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Monday, December 30, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year and many blessings for 2014!

See you then!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

THE SILENT CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


                                MERRY CHRISTMAS!

                         MERRY CHRISTMAS!


                                                               MERRY CHRISTMAS!


       MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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 and the live Nativity on the court house yard. In Christmases gone by the stores were filled with decorations, Christmas music and laughter. People stood back, took a breath from their busy lives, and wished Christmas blessings for all.

 Because that's what Christians believe. Christ is the light of the world. He came to save sinners that all who believe in him should have everlasting life. (John 3: 16) He preached a Gospel of love. "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) He preached peace, love and doing good works for others. Why would anyone want to silence the message?

Our country's more multi-cultural now. We have many other religions, and Christians have stood up for them and demanded freedom of worship for all. But now, someone wants to make sure Christians don't celebrate Christmas. Why? If they don't want to be Christians, they don't need to. How could Christ's message of love and peace hurt the world, a country, a state, a neighborhood?
Why don't people of other religions defend the right of Christians?

I finally asked a young man in a restaurant why there weren't any Christmas decorations this year.
He didn't know, but he said he was only allowed to say "Merry Christmas" if a customer said it first. I'm saying it! MERRY CHRISTMAS! I even got out my old Christmas sweater to wear shopping from now until Christmas so there's no doubt that I want to hear, "Merry Christmas."



For those of  us who are Christians, perhaps we should wear something to let people know. It probably doesn't need to be as bold as my sweater. I'm just makin' sure. Too commercial? Where did that come from? Was it a media spin just to start the silencing of Christmas? Not me. I didn't fall for it.

Oh yeah, Sears, I'll be doing a LOT of shopping in your store all year around.

MERRRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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 Stopped Cold! 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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Winner of Terror on Tybee Island



 Thanks to everyone for stopping by to read about Terror on Tybee Island.

It was hard to choose a winner. I drew names and the winner is...

Hats and Horns...

Congratulations, Jackie!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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 or a panster?

I’m a panster.

5. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is about Trixie Montgomery going to Tybee Island for a vacation. Her best friend Dee Dee, her great-aunt Nana and her mother, Betty Jo all tag along. While walking on the beach Trixie  sees a beach cat digging in the sand. She investigates only to discover a body that had been bludgeoned to death with a garden gnome. To find out how Trixie gets out of the mess you’ll have to read the book.     



From Trixie Montgomery, the heroine in Deborah’s Cozy Mystery Series:

Trixie Montgomery here. You may know me from my Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. I’ve just returned from a vacation at Tybee Island with my best friend Dee Dee, my great-aunt Nana, and my mother, Betty Jo. While we were there I found a body in the sand by the ocean. I’d been involved in a couple of murder cases, but I’d never found a body before. I hope I never find one again.
My boyfriend had asked me to marry him before I left, and I told him I’d give him the answer when I returned. Well, I said ‘yes.’ I’m so excited. We’re planning on having a December wedding. Hope y’all can come.

First, Gail has asked me what my favorite bible verse is. Well, I like to pick a special bible verse for each of my books. The bible verse for “Terror on Tybee Island” is “Look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than them?” Matthew 6:26  I hope it brings some comfort to you, also.

It’s about that time again. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a time for family, fun and food. Speaking of food I’d like to share a recipe with you. I made this pork tenderloin with apples last year and everybody raved about it. I know it’s not your usual Christmas fare, but sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit.  Well, here you are, I hope it turns out as good for you as it did for me. Doesn’t it look good? I guess I’d better got off the computer now, Debbie doesn’t know I’m using it and she’s pretty particular about who uses it. I wish you the merriest of Christmases!


Roasted Tenderloin and Apples

• Place a 1 lb. to 1 1/2 lb. tenderloin in a roasting pan. Cover with a tight lid or aluminum foil. Place the pan in a 400 F oven and let cook for 30 minutes. While the roast is cooking, slice two cooking apples into 1/4-inch slices. Add 2 tbsp. of fresh or frozen cranberries or raisens. In a bowl, combine 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Spoon this mixture over the fruit, coating the fruit thoroughly with the sugar and spice. Remove the tenderloin from the oven after 30 minutes and spoon the fruit mixture on and around the roast. Return the roast to the oven and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the roast is golden brown and reaches a 160 F internal temperature.

Yum. I can't wait to try this recipe.

Terror on Tybee Island's available on Amazon

Learn more about Deborah and her books at http://www.deborah-malone.com/

Bio: Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in First Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson. She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association as well as Advanced Writer’s and Speakers Association. As a current member of the American Christian Fiction Writer she has established a blog where she reviews Christian Fiction.