Blog Tour

“Out of the Dark” Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour Out of the Dark by Mackenzie Morganthal! In a moment, she’s gonna share about her journey through writing this sequel to Not Abandoned, and her passion for it. Out of the Dark was released Friday. I have not yet read Not Abandoned, but I was happy to find out about Mackenzie’s books through this tour! Her story is awesome, and such a witness to the fact that God is in control, and He is our help. 

Guest Post

  I am so excited to be able to share my heart on Riley’s blog today and I’d like to thank her for participating in the “Out of the Dark” blog tour. This new novel is book two in the Mission for Freedom series, and deals with the difficult topic of human trafficking. This is a subject that is a passion of mine, and I wrote my debut novel “Not Abandoned”, to raise awareness and educate young people about this important topic.

    I have been writing stories since I was about nine years old, and I always wanted to be published someday. As an introvert, writing was the perfect place for me to share my stories with you without having to stand in front of you to do it! When I was seventeen years old, I was working on a book I had written that was very special to me, and I was prepping it for publication. A few months before I turned eighteen, I was in the car one day when I heard a radio interview with a human trafficking survivor. I’d learned a lot about human trafficking because my sister was studying it a lot, but it wasn’t something that became a passion in my heart until the moment I heard that interview. I heard that survivor’s voice, and my heart broke at the pain she went through.

    So this passion began stirring inside my heart and challenging me to do something about this. That’s when “Not Abandoned”, my debut novel, was born. I used the gift God had given me for writing to share the story of human trafficking with others. To make them aware and educate them about this topic. And then God asked me to publish that book. But I’d been working so hard on this other book (years of work), and my heart was set on publishing that one first. So God challenged me with a quote from “Not Abandoned”, where Haley says “I won’t just stand by and do nothing as long as I have the ability to do something.” And I knew right then that I would be publishing “Not Abandoned” as my debut novel because it was the ability I had to make a difference and do something.

    Originally I never thought about creating a sequel for this book. But I received such a great response to “Not Abandoned” that I began working on a new book that would be a sequel to my debut novel. I had plans to publish that winter (2015). But this new book didn’t come that easily to me. Where “Not Abandoned” took me only weeks to finish the first draft and a matter of months to be completed, this new book was like pulling teeth for me. My words just weren’t flowing onto the paper the way they had before. Yes, I’d gone through writer’s block before, but this was different. It was the driest season of writing I had ever known.

    That’s when I realized something. I was trying too hard to write on my own. In my own strength. But it is God who gives me words to write, and I’d been forgetting that. So I turned the book over to Him, but the battle wasn’t done yet. I faced many attacks from the enemy. I’ve suffered with chronic migraines since I was little, but I went through a season where they were almost non-stop, and prohibiting me from even being able to write at all. I dealt with emotional battles over this book, worried that it just wasn’t good enough or that it would never be finished and I was just wasting my time. I cried. I prayed. I asked God why this book was so hard for me. I rewrote the plot numerous times. I cried some more. Then two years later, I stared at the words “the end” and marveled at how far God had brought me. It was when I completely let go of all of it and just let God be my co-Author that I could hold this finished book in my hands.

    Through this dry season of writing and stumbling my way through this book, there were times I questioned if I should be a writer at all. Or if I should just give up. But God. In all His goodness and love, reached in and pulled me through and reminded me why I began writing in the first place. To share that love of His with the world. To ignite change and inspire hearts.

    I would not have “Out of the Dark” if it were not for Him. And I want to praise Him with this book, with this blog tour, and of course with my life. I thank God for this book. I pray He uses it to touch lives. To save lives.

    My advice to you today is to keep God in the center of everything in your life. Without Him in the center of my writing, I could never be the writer I am. But with Him as the co-Pilot, anything is possible. Even completing a book that once seemed impossible.

    This is just a little background into the story behind my new novel, “Out of the Dark”, and I hope it has inspired you, and I pray this book will inspire you as well. To God be the glory.


Out of the Dark

It’s not over yet…

It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them.  A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

    Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

Mackenzie Morganthal 

MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

You can follow Mackenzie here:

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Blog Tour Dates

October 27th

October 28th

October 29th

  • Riley Aline/ Blog // Guest post

October 30th

October 31st

November 1st

November 2nd

November 3rd

6 thoughts on ““Out of the Dark” Blog Tour”

  1. Wow, this was so encouraging to me during the time I’ve been struggling to write my own novel. It’s given me so much inspiration and it helps me to know that when I dedicate my book to God, He will make something beautiful. Thank you so much, Kenzie! 😀

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  2. This is such a beautiful story, Mackenzie! It really touched my heart. I can’t wait to read your novels! <33

    Thank you for sharing this here, Riley!

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