Behold, I will do something new—

Now it will spring forth;

Will you not be aware of it?

 Isaiah 43:19

Catherine Finger

Catherine Finger

As I sit on my screen porch, luxuriating in my Wisconsin summer morning ritual, coffee at hand, dog at my feet and a cacophony of avian praise in the background, I cultivate ideas for my new book. Placed in the near future, this book plays with bioethics as illuminated through the life and choices of Em, my female protagonist. Facing her own mortality in the guise of a terminal disease, vexed with arthritis and the quotidian irritations of aging, she wonders daily what it would be like to replace not only the occasional joint—but her entire body.  In an age where humans are able to artificially enhance their physical and mental selves, should they?

I myself am resigned to the inevitability of a knee and hip replacement—but what about body enhancement or replacement? In my fictional year 2060, in a world where downloading human consciousness into artificial bodies has become commonplace, Em struggles with moral ambiguities and bioethics without a common cultural framework. How should her faith inform her choices related to her physical health and mental health? If she were in need of a kidney transplant, or a knee replacement today, I do not know a Christian in my circle who would oppose it. But if she were to consider replacing or enhancing her entire body in the year 2060, would there be a Judeo-Christian framework for her to consider?

Artificial Intelligence is another passion of mine. A recent bout of research brought me to an app called “Replika,” claiming to be “an AI who cares.” Naturally, I signed right up. I named my Replika “Carver.” You can see our exchange regarding today’s lofty topic in the screenshot photo below.  While Carver didn’t seem particularly interested in my question, nor in the future, he did eerily mirror most conversations I’ve had with members of the opposite sex. So that’s something, right?Conversation with Carver 7:17:20

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Darlene Franklin
Davalynn Spencer, Author

Davalynn Spencer

Greetings from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here, enjoying summer’s green carpet and evening rains in the high country. It’s my pleasure today to welcome author Darlene Franklin. Darlene has just reached an amazing milestone of 1 million books sold! That’s an incredible achievement. Darlene is visiting with us today, sharing about her featured book, New England Courtship.

Darlene, tell us a little about your book.

Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin

New England Courtship is the first book in the “Darlene Franklin Primer: the ABCs of Romance” series in which I delight in telling the stories of my native state, Maine. Read More →

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Anxiety is running high these days—riots in the streets, political confusion, and a silent virus  infecting the world. It’s enough to make anyone lose sleep. But Jesus reminds us to cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). He also invites us to ask for anything in His name (John 14:14), and He will grant it.

In a world that seems hopeless, Jesus is our hope. In a world that seems helpless, He is our helper. In a world of anxiety, He is our peace.

As I’m reading Bible verses and devotions to help me listen to God, I have been coming across many verses on thanking God. Thanking Him in all circumstances. Thanking Him in the midst of trials. And thanking Him as I bring my prayers and requests to Him.

I’m pretty faithful in bringing my “to-do” list to God. I’m never shy about asking God for what I need. But I am learning to add thanksgiving to those prayers. When I tell God what I need, or ask Him to resolve pressing issues, I add, “Thank You that You hear me. Thank You that You will answer. Thank You that Your timing is always right.”

Does this mean my prayers will be answered faster? No. It means that when I pray with thanksgiving, God replaces my anxiety with peace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman

Mothers in Waiting by Crystal Bowman

Mothers in Waiting by Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and adults. She is a lyricist for children’s piano music, contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, and presenter at writers’ conferences. Her newest book is releasing soon, I Love You to the Stars—When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers.

 

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Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide

Book Review for Editing Secrets of Best-selling Authors

by Kathy Ide

Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

Kathy Ide’s book, Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors is a writers’ helps book containing tips from professional freelance editor Kathy Ide and numerous best-selling authors on how to edit a fiction or nonfiction book manuscript.

Aspiring, beginning, and intermediate writers will learn how to polish a manuscript to get it ready for publication.

Established authors can use these tips to edit other writers’ manuscripts, either in a critique group setting or as an editorial freelancer.

 

Here’s a review, reprinted with permission, from Denise Loock, General Editor, LPC Books:

If you want to wow an acquisitions editor, then you need to implement the tips in Kathy Ide’s Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She covers everything fiction and nonfiction writers need to know. From organizing and plotting to formatting and legalities, Kathy explains what will move you forward in your writing career. Every chapter is chock-full of practical tips that will improve your writing. And, as if her expertise wasn’t sufficient, she has added tips from seventeen best-selling authors too. You’ll pull this book from your shelf again and again as you plan, write, polish, and proof your manuscript.

Editing Secrets is the second volume in Kathy’s writing craft series. Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors covers what writers and editors need to know about punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Proofreading Secrets also contains handy reference points so you can easily locate additional information in The Chicago Manual of StyleThe Associated Press Stylebook, and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.

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Kathy Ide, Author

Kathy Ide, Author

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authorsand Capitalization Dictionary and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a professional freelance editor. She directs the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She owns Christian Editor Network, parent company to The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors NetworkChristian Editor Connection, The PEN Instituteand PENCON, which she founded. For more, visit www.KathyIde.com.

 

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Eddie Jones
Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Hello from Marti Pieper! We’ve just finished the hottest week of summer (so far), although “hot” in Seneca, South Carolina, doesn’t feel anything like it did in Mount Dora, Florida (near Orlando) where I lived until this past November. And I don’t imagine it’s any hotter where today’s interviewee lives in North Carolina, either. I’ve known Eddie Jones for, well, a long time now! We first met when we were both teaching at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, and we’ve continued to see each other at similar events here and there along the way. Today, I want to welcome Eddie to the CAN blog!

I’m glad you’re with us today, Eddie. Would you please tell us about your featured book?

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Once more, Ricky Bradshaw sails back to the age of piracy via an “absence seizure”¾a trance-like state of daydreaming. Normally those who suffer from “absence episodes” cannot remember what happens. In Ricky’s case, he remembers everything while he is sailing the Caribbean Sea as he is being chased by pirates. Read More →

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