Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two Wonderful Christmas Short Stories at a great price

The Christmas Answer/Kimberly B. Jackson

Donna and Mark Du Boise have a seemingly wonderful life as professional gospel singers. After their last performance of the year, Donna sits in her dressing room crying in despair. She remembers how they met and how happy they had once been, but now ten year later she wasn’t so sure. She wonders if Mark would be better off married to someone who could give him a child. That ended for her when she lost their first and only baby.

Donna wakes up a few mornings after they’re home to a note from Mark that he’s gone on a two week fishing trip. Feeling abandoned and pouring out her problems to her friend Ellie, Donna finds herself agreeing to go on a missionary trip to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.

Upon arrival at her host home, Donna meets Sara Cagle. The woman, her two sons and adopted daughters, Jessie and Lexie, live in extreme poverty and have very little to eat. Sara’s husband died from black lung disease and her two sons must work in the coal mine to help support the family.

Donna works helping with the assigned tasks of the mission group. She is so overcome with her own sadness, she finds herself in a church talking to the minister and that’s when she realizes her real missionary assignment is to help with Sara’s family.

Sara falls ill and is taken to the hospital. Donna fixes up the old shack Sara and the children live in and loads it with food. Donna wants to have a real Christmas for Sara’s children.

Sara takes a turn for the worse. What will happen to her four children and will Mark understand why Donna has used so much of their savings to help this family?

Kimberly B. Jackson touches your heart with the story of a family full of love despite their circumstances. Her characters learn to reach out beyond themselves and let God’s grace surround them.

Three Gifts/Claire Sanders

Jack Stewart’s job search just hadn’t been going as he planned and he couldn’t marry Molly without a job and a home for her. He’d exhausted all the opportunities in Popular Bluff but he couldn’t leave the grandmother who raised him behind to pursue a job in a larger city. He would stick to his plan even if it meant losing Molly.

Molly has a dead end job at the nursing home but has had an excellent recommendation to a larger children’s hospital in the state capitol. She can’t leave Jack and he won’t leave Popular Bluff. She knows that one day they’ll be a family and she’s willing to wait.

When Jack decides he’s a failure even though he’s done a wonderful job at restoring his grandmother’s house and remodeling his former pediatrician’s kitchen, he breaks off his engagement with Molly.

Jack wise grandmother and three special gifts at Christmas turn Jack’s heart around. But when he decides to listen to God and go by His plan is when he wins Molly back into his arms.

Claire Sanders writes a wonderfully romantic story where believable characters face some very real problems. They learn to rely on their creator and trust His will.

These wonderful Christmas stories are available from Prism Book Group

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I'm giving you all a heads up on my two books that will be coming out soon from PRISM BOOK GROUP.

1. What is the working title of your book?

Cairo and The Tempering Agent.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My interest in archaeology, Egypt and exotic gemstones.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Inspirational Romance/Suspense

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Cairo - Amy Adams; The Tempering Agent - Julanne Moore

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Cairo - Unexpected circumstances in an exotic land reveal an unquieted love.
The Tempering Agent - Mystery, intrigue and murder bring together an unlikely couple.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About a year for both

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Escape to Big Fork Lake; Marked in Mexico

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

For Cairo, I wasn't finished telling the story started in my first novel, Alvarado Gold in The Tempering Agent, I wanted to mix my two hobbies of writing and gem collecting. The Tempring Agent continues the story started in the other two novels.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Both books take place in Egypt and there is a mix of mythology, and ancient customs in both books. Also the gemstones of the high priest are explained in The Tempering Agent.

My nominees are:

Linda Robertson

Carrie Padgett

Linda Newton

Barbara Capell

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This week I'd like to review Her Only Hope by Kat Jones

Kat Jones writes sweet contemporary romances that center around cozy hometowns, troubled characters, and families finding true love—always with a smile and dash of laughter. Kat resides in the North East with a patchwork family of her own, including three ornery kids and husband who loves to tell corny jokes.

Buck Washington wonders where his Aunt Cora has found the woman to rent the Victorian home nestled in Hope Springs, Alaska, and furthermore she has brought along with her an over-exuberant little boy. Buck aware of his aunt’s persuasiveness knew his new neighbor was a fresh target for Cora’s insistent matchmaking.

Edie Matthews’ first introduction to Buck wasn’t a pleasant one. She tangled with him over his remarks about her son and later finds herself pray to Buck’s super soaker water pistol.

Sick with a cold from her unexpected dousing, Eden is beleaguered by the constant comings and goings of Aunt Cora. No one knocks in this small town or bothers what time of the day or night it is when they come to call. Buck slowly wins her over as he learns to love the whirlwind she calls her son. Buck brings her roast meat and once she’s ready to meet the rest of the town, mostly family, he introduces her.

Both knowing they can’t enter into a relationship because they’re both still married, Buck to a partner who left him shortly after their marriage for a more appealing life than a small town in Alaska could bring and Edie is on the run from her abusive husband, his beatings, and the law. The boy she claims as her son isn’t hers. She’s kidnapped him to keep him safe and she’s all too aware of what she must do to achieve that goal.

But the two manage to fall in love. Their both hurt from past relationships and ghosts from their past until one day Edie’s past comes to Hope Springs and tracks her down. Her ex-husband arrives and it is up to her to keep her son safe even if it means surrendering the only hope she had of a normal life with Buck.

Kat Jones writes a wonderful story laced with laughter and comical situations while facing the deadly serious topic of spousal and child abuse. The story is well written and has a heart warming solution. Anxious moments keep the reader turning the page fearful that Edie will be found out.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome Kim McMahill

Working for the National Park Service has given Kim and her husband the opportunity to work and live in Grand Teton, Hawaii Volcanoes, Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, and Wind Cave national parks, and on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Residing amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes and extensive travels to remote parts of the world have provided inspiration for many of her stories and articles. Along with her passion for romantic adventure stories, Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and currently resides along the unpredictable banks of the Missouri River.

Marked in Mexico
Jessica Hughes longs to take a much needed break from her hectic life as an attorney. She and her best friend, Amber, are leaving for Mexico. The current trial Jessica is working on isn’t going her way nor is the relationship with her not so endearing boyfriend, Phillip Harmon. She wants to make her father, a Texas Senator, happy and has joined Phillip’s law practice and Jessica knows her father has his eye on Phillip as a future son-in-law.

While tanning on the white sand beaches, Amber and Jessica meet Zach, Dave and Jack. The women joined them for a drink and encouraged the men to go on a tour of Chichen Itza. When they board the bus, Jessica can’t decide who to sit with. Dave looks like Phillip and she didn’t want to be reminded of him. Amber has captured Zach’s attention so Jessica sits down next to Jack, a move that may save her life.

At the ruins, part of the tour group chooses to walk to the sacred well. Facing the tour guide, Jessica notices his face distort and she turns to see two gunmen approaching the group. A young girl screams and a rifle butt hits her head. Everyone is forced down on the ground and the gunmen methodically decide who they will kidnap. Jack, Jessica, two college girls, Megan and Ashley, and an over-talkative man named Gilbert are forced into a white van.

Deep in the jungles of Mexico the group is forced into a dark, unwelcoming room to wait out their fate. Only three of them will escape to fight the forceful jungle elements, disease, and drug runners to grasp any hope of freedom. Both Jessica and Jack harbor secrets from their past and during their capture they learn to trust each other as well discover a new found confidence in themselves.

Kim McMahill presents a story of well written suspense. The book is hard to put down and keeps you turning pages and fighting from slipping off the edge of your seat. Being a suspense writer myself, I once told an interviewer I wanted to write the kind of books I want to read – this is one of them. Well done Kim.

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