Saturday, January 31, 2015

Reaching Out



As I head out for the Walk for Life -San Diego, I remembered an old post about reaching out and decided to repost it:

The following quote struck me like a bolt of lightening. ~ I am that quote.  Through the grace of God, my wounds are healed and that's why I write devotionals and why I'm involved in Rachel's Hope and Silent No More.


This doesn't just apply to post-abortive women, it applies to anyone who has experienced physical, emotional or spiritual trauma.  It is human nature to bury those memories in the deepest recesses of our soul...it defends us against re-experiencing them.  Reaching out for help in dealing with past traumas, and turning them over to God, removes the pain and anguish that has taken up so much valuable space in our souls, making room for indescribable peace, serenity and joy.


Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

HAVE A BLESSED DAY!    





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Who Won?



Oh, the perils of writing!

I've been feverishly working on a volume of The San Francisco Wedding Planner and decided to take a break and switch over to Volume IV of Grave Obsessions- Unholy Vengeance.  Sometimes a little murder breaks the monotony....right?

My main character, Detective Dallas Keegan, is being taunted by her nemesis, Adan Fredricks.  He is viciously attacking college co-eds, leaving an ominous message with each body on his path of retribution.

It was in the middle of a nocturnal writing session, around 2 a.m.  Words flowed like a flash flood until I reached a "literary combat zone".  I decided to add a little romance amidst the carnage by introducing a love interest for Dallas' partner, Twyla.  He was THE Rhett Butler of the FBI (for you youngsters ... a real hunk), and the storyline flowed beautifully for a while.  I wrote about a romantic dinner, and suddenly my finger hit the backspace button...I changed it to a lunch date and again, the backspace key activated.  What about a long, middle of the night phone call?  Nope - that didn't even make it to the page.  Dallas evidently wanted Rhett to herself and this was her subtle way of informing me.

We reached an impasse.  My hands hovered over the keyboard.  Was I going to give in or try to ignore her attempts to thwart my genius by removing the backspace and delete buttons? 


Must be time to go back to The San Francisco Wedding Planner.








Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WELCOME CARYL MCADOO TO "AN AUTHOR SPEAKS"!

Caryl, praying her story gives God glory, loves writing for Christian genres. In 2014, she debuted three novels: In November, A LITTLE THAN THE ANGELS, volume one of her new Biblical fiction series, The Generations, is her thirteenth title to be published. In September, HEARTS STOLEN (set in 1839-1844), book two of her historical Christian Texas Romances after VOW UNBROKEN (1832 setting) that debuted in March from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. She has an exciting 2015 planned with nine new releases! Three for her historical Texas Romances, three for The Generations Biblical fiction series, and three contemporary Texas Romances--all as God wills. For every good blessing - including 10 children (4 by birth, 6 by marriage) and 14 grandchildren - she gives God the glory. Caryl lives a country-life with Ron, her high school sweetheart husband of forty-six years and two grandsons, in the woods a few miles south of Clarksville, Red River County seat, located in far Northeast Texas.
 
What five words describe you?

Oh my, let’s see…ummm…Wait, I’ve got to pray…okay. Honest, loving, worker, smart, and creative.

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

I love sharing works in progress! Presently, I’m writing three novels. Book five, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, in the historical Christian Texas Romance series debuts September 1, 2015, God willing. It’s the story of Henry Buckmeyer’s three youngest daughters who are all reaching courting age.

Also TOKEN OF THE COVENANT, volume three of my new Biblical fiction series The Generations. It’s planned for release in July, 2015 and tells the story of Noah’s family on the ark and those early years after the waters subsided.


And lastly, AQUIRING A WIFE, a contemporary Christian Texas Romance that
I’m writing as my Thank You gift to all those who subscribe to my newsletter The
Caryler! I give away a free novel every quarter to let them know how much I
appreciate them. This story is fun because Ron, my high school sweetheart husband of forty-six years, and I love playing this game called Acquire, and I’m using that
game in the story! It’s for the third quarter gift.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
 
Most recent book is Hope Reborn that debuted January 9th, and I’d like to choose Colin Farrell to play my hero, Henry Buckmeyer. He’s ruggedly handsome and looks like he could take care of about anything. J 

 
 
 
 
 
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have
been and why?

Wow, Patti, your questions really make me think! I guess I’m going to go with Gone With The Wind. And why, because I love epics, that time period, and because I really want a movie deal. Plus, it’s still selling! Did you know Margaret Mitchell had named her heroine Pansey? She sure had a good editor who got her to change it to Scarlet, and her original title was Tomorrow’s Another Day.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I don’t think it is hard, but if I have to say something is getting the scenes from brain onto the document. J I just jump in and start a story then enjoy getting to know the characters and seeing how their lives are going. So once it’s started, I think it’s mostly fun. I started to say marketing was the hardest part of writing, but I like that part, too.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Back up to where your characters were happy and went along easily, then let them show you the way. A block means I took them in a direction they didn’t want to go.

Where would your dream location be for writing?

I’ve always fantasized of a sweet cabin on the side of a mountain in Colorado. But I love Texas too much to leave and love living and writing right where I am in the woods a few miles south of Red River County’s seat, Clarksville. This is where God wants me, and I love it.

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?

Oh yes, some, and some I make up, but they are composites of people I know. It’s the easiest way to make them all different and have different voices. I wrote a  book Lady Luck’s A Loser and there are eight women come together and reviewers bragged on how they had no problem keeping up with who’s who.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I do. Read them and respond. Sometimes I get behind, but I want to thank every single one who read my book then took the time to review it. I’m very blessed that all my titles get way more five star reviews than any other number of stars. I thank the one-star ones, too, especially if they offer critique. Like I didn’t think you were bona fide until you got a one star. But if someone’s just stopped by and rants and gives me one star for no discernible reason, I just don’t pay attention because I know they’re having a bad day, and who wouldn’t serving Satan like that? J

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

If I got to choose, I’d be a singer! A Christian singer leading worshipers into the manifest presence of God. Woooo! That’s what I’d do, but God’s given me this awesome platform to write and touch people with my Words. He gives me new songs a lot, too, so maybe one day, I’ll get to sing and write for His glory!
 
What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you in
your writing career?

Write Christian books and only Christian books. Tell stories that give God glory!

Where can we buy your books?

Some can be found at Barnes and Noble or Mardel, but Amazon…well, you know. You can see them all here: http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage
Hope Reborn, here: http://tinyurl.com/HopeReborn
Or http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Reborn-Caryl-McAdoo/dp/1502817047/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419122237&sr=1-3

 How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......

Website       -         http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com
 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

4,000 Crosses

Being an active participant in the pro-life movement and involved in post-abortion healing, I attend many events throughout the year, but nothing prepared me for what I experienced this past weekend.

I was a little sad, not attending the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco, as I had in previous years, but circumstances preventing me from doing so.  Instead, my husband and I attended another walk, in the small town of Hemet, about an hour away from our home.  The number of people participating was remarkable, and I truly believe God meant me to be there because of what happened at the end of the walk.  In a large field, on the side of a Lutheran church, the walkers raised 4,000 crosses, signifying the number of babies lost from abortion each day. 

I've always been aware of the statistics but hearing the number 4,000 and seeing it, is totally different. The sight overwhelmed me.  Each cross was a future taken away due to a woman falling prey to pro-choice rhetoric ...  it's an easy way out, it's not a baby - just tissue, it's a simple procedure, it's your body - your choice. Abortion clinic staff fail to advise women of physical, psychological or spiritual consequences nor do they discuss other options such as going to a crisis pregnancy center. Why?  They would lose the fee for services. They purport abortion as medical care, but it's not.  It's a business, making millions at the expense of innocent lives.

I understand the fear involved with an unplanned pregnancy, and I too believed the lies and suffered the consequences as all post-abortive women do and will.  My "choice" caused severe psychological and spiritual issues, carrying the grief and regret of rejecting the opportunity to carry my children to term and be their mother, as God intended. I also denied a man the opportunity to be a father, my parents to be grandparents, my son to be a brother and my sister to be an aunt. 

My eyes filled with tears, and my heart broke seeing those crosses, especially when my husband and I raised two of them in memory of my little ones.  I know God wanted me to be in Hemet, to show me what we in the pro-life movement are working towards ... the day when there will be no more crosses in that field.
 
Raising a cross for my angels.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RELAX!



Last year I was a lean, mean (well, maybe not "lean") writing machine.  I worked on several projects at one time and pulled many all-nighters, resulting in several works published with positive reviews.  Great, huh?  Well ...

For some reason, with two current works in progress and four in the wings, the past month and a half found me dragging my feet (or fingers). I used every distraction available to avoid writing.  It had become a chore, and that petrified me.  Not only did I lose my enthusiasm for writing, but for everything else as well. I was going through the motions ...  my heart wasn't along for the ride. Was I going crazy?  Having a breakdown?

Nah, that wasn't it at all.  My mind and body (subtle hints from God) were telling me to rest.  Although pleased with what I had accomplished, the pace was not healthy. I was burning an odd-shaped candle at multiple ends ... with family responsibilities, ministries, marketing, social media, and writing sporadically throughout the day then well into the wee hours of the morning.  I became mentally and physically exhausted, thus causing me to flat-out shut down.  I also ended up with a virus that hung around for almost four weeks because of a weakened immune system.

The crisis is over, thank God.  The experience taught me the importance of pacing myself in all aspects of my life, setting reasonable expectations as well as taking time to just kick back without feeling guilty.

 
WORDS OF WISDOM:







Friday, January 23, 2015

WELCOME DAVID MAY TO "AN AUTHOR SPEAKS"!



Believing that the church's inward focus is robbing Jesus of the body of believers he left behind to carry on the work he began, David is an adamant advocate for an active church - one active in the affairs of the neighborhood, the nation, and the world.

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee. USMC Captain with time in Viet Nam. One degree from the University of Mississippi, another from Florida State. Twenty-five years in Florida working for the Department of Children and Families, including a stint as Child Welfare Administrator for the state. Fourteen years in St. Paul, Minnesota as Social Services Director. Retired from both jobs, writing and lecturing and taking care of grandchildren. We moved to Port au Prince, Haiti, in January 2013 to host a guest house for medical mission groups and others.

I have four books out. All of them are aimed at stirring the church on to good works, getting it out of its pews and into the streets. Book number four is "Does the Church Really Have Good News? 5 Promises" released October 2014.

 

What five words describe you?
 
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness.

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

Just finished one called "Does the Church Really Have Good News? 5 Promises."  It establishes that God is not at odds with science and lays out five promises for right now that make the existence and nature of God worth serious consideration.  It is available at amazon.com/author/davidmay.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from
your most recent book?

 Morgan Freeman

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

 "A Call to Arms! Out of the Pews and Into the Streets."  I did write that one and it had been building for several decades in my heart.  It too is available at amazon.com.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding quiet time.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Just write; don't think.  Keep writing and you will end up writing something you want to keep. If you get too wrapped up in what is the next logical piece to write you may never get past the block. Also it helps to start out with an outline or table of contents.  If you are having trouble with one section, move on to another that is easier right now and come back to the harder one later.

Where is your favorite place to write?
 
Lazy boy in the living room.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, and yes.  It is important.  You want to build a rapport with your audience.  Respond to a bad review with kindness and respect.  Present your alternative view, but don't ever stoop to putting the reviewer down. Allow the reviewer room to disagree.  And thank them for taking the time to read and review the book.  In doing so, they have done you an honor.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start writing earlier in life, and pay more attention to marketing.  You can write the best book ever written, but if no one knows about it, it will not sell.

Where can we buy your work?

http://www.amazon.com/author/davidmay


How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......



 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Somber Anniversary



Today is one of the most somber anniversaries in U.S. history. On January 22, 1973, abortion became legal, resulting in the deaths of over fifty-six million babies. Two of those babies were mine, and to commemorate them, I want to share the testimony I give as a member of Silent No More Awareness and a co-leader of Rachel's Hope Healing Retreats:

My name is Patti Smith from Vista, California.  I am the mother of Sarah and Matthew ... two innocent angels I thoughtlessly swept from my life by yielding to pressure from family and friends and believing the rhetoric of the pro-choice community.

Both abortion experiences were the same. I recall them like they were yesterday and they were over 30-years ago. The clinics were cold and sterile. The staff did not provide any type of comfort or assurance. It was like I was there to have a splinter removed, nothing of any consequence. The sound of the vacuum still echoes in my ears. I distinctly recall the tugging, that at the time seemed to last forever. It was as if something was trying to hold on.
There was something trying to hold on, hold on for dear life; Matthew and Sarah. When I left the clinic both times instead of feeling relief, I felt empty like I had left something behind, which I did; Matthew and Sarah.

I was never a Pollyanna, but after the first abortion my promiscuity escalated as did my drinking. I was hell-bent on self destruction. After the second abortion, my life went completely out of control. I lost so very much during those days, including the love and respect of my family, friends and co-workers, but most importantly the love and respect of myself. I also purposely lost the ability to have a child as I convinced a doctor at the age of thirty to have tubal ligation. I didn’t know at the time, but I realized later I was punishing myself for the abortions. I felt unworthy and unsuitable to be a mother.

Seventeen years ago I finally reached the point where I could no longer stand to look in the mirror, because of how far down the abyss of depravity I had gone. That brought me to believe suicide was the only option. God had other plans and I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and then to rehab. Although successful in maintaining my sobriety, my soul was still heavy and I didn’t know why.

A few years ago I attended a church seminar and heard a woman sharing about her abortion experience and how it affected her. She spoke about Post Abortion Healing Retreats and I immediately knew that’s where I needed to be. God spoke to me through her that day. The woman God so graciously used just happened to be Leslie Brunolli, San Diego’s Silent No More co-coordinator. I attended a retreat shortly thereafter, which started me on a wonderful journey of healing and forgiveness.

I learned the guilt, shame and self-hatred I carried for so many years were buried deep within my soul. My way of keeping it buried was drinking and promiscuity. I numbed feelings with booze and slept around for what I thought at the time was love and acceptance. That retreat put together the pieces of my broken heart and provided me a way to ask for and receive forgiveness, not only from God, but from Sarah, Matthew and myself.
  
 


I will continue to work with my sisters and brothers in healing to expose the lies perpetuated by the pro-abort/pro-choice community and help those suffering from the disastrous effects of abortion. Abortion takes the life of an innocent child and darkens the soul of the mother and all involved. It brings nothing but pain, shame and regret, and distances them from a loving and merciful God. 



 
Whispers from Heaven

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

REFLECTIONS FROM THE WEEKEND





My husband and I ventured to Los Angeles on Saturday to attend its first pro-life walk, "One-Life LA", take some time for ourselves afterwards to see some sights and use the next day to kick back and watch the NFC Championship in our hotel room.  (I couldn't miss watching my Seahawks!).



One-Life LA was awe-inspiring.  For a first-time event, the crowd number was remarkable.  Over 10,000 people showed and my heart overflowed with joy seeing the number of young people in attendance.  Archbishop Gomez opened the event, and the speeches and testimonies were inspiring and heartwarming.  It is so important to spread the message that life should be protected, respected and cherished from conception until natural death. 






During these events, I carry my Silent No More Sign as well as a t-shirt that says, "I Regret My Abortion".  The number of women that approach me and whisper in my ear, "I do too," or others telling me they know of someone that is suffering, never ceases to amaze me.  God always provides opportunities to share hope and provide resources for healing. 





The following day, prior to the NFC Championship Game, we went to Mass at the Cathedral that was presided by His Excellency Archbishop Gomez.  What a blessing to be able to chat with him afterwards for a few moments about the success of the prior day's walk.




 
We all know how the NFC Championship ended, but it was a nail-biter for sure.  During half-time, my husband and I decided to take a drive and listen to the game on the radio.  To be honest, I was a little frustrated with my team and needed distraction.  By the time we reached the Santa Monica pier, I heard about the fake punt, on-side kick, and overtime win.  Lesson learned:  Never give up!  Instead of seeing those remarkable plays as they came, I was relegated to watch them in re-runs....not quite the same is it? 




At least we had a nice dinner and watched a beautiful Southern California sunset from the restaurant's window. 








All in all, it was a terrific weekend.  A celebration of life, faith, football and enjoying some much-needed quality time as a couple.  God is Good!

Monday, January 19, 2015

WELCOME SYLVIA FRANCES TO "AN AUTHOR SPEAKS"!

After facing much death in her life, Sylvia came face to face with Christ and was reborn.   The blessings Jesus has given her overwhelms her with joy each day.  She is married to the man of her dreams, has three furry children (a shih tzu and two cats), and recently graduated college with honors.  One of her careers, besides working as an author, is a newspaper journalist for her local town.  American Christian Fiction Writers and The Paranormal Romance Guild are two large writing organizations of which Sylvia is a proud member.  Sylvia's debut Christian romance novel will be released in January 2015.  


What five words describe you?

 Christian, wife, Coffee Addict, Author 

What are you working on at the minute?  What is it about?

My current work in progress is Immortal Memory:  Her Darkest Hour (Book Three)  Simra and Zach are married in Book Three, but Simra begins to see a difference in Zach's behavior.  She is haunted by Azazel and thinks he is returning to claim who he believes is his.  Simra.    

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character in your novel from your most recent book?
 
That's a great question!  I would ask Natalie Grant, Christian singer and actress to play Lucinda or Simra in Immortal Memory.  Not only is she my favorite Christian artist, but she looks like my two heroines in the book.  (Lucinda and Simra look alike). 

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? 

 I wouldn't know.  There's so many brilliant books out there I've read.  Some of them I'd read again!

What's the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing to me is when I'm away from my computer and can't write or am busy doing something else.  I live for writing since it is my calling from God.  He gives me fresh new ideas every day, and it seems like so little time to write.  It's my passion, and I love everything about it, even my job writing as a journalist.   
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer's block?

I haven't had much trouble with writer's block yet.  But I think if I did, I would look to God for inspiration.  He's my biggest inspiration, and He fuels my creativity.   

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is at my desk in my office at home.  I have pictures of my characters and scented candles setting on my desk, and it's quiet.  I also like to write when my husband is at work, and the house is quiet.  It's quiet with no distractions. But I'm always very eager to see him when he gets home at 5 p.m. each evening. 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I haven't had any book reviews just yet, but I always plan to respond to the reviews I have.  I see bad reviews as a way I can learn to improve my writing. I wouldn't take them personally.   And good reviews are always great.   

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Knowing what I know now, I would give my younger self a ton of advice.  Focus entirely on Christ.  What appears fun and appealing to the eye will actually lead to misery and pain.  Don't date anyone until I found my husband.  Spend more time with my grandparents.   And don't worry about ANYTHING! God's got absolutely everything under His control, and there is a reason for everything. 

Where can we buy your work?


My series Immortal Memory: Book One,  and Immortal Memory:  A Cursed Affair (Book Two), is available to buy on Amazon. Book One is at http://amzn.to/1Hl2zl0 and Book Two is at http://amzn.to/177Ltdn

 
 
 
 
 
 How can we keep up with you?  Blog, Facebook, etc?

There are three ways to keep up with me: 

My website:  www.sylviafrances.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sylvia-Frances 
Twitter:  Sylvia Frances@ SylviaFrances1 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Special Visit with George Taylor - Narration by George




You’re an audio book narrator.  How’d you get into that? 
 
This is a question which I am asked on a regular basis.  The best answer is that this has been a process.  I began  acting on the stage as a young man appearing in high school and college theater.  Later, I would be active in church theater – not only acting, but writing, directing, and producing.   
When I retired from the work world, I purposed to go into narration work, which is really acting.  Initially, I thought I would work the over-all world of “voice over” – books, commercials, documentaries, etc.  I set up a studio in my master bedroom closet (thanks to my wife!) and began auditioning for jobs. However, I quickly found out that I really enjoyed narrating books more than anything.  I was fortunate in that I knew three authors in the Chattanooga area and they trusted me with their books.  So, in my first year, I recorded four books for these three authors.  Those titles are currently available for download on the web. 
 
Why is narrating books your preferred form of “voice over”? 
 
Narrating books is an acting job unlike any other.  Usually an actor is just one piece of the puzzle for a larger narrative.  As the narrator, I get to put my own stamp on the book I’m reading.  I not only play all the characters in the book, but I get to shape the overall narrative within the author’s vision. 
This is a huge challenge, particularly for a book with a lot of characters in it.  For each character, I must decide on a sound, an accent, a cadence for their speech and deliver it consistently from one page to the next.   
 
How do you make those decisions? 
 
I start by reading the entire book.  As I read, I take notes on the characters.  What do they look like?  How does the author describe their vocal characteristics?  Are their characteristics portrayed in the dialogue?  Do the characters grow?  How?  How do the characters interact with each other?  I also review the overall narrative for special passages which make require additional work.  For instance, an action sequence may need a faster paced delivery than the description of a setting. 
 
How much rehearsal do you do before going into the studio? 
 
Very little, usually.  I will re-read a section or chapter before I go into the studio just to refresh my memory of the events, characters, situations, and phrasing in that chapter.  If I have a character with a thick, foreign accent, or a difficult to execute passage, I will rehearse that speech in front of the microphone to hear how it will sound before I start recording. But, I have found that my initial read is usually spot on.  However, in reviewing the recording, I don’t hesitate to change something I don’t like. 
 
What is the difference between recording a novel and a devotional book as you did for Patti J. Smith? 
 
In some ways, not much.  In both, you are telling the author’s story.  For a novel, there are characters and situations which demand re-enacting.  For a devotional book, there is still a story to be told; a personal journey from point A to point B in someone’s life. However, since the story is personal, it is important to tell it with a compassionate and caring tone - much like a counselor talking with a client.   
 
Tell us about the books you’ve recorded to date.  Do you have a favorite? 
 
Well, I have 21 titles in my repertoire at this point, with more coming.  I have recorded eight full-length novels – from romance to action/adventure to mystery.  I have recorded five collections of amazing poetry by a Tennessee poet, Regina Puckett.  I’ve recorded six short novels for Helping Hands Press as well your devotional book. 
 
Can I claim a favorite?  Not really.  Each is special in its own way.   
 
Tell us a little about these full-length novels. 
 
The full-length novels represent the work of six different authors. 
  
Regina Puckett penned a pair of sweet romance novels centered around the characters which were in her home town of Murfreesboro, TN.  In both, her protagonist falls in love – unwillingly – with an unlikely partner.  This is the Warren family series: Concealed in My Heart and Songs That I Whisper. 
 
Jerry Minchew penned a pair of action/adventure novels with a bit of science fiction and romance in them.  A twin boy is abducted as a baby from home in Minnesota and raised by “parents” in southern Alabama.  He joins the Air Force in hopes of finding his real family.  Jerry’s story is of searching for self and identity and belonging.  The series is called Knighthawke.   
 
Michael Miller wrote a pair of action/adventure novels about a boy with a brain of a different stripe.  Danny is able to read people’s subconscious thoughts.  As a boy, he has to learn to deal with this phenomenon.  As an adult, he has to learn how to make this difference count for the people around him.  The Sixth Lobe and Born to Matter are filled with interesting characters and all varieties of action. 
 
Seasons of Change, by Michael Gardner is a dystopian novel of a collapsed society which takes place in my stomping grounds – Chattanooga and the mid-South area.  It’s a story of survival and explores the meaning of freedom. 
 
Finally, Non-Prophet Murders by Becky Wooley, is a murder mystery set amidst church politics and other goings-on.  Ministers are being killed and one of the intended victims must help determine who the culprit might be.   
 
All of these novels and the poetry I mentioned earlier are available at audible.com.  Just go to my web-site: narrationbygeorge.com to find more on any of these titles. 
 
But you have one other full-length novel you haven’t mentioned yet. 
 
Yes.  I have also recorded a new version of A Christmas Carol.  This is the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption from his miserly ways.  This was a lot of fun to do.  His characters are so much fun.  For the first time, I used fellow actor, Trish Horner, to record the female parts of this book.   
 
In the production, you’ll find music, sound-effects, and lots of fun.  That book’s available for download at CD Baby.  Again, just go to my web-site to find out more. 
 
What have you worked on for Helping Hands Press? 
 
Helping Hands Press has given me the chance to work on a variety of short novels as well as your devotional book. 
 
I have recorded two of Murray Pura’s western shorts, Wells Fargo Express: The Desperate Road and The Painted Sky: Rio Oro.  Both of these feature great tales of colorful personalities of the old West. 
 
I also recorded the first of Tracy Krauss Neighbors series, New in the Neighborhood.  You can’t resist the story of a country rancher moving to the big city to look after his little sister.  Tracy tells of some interesting characters and introduced me a whole new dialect which I never knew existed! 
 
Just released is Michele Huey’s Fifth Wheel: Gracie’s Gift. Imagine selling the homestead and taking off travelling.  That’s her premise. 
 
And I recorded two Christmas books this year.  Anne Baxter Campbell’s story, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, is a story of a teen who learns a little about herself and the season.  
 
Amber Schamel wrote The Swaddling Clothes surmising the origin of Jesus’ first garments.   
 
Of course, I have also recorded your devotional on forgiveness, A Mended Heart: Rosary Meditations on Forgiveness.  What a powerful little book! (Note from Patti:  Aw shucks!) 
 
Again, information on all of these titles is available at my web-site: narrationbygeorge.com 
 
Is there anything else you have done or would like to do in your “voice over” career? 
 
At some point, I would love to do animation voices.  I have lent my voice for a now defunct channel, The Christ Clubhouse Channel, and would love the opportunity to expand into that genre more. 
 
You’ve been busy!  Any last words you wish to share with us. 
 
When I started working in this field, I made the determination that I would only work on projects which I could point to and say that God was, in some way, glorified.  That remains my goal.  I wish help to strengthen and glorify the community of Christ.  
 
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