Sunday, November 30, 2014

Author Rose McCauley Shares Some Thoughts with Us

 My Friend, Rose



One of the best things about writing Christian fiction is the people I meet. Not only readers, but other writers as well. Rose Allen McCauley is one I feel blessed to count among my writer friends. 

Rose has a generous heart and even before she was published herself, she was always ready to support any area writers with her presence at book events and with her encouragement and prayers. She started a blog to give shout-outs to her friends walking the writing trail. 

Now it's her turn to have a few shout-outs herself with her second book, Christmas Grace, now available for readers. Read on to see what Rose says about prayer and how the Lord often gives us the desires of our heart.

Thoughts on My Second Fiction Book Being Published

By Rose Allen McCauley



I want to share a prayer I wrote a few years ago based on this verse: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14



Thank You, Lord, that I can be still and let you fight my battles for me. But, just as the Israelites had to step out on faith and leave Egypt behind before You performed the miracle of parting the Red Sea for them to cross, help me to do as You lead.



I wonder if part of “be still” is to help us to listen to You so we follow Your lead daily in whatever task You put before us. As a writer, I cannot expect to be published if I never put words to paper—or my hand to the keyboard. A student cannot expect to pass a test if she never studies. A farmer cannot harvest a crop if he doesn’t first plant it.



We need to listen, then do our best as we follow You, and wait and trust You for the outcome. Then we will know that it is You who has accomplished it and who deserves all the glory. In Your Son’s precious Name. Amen.”



Writing my book Christmas Grace has caused me to think a lot about God’s grace, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. He gives us the desires of our hearts, and gives us the abilities and health to perform them. If we don’t receive what we desire, then perhaps He has a better lesson for us to learn or to share with others. I am so happy that because of His grace and mercy and love, we can be assured He knows what is best for us, and trust Him for the results.



I give God the thanks and glory for letting me write this story, and pray that the readers will be blessed as they think about and experience His grace.

Check out Rose's New Book, Christmas Grace


Grace Buchanan and Chris Fisher were best friends for sixteen years...until he fell in love with her other best friend, Terrie. Chris and Terrie married after high school, then she died three years ago.



A renewed friendship soon awakens stronger feelings in Grace and Chris. Can they both let go of the past long enough to claim the future God has for them?




Books are available online at Amazon for Kindle readers now and soon will be available in paperback.


More about Rose Allen McCauley:



Rose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. This is her second Christmas novella. Christmas books are her favorites. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids! You can reach her through her website and blog at www.rosemccauley.com or on twitter @RoseAMcCauley and FB at https://www.facebook.com/RoseAllenMcCauley?ref=hl

Thanks for visiting us, Rose, and for sharing your prayer. 

Now Rose and I want to know do you enjoy Christmas stories? Leave a comment to win a free download of her story if you have a Kindle or a Kindle reading app plus a copy of my Christmas novel, Christmas at Harmony Hill. I'll draw a winner next Sunday.
 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Ann, and for your giveaway to go along with mine. And I LOVE Christmas stories!

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    1. Fun to have you stop by, Rose. I think I'd like to write another Christmas story someday.

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  2. Hi Rose,
    Yes! I absolutely love reading Christian Christmas romance books during the holidays. Your books sounds like a good one that I would really enjoy reading.
    I love the cover of your book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Good to hear from you, Danie. And thanks for sharing about Rose's new book on Pinterest. So glad you like Christmas romance stories.

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  3. I love to read Christmas stories, especially those with happy sappy endings.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Those are definitely the best kind, Gail. Christmas stories are supposed to have happy endings, aren't they?

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  4. I love Christmas stories. They always leave me with a good feeling.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Christmas is a great time for that good feeling time. After we become moms and grandmoms we tend to want to give that feeling to our kids and grandkids, but we can give it to ourselves with a good book, can't we, Susan?

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  5. I love Christmas stories, too!!

    (gerows@juno.com)

    susie

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    1. So glad to know you like Christmas stories. If you win these, I hope you will enjoy them too, Susie.

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