I’m so glad to be here today. I wanted to talk about transformation, specifically the ones we experience in relationships. If you’ve been in a relationship, you realize being in a relationship is a transformation all on its own. When two people decide to become one, there’s a growing process that HAS to happen. Not because we want it to happen, but because you can’t put two unique people in a relationship and stay the same. It’s not going to happen.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. God created man and woman so that we would not go through life alone. We comfort one another, lift one up when the other is weak. Everything we do should be to help the other be better.
Of course, it doesn’t always happen the way we like. We don’t always see changes in our spouse that we want. But reading about relationship transformation in a fictional book, is highly entertaining and oftentimes, offers us an example for real life. In A Proxy Wedding my story in A Spring of Weddings Collections, Carly James and Damien Nichols discover you have to change in order to be in a relationship. There’s a give and take that must occur in order for it to be successful.
But it’s so hard to do and that’s where God comes in. Without His guidance, His direction, and of course His ability to make us better, relationships would be impossible. It is when our relationship with God is at its best, that our relationship with others improve.
How has being in a relationship with God transformed you?
“A Proxy Wedding” releasing in A Spring of Weddings Collection May 3rd!
Blurb: Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all. So when her best friend calls asking her to be a proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom.
Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he has to take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved.
Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?
Bio: Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.
You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.weebly.com.
Transformation: God & Me After the Loss of My Child
When my son died within my embrace and in our home, I was certain the world had gone insane. Utter disbelief coupled with harsh reality ravished my broken heart.
Over the weeks and months after Joshua’s death, I didn’t know one could cry so many tears. Nor feel this lonely and misplaced from Joshua’s absence. My presence in the house caved in around me, and I believed I would go crazy and join him.
As the months became three years, and I still lived in the house where Joshua died, I told God it was too much. What did He expect from me as I walked the hall and past the door of my son’s room? What was the purpose of me in this home?
Wasn’t the loss of Joshua a teachable enough experience?
I cried unto Lord God and my spirit wrestled with His. I demanded a blessing from Him. Good had to come from this wreck of my life. Didn’t it? And, I hounded my Lord for relief from the pain and agony of losing my youngest child.
My prayer became simple: Make me stronger or allow me to die.
Joshua was a unique individual, and I’m not saying this because he was mine. He helped a friend choose life for her unborn child and spent time with her, sharing the gospel of Christ. He defied a high school teacher to his face, who, after class, offhandedly encouraged a student to get an abortion.
There were no gray areas in my son’s life. He stood strong in his beliefs. At Joshua’s grave side service, one of his friends said it best, “Joshua knew how to help others, but he couldn’t help himself.”
At the three and a half year mark after Joshua’s passing, I almost took my own life. At the last moment, though, weary and humbled within my spirit, I reached for the love of my Father in heaven.
Throughout the night after my near suicide attempt, I sobbed hours of tears until I was an empty shell. As dawn peeked through the curtained window above me, I gave my whole being to God. “You win, Lord,” I prayed, “do with me as You will.” It was not a joyous moment. I didn’t feel victorious.
It was a profound shift of surrender in my shattered spirit.
From the dawn of this new morning and the ten years since, I will never regret God kept me in the home where my son died. God broke me and remolds me into someone who can be used by Him to help others who suffer.
Within three months after my near suicide attempt, we had a buyer for our house. Weeks later, we signed the papers and handed over the keys to the new owners. At the seventh month point, my husband and I moved to Oregon on one acre of land where we raise a garden, chickens, and goats.
After our move here, I told a seasoned Christian my story. That God saw fit to keep me in the home after Joshua’s death, and this drew me closer to Him. “This was hard on me,” I told the man, “and I almost didn’t make it. God knew best, and I received His blessing.”
I thought the gentleman would agree with me, and what he said left me speechless and sad. “I wouldn’t have done it. I would have left the house.”
If I had escaped the home like I wanted, and I did make plans to do so, I would never have tasted the deep love and steadfast presence of God and His Son.
Jean Ann Williams published a book on suicide loss after her youngest son Joshua took his own life in 2004. “God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart” is a devotional style memoir showing how God walked alongside her in the most difficult grief journey of her life.
Where to purchase God’s Mercies After Suicide: Blessings Woven Through a Mother’s Heart: Create Space
About Moonstone Secrets: As the Christmas season sparkles around her, DeeDee McCreary eagerly anticipates visiting magical Victoria, BC, with her boyfriend, Nick, and meeting his family. But the trip proves disastrous. First, Nick finds his bank account cleaned out. Then he disappears. Frantic, she determines to uncover what happened. When she discovers something far worse than she anticipated, she questions everything she believes to be true about him.With the man she loves in jail for an unspeakable crime, DeeDee knows the truth lies somewhere in Nick and his ex-wife’s past. But if she pursues their secrets, will she put herself in danger, too?What are readers saying about Moonstone Secrets?
- “I couldn’t put it down. The vivid descriptions and the setting pulled me into the story.” – reader Joy
- “The sisterly bond was wonderful to see, how they stuck by each other. It was good to meet up with DeeDee and Livy again.” – reader Julia
COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash
About the book:
A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the
town’s rich and powerful.
Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at
the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin.
As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power
brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her
Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town’s worst crime
spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he
thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone
wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire
adult life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll
risk everything to save.
With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from
trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they
Christian Romantic Suspense
What Reviewers Are
I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next! Can’t wait
for the next one!—R. Cole
This is my second novel from Vander Klipp and I continue to be
impressed with her writing.–Kelly T.
Add this book to your must-read list!—Regina F.
What COTT Voters Had to
~Great Book, Jennifer! Kept me on the edge of my seat!!
~Jennifer Vanderklipp, keep on writing. Some days it may seem as if no
your books, but believe me, we, your readers, are out here just waiting
for your next
release. A. Zuniga
~You have an awesome cover.The book sounds great.
~In love with Jennifer’s writings!!!
~Enjoying so many new titles from amazing authors that pour their hearts
in to their work. However I have to say that Protective Custody is a
nail biter beginning to end. I could not put it down. Kudos to Jennifer
Vander Klipp. Looking forward to more great reads from her.
~I like suspense like Jennifer VanderKlipp writes!
About the Author:
I make beauty from neglect, order from chaos. I like fixing messes!
And I get to do that a lot since I’m a mom to two and stepmom to four,
navigating the tweens and
teens while battling my daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the
delights of my son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California
native transplanted to the Midwest, my favorite thing is discovering
with my husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the
delight that is Michigan.
Promise Me is a prequel novella to Protective Custody, and it is
releasing in May. With the same great setting as Protective Custody,
(Orange County, California) this story focuses on Cait Bellamy and
Grayson Kendall, who make brief appearances in Protective Custody. But
we also get introduced to the stars of Protective Custody, Detective
Kyle Taylor and Heather McAlistair.
Marketing director for Samashima Family Farms Cait Bellamy, on a break
from the endless restoration of her farmhouse, witnesses
potentially-devastating vandalism at the farm. Car restoration hobbiest
and real estate attorney Grayson Kendall finds himself intrigued by the
happenings at the farm which seem to be related to his latest real
estate development. He does some digging, unknowingly putting Cait and
her beloved farmhouse in danger. Can they both learn trust each other
and create something new out of the wreckage their pasts while trying to
discover who wants to put the farm out of business?
To find out more about her books, her latest releases, and get free
chapters sign up for her newsletter at www.JenniferVanderKlipp.com
Transformed by Hope
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
In my Easter novella, my main character Vivian Klein had a life changing transformation happen in her life. I decided to interview her so she could tell you about it.
Vivian, what was your life like before you married Henry?
It’s a time in my life I really don’t like to talk about. The best was to describe it would be hopeless. My fiancée, the only man I’ve ever loved, was killed in the Great War. Then my parents and sister died of influenza. If that wasn’t bad enough, soon after they died, I found out that my father had gambled away our farm. One month after I buried them, the sheriff showed up with a foreclosure notice and told me I had one hour to gather my belongings and leave. I had to take a job at a hotel owned by the man who led my father to ruin.
That does sound hard. How did you handle the situation?
I wish I could tell you I trusted in God through it all, but I didn’t. The only thing I could manage to believe was God was angry at me. I felt He had deserted me. I decided my only option was to end it all, but before I did, I prayed one last prayer. I said, “Please, Lord, if there’s another way.”
You obviously didn’t kill yourself. What happened?
God sent me Henry. Henry was my fiancée’s best friend, and I always liked him. He showed up out of nowhere and offered to marry me. At first, I was shocked, but he assured me it would be a marriage of convenience only. I was going to say no. The whole idea was preposterous. I didn’t love him, but I couldn’t help but say yes. Hope began to shuffle back in my life. I can’t tell you how God transformed me through home because I don’t want to give anything away. You’ll have to read my story, Resurrection of Hope, to find out.
Resurrection of Hope
She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?
After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.
Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. Her first full length novel is due to be released in April. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. You can purchase her latest novella, Resurrection of Hope at most online stores including Desert Breeze. Join Tamera on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net, her blog at http://tameralynnkraft.com, Facebook http://facebook.com/tameralynnkraft or Twitter http://twitter.com/tamerakraft.
Traci and Marc’s Transformation
A Guest Post written by Alexis A. Goring
Today, I want to write about the transformation that Traci and Marc experienced. Traci and Marc are not real people, though their story is true to real life situations and stories.
Traci is the heroine and Marc is the hero of my new novella, A Second Chance. When the reader first meets Traci, they see that she is bitter and cynical about love because her fiancé left her at the altar on their Wedding Day. He ran off with her Maid of Honor who she thought was her best friend, leaving Traci with a broken heart and a pile of debt from the expenses for their wedding that didn’t happen.
The reader gets to see Traci at her most vulnerable moments and witness her private struggles. They get to see the highs and lows on her faith journey with God. Most of all, they get to see how she learns how to trust again as God uses Marc to strengthen her faith and win her heart.
When the reader meets Marc, they see that he is smitten with Traci at first sight, but he’s also very wary because of his pattern with women. All of Marc’s ex-girlfriends said that he was too nice to keep. So they dumped him for someone more dashing and daring. They broke up with him with the line, “Let’s just be friends.” Marc is tired of being in the friend zone and due to these patterns, he has trouble trusting women in romantic relationships. But that may change when he meets Traci. However, falling in love with Traci is not a carefree stroll in a flower garden because of the obstacles that stand in the way of their happily ever after.
As they read Traci and Marc’s budding romance, the reader will see how God works everything together for their good. God even uses Marc’s sister Gina who is a bestselling romance novelist, to gently encourage Marc and Traci’s romance toward the altar.
You’ll have to read the story to find out if Traci and Marc make it to the altar and if their love lasts.
I hope that if you buy my book, A Second Chance, that you will be inspired and encouraged by its message. May the God of Universe who loves you, transform your life with His love.
God bless you!
Alexis A. Goring
Author of A Second Chance
Connect with Alexis:
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com
Book blurb for A Second Chance: Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
Purchase link for A Second Chance (book):
Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/2kAP4HX
Author Bio: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
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