#NewRelease – A PLACE FOR MY HEART by Ann Marie Bryan

Today, I welcome Christian Fiction author Ann Marie Bryan to my blog. She is on a virtual book tour promoting her book, A Place for my Heart, which came out in March.

Book Blurb

Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.

When Chandler Peynard staggered into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he was desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he erects barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.

Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hadn’t given up on finding love. Still, she was caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more – A lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.

Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing choice. However, complication is inevitable when the past he’d long thought was buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.

In a season that brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?

About the Author 

Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. “A Place For My Heart” is the third installment in her bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series.

Ann Marie’s greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.

You can find out more about Ann Marie on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase A Place for my Heart on Amazon.

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Today’s Featured Author – Ian Dexter Palmer

Today, I welcome author Ian Dexter Palmer to my blog. Ian is on a Virtural Book Tour to promote his book Weed and Water: Bringing the resources of God to a teenager.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Born and raised in Australia. I am a scientist – studied cosmic rays in the first part of my career and fracking in the last part. Wrote and published tons of engineering articles, but always wanted to publish a book. This happened when I retired. I have no children, but have six grandchildren.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

I have started a book called Nerd in a Blue Leather Jacket. It’s about different ways for receiving insights and wisdom from God…. for work and for life. It includes experiences from other folks, as well as from my nerdy professional career and private life.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

Apart from writing, my interests are hiking, dancing, and playing pickleball. My goal is to write half a day, like Ian Fleming did to create James Bond in Jamaica. I recently lost three months after my home flooded.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

I’ve always been a thinker, and with a book topic on my mind, plot ideas just come. When they arrive, I diligently jot them down. My mind has a strong “connection” ability, and connections relevant to my book flow in all the time. If I get stuck I fill up my conscious mind and go to bed. The subconscious often provides the answer I need next morning in the shower.

Please tell us about your current release.

The book Weed and Water is about a troubled teenager called Ethan who gets involved in sex and drugs to bury his pain and shame. Because they care, his family and friends share with Ethan outdoors adventure (and danger), all the while exploring life’s issues and learning to grow trust in each other. This is a story of love and perseverance, despite many Ethan setbacks on his journey to freedom from drugs. The author poses many of life’s big questions via the troubled teen, and gives well thought out responses based on his own walk and faith in God. His love of the Southwest and outdoors also shines through his descriptions of the adventure localities.

What inspired you to write this book? How did you come up with the title?

I have a granddaughter who is 16, and a grandson who is 13. They are in the challenging years, so I chose to write about the lure of sex and drugs (call it Weed). These kids also know about faith in God (call it Water). I wanted to write about the tension within many teenagers as they slosh, like seaweed in the ocean, back and forth between the Weed and the Water.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

My favorite is Jackson the coangel because he represents pure mystery. I hate Randy, the boy who introduced Ethan to drugs.

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I write with a window view, unlike Ian Fleming who wrote at a triangle desk set in a corner, so he couldn’t see out. I love to look up and see Sandia Peak at 11,000 feet altitude, and always changing colors. Spectacular in the monsoon season when the Peak is embraced by thunderheads.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

The Killer Mountains by Curt Gentry, which is about searches for and murders associated with the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine in the Superstition Mountains outside Phoenix. I’ve hiked in there and it’s a spooky place.

Book Blurb

weed and waterA mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping team-mates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman.

After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom.

The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention.

The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.

About the Author

ian palmerOriginally from Australia, Ian lives in the high desert in his beloved Southwest USA. As a petroleum engineer, recently retired, he consulted all over the world. When he hikes with them or watches them play sports, Ian’s grandchildren are a particular source of happiness. His main interests are hiking, dancing, writing, and stimulating conversation. Ian regularly writes a new blog on various topics relating to Christian faith, and has also written a book called Hiking Toward Heaven.

You can find out more about Ian on his website.

Weed and Water can be purchased at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Today’s Featured Author: T.K. Chapin

Today I welcome Christian fiction author T.K. Chapin to my blog. His latest book, The Perfect Cast, was released in April.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Benjamin Chapin, but I write all my fiction under my pen name T.K. Chapin. I spent the majority of my working career inside the IT Industry but found the work to be lack luster. In fact, every job I got I would quit after a while from boredom. That was up until I started writing. Every book I write is a new adventure and I love every moment of it.

What or who inspired you to start writing?

It was a financial choice for me. Back when I was working a full time job I was scrapping by and could barely afford co-pays at the doctor’s office. I discovered Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing and it changed my life. I started with non-fiction and then eventually came to fiction.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

The best thing about being a writer is vanishing into a story and seeing it play out like a movie. The worst thing about being a writer is not having an off switch for the imagination… An example – When my wife leaves her phone in the car at the grocery store and doesn’t answer. My imagination has her lying in a ditch on the side of the road and the phone’s fifty feet away from her and she’s unable to get to it.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I have a rough idea going in of what the story is about. I need to have an ending in mind before I write. The rest I just pants.

Please tell us about your current release. 

The Perfect Cast is a Sweet Christian Romance about a soon to be High School senior that is being dropped off at her Grandpa’s house for the summer. What she thinks will be a boring summer turns out to be one that changes her life forever.

What inspired you to write this book?

Nothing really, just started writing. I get an idea and just go with it.

How did you come up with the title?

I collaborated with other authors in a writer’s group on Facebook.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Umm… I watched a cow give birth on Youtube and also spent some time researching milk replacer for the calf.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

I like the Grandpa the most. He’s a deep thinker and has patience. I don’t have any dislikes.

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I’d live on the farm from The Perfect Cast, that place is a modified version of a childhood farm I visited frequently.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I have read maybe five books in my life.

Book Blurb

The perfect cast“Meeting him was fate, loving him was a choice, and spending the rest of my life with him… well that was destiny.”

At the brink of adulthood Jess thought she had it all figured out, that was until her parents split and her mom whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Her Grandpa’s farm was the last place on earth she wanted to be, and with no cell phones, internet or cable she was destined for a summer of boredom.

Man of Her Dreams
Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and downright gorgeous; Clint’s the man she can see a future with. The only problem is her Grandpa’s farmhand Levi keeps getting in her way.

Trading in rock concerts for chicken coops and sneakers for cowboy boots; join Jess as she finds love in the unexpected places.

About the Author

tkT.K. Chapin is a Christian fiction author that enjoys writing Christian Romance and more. Dedicated to his fans, Tk brings life to his stories through storytelling in a unique way. When not writing or reading, TK enjoys spending time with his family in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

To find out more about T.K. Chapin, check out his website.

You can purchase The Perfect Cast on Amazon.

Today’s Featured Author: Keith D. Moser

Today I welcome author Keith D. Moser to my blog. Please enjoy the first two chapters of his book – Quest for God’s Own Heart – which was released in June.

Book Excerpt

Chapter 1

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’”

(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

I am Michael the Archangel. In this book, I would like to share with you, life changing events from the Old Testament. I was there watching God reveal His desire for mankind. He wants you to know how much He loves you.

You may be surprised to see Jesus throughout my story, but He was there, even before the beginning of time. He is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, revealing God the Father’s heart to us all.

I have heard many claim throughout the centuries that God the Father was the God of Judgment in the Old Testament, and the God of Grace in the New. That is not true. He has always been the God of Grace. From the Garden of Eden to the end of time, His desire has always been to restore the relationship He had with His creation before the Fall.

Follow me as we go on a quest for God’s own heart. If you seek Him with your whole heart, not only will you find Him, but God will also fill you with His loving grace.

Chapter 2

“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, The Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.”

(Isaiah 40:28)

While walking through the crowd of angels, I heard murmuring. The angels were restless as they waited in anticipation. They knew that everything would change from this moment on.

The battle with Satan was now over. A third of the angels had been cast out of Heaven, and evil had entered the beautiful universe that God had created.

“Michael, what is God going to do now?” I was asked.

“God told me He was going to finish His masterpiece. He’s going to create mankind in His own image and place them on earth.” I answered.

“When will it happen?”

“That’s why we’re here. God wants us to watch.”

As I walked closer to God’s throne, I found myself lost in my thoughts. What is God going to do? The universe was so beautiful before the war against Satan. Now it lays in darkness as if God didn’t want us to see it anymore. Will it be more beautiful? How could it be more beautiful?

God said He would restore the universe, but He also said the earth would be the center of its beauty. God also said He was going to lift the veil. Soon He’s going to stretch His arms and begin the process of—My thoughts were interrupted as I felt someone grab my shoulder.

“There He is, Michael,” one of the angels shouted.

Looking across the sea of angels, I could see God standing before His throne. All the angels bowed with me as we worshipped His holy name.

“Lift your eyes, My friends, and watch the beauty of My creation,” God spoke softly. With arms stretched out, He declared with a booming voice, “Let there be light.”

A bright light ripped through the darkness that once covered the universe. I was thrown to the ground, overcome by the explosion of light. Gathering myself, I stood up and stared into the vastness of God’s incredible universe.

God smiled, knowing what He had created was good, sat on His throne, and declared, “The light that shines on the earth will be called day and the darkness will be called night.” This was the first day.

I stood there staring in anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see what God was going to do next.

Once again God stood and declared, “Let the earth be covered with water, and above the water let there be sky.” Immediately the vapors that covered the earth blew away. I could see right through the sky. The whole earth was covered with water, and hovering over it was the Holy Spirit.

What a beautiful sight, I thought. The clearness of the sky was captivating. I caught myself with my mouth open. As I looked around, I could see all the angels around me were doing the same.

For the second time, God smiled, knowing what He had created was good, and He sat on His throne. This time He didn’t speak. It was as if He was allowing the beauty of His creation to speak for itself. This was the second day.

One of the angels looked at me and asked, “What is God going to do next?”

I pondered for a moment as I continued looking at how beautiful the earth was. “I don’t know, but I can’t wait.”

Our waiting was over, for God stood and declared, “Land, appear from out of the water. Vegetation and fruit-bearing trees, come out of the ground and produce seeds that will continue replenishing the earth.”

Ripping from out of the water, mountains and valleys appeared, and vegetation and fruit-bearing trees sprang from the earth.

It was incredible. I had never before seen such beauty. I could hear the gasp of the angels around me as they too, were in awe.

For the third time, God smiled, knowing what He had created was good, and He sat on His throne. This was the third day.

We continued staring at God’s beautiful creation when He stood from His throne for the fourth time, declaring, “Stars of the universe shine in the sky. From this moment on you will set in motion days, months, seasons, and years.”

“I don’t understand,” an angel close to me whispered.

“I don’t either,” I said. But God knows what He’s doing.”

God looked at me as He smiled and said, “Michael, the days, months, seasons, and years will be for mankind. The seasons of change on earth will be beautiful. You will see.”

I could see God’s smile fade as He turned from the earth. I could even see tears forming in His eyes.

“What’s wrong, God? Everything You created is so beautiful. Why are tears in Your eyes?”

“Michael, mankind will not always follow Me. They will choose to satisfy their own pleasures and not worship Me.”

“How can that be, God? How could they not worship You?”

God said, “They will choose to follow their own desires and not worship Me, just like Satan and his followers.”

“I don’t understand, God. You said that mankind will be Your masterpiece.”

“You will see, Michael. They will choose not to follow Me, but I have a plan for their redemption. I will spare them from the same punishment that I gave Satan and his followers. I will give them a chance for forgiveness. I will show them mercy if they choose mercy. I will give them a way to be here with Me. They will have a choice.”

For the fourth time, God smiled, knowing what He had created was good, and He sat on His throne. This was the fourth day.

“Wow, God is going to do something special with mankind. They’ll be treated differently than Satan and his followers. God will make a way for them to be in Heaven with us. But how?” As I looked to the throne of God, seated at God’s right hand was Jesus. I could see passion in His eyes.

“Jesus, are You, THE WAY?”

“Yes, I AM, Michael.”

Before I could even begin to understand what Jesus was telling me, God stood from His throne for the fifth time and declared, “Let there be fish and all kinds of sea creatures in the water and birds in the air. Let them reproduce so they may continue to replenish the earth.”

Suddenly I saw all kinds of birds flying over the water and the land. Teams of fish and sea creatures were swimming in the water.

Again, we stood in awe and amazement. I was speechless. God looked at me and smiled. “You have not seen anything yet, Michael. Just wait.”

“I haven’t seen anything yet? How can that be true, God? This is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.”

“You will see, Michael. You will see.”

For the fifth time, God smiled, knowing what He had created was good, and He sat on His throne. This was the fifth day.

God stood for the sixth time. He looked to the earth and declared, “From out of the ground, may all the living creatures come out. Let them roam the earth and reproduce so that they may continue to replenish the earth.”

Out of the ground sprang all kinds of living creatures, large and small. I laughed as I caught myself trying to count them all. I looked to God and said, “You’re right, I hadn’t seen anything yet.”

God chuckled. “No, Michael, I have not even started My masterpiece.” He turned to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. “We will make man in Our own Image.”

God looked to the earth and proclaimed. “From out of the ground, man come forth.”

All of Heaven became still. As I leaned forward to get a closer look, I noticed that even the creatures of the land, sea, and air stopped what they were doing. They, too, knew that something special was about to happen.

In the middle of a small garden, God’s greatest masterpiece began to stir from the ground. I could hear the whole universe and all of Heaven gasp in anticipation. Slowly from out of the ground the first man appeared. God knelt down and breathed life into him.

The man stood in the garden and looked up to Heaven. God looked at him and said, “My child, your name is Adam. I am Your God, and you will worship only Me. The first thing I want you to do is name all the creatures of the land and the birds of the air. I will have them all pass by you, and whatever you name them, they will be called.”

Adam sat on a rock in the middle of the garden as all the living creatures of the land and the birds of the air passed by him. As the last ones passed by, Adam stood up. He slowly turned around with a look of confusion. “I have no one to share my life with,” he whispered.

God looked at him and said, “Do not worry, Adam, I will now make you fall asleep and when you have awakened, you will have someone to share your life on earth with.”

From out of Adam, God created woman so he wouldn’t be alone in the garden. When Adam awoke from his sleep, God said, “This is your wife. You will cherish her with your life, and the two of you will be in charge of all of My creation. You will have all the seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for food.”

I wanted to say something, but I, along with the rest of creation, just stood there awestruck. God turned to me and said, “See? I told you so. Now what do you have to say?”

I stared into God’s eyes. “You were right. I hadn’t seen anything yet.” We both smiled and laughed. I looked down to earth in amazement at the first man and woman.

This time God smiled, knowing what He had created was very good, and He sat on His throne. This was the sixth day.

We celebrated the beauty of God’s creation. We were in awe of everything we had just seen.

That was when God stood for the seventh time. “My creation is now complete. This is a day of rest, for it is a holy day. Mankind will rest from their work on this day and come together to worship Me.”

God looked down and saw His masterpiece, and with a smile, He sat on His throne. We fell to the ground and worshipped Him, crying out, “God is Holy and worthy to be praised.”

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with man. I can’t wait to see His redemptive plan for them. As I looked up, Jesus looked my way with compassion in His eyes.

Life Application 

I just love the fact that the first way God revealed Himself to us is that of the Creator of the Universe, but what I love most is that He is also actively involved in our lives. God isn’t sitting on His throne waiting for time to run out. He wants to have a personal relationship with us.

Before I gave my life to Jesus, I was unworthy of God’s love. Let’s face it, I still am. I remember while growing up, I understood that there was a God and that He created the universe. I also knew that He sent His son to die for my sins, but I failed to see that He wanted to have a personal relationship with me.

When I finally realized that my life was empty and that I didn’t have any hope for the future, I began reading the book of John. God opened my eyes when I read John 14:1-3.

While speaking to His disciples the night before He had to go on the cross, Jesus told them, “‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.’”

Jesus wants me to be where He is! Wow! The God of the Universe wants me to be with Him for eternity. What also amazed me was that Jesus promised He would prepare a place for me in Heaven.

I gave my life to Jesus that night at the age of twenty-one. My life is no longer empty, for the Creator of the Universe has filled my heart with His love. There is a place in Heaven that Jesus has prepared for me. He’s no longer just the Creator of the Universe to me, for He’s now my Savior.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Do you have a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe? He sent His Son to die on the cross for you. Have you given your life to Him? Jesus is waiting to prepare a place for you. Let Him also fill your heart with His love.

Book Description

quest for godIn my novel, Michael the Archangel will take you through life changing events from the Old Testament. Join him as he shares with you the creation story, the Fall, Noah and the flood, Job, Moses, Abraham, David, and many more, as he shares with you God’s love for His creation and how he prepared the world for His redemptive plan.

You may be surprised to see Jesus throughout Michael’s story, but Jesus was there, even before the beginning of time. Evangelicals have taught that Jesus is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, revealing God the Father’s heart to us all. In the applicable stories, Jesus is there as the Angel of the Lord.

Many have claimed throughout the centuries that God the Father was the God of Judgment in the Old Testament, and the God of Grace in the New. That is not true. He has always been the God of Grace. From the Garden of Eden to the end of time, His desire has always been to restore the relationship He had with His creation before the Fall.

Follow Michael as he takes you on a quest for God’s own heart. If you seek Him with your whole heart, not only will you find Him, but God will also fill you with His loving grace.

Second book in series with be on the Life of Christ, and the third book will be on the Early Church, with the last chapter on Jesus calling His people home.

This novel will help readers understand God’s love for His creation. Too many churches, today teach the Dos and Don’ts of Christianity, trapping their congregation in the never ending cycle of guilt and confusion when they fail. God’s message from the Fall to the end of time is His desire to reconcile his creation with Himself, through His redemptive plan for mankind.

Author Bio

My name is Keith D. Moser (medically retired from the Army). I am married to my wife, Jerri, and have seven children; Katie, Kara, Kristen, Joshua, Kimberly, Matthew, and Caleb. I pastored two churches before joining the Army, where I was a Chaplain Assistant and a Combat Medic. I am currently a senior at Liberty University Online (Christian Counseling Degree), where I am on the Dean’s list, and a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society.

You can purchase Quest for God’s Own Heart on Amazon or Smashwords. It is also available from his website.