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Saturday, March 26, 2016

He Lives!

“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
victory?
    Where, O death, is your
 sting?”
I Corinthians 15: 55

Friday, March 25, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Lisa Lickel Talks about Love and Everything about You, the Fifth Book in Prism Book Group's Love Is...Series



 




From the time boys became more than “tag” targets I was never without someone of the opposite sex to hang out with, call on the phone, escort me to dances or movies, even when Mom was the chauffeur. I was a drama queen flirt, histrionic friend, and disingenuous church group groupie. I’d love to say it changed in an instant when as a middle teen the Holy Spirit provided the answer to that infinite question of whether Christ was for real. Decades later, I am still working out who I am on many levels. That story won’t get the final edit until it’s over.

In between, I went to college and joined not one, but two Christian groups, fell in love with the music, studying anything and everything, and the boy with the wispy blond mustache and highwater pants from one of the faith groups who prayed with me for John Denver’s soul. Seriously. We won’t know for a while if poor John received the benefit of our intervention. When the mustached boy didn’t run screaming after meeting my family for the first time when we got snowed in and ate turkey three days in a row, and his dad laughed in good humor when I dropped and broke dishes on the way from the table to the sink the first time I met his folks, I knew things would work out fine.

Two grown up children and an odd assortment of grands—girls, boys, and kitties—later, life is full circle as our oldest son heeded the call to seminary and now serves as area director for the many branches of the campus faith organization his dad and I attended. Son number two followed in his father’s footsteps, attempting to encourage a better world through public education. “Love is not proud” is not an easy description to avoid when it comes to introducing family.

Love has shown me all the attention I need has always surrounded me, filled me, poured out of me in ways I don’t have to control or manipulate, or understand. The Lord of life is in charge. My job is to leave behind a story that boasts only of God’s great mercy and grace exemplified in what He has done for me.
 
Check out Lisa’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…




 

Everything About You

“Love is not proud…” 1 Corinthians: 13:4

 
She needs a movie set miracle, he needs cash...can a farmer morph into a movie star in five days?

If Shelly has her way, Danny will become America’s next heartthrob and she’ll get her own promotions company. He’s already gorgeous, a little naive, and needs to work on that accent. To Danny, Shelly is on the pompous side, but holds the key to his real dreams...if he can figure out all the rules, say the right things for the daily vlog session, keep his heart strings in place, dodge Shelly’s vicious former boyfriend and the movie star diva.

Shelly’s about to lose a lot more than her heart if she can’t get a handle on her wounded pride and learn who to trust.

http://www.prismbookgroup.com/EverythingAboutYou.html

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-About-You-Lisa-Lickel-ebook/dp/B01BYIUBKA
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Winner of Emma's Prayer



Sometimes it's so hard to choose...I have to draw names...

Tonight, it's...

Drum roll...

Congratulations! Sonja!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Renee Ann Giggie Talks about Her New Book, Emma's Prayer.


 
 
 
 
 
A Warm Welcome 
 
to Renee Ann Giggie
 
Renee Ann will give away an e-book of Emma's Prayer. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.
 






Hi Renee, it's great to have you. Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in a French community in Qu├ębec, Canada. After I married, I settled in New Brunswick, about 9 hours away. My wonderful husband supports my writing 200 percent. My first actual publication was a short story that won entry into OakTara’s anthology Falling In Love With You (Oct 2012). A month later, I published my first novel, Stella’s Plea, and just recently, a second, Emma’s Prayer (Feb 2016).

Lots of writers loved to read as children. How about you? If so, what did you read?
Yes. My favourite stories were The Little Prince, and Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. You could also find me sitting in the staircase with our huge family bible. I didn’t understand the stories in there yet but the images always fascinated me.

Let's talk about your writing. 
It’s in me. Mom was a newspaper reporter and instilled in me the love of books while God gave me the desire to write. The biggest reason I write, though, is because I want to reach the lost for the cause of Christ. I love sharing my faith with others, especially through my writing.



Tell us about your latest book.
Emma’s Prayer is about a teen mom who puts her son up for adoption but soon regrets her decision. The thirty days she had to change her mind are coming to an end. Can she get him back? Is it too late?

Across town, after several miscarriages, adoption is the only way for Cynthia and Logan Manning to have the family they’ve been longing for. Boy or girl, it doesn’t matter. All they want is a child. Is heartbreak inevitable?

Where do you get ideas for your books?
 Everywhere. Grocery store lineup, walking on the street, on the news. My brain never shuts down. When I get stuck, I sometimes ask hubby, or I go to my prompt book.

In three words describe your style of writing.
100 percent Pantser.

How do you get to know your characters?
I listen to them. In some way, it’s like talking to someone on the phone, and later meeting them for the first time. They’re different than you imagined. One great example was when I introduced Austin for the first time. I must have seen an advertisement for the TV show The Listener shortly before I sat down to write because actor Craig Olejnik popped in my head. The more I developed Austin, though, his ways, his talk, everything about him was different. It was in one line that I picked up an ‘accent’ in something Austin said. Suddenly, I saw actor Ken Bevel (Fireproof). Yup, he’s Austin.

What themes do you write about?
 Deafness and faith. As an interpreter in our church’s deaf ministry, I’ve grown very fond of these people and love to bust myths about their community. As well, we all know someone who has lost their way. It might be after a tragedy. It’s never easy to come back on the straight and narrow path. My characters go through every day struggles which I hope my readers will relate to and see they’re not alone. 

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I work full time rotation shifts in a call centre so I never write at the same time every day. But…we experience a lot of downtime, so between calls, I write. Later, I upload my document from iPhone to laptop. I write everywhere I can. In our truck, in the doctor’s office, wherever I have to sit and wait. I use MS Word on my iPhone to note ideas constantly taking shape in my head.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
In my opinion, the most important thing for any writer is to attend writers conferences. It’s where you learn the tricks of the trades, meet amazing writers who’ve been there and done that, make amazing connections, and form unbreakable bonds. The second: Don’t quit. Writing is hard. Editing is harder. Marketing is hardest. You will hit bumps, but press on. When the going gets tough, push harder. It gets better with time.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
Scrapbooking! Writing stories with pictures.

Buy Emma's Prayer here

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Ginger Solomon Talks about Her New Book, Broken Valentine and Shares a Touching Devotional. Link to a Giveaway.

A Warm Welcome to Ginger Solomon


 Broken Valentine is included in a giveaway of around twenty books at InspyRomance.com. She'll give away two copies. To enter a giveaway, choose the book you'd like, and leave a comment under that book. Click here and search among the books for Broken Valentine to enter to win one of Ginger's books. The contest ends on March 14th.




It's great to have you, Ginger. Thanks for sharing a devotional.
 
I’m in Over My Head

Have you ever been in a situation which made you feel like you were in over your head? You didn’t know what to do. Life swirled around you while you stood mute, unable to take in the whirlwind that had become your life.

I have. How else could I describe it so clearly?

In November 2001, when I was newly pregnant with my sixth child, my mom came to my house at a time she knew my husband would be home. She sat us down and told me she had cancer. She feared causing me a miscarriage because of the suddenness of the diagnosis.

For my entire pregnancy she was in and out of the hospital, dealing with chemo and radiation. Toward the end of May 2002, she was rushed to the hospital with partial paralysis. After testing, the doctors determined she had an inoperable tumor growing on her spine, which was putting pressure on her spinal cord, preventing her from walking. Shortly thereafter, she moved into a nursing facility.

I remember that time so clearly… The doctors looked at me like I was the worst daughter in the world because I didn’t take her home with me. I chuckle now because of how insane that would have been. How could I, at now eight months pregnant with five
little ones at home (my oldest was 11 at this time), take care of my mom who was no longer mobile? At the time, I cried. A lot.

I saw my mom for the last time around the first week in June. I was struggling with sciatica and the walk from the parking lot (at the end of the building) into the nursing home, and then to her room, which was almost to the parking lot INSIDE the building put me down for several days.

My son was born June 21st. It was a Friday. I called my mom that evening. Despite her morphine-induced haze, she understood. I know she did. Tuesday, June 24th, my mom died. She held on for me and my son. Even now that level of love, despite how much she couldn’t show it in person, makes me weepy. Sadly, she never met my son. I thought I had more time.

That was a time of complete overwhelm. I planned a memorial service. I dealt with her home, finances, and all the other things that come with the death of a parent (plus some stuff that I won’t go in to here), all while homeschooling my school-aged children and caring for an infant and a couple of toddlers. I remember bits and pieces of that time. I cried a lot, but I laughed, too. And without a doubt, God was there the entire time, bringing peace, wisdom, and rest when I needed it.

Maybe you’ve been through a storm recently. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as mine. I pray you never have to deal with such a thing or anything close to it.

In my recent release, Broken Valentine, Sarah and Michael, my heroine and hero, find themselves in a storm. They each have to make a decision how to deal with it. Trust God and take the next step, or fall apart and miss the blessing He intended. They choose trust. It doesn’t mean they didn’t have bumps in the road where they wondered if they’d done the wrong thing. It doesn’t mean that they trusted perfectly and didn’t doubt God’s wisdom.

It’s okay to doubt. God’s not afraid of our questions. Just make sure you don’t stay there, but take a step of faith. All through the Psalms, you will see David questioning God in one sentence or even a paragraph, and then he’s back to praising God for his goodness, faithfulness, loving kindness, and righteousness.

But instead of asking, “Why?” ask, “What now?” Why will get you nowhere. If you talk to a meteorologist, many things have to be in place for a storm to form. I believe the same is the case for our lives. This, that, and the other have come together at the same time, and now there is a storm in your life. The storm is not the biggest issue. What you do about it is!

I’d love to pray for you. If you have a need, please post it in the comments section below, and I WILL pray for you. If you feel uncomfortable expressing exactly what you need, a simple, “Please pray” is all I need. God knows and cares about you. I am only a conduit, not the source.

Blessings,
Ginger


 
 
About Broken Valentine

Being stood up on Valentine’s Day is not how Sarah Sawyer wanted the evening to go. It only gets worse when she discovers her boyfriend’s betrayal. Accepting a ride home from her attractive waiter goes against everything she’s been taught, but her choices are limited.

Michael Richmond can’t let his beautiful, yet heart-broken customer walk home, no matter how tired he is after working fourteen hour days all week.

It might be either the best decision of his life or the worst. Only time will tell if their broken hearts can become one, or if they will tear each other apart.

Broken Valentine is the second book in the Broken Holidays Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

Buy Broken Valentine on Amazon
 

Bio and Links for Ginger

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

Author Links:
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Inspy Romance Blog
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