Thursday, January 26, 2017

Linda Weaver Clarke, Historical Novel


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The Highwayman of Cordovia
by Linda Weaver Clarke


Linda Weaver Clarke has traveled throughout the
Linda Weaver Clarke
United States, teaching people to write their family history. She is the author of historical romances, mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All her books are family friendly. Visit with Linda at her website


Please enjoy Linda's article below about The Rebel Series.



The Rebel Series–Stories of Love and Liberty

There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. These courageous men and women were looked up to because they defended the people.

“This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.” –Author Charissa Stastny

In The Rebels of Cordovia, a group of men and
women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

After reading this story, Susan Ortlieb from Suko’s Notebook Reviews wrote: “Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?) I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship. This charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.”

The tales from The Rebel Series have adventure, sweet romance, and delectable kisses. These are stories of love and liberty that take place between the 18th and 19th Century. In the sequel, The
Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty but all is not well. One year after Cordovia gains its freedom, a group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

“Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. Definitely a must read!” --Cindi Clubbs, Mommasez Reviews


Read sample chapters of both books at Linda's website.

Watch a book trailer here!

Where readers can purchase The Rebel Series books:
Website
Amazon - Rebels of Cordovia
Amazon - Highwayman of Cordovia

Where readers can find Linda online:
Website
Family Friendly Blog 
Cozy Mystery Website


Linda, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Linda is offering an eBook copy of The Rebels of Cordovia to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 31, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of God's Mercies After Suicide: Woven Through a Mother's Heart by Jean Ann Williams is Janet E. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jean Ann Williams, Memoir/Devotional about Suicide


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God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart
by Jean Ann Williams


Jean Ann Williams is a member of American Christian
Jean Ann Williams
American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She writes regularly on Putting on the New blog and her own Love Truth blog. Jean Ann and her husband of forty-six years have thirteen grandchildren from their other two children. They live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, fruit orchard, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are practicing archery, hiking through the woods, and big game hunting with her bow.


Please read Jean’s article below about her book.


God's Mercies after Suicide:
Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart
Jean Ann Williams

My son, Joshua, died by suicide March 16, 2004 at the age of twenty-five.
Joshua

So much led up to this horrific day of loss. Joshua was a sensitive child and born with an autoimmune disorder called Ankylosing Spondylitis, a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis. He was sick often from two weeks of age until he turned ten, but for two years he appeared healthy and happy.

At age thirteen, Joshua’s wrists began to hurt and he had to drop out of baseball as lead pitcher. This began his decent into extreme pain and finally at age fifteen, Joshua was given the diagnosis of Anky losing. Our family was broken-hearted for Joshua, and he became depressed over the final verdict.

Joshua could not go into the Army as he wanted.

At age nineteen, Joshua had a nervous breakdown and dropped out of college. He then began seeing a doctor who prescribed several antidepressants, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) medications. We found out way too late SSRIs can cause suicidal thoughts in some individuals and Joshua was one of them.

We had no idea, until the morning he shot himself in his room.

Twice before his death on this morning, he almost died by his own hand and came to himself. And twice he told his dad, “I don’t want to die.”

But, on the third attempt just hours after the first two, Joshua completed suicide.

My life was surely over, but God had other plans.

God held me, a crumbling mess, and never let me go. Over the next four years, I was wrenched with the pain of losing a child which feels physical. I also stayed in the house where Joshua died, which was the second blow. Finally, our house sold, and I relaxed and moved forward in my grieving process.

Four and a half years after Joshua’s death, we moved to another state. This is when I prayed about how I could share my story about God and His blessings during the early grieving years. I waited for His answers and slowly they came through other people whom I trusted. Here are the suggestions folks gave for the future book:

“Write a book of devotions about your loss, Jean.”
“Be sure to add a journal page in the book, Jean.”
“I think the title should have the words 'God’s Mercies after Suicide' in there somewhere.”
“You should independently publish this book, Jean.”

Now we have a book of devotions with journal pages for which I indie published under my press, Love Truth, “God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart.”

See how God can reach out and give us the answers we pray for? I don’t know what I would have done if God hadn’t sent dozens upon dozens of people to me from the moment after Joshua shot himself and still to this day. God uses people to help us achieve His goals and all for His Glory.

I’m still sad Joshua is no longer with us. I miss my son, and I feel I need him. But, I’m grateful God has blessed me through the sorrows.


Welcome, Jean. Where can readers find you online?
Jean’s Blog
Twitter
Author Facebook Page
Pinterest
Instagram

Where can readers purchase God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart?
Amazon
CreateSpace
Barnes and Noble
Goodreads
See the Trailer

Jean, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jean is offering a print copy of God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart to one commenter to this blog.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 24, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a print copy of Mefiboset: Crippled Prince by Katheryn Maddox Haddad is Esther. The winner of an eBook copy of the same book is Jackie. I’ll email you both. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



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On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Katheryn Maddox Haddad, Biblical Historical Novel


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MEFIBOSET: CRIPPLED PRINCE:
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad


Katheryn Maddox Haddad was born in the north, but
Katheryn Maddox Haddad
moved to Arizona where she doesn’t have to shovel sunshine.  She basks in 100-degree weather and enjoys palm trees, cacti, and her computer with the letters worn off.  With a BA degree in English and Bible, she earned part of an MA in Bible, including Greek studies.  She spends half her day writing and the other half teaching English using the Bible as a text book to Muslims around the world.  She has converts to Christianity in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, and Somalia, Jordan, Palestine. “They are my heroes,” she says.



Please enjoy the article below about Katheryn writing Mefiboset: Crippled Prince


Writing Mefiboset, Crippled Prince
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

I hope people will spread the word about my book, Mefiboset, the Crippled Prince, to handicapped people everywhere. In this book, despite his severe handicap of paralyzed feet, he maintains a positive attitude and wit that is rare with most people, handicapped or not. He was an overcomer.

I had a lot of fun writing this book.  It was an absolute delight to write about Mefiboset, son of Crown Prince Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. It covers sixty years of his life.

You may have heard stories about the poor little boy who was crippled for life at age five, then forced to live in Lodebar, a desolate place in the middle of the wilderness.

I disagreed with nearly everything I had heard about him.

LITTLE:  I doubt he stayed little for very long. His grandfather was a giant, probably seven feet tall. When you look at pictures of six-foot men standing next to basketball players, they only come up to their arm pit. Saul was head and shoulders taller than everyone else in the kingdom. Surely his grandson inherited at least part of that bigness.

BEGGARISH:  Not only was his grandfather big, but Saul was the most handsome man in the land. Once again, surely Sett inherited some of that handsomeness.

SAD:  His father, Jonathan, had a positive attitude and even got along with his father’s rival, David. In my book, Sett had his share of enemies, but he was always doing things to turn his enemies into his friends.

LIVING IN DESOLATE PLACE:  First, we do not know how old Sett was when he went to live there. Second, Lodebar was ten miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee near an international trade route.

LONELY: Sett got himself a wife, and later a son, Micah. This son in turn had four sons. Mefiboset had a large family.

In my book, Sett was denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five. He spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.


Welcome, Katheryn. Please tell us a little about your novel, Mefiboset: Crippled Prince.
Denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five, Sett spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Inheriting his gigantic grandfather’s height and good looks along with his father Jonathan’s positive attitude, Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.  

Where can readers find you online?
Website 
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Video about Mefiboset: Crippled Prince 
Facebook 
Linkedin 

Where can readers purchase Mefiboset: Crippled Prince?
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads 
Discount Bible House (print only):

Any parting comment?
This book was written to inspire the physically handicapped as well as people who feel life has cheated them out of something important.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you know anyone who is handicapped or feels cheated out of something important in their life? Would you like to share some things about this person with us? Let's talk about ways this book can be made available to the handicapped.

Katheryn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Katheryn is offering one print copy and one eBook copy of Mefiboset: Crippled Prince. First winner selected will receive the print copy and the second winner selected will receive the eBook copy.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017: Katheryn has offered a consolation prize to all commenters. Here's Katheryn's note: Jo, I am offering a consolation prize to everyone who enters - a free 2017 scripture calendar with a different scripture each day. I will send them one by email that they can photocopy and make as many copies for their family and congregations as they want. Or I'll send them a single print copy to their home. 

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 17, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner. (And if you want a single print of Katheryn's calendar, please include your mailing address in your comment.)


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Southbound Birds by Janetta Fudge-Messmer is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Janetta Fudge-Messmer, Christian Comedy

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SOUTHBOUND BIRDS
by Janetta Fudge-Messmer


Janetta Fudge-Messmer is an inspirational author, a speaker, and editor. Her first novel, Early Birds, came out January 2016. The sequel, Southbound Birds, October 2016. She resides in Florida, or wherever the wind blows, with her husband of 35 years and precious pooch Maggie. She received Honorable Mention for fiction from Writer's Digest Magazine. Her article, "A Working Relationship" was published in Guideposts Magazine. Guideposts Books published her "Shorthaired Miracle.” Janetta, Ray, and Maggie became full-time RVers in 2013 and enjoy traveling around the USA in their Minnie Winnie.


Welcome, Janetta. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Elvis Presley. He’s one of my favorite singers, especially his gospel songs. I’d love to spend the day listening to him sing and to talk about his life. I will always believe that his faith in the Lord was very important to him.

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NIV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

What do you enjoy most about writing? 
Creating the characters and how they surprise me. Since I’m a seat-of-your-pants writer they do take me down roads I never thought they would. When that happens, I stop and think where this will take my characters. Sometimes I continue on the rabbit trail. Other times, I head in another direction. Since I write comedy, I don’t want too much peril…unless it’s funny and won’t hurt anyone. :)

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table? 
Since hubby and I live in an RV for most of the year, I don’t have a specific place to work. Most times I sit on the couch with my laptop on my lap. Other times, while Ray is driving, I’ll sit at the table and write while he’s going down the road.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Southbound Birds, which is a sequel to your debut novel, Early Birds.
Rose and Larry Wilford are hitting the highway on their next RV adventure. Ben and Betsy Stevenson are right behind them in their 5th wheel. The other two Early Birds, Jeff and Mary Miller, promise to hook up with them as soon as they finish some "business" in Colorado.

On their way to Florida, they make a stop in Mississippi. Soon Rosie wonders if they’ll ever get On the Road Again. The RVs have stalled in Biloxi and it has nothing to do with mechanical issues in any of their rigs. They’ve found another church that needs their help. 

Rose, Betsy and Mary spend their days as fashion consultants, dressing young women for success (or as Rosie says, “Playing dress up.”). Larry, Ben and Jeff, they’re up to their eyeballs in sheetrock and drywall mud, and any other handyman task they can find to do.

The one thing Rosie has decided, if and when they start traveling toward the Sunshine State, she’ll still occupy the passenger seat of their dually. No driving for her. Larry can pester her all he wants. 

And the fact her bestest friend, Betsy, drove their albatross on I-10 and lived to tell about it, won’t change her mind either. The only way Rose will get behind the wheel is if the Lord, Himself, figures out a way to put her there. ‘Cause at the moment, F.E.A.R. is her middle name.

Instead of legally changing her name or letting trepidation win, Rosie does what she does best. She PRAYS. Larry, on the other hand, is having troubles too. His prayer is that their 5th wheel survives his driving and he’s not sure it will. One more mishap and he’s handing the keys to his wife. 

The Early Birds continue to have as many surprises as the state of Florida has palm trees. So why don’t you come along, if you dare. Rose, Larry, Ben, Betsy, Jeff and Mary (and some new friends) would love to have you join them on their travels across the U.S.A.
  
Where can readers find you online?
Website
Email
Blog
Twitter   
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Southbound Birds?
Amazon


Any parting comment? 
I tell people who come to my book signings that I write comedy. The main reason why: We need to laugh and enjoy life more, especially with everything going on in the world we live in today.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
If you could travel to one place, where would it be? Why?

Janeetta, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Southbound Birds

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 10, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is Allie28. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.