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Author Cynthia Leavelle has booksignings lined up - will you be there?
Cynthia Leavelle, one of the authors in Plantation Christmas Weddings, has three Mississippi book signings scheduled in the next few months. Come on out and see her and her new works!
She has finished the manuscript for The Springs: The Love Story of Othniel and Acsah, but does not have a release time as yet. This book is a sequel to her debut nove, The Cord, The Love Story of Salmon and Rahab. Those of you who have read it will remember Othniel and Acsah. This tale revisits them.
From Cynthia Leavelle (care of her website): I've wanted to be a writer since I was old enough to realize that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about her own life. I tried to imagine what my stories would be if I wrote about myself, but at the time I couldn't convince myself that they would be interesting.
As a young mother, I started writing journals and stories, but I never did much with them. Then while the boys were still young, I heard a sermon based on the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1. "Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab." I couldn't stop thinking about Rahab. What would motivate a Canaanite woman, a prostitute no less, to betray her city into the hands of their enemies? What kinds of experiences must she have had in a culture devoid of God's law? What would her life have been like with the Israelites?
I found a wealth of information about Salmon through genealogies. His father was Nahshon, the head of all Judah at the time of the Exodus. His Aunt Elisheba was married to Aaron, the high priest. In other words, he was from one of the most prominent families in Israel. Yet he made the decision to marry a Canaanite prostitute. How? Why?
For nearly twenty years, I thought about this, wrote scenes and conversations, and incorporated lessons about life that I learned in those years. Then a few summers ago, a friend and I were drinking lemonade on her front porch and I happened to tell her about some of my ideas for the book, including the idea of limiting the story to a thirty day period-the period of time that a man had to wait from the time he took a captive woman into his tent until he could marry her. She told me then that this was one of the best ideas for a novel she had ever heard. Her encouragement motivated me to go home and work in earnest.
The Cord: The Love Story of Salmon and Rahab came out in October of 2010, published by Crossbooks, the self-publishing division of Lifeway. The feedback has been positive and encouraging. Most often people say that they learned a lot or that it sent them back to their Bibles. I am pleased that the book seems to help people think about what real faith in God might look like. Now I am working on a sequel about two characters in the first novel, Othniel and Acsah, who have their own love story recorded in scripture. I'm also working on a historical novella based in Natchez, Mississippi in 1894. A Yankee school teacher arrives to teach at Stanton College, which operated out of one of the most impressive of the antebellum mansions featured in the Natchez pilgrimages.
I have derived a lot of pleasure out of writing. When I am writing, I feel that I am doing what God created me to do. To him be the glory.
Learn more about Cynthia Leavelle or read more of her work at her website: http://cynthialeavelle.com/