Saturday, June 7, 2014

WELCOME TO JOHN 316 World Blog Tour


My name is Molly Noble Bull, and I am a published author. Here is the cover of my newest novel.



John 3:16 is a scripture from the New Testament of the Bible. John 3:16 marketing network is the name of a group of Christian writers interested in marketing their work and started by Lorilyn Roberts, Go to one of the web sites below to learn more.

   I was nominated for this project by children’s author, illustrator and speaker, Elizabeth Paige. www.moldableclay.com. Elizabeth is the mother of four, lives in Colorado, is President of Moldable Clay Publishing and also has a ministry. Here's an example of one of her books for children in English. She also has a version of the book in Spanish.



I am still married to my college sweetheart, Charles Bull, and we have three grown sons and six grandchildren. We live in South Texas.



But the most important person in my life is someone I have never seen with my physical eyes. His name is God Almighty. I call Him God the Father, and contrary to what the Ancient Alien theorists say, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Book of Genesis, chapter 1 and verse 1. 

The first person God created was a man named Adam, and from Adam’s rib, He formed a wife for Adam named Eve. These two created beings, Adam and Eve, lived in a perfect place called The Garden of Eden. But when they sinned against God by doing something God asked them not to do, Adam and Eve were no longer perfect in God’s eyes. They became sinners, and all their descendants were sinners as well. The Lord had no choice but to remove them from the Garden of Eden.
Book of Genesis, chapter 3 and verse 23.

But God Almighty is kind and gentle. He wanted to help man. The only way He could do that was to allow His only begotten son to be born of a virgin woman, grow up and die for the sins of all the descendants of Adam and Eve.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, and whosoever believeth in him will not perish but have ever lasting life.
Book of John, chapter 3 and verse 16—(John 3:16)
NOTE: To merely believe that God and Jesus exist is not enough. Even Satan and his demons believe that God and Jesus exist, and they will spend all eternity in hell. In order to spend everlasting life in Heaven with God, you must repent of all your sins and follow Jesus by doing what the Bible says to do instead of what man says to do.
God made us. As our maker, He alone knows what is best for us.  

.   As a Christian writer, what am I working on now? 
Good question. I am always working on several writing projects at once in various stages of development. Currently, I am promoting Gatehaven, my scary Gothic historical novel with a strong Christian message. http://bit.ly/Gatehaven. I am also writing the sequel to Gatehaven. So far, I haven’t come up with a title for the sequel yet.
But as I write a novel, I also think ahead to the books, stories and articles I will write next.
   
.   How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
Most writers select a genre and stick to it—non-fiction, short stories, romance novels, suspense novels, thrillers, mysteries, westerns and fiction books for children. I’ve written and am writing many kinds books on all kinds of topics, including non-fiction, suspense, western romances, short stories, articles and books and stories for children.  

.   Why do I write what I write?
I am a born again Christian. I write what I believe the Lord wants me to write. Therefore, I don’t write sexy novels and do write family friendly Christian novels.

.   How does my writing process work?
I’ve only had writers block once in my life, and it happened at a time of great sadness and a sense of great loss. I could not write during that time, and was unable to finish a novel under contract. By the time I was able to write again, the book publisher stopped publishing fiction novels. The book never came out.
So without writer's block most of the time, I write whenever I can find the time. However, my husband, family and home duties must come before my writing, always. That is one of the things I learned from all my years as a writer—God first, my husband second and my children third. My writing comes fourth or maybe fifth.

.   Tell us about your upcoming books.

As I mentioned earlier, I write in several different genres. Gatehaven was a Gothic suspense novel with a strong Christian message. My next book is a Christian western romance titled When the Cowboy Rides Away, and it will be published by Elk Lake Press in later 2014 or early 2015. 
The Winter Pearl is a historical western set in Colorado in the eighteen eighties. 


  
Bride and Blessings is a modern day Christian westerns set in the Texas Hill Country. The Winter Pearl and Brides and Blessings were published by Love Inspired. 

My website is www.mollynoblebull.com  To find all my books, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online or walk-in bookstores. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

MAKE A WEAK PLOT STRONG

By Molly Noble Bull



Take a look at Gatehaven.
 A published author once told me that my stories were weak because I didn’t know how to plot, and she was right. I didn’t—until I learned to line-plot. In a nutshell, a line plot is the plot for an entire novel in one sentence.
Yep. I said one sentence.
To be honest, that sentence is often very long.
Here’s how it works.

Part One of a line-plot
.   Names the viewpoint character.
.   Introduces the opposing character.
.   Tells the viewpoint character’s goal.
.   Part One ends with the word because.

Why because?

The word because forces the author to develop a major conflict so strong it seems impossible to resolve.


Part Two of a line-plot
.   Part two tells why the major conflict cannot be resolved by answering the because question—telling why the viewpoint character cannot reach his or her goal.  

Now, let’s write a line-plot. It can be fun once you get the hang of it.
There are several genre’s to choose from when writing a plot in one sentence. Besides the romance novel, there are westerns, science fiction novels, thrillers and more, and in each plot there are always two sides—the good guys and the bad guys.
At first, I had a hard time understanding how there could be two sides in a sweet romance. Romance novels are stories about love. Right?
Wrong.
All novels are about conflict. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Without conflict, there is no story. So let’s start with the romance novel and name our viewpoint character.
Let’s call her Laura Ames. 
.   Laura is our main/viewpoint character. The story is told through her eyes.
We also need another character, Rob Branson.
.   Rob is our opposing character.  
Now, Laura tells her goal.
.   Laura’s goal is to have Rob in her future.
.   Though Laura and Rob have feelings for each other, their romance can never end happily ever after BECAUSE . . . .
.   Unknown to Laura, Rob is engaged to Susan, Laura’s older sister.

Plot in one sentence.

College freshman, Laura Ames, is honored when her secret crush from high school, Rob Branson, starts showing an interested in her after she joins the university debate team, but her dream of a future with Rob can never end happily BECAUSE unknown to Laura, Rob is engaged to Susan, Laura’s older sister.

Part Three of a line-plot tells how the story ends—tells how the major conflict is resolved. In a romance, Laura and Rob would somehow get together. But in a mainstream novel, they might go their separate ways.

Remember the published author that told me my plots were weak? Well, now she insists that plotting is one of my strongest points as a published novelist. Maybe line-plotting will work for you, too.

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Bio: 
Molly Noble Bull is a multi-published, prize winning author and a native Texan, publishing novels with Zondervan and Love Inspired. In 2011, Molly and four other authors published The Overcomers; Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities via Westbow Press, and it was a finalist in the Women of Faith contest out of almost 6,000 entries. Sanctuary, Molly's long historical, won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence and tied for first prize in the Winter Rose contest that same year. Gatehaven, her Christian Gothic historical, won the grand prized in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript, and it was published in trade paperback and as an e-book on March 4, 2014.
Turn on your sound. Click below to see and hear Gatehaven’s sort of scary, one minute book trailer.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRa4h167wHU&list=UUSud14a5OCxl_vBBb1IAf7Q&feature=c4-overview    


Take a look at GATEHAVEN and check out my plotting skills for yourself.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

PASSOVER and 4 BLOOD MOONS

By Molly Noble Bull

Passover begins at sundown on Monday, April 14th, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, April 15th. But when the moon comes up on the night of April 14th, something very exciting will happen. The first of four lunar eclipses, called blood moons because of the red color, will appear in the sky.
Lunar eclipses take place fairly often. However, blood moons are special to Bible believers when four blood moons appear on the seven feasts of the Lord found in the Book of Leviticus, chapter 23. If history is our guide, something very important will happen to the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel near these blood moons.
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries went to a U.S. government web site to see if there was a connection between four blood moons and historical events and reported his findings in an article in the May 2008 issue of Prophecy in the News magazine. Since then, John Hagee and other pastors have studied his findings and found them to be true.
.   As a result of his research, Pastor Blitz found that four blood moons occurred on Passover and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in 1493, and this happened to be the year that all Jews were expelled from Spain via the Spanish Inquisition. Certainly, this was a bad time for the Jews. However, one year earlier in 1492, Columbus discovered America, providing a safe-place for the Jews and all God’s people.
.   Mark Biltz learned that a series of four blood moons also appeared in 1949-50 which was a year after Israel became a state again after almost two thousand years.
.   The third set of four blood moons took place in 1967-68 which was the year that Israel liberated Jerusalem after the Six Day War and took possession of the Temple Mount.
.   And the fourth set begins at sundown on April 14th.
Here are the dates for all four up coming blood moons.
.   Passover, April 15, 2014 
.   Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014 
.   Passover, April 4, 2015
.   Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015
Lunar eclipses are said to be warnings to Israel. Solar eclipses are said to be warnings to the entire world, and there are two solar eclipses in 2015.
.   Adar 29/Nisan 1 > March 20, 2015
.   The Feast of Trumpets > September 13, 2015
According to Mark Biltz, the Jews sing Psalms during Passover, beginning with Psalm 113 and ending with and including Psalm 118. As a Christian, I plan either to read those verses or sing them on Passover too.
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UPDATE: A full moon is scheduled for tonight, April 14, 2014. However, the eclipse will not take place until after midnight, making it on April 15, 2014. One Central, Two Eastern time. 
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Take a look. Take a look at Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull
   

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Why Emma Right wrote DEAD DREAMS

By Molly Noble Bull 





.   Okay, Emma. Let’s hear it. Why did you write a scary sounding book like Dead Dreams?

Emma:
I wanted to write a story for young ladies on the cusps of adulthood, but who are not quite there yet. I wanted to explore possibilities that could be present in each young person as she travels in this journey of self-discovery and finding out for herself, when enough is enough; that limit that separates what's acceptable from too dangerous; and the possibilities these choices could lead to.
I have always enjoyed a good thriller mystery so I wanted to write a young adult book that has a strong message yet is still filled with intrigue. Hence, Dead Dreams.

.   Is it part of a series, Emma? 

Yes.

.   Who is your favorite character in the book?

There are two main characters in Dead Dreams—one being the more main protagonist. I like Brie O'Mara. She's innocent and has led a sheltered life, and suddenly she's eighteen, and moving out after being coddled by her parents. This new-found freedom is exciting and despite the hardships--mainly about money, since she wants to fend for herself and not accept too much help from her parents--she plods on and stays positive. In fact, maybe she is too positive, in a naive way. I could have been her. Each person could face a silver platter that looks so tantalizing and bright, it'd be almost stupid to refuse, especially if the person offered this option is young and inexperienced?

Excerpt:

Prologue





THEY SAY EACH dead body, a human corpse, has a scent all of its own, a sweet-sour smell. A cadaver dog picks up the odor as clearly as a mother recognizes a photo of her child. Of course, I wouldn’t know, for I am no dog. I might as well have been, the way I’d stooped to yield to my basic instincts. My mind wandered to her, what her unique smell would be when, and if, they ever were to find her.




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After what happened, I decided to write out the events that led to that day and details in case I’d missed something, or might need it for defense, or in case they found me dead. My relatives might need to piece together the things that had spiraled out of control, if they wanted to put me to rest, to forget me altogether. That would be least painful for them. I nodded to myself as I sat in the car. I thought of my most favorite girl in the world: Lilly. At least Lilly’d have my dog, Holly, to remember me by.

My friends used to call me Brie, short for Brianna. But, I could
hardly count anyone a friend any more. I’d have to resort to back- watching if I wanted to survive.


.   Where can readers get your books?

Dead Dreams will be free from April3- the 6th for four days on Kindle. Both the paperback and the e-book versions are only available on Amazon. Keeper of Reign is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all other major retailers.


Title: Dead Dreams
Author: Emma Right
Series: Dead Dreams #1
Publication: August 26th, 2013
Category: Young Adult (YA)
Genre: Psychological Mystery Thriller

Author Bio:

Emma Right is a happy, Christian housewife and home-school mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.



DEAD DREAMS, Book 1

Genre: YA CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER/MYSTERY,
Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines,  an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams—of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

Book Trailer:

Music Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM7MI_3vqyo&list=LL5LsDxBbyw8P6SUMsc-edgA 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Lena Nelson Dooley's Interviews Molly Noble Bull

Also, read Page One of Molly's Christian Gothic Historical, GATEHAVEN.


Recently, Lena interviewed Molly, regarding Molly’s new novel, Gatehaven. This article is a copy of that interview.



Here is that interview.

.   Lena said, “God has really been moving in your writing life.”

Molly: Yes, He has. For one thing, the Lord is teaching me to lean on Him. For example, I am constantly losing things, especially my glasses. After looking and looking, I finally stop and pray, asking for the Lord’s help in finding the lost object. And do you know what? I usually find it within a few seconds—often in the very place I looked previously.
That’s the Lord. When He says “Ask and you shall receive,” He means it.

.   “What do you see on the horizon?”

Molly: I read a lot of Bible prophecy, and I think American and Israel are headed for some rough sailing soon. But as a Born Again Christian, I know that the Lord has a place of safety ready for those who truly follow Him.
As for the novel we will be talking about today, Gatehaven won the grand prize in a fiction writing contest in 2013 while still a manuscript. So I have high hopes for that book upon publication because Lena Nelson Dooley endorsed it..

.   Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I met and married before I finished college. We are still married and have three wonderful sons and six fantastic grandchildren.

.   Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Before I started writing I read mostly science fiction. But after I started writing to sell, I read one or two romance novels a week and less science fiction. Now I read mostly what I call “way out” Christian non-fiction which is like science fiction except it is true and biblical. Currently, I am reading a 557 page book titled Ex-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project LUCIFER and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior by Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn. 

.   What are you working on right now?
I am promoting Gatehaven at the moment; so my creative writing is in a safe-box in one corner of my mind, waiting to be opened when the job is done. I have the rights to The Rogue’s Daughter, one of my sort of old Zondvervan novels. The Rogue’s Daughter is a western set on a huge cattle ranch in South Texas in 1890. I plan to update it and sell it to Amazon as an e-book, and I already have my new cover.

.   What outside interests do you have?
I love to read, of course. I am also interested in history, especially the history of my ancestors, and we host a Bible study in our home most weeks. I once loved to travel, but since my husband’s stroke a couple of years ago, we don’t leave the house much anymore. But since I am a novelist, I fly away to exciting places every time I write a book.
 
.   How do you choose your settings for each book?
That is an interesting question because I never really thought about that. As I mentioned, I am interested in genealogy, and I discovered that some of my ancestors were French Huguenots. It is not surprising that I set Sanctuary, another of my historical novels, and Gatehaven in Scotland and England where my ancestors settled before coming to America.

.   If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
That’s easy. I would love to spend an evening with Jesus because he is my Savior, Lord and King. 

.   What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
My maiden name is Noble and my married name is Bull; so I write under three names, Molly Noble Bull. In hindsight, I wish I was either Molly Noble or Molly Bull. It would take up less space on the cover of a book.

.   What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I like to eat, especially sweets and Mexican food, and often overeat. But the Lord seems to be saying Everything in moderation. He also says, if you love me, keep my commandments.

.   What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Never give up.
Never give up.
Never give up.

.   Tell us about the featured book?
Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull
Have you ever known a teenage girl so in love with love and a bad prince charming that she was unable to see her true prince? If so, you should connect with Shannon Aimee as she and Ian Colquhoun battle an evil Frenchman with dark secrets and evil desires. Set in Scotland and England and ending in the state of South Carolina in 1784, Gatehaven is a scary Gothic novel with a strong Christian message that will keep you reading to the last page.

Click below to see and hear the book trailer for Gatehaven.

.   Please give us the first page of the book.

Page One of GATEHAVEN by Molly Noble Bull 

A country estate in Northern England
Early January 1784  

Monsieur Etienne Gabeau wasn’t his real name.
His name was Leon Picard. But Etienne Gabeau was the only name he’d answered to since making England his home.
He stood at a window in his sitting room, smiling inwardly as he looked out. “The haunting presence that surrounds your mansion always amazes me, my lord.”
The young earl made no reply.
“Christians who read the Bible might say the atmosphere at Gatehaven is quite the devil’s doing. We both know why.” Leon/Etienne’s laugh had mocking overtones. He pulled his dark cape closer to his thin, shriveled body. “It’s a bit chilly tonight. Surely you must have noticed.”
“Of course I noticed.” The earl laughed from across the room. “An icy rain was coming down when I arrived. You might have to put me in a spare bedroom for the night, Monsieur. And why did you mention the Bible? Who among our circle of friends pay any mind to it?”
“A point well taken.” The Frenchman pushed back a curl from his eyes.
His thick mass of dark curly hair had more white strands than black, making Leon look older than his forty-five years. But twenty years ago, he was called handsome.
“Still,” Leon continued, “to the local villagers your estate is quite mysterious. It reminds me of structures I saw in France, growing up. And who can forget the red gate which gave Gatehaven its name?”
“When did you learn of the red gate, Monsieur Gabeau?”
“I learned the secret when your late father was the earl. You were but a boy then.”
Lightning cracked the night sky. Thunder boomed.
 “I saw it again, my lord.”
“Really?” The earl’s weak smile indicated that he was mildly interested. “What did you see?”
“Gatehaven…during that flash of lightning.”
Someday I will have Rachel and own Gatehaven as well, Leon vowed mentally.
The earl cleared his throat. “I’ve decided not to go to Scotland after all, Monsieur.”
“Not go?” Leon turned around in order to face him. “You must go.” Leon Picard limped to his high-backed leather chair near the fireplace, tapping his cane on the pine floor as he went. “You will go.”
“I beg your pardon.”
“I said that you will go.” Leon hooked his cane on the arm of his chair. Then he sat down and reached for the portrait on the small table beside him. “I demand it.” Leon’s words, spoken with his usual French accent, hung heavy in the air.
The earl didn’t answer.
Leon thought that Edward Wellesley, the Earl of Northon, looked stiff—as if he’d suddenly turned to stone. At last the earl gazed at Leon from a chair facing his.
“Demand?” The muscles around the young earl’s mouth slowly relaxed. “You have crossed the line, sir. Besides, I cannot go to Scotland. I have pressing business here. However, a French gentleman like you should enjoy such a journey.” His smile was edged in sarcasm. “Why not go yourself?”
“On these crippled legs? I think not. Besides, she would never receive me.”
“I am sorry. But it would be impossible for me to leave the country at this time.”
Leon turned, gazing at the fire flickering and popping in the hearth. “You want the money, do you not?” He looked back at the earl like a hungry cat that cornered a mouse.
“But of course. You know I need money to pay my gambling debts.”
      “Precisely.” Leon didn’t miss the fleeting expression of fear that crossed the younger man’s face. “I recently bought all your debts. I will destroy them all, but only if you do exactly what I say. At dawn on the morrow, you will set out for Scotland. And do dress warmly, my young friend. It will be cold out.”
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.   Lena asked Molly how to be found on the Internet. Molly replied below. 

Website: 

Blog:

Goodreads:
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To buy Gatehaven, click here.
.   http://bit.ly/Gatehaven 

.   Below is a copy of the cover of Lena's newest novel, Catherine's Pursuit. .



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.   Lena endorsed Gatehaven. Scroll down to the article below, and read Lena endorsement of the book.