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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sometimes the Suspense Is Real

For the past couple of years, I have had the honor of working with a missionary from our connection of churches to write his story of surviving an attack by a Mexican gang.

As you know, I write inspirational suspense, and I often scare myself or become worried over my characters as I plot how to make their story more difficult. {Read to the end to see my new Amish Love Inspired Suspense releasing next month!}

This missionary story, though, just now released, is no suspense novel. This is real. This book will give you goosebumps as you read of God's protection over this family who sacrificed to bring the gospel to Mexico.


In Angels’ Charge is the incredible true survival story of a missionary attacked by a Mexican gang and God’s amazing protection over him as his family journeyed into another culture, suffered spiritual attack, and came within breaths of seeing Heaven.

Here’s a sneak peek from the prologue:

Somewhere in Mexico, October 23, 2009, before sunrise

Blood pulsed out of the large wound in my head. I had a white dress shirt on that morning, and it was so completely saturated with my red blood that you could not tell it had been a white shirt. My pants were covered with blood. The car seat between my legs was pooling with my blood. The steering wheel, the dash, the window, and the console of my Toyota Sequoia were all completely covered with blood. Blood had exploded from my forehead, and even John was sprinkled with droplets of my blood.

The first thing I remember after returning to consciousness was John’s voice tinged with panic, “Oh God, please don’t let Marc die!” In a haze of semi-consciousness, I asked, “What happened?” Even as I write this, John’s next words echo in my memory transporting me back to that terrifying moment: “Marc, you’ve been hit in the head with a rock, and I don’t think you’re going to make it.” There was a trembling tone of fear and resignation in the way he spoke those words to me that morning that I can never dislodge from my memory.

In that moment, in the midst of those dire and surreal circumstances, John grasped the steering wheel from the passenger seat, and I remained incapacitated in the driver’s seat. I had been instantly blinded by the attack, so he was telling me when to brake and when to accelerate –all the time hoping and praying I wouldn’t lose consciousness or worse as he attempted to find someplace where we could get help.

For indeed, in that moment, I was dying.


It was a true blessing to work with Marc, to have the honor of asking him probing questions about his experiences and his faith. I pray you will be blessed by this story!

In Angels’ Charge is available now for kindle. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

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My next Amish Love Inspired Suspense releases next month!


After Amish widow Katie Schwartz’s search for her reclusive brother results in a shooting and her finding a cryptic message, she must rely on federal agent Adam Troyer to shield her. But, undercover as a Plain man, can Adam save her brother’s life and protect Katie? Trusting the handsome Englisch agent is already dangerous…but falling for him could risk everything Katie holds dear.

You can pre-order Amish Covert Operation HERE.

Happy reading!







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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Our Family’s Favorite Easter Resources

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When I was a child, Easter was a special time…of sorts.



My mother would usually make me a new dress. That was about the only time of the year she completed a sewing project, so it was extra special. J

We would usually spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house about two hours away. My grandmother would hide jelly beans all over her house for an egg hunt on Sunday morning…including in our shoes. Candy of any kind was such a rare treat for my brother and me that I apparently didn’t notice the slight taste of feet. J At my grandparents’ church, we would sit on the front pew. I don’t remember any of the sermons, but I remember my grandmother’s hats.

While these are nice memories, my husband (who didn’t have any Jesus in his childhood Easters) and I have decided to take advantage of the many resources available today to get more Jesus in our family’s Easter. Over the years, we’ve collected several books and videos…and a couple other things as well.


Books


Cute drawings and the basic story any child can understand.




Super adorable drawings and rhyming text.



We actually purchased this as an Abeka book for our homeschool curriculum, but I found it available for Kindle on Amazon. My two oldest girls have read it and thought it really brought the Bible to life, although the ending for Titus was surprising and sad. The story of the character Titus is fiction, but the setting, the society, and Jesus are based on the truth of the Bible. This one is shooting to the top of my to-be-read list, and in fact, I found two others by the same author on Amazon, a trilogy called Comrades of the Cross -- Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross and The Cross Triumphant.


Videos



Provides an entertaining contrast between plastic eggs and the resurrection. Try watching it and not singing about mechanical chickens. J




What an emotional experience! A couple of years ago, we let our older children watch it with us. We thought the two oldest were mature enough and knowledgeable enough to handle it. The visuals definitely made what they had only read about more real. In regard to your children, use your discretion.


Radio Theatre Drama



Specifically The Easter Story – Digger Digwillow travels back in the Imagination Station to witness the last week of Jesus’ life. The cover looks like it's just for children, but don't be fooled. Our teens and my husband and I love Adventures in Odyssey!


And don’t forget the extras….

 

We always have a little egg hunt for our children at home after church. Scavenger hunts are just fun, and we take the opportunity to insert a little more teaching through the Resurrection Eggs. Our children usually end up competing to see who can find the most of these special eggs.



Isn't the cover of this adult coloring book fun and whimsical? So, my last item isn't terribly spiritual, but it can be stress-relieving.

Have a blessed Easter!








What are your go-to resources for Easter?


(A slightly different version of this post appeared on this blog in April 2014.)


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Be the first to see my new Amish suspense cover + kindle copy giveaway!

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Happy Spring! Is it spring now where you live? This week in the Midwest, we're expecting snow, and the children are praying for several feet of the white fluffy stuff.😊 But guess what I'm thinking about....



"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
~ William Wordsworth

I memorized Wordsworth's entire poem in college. It always felt so free and springlike to recite it. 

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Are you ready for the cover?


She witnessed a crime.

Can an agent in disguise keep her safe?

After Amish widow Katie Schwartz’s search for her reclusive brother results in a shooting and her finding a cryptic message, she must rely on federal agent Adam Troyer to shield her. But, undercover as a Plain man, can Adam save her brother’s life and protect Katie? Trusting the handsome Englisch agent is already dangerous…but falling for him could risk everything Katie holds dear.





Doesn't she look pretty...worried?

One of my favorite parts of the publishing process (once the book is written) is choosing images to give the art department ideas for what I think the cover should look like. It's always interesting to choose pictures of people that the heroine and hero are based on. This heroine is pretty close to the real actress, and it's always exciting to see a real life person after I've imagined her in my mind so many times during the writing process.

You can pre-order Amish Covert Operation (Love Inspired Suspense) on Amazon.

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Author Facebook Page ~

I have finally set up an author page on Facebook, primarily because I can do giveaways there! (The "powers that be" on Facebook won't allow giveaways on personal pages.)

😊If Facebook is your thing, I would like it if you would like my author Facebook page. I'll post book news there, talk about books, and announce giveaways!

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Giveaway! ~

With this blog post, I'm giving away a kindle pre-order of Amish Covert Operation! If you'd like to be entered in the drawing (open to anyone anywhere in the world who owns a kindle or has the kindle app on their computer), just leave a comment. If, for whatever reason, you're unable to leave a comment, send me an email at meghanccarver@gmail.com. I'll choose winners on March 15, 2019.

Thank you for entering!











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