Everyone’s Story welcomes this week’s guest, Christian fiction author Toni Shiloh. I’ve gotten to know Toni through Facebook and have had the pleasure of seeing her novels release. I’m quite excited for her!! Toni’s next release is her novella in the A Spring of Weddings collection. Look for it this March. Catch Toni’s blurb below and her uplifting words on encouragement. We’re looking forward to chatting with you.
Blurb of Toni’s novella, A Proxy Wedding:
Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all. So when her best friend calls asking her to be a proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom.
Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he has to take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved.
Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?
Needed Encouragement by Toni Shiloh
This holiday season has been a rough one for me. Sure we’re a couple of weeks into the new year. We gleefully said goodbye to 2016 in hopes that 2017 would bring us a better life. Except my life didn’t get the memo. It’s stuck battling the illness that captured our household in December. Instead of opening our presents with cheer, we had to do it nursing fevers, and tissue dangling from our hands.
Now, my youngest son has been battling fevers. “It’s a fever,” some might say. “What’s the big deal?” Well, my youngest son has sickle cell disease. Plus, he’s missing a spleen thanks to the disease that enlarged and caused more harm to his body than good. So when he gets a fever, it earns him a trick to his specialty doctor, the hematologist. They do blood cultures, give him IV antibiotics, and any other workups that are deemed necessary. My six-year-old boy HATES needles. But after six years of dealing with this disease, I’m prepared.
I pack a bag with all the items I’ve deemed necessary over the years: a stuff animal for comfort, eReader with games to occupy him, snacks—because we’re guaranteed to be in the clinic (or ER if after hours) for a while. It’s a dance he and I know very well.
And despite these setbacks, I’m still expected to write. Still expected to blog. Still expected to do household chores. Time doesn’t stop. Nothing does. So many times, I’ve wanted to give up in the middle of a story. What’s the point when sickness pervades, my own health gives me trouble, and my household needs more help than Lysol can give?
Then God sends me a reprieve in the form of friends, family, and readers. I took a mental break and interacted with readers on Facebook. The result: a reader bought both of my books because she thought I was a fun person.
Y’all, I needed that. In the midst of my son’s fever, my own aches, and a laptop screen waiting for words, this reader touched my heart and fueled me. I was able to write over 2,000 words that day because of her. Whatever obstacle you’re going through, God knows. He knows and He’ll send encouragement when you need it most.
If you haven’t received it yet, then know I’m praying for you. Be blessed and encouraged.
Toni’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:
#ChristFic author Toni Shiloh shares how to write when a family member is ill. (Tweet This)
Author Toni Shiloh Speaks Up on Everyone’s Story: Needed Encouragement (Tweet This)
Toni Shiloh: #Writing through tough times (Tweet This)
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the local Virginia Chapter.
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Toni and I look forward to your comments.