Wild Card Friday 27 March 2015

Welcome to March's WILD CARD POST. On the 4th (and 5th) Friday of each month, I've ask a author friend to visit and share a post or something fun pertaining to their books. This month we have a post by Jennifer Slattery, take it away Jennifer!


You know those kids in school who were always a little off? Who maybe kept their imaginary friends longer than most, or who spent 95% of their time in a world of their own making?

I’ve never been able to figure out the creative mind, and I have one! It’s funny, pre-contract, most writers would be considered… “unique” (spoken while making air quotes)… at best. Many of us would be labeled odd; some even insane. Post contract, we’re called eccentric.

Is that a nice, adult-ish way of saying crazy?

All too often I remind myself of Charlie Brown with his frequent daydreams. Poor Charlie Brown, always in trouble. I can so relate! Maybe you can, too. Were there any behaviors you exhibited as a kid that placed you on your teacher’s watch list? Perhaps you were too talkative, having to share every idea with everyone. Or maybe you were that kid who simply couldn’t sit still, or who preferred to observe, quietly, rather than join in the various activities. And so you were labeled flighty, or hyperactive, or maybe reclusive.

And you’ve carried that label around ever since, not realizing the very thing you’ve always struggled with could in fact be your great strength. Only, for many of us, we’ve been told so many times, and often during our most formidable years, that those very strengths are bad and something to be avoided at all cost, we may spend more time avoiding them than cultivating them.

If that’s you, if you’ve allowed negative statements from your past shadow your gift, take some time to reevaluate. In what ways has that behavior helped you? What are some ways you can hone that unique gift? What are some trouble areas—like blurting out an opinion when someone else is talking—that you can work on changing? And if you’re a parent, how can you view your children’s behaviors through this same, gifting-aware lens? How might this altered view affect how you train them? 

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. Then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

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Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud. 

Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, is currently on sale at Amazon for under $4 (print and kindle version)! You can get that here: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-I-Do-Jennifer-Slattery-ebook/dp/B00MMRRCZU/

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