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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

Maggie Hope writes an advice column and at the last minute fills in for a friend/coworker to interview a local champion horse trainer for a morning TV show. Not only is she out of her element in front of the camera but also interrogating the handsome cowboy who has been in the tabloids on more than one occasion.

Tru Monahan is leery of the media after having his name blazed across some of the scandal magazines, not that the stories were legit. But when he's interviewed by Maggie he feels sorry for her. When he boasts that he can take a novice and have them able to ride a cutting horse within weeks, Maggie challenges him.

With the threat to stand by Maggie's bet if she wants to save her column, and Tru's being pressured by his sponsors to follow through on the ultimatum, leaves the pair in a situation that neither of them are thrilled over.

This is my first time to read a contemporary romance by Debra Clopton, and I have to tell you that I was thrilled to find such an incredible author. In fact, I was so excited, I ordered 16 more of her prior titles. :) Betting on Hope had me turning pages and wishing the story wouldn't end. Debra has a delightful way of getting into the heart of her characters and breathing life into them so that the reader is cheering for them to succeed. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 for happily-ever-after endings.

This book was provided free for review by the author and Thomas Nelson Publishers - 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fodder for a Story

I love this photo with the train coming through town. Notice the guy with his head down and stepping across the tracks?

It makes me wonder what's on his mind that he doesn't seem to notice how close the train is to him. Observing things like this can become fodder for a story.

Asking those 'what if' questions.

What questions arise for you when you see this photo?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gabriel's Atonement by Vickie McDonough

Gabe Coulter enjoys his life as a gambler except for the niggling thoughts reminding him of the promises he'd made to his mother before her death. He's an honorable man only in certain areas of his life. When faced with an unexpected death that he caused, Gabe is forced to make changes in his life, if anything, to assuage his guilt.

Lara Talbot wonders where God is and why He doesn't supply the needs of her family. Trying to shoulder the weight of taking care of her son, sister, and grandfather, she continues to be met with struggles and obstacles each step of the way.

Gabriel's Atonement is set in the backdrop of one of the Oklahoma Territory's land rushes. Vickie McDonough did a wonderful job weaving together a story of atonement in the midst of life on the frontier. I highly recommend it.

This book was provided free for review by the author and Shiloh Run Press - 2015.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Step Back Into History

All of my growing up years, I hated history. Well, that isn't exactly true. I disliked trying to memorize dates for a test and trying to figure out how it all fit together. Now as an adult I find the 'stories' in history utterly fascinating.

I recently have been having fun digging into this newspaper.
Although I haven't actually started the writing process yet, I know I'll include a scene or two from this local university.
I enjoyed seeing this picture when I visited my local historical society a week ago:
What fascinates you about history? Have you ever dug into any of the local stories from where you live?


Monday, December 29, 2014

A Vision and Word for 2015

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18a


I don't know about you, but I find it hard to believe that 2015 is just around the corner. Whenever I find myself looking ahead to a new year, I begin praying about what God has for me to do.
 
Several years ago, I attended a conference for women and the speaker challenged the attendees to ask God for a word for the year for us to concentrate on and study throughout that time. In the past, I've studied God's Word and learned more about joy, peace, gratefulness, and hope. As I began to lean toward 2015, I sensed God directing me toward the word, 'believe'.

Along with choosing a word for the New Year, I also pray and ask God to show me various goals to set as well. It can be something like - writing a book, leaning toward healthy relationships, losing weight... any number of things. God desires for us to seek Him as we set these goals.

As you think about 2015 what 'word' and goals do you believe God wants you to set? Be assured of this... "Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!" Lamentations 3:22-23

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Matter of the Heart by Tracie Peterson

Jessica Atherton is restless and trying to figure out her goal in life. God begins to stir her heart as well as two different gentleman. She isn't sure which way God is leading her to go.

Austin Todd has long since decided never to marry but he can't deny the bubbling of interest he feels when in Jessica's presence. Will she ever see beyond the sins of his past and take a chance with him? Is it worth the risk?


This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

Eliza Cantrell has ideas of how to improve her intended groom's store. She's so excited to get started she travels a week early hoping he will be excited to see his mail-order-bride. She hadn't anticipated being caught up in a train robbery and losing all the money she had planned to use as an investment for the store. Nor did she anticipate her fiance being away.

William Stanton longs to become a doctor but doesn't have enough money saved to cover the cost of his education. Instead he's stuck co-owning a store with his friend who is often missing as of late. When a penniless woman arrives claiming to be the future bride of his fellow owner, he begrudgingly allows her to help out in the store until his friend returns.

Neither are willing to budge when it comes to what ideas are best for the store, and Will hadn't planned on the beginning of feelings he's experiencing for Axel's intended.


This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Navy Seal Noel by Liz Johnson

It's been years since Navy Seal Will Grumble walked away from the girl he cared deeply for, but a day hasn't gone by without her consuming his thoughts. When his commanding officer, father of Jessalynn, asks him to do a mission 'off the books' to rescue his daughter from a drug cartel in South America, Will doesn't hesitate.

Jessalynn McCoy figured her Navy father would send someone to rescue her from her kidnappers, however she never imagined it would be the man who hurt her to the deepest core by walking out of her life and no longer assuming the role as her best friend. She's determined to make sure her abductors don't release the deadly toxin and kill others in the process even if she has to manage her escape by herself.

Will the two be able to escape the hurts from their past and their abductors?

You can find Liz Johnson on:
http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com
Facebook.com/LizJohnsonBooks

This book was provided free for review by Liz Johnson and Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Called By Your Name

When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:5

The Our Daily Bread reading this morning got me to thinking. The Scripture reading came from Luke 19:1-10, the familiar tale you often hear as a child in Sunday School about Zacchaeus climbing the tree in order to see Jesus.

I've heard it many times, but what struck me this time as I read through was that Jesus called Zacchaeus by name. Jesus knew exactly who Zacchaeus was. He knew him by name. They may have never met before, but still Jesus knew him.

For me, it was a great reminder how Jesus calls us each by name. He desires for us to have fellowship with him. He's calling your name. Have you responded to Him?