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How Fiction Can Transform Lives — Tamara Kraft

I’m excited to welcome author Tamara Kraft today as she talks about the power of fiction and her latest novel, Alice’s Notions.

The Christian life is meant to be a life of transformation. We are not supposed to stay the same as we were when we were first saved. God is moving us to be better, braver, kinder, more like Him. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As a reader and an author, I have noticed that God often uses fiction to transform me. This shouldn’t be surprising considering the method Jesus used most when He was on Earth, telling stories. Some stories stay with me long after I’ve read “the end.” I find many times that God is using that story to transform my life in some way.

This isn’t only true in stories I read. As I write my novels, God uses my writing to work out that transformation in me. Writer call it a character arc, a journey characters go through to change how they think, act, or believe. As I’m working out those character arcs, I find frequently God is working on a character arc in my life.

For instance, in my novel, Alice’s Notions, Alice Brighton wants a safe life after her husband dies in World War II. Throughout the novel, she learns we can’t hide from life. I’ve learned that often. When bad things happen, I tend to want to hide away in a cave sometimes and not face the issues in my life. God has shown me, as He did Alice, I can’t hide from tragedy, but I can trust Him to guide me through it. When I allow Him to transform me, I become the hero of my own story.

Another issue Alice had was unforgiveness. Greta, a German girl, shows up at Alice’s doorstep reminding her of her unforgiveness toward the nation responsible for her husband’s death. I wouldn’t have been able to write about Alice’s journey toward forgiving her enemies if God hadn’t been dealing with me first about forgiving my enemies. Ouch.

Has God ever used a novel or story to transform your life?

Author Spotlight Questions:

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading a Young Adult Series called Ranger’s Apprentice. My grandson introduced my to it when we plugged his Kindle into the car sound system on a long road trip. By the end of the first novel, I was hooked. I’m currently about to read novel 8 in this twelve novel series. What I like the most about these novels is the underlying Christian world view with heroic characters young people can look up to. There is little mention of God, but the morality thought-out the series is refreshing.

What is your current work in progress?

Currently I’m doing a full rewrite of book two in my Ladies of Oberlin Series. Book 1, Red Sky over America is due to be released February, 2018. Book 2, Lost in the Storm, will be released in November, 2018. Here’s a little blurb about the series.

It’s the middle of the 18th century, a troubled time in American history, when strong women find it difficult to find their place in society. Three women dare to fight against social injustices, but when they fall in love, things get complicated.

Three women roommates, graduates of Oberlin College, challenge society norms to do what is right even though it may cost them everything, including love. Oberlin College, considered radical at the time, was the only co-education, multi-racial college before the Civil War, and its graduates were involved in many progressive era issues including abolition, women’s suffrage, prohibition, and the missionary movement.

In Red Sky over America, in a nation on the brink of war, America confronts slavery and risks being alienated from her slave owning father. In Lost in the Storm, during the Civil War, Lavena challenges a profession ruled by men to become a war correspondent, but will she keep her job by destroying the man she loves? In The Aftermath, when Betsy’s husband comes home from the war as an alcoholic, she uses unladylike tactics to fight against the evils of drink to save her marriage.

Meet the Ladies of Oberlin, the causes they’re willing to fight for, and the men who capture their hearts.

What would be your dream vacation?

I love historic sites and nature. My husband and I love to travel, and we’ve had many dream vacations. One of my favorites was an Alaskan cruise. It was amazing. We have been to forty of the fifty states, and our goal is to go to all fifty. So, some dream vacations in the future include Hawaii, driving up the coast of California and Oregon, and Yellowstone National Park. These three vacations will cover most of the states we’re missing. We’ll only have Delaware and Maine to go.

About Alice’s Notions

In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.

World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.

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About Tamara:

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions, was released in April, and the first novel in her new series, Ladies of Oberlin, will be released by Desert Breeze in February 2018.

You can contact Tamera online at these sites.


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Darlene Franklin — Author Spotlight

Today I’m happy to welcome author Darlene Franklin as she shares about her writing process.

I just received back an edit. Her comments? It was confusing. Disjointed.

Sigh. Make no mistake about it. Writing is just plain hard work!

Even worse—writing and editing is only half of the process.

The first part–brainstorming, planning, dreaming—is the most fun. I love coming up with story ideas, and have more than I can write in a lifetime.

The last part– marketing, marketing, and more marketing—is time consuming. Although sometimes it’s easier to talk about what I’ve written than to write it.

But oh, the butt-glue, stick-to-it-tiveness that writing, the meat of sandwhich requires. Realistic daily goals and short measured increments are my key to getting it done. I go from blank page to publication-ready mss in four steps:

1. Writing: I write straight through, no edits, no research. I leave question marks or write a note about what to research later. If I’m struggling for the right image, I leave it for later. I take notes of what needs to be revised earlier in the manuscript. I keep a separate file for relevant websites, character names, descriptions, and so forth, to use for consistency.

I set the timer for 15 minutes and between write 150 and 300 words. I plan on 800-1600 words per day on any given projects. Any more than that, and my writing tank seems to empty. It doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve written 8 novellas, 60 devotions, and numerous articles since January. My last project took 23 hours to write.

2. First Edits: When I began writing, I ran every chapter through several edits a chapter at a time. That went by the way side as I began publishing frequently. Next I used a list of weasel word to comb through my manuscript. Over time I was able to make substantive edits in a single run through.

That single edit takes at least 2/3rds as much time as the original writing. The mss that took 23 hours to write took 16.75 hours to edit.

I also edit to make the POV consistent, meaning and setting plain, the background filled in until it’s as clear to the reader as it is to me. I write my first draft about 10% longer than the requested mss length, because I cut a lot during editing. When I’m done, I sent it to my editor (either private paid or the publisher).

3. Final Edits: When I get my manuscript back, I go through her comments. I try not to debate with her comments and instead look for the reason she reacted that way. This takes a lot less time than either step one or two, but 9.75 still takes me most of a work week (2 hours a day).

Since I don’t seem to have a good eye for typos, I send it on to a proofreader.

After that, I send the mss to my publisher and they put publication into motion.

It’s important to know your own weaknesses (and strengths) and work with them.

— What is your current work in progress?

Several things. I’m working on final edits for the book to be published on October 1st, Her Rocky Mountain Highness. In a story dedicated to John Denver on the twentieth anniversary of his death, I’ve written a deposed prince and the tourist guide who introduces him to Colorado.

I’ve just started on a story for a Harvey Girls collection. In researching the history of the Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe Railroad, I discovered that Charles Lindbergh built the hub of his Transcontinental Air Transport business in Waynoka, Oklahoma. The expensive air-and-rail trip trip across the country (an amazing 2 days!) failed in the stock market crash, but a new industry was born. The book is titled All Roads Lead Home.

I’m also doing background research for a book on prayer which I will begin writing in October.

— What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I’ve become a huge fan of adult coloring books! Here’s a couple I’ve done.

— What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Lately it’s my health. I have plenty of time, but I don’t feel all that well, either in pain or with a foggy mind. I just try to stay focused and work when I can, allow myself to be slow (as frustrating as it can be!) and to take more breaks.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Christmas Child

A year ago scandal ruined the annual Nanepaushat Cotton Mill Christmas Masquerade—the owner’s son tarried with a mill worker and she left, shamed and pregnant.

Tragedy strikes this year when the same son dies in a tragic accident. Can supervisor Preston Marshall and the shunned woman’s cousin redeem the flailing Masquerade and rescue the Christmas child? How will they overcome the difference in their positions?

Check out Christmas Child to read this imaginative retelling of Herod’s massacre of the innocents of Bethlehem.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Darlene Franklin

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Other recent titles are Wilderness Weddings and Opposites Attract. You can find her online at: Website and blog, Facebook, Amazon author page

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Twitter: @darlenefranklin


Today I welcome back H.G. Ferguson as he answer some tough questions.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

Horror and what I call “fantasy/horror historical.”  Horror is straight-up monsters, ghosts, things that go bump in the night — no demons, spirits or angels here, sorry.  Too many things are being called “horror” today both inside and outside of the Christian community.  Angels/demons/spiritual warfare is not horror.  Nor are stories that glorify evil, explore perversity and emphasize torture to such an extent it would disgust anyone, regardless of their views on faith.  For me, horror means monsters.  Jezebelle is as much a monster as she is a ghost, for example.   If there are demons or the devil, they need to remain in the background.  The focus is not on an invisible entity but on that THING smashing its way from a long-buried tomb to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting, sleepy little hamlet below.  Oops.

Fantasy/horror historical takes traditional elements of both the fantasy tale and the historical novel and pours in a generous helping of horror for both flavor and atmosphere.  My vampire tale New Blood falls into this category, set in French and Indian War Pennsylvania.  Another tale is set in a fantasy world using Eastern rather than Western Europe as its cultural model (Medieval Russia and its environs), but the bad things are undead creatures and hideous blendings of man and beast run amok, not orcs, trolls and Black Riders under other names.

And why do I write these things?  I write these things because if I do not, who will?

Or better yet…who is?

What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.

Music.  When I hear music, I see things.  When I hear music, the emotional requirement of scenes and events seizes my mind and heart.  Every single story has its own “soundtrack” of inspiration I have culled from my own extensive personal collection of film and TV scores.  The music of Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard and Thomas Newman can be “heard” in Jezebelle. 

What can your readers expect from you next?

As yet untitled, but…

1855 Northern England, near the border of Scotland.  A place with a long and colorful history of strange events and even stranger legends.  The Hidden Folk, Mother Eve’s Unwashed Children, stir in the hinterlands as an ancient evil wakens.  Charlotte, a young woman with an past she cannot remember comes to work as an amanuensis at a secluded country manor, ruled over by a fine and noble gentleman whose mysterious wife goes about obscured beneath a veil and long sleeves and gloves and takes all her meals in privacy.  And when this awakening evil stretches forth its hand against this house, its Lord and Lady, and in particular against Charlotte, thrusting her into a nightmare beyond imagination from her unremembered childhood, can even the love of a dour, tormented groundskeeper save her?


A native of Southeast Alabama now at home in Phoenix, Arizona, H.G. Ferguson has always loved the strange, the unnerving, the horrifying — in short, looking at things that go bump in the night, particularly monsters, outside the box.  A connoisseur of classic horror both literary and cinematic, he floods his writing with originality, creativity and a passion for Truth —  even when shrouded in shadows, like a candle flickering in a mortuary window.  H.G. is the author of New Blood, and his latest release, Jezebelle, comes out October 31 at


This week I am thrilled to host author H.G. Ferguson as he shares some insight into his research process and how he incorporates that into the story without turning the book into a non-fiction info dump.

For a writer, regardless of genre or subject matter, research is critical.  But it is ever so critical (to quote Jezebelle) for writers of historical novels and stories to craft their tales as close to “historical accuracy” as possible.  French and Indian War British soldiers did not use bolt-action rifles, for example.  And even seasoned “giants” in the field can sometimes crash and burn, as when an unidentified bestselling romance novel author sets her story in 1811 and employs a drug in it that was not even discovered until 1836…


This does not mean every single thing must be perfect.  That’s impossible, as horror and historical novelist Robert R. McCammon pointed out.  In his Matthew Corbett tales set in early 18th century New York, he tells us he had to cut corners somewhere, and he did it with money to avoid confusing the reader due to the overwhelming variations in currency at that time.  But his depictions of dress, atmosphere and “feel” of that period are off the charts.  It can be done!


I am primarily a visual rather than a literary person.  That means I learn best visually.  And it is also the way I conduct most of my research into stories, whether contemporary or historical.  For Jezebelle I drew upon photos and artistic representations of antebellum southern belles, both from extant sources and contemporary re-enactors.  I also studied closely models, actors, actresses and performers in various media who suggested and/or exemplified certain qualities I sought in the characters.


I also paid very close attention to the antebellum portion of the immortal Gone With The Wind starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in order to absorb the “feel” of that time and place so excellently evoked in that movie — the manners, the coquettish flirtation, the vanity, not just of Miss Scarlet but everyone.  I tried to “soak up” as much of the atmosphere and blend it into my story where appropriate.  Ten minutes spent on an accurate visual portrayal of these kinds of things is more effective — for me — than ten hours poring over “Daily Life in X Y and Z for Writers.”  The flip side of that is when I watched the 1992 The Last of the Mohicans for another story — 25 times.  Kid. You. Not.


I also draw upon my own experiences in what I write.  My father was stationed at Napier Field, Alabama during WWII and personally encountered German POWs set to work in the cotton fields.  This found its way into Jezebelle.  In 2003 while visiting my ancestral homeland I personally witnessed, in the heart of what was once a bastion of intolerance, a biracial couple in a restaurant just having a meal and enjoying undisturbed each other’s company.  This too appears in my story.  Local color, local texture.  Above all, truth.


And that’s the key to research.  Find the truth.  And tell it!


A native of Southeast Alabama now at home in Phoenix, Arizona, H.G. Ferguson has always loved the strange, the unnerving, the horrifying — in short, looking at things that go bump in the night, particularly monsters, outside the box.  A connoisseur of classic horror both literary and cinematic, he floods his writing with originality, creativity and a passion for Truth —  even when shrouded in shadows, like a candle flickering in a mortuary window.  H.G. is the author of New Blood, and his latest release, Jezebelle, comes out October 31 at


The Thrill of Discovery in Research

Today our featured guest is Marilyn Turk, author of historical fiction and lover of all things history. She is sharing her favorite topic–discovering the story and the characters.

Read on to the end, as Marilyn will be giving away a free copy of her book.

Marilyn says:

People often ask me about the creative process for the story I’ve written, particularly, how I came up with the idea for the story.

My answer is: I didn’t. As a Christian writer who seeks God’s will in my writing, I believe God leads to me find the story, to discover it. I live near the beach and sometimes, I see people with metal detectors scanning the sand to find buried treasure, or more accurately these days, someone’s jewelry that got lost. I feel like finding a story is discovering the treasure lying beneath.

Or I relate to an archaeologist who digs below the soil to find civilizations long since forgotten. How exciting it must be to find the remains of a home, then a village, of people who lived in the past.

As a historical writer, I’m the archaeologist looking for lost stories of people long ago. The more I find out about a historical period or setting, the more I know about the people who lived during that time. And as I discover what their lives were like, I discover their stories.

The research is the most fun because I’m fascinated by information and little known facts I’d never been aware of before. I’m so excited when I find some tidbit or gem that will produce interesting details in the lives of my characters.

In my research for The Gilded Curse, for example, finding out about the history of Jekyll Island and its exclusive “Millionaires Club” was intriguing, introducing me to a world of yesteryear where affluent people once roamed a small island off the coast of Georgia. Some of America’s wealthiest and most famous individuals – Pulitzer, Goodyear, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt, to name a few – escaped to the island during the cold New England winters to play. The “gilded” society during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s brought all the comforts of home with them as they maintained their social lifestyle on a smaller scale.

But the Great Depression and World Wars changed the wealth and the climate of the country, and the gilded generation disappeared, along with their wealth and prestige.

Then along came my character Alexandra Smithfield, the last heir of one of those families. When Lexie returned to the island ten years after her family had left when she was a child, she discovered that in many ways, the island had changed. And in other ways, it had stayed the same. The Gilded Curse is Lexie’s story about what she finds out and how it will affect her life.

I hope you enjoy finding out with her.

Here is a short description of the book:

In 1942, Lexie Smithfield becomes the only heir to her family’s dwindling fortune after her brother is killed at Pearl Harbor. A mysterious telegram beckons her back to Jekyll Island. Ten years before, the family quit coming to the exclusive Millionaire’s Club after tragic events convinced her mother the island was cursed. Club Superintendent Russell Thompson knows the truth, but he swore never to tell. Will he and Lexie discover the real danger before it’s too late? Check out the book on Amazon at:

To enter to win a free copy of the book, leave a comment along with your email address, and we’ll enter your name in a drawing.

Marilyn Turk has been published in Guideposts magazine, Guideposts books – A Joyful Heart and A Cup of Christmas Cheer, The Upper Room, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Lighthouse Digest magazine. Her Coastal Lights Legacy series features stories set around lighthouses. Her book, Lighthouse Devotions was published in 2015. Her weekly lighthouse blog can be found at She lives in Florida with husband Chuck and enjoys boating, fishing, tennis, and gardening when she’s not climbing lighthouses or playing with her grandsons.

Nuggets of Writing Gold

Co-written with Leeann Betts: Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays and articles on the writing life and journey, full of nuggets of ideas and helps for writers at any stage of their career. Topics include the passion to write, making time for writing, organization, editing, dialogue, and a resource section. Available at Learn more.


Awaken~A Paula Moldenhauer Devotional

Guest Post from the author of Soul Scents: Awaken  

Ten Years and It’s Still True

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What I found was joyously stunning.

Recently I read through hundreds of devotionals I’d written over a span of more than ten years. I was deciding which devotional thoughts I wanted to include my latest book project, Soul Scents ~ A Journey in the Son’s Embrace, which offers four volumes of devotional reading: Awaken, Rooted, Bloom, and Flourish. As I read, made my choices, and edited my heart rejoiced because I still believed it all.

The journey of the last ten years has been arduous, but the glorious truths our sweet Savior taught me along the way stand the test of time.

I may have been naïve in 2004 before the big storms hit. Back then I wrote in wonder as I absorbed new understanding of who Jesus is.  I may not have understood how deeply the concepts I penned would be tested. I certainly didn’t understand what I was praying as I offered my thoughts of praise and surrender, nor did I guess how God would take me at my word.

But I’m delighted to report it’s all true.

I edited word counts and clunky sentences, but the foundational concepts which I so naively typed many years ago needed no revision. And guess what? The devotionals I penned a few weeks ago are again written in wonder as I “absorb new understanding of who Jesus is.”

In 2004 I invited readers to go with me on a journey into the heart of Jesus. I declared we’d never run out of places to discover, and we never have. He shows us glimpses of His character then allows life experiences to solidify the understanding of the insight. Over time He takes initial understanding deeper and reveals new wonders of His Person.

To be vulnerable, our family rode some difficult waters after the earlier devotionals were written. In spring of 2015 I tried to write about the really hard years, but I often dissolved into tears at the computer.

The Lord called me away from those efforts and invited me to spend time with Him. I journaled, did some more Bible study in the Song of Solomon, and rested. Truth be told I spent a lot of time talking to my plants last summer! And the Lord, always the Healer, did what He does best and healed me.

In the fall the Lord released me back into focusing on development of Soul Scents. I wasn’t really surprised (although I was very pleased) when those months of seeking God resulted in devotions for volumes 3 & 4 of this collection. Even though I believed I was not productive last year, I was writing the rest of this series without knowing it.

I love how organic that is.

I’m excited to offer fellow travelers a year’s journey in the Son’s embrace. It begins with volume 1, Soul Scents: Awaken, and continues with a new devotional book releasing each quarter of 2016.

Soul Scents: Awaken is available on Kindle and in print. 



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Author, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer encourages others to be released into full potential through freedom in Christ and the empowerment of God’s grace. Published over 300 times in non-fiction markets, her first devotional book series, Soul Scents, releases in four volumes beginning with Soul Scents: Awaken. Paula’s first two novels released in 2012. Sometimes empty-nesters, Paula and her husband, Jerry, enjoy four adult children and a wonderful son-in-law. Paula loves peppermint ice cream, walking barefoot and talking to her flowers. For inspirational articles, book information, and speaking topics visit:

There Was a Crooked Man

There Was a Crooked Man, book 2 in the By The Numbers series – join Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, as she travels with husband Mike on a working vacation to a dude ranch in New Mexico – working for him, vacation for her. However, she can’t even get off the plane before she spies out a suspicious death, and Mike knows he’s in for trouble because she can’t turn off her mystery detection sensor. At the ranch, veiled innuendoes, an obviously frightened ranch owner, missing ranch stock and inventory, and a mysterious message in a Bible give Carly lots of fodder for her imagination, but when a murder happens and all the suspects are trapped due to a huge snowstorm, things turn dangerous for everyone. Can Carly identify the killer, or will he—or she—succeed yet again? Available at Learn more.

Soul Scents: Awaken

Guest Post from the author of Soul Scents: Awaken 

God’s timing: Terrible or Perfect?

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“It’s all about God’s timing—and honestly, God’s timing is typically terrible,” my nineteen-year old son said as we talked yesterday.

We laughed, but I get it. Life can feel like one long waiting game, especially when you catch a glimpse of where you want to be in the future and discover the journey there is longer than you dreamed.

But this week I’m standing in the glorious position of experiencing (not just believing by faith) the perfection of God’s timing.

I’ve dreamed of publishing a devotional book for many years. Last January I believed God released me to get serious about it. I’ve published both traditionally and non-traditionally with good experiences, but this collection was so intimate I wanted to publish it myself. I compiled devotionals I’d written over the years and began penning new ones, hoping to release for 2016.

That’s when it got rough. Writing about spiritual discoveries of recent years required digging deeper into a seven year period where life was really tough for my family. Instead of making progress I found myself sobbing at the computer. Eventually, I sensed God leading me away for healing time alone with Him. For several months instead of feeling like a productive author I curled up with my journal and some Bible study material, asking Him to give me insight into the journey we’d traveled. As winter turned to spring and summer I chose quiet days over work. Sometimes I prayed and processed. Some days I took walks and talked to my flowers!

And I healed.

Then fall came. I felt released to work again. Wouldn’t you know it? Suddenly writing devotions was almost effortless. Even stories of the hard times were no longer painful to tell. It didn’t surprise me my “unproductive healing season” was actually full of writing I now shaped to share with others.

Still, I assumed the “time off” meant my year devotional would release in 2017 instead of 2016 as I’d hoped.

That was before God swooped in and moved at a breathless pace.

Less than a month ago I suddenly realized the word count on the project was too much for one book. What I actually worked on was four separate volumes which collectively offer a year of devotions—and book one needed very little editing to be ready for publication. The same day I pondered this I “happened” to have a conversation with novelist Lisa Samson. When she learned I was working on a devotional collection she offered to design the artwork for it. She is launching a new art company which offers original illustrations, adult coloring pages, and other unique designs under the brand Lisa-Joy

Within 48 hours of this conversation, the Lord put together a talented creative team—artwork, book cover, editing, proofreading, formatting, and business consultant–who were committed to seeing the book to completion. Less than three weeks later we uploaded it to Amazon’s Kindle for a pre-launch celebration. The print version releases by Christmas! I’m still stunned to think my dream of offering others a devotional journey for 2016 has come true. I call it as my Christmas miracle.

And that’s why, at least today, God’s timing feels absolutely perfect.

Soul Scents: Awaken is available now on Kindle and in print. 


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Author, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer encourages others to be released into full potential through freedom in Christ and the empowerment of God’s grace. Published over 300 times in non-fiction markets, her first devotional book series, Soul Scents, releases in four volumes beginning with Soul Scents: Awaken. Paula’s first two novels released in 2012. Sometimes empty-nesters, Paula and her husband, Jerry, enjoy four adult children and a wonderful son-in-law. Paula loves peppermint ice cream, walking barefoot and talking to her flowers. For inspirational articles, book information, and speaking topics visit:

Second Cups and Second Chances Contest

I am a guest author on Sarah Ruut’s blog.

Do you ever wish you could have a do-over? Sometimes I’d like to start the day over. Sometimes the week. Sometimes the month…lol Whether things seem to fall apart around us or we’ve made a series of bad choices, wouldn’t it be nice to go back and do things different? Today we have the privilege of meeting Donna Schlachter, who I think understands that feeling… She is the author of Second Chances and Second Cups. Before we begin, here’s a quick summary of her book. Learn more.