Commentary on the Arc of the Scythe series

Photo of Neil Schusterman © 2013 Larry D. Moore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons. I started reading Scythe by Neil Schusterman because I am a paraprofessional and the 9th grade English class I sit in on was to study it. I have to admit I got caught up in the …

A Women’s Event and a Blessing!

Paintings by Carlene Wallace (on the right is the landscape scene mentioned below). I've got my eye on the Prairie Chickens on the left. Aren't the colors beautiful? Over the weekend I gave a talk at a small church women’s event at Trinity Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK. The organizers invited three speakers. One is a …

There’s Always Dust When You Move — And a New Release! Post by Mary C. Findley

dusty fingers snapping In the course of redesigning the blog, we chose to make do with less storage space. In the course of clearing out space to make way for new content and posts, some old images have been removed from blog posts written in the past. We hope you'll excuse the absence of some …

A New Website for a New Year — Post by Mary C. Findley

We are praying for big changes this year for Findley Family Video Publications (FFVP). You can see right here one of them. Elk Jerky for the Soul still exists, but we've changed to a website format and tried to come closer to branding ourselves uniformly. Still, many people complimented us on that great name for …

12 Days of Christmas — I’m on tomorrow!

Please join this annual event on facebook at any time, but, especially, stop by tomorrow morning from 7-11 AM Eastern time, because that's MY time! You will find lots of authors you may or may not know, all presenting a clean and uplifting wordview in all kinds of books! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1184333868259877/ is the place, in the …

Beatitudes & Woes: A One-of-a-Kind Anthology — post by Mary C. Findley

From the Amazon book description -- "Explore the Beatitudes and Woes of the Bible through the stories of thirteen Christian authors in this uniquely powerful anthology. These science fiction and fantasy stories will bring you to the point of tears, make you laugh, surprise you, amaze you, and inspire you. " Contributions in this amazing …

A Warm Heart — A Very Short Story by Mary C. Findley

Image of female EMT from Depositphotos “Whoa. Your hands are cold.” Eric Morrow winced. “Sorry. Sorry.” The EMT shoved her hands inside her jacket. Eric tried to smile through his grimace of pain. “I guess that’s pretty petty of me, complaining about your cold hands, Erin,” He whispered, reading her ID badge as she went …

This Is How to Get Your Book Written and Published! — Guest Post by Nishoni Harvey

Are you ready to write your book? Are you ready to get published? Are you ready to receive the recognition you deserve? Are you ready to get your story out there so you can influence and impact lives? Are you ready to help others in your niche? Are you ready to promote your business by …

Ancient Sources — Post by Michael J. Findley

Cuneiform inscription found on the south side of the Van Castle hill, eastern Turkey. It's several metres tall and wide, 25 centuries old and the message comes from the Persian king Xerxes. In Old Persian, Babylonian and Elamite Bjørn Christian Tørrissen - Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html Wikipedia “Can you please reference some sources you used for your …

Mapped Out Murders Ready for Readers

Sarah Groben is an LAPD Homicide detective and a pastor's wife. She's got six murders she wants to solve by Sunday. Members of a fledgling group for 10-40 window transplants seeking Christianity are being killed. A Muslim charity interested in better relations with Americans seems to be connected by the death of a former financial …

When Moving Day Comes: CreateSpace to KDP

Among my indie author friends, I am seeing a good deal of excitement and concern over the fact that CreateSpace, the go-to print book destination for many of us, is closing down. Our books will now be merged with Kindle Direct Publishing. I am going through this conversion now, and, with 50 titles in print, …

The Write Stuff with Parker J. Cole: Interview Time!

Parker J. Cole has a radio show called The Write Stuff. It exists specifically to encourage and showcase writers of all kinds. Earlier this year she asked many authors to join a group to help her line up guests for her show. I had wanted to do this for some time, but when we lived …

Writer Alert! Here’s your chance to win a free book!

One of my goals for this year was to revise my writing and publishing advice book, Write for the King of Glory. I've learned a few things since the first edition of this book, and you are the ones to benefit if you want to learn how to make your writing distinctively Christian plus get …

A Valentine’s Day Link-up to Great Reading!

A Christmas Eve romance for Valentine's Day? Really? Well, why not? There's no bad time to read about Murali Nanda, a spy who comes in from the cold for reference librarian Karin Arthur. They've talked to online for years but never met in person. Will this be a blind date to die for when a …

I Never Win Anything — by Mary C. Findley

"I've never won anything!" You know you've said it yourself. So have I. But yesterday I won something. My newly-published novella, His Sign: The Wait Is Over, won an award from Radiqx Press's Reality Calling: Christian Fiction. Peter Younghusband and David Bergsland both read and review Christian fiction, especially in the Speculative genre, for redemptive qualities. …

Waiting for a Sign? — Post by Mary C. Findley

  Many people know that I've spent the last two years not writing much of anything. A few blog posts, some editing work, but the only publications in those two years have been volume 5 of our homeschool curriculum, Conflict of the Ages V: The Ancient World, Student and Teacher Editions and the summary version, …

How to Make a Print Cover for Your Book — Post by Mary C. Findley

I recently helped an author friend make a print version of an ebook cover at CreateSpace.  He asked me to give some instructions for the next time. This post assumes you have an image manipulation program and know how to use it fairly well. I won't be explaining details about tools and techniques. I assume …

Will you be my Valentine? I mean Free Reader?

Whether you're a Valentine's Day lover or hater, we hope you're a free book lover! There are lots to choose from, including nine from Findley Family Video Publications. Come pay a visit to our facebook event page and see all the free books! Some are free only certain days so be sure to check throughout …

Even I Can Use Instagram — Post by Mary C. Findley

I haven't written an actual "writing" post for awhile. As I posted not too long ago, it's been a year of upheavals and little or no writing for me. Still, I have picked up a few ideas for writers in my stumbling, fuddy-duddy way, that might help. I tend to discover things other people have known and …