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Area author to host launch party for new Christian novel in Hurricane

October 13, 2018
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To mark the release of her second young adult/new adult Christian novel, "Proclamation," area independent author S.D. Thomas will host a book launch party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Copper Room at Hidden Creek Mercantile, 2803 Main St., Hurricane.

To mark the release of her second young adult/new adult Christian novel, “Proclamation,” area independent author S.D. Thomas will host a book launch party this weekend in downtown Hurricane.

The event is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Copper Room at Hidden Creek Mercantile at 2803 Main St. in Hurricane. The launch party will feature a reading by Thomas, followed by a question-and-answer period and a book signing session.

Bram Stoker Award-winning author and editor Michael Knost will introduce Thomas at the party. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Copies of Thomas’ books will be available to purchase.

In “Proclamation,” the sequel to Thomas’ 2017 debut novel, “Anticipation,” Thomas’ synopsis states that protagonist Cassie Smith “marries her best friend, Mark Santos and begins the dream she never thought she wanted. Until the nightmare struck. After a tragic accident, Cassie abandons everyone and everything that she once cherished. She has to learn to forgive herself — and pray that others can, too. Can Cassie find her way back to her husband and more importantly, to God before her bitterness destroys her, her marriage and her faith? Or will she continue to push everyone away to keep her heart from breaking even more?”

“Often when trials come, one questions God and even gets angry and bitter at Him over allowing such circumstances to happen,” Thomas said in describing “Proclamation.” “But the greatest trial is not the tragedy itself, but how we respond to it. It’s easy to blame God and others for our pain. ‘Proclamation’ is about finding forgiveness after sorrow. The pain the characters experience

is not unlike what everyone else feels when faced with faith-testing heartache. The Bible promises that we will face trials, sorrow, weaknesses, insults, hardships, etc., in John 16:33 and 2 Corinthians 2:12. But the greatest promise is that because Jesus paid the ultimate price, we can have peace amidst our sorrow. We are not alone.

″‘Proclamation’ is an example of God’s immense love, protection and provision, even — and especially — in tragedy. And it portrays His grace, mercy and forgiveness when we least deserve it.

“Submitting to our weaknesses in our sorrow is when God gives us strength. He gives us the peace we need. ‘Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning,’ Psalm 30:5 says. I don’t know anyone that feels like rejoicing when they are hurting, but that’s the beauty in His promises. Because He loves us, we can rejoice in Him. It’s hard to have faith in times of despair. It’s easy to give up hope. But giving up on God is giving into the futility of life. And without Him as our hope, there is little to rejoice over in this world,” Thomas said.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Perm State University. She is the co-founder of Coffee with Christ, a bi-monthly blog regarding topics and stories from the Bible.

Thomas lives with her husband and their “fur baby” in Cross Lanes.

For more information about her literary works, follow her on social media@authorSDThomas or visit her website, www.sdthomas.net.

For more information regarding the launch party or her books, contact Thomas at info@sdthomas.net or 304-552-0835.

“Proclamation” is available for purchase in paperback via Amazon. E-book versions will be released later this year. “Anticipation” can be ordered in paperback and E-book via Amazon, as well.

Metro reporter Clint Thomas can be reached at cthomas@cnpapers.com or by calling 304-348-1232.

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