes or less. 

But the romance...wasn't. At least not how I've come to expect romances to be. Julianne's first marriage isn't her last (not wanting to give any of the plot away), and that second marriage is more of a thin candle than an bushfire romance. 

Still, there are gems such as this one:

“We all have scars, my beautiful one. They make us who we are, and if we let them, they bring us together.” His lips curved gently. “Now, let me show you how much I love you.”

Green, Jocelyn (2017-01-03). The Mark of the King (Kindle Locations 3258-3259). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.  

 Excellent advice.

In parting, I do recommend The Mark of the King but be prepared to sit down to a meal, not an ice-cream. Available here.


Lucy Thompson loves a good story, a hot coffee, and silence. Blessed silence. But with five children, a tool-wielding hubby, and numerous characters yammering away at her, that isn't likely to happen any time soon. :)

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If, by any chance, you'd rather fancy a cowboy romance, then I have two on Amazon. Mail Order Surprise and A Cowboy's Dare. Enjoy!

  

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What Books are you Looking Forward to Reading? (And a Giveaway)

By Iola Goulton


This is a repost from my author website, where I post a Bookish Question every Monday. This week: What books are you looking forward to reading in the rest of 2017?



It’s the end of June (already!), which means we’re halfway through the year. I’ve read a bunch of books, but there are still more books to read. There are always more books to read.

Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading (click on the covers to buy on Amazon):

Books from Debut Authors


Count Me In by Mikal Dawn


An accountant as a heroine? I don't think I've seen that before, so I'm looking forward to finding out Allegra's story.

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger


I've heard good things about Someplace Familiar. It's a debut novel, and the start of a series. Well, it's best to start at the beginning, right?




Books I Own But Haven’t Read Yet


(Don't judge me. You have a mile-high to-read pile as well. Don't you?)

Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon


Finders Keepers has just won the Selah Award, and I’ve read (and reviewed) the sequel, but somehow haven’t managed to read this yet.

 The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo


I love Amy Matayo's writing and the way she shows authentic faith in a real world. And the cover ...

My Unexpected Hope by Tammy L Gray


My Unexpected hope is the sequel to My Hope Next Door, which is a RITA finalist, and was one of my top picks for 2016. So I have to read it, right?

The Wayward Heart by Nerys Leigh


The Wayward Heart is the third book in Nerys Leigh’s unique mail order bride series—unique in that each of the stories in the series is happening at the same time, so you can read the series in any order.


Books I’m Waiting For


Ghost Hunter by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry


Ghost Hunter is a suspense novel set in Tanzania and the United States. That’s all I know about it. But it’s by Lisa Harris, which pretty much guarantees a winner.

Ghost Hunter releases in August 2017.


The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller


Regency romance is one of my favourite romance genres, and it's great to see more Christian authors in this space.

The Captivating Lady Charlotte releases tomorrow! I can't wait! Well, I can. Because I have to. But you know what I mean.


A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden


I love the way Elizabeth Camden melds new-to-me historical research with faith and romance.

A Dangerous Legacy releases in October 2017.

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


More Regency romance, from award-winning Kristi Ann Hunter. I've read and enjoyed every one of her books so far, so I have no doubts about this one. And the cover is gorgeous.

An Inconvenient Beauty releases in September 2017.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Legal suspense. What more do I need to know?

Legal Proof releases in September 2017.


What book or books are you most looking forward to reading in the second half of 2017?

You might look at this list and wonder why I haven't included Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

That's because I've already read it—and if you haven't, I definitely recommend you add it to your list. 

Or comment below—I'll choose one commenter to win a Kindle copy of Then There Was You, or the Kindle book of their choice from my list above.

Comment by 7am on Friday 30 June 2017 (Australian Eastern Time) for a chance to win.



About Iola Goulton

I am a freelance editor specialising in Christian fiction. Visit my website at www.christianediting.co.nzto download a comprehensive list of publishers of Christian fiction. 

I also write contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist—find out more at www.iolagoulton.com.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

An Exciting Opportunity for Your Facebook Author Page

A guest post from Jebraun Clifford.


Facebook just made it easier to create visually engaging content on your author page with a new feature: a video instead of a static image for your cover picture. You could play a book trailer. A very short interview. A montage of all your book covers. You’ve got 20–90 seconds to grab your visitors’ attention, and the possibilities are endless.

I made a video on http://lumen5.com


The process is simple, even if you’re not a superstar with technology. I played around for an hour or two and ended up with a 38 second video that I feel represents my brand well. The website is very self-explanatory and coaches you through each step.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Collect images. 


These can be stock photos (I like stocksnap.io for a good, free selection), or use your own photos. This website also suggests photos to go with your text, though—lookout!—there were some dodgy photos! I recommend including a recent head shot and certainly pictures of your book covers if you’re published. Each image runs for about 4 seconds in a slide-show format.

2. Figure out what words you want your video to say. 

I briefly described what genre I write and then organised the images to go with my chosen text. Don’t try to squeeze too many words on each picture as your visitors will only have 4 seconds to read each frame. Other ideas include brief testimonials or endorsements, a blurb of a chosen book broken down into several sentences (you could do one trailer for each book you’ve written if you’re so inclined and rotate them through!), or your tagline which I also included at the very end of my video.

3. Upload your images onto the website.

Then drag and drop them in the order you want. It’s easy to switch them around until you’re happy with the placement. Keep in mind that your Facebook cover photo area will only show two thirds of your video (top, middle or bottom two thirds since you can shift the video up or down to place it), so make sure the important parts of the images are in a consistent location.

4. Type in the correct text to go with each image. 

Choose ‘title’ ‘text’ or ‘quote’ to format the text (though there’s only one font), and decide the placement of all your words. There’s a grid for upper left, upper middle, upper right, middle left, etc. for you to put your text in. Here’s where I messed up: because only 2/3 of the video fit on my Facebook cover photo area, I had to go back and switch my text to show at the top of the photos so it was all visible. I actually ended up making four videos, changing the word placement here and there, until I was satisfied with how it looked on Facebook. You can also have your text in different colours (including custom colours!), so play around and have fun with it.

5. Choose your music. 

There’s a melody for almost any mood or style you can imagine!

6. Preview. 

Make sure the music fits with your pictures. I even added an extra photo to take advantage of the music’s timing for some extra punch.

7. Publish your video. 


Wait for them to email it to you (it can take up to an hour), then upload it onto your Facebook page.

8. Admire your awesome looking Facebook page!


What are you going to put on your video?


About Jebraun Clifford

Growing up, Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it's no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives in the centre of New Zealand where she and her preacher husband planted a church over a decade ago. She has three children, a crazy Jack Russell named Bree, and Gidget, a tortoiseshell kitten. She studied English Literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Central Coast of California is still one of her favourite places ever.

You can find out more about Jeb at her website, or on Facebook:

www.jebraunclifford.com

Jebraun Clifford on Facebook




Friday, 23 June 2017

Euphemisms - friends or foes?

I shared a similar post on my own blog a long time ago, and thought I'd share it here too. Euphemisms are such a common feature of speech or writing that we often no longer even recognise them as such. Are they handy tools to use in our writing, or should they be as mercilessly weeded out as their cousins, the cliches? Do they enhance our passages or obscure them? Do they soften the bluntness of what we intend to say, or simply create confusion and unnecessary nonsense? These are some of the questions we must ask ourselves.

A euphemism is a roundabout way of expressing something to soften the impact, because the most direct way may be considered too blunt or offensive. At first I assumed many euphemisms might have disappeared with the Victorian era. Those were the days when ladies' sensibilities were fashionably delicate, and even table and piano legs were covered for modesty. However, euphemisms are still flourishing, even in the twenty-first century. So much so that we might not even realise when we are using them. Here are some examples.

Euphemisms that are intended to soften the blow.
a) John is a bit long in the tooth to play football with the boys. (He's old.)
b) Peter is a bit light on top for that sort of hairdo. (He's bald.)
c) The soldiers were killed by friendly fire. (One of the most ironic and sad euphemisms of all, for bureaucratic botch-ups.)

Euphemisms that give rise to others
Bob is visually challenged. (In other words, he's blind, but short people may take it on board and jokingly refer to themselves as 'vertically challenged'.)

Euphemisms that are no longer recognised as such.
Eddie slept with Sue. (Okay, we all know what this really means.)
Mary is carrying a few extra kilos. (You mean she's overweight.)
I'm afraid I had to let David go. (He was fired. The connotation of this euphemism makes it sound as if the employer is doing David a favour.) 

Euphemisms that may be as hurtful or worse than the most direct expression.
Roger is just a couch potato. (The imagery is so ruthless, the word 'lazy' may be less insulting.)
The twins' grandma has lost her marbles. (Would the word 'dementia' be any unkinder?)


Those euphemisms are closely connected to my favourite.

Euphemisms that have become so over-used, they now have euphemisms of their own.

The word 'toilet' is a prime example. In the olden days, polite people didn't want to say where they were headed, so they resorted to this euphemism. A 'toile' was an old-fashioned French word for a piece of cloth which ladies placed around their necks while they were getting ready for social eventsAs a kid, I didn't know this. Whenever I came across a sentence, such as, 'Josephine set off to do her toilet,' I'd think, 'Too much information. Why do we need to know that?' Then one day, it dawned on me that she was actually sitting at her dressing table with her wash cloth and make-up.

So it became a euphemism for the you-know-where (another euphemism), all tied in with cleanliness and grooming. But now what's happened? After decades of being over-used, the word has lost its edge. It's come to stand for what it really is. People now think of several different ways of saying it.

'Can you point me to the bathroom?' (Being an Aussie kid, I used to think, 'Yuck, who'd want to wash themselves in there?)  We hear it called the rest room, the John, the lavatory/lavvy, the loo, the dungeon, the dunny and the little boys'/girls' room.

The future of euphemisms 

I can't help thinking that if cliches are menaces, euphemisms may be more so because they are more sneaky. They masquerade as something sensitive and good, yet carry the same tired old baggage as cliches. I can't help wondering whether people from foreign cultures who are trying to learn English get crazily mixed-up, trying to figure out whether or not our expressions are literal. (Is now the time to complain about his cold feet? He only needs to wear warm socks beneath his shoes when he walks up the aisle to marry her.)

However, euphemisms have ancient origins, and having been around for so long, are no doubt here to stay. Even Jesus used euphemisms. He told his disciples, 'Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go to wake him up.' Being a bit obtuse when it came to picking up on subtleties, they said, 'Lord, if he sleeps, he will get well.' Just to make it crystal clear, in case we're slow like the disciples, the Bible tells us, 'Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.' Next, Jesus told them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead.' It's not difficult to imagine Him rolling His eyes. (This incident takes place in John 11: 11-15.) 

It all begs the question, if many euphemisms tend to be silly and pointless, is saying the real thing preferable? What do you think? Are euphemisms our friends or our foes?



Paula Vince is a South Australian author of contemporary, inspirational fiction. She lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, with its four distinct seasons, and loves to use her environment as settings for her stories. Her novel, 'Picking up the Pieces' won the religious fiction section of the International Book Awards in 2011, and 'Best Forgotten' was winner of the CALEB prize the same year. She is also one of the four authors of 'The Greenfield Legacy', Australia's first and only collaborated Christian novel. Her most recent novel, 'Imogen's Chance' was published April 2014. For more of Paula's reflections, you may like to visit her book review blog, The Vince Review.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book Recommendation: The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser

By Iola Goulton


This review previously appeared at Iola's Christian Reads, and is reposted here today because the ebook versions are currently on sale in honour of World Refugee Day (20 June).


An Outstanding Story of Christian Faith


The Long Highway Home is the story of Bobbie, an ex-missionary who has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer at the age of 39. It’s the story of Tracie, Bobbie’s niece, who accompanies her to Europe, to visit the missionaries she used to serve with before tragedy sent her back to the US. It’s the story of Hamid, a devout Muslim who is forced to flee Iran after a well-meaning missionary gives his six-year-old daughter a New Testament. But my favourite character is Rasa, the child with a faith that puts mine to shame.

The structure of The Long Highway Home is more like a thriller novel than the women’s fiction and romance I’m more used to reading. There are a lot of viewpoint characters spanning the US, Holland, France, Austria, and Iran. Unlike most thrillers, it’s always obvious who the characters are and how they are related, which kept me turning pages to find out how they’d eventually be brought together.

The author has drawn on her own missionary experiences in writing this excellent novel.


This shines through in both the story of Hamid and his family, and in the advice from some of the minor characters (e.g. Peggy, the elderly prayer warrior who supports Bobbie). These sound like real conversations Ms Musser has had in her years as a missionary—stories of the refugees who survived the refugee highway and made it to The Oasis in Austria.

It’s a story of human courage in the face of adversity, persecution, and possible death. 


It’s a story of hope, of perfect love driving out fear. It challenges our views of refugees by introducing us to real refugees—we know Hamid and Rasheed and Rasa and Omid aren’t real people, but at the same time their stories have that ring of truth, of authenticity. They could be real stories. They may well be.

After all, significant elements of the story are real. 


The Oasis is a real place, and welcomes volunteers and short-term missionaries (and long-term missionaries!) to support its outreach to refugees in Austria. Elizabeth Musser is a missionary with International Teams, an organisation dedicated to helping those who survive the refugee highway. World Wide Radio was inspired by the real-life work of Trans World Radio, which broadcasts in 230 languages to reach listeners in 160 countries.

It’s inspiring and humbling to read about people like this—missionaries who are risking their lives to bring the gospel to others. Refugees who are risking their lives to escape a government that wants them dead. Normal, everyday people who are doing extraordinary things every day.

Recommended.


Thanks to Elizabeth Musser for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Elizabeth Musser at her website, and you can read her Friday Fifteen here.

You can read the introduction to The Long Highway Home below:



About Iola Goulton

I am a freelance editor specialising in Christian fiction. Visit my website at www.christianediting.co.nzto download a comprehensive list of publishers of Christian fiction. 

I also write contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist—find out more at www.iolagoulton.com.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Novel Journey



A Novel Journey
by Elaine Fraser


When I write a novel it is like I am taking a thought for a walk.
  Aminatta Forna


This year I’ve been away from home for twelve weeks out of twenty-four. I leave again next week for another eight-week trip, come home for a week, then go to Italy and Africa for three weeks. I come home for three weeks, then head to Sydney for the Omega Writers Conference.

My husband and I travel a lot, however, this year we’ve been away even more than usual. He’s riding a motorbike around the world to raise awareness for the not-for-profit organisation, Water for Africa.

His mission is to highlight the plight of millions of people around the world who do not have access to clean, safe water.

My mission is to finish writing a women’s fiction novel I imagined in Tuscany in 2010 and began to write in earnest in 2013. From Sydney to Rome to Paris to London to New York to Oslo to Dar es Salaam, and many other places in between, I’m writing my way around the world.

Writing this book has been a journey all of its own. The Solo Traveller is about Laura. She’s married, has children, and a runs a travel business. At the beginning of the book, she’s at her grandmother’s funeral. By the end of the funeral, she will decide whether or not she will stay with her husband, or leave him. The story takes the reader back to World War Two and Laura’s grandmother’s story, through to the present, and tracks Laura’s marriage across fifteen years until the present.

I've known Laura for years. She first came to me in 2010 in a villa in Tuscany and I’ve journeyed with her ever since. It's been a journey, not only with the novel, but with Laura.



Laura travelled with me to Oxford in 2013, to Tuscany in 2014 and 2015, to Melbourne in 2015 and Italy and Sydney in 2016, to Denver, Seattle and New York, and beyond in 2017.

The Solo Traveller is sitting at 100 000 words and it’s taken every ounce of discipline and determination I have to keep writing as I’ve travelled this year. The wonderful Iola Goulton is going to copy edit it for me during July, so I can work on it in August, and present it to publishers in September.

I have many more flights, and many more kilometres to travel, but by the time I get to the end of the year, there will be a complete novel–ready to be published, along with thousands of holiday photos on my laptop.

But, I haven’t just been working on a novel and travelling, I’ve been on a journey with God and His purposes. When I wrote my first non-fiction book in 2004, I never imagined that I would write fiction. I never imagined that I would write for Kinwomen. I never imagined that I would write a general market book like The Solo Traveller.

God has been leading me to write for people on the fringes of faith–people who perhaps used to go to church or may be spiritually searching.

I’ve met all sorts of people this year –people who live on the streets of Skid Row in LA, kids who have family members shot in the ganglands of the projects in LA, people who used to go to church and are now self-proclaimed atheists, people whose sexuality has separated them from family members for twenty-five years, people who call themselves spiritual, but don’t like religion. These are the people I have in mind when I write.


By the time The Solo Traveller comes out, Laura’s seven-year journey will be over and so will mine. 

When I sat on a terrace in a villa in Tuscany, I never imagined where I would take this novel, or where it would take me.

Where has your writing taken you?










Follow more of the journey at www.elainefraser.co

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Getting to Know You with Keona Tann

Please welcome Keona Tann to our blog today.


1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up on the beautiful north west coast of Tasmania in Ulverstone. I had a fairly active childhood: I would frequently ride my bike to visit family and friends; I learnt ballet and taekwondo; I was involved in tennis, hockey and the Surf Life Saving Club.
I have been married for 21 years, to my college sweetheart, and we have been blessed with 2 wonderful children. For the first 10 years of the children's lives I worked part time so that I could be the primary care giver. I then worked full time for almost 3 years until a debilitating illness in 2014. Most of my life was plagued with sickness – I suffered with endometriosis for 28 years and an illness in 2014 developed into adrenal/chronic fatigue which was severe for 28 months. I am so grateful that God intervened at a Christian retreat in September 2016 and I received healing. That moment set me on a path of restoration and transformation. I’m slowly getting stronger and more ability is returning each week.
I have been a Christian since I was 13, I strayed for a little bit in my late teens, so when I was 20 I rededicated my life to Jesus. I have been involved in Women’s Ministry, Church drama groups, led a small home group and worked in the Church office. I am now an active member of the Church intercessor group which is a great source of training, inspiration and support.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
The book that instantly came to mind was "The Magic Faraway Tree" by Enid Blyton. I just loved the idea of this gigantic tree and I loved all the different characters. My favourite description was Moonface's part of the tree, a slide in the middle of his house that took you to the bottom of the Faraway Tree! Surely that’s every kid’s dream?! Reading her book sparked my imagination and in my mind I joined all the amazing characters in that Faraway Tree!

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
I have 3 different styles that I enjoy reading. I love Christian novels which contain biblical truths. The series that I really enjoy reading over and over again is Angela Elwell Hunt's series "Legacies Of The Ancient River" which consists of 3 books: "Dreamers", "Brothers" and "Journey". In this series the story of Joseph came alive to me, as I read them I felt very connected to Joseph and his journey.
The other style that I enjoy is action novels, such as Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. In regards to this style L.T. Ryan has done a very similar series about a character called Jack Noble. When I read L.T. Ryan's books I felt as if a great secret was unlocked in my mind. L.T. Ryan's writing is similar to Lee Child's. For me I felt the secret was that there are no limitations upon me other than the ones I place upon myself. Of course there needs to be structure and order, but I don't need to be afraid if my story is similar to someone else's or even if not many people like my work! My role is to prayerfully write and ask that the words reach and touch those that they are for!
The other style is memoir. I found Annette Mace's book "It's Official It's A Miracle" extremely uplifting. She suffered for several years with chronic fatigue which she details very openly in her book. I read her book when my adrenal/chronic fatigue raged on and her healing testimony inspired me to continue to press into God for my very own miracle. Which praise God I received!

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
My mum would read to me on a regular basis which I absolutely loved! I come from a long rich heritage of readers! My nana purchased for me some of the books in the Enid Blyton 'Famous Five' series and I simply devoured each book! They took me on grand adventures.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
In High School I crafted a book with a friend as our English project. I loved the whole process! But then life just seemed to take me on a different path and my writing just 'slipped away'. Then in my 20's I was inspired to start journaling and I found it therapeutic and encouraging. To be able to look back on a prayer and realise it was answered was faith building. To read back on a really 'dark day' and see how God had changed that circumstance was astounding.
Then around 10-12 years ago I had an idea that maybe my struggle with endometriosis could be shared with the hope of encouraging other sufferers. I started to write about my experience. Then a few months later my computer died! I gave up and said to myself "oh well you're not a writer anyway". Then in 2014 when my adrenal/chronic fatigue first developed I again found writing extremely beneficial. 
At the start of 2016 I entered various competitions with the hope of winning to fund my first book. I wrote up a mission statement:
“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.Psalm 40:3 New Living Translation
I desire to impact the world through the words I share. I long to enrich, empower and encourage others whilst delivering my stories with empathy and understanding.

I wasn’t successful in any of the competitions, but the pieces that I had written have now been used on the ACW. They also form part of my healing testimony, so all that work was not in vain.

6. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
I've been interested in being a personal trainer in the past. At the start of 2016 I thought that I might have been on a career path in fitness. But my health prevented that from happening. It was definitely a huge passion in my life before my illness. Maybe that might still be in my future?

7. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I love spending time with my family. We are blessed to have a family shack up in the Highlands of Tasmania and try to get there as often as we can. I just love being able to sit in front of the fire and relax. Also spending time in the bush or out on the Great Lake is so relaxing!

8. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
My dream since my late teens has been to visit Ireland. I would love to explore the wonderful countryside and spend some time there learning about the history. To be honest I simply love the Irish accent and music, so just being there would be a huge blessing!

9. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Amy Grant- when I was in High School I struggled and each day I'd come home in tears and play her music. Her music inspired me to keep living and enabled me to press on!
Heidi Baker - her book "Compelled By Love" has inspired me immensely! 
Lysa TerKeurst - her daily devotions sustained me through my 28 months of severe illness. God deeply touched my heart through her Proverbs31 Ministries Facebook posts and emails!

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.
I'm writing a weekly blog which can be found at: https://keonajtann.wordpress.com/

I have a few book ideas that I believe God is inspiring me to write and publish. So this is currently a work in progress that I pray will happen soon. I hope to publish my first book before the end of the year. I’m working on a children's illustrated book with a local artist as well as documenting my healing testimony and restoration journey. So stay tuned!