In 2022, two of my online author friends left this world too soon. To honor them, I’m sharing a tribute, along with their new releases. I’m offering a copy of each of their books in paperback or ebook format as a giveaway. Comment below by January 24 for a chance to win.
Stacy T. Simmons wrote uplifting fiction to delight the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Her debut novel, A Promise for Faith, was published in January 2022 and her novella, Christmas in the Cotswolds, was published in the Keeping Christmas collection one week before her untimely passing in October 2022.
A multi-year president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Stacy was an inspiration to many fledgling and aspiring writers. Her determination helped her to finally realize her dream of becoming a published author at the age of 56. As the title of her blog indicates, Stacy was indeed “Fueled by Faith and Caffeine.” She was often found working on her manuscripts with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby.
Married to her best friend Michael for thirty- five years, Stacy raised two grown daughters and had a menagerie of pets she liked to call “Noah’s Ark.” She was a beloved member of the women’s Christian fiction writing community and will be sorely missed.
Stacy’s husband and family are seeking to carry on her legacy by promoting A Journey for Hope and are maintaining her social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well as her blog, Fueled by Faith and Caffeine. More information can be found at www.stacytsimmonsauthor.com.
I had the privilege of hosting Stacy on my blog through a Zoom interview on January 12, 2022. She was such a joy to speak with, and her Texas charm shone through everything she said. Her sweet personality was unmistakable. Check out our conversation here. I think you’ll agree with my impressions of Stacy.
Please consider honoring Stacy’s memory by helping launch her new book with a bang!
A Journey for Hope by Stacy T. Simmons
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With one “yes” everything Hope Fuller has sought could be hers.
Hope Fuller has life all planned out. Following a short trip to Briar Creek, North Carolina to help her sister, Hope will return home to Florida and begin her teaching career. Alas, keeping her trip short proves challenging after she sees someone from her past—a handsome lawyer who makes her heart want to plant itself within the community.
Dylan Gaines is just starting out his small-town legal practice and has his own plans for life. However, his reunion with Hope just might change some of them. Then again, their last attempt at romance ended up straining their friendship.
What will it take for Dylan and Hope to strike out on a different journey this time, one where love takes the wheel and leaves solitary plans in the dust?
David Parks was a graduate of Spring Arbor High School and Michigan State University with a masters in Art and doctorate in Philosophy. David’s teaching career lasted well over 40 years, beginning with Jordan College in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The majority were spent teaching in sunny California while with his wife Delphine, and finally his last 5 in China, where he and his wife Vickie taught English in both Chungching and Beijing.
In retirement, David greatly enjoyed engaging with others, gardening and traveling. After 11 years of this sweet, simple life, he came out of retirement to passionately pen what would become a Christian novel series.
Book Two in his series, Friend of the King, Enemy of the Queen, released December 18, 2022, just six days before his death.
I hope you will considering honoring David’s memory by purchasing one or both of his books.
Friend of the King, Enemy of the Queen by David Parks
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As close as brothers, young Obadiah and Ahab race stallions and dodge Syrian arrows together. They throw fists but always have each other’s back. When Ahab becomes king, Obadiah manages everything from the stables to the royal olive oil business. As a team, these buddies plan military strategy and, when Syria invades, drive chariots into battle side-by-side.
But King Ahab marries Jezebel, who kidnaps children from distant back yards and shoves them into brothels. The queen kills anyone who speaks out against her. When her thugs murder Obadiah’s dear friend, anguish moves Obadiah to act. Yet, Jezebel’s spies lurk everywhere. How can the friend of the king save fugitives from the queen?
Rescue the perishing… He who holds your life in his hand, doesn’t he know? Proverbs 24:11-12
Comment on this author memorial post honoring @StacyTSimmons and David Parks by Jan. 24 for a chance to win a copy of their recent releases. #giveaway #amreadingTweet
Join the conversation. Stacy and David wrote very different genres, Romance and Biblical Fiction. Which is your favorite? Have you read Stacy and/or David’s novels? Do either of their recent releases sound like books you’d like to read?
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If you missed last week’s interview with Stephen Zimmerman, find it here.