Kathryn Spurgeon


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The Tempting Curves of a Classic Car

Saturday I took a walk with a friend through Hafer Park in Edmond, Oklahoma, and about a hundred smooth-looking, shined-to-perfection classical cars were lined up. My heart lurched. It was the Liberty Fest Car Show and I love, love, love old cars.

I took a picture with the owner who won “The Best Car of the Show” while another car owner, Jack Sweeden, gave me his book “How to Wire Your Street Rod.”


My love for these classics started back in the early 70’s when a Model T convertible sat in our driveway. I piled my three little daughters into back seat (no seat belts) and drove into town. Since it had no gas gauge, I’d always stop and get a dollars’ worth of gas. Those were the good ole days!

One of the main characters of my historical novel, A Promise to Break, was a mechanic back in the 30’s. Maybe I got my love of cars from Fremont Pope, my grandfather. I tried to describe some of the old classics in my novel. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 4 in my book.

“The Chrysler’s body was long, smooth as silk and classy as a mink stole. A neighborhood mutt chased the wire wheel spokes, and a gardener turned to stare at the curved fenders and rear bumper guards passing by.
Through the speckled Saturday afternoon sun, I drove the sleek motorcar south under the tall oak trees past Wallace Street. Their limbs stretched high over the road like people standing on tiptoe, struggling to touch in the middle.”

I’m still gathering notes for the rest of the 1930’s novels based on a true story. See A Promise to Break: Love, Faith, and Politics in the 1930s.

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Thanks, Lawton, for supporting my book!

It’s been a couple of months since we had a book signing for A Promise to Break in Lawton, Oklahoma, but Gina Hinton is still tops. She has sold more books than anyone else since the book was first published!

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It was a fun day! The staff at Salt Cellar, a Christian book store, were gracious and let us set up by the front door. They also told me that I had sold more books in a signing than anyone in their store! That was encouraging.

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Even more encouraging are the many people from Lawton who read my book and said they loved it! I am still getting requests for the book and for the next book, (which is halfway finished!).

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Since my last blog, we have posted A Promise to Break, a Christian historical novel, on several other sites:

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BARNES AND NOBLE

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The  book is also on KINDLE and AMAZON 

This journey has been exciting. I don’t know how to thank all the people who have supported me for A Promise to Break, but my gratitude increases every day!

You are loved,
kathryn


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Nashville Christian Writing Conference

Writing conferences tend to lift my spirits, but the 2016 American Christian Writers Conference (ACFW) in Nashville inspired me beyond measure.

First I traveled by car from Oklahoma with renowned authors—three sweet, godly women who have successfully published many Christian books, finalists for Carol awards, and on top of that were friendly and fun. Who could have orchestrated that except God? I didn’t know the ladies before the trip and they didn’t know me, so it was by pure miracle they tolerated me. Thank you, thank you Robin Patchen, Sharon Srock, and Linda Goodnight! I am now firmly planted in your super fan club!

The conference, housed in the hotel adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, was one of the best I have ever attended. Worship service and prayer rooms set the mood, with keynote speaker, the awesome suspense thriller author Ted Dekker, leading us through spiritual awakening as intense as his books. I loved meeting fellow authors like Martha Fouts, my dinner buddy, and Carrie Pagels, the atmosphere of helping one another, the gala, and the classes offered. I also received good feedback on my book, A Promise to Break, from encouraging publicists, Jeanne Wynne and Katie Shroeder.

 

I toured the Belle Meade Plantation, where Tamara Alexander’s books are set, so it wasn’t just all work! Thanks Linda.

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Yes, I dressed in an outfit for genre night. I’m beginning to feel right comfortable in my 1930’s hat and gloves. The conference was overwhelming but I returned home ready to finish my second book! I think every Christian fiction writer should make an effort to attend an ACFW Conference!

 


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New Christian historical novel set in the 1930s

I’ll be at By the Book at Henderson Hills Baptist Church on Sunday morning. They will be selling my book.! Dennis Newkirk, our pastor, has graciously reviewed the book. Here is his endorsement.

“Kathryn Spurgeon has given us a very special story. I found myself sensing the weight of the central character’s desire to keep the promise she makes in spite of all the reasons there seem to be to break the promise. Sibyl’s loyalty to the ones she loves and fear of life’s unknowns display a raw humanity that most of us can relate to on several levels—even if there are times in the story we wish we didn’t! In the end, this is less a story of Sibyl trying to keep her promise as it is a story of Sibyl learning a lesson that we desperately need today. We need to understand that God’s grace overcomes our mistakes and His sovereignty will actually work all things together for the good of those who love Him. That understanding will have a profound impact on our daily lives. I encourage you to read this fine work.”

A Promise to Break will also be in several other bookstores, including Living Word at the Shawnee Mall, Best of Books in Edmond, and the Pottawatomie County Historical Museum & Historical Society.

You are loved,


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Family Secrets: To tell or not to tell

My new novel, A Promise to Break, which will be released in June 2016, is based on a true story. Some family secrets will be exposed. Is that good or bad? I’ve talked with living family members involved and assured them I don’t mean any harm, but how do I disclose information without hurting feelings? Where do I draw the line?

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First, I tried to address the disclosures with grace, not in an ugly, malicious or sensationalist way. And there are ways to do that, without hiding the facts, but by revealing deeper motives, hurts and struggles. We all have secrets, some best left unspoken, and some helpful to other people going through the same scrapes in life. Second, I had to choose carefully what and when to expose confidences and when to let those awkward issues lie buried in the past.

Why do we keep secrets anyway? Maybe we don’t want to hurt someone else, we don’t think anyone cares, or we’re flat-out embarrassed. Face it; some things are better left unsaid.

At my niece’s bridal shower last week, I thought about advice one would give a new bride. Do you tell her that relationships are difficult? Nah, probably not the best time to express that. But I really wanted to say that we shouldn’t keep secrets from our spouses. It’s easy to do when we we’re either hurt or have done something foolish again.

For example, this past week, I backed into a van, dropped and destroyed my phone, and failed to get the oil changed in the car when I said I would. All those things I wanted to put off telling my husband. Even more serious, what about the times my feelings are hurt? Maybe it’s just me, but I might pout, nag or turn a cold shoulder. After all, I’m tempted just like anyone else. And we do tend to keep our hurts secret.

What does the Bible teach about secrets? That’s a lengthy study, but many people’s weaknesses are exposed in the Bible. Remember David and his lusty affair? Moses and his disobedience? However, all secrets are not revealed in the Bible. There would be too many to list. So it appears that when a secret is beneficial to us, the reader, then at the appropriate time and place, it’s proper to disclose.

There are no secrets from God, Psalm 44:21, for He knows our hearts. But there are fitting times and places to reveal our vices. The goal is to glorify what God has done through our weaknesses.

I have tried to incorporate Psalm 102:18 into my writing. “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” May anything I write offer praise to God, even the family secrets in A Promise to Break.

You are loved, Kathryn