Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spoken Moments

Spoken Moments

Just in time for a presentation at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last week, SPOKEN MOMENTS came off the presses. Twenty-two authors stood on stage to receive their one-free-copy. That was a happy bunch of writers, feeling blessed to have contributed their articles, received no payment, and donated all royalties to Samaritan’s Purse.

This is a book about the power of words. Here you will find stories from authors who share moments when words—from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, family, friends, acquaintances, business associates, and even strangers—impacted their lives. The stories are a testimony that words can hurt yet they can heal.

You will laugh, cry, nod your head in agreement, and shake your head in wonder at their examples of how God uses aptly spoken words to shape our lives and remind us of the saving grace of Jesus.

I am a novelist who never thought I would be working in non-fiction other than perhaps an occasional article or devotion. But, three years ago several of us were in the lobby after classes at the Blue Ridge writers conference. Cindy Sproles told about God showing up in an unexpected, miraculous ways. Then I told how God showed up in the Ladies Room at the Presbyterian Church. Others joined in. I said those stories should be in a book. Terri Kalfas, editor at Grace Publishing, overheard the talk about such divine experiences and called me two months later to say she was interested.
 
That led to my call-out for articles and last year at Blue Ridge I made a presentation of one-free-book to 23 of the 37 authors of DIVINE MOMENTS.

CHRISTMAS MOMENTS followed that one and SPOKEN MOMENTS is the third in the series. PRECIOUS MOMENTS (of/with/about children) is with the publisher and CHRISTMAS MOMENTS BOOK #2 will soon follow.

I’m now acquiring for STUPID MOMENTS, which may be embarrassing, humiliating, funny, serious, or have a faith meaning such as having lived apart from the Lord, or held onto unforgiveness too long, etc. These may be a short vignette or an article from about 500 to 3000 words, attached to an email, Times New Roman, 12 point type. Perhaps YOU have a story! Yvonnelehman3@gmail.com.

Authors of SPOKEN MOMENTS are: Sheryl Baker, Dan Balow, Joann Claypoole, Maresa DePuy, Susan Dollyhigh, Dr. Edna Ellison, Beth Ann Farley, Diana Flegal, Janice Garey, Tommy Gilmore, Dianna Good, Kelly Goshorn, Judy Haney, Lydia Harris, Sandra Hart, Dr. Dennis Hensley, John Kincaid, Alice Klies, Marcia Laycock, Kellie Lehman, Yvonne Lehman, Diana Matthews, Vicki Moss, Tamela Hancock Murray, Kimberly Pickens, Diane Pitts, Debbie Presnell, Colleen Reece, Toni Sample, Sherry Schumann, Mary Scro, Gloria Spears, Cindy Sproles, Nate Stevens, Fran Strickland, Ann Tatlock, Audrey Tyler, Gene Weatherly, Jan Westmark, Cindy Wilson, Dr. Rhett Wilson Sr., and Lora Zill.

YVONNE LEHMAN is author of 55 novels, founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, and is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She has joined Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as Acquisitions and Managing Editor of Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Recent releases are a novella, The Reluctant Schoolmarm in Reluctant Brides and Name that Tune in A Gentleman’s Kiss (Barbour). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC (Abingdon), which she signs periodically at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. Her non-fiction compilations are Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments  (Grace Publishing). To be released in 2014 are Precious Moments and Christmas Moments Book #2. Yvonne blogs at  www.christiansread.com and Novel Rocket Blog.  yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

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