Faith through Christian Fiction with Alexa Verde, author of the Rios Azules series

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"I can’t imagine my life without faith. I can’t imagine standing at the edge of the abyss without something strong to hold on to, my faith."
- Alexa Verde

"I went through scary times recently, and sometimes despair entered my heart. But then I prayed, and it gave me hope. I can’t imagine my life without faith. I can’t imagine standing at the edge of the abyss without something strong to hold on to, my faith. I hope to grow in faith together with my characters. For example, the hero of my new book, Season of Hope, starts out as jaded, broken, and a bit self-centered. His spiritual journey is slow, but by the end of the book he’s changing into someone whose faith is stronger and who’s capable of a selfless act. I’m also learning to thank God for all the blessings, instead of only turning to the Lord when times are difficult.

I believe that reading books by great Christian authors helps me grow in faith, as well. I want what I read not only to entertain me but to make me a better Christian. One of such authors is Autumn Macarthur. Her books embody faith to me. They are like a guiding light that shows the way and helps me change. One of my favorite books by Ms. Macarthur is A Lesson in Love.

Love can make life complicated...

Teacher Fraser Maclean has worked with Sarah Browne for eight months, but she runs when he suggests a date. He has to take no for an answer. Sarah’s worked hard to control her feelings for Fraser. They’re safer staying friends. That’s enough. It has to be.

When they build a garden for their church together, he discovers the real reason she won’t date. And Sarah still won’t trust him with her biggest secret of all.

Can they learn God’s lessons in love, or will fear and doubt keep them apart?"


Alexa Verde writes uplifting, heartwarming, diverse books about faith, love, and hope. She has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish, a master's in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She's worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer's hat suits her the best.
After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules


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ABOUT A LESSON IN LOVE by Autumn MacArthur

Love can make life complicated... 

Sports teacher Fraser Maclean has worked with Sarah Browne for eight months at their Edinburgh high school. She's not involved with anyone else, and she seems to enjoy his company, so why won’t the pretty trainee teacher see him outside school? Despite their attraction, he has to take no for an answer. Besides, he wants a simple, uncomplicated life, and he suspects Sarah is far from uncomplicated. 

Sarah’s worked hard to control her feelings for Fraser and keep him at arm’s length. He’s kind, athletic, funny, and he appeals to her like no other man, but she can’t trust he’ll love her enough to share her burdens and stick around when things get tough. They’re safer staying friends. That’s enough. It has to be. 

When they build a sensory garden at their church together, he discovers the real reason she won’t date. Caring for her ill mother dominates Sarah’s days and nights. Getting involved with her means things will get a whole lot of complicated. No more simple life. And Sarah still won’t trust him with her biggest secret of all. 

Can the two teachers learn God’s lessons in love, or will fear and doubt keep them apart? 

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Thank you, Alexa for being on Just Commonly. 

ABOUT SEASON OF HOPE by ALEXA

Title:  Season of Hope
Series:  Rios Azules Christmas Series, Book 3
Author: Alexa Verde
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release Date:  July 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Kelly Young wants to heal after losing her husband and to raise her little girl the best she can in her hometown. But her new neighbor, former wide receiver Brandon Carmichael, seems to intend to demolish his fixer-upper and her hopes for peace and quiet. When he helps her to repair her home, keeps her flower shop business afloat, and makes her hope and love again, could it be that Brandon is exactly what she needs? 

After a forced retirement, Brandon Carmichael is angry and lost, one step away from the familiar path of self-destruction. Moving to a small town at his friend’s suggestion, Brandon surprises himself by getting involved in its community and starting to fall for his pretty neighbor, single mom Kelly Young. But when his past collides with his present, can he forgive, love, and live fully again? 

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the feature! I love your blog.

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  2. Great blog!Five languages, Alexa? I had no idea! I'm looking forward to reading A Season of Hope. It sounds so good.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Vicky! And some of the languages I speak are similar, so it wasn't very difficult to learn them. And I love learning about other cultures. I hope you'll enjoy reading Season of Hope!

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    1. Thank you so much, JoAnn! Autumn is an amazing writer!

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  4. Great writer, her books are ones you want to read,, they have a lot of treasures to them. Good luck on getting us the next one Alexa

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    1. Ellen, readers like you are a huge blessing to authors! Thank you so much!

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  5. Faith...praising the Lord through the struggles of life...that sure builds our faith! Good for you! May the Lord continue to bless you. Great blog post!

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    1. Thank you so much! May God bless you!

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  6. Enjoyed the interview with Alexa. I am a big fan of Alexa and Autumn both. I am reading Season of Hope now and really enjoying it.

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    1. Hi, Ann! Autumn is such a great author! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading the blog post and are enjoying reading my new release.

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  7. Loved the blog post about two women of God.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm honored to have a reader like you.

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  8. I agree Alexa. I have learned a great deal from my characters when it comes to my reaction to issues that I face in life. Trust God.

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