Friday, March 19, 2010

Free Fiction Novels by Kathi Macias

To kick off her new fiction series, Kathi Macias would like to give a copy of No Greater Love and also one of More than Conquerors.
To win a copy of one of these books, leave a comment below by April 1, 2010 and leave your contact info at
Molly Noble Bull

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kathi Macias, author of No Greater Love

by Molly Noble Bull

Today my guest is Kathi Macias, a friend and an extreme talent. My questions are going to be a little different because Kathi has so many books coming out. She has a series of contemporary novels as well as a stand-alone historical novel. Wow!
The first book in the series is titled No Greater Love, and it is set in South Africa. But all the books in the series are set in exotic places. Kathi, start by telling a little about yourself, and then tell us about all those far away places and about each of the books set in those locations. Finally, we want to know about your historical and the person who is writing that book with you. So Kathi, take us away.


Thanks for the great introduction, Molly. It’s a pleasure to be here.

As a personal introduction, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who rides with my husband on his Harley (hence my road name of “Easy Writer”). I have published 30 books over the last couple of decades, plus edited/ghostwritten about 100 others.

As for current releases, it’s going to be quite a year! First (March 2010) is the release of the Spanish edition of Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today, one of three nonfiction books that released in English in 2009. Next, on April 5, 2010, is the simultaneous release of books 1 and 2 of The Extreme Devotion Series from New Hope Publishers (their first-ever venture into fiction). Here is a brief run-down on the four books in the series:

No Greater Love (April 2010) is set in South Africa in 1989, during the violence and upheaval just prior to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the fall of Apartheid. The main character is a 16-year-old black girl, the orphaned daughter of ANC members, who has found live-in work on an Afrikaner farm. When she and the white son of her employers find themselves attracted to one another, they are forced to choose between the dictates of an Apartheid government/society and sacrificial love.

More than Conquerors (April 2010) takes place in two settings: the San Diego/Tijuana area and the Mayan culture of San Juan Chamula in Southern Mexico, where outsiders, particularly “Evangelicos,” are unwelcome and sometimes disappear. When the pastor of a small church in Tijuana ventures into the area to deliver Bibles, he ends up making more of a personal investment than he could ever have imagined. The price is so great that it causes him to question if should return.

Red Ink (October 2010) is set in China, where a young wife and mother is arrested for distributing Christian materials to children, a twofold violation of the law. Separated from her husband and child, she struggles in the most adverse of situations to maintain her faith and to continue to evangelize the others God brings across her path.

People of the Book (January 1, 2011) takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where two cousins—teenaged girls—are exposed in different ways to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Saudi Kingdom, where women have no rights and conversion from Islam to another religion can mean death, the girls must make some life-changing decisions, compounded by the fact that one of the girls has a brother who is determined to discover their secret and subject them to the worst possible punishment.

Valeria’s Cross (September 2010) is a stand-alone historical novel (third-century Rome) based on true events. It is a story of war and sacrifice, and even love in the midst of the worst circumstances. This book is published by Abingdon Press and co-authored with Susan Wales, wife of movie producer (Amazing Grace, Pink Panther, etc.) Ken Wales.

I look forward to hearing from your readers. I can be contacted at,, and

Thank you, Kathi, for telling us about all those exciting books. To find books by Kathi Macias, write Kathi Macias in the search slot at online books stores and ask for books by Kathi Macias at walk-in bookstores.
Until next time.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Introducing: author Michelle Griep

And E-Books—the Wave of the Future

by Molly Noble Bull

Michelle Griep has written what sounds like a fantastic novel titled Gallimore. I can hardly wait to read it because it combines a modern story, time travel and a historical romance all at the same time. Yet there is another element that makes Gallimore hard to resist. It’s an e-book, and I have a special interest in e-books.

My novel, The Winter Pearl, was first published in trade paperback in 2004, and it is also available now as an e-book.

So Michelle, tell us in a sentence or two about Michelle Griep, including your web and/or blog address, and then tell us about your exciting first novel, Gallimore.

When my superhero cape is at the cleaners, I'm a garden-variety stay-at-home mom who teaches Creative Writing and Civics at a local homeschool co-op. You can read more about me at

My debut novel, put out by Black Lyon Publishing, is a Wizard of Oz tale with a medieval twist. Seriously, who wouldn't want to escape the ol' laundry pile and take a trip back to the chivalrous times of big, beefy knights and mysterious castles?

Interesting. Would it be possible for you to give us a taste of your actual book?

Sure. Here's a clip...
"The gates are shut for the night. They'll not be opened 'til cockcrow."
"I'm not staying here that long." She turned on her heel in a perfect military pivot and marched off.
Colwyn sighed, tiring of the game. Where could she possibly go? He trudged after her as she entered a stairway leading to the top of the walls.
An unseasonably cool breeze met them on the narrow walkway. He let her stop and peer over the edge. "What are you doing?"
She glared at him but kept up her silly probing along the length of the battlement. As they came to the end at a tower door, he decided to save them both from having to walk the whole of Gallimore. "The western wall bears a more treacherous drop than what you've already seen. There's no point in continuing."
The look in her eye made him glad she was but a woman. He'd not want to face that kind of hostility from a man.
"You enjoy seeing me squirm, don't you?"
The acidity of her voice, or maybe the desperation, gave him an unexpected twinge in his gut. "Nay. Not so. As much as you've been an irritant to me, I bear you no ill will. I do not possess my brother's penchant for evildoing. Truth be told, when his focus is on you, it is off of me."

Excellent. Now, explain how e-books work. Must we have special equipment to read your novel? Besides novels, what else can we read via this equipment?

E-books are the wave of the future. Okay, so that's cheesy, but truly...they are currently the trend. You don't need 'special' equipment to download an e-book. Any PC or Mac can run them. The bonus is that it's cheaper than a paperback and available at the snap of a finger - or click of a key, as the case may be.
That being said, there are several techie toys on the market that are pretty sweet to use and incredibly easy to come by. You can pick up a Sony Reader at Target, Amazon has the Kindle, Barnes & Noble has the Nook, and even Apple is coming out with a new iPad, which will be on sale next month. Depending on what piece of equipment you buy, applications vary from simply reading a book to full-blown internet capabilities.

Wow! Thanks, Michelle, for visiting with us today and for telling about your book and e-books in general. To find Gallimore and my novel, The Winter Pearl, at online bookstores, write our names in the search slot or mention our names at walk-in bookstores.
Michelle Griep
Molly Noble Bull