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September 27, 2006
posted by David Meigs at 9/27/2006 12:11:00 AM
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Today, I am going over my three hundred word limit, but I think it’s worth it. You see, VIOLET DAWN, played a major role in leading a young girl to the Lord, months before it ever hit the shelves. I’ll tell you all about it.

But first things first, when Brandilyn Collins announced on her blog that she was seeking fellow writers to help her with a new marketing project, I was stoked. I had just reviewed her latest novel, WEB OF LIES (Zondervan) and I was her newest fan.

Brandilyn was creating a fan fiction blog, called SCENES & BEANS, based on the colorful characters from her new KANNER LAKE series. Each of the Characters would take turns writing in the blog. I read the advance galley, auditioned and won the role as “Wilbur Hucks” (one of three).

I was floored when she chose my first entry to kick off the project. It was something about a logger sneaking up on a bear and kicking it in the backside. It was a lot of fun to write and I thank Brandilyn for the opportunity to participate.

VIOLET DAWN is about Paige, a young woman on the run from the past. She fled across the country to Kanner Lake, trying to start a new life. Then one night, she jumps into her hot tub and finds she is not alone. A dead woman is in there with her!

She can’t call the police, because they would discover her past. She only had one choice. She disposed of the body in the lake. But who killed the woman and why did he choose HER hot tub to dispose of the body? Was the killer out there watching her now? Would she be next?

A couple of weeks after I received the novel, I was seeking the Lord for that week’s message to my Youth Group. He spoke to me very clearly.

“Speak about Paige, from Violet Dawn,” He said.

When I got to Youth Group that night, I was greeted by a young girl from the community.

“Pastor Dave, my mom is dying!” she said.

I can’t go into the specifics of all she said, except that her mom had a drug abuse problem that was now claiming her life. Now I knew why the Lord told me to share about Paige from VIOLET DAWN. This girl was a younger version of Paige from the book. As I shared the message that night, I felt the Lord flowing through me, to her. When I gave the challenge to surrender to Christ, her hand shot straight up. God met with her in a powerful way.



Click here to buy VIOLET DAWN


SCENES & BEANS, fan fiction blog


Drop by her website


Brandilyn's blog, Faith & Forensics


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5 Comments:


At Tuesday, September 26, 2006, Blogger Rulan

Sounds like a wonderful, captivating book. I'd love to read it.

What a wonderful testamony of God's awesome love and power to be a part of that young girls salvation. What a great blessing.

 

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

It was a great book, and a powerful demonstration of the Lord's love.

 

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins

David, thank you so much for telling this story. I hadn't heard it. What a wonderful confirmation about what God can do through a story about a body in a hot tub! God's truth shines through all kinds of Story, doesn't it.

Blessings,

~ Brandilyn

 

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins

David, I forgot to mention that I'll link to this post on my own blog, Forensics and Faith, tomorrow--Thursday.