Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Linda Weaver Clarke's on the Coffee Corner (with E-Book Giveaway)

The Coffee Corner Welcomes

Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome back to Inspirational Moments. I know it's been a while but I have great news! I'm well on my way to 100%! It's been quite the road to recovery but God is good. All the time. To celebrate, the Coffee Corner brings you Linda Weaver Clarke this week. She's also giving away some e-books! Check out the details after the interview, but for now, let's get to the interview, shall we?


Renee: Hi there, Linda, welcome to the Corner. I'm excited to have you here. What can you tell us about your Rebel series? What makes it special or unique?

Linda: The Rebel Series is a Period Romance and consists of 3 stories: The Rebels of Cordovia, The
Highwayman of Cordovia, and The Fox of Cordovia. This series is unique for me because it is completely different from what I usually write. It was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a wicked king. I wanted to create a story about a people who wanted the same thing. Each story has its own plot and can be read separately but it should be read in order so you can see how the people deal with their new found freedom. Liberty is a subject that is very dear to me. Each time I hear the Star Spangled Banner or pledge allegiance, my tears well up for gratitude that I live in a land of freedom.

Renee: This series sounds amazing. I'm a patriot as well. I bet it will touch every patriot's heart who reads it. I wonder, how do you decide upon a subject and find time to do your research?

Linda: After I've decided upon a subject, I have so much fun searching for a certain subject. For example, I learned that the waltz was introduced in the 1700's but many people would not accept it because they felt it was "riotous and indecent." It wasn't until a Russian ambassador endorsed that it was accepted in certain countries. I also learned that lamplighters were chosen carefully because they also acted as night watchmen and they needed to be trustworthy. In The Fox of Cordovia, they make their getaway in a pirate ship, so I had to research what pirate ships were like and what was inside such a ship so I could describe it adequately. I love research.

Renee: I love it! Well, since we're talking about writing, let's keep going, how long have you been writing and why did you start?

Linda: Since 2005, about 12 years. I have 22 books published. I have always enjoyed writing, but it wasn't until I was putting together my grandparents and ancestors' stories that actually got me started. When I was done, I couldn't stop writing and turned to fiction. I have taught writing classes for over ten years, teaching people how to write their family history or autobiographies.

Renee: Wow, it sounds like you found your calling, no matter what kind of writing it was. God is so good, isn't He? Let's turn back to your series, what the favorite part of your books and why?

Linda: In each of my books in this series, the romance between the two main characters has always been one of my favorite scenes. All my books are family friendly, so the romance is always clean with sweet delectable kisses. In The Fox of Cordovia, Jesse is totally enamored with Caroline but he is holding back for one reason. He was once a hero, known as The Fox of Cordovia, during the revolt. That was 2 years ago. Now since he's an ordinary guy, he's afraid she thinks of him as that hero and not who he is right now. So her duty is to let him know that she has fallen for Jesse Conover, not The Fox.

Renee: Your stories sound positively amazing. I can't wait to read all of them! I know everyone else can't either. On a personal note, do you have any hobbies or thinks you like to do when you aren't working?

Linda: I love spending time with my children and husband. I love going on road trips with them or just vacationing somewhere fun with my family.

Renee: In closing, is there a special quote or verse which comes to you in times of need or adversity?

Linda: In Rev 3:20, it says: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." In this scripture, I feel as if the Lord is inviting us to talk to him and tell him about our problems. If we just talk with him and explain our difficulties, then he will comfort us and answer our prayers. In another scripture, the Lord says, "For after much tribulation, come the blessings." He just wants us to be patient in our afflictions and to go to him for wisdom and comfort.

Renee: Thank you, Linda, for being on the Coffee Corner. You are an inspiration for young and new writers. May the Lord bless you in your continued endeavors.



The Rebels of Cordovia

Linda Weaver Clarke is having a Book Giveaway, which will last until Aug 21st: Every visitor will receive 7 EBOOKS FREE if they preorder the Historical Romance: The Fox of Cordovia. For these promotional giveaways, go to https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com/.


About the Book, The Rebels of Cordovia:

Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

To read a sample chapter from each book in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the title of the book that you want to read.

To purchase a book, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/purchasebook.html.

Here are two book trailers to discover what this series is all about.

The Rebels of Cordovia:

The Highwayman of Cordovia:

About the Author, Linda Weaver Clarke:

Linda Weaver Clarke lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains. She is the author of 22 books. She has traveled throughout the U.S. for the past ten years, giving lectures on writing techniques. All her books are family friendly.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Follow Me: Being A Christian

Follow Me

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

photo by Renee Blare

What does Christianity mean in this day and age?

First, let's examine why someone may want to label themselves as a Christian in America.

Appearance: to look good. It's nice to own a cloak of self-righteousness that can be donned on Sunday morning only to be removed afterward and hung again in the closet.

Convenience: The cloak's usually only worn at the convenience of the wearer, or when it's advantageous either for him or those around him.

But do you know or remember how Jesus Christ told the disciples they needed to follow Him? It wasn't for appearances or convenience sake. If they followed Him, it would mean leaving everything they had behind. It meant leaving everything they knew, including themselves.

Luke 9:23  "And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."

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What does it mean to deny yourself? To take up your cross?

Well, for me, it meant looking in the mirror and saying I'm not the perfect girl I pretend to be. That wishing for death every day wasn't my only option and I actually had a God who loved me.

It meant coming to an awful conclusion though. I was a sinner and didn't deserve my dreams. But on the flip side of that coin, God was an amazing God. He was perfect in every single way and He did deserve my dreams. He showed me that no matter how imperfect I may be, He died for me anyway.

And that gave me hope. No matter how much I wanted to make my hopes and dreams come true, I couldn't. But He could.

He also told me I had a job to do on this planet. You see, He came to this crazy place to save people. My job? Tell people about it.
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If you're wondering about the "cross" part, that's it. If you think being a Christian in this world is about appearances and convenience, you're sorely mistaken. It's not a cloak to wear whenever I choose. Jesus Christ died on a cross, and now, He commands us to take up our "cross" and follow Him.

Does that mean that we must die like He did...in agony? I sincerely hope not, although there are Christians around the world that are doing exactly that. Yes, you heard me. If you don't believe me, Google it. The time is coming that being a Christian will mean death...everywhere. Don't buy it? Read Revelation.

All I'm saying is, if you are calling yourself a Christian because it's the cool thing to do or it's convenient, you may want to pick up your Bible and read it. God doesn't do things for "appearance-sake" or "convenience," but because He expects people to live according to His will.

In other words, God doesn't change. He's the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So, if you aren't living one-hundred percent for Him and yes, that means denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Him, then you have a problem.

And saying that God is the judge of what you do or don't do? Well, yes, He is. I only have one reply to that. Do you really want to wait until Judgment Day to find out what He's going to say?

Please don't wait until that day! Jesus wants you to come to Him today. He is waiting. He is an awesome Friend, but more than that, He will show you so much more. He will lift your mind, your heart, and soul to a new place. Don't wait for God is good, all the time.

John 8:12  Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world, he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life."

photo by Renee Blare