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Monday, January 18, 2016

A Little Christmas Joy


"I wish I could describe how much I loved this story. It has all the heartwarming elements a good reunion tale should have. Short, sweet, and steamy, but still PG. Robin Bayne has a talent for weaving a tale that keeps you turning the pages late into the night."


--Author Lori Soard  on "Christmas Forever"


 

Friday, January 08, 2016

New Fiction by Mary Manners!

Daylin Sullivan has a passion for two things: books and food. Both help her escape from a past riddled by abandonment; she spent her childhood passed from one foster family to the next. Life has mirrored a game of musical chairs until one New Years Eve she stumbles upon a Dash for the Dream brochure in the local diner. The team is a faith-based group that runs marathons to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.
Patrick Litton is raising his six-year-old daughter Aubree alone. As the leader of Dash for the Dream, the widower works tirelessly to secure funding in search of better treatment for all those afflicted with CF, including Aubree. Patrick has no time for romanceuntil he meets Daylin at the Dash for the Dream kick-off party.

Daylin and Patrick don't expect to fall in love, but both learn that when it comes to romance, training for a marathon is the easiest part of their journey.


Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus. She loves swimming, running, flavored coffee and Smoky Mountain sunsets.

Mary believes everyone has a story to tell, and she loves to share hers. She writes inspirational romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.

Learn more about Mary Manners at her website: www.MaryMannersRomance.com.


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Terri Wangard: Friends And Enemies

Hagen, Germany

Monday, May 31, 1943


She was too late.
Heidi Wetzel paused at the corner to catch her breath. A line stretched out of the greengrocer’s market and snaked halfway down the block, ending four feet in front of her. She’d hurried for nothing. Deflating with a sigh, she took her place at the end.
The clerk at the creamery had mentioned a delivery of fresh strawberries, her first chance of the year for the tasty treat. Her mouth had watered at the thought of biting into a plump red berry, its juice dribbling down her hand. She shook her head to dislodge the craving. With a line like this, by the time she got inside they’d likely be gone.
A small bottle of milk and a wedge of cheese resided in her shopping net. She needed to get them home, but she’d wait. Wait and hope. At least she could get the one egg allowed her during this ration period.
As her mother often admonished, she must be grateful for what she had. The war threatened to drag on a lot longer; these shortages would get worse.
The woman ahead of her raised a baby to her shoulder. Big blue eyes blinked at Heidi, prompting her smile. A tiny hand clutched his mother’s sleeve. Heidi stroked a gentle finger on the soft skin. The baby giggled.
Tears sprang to her eyes. The happy sound slashed at her soul like knives. If only he was her child. Motherhood threatened to remain an elusive dream as long as the war raged.




The first Girl Scout badge I received was the Writer. I enjoyed writing stories in notebooks which, thankfully, have not survived. These days I write historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest (Book 1) and 2013 First Impressions (Book 3), as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist (Book 2). Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, I live in Wisconsin where my research included going for a ride in a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Friends and Enemies was inspired by a batch of letters written in 1947-48 by distant cousins in Germany who were receiving care packages from my grandparents. I don’t know anything about their beliefs concerning Hitler and the Nazis, but I created a family to be proud of.  I elected to feature the B-17 because airmen were the only Allied military men in Germany at the time. (They ended up in Germany because they were shot down.)
Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps me occupied as an associate editor.


World War II rages across Europe, particularly in Germany, claiming the life of Heidi Wetzel’s husband. In a bid to escape her grief and the frequent bombings of German cities, Heidi and her sister flee Hagen to a farm in the German countryside, where they help care for orphaned children. While there, Heidi comes across an American airman, Paul, with whom she spent time when her family was living in Milwaukee during her high school years. When Paul’s plane is shot down over Germany, his only thought is survival—until he hears God’s voice guiding him to his late wife’s friend. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution. What should Heidi do?




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Friday, January 01, 2016

Compelling: Inman's "Shadows"

Shadows: One Choice a Future Makes



Secret societies, dangerous passions, and untold millions await Justin “Flip” Grey when he arrives at a banking conference for a weekend seminar. Little does he know he is being auditioned for inclusion with The Lair, a group of businessmen who influence more than the economy. And they are going to test Justin. Enter Dahlia, the world’s most dangerous temptress, who has been assigned to seduce Justin. He must choose his future: his wife or his passions?

Travis W. Inman then allows Justin to make both decisions, and creates duel realities. In the first, Justin remains faithful. He and his family begin to change the world in ways they never dreamt possible.

In reality two, Justin become “Flip”, and choses the seductress. The consequences of his choice begin to spiral, descending into chaos. Evil begins to manifest in his life, and the disaster it brings is irreversible.

One choice a future makes.


Robin's review:  "Inman’s tale is a gritty, realistic look at the importance of one’s choices in life, about the consequences we bring on ourselves and the hope we have when we lean on God for direction. A compelling, satisfying story that leaves the reader reconsidering his own decisions.” 






 Travis W. Inman grew up in the ranch country of West Texas and worked as a cowboy for his first 20 years.  Travis graduated from seminary in Dallas, Texas, and later served a year in the mission field in Mexico and South America.  He returned home and married Sarah, his wife and sweetheart of more than 20 years.  They have two teenagers whom they home school.

Over the years, Travis has applied his skills to a variety of fields, ranging from marketing and real estate to criminal justice and law enforcement.  Travis served in the United States Army where he overcame a devastating injury and was able to walk again despite the odds.

Writing is a life-long passion for Travis.  His short stories and poems have been selected for publication in a variety of newspapers and on Internet sites.  Travis’ writing includes children’s literature, action adventure, short stories, one act plays, love stories, westerns, sci-fi, thrillers, and drama.

Travis and Sarah Inman currently reside in Idaho.