Because I wish I could do more for you

During these difficult days authors like me wonder what we can do for you. Because I wish I could do more, I’ve priced my latest release, Finding Hope, for  0.99 cents on Kindle (The lowest amount Amazon allows).

Let me know how you are. It matters.

John 14:27.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Link to more free books for days like these from Cedar Fort-through Book Funnel: https://mailchi.mp/60e151a229fa/shannon-symonds-author-newsletter-625851

Going Viral doesn’t mean what I thought it meant…

Today the World Health Organization declared the “novel” Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. This is one novel I hope you never have to read.

When we originally heard about it, we noticed that the shelves were empty of toilet paper and had a wonderful chuckle. Then our family welcomed a new baby. Suddenly, germs seemed a bit more serious. One of us has CKD or Chronic Kidney Disease, and others in our tight-knit family have weaknesses that make us worry.

We realized the problems surrounding the virus were bigger than we thought when my daughter went to a big box store to buy toilet paper. Ironically, after 3 stores she ended up snatching one of the last cases off a pallet in a Walmart and in a game of chicken with another shopper.

We all cope in our own way. My kids cope with humor. I don’t know who created this meme, but it’s priceless. I hope the creator doesn’t mind sharing.

For the first time in my memory, on a recent workday, I went to a big box store to get some things for the new baby. Our small town Costco was packed, on a day it should have been empty. Carts were full of toilet paper, water, and interestingly, televisions.

At first I smiled, then I noticed the people pushing the carts were the same age as my parents, who are ordering their groceries delivered for the first time in their life. And I wondered, would we lose one of these family faces? Even one would be too many. The drinking water is safe and our bathrooms are stocked, but still we seem to all be nervous. It has become a small world, indeed.

And so we have cancelled the world. Meetings are online, school is online, stadiums are empty, and so are my friends restaurants. We are all going to be impacted, either through our health, finances, or loss of loved ones. It is a forced slow down and as you can see, everyone who can has stocked up.

My hope is that you get more time at home around the dinner table, more time with good books, and more time to write and collect your thoughts. I also hope that you look around and realize that time with loved ones is priceless, that person matters, and cherish each other just a little bit more. And most of all, I pray you and your loved one’s stay well.

“I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end.” Moroni 8:3

Stay tuned for the first few chapters of my next book. We will be sitting by the fire, walking by the ocean alone, and writing a book about a small beach town, Grace’s daughter, her hilarious friend, and the kids and families of Oceanside High.

Writing to you from here, behind closed doors, with pasta, lots and lots of pasta.

Answers in the Storm

Have you ever wearied the Lord in prayer and wondered when he would answer your prayer, or if he would answer? Have those answers come in unexpected ways? I know I have. I have wanted more time for family and writing. I think I have my answer and it will mean more time to write.

I love to write stories about characters that have deep needs, face insurmountable odds, are tried during the storms of life, face destruction, and still find their happy ending. I write about unexpected heroes and heroines, who after the storm is over, realize the hand of God was at work the entire time. And the events they thought would annihilate them were actually the best thing that ever happened to them.

Why do I love to write stories about people who face impossible odds? Because that is the ongoing story in my life, and I would bet a few of you have been caught in the rain before. But I believe in miracles and I believe in happy endings, so here we go! New job and more writing.

Today, I found one more survivor. This afternoon, the sun was out, and I worked in the garden. I weeded and pulled out the plants that hadn’t made it through the wild coastal winter months. We have had snow, fierce winds, and record rainfalls. I opened the gate to put my tools away in the backyard and look what I found. While everything else turned brown and withered, this beautiful little plant flowered through the dark winter months on the north side of the house. It blossomed against all odds, just like the heroines of my stories.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak on Hope in church, while I was praying and working on making more space for family and writing. It was a great opportunity to explore one of my favorite words-hope.

More on hope later-for now, here is one of my favorite quotes:

 

The Seaside Signal – Features Finding Hope & Tells the Real Story

Eve Marx of the Seaside Signal not only featured my newest novel, Finding Hope, she investigated trafficking in our small town and researched what it might look like in yours. Do you wonder if your kids are at risk? Do you want to know what to look for?

Link: Eve’s article, “Finding Hope” Amidst Alarming Trafficking Numbers

Do you want to learn to recognize trafficking? Have you ever thought about volunteering from your own home town?

Take Operation Underground Railroad’s Free Online Volunteer Training to learn to recognize signs of trafficking.

Finding Hope Featured in StoryOrigins Romantic Suspense List!

Finding Hope is featured in a list of clean sweet romantic suspense novels. Here is the scoop!

StoryOrigins has compiled a list of:
-Romantic suspense of the clean variety,
-Passion but no sex please. 
-Suspenseful situations but no gratuitous violence. 
-No swearing. 

-Fast, funny, exciting, action-packed and suspenseful?

Yes please.

They featured Finding Hope! I have to say; I am not a fan of all the covers, but the authors promise-Sweet, Clean, Romantic Suspense!

Here is my promise to you. If you read any of the novels and they don’t fit our standards, please let me know and I will take the correct action.

Check out the list here!

 

World Changer! Aryeh Green #WaitByTheGate #ChooseLight

When you use your dollars to purchase books, movies, or any other form of entertainment you influence the world.  Our purchases of clean and inspirational work support authors who write well-told stories and inspirational books. Together, authors and readers can create change and make a statement. Light the world with books.

This Week’s featured author fascinates me. Aryeh Green is Chief Strategy Officer at EnergiyaGlobal, a Jerusalem-based company developing renewable energy projects in Africa. He was the founder and director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project of HonestReporting, providing services for the foreign media in Israel. He is a true world changer, speaking at Stanford as a lead up to Martin Luther King day, and the author of the recently-published book My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land.

Aryeh was born in Washington DC, a descendant of one of the first Jews in North America (who arrived in 1690); he grew up in San Francisco, went to UC Berkeley, and has lived in Israel for well over 30 years.

Aryeh has been a policy advisor to Natan Sharansky and a business executive and consultant for the past three decades.  He served as a senior member of minister Sharansky’s staff in the Israeli prime minister’s office, where among other things he was responsible for supporting civil society activists in the Arab and Muslim world.  He continues to be active in the effort to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

Aryeh holds a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley, an MA in international relations from Hebrew University, and an MSc in business management from Boston University & Ben Gurion University, and has been widely published in various newspapers, magazines & academic publications.

Aryeh was married four years ago to Miriam, and they live in Beit Shemesh (the “House of the Rising Sun” in loose translation). They have 9 children between them… and aside from hiking all over Israel (or talking about it), when not promoting renewable energy and accuracy in the media, Aryeh grows grapes and makes wine.

I asked this fascinating author why he is committed to writing only clean or inspirational books. He said:

“As an observant Jew who leads a traditional life and believes in expressing gratitude for God’s blessings, I want to share my outlook and values with others.”

Well said, Aryeh! I I have enjoyed learning about Aryeh’s traditions and values on his many television and online interviews, like his interview on the Christian Broadcast Network. As a young girl, my Jewish neighbor shared her history and heritage with me. I ate her stories up like chocolate ice-cream on a hot day. I gained a deep respect or the culture.

About the Book: My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land

“My Israel Trail is a book about a hike on the 700-mile Israel Trail, and facing personal challenges. It offers new perspectives on Israel – the land, the country, its history and people – and illuminating insights from the experience.

Natan Sharansky celebrates Aryeh’s “engaging passion and persistence”; Mayim Bialik calls the book a “fascinating journey” and “beautiful exploration of self and identity”.

After a devastating divorce, which rocked his world and confounded his deeply-held optimism, Aryeh Green’s goal was to find healing, and get his life back on track. His hike along ‘Shvil Yisrael’, the Israel National Trail, enabled the discovery of a number of universal truths for living based on Jewish tradition.”

You can find, My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land, at Barnes & Noble, Costco, Target, Walmart, others.

Visit Aryeh Green’s Website

Link to Aryeh Green’s Book on Amazon

Link to Aryeh’s Facebook page

Link to Aryeh Green’s Instagram Page

Tweet with Aryeh on Twitter!

And all you serious readers can follow Aryeh Green on Goodreads!

Happy Birthday to Me!

In honor of my 29th birthday, Cedar Fort and I are giving away copies of my books on Kindle between January 7th and 11th, 2020!

Don’t forget to enter the Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Finding Hope by Shannon Symonds

Finding Hope

by Shannon Symonds

Giveaway ends January 08, 2020.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

But, if you entered the Goodreads giveaway and didn’t win, you can check out:

Shannon Symonds, Author Page!- All my books are FREE on Kindle between January 7-11, 2020

Thank you for being a part of 2019, a great year. May 2020 be a year of reading, fun, and personal growth for you and yours.

You can also win, Finding Hope, and, Safe House, by joining the Storytellers in Zion Polar Bear Plunge Reading Challenge. Join the fun HERE!

Here are the rules:

1. Anyone can participate as a reader. They do not have to be LDS to play and win.
2. Although these are books by LDS authors, few of them actually have LDS content. **My books are Christian (LDS) Fiction”
3. Minimum books required to read: 1.
4. Readers can join any time—even if it’s the last day of the challenge.

#findinghopebyshannonsymonds #novel #cleanread #suspense

#romance #mysterythriller #safehousebyshannonsymonds #cedarfortauthor #giveaway #contest

World Changer! Brenda McDaniel #WaitByTheGate #ChooseLight

Brenda McDaniel, Author of her debut book, My Angel My Hero, is retired. She has BS in Psychology and MS in Counseling. She has loved writing since childhood. Her childhood dream finally came true when she published her story.

Brenda has a clear reason for writing her first book and committing to write clean or inspirational books going forward. Brenda shared:

I am a devout Christian and not only believe in angels, but have seen one when my mother passed away.

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Merry Christmas from the Oregon Coast!

Merry Christmas from us to you!

This year we celebrated early so that some of us can hit the road for Utah and celebrate with the rest of the family.

2019 was a great year for the Symonds family! I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of our lovely chaos with you. Funny, when the noise in the room is made by people I love, it is music to my ears.

I was raised in a large and very close family. We are still very connected through Lassie Hame, our family home on the beach. We text, chat and visit often. Christmas was a time of chaos, good food, and cousins everywhere. I loved it.

Then, later in life, we moved our family to our first home on the Oregon Coast. Although we were just down the road from the beach house, we had quiet Christmases. Traveling to the coast from Utah and even Portland is difficult in winter. Even though we had six children, I missed the constant party atmosphere of my youth.

As we celebrated our early Christmas, I realized I had recreated the big family of my youth. Even though we only had half of our grandchildren and four of our children, it was – in the words of little Maddy, “Glorious Chaos!”

Whether you have a small family, chosen family, a church family, or spend your Christmas in the service of others – I wish you a day of glorious chaos and love!

For those of you who are thinking life at the beach is sand and sun, I thought you might enjoy a little authentic Seaside, Oregon travel conditions! We started out for the airport yesterday! After a three hour drive, a night with my cousins (the best!) we arrived at the airport this morning.  Here is a little peek at our drive. Please don’t judge the backseat driver in the passenger seat (me) wearing her lucky Uggs and giving the driver absolutely sound advice.

Shannon’s List of Favorite Holiday Reads, Fun, and Family Stuff!

Here are a few things I am LOVING this Christmas season.

Each morning, I love to ground myself by starting the day with quiet study. I highly recommend the non-denominational group, Multiply Goodness. Their current study, Advent, O Come Let Us Adore Him

I am a huge fan of, Don’t Miss This, with Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler. They have partnered with LDS Living to provide daily video inspiration and study ideas for families. Do you want to introduce your children to the characters in their nativity scene? Check this out!

#LightTheWorld Check the Hashtag! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has created some beautiful content to help you and your family feel closer to Christ during the Christmas Season. You can find #LightTheWorld here. Here is a beautiful video of the nativity.

I have also been enjoying Emily Belle Freeman’s, Inklings, studyguide for women who want to know more about their role in the Priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Last of all! Have you ever wanted a Life Coach? Meet Lisa Lewis. She has been guiding participants through their 40-day Journey to the New Year. It still isn’t too late to take the journey with us.

Favorite Christmas Movies in 2019

Take a look inside my head! This movie tells the story of how Charles Dickens wrote the Christmas Carol. It is like taking a walk through an author’s mind. I LOVE it! The Man Who Invented Christmas on Amazon.

REVIEW COPIES FREE. For reading all the way to the end of this LONG, LONG, List, if you would like to join my review crew and receive a free copy of Safe House and Finding Hope for an honest and fair review on Goodreads AND Amazon, email me at symondsbythesea1215@gmail.com. Put review crew in the subject line. I will reply ASAP with Kindle versions of my books for the first 20 people who ask.

And don’t forget! My birthday is coming! So until then, I am giving away 100 Kindle Copies of Finding Hope on Goodreads. No hook and a great chance of winning since I am a small town beach author who knows almost no one! Enter here.