Hi everyone From today until 21st May ’19, Grace in Mombasa ebook is discounted from $4.99 to $0.99! Why not watch the 2 min video clip below to see if this is a book you might be interested in?
During my research on the Welsh revival of 1904/1905 I came across two novels.
- Queen of the Rushes by Allen Raine &
- The Withered Root by Rhys Davies
How I enjoyed reading these books and if I wasn’t a Christian I would quite happily have read them and put them down and thought no more of it. However, as a Christian it was with heavy heart that I read stories about revival that were both written from a non-Christian POV. Davies openly declared himself an atheist whilst Raine states that although not against the chapel itself she was very suspicious of the revival.
So here are my reviews…
The Withered Root by Rhys Davies
This book caused mixed emotions for me. On the one hand I think it deserves five stars and on the other hand only one star, so I went for three.
The beginning of the book had me chuckling out loud quite a few times, especially over the conversations between Reuben’s parents. I loved how the writing reflected the way the Welsh talk and I loved the detail in which you can practically ‘see’ the old valleys in and around 1904/1905. It is also superbly written with beautiful flowing, almost poetical language.
The downside for me was twofold. One was the author’s obvious dislike of women made blatantly obvious by his lack of even a single woman having any virtue or a good character, every woman doing nothing but flaunting her femininity in a derogative way. The other was in his portrayal of fanatical and shallow Christians. I found the second half of the book dark and depressing and was quite frankly glad to turn the last page.
For research into the Welsh revival this is worth a read. For the beauty of the writing this is definitely worth a read. For its portrayal of women or Christians if you’re easily offended I would give this a miss.
Queen of the Rushes
I loved this book by this not so well remembered lady Anne Evans, pseudonym Allen Raine. Her characterisation is vivid and authentic, her settings skilful and poetic and her portrayal of women so much more realistic than Davies. Writing about a time in which she lived she is able to capture the rift in status between men and women beautifully without labouring it or making it obvious.
She does, however, portray the people caught up in revival as fanatics and one of her main characters is ‘touched’ as in loses her mind because of it. Not a good light on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Still this book has many hidden lessons in it if you care to look and I really do recommend it.
Anne didn’t start writing until she was 60 and received crushing reviews when first published… by men. Born in 1836 Anne was a Victorian through-and-through and I love that this emerges in her story. I wish I could have met Anne and sat down and discussed this book with her, arr well hopefully when I get to heaven!
Faith in Abertillery
In contrast to the two books above I will be writing about the Welsh revival from a Christian POV, I didn’t live in those times so I have done a massive amount of research to ensure my story is as authentic as possible. I wonder if anyone will read my book in a hundred years and look me up to see who I was and why I wrote the book!
I love a good book with a good story, and if that book happens to promote Christian morals and standards then I am doubly-happy. It is therefore, rather distressing that so many good books by Christian authors are priced out of my price-range.
Who is it that set a kindle book at $8 – $15? Seriously, you can buy paperbacks for that amount of money in the UK. Other genres don’t have their books priced so high – does this mean that Christians are greedy and money grabbing, or just good business men and women? Bestselling authors set their prices really high, bleeding their readers dry because they know they will buy regardless of price. So, does that mean that every Christian author thinks they are a bestselling author?
What on earth is going on?
I can’t set my book at that price; I want as many people as possible to be able to read it, so currently mine is set at $3.99 probably going to $4.99 next year, which I think is a reasonable price for an e-book. And, 50% of my commission is being donated to Barnabas.
Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, would love to hear what other people think about it.
I’m so excited to say that I will probably have the kindle of Grace in Mombasa up by Friday 23rd November – a whole week early!
I’d like to share with you the two endorsements that I have had for the book.
Tracy Traynor’s writing transports you from World War 1 and 2 England to the courts of heaven, via Mombasa. With characters which pop off the page and straight into your heart, this is a book you will remember for a long time. Wendy H Jones, author and member/webmaster of Association of Christian Writers.
The story of Grace captures the experience of many others who, though quite ordinary by themselves, find that the love of God propels them towards quite extraordinary endeavours. Tracy is the author of Grace’s story but the inspiration was Moira Smith and the author of her story was none other than God himself, described in the Bible as the ‘author and finisher of our faith’. I commend Tracy’s book Grace in Mombasa to you in the hope that, inspired by the story of Grace and Moira, you will become hungry for a story of your own and that you will turn to the great author of all our lives. He already has a story prepared for you” Sean McIntyre, missionary with Barnabas and now minister to the Assembly of God Church in Colchester.
When you’ve spent most of your life… and you’re 57 so that’s a pretty long time… thinking that you’re stupid and rubbish and an idiot, it can be hard to change. I do believe I’ve come a long way to getting over low self-esteem but then in times like this, that old nagging voice “you’re an idiot” returns to throw me into chaos.
What is causing this sudden panic attack that I might not have changed after all? The release of my new book. Aha, you may say, really? that all? Unfortunately, yes. I have poured myself into my latest book ‘Grace in Mombasa’ and the fear of rejection is making me ill. I have to wonder why I put myself through it. Writing the story itself was quite fun and even relaxing, but then editing started and demanded sweat and tears from me in an effort to get it to a level that people could enjoy it. Then all the expense comes, professional editing for someone with dyslexia like me is crucial and must be paid for. Then there is advertising and promoting to be done. I’m sure my friends must be sick of hearing about my books.
And now when I am waiting for the first reviews to come in, there is nothing left but feeling sick. Maybe I should give writing up and leave it to the more hardy people out there.
I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that people will enjoy Grace’s story, and until release date of the 1st Dec ’18 I am just trying to keep myself as busy as a bee and trying my hardest to switch off the anxious button!
Good news, getting an article in the local newspaper about the story – also keeping my fingers crossed to have a feature on Christian Premier Radio.
I am happy to say, that Grace in Mombasa is now with a professional editor being polished.
The release date on Amazon will be Sat 1st December 2018.
I’m so excited and can’t wait for people to read it and find out what they think.
53 days to go….
Love my latest review, which is by Autumn aged 14. Nearly all my reviews are by adults and I was really happy to receive this one through the website Reviews by kids, for kids.
Idi & The Oracle’s Quest by T N Traynor
Reviewed by Autumn (age 14) for Reader Views Kids (7/18)
If you like mysterious rendezvous, witches, castles, demons, dragons and a quest to save the world then “Idi & The Oracle’s Quest,” book one in the Born to Be series, by T N Traynor, is a story you definitely should read.
A spell of forbidden love is cast, only to leave a princess grieving over her love after he is killed, and she is banished from her kingdom for the child she is carrying. Little does she know that the elements or earth witches have taken a solemn vow to protect her and her unborn child from an evil wizard by the name of Norvora. If he gets control of the child, he will unleash unimaginable horrors from the depths of Astaroth.
A plan is made by the fairies to intercept Princess Cassandra and her unborn child before Norvora can reach them. Their journey takes them through a forbidden forest to reach the mountains to a town called Tamarind.
A great and kind wizard named Marcus is called upon by the oracle Oleanna to find a boy named Idi who will become the greatest wizard of all time. Idi is an orphaned boy who has been pick on his entire life and felt like he would never amount to anything, until Marcus finds him and asks that he accompanies him on an important quest to save the kingdoms. Together they will set out on a journey to find the child who is meant to be king.
I really enjoyed reading “Idi & The Oracle’s Quest.” The story line was fast paced with hint of suspense. I liked how the author combined characters such as wizards, elemental witches, dwarfs and a dragon in a not-so-fairy-tale-like setting. The chase through the forest kept you on the edge of your seat, not knowing if Cassandra and the fairies would make it to safety before the evil wizard Norvora and his henchmen caught up with them. Every chapter had a twist in the story that was exciting and unexpected. My favorite character would be Idi. He felt like no one cared for him, but he would not give up on others and was always there for them.
“Idi & The Oracle’s Quest”, book one of the Born to Be series, by T N Traynor is a magical story that will leave you wanting more. I would recommend this story for 9th graders and up, and I look forward to the next book in the “Born to Be series.”
Link below to view the review on their website.
I’m happy to say, that I am now just about at the halfway mark of this beautiful story.
Inspired by true events ~ A book in two halves
The first half of Grace’s life is in England between 1912 – 1953. The book picks up when Grace is 27 and WW2 has just begun. Living in Newton Le Willows in England (half way between Liverpool & Manchester) Grace still lives with Richard, her father who is the local vicar. Her Fiancee has joined up, and Eleanor, a land-army lady from London has moved in with them.
The story is portrayed through Grace’s eyes and we experience a tiny bit of what it was like here in the North West during the war. Writing about the Manchester Blitz of 1940 was quite emotional after all the research I did about it.
The book is going slower than I would have liked, but I just can’t skimp on the research, it is vital to make this story as authentic as I possibly can.
Still, I am longing to start the second half of her life which is lived in Mombasa, Kenya.
This story is fictional but totally inspired by Moira Smith, a lady I met in Mombasa, who briefly told me a small part of her life.
I am very happy to announce that I will be giving 50% of all my proceeds (from the sale of this book) to Barnabas Outreach Mombasa, so that in some way, the good works that Moira did may continue in her name.
I’m praying that Grace in Mombasa will bless them abundantly.
I’ll keep you updated on the process, if wishes came true it would be finished in time for Christmas.