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New Friends

WP_000818Writing can be a lonely job, sitting at my computer all day with only my imaginary characters to talk to. That’s why I love getting out every once in a while and meeting some of my readers face-to-face. And I had a chance to do that last week.

The first event was with a group of wonderful ladies at the Grandville United Methodist Church in Grandville, Michigan. I spoke about all the changes that have taken place in women’s lives since our grandmothers’ and great-grandmothers’ generations, and the new freedoms we now have—including freedom from these!IMG_7279

How about it, ladies? Are any of you sorry we don’t have to wear these crazy contraptions any more to keep our nylons in place and slim our waistlines? “What are nylons?” some of you younger ladies are asking. Go ask your grandmother—or I suppose your generation will just Google it! Afterward, you can enjoy your freedom to walk around with bare legs and flip flops.

WP_000821I met a second group of wonderful ladies last night when I visited with their book club, also in Grandville, Michigan, in one of their members’ home. They had all read my book, “Eve’s Daughters,” and we had a wonderful time discussing it. In writing this family saga about four generations of women, I used some of the real-life historical events from my own family tree. For instance, Louise immigrated to America from Germany at the same time that my great-grandmother did; Emma went through WWI like my grandmother; Grace studied to be a nurse during WWII like my mother; and Suzanne experienced the turbulent Vietnam War years during her college studies, like I did. The Book Club discussion was especially fun for me because my mother is visiting from New York and had a chance to join in our lively conversation.WP_000820

So thank you to both groups of new friends for your warm hospitality and encouragement. Now, as I sit down at my computer once again I am reminded to “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).

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Pages to Canvas 2 day Workshop

Join me in Mokena, Il for a fun new event, Pages to Canvas, where a Book Club meets Paint Night!

I will be there April 17th – can’t wait to meet you all!

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Day 1- April 17th (2 pm – 4 pm)

Day 2 -May 15th (1 pm – 4:30 pm)

Day 1 – join us for an author’s talk, book signing and refreshments as Lynn Austin makes a special appearance at Little Pastiche Studio!

Day 2 – Return to the art studio for an afternoon of art making and book discussion

A fun and exciting twist

This is the first in a new series of mixed media art workshops that marry the love of reading with art making. Wonderland Creek is the book chosen for our first workshop. Lynn will be here on Sunday, April 17th to present it and inspire as well as sign books.

There will be a month between sessions so you will have plenty of time to read the book and find a scene that inspires you. Return back on Sunday, May 15th for a relaxing afternoon of art making with like minded folks. Our instructors will be there to help you every step of the way. We will provide you with a 14″ X 18″ canvas and all the paint and collage materials you will need to bring your scene to life. When everyone is finished creating we will discuss the book, using our artworks as visuals.

Pages to Canvas workshops are designed for all skill levels and includes all the art supplies you’ll need. Book is not included. Lynn will have books on hand for purchase, or feel free to bring along your own copy for signing. (Lynn will not be present in May for the art making portion of our workshop.)

If you would like to only participate in Day 1- Meet the Author, the fee is $5.
Meet the Author only
April 17th
$5.00

Register now ›

Pages to Canvas Workshop
Meet the Author &
Mixed Media Art
April 17th & May 15th
$35.00

Register now ›

You MUST register in advance for this event.

www.littlepastichestudio.com

708-580-6036

Little Pastiche Art Studio
19820-b Wolf Rd
Mokena, IL 60448

 

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Speaking and Book Signing Event!

I had so much fun meeting new friends at the Kregel Parable Bookstore in Grandville Michigan yesterday!

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I will be speaking and signing books at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California

Saturday, October 10 9:30am-11:30am
Providence Christian College
China Lounge
1539 E. Howard Street
Pasadena, CA
Can’t wait to meet you!

Here are some more upcoming events:

October 23, 2015 — Speaking at The Paulding County Carnegie Library in Paulding, OH
Evening event – About my book Wonderland Creek
Books, including newest release, On This Foundation will be available for purchase

October 24 — Women’s Retreat, Paulding, OH — Saturday, 9am -2pm
Book signing and books available for purchase

December 1, 2015 — Christmas Tea — Moraine Valley Church — 5:15-9:00 pm
At the Gaelic Park, Oak Forest, IL
Book signing and books available for purchase

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“An Evening with Lynn Austin” – May 14 in Holland, MI

fb picChrist Memorial Church is hosting “An Evening with Lynn Austin” on Thursday, May 14.  The program will start at 7:00 PM in the Gathering Area (Door D).  A “Meet-and-Greet”  will begin at 6:30 to 7:00 PM.  I will be selling and signing books after the program with the evening ending at 9:00 PM.

They’ve asked me to speak about my love of the research process, where the ideas for my books come from, how I develop characters, and where my love of writing began.

There is no cost for this event, and no need to RSVP.  Christ Memorial Church is located at 595 Graafschap Road in Holland, MI

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Fun at the Fair(s)

FullSizeRender(7)You know summer is over and fall has arrived when it’s time for the county fair. I used to go to the Orange County Fair in NY State back in my youth, and I remember the livestock displays (and the aroma!); the games of chance where you could win a giant Teddy bear; the junk-food booths that sold corn dogs and funnel cakes and cotton candy. My favorite attractions were the carnival rides that tossed you back and forth and upside down until you regretted eating all that junk food.

FullSizeRender(10)I haven’t been to a county fair in years, so when my sister-in-law, Molly, and niece, Carrie, invited me to the Allegan County Fair here in Michigan last week, I just had to go. Everything was exactly as I remembered it. The (aromatic) livestock and produce displays, bristling with prize ribbons. The tempting games of chance with stuffed animals dangling as bait. Are they still “rigged”, I wonder? And the junk food booths! The county fair isn’t the best place to count calories or eat healthy food, but how could I resist? I’m way past the age where going on the carnival rides is fun—or wise. So why not indulge in a funnel cake?

Ohio River Festival of BooksA week later, I went to another fair in Huntington, West Virginia. There were no pigs or horses or carnival rides this time—just BOOKS! This was The Ohio River Festival of Books, sponsored by the Cabell County Public Library, and I was honored to be one of their special guests. I spoke about “My Roller Coaster Ride into Publishing” at one of their breakout sessions. Here are three of my new friends and fellow book-lovers, Ted, Maria and Deborah. Afterward, I signed books.FullSizeRender(3)

Here, I’m talking to Vicky Woods, the librarian who arranges to send digital recorded books to the library’s sight-impaired patrons, as part of the Library of Congress’ services. Vicky made my day when she told me about a 90 year-old patron who loves reading my books.FullSizeRender(2)

FullSizeRender(8)The fair was filled with books—new books, used books, children’s books, non-fiction books, novels—and the people who love to read them. I talked with many book-lovers who have an appreciation for e-books, but we all agreed that it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to have an e-book fair as it was to have a real-book fair. There’s something very special about holding a book in your hands and turning the pages . . . don’t you agree? I mean, would the County Fair be the same if we were watching the pigs on video screens instead of seeing (and smelling) them in person?

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KEEPERS OF THE COVENANT Kindle Giveaway and Live Author Chat with Lynn Austin!

keepers-pinterestBook two of The Restoration Chronicles series, Keepers of the Covenant, weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God’s unwavering love for His people.

I am celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and a live author chat webcast on October 21st.

 

One winner will receive:

-A Kindle HDX

-Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

Click here for more info:

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Enter today by clicking here. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 21st. Winner will be announced at the Keepers of the Covenant LIVE webcast event on October 21st. Connect with me for a fascinating evening centered around God’s unwavering love for His people. I’ll be hosting a Biblical fiction book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in The Restoration Chronicles, and much more!

So grab your copy of Keepers of the Covenant and join me with friends on the evening of October 21st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!

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The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king’s palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.

When the battles come to an end, Ezra’s brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude’s widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple–but the fight to keep God’s Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges…this one for the survival of God’s covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.

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Invitation for my Readers

Diff_S2_SFeldhahn_123RTo my readers, I will be in San Antonio, TX for a taping of The Difference on September 4th. I will be joining hosts Matthew and Kendal Hagee to celebrate Veteran’s day and will be discussing my passion for our nation’s history and the purpose behind the characters in my novels. If you would like to be a part of this free taping, click the link below to reserve your tickets.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-difference-veterans-day-special-studio-taping-tickets-12643363641

Be sure to tune in when the episode airs on November 5th at getv.org at 8pm CT.