Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Be blessed this week, dear friends, as you focus on our Lord bursting forth from the tomb!
Lena Nelson Dooley has posted an interview with me on her fiction blog. If you go there and leave a comment, you'll have a chance to win one of my newest releases, No Greater Love or More than Conquerors.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Hope to see you there!
Friday, March 26, 2010
2. What are you currently writing? – I actually have 2-3 stories going right now, because I’m currently without a contract and have several proposals circulating. Two of those proposals have a western theme to them. One is a series set in Colorado and one is set in Wyoming. I’ve always loved ranches, horses, cowboys and the west. Now that I live in Colorado, what better setting is there to use? J Whichever one gets a bite is the one that will receive my full focus once the contract comes. Until then, I have to keep them all updated and ready for work.
3. What are some ways that readers of your books can help you as an author? – Umm, buy more and more books? LOL! Seriously, though. Word of mouth is the best help you can give. If you like my books, tell others about them, buy them for your friends and family members as gifts, or share the ones you’ve bought with others. Also, get in touch with me. I love to hear from my readers. Share with me your thoughts on my books, good or bad. I welcome both kinds of feedback. Without you, I’d be nowhere as an author. So, tell me what’s working and what’s not. After all, if my books don’t interest readers, my career won’t last long.
4. What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand? – That not all authors are rich. In fact, it’s a rather small percentage who can afford to simply give away all of their books or even make a full-time career from their books. 90% of authors supplement their income with another job or other work in some way. Oh, and of course, there are the voices in our heads. I’m sorry, but we simply cannot turn them off. So, if you see a writer with a glazed look in his/her eyes, you’ll know the voices of characters are speaking to him/her. J
5. What is something readers would be surprised you do? – That would probably be work for world-famous celebrity, Jane Seymour, by running her official fan site and negotiating with her business contacts in regard to her art, jewelry line and acting career.
6. How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, web site) – My mailing address is listed on the Contact page of my web site. There is a form on that page as well for emailing me. And I suppose it would help to have that web site. J Well, all right. It’s www.amberstockton.com. And again, I love hearing from my readers. Drop me a line. I always reply to all messages, electronic or written. Hope to hear from you soon!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
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Friday, March 19, 2010
slow to anger, and of great kindness” (Joel 2:13).
Let me start with the words to a chorus God gave me when I was in the pit of self-loathing and condemnation:
I remember, Lord, the joy of serving You;
I remember, Lord, when all I knew was You;
Flowing through me, calling to me,
Lord, please use me once again!
Ever been there? Of course you have. We all have, and it’s one of the toughest places to escape, isn’t it? We have this innate need to punish ourselves and then attempt to climb out of that pit of self-loathing and condemnation on our own. But each futile attempt results in our slipping back to the bottom, more frustrated and discouraged than before.
Now I know this won’t come as any great revelation, since we all know this fact, but perhaps it will be the reminder you need today to STOP TRYING TO CLIMB OUT OF THE PIT! It’ll never happen. No one has ever done it before, and no one will ever do it in the future. As we lie there in our own filth, bemoaning our helplessness and depravity and remembering with great sadness and regret how God once used us and the joy that accompanied that service, may we also remember the great truth that only God can pull us out of that pit—and He stands ready and willing to do so.
Joel 2:13 reminds us of the stunning yet never-changing character of the God who has redeemed us: He is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.” In other words, He’s not like us. He doesn’t hold a grudge or run out of patience or love. He doesn’t take pleasure in punishing those who have wronged Him. His grace and mercy are never-ending, and He longs to extend it to those who have fallen so that He can restore them to service once again.
Each of us who has received Jesus as Savior and been assured of spending eternity with Him has also been called by God to serve Him and others. We will never do that if we remain in the pit of our own sins and failures. We all land there on occasion, but WE DON’T HAVE TO STAY THERE! In fact, we are disobedient if we do. God calls to us, even (and especially!) while we’re in the pit. He wants us to reach up to Him, to ask and receive His forgiveness, and to allow Him to lift us from the pit and place us back on solid ground.
Allow Him to restore to you the joy of His salvation and once again use you in His service. There is no greater joy, beloved.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Okay, beloved readers, as promised, here is Twin #2, More than Conquerors. This book is set in Mexico, partially in the border town of Tijuana, but also in the Mayan culture of San Juan Chamula in Southern Mexico, where outsiders (particularly "Evangelicos") are most unwelcome.
Take a look at what people are saying about Twin #2:
"As readers follow Kathi Macias' characters through intense spiritual warfare, set against the backdrop of the Mayan culture in old Mexico, they will find themselves encouraged to trust the working of a sovereign and good God in their own lives, and to follow His will--wherever it leads."--James H. Pence, coauthor of Terror by Night
"Once again, author Kathi Macias delivers a powerful novel that explores the tensions faced by those who seek to honor Christ but who live in a world marked by violence and despair.... From first page to last, More than Conquerors reminds us that even when circumstances appear to be at their most desperate, God is at work in and through all things."--Shelly Beach, Christy Award-winning author of Hallie's Heart and Morningsong
"Kathi Macias writes from the heart of faith and hope. In More than Conquerors, she weaves together the lives and faith of people who meet not by chance, but by divine appointment--and at a cost. She reminds us we all have a part to play in the arena of faith, and that God sometimes calls us to places that require us to count fully on Him in order to be more than conquerors. Curl up with this book and let Kathi Macias take you to that place."--Bonnie Grove, author of Talking to the Dead
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Yep, I'm a "mama" again! The first two novels in my Extreme Devotion fiction series with New Hope Publishers have arrived on my doorstep. Though the official release date isn't until April 5, the books are available on Amazon now, and on CBD and Barnes and Noble for pre-order at reduced prices.
Today I'm going to introduce twin number-one, No Greater Love, set in South Africa. (I'll introduce book two of my twins tomorrow.) Here is what Jerry Jenkins and Kay Marshall Strom have to say about No Greater Love:
"…Kathi Macias has created a sweeping epic about a land alien to too many, but more important is the crucial nature of the story and its monumental implications. You’ll feel as if you were there."--Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author of the Left Behind series
"It has been refreshing and encouraging to see Christian fiction mature beyond the easy and grasp hold of life’s tough issues. Now our parameters are being pushed wider still by writers such as Kathi Macias who takes us outside the comfort of our own national borders to the harsh injustices of the world. No Greater Love pulls no punches, as it must not with so terrifying a subject as apartheid and the subsequent racial horrors it breeds. Yet, with a masterful touch, Kathi makes a most difficult subject manageable and helps us to see the story from various conflicting viewpoints. And in the end, No Greater Love leads us to the One who perfectly modeled love."--Kay Marshall Strom
Author/Speaker, 36 books including The Call of Zulina, book 1 of The Grace in Africa trilogy
Monday, March 15, 2010
True Act Christian Theatre is committed to bring a positive change in the society through theatre, which is a most effective tool of giving awareness. It was established in 2008 with the purpose of introducing and exploring alternative development approaches for the marginalized and oppressed communities of the society, within the current resources of the communities.
True Act Christian Theatre is sponsoring formal and information education for the rejected and the destitute children, and is actively helping them through child friendly schools in remote and rural areas. At present we have eleven child-friendly schools in the cities of Toba Tek Singh, Rajana, Kamalia, Pir Mahal, Chichawatni, Vehari, Arifwala and Faisalabad, assisting 227 students in all of these cities with the help of 22 teachers: two in each of the schools, and 3 administrators helping to co-ordinate between the schools and help them with training and logistic support.
You are requested to offer your prayer support and offer any of logistic and monetary support that you may offer to True Act Christian Ministry for children.
I assure you that it would be a great help, is extremely needed and highly appreciated.
May God bless you and all of yours abundantly!
Yours in Christ’s Merits,
True Act Christian Ministry
Toba Tek Singh
Friday, March 12, 2010
First, I seldom use outlines. (I know, I know! We're supposed to, and with nonfiction I create a very basic, barebones outline if I feel I REALLY need to. Otherwise...nah.) I guess I'm more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer, particularly with fiction (which seems to be 90 percent of what I'm doing these days). How in the world can I come up with a fiction outline that summarizes chapter 14 when I haven't even written chapter 5 yet??? Some authors are wired that way and can do it; I'm not one of them. For the most part (and again, especially with fiction), I know where I'm starting and where I'll end up, but everything in between is as much a surprise for me as it is for the reader.
Second, on the rare occasions when I have come up with an outline (often because I was co-authoring and the other writer was much more organized than yours truly), I still found myself veering off the path as the book took on a life of its own, though I tried to stay as close to the outline as possible
Having said all that, let me also say that I remain true to my journalism training, which taught me so much about disciplined writing. It also helped me develop my version of what I refer to as the train-of-thought writing method (there are other names for this age-old, tried-and-true format). I so believe in this writing method that I have taught it at writers' conferences for years and have even put together a workbook on it. The title is The Train-of-Thought Writing Method: Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers. It is available in hard copy and Kindle on Amazon.
Hope that answers your question, Ronel, and that it helps other beginning writers as well. This is a tough business, but we love it or we wouldn't be in it, am I right? Blessings, dear readers!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
How about you? Do you have questions on either the art factor of writing or the business end of publishing? I've been at this for a lot of years, folks, and if I can draw from my decades of experience to help you out, I'm happy to do so. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, and then watch this blog for the answers. (If I don't have them, I'll track down someone who does!) And please pass this along to your writer friends, will you?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Have you ever noticed that guys can spend six months together on the golf course and not even know each other's marital status? Give us "girls" five minutes and we know spouse's name, rank, and serial number, as well children's birthdays and food allergies, plus several favorite recipes. It's just the way we're wired, ladies! And age is irrelevant. I have friends twenty years older than me (though that number is dwindling as I work my way toward the golden years) and several young enough to be my daughters and even granddaughters.
Author Brenda Poinsett has captured this great truth and arranged it so we can understand/apply it to our every day lives. In The Friendship Factor, you will learn how to cultivate and sustain positive, lasting female friendships, how to become a better friend, and how to deal with change, stress, and the stages of a woman's life. Find out more about Brenda and her books/speaking at http://www.brendapoinsett.com/.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Yes, my book trailers are included, but watch them all and make a choice for your favorite. You just might win a Kindle from Misty Taggart at Trailer to the Stars!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Balance. Anyone else have trouble maintaining it? I sure do! Between home and family responsibilities, church involvement and ministry demands, this being a leader stuff can get a bit exhausting!
I know. Many women would argue that they're not even leaders. Really? Do you have kids? Do you work? Do you spend time in ministry at church? To one degree or another, most of us are leaders, though we often feel frustrated and ineffective in such a role.
Dr. Linda M. Clark, in her new book, Awaken the Leader in You, addresses these common frustrations by providing ten essentials for bringing life into balance, which is the foundation of effective leadership. Grounded in Scripture and with a host of practical ideas for leadership enhancement, the author coaches readers to awaken to their leadership balance in order to achieve expectations, complete projects with excellence, reach objectives, equip others, and establish a legacy that will empower generations of future leaders. You can find this excellent resource online at Amazon, CBD, Barnes and Noble, or www.NewHopePublishers.com.