Thursday, October 31, 2013

I Live Next Door to a Cemetery

by Teresa Slack

Let’s face it. Writers are weird. We’re fascinated by things the rest of the world ignores, fears, dreads or dismisses. Case in point: Cemeteries. Show me a writer who doesn’t love walking through one reading the headstones and thinking of all the stories represented, and I’ll show you an odd writer who probably hasn’t written in a while.

While other couples visit antique shops and museums on vacation, my husband and I plan our route around nearby cemeteries. One stone I will never forget from a cemetery in Winchester, KY was an epitaph to a baby boy who had died in 1900 shortly before his first birthday. It read: “How many dreams lie buried here?”
Doesn’t that sum it up?

I live next door to a cemetery. Nearly every time a guest visits my house for the first time I get some variation of the following question: “Aren’t you creeped out living so close to a cemetery?” My husband always laughs and says, “At least the neighbors are quiet.”

The writer in me couldn’t be happier with the cracked, faded marble stones marching up the hillside where I walk my dogs. It’s a small cemetery with stones beginning pre-Civil War to present day. While the dogs sniff for deer and raccoon and chase skittering leaves, I browse the stones and imagine what life was like for people I never met.

How many dreams, secrets, lies, fears, triumphs and stories are buried under each headstone? Tomorrow is November 1st—the beginning of National Novel Writing Month for many writers around the world. Do you need inspiration before you get started? I dare you to visit a local cemetery on this chilly, windy Halloween. You’ll be amazed by the stories waiting to be told. Are you brave enough to be the one to write them?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman

I am so excited to welcome Carole Brown to Writers Rest. Carole is here to celebrate the release of her first book, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, and she allowed me to participate in her scavenger hunt. What fun!
About The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?
The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest and is receiving raving reviews! Release date is October 21, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, an ACFW approved publisher. The preorder link for the book which is on SALE NOW is: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman Carole Brown Chapter One Twenty years earlier The shadow creatures on the wall shook their wings and legs. Heads with horns nodded. Scary, dark faces watched. The little girl clasped her floppy-eared rabbit against her chest and stared into the dark. “Mmm …” Mommy’s murmur reached to her through the walls, and the giggles from her mother tiptoed in, shooing the fear away. Whoosh. She blew out a breath and squeezed her rabbit tighter. “Mommy has a friend with her, Ramsey. She loves me just like I love you and will give me hugs in the morning after the man leaves.”
Ramsey said nothing. She ran her fingers over his face and could feel his black button eyes staring at her, trusting her to protect him. “And she’ll read to us and I’ll sit on her lap and we’ll snuggle—all of us together.” She nodded and tugged on Ramsey’s left ear then rolled over. Real live whispers and laughter floated into the room. Opening her mouth in a wide yawn, she patted Ramsey’s tummy and whispered again, “Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.” “Please. That hurts.” “Mommy?” The little girl frowned but her eyes wouldn’t open. Just like they did when she and mommy put cucumbers slices on their eyes. “Stop it—” Rubbing at her eyes the little girl sat up. Mommy had never sounded like this before, and neither had any of the men—the men who brought flowers and candy and money. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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Friday, September 27, 2013


by Molly Noble Bull 

Read all about what?


What’s Gatehaven?

Molly: It’s my upcoming Christian Gothic Novel set in Scotland and the north of England in 1784, that’s what.

Is that all?

Molly: No. Gatehaven will be published in trade paperback on November 5, 2013 and later as an e-book, and it can be pre-ordered right now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other places. Just write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot.

You said Gothic. Is it scary? 

Molly: Yep. In fact, it is spiritual warfare vs. the occult.

These are hard times. How can I know Gatehaven is a novel I’ll want to spend money on?

Molly: You got me there. However, as a manuscript, Gatehaven did win the grand prize in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Contest.

Okay. Anything else?

Molly: Yes. I want readers to know that they can read the first chapter of Gatehaven for free, if they visit my website.

Where’s that?

Molly: It’s, and I hope everybody that reads this article will leave a comment. The first five readers that leave a comment have the opportunity to win a free copy of Gatehaven in trade paperback. But in order to win, they must do two things.

Okay, what are the two things?

Molly: First, agree to write a review of Gatehaven and post it on Amazon and other places. Second, include their contact info with the comment.

All right. So what should I do now?

Molly: Say “Extra, extra, read all about it to every person you know,” and then tell them about Gatehaven. Oh, and thanks for stopping by.

No problem.

Molly: Good-bye.


The End
Of this article.
But it isn’t the end of Gatehaven—an over 99,000 word novel. Gatehaven is just sitting there in a bookstore near you, waiting to be taken to the check-out counter.



Saturday, August 17, 2013


Learn About the Mark of the Beast

by Molly Noble Bull

We have all heard people make the statement, “I’m not going to take it anymore.” That was even the premise of a movie some years ago about people that were fed up with the way things were going.
But “I’m not going to take it,” can have another meaning. In fact, that other meaning is what we will be talking about in this article because I’m not going to take the Mark of the Beast.
I’ll explain why.
But let me start by saying that some will take the Mark of the Beast. To those people, it will seem logical.
In the Book of Matthew, chapter 12 and verse 31, Jesus said, Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Kings James Bible
Let us say that identity theft has gotten way out of hand. People everywhere are ripped-off of all their worldly goods. To solve the problem, government suggests that every person on earth have his or her identity and medical information stored in a tiny device tattooed or embedded in or on ones hand or forehead—perhaps as thin as a pencil mark or maybe even smaller. Then if that person is lost, kidnapped or incapacitated in some way, he or she can be found and/or given aid.
Makes sense, right? 
To continue this scenario, let us say that the government suddenly demands rather than suggests that people take this mark—for their own good, of course. However, they add a new rule to the original one. The mark is now the national and world credit card. One cannot buy anything or sell anything without it.
Can you spell hungry and thirsty?
So why wouldn’t everybody want one? 
There is only one reason why some will not take the mark. God tells us in the Bible not to take the Mark of the Beast. According to the Bible, those that take the Mark will drink the wine of God’s fury.
The Bible says that if a person repents, God will forgive every other sin, including murder. But The Lord will not forgive those who willing take the Mark of the Beast.
Below is what the Bible actually says regarding that matter.
The second beast was allowed to breathe life into the image of the first beast, so that the image could talk and put to death all those who would not worship it. The beast forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to have a mark placed on their right hands or on their foreheads. No one could buy or sell without this mark, that is, the beast’s name or the number that stands for the name.
This calls for wisdom. Whoever is intelligent can figure out the meaning of the number of the beast, because the number stands for the name of someone. Its number is 666.
(Book of Revelation, Chapter 13 and verses 15-18. Good News Bible)

A third angel followed the first two, saying in a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image and receive the mark on their forehead or on their hand will themselves drink God’s wine, the wine of his fury, which he has poured at full strength into the cup of his anger! All who do this will be tormented in fire and sulfur before the holy angels and the Lamb. The smoke of the fire that torments them goes up forever and ever. There is no relief day or night for those who worship the beast and is image, for anyone who has the mark of its name.
This calls for endurance on the part of God’s people, those who obey God’s commandments and are faithful to Jesus.
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Happy are those who from now on die in the service of the Lord.”
“Yes indeed!” answers the Spirit. “They will enjoy rest from their hard work, because the results of their service go with them.” 
(Book of Revelation, Chapter 14 and verses 9-13. Good News Bible.)


Wednesday, August 14, 2013



Commandment One:

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Friday, July 26, 2013


by Teresa Slack

We’ve all anxiously awaited the release of a sequel to our favorite movie or book. But have you ever read a pre-quel? Have you ever wanted to? By name alone, you can figure out what a prequel is even if you’ve never read one. A pre-quel is a story told after the fact about how it all started with your favorite characters or setting. As a shameless lover of back story, a prequel is a fascinating concept for me. I love, love, love knowing how it all started, where it began, what actions set in motion the story that captured my imagination and created characters that live on in my heart.

George Lucas made piles of money to heap upon his other piles of money with his Star Wars Prequels. While they may not have received rave reviews from critics, they appealed to a certain demographic—like me—who love knowing what happened before the real story happened.

The rise in popularity of prequels, especially in the thriller or fantasy genre but certainly not limited to those, got me thinking about my own prequel possibilities.

I think most book series have the potential for the writer to capitalize on a prequel. My Jenna’s Creek series of novels has a loyal fan base who have expressed interest in a prequel. I would certainly enjoy writing one. I’ve added that project to an already long list of books to write if the Lord gives me enough time in front of my computer.

Let us know what you think. What book or series do you believe deserves a prequel? Have you ever read one and what did you think? Are you in the “enough already” crowd who thinks writers should move on to new material? Or are you aching to see more of your most beloved characters?

Teresa Slack

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Introducing: GATEHAVEN

by Molly Noble Bull

Gatehaven, my upcoming historical, will be published in trade paperback in early October 2013 and also as an e-book.

I am calling it a Christian Gothic.
Set in a haunting mansion in the north of England in 1764, Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets. It's spiritual warfare vs.the occult with a question.
Will they learn enough about God’s Words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?
I will be telling more about Gatehaven in the coming weeks.But for now, I want to post what is written at the top of the page that you might not be able to read. It's part of Lena Nelson Dooley's endorsement.

A dark gothic novel with interesting characters and a strong Christian thread woven through it. Gathaven is a wonderful read for lovers of gothic novels.
Lena Nelson Dooley

I forgot to mention that Gatehaven won the 2013 Creationi House Fiction Writing Contest, and part of my prize for winning was the publication of Gatehaven in trade paperback and later as an e-book. Look for Gatehaven in early October 2013. To find all my books, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online and walk-in bookstores.

Monday, July 8, 2013



By Molly Noble Bull

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum. Are giants real?
I didn’t think so. I always thought stories about giants were fables like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Rabbit.  But after I discovered that giants are mentioned in the Bible, I wondered.
The David and Goliath story sounded a lot like Jack and the Beanstalk, and the story of David and Goliath is found in the Bible. For me, that meant it was true. Then I found still more about giants in the Bible.
Now I was really confused.
Two Christian ministries helped clear things up for me.
.   Prophecy in the News:
.   Sid Roth’s (It’s Supernatural):
You’ll find out a lot about giants from L.A. Marzulli, Tom Horn and others, if you visit Prophecy in the News. One of the first things you will learn is that giants are called the Nephilim and that giants are hybrids—half human and half fallen angel. Yep, there really are fallen angels, and according to the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, there were giants on the earth.
In those days, and even later, there were giants on the earth who were the descendants of human women and heavenly beings. They were the great heroes and mighty men of long ago.
Genesis chapter 6 and verse 4, Good News Bible
Some think the great heroes and mighty men mentioned in the verse above could refer to characters like Apollo and Zeus found in Greek literature, and if you would like to learn more about giants and this interesting topic, click below. Then buy L.A. Marzulli’s book and DVD On the Trail of the Nephilim.

Yep, it's kind of scary. Yet the info is based on the Bible. 
Who said the Bible wasn't interesting? 
Click below to hear a Prophecy in the News Interview with L.A. Marzulli about this book and his DVD. Watchers 6. 
Then click to hear Sid Roth’s five days of radio interviews with L.A. Marzulli.

Sunday, June 30, 2013


If you read the interview below and left a comment, you are already entered in a contest to win a free copy of K. Dawn Bryn's Christian e-book, HOTLINE GIRL for young adults. If not, scroll down to the article just below this one, read the interview and leave a comment. In order to win a free book, you must leave a comment.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


To find out, read HOTLINE GIRL by K. Dawn Byrn.

An Interview by Molly Noble Bull

Hotline Girl by K. Dawn Byrn is an adorable novel for young adults with a cute plot, and it is perfect for summer reading. Many if not most parents will give Hotline Girl five stars merely because it is a Christian book. When you add readability to the mix, you’ve got a winner.
Below is list of questions the author, K. Dawn Byrn, answered for this interview.
Read on.

.   K. Dawn, apparently you believe that it is possible to fall in love online. You could be right. Personally, I met my one and only husband in college. But I know of a pastor who fell in love with a woman he met online. The couple got married, and the last I heard, they lived happily ever after.
So okay K. Dawn, why did you write this book? 

.  I thought it would be fun to explore how a couple could fall in love on-line. When my heroine's high school begins a counseling hotline, she's chosen to work it anonymously. She finds herself giving advice to a guy she's had a crush on forever. Once she knows all the hero's secrets, will love blossom or fail? When he divulges the problems he's having with his girlfriend, she's tempted to give him advice that will break them up. Will she do the right thing?

.   Call me old fashion or just old, but I’m not sure about this online romance idea. I know it worked for the pastor I mentioned, but I’m going to need to think about it a little longer before I give it my seal of approval for my grandchildren. But as I said, the concept makes for a “cool” story idea. The story sounds down right cute. That brings me to my next question.
Why do you write?

.   I write because I can't stop. It's more than a hobby; it's a passion. It's the most fun I've ever had in my life! I like to say that I write for the simple joy of placing words on the page, and it's true!

.   Bravo. Me, too. So, are you a plotter or do you just write with no clear destination in mind?

.   I’m a big time plotter because I write all of my books in 30-day marathons.

.   I don’t mean to interrupt, but I need to invite you back here to find out how you are able to write a book in 30 days. Wow! Okay, so please continue.

.   I have to start with a thorough plot. That doesn't mean that sometimes the story doesn't take a life of its own, surprising me when it takes me down a road I hadn't planned to travel.

.   Interesting. So what are you working on right now?

.   I'm working on a thriller about a serial killer. It's a difficult story because there are several twists, and turns, and I have to be careful how I write it for everything to fall into place correctly.

A thriller, now that book really sounds interesting. You need to come back when that one is finished and tell us all about it. But before you go, tell us more about your current release.

K. Dawn:
.   Okay. Here’s the cover blurb.
When the school counselor asks Abby to work a counseling chat line, she begs her to choose someone else. When Race, Abby's three-year crush, begins using the chat line to talk about his girlfriend problems, can Abby be impartial when she really wants to tell him to dump her?
Race notices Abby after she has a complete makeover. He begins to spend more time with her and feels like a cheater because he likes the hotline girl too. How can he like two girls at once? Abby is thrilled when Race begins spending time with her, but she's crushed when he tells the hotline girl that he likes her and wants to take her out. Is he a player? Will he even want to be with her when he finds out that she is the hotline girl and knows all his deepest secrets?

.   So y’all, you need to go out and buy this book for your kindle. And K.Dawn, thanks for stopping by.

To find Hotline Girl at online and walk-in bookstores, write K.Dawn Byre in the search slog. 

How do you feel about online romances? We would love to hear your comments on that topic or just tell us what you think about the book or the article. 
All who write a comment are entered in a contest to win a free copy of Hotline Girl by K Dawn Byrn.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Blurb & Synopsis. 

by Teresa Slack

What's the story about? 

Running at the first sign of opposition is nothing new to Kyla Parrish. She’s never held onto a relationship for more than a few months, and she’s quit more jobs than most people apply for. Until Will Lachland. He’s the first man who ever made her think of getting serious about something, about putting down roots. But she can’t forget her mother’s ominous warning. Men are users. They take and take and leave nothing but a dried shell of who she used to be. Fear of losing her heart to anyone or anything has kept Kyla running all her life. Will she find what she seeks most in the least likely place—home?

Back cover copy: 

“Never give a man more than you can afford to lose. Keep back the important part for yourself. It’s the only way to survive after they tire of you and leave, as we both know they will.”

Her mother’s words of advice proved to be prophetic in the way Kyla Parrish lived her life.

Kyla recognizes the same patterns dictating her life that made her mother run from every job, relationship, or town as soon as things didn’t go her way. Kyla is determined not to end up like her mother with a string of bad relationships and dead end jobs behind her, but she can’t find a balance between trusting someone with her heart and losing control of her life.

Will Lachland is the first man to make her think of getting serious about something, about putting down roots. But she can’t forget her mother’s ominous warning. Men are users. Will may seem like her dream come true, but like every other man out there, he expects more than she can give.

With her back against the wall, Kyla heads to her mother’s family farm, the only place where she ever felt safe. Where she felt like she belonged. She hasn’t seen her grandfather in thirteen years, and things on the farm are not as she remembered. But Kyla has to make the arrangement work. She’s tired of running. Running from life and running from love.

A new man and a new life seem like the answer to her prayers. But things are never as simple as they seem. Her heart yearns for love and security. Can she find it with Brandon McDermott even though she can’t forget Will? Or is something else, something greater, calling her heart toward home and toward a relationship with the One who knows what she’s running from?  

Thursday, May 16, 2013


by Molly Noble Bull

Here is the cover of my novel Cinderella Texas. Do you know what kind of novel it is?

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Teresa Slack expected her new book, Sarah's Sin,to be published this week. She'd planned to feature it on this website today and on other sites as well, but the publication date was delayed. All she can do now is is beg your patience and understanding.
She'd also planned to give away free downloads, and she will. But it will be later on in the month or early next month.
Teresa put it this way.
I am so sorry it worked out this way. I feel like a dope even though it was out of my control.
In a nutshell, we at Writers Rest are sorry we don't have a new article this weekend. Please check back. We promise to have something interesting and new soon.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thirsty Thursday FACEBOOK EVENT

Tonight at seven Eastern time.

Just sign in at Facebook. Then go to Helping Hands Press. You could win free books.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


by Teresa Slack

Teresa Slack spent most of her writing career focused on novels. Her first, Streams of Mercy, won the 2005 Bay Area Independent Publishers Award for Best First Fiction. Her latest novel, Runaway Heart, was published in February and is available for release as an e-book by Helping Hands Press. But she’s recently discovered writing short stories is a whole lot of fun.
Released May 1, Carla Comes Around was a fun story for Teresa to write. While she never felt as though she was running away from anything like her story’s heroine, she definitely felt few people would miss her after she left her small southern Ohio town following graduation. Carla Comes Around is the second of Teresa’s series True Stories Celebrating Love & Family. The next installment, Sarah’s Sin, is due out next week—a very unconventional Mother’s Day release.

Carla Comes Around

Happiness for Carla Fischer was Cartersburg, Tennessee in her rearview mirror. She couldn’t wait to ditch the tiny town where she spent a rotten childhood as soon as the ink was dry on her diploma. When she receives an invitation to her thirtieth year class reunion, she doesn’t waste a moment thinking about going. There’s not a soul in town she wants to see. Well, okay, maybe one soul, but Tim Shelton barely knew she was alive thirty years ago. She doesn’t expect him to remember her now. 

When Carla’s sister Patty announces she’s sinking her life’s savings into a local gift shop, Carla leaves her hectic life in Atlanta and heads to the one place she said she’d never go. Cartersburg hasn’t changed in thirty years, but Carla has. Hiding behind a hard veneer to protect her fragile heart, she has no interest in reconnecting with old friends. But everyone wants to see Carla, the small town daughter who never came around after fleeing to the big city. 

As time for her thirtieth-year reunion draws nearer, Carla is reluctantly drawn into her sister’s excitement over her plans for the gift shop. Carla wants to be part of her sister’s life, but she loves her life in Atlanta. Can she forsake her career for something that has alluded her most of her life? Peace, contentment, family. When Tim awakens a long dormant love in her heart, Carla begins to wonder if Cartersburg is the only place for her that’s truly home.

Check out her short stories and other titles on her Amazon page and wherever else books are sold. Learn more about Teresa and her writing at  

Saturday, April 27, 2013


by Molly Noble Bull

My friend, Murray Pura, is an ordain Baptist minister who lives in Canada, and he is also a multi-published author. Blessed with success writing for publishing houses like Zondervan, Harper One, Barbour, Harvest House, Trestle Press/Helping Hands, and Baker, he puts his writing miracle this way.
“I enjoy doing different kinds of writing, fiction as well as nonfiction, so a diversity of labels helps me to do that.”  

The year 2012 was his first year in the American fiction market. Up till then Murray’s novels and stories were published in the UK and in Canada and even “down under” but not in the USA – devotionals, Bible commentaries, yes – fiction, no. That all changed with opportunities from Barbour in Ohio, Harvest House in Oregon, and Trestle Press/Helping Hands Press in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barbour published A Bride’s Flight From Virginia City, Montana, where Old Amish meets Old West; Harvest House published The Wings of Morning, a story about flying set in 1917, and The Face of Heaven, a story that takes place during the Civil War; and Trestle Press/Helping Hands Press began to release a story set in 1728 in Colonial America in a serialized eBook format. It was called The Rose of Lancaster County.
Murray is happy to say that more books are being launched in 2013: Ashton Park, Under the Dover Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, and An Amish Family Christmas by Harvest House; Majestic and Wild by Baker; A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Name of the Hawk, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and The Last Man in Texas by Trestle Press/Helping Hands Press. Quite a variety of genres, and he enjoys the diversity and challenge of that – Ashton Park and Under the Dover Sky are set in England in the early 20th century; Whispers of a New Dawn takes place during the outbreak of World War 2; An Amish Family Christmas is modern day as is A Road Called Love; Seven Oaks takes place on a Virginia plantation during the Civil War; The Name of the Hawk is a medieval romance and adventure; and Go Tell It On The Mountain and The Last Man in Texas are westerns set in the 1800s. Some of them are finished and some are still being written.

“It’s special to be able to share my stories with my readers,” he says, “and I hope they enjoy what I have penned for them this year. Thank you, Molly Noble Bull, a great writer and a great colleague, for letting all your friends know about me.
God bless you all.”
Murray is truly a writing miracle, and he isn’t finished yet.
To find all Murray’s books, write Murray Pura in the search slot at online stores like Amazon and walk-in bookstores. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When A Christian Music Artist Loses His Voice

God Direction

In my last post, I mentioned how God deepened Mark Hall’s understanding of ministry at a time when he was unable to sing. It was years before Mr. Hall became the lead singer of Casting Crowns. Still, when a person is faced with losing the thing he compassthought God called him to use, I asked, “What do you say to your Creator when that happens?” It seems Mark Stuart, the former lead singer of Audio Adrenaline, would have the answer to that question.

A few weeks ago I read an article about the remade Audio Adrenaline and its new purpose to enlarge a ministry for orphans in Haiti, in Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band formed in the late 1980s. Mark Stuart was not only one of its founding members, but in its previous life, the lead singer. In 2006, the band disbanded largely due to Mark’s “on-going vocal challenges.” He could no longer sing.

Wow! Again, I ask, “What do you say to your Creator when that happens?”

He wasn’t just preparing for a career in music, that was his career. But, no more.

In the article in CCM Magazine, Mark mentions how the struggle to write music had become only a reminder of his broken voice. What once was his ministry became a badge of defeat.

So what did he do? He immersed himself in a new passion for Christ—The Hands and Feet Project—a ministry he, and fellow band-mate, Will McGinnis founded in 2004, to help orphaned children in Haiti.

That’s what he did.

Why am I telling you about this? Not just because no matter how complete or incomplete we think we are on our own, God is not done with us. He sometimes has bigger and better plans ahead, and we need to submit to that plan. It’s also a reminder of how God can bring us back to that thing we love, so we can use it again. At present, Mark Stuart is still not able to sing on long tours with the band. But he and many of his former band-mates have re-united to form a NEW Audio Adrenaline in order to promote the Hands and Feet Project, and encourage others to do likewise. This new mix includes Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, as lead singer in place of Stuart. But Stuart is very much a part.

He now writes songs for Audio Adrenaline, with a renewed purpose and understanding of his place in God’s world. I pray he has all the success that can be bestowed on an empty vessel of the Lord.

If you’d like to see the beginnings of this new ministry, click the link for the video of Kings and Queens or try the imbed below:

Also, check out the complete interview about the new Audio Adrenaline in the March 2013 issue of CCM Magazine.

headshot1Connie is a 2012 Genesis semi-finalist for Women’s Fiction. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest for her entry, Why Not to Kiss on a Park Bench (aka. Harold and Violet). Come visit her on one of her other blogs:

Living the Body of Christ

Sunday, April 21, 2013


by Teresa Slack, 

Have you ever taken a vacation or browsed a travel brochure or even looked at a postcard without imagining a story of your own in that setting?

Me neither.
We’re writers. That’s what we do. Choosing settings are nearly as much fun as creating characters that will live on with readers long after they finish the book. In fact many readers—and yes, publishers—consider setting as another character to be examined and explored throughout the story.

Tomorrow I’m on my way to Charleston, SC for a week long vacation. Ah, Charleston—the history, the romance, the mystery. Of course I’m looking forward to it as a tourist. But as a writer, I’m more excited about the opportunity for research for future writing projects.

I can’t be the only one. What location has always appealed to you as a possible setting for your next book? Is it a small town you drove through once on vacation? A foreign city full of mystique and excitement? A historic town that doesn’t exist anymore, or a futuristic location of your own making?

Share your dream setting here and a little about why it appeals to you. I’ll send the one with the most intriguing setting a postcard from beautiful, historic Charleston. Then you can send me one from your setting when you sign your next contract.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Here is an interesting short video via Richard Rives. Watch it. When you have finished, scroll down and listen to his son's interesting video, David Rives. Both these short videos are worth a believer's time. Then scroll down a little more and read my article, London Bridge.
Molly Noble Bull


This video by David Rives is so inspiring,  I had to share it. Click, delete the ad and listen. You will be inspired, too.
Molly Noble Bull

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


By Molly Noble Bull

Children are told not to play with matches. Yet many people today are playing with fire—hellfire. Sin has consequences, and according to the Bible, hell is a real place whether people chose to believe it or not. 
At one time young children played another kind of game, and it didn’t require matches. The game was called “London Bridge is Falling Down.” Maybe you’ve heard of it.
Two children joined hands to form a bridge. Let’s call them Bobby and Sally. The other children walked one-by-one under the bridge until the London Bridge song ended. Then the child caught under the bridge was captured, meaning he or she must answer a question.
Did the captured child want to be a golden apple or a golden pear? If a golden apple, line up behind Bobby. If the child chose to be a golden pear, line behind Sally. When all the children were captured and on one side or the other, a tug-o-war began.
Life is much like that childhood game. We must make choices. However, these choices are not often between good and just-as-good. They are between good and evil.
Rather than a choice between a wonderful this or a wonderful that, the choice is between heaven or hell. Would you like to go to heaven when you die where everything is perfect and the streets are paved with gold? Or would you like to sin now and spend eternity in hell where everyone burns in the lake of fire forever?
If you chose the sin now and burn in hell later plan, go stand behind Satan. But if you would like to spend eternity in heaven with the Lord and walk down golden streets, repent of all your sins and really mean it. Then ask the Lord to come into your heart and life, and line up behind Jesus.
It's as simple as that.
Sin has consequences, but God’s Word is true.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Basic Fiction Writing 101: Scenes

by Molly Noble Bull

The book cover above came from my long historical novel, Sanctuary, set in France in the seventeen hundreds. We will discuss this novel later in this article.   
Now for the lesson. 

(Part of this lesson came from Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain.)   


We have all heard the story of the three little pigs, and “once upon a time” stories are told in the narrative. Narratives tell.
Example: Once upon a time there were three little pigs.
Scenes show, and they are not written in the narrative. Read on to learn the difference.

A: A scene is that part of a chapter, book or story that takes place as it happens, second by second, and gives the reader the feeling of actually being there. While narrative writing “tells,” a scene must “show.”  
One way a scene shows rather than tells is by the use of dialogue. Example of dialogue:
[Three small pigs sat huddled together under a bridge, shivering and squealing from the rain and cold.
   “I don’t know about you guys,” the first one said. “But I’m building me a house. I’ve had enough of being cold all the time.”
   “What will you build it out of?” the second pig asked.
  “Sticks. What else?”]

Dialogue is always enclosed in quotation marks.
How are you would look like this when written in dialogue.
   “How are you?” 
How are you, he asked, would look like this. 
   “How are you?” he asked. 
I am fine, she replied—would look like this. 
   “I am fine,” she replied.

A: Goal

A: A sequel or a transition should follow a scene.

A: A sequel comes immediately after a scene, giving the main character the opportunity to reflect on what just happened in the story. A sequel also gives the reader the opportunity to rest before going on to another scene.

A: Reaction

A: There are no strict answers, but I think a well-developed scene for an adult novel should contain from three to five typed, double-spaced pages. Scenes written for children and young people are shorter.

A: It depends on the type of book, but about three or less is about average.

A: A scene should begin with a hook to capture reader interest. It should also begin with a setting to let the reader know where the action is taking place.
First settings should be fairly detailed whether introducing the reader to a new story or a new scene or the main character. After a particular setting has been well established, transitional phrases like the ones mentioned below can be substituted for more detailed settings. The purpose for both settings and transitions are to inform the reader as to where the action is taking place and to move the action to another location.

Q: Name some transitional phrases.
A: Three hours later---
     When they arrived at  ---
     At the fair grounds, -- 
     One year later ---

A: You will know you are reading or writing a scene if it contains a second by second account of an event and contains all three elements all scenes must have. 
and ends in DISASTER for the main character. 

ASSIGNMENT: Buy some index cards and a black marker. Prepare to write information on those cards and tack that information above your keyboard. It will really help.
What to write on the cards.

CARD ONE:  Elements of a Scene

CARD TWO: Elements of a Sequel
Not all scenes contain dialogue. We will discuss that in future lessons. We will also talk more about the elements of a scene and the elements of a sequel. 

Below is a scene from my long historical novel, Sanctuary. Who is the point of view character in this scene?
This scene begins with a goal for the main character, contains conflict and ends in disaster for the main character.
Tell in one sentence what the goal of this scene is.In your second sentence, describe the conflict in the scene. Finally, write a third sentences and tell how the scene ended in disaster for the main character. Then click comment and post your answers.    


                            First in the Faith of our Fathers series

                                           Molly Noble Bull

                                 Chapter One

Benoit, France

“You do as you wish, Louis,” Pierre Dupre said to his brother.  “But after the long walk from Paris, I want to stop and rest before going home. Mama and Henri will want to hear all about our journey, and I would like to get some sleep before I start telling our little brother tales of our adventures.”
“Could it be that my big brother is tired?” Louis asked with a twinkle in his eye. 
“Yes.”  Pierre yawned.  “I admit it.”   He stretched his tired muscles and yawned again. 
Louis threw back his head and laughed.  “Sleep if you want.  I intend to pay Rachel’s parents a visit before going home.  I plan to ask their permission to marry her.”
“Is it not a bit late to be making such a request?  We sail in two weeks and you said you would marry Rachel aboard ship, yet you barely know her parents.  They might resent the fact that you failed to step forward with your proposal sooner.”
“I will ask their forgiveness for the delay, of course.  And I will also encourage them to sail to England with us.  I fear Rachel will refuse to go at the last minute if we leave her mother and father behind.”
“Rachel is strong-willed and unpredictable,” Pierre said.  “And she is always jumping to conclusions.  However, she is also a good and faithful daughter.  Were I wearing your shoes, Louis, I would have fears as well.” 
They stood in front of the small stone cottage where Rachel and her parents lived. They hadn’t slept much since heading home.  On the previous night, they seldom stopped to rest.  Pierre doubted that Rachel’s parents would welcome his brother into their home after they discovered why he came, and he had no desire to hear her mother and father scold Louis for his tardiness.
Pierre noticed a large tree surrounded by bushes a short distance away.  “I will wait for you under that tree.  It will be cool and shady there.”
“As you wish.”  Louis smiled.  “And sleep well, brother.  I will not be long.” 
Pierre watched Louis walk up to the front door of the cottage and knock.  He found a grassy spot under the tree.  With his brown jacket as a pillow, he stretched out and went to sleep.

Pierre awoke to the rumble of horses’ hooves and men shouting.  He crawled on his belly to a bushy area near the edge of the tall grass.  A young captain in the king’s army kicked down the door of Rachel’s house.  Soldiers swarmed inside.
He’d defended his younger brother for as long as he could remember and often fought his battles for him.  But he saw at least thirty armed men and he with no weapons.  Pierre wanted to hang his head in shame because he couldn’t do anything to help.
“Please, we are innocent!” he heard Louis shout out from inside the house. 
Shattered, Pierre covered his mouth with his hands to keep from calling out in anger and despair.
“No!” he heard Rachel’s mother say. “Have mercy! Please!” 
Tears filled the corners of his eyes as Pierre heard more shouting, screams, and then silence. 
“No. No!”
“Take the trunk outside!” the captain shouted to his men.
As they dragged a trunk out the front door of the house, the captain stood on the lawn outside.  Sunlight glinted on the metal buckle of his jacket.  The shiny object mesmerized a shocked Pierre as the other soldiers brought out furniture, clothes, and other items.
A thin soldier came out wearing a blue dress that must have belonged to Rachel’s mother.  He paraded around in it, swinging his hips and making distasteful gestures.  Laughter echoed all around the soldier in the dress. 
Pierre fought nausea.
The captain opened the trunk, spilling its contents on the ground.  Letters and papers blew here and there.  The captain picked up a candlestick.  The metal caught the afternoon sun, sparkling brighter than the buckle.  From a distance, Pierre could not tell for sure but thought it might have been made of gold. 
The expensive-looking object would hold half a dozen candles or more. He’d never seen a design quite like it.
The captain waved the candlestick in the air for all to see. 
“This is a Menorah and can only belong to a Jew.  It proves the people who lived in that house were Jews!” 
The rest of the men gathered around the captain, looking at the candlestick.  When they tried to touch it, the captain jerked it out of their reach. 
“Two Huguenots from this village conspired against the government of France.  We only found one.  We must find the other man and the rest of the Jews and kill them.” 
The captain raised the Menorah in the air as though it were a kind of battle flag.  “I shall not rest until the deed is done!  Now, gather up all the papers and anything else you think I might want later.” 
As the soldiers began doing as they were told, the captain leaned over and picked up something from the ground.  Pierre thought it looked about the size and shape of a small wooden frame.  The captain pulled a white cloth from his pocket, wiped off the object, gazed at it for a long moment and tucked it inside his jacket.
“Burn this house to the ground,” the captain demanded, “as a warning to all Jews and Huguenots!”  

Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull won two national contests in 2008 in the inspirational category--the Gayle Wilson and the Winter Rose contest. To buy Sanctuary or any of Molly's books and e-books, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online and walk-in bookstores.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

I Failed God’s Test

I recently read a great book by Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, called, “The Well: Why Are So Many Still Thirsty?”The Well and it convicted me. Conviction is no new experience here, but this one hit hard. I knew of this sin before, but suddenly, after reading Mark’s words, I felt the wound I’d caused more deeply.

Allow me to confess.

In his book, Mark recounts a time in his life, when he wasn’t able to sing. Imagine being faced with losing the thing you felt God called you to use. What do you say to your Creator when that happens? During this time, Mark had to look at his life and his ministry differently. Then one day a man with no vocal training asked to sing at his church. Mark shook his head warily at the idea, given he knew the amount of work required to be good in music ministry. But this man stood before the congregation and belted out the song the Lord had given him to sing, and Mark was moved—not by the man’s voice, but by his heart. A heart for God. Something that sometimes gets lost in the acquiring of talent. Mark says, after that experience, he’d learned his lesson and resumed singing shortly afterward.

I wish I could say the same. Guess I’m more pigheaded than Mr. Hall.

Way back when, I planned to make singing my career. This was before Christian music was what it is today. I knew I wanted to use this “talent” for God, but I had no idea how, and never asked Him what He thought about it. I didn’t receive a lot of support for the idea—family and friends felt the field was littered with wanna-bes who never made it past skid-row. It was hard to get people to even come to my high school choir concerts.

Then one day I had the chance to try out for a solo as part of a choir piece. I was a new tenth-grader at the school and no one knew anything about my voice except that I wanted to use it. I competed against a very sweet senior who’d been classically trained with a stunning voice. Oh well, at least it would be good experience.

I knew something was up when the choir director’s eyes bulged at my audition. However, they quickly dimmed as he struggled not to give too much away. He said nothing after I was done and moved on to the next student. Finally, the senior sang and I was certain she’d be picked.

The day of the announcement came, and I prepared myself for the first of many rejections. It’s part of the process, I better get used to it. Instead, the director said he was going to do something different. He was going to let the choir decide. What?! Why’d we audition if the choir was going to judge? He didn’t explain why—just asked each of us to take our turns before the group. I took mine and the room went silent. I had no idea what that meant, but it gave me the willies just the same.

We were ushered out for the voting. As we stood in the hall, the classically-trained senior faced me and proclaimed, “You got it. I know you did.” The look in her eyes held a mix of excited encouragement for me, yet a note of disappointment, too. I knew she was crazy, but the butterflies kicked up a notch.

choirI don’t think I realized the gravity of the situation at the time, but this solo was that senior’s last opportunity in high school. Everyone knew it, and everyone wanted her to have that chance. But the song didn’t call for an operatic voice—like she had. It called for a simpler one—mine. Other than a few devoted friends of the senior, the rest of the room voted for me. I was told one of the things that worked in my favor was the little crack in my voice at the songs emotional peaks. However, in order to allow for the senior to have a chance, she was made my understudy. Given we had two opportunities to perform this song—the choir concert for the school, and the adjudication for the state—it increased the likelihood she’d be able to sing.

If it weren’t for my pride.

Exactly one week before the concert I lost my voice. That’s okay, I had time … I thought. But the voice (or maybe God) had other ideas, and I began to panic. You see, all my family and friends planned to be at this concert to hear me sing and I did not want to lose the opportunity to have them there. So I sang—Very badly!!!

And the senior did not.

The best compliment I received from that concert was from a friend who said, “You sounded like you might have been good if you weren’t sick.”

Great :o/!

The second opportunity—the adjudication—went well, so judges and fellow choir students got to hear my “talent.” However, nothing will eradicate the fact that I clung to something that wasn’t mine because I was too prideful to give it to the other singer. She deserved it. She’d worked for it. It was her time and I stole it. Not because I took the opportunity when it was given me, but because I didn’t let go when God told me to give it back.

I failed the test.

As you’ve probably figured out, I did not make singing my career. I continued on in music for a few years, but quickly realized I lacked a few things that one needs to pursue it. One being “style.” The style I’d had when the choir heard that crack of emotion during the solo. But that disappeared as I received training and became haughty about my craft. The other thing I lacked was strength. The above scenario was not the last time I’d lose my voice. It became a regular occurrence as I worked hard to hone my skill.

It is clear to me now God did not want me to pursue this career. Not because He was punishing me for my greed, but because He loves me. He knows had I done well in it, I would have made it about me and not about Him. Where would our relationship have been had that happened? Not where it is today. Not even close.

God needed to humble me many times—even after I changed majors—before I finally had any clue how to follow Him. I hope I have it now, but being as pig-headed and self-centered as I’ve shown myself to be, I am never sure. So I will continually check in with the Big-Guy now and again to be certain the voice I do use is the one He has planned for me.

To Him be the Glory!

How has He called YOU to use your voice?

headshot1Connie is a 2012 Genesis semi-finalist for Women’s Fiction. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest for her entry, Why Not to Kiss on a Park Bench (aka. Harold and Violet). Come visit her on one of her other blogs:

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