Monday, October 19, 2009

Author Guest Post - Joy DeKok (& a Giveaway - closed)

Today I'm pleased to welcome JOY DeKOK, author of RAIN DANCE. Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

In Rain Dance, Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife, the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan?

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“Rule breaker!” the voice yelled. “Renegades don’t get published.”

I wanted to plug my ears. My arms were attached to my sides as if I was wrapped in a straight-jacket. The voice continued its attack from beyond the bright interrogation lights in my nightmare.

When I was able to stand up, I found myself alone in my dark hotel room. It took me a moment to remember where I was. Oh yeah – one of the best writer’s conferences in the nation and in the morning I had an appointment with a big time editor. A famous author was critiquing my manuscript and she had a reputation for being tough.

Although I was a first time novelist, I had read as many books on writing as I could afford, went to conferences, and bought the audio CDs for the ones I couldn’t attend. I knew the rules. Especially the one I’d broken. No author intrusion for a first timer with no experience on the market.

As I sat in the dark waiting for the sky to lighten into morning, I figured I’d leave branded as a rogue and be the next negative illustration in their workshops.

On the way down the hall, adrenaline kicked in and I considered calling in sick.

He handed me my proposal. I accepted it noticing only some big words scribbled across the top of the page. My mind refused to decipher them in public. He quietly said, “I wish I’d seen this last year. We just published two books on this subject.” He wished what? I looked up from the top button on his shirt to his eyes. He continued, “This book will be published someday.” I thanked him and headed back to my room to read the words he’d written to me. He’s written three: This is excellent!

Half-way through lunch, the author who was critiquing my first three chapters entered the room. My salad tossed in my stomach.

She scanned the room. I didn’t drop my eyes in time and she motioned me over. She said to the people around us, “Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to meet an excellent writer, Joy DeKok.” I thanked her politely and again headed for the privacy of my room.

She offered in writing to help me anyway she could, underlined areas she especially liked, and encouraged me to contact her editor.

I sent the manuscript out and although it went to committee at two houses, it was declined by everyone I submitted it to. Last year the editor at Sheaf House Publishers said, “I want to publish this.” Rain Dance released on August 3, 2009.

The journey from the nightmare to the dream come true was a long one for this renegade writer. You might wonder if it’s worth it all. As we say in Minnesota – yah sure, you betcha!

Joy DeKok and her husband, Jon, live in Minnesota on thirty-five acres of woods and fields. Joy has been writing most of her life and as a popular speaker shares her heart and passion for God with women. In addition to writing novels, she has also published a devotional and several children’s books.

Visit Joy online at: www.joydekok.com, www.raindancebook.com, www.believe4kids.com and www.gettingitwrite.net.


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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

A copy of this book will go to one lucky US reader.

To Enter
  • Tell me, what are you - prolife or prochoice? And why?
  • Please list your email address within your comment so that you can be notified should you be chosen as a winner.
For Extra Entries

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Deadline   Midnight CST of November 19, 2009.

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52 comments :

  1. I am Pro choice. I feel a woman should be allowed to make that decision. I don't feel it should be used as birth control but at times it may be necessary due to the conditions of the conception, the health condition of the mother or child.
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  3. I am pro life. I don't like the fact that women can use abortion as a form of birth control.

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  8. I am prolife. I believe that every child is a blessing of God.
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  11. Very difficult question. I'm going to say prochoice. And if you choose to give life, please work hard to be a good mom.

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  13. I am pro choice. I feel a woman should be able to choose her path in life and that includes parenthood.

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  14. I am torn about this issue. I think both sides of the argument have valid points. I know that abortion is not a choice I would make, but I've never been in the situations some people are in when they have to make that choice.
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  15. pro choice, everyone should be able to have the choice of what they want to do with their own bodies.
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  21. I'm Pro-life

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  22. That is such a difficult question. I don't know if it is that black or white. I see a lot of shades of grey. Abortion is not something I would consider. BUT I feel there should be some exceptions.

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  23. I tweeted:
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  24. I tweeted.
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  25. I tweeted on 11-3.
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  26. Pro life. I don't like abortion as a method of birth control, but I also recognize that there are situations where termination might be a necessity.

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  27. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/frugalmomto4/status/5694107944

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  28. prolife...children are a gift from God

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  29. i'm and email subscriber :)
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  30. I am Pro Life.

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  36. I'm prolife. I believe life begins at conception, and from that point on we should do all in our power to preserve the innocent... Life is sacred!

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  49. I am prolife because I believe all of life is to be celebrated, given to us as a gift from God. (Although I didn't mention abortion, I recently posted about celebrating all life after my son's recent 3 hour seizure. My daughter also has had some serious medical problems...though nothing we can't handle with God's grace.

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  50. I am prolife. I believe life starts at conception. After struggling with infertility, (I now have 2 wonderful children) and knowing the long wait to adopt, hearing of the many who chose to abort made me so sad. All those precious children who could have gone to loving homes.
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  51. Congrats to the winner who has been notified. Thank you all for stopping by!

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