Friday, May 31, 2013

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

By Nancy Jill Thames

How many of us Christians struggle during the week to keep our thoughts on things that are noble, pure, and  lovely? What about things that are excellent or praiseworthy? I for one watch a maximum of 10 minutes of news (only because I eat lunch with my hubby), and episodes of PG-13 or lower rated miniseries on Netflix. Bible study gets about 10 minutes of my time, and the rest is spent writing and social networking. Great - probably doing a fair job on keeping my thoughts in check. 

But with all the choices of books available, one has to ask which ones allow me to have my cake (entertainment) and eat it too (keeping my faith in check). Behold the Christian Cozy Mystery!

The subjects we authors use may be broach sinful situations (murder, adultery, greed, blackmail, etc.), but nearly always the heroine offers help to those people who desire change. Besides, we don't cloud our minds with graphic situations. What a win-win situation! We readers get to enjoy mystery and suspense along with experiencing examples of faith in action. I'm good with this! What about you? Hope you enjoy your weekend!

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales. CONTACT INFORMATION

 Nancy Jill is busy working on Book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London.

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  1. Okay, there is just no way I'm going to drop a few pounds. I think I gained a few just looking at that luscious cake in your post, Nancy!
    You brought up a wonderful reminder as well-to guard our hearts from impure things. Thanks for the gentle nudge:)

    1. I think I'd rather be on the heavy side than starving. Perspective is everything. Virtual cake is a good thing!
      These posts are mainly for me. :)

      ~Nancy Jill

  2. Jill,
    This was a good post. I think of my books as my mission. I hope what I write will direct my readers on good and encouraging things and still enjoy a good mystery:)
    Deborah Malone
    "Death in Dahlonega"
    "Murder in Marietta"

    1. Deborah,

      I've found that whatever I'm focused on seeps into my writing. Granted there is an overabundance of fine food descriptions in my books, but I'm constantly surrounding by dining out when I travel. What a blessing to also be surrounded by fine Christian writers like our collaborators here on CMM.


      ~Nancy Jill


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