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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Looking Out the Window: In Secrets, Book #4 in the Wounded Heroes series Returning Soldier Turned PI Discovers Someone Wants His Subject Dead. Give Away

A Warm Welcome to Romance, Mayhem and Faith Writer Anne Patrick.

Anne will give away an e-book of Secrets, book #4 in her Wounded Heroes series. To enter to win a copy leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Lots of writers grew up with reading as a favorite pasttime. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

As a child, I read everything I could get my hands on.  I particularly enjoyed mysteries and was a big fan of Nancy Drew. 

I was a big Nancy Drew fan also, but about your writing. Tell us about your latest book.

Secrets, book #4 in my Wounded Heroes series is Caleb 'Digger' Malone's story.  After being wounded in Afghanistan, he returns to the states and takes a job in his brother's private investigations agency. His first solo assignment is a simple 'snap a few photos of a cheating fiancĂ© case'. But as Caleb learned in the army, nothing is ever that simple. Hired by the father of the future bride, Caleb quickly realizes someone wants the woman dead.

Oh wow! What a revelation. Where do you get ideas for your books?

All sorts of places. Dreams, things I've seen on television or in movies. People I've met.  For instance, after watching the movie Bonneville I came up with the idea for Reservations for Two.  Also, my Wounded Heroes series came about after meeting a woman who had served in Iraq.  Hearing about the problems she had adjusting to civilian life inspired the series.

What a wonderful source of inspiration. What are you working on right now?

I currently have two projects in the works.  Malice is the sequel to Ties That Bind, and Vengeance, book #5 in my Wounded Heroes series.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

When I'm not in my writers cave I enjoy spending time with family, or doing something outdoors like hiking and camping.  I also like to travel.

Thanks for sharing with us.

To Nourish the Body - A Recipe from Anne

Applesauce Brownies
½ c. oil
1 ½ c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 ½ tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 (17 oz.) can applesauce
6 oz. chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients except chips. Beat at high speed for 1 minute. Pour into a greased sheet cake pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Oh yum, and the applesauce would make them so moist!

To Nourish the Soul - Two of Anne's Many Favorite Bible Verses

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." (NIV)
About Secrets 
Malone returns to the states and takes a job in his brother's private investigations agency. His first solo assignment is a simple 'snap a few photos of a cheating fiancé case'. But as Caleb learned in the army, nothing is ever that simple. Hired by the father of the future bride, Caleb quickly realizes someone wants the woman dead.

Single mother Abby Hughes works as a real estate agent in the family business. She has been entrusted to land one of the biggest sales the firm has ever had. The town of Keaton needs Criswell Industries to open their new factory there to boost its dwindling economy. When Abby finally gets close to landing the deal, she learns she has some deadly competition, and as she and Caleb unravels the mystery behind the mysterious rival her whole world begins to collapse.

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Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith, including the award winning and bestselling Wounded Heroes Series, Fire and Ash, and Ties That Bind. Her books have garnered four-star reviews from Romantic Times, 'Top Pick' and 'Best Book' honors from Night Owl Reviews and Long and Short of It Reviews, and Five-Heart reviews from The Romance Studio. When she isn't working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling to foreign countries to experience new cultures and adventures. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Sharon Srock Talks about The Women of Valley View: Pam. She'll Give Away an E-book and Shares a Link to a Free Novella

A warm welcome to the woman behind The Women of Valley View - Sharon Srock.

To enter to win The Women of Valley View: Pam leave a comment and an e-mail address.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

My father’s job moved us around a lot when I was growing up. I didn’t make friends easily, but I learned that books could move with me. I read a lot of different things. Probably my favorites were the Trixie Beldon series and Victoria Holt mysteries. As a young wife and mother I had my romance period as well. From there I moved to Science fiction and fantasy. Now, I don’t read a specific type of book. If it grabs my attention, I’ll read it.

Interesting to find someone else who reads all genres. So, you went from reading to writing.
Why do you write?

The short answer is because God told me to. The long answer is harder to explain. I never dreamed of being a writer when I was a child. I dreaded book reports and English assignments. One day I woke up with a story in my head and a desire to write it down. The bad news is that it was Science fiction and not the path God had for me. It took me 25 years to stumble out of space and into Garfield Oklahoma, where God introduced me to the Women of Valley View.

Neat Story. Tell us about your latest book.

The Women of Valley View: Pam is a story about forgiveness and the dangers of harboring unforgivness. This is a lesson I’ve had to learn in my own life on a lot of levels. The biggest message in Pam’s story is that the indifference of time and separation from the hurt is not forgivness.

A subject many can relate to. What themes do you write about?

I write stories about the things people face in everyday life. Self doubt, looking for God’s direction, forgivness, learning to hear God’s voice in the mayhem of our lives.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?

I have a full time job, a part time job and now I write and market. I’m not sure I do a great job of balancing. My husband would probably tell you I do a miserable job at balancing, but I’m learning. I hope to get it right before I die.

Wow! It sounds to me like you're doing an excellent job of balancing. Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

If there is anything more extreme than a pantzer, that’s me.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Not intentionally. You’ll find bits and pieces of me in all the title characters but it’s more life experiences that actual parts of me.

What are you working on right now?

While I wait word from my publisher about The Women of Valley View: Samantha, book 4 in the Valley View series, I’m frantically at work on book 5, The Women of Valley View: Kate.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

Probably going crazy from the voices in my head.

What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?

Oh, let’s see. Parasailed in Hawaii, rode the mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Swam with the dolphins and stingrays in the Caribbean. I love to do fun and interesting things on vacation. This year my oldest daughter and I are taking an Alaskan cruise. We plan to see lots of whales and pan for gold.

That sounds, cool, wacky and lots of fun. Thanks for sharing, Sharon.

About The Women of Valley View: Pam
Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

Buy Links for The Women of Valley View: Pam
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Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie; The Women of Valley View: Terri; and The Women of Valley View: Pam.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Powerful, Miraculous Easter Message

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Jesus lived among the Jews and the gentiles showing us his Gospel of love, telling us how to live in peace and care for each other.

“...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)

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The suffering He endured illustrates how imperfect and cruel the world can be.

“Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified…’”

(Matthew 20: 17 -19)

His crucifixion shows us God’s unconditional love.
"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)

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him, ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ –which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

“When some of those standing there heard this, they said, 'He’s calling Elijah.'

“Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”

(Matthew 27: 41 – 50)

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 God's Miracles Know No Limits

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen…”

  (Matthew 28: 1- 6)

Jesus lives! He's with us today!

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I Co. 15: 55