GREAT NEWS: COMING SOON!

Dear faithful friends and fans, is something missing? Not at all, But I do want to share exciting news with you!

To better serve you, my new website is becoming a reality.
If you go to bethziarnik.com, you will see the notice “Coming Soon” — this site will soon be incorporated with the new site.

What that means for you:

* You will find my blog and a host of other goodies for readers and writers of Christian romantic suspense at one location.

* The newsletter I’ve been promising you will soon be available. If you haven’t already signed up for it, be sure to do so as soon as the new website goes live.

Just wanted to give you a heads up, folks! I will announce the new website when it goes live so that you can see what’s happening, and sign up for both the blog and newsletter. Let’s stay in touch!

See you soon!

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Aspiring Writer: The Fear

Fear gripped me in the pre-dawn dimness! Had I tackled a writhing anaconda? What made me think I could weave all the intriguing elements of fiction into flowing perfection? What made me think I could capture readers’ attention … entertain them … inspire them … make them feel my characters’ passions as they pursued their dreams?fear-trust

I squeezed my eyelids shut and burrowed my head into my pillow. Even if–by some fluke–I managed to do all that, what made me think someone would publish my novel? The marketplace grew tighter every day … the competition greater. I was getting older!

I groaned. Was I out of my mind? God, you gave me this dream. I’m doing my best, but I’m scared to death that I can’t pull it off.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.

Wha …? The words from 2 Timothy 1:7 (New English Bible) wrapped me like a warm blanket — words I had written on a note card and kept on my desk as a reminder that fear is not from God. His enemy uses it, pressing in to squeeze the life from my creative efforts … to stop me from accomplishing the good God gave me to do.

I threw back the covers and bolted out of bed, wielding the words like a sword. “God has not given me a spirit of fear!” I shouted, “but of power! Of love! And a sound mind!”

Fear slithered away.

Taking a deep breath, I marched into my home office, vowing to fight fear with the Word of God every time it showed its scaly head. For “I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13, New International Version)” and “with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, King James Version).”

Sitting down before my computer, I prayed as I booted up. Time to get to work … with the Lord.

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Thanks again, dear reader, for sharing my journey. Until the next time … Fight fear and work with the Lord!

~ Beth

Copyright 2004 Beth Ann Ziarnik

Please share your tips on overcoming fear. We can use one another’s encouragement on this one!

Neglected Blog? No More–Let’s Have Fun!

The main speaker startled me in August at the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference. When Wendy K. Walters said, “A neglected blog tells visitors you don’t care” …

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Please accept my apology! I never meant to send you any such message. Not to excuse myself, but I stopped posting only because I didn’t want to waste your time.

Posts should offer you something with meaning and value–something to enrich your life, right?

So, here’s the good news, dear readers! After much searching of my heart, I finally discovered what I truly want to share with you. Things to satisfy your curiosity and, hopefully, spark real conversations between us.

I value you, my novel’s readers. You’ve been so wonderful–buying Her Deadly Inheritance, telling me how much you love it, and sharing your enthusiasm with others. You are a huge blessing! And a huge encouragement. I can’t thank you enough.

Now I want to bless you, too. Obviously, you love reading fiction and are curious about a novelist’s life. When we meet in person, you quickly ask when to expect my next novel and what my life is like now. (Pretty much like yours except that I also write.) And you ask so many interesting questions.

So, what can you look forward to as we chat on my new blog?

  • updates on the progress of my next novel–a lot is happening!
  • behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it’s like to____
  • reviews of terrific new novels by other authors along with my interviews with them

I’ll also:

  • post fun online games we can enjoy together
  • ask your opinion on topics related to writing and reading
  • schedule occasional one-hour Q & A sessions where you can ask me anything about my novels and writing life

And so much more!

But first, here’s your chance to “influence the author.” This blog is for you, so …

What would you like me to write about as an author of Christian romantic suspense?