It’s BOOK GIVEAWAY Time!!!

Dear Readers,
Guess what? It’s BOOK GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

Do you know someone who needs some cheer, a good book to read, and a message of hope right now? Now is your chance to get them a free signed copy of my storyformed romantic suspense novel, Finding Freedom.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out this quick form with your name and email address (for winner notification purposes only) and your friend’s name to enter them to receive a free signed paperback. As a bonus, if they win, you’ll get a free signed copy, too!
  • Nominate as many people as you want (one form per nomination) – each nomination counts as its own entry for them + you. So, if you nominate 10 friends, you have 10 chances to win!
  • Like and share the giveaway post on my Facebook page or Instagram to help spread the word (per Facebook guidelines, entries cannot be based on tagging and sharing a post. For this giveaway, entries are through the form only).

The giveaway will run from now until 11:59PM (CDT) Sunday, May 31, 2020. The winner will be notified via the email address you provide on Monday, June 1.

Stay tuned for details on a Happy June ebook sale following the paperback giveaway – if you and your friend(s) don’t win, you’ll have the chance to buy the ebook for you and your friend(s) at a reduced price!

Just for fun, below is a picture I took in the Irish countryside as we drove from Dublin to Galway (straight east to west across the country). Breathtaking, is it not?

Irish Countryside Britney Lyn Hamm

Till next time,

Britney

pen quill paper photo Britney Lyn Hamm

The Author of Life Analogy: Seeing God’s Authorship When Reading a Book by an Author You Know

This is a guest post on my blog today by my friend Morgan Robertson. Morgan is a deep thinker with a stunning mind and a beautiful heart for God. She shared this concept with me the other day after she finished reading my Christian romantic suspense novel, Finding Freedom. I asked her to pen these profound thoughts into a post I could share with my readers – enjoy!

“All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:3-4)

Cosmic Creation earth photo by NASAI’ve read numerous novels in my lifetime. Romance, science fiction, dystopian fiction; you name it. Though the books themselves differ from each other, one thing they all have in common is that I don’t know the author personally. Sarah Dessen, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, Agathe Christie, Phillip K Dick, I don’t know a single one of them.

I never really thought about that until I read a book by someone I do know personally. When you read a novel or any piece of writing by someone you’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking to, you start to see their personality, their identity in their works.

I just finished reading Britney Lyn Hamm’s debut novel, Finding Freedom. Though the plot and characters are not fashioned after her own life, I can still see evidence of her authorship throughout the novel. From the way she constructed the plot (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet) to the development of the characters down to the nitty gritty of vocabulary choices, I could definitely tell that Britney is the author of the story. Many of her characters share some of her likes – mocha lattes, dance, music, her Lord and Savior. Some of the characters share her own abilities – Jeremy and Lila, for example, were excellent Biblical counselors, a skill I know Britney uses for the Lord. Through every dialogue, every thought monologue, every description of places, food, events, you can so clearly see the author of Finding Freedom showing herself through her work.

I couldn’t help but draw the beautiful parallel between knowing the author of Finding Freedom and knowing the pen quill paper photo Britney Lyn HammAuthor of Life. Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, has created a beautiful masterpiece of a novel with an incredible plot, insane character development, and amazing words spoken at just the right time. Throughout human history, you can see the Lord’s hand moving, writing, authoring the story of mankind. His kindness and mercy show through as well as His justice and righteous jealousy. The characters in His work reflect many of His own attributes – kindness, mercy, justice, righteous anger, love, morality. His characters are so fearfully and wonderfully crafted in His image.

God is a magnificently talented Creator and Author of Life. I imagine if we relinquish the pen more frequently, He’d use our lives to author an incredible story full of His love, redemption, mercy, and grace.

My question is this: Would Britney’s influence in her novel have been obvious to me had I not known her? The influence would still be there, the text would remain the same, but I wouldn’t have noticed it as much. I might have been able to piece together an idea of the author, but it wouldn’t be nearly as nuanced or detailed; just a vague sense of how this author differs from others.

In the same way, God’s influence on Creation as the Author of Life throughout human history has always been and will always be there. We just don’t really see it unless we know Him and His personality. At times, we can piece together a vague sense of some greater being behind it all, but the details are lost unless you seek to find out more.

At the end of her book, Britney has an open invitation for you to know the backstory of her choices. In her author’s note, she explains her love for Ireland, Maine, lighthouses, etc. She’s opened a door into her identity and has made her choices clearer for her readers.

Bible dock ocean sunsetGod gives us the same author’s note invitation to know Him in His Word – The Bible. He reveals His motives for the choices He’s made throughout the story of human history. He reveals the reason for the overarching plot, the climactic moment of His Son dying on the cross. He shows us His personality and how it affects the characters of the story, bringing some to complete repentance and others to total depravity and the hardening of their hearts. If you find yourself with some vague sense of who God is, both God and I invite you to dig deeper into Him. “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13).

Authoring a novel is another of many ways in which humans reflect the beautiful reality of how God works and who God is. This analogy can certainly be developed further, but I’ll let it rest with this simple invitation: seek Him and find Him throughout the masterfully told story of humanity.

 

Looking for a good book to read? Grab your copy of Finding Freedom – both ebook and paperback are available. If you order the paperback directly from my site, use the code FFRELEASE for 5% and free shipping or FFLOCAL for 20% off local pickup orders. And please, leave a review on Amazon when you’re done reading!

 

Earth Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Quill & Paper Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Bible & Water Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash