I had a FANTASTIC time at Philly. What a blessing to reconnect with friends and be with so many talented authors from across the US. I even ran into an acquaintance from Canada!

Thanks to Marlene Bagnull​ for organizing and to all who attended my workshops called TURN YOUR WRITING INTO A BUSINESS, and How to write historical fiction,memoirs and biographies. Your questions and enthusiasm made it a great event. 
Photo below courtesy of Carol B Amos. Check out her blog for books on helping loved ones with Alzheimers.

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It’s been a pretty intense weekend going over author manuscripts and offering marketing tips, so I’m planning on taking a few days off then jumping back headfirst into a YA thriller that’s due to editors by 12/1.

Have a great day all!

I’m busy making last-minute preparations for what’s going to be an OUTSTANDING writer’s conference in Philadelphia this week. I’m teaching two workshops: Turn Your Writing into a Business and Resurrect the Past (writing historical fiction, biographies and memoirs).

This conference is special to me because I’ll share a revolutionary approach to marketing for Christian authors as well as debut my latest writers’ self-help guide: Write Business.

Haven’t registered yet? Sign up here:
Join me in praying for a successful, helpful, conference. Thanks!

While drafting an article for a Christian magazine, I was struck by the rugged nature of the early church. Against all odds, the believers challenged social norms, upended the religious traditions, stymied a pagan empire that spanned the known world, and crushed political opposition.

Who were these warriors?

Ordinary men and women, most of whom couldn’t even write their own name (Acts 4:13). But they possessed the power of the Holy Spirit and, through it, they turned the world upside down.

21st century Christians should look in awe at those early believers. They crossed cultures, conquered resistance with zeal, love and a rugged faith in a miracle-working God. Today, we must also face a world ruled by fear, superstition and, political correctness. Boycotts have become the game of the day as the Bible predicts would happen (Revelations 13:16).

But there are individuals who embody Christ’s answer.

Let us be the warriors that Christ ordained, proclaiming His Word with boldness and faith. Let us challenge the darkness, recognizing we are not weak but strong in Him.

We insist He is alive and prove it by letting Him work His supernatural wonders through us.

Let us be His witnesses, empowered by His Spirit to carry on His life. Fear must be met with faith, darkness with the conquering power of light.

Only then, will the world see God.

Guess what?

In the Midst of the Flames,the second book in the Northshire Heritage trilogy is being prepped as I type. This stunning sequel to In the Shadow of Your Wings will be released by August 2019.

I’m looking for readers who are interested in receiving a FREE e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) just to get your thoughts before I unleash it on the world. 🙂

“In thirty seconds, you will die.” The hammer of the black Luger slid in place with an unfeeling click. He pressed the gun hard against her forehead. “Now,” his voice was as unfeeling as the metal that bit into her flesh, “tell me what you know.”

—First paragraph of In the Midst of the Flames, releasing August 2019

Quick blurb:

The fires of the Great War rage in the deepest places of the heart. When Malcolm confesses his secret to Eleanor, he’s forced to face the demons of his past. Can he ever earn her forgiveness?

Leila is determined to fight for her marriage but all seems lost when British intelligence arrests her for espionage. Is all hope of reconciling with Malcolm lost?

Meanwhile, Thomas weaves an intricate web that threatens the very stability of Europe while risking everything for those he loves the most.

Imprisoned by the enemy, Will must conquer the hatred for those responsible for the death of his daughter.

Love, war, forgiveness and hope intertwine with unstoppable drama in this historical thriller.

Talk to you soon,

JP