GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness By Femi Bolaji
About the Book:God tells the Sun to Shine is a short story about ambition, love, intrigue and forgiveness. The main character is the second-born of twin boys Esau and Jacob. Jacob struggles to come to terms with the privileges that the natural birth order accords the first-born twin Esau. He becomes so obsessed with the desire to become the alpha male in the family enterprise that he plots with their mum to upstage Esau. Although his plan succeeds, he is forced to flee the homeland after Esau plots to kill him in retaliation. For two decades, his life in exile is marked by turmoil in love, marriage and work. When a business arrangement goes pear shaped and he is faced with bankruptcy and the loss of his family, he decides instead to return to his country and face his nemesis - Esau. How will Jacob manoeuvre his way through the ordeal? Femi Bolaji is a seasoned writer and commentator on topical Christian themes. He likes to tell Bible-based stories in contemporary language and style that would appeal to all, yet with profound insight and application to the pressures of modern day living. He is an alumnus of the Bartlett, University College London. He lives in London, United Kingdom.
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Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com
The Story Behind The Story
I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. It’s not an easy question to answer. I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for this question.
It seems as if every story has its own story. But let me assure you that they don’t come from own life experiences! I’ve never been involved in a murder mystery or had someone intent on killing me! At least not that I know of!
Some of my stories start from a single scene that’s popped into my head. Others come from a situation, such as Pursued. In that story, I wanted to explore the differences between city people and country folk but wanted a twist so my female character was the powerful lawyer who finds herself attracted to a farmer.
Betrayed and Redemption came from characters that were first introduced in Deception. And Deception came from a scene that popped into my head about a little girl and a phone call. My Deadly Communication series came from two different conversations I had in the same week.
So each story has its own story.
My latest book, BIRTHRIGHT, has a unique story. It came from a dream I had. So far, it’s the only one that happened that way.
One night I had a dream. The moment I woke up I ran up to my computer and wrote a paragraph about the dream. Later that day, I added a few more paragraphs…and that was the beginning of BIRTHRIGHT.
Not only is BIRTHRIGHT unique because of how it came to be, but it’s also unique because it’s completely different from my other books. I write suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense, but this is a supernatural horror story.
Definitely out of the box for me. I love to read books like that, such as those by Frank Peretti and James L. Rubart.
But I never thought I’d write one.
When it was finished, it was finished. It was a story I wrote for myself. Mostly so I could get it out of my head. I didn’t submit it to be considered for publication. But every now and then I’d take it out, read it, revise and polish it a bit more. I loved the story, but didn’t do anything about getting it published.
After I turned my final edits in for the next in my Deadly Communication series (Deadly Intent), I started working on a different novel, but suddenly BIRTHRIGHT seemed to be calling my name.
This time I listened.
BIRTHRIGHT tells the story of Sam Langstrom and it spans from before the Civil War to the present. The Beginning is set in pre-Civil War times when Sam’s birthright begins. The Middle is in the seventies and eighties where we learn about Sam’s own family. And The End happens in contemporary times as Sam must decide if he will or will not accept his birthright.
Here’s the blurb:
Is evil real? Does it prowl around like a lion searching for its next victim?
Sam Langstrom knows the answer to those questions. He’s known since he was a child. Evil is not only real, but his birthright.
But can a man change his destiny?
With God’s help, Sam believes he’s put the ghosts of his childhood behind him. Now a preacher with a wife and a child of his own, life is good. Right up until that moment when his house explodes in front of his eyes—with his child inside.
The ghosts are back.
He has one chance to save his child, but to do so means to turn his back on God. Will he accept his birthright—bow down to the evil? Will he give the lion its final victory—his soul?
Lillian, I'm sure many readers will be glad you listened.
As an author, I can understand how a story gets under your skin and refuses to let go until it's told.
Thanks for being on Behind Every Story again. I always enjoy highlighting your novels. Just like the others, BirthRight sounds like a must read.
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.
Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and newly released Veiled at Midnight.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland, published by Pelican Book Group, and she is looking forward to the release in 2015 of Sofi’s Bridge.
Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
WHAT A FEW READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
AND HER NOW COMPLETE 3-BOOK SERIES
TWILIGHT OF THE BRITISH RAJ
Also, first chapters of all three books here for you to read.
Nora St. Laurent, The Book Club Network says this about BOOK 1 SHADOWED IN SILK
“I was thrilled to get a review copy of Shadowed in Silk, Christine Lindsay's compelling new epic novel. It reminded me of a few big screen movies like Australia, Jodie Foster in The King and I and Out of Africa. Christine has written a powerful and engaging novel . . . interwoven with a sweet love story. It's a passionate story of a woman who loves Jesus and is committed to being His hands and feet to the children in the orphanage and the children of India at a high personal cost.
I liked the intensity and richness of her characters and their relationships with each other and their struggle with God, in doing the right thing. Not only does this author capture the essence of the country with its intense humidity, spicy scents, and sounds which all add to the dimension of the novel, but she also penned a page-turning suspenseful drama, with engaging characters that kept me up late at night wondering what would happen next.
Days after reading this story, the characters and their flight will stay with you. Brilliantly written, emotionally compelling! Can't wait to read what she writes next.”
Click here to READ CHAPTER ONE OF SHADOWED IN SILK winner of the ACFW Genesis, The Grace Award, Finalist for Readers’ Favorite.
What Diana Flowers, Top Christian Reviewer says About Captured by Moonlight
“In Captured by Moonlight, Christine Lindsay sweeps us away to the exotic, hauntingly beautiful land of India -- of women in colorful saris, mango, coconut, and banana groves, plantations where elephants, tigers, and leopards roam in the nearby jungles -- and the scent of spices, jasmine, and mimosa permeating the air. Amidst all of the majestic beauty, however, lie many dangers...of religious and political unrest, life threatening storms, and the dreaded cholera.
And in the beautiful, romantic setting of white sand-filled beaches and moonlit nights, is it even possible that Laine's heart might be captured by love once again? And what of Eshana, who has fallen into sinister hands? Will Laine, and the handsome Sikh doctor who has fallen in love with Eshana, find her before it's too late?
I have ten authors who are my favs...with Shadowed in Silk--Book One and Captured by Moonlight--Book Two, Christine Lindsay has made it into my top five!
The romance made my toes curl, my eyes fill with tears, and left me with the goose bumps! The author's use of imagery was second to none, and I could see the beauty of India in her descriptive prose. On my fav list of 2013 goes Captured by Moonlight! Very nicely done, Ms. Lindsay!”
Click here to READ CHAPTERS ONE & TWO OF CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT winner of Canada’s The Word Guild Award for historical, Finalist for The Grace Award, Finalist for Readers’ Favorite Award.
What MaryLu Tyndall says about VEILED AT MIDNIGHT
“Rarely do I find a book that touches my soul in such a deep place.”
What author April Gardner says about VEILED AT MIDNIGHT
“There are only a handful of authors who write in the style I love most, and Christine is one of them. Sweeping, energetic, consuming, and oh so romantic, her stories get inside my head. They introduce me to new places, cultures, and event that embed themselves on my memory. Wow. The characters, as usual, are endearing yet beautifully flawed, and the spiritual message is applicable and unapologetic.
The story swept me away to a triumphant end.”
Click here to READ CHAPTERS ONE & TWO OF VEILED AT MIDNIGHT, THE EXPLOSIVE AND PASSIONATE FINALE TO THE SERIES
Top Christian Reviewer Diana Flowers says this about the complete series. “This series will go down as one of my "favorite ever" series of all times!”
CONNECT WITH CHRISTINE:
Please drop by Christine’s website http://www.christinelindsay.com/ or follow her on Twitter and be her friend on Pinterest , and Goodreads
PURCHASE LINKS FOR Veiled at Midnight and all of Christine’s novels.
PURCHASE SITES FOR
VEILED AT MIDNIGHT Amazon
VEILED AT MIDNIGHT Barnes & Noble
VEILED AT MIDNIGHT Christian Books.com
SHADOWED IN SILK Amazon
SHADOWED IN SILK Barnes & Noble
SHADOWED IN SILK Christian Books.com
CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT Amazon
CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT Barnes & Noble
CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT Christian Books.com
LONDONDERRY DREAMING Amazon
LONDONDERRY DREAMING Christian Books.com
I wanted to do something different on Behind Every Story this week. So Diane Dean White, a wonderful author friend shared her flash story.
Before we get to the goodie, here's a little about the lady behind the inspirations.
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Evening in Paris, Tangerine Lipstick and Sandra Lee
Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, a stay-at-home Mom. She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Texting Mr. Right, Stories from a Porch Swing and Winter Wonderland. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-two years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart. Her next book This Side of Heaven will be released this April.
Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com
There were three of us who became friends in fourth grade, continuing our friendship through adult years. Junior high was a time when much was changing around the world and also in our own exciting lives. Too young to date, we had plenty to talk about when we’d finally arrive at that special and romantic time.
The telephone lines were bustling after homework was done. We didn't have three-way calling, but we had our own conference line all figured out. At 8 PM sharp we each called the Time Lady. Now, she wasn't real; it was just a recording of “At the tone the time will be...” We had our conference line talking over the Time Lady and if anyone else came on the line to get the time, they never said anything. Or maybe they just listened in, thinking our conversation was more interesting.
We discussed our classes, what we would each wear the next day, and anything else we felt needed discussing before first hour when we'd meet at our lockers. The Time Lady was easy to talk over. And we continued with this neat idea until one day the operator called my mother.
Grounded! I was no longer able to make conference calls with my friends, and when I did call for the time, I discovered the Time Lady had been turned up.
Saturdays were ours to enjoy. After my room was cleaned, I joined my friends, and we made tracks for the local drug store. Now this may seem boring in comparison to the malls of today, but this store had the greatest selection of Hollywood movie magazines imaginable. We wanted to keep up with our teen idols and what they were wearing and any new movies they were in. We had been with Sandra Dee since her “Gidget” days, and felt we were right there on the beach with her and Moondoggie, surfing the waves with the whole gang. Never mind that we lived in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with no ocean in sight. We were official members of the “Gidget,” and thus Sandra Dee, fan club.
We’d oohed and aahed at Sandra and her tiny waist and beautiful blonde hair. Straight out of a bottle, to be sure! Naturally we were all hurt to the core when she eloped with Bobby Darrin who was much older, and there would be no wedding pictures in the teen movie magazines.
After that we changed gears. Annette was a former Mouseketeer and started to make beach party movies. She had her own T-Bird and perfume collection to boot. Yes, Annette was a striking dark-haired beauty; she would go far. We joined her fan club.
The old Five and Dime store was our next stop. It always contained abundant supplies of the latest in new perfumes and make-up. Evening in Paris was all the rage in a tiny little cobalt blue bottle; it was what every movie star wore.
We'd dab a bit on our wrists and wave it through the air to catch the breath-taking fragrance. Tangerine was the most beautiful shade of lipstick; we each bought a tube, vowing to keep it in our lockers at school just in case we needed to freshen up our “natural” look during the day. Then we’d ride our bikes back home and head for my bedroom, where we’d spin the 45s, listening to our favorite hits while talking, giggling, and squealing.
Sometimes we’d wash our hair, and depending on styles then, there were rollers for each size, and if they didn't work, empty soup or orange juice cans with both ends out were great. Just stick in a clip to hold the can until it dried, and pray nobody saw you!
We looked through our fashion magazines and decided we loved the angora sweaters in the peach color. And wouldn't it be cool, if you were going steady to wear the matching color yarn around your boyfriend’s high school ring? We'd all screech and the laughter could go on forever.
Little did we know then those years and the days ahead would be some of the happiest times of our early teen years. After all, how much trouble can you get into with perfume, Tangerine lipstick, and Sandra Dee or Annette? Just don't try talking over the Time Lady or you might find out what real trouble is!
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"This story will pull at your heartstrings while you journey along with Diane Dean White and her collection of stories. She has a knack for the written word and her books are highly recommended. This one brought back so many memories!" By J L. Mitchell -Children's Book Author
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