Cliff Ball http://cliffball.net Christian Indie Author Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:31:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Crossreads Book Blast – Hope Deferred by Elizabeth Maddrey http://cliffball.net/crossreads-book-blast-hope-deferred-by-elizabeth-maddrey/ http://cliffball.net/crossreads-book-blast-hope-deferred-by-elizabeth-maddrey/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:15:35 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=9398 By Cliff Ball

Hope Deferred By Elizabeth Maddrey About the Book: Christian fiction for women.   It’s been a tough year. Twin sisters June and July and their husbands spent the last year trying to start a family. Now, as the sisters work with fertility specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, each must determine what treatment is right for them in the midst of overwhelming options, none of which promise immediate results. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams? LINK to PAPERBACK Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and … Continue reading

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By Elizabeth Maddrey

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Christian fiction for women.
 

It’s been a tough year. Twin sisters June and July and their husbands spent the last year trying to start a family. Now, as the sisters work with fertility specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, each must determine what treatment is right for them in the midst of overwhelming options, none of which promise immediate results.

Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

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ElizabethMaddreyAuthor1in1Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time.

When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth is a member of ACFW and lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

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Now Available: Times of Judgment http://cliffball.net/now-available-times-judgment/ http://cliffball.net/now-available-times-judgment/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:07:59 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=9329 By Cliff Ball

Times of Judgment – Christian End Times Thriller book 6, is now available in paperback and ebook. I published it to Kobo a couple of days ago, but it still hasn’t showed up yet. This is the end of the main part of the storyline, but I will have one last novel that encompasses the whole seven years with other characters who have to survive the Tribulation Period. Times of Judgment, book 6, goes through the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation Period. The world leader gets “assassinated” and Lucifer teams up with him shortly before he’s “resurrected” to become the Anti-Christ. They begin persecuting … Continue reading

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Times of Judgment – Christian End Times Thriller book 6, is now available in paperback and ebook. I published it to Kobo a couple of days ago, but it still hasn’t showed up yet. This is the end of the main part of the storyline, but I will have one last novel that encompasses the whole seven years with other characters who have to survive the Tribulation Period.

Times of Judgment

Times of Judgment, book 6, goes through the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation Period. The world leader gets “assassinated” and Lucifer teams up with him shortly before he’s “resurrected” to become the Anti-Christ. They begin persecuting Israel and the one hundred and forty four thousand witnesses for Christ as the Bowls of Wrath are poured out and more of God’s judgments are unleashed on the unredeemed of Earth. Everything leads up to the final battle between Lucifer’s forces and God at Armageddon.

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Times of Judgment – Coming Soon http://cliffball.net/times-judgment-coming-soon/ http://cliffball.net/times-judgment-coming-soon/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 14:12:50 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=8766 By Cliff Ball

Currently, I’m writing Times of Judgment, the sixth novel in The End Times Saga. It’ll be available (hopefully) by June 9th, or a couple of days earlier. It’ll cover the last half of the Tribulation Period, where the Bowl Judgments from Revelation 16 will affect the whole world, unlike the trumpet judgments that affected 1/3 of the part of the world they were affecting. Lucifer joins forces with the Patriarch, after his second attempt at trying to usurp God’s authority, and they try to rule the rest of the population with an iron fist. Believers, especially the one hundred and forty four thousand witnesses, start getting rounded up and executed. Some … Continue reading

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Currently, I’m writing Times of Judgment, the sixth novel in The End Times Saga. It’ll be available (hopefully) by June 9th, or a couple of days earlier. It’ll cover the last half of the Tribulation Period, where the Bowl Judgments from Revelation 16 will affect the whole world, unlike the trumpet judgments that affected 1/3 of the part of the world they were affecting.

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Lucifer joins forces with the Patriarch, after his second attempt at trying to usurp God’s authority, and they try to rule the rest of the population with an iron fist. Believers, especially the one hundred and forty four thousand witnesses, start getting rounded up and executed. Some even get to have show trials and their executions aired on live television. One of the executions take place in an Israeli stadium, with rock bands and a general party atmosphere.

Many believers escape to Petra to hold up in the gorge, which leads to the ancient city. From there, they end up with people who have access to short wave radio (the world gov’t is so tied to modern tech, their security forces don’t pay attention to old school communications) and can contact groups around the world who are either believers themselves or are thoroughly anti-government that they refuse to even take the marks of the beast. One group, are Doomsday Preppers in the Big Bend of Texas (which will be explored in the last novel of the series that covers the whole Tribulation) who survived the destruction of most of North America.

The Bowls of Wrath

1. Ulcers/sores/blisters affect those that have the mark of the beast and worship the beast’s image. I start that off with people worshipping the image and getting infected when one person touches it. The image is a holographic 3D representation of the Patriarch, sort of like the recent performance of a holographic Michael Jackson.

2. All life in the seas die.

3. Rivers, streams, and other waters used for drinking become blood filled.

4. The sun scorches men with fire. In the last novel, Moses and Elijah make it where 1/3 of the sun’s light doesn’t get through to Earth. That’s taken away and the power of the sun now also fries all electronics, throwing mankind back to around Industrial Revolution tech. Since I had a mention of the Mars mission in the last novel, they make their one and only appearance here.

5. The Kingdom of the beast becomes darkness, and mankind bites tongues in pain. Essentially, I’m going to keep the sunlight hours at around 6-8 hours, and the night hours will be up to 18. No light at all (flashlights, candles) will shine during this time and the darkness will feel physical and claustrophobic.

6. The Euphrates dries up to prepare for Armageddon.

7. Christ returns to Earth. Shortly before this, a world-wide earthquake flattens mountains, drowns islands, and flattens many cities.

Right before Armageddon begins, asteroids pummel the Earth like hail, destroying whatever is left of civilization. The Patriarch and High Priest, once their defeat is complete, are judged and thrown into the Lake of Fire. Satan is finally defeated, he is locked up and thrown in the abyss for the next thousand years.

Remember, the Tribulation Period is a dark time in history, it won’t be a walk in the park, or sunshine and lollipops, which is what I’m trying to portray in these novels. I hoped you’ve enjoyed reading my series, which will finish up with Times of Tribulation, which covers the entire seven years from a few other characters’ point of view.

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$.99 sale for Times of Turmoil http://cliffball.net/99-sale-times-turmoil/ http://cliffball.net/99-sale-times-turmoil/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 13:50:30 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=7656 By Cliff Ball

Until Saturday, Times of Turmoil will be $.99 on Kindle and Nook. Next week, starting on Sunday, Times of Trial will be $.99 on both sites too. The links to Amazon are universal. In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in … Continue reading

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Until Saturday, Times of Turmoil will be $.99 on Kindle and Nook. Next week, starting on Sunday, Times of Trial will be $.99 on both sites too. The links to Amazon are universal.


turmoil-1In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States.

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99cent saleA preacher and his family, the Tyler’s, have a church that is dying in Arizona. Even though the church is dying, they take care of the remaining senior saints, including the ones in nursing homes and in hospice. The other family in the church, the White’s, head to Wyoming to live in a community that was originally started by Doomsday Preppers back in the early 2000′s so they can attempt to escape the increasing persecution of Christians.

Meanwhile, President Collins orders the activation of Camps across the country that will house believers who he thinks are a threat to his rule. His patron, Michael Collins, manipulates events in the Middle East. The Tyler’s end up with others in a camp in Arizona, while the White’s and the community they live in gets attacked by government troops. Evans continues to manipulate events as the Rapture takes the Christians, and he gains ultimate power.

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Audiobook Giveaway for Christian Fiction Series http://cliffball.net/audiobook-giveaway/ http://cliffball.net/audiobook-giveaway/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:00:27 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4678 By Cliff Ball

Want to win free copies of my Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga in my audiobook giveaway? I’m giving away 10 free coupons of each novel to download the audiobooks from Audible. The contest is open from March 23 to April 11. I’m giving away the first four novels plus the short story, Jon Ryan. Just sign-up to win using the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. In Times of Turmoil, the first novel in The End Times Saga, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family … Continue reading

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Want to win free copies of my Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga in my audiobook giveaway? I’m giving away 10 free coupons of each novel to download the audiobooks from Audible. The contest is open from March 23 to April 11. I’m giving away the first four novels plus the short story, Jon Ryan. Just sign-up to win using the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.

In Times of Turmoil, the first novel in The End Times Saga, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States. Link to Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Times-of-Turmoil-Audiobook/B00HZOM0AC

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In Times of Trouble,  the second novel in The End Times Saga, FBI Agent Brian Atwood is used to danger, and when he hunts down leads to a terrorist plot and saves a United States Airbase, he’s eventually offered a position to be the personal bodyguard of the President of the United States. The job not only tests his skills as an agent, but also his faith as a Christian when he discovers that the President has the morals of an alley cat. As Brian tries to come to terms with doing his job and having to look the other way, his world begins to crumble. His wife is dying of cancer and his son was taken away by the government because he has Down Syndrome. What else can go wrong? As the End Times approaches and the United States disintegrates into chaos, Brian must try to save his family. On Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Times-of-Trouble-Audiobook/B00FY50TUM

christian fictionTimes of Trial, the 3rd novel in The End Times Saga, is the story about three Christian families who experience the persecution of Christians first hand when the U.S. becomes a Police State. Two get rounded up by government forces as the President declares a dictatorship, initiates Michael Evans’ Order 21, and lays the U.S. on a

course that will mean its ultimate destruction. The third family make their way from Arizona to Wyoming, where they hope a town built by Doomsday Preppers twenty years earlier will keep them safe.  Micheal Evans also tries to manipulate events in the Middle East to try to to bring war between Israel and Iran. On Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Times-of-Trial-An-End-Times-Thriller-Audiobook/B00H3RGMI2/

Timothy Phillips is now known as Times of Rebellion for the ebook version. This is the 4th novel (in spite of the title number being wrong on Audible) in The End Times Saga. christian fictionCan a nineteen year old stay true to the faith he was brought up on when he’s under the spotlight? Timothy Phillips dreams come true when he discovered by the producer of a national talent show. So what’s the problem? The recording contract is not in the Southern Gospel he would prefer to sing. As he begins recording and performing the music, he encounters increasing hostility towards Christians. Can he stay true to his faith, or will he end up compromising his beliefs little by little the more famous he becomes? When his world comes crashing down, will he have anything left to help him stand as the end times approach? On Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Timothy-Phillips-Audiobook/B00I5OENRE

In this short story, Jon Ryan dreamed of becoming a doctor his entire life. Before he graduates from medical school, the government takes over healthcare, making him wary about the profession he’s going to school for, but not enough to quit chasing his dream. He practices medicine as medical plagues and disasters occur, all the while the government says they’re on top of things. Eventually, government oppression forces him to make changes to his practice that will affect his life as the End Times approach. On Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Jon-Ryan-An-End-Times-Short-Story-Audiobook/B00EZ5NBGQ

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Crossreads Book Blast – Timothy Phillips http://cliffball.net/crossreads-book-blast-timothy-phillips/ http://cliffball.net/crossreads-book-blast-timothy-phillips/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00:21 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4555 By Cliff Ball

Timothy Phillips By Cliff Ball About the Book: Can a nineteen year old stay true to the faith he was brought up on when he’s under the spotlight?Timothy Phillips dreams come true when he’s discovered by the producer of a national talent show. So what’s the problem? The recording contract is not in the Southern Gospel he would prefer to sing. As he begins recording and performing the music, he encounters increasing hostility towards Christians. Can he stay true to his faith, or will he end up compromising his beliefs little by little the more famous he becomes? When his world comes crashing down, will he have anything left to … Continue reading

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Timothy Phillips


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Can a nineteen year old stay true to the faith he was brought up on when he’s under the spotlight?
Timothy Phillips dreams come true when he’s discovered by the producer of a national talent show. So what’s the problem? The recording contract is not in the Southern Gospel he would prefer to sing. As he begins recording and performing the music, he encounters increasing hostility towards Christians. Can he stay true to his faith, or will he end up compromising his beliefs little by little the more famous he becomes? When his world comes crashing down, will he have anything left to help him stand as the end times approach?


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cliff41Cliff Ball lives in Texas, born in Arizona, is a Christian and is Baptist. Has two BA’s, and a Certificate in Technical Communications from the University of North Texas. Has published ten novels and four short stories in multiple genres, but is currently writing a Christian fiction series called “The End Times Saga.” Cliff’s first taste of being published was when he won third in high school for a short story written in Creative Writing class for a young adult magazine.

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New Release: Times of Destruction, book 5 of The End Times Saga http://cliffball.net/new-release-times-of-destruction-book-5-of-the-end-times-saga/ http://cliffball.net/new-release-times-of-destruction-book-5-of-the-end-times-saga/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:14:44 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4577 By Cliff Ball

New Release: Times of Destruction, book 5 of The End Times Saga, is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for the other e-readers. The links will be below. After the rapture occurs, Michael Evans introduces the man who becomes the world leader. The new leader, calling himself the Patriarch and renaming the United Nations to the Union of United Earth, consolidates his power and moves the new world capital to the city of Babylon in Iraq. The Patriarch divides the world into ten administrative regions and has ten men administer those regions for him. Next, he appoints a world-renowned prosperity gospel preacher as the new … Continue reading

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New Release: Times of Destruction, book 5 of The End Times Saga, is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for the other e-readers. The links will be below.

After the rapture occurs, Michael Evans introduces the man who becomes the world leader. The new leader, calling himself the Patriarch and renaming the United Nations to the Union of United Earth, consolidates his power and moves the new world capital to the city of Babylon in Iraq. The Patriarch divides the world into ten administrative regions and has ten men administer those regions for him. Next, he appoints a world-renowned prosperity gospel preacher as the new High Priest for the global religion. During the first three and a half years, the Patriarch reorganizes the world economy, the High Priest creates a loyalty mark for people to take to show their loyalty to the Union, and then disasters begin occurring as predicted in the Bible. The first trumpet announces hail and fire mixed with blood, which kills 1/3 of plant life. The second announces a great mountain, an asteroid, burning with fire from space that’s hurled into the sea and kills 1/3 of ocean life. The third is a comet that turns 1/3 of the waters bitter. The fourth extinguishes 1/3 of the light from the sun, moon, and the stars. The fifth, those that aren’t sealed by God are harmed by demon possessed “locusts.” The sixth, world war three occurs. The seventh, will be in the next novel, the next three and a half years. As they deal with this, they have to put up with two witnesses who show up in Jerusalem, preaching the Gospel, and warning of the beast and his false prophet. As the Patriarch deals with the disasters, the witnesses, and the Jews in Israel, the world moves closer to the middle of the Tribulation, where the Patriarch’s life will change and the judgments begin to ramp up.

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Upcoming fifth novel in The End Times Saga http://cliffball.net/upcoming-fifth-novel-in-the-end-times-saga/ http://cliffball.net/upcoming-fifth-novel-in-the-end-times-saga/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:52:05 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4541 By Cliff Ball

Currently, I’m writing the fifth novel in The End Times Saga, called “Times of Destruction.” Based on how many words I’ve written with the others, I’d say I’m about halfway through. It’ll be based mostly in the first three and a half years of Tribulation period right after the rapture, and I plan on writing a novel based on the last three and half years of the Tribulation a couple months from now. I’m even thinking of the possibility of writing a novel in the Millenial period and maybe writing another one about the Great White Throne Judgment, but I’m not sure at this point. My church’s pastor has been … Continue reading

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Currently, I’m writing the fifth novel in The End Times Saga, called “Times of Destruction.” Based on how many words I’ve written with the others, I’d say I’m about halfway through. It’ll be based mostly in the first three and a half years of Tribulation period right after the rapture, and I plan on writing a novel based on the last three and half years of the Tribulation a couple months from now. I’m even thinking of the possibility of writing a novel in the Millenial period and maybe writing another one about the Great White Throne Judgment, but I’m not sure at this point. My church’s pastor has been conducting a Bible study on Sunday nights on the book of Revelation, and he divided it up from chapters 1 through 11 and then 12 through 22. He put the Bible study in book form, so now I’m following the outline he has of what’ll happen in the Tribulation, which has his thoughts and what other prophecy preachers feel might happen, but with my own twist. I’m mostly doing the story around the seven trumpets, along with how the future anti-Christ reacts to all these disasters, plus his reaction to the two witnesses in Jerusalem as they lead thousands of Jews to Christ.

In my story, anyone who used to know Christians personally will have forgotten about them and their hearts hardened towards the possibilty of Jesus being the Messiah, which is completely different from the Left Behind series in that it really didn’t matter with those characters, since everyone could be saved even if they rejected Christ before the rapture. Why LaHaye and Jenkins wrote it that way, I haven’t the slightest idea. Since I don’t currently write paranormal, trying to write the background stuff that goes on, as far as involving angels and demons go, is a little out of my league. I have the new leader of the world and the false prophet tell everyone that aliens abducted the “haters” and took the children under five (including the unborn) because the world needs to be united in peace, harmony, and unity, and the children won’t be returned until that’s achieved. Of course, humans being humans, none of that really happens, but because God sends a mass delusion, they all believe aliens abducted millions of people. I also altered parts of the ending to “Times of Trial,” in regards to the future anti-Christ announcing who he is and who his false prophet is, since, at the time, I didn’t even know I was going to have more than two novels in this series. It should fit more in line with the Tribulation timeline, or I hope it will, anyway. I’m sure there are many who disagree with the timeline of events, but this is based on what I’ve been taught over the years.

Here are the Trumpets and how I’m treating them…

1. Revelation 8:1-7 KJV – The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. — In this novel, it follows the very last paragraphs from Times of Trial about the Yellowstone caldera blowing up, which sets off other volcanoes along the North American Ring of Fire. The hot ash and lava burn up all the plant life in North America, and also activates every fault line on the continent, causing earthquakes, and kills nearly everyone in North America (about 600 million people).

2. Revelation 8:8-9: And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. – I’m currently at this point in the novel. It goes a little sci-fi here as I have the Chinese trying to harness the power of a mountain-sized asteroid, but things go wrong. Six months after the first trumpet, the asteroid plunges into the Pacific.

3. Revelation 8:10 -11: And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great start from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters become wormwood: and many mend died of the waters, because they were made bitter. — I’m going to have this as a meteor, probably one that usually passes by Earth, but this time it’s caught by our gravitational pull. I’m still trying to decide which continent’s water supply is ruined.

4. Revelation 8:12: And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. — I was thinking of having the two witnesses show the power of God by having them do this, which really gets the world upset at them, and demanding that the leader of the world do something about the two. I’m also going to have the leader threaten them, so they order a drought and some plagues, like flies and locusts, similar to when Moses did it in Egypt.

5. Revelation 9:1-6: And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, and as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree: but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. — I’m not sure how I’m going to correctly describe demon possessed locusts (probably the same way John described them) coming from what I would think was an active volcano, but I do know how humans will be in the novel when struck by them — zombies! (I guess that would be somewhat paranormal?)

6. Revelation 9:13-19: And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God. Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angles which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (200 million): and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpants, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. — Sounds like modern warfare to me, and John could only describe it from his experience, not knowing how to describe tanks, drones, and aircraft. I plan on having Russia, with Iran having the idea, of supplying the Middle East with enough armanents and supplies to try to destroy Israel easily, since I had Iran in the previous novels try to nuke Israel out of existence, which didn’t work. Since this involves the whole world, other countries will try to take advantage and a nuclear war will occur. This isn’t Armageddon, that happens at the end of Tribulation, after pretty much all technology has been destroyed in this war.

7. The Seventh trumpet announces the next 3 1/2 years, talking about mankind’s sins, and how they’ll be judged for it in the next 3 1/2 years, but I’ll add that to the next novel. Chapter 11 also talks about the two witnesses, about how they’re finally overcome by the anti-Christ and killed. For 3 1/2 days, the remaining people of Earth will celebrate their “deaths.” Then they’re resurrected and ascend to heaven. The anti-Christ enters the Temple of Jerusalem right before that and finally declares he’s God, demanding the Jews also worship him. When the two witnesses disappear into the clouds, the anti-Christ gets assassinated, where he’ll be indwelt with Satan, rise again, and truly becomes the anti-Christ, and will also give power to the false prophet. This is where this novel will end.

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2013 Novel Sales http://cliffball.net/2013-novel-sales/ http://cliffball.net/2013-novel-sales/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:15:07 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4371 By Cliff Ball

-My year in publishing- I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great new year. As I do twice a year, I post what I've sold/given away over the year (or previous six months in the case of posting in June). As I discovered over the year when putting books into Kindle Select, that it's become really over-rated, even the Kindle Countdown idea could use a lot more work, since I couldn't get that to work for me either. Free days work well in that I'm getting lots of downloads, but doesn't seem to boost sales beyond that, or even net borrows from Amazon Prime Members. I guess that … Continue reading

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-My year in publishing-

Times of Turmoil I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great new year. As I do twice a year, I post what I've sold/given away over the year (or previous six months in the case of posting in June). As I discovered over the year when putting books into Kindle Select, that it's become really over-rated, even the Kindle Countdown idea could use a lot more work, since I couldn't get that to work for me either. Free days work well in that I'm getting lots of downloads, but doesn't seem to boost sales beyond that, or even net borrows from Amazon Prime Members. I guess that depends on an authors' particular genre. I did a little bit better than 2012 and I hope I do better in 2014 than I did in 2013. As I near February, I'll have been an indie author for six years. Time sure does fly!

Timothy Phillips As for how I marketed my works, I have a very limited budget. I tried blog hops, $.99 and free ebook sales with other authors through Crossreads, along with the Book Blasts blog posts, ads through Facebook (they're a total waste of money), Fiverr ads, the $5 can add up a lot if you do that all the time, and some ads through smaller sites. I've posted on Facebook groups/pages, on various message boards, constantly Tweeted to Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn every 30 minutes using Hootsuite to schedule them, and even joined re-Tweeting groups. Most of this stuff worked for me, but your mileage may vary. I find word of mouth works the best, especially when you have multiple people volunteering to review your novels (helps joining sites/groups that do that), since a lot of them have a blog and a following. While I may not get hundreds upon hundreds of sales a month (or even dozens of reviews), I do have consistent sales, at least on Amazon.

Beyond the New Frontier This year I even expanded my books into the audiobook world, but I was highly skeptical, since I'm not an audiobook listener. I'd rather read. I only had my End Times Saga plus two other books done as audiobooks. At first, I wanted to do it myself, but decided most of it's too technically involved for me, so I went through ACX, which I started doing back in September. One of my novels, Out of Time, was even featured in ACX's email to its producers, which netted me an actor who's done voices in movies like Jaws. For a couple of my novels, I'm actually getting better sales in audio than I am in ebook or paperback, which kind of surprises me, even though it shouldn't. When I worked in a library, we had just as many audiobook rentals as we did regular books. The only problem I have with ACX is that they seem to be really picky. One of my narrarators has had to re-do three novels twice, which is why two of them (Times of Turmoil and Timothy Phillips) are not yet ready for sale, while Xavier Doolittle isn't available because short stories don't seem to sell as audiobooks (for me), as I discovered with Jon Ryan.

Out of Time A majority of my sales are through Amazon, followed by B&N, which seemed to fall off a lot for me when I compare it to last year, probably something to do with the upheaval that company is having with their brand. Apple is up and down, Sony hardly exists, while Kobo's sales for me disappeared when they had that scandal over erotic novels, even though all of my novels are clean reads. My paperback sales are also up and down. A couple of my older novels aren't selling like they used to, so I'm thinking of retiring those, but will give them one more year before I decide. Unlike all the prognosticators out there predicting this or that for publishing in 2014, I have no idea where my path will lead. I do know that I plan on writing and finishing at least two more novels this year, which will be in my series, The End Times Saga. I also plan on eventually writing an antediluvian novel about Noah's time. I'm discovering that there's a lot to research about that particular time period. So stay tuned.

Out of Time: A Time Travel Novella

Amazon - 452
Barnes & Noble Nook - 44
Apple - 57
Kobo - 31
Sony Reader - 4
Smashwords 28 free downloads
Through my ebookstore - 9 free
Audible/ACX – 35
Link to book page

The Usurper – a Political Thriller

Amazon - 22
B&N - 30
Apple -18
Kobo - 1
Diesel - 1
Smashwords - 1 sale, 19 free
Createspace - 3 paperbacks
Through my ebookstore - 4 free
Book page

Voyager and the Aliens – science fiction short story

Amazon - 6
B & N - 2
Apple - 6
Kobo - 10
Smashwords - 13 free
My ebookstore - 4 free
Book page

New Frontier – Alternate History/Sci-Fi (New Frontier Series #1)

Amazon - 26
B & N - 44
Apple - 12
Kobo - 1
Smashwords - 1 sale, 27 free
Createspace - 1 paperback
My ebookstore - 6 free
Book page

Beyond the New Frontier – (New Frontier Series 1 & 2)

Amazon – 87, 1074 free downloads
B&N – 6
Createspace - 2
Audible/ACX - 10
Book page

Times of Trouble (The End Times Saga #2)

Amazon - 454
B & N - 122
Apple - 5
Sony - 7
Smashwords - 123 free
Createspace - 5 paperbacks
Lulu - 4
My ebookstore - 13
Audible/ACX – 12
Book page

Jon Ryan: An End Times Short Story

Exclusive to Amazon Kindle (until January 22)
Amazon - 39, 972 free downloads, 2 borrows
Audible/ACX – 1
Book page

Don’t Mess With Earth – Alternate History/Fantasy

Amazon - 34
B&N - 20
Apple - 3
Smashwords - 26 free downloads
Through my ebookstore - 1 free
Link to book page

Shattered Earth – Alt History/Fantasy

Amazon - 13
B & N - 31
Apple - 23
Kobo - 5
Smashwords - 34 free
Through my ebookstore - 4 free
Book page

Dust Storm – Christian Romance Western Short Story

Amazon - 2
B & N - 8
Apple - 5
Kobo - 1
Sony - 3
Smashwords - 15 free
My ebookstore - 5 free
Book Page

Final Frontier – Sci-fi/Time Travel (New Frontier Series #2)

Amazon - 20
B & N - 31
Apple - 10
Sony - 1
Smashwords - 41 free
Createspace - 1 paperback
My ebookstore - 4 free
Book page

Times of Turmoil – Christian Thriller (The End Times Saga #1)

Amazon - 431, 2289 free downloads, 12 borrows
B & N - 47
Apple - 3
Smashwords - 2 sales
Createspace - 8 paperbacks
My ebookstore - 9 free
Book page

Times of Trial (The End Times Saga #3)

Amazon - 318
B & N - 80
Apple - 4
Kobo - 1
Smashwords - 1 sale, 163 downloads
Createspace - 9
My ebookstore - 10
Audible/ACX – 7
Book page

Xavier Doolittle: An End Times Short Story

Amazon - 32
B&N - 11
Apple - 1
Smashwords - 58 free
Book page

 
 

Timothy Phillips (The End Times Saga #4)

Exclusive to Amazon until January 5th.
Amazon - 39, 1978 free downloads
Book page

 
 

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CrossReads Happy New Year Free Book Bash! http://cliffball.net/crossreads-happy-new-year-free-book-bash/ http://cliffball.net/crossreads-happy-new-year-free-book-bash/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:15:02 +0000 http://cliffball.net/?p=4363 By Cliff Ball

It's a Happy New Year's Book Bash! And Start The New Year Off With FREE Christian Books!   Happy New Year! The holiday season is drawing to a close and it's time to start thinking about 2014. Here at CrossReads, we want to help you kick off the new year with some great books – for free! New Year's Eve and New Year's Day you can download free books from Christian authors. So start your year off by loading up on books – and be sure to tell your friends! The books from our book sale are listed below – Fiction first followed by Non-Fiction – enjoy!  Fiction: Timothy Phillips … Continue reading

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By Cliff Ball

It's a Happy New Year's Book Bash!

And Start The New Year Off With FREE Christian Books!

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Happy New Year! The holiday season is drawing to a close and it's time to start thinking about 2014. Here at CrossReads, we want to help you kick off the new year with some great books – for free! New Year's Eve and New Year's Day you can download free books from Christian authors. So start your year off by loading up on books – and be sure to tell your friends! The books from our book sale are listed below – Fiction first followed by Non-Fiction – enjoy!

 Fiction:

Timothy Phillips by Cliff Ball

Futuristic Can a nineteen year old stay true to the faith he was brought up on when he's under the spotlight? Timothy Phillips dreams come true when he's discovered by the producer of a national talent show. So what's the problem? The recording contract is not in the Southern Gospel he would prefer to sing. As he begins recording and performing the music, he encounters increasing hostility towards Christians. Can he stay true to his faith, or will he end up compromising his beliefs little by little the more famous he becomes? When his world comes crashing down, will he have anything left to help him stand as the end times approach?

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Jon Ryan by Cliff Ball

Thriller Jon Ryan dreamed of becoming a doctor his entire life. Before he graduates from medical school, the government takes over healthcare, making him wary about the profession he's going to school for, but not enough to quit chasing his dream. He practices medicine as medical plagues and disasters occur, all the while the government says they're on top of things. Eventually, government oppression forces him to make changes to his practice that will affect his life as the end times approach.

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A Thing Devoted by Lotis Key

Family Fiction Three, adopted, multi-racial children, struggle with the question of God’s seeming indifference to their pain. Ten year old Abster, a tiny spy in the house of loss and confusion, keeps a daily record of her observations. This intimate story of one family's journey through fire, considers the purpose of suffering, its defining nature, and ultimately its life giving power.

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The Twelfth Juror by Alexandra Swann and Joyce Swann

Christian Fiction Young, beautiful, ambitious Megan Cleary seems to have the perfect life: a dream job in a prestigious law firm in New York City, an upscale boyfriend, and a fabulous apartment. But her perfect world is shattered when one night, while she is working late, she is brutally beaten and raped by a stranger. Afraid and ashamed, she refuses to admit what has happened to her, but she cannot forget her terrifying ordeal, and shortly afterward she illegally buys a handgun to protect herself. A few months later Megan is attacked again, but this time she is armed and ready. She shoots her assailant and flees the scene before the police arrive and discover the body. She never tells anyone that she owns a gun, or that she has killed a man, but her professional and private life begins to unravel as she struggles to gain control of the fear and guilt from which she cannot free herself. When events beyond her control leave her financially destitute and emotionally drained, she returns to parents' home in Buffalo to start over. This page turning story of loss and redemption will leave the reader guessing to the very end.

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The Quest For Forgiveness by J.L.Rothdiener

Christian Fiction Singer-songwriter Briana Bays rose from obscurity to the center spotlight. She had everything… fame, talent, beauty, and one of the most successful music careers in history. The world was her stage, but the screaming adulation of her fans could not fill the hole in her heart. Her past was shrouded in shadows, some of her own making, and some of which she was trying desperately to pierce. No amount of success could bring her the one thing she needed most… forgiveness…

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Non Fiction:

21 Prayers for Teen Girls by Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart

Prayer is something that we hear Christians talking about all the time – but when it comes to actually talking to God, we often don't know what to say.

Written specifically for teen girls, the prayers in this book are the prayers of our hearts. You can pray them or use them for inspiration for prayers of your own. You can pray about anything and everything – God is always listening. We encourage you to pray along and make a habit out of praying for God to mold you into the woman He created you to be.

 

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Purposeful Planning by Phyllis Sather

Family [easyazon-image align="right" asin="B00BTRT55Y" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qP6VqTfHL._SL160_.jpg" width="107"]At one time or another we all feel left behind – whether because of illness, loss of a loved one, or the busyness of parenting and/or homeschooling. These timeless pieces, written by someone who went from the life of an active and involved woman to a near invalid within just a few weeks, speak to the heart of anyone who feels like they've’ve been put on the shelf and possibly forgotten.

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25 Days 'Til Christ by Paula Whidden

An Advent Devotional for the Family For those families who desire to keep Christ at the center of Christmas, it takes effort but that doesn't mean it cannot be fun.

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Couple Corners by Paula Whidden

52 Faithful Choices for a More Joy-Filled Marriage Recall that moment on a road trip with your spouse, when you reach a corner and one of you calls out, “Turn left.” The other shakes his head and says, “No, it’s right.” If you were in separate vehicles, you would part ways and check out your own destination. This is a couple corner. As you read this book, you will discover 52 uniquely different corners we encounter as couples. You'll begin as if you were taking a drive. The easiest corners start in first gear. Truly brave and daring couples will progress all the way to the final choices. When you do, you’ll be speeding down the highway of marriage in fifth gear, which moves you forward the fastest, but also contains the biggest risks.

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Where Life Meets Faith by Kimberley Payne

Devotional Do your life and your faith overlap? Where Life Meets Faith holds a collection of devotional articles, which explore the challenges of living life and building a relationship with God.

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Happy New Year!

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