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Saturday, August 29, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight with Kate Flora!

Good Morning Friends,

You met Kate Flora back in June for Thursday Thoughts and July for Tuesday Treasures, well today we welcome her back as she talks about going where the story leads and how two of her books came about. So without further ado, here's Kate....

Going Where the Story Leads Me

I didn’t set out to write true crime. Being a lawyer dealing with battered kids and deadbeat dads and representing the Maine Human Rights Commission, I was deeply curious about what led people to be liars and criminals. When I published my first Thea Kozak mystery, Chosen for Death, back in 1994, I was following the footsteps of wonderful role models like Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton and Margaret Maron. In true Nancy Drew tradition, I was writing about strong women who solve mysteries and saved themselves.

Fate intervened. The series was dropped. As I floundered about, trying to decide what to do, I realized that even writing an amateur PI meant a lot of contact with the police to get the details of my books right. The life they led fascinated me. I decided my new venture would be into police procedurals. With male protagonists. And what an adventure that became!

I started writing my Joe Burgess series, set in Portland, Maine, and not long after I’d started the series, my “go to” guy in the Portland Police Department worked on a real murder that he wanted to write about. That project went from my being his writing coach to becoming his co-writer, and the result was Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine, a fascinating story that involved three public safety organizations: The Portland police, the Maine state police, and the Maine Warden Service, who came in with their search and rescue expertise and trained cadaver dogs to help find the victim’s hidden body.

I thought I was going back to writing fiction, but then one of the wardens said, “Well, Kate, when you’re ready, I’ve got another one for you.”

I thought, no, never again, writing true crime is too hard and takes too long. Eventually, though, I recognized that I was fascinated by getting to be an insider, looking over the investigators’ shoulders as they told how they worked a real crime. I called up Maine warden Lt. Pat Dorian and said, “Okay, so tell me about the case.” That led me up to northeastern New Brunswick, in Canada, and another murder and another hidden body. Another body that, even though the crime was in another country, had been found by a group of Maine wardens with trained cadaver dogs who had gone up to Miramichi to help out a bunch of frustrated investigators who had been search for Maria Tanasichuk for months.
What had I said before? Writing true crime is too hard and it takes too long. Finding Amy was a 2 ½ year project. Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice, took five, because there were lengthy appeals and two long first degree murder trials. And I couldn’t finish the book until the bad guy’s conviction was final.

There’s tremendous pressure that comes from telling the real story. So many of the victim’s friends trusted me with their confidence, and a quartet of stellar investigators shared the story, their files, and even their family dinners as I learned about the case. From the beginning, when a New York agent coldly told me that “no one is going to be interested in reading about a small Canadian crime,” I believed in the story and feared that it might never get published.

Last September, it did.

I’m learning to trust my instincts about going where the story sends me. Death Dealer has been an Agatha and Anthony finalist, and just won the Public Safety Writers Association 2015 award for best non-fiction.

Kate Flora is the author of 14 mystery and true crime books. Death Dealer, her latest true crime, is an Agatha and Anthony finalist and won the Public Safety Writers’ Association Award for Best Non-fiction 2015. And Grant You Peace, her latest Joe Burgess police procedural, won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.  Her other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series. Coming in 2016 will be a new Thea Kozak mystery, Death Warmed Over, a 5th Joe Burgess police procedural, And Led Them Thus Astray, and her collaboration with Maine game warden Roger Guay on his memoir, A Good Man with a Dog. Coming this October is Beat, Slay, Love, a serial novel about the killing of famous TV chefs, by the imaginary Thalia Filbert, which she wrote with four other crime writers.
A former assistant attorney general for the State of Maine in the areas of child abuse and child support enforcement, Kate is a founding member of the New England Crime Bake and Maine Crime Wave conferences. She has served as editor and publisher of Level Best Books and as international president of Sisters in Crime. She teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston.

Find out more about Kate and her books by visiting her Website and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Wow...if you like mystery and true crime books, check Kate's out!

Chosen for Death can be purchased at Amazon in print and for Kindle.
Death Dealer is also available in Hardcover and on Kindle.

Hope you enjoyed this week's spotlight! Check back every week for new Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights!

Until next time...take care & God Bless.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Guest Post by Jillian Lambert!

Hello Again Friends!

Today it is with great pleasure I bring my dear friend and Health & WellnessFeng Shui expert Jillian Lambert back to our blog. Today Jillian is talking about going from real chaos to real peace.....

Real Chaos vs. Real Peace
by Jillian Lambert

Everything starts with a thought…Everything.  Thoughts can create chaos, or thoughts can create peace.  Here are two simple steps to help you go from chaos to peace.

Disconnect from the ”external voices” of life.  External voices are any voice outside yourself.  Everyone has an opinion about how you should live your life.  Familiar ‘external voices’ are your husband/wife, kids, family, friends or your boss.  Unfamiliar ‘external voices’ are the radio, television, computer, etc.

Reconnect with yourself. Only you know what is best for you, so listen to the voice that knows you best.  Reconnect with the Real Voice, your inner voice.

Below are what I call “Soul Activities,” activities that bring joy to your soul.  Soul activities help you reconnect with yourself.

Affirmations – Override chaotic thoughts with positive affirmations.  Writing down positive affirmations is five times more effective than thinking, or saying them.

Journaling – Like a pinball machine, chaotic thoughts bounce around in our heads with nowhere to go.  Journaling helps release negative thoughts and feelings.  Putting it on paper releases thoughts from your head and replaces them with peaceful, positive thoughts.

Meditation – Slowing down your body helps slow your thoughts down.  If you can’t seem to stop, do a moving meditation (slow, repetitive motion like painting, washing dishes, walking, etc.)  Slow your thoughts down.  No past.  No future.  Just now.

Zen yoga – Yoga based on complete relaxation.

Zen swim – Swimming laps until you get into your peaceful “zone.”

Nature – Being in nature brings peace.

Silence – In stillness come answers.  Silence is golden, embrace it.

Next time chaos comes knocking, remember two steps.  Disconnect and Reconnect.  Disconnect from  chaos. Reconnect with peace.  Disconnecting from the ‘external voices’ of life, will help you reconnect with the Real voice, your inner voice…The voice that has your best interest at heart!

Jillian Lambert, M.S. - Author of inspirational book, ”Real Pain Real Peace,” wellness book ”Real Health Real Life,” and stretch/relaxation/meditation video/DVD, “Real Serenity.”  

Author, Holistic Nutritionist, Juicing Instructor, Fitness Trainer, Feng Shui & Wellness Consultant.

Website:  www.realhealthreallife.com    
Email:  realhealthreallife@gmail.com   
Books and video available at www.RealHealthRealLife.com

Real Pain, Real Peace is available at Amazon in Print and Ebook!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: #RockingSummerRomanceRead with @TinaGayle!

Good Morning Friends,

Today's treasure is, My Best Friend's Ex, a new release by Tina Gayle.....

She loved him first, but her best friend married him. Now, divorced Brooke must choose between her best friend and the man of her dreams.

Brooke Janson has loved Garrett Sawyer since she met him on her first day of high school. Now, he’s free to love her too.  Except, his ex-wife happens to be her best friend.
How can Brooke choose between a friend she’s known since kindergarten and the man her heart wants?


“Hello, Brooke.”
Ignoring the sudden butterflies in her stomach, she waved a casual hand. “Hi, Garrett. It’s been awhile.”
 “I believe it was just before Janet moved out, almost a year.”
“Janet told me about the divorce. I debated whether to call, but, well...I didn’t know what to say.” To cover her awkwardness, Brooke allowed the words to flow from her mouth as if she had vocal diarrhea. “I always considered you, my friend, too. We had such fun together.  I wanted to see if I could do anything for you, but I...”
Embarrassed by her rambling, she stared at the stuff in her cart; lettuce, fruit, protein bars, each one good for her.
Man, I need to pick up a box of cookies.
Forcing back the urge to binge on any tasty treat available, she recalled how his face lit up when he was excited, his deep belly laughter, and his willingness to listen when she had a problem.
Damn it, she didn’t blame him for the breakup. Well, maybe for not listening to her warning. She had told him that her friend had a natural tendency to throw responsibility to the wind. Still, Brook hadn’t wanted to take sides. Because it was incredibly hard to choose between two people she cared about, one a friend since kindergarten and the other the man of her dreams. Guilt sparked inside her.
Why? Did she still want more than just to be his friend? Was this her chance? 
“Don’t worry, I’m over it now. I bought a house, which requires most of my time. I spent last weekend putting in a new hot-water heater. The old one leaked.” Garrett brushed a hand through his dark, curly hair. The silky strands fell back into place without distracting from the perfect picture he represented.

Sexy, hot, and totally off limits.

 My Best Friend's Ex can be purchased at Amazon!

Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The  first  three books, “Marketing Exec’s Widow”, “IT Exec’s Baby” and now “CFO’s Affair” have all been released. The last one will be out next year.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf.  She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

Find Tina Gayle everywhere

Home - www.tinagayle.net
Blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle
Google + - https://plus.google.com
Linkin - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorTinaGayle/

Remember friends, Tina writes "Adult Romance" and some of it very hot!
Hope you enjoyed this week's treasure. Hope to see you again soon for Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until later...take care, God Bless and remember...When the going gets tough, the tough go to God!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Deliverance by Katie Clark!

Good Morning Friends,

Last month I introduced you to Katie Clark with her book, Vanquished (book 1 in her YA Dystopian "Enslaved" series). Well today Katie returns with book 2, Deliverance!

Hana is Greater. It’s a future she never envisioned for herself, but she’s not about to ignore the opportunity she’s been given--the opportunity to find answers about her Mom, Jamie, and Fischer. This could be an opportunity to tell others the truth about God and uncover the secrets the Great Supreme has been keeping from their small, struggling nation.

When Hana’s search brings her to the mysterious prison she’s only heard of in rumors, the desire to get inside drives her to dig deeper for answers, but what she uncovers may be bigger than them all.

Can she save herself and the others before the Great Supreme realizes what she's doing, or will she give up everyone she loves in her quest for the truth?

Excerpt: I take a shaky breath and step toward the bed and dressing closet. I only have one bag of clothes. It will never fill up the closet.
But when I open the door I gasp. Clothes line the inside, clothes similar to the ones Sindy wore. Torn pants, grungy tops, and unraveling scarves. Oddly enough, they don’t seem old. They have tags on them.
At least I won’t stand out at dinner, or anywhere else in the city.
My bag makes a thud when it hits the bottom of the closet. I only want one thing from it—Mom’s perfume. I don’t remember the last time she wore it, but I can remember her by its scent. I unscrew the lid and bring it to my nose. Memories pulse through me. A hospital room. Sunken cheeks. Weary eyes.
The nightstand has a drawer and I shove the perfume inside. Next time I will remember happy things.
The door to the bathroom is on the other side of the closet. It whooshes open when I step close and I peek inside.
It's huge! A tub big enough to lie in sits in one corner, and a mirror with lights around it hangs above the sink. The bathroom at home is barely big enough for two people to squeeze in side by side and the shower doesn’t have enough room to turn around in. This bathroom could fit four people or more.
I gaze at the tub, wondering what the hot water allowance is here. How would it feel to float in a tub of warm water?

Deliverance can be purchased at Pelican Book Group  Amazon   Barnes and Noble 

KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes young adult speculative fiction, including her upcoming YA supernatural, Shadowed Eden

You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed this week's spotlight, Friends!

Check back next week for another Tuesday Treasure, Thursday Thoughts and of course, Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time...take care & God Bless!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Feng Shui

What? What? You ask...what in the world is she rambling about now?


Hello and Good Morning....

Today I'm sharing a few thoughts on Feng Shui, which according to this website, is "based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy."

Now you may be thinking I've gone off the deep end here, especially since I am a Christian, but hear me out....

Recently we refurbished a bedroom for me to move into and when talking with my friend Jillian Lambert who is pretty much an expert in this art of decorating a home, she started telling me some things to help when arranging the furniture, etc.

Here's a basic diagram of what the different areas of your home/room represent....

I find this whole concept fascinating. So I took Jillian's advice as much as possible to set up my room accordingly.

My chest of drawers is in the Wealth & Prosperity (money) section and contains several things that represent money/prosperity/abundance: A water fountain, money jar, prosperity books and a quote by Rumi that defines success...and of course angels.... 

In the "love and relationship" section is my entertainment center on top of which stands a picture of Jesus, a "mother" plaque my son made me years ago with a poem he wrote and a decorative plate about family along with wood art a dear friend gave me.I'll round out this area with pictures on the walls that represent love and relationships. 

And in the "wisdom" corner I have a rocking chair and small table with a lamp, my prayer journal, and books (go figure - right)  

 My bed is in the health area and book shelves in the fame portion. Once completely finished, my desk will be in the creativity area and hopefully it'll help me be more creative or at least more focused LOL!

Now do I believe having your room or house organized energetically is the end all to life's little problems and issues?


But I do believe that decorating your room or house in a way that feels good is conducive to maintaining optimism and a positive outlook. 

And that can never be a bad thing.

JMHO of course but definitely ....

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest post by Jan Elder!

Good Morning Friends,

I am very happy to bring you a new Pelican Book Group author with something she treasures!

Jan Elder is a Christian romance writer with a zeal for telling stories other women can relate to. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader's faith, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story. Pelican Book Group/White Rose is publishing her first novella, Manila Marriage App, one of many in their successful Passport to Romance series. Besides writing romance, she enjoys the occasional hazelnut cappuccino while watching Turner Classic Movies. Always an avid reader, she devours books voraciously, both Christian and secular. She was born a cat-lover and all future books will, no doubt, feature a feline in some way or another. Happily married for twelve years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a tortoiseshell cat). On the weekends, Jan and Steve comb the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor. 

My mother, my friend

My 91-year-old mother has lived a good life. She grew up in a Christian home. She was born again at age 10. She worked until she was 29, married a wonderful man, and raised three children. And then she worked some more as a school secretary to help support our family.
She should be slowing down, right? Enjoying her “emeritus” years. Sitting in a rocking chair, baking the occasion sheet of chocolate chip cookies, allowing people to take care of her for a change. Except she’s not. At age 90, she wrote her memoirs, her fourth book. She still drives, teaches Sunday school, studies her Bible each and every day, and witnesses to her friends. In the fall, she plans to start another Bible study for the lost in her retirement community.

My mother has a life richer than anyone I know. God is using her and she still has more to do.

When I grow old, I want to be like my mother.

How beautiful! Having lost my mother in November, I can understand why Jan treasures hers.

Find out more about Jan by visiting her website and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter!

Check out Jan's book, Manila Marriage App. a Passport to Romance novella from Pelican Book Group!

It all began as a lark. Shay Callahan’s life was just fine, thank you, but when the seemingly misogynistic missionary, Timothy Flynn, places an advertisement for a wife in a Christian magazine, she decides to give it a whirl and sends in the five-page application. Why not? After all, she’s not currently seeing anyone, and this man truly needs to be taught a lesson.

Finding out she’s Dr. Flynn’s pick of the litter, Shay hops on a plane and flies to The Philippines. The strategy is to jet in, enjoy an exciting two-week vacation, and jet out again, all at his expense. Instead, her plan backfires. The handsome missionary man is not what he seems, and the foreign land has far more to offer than she could imagine.

Embark on a tropical adventure with Shay that challenges everything she believes.

Excerpt from Manila Marriage App

Taking a deep, cleansing breath, I strolled into the room. Behind a massive teak desk sat the man I’d come to meet. The photo he’d emailed me didn’t do him justice. Not by a long shot. If I’d been the obvious sort, my jaw would have dropped to the floor. And drool. There’d be plenty of drool.

He stood as I entered the room, cool gray eyes raking over me. His bio had told me he was a tall man, but the head shot hadn’t captured the aura of authority he projected. Mister-too-important-to-pick-me-up didn’t say a word, although that intense stare roamed my face with apparent disbelief. Perhaps he was confused as to my shabby state, but he didn’t have to be rude.

We glared at each other. In fact, he examined me as if he were judging a heifer at the county fair. If he were testing my mettle, I was not going to be the first one to blink. With a heavy sigh, he shook his head, loosened his lips, and said the words I least expected. “Miss Callahan, you’re blonde.”

Words spilled out of my own mouth before I could filter them. “Whoa, nothing gets past you does it, Dr. Flynn?”

“In the picture you sent me, you were a brunette.”

Well, he had me there. Before last Tuesday, I had been a brunette. Light brown, but still brown. I straightened my spine. “Hey, I didn’t go platinum or anything. The appealing color you see before you is called Golden Latte. Two measly shades lighter.” Huffing, I pushed my long mane behind my ears hoping no remaining traces of peas were visible. “And what am I doing justifying my personal color preferences to you? It’s my hair.”

He kept staring at me. “Putting that issue aside, you’re also not…how shall I put this? You’re…you’re not what I expected. You’re way too…”

“I’m way too what?” My chin rose, as did my ire.

“Oh, never mind,” he mumbled. His head hung down and, I swear, his feet shuffled. That was unexpected. Was he arrogant or bashful?

Either way, still standing in the doorway, I’d had enough of this strange exchange. Since he didn’t seem to know how to greet me like a decent human being, I’d give him a demonstration. “Okay, let’s try this again. Dr. Flynn, I presume? I’m Shay Callahan. You know, the woman you ordered with a ‘keen mind, and a rational outlook on life’?”

Manila Marriage App can be purchased at Pelican Book Group or Amazon.

Well friends, hope you enjoyed today's Tuesday Treasures!

Stay tuned for Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Brooke Lynn & Raised by Strangers

Good Morning Friends!

As promised today we welcome author, Brooke Lynn!

Brooke has been here before for a Tuesday Treasure and a Thursday Thoughts but today we are spotlighting her book, Raised by Strangers....

This book will take you through the powerful, true story of the author's childhood and her will to survive. Read how the hand and heart of God gave her faith and strength to survive abuse, poverty, eating disorders, tragedy, marital demise, and an array of dysfunction. Learn how the power of hope, not your past, defines you and determines your future, how becoming vulnerable brings you strength to forgive and become the person you were created to be. Reignite your passion for life and move into a deeper level of faith as you find yourself cheering the author on and celebrating her victories. Brooke Lynn is a writer, nurse, and a health and wellness enthusiast. She transparently reveals her life experiences, struggles, triumphs, solutions, and strategies so that others may find their own courage and strength for healing.

Brooke Lynn is a writer and a speaker who passionately lives — reaching others with God’s word and love. She is a survivor of abuse, sharing her past pain and recovery to encourage others with hope. Brooke resides in the Washington D.C. area, has been married for nineteen years, has two children and loves dogs.

Please visit my website at: www.BrookeLynnBooks.com

Thanks for stopping by and supporting Brooke!

Don't forget - today is the LAST day to enter TWJ Magazine's Android Tablet Giveaway!!

Until next time take care & be Blessed

Thursday, August 13, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts on Time and Commitment

Well better late than never I guess, at least it's still  Thursday LOL!

Ever have one (or several) of those days where your commitments overwhelm your time?

Yeah that's been me lately.

Between refurbishing a room, working, and moving stuff out of storage into that room (which means going through, sorting, throwing away, etc boxes and boxes of stuff!) added to writing obligations, promotion obligations, the Android tablet giveaway, and family obligations, I seem to run out of time to honor my commitments.

Which is why I didn't have a Saturday Spotlight last week (8th) things just got so busy and hectic I plumb forgot! 

Alas my commitment to you, my dear readers as well as the guests I have scheduled on this blog are important to me so here's your Thursday Thought for today....

Be careful not to let your commitments overwhelm your time and if/when that happens, do whatever it takes to keep your peace!

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Grin With Grace by Kathy Carlton Willis blog tour

Good Morning Friends,

Please accept my apologies for no Saturday Spotlight, I was moving stuff out of storage and was unable to post. Never fear though, this Saturday Brooke Lynn will be back with her book, Raised by Strangers.

Meanwhile, enjoy today's treasure, Grin with Grace by Kathy Carlton Willis. You may recognize Cathy from her promotion company, Kathy Carlton Willis Communications, well.. Grin with Grace is Kathy's book

It Might be Time to Grin with Grace!
Have you ever felt the need to bite your tongue or grit your teeth? With humor and candor, popular women’s speaker Kathy Carlton Willis explores ways to smile in the face of adversity and challenging circumstances. Her go-to phrase Grin with Grace is the title of her latest book. She explores the word “grace” in Scripture, revealing how God’s grace blesses us and how it impacts our relationship with Him and with others.

Grin with Grace is part of the Grin With…Bible Study Series. This line of books is designed to help women on the run focus on a central theme. The “study, story and steps” formula helps readers assimilate new traits in small sections, all the while anticipating the next insight.

“You can never have too much of God’s grace,” says Kathy. “While writing this series, I dealt with multiple health issues, surgeries, cancer, and hospitalizations. At the same time, I moved to a different town, diving in to a new church ministry with my husband. Very little in life seemed familiar or comfortable. But God infused grace into each challenge and turned them into opportunities.” Kathy learned anew what the Bible means when it says:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

Quote from Chapter 7, Grin with Grace
God’s grace strengthens us to live the lives He directs us to live. When we’re weak, grace makes us strong through Christ. His grace is not frail; it’s power-packed. 
– Kathy Carlton Willis

There’s an important element about grace. It’s not meant to be hoarded, regardless of its wonderful value. Once God blesses us with grace, we are then recruited to His team to be instruments of His grace to others. Grin with Grace tells stories of real-life grace and gives suggestions for creating new grace moments for others. Every Bible passage is contained in the text, accommodating ease of reading anytime, anywhere. Read it straight through as a book, use it as a personal study, or join with a group to discuss the material together. The chapters are short enough to combine—resulting in a seven-week group study.

More about Grin with Grace

Release Date: May 1, 2015
Retail: $14.99
Publisher: AMG
ISBN-10: 0899574785
ISBN-13: 978-0899574783

Praise for the Book:
Grin with Grace is perfect for women on the run, since there is no set daily reading schedule. The blend of humor, transparency, biblical concepts, word studies and opportunities to plug what I learned into my life gave me a fresh approach to doing my devotions or reading a Bible study.
Dr. Thelma Wells (Mama T)
President of A Woman of God Ministries
CEO, That A Girl & Friends Speakers Agency Speaker, Author

Each chapter features five sections:
  • Grin with Grace contains real-life stories and observations. You’ll laugh at the humorous confessions and wacky insights, and relate to Kathy’s transparent honesty. Be inspired to see grace in your everyday life.
  • Grow with Grace features a grace word study. Kathy examines Bible verses and personalizes the meaning to your situation. Workbook prompts allows you to write down your thoughts as you read along.
  • Go with Grace offers life application. Pick one action step and make it work for you, or pick all of them—but do something to live out your grace-walk.
  • Give with Grace advances life application further, equipping you to become an instrument of God’s grace to others. You’ll be inspired to take what you’ve learned and give it away to others. This is when faith becomes ministry—when your focus expands to see the needs of others.
  • Your Grin with Grace Challenge describes a grace-challenging scenario to give you an opportunity to exercise your newfound grace. It allows for speculation and judgment calls, to prepare you for the what-ifs that happen in life.

About the Author:
Kathy Carlton Willis writes and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny girls also have Bible degrees! Kathy’s a pastor’s wife, which gives her plenty of opportunities to grin with grace. She shines the light on issues that hold women back and inspires their own lightbulb moments. Almost a thousand of Kathy’s articles have been published in books, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Kathy’s tagline describes her best: Light & Lively: His Reflection/Her Laughter. Kathy lives with her pastor/husband, Russ, in Rockdale, Texas.

WEBSITE: www.kathycarltonwillis.com


Thursday, August 6, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: More on Responsibility

Good Morning Friends!

A month or so ago, I shared some thoughts on Responsibility. Well today is another such post...only this time I'm challenging personal responsibility.

image from ClipArtHut

How responsible is it to....

Not turn in work on time or better yet never be at work on time?
Not honor your commitments?
Not do your best in all circumstances?
Not respect others' opinions or time or commitments?

I understand I'm not perfect and if you've known or followed me for long, you know I write to encourage and these questions are not meant to judge, but to inspire you to live your life and go about your business with honesty, integrity and responsibility.

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Special Guest Post by Anita Highman!

Good Morning Friends!

We have a very special guest brought to you today by Litfuse Publicity Group. Anita Highman shares something she treasures with us.

Sweet Memories

My latest novel, Summer’s List, is dedicated to the memory of a dog named Laney. This enchanting little pooch was part Chihuahua and the rest, well, was pure love. Laney was a dear friend and companion to my daughter-in-law, Danielle, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, which makes every day a painful ordeal, but can also at a moment’s notice, give her weeks of life-threatening peril. During some of the most frightening passages of Danielle’s youth, both physically and emotionally, Laney seemed to sense the vulnerability, struggle, and sadness in her beloved mistress and stayed by her side with great loyalty and affection. Danielle believes Laney was a true lifesaver.

Because this dog was so special, I wanted to not only dedicate my novel, Summer’s List, to her, but also include her in the actual story. I hope readers enjoy the way the little dog gave some of the scenes a bit of extra humor as well as heart and hope. I tried to incorporate most of Laney’s character traits in the book, such as her sprightly and effervescent nature, her adorable tricks and mischievousness, and of course, her loyalty and love. I hope each of you enjoy this character, Laney, in Summer’s List. Here is the dedication from the front of the book.

In sweet memory of Laney—
the beloved dog who brought my daughter-in-law, Danielle Higman,
much love and comfort through the years
and who can still bring tears of joy every time she is remembered.

Awww... I'm sure we all can relate to treasuring memories of beloved pets that are no longer with us. I know I can!

Anita Higman is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author with 40 books published. Higman has also been recognized for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for that cause while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.

To keep up with Anita Higman, visit www.anitahigman.com become a fan on Facebook (AuthorAnitaHigman) or follow her on Twitter (@anitahigman). 

Summer's List can be purchased at Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback!

Well Friends, I sure hope you enjoyed today's Treasure as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!

Check back every week as I share more great Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights!

Until next time...take care & God Bless!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Tara Elizabeth & United!

Hello from beautiful Niblett's Bluff park in Vinton, LA

I'm a little late posting today's Saturday Spotlight and I apologize, but my computer was out of commission yesterday afternoon and this morning. Actually I forgot it :-( but my daughter brought hers out to me along with my Angel Girl and Sugar Bear.

So, it I'm happy to be able to share today's Spotlight with you....a guest who's been here before, Ms. Tara Elizabeth with United, book 3 in her Exalted trilogy! Tara has been a regular guest the last few months as she shared all of her books with us beginning with Zoo, then Exalted and Denounced

In this last chapter of the Exalted Trilogy, Mena and her friends discover the meaning of freedom and the costs to keep it. 

With Mena’s parents and friends missing, she and Ryker set out on a journey to find them and to warn the people of Toledo Lake about the imminent threat of retaliation from the First Republic. Things don’t go as planned, and Mena struggles to stay strong through all of her emotional perils. 

New friendships form. Old friendships fade. War will do that to people—even the strongest of people. 

Will Toledo Lake survive the wrath of Dr. Fredericks and his army? Will the Third Republic join in the attack? 

Strength be with you, Mena. 

Wow...sounds like an intriguing end to a thrilling trilogy! 

United can be purchased at Amazon for Kindle and in paperback

Be sure and follow Tara, because soon you'll get to read RYKER'S JOURNEY is a companion short story for the Exalted Trilogy, and was first published in Journeys: Bayou Writers Group Anthology Volume 1 in September 2014.

Tara Elizabeth is a graphic artist, wife, mother, and Red Vine lover who writes Young Adult Fiction, mostly Dystopian/Sci-Fi novels with a splash of Romance and a hint of sarcasm. Tara grew up in the Deep South surrounded by bayous, magnolia trees, crawfish and great people and, as she says.... "My culture is a huge part of my life, and you can see some of those details in my writing."

You can find out more about Tara by visiting her WebsiteFacebook Page GoodReads Page and/or connecting with her on Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight!
See you next time.