Do you like fantasies? When I wrote Purify My Heart, I thought it was paranormal, but it isn’t. C.S Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles. In one of his books, there is a witch. Harry Potter isn’t paranormal either–Rawlings writes Fantasy too. Thank to Amanda Marie she made it clear to me just by labeling it as fantasy. So I present to you, my very first Christian Fantasy “Purify My Heart”.
Darlene, a military wife becomes entranced by a dark and mysterious man known as Diethelm. He reveals to her later they are connected to each other and she must fulfill her destiny–to become a witch like him and to become his wife. Darlene already weak in her faith succumbs to his seduction, but when she realizes what she has done, she fights for her life! She seeks forgiveness from God. Can God deliver her from the claws of death or is it too late?
This book took me a while to get into, but once I was able to get into it kept me guessing until the last page. Purify My Heart was not a typical romance story, it is a mixture of Christian faith verses the Wiccan lifestyle. Challenging each to see which one has a stronger hold on the soul. There were several twist and turns in the story I wasn’t sure what to expect, which was nice not being able to know a quarter to half way into the book they way it would end. But thru all the trails and challenges that where presented. I think that The Ruthie Madison did a wonderful job balancing faith and paranormal.
Sometimes, when a handsome man invites you to lunch, it is wiser to refuse. When the lonely young wife Darlene is invited to go to a restaurant, by the very handsome and mysterious Diethelm, accompanying him was a very unwise thing indeed to do. She set a series of nightmarish adventures in train, that would take her from her quiet life in California to gilded captivity in Germany as the intended bride of her witch suitor. Darlene is not the only one in her family to be dragged into danger. Her husband, Dylan, also becomes enmeshed in the intrigues of Diethelm’s family coven, when he is kidnapped from his Marine base in Afghanistan by the pagan sex siren Tasha. As its title suggests, this is a book with a very strong Christian ethos. But it is not just a good book in the strictly biblical sense. While the great love that God has for all of us shines out from the pages, it in no way diminishes its effectiveness as a really exciting and suspenseful story. It might be a Christian book, but it will keep people of all faiths and no faiths on the edges of their seats. I absolutely recommend it to one and all. (less)
Friday I had another bool launch for the same book. The difference is I have a new cover and new publisher. My editor has made some changes to my manuscript too. I decided to start a new. Sure people knew about Jesus Paid it All. It was a flop! It wasn’t that the part went sour but that my book wasn’t selling. Of all the people who downloaded the ebook, only one wrote a review. Lovely huh? Another blooper on my behalf was having my ebook free for too long.
Well, I’ve learned. Never again. I’ll just offer a coupon the next time and I did. However…
Since my ebook was republished, I no longer had control of that feature. However, my publisher let me offer a coupon as a contest prize. I would say it was the best launch party I have hosted, But you know it wasn’t just me who made it special because both my co author and I couldn’t before the whole 12 hours so I asked a couple of friends who I know who has done Book parties; Laura Ranger and Cathy Jackson. Of course Kathy and I hosted it too.
The party went well! There were lots of e-book giveaways, a couple of key rings, and a book markers. Most of it, a gift card from Amazon. I posted trivia questions that had to do with witches, posted, pics where you had to caption it. I try to get ideas from other book parties and be as clean as possible. I think Cathy did a great job as well as Laura and my co author and I couldn’t do it without them.
It was my intention to make it fun and it was for fun.
If you missed out, there will be others. In the meantime here is the book trailer
I know what it is like not having the finances to hire a good editor. It’s the pits. I have struggled with this in my life. But the Lord had blessed me. Only one time did I ever have to take huge chunks of the little I get each month ti edit my first book–A Second Chance at Love. Well, guess what? That editor was more like a copy editor. She didn’t help with my story line at all. And to make it worse, even my proofreader didn’t help much either yet I didn’t pay her because she wasn’t a professional. You see, I don’t have a day job where people can say to me “Don’t quit your day job.” I am unemployed and I get under 100 dollars a month which goes to giving to church and paying for cat food and bus fare. Those are the basic three. I do have money left over but sometimes unexpected expenses comes up in which I need to have some money on hand. Good editors at a low-cost are hard to find. Many of them are very business minded. “Sorry I have to make a living so I can’t do it for free.” It’s understandable for unbelievers to say that. They haven’t read the Bible nor do they live by God’s Word.
That’s right. God’s word. There are scriptures that says “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”, or scripture that says that we should help our brother or sister in need. Sad to say but even Christians dismiss that and go right to the one verse: “A worker is worthy of his wages.” Too bad. There are more scriptures about blessing others than about “Thou shall pay for all work done for you.”
Even authors who are financially strapped are struggling. Where is the help and encouragement if all you get told is: “You need help!” They don’t even offer to help them! It’s like” tough luck! Maybe you shouldn’t be writing!”
In the future when I am making money from my books, I plan to offer a very low-cost book cover designing business because I believe that people should be able to follow their dreams without having to worry about costs. My source comes from God, not people’s wallets. By that time I should be doing so much better at designing covers that it will look good! I have already done a cover for my second book in a series called Baby Blues. I want to help people because I believe that if I do, people will help me. I also want to help people because I would want the same for me.
I’m not putting people down. It is their choice whether they feel generous or not. Maybe they don’t think they have the means to help others–to bless others. Jesus says “Whatever you think you have” will be taken away.” Jesus has called us to make good use of our talents. And people have, but they don’t have the heart or willingness to help a struggling author. Maybe it is because they feel if they bless someone, everyone else wants to be blessed to. They could just offer a low-cost if they don’t want to do it for free.