Saturday, July 30, 2011
Well, to say it's been an exciting week is an understatement LOL! but I must admit the end result was well worth the wait - I just love the cover for The Visionary. Not much else going on in my world....travelling as usual - in fact, back in Bandera for the weekend. I won't bore you with the details, but instead share with you this new release from KM Daughters & White Rose Publishing!
This week, we bring you the second installment of the Gospa Journeys. Be inspired by this beautiful tale of healing, faith and finding love where you least expect it. Awarding-winning author K.M. Daughters brings us an award-worthy story. Download your copy today!
After surviving a fire, Noelle Walker is finished with undergoing unsuccessful operations to eliminate facial scars and to restore the use of her hand. Her neighbor, owing his life to Noelle's selfless rescue, finances her Valselo pilgrimage where she might experience the living presence of the Mother of God. Noelle silently prays to receive the miracle of self-acceptance so that she might live normally despite her gnawing self-consciousness about her appearance.
When she meets the handsome Shane Thompson, his avid, romantic attention makes Noelle believe that perhaps miracles do happen in the quaint Adriatic village. The renowned maxillofacial surgeon doesn't seem to care that her hand is crippled and her face is scarred-that is until he claims he can give her "her miracle."
Noelle survived the fire, but will she survive her broken heart after concluding Shane's interest is conditional on fixing her appearance?
Will Shane acknowledge that only God can perform miracles, and can he convince Noelle that he loves her regardless of her scars, and not because of them?
Sounds like another great read so get your copy today!
Well Friends, that wraps up another edition of Saturday Spotlight - stay tuned next week for more from Clash of the Titles, more reviews of The Visionary and another great release from White Rose Publishing!
Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....look a level deeper and you might see an angel in disguise!
Cathy's Angel is still available an only $1.00!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Well, summer is moving right along and promotion efforts for The Visionary are heating up. This week I'm happy to bring you another review - this one from fellow author, Victoria Pitts Caine. But first the COVER (finally!) and blurb.....
Now for Vicki's review!
As Taylor and Alex fall in love, Trevor deepens his relationship with Pam who works at the twin’s office. The restoration project continues as the twins struggle with the very thing that locks them away from trusting and loving others.
Wow, THANK YOU, Vicki!
Well Friends, hope you're enjoying these reviews as much as I am. Stay tuned next week for another update and review.
Until later.....take care, God Bless and remember....if you want to change your life you must first change your thoughts!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (tm)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Guest post by Michelle Massaro, Asst Editor for Clash of the Titles
This week COTT is focusing on gut-wrenching passages, which are some of my favorites! So it got me wondering, why do we so enjoy reading those scenes that tear our hearts out and end with an empty box of tissues?
Most of us already know about stress hormones and how they build up in the body, causing all kinds of problems. According to one article I read, emotionally-induced tears contain protein-based hormones as well as leucine enkephalin, a natural painkiller. So "a good cry" flushes all those stress hormones out of our system.
Well, the science is all fine and dandy but I still wanted some experiental answers. Here's what some of you had to say:
Diana Prusik: Tears are cathartic. There's nothing like a good cry during a touching scene . . except for a good cry followed by laughter. (Think Sally Fields' stellar graveside scene in Steel Magnolias. Poor Ouiser!) Something about reading or watching a scene like that feels emotionally cleansing.
Brian Heffron agrees: Catharsis
Barbara Robinson: Because a book has to touch us emotionally or it's nothing to us. It must evoke reader emotions. If I don't feel anything when I read a book, the book is not any good, and I wouldn't finish it.
Christine Lindsay: I think we need to cry as much as we need to smile and laugh. Although when we cry, it's because we are always reaching out for hope. That this sad situation will not remain, but that the sun will shine again. It's about hope.
Jessica Patch: God designed us to connect with others. The bible says rejoice when others rejoice and weep when others weep. We're built to care. We want to. Real life or fiction, we're drawn to it and good writing makes us feel like it's real even when it's not.
Those are some great answers! What about you? Why do you love those gut-wrenching scenes? (Or if not, why don't you care for them?)
~ Connect with Michelle at her blog, Adventures In Writing.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date—that is until he meets restaurant owner, Lara Farr. Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle—or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen—to save it. Can Wyatt rescue Lara’s restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove he is good husband material?
Husband Material is available now!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I promised I would share these as they came in - I can't begin to tell you what this lovely review by such a wonderful friend and fellow author (award winning author at that!) did to me...brought tears and goosebumps LOL! Hope it does the same for you......
That said, this is not a storyline for the squeamish. The author grapples with a troubling subject and handles it with the utmost grace and finesse. Child abuse in any form is horrifying; the kind depicted (without being graphic) in the pages of The Visionary is beyond the ability of a sane mind to understand. That children can survive such cruelty and manipulation and still grow up to be productive, caring, normal individuals is a tribute to the healing power of God. I salute this author for her expert handling of a difficult, heart-rending topic.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Well it's time for another COTT Blog Alliance Post - this week from April Gardner.....
This week, COTT's Book Club is taking a further look at The Stones by Eleanor (Ellie) Gustafson!
Much of it is narrative, but when Ellie pens dialog, she does it with expertise. The things her characters say either crack me up or sober me with their depth of wisdom. Ellie is indeed a master at crafting compelling dialog.
The event that stood out to me the most during the second quarter of the book was David’s move from Hebron to Jebus (which he renamed Jerusalem). I’m not sure if I just glanced over it every time I’ve read it in Scripture or if there just isn’t much there, but it was practically new information for me.
Ellie wrote a nail-biting account of the take-over of the city from the Jebusites. I never thought about who occupied Jerusalem before David or for how long. For those who haven’t read the book, the Jebusites had control of the city for hundreds of years before David decided he wanted it for his capitol. But that’s all I’m saying! You’ll have to buy the book if you want to find out exactly how David entered the highly-defended and, up to this point, unconquerable fortress.
Before the battle David addressed the troops. This is what he said: “Look up, all of you, to the hill above Jebus. Mt. Moriah, Abraham brought his son Isaac from Beersheba to this place to sacrifice him in obedience to God’s command. He stood right where you’re standing now. He looked up in dread, yet set food to the mountain, confident that God—somehow, in some way—would provide. And he did. As Abraham raised his knife, the angel of the Lord stayed his hand. So shaken he could hardly stand, Abraham looked around, and there in the thicket, caught by its horns, was the sacrifice God provided in place of Isaac.
“Abraham called the mountain, ‘The Lord will provide,’” David continued, “and we’ll hold to that word today. We’ll climb Mt. Moriah, and there Yaweh will provide. Here, in the name of the Lord, we claim that miserable shelf called Zion. It shall be cleansed of Jebusites and be forever known as Jerusalem, Mt. Zion, the Holy City of God.”
That passage deeply impacted me. Having grown up on the Thoene’s work, I’ve always been fascinated with Jerusalem, but Ellie took me back to the beginning and drew a thread through the centuries, through David and to Christ. Although you didn’t mention it, the reader easily draws the thread the rest of the way through to present-day and the ongoing struggle for God’s Holy City.
Our God is an awesome God! History is already written and he sees the big picture with perfect clarity. We can only hope to catch a glimpse.
Head over to COTT's Bookclub Blog, or join us on Facebook, to hear what the author has to say!
Have any of you visited Israel? If so, share your favorite part of the experience. If not, tell us the first place you’d want to see if you were told you’d be flying there tomorrow.
I hope you'll join us over at our Book Club headquarters for more conversations on this wonderful book And if you'd like to read along with us next month, make sure you pick up your copy of COTT champ, Delia Latham's, Destiny's Dream. We'll be discussing this fun romance in August!
~April Gardner is the Senior Editor of COTT and author of Wounded Spirits.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I usually have my spotlight up earlier than this, but better late than never I say - LOL! - but first my life in a nutshell.....
As you know from my post last week, reviews for The Visionary are starting to trickle in. In fact, I sent out another ARC this week! Still waiting on cover art - per my wonderful editor at Five Star, the artist hasn't gotten the 'feel' for it yet but he's working on it. As an artist myself I understand exactly what he means, and how thrilling finally getting that 'just right feel' so I'm asking you to be patient with me while he perfects the cover and I promise to share it with you as soon as I receive it.
I've been home for a week now and am enjoying my visit with friends & family - been doing a lot of reading....inspiring non-fiction and wonderful, heart throbbing romances - and my fingers are itching to get back to work! Oh the joys of creativity!
Well enough about me....now on to our spotlight.....
This week, Tanya Hanson brings us an intriguing tale of secrets and love. What happens when a P.I. falls for the woman he's hunting? And what if she's nothing like he expected, everything he's always wanted, and pushes him towards a faith he's long since forgotten?
After her husband's financial crimes and suicide, Caffey Matthews leaves behind her wealthy Manhattan life—knowing her husband’s enemies are in pursuit. Frightened and alone, Caffey hides her identity and finds succor in the remote California ranch land, which helps her to reclaim faith and trust in God.
Believing Caffey is involved in her late husband's misdeeds, cowboy-turned high-priced private investigator Rhee Ryland arrives in Rancho Lorena ready to haul her back to justice. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with her. Even more surprising is his return to his childhood Lord.
Oh wow! Sounds like another great romantic suspense from White Rose Publishing! Faithful Danger is available now so Downlad it today and while you're at it, check out Tanya's other titles and visit her website & blog or find her over at Petticoats & Pistols.
Well friends, that wraps up another edition of Saturday Spotlight - hope it was worth the wait!
Until later....take care, God Bless and remember...exercise your faith - walk with God!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (tm)
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Since we’re in the middle of Clash of the Title’s two week summer break, we thought we’d introduce you to the book club COTT has recently begun. All this month we’re delving into The Stones written by COTT champ, Eleanor (Ellie) Gustafson.
The Stones is a historical/biblical novel based on the life of Kind David. Most of us know how the story ends (wink), but Ellie presents the details in such a fresh and unique way that I find it’s almost as if I’ve never read the story before. It’s hefty reading, but I’m really enjoying it. Ellie’s prose is lovely and almost poetic. It’s enchanting. And the historical detail simply fascinates me. Actually, I’m quite in awe of all the research she’d done.
My favorite so far in the book is Abigail, David’s third wife. She was always one of my favorite female Bible characters. I think it’s rather romantic that saving her retched husband’s life earned her the (future) king’s love. Her dead husband was barely cold in the ground before David took her to wife. Talk about making an impression!
Quite the colorful character in The Stones, she’s strong-willed (which wasn’t a gift in those days) and usually the cause for tension. But it’s generally because she’s fighting for what she believes God requires of them. David’s standing before God and the people is more important to her than her staying in his good graces, which she doesn’t lose for long anyway. David loves her too much.
Care for a tiny peek into her personality? Here she is chiding David for bringing booty home from the Amalekites he’s just raided and killed.
She says, “Did you consult Abiathar and the Urim and thummin to find out if you’re the man to do it? It seems to me you’re tearing off this ‘vengeance’ thing, when it’s the Lord’s business to—”
“Enough, woman! You have a find hand on my faults and don’t hesitate to say so.” (great line, by the way) The flare died quickly, and David sighed as he wrung a cloth and wiped his dusty face. “Abigail, Abigail, you don’t understand. We have our reasons. We—”
“You mean Joab has his reasons. This was his idea, wasn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s a good idea.” His voice grew irritable again. “We must get Achish to trust us. Once he thinks we’ve made ourselves odious to the Israelites… And besides, I thought you’d like clothes and jewelry.”
“They’re soaked in blood. I’d never wear them” (Wow. A scene with this feisty gal is always interesting!)
Historical/biblical fiction is my all time favorite genre, but I can’t help but wonder the entire time that I’m reading--Which parts are real and which are made up? In a book club setting, I get to ask the author questions as I’m reading. How fun is that?!
If you’ve ever had a question about the life of David, Ellie’s your gal. She will be available all month long at the Clash of the Titles Book Club to chat with her readers and anyone who would like to meet another of our amazing COTT Champs!
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Clash of the Titles, is on the search for a new staff member! If you are a writer who’s looking to gain exposure, connect with other authors, add bullets to you professional bio, and have a blast doing it, we would love to chat with you to see if we are a good fit. Please contact us for more details: contactcott(at)gmail(dot)com.
--April W Gardner is the award-winning author of Wounded Spirits.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Today I'm happy to share with you this week's new release from White Rose Publishing~Buried Treasures by Mary Manners!
Ever notice sometimes the things that are right in front of us are the things we fail to fully recognize? Caroline's about to experience that very thing. You don't want to miss handsome, Matt Carlson, as he convinces Caroline he's her second chance at happiness. Download it today!
When Caroline flees Chicago following the brutal murder of her husband, the last thing she expects—or wants—is to fall for Matt Carlson, a builder with strong roots in the small town of Mountainview, Tennessee. She needs to focus on raising her six-year-old daughter and protecting both their hearts from ever being shattered again.
Matt is struggling with issues of his own…guilt over the death of his wife and the responsibility of raising a cynical teenaged nephew who is dropped on his doorstep, abandoned by Matt's alcoholic sister. He doesn't have time to fall in love, yet he can't help being drawn to the woman who is ready to defend her home—and her daughter—with nothing more than a feisty attitude and a broom handle.
Can Matt's help and friendship convince Caroline to trust again…and when Caroline's daughter goes missing, will Matt be able to find the girl before it's too late and he loses everything he loves…again?
Buried Treasures is available now in Ebook and Print!
Well Friends, I'm off to a writer's meeting today and on the road to LA tomorrow but I'll be checking in.
Stay tuned next week for (hopefully) more news & reviews on The Visionary.
Until later....take care & God Bless!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Well this is the information I've longed to post about for months now LOL!
As you all are aware I contracted my debut Women's Fiction novel, The Visionary in July 2010 with Five Star Expressions. It has been a long road, but things are finally starting to happen. On June 15th I received the Advanced Review Copies (ARC) along with release date and other info!
Here's what the ARC looks like - this is NOT the actual cover ~ I am still working with the artist to perfect the artwork for the cover jacket!
Thank You Nona!
Well Friends, stay tuned weekly because I'll be posting reviews as they come in and as soon as I have a confirmed cover - I'll be posting it here too!
Until later take care, God Bless and remember....The awesome power of God can heal the most wounded of souls.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The winner of this week's COTT battle is....
“Don't you have to leave now?” Mama took a sip of water and looked out at the sun. Rivka's eyes followed her mother's. The colors of the sunrise were already beginning to fade into the blue of the Israeli sky.
Rivka nodded. “Good bye, Mama. Off to the gardens.” She half-jogged toward the next part of her morning ritual.
Rivka’s sandals flip-flopped on the dirt, her steps brisk and light. The scents of the lilies of the valley and hyacinths slowed her pace the closer she got. The grass before her, still touched with the last of the morning’s dew, slapped against the sides of her sandals. She stopped, closed her eyes, and took in a long, slow breath.
Aroma fit for royalty.
read the full excerpt, and that of her most worthy competitor, Mary Hall, here.
Some reader comments:
I felt that excerpt 'A' was really good in that the little girl was so a part of the description.
I want to go walk in the garden!
I felt the soil in my hands, and smelled the fragrance of flowers in the air. Lovely!
I could see and smell the flowers
WOW - I'm SO excited! What an honor. And what a FUN clash it's been.
Like the other members of the COTT family of authors, Joanne and Mary both praised each other's work and exuded a Christ-like spirit throughout the competition.
Get to know Joanne through her interview with her COTT hostess, Gail Pallotta here.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
But first I'd like to wish EVERYONE a safe & Happy July 4th weekend.
Now...on to our spotlight.....
This week, we're pleased to welcome Lillian Duncan to the White Rose family. Lillian brings us a heart-pumping suspense story where opposites not only attract, they have to trust each other in order to stay alive! You won't want to miss PURSUED.
Big-city Lawyer. Country Farmer.
In the normal course of events, their lives would never intersect...
But some accidents aren't meant to be avoided.
When attorney Reggie Meyers crashes into Dylan Monroe on the freeway, it makes a bad day even worse—or so she thinks until she discovers she’s the prey in the deadly hunt of an unknown killer. Now, trusting this man she hardly knows is Reggie’s best chance for survival. The problem? Reggie doesn’t trust anyone.
When Dylan catches a glimpse of Reggie’s ransacked apartment, his protective instincts kick in. He wants to help her, but she’s not inclined to believe a simple country farmer has what it takes. Reggie doesn’t realize Dylan knows a lot about hunting—and being hunted. He’s up for the task of trapping a killer, keeping Reggie safe, and winning her heart—if she’ll let him.
Pursued is available now in Ebook & Paperback!
Well friends, that's about it today. Monday I'll be guest on author K Dawn Byrd's blog and beginning next week, I'll be posting reviews of The Visionary as they come in so stay tuned!
Until later...take care, God Bless & remember to let LOVE be the driving force behind all you do and say!