We Have A Winner!

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As you can see, my good friend, Sirus here (one of the characters in my book), is quite happy to announce the winner of a signed copy of my book. Congratulations to Kirk Kraft from the state of Washington! The book is on its way.

I’d like to thank everyone who entered to win a copy of my book, and for those of you who stopped by my book launch page and signed my guest book. It’s not too late to stop by if you haven’t already. The book launch page will stay up until April. I hope to give away more prizes in the near future!

News:    I officially began the 2nd book in my Golden Heart series. My main character has a big problem when he discovers there’s another heart that he must find before the Syzygy begins. But someone close to him has disappeared, and he was counting on this person for help. Will he lose hope before it’s too late? Will he discover this person in time?

More news:    I’m also working on another project for Young Adult/Adult readers. When the idea presented itself to me, the first chapter practically wrote itself. I’m excited about it, and I think you will be, too. As I get farther along, I’ll keep you updated on its progress!

It’s the Christmas season, and I’d like to say that whatever we do in life, and whatever road life takes us down, may we always be big enough to be humble enough to know that any talent we have is because of the God who gives it. “But for the grace of God, go I.” Things don’t always turn out the way we plan, but it’s during such times as these when we can reflect and realize that these times build character in our lives if we can keep HOPE and not give up.

May you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of blessings! I’m thankful for family and friends. You are what makes this sometimes mundane world go round, and who bring a bit of joy into our lives. It’s a blessing to know that there are no strangers here! It’s a place I invite you to come for lasting friendships.

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It’s a beautiful summer day and warm temperatures have revisited the midwest in November. I hope all of you are doing well.

I’d like to announce that the printed version of my book is shipping out today and should reach my doorstep, and my eyes for review on Friday, November 6th. Woo Hoo! Hopefully, I won’t find one mistake! The next step in the process is preparing it in digital form and then up on Amazon, which shouldn’t take too much longer. The announcement will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank all who’ve wished me success, who’ve given me encouragement, and for those of you who’ve told me you can’t wait to read my first book, The Secret of the Golden Heart, in the “Golden Heart Series.” It’s been a journey, let me tell you, some ups and downs and bumps, but great fun. I hope all children, the young and the young-at-heart, enjoys the story. 🙂

There are some who’ve helped answer my many questions along the way, and I’m thankful for you (you know who you are), and I’m so grateful. You’ve been so nice and willing to take the time to offer advice. It lightened my load. I only hope I can pay if forward someday.

I’m humbled that I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends on FB and to meet new friends along the way.

I hope that children everywhere will find hope and blessings along their own journey as they travel through time and follow my characters to see how their journey ends.

A tease for my 2nd book in the series

(A tease for my 2nd book in the series)

To God be the glory.

I also have a picture book in the works for younger children that I hope to have up in the coming weeks.

Please sign up for updates either on this blog, or my website at www.debbie-erickson.com for further details.

Wishing you all great success and joy-filled days ahead.

 

 

Passion and Faith

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Courtesy: bigstock.com/Who can comprehend the mysteries of the universe but God alone?

While continuing my agent search for my MG fantasy, I’m in the process of learning how to create digital book covers to ePub some of my children’s stories. I’ve never pursued graphic design because writing became my dominant passion, but I like it.

My other passion other than writing is encouraging people. We’re never too old to accomplish our goals and dreams.

I’ve been thinking lately how passion and faith sort of go hand and hand. Our passion becomes a reality when we have faith to know that we can attain our goals. We cannot allow ourselves to be weighed down by the world’s cares; we must have faith to look beyond the obstacles to the path that lies beyond them.

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“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2.

Since no one is perfect, (ugh) God’s grace helps us recognize our shortcomings in order to help us begin the process of peeling the layers, and eventually eliminating them from our lives. When we finally win the victory and lay them down, then the weight is lifted and we can move forward in freedom without the pesky weight that sometimes envelops us. But faith gives us the strength to keep moving.

How do we get more faith? First and foremost: “So then, faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~Romans 10:17

Believing in things that we can see isn’t really faith. Believing in things we can’t see is faith. Blind faith. For example, if we’ve never seen our mother or father, we know that they exist. Our sight doesn’t determine their existence. Our existence determines their existence because we are the product and proof of their existence since they are the only vehicle in which we come into the world. So even if we never saw our mother or father, we’d still know they exist/ed. This is faith.

“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”

Is it easy to believe in things we can’t see? No. But faith sprouts and grows through God’s word and eventually makes it into our hearts. This is what keeps passion alive. What do you think about faith?

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May you continue to follow your dreams, your desires, and your passion. I wish you all the very best on your road through life. If there is anything I am able to do for you, let me know. We’re all in this together!

~blessings