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.