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Donna Schlachter Today's Guest Author

Donna Schlachter
Today’s Guest Author

Donna Schlachter writes historical suspense from Denver, while her alter ego, Leeann Betts, pens contemporary suspense. When not writing or praying, you will find them traveling for research for the next book, and the next book.  Follow them at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

Writing on a Deadline

By Donna Schlachter

Just when you think things can’t get any busier, they do – you have a deadline to produce a certain number of words by a certain date. Maybe you’re under contract for a book. Maybe it’s a magazine article, a devotional, or even a simple blog like this one.

And yet that date looms like a guillotine over you head.

You sit at the computer and will the words to come. But they won’t.

Perhaps a walk around the block. And hour later you limp home after twisting an ankle stepping off the curb. Ice the swelling. Then heat. Then a nap. Then –

Wait a minute. What about the deadline.

Back to the computer. Sit in the chair. Stare at the screen.

Nothing.

Now what?

Now is the time to do what you should have done the first time you sat down.

Pray.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Pray.

This is my favorite version: Lord, give me ears to hear the words You dictate. Let me transcribe this story/blog/article/devotional/poem for You. And thank You for letting me be the first person to hear these words. May Your words change me first, and then change others. Amen.

Not only is this prayer on target, it also reminds me who is the Boss. This prayer humbles me to my rightful position. And being a transcriber is Biblical. Even the Apostle Paul says he had scribes who wrote for him.

That’s our job. That’s our goal. Write the only story worth telling, from the One who is the Creator of story.

And by the way, once I have my priorities right, it’s not a deadline; it’s a lifeline.

Follow Donna and Leeann at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

RECENTLY RELEASED: Second Cups and Second Chances – sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. Available at Amazon.com in print and digital

WRITING AS LEEANN BETTS: Counting the Days: a 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk and No Accounting for Murder, Book 1 of By the Numbers series,  recently released as an eBook at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: 100 Answers to 100 Questions about Loving Your Husband, Strang Communications AND Quiet Moments Alone with God, Baker/Bethany

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My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

 My intention in writing this book is not to rewrite the Scriptures, but to encourage readers to reconsider the notes and commentaries written years ago by learned men. Commentaries have made an enormous contribution to those of us who want to better understand the Scriptures. In most cases I agree completely with their remarks. However, in the case of judgments against women, opinions written by men from ages past leave me wondering if they really understood.

Women have been misunderstood since time began. In ages past, women became possessions of their fathers when they were born into this world and were passed to another man when they were married, if that husband died, they were often passed to a brother, just as one would pass a pet from one family to another.

If these same commentaries had been written by women, they would most certainly tell a different story.

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A Sneak Peek

Misunderstood

Misunderstood

My latest book will be released sometime within the month of October. I couldn’t wait to share the cover with you. This is my third non-fiction book. The subject emphasizes misunderstood women in the Bible.

In the past, most accounts of women in the Bible have been portrayed in notes and commentaries written by men. What if, like many women throughout history, these women were simply misunderstood?

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Niagara River

Niagara River

Turns out, a trip to Niagara Falls should include much more than just a day trip to the falls. The Niagara River White Walter Walk gives you some idea of why only the Whirlpool Jet Boat company has a commercial license to operate on these rapids. The rapids are rated at class 5 and class 4. Rivers are ranked on a scale of 1 to 6, ranked against the benchmark of the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River.

Class 6: Extremely difficult to successfully maneuver due to steep vertical drops and boulders. Usually considered unrunnable.

whitewatertunnel

Just to get to the boardwalk you take an elevator down, then enter this tunnel. It’s a fairly steep grade and is wet along the walls. Step out of the tunnel and you will see the bridge to the United States.

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Looking up river at the bridge.

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This boardwalk offers several viewing platforms and is the safest and closest place to view the rapids. The roar of the rapids is a reminder of the power of the force of nature.  The rock layers of the Niagara Great Gorge and the rushing rapids are fascinating.

Click here to get an idea of the experience of the boardwalk.

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Time for a little fun! Where in the world is Vicki Andree? The first person to leave the correct answer in the comment box of this blog will receive a free copy of  my latest book, “I Hate Walt.” Good Luck!

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The Lane Trilogy

The Lane Trilogy

Yes! I am excited!! Listening to books has gotten me across the country on many a  driving excursion. The story envelops me and I forget the miles of sagebrush and beet fields passing by. I can also listen as I enjoy beautiful scenery. I stop counting the minutes that turn to hours as I anticipate my arrival because I’m involved in another story. The longer the books, the better. I love to drive across this country!

All three of the books of the Lane Trilogy can now be accessed through Audible.com, iTunes, and Whisper sync. That makes twenty-six and one half hours of listening. That will get you from Denver to LA, easily. If you’re commuting half an hour both ways you can listen for  twenty-six and one half fun filled days!

Or, better yet, you could drive all the way from Denver to New York City listening to The Lane Trilogy. The possibilities are endless!

From Denver, CO
To New York, NY
From: Denver, CO To: New York, NY

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Every time I go to Jerusalem I feel like I’m coming home. That makes no sense at all, since my home town is North Platte, Nebraska. I love to go to North Platte and it does feel like I’m at home again. But when in Jerusalem I feel one step closer to my real home — Heaven.

Click here for a short devotional video at Cody Park in my home town.

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