Tina started her writing in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. Her WWII story Trail of the Sandpiper won third place in the Genesis in 2003. In the Manor of the Ghost and Touched By Mercy and When Shadows Fall (Book 1 in the Shadows Series) are available through Desert Breeze Publishers.
To Catch a Shadow, the next installment of the Shadow Series about the civil war and the Oregon Trail, will be available June 2013. To Carry her Cross released January 2013 and Then There was Grace, a September 9/11 type story, will be available Sept. 2013 and Christmas in Shades of Gray, an offbeat Dickens type tale, releases December 2013.
TO CARRY HER CROSS
by Tina Pinson
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing
ABOUT THE BOOK
Matthew has braved the war and near death with one thought in mind… Rebekah. He won her hand in marriage, and now he has a few short months to make her see how much he loves her. How much he needs her. Given the wall she's put up between them, he prays he'll have enough time.
After fleeing the war, Rebekah is determined to go west to Oregon, only to be turned down when she tries to join the train. Matthew's proposal of marriage, in name only to help her west, becomes the miracle she needs. Loving him as she does, she dreads the idea of letting him go once they reach Oregon, but how can she ask him to stay with her, to love her? How could he love her once he's found out her secret? She must guard her heart and his.
Readers, buy your copy of To Carry Her Cross today!
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
Write Where He Wants Me
As a writer, I've been known to ask some pretty strange questions, write some unusual story lines, have some quirks, and drive people half-insane with my pentagon-type briefings about my stories, characters and information, by useful and useless, I've learned doing research.
Concerning my research, I've taken road trips for research, and interviewed morticians, lawyers, other writers and people in general. Given some of the topics I've delved into, I'm quite surprised the Homeland Security hasn't come for me yet. I'm a people watcher and some who know I'm a writer are afraid they'll become a serial killer in my next novel.
I'm a writer!
As a writer, I've also heard strange questions, received some unusual looks and have to sit through long thesis type dissertations from someone who found out I was a writer and needed to let me know about the story they've been carrying around for years, meaning to write. If they'd only sit down and do so, they'd have a best seller on their hands. Maybe I could help them.
I've also been told by some well meaning people, who after hearing I'm a Christian Fiction Writer, tell me I should be using my talent to glorify God more. If I'd only find myself a minister, a missionary or someone who is truly a man or woman of God and write their Real Life story instead of some fiction piece, I would truly be serving the Lord. And then, I'd give away everything I made to further the cause of Christ.
While I think those types of stories are important and can be used to reach the masses for the Lord, I don't they all do. I also don't believe those are stories I've been called to write either.
One wonders how people who say that would feel if someone mentioned that being a doctor or a banker or a mother, or a singer or whatever is not really using your gift for the Lord? You have to camp out at the church and wait for the real men and women of God to show up so you can serve them and let others know about them.
While everyone is not called to be a writer, be it fiction or nonfiction, we aren't all called to musicians, or poets or singers or lawyers… you get the gist. We are told to do what we do to the Glory of the Lord. And bloom where we are planned. We all have something we are called to do. Now, trust me, I don't always get right, and might complain over some of the paths I find myself on. But I know it's still the right one.
I feel I'm Write Where I Want to Be. Or more to the point, I'm right where I feel God wants me to be.
Fiction writers may seem a touch odd. And yes, we have been known to take day trips down the imagination freeway. But I pray about my stories. I cry and laugh over my stories. I am amazed by where this awesome imagination God has given me takes me sometimes. And hope and pray my stories touch someone's life, changes them, and helps them see God. Even mine.
I may never have a best seller. I may never make enough to retire on my writing alone, but having a love for words and stories as I do, and feeling that God blessed me and wants me to use this for his glory, I would go insane if I couldn't write. And quite honestly, I'd feel guilty for not using my gift for the Lord.
It is my hope that whatever God has given you to do, you will use it to the best of your ability to plant seeds to his glory.
I'll leave you with a couple of questions:
Reader Question: When you don't use the gift and talents God has given you how does that make you feel? OR How has Christian fiction touched your life?
Blessings on your journey. Remember wherever it takes you, you don't walk alone when you walk with Christ.
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Thank you, Tina, for sharing with us today.
ENTRY RULES Readers, leave your email address (name [at] domainname [dot] com) along with your answer to the question for your chance to win a free eBook copy of Shadowed Dreams. And to celebrate the release of To Carry Her Cross, Tina is also giving away a cross pendant and earring set. If you do not answer the question, and your email address isn't provided, you will not be entered.
This week, the drawing is open to anyone worldwide, but the cross is for USA residents only. If you aren't a US resident, you will receive a gift card for one of Tina's books.