Issue No. 4
OCTOBER 2014
NEWS FROM AUTHOR SHARON SROCK
Greetings from Central Oklahoma.

We survived another round of contrary summer weather and we've finally made it to the cooler temperatures and absolute beauty of fall.


In the three months since our last visit much has happened in my little corner of the world. 

I received the cover and blurb for Samantha's story.


At seventeen, con man Louis Cantrell left Samantha Evans broke and pregnant. But, she's persevered. Four years later, while raising her daughter, Samantha pursues her dream of becoming a child welfare social worker. Her life is on track, and if God answers her prayers, one day she'll marry Patrick Wheeler, the handsome law student she accidentally ran over in a parking lot. All that keeps them apart is Patrick's refusal to accept Christ in his life, but they're working on that.


Patrick Wheeler loves Samantha-and her little girl-but he's done with Christ. Raised in church, Patrick witnessed first-hand how God does not answer prayers. First, his father dies at war...despite the plethora of prayers for safety. Then his stepfather dies within a year of marrying his mother. And as faithful as Samantha is, God allowed her to be taken advantage of. Yet, even when Louis returns to do more damage, she still insists she won't marry Patrick unless he dedicates his life to Christ!

When Samantha chooses a con man and God over Patrick, he decides it's time to leave. . .Or is it? After a surprising confrontation with God, Patrick experiences for the first time how it feels to be completely alone. What is he missing about this Christianity thing everyone else seems to see so clearly? Can he reconcile with God and Samantha before all is lost?

 

THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA

AVAILABLE SPRING 2015 

 

What do you think?  I LOVE the cover!! I've finished Kate's story last week and sent it off to my pre-readers for their input. I'll be submitting that to my publisher by Christmas.

 

Ya'll stay safe and warm and have a wonderful holiday season. We'll talk again in January.

 

SHARON SROCK 

 

OCTOBER'S GUEST AUTHOR, JULIE LESSMAN

Julie, thanks so much for taking time from you busy writing schedule to answer a few questions for my readers.

With everything you've got going on, how do you keep your sanity in this crazy fast paced world of ours?

 

I RUN ... not walk ... to the throne of God! He is my high tower, my place of refuge in ANY storm, be it professional or personal. For me, He has never been a last resort, but the FIRST thing I do when life's hurried pace overwhelms me. A good example is a story on my Web site about when a doctor told us he thought our college-age son had cancer. Now I am a wired individual under the best of circumstances, so this had the potential to fell me like a tree. But I sprinted to God faster than Jackie Joyner Kersee going for the gold, and the prize was God's peace. You can read the steps I took in maintaining my sanity here

 

 Tell us why do you write the kind of books you do?

  

I do it for myself and for women like me who crave a great love story with LOTS of romantic tension, but without the gratuitous sex. According to the American Religious Identification Survey conducted by the Barna Group, "nine out of ten women nationwide consider themselves to be Christian," and yet the majority of these women wouldn't read an Inspy romance to save their souls. You would be shocked at the number of Christian women I know who have read Fifty Shades of Gray. The rise of e-readers has fostered a new temptation for readers-they can now dabble in what has recently been coined "mommy porn" without anybody's knowledge, so books like Fifty Shades are just a click away.

Face it-we live in a world obsessed with illicit passion. Hollywood promotes adultery and unmarried couples sleeping together as sexy and normal, and I can count on one hand how many young, unmarried women I know who are still virgins today, Christian or no. Why? Because passion is important! Not just to romance readers, but to everyone on the planet. We were created that way by a passionate God who analogizes His own depth of love for each of us in a very passionate love letter called "Song of Solomon." And what happens? The world uses this beautiful, God-given gift to shove sin down peoples' throats, and I, for one, am really sick of it. I want to use passion the way it was intended-to teach people God's precepts and therein, His love. It's the cry of my heart, and I hope and pray that for my readers, my stories of romantic passion translate into passion for God.


How much of yourself do you write into your characters?

 

Uh, quite a bit, actually, especially in my first series, The Daughters of Boston. For instance, Faith, the sister heroine of book 1, A Passion Most Pure, is my spiritual self. Both of us have an intimate relationship with God where we talk and pray with Him as naturally as if He were physically in the room. He's our Best Friend as well as our Savior and the True Love of our lives. In fact, Faith and I are so much alike in the spiritual sense, that a good friend of mine told me that reading A Passion Most Pure was "like going to lunch with me!"

Charity, the sister heroine of Book 2, A Passion Redeemed, is my rebellious and "passionate" self, before I came to the Lord at the age of 23. I was a wild child of the seventies before Jesus got a hold of me (as he does Charity in Book 2).

Lizzie (or Beth), the sister heroine of Book 3, A Passion Denied, is my dreamer self. Lizzie is a bookworm bent on fairytale romance, just like I used to be as a little girl, sneaking downstairs to watch romantic movies after my parents went to bed. In her story, Lizzie has to learn (just like I did) that true romance-the kind that really satisfies-comes from following God's precepts, not the world's

 

Now for a couple of fun tidbits. What was your favorite book as a child and now as an adult? Is there a connection between the two?

 

My favorite book as a child is Gone With the Wind, and it's still my favorite book because it launched my romance-writing career at the tender age of 12 when it inspired me to write my own novel! J I think I may be one of the few people around who actually LOVED Scarlett O'Hara ... and don't even get me started on Rhett Butler!

 

What is your favorite season of the year? What's special about it for you?

 

Definitely autumn because I love writing out on my deck bundled up in fleece and blankets with the smell of wood smoke in the crisp, cool air, drinking in the beauty of scarlets, golds and russets in the woods beyond.

 

What is your favorite food?

 

Okay, this is weird because it's not like Godiva chocolate or anything normal like that, but my two favorite foods in the WHOLE world that I always crave are Spanish Rice AND turkey and dressing. See, I told you it was weird!   




From ugly duckling to swimming with the swans ...
But is she over her head when it comes to love?

Brilliant, shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school-and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

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ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY 
 WOMEN

I would like to honor my niece, Tara Monrose
This 30 something year old is a ball of energy as she goes through her day. You may see her in the classroom teaching Art, sharing her special chair in her classroom with a student.
After school she's a usual Mom chauffeuring kids around to their various activities, squeezing in housework with a bright smile.
Her husband is busy on the road working as a truck driver so all aspects of the home fall on her shoulders.
She is active in her church and volunteers for many activities.
She has 4 children who think she's an awesome Mom.
What I like best is she opens her home to our extended family every year for Thanksgiving.
She is like her Grandmother" " Bunny", my mother, going through life with a cheerful attitude  and good hugs .

Linda Rainey

Do you know an ordinary, extraordinary woman you'd like to see honored here. Message me at sharonsnewsletter@sharonsrock.com
REFLECTIONS

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above...

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
    old men and children...
Praise the Lord.

Psalm 148

As the leaves of Autumn burst with color, I witness the beauty of God's creation with fresh eyes. Red, orange, yellow, golden brown, the colors of warmth surround life. When they reflect against a clear blue sky, I can imagine that God dipped his watercolor brush and enlightened the day. But he's not only an artist. He created the science behind these amazing changes. The method where chlorophyll breaks down and stops and the leaves become dry show the Lord's incredible, natural plan.
Why do I get so excited about colorful leaves that appear every year?  Because they are one more proof that God exists. He not only exists, he loves me and has provided me with the truth of his kingdom. Jesus gave his life. He died on the cross and rose from the dead. I never get tired of hearing about how incredible my Savior is. Praise the Lord. Even the trees cry out in praise.


Penny McGinnis writes devotions, articles and contemporary romance. She's a member of ACFW. Read more about her at her
website

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PUMPKIN BREAD


2 2/3 Cups flour
3 Cups sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoon Baking soda
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon ground cloves
4 Eggs
1 Cup Oil
2/3 Cup water
2 Cups canned pumpkin
1 Cut chopped nuts

Mix all together, pour into a well oiled and floured bunt pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour.

Loosen the sides and dump onto a serving dish. Drizzle with a powder sugar glaze.

This is a holiday favorite at our house. Moist and sweet. You can slice any leftover pieces and freeze them for later.




Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I hope you always find something interesting in the newsletter

Sharon Srock
237 Bartley Dr.
Newalla, OK  74857

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