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Transformation: Deadly Silence by Lillian Duncan

Posted by Julie on January 25, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Transformation

 

As I was getting ready to write this post for Julie I asked what she’d like me to talk about, she gave me several suggestions and…this is the one I picked.  It was a good pick for the book I want to talk about but an even better pick for me personally.

Transformation is the act of changing. That’s something that happens to all of us—everyday. So much so that we might not notice. Unfortunately in my case, it’s very noticeable. In 2012 I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors (non-cancerous) and a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).

Since then my physical health has been in a state of transformation… and not for the better! On the other hand my spiritual health has also been in transformation… and I’d like to think for the better!

When you need to rely on God to get you through the bad times, it changes you. And in my case that means it’s changed my writing as well. I wrote Deadly Communications in the summer after I was diagnosed but before most of my difficulties began.

Deadly Silence, the third in the Deadly Communications series, was written after I lost a great deal of hearing along with my balance due to the brain tumors. In fact, I put Layla, a late-deafened adult into the story for that very reason.

As a speech therapist for deaf and hard-of hearing children for many years, I might be a bit better prepared to deal with the realities of my hearing loss but it still hasn’t been an easy transformation.

Transformation rarely is an easy thing, especially when it comes to spiritual matters.

Maven Morris, my main character in Deadly Silence has been through her own transformations. In Deadly Communications she struggled with depression after the death of her husband. In Deadly Intent, she had to make a choice to open her heart to another. And when she’s left at the altar in Deadly Silence, she has a choice—fall apart or keep trusting God.

I’m not going to ruin the story by telling you what happens but I can tell you that most of us will face that same choice at one time or many times in our lives. Each time you make the choice to trust God, the more you will discover that God is indeed trustworthy and faithful.

That doesn’t mean our problems will magically disappear. I’m still almost deaf and have mobility issues because of my balance along with a multitude of “smaller” issues. But what it means is that in spite of my circumstances, I have a supernatural peace that only God can give.

And that’s a wonderful transformation!

 

DEADLY SILENCE BLURB:

 

FACED WITH ONLY SILENCE.

Her happily-ever-after is shattered when Maven Morris is left at the altar. Without a word of explanation, her fiancé, has disappeared, leaving Maven and the church filled with their family and friends. Maven refuses to give into the darkness of depression. Instead she takes on a new speech therapy client. Layla’s life has been shattered by silence, as well. As a late-deafened adult, Layla needs skills to cope with her now silent world.

TRUST YOUR EYES.

Those are words of advice Maven gives Layla. The words stir up something on the inside of Maven as she realizes there wasn’t a hint that Paul’s feet had turned cold about their upcoming nuptials. And that’s when silence turns deadly.

Purchase DEADLY SILENCE HERE.

 

 

Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.

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Book Review: Kaleidoscope Summer: Samantha’s Story by Rita Garcia

Posted by Julie on June 20, 2013 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

I confess, I love a series where a city or town is the backdrop. When I learned my dear cyber friend Rita Garcia had a series out revolving around a quaint community called Serenity Cove, I was curious. Then I realized Rita uses her own skills as a Christian clinical counselor to weave the stories, I was hooked. And in full disclosure, “Dr. Rita” is so kind that when she realized I was looking forward to her books, she sent them to me. She never asked for a review or any kind of promotion, but I enjoyed Kaleidoscope Summer and wanted to tell you about it.

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Samantha Forrester has it all together. Deafness at age fifteen has not hampered her success. Life, although predictable, has hit a comfortable stride. Her world crumbles when secrets of the past are brought to light. She travels to Serenity Cove to settle her birth mother’s estate and search for her true identity. Samantha soon becomes enamored with the town. And then there’s police chief Logan Delatorre who startles her pulse, and grandparents who refuse to acknowledge her. More mystery unfolds when an attack is levied against her—someone wants her out of Serenity Cove. Samantha’s faith is called into question when she stumbles over the need to forgive. Can Dr. Ellie Clarimonde help her connect the pieces of her past and learn the power of forgiveness?

I really enjoyed Kaleidoscope Summer. Rita has a great community, strong characters, sweet romance, curious mystery, and a storyline about loss, adoption, fear, and acceptance that kept me turning the pages.

Samantha has a lot on her shoulders when she arrives in Serenity Cove. She has to read lips due to losing most of her hearing as a teen. She’s in town to settle her birth mother’s estate, and when she arrives, she learns more than she bargains for.

As the story progresses she’s on a search for her birth father, and she’s trying to stay safe as there is an attack aimed at driving her out of town. In the middle of it all is Dr. Ellie, who challenges Samantha to work through the layers of feelings she has about all these events and the consequences.

I really loved Logan, and I thought the storyline between Samantha and her grandfather was exceptionally well done. There are unique journal entries that I thought added beauty and feeling. As you might read in other reviews on Amazon, there is a little POV (point of view) confusion, especially as you start out, but stick with it. Once you realize who it is speaking, it’s a minor factor and you can enjoy the story. I know I did.

I look forward to reading Rita’s other books, Tangerine Morning and Christmas Future.

To purchase Kaleidoscope Summer, click here.

I received Kaleidoscope Summer as a gift from the author with no pressure to review. I chose to review, and these words are my opinion, and mine only.



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