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Video Café— Coffee Chat + #Giveaway with Cynthia L. Simmons

2Bonjour, friends – and welcome back to the Video Café for our last edition of 2016! I’m so happy to welcome first-time guest Cynthia L. Simmons to the café. She’s sharing about her new book, Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War. And be sure to hang around after our coffee break for the usual #Giveaway…

If you’re new to the Video Café, Click HERE to see what it’s all about. But if you’ve been here before, you know how it works. Go find your morning cup of cozy and let’s spend our final coffee break of the year with Cynthia!


BONJOUR Cynthia — Welcome to the café! Let’s dive right in… Where is your café and just what are you drinking this morning?  

How awesome! We got to see your vintage desk (love!), share a drink with you, AND hear about your new release all in the first answer. Well done, my friend. 🙂 

It’s December, which translates to… COLD! Most of us probably want to stay in with a good book or a favorite movie by the fireplace. What would your picks be? 

Just for fun, what’s your most embarrassing author moment? 

What would be the main truth you hope readers take away from reading this Pursuing Gold? 

How can we connect with you, Cynthia? 

1Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio. Visit her at


Cynthia is pleased to offer a copy of Pursuing Gold to one reader in the Video Café.

This Giveaway is for continental US residents only (void where prohibited), and runs from 12/16/16 – 12/22/16 at 11:59pm EST.

Please leave a comment with your email address and an answer to the following question from Cynthia’s café visit:


Cynthia shared 2 Corinthians 2:14, that no matter what trials we encounter in life, God will lead us in triumph. What story of God’s faithfulness can you share from your own faith walk?

We’ll draw one name of those who comment on this post during the dates listed and announce the winner on this post after 12/22/16, so please come back and check to see if you’ve won!

PRE-ORDER Special: 

I am sooooo excited to share what we’ve got coming up in 2017!

We are quickly gearing up for the March, 2017 release of my next novel: THE ILLUSIONIST’S APPRENTICE! We’re excited to share that it’s an e-Book special $4.99 PRE-ORDER  (for a limited time)… Stay tuned, because there’s more to come. I’m so excited to share this Jazz Age Houdini story of illusion & vaudeville mystery with you!


With JOY in Christmas,


13 thoughts on “Video Café— Coffee Chat + #Giveaway with Cynthia L. Simmons

  1. I have lost 2 children. When my 1st daughter died, my faith wasn’t as strong, I struggled and blamed God for my misery. I found that embracing the Lord would help me through. So when my 2nd daughter died, my faith was mush stronger and I didn’t have all the blame and heartache that I had before. I knew the Lord would help me through it if I respected his decision to take my 2 daughters home.

    1. Lori ~ Your comment really spoke to my heart! Praying for you, sister-in-Jesus.

      And everyone who has stopped by to share… thank you for trusting us with your stories. It means so much when we share our testimony – it’s evidence of God’s faithfulness, especially to those of us who may be walking the same roads.

      Bless you all, and Merry Christmas. Sending warm hugs!

  2. At age 19 I learned about Christ. I went my own way until age 31 when I received Jesus as my Savior. Now forty years later I can clearly see how God has guided my life and protected me with His favor.

  3. My husband and I were in a very serious auto accident the first year we were married, and the Lord preserved our lives and walked with us through the ordeal. We also adopted a child who had experienced a lot of trauma, and He gave us a lot of grace during many difficult years with her.

  4. God was very faithful to me after my husband died in 1981. I had two teens and a grade schooler to finish raising.

  5. I strayed from God for many years. When I turned back to Him, I was welcomed with open arms. We serve an awesome God!

  6. God allowed me through a series of circumstances to find breast cancer in early stage one through a mammogram. Otherwise I probably would have waited a longer time and it would have been more advanced. I’m a five year survivor!

  7. God has been with my family during a very odd turn of events in the health of my mother. She’s become very allergic to synthetic scents (perfumes, scented hand lotions, etc.) and goes into anaphylaxis, (not sure if that’s the right way to say it) which is very scary. She’s having to become very isolated. And I’ve often wondered just what the point is, and why this, and terrified I will follow the same path. But then I always remember what my husband’s grandmother once said. When asked how she endured all that she went through, she said that she was never under the illusion that she was in control. God was in control. And that has given me lots of comfort in this time of family transition. (Sorry that was so long 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win 🙂 and Merry Christmas. kristengjohnson at gmail dot com

    1. What wisdom from your husband’s grandmother! We could learn a lot from these words. And don’t ever be sorry for sharing your story here – we want to hear it! 🙂

  8. Knowing that God is always there gets me through lots of trials. But it’s amazing to me what my mother went through in Germany during WWII. I think prayer got her through it as she suffered a lot. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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