Live pure & free with Dave Howe on the couch

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dave Howe author of Live Pure and Free

Live today on the couch is Dave Howe

Let’s welcome Dave Howe author of Live, Pure and Free to my couch today. Live, Pure and Free is on tour with Celebrate Lit from September 1st-14th.

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dave Howe author of Live Pure and Free

It’s a pleasure to host you, Dave. Come on everyone give Dave a warm hello.

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This is my special couch where I get to ask you questions on a desert island. Why? Because I want to find out something different about you than the other interviews produce.  And it’s fun too and I like to do fun things for the Celebrate Lit blog tours.

So Dave onto the first question..

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Dave –  Coffee and chocolate followed by hamburgers.

An interesting combination. I would agree with the chocolate (mouth beginning to water at the thought of it and Margaret goes off on a dream filled with chocolate).

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Oh sorry about that, now where was I, oh yes question two..

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Dave – Take time to enjoy the island because you will not be here too long. This island is near a popular shipping lane.

You are rewriting the rules here Dave. My desert island is deserted, in the middle of no-where. But hey rules are there to be broken sometimes!

Tell me something about your book..

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Dave –  “I am learning to be more and more careful of the manner in which I live, conscious of my surroundings.”  I realized that we get into trouble through the accumulation of many careless actions. Ephesians 5: 15-20 talks about this. “Be very careful then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.”

A wise sentence and one we could all take as a daily quote. Days are evil, however, with God, we have a Greater Good to call on. I think that is such a comfort.

I love to know why people become writers..

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Dave – I am a creative person and I’m a melancholy Irishmen. Writing was inevitable! My first creative expression has always been music. I started guitar lessons in the 4th grade and was in rock bands in high school.

It was during my time working at the Billy Graham Association (1995-2003)  that I began taking non-fiction writing classes. My first goal in writing was to write about my childhood trauma and other life difficulties. That is when I started writing stories and articles. Some of my articles were published in the local Christian newspaper and in our church newsletter.

It sounds like you have a lot to write about Dave, with some important messages. Having read your guest post below I understand that you reach your readers by bleeding all over the pages. This is a powerful statement. It is wonderful that you are using your writing and experiences to encourage and help others. I am sure God will bless you through what you are doing.

What you write is gritty and real and..

The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

Dave – I prefer hot weather, but the weather I prefer for writing is more like fall and spring. That is invigorating. You can have the windows open and enjoy the fragrances.

Those seasons have wonderful colours and smell. A delight to the senses and a time when we can see the glory of God’s creation as the days produce both the dying and rebirth of nature. I’m not surprised that the autumn and spring bring out the creative streak in you.

Well, Dave, that is all we have time for today. It has been a pleasure to interview you. Thank you for visiting with us today. I hope you have a successful tour and that people will buy your book.

This interview was brought to you today by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

Giveaway – To celebrate his tour, Dave is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Peet’s Coffee Gift Card!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops including mine please, for nine extra entries into the giveaway! See below for details.

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About the Book

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dave Howe author of Live Pure and FreeBook Title: Live Pure and Free

Author: Dave Howe

Genre: Non-fiction devotional for men

Release date: December 1, 2017

Live Pure and Free is for men who want to win in their battle for purity. Live Pure and Free is real. It’s gritty. But most of all, it gives hope.

About the Author

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dave Howe author of Live Pure and FreeDave Howe is an author, speaker, musician, consultant, retreat leader, and a Regional Group Leader for Pure Desire Ministries. After fighting his own battle for purity, Dave co-founded For Men Only, a support group for men seeking freedom from sexual sin.
His prayer is that  Live Pure and Free will be a game changer for men around the world as they seek their freedom in Christ.

Guest Post from Dave

This is not a fluffy book. I talk about the real things that guys in my purity group were going through in their struggles, as well as my own story. It reflects my 10 years of leading men through their journey to purity, which is only found in Christ and with God’s power.

Some of the devotions get gritty, and real. In Revelation 12:11 it says, “ And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” I wanted the reader to say to themselves, “this guy is real. He’s been through this and has overcome. If he can do it, I can do it.”

I heard one writer say that you have to have that personal connection with the reader through your honesty. “You have to bleed all over the pages.” That’s what I did.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 1

Mary Hake, September 2

A Reader’s Brain, September 3

Creating Romance, September 4

proud to be an autism mom, September 5

Artistic Nobody, September 5 (Spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 6

Reading is my Super Power, September 7 (Interview)

Carpe Diem, September 8

A Baker’s Perspective, September 9

Bigreadersite, September 10

Power of Words, September 11 (Spotlight)

Janices book reviews, September 12

margaret kazmierczak, September 13 (Interview)

Just the Write Escape, September 14

Giveaway

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To celebrate his tour, Dave is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Peet’s Coffee Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ce/live-pure-and-free-celebration-tour-giveaway

Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo impressive to the end

I am the Chief of Sinners, walking my path, doing my own thing. Hence, when trouble hits who do I blame? Taking responsibility is an adult decision – my child’s voice wants to blame others or ignore that I had any part in the sin.

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My Penny’s worth

Chief of Sinners

Chief of Sinners is an excellent book in dealing with sin and consequences. The wonderfully portrayed character of Buddy Nightingale, a Christian man dogged with lust and remorse, whose intentions are good but his actions questionable makes me wonder if he can be saved? – Yes, he did disappoint me. Furthermore, how can a sinner sing the praises of God and still make such a mess of his life – sound familiar?

Relationships

Caryl McAdoo writes gritty novels with real life drama, and this is no exception. A relationship with three never works in reality; someone will always get hurt. And this story keeps the reader guessing. Buddy walks with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other – who will he listen to?

A book that hooks

The book Chief of Sinners had me hooked from the start. My allegiances kept changing, how I desired the characters to sort themselves out and live happily ever after. However, that is not how the world works, nor how God plans the finale.

Support characters

However, there is not just one main character and in mho, each person plays an important role in this story – from the father who is strict and unwavering to the soldier who seeks revenge. Each provided a rich chemistry and as I read the last word I wanted more. These characters had become real, friends whom I cared about and a part of my life.

Would I recommend this book?

The book is one I would recommend, as it requires you to think and perhaps reassess your view of God’s incredible ability to love and forgive. We all sin and the verse from Matthew 18:22 when Jesus answers the question, “How many times must I forgive” he replies: “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – thus indicating the extent God will take to forgive us. 

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Coming soon 22nd September – My interview with Caryl 

About the Book

Book title: Chief of Sinners Book review for Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Release date: September 6, 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction

Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.

Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.

The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller.

Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll throughEYES her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

Trial 3Here’s the funnest part of this launch—book ten, the last story of my Texas Romance Family Saga that covers five generations of three families over more than a century—CHIEF OF SINNERS was the “first” one written over twenty-five years ago!

When we wrote CHIEF—yes, “we”; my husband Ron (of 49 years!) and I write everything together, have since the beginning. Neither of us would ever have made it on our own, but together, we had ten books published by five houses, including Howard Books before we went Indie. Why isn’t his name on the covers?

Nov 2015Our Benjamen Cash McAdoo (the fourteen-year-old grandson we reared who came home to our house from being born) asked the same thing and didn’t much like it. One night I was writing at the computer and turned and asked Ron a question about the story. Ben spoke up. “Don’t help her, O’Pa! Your name’s not on the book!”

The answer though is that our New York agent AND the Simon and Schuster editor both said only one name was better and that it should preferably be female. So, we took their advice. It works great for us since he doesn’t like marketing, while that’s a favorite part for me—getting to make so many new friends, bonding with readers from all over the world.

So, back to the CHIEF; when Mary Sue Seymour (God rest her precious soul) told us to write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, Ron and I started talking about our heroine and where she’d come from and what her crisis would be. As the premise formed, the Lord gave us the wonderful idea to use the same last names as our characters in CHIEF OF SINNERS.

We figured as we wrote one novel to the next, we would eventually get to 1926 when CHIEF opened with hero Buddy Nightingale and his father Nathaniel pitching their revival tent in the small Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls.

Twelve in 1926, Buddy is the fourth generation from Rosaleen ‘Sassy’ Fogelsong Nightingale Baylor, heroine of book two in the series HEARTS STOLEN. Buddy’s father is the son of Charley Nightingale—Sassy’s four-year-old who readers fall in love with in her story.

MIGHTY TO SAVE, book nine, 1921-1924, was the one where all the loose ends had to be tied to get us into the 1926 circumstances of CHIEF. Only a few dates and minor details had to be changed editing CHIEF, but things had to happen in MIGHTY to open CHIEF OF SINNERS.

My characters are not perfect people. They sin as we all do.

Some of them have disappointed readers—some also disappointed me. No doubt I did things to disappoint my mother. Every one of us face battles and bad choices we have to live with. What is important for all (us and my characters) is coming to repentance, turning back to God, then walking in obedience from that point forward.

I hate to think CHIEF is the last. I still can’t imagine leaving these families behind. The next story, SON OF PROMISE coming in January, is a story of Travis and Emma Lee Harris Buckmeyer’s life together (readers meet them in CHIEF), so there will be guest appearances by many readers will recognize.

And I—we—have started KING OF TEXAS, a new contemporary romance, with “Patrick” Henry Buckmeyer, named after his great-grandfather my readers know as Henry. So, maybe they will always be with me after all with a new story here and there.

I pray God blesses you and that you enjoy CHIEF OF SINNERS!

Blog Stops

September 5: A Baker’s Perspective

September 6: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

September 7: Janices book reviews

September 8: Locks, Hooks and Books

September 9: Connie’s History Classroom

September 10: cherylbbookblog

September 11: Just the Write Escape

September 12: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

September 13: Carpe Diem

September 14: Bigreadersite

September 15: Mary Hake

September 16: Margaret Kazmierczak

September 17: Karen Sue Hadley

September 18: Jeanette’s Thoughts

 

If God has a poor Memory why can’t I?

I love the fact that God has a poor memory. It makes me feel close to him as I too have a memory that remembers tiny amounts from day to day.

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Margaret Kazmierczak blogs about God's memory

If a member of the family wants something done, I tell them to write it down in the diary or on a piece of paper and put it in the kitchen. Funny thing is they too have poor memories, and they forget to write things down!  The constant cry of ‘I told you about that weeks ago’ is reciprocated with ‘Did you put it in the diary?’. The silence is deafening! So I can’t be blamed for not remembering.

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