Jo Huddleston

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“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Drawing




When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 20, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook copy of the book I mention below. If you include in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.  

The Women of the Valley View: Pam

Our guest is Sharon Srock, author The Women of the
Valley View: Pam. Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri, both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam has just released this month.
Connect with her at
Please visit her Amazon page to find current info on her books: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Srock/e/B009OB2HSO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Welcome, Sharon. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
My favorite pet of all time was a 5 ft Iguana. I raised her from a 6 inch baby. Her name was Cocoa. Snorkeling is my favorite water activity. I once got James Doohan (Scotty from the original Star Trek) lost in Oklahoma City.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love to take interesting trips and vacations. If I can have that one week to look forward to, it gets me through the other 51. My oldest daughter and I are taking an Alaskan cruise at the end of May.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
That’s a hard question with a lot of potential answers. I think I’d like to have a meal with Bill Cosby. He’s had such a long career. I know there is humor there, but heartache as well. He seems to be so wise and down to earth. I’d like to see if he really is, or if that’s just my personal take on the man.

Please tell us about The Women of Valley View: Pam.
Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
That we all deserve to forgive. Yes, I worded that correctly. The act of forgiveness might not mean a thing to the person we extend it to, but getting those old hurts and bruises out of our hearts will change our lives and the lives of the people around us. Sincere forgiveness is an individual choice.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Any parting comment?
I’d like to offer your readers two free books. The first is a PDF intro to THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW series: MEET THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW. http://pelink.us/wovvbonus

Second is the link to the forever free novella I wrote and self published over the winter, For Mercie’s Sake.

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will win an eBook copy of The Women of Valley View: Pam, which you so graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 20, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for an eBook copy of The Women of Valley View: Pam by Sharon Srock. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Following

God,
I started out today guided only by my own road map. But it didn't label the side roads of bad choices. Or the roads closed by my selfish desires. Not even the numerous bumpy road conditions showed up on my map. But you knew about all those barriers the day held for me. If I'd only checked out my travel plans with you, Lord, you would have led me through my day. And, oh, how much smoother it would have been! Thank you that you care enough about me to have mapped out my life's journey long ago. Please give me stronger faith to trust and follow you every day.


                                              Amen and Good Night, God




This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night,God
by Jo Huddleston 
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The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Deadly Secret by Sharon A. Lavy is 97country... I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 13, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention below. If you include in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. To receive a print copy you must have a U.S. mailing address. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers 

Deadly Secret by Sharon Lavy



Our guest blogger is Sharon A. Lavy. Sharon has a heart for hurting women, and writes about healing relationships. Because when~~it's all said and done~~It's all about relationships. She lives with her husband in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, Sharon enjoys traveling with her husband in their small Flight Design airplane. 

You can find her online:
website/blog   



Welcome, Sharon. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
Husband and I love to travel. We just returned from a trip to Israel. What a privilege to walk on some of the same stones that Jesus walked on and to sail the same Sea of Galilee that he did. This year I brought home a beautiful Menorah. The seven candles of the Menorah represent the seven feasts of the Old Testament. The seven feasts bring us to our Messiah. For each feast points to an event in the life of Jesus, His birth, life, death, and final resurrection.

Please tell us about Deadly Secret.
The covering on Evalena Davidson’s head invites all kinds of confidences and sharing, a blessing on Denton Community Hospital’s oncology ward. But people expect her to be perfect, which makes living up to the promise of her Old German Baptist uniform a challenge.
Pete Neper, head of the sanitation department senses unrest among the employees but finds it a challenge to track down the cause.
Danni Wagoner, another oncology nurse is implicated in a drug scam.
Old German Baptist Brethren with their adherence to traditional ways do not get involved with the law. But how can Evalena turn her back on a friend?
This unlikely trio put their lives and reputation at risk to uncover a deadly secret in an attempt to identify a killer before someone else dies.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
That is a good question. One I often ask myself. Like other Christian authors, God teaches me so much through my writing. I had no idea when I wrote my first novel, that God would nudge me (along with my main character) about self-righteous attitudes. So I kept looking for that elusive element. I also did not know that this would be the first book in a trilogy about how: Sometimes we are asked to forgive the unforgivable.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Paper version:

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much Jo, for letting me visit your blog. I’ll be glad to give our winner either a kindle version or paper version of Deadly Secret.

I’m glad you visited with my readers and me. Thank you for so graciously offering a copy of Deadly Secret, which one of the commenters will win in a random drawing.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 13, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Deadly Secret by Sharon Lavy. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.