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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Welcome Andrea Boeshaar and Undaunted Faith

I am pleased to host Andrea Boeshaar here today. She has been an inspiration to me in my own writing career, and she's helped countless other authors realize their publishing dreams.


Please interact with our guest authors by answering the question they provide. Your response will also enter you in the drawing for a free book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


ANDREA BOESHAAR has 26 published novels, 8 published novellas, and a host of collective nonfiction under her belt. She knows the peaks and valleys of the publishing industry and loves to share her experience with other writers. She was an agent for more than 10 years, but is now writing full-time and is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

Some of Andrea’s recent titles (2008 to present) include: Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky (Summerside Press); Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (nonfiction with authors Sandie Bricker, Loree Lough, and Debby Mayne – Summerside Press); Heartland Heroes (a collection of 3 short novels, Barbour Publishing) and Seasons of Redemption series, which includes: Unwilling Warrior (Realms/Charisma House) Uncertain Heart (Realms) Unexpected Love (Realms) and Undaunted Faith (Realms). Another series, Fabric of Time, is already contracted for. The first book Threads of Hope will be released in January of 2011.

Additionally, Andrea is a certified Christian life coach. She is presently taking classes to be certified in Christian counseling.

Andrea is a cofounder of ACFW. She’s taught at several of the organization’s conferences as well as the Oregon Christian Writers Conference, Write-To-Publish, and Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

For more info, visit Andrea on the web, at: www.andreaboeshaar.com.

UNDAUNTED FAITH
by Andrea Boeshaar
Published by Realms/Charisma House

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can the McCabe Brothers Find Love Amidst the Chaos of the Arizona Territory?

The McCabe brothers have their hands full. Trouble on the range and trouble in town. But they never expected their sweet schoolteacher, Bethany Stafford, to join in the mix of woe. When her reputation is unfairly tarnished, Pastor Luke McCabe is quick to propose marriage. But Bethany wants better than just a marriage of necessity to save her good name. Could Luke ever come to love a plain "little field mouse" like her?

Dr. Annetta Cavanaugh has her own questions about men and their intentions. While Pastor Jake McCabe seems sincere, she still has her doubts about him. But after he accompanies her on a medical call, she sees a whole new side of him and can't help but admit her attraction to the handsome pastor.

However, there's evil brewing in town--a lawlessness that even the sheriff cannot tamp down. Finally, it comes face-to-face with both Luke and Jake and it threatens the lives of the women they love. Are the McCabe brothers ready for the fight of their lives?

Readers, buy your copy of Undaunted Faith (Seasons of Redemption #4) today!

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR

Catching Your Dream

Do you have a dream, a goal, a vision for your life? Does it seem to be just short of your grasp?

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction, but I am I certified Christian life coach also. I enjoy encouraging and motivating other writers so I would like to share 3 ideas that might help you attain your dream – and change your life.

1) Pray about your dream-goal. If you’re like me, then you have lots of ideas. Not every one is worthy of our time – or is God’s will for your life.

We can get busied up in all kinds of meaningless things. So begin a journal and write down all the things you’re involved in. Pray over each one and ask God which to eliminate so you’ll have the time to journey down the God-given path for your life.

2) Practice “planned abandonment.”

In her book Jesus Life Coach, Laurie Beth Jones writes: “Planned abandonment doesn’t mean walking away from something that is difficult or isn’t working anymore. Planed abandonment means choosing between good and great, between better and best. Planned abandonment means that you are able to say no to all that glitters and discern what truly shines.”

I like to tell clients to search out all the EWs in their lives. I know EWs crowd in on me when I least expect them. EWs are “energy wasters” and we’ve all got them. They can be the meaningless business I previously mentioned and they can be people who suck your time. So, you know that neighbor who comes over every night to sit on the couch and bloviate? Well, as you begin to eliminate EWs that neighbor may have to find himself another roosting place.

3) Participate in your own life. Don’t just talk about all things you want to do someday – do them!

I recently watched the movie The Music Man and near the end of the motion picture, Professor Harold Hill tells Marian the librarian something quite profound, I think. He says something like, “If you keep putting everything off until tomorrow, all you’ll have is a collection of empty yesterdays.” How true that is!

And just remember, Tomorrow and Someday are days of the week on a planet that doesn’t exist! So quit procrastinating (and I’m pointing one finger at myself too!), turn off the “boob tube” (as my father called the television) and take steps toward accomplishing your personal goals. It doesn’t have to be a leap of faith. Only small footsteps.

Dare to dream – and imagine yourself a part of that vision. It’ll change your life. God has put that power in us all. And with Jesus as our ultimate Life Coach, all things are possible!

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Thank you, Andrea, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: What dream(s) do you have for which you have told yourself you'll accomplish "someday" or you'll begin working toward it "tomorrow"?

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5 comments:

sarahw said...

making a dress of my own is something i've been wanting to do for a while know.
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Charity U said...

A career in photography. :) It's true, I'm in my mid-teens, but I keep thinking I should probably get to work on that. :)

photographer4ever832[at]gmail[dot]com

Debbie Clark said...

I would love to make a quilt. I have lots of friends who are so talented and make lovely quilts. I would love to try, but am afraid that it would not be very good.

I would love to win Andrea's book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Debbie Clark
debbiemcla[at]msn[dot]com

Lisa R said...

To move to Norway and take advantage of their social programs, which I understand include a yearly mandatory vacation to the Black Sea. Seriously, I would like to be a comedian. Had the experience this summer of acting in a comedy and making people laugh, and there's nothing like it. I love love love it!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Sarah, Charity, Debbie, & Lisa -- so glad you stopped by. You all have fine aspirations. Photography, quilting, dress-making, traveling along with being a comedian! All very attainable!!