Dream. Seek. Ask. But Never Ever Ever Give Up ~

How often, when wanting something real bad, have you asked, “Why bother? It’ll never happen!”

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Some time ago, best-selling author Davis Bunn impressed on me the importance of attending Christian Writers Conferences, and suggested a few. I did a Google search and what I read amazed me so much, I wanted to attend each one at least once. Yeah right! That’ll never happen! so I thought.

I never imagined I’d ever go to Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC). Why? I collect “flyer points.” They entitle me to free flights. It helps a lot since I’d want to attend two conferences a year. But there are two problems flying with these points:

1. Destinations are limited;
2. Only 8% of the seats on any given flight are “free points flights,” regardless how many ‘regular’ seats are left on the plane!

When I looked into BRMCWC, I wasn’t surprised that Asheville wasn’t one of the destinations. My consolation, though disappointed, was that there are other great conferences out there. I attended Write to Publish (2012), Mt Hermon (2014), ACFW (2014), and returned to Mt Hermon this Spring. I can’t say enough about these amazing conferences, nor can I thank Davis enough for mentioning them. I enjoyed every moment, learned a great deal, and would do it all over again. And God knows my heart. Inside and Out.

Recently, a picture of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a magazine rekindled my desire. I mentioned it to Ane Mulligan, a dear friend and writer. She said she wished I could come. Then out of the blue (no pun intended), knowing I couldn’t fly to Asheville, she  asked if I could fly to Atlanta. I felt a nudge. So strong, I knew it was God’s. I heeded, and checked the flights. I could get there but couldn’t get back. Huh? What was He trying to say? I searched all weekend, nothing. Monday came, still nothing.

Refusing to give up on what I knew was God’s voice, I sought His guidance, and checked 3 other airports. Nothing. Then a 4th. P.T.L. One seat. 2 1/2 hours away from home but still… one seat. Scheduled two days later than I’m supposed to report back to work, but still, there was one single available seat. And I couldn’t even book it! I had to clear it with work first.

I asked. She said no. Disappointed, I nodded my reply in understanding…sort of. Until… moments later, she gave me the go-ahead. I booked my flights, many thoughts going through my mind. Thoughts of God’s Greatness; His provisions when I thought there was no way. He’d provided by putting the right people in my path at the right time:

– Davis Bunn who told me about Christian writers conferences;

– Ane Mulligan who offered a drive, a place to stay before/during/after the conference;

– A husband who supports my writing 200 percent.

But best of all, God showed me His unending love for me. He knows the desire of my heart–Psalms 37:4–and even though I had pretty well given up on Blue Ridge Mountains, thinking it simply wasn’t possible, God hadn’t given up on ME. He made a way.

God has big plans for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has: “…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This is not to say He’s going to say YES to everything we ask, nor is He going to open every door. Yes, it may hurt when He says no. Keep in mind, though, He knows what’s behind that door better than we do.

So when you feel His nudge, heed his calling. Even when things seem impossible. Keep dreaming. Keep seeking Him. And keep asking.

In closing, here’s an amazing video. FLAWLESS by Mercy Me

Until next time,

Blessings,

Renee-Ann <><

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SING A NEW SONG ~ Caryl McAdoo

Hello everyone and welcome back. A lot has happened over the past few months. But I’m back and delighted to have Caryl McAdoo as a guest today. Welcome!

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Caryl: I’m blessed to be with Renee-Ann to tell you about SING A NEW SONG, Book Two in my contemporary Red River Romance series.

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The untimely death of her father shatters Mary Esther Robbins’ heart, and her mom moves, separating the twelve-year-old and her best friend. Samuel Baylor writes her without one response in twenty years. She sings God’s praise; he tends cows and shares the Good News. Then the Lord brings her home…

Here’s a sneak peek of Chapter One:

Mary Esther waved her key card then turned around and extended her hand. He took it and pulled her toward him, leaned in. The desire to close her eyes and surrender, let him kiss her, washed over her like a sweet summer rain. She should pull away, but instead, at the last heartbeat, turned her cheek instead.

He smelled of summer pomegranates carried on ocean breezes, crisp and clean, though he’d been on the go with her all day. His lips brushed her burning skin. He kissed her then moved on to her ear. “I don’t want to leave. Can I come in?”

She pushed him back and smiled. “No, you may not. But you can write me. I love long letters.”

“How about I call instead? Where’s the band headed next?”

“Atlanta.”

He nodded then seemed to study her shoes a moment. When he looked back up, a troubled expression wrinkled his forehead. Staring into her eyes, he reached up and tapped the tip of her nose. “There’s something I need to tell you before you go.”

“Okay. What is it?”

“I’m, uh…” He grimaced, showing his perfect teeth clenched, then offered her a weak smile. “See? Uh, I’m married. Well, separated. I mean she’s gone, left me. No one’s –”

“You’re married?”

“Legally, yes—for now—and you’re beautiful.”

She pushed him back hard. The urge to slap his face burned her hand as though she had, but a long time ago, she learned not to go around hitting guys. “Married? What was the last week all about, you jerk? Get away from me, Richard. Go home. I cannot believe you… You… You’re nothing but a…” The only words that came to mind weren’t worth speaking. She shook her head to make them go away. “Mercy, man, you’re an associate pastor. And you’d be an adulterer, too?”

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This book is a special favorite story because it contains many of the ‘new songs’ God has given me over the years. A writer must be careful about using lyrics of songs because of copyright laws, but these I could! And I hope to have a YouTube link where readers can go and hear the new songs!

I want to let you know that I give a free book away every quarter for being a subscriber to my newsletter The Caryler. I try to make it interesting and keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in my world, share some of my favorites: authors, bloggers, singers, movies, etcetera. You may subscribe using the link below.

Renee-Ann, thank you again for having me. It’s been a pleasure!

A little About the Author: Christian ‘hybrid’ author, Caryl McAdoo currently has three series: historical ‘Texas Romance’; contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; and ‘The Generations’ Biblical fiction. She loves singing new songs the Lord gives and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from DFW—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. She counts four children and fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings, believing all good things come from God. She prays her story gives God glory and minister His love, mercy, and grace. She lives in Clarksville, Texas with her husband and two grandsons.

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Thank you so much, Caryl.

You can learn more about Caryl, follow, and contact her at the links below. And if you leave a comment and sign up for her newsletter, The Caryler, you will be entered in a draw.

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Today’s Special Guest: Christian Author Ada Brownell

Welcome back. This week I have the pleasure of hosting Ada Brownell, author of The Lady Fugitive. Instead of a Q&A interview, Ada is going to share about God’s love for us.

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My first Sunday school teacher probably was the first person to tell me about Jesus with her flannelgraph board and Bible. Sister McPherson didn’t seem to mind my freckles or my flour-sack dress. Maybe she liked my red naturally curly hair combed into little coils like Shirley Temple’s.

Ten or more of us little girls and boys squeezed into that tiny classroom for preschoolers. Every Sunday we sang, “Jesus Loves Me.” The words hugged me inside.

Then my greedy nature was revealed to the whole church. The congregation sang a song and whoever had a birthday went forward and gave the Lord a penny for each year. So, Mama put four pennies in my hand and told me to go and put them in the offering plate. She shoved into the aisle. I clutched the pennies over the wooden offering plate with a red velvet bottom sitting on the altar. I didn’t let go. The congregation sang and waited. And waited.

Finally Mama, red-faced, marched down the aisle, took my hand and pried each finger open until the money dropped.

By age 5, I knew Jesus, God’s only Son, came to earth as a baby, but He also died on the cross for our sins, rose from the grave, and was coming back.

The church was excited. The Jews returned from all over the world and Israel was going to be a nation, living again like Ezekiel’s dry bones,—one of the signs He was coming soon.

The preacher told about the catching away of the church (1 Thessalonians 4) when Jesus came in the clouds. Through the stained glass window I thought I could see Him coming. When the altar call was given, I ran and asked Him to come into my heart.

Listening to the family, I learned Jesus loved me even in times I couldn’t remember. He loved me as a baby when my two-year-old brother emptied a salt shaker in my eyes. The family prayed, and I can see.

He loved me as a toddler when my sister gave me a bath on a wood-burning cookstove that hadn’t been in use. She didn’t realize it was hot. When she sat my bare bottom on the stove, I suffered severe burns. I still have scars that tell me Jesus loves me.

The Lord led me into a deep relationship with Him, found me a fine Christian husband. He was there through 12 moves the first three years of our marriage because my husband kept getting bumped on his railroad job.

Jesus stayed when we lived in a tar-paper shack, in a railroad car, a railroad depot where they brought our water on a motor car, but came with us to beautiful homes.

He surprised me with a career as a journalist and as a Christian writer. He helped through parenting five wonderful children, conflicts, victories, financial need, discouragement, blessings, health crises.

The Lord was my Comforter when my mother died of a stroke when I was 21, and when we lost a beautiful, talented daughter to cancer when she was age 31.

No wonder the inspired Word of God tells us “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

Jesus. The Redeemer promised in Genesis right after Adam and Eve sinned. God not only loving from Heaven, but every moment He is with us.  That God would be with me is still amazing.

©Ada Brownell 2014

Thank you for this beautiful story, Ada.

You can read more about Ada on her Amazon Author page. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and her blog.

Here’s a quick blurb about her novel:

How does a respected elocutionist become a face on a wanted poster?

Jenny Louise Parks escapes from the coal bin, and her abusive uncle offers a handsome reward for her return. Because he is a judge, he will find her or he won’t inherit her parents’ ranch.

Determination to remain free grips Jenny, especially after she meets William and there’s a hint of romance. But while peddling household goods and showing a Passion of the Christ moving picture, he discovers his father’s brutal.

Will Jenny avoid the bounty hunters? Can she forgive the person who turns her in? Will she find peace, joy and love?

Get it on Ada Brownell’s author page https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell  or at buff.ly/L8up6E

Until next time, blessings, everyone.

Renee-Ann <><

Forensic Speak – An interview with Jennifer Dornbush

Welcome back, everybody, and Happy New Year. After a hand injury and longer-than-hoped absence from this blog for most of December, I’m delighted to be back. And if you’re a writer, specially one who writes Crime/Forensics/Police Procedural kind of stories, you won’t want to miss this.

I have the wonderful privilege of chatting with Jennifer Dornbush, author of Forensic Speak. One of you will win a copy of this amazing book. I took Jennifer’s Forensic and Fiction class when I attended the ACFW conference last Fall. Honestly, I doubt they could have selected anybody better to teach it. What an awesome class. Her stories fascinated me so much, I asked her to share some of them with you.

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Renee-Ann: Welcome, Jennifer, and thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule. I’m delighted you agreed to chat with us. First would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jennifer: Renee-Ann, Thank you for inviting me to your blog. Such a pleasure! Me… well, I’m a storyteller… I knew that’s what God had called me to be since I was 8 years old. I tell stories through screenplays, books, speaking, and teaching. I’ve lived several places but the past eight years I’ve been in Los Angeles with my awesome husband of 20 years this December! That’s like triple the time of most Hollywood marriages! 🙂 I come from humble beginnings. I grew up outside a small town in northern Michigan where my father served was the local Medical Examiner, which is where I get a lot of fodder for my stories and my interest and experience in forensic science.     

Renee-Ann: Congrats on your 20 years. 😀  How did you come up with the idea for this book? And why did you write it?

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Jennifer: It’s ironic because I never meant for Forensic Speak to be published. It started as a project for my studies at the Forensic Science Academy. I was the only writer in my class of 50, and the director of the academy graciously allowed me to produce the “Forensic Handbook for Writers” to complete one of my graduation requirements. Later, some of my TV writer friends prodded me to get it published. One of them was so insistent she sent me a link from my current publisher who was requesting submissions. I queried them and they returned my email within 30 minutes. They loved the idea. But it took another year to hammer out the details and get the contract. I’m so grateful for that one pushy friend! 🙂

Renee-Ann:  What kind of take-away does this book offer its readers?

Jennifer: Forensic Speak is a mega-tool for writers of crime, suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. Every writer will find at least one thing (probably more) in this book to help them create more authentic and engaging stories.

Renee-Ann: What was the biggest challenge and the most exciting part of writing it?

Jennifer: The biggest challenge I find when starting any new project is just getting that first draft on paper. As one of my mentors put it: getting your butt in the seat is the hardest part. But once that happens I get distracted by emails, FB, Twitter, news-links, texts, and on and on. I have to turn it all off and then give myself a reward for getting my pages written. You’d think after 12 years of writing full time that I’d be over this hurdle, right? Haha! The most exciting part of writing is “having written.” I love rewriting.

I should be writing my pages right now, but I’m procrastinating with your blog questions! 🙂

Renee-Ann: Humm, somebody’s got to take the blame, I might as well… hahaha! Do you have any advice for beginner writers who want to write “crime” stories but who aren’t familiar with the forensic side of things?

Jennifer: Not to self-promote, but get a copy of Forensic Speak. It’s written simply, yet contains highly specific forensic information for writers. It will give you a base from which to start and tons of suggested resources where you can do more research. I also recommend finding experts in the field and asking if they will help you with questions you have. Retired experts are the best because they have time and they love to tell their war stories!

 Renee-Ann:  What great advice that is. So now, we’re going to draw  a random name among the comments, but where can people get this book?

Jennifer:  Of course, you can get it on Amazon. But I love supporting my awesome publisher, who always offers it at 25% off. Here’s the link.

http://shop.mwp.com/products/forensic-speak-how-to-write-realistic-crime-dramas

Renee-Ann: And how can your readers contact you, and/or read more about you?

Jennifer:  www.jenniferdornbush.com    You can also sign up for my free quarterly Forensic Speak newsletter on my website.  Or feel free to say hello or ask me questions at:  forensicmaven@gmail.com

Renee-Ann: Any final words or piece of advice you want to share?

Jennifer:  Don’t bury your talent. Use what God has given you. Be okay with mystery in your life. Let it surprise you. Bless and love others, by doing this you bless and love God.

Thank you Renee-Ann for this moment! Blessings!!!

Renee-Ann: And thank you so much, Jennifer. I look forward to reading all the comments.

So now, go ahead and leave a comment, telling us WHY you should win a copy of Jennifer’s book, Forensic Speak, and we will select a random winner on Wednesday 14.

Until then, blessings!

Renee-Ann <><

Christmas Read, anyone? Part 8

Welcome back to the Christmas Read series. First let’s announce Monday’s winner for Alexis A Goring’s Hope in my Heart, and the book goes to Robert Nacke. Keep an eye on your email, Alexis will be in touch with you.

Throughout this series, we’ve covered several topics, but one we haven’t touched on much is that of food. Ever wonder where our traditions come from? Why does a traditional Christmas dinner consist of turkey for so many countries around the world? For many people, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without this big bird. What about you?

This week, I’m delighted to feature a beautiful collection. For all of you Christmas Read fanatics, you’ll love this. It is called An Old Fashion Christmas Romance Collection: 9 Stories Celebrate Christmas Traditions and Love From Bygone Years.

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Many of us have a secret picture of Christmases past–a time when windows shimmered with lacy frost and candlelight, fireplaces kept homes warm and snug, ladies’ skirts swirled and gracefully skimmed the floor, and gentlemen were gallant and true. Within each of these nine historical novellas, the nostalgia is relived and new traditions are born when two lives are joined at Christmastime. 

1851 Pennsylvania — Dreams and Secrets (DiAnn Mills) 

1865 Virginia — Miracle on Kismet Hill (Loree Lough) 

1875 Michigan — Yuletide Treasures (Gail Gaymer Martin)  

1878 Pennsylvania — For the Love of a Child (Sally Laity) 

1893 Minnesota — Paper Roses (JoAnn A. Grote) 

1894 Alabama — Dreams (Peggy Darty) 

1925 Vermont — Eyes of the Heart (Rosie Dow) 

1936 Ohio — Bittersweet (Rebecca Germany) 

Taken to settings from New England to Pennsylvania to Minnesota that span nearly a hundred years of history, readers will discover traditions to implement and hope that will linger beyond the season. 

Christmas is a time when families get together, to celebrate the birth of Christ. And with billions of people around the world, we all celebrate differently. Though there are many similarities, we do have traditions passed down from generations to generations. A special recipe Grandma used to bake; how we decorate the tree; door-to-door caroling; story-telling; gift exchange; and so much more. Back in the days of our ancestors, how did they celebrate Christmas? Was it the same? Or totally different?

These 9 stories are filled with traditions.  You now have a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book. Leave us a comment and tell us what is your favourite food at this time of year.

Until next time, blessings! Renee-Ann <><

Christmas Read, anyone? Part 7

Another great Giveaway is underway. But first let’s find out who won JoAnn Durgin’s novellas. We have three winners this time, because JoAnn is giving away one eBook copy of each of her Christmas stories to random winners. Congratulations go to:

– Loraine for Meet me under the Mistletoe;

– Sarah Butland, for Starlight, Star Bright; and

– Susan Harris for Sleigh Ride Together With You.

Thank you for taking part in this Christmas giveaway. JoAnn will be in touch with you.

Today, you’re in for another treat. Alexis A. Goring’s first book is called Hope In My Heart: A collection of short heartwarming stories. And you now have a chance to win a signed copy.

I love Christmas stories, and obviously, you do too because you’re here trying to win. So leave us a comment and tell us the name of your favourite Christmas movie. I have a hunch which title we’ll see most from readers. I’ll start: My all time favourite was (and still is) The Little Match Girl. I always loved Hans Christian Anderson’s stories. And that one is no exception.

Here’s a little about author Alexis A. Goring.

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Alexis A. Goring enjoys writing fictional stories that bring people together and inspire hope in their hearts through nature’s most powerful force: LOVE. She hopes her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.

When she wrote Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories, Alexis wanted to publish a book that infused hope into real-life situations and helped people in the tough times of their life journey. It is an inspirational romance novella.

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Here’s a bit about the three stories in this book:

In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.

Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.

In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.

Don’t these stories sound great? Go ahead and leave us a comment for your chance to win this wonderful book, which Alexis will sign for you. Until next time, blessings and good luck.

Renee-Ann <><

Christmas Read, anyone? Part 6

Welcome back to the Christmas Reads Series. First, let’s announce Part 5’s winner: Let’s hear it for Kim Vogel Sawyer. Congratulations, Kim. Dorothy will be in touch with you.

A side note before I introduce today’s author: I so appreciate my cover designer, Mitch Mealey. These artists don’t get enough credit for the work they do ‘behind the scene’. Thanks for pointing that out, Maggie, it’s so true. This week, I want to recognize ALL cover designers, more specifically, Nicola Martinez for the work on the following covers. I very often pick up a novel because of its beautiful design. Amazing job, Nicola.

I’m delighted to feature wonderful author, JoAnn Durgin. She has THREE Christmas novellas to give away in the Starlight Christmas Series published by Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing. But first a little about her:

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JoAnn Durgin is the author of five novels (and counting) in the popular Lewis Legacy Series as well as a standalone novel, Catching Serenity. Her novellas include the three mentioned above, and Echoes of Edinburgh. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Louisville Christian Writers, JoAnn lives with her husband and three children in southern Indiana. She’s recently *retired* from her paralegal position to write full-time. She loves to hear from her readers at www.joanndurgin.com or  www.facebook.com/authorjoanndurgin.

Her Christmas novellas include:

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (2012)

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Jacob Marston, Starlight, Iowa’s hometown hero made a long-ago promise to the Lord: he won’t kiss a woman until he knows she’s “the one.” Now at age twenty-eight, the rugged firefighter questions if it’ll ever happen. When he meets his best friend’s sister, Jake believes he’s found the woman of his dreams. But what will she think when she discovers his vow?

Starlight, Star Bright (2013)

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Dante Moretti, Texas-born goalie of an Italian World Cup champion team, expects Starlight, Iowa will be only a blip on the radar of his life. Grabbing a quick meal at Barney’s Diner during the holidays, Dante meets two women who capture his heart in very different ways. Then his rental car won’t start and leaves him stranded. Does the Lord have a plan for bringing him—and keeping him—in Starlight?

Sleigh Ride Together with You (2014)

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As the popular television co-host of Wake Up, Des Moines! Nicole Reardon has achieved her dream. So why has the network sent “image maker” Alex Kingsfield to the station? The irritatingly handsome man is also the first man she’s been attracted to since Jake Marston dumped her three years ago in Starlight, Iowa. When an unexpected assignment sends Nicole and Alex to Starlight, can she rise above the past and make this interview the defining moment of her career?

Aren’t these covers amazing? All three books are available in eBook format on Amazon.com and other online book retailers. You can also order them in paperbacks by contacting JoAnn Durgin at jdurgin9587@att.net or via her website at www.joanndurgin.com.

So now, here’s your chance to win a copy of one of JoAnn’s Christmas novellas (ebook format). We’ll draw three names at random and reveal the winners on Monday. Can you tell me what present you always wanted as a child but never received?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Until then, blessings!

Renee-Ann <><

Christmas Read, anyone? Part 5

Welcome back, everyone. First, I need to announce our latest winner: Congratulations go to Robert Nacke. Wow, lucky you! That’s the second time in my Christmas Reads series. Good for you, Robert. Tina will be in touch with you.

Now, we’re on to our 5th giveaway. Read on as we will have another question for you to answer in your comment for a chance to win another beautiful Christmas Read.

Today, I feature an amazing author, Dorothy Clark, and her Christmas Read, A Season of the Heart

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First, let me tell you about her book:

A Season of the Heart:

A Christmas Match. Rugged logger Daniel Braynard meets none of Ellen Hall’s husband requirements. Groomed for a prestigious marriage, she already has a choice between two wealthy suitors. She plans to make her decision by Christmas while visiting her hometown. But when tasked with creating the town’s decorations, she and Daniel are forced to work together. And her former childhood rescuer has matured into a man she can no longer ignore.

Daniel hardly recognizes the ambitious socialite Ellen has become. Somewhere beneath her airs is the spirited, warmhearted friend he has never forgotten. As Christmas nears, will the chill between them thaw to reveal the gift of a sweet love that was meant to be?

Award-winning author Dorothy Clark lives in rural New York. She enjoys traveling with her husband throughout the United States doing research and gaining inspiration for future books. Dorothy believes in God, love, family and happy endings, which explains why she feels so at home writing stories for Love Inspired Books. Dorothy enjoys hearing from her readers and may be contacted at: dorothyjclark@hotmail.com

A Season of the Heart will be available in both paperback and ebook. But you don’t have to wait. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.

So far we’ve talked about the things we love most about Christmas: food, traditions, songs and more. What about decorations? What is the most important ornament, or any kind of knickknacks you look forward to setting out at this time of year? It doesn’t have to be a tree ornament, it can be anything you set on the mantel, under the tree, or anywhere else. I’ll start by sharing mine: (hard to think of only one. I have so many…)

The manger, my Christmas village, and all the ornaments on our tree hold a special meaning. But I think my most treasured decoration is the only figurine (Joseph) left from the manger scene my family had when I was a kid. I have no idea what happened to the rest of this set, but I’d give just about anything to get an identical set. There’s also the Christmas wreath my sister made for me. She and I live so far away, I feel closer to her when I hang it on the front door.

We look forward to reading your comments. Until then, blessings!

Renee-Ann <><

Christmas Read, anyone? Part 4.

Drum roll please ! I’m delighted to announce the winner of Darlene Franklin’s novel, An Apple For Christmas. Congratulations go to Robert Nacke. Thank you so much for taking part in this giveaway. Darlene will be in touch with you soon.

I can’t believe this is already part 4. But don’t go away. There are several more to come and we draw one random winner for each book we feature. That’s two winners a week. And today is no exception. It is my pleasure to feature Tina Pinson, and her Christmas novel, Christmas in Shades of Grey.

 

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Award winning author Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of 30+ years, Danny. They have three sons, and seven grandchildren. She writes poetry, loves to doodle, sing, and enjoys gardening. She prays her stories will transport you to worlds beyond, touching your spirit, and giving you a closer insight to yourself and God. Her books are available at online retailers. You can learn more about Tina on her blog, and her website. And you can follow her on Twitter.

 

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Here’s a little about her book:

It’s Christmastime. David Pareman lies in his hospital bed, dying. The staff visits him, as does a drug induced cowboy and yellow-eyed monster. But not his children. He fears he’ll die alone without a chance to share his heart.

When Arion, a stranger with vast knowledge of David’s life and a shroud of mystery over his own, comes to visit, David thinks Arion is from the newspaper. He learns otherwise. Soon David is tripping through his past in search of the answer to a soul-searing question. “What in your life merits God answering your prayer?”

Through his past and those of his children he hopes to reach, David finds little to balance the scales against him. He believes he’s no good, with nothing of merit that would make God want to help in him. Then he remembers the truth of Christmas and the love the Father sent to earth.

Sounds like an awesome read to me. And I know you’ll want to read it too. Here’s your chance to get a copy.

We’ve talked about what we love most about Christmas, we’ve shared our favourite Christmas songs, and the important “things” on our wish list. Now let’s talk about traditions?

In all your years, what was your MOST UNUSUAL Christmas tradition. As a child or grown up, it doesn’t matter. Leave a comment below for a chance to win Christmas in Shades of Grey. Best of luck. I’ll announce the winner Monday. Until then, have a blessed weekend, everybody.

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