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Saturday, December 20, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: The Jerusalem Connection by Janis Susan May Patterson

Good Morning Friends,

Welcome to this week's edition of Saturday Spotlight. Today I'm leased to welcome a fellow Five Star author to the spotlight with her newest release!

Janis Patterson may be new to mysteries, but she is no stranger to writing, publishing romances as Janis Susan May and children’s books as Janis Susan Patterson..... Janis is very proud of being a seventh-generation Texan on one side of her family and a fourth generation one on the other. She and her husband share their Texas home with two neurotic cats and a hyperactive little dog (half terrier mix, half pure diva), all of which they rescued. (Read FULL bio here)

Find out more about Janis by visiting her personal website and/or book website.

When their original leader falls ill choir director Robin Sabine reluctantly agrees to accompany six teenagers to a musical competition in Jerusalem. The simple purchase of a souvenir for her boss’ wife plunges her into a nightmare of danger, kidnapping and almost certain death. The
unexpected appearance of a former boyfriend turned enemy unnerves her, and the attentions of a suave, sophisticated British diplomat turn her head
even as she wonders if she can trust him.

After her unscheduled shopping trip in the Old City Robin discovers that there are a number of people inordinately interested in her movements. Her room is searched. She has difficulties with the competition. Neither man in her life trusts the other and after being ruthlessly kidnapped, Robin realizes that a number of people – including her teenaged charges – believe  she is a spy.

Conflicting loyalties and the specter of international terrorism make her doubt everything she ever thought she knew. Worst of all, the teens who have been put in her care disappear even as Robin’s own life is threatened. If she is going to survive and rescue all entrusted to her, Robin will need all the wits and courage she can muster.

The Jerusalem Connection can be purchased at Amazon in Print and on Kindle & B&N in print and for Nook!

Hope you enjoyed this spotlight! Stay tuned next week for another as well as Tuesday Treasure and Thursday Thoughts!

Until later....take care & God Bless!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Holiday...Joy?

Good Morning Friends,

Today is one of those rambling thought kinda days.... You know, one where I really have no idea what to say.

One thing that's been on my mind lately is Holiday Joy.

Go figure, right.

For so many this time of year is less than joyful. We get caught up in the stress of shopping, wrapping, visiting and just plain rushing that we forget what the season is all about.

Then there's the financial stress always added to our pocketbooks during this time of 'giving.'

Or maybe, the missing of our loved ones who are away from home or who've passed away steals the joy right out of our hearts.

So what can we do to alleviate the emotional turmoil?

Here are a couple of ideas....

Pray. Yes this goes without saying but God is on your side and Jesus is the Prince of Peace so take time out to spend with Him.

Meditate. So many believe meditation takes twenty minutes to an hour to be effective but that's not true. Just as several 10 minute walks have the same health benefits as 2 or 3 longer workouts, daily 10 minute meditation breaks can do wonders for your peace of mind. Better than that, two or three deep breaths where you inhale peace and exhale stress helps!

Put on some joyful music and dance!  Think about it... a song is 2 or 3 minutes so taking a short dance break benefits you physically and emotionally.

These are simple but effective ways to help manage holiday stress so take time to take care of yourself and you and your family will be better off for it!

God Bless!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest Post by Sarah Sundin

Well, here we are barreling down on Christmas week.

Today I'm happy to bring to you a special guest, Sarah Sundin with a Christmas treasure.....

Each year, the first Christmas item my family asks for is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of Jesus.

The Advent wreath became popular in Germany and Scandinavia, and worked its way to Britain and America. Traditionally it’s a flat evergreen wreath with four candles—three purple and one pink, or four red candles—with a white candle in the middle.

When I was a brand-new stay-at-home mom, our church held a craft night to make an Advent wreath. I attended, convinced a good mom needed to be crafty. Since the project only involved gluing a few ribbons and such on a wreath, I actually succeeded! It’s the only craft remaining from my very short “determined to prove myself as a mom by yielding a glue gun” phase that survives. I’m craft-impaired. Strangely enough, my children have turned out fine.

However, the wreath remains because we love the traditions that have grown around it. When the children were little, we’d line them up on the couch and feed them cookies and eggnog or hot chocolate. We’d light the candles and my husband would tell that week’s portion of the Christmas story. As the children grew, they read the Scriptures themselves, then we’d discuss them. And we’d end by singing Christmas carols that related to that week’s story.

Now my children are all taller than I am. One has a beard and a Real Job. They barely squeeze on the couch anymore. And still they beg for the Advent wreath. I like to think it’s about more than cookies and eggnog. Over the years, there was much bickering and giggling and poking and snuggling on that couch. Even the dog and cat seem to realize something special is happening and join us, usually getting into mischief to get attention.

But our favorite part is how our attention is ultimately centered on Christ. With all the busyness and commercialism leading up to Christmas, it’s nice to sit down with family each week and remember why we’re celebrating in the first place. A little baby in a manger, come to save the world.

Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014), plus a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, September 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children, and she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. You can find her at www.sarahsundin.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

Where Tree Tops Glisten can be purchased at Amazon in Print and for Kindle and at B&N (Nook)!!

Well friends, I certainly hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure. Stay tuned as we wind down to Christmas for more Thursday Thoughts, Saturday Spotlights and of course, Tuesday Treasures!

Until later...take care, God Bless and remember: When you expect miracles, miracles happen!
Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: #Fairytale at Headly Cross by @ClareRevell

Good Morning and Welcome to another edition of Saturday Spotlight!

Today we welcome Pelican Book Group Author, Clare Revell with another of her many fascinating titles, Fairytale at Headly Cross a Christmas Extravaganza title that is on SALE for only $0.99!!

Christmas is a busy time in the church calendar, and Pastor Carson Armitage is still trying to find his feet in his first job as an ordained minister. When he decides to organize a nativity for Christmas Eve, he employs the help of Maggie Turner, Sunday school teacher extraordinaire. She’s dedicated, smart and beautiful and Carson finds himself falling for her. But when his past comes back to haunt him in a big way, Christmas may not be so merry.

Can the past be laid to rest? Or is happily ever after only a fairytale?

Carson headed across the hall to the lady that Trudi had pointed out. Too late he realized he didn’t know if she were a Miss or a Mrs. And after last time, he wasn’t going to call anyone Ms. Well, whatever her title, she was a stunning woman. Perhaps she was a little on the willowy side, but with curves in all the right places.

She looked familiar. He’d seen her before. Well, obviously. In church on a Sunday he chided himself.

Carson sneaked a look at her left hand as she draped her coat over the back of a chair. “Miss Turner?”

She turned and looked at him. “Yes?”

He held out a hand, her voice familiar, but he was sure he hadn’t spoken to her before today. “I’m Carson Armitage. I understand you organize and teach the Sunday School classes for the children.”

Her eyes flickered for a moment. He could almost see her mind whirling as if trying to place him. Just like the way his mind was trying to work out where he’d seen and heard her before. And it wasn’t from church either. It was somewhere else.

“Yes, I do. It means missing the service each Sunday morning, but I try to make the evening ones.”

“That’s good to hear.” He paused. “This is going to sound really corny, but have we met?”

“You have a dog,” she said absently. “I’ve seen you in the park. You’re Mr. Border Collie.”

Of course. The blonde woman who was so upset earlier that afternoon. “Miss Sheltie. But it’s more than that. I’m sure I’ve heard your voice before. Have we spoken on the phone or something like that?”

His voice died in his throat. That was it.

Color flooded her face. Had she made the connection at the same instant he had? “Oh, no. Please tell me I didn’t ring you this afternoon by mistake.”

“I wish I could, but, yes, I’m afraid you rang the church office and I answered the phone.”

Fairytale at Headly Cross is available at Pelican Book Group and Amazon!

Find out more about Clare by visiting her website, facebook page, Amazon page and/or twitter!

Oh and if you love Christmas stories, check out PBG's 2014 Christmas Extravaganza titles and get them ALL for one low price!

Hope you enjoyed this spotlight! Check back weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and more Saturday Spotlights!

Until later...take care & God Bless.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Guest Post by Beth Wiseman @bethwiseman

Good Morning!

Today we welcome best selling author, Beth Wiseman to share some of her thoughts with us.

Each time that I start a new book, I wonder what the surprise will be.  I love surprises, and God always sends one my way after I’ve completed a story that I hope will glorify Him.  It’s always something special that I couldn’t have foreseen.  It took me a few books before I realized that this would be the norm—something between God and me that I could look forward to after pouring out my heart on the pages. 

It’s often said that God never wastes an hurt, but drawing on those experiences in an effort to entertain, educate, and provoke thought, can be exhausting—and sometimes painful.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.  The Promise is inspired by a true story.  Someone close to me traveled to Pakistan and ended up being held against her will there.  I had to work with the Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate in Pakistan, and the U.S. State Department to get my friend (who we are calling Laurie) home.  Even though I pulled from actual events to create this fictional story, parts of it were so real that I’d find myself typing real names instead of the character names I had assigned to the players.  My editor set the bar high for this novel, and I ended up doing lots of rewrites, had to get a deadline extension for the first time, and for the life of me, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to get my character on the plane to Pakistan.  I knew what would happen to her once she got there, and even though it had been over a year since the real-life story unfolded, it still felt like an open wound.

By the time I wrapped up final edits, I was able to identify God’s surprise, His gift to me.  Plenty of people had asked me, what do you think will define success for The Promise?  Most people in my circle knew this book was personal, intense, and unlike anything I’d written in the past.   At first all the standard answers about success came to mind, and I rattled off best-seller lists, dollar figures, and copies sold.  But when I slowed down, took a deep breath, and allowed myself some down time, I just smiled.  The book was a success before it ever hit the shelves, garnished a review, or slipped into the hands of a single reader. 

The success story of The Promise was in the writing itself, the research, the unfolding of truths that were revealed as Laurie and I worked together to tell her story.  My goal was to weave an entertaining tale of intrigue, danger, warning, hope, and survival amidst religious rivalries, conflicting cultures, and normal people finding themselves in surreal situations.  Throughout that process, I learned why Laurie did some of the things she did.  I don’t have to agree with her choices, but through many heartfelt conversations, I gained a better understanding about her motivations.  At the end of the day, we agreed to disagree about some things, but my gift shone brightly—and it was a renewed and better relationship with my friend.  And for me, that made the entire project a success. 

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series.  Wiseman has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. In her daring new novel, Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and the small Texas towns of her previous releases to a dangerous place on the other side of the world.  Inspired by actual events, Wiseman believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time. 

Wiseman can be found at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers. Learn more about the author and her books at bethwiseman.com and on Twitter (@bethwiseman).

The Promise can be purchased at Amazon in Print and for Kindle.

Hope you enjoyed the post! 

Until later...take care & God Bless.