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Back last December, my husband, Ronnie, and I decided to get serious about losing some weight.  We kicked around all the diet fads and decided to go with the low carb diet.  He had a hard time giving up sweets, while I had trouble giving up bread and chips.

Somehow we persevered and today, even though we still have a ways to go, we’re pretty proud of ourselves.  I’m down about six sizes and he has lost even more than I have.  We have both set goals and are bound and determined to reach them.

Descriptions of people or places are the hardest part about writing, for me.  I hate taking the time to tell if someone is slim or overweight, I want to skip all that and just get to the good stuff, so when I started my very first book, my grand daughter, Olivia was about ten or so and I put her to work.  I let her decide who was tall, who was short, who had freckles, what color hair and eyes they had.  I even had her figure out some of the occupations and last names of the characters.

Now that she lives in Colorado, I’m having to do all that boring stuff myself.  I know some people love a lot of detail, but when I’m reading a book, I generally just scan over those parts, or skip them altogether.  I’m trying to do better without her here to help me.  My goal is to achieve a happy medium, between no details at all, and way too much information.

Click to Send emailI love your feedback.  Please, after you read one of my books, let me know what you think.  Too much detail?  Not enough? Hope to hear from you soon.

New! The Color of Thunder by Elsie Varn Harrell

“Another amazing story by Elsie Varn Harrell!  What a great reminder of the gift available to all of us – if only we choose to accept it.”   V. Green

“If people aren’t touched by this book, they cannot be touched.”  J. Brayton

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Joseph is an ambitious new reporter who sees his chance to make a name for himself by taking on a popular local church.  Pastor Thunder fears that his own shortcomings are what’s keeping the young man from becoming a Christian.  However, Joseph is out to prove that you don’t have to be a Christian to be one of the “good guys”.


Their adversarial affiliation gives rise to a strained but close relationship that leaves this unlikely duo questioning their individual beliefs.  They continue to clash-both learning important truths about themselves and each other.  Will the budding reporter realize he may have been wrong in his assumptions or will a scathing expose destroy the church and ruin the pastor’s lifelong ministry?

As the life story of Pastor Thunder unfolds, you’ll laugh, and you’ll cry as you learn exactly what made him the man he is today.

Buy-Now-Amazon-ButtonColor: Black & White on White paper

Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Page Count: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-978-1079155884
ISBN-10: 1079155880
BISAC: Fiction / Thriller / General


Published by Elsie Varn Harrell

When Elsie decided to try her hand at writing a novel, Fire Light Fire Bright was born followed by Dreams Never Lie -which quickly became her publisher’s first Best-Selling Series. The Color of Thunder was published right between Dreams are Forever and Shattered Dreams. Elsie was born in Brooksville, Florida. Some of her fondest memories were swimming at Pine Island in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Weeki Wachee Springs is where she learned to swim. In the early 1980’s, Elsie and her three children, Katie, Lisa G. and Jes moved to Texas. Shortly after moving to North Central Texas, Elsie met her husband Ronnie on a blind date and after a whirlwind courtship, they married in April 1987. After 34 years, they're still going strong.

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