Someone Always Loved You: A Guest Post

 

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“Someone Always Loved You” Review and Reflection

Guest blog written by Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is an award winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as full novels including “Someone Always Loved You.” She looks forward to the release of “Wrong Place, Right Time” from The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House in December and “Accept this Dandelion” from Prism Books in February. She has 12 years of experience in radio broadcasting and a brief amount in TV news. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

Before I was a writer I spent 12 years in the radio industry. I enjoyed radio, but just because I passed my days producing spots and talking on the air didn’t mean that I wasn’t a writer at heart. In fact, the very first novel I wrote was during that time.

“Someone Always Loved You” is the novel of my heart. I really couldn’t tell you where it came from, but what I do know is that though I have written many things since, it is still the story that I feel closest to and I think that will always be the case.

I write “Someone Always Loved You” during breaks from work because at the time, I didn’t even have a computer at home that functioned very well. And I wrote it because I couldn’t NOT write it. The prologue for the book came to me one night and it bugged me and picked at me until I wrote it down. Once I had the prologue out, I felt like I owed it to the story to finish it, though I didn’t know how it would finish until the day I wrote the last line.

“Someone Always Loved You” is about an ambulance driver named Jay Barlett who hits a pedestrian his very first day on the job. The victim of the crash, Jordan James, is thrown into a coma. Jay keeps a near constant vigil at her side as he struggles with his faith and guilt. Jordan, while in the coma, weaves in and out of consciousness including memories of the past, hopes for the future, and eavesdropping on present conversations. As the story moves forward, Jay and Jordan’s lives intertwine in both the past and the present and a story of love over time unfolds, though not the one you might expect. “Someone Always Loved You” is an intricate drama that has a lot of elements involved including love, suspense, faith, adoption and much more. When you read this novel, your mind will churn and your soul will feel alive.

I wrote “Someone Always Loved You” for me, but once it was complete, I wanted to share what it had become. I searched for an agent and publisher with no luck and because of the disappointment, I gave up on writing. Years later looking back, I wish I wouldn’t have given up so quickly. I have now found writing success and I know that being a writer at heart is only a small portion of the battle. Finding the right publisher is like finding a needle in a haystack. And you’ll never find it if you give up looking. I gave up looking all those years ago.

But once my writing fervor was renewed more recently, I self-published “Someone Always Loved You” so that my family could enjoy it and so I could have copies to give to friends and other people I felt led to share it with. I even put it out as a digital book on kindle and priced it at .99. What has amazed me is that somehow, people have actually found the book. Several months ago I started receiving royalty payments from Amazon for it and though I only get a few cents from each sale, the reports told me that around 100 copies were selling…each month!

My hope for “Someone Always Loved You” is that people who read it enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The book came to me during a time when I needed something in my life and it fulfilled that need. If someone reading it feels the same way, even just one person, then it has served its purpose.

Here’s what readers have said about “Someone Always Loved You”:

“I loved this book and the way everyone was connected. I cried with reading the last couple chapters. It is a great read for anyone.” -Radiann King

“I so enjoyed how the author wove all of their lives together. Great characters, beautiful story, and a lovely ending!” –Alicia Yale

“This book portrayed so many messages of Christian values. The book shows emotions taken too far can complicate so many lives.” -JV Woodbutcher

“Would absolutely recommend this book. The author did a great job of bringing each character’s separate experience together in the end. A great story about love in a not-so-perfect world.” -Angelina
To read “Someone Always Loved You”, you can check out the kindle version or get it in paperback.
For more information about Brooke Williams, visit her author website and blog at or find her on facebook.

Character Interview: James Jenkins

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I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who bought and/or shared my Kindle Countdown promotion.  I sold a total of 16 books!  I was very please with the results.  So thank you very much!  The winner of the little contest I held was Valerie Howard.  She shared the promotion at least six times.  Valerie, be watching your inbox as I will be sending you a small token of my appreciation in the next couple of days.

And now onto the interview with John’s little brother, James.  As with the other interviews, feel free to ask any questions about James.

James Jenkins
Tertiary Main Character in Be Thou My Vision a Christian Western
Hair: Chestnut, short, wavy
Eyes: blue
Height: 4’ 6”
Complexion: fair, freckled
Features: button nose, average
Age: 7

James has been mute from birth.  He can hear and communicates with sign language.  He is a shy, introverted boy who gets hurt easily by what people say.  He loves his father and brother and always wants to help out with whatever he can. Continue reading

Character Interview: John Jenkins

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Quick update: I wrote 3,241 words in Be Thou My Vision todayAt the end of the interview is a short excerpt from today’s writing.  And now for the interview with John Jenkins.  If you have any further questions about or for John, please feel free to ask them.

John Jenkins
Tertiary Main Character in Be Thou My Vision a Christian Western
Hair: Black, starting to get a little long, wavy
Eyes: Jade green
Height: 4’ 9”
Complexion: tanned and freckled
Features: button nose, mischievous mouth
Age: 10

John is a good Pastor’s son when he wants to be. Other times, he isn’t. He is always getting his younger brother into trouble, but he always gets him out of trouble again. He is very protective of his brother, who is mute. He knows his dad is very busy and tries to help out as much as possible.

Why does he get his brother into trouble, only to get him out again?

Because he is a mischievous boy and his brother follows him almost everywhere.

What memories does he have of his mother?

Mostly good memories. She was a very loving woman and took care of her children well. The only bad memory is standing at her funeral looking at her casket.

Who does he respect most in the world?

His father. He was old enough when his mother died to remember what his father went through after her death. He has seen his father in the best of times as well as the worst of times and has witnessed his faith and dependence on God.

Does he ever get his father into trouble with other people by his mischief? If he does, what is his father’s reaction to it, and what is his own reaction to it?

Occasionally he will, but it is never terribly serious trouble. His father punishes him and John is usually pretty good about taking the punishment.

Does he have much work to do? How does he like work?

Not really. His father has some chores for each of the boys to do, but there isn’t much he can do.

How much morals and Christianity have become a part of him through his father being a minister, and what does he think about spiritual things?

Because he lost his mother so young, he had two choices, hate God for taking her or lean on God to bring him through. With his father’s witness, he chose the latter. He is a very passionate Christian.

Excerpt:

Mrs. Wilkinson looked up at me with disdain.  “You are the problem.  Until just a few months ago, you were a hermit.  You rarely came to town and when you did, it wasn’t to be friendly or to make friends.  In fact, you seemed to shun everybody who tried to be friendly with you.  Now, you are suddenly coming to church and making friends with everybody: John, James, Pastor Jenkins, the butcher’s wife, that new woman Wilma, and who knows who else.”  She stopped to catch her breath.  “As far as I can tell, you aren’t even a Christian and you are just going to corrupt all these good people who are Christians and have gone to church their whole lives.” As she finished, the look in her eyes changed from disdain to a challenge.
My quick temper flared up briefly as I stood there, dumbfounded and speechless.  I had no argument to defend myself with.  Anything I said for myself would be considered prideful and would be counter productive.  As my brain processed this information, a young voice piped into the conversation and I became aware of the crowd of people near us.
“Begging your pardon, Mrs. Wilkinson, but Miss Stuart is a Christian.  She has been for a couple of months now.  She is friends with people now because Jesus changed her heart and mind.  I think she’s always been friendly, but she hid it for awhile because she didn’t feel worth of having friends and no one was friendly to her.”  John’s eyes blazed with righteous anger.  “And she most definitely ain…isn’t corrupting anybody.  If anything, she’s helped James and me get more uncorrupt than before by encouraging us in productive things instead of what we were doing before.”
John gave me a quick glance and I tried to smile at him.  “Pa’s said a few times now that he’s learned things from her that helped him, too.  I don’t know about the butcher’s wife or Mrs. Wilma, but have you seen any supposed to be Christians talking to either of them?  I know I haven’t.  And why not?  Just because the butcher married a black woman?  Or just because Mrs. Wilma’s new, don’t mean she can’t be associated with.  Miss Stuart’s acted more like a Christian these last couple of months than I’ve seen any of you do in the last couple of years.”  When he was finished, he spread his legs apart and crossed his arms across his chest, defying anybody to refute what he said.
Mrs. Wilkinson stared at John as did I.  As we stared at the ten year old philosopher, I heard someone start clapping.  I looked up and saw that the crowd had grown bigger.

Character Interview-Miles Jenkins

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Before I get on with the interview, I just want to remind you that tomorrow, March 15th, the Kindle version of A Mighty Fortress will be $0.99.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it and don’t want to spend a lot of money, pick it up tomorrow.  And now for the interview with Pastor Miles Jenkins.  If you have any further questions about or for Pastor Jenkins, please feel free to ask them.  🙂

Pastor Miles Jenkins
Secondary Main Character in Be Thou My Vision a Christian Western

Hair: Black with some graying around the temples, short, straight
Eyes: Brown with green flecks
Height: 5’9”
Complexion: tan,
Features: care-worn, but with plenty of laugh lines
Widowed 3 years ago
Children: Two boys ages 7 and 9
Age: 34

As the Pastor of a small community, Pastor Jenkins has to take care of his flock as well as his two sons. He received support from the church when his wife died three years earlier, but the church quickly lost steam when it came to helping him and he has been completely on his own for about 2 years. Being both mother and father to 2 energetic boys has started to wear him down. Especially with all his extra responsibilities with the church. They are both suffering. He has prayed for over a year that God would provide a solution.

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An Ever-Present Help in Trouble

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting the next character interview.  I intended to do that on Friday night once I had finished the hallway flooring.  That never happened due to the hammer mistaking my finger for the block it was supposed to be hitting.  Thus, I was in a lot of pain all night and most of the next two days.  So, the next character, Miles Jenkins shall wait until this coming Friday.  In the meantime, my injury has turned into a helpful illustration for this inspirational post about God’s abundant availability.

Psalm 46.1-3

 

Last Sunday, our pastor preached on Psalm 46.  It was a great encouragement to me and I wanted to share some of the points he made.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.      Selah.

Another way to translate “very present” is “abundantly available.”  So, to paraphrase, “God is abundantly available when we are in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear-because God is with is and is our refuge and strength.”

No matter what our circumstances are (smashed fingers included), God is with us when we most need Him.  In my case on Friday, His presence came in many different ways.  For one thing, I was almost finished with the flooring, so Dad only has one hard row and a few easy rows to put in in order to finish it.  Another way I saw His presence was that it happened on a row when I needed Mom’s help so she was there to help me stop the bleeding and get it bandaged up with Lydia’s healing salve.   Even my three year old brother was used by God to help me.  When I rebandaged my finger, he helped me open the bandaids.

I have truly realized that without the presence of God, nothing will be accomplished that is of any worth and that in Christ, we can look past our circumstances and look toward God as our abundantly available help in trouble.

The most fascinating thing to realize about this Psalm is that it is part of a common theme woven throughout the entire Bible.  Hebrews 13:5b-6 says,

“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”

Not only is God abundantly available, but He will also never desert you, nor forsake you.  Wow.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.      Selah.

Forces of nature or threatening governments ought not to worry God’s children.  Those who are Christians need not to be afraid because God is with them.  If it is God’s will for you to die, you have the peace of knowing that God Almighty will take you to heaven to live forever with Him.  He is our stronghold who will keep us safe and secure though the nations roar and kingdoms totter.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.

The Psalmist tells us to behold the works of the Lord.  So what has God done in the past?

  • God used a worldwide, catastrophic flood to bring about His righteous judgment (Genesis 6-9)
  • He defeated the mighty Midianite army with just 300 men (Judges 8)
  • Parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13-30)
  • Established Kings and Kingdoms (1 Samuel-Malachi)
  • Caused Kingdoms to fall (Genesis-Revelation)
  • Sent His son to die as our substitute (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Raised His Son back from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

What a mighty God we serve!

“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.      Selah.

How should we respond?  When everything comes to its conclusion in the Last Days, God will be exalted.  “…every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11)

Praise the Lord for always being abundantly available and for never leaving, nor forsaking us.

Starting March 15, 2014

Book signing

On March 15, 2014, two very exciting (at least to me) things are happening.  March 15th is the date of my first ever book signing!  I will be at Living Word Bookstore in Onalaska, WI to participate in their five year anniversary.  There will also be at least two other authors there, Donna Bryan, and Helga Moser.

Also happening on that day is the start to a Kindle Countdown sale for my book, A Mighty Fortress.  Starting on March 15th, the Kindle version of my book will be $.99.  Every two days, the price will go up slightly until March 22nd when the price will go back to the normal price of $3.99. Continue reading