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Book Blitz! Climbing for Roots by Alan Noble

Title: Climbing for Roots
Author: Alan Noble
Genre: Religion/Spiritual Growth/Christian Life
Publisher: Axiom

Climbing for Roots will explain fully the sin that so completely corrupted creation, and the plan of God for our salvation. We learn that Jesus is not only our Savior, but is also the Lord of our lives. What does that mean? That obedience will never earn us God’s love but it will always produce blessing. We learn that our salvation is secure, but we must strive for obedience because we are created to do good works.
When we trust Jesus for salvation, we become members of a new family—the family of God, also known as the church. Imagine! God is now our Father. As members of this incredible family, certain changes take place within us. We get learn about worship and praise, and have a relationship with Him. Climbing for Roots will teach us about ourselves as new creations, about this church, and about Jesus, the Son of God! We learn about the two ordinances or rites Jesus has given His church that will help us to remember who we are as Christians—baptism, and communion. As a member of God’s church, we learn that we are to serve each other in unity. We must consider others more important than ourselves. We learn that we need to persevere together, so that when Jesus returns, He will find us doing what He has left us here to do—serving Him by serving others.
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Alan R. Noble is a born-again Christian, schooled in the Word since childhood. He was fortunate to sit under capable preaching and teaching throughout his life. His passion for the spiritual welfare of young people grew out of his years of work experience, and his understanding of the Scriptures. He realizes that young Christians need instruction in the meat as well as the milk of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Mr. Noble was educated at William Paterson University, a liberal arts institute in Northern New Jersey, and received a B.A. in education, with a certificate to teach elementary school. Later, he received an M.A. in Communication Arts, and a certificate in supervision. He worked as an educator for 31 years.

After his retirement from public education Mr. Noble enjoyed teaching in Christian Schools in New Jersey and Texas.

These days find Alan and his wife Kathie enjoying their travels between Kansas City and northern New Jersey as they visit their daughters’ families that include six beautiful grandchildren.

Pump Up Your Book and Alan are teaming up to give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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• By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
• One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the prize.
• This giveaway begins November 3 and ends on November 28, 2014.
• Winner will be contacted via email on December 1, 2014.
• Winner has 72 hours to reply.

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Thy Will Be Done VBT with Ronald Kirk

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About the book:

The world cries out for an imaginative but realistic Biblical guide to the life foreshadowed in Christ’s model prayer. No foolish utopia, here is a powerful, comprehensive portrait of a sinful world redeemed and transformed by Christ—including the tools needed to hasten the day.

The author weaves a tapestry of possibility–Christ’s people growing as salt and light, putting flesh on the Bible’s vision of blessing in every aspect of human life and endeavor, bringing joy to all peoples and glory to the One who came to save the world.

“Ron Kirk comprehensively applies the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life” (Peter Hammond, The Reformation Society, South Africa).

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Book excerpt:


Jesus said we know a tree by its fruit. What fruit might we expect when the world has fully given itself to Christ on His terms? How would the world then appear when Jesus Christ generally establishes in the highest degree His Gospel among a receptive mankind, and men systematically apply that Gospel to every area of life?….

Thy Will Be Done thus attempts to present a crafted approach to biblically directed living. In this, applied-faith thinking in each area of life uniquely expresses itself in real life upon Biblically defined life objectives. Everything builds upon a simple set of coherent Biblical principles that speak comprehensively to God’s goals for men in this life in anticipation of eternity….

Rather than seeing this present life as a mere holding tank for eternity, Thy Will Be Done views this life as the first fruits, the down payment on the promises of eternity with Christ.

About the author:


Jesus Christ confronted Ron Kirk with His salvation late in his college career at the University of California, Berkeley. Graduating in 1974, he became a professional landscape architect. In entering his first church ministry, a lack of a Biblical material on education led him to the Christian History Movement and the works of R.J. Rushdoony. Since 1980, Ron has studied and taught the Biblically and historically identified applied-faith theology and philosophy outlined in this book. Its principles have now long proven themselves in the curriculum and methods of pioneering day and home schools founded and administered by Ron. His work has been published internationally and translated into Spanish.  According to Jay and Vickie Dangers of New Hope Uganda Ministries, “Through what you have imparted to us, your lives have touched thousands of people on at least four continents, probably five, and the ripple effect is continuing.”[1] Gloriously married since 1971, Ron and Christina have five beautiful children, five more beautiful sons- and daughters-in-law, and twelve beautiful grandchildren, all walking with Christ.  American Heritage Christian Church ordained Ron as a minister of the Gospel in 1984. Ron has recently joined the foreign missionary staff of New Hope Uganda to assist in establishing a teachers college to supply the nation’s schools with a rigorously Biblical philosophy and practice of education.

Visit Ron online at or like his Facebook page at


[1] From an inscription in a copy of Jennie Dangers, The Long Road to Hope: a day of small beginnings (El Cajon, CA: Christian Services Network, 2006).



Thy Will Be Done VBT Schedule

December 2

Interview at Blogcritics

December 3

First Chapter Reveal at Maureen’s Musings

December 4

Interview at The Book Connection

December 5

Guest post at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection


December 6

First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter


December 9

Book spotlight at Literarily Speaking

December 10

Book club discussion at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Book review and guest post at Read For Your Future

December 11

Book spotlight at The Writers Life eMagazine

Interview at Paperback Writer

December 12

Guest post and First chapter reveal at Lori’s Reading Corner

December 13

Book spotlight at Review from Here

December 16

Interview at Broowaha


December 17

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

December 18

Interview at As the Pages Turn

December 19

Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily


December 20

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Guest post at Maureen’s Musings

December 26

Book review at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection

Book review at A Simple Life, Really?

December 27

Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

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Interview with Karina Lumbert Fabian: ‘I thank God for the opportunity…pray that my father and I did right by it’

Karina Lumbert Fabian was born into the Catholic faith, but truly grew to love it as an adult. A busy mother of four, she finds her strongest encounters with God’s love happen in the ordinary events of the day-to-day. Karina started her writing career with diocesan newspapers but has settled into writing mostly fun-filled fantasy and science fiction that nonetheless incorporate the principles of faith-filled living. Her latest book, Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Everyday Life, tells stories of her life and faith, along with those of her father and co-author Deacon Steve Lumbert. Karina is all over the web. Find her at:





Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Karina.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

At the time I’m writing this, I’ll have written four novels and edited three anthologies. Two of the anthologies are published (Infinite Space, Infinite God and Leaps of Faith, one should be coming out in the autumn, 2010 (Infinite Space, Infinite God II.) My novel Magic, Mensa and Mayhem is published and won the 2010 INDIE awards for best fantasy; another of my novels, Mind Over Mind, is under contract and scheduled for September 2011. In addition, I’ve almost finished my fifth novel, have a sixth that needs major re-write, and a seventh waiting in the wings, rather impatiently. Finally, I have the idea for a fantasy trilogy that keeps me up at night and makes me stop and jot notes at random moments.

On the non-fiction side, my fist book, Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life, which I co-wrote with my father, Deacon Steve Lumbert, was published in May 2010 by Tribute Books.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

I first wrote The Miscria in college. It was a fantasy about a psychic Freshman who ended up saving another planet. It got a lot of rejections, so I put it away for a decade. When I wanted to write fiction (after many years of articles and features), I went back to it. Wow, did it stink! The core story was great, though, as was the heroine, but the hero needed work. More to the point, he needed problems. So I gave him so many I drove him insane which made for a much better novel. The core story line, however, needed three books, so I got to work on my first trilogy, sending the first one around. That was about 2000.  It got some rejections, but I worked it and kept sending it out. This year, I got the contract for The Miscria, now renamed Mind Over Mind, from Dragon Moon Press. Perseverance pays!

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

My first published e-book was Leaps of Faith, and it came about because a new publisher, FrancisIsidore Press, was looking for books. My husband and I had been writing stories about an order of nuns who did search and rescue operations in space. We suggested a story collection, Katherine Lively suggested getting other authors in and making an anthology of different sci-fi. So no rejections for the e-book, which was a 2004 EPPIE finalist for best anthology.

However, Francis Isidore didn’t last very long. Katherine was expecting a long-desired child and she took a job editing for Mundania. We got the rights back and went on to find another publisher. I think it had eight rejections before The Writers’ Café Press published it in 2008.

Leaps was not my first published print book, however. I’d sent Leaps to a Catholic publisher who asked if we’d be interested in making an anthology with just Catholic science fiction. My husband and I edited Infinite Space, Infinite God, but they decided not to take a chance on sci-fi after all. I no longer remember how many rejections I got before Twilight Times published it in e-book and print 2007. It was the 2007 EPPIE winner for best sci-fi.

My first published novel was and exception to the rule. I had been writing a serial story, World Gathering: Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, for the North Dakota Prairie Dawg. Mostly, it was heavy on jokes and light on mystery, and a great romp for my favorite characters, the dragon detective Vern, and his partner, Sister Grace. I’d also written several stories with Vern and Grace, and put one up for critique by a publisher at the MuseOnline conference. She loved it so much she asked if I had enough for a collection. I wrote back that I didn’t, but I did have this long-running serial… Magic, Mensa and Mayhem was published by Swimming Kangaroo in March 2009 and won the 2010 INDIE Book Awards for best fantasy. It’s also placed in a couple of popular awards, and the serial itself won the Mensa Owl for best fiction. I love the characters–and so do readers–so much that I’m planning a series of books with Vern and Grace.

It’s a great lesson about being open to opportunities. Sadly, Swimming Kangaroo has had to stop accepting more books for publication, so I am searching for a new home for the series.

Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

Here’s the thing about rejections: You cannot take them personally. This is a business. The publisher is too full, or has something similar, or doesn’t think your style fits with what they have. They don’t think they can promote it well enough, or that even with promotion it can sell enough copies (because the angle is wrong, the target audience too small, it’s never been done, it’s been overdone by well-established authors, etc.) Sometimes, it really is because the writing isn’t good enough, but that just means you keep working to improve. It’s a business, not a fight.

Rejections miff me, sure. I really hate not knowing which of the many reasons is why that novel didn’t fit. But I also understand that editors are SWAMPED with submissions, and don’t have time to reply (or have been bit by people who “felt the blows” and decided to strike back.)

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

I submitted Infinite Space, Infinite God to Twilight Times because someone in one of my writers’ groups recommended them, and it’s been a good relationship. In fact, they asked us to compile a second anthology, and it should come out in autumn 2010.

However, in my case, many of my books come about because a publisher approached me. The one I’m working on right now, Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, came about because a publisher asked me to write a novel about one of my short-story characters her readers love. My latest book, and my first non-fiction book, Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life, came about from answering an ad Tribute Books put on an online writers group I’m part of.

Small presses are full of opportunities for people who get their name and work out there, are keeping an eye open and are willing to work hard and meet a publisher’s needs.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Oh, I think there was much jumping and screaming and Woo-hoo-ing. We went out to dinner. I grinned a lot for a week, I’m sure. Twilight Times was fun to work with because they gave us a lot of say in the cover art, etc.

I’m sure there some of your readers are marveling that I don’t remember the details, but frankly, it was a stepping stone, not to mention a supremely busy time of my life. I was homeschooling four kids, writing a craft book, working for national pregnancy magazines, and starting on a novel.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Made a website, I got bios from all the writers, summaries of the stories, put up graphics and when I learned how, made a book trailer video. Once a month, I interviewed one of the contributors until I’d gotten them all. It was a lot of fun.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

Nope, unless some really big traditional press wants to employ 20-20 hindsight and take me on. The only drawback to small presses is that their chances of getting into the brick-and-mortar stores is limited. Big presses have the reputation, clout and money to take the spots.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

As I said above, I’ve had several other books published and have one under contract. I’ve ventured into inspirational nonfiction with Why God Matters, succeeded in my first collaboration–with my dad, no less!–and with Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, discovered I have a real talent for writing comedy. That came as a surprise, incidentally. I love indulging my sarcastic, cliché-twisting side, however.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I don’t think there is any one thing I could have done to speed things up. I’ve learned from my mistakes, too, so avoiding them might have hurt me in the long run. Most of the things that have helped me–especially online conferences and groups–weren’t around when I started, so there’s not much I could have done differently to affect that.

I would, however, have taken website building lessons and a class on photoshop. That would have helped make promotions much easier. As it is, I’m trying to find time to take them now, but not having much success. (And I do need a class; I’m not much of a book learner.)

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life. My other books are fun reads, and I love them and am proud of them, but Why God Matters is the first book I’ve written that can help people on a spiritual level. It’s probably the only important book I’ve ever written. It may be the only–time will tell.

I thank God for the opportunity I was given and pray that my father and I did right by it.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

I grew up wanting to be a scientist, but I can’t conduct an experiment to save my life! Still, I always wonder how it would feel–that thrill of discovering something we didn’t know, something only hinted at by the great minds before me. And let’s face it–what a kick to be such a big brain!

Of course, that’s just fantasy. For reality? I honestly don’t know what I’d want to be when I grow up. I just hope I never have to.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

I love what I’m doing. The hours are my own, the work is never the same, and I get to make people laugh or cry or at least escape themselves for a few happy hours. Plus, I never run out of material to read to my kids!

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

Grayer. More wrinkled. Hopefully not fatter. Spending my days writing my next book while promoting the ones already out, e-mailing the kidlets (now in college or career and out of the house), swapping ideas and kisses with my husband Rob who may finally be working on books of his own.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Stop dreaming and get to work! Learn how to write better. Learn the business of publishing. Get involved with writers groups online–The Writers’ Chat Room is a good place to start ( or find a Yahoo! group for writers. Find an online writers conference–there are about a dozen that I know of. Write, submit, write, submit. Get a rejection? Shrug and submit elsewhere, or get it looked at by a good critique group.

And if you don’t want to put that much effort into getting your writing published, get out of the way of those that do!

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