Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Shift By Melissa Ann Ricks ~ Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour ~

The Shift 
By Melissa Ann Ricks


Crystal: Today as part of this Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour, I have the opportunity to interview M. Ann Ricks. Welcome! I'm so happy to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?  

M. Ann: Hello Crystal!  I’m M. Ann Ricks, a woman, redeemed and set free by the life-giving and life-changing blood of Jesus Christ. I’m a wife, mother, Christian Fiction novelist and “Godspirational” speaker, endeavoring to live for Christ ON PURPOSE as a literary vessel, providing Christian literature that will not only entertain but encourage, enlighten, emancipate and prayerfully restore!

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for THE SHIFT?  

M. Ann:  So many are believing the lie of the enemy. Although stating that they are Christians, many are still in bondage. They have yet to be delivered from fear, shame, guilt and even rebellion. No one is getting to the root of the matter and saying what God says. We are tiptoeing. We have shut our mouths because many are afraid to consult their creator. We must consult the word of God. So many need to find out who they are instead of letting the world or man define them. The truth is, only GOD can define who we are and only then can we be who God has purposed us to be.

Crystal: What are you currently working on?

M. Ann: I am currently working on my fifth novel, “Not Even Death!”

Crystal: Do you have any special routine that you follow when you are writing?

M. Ann: I haven’t a routine but I do set aside time to sit and hear from God prior to starting.  After all, it’s His book. I’m simply the vessel.  He is using me. I sit, listen and allow Him to download His message. 

Crystal: Did you have to do a lot of research this book or any other? 

M. Ann: Oddly enough, this novel did not require too much research. I simply allowed the Holy Spirit to tell me where to go and what to say.

Crystal:  Who are some of your favorite authors that you like to read? 

M. Ann: Some of my favorite authors are J. California Cooper, Michele Andrea Bowen. Stephen L. Carter and Frank Perretti.

Crystal:  Is there a genre you haven't written that you would like to try?

M. Ann: No, at this time in my life, Christian Fiction is the genre that I, believe. with the help of the Holy Spirit , that I can have the most impact.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?

M. Ann: Veronica began to walk back to her car but something invisible stopped her. She turned and faced the building as if hearing someone requesting her to do so. She stared at the church. Veroncica couldn’t take her eyes off the building. It was invitingly picturesque. She took note of every arch, engraving and architectural characteristic. She observed the expertly crafted stained glass windows and circular graduating steps. The domed structure was magnificent. Veronica was drawn to the gigantic golden double doors. They were each bordered with silver and gold. Each door housed carvings of a story from the gospels. Veronica remembered the stories and recognized Jesus walking on water with Peter, Jesus feeding the five thousand, Jesus’ Baptism, Mary Magdalene washing Jesus’ feet and Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The doors were shining. She was captivated by the doors. 
How were they so bright at five o’clock in the morning, she wondered. They were gleaming, freshly polished. Veronica slowly lowered herself onto the grass and sat, not understanding why she was so moved, but moved nonetheless. Her heart was brimming with a feeling. She’d felt this before. It was right before she decided to come home. 
Veronica sat without movement for a long moment. She just sat stark still, looking at the structure as the pre-dawn sky provided a celestial backdrop. Her eyes found the golden door. Veronica wanted to enter The Kingdom Revelation Center. “This looks like a place God would reside,” Veronica breathed. 
Almost as if her heart was being caressed, she heard words whispered into her, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
She needed to be somewhere God resided. Her mother always told her that there was refuge in the sanctuary of a church. 
Veronica’s mother thought she was sleeping when she’d whisper scriptures into her ear. Her mother, regardless of what was going on in her own life, would gather Veronica into her arms and sing to her.  
At that moment, Veronica heard her mother whispering in her ear, “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler...”  
Veronica felt a soothing and reassuring embrace. It was her mother’s embrace. 
Her mother’s arms were always an asylum for her. A tear escaped as she envisioned her mother. All at once she declared aloud, not caring if anyone heard her, “What do I have to lose?  The trajectory of my life is spiraling downward,” she admitted as she looked back at the doors of the church. “I’m going to the hotel, shower and come back to see my mother.”

About The Book:

There is a sense of urgency in the atmosphere as God is transitioning what the world has deemed impossible and unbelievable into the possible and the believable. Don’t be alarmed by the "sudden" moves of God.
Pastor Douglass and his family have been positioned for such a move but because of the dense fog of deception that seems to surround them, some in the Douglass family have created their own beliefs, fabricating their own sense of self; negating the truth, God’s truth, even when truth is staring them in the face.  They, like many, are living lives devoid of the knowledge of who they really are and robbing themselves and those they love of their true identity and freedom. Deeply embedded lies from enemy have blinded eyes, impaired hearing and hardened hearts and Angels from the army of God have been deployed. The assignment: the execution of God’s divine design.  Dreams, supernatural revelation and actual attacks from man's ultimate foe will expose all and confirm God’s plan for Xion, Veronica, Zeborah, Bo and Pastor Douglas. Can they handle the truth and surrender? Will the infrastructure of unbelief crumble?  The lives of the Douglass family will never be the same and neither will you, because of THE SHIFT !

About The Author:

M. Ann Ricks, (Melissa Ann), is a Christian Fiction novelist residing in Bear, Delaware with her excellent husband and two awesome sons. She is a graduate of Rider University and formerly a national accounts insurance executive. Using Jesus Christ as her example,  as He shared many parables, she creates stories with fictional characters that contend with real life issues and inserts the Word of God to communicate the genuine and unfailing love of God while making it abundantly clear that Jesus is the ONLY answer.  M. Ann is determined to tell the world how wonderfully awesome Jesus Christ is and can be in our lives if we just allow Him to be.   She is honored to be used by God to spread His message with the stories she creates with the leading of the Holy Spirit, knowing that He will provide her with stories and the insight that will lift up the name of Jesus as He promised that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him. She is the author Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance, The Son and THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME.
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