For the month of July, my very first book titled A Child Speaks is available as an ebook absolutely free om the Smashwords summer sale. Just click on or copy and paste https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=A+Child+Speaks . This link will take you directly to the book. A Child Speaks is a collection of short stories that offer my unique perspective on familiar bible stories. If you’ve never read the Bible these stories will give you an excellent introduction to it’s mysterious content. Take this opportunity to discover the relevance of Bible stories to today’s issues. A Child Speaks as a print book completely sold out.
Have trouble reading because you’re eyesight is deteriorating? Try the audiobook version of A Child Speak. Let me tell you the stories. The two CD set sells for $10.00 and is available at www.janetstobie.com or send me an email email@example.com More than one thousand people have already enjoyed A Child Speaks.
While you’re on my website check out my other books, especially my Catalpa Creek Series. Two novels based in the mysthical town of Catalpa Creek. Follow Renee and her dad Steve as they live their lives and deal with many of today’s issues. Fireweed and To Begin Again are available on Amazon.com and .ca as well as from my website www.janetstobie.com. At $20.00 each, these two novels will give you hours of summer reading pleasure.
The manuscript for the sequel to Fireweed is finished. Hallelujah and yet it’s rather sad. I do so love the first writing. Last night, Tom and I finished the first go through. We’ve been on a marathon this week, to finish that much before we leave for South Africa. The next step is a title. That’s difficult. I can think and pray about it while I’m away. Today, I will set up an editor for the first round of editing. I’m excited. I’ll keep you posted.
I’m pleased to announce that my book “Fireweed” is featured on the Small Town Authors website for the month of December. Please visit http://www.smalltownauthors.blogspot.com. If you’ve already read “Fireweed”, leave a comment. If not, place an order. Right now, it’s still $20 plus shipping when ordered through me. With my next shipment from the publisher the exchange rate will be added to the price.
“Fireweed” as well as my other books will be a wonderful Christmas gift for someone you love. Books are the best! Just ask my granddaughter. She has a book at the top of her Christmas list.
Today our goal was to visit churches with my books. I did my homework and got the phone numbers and addresses for some of the churches in Sudbury. My first surprise was the number of churches in the Sudbury region. The world keeps telling us that religion is dying. In Sudbury the people don’t know that yet.
Our second surprise was that church offices here tend to be open in the mornings only, especially in the summer time. Our lovely lazy morning with Sharon meant that we found open, only St. Andrews United and the Anglican Church of the Epiphany.
Our third and fourth surprises came as we visited those two downtown area churches. The St. Andrews Church office is on the third floor of its senior’s apartment complex. My aversion to elevators meant that I had a long climb. It was worth it. The office administrator welcomed us. She listened to my description of Fireweed and bought one. She emailed the minister, Bill Steadman and he appeared from another part of the building. She couldn’t have been more helpful, a wonderful front-line ambassador for St. Andrews. Rev. Bill had spent time in Bay of Quinte Conference, so already had a copy of Dipping Your Toes. He purchased Fireweed, as a possibility for a study group.
Feeling buoyed up by this reception, we walked next door to the Anglican, Church of the Epiphany. I was grateful this office was on the main floor. I pushed through the double doors and met the office administrator. Once again I received a smile of welcome as I introduced myself and Tom and told her why I was there. You’ll want to speak with Rev. Tim, she said and brought me to his office. It’s wonderful to enter a church and receive such a lovely welcome. Rev. Tim, like his colleague next door, was warm and welcoming. He invited us to sit and listened carefully as I talked about my books. When I was finished he said, “I’d like to buy both Fireweed and Dipping Your Toes. I’ll have some of my people read them, to consider buying more. My problem is we don’t keep any money here.”
I responded, “I have a ‘square’ to process your credit card on my cell phone. The transaction completed, we got up to leave. I mentioned that I’d be glad to come and speak to both small groups and on Sunday morning.”
“I was thinking about that,” he replied.
“To come so far I would need some travel expenses.”
“Of course,” he said.
I fairly danced out of that church. We decided we’d done enough for one day. Between sales and new contacts we’d had a good afternoon. It was time to return to Sharon to prepare for our dinner out with Sharon’s friends Cliff and Fern.
Tonight we planned the next leg of the journey to Sault Ste. Marie.
Where had we met God today? Well God had been with us all day, especially at the churches. For me the church is always God’s sacred place. Writing books is fun. Selling books is exhausting. Today four people made the job easy. Through them I heard God’s affirmation for my writing ministry. I am truly grateful.
Tomorrow, June 30th at 3 pm on Whistle radio 102.7 fm will carry my interview. The host of the show Charlene Jones was very gracious. I had a grand time. You can also stream the show on your computer or go to my website and click books and then Fireweed. On the Fireweed page there is a link for the interview. Please leave a comment after you hear the interview. Thank you.
Christmas is just a few days away. Some of you may be like me. My busy life keeps me hurrying and scurrying around with little time for shopping. If you are down to this last weekend and wondering what to buy, I remind you about my books. What better present can you give than a gift of a book of faith. If you live in the Peterborough or Lindsay area just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will deliver before Christmas. You can order from my website but at this point I can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.
FIREWEED is a mystery story with a twist. For readers who enjoy an intriguing mystery, the story of faith will keep them turning the pages. For readers seeking learning as well, FIREWEED offers practical strategies for dealing with grief. It’s a great book for teens and adults. $20.00 plus shipping
SPECTACULAR STELLA is a children’s book intended for ages three to nine. Stella carries the message that we are valuable just as God made us. God seeks us out when we think we’re lost and brings us home to our purpose in life. It’s a great book to read to your child at bedtime. Enjoy Marion Hills beautiful watercolour illustrations. $10.00 plus shipping