Warmest greetings to friends, accidental guests, and all fellow writers.

You all know the phrase "truth in lending," right? Allow me to bend and adapt that phrase to reflect my belief that fiction should be true-to-life, believeable. No plots with holes in them wide enough to swallow a blimp. The net beneath the plot doesn't collapse so that, right in the middle of the book you think, But that would never happen. "Willful suspension of disbelief" only goes so far.

I enjoy writing inspirational fiction, intended to uplift the reader and glorify God. My plots have resolution and satisfaction by the last page.

So long as we live in the real world, we will have problems. But we also have the option of wise choices and faith in an all-powerful God who wishes for us only good. Walk with the characters through their challenges, knowing that they are designed to be like real people waging life, growing spiritually. That's what I mean by "Truth in Fiction".

Friday, January 2, 2015

Truth in Fiction is especially pleased to present Shannon Taylor Vannatter's newest work, Rodeo Family. In this novel, Shannon has written with grace about a serious problem with many women in our society. Social activists, series authors, and abused women all will profit from what she has to say. Especially interesting for authors is how she developed the main character and her surrounding plot.

Shannon Vannatter is offering a free print book to one person who leaves a comment on this blog between now and Jan. 17th, 2015.


She's beginning a new chapter in Aubrey, Texas, away from her abusive ex-boyfriend. As she picks up the pieces of her broken life, Tori's surprised at the helping hand the church's new song director, Brant McConnell, offers her, and at the warm emotions he inspires.

Brant is drawn to Tori. And as their friendship grows, so do his feelings for her. But Tori is still hounded by her past, and the walls she's built around her heart are high. Can he convince the wounded beauty that he's exactly the kind of man she needs—and deserves?

Tori Eaton first appeared in Rodeo Song – Book 6 in my Texas Rodeo series. She was the heroine’s employee. Readers saw her abandon her friend at a Country music concert to have a fling with a married musician. Then she got drunk and had a pregnancy scare. She didn’t make a very good impression. That’s all she was supposed to be – a tool to get the heroine in the bad situation I needed her to be in, so she could reconnect with her high school sweetheart.
But often when I write a troubled side character, I feel compelled to find out why they turned out the way they are. About halfway through Tori’s side story, I realized she could have her own book. When I delved into Tori’s past, her story became Rodeo Family. In the opening scene, Tori wakes up after her boyfriend beat her up.

Over the years, I’ve come in contact with women in abusive relationships. Not friends or family, just women that have passed through my life. There is a women’s shelter in our area. I know that some of the women and their children show up with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The shelter helps them find jobs and housing. Our church has gotten Christmas gifts for the kids there and donated food, clothing, and furniture.

I know there are statistics on what type of women end up in abusive relationships. They have no family support, they grew up in an abusive home, they’re dependent or poor and don’t think they can make it on their own. Often the women have several children and settle for the first man to come along because they think they can’t do any better. And often, they think they deserve the abuse.

I can’t fathom living like that. But I was raised in a loving, two-parent family. I’ve always had an awesome support system. I lucked out and found a Christian man as committed as I was to marrying once. I say luck because though I was raised in church, I didn’t become a Christian until I’d already met and fallen in love with my future husband.

When that football player decked his girlfriend and knocked her out in the elevator, I was astounded when she married him anyway. The incident happened well after I’d finished Tori’s story, but it reiterated how timely the subject is.

My fictional Tori grew up in an abusive home. Her mother committed suicide when Tori was a teenager. She went on the road with her hard-living country music star dad. She had plenty of reason for living a reckless life and ending up in an abusive situation. But I didn’t leave her there long. Tori lived with her abuser for six weeks before the book begins. During that time, he beat her up four times.

On her own, she probably wouldn’t have left. She only had one family member she was close to, her aunt Loretta. Her Christian aunt didn’t know anything about the abuse because Tori had distanced herself to hide her party girl lifestyle she knew her aunt wouldn’t approve of. But Tori had a friend. A friend willing to help her get out of the situation and supply a safe place to stay. Once Tori was out of the line of fire, she found her backbone – and Jesus.

Most people don’t have a guest house with a security system, like Tori’s friend. But we all know where shelters are. By simply encouraging an abused woman to leave or maybe giving them a ride to the shelter, we could change a life.

As the story continues, Tori refuses to press charges against her abuser. Finally a formerly abused woman who appeared back in Rodeo Queen shares her story with Tori. The woman was kidnapped by her abusive boyfriend as a teen. In her twenties, she left him and intentionally stayed missing even from her family in her quest for safety.

She now runs a center for abused women and convinces Tori to press charges against her abuser. But a lot of times when women press charges, the abuser still isn’t prosecuted. I included that aspect of real life in Tori’s story as well.

My prayer is that abused women will get their hands on Rodeo Family and find strength through Tori’s determination to change her life. That Tori’s story will inspire a reader who knows an abused woman to offer a helping hand. That Tori’s story will inspire a formerly abused woman to help a currently abused woman. And I always pray that readers will find Jesus through my characters’ struggles.

Shannon's bio:
Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. Vannatter won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.

She has ten titles published and is contracted for five more. Her books are available at christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, harlequin.com, and barbourbooks.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/.

Connect with her on Facebook: http://facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29672798-shannon-vannatter, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/stvannatter/, and Twitter: @stvauthor.

Preference for the free copy of Rodeo Family will be given to a commenter who promises to write a 25-word or more comment on www.Amazon.com. Does it matter? YES! Amazon treats novels with a good number of reader posts in various preferential ways which affect the visibility (and therefore the sales) of the books. Serious readers should also visit www.Goodreads.com, grab a free membership, and leave posts there of novels they read. Support the authors you enjoy reading.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Love Takes Flight

I'm thrilled that my new novel, released December 3, 2014, has endorsements worthy of framing. Gracia Burnham, the missionary to the Philippines whose husband was killed in the "rescue" following their long capture by terrorists, wrote:
Lee captures the reality of missions and missionaries in hard-to-reach areas. The joy of serving God and sharing salvation through Jesus is tempered by the dangers, diseases, and difficulties of accepting His call. Lee's years as a missionary in Brazil illuminate the life and personalities of her characters. An adventurous, inspiring novel!
----Gracia Burnham, missionary to The Philippines and author of In the Presence of My Enemies.

Here's the "blurb" of the book:

Volunteering in the Amazon to escape a broken heart, American R.N. Camille Ringold fears she has lost the chance to be married to a doctor and live well in suburbia. Serving two weeks with missionaries living out a sacred calling, she considers whether a more meaningful life might be hers.
When the Wings of Help plane is hijacked, she and missionary pilot Luke Strong escape into the jungle. Aided by a river village, they recover the plane, but she may be fired for returning to the U.S. late. Two weeks become four when she chooses to care for Luke through his malaria. Priorities change as experiences of faith mount. Where is the intersection of God’s will and her selfish desires?
The shortened code to find the book on Amazon.com is http://amzn.to/12nRfpk
It's available in both print and Kindle version at this address. I do hope you'll enjoy the novel, and even return to Amazon and post a comment about it. Those reviews are so important to its success. And if you use FaceBook or other social media, sharing this release with your friends would be tremendous support. Thank you for your consideration.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Announcing the Release of "A Secret Life"

by Lee Carver

Published by Prism Book Group

What escape exists for a German aristocrat with American and Jewish blood?


"A Secret Life" hotlink to Amazon print and Kindle


The German Army of World War II rips KARL VON STEUBEN from his family and privileged life, forcing him to conceal his American sympathies and Jewish heritage. Stripped of every tie to his home country, he determines to escape. As he crawls to the Siegfried Line, only he knows the hiding place of gold ingots melted from the jewelry of prisoners. Wounded after assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier, Karl briefly deceives even himself.
Discharged and shipped to America, he discovers God’s unmerited favor in a beautiful Atlanta nurse. But he must return to Germany or relinquish his family fortune and rear children under the name of another man. Will Grace forgive his duplicity and accept him as a loyal American?

How did I come to write a World War II novel?

In 2010, my husband and I, with a few close friends, took a private tour organized by Keith  and Robin Sink McClelland. The daughter of Col. Robert Sink, Regimental Commander of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Robin traced the path of her father’s campaign from their parachute drop behind the lines at Normandy until the end of the war in Europe. My father-in-law, Royce B. Carver, fought through much of the same countryside with the Timberwolf Division, the 401st Infantry, which made the tour personal. Never a student of history, I came to understand the European theater of World War Two as never before. I am indebted to the McClellands for this world-expanding experience, and to my husband for insisting that I accompany him.
The story is entirely fictional, placed against the entirely true background of the war. As all of my fiction is inspirational, the characters carry out their plot within the Christian worldview. God is with his people through the greatest horrors and personal difficulties possible. I invite you to walk with Karl through his forced induction into the German Army, his duplicity, and a love-and-marriage plot line you won't see in another novel. Have a marvelous journey!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thistle Down:  Can tenderhearted Pastor Ian MacCraig keep a pair of prickly sisters from marrying the wrong men?
Emily Downey has found the perfect groom. If only she loved the man... Chelsea Downey is wild about her boyfriend. Trouble is, he’s two-timing her and everyone sees it but her.

Their thorny situation gets even stickier when the church ladies come up with a plan.

Can Pastor Ian MacCraig weed out the thistles and get to the heart of the matter in time to save the day?

The novella, Thistle Down, the intro to Wildflowers of Scotland novels, and the first scene of the upcoming release, Wild Rose, are now FREE at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/310079. Amazon to follow soon. Download away! The author thanks you.
About the author:
Twenty years ago, Sherrie Hansen bought a dilapidated Victorian house in northern Iowa so she could move home and be nearer her family. She rescued an amazing but very run-down old house from the bulldozer's grips and turned it into a bed and breakfast and tea house, the Blue Belle Inn. Welcoming guests, running the business and cooking wonderful food has consumed the largest chunk of her life ever since.

Before that, Sherrie lived in Colorado Springs, CO, and before that, Augsburg, Germany. She attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL and spent one life-changing summer in Bar Harbor, Maine. Sherrie grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.

After 12 years of writing romance novels late at night when she couldn't sleep (mostly because she was so keyed up from working 12 hour days at her B&B), Sherrie met and married her real-life, romantic hero, Mark Decker, a pastor. She enjoys playing the piano with the worship team at church, needlepointing, photography, renovating and decorating historic houses, traveling, and going on weekly adventures with her nieces and nephews.
Sherrie lives in 2 different houses, 85 miles apart, and writes on the run, whenever she has a spare minute. “Wild Rose” is her sixth book to be published by Second Wind Publishing, a mid-sized, independent press out of Kernersville, NC.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What if, instead of just giving the nitty-gritty details on new inspirational books with free offers, I posted book covers and the "blurb?" What if I even posted the author's picture? Then the first of the new series should be of a good-looking guy, right? That ought to bring in the lady readers. Therefore, feast your eyes on this selection, and leave a comment to get a free download.
Adam Blumer's second suspense novel, The Tenth Plague, was just released on Tuesday, Jan. 29. To celebrate, he's holding a Facebook release-date event with six giveaways: four free downloads of his new novel and two physical copy giveaways of my first suspense novel, Fatal Illusions What's more, he's giving a free download of The Tenth Plague through this blog, so you have lots of chances to win either the download or a print copy.

Leave a comment here for the extra download, and you can also enter the drawing by participating in at least one promotional task for the new novel by going to:  http://www.facebook.com/events/245824488884765/

Water turns to blood. Flies and gnats attack the innocent. Marc and Gillian Thayer’s vacation resort becomes a grisly murder scene, with a killer using the ten plagues of Egypt as his playbook for revenge.

When their friend turns up dead, Marc and Gillian put their vacation on hold, enlist the help of a retired homicide detective, and take a closer look at the bizarre plagues as they escalate in intensity. Meanwhile, a stranger is after the Thayers’ newly adopted baby. Will they uncover the truth behind the bitter agenda before the tenth plague, the death
of the firstborn son?

About the Author

Adam Blumer is the author of Fatal Illusions (Kregel Publications) and The Tenth Plague (Kirkdale Press). A print journalism major in college, he works as a freelance writer and editor after serving in editorial roles for more than twenty years. He lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia.

Adam Blumer
Freelance Editor and Novelist
Novels: Fatal Illusions, The Tenth Plague

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Free Print Books and Kindle Downloads

So this is my new idea:

This blog will post links for free print books and Kindle downloads. Most will be gleanings from fellow writers of American Christian Fiction Writers, and all will be appropriate reading within the Christian World View. People may follow the blog to pick books that suit their interests--a sort of one-stop shopping.

Most of the new links will come out over the weekend, and may be of very short duration. Hop on a post quickly or lose your chance! That's not my choice. It's the way the industry works.

Some of the offerings, especially print books, will require you to go to a blog and leave a comment in order to be in the drawing for a book mailed to your address. It's not unusual to have only five to a dozen people competing for the book, so it's definitely worth a few minutes online. Others, especially Kindle books, will be a direct link to the free download on Amazon.com. But act quickly!