Heartbreakingly Uplifting….

Anyone that has ever read my blog knows how much I enjoy a good movie. And ones I personally consider to be great, I do a post about. Well this one, the one I’m going to tell you about, blows any other movie I’ve watched in a long time completely out of the water. Out of the atmosphere.

The movie is:

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

I’m sure you’re heard the song at least once. After all, it is the #1 Christian song in America. Even of you aren’t particularly fond of Christian music, I have no doubt you have heard it somewhere. It has been played on nearly every radio station in the U.S.

And with 2.5 million copies sold, it is the best-selling Christian single of all time, having been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA. As of 2018, it is the only Christian song to reach that milestone.

Still not sure? Click this link to watch the official video:

Okay, so I’m not writing this about a song or to sing its praises. (No pun intended). I’m here to tell you about a movie. The movie that tells the true story behind such an awe inspiring song.

And believe me, the backstory is even more awe inspiring that the song. In fact, when I watched it in the theater, I was not the only one shedding tears. Sniffles could be heard throughout the darkened room. And more than a few people left the theater red eyed when the lights came back on.

PLOT:
Growing up in Greenville, Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, Arthur. When Arthur becomes terminally ill, he finds redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son.

Years later, Bart’s troubled childhood and mended relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” as singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

There are a couple of big names starring in this movie but even if there weren’t, I know it would not detract from the movie. I’m not sure anything could.

DENNIS QUAID

American actor who has starred in many movies including:

The Parent Trap

A Dog’s Purpose

The Rookie

The Day After Tomorrow

CLORIS LEACHMAN

An American actress who has had many starring roles and appeared in several shows including:

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Last Picture Show

The Longest Yard

Raising Hope

TRACE ADKINS

An American songwriter, singer, and actor, he has topped many country music charts with his amazing musical ability.

Here’s a few memorable quotes from the movie:

Brickell: Let me ask you something Bart, what are you running from?

Bart: My dad. He, uh, he…

Brickell: …he beat you, didn’t he? Ya ain’t got no poker face kid.

Bart: I carry that. I have to live with that, you know. I always will.

Brickell: Then write about it. Stop running from it. Let that pain become your inspiration.

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Memaw: Imagine what he is seeing up there, just imagine!

Brickell: What is the name of your band again?

Bart: It is “Mercy Me”. Because when I told my Memaw that we were starting a band, she was like “Mercy me, get a real job!” And I was like: “Oh, Memaw.”

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Bart: And the guys were like “Did she really say that?” and I was like “Yeah, we have to name the band mercy me”. So we called it.

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Brickell: [to Bart] You got talent, you got potential, you can sing, but I don’t think you found your song, found your soul.

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Arthur: Dreams don’t pay the bills. Nothing good comes from them. All it does is keeping you from knowing what is real.

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Brickell: [to Bart] Son, the sheer volume of words that comes out of your mouth is exhausting. You are not ready. That’s what I think.

Here is the official movie trailer if you would like to get a sneak peek:

This is one movie you do not want to miss. Just be sure to keep a box of tissues handy because you will definitely need them.

ENJOY!!

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Introducing Dawn Ireland!!

Hi guys. Today I want to introduce you to a wonderfully talented author. Her name is Dawn Ireland and her new book is called Highland Yearning.

 

Hi Dawn! It is so nice to meet you. And I am so glad you are here today.

Thanks Amy. I am glad to be here too.

I love the cover for your new book. Can you tell me a little more about the story between the pages? 

Sure. Here’s the blurb.

Highland Yearning Blurb:

Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?

Oh my. This sounds incredible. But it’s just enough to whet a reader’s appetite. Can you tell us a little more?

I can do better than that. How about an excerpt?

Highland Yearning Excerpt:

Caden turned to his cousin. “We’ll search the windows above. By now the coward has fled, but we may yet find something to unmask our would-be assassin. Then we’ll attend to your urgent matter.”

He drew Ariel aside far enough that Ian couldn’t hear them. His expression screamed, I’d rather fight a dozen well-armed warriors than be in debt to a Sutherland. “Thank you for . . .” He simply stared at her.

“Saving your life?” She waited. Nothing. “Kissing you?” She raised her eyebrows. “Just trying to fill in the blank here.”

He blanched, but then heat filled his eyes. “Aye.”

“Well, one of us had to take the bull by the horns.” Okay, best not to dwell on that image. “I mean, I was curious. I wanted to kiss you. No big deal. It was just a kiss.”

“Aye.”

“Will you stop agreeing with me.”

His smile was genuine and she felt it to the tips of her toes. Good heavens, the man had charisma.

“I’ve nae had a woman who wanted me to disagree with her.”

“Well, I’m not like most women.” That was true enough. She’d never done the ‘let’s talk about boys, clothes and makeup thing’ with a group of girls. Somehow, she’d never fit in.

He smiled down at her. “Aye.”

“There you go, agreeing again.”

“Perhaps it’s because you make yourself so agreeable.”

She couldn’t contain the laughter that burst from her lips. “Really?” The word came out between gasps. “Oh, I wish you could have been there to tell my teachers. Not that they’d believe you. They thought I questioned everything.”

“Then they didn’t ken you.” His brows drew together. “I believe the stone was meant for me, but just in case, I want you to take care.

Her laughter died. “Why would anyone want to kill me?”

“Have you offended anyone aside from Ranald, the Countess or Robertson since I met you?”

“I don’t-So, I speak my mind. Is there a law against that in this century?”

“No. And I prefer plain speaking, but I’m nae most men.”

“No, you’re not.”

WOW. That sounds hot. I would really like to read this book and find out what happens next. Dawn, if you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a few questions that let the readers get to know you a little better.

That sounds great. And fun.

Okay awesome. Here is the first question. If you could have one mythical creature exist, what would it be? Why?

I’m going to expand your question to include mythological beings. I’m a bit like Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings, I’m fascinated by elves, at least the elves that Tolkien created. How can you not admire beings who are surrounded by mystery, embody beauty and elegance, and are connected to nature? Their magic, while not always straight forward, looks at what an individual needs. An example of this are the gifts given to Sam and his friends on their quest to destroy the ring. I think if the elves did exist we couldn’t ignore magic. And yes, I believe there is magic in everyday things. It’s all in how you look at the world.

I LOVE watching Lord of the Rings. So does my eldest daughter. The elves, especially Legolas is her favorite. I totally agree with you on the magic notion. Life is full of magical moments. We just have to allow ourselves to see them. 

Question #2: If you could live in another time, when would it be? Why? 

I set my books in the late 1700s because I’m fascinated with that era. So much was happening in the world: the industrial revolution, England’s King George was going mad, the American and French Revolutions. These things make exciting backdrops for books.

Now I realize some things about the past weren’t pleasant. Believe me, I’m very happy with all our modern conveniences and advanced medicine, but I feel we’ve lost something along the way. We no longer value elegance, or conversation, or have rules to live by. Anything goes. That’s why I don’t tend to write contemporary romance.

I have often wondered how it would be to live back in the older eras. I have only read a few historical books but they do make things sound incredibly different. I suppose they are. Which in a way, is really quite sad. 

I know you write historical books but have you ever considered venturing into genres? Which one?

I prefer a fast pace to stories I write, or read. All my books have elements of mystery/suspense to them, so I can see myself gravitating toward that genre. However, I think I’d be hard pressed not to include some romantic elements.

Yep. You have to have the romantic elements. I can’t really imagine a book without a little of romance in them. After all, love is extremely important . Speaking of love…What is one thing you would LOVE to do?

Spend my days writing in a cottage somewhere on a coast in the British Isles. Not that I’d ever give up my American citizenship, or spend all my time at the cottage, but it would be lovely to be surrounded by the people and history I use in my stories.

 That sounds wonderful. And peaceful. I imagine you could get some great ideas from a scene like that. It would also be an amazing place to read. 

 

What is the first book you remember reading?

Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub when I was eleven or twelve. It made such a big impact on me that I can still tell you what happened in the story. (She shoots the hero. Who wouldn’t love a story like that?) I think my feet were firmly planted toward romance with that book. Although, at about the same age I discovered The Lord of the Rings and I’ve read the series at least four times, so fantasy/paranormal is a natural for me. I suspect that’s why all my Highlander stories have a touch of magic.

I’m sorry to say that I have not read that book but it sounds very interesting. I may have to check it out soon. 

Thank you so much for being with us today. Your book sounds amazing and I’m sure it will do wonderful with readers. Before you go, do you have a link where we can find your book?

Thank you for having me. To find my book, just click on the link below:

 

Book Link: https://amzn.com/B01FMX5KXG

 

 

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Maggie

Hello all. Today on Tantalizing Tuesday, I have the great and powerful Maggie Mundy and her book, Scarred Protector.

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Good morning Maggie. I’m so glad your here. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us what your novel is about?

Absolutely. Better than that, I’ll give you the blurb:

Angels and demons are not what you think. They are aliens, and the Midworlders are their representatives on Earth.
An Angelic Midworlder called Heath goes to the aid of Evie who is about to be attacked by Demonics. He soon discovers she can see the angels and demons around her and is in grave danger. He is captivated by Evie who has physical and mental scars like him. They are tortured souls who are deeply connected by his past. There is an evil lurking inside Evie that could kill them both.

This sounds like a great book. Like something that would stay with you long after you turn the last page. Do you have an author that makes you feel like that?

That is easy. Jane Austen. I have read all her books so many times and love the language and the stories. I loved the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I still enjoy Colin Firth in a wet shirt when I rewatch it.  

I LOVE that book. The movie is great too. Books and music just have a way of moving you. Speaking of which, what was your very first concert? 

I went to see Queen, in the UK at a small venue called The Colston Hall. Freddy Mercury was as good live, as he was on record. He wore a white lycra one piece and strutted across the stage. I consider myself extremely lucky to have seen him.

How amazing! Their music is really good. If you could go to another concert, who would you love to see?

I would like to see Adele if she comes to Australia. I think her voice is amazing and touches me emotionally.

I love her music, especially her new song Hello. I sing it all the time. (Not well though 😌) It’s pretty embarrassing. Have you done anything embarassing that still makes you still blush today?

When I was in my early twenties, I went to Europe and one day went swimming naked in a local river with friends. We thought it was isolated spot until a tour boat came down the river and all the passengers cheered as they went passed.

LOL. That is hilarious! I’ve never done that but I did about pass out the first time I got a tattoo. Mostly because I was so scared. But I’m over that now. I want more actually. How about you? Have any tattoos? 

I don’t have any tattoos, but my daughters both have some beautiful ones that all have special meanings to them. 

Yeah, I wouldn’t just any random tattoo. I want my tats to mean something. But if you were to get one, what would you want? 

I have written a woman’s fiction in which the heroine gets a tattoo that says, live, laugh, love. I have said if it gets published I would have that tattooed on me. There, now the world knows the promise.

You’ll have to take a picture and show us how awesome it looks. 😀  Being published is a great thing. I love it. What is the best thing about being an author for you? 

Finishing a manuscript and thinking to yourself that you have created a story people will want to read. I would love to be rich and famous but more than that I want people to enjoy my books. When you get a great review, or someone you meet says they like your work, it makes it all worthwhile. 

I totally agree. To be rich and famous would be great but I love hearing how much people enjoy my writing more. So where can your fans find you?

They can click on any of these links:

https://twitter.com/MundyMaggie

http://www.maggiemundy.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMundyAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

http://maggiemundy.blogspot.com.au http:/

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/

And your books?

My books can be found at one of the following links below:

Scarred Protector available now from Soul Mate Publishing

Blurb Scarred Protector
http://tinyurl.com/pkch5es 

Unknown Protector
http://tinyurl.com/kvph4dc 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed having you here. Please stop by again anytime.

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Maggie

Hello all. Today on Tantalizing Tuesday, I have the great and powerful Maggie Mundy and her book, Scarred Protector.

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Good morning Maggie. I’m so glad your here. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us what your novel is about?

Absolutely. Better than that, I’ll give you the blurb:

Angels and demons are not what you think. They are aliens, and the Midworlders are their representatives on Earth.
An Angelic Midworlder called Heath goes to the aid of Evie who is about to be attacked by Demonics. He soon discovers she can see the angels and demons around her and is in grave danger. He is captivated by Evie who has physical and mental scars like him. They are tortured souls who are deeply connected by his past. There is an evil lurking inside Evie that could kill them both.

This sounds like a great book. Like something that would stay with you long after you turn the last page. Do you have an author that makes you feel like that?

That is easy. Jane Austen. I have read all her books so many times and love the language and the stories. I loved the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I still enjoy Colin Firth in a wet shirt when I rewatch it.  

I LOVE that book. The movie is great too. Books and music just have a way of moving you. Speaking of which, what was your very first concert? 

I went to see Queen, in the UK at a small venue called The Colston Hall. Freddy Mercury was as good live, as he was on record. He wore a white lycra one piece and strutted across the stage. I consider myself extremely lucky to have seen him.

How amazing! Their music is really good. If you could go to another concert, who would you love to see?

I would like to see Adele if she comes to Australia. I think her voice is amazing and touches me emotionally.

I love her music, especially her new song Hello. I sing it all the time. (Not well though 😌) It’s pretty embarrassing. Have you done anything embarassing that still makes you still blush today?

When I was in my early twenties, I went to Europe and one day went swimming naked in a local river with friends. We thought it was isolated spot until a tour boat came down the river and all the passengers cheered as they went passed.

LOL. That is hilarious! I’ve never done that but I did about pass out the first time I got a tattoo. Mostly because I was so scared. But I’m over that now. I want more actually. How about you? Have any tattoos? 

I don’t have any tattoos, but my daughters both have some beautiful ones that all have special meanings to them. 

Yeah, I wouldn’t just any random tattoo. I want my tats to mean something. But if you were to get one, what would you want? 

I have written a woman’s fiction in which the heroine gets a tattoo that says, live, laugh, love. I have said if it gets published I would have that tattooed on me. There, now the world knows the promise.

You’ll have to take a picture and show us how awesome it looks. 😀  Being published is a great thing. I love it. What is the best thing about being an author for you? 

Finishing a manuscript and thinking to yourself that you have created a story people will want to read. I would love to be rich and famous but more than that I want people to enjoy my books. When you get a great review, or someone you meet says they like your work, it makes it all worthwhile. 

I totally agree. To be rich and famous would be great but I love hearing how much people enjoy my writing more. So where can your fans find you?

They can click on any of these links:

https://twitter.com/MundyMaggie

http://www.maggiemundy.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMundyAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

http://maggiemundy.blogspot.com.au http:/

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/

And your books?

My books can be found at one of the following links below:

Scarred Protector available now from Soul Mate Publishing

Blurb Scarred Protector
http://tinyurl.com/pkch5es 

Unknown Protector
http://tinyurl.com/kvph4dc 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed having you here. Please stop by again anytime.

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Mandi!

Hi everyone! I want to introduce you to a wonderful author and her new book, To Rome with Love.

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Hi Mandi!  Its so nice to have you on my new segment, Tantalizing Tuesdays. I know how exciting it is to have a new book released. Why don’t you tell us about yours.

To Rome With Love placed fifth in the 2014 Heart-to-Heart competition run by the San Francisco branch of RWA, and is the first in a series called Love in the City.  

Wow! Congratulations! What an honor. If you could sum up your book in one sentence, what would it be?

It’s a sexy tale of a funny and talented soon-to-be-divorcee chef trying to resist the irresistible in a city made for temptation.

Sounds sexy alright. I’m intrigued but come on, can’t you give us a little more? Pretty please….

When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome.

Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them.

But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?

Oh man, this sounds like an amazing book! Now that we know more about it, could you answer a few questions to let the readers know more about you?

Great! Let me know what you need from me. 


1. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve been a voracious reader from day oneI love words. The power they have when strung together has always shocked and delighted me. Particularly if you consider they are merely static symbols on a page. And I love stories, which truly are the currency of human life (and look like they’ll survive longer than the European Union.)

I published my first piece of fiction, a short story, when I was twelve, growing up in England. But I didn’t ever consider the life of a writer. I wanted to be a lawyer. One term of contracts and torts quickly disabused me of that notion. My sister suggested I try journalism school and I did and I got my degree and started as a reporter for papers and magazines like the LA Times and the San Francisco Examiner, (now the S.F Chronicle), the San Jose Mercury News, W magazine, Travel & Leisure and more. I loved working in non-fiction, and looking for a new challenge, decided to venture into fiction, a very different-and much harder-animal to tame. So far I love it! 

2. Isn’t it crazy how you start out planning to so one thing and end up somewhere totally different? Okay, next question. What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?  

that I love the concept of American diners.

3. There are so many different diners, it can really blow your mind. So, who is your all time favorite author?

That’s impossible to answer! Here are three: Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton

4. Great choices! It’s so hard to choose sometimes. All right, so what is the hardest thing about being an author?

A blank screen

5. OMG! You nailed it there. I absoulty hate a blank screen. So daunting…Okay, last question. Where is the one place you would go if you could go anywhere?

To Rome

Ha ha, should have known. 😄 Mandi, I want to thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to read your book. When does it get released?

 To Rome With Love is being released Feb. 10.

Right before Valentine’s Day. How perfect is that? Where can readers find it?

Author | To Rome With Love |http://amzn.com/B01AO6MH96

Any other books you want us to know about?

Author | The Blasphemy Box |www.amazon.com/dp/0615736831

Sweet. Now if readers want to contact you, where can they go?

http://www.mandibenet.com
http://www.facebook.com/mandibenetauthor
https://twitter.com/MANDYSCRIBEISTA

Awesome. Thank you again for stopping by. Please come by again anytime.

 

Just Teasing….With Ryan Jo Summers

Hi Everyone!! We are well into the holiday season and as we all know, it can get a little crazy. Or a lot depending on your family. 😄 But everyone could use some down time now and then so why not spend yours with an amazing book?  Today on Tuesday Teasers, I have Ryan Jo Summers and her incredible book, Chasing the Painted Skies. Enjoy!!

Inspired by a lakeside photo, shrouded in swirling mist comes Chasing the Painted Skies. Part mystery, part treasure hunt. Some alternative paranormal with a dash of ghost story and all romance…

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BLURB:

Raven Koynes is a woman in hiding. Years ago she escaped to remote Gull Island Light Station, nestled far away in Lake Superior. She has carved out a life of peace and solitude for herself. Until famed nature photographer Sebastian Knight arrives—in the height of a nor’easter storm—to document the beauty of Gull Island. Unsavory treasure hunters also blow in with the storm, determined to find missing cargo from a sunken ship. And they think Raven knows where it’s stashed. A power outage is a final threat, pushing Raven to the limit. 

Help arrives in the form of a stray German Shepherd Dog, who takes an immediate protective interest in Raven. He becomes her constant shadow and listening ear as she sorts out her growing—and conflicting—feelings for Sebastian. 

Meanwhile, Sebastian came to the island looking for treasure as well, in the form of photographs, While he isn’t so sure about a sunken boat and missing cargo, he only needs one look at Raven Koynes to know he’s found his own valuable treasure. One he hopes he can hang on to once she learns about his mysterious secret. 

Now that Madeline the resident ghost has found out, it’s probably just a matter of time until Raven does too. And with the storm and power outage, no one is going anywhere any time soon. 

BUY LINK:

http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Painted-Skies-Ryan-Summers-ebook/do/B0189B2PB8/ref=bc?ie=UTF8

Want to contact Ryan? Click one of the links below:

WEBSITE:
http://www.ryanjosummers.com  

BLOG: http:summersrye.wordpress.com  

FB:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Jo-Summers-author-page/312875648810797