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Sharlene MacLaren

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After 31 years of teaching second and fourth grades, Shar decided to say, "Bye-bye, Students!" and "Hello, Writing World!" and it's been an interesting, exciting, challenging, and inspiring adventure. One thing she knows for certain—God dropped a seed of passion for writing in her heart back in the summer of 2000, and He's been growing it ever since. She signed on with Whitaker House Publishers in early 2006 and in December of that same year released Through Every Storm, a general fiction title that finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year. Another general fiction title, Long Journey Home, hit shelves in 2008. (It is her pleasure to announce that both of these titles are also available in SPANISH.)

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Sharlene MacLaren The couple that comes to mind, but whose names I've forgotten, is the one from Francine Rivers' book Redeeming Love. Oh, how I loved that book!!!!
Sharlene MacLaren I've figured out why I get writer's block, and it's because I come to crossroads in my story and can't figure out where to go next. When that happens…moreI've figured out why I get writer's block, and it's because I come to crossroads in my story and can't figure out where to go next. When that happens I PRAY, give my story a rest for a few days, pray some more, and then I wait till the ideas start flowing again. Once I cross that hurdle, I'm up and running - until that next crossroad. I find I just have to keep plowing through and be careful not to take off too much time fretting about my scenes. I can fix them later when I go back and reread.(less)
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Blessings, friends!

I know that Sunday is set aside for a day of rest, and I have been resting - most of the day. (We had four grandchildren spend the night with us last night. Fun times, but both Cecil and I are exhausted.) It's 4:45 pm, and after a nice Sunday nap, I've decided I have enough energy in me to do a little writing.

I'm working on book 2 of my Forever Freedom series, a Civil War no... Read more of this blog post »
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“Grace gave Emma's arm a gentle squeeze and curved her mouth into a thoughtful smile. "That's what God does for its, honey; He takes its just as we are, no matter how sinful or vile. Nothing we do will ever make its worthy of Him, but that's the good news. We don't have to be worthy. Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins when He died on the cross, so the worst is over. All that remains is for us to ask Him to forgive its and believe that He does. There's nothing more to it than that.”
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Polls

This is the poll for October's Book of the Month - the book with the most votes will be the Group Read, and the book with the second most votes will be the Group Buddy Read.

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky
 
  13 votes 40.6%

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley Justice Delayed (Memphis Cold Case #1) by Patricia Bradley
 
  6 votes 18.8%

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
 
  5 votes 15.6%

The Thorn Bearer by Pepper D. Basham The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time #1) by Pepper D. Basham
 
  3 votes 9.4%

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie, #1) by Jan Drexler
 
  2 votes 6.3%

Hannah Grace by Sharlene MacLaren
Hannah Grace (Daughters of Jacob Kane, #1) by Sharlene MacLaren
 
  2 votes 6.3%

The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg The Twelfth Imam (The Twelfth Imam, #1) by Joel C. Rosenberg
 
  1 vote 3.1%

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