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ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Davalynn Spencer here, from Colorado, happy to welcome author Vickie McDonough to today’s blog.

Vickie, tell us a little about your featured book, Long Trail Home.

When a weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married, a pretty, blind woman reaches through his scarred walls, but will the secret she holds ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family? End of the Trail is the sequel to Long Trail Home.

I love the way you connected your titles. What is the primary focus of this book?

The hero’s story is about a soldier returning home after the Civil War to find all he knew has been destroyed. How does a man rebuild his life when all is gone?

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Marti Pieper

Cheri Cowell

Greetings from Mount Dora, Florida, where we’ve had lots of rain every day this week. And we’re not complaining, since drought conditions have led to increased fire danger. The subject of today’s interview, Cheri Cowell, has also had extra rain in her area. Since she’s one of my fellow Orlando-area CAN authors, when my home has rain, hers usually does, too!

Welcome, Cheri! I’m so glad to share this time together. My first question is one every author loves: Would you please tell us about your latest book, One Story, One Mission, One God?

This workbook-style Bible study is an overview of the whole Bible in two six-week studies. The Old Testament and the New Testament studies help readers see how the Bible is one story about the same God with a single mission from the beginning to the end.

I love that! So what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve heard people say they’ve gotten bits and pieces of the Bible but have a difficult time pulling it all together. I’ve also heard some say there appears to be an angry God in the Old Testament and a grace-filled God in the New. I wanted to help people see how all those stories come together to tell a story about God’s mission of grace, from the opening scenes in Genesis to the closing one predicted in Revelation.

That’s fabulous. And what was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

I think most people struggle with God’s instructions in the Old Testament to destroy whole groups of people. I discovered an answer to why that’s in there that stays true to the Scriptures and true to who we know God to be.

And to find out, we’ll have to dig into your book, won’t we? Cheri, how has being a writer impacted your relationship with Christ?

I love sharing what I’ve learned as I have sought answers and struggled with difficult Scriptures. I think a lot of people think those of us with seminary degrees have all of the answers, but we don’t. We struggle just like they do, and some of us are privileged to write about it.

Exactly. So what’s one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

It’s a discipline. When some people hear I work from home, they think that means I am always available, but my husband says I work harder than most people he knows.

I know that’s true! Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

My husband and were born and raised in Florida, and it has always been our dream to move to the mountains of Tennessee. Well, that dream just came true, and so we will be snowbirds, living winters in our Florida home and summers in the Smoky Mountains.

I’m so happy for you. Congratulations! Cheri, what ministries are you involved in, and why?

I operate a publishing company that helps others get the words God has given to them out into the world. The profits from EABooks Publishing go to fund microloans through my 501c2, Living Parables, for start-up funding of Christian nonprofits. Our goal is to expand our reach by helping others succeed.

That’s amazing. Can you share with us your hobbies, activities, or passions outside of writing?

I don’t have much spare time, but I love nature, so we hike and travel to national parks. I also do scrapbooking to preserve those family memories.

You’re such a well-rounded person, Cheri. I know that’s part of what makes you such a wonderful author and friend. Can you tell us about your next book?

On my blog, I’m giving a sneak peek of my new Bible study: Wow! Women of the Word.

The title alone sounds intriguing, Cheri. Thanks so much taking time to share with our readers. Blessings!

Learn more about Cheri at her website and her blog.

 

For His Glory,

Marti Pieper

Marti’s website

 

 

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Happy Friday in May from www.GailGaymerMartin.com  It’s spring in our new homeland of Sedona Arizona and flowers are everywhere. I had no idea our landscape had so many amazing colors and so many beautiful birds. In Michigan where I lived all my life until our recent move, I knew the flowers and birds popular in that part of the country, but here in Sedona, I’m seeing orioles, hummingbirds (by the droves) and even the Western Bluebird that is so beautiful.

You can probably see that I am happy. I am, but that’s not the only reason. After contacting my two major publishers, I have been able to request and receive reversions on  the rights of some of my book which means, they now belong to me rather than the publisher. Since I have been active writing for a small press, I also have the opportunity to rework my older novels are bring them back for a whole new audience.

One thing we learn as novelists and readers, who might also be interested to know, that  writing grows and changes with experience and practice. I have studied writing for years, grasping every new concept, honing my craft and trying to be the best writer I can be for the Lord who gave me the talent. It has been an adventure, and when I look now at my early writings, sometimes I cringe because I see ways in which I could have said something so much better. Now with the reversion, I can improve on that writing and make changes that will bring the books closer to the abilities I now have as the author of 76 published novels or novellas. I will never be sorry for my earlier books. The stories are often some of my favorites, but now I am able to make them even better with changes.

For novelists who have the opportunity for having your older novels revert back to you, do yourself a favor and study them to see in what way you can improve them. It will make your readers happy, especially the new ones who have never read the books.  So far I have  often used the same title with a new cover but I usually refer to those books as reissue so no one will buy the book who has already read them. Today I have many new readers than I had back in the 1990s and early 2000s. Almost 20 years have past and new readers spring up every day.  Next month, I hope to share with you some of the changes that I have made with the older books and the new techniques I have learned. Look for it next June.

For now you can look for two of my latest new releases, one a reissue: Love Comes to Butterfly Tree Inn and a new novella, Poppy Fields With You. Click on the title with link to read more about both.

Enjoy spring and I hope you take time to look at the flowers and birds. Blessings.

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ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Greetings from Colorado, where spring has made a comeback after last weekend’s big snowstorm. I’m Davalynn Spencer, welcoming Linda W. Yezak to our blog today.

So glad to have you, Linda. Please tell us a little about your latest title, The Bucket List Dare.

Love comes on a dare in this contemporary romance collection. Four college graduates, each turning 30, celebrate the milestone with a dare to do the biggest thing on their bucket lists. Adventures include traveling to Scotland, crashing a wedding, climbing a mountain, skydiving—and falling in love.

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Marketing Tips From Cheri Cowell

While a lot of marketing tips today are about using technology and having a good online presence, some things are still old school. The press release is still one of those things that works the old fashioned way. So learning to write a good press release is something all writers should practice. Here’s how.

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