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#HobbyCareerPassion: “I’m an Artist” ~ Author Pamela S Thibodeaux ~ My Heart Weeps

Welcome to my weekly feature where authors share about the hobbies, careers, or passions of their characters.

I’m pleased to introduce today’s guest,  a good friend, and a wonderful writer, Pamela S. Thibodeaux.

 

Hello, my name is Melena Rhyker and I’m an Artist…..

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to draw and paint and work with stained glass. Although I took a few art classes over the years, mostly leisure learning and have used my talent to gift others, I never thought of myself as an artist. You see, I married young and worked as an Administrative Assistant in an accounting firm most of my adult life. I even got my Accounting Degree courtesy of my boss. But when my husband died, I just couldn’t fathom living the rest of my life in that same old rut. Before he passed, the rut had meaning and purpose. After, my life was meaningless and empty.

My best friend Pat told me that if I didn’t change the status quo, I’d never make it out of the valley of the shadow of death. That’s what grief is you know. Anyway, I quit my job and decided to pursue my art, thinking that if I put as much energy and passion into that as I had my marriage, my and Jon’s life together and our family, I might be able to get by with the money I earned and what savings I had.

For a while at least.

I began writing art-related articles and selling a few old paintings and greeting cards online and that was encouraging but not enough to count as substantial income.

They say God works in mysterious ways and I can attest to this because an application for a grant to an artist’s retreat popped up in my email one day and I won! That retreat and a subsequent job working on the Crossed Penn ranch (where the retreat was held) opened my eyes to the possibilities that lay before me. Leaving home and family for a couple of months was not easy, but necessary for my mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Leaving Jon took a huge leap of faith, but it paid off. My art flourished and the ranch owners, Anne and Bill Penn, offered to host a show for me and manage my career. From that moment on, I was no longer an Accountant/wannabe artist, I was a gallery-worthy artist and well paid for doing what I love.

We all have gifts and talents the Lord has blessed us with. Find yours – albeit painting or writing, sewing or needlework, carpentry or dance – pursue it with passion and dedication and most of all, with love and let God take you and your career places you’ve never dreamed of.

My name is Melena Rhyker and I am an artist.

 

Blurb: After thirty years married to the man of her dreams, Melena Rhyker is devastated by her husband’s death. Relief comes in the form of an artist’s retreat at the Crossed Penn ranch in Utopia, TX. She rediscovers a forgotten dream as her artistic talent flourishes into that of a gallery-worthy artist. Will she have the courage to follow the path she was destined to travel?

Garrett Saunders has been on the run most of his life. Abused and abandoned as a child, he escapes the clutches of a past filled with pain and shame, and hides from his calling as a Native American healer. His years as a CIA agent aid in overcoming his childhood and honing his talent and skill as a fine art photographer.

Follow their journey as two people who come from totally different backgrounds, but share gifts of gigantic proportions, find meaning and purpose in the Texas Hill Country.

Excerpt: She went into the private studio tucked away in an alcove on the third floor of the lodge, surprised to find her work arranged in an attractive display. Direct light shone on some, muted on others.

Melena wandered around the room. Her gaze rested on each individual piece of art, amazed again at what God had seen fit to express through her.

Her easel stood in the center of the room. She made her way to the stool and sat. Her mind whirled with visions, yet she hesitated to put images to paper. She closed her eyes and heard the voice of her art instructor from years past.

“What do you see? What do you feel? Delve deeper.”

One word came to mind, echoed in her spirit. Serenity.

Melena rose, wandered around the room once more and gazed upon her creations with a new set of eyes.

The eyes of her spirit.

She tugged on frames, readjusted light, and rearranged pieces until her theme fell into place.

Serenity.

She placed a fresh canvas on the easel, filled her palette with color, mixed shades and, with soft strokes of the brush, painted.

My Heart Weeps is on sale for a limited time @ 99cents and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Purchase Link: https://bit.ly/MyHeartWeeps

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!

Links:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/psthibnewsletter

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

https://www.facebook.com/pamelasthibodeauxauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-s-thibodeaux

Instagram: https://instagram.com/pamelasthibodeauxauthor

Pam is giving away 1 Ebook, 1 Autographed Print Book, 1 Audio Book, a $15 Amazon Gift Card, a 1-month Audible membership and a SURPRISE Giftpack to 6 lucky winners! (1 prize per person) Names will be collected throughout the tour which ends Sept. 30th. Winners will be notified, and prizes awarded by October 10th so be sure to leave your EMAIL Address!

Blog Tour Dates/Stops:

8/11 Gail Pallotta’s Peering Through Life’s Window

8/13 Liz Flaherty’ Word Wranglers Blog

8/15 Clare Revell’s The Word Can Wait Blog

8/18 Southern Writers Suite T Blog

8/18 Alina K Field’s Simply Romance Blog

8/20 Penelope Marzec’s Bookish Thoughts Blog

8/25 Jana Richards’ Romance Story Board Blog

8/27 Beverly Bateman’s BLOG

9/1 Valarie Goree’s Facebook Page

9/5 D. V. Stone’s Campfire Blog

9/9 Jacqueline Seewald’s BLOG

9/11 Linda Rondeau’s Snark & Sensibility Blog

9/14 Patricia Kioyno’s Four Foxes, One Hound Blog

9/18 Diane Burton’s BLOG

9/22 Alicia Dean’s BLOG

9/25 Jeny Hickman’s BLOG

9/30 Linda Nightingale’s Author…Musings Blog

 

 

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Author Interview with Pamela Thibodeaux & Re-Release of The Inheritance

Please help me welcome my friend, Pamela Thibodeaux, sharing her ‘refurbished’ release, The Inheritance…

Welcome, Pamela. Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

A native of SW Louisiana, I live on the outskirts of the city of Iowa, which is about 20 miles east of Lake Charles. I am the mother of 4 (2 by blood, 2 by marriage), mother-in-law to 2 and grandmother of 3 (1 girl, 2 boys) and a German Shepherd.

Where did you get the idea for The Inheritance?

The Inheritance evolved out of one thought: They say life begins at 40 but for Rebecca Sinclair that’s far from the truth. Of course, being the nosy person I am, I had to find out why this was so for her.

Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

When I first began writing, I wrote romance…steamy, sensual romance, but after I recommitted my life to Christ, and my writing to Him, the focus of my stories became more spiritual. Although I do write “Inspirational with an Edge!”

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it? I’ve worked in many occupations and am currently a licensed insurance agent and yes, if I have to work, it is the most fulfilling (so far).

What was your first job? I was a bookkeeper for my father’s construction and home improvement business.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time? My job LOL! Seriously, if I could make a living off my writing and writing related endeavors, that’s exactly what I would do.

What’s your favorite book of all time and why? Actually it’s the Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts. There is something about the characters in those books that touch my heart in a way that is indescribable. What’s your favorite childhood book? Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read The Inheritance. God is a god of second chances, we can start over in any given moment and love and forgiveness are the keys to both.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be? A Cross (to remind me to pray and never give up hope), a picture of my family (to love them in spirit as I can’t be there to love them in person) and a deck of cards (to occupy my time and keep my mind active and alert)

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? “You can’t have that in a Christian novel.” What has been the best compliment? Actually a reviewer said, “Although undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular — she offers faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams; Reviewed by Elizabeth Burton ~ Blue Iris Journal (2001))

How did your interest in writing originate? 

I’ve always been an avid reader but it wasn’t until my early twenties, and pregnant with my daughter (who is now 34) I got plain fed up with one-too-many romances and thought I could do better. A bit arrogant I know and much harder than I thought, but that was the impetus to my writing career.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?  Nora Roberts, I adore her power of description and characterization.

Your favorite… 

Movie: Actually I have 2 favorites that I watch every chance I get: Pretty Woman and A Few Good Men. Different ends of the spectrum I know but there is something touching and powerful in both.

Music: With the exception of heavy metal and rap I enjoy all kinds of music!

Place you’ve visited: I love to travel! This past summer I went on a 7 week camping trip, travelled through 14 states and visited 15 National Parks, 1 National Historic Park and a famous lake.

Place you’d like to visit: Ireland

TV show from adulthood: Heartland

Food: Bread

Sports team: New Orleans Saints

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Card – I love playing solitaire (traditional or on my computer) to decompress.

 

Thank you, Pamela. I enjoyed getting to know more about you. Tell us about your book. Readers, check out Pamela’s Rafflecopter giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4752b1262/?

 

Book Title: The Inheritance (2nd edition – newly edited, revised, and updated!)

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1nXB8Z0

 

After her husband’s death she discovers a future she never expected and a family she never imagined.

Blurb: Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness.  Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now.  Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again?

US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her.  A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?

 

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” 

Links:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2fzAdN7

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-s-thibodeaux

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