Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker Link-along Post # 4

Monday, April 14, 2014

Welcome to the fourth stop on Sandra D. Bricker's Blog Link-Along about her upcoming book Rise & Shine. Her new book is a contemporary re-telling of an old classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty.

I hope you enjoy your visit. Mark your calendars for April 22nd and join us for the launch party for this incredible book. Here is the link to the Facebook event http://tinyurl.com/RiseShineLaunch

Izzy, is Shannon's best friend. They were roommates in college, and she was Shannon's maid of honor in her wedding. When Shannon wakes up, Izzy is married and has three sons. She married a guy from Ecuador, like her mother told her not to do.
After Shannon wakes up she finds that she loves to cook, Izzy is shocked and amazed. Izzy helps Shannon launch her new business providing healthy food for working professionals. Izzy is a best friend any one would want in their life.

Millicent, is Edmund's sister, therefore Shannon's sister - in - law. The complete opposite of Izzy. Edmund and Millicent grew up in a very well to do family, and all Millicent cares about is the Ridgeway family money, and making sure that Shannon receives none of the "family" money. Millicent reminds me of Cruella De Ville. She doesn't have a kind bone in her body. A perfect villain!

Stop by the Pinterest board for Rise and Shine, there you will find great pictures and quotes from the book.
Rise and Shine Pinterest board  http://www.pinterest.com/andit66/rise-shine-by-sandra-d-bricker/

Interview with Tosca Lee ... One of my Favorite Authors!!!!

An Interview with Tosca Lee, Author of Iscariot
History has called him many things: Thief. Liar. Traitor. Reviled throughout history and infamous for his suicide, he is the man whose very name is synonymous with betrayal . . .
And the only disciple that Jesus called “friend.”
But who would take a journey through the Lenten season with Judas, of all people?
The answer: readers of New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee's Iscariot, in which Lee dares to delve into biblical history’s most maligned character—from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But more than the story of one man, Iscariot is a view into the life of Jesus that forces readers to reexamine what they thought they knew about two of the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.
The study guide, “A Journey with Judas," is available to book clubs and small groups free along with daily devotionals from now until Easter at toscalee.com.
Who is Tosca Lee, and why did she choose to write a book on the Bible’s most controversial character? An interview with the award-winning author of Havah: The Story of Eve and the Books of Mortals trilogy (with Ted Dekker) follows.
Q: How did you start writing biblical fiction?
A: I kind of fell into it, actually. Around 2000, I wrote this story about a fallen angel. I did it in six weeks. And then it took nearly seven years to sell. When we were doing the deal, the editor said, “What else do you have?” I rummaged around and found one page I had done a year before of a very old Eve starting to tell her story. I don’t know why I started writing that, but I pulled it out and said, “I have this!” And they bought it. It eventually became the prologue to Havah: The Story of Eve.
Q: Why Judas? Of all people—why did you choose to write about him?
A: Several years ago, an editor—the same editor who acquired Demon and Havah—suggested a story on Judas. I’d already done a fallen angel and Eve, after all. I flatly refused. Too much research. Too much controversy. Too hard. But the idea started following me around. Finally, about a year later, I was sitting in this New York restaurant eating dinner and found myself scribbling a scene between Judas and his mother on the paper tablecloth. I knew then I was a goner. I realized I wanted to become this disciple Jesus called “friend,” wanted to slip into his skin and sit down next to this enigmatic teacher and healer that people to this day call “Messiah.” I wanted to see and experience him, for myself.
I tore the scene off, shoved it in my purse, and called my agent a few days later, hoping he would talk me out of it. He didn’t. After two years of research, with much fear and trembling, I started writing.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer?
A: Writing was never the plan, even though I’d won some contests growing up in school. Ballet was my first love—I danced with a local ballet company as a teenager and spent my summers studying dance in Kansas City and New York. But within a few years I literally outgrew ballet: I’m nearly six feet tall en pointe. After a torn groin and other injuries, I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. The summer after my freshman year in college, I decided I’d take a stab at writing a novel. I wrote it. It got rejected. It’s still in a crate down in my basement like a skeleton. I’m afraid to look at it. It’s probably got three arms and two heads.
Q:  What’s the coolest thing about writing biblical/historical fiction?
A: We all know the story of Judas, of Adam and Eve—of myriad other two-dimensional characters we first met as flannel board characters in Sunday School with just the barest detail to define the morality tale of their lives. But if these were real people, then they had hopes, aspirations, influences, and motivations. There’s always more to the story. And that makes them much more like us than we might care to admit. That’s scary. Inevitably—and this happened with Iscariot, too—there comes a point about hallway through the story where I realize I’m no longer writing Judas’ story, or Eve’s… but my own.
Q:  Iscariot has been recognized as a Best Christian Fiction title of 2013 by the Library Journal and has been nominated for several other awards. Why do you think Iscariot resonates with readers?
A: I think because like Judas, we are all seeking answers. We are seeking some kind of deliverance—maybe not from Roman occupation, but from a situation, or a fear, or a sickness, anything. We are looking for answers, and expecting God to intervene in certain ways. I think we all identify with trying so hard to do the right things, with having expectations for how God will act, and how, if I do this and that, God will do this and that. But it doesn’t always work out that way, and the question becomes how we will respond. I think we all can identify with that. And I think we all find ourselves completely ruined, in the best and worst of ways, by love we cannot understand.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
A: I love to adventure travel—whether it’s fishing for piranha in the Amazon or trekking through the Balkans, every now and then I just have to get out of town. And I cook. There was a time when I could burn water and ruin cereal, but today I make a pretty mean quiche and haven’t managed to poison anyone in years.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: The Queen of Sheba! I figured it was time to be a girl again.
For more on Tosca and her books, including the free reading guide “A Journey with Judas," go to toscalee.com.

Tosca is offering a special giveaway to her readers this Easter. Enter by April 19th for a chance to win one of three great prizes:
  • A complete signed library of Tosca's work including Demon, Havah, Iscariot and the Mortals Triology
  • A signed copy of the Havok Magazine edition that includes Tosca's Ninja short story
  • A 30-minute video chat with Tosca that could include a critique of up to ten pages of your writing.
See Tosca's website for details and entry information.

Keep an eye on this post . . . I will have a copy of Iscariot to giveaway . . .

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