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THE MOSAIC COLLECTION BLOG BLITZ- BRENDA S. ANDERSON SPOTLIGHT


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 31 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.
CONNECT WITH BRENDA: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

Cornerstone message from the collection: 

Listen…

Everyone has their own life story that brings them to where they are in life and molds their beliefs and opinions. The problem is, we live in a reactionary world where we don’t stop and listen to what others are saying, and too often we’re not willing to really hear the other person’s side of the story. Rather, we react to their statement or opinion by pointing fingers, and we’re quick to not only say, “You’re wrong” but we often resort to name calling. We don’t stop and listen to this person whom God loves.

In each of my books, God has placed heroes/heroines on my heart that I would normally struggle with and want to tell them, “You’re wrong!”: a pro-choice woman, an arrogant businessman, a bully, mugger, collection agent, to name a few. With each character, God has told me, “I love them. I want you to see the heart that I see.” And that’s what I’ve tried to convey in my books. Open up our ears and our eyes to see who God sees, hears, and loves.

Author Spotlight Questionnaire

Brenda S. Anderson

Favorite place to read: It doesn’t happen often, but sitting by the shore of Lake Superior. That’s my favorite place, period!

Favorite book character from childhood: Trixie Belden – I loved how real and relatable she was. She was far from perfect, yet she was loyal to family and friends.

Favorite movie: This is ever changing. Right now it’s Avengers: Endgame. I LOVE the Marvel movies!

Favorite quote or Bible verse: This is also ever changing! Right now my favorite verse is Isaiah 43:19a “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Favorite splurge/treat: Fannie May candies. Unfortunately (or maybe it’s fortunately …) there are no longer any stores near us.

Favorite character you’ve created: The main character in my first release and series, Richard Brooks. I loved his journey from broken man to bold Christ follower. Though his series is complete, he still makes random appearances in subsequent books because I just can’t say goodbye!

Last 3 great books you read: Oh, that’s tough, separating the Great books from the I really liked books. There’s a fine line, and it’s also a fluid line! But as of today, the last 3 great books I’ve read are: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Water from My Heart by Charles Martin

Dream vacation: I’ve always wanted to travel to Israel, to walk the ground that Jesus walked.

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I (used to) draw portraits. Someday, I’ll get back to that!

Plotter or pantser: Total pantser, which is unusual because everything else in my life is organized. I think this is God’s way of getting me to release control.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) :

  • Lake Superior
  • Silence
  • Laughing and spending time with family
  • Reading (of course!)
  • Musical theater (attending, not acting in)
  • Singing with a small ensemble
  • Chocolate!
  • Baseball
  • Encouraging and helping others
  • The haunting coo of a mourning dove

Brenda S. Anderson

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1) What’s a local-favorite activity to do during the summer in the area where you live?

I live in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. (Actually, there are closer to 12,000 lakes of ten acres or more, but I digress) So, summer for many is spent at “The lake” swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, tanning, relaxing. While I love spending time at a lake, one of my personal favorite activities takes place around Independence Day. A local community has an outdoor concert that includes several local groups, including the Minnesota Orchestra which plays many marches, which are always fan favorites. The evening concludes with fireworks every year. In one of my books, I had my hero and heroine’s first date at this event.

2) Do you have a scripture that really speaks to you around the latest book you wrote? Did that influence your writing at all?

In my work in progress (A Beautiful Mess, coming out in November!), the heroine has a problem of letting go of her bitterness toward her ex-husband, and some would say she’s justified. But there are many verses that speak of bitterness and forgiveness, how one leads to destruction, and the other leads to life, but Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV) is what I kept coming back to:
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

This verse and all others I found dealing with bitterness definitely influence my story, it especially influences character development. My heroine’s behaviors, feelings, and thoughts when she holds onto bitterness will do a 180 degree turn from once she chooses to forgive. As most of us know, forgiving certainly isn’t easy.

3) How many books have you written? Which one is most dear to you and why?

I’ve currently written and published ten books, and am midway through the eleventh. It’s hard choosing a favorite, but the one most dear is probably my first release, Chain of Mercy. In that story, I introduced characters who became very real and dear to me. I loved watching their growth through that first book, from broken to God loving. Then they continued on through another two books, plus the male lead was in the series prequel. Even now, the leads in Chain of Mercy make guest appearances in other books and series. Chain is also a reader favorite.

4) One of your favorite lines you’ve written (character saying, quote, scene, ect)?

Another tough question! There are many lines I’m partial to, but the line below is a favorite because it speaks to my Cornerstone Message of seeing the heart that God sees.

“God had called him here for this, not to be judge and juror, but to be a friend.” Chain of Mercy

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

LINK TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b09c62e500/

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
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6 thoughts on “THE MOSAIC COLLECTION BLOG BLITZ- BRENDA S. ANDERSON SPOTLIGHT

  1. Thank you, Batya, for welcoming me and the Mosaic authors to your blog! I look forward to meeting your readers!

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