The Parker J Cole Show — Mother’s Day Special Show

To One Who Bears the Sweetest Name

And adds luster to the same.

Long life to her

For there’s no other

Who takes the place

Of my dear Mother.

She is the first person we connect with from the moment we’re born. Hidden inside her womb we are connected by the bond infused by her body. She is the first person we know when we enter the world. The love that exudes from her is washed over us our entire lives. From the first wail we make to the last moment of our lives. She is our Sun, our Moon, our brilliant Star. Our world.

Some of have said a mother’s love is unlike anything we know. It nourishes us, sacrifices for us, and lives for us. How many countless times has your mother stayed up late watching over you? She is our first teacher, our first cheerleader, and our greatest supporter. For most of us, there is nothing our mother’s wouldn’t do for us.

On this episode of the Parker J Cole Show — it’s all about our mothers and God’s special place for them. With me is returning guest, apologist, author, and mother Melissa Cain Travis. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Click on the link to listen at: http://tobtr.com/s/7601183.  Tune in

Write Stuff Author Highlight — Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

Torn Asunder is the newest suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry. Torn Asunder is the story of Hannah and Simon, two North Korean refugees who sneak back into their country to serve as underground missionaries. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Simon and Hannah learn that staying together won’t just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.
 
Torn Asunder launches today for just 99 cents, and all book sale proceeds today support the work of Liberty in North Korea, an organization that runs an underground railroad for North Korean refugees. You can get the paperback or the ebook for 99 cents for a limited time only. And remember the best news ~ Your purchase will help save a North Korean refugee!

Excerpt from Torn Asunder:



Simon gritted his teeth. His head felt like it was sinking. The general kept his voice level and pleasant as he slipped the device over Simon’s pinky. “Now, you just tell me who you delivered your Bibles to, and I’ll let you leave here with everything intact.”Simon tried to swallow. His whole jaw was swollen from his scuffle in the woods. He shut his eyes and hoped the general couldn’t feel him tremble.

General Sin chuckled to himself. “Silly me. I forgot.” He slid the device off Simon’s finger. “This kind of tool won’t work on a big, strong man like you.” He strode over to Hannah and yanked her hand before Simon could even cry out. He jammed her ring finger into the opening.

Simon struggled against his iron restraints. “Let her go!”

Hannah sucked in her breath. General Sin still glared at Simon. “This is your last chance. Give me the names, and I’ll release her unharmed.”

Simon’s field of vision blurred over. He wanted to scream. The metal from his handcuffs sliced open his wrists. He pictured himself breaking free and tackling the general to the ground.

“Better talk.” General Sin yawned. “I hate getting my uniform messy.”

Hannah’s hand trembled, but she didn’t make a noise.

“Three …”

Simon clenched his jaw, unable to tear his face away from Hannah’s wide, terrified eyes.

“Two …”





Want more? Buy Torn Asunder on amazon now. And remember, all book sales today will be donated directly to Liberty in North Korea, a group committed to seeing North Koreans achieve their freedom in THIS GENERATION.

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Christians Don’t Wear Halos

When people see the term ‘Christian fiction’ they may automatically sum up the book in several ways:

Original image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Sean Rogers

Original image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Sean Rogers

  • Jesus is the main character of the story.
  • Sermons are poorly disguised in the form of a ‘preacher’ shouting fire and brimstone.
  • An unsoiled character with a pure brilliant white halo is the protagonist of the story and has the faith to lift mountains from the earth.
  • A chaste, gentle kiss is the hottest it’s going to get (for those of us who love romance)
  • Last but not least…boring.

Thankfully, ever since I’ve started doing this show, I’ve yet to come across Christian fiction with some of the authors I showcase that have these sort of elements in them. Although there is nothing wrong with these type of stories. They do have their place.

As I prepared to get ready for today’s show, I looked up the use of halos in art. Other religious and cultural art also used halos to depict a divine person they they sought to portray. The use of the halo in Christian art in times past was first only used for God, Jesus and in some art Mary. Later on, it was used for saints set forth by the Church fathers and other people who made contributions to the gospel. They are to be commended.

But as LeTecia Cunningham said in our show entitled Metamorphosis, Christians need to be real. As art progressed, the call for realism in paintings became more pronounced. For one thing, the halo became cumbersome as sometimes, it would completely take over the person the artist tried to portray. Eventually, the use of the halo declined.

In the same way, Christian fiction for today’s world needs to portray realistic characters that people can relate to. One writer made the observation that sometimes he heathen in the books as just unsaved Christian who don’t know yet. Really? How many Christians came from broken homes, atheistic mindsets, occultism, Eastern philosophies and many more diverse background to fall to their knees and proclaim Jesus as Lord? They’re out there so why do some Christian writers choose not to utilize them.

The call for realistic Christian characters is fiction is real. Alana Terry, author of the award winning The Beloved Daughter, will be chatting with me to see how we can create realistic character in Christian fiction. After all, if Christian don’t wear halos…why are Christian writers making their characters wear them?

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guest. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5547617. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us.

The Beloved Daughter AudioBook Launch

2544890Next week on the Write Stuff, we are going to chat with Alana Terry, author of the award winning The Beloved Daughter.  The Beloved Daughter, an inspirational suspense novel by award-winning author Alana Terry, is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)

You can enter to win prizes including jewelry so feel free to visit her website by clicking here.

Here are just some of the reviews for Alana’s book.

“Alana is a master storyteller, and I can’t imagine anyone failing to be captivated by this harrowing tale. What we have here is a compelling story, but it’s also one of great importance.” ~ Brad Francis, Author ofThe Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living  

“The Beloved Daughter is a beautifully written story that is…both personal and representative of the challenges that many North Koreans still face today.” ~ Sarah Palmer, Rescue Team Coordinator at Liberty in North Korea

Guest Blog Post–Paperbacks vs Ebooks: Is it really worth it? by Alana Terry

2544890Our guest blog post is from Alana Terry, an indie author whose book, The Beloved Daughter was a winner in both the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book Club Network book of the month competition.  She gives us some insight on the value of paperbacks over ebooks.
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With so many readers opting for ebooks, may self-published authors wonder why anyone would bother printing a paperback at all? It’s true that ebook sales have now surpassed sales for print books. Especially in the indie book movement, it seems like ebooks are the way to go.

There’s a lot to be said for that. With ebooks, you don’t have to worry about actual merchandise. You don’t have to ship anything out. Formatting is quite a bit easier too, believe it or not. When you’re publishing a print book, you need a full cover design (including that tricky spine whose width changes with your page count) as opposed to just a rectangular thumbnail. You’ve got to worry about things like orphan words dangling at the end of paragraphs and blank lines or awkward section breaks that just don’t come into account on an ebook.

If you’re a self-published author like I am, you are probably going to sell a lot more ebooks than paperbacks. Face it. Most people would rather pay $0.99 to $2.99 for your electronic version than $16 or $18 to get a paperback sent to them. With ebooks, your readers can start reading your novel right away, and they don’t have to pay any shipping fees.

If you don’t count the books I gave away free during a five-day promo, I’ve sold about five ebooks for every paperback someone’s ordered. If you include the ebooks that my readers picked up for free, that ratio jumps to well over a hundred ebooks per print copy.

Even with those numbers, however, I’ve made significantly more money with the sales from my paperbacks. I’m not just talking per book. I’m talking overall royalties. It’s not too hard to figure out. When one of my novels sells on Amazon in its paperback version, I get about $4.50 from that one sale. When my ebooks sell, I only get about a dollar, give or take based on how I’ve priced my ebook for a given time period. In other words, I have to sell five ebooks to match the cost of one paperback.

But that’s just when my readers order from Amazon. I also have copies of my books that I sell at events. With these books, after I order them from CreateSpace (Amazon’s self-publishing service for paperbacks) and sell them, I’m making about $10 profit per book. If I want to earn a hundred bucks, all I need to do is sell ten paperbacks. Find the right event, and that’s not too much of a challenge. To make the same amount of money, I’d need to sell about a hundred ebooks.

Some self-published authors will still choose to stick solely to electronic versions. And I can’t blame them. Like I said, the formatting for paperbacks takes more time, and lots of authors don’t want to deal with the hassle of storing merchandise, shipping orders, etc. But if you have the time (or the money to pay someone else) to get a paperback version formatted and uploaded to CreateSpace, you may find an additional source of income to supplement your ebook sales.

Alana Terry is the author of the inspirational suspense novel, The Beloved Daughter, set in North Korea. The Beloved Daughter was a winner in both the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book Club Network book of the month competition. She has also published a special-needs memoir and a time-travel series for kids.

You can connect with Alana on twitter at @aboynamedsilas, or see her Amazon author page.