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Month: April 2016

Christian Fiction Friday: April 29th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

Smoke Mirrors FlatThis snippet is from the new suspense novella On the Ropes, which is part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors! Smoke and Mirrors is currently on preorder for a May 20th release, and is 99 cents for a very limited time! Click here to get it for yourself!

Mara ran the sweeper under the pulpit. For some reason, in the sanctity of this building, even without Major next to her, she never felt afraid, never felt like looking over her shoulder. As the song on her MP3 player changed to the next one, she looked out over the pews and smiled. She had loved every minute of working on this building and would miss it when she left one day.

As she wound the sweeper cord back in place, the side door opened and Brenda rushed in. Mara frowned and slipped the earbuds out of her ears. “What’s wrong? Is Jeremy okay?”

Brenda dashed up the steps to the podium. “Oh, Mara, thank God I found you.” She held out yesterday’s newspaper. “Jeremy told me that a reporter came and talked to him, but he didn’t tell me that he’d given her pictures, too!”

Her stomach turned to water and her pulse pounded in her neck painfully. She stared at a picture of her face taken while she tied the tank top onto Jeremy’s leg, right there on the front page of the lifestyle section of the Gainesville newspaper. How many thousands of people got that newspaper daily? How many online sources ran the headlines?

Brenda said something, but she couldn’t hear her through the roaring in her ears. The safety she had felt moments earlier vanished as if it had never existed. “I have to go,” she whispered, dropping the cord she clutched in her hand. Leaving her friend standing on the stage, she jumped down and ran down the aisle.

When she burst through the doors and into the hot Florida sunshine, she felt the world start spinning around her. “What to do, what to do, what to do?” she whispered over and over again. Seconds later, the phone in her hand vibrated, startling her so that she nearly dropped it. She recognized the number and answered, saying by way of a greeting, “Get me out of here!”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday in the comments! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.

Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Your Mom Deserves Jewels

Until Mother’s Day, you can order your mom a custom autographed paperback of the Jewel Series — the entire series is on sale for 25% off. Order one, two, or any combination of the six books in the series. Just use the coupon code MomLvsJewels at this link.  A $6.50 charge will be applied to all orders for shipping, and packages will be shipped via Priority Mail. Make sure you let me know how to address the autograph in the instructions!

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Christian Fiction Friday: April 22nd

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

Smoke Mirrors FlatThis snippet is from the new suspense novella On the Ropes, which is part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors! Smoke and Mirrors is currently on preorder for a May 20th release, and is 99 cents for a very limited time! Click here to get it for yourself!

Scanning all the faces, disappointment overtook her nervousness. “He’s not here.”“He’s been here every day for over a month. Of course he’s here.”

They made their way to the line. Ruth checked her watch again. She couldn’t afford to be late for rounds. She may have to skip coffee this morning.

“Hello.”

At the sound of his voice, her heart lurched in her chest. Turning, she spied Victor Kovalev standing behind her in the line. He must have entered the shop right behind her. He wasn’t much taller than her five-seven, with a lean build and dark hair that almost curled. Normally, she found herself getting lost in his rich brown eyes, but today, the purpling bruise and swollen left eye made her gasp. “What happened?”

“Wha—?” He stopped mid-word and gingerly touched his upper cheek. She could see the swollen bruising on his knuckles. “Oh, that. I had a fight last night.”

“You got into a fight?” Esther asked, frowning.

His eyebrows knit in a confused look, then he pulled the sports section from The Times out of his bag. On the front page, a color photo of a boxer in royal blue and bright red shorts punched another boxer wearing yellow and black shorts. Upon closer examination, she recognized Victor as the boxer in blue and red. “This is you?”

“It is.” He smiled a closed lip smile and took the paper back from her as a faint tinge of red covered his cheeks. “I thought you knew.”

“I don’t know much about boxing.” Despite social expectancies and personal space, despite the nervousness at even speaking to him this morning, the doctor in her took over and she took his chin in one hand and carefully but skillfully palpitated the area around his eye with her fingers. “Has a doctor seen this?”

He stood perfectly still while she examined him but grinned at her with a smile that had started to bare straight white teeth. His smile made her heart skip a beat. “Yes, ma’am. She just did.”

Flustered, she stepped away and gave her order at the counter. As soon as Esther and Victor ordered, they joined the throng waiting for their drinks. Esther gently nudged her and nodded toward Victor. Before she could talk herself out of it, she blurted, “Would you like to go to church with me tonight?”

They always met at this coffee shop, the one where they originally ran into each other, every morning at 6:30. She realized after the third meeting that he intentionally came to meet her, and very quickly started to look forward to it. He’d asked her out daily for about six weeks. Because her residency schedule proved so grueling, she had turned him down, but she always found time for church, and she so wanted to get to know him better.

“Church?” His smile started to fade and his eyebrows lowered suspiciously.

Her stomach fell. He looked so taken aback, so confused. What had she done? “You have an objection to church?”

“I don’t know.” Instantly, his face transformed back into a grin that lit up the whole room. “Why don’t we find out? What time?”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday in the comments! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.

Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Autism Parenting and the Most Humbling of Lessons; Or: How I Fell in Love with the PE Teacher

kaylee awardWe have three children. Our oldest, Kaylee, is 19 and was a straight-A student through almost all of her schooling. Elementary school awards ceremonies usually generated multiple certificates and accolades .. including a Presidential award at the conclusion of 5th grade. In high school, we always received an invitation to the honor awards night, because she inevitably won something.

jeb awardOur youngest son, Johnathan, is 7. He hasn’t been in a school with an awards ceremony until now, but certificates of achievement came home in his folder every quarter since Kindergarten. We moved to this school 2 weeks before the end of the term, and he STILL received an award for reading in that ceremony that took place right after we got here. He is super smart and will likely follow in his sister’s footsteps.

Our middle son, Scott, is 9 and in the 3rd grade. He is our son with autism. School is hard for him because of so many variables. Fluorescent lights are bright, kids are loud, announcements are loud, chairs are hard, peer interactions are difficult to maneuver, and there is absolutely no patience with anything that has to do with the teaching method. He’s just a “show me how and leave me alone” kind of guy.

Report cards rarely reflect his raw intelligence, and he’s never brought home so much as a certificate from school.

Until this week.

When I got the notice that Scott would be getting an award in this last quarter’s award ceremony, I double checked the name twice because I expected it to say Johnathan instead of Scott. I even texted Johnathan’s teacher to make sure that the front office hadn’t notified me of the wrong student. Assured that this award was indeed for Scott, I showed up to the school with all of the other excited parents who’d received the same notification and waited through the first few classes. Then it was Scott’s turn.

scott awardWhen he was awarded the PE award, I thought that a mistake had been made. Scott has historically had a hard time in PE, because game rules and teamwork are concepts that don’t really compute for him. He also cannot do things like drop a tennis ball and catch it – he has to go to occupational therapy for upper body strength and coordination issues. So, a PE award kind of threw me.

But when all of the classes had received their awards and parents had access to their students, by the time I got to Scott, he was SO EXCITED. He could not stop talking about how hard he has been working in PE, and how he learned how to dribble a basketball with both hands, and bragging on how fast he can run. Seeing how proud he was, how much he knew how hard he tried, how he just glowed with excitement over this award, I absolutely fell in love with his PE teacher — a teacher I have never met and whose name I had to look up. Clearly, this teacher knows what he’s doing, and has a passion for teaching kids.

Autism_Awareness_RibbonI think autistic children so often get overlooked in big groups of kids. If they can be put to the side and just kept from melting down or being too much of a disruption, then some adults would consider it a successful class. But, each of these children is beautifully unique, passionate about the things that interest them, and desperate to have someone connect with them and understand how they’re perceiving this big confusing world. When that connection is made, miracles start to happen in their lives. In the case of Scott, he was able to accomplish, succeed, receive an award and accolade that his own mother — one of the two people on this entire planet who loves him more than anyone else could possibly love him — erroneously thought was a mistake.

It seems like this path of autism parenting constantly teaches me the most humbling of lessons. This week’s was a biggie. Don’t assume he’s unimportant to the adults who have charge to teach him. Remember all of the passionate teachers in your own life who always constantly and consistently went above and beyond, and know that God will place teachers like that in his life, too.

And never assume an award is a mistake. He has to work twice as hard as anyone who walks into that school. He deserves ten awards a day. Relinquish the thought that you’re the only one who sees that.

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Christian Fiction Friday: April 1st

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This snippet is unedited and new from the suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

“You would have more energy if you would eat something other than this,” Victor said, pushing his finger against the foil wrapped hamburger. “I would think that as a medical professional, you’d know better.” He uncapped his pen and started writing in his notebook, preparing for a testimony their pastor had asked him to give that Sunday. At his elbow, his Bible sat open. Ruth wanted to ask him what he planned to speak on, but she knew he’d tell her to wait until Sunday.

“I’m a poor resident,” she replied, scooping up the burger and unwrapping it. Before she took a bite, she grinned at him sitting rather uncomfortably in the orange plastic chair. “It’s what I can afford.”

He pressed his lips together and shook his head, making her laugh around her bite of food. The tangy pickle added a crunch to the bite loaded with savory hamburger topped with mayonnaise and ketchup. She had always thought the flavor combination one of the most perfect tastes in the world. It helped that she’d not eaten since dinner last night. Her hand shook a bit from the hunger as she dipped a French fry in the ketchup.

He took a sip from his bottle of water. “I think a plate of rice and beans would offer so much more nutrition than that hamburger and cost a fraction of the price.”

“You need to be more adventurous in your food,” she proclaimed around a second bite. “Fast food occasionally won’t kill you.”

“This is true.” He raised an eyebrow. “How much fast food have you eaten this week?”

“Be nice.” She took another bite and washed it down with her iced tea. “I’m trying to get a handle on my schedule so I can prepare meals before going to the hospital. But these hours are killing me. If I survive this residency, I’ll deserve a medal.”

He winked in a very cute way, making her heart flip in love for him. “I’ll give you one of my championship belts.”

She stared at him as she chewed a fry. He had taken a hard hit in his last match and she didn’t like how long it had taken him to recover. “How are you feeling about Saturday’s fight?”

The hesitation he gave in answering her question answered her more than his words. “Fighting the last fight of my career in Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve? Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better exit.” Despite the words, his voice sounded unenthusiastic, almost bored.

With narrowed eyes, she tried to study his pupils. “You in fighting shape?”

As a grimace crossed his face, he set his pen down and closed his notebook. She thought maybe she should have kept that thought to herself as he looked at her with a long, studying look. Just when she opened her mouth to withdraw the question, he reached out and took her hand with his. “Will you marry me?”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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