Friday, July 13, 2018

Show Don't Tell Descriptions

by Elva Cobb Martin

As authors we have to keep sharpening our show don't tell skills. When I read, I take notes on examples of good descriptions that show us rather than tell us. This helps us master the technique. 

See if the sentences/phrases below help inspire you. They are my descriptive notes from a novel of a New York Times bestselling mystery author. This is one of the reasons she's enjoyed by so many readers! Can you SEE what she is describing?

The air was hot and heavy, as if it had already been breathed, and tasted faintly stale. (at a grave yard during funeral)

She looked tired and rumpled.

His voice lifted as he warmed to the subject.

He loved inflicting pain, that she knew as surely as any animal knows its predator by sight and smell.

She forced a smile and feared it might be more like bared teeth.

A look of venom hardened her face before she mastered it and ironed it out.

Charlotte knew exactly when the woman caught sight of Jacob. Her face changed. The full lower lip came forward, and the skin tightened across her cheeks.

Her voice, when it came, was as brittle as splintered glass.

Do these examples inspire you? With slight changes we may be able to use these great examples of show/don't tell descriptions.
And also come up with new ones.


Here are some descriptions of mine:


From Summer of Deception after the hero Luke Barrett has come back to God and had his faith restored. This is how I described what he felt later.

"As Luke walked across the lawn, the grass appeared greener, the flowers of the garden path more brilliant. A harmony filled his inner being, and he started to whistle."


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Here's part of a scene from In a Pirate's Debt as the hero, Captain Bloodstone, (ancestor of Luke Barrett above) wrestles with the enemy in his dungeon cell on the eve of his proposed execution.

"Fury singed his mind and body. If he could just get his hands around Roger Poole's neck. That murderous thought brought others and Lucas fell into a hellish, demonic wrestling that lasted hours...Finally, exhausted and weary with the visions and the damp darkness about him, Lucas fell to his knees and cried out to God for deliverance from his anger and his unforgiveness. The response came swiftly, peacefully, like a gentle hand on his head. He looked up and saw a thin ray of sunlight filter down from the small barred window announcing morning."


Thanks for stopping by. Can you give me some good descriptive phrases or sentences that inspire you to add to my file?  Please click on the small links below to share this blog.

Be blessed today is my prayer for you,
Elva


Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin


 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI






Saturday, July 7, 2018

Do These Openings Draw You Into the Story?

by Elva Cobb Martin


This busy summer is proving difficult to keep at my normal writing speed. July in South Carolina is very hot, and this year, also humid. I seem to keep a film of perspiration down my back with minimal activity, even with good A/C. (Notice we southern belles DO NOT sweat. We perspire.) LOL

BUT I WILL NOT GIVE IN OR UP whether sweating or perspiring! Today I am going to give you a breakdown of what I am working on and some openings. Taking stock like this, keeps my writing goals from wilting in this summer heat. Jerry B. Jenkins says even if you can't write at the moment, keeping your goals in mind will make your subconscious work on your project while you're trying to get back to it. 

Here are my three current projects, two fiction, one NF:


1) An inspirational historical romance series set in the 1700's. I have completed the first draft of Book 1, Marisol, at 50,000 words and am starting back on the polishing which should raise the word count to about 70-75,000. I write my first drafts pretty fast to get the main plot points down, including the ending, then I go back and spit polish adding extra research and description before final editing. 


Chapter One    Cadiz, Spain, 1740  

Marisol Valentin pressed her tearful face on the neck of her beloved mare and tried to smother the ghastly metallic scent of blood in the corridor behind her. “Goodbye, dear Jada.” She forced her eyes from the sleek Andalusian and turned back toward the barn entrance.
Her breath strangled in her throat as she inched by the body of Diego Vargas, nobleman of Spain, sprawled in the passageway. She stumbled across the dark stable yard, and up the back stairs of the hacienda. Bursting into her bedchamber, she shoved the door closed, and leaned against it. Tears dripped onto her torn gown.
 “Oh, my lady.” Her maid dropped the camisole she was laying out on the bed. “What has happened?”
“Diego Vargas is dead. He came into the foaling barn after I went to check on Jada and         he . . .” Her voice cracked. She clenched her eyes to stop scenes of his brutal attack assailing her mind. “He’s ruined me.” Her lips trembled. “And I stabbed him to death with my sword.”

Carmela gasped and her hand flew across her mouth. “Madre de Dios!” 



2) A Christian Cozy Mystery

 Chapter 1
Aggie Perkins froze and gaped at the marble face of the man lying in the grass in the Meditation Labyrinth next to the chapel. A single bullet hole pierced his forehead. He was dead—dead as the proverbial door knob. He lay stretched out on his back with his hands folded across his chest.
     When she could breathe again, she stooped and groped for her purse she’d dropped on the lakeside footpath. She never took her eyes off the deceased she knew as Mr. Guy Jensen. Poor soul. Who would want to go and kill an old man like him? He kept to himself. Never bothered anyone. She shook her head and tried to remember the last time she’d witnessed to him about the hope in Christianity as she manned the registration desk at Lambton Inn. He cut such conversations off as fast as they began. Well, he certainly knew about the hereafter now.
     She sighed and then dug in her shoulder bag. Under a half dozen tissues, a too-pink tube of lipstick and sundry throat lozenges, she found her cell and dialed 911.
     “Sheriff’s office.” A female voice responded fast and interested.
      Aggie took a needed breath and willed her heart to quit rocking in her chest. She stumbled over the first words but cleared her throat and started again in her normal husky voice. “This is Aggie Perkins at Lake Juno Conference and Retirement Center. I’ve found a dead man, one of our residents, in our Meditation Garden. Is that new Deputy Dawson around?”
     “A dead man? Are you sure he’s dead?”
     “Of course I’m sure. I’ve seen a few deceased folks in my sixty years, young lady.” Then, not able to keep her eyes from returning to the terrible wound, she added with a shudder, “First time I’ve seen a bullet hole in a forehead, though.” 

Do these openings tempt you to read more? Feel free to critique.

3) A Healing School 4-week Class (Speaking and Writing)
The pastor of the church we attend asked me to do a four-week teaching on what the Bible says about healing. These free classes will be held on eight Wednesday nights for one hour starting July 11- August 29. Each class will last four weeks, then be repeated as other classes are also being offered and folks can sign up for two classes.
I love to share what the Bible says about our wonderful healing covenant in Christ! I believe all this study, preparing handouts, and sharing will evolve into another Bible study I will publish on Amazon. I already have Book 1 indie published on Amazon, Power Over Satan. Book 2 will most likely be Power Over Sickness. Would you join me in prayer for God to move mightily in those who need healing, to draw those who need to come, and for me to share exactly what He would have me share?

Thanks for stopping by. Want to share your writing projects and help keep them fresh? Did my fiction openings draw you into the story? Do leave a comment and share this blog by clicking on the small icons below.

Blessings,
Elva 

Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin

 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI





Friday, June 29, 2018

A Breakdown of Fiction Genres

by Elva Cobb Martin


For an author, genre is a style or category that controls what you write and how you write it. It is the blueprint for various types of stories.

Each genre has rules to follow and there can be sub-genres within genres. 


Genres are great because they fulfill reader  expectations. Like me, you probably buy certain books because you've enjoyed similar stories in the past.


Here is my simple breakdown of some popular fictional genres to help me keep them straight. You may know of others or group them differently.


Each genre has its own "blueprint" an author needs to research before writing in that category.


I will start my list with the two forever best-selling genres as far as I know-- Romance and Mystery,which are also my favorites.



1. Romance - stories about relationships between two people who fall in love. There are many sub-genres like Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance (with many period sub genres), Paranormal Romance. Most people love a love story!


2. Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller - I lumped a lot of types in this one. Includes the "whodunits." There are many sub-genres like Police Procedural, Suspense/Thriller, Legal Thriller, Medical Thriller, Cozy Mystery.  Many people, including me, like to solve a mystery!


3. Action Adventure - This story puts the protagonist in physical danger with thrilling near misses and daring feats. It is fast-paced.


4. Speculative Fiction - These stories are created in worlds unlike our real world in certain important ways. They can overlap in science fiction, supernatural fiction, fantasy fiction, apocalyptic fiction.


5.  Young Adult - these are written, published and marketed to adolescent and young adults probably between the ages of 12-18. The stories can cross into fantasy and science fiction genres.


6. Women's Fiction - These plots are characterized by female central characters who face challenges and crises that have a direct relationship with gender.

7. Historical - These fictional stories take place against factual historical backdrops. Historical figures may be portrayed as fictional characters. Family sagas might be a sub genre.


8. Westerns - These books are specifically set in the old American West. Plot lines include survival, romance and adventure, and can include cowboys, mountain men, Indians, miners.

9. Horror/Paranormal/Ghost - These are high-pitched scary stories involving pursuit and escape. Occult is a sub genre.


10. Literary Fiction -This genre focuses on the human condition and is more concerned with the inner lives of characters and themes than plot. Some say this genre is hard to sell and continues to decline.


Thank you for stopping by. I bet you have another fiction genre to add somewhere in my list! Please leave your comment and  do share this blog by clicking on the small icons below.

Have a blessed, safe, July 4th!
Elva 

Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on the  believer's authority in Christ, Power Over Satan. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin

 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI




Friday, June 22, 2018

Villains - Part 2

by Elva Cobb Martin




Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself as you create a memorable villain like Petro in the Netflix series, Kurt Seyit and Sura.






What one or two positive traits does your villain possess?
 Petro is the perfect gentlemen on the outside, dresses well,  treats women well.

Maybe your villain is kind to animals or children.
Maybe he/she shows love for a family member, or helps a needy person.
Think of something that might help your readers sympathize early on with the villain.

What negative traits does your villain have?
Petro pretends to be the hero Kurt's best loyal friend, but is really disloyal, a liar, evil plotter, and murderer.

Have you foreshadowed your villain's evil core after showing his positive traits?

Is your villain obsessive compulsive in some way? 
   
Does he/she have some nasty habits?

What does your villain love or value more than anything?
Petro values position and riches.

What is your villain's goal and motive?
Petro wants to discredit the hero and he wants the heroine for himself.

He is motivated by hate for the hero and a past perceived wrong.

What lie does your villain believe?
Petro believes that if he can destroy Kurt, Sura will fall in love with him.

What has helped you create a good villain? Would love to hear your comments.

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Blessings,
Elva 



Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin

 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI





Thursday, June 14, 2018

Villains - Part 1

by Elva Cobb Martin

As an author I have to admit I often spend more time thinking about and creating my hero than I do my villain. But the best stories and movies I've enjoyed have had well-crafted villains.

What powerful villains come to your mind? One villain I loved to hate is in the Netflix series, Kurt Seyit and Sura. This romantic historical drama is set beginning in 1916, and takes place in Russia, Crimea and British-occupied Istanbul. The hero and heroine's love story is to die for.

The villain, Petro, is the best friend of the hero, and he wants the heroine, Sura, for himself. What makes him so hate worthy is his lying deception as a best friend and his total disloyalty and cruelty whenever it suits his purpose of trying to break up Seyit and Sura. Neither of them realize what he is doing until it's almost too late.

Petro is a good-looking, kind of harmless-looking guy and a gentleman, but he's also a devious liar and murderer. This author put as much time in creating this villain as she did her hero and heroine and this is a big part of what makes this series spellbinding. It's actually based on a true story.

Here are this villain's characteristics so far:



Good-Looking, harmless-looking guy, gentleman
Motivated by love or lust for best friend's sweetheart
Disloyal
Liar
Murderer
Deceptive/devious

Thanks for stopping by. What villains have you loved to hate and why? As authors we have to work on creating three-dimensional villains. We are way past how the old westerns handled it. The good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black. LOL

In Part 2 we will talk about some questions you can ask yourself when creating a great villain readers won't soon forget.

Blessings,
Elva 



Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin


 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI




Friday, May 11, 2018

Creating a Hero Part 4 - Man of Steel and Velvet

by Elva Cobb Martin

If you missed Part 1-3, click here:
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My definition of  a man of steel and velvet is one who may have great physical and mental attributes, but who also has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. And everything in his life is influenced by this relationship and his love for God's Word.

William Wilberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd in the movie, Amazing Grace) was a definitive man "of steel and velvet."
This one man's passion and perseverance changed the world. His courageous quest ended the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in the British Empire in May, 1807, in England, and in the U.S. in January, 1808. (Then our Civil War followed in 1861 to bring freedom to the slaves already here.)


Our Bible has several heroes who might fit this bill. Some of my favorites are Joseph, Gideon, and a lesser known one, warrior Jephthal, who was born of a prostitute and turned out of the family by his half siblings. But in war they ended up begging him to return to lead them in battle. His prayers for God's guidance are recorded in Judges 11-12.

Aubrey Andelin authored the book, Man of Steel and Velvet. He lists six qualities of steel and six velvet qualities of men. Find it on Amazon here https://amzn.to/2jObsyV

These 12 characteristics are great to consider when building our memorable heroes.

Steel Qualities

  • Guide, protector, provider
  • Builder of society
  • Masculinity
  • Character
  • Confidence
  • Health
Andelin says the steel side of a man makes women and children feel secure.
Arouses admiration of all. Makes a woman feel womanly.

Velvet Qualities
  • Understands women
  • Gentleness
  • Attentiveness
  • Youthfulness
  • Humility
  • Refinement

The author says the velvet side of a man promotes good human relations among people and awakens love in women and children.



I believe only a man who has chosen to be led by God's Holy Spirit can hope to excel in these characteristics.

Our culture vitally needs to be reminded of these qualities as some  increasingly work to erase man's masculinity, blur the roles of men and women, and redefine the family.

Who is your definitive "man of steel and velvet?" History, movies, and novels evidence quite a few. Some of us even have the great pleasure of being married to one. ( :

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed Mothers' Day, all you dear mothers and grandmothers.

Here's a pic of one man of steel and velvet--and a little "steel and velvet" growing up. (Our  Christian law officer son and grandson we'll be seeing this weekend.)



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Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Creating a Great Hero - Part 3 Horatio Hornblower

by Elva Martin

What makes a great hero? Click here if you missed
 Part 1 - Atticus Finch  http://bit.ly/2HFDkD3
 Part 2: Captain Blood  http://bit.ly/2KfpHc9

We've covered several characteristics of great fictional heroes and today we'll look at Horatio Hornblower, the wonderful British Royal Naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars era created by C.S. Forester. The eleven-volume Hornblower Saga follows an English seaman, Hornblower, as he rises from Midshipman to Admiral in England's Royal Navy. This historical series and hero has thrilled generations and become the subject of films,radio and television programs. I'm told even Winston Churchill read these novels on his way to Royal Navy meetings during WWII.



Two fave actors of mine who have played Hornblower are 
Ioan Gruffudd                                     and Gregory Peck.

So what has made Horatio Hornblower a great hero to so many?

Having read the books, listened to audio, and seen movies of several in this series, my first thought is that here is a man who possesses all the other qualities of heroes we've talked about but adds certain other interesting qualities.

1) He is man of the strongest principles, especially those relating to British Royal Navy Protocol

In the West Indies Admiral Hornblower is suspicious that the American ship Daring has been hired by Napoleonic former soldiers and supporters to rescue Bony from his St. Helena island prison. 

Sharpe, consul-general at New Orleans warns Hornblower,
"Daring's an American ship, my lord."

That was an important point, a very important point. Daring had an ostensibly legal errand, and she flew the Stars and Stripes. He (Hornblower) could think of no excuse for taking her into port for examination. His instructions had been very strict regarding the treatment of the American flag.

So the during the rest of the book Hornblower chases the Daring to stop her rescue of Napoleon, but he does not cross British protocol in doing so. This brings up the next unusual quality possessed by this hero.

2) He is possessed with amazing ingenuity and finesse to carry out his job as British Admiral of the West Indies

Hornblower has confirmed the French captain of the Daring is on a secret mission to rescue Napoleon from St. Helena Island but how can he stop him without firing on the American flag and causing an international incident? He comes up with the Big Lie (at least he thinks it is a lie). He apprehends the much larger ship, the Daring, and goes aboard. The French Captain, who is also a Count, has to allow him aboard and show him proper honor as he is the English Admiral of the West Indies. Here's the amazing dialog.

"Ah Count Cambronne," said Hornblower, (to the French captain) and then made himself speak French. "It is a pleasure to meet you again."
"And to what do I owe this pleasure, milord?" asked Cambronne. He was standing very stiff and straight, his cat's-whisker mustache bristling out on either side.
"I have come to bring you the very worst of news, I regret to say," said Hornblower. Through many sleepless nights he had rehearsed these speeches to himself. Now he was forcing himself to make them naturally. "And I have come also to do you a service, Count."
"What do you wish to say?"
"Bad news."
"Well?"
"It is with the deepest regret, Count that I have to inform you of the death of your Emperor."
"No!"
"The Emperor Napoleon died at St. Helena last month. I offer you my sympathy, Count."
Hornblower told the lie with every effort to appear like a man speaking truth. 
"I received the news two days back in Port of Spain," said Hornblower. "In consequence, I cancelled the arrangements I had made for the arrest of this ship."

Hornblower suffered mentally by telling this lie because the Count would not believe him until he gave his word of honor as a gentleman. But he did give it, believing it was for the peace of the world in peril from a renewal of the deadly war with France they had just won. And the Count believed him and called off his mission. In the next port, Hornblower learns the shocking news that Napoleon had, indeed, died on St. Helena three weeks earlier. He recouped the honor of his word.


3) Though a mighty warrior who will give the enemies of England no quarter, he is still a compassionate forever true lover of Lady Barbara and needs healing of jealousy of her first husband.

In the last volume of the Hornblower series, Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, he has finally married Barbara when she became a widow after her arranged first marriage. Something she says to him, when death seems imminent for their whole ship during a hurricane, heals his old jealousy.

She not merely said that she loved him; she had said she had never loved anyone else. Hornblower, huddled on the deck of a waterlogged ship with a hurricane shrieking round him, was suddenly aware that an old hurt was healed, that he would never again feel that dull ache of jealousy of Barbara's first husband, never, as long as he lived.

4) He is a great leader of men who will follow him to prison and even to death. . .

In most of the Hornblower books the reader sees this heroic characteristic carried out in many situations.  

Don't miss the next part in this series as we hone in on "The Man of Steel and Velvet." --Heroes, who not only display most of the characteristics we covered so far, but who also have a life-changing, empowering, relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Blessings and Happy Mother's Day coming,
Elva 


Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin

 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI