Featured Fiction Friday with Cynthia Ruchti

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Cynthia Ruchti!

Q: Cynthia Ruchti, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

On the way to Christmas with his extended family, Micah asks Katie to marry him. She says no, but there is no getting out of Christmas now. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Don’t give up on stories that languish in a computer folder somewhere. Reader interests change. Publishing climates change. Styles and trends change more quickly than Kelly Ripa changes shoes. God accomplished some of His most stunning work at the end of a long delay–for Eve who waited for the Redeemer she didn’t see born before she died, for Moses as he served in other roles before the role of a lifetime, for Joseph who was in and out of prison for 13 years before he stepped into his hero costume… The other day I dragged out a manuscript I loved but thought would never find its way into the pages of a book because of both plot and character flaws. A brainstorming session with a new friend brought breakthrough on both counts. The novel releases in 2016! And I’m excited to finish writing it. So, even though you may need to set a project aside–maybe even for years–don’t make the mistake of shredding it. Your breakthrough could breathe new life into it.

After three decades writing and producing a 15-minute radio drama/devotional program, Cynthia Ruchti now tells stories hemmed in hope through her award-winning novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women or writers. Her work has been honored by many key honors in the publishing industry. Her constant prayer is that readers will read the final page of her books with renewed confidence to say, “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope.” www.cynthiaruchti.com

Featured Fiction Friday with Richard L. Mabry, MD

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Richard L. Mabry, MD!

Q: Richard L. Mabry, MD, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

Overcoming these odds would take more than a miracle drug—it would take a miracle.

The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Dr. Josh Pearson believes an experimental drug not yet approved by the FDA may be the antidote. But there’s only one dose available for two patients: the former president of the United States… and Josh’s fiancé.

With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Writers must be readers. Read the good stuff so you’ll know what works. Read the bad stuff, so you’ll know what to avoid.
Never be afraid to ask someone knowledgeable to read your work. After they do, don’t pout if they suggest ways to improve it. Always strive to make it even better the next time.

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” He is an active member of International Thriller Writers, a past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member the Romance Writers of America. His eight previously published novels have garnered critical acclaim and been recognized by programs including the ACFW’s Carol Award, the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. His latest novel, Miracle Drug, was released on September 25 by Abingdon Press.
 

Featured Fiction Friday with Sharon Hinck

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Sharon Hinck!

Q: Sharon Hinck, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long awaited Deliverer

Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

Book four of The Sword of Lyric series

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Notice things that rekindle your joy and help you overcome the common resistance that we often confront on our way to tackling the empty page. Try new places to write, write (silently) alongside writing friends, write with your favorite cup of tea nearby, let your characters surprise you (and you can surprise them, too).

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Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her previous books. Information about her novels as well as her devotional writing can be found at her sharonhinck.com website

Featured Fiction Friday with Bonnie Leon

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Bonnie Leon!

Q: Bonnie Leon, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

Twenty-two-year-old Claire Murray has suffered from a mysterious disease for years. Her social circle has shrunk to a small support group for people with chronic illness and disability. But what if life could be about more than doctors, pain, and medications?

Claire and three others—old grouch Tom, hippy-holdout Willow, and moody Taylor—hatch plans for a cross-country trip to swim with the dolphins in Florida. Only a day into the trip, they unexpectedly need help. And who happens to be hitchhiking along the highway but a young, good-looking loner named Sean Sullivan? However, the last thing he wants is to be harnessed to a bunch of ailing travelers.

Though the journey proves difficult, following God’s plan might be even harder. Will they find the courage to follow their dreams and dare to live again?

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

I’d like to share a quote from my book, To Dance With Dolphins.

One of the characters, Willow, says this. “We need to live in the now of life, it can’t be about how much we suffered yesterday or what we might face tomorrow. It’s about today. And today was good”

In a writing career there are mountain tops and valleys, some valleys are deep. We need to take whatever lesson we can from the difficult experiences and leave the rest, then move forward unafraid, and enjoy the moment.

Bless you in your writing journey.

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Bonnie Leon is the author of more than twenty novels, including the recently released To Dance With Dolphins and bestselling The Journey of Eleven Moons.
June 11, 1991 a log truck hit the van she was driving, and her world changed. The accident left her unable to work, and after months of rehabilitation she was told by physicians that she would never return to a normal life. Facing a daunting fight to reclaim her life and in search of personal value, she discovered writing. She has been creating stories ever since.
Bonnie is familiar with the challenges of disability beyond her personal experience. Her sister endured the debilitating illnesses of lupus, MS, and Bi-polar disorder. And her daughter is grappling with the chronic progressive disorder of syringomyelia.
Through chronic pain and disability Bonnie found new purpose. She enjoys speaking for women’s groups, teaching at writing seminars, and mentoring young writers. She also administers an online support group for those living with chronic pain and disability and is a participating member of the Syringomyelia and Chiari Network.
She is married to her teen-age sweetheart, the mother of three grown children, and grandmother of eight. Bonnie and her husband Greg live in the mountains of Southern Oregon.