Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blog Hopping

Many sweet author friends have welcomed me to their blogs while I'm promoting my new women's fiction release, Worth Forgiving. (See below for what the book is about). Here's the lists and links from August 24 through Sept. 8

August 24: I'm the guest of Beverly Stowe McClure who interviewed Katie, the main character of Worth Forgiving  How interesting that she's compared to Scarlet O'Hara. What do you think?
 https://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/2016/08/worth-forgiving-by-janet-k-brown.html?showComment=1472414822942#c1165666535840572557

August 28 Peggy Chambers blog -I listed the things I'm grateful for about a writing career. See if your list compares to mine.
https://peggylchambers.com/2016/08/28/2016-cultivating-gratitude-the-blessing-of-writing/comment-page-1/#comment-1070

August 29 Gail Kittleson - Gail interviews Author, Janet K. Brown
http://www.gailkittleson.com/?p=1219

August 30 Blanche Day Manos - How did Worth Forgiving come to be?
http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/introducing-worth-forgiving/

Sept. 1 Julie Arduini - Hope comes from surrendering my food addiction to God. The Wharton Rock series focuses on God's power over addictions.
http://juliearduini.com/

Sept. 2 - This is my regular monthly date to write a devotion on Putting on the New, a blogging ministry of several authors. It was begun by author, Cherie Brubach.
http://puttingonthenew.com/

Sept. 3 - I post every Saturday on a Facebook devotion group called I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I encourage you to join the group. The pictures and posts are fantastic, so uplifting.

Sept. 7 - Jodie Wolfe  This author had some interesting questions for Janet K. Brown.
http://www.jodiewolfe.com/#!blog/cqs9

Sept. 5, Labor Day!  Lena Nelson Dooley - Lena is known for her in-depth author interviews. This is no exception.
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/


Check out all of these posts. Some feature giveaways. All offer some interesting tid-bits.



Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

 

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

 

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?


This is the last day to preorder Worth Forgiving at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

If you preorder, you're entered into a drawing. 1 lucky person will receive their copy signed and free. Don't miss out on entering the drawing by ordering before midnight tonight.

Tomorrow (Sept. 1) you can order from that link or through Amazon, Nook, or any retail store that sells books.

Which is your favorite blog post of the ones listed above?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Author Interview with Susan York Meyers

Welcome author, Susan York Meyers, to Writing with God's Hope blog. I met this fellow author online when my debut novel released. I loved asking Meyers questions and learning more about her. I think you'll enjoy her answers.


1.    Susan, tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

In high school I loved to write scenes, usually dramatic and tension filled (or at least I thought so). It was fun. However, in college, I began to take the idea of writing seriously. I graduated from emotion filled drama to actual full stories. But, it wasn’t until several years later when I started telling my son bedtime stories that I found my passion – children’s writing. That’s when I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and realized I knew nothing about writing! But I learned. Now I am the proud author of two chapter books and two picture books, one the award winning “Grrr … Night!” I’ve also stretched my writing wings and this past year my first adult book, “Two Old Ladies – It’s all in the Attitude” was published. It’s been a great journey.

2.    Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Yes. A few years ago I experienced burnout. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write next. I had so many ideas and half-finished stories on my computer that I felt overwhelmed. I had to step back and decide exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I picked out a couple of stories and put the rest in a folder where I couldn’t see them. At the moment I am working on a sequel for Grrr…Night!. My middle grade novel, Stone Girl, just went to the publisher and my YA novel, I Spy Something Wicked, is in edits with another publisher. It’s a busy time.


3.    Where did you get the idea for your new book?

Two Old Ladies – It’s All in the Attitude started out as a short scene about contrasting attitudes toward winter weather. I fell in love with the main characters, two sisters, Lillybelle and Annabelle, but had no idea what to do with the scene. So,I put it aside. Every couple of years, I’d pull it back out wondering what to do with it. I finally decided to write a few more scenes. Each humorous “scene” showed how attitude can affect your life. I added a few thoughts and prayers. It became a humorous inspirational book about attitude.
I also have to put in a plug for my poetry book, Shoe Haiku. It’s official launch is next month. It’s for the woman who loves shoes as much as I do! You can find out more information about Shoe Haiku on my website.

4.    How do you feel this book will encourage readers?

Life is hard enough without focusing on the negative. So many things in life we can’t change, but our attitude is in our control. Lillybelle and Annabelle use love and humor to show the difference a good attitude can make in a stressful situation.

5.    How did you find your publisher?

I was very blessed in the fact that the publisher of Doodle and Peck is also a critique partner. She fell in love with Two Old Ladies. I was extremely blessed to have someone publishing my book who loved it as much as I do.

6.    If you were a song, what would it be?

Depends on the day. Many days it might be the hymn “I’m Happy Today.” But, there are a few days when “I’m Not Crazy” by Matchbox 20 definitely fits.

7.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read. I’m a huge mystery fan. Crochet. I’m making a Halloween afghan at the moment. Play on the computer. (Wayyy to much!) Drive. I love to drive back roads listening to CDs. Spend time with my family.

8. Tell us what your new book is about?

When your late husband worked downtown, thongs were something people wore on their feet,” Lillybelle Maudine Granger told her sister, Annabelle Verline Kingston. This pair of seventy-something senior citizens tackle everything with flair and humor, whether it’s trying to imagine heaven (“Wouldn’t a purple halo be nice?”), playing matchmaker for the youth minister, or helping a stressed-out young mother. Because, for these two old ladies, it's all in the attitude!   

Find Susan York Meyers at:

Website: susanameyers.com
On the main page of my website you can sign up for my once-a-month newsletter.
Blog: http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISpySomethingWicked/

Links where your book can be purchased.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Little-Old-Ladies-Attitude/dp/0996620508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449066318&sr=8-1&keywords=Two+Little+Old+Ladies%3A+It%27s+all+in+the+Attitude

Doodle and Peck: http://www.doodleandpeck.com/#!product-page/cekl/1043888d-0a0e-2ce5-9973-1bd4e2d231e4
  


Susan York Meyers is the author of two chapter books and two picture books. Her latest book, Two Old Ladies, It’s All in the Attitude, is a humorous inspirational book.

Susan worked in elementary school libraries for over 12 years and is familiar with both books and the children who check them out. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Susan is a past judge for the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation as well as a speaker for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Oklahoma.


Thank you for visiting us, Susan. I sure enjoyed the interview. Since I am "an old woman," I think I must read that book. I'm glad you shared it with us. I also wish you great things with the upcoming book of poetry. You're a busy woman.

Any questions or comments for Susan?

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Story of a Writer: WORTH FORGIVING, BY JANET K. BROWN

The Story of a Writer: WORTH FORGIVING, BY JANET K. BROWN: Today, I'm delighted to share Author Janet K. Brown's latest novel with you.  You may recall awhile back that we had the cover revea...


Beverly Stowe McClure interviews Katie, the main character in Worth Forgiving. I never could make Katie be nice and polite.
                                                      Janet K. Brown
                                          

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Caprock

Since my post last Saturday, I've had questions about what is the caprock? Anyone living in the northern half of Texas knows all about it.

I'm in awe of God's creation. Writing with God's Hope blog viewers from all over the world might extol the beauty near where they live. Some live in the mountains, and some by the seashore, but despite where we live, God placed breath-taking sights everywhere. I live in Wichita Falls, Texas on the North Texas plains. Our biggest claim to beauty is gorgeous sunsets.


a view from our back patio
When we drive about an hour and a half northwest, we come to another wonder, the Texas' Caprock. Weathermen watch the Caprock for accuracy in their predictions. Storms dissipate. Intensity increases. Fronts head in a new direction after they cross the Caprock.


What is the definition of a cap rock?
 A cap rock is a harder, more resistant rock type that overlies a weaker, less resistant rock type. Usually especially in Texas, this traps oil, natural gas, or water, keeping it from rising to the surface, and thereby creating a reservoir of the resource.

The erosion of our Caprock formed 1 -2 million years ago before the USA came into existence or the land was known as Texas. It stretches from the Texas Panhandle to Central Texas and separates high plains from low plains.

Grandchildren climbing near the bottom of Palo Duro




Our Caprock forms canyons such as the deep Palo Dura Canyon near Amarillo. This is a beautiful place. Find out more about it at:
http://palodurocanyon.com/


My husband, me, & a grandson looking over Palo Dura












Find more about the history of the Caprock at:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rxc01



Caprock State Park falls halfway between Lubbock and Amarillo (about 2 hours from each) For more info, check here:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caprock-canyons


God gives beauty in all settings. I thank Him for His mighty creations. Nothing was created without Him.


the part of the Caprock nearest Wichita Falls

Did you find Wichita Falls on the Texas map?


What is the most beautiful thing that your area is known for?


Saturday, August 20, 2016

God is Always Awake

A couple of nights ago, I suffered restless leg syndrome all night long. I finally slept about an hour and a half. I usually sleep well. My hubby was dozing away. I couldn't even sit. I stood most of the night

  Night is a lonely time when you're awake. Everyone is asleep or on their jobs. You can't call anyone for encouragement. It's not safe to go running around town by yourself. So, I walked back and forth. I stood and swayed to the tempo in my head.

  Most of all, I prayed. Praise God. He's never asleep. I could talk with Him about anything. He created me, so He knows all about my troublesome aches and pains. It's a great time to intercede for your children, your friends, and your church.

  I didn't like having that fitful night, but God used it for good.

  When a restless night ends, it's like dawn over our world.
 
Dawn over North Texas Caprock



He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
                                    Psalm 121: 3-4 KJV
 
 
I love the quote: Why lay awake worrying? Give the job to the Lord. He'll be awake anyway.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lettuce & A Recipe

Varieties of lettuce at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
How many of you really like lettuce? Do you long for the leafy green color of crunchy texture? What about the taste? What does it taste like?

I don't like or dislike it. I can truthfully say I've never craved lettuce. The taste is so mild as to be non existent. Yet, lettuce adds an important element to healthy eating.

Watching our weight would sure be difficult without lettuce. Lettuce is the basis for most salads. It fills us up, and adds needed fiber.

Last summer, while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Aurora, Colorado, we took a day trip to Vail that included a tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. I highly recommend the trip. There, I learned some new things about lettuce.

In 1920 ranchers in Gore Creek Mountain Valley near Vail discovered that lettuce grew better above 7000 feet elevation. For years, that area produced most of our lettuce. Interesting.


Varieties of Lettuce:

1. Iceberg - the most common
2. Bibb Lettuce - extra small
3. Boston - loose leaves
4. Green leaf - no head, more perishable
5. Red Leaf
6. Romaine - the most nutritious


The greener the leaves, the more vitamins and minerals in the lettuce.


The entrance to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Average nutritional make-up of lettuce:
1 cup
calories                     5
carbohydrates           1 g
fat                             0.05


No, I don't really like lettuce, but it's a food addict's best friend.

Here's a recipe you might want to try:



Summer Lunch Salad
 
 
 
3 cups red leaf lettuce
 
1 cup spinach
 
4 T. red peppers
 
6 grape tomatoes, halved
 
1 peach cut-up
 
2 Splenda or Trivia packets
 
1 T. peanuts
 
2 T. fat free ranch dressing
 
1 t. olive oil
 
to complete the above salad, add 3 oz. grilled chicken, 4 oz. lobster bites, 3 oz. lean ham, or 2 chopped up boiled egg.
 
***Trivia tip about lettuce
 
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. When you travel through eastern Colorado, the sunflower fields are gorgeous.
 
Thank you, God, for lettuce.
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Winner of Alice K. Arenz E-Book

Last weekend's guest, Alice K. Arenz offered a free e-book of her new release, Portrait of Jenny. Today, we choose the winner.


And the winner is:
                                   
                                    Gail Kittleson
 
 
Congratulations, Gail.  So proud for you. I know you'll enjoy the book.
 
 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cover Reveal for Blanche Manos' New Cozy Mystery

Do you like cozy mysteries?

If so, I guarantee, you'll love Manos' Flora and Darcy books.

Author, Blanche Manos will soon release her fourth book in the series, and I can't wait. Since I'm a mother of three adult daughters, I love the use of this mother-daughter team with enough moxie and intelligence to solve murders, even when the evil threatens their own lives. Pen-L Publishing will release this new book, Grave Heritage, the middle of September, and it's up for preorder at their catalogue store NOW!


A killer is loose in Ventris County and is trying to make Darcy Campbell and her mother Flora Tucker victims three and four. In addition to that, Levi, Oklahoma is experiencing its rainiest July in history. Has even nature turned against Darcy and Flora?

Sounds fascinating as usual. The link for preorder is http://www.pen-l.com/GraveHeritage.html


And, now the moment you've been waiting for: the reveal of Manos' new cover.

Ta-da!



Oh, Blanche and Pen-L Publishing, I think that's the prettiest cover yet. YEAH!


Check out the covers of Books 1, 2, and 3:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3











Which cover do you like the best?

They're all beautiful, but I vote for #4.

Which one do you prefer?



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Author Julie Arduini on Surrender

I am blessed to welcome author, Julie Arduini to Writing with God's Hope blog today. With my history of food addiction, the topic of surrendering to the Lord is my hot button. Like me, Julie teaches and writes about surrender.

Julie tell us how it affected your new release.
 
 
 
Surrendering Regret

The Theme Behind ENTANGLED
by
Julie Arduini

 

            Earlier this year I took the plunge and followed God’s call to start my own imprint and speaking ministry. As much as I enjoyed being part of a publishing family, I felt the stirring to do this was to tie everything together that I do under surrender issues and chocolate. All my fiction contains a surrender theme, and characters usually have a fondness for some kind of chocolate.
I am blessed to welcome author, Julie Arduini to Writing with God's Hope blog today. With my history of food addiction, the topic of surrendering to the Lord is my hot button. Like me, Julie teaches and writes on that topic.

Julie tell us how it affected your new release.

            ENTANGLED is my new release and it contains a surrender story readers are relating to. Carla Rowling is a single mom and sheriff in the Adirondack village of Speculator Falls. When ENTANGLED begins, Carla’s been given the means to leave her job and start cosmetology school, something she’s always wanted to do. She has the support of the entire town, including her teen son Noah, and her boyfriend, truck driver Will Marshall. The only person who isn’t excited is Carla.

            She feels unworthy to receive such a gift because of choices she made in the past. Her guilt consumes her, and in return, she makes choices that puts all her relationships in jeopardy. The cycle continues when Carla fears Noah will repeat her mistakes. Instead of creating highlights, Carla’s causing consequences worse than a bad perm.

            I think holding on to the past is a tool of the enemy. My mom has a saying, “It’s okay to look in the rear view mirror, but don’t stare.” Carla’s entire focus is on the past. By concentrating on what’s already been done, including forgiveness she long ago asked for, she’s ruining her future. Sadly, I’ve watched this play out many times.

            My passion is to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. That freedom can only come through Christ. Whether or not Carla has a happy ending, I can’t tell you, but I can say this, God wants His kids to have happy endings. If there is anyone struggling with guilt, shame or regret, my prayer is they surrender those things to Jesus and watch Him do a great work through you.



Entangled: Surrendering the Past

Book #2, Surrendering Time Series

“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”
 
Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son's father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He's the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will's ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He's bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Purchase Link: 


 

Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=




Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the  re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.

 Find Julie at:






Snapchat: @juliearduini



Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dCFG

Weekly Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate: http://eepurl.com/bJ5yHP

Surrendered Scribe Media Promotions: (Book release info sent as needed) http://eepurl.com/bXAW0L

 Thank you, Julie, for visiting with us today and teaching about surrendering regrets. Through God comes freedom.  Good luck with your writing. God bless.
 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Alice K. Arenz Interview & Giveaway

Welcome, Alice K. Arenz to this Writing with God's Hope blog. I'm so excited to interview a past Carol award winner. Thanks to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) loop, I only recently "met" you, so I loved getting better acquainted. I read and reviewed your book. For those who might like to see my review, I added it to the bottom of this post.

Also, everyone be sure and scroll to the end because Alice is offering a fantastic giveaway offer, so don't miss out on that.



Where did you get the idea for your book?

I’ve always said that my ideas, inspiration, etc., come from God. Jenny is no different in that matter than anything else I’ve ever written—published or unpublished.  I was first “given” this title what seems a million years ago as it was back in high school. What triggered it? I’ve no idea. The title came into my head with the admonishment that I wasn’t to forget it—there was a story here that would come later.  I never forgot the title or that promise.

 

How did you find your publisher?

Short answer: I didn’t. Longer answer . . .

 

About six years ago, my original publisher went another direction, my health got really sketchy and I believed writing was in my past. Then, last year, a dear friend, Bonnie Engstrom, suggested I contact her publisher and I not only got a contract for three new books, but after getting my rights back from my initial publisher, my first three books were re-issued! So the advice is that if this is something you really want to do, feel God leading you to do, NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP!  God will find a way!

 
What an inspiring testimony. Thanks.
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

My next project is a Women’s Fiction called A Question of Survival, a story about spousal abuse…and survival.  I was hoping to get this out by the beginning of August, but haven’t been feeling well enough to write like I’d wanted.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Unfortunately, due to some health issues, I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading a book now for sometime—and because of hypersensitivity to sound, it also rules out audio books. When I began this recent foray back into writing, I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it. I can’t spend very long working, amazed if it goes beyond a half hour or so. But I’m trusting in God to see me through. If this is where He wants me, then I know He will give me the ability and strength to see it through.

 
I will sure begin praying for your health. Sorry, that it's been a rough time lately.
Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey.

I’ve always had a very active imagination, but didn’t really write much down until I was twelve or so. A lot of years went by before I took writing seriously. I devoured Writer’s Digest Magazine, took a creative writing course at the local university, and sent “over the transom” queries to editors and agents. In the early 90s I landed a contract with a New York literary agency. Though it didn’t produce the hoped-for results, it taught me a lot about how much discipline and determination were vital necessities in the writing world. Years later I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learned a lot from the group, and made some contacts that eventually earned me a contract with a small press.

In spite of a myriad of health issues—especially the hypersensitivity in my fingers and hands which makes typing a challenge, between 2008 and 2010, I managed to get three books written and published. Those books, The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (cozy mystery), The Case of the Mystified M.D. (cozy mystery), and Mirrored Image (classic romantic mystery/suspense), all finaled in ACFW’s Carol Awards, with The Case of the Mystified M.D. winning in 2010.

 
After a five year absence from the writing scene because of even more challenging health issues, I signed with a new publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications, published my fourth novel, a classic romantic suspense, An American Gothic, re-issued the previous three with wonderful new covers and changes, AND had my fifth novel, Portrait of Jenny, published by Take Me Away Books, also a division of Winged Publications. Talk about feeling God’s blessing with this second chance!

 
How wonderful! I'll bet with your health problem, I could answer the question below.
Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Yes, often. But writing is a part of me, a part of who I am. Even during the darkest of times the hope of continuing this journey remained. So, how have I “pressed through?”  God. There is no other explanation.


That's the answer for everything, isn't it, Alice?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spending time with my children and grandchildren—which I’ll never get enough of!

 
What’s your favorite Scripture verse?

My favorite of favorites is John 3:16-17, probably because it is the first one I learned by heart when I was very young.  I also love Isaiah 42:16—“I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight.”  That one is over my computer desk and reminds me every day that God IS by my side.

 
Tell us about Portrait of Jenny


Not even a beautiful woman can save Richard Tanner from his past.
Following an explosive—and public—argument with his ex-girlfriend, artist Richard Tanner races into a rainstorm, gripped by a powerful migraine. He wanders to the gazebo in University Park, where he meets the beautiful and mysterious Jenny—a brief encounter that leaves an indelible impression on his mind—and in his paintings.
When Detective Jack Hargrave accuses Richard of the brutal assault on his ex, he finds himself confronting demons of a past he doesn’t remember. A time when little Richie Tanner walked into University Park whole, was beaten and left to die…a time that may hold the key to his future.

You can purchase the book at:
 





Portrait of Jenny is the newest book of 2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K. Arenz. This follows last August’s release of An American Gothic, also a mystery/suspense.  
Cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (2009 Carol finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 Carol winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (2011 Carol finalist), have been re-released by Forget Me Not Romances.

 

 

Visit Arenz at her website www.akawriter.com

 
My review of Portrait of Jenny:
 
Arenz's knack for detail makes her book wordy but explanatory to ones of us seeking to understand the specifics of the crime. Portrait of Jenny is a complex and intriguing mystery. The author offers many red herrings for readers to chase and make their determination of whodunnit before the aggravating Detective Jack Hargrove learns the truth, or Richard Tanner gets killed.. Leaves you still thinking about the story.
 
 
 
Now, for the giveaway:

Win an e-book of Portrait of Jenny.
 
Post a comment below. Make sure you give your e-mail. We'll enter you into a contest. The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 14 after the midnight of the 13th deadline. So, don't delay. Leave your comment & e-mail now.
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Giveaway for New Release

What an opportunity!

What a reason to preorder my newest book!



Worth Forgiving - Book II of the Wharton Rock Series


Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

For those who preorder the book in August, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will enter into a drawing, so that one lucky person will receive, on release day Sept. 1, 2016, a signed copy absolutely free.

A new release for free and autographed too.

Pre-order now at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

You might win!

If not, you'll be one of the first to receive my new release.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Clear Skies

Today, I wanted to share what I read in my own devotion book for today. I need to remember. Perhaps, the reminder will minister to you, also.

Is it all about you? Or God?

August 3

 
215. Clear Skies


“With long life will I satisfy him; and shew him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16


     This morning, I sat on my back patio and viewed the clearness of the sky. With the extreme drought and hot temperatures this summer, fires threaten on every side of our city. Last night, ashes floated through the air and dusted our hair and clothes. Winds calmed through the night and this morning, our sky is a crystal expanse of sapphire.

     God showed me how that was also true of my view of life. When we were younger and raising our daughters, disorder drove my deductive reasoning. I loved Jesus, but focusing on myself distorted my view of His direction for my life.

     We sing a song at church “It’s All About Him.” As a young adult, life was all about me. I was mistreated. I couldn’t stop craving sweets, but they made me fat. It wasn’t fair. My husband traveled and left me to handle everything. I tired of arguing with my girls, so I had to eat. I did more at church than Sister So-and-so, but she got the praise.

      Sound familiar?

     Every age offers good and bad. Now, I lament being so old and having a shorter time to accomplish all I want to do. But, now that God controls all of me, I liken the older ages to my clear sky this morning. I see Your hand in everything. As the psalmist said, He shows us His salvation. He never leaves us. But, sometimes our view is covered with ashes.


Prayer: Remove the ash and help me see clearly.





Here's a good quote from Kathleen Kurlin's book Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers that I read this week.

Discipline weighs ounces. Regrets weighs tons.

Allowing God to clear the ash and show you the way can bring freedom from bondage. Do you need freedom? Are you dealing with discipline or regrets?

Let me know if this helped you today.