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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thanks Joanne!

Thanks to Joanne Tropello for this great review of The Artist's Granddaughter.

Here's part of her comments--

Ms. Bayne sets this story up perfectly and you are hooked right away. You wonder if Megan and Michael will patch up the past and move in to the present with a future together or continue living with broken hearts. This novella is short but sweet and so deliciously full of detail and complex character development. Without even realizing it you are swept into their sweet love story and root for them every step, willing these two delightful characters to find their way back to each other.

The attention to detail and the way the secondary characters are developed, leave you feeling satisfied with your experience in the small town setting. By the end of this novella, I found myself wanting to read more about Megan and Michael to see how their lives played out. I only met them for a short time, but they felt like good friends that I’ve known for ages. I’ve never read any of Ms. Bayne’s books before, but she is now definitely one of the authors on my favorites list.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Why We're Still Here

Check out Eddie Snipe's great post on why May 21 was not the day of our Lord's return.

Why the rapture won’t happen today

Written By: Eddie Snipes - May• 21•11

The claim behind the prediction of the rapture:

Watching the followers of Pastor Camping explain the rapture is disheartening. Several of them have stated they quit their jobs and planned their finances to run out today, May 21st. As his people stated in an interview, “There is no plan B.”

According to Camping’s statements in an interview, the rapture is to occur exactly 7,000 years after the flood. Today is that date by Camping’s calculations.

His reasoning is that the Apostle Peter said, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years.” Since God said, “I will send a flood in seven days”, the earth will end 7,000 years from the date of that statement. However, people seem to forget the rest of Peter’s statement, “and a thousand years is like a day.” Now if we apply the same logic to the second half of the verse, calculations suddenly don’t make sense. Perhaps the point of Peter’s statement isn’t a coded message, but a reminder that time is not a boundary to God. Whether it’s a thousand years, or a single day, God is there and unaffected by time. We are bound by time, He is not.

Read the rest here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Meet Writer Sherri Salatin

Hi Sherri! Tell me a little about yourself and your family.

I am Sheri Salatin from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I'm married to my best friend, Daniel and we have 3 kids - Travis 7, Andrew 5 and Lauryn 3. We are full time alternative farmers on our multi-generational family farm - Polyface ( I'm passionate about farming as well as writing. We use creation as our template for raising clean healthy animals.
I'm active in our church, serving as nursery director and AWANA Sparks Director. When I'm not reading or writing, you can find me baking, sewing, gardening, canning, quilting, knitting and homeschooling.

1. What inspires you?
People inspire me. People who stand for what is right when no one else stands with them. And God's Word inspires me. A day that I feel like my creativity is stifled is the day that I missed my quiet time in God's Word.

2. Share 3 random facts about yourself.
I read magazines from back to front.
My mom always says that I was born in the wrong century. I love all of the old time crafts - canning, knitting, leather-work, long skirts, etc.
I'm the oldest of 6 children

3. What relaxes you after a long day?
Curling up in bed with good book or talking about the day with my hubby.

4. What do you like to read?
Fiction - any kind, any place. I love fiction. I love stories that take me to places I've never been and ones that visit places similar to my hometown.

5. What is your greatest asset?
I'm a fast reader and a good listener.

6. What are you working on right now? Tell us about your current book.
I'm working on my very first book - a contemporary romantic suspense currently titled The Gift's Secret. Here's the blurb:
Laura Taylor is desperate for answers to her past but her sister's life hangs in the balance if she tries to find them. Determined to save her sister and uncover what really happened to her parents, she will have to trust Matt Knight, a convicted felon and a cowboy who wants to lasso her heart. But he's not as dangerous as the Servant who will go to any length to keep the truth a secret.
Can Laura save her sister and discover the meaning of unconditional love before it's too late?

7. What one piece of advice would you give to other aspiring authors just like yourself?
Just do it. If you don't start, you'll never get anywhere. I am guilty of this. For years I said, "Before I die, I want to write a book." Then I realized that if I didn't start, I was never going to accomplish that goal. If you have a burning desire to do something, what is holding you back? You'll never learn if you don't start. And as my father-in-law always says, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly at first."

8. What would you like to ask the readers of this post?
What is your favorite day of the week and why?

How can my readers find you?
My blog -
Twitter -

Thank you so much for having me, Robin. I'm excited to meet all of you! I'll stop by, so leave comments or questions and let's chat!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Self Promotion

Sally Apokedak has a wonderful post on the problem of balancing writing with self promotion and marketing.

Self-promotion. Something must be in the air. Jonathan Rogers posted about it yesterday, linking to an article by Jeffrey Overstreet. And on the kidlit email loop a discussion flared about it also.

Jeffrey, in his article tells about the serendipitous way he came by his book contracts and he says, “I remain embarrassed by this grace, and burdened with a sense of responsibility.” But that is his disclaimer, it seems, in an article that is full of lament over the way the reality falls short of the dream.

Published authors, we learn from the article, must force their contemplative Mary souls into dark corners and train themselves to be mighty Marthas, blustering about, concerned with many things, from sending out bookmarks to guest blogging to tweeting it up with strangers who want to feel like friends.

Read the rest at Sally's blog.

Monday, May 16, 2011


From my good friend JoAnn Carter:

This morning while I was lying in bed in the early pre-dawn I heard a bird singing out a beautiful melody. Normally, this would make my heart happy, but then I'd just turn over and try to catch a few more moments of rest. But not today. Today was extra special. Why? Because crazy as this may sound, this little birdie was lifting it's sweet praises in the midst of a thunderstorm. Amazing! God used two rather "ordinary" things to create and extraordinary experience for me—God showed me something awesome and real—a perfect picture of peace. Thunderclouds rolled in, lighting flashed across the dark gray sky, and rain teamed down the windowpane yet this bird was secure. In fact, it was more than secure, it was full of joy, willing and wanting to sing.

This sends Goosebumps up my spine as I think about it. It's a paradox and truly a God thing. Especially since this word, paradox, has been near and dear to my heart. In fact, I kid you not; this is the very title of the book that I wanted to share with you today. Yet, perhaps paradox is not a word you're familiar with, so let me explain. Paradox is flowers on snow, joy in the midst of trials, compassion for others as your own heart breaks. It's what many of us just celebrated, Easter-- Jesus laying down his life for me, someone sinful and undeserving. It's victory and life born out of death and suffering.

Through this experience, God reminded me that He delights in using those ordinary things to accomplish His marvelous purposes. And that's super news! If He can use Fishermen, tax collectors, birds, and thunderstorms, I know He can use me—a very average, ordinary person to do extraordinary things for Him. Perhaps you're feeling "ordinary" today. Take heart, it's through that very thing that God can show His creativity, His power, and even His love just like He did for me in the midst of this early mornings storm.


Win a gift box filled with goodies! (A paperback copy of Teacher's Plans, a gift certificate, a mug filled with a package of Green Mountain Coffee, pen and a Tee-shirt.)

How? Help me spread the word about Paradox by sharing the link to this post on your FB, Twitter, blog, etc. then e-mail where you posted it to with "Blog Blitz" in the subject line. A winner will be drawn 5/26/11.

JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through inspirational fiction novels and novellas. She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children.

JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministries events, school events, and church retreats.

Find her here:
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I hope you'll be able to pick up a copy of Paradox today!

You can watch the trailer here ~

Monday, May 09, 2011

Book Launch!


About the Book

In her well-written, resource-filled guide, Harper provides readers with practical and biblically-based solutions to overcome everyday problems. Completely Whole features prayers, meditations, and powerful scripture passages to allow readers to interact with the text and to apply it to their own lives. Harper uses personal experiences and biblical principles to place readers on a path to be in connection with God. This life-changing book will help readers to transform their spirit, soul, and body through Jesus Christ, so they can live a life of peace, joy, and fulfillment.

This book is inspiring, optimistic, hopeful and encouraging while providing a clear-cut, scriptural blueprint. Buy it May 9 only and in addition to this life-changing book receive access to Free Bonus Gifts. Follow the link in the title above.

(**Note-this book has not been read or reviewed by this blogger.)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mom's Day!


May 8, 2011

I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
-- Psalm 108:3

Songs go where evangelism, witnessing, and planned outreach sometimes cannot go. Songs tell a story, offer praise, and deliver truth in a package that opens the heart and stirs the emotions.
Songs give life to the soul and stir something primal, buried deep inside by God. When you are around friends you are trying to reach with the Gospel, listen for the kind of music they like. Then when the time is right, point them to songs that share the message of the Gospel with a melody and beat that can stir their hearts. God wants us to praise him, not just in our sanctuaries and churches, but with our friends and across cultures. He wants us to sing in ways that help other people know the "heart song" of our Redeemer's love.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Unforgivable

Accused of the worst war crimes in the history of Argentina, Carlos Cornella is despised by a wounded nation…

“I’m in love with a monster. That’s what people call him anyway: monster, murderer, kidnapper, torturer, sociopath, even the devil. His crimes are so terrible that he may be unforgivable. But I have come to know him as something else. I know him as God’s Treasure. And I’m not sure what to do about that. So, here’s my story.”

Meet Tessa Stockton:
A former contemporary dancer of German and Jewish descent, Tessa Stockton—who has always had an interest in things of a debatable nature—now writes Christian political intrigue novels. The Unforgivable is her first book in the Wounds of South America series. Raised on the coast of Washington State, she currently lives in Tennessee with her husband and son. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW), and the Lost Genre Guild (LGG).

Excerpt: (please note, spacing problems are not the author's fault)

I don’t know how to explain it, but we connected. Right from the get-go we had an in with each other. I knew that this was a man I could understand—or wanted to understand more than anybody I have ever met.
Both our smiles faded and we stared at each other as if time stood still for us.
Then he pursed his lips and stood.
My heart sunk.

Glancing around him he took two slow steps and performed a smooth slide into the booth. My booth.

“Carlos.” He extended his hand. All business now, his brow had a slight furrow to it, the corners of his mouth tipped a bit downward.

“Genevieve.” I cleared my throat again. “Nice to meet you.”

“I was going to say the same.” This time he seemed to study me, his eyes like drills, burrowing to the core. For a second...for a second, I have to admit, I got a chill. I shook it off with an awkward smile. And then I realized his hand still held mine in a firm grip, as if he’d never let go. I wondered if he’d kiss it, because he kind of moved it side to side. I think he did that anyway.

The spell. That’s what I call it, whenever you’re so caught up in somebody’s gaze like Carlos and me. In some ways his eyes reminded me of a jaguar’s. Sleek and beautiful, mysterious, sly as in not entirely sure what he is thinking and—okay, I’ll say it—dangerous. We didn’t talk, just stared at each other. Er…well, we might have made some small talk but I can’t recall any of it, so I’m not positively sure those superfluous niceties took place.

Plates of food literally dropped onto the table with a harsh clang. That’s what broke the spell. One of my empanadas slid off the ceramic in reckless abandon. I gaped at it as it then sat lifeless on the tabletop, turned askew. And then I shifted my attention to Castel who hovered over us, seething under his breath.

“Castel, are you okay?” I asked.

He didn’t seem to hear me. If I didn’t know better I’d say he stared at Carlos with deep hatred in his gaze.

“Do you two know each other?” I gripped the table.

In a very careful, methodical manner, Carlos rose. He stood face to face with Castel who looked like he’d spring on him putting hands to throat. Man, if looks could kill!

Carlos delivered a gentle bow to me and stepped away. He wordlessly picked up his things—sunglasses, book and paper—and merely strolled out of the place like no unusual custom.

“Stay away from that man,” Castel said, his voice laced with acidity.

“W-what? Why?” I said, confused.

“Do not talk to him. I am warning you for your own benefit.” Castel delivered a stern glance at me and then returned to work.

Unbelievable—it seemed unbelievable. My heart sunk a second time. How do you prepare for picking your vital organs off the floor?

My line of sight pulled off of Castel who retreated to the kitchen, and roamed across the café until I found the valuable target outside the front window and locked on.

Carlos stood there, staring back in at me. He seemed to hesitate.

Should I go to him?
Would that set off Castel to the point that he’d wring my neck?

Do I need to heed Castel’s strong word of caution?

My glance returned to the kitchen. Then back to Carlos. Then to Castel who with plates of food moved about. And then, when I looked more deeply at Carlos there lingered something in his eyes that needed telling. I wasn’t sure if the expression he wore consisted of fury, or tragedy, or…maybe both.
Pushing my body up with my hands as if weighted, I began to rise. I wanted to go to him—to Carlos. But Castel had come to the table with the rest of the food right as Sally and Paloma plopped into the booth.