Tanya Eavenson: On Being Restored

Tanya Everyone’s Story gives a big welcome-again to author and friend Tanya Eavenson. Tanya’s visit this week finds her smiling with the release of her second novel Restored. I’m excited to have Tanya back with us, truly restored! Tanya shares with us a strong but loving reminder of why it’s so necessary to hold tight onto God and to keep moving forward with Him. She also shares an excerpt of  Restored, which by the way she’s also offering as a BookGiveaway so do check it out! Both Tanya and I look forward to hearing from you!

And to close this feature out, please check out my upcoming Goodreads BookGiveaway of Always With You, my debut novel. Now, back to our regular programmed schedule… take it away, Tanya…

 

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Tanya is offering 1 e-book version of Restored to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 26th 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).

About the Book:

Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart. Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family’s grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future. But how can there be a future when he’s only come to kiss her and says good-bye?

Questions for Tanya:

I’m inspired to write inspirational Christian fiction because I believe the Lord called me to write stories for Him. Several years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and it was a defining moment, not only dealing with my cancer prognosis, but asking the Lord if He truly called me to write as I thought or was I mistaken. I even shared my fears and the struggles I had with Elaine the last time I was here on Everyone’s Story. But through the fears and searching for God’s direction, I learned He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and no matter what I was facing in my life, that didn’t diminish His call. I’m inspired by the Lord to write inspirational Christian fiction so people may know the love of Christ. To know the depth He will go to have a relationship with us. And though we struggle, He uses us, He uses people like me, the ordinary, to do out of the ordinary things. Unexpected things—like writing.

On my path to becoming a published author I learned this surprising fact about myself: I’ve learned I’m resilient and my faith is only made stronger as I continue along this journey as an author.

In my novel RESTORED I want the reader to feel that God is our hope, our comfort, and our fortress. I dedicated RESTORED to those whose faith is shaken. To anyone who is searching. To anyone who needs to believe in the impossible. For as Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

The reason

I was inspired to write Restored because God is the Restorer of our souls, our hearts, our relationships, our families, our health and the list goes on. In Him all things can be restored, even when we think everything might be lost. Steven’s story is one of restoration and the realization that anything is possible with God no matter the circumstances.

Give us a peek inside of Restored:

Prologue from Restored by Tanya Eavenson

 

Elizabeth ran her fingers down the wooden handrail along the stairs, glancing at the ornate clock on the mantle. “Not much longer now.” Her heart pounded with excitement as her gaze moved to the framed picture beside the clock and settled on her husband’s handsome face. Warmth flowed through her as she lifted the portrait with its silver frame. Chris had just tackled their son, Luke, with the football in the front yard when she snapped the picture. She touched the glass over Chris’s blond hair. His hazel eyes peered up at her. She smiled. It still amazed her how their lives had changed throughout the years, coming back from the brink of divorce to discovering what unconditional love truly meant. What they meant to each other.

“Two hours and you’ll be home,” she breathed. This mission trip to Goma, Africa, kept Chris away for several weeks this time, but now it was time for him to come home to stay.

She closed her eyes, envisioning Chris’s arms around her. Tonight, she’d drink in the words of love she’d missed before she fell asleep every evening, the feel of his body next to hers.

She smiled and pressed a hand against her flat belly. “Yes, Daddy will be home soon. Won’t he be surprised?” The chime of the doorbell broke through her thoughts.

She set the frame down and hurried to open the front door. Elizabeth smiled at her sister and brother-in-law. “Hey, why did you ring the doorbell? You could have come right in.” She halted. Something in their expressions made her heart race. “Where’s Luke?” she asked her sister.

Sam’s mouth opened, but no words came out. She grabbed Phillip’s arm as if she needed support.

Moisture filled Phillip’s eyes. “There’s been an accident. They tried to call. We tried to call.”

“Lizzy.” Her sister moved to her side.

Elizabeth couldn’t breathe. No, God, no. Please, God, I can’t take losing another child. “Where is he, Sam? Where’s Luke?”

Phillip cleared his throat. “Luke is fine. He’s with Mom.”

Elizabeth glanced between them, not understanding. “But you said there was an accident…that they tried to call—”

“My brother…” Phillip’s voice broke and a tear ran down his face. “Elizabeth, there’s been a plane crash.”

For my next novel I’m working on I’m changing gears from Contemporary to Historical Romance. I’m working on a series of novels set in the late 1800’s. The first novel in the ALL ROADS LEAD TO TEXAS series is called The Rescue and will release this fall!

One of the themes or premise I’d like to explore in a future novel is the Lord give us a hope and a future. It’s an underlying theme you will find in most of my novels.

If I were suddenly gifted with a month’s time of no worries or responsibilities I’d love to reread the following 3 novels: I would love this! Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, The Princess by Lori Wick, and Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

Tanya’s past guest appearance on Everyone’s Story: February 13, 2014

 

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Author’s Bio:

Tanya Eavenson enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for Christ to the World Ministries.

Places to connect with Tanya:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon

Elaine Sightings This Week:

I’m offering a Giveaway of Always With You on Goodreads beginning March 1st:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always with You by Elaine Stock

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by Elaine Stock

Giveaway ends April 02, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Tanya and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”

27 comments to Tanya Eavenson: On Being Restored

  • Tanya thank you for sharing your inspiring sory. Someday we will get to see the beauty that has come of the pain of our lives.

    Restored is a wonderful title and it sounds like a touching story to which I could relate. It seems when God allows something that seems to have no good in it, that we do not find peace until we allow Him to restore us and others, through our restoration.

    I pray that many will be restored through reading this book.
    Delores

  • Ann Ellison

    Another interview that I enjoyed and another author that i look forward to reading her books. Restored sounds like a really good one and I would love to win a copy.

  • Tanya, you’re a living testament to God’s faithfulness – thanks for sharing here.

  • I always love seeing what Tanya has to say and I’m never disappointed. You and Elaine both are such blessings to others with your encouraging words. Can’t wait to read more after that great teaser!

    • elaineadmin

      Kind and lovely words, Pat. You know how to start my day right–heartfelt thanks. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t agree with you about Tanya as well as publicly acknowledge how much you’ve blessed me through the years.

      So glad you enjoyed the preview of Tanya’s new release!

  • Hello Tanya:

    What a blessing to have you here today. I think we are very simpatico. “Restored” has a theme I have found to be the most powerful and memorable in fiction. I think such books are not only inspirational but also therapeutic. They are good for the soul and the body.

    My three favorite and most memorable books are: “Talk Before Sleep”, Elizabeth Berg, not everyone with cancer survives but this is the most wonderful friendship book I’ve ever read. “The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches”, by Janet Tronstad, is an inspiring quartet of romances about four young girls who have survived cancer and now are coming of age with each other’s support in a ‘knitting group’ — this is a ‘sisterhood’ book like no other. And my favorite romance, “The Lawman’s Second Chance”, by Ruth Logan Herne” is about a man who has recently lost his wife to breast cancer and who has two small children to raise without a mother. He falls in love with a woman who is battling breast cancer herself.

    “Restored” is right in with these highly emotional, spiritual, and heartwarming books. I must say I downloaded “Restored” immediately to my Kindle and have added it to my BICR pile. (That’s ‘Books I’m Currently Reading”).

    I know it takes great emotional courage to write a book on this theme. The books I’ve mentioned have been inspired by real cancer cases. Reading “Restored” will be my reward each night for meeting my daily goals. : )

    As for your next book, when I saw the title: “All Road Lead to Texas”, I had to simile. All I could think of was “GTT”!

    I’m a big “GTT” fan — that’s what they used to say in the later 1800’s when yet another person or family up and moved to Texas: “Gone to Texas.” I won’t list those books but they’re in a great tradition.

    I’m really getting to like Elaine’s website. So far I have found her guests to be authors who I am most likely to enjoy reading.

    I hope and pray your heath stays strong and that your future books continue to inspire others.

    Vince

    • elaineadmin

      Vince, I was thinking of you this morning and wondering whether you’d visit 🙂 So glad you did! Sounds like Tanya has a new fan!!

      I’m going to have to check out the novels you’ve mentioned–I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Berg, but the others sound compelling as well. You may enjoy Joy Fielding’s THE FIRST TIME: a bittersweet but beautiful love story of a couple learning how to love each other again. The first line is: She was thinking of ways to kill her husband. I can’t stop recommending this book!

      I’m so touched, Vince, that you enjoy this blog. I’ve begun to think of it as my little but growing community, full of lovely readers and writers and all those in-between. You’ve blessed me today.

    • Yesterday my church hosted a marriage conference and I had a wonderful time, but I had no idea what awaited me when I returned to Elaine’s blog. Pat and Vince, I’m extremely touched by your words. I pray my life will be an example and an encouragement for others, as Paul says, “to fight the fight, to finish the race.”

      Vince, thank you for purchasing Restored and I pray it will indeed be therapeutic as you read Steven and Elizabeth’s story. As to writing a book on this theme, I admit, it was difficult to look at my fears and the emotions I went through, but if I had not, or skirted around the topic and emotions, I’m not sure Steven’s character would have been truly authentic. I wish life was perfectly tied up in a little red bow and we never had to face the many things we face. However, I’m fully convinced it is through those trials that people are about to see Christ in us more clearly.

      Thank you for sharing your three favorite novels with us! I’ll be sure to check them out. My to-be-read pile has dwindled so this is perfect timing. As for my next series, I look forward to you reading them as well. Each heroine has circumstances that drive them from different parts of the country to Texas, for they have truly “Gone to Texas.” =) It’s been a great adventure to write!

      Blessings to you both! Thank you for your visit!

  • Marilyn R

    Thank you for featuring Tanya Eavenson and her new book Restored. Books written from life’s experiences are uplifting and provides encouragement to readers. I look forward to reading Restored along with Always With You, Elaine. God Bless!

  • Hi Elaine:

    I could not get “The First Time” for Kindle but our library had a copy in large print. So I put it on hold.

    I like and read four “Fieldings” — Liz, Joy, Helen, and of course, Henry. Funny inside info — Liz wrote a version of Helen’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” which is a hoot because it is so well done. Liz also wrote a perfect contemporary Regency romance, which if you know what she is doing, is a creative tour de force. Fielding is a great name in English fiction.

    BTW: If you like Elizabeth Berg, you might also like Joanne Harris, who wrote “Chocolat”. I recommend “Coastliners” and “Blackberry Wine”. Both these writers delve deep down to the truth as if they were playing beautiful music without the need of the instrument itself. The truth resonates as clearly as with a tuning fork.

    Vince

    • elaineadmin

      Vince, let me know what you think of The First Time–I cannot recommend this sad but beautiful story enough! Excellent writing, at least in my opinion. I’ll have to increase my already huge TBR mountain with your suggestions 🙂

      Always a pleasure to see you here.

  • Donna B

    This book sounds like a great one to read! This is a new author to me.

  • Thank you, Donna! We’ve got you entered for Restored. So grateful for your visit on this Monday morning! Have a lovely day!

  • I “Liked” your author page on Facebook, Tanya. If the drawing is still on, please enter me. 🙂

  • Susan, Thank you for visiting me here and on my author page! It was wonderful talking with you! Blessings, and I look forward to many more conversations!

  • elaineadmin

    The only sad part about ending this week is that until next time–and I hope there will be one; just say when Tanya–is that today closes up a very special week with the lovely Tanya Eavenson. It’s always a pleasure to host you, my friend! I can tell my viewers enjoyed your words. I hope this week has blessed you with an increase in devoted fans.

    Thanks too for the Giveaway of RESTORED. And the winner of Tanya’s newest release is…

    Donna B. Yay, Donna!! Both Tanya and I will contact you in direct emails. Happy reading 🙂

    Blessings to all ❤

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