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Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Time to Write

The book of Ecclesiastes says that for everything, there is a season. Perhaps now is my season to begin writing original content at my blog. Why is this? Some good friends have complained that all I offer at my blog is recycled material from other blogs. Their claim is true—I freely admit it. I have no excuses, other than that I struggle to find time for writing just like thousands of other writers like me. When I'm not editing the writing of others (my day job), I'm battling for time to work on my next novel. Somewhere in there I'm supposed to market my next release and balance that with family time, church time, and the list goes on and on. Yada, yada. We've all heard these complaints before because everyone is busy.

Everyone. Without exception. (What keeps them busy is another story.)

Perhaps that's all they are—complaints. Perhaps it's time for me to test the complaints and see if there's any validity behind them. After all, I'm supposed to be a writer, right?

I freely admit that among writing types, fiction is at the top of my list. Nonfiction is . . . well, it's nonfiction. It's work. Fiction opens the door to creativity for me—it's fun—while nonfiction . . . well, the creative side there is not so quickly apparent. Perhaps I need to shatter my own bias and show that I can be creative and write nonfiction.

Now I'm rambling.

So let's test the complaints and try my hand at writing a weekly article and see where this writing goes. But write about what? Some authors use every blog post to promote their writing ad nauseam. Those who know me well know that that's not me. When I have publishing news to report, I'll report it, but I don't intend to do much more promotional writing beyond that. Those who are interested in my next book can go buy it; those who aren't . . . well, God bless 'em. No hard feelings.

So then what will I write about? Goodness, there are simply too many topics to choose from. So I'll start with what's on the tip of my tongue or—a better metaphor—on the tips of my fingers.

Life is full of stuff to write about, so I'll start there. I have no grand illusions of writing anything so profound that it'll knock you off your chair . . . or your couch . . . or . . . whatever . . . (And if I've got typos, well, such is life. I edit stuff for other people all day; I don't intend to sweat the small stuff on my own words. If there's a typo now and then, please forgive it.) But I do plan to write from the heart about things that are near and dear to me. Things that are significant—at least as I define the word. Keep an eye on this space as I begin writing weekly in 2012. It may be about writing. It may be about politics or Christian living or editing or music or . . . who knows? Keep an eye out.

Great Review of Fatal Illusions at The Suspense Zone

I'm honored. Check this out!

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Fatal Illusions: A Novel
Review – Fatal Illusions
Reviewed by Linda Wagner
Tucked in between the suspense and danger, Adam throws in some romance to lower the intensity of the scenes, while keeping your mind on the killings at the edges of your mind. It’s a fine-line approach that intertwines superbly.

What you observe is not always true.

Haydon Owens, a wanna-be-Houdini, had made four young teenage girls, each with blonde hair, blue eyes, and wire-rimmed glasses, disappear.  Wanting to change his life around and avoid police capture, he spirits himself off to a small cabin in Newberry, Michigan, where no one knows anything about him. Little did he know that he’d find another blonde, blue-eyed girl with wire-rim glasses that would enrage him.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UNC Student Asked Captors to 'Pray' With Her Before She Was Killed, According to Testimony Read more:

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Eve Carson

A popular North Carolina college student gunned down three years ago pleaded for her life in the moments before her death and asked her assailants to pray with her, according to testimony at the murder trial.

Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, died from multiple gunshot wounds on March 5, 2008, after she was allegedly kidnapped and robbed by two men.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Next Novel Accepted for Publication

It's official. Kirkdale Press, the new fiction imprint of Logos Bible Software, will be publishing (e-book only) my second suspense novel, The Tenth Plague. More details coming soon. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Marriage Carol
Moody Publishers (September 1, 2011)
Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman


CHRIS FABRY is a graduate of W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and Moody bible Institute's Advanced Studies Program. Chris can be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers. He received the 2008 "Talk Personality of the Year" Award from the National Religious Broadcasters. He has published more than 60 books since 1995, many of them fiction for younger readers. Chris collaborated with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye on the children's series Left Behind: The Kids. His two novels for adults, Dogwood and June Bug, are published by Tyndale House Publishers. Chris is married to his wife Andrea and they have five daughters and four sons.

GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the bestselling Five Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio program airs on more than 400 stations.


On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they’re traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer’s office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Paul is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs—and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Marriage Carol, go HERE.

My Review

Since this novel hasn't yet arrived in my mailbox, there isn't much I can say about it just yet. Hopefully, I'll have some comments down the road.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

4 Essential Facebook Page Apps to Improve Communication With Fans

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

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Story Structure Architect (Writer's Digest Books)

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The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book (Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Everything)

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The Complete Handbook Of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know About Creating & Selling Your Work (Writers Digest)

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How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Breaking Chains, Building Disciples Conference

Watch Online November 8-10. Sounds great!

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Do you and your church have lasting, biblical answers for

  • Addictions to chemical substances — illegal and prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco?
  • Compulsive behaviors — sexual sins, pornography, gambling, workaholism?
  • Self-Destructive behaviors — cutting, burning, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, over-eating)?

Come hear from those who are effectively discipling those struggling with these issues.

Attendees at this conference are eligible for up to .8 standard CEUs. This conference does not meet the requirements for ACSI CEUs. Information about requesting CEUs will be available at the conference.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Did Luther use tunes from love song?

Interesting article

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Did Luther use tunes from love songs?


A Simple Amish Christmas

Free Christian romance for Kindle. I don't read Christian romance, but some of you might enjoy this.

Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmastime: Having the Holiday Season You Long For

Free for Kindle

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A New Client Endorsement

This type of feedback makes my day!
“Adam edited a 365-page manuscript for me, and did exactly what I (and the manuscript) needed. He was painstakingly meticulous; thorough and consistent; and “translated” an AP writing style into book style. But he did more than just edit; he posed questions, suggested improvements, and offered comments. And he explained why certain changes were made or suggested. I gained considerable insight into my own words and work simply by reading and reviewing what he did. And the manuscript is now on its way to publication. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more professional editor.”
–Glynn Young, author of the soon-to-be-published Dancing Priest

Monday, October 24, 2011

Attracted to Fire to DiAnn Mills

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Attracted to Fire
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 2011)

DiAnn Mills


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops. DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website at: or find her on Facebook at


Special Agent Meghan Connors’ dream of one day protecting the president of the United States is about to come true. Only one assignment stands in her way. After the vice president’s rebellious daughter is threatened, Meghan is assigned to her protective detail on a secluded ranch in West Texas. Unfortunately, working with Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders may be as tough as controlling her charge. Ash has a reputation for being critical and exacting, and he’s also after the same promotion as Meghan. But when the threats escalate and security on the ranch is breached, it becomes clear this isn’t the work of a single suspect—it’s part of a sophisticated plan that reaches deeper and higher than anyone imagined. And only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before it’s too late.

Watch the book trailer:

If you would like to read the first chapter of Attracted to Fire, go HERE.

Free on Kindle: Autism’s Hidden Blessings by Kelly Langston

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Free on Kindle: Autism’s Hidden Blessings by Kelly Langston

Austism's Hidden Blessing by Kelly Langston
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wonderland Creek
Bethany House (October 1, 2011)
Lynn Austin


For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.

Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.

Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.

Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. And two of her inspirational fiction books were chosen by Library Journal for their top picks in 2003, and 2005. One of Lynn's novels has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.


Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real world. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by her relatives, Alice volunteers to stay for two weeks to help the librarian, Leslie McDougal.

But the librarian turns out to be far different than she anticipated--not to mention the four lady librarians who travel to the remote homes to deliver the much-desired books. While Alice is trapped in Acorn against her will, she soon finds that real-life adventure and myster--and especially romance--are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Wonderland Creek, go HERE.

My Thoughts

I'm about halfway through this novel, and I'm really enjoying it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Board to Death Trailer & Contest

Don't miss out on this drawing for a free book

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Board to Death: A Trio of Mysteries in the Dangerous Games Series releases today. My story, "Sentenced", is included in the book, along with stories by Amy Barkman ("Victim") and Debbie Roome ("Mind Games"). This book was so much fun to write - I hope you'll check it out.

We're having a fun contest to celebrate, and will be giving away 8 digital copies of Board to Death.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dangerous Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
Kathy Herman


Suspense novelist Kathy Herman is very much at home in the Christian book industry, having worked five years on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eleven years at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, as product buyer/manager for the children’s department, and eventually as director of human resources.

She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market.

Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she's added sixteen more titles to her credit, including four bestsellers: All Things Hidden, The Real Enemy, The Last Word, and The Right Call.

Kathy's husband Paul is her manager and most ardent supporter, and the former manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in Tyler, Texas. They have three grown children, five almost-perfect grandchildren, a cat named Samantha. They enjoy cruising, deep sea fishing, and birdwatching—sometimes incorporating these hobbies into one big adventure.


Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. —Matthew 5:7

When eighty-five-year-old Adele Woodmore moves to Les Barbes to be near the Broussards—and her namesake, their daughter—she wants nothing more than a comfortable, quiet life. Employing men from Father Vince’s halfway house for the homeless to do odd jobs and landscaping, she delights in the casual conversation she has with them, the fledgling friendships, and the idea that she is helping them get back on their feet.

A series of murders in Les Barbes has cast a pall over the town and, in fact, one of Adele’s handymen becomes a person of interest to the police. But Adele cares for these young men, she knows them, and continues to show them kindness in spite of her friends’ concern. And then one day a murderer walks through Adele’s defenses, sits down at her kitchen table...and they begin to talk...

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dangerous Mercy, go HERE.

My Thoughts

I just received the book in the mail, so there was hardly enough time to read it for this review. However, I have both books in this series now, and I plan to read them both soon. I have enjoyed several of Kathy's suspense novels in the past, and these look like really good ones.

Highland Blessings [Kindle Edition]

Free Christian Fiction for Kindle

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

28 Free Books for Kindle

A lot of free literary classics. Don't miss this.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gods and Kings: Chronicles of the Kings #1 [Kindle Edition]

Free Christian Fiction for the Kindle. This is also an excellent series. Don't miss out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Keeper: A Short Story Prequel to Forbidden

Free Christian Fiction Kindle Download

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Free Download: Ludwig van Beethoven's "7th Symphony in A minor, op.92"

Beethoven is one of the best.

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Free Download: Ludwig van Beethoven's "7th Symphony in A minor, op.92"

Webcam 101 for Seniors....


5 Lessons for Parenting in the Digital Age

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Cancer-Fighting Spice So Potent - It Even Beat Brain Tumors in Mice...


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Curcumin – a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color -- is a natural compound that has been extensively researched, and has been found to have numerous health applications. As a result, turmeric is becoming increasingly popular as a supplement. Each 100 grams of turmeric contains an estimated three to five grams of curcumin.


Food Matters Official Trailer

Kim and I recently saw this eye-opening documentary on Netflix. Amazing information here. Not sure if I'll eat fast food anytime soon again. Check it out.

The NIV Gospel of John: With Devotional Notes

Free Kindle Download. Not my favorite Bible version but still a great download.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Astronomers Discover 16 Super-Earths


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European astronomers announced Monday they’ve discovered 50 new planets, including 16 so-called Super-Earths, one of which is potentially habitable.


7 Ways to Improve Your Event Planning With Facebook

7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website’s Usability

Improve Your Business Communication (Collection)

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Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery

Free Kindle Download

Prayer Begins with Relationship (Breakthrough Prayer: Studies for Small Groups)

Free Kindle Download

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sons of Thunder (Brothers in Arms Collection (Summerside Press))

Free Christian Fiction Kindle Download

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa

Free Kindle Download. I'm not into Christian romance, but this might be perfect for some readers.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hiring a Freelance Editor

Why you need an editor for your book! I edit books too:
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Guest Blogger: Michelle DeRusha