Times of Trial

By Cliff Ball

One Sunday morning, a few weeks after President Collins had nullified the election results, it was Laura’s turn to take care of the under three year olds in the nursery. The babies and toddlers were usually quiet, so Laura sometimes used the time to study for school while also listening to the church service over the radio system that had been set-up for anyone who was in the nursery. As she was studying, she heard a rumble, along with the sound of helicopters overhead, but there were no windows to look out of to see what was happening and she couldn’t leave the nursery, so she figured she’d wait until church was over to find out what had happened. She didn’t have to wait long.
In the auditorium, which had four hundred people seated in the pews, the choir was singing. An M-1 Abrams tank suddenly crashed through the front doors of the building and came into the auditorium, interrupting the singing, while two other tanks crashed through the east and west walls, with black clad soldiers walking into the auditorium from behind the tanks. The congregation was clearly frightened, but they had nowhere to run, and Pastor Fields got up from his chair, went to the podium, and asked, “What’s going on here?”
A man, who looked like he was in charge of this interruption, walked up the steps of the platform, walked over to Pastor Fields, and asked, “Pastor Matt Fields, I presume?”
“Yes. Who are you and what on Earth are doing by bringing tanks and soldiers in here?”
“Who I am is of no concern to you. We’re here to arrest all of you for being enemies of the state. We have busses outside waiting to take you to our holding facility. Go quietly and no one should get hurt. Not much anyway,”
“You can’t do this! This is a free country, we can worship as we please. What right do you have?”
“I can do this, and no, you are no longer free to worship as you please. Men, escort these people to the busses and sweep the campus to look for others to pick up. Pastor, will you go or will you resist?”
Fields looked at his congregation being forcibly led outside, prayed inwardly for the strength to do what he was about to do, and said, “I will not go. I resist your attempt at tyranny. If I die, I die free,”

About Cliff Ball:

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, born in Arizona, is a born again Christian. Has two BA’s, and a Certificate in Technical Communications. Has published eight novels and two short stories. Won third in high school for a short story written in Creative Writing class for a young adult magazine. Please visit his website at http://www.cliffball.net
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WRITING WHAT WE LOVE

H.C.Beckerr

I have always loved to read, and I have always loved music. I have also, for as long as I can remember, been completely mesmerized by the stars in the night sky, often wondering if there were any other civilizations out there for mankind to meet one day. While many of my childhood fancies have turned to dust (one being the idea of other civilizations in the cosmos…we can talk about that another time), the dreams of writing and being published have been, and are being, fulfilled.

But yet, when I start on a new project, there is that one teeny, tiny matter that always arises before me like that car that pulls out of the parking lot on to the highway in front of me just as I want to share the exact physical place at the same time; what do I right about next? What style of vehicle am I going to climb into and drive down the superhighway of words? Will it be serious? Will it be funny? Am I writing in the past, the present, or even the future? How about a combination of all the above? How about none of the above? I love music…could I write an opera? No, I gave up on that idea a long time ago. I mean since I can’t read music I really shouldn’t try to write any (thank you Mark Lowry), and besides…I have never enjoyed opera (with solemn apologies to all you opera buffs, yeah, both of you).

Alas, what to write indeed! One thing I would like to share with you, and it is a very obvious matter indeed (at least, to me). Write about what you love or about how you feel. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I didn’t say it would be easy….but it doesn’t have to be as difficult to figure out as Celestial Mechanics either.

So, here we go….what is inside you that is screaming to get out? What is it that, if given the opportunity, you would like to share with the whole world? Or, would you like the chance to share something so precious to you that if only one life on planet Earth could be changed for the better by reading it, you would have fulfilled your whole life’s destiny? All of this, and more, awaits you. You simply need to consider the individual vehicle of writing that works for each and every message that you want to stand upon the highest mountain and scream to the world. Or whisper.

You know, if I could write a message in the sky for the whole world to read, I would borrow a line from the Bible; Enoch walked with God and then was no more, for God took him.

So, sit down with pen or pc, and let God write a story with your heart. After all, He is the source of our inspiration. Let Him use you to touch lives!

IMG_9903H.C. Beckerr is the author of HILL OF GREAT DARKNESS and he resides in the St. Louis area. Over the past ten years he has served as an interim pastor at a small Baptist church, an associate pastor, as well as a youth pastor in the St. Louis area, all the while working on his first novel.

A love for the outdoors as well as a love for mystery and the unknown things of life was fostered in his early childhood by his many visits to an archaeological site not far from his home known as Cahokia Mounds. This is where the idea for his Christian based Science Fiction novel was spawned, nurtured, and brought to life.

Being a man of faith and family, as well as having a love for his country is at the epicenter of all that entails this simple mid-western man. He can be found on Facebook pages H.C. Beckerr, Henry Martin, and HILL OF GREAT DARKNESS as well as reached at hcm59@att.net.

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In HILL OF GREAT DARKNESS, an ancient secret that lies buried deep beneath an American Indian Historical Site is accidentally discovered when a new type of rocket propulsion system is tested in near-Earth orbit. An good, old-fashioned, science fiction story with real-life Christianity (complete with our human flaws) at its core and tints of 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK fueling the adventure.

A fun blend of science fantasy/fiction, patriotism, various world views, and terrorism all rolled into one roller coaster of a ride!

Interview with Jim and Karen Baney

 Welcome, Jim & Karen.  Can you tell us what Christian eBooks Today.com is all about?

Jim:  Christian eBooks Today.com is a website that is for fans of Christian fiction and nonfiction.  It is a safe place to browse and learn more about great Christian eBooks without worrying about coming across any racy or explicit content.

Why did you start Christian eBooks Today.com?

Karen:  I’ve been an avid reader of Christian fiction since I was a young girl.  But, over the past few years as I started publishing books, I noticed that it was getting harder and harder to browse for Christian eBooks online without coming across some pretty embarrassing and racy covers.  I just wanted to find a good clean Christian romance book and find new authors.

In August, Jim joined the ranks of the unemployed, so I asked him what he thought about helping me launch a site for Christian readers.  It took some convincing, but he finally agreed to do it.

Jim:  Hey!  It didn’t really take much convincing.  I like the idea of being self-employed.

On your Vision and Mission page on the website, you mention edgy Christian fiction.  Can you tell us more about this?

Karen:  Sure.  Over the past few years or even a decade, the Christian fiction market is changing.  Authors are writing more true-to-life characters that get thrown into some pretty tough circumstances, such as rape, abuse, abandonment, etc.  In fact, some of my novels fall into that category.

Anyway, there is a bit of a divide in readership.  Some readers don’t like the trend, while others prefer it.  We wanted to mention that we accept those types of books on our site so readers are not surprised if they come across something like that.

So, your site includes Christian nonfiction too?

Jim:  Yes.  We include a variety of nonfiction genres, too.  Bible studies, devotionals, self-help, Christian living and much more.  We really want the site to be a place where readers can find any type of Christian eBooks.

Who runs the site, I mean really?

[Karen glances at Jim and giggles.]

Jim:  We joke around.  I’m the chief operations officer and Karen is the CEO.  She has the vision and then I do all the hard work to make it happen.

Karen:  [elbows Jim]  I do some of the hard work, like marketing and writing content.

Jim:  Okay, okay.  I’ll give you that.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Karen:  Yes.  We have a feature on our website under the “For Readers” menu called “Reader’s Choice”.  This is where readers can fill out a form telling us about great Christian eBooks that they’ve read.  Each week, we will select one submission to appear on our website.  Then, once a month we will randomly choose a winner from all of the submissions (even if they don’t get featured).  The winner receives a $25 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Readers can submit as many eBooks as they want.

Wow, that sounds great!  So, where can we see this new website?

Jim:  Visit ChristianEBooksToday.com.  You can also follow us on Twitter (@cebtoday), Facebook, or Google+.  Check our site daily for our list of free fiction and free nonfiction ebooks.

Karen:  Remember to sign up for our newsletter too.  Just click on the envelope icon in the upper right corner of our site.  Each week we email readers a summary of our key weekly features including: guest blog posts, great reads, author of the week, and the reader’s choice selection for the week.

Thank you so much for hosting us!


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An Ode to the Hopeless Romantic

By Suzanne Williams

I am becoming a hopeless romantic, and I thought that’d never happen to me. You see, I am the girl who watches all the guy movies, the ones with car chases and explosions, gory battle scenes where heads get lopped off. I’m the one who says, “I love that!” when at the end of the movie the good guy decimates the bad guy entirely.

Chick flick? Puh-lease. You can’t get me to watch them. What’s the purpose of a movie where the entire plot is “Will he get with her or not?” No, I need action. I want to be on the edge of my seat, gripping the couch cushion. Well, to a point. There was this one movie where the good guy just couldn’t get his act together until the last scene. I didn’t care for that so much. But I think you get my point.

Yet here I am a year into writing fiction and I, lover of suspense and action, am writing romance novels. Whodathunkit? It’s funny really because it fell in my lap all at once, and I truthfully didn’t see it coming. I had this idea for a novel with a war theme. I ran it by a friend who said, “Write it.” Trouble was it had a distinctly romance theme, and I didn’t know beans about writing romance. For that matter, I didn’t know beans about writing fiction. Two chapters into the story that became painfully evident.

So I did what I always do when up against a wall, I began to study. Now, there are two forms of study a writer does. The first is reading articles on how to write. I’ve read tons of those and have bookmarked them all for future reference. The second form is reading. Reading is by far one of the most important things any writer can do to learn their craft. And not simply reading the good novels, but also the bad ones. Of course, you don’t know until you begin to read it if it’s good or bad, but it’s in the reading you start to see story structure, plot  lines, and all the nuances of what works or fails more clearly.

One of the worst books I read taught me the most about what not to do. The further into it I got the more I knew what I wanted to avoid in my own writing. Another book I read more recently partially succeeded. It had a great storyline and believable characters. However, the author made some minor mistakes that if corrected would have greatly improved the story. I learned from that book as well. But I think the best thing about reading is when I find a real gem. That’s the book I would never have read except I wanted to know if the author could pull it off.

My most recent gem is “Descended” by Dana Pratola. I’ve never been a paranormal romance fan. There’s something weird about semi-human/supernatural beings falling in love when I still struggle with the “falling in love” part in humans alone. Yet she did something in this novel that I was not expecting. She made me believe. I was sucked in from page one and believed every word she’d written. This despite my brain’s need for facts and truth (I’m a history nut). Somehow through her words, I threw out all my concrete knowledge of life and said, “Yeah, this could happen. I can see it.”

I asked myself afterward why that was. What did she do that other authors had failed to do? And the answer came down to two things. One, she made paranormal romance Christian, clean, and morally right. I didn’t think that was possible. Two, the attraction between the characters was as much physical as it was in their heart. I have a distinct problem with romance novels where “he” is looking for a “wife” as if she’s a vase of flowers.

And while I’m on the subject, I also have a problem with a romance novel where the physical overtakes what’s in the heart. Now, I’m sorry folks, but sex (yes, I said the “s” word) is not the end all in a relationship. As a Christian, love and marriage, commitment and the uniting of two hearts, comes first. There isn’t any other way to write a good romance novel because the physical soon fades away, and then you’re left with what?

I’m enjoying my foray into fiction – loving it, in fact – and I like to think it’s making me a more well-rounded writer because I know now what I like to write about and how I like to write it. I can write it better, and I understand what I’m doing more often than not. I’ve also made great writer friends, met some wonderful, supportive readers, and expanded my bookshelves incredibly. But most of all, I’ve become a hopeless romantic. I see now the value of, “Will he get with her?” And to me that’s worth more than words.

But don’t expect me to give up my action movies.

MISSING. The story of three generations of one family tied together through love, loss, and war.

Adele Davis’ husband, John, went missing in action in Vietnam. Five years later, she meets Stephen Sanders and falls in love. Yet should love again? Or does she dishonor her husband’s memory?

Amos and Elizabeth Sanders’ son, Andrew, left home to fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. But he never returned. A strange series of events returns him to them along with something far greater.

Doug and Molly Sanders both have secrets. What happened to him when he parachuted into France on D-Day? And what happened to her? Will their secrets destroy them both?

Book Review PURSUED BY Lillian Duncan

By Ada Brownell

The ultimate test of a good novel is the story told, and Lillian Duncan created a powerful story with Pursued. First the attorney, Reggie (short for Regina) Meyers is in danger of losing her job because of a grammatical error on a contract.

 

At the airport on her way home, a woman accidentally whacks her in the head with luggage when she takes it from the carousel. Still dizzy from the blow, Reggie tries to weave her way through heavy traffic. She swerves to avoid a dog being chased by a child and an old pickup collides with her car.

 

She doesn’t care how handsome the driver is, she’s angry. Since her vehicle absorbed most of the impact, he offers to drive her home. After he uses some persuasion, she goes with him only to find the door to her home wide open, her apartment ransacked, trashed and the furniture slashed.

 

The owner of the pickup, Dylan Monroe, insists she can’t stay in that apartment after such vandalism. The person might be a killer.

 

Thus begins the chase. Reggie is pursued by someone who is serious about killing her.  She’s shot at, her phone is bugged, and bombs are placed on her car.

 

Although Dylan just met her, he insists on protecting her. He takes her to his sister’s house. When she’s followed there, he moves her to his parents, then to a friend’s place that is difficult to find and equipped with detection equipment.

 

It takes a while for Reggie to understand why Dylan wants to help. He’s a committed Christian and feels it’s his calling to do what he can for a person in need. Reggie, abandoned by her parents at a young age, is in need of someone who cares. She grew up in foster homes and knows little of committed love and devotion.  She fights being attracted to Dylan because he’s a farmer and she’s an attorney.

 

The story is a great read, and that’s why I give it five stars it deserves.

 

   — Ada Brownell

Author of Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal

and  Confessions of a Pentecostal

 

Meet Steve Biddison

I’m please to welcome Steve Biddison to the spotlight today.  Steve is a great guy with a big heart.  Welcome, Steve….

We’d love to know a little about who you are when you’re not writing.

Although writing has been my dream since middle school, my career has mostly been defined as a basketball coach.  I loved working with high school kids and helping mold a group of individuals into a team set on reaching goals.  I guess you could say that coaching and writing, though seemingly two distinct entities, are both in my blood.

In addition to teaching and coaching, I did spend 4 years as a youth pastor.  Those were perhaps the four most rewarding years of my life.

So I guess Christian writer isn’t that much of a stretch. How did you come to be a Christian writer?

I didn’t set out to be a Christian writer.  I was a writer who was a Christian.  In fact my first book was a book about coaching basketball.  It has gone in and out of the top 10 kindle books for coaching basketball.   It was after I wrote that book and realized I was now pursuing the dream God had put into my heart when I was a teenager that I published a short sermon series called Pursuing Your God-Given Dreams. 

While I was a youth pastor, I wrote daily devotions each month for the students in my ministry.  Years later, I revisited all those writings and put together an updated devotional book spanning the life and teaching of Christ.

The funny thing is when I set out to write my first novel several months ago, I did not intend it to be a Christian novel.  It was going to be a YA fantasy novel that takes place in other worlds.  But the more the story developed, the more I began to see the parallel’s in this story to the fall of Lucifer and the redemption offered by Christ.  So it kind of morphed into a Christian Young Adult fantasy novel.

It’s amazing to me how if you look hard enough, everything goes back to that spiritual war and spiritual truths.  So if you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

I would probably be coaching basketball.

Who are your greatest influences either writing or personal?

I would have to say that in a lot of ways my father has been one of the biggest influences on my life.  He is a pastor and in some ways a mentor.

Very important to have parents you can look up to.  If you could give one piece of advice (not writing related), what would it be and why?

I believe that inside every Christian, God has placed dreams He wants us to pursue.  Often times we put those dreams aside because of circumstances in life.  Or maybe, we are afraid to fail.  My advice is to forget  the past fears and failures, focus on the future that God wants, prepare in the present for what God is doing, and then pursue it with a passion.

What has been your greatest challenge in life so far?  How did you handle it?

I have had times of uncertainty where I have lost a job and had no idea what would happen.  But just like God always does, He showed Himself to be faithful and provided a job at just the perfect time.

What do you like to read?  What are some of your favorites that you have read?

I enjoy a wide variety of books.  Depending on where I am in life makes a difference as to what read.  Before every basketball season, I read books on coaching and leadership.  More recently, I have been reading books on marketing, especially in the area of ebooks.

Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?

My favorite quote is actually from the Bible.  I guess you could say Philippians 3:12-14 is the motto I have adopted since I began my writing career.

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.  

 Philippians 3:12-14 NLT

This passage is not only my motto for writing, it is also the subject of one of my first books, Pursuing Your God-given Dreams. 

What are you working on right now writing-wise?

Right now I am in the early stages of writing the sequel to my YA Christian fantasy novel, The Center Circle.  I so much enjoyed writing Book 1 that I can’t wait to dive headlong into book 2.  However, the market is also demanding that I put out a few more coaching books before next fall.  And I am currently in the middle of writing a Bible study based from the book of Nehemiah about how we can be used of God right now in our lives.  So I am busy writing.

Very cool! Tell us about what you have out for us to enjoy.

I would like everyone to give The Center Circle a chance.  Yes, it is YA, but it is not limited to teenagers only.  I think you will not only find the action moving quickly in this age old battle of good vs. evil.  But by getting in on the beginnings of this trilogy, you will see the infancy of a brewing a romance that will climax in a way that saves not only our world, but many worlds.

I also want to invite each of you to follow my blog.  I write at least once a week usually on pertinent issues of that week.  For instance, my post following the death of Whitney Houston was one that many people read.  I also include devotionals aimed at practical Christian living in my blog.  And of course, you will find updates about all my writing on that website as well.  You can find my blog at www.stevebiddison.wordpress.com

11)  Where can readers find you on the ‘net?

I would very much love to get to know each of you.  I will answer any comment or message you send to me.  Readers are the heart of what I do and as I get deeper into my writing career, I want to involve the readers in certain decisions as much as possible.  For instance, the cover of my latest release, The Center Circle, was voted on by those on my facebook book page.

You can find me on my blog and website at www.stevebiddison.wordpress.com.   Please sign up to follow the blog and we will be able to stay in contact that way.

My facebook book page is Steve Biddison Books     http://tinyurl.com/7ukq7zm

Finally, all my books can be found on my author page at the Amazon Kindle store.  http://tinyurl.com/6lr65an

Thanks so much for visiting with us, Steve!  Good luck and God bless you as you pursue YOUR God-given dreams!

A Review of “Goodbye Noel”

GOODBYE NOEL by Nike Chillemi

Reviewed by Lillian Duncan

Before you read what I have to say about GOODBYE NOEL, you should know that historical fiction is not my favorite genre and World War II and the post war era are among my least favorite.

Sorry, Nike. The truth is the truth.

Having said that, GOODBYE NOEL by Nike Chillemi is an exception to the rule. Reading GOODBYE NOEL was an unexpected treat. Her rich vibrant writing, interesting characters, and a suspenseful plot work together to make an entertaining story.

A definite must read for book lovers who enjoy romance, suspense, or historical fiction.

Here’s what the back cover blurb says:

Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer, who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life, and her heart, as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?

Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother’s flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she’s willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant’s best interests at heart, even the man she’s growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he’s drawn to. Is there’s something he’s overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?

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Buy “Goodbye Noel”… Click here!

How To Double Your Sales

By:  Karen Baney

Okay.  So, I don’t really know the sure-fire way to double your sales as an author.  But, I can share with you what has been working well for me over the past three months—months where I’ve double my sales each month.

First, and most importantly, none of the following suggestions will be successful if you haven’t written a great novel and you don’t have a good cover.  Those two things are absolutely critical for your success as an author.

That little disclaimer aside, here are the three things that have helped me the most in the past three months.

Twitter

After much nagging from my hubby, “Are you on Twitter yet?  You need to be on Twitter.” I finally broke down and got on Twitter.  The first month I was on it, I could hardly figure out what to do with the thing.  I mean 140 characters is frightening to a word smith.  How was I going to say anything in that short space?

So, I started reading other people’s blogs about Twitter.  I learned about hash tags, how to schedule tweets, what kinds of things to tweet, and how to engage with others.  The first month I was on Twitter, my Amazon sales ranking went from somewhere around 108,000 to hovering around 35,000. Pretty good, say you?  I thought so.  And I doubled my sales from the previous month.

(Yes, my hubby was right – just don’t tell him I said so.)

But that wasn’t the only front of my marketing efforts.

Blogging

Yes.  I just said the dreaded “b” word.  But, let’s get real.  Blogging does help.

I’ve finally gotten into a routine with blogging.  I started a series highlighting the main characters from my Prescott Pioneers Series.  This blog series runs every Wednesday.  I include a photo (purchased for less than $5 at iStockPhoto), the character’s stats, and a few insider secrets that only I as the author know about the character.  My fans love it.  It also gives me a chance to promote my books in an interesting way.

The other blog series I started was a Friday post just for authors about various writing topics.  This is a great way to network with other authors and some of them may even buy my books too.  If nothing else, they will have learned something from my posts.

I’ve also recently added an author spotlight series on Mondays, where I feature interviews with other indie authors.

During this time frame, my Amazon ranking went from 35,000 to about 11,000.  Oh—you guessed it—I doubled my sales from the previous month getting very close to that 1,000 book a month barrier.

Then, the next big thing hit…

Cross Promotion

I finally had enough money coming in from my sales that I could spend a little extra on marketing.  So, I started snooping around to find some cheap ways of marketing.  Well, in that process, I connected with Melissa Foster, best-selling author on Amazon.  I was invited to participate in a big promotion.

This promotion hadn’t even launched yet, and I saw tremendous benefit.  I’ve connected with 36 new author friends.  We’ve been helping cross promote for each other over the past month.  I’ve also learned from them ways to work smarter and not harder (like scheduling tweets, getting my book on various websites, etc.)

Since meeting this great group of people, my Amazon sales rankings have jumped from 11,000 to hovering around 2,500.  Wow!  I call that a success.  And… I doubled my sales from the previous month, finally breaking the 1,000 books a month barrier by a significant amount.

While I can’t guarantee you’ll see the same results, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how you, as an author, can market your books and reach out to new readers.

The Revolution – A Footnote

In the two weeks since this post appeared on another blog, I’ve experienced something I never thought I would:  an explosion of interest in transparency.  People have been emailing me with questions.  Authors are banding together to form cross promotion groups.  I’ve completely lost track of how many times this article has been tweeted about (and even if I don’t personally thank each of you, please know I sincerely appreciate your help in getting the word out).

One of the best outcomes of this article is that I am now a part of Grace and Faith 4 U.  This brand new author community is quickly becoming a great place for Christian authors of all genres to meet, get to know each other, and help promote each other’s work.  My heart is overflowing – I have wanted this type of support from the day I typed my first word of my first novel.

Will you join me in this revolution?  Become a part of Grace and Faith 4 U (FB Page: Grace & Faith Author Connection)or start your own group!

Self-published author, Karen Baney, enjoys sharing information to help authors learn about the Business of Writing.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in various business related career fields for the past 20 years.  She writes Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance novels.  For more information about Karen or her books, visit http://www.karenbaney.com.

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