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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Messages

Christmas shines with God’s grace, forgiveness of sins and salvation. It’s difficult to fathom an unconditional love so great, or ever repay it. All I can do each year is let it fill my heart with joy as I stand in awe of it and accept God’s gift.

A Miraculous Birth
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“God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” Luke 1: 26 - 27
“...the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1: 30 - 33

A Gospel of love

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“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: 36 - 39

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“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” John 9: 1 - 3
“...he spit on the ground, made some mud with saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent) So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.” John 9: 6 -7 

Pain, suffering and death on a cross
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“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 - 18
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2: 22 - 24


“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, just as he said.”

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

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Sherri Wilson Johnson Loving The Book Tour - To Laugh Once More

A Warm Welcome to Sherri Wilson Johnson

Hi Sherri, thanks for bringing your tour to Peering Through Life's Window. First, tell us a little about yourself.

Besides being a writer, I'm also a speaker and I freelance as a virtual assistant for two clients. I love to read and write and spend time with my family. I love to go to church, and I love to make people laugh. My favorite vacation spot is the beach, and whenever I get the opportunity, I go to theme parks and ride roller coasters.

Tell us about your latest book
To Laugh Once More is the sequel to my first novel, To Dance Once More (which re-released December 12th). It is set in Florida and Georgia in 1895. In this novel, Lydia and Hamilton have been married for several years, and things aren't going quite like Lydia had hoped. She loves Hamilton, but she's bored with being a keeper of the home. They go through some major trials which seem quite insurmountable. They struggle to keep their marriage intact, and sometimes, you have to wonder if they will ever be happy again.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
Readers inspired me, I guess you could say. I had a lot of requests for a sequel and I felt like there was so much more of Lydia and Hamilton’s story that needed to be told. In fact, there will definitely be a Book Three in the series and maybe even more.

We'll look forward to it. What do you love about this book?
I love the love story between Lydia and Hamilton because it’s an ongoing uphill battle some days to make things work and I think that’s a lot like real life. Most romances deal only with unmarried heroines, but I believe that the romance doesn’t stop there.

And what do you hope readers will tell others about this book? I hope readers will tell their friends that this book is an inspiration to all young women, married or not. In To Laugh Once More, Lydia is struggling to find her purpose in life, in addition to being a wife and hopefully a mother one day. She knows there’s more that she needs to be doing. I want women everywhere to see that even if they are home with children, that’s just for a season. We all need to be preparing ourselves for the work God has for us to do and wives/mothers need to prepare for the day when we’re empty-nesters.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
They come from all over the place. TV, movies, real life. Everywhere I go, every conversation I have with someone, usually prompts an idea for a romance in my mind.

In three words describe your style of writing.
Emotional roller coaster.

How do you get to know your characters?
I get to know my characters by spending time with them. Sometimes, they start out kind of flat, but by the time I’m finished writing the book (or the series) they’ve developed into quite the complex being. Some people have said that Lydia is a lot like Scarlett O’Hara and that she deserves a spanking. That’s true. But she grows and changes and begins to see her selfish ways. She’s probably always going to deal with pride and stubbornness, but that’s what makes Lydia Lydia.

What themes do you write about?
 I write about romance, forgiveness, starting over, second chances, faith, hope.

Does your faith affect your writing?

It’s in everything I write and in everything I do. I don’t write books that are heavy with my faith, but there’s always a faith element in them. What I mean is that I’m not a preacher. Don’t plan to be one. But everything I write comes from the perspective of a Christian. I can’t imagine writing anything that didn’t at least have some evidence of who I am on the inside and of WHO I belong to.

Introduce us to the main character in your new book.
Lydia Barrington Scarbrough. She’s a brat sometimes. She’s been married for five years and is bored with life on the plantation. She wants to get out and travel and see the world. She’s frustrated with her husband, Hamilton, because he gets to do just that. And he won’t take her with him. It’s not that he doesn’t want to. It’s just that you can’t often take your wife on business trips. Also, Lydia has been unable to have children. So she’s not only stuck on the plantation, she’s stuck there with little to do and no one to care for while Hamilton is away. She pretty much questions everything her life is about. This story takes Lydia on a journey of discovering her purpose in life.

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I want to entertain and inspire readers, but mainly, I write them because that’s what flows out of me. I want to uplift readers and share with them the wonderful goodness that God has allowed me to see. I want readers to feel hope and to know that there’s always an answer to their troubles. I also want to make them laugh, make them think, and make them swoon.

To Laugh Once More is a Victorian Inspirational Romance set in Georgia in 1895.

The War may be over but the battles still rage.

A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More?

Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it's turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What's a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children.

Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him?

As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?

Enjoy an Excerpt
The following morning, Lydia descended the oak staircase, ten-feet-wide and slightly curved, and headed for the sweet-smelling breakfast room. She'd reach for a cup of Isabel Ann's strong coffee before sinking her teeth into a biscuit or ham after the night she'd had. She'd slept little because of the ache in her side from her bull encounter and in her heart from missing Hamilton.

Each step closer to the bottom reminded her of the days before her marriage when she'd all but floated down the stairs in her ball gowns, ready for a chance to meet fascinating people who'd traveled to places she'd likely never go. Those days seemed like forever ago.

Since her run-in with the bull, Lydia's heart had raced. What was wrong with her that she preferred a confrontation with a beast to the customary responsibilities of running a home? She struggled to stay afloat on the sea of debilitating disenchantment and regret that crept throughout her body. What grieved her more? Was it the argument with Mother and her sisters, or was it the root of the argument—the dissatisfaction with normalcy?

"Lydia, will you come in here, please?" Papa called from his office.

"Of course, Papa." She changed her path and headed toward the front of the house, her heavy skirts swishing behind her on the wood floors.

Sunlight poured into the room. Leather-bound books towered up the walls on oak shelves. Papa puffed his pipe from his chair in front of a boisterous fire, and his dark eyes never left Lydia's face. "Did you get settled?"

"Yes, sir, as settled as a married woman can be in her childhood bed." She tugged at the hem of her sleeve.

"Your mother said you had a bit of a fit yesterday. And when I called to you, you didn't respond."

Buy To Laugh Once More here

About Sherri
Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, and a former homeschooling mom who’d rather have laugh lines under her eyes than worry lines across her forehead. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her two children and her Chihuahua, Posey. Her favorite thing to do when she’s not with her family is to curl up with a good book or work on her current work-in-progress. She loves to dream of visiting romantic places and is passionate about the Lord, motherhood, homeschooling, and writing. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More, Song of the Meadowlark, and To Laugh Once More. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries.

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Good Reads

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Winners of A Question of Destiny and the Mini Spa Packet

Three exciting gifts!

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And the winners are...

One e-book copy of A Question of Destiny - June Foster

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The other e-book copy of A Question of Destiny - Linda Weaver Clarke

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The Mini Spa Packet - Deanna Stevens


Monday, December 15, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Best-selling, Award-winning Author Anita Higman Talks about Her New Book, A Question of Destiny, and Shares a Beautiful Devotional.

A Warm Welcome to Anita Higman

Anita shares a wonderful devotional about something the world needs so badly.
She’ll give away two digital copies of her new book, A Question of Destiny, and a mini spa packet!

That Glorious Gift of Kindness
Anita Higman

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

Oh, how I love presents. Don’t you? Little packages tucked into one’s mailbox. Or enormous presents with big bows that sit around the Christmas tree. Or unexpected gifts that arrive with a hug. I love all kinds. And tearing open the package with all that crisp decorative paper is fun too. Or lifting the pastel froufrou tissue out of the dainty gift bag. What utter joy!

 But the type of present that I enjoy even more, is a gift called kindness. It is a generous offering from someone’s heart. These kindness donors don’t have to give, but they do it anyway, even though this quieter gift might go unnoticed. They don’t seem to care about rewards or praise. Yes, it’s that guileless compassion that puts a smile in my spirit and a spring in my step.

I have been on the receiving end of this gift many times, but one woman who stands out in my mind as a true giver of kindness without ever expecting anything in return, is Debby Hartzell. She is one of the most gracious women I’ve ever known. Debby not only knows about the scripture encouraging us to treat each other with kindness, but she lives it daily.

Our world would be a much finer place if there was less devotion to material gain and personal glory and more attention to this gentler way of life, these gifts of the heart. They are the presents that are bound to always fit and always bring delight!
About A Question of Destiny
Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

Buy A Question of Destiny here

About Anita
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends. Feel free to drop by her website at or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at She would love to hear from you!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Winner of With Music in Their Hearts

I had to call in hubby to help me with the selection process, and he drew a name!


Congratulations to Shirley!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Carole Brown Talks about Her New Book, With Music in Their Hearts. She'll Give Away an E-book.

A Warm Welcome to Carole Brown

Carole shares a devotional based on her new book, With Music in Their Hearts.
She'll give away an e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.
Why Does God Ask Hard Things From Us?
For the life of him, he had no idea what he’d done to deserve two slaps in the face in one day. Tyrell stepped out of the booth and glanced at the cloudy sky. No sign of the sun, and no sign of God’s face smiling down ready to do battle for him. --From With Music in Their Hearts.

Have you ever wondered why God allowed you to go through that hard/dark/difficult period in your life? Has life always been the proverbial bowl of cherries?

Of course not! It just seems worse for those of us who serve a God in heaven because we falsely assume life will always be full of sunshine.

 Tyrell Walker, the protagonist in my WWII novel, lost his parents as a child. That’s a terrible blow to any child, but God had plans for him. Loving grandparents took over the task and raised him to be a God fearing young man who ultimately follows in his ancestors footsteps by accepting the call of ministry.

 Because of his parents’ marital problems, Tyrell assumes he will follow in their path if he should seek marriage. But God knows differently. He has the perfect person, the perfect plan for Tyrell--if he can only accept it.

 Tyrell has his career all planned out. He’s serving as a minister, but also plans to serve his country as a loyal citizen. What better way than to be one of the first to enlist in the service? Only God knows Tyrell can better serve in a way that the young man can never imagine.

Trust is the answer for Tyrell Walker. Trust and faith. And it’s the answer to any of us who love God. We might never understand why we have the problems we have. But God does.

There’s a song that goes something like this: Faith in God can move a mighty mountain. Faith can calm the troubled sea. Faith can make a desert like a fountain. Faith can see the victory. 

Faith. A simple little word, but how powerful!

About With Music in Their Hearts
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.

While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.

As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

An Excerpt
A vehicle’s tires spinning gravel behind him warned him he’d not lost the black car. Slowing. Creeping. Engine purring. Only a few feet separated him from the car and making a sudden decision, he jogged around the corner and hugged the building trying to put distance between it. The car’s tires squealed as the car sped up. The driver took the corner, gravel crunching and spinning into the air.
They must have spotted him for the driver braked, throwing the passenger forward. Tyrell flung himself at the car and grabbed for the door handle.

The window slid down.

Something tugged at his arm.

And the handle tore from his grasp as the car accelerated.

The seemingly belated, reverberating crack of a gun vibrated the air around him.
The car spun around a far corner, and Tyrell reached up to rub his stinging arm. The sticky wetness drew his attention.

Blood. He saw the tear in his coat sleeve, the minute traces of blood oozing.

He’d been shot?

Why would they—whoever they were—want to shoot at him? It was a scratch, and they’d been close enough to kill him if they’d wanted to.

They didn’t want to. What were they after? A scare tactic? To warn him away? From what? Perhaps all this was a coincidence, a figment of his active imagination.

No sign of the car. Satisfied he was rid of them, he entered the hotel. At the reception desk, he filled out the necessary papers, climbed the stairs, and headed down the hallway.

At the far end, a red-haired woman inserted a key into the lock.

Was she the same woman who’d been in the recruitment office? That hat . . . He called out, “Hey, lady.”

She glanced his way, her luxurious hat tilted at just the right angle to hide one side of her face. With a flip of her plaid skirt, she shoved open her door and disappeared inside.

Tyrell hesitated at his own door, next to her’s, but inserted his key and entered. Inside, he switched on a light then as quickly flicked it off. He stepped to the window.

And drew in a breath as if he’d been sucker-punched.

Down below, across from the hotel, the streetlight reflected off a long, black Oldsmobile. Standing beside the car staring up at the hotel, stood Ben Hardy.

 His cousin and best friend.

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Brown not only has her award winning (RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.

November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late 2014 winter.

Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Author, Speaker and Acquisitions Editor Paula Mowery Talks about Legacy and Love, Her New Book

A Warm Welcome to Paula Mowery
Paula will give away an e-book of Legacy and Love
To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below

Hi Paula, tell us a little about yourself.
When I look at the title of your blog, Peering Through Life’s Window, it reminds me of one of the roles I have in life – pastor’s wife. It’s been said that we pastor families live in glass houses. I’m glad I don’t really reside in a glass house. I would hate for everyone to see the dust and laundry mountains that are a part of our life. But, I guess this is just proof that we are just normal people who have been called into a different vocation.

I’m a proud mama to a daughter who is a sophomore with Liberty University online. She is studying to go into children's ministry. I had the privilege and honor to homeschool her through all twelve years.

I’m a published author and acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group. God has called me to write and for that reason, I only write Christian themed books. He has blessed my writing ministry by allowing me to hear from readers about how one of my books has encouraged them in their faith or made them think about faith in Christ. Recently He has also given me opportunities to share through speaking.

It's wonderful to impact the lives of others in this way. Thanks for sharing. I'd like to add that I'm fortunate enough to have Paula work with me as my editor.

Lots of writers enjoyed reading as children. Did you? If so, what did you read?
Yes and yes and yes! I loved to read. Thank goodness my mother worked at a Christian bookstore and kept me stocked on reading material. I started out with Trixie Beldon. I loved helping her solve mysteries. I loved the Little House books and was privileged to read some of the first Christian romances as they hit the shelves. Still love my Christian fiction of all genres and review many of them.

Let's talk more about your writing and why you're doing it.
As I said above, I feel a call from God to write. I know how many times I would finish reading a Christian fiction and mull over the take-away and be encouraged in my faith. Issues that I’ve dealt with or specific things God has taught me are most likely to end up as themes in my books. And, from feedback I’ve received from readers, these must be similar issues that others are dealing with. Other than the calling I feel, I just love to write stories. I enjoy the process of creating settings and characters and seeing where they go and what they get into.

Tell us about your latest book.
My most recent release came out in March 2014. Legacy and Love actually contains two contemporary romance novellas.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
The inspiration for Legacy and Love would have to be my Mamaw Lindsey. She was a strong Christian woman whose influence I still feel in my life even though she went on to Heaven my senior year of high school. Her godly legacy really fueled the themes in these two stories. You can see the lingering influence of a godly grandparent for both of my main characters.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?
I love the fact that when we are intentional about the legacy we leave, our influence can continue into future generations. I hope readers will tell others how they felt a strong need to be intentional about leaving a godly legacy to those around them.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
Let’s see – The idea for my Blessing Series came from a sermon illustration. Inheritance from Legacy and Love was a combination of my mamaw and an idea of having a secret that is discovered after the death of the granny in the story. The other story in Legacy and Love, The Prayer Shawl, came to me after remembering the short prayer shawl ministry I was involved in. I have a file where I keep ideas and starts for stories. One story I’m working on came from the testimony of a waiter we had while on vacation.

In three words describe your style of writing.
I’ll use what a reviewer and several readers have said about my writing: Thundering with emotion.

How do you get to know your characters?
When I create characters, I will write a one page description listing different aspects about them such as physical description, personality type and quirks, and basic flaws and goals.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I work part-time as an assistant at a local public school to off-set the cost of my daughter’s tuition. I arrive home at 12:30 each week day, eat lunch, then get to going through emails and updating blogs and Facebook. When that is done, I look at my schedule and take care of writing and editing projects that are due soon. I divide my time between writing my own manuscripts and editing for my authors.
I am fortunate that I have what my husband calls my writing hole. In the extra bedroom at the end of the house I have an L-shaped desk with my laptop, tablet, files, and notebooks. I also have things on the walls around me to inspire me.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
I have a part-time job as well as writing and editing in addition to being a pastor’s wife. I do a lot of juggling. I am a super-organized person. My family might say to the extreme. But, this is the only way I get everything accomplished. I have a planner on my desk that I fill in with tasks that must be completed first. I strive to check off everything each day. If I don’t, I move it to the next day. Also, by having my own space, I can work on something and leave it open on my desk so I can return to it. I definitely take advantage of every moment. I carry my writing notebooks and tablet with me just about everywhere in case I get a moment to work.

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on two books with deadlines in April and May. Each will be part of a line releasing from Prism Book Group in 2015.

I’ve done extensive research for Love Does Not Dishonor. God led me to so many discoveries in my research by making things come together that I am thrilled each day as I get to continue writing this story.

The other is tentatively called Love Again and will release through a Christmas line. This will be new for me since I’ve never really written a Christmas themed book. But, I already have a head-start on this story.

About Legacy and Love

The Prayer Shawl
Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?

Paula's Books and Articles

Paula is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in "Woman’s World," "The Christian Online Magazine," and the multi-author devotional blog, "Full Flavored Living." She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

More About Paula

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

Connect with Paula
You can follow Paula at Learn more about Paula at her blog at or enjoy her monthly columns on You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at