Monday, November 8, 2010

Red Ink Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

About The Book:


A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets.
Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards.



About The Author:

Kathi is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

Questions With Kathi Macias

Red Ink is the third book in your four-book Extreme Devotion series. Each book is set in a different country, with the theme of first devotion and commitment to Christ above all else running through all four. How is Red Ink different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?


Red Ink is the only one of the four books that actually deals with someone being arrested and suffering specifically for her faith in Christ. The story is loosely based on my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian materials, particularly to children. I pray for Li Ying daily, and I remind myself how very blessed I am to have the freedom to do what she did—without paying the price she now pays.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?


A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets. Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards, leading to a surprising conclusion that will both stun and challenge readers.

How did you get into writing? Has it always been your passion, or is it something you came to later in life?


I’ve always wanted to write, for as long as I can remember. I was an avid reader even before I started kindergarten. I wrote a short story in third grade that the teacher liked so much she showed it to the principal, and they decided to turn it into a play for the entire PTA. I was hooked! One day when I was about 13, I was walking home from school with my then boyfriend (now husband), Al, and I told him I’d be a writer some day. He often reminds me how blessed I am to have been able to do what I dreamed of all my life.

I understand you’re running a special contest that has to do with this book. Can you tell us about it?


Actually, I’m running the same contest twice—two chances to win a free Kindle! To be eligible, follow these three steps:
  • You have to read Red Ink and post reviews on Amazon, CBD, etc., and/or your personal blog;
  • You must also be a follower of my Easy Writer blog (address below); and,
  • Let me know via my website contact email: mailto:ezyrtr@ca.rr.com that you have met the requirements and want to be entered.
The first winner will be announced in early November; the second in mid-December, just in time for a last-minute Christmas gift.

In addition to writing, you are a popular speaker at women’s event, writers’ conferences, and various venues around the country. How can people find out more about you, your writing and speaking, sign up for your weekly devotional newsletter (in English or Spanish), and/or just view your many book videos, etc.?


They can find me at my website (http://www.kathimacias.com) or blog (http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com). There is a “contact” button on my website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!

My Review:

This is the fourth book by Macias I have had the opportunity to read and once again I am amazed. Macias writes in such a way that I feel I am right in the scenes experiencing what the characters do. Amazing!

 A wonderful portrayal of the trials and tribulations that Christians in China face regularly and of those in America praying for the persecuted church around the world. It is also an incredible display of God's faithfulness and protection. You cannot read any of the Extreme Devotion Series without being affected. It will encourage, challenge and convict you to be bold in your faith in Christ just as He commanded us to be.

I love the challenge throughout the book that asks us if we would stand up for Jesus just as those in China do, and to pray without ceasing, even when you don't know all the circumstances or the people involved. I can't wait to read the fourth book in the Extreme Devotion Series, People Of The Book, due out in April 2011.

I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Red Ink by Kathi Macias online through ChristianBook.com - it is also available through your local Christian bookseller.

WIN IT: One (1) Reader will win a copy of Red Ink by Kathi Macias


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****A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by New Hope Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services****


9 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a winner and I would really like to read it.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  2. When I was voting last week, I was very disappointed that there were so few people voting. One of the election board ladies shared with me about a lady who had come through earlier to vote. The lady had made the comment that people who grew up in the USA did not appreciate the right to vote. She had grown up where women did not have that right. Sometimes it is the same with our Christian faith when we take it for granted. I would love to read about this young woman who was willing to go to prison for her Christian faith.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  3. Thanks for this amazing giveaway. It would be meaningful to read this novel. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Too often we take for granted our freedoms in North America and don't realize how truly blessed we are.

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  5. This sounds like a great book!
    fallingfan at gmail.com

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  6. would enjoy reading kathi's latest novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  7. Looks like a book I would enjoy reading!
    :)
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  8. open books, open minds
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  9. can you imagine the conflict and trials and tribulations the couple go through; I can't imagine her parents paying for her to have an abortion.
    I'd love to read this book which undoubtedly would make me realize over and over again how fortunate we are here in Canada.

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