The Man in Wittenberg

Four hundred and ninety-nine years ago today, a man walked up to All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He held a piece of paper with one hand and pounded a nail into the paper and door with the other. He stood back and looked at the paper as the wind gently blew behind it causing the document to flap restlessly. “God, I know You will do what You will with this,” he prayed, “and whatever happens, help me to know that You were part of it.”

That simple paper started one of the biggest controversies of its time. A controversy that has ramifications today, almost 500 years after the fact. How important were the 95 theses Martin Luther presented that fateful day? Continue reading

God’s Amazing Grace

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This year as I have been preparing my book for publication, I have learned a lot about God’s grace. It’s amazing how when you are learning something in one area of life, it keeps popping up everywhere. Every sermon you listen to seems to talk about it, every Bible class, a lot of the books you read, all of them seem to talk about the same thing. Do you ever get the feeling that God is trying to hit you over the head with certain lessons sometimes?

Although I didn’t necessarily see it as I went through my year, I have seen it as I look back. The end of December and beginning of January were hard. I had one book I was supposed to be editing and another I was supposed to be writing. And I couldn’t do anything either editing or writing. It was awful. Continue reading

Creighton Hill Cover Reveal

Today I have the honor of hosting Morgan Huneke to help her reveal her lovely cover for her upcoming book! She also graciously answered three questions about herself. Other bloggers are also a part of this cover reveal tour. Check out the details here.

About the Book

“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”

“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

 Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.

When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.

Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

 Release Date

Creighton Hill, Time Captives book 1, will release on June 8th, 2015. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

Without further ado, here is the gorgeous cover!

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Interview

What is your main goal in your writing? Do you write for pleasure, to reach others, for money?

If I wrote for money, I would have stopped a long time ago. 😉 I write both for pleasure and to reach others. I’ve always loved stories and my mind has always been full of my own fictional people. I love learning their stories, whether I actually write them down or they remain in my head (I’ve lost some good ones by not recording them 😛 ). But I also want to reach people. God gave me a gift of writing, and I ought to use it for Him. Stories are meant to be shared, but there’s more to it than that. I don’t even know how many times I’ve understood something theological because I was able to relate some story to it as an example. I want to be able to supply those examples and teach through fiction (in a natural, non-preachy way). It is my prayer that, even if I never hear about it, at least one person would be inspired by my books to learn more about God and dedicate his or her life to Him.

How would you describe yourself in three sentences or less?

I am a Christian, conservative, politically involved, history loving writer, who is also an aspiring violinist. I am a later-this-month-19-year-old homeschool graduate, and the oldest of three girls. I love to babysit, I make a lot of my own clothes, and I want to do my part to make America a Christian nation once more.

Does your role in your family affect your writing at all?

I’ve never been anything but the oldest, so I don’t know how it would be different if I wasn’t, but I’m sure it has. A lot of my characters tend to be the oldest, though there are times where I give them older siblings because I wish I had some. I can’t really think of any other specifics, but my birth order and the responsibilities that come along with it are a large part of who I am, and that spills over into any characters into which I put some of myself. I don’t know if this has anything to do with family roles, but my youngest sister tortures her characters a lot more than I do mine.

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About the Author

Morgan cropped blurred background no highlightMorgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

 

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Updates

Today I have updates about a few different things including my website and my books. Also, if you have an opinion on what you want to see on my blog this year, please visit this blog post.

Website Updates

Progress bars

First of all, I want to make you aware of something fun I decided to try. On the sidebar of this blog and also on the books page of my website, I have progress bars. One is for Amazing Grace, one for Book #4, and the other for my short story, I Love Thee. The progress bars are going to progress differently. Amazing Grace is being edited and will fluctuate some from having less or more finished, but then, come about February (Lord willing), it will disappear until after it comes back from my beta-readers. Book 4 will slowly fill up as I work to finish the rough draft. I Love Thee is being edited and has been put on hold until after Amazing Grace is emailed to my beta-readers. I hope you enjoy seeing the progress I am making. Continue reading

Of thank yous, websites, writing, and sales

First, I would like to say a big

Thank you!

 to everybody who voted for the cover for Amazing Grace. This thank you is a little delayed, but I really did appreciate all the votes. It helped me a LOT! And the cover is now finished!

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I’ve been pretty busy writing, editing, redoing part of my website and helping set up a sale for the Christmas season with others in one of the Facebook writing groups I am in. Oh, yeah, and also spending time with my family. This blog post is meant to be an update on all of it. Some might interest you and some might not. I hope it all does, though. Continue reading

I need your help

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Dear Blog Readers,

I need your help. For my upcoming cover reveal blog tour, I am writing four guest posts and can only think of ideas for three. I would like to keep them all either writing, Western, or book related.

This is where you come in. Is there a question you have always wanted to ask an author? Is there something you would like to know about the process of writing and/or editing? Is there something about the Old West that you have always been curious about and I might know something about it? Is there something (no spoilers allowed) that you would like to know about my series?

Please feel free to come up with any kind of blog post idea and/or question for me to answer in a blog post. It will be paired up with an author interview, so the topic doesn’t have to be terribly lengthy. If you have an idea and/or question, please comment below. If I get a lot of responses, I might make it into a blog series after the cover reveal or as part of my book release tour. 🙂

Thank you very much. I look forward to reading your ideas.

Sincerely,

Faith