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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas Promises

Heavenly Gifts for the Holiday Season

This little book is both beautiful and inspiring. The author weaves true stories with related, helpful Scripture and quotations. The pages are decorated for Christmas and make the book a lovely gift.

“Rainbow Promises,” one of the stories included, tells of how the author met and married her husband, making eventual joy out of what was tragedy for him in the past. The story concludes with this reminder:

If you’re experiencing disappointments this Christmas, be reminded that God is seldom early, but He’s never late. As you wait, be assured that God sees the entire puzzle and is working behind the scenes for you, even when you can’t feel his presence. That’s what faith is all about.

From Amazon:

Product Description
The Bible is packed with promises concerning the daily life issues that are closest to our hearts. Unfortunately, as we get caught up in the routine of life, we often forget to seek the illumination of the Bible. Christmas Promises: Heavenly Gifts for Daily Living helps women and families personalize the timeless promises of God's Word to their everyday lives. Readers will experience the refreshment of God's one on one love as they read the personalized Scriptures that bring God's Word alive in their personal circumstances. They will be blessed during the Christmas season and throughout the year by reading about topics such as God's Promises to Provide, God's Promises of Peace, God's Promises of His Presence, God's Promises of Rest, and many more. Let the inspiring quotes and messages, true stories about God fulfilling promises, thought provoking life reflections, and prayers remind you that a personal relationship with your Creator and His Son brings heavenly hope to your weary soul.

About the Author
Leann Weiss is a bestselling inspirational author and speaker, in addition to being a political consultant. She has authored or coauthored over 50 books, and is best known for her personalized paraphrased Scriptures, which are featured in the popular Hugs series, recipient of the 2002 Retailers' Choice Awards for Best Series. LeAnn also serves as president of Encouragement Company, which she founded in 1994.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Beloved Captive

Barbour Publishing, Inc (November 1, 2008)


Kathleen Y’Barbo


There’s never a dull moment in the Y’Barbo household! From hockey and cheer mom to publicist to bestselling author, Kathleen Y’Barbo somehow manages to do it all - and well. While wearing her publicist’s hat, Kathleen has secured interviews with radio, television, and print media for clients at NavPress, Hatchette, Integrity, Barbour Publishing, and Broadman & Holman, to name a few. She also brings her own unique blend of Southern charm and witty prose to the more than 350,000 award-winning novels and novellas currently in print. Her novels have been nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006; and 2007 will see the release of her 25th book.

Kathleen is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage daughter. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Kathleen is a former treasurer for the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, Inspirational Writers Alive, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, and the Fellowship of Christian Authors. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker, and her kids think she’s a pretty cool mom, too…most of the time, anyway.

The first book in this series is Beloved Castaway.


In this sequel to Beloved Castaway, Emilie Gayarre is learning to accept her mixed race heritage while finding fulfillment in teaching children of the key. There is no denying the attraction between Emilie and the handsome young naval commander, Caleb Spencer, who is shadowed by his own flock of secrets. But if her heritage is found out, even greater things than his career are at risk. Enjoy this historical romance full of risk and redemption.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Beloved Captive, go HERE.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Write Now

For any of you who follows the blog posts by Milton Dykes, check out this post he made recently. It is such a good reminder!

Milton writes:

My thoughts are still reflecting on yesterdays post about the unexpected death of Lavada Haupt. Her passing took place so quickly. The tumor as I have heard it wasn't discovered just this past October only a few weeks back. She was at Kristy's funeral and to my knowledge had no idea of having such a severe problem.

Does that say anything to you? Does it make you think about the value of living today? Does it make you think of eternal purpose? I learned in a way I couldn't conceive in Kristy's passing that life is most precious and to be treasured far more than the majority realize.


I received this note in the mail on Saturday which simply reads:

Hope you are
writing while the
words are strong
within you.
Don't wait!



Wow, those are good words and fit with what I just shared concerning the uncertainly of life. I am writing and will heed even more the good word of the Spirit from a thoughtful friend.

Earlier in the day I had commented on the necessity of telling our story and writing it now. It is a sweet, powerful, and amazing story. You will be very surprised at how it ends.

What are you waiting to do that you know you must do?

Do it now. There may not be a tomorrow or a more convenient time.

Make amends now.
Reach out now.
Give now.
Go now.
Love now.
Write now.
Complete now.

Don't wait.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Way to Part From Your Money

Well, there's yet another scheme out there for unsuspecting writers: robologging. Thanks to Paperback Writer for bringing this to our attention.

Someone (you know who you are) asked me what I thought of, a web hosting/roboblogging service advertising itself on such indy sites as Publishers Weekly. Apparently for a mere $1200.00 in set-up fees (plus $19.95/month, plus add-on charges of $30 to $80/hour) they will "develop a presence" on the internet for you (which translates to they'll create and host your blog and update it as well feed it to other social sites like Feedburner, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Upcoming, Twitter, Squidoo, Pingfm, etc.)

I am in the wrong business is what I think.

Let's break down exactly what this service does:

1. It creates a blog for you (does not create blog content, just a blog.)

You can do the same by yourself for nothing; you just have to register with a free bloghosting service like Blogger and click your mouse a few times.

2. It creates duplicate accounts on all the social blogging/video/vanity sites (again, note that they do not create blog content, they only create other places to dump it, and they dump it for you.)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe 99% of those sites are also free to anyone who wants to register and click the mouse a few times.

Read the rest at her site.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips

FaithWords (November 5, 2008)


Stephen Baldwin
Mark Tabb


STEPHEN BALDWIN - actor, family man, born-again Christian - makes his home in upstate New York with his wife and two young daughters.

Equally adept at drama and comedy, Baldwin has appeared in over 60 films and been featured on such top-rated television shows as Fear Factor and Celebrity Mole. He has his own production company that is developing projects for television and the big screen. These days, however, his role as director, co-producer and host of Livin' It - a cutting-edge skate video is bringing out his white hot passion for evangelism.

Writer and communicator Mark Tabb calls himself an “internationally unknown author.” Although his books have been published around the world, he is best known for his collaborative works. His 2008 release, “Mistaken Identity”, written with the Van Ryn and Cerak families, hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks, and remained on the list for over two months. He and actor Stephen Baldwin teamed up on their 2005 New York Times bestseller, “The Unusual Suspect,” and with their first work of fiction, “The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips,”


Even years of experience haven't prepared Officer Andy Myers for this case---

When Officer Andy Myers met Loraine Phillips, he had no interest in her son. And he certainly never dreamed he'd respond to a call, finding that same boy in a pool of blood. Even more alarming was the father standing watch over his son's body. Myers had never seen a man respond to death-particularly the death of a child-in such a way. When the father is charged with murder and sentenced to death, he chooses not to fight but embrace it as God's will. Myers becomes consumed with curiosity for these strange beliefs. What follows is the story of the bond these two men share as they come to terms with the tragedy and the difficult choices each one must make.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips, go HERE


Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Food Prep

Just a heads up for holiday cooks-- I've listed some great cookbooks and cooking blogs on my page at The Examiner. I've included the recipe for this wonderful, sugar-free dessert I've made many times.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I first "met" J.M. Hochstetler on line, when she was still excited about the idea of this story being published. Now it's a reality, and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Grab some tissue, curl up by the fire, and enjoy this story of "a contemporary miracle."

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Holy Night

Sheaf House (April 1, 2008)


J. M. Hochstetler


J. M. Hochstetler writes stories that always involve some element of the past and of finding home. Born in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic languages. She was an editor with Abingdon Press for twelve years and has published three novels.

One Holy Night, a contemporary miracle story for all seasons, released in April 2008. Daughter of Liberty (2004) and Native Son (2005), books 1 and 2 of the American Patriot Series are set during the American Revolution. Book 3, Wind of the Spirit, is scheduled for release in March 2009. Hochstetler is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, and Historical Novels Society.


In 1967 the military build-up in Viet Nam is undergoing a dramatic surge. The resulting explosion of anti-war sentiment tears the country apart, slicing through generations and shattering families. In the quiet bedroom community of Shepherdsville, Minnesota, the war comes home to Frank and Maggie McRae, whose only son, Mike, is serving as a grunt in Viet Nam.

Frank despises all Asians because of what he witnessed as a young soldier fighting the Japanese in the south Pacific during WWII. The news that his son has fallen in love with and married Thi Nhuong, a young Vietnamese woman, shocks him. To Frank all Asians are enemies of his country, his family, and himself. A Buddhist, Thi Nhuong represents everything he despises. So he cuts Mike out of his life despite the pleas of his wife, Maggie; daughter, Julie; and Julie s husband, Dan, the pastor of a growing congregation.

Maggie is fighting her own battle--against cancer. Convinced that God is going to heal her, Frank plays the part of a model Christian. Her death on Thanksgiving Day devastates him. Worse, as they arrive home from the gravesite, the family receives news of Mike s death in battle. Embittered, Frank stops attending church and cuts off family and friends.

By the time a very pregnant Thi Nhuong arrives on his doorstep on a stormy Christmas Eve, Frank is so filled with hate that he slams the door in her face, shutting her out in the bitter cold. Finally, overcome by guilt, he tries to go after her, but driving wind and snow force him back inside. With the storm rising to blizzard strength, he confronts the wrenching truth that what hate has driven him to do is as evil as what the Japanese did all those years earlier, and that he needs forgiveness as desperately as they did ...

Frank doesn't know that what God has in mind this night is a miracle. As on that holy night so many years ago, a baby will be born and laid in a manger--a baby who will bring forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing to a family that has suffered heart-wrenching loss.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Holy Night, go HERE.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Thanks to Terry Whalin's blog today which reminds us of how to deal with adversity (rejections).

Gladwell has caught my attention again with his article, The Uses of Adversity which was thankfully posted online. The full article is worth reading but here's a couple of interesting paragraphs quite a ways into the article, "It's one thing to argue that being an outsider can be strategically useful. But Andrew Carnegie went farther. He believed that poverty provided a better preparation for success than wealth did; that, at root, compensating for disadvantage was more useful, developmentally, than capitalizing on advantage."

He sums it up the way my dear husband tells his son to handle rejections by his girlfriends. You just say, "Next."

Friday, November 07, 2008

The fate of booksellers

Borders and Barnes and Noble are having severe problems, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

"Never in all of the years I've been in business have I seen a worse outlook for the economy. And never in all my years as a bookseller have I seen a retail climate as poor as the one we are in. Nothing even close. The latest bubble in our system has burst, this time taking with it the hopes and dreams of tens of millions of Americans, and leaving many more in fear of their now uncertain futures. Worse, the full extent of the potential damage is still not known as this confluence of financial disasters has no precedent in our nation's history. Moreover, uncertainty itself can lead to more damage in the system, and thereby help accelerate the downward slide. Alas, we live in a consumer-driven economy: the paradox being that if we don't spend, we go broke."

The article ends on an upbeat note:

Finally, customer service becomes ever more important in times like these. And, as Mitchell might say, "Put the book in our customers' hands and don't keep them waiting in line!"

Let's make the best of the season!

I intend to do some shopping at my local B&N, how about you?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The loss of Michael Crichton

I haven't read his stuff for a long time, but I remember in high school being thoroughly creeped-out by "The Andromeda Strain." I loved Jurassic Park. Today Michael passed away at age 66, after losing his battle with cancer.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Being Thankful

Thanks to Robin Lee Hatcher for reminding us to be thankful for things today.

Like Robin, I am also

1) Very thankful to live in a country that is free and holds elections.

I am also thankful for--

2) my wonderful husband and family

3) That no matter what happens, because of Jesus, we have hope for a future.