Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Gnostic Library with Lewis Smith

gnosticThe deserts of Egypt conceal the greatest treasure since the Dead Sea Scrolls…
…and the twisted hate of a master terrorist!

Father Duncan MacDonald, Vatican archeologist, has been doing routine parish work in the States near the home of his friends Joshua and Isabella Parker, who are investigating a mysterious Spanish mission in north Texas. Suddenly Duncan is called away to help excavate an ancient library full of writings by the early Christian sect known as the Gnostics, discovered by a villager in Egypt’s Black Desert.

Working with British archeologist Dr. Katherine Feezel, Duncan begins retrieving and preserving the scrolls and codices from the stone structure, buried in the dunes for seventeen hundred years. Katherine, a lovely widow, stirs feelings that he had long suppressed in his service to God and the Church. Before he can resolve this inner conflict, the two scholars are kidnapped by a savage band of jihadists known as the Army of Allah and their sinister leader, Muhammad Al-Shavadi. Josh and Isabella and the rest of the Capri Team race across the globe to help rescue their friend and colleague, but time is running out – and Duncan must decide how far he will go to save the woman he has fallen in love with!

The Gnostic Library brings the adventures of the Capri Team to a heart-pounding conclusion!

Join Lewis and I as we talk about his newest release at 7 pm Eastern time. Call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the linkhttp://tobtr.com/10994507.


lewissigning.jpgLewis Ben Smith’s many friends describe him as a man of numerous talents, and with good reason.

As much at home behind the pulpit as he is in his classroom, where he teaches history to students of six different grades, Lewis also loves walking down ancient riverbeds seeking to add to his museum-like collection of stone artifacts left behind by Texas’ ancient inhabitants. He has even helped excavate the fossilized remains of a Mosasaur, a type of marine dinosaur that roamed the shallow seas that once covered his neck of the woods more than 70,000,000 years ago.

A voracious lifelong reader, Lewis saw his thrilling debut novel, The Testimonium, released by eLectio Publishing in the summer of 2014.

It was soon followed in the spring of 2015 by a historical title, The Redemption of Pontius Pilate, and then another modern archaeological mystery, Matthew’s Autograph, published that same autumn. Theophilus, which covers much of the Roman world in New Testament times, came out in 2017, and most recently his fifth novel The Gnostic Library, which sets its cast of archaeologists down amid the turmoil of present-day Egyp

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Sorcerer’s Bane with Chris Wachter

baneLight and dark battle for the soul of six-year old Prince Rayne, heir to the throne of all Ochen and prophesied Light Bringer of the One. Kidnapped, his memories and voice blocked, claimed as a slave, and given the name Wren, he is raised as an assassin.
Sigmund, powerful ancient sorcerer and enemy of the One, plans to frustrate the prophecy by using the young prince to assassinate his own parents. With the death of the Light Bringer and the failure of the prophecy, Sigmund and his demonic colleagues will be free to bring darkness to all seven worlds of Ochen. But what the sorcerer fails to realize is that the One has already claimed the boy, placing within his spirit a glowing ember of light, and giving him support in a world of abuse and violence.
The Seven Words fantasy series, though set in a far distant future, is a sword and sorcery tale that explores the working out of prophecy through themes of forgiveness, trust, and courage.

Join me as I chat with Chris Watcher and her new book! Call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/10983327.


christ.jpgI started out as a reader … but then, I guess most writers start that way.
Enter: Chris as author!
I am a sixty-something mother of three amazing sons, grandmother of one cute little grandson and a pretty as a princess granddaughter. I have been married to the same absolutely amazingly patient man for nearly forty years.
I spend my days obsessively writing. (Wow, I really do!) And I have been known to spend way too much time gaming on a borrowed X-box.
A degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University, a job as a professional proofreader, and more than fifty-years of experience as a voracious reader of multiple genres (most especially fantasy), honed by a level of maturity I didn’t possess when I was in my twenties, have prepared me to finally write what I have always loved, fantasy (specifically Christian Fantasy).
I love living in rural Lancaster County, PA and if I’m not writing, I’m reading, walking my dog, working on counted cross stitch, or spending time with family and friends.

Tonight on the Write Stuff–Tears and Smiles with Willard Carpenter

tearsFor anyone who has ever cried and laughed; ever lost a dear one; or gained a new love; or
experienced the tenderness of a child’s hug.
“Tears and Smiles” is a book of poems and sketches for the person who has experienced or questioned any part of his or her life.
It empathizes with you, the reader.

Join us for a wonderful conversation with Willard Carpenter, author of the poetry collection entitled “Tears and Smiles”. Listen in at 646-68-8485. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10933685.


williardWillard (Will; Sarge; Doc) Carpenter is a complex man of diverse interests. A soldier by nature he responds to people who chide him for using sir with them by saying “You can take the sergeant out of the Army but not the Army out of the sergeant.”

A born again Christian, he cautions ‘folks’ not to mistake his faith with weakness. He is not shy when it comes to going to war on principle, but shy’s away from conflict.

Mr. Carpenter does not like sports but enjoys shooting and horsback riding. he collects art and wines and listens to slow romantic soundtracts while writing. He relaxes by reading usually at night before falling to sleep.

Having spent a lifetime caring for children whether as a nurse, foster parent or father of exchange students he enjoys passing out ‘lollies’ to what he calls ‘young uns’ at his hoagie restaurant.

A romantic, he loves movies and books that take him to ‘that’ place. He adores his wife who loves sharing those interests with him. With their children grown and out of the house they enjoy each other’s friendship by traveling, watching reality TV and holding hands.

As they had done for the past 30 years they talk about everything. They love to talk. After his wife he loves his children more than his own life. He is not their friend but their father and that word to him is everything.

Will Carpenter is a faith filled family man, happily married for twenty eight years. He spent eleven years in the U.S. Army as medical specialist, army recruiter, army scout medic and clinical specialist.

He is also a retired nurse with twenty-nine years of experience in various settings to include areas of emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

A business owner he resides near Honey Brook, Pa, an Amish community. This has enabled him to thoroughly research their deep-rooted faith and culture.

Write Stuff Friday Roll Call — Find Your Next Favorite Series!

For this week’s Roll Call, here are a number of books, which are either the first of a series or standalones in a series. Check them out and find your next favorite series!


For mythology, excitement, and adventure, check out Book 2 of Nathan Lumbatis’ series, Sons and Daugthers

 

The past year of Daniel’s life has been anything but normal. Adoption by his Heavenly Father? Check. Become the Vessel for the mystical Sun Sword? Check. Charged with a quest to fight the source of all evil? Check. But hey, he made it look good. Now it’s his best friend, Ben’s, turn to become the Vessel for the Triune Shield, and Daniel’s ready to lead the charge on another adventure. But, they only have three days to find the shield before the Enemy catches up, and obtaining it will require the last thing either of the boys is ready for: self-sacrifice.

Daniel must die to his pride, and Ben must pay the ultimate price. They’ll need a miracle if they hope to survive.

To hear the interview with Nathan and I about his Sons and Daughter’s series with an in-depth discussion of book 1, click here: http://tobtr.com/10906655



candid

Life isn’t always sunshine and chocolate.

It’s hard.

Being a Christian doesn’t change that.

In Candid Conversations you’ll read real life stories from real Christian women, and how God has used their struggles to either refine their faith or used their faith to help them weather the storm. From struggling with doubts to dealing with the loss of a loved one, these women lay it all out. They aren’t afraid to get real, because they know God can use their struggles to inspire, encourage, and reach others all for His glory.

Heather Hart, founder of the #CandidlyChristian movement, encourages readers to be honest and look for ways they can relate to each story. Then take that mentality into their everyday lives and start having candid conversations with those around them. Because when we share our struggles, when we are real, that’s when we truly point others to Jesus.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get Candid.

Click to listen to the show here: http://tobtr.com/10912425


One brave decision leads to serious consequences. Maggie is secretly educating the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. But the manor’s serenity is soon threatened by abolitionist John Brown.

A new republic looms on the horizon and with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, her countrymen’s anger escalates as secession spreads across the southern states. With the fires of civil war glowing on the horizon, Maggie is swept into its embers realizing she is in love with the manor’s hardworking, handsome Irishman Ben McConnell.

Ben joins the Union Army and Maggie is forced to call him her enemy. An unexpected chain of events leads her into choosing where her loyalties lie. Conscience and consequence—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South? As the battle between North and South rages, Maggie is torn. Was Ben right? Had this Irish immigrant perceived the truth of what God had predestined for America?

Listen mine’s and Cathy’s discussion of her book by clicking here: http://tobtr.com/10021081


THINK MEN CAN’T WRITE ROMANCE? THEN YOU HAVEN’T READ ONE OF FASTEST RISING STARS OF SWEET ROMANCE!

 

Fiona Chauncey took advantage of Celeste’s House when the Golden Nugget was temporarily shut down. Now, with some domestic skills and education under her belt, she is ready to leave Creede, Colorado for a fresh start. When she is given the chance to go to Sanctuary, Montana to open a library for the town, she jumps on it with arms wide open. Before she leaves she is challenged to open her heart to the possibility of love and marriage in her new town. Agreeing to be open she leaves never dreaming any man would want a former soiled dove.

Jake Lockwood made a vow eight years ago after his second attempt to marry a mail-order-bride ended in failure. He was done seeking a bride. He’d wait for destiny to bring the right woman to him. When he meets the lovely yet broken Fiona Chauncey he knows she’s meant for him. But when his brother seems to object and a bride from his past arrives to force him to wed it looks like his dreams may once again crash around him.

Can a woman with a secret past and a rancher with melding outsiders really get an honest chance at love and marriage? Will Jake listen to those around him and loose Fiona? Can Fiona trust that Jake is a man of his word and that his love is true? She isn’t sure she can. All she knows is this is supposed to be Fiona’s Fresh Start.


islandAgent Sherard Parker never expected to get caught.

His first reconnaissance mission with the DEA was supposed to be simple: infiltrate a small South Pacific island and gather intelligence about its involvement in the international drug trade.

But when Parker stumbles upon a hidden airliner reportedly shot down weeks earlier—an act of terrorism that sparked a war—he realizes the island is more than just home to a major drug operation, it’s also part of a conspiracy so evil it could lead to World War III.

After being captured, Parker is forced to abandon his original mission for a far more important one: escape from the island and return to his family.

Can Parker lead an eclectic band of prisoners in a daring life-or-death escape from their tropical prison, or will those in charge of protecting the island prevail, keeping its dark secrets forever?

See our interview here!



There is an epidemic going on in the Church today.  Many Christians hold on to offenses and maintain a “me first” attitude. In this last season, we must learn how to have compassion, truly love each other, and become one as the Body of Christ. Anna Aquino’s book seeks to open our eyes, soften our hearts, and move us to extend blessings to one another as we come together in unity. This book will help heal the hearts of people—both in the Church and in the world—who have been hurt by the spirit of Balaam.

You will:
•    Learn that the spirit of Balaam brings division by causing Christians to criticize (curse) each other.
•    Understand how spiritual Amnons violate the Body.
•    Be challenged to examine your ways and humble your heart before God.
•    Be motivated to love your brothers and sisters in the Lord compassionately.
Anna Aquino writes, “We in the church need to wake up, have compassion, and start loving the hell out of each other. The spirit of Balaam is moving through the churches at a rapid pace.  It’s up to us as the Church to stop it.”

Anna’s a nut and I love whenever I have her on the show. To listen to our funny and inspiring talk about marriage booboos we all make, click here to listen: http://tobtr.com/10247627


NEED A QUICK SHORT READ? TRY J. M. BUTLER’S THE CELEBRITY!

What if one text changed everything?


The prequel to the Bible is here!

 

See the back-story to mankind’s own story, in this powerful, gripping tale of angels at war.

 

Man’s was NOT the first sin.

 

The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is book one of a four part series that explores the fascinating story of the Fall of Lucifer.

 

Lucifer was God’s perfect creation. Yet rose up to betray the Lord and bring Heaven itself to civil war.

 

Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the behind the scene relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of Heaven seek to overthrow their creator?

 

See Lucifer and his actions in a light never before seen. Journey back to the beginning, and see the drama unfold before your eyes: as allegiances are broken; choices made, and why all of creation awaits the manifestation of the sons of God!


GET THE ENTIRE SERIES IN THE OMNIBUS EDITION

Bedridden for six months with Valley Fever, high schooler Libby creeps out of bed to see the beekeepers arrive on her father’s farm. One of the beekeepers is a lich named Mal whose bees collect magic as well as honey. While his honey can cure her illness, Mal is embroiled in his own problems. He’s trying to regain his humanity and avoid the Necromancer, who is determined that Mal will follow in his footsteps.

But as Mal and Libby delve into what is required to restore Mal’s soul to his body, they run afoul of the Marchers, a group of magic users who protect civilization from evil creatures. The Marchers see Mal only as a monster to be slain, even as they hold the keys to helping him regain his soul.

However, attempting this unleashes the Hunger, a vicious monster intent on devouring the living. As Mal and Libby’s mutual affection grows, so does the danger enveloping them. Will they succeed in restoring Mal’s humanity, or will they bring about the zombie apocalypse?


Light and dark battle for the soul of six-year old Prince Rayne, heir to the throne of all Ochen and prophesied Light Bringer of the One. Kidnapped, his memories and voice blocked, claimed as a slave, and given the name Wren, he is raised as an assassin.

Sigmund, powerful ancient sorcerer and enemy of the One, plans to frustrate the prophecy by using the young prince to assassinate his own parents. With the death of the Light Bringer and the failure of the prophecy, Sigmund and his demonic colleagues will be free to bring darkness to all seven worlds of Ochen. But what the sorcerer fails to realize is that the One has already claimed the boy, placing within his spirit a glowing ember of light, and giving him support in a world of abuse and violence.

The Seven Words fantasy series, though set in a far distant future, is a sword and sorcery tale that explores the working out of prophecy through themes of forgiveness, trust, and courage.


This book isn’t inspired by whether aliens actually do exist (or can exist). Even if aliens are wholly fictional, the very concept of alien intelligence as seen in science fiction can teach important truths about the nature of the God of the Bible.

Because in some very important ways, the Creator of the universe does not think the way a human being thinks.

Travis Perry is a good friend and I’m one of his biggest fans. To hear our conversation about this series, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10852327


Fourteen of the best speculative fiction stories by Christian authors, spinning science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres into worlds of intrigue and delight.

Featuring Graxin by Kerry Nietz, author of Amish Vampires in Space and A Star Curiously Singing, Mythic Orbits 2016 has something for every speculative fiction fan.

To hear Kerry Nietz’s interview about his breakout bestseller, Amish Vampires in Space, click here: http://tobtr.com/9494145


A Shattered World combines three books that tell the story of Rejoice, a seemingly ordinary person who grows from child to full adult, a mother and pastor’s wife. An ordinary person who happens to be a genius.

Rejoice’s family are part of a group of Christian pacifist colonists, seeking new lives on an intriguing alien planet, free from the discrimination and persecution of Earth. Their new home proves to have not just one, but two potentially hostile, native intelligent alien species.

Rejoice at twelve is the only person who sees the threat that menaces to destroy the colonists’ new home. As a teenager, she shares in the adventure of a voyage of exploration around the planet. As an adult, she’s at the center of a simmering potential war between the alien species, her fellow Christian colonists, and new, warlike colonists from Earth.

A Shattered World is epic science fiction clothed in the lives of ordinary people from a distant place, in the not-so-distant future.


 

For a US Navy SEAL, life can be many things — challenging, thrilling, rewarding, hazardous, unexpectedly short. Lieutenant James Salvatori knew all this going in, but nothing could have prepared him for his mission to Laos. What started as an anti-terror operation turned into an experience that was quite literally out of this world!

New lands, mythical creatures, powerful magics, immortal tyrants. What’s a guy like Sal to do, except lock and load?


 

A future terraformed Mars, where civilization crashed back into a Medieval Era. Christian Knights called “riders” patrol the Pilgrim Road from Olympus to New San Diego, on the Chryse Sea. The technological past is known as the “Age of Magic” and only a handful of people understand how the remaining ancient devices really work. Lighter gravity in dense air makes flying dragons and bird riders a reality; alloys of the past make “magic” swords; and masters of ancient knowledge wield wizard-like power.

Nine authors spin tales in this unique story world, one which combines elements of science fiction and high fantasy.

 

To listen to Travis Perry and I discuss this unique spin on the wonderful red planet, click here: http://tobtr.com/9565537


 

Enter a magical world where unlikely heroes battle strange and powerful enemies. The world has fallen under the dominion of the evil Empire of Chōl and its mysterious and threatening wraith army, the Nihúkolem. Hidden away in the village of Endego, a race of tiny creatures, the Etom, struggle to survive. Join two Etom, Nat and Nida, on an intriguing journey to discover the origins of the Empire’s power and its undoing. Supernatural events guide them as they seek to solve the mystery and locate the world’s only remaining hope, the Kinsman.

To listen to Tim and mine’s discussion of his debut novel, click here: http://tobtr.com/10413497


 

Faith Lewis has a life most women would envy—married to her true love, living in her dream home and surrounded by loving friends and family. When she and her husband, Jamison, learn they’re going to be the parents of triplets, Faith is ecstatic! All her dreams have come true and she couldn’t be happier.

But, just like the Garden of Eden, the fall comes fast and furious!

Her former employer, Evan, despite trying to reconcile with his wife, is still in Faith’s life and Jamison isn’t pleased. Evan’s daughters dote on Faith because she was their caretaker and the only constant in their lives, which fuels jealously in Evan’s wife and causes more friction, making Faith’s life very uncomfortable.

As Faith navigates pregnancy, her BFF’s move to Georgia, Jamison’s trust issues with Faith’s and Evan’s friendship, and discord with her in-laws, she wonders if she’s cut out for “married with children!”

The premature birth of the triplets is a harbinger of events that quickly sends Faith’s life spinning out of control. Faith, could never, ever have imagined her fairytale would turn into a nightmare from which she might never awake.

Darliss and I had a great time talking about the first part of this series, the Make Believe Wives. Click to listen in here: http://tobtr.com/10064537


 

In a land of complete darkness a war rages. The quest for one of the light-giving stones of the King brings Lachlaniel into contact with Velius. Together with an eclectic band of other people, they must battle the forces of evil as well as their own human flaws or the assault on the city will bring catastrophe and leave the Seven Cities only six. The forces of darkness are bent on devastation and destruction of everything in their path. Can this intrepid band of valiant heroes rescue the people of the surrounding towns and save the great city from the torment and anguish inflicted by the hideous creatures of the darkness?

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Candid Conversations with Heather Hart

candidLife isn’t always sunshine and chocolate.

It’s hard.

Being a Christian doesn’t change that.

In Candid Conversations you’ll read real life stories from real Christian women, and how God has used their struggles to either refine their faith or used their faith to help them weather the storm. From struggling with doubts to dealing with the loss of a loved one, these women lay it all out. They aren’t afraid to get real, because they know God can use their struggles to inspire, encourage, and reach others all for His glory.

Heather Hart, founder of the #CandidlyChristian movement, encourages readers to be honest and look for ways they can relate to each story. Then take that mentality into their everyday lives and start having candid conversations with those around them. Because when we share our struggles, when we are real, that’s when we truly point others to Jesus.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get Candid.

Join in the discussion as I chat with author Heather Hart and her newest release at 7 pm Eastern.  You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10912425.


heatherHey there! My name is Heather Hart, and I am about to get candid.

The first thing you need to know about me is that I don’t have it all together… and I’m okay with that. While I am constantly striving to be more like Christ, I know that He has me covered when I fail. That’s the gospel (and I LOVE it!!)

I’m an imperfect mom, but I love my kids like crazy. They might not always have clean faces and manicured nails, but they are mine and I love all four of them.

I’m an epic failure as a wife. I’m constantly putting myself first instead of being the helpmeet my husband needs, but for some reason he loves me anyway (and of course the feeling is mutual).

Other than being a sinner saved by grace, here are a few other fun facts about me:

I love high-heeled boots and flip-flops (no matter what season it is).

If it is under 90 degrees, there is a good possibility that I’m cold. I think I get it from my mama, but either way it makes sunshine and sweaters two of my best buddies.

I am not a morning person, I don’t like vegetables, and unfiltered water makes me sick (literally, we think it’s the chlorine). But, I love Jesus. He can make any day better.

I’m an introvert, but I love others deeply. In other words: It doesn’t matter if we’ve met before, I love you and care about you instantaneously… but I probably don’t show it (unless you count my overabundance of tears… If you are sad or hurting, I’m probably going to cry about it). It also means that I’m crazy quiet and might not talk to you if we ever meet face to face (I’m working on it).

Oh and I love to write! Besides blogging, I also write Bible studies, devotions, and other nonfiction books.

So in a nut shell, I am first and foremost a servant of Christ who is happily married to the man of my dreams – but I am also the mother of four, an internationally best-selling and award-winning author, owner of BooksFaithandCoffee.com, founder of CandidlyChristian.com, and the director of FindYourTrueBeauty.com. I enjoy working from home where I spend my days studying God’s Word, typing on the computer, and encouraging those around me. And, of course, if I am not writing or absorbed in my four kids, I can usually be found with my nose in a book.

Write Stuff Video Podcast — Fertility Pirates by Lynn Donovan

piratesSix hundred lightyears away, a dying civilization cries out in desperation. On Earth, a small band of faithful missionaries commit to bring reproductive technologies and the Christian gospel. The Abraham Project includes scientists, medical personnel, humanitarians, and philanthropist Austin Abraham.

But, piracy taints the mission and the self-sacrificing soldiers of God are trapped—until one is smuggled back to Earth.

Kita and Molly, daughters of Pastor Levi Jacobsen, react to the commission with polar responses—one goes, one stays. When Kita mysteriously returns sterile and claiming things that are impossible, Molly goes undercover. Can she disguise her lack of faith well enough to fake a missionary spirit or will she blow her cover?

Dr. Deuce Abraham, Kita’s doctor after her return, is the last person Molly trusts. How can she possibly, he’s Austin Abraham’s son? Worst yet, he has joined the next pilgrimage. The very one she is on as a covert operative. He has legitimate reasons for going, but how can she believe anything he says? Should she rely on her tried and true gut instincts, or her stupid “gift of discernment”?

With no back up, one inside mole, and a mysterious contact, can she end this cradle of deception? Or will she loose everything, including her own fertility?


Write Stuff Video Podcast — Whisper by G. S. Muse with #Free #ebook

whisperAn emperor who sent thousands of slaves and rebels to die in the Martian rainforest is surprised to learn that one survived. After inviting her to come to his office, he soon finds that she is the one who holds all the power, and that his life is in her hands.

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