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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Wendy Kendall @wendywrites1

Good Morning,

Well, we've made it through Lent and half-way through Holy Week. Have you succeeded in fulfilling your Lenten promises to God? Have you learned something new about His love, grace, mercy or wisdom? Are you a changed person? Will that change last? These are all questions I ask myself and in many ways I can say YES and yet, in others, my conviction isn't that strong. But, as they say, God's not finished with me yet.

HE's not finished with you either so don't give up! Stay faithful, stay positive and continue to show up for your life and watch Him show up and show off for you!

Today's guest, Wendy Kendall has shared words with us and been in our spotlight before, so without much further ado, I'm going to turn the blog over to her. Take it away, Wendy......

            Thanks so much for this opportunity to share Words with Friends this Wednesday. As a mystery author, a very important word for my writing is - research.

            In my cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag, purse designer/amateur sleuth Katherine Watson sometimes steps on the toes of Jason Holmes who is a cop. Jason is partnered with his K-9 Hobbs. I researched police dogs for my book. What amazing, smart animals. I have such great respect for all service animals. My research included a ride along with a K-9 patrol. What an experience! I've included so much from this adventure in my novel.

I won the ride along in a raffle and it completely hooked me on having K-9 police partners in the book. I love having the dog in the book – he's a whole additional character. So is Katherine's pampered cat Purrada, but the dog Hobbs is so very different with his loyalty to Jason, his playful side, his training, and because he has a job. 

The ride along shift was 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. One of the major advantages of a K-9 officer is they can see in the dark, unlike their human partner. The German Shepherd responded to commands given in German, to reduce the possibility of civilians confusing the dog with their own instructions. Their job is chase and search immediately on the scene. Once done they must hand off the case to a detective. You can imagine, that can be a little frustrating to hand the investigation over. When in the chase, the best chances of following the scent is in the first 4 hours. What the dogs are tracking are the dead skin cells that people shed all the time. Where I live, in the Pacific Northwest is surprisingly an excellent place for tracking. The drizzling rain and small puddles are places where the dead skin cells float on top and are easier to track. The biggest problem for this type of tracking is wind. The dogs are tracking suspects, or evidence and any clues they can find.

            Sometimes the human checks on a situation on his own, like a domestic violence call. He leaves the K-9 in the car. If the situation escalates and he needs his partner, the officer clicks a switch on his uniform vest that automatically opens the door for the dog to run out and join him in a hurry.

            This working dog had a lot of personality, and whenever the man reached for the radio to talk with dispatch his dog wanted to talk too, and he did always share some choice, and loud dog words. After his shift, the dog understands he's off duty and at home with the officer and his family he becomes a loving pet. 

I learned so much on my ride along and it's fun to incorporate it in the mystery plot. If you'd like to

know more about the ride along, you can hear about it on my YouTube podcast Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries.

In Kat Out of the Bag, Katherine Watson is opening Purse-onality, a women's history purse museum. Purses show amazing insight into the lives of the women who carried them. At Katherine's gala opening, the town mayor is murdered.  Working to solve the mystery, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner Hobbs. They disagree often, but discover an undeniable attraction. Katherine's mother and grandmother provide helpful perspectives into clues. Young college student Amber who manages the museum gift shop, aids in the investigation. They'll have to focus their efforts and combine forces to find that killer before Katherine becomes the next knock off.

Kat Out of the Bag can be purchased at Amazon Barnes & Noble,   Google Play,   Kobo

Bio:  Wendy Kendall has a passion for purses and stories of the women through history who carried them. Her cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag is the first book of the In Purse-Suit Mystery Series, introducing Katherine Watson an international purse designer/sleuth. The prequel novella is Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash. Wendy is a blogger, editor, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Catch exciting author interviews on her YouTube podcasts—A Novel Talk.and also Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries. There are also fun topics on her two YouTube podcasts – Wendy Kendall In Purse-Suit of Fashion and when she joins other authors on The Cozy Mystery Quartet. She's a hiker, biker and avid reader and loves her two sons, Alex and Brad and her Purrada cat.

Web & Contact Links: 
Twitter - @wendywrites1
Instagram – wendyekendall

What a great story, Wendy! My husband was a cop and I, although we didn't own one, I knew all about those K-9 dogs! Beautiful and smart animals. THANKS for sharing. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with Kat Out of the Bag!

Hope you enjoyed our guest today, friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Caroline Warfield and Storm & Shelter

Good Morning,

Only one more week and we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Are you ready? I am. It's been an exciting Lent for me and I'm ready to celebrate and commit. Today my Angel Girl (granddaughter) turns 17 and she's getting a surprise gift, another reason to celebrate. I can't wait to see her face. Might share pictures soon either here or in my newsletter so please be sure and sign up to receive it.

Our guest today is brand new to me and our blog so let's give Caroline Warfield a huge ...


Eight All-new Stories, One Catastrophic Storm

When a storm blows off the North Sea and slams into the village of Fenwick on Sea, the villagers prepare for the inevitable: shipwreck, flood, land slips, and stranded travelers. The Queen’s Barque Inn quickly fills with the injured, the devious, and the lonely—lords, ladies, and simple folk; spies, pirates, and smugglers all trapped together. Intrigue crackles through the village, and passion lights up the hotel. Grace Burrowes and Mary Lancaster lead a team of eight authors. Caroline Warfield enthusiastically joins in.

 “The Tender Flood,” is Caroline Warfield’s contribution to Storm & Shelter.

Among the refugees who seek refuge at the Queen’s Barque are Patience Abney who offers to work for the innkeeper, cleaning rooms, to pay for herself and the six little boys she brought with her, and Zachary Newell, a coachman sleeps above the stables and eats in tap room. Neither is entirely what they seem.

The story

Neither battle nor loss of his leg destroyed Zachery Newell. Working as a coachman, he tries to build a life in spite of his injuries, while he plans for the sort of life he knew in childhood, happy and content above his father’s print shop, but when a woman races out of the storm and into the stable yard of The Queen’s Barque with a wagon full of small boys, puppies, and a bag of books, he is enchanted.

Dismissed by a charity school, Patience Abney struggles on her own to create The Academy for the Formation of Young Gentlemen to give every boy a happy and productive life. Now the roof has caved in. Though she managed to get her boys to the safety of an inn, she has no idea how she will rebuild.

Zach knows Patience, the granddaughter of an earl, is far above the touch of shopkeeper’s son. He tries to keep his distance, but when the two of them make their way across the flooded marsh to her damaged school in search of a missing boy, attraction grows into passion, complicating everything. 

An excerpt:

Two things struck him as the wagon lurched to a halt in the shelter of the barn. The wagon’s cargo stirred and shifted under an old patchwork quilt, and the driver, who scrambled down and swept off the ugly hat, was no boy. No lad had eyes so warm and brown, lashes so long, or so glorious a fall of hair; she held him transfixed.

“I need to talk to Mr. Brewster!” The tiny bit of a woman cast wide, frightened eyes up at him as if he could produce the innkeeper. “The road collapsed above town; it gave way and slid down just as we passed.”

“If we were two minutes later, we’d’ve all been tossed into the sea!” The boy who sat with her jumped down beside her. This one, definitely a lad, looked to be fourteen or so.

Mallet set a hand on Zach’s shoulder. “I’ll alert the innkeeper while Jamie tries to wake a groom. You do what you can for the lady and her, er, cargo.”

Zach nodded without looking at his departing passengers, his attention still transfixed on the woman: rum, exhaustion, and a pair of deep brown eyes making it hard to think. One word finally wormed its way into his consciousness. “All?”

He followed her gaze to where the boy pulled back the wet blanket over the bed of the wagon. Five pairs of eyes stared back at Zach, five boys soaked to the skin, and shaken with terror.

“Are we safe now, Miss Patience?” one asked, his voice quivering.

“We are indeed safe, Walter, as I promised we would be,” the woman said with confidence. Only Zach heard her add “Thank God,” under her breath. 

You can buy it at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08L9X3TGF/

Traveler, adventurer, writer of historical romance. Enamored of owls, books, history, and beautiful gardens (but not the actual act of gardening).  

You can find her novels set, mostly, but not entirely, in the Regency or Victorian eras here: https://www.carolinewarfield.com/

or just follow her in her Newsletter or on BookBub 

Find more vendors and information about all eight stories here: https://bluestockingbelles.net/belles-joint-projects/storm-shelter/

Wow, sounds like a lovely collection, Caroline. Best of luck and God's blessings with this and your other writings.

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight, friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and another edition of Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Erin Steveson @ESQwrites back with book 3 in her St. Clair Family Series!

Good Morning,

If you're starting to falter in your Lenten practices, hang in there! Holy week begins with Palm Sunday this weekend. I must say, my commitment to more, quality time with the Lord has been amazing and I'm asking for your prayers to help me continue this appointment with HIM forever. I know life has a way of throwing curve balls in to our best laid plans, but this is one thing I hope to never let slide or become complacent with again.

Enough about me though!

Back in December I introduced you to Erin Stevenson when she shared her Christmas book with us. Since then, Erin has shared book 1 Plan B and 2 Home to You, of her St. Clair trilogy. Today she returns with book 3, Bait and Switch. Take it away Erin.....

Reagan St. Clair is on the run. Her reporter’s nose for news has landed her too close to something sinister, and she’s not safe.

Dane Corsica is a young, successful DEA agent who’s charged himself with keeping Reagan safe. They need a place to hide, and end up on the island of St. Jardin at a honeymoon resort, but the pretense of posing as a newlywed couple is difficult for both of them. A long-ago betrayal has caused Reagan to trust no one, and Dane has his own reasons for guarding his heart.

Just as Dane experiences a personal crisis, Reagan’s sister, Sara, arrives on St. Jardin, and is mistaken for Reagan and kidnapped. Dane has to put his personal feelings aside to mount a rescue effort.


The third and final installment in the St. Clair Family Series will entertain you and keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.


                Reagan St. Clair slipped into a chair on the back row and adjusted her designer sunglasses on the bridge of her nose. Good. No one noticed her late arrival.  

                She smoothed the full skirt of her flowered halter sundress over her knees. The dress, high wedge sandals, and the luxurious blond curls flowing from under her oversized couture summer hat were so far from her usual look that surely, no one would recognize her. 

                Reagan’s right leg began to tremble. She clasped her hands tightly together and pressed them against her knee, willing the shaking to stop.

                I hate weddings.                              

                The image of Paul in bed with her best friend still had the power to sear Reagan’s memory, even ten years later. His and Reagan’s wedding was just a month away, and everything had to be canceled, despite his pleading and begging for exoneration. 

                Reagan could forgive, but not for infidelity. 

                Her gaze drifted over the small bridal party gathered in front of a rose-covered arch and rested on her brother Landon, standing as best man for their younger brother, Brandon. The St. Clair men cut fine figures in their tuxedos. Standing at six foot four, they could pass for twins even though they were almost a year apart in age. Their features were nearly identical, the only difference being that Landon was blond and Brandon’s hair was dark brown. 

                There looked to be less than a hundred people gathered for the small, intimate Sunday afternoon wedding. From the back, Reagan recognized a few older relatives that she hadn’t seen in years. She supposed the others in attendance were from the bride’s family, or some of her and Brandon’s colleagues. 

                “Join hands, please,” the minister said. Brandon turned to face his bride, Morgan, and the look of pure love and joy on her brother’s face nearly broke through Reagan’s façade. If anyone deserved happiness, it was Brandon. His first wife of over a decade, Darla, had been tragically killed in an automobile accident two years ago. Reagan hadn’t met Brandon’s bride yet, and hoped she didn’t have to today. 

                Two little blond girls in pink and lavender flowered dresses stood with them. They had to be Brandon’s daughters, April and Shelbie. Reagan had seen them only once, at their mother’s funeral. She recalled the maelstrom of emotions she felt when meeting them for the first time: incredible sadness for their loss, an unexpected overwhelming connection with them upon the realization that they were her flesh and blood, and a complete lack of knowledge of how to interact with such small children. 

                The early afternoon sun beat down on the garden wedding, and Reagan was happy for her ridiculous hat. She craned her neck to get a better view. Morgan was similar in coloring to Darla, but tall and slender. Morgan and Brandon had met exactly a year ago on Mother’s Day at a family event, yet another one Reagan had missed. 

                She would have missed this family event, too, if she didn’t need a place to hide. After this current mess with her job was over, Reagan was going to do some serious soul searching and figure out how to reconnect with her family. 

                Her leg began to tremble again, and before she could reach for it, a man slipped into the seat next to her. He wrapped his hand around hers and squeezed. 

                Dane. Her unlikely comrade-in-arms, given their respective careers. Always there for her. Reagan let out a breath and squeezed back. 

                “Breathe, Reagan,” he whispered in her ear. “We’ll get through this.”


Purchase links:

Amazon Paperback Edition

Kindle Edition

Barnes & Noble eBook

Apple iBook



Erin has been writing fiction since 2014. She has published independently and with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Writing is like breathing to Erin. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist. 

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.

Find out more about Erin and her books by visiting her Website.

Connect with Erin on Social Media! Facebook: ESQwrites
Twitter: @ESQwrites and Instagram: ESQwrites

Thank You so much, Erin for sharing your series with us. We wish you the best of luck and God's blessings in life and with your writing!

Hope you enjoyed the post, friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Saturday, March 20, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Lesa Henderson @LesaHenderson & Someone to Trust

 Good Morning from Chilly Toledo Bend!

Yep, we drove up yesterday in what was supposed to be a sunny day but Mother Nature sure fooled us! Cloudy, overcast and chilly with this morning's temps in the 40's!! Way too cold for my blood. Supposed to warm up to 70 though so we're looking forward to (possibly) an afternoon fishing trip but definitely time outside with the fire pit.

Today's guest is brand new to our blog so let's give Lesa Henderson a huge, SW Louisiana WELCOME.....

Megan McCormick doesn't leave Atlanta looking for love. Far from it. She runs to the mountain town of Laurel Crest to flee from her past and a broken heart. When she's knocked over by Lee Grainger, handsome veterinarian and lover of small-town living, Megan's life takes an unexpected turn.

Tired of fast-paced city life, Lee is considering a permanent move to the mountains. His run-in with Megan has him believing he's in Laurel Crest for more than a partnership in an animal hospital.

After a case of mistaken identity is cleared up, Megan and Lee strike up a friendship. Lee is everything Megan ever wanted—smart, loyal and dedicated to his faith. But Megan has experienced deep betrayal twice, and she's reluctant to give romance another try.

Can Megan come to terms with the secret that haunts her, get past her distrust of men, and accept the love Lee offers or will her heart be broken again?

Excerpt: Lee turned toward her. “Megan?”  She had not turned the lights on, but the moon was shining brightly enough that she could read the confusion on his face. She knew what she should do but she didn’t have the courage. Maybe she could wait. Sleep on it and maybe an answer would come to her. She couldn’t bear to let him go. Not now, not when she’d just found him. She looked up at his handsome face etched with lines of concern as he waited for her to answer him. He was such a gentle, caring man. He was her gentle giant. Without thought, Megan wrapped her arms around him and laid her head against his chest. 

 “I’m okay,” she said, her voice muffled against his chest. “I’m just tired.” That wasn’t untrue. She was tired and scared. And, she completely disliked Felicia. She supposed she should pray about that. Later. As if reading her thoughts, Lee offered gently, 

“Look, I’m really sorry about Felicia. She can be…well…she can really be something else. I had no idea—” 

“It’s okay—really. I shouldn’t have let it get to me and I shouldn’t have responded the way I did. I can’t picture you with someone like that.”

BEHIND THE SCENES:   I wanted to tell a story of someone who was very broken by her father’s betrayal. So many of us have suffered father wounds that greatly impact our lives, even down the road.  As the story began forming  in my mind, I wondered what would happen if Megan became the very thing she despised her father for? How would that impact her life?  Of course this brought up the issues of forgiveness. Not only the ability to forgive those who have hurt us and to accept the forgiveness our Heavenly father offers us through his son, but also the grace to forgive ourselves.  I don’t want to give too much away, but hopefully those elements will be clear to readers and speak to them on both an emotional and spiritual level.

Lesa Henderson discovered she loved to write at age 10 when she won her first writing contest. At age 13 she began submitting manuscripts. Since that time, she's been crafting articles and stories that have been published in national magazines and as non-fiction books and novels. She partners with her husband Ken as a screen-writer and filmmaker. Together they wrote, directed and produced Hope Has A Name, an award-winning documentary about ordinary women bringing extraordinary hope in unlikely places.

Lesa's a native Floridian, a hopeless romantic, wife to her child-hood sweetheart Ken. She’s the mother of three grown children, Brandon, Tiffany and Destiny and seven amazing grandchildren. She enjoys traveling the world or just hanging out with Ken at new restaurants and at home with their Schnauzer - Lilo and Phantom Poodle - Groucho. Lesa also tends to be a bit quirky and has an unhealthy obsession with buttercream icing.

Find out more about Lesa by visiting her Website and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter @LesaHenderson

Get your copy of Someone to Trust at Amazon and Pelican Book Group.

Someone to Trust sounds like an amazing story that everyone can identify with on some level, Lesa and we certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with it!

Hope you enjoyed today's post, friends and that you'll stop by each week for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Christy Whitman @ChristyWhitman

Good Morning!

Many people are receiving their stimulus money today and will be thanking the Government. Which is OK but let's remember WHOSE shoulders the Government rests on.

Today's guest has never visited before but those of you who liked The Secret or other Law of Attraction books will enjoy Christy Whitman's Q&A on her book, The Desire Factor.  Take it away Christy....

Q:  Tell us about your latest book, The Desire Factor.  What is the book’s premise, and what can readers expect to gain from reading it? 

A:  The Desire Factor is a how-to guide for manifesting anything that you desire – be it something tangible like a new car or something intangible like more confidence.  It provides a current, comprehensive, and easy to apply exploration into the realm of energy, and shows readers how – by purposefully calibrating the energetic frequency of their dominant thoughts, moods and expectations – they can bring any desire into physical form.  

Q:  What inspired you to write this book?    

A:  The initial inspiration actually came through me over twenty years ago.  I have always had an appreciation for fashion and design, and a very hearty attraction toward high-end handbags in particular.  For years I judged myself for having this desire – believing, as most people do, that it was shallow or self-indulgent.  But after being introduced to the universal laws that orchestrate every act of manifestation, I came to realize that my desire for fine things was not shallow or frivolous.  The purses I coveted were actually symbols that were helping me focus my attention and creative energy toward becoming the woman I wanted to be.  

My beloved Coach bag, for example, symbolized my becoming a woman who is healthy, active, self-loving, energetic, and – importantly – a non-smokier.  My Fendi bag, which I purchased years later, was a symbol of my rising confidence and success as a coach.  My desire for these material objects provided the vehicle, the awareness, and the avenue to discover and manifest the next version of myself that the higher part of me was urging me to become.  Having realized this in my own life, I began teaching these principles to my coaching clients and students.  The successes they achieved with the help of these processes inspired the writing of this book.   

Q:  In the book, you identify 7 key principles that must be present in order for our desires to manifest.  Can you give us a brief overview of these principles?  

A:  Sure.  The Desire Factor is organized around seven powerful universal principles, which – when successfully applied – raise our personal energy field to the frequency of ease, abundance, and joy.  When we reside in this state of consciousness, not only do our desires unfold easily and almost magically, but we are the happy, joyous, empowered people we were born to be.  

The seven principles are the Principle of Alignment, the Principle of Focus, the Principle of Joyful Expectancy, the Principle of Having, the Principle of Loving, the Principle of Surrender, and the Principle of Action, which correspond to the seven chapters in the book.  

Q:  What are some common ways people block themselves from manifesting their desires?  What solutions does your book offer to help them transcend or overcome these blocks?

A:  When we greet a newly-hatched desire with eagerness, faith, and positive expectation, it unfolds easily.  Our receptivity makes us magnetic to the very outcomes we desire, and universal forces literally come to our aid. This is why we’ve all had the experience of a desire that unfolded in a way that felt incredible or magical – where doors just spontaneously opened or connections easily were made.  We are actually all designed to live in this state of ease and grace. 
However, most of us inherited a lot of beliefs and outlooks on life that contradict or oppose the easy manifestation of our desires.  For example, we’re trained to believe that hard work is the only path to fulfilling our desires, or we we’re told that we don’t have what it takes to get what we want, or that it’s not OK to outshine other people – the list goes on.  And all of these beliefs create tremendous resistance within our individual energy fields that block the easy manifestation of our desires.   Doubt and disbelief dilute the powerful energy of desire, and block its seamless manifestation.  Instead of experiencing the joy that comes from growing into an improved reality, we grow frustrated, resentful or resigned.  

The Desire Factor teaches readers how to calibrate their energy field on purpose, rather than allowing it to be pre-determined by the limiting beliefs they’re inherited from others.  When we increase the energetic frequencies of our thoughts, our chronic moods and emotional states, we actually change our perception. And as our perception changes, entirely different possibilities become accessible to us that were previously invisible.  

Think of it this way:  The energy of the life you desire to live vibrates, or resonates, at one energetic frequency, while the energy of doubt, disbelief, frustration, despair, etc. resonate at quite another.  To manifest the life you desire, it’s up to you to calibrate your energy field in advance of each new experience, in the same way you’d take the time to dress and apply makeup in advance of an important meeting or date.  The Desire Factor guides readers step by step through the process of energetically harmonizing with the objects, experiences or outcomes they desire.  And in this state of alignment and non-resistance we gain access to all our latent resources, as well as the resources of the universe at large.

Christy Whitman is a NY Times Best-Selling author and Life Coach. Find out more about her and her work by visiting her Website. Get your copy of The Desire Factor at Amazon

**My Review**

I  truly enjoyed reading The Desire Factor. The Seven Principles broke down the LOA practice in ways that were easy to understand and follow. Whether a beginner in LOA or avid studier, The Desire Factor is another weapon in your Law of Attraction arsenal.

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Hope you enjoyed our guest today and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Saturday, March 13, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Daily Walk Bible

 Good Morning,

My scheduled guest was unable to be here today so I thought I'd spotlight a book I discovered and am really enjoying.

The Daily Walk Bible; 31 Days with Jesus is a focus on the Gospels. Here's the official blurb....

Most people agree that Jesus was an amazing teacher and someone we could all learn from. At the same time, most of us have spent little time actually reading his story. The Daily Walk Bible NLT: 31 Days with Jesus is an open invitation to do just that. In just one month you will read through all four gospels, seeing Jesus and gaining insight into his purpose and message for us.

This special eBook, taken from the pages of The Daily Walk Bible, includes a simple reading plan to help you through. Each day includes an Overview that provides a bird’s-eye view of that day’s reading, an inspirational and practical My Daily Walk devotion, and an Insight that offers an interesting fact about the passage. Every seventh day you will be invited to pause and reflect—looking back over what you have read, looking forward to what is coming, and most importantly looking up to God.

It’s that simple, but be warned, Jesus has been changing lives for two thousand years—31 days and yours won’t be the same either.

I  must say, I am finding this an interesting study of Jesus' life and ministry.

Check it out!

Until next time take care and God bless.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends welcomes.... Me!

Good Morning from Toledo Bend Lake!

We drove up on Sunday and have been enjoying some quiet time on the lake. Not much luck in fishing, although we hope to change that today before we head home. The RV will stay a couple of months which makes it much easier to travel back and forth to home.

You may have noticed in the side-bar already, that Tempered Truth releases on Monday, March 15th!

I shared an excerpt with you on Feb. 6th but just wanted to pop in and remind you to pre-order your copy today for only 99cents.

We're 20 days into the Lenten season. How are you doing with your practices?

I've managed to stick pretty close to my commitment to spend more quality time with God, but have realized this is something I should do more than just during Lent. 

Have you come to that conclusion too?

What will you do about it?

Personally, I've rediscovered Rev. Jesse and Sister Cathy Duplantis and have found wonderful teachings through Total JDM that have helped me tremendously in studying the Word and fellowshipping with Jesus.

Check it out! I'm sure you'll find something to encourage you too.

Not much else to report, Friends. Just thought I'd pop in and encourage you to keep your faith and trust and to remember....In ALL things give HIM praise.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Saturday, March 6, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Katy Eeten @KatyEeten & A Heart Held Captive!

Good Moring and Welcome to the First Edition of Saturday Spotlight in March 2021!

We're still experiencing cold temps here in SW Louisiana. Highs are upper 60's - mid 70's but the nights are in the 40's - 50's and that's just too cold for me! 

Anyway, I introduced you to today's guest in November with her book, First Class Christmas. Today, Katie shares a peek into her novel, A Heart Held Captive. 

Physical therapist Cole Pearson has had his share of shallow relationships. But a year spent focusing on God opened his eyes to what he really wants in life. When he learns that ER nurse Emily Jenkins has volunteered to pay for a foster child’s therapy, he is inexplicably drawn to her generous spirit. If only he can convince her to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic.

Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and insists on paying a price God never asked her to pay. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her faulty theology is shattered and her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, Emily is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?


What am I doing? Emily shook her head as she gazed into the bathroom mirror on Friday morning. How had she gone from seven years of solitude and contentment to suddenly longing to see a man whom she had only met a month ago? Was this really what God wanted for her? She wasn’t sure, but the fact remained, she was enamored with Cole.

While a batch of cookies baked in the oven, she assembled sandwiches and put fruit, chips and bottled water in a small cooler for their lunch date. She arrived at PT Possibilities as Cole was giving a goodbye fist bump to a young girl in the entryway. The girl left, and Cole smiled at Emily. “Perfect timing. Do you mind if we eat outside?” 

“That would be great. It’s a beautiful day.”

“Okay good. There’s a picnic table out back. One sec.” He turned to the receptionist at the front desk. “Shannon, can you add these notes into Megan’s file and make a copy of this form for me?”

The woman nodded as she took the papers from Cole. “Thanks. By the way, I’m clocking out for lunch now.” Then he turned toward Emily. “Alright, let’s head out.”

They walked to the back of the facility and out a rear door Emily didn’t realize existed. She spotted the picnic table, and though it wasn’t exactly picturesque next to a dumpster, it would do the trick. After placing her cooler on the table, she unloaded the food she’d packed. Out of nowhere, two hands gently slid around her waist from behind.

“I didn’t get a proper hello.” Cole’s voice was lighthearted as he leaned his chest against her back, squeezing her tight.

“Ah, I was not aware of the rules. My apologies.” Emily’s breath caught in her throat at the unexpected backwards hug. Her hands stilled as she leaned back to enjoy the moment. “I hope you like turkey sandwiches.”

Cole removed his arms and walked around to the opposite side of the picnic table. “Oh yeah, I’m not picky. Thanks for doing this, by the way. My coworkers noticed I was unusually excited for lunch today.”

Emily suppressed a giggle, then handed him a paper plate and gestured toward the food. They loaded their plates and sat to eat. “How’s your day going?”

“Pretty good. Though I gotta tell you, one of my favorite clients is no longer coming on Fridays. So, it will be kind of a let-down when I get to the end of my shift. 

Emily raised an eyebrow. “One of your favorite clients? Should I be worried?” 

Cole laughed. “Okay, okay, you’re my favorite. Hands down. There, I said it.”

Katy Eeten is from southeast Wisconsin where she lives with her husband and two sons, ages 10 and 12. She works full time crunching numbers and analyzing spreadsheets, but writing has always been her true passion. She has four published books, all contemporary Christian romances available on Amazon. When she’s not writing or working, she can be found reading, baking, taking walks, playing board games, and spending time with her family. Find out more about Katie and connect with her at the following locations...

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Wow, Katie, A Heart Held Captive sounds like a great read! Good luck and God's blessings with it and your other books.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends welcomes Karen McCullough!

Good Morning!

Looks like Spring and Winter are fighting for supremacy here in SW Louisiana. We're turning our AC on during the day and heater at night and Mother Nature is arguing with Father Sun because we get rain and clouds and sunshine all mixed up LOL! But God is good ALL the Time!

Today's guest has been here before so please settle in and enjoy Karen McCullough's post about Playing with Story....

For half of the month of December, my daughter, son-in-law, and their four sons isolated themselves for two weeks so that they could safely visit us for the Christmas holiday. Even though, we didn’t see many of the friends and other family we normally would, we did have a wonderful time with them.

The four boys range from nine down to three and all have very different personalities. But a couple of things they have in common: they all have vivid imaginations and no fear in setting them loose.

The picture shows what happened when a couple of them were handed a box of Mr. Potato-head pieces. They had already done the standard silly faces and mixed up limbs for a while but got bored with being conventional.

The older boys got several robot kits of various sorts for Christmas. (It was a theme this year, and they do love robots!) Most seemed to require adult assistance to get them put together right, but a couple still refused to function properly. They got set aside for a bit. A few days ago my daughter let me know that the boys had gotten out those kits again, spent days noodling around with them and finally got everything working, one way or another. Directions apparently had only a minimal role in that happening.

I’m well aware that it’s not fool-proof, but the point is that by playing with these sets, they actually achieved better results than the adults who slavishly tried to follow the (frequently enigmatic) directions.

I try to do something similar when I approach creating a story. I’m pretty much a seat-of-the-pants writer, meaning I don’t pre-plot short stories or novels. I start with an idea, usually an opening scene or two and a vague notion of where I think it’s going to go. Then I sit down and write and see what my brain comes up with. 

Occasionally, the story will just work right out of my mind and onto the paper. I love when that happens. More often, though, I’ll write scenes, incidents, and in the process, I’ll find the core of the characters and unearth the story. More often it comes out as something equivalent to the Potato-Head mish-mash the boys built.

Almost always I have to go back and reorganize things, realizing I may have started at the wrong place or included too much of the background I had to write to find the kernel of the plot. Every now and again I get to a point where I realize it just isn’t working and isn’t going to, so I put that aside and go onto something else.

Normally, though, by playing around with the story elements--the scenes, the dialogue, unexpected actions by the characters and a few surprise revelations--I’ll find the heart of the conflict and the character’s arc. The process takes time. I’m not a fast writer, just a steady one.

Karen McCullough is the author of almost two dozen published novels and novellas in the mystery, romance, suspense, and fantasy genres, including the Market Center Mysteries Series and two books in the No Brides Club series of romance novels. She has won numerous awards, including an Eppie Award for fantasy, and has also been a finalist in the Daphne, Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, and Vixen Award contests. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications. She lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband of many years. Connect with Karen at the following locations: Website: http://www.kmccullough.com

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Greed, jealousy, and anger often lurk below the surface of trade shows and business exhibitions, but murder isn't usually on the program....

For fifty-one weeks of the year, Heather McNeil loves her job as assistant to the director of the Washington, D.C. Commerce & Market Show Center. But the Gifts and Home Decorations trade show, the biggest show of the year at the center, is a week-long nightmare. This year’s version is being worse than usual. Misplaced shipments, feuding exhibitors, and malfunctioning popcorn machines are all in a day’s work. Finding the body of a murdered executive dumped in a trash bin during the show isn’t. The discovery tips throws Heather’s life—personal and professional—into havoc.

The police suspect the victim’s wife killed him, but Heather doesn’t believe it. She’s gotten glimmers of an entirely different scenario and possible motive. Questioning exhibitors about the crime doesn’t make her popular with them or with her employers, but if she doesn’t identify the murderer before the show ends, the culprit will remain free to kill again.

Her only help comes from an exhibitor with ulterior motives and the Market Center’s attractive new security officer, Scott Brandon. Despite opposition from some of the exhibitors, her employers, and the police, Heather seeks to expose the killer before the show ends. To solve the mystery, she will have to risk what’s most important to her and be prepared to fight for answers, her job, and possibly her life.

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What a cute story, Karen, thanks for sharing! Hang on to those Mr. Potato Heads because he is now just "Potato Head" such insanity but we're not going there LOL!

Good luck and God's blessings with your books.

Until next time, Friends, take care and God bless.