Monday, April 28, 2014

Grief


God,
I have to bury my best friend tomorrow. There'll be no more long telephone calls on Sunday afternoons. No more newsy ten-page letters written in interrupted snatches of time. No more reminiscing about all the happy times we've shared. My best friend won't smile with me again. I stand in the chilled shadow of death. But you, Lord, are the eternal Light that shines from the other side of death's valley. Please light my way through this darkness. Give me courage tomorrow when I say my last good-bye to my best friend, Thank you for taking my pace with her.

                                              Amen and Good Night, God





This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night,God
by Jo Huddleston 
Print and Kindle  
(Different covers) 















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony is Melanie. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Drawing




When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 27, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention below. If you mention 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 must have a U.S. mailing address. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.



At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony



Connie Almony is our guest blogger. Connie is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. Her newest release, At the Edge of a Dark Forest, is a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD.


Welcome, Connie. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

1) I once lived in an all-male dorm at a major state university. I was a graduate-assistant, resident director. Yep, that’s the premise of another manuscript.

2) I am a Third Day Gomer (more on that below).

3) My daughter and I sometimes converse in song. It is the byproduct of watching way too many musicals growing up.


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Well, reading, of course! I also love to attend Christian music concerts. While writing another manuscript that was heavily influenced by the music of Third Day, I discovered a group of fans, named “the Gomers” (after a song from an early album, entitled Gomer’s Theme). They are sometimes lovingly referred to as “Third Day Psycho Fans.” I joined the group and have come to know there are other crazy Christian music lovers like myself. We sometimes get together before concerts, and pray online for each other when needed. Many of them have allowed me to share their ministries and faith testimonies on my blog. Very inspiring! I love these guys!


If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?

Can I use a different Bible character? I hope so. I had to think about this one a very long time and couldn’t pick one. You see, I admire one person for one thing, and another person for another thing, and like to see each person as a part of the whole God created—or better yet, as part of the Body of Christ. That’s when it hit me. I’d like to spend time with the man who authored the idea of the Body of Christ, the apostle Paul. He often wrote of how we are all different and yet that’s exactly how God meant us to be. For that reason, we must work in communion with each other to accomplish His purposes. I love this idea and am so grateful to Paul for including it in God’s Word.


Please tell us about At the Edge of a Dark Forest.

Cole Harrison, an Iraq War veteran, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.

Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new limbs, only to discover the darkness that wars against the man he could become.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.


What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

I think if I had to choose one point, it would be that though God uses us all in His work, healing His children and bringing them to Himself, in the end He alone is the one Who will do the saving. It’s a balance. I think many times we feel we need to be the ones to fix someone. We want to hear them say, “You’re right,” when we tell them of God’s loving salvation. But sometimes we need to obey even when God tells us to “step back” and let Him do the work. As a counselor, I’ve worked with a lot of abused young women who felt it was their job to save a man with their love. It is not. In fact, if not careful, one can travel into something very dysfunctional called co-dependency. God chooses to use us in His work, but we need to remember He, alone, is the Savior.



Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest can be found at
Smashwords and its distributors.


Please tell our readers where they can find you online. 
You can find me writing book reviews for Jesus Freak Hideout and hosting the following blogs: InfiniteCharacters and Living the Body of Christ. You can also meet me on the following social media outlets:   






Any parting comment?

Thank you for having me on your site. It’s been a pleasure to meet you :o).


Thank you, Connie, for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters of this post will win a copy of At the Edge of a Dark Forest, which you have graciously offered.



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 27, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony. 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 21, 2014

Grandparenting


God,

It's not like it used to be. We don't live like the Waltons--two or three generations under the same roof, everybody taking care of each other's needs. No, I can't be there with my grandchildren every day. I can't hover over them, trying to protect them from harm. I ached to hold them today, but thank you for letting me hear their sweet little voices on the telephone. Lord, I'll trust you to guard these precious grandchildren, keeping them safe from danger. Please let me be as much a part of their lives as possible.

                                              Amen and Good Night, God





This prayer taken from
Amen and Good Night,God
by Jo Huddleston 
Print and Kindle  
(Different covers) 















The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Women of Valley View: Pam by Sharon Srock is MarthaA. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ...  keep on smiling.

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 
Print and Kindle  
(Different covers) 













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.