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Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Thursday Book Promo ~ Special Author Feature ~ Beginning Anew by Paula Rose Michelson


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Beginning Anew 


Paula Rose Michelson



Mack Matter - Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One

Naomi and Chaz know that miracles really do happen for at a friend’s wedding they reaffirmed their love and are Beginning Anew! Yet there are consequences that the couple must face. Will Chaz love and protect his wife? Will Naomi learn to trust Chaz? Find out in the first novel of Paula Rose Michelson’s four-book saga The Naomi Chronicles.

Previously, in Book 2 of Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Naomi’s journey from pain to faith where she dealt with her husband’s rejection of her, and Chaz discovered that secrets were kept from him, and began his own journey of discovery enthralled readers. While their friends planned to use Nicco and Lucinda’s wedding to bring Chaz and Naomi together again, God had his hand on this star-crossed couple. 

Before that, in Book 1 of Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing let readers experience Naomi’s journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation to heiress with a mission and responsibility many would shirk placed upon her shoulders and kept them guessing especially when they realized that Naomi guarded two secrets. When Naomi married and fell in love with Chaz, she decided to tell him about herself. Before she could, Lola, a teenager she rescued from immigration, revealed her secrets. Hearing Chaz’s hate-filled words, and seeing many in Spanish Harlem turn away from her, Naomi fled.

Buy Links:

Beginning Anew; The Naomi Chronicles, Book One is now available at: https://www.createspace.com/4238774

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401017

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  Author Bio

Paula Rose Michelson is the wife of Lutheran Pastor, and Chosen People field Missionary, Ron Michelson. This Messianic author of faith books founded LAMB Ministries, which helps women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture and prayer. She asked God to give her a unique work, and while praying about the lost tribes of Israel, she believed the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) called her to write about the hidden Jews. She wrote the Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing and The Naomi Chronicles Books because of her heart response to that commission.

Author Bio on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Writing Paula Rose Blog

I'm an author of faith stories and a Messianic Jew. As the wife of Chosen People Ministries Field Missionary, and Lutheran Pastor, Ron Michelson, and one who writes to full the Great Commission, I have seen God change lives when people believe in and call upon Him. A mother of two married daughters, I am the grandmother of seven.

I authored the Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Saga Books, 1 & 2. On February 1, 2014 The Naomi Chronicles, Book One, Beginning Anew will release on Amazon. 

Twenty-six years ago, I founded LAMB Ministries which teaches women recovering from trauma and abuse how to use Scripture and prayer to purge out the dross of their lives, and I speak on this ministry, my writing and many other topics. 

While awaiting the copyright for the first LAMB recovery book titled, "Why Did We Become Angry?" I am writing a series of politically incorrect articles that will be published under the title, "The Purple Pitch Seduction of America." Both of these books will release in 2014.

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Beginning Anew Reviews

“Wow! I am stunned at the bravery and courage I just experienced in reading Beginning Anew. It is magnificent…A beautiful testimony of God's love and guidance! I personally feel that it was my favorite of the entire series! It seemed to truly get to the heart of the characters. It also left me wanting to know more about Chaz and Naomi...I want them to have children and be happy and grow old together. I feel that Naomi has missed so much and deserves to live a joyful and abundant life which was denied her in the past!” Rhonda Nash-Hall

“A riveting read! As in the previous two books, the characters come to life and leap right off the pages. The reader is given the privilege of getting to know them on a personal level and walking with them through this segment of their journey. With marriage vows renewed and the truth of their heritage and their shared faith in Messiah now out in the open, Naomi and Chaz can begin to live the life they feel they have been given to live through the love they share. Yet secrets still linger…there is a certain tension in the air.  All that Naomi thought she knew about the sheltered life she had lived was not as it appeared, and the revelation of that truth will bring about events no one is prepared for. Paula Rose Michelson takes us on a journey through not only the love that Naomi and Chaz share and their quest for a life together, but through their journey in Spanish Harlem under the specter of anti-Semitism that may just raise its ugly head in more pronounced ways as the story line goes on. The ending of this portion of their story will leave you wanting more and anxiously awaiting Book Two!” —Nicole Anderson

“Paula Rose Michelson writes in an engaging and beautiful style, leading her readers on a fascinating journey together with Chaz and Naomi. It’s an emotional story that many readers will be able to relate to, no matter what faith they belong to. The characters are real, and their struggles are believable and life-like. A wonderful novel that will inspire you, educate you, and keep you turning the pages until the very last line.” — Author and college professor of creative writing, Julia Gousseva


He sat down beside her on the piano bench, and she felt as if they were reliving that sweet moment before everyone, even Chaz, had turned away from her. Pushing that horrid memory away, she nodded to the ‘listening chair’. “She loved that a foreign composer came here to teach music and told his students to use American folk tunes as the basis for their compositions.”

She stopped playing, for he had not moved. “It is best that you stopped,” he said. “For you to continue before I had time to tell you that for me this is a bittersweet moment, which brings back both our joy as well as the painful memories I inflicted upon you, needed to be said, and forgiveness from you sought.”

Her hand caressed his as she nodded and whispered, “Forgiveness was given before I reaffirmed my wedding vows.”

“Thank you. Now I am able to hear what you were saying.”

“I will continue when you sit as I directed because—”

“Because that is where the music sound best…is that not so?”

“You know it is.” He sat in the chair, nodded, and Naomi continued, “Dvořák believed American music should reflect what he called ‘Negro melodies’. Madre Vieda quoted him saying, ‘They are the folk songs of America, and your composers must turn to them’. To prove his point, Dvorák wrote the New World Symphony using songs like ‘Oh Susanna’ and many others. I think his lyrical refrains sound as new today as they must have to his students when this symphony was first performed at Carnegie Hall in December of 1893.” 

            “I am glad to have all of you here with me again.”

            Naomi nodded. “I know I am back from wherever I went. Whatever happens, do not let me go away from you ever again.”

            “What was it like for you to be here…but not altogether here?” 

Stopping abruptly, Naomi focused on some distant place for a second, and then returned. “How did you know that was happening?”

            “You were somehow removed. It felt as if something stood between us.”

             “Now that I am back, I know that I was gone. What was here with you was just a part of me. Madre Vieda had a portion of my heart and would not release it until you freed me.”

             “Since this began when you started reading Madre Vieda’s journal, you are not to read her journal unless I am here. Do you understand?”

            “I do…but I…I must tell you that looking back at what happened to me, I know I must go where the music leads.”

            “Naomi, what music…What do you mean?”

            “I know it is hard to understand, but for me, each of you has a melody, a refrain within me. Although I love you, I have heard Madre Vieda’s music for half of my life. When that gentle song calls me, I must answer.”

            “And me? Why is it that my song does not pull you to me no matter what you hear?”

            “Your song is like music coming from another room. I hear it and want to run toward it. Something stops me, and I do not understand why.”   

            “Naomi, I had to fight against myself, my beliefs, and even my idea of how a man should be treated by his wife before I could come back to you! Now, you need to fight this thing so our love will endure, and we will grow old together!”

            “Yes, I know you are right! Bear with me, mi querido…my beloved. I did not mean to leave you this way. I will fight for us even against the pull of Madre Vieda.”

            “Good. Since music is the key, I fight fire with…melodies of love,” Chaz said as he hurried to the record player and returned as the music and words of Johnny Mathis swirled around them. Taking her hand, Naomi stood, and Chaz pulled her close. They danced to ‘Until the Twelfth of Never’ as they had when he first gifted his bride the song and taught her how to dance. They focused on the conformity of their steps and the words of the song that made their hearts beat as one a few weeks ago.

Humming along with the song, Chaz realized he had to share his heart, and said, “When I met you, Madre Vieda had become but a distant memory.” 

Her heart in her eyes, Naomi looked at him. “Yes. That is true.”

Drinking her in, he held her tight. “One cannot learn about marriage from someone who has not been married.”

             “When I think of my time with her and compare it with my time and my love for you, the word that best describes my feeling is intermezzo.

            “If you want me to understand what you are saying, speak to me in words I understand!”

“Forgive me!” Naomi exclaimed. She blushed scarlet, prayed silently for God’s help, and explained, “Intermezzo is a musical term which means ‘in the meantime’. It is a little something played between major themes to fill up space and allow the listener to take in the music without being overwhelmed.” 

            “Are you saying that the years you spent with your American Madre and the work you continued were to fill up time until something better came along?”

            Looking at her husband with unrestrained joy, Naomi nodded. “Please do not misunderstand me, I was content to go on as I had. Then you came along and turned my life from one of unknown waiting to an accompaniment, where each of us supports and enhances the other. Like a duet, where one takes the major keys and the other takes the minor ones.” Chaz looked longingly at his wife, closed his eyes, and tried to picture what Naomi meant. Oh dear, I have done it again, given someone too much of the information I heard while listening to all those concerts on the radio.  Clearing her throat, Naomi asked, “Have you ever seen two people play a duet?”

“I watched Ferrante and Teicher play dual pianos at a local nightclub. I believe I have seen the very best because when they were ready to leave we kept calling them back for encores.”
                        “Some who make music together use the heart as their instrument. In this, I believe you are a virtuoso for my heart…well...” She blushed and taking his hands in hers, gazed into his eyes, “You understand why I no longer want to play an intermezzo but desire to play, with you, the themes of our lives as we share them together forever.”


Book Trailer Links for Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Books 1&2.

Casa de Naomi, Book 1 ~ http://bit.ly/szpf7P
Casa de Naomi, Book 2 ~  http://bit.ly/1ddUHoR


Many thanks to Paula for sharing her latest novel in the Casa de Naomi Series with us today!

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