Love Your Life Now by Daniel Colston

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Thomas Watson was a seventeenth century Puritan preacher in England. He wrote a brilliant book called The Art of Divine Contentment where he stated, “You would think it were excellent if I could prescribe a remedy or antidote against poverty. Behold, here is that which is more excellent, for a man to be poor—and yet have enough!”

Could a poor man be more satisfied with his life than a rich man? Absolutely! That is what makes contentment so good and discontentment so bad. The following story sums it up the best:

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

In a letter to the young pastor Timothy, the Apostle Paul, inspired by God, wrote:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Daniel Colston has a book on contentment coming out May 13. You can pre-order it now for only $0.99 http://www.amazon.com/Love-Your-Life-Now-Contentment-ebook/dp/B01BPM7GO4?ie=UTF8&keywords=daniel%20colston&qid=1461343342&ref_=sr_1_4&sr=8-4

Daniel ColstonDaniel Colston is a youth pastor in Roanoke, Virginia. He is married with no children yet, but he is considering getting a German Shepherd. He has written two books called Jesus Without Lines and Unstoppable: 40 Keys for Chasing Your Dreams, Achieving Your Goals, and Finding God’s Best For Your Life. He blogs at danielcolston.com.

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Keep Writing by Suzanne D. Williams

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This post is dedicated to all the writers who DON’T have family support. To those who can’t talk to their wife or spouse about books because he or she isn’t interested, doesn’t like to read, or thinks writing isn’t really work.

To those whose children constantly interrupt their train of thought. Who have to answer the phone, stop and cook the meals, or go do the laundry instead.

This post is dedicated to writers who also hold a job, who seek out thirty quiet minutes at the end of their crowded workday to put their pen to the page, their fingers to the keys, only to have someone stick their head in and need a bandage, a shoe tied, an ear to listen to their complaint.

It’s for those whose families ask for time they really can’t spare to travel to the store, the doctor, best friend Bobby’s house. For those moments when you stop writing to be a mom or dad again, knowing your offspring will never think about the scene you almost had.

It’s dedicated to those times when others don’t “get” you. When they ask why you want to write about that and roll their eyes at your answer.

It’s for everyone who writes book two when book one isn’t selling great. Who cringe inwardly whenever Successful Author #1 posts, “Look at the award I won.” Who look away from Successful Author #2’s joyful post – Oh, look! Five-star review number seventy-one!

We’ve all been there. I’ve struggled to smile when she says her husband loves her books, when he says his wife is his biggest fan. I’ve held my friends’ figurative hands, encouraging them to keep trying. And they’ve held mine. We’ve pushed through together.

To them I dedicate this post. To everyone who hungers to finish the story, but for whatever reason, for now, today, simply can’t.

We all have paths to walk, and they’re all different. My time may be freer than yours. Her books might sell better than mine. His family could be sweeter and kinder, perhaps, way more enthusiastic.

But here’s my advice: If it fulfills YOU, then don’t let anyone else tell you it doesn’t. Study your craft, get really good at it. And no matter what, never give up.

Keep writing.

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Indian Summer

After long correspondence, Ona Privett accepts the marriage proposal of a man she’s never met, swept away by the beautiful words he’s written of their promising future. But when she arrives, far south at the edge of the Florida wilderness, she discovers the man she intended to marry died within weeks of their last communication.

His son, John Cole, knows nothing about their letters, any pending marriage, or why such a beautiful girl is so determined to stay. Nor does he want the responsibility of a wife, though that was his father’s wish. He likes his freedom, spending his days fending for himself, relying only on his horse and the inborne skill of his mother’s Native American ancestry.

Yet that ancestry mixes with his father’s Caucasian blood to form powerful prejudices in the townspeople. Poisonous bigotry that, despite their growing passion, continues to fuel his doubts. Perhaps, the irresponsible youth he’s been isn’t strong enough to protect her. And maybe the hatred of those around them will ultimately destroy them both.

A mail-order bride story from best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

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Author Interview with Ruth O’Neil

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Today we are talking with Ruth O’Neil. Thank you Ruth for being here today and for agreeing to doing this interview.

1. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

It’s kind of hard to separate my writing life from “real” life. So much of my real life becomes a part of my writing. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We have three children. Our oldest is married, our second is about to get married, and our youngest will graduate from high school next year. I have always homeschooled my children, which takes up a large part of my day.

Life doesn’t get in the way of my writing. Life gives me ideas for my writing. Even a trip to the grocery store can give me ideas, especially for characters. Sometimes my writing has been put on hold for a little bit because my family is important to me. I never wanted my husband or my kids to think I was too busy to talk to them. They always, and will always, come first. If that means that I don’t get an article written that day, then so be it.

2. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction.

I enjoy camping, hiking, cooking, quilting. Those are often my writing-thinking times.

3. Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Some of the most important people are my beta readers. I have a wonderful book club that I can count on to read my book, look for last minute corrections, and give honest opinions about my books.

4. Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

My most recent book is Belonging. This is the second book in my What a Difference a Year Makes series. All the books are stand-alone and don’t need to be read in any particular order. Shelly is a young woman who suddenly finds herself completely alone in the world. She’s an introvert that God gives directions to that she finds terrifying. She has to learn to trust and to step out of her comfort zone so she can see what great blessings God has in store for her.

5. What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

I am working on the third book in the series. This one is all about friends and the important role they play in our lives. I think often, as Christians, we drop the ball when someone truly needs us. I hope this book changes that. These friends are quirky, and they go through a lot of trials, but it’s easier when struggles are shared with the best of friends.

6. Who do you consider a mentor in your life? What did that person teach you?

Definitely my mom. She was also a writer, and she was my biggest cheerleader. She provided me with writing knowledge that can’t be learned in a classroom.

7. What is your favorite verse in the Bible? Why?

Romans 8:26-27 ” In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

It’s a comfort no matter what I’m going through.

8. Where can people find you on the Internet?

Blog – http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com/

Website – http://ruthoneil.weebly.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RuthONeilAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/writerrutho

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2790610.Ruth_O_Neil

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/oneilruth/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ruth-ONeil/e/B00AJ5S3YQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1404915478&sr=8-1

Google – https://plus.google.com/u/0/106374165773095974681/posts

9. Do you include your own life in your books? Why or why not?

Much of my writing includes real life situations. I find them more realistic and people can relate to them better.

10. What’s your favorite “treat”?

Pepsi. It was a treat when I was a child, and it’s my go to treat now. I am actually working on a homemade, healthier recipe. We’ll see what I come up with.

11. You have a whole day to go anywhere and do anything. What would that be and why?

I would go to the beach and spend the day in the sun alternating between reading and writing.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

God’s love for us in unfailing. He never stops loving us. He loves everyone equally the same, but only those who fear Him can really know they are loved. To fear the Lord involves our involvement in His personhood. We recognize Him in His holiness. We understand that He is not indifferent about sin. We understand that all sin is punished by Him. We come before Him with respect for who He is. He is Lord overall and controls the destiny of all creation and every soul.

Our fear of God endears us to Him. We cling to Him tightly, because He is God. We succumb to His authority over us and strive to obey Him. We long to know Him better, because He is God.

His love for us is immeasurable. What we know of His love and are able to experience is but a miniscule drop in the bucket of His love. His love is beyond measuring and beyond depleting. For all who fear Him, there is more than enough of God’s love to meet every need.

Dear child of God, no matter what you may think or feel about it, you are always loved by God. No matter what you are going through in life, you are loved. God’s love is not like the love of man. It is unconditional. You can never do anything to keep God from loving you. He will always pursue you because He loves you. He will never let you get away from His heart. He will never let you get away with sin. He will always stretch you and demand much from you, all because He loves you. He wants you to be all you can be in your walk with God, because He loves you and wants to spend eternity with you.

Praise the Lord for His unfailing love for us!
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Enthusiasm by Staci Stallings

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Ever since reading The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, I have been having a lot of fun. Why? Because I let go of “I have to. . .” and started letting God dictate what went on the schedule for any given day. Let me tell you, that will open doors you never even knew were there.

A couple of my friends who are around me a lot caught the bug and began doing it too. And let me just say, life has never been more fun!

We get together now and talk Holy Spirit. We marvel at the things He puts in our life to guide us, to encourage us, to teach us, or just to remind us He’s there. Living that yourself is cool. Sharing it with others is the most awesome experience I’ve ever had.

To be able to pick up the phone and scream, “AHHH! You will never guess what the Holy Spirit did now!” is so incredible, it’s hard to put into words.

Recently, I was reading a back issue of O Magazine, and I found this insight: the word enthusiasm, when translated from Greek means “with God.” Talk about a grab-for-the-phone moment!

When I told one of my friends that, she said, “Oh, how true is that! The more I’m with God, the more excitement and fun comes into my life.”

The other night, the same friend called. She had just gotten off work and was going to Wal-Mart. I could tell by the sound of her voice that it was not high on her want-to-do list. On a whim, (Thanks Holy Spirit) I said, “Smile at everyone there!”

Well let me tell you, by the time she got here after her shopping excursion, she was silly with fun. She said everyone she saw at Wal-Mart she gave a really big smile to. Apparently the reactions were worth the effort.

When I called her the next morning having just read the enthusiasm definition, she laughed. She knew exactly why. . . because living with God and sharing Him with the world can have no other effect than what is called “enthusiasm.” I tell you, those Greeks were smart people!

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Spring! New Life! by Patricia PacJac Carroll

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That wonderful time of year when creation wakes from winter’s slumber. Cold gives way to warm breezes. The earth nudges sleeping seeds awake and pushes them up filling the land with bright flowers and green grass. It’s all a reminder that there is newness of life.

I am amazed at how the Lord reminds us about Himself if we but look. His story is played out every year when the death of winter gives way to the new life of spring and creation reminds us of the Good News. ~ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Even though trees look as if they are dead in the throes of winter, we know differently. The same is true for those of us who know Him. Even though our flesh may die, we know that there is a resurrection. Eternal life has been won for us on the cross and by the proof of the empty tomb. Jesus, the first born of the dead, won eternal life for all who believe in Him.

Spring ~ Newness of life is all around. Look. See. And understand. Even though the world appears to be in chaos and craziness, take heart and know that the Lord has made provision. He knows. He sees. And He has left His witness in the earth to remind us that we shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Take time this year and be in awe at His work to create new life in us.

Spring

TO go with spring ~ I have a new story in a collection.

April Fool’s Love is an anthology of Christian stories about sweet romance. What happens when romance collides with April Fool’s Day? Ten different stories by different authors for your enjoyment. Only .99 Click here

My story in the collection is April Fool’s Date.

April Fool’s Date Patricia Pacjac Carroll Elle Frazier grimaced. Once again, she was a bridesmaid walking. To add to her rotten mood, she was supposed to be writing the Great American Novel. So far, she had written two words – Chapter One. Oh, and tomorrow was April Fool’s Day. Nick Lambert didn’t want a wife. Although, he was lonely, he really wasn’t ready to give up his freedom, and he did have a dog. Besides, he was too busy.

Can two lonely people find true love in a dog park on April Fool’s Day?

April Fool's Love

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Parker J. Cole’s Interview with Urban Image Magazine

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Check out this interview I did with Urban Image Magazine!

Award winning author Parker J. Cole not only enjoys fascinating her readers with amazingly interesting stories, she also loves hosting her own radio show. She resides in Michigan. There she knits, cooks, writes and reads other captivating novels.

Jamantha Williams Watson: Welcome Parker. It is a pleasure to have you today as our guest. As a radio host, entrepreneur and author, you have achieved quite a bit in your career. Please tell us more about yourself.

Parker J. Cole: Thanks first and foremost for allowing me to interview with you today. Officially, I’m the author of the edgy Christian romance Sins of the Flesh series as well as the executive of the new PJC Media Network. I’ve been a host of a couple of years but now I have created my own online broadcasting network which I’m really excited about. As an author, I’m working to produce more books and am branching off into one of my first loves of writing, speculative fiction. I’m doing that as an honor to my grandmother who was the original geek in the family long before anyone else. I can’t tell you how many old sci-fi movies we watched in her room on the weekends. She taught me how to read and write and cultivated a love for reading. That’s the official answer for who I am. Unofficially, as I like to say, I’m a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind.

Jamantha Williams Watson: Haaaa, and you’re quite a lively personality, I might add. Please tell us, what was the defining moment that catapulted your writing career?

Parker J. Cole: The defining moment was when I lost my job back in 2010. I worked in a high pressure environment for three years. By the time I lost my job, my left eye had started to twitch every day. When I was let go, that very day until now, my left eye hasn’t twitched. Now that I had time at home, I realized that I had my first book still on my computer. I’d spent ten years writing and rewriting this book and it had never seen the light of day. I remember being in my apartment and staring at the screen saying, “No more waiting. This will get published.” I utilized the services of a vanity press (which I would not recommend by the way, looking back) and when my book, “Dark Cherub” was published, I bawled like a baby. No longer was it a dream, this was reality.

For the rest of the interview, click here.

About the Author:

Parker J. ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

God’s love for us in unfailing. He never stops loving us. He loves everyone equally the same, but only those who fear Him can really know they are loved. To fear the Lord involves our involvement in His personhood. We recognize Him in His holiness. We understand that He is not indifferent about sin. We understand that all sin is punished by Him. We come before Him with respect for who He is. He is Lord overall and controls the destiny of all creation and every soul.

Our fear of God endears us to Him. We cling to Him tightly, because He is God. We succumb to His authority over us and strive to obey Him. We long to know Him better, because He is God.

His love for us is immeasurable. What we know of His love and are able to experience is but a miniscule drop in the bucket of His love. His love is beyond measuring and beyond depleting. For all who fear Him, there is more than enough of God’s love to meet every need.

Dear child of God, no matter what you may think or feel about it, you are always loved by God. No matter what you are going through in life, you are loved. God’s love is not like the love of man. It is unconditional. You can never do anything to keep God from loving you. He will always pursue you because He loves you. He will never let you get away from His heart. He will never let you get away with sin. He will always stretch you and demand much from you, all because He loves you. He wants you to be all you can be in your walk with God, because He loves you and wants to spend eternity with you.

Praise the Lord for His unfailing love for us!
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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The Ebb and Flow of Popularity By Precarious Yates

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As writers, we often have a new story cooking in our minds even as we’re writing the current book. And many indie authors feel the drive to produce. We were given the advice that the best marketing we can do is our next book. We’ve all heard about that author who wrote 25 books in one year.

“Being an author is like being a shark, you have to keep swimming or you die,” he says. “People don’t want to wait a year and a half for the next book in the series, they want instant gratification.”

Not all of us have the ability to write from 8am to midnight. Some of us are homeschool moms, some are doctors, some are lawyers, and some of us write as our creative outlet while we’re working a soul destroying job, trying our best to just keep the wolf from the door and our sanity at the same time.

Whatever your station in life while you write, whether you write full time and sell 5000 copies a month, or you write an hour a week trying to finish your second book and celebrate the sale of only 5 copies a month, there will be an ebb and flow of popularity. Most of us chase the flow of popularity. I know I do this often. What can I do next? What’s the newest marketing secret? How did this person become popular, and can I mimic that?

There was a young man in the bible who had popularity thrust upon him. He picked up his sling and five smooth stones, and running onto a battle field he slew a giant. All of Israel sang, “David has killed his tens of thousands…” His popularity stretched beyond the borders of his nation. But steep jealousy sent David into hiding. While in hiding, his popularity waned to the point where his countrymen almost forgot who he was.

Instead of feeling slighted, he held onto God’s promise. And he used that ebb of his popularity to compose some of the most amazing Psalms. Some of these he wrote while holed up in a cave (57) or while feigning madness (Psalm 34). These weren’t popular or glorious moments in his life, even when he had been anointed king and in essence was promised popularity, but they were moments that he dedicated to God.

Pastors are encouraged to take a sabbatical every three to seven years (depending on the denomination). Very few movie stars and rock/pop stars sustain worldwide popularity for more than five years without a season of ebbing, recollecting, and reevaluating their role in the spotlight. Those who try to hold on to their spotlight too long either burn out or their relationships deteriorate.

Some understand this secret and embrace the season of the ebb of popularity. It’s a wonderful time to press into personal relationships, a time to love and serve those who have supported your climb toward popularity. It’s a wonderful time to press into the Lord and learn what His next plan is for you. Some take this time of the ebb to serve the poor or spread the gospel, either in other countries or around the corner—and not for people to see, but because the call is there.

If you’re yearning for success and popularity in your writing career (and believe that God wants you to bear much fruit—it brings Him glory!), plan for the time where your popularity will wane. Don’t despise it, embrace it! God can do wonderful things during that season!

God bless you!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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Inspiration by BJ Robinson

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What inspires your muse? As a lover of the outdoors and nature, I’m often inspired by spending time outside, especially around water such as lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Lately, I’ve found myself inspired by history of the antebellum era and touring old plantation homes. This is how I came to write my latest novels. Taking tours seeped in history allowed my mind to wander and wonder. Novels were the result.

Dogwoods

I had the added pleasure of touring some plantations with my family and making it a family outing was the icing on the cake. It was such fun. My youngest granddaughter loved it. My family and pets also inspire much of my writing. I have a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, a golden retriever named Honi, and a husky named Cherokee.

I’m also a product of the South complete with an accent that announces it, so locale plays an important part. I’ve often been teased about my accent and some people have thought I was dumb because of it, no doubt, but I’ve never been ashamed of my roots, and it’s who I am. God made me with a southern accent. I graduated with honors. If people want to think I’m dumb because of my accent, let them be fooled. If it’s about the South, I’ll be inspired. If you’re stuck, read other authors in your genre or who write and set their books in a locale that inspires your muse.

As a teen, I loved Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and always wanted to write a novel set on a plantation. There is something about the old homes beneath the live oaks and Spanish moss that stir me with romance of the past. I can’t help but imagine what life must have been like for young couples living during the antebellum era, ones who had to endure the Civil War. From the depths of my mind and history, I create characters that will transport you to another era.

One thing I am thankful for is that we don’t have to wear the yards of material and layers women did in those days. Gardening had to be an art. The South is too hot and humid to wear layers of clothing while gardening. I love the outdoors and working in my flowers, but I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed it back in the day.

My novels are character driven, and I’m a morning writer. I’ve always felt I did my best writing then. Once I get into a novel, the characters tell their story. In the wee hours of morning, I’m perking with the coffee.

Sunflower

So, what inspires my muse? Outdoors, nature, oak trees, Spanish moss, the antebellum era, plantation homes, history, research, learning, listening to music, the news, and reading other authors all enhance my creative mind and inspire me to create other worlds through characters who lived in the past and tell their own stories.

About the Author:

B. J. RobinsonB. J. Robinson is a multi-published, award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty books as well as short stories and novellas. She writes from Florida, blessed with her husband, children, grandchildren, pets, and faith. For a selection of her work, visit her at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1460500513&sr=1-2-ent

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