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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, March 27, 2013

Swept Away by Mary Connealy

Readers will be swept away in Mary Connealy's latest series about Trouble in Texas. In book one, Ruthy MacNeil longs for an opportunity to be separated from the overbearing family who took her in after her parent's death, so she isn't heart broken when she is swept away from their wagon train in a sudden flash flood.

Luke Stone's one mission is to reclaim his family's stolen ranch and find restitution for his father's unexpected death. What he hadn't planned on was rescuing a woman on the banks of a river on his way home. He feels obligated to help Ruthy and take her with him since there is no other help nearby. What he hadn't counted on was finding himself drawn to the energetic, hardworking woman as he tries to organize a range war.

Mary's book is one that readers will have a hard time putting down as they are swept away to Texas in 1868. It's a book I highly recommend.

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

 Book Info 

About Swept Away
When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.
But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love? 
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Meet Mary:  
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

God's Touch

I'm always amazed at the many ways and times God touches our hearts, especially when we ask Him to do so. I have had the wonderful privilege of attending a writer's conference/residency in Manitou Springs, CO the past few days. There are only about 20 of us in attendance, allowing us the opportunity to get to know each other better. We are learning many things about the writing world. I appreciate all the information I have been learning and know it will be incorporated into my future writing career. But the times where God has touched my heart the most was through one of the devotional times and one of the speakers. I appreciate all the practical knowledge I've learned, but I'm even more thankful for God's touch and reminder of His love.

God continues to remind me that He's the one who has put me on this journey, and I can trust Him to lead me where He wants me to go.

I praise God for caring about us so much that He chooses to speak to our hearts - to uplift and encourage us, to show us the direction He desires for us to go. Or perhaps it's to make a change or go on a different path. He desires for us to seek Him so we can know His ways and share the hope we have with others.

When was the last time you experienced a touch from God? Is He asking you to do something today that will help show someone else about His love?