Monday, November 28, 2016

FREE Kindle ebook and Cover Reveal!

For the first time, Prisoner of the Pyrenees, Book 5 in the Baker Family Adventures Series, is FREE for download as a Kindle ebook! Offer ends November 30, so be sure to grab this opportunity while you can! Available on here and here.


Re-live the Spanish adventure and be ready to unravel the intrigue that the Bakers face in Iceland two months later!

TODAY ONLY, pre-order the paperback 6-book set for 50% off at Grace & Truth Books! Includes brand-new adventure Iceland Intrigue!

"'Iceland Intrigue' by C.R. Hedgcock is the sequel to 'Prisoner of the Pyrenees' and it is the best book in the series so far! It's the perfect blend of action and suspense. I couldn't tear myself away from the book! I HIGHLY recommend it!" —Rebekah J.

When Phil Baker has trouble with an invention he’s building for a competition, Detective Mortimer arranges a meeting for him with a mysterious and brilliant inventor who may have the solution. The only catch is that reclusive Sigurd lives in Iceland . . . in hiding.
View the full synopsis on Goodreads or on the Grace & Truth Books website!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lawful or Edifying?

Guest post by Rebekah A. Morris

Not long ago I was challenged by 1 Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful but all things edify not.” The more I pondered this verse, the more it felt as though the apostle Paul was writing this for the homeschooled authors. This passage is talking to Christians about encouraging and building each other up. It’s all a part of the love mentioned in 1 Cor. 13. If we don’t have the love that edifies and encourages, we are nothing.

But, I wondered, how did this apply to authors?

As writers we have great freedom. We can live in imaginary worlds, converse with characters we created and do things that we can’t do in real life. But with this freedom comes a great responsibility. If our writings are only for our selves and no one reads them, then what we write is between us and our Lord. But, if we take those stories and release them to the world, to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, suddenly the stories become more important.

Are we portraying things that build up and encourage or that tear down and destroy? Do our stories edify our readers or do they cause them to stumble in their Christian walk? Are we filling their minds with things that are pure, right and lovely or dark, ugly, and evil?  Do we share just a little of the sensual so the reader knows what’s going on? (Please don’t!) Would we feel right about letting Jesus Christ read our stories aloud to our siblings, nieces, nephews or friends?

All things are lawful.

We can write about the evils of sin, the depravity of man, the sadness of a life without Christ.

But all things edify not.

Do we write them in a way that leaves a reader “feeling dirty” because of the choice of words, the descriptions, sounds, or details we include, or do we leave them with a sense that there is sin, but simply say so and leave it? It’s there, but you don’t know all the gory details. Think about the way the Bible talks about sin. When the man’s concubine was raped and killed, he cut her up and sent her body to all the tribes. But we are spared the details of both the rape and the rest. (Thankfully!)

It is lawful to write any way you want to, but if you are causing a brother or sister to stumble in their walk because of your writings, maybe you should consider if that phrase, that sentence, that description is going to edify.

Let us, as authors, strive to show true love to our readers by writing what edifies and not just what is lawful. Let us build up and not tear down. Let us encourage and not just entertain.

Rebekah A. Morris has lived her entire life (as of now) in Missouri. Being home educated during her school years was great, except for writing. That was the worst subject (along with math) that she had to do. It wasn't until after she graduated that she discovered the joys and wonder of writing. Now she can't write enough. After spending six years in research and writing, she completed her first book, "Home Fires of the Great War," a 500+ page, historical fiction about home life in the United States and Canada during the First World War. Since then, she has been an avid writer and always has more than one story going on at once because only one story at a time got tiring and dull.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Praying for Authors

Hi all! It's Amanda! This time, it's an article for both writers and readers alike. Cause you know what, behind every published book is a real, flesh-and-blood human with real struggles and needs! (note: I previously published this on my blog, in case you've already seen it)

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When I was younger, I remember looking up to the authors that I knew of. It really didn't matter what genre they wrote, they were impressive.

Then, I became an author. I began talking with others authors. And I realized just how... well, human... authors are. Take any author, and you'll find that they live a similar life to you. Very few authors "just sit and write." They may be wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, or single. Most of them have other jobs or ministries, they all have relationship issues (good and bad), daily struggles, heartache, joys, and delights. It's just that they add to this, by also being an author.

The more I dove into the writing field, the more I realized how much I appreciate people praying for me as an author. Authors have a huge responsibility. When we write, we are shaping others' ideas -- for good or for bad. If we are a Christian author, then we are handling God's Word -- and must portray it in unadulterated truth. And, like I indicated earlier, we have people who look up to us. Complete strangers will contact us, not only to let us know they appreciate our work (or find fault with it -- let's be honest ;) ), they will write us to ask for advice and prayers.

Do you think authors needs wisdom? You bet!

Considering all of the above, I started a prayer list for authors. Many of these authors, I personally know. Some of them, I don't know, yet admire. Whether "big or small" (e.g. sellers of 1,000,000 copies or 10), authors need prayers. Temptations are real. Struggles are real. Discouragement is real. And the opportunity to be a strong light for Jesus is real. The best gift you can give to an author is your dedicated prayers.

Here is a sample of my prayer list for authors:

What would you add to that prayer list? How do authors need prayers?


Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!