I've finally started writing again! It's been about three months since I actually wrote anything new. That is the longest I have gone since I first got published. I'm not sure what happened except, after 15 books and 2 novellas in 10 years, I was completely burned out. Getting The Ransom out was a huge feat, and it wiped me out. Plus my daughter had my first granddaughter and things got crazy! (In a good way!).
Here are some interesting facts I discovered while researching mermaids
- Mermaid tears turn into pearls upon contact with air. Not just any pearl, but precious priceless pearls.
- Eating the flesh of a mermaid grants immortality
- Mermaids knit a very valuable material that is translucent and expensive (Like the silk of the worm)
- Mermaid singing drugs men into a coma so they can drag him down to their underwater lairs
- Mermaids can cause storms, sink ships and drown the crews, cure illness, foretell the future and, of course, bewitch men.
- Mermaids are known to possess secrets of healing
Okay now my Peeve about Christian Book Reviewers
Let's face it, not every book will be liked by every reader. Enjoying a book is as subjective as enjoying a movie, TV show, or work of art. Some people will love it. Others will hate it. I understand that. Yet, I believe every book (okay most) has something to offer someone. Christian books have even more because most of them contain a spiritual truth or message that can really help someone reading it. No matter how poorly written the story is or how bad the plot, there is still that inherent good message. God has a reason for every book put out by a Christian author, and that reason may be just to reach one person.
Yet so often I see Christian reviewers totally trash Christian novels in reviews (I've had a few myself). When I say trash I don't mean they just rate it low and say the story wasn't their cup of tea, I mean they slander both the book and the author. They take their opinions and make them sound like facts in such a way that many people reading the review will NOT give the book a try. My problem with this is that reviewer may very well scare away the single person God wanted to read that book. How is that helpful? Isn't that the same as leading someone astray?
Whenever I read a Christian book that I didn't particularly like, I do one of two things. I don't even write a review or if I write a review I list the positive things and then say something like it really wasn't for me but others may find it interesting. I don't lie and I'm not asking anyone else too. I'm asking for people to be polite and realize two important things:
- There's a human being with feelings (called an author) on the other side of your snarky review.
- Your cruel comments could potentially thwart God's plans for certain people to pick up that book and learn an important spiritual truth or find comfort in time of need. In other words the enemy is using you quite effectively.Way to go!
Aren't we as Christians supposed to encourage one another to good works? Aren't we supposed to help each other serve God and do His will? It just baffles me continually when I see "Christians" slamming Christian novels all over the internet. There's a nice way to speak your opinion and there's a mean way. Yet I often find Christians are the worst offenders.