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Sunday, March 31, 2013


During Jesus' time on earth he preached a Gospel of love. When asked by the Sadducees and the Pharisees what was the greatest commandment, "Jesus replied: 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: 37 -39)

God sent Jesus into the world to die for our sins, so that we could have eternal life!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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“‘We are going up to Jerusalem,’ he said, ‘and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law, They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.’” (Mark 10: 33 – 34)

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“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen…” (Luke 24: 1 – 6)

“Where, O death, is your
    Where, O death, is your
(1 Corinthians 15: 55)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Winner of Unbreakable

Oh my, it was too hard to choose. I couldn't, so I mixed up the names and drew one.


Drum roll....

Rhonda's Doings

Monday, March 25, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Inspirational, Award-Winning Author Nancy Mehl. She'll Give Away a Copy of her New Book, Unbreakable.

Nancy talks about her latest book, Unbreakable, Book Two in her Road to Kingdom Series, shares a recipe for Ruby's Redbird Burgers, featured in her Ivy Towers's series, and talks about her favorite Bible verse.
To enter to win the copy of Unbreakable, leave a comment and an email address.

 About Unbreakable: Book Two in The Road to Kingdom Series
Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiancé, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.
When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.

Nourish the Body with Ruby's Redbird Burgers
These yummy-sounding burgers were featured in Nancy's Ivy Towers's series. The actual recipe was in the third book in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls. (This book won the Carol Award for mystery in 2009.)
Ruby’s Redbird Burgers
(Usually made only at Ruby’s Redbird Café in Winter Break, Kansas)
(This recipe makes 4 one pound burgers OR 8 one-half pound burgers.
Ruby’s are actually one pound monsters, but yours can be smaller!)

Cook 8 slices of peppered bacon in large skillet. Cook until crisp. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Remove all bacon grease from the pan except for approximately 2 tablespoons (Set aside the rest of the grease.) In grease, sauté ½ large, chopped, white onion, along with 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapenos. (Canned or from a jar are fine.) Cook until soft.
Season 4 lbs of hamburger (80/20) with:
Sautéed onions and jalapenos
4 TBS Ruby’s Burger Mix (See below)
Knead seasonings into hamburger, but do not overwork the meat. Make eight (or sixteen) patties. You can use a hamburger mold or a large mayonnaise lid to shape the burgers into a consistent size.
Place approximately 1 oz of shredded extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese in the middle of a patty. Do not go all the way to the edges. Sprinkle approximately a tablespoon of crumbled, peppered bacon on top of the cheese. Then place another patty on top, and crimp the edges to totally seal the burger.

Cook over moderate heat in skillet seasoned with bacon grease. Once both sides are browned, cover skillet to keep burgers juicy. Cook to desired doneness. Do not turn burgers more than twice.  Add 2 slices of cheddar cheese on top right before you remove the burgers.

Slice remaining half of onion and cook in remaining bacon grease until rings are soft and fairly translucent. Add onions to top of burgers. Place on large, deli buns (toast the buns in the oven with real butter). Follow with lettuce, slice of tomato, small spoonful of pickle relish and mustard. You can make a special mustard using Dijon with a little horseradish or simply use regular yellow mustard. (This is Ruby’s choice. She doesn’t cotton to that fancy, schmancy mustard!) DO NOT EVER USE KETCHUP ON A RUBY’S REDBIRD BURGER. IF RUBY FINDS OUT, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO EAT ANOTHER REDBIRD BURGER AGAIN! 
Redbird Burger Mix (This is enough for more than more recipe)
Kosher salt – 3 Tablespoons
Coarse, black pepper – 4 Tablespoons
Dry Minced Garlic – 2 Tablespoons
Dry, Crushed Red Pepper –  ½ to 1 Tablespoon (Depending on how hot you want your burgers!)
Paprika – ½ Tablespoon
Mix all dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Does not need to be refrigerated. This mix also works as a steak rub!

Ruby prays for everyone who orders a burger. She prays that God will bless them with health, prosperity, a heart to hear from God, and the willingness to follow Him wherever He leads. For anyone eating a Redbird Burger, the victim…I mean, the customer’s health could probably use a double dose of prayer!

Oh my! My mouth's watering. I can't wait to try Ruby's Redbird Burgers.
Nourish the Soul with Scripture
Nancy says, "My favorite scripture is probably Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Learning that God had a specific plan for me changed my life. When I realized that I wasn't a wandering generality, but a specially designed child of the King, it made God real and personal to me. In every book I write, this theme is there. Hopefully, someone who reads one of my books will hear this truth and realize they are special and loved by God.
Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fourteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Road to Kingdom series, Inescapable, came out in July of 2012. The second book, Unbreakable, released in February of 2013.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site and her blog. You can contact her at  She is also active on Facebook.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Looking Out the Window: A New Novelette from James Scott Bell

She's back! Sister J, Vigilante nun, in FORCE OF HABIT 2: AND THEN

A vigilante nun cleans up the streets of LA. Sinners beware.

James Scott Bell says, "This month, I am pleased to bring you the second adventure of Sister
Justicia Marie, the nun who saves people by kicking their butts.

now available for 99 cents.

In honor of the launch, I've lowered the price of the first
installment, FORCE OF HABIT, to 99 cents as well.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Tells Us about Her Historical Sweet Romance Series

Welcome Linda and congratulations on your historical sweet romance books!

First, tell us a little about yourself.
I fly all over the U.S., teaching people how to write their family history or their own autobiography. It all started when I began writing my own ancestor’s stories. I believe it’s very important to teach our children their heritage. We are the people we are because of our ancestors. It’s up to us to write these experiences down. Our children need to be proud of their ancestors. After writing my own ancestors’ stories, I couldn’t stop writing, so I turned to historical “sweet” romance and then mystery/adventure novels. To learn more about what I teach and read sample stories of my ancestors, you can visit my website at

Tell us about the first book in your historical sweet romance series.
This novel has “sweet” romance and adventure. In Melinda and the Wild West, Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho. She has many challenges such as trying to help a rebellious student, coming face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and finding herself in 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.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
In Melinda and the Wild West, I included one of my own experiences as a substitute teacher. An eight-year-old student had been labeled as a troublemaker by her teacher. The students had listened to the teacher and steered away from her, not wanting to be her friend. This not only made her feel degraded, but she wanted to fight back and she did. She stopped doing schoolwork, refused to be part of the class, and got into a few fights. She seemed angry at the world but after working with her for a while, I soon learned what a sweet and wonderful child she was. She had characteristics that I was impressed with. When she realized that I really cared, she was willing to do her work, just to please me. In fact, her mother was impressed that her daughter wanted to please me so much. I’ll never know how this young girl’s life turned out, but in my novel I chose a happily-ever-after ending, just because Melinda cared and made a difference in the girl’s life. Why was this subject important to me? Because something similar happened to one of my own daughters when she was little and it was so difficult to see my child receive an unjust label from a teacher.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, the 2nd in this series, was inspired by my parents’ courtship. They didn’t meet the traditional way. They met through letters. Their story was so romantic that I patterned this book after their courtship and used my father’s sweet, romantic letters. Can people really fall in love through letters? Absolutely! With mysterious letters, cattle rustlers, a spunky woman, Halloween, and young love, there is always something happening.
Jenny’s Dream, the 3rd in this series, was inspired because of some unpleasant childhood experiences that I experienced as a young girl and now Jenny must learn forgiveness before she can choose which dream to follow. Meanwhile, a legendary ten-foot grizzly is seen in the area and its boldness has frightened the community.

Sarah’s Special Gift, the 4th in this series, was inspired because of my great grandmother who was deaf. I wanted to learn more about her life and how she coped with her disability. I learned so much about her and how courageous she was, so I decided to give her experiences to my character, Sarah. This story has deep-rooted legends, a few mysterious events, the mystery of the Bear Lake Monster, and a tender love story!

Elena, Woman of Courage, the 5th in this series, is my last book in this series. My inspiration was the “Roaring Twenties.” This was a new decade of independent women, when they raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. I found that if a woman bobbed her hair, she was fired from her job. A new language grew from this time period. They used words like: Cat’s pajamas! Horsefeathers! Baloney! When referring to a woman, they used doll or tomato. What was the difference? A tomato was a woman. A doll was a good-looking woman. A woman’s legs were called “gams” and her lovely shape was referred to as a “chassis.” If you were in love, you had a “crush,” were “goofy,” or “moonstruck.” And when a woman was not in the mood for kissing, she would say, “The bank’s closed.” Thus, my new novel was born! As Elena Yeates fights to prove herself as the newest doctor in town, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?
You bet. I’m a Christian, so my characters are church-going people. You can’t separate your own beliefs from your passion, which is writing.

What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
The coolest and wackiest thing I’ve ever done was to raise six daughters. Now I don’t know if it was a “risk-taking” adventure, but I can assure you that daughters aren’t as easy to raise as sons… with all their mood swings and little temperamental disagreements with one another, borrowing clothes without permission, etc, etc. Thanksgiving is a blast. You’ve never heard more noise all at once as when you have heard a bunch of girls get together. Man! It was really the coolest but wackiest thing I’ve ever done. They’re grown and on their own now. The youngest is 24 and the oldest is 39. Whew!

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of the historical sweet romance series A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho: Melinda and the Wild West - an awarding winning novel, Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Jenny's Dream, Sarah's Special Gift, and Elena, Woman of Courage. The Adventures of John and Julia Evans mystery series includes Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue. She has also written two non-fiction e-books: Reflections of the Heart and Writing Your Family Legacy.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013