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Grace in the shadows – the sequel to Grace in Strange Disguise

Grace in the shadows – the sequel to Grace in Strange Disguise

Grace in the Shadows – Back Cover Blurb Physiotherapist Esther has survived cancer, but wounds within her family remain unhealed. Is her revived faith the reason for the rift or could a simmering secret be the root cause? Cosmetics consultant Rachel buried her past – and her father’s God – but the past refuses to stay buried. Will she continue to run or is confronting her pain the way to freedom? Two women. Two different lives.  One collision course with…

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Grace in Strange Disguise – life impacting Christian fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – life impacting Christian fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – published 1 October, 2017 Available online in ebook and print book format. The story behind Grace in Strange Disguise Here Back cover blurb People disappoint us but what if God does too? Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. After all, her father has always said, “Follow Jesus and be blessed.” But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens…

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Book trailers

Book trailers

Book trailers Do they influence people to buy books? Not necessarily, but they’re fun and may influence those who have already heard about your book previously. 1-2-1 discipleship book trailer   Stories aren’t just for kids book trailer   Grace in Strange Disguise Grace in the Shadows Principles in making a book trailer About a minute long for the ‘slideshow’ kind above Can be up to 3 -4 minutes if includes snippets from the author (perhaps interview questions …) These…

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5 star reviews

5 star reviews

Grace in Strange Disguise has received 80+ 4-5 star reviews. My favourite reviews tell a little of the spiritual impact the book has had on the reader. This particular review encouraged me last week. First line: Take a moment and just think about the first line before continuing: “You have cancer.” Try imagining how you would react if you heard those words! On Friday, I featured this story for my First Line Friday post. I couldn’t stop thinking about it…

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Life changing fiction – CS Lewis – Narnia series

Life changing fiction – CS Lewis – Narnia series

Life changing fiction One other characteristic of life changing fiction is that it is worthy of being read over and over. I first had C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series read to me when I was seven or eight years old. I enjoyed the stories but I doubt I knew that I would read the series every year from the time I was about thirteen. I little realised how the words and ideas would influence my thinking. Of all of the…

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Life changing Christian fiction – Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis

Life changing Christian fiction – Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis

Life changing Christian fiction – what does it mean? In the eighteen months prior to publishing Grace in Strange Disguise, I have immersed myself in the world of Christian fiction. There are millions of words out there. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve hungered for stories that are worth reading. I’ve read many that are well written but they don’t move me to tears. They don’t make me hunger and thirst for following Jesus. They don’t make me want…

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My top ten reads in 2017 + 3 bonus books if romance is your thing

My top ten reads in 2017 + 3 bonus books if romance is your thing

2017 has been the year I’ve gotten into ebook reading in a big way. This was mainly because I wanted to read Christian fiction to understand the market I was entering. Among the dross (sadly there was quite a bit of it), I’ve found authors to follow. I’ll include books in this list that weren’t ‘my thing’ but were well written and might be yours. 1. The Long Highway Home – Elizabeth Musser. One of my few 5 star reviews…

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Gold star award for cover design

Gold star award for cover design

Gold star award for cover design Every month Joel Friedlander and his team at the Book Designer take submissions for book covers in fiction and non-fiction. I have been following the awards for some time because the comments are invaluable and it has helped me to develop my sense of what makes a good cover design and current trends. They award an overall winner in fiction and non-fiction. Runner-ups are awarded a gold star. Some months there are lots of…

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Grace in Strange Disguise – discussion guide

Grace in Strange Disguise – discussion guide

I love books that have a discussion guide. A chance to think deeply about a book and a chance to deepen relationships with others. Download discussion guide The discussion guide can be downloaded here. Guidelines This is a long list of suggested questions. Please feel free to choose a few, adapt them or add your own questions. Healing & Suffering • What methods do the Macdonald family use to gain healing? (chapter 11) —List at least 3-5 methods. What is…

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Author interviews – written and oral

Author interviews – written and oral

Interviews, interviews, As both a traditionally and self-published author, I have experienced a range of author interviews throughout my hybrid writing career. Technology is also changing rapidly and that may be one of the factors in how things have changed. My first publisher (traditional) didn’t arrange a single interview. Perhaps that was normal for 2010 and the UK. The US publisher worked hard and even though I wasn’t in the US, they found me two radio interviews there and one…

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Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths

Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths

Announcing new booklet – Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths about Bible storytelling I have been training people in Bible storytelling since about 2008. During trainings the same objections to using storytelling keep coming up. Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths about Bible storytelling was written to tackle the most common objections. This book is different to my other books as it is written as a ‘taster’ to my non-fiction. It is meant to be free and…

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