The Phoenix Rattler Writing Contest Open Through August 31!

Attention Writers!  The Phoenix Rattler is a writing contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West, the Arizona Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. This year, Cynthia Hickey, the proprietor of her own publishing company, Forget Me Not Romances(a division of Winged Publications) as our Final Judge.

The entry fee is just $45 and the contest is open for submissions from August 1 through August  31, 2019. For complete contest details go to http://www.christianwritersofthewest.com/

To enter the contest go to: Entry Form

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Meet the Cast of KEEN–Guest Post by Laura Zimmerman

KEEN is a contemporary fantasy set in small-town West Lincoln High. This book has it all: teenagers, faeries, and a banshee. Here’s what to expect when you dive into the world of KEEN!

Caoine Roberts–She’s just your average half-faerie born with a voice that kills, right? As a banshee, she roams the streets at night predicting death. But she’s forced to move each time her secret is discovered. Which is too often. She’s obsessed with french fries, writes poetry, and is a vegetarian. There’s no blending in for this girl–her ultra-white skin and hair, and odd colored eyes drive away most everyone.

Oliver–Star soccer player and captain of the team. Straight-A honor student headed to a big name university. This boy has his future planned…by his parents. If only he could tell them of his secret musical ambition. But a dark secret from his past has him trapped in a world where he doesn’t want to live.

Aubree–This high-fashion student is the first to befriend Caoine. But Aubree isn’t just about dressing like a supermodel. She’s obsessed with coffee and is never seen without Seamus by her side.

Seamus–He may appear lazy and uninterested, but this guy is more observant than the average teenager. He’s more than just eye-candy on Aubree’s arm. He’s loyal to Caoine, keeping her secret safe and helping in her greatest time of need.

Eric–Oliver’s best friend and fellow soccer player, this dude is pure comic relief. At least, he thinks so!

Jessica–Ex-girlfriend to Oliver. Editor of the school paper. Her life is all about making Caoine’s arrival at West Lincoln as difficult as possible.

Catherine–Caoine befriends “Cat” when she joins the staff of the school paper. Cat is possibly the first friend Caoine has that passes no judgment and is willing to defend her against even the worst school bullies.

Brent–Caoine’s father has never forgiven himself for the loss of his wife. He and Caoine have been a team since the beginning. But can she convince him that alcohol isn’t the way to solve his inner turmoil and that she’s hurting just as much?

There you have it! You’ve just met the main cast of KEEN. Are you intrigued yet? Be sure to grab a copy on July 9th so you can get to know each of these characters a little better!

 

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Short Story Published in Free Anthology

I’m very excited to announce that my short story, “Learning to Ride a Bike,” has been published in the free e-book anthology, Childhood Remembrances from Draw Near Publications. To download your FREE copy of the e-book, click here.

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The Adulteress Principality, Part 2 on the Parker J. Cole Show

Tune in for the second installment of my discussion with Parker about “The Adulteress Principality.”

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

She is everything a woman wants to be — glorious, beautiful, and vivacious. All men want her. She is so captivating, exciting, and desirable that men can not help but succumb to her charms.

Hiding among the pages of a magazine, pictured on billboards, or clicked on by a mouse, the Adulteress Principality exists only to destroy the first relationship God created: marriage.

The Adulteress Principality has existed for eons, changing shape and form…. With silken words, she reaches out to embrace us women with words of cunning. “You do not look, act, or talk like me. I will take him from you and there’s nothing you can do.” To the men, she whispers sweet-honeyed words, “Stolen water is sweet.” With such words she entices the men to her canopied bed. Under the auspices of pleasure, she latches chains of bondage meant to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

The Adulteress Principality is not the ‘other woman’ who may take on her guise. She is a spirit who seeks to destroy not just marriages, but self-esteem, virility, and more.

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Interview on the Parker J. Cole Show

Tune in to my discussion with Parker about “The Adulteress Principality.”

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

She is everything a woman wants to be — glorious, beautiful, and vivacious. All men want her. She is so captivating, exciting, and desirable that men can not help but succumb to her charms.

Hiding among the pages of a magazine, pictured on billboards, or clicked on by a mouse, the Adulteress Principality exists only to destroy the first relationship God created: marriage.

The Adulteress Principality has existed for eons, changing shape and form…. With silken words, she reaches out to embrace us women with words of cunning. “You do not look, act, or talk like me. I will take him from you and there’s nothing you can do.” To the men, she whispers sweet-honeyed words, “Stolen water is sweet.” With such words she entices the men to her canopied bed. Under the auspices of pleasure, she latches chains of bondage meant to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

The Adulteress Principality is not the ‘other woman’ who may take on her guise. She is a spirit who seeks to destroy not just marriages, but self-esteem, virility, and more.

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Guest Post on Speculative Faith

Check out my guest post, “Mind Games,” today on the Speculative Faith blog at LoreHaven.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them in the comments at http://speculativefaith.lorehaven.com/mind-games/

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Live Facebook Interview Today

I’m going to be interviewed by Lori Twichell about the workshop I will be giving at the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. Go to http://www.facebook.com/socalcwc at 1 pm Arizona time, 4 p.m. EST today to watch the interview!

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Spiritual Warfare for Writers

I will be presenting a workshop for Christian Writers of the West on the topic of Spiritual Warfare for Writers. 

The written word has the power to change minds and transform hearts. As Christian writers, we understand this. So does our enemy. He is threatened by the power God can wield through us, and therefore he works diligently to dishearten and disarm us. Far too many writers are uninformed about his schemes.

This workshop will focus on several varieties of enemy attack including discouragement, negative self-fulfilling prophesies, and intimidation. We will discuss how to counter these attacks by putting on the armor of God. We will also examine common temptations that the enemy uses to entice writers to veer away from their true calling.

Join us on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.
Denny’s Restaurant
3315 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

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Interview with Sharon Norris Elliot at SoCal Christian Writers Conference

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A Twist of Fate Anthology finally published!

The waiting is over! A Twist of Fate A Collection of 11 Twisted Fairy Tales anthology has been published and is now available on Kindle! My short story “The Pre-Med and the Frog Prince” is included, along with twisted fairy tale from ten other authors. All proceeds will be donated to the Global Scoliosis Fund. 

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