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THE SILENT CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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This year's Christmas reminds me of an exciting, wonderful movie on the television with the sound turned off. I walk into a mall, and with the exception of my local Sears store, there's no indication that it's anything except an ordinary day. I purchase a gift and the clerk says, "Thank you. Have a nice day."

I want to scream. "This is a Christmas present. I'm buying it because it's Christmas!" I know the clerks are doing what they've been told, so I don't. There are throngs of people waiting in line to buy gifts in their stores. It doesn't look like an ordinary day. Who told them it was? Why?

On December twenty-fifth Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. They've been doing it in this country as long as I can remember. I used to ride with my parents to see the Christmas lights in our area a…

Give Aways Galore

A Special "Thank You" Christmas Give Away with Ten Christian Authors Until December 18th!!
Enter to win Romance, Amish, Children's, Teens, Devotions and More, including StoppedCold! More information on how to enter here.




Also, enter to win Stopped Cold in My Family's Heart Book Reviews and Tours Celebration party for
2,500 likes. Selection includes sweet romance and Christian books. More information here

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Deborah Malone and Her Heroine, Trixie Montgomery of the Cozy Mystery Series. Deborah Will Give Away a Copy of Terror on Tybee Island

It’s great to have Deborah Malone to talk about her fun cozy mystery series and her new book. She’ll give away a copy of Terror on Tybee Island. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address.

1.First, tell us a little about yourself, Debbie.

Well, I’m a Georgia Peach, but my two older brothers were born in Cinn, Ohio. My dad worked for General Electric and was transferred to Georgia. He was originally from Opelika, Ala and my mother was from Cinn. Talking about North meeting South. I often think if they stayed in Ohio I’d be a %^&* Yankee

2. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

I loved to read as a child. I think I came out of the womb reading. I read any mystery I could get my hands on. I think I read all of Nancy Drew’s books and some of Trixie Beldon. My character Trixie is named after Trixie Beldon.

3. I'm a big fan of Nancy Drew also. What do you write?

Surprise, surprise! I write cozy mysteries.

4. Sounds like a fun read. Are you a plotter…

On Thanksgiving the Pilgrims Gave Thanks to God

***See below for authors to visit next week on The Blog Tour.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!My daughter’s first grade year in school, the children drew images illustrating Thanksgiving. The administration put them on the walls for an open house.

That night turkeys, Indians and Pilgrims in many colors lined the halls. On the tour we stopped at our daughter’s offering and told her how good it was— of course.

She peered at me with wide brown eyes. “My friend had to take down her picture and do it over.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Here it is.” Our daughter pointed to a drawing with a boat and some stick people standing around it.
“She wrote on it the first time?”

“Did she write over the picture?” I asked.

“No, she said the Pilgrims gave thanks to God, and that’s not allowed.”

I was stunned. “What’s not allowed?”

“To put up there that the Pilgrims thanked God.”

History was re-written behind the walls of those halls that Thanksgiving.

Each Thanksgiving I remember the incident and think of the verse, “But if serving th…

Blog Tour

Thanks to Miss Mae at Feeling Nosey for referring me for this fun blog tour.

Here’s a little about my corner of the writing world.




What’s my latest book?  I’m excited about my newest release, Stopped Cold, a teen novel with a mystery, spiritual talk and a touch of romance. While it has a serious message: We don’t have to be number one for God to love us, it has a fun mystery to keep the pages turning.

It’s set in a small town in the North Carolina mountains, but things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-fil…

Looking Out the Window: Ada Brownell Challenges Us to Work Toward Our Dreams in Her New Book, Imagine the Future You. She'll Give Away an e-book.

Welcome, Ada. Thanks so much for visiting my blog to talk about Imagine the Future You. Ada also shares a yummy recipe and one of her favorite Bible verses. She'll give away an e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.



About Imagine the Future You
Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?
You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

 Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.
• How harnessing your will can make you a champion
• How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful information in the brain, and avoid brain washing
• How to look and be your best
• How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
• How who you marry changes everything
• How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
• Where you want your name to…

Peering Out the Window: Carole Brown Talks about The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, which Is Getting Rave Reviews, and Gives Away a Copy.

What a treat to have Carole Brown. She'll will give away an e-book of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.

Carole shares a yummy recipe.

NOURISH THE BODY
One of my mother’s favorite recipes--and SURPRISE! --Caralynne Hayman’s (in my novel: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman) is their Cherry Mountain Pie.

Carole's mother

We loved it, as children when she made it, only . . . Her picky daughter (ME!) didn’t like cherries, so my request always came with certain requirements, “Yes, please, but no cherries.”

My mother kindly--and patiently, probably--made sure I had the delicious crunchy crust with lots of cherry juice but no cherries (why I liked cherry juice, but not cherries is something I’ll never understand). Topped with a dab of ice cream, and we thought it was the best dessert ever.

Here’s the recipe:
 Melt one stick of butter in a round cake pan (It has to be round; at least, that’s the way I remember it. )
 Pour c…

Looking Out the Window: Anita Higman Tells Us about Her Latest Novel, Winter in Full Bloom. She'll Give Away a Copy.

It's my pleasure to welcome Anita to tell us about writing Winter in Full Bloom. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address.

In Winter in Full Bloom Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her-a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades-Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.

 Without looking back, Lily-with her fear of flying-boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion…

Looking Out the Window: Nancy Mehl Talks about Her New Book, Unforeseeable, Book Three in Her Road to Kingdom Series. She'll Give Away a Copy.

It's my pleasure to welcome Nancy. She'll give away a copy of Unforeseeable. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address.

Hi Nancy, first tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been married for forty years to my husband, Norman. I have one child, Danny, who lives in Missouri. We just sold our house in Kansas and are moving to be near my wonderful son, his beautiful wife, and the cutest grandson in the whole world. I might be a little prejudiced, but Aidan has brought so much joy to our lives. We want to watch him grow up and be involved in his life.
I love animals and have a Puggle named Watson. He’s named after Doctor Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories. I love mystery, and Watson is very, very nosy. His name fits him.
I’ve been writing for fifteen years and have had fifteen books published. I love writing and believe it’s my calling.

Lots of people who enjoy writing also have a history of reading. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
Yes…

Looking Out the Window: K. Dawn Byrd Talks about Her New Teen Novel, Hotline Girl. She'll Give Away a Free Download.

To enter to win the download of Hotline Girl leave a comment and an e-mail address. It's great to have K. Dawn visit today. Hotline Girl sounds like such a fun book to read. What would you like readers to take away from it?
 It's important that when Christian teens choose a boyfriend or girlfriend, they choose someone who shares their Christian faith.

Why did you choose to write this book?
I thought it would be fun to explore how a couple could fall in love on-line. When my heroine's high school begins a counseling hotline, she's chosen to work it anonymously. She finds herself giving advice to a guy she's had a crush on forever. Once she knows all the hero's secret, will love blossom or fail? When he divulges the problems he's having with his girlfriend, she's tempted to give him advice that will break them up. Will she do the right thing?

What did you learn while writing this book?
I really love writing for the young adult market. Bouncing back to YA af…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Christian Suspense Author Anne Patrick. She'll Give Away a Copy of Her Latest Book, Out of the Darkness.

It’s my pleasure to have Anne Patrick on my blog this week. She'll give away EITHER a PDF, Kindle or Nook copy of Out of the Darkness. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address. Welcome, Anne. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a Christian Suspense author with over a dozen books published.  When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I also love to travel and have been richly blessed by being able to travel out of the country on several short-term mission trips. I've had the pleasure of seeing God do amazing things in the mission field.

That's a wonderful way to spend time when you aren't writing. Tell us, why you write.
Because I have to.  I would probably go insane if I didn't have an outlet for all the stories floating around in my head.  And yes, my characters do talk to me.  I try not to talk back to them in public though. LOL.

LOL. Tell us about your latest book.Out of theDarkness is about a former FBI profi…

Looking Out the Window: Meet Emilie Hendryx--Photographer, National Novel Writing Month Winner and Church Office Manager

Welcome, Emily. Thanks for coming by to chat with us today about your photography and your writing projects. First, tell us a little about yourself.
 I’m a full-time office manager at my church, a photography business owner, and an author all rolled up in one. I grew up in a small town in Northern California and moved to Southern California to go to college and then ended up staying. I love coffee and am so looking forward to Fall and Winter, they are my favorite seasons!

Lots of people who write love to read. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
 My mother has always been a huge reader in our family and that trait was definitely passed down to me. Some of my favorite books growing up were the Enid Blyton Adventure Series, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew mysteries. I loved anything to do with mystery and adventure.
Why do you write?

 I’m an only child and grew up in a small town. I think that created in me a deep love for a good story as well as a large imaginatio…

Looking Out the Window: Catherine Castle Talks about Her New Book, The Nun and the Narc. Gives Away a Free Download and Shares a Yummy Family Recipe

Welcome, Catherine. I'm so happy to have you here today.

First, tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years. I’m an avid gardener, who is constantly fighting weeds—the bane of my garden. I love going to movies, reading, quilting, and collecting cookbooks, especially the community ones you find in antique stores. There are always great tried and true recipes in those books.

It's great to have a variety of interests? Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
One of the first books I remember reading was a Little Golden Book about Cinderella—the Walt Disney version with the mice and birds who sewed the dress for her. As a teenager I devoured books. Pearl S. Buck was one of my favorite authors as was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House on the Prairie series. I also loved science fiction books, mysteries and romance stories.

Reading's a wonderful pastime, and it's great to start early. Let's talk …

Looking Out the Window: Lisa Lickel Talks about Her Latest Book, Gives Away a Copy and Shares a Recipe

It’s my great pleasure to welcome Lisa Lickel today. To enter to win a copy of The Newspaper Code leave a comment and e-mail address.

Hi Lisa, first, tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me here, Gail. Always fun to visit! I grew up in a family of teachers and readers, so it was a big shock to learn that not everyone liked school or…gasp…books. How can that be? Although I’ve always been an avid reader, writing never occurred to me until I started working with our local historical society to put together an anniversary book. A friend taught me about press releases, and I wrote some articles for the newspaper. Then I took an online course from the Christian Writers Guild and started selling articles before I finished. I moved on to novels from there. I’m still learning, still growing.


You're writing some terrific books. Tell us about your latest.
The Newspaper Code is the third book in the cozy mystery Buried Treasure series. It takes place only a few weeks after The Map…