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 Elva Cobb Martin  - "I can do all things through Christ."  Philippians 4:13

November, 2016 

Howdy Friends,

What a busy summer and fall this has been. I've spent a good part of it going through editing rounds on the two Christian romance novels I've sold. And  I give God the glory for book contracts!

I've signed a contract with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas for my second novel, In a Pirate's Debt, an inspirational historical romance.
This second novel, as well as my first one with Prism Book Group, Summer of Deception, are scheduled for a spring 2017 release a couple of months apart. Whoever dreamed I've have two books coming out the same year?  Nothing is impossible with God.  

For details and writing tips on My LONG Journey to a Book Contract - Five Important Steps, check out my blog series below which started July 22.

One of the things I share is that I wrote the first draft of Summer of Deception 30 years ago. God called us into the ministry and I stashed that big box of research and first draft up in my attic for the next 20 years while we founded and pastored an Assembly of God. At retirement I pulled the box down and got back to work. This first book suffered a total of 26 rejections before I got that longed-for acceptance letter from a publisher. 

So wherever you are in your writing, NEVER GIVE UP. Keep honing your craft, networking with writer groups and keep submitting. God will always help you finish every good work that He starts in your life. (see Phil. 1:7)

My two publishers are Prism Book Group and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. My literary agent is Jim Hart with Hartline Literary.

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Non-Fiction:I have launched a non-fiction mini-book on, Power Over Satan: How to Discern and Defeat the Enemy's Plans Against You. This brief book is a primer on the authority of the believer in Jesus Christ. It is my goal to arm and train Christians for victory in every battle over sickness, depression, and oppression. I also urge non-Christians to check it out for revelation about struggles they might be going through. Power Over Satan includes many stories of people who have found and used God's supernatural power over various kinds of attacks and evil. The downloadable ebook is only $2.99 and the paperback is $5.99  Click here to go to the exact book page to check it out.


 Novels on the way...
My novels are exciting earthly stories with an inspiring spiritual message as well.

 Summer of Deception is scheduled for a March 2017 release with Prism Book Group.

Summer of        Deception 
A contemporary inspirational romantic suspense set in Charleston, South Carolina

A wounded warrior . . . a woman searching for truth.  

  Rachel Ann York has no idea that love, adventure, and a shocking revelation await her in Charleston, South Carolina. What can be better than spending a summer taking care of a five-year-old girl on a working tea plantation? Most importantly, she wants to investigate her brother's Atlantic plane crash and death reported by the Charleston Drug Enforcement Administration. 
        She arrives at Barrett Hall and discovers a handsome new owner and widower back from the Middle East War,the child's father,who knows nothing about her job offer by his deceased uncle. He threatens to send her home. 
        Even with his eye patch, bitterness and distrust, Luke Barrett captures Rachel's heart until the night she finds evidence he is following in the footsteps of his pirate ancestor, Captain Bloodstone, but in smuggling the white gold, cocaine, which cost her brother's life during his Carolina coastal investigation. 
         Rachel finds her faith tested by deception, danger and love. Will Luke find his faith again--and a second chance at love?        
     Inspirational Historical 
 In a Pirate's Debt 
   (Contracted by Lighthouse Publishing for a May 2017 release)

           Jamaica & Charles Town, 1720
Gerald Butler my model for Captain Bloodstone

She flees a forced marriage and falls into the hands of a pirate.

Travay Allston flees her stepfather's estate and a man who has won her hand in marriage in a gambling payoff. After forcing her horse over a cliff into the Caribbean, she falls into the hands of privateer Captain Lucas "Bloodstone" Barrett who is a recent convert to Christianity. 
       Lucas is considering taking the King's pardon. Will he risk his life and heart to help Travay who has amnesia since her jump? He soon recognizes her as his tormenting childhood playmate. She always spelled trouble. Scars burn on his back remembering.
        Getting her to safety can land him in a hangman's noose at low tide in Charles Town Harbor. 
         Repaying her debt to him will relegate her to a life worse than death. Can she depend on God to intervene? 
           Falling in love with a pirate, or his God, was never part of her plan. . . .

(Hero photo of Gerard Butler as Attila)
Pirate Tales Live On Forever!  

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