Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Delightful Christmas Stories To Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Sarah’s and the Widow’s Mate/Gay N. Lewis

            The adorable little angel, Sarah, has landed on earth again to delight us with her antics. This time she must help a wealthy widow, Beth Marsh, decide between two suitors. Are they after her or her money?
            Sarah is up to her usual calamities, materializing when she shouldn’t, falling out of a Christmas tree when she tries to pose as an ornament, and knocking over a candle in a restaurant causing a dousing from the fire extinguisher on Beth. However this time Sarah’s mission isn’t to bring Beth together with someone but the right someone.
            Sarah loves to eat and is hoping in her next adventure she’ll master walking in six inch heels. I can’t wait for her next visit. Ms. Lewis does a superb job delivering a meaningful message through a small, determined angel.

Available on Amazon for $3.99

A Sharecropper Christmas/Carlene Havel

            The depression has hit the country hard and left the Shoemaker family hungry and homeless with another baby on the way. Alice wonders what kind of Christmas little James and David will have when Henry comes to their tent home with the news he’s found a job as a sharecropper.
            While Alice yearns for the things she once had, she makes their life comfortable in the tin roof shanty they call home. She papers the walls with newspapers to keep out the cold and manages to make meals for her family using the fireplace and a Dutch oven all the while her pregnancy growing heavy.
            Alice makes new friends far away from the family and acquaintances she’d always known and she learns through their new minister no one is to blame for what has happened to them. The Shoemaker family receives many blessings and through the little boys’ adventures find a way to have a wonderful Christmas.
            Ms. Havel paints a beautiful story of a time in American history when people struggled to exist. Farms were lost and families torn apart, but through faith, Christmas comes to the Shoemakers.

Available on Amazon for $0.99

A Christmas Gift for Mary Jones/ Kimberly B. Jackson

            Widow, Mary Jones, never had children and despite her age of forty-five some people called her Grandmother Jones. She was always ready to pitch in and help out.
            She missed her husband, William, terribly and often imagined she saw him walking the farm with his white German Shepherd, Major. One day Mary came in from her chores to find an adorable little girl sitting at her table and the girl’s mother, Teresa, looking for William. She told Mary he was her father.
            Undaunted by the information, Mary takes in Teresa and Emma. As the story unfolds, Teresa falls in love with the sheriff, Tom, but before the romance blossoms, Mary and Teresa desperately need Tom to solve the mystery of Mary’s slashed ties and the unexplained smoke Mary has spotted coming from a fire on her property.

            Ms. Jackson writes a remarkable story of acceptance and faith and the wonderful magic of Christmas for a little girl. There’s even a recipe. 

Available on Amazon for $0.99

Christmas Blessings/Claire Sanders, Kimberly B. Jackson, Carlene Havel

This anthology is a wonderful compilation of Christmas stories offered by Sanders, Jackson and Havel. Each one different bringing a tear to your eye and warmth to your heart as each unveils the true meaning of Christmas.

Available on Amazon for $2.99

Prices are subject to change, please check before purchase.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wonderful Christmas stories available at 

Sarah and the Widow's Mate
by Gay N. Lewis
Widow Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money? 

A Christmas Gift for Mary Jones
by Kimberly B. Jackson
Mary Jones is recently widowed and lonely…very lonely. Although the people of the small town of River Oak, Tennessee, call her Grandmother Jones with much affection, Mary yearns for the family she was never blessed with. 

Still Sweet On You
by Kat Jones
Tall, tanned, dark, and delicious? More like former fiancé! The stud muffin headed in the direction of Claire Water’s newly opened chocolate shop is none other than the doctor she once dated–and he’s rattling the skeletons in her closet every step of the way. 


Christmas Blessings (anthology)
For the true magic of Christmas cannot be found in a wrapped gift under the tree... 
Three touching stories of Christmas blessings to warm the heart, including:
Three Gifts
by Claire Sanders 
On Christmas morning, Jack receives three precious gifts of the heart, three gifts that open his eyes to the tender grace of true love. 

The Christmas Answer 
by Kimberly Jackson
When Donna volunteers on a mission trip, she is forced to reexamine her life, her marriage, and most importantly, her faith. Donna soon discovers the one thing she had been missing all her life. 

A Sharecropper Christmas 
by Carlene Havel
The Great Depression left the Shoemaker family hungry and homeless. Alice makes the best of the hard times without complaint, 
though she dreams of giving her little family a special Christmas.

Note: The Christmas stories contained in this anthology are each published separately as novellas. Prism Book Group offering them as a bundle book for readers who would like a deal on all three, or to have them in print.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Gingerbread House by Jacqueline Hopper

Jacqueline Hopper wrote her first literary masterpiece in grade four; something about clouds, which the teacher read to the class. This was all it took to spark Jacqueline's interest in writing.

After realizing it wasn't enough just to have the desire to write—that conclusion coming after her first rejection by a publishing house—she decided to hone her skills.

Her first step towards publishing success began by enrolling in a correspondent writing course. She went on to see her first short story, Listening to Crows, featured in the Nov/Dec 2000 issue of The Hearing Health Magazine.

My Review:

Dr. Jared Oath started The Gingerbread House project partly due to his past but mostly to honor the love he’d lost. His desire to help children be safe and unafraid stemmed from his own battle with unrelenting child predators. A group of physiologists participated as actors at the playhouse performing a play based on Jared’s past. He played himself, Tenny. His friend, Kizzy, was played by a young student named Peggie.
Keren Joel’s little boy, Sawyer, screamed unmercifully in the presence of strangers. He clung to her not wanting to let her go. She had brought this behavior upon her own child and she had to correct it before he started school. Keren sought out Dr. Oath and brought Sawyer to The Gingerbread House.
Jared recognized her immediately but it took Keren a few minutes to accept that he was Tenny, all grown up. The long ago incident was her fault and Jared was the hero but she never was able to tell him that. Was it too late? Had his Kizzy finally come back to him?
Ms. Hopper writes a compassionate novel about a subject that all parents face: protecting their children. Her artful telling of the story has the reader warming to the characters and feeling their anguish and fears. Well done.

The Gingerbread House may be purchased on Amazon and at Prism Book Group

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Runaway Hearts by Karen Cogan

A native of Houston, TX, Karen spent her early years enjoying life along the Gulf Coast.  After high school, she attended Texas A&M as well as the University of Houston where she obtained a B.S. in early childhood education. She has written numerous articles and stories, books for children and novels for adults.  She particularly enjoys writing contemporary and historical romance. She now lives in the Southwest with her family and assorted pets.

My Review: 

Lynn’s overpowering mother drove her away from the luxury of her Houston home. Lynn could never please her mom and moving to a reservation in New Mexico was the last place Joyce expected her daughter to run.
            On her first day at the new school where she’s the fifth grade teacher, she crashes headlong into Greg. He’s teaches sixth grade. They share lesson plans and ice cream and by Thanksgiving realize they’re falling in love.
            Lynn invites Greg back to Houston for Christmas but her mother tries to sabotage Lynn’s plans inviting an ex-boyfriend, Mark, to dinner. Greg doesn’t think he can match Mark’s reputation as an established lawyer, soon to make partner, or Joyce’s expectations. Greg has a secret, too, and being with her family and attending Christmas Eve services, he understands he isn’t following God as he should.
            Lynn and Greg return to the reservation after Christmas barely speaking to each other. Will they find a way to mend their broken hearts or will they always be running from their fears?
            Ms. Cogan writes a compelling story full of bright hope for the future. I highly recommend this well thought out and enjoyable novel.

Connect with Karen on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/kcogan2 or on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/karencogan.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Captive Bird by Claire Sanders

After many years of dry, academic publications, Claire Sanders yearned to stretch her creative muscles.  Since she’d long enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels, Claire decided to try her hand at writing one.

After two disastrous attempts which ended up in the recycling bin, Claire’s third novel, “Fresh Start”, was published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press.   She has since published two novellas for Barbour Books —“A Quaker Christmas” and “The Quakers of New Garden”.  She has won and finaled in numerous writing contests.  To learn more about her check out the web site www.clairesandersbooks.com.

My Review:  

Jenna Ryan is safe in an environment of her own making. She lives in a small Georgia town and is thrives in the close knit community. Matt Watson tries to locate Jenna, his old childhood friend, in an effort to fulfill his uncle Frank’s dying request.
When Matt finds Jenna, her world starts to crumble. She’s drawn back into the nightmare of fifteen years ago when she was a carefree twelve year old girl. The crushing event involves Matt’s uncle and she wants no part of seeing the man Matt so deeply believes in.
Matt is insistent and Jenna resists until her secret is unraveled. He must protect her, but he’s confused with honoring the man to whom he owes so much and the woman who is falling in love with.
Frank begs everyone to bring Jenna Ryan to him; he must see her before he dies. Is there enough forgiveness to set all of them free?
Ms Sanders delivers a powerful story about the gift of forgiveness. She weaves a heart wrenching dilemma into a beautiful love story, one of hope.

The Captive Bird is available on Amazon

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tender Triumph By Ruth Roberts

I'd like to welcome Ruth Roberts. She has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at RuthRobertsRomance.com. You can also email her at info@ruthrobertsromance.com.  She loves hearing from fans. 

My Review:

Natalia Montalvo returned to New York to heal her broken heart. She had suffered through the affair of her billionaire husband, their divorce, and the media splash it had made in both Italy and New York.
            She agreed to go to a charity ball knowing her ex would be there. He arrives with a beautiful blonde and Natalia escapes to the balcony to regain her composure. Her brother’s best friend and architectural giant, Jared, dashes out moments later to get away from the rich and powerful people he can’t stand just on the other side of the door in the ballroom.
            And then they meet. He’s dashing and she’s uncertain but they can’t deny what’s happening between them. But then Natalia feels that when then once again wind up at a public event with her ex and his girlfriend that Jared’s kisses are meant for show not for love. Will she be able to win him back or does he even care?

            Ruth Roberts captures the reader from the first paragraph with her alluring description of a high society charity ball in New York. The anxiety of Natalia’s uncertainty is soothed by the charm of the handsome Jared. The description of the clothing and the elegant setting of the story put me there. Nice Job, Ms. Roberts.

You may purchase Tender Triumph on Amazon or from Prism Book Group.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Blessing by Dvora Waysman

Today I'd like to welcome Dvora Waysman. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved to Israel in 1971 with her husband and four children. Dvora has been writing in and about Jerusalem for many years, and is syndicated in 27 newspapers abroad. She was the recipient of the "For Jerusalem" citation for her fiction, poems, and features about the city, and has won the Seeff Award for Best Foreign Correspondent. She has also been teaching Creative Writing and Journalism for the past 28 years. Dvora is the author of numerous books, including "The Pomegranate Pendant" (now a movie), its sequel "Seeds of the Pomegranate; In a Good Pasture" and her memoir "My Long Journey Home". 

Dvora's wonderful novella, Autumn Blessing lets us all know - it's never too late to fall in love:

Autumn can be a desolate season. For Dorothy, after losing her husband, the autumn of her life stretches before her lonely and uncertain. But a change, a new hobby, and new friends prove this new season to be bountiful with blessings.

My Review:

The first fall season after her husband’s death, Dorothy busies herself in the cultivation of his garden. She fears she has come to the autumn of her life, too, with no one to share it with.

Dorothy, at the urging of her friend, attends a gardening group lead by, Ron, a master gardener. He’s very helpful with his lessons, tips and occasional cuttings and soon Dorothy’s garden is in full, glorious bloom, and so is she.

She realizes she’s falling in love with Ron and he soon proposes, but Dorothy has to run the opposition of her family. Her son, daughter and grandchildren do not want anyone to step in and take over their father and grandfather’s place.

Will Dorothy be happy in her final years? Will she and Ron have a life together despite the ill feelings of her children?

Autumn Blessing is a delightful read. Ms Waysman writes a wonderful late-in-life love story woven into the seasonal changes of the garden. Thank you Dvora for helping us remember you’re never too old for love.

Learn more about Dvora at http://dvorawaysman.com/.

Purchase Autumn Blessing on Amazon.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What do you do with a bad review?

Three months after the publication of Cairo and with several outstanding reviews later, I'm hit with two fairly bad ones. They arrived on Amazon a day apart and I, for the most part, took them in stride.

Here’s what I plan to do with them:

1. I will not let them paralyze me. One of the reviews complained it had too many mentions of God and should have been labeled CHRISTIAN FICTION. Hello – it pretty clearly is. He also complained the reader couldn’t solve the mysteries. They weren’t supposed to. And as my BFF said – “Most mysteries have surprise endings.  And for clues....sorry he didn't see any.”

2.  The other reviewer thought my main character, Liz, was wishy-washy and the cousin, Donnie was weird. Yes, they sort of are. Not that I view it disturbing they came off that way – they are after all human or human in my mind. But – I’ll take it under advisement for the next thing I write.

3.  Like all things, your reading choices are subjective. You read what you like or what you’re interested in and whether or not you like what you’ve read depends up to the way you see things. I certainly have read books I can’t stand, but I don’t review them. I want to give positive feedback to the writer and if I can’t do that, then I don’t. No need to slam the writer, the publisher or the editor. There is always some good in everything written, although sometimes it takes time to flush it out. And just in case you’d like my reviewing stats: From Amazon: Top Reviewer Ranking: 29,550 Helpful Votes: 81.  I review in several other places including right here.

Doing a little research on several BIG not to be mentioned authors, I’m in very good company. So….I take the not so good reviews and try to grow from them.

From Wikipedia:  An author is broadly defined as "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.

I accept that responsibility and realize I cannot please everyone and the most important person I need to please is myself.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here Today Gone Tomorrow by Carlene Havel

I'm delighted to have Carlene Havel on my blog again today. This busy author adds to her list of books at Prism Book Group with Here Today Gone Tomorrow. Her other two books with Prism (also reviewed on this site) are A Hero's Homecoming and Daughter of the King.

Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans.

My Review:

Her mother hadn't taken the news well when Casey Slaughter explained the hysterectomy and now Casey couldn't deliver any worse news than to announce she would be getting a divorce.
Everyone from her mother and sister who lived in her small home town to her friends at the Houston hospital tried to set Casey up with someone, but she felt she had nothing to offer. Once she attained her first goal of buying a house, some unfortunate events took place and she rescued her neighbor Carlos Tucker’s home from a fire and a thief. Carlos rushed Casey to the hospital when she cut her hand and she decides he’d make a wonderful friend.
Carlos became Casey’s escort for parties and church and she thoroughly enjoys his company, but her mind goes back to their first meeting – when he appeared on her porch with lipstick, eye shadow and a loud silk shirt to claim his dog. She doesn't think he has any interest in woman.
When a tornado crashed down on their neighborhood, Casey and Carlos escaped with their pets and a few possessions and find out God has had a plan for them all along and Casey finds herself in awe of His promises.

Ms. Havel writes a wonderful story. This light romance with truly likeable characters kept the book in my hand until it was finished. The story is heart warming and real and gives the reader a true perspective of God’s gifts. Well done, Ms. Havel. 

Here Today Gone Tomorrow is available on Amazon and from Prism Book Group.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013





Thursday, September 19, 2013

Prism’s Birthday Blog Hop

I'd like to wish Prism a very happy birthday. September is my "birthday" with them as well. I signed on a year ago this month. They're a pretty awesome bunch to work with. The best part - they liked my books as much as I did!

Here's my favorite cake recipe:

Mexican Chocolate Cake

½ cup margarine
 ½ cup vegetable oil
2 squares unsweetened chocolate or 4 Tablespoon cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups flour, unsifted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups sugar
 ½ cup sour milk or 1½ teaspoons vinegar in ½ cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine margarine, oil, chocolate and water in sauce pan and heat until melted. Combine flour, soda, sugar, milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla in large bowl then combine with first mixture.

Pour batter into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Five minutes before cake is done prepare frosting.

Mexican Chocolate Frosting

1 stick margarine
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
6 Tablespoons milk
1 pound package of powered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped pecans

Combine margarine, chocolate and milk in sauce pan and heat until bubbles form around the edge. Remove from heat. Add sugar, vanilla and pecans. Beat until sugar dissolves.

Pour frosting over warm cake and use spatula to smooth frosting to the edges.

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Follow the blog hop for other great prizes, fun, and recipes!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mary L. Ball's Stone of Destiny

I'm pleased today to have Mary L. Ball for a return visit. A few months back I reviewed her book, Escape to Big Fork Lake and she has another new release, Stone of Destiny. 

Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books encourage you to see the magic of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband.

My Review:

A ring which disappeared after a senseless murder fifty years ago holds all the hopes and prayers of Taylor Harrison’s family.
Taylor is far too busy as the youngest CEO of Mugful’s to take time off to oversee the remodeling of the Harrison family estate, but does so at the request of her Granny Kay. There’s one more thing, Kay has asked her to find the ring.
The contractor, Brent, hired to do the job surprises Taylor on her first morning at the estate. She thinks he’s cute, but her career is the most important thing in life next to her grandmother. When the walls start coming down for the remodel, Taylor searches for the ring until in the final room, beneath the floor boards, she find it. She’s found something else, too. She’s interested in Brent, but not enough to give up her career.
Once she begins to wear the ring, she has a series of strange dreams. She’s torn between the definite fork in her road to success. Are the dreams real or is it God trying to tell her something?

Mary L. Ball writes an intriguing suspenseful story. The book is a delightful read full of suspense, romance and the destiny for those who follow God’s will. Well done, Mary!

Stone of Destiny is available on Amazon and from Prism Book Group.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Flashback by Kevin Mark Smith

Today I'd like to introduce Kevin Mark Smith. He has his own law firm in Wichita, Kansas.  Kevin is a former Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County, Kansas, and an Allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. He serves on the Kansas Board of Indigent Defense Services. In his spare time he writes Christian fiction and nonfiction, and pulls many of his book ideas from real cases he's read about on various legal news services.  

His latest release, Flashback, is currently has a 4.6 rating on Amazon. It's an edge of your seat contemporary/romance/suspense. 

My review:

            Affluent Dallas attorney, Kenneth Cartwright, was living a life driven by his passion for success. Something he thought he’d acquire by becoming the lawyer his grandfather had been.

            But on a hot Monday morning, taking a break in a coffee shop, Ken questioned himself if the path he had chosen so many years before had been the right one. An overwhelming sadness enveloped him as memories of another life, one with a wife and children, clouded his vision.

            His dream life and now life parallel each other in most ways, but veered off at the outcome. That’s when he meets Stacy. A few days later Ken received a referral and a multi-layered case riddled with fraud, deceit, and murder. As he falls in love with Stacy, he discovers there’s more to life than wealth and achievement.

            Mr. Smith writes a very compelling novel. There’s edge-of-your-seat suspense as well as a depth in character development that has the reader identifying with the players in this gripping saga. The unexpected ending completes the story.

Flashback is available on Amazon and Prism Book Group.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lilly Maytree's New Release: The Pandora Box

Lilly Maytree is an inspirational novelist who has discovered there isn't so much difference between dreams and reality if you believe in them enough. She grew up wanting to do everything and longing for adventures she could not have.

My Review of The Pandora Box
Nels Peterson, from his mental hospital bed, spins a tale to investigative report Dee Parker. His story dates back decades and is full of intrigue and stolen treasure. If she can get to his boat in a small Oregon harbor, she has all she needs to help him.

Dee plans to aide in Nels' escape from the institution, but through her reporting, she finds the hospital is running an illegal donor harvesting operation and she's about ready to give the story to her boss exposing the administration. Dee must get Nels out before the headline goes to print.

On the day she arrives to help Nels, she's told he is dead. Dee rushes to a safe deposit left to her by Nels along with his fortune. She has the deed for the boat, but when she arrives to claim it, she finds it is being inhabited by a good looking captain named Wayne Hawkins. 

Hawkins knows of the stolen treasure, too, and he and Dee decide to become partners. There's little else either one of them can do since they both have a deed to the boat and she has a journal and he has a log.

They have a difficult time trusting each other but along with Dee's best friend and a salty old fisherman Hawkins has helped over the years they set sail for the treasurer. Little do they know others are looking for it, too.

The Pandora Box is a well written story which holds the right amount of mystery and adventure. And a brewing romance between Wayne and Dee adds to the enjoyment. Well done Ms. Maytree. My favorite line from the book is: Today is tomorrow and tomorrow never comes.

The Video Trailer:

The book is available on Amazon and Pelican Book Group.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Once again Ms McMahill has proven her writing talent in her latest novel released just two days ago (See post from August 12). From points all over the world the wrongful collection of long ago hidden mystical Mayan relics alerts CIA agent, Cash Luker.

As he tries to stop the devastation of antiquities and humankind, he must conquer the secrets of his past and save the woman who has won his heart.

From the mangrove forest in the Bahamas to underground cities in Peru to the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Ms McMahill creates for the reader the experience the assemblage of agents, an archaeologist and a scientist encounter as they search for the thirteen relics that have the power to change the world.

But Cash Luker may have met his match when someone from his past, equally knowledgeable and with a carefully collected group of assistants seems to stay one step ahead of him in the race for the thirteen.

I highly recommend this novel. Very well done Ms McMahill!

Available from AMAZON!

She has three others from Prism Book Group - check those out, too!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Count Down - 2 days until Shrouded in Secrets release!

August 14, Prism Book Group will release Kim McMahill's Shrouded in Secrets:  The massacre of an unarmed South American village, the destruction of one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.

The book will be available on Amazon and Prism Book Group along with Kim's other books:   Marked in Mexico, Desperate Dreams and Big Horn Storm.

Check Kim out at: Prism Book Group and on Kim's Website.

Don't miss the latest adventure!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tattie Maggard's God's Worn Out Servants - an incredible story.

Today I'm pleased to host Tattie Maggard, author of God's Worn Out Servants. I happened on this gem by accident and the story really will go to the heart of every Christian woman. All of us have schedules to meet, dinners to cook, husbands and or children to usher to the right meeting, organization, or just out the door to work or school. The message is to every woman who does too much for all the right reasons.

But first, a bit about Tattie:
I'm a stay at home wife and mother. I blog, read, write, and shop for Christian kindle sales in my free time. I run a popular blog for free and cheap kindle books, Christian Fiction for Your Kindle. I'm also just beginning to home school my daughter. 
Just in the last several years I realized how lucky I am to live in the rural Ozarks. We have our own micro-culture here and I love writing about it in my novellas. I'm currently working on a series about some local folklore that has been in my family for generations. The first book in the series, Addie's Purpose, is about a teen-aged girl who wants the gift of healing like her great grandmothers had. I'd love to tell you more about Addie but it's in the final editing stages and I hope to have it to you soon enough.

My Review of God's Worn Out Servants.
Are we too busy for God?

Tattie Maggard tells a powerful story of two moms who, while doing God's work, discovered they had no time for themselves and their families.

Tragedy come close to shattering all their lives before they realized they were truly, God's Worn Out Servants.

Ms. Maggard does a wonderful job touching the heart of any mother that's been in the same position. I raced through the pages to the end, seeing myself many times in her words.

This fourteen page wonder is very nicely done.

You may visit Tattie on her webpage:  http://www.tattiemaggard.com/ and even download a copy of her short story. Click on the picture above for the Amazon link.

I'm looking forward to her book series.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Challenge Of Sorts

If you've followed my blog over time, I'm sure you've discovered I read - a lot!  If I find an author like Luanne Rice, Margaret Maron, Brad Metzler or Earlene Fowler - I read everything they've written and my book shelves are sagging to prove it.

One thing I've done over the past ten months is read everything from Prism Book Group. There tag line is "fiction that moves you" and it does. If you'll check down through my past blog posts or find me on Amazon, you can read through my reviews.

Most of the books and novellas published by Prism Book Group have rated in the top 100 on Amazon. That's a pretty awesome feat.

There's something for everyone in their collection:  Westerns, Contemporary, Holiday, Angels, Comedy, Historical and some knock your socks off Suspense novels.

Oh yeah - and I'm over there, too.

Summer's a great time to read - head on over to:

Another great place to look for top rated fiction is eFictionFinds

So that's my challenge - read - and don't forget a review warms an author's heart!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sam's Treasure by Terri Crews

California during the 1850’s Gold Rush was no place for a woman and Owen Carlton knew that only too well. He and Sam had been looking for gold like all the other hopefuls but between the two of them, Sam was better at finding the nuggets. Unfortunately, Owen was better at spending the money at the local saloon.

After finding a rather large nugget, Owen sat drunk and bragging at the local watering hole. He was proud of his Sam finding the biggest nuggets, and as he told the story, two men overheard him. Sam had been a bit of trouble in town attempting to drag Owen out of the saloon and had been thrown out of the front door into the mud for her efforts. Then there was the beehive incident, but the men decided to kidnap Sam for the boy’s gold finding skills.

Sheriff Trace Wallace overheard the two green outlaws and hoped they were the claim jumpers he’d been looking for. He was working undercover and decided to fall in with the unlawful pair to protect the kid.

Hardheaded Sam was a handful and Trace quickly found out Sam wasn’t a boy but a beautiful young woman hidden away in men’s clothing which included a large hat which she never took off. As Trace watched her, studying her delicate features he caught a glimpse of her long, flowing tresses; his heart was swept away.

Trace liked his life as a loner and Sam had long played the role of a boy and knew nothing of love but he was changing and she was learning. With the arrival of another group of outlaws, things changed and it didn't look good for the pair.

Terri Crews writes wonderful tales of the old west. I have enjoyed both of her books and got so wrapped up in the characters, I couldn't put the books down. I’m a California native and know exactly where the story took place. Ms Crews’ paints lovely pictures that sweep the reader back to Gold Rush days.

About Terri:

The Joy of the Lord is Terri Crews’ strength. Terri Crews resides in the small town of Hilliard FL, where she’s lived most of her life. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Wayne, for twenty-three years and is a proud mama of two children, Elizabeth, twenty-two and Jonathan, seventeen.  Recently, her family welcomed a son-in-law Scott to the family. She is the property manager for Franklin Properties.
Terri Crews had the desire to write since she was a child. Despite circumstances in which she was reared, she’s managed to press on with hope of one day becoming an author.  As an author, her greatest joy is to share a story. Reading is one of her fondest ways to let go of reality and relish in imagination for a while.  
Terri Crews has one published workFrom Letters to Grace. Terri is thankful to God every day for family and friends, who are just as much family as her blood relatives. Their encouragement has been a blessing and at times very much needed. Her loved ones are the true treasures in her life.
Just a simple girl with a story to share!

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