Everyone’s Story welcomes back multi-published author Nike N. Chillemi. Nike is a self-created “Crime Fictionista” and that’s only one of the reasons why we all love Nike! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this blooming author and publisher and must say she’s an absolute delight. Please check out her BookGiveaway of Harmful Intent, the excerpt from Deadly Design, and Nike’s stirring words.
Nike is offering 1 copy of her novel Harmful Intent ( Book One of the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy) to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, January 15th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).
Check out an excerpt from Deadly Design, Book 2 of the Veronica Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy:
Joy and Good Cheer by Nike N. Chillemi
2015 was a year of many heavy trials and tribulations for me. I didn’t face all of it with grace and decorum. More times than I’d like to admit, I came off like blathering, whiney nincompoop. That’s okay. God has heard all that before. He didn’t turn His back on me. It wasn’t as if He said, “Everyone up here thought you had it all together. What a surprise.” No, He knew good and well how untogether I could be.
The important thing is I went to my best resource, my Bible. In its pages I found the tools I needed to get over, under, around, and to plow straight through my mess. Two things I’ve focused on intensely in recent weeks has been joy and good cheer. Of course the battleground is between the ears. I found that when I adjust my attitude, my emotions come around and I feel better.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 [NASB]
The thing is I have to keep it up. I come from a murmuring family. Just about every one of them has a negative opinion about something, and most have negative opinions about quite a few things. So, it was natural I’d pick this trait up. I married into a family of murmurers. Actually, I’ve found murmuring is quite common. The Israelites kept it up for 40 years in the wilderness. When I meditate on the Romans 15:13 Scripture, I see that I have to keep my focus on believing all the promises the Word of God has for me so that the God of hope can fill me with joy and peace. My part is to find out what good God has for me and believe it. His part is to transform me from the inside, out.
While I was researching all the good and joy God had for me, I noticed Jesus had the strangest manner of instructing His followers to be of good cheer. When His disciples are in a boat that’s about to sink in a raging sea at the fourth watch (3:00 am), He appears to them walking on water. They, quite naturally freak out, thinking He’s a ghost. And what does He say? “Be of good cheer.”
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:24-27 [KJV]
I’m no Bible scholar, but this tells me being of good cheer is not situational. Jesus said, as He faced the cross in John 1~ 6:33 [KJV] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. What a time for Him to be speaking of good cheer and peace.
Yes, but that’s Jesus and I’m not Jesus. Just as the murmuring is about to start again, I have to pull myself up short and remember something very basic and extremely profound. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I have Jesus in my heart. So I can chose to be of good cheer. I can choose to be happy rather than unhappy. My happiness doesn’t depend upon circumstances. It depends upon me making a quality decision to be of good cheer and to have joy.
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Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (colored might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.
Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series, set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. HARMFUL INTENT released under the auspices of her own publishing company, Crime Fictionista Press, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historic Suspense category. Her new release is DEADLY DESIGNS. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
Places to connect with Nike:
Please visit me on the awesome blog, Seekerville, on Monday, January 11th. I’ll be sharing about how I made my bad boy hero, Tyler, from my novel Always With You redeemable. I’d love your thoughts! Plus, I’m offering a BookGiveaway of Always With You!! Hope to see you.
Additional Fun and BookGiveaways from Elaine:
In addition to Nike’s lovely Giveaway, you also have a chance to enter the BookGiveaway I’m offering to win either 1 copy of my debut novel Always With You (upon its release) or Christmas Treasures. Just sign up for my NEWSLETTER found on the ABOUT ELAINE page–click on the MAILING LIST house icon on the top right-hand column. US entries will receive a printed copy. Outside the US will receive a digital copy.
I’m so looking forward to this Giveaway!
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