Guest Post (and a Giveaway)!: The Authors of Sounds Like a Plan

Posted July 9, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Brenda S Anderson, Christian, Eleanor Bertin, giveaway, Lorna Seilstad, Sara Davison, Stacy Monson / 15 Comments


Sounds Like A Plan JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Sounds Like a Plan by Lorna Seilstad, Eleanor Bertin, Sara Davison, Brenda S. Anderson, and Stacy Monson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to welcome each of these authors to the blog today to talk a little about their contributions to this anthology!

Sounds Like a Plan

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN: Stories of Change and the God Who Doesn’t
AUTHORS: Lorna Seilstad, Eleanor Bertin, Sara Davison, Brenda S. Anderson, Stacy Monson
GENRE: Fiction Anthology (Christian)
PUBLISHER: The Mosaic Collection
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2024
PAGES: 364

A Baby in the Mix by Lorna Seilstad
Not By Chance by Eleanor Bertin
Five Things You Know About Me by Sara Davison
Mercy’s Detour by Brenda S. Anderson
Piper’s Sweet Dream by Stacy Monson

What Reviewers are Saying About The Mosaic Collection Anthologies:

Each is a picture of God’s grace working in the hearts of hurting people through individual writing styles.

Each author has her own voice, yet somehow they all fit perfectly together.

The stories are just the right length to relax with at the end of a long day.

I love these Mosaic author anthologies. These are stories about real people with real problems and emotions.

Such beautifully written, inspirational short stories with themes of grace, forgiveness, love, and peace.

Uplifting stories of ordinary people dealing with their faith and life’s struggles.

Thank you to all the Mosaic Collection authors for giving us more lovely stories to remind us that we will never be alone as God is always with us.

Each of these faith-based fiction stories in Sounds Like a Plan is uniquely and beautifully written with believable characters sustained by the amazing grace of God. Memorable, touching, inspiring, and a true reading pleasure. May you be blessed by this collection.

 

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Sounds Like a Plan authors guest post

by the authors of Sounds Like a Plan

Lorna Seilstad

In my Sounds Like a Plan story, one of the characters is a mother with a chemical dependency issue. I had to research the situation because I didn’t want her to appear to be a villain. On the other hand, I wanted to remain true to what often happens to infants in this situation. Even though this is a short story, it was important to me that the situation be seen as complicated and multifaceted.

Eleanor Bertin

Lily Worth, in my anthology story, Not By Chance, is a “recycled” character from a previous story. The common element in all the Sounds Like a Plan stories is a bookstore. I needed Lily to be searching for a book. She has Czech heritage so it’s fitting that she would want an English translation of an old book about a Czech hero, Jan Hus. While researching this martyr, I discovered that just before he was burned at the stake, he made an uncannily accurate prophecy that “in one hundred years you will have a swan which you can neither roast nor boil.” Martin Luther was born exactly 100 years later. One of the joys of writing is making discoveries like this!

Sara Davison

Forgiveness is a common theme in my stories, but it really struck me while writing Five Things You Know About Me for the Sounds Like a Plan anthology how desperately important forgiveness is and how destructive unforgiveness can be. As I was starting to write Andrea and Mario’s story, I heard a talk on forgiveness that deeply impacted me and influenced and shaped this story. I’ve always believed in the life- and heart-transforming power of forgiveness both for the victim and for the perpetrator of the offense. However, I had not fully grasped how much holding on to bitterness or unforgiveness, even without realizing it, can impact a person emotionally, spiritually, and physically. That revelation comes out in the story as my FMC works her way through a list of people in her life she has not forgiven. With God’s help, she comes to a place where she can release that unforgiveness, even towards those who have shown no remorse for hurting her. In His Word, God speaks very strongly against failing to forgive others. Writing this story helped me to understand more clearly why. We are not meant to carry the burden of unforgiveness, and only when we are able to lay it at God’s feet can we experience true freedom and the abundant life Jesus came to give us.

Brenda S. Anderson

It seems God always teaches me a new lesson through my stories, and I rarely see it coming until I type The End. In Mercy’s Detour, I didn’t see it until I began writing my Note to the readers. My husband has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and through that we’ve taken to heart the fact that tomorrow is not promised to us. We can no longer put off those plans we had for retirement. Many plans are no longer feasible because of his illness. Perhaps if we’d had the mindset at forty-five (Paige’s age in Mercy’s Detour), we’d have taken that Midlife-Together Crisis, as Paige and her husband had planned, rather than waiting for retirement. Proverbs 27:1 exhorts us to not boast about tomorrow because we don’t know what will happen beyond this moment we’re living. My husband and I are no longer waiting for tomorrow and are living for today, being obedient to God’s call and His plan for us. Most likely, that plan will look far different than we ever imagined.

Stacy Monson

I love chocolate! It often pops up in my books but it’s never been a featured part of the story. This time I wanted it to be front and center, but while I love eating/drinking chocolate, I didn’t know the first thing about making it! I’ve had a lot of fun learning about cottage businesses (running a business from your home) and all that entails, and then what it takes to start a retail store.

And I’ve REALLY had fun learning about different kinds of chocolate, and what’s involved in making various candies. I’m so glad Piper’s story will continue in the Mosaic Christmas Anthology, A Weary World Rejoices!


Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad delves into life’s complexities with a generous dash of humor. She is a Carol Award finalist and the author of nine novels including the Lake Manawa Summers series and the Gregory Sisters series. Her stories are part of several novella collections. When she isn’t eating chocolate, she teaches women’s Bible classes, runs a toy store, volunteers with 4-H, and is a wedding planner. She has three adult children and lives in Iowa with her Pyredoodle named Honey Bea.

Connect with Lorna at lornaseilstad.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates. See my posts featuring Lorna HERE.

Eleanor Bertin

From her home in central Alberta, Canada, Eleanor Bertin writes fiction that ponders the depths of God’s love and mercy to humanity.

She is the author of The Ties That Bind series, Lifelines, Unbound, and Tethered, the Burning Bright series, Flame of Mercy and Flicker of Trust, as well as the memoir, Pall of Silence, about her late son, Paul. She lives with her husband of 40 years and their youngest son, in what will someday be a beautiful century home.

Connect with Eleanor at eleanorbertinauthor.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates. See my posts featuring Eleanor HERE.

Sara Davison

Sara Davison is the author of The Night Guardians, The Rose Tattoo, two sparrows for a penny, and In the Shadows series, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including the Christy Award, Davison is a Holt Medallion, Cascade, and two-time Carol Award winner for romantic suspense. She lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason.

Connect with Sara at saradavison.org to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates. See my posts featuring Sara HERE.

Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic and gritty life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live sports and theater, walking along the shores of Lake Superior, sharing hot cocoa with friends and family, and taking road trips with her newly retired husband. She lives near Minneapolis with her husband and their mischievous twin kitties.

Connect with Brenda at brendaandersonbooks.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates. See my posts featuring Brenda HERE.

Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of stories that reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the beautiful, peaceful countryside outside of the Twin Cities with an old dog and 17 chickens, she has two kids, two wonderful in-law kids, and adores being G’ma to 7 amazing grandchildren.

Connect with Stacy at stacymonson.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates. See my posts featuring Stacy HERE.


Sounds Like a Plan JustRead Tours blog giveaway

(1) winner will win a paperback copy of Sounds Like a Plan, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a piano music CD by Eleanor Bertin’s son!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 9, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 16, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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15 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway)!: The Authors of Sounds Like a Plan

  1. Stacy Monson

    Thanks bunches for hosting us! We’ve so enjoyed putting this anthology together and are excited for readers to experience each story.

  2. Roxanne C.

    Anthologies are favorites of mine, and this one has a wonderful group of authors and stories.

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