Guest Blogger - Author Kelly Martin

I'm so excited about hosting my friend Kelly Martin today as a guest blogger. Kelly's first novel, Crossing the Deep released this week. Yay!

Author, Kelly Martin
And now, here's Kelly...


I’m excited to be here today! I have a topic that’s near and dear to my heart that I wanted to talk about. In this crazy, fast-paced world, how do you find the time to do something you (not as a mother, as a woman) want to do? There has to be a balance between what you are (a wife and mother) and what you *also* are (a woman with dreams).
Personally, my dream was to be a writer, more specifically to be a published author. I didn’t know how to do it, I just knew I wanted to do it eventually. Finally, God said, “It’s time, Woman!” (well, not in so many words, but you get the gist). I had no idea how I was going to find the time to do it—an entire novel! But I knew God wouldn’t want me to do something if He didn’t give me the time--- somehow--- to do it.

It’s not easy. I have very lovely purple and black bags under my eyes. It’s awesome ;) But, to me, it’s worth it. My carpel tunnel has acted up and my eyes cross from looking at a computer screen so much (lovely picture, eh ;) ). It is a sacrifice—I don’t have much free time, but that’s okay. It is filled with something I feel good about… spreading the word about God.

What has God laid on your heart to do? Can you picture yourself doing it? With your current schedule, can you find the time? Remember, if God wants you to do it, He’ll give you the time. Pray about it, and see where God takes you J

Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive.
Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.
As hours stretch into days, an unexpected rainstorm bears down the mountain, flooding Deep Creek and cutting off their way home. Rachel puts all of her faith in God to save them. Asher thinks believing in God is a waste of time and does what he can to prove to Rachel that He doesn’t exist.
With their food gone and the temperature dropping, time is running out. Will Rachel be able to do what needs to be done to get home? And can Asher find faith when he needs it the most?
You can pick up Kelly's book at the following links...
~Kelly Martin is a writer, blogger, mommy, teacher, wife, sleep deprived lady (not necessarily in that order). She writes young adult/Christian fiction. Her second book, SAINT SLOAN, is coming late winter 2013. For more information on her, please visit her blog at

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Kelly said...

Thanks for having me on here, Jan :) I appreciate it :)

Jan Christiansen said...

My pleasure, Kelly. Prayers and best wishes for the success of your book.