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Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memory of Jesus - Reposted by request & with permission

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
King James Version 

Memorial Day is a day in which we remember and honor those brave men and women who gave their lives for our nation.  However, there is someone else we also need to remember and honor on this day and His name is Jesus.  He didn’t die for just our nation; He died for every person in the world.

Not only should we remember and honor Jesus on Memorial Day, we should also remember and honor Him every day of our life for the sacrifice that He made for you and for me.  He died for our sins on a cross of horror and suffered excruciating pain for us.

No one has ever been abused, ridiculed, rejected, criticized, cursed and treated as badly as Jesus was treated.  Yet, in spite of all the horrible things He endured for us, He still loves us.  What kind of love is this that comes from the heart of Jesus?  It is a tender compassionate and giving love beyond compare.

The next time we start feeling sorry for ourselves, and this includes me, because we have been criticized, rejected and ridiculed, we need to remember all that Jesus suffered for us and just as He loves those who hurt Him, we should also love those who hurt us.

Joanne Lowe
May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Spotlight - New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Good Morning Friends and welcome once again to Saturday Spotlight as we give you this week's release from White Rose Publishing ~ Starfire by Mary Manners!
 Austin McGill has one goal: to satisfy the conditions of his estranged father's will. After living on Starfire Ranch for three months, he'll sell the property and leave East Tennessee and its heartbreaking memories...forever. At least, that's his plan until Samantha Lakin comes along.

Samantha Lakin has one goal: to save Starfire and its summer camp for special-needs kids like her foster daughter, Jenny. To succeed, Sam will have to soften Austin's stone-cold heart. Not an easy task, especially when she realizes the ranch isn't the only thing that needs saving.

Can Sam's devotion and the love of a little girl teach Austin to let go of the past and to trust God for the future...before the ranch and any chance at a happily-ever-after are lost?

Starfire is available now from WRP for only $1.00! I've read this story and it is a sweet one!

Well Friends, that's about it for today - check back often and see what's happening.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Virtual Blog Tour - Kathi Macias & People of the Book!

Hello Friends,
Haven't done an actual blog tour in a while and am pleased to bring you this one brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotions!

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and was named 2008 Member of the Year by AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding in Al’s new sunburst orange Corvette. You can reach Kathi or find out more about her writing and speaking at www.kathimacias.com. You can also visit her “Easy Writer” blog at http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/

Eighteen-year-old Farah, who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. Then the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. Her older brother, Kareem, who has never liked Farah, actively seeks to expose her for the sham he believes she is. At the same time, Farah’s 17-year-old cousin, Nura, begins frequenting an online chat room where former Muslims discuss their new Christian faith. While there, Nura meets an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian named Sara. However, Sara has problems of her own due to her 15-year-old brother Emir’s involvement with a gang. The three girls’ lives dovetail until each finds herself at a place where her faith is put to the test. Will they remain faithful to the end? Will God protect and keep them safe in the midst of persecution and treachery? Or will they be required to pay the ultimate price for their faith?

Interview with Kathi!

Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
     I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and YES, even a great grandmother (a young one, of course!). My husband and I have known each other since we were six years old. We live in Southern California and only recently gave up riding Harleys (which is how I got my name of “Easy Writer”); now my hubby has a new toy—a 2005 Corvette, so we ride in that instead.
How long have you been writing?
    Since I discovered words—before I ever started school. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. In fact, my husband remembers the day in junior high when I told him I was going to be a writer some day. I am so blessed to be able to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing!
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
    People of the Book is the fourth and final book in the four-book Extreme Devotion fiction series. Each of the books in the series is set in a foreign country (South Africa, Mexico, China, and Saudi Arabia). People of the Book was the most difficult book of the four to write because I had a hard time finding women in Saudi Arabia who were willing to talk to me and work with me on it. They were understandably fearful, but I finally found a lady who had lived there nearly all her life and only recently moved to America. She was a huge help in researching/writing the book.
Have you always written in this genre?
     No. I’ve written more than 30 books, nearly equally divided between fiction and nonfiction. This series is my first venture into international fiction, though I’m already starting on my second international series, which will begin releasing in the fall.
What do you like about this genre?
     Jesus told us to “Go into all the world,” but some of us aren’t able to physically do so. The research and writing of these books enables me to go without leaving home—and it does the same for my readers. I believe our understanding of the Body of Christ is greatly enhanced by learning about people, particularly Christians, in other countries.
If you could be any character in your book, who would you be and why?
     This is a tough one, but I suppose I would be Sara, the American girl from a Muslim-turned-Christian family who connects with a couple of Saudi women online, befriending them even as she speaks to them of Jesus.
What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market?
     The books in this series, which deals with persecuted Christians around the world, as well as the next series, which deals with human trafficking, are not “easy” reads. But I believe they are necessary, particularly in our world where the Internet has greatly reduced the divides between countries and cultures.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
   They are all available on most major online venues, as well as many Christian bookstores across the country. They can also order them directly from my website.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
     I have two websites and a blog: www.kathimacias.com; www.thetitus2women.com; http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com
What is up next for you?
     I have a stand-alone Christmas novel titled A Christmas Journey Home, releasing in September 2011, and book one of the new Freedom series, Deliver Me from Evil, also releasing in September. The series will have two more books coming in 2012.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
     I hope your readers will stop by my main website (www.kathimacias.com) and browse a bit. They can sign up to receive my weekly devotionals (in either English or Spanish), watch video trailers of all my latest books, and drop me a note via the “comment” tab. I’d love to hear from them, and I promise to answer.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Spotlight - New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Well Good Morning Friends and welcome to another edition of Saturday Spotlight!

Hoped I'd have news to share with you, but other than the fact we got some much needed rain here in Holliday/Wichita Falls, TX - nothing new is going on. I'm still waiting for cover art on The Visionary and still editing Circles of Fate - will keep you posted on those two projects as news occurs - and that's my life in a nutshell!

Now, on to our spotlight!
This week we welcome Dora Hiers to the White Rose Publishing family. Dora brings us a story of the need for forgiveness and the joy of new beginnings...Where one journey ends, another begins! Don't miss this touching tale that will have you reaching for tissues and cheering for joy.
Devastated after the brutal murder of her husband, Chelsea Hammond vows never to love another lawman. Intent on rebuilding her shattered life, she turns her focus to helping troubled teens. But when an angry father bent on retaliation, threatens her, Chelsea must turn to the one man she never thought to trust: Deputy U.S. Marshal Trey Colten.

Trey wants only to protect Chelsea, but she blames him for her husband’s death.Trey can relate. He blames himself, also. As danger lurks, Trey begs Chelsea to heed his warnings. He let down one Hammond. He won’t let down another—especially one who now holds his heart.

When Chelsea is snatched from her home, can she put aside her fear, and trust Trey with her life? Can she forgive him for destroying her past and let him help to rebuild her future?

Where one journey ends, another begins…

Sounds like a wonderful romantic suspense! Journey's End is available now in Ebook and Print so get your copy today!

Okay Friends, that wraps up another week in the spotlight - stay tuned cause next week we welcome Kathi Macias on her blog tour and I'm sure we'll also have another new release from White Rose Publishing.

Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....the power of life & death are in the tongue so speak Life!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Blog Blitz with JoAnn Carter & Paradox!

A note from JoAnn......

This morning while I was lying in bed in the early pre-dawn I heard a bird singing out a beautiful melody. Normally, this would make my heart happy, but then I'd just turn over and try to catch a few more moments of rest. But not today. Today was extra special. Why? Because crazy as this may sound, this little birdie was lifting it's sweet praises in the midst of a thunderstorm. Amazing! God used two rather "ordinary" things to create and extraordinary experience for me—God showed me something awesome and real—a perfect picture of peace. Thunderclouds rolled in, lighting flashed across the dark gray sky, and rain teamed down the windowpane yet this bird was secure. In fact, it was more than secure, it was full of joy, willing and wanting to sing.

This sends Goosebumps up my spine as I think about it. It's a paradox and truly a God thing. Especially since this word, paradox, has been near and dear to my heart. In fact, I kid you not; this is the very title of the book that I wanted to share with you today. Yet, perhaps paradox is not a word you're familiar with, so let me explain. Paradox is flowers on snow, joy in the midst of trials, compassion for others as your own heart breaks. It's what many of us just celebrated, Easter-- Jesus laying down his life for me, someone sinful and undeserving. It's victory and life born out of death and suffering.

Through this experience, God reminded me that He delights in using those ordinary things to accomplish His marvelous purposes. And that's super news! If He can use Fishermen, tax collectors, birds, and thunderstorms, I know He can use me—a very average, ordinary person to do extraordinary things for Him. Perhaps you're feeling "ordinary" today. Take heart, it's through that very thing that God can show His creativity, His power, and even His love just like He did for me in the midst of this early mornings storm.

Lilly Holland’s passion is flowers-not people. All she’s ever dreamed of was a peaceful life surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. The exact opposite of what life is like at the touristy Holland Lodge in the small town of Paradox. So, why does she feel like God is nudging her to go? He, if anyone, should know better than ask this of her.

Ric Walker, Holland Lodge’s grounds keeper, is Lilly’s only link to sanity. His steady presence and strong faith encourages her through this trying situation. However, that sanity is threatened as she realizes her feelings for him are changing into something more, something deeper.

Will Lilly learn that Paradox is more than a town’s name, but rather a divine place where God can reveal His power, bring healing, and love, just when she thinks all hope is gone?
I hope you'll be able to pick up a copy of Paradox today @ http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-168/JoAnne-Carter-Paradox/Detail.bok

You can watch the trailer here ~ http://youtu.be/mnOQeNeQuUE


Win a gift box filled with goodies! (A paperback copy of Teacher's Plans, a gift certificate, a mug filled with a package of Green Mountain Coffee, pen and a Tee-shirt.)

How? Help me spread the word about Paradox by sharing the link to this post on your FB, Twitter, blog, etc. then e-mail where you posted it to joannwrites@gmail.com with "Blog Blitz" in the subject line. A winner will be drawn 5/26/11.

JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through inspirational fiction novels and novellas. She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children.

JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministries events, school events, and church retreats.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Saturday Spotlight ~ On Friday!

Hello Friends and welcome once again to Saturday Spotlight. This week I'm featuring not one, but TWO releases from White Rose Publishing! and since I wasn't able to post last Saturday due to the volume of work involved in moving - I'm giving you this week's spotlight a day early!

Last week's release is Return to Me by Deborah Pierson Dill and is available in Ebook & Print!
Leaving her was his worst regret.

Returning to her is his only hope.

Audrey Rhodes once walked the straight and narrow, but a terrible mistake changed the direction her life. Now former boyfriend and bad boy, Brent Thomason, is back in Blithe Settlement claiming newfound faith in God. Audrey's feelings for Brent haven't changed, but she has. Her life is in shambles. How can she be worthy of this new Brent's love?

Brent Thomason isn't proud of his past. Audrey had been his friend and his love, and he betrayed her. Now a veterinarian, he's returned home to work with Audrey's dad and make restitution for his misdeeds. Brent finds it's not so easy for people to accept his changed ways; still he must make things right with those he hurt, starting with Audrey.

As God directs their paths, Audrey discovers forgiveness is a two-edged sword...especially when she must first forgive herself. And Brent must accept God's will--even if it means losing Audrey a second time.

This week award-winning author-team, KM Daughters takes us back into the heart of the Adriatic where the sky is as brilliant as the sea and love abounds! In volume one of Gospa Journeys, join Emma and Sam as they discover faith, hope and love.

Despite Sam Mackenzie's deep-rooted belief that marriage can turn two loving people into monsters, his all-encompassing love for Emma Jordan spurs him to propose before leaving the country bound for Valselo, the Adriatic village where millions believe the Mother of God speaks to three visionaries.

Despite Emma's love for Sam, she is unable to envision a life in a remote town on a distant continent. Emma refuses his proposal and spends the next three years making a life without Sam. When she's left at the altar, a loving conspiracy between her parents and parish priest-Sam's uncle-brings Emma to Valselo and an inevitable reunion with Sam. God seems to be orchestrating a second chance, but both believe they have had good reasons to turn away from God's guidance. Will they listen to Our Lady's messages which call humanity to open their hearts to God's mercy and love? Or will they lose each other a second and final time?

Left at the Altar is available now!

Well Friends, that wraps up this (and last) week's edition of Saturday Spotlight. Stay tuned for more great releases from White Rose Publishing and who knows, I may throw in a different author up on Spotlight from time to time LOL!

Next week I'm hosting JoAnn Carter on her blog tour and after that, Kathi Macias on her's so you'll be getting lots of new books for your summer reading!

Speaking of summer reading...don't forget all of my titles are available on Kindle and Nook!

Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....when the going gets tough, the tough get on their knees.

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!"


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two New Stories in 2 Different Anthologies!

Hello Friends,
Sorry I've been remiss in posting regularly, but my life - as usual - has been in a whirlwind. Today I'd like to introduce to you 2 new stories/anthologies.

This wonderful book is all about God's grace and the love and help of crisis/unplanned preganancy centers.

My story, House of Light, House of Love - features information on Lighthouse Ministries, a home for unwed mothers due to rape & incest located in Reeves, Louisiana.

I've read several of these stories and let me tell you, friends, you'll need a box of tissue!

Get your copy from Amazon or B&N today!

This anthology is a dog lovers dream! Filled with stories of man's best friend, I'm proud to have a contribution to this publication also. The Dog of My Heart tells of how my German Shepard, Cassie came to us and the times she saved my husband's life.

The book officially releases June 1st but you can pre-order your copy at Amazon and B&N today!

Well friends, that's about all the news I have for you today! I'm still waiting on a cover for The Visionary and still trying to get Circles of Fate edited to pitch (and hopefully contract!) and I've packed up and moved to Wichita Falls, TX - but other than that nothing new going on in my world.

Stay tuned Saturday when I spotlight the new release(s) from White Rose Publishing!

Until later....take care, God Bless & remember.... life is what you choose to make it!