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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Novel Journey: Fiction Anyone?

Novel Journey: Fiction Anyone? by Miralee Ferrell This is a clickable on it to read the entire article.

When speaking at women's groups I often ask how many read Christian fiction, and typically about 1/3 of the hands are raised, if that. There seems to be a common misunderstanding in both the church and the world about Christian fiction. Christians often believe it to be shallow stories with no take away applicable to their lives, and feel it’s a waste of their time. They’re committed to only reading what’s commonly called ‘Christian living’ books that speak to a specific area in need of change.

The world, on the other hand, perceives Christian fiction as just another opportunity to deliver a sermon. They don’t believe the religious community could deliver anything with enough depth to hold them, and don't want anyone preaching at them.

So what is Christian fiction and where does it fit in the world of literature? Maybe I should start by asking, what should it NOT do?

Go to the link above to read the rest of my article and please leave a comment so I know you visited!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Traveling Back in Time to Tombstone, AZ

Current Day Tombstone, AZ

Isn't this cool! It looks like a picture from an old west movie set, doesn't it? Well, it's not. This is the actual main street of Tombstone today. The only main street....they don't have one lined with modern shops, don't have a grocery store. One or two gas stations with a mini mart, and a small market where you can pick up the basics, but otherwise all businesses are located on the old frontier style Allen Street. Many of them were operating back in the early 1800's and still are today. I'm posting a few pictures from our trip there last week.

The original County Courthouse that served the town and county for many years is now an operating museum. The interior of the courtroom is just as it was over one-hundred years ago.

We watched a video about a trial that took place here in the mid 1880's with a reenactment. It dealt with a dispute over water rights, and a
rancher who blew the dam that was placed on another ranchers property for watering his stock. The water rushed downstream and two little girls were drowned as they played in the stream. So much tragedy during this time period. We visited Boot Hill cemetery and about 70% of the people buried there were shot, hanged, killed by Indians, stabbed, or otherwise murdered. A few said they died of an accident or illness, but it was amazing the number of violent deaths during that time period.

Several of the original buildings from the early 1880's are still standing, besides the courthouse. Others are, in order as shown below:

The Bird Cage Theater where many musicals, theater productions and rowdy comic actors and singers performed. There are said to be at least 140 bullet holes in the interior walls of the building. Doc Holliday got into a shooting scrape with another man, along with many others. The original piano (brought in by mule team) is still where it was placed when it arrived, as well as the Faro table, the gallery boxes on the second floor, and the dance hall girls' rooms below.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kathi Macias New Release Drawing--Free Book

No Greater Love--Inspirational Novel by Kathi Macias

Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr, and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress ANC movement against Apartheid, were murdered, 16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm. When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge or forgiveness and selfless love. Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer and radio host who has authored 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

Leave a comment to win a free book. If you want your name put in TWO times to increase your chances, let me know if you're already a follower. If not, click "Follow this blog" and let me know you did. For a third entry, click on Kathi's link and follow her as well. Be SURE you leave a way I can contact you if you win a book.

I'll be doing another give away for another Kathi Macias book in a couple of wks, so be sure you stop back in!

"…Kathi Macias has created a sweeping epic about a land alien to too many, but more important is the crucial nature of the story and its monumental implications. You’ll feel as if you were there." Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author of the Left Behind series

Disclaimer: This book is being provided by the author and the blog owner received no compensation for posting this give away.
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