Saturday, May 21, 2016

James Callan, Slavery in 2016, and A Giveaway

Once before, I introduced you to my fellow author, James Callan. I've recommended his books before. Now I'm delighted to tell you about a new release for him called A Silver Medallion. James, tell us about it.


Could You Walk Away?

On numerous occasions I have been asked why I wrote A Silver Medallion.  A few years ago, I read a brief story in the L.A. Times about a woman held a virtual slave. She was not held by chains, but by threats to harm her family left behind in a foreign country.  I found this a difficult concept.  Slavery? In the U.S.? In the twenty-first century?

I put the idea aside, but it kept popping back up in my mind.  So, I did a little research and to my dismay, I learned that this was not an isolated case.  It was rampant in the U.S. but most went unreported to authorities because of fear that harm would come to those left behind.

Every time I pushed this thought aside, it returned. Finally, I decided I had to write a book about it. I would not write a documentary.  It would be a fiction story. That was as close to the subject as I could force myself.

Bright, unadventuresome Crystal Moore discovers a young mother, Lucita, who is a virtual slave in Dallas, held by threats her two young girls will be killed if she escapes or even tells anybody of her situation. Crystal goes to the house where Lucita is held and while trying to get Lucita to talk to her, encounters the man enslaving Lucita.  The conversation with the man is brief and non-threatening, but Crystal leaves the place terrified.

She attempts to put this out of her mind. But she identifies with the two girls. Crystal's parents were killed when she was only seven. Now, she is plagued with nightmares about the children and after awhile, she sees three girls held captive and recognizes one of the three is herself. When she cannot forget it, she tries to find various ways to resolve the situation. None are acceptable. If she can get Lucita away, or the police rescue her, the children would be killed.

If becomes clear to Crystal that the only way to free Lucita is to rescue the two young girls first. Only when the girls are free and safe will Lucita dare to escape.

This means going into the jungles of Mexico and spirit the girls away from a ruthless drug lord. While Crystal knows this is not a smart thing to do, her heart will not let her turn away and she embarks on a dangerous mission to help a woman she has met only once and to rescue two young girls she has never met.

As I could not ignore the story in the newspaper about the virtual slave, Crystal could not ignore the plight of Lucita and her children.

A Silver Medallion will release in early June. But, since Janet has been gracious and allowed me to tell you why I wrote this, I will send the first chapter to any of her readers who sends an e-mail address to with "First chapter" in the subject line.

A Silver Medallion - A Crystal Moore Suspense

James R. Callan

In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.

To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico. who will want her dead.

James R. Callan had a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.  He left the technology field to pursue his real love, writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published, but his passion is mystery and suspense novels. 
His eleventh book is scheduled to be published in 2016.



Be sure to take advantage of James' offer and be one of the first to read a chapter in his new book. Thank you, James, for giving us this great opportunity. The book sounds fascinating.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let Go

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

These last few days, my baby daughter has gone through a terrible trial. I long to step in and take care of the boo-boos like I did when she was six, but I can’t. As an adult, she makes her own choices. Her wounds run deep and difficult. Her mother can’t take away the pain. Despite a love that runs more deeply than any human love, I am powerless.


Letting go means the outcome isn’t in my hands.


Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5


God is omniscient and omnipresent. He has all power. What He says, He will bring it to pass. We can trust Him.


Many of us claim trust in God but in some areas of our life, it’s hard. Here’s a few of the hardest:


1.     Our children: Mommas hold on to their babies as if God can’t be trusted to take care of them. Our heavenly Father can be with our babies wherever they go, even if we don’t know where they are.


To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.


2.     Our marriages: A marriage takes two, but what happens when one of you doesn’t want it to work? If this happens, call 911.


 Psalm 91: 1, I mean.


  1. Illness: We turn to doctors when we get sick, but they have limits. I visited a friend today that has been told by the doctors that there is nothing more they can do. This man is powerless. His wife is unable to make him well. But, God . . .


  1. Addictions: When I weighed two hundred fifty pounds and struggled with a low self esteem, I wanted to quit eating, but I was powerless. It took an emotional healing by the Lord. It took Him taking control, and me “letting go.”

To “let go” is to not regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.


Without faith, it is impossible to please God, but even our smidgen of faith comes from the Lord. What about the prayer given by the father who asked Jesus to heal his child?


And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                                           Mark 9:24


Last weekend, after my daughter’s panicked call, I battled my feelings. I wanted to drive down there and do something. I wanted to pick her up and protect her. I wanted to solve the problem. Instead, I hit my knees. “Lord, I trust You. Take over. Give me peace and help me “let go.”


Dennis the Menace once showed a carton with the little guy kneeling by his bed, his cowboy hat askew, his hands up in the air. “Lord, I’m here to turn myself in.”


That was me last weekend.


Have you had times like that?


To “let go” is to fear less, and love more.


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

                                     2 Timothy 1:7


Let go, and let God.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Introducing Elder Care Guide by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I wish to promote a book by Author, Joan Y. Edwards that I think is needed by lots of my viewers. It's called Joan's Elder Care Guide Today is release day.

Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y.


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Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive< /em> gives you, the caregiver,
ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to
promote healing, well-being, and survival. Based on the author's research and fourteen years of
experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your
elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives
organization ideas for medical, financial, insurance, and legal documents.
It offers ways for a caregiver
to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitute caregivers must
have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to
celebrate an elder's life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also
includes ten useful charts to
assist in assessing and recording an elder's needs and capabilities.

What People Are Saying:

"There are several charts in the appendix for the reader to utilize by filling
in related information,
making it a truly useful, everyday tool for everything from organizational
tips to emergency needs that
will slide right into a purse or overnight bag. Certainly not one of those books you half-read then sit on a
shelf to collect dust."
"It provides links to online
applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful
ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own...
I wish that I had known of it
when I was a caregiver. I know that I would have been prepared for everything and possibly paid for it
too! If you have a family member who needs your help, don't hesitate to
buy this book. It is a valuable
tool for every family, organization, or caregiver.

"This book is a no-frills, very well-researc hed self-help guide on how to help. The language is simple, saying what Joan wants to say and no more...What is particularly impressive is the logical, step by step way Joan analyzes each problem, so that without talking down to the reader, she presents a guide even a kid could understand and follow...I have worked both as a psychotherapist and as a nurse in nursing homes. My wife cared for her mother for many years, with me on the sidelines. From this personal experience, I can recommend Joan’s Elder Care Guide as accurate, helpful and even inspiring."

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    Thanks for giving us this information, Joan. Though I haven't as yet read the book, it does sound like a valuable resource

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What's Your Favorite Healthy Recipe?

Foodies search for new recipes like an archeologist digs for history. All my adult years, I suffered from food addiction, gaining and losing weight with each season, until I reached two hundred fifty pounds and cried out to God in desperation.

The Lord healed me emotionally. My weight went down, and I learned to maintain the hundred pound loss. How? A total change of mindset.

For a food addict to maintain a loss, we must
1. change the way we look at food
2. change the way we look at ourselves
3. change the way we look at God.

During the last twenty healthy-eating years, I learned to make many new recipes that add spice to my eating.

If you're a food addict or a compulsive overeater, I wrote two books that might help.

1. a women's fiction: Worth Her Weight
2. a devotion book: Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.

The recipe below might’ve been one enjoyed by the heroine of Worth Her Weight my inspirational women’s fiction. Lacey faces a food addiction that only God can heal. A good friend brings her a casserole, a salad, and a dessert, hoping it’s something Lacey might eat and stay healthy with during a traumatic time in her life. The reader will find those recipes at the end of the book.

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Black-Eyed Pea Mixture:


1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

Onion to taste

Green pepper to taste

2 16 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained

1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes

1 t. salt

1 t. sugar

½ t. pepper

¼ t. garlic powder


Brown ground beef in skillet.


Stir in onion & green pepper, cook until tender

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes





3 / 4 c corn meal

2 heaping T. flour

1 / 2 t. salt

1t. sugar

1 t. baking powder

1/8 t soda

Mix dry ingredients

Add 1 T. canola oil


Put 1 egg in 1 cup measuring cup & then fill the rest of the way with buttermilk


Fold milk/egg mixture into dry ingredients.

Use oil spray for pan before adding mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Slice into 8 pieces.


Pour one-sixth of black-eyed pea mixture over 1 piece of cornbread.


This gives you 6 servings of black-eyed pea casserole.


 For further help, watch for the soon release of Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook. Not only will this book give fourteen classes with questions to answer, memory work to do, and a suggested eating plan, but it gives extra recipes at the end for the bored food addict.


Now it's your turn. What's your favorite healthy recipe? Leave it in the comments section below.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Visit from Author, Paula Mowery

Christian author, Paula Mowery, visits Writing with God's Hope blog today. I was blessed to interview her. I know you'll enjoy getting acquainted with this lady, as have I.

Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

 Writing for me is a calling from God. I know this because I pulled a “Gideon fleece moment” with the Lord several years ago. I didn’t want to just think I was supposed to be published or only want it badly for my own selfish reasons. I wanted to be sure that God was really calling me to write stories bearing Biblical truths. So when I submitted an article to a national magazine and it was accepted, I knew I was on the way to my answer. Then I sent my first book submission to a publisher. I remember saying, “Lord, is this is where this needs to be published, let the story touch someone there.” Do you know that I received an email from the acquiring editor that read, This story really touched me. I cried, thanked God for the affirmation, and haven’t stopped since.

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

Oh my, doesn’t everyone speak of giving up about once a week, if not more than that? I’ve whined that I just don’t have enough time to write or market. I’ve moaned that surely all those other books were a fluke. But I always turn around and realize there are still messages to relate through my stories. There are still people to touch with Jesus Christ and encourage in their faith. The enemy knows how to pull me down and discourage me, but God always seems to teach me something new in His Word or a reader contacts me to tell me how much a story meant to her personally.   

What gave you the idea for this latest book?

The Crux of Honor story grew first out of a call for submissions from my publisher, Prism Book Group. The editor-in-chief wanted to create a series of books using the different phrases from First Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter. My phrase ended up being, love does not dishonor. I recalled the time I lived in Southern Maryland near an Amish community. I started asking questions like: What if a daughter dishonored her parents? Suppose the family has Amish ties – would this worsen the dishonor? What if a family secret creates a large cavern between the mother and the daughter? Could the daughter still learn the unconditional love of God, even though it isn’t modeled by her mother?

From that, The Crux of Honor was born.
How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

 I certainly hope that readers will turn that last page still remembering that God always holds out forgiveness and unconditional love. 

 How did you find your publisher?

Prism Book Group published Brave New Century, an anthology I had a story included in. One of the other authors of that book found Prism and we all agreed to submit the book there.

Soon after working with our editor, I submitted another book and had it contracted and published.

Connecting with Prism was such a God-thing. Through some interesting turn of events and divine urging, I became an acquiring editor with Prism and am still doing that today.  

If you were a song, what would it be?

Flawless by Mercy Me comes to mind. If you have never seen the video for this song, you must look it up on YouTube. I’ve always qualified myself to others by saying how surprised I am that God would use a plain hillbilly girl from East Tennessee like me. This song says it all – “He made you flawless.”

 Oh, I love that one too.

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

When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me editing writing, or teaching writing. I do enjoy spending time with my hubby and daughter. It doesn’t really matter what we do. We can just go out to eat or shopping or walking around the neighborhood. This is especially times I enjoy since we are a ministry family (my husband is a pastor, daughter a children’s minister, and I interpret for deaf members).  

Now tell us about your book.

Chelsea is rejected by her mother. She can’t understand why her mother hates her so, even if she has messed up. Why can’t she love her like Kevin’s mother always showed love to him and to her.

Kevin has had his heart broken by Chelsea before, but he has returned to town to set up his medical practice and can’t resist her.

This book has secrets which are finally found out. It involves a second chance at love. It most importantly shows the unconditional love of God no matter what we’ve done. He holds out forgiveness and love. The only thing is: Can Chelsea truly accept the love offered to her?      


Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

  Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements.  
Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at
I loved learning about you, Paula. Wow, are you ever busy. Wore me out reading about all that you do. I was blessed to "meet" you online as a fellow author of devotions on the group blog, Putting on the New. Thank you so much for your visit today. I am honored. This book sounds like it's right up my alley. Can't wait to get a copy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gail Kittleson's New Release

Today, I welcome a sweet writer friend of mine, Gail Kittleson. I did a review on her historical fiction, In This Together. Her sequel to that book released yesterday. Congratulations, Gail, and tell us how your new book came to be.

Quotes mean a lot to me, and this morning’s teabags netted me two that relate to my World War II novel’s release.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try—unknown author. So true. But choices can be excruciating. First, you must believe in yourself, believe that as someone formed in the Creator’s image, you’re worthy of taking action. It’s not about selfishness, but one’s innate dignity.
My 1940’s farm wife heroine treads the uphill road to this kind of autonomy. With her egocentric husband there to remind her of her failures in his eyes, she faces a double whammy: his relentless voice joins her father’s from her childhood.
Which brings us to my second teabag quote, also attributed to an unknown author. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
Amen to that! Yet it takes a long time to gather strength to cast aside these inner messages. In our endeavor to live authentically in the present, trusted friends become our best asset. They tell us we’re worthy of good, launch attacks on the nasty whisperings thwarting us at every turn, and urge us to see ourselves through their loving eyes. In other words, they mirror our loving heavenly Father's attitude toward us.
My heroine Addie is fortunate that her best friend Kate’s letters from London encourage her to analyze the source of her husband Harold’s constant negative messages. That's the only way she can rise above them. and Jane, Addie’s down-to-earth neighbor, nurtures Addie’s fledgling victory garden, and her soul as well.

When Harold’s father dies, nobody’s more surprised than Addie to have her mother-in-law emerge from grief with a taste for joy and a zest for life. She becomes Addie’s stalwart ally in the battle that rages on their obscure Iowa farm as Pearl Harbor ignites war’s flames all over the world.
My desire for readers to get to know Addie increases by the day. We’ve hung out together for more than four years, as Addie’s not one to divulge her secrets easily. But she’s given me permission to share them with you—I’d so like to hear your first impressions of her story, or how you've overcome influences that pull you down.

Purchase now on Amazon:
Find Gail at

Thank you, Gail. Sounds like this book is actually the one that comes before In This Together. How interesting. I learned a lot about the post World War II era in your first book. Sounds like this one will show us the struggles during the war.

So  I recommend checking out In Times Like These. It's available for purchase NOW.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Christine Lindsay Gives us a Mother's Day Message

LEAVING OUR KIDS TO GOD by Christine Lindsay

As Christian moms we know we should pray and leave our concerns for our kids to our Heavenly Father. We know that, according to the scriptures that He loves them even more than we do. So why was it, that back in 2006 while I prayed desperately on my knees for my daughter that I feared God was turning a deaf ear to my prayers?

Why was I struggling to trust God to heal my child’s life, and tempted to try and “fix” her life in my own way? It breaks our heart when our kids make all the wrong choices. And Lana sure was as at university. She was also paying for those choices in painful ways that have left physical scars to this day. Everything her dad and I had taught her about obeying the Lord’s will drifted out of Lana like a dandelion puff in a breeze. 

Life can be gut-wrenching at times, and when our kids hurt, we hurt.

One day as I was cleaning our den I found a box of old photographs, old diplomas and photographs, and came across a faded blue airmail envelope my grandmother had sent me back in 1980 upon my engagement.

She wrote how thankful she was to the Lord that I had turned my young life around after a tumultuous youth, and that I had found a good partner in life. My grandmother wrote that her prayers for me were answered, that I was living the joyful things that God had planned for me. 

For most of my life my grandmother and I were separated by the Atlantic Ocean. With her still in Ireland and me living in Canada, she didn’t have much opportunity to do things for me, other than pray and write letters. She certainly didn’t have the opportunity to “fix” things for me if I messed up my life which I certainly did until I turned around and started obeying God.

My grandmother died in 1984, but many years later in 2006 as I re-read her letter, and I was the mom of an adult daughter, I felt the Lord’s comfort. Behind my grandmother's writing was the Lord's voice right when I needed it, and His gentle reminder to trust Him with Lana. 

I resisted the urge to “fix” everything in Lana’s life. It wasn’t a matter of letting her suffer the consequences and to learn from that. We had to by faith put her into God’s hands, to trust that He would open her eyes. It was hard at first to stand back in faith and let God work. But then we saw the Lord start to work in her life. We saw our prayers for Lana answered. In 2010 the Lord brought her back to Himself, and her faith was all the stronger for it, because it was her own faith in Christ, and not just that of her parents.

As much as we want to, we cannot save the ones we love. Only Christ can do that. Give your loved ones over to God. Trust Him to save them, because ultimately seeing Him save my child reaffirmed in my soul that He had saved me.

Seeing our kids desperate need of God underlined for me that I too desperately need the Lord for everything, my heartbeat, my breath, my salvation. There is not one single thing that we can do to “fix” anything in life. It’s a matter of stepping back and letting God do the saving.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NIV)

And even though at the time I was praying so hard for my daughter she was an adult, in my heart she was still my little girl. And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19: 14-15 (NIV)

This is one of the themes of Sofi’s Bridge my brand new historical romance release.


Read Chapter One for Free, click HERE

Sofi's Bridge


Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.



Pelican Book Group (Paper and Ebook)

Barnes and Noble (paper and Ebook)



Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. She is currently writing her 8th novel. Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is the happy wife of David of 35 years, a mom and a grandma. She makes her home on the west coast of Canada, and in Aug. 2016 she will see her long-awaited non-fiction book released, Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother’s Story.

Please drop by Christine’s website or follow her on Amazon on Twitter. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook, and  Goodreads
****P. S. from Janet Thank you for stopping by to visit Writing with God's Hope blog on this Sunday, Christine. I'm excited to hear about your new release and know others will be also.

With Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, I think we women understand the desire to save or fix our children, nieces or nephews, or maybe our grandchildren, but only God is able to do that. As we near our day of honor, thanks for this reminder.