Monday, May 7, 2012

May 8 through May 14, John 3:16 Blog Hop, Win a Signed Copy of Children of Dreams for Mother's Day


Welcome to the 1st John 3:16 Giveaway Blog Hop! As one of the members of this great network of Christian Authors, I am excited to participate in this event! We have come together this week to showcase our books and to give you, our readers, a chance to win some great prizes as you "hop" from blog to blog.

A different prize is offered at each blog site (no purchase necessary). However, if you want to have a chance to win one of two Kindles the network is giving away, the only requirement is that you sign up for the John 3:16 ezine newsletter. (Located at the top right side column of this site (See official rules here)

At the other blogs, each author may require that you leave a comment (and a valid email address) so they may contact you if you win a prize offered on their blog site. May I also suggest that you show your love and appreciation to each blog host by either following them on Twitter, or "liking" them on Facebook or subscribing to or joining their blog. It won't help your odds of winning a prize but I know each author would be thrilled and very encouraged!

I will be giving away several prizes over the next week. May 8 through May 14, I am hosting a raffle for two signed hard copies of my book, Children of Dreams, just in time for Mother's Day. Along with the books, I am adding in a $10 gift card at Starbucks for Happy Reading! One of the winners will be chosen through a drawing; the other one I will choose based on the comments made below in answer to the question, how have you been affected by adoption? Children of Dreams now has 63 reviews with 4.9 out of 5 stars. Check back on Wednesday for another free gift, and on Sunday for a third freebie:)

Click on the "read more" below to continue!!!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

John 316 Marketing Network Bloghop Coming May 7 to May 14

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20. Ashley Wintters
21. Deborah McCarragher
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25. Janet Perez Eckles
26. Kenneth Winters
27. Eddie Snipes
28. Diane Tatum
29. Janalyn Voight
30. Alberta Sequeira
31. Tammy Hill
32. Marcia Laycock
33. Julie Saffrin
34. Nike Chillemi
35. Elaine Marie Cooper
36. Sidney W. Frost
37. Jairus B. King
38. Bill Burt
39. Kathy Eberly
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41. Theresa Franklin
42. Ray Lincoln
43. Lilly Maytree
44. Valerie King
45. Yvonne Pat Wright
46. Pauline Creeden
47. Katherine Harms
48. Brenda Wood
49. Deborah Malone
50. Melissa Main
51. Kevin Main
52. Sandy Humphrey
53. Felice Gerwitz
54. Hallee Bridgeman
55. Lisa Mills

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Tumbled Stone, by Marcia Laycock

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Andrea Calvert had to run away. She couldn't stay on the farm, shaming her parents . She couldn't face being pregnant and alone. She would take care of this on her own.  As she struggles to make life-changing decisions, Andrea discovers a diary and the wrenching story about her family's dysfunction. But is Andrea’s life at risk at Evie’s Diner?


*Benny didn’t move. She couldn’t read his expression in the dim light, but she could see the tension in his body.

“Benny? Let me get by please.”

He shifted slowly and stood up, towering over her.

“Andrea should take better care of the baby.”

She stepped past him. “The baby’s fine, Benny. We’re going to sleep right away. You go to your room now, okay?”

“Okay,” he mumbled, but he stayed there, watching her until she went into her room and closed the door. For the first time since she’d arrived at Evie’s diner, she flipped the bolt lock into position.


Marcia Laycock’s inspirational writing has won awards in both Canada and the U.S.  Her devotionals are distributed to thousands and her novel, One Smooth Stone, won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award in 2006. Marcia is also a sought-after speaker for women’s events. Visit her at

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Interview with Young Adult Author Matthew R. Horn

God has laid it on my heart to highlight some up-and-coming authors who write young adult fiction. Recently I featured The Gift of Fate by Valerie King about a young female protagonist. Today I feature a book with a male protagonist in The Good Fight, by Matthew R. Horn. 

I am thankful that more Christian authors are writing for twelve to eighteen year olds--we have an opportunity through Christian fiction to impact secular teenagers in a way that is often impossible with traditional nonfiction Bible stories and the Bible. Christian worldview fiction is powerful when well written. Please enjoy this short interview of Matthew R. Horn about his new book, The Good Fight.

Lorilyn: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Did you write a lot when you were young?

Matthew:  I've always had a very vivid imagination.  When I was young, my three sisters and I or my two neighbor friends would run around playing some game that we had concocted in our minds.  I could always see the ideas playing out in my head.  It probably helped me to be a writer, to never have really matured past the age of four.  

I did not start writing, though, until college. Even then I only tried once or twice before giving up.  I wrote my first full book only two years ago, but when I got the desire it hit me with great force.

    Lorilyn: I was curious if the protagonist in your book The Good Fight represents parts of your life and past?

    Matthew:  The protagonist in The Good Fight is named Jeff.  He is not a specific representation of any part of my past, but he is a representation of how I think I would act in a similar situation.  Our pasts are very different and Jeff by nature must be much stronger in his convictions to have pulled himself up from where his parents left him.  The Lord led us to the same place but through very different paths.

     Lorilyn:  How do you write fiction? Do you outline or create the story as you write? 

     Matthew:  I would love to answer "both," but I do create an outline before I begin.  I keep a book of notes on me most of the time to record inspirations and outline my ideas.  That being said, my outlines are always extremely vague and don't detail specific events.  They are used only as a guide to keep me on track.  I find it very difficult to not visualize my end goal when writing as if my characters know the end as well as I do and are always working toward it.
    Lorilyn:  Is your book aimed at the young adult market or adults? 

    Matthew:  The Good Fight is aimed more at the young adult market than anything.  Jeff is pretty young and the main topics are vigilantes and fighting crime.  My hope is that the symbolism and deeper meanings I try to convey are not lost on a younger market.  My niece read this book as a book report book and I was very impressed at how much she picked up on.  
    Lorilyn:  Is it part of a larger series of books you are writing?  

    Matthew:  I had originally intended it to be a stand-alone book, although I did leave it with an open ending.  When I first signed with Brighton Publishing, they told me I should start working on the sequel right away.  The sequel, Nothing Good is Free, is currently in production at Brighton and is expected out this fall.  

    I also plan to complete a third book in the next year or two.  Jeff is such a great character that I think he has relevance even as he ages beyond his crime fighting days because of his experience and the role God plays in his life.
    Lorilyn:  What has been the most rewarding part of writing The Good Fight?  

    Matthew:  Writing a book is hard enough, but finding a publisher and selling a lot of books is even harder.  The feeling of accomplishment from reaching each of these things is so empowering that it makes you feel like you can do anything.  Sometimes I wish I could see the plan the Lord has for me, but then I realize how boring that would make everything.  I have so many interests and desires and being able to do what I've done with The Good Fight makes me want to try them all. 

    Lorilyn:  How can people connect with you and also purchase your book?  

    Matthew:  The best way to connect with me is through my website  You can see all of the groups I'm involved in, link to my publisher's page, email me, stay current on news, or jump over to Facebook or Twitter.  The Good Fight is available not only from my website, but also at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. 

The following is a small excerpt from the Prologue of The Good Fight. Jeff is a young boy and is startled by three thugs in an alley. 

"Jeff watched as the figure on the roof produced a length of rope from somewhere near his side.  The dark figure somehow secured the rope to the roof and began descending the wall above the three men.  As the figure lowered himself through the shadows and the moonlight, his fluid form changed and Jeff could not tell where he was from where he was not. 
Jeff tried once more to yell out but nothing came out of his mouth.  The apparition on the wall quit moving about ten feet above the men, who had inched away from the wall and walked towards the center of the alley..."