Carla Stewart’s Stardust Inspiration

May 14, 2012

Author Carla Stewart, on her historical novel, Stardust

Guest post from FaithWords author Carla Stewart, whose novel, Stardust, comes out tomorrow.

My stories seem to have their roots in my memories, and so it was that I’d had a story bubbling in my head for a while when my husband and I took an anniversary trip to East Texas. I fell in love with the mysterious bayou country, the grand historical homes, and without hesitation, I knew I’d found the setting for my small town story.

Stardust, Carla StewartBeing a child of the fifties and loving to write about that era, I had an odd assortment of mental images—the old tourist courts with individual cabins like my family stayed in once. An isolated community on a lake that I stumbled upon when we lived in another part of Texas—people who lived in abject poverty separated from an upscale development by only a bridge and a ribbon of highway. Two relatives who were victims of childhood polio (infantile paralysis) and the fear of the disease in my early childhood.

Pairing these seemingly unrelated pictures and weaving them into a story that readers would relate to today offered the biggest challenge. I knew that the Stardust tourist cottages would be not only a haven for weary travelers, but also the place of new beginnings and learning to forgive for Georgia Payton. When she inherits the rundown cottages shortly after her unfaithful husbands drowns, her work is cut out for her. Her optimism, though, and capacity to bounce back from the hard knocks life has thrown at her, make her a woman I’d like to be. I hope that my readers think that, too, while enjoying a bit of nostalgia.

When the sign of the Stardust flickers, the unexpected begins. You’re all welcome to join the journey!

Carla StewartCarla Stewart is the author of Chasing Lilacs. Her writing reflects her passion for times gone by, cherished relationships, and the mysteries of God in our skid-marked world. She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.

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In addition to the FaithWords blog, Carla will also be appearing at various other blogs around the web this week to celebrate her book’s release. Follow #stardustnovel on Twitter to see everywhere she visits. If you review the book or have Jane stop by, please leave us the link!


Jane Myers Perrine and small town living

April 2, 2012

Guest post from FaithWords author Jane Myers Perrine, whose novel, The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, the first in a series, comes out tomorrow.

Welcome Committee Butternut Creek, Jane Myers PerrineWe lived at Buchanan Dam, TX, for seven years while my husband served a church in Burnet, TX. When he retired, we moved into Austin to be close to doctors and stores and movies.

The entire population of Buchanan Dam is less than two thousand scattered around the shore of Lake Buchanan. Our subdivision consisted of five houses and wonderful neighbors. We took care of each other. We called on each other. We supported each other.

Our last day there, I stayed behind to supervise the movers. After the final box was packed, the neighbors gathered to say goodbye. As we stood on the porch, I looked out over the lake and around at the thick foliage enclosing us in lacy shadows. Then I studied our dear neighbors. One, a young nurse, had terminal cancer but she’d driven down in her electric scooter. Another had lost her husband months earlier and George had conducted the funeral. The couple that lived at the bottom of our driveway and watched over everyone had climbed the steep driveway. I stood in the calm and the beauty of this place, feeling the love of our neighbors and wondered, “Why are we leaving?”

As I began the Tales from Butternut Creek series, I wanted to convey this, how people in a small town care for each other. The feel of a small town is made up of football games and marching bands, of seeing friends and church members at the grocery and the Subway. It’s going to church, volunteering at the food pantry, and providing meals for those who’ve lost a loved one. It’s so many things. How could I capture those?

Gradually, an image formed in my mind of a young minister called to a church in Butternut Creek, being welcomed by church members and neighbors and falling in love with the town. Does this happen in cities and in neighborhoods? Of course, but it seems easier and more likely in a small town.

Please join us in Butternut Creek. Pour yourself a glass of tea, settle down, and sit a spell.

Jane Myers PerrineA Missouri native, Jane Myers Perrine earned her B.A. from Kansas State University and her M.Ed. in Spanish from the University of Louisville. She was a finalist in the Regency category of the Golden Heart Awards, and her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman’s World magazine. A high-school Spanish teacher as well as an ordained minister, she currently lives in Texas with her husband, who is the minister of a local Christian church. You can find her online at JaneMyersPerrine.com

In addition to the FaithWords blog, Jane will also be appearing at various other blogs around the web this week to celebrate her book’s release. Follow #butternutcreek on Twitter or follow Jane on Twitter or Facebook to see everywhere she visits. If you review the book or have Jane stop by, please leave us the link!


Rebecca St. James on My Family Talk

January 7, 2012

What Is He Thinking, Rebecca St. JamesWHAT IS HE THINKING?? author Rebecca St. James was a guest on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk this week.

From the Family Talk website:

Do you find yourself feeling stuck on the road of singleness with no exit ramp in sight? Then today’s program is just for you! Renowned singer and author, Rebecca St. James, joins our host in the studio to discuss the struggle of single living and the rewards of doing it right. Find joy along the journey on today’s Family Talk.

LISTEN HERE
Part 1
Part 2

Find Rebecca online: @RebeccaStJames, Facebook, rsjames.com


The Inspiration Behind Paper Angels

November 9, 2011

Guest post from FaithWords author Billy Coffey, whose second novel, Paper Angels, comes out today.

I remember once sitting next to an old country preacher and hearing him talk about heaven. He wasn’t that far away from glory (the preacher’s words, not mine) and was looking forward to everything that entailed—the pearly gates and the streets of gold and whatnot. And he was downright giddy at the prospect of having dinner with Jesus. That’s what the preacher was looking forward to most.

Paper Angels, Billy CoffeyWhen I asked why, he said it was because Jesus would then tell him about the things that had been hidden in the life of one ordinary country preacher. Of the angels that surrounded him and the small miracles that came to and through him. Of the lives he touched and those who had touched his own.

“Every life has its share of danglin’ threads,” he told me. “Heaven’s where those ends get tied together. That’s when we finally see the fine-looking tapestry God was weavin’ all along.”

I reckoned that was true. I also thought it a shame that we could see the real beauty of our lives only when our lives were over. Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought, if those angels would make themselves known to us here? Wouldn’t it help if we could see the beauty of our lives now?

That’s what Paper Angels is about—one ordinary man who discovers he’s been living an extraordinary life all along, a life filled with angels both real and mostly real.

It is a story about a man named Andy Sommerville, but it’s also a story about me and you and an old country preacher. Because we all have our share of danglin’ threads, and we’re each being woven into a masterpiece.

Billy Coffey, author of Paper AngelsBilly Coffey and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. A product of his small-town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity–all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.You can find him online at BillyCoffey.com


Why Bill Scott wrote The Day Satan Called

October 31, 2011

Guest post from FaithWords author Bill Scott, whose book The Day Satan Called published October 11, 2011.

Bill Scott on Spiritual Warfare

It’s amazing to think that 40% of those who attend church don’t believe that Satan is a real being. For these people, Satan is a symbol of evil but not real and most definitely not roaming around like a roaring lion seeking who can can devour as mentioned in 1 Peter 5:8.

I wrote The Day Satan Called to draw attention to the spiritual battle that all of us face on a daily basis. My experience with spiritual warfare is much more intense than the average person’s, and yet coming from a Independent Bible Baptist denomination I was the most unlikely person for this to happen to. My hope is that the church will see how intense the battle can be after hearing about what my wife and I faced for 18 months. At some point, we are going to have to take the Bible at its word when it talks about the demonic fight we are in.

Ephesians 6:12 (NASB):
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Many people read over this scripture quickly because it makes them uncomfortable to actually take the passage seriously. The Bible is very clear that there is a battle that all of us must face and that we need to be prepared.

I believe The Day Satan Called will encourage and equip individuals for spiritual warfare and allow them to walk in the authority that God has given His children.

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Bill Scott, author of The Day Satan Called

Bill Scott is the President and Founder of Xtreme Youth Alliance and host of Xtreme Talk Live, a call-in show for teenagers. He is also host of Sound of Light radio show. He is a popular speaker with youth groups and on college campuses in the United States and throughout the world. Bill is a Christian radio consultant who personally conducts 50 on-air fund-raising events each year. He and his wife Janet reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.


Travis Thrasher Novels: 40 and Broken

May 3, 2011

40: A Novel, Travis ThrasherTravis Thrasher’s 40 pubs tomorrow. Travis answers a question about 40 and its relationship to Broken.

There is a link between your last novel, Broken, and 40. Was that intentional?
Broken, Travis Thrasher

I knew I wanted to write 40 long before I started work on Broken. So when I wrote Broken, I thought it would be cool to have a back story between the main characters of each book. Even if you read both of the stories, you only have a small glimpse into this story. But it’s fun to connect books in various ways. I’ve done this throughout my career.

If you want to meet the main characters and find their link, you’ll have to read the books!

During the month of May, get the Broken e-Book for $1.99 from any online retailer. Click HERE for information on Broken and to find an online retailer for the e-Book.


Lavaille Lavette on 86400

March 23, 2011

Guest post from FaithWords author Lavaille Lavette, whose book 86400 publishes March 25, 2011.

Making Every Second Count

As I travel the country sharing the concepts of 86400 Purpose Management and my Purpose Management journey, I’m often asked what inspired me to to use the seconds of the day [86,400] as an instigator for a renewed life of relevance and intention.

86400, Lavaille LavetteThe simple answer is that I have an incredible passion for life and a deep commitment to help others. 86400 combines two of my passions; sharing my management expertise and my advocacy for charitable causes. My purpose management journey continues to be full of excitement, great promise and enormous hope.

Inherent within my journey and experiences lies the essence of what I seek to share with you in this book; the “what” and the “why” of your 86400 Seconds and how 10 characteristics that I re-discovered can help any seeker live a life more reflective of your divine purpose, in essences making the most of your gift of 86400 seconds given to you each day.

On a deeper level what inspired my 86400 Purpose Management Journey was that I began to grow weary doing countless time management workshops, helping myself and others figure out what tools to use to get more out of our 24 hours. In other words, I taught myself and others how to jam more in a day than we actually had time to do. And at the end of the day, I found myself jumping from one empty success to the next.

That empty success along with some soul searching became the instigator that prompted me to look at my day as a gift and question just what I was doing with God’s gift of 86400 seconds. I applied my experience and training in time management with teachings from the Bible, aligning everything I knew with the word of God. And what came back to me was —

  1. a commitment to be ever conscious of God’s gift to me of 86400 seconds each day
  2. a commitment to use my 86400 wisely so that I can fulfill the purpose that God has put me here for and
  3. a commitment to develop the tools that would help me and others manage our precious 86400 in a way that benefits others as well as our selves.

So, 86400: Manage Your Purpose to Make Every Second of Each Day Count is about maximizing the potential of each day. 86400 facilitates a move from time management to purpose management. Time is finite. Purpose, and all you can do and achieve living it, is infinite! Managing your time allows you to become an expert at making “Things to Do” Lists. Managing your purpose allows you to live your passion, achieve your goals, and become all that the creator ordained you to be.

Thus, 86400 challenges you and gives you the tools to better manage your purpose, giving more power, impact and meaning to those precious 86,400 seconds God blesses you with each day.

Author Lavaille Lavette

Lavaille Lavette has worked as a schoolteacher, school district administrator, speechwriter, marketing executive, columnist and Co- Host on Radio One’s Christian Radio Station, 92.1 FM. From 2001-2005, she served as special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Page.


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