I’m excited to let you know I’ll be a guest on blog/talk/radio tonight at 8:00pm EST (7:00pm CST) with Publisher and Author, Marji Laine.
Here’s the link: The Essence of Suspense with Guest Elizabeth Noyes
I hope you’ll join us.
Here’s the link: The Essence of Suspense with Guest Elizabeth Noyes
I hope you’ll join us.
The Grace Awards 2016 is an annual reader-driven literary awards presentation of Christian fiction. This year’s nominations include works from major publishers, small publishers, and independent authors. Winners in each category will be announced on May 31, 2017.
And…the Grace Awards 2016 Finalists are… (click here)
July 30th is also “World Day Against Trafficking in Persons“ (#wdatip), as declared by the United Nations.
Human trafficking. Slavery. Bondage. Servitude. Enslavement. Oppression. Loss of everything you know, everything you have, and everything you are. Whatever we call it, Human Trafficking represents identity theft in the worst, most heinous way possible, much to mankind’s everlasting shame.
I am reminded of the story in the Bible of when the Israelites were taken into bondage by the Babylonians, specifically the tales of four teens, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. I find it interesting that Daniel, who was given the Babylonian name, Belteshazzar, kept his “Daniel” identity all through history, while his three friends are better known by their Babylonian names—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Thousands of Jews were taken captive and transported far from their homeland in Judah. These affluent boys were reduced to no more than slaves with no civil rights and no say in anything that might affect their lives. They had to adapt to a new culture and learn a new language if they wanted to survive.
Slavery continues in our world today, but without respect for life. In fact, this juggernaut industry profits more than $32 billion annually, and affects between 20-30 million victims – children and adults, male and female. (Authorities believe these numbers are low with most of the criminal activities hidden.)
Imagine you’re a young woman working on a deadline. The project runs late and you leave your office well after everyone else. The walk to the parking garage seems longer in the semi-lit darkness. Every shadow is sinister, every sound amplified. You hurry your steps, knowing there is safety inside the locked doors of your car.
Imagine as you approach the driver’s side, a van comes around the corner. Nothing special about it. Just another work vehicle with scuff marks and a few dings. And yet, fear zips through your body. Do you turn around and race back to the building? Or hurry to unlock your car?
Imagine in the moment of hesitation as the van picks up speed. It draws near. Panic grips you when the sliding door flies open. A man jumps out and rushes toward you. You scream and turn to run … but it’s too late.
Imagine rough hands grab you. A nasty rag is crammed in your mouth. You’re lifted and tossed bodily inside the van. The man scrambles in behind you and slams the door. Darkness envelops you as the vehicle speeds away. The panic becomes gut-wrenching terror.
Imagine having all your possessions taken away — purse, money, jewelry, phone, clothes, even your name.
Imagine being ridiculed for your tears, beaten for your screams. You soon learn not to complain, but to beg instead for the meanest comfort — a toilet, food, water, or perhaps a simple scrap of information.
Imagine being told you’ll never see your family, home, friends, or anything familiar again. That your life as you know it is gone forever. That now, you’re a commodity.
Imagine being forced to do terrible, shameful, demeaning things because that’s what your captor demands, and your performance determines if you’ll receive another beating or whether you get to eat or drink. Or possibly even live to see another day.
Imagine you’re forced to take addicting drugs that leave you fuzzy, delirious, incapable of clear thought or logical decisions, unable to control your body movements or speech. You can’t fight or deny your captor anything.
This is but a single scenario that a victim of Human Trafficking might face. Everyday children are snatched from shopping malls and playgrounds while under the watchful eyes of parents. Young men are abducted from bars and nightclubs. Young women are lured away with promises of … whatever. Boys and girls are snatched from schools, sporting events, skating rinks, right off the street. And the list goes on.
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She’s come home to mend fences with her twin sister.
He’s an ex-Navy SEAL just doing his job.
A serendipitous encounter on a deserted highway and a seemingly innocent cell phone picture plunges Cassie Cameron into the crosshairs of a shady organization with ties to organized crime, illegal arms sales, drug running, and the terrible world of human trafficking.
A daring rescue. A risky escape. Kidnapped children. A race up the mountain.
* The kindle edition of Imperfect Wings, the first book in my Imperfect Series, is on sale for a limited time for only 99¢! What a steal!
* Book 2 of the series, Imperfect Trust, has also been discounted and is now available for only $2.99.
and ….. (can I get a drum roll please!!!”
Bonus: Here’s a YouTube link to a short video trailer with a sneak peek for what to expect in the latest book: http://ow.ly/Xphw302kCEJ
Help me spread the word! Share this information with all your friends, neighbors, co-workers … all book lovers.
Better yet, help them complete their summer reading list by gifting a copy direct to their Kindle device. Amazon makes it so easy. (Here’s a link to my website explaining how: http://ow.ly/ttcU302kBMT)
Thanks so much for supporting me through this journey. Happy reading!
What fun! My new friend and fellow author, Joannie Deneve, and I met for the first time on the set of WATC Channel 57’s Atlanta Alive television show on September 1st. We had the privilege of appearing on this television show to talk about our recently released books, Joannie’s Saving Eric, and my Imperfect Wings and Imperfect Trust.
A special thanks to Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press for her amazing ideas and endless energy in finding these great opportunities for us to pitch our books. Another friend and author, Deborah Harper, paved the way for us with Atlanta Alive on Friday, August 28th.
Nerves galore left us with muscle twitches, uneasy stomachs, and pounding hearts, but the Lord came through as always. After a slight mix-up with the station’s programming, Joannie wound up in the first segment of the show, and I have to say, she nailed it! Eloquent, charming, and passionate about her story, she did an awesome job of paving the way for me.
After a musical break, my turn came. The bright lights were both a blessing and problem. I couldn’t see a thing beyond the stage (thankfully), but everyone who knows me understands how I struggle with light sensitivity. Fortunately, the time flew by so fast, I never really worried about it.
I can’t say enough about our hosts, Pastor David and Kim Smith. They make it look so easy … and it was! With gentle, guiding questions, they led us through the interviews without a hitch. The television crew was friendly, helpful, and very professional. And I would be remiss without mentioned the program director, Tina Lisy, who made it all come together. Such a warm, compassionate, atmosphere.
Once I get my recorded copy, I’ll post a link here.
What a blast! And what a great group of people to work with!
Had my first book signing today and thanks to my “Besties” at Stratose for making it so very special. I thought I had too many books. Turns out it wasn’t enough! No worries, though. There’s plenty more to be had!
Imperfect Wings by Elizabeth Noyes — Published by Write Integrity Press — Now available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle format: http://tinyurl.com/kyqxtkaAmazon
Evil stalks TJ McKendrick.
Three years ago, TJ buried her estranged father. Needing answers, she heads to Honduras where he was murdered. While there searching for clues, TJ witnesses something she shouldn’t have.
Now, she’s running for her life from a high-profile U.S. politician who wants her silenced and a crazed drug lord intent on doing the deed. After her top secret file is compromised and her hiding place is revealed — Who can she trust?
The last thing Garrett Cameron wants is another woman disrupting his life. His past is filled with violence. Love was never meant for someone with secrets like his, but when the sassy vixen that sabotaged his top secret mission in Central America shows up at his Idaho ranch, running for her life — What’s a man to do?
Can TJ relinquish past hurts and learn to trust again? Will she lower her defenses for the one man who sees past the mask she wears?
Darkness stains Garrett’s soul. Does he dare expose his true nature and risk losing the only woman to ever touch his heart?
As attraction ignites and fans into flame between them, TJ and Garrett put their faith in God and their trust in each other to face off against a deadly threat.
If you enjoyed Imperfect Wings, please leave a Review on Amazon so others will know. If you don’t like it, send me an email so I can take your opinion into consideration for future books. Thanks! – En