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Misdirect, A Novel of Spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God

A disgraced CIA operative goes rogue to regain her professional credibility and encounters challenges larger than she’d imagined while crossing Saharan dunes to stop
a terrorist attack larger than 9/11.

In 2015 when The Kaleidoscope released, I thought I was finished writing long form novels. They’re tons of work, hard to sell among the millions of books out there, and did I mention lots of work? I wrote some short stories, worked as the editor for a literary journal and did some freelance theater reviewing for the newspaper. And thought I was done.

In the back of my mind, though, the germ of another novel kept nagging at me. When we had been on a car trip a few years, my daughter Lindsay and I, to pass the time, brainstormed a novel plot. Yeah, you know you’re a writer when…

Those details were so interesting to me that they became the foundation of the book that I called “the one that kicked my keyboard to the curb.” The title gives a hint at why it was so challenging to finish. In order to get to the conclusion and its twist, which I think you’ll enjoy, I had to read, rewrite, and read again many times to make sure I got it right.

As it grew, the story took on a deeper level as Eve, the main character, revealed her flaws and strengths. Add in a camel ride through the desert, a young Muslim teen with questions about God, and I hope you’ll agree it’s both an adventure and compelling spiritual journey for the characters and you, the reader.

Here’s a summary, I hope you like Misdirect releasing on June 27th in paperback and Kindle.

A mission failure has confined CIA covert operative Eve Parker to desk duty and she’s left to pick up the pieces of her broken personal life. But when her daughter’s fiancé is taken hostage, Eve must return to the Middle East armed with rusty tradecraft, and dubious credibility shrouded in her peers’ skepticism. Will she get it together in time to thwart the biggest threat to America since 9/11, or will her old-fashioned ways cause her to fail again?

And if a suspected mole, a missing thumb drive, and a camel ride through the desert weren’t challenging enough, a young Muslim boy with questions about God cause Eve to struggle with her own faith. As the most important assignment of her life draws near, events unfold to demonstrate that, particularly in espionage, things are not always as they seem. 

Join Eve Parker as she confronts her past, a national threat, and a crisis of faith in this spy thriller layered with intrigue, suspense, and surprise ending from an award-winning author reviewers call “a master storyteller.”

Bev out.

Lent Devotional – .99 for a limited time

 

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Preparing for Resurrection Sunday? Here’s a devotional you’ll want to consider, on sale for .99 from  2/14-2/17.

The 40 Day Lent Vocabulary Word Devotional pairs uncommon words with a verse or passage from the Bible. Specifically, the goal of this devotional is so you’ll understand more clearly the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus Christ including His death, burial, and resurrection. At the end of each daily devotional, you’ll get the “Bottom Line for the Day” that has specific takeaways for you to apply for that day, and really for a lifetime.

Here’s a sample:

Day 6

Word for the Day:

ganef [gah-nuh f] noun

  1. a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal. ganef. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ganef (accessed: January 7, 2017). The concept of this word includes a thief, crook, or scoundrel.

Scripture for the Day:

Luke 23:33-43 (NASB95)

33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Devotion for the Day:

The salvific work of Jesus Christ couldn’t be stopped while He was suffering in anguish on the cross. Grace was even extended to the thief on the cross next to Jesus. The man on the cross admitted that he was receiving the punishment, in the form of death, justly for what he had done. In spite of his past, when sincerely trusting that Jesus was the path to heaven, the thief was granted grace by Jesus. At the end of this thief’s physical life, he was extended the forgiveness, grace, and mercy that all of humankind should partake. Today, I’d like for you to reflect on those people in your sphere of influence who you may have written off because of their past. Their past may have made you believe that they are a throwaway person; similar to the way the thief on the cross was treated. The important thing to remember is that it’s never too late for someone to give their life to Jesus Christ. You may very well be the person who needs to reach out to that “throwaway” person who is racing through your mind right now.

My challenge to you for today is to reconsider with whom you might need to share the message of Jesus Christ. Are there people in your sphere of influence who you’ve written off as unreachable? Jesus doesn’t have that perspective; He died that all would have an opportunity to come into a relationship with Him. Don’t delay in taking the opportunity to reach out to this person or persons for Jesus Christ.

Bottom Line for the Day:

The ganef (thief) on the cross next to Jesus was granted salvation as he realized and recognized his physical and spiritual condition; imploring Jesus for what he knew he needed. Take the time now to consider who you may need to reach out to in order to share the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ. You may be the only one who can reach this person for the Kingdom of God.

 

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New story for The Seasons of Cherryvale fans

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A short story. .99 on e-reader

At the conclusion of “Christmas Bells” Mark surprises Grace with a trip to Hawaii. I’d been wondering how to write a fun story for Grace to experience the island, and for the island to experience Grace!

While I was thinking about Aloha Grace and what she’d do while on Oahu, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was on the news and I had my story. As those of you who’ve read my other books know, I like to add a little something that’s an extra touch, like in Fresh Start Summer, the information about the Oscar award ceremony for “Gone with the Wind” that adds fun details.

I hope you enjoy Aloha Grace as much as I enjoyed writing it. Escape to the tropical paradise of Hawaii with Grace and find out how she helps a new ohana, as welll as a young woman who must make a life changing decision.

 

“The Kaleidoscope” Cover Award – InD’Tale Magazine contest

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Cover Design by Diana Carlile

Cover Award: July 2015, InD’tale Magazine names The Kaleidoscope the winning cover of its Creme de la Creme monthly contest. Recently I blogged the process, from conception to final product and how each element describes the story within. Here’s a link to their full review.

The Kaleidoscope – Cover reveal and release date!

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About the cover art: The tree, the Los Angeles skyline, and the colors evoke a few of the themes from the storyline and their layout creates energy and life. This visual created by Diana Carlisle is stunning, and I believe even the font choices and tagline are perfect for what lies within.

It is finished. And just beginning.

Because one of the most common questions I’m asked is about process, just about two years ago when I started a new novel project, I also started a blog topic thread; Kaleidoscope-growing a novel. I shared what it was like along the way, describing the actual backstage work that goes into plotting, writing, revising, editing, proofing, pitching to publishers, editing again, covering, waiting…and now 7631803628_dc1056eff6_zlaunching, a book.

At last I am VERY thrilled to announce that that project has now fully matured into The Kaleidoscope, to be published in ebook and paperback by Wild Rose Press/Crimson on May 13.

What if advances in artificial intelligence, combined with mystical elements found in the earth, could produce inexplicable images of the future? Harold Donaldson unwillingly becomes the custodian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope that changes the viewer’s future and becomes the focus of evil operatives intent on capturing the kaleidoscope for nefarious purposes.

It’s been a fun, hard, challenging, tedious, rewarding, patience-building process to this point.

The Kaleidoscope

The inspiration ‘scope, which actually belongs to my sister, and is handmade (but not magical that I know of…unless you count being the inspiration for a novel.) The one in the book is small enough to fit in Harold’s pocket.

Now it’s time to sit back and relax. Not. Now I move into promotion, advertising, blog visiting, forum chats, tweeting, Pinteresting and pitching to readers. I wonder if there is a magical device for that?

Would I do it again? Yup. Already started on the next project.

What keeps me going? Seeing the final product is very rewarding.

But hearing from readers…that’s the ultimate. Here’s an early review:

“I love how the novel hits different chords; being at times inspirational, metaphysical and scientifically speculative even while following a thriller-like narrative. Beverly Nault managed to create an adventure with characters I actually cared for.

The most memorable parts of the novel are the ones which show how looking into the kaleidoscope changed the characters’ lives. Everyone has some secret fear that holds them back from fully enjoying all that life has to offer. As the characters faced their own fears during the course of their adventures, I found myself stymied that I was feeling hope and inspiration while reading an adventure/science fiction/thriller novel.

It takes a certain kind of talent to write a novel that contains different aspects from different genres while still maintaining a coherent narrative. Beverly Nault has skillfully created a journey that can suck in readers from various backgrounds and leave them pondering questions the book raises about life, meaning and relationships hours after they’ve finished reading the novel.”

~Eduardo Aduna, Readers’ Favorite

 Aw shucks.

 I hope you like Harold and following along on his journey. It’s been terrific fun getting him this far. Here are a few paragraphs for you to sample until it’s formally released:

Ruddy complexions were like skywriting, a girl in high school had told him once. The message may appear slowly, but everyone can see it for miles around and remember it for days. “I have to get back to work.” He gathered up his trash and headed for the can. When he turned around, Pepper was standing close, nose to his chin. “Tell Glenda hello.” Before he could go, she grabbed his arm.

“Harry, I really mean it. I am glad I saw…what I saw. Where did you get it again? Could I get one like it, or is that a one-of-a-kind thing?” 

He told her about the encounter in the park with the homeless man. “It’s a mystery why he picked me.” He pictured the day of the handoff, the police hurrying the old guy away before he could explain himself. The police responding to his own complaint about the vagrants camping out. She was the first person he shared this with.

“You have been given much responsibility in many areas.” With that, she stood on tiptoe and pecked him on the cheek. “You have been given a gift. Thank you for sharing your magical looking-piece with me.”

“Um. You’re welcome. And thanks.” He demurred, dropping his hand from her grip. “But I don’t believe in magic.”

“A man of science and numbers, I get it.” She tipped her head sideways, considering him. “The mysteries of the universe reveal more than we see with our eyes or hear with our ears. If we slow down and really absorb what it’s trying to teach us, we might be surprised and delighted.” She poked a slender finger at his chest. “I choose to keep my mind open to the possibilities. What about you, Harry?”

Now the next stage of life begins for the book. Finding its place in readers’ hearts.

Bev out!

Why so many covers, Bev?

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or…do people judge books by their covers?

People are asking, so here’s what’s been going on.

When FRESH START SUMMER first released with a medium-sized publisher a few years ago, the cover was chosen for me. Here it is:

Fresh Start Summer2-1-1I started getting feedback right away, and most of the comments were that it was “cheerful” and “light” but then people started asked how sales of my “children’s books” were doing. Ugh.

And then book two, Grace & Maggie Across the Pond had the same “feel.”

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The publisher found some stock art and added lovely graphics, the layout was beautiful, I can’t complain. But the covers weren’t telling readers what was inside. (Rainbows and unicorns?)

They used to say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but with the evolution of digital media and all the screens we use to shop and sell with, the cover art on books has become one of the most important parts of reaching readers and quickly conveying what’s inside. Cover artists realize cozy mystery readers expect colorful graphic animation art, and a romance reader looks for six packs (not of beer). Ahem…

So when the rights reverted to me, I wanted to recover the Cherryvale books so their true interior style was obvious from the outside. I didn’t have a big budget or a lot of time, so I used my own photography and a template on Amazon’s createspace. Here’s what that one looked like. A little closer to the feel l wanted:

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When Fresh Start Summer won an award recently I realized I HAD to redesign the book to give it the respect it deserved. And with two weddings and a major household move behind me, I finally had some time. So far, I’ve recovered all the Seasons books, beginning with the Kindle versions.

Here is how Fresh Start Summer looks now. I used the picket fence shot again, but now I think the graphics and Grace’s pink cruiser evoke cozy small town fiction even better. What do you think?

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It may take some time for Amazon’s pages to reflect the new covers, but I hope the new covers help the stories find readers who enjoy them.

What do you think of covers? What do you look for?

Thanks for stopping by! Bev out.

Free Fall to Faith, a devotional

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On May 16, 2012, an inebriated Benjamin Ramsey drove his motorcycle into the back of an 18-wheeler at an estimated 100 miles per hour. The impact left the twenty-three-year-old with broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and coma. The crash was only the latest, but by far the most extreme, incident in the life of the strong-willed young man who had grown up challenging his parents, friends, teachers, and law enforcement.

Forced to deal with the latest in Ben’s crises headlong, his mother, Dr. Karla Ramsey, a practicing pediatrician, once again drew upon the strength of her Savior, Jesus Christ, as she negotiated the familiar halls of trauma centers, surgical wards, therapy decisions, and rehabilitation challenges that became the new normal for the after-care following Ben’s crash.

Drawing from her years of experience as a physician as well as her basic training raising a headstrong child, Dr. Karla began writing down her thoughts and emotions as she devoured scripture, sank to her knees in prayer, and held her family, her practice, and Ben’s therapies together through the rockiest days of her life.

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Ben and his mom share a carefree moment Dr. Karla thought might never happen during many of the tough days of his recovery.

In every entry in the 21-day devotional, Dr. Karla reflects on her journey alongside Ben  with transparent honesty as she searches for peace and answers found only in Jesus’ promises.

Written for anyone facing life-altering events, or wondering where God is in tragedy, Free Fall to Faith gives hope, scriptural encouragement, and a daily retreat into God’s tender mercies. Dr. Karla invites you to fall into God’s loving arms along with her as she still does repeatedly, drawing on Him for strength and peace knowing He is in charge, even when life seems out of control.

Available in paperback and Kindle.

Dr. Karla Ramsey is a board certified practicing pediatrician in Cypress, Texas. Her devotion to Bible study has become her lifeline, and the foundation for her personal and professional life. She has been married to Dr. Jim Ramsey, a Houston dentist, for 35 years. Besides Ben, the Ramseys have three other children, as well as an assortment of grandchildren and dogs. Find out more about Ben’s journey at www.steppingstonesfortbi.blogspot.com

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With an aide’s help, Ben dances with his mom just months after the crash.

 

 

Award season, and we have news!

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It’s red carpet season for books, and I’m thrilled and honored that FRESH START SUMMER received an award from Reader’s Favorite, a juried, peer reviewed contest that considers hundreds of published and pre-published books.

ALSO!! SPRING BLOSSOMS is a finalist in the AUTHORSdb cover contest that will be announced in a few weeks. The original artwork was done by my amazingling talented friend, Carol Field. She really captured the charm and flavor of Main Street Cherryvale. Congratulations, Carol!

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Today’s Guest, Nigeria Lockley with an exciting book announcement and giveaway

BORN AT DAWN, BOOK BLAST AND BOOK GIVEAWAY. 2 autographed copies of Born at Dawn will be given away!

 

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Book Title: Born at Dawn

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Author: Nigeria Lockley

Urban Books (September 30, 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-1601626752

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

About The Book

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Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?

About The Author

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Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

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Exciting news about “The Kaleidoscope”

KaleidscopeAbout two years ago I began a journey with a manuscript I started calling “The Kaleidoscope.” I was visiting a friend, Karla Ramsey, in Texas, and as we drove the sprawling highways of  Houston, I shared some of my early kernels with her. We brainstormed and what-if’d until we arrived home with character ideas for a wacky, self absorbed computer genius who finds a magical ‘scope that turns his world upside down.

When I started the actual writing, I decided to post the journey here because so often readers hear of a book’s birth and ask about the process of writing and rewriting, editing and pitching. In earlier posts, I shared my first ideas and thoughts about the plot, story and development. I wrote, rewrote, took samples to my critique group, sought first readers’ feedback, thanks Jesse!… and hired the accomplished and savvy T Greenwood to assist me preparing it for submission.

I read in the genre, studied craft books and revisited technique.

TK is a departure from the cozy women’s fiction I’ve written before, I challenged myself to stretch and grow, and all these people helped. It takes a village, y’all! Of course every author hopes to see their manuscript grow up to become a book…

So it gives me great pleasure to announce that The Kaleidoscope has found a home!  I’ve just this week signed a contract with Wild Rose Press! TK will grow and bloom in their Crimson Rose, Mystery and Suspense division!

High concept with car chases, road trips to Yosemite, humor and some hankie moments, there’s something for everybody in “The Kaleidoscope.”

What’s next? MORE editing, this time with my WR/CR editor, as well as lots of pre-marketing, cover discussions, and details I don’t even know about yet, so we’ll learn together.

Still too early to predict a release date, here’s a quick summary of the story:

In the vein of National Treasure, “The Kaleidoscope” asks the question; what if advances in artificial intelligence, together with mystical properties found in the earth’s elements, produced unexplainable images of the viewer’s future?

Harold Donaldson, a know-it-all computer analyst, unwillingly becomes the guardian of a magical kaleidoscope that reveals glimpses into the viewers’ future. When Harold’s boss tells him his interpersonal skills need improving for consideration for a promotion, he stalks a homeless man to prove his philanthropy, and ends up the custodian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope. The ‘scope immediately attracts a circle of colorful characters, including Rhashan, a Rastafarian who teaches Harold to look beyond stereotypes, to Pepper Eubanks, a free-spirited neighbor recovering from breast cancer who inspires Harold to face his troubled past and embrace the future. Then when Harold’s best friend, Morrie Guthrie, views a long-lost cousin’s image, Harold becomes the focus of a ring of corporate spies intent on capturing the kaleidoscope and using the remarkable technology for their evil purposes.

Stay tuned and I’ll continue to blog the process to publication!

Here’s a Pinterest board for TK for those of you who appreciate the visual.

And make note of its very own hashtag – #thekaleidoscope to follow the epic journey.