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Month: December 2012

Greater Than Rubies is Live & FREE at Smashwords!

GTR600x900GREATER THAN RUBIES , my FREE novel that takes place after SAPPHIRE ICE and brings to you the months following Tony Viscolli’s proposal to Robin Bartlett and leads you through their wedding.

I’m offering it as a gift for you.  It is free and it will stay that way forever.  It will be available in paperback soon, and I will only charge you my cost for it.  Stay tuned for details about that!

Here is the link to the book at Smashwords: GREATER THAN RUBIES

If you would prefer to get it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or other places, just keep an eye out for links.  As they happen, I’ll let you know!

Here is the blurb:

Robin Bartlett said, “Yes!” Will she say, “I do,” when the big day arrives?

From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio “Tony” Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl’s dream match. It doesn’t hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares dark and clouded with fear and desperation.

For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He teased Robin and pursued her. He showered with attention, respect, and charm. He covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Tony satisfied every heart’s desire. Finally, Robin came to understand God’s love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. Then, on a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed and Robin eagerly said “Yes!”

Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire’s bride begin to crowd out her hopes for happiness. Robin worked for tips until just a few months before Tony proposed on that sunny stretch of sand. In fact, she waited his table less than half a year earlier. Having no experience facing these challenges, Robin struggles to cope feeling  the pressures of relocating; of unreliable transportation; of the never-ending details of the shower, the ceremony, the reception, the honeymoon; of worries that her sisters will smoothly transition along with her; of changing her name; all while dealing with her father’s very serious legal problems.

As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin begins to grasp the scale of her fiancé’s vast material wealth and holdings, the responsibilities of the virtual empire he commands. She witnesses his generosity when he takes on a young protégé straight from the tough South Boston streets.

Ultimately, Robin questions whether she is truly the girl of Tony’s dreams. Is she the woman God has made for him? In taking her on as a wife, would she act as helpmeet or poison apple? In truly loving Tony, would it be better to bind herself to him for all eternity or return his freedom? When her nightmares return in full force, they remind Robin of an even deeper and more terrifying prospect. Will she give in to her insecurities and cancel Boston’s “Royal Wedding” for good? Or, with God’s guidance, will Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth?

rubiestitlecolorIt will go through Smashwords and become available at all other ebook venues, but that will take some time.  For now, however, it is available at Smashwords — and the cool thing about it is that you can get it in any format there from simple pdf to any of your readers.

I hope you enjoy it.  I pray it is a blessing to you.  And, I would love to hear from you after you read it.

Have a Merry Christmas!
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Jesus, Yeshua, God With Us

During the Christmas season, in many households and many communities, the focus is on Jesus — specifically on baby Jesus. While it’s exciting to think about God the Son becoming flesh and dwelling with us, we often focus so much on the infant child and forget the absolute magnitude of Jesus – Yeshua – God With Us. He is almighty and all powerful, and He IS the common thread sewn throughout the Bible.

Our church’s Christmas production focused on the power of the name of Jesus, and the following is pulled from that production. This is one of those that should be printed out and saved – a reminder of the glory of God and the Eternal presence of our Christ.

No Other Name

by: Mike Speck and Cliff Duren

In Genesis: He is Creator – for all things were made by Him.

In Exodus: He is the Deliverer – the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus: He is the Great High Priest – our eternal sacrifice.

In Numbers: Jesus is the Trusted Guide – the cloud in the daytime and the pillar of fire in the darkness of night.

In Deuteronomy: He is the Prophet who is greater than Moses.

In Joshua: He is the Captain of our salvation…the One who leads us into the Promised Land.

In Judges: He is both Judge and Lawgiver.

In Ruth: He is our Kinsman Redeemer.

In Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles: He is the Prophet of the Lord and the Reigning King.

In Ezra: He is the One who fulfills His promises.

In Nehemiah: He is the rebuilder of the broken and torn down walls in our lives.

In Esther: He reveals the providence of God.

In Job: He is our Ever-Living Redeemer.

In Psalms: He is our Shepherd and our Song.

In Proverbs: He is wisdom.

In Ecclesiastes: Jesus in our holy hope.

In Song of Solomon: He’s the Bridegroom, the Ros of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Lover of my soul.

In Isaiah: He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

in Jeremiah & Lamentations: He is the Potter who puts our broken lives back together again.

In Ezekiel: He’s the Watchman of our soul and our High Tower.

Creation: Moonrise, Moon over EarthIn Daniel: He’s the 4th man in the fiery furnace.

In Hosea: He’s the Faithful Forgiver and Everlasting Love.

In Joel: He is the One who pours out His spirit on all flesh.

In Amos: He is our burden bearer.

In Obadiah: He’s our Savior.

In Jonah: He is merciful and full of grace.

In Micah: He is the Ruler called out of Bethlehem.

In Nahum: Jesus is our Avenger.

In Habakkuk: He is the One who justifies by faith.

In Zephaniah: Jesus is the Lord mighty to save.

In Haggai: He is our Stronghold in a day of trouble.

In Zechariah: He is the One whose feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives as King over all the earth.

In Malachi: He’s the Son of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.

In Matthew: He’s Messiah and King.

In Mark: He’s the Wonder-Worker.

In Luke: He’s the Son of Man.

In John: He’s the Son of God.

In Acts: He’s our Ascended Lord.

Resurrected Jesus ChristIn Romans: He’s our Salvation.

In 1st & 2nd Corinthians: He is Redeemer and the Lord of Glory.

In Galatians: He’s the One who sets us free.

In Ephesians: He’s our Chief Cornerstone.

In Philippians: He’s the God who meets our every need.

In Colossians: He’s the Hope of Glory.

In 1st & 2nd Thessalonians: He’s our Soon-Coming King.

In 1st & 2nd Timothy: He’s the Mediator between God and man.

In Titus: He’s our Great God and Savior.

In Philemon: He’s the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

In Hebrews: He’s the Blood that washes away my sins.

In James: He’s the Great Physician.

In 1st & 2nd Peter: He’s the Chief Shepherd.

In 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Hohn: He is our Righteousness, Trutyh, and Love.

In Jude: He is the Lord coming with 10,000 saints.

And in Revelation: Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Wherefore God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That the name of Yeshua (Jesus) every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-10
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Interview: Elaine Marie Cooper

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am very happy to introduce to you Elaine Marie Cooper.  Elaine is a fellow believer, fellow Nancy Drew lover, and the grandmother of triplets!  She is currently releasing the third book in her award winning Deer Run saga.  It sounds like a fun, adventurous read!  Please enjoy her interview as much as I enjoyed giving it.

elaine cooper Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Christian, wife, mom, GiGi to triplet grandchildren, and a registered nurse.

My passions are my faith, my family and my writing.

Long a lover of Early American history, my historical novels are set in the era of the American Revolution. My second book in the Deer Run Saga (The Promise of Deer Run) won the Romance category at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival. I am so humbled and overjoyed with this award! The third book in this saga, The Legacy of Deer Run, just released this year.

I’m also a contributing writer to the devotional book, Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home, by Edie Melson, and have a short romance story published in the newly-released anthology, I Choose You (OakTara Publishers)

While I continue writing in the historical fiction genre, I also write numerous devotionals. I deeply understand the need for both faith and hope in Jesus Christ. He has been my “Rock of Refuge” since losing my daughter to cancer nine years ago.

Tell us about your current release.

The Legacy of Deer Run is set in 1800 and is the third (and final) book in a family saga. Although part of a series, it reads well on its own. The storyline follows the son in the next generation after the American Revolution. As the offspring of an enemy soldier, the protagonist has long been troubled by his father’s past. Now, he is disturbed by his attraction to a woman not of his class. She also has concerns of her own while she fights her feelings of attraction to the factory laborer that works at the armory making weapons. But overshadowing the class and romantic conflict, this tale involves a struggle to uncover a conspiracy against the new nation of America.

It is a story about intrigue of the times and intrigue of the heart. Something for both the adventurous and the romantic!

What inspired you to start writing?

It was both a brewing desire within me but also the encouragement of my father. He must have seen my interest in the written word because he took the time to suggest I write a story when I was eleven-years-old. My pet hamster had escaped into our bedroom attic and, after three days, he showed up, hungry and thirsty, but none the worse for his adventures. My dad said, “Why don’t you write a story about his journey while he was in the attic?” Well, that stirred my imagination—and it has been on overdrive ever since!

How did you determine whether to self publish or seek a traditional publisher?

When I was ready to approach a publisher with my first manuscript, it seemed like the decision was made for me. It was 2009, the year the publishing industry was in a severe downturn. One industry professional I spoke with was so discouraging, saying the chances of getting published right then as an unknown was pretty much impossible. Undaunted, I decided that I was not going to let my hard labor of love go to the bottom of the drawer. I sought out a self-publishing company, hired one of their editors, and saw my first book release in 2010.

The good news resulting from the upheaval in the publishing industry is that there are now so many options for getting your book self-published. The even better news is that there are now numerous small publishers that offer many opportunities to new authors, as well. My third book, The Legacy of Deer Run, was picked up by a traditional publisher, Sword of the Spirit Publishing. It has made the process easier, less expensive, and still offers a great product. It’s always important to check out any publisher that you are considering working with before you sign any contract.

legacy of deer runDo you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

Yes. Both! LOL. I usually contemplate my plots and characters for weeks before I actually start a manuscript so I have the general over-arching ideas for the story and the characters’ traits. But it’s always interesting to see the characters begin to “write themselves” as the story is unfolding. Authors sometimes joke about this amusing phenomenon! You may be typing up a scene and all of a sudden you type a line of dialogue that you were not expecting to have pop out of their “mouth!” It’s part of the creative writing process that I find both mysterious and fun.

What is your preferred method of writing (computer, pen & paper, etc.)

When I started freelance writing years ago for newspapers, I always wrote every thing by hand. My first drafts were a mess, with words and sections crossed out and written over. It’s a wonder that I could read my own stories! Then I had to type them up on my typewriter. I know—how antique!

Now, of course, I type everything on my Mac laptap. I very much prefer the flatter keyboard which is easier for me since I type one-fingered. I have nerve damage in my left hand from an accident as a child, so I have to type with one finger. But I’m pretty fast.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child?

When I was young, I devoured the Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene. I was the typical 6th grader with the flashlight under the bed covers, hoping my mom wouldn’t discover me wide awake reading Nancy’s adventures!

One of my favorite books was also Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I still love that story.

In my teen years, I got caught up in biographies by Irving Stone and a couple by Taylor Caldwell. What impressed me about Ms. Caldwell was the length of research that she did for her historical novels. I guess you could say she left an impression on me to make sure I do sufficient research for my own books. She was inspiring to me in that area.

What is your inspiration for writing?

Real life. There is nothing more interesting than the world around us to inspire a plot or a person. Since I write a lot about Colonial America, I find inspiration from actual incidents that occurred and turn the general story into a novel. History can come alive with dialogue and character development in a fictitious form, rather than dry facts in a history textbook. History can be dynamic, depending on its presentation.

But I also look for inspiration from God when I am writing. Everyday I pray that the Lord will guide my pen so that my writing will not just teach and inform, but illuminate spiritual truths to help us cope with the world we live in. My hope is always that my books can make a difference in the readers’ lives.

Find Elaine Online:

http://www.facebook.com/elainemariecooper

http://www.facebook.com/ElaineMarieCooperAuthor

Website: http://DeerRunBooks.com

This is a stellar read of the early American period. Elaine Cooper is a gifted wordsmith who brings the era to life vividly and leaves you wanting more. Bravo!        — Laura Frantz, Author, Love’s Reckoning

“A plot to wound the baby nation of America, trusted friends who turn into enemies, death, faith, and life, all blend into a tragic yet beautiful tale of life and passion in 1800.” — Lisa J. Lickel, Author, The Map Quest

“It’s no wonder Elaine Marie Cooper is an award-winning author. Her writing shines with an artistic flair to blend deep-heart issues with light romance, love and adventure. Danny and Susannah capture the heart with their innocent love, yet honor and faith. Their story resonates with courage, commitment, faith and victory.”          —Janet Perez Eckles, Author, Simply Salsa

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Greater Than Rubies is Finished!

rubiestitlecolorGreater Than Rubies was sent off to beta readers yesterday evening.  I’ve already heard back from a couple of them.  A couple of comments are:

DONE!! Excellent, Hallee!

It was sweet and a happy read. Perfect for a place like this on a day like today. God is so amazing!  Thank you!

I am waiting to hear back from everyone, so that I can finish the final version, finish the last fine-tuning, finish the final formatting, and get it released!

Because it’s going to be free, I’m hoping you’ll help me out.  The problem is that Amazon will not allow a book to be listed as free, but they’ll price-match  a free book.  So, once I get it published at Smashwords, All Romance e-Books, Kobo, etc., I’ll need you to help me notify Amazon of the free listing, so that they’ll price-match it for me.

I’m so excited that we are getting so close to publication!
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A Teaser From Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies will publish sometime this week or the early part of next week (and will be FREE!!).  In the meantime, here is a teaser:

She read through all of the questions twice. The way that Don Roberts had combined answers from their initial and second interview into a cohesive article revealed every fact she had shared, but also put Robin Bartlett and Tony Viscolli in the best possible light.

When she turned the final page, she found a handwritten sticky note Don had left for her. In really minuscule print, he had written,”Robin, I realize Tony is a billionaire, not a millionaire, but it didn’t have the same alliterative ring to it for the headline. You should know that I’m also a believer. I admire what the two of you are doing. The truth is you gave me a lot to think about, a lot to admire, and a lot to pray about. I wanted you to know that I am going to stop hiding my light under a bushel so much and let it shine a little more often. I pray I did you justice with this piece. Thanks for witnessing to me. Yours in Christ, DR.”

The woman this Inside Boston article portrayed, from the photographs to the out of context quotations, was not the woman holding and reading the magazine. The woman within these pages was confident, competent, and capable. Magazine article Robin was accomplished, witty, polished, and professional. That Robin would certainly make a fine match for Tony Viscolli. She would love him and support him and make him happy throughout his lifetime.

By contrast, the very real Robin Bartlett had brought nothing but conflict, heartache, and shame to Tony Viscolli since the very day he had first laid eyes on her. Everything about her spelled trouble from her heritage, her violent past, her lack of education, to her ignorance of the day to day politics of the high society world in which he lived. She wondered how Don Roberts would handle the fact that the woman who had witnessed to him so profoundly was less than two weeks away from leaving Tony Viscolli at the altar.

This magazine would hit newsstands tomorrow. She could not fight that. She could not run from that. She could not hide from that. She envisioned her life spinning away and out of control, down into a bottomless vortex like a fast sinking ship. She envisioned taking Tony and dozens of others down along with her.

 

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