Everyone’s Story welcomes a long-time friend, inspirational romance author, Tracey Lyons. Although Tracey and I used to live “down the road” from each other (and in this part of the NE that means next town over) I got to know Tracey best through local RWA chapter meetings. I remember fondly the lovely party she hosted to honor her first sale–and now Tracey is continuing forward in a very nice publishing career! Yay, Tracey! Tracey shares with us this week an excerpt of A Changed Agent, which she’s also offering as a BookGiveway. And do check out what she says about family–particularly who in her own family–is a source of inspiration. We’re both looking forward to chatting with you.
Tracey is offering 1 Kindle edition of A Changed Agent to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, October 28th between 5-6 PM EST.
** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.
Excerpt from A Changed Agent:
Faith Lessons I Learned From My Grandmother by Tracey Lyons
Lina Lockwood Davis departed this earth over two decades ago and yet I feel her presence on a daily basis. My grandmother was not your typical church going woman. As a matter of fact, I never even saw her enter a church. But she had an unshakable faith in the Lord, and in the scripture. My grandmother had a Bible by her side most of the time, and she held weekly Bible studies in her living room.
Some of the things I learned from her are: forgiveness truly is divine, things are not always what they seem and the less fortunate person you’re helping could one day be yourself.
My grandmother taught me patience, which for those of you who know me is not my virtue and that most things happen for a reason…translation God has a bigger plan for us, although it might take you a while to figure out exactly what the plan might be. She taught me about kindness. Kindness really does matter. A few of the things I hope I’ve passed along to my own family and one day to my grandchildren: give to the food pantry because you might one day be in need, help those who can’t help themselves because one tiny act can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.
I learned that family matters. We had a large family with over thirty-three of us with aunts, uncles and cousins. That number has now grown to over seventy with the addition of two more generations. For many years the entire family would gather for Easter and Christmas celebrations. As our families grew the Easter dinner was set aside so each family could spend it in their own homes. But we still gather, all five generations of us, for our annual Christmas celebration the Saturday before December 25th.
There are so many little faith-filled nuances that I still carry from my grandmother. I like to think of them as tiny gifts from heaven. The picture I have on my desk is of the two of us at her ninetieth birthday celebration, and more recently, I’ve come across her collection of little devotional books. Inside each one are hand written notes. Some are prayers for family members, and some are her own reflections. I find great comfort in seeing her familiar handwriting. And now that my career has turned to writing Christian and inspirational fiction I find her words about her faith to be thoughtful and inspiring. I think that every author puts a little bit of themselves in every story they write…for me…I’d like to think that I carry forth a little bit of my grandmother, Lina Davis, in each book.
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An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Women of Surprise series, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats. Tracey lives with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley region. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and on the stage of Lady Jane’s reading salon in New York City. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Fiction Christian Writers and Novelists Inc. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. Her historical romances are all set in the New York State area. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances.
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