Friday, February 14, 2014

You voted - Here's the winner!

And the cover for my first full length novel will be:   A

Which is good, since that was my favorite. And even though lots of people preferred B (with alterations), I tallied the votes up and A was the clear winner.

Thank you all!

I was hoping to have it in paperback form in time for Idahope's annual conference in March, but I don't know if I can get it all together in four weeks. But as soon as it's available for purchase, I'll let you all know. (If you sign up for my newsletter by clicking here (or on the right), you'll hear first. And there may even be coupons involved.)

Thanks again.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Help me pick a cover...

I'm trying to decide what covers to use for my first two Inspirational Romantic Suspense self-published novels, Target (the prequel story) and Bait (the full-length novel that follows it). Soon as I know which one to use, I can have my fab cover designer Kristine McCord (seriously, they're all AWESOME) start working on them while I finish up editing.

Here's the descriptions: 

And the prequel story: TARGET 
Special Agent Liam Conners leaves the gym at his apartment complex late one night and sees the front door of his neighbor's apartment is open. The Chloroform Killer has struck again, and this time Liam's cute neighbor is the victim. Andrea James has given up on the dream of forever-love. Her drug-addict sister must have slept at her apartment and been abducted by mistake. When the killer tries again, Liam vows to protect her. But the Chloroform Killer escapes, sparking an idea: Liam's partner wants to go undercover.

FBI Special Agent Caisey Lyons is going under cover…to get abducted by a serial killer. A serial killer who knows exactly who she is and why she’s there.  In the aftermath of her abduction Caisey decides to go to Buckshot, Colorado. But instead of clearing out her father’s old hunting cabin, she finds a homicidal sheriff…and an old flame. After he testified against his father seventeen years ago, Gabe Carlen has been hiding from his uncle. Caisey might be the one woman he’s never forgotten, but she’s also brought his uncle right to his doorstep. And revenge is sure to follow.  While the Chloroform Killer wrestles with a growing obsession for Caisey, she has to repair the rift in her family and figure out how to have a future with Gabe. Only by trusting God with their safety can she let go long enough to save herself.   

I know what the cover will be for Target (so in every instance that one is the same) but I can't decide what the cover should be for Bait. What do you think?





A B C or D......

Please leave a comment below.
Thank you!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

FEAR (It's all in your head)

When I started writing Bait, a Ted Dekker-style serial killer novel that is in the COMING SOON pile, I was conscious I didn’t want any lengthy descriptions of what the bad guy was doing. Because, well…eeewww.

In doing that, though, it turned out to be psychologically scary, because instead of being given the information, you’re wondering about it. And sometimes that’s waaaaay worse.


How is it that our brains can blow stuff that might not be that bad totally out of proportion? My brain doesn’t obey me, and only think about fun things that are nice and don’t make me want to poop my pants—hello, serial killer novel. (Note: I’ll probably not do that again for a long time.) I’d much rather write about unicorns and bubbles, but there’s not much of that in suspense. *sigh*

Left to our own devices, our minds will chew us up and spit us out.

In Genesis, God referred to the people living at that time (before the flood) and their minds, specifically. It says this: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) Not that their thoughts were evil, but that every intent behind their thoughts wasn’t a bit evil, but only evil continually. Ouch. Some of that isn’t even conscious.

And that’s the key, I think. Fear is something we all face. But it’s also ALL IN YOUR HEAD.
It holds us back, paralyzes us, makes us doubt even when there’s a clear call. Fear will twist us up until that one (perfectly reasonable, but don’t tell me that) rejection letter sends us straight to the sweats, the Kleenex, and the Reece’s cups. Hello, ten pounds.

So how do we combat it, if we can hardly control it? Wrestle the fear to the ground in a death-match style battle? Challenge it to an arm wrestle to see who’s boss?

Romans 12 says we need to be “transformed by the renewing of our MIND”, and 2 Corinthians 10 says to “take every thought captive”. That’s how you fight the fear—you meet it on its playground (in your head) with all your friends—you know, truth, hope, peace, love, the Holy Spirit.

God, He knows that your brain is like this. He knows how depression and anxiety work. He knows what it feels like to get rejected—meditate on that one and tell me He doesn’t sympathize with our weaknesses. He knows you’ll fall victim to your bad guy—your own head.

But He also gave you (and me, Amen) the tools to fight it. 1 John 4:18 says PERFECT LOVE casts out fear. It might as well read, “God casts out fear”, because He’s the only place you’re going to find that perfect love. And because “fear involves torment”—boy, does it ever. And “he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (no kidding). So, there’s some work to do.

We all knew that.