Blog Hop

Good morning, Friends!

 

Today we are “Blog hopping.”  I get to answer ten questions about the two devotionals that were released late 2012, and then you get to “hop” on over to some other great blogs to visit and hang around for a while.  Hope you enjoy it as much I am…

1.  What is the working title of your book?

A 40-Day Habit Between Friends: Taking it to the Next Level  is the title of my devotional that was released in November 2012.   A 40-Day Habit Between Friends: Because They Need You, was released in December 2012.

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for the devotional came to me from my blog.  I started a blog in October 2011, and received such a positive response about my content, that I was approached one day about the idea of creating a devotional or series of devotionals from my actual blog.  I loved the idea and God blessed me with the above.   

3.  What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction devotional.  The stories and examples in the various devotionals all really happened.  I am a work in progress and give you a glimpse into my life as I strive to live more and more like Christ on a daily basis.  Some days I do better than others, but I don’t give up.  I keep taking it to the next level.  Because They Need You is a devotional geared toward parents and the challenges we are faced with as parents in today’s society.

4.  Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would be in total shock if a movie was ever made from this devotional, so I could only wonder who they would cast.  Someone down-to-earth would be perfect.

5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A chance for me to offer encouragement and hope, friend to friend, as well as to challenge you a little in taking it to the next level in your own life.

6.  Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It has been a blessing to have been offered a contract through Mantle Rock Publishing.

7.  How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Since October 2011, when I started my blog.  I have gathered forty blog posts for each book and compiled them into two books that are compact and easy to take in your purse or briefcase.  Also, these books are great to give away as gifts either “just because” or for a special occasion.

8.  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There are so many other terrific devotional books out there.  I tend to gravitate toward the books that are casual, easy to read, but pack a powerful punch.

9.  Who or What inspired you to write this book?

God first and foremost, but also my husband, my children, my family, and my friends.  I learn so much from each of them on a daily basis that I can’t help but write about the truths I am being shown.  

10.  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

They are truly just a series of conversations between myself and the reader meant to encourage and challenge.  I pray that they will pick one up, love it so much, that they will then want to buy the next.

If you want to hear more about my heart for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective, feel free to visit my blog: http://journeysfromtheheartofawifeandmother.wordpress.com or “like” me right here on Facebook.  I love to interact with my readers, so feel free to connect with me at clSwalwell99@gmail.com.

Now, here’s the fun part:  “Hop” on over to these other great blogs and see what they are up to!

http://www.maryeellis.wordpress.com

http://www.susansims.blogspot.com/

http://www.jessieclemence.com

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