Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Wednesday! Here's today's #FaithandInk devotional:


“… Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
~1 Corinthians 15:58

I love to write, but to be successful as a writer, we have to do more than just write. We have to do the research, marketing, maintenance, and everything else required to pay the bills. And we have to stay on task. If I wrote about whatever I wanted to on any given day, I would have over 1,000 books started, and none of them finished. The same would probably be true of blog posts.

Life as an author isn't simply about writing; it's about producing. So, while I don’t always need motivation to write, I might need motivation to finish a project. Can you relate to that? Do you ever have a day when you just can’t seem to get into the grove?

When I am in need of encouragement or motivation to move forward, I look to God’s Word. Believe it or not, God has a lot to say about motivation; the Bible is simply chock-full of encouragement to work hard. Verses like 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 37:5, Matthew 6:33, Galatians 6:9, and Luke 4:8 leap to mind.


So, on days when I feel unmotivated to get anything done, I bring myself back to this: To give myself fully to the work of the Lord, is to work even when I don’t feel like it. When I start to grow weary of doing good, I have to trust in the Lord to renew my strength (Is. 40:31).

Because the difference between writing as a hobby and being an author as a profession is in the way we treat our writing life. If we want to make a difference for Jesus, we have to work hard for the Lord. Whether we hope He will use our words or use our gift of writing as a source of income to bless our family, we still have to work hard for the Lord if we want to see the fruits of our labor.



Reflection:
Do you see writing as a hobby or a profession?
Do you ever start to grow weary in everything involved in being an author and wish all you had to do was write?

Application:
Look up the verses that I mentioned above and write down a few that mean the most to you to help encourage you when you need a bit of motivation.




Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

Friday, March 23, 2018

CIAN Blogger Janie Winsell



Here at CIAN we try to bring you helpful and uplifting information from Christian bloggers. We'd like to introduce you to one of our new bloggers. Please say hello to Janie and look forward to hearing more from her on our blogs.


My name is Janie and I am 34 years old. I’m originally from Oklahoma, but my family moved around a lot during my school years, and I ended up in Alabama when I was in the fifth grade. Right now, I balance my time between Alabama and Tennessee depending on the week. I’m a writer, blogger, and author. Currently I have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Currently I’m working towards a Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing.



I have my own website, and I blog for a few other sites on occasion. I’m a critique partner, beta reader, and book reviewer. I have one book out right now, and I will be releasing two more books this year.  I am a Christian, and I found my calling in introducing the Gospel through my written words. I believe in writing Christian Fiction that is true to the way the real world acts. I am a mother to a mischievous cat named Angelous.




I enjoy spending time with my family and working towards my future with God leading the way.  Some of my favorite things: Mexican food, wholesome movies, Contemporary Christian music, and books.






If you are an author, and you want to be interviewed on my website, please PM on Facebook.
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Janie Winsell is the author of The Women of Strength Series. She offers writing advice and publishing advice for Indie authors and she hosts her blogs often on the Christian Indie Authors Website & Blogs

Friday, February 2, 2018

Audiobook Reivew The Trampled Rose Series



Miracles in Disguise, The Trampled Rose Series  By Michelle Lynn Brown
Narrated by Jessica Carter Buy Book Here


Sweet Story  
This story is about a woman trying to overcome her past. Christina had a rough life because of a stern father and abusive husband. Despite that, she had a passion to help others and be a good teacher. In the end, she was able to grow closer to God and find love again with someone who, not only, was worthy of her through God's eyes, but most importantly, truly loved God himself.





Sound Biblical message  
Even though Christina's ex husband misused and distorted God's word to manipulate her, she somehow, still trusted God and knew he would answer her and get her through. She even had some positive and supportive people , such as her new pastor's wife, to remind her of that when she really needed advise.



Parallels   
The author had many similarities to remind Christina of her past. The new love interest was a church leader, like her husband. His dog had her ex husband's name. Their was even poor Barbara, a teenager and Christina's student, who was harassed and attacked. All of these things were there to link Christina to memories of her negative experiences. I think there were a few too many parallels, but I understand why the author did it.


The Struggles Were Real  
Christina did have real fears that came from real situations. She dealt with them much  like most of us do. She questioned God and blamed him for some things. It is easy to do that when we do not understand what is going on and especially WHY some things happen.



Details  I am a person who likes a bit more description. Not a lot, just enough to get a picture in my head. I'm not sure what Christina or Nathan look like or any of the side characters. A defining detail to help remember them would be nice. I even like a few words about where she lives. Is it brick house? Are there fragrant flowers that line the walkway? Again, not pages and pages of description, just enough to get a picture in my head.



Anti-climactic
There were some parts of the story that I would've loved to have seen developed further. I've discussed them with the author privately because I didn't want to divulge any spoilers for the readers. Another point I will speak about is Barbara who was attacked by her classmate. I would've been interested in Barbara's point of view. Maybe even some of the trial. There were some hints of a rich family and there being some ups and downs that could've hurt her case, but nothing more. I was relieved that she won her case, but it would've been nice to have some indications of how that came to be. 


Smooth Talker
The narrator was Jessica Carter. She did a great job. Her voice is easy to listen to and she does a great job making the characters come to life. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by her.



Overall
I think Michelle Lynn Brown is a good writer. I liked her story line and how sound the biblical message was. I got interested enough to want to know more about these people and their lives. My advise to her would be 'tell me more'. I would give this book three stars out of five, because I wanted more information. But, a five out of five for the positive message and biblical beliefs. I may listen to more of her books in the future.  Learn more about Michelle and her books here




Appreciation
Thank you for your time and interest in this book and my review. I have loved books my whole life and look forward to more opportunities in the future to show my enthusiasm for the written word, especially when it includes God's word.


- Victoria Skyes

Michelle Lynn Brown is the author of the best-selling Trampled Rose and Reconciled and Redeemed Series. She fell in love with the written word as a teenager, and as a writer, she uses this passion to share with others the joy of having a personal and intimate relationship with Christ."
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine's Day Mega Giveaway


Coming Feb 14 you can enter!!

Welcome to A Great Valentine's Giveaway!

Where you will have 3 Great opportunities to win

1. You can enter to win A Paperback from Samantha Fury  


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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Christian Editor Pam Lagomarsino


    CIAN Editor Spotlight   Pam Lagomarsino Above The Pages 


    We hope that our Authors will enjoy this intro to Above The Pages. Please take a look at one of our many CIAN editors. 

    Pam Lagomarsino has a informative website so if you're in the market for an editor check out her site. 





    Above the Pages – Equipping authors to touch the lives of their readers. Pam Lagomarsino is a Christian editor who provides thorough, affordable editing, proofreading, and manuscript review services. I work with nonfiction, devotionals, inspirational, fiction, children’s materials, and home school curriculum. I also do fact and Scripture verification.  Whether you need a light proofread, substantive revision, or anything in between, I will go the extra mile to help you create a captivating piece to engage, inspire, or educate your readers.  I do all work in Microsoft Word using Track Changes. I offer free sample edits to see if we are right for each other. I will also work with you on payment options or discount pricing for multiple services. 

    A few words about Pam
    Pam Lagomarsino has owned and operated Above the Pages since early 2015 when she established it as a business.  Pam has edited proofread; beta read: Christian & nonfiction books, devotionals, sermons, Bible studies, homeschool curriculum, children’s books, and Christian fiction. Additional experience includes working in a rural library, writing frequent articles for area newspapers, being a sales rep of children’s books, and home teaching her children through high school. Her college coursework included English, literature, library science, and child development.

    As a child, Pam was an avid reader and book lover and would read stacks of library books or encyclopedias during her summers. Her love of books grew into editing when an editor friend invited her to beta-read his book and then encouraged her to pursue editing. Several months later, God orchestrated the events for Pam to begin editing. Pam is a Silver Member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network; a member of Author's Community where authors, writers, and entrepreneurs can accomplish their goals while learning how to market their product on their own; and a member of the Freelancer's Union. She also is a part of TriStone WordsmithsA Community of Independent Christian Authors, Artists, and Editors   Pam has volunteered extensively in various Christian ministries in the areas of teaching or leading children's ministry, girls' retreats, or Bible studies for adults and children for over twenty years. This included building relationships, teaching, and event planning. She is familiar with the Bible and Christian doctrine and teachings.

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