Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spotlight Tuesday with Paula Rose Michelson

About Paula Rose Michelson 
Writing great Inspirational Christian Romances, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-help and works to encourage are author Paula Rose Michelson’s passion. Her desire to inspire others comes from being a late reader, who discovered books were her best friends! A lover of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ sake, she writes about amazing women, and unique faith challenges. When asked about her idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula likes to say, "I cannot take all the credit for Naomi started telling me her story, and together we penned the six fictions." Having received so much from Messiah, Paula loves to bless others, and is excited that at least one of her Kindle eBooks are usually found in Amazon's Bestseller list for their categories. 

When not involved in writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point, both of them worked for the mission. However, when the Lord called Paula to write full-time, she gladly left to devote herself to this work. 

This happy mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven, has friends who often tell her that she weaves such wonderful tails they lose track of the time. Since both family and her ever-increasing reader family matter to Paula, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her books.

Some who first knew Paula as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those biblical teachings are found within her books. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her wish to see those who feel 'less than' restored to wholeness. Therefore, within each of her books, she includes a few of the teachings God gifted her so readers can overcome and feel good about themselves.

                                                    Interview
More than thirty years ago, I founded LAMB (Life Affirming Messages from the Bible) Ministries. This ministry uses Scripture and prayer to help women recover from trauma and abuse. Furthermore, it gives these ladies the tools they need to continue to grow in the Lord. Known primarily as a writer of Inspirational Christian Romances, my love for the Word of God and the healing balm of his love shows up in my work, and that blesses many including me.  My husband Ron is a field missionary with Chosen People Ministries, and until Messiah called me to write to fulfill the Great Commission; I served on staff as well.  I am mother of two married daughters, grandmother of seven, I am a dyslexic artist who Messiah (Christ) called to write for Him.

1. What is the first book that made you cry? Honestly, I don’t remember. I do know that being unable to read, after an eye exam and corrective glasses, I always had a book in my hand. I read two or more books each week. When I wasn’t reading, I was writing.

2. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? I’ve read and like all but two book reviews and left a comment. One book review written by someone I knew was obviously written for another book. Friends let her know that in the comments section under that review and the author removed her it. I’m probably spoiled because my books garner raves. Since I mentor authors, when their book gets dinged, I remind them that all art is subjective.

3. How did you get into writing? I started writing for Messiah while Coordinating Missionary Church Visitation Calendars while on staff with Chosen People Ministries. I wrote five of the six Naomi Books before God called me to write full-time for Him.

4. What genres do you write? And why? I write both fiction and nonfiction now. Had you asked me before Naomi began telling me her story, I would have said that I write nonfiction, because as a teenager I wrote a weekly ‘Teen Scene’ column for the San Diego Register, and poetry because I love the cadence of various poetic work. Now as the author of No Other Choice: The Naomi Books 1, 2, 3 and the soon to release 4th book of The Naomi Chronicles, and with a new fiction, The Naomi Chronicles, No Other Choice, Choosing to Be, Beginning Anew, and the soon to release 4th Inspirational Christian Romance, Commitment for Two, I find myself falling more in love with Naomi’s story and the Lord who called me to write it.

5. How did you come up with the idea for The Naomi Chronicles? I met with a friend who was a small Messianic publisher. She had collected several of my writings, and wanted to publish my work. We discussed a book I wanted to write. She loved the idea and promised to publish my work. During the ensuing months, I did the research for the book. I got delightfully bogged down while reading primary source material about what the Jews who were baptized into the Catholic faith to survive the Inquisition had gone through. The publisher asked for my dailies to see what I was doing. After reading them, she let me know that I had begun to write a different and much better book! This is how The Naomi Books began.

6. When asked “Where do you get your inspiration,” what do you say? I love writing women who make difficult choices for their family’s sake because choices and what happens can trap and define, or set us free. As Messiah’s scribe, it is my joy to show those who believe the Jewish Christ, and those who do not yet believe the one who redeemed them.



Book Spotlight:   I know I don't usually show reviews on spotlighting  Tuesday  but this is what Paula Michelson sent me so I am! 

Debbie Curto’s review of No Other Choice: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 1, says, this book gets 5-Stars from me. Fifteen-year-old Naomi (a Jew who has to keep her identify a secret) agrees to companion a blind, old woman whose family plans to tour Europe and settle in the United States. But the woman passes away aboard ship, and Naomi is handed over to immigration and while there an old Tia comes to Naomi's rescue and offers to take her in. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Naomi agrees and unwittingly enters the country illegally. While with the Tia Naomi is kept hidden and trained to take the Tia's place (but Naomi doesn't know she is being trained for this). When the Tia becomes sick Naomi learns that she is to inherit all from the Tia. Naomi becomes Tia and is the first Tia to marry. She brings Lola into the case who is determined to ruin Naomi and at the end of the story Lola has done just that. I loved reading this story. While reading this story I admit I was telling myself I want Naomi to tell people that she was a Jew and that people accept her she was but when it was revealed that she was a Jew, it didn't happen that way and then I though why did they have to found out she was a Jew but the ending was a surprise (we find out she wasn't the only one). I cannot wait to read Book 2 and I am hoping that Naomi and Chaz are reunited to prove that true love does conquer all and that when you live your life as a blessing to others you are blessed also. While reading this I felt not only that I was reading but that I could actually feel what the characters were feeling. The feeling this book provokes what be forgotten.”




5-Stars! Debbie Curto said in her review of Choosing to Be: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 2! Naomi's friend Alex takes her to a camp where she finds The Blessing Rock and Ruth. Ruth gives her a Bible and asks her to read it. When Naomi reads the Bible, she is surprised to find that Jesus is Messiah. Chaz learns a surprise as well in this book, but I won't tell you what the surprise is. I thought Casa De Naomi Book 1 was great, but I think Book 2 was even better. I think by the time all six books get written it might just be a classic like "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, at least I hope so. Paula Michelson gives such vavid details that I could actual see the scenes in my mind as I was reading. She actually made me feel what the characters were feeling. I think this saga would make a great movie or a mini-series on the screen. Paula Michelson made the Bible passages she wrote in the story so inviting that while reading this book I wanted to get my Bible out and found the passages that she wrote about. I am eagerly awaiting the other books in this series. I was given a PDF by the author.



5-Stars, JL Michell said! “Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 3 is a wonderful book by the talented Paula Rose Michelson. She gives great depth to all the characters in this well-written poetic story that draws the reader in. After a painful separation, Naomi and Chaz both set their minds to starting over and 'beginning anew' in their yet-to-be consummated marriage. With a faithful God, and being blessed with the love they have for each other-- as many secrets unfold, the two must now learn to respect, and be honest with one another as they grow in love.

Some of my favorite lines from the story:
"When hearts beat as one like yours and mine, in time we come to understand each other's secret yearnings."
"And what is my secret yearning?"
"That we be happy--"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coming in 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Commitment for Two: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 4: I

n love. Chaz and Naomi have waited forever. Now they can 
Commitment for Two: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 4: In love. Chaz and Naomi have waited forever. Now they can consummate their wedding vows. Except Chaz insisted Lola who caused Naomi to flee must live with them again! Author, Allison Kohn’s 5-Star rave says, “Each book keeps getting better and I would not have thought it possible! their wedding vows. Except Chaz insisted Lola who caused Naomi to flee must live with them again! Author, Allison Kohn’s 5-Star rave says, “Each book keeps getting better and I would not have thought it possible!

Paula's  Media Sites


Email Paula at: Paula.Wordsmith@yahoo.com

Paula's Facebook Author Page is at: https://goo.gl/t2a9mz

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Ask to join her Author VIP Facebook Group at: https://goo.gl/4Yqe1d

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Monday, November 20, 2017

" The Christmas Admirer " by Laura V Hilton Book Tour And GiveAway

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About the Book

Christmas admirer
Name of book: The Christmas Admirer
Author: Laura V Hilton
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Amish romance fans will love this heartwarming holiday story, perfect for gift-giving.
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?
Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review:                                                                                        
"The Christmas Admirer" by Laura V. Hilton is my favorite book of her's that I have read! I have really enjoyed reading her other books, of course I haven't read them all, but "The Christmas Admirer" just really spoke to me in a personal way. I am going to share how, so this review is not going to be like others I have written except to say I recommend this book to all readers that likes clean love stories that hint that the characters are having a bit of trouble staying pure but do the right thing. At times, I thought the scenes were really involved for an Amish couple. I would still recommend this as a clean read and even with saying things were a little involved the book is my favorite Hilton book. Here are the ways the book spoke to me personally "Here's the challenge." Daadi stopped short, facing Benaiah, his hand on the back of the chair. "Are you willing to trust your heavenly Father who so graciously made Himself known to you or are you going to succumb to fear and to the lies of the evil one?" I quoted that from the book to say sometimes I am amazed at the truth in a book that is fictional. Although this book is of the Amish genre and fictional and the plot is not my life or your life story the truth in the above question applies to us all. The second way is this "Jah, but love's not enough. Love doesn't pay the bills. Love doesn't-" "Love gives the other person a choice." Peter said quietly. "And it often requires sacrifice."I know without reading the story the first sentence probably doesn't mean much to you reading this but the point is that love is a choice and sometimes choosing that love means sacrificing. I am giving "The Christmas Admirer" by Laura V. Hilton five stars. I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author


Laura HiltonAmish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Amish of Jamesport includes The Snow Globe,The Postcard and The Birdhouse. In spring 2016 she released The Amish Firefighter with the setting in Jamesport, MO, the same as for The Amish Wanderer.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Glass Blowing and The Christmas Admirer
hqdefaultRight before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.

But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

It was fascinating.

And I got to thinking what if…

glass-blowing-1So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:

Amish Books set in Jamesport, Missouri:
The Snow Globe
The Postcard
The Birdhouse
The Amish Firefighter
The Amish Wanderer
The Kissing Bridge (part of Springs of Love collection)
The Christmas Admirer
Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection–November 2018)
Love by the Numbers (February 2018)

glassblowing-experience04I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.

All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.

SUSANNA’S CRANBERRY SALAD

Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, fold cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture.Makes 16 servings.

SUSANNA’S CRANBERRY SAUCE

For on top of turkey sandwiches as Becca requested
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water or orange juice

Directions
In colander, rinse cranberries. In sauce pan, add water or orange juice and sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries had burst. Let cool.

SUSANNA’S “LOVE PORTION” GINGERBREAD

Ingredients
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening, melted slightly
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
Directions
Shift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down until about 1 ½ inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut in desired shapes. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks. When cool, decorate as desired.

Blog Stops

ASC Book Reviews, November 9
Books n Baubles, November 9
Janices book review, November 9
Have A Wonderful Day, November 10
A Greater Yes, November 10
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 11
A Holland Reads, November 12
Simple Harvest Reads, November 12
Beck To Basics, November 13
Carpe Diem, November 13
Christian Bookaholic, November 14
Blossoms and BlessingsNovember 14
Baker Kella, November 16
Quiet Quilter, November 16
Karen Sue Hadley, November 16
Pause for Tales, November 17
Pursuing StacieNovember 17
For The Love of Books, November 18
Blogging With CarolNovember 18
Bigreadersite, November 19
Vicky Sluiter, November 19
SusanLovesBooks, November 19
Moments Dipped in Ink, November 20
New Horizon Reviews, November 20
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 22
Daysong ReflectionsNovember 22
Splashes of JoyNovember 22

Giveaway

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In honor of her tour, Laura is giving away
Grand Prize Package: The Christmas Admirer, “Unto Us a Child is Born” painting on decorative serving plate by Donna White, The Hearthside Collection, Inc., and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
1st Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and The Very First Christmas by Juliet David with interactive illustrations by Pauline Siewert (children’s book).
2nd Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and “The Woman Who Honors The Lord Shall Be Praised” myrrh-scented candle from abba Jerusalem!
Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c16f

"The Gift" by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Tour With litfusegroup

About the book:
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.


My Review: 
"The Gift" by Shelley Shepard Gray is the third book in the (Amish of Hart County) series. Each one can be read as a stand alone but like always I have read them all and each story is separate except the sheriff is the same in each story.  You might be asking yourself why a sheriff in an Amish story, well it is true that these books are of the Amish genre but they are a mixture of mystery also. 

"The Gift" is a story that kept me turning the pages.  It is a story that shows that people need to take responsibilities for their own actions and not blame others.  I am including two quotes from the book that I think are what life is really all about, even in fiction, there is truth  to be found. “ It ain’t what we have or don’t have that counts. What matters is how we follow our faith and treat others.” The second quote from the book  is "None of us ever really knows how what we do and what we say affects everyone around us. It's easy to make someone's day.... or ruin it with just a few short words".

I really like how the title is explained in the story. It isn't specifically explained but if you read the book you will get it!

I recommend "The Gift" by Shelley Shepard Gray to anyone that likes the Amish genre and is a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and to anyone that likes a clean love story and mysteries.  So this book could be a favorite of many readers. 

I was given a copy by litfusegroup in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are my own. 

About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.






Blog Tour Schedule:

11/7
chantal | this chattanooga mommy saves
Margaret | Frugal Shopping and More
Jalynn | A Simple Life, really?!
Kav | Best Reads
Stacey | Books,Dreams,Life
Margaret | The World As I See It

11/8
vicky | deal sharing aunt
Gayle | BOOKS REVIEWS ETC

11/9
Britney | Buzzing About Books
Amy | A Nest in the Rocks
Lena Nelson | A Christian Writer's World
Karen | Karen's Korner

11/10
Pam | Southern Gal Loves to Read
Mary | The Mary Book Reader
Alex | Inspiration Clothesline
Donna | Donna's BookShelf
Sarah | Running Through The Storms
Heather | Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno
Jessica | A Baker's Perspective

11/11
Laura | Lighthouse Academy

11/12
Deana | Texas Book-aholic
Andrea | The Young Girl Who Loved Books
Erin | For Him and My Family
Doug | Tater Tot Casserole
Chastity | Chas Ray's Book Nerd Corner

11/13
Paphapin | Feeling in Red
Wendy | Wall-to-wall books
Patty | tammycookblogsbooks
Lisa | A Rup Life

11/14
Stephanie | Have A Wonderful Day
Cheryl | cherylbbookblog
Rachel | EmpowerMoms
Stacie | Pursuing Stacie
Carrie | Reading Is My SuperPower

11/15
Angela | A Busy Mom of Two
Billy | Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
Joy | Splashes of Joy
Molly | Cafinated Reads
Brittany | Britt Reads Fiction
Kathleen | Reviews From The Heart
Annie | Just Commonly
Maureen | Maureen's Musings
Athena | The Loose Screw
Janice | Janices book reviews

11/16
Angela | A Holland Reads
Kristie | Moments
Vickie | Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
Rosalyn | Allofakindmom
Hallie | Book by Book

11/17
Debra | 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
Lisa | Seeking with all yur heart
Barbara | I'm Hooked on Books
Pamela | Daysong Reflections
Julie | More of Him

11/18
Andrea | Two Points of Interest
Debi | 2014 and Beyond!
Sherry | My Journey Back
Amy | Pause for Tales

11/19
Dawn | inventinginsight
Jeremy | Christian Fiction Addiction
Veronica | Veronica's 'Views
Jennifer | Mother of Three

11/20
Connie | Gccbookworm
Debbie | Debbie's Dusty Deliberations
Mindy | A Room Without Books is Empty
LeAnne | Rockin' My Mom Jeans
Renee | Little Homeschool on the Prairie
Kristin | A Simply Enchanted Life
Denise | The Help Meet Wife
Jennifer | Jen Around the World
Amanda | The Talbert Report

11/21
bethany | The perfect beginings
Nancy | sunny island breezes
Lisa | chickensbunniesandhomeschool
Leslie | Did YOU Hear About the Morgans?
brandi | The she revelation blog
Lori | Red Headed Book Lady
Vicky | Vicky Sluiter
Kerri | My Table of Three
Meagan | Meagan Davenport
Zac | Buy, Borrow, Skip


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spotlighting Suzanne Schaffer and "Simple Things" and a Giveaway

Suzanne Schaffer is wife to a pastor and mom to two adult children and one brown dog. She is a lover of all things 1940s and can usually be found with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. She believes life is too short for mediocre food and will spend extra on good chocolate. Her sense of humor gets her through the hard times of life and she laughs freely at whatever comes her way. Suzanne lives in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. She’s been writing most of her life, mostly to appease the urge to get the words on paper. Simple Things is her first book. Visit her online athttp://www.notenoughchocolate.blogspot.com

Author Q & A


What inspired you to write the book, Simple Things?

Honestly, it was through prayer and my own struggles that Simple Things came to be. I figured if I was dealing with these things in my life then there were women all over the world dealing with the same issues.
 What are your writing habits?
I need complete quiet when I write, the house empty, and a cup of tea. I usually write by a window so I can look far away at the trees, it clears my head. If there is music playing I follow the songs. Music is so powerful to me, I can’t just listen to it, I have to engage in it.
 When did you start writing?
My earliest poetry is from when I was ten. It’s not very good. 🙂
 Do you have a special routine connected with your writing time?
I get all of my housework and other chores done in the morning and write in the afternoon. I do, however, keep a notebook with me most of the time and jot down thoughts as they come to me.
What do you want people to remember about Simple Things long after they’ve finished reading it? 
That God has more for them if they allow Him full control in every area of their lives.
Who inspired you to become a writer?
I’m not sure anyone did, it’s just something that’s always been part of me, begging to get out.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My office or the kitchen table, next to a window. I need to be able to see outside. Once in a while I will write on my porch or in my gazebo (if the bugs aren’t too bad that day!)
 What is one thing you hope people will not assume or think about you, because you have written a book?
That I am somehow special. I don’t feel any different than I did before. Everyone keeps mentioning how proud they are of me for writing a book but I don’t feel a sense of accomplishment, I just feel like it was what I was supposed to do. In the same way I cook dinner for my husband, I write. It’s just my thing.
Where are you from?
I was born in Rhode Island and my parents moved me to Pennsylvania when I was five. I’m not fully recovered from being torn away from the sea.
 Tell us your latest news.
Currently promoting Simple Things and am jotting down notes for a future book that I plan to begin writing this fall.
 When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been able to think better by putting my thoughts into words. I’ve journaled and written poetry for decades. It’s the best way I know to express myself.
 When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I realized that words connected me to a deeper part of myself. And when I began to think in phrases.
 What inspired you to write your first book?
There were several events that motivated me to begin, prayer being one of them. I came across a writing contest and that propelled me into a seat and to start writing. Nothing came of it except for a finished rough draft.
 Do you have a specific writing style?
My thoughts seem to come in phrases now and I try to jot them down as quickly as they come, then I assemble them into something readable.
 How did you come up with the title?
It seemed appropriate. Lessons I’ve learned. Things I’ve taken for granted. Basic Christian principles. The Simple Things.
 Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Life is about so much more than what we do, it’s about how we live and who we live for. At the end of our days it’s just us and God and it’s too late to choose to live for Him then. Are the things we get involved in worth risking eternity for? Learning to discern what is truly important in life and eternity should motivate us to live to please God.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of Simple Things is based on true events, names and situations have been changed in many cases, to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Aside from the obvious Christian answer, the Bible, I’d have to say Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and Angela Hunt’s The Debt.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Diann Hunt gave me time and advice several years before she passed away. She encouraged me to write. I had the chance to meet with Marjorie Holmes in her home in the late 80s and she read some of my poetry and urged me to keep writing. The fact that she took time to meet with a teenage me meant the world to me.
What book are you reading now?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I generally stick with Christian fiction but this year decided to read some of my favorite books that I’ve kept from my younger years. Most are just as wonderful as I remember them.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Christy Barritt, while not new, has really been a lot of fun to read over the past year.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see that, but I’ll move in whichever direction God has for me. That is one lesson I’ve learned the hard way.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think I’d add a sentence here and there. Is anyone every truly satisfied? I could edit that baby forever.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I think it just seemed natural.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Learning the craft of writing is challenging. It’s more than just correct spelling and proper punctuation. There’s an art to it and it’s hard to stay in the lines.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have one favorite, I’m a lover of many authors and books. I do tend to graze in the Christian fiction genre because I don’t want to read anything obscene. I don’t live that way and I don’t want it in my head or heart.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book?
Not yet…
Who designed the cover?
I had an idea of how I wanted it to look and asked a friend who is good at creating graphics to help. Micah spent an evening playing around with some designs and listening to  his wife, Bethany, tell him how she thought I’d want it. She was right.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Convincing myself that anyone would want to read anything I had to say. I’m just little old me.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?Always have a pen and notebook handy because you never know when inspiration might hit.
Do you have any advice for other writers?Just keep writing. If it is in you let it out. 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?God loves you. Never forget that.


Simple Things info

The book is available on Amazon only:
All proceeds from this book go directly to Convoy:Women  https://www.convoyofhope.org/get-involved/convoywomen/
A division of Convoy of Hope  https://www.convoyofhope.org/
that teaches women in third world countries how to provide for their families. They provide the training and the women do the work. They also give them hope through Jesus.
About the book:
Do you want to find God’s will for  your life? Do you want to capture the excitement you once had as a believer?
Our lives as Christians can get complicated when we listen to the voices around us that try to influence our choices. Simple Things takes  us back to the basics and reminds
us to live for Jesus and not for the perceived expectations of others.
Using wit and life experiences Suzanne shares how she handles the day-to-day when the outside is pressing in. You’ll find yourself being gently nudged to get closer to your creator
as you discover how to have a peaceful home, learn how to pray continually, and discover how to keep God first in all areas of your life. Suzanne invites the reader to learn from her mistakes
and laugh alongside her. Simple Things…becoming a Godly woman in an ungodly world.
Simple Things is recommended for women of all ages. Each chapter closes with questions which also makes it perfect for a Bible study or small group.

Simple Things excerpt
I don't usually included a excerpt when spotlighting a book  but I do this one because I think it speaks the truth to us so plainly!
Have you ever seen a recap of a Red Carpet event? The fashion experts critique the dresses and outfits of the attendees.
She wore it well.
What was she thinking?
Which designer do you think is more pleased? The one who heard affirming comments about his creation or the one who received less than flattering ones? Just like the designer spent time creating the clothing for these ladies to wear, our Father in heaven created you. He spent time thinking about you. You are the work of His hands.
“So God created mankind in his own image in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
When you take time to make something, you take pride in it. When I bake a cake to take to a dinner, I want everyone to know it’s mine. I might handwrite what kind it is and put it next to my cake because I know my penmanship is easily distinguished. I worked hard on that ganache, and I want it to represent me well. In the same way, God wants us to represent Him well. If we wear the label of a Christian, but aren’t any different than the world, doing what they do and acting as they act, then how well are we representing? Don’t put the label on your life if you aren’t willing to live it. The Bible is clear about how we are to deal with people who claim to be Christians but live otherwise. And it’s a little scary.
“But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” 1 Corinthians 5:11 (NIV)
There are too many people claiming to be Christians yet living for themselves. A one-time prayer is not enough. Being a good person is not enough. Live the life worthy of your calling as a Christ-follower.
If we live daily as He wants us to, He will daily guide us, and we will have a clear understanding of what He wants for us. We will know His will. He will lead us in the way He wants us to go. His leading is sometimes as simple as a desire He gives us. Remember when I said I was a teenager when I felt the desire to be a pastor’s wife? God put that desire there as a hint about His plans for my
life. I never thought about being a missionary. I never considered a career in politics. Teaching was the major I chose in college because I had to pick one, but I knew I wasn’t going to teach. The military wasn’t something I was considering even though they tried to lure me with their ASVAB testing. My results said I’d make a good mortician. So not enticing. I don’t even like touching live people, let alone dead ones. Managing a retail store didn’t appeal to me. Being a businesswoman in a big city unnerved me. I did have a strong desire to be a wife and mother. He gently guides us. I love that about Him.
Following this line of thinking is not always easy. If it were, our churches would be full of mature Christians instead of aging people who haven’t grown in decades. The devil will pester you like a sand flea at the beach when you start living this way. You will be ridiculed and heckled for your stand, even at the hand of other believers. I’ve had other ministry wives tell me my desire to live a pure life and be separate from the world is foolishness and isn’t for them. This breaks my heart. God gave so much for us. Can’t we live sacrificially for Him? It’s for our own benefit.
What about you? Are you the Sunday morning Christian who can’t get a handle on the rest of the week? Do you desire to be closer to Him but find the things of the world creeping in? Or are you stuck somewhere altogether different?

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