Monday, December 30, 2013

Cheri Swalwell's "Spoken from the Heart? Journey from Fear to Faith"


Title:     Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith

Cover blurb: When faced with difficulties in life or exciting new adventures, we each have a choice. Will you step out in faith or cower in fear? Life can be scary.  Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we’re forced to deal with unemployment, a devastating health diagnosis, broken relationships, financial difficulties, or…sometimes we feel God leading us in a new direction.  It can be exciting, but also scary when we think about the uncertainties and whether or not we heard God’s voice correctly.
Whatever you or someone you love is facing right now, know you have a choice. You can either walk forward with faith in your Heavenly Father and His promise to protect His children, or you can hold back in fear. Join me on my personal journey from living in fear to walking in faith. My journey isn’t over, but I offer encouragement to those who are struggling to take the first step, those who have been walking for a while, or those who are ready to give up. The God I serve is a personal God who lovingly takes care of His children even in the midst of the struggles they are walking through. Think of me as your walking partner on your path as you receive encouragement from my journey.

1)  How did this story come to you?
Starting in the Spring of 2013, God began preparing our family for a battle we would be facing.  Summer of 2013, the battle began.  In November of 2013, God told me He wanted what He was doing in our lives to be an encouragement for others.  That is how the book came about.  It’s our family’s journey through a difficult time and how God provided from the big things down to the smallest detail.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It actually was a year in the making.  I was published for a short period of a time with a small publishing company.  Through that experience, God gave me the confidence to self publish this time.  He was definitely in every detail as it has been a great experience. 

3)  Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m deathly afraid of snakes.
I have always wanted to visit Australia.
I used to have a citrus allergy. 

4) What are you working on now and what’s next for you?
I have various projects in the making.  I am working on video blogging for my blog, Spoken from the Heart. I also am working on an app that takes my blogs into audio form.  In addition, I have the goal of five more books being published in 2014, Lord willing.

5) Parting comments?

Thank you so much for this opportunity.  God gets the glory for everything I do right.  I take the blame for the mistakes I make along the way.  Experiencing peace by walking where God wants me is the best feeling ever. 

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My blog at: http://journeysfromtheheartofawifeandmother.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell.
Email:  clSwalwell9(@gmail.com
Twitter:  CheriSwalwell

BIO:
Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She has a degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and enjoys writing regularly for Book Fun Magazine and LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Cheri’s first book, Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith is available through Amazon.  She is also a contributing author in the book, 31 Devotions for Writers. To contact Cheri or to read one of her many articles on marriage, parenting, or relationships from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at: http://journeysfromtheheartofawifeandmother.wordpress.com . She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at clSwalwell99@gmail.com or “like” her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Scent of Fear Blog Tour...




the scent of fear by susan j. reinhardt
First came The Moses Conspiracy, now comes..... The Scent of Fear.
The Zimmermans enjoy the tenuous peace in the wake of their hair-raising year battling the New Patriots. Unexpected visitors once again throw them into turmoil.
Jim Kenneman, Director of National Security, masterminded the plan to break up a hate group ravaging the Christian community. Now, his enemies are out to eliminate him. Should he make a run for it or stick by his tried-and-true negotiating skills?
Monty Addison, a topnotch operative, carried out his assignment in Bird-in-Hand. A plot to destroy his boss sends him on a mission. Without agency sanction, it may cost him everything - his career, his family, and maybe his life.
Dr. Abby Weaver strives to save infants and toddlers in Holmes County, Ohio. When she meets two strangers, she can't get the tall, handsome one out of her mind. Will their paths intersect again or will dangerous times keep them apart?
The Scent of Fear is available at:
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susan j. reinhardtAbout the Author
Susan J. Reinhardt's publishing credits include her debut novel, The Moses Conspiracy, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.
You can connect with Susan at her Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.
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Blog Tour Schedule
December 16
~Diane Estrella, www.dianeestrella.com
~Pamela Christian, http://pamelachristianministries.com/pamelas_blog
December 17
~Sandie Czosek, http://chattycrone.blogspot.com/
~Linda O'Connell, http://lindaoconnell.blogspot.com/
December 18
~Lynn Mosher, http://lynnmosher.com/
~Jill Ivy, https://lucky4jill.wordpress.com/
December 19
~Debbie Curto, http://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com
~Cecelia Lester, http://quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/
December 20
~Cecelia Lester, http://quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/
~Lee Privette, http://faithfamilyfrugalityandme.blogspot.com/?m=1
December 21
~Patti Smith, http://gridirongrannyfootballfanatic.blogspot.com/
~Carene Havel, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6440085.Carlene_Havel/blog
December 22
~Darlene Arroyo-Lozada, http://lovebookslozada.blogspot.com/
December 23
~Maria I. Morgan, www.mariaimorgan.com
~Beckie Stoneking, www.inaminute-beckie.blogspot.com
December 26
~Leah's Good Reads, http://leahsgoodreads.blogspot.com/
~Marja Verschoor-Meijers, http://sacredsabbath.blogspot.com
December 27
~Jennifer Van Huss, http://oneheartonefamily.com
~Brittany McEuen, www.brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com
December 28
~Debbie Curto, http://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com
~Lori Drake, http://www.perfectisboring.blogspot.com
December 29
~Kim Justice, http://breathoflifebookreviews.blogspot.com/
~K. Dawn Byrd, Www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com
December 30
~Ruth Schiffmann, http://outonalimbshywritergoessocial.blogspot.com/
~Janette Dolores, www.janettedolores.com
December 31
~Cindi Clubbs, http://ccclubbs.com/
~Kathleen Maher, http://kathleenlmaher.blogspot.com/
January 2
~Jen Cudmore, http://www.jencudmore.com/
~Karen Lange, http://karenelange.blogspot.com/
January 7
~Jeanette Levellie, http://jeanettelevellie.blogspot.com/
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The Giveaway
Open to US addresses only. One person will receive a $25 Amazon GC and a copy of The Scent of Fear. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:
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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced January 17, 2014. Good luck!
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Diane at That’s What I’m Here For… and sponsored by the author, Susan J. Reinhardt. The author provided me with a free copy of The Scent of Fear to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free book.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Teresa Pollard's "Tokens of Promise"

Teresa Pollard


A Child is Born
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…(Isaiah 9:6) 
     I remember vividly the day each of my children was born.  The last one was over thirty years ago, but it could have been yesterday.  Yes, I remember the pain, but much more I remember the great joy.  When my oldest daughter was born, total strangers came into my room to tell me she was the most beautiful newborn baby they had ever seen.  When my son was born, he was the largest baby in the nursery, so people admired him greatly too.  And when my youngest was born, she was so tiny (at least compared to the other two) but still perfect in my sight.  Kristina, my oldest is a definite Type A personality; driven, with a gift of organization, and a passion for getting things done.  My son, Kevin is Type B, seemingly content to amble through life--that is, until you put him behind the wheel of his truck on a drag strip.  Then you will see exactly how fast he can go!  I’ve never heard of a type C personality, but if there is such a thing, my daughter Kara had it.  She has been described as “tough as nails,” “a spitfire,” and her gifts were tenacity, an intense loyalty, and an ability for peacemaking that carried through everything she did.  I’ve often wondered how the same two parents living in the same household could produce three children who could not have been more different if they had been born on different planets.  But I shouldn’t have wondered.  Every child is unique and special in their own way, and a deliberate gift from our Heavenly Father to the world.   
     But of course, Jesus isn’t just any child.  He is the One and Only Son of God, sent to be born in a manger, live a perfect life, and die on a cruel cross for my sin.  The Bible tells us quite a bit about His personality.  He was certainly driven.  From the age of twelve, He was already about His Father’s business.  His gifts for organization and getting the job done were phenomenal.  He organized twelve men to carry the gospel to the entire world!  At the same time, He could never be hurried, content to walk everywhere He went, and even then, on His own (and His Father’s) schedule, not when other’s would demand it.  He would stop to heal an old woman even when a synagogue official wanted Him to hurry to heal his daughter, and Mary and Martha would learn that even when He was four days late, He was still right on time.  And He was as tough as the nails that were driven through His hands in His tenacity to win the battle against Satan for our souls.  The temple merchants certainly saw the “spitfire” side of His nature when He overturned the money changing tables and cleansed the temple!  He is the Prince of Peace Who brought us peace with God and peace with each other at the price of His own blood.  What kind of personality would you call that?  ABC?  We can’t really define it, can we?  He was the One and Only unique God-man, the Son of the Most High!

     This Christmas Day, as we celebrate His birth, we must consider why He came.  He came to show us Who God is in a way that nature or words in a Book could never do.  He came to show us the personality of God:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  He personified them all.  At the same time, He came to be that second Adam: the man Who got it right and did it God’s way so that He was able to pay the penalty for sin on our behalf.  Scientists keep looking for a missing link, but they’re looking in the wrong direction.  Jesus came to be our link to God Himself.  All God-All man, He is our Mediator, our Redeemer, our Intercessor, our Hope, and our King!  “For unto us a Child is born.  Unto us a Son is given.  And the government will be upon His shoulders.”  The first time He came as a baby in a manger.  The next time, He comes back riding on a white horse as the King of the Universe that He always has been.  Please be ready when that day comes!  God bless you.             
“Tokens of Promise” by Teresa Pollard
Inspired by The Bible, Genesis 38, “Tokens of Promise” is an imagination of the love story of Judah and Tamar.
“Beware, Prince of Hebron, her witching ways are strong.”  Ben Qara’s evil words still rang in his ears.  Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar.  She is all he can think about.  But no, it must not be.  He will not break his vow to Yah.  He already has a wife, and he will have only one.  Tamar must marry Er.
Rescued from disgrace by the handsome Judah, Tamar is already in love with the kind stranger.  She eagerly followed Emi’s advice on how to win him.  It almost worked.  He’d promised.  If only his servant hadn’t come at that moment, she’d be his wife now instead of going home with him to be his daughter-in-law.   Why had her father agreed to this?  Surely he could see her destiny was with Judah?

Release date: June 4, 2013
Category: Christian/Fiction/Biblical
ISBN (paperback): 978-1938708145   Retail $14.99.  Available at Amazon.
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-938708-18-3  Retail $3.99.  Available for Kindle and Nook.

Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age.  She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years.  Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia.  Her website is TeresaPollardWrites.com
Teresa’s books published by HopeSprings Books:

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Heaven's Prey" by Janet Sketchley




Title: Heaven's Prey
Publisher: Choose NOW Publishing

Cover blurb: A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?

1) How did this story come to you?
Sometimes I pray for people I see in the news, either victims or villains. This story started with a question: "It's one thing to pray for an offender locked away in jail, but what would you do if you met the person face to face?"

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Heaven's Prey is my first novel, and it went through several rewrites plus a long search for a home. Not many publishers want to take a chance on a new author with an issue-laden novel, especially when it's set in Canada. Choose NOW Publishing tackles issues without flinching, and their editing team brought out the best in my story.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1- Although my novel is about the redemption of a serial rapist-murderer, I'm not comfortable reading stories that put women in this kind of danger.
2- I once worked in the busiest McDonalds in London, England.
3- Every year I make a birthday cake for my characters (hey, I needed some kind of reward for persevering so long!)

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm revising the next story in the Redemption's Edge series, Secrets and Lies, and doing some initial plotting for book 3.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for including me on your blog. Exposure is crucial for small-pubbed and self-pubbed authors without huge marketing budgets behind us!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I most like to connect with readers at my website: janetsketchley.ca. It's kind of like having them come to visit. Wish I could find a way to offer them tea and cookies! The Heaven's Prey bonus features page has a link to read the prologue and chapter 1 for free, plus character interviews and other tidbits. My blog, Tenacity, is part of the site, and I post weekly reviews, devotionals and features. I also have a Facebook author page and I spend a bit of time on Twitter.



Monday, November 25, 2013

"Amazing Love," a modern Hosea & Gomer story



If you've read Amazing Love and reviewed it, thanks so much! If you've read it and not reviewed it, please take a moment to do so.

Gabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.

Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him. 

Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.

Amazing Love is a contemporary version of the Hosea and Gomer story from the Bible.





Monday, November 18, 2013

Mary L. Hamilton's "Hear No Evil"


Title:
Hear No Evil
Publisher:
Hope Springs Books ( a division of Chalfont House)
Cover blurb:
Brady McCaul’s newly remarried mother leaves him at summer camp and says he can’t come home. She doesn’t want him living with her anymore. Brady doesn’t know what he did wrong, but he’s determined not to live with his workaholic father, the guy who left six years ago. To make matters worse, the camp bully targets Brady and overturns his canoe, and the girl with the cute dimples thinks he’s immature and childish. Brady devises a plan to change Mom’s mind but it leaves him in the middle of the lake at night with a storm approaching. Alone in the dark with danger on its way, Brady wonders if even God cares about him.
Will Brady persuade his mom to let him stay with her? Or will a secret revelation change everything?
 

1) How did this story come to you?
I grew up at a camp where my dad was director, so I knew I wanted to write a story with a camp setting. About that time, my kids had friends who were facing the terrible effects of divorce. A couple of them were told they weren’t wanted anymore, and my heart just ached for them. One day, I realized I could put the two together. I’d write stories about kids who bring all the baggage from their daily life to camp and gain a new perspective, a new way of dealing with the struggles at home.
 

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
In 2012, my agent submitted it to four of the big Christian publishers without success. Since two of the three main characters are boys, it will be marketed to boys. But not many publishers are putting out books for boys. And one publisher thought the social issues angle would be hard to sell. In May of 2013, I attended the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and met Lynellen Perry, editor with Chalfont House. She was very interested in the story and within three weeks, offered me a contract for Hear No Evil as well as two more in the series. She’s been wonderful to work with, and it’s so encouraging when an editor really believes in your book.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Hmm. I was a VISTA volunteer in 1978-79 (VISTA was a domestic Peace Corps).
I raised three kids without a television in the house.
I’m a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
For now, I’m finishing up the next novel in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. It’s titled Speak No Evil and will tentatively release in August 2014. After I finish that, I’ll start working on the third book, See No Evil.

5) Parting comments?
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hank you so much for letting me join you. I have a free copy of Hear No Evil for one of your readers who leaves a comment. I wrote this with 10-15 year olds in mind, but my favorite kids’ books were always the ones that engaged me as well as my kids. I’ve tried to write in a way that will entertain adults as well as teens and tweens.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I’d love to interact with fans on any of these sites:
Website: www.maryhamiltonbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryhamiltonbooks
Twitter: @mhamilton122
Email: mary.hamilton122@gmail.com

Where to order the book: http://tinyurl.com/kl5bovo or



Monday, November 11, 2013

Kimberly Rose Johnson's "The Christmas Promise"


Title:
The Christmas Promise by Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents

Cover blurb:
DR. PETE HARDING DOESN'T DATE SINGLE MOMS 

No matter how lovely Keira Noble's smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He's been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn't mean he can't help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son…. 

Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can't deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?
 

1) How did this story come to you? 
I wanted to write a book in a cool setting, so I traveled to Leavenworth Washington for inspiration. As I walked around the village the story began to form in my mind.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. 

Like most writers my journey to publication took some time. I wrote romantic suspense for six years before giving up and trying contemporary romance thanks to my agent’s and a good friend’s suggestion. The first contemporary romance I wrote is The Christmas Promise.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers. 

I always have a song in my head and often burst out singing or humming in the middle of a song—lol I don’t do this in public.  I started taking piano lessons in the 6th grade and taught piano lessons for 17 years. Whenever I’m just listening to music I often count the beats in my head—kind of nuts and someone annoying.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you? 
I’m currently working on the fourth book in my series that takes place in Leavenworth. The second book in the series, A Romance Rekindled releases in June.

5) Parting comments? 

Thanks for having me! It’s been so much fun sharing about my debut novel, The Christmas Promise. I hope you’ll either leave a comment here, or drop by my website and say hi. I also have a blog where I post twice a week.

7) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.kimberlyrjohnson.com/index.html




Monday, November 4, 2013

Shannon Vannatter's "Rodeo Queen"


 Title: Rodeo Queen

Cover blurb:
CAITLYN WENTWORTH LOVES BEING A RODEO QUEEN
Until she starts receiving threatening letters from a stalker. The good news is, the Texas Ranger assigned to her case is none other than her former sweetheart Mitch Warren—the man who chose his career over love.
Mitch vows to focus on protecting the woman he's never forgotten. But Caitlyn stirs up memories best left in the past. When Mitch insists on hiding Caitlyn away on his family's San Antonio ranch, will he keep things professional or seek out a second chance?

1) How did this story come to you?
This story was in my head from the time I was a teenager. I watched a lot of cop shows (Starsky & Hutch, Vegas, and Baretta) back then, so my heroine had a stalker and a bodyguard. I’d play the scenes out in my head, change them around, add stuff, and change the ending. I was in my thirties before I realized, it was a book.

In 1999, it was the first book I wrote. And it was badly written. My first line was – It was a beautiful day. Isn’t that evocative? It was set in rural Arkansas where I live. Back then, I got fifty-two rejection letters on it. But I always loved the characters and the story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.

It took me 9 1/2 years to learn what I was doing and finally get a contract with a different book. But when I got the opportunity to continue my rodeo series last year, I thought of that first manuscript.

It was so bad, I didn’t try to fix it, I started over. Since the series is set in the Fort Worth area, San Antonio area, and Aubrey, TX - my heroine became a blingy western clothing store owner and Rodeo Queen at the Fort Worth Stockyards and the hero became a Texas Ranger. I’m almost as excited about this book releasing as I was my first published book.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
* I prefer pie over cake.
* I love dogs and cats equally. Dogs are usually more loving, but if you start with very young kittens, they grow up to be very affectionate. My cat comes when I call him – just like my dog. And my cat hugs me. He’ll put his paws on each of my shoulders and press his face in my neck.
* I’m an only child and my son is an only child.


4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
While I wait to hear news on the proposal I recently submitted, this French guy character has bugged me for several years. I’m working at getting his story on paper at the moment. I don’t have any publishers interested in this book, but if I don’t get it on paper, it won’t leave me alone.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me Dawn. I’ll be around today if anyone wants to ask any questions.

7) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: shannonvannatter.com
Blog: shannonvannatter.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter
Twitter: stvauthor

Cynthia Hickey's "Taming the Sheriff"




Cover blurbTHERE'S A NEW TEACHER IN TOWN

Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

1) How did this story come to you?
I've always enjoyed The Best Little Christmas Pageant. I wondered what would happen if a city teacher ended up in the Ozark mountains and found herself in the middle of a feud. She decides the way to draw the town together is to put on a Christmas program despite the town's reluctance.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The book was fun and easy to write. I hope readers enjoy the story as much as I did. With a spunky heroine and a hunky hero sheriff, there's bound to be something for everyone.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I'm shy. I've been on television twice. I've always thought it would be fun to play a crazy person in a movie.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you? I'm working on the third and final mystery in my River Valley mystery series. I hope to release the story on ebook by the end of 2013.

5) Parting comments? If you're an aspiring author, never give up. You never know what blessing waits right around the corner.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?

Bio:
Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com

Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
Author of Bestselling Summer Meadows mystery series
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Carole Brown's "The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman"



 Title:  The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
Publisher:
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Cover blurb: 
Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter at the hands of a radical religious cult--The Children of Righteous Cain. So when her husband, a founding member of the cult, suffers a massive heart attack, Caralynne allows her husband die.

Caralynne’s secret seems safe until Dayne MacFarland returns, determined to learn the truth about the cult. His investigation and his rekindled love for Caralynne lead the pair toward a confrontation with the group’s leaders.

Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?
 

1)  How did this story come to you?
From my husband. He and I enjoy keeping up with unusual news items in the world, and the cult situation in Texas (several years ago) caught our attention. We began a “what if” session, and Dan, my husband, came up with the idea of a cult group and a woman who loses a child through abuse. The story developed from there.
How would she feel? Could she forgive? If she didn’t have God in her heart, how far would she go? And the question begs to be answered. Could you--or I--forgive? I know it’s easy to say, “with God’s help I would.” But I’ve seen people’s reactions. I’ve wept with them over the inexcusable deaths that happen, and I will say, sometimes, most of the time, it takes God.

2) Tell us the journey to getting this book published.  

In the spring of 2012, I met with Eddie Jones from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas who requested my agent send him the manuscript. She did, and in December, I signed a contract with them. Release date for The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman was October 21, 2013, and so far is receiving wonderful reviews!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.  

A) I collect rocks, elephants and unique music boxes,
B) I’d rather prepare party foods as a regular dinner meal, and
C) I’m terrified of snakes and heights, yet I’d rather live in the woods and hills/mountains than flat land!

4)  What are you working on now and what’s next for you? 

I’m plotting a sequel to The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. I’m also hoping to finish a historical (light suspense) this year and planning to finish books 2 & 3 from the Denton and Alex Davies series. Book 1: Hog Insane (and no, it’s not about pigs!) is releasing around November 18, 2013. Then I have second books in two others series I work on off and on.

5) Parting comments? 

I love to connect with readers. My readers can always expect some type of suspense within my books. Sometimes it will be lighter than other times, but it’s always there along with a touch of romance and sometimes a bit of whimsy and dry humor. Anyone with questions can contact me via one of the avenues below.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/browncarole212
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

I also am part of several other blogs:
Geezers Guys and Gals:  http://geezerguysandgals.blogspot.com/
Stitches in Time:  http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Richard L. Mabry's "Heart Failure"



Title: Heart Failure
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing

Cover blurb:
When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her world upside-down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew.
Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
When he confesses that Adam isn’t his real name and that he fled the witness protection program, Carrie is left with an impossible choice: should she abandon the fiancé she isn’t sure she really knows, or accept his claim of innocence and help him fight back against a faceless menace? 

1) How did this story come to you?
The basic idea of a man who left the Witness Protection Program and struck out on his own, constantly looking over his shoulder, came from a newspaper article. I took that and wondered, “What if, in his new location, he fell in love and got engaged? Would he tell his fiancé? And what if someone came looking for him?” After that, the characters sort of directed me through the rest of the plot.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Getting all my novels published has involved a struggle. Before I received my first contract I wrote for four years, producing four novels (including multiple versions thereof) and garnering forty rejections. My initial contract for one book led to others, and once the snowball started rolling, it’s continued its journey despite a few hiccups. Heart Failure is my sixth novel, the third one published by Thomas Nelson. 

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) After I got my grade on my first Gross Anatomy practical exam during my freshman year in medical school, I seriously considered other career options.
2) I served almost three years as a doctor in the Air Force, including participating in a helicopter rescue of a seaman from a merchant ship, but to this day I’m afraid of heights.
3) I’m a proud Texan but don’t have a Western hat, and there’s a thick layer of dust on the cowboy boots sitting in my closet.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’ve recently completed the final edits on Critical Condition, which Thomas Nelson will release in April of next year. While I wait (and market the books I already have in print), I’ve been writing on my next book, working title Surgical Judgment. It begins when a gunman bursts into the ER with his brother, the victim of a gunshot wound. The gunman is holding a pistol to the head of an ER nurse whom the doctor has dated several times. The man threatens to kill both her and the doctor if his brother dies. The resolution of that situation makes the doctor and nurse targets of what they perceive as revenge killings, so that they must work to save their own lives while trying to sort out their relationship. 

5) Parting comments?
Dawn, thanks for having me here. Final thoughts? How about this sign I saw recently in a restaurant. “If you like our food, tell others. If you don’t, keep coming back. Maybe it will grow on you.” To my readers, I hope you’ll like my books, but if you don’t like the first one you pick up, please give me another try. Maybe my writing will grow on you.
Seriously, I appreciate the loyal support of all my readers, as well as the helping hand and kind words from writers who’ve been friends and mentors to me on my road to writing. 

6) Where can fans find you on the Internet?
My web page is http://rmabry.com. I blog twice weekly at http://rmabry.blogspot.com. Fans can follow me on Facebook (my fan page is rmabrybooks) and Twitter (RichardMabry). And, of course, they can email me at Dr R L Mabry at yahoo dot com (removing the spaces, of course).


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ada Brownell's "Imagine the Future You"





WHY WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN
By Ada Brownell

Ungodly things we assimilate into our brains (even alcohol or an illegal drug) can do things to our brains we can’t fathom.
Could be like what happened to Jones, my sister Clara’s Chihuahua, a little darling dog who did all kinds of tricks and received his hamburgers “made to order” and a human-style cookie for dessert.
But one day, he coughed, sneezed and gagged. He wouldn’t eat, and his condition continued for days.
My sis thought Jones was dying. She couldn’t bear to put him to sleep. Her son was fighting a war and he loved Jonesy.
“We can’t let Jonesy die!” she said.
After nearly a week not eating, Jonesy gagged and Clara noticed something in the back of his throat. A long blade of grass hung from his nose down into his esophagus. She reached in and pulled it out. Jonesy immediately got a drink of water and ate. He lived several years afterward.
Sometimes a tiny amount of filth or ungodliness can give us great grief, too.
If we are forced to read offensive material, we can pray for God’s protection for our minds, but we can go further. We can ask for a substitute. Teachers usually provide something else, especially if you come with a respectful attitude.
I obtained a substitute book in college when Hugh Hefner’s biography was required reading. I didn’t want that stuff in my brain. When I overheard another student say of the biography of the Playboy empire owner and founder, “That’s really a raunchy book!” I knew it wasn’t for me.
A much more serious problem with our brains arises: brainwashing.
 I am a graduate of a secular college and saw brainwashing first hand. Secular professors often want to “reprogram” students who have faith in a personal God. If you are a science major, changing your belief systems is a top priority. I encountered anti-God teaching in psychology classes, a course on the environment, and even in music history. Mass communications classes seemed to be saturated with obscenity and we spent most of our time in the media law class studying obscenity law.
 Christians often are ridiculed, discriminated against, and even given lower grades or flunked if they don’t embrace the theology of secularism.
Most colleges and universities promote a one-world government; teach against freedom and capitalism, and work to make secularism everyone’s religion, and the earth their God.
Now secularists, and even other religions, are inserting anti-Christian and ungodly doctrines into public school education to brainwash Christian teaching implanted by the church and parents.
Always remember propaganda always contains some truth, and often it doesn’t on its face attack beliefs, but gives something else to believe.
One thing we learn about our brain is once we put something into it, it’s there for recall. Sometimes the things you try the hardest to forget are the ones that stick. That’s why we need to be careful what we put into our heads.

The good news is the Lord left us a book different from any textbook ever written because it never is outdated. The Bible has the only keys that open the way to eternal life, supernatural love, joy, peace and a pattern for living.
It’s the only download for your brain that won’t crash the person God created you to be.
©Ada Brownell Oct. 2013
* The above is an excerpt from Imagine The Future You, soon to be available on Amazon,  likely at the Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06


IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU
To be released in Oct. 2013

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.

  • How harnessing your will can make you a champion
  • How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful substances in the brain, and avoid brain washing
  • How to look and be your best
  • How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
  • How who you marry changes everything
  • How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
  • Where you want your name to appear
  • Why you can believe God is there and interested in your future
  • Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on

This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!



Ada Brownell bio
Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo., where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.
She is author of Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, released Jan. 15, 2013; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, released Dec. 6, 2011; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, published by the Assemblies of God’s Gospel Publishing House in 1978, out- of-print but released in 2012 for Kindle. Watch for her new book on Amazon, Imagine the Future You. All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.
     Twitter: @adellerella
     Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
     Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vannetta Chapman's "The Christmas Quilt"


  1. Tell us about your newest release-
The Christmas Quilt is a story of quilting, family, and God’s grace. I adore this book and have never written anything quite like it as it centers around the making of a quilt (a 9 patch crib quilt), and it also contains nine small stories within the novel – one to go with each of the quilt panels.
  1. Is this book part of a series?
It’s actually part of 2 series! The book is part of the Quilts of Love series, which you can read about at  http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com/. There are some wonderful authors writing these books. Each book centers around the making of a quilt, and you’ll find stories from all genres—mainstream, romance, historical, contemporary, women’s fiction, and of course one or two Amish. This book also continues the story of A Simple Amish Christmas, my first Amish book. We’ll be back in Mifflin County, PA and once again rejoin Annie and Samuel.
  1. Did you learn anything new while you were writing this book?
I did! I learned how to quilt a little better. It was impossible for me to write so much about quilting and not try my hand at it. I’m very much a beginner, but I do enjoy trying. I also had a woman in our town who is a fabulous quilter look over the manuscript, so I’d be sure to get the details right. I ended up dedicating the book to Martha, because she was a huge help to me.
  1. This is a Christmas story?
Yes, it is. It takes place in the weeks before Christmas. You’ll definitely see the difference between how most of us celebrate Christmas and how the Amish do. You’ll also read the story of how Christmas can be difficult at times, but God is still in control. Even when we’re worried or heartsick or physically ill, God cares for us.
  1. Give us an example of one scene from the book that you particularly liked.
Annie’s family holds a special benefit auction to help with unexpected medical expenses. I told this scene from Adam’s point of view, and I had a lot of fun playing with what men notice versus what women notice. I also love this practice of the community coming together to help each other. We see this in all communities—not only Amish. It’s very encouraging when people help one another.
  1. And we do see returning characters?
Oh yes. Annie’s entire family is there, and we also see Kiptyn again, the young boy who is in the opening scene of A Simple Amish Christmas. I had lots of readers write me about Kiptyn, and I think they’ll be happy learning the details of his life.
  1. What’s next for you?
I actually have 2 books releasing in March of 2014. The first is Murder Simple Brewed which is set in Middlebury Indiana and is a new cozy mystery series. My second release is a novella in the Amish Garden collection. 



Monday, September 30, 2013

Jo Huddleston's "Claiming Peace"


Title: Claiming Peace
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

Cover Blurb:
A Southern inspirational historical romance novel

Facing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble.
As he’s done with others of his extended family, can Jim help her find peace?

Visit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way through whatever lies ahead for her and her family? Does Emmajean’s attraction for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants her to meet his parents? Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed marriage? You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues. Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.

1) How did this story come to you?
At family reunions I would hear older generations swapping stories of times before automobiles and telephones. That motivated me to want to write about times before I was born. I set the book in the South and call it a Southern inspirational historical romance.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As I wrote That Summer, book 1 in this series, I realized that a Christian publisher would probably not publish the book because of a non-Christian episode. I also thought that a secular publisher wouldn’t publish it because it was too conservative. I searched among small publishers and found Sword of the Spirit Publishing who would publish the book. Later, I learned my books are in a category folks call “edgy” Christian fiction.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I don’t like to ride elevators or be in the dark. I guess I’m clastrophobic.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m doing edits on Claiming Peace, book 3 of the Caney Creek Series. I have ideas for another series, but nothing is official yet.

5) Parting comments?
Dawn, thanks for having me on your blog. I enjoyed spending time with your readers and you.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: http://www.johuddleston.com/p/home.html
Blog: http://www.johuddleston.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jo.huddleston.hope
Shoutlife: http://www.shoutlife.com/johuddleston


Monday, September 23, 2013

Joselyn Vaughn's "Climbing Heartbreak Hill"


Publisher: Astraea Press
Cover blurb: Professional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.
Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.
With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?
1) How did this story come to you?
 It started with Tara, a character from my first book CEOs Don’t Cry, being in her worst nightmare situation. Her boss goes into labor early, leaving Tara in charge of the office. It took a while to sort out who Ryan was. He went through several career changes: an IRS agent, a lawyer, a private investigator.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I have been very blessed that Astraea Press likes my writing and my stories, making the process of submitting less nerve-wracking. I always worry though, that the next manuscript won’t make the cut.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m training for my first marathon in thirteen years. It must have taken that long to erase the pain of the first one.
I write all my first drafts long hand.
I still have the first keychain my dad gave me when I turned sixteen on my keys. It glows in the dark and says ‘Smile God Loves You.’

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a story set in a little town called Pine Bottom. There are canoe races, multi-level marketing schemes, and wedding dress shopping.
5) Parting comments?
Thank you so much for having me. It was fun to be here. I appreciate everyone who was able to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Reading!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Twitter: @joselynvaughn
Sweet, small town romances
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