Showing posts with label #books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #books. Show all posts

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Preorder for New Pen-L Publishing Books

Pen-L Publishing offers two new books to be released soon. I love to introduce since I like finding new books available.  Those of you that follow. Watch each month near the beginning. I do like Pen-L Publishing 
 
 
 

The River of Cattle

The Will & Buck Series: Book One
For Readers 8 - 12 | Grades 3 - 7

by Alice V. Brock


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Will Whitaker’s eleventh summer is one thrill after another.
A cattle drive with a famous Texas Ranger, a Comanche trying to steal his horse, a buffalo stampede, thirst-maddened cattle crossing eighty miles of alkali desert to a dangerous ford on the Pecos River—it’s almost more than Will can endure. He gets to work as a drover, riding his best friend Buck, a big buckskin stallion, until he is captured by a vicious Comanche war chief. And only his worst enemy can rescue him.
      Two Feathers—half white, half Comanche—runs away from his tribe when he learns his uncle killed his white father. He sees Will’s horse and knows he is destined to have him, this great warrior’s horse. Camping alone and following the winding River of Cattle across the High Plains of West Texas, he tries again and again to take him. Will foils him every time, but Two Feathers comes too close and is captured by the drovers.
      The two boys, both fighting the grief of their mother’s deaths, both without a true home, face death and danger separately, but eventually they must learn acceptance of each other’s differences or their mutual mistrust could lead them to disaster on the brutal Texas-New Mexico frontier.
Will they become brothers or mortal enemies?

Praise for The River of Cattle
“A compelling and triumphant introduction to the colorful bygone era of cattle drives. Alice Brock entertainingly weaves fact and fiction into a dual tale of high drama, where diversity and friendship must meet head-on to determine who survives.”
Tim Lewis, Director of the Writing Academy at West Texas A&M University, author of Forever Friday
“Two boys, one a drover on a cattle drive, and one a Comanche runaway, tackle wilderness adventures in The River of Cattle. Each is mourning the loss of his mother. Will rides his handsome buckskin stallion named Buck. Two Feathers rides Old Pony and camps alone to prove he is a fierce warrior.
      “When Two Feathers decides Buck should belong to him, the two boys wrestle and wrangle. But with Yellow Hawk chasing Two Feathers, cowboy and Comanche join together to survive the pursuit and try to figure out each other’s lifestyle.
      “A rough riding tale in true Wild West fashion, The River of Cattle puts the reader in a saddle and gallops away with him!”
— Doris Fisher, author of Army Camels, Jackson Sundown, and Odd Day, Even Day, Half Day


Alice V. Brock learned to love Western books as a child when her father brought home a Louis L’Amour paperback Western and she fell in love with the cowboys galloping through those pages. Mr. L’Amour’s books, and TV shows like Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Bonanza of the late ‘50s and ‘60s brought the West alive to her. The history of Texas and the Old West is full of real stories of those times. Her wish is to bring them alive for kids of today. The Old West has not disappeared, and Alice brings real people in the history of Texas and the Old West to her writing. Real people who lived in history and have descendants who live today.
      Her chance to see cowboys in action came when she married and moved to her husband’s family ranch in Iola, Texas, where she watches the grazing cattle from her kitchen window. Her grandchildren are the fifth generation to live on the Brock Ranch.
      To learn more about Alice V. Brock and her writing, visit her website at www.AliceVBrock.com. Watch for announcements about the next book in the Will and Buck series, Murder on the Pecos.
 
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Coming November 22! Pre-order now!
 
Death and Donuts

– A Frankie and Josh Mystery –

by Stan Schatt

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Hollywood stars! Politicians! Betrayal! Murder!
And a by-the-book cop just trying to do her job in the middle of it all.
To solve the murder of a movie star just weeks before the Academy Awards, Detective Frankie Ryan has to navigate through a web of Hollywood secrets and political landmines, not to mention the “old boys club” in her own police department. The presence of a new designer drug and the deaths it is tallying up threaten to hinder her investigation and leave her without a suspect—and maybe out of a job. Even with the aid of psychic reporter Josh Harrell, there is more confusion around every corner. Trusted friends will turn on her, leaving her unsure who to believe and who might be in on the murder and conspiracy.
Can Frankie discover the killer before it is too late?
 


Stan Schatt, author of over thirty-five books, is a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things. His writing takes advantage of his many occupations ranging from autopsy assistant, telecommunications professor, and police department administrator to research director, literature professor and network manager. Schatt’s novels range from paranormal mysteries and science fiction adventures to young adult mysteries. His non-fiction includes books on technology as well as guides to Kurt Vonnegut and Michael Connelly. http://stanschatt.com/
 
Watch for those two now. I loved the sound of a middle grader. I've never read the below mystery. I may have to try that one. Do you have any questions or comments?
 
 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October New Releases by ACFW Authors

Today, Writing With God's Hope  blog begins a new feature. The first blog date of each month will list new releases for the month written by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) authors, so they will all be Christian books. Hopefully, this resource will guide you in what books you would like to purchase.



October 2016 New Releases
More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical Fiction:

Providence: Hannah's Journey by Barbara M. Britton -- When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own. (Biblical from Harbourlight [Pelican])


Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette -- In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife. When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is? (Biblical from Bethany House [Baker])


Christmas Novella:


Christmas Lights by Chautona Havig, Vikki Kestell, Cathe Swanson, and April Hayman  -- From historical romance to contemporary cozy mysteries and Christmas wonder, these four "light" reads will warm your heart and ignite your Christmas spirit! (Christmas Novella, Mixed Genres, Independently Published)
 

Contemporary Romance:


Risking Love by Brenda S. Anderson -- Can cautious bank employee Lissa Morgan risk falling in love with a former thrill-seeker, a widowed single dad, when she may have to foreclose on his house? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Mom for Christmas by Lorraine Beatty -- Noah's dream of a happy family and Beth's dream of a continuing ballet career are both dashed, but when they come together they discover that the Lord might have a new dream for both of them. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sleigh Bells Ring by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth -- Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters. The girls have inherited their father's run-down horse farm for Christmas. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they're at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again? One thing's for sure: nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it's not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart. Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Gilead Publishing)


Do You Hear What I Hear? by Margaret Brownley -- Stranded at the old Star Inn until the road back to his cabin reopens, lumber mill owner Rick Talbot suddenly comes face to face with the past. The only woman he's ever loved is standing in front of the inn's blazing fire trying to get warm. Both Rick and Sally regret what happened between them years ago, but his family lumberyard clashes with her tree-hugging ways and neither is willing to try again. It will take the storm of the century, one stage-struck young boy, a certain meddling "angel"--and even a cranky cat--to convince them that in matters of the heart, sometimes the second time around is best. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)


More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer -- Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks. God has forgiven Jase Mackie but hasn't answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he's never forgotten. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Room at the Inn for Christmas by Mary Connealy -- Ambitious hotel executive Amanda Star's has got her sights set on the CEO job at the multi-national Halston hotel chain. But then she inherits the Star Inn, a place her father had always wanted her to run alongside him. With no time to be away from her job, she rushes home to put the inn up for sale. Once there, she's struggles against keen regret, sweet memories, and the longing to return, which grows stronger when she is reunited with an old classmate: Anthony Carter, a handyman with a guarded heart. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)


Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac -- A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])


A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Interior design assistant Bailey Calderwood suspects the mysterious admirer sending her cards and flowers is none other than the son of her unpleasable, bed-ridden boss. When Stephen Belafonte's mom demands he fire Bailey, can he find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go? (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)


Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson -- When Caden Holt's boss asks her to show off their own beautiful Prince Edward Island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the Red Door Inn, the reclusive executive chef is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group]) 

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post -- Grant McAllister, a jaded big-city lawyer and small-town reporter Jami Carlisle have no hope for finding true love--except for a zany old matchmaker who won't give up. In the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home. (Contemporary Romance from Waterfall Press)


Insight by Deborah Raney -- She's having a baby. It's a blessing that brings comfort to newly widowed Olivia Cline. Yet with no insurance, no job and precious little money, how will Olivia care for herself and her child? The answer is a handsome and brooding artist seeking an assistant. Reed Vincent has recently regained his eyesight thanks to a donor. And through his eyes, Olivia begins to see all the possibilities before her. Before them. Until, in a flash of insight, she knows why his signature is so hauntingly familiar. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)

Silver Bells by Deborah Raney -- As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)


A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed -- In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog--but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])


Third Strand of the Cord by Catherine Richmond -- Caroline will do anything to keep her ex-husband from putting her son with Down syndrome in an institution--even enroll the boy in a class taught by a know-it-all karate instructor. Lee Marivaux is an expert at reading people. He knows his feisty new student will thrive with firm guidance - and he's right. He pegs the boy's mother as a clueless socialite who loafs at the country club - and he's never been so wrong. When Caroline's abusive ex shows up, demanding custody, Lee and Caroline must join forces to keep the boy safe. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Buying Love by Toni Shiloh -- Impatient for marriage, Nina Warrenton places an ad in the newspaper for a husband--attaching a monetary reward. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef who answers her add, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money. Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant, but can he let it go to prove his love for Nina? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)

Moonlight Over Manahttan by Carrie Turansky -- Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor's cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor's grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother's generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together to help his grandmother and enjoy Christmas events in NYC, romantic sparks fly. When Sarah discovers who Justin really is, she must decide if she will continue to hide behind her protective wall or open her heart and embrace love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman -- Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she's forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée's betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

 
General Contemporary (includes Women's Fiction):


Paint The Storm by Dawn V. Cahill -- When Meg is challenged to love her lesbian daughter as Christ would, she struggles to live out God's command, and when her daughter goes missing, she finds herself joined with the unlikeliest of allies in her search for Linzee, and finally learns of God's unconditional grace for sinners. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Spring Mountain Publishing)

 

Restoration Road by Elise Phillips -- Mallory Andrews's short trip back to Texas for her mother's funeral quickly becomes a move home to help her grieving father with his contracting business. When her old crush, Tres, hires them for a restoration project Mallory falls in love with the crumbling old house. And when feelings bloom between her and Tres, she finds herself on the road to a brand new, unexpected life filled with faith, sweet tea, and fresh paint. (General Contemporary from Desert Breeze Publishing)


Above All Things by Deborah Raney -- Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled to become parents. But the couple faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old mixed-race girl born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child. She thought she was open-minded--until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette's marriage and the very notion of who she thinks she is. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Raney Day Press)


Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti -- Alexis set out to restore a fieldstone farmhouse in need of repair. She didn't expect to restore a life in the process. (General Contemporary from Worthy Inspired)

 
Strings of Faith by Terry Stafford -- Darcy is a classically trained violinist who dreams of playing bluegrass and winning The National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. When tragedy strikes, Darcy lays her gift aside for her family and faces unimaginable pain and loss, leading to dissension with her husband, disappointing judgment from her church, and anger with God Himself. Can her gift of music survive when her life is turned upside down? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)

 
Historical:

 

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan -- On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)
 

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith -- When an accident forces Jonah Ashton to serve as a ship's physician, he boards the Providence with the plan to escort a group of families to their new settlement in South America and then return to Pennsylvania to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he doesn't count on is getting lost at sea... and Marian Foster. When the settlers finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart? (Historical from Crossriver Media Group)


Historical Romance:


The Rails to Love Romance Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Connie Stevens, and Liz Tolsma -- Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)


Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt -- For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She'd call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can't help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart. Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. And even if Roy, her hired help for the holidays, does take care of her, that doesn't mean he cares for her or that he'll stay past Christmas. Pastor Colton McCabe is not sure he'll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can't seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart. Connie Lancaster is determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she's been longing for isn't to a place but a person. (Historical Romance from Gilead Publishing)
             

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep -- Stranded in a strange land, Eleanor Morgan faces starvation or marriage . . . but who wants to marry a murderer? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

 
The Rightful Heir by Angel Moore -- Cowboy Jared Ivy must work with stranger Mary Lou Ellison until a judge comes to town and determines which one of them is the rightful heir to his family's Texas newspaper. Intrepid reporter Mary Lou won't lose the Pine Haven Record--the legacy he left her--without a fight. But when she and Jared stop sparring long enough to investigate a story together, they become a force to be reckoned with. Will they let their battle over the Record get in the way of something even more newsworthy: true love? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
               

Christmas at Stoney Creek by Martha Rogers -- When newspaper reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man named Joe, Tom decides to bring him home to Stoney Creek, Texas for Christmas. As Tom and his childhood friend Faith Delmont set out to learn the truth about the mysterious old man with the kind, sad eyes, they discover that God's love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph, and that true love comes to those who wait. (Historical Romance from Realms [Charisma Media])


Mystery:

 
Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard -- In order to regain her grandmother's favor FBI Special Agent Serena Jones agrees to investigate a missing Salvador Dali painting. But when the evidence points to members of the owner's own household, it becomes clear that Serena won't be winning any popularity contests. Then Serena stumbles upon links to her grandfather's unsolved murder. (Mystery from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])


Romantic Suspense:


Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon -- After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime in the woods. But when someone threatens his neighbor, publishing executive Dana Lewis, Finn and Dana must work together to discover who wants her to leave her lakeside cabin before it costs both their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])


Identity Unknown by Terri Reed -- When a John Doe washes up on the shores of Calico Bay, no one knows who he is—including him. But one thing's instantly clear to deputy sheriff Audrey Martin: the man's marked for murder. And she's the only one who can protect him from the assassins who lurk at every turn. The arrival of a team of men claiming he's Canadian Border Services officer Nathanial Longhorn only further complicates the matter. As his memories slowly start drifting back, Nathanial and Audrey work to uncover who wants him dead and why. If they don't, this Christmas might be their last. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Speculative:

 
A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes -- What more can you sacrifice than your life? Parvin Blackwater is dead. At least that's what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world? (Speculative Young Adult from Enclave Publishing)


Unblemished by Sara Ella -- Eliyana can't bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength? (Speculative Young Adult from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)


Beast by Chawna Schroeder -- For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master's dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master's favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire. When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners. They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she? (Speculative Allegory from Enclave Publishing)


Accelerant by Ronie Kendig -- He'll destroy the world. But he must save it first. As the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, Haegan, Prince of Seultrie must return to the Nine Kingdoms and fight for his people. But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, who to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save his devastated world. (Speculative High Fantasy from Enclave Publishing)


Thriller/Suspense:


Death in the Mind's Eye by Rick Acker -- It knows what you're thinking. It knows when you're lying. Does it know how to kill? San Francisco attorney Mike Webster and Dr. Johanna Anderson, a brilliant and beautiful psychologist, must clear Jo's name of a malpractice case before the controversial, technologically-assisted Mind's Eye therapy is seized by a shadowy finance firm and used as a weapon. (Thriller/Suspense from Waterfall Press)
 

The Warrior's Seal by Ronie Kendig -- A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past to save the president after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin.  Special Forces operative Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue--the U.S. president has been kidnapped during a goodwill tour. The mission nosedives when an ancient biblical artifact and a deadly toxin wipe out villages. Tox must stop the terrorists and the toxin to save the president. This is a free e-novella prequel! (Thriller/Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])


Deadly Infiltration by W. Richard Lawrence -- Infiltrators inside the American government are betraying undercover agents while helping sneak weapons of mass destruction across our borders. To keep their work hidden, they are willing to murder anyone who gets in their way. Sara, a brilliant computer expert working for the FBI, finds herself caught in the middle. Sara's young faith in God is gravely tested when she is framed for the murder of an FBI agent, forcing her to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Sara's fiancé Derry lives up to a promise he made to her, and gives up his future to save her and hopefully the country. (Thriller/Suspense from Boarding House Publishing)

Western Historical:

Refining Fire by Carol Cox -- Meet the Arizona Territory Brides. Four strong, independent women--each determined to stand on her own two feet, and not one of them looking for romance. But sometimes love shows up when you least expect it... (Western, Pioneer/Prairie, Independently Published)


Let me know what you think about this feature of Writing With God's Hope blog.

 

As I've listed all the October new releases, may I remind you that my book Worth Forgiving, a Christian women's fiction published by Pen-L Publishing released one month ago today.  Click on the picture to the right to purchase this book or learn more about it.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Visit with Cherie Burbach

I wish to introduce you to my new online writing friend, Cherie Burbach. I first met her on the loop for American Christian Fiction Writers. She started an excellent blog site intended to give readers a devotion each day. I joined the group of writers taking part in this. If you're looking for a good daily devotion, I highly recommend the blog called Putting on the New.

Go to http://puttingonthenew.com/
or click on the square to the left of this blog just under the e-mail subscribing slot.

I asked Cherie to visit us today and let us know about her book. She agreed and even shared one of her wonderful devotions. Thank you, Cherie.

 
We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19


I found God very early and have always been glad for that. My life could have been so much different, so much darker, if I didn’t have God. He came to me around the age of three, before I even knew what was happening. We didn’t go to church, we didn’t pray as a family, and yet, even at that young age, I felt His presence and His love.

The verse from 1 John 4:19 I shared above brings home the gift of God’s love. He loved me first so I didn’t have to think and wonder about what real love was like. I could experience it through Him. And once I had that love, I had an example I could follow in loving others and accepting their love in return.

This wasn’t so easy. My dad was an alcoholic and I was told I was worthless a lot. And yet, despite his verbal attacks, my dad couldn’t break me. No matter how bleak it was, there was always a part of me that was safe, separate from his abuse, because God loved me. My spirit was whole.

My upbringing formed me into a young woman who didn’t quite know how to love. I couldn’t accept goodness from people, but welcomed bad thoughts and actions. Even then, my spirit belonged to Him, and God didn’t let go. I didn’t always know that then. It’s only with time that I can look back and see how prominent His influence was in my life.

God’s love covers us, calls to us, and fills us with all we need. I am grateful of this as I live my life now, years of distance between me and my alcoholic dad. Now, I have a happy marriage, good friends, and relationships that buoy me. I have Jesus’ example on how to love others and accept their love. I have all I need, all because He loved me first.

He loves all of us that way, and to have Him all we need to do is open our heart to Him, believe in Jesus, and embrace this gift.

Think on these words today:

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Dear God, thank you for coming to us first, always, and showing us the way to truth and love. Thank you for holding on to us no matter what.

 
Oh, that is beautiful, Cherie. What an inspiration to young people who struggle with low self esteem. Thank you for that.
 

Cherie Burbach's book is titled Art and Faith.

In Art and Faith, Cherie Burbach shares original mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. There are times when a Bible verse you’ve read many times suddenly becomes clearer to you with a meaning and message you haven’t realized before. Many of the paintings in Art and Faith are inspired by a particular verse that stood out for a variety of reasons. Celebrate your faith with this collection of verses and art that represent hope and encourage belief.

 

BUYING LINK:   http://amzn.to/1WNXckX

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. Visit her website for more info, cherieburbach.com.

 
Thank you so much, Cherie, for visiting Writing with God's Hope blog today. The book sounds fascinating, and I love the devotion.

Any questions or comments for Cherie?
 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Step Into The Light with Patti Shene

Today, I am blessed to welcome my good friend, Patti Shene, to my Writing with God's Hope blog. While I was a struggling newbie with no published books as yet, Patti, in her position as magazine editor, read one of my short stories. Her encouragement led to the publication of my debut novel. Patti holds a special place in my heart.
picture used on Patti's radio show


Patti's newest venture, a blog talk radio show, is inspiring and informative. I asked if she would let me interview her about it today, so welcome, Patti.



Tell us something about yourself.

 

I was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island in New York, but have lived in a small town in Southeastern Colorado since the early 1970’s. I’ve been married for close to forty years, and my husband and I have two adult children and one granddaughter. I practiced as a Registered Nurse, mainly in the field of psychiatry for over thirty-five years.

 
Did you ever feel like giving up on having an online radio show? And how did you press through this?

 
I started broadcasting a weekly Blog Talk Radio show in partnership with an online ministry. My ministry partner already had several established shows, so when my show, entitled Lit(erally) Speak(ing), was added, I’m sure several listeners were drawn to it as followers of his ministry.

 
When he had to leave the ministry due to health issues, I started a new show. The number of listeners for it, entitled Step Into the Light, does not draw near as many listeners – yet! I attribute that to the fact that, just like an author trying to promote a book, there is a strategy to marketing a project, and I have not employed mine effectively at this point.

 
As to how I press through that kind of discouragement, it relates to obedience. Encouragement from others, such as Marlene Bagnull of the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, and others, including you, Janet, has led me to believe God has called me to this. He knows who needs to hear the message that my guest conveys each week. I contact my guest a few minutes before air time, and the most important thing we do prior to going live is pray for God to lead listeners to the show who He knows need to hear that particular show at the time it will benefit that listener the most. It might be the morning we broadcast, or it might be next week, or six months from now.

 
What gave you the idea for an online radio show?

 
I enjoyed listening to The Road Less Traveled Internet Ministry radio shows (or podcasts as they are frequently called). The owner of that ministry was my former pastor, so he knew about my interest in writing and encouraging writers. We had talked about starting a show that somehow related to writing for several months.

 
How do you feel this will encourage listeners?

 
We deal with the shadows that cross the paths of all our lives. My guests share their own journey that has led them or others out of dark times and back to light through their writing, speaking, or other ministry.

 
I praise my dynamic and inspirational guests for the encouragement listeners derive from the show. I believe every one of them has engaged the listening audience by opening their hearts and sharing their pain and their triumphs.


How did you learn how to do this?

 
My former ministry partner taught me the basic technology for broadcasting the show. I am grateful he was willing to set up the show for me and adjust certain sound settings on my computer. I would have no idea how to do that myself!

 
I have found Blog Talk Radio support to be extremely helpful with timely and thorough answers to my questions. They offer tips on their website for improving your show and solving potential problems.

 
If you were a song, what would it be?

 
The song I have in mind is so old that your readers probably never even heard of it, but it fits. It’s entitled Don’t Fence Me In.

 
I'm old, too, so I know it. Cute song, and I would agree you can't be fenced in. You're a talented lady, willing to try a lot of challenges that would scare others.
What do you like to do when you’re not interviewing people?

 
I love to read, cheer on my granddaughter and her team at Jr. High sports events, watch old westerns (especially Gunsmoke!) and the Colorado Rockies on TV, walk, and I absolutely love to drive, especially in wide open spaces!

 
You interview authors, but what do you write yourself?

 
Recently, I’ve been working on a couple of non-fiction pieces and am published in short non-fiction in two anthologies. I have three novels with a western theme and a non-fiction book in progress. Lately, I feel I spend the major part of my writing time composing Facebook posts and Tweets, something that definitely needs to change in 2016!

 
What’s your next big adventure?

 
My main goal in 2016, beyond improving the radio show and reaching a larger audience, is to complete my book length non-fiction work and hopefully at least one of my novels.

 
What’s your favorite Bible verse?


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God - Philippians 4:6

 
I love that one, too. Words to live by. Thank you for answering my questions. I've loved having you stop by today.

Thank you so much, Janet, for inviting me to your blog!


Patti has enjoyed writing since childhood, but she also likes to encourage writers. She is published in two anthologies as well as local newspaper and magazine publications. She has experience as a former editor with a small publishing company and has taught workshops at the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences. Visit Patti at her cyberspace home, www.pattishene.com, where her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer serve to showcase writers and their work. Find links to Patti’s Blog Talk Radio shows at the website as well.

 

Social Media Links:

 

Facebook         Step Into the Light page         http://ow.ly/UmNCw

Twitter            @Pattishene                            http://ow.ly/X2fyS

Linkedin          Patti Shene                              http://ow.ly/X2fEj

Pinterest          Patti Shene                              http://ow.ly/X2hCo

 
How many of you have listened to one of Patti's Step into the Light radio shows. I was honored by being one of her guests. My interview can still be listened to by clicking the link on the right of this post.

The regular show airs at 8 AM MST every Tuesday morning. Patti's archives can speak to you at anytime by clicking on the links you find on her web page.