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My Take on Aging

In a few days, I’ll be a year older. And I have noticed some signs of “maturing” … like the bit-bigger-than-freckles spots on my hands, arms, and legs. Some people call them age spots, liver spots, or to be gentle to our vanity, wisdom spots. But I say …

Age Spots 3


Blog Hop

 I’d like to thank Kathie Mitchell for inviting me to this blog hop. You can visit her blog at www.countrygrandmother.wordpress.com  


I’d also like to apologize to her for forgetting about the hop until so late in the day. I was sick all last week, which has put me behind in all things.


I also have a tendency to change my mind after thinking through these things. I told Kathie I’d be talking about my adult supernatural fiction Before Dawn Breaks, but have decided since I have no clue when that will be published to talk about my tween novel Trouble at Camp Turnabout Creek. So here goes:

  1. Trouble at Turnabout Creek

    Trouble at Turnabout Creek

     What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historic? My main character is a fifteen-year-old, skateboard-champion, wanna-be. Ray Nuestrong is fictional. 

  2. When and where is the story set? The story us set in a modern day church camp.
  3.  What should we know about him/her? Ray Nuestrong is the son of the camp director and is a first-time junior counselor.
  4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? Ray’s new responsibilities leave him little time to practice skateboarding. A pair of tornadoes in little girl suits constantly get him in trouble. And to “add grease to the golden skateboard,” his best friend, Carl aka Frog, won’t rest until Ray joins him in a few practical jokes for old times’ sake. Ray learns the hard way to listen to the “Voice of Truth.”
  5. What is the personal goal of the character? All Ray really wants to do is win the skateboard championship one last time.
  6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? This is a published book. You may view it on Amazon at
  7. When can we expect the book to be published? It was released February 2014.


Next Tuesday:

Hop on over to Dave Fessenden’s blog fromconcepttocontract.com to learn about his novel “The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy.” Then hop over Carrie Padgett’s blog Live Vi-Carrie-ous to learn about her book, “Short, Sweet & Sassy.” And if you’d like to investigate a good early-reader, historical-fiction, hop, skip, and jump over to Lisa Lickel’s blog  http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com  and learn about “Matthew LaCraft, The Yankee Boy.”

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks



The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hey, this is the first blog hop, in which I’m one of the lily pads. Let me explain. We’re all like a bunch of frogs living in the Cyber Sea, right? And for our entertainment and nourishment, we hop from blog to blog, um pad to pad in search of tasty morsels to sustain us. If we like what we find, we can save it by following the blog. That way we’ll know which pad to hop to when we’re in need of sustenance. Each pad gives links to other pads that I encourage you to hop on over to visit. I’m sure you’ll find even more delectable nuggets to enjoy.

In this particular hop, the appetizer is a smorgasbord of new and exciting books. Some are ready to be served while others are still on the burner. Either way, for fiction lovers, it’s a banquet; and I’d like to thank Lisa Lickel, the author of the cozy mysteries Buried Treasure series,  for tagging me to participate.

In this particular hop, I answer 10 questions about my current WIP (work in progress) for you to devour. Most of the characters I’ve come to think of as real.

How did I get to the point of being loony enough to write down over 90 thousand words worth of what the voices in my head have been whispering to me? Aw, read on my follow pad-hopper and soon you will know the answer. When you have finished the hors d’oeuvres, tip me with your comments and questions.


What is the working title of your book?  Before Dawn Breaks

Where did the idea come from for the book?  Talk about pad hopping, this book started out as a short story about a prostitute and a prince. Ideas kept flowing and eventually it morphed into a full-fledged novel without a prostitute or a prince, go figure.
What genre does your book fall under?  Before Dawn Breaks is a Christian supernatural, with a twist of romance, but between species. However, that may come in a sequel.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  That’s a tough question for me. I’m not up on current “stars.” Names have always eluded me. But if I’d have a choice in the matter, these would be my selections:

Maggie– (early thirties with a secret that she wishes had died with her sister) Actress: Chelsea Noble resembles my mind’s picture of Maggie.

Preston- (a well-intended cop who leads the town kids into a battle unaware and unprepared) Actor: Kirk Cameron, yeah, I know they’re married, but they have charisma going on. Besides, my daughter has loved Kirk ever since she watched him on Growing Pains and made me promise if my book ever became a movie, he’d have a major role.

Dawn- (a nearly 18 year-old who wants to unravel the mystery about her estranged Aunt Maggie and in the process, interacts with specters from another realm.) Actress: Miranda Cosgrove looks a lot like I picture Dawn. Not to mention, my grandson likes her a lot.

Sly- (the rebellious preacher’s 18-year-old son who lives up to his nickname, ‘nuff said.) Actor:  Nathan Kress again appearance-wise, he’s the image in my mind. I think he and Miranda have a bit of dynamic on stage.

Josh- (been there, done that…escaped and ready to put his life on the line for Dawn.) Actor: Andrew Walker. Sorry to state the obvious…yes, he looks like the Josh in my head. Also, he has be cast in movies and TV shows that involved supernatural beings.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  Maggie’s greatest worry is a leaky roof before her estranged niece Dawn shows up unexpectedly with more baggage than she could squeeze in the trunk of her Volkswagen bug.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  Currently, I’m seeking an agent. We’ll see how it goes.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  About two years, but I didn’t work on it consistently. Other projects took precedence from time to time. When I got it finished, I practically rewrote the entire manuscript to get it to the point that it is now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

2007- Rentlentless by Robin Parrish; publisher Bethany House

2009- Powers: A Novel by John B. Olson;  publisher  B & H Books

2010- The Guardian by Rachel Allyson Stone;  publisher  Tate Publishing

2011- Winter by Keven Newsome;  publisher  Splashdown Darkwater

2011- Twisted Christians by Scott Meade;  publisher  Demon Hunter Publishing Company

2011-The Sisters Rebellion by P. A. Kledzik publisher Old Line Publishing, LLC

There are also the greats authors of this genre such as Frank Peretti, Bill Meyers, T. L. Hines, and Ted Dekler who continue to astound the public with their insight into the supernatural.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?  Long story, short: with all the interest in paranormal activity in today’s culture, it doesn’t seem to occur to anyone that the reality of another dimension exists. And the inhabitants aren’t all friendly. What if their goal is to occupy this realm through the bodies of non-suspecting people who invite them in through the fast-growing and ever-popular transcendental meditation? What if an entire youth group…an entire church…an entire community invited the specters into their town?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  If you like romance, there’s plenty of that going around in Before Dawn Breaks. Maggie and Preston struggle with a forbidden relation. And then there are Sly, Dawn, and Josh…woo-hoo, a love-triangle.

Barbara J. Robinson, Inspirational Southern Fiction, Christian Romantic Suspense

 Marsha Hubler, Amish/Mennonite Fiction; best-selling author of the Keystone Stables Series.

Janelle Howard Leonard, YA fiction with a twist of fantasy

Dave Fessenden, Historical, mystery Fiction