Friday, April 19, 2013

RE:View | C.J. Darlington

 

First off (nerd alert), I have to admit that I've been watching too much Star Trek: The Next Generation!  I used to watch this growing up and I just found that it's ALL on Hulu+.  Can you imagine my excitement upon that discovery? ;)  

I can't help but reminisce on times spent at my Grandma & Grandpa's home watching all of the key players - Captain Picard, Warf, Data etc. - through their semi-cheesy but always entertaining episodes of danger as they explore space.  

Do you have a favorite show from your childhood??

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Well...onto other things, like my review of C.J. Darlington's short stories, "Out of Time", and her compilation, "Advice for Novelists". 

A little bit about C.J. ...

C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood, which released from Tyndale House in 2010. Her second novel, Bound by Guilt, released from Tyndale House in 2011.

In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site www.TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction ever since. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a Paint horse named Sky. 

Visit her Web site at www.cjdarlington.com.  

Out of Time
This compilation of three short stories is a quick and easy read, but definitely worth the time ;) C.J. explores the idea of choices and time in three very different scenarios.  Whether it be a woman shopping in a rush at the grocery store, a man who's just received bad news that will drastically affect his family, or a young woman who's about to make a terrible decision.  Each must face a decision.  Each decision will have a consequence.

For me, these stories were great illustrations, well written, and honest for each situation. I think they could even be useful to teach a point whether that be within a discussion group or possibly even for youth ministry (which is something I am personally involved in). 

You can purchase this book [here].
 

Advice for Novelists
Have you ever wondered what your favorite author would tell you if you had a moment of their time?  Maybe you've craved advice from published authors in your genre or field and never knew where to turn?

This compilation of 112 pieces of advice by Christian authors and publishing professionals compiled by C.J. Darlington offers all this advice and more! Some advice comes in the form of a short sentence or two, others in a few pages, but it's assured you will find something that speaks to your heart in this book. 

So, if you are an author needing inspiration to keep going or an unpublished writer wondering where to start, you will will definitely want to pick up this book and start reading.  I'd suggest using the highlight function on a kindle for those quotes that stick out and are most inspirational or informational to you. It will become a reference for you, of that I'm sure!

You can purchase this book [here].
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I received free copies of these books for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.