Hope to Meet You

I’ll be offering my Christian suspense books Loving Toby and Saving Vera for sale and meeting fans at the following places:

July 9, 2016 1-3 pm
Half Price Books in The Crossing, 2556 Smith Ranch Rd Pearland, TX

July 16, 2016 1-3 pm
Hastings at 208 W. HWY 332, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

August 13, 2016 1-3 pm
Hastings at 1306 W. Davis St. Conroe, TX 77304

September 17, 2016 1-3 pm
Half Price Books in the North Oaks Shopping Center,
4685 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77069

I’ll be adding more, so watch this website and hope to see you there!

Who is a Sinner?

We usually think of sinners as people who do bad things. Actually, God says that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All includes you and me. If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that. So, what’s so bad about being a sinner? We get paid for sinning! Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death,” OUCH! Sin brings death? How can we escape that? The second part of that verse says, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Obviously everybody dies, right? Even Christians die, so what’s that all about? Those without Christ die physically and spiritually, spending eternity in a continual dying state of torment. But, those whose Lord is Christ Jesus will have eternal life. Our spirits will never die. When our earthly life is over and we shed this earth suit body, we will still be alive in Christ and spend eternity being more alive than we are on this earth.

The most amazing fact is that eternal life is a free gift! That’s right, you don’t have to do anything to earn it. In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Jesus paid the price by offering his own body up in our place of death. Then, he overcame death by rising from the dead and is in Heaven making intercession for us to the Father God.

You want to know what else is absolutely amazing? Those who trust in Christ for their eternal life begin to change, to be conformed to be more like Jesus. Some change very slowly, some very quickly. We begin to see life differently and to hate sin, therefore turn from it. Life in Christ Jesus is so tremendously better than life without him, that it’s impossible to put it into words, though I try often. Talk to God. He hears everything you say, so why not ask him to open your understanding and lead you to know him?

Want to know more? Read the Bible for yourself. You can also email me at comment@rebeccagurnsey.com and I’ll be so happy to answer all the questions I can about salvation and the life in Christ.

(all verses are taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible)
You can read many versions of the Bible at this website: Bible Gateway

Ask the Author

Whenever I go to a book signing or author’s presentation, I love to answer questions. Here are a few of the questions I’ve been asked and my answers. If you have questions for me, email me at comment@rebeccagurnsey.com.

How long does it take to write a book?
Answer: It depends on how diligent I am to work. I started Loving Toby in 1985, put it away and picked it back up in 2003 to finish it. After I finished, I put it away again until 2011, when I edited it and offered it as an e-book on Amazon.com. It was published in paperback in 2015, a process that took seven months. I wrote Saving Vera in about six months.

Where do you get your ideas?
Answer: I got the idea of Loving Toby from a dream. I dreamed one scene and built the book around it. My other books were my imagination gone wild.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Answer: As soon as I learned how to write, about age six. I never get bored, because my imagination is always full of interesting scenarios for stories.

How do you keep your facts straight when there are so many things going on in your books?
Answer: I love writing on the computer, mostly because I can keep notes on the next page which keeps scrolling down as I write. Also, I have the Internet at my fingertips for research. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to write a book entirely by hand and research totally in a library.

How many books have you written?
Answer: Six that have been published, but I’ve written a bunch of short stories and a screenplay that have not been. I plan to publish them in the near future.

What is your favorite thing about writing books?
Answer: I can do whatever I want to my characters in a book. That satisfies the control freak in me. Seriously, I love it when somebody writes a review or tells me that something I wrote had an impact on their life. I also love that I have given them an enjoyable read.

What is your main goal in life?
Answer: To glorify Jesus Christ in all that I am, all that I do, all that I say, and all that I think. God is still working on me to accomplish this.

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Latest Christian Fiction Mystery

One of my favorites things to do with our children when they were growing up was to read a book together in the evenings. We went through whole series. That’s why I have been writing a Christian mystery series called The Taylor Family Adventures. There are currently four in the series, with more to come. They have been published on Amazon as e-books and downloaded in eight countries.

I just got a contract to publish The Taylor Family Adventures: Haunting of Indian Canyon in paperback through Tate Publishing. The plan is to have it on the market as a paperback and e-book before Christmas. The other three will follow, but if you get anxious, you can still buy them on Amazon.com

Read a Bit of Loving Toby

(from pages 291-292)

When she arrived home, she found the house was quiet, almost creepy as she  and Vera entered. The police’s yellow crime tape was gone, and there were no media vans lurking in the background. Joann turned on the central heat and lit a few candles, trying to get rid of the musty smell from the house being closed up.

“Are you sure you’re going to be all right, Joann?” asked Vera.

“I’m going to be fine. You don’t need to stay really. I’ve thought about the fact that a girl was murdered in my bedroom, but the only ghosts I believe in are those whom people allow to haunt their minds. I’m not about to let that happen to me. And as for Buck, I don’t think he’d dare show his face around here.”

“Well, okay. But please call me, even just to chat,” Vera encouraged.

“Certainly, I promise.” She gathered up some clothes, shoes, games, and such for Vera to take back to Toby, placing them in a box.

Vera took the box. “I’m sure Toby will appreciate these things. Maybe having more of his own things will cheer him up. Jason said he was going to try to get him to go horseback riding in the morning.”

“That’ll be good. Well, I’m going to start work in the morning. My boss said that he’d give me a desk job until I was better healed. So I’d better get things squared away,” Joann said, walking Vera to the door. “Thanks for everything, Vera,” she said, hugging her.

“You’re quite welcome, dear. Now don’t hesitate to call if you need us. God bless you, and we’ll be praying.” Vera hurried home.

Joann locked the door and paused, feeling the quietness of the house. She crept into the hall and approached her bedroom. The door was standing open. Looking inside, she peered at the bed where she loved to lie in Tom’s arms, snuggling and planning their future. She ached all over with a terrible ache, longing to be there again beside of Tom with her head resting on his shoulder—her favorite place in the whole world. She tried not to think about Julie lying dead on the floor in this very room, but it was hard to fight away the images of what Toby must have seen.

The late autumn evening was causing a darkness to creep over the house, and the terrible chill of her loneliness was enhanced by the dropping temperature. She turned on lamps in every room, which filled the house with soft light in addition to the flickering candles, which bounced their glow off of the walls in various patterns.

Joann rummaged through the freezer to find a microwave dinner, which she prepared, only to take a few bites. She walked through each room of the house examining it, checking each window to be sure that it was securely locked. She double-checked the doors and finally decided that she could safely go to bed. But could she go to sleep? After putting on her nightgown, she pulled the comforter back on her side of the bed and stood there staring at the place where Tom should be lying but couldn’t bear to lie down. Tom wasn’t there, and it was his choice that may never let him be there again. He made this decision without as much as a thought about her, only his brother. Her breathing became heavy, and her head began to ache as she fought back the torrent of tears that were attempting to take over. Quickly, she ran to Toby’s room and threw herself onto his bed, crying profusely. Here, she would reside, not being able to sleep in her own bed without Tom, in the room where Julie Spencer breathed her last and where this horrible nightmare began.

Hank made every contact he could think of to find Buck or Stephanie, but no one would talk. A few times, he got some information for a ten-dollar bill, only to find that he was steered wrong. He decided that he was too easily conned when he felt desperate. They probably laughed all the way to their junkies. Weeks later, Hank had not come any closer to finding Buck. He didn’t know where else to turn. His cell phone rang. “Hank here,” he answered.

Loving Toby  is available now at Christian Books   Tate Publishing  Amazon.Com  and Barnes and Noble .

Other Christian Books by Rebecca Gurnsey are also available through
Amazon.Com  (Click Here) for more book titles

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Welcome People of the World!

My webmaster tells me that people all over the world are looking at rebeccagurnsey.com. I am so excited! So, to all of my foreign friends, as well as my domestic ones, thank you!

I’ve decided to post excerpts from my books to give you a better look at how I write. I’ve also decided to start blogging on this website. In honor of my foreign friends, I would like to share some of my experiences with foreign guests in our home.

My husband and I were part of a program for many years where we hosted foreign military officers who were training at an American military base in San Antonio, TX, just a four hour drive from where we lived. They would stay in our home for the weekend and tour the nearby Johnson Space Center (NASA) where my husband worked, various museums, and Galveston Island. I was always eager to serve them American meals and hear about life in their country. One officer was shocked that I didn’t have any servants, because my house was much bigger than his and his wife had four. Our house was 1250 square feet, small and inexpensive by American standards. We couldn’t afford any servants. But, I showed him my electric dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, microwave oven, and vacuum cleaner. That was the extent of my domestic help. Hosting them made the world seem a little smaller to me, because it let me reach out the only way I could to people in other countries.

We also hosted seven foreign exchange teenage students, one at a time, from Germany, France, Mongolia, and Bulgaria, and one Nigerian missionary. We had a delightful time showing them some of the sights in our country and learning about their countries. I decided that teenagers are basically the same nearly everywhere. They are eager to grow up and experience adulthood, crave to be accepted, and yearn to express their uniqueness. I hope that, during the long talks we had together, in some way I helped to direct them in the right path. They are all grown now and some have contacted us to express how much their time in the U.S. has meant to them. I still pray for God to bless them and direct their paths in life.

When my husband and I sold our family home, we also sold or gave away much of our furniture. We sold our dining table to a family from Mexico. I thought how appropriate that was as I recalled our guests from eleven different countries who had eaten there with us.

Now I’m a widow, but still with the same mission. I am reaching out to the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, through my writing. I’m not in the position to host any foreign guests, but I pray for many organizations who are working daily with our brothers and sisters around the world. I hope that you will check back soon and read more. I have so much to tell you! I also invite you to email me at comment@rebeccagurnsey.com.

Loving Toby  is available now at Christian Books  Tate Publishing  Amazon.Com  and Barnes and Noble .

Other Christian Books by Rebecca Gurnsey are also available through
Amazon.Com  (Click Here) for more book titles

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Saving Vera, Sequel to Loving Toby

My readers are getting excited about the soon to be released sequel to my last suspense novel, Loving Toby. Saving Vera is a captivating novel that will catch you up with what’s going on in the Farrow family and their friends. Tom and Joann have some very exciting news that has Toby so anxious he can hardly stand it! Also, if you remember the teaser that the elderly Vera Corrigan was the front page story of nearly every newspaper in the country and the lead story on all of the network news, you will finally find out why in Saving Vera. She and Al will take you back in time to 1965 and tell you how they met and how Vera was accused of some very nasty crimes. Who is Gabe and how did he get to be so wise and show up at the strangest times? Saving Vera will tug at your emotions, shock you, amuse you, and keep you intrigued. Saving Vera will be released Spring 2016.

Saving Vera cover

Loving Toby  is available now at Christian Books  Tate Publishing  Amazon.Com  and Barnes and Noble .

Other Christian Books by Rebecca Gurnsey are also available through
Amazon.Com  (Click Here) for more book titles

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