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Monday, March 19, 2012

Looking Out the Window: June Foster Talks about Her New Book, Shares a Favorite Scripture Passage, and Gives Us a Yummy Recipe


Jess Colton can earn a PHD in computer science but can’t manage his own life.
Raised by a doting mother and controlling father, Jess battles against his addictive nature. When Jesus comes into his life, he trades one addiction for another—food for alcohol. His doctor warns him of his poor health as his weight soared past 300 pounds. Jess is baffled when the beautiful Holly Harrison comes into his life and declares her affection for him. What could she possibly see in him?
 Holly Harrison has a past. But it catches up with her when she loses her leg and her unborn baby in one night as a result of a motorcycle accident. At this low point in her life, she finds strength through God and a relationship with Jesus Christ while she works as a dental hygienist.  But now, no Christian man would want her so she avoids serious relationships. She doesn’t plan on falling in love with Jess Colton. She sees past his rolls of fat to the godly, tender man inside. When Jess drives a wedge between them, she loses all hope of having a future together.
 Can Holly overcome her handicap? Does Jess find control over his eating and his life? Only God can provide the answers they need.
June says this is sooo easy to make.
Strawberry Cheesecake
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 T. vanilla
3 T. Splenda
12 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 cup egg substitute
1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust
½ cup fat-free sour cream
2 t. sugar substitute
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spoon cottage cheese into blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Ann vanilla extract and Splenda; blend for about 15 more seconds.
Add the softened cream cheese and blend for about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides as needed. While blending, gradually add the egg substitute and continue to blend until smooth, about 45 seconds.
Pour cheese filling into crust and bake until set, about 35 minutes.
Remove cheesecake from oven and cool for about 15 minutes. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Prior to serving, in a small mixing bowl, combine sour cream and sugar substitute.
Slice cheesecake into 8 portions, top with sliced strawberries and sour cream.
June's favorite Bible verse. Romans 8: 28-39
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called, those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels, nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
June Foster is a retired school teacher with an BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She writes full time and travels in her RV with her husband, Joe. June has contracts for four novels with Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day -- February 1, 2012, As We Forgive -- September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us -- April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July -- July 1, 2012. June loves to write tories about characters who o vercome the issues in their lives by the power of God. June uses her trianing in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating chatacters who find the freedom to live godly lives.
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My ebooks can be downloaded at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles as well as Desert Breeze.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Winner of Death in Dahlonega

I searched for a fair way to pick the winner and decided to put all the names on pieces of paper, toss them in the air and choose the one that landed closest to me.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Deborah Malone Talks about Death in Dahlonega and her Writing Journey

Deborah will give away a copy of Death in Dahlonega. To enter to win leave a comment and your email address.
Gail, first let me thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. I like that you are doing something different. Now I just have to think of what I’m going to write. I guess I should start at the beginning. I’ve always loved to read. I think I came out of the womb reading. I remember going to the library at school and how I loved to look and smell – yes that is smell- the books.
     When I got a little older and started going to the big library downtown I thought I’d died and going to book heaven. I think I read every mystery they had. My love of books has not diminished over time. When I was about eleven or twelve, I remember thinking ‘oh I can write a book’ I did write about three or four pages, but never finished. I’ve learned it’s a little harder than it looks. LOL
     Although I continued my reading in adulthood I didn’t try my hand at writing until much later. I wrote some short stories and poems, but not anything serious. Then around 2001 I went to eat at a restaurant that was housed in a beautiful old building. I suggested to my friend someone should write about it. He said “Why don’t you?” And I did. That was the beginning of my writing for “Georgia Backroads” a historical magazine devoted to Georgia history.
     Somewhere along the way I decided I wanted to write a cozy mystery. I finished the manuscript in about a year, but then set it aside to take care of my dad and my daughter that is disabled. In the meantime I learned about “Christian fiction” and ACFW. I knew that was how I wanted to write my book. I rewrote the manuscript and then started on the editing. I had a lot to learn and it took me several years to get it to the point of publication.
     I submitted it to small publishing houses and Lamp Post Publishing offered me a contract. I was ecstatic. There was still about six months of editing and work before the final product was ready to put on the market. “Death in Dahlonega” was officially published in October of 2011.
     My emotions have been on a roller coaster ride since then. There are many high points, but one thing I didn’t expect was how exposed I would feel. A writer puts so much of their heart and soul in a book and then sends it out into the world to be read and reviewed. It is kinda like giving birth – and sending your baby out into the big, bad world. It is nice to see all the hard work and all the times I’ve wanted to give up, but didn’t, have paid off.
Here’s a little about Trixe and Dee Dee’s adventure in “Death in Dahlonega.”
       Trixie Montgomery has gone through a rough divorce. She has moved back to her home town of Vans Valley, Georgia where she moved in next door to her mother and great-aunt Nana. Trixie goes to work to supplement her income. She writes for “Georgia by the Way” a historical magazine. Her best friend Dee Dee accompanies her on a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia where Trixie is working on an article about Gold Rush Days – an arts and crafts festival. They are watching a film on the actual gold rush days when Dee Dee excuses herself to go tinkle. While she’s gone she decides to snoop around and she stumbles upon a dead body. Not thinking she automatically pulls out the pickaxe and is found holding the bloody murder weapon. The victim, John Tatum, happens to be a man that Dee Dee had a run in with earlier that day. She rises to the top of the suspects list and when the town sheriff doesn’t seem to be looking for anyone else, Trixie decides to help her best friend. Together they must find the real killer to keep Dee Dee out of the slammer!
     This is a short, easy read and I hope it will be something my readers can sit down and read for pure enjoyment after a hard, stressful day. I hope Trixie, Dee Dee and Nana’s antics will give you a laugh out loud moment.
     Please visit me at my website or my blog I would love to hear from you. “Death in Dahlonega” is available at, Barnes and Noble and Lamp Post Publishing.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Peggy Blann Phifer Talks about Her Creative Process and Her New Book, To See the Sun

Peggy will give away a gift certificate for an e-book that can be read on Kindle or Nook.
To enter to win leave a comment and your email address.
First, tell us a little about yourself.
My online profile reads: I am a called-to-serve writer; born again Child of The King; wife, mother, grandmother; foster-mom to a family of spoiled—but beautiful—Lynx Point Siamese cats.
But that really doesn’t define me these days, and I need to update it. Somewhere in there I need to include “Published Author” Need to work on that.
Congratulations on all counts. Many authors also like to read. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
I devoured every book I could get my hands on. As a sufferer of childhood asthma, I spent many lonely days bed-ridden or on restricted activity. My teachers soon learned of my voracious reading appetite, so, along with my homework (brought home to me by my sister) my teachers started sending me books from the school library. I was reading at eighth-grade level in fifth grade, and I was in heaven.
Let’s talk about your writing. Why do you write?
I’d like to say, like many others, “I can’t NOT write.” While that is true, I write because I love creating. I love the creative process while I’m sitting at the computer, just waiting for the next phrase, or word, or scene, to appear in my writer’s mind’s eye. Maybe I should add “creator of fiction” to my profile.
Tell us about your latest book.
It’s about a young woman in her late 20’s who finds herself pregnant after seven years of marriage. Then her husband suddenly dies and she faces a situation she could never have imagined. But raising a child without a father isn’t her only worry. Now it seems someone is stalking her. Fear mounts when an ex-boyfriend turns up with a four-month-delayed package from her dead husband indicating her life is in danger.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
My mind is always working, and I have a very vivid and active imagination. Ideas are everywhere. Too many, sometimes. (Grin)
How do you get to know your characters?
I wish I knew how to answer that. It’s really weird. In the case of what eventually became To See the Sun, I happened across a petite, blonde, model in a woman’s catalog that caught my eye. She sat in a casual pose, sitting on a tree-stump, forearms on her knees, a pensive expression on her face. As I thumbed through the pages, I saw her several more times. She captivated me, so I cut out all her poses and stapled them to a piece of cardboard, wondering why, and what I was thinking. When my writing took a serious turn, I looked at her again and I knew: THAT was my female lead. It’s like she perched on my shoulder and whispered as I wrote, revealing bits and pieces of herself along the way. The other characters just kind of introduced themselves when I needed them. It’s more intuitive, I think. Does that make sense?
Sure. What themes do you write about?
This one turned out to be ‘second chances’ though not consciously, and heavy on Forgiveness, too. I don’t write with any particular theme in mind. It just happens.
Does your faith affect your writing? How?
My faith is such an ingrained part of me, of who I am, it just comes through as I write. I don’t have to force it or think about it. It’s just there. When I edit I’m actually surprised when I see the evidence.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on Book 2 of the Desert Faith Series. The title is To Hear the Wind. It’s about one-third written in very rough draft.
Sometimes in life we’re caught unaware. Has that ever happened to you?
At the 2006 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference in Dallas, I had a one-on-one appointment with an editor. I had a nice one-sheet all prepared, I’d had an excellent (paid) critique of my manuscript shortly before my appointment, and I was all ready to pitch and I was sure I’d get a request for a full. But when I sat down in front of this nice lady editor, I froze. She waited. I mumbled. Desperate, I reached into my folder and thrust my one-sheet at her. She glanced at it, asked if she could keep it, we exchanged business cards and she told me to contact her when the manuscript was finished. I’m pretty sure she was just being nice and simply wanted to get me out of there. When I left, I could have walked upright beneath the door without ducking.
                                            About To See The Sun 

Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . .
Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed.
When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband's gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger.
With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.
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Peggy Blann Phifer is an author and columnist, book reviewer and author interviewer, whose work has appeared on various Web sites and writer periodicals both in print and online. She is also an avid reader who loves to escape by diving between the covers of a good book. Peg enjoys handcrafts of all kinds and her home shows off some of her work, though most end up as gifts for friends and family. A retired executive assistant, Peg now makes her home in southern Nevada with husband of 25 years, Jim.
TO SEE THE SUN is her debut novel, released January 2012
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