Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Memoir Author Lorilyn Roberts Bears Her Heart in Children of Dreams



When I took the introductory class for my Masters in Creative Writing, one of the books I had to read was Writing for Story by Jon Franklin. The fourth chapter in the book, “Stalking the True Short Story,” was based on two famous stories he wrote, one of which was his Pulitzer Prize-winning entry, “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster.”

Because everybody would love to win a Pulitzer Prize, his comments are worth noting. To quote Jon Franklin on page 81: “One of the best ways to teach positive lessons while entertaining at the same time is to write stories about how people successfully cope with the world, endure, and even sometimes win.” 


I have thought a lot about that. Much of what I report as a television captioner is mundane news to a world that hardly blinks an eye at the everyday, run-of-the-mill, shoot ‘em up, rob-him blind, dope-addicted, shoddy moral, or over-spending bureaucratic figure news story which people scoff and ignore if it doesn’t affect them directly.

In contrast, Jon Franklin dug deep for the motivations, the conflicts, the resolutions, and the redemptive endings in his books and articles. In the same vein, when I wrote Children of Dreams, I wanted to share a part of me that no one else knew. I risked being venerable, revealing traits and values that I knew some would not understand. I am not perfect, and did I really want to reveal my failures, confess by doubts, and admit my flaws?


Our lives, particularly if we are memoir authors, must be real or we will come across every bit like the superficial news stories that I alluded to above—irrelevant to the reader. Too much of our time is lived at a frenzied pace with quick posts on Facebook and Twitter, or text messages written in code, risking little, and only recognizable enough to make us feel we have value in the world of cyberspace.

If you have been forsaken by your family, hurt by others, stuck in a job you hate, gone through a divorce, experienced major health issues, sacrificed your own lost dreams, or struggled in your Christian walk, I share unabashedly with profound honesty how God helped me through these tragedies. This is the “true story” within the story in Children of Dreams. There is no superficiality—only raw emotion and truth. I had to get permission from my kids and family. There are still open wounds that God will have to heal. There was a price to pay and I am still dealing with it now. Do I regret it? No. I know God will eventually redeem all which is broken.

The typical reader, much like a typical reporter, will see Children of Dreams as another adoption story; give it a cursory glance, and move on. The sensate reader, who reads for deeper meaning, will experience God’s profound love and redemptive hope, knowing without any doubt, God is the fulfiller of dreams.

My desire is that the reader will be stirred—emotionally renewed and batteries charged, believing if God can do the impossible for me, he can do the same for him. God can heal infected wounds, redeem broken dreams, and convince the skeptic to believe in miracles. None of us should live as though we have no hope, and Children of Dreams is a testimony to God’s grace, reassuring the reader that where there is God, there is always hope.


Children of Dreams won bronze in the 2016 Readers Favorite Book Awards for Memoir. You purchase from Amazon in Kindle, print, or audio format, click here.


My daughters and I celebrating finishing my breast  cancer treatment

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

News From Author Lorilyn Roberts- New Book Release, Seventh Dimension - The Prescience, A Young Adult Fantasy

NEWS FROM AUTHOR LORILYN ROBERTS
" Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard."

ISAIAH 58:8
Seven more proton radiation treatments and
I'll be finished with my breast cancer treatment
Lorilyn in Jax for Proton treatment
Lorilyn at Starbucks working on "The Prescience."
NEW BOOK RELEASE COMING NOVEMBER 24,
THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING.

EXCERPT

A loud boom shook the ground as dust blew in my face. 
“Run!” Daniel shouted.
Blinding light lit up the night sky. If only these were celebratory fireworks, but they weren’t
I stared. My feet felt as if they were entombed in concrete. This couldn’t be happening. Not now. 
Daniel pulled on my hand. Seconds ticked by as I imagined my body being blown to bits. Sirens faced in an out. Swishing knives cut through the air, followed by rumbles. Each one got closer.TO KEEP READING CLICK HERE.
SEVENTH DIMENSION - THE PRESCIENCE is the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension Series. If you like suspense, Biblical history, and apocalyptic literature, I hope you will pre-order a copy for only 99 cents. The price will go up after release. Even if you haven't read the first four books, I wrote it in such a way you can follow the story.

Here is the back cover blurb: When bombs fall on Jerusalem, Shale and Daniel rescue an orphan and return to the first century. Amid supernatural tribulations, God reveals once again time is an illusion as Daniel races toward Armageddon.

If you are a recent sign-up to my newsletter, you may not have received the link to download my adoption memoir Children of DreamsIf you would like to receive your complimentary copy, click here.
Seventh Dimension - The City has recently won three more awards. To read more, click here .

Author's Note: I truly believe we are living in the end times. All my Young Adult books have an apocalyptic theme, and as a result, I have spent a great deal of time looking at Scriptures concerning Jesus's return. If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, I would urge to do so today.

In December 2016, I had no idea that in January 2017, I would be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. We don't know the number of our days, We don't know what tomorrow may bring.

All it takes is just a simple prayer confessing to God you are a sinner and asking Jesus to come into your heart. Once you believe that Jesus died for your sins on the cross, you will be saved. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

If you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior, may God help you to live each day for Him. I pray that God uses my cancer diagnosis and treatment to make me more like Jesus. It's been quite a journey. And praise the Lord, it's not yet over!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Seventh Dimension - The City, Book 4, Wins Three More Awards

Seventh Dimension - The City, A Young Adult Fantasy, has been the recipient of three more awards.

I am excited to announce Seventh Dimension - The City is a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards in the visionary category, won silver in Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards for religion/faith fiction, and won bronze in the Florida Authors & Publishers Association Awards for religion.







I will be releasing the next book in the Seventh Dimension Series soon, Seventh Dimension - The Prescience, and will be discounting Seventh Dimension - The City to $2.99 on Kindle for a limited time. 

If you are a homeschooling mom of teens, I hope you will download the first book in the series for free as an ebook Seventh Dimension - The Door.

I have combined contemporary issues with historical fact and woven in Christian fantasy to create a tale of truth based on Scripture. There is no sex, only mild violence, and no offensive language. But there is suspense and mystery. The Seventh Dimension Series so far as won twenty-five awards. 



Monday, August 28, 2017

How God Has Helped Me to Finish My Latest Book While Battling Breast Cancer



Recently Dr. Charles W. Page hosted me on his Spoonfuls of Courage Podcast where I discuss my battle with breast cancer and finishing my latest book, Seventh Dimension - The Prescience, Book 5

The Podcast is about 25 minutes long, and I hope you will enjoy hearing my testimony. I don't know how people go through the hard things in life without Jesus Christ.  Please take a listen and be blessed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chapter Three - Sneak Peek from "Seventh Dimension - The Prescience, Book 5, A Young Adult Fantasy"



When Shira saw the soldiers, she cried.
“Shira, go back to sleep,” I whispered. “Jesus is here.”
The guards eyed Shira and lowered their guns. What danger could we pose with a small child?
Daniel and the uniformed men conversed in Hebrew. Because they spoke rapidly with heavy accents, I wasn’t sharp enough to catch most of it. My year and a half of Hebrew earned me an "A," but didn't make me conversant with Israelis.

The taller man motioned for us to follow. He punched a code into the keypad of the heavy steel door. After a few seconds, the door opened.



We entered a small vestibule. The ominous shadows that flickered over the walls from the emergency lighting felt cold and calculating—walls that I knew were an illusion.
I expected bright floodlights to illuminate our surroundings and to see the impressive command center humming with computers and TV screens. Cameras set up in strategic locations around Jerusalem monitored hotspots and beamed back photographs and video. But no one was here.
The uniformed officer pushed open a hidden door on the opposite side. As we entered, a cool breeze poured in, probably from an air conditioning vent. The guard said nothing, and I found the silence unnerving.
We followed him through a narrow hallway. My anxiety increased. I’d never remember how to get out if something went wrong. I reached for Daniel’s arm. He shot me a reassuring glance.
The guard flipped a light switch as we entered through an unmarked door. “Jacob will be here shortly,” he said. Then he left.
Once the door was shut, I tried to relax.
“The guards are all business,” Daniel said. “They have their orders. Even when they know we’re one of them, they won’t deviate.”
I held Shira close to me. “What did the guard say? You talked so fast.”
“When you told Shira Jesus would take care of her, their demeanor changed. Up until then, I don’t think they believed I was Jacob’s brother. They thought we were spies.”
“Oh.” I glanced around the room. A black leather sofa filled up one wall with matching chairs on each side. Three photographs above the sofa highlighted historical Jewish landmarks—the temple mount, Masada, and a third location I didn’t recognize. I pointed to it. “Where is that?”

Daniel eased closer to the photo. “That’s Petra, in Jordan.”



I’d heard of Petra, but never seen it. I edged over. Off to the side of the room was a small kitchenette and bathroom. On the kitchen counter was a well-used tea kettle stained from previous use. White plastic cups and an assortment of herbal teas filled a straw container. A square refrigerator took up the rest of the counter space.
I noticed an open bible on the coffee table. I started to walk over to see what page someone had been reading, but Daniel picked it up.

“Someone underlined this passage in red. Ezekiel 38:14-16: ‘On that day when my people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against my people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.’”




“Must be a prayer room,” Daniel added.
I stepped back from the table and sat on the sofa. Shira readjusted herself in my lap, clutching my shirt. “Whoever was in here must have believed Israel was facing the Ezekiel 38-39 war.”
Daniel sat beside me on the chair.
“Is your brother coming?”
“I hope.” Daniel leaned back, nodding off.

He had to be as tired as I was. Shira had closed her eyes again. Suddenly, a crazy thought swirled in my head. “Daniel, what if we went back to the seventh dimension?”


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You can pre-order your copy of Seventh Dimension - The Prescience from Amazon for only 99 cents.  The Kindle version will be available November 24.