|Touch of Relaxation|
I’m throwing a curve ball in the bottom of the ninth this time, folks. As you know, I usually spot a review on Inspirational Moments the last week of the month but instead, I decided to host a wonderful author. So grab a cup, get comfortable, and give a warm welcome to Angie Brashear. Here we go!
Welcome back to the Corner, Angie. Springtime’s in the air. It’s such a busy time of year! Your new book, Never Let Go is due to be released soon. How’s this affecting your schedule? Or need I ask?
I'm excited to visit the Corner again. Thanks for inviting me back, Renee. My schedule surrounding the release is…well, hectic. But also fun.
Never Let Go has actually been retitled. The new title, Of the Persecuted, reflects the theme of my debut novel. In the midst of working full-time outside of my home and raising three great kiddos, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time working with a new cover designer, editor, and formatter to finalize many necessary details to prepare for the release. Though I don’t have a moment to spare throughout each day, I’m grateful for my many blessings. Springtime only makes such activities much more enjoyable.
I can understand what you mean about not having a spare moment. I feel the same way. Sometime I pass myself walking out the door! When the Lord called you as a writer, did you think you’d be where you are today? Ever wonder if you heard right?
Doubting my ability as a writer and my relevance as a Christian, I ignored the Lord’s call to write. And I definitely wondered if I’d heard Him right. At the time—twelve years into a career in public education, in which I work with students with disabilities, and ten years into parenthood—I simply could not imagine taking on another task. Especially one which challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. But here I am, writing. Hoping to reach at least one lost, lonely teenager…
What an awesome goal! You have a beautiful, godly heart. I know this sounds a little odd, but… If God hadn’t made you put the pen to the page, what else do you think you’d be? Now, I’m not talking about “ordinary” run-of-the-mill careers here. The sky’s the limit. I once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. God nixed that one. Or maybe my own foolishness did… Either way, did you ever dream of being something?
Actually I did. An Olympian. I love to run, but life often gets in the way so my running career dwindled after college. But I do still imagine myself standing on a podium with Olympic Gold dangling from my neck. Hey, you never know…
I can see you now with the National Anthem playing in the background. Can’t you? Okay, back to the topic at hand. What do you write and why do you write it?
I write fantasy with a strong thread of romance. My goal is to reach young adult females much like the lost, lonely girl I once was. As a nonbeliever for the majority of my life, I enjoyed reading speculative fiction but it was the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis which ultimately opened my eyes to Christ. My prayer is that my stories will do the same for others. I also hope believers will enjoy the Christian undertones of my work.
I can’t wait to read your first book, Angie. I believe God’s going to use your gift to reach both Christians and non-Christians alike. For those searching for answers or struggling to find their way, the Lord promises to never to forsake us. So even when we think we’ve been abandoned in our endeavors, He’s with us. What can you share with our readers to encourage them?
Laminin. A strange word, right? Especially if you’re not into science, which I’m not. But, in my opinion, all Christians should take the time to Google an image of Laminin. It’s a protein cell that holds the body together, a “glue” of sorts. And…it’s shaped like a cross. Eeek! The protein is reflective of God’s design. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” So you see, Christ sustains us in so many ways. He never abandons us. How can we not be encouraged by such truth? I’m grateful to my friend and fellow author Ginny Hamlin for sharing the link to Louie Giglio’s exceptional description of God's greatness.
Awesome! God is so awesome. He’s in all things and cannot be denied. Thank You, Father.
Speaking of thanks, is there someone in your life you’d like to thank or hug? To give a heartfelt pat on the back for a job well done?
During the moment of my salvation, the Lord revealed to me all the occasions in which He’d protected me as a nonbeliever. Part of His protection included putting Christians in my path. One such Christian was my college coach, Lanny Pettit. I’m honestly not sure where I’d be without his influence. Coach Pettit was—and still remains—my coach, my mentor, and my friend. There simply aren’t enough words of appreciation or hugs to truly demonstrate my affection for him. But Christ looks very good on Coach Pettit!
Being a writer and author, especially with other full-time duties in life, can place quite a strain on a life whether it be Christian or not. So often, strength wanes in the face of the extra burden. How does your faith provide strength for you?
While in college, my cross country teammates and I lived by Philippians 4:13. We usually began and ended each day with intense and exhausting distance training. Because we aimed to glorify God with our efforts and attitudes, we focused on allowing Him to work through us. It is through Philippians 4:13 that my faith continues to provide me strength, for I’m motivated by the desire to glorify Him in all of my actions. I pray my endeavors as a writer do nothing less. In Him, we can do all things to His glory.
I agree and join you in those prayers, Angie. I admire you. You are quite the woman. Thank you for coming to the Corner today. I can’t wait to read Of the Persecuted. Let us know when it’s released. May we have a snippet until then?
Of course! And you’re very welcome. Thank you for having me back. I enjoyed it.
Laila Pennedy’s heart pounded.
The noose pinched her neck. She struggled for breath. Muffled voices drifted from the crowd up to the gallows. To her left, a long line of captives trembled. And right—past her brother—more than fifty Faithfuls hung limp, swaying above the platform. She stood on a large wooden barrel in the middle of the line. Too many would die today.
Beyond the mass of enemies, archers congregated amidst scattered stone cottages and log homes in the quaint village. Farther in the distance, the morning sun shone on the peaks of the Willow Mountains, her refuge since Faithfuls lost the War of Submission. Oh, what she wouldn’t give to be in the coolness of the upper forest, in exile with other Faithfuls. Safe from the enemy.
If only…. Instead, rivulets of sweat trickled down her legs inside fitted suede pants and into knee-high leather boots. Her shirt clung to her skin, the once beautiful cloth ragged and frayed. Her long, matted blonde hair stuck to her face and neck. So much for the gorgeous locks her mother once adored.
“Laila,” her older brother said, his raspy voice tugging at her heart as he too awaited death.
She forced herself to look into Niles’s tear-filled, deep green eyes and shuddered at the noose around his neck. If only she could reach out to him one last time, but her arms were bound behind her back. Soreness strained her shoulders. Her raw wrists stung under the taut rope, which had ripped open her skin.
“I’m sorry, Sissy,” Niles mouthed.
Sorry? She shook her head. No, this was her fault.
Of the Persecuted
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About the Book:
Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.
Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.
Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?
About the Author:
When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Follow her at http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor and http://angiebrashear.com.
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