Halo Found Hope Celebration Tour Kick Off

Guest post by Helo Matzelle

Hi, it’s Helo (pronounced Halo) Matzelle, award winning author of Halo Found Hope.

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I’m a cherished wife and blessed mother who never took life for granted or so I thought. Have you ever felt hopeless? I have. Have you ever wondered why God allows certain afflictions? Been there — done that. God has and will walk alongside us during trials — if we let Him. When discouraged, remember, that at the exact moment you find hope in God — it’s the only time when searching for it stops. Time to be honest. I haven’t always felt this way.

Halo Found Hope is the first book I’ve ever written. It started out as a diary hidden in a drawer. I scribbled private moments between God and I onto a yellow pad. I asked Him to turn my frustration into determination and my fear into courage. I never thought I’d have a riveting reason to write, however God had something else in mind.

God gives us many firsts. Our first step, first puzzle, first crush, first attempt at spreading our wings, first love, first home, first child, first graduation to attend, first loss… and the “firsts” keep coming.

Some firsts bring us joy—others hurt. I’ve journeyed through my share of both. God blessed me with a good life: an amazing husband, three incredible children, a beautiful home, and two cute dogs. But I’ve also known my share of pain. God has walked with me through four miscarriages, the passing of my father-in-law, and my husband’s job loss, among other trials.

Then He pulled me through a “first” I never imagined facing. It was a rainy Friday afternoon when I first went to see my ENT about ringing in my ear. Tests revealed that I’d lost most of the hearing in my right ear. The doctor ordered an MRI to find the cause of my hearing loss.

After the MRI, I sat in the waiting room planning my weekend. It was stacking up to be fun, busy, and completely hectic.

A nurse called out, “Helo, it’s time for you to come back.”

I picked up my to-do list and hurried to the room, planning that evening’s dinner in my head. I walked into the exam room to find that there were two doctors instead of one. Now, I was puzzled, “What’s the backup for?”

My doctor compassionately said, “Helo, sit down. This has nothing to do with your ear. You have a tumor the size of a golfball resting over the main artery in your brain. You have to go see a neurosurgeon on Monday.”

Time froze. My to-do list dropped to the floor.

Shock fertilizes fear. This “first” turned my world upside down and shattered me. I had no idea what to do, and then I heard God’s voice. He said, “Helo, I loved you first, love Me back. Trust Me.”

“God, I promise to love You first. I’m scared. Please wash away my doubt. Hold on tight, and don’t let go.” I’ve cried tears of joy and sorrow before, but this time was different. I’ve never sobbed so hard. That’s what shock does. My parents came. We hugged—and they brought me home.

My husband, Rich, bolted out of work to come pray with me. In my shock and disbelief, I whispered, “God, please make something beautiful out of this.”

Within a week, I was looking back at the faces of my loved ones, as the surgical team wheeled me into the operating room. I stared back until I couldn’t see my family anymore. When I closed my eyes I was on an operating table.

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Weeks went by. Prayers were lifted up as I lay motionless on life support. My family held onto the hope of firsts they wanted to see.

Finally, while intubated in the ICU, I motioned that I wanted to write something. A yellow pad was held for me and a pen was placed in my fragile hands. It took me five minutes to write: “God is amazing.” Those words would become the future theme message of Halo Found Hope’s Chapter Seven — although it would be several months before I would write again.

God helped me endure eight weeks of hospitalization and twenty weeks of intensive rehabilitation. I learned how to walk, talk, eat, think, and function again. Relearning “firsts” isn’t easy — but I am grateful to be alive. Every day is a cherished gift.

People often ask me if I had a near death experience. I call it a near Heaven experience and it’s a miracle that I am alive today. Now, I don’t take life for granted — at least I’m better at not doing so. Halo Found Hope portrays God’s steadfast affection and embrace throughout its pages. It closes focusing on God’s promise. I simply held the pen with strength — God scripted the words.

Now I know where hope is always found — and this ‘Halo’ is passing it on.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Halo Found Hope Celebration Tour Schedule

Oct 19: Jendi’s Journal

Oct 20: Simple Harvest Reads

Oct 22: Artistic Nobody

Oct 23: Cheryl B Book Blog

Oct 24: Just Commonly

Oct 26: Bukwurmzzz

Oct 27: Cassandra M’s Place

Oct 28: Texas Book Aholic

Oct 29: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

Oct 30: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

Oct 31: A Greater Yes

Nov 1: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Nov 2: Singing Librarian Books

Giveaway and more information about the book

For more information about Helo’s book and to enter the giveaway, click here.

The King’s Highway Celebration Tour Kick Off

Guest post by Caryl McAdoo

NO GREATER LOVE

kingshighwaycoverGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

In The King’s Highway, book one of the new Days of Dread Trilogy, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is detonated over Kansas, rendering all electronics useless. Airplanes fall from the sky, and cars and communications die.

I wrote this story in 2013. Yesterday morning, I listened to an online video produced by Nathan Shepard, a Bible scholar with a background in theology and archeology about the end times. ( http://survivetheenddays.com/asm_i3/?t=  ) He gives scriptural evidence to back his beliefs that Russia will explode an EMP high in the atmosphere over mid-U.S. (Kansas?) to throw our country back into the dark ages—exactly as written in my scenario…two years ago!

Gave me glory bumps!

Here’s my jacket copy on my new book:

A mysterious dead man directs the small band on their journey to a much safer corridor he dubs The King’s Highway.

Airplanes are falling out of the sky, and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash. It tests the grit of fifteen-year-old Jackson Allison when the care and safety of his younger siblings fall solely to him. No one knows for sure what’s happened, but danger lurks if they stay. With a fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe, the high school freshman is compelled to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport for their grandparents’ farm a hundred-plus miles northeast.

Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will he ever get his people to safety in the Red River Valley in far Northeast Texas?

One Zonderkidz editor asked me, “Why would you write an end times dystopian for mid-grade?” My answer was to bolster the faith of young people that God will keep and guide them through any situation, providing their needs. I wanted to replace any fears with faith ahead of time through my fiction story.

An avid reviewer and reviewer told me she hoped the “possible look into the future” wasn’t prophetic, yet Mister Shepard at ‘Survive The End Times’, who I’d never heard about before now, has basically come up with the same developments as his truths. Here’s what she said about it:

This first novel in the Days of Dread Trilogy fits the mid-grade classification in that the chief characters are mid-grade children. It is so much more than a dystopian story since it fits so well into the quest genre. Just as C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” are much more children’s novels in that they are dearly loved and read by adults worldwide, even so “The King’s Highway” takes the adult reader hostage and keeps them enthralled to the very end, a point when they will want more story.

This book is so well written and edited that the critical eye of this reviewer found not one typo or mistake. For sure, every detail in the world Caryl McAdoo depicts fits perfectly with the projected future environment after another world war. It is to be dearly hoped that the author isn’t being prophetic in the scenario depicted in this book. Here’s looking forward to the next book “The Sixth Trumpet” due out hopefully before the Lord returns.

I read this story in an advanced reader copy and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  –Cassandra Wessel, multi-published author and avid reader

I hope you’ll read The King’s Highway and judge for yourself!

Whether fantasy fiction or prophesy, reviewers of all ages are loving the story which I am thrilled to launch right here at CelebrateLit! I’m so excited about my blog tour from its awesome organizer, Sandra Barela! She’s just tops, and I am so blessed that God brought us together! She knows how to help spread the word about my newest release The King’s Highway.

It’s my pleasure to offer not one, but TWO free paperback copies of The King’s Highway—one for you, and one for your friend—in honor of Sandy and friendship!

I also want to thank every blogger who has signed on for this fun adventure! Hope you all have enjoyed The King’s Highway, and that you’ll be blessed of God for helping this daughter!

Tour Schedule:

Oct 19: Jendi’s Journal

Oct 20: ArtisticNobody

Oct 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Oct 22: Cassandra M’s Place

Oct 23: Singing Librarian Books

Oct 24: Bukwurmzzz

Oct 25: Simple Harvest Reads

More Information and giveaway:

For more information about this book and to enter the giveaway click here.