Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Guest post by Christina Miller and #Giveaway!!!!

I’ve gotten into the habit of living in my characters’ homes.

I set my two Love Inspired Historical books in one of my favorite cities: Natchez, Mississippi. Sitting on the Mississippi River bluff in the deep, deep South, the Natchez area was prime cotton country in antebellum days. Cotton kings grew their crop in the rich Delta soil and transported it on the river, making Natchez the wealthiest city in the United States (per capita). It was also staunchly pro-Union, which meant most of the grand cotton estates survived the War for Southern Independence.

A lot of them still stand today, and some of them are inns.

Two of those inns were my temporary home while I researched and wrote my books. Dunleith was Graham Talbot’s home in Counterfeit Courtship, and Monmouth was Clarissa’s villa in my new release, An Inconvenient Marriage.

At Monmouth, I discovered the Sanctuary, the little Greco-Roman style structure a previous owner built as a memorial to answered prayer. Thankful for his miraculous recovery from cancer, the owner built the Sanctuary as a place of private prayer and worship. This story inspired me to choose “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as the theme of this book. And one of the characters may or may not have had a similar experience that led to the building of his own Sanctuary!

In what ways has God been faithful to you? For every comment you make, telling your story of His faithfulness, I’ll reveal one instance of His faithfulness to me through the years.

Great is His Faithfulness!

To enter to win a copy of Christy's book, answer her question above and leave contact information.

About the book

Widowed reverend Samuel Montgomery is excited to start over with his daughter in Natchez, Mississippi—until he learns he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t marry. His solution: a marriage in name only to heiress Clarissa Adams, who needs a husband to win her inheritance. Though the beautiful music teacher will make a good wife, Samuel doubts he can ever truly capture her heart.
Marriage satisfies only the first provision of Clarissa’s grandfather’s will, which pits her against her cousin. And fulfilling the remaining stipulations won’t be easy between caring for Samuel’s rebellious daughter and managing an orphanage. But Samuel seems determined to stand by her side...and maybe even prove their marriage could be more than just convenient.

About the author: 

Christina Miller has always lived in the past. Her passion for history began with her grandmother’s stories of 1920s rural southern Indiana. When Christina began to write fiction, she believed God was calling her to write what she knew: history.

Bethany College of Missions graduate, pastor’s wife, and worship leader, she lives on the family’s farm with her husband of twenty-nine years and Sugar, their talking dog.


Heidi Kortman said...

Though my life circumstances have varied a bit, I have never been endangered or known insurmountable debt. It could have been otherwise.

Christy Miller said...

Heidi, it's good to hear of God's faithfulness to you! Unlike you, I've been in quite a few dangerous situations in which I had to rely on the Lord to keep me safe. For example, I once worked as a nurse in a clinic in a remote area of Honduras, eight miles from the front line during the Sandinista-Contra war. As an American woman, I could easily have gotten in trouble, since many Hondurans resented our country's involvement in the war. However, even with fighter helicopters flying over us and machine-gun-packing soldiers coming to the clinic, the Lord kept me and the rest of the medical team safe. Great is His faithfulness!

Cheryl Baranski said...

God has been faithful in my AML leukemia journey. Making sure that I go to the right doctor to get the treatment that I need. Being there with me through each and everything. I may not be able to see him he is there though.

Christy Miller said...

Cheryl, I'm so glad to hear about God's faithfulness to you in the midst of your suffering. If we draw near to Him during a season of sickness, He is always faithful to draw near to us. My "season of sickness" was different than yours--not as serious but painful nonetheless. Ever since the day I repented of my sins and asked God to let me be born again as John 3:3 instructs us to do, I had a great desire for children. But time went by with no baby, so we turned to God for answers. While we never received a child, even after much prayer, three rounds of fertility drugs, and every natural remedy you can think of, we did have the presence of God in our hearts and our home every day. He was faithful, even though we did not get what we wanted. And He was even faithful to give us contentment and helped us not to grow bitter. Great is His faithfulness!

Marilyn R. said...

God has been faithful to me in giving strength when I felt I couldn't go on. His faithfulness has kept me protected while driving along with good health which enables me to be a blood donor (working toward my 9 gallon milestone now). Your books sound amazing with the history, which I enjoy in books. I look forward to reading your LIH stories. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

God has been faithful to me through my cancer journey. After 9 years being can er free my cancer came back again last year. We found a great surgeon this time as the last one almost killed me. God hears the prayers of his people and strengthens us for whatever we may face.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann (Merry)

lollipops said...

congratulations to Cheryl

Cheryl Baranski said...

Thank you