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Guest Post by Precarious Yates: A Worthy Disciple and new release book “How Shall We Then Love?”

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“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” ~ Jesus (Luke 14:26)

This is one of the most difficult sayings of Jesus. In classic hyperbole language, He tells us that the weightiest part of our finite love should be directed at God.

But even knowing that this is hyperbole, it doesn’t make it any easier.

Cornelia, the main character and narrator of How Shall We Love?, is asked by Shepherd, her father, to lie about his relationship with one of his students. Before this moment, Shepherd is Cornelia’s biggest hero. She wants to love him no matter what and to live with him instead of with her mom, but he’s all but outlawed her pursuit of Christianity. (You find out why later on in the novel.)

This brings up the question: Do we value family so much that we’d disregard the commands of God?

Cornelia struggles with this question throughout the novel. Some say that if you don’t love people in the way that they feel loved then you do not love them.

Life gets messy and complicated, but that doesn’t excuse us from the commands that Jesus gave. He said the two greatest commandments are to love God and then to love people. Jesus goes so far as to say that loving people is like loving God. So, how shall we love?

Jesus didn’t give us these commands only to leave us as orphans to live them out. He gave us His Holy Spirit to partner with us in this journey of learning how to love. God is love, and He will produce that fruit in our lives.

If, on our journey, we place the philosophy of our loved ones above God’s commands, we cannot be his disciple.

But if we place such a high value on God’s commands that we’re unfazed by the philosophy of man, we will be worthy disciples.

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Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

The book, “How Shall We Then Love?” Is available here: http://www.amazon.com/How-Shall-We-Love-ebook/dp/B00B8VOHZ4

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The Next Big Thing — My Work in Progress and Five Blogs you want to visit

Title- The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirate

Here’s an early concept cover

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Where did the idea come from? This is the sequel to A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist. It’s book Two in the Alexander Legacy Series. The original idea for this series came from watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie. I wanted my own cast of literary crimefighters who were more true to the original characters and who honored Christian character and principles.

Genre: Steampunk Literary Tribute

What actors would play your character in a movie version? I honestly don’t know many current young actors, but There’s an actor named Sebastian Stan who looks as if he might fit the role of Oliver Twist. I don’t know much about him. He’s have to be short, blond, and British.

Image of Sebastian Stan

Short Synopsis — Oliver Twist narrates this tale about the true meaning of rebirth and immortality. Jack Dawkins’ body has been stolen from Jessica Fagin’s mortuary. Strange implants are being used to control people and even sea monsters to attack and discredit the Alexander Legacy Company. Long John Silver’s daughter was killed in the Rooftop Battle at the Bronze Cascade Hotel and he’ll do a lot to get the means to revenge himself on Sluefoot Sue. Professor Moriarty may be the Puppet Master pulling the strings of both Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy, but the Demon of the Desert is also a force to be reckoned with. And Alec d’Uberville lives as a flawed god at the Absinthe Society’s Mansion, kept alive by Doctor Moreau.

Agency Representation — Indie all the way!

How long did it take to write the first draft? Ha! It’s not done yet! I’ve just started this one. I did 50,000 words on this to win the 2012 Nano competition but it’s a bit stalled while other projects go forward.

What other books in the genre compare? I don’t know a lot of specific books in the genre, sadly, but I know Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe have both been given a steampunk turn. My emphasis is on the literary characters, but the gears and gadgets are there, to be certain.

Any other in this genre? This is my second foray into Steampunk Literary Tribute, and I love it and apparently so do the readers.

Who or what inspired this WIP? The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and unfinished business with my characters, plus the very contemporary issue of human trafficking and rising criminal activity and violence around the world.

Anything to add? Do drop by Sophronia Belle Lyon’s facebook page for Victorian art, jewelry, Steampunk stuff from other lovers of the genre, and samples from both books as the series goes forward.

https://www.facebook.com/SophroniaBelleLyon

And remember you can get A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, plain and illustrated versions right now.

http://www.amazon.com/Dodge-Tobacconist-Alexander-Legacy-ebook/dp/B009NV1DMG

http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Tobacconist-Alexander-Legacy-ebook/dp/B009SG3WXO

 

And, here are five great bloggers you need to visit!

Precarious Yates, author of the Revelation Special Ops Series

http://precariousyates.wordpress.com/

 

Cindy Koepp, author of Remnant in the Stars

http://ckoepp.blogspot.com/

 

Debby de Qullettes Alten, publisher with G8 Press

http://gtargirls.blogspot.com/

 

Brad Francis, author of The Book of the Harvest

http://christfictionandvideogames.blogspot.com

and Ilil Arbel, author of The Lemon Tree

http://ililarbel.weebly.com/

 

And thank you to Staci Stallings for getting me into this Next Big Thing Blog Madness!

http://spiritlightbooks.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Review of Pharmacia: Those Magic Arts: Revelation Special Ops, book 2 (Volume 2)

Pharmacia: Those Magic Arts (Revelation Special Ops)
I read the first book in this series and have been looking forward to the second. Yates has some wonderful characters. This story changes points of view several times since the Special Ops team is scattered around — Babylon, Jerusalem, and locations in Russia. Matt’s experiences should drive readers to prayer because his ordeal is not so different from what persecuted believers are undergoing right now. Hadassah’s friendship with a Russian “princess” is beyond bittersweet.

Once again, the team’s efforts are bathed in prayer. A discussion about the way God sometimes handles our prayer requests for healing and miracles makes the book worth the read all by itself. But you will also get to breathe scented gold, clean up after fighting dinosaurs, and see firsthand what a mother will do when her child is in danger, when that mother used to be Mossad.

http://www.amazon.com/Pharmacia-Those-Revelation-Special-ebook/dp/B008P7U3RA

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For Such a Time As This

 

http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Weak-Revelation-Special-ebook/dp/B006H9NSAW

Hadassah is an Israeli-American prepared for much more than just high school and hanging out. Her family follows Jesus Christ and looks forward to the Second Coming as earthquakes rock New York. World events, especially a rise in the number of kidnaps, and the special targeting of the types of victims, point to the end times. Some of the beliefs presented in this book about the end times and about the gifts God is using in His Church are not my beliefs, but there is an old saying, “good men can differ.”

The book covers the formation of the Revelation Special Ops, the “Elite of the Weak” of the title. The name comes from I Corinthians 1:27, God using the weak to confound the mighty. Weak also means meek, and the team’s mission is to create servants of God who combine the best of humility and strength for the task. The way they respond to the expected and unexpected situations in which they find themselves is very impressive.

I liked the fact that members and trainees range in age from Hadassah, who joins around age seventeen, to others in their forties. I also liked the fact that this book is filled with Scriptures and prayers, as well as danger and adventure trying to locate and rescue kindnapped family members and others. Hadassah’s amazing and unintentional “dry run” in Africa proves her mettle, though all the members bring skills, plus the need for further training, to the team.

My favorite character was Hadassah’s mother. I want her on my side in a crisis, and every day, in fact.

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