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Friday, May 06, 2016

Sharon Srock: The Mercie Collection


Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through the door.
Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn’s trust. He can’t believe how easily she’s willing to accept her mom’s excuses about where she’s been for the past seventeen years. There’s something off about Jocelyn Rich and he’s determined to find answers even if it costs him his engagement to Scottlyn.

Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie?      


Sometimes a woman needs another woman to lean on, to draw strength from, to share her secrets with. Someone who knows the dark moments of her past and loves her anyway. Someone to tell her the truth, even when it stings. Someone to pray for her. Someone to remind her that God still loves her. 

Those are the stories I tell. 

Ordinary women, extraordinary faith. 

Wealthy women, middle class women, young, old, and everything in between. Women with jobs. Women raising their families along side of empty nesters. Women with dreams for their futures and hurts that haunt their past. ordinary women, extraordinary faith, sisters of the heart if not by blood, bound together by the ties of Christ's "forever family".

From Sharon's Page.....

With permission from the women, I wanted to share some things about myself.
I'm a mother of two beautiful daughters and three stepsons. I think the last count on grandchildren and greats  was 22. Thanksgiving and Christmas with this group can be a challenge, but is always a joy.

I've been married to my husband, Larry for almost 17 years. He has supported me in this endeavor and I love him a lot. We live in the-middle-of-no-where Oklahoma with two grown Labrador retrievers, Sara and Ziva. They think I'm their mommy.

I have a full time job at the local Air Force Base, been there for 25 years. I sell Avon, been doing that for 20 years. I write when I'm not doing either one of those things.

I love to read. Sometimes I think I must have been born with a book in my hand. I can never remember my mother being much of a reader till later in her life, but I know she encouraged that love of books in me. I'm grateful to her for that.

Writers are expected to love books, but I have a couple of other things that aren't so standard.

I like to pan for gold, I enjoy NASCAR (go Jeff Gordon!), and I'm a serious Trekker. Most of my previous writing experience was Trek stuff. Poems and short stories published in various fanzines. Well, there IS that unpublished Star Trek novel buried in my closet, but we won't go there.

I have worshiped at the same Pentecostal church for 40 years. The people there are my forever family and I couldn't ask for better.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

JC Morrows: A Desperate Escape

A Secret . . . A Confession . . . A Decision that will change the lives of an entire country.

The palace is scrambling to recover from a brutal assault . . . the country is in disarray . . . and the royal security team is on edge like never before.

Kayden entered the palace under a lie . . . a lie that has now been exposed.

And now . . .

Prince Dvarius has to decide what to do with his reluctant assassin.

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  • Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader - is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn't stop.
    She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother - also known as her biggest fan.
    She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
    "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Habakkuk 2:2 KJV


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Writing Devotionals!

 This is a new collection of devotionals for, and by, Christian writers. I feel like something of a pro with these, since I published my own collection of them back in 2008 (Words To Write By) and continue to seek them for publishing on my blog. I really enjoyed reading through the essays, each of which starts with a related verse and ends with a prayer and a set of writing prompts.  I don't recall any devotionals I've read including a prompt section, so that was unique to this anthology.

"The Bad Review Blues" by Heather Gray was a very inspiring piece, as the author shared some of her literary rejections, many with cruel comments. Her method of dealing with them was to separate herself from the actual work, which is so hard for writers to do.  She then offers tips for getting past the hurt and offering it up in prayer. Her writing prompts encourage readers to jot down their own similar experiences and to search for Scripture references.

I'd recommend this book to Christian writers, and those who think writing may be in their future.

And really nice,...proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the scholarship fund for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (

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Discuss on Good Reads! 

Contributions by

Gail Cartee, Brooke Cox, Nicey Eller, Bobbie Frazier,
Heather Gray, Paula Mowery, Shelley Pierce,
Cindy Phiffer, Trishonda Roberson, Jennifer Rosario,
William Stephens, Leigh Ann Thomas
Edited by Lynellen D.S. Perry

Friday, April 01, 2016

New Amish Romance from Laura V Hilton

The Amish Firefighter

Can they overcome their past?

Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.

Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together? 

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories),  Promised to Another, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards), Surrendered Love and Awakened Love, A White Christmas in Webster County,  The Snow Globe, The Postcard,  The Birdhouse, Swept Away,  Christmas Mittens, and The Amish Firefighter.

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43:2

Some time ago, I was surfing Pinterest, and I saw a picture of an Amish man with a team of firefighters, holding a fire hose and rushing toward a brush fire. That picture intrigued me, and I saved it to my Pinterest story board, The Amish Firefighter. (You can see it, here:
Then I ran across some articles written about Amish firefighters and paramedics. The Amish believe in giving back to their community and that is one way they are allowed to do so. Some of the girls even take EMT classes to work on ambulances or as first responders. Some Amish communities even have signs up, showing Amish men on scooters racing for the fire station or the scene of the fire. 
Wow, impressive!
Sammy Miller, my hero in The Amish Firefighter, survived a fire in The Postcard. He had already started school to become an EMT and paramedic before the book starts due to an accident in Pennsylvania which killed his best friend, Ezra Weiss. The fire  he was rescued from in The Postcard cemented his desire to help others and he became a volunteer fire fighter in Jamesport.
Abigail Stutzman has relocated to Jamesport due to her mother’s marriage to an Amish widower. She thought she was sent there to force her to break up with her boyfriend, who happened to be her step-father’s son. But the story behind her story was so much more volatile than she ever imagined.
When the book opens, Abigail is following a new friend into a barn to meet her boyfriend and some of his friends. But before she makes it back to where the men are, everyone runs out and Abigail is stunned to discover that someone there had set the barn on fire! She tries to think how to best proceed, let the animals out then call for help? Call for help and start fighting the fire? Fight the fire and then proceed from there? But when running out of the barn she trips and falls over something and there she is discovered by Sammy who is returning from a late class and hears the family dog barking a warning.
An unknown girl. Alone. In a burning barn. What is a man to think?
Sammy went with the obvious. She was a firestarter. An arson. And he was going to have her pay.
The flames between Abigail and Sammy were just as dangerous as the fires that were set around the Amish community. And in Abigail’s words, The spark between them is undeniable, but she could never trust her life—or her heart—to a man who thinks her guilty.
I absolutely loved The Amish Firefighter, and writing this story. It was fun, exciting, and not at all predictable. Not only that, but both Abigail and Sammy go through the refiner’s fire, growing spiritually and in ways they never expected.
Pick up your copy of The Amish Firefighter. Available for preorder at your favorite retailer. 

Where can readers find you online?
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Matthew 18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”