Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Lavender Tears
Author: Sondra Cunningham
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women’s Fiction
The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.
Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany’s journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life’s unexpected tragedies. When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary’s life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn’t see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father’s love and destined for a unique purpose. Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother’s garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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History behind one of your books? (i.e. what inspired you to write it? Was it a vacation, location, book, historical occurrence?)
Writing Lavender Tears was the most beautiful journey of stepping into a brand new ministry. I don’t often have enough time to share with my readers the full story, of how this novel came to be, and I will gladly take it!
During the first few months of the COIV-19 quarantine, my family and I began to take communion every day and seek the Lord for a divine purpose. We wanted to find a way to spread light. A way to shift our own attention onto what God could do, despite the concerning events transpiring around the world. It was during this communing time that the Lord inspired Lavender Tears.
My husband and I were reflecting on historical figures throughout the Bible and the ones whom we most related to. As I began to mention the woman with the alabaster jar, I was immediately taken into a vision. In this vision I saw novel pages flipping before me and the entire content of this novel was downloaded into my spirit! I jumped up with such excitement because I had never written—nor aspired to write—anything before! (Minus a few personal devotions, and small group lessons) Certainly nothing in the Christian entertainment genre.
I knew I had just received a beautiful gift from the Holy Spirit and I got right to work! It was so fun, and so surprisingly easy! I outlined fourteen chapters that first night and watched day by day as the story in my minds eye, unfolded before me.
The Lord was so gracious to me throughout this process. He provided everything and everyone I would need to self-publish and allowed me to compete the novel in a short four months! The best part? Lavender Tears is only the beginning! I am currently witting the sequel, of which I will share more about soon, and I am so in love with where Mary’s journey is taking her. I hope this first novel, though heart breaking at times, will draw the readers into her experiences and help them to find themselves somewhere within the pages. We all face trials and sometimes tragedies throughout out our lives and it is so important to hold on tight to the faith within us, and find our destiny! We can’t always see it when we are in the middle of a storm, and like becoming an author, I didn’t see it coming either! But, what a wonder and joy it is when we discover that we have been God’s masterpiece in the making, all along!
(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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