Tuesday, July 30, 2013

30 Days of Giveaways ~ FINAL DAY!

Yesterday's winner is:

Kay Davis Moorhouse

Wow, it's been a whole month. Can you believe it? I'll be doing a wrap-up post tomorrow, announcing the final two winners and sharing my closing thoughts, but on this, the last official day of the giveaways, I just want to say a big...

It's been so wonderful to make some new friends through this month of giveaways and blog posts. I hope to keep you seeing your around ye olde inter-web. ;-)

And while I still have your attention, I figured I'd make an announcement about a decision I've made. Which ties into:

Story Time Tuesday ~ With Me

Last Thursday, I had the amazing honor of Skyping into a book club that was discussing my first published novel, A Stray Drop of Blood. Hearing these ladies talk about the book and ask me questions got me thinking about it again, and the next day a question of theirs kept plaguing me.

Is there a sequel?

Excellent question. Is there one written? Um, no. But there's been one planned for years. In fact, I remember at my very first writers conference in 2007, a presenter asked, "If you only had enough time left to live to write one book, what would it be?"

My silent answer: the sequel to Stray Drop.

And yet I've written a dozen books since then, none of them this sequel. Largely because I couldn't figure out how to start the thing, though I've got copious notes on the storyline, which burst into my head nearly full-grown six years ago.

Now, I have a biblical penciled into the WhiteFire fall schedule for 2014--over a year from now. I was planning on writing Song of Solace for them, about an Egyptian princess who journeys with the son of Melchizedek to Salem, in the days of Abraham. It's going to be an amazing story to work on, I know. But after giving it some thought and prayer and discussing it with David (hubby and publisher at WhiteFire), I think that in fall 2014 we're instead going to release this one:

Set in 58 A.D., just outside of Rome, A Soft Breath of Wind will bring some familiar characters back to the page for those who have read A Stray Drop of Blood--as well as some new ones who take over as main characters. In the first, the blood of Jesus was the pivot of my entire book. In this one, it's the mighty wind of the Spirit that will take center stage.

I've yet to write anything resembling a blurb, but here's my ten-minute toss-together:

 A gift that has branded her for life

Zipporah is thirteen when the Spirit descends upon her, opening her eyes to a world beyond the physical goings-on of the villa outside Rome she has always called home. Within hours, she learns what serving the Lord can cost. Forever scarred after a vicious attack, she knows her call is to use this discernment to protect the Way. She knows she must serve the rest of her life at Tutelos, where the growing Roman church has congregated. She knows her lot is set.

Yet is it so wrong to wish that her master, the kind and handsome young Benjamin Visibullis, will eventually see her as something more than a sister in Christ?

Samuel Asinius, adoptive son of a wealthy Roman, has always called Benjamin brother. After Samuel's wife and child die, he is eager to escape Rome and travel with Ben to visit the brethren in other parts of the world--and to be sure the legal owner of Tutelos comes to no harm before he can marry and produce an heir, ensuring the safety of all the Christians and Jews in Rome.
When their travels take them to Jerusalem for Passover, the last thing he expected was to cross paths with the woman who had sold him into slavery as a child--the mother he had long ago purged from his heart...and the siblings who carry a dark mantel on their shoulders. His sister, Dara, seems determined to learn more about him, going so far as to join them on the return trip to Italy.

But when Dara, a fortune-teller seeking the will of a shadowy master determined to undermine the Way, comes into the path of Zipporah, a whirlwind descends upon Tutelos. Though some would call it jealousy, Zipporah knows the truth of this woman that Benjamin and Samuel have brought among them...and fears it may be the undoing of them all.

Only the soft wind of the Spirit can heal their scars...with a love neither divination nor discernment could foresee.
Yeah, that's gonna have to be streamlined and rewritten before it's back-cover worthy, LOL. But you get the idea. If you look closely at the cover, you can even see the scars on Zipporah's face. I tried to make her nose crooked too, but my Photoshop skills couldn't pull that one off. ;-) The model's a little too pretty, but we'll forgive her. Because, well, she's so pretty!! LOL.

 And though this blurb has no hint of it, the story is set against the New Testament timeline that will climax with the arrival of Paul in Rome--where the Asiniuses and Visibullises will finally get to meet the apostle with whom they're been corresponding. =)

So my last question for you this month!

If you could meet one Bible figure 
(other than Jesus--that's a given!),
who would it be?

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  1. I could cry. I seriously think you just made my day :)

    1. =) It's going to be a while yet--I have to work it in around my contracted Harvest House books (which are also going to be a lot of fun!!), but I'm feeling so excited and yet peaceful about this. =)

  2. Hmmmm....I am not sure. Esther? I love her story and her bravery. She is such an inspiration to people today. John, the Beloved disciple? He was such a bold truth seeker. Daniel? His tale and legacy is great. He is one with so much faith. There are so many! The adulterous woman or the Samariatan woman at the well would also be awesome to meet. What is there story? How did it end after Jesus touched their lives? Or what about Simon Peter? He was "The Rock." He boldly proclaimed Christ to all. The shepherds that first came to worship the baby Jesus would have so many stories to tell. Joseph, the father of Jesus, had to have been a man of tremendous faith and strength in God. I would love to meet all of them. How can I choose?

    Who would you pick?

    1. Hey now, I'm asking the questions around here! ;-) Which is to say, um....er...my answer would sound pretty similar to yours, LOL.

  3. Could be many but I think I would pick Ruth
    God bless you Your new book blurb sounds very interesting
    Chris Granville

  4. The woman at the well ~ how her life was changed
    love, love, love this song Babbie Mason's Never Thirst Again
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  5. My favorite Bible character is one that most people probably don't know about. His name is Benaiah and he was one of David's mighty men. A couple years ago my family was reading a book for our family devotions and part of it was looking at David's mighty men. When Benaiah's story came up it stuck with me for some reason. And then a little later I read a book that used his story as the basis of the book and I became even more fascinated. He just seemed to be such an amazing man and now he's one of the first names that pops into my head when I think about Bible characters. And a random side note, I think it would be pretty cool to name a son after him!
    2 Samuel 23:20-22

    1. Those are exactly the kinds of stories that grab me too! I've been reading in Exodus and am so intrigued by Bezalel, the artisan that the Lord filled with His Spirit to craft the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant. Can you imagine what this man must have been like, to be given that honor? Wow.

  6. Just one? Moses - the weight he carried on his shoulders.

  7. I'm sure you KNOW I'm jumping for joy at this book you're planning. (bounce, bounce!!) Yaaaaay.

    Tough, TOUGH question, girl! Ruth? Michal (REALLY wanna know her heart - she's fascinated me for a while)? ANYone else would be fine, really ;)

  8. Rahab would be high on the list - she betrayed her own city helping out the Israelite spies, had the faith to save her family when Jericho fell, and even though she was a prostitute, ended up a great-and-many-more-greats grandmother of Jesus. Her faith and strength amaze me, especially in light of her occupation. Incredible woman!

  9. Yay!!! I'm so happy there's going to be a sequel to Stray Drop! I don't suppose it could be written, like, right now? Love the cover--and totally jealous that you have a cover before you even have a book. But I'm curious how this is going to fit in with your other releases. Don't you have a Regency coming in fall 2014?

    1. Oh wait. There's a question I've got to answer. Um . . . I'll go with Esther. :-)

    2. We've already worked it out with Harvest House--it's going to come halfway between two of my releases there. So I've got:

      Circle of Spies - April 2014
      How Do I Love Thee? - September(ish) 2014
      A Soft Breath of Wind - December(ish) 2014
      2nd Let Me Count the Ways book - March(ish) 2015

      I'll have to see how exactly the schedule at HH settles to know where exactly this one will go, but it'll be halfway between books 1 and 2 of the new series. Assuming I can get it written in time. ;-)

  10. I am looking forward to meeting so many people of the Bible. One man I particularly would like to talk with is Joseph. What a man of wisdom and humility!
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  11. The blurb for A Soft Breath of Wind sounds great, Roseanna! I don't usually like Biblical fiction, but that summary has me wanting to read it.

    I'd like to meet Ruth and hear her love stories from her viewpoint.


  12. Hmmmm . . . I don't think I've ever thought about that before . . . maybe Abigail. I'd love to hear her story from her point of view!
    I absolutely adore the front cover to "A Soft Breath Of Wind"!! It's look really awesome and I can't wait to read it!!!


  13. I'd love to meet Mary - the mother of Jesus, would love to know what it was like raising the Savior of the world, the difficulties & joys - her thoughts & the feelings experienced!


  14. I would love to meet David! He was the only person in the Bible who God said was after His own heart!

  15. I would pick Mary Magdalene (?) spelling - to talk about her great love for Jesus.