The Second Chance Series and Soaking Worship

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I have written two books and took the risk of introducing something new to my readers: Soaking Worship. I tried my best to immerse my readers into it, but they still scratch their heads.

Unlike Mass, and liturgy, Soaking Worship hasn’t been part of church history for a long time. You might say it is obscure. The question asked is, “What exactly is Soaking Worship?”

My character says in a scene to her husband, “Christian inspirational music.” It is music that inspires you to worship. Of course, I’m sure all christian music should inspire us. But there is something about the music that just draws us into God’s presence. I read at website that it “Soaking worship means that we are simultaneously focused on both giving and receiving. At first glance, this appears to be a contradiction”  4 Benefits of Soaking Worship

So if you are of an older generation. please read up before you read my book. Thanks.

 

My Cat and My Characters

I post about my cat Henry quite a bit on Facebook. I’m seeking compassion and sympathy, but most importantly understanding. It is not happening. I can understand coming from another cat owner or lover how they would respond when you tell them the joys of owning of a cat, but when it comes to your expectation of  your cat, forget it!

“Cats are persnickety!”

“Mine likes to play with in boxes!”

“Cats are independent.”

And it goes on.

There are no woes from  my friends. I don’t hear, “Me too, Ruthie. I wish my car would appreciate what I do for him or her too.” But I get no sympathy. I guess they love their cats more than I love than mine. You can’t change them right? Cats are cats right?  You have to accept them the way they are. That means if Henry eats food from the floor its okay. If Henry rather   sleep on my  lap than in bed with me, its okay. Because he is a cat.

So here is my point. Read carefully. I am an author. I create characters. Everyone of them is unique. Just as the clay have no right to ask the potter why did you make me this way? Neither does the reader have the right to complain about my characters.  As an author. we give our character a personality and it offends me when a reader says that one of my characters is controlling when he is not. That reader is judging my character and I will not change my characters’ personality (just as a cat will not stop being a “cat”) just because the reader doesn’t like it.

So until my cat changes the way he isSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA, my characters will stay the same.

On “A Second Chance at Love” Why it’s Not Your Typical Romance.

People who likes Romance novels will read about two major characters known as a hero and heroine. According to James Scott Bell in his book, “Plot and Structure”  You’ll find that there are several different plots. One is both hero and heroine wants to be together but  a confrontation keeps them apart until they find a way to unite. Another is  where one MC is in love with the other but the other doesn’t feel the same–in that, the first hero/ine has to win that person’s love. Those are the two I remember.

Scott also wrote about two types of characters: One who stays the same through the end or one that changes. You can red about that in Characters, Viewpoints and Emotions. There is also two kinds of fiction: Literary and Commercial. Literary is all about the inner changes of the character–a personal journey while commercial fiction  is where the MC changes due to the outer conflict. In A Second Chance at Love, you’ll meet an unlikely heroine  known simply as an anti hero.

As I read Scott’s book that’s what I discovered! Marge isn’t trying to win anyone’s heart nor does she have a boyfriend, husband or lover. She is too bitter to even love a man. All she wants is to be left alone, but another man will stop at nothing to change her and make her his wife. This man is known as the antagonist. he won’t leave her alone. He assigns his men to bring her to his estate. He doesn’t care how she feels as long as he can make her see that she needs his help and that he is the only man who can love her.

The hero in my story doesn’t know it yet, but the woman he’s assigned to, is his former lover from 15 years ago! Although she is not thin and beautiful as she was, there were certain things about her that reminded him of her. But the truth won’t come out later hen they both secretly find out that they shared the past. (In fact, unbeknownst to the antagonist, they are drawn to each other)

As I said, Marge is your anti-hero. She wants to be left alone, but because of her circumstances, she is forced to changed. Therefore, Marge is a changer. But it isn’t man that changed her, but God and His unfailing love and God becomes the real hero of the story. He does because she can’t love again until she is filled with God’s love. Carter also changes and because his employer sent him away to Italy (to keep him away from Marge), he searches his own soul and finds God.

Marge and Carter  are reunited twice and their reunion changes  her to some point. The first reunion helps give Marge  courage to endure her “imprisonment” with the antagonist until he takes her to France and away Carter again. The last and final reunion is when she finally wins her freedom from her antagonist and  Carter is there to meet her

I understand my book is hard to read. Some would find it strange. No one wants to read  about women being treated the way Marge has been treated. How many heroines do they know are bitter and cynical? Would it be better if I write about a woman who was sweet, loving and kind and after the antagonist has his way with her, make her a bitter and resentful woman?

As of now, I am in process of making changes to my manuscript. It will have a new title called “His Unfailing Love.”  Beow after reading this, please comment if you like that title better or “An Unexpected Romance.”  I want it to cal it HIs Unfailing Love because there is a line where her fried said about her that all she needs is God’s unfailing love.” which is what she gets towards the end of the book. If you comment and would like a copy of the  ebook, let me know. If you get a  a copy of the original, you can have the updated version when it;s available.

Thanks for reading.

Posting on Facebook

In today’s world, there is so much evil happening in the world. Those in the Christian Circle loves to post “end time” related stories because it reminds them that Jesus  is coming soon, and those who are politically minded, loves to  bring down our current president (especially if they disapprove of the current administration.) But how many likes do you get? Sure you get a few, but sometimes you can strike a bad chord in someone.

A  few weeks ago, I posted something about Obama. It was what i\I thought was the truth about him. It is no secret that Republicans don’t like him and neither do I, but it;s not because he’s black nor that he is  inexperienced, but because like many republicans and other non democrats, we have yet seen anything positive about him. It;s a known fact that he wants to undo what our founding fathers did  to prevent tyranny- signing the constitution.

Another type of post that received some negative attention are religious posts. Isn’t that interesting? Because you hear that politics and religion should not be discussed because people will disagree. Posting like that is similar to discussing with people. An example of a religious post was  a cartoon of Satan and his puppet which looked like a preacher. (The post is titled “The puppet and the Pulpit”). The only reason why I posted that was because  it reminded me of what my pastor  said  during his sermon. I only said that there are some preachers out there who have decided not to preach on the blood of jesus. A friend saw that and told me I was giving too much power to Satan. No, I’m bringing awareness. We can’t ignore Satan. Paul wrote that we are not ignorant of his schemes. Did jesus ignore him? Didn’t he rebuked Satan a few times? “Get thee Behind me Satan…”

So how do we get the likes? Stay away from posting on those two subjects. The world is full of trouble and people long to see something positive. I recently posted something about a 15 years old boy  chasing a car on his bike because he saw a  little girl being taken from her home.  I have gotten more likes on that than I have on political and  religious posts. Oh, don’t get me wrong, if you post something that inspires that’s okay, but if you post something by a charismatic leaders, people will pepper spray you with negative comments. Also  a good personal testimony will get you likes too.

Mornings with God

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Begin the day with the Lord. He wakes us up renewed, refreshed and filled with His presence. Go to Him, before you get overwhelmed by worldly distractions. Seek His will and you’ll gain a new perspective on the ” to do list ” …

God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you. ~ Thomas Brooks

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