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Looking Out the Window: Meet Zeke Lam

Zeke Lam talks about his new book, SUBMISSION, and Submission Ministries. His ministry has led him all over the world.
Welcome Zeke. First, tell us About Submissioin Ministries.
This ministry exists simply to spread the love of Jesus Christ to the world. Our first book, titled SUBMISSION, released in mid November. As a “new” organization it is our goal to partner with other Christian ministries worldwide and allow the Holy Spirit to use us in whatever fashion will bring Him the most glory.
Thanks for introducing us to your ministry. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 27 years old and have been married to my beautiful wife, Kathleen, for 6 years. We have three children (4, 2, and 2 months) that we love very much. I have been a minister since the age of 18 as a youth minister and evangelist. In addition to this, I operate a small business which constructs ornamental concrete such as flower pots, bird baths, etc. My family and I are passionate to see Christ glorified through our lives,…

Looking in the Window: Christmas Love

Luke 2: 11-12, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.”


God sent Jesus to save sinners, because he loves us. Jesus suffered and died to conquer death for us, because he loves us. In Matthew the Pharisees asked Jesus, “…which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He told them “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 36 – 39).
Christmas brings messages of giving, of our Savior, and of God’s love. There are so many different kinds of love. We love our friends, our fellowman, those in need, our spouses, and our children. God tells us to love our enemies. Where does it come from? How can we be sure it won’t run out? If we don’t have it, how can we get it?
I once heard a scientist had proven that chemicals in the brain prod…

Looking Out the Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Book Give Away

Book Give-Away Dec 21 - 27: To win the award winning historical “sweet” romance novel, Melinda and the Wild West, leave a comment with your e-mail. U.S. and Canada. To enter the contest, visit http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/


ABOUT MELINDA AND THE WILD WEST In 1896 Melinda Gamble—a very elegant, naïve young woman from Boston—decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love. Awards: Finalist for “Reviewers Choice Award 2007”

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Author E. A. West Blogging about Christmas and Autism. Read about Key to Charlotte, Her New Book

In her wonderful blog about Christmas and Autistics author E.A. West reminds us to keep the focus of Christmas where it belongs:  On Christ  
The holiday season can be stressful for anyone. Visiting family and friends, decorating the house, attending holiday parties, and shopping for the perfect gifts can wear anyone out. Now, take all of that holiday busyness and add in the extra challenges caused by autism. In that situation, holiday stress takes on a whole new meaning.
Autistics are known for struggling with social situations. A typical, uneventful day at school or work is enough to completely exhaust someone on the autism spectrum. A regularly occurring event, such as a weekly church service, can be completely overwhelming at times. I showed a brief glimpse into this in The Key to Charlotte. Although that situation was completely fictional, the emotions and thoughts shown are very real.
With all of this in mind, imagine being an autistic suddenly thrust into the midst of the hig…

Looking Out the Window: K Dawn Byrd Talks about Writing Books in Thirty Days and Her Latest Book

She'll give away a download of her new book, This Timefor Keeps. To enter to win leave a comment and email address.

Many writers grew up with a love of reading. Were you an avid reader as a child?What did you read? I was such an avid reader as a child that mother has said many times that I was so quiet she never knew I was even in the house. Nancy Drew was my absolute favorite.
Why do you write? I first began writing seriously about four years ago. I write because it's more than a hobby, it's a passion. I can't NOT write. I write because the words bubble up inside me and I have to get them on the page.

Tell us about your latest book. Here's the cover blurb from This Time for Keeps:
India McGuire's peaceful life is shattered when on the night of her engagement to David Richards, she comes face to face with Chase Porter, a long lost love. India must come to terms with her overpowering feelings for Chase and choose between David, the neighbor who says he loves her, a…

Looking Out the Window: October in Destin, Florida

During Thanksgiving I'm thankful for so many blessings, church, family, friends and good times. It's fitting to put up photos from our fall trip to Destin, Florida.

Waiting for sunset on the deck with friends. The lady in pink is ninety-six. The salt air's gotta' be good for you.


   It's almost time. More people show up to watch.

The view from a twelfth-story balcony just before sunset


The sun is setting
Almost...


                                              Side note: Hubby and me at Fisherman's Wharf

Looking Out the Window: A Chat with Mildred Colvin, a Disciplined Writer

Mildred Colvin talks about the writing life and her books of romance, faith, forgiveness and trust.

She'll be giving away a copy of her new e-book, Love Returned. To enter to win, leave a comment and email address.
Hi Mildred. It's great to have you. First, tell us a little about yourself.

Gail, thank you for inviting me here today. I write sweet, inspirational romances and have fifteen in print at this time. I’m excited to announce my first novella to be included in an anthology, titled Home for the Holidays, will be published early fall of next year in A Cascades Christmas by Barbour Publishing. I am privileged to be working with some very talented ladies. Mary Davis will contribute A Carpenter’s Christmas, Gina Welborn is writing All Ye Faithful, and Debby Lee’s story is titled One EvergreenNight. All four stories will tie in together as the four heroes are close friends who work in the lumber industry in one way or another.
I'll look forward to that. Tell us about your…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Award-winning Author Darlene Franklin

 Award winning author Darlene Franklin     discusses writing and talks about Lone Star Trail, the first book in her new Texas series





Hi Darlene, it looks as though reading has been a big part of your life. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

My mother introduced me to the joy of reading as a young child (I can still quote large portions of The Cat in the Hat, which was fairly new when I was a child!) I graduated to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but by the time I was ten, I was bored with the children’s section of the library and started reading adult novels. I had a marvelous list of books you should read before college, and I read as many as I could. I went through my Charles Dickens’ phase as a high freshman and Thomas Hardy as a junior.
It’s always interesting to learn what inspires writers. What inspired you to write this particular book?
I have a tremendous interest in the multitude of immigrants who have made America what it is. My first book, Romanian Rhapsody

Looking Out the Window: Blog Award / Visit Sixteen Blogs

It's always an honor to have one's blog noticed by someone. I'd like to thank  Tracy Krauss at Tracy Krauss Expression Express  for giving mine an award. To visit her blog click on her blog's name or the picture.




I'm presenting the award to the following blogs. To visit them, click on their names.

Miss Mae Author of Romantic Mysteries Anne Patrick, Stories of Romance, Mayhem & Faith The Balanced Writer
Laurean's Lore
ReginaAndrew'sBlog
JDP News
E. A. West Writing
Larry Hammersley
Inspirational Writer
Christian Regency 
Linda Weaver Clarke
Living The Body of Christ
Romantic Reflections
Life in an RV - The Roving Writer
Infinite Characters

To claim the award:

1. Thank the giver and link back to his or her site
2. Provide seven random facts about yourself
3. Pass the award to fifteen other blogs, let them know, and link to their sites
4. Copy the award logo and paste it on your site.

Seven Random Facts about me. Hmm. Let me see.
1. Two of my favorite Bible verses are fro…

Looking Out the Window: Mystery Book Giveaway

VISIT LINDA WEAVER CLARKE'S  
HALLOWWEEN BOOK GIVEAWAY
OCTOBER 24 - 31
FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A MYSTERY ADVENTURE NOVEL!




Mayan Intrigue is full of adventure...Suspense..Romance...Humor...Intrigue
ABOUT THE BOOK
The jungles of the Yucatan, Mayan ruins, looters, a mysterious artifact, and a nosey reporter are focus of Mayan Intrigue. With a blend of mystery, suspense, and Julia’s curiosity, John and Julia find themselves on the run once again. The discovery of a priceless artifact soon puts Julia’s life in great danger. From valuable artifacts to shady businessmen, the Yucatan Peninsula becomes a dangerous vacation spot for John and Julia Evans.




BOOK REVIEWS
Suko’s Notebook Review: “What starts out as a romantic trip quickly turns into a dangerous adventure among the Mayan ruins and jungles! Excitement prevails, and this book is full of mystery and suspense. Linda’s writing is lively and down-to-earth; she has the ability to make you feel as if you’re in these stories, along with John and J…

Looking Out the Window: The Clash Tournament: Join the Fun and Games, Win Prizes

IT CONTINUES!!
HOP OVER TO CLASH OF THE TITLES FOR WEEK THREE, BEGINNING ON MONDAY, OCT. 24TH
READ THE EXCERPTS, PLAY THE GAMES, WIN THE PRIZES Over the last year, there have been  OVER FIFTY  clashing author in twenty-four CLASHES,  but only ONE can win the LAUREL AWARD.

YOU decide which!


In the process, we invite you to repeatedly enter to win
THREE GIFTS A WEEK,
 including the GRAND PRIZE--
15 NOVELS


http://www.clashofthetitles.com/


PROMO VIDEO CREATED BY COTT ASSISTANT EDITOR, MICHELLE MASSARO

The Winner of And the Beat Goes On / More Books and Prizes

I put the names for And the Beat Goes On on pieces of paper and asked my husband to draw one.
He pulled out...drum roll...

Pam... Congratulations, Pam.

To enter to win more books and prizes visit the Clash of the Titles anniversary tournament. Click here or see below.

Tournament of Champions: Week One http://bit.ly/qB4Vkx Vote on the first clash, then play to win a
prize! #christianromance #books

Looking Out the Window: Author Tracy Krauss Talks About Her Books and Her Life as a Teacher

Tracy will be giving away a copy of And the Beat Goes On. To enter to win leave a comment and your email address.

Hi Tracy. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I work as a high school teacher. I teach Art, Drama and English – all the things I love. My husband and I used to be in ministry but we are taking a sabbatical of sorts. Our four children are all grown up, but at one time I homeschooled them for several years. We dragged them around the countryside, moving about 15 times (I actually lost count) so it was a great solution. Besides writing, I paint, lead worship and play the piano at our church, and direct an amateur theatrical group. Life is full.
Full, indeed. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
I loved reading as a child and I still do. I read all the ‘Anne’ books by Lucy Maude Montgomery, lots of Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and ‘The Adventures of ...’ Series by Thornton Burgess. Then I got seriously into Edgar Rice Burroughs and read all the ‘Tar…

Looking Out the Window: Meet Love Inspired Author Mary Moore

Love Inspired author Mary Moore talks about her new historical book,  The Aristocrat's Lady. She'll be giving away a copy. To enter to win leave a comment and your email address.

Welcome, Mary. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 54 years old and my husband, Craig, and I have been married for 27 years. We both grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, but 8 years ago we felt the Lord’s leading to move to our retirement property in southwest Virginia. I think we’re finally getting over the culture shock!
I’m glad you’re settling into your Virginia home. It’s always interesting to know what writers like to read. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
Yes, I’ve always loved to read. I confess I prefer fiction, but I do like biographies as well. I’m a Regency fanatic, and my favorite read has always been Georgette Heyer. I was aware of her even before Jane Austen, but my love for the era certainly took me to Austen as well as the Bronte sisters, Elizabeth Gas…

Looking Out the Window: Writers and Readers Promoting Christian Authors

Happy Anniversary, Clash of the Titles!
It's been almost a year since COTT opened its voting-booth doors and invited everyone in. Over the past twelve months, readers have chosen 25 Clash winners and received 48 free books. And along the way, a family formed. That family consists of the voters, authors, staff, and the 25+ blogs who have banded together in mutual support with COTT.

This is cause for major celebration! So COTT is doing it up to the nines.

Clash of the Titles' first annual Tournament of Champions begins next month! Over the course of four weeks, past winners from the previous year will compete in a series of clashes for the ultimate prize: the Laurel Award. The Laurel, COTT's most prestigious honor, is awarded by public vote to a single author among the year's champions.

Voters are expected to turn out in droves to support their favorites and participate in games just for readers. Each week, COTT sponsors—consisting of various authors and staff—will issue…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Staci Stallings

In her wonderful devotional Staci Stallings Shows Us How We Could Be Like the Children in her Sunday School Class.
 Hiding the Obvious
Kids are fascinating. If you watch them, they will teach you very profound lessons about life and yourself.
A couple weeks ago in Sunday School, we did the infamous puzzle day. On that day we are talking about the Holy Spirit and how, if you let Him, the Holy Spirit can put your life together in such a way as to make it fit perfectly--not just for you but for everyone else too.
I have this puzzle that's the picture of Jesus hugging the person who's just come to Heaven. In the sky is a rainbow representing the Father. Also above Jesus' head is a dove. The puzzle is like 560 pieces. Since I'm not good with puzzles and we have to put the thing together with 40 different kids in about 30 minutes, I have put nine pieces in each of 63 bags and numbered them.
The idea is that each kid gets a "day's" worth of pieces--nine. They are…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Inspirational Historical Romance Writer Penny Zeller

Penny will be giving away a copy of her latest book, Hailee. To enter to win a copy leave a comment and your email address.


Hi Penny, welcome. First, tell us a little about yourself. Hi Gail! Thank you for hosting me on your blog. It’s great to be here! I am a wife, mom, and author of several books and numerous magazine articles. I also write a humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com). I am an active volunteer in my community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. My passion is to use the gift of the written word to glorify God and to benefit His Kingdom. I devote my time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with God. However, all that being said, my greatest ministry is to, with my husband Lon, raise our two daughters for Christ. When I’m not dreaming up new characters for books, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and camping, hikin…

Looking Out the Window: Announcing a Faith-Based Facebook Page

OPENING TODAY - LIVING BY GRACE
When Facebook first launched, articles saturated the web warning us of the dangers of internet relationships. Would society become more isolated? More selfish? Shallower? Would having a computer to hide behind teach us to create barriers or could the safe and constant access to others actually have a positive effect? Like most tools, the values of social networking depends on the user, but for me, a writer who spends countless hours each day shut inside my office, Facebook has provided a much needed window to the outside world. It’s allowed me to stay in contact with distant friends and has deepened many relationships I hold dear. Facebook has become a wonderful, vibrant, interactive community. What better place to launch a Christ-centered devo-group? Follow the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-by-Grace/208718449189065
ABOUT LIVING BY GRACE
Living by Grace is a Facebook faith community where believers, seekers, and inquiring minds can pop…