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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Danele Rotharmel Introduces Time Trap, The Second Book In The Time Counselor Chronicles



A Warm Welcome to Danele Rotharmel

She'll give away a signed print copy of Time Trap
and a “White Rose Prize Package” 
It contains the following items.

(U.S. residents only)

• A white rose teacup and saucer
• A white rose journal (Faith Sees the Invisible)


• A white rose notepad
To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below
She also shares a favorite Bible verse and recipe
To Nourish the Soul

1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”


Fond Memories And A Yummy Pecan Pie Recipe 


Pecan pie and 1 Corinthians 9:24 always remind me of my great-grandmother Kathryn. Kathryn was an extremely spunky lady. She worked hard, and if she wanted something done, she went out and did it herself. She taught herself carpentry skills and created elaborate shelves, bedroom closets, and kitchen cupboards. She even took the wood from apple crates and made fancy rocking chairs and dollhouses for her grandchildren. When she was in her seventies, she was still running footraces with her great-grandkids—and winning them too! Kathryn lived to be over one hundred years old. She left behind a wealth of wonderful recipes, a strong work ethic, and a heritage of devotion to the Lord. Today, when I think about giving up, or when I feel that life is too hard, I remember Kathryn and those long-ago footraces. She taught me that a well-lived life is one that focuses on God and tackles things with enthusiasm and gumption. She taught me to run my race fervently and joyfully.



Kathryn’s Pecan Pie
3 slightly beaten eggs
½ cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ c. pecans
Sprinkle pecans into an unbaked, eight-inch pie shell. Mix the other ingredients together, stirring by hand. Pour the ingredients over the nuts. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes.

Thank you! That sounds yummy! Now, tell us about Time Trap, your latest book.

Time Trap is the second book in The Time Counselor Chronicles, and it takes place four years after Gil Montgomery’s successful time surf in Time Tsunami. In Time Trap, two cadets go missing during a field exam, and Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson travel back through time to find them. Time Trap is squeaky-clean Christian fiction, and it’s full of romantic suspense. It not only contains time-travel twists, but it also contains funny scenes that are sure to make you laugh. One reader told me that Time Trap caused her to laugh out loud and also to hang onto the edge of her seat. I think that’s a magic combination, and I hope my readers will agree.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

Time Trap is the sequel to my first book, Time Tsunami. I wrote it because I’d fallen so in love with my characters that I couldn’t give them up. I had to find out what happened to them. I had to create more of their adventures. Simply put, I wrote Time Trap because I couldn’t bear not to!

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

I love the mystery aspect of Time Trap. In my book, Laura and Peter are trying to find two missing cadets. The man who kidnapped them keeps leaving clues to their location. Some of the clues are photographs, others are cryptograms, and others are snatches of poetry. I had a great time devising the clues and designing the cryptograms. I hope my readers have a blast trying to solve the clues with my characters. This book was extremely entertaining to write, and I hope my readers find it equally entertaining to read!

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

My faith is an important part of my life, and it naturally spills out into my writing. Not only do I write “squeaky-clean” fiction that Christians can buy with confidence, I also explore different aspects of faith in each of my books. In Time Trap, tips are given on how to develop a deeper relationship with God. Forgiveness, prayer, and faith during trial are also explored.

If you could interview any character in one of your books which one would it be? What shocking thing might that character say? Why?

The characters from my first book, Time Tsunami, fill the pages of Time Trap—and I love them all.

I’ve also added a few new faces to my cast of characters. Alex and Phoebe are sure to become fan favorites. Crystal and Marc are back, and their convoluted relationship is always good for a chuckle. But if I had to interview just one character from Time Trap, it would have to be Laura.

Dr. Laura Nelson is a fascinating character. She’s extremely smart; in fact, she started college at age sixteen. She’s a college professor and third-in-command at TEMCO. Laura has a calm demeanor. She’s always well dressed, and she rarely has a hair out of place. She doesn’t seem the sort of person who would be good in a fight, but she feels things deeply and isn’t one to stand by while others are being hurt. When it’s time to fight—everyone better watch out! Laura dives in and doesn’t hold back. In Time Trap, Laura must physically confront a man who is strong, ruthless, and brutal. When she must, Laura shoves down her fear and fights hard. I really admire that about her.

As far as a shocking thing she might say—I think it would be a warrior’s yell rather than actual words. The villain in this story doesn’t think Laura is a threat to his plans, but she proves him wrong in a rather spectacular way.

Time Trap sounds exciting. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

My best advice would be to write what you love. Enjoy yourself! Have a blast! And most of all, try your best to honor God with your gift. Never write a single sentence that you would be ashamed to read to Jesus.

Thanks, Danele.



More about Time Trap

When problems arise during a field exam, Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson are sent through a time portal to investigate.  While they search for their missing cadets, they encounter an enemy who is calculating and brutal—a mysterious nemesis who is holding a grudge against the TEMCO program.  As Peter and Laura race to unravel clues directing them to their kidnapped cadets, their own survival comes into question.  A deadly trap has been set, and they are forced to pit their wits against a serial killer who is intent on playing a deadly chess game through time itself. 

Excerpt:

Light pierced the darkness as the door to Peter and Laura’s prison swung open. In the quiet stillness, Peter stood in the shadows gripping his wire with both hands. Spider, wearing a ski mask and steel-toed boots, put a brick in the doorway and slowly advanced. Muted light shimmered on the barrel of a gun.

Peter began to sweat—his whole body quivered with the strain of waiting. He knew that with a gun in the mix, he needed to get the wire around Spider’s neck on the first try.

Spider laughed lowly as light fell on Laura. Seeing the way he was advancing toward her, Peter lunged from behind the door and wound his wire around Spider’s throat. Spider gave a strangled bellow and began to struggle. Peter grappled with him, dragging his thrashing body away from Laura. Suddenly, Spider’s gun went off. A bullet ricocheted around the room. “Laura,” Peter shouted frantically, “get down on the floor!”

Laura dove to the ground as the gun went off again.

Spider made horrible gurgling noises as Peter tightened the wire. Peter knew those sounds were going to haunt his dreams. Spider shoved his gun over his shoulder, ramming it in Peter’s face. Peter jerked to one side. A bullet whistled past his ear.

Spider thrashed wildly as Peter gave the wire another twist. Suddenly, the wire snapped—its brittle surface strained beyond its strength. Peter’s heart plummeted. He grabbed at Spider’s neck with his bare hands, but missed. Swinging on his heel, Spider pointed his gun at Laura.

Time froze.

Buy the Time Trap on Amazon
and Barnes and Noble

Bio: Danele Rotharmel grew up with a love of the literary word, and by age five, she knew she wanted to be a writer. However, her life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a low-level carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace in her home was slowly poisoning her. This poisoning triggered severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and partial amnesia.

During this time, the hardest thing she faced was a crisis of faith. She had to quit her job and stop going to church. She couldn’t write, couldn’t drive, and could barely remember who she was. To say she was upset with the Lord was an understatement. She began reexamining her faith in light of her illness, and eventually, she came to the firm conclusion that God is real, God is good, God is interested and involved, and God is trustworthy regardless of tragedy.

When her illness became even more severe, she was put into quarantine and could only talk to friends and extended family through the glass of a window. This quarantine lasted for seven years. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.

Danele currently lives in Colorado where she continues to write. Although her journey back to health was long and difficult, it provided her with the opportunity to grow closer to God and to write her books. For that, she is forever thankful.

You can learn more about Danele by visiting her blog
Stop by Danele's welcome page
and her books page books page

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Carlene Havel Talks About Evidence Not Seen Based on "Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs" from I Corinthians 13: 5, Book Nine in Prism Book Group's Love Is...Series



St. Paul took a whole chapter in I Corinthians listing various hallmarks of love. Rather than attempt a pat definition, he revealed some of love’s many facets, turning it over and over as one might a brilliant, perfectly-cut diamond.

Since love is such a broad topic, let’s zero in on one aspect—romantic love. When a special person makes the heart beat faster, regardless of the season of life, we begin to question our emotions. Am I in love?  How will I know when it happens? How can I be sure when it is the real thing? Living a few years teaches us romantic love is accompanied with tender feelings, but that “gushy” feeling alone is not enough to stand the test of time. Love is more.  Real romance involves two people who care enough for each to put the other ahead of themselves.  In a “me first” instant gratification world, that kind of commitment is rare.  Yet it is the kind of giving, sharing love we hunger for at our very core.

Do I love him? Does he love me?  A simple test would be to consider each of the characteristics of love from I Corinthians.  Are we kind to each other?  Are we patient with each other? And so on.   Many heartbreaks could be avoided by thinking through that Biblical checklist, and turning away from a relationship with too many “no” answers.  Another person’s love is not directly measureable. We can’t take out a yardstick and see how it stacks up. Instead, we observe love by its impact.  Oscar Hammerstein II is credited with this little rhyme that captures a singular way of looking at love:

“A bell is not a bell till you ring it. 

A song is not a song till you sing it.

Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. 

Love isn’t love till you give it away.”



Prism Book Group’s “Love Is…” series takes its inspiration from I Corinthians chapter 13.  Eventually there will be a short novel that takes its theme from one of the aspects of true love.  My contribution to this series is “Evidence Not Seen”, inspired by “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” Or, if you prefer the lyrical language of the old King James translation, “thinketh no evil.”  I hope those who read my story find it to be true to that sentiment.

 In the final analysis, we are left with faith, hope, and love.  What a marvelous trilogy!  And the greatest, of course, is love.  May we all practice it faithfully, daily, unrelentingly.  Love never fails.

Check out Carlene’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…





Evidence Not Seen

“Love keeps no record of wrongs…” 1 Corinthians: 13:5


Although attorney Jeff Galloway’s career is in high gear, his personal life is a mess. Just before his father returns home from a 27-year stretch in prison, his girlfriend dumps him. When a chance encounter begins to blossom into new romance, soft-hearted Melanie Clark encourages Jeff to find a way to forgive his father’s long absence.

Buy on Amazon

The Winner of The Lighthouse Secret



Hats, Horns...

Congratulations! Larry!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Looking Out the Window: The Lighthouse Secret: A Cozy Mystery from Linda Weaver Clarke's Amelia Moore Detective Series




A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke


Linda will give away an e-book of The Lighthouse Secret, an Amelia Moore Detective novel. To enter to win leave a comment an an e-mail address below.






Hi Linda, tell us about the Amelia Moore Detective Series.

The Amelia Moore Detective Series is a G-rated romantic cozy mystery. You learn all about the life of Amelia Moore and her partner, Rick Bonito. You learn what kind of people they truly are through their bucket lists and what they’re like deep down inside. You even see a slow romance develop between them in each story until the day they finally tie the knot and are married. Now this detective agency will solve new cases as a married couple.

Review of the Amelia Moore Series
“In the Amelia Moore Detective Series, the author delivers a delightful, fairly fast-paced tale in the pursuit of a missing person, for that's what Amelia's agency specializes in. This time it is personal, as Rick's Uncle Antonio Bonito dies in suspicious circumstances. But what do lighthouses have to do with his disappearance? The reader gets a brief education into lighthouses, their importance in the past and the interesting uses they have today.” Sandra Olshaski, Library of Clean Reads




Review of The Lighthouse Secret
In The Lighthouse Secret, Rick Bonito’s uncle supposedly drowned five years ago and his body was never found, but something did not seem right about the report. Uncle Antonio was an excellent swimmer. His disappearance seems quite suspicious to Rick’s father. He never felt the complete truth had come out about his brother. It is now up to Amelia and Rick to find out the truth about his uncle.
“Amelia’s and Rick’s fresh marriage adds a new dynamic to their case—what happened to his uncle five years ago? Every scrap of information seems to increase their danger as a power hungry lawyer and a mysterious private detective are lurking in the background. The story was well told with surprises and complications threatening their search for the truth. The ending was a complete surprise.” – Andean White, Author

Buy The Lighthouse Secret on Amazon or Barnes and Noble here

Read sample chapters of Linda's books here

Linda blogs about her books here

She interviews authors and holds giveaways here

 A Taste of Summer

From Linda

Here is one of my favorite recipes for those summer picnics. Perfect to eat warm or cold out on the lawn under a shady tree.

BOSTON BAKED BEANS
3 cans Pork & Beans
½ cup catsup
2 tbs molasses
¼ C brown sugar
2 tbs Worcestershire Sauce

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


Bio:  Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All her books are family friendly. Visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Looking in the Window: Happy July 4th



God Bless America

 Have a Happy and Safe July 4th

Enjoy Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" courtesy of YouTube. Find a giveaway about a book of freedom, Breaking Barriers, and take advantage of my "free" book on Amazon, Messages. I'm also celebrating a new web site that goes live on July 4th at http:///www.gailpallotta.com. Hope you can come by and visit.






Celebrate with Free Books



A Book About Freedom 



In this action-packed thriller gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger. It's book eight in Prism Book Group's, Love Is...series.

Gail Pallotta knows how to write breath-gasping scenes. This is a short novella, but it is packed with great dialog, authentic three-dimensional characters, and page-turning action. Then there is a sweet romance tucked inside as well. This could happen anywhere, anytime in today's world. A book everyone should read. It will firm up your faith. by Julie Cosgrove

Pallotta creates a storyline that could come straight from the newspaper or local news today. Suspense and romance come together in this well-written tale. The Christian persecution experienced by the characters made me sit up and take notice, asking if I could be so loyal. by Paula Michelle Mowery



I'm giving away an e-book of Breaking Barriers on Shannon Vannatter's Inkslinger blog  on Monday, July 4th




Messages is free on Amazon From July 2nd - July 5th




Find inspiration for our hectic times in these straight-forward poems for happy and sad days.

Find history, warmth and a touch of the paranormal in three stories.

Getting the Goat peeks into the early 1900's when mountain life was tough. Does Mama's advice hold true today?

In Stitches in Love Rose's deep love for her grandmother motivates others to share their gifts. Does Rose reap her reward?

Robert Horner is tempted in The Stranger, but does he succumb to the lure?


Gail Pallotta's writing offers readers a peaceful oasis in our fast-paced world. Her poetry beautifully explores a wide variety of emotions and invites readers to slow down and reflect. I especially love the way scripture is woven throughout. Like comfort food after a stressful day, her short stories will calm your nerves and warm your heart. This little book brings a message of hope and peace. by Martha H

For joyful as well as down times, you will find encouragement in these wisdom filled poems and short stories. They are laden with times gone by, cordiality, and even some mystical aspects. The poems tell of natural surroundings, convictions, faith, sorrows and restoration. Some are descriptive, contemporary, and others more old-fashioned. I don't read a lot of poetry, but since I read Author Gail Pallotta’s books ‘Stopped Cold’ and ‘Mountain of Love and Danger’ and I loved those stories, I thought I‘d give this book a try as well. I’m so glad I did. The poems and stories are wonderful. I really enjoyed reading them in spurts throughout my day for enjoyable relaxing moments and inspiration. If you are a poetry and short story fan or if you just like to stop and read something thought provoking and inspirational throughout your day then make sure to pick up this great read! by VMLM


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Looking In The Window: Breaking Barriers, Book Number Eight in Prism Book Group's Love Is...Series



I don't usually blog about my books, but this one is part of a special series, Prism Book Group's Love Is...Series.

From Prism Book Group
 
A blog about Breaking Barriers




When I was in college I used to run into an atheist in the small cafe where we gathered for Coca-Colas, hamburgers and French fries after class. I tried to avoid him, because he always hopped over to my table and started an argument about my faith.

Perhaps he comes to mind on the release day of Breaking Barriers for several reasons. One, he was angry at me because I am a Christian. Even though today I can’t recall which verses he used, he’d take passages from the Bible and try to make me say they weren’t true. When I wouldn’t, he’d retort with a scientific argument and claim it had to be right.

The second reason he comes to mind—it was the mention of God’s love that finally silenced him. One day I grew so frustrated I asked, “If there’s no God, where does love come from? Why don’t you mix me up a little bowl of it? If scientists could do it, they would, because they could sell a ton of it for lots of money.”

His mouth gaped.

He never trotted to my table again.

Since then I’ve read that we have chemicals in the brain that produce love. I’ve often wondered if he came up with that theory. Even if that were true, the chemicals in the brain came from somewhere, and that would still lead back to God. I hope it wasn’t him. I hope he thought about God’s great love for us and decided to read the Bible.



 Check out Gail’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…

Breaking Barriers

“…love is not easily angered …” 1 Corinthians: 13:5

Gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters the church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop, then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church, she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting, she's attacked by a terrorist, but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father's abuse, and they fall for each other. She's afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later, like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann's life, but can't. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann's plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.

http://amzn.to/28VWW48

www.prismbookgroup.com

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Winner of A Message In A Bottle

Hats, Horns...

Celebrate...

A winner's name has been drawn from comments below

And...

The Winner Is...

Congratulations, Joyce!