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Why Write a Book About Celibacy? — Guest Post by Tranea Prosser

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I have not read Tranea’s works, but I hope you’ll take a look and check out her fresh perspective!

Tranea Prosser — Author. Comedian. A Woman of Many Flavors!

Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

The topic selected me; it was not the other way around! What do we hear stories about all the time today?

There’s not much out there about self-love that is for sure. I can count on one hand and not use all of my fingers how many people have mentioned that they are celibate and waiting on God to deliver their mates. There must be a need to raise the topic so that people won’t feel guilty or pitted for their choices. I think Celibacy should be celebrated just like all other special days like your Birthday, Valentine, and Anniversaries. It is ok to celebrate yourself if you are celibate. I am having a time trying to type both words (celebrate and celibacy) on the same line! LOL!

You should celebrate celibacy because you are strong minded and focused on what you want. You are living with high standards that will make a person either mature or run off and leave you alone. You are letting people know that you are serious about your life and lively hood. You have developed into a bold force to be recognized and respected . You can’t be easily fooled by people. Yes, you are worthy of celebration. Are you single and celibate? Have a glass of wine and kick your feet up.

Celibacy is a word that the church folk don’t hear from the pulpit. Practicing celibacy is honoring God with your body. True Love Waits classes were not around when I was a teenager. There aren’t any single’s conferences held in my state so I chose to be an encourager to any person of any age and gender who has made a commitment to God to remain chaste until they are married. That’s what my book, Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? Is basically about. It lists steps on how to begin and maintain the celibate lifestyle. It also shows you that being celibate is doable and it’s not a noose around your neck. Celibacy is not a bad word. But we can be a great supporter of each other in helping remember our first love and the promise we made to ourselves while living a celibate lifestyle.

Tranea Prosser is a comedian and author. Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? Is her first publication. To find out more :

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A Snippet from A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist plus more Fear Not Blog-Hopping!

Hop, Hop, Hop — The Fear Not Blog Hop today features Speculative Fiction by Sophronia Belle Lyon and R.M. Strong. Check it out!

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A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist is narrated by Florizel of Bohemia, a character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Suicide Club. He attends a meeting of what will become the Alexander Legacy Company, and encounters an eccentric Steampunk inventor by the name of Oliver Twist.

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I had felt so helpless, knowing a great evil had been done, and more might be contemplated, while this astounding woman had made sense of it all and fitted it into her quest. How had she known what transpired between myself and the drunken manager? She claimed she had not found me until yesterday. I could not give the matter any more thought, though, for Madame Phoebe spoke again.

“Doctor Twist, please give us your report next.”

“Hold on just a tick, Lady Phoebe.” Oliver Twist hunched his shoulders in a way that had already become familiar to me. “There. Got my imagework from Chancery up.” He nodded toward a blank wall, this one fitted with a large sheet of pure white fabric unlike the flocked brocades in the rest of the room. Everyone looked at him quizzically. He grumbled something inaudible and fiddled with the device again. I saw a ghostly image appear in his now opalescent hatband stone; the faint figure of a dirty, bent, elderly woman.

Then the whole assembled company gasped. I turned my head sharply back to the wall. A light shimmered and an image snapped into focus. It was no grainy, flickering celluloid film. It was as clear as if we all stood in the London Chancery’s squalid environs. A grimy, frizzle-haired old woman wearing a coarse, formerly red and gray-striped skirt, a black shawl and a grimy white shirtwaist, clutching a basket of washing turned abruptly and looked up toward the ceiling of the room. Long, finely-boned hands took possession of the basket and the woman favored the possessor of the hands with a smile.

“‘Allo, lovey. Lookey you, tricked out loik Saint George!” cackled the old woman as dawn broke over the black, huddled buildings behind her. She shuffled a little ways down the street. “Goin’ t’ save this loidy fair from a dragon?”

“Fair though you be, Lady Gertie, today my quest is to find someone else,” the voice of Oliver Twist replied. The conversation, clear and real as if the people were in the room, appeared to originate from the device in Twist’s hands just as Madame Phoebe’s voice had come from it last night. He twisted a knob to reduce the volume for a moment and spoke over his recorded patter of soothing words reassuring the woman.

http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com/image-displays/ Check this link for an image gallery of the Illustrated Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, and enter my rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in general writing, publishing

 

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Why I Write Steampunk … A Part Two of Sorts … Author post by Sophronia Belle Lyon

Today on the blog hop is Romance Day

Samantha Fury, Kelly Hagan, & SherryKaye Graef Chamblee

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I ran across these verses in Jeremiah. It made me think of how we fail the Lord sometimes … Get distracted and fall away from wholehearted service, or become rebellious and stubborn. The Lord invites us to return, and His forgiveness will restore us to “stand before him”, like a servant stands ready to do his master’s bidding.

Then I thought about writing Steampunk, and how man takes good things and twists them, making them evil and vile, or real-life people who corrupt the innocent. Classic themes, characters, and settings become vehicles for sex-peddling, feminist diatribes, exalting the occult, and all the other things Steampunk sometimes does.  But the verses above say God urges us to “take forth the precious from the vile”. He says … *shivers running up and down my spine* … “thou shalt be as my mouth”. I get to speak for God. I get to speak for God!

Listen to what Johannes Keppler says about his studies in Science:

“Now, eighteen months after the first light, three months after the true day, but a very few days after the pure Sun of that most wonderful study began to shine, nothing restrains me; it is my pleasure to taunt mortal men with the candid acknowledgment that I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far, far away from the boundaries of Egypt. If you forgive me, I shall rejoice; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it. See, I cast the die, and I write the book. Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its readers for a hundred years, if God Himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study Him.”

—Johannes Kepler, Book V, The Harmony of the World

But there’s a strong caution in the Jeremiah passage. I can use Steampunk for His glory, but I have to be careful not to let my hunger to extend my reach — to use this offbeat but popular genre to attract people into the sphere of God’s influence — God says, “let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” It’s the old analogy of the person standing on the chair trying to pull up the person on the floor. I can’t end up on the floor. I can’t get down on the world’s level. I have to bring them up into that “Sun” Keppler talked about. I also have to remember that I’m supposed to be rescuing souls, real, precious lives, not just writing a book about it.

I love that reference to a “fenced brasen wall”, because Steampunk things are often made out of bronze. My characters use bronze tools and weapons for defense and offense against the enemies they face. But in reality it is God who protects and preserves those who “stand before” Him. I need to be clear about that with my characters ,too, that as they face “the hand of the wicked” and “the hand of the terrible”, that they rely on and give glory to God for their deliverance.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in general writing, publishing

 

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What in the World Is Steampunk and Why Would a Christian Write About It?

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Before you peruse this post, check out the Christian Indie Authors’ Fear Not Blog Hop! Prizes, freebies, and great books!

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I don’t know why it’s become popular to attach “punk” to music, fashion, and literary genre, but it is what it is.  Steampunk can find expression in all these outlets, but many people say it originated in fashion or clothing. It’s a style that draws on the Victorian time period, including  top hats, cravats, corsets, spats, veils and parasols, but adds a speculative alternative history based on the possibility that we might have gone with steam power instead of petroleum. It includes goggles for the amazing gadgets like airships and coal-powered vehicles, often made of bronze and running with clockwork mechanisms.

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I haven’t gotten into the music aspects so I don’t know about those. But when it comes to the literary genre, I’m learning more all the time. I was immediately attracted to the Victorian setting, because I love books written in the time period. And many Steampunk books include famous literary characters like Sherlock Holmes. I really got bitten by the Steampunk bug when I saw the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I wanted to write about characters I loved and those early scientific rumblings.

But I didn’t like some aspects of Steampunk. It’s supposed to test the boundaries of Victorian morality, and I would rather uphold strong morality than see how far I can push it before it breaks. That’s already being done too much today. It also tends to focus on feminism, and I’ve never been a fan of that. Steampunk combines some of my favorite literary elements: historical, scifi, and fantasy.

So I wanted to make my own Steampunk series, with characters who stay true to the classic books I loved. I included characters from Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen, and Edward S. O’Reilly.  I also wanted to lift up married love, romance with restraint, true courage, camaraderie, and generosity. Be warned: There’s mild reference to smoking, dancing, and alcohol consumption. Evil men do evil things, but there’s not a lot of detail. The stories contain adventure, mystery, suspense, and a strong message of people who will dare anything and sacrifice anything to tap into the power of God to fight evil.

A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist is the first book in the series.  It also has a print and illustrated version. The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirates is the second book. If you would like a taste of who’s in the series and how things go in Christian Steampunk land, try Desperation and Decision, a sample from the first book.

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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in general writing, publishing

 

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The Fear Not Blog Hop and the Fussy Librarian

Don’t forget to visit the Fear Not Blog Hop here:

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Shelley Hitz is our featured blogger today, an excellent non-fiction writer and author of the book 21 Days of Faith Challenge.

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Click the image to visit her at Body and Soul Publishing.

And hey, check out my book, featured at the Fussy Librarian today!

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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in general writing, publishing

 

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Fear Not Blog Hop Begins!

 

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Be sure to visit the Fear Not Indie Blog Hop authors. Great books, a great Halloween alternative.

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My book A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, is being featured Saturday at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. If you love to read, check it out. www.TheFussyLibrarian.com

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in publishing

 

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Fear Not — Books to Fortify Instead of Frighten

Tomorrow begins the Fear Not Blog Hop. A group of Indie Authors wants to remind you during this Halloween season that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7)

fear not car pmpkinsClick this image to go to the main blog Hop page, where you will find links to many different kinds of books that teach you that God has an answer for fear. Fiction and non-fiction, different genres. We have some authors with giveaways on their blogs, and there is a $95 grand prize! Hop along with us and don’t be afraid to pick up a great book or two along the way!

For my contribution to the blog hop, check this page out.

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in general writing, publishing

 

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