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Monday, April 25, 2016

Looking Out the Window: The Next Book in the Love Is...Series, The Crux of Honor by Paula Mowery


We’re told in Scripture that God is love. He definitely proved His kind of love is an unconditional and undeserved type through sending His Son to die for our sins.

Some love isn’t hard to conjure. God just helps us to enhance it. For example, I am still head-over-heels in love with my husband of twenty-six years. But through God’s Word and leading, I’ve learned to love my husband more like God planned for a wife to love her husband.

When my little girl was born, I was in love, even though it took a lot to get her here. But God has shown me how to love my daughter through example and discipline.

I struggled with infertility issues before finally conceiving my only daughter. My bitterness heightened each time I would hear about a young woman or girl who conceived out of wedlock and by accident. I cried out to God that this wasn’t fair. I wanted a baby and would care for that child and love that child, giving her a mother and a father.

Some years later I was approached by the director of our church association’s Pregnancy Crisis Center to become their devotional leader. I struggled with my answer for a bit but knew God was pushing me to do this.

As I shared about the love of God and then listened to these girls tell their stories, I had to repent of my former bitterness. God taught me to love and care for these girls and their babies. They each had a story with hopes and dreams of their own.

Everyone deserves to know about the unconditional love God offers. This is what I hope readers see in the story, The Crux of Honor.

Since God is love, when we allow Him to teach us His kind of love, we can’t help but be richer and enrich others.

Check out Paula’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…


The Crux of Honor

“Love does not dishonor…” 1 Corinthians: 13:4
Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong. Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.
Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Jennifer Slattery Talks about her New Book, Breaking Free

A Warm Welcome to Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer shares a devotional and a link to an excerpt from her new book, Breaking Free

Living Fully Present in the Present

“Can you hear me now?”

“Are you even listening?”

My mind can be a jumbled mess, with so many must-dos swirling around, I miss out on the blessings unfolding right in front of me. It takes determination to remain fully present in the present.
Today I choose now.

This “present-focused-living” campaign started a year or so ago with a trip to the UP building to join my hubby for lunch. My daughter came with me, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Overcast, a slight breeze, maybe 75 degrees. Plus, I had annoyed my daughter a total of 0 times on the drive over. (If you didn’t believe in miracles before…)

We get there to find my husband waiting, inching toward the exit. We’d fully expected to eat in the company cafe’, which is lovely.

But he–and God–had other plans.

My husband surprised us by asking if we’d perhaps like to eat somewhere else, saying he “had time”. Guiding us out of the building and toward the historical Old Market area with its cobblestone streets, amateur musicians, eclectic stores, and every flavor of cuisine one could imagine.

We chose to eat at Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a fun restaurant with a unique atmosphere. Then, swept up in the joy of the moment, I determined to ignore that to-do list that continually screamed at my subconscious, and after my husband returned to work, spent the rest of the afternoon being silly-goofy with my daughter.

Being fully present in the present.

I’ve come to realize I need to do this often, even when—especially when—life gets crazy. Because it will always get crazy, but I can’t let the crazy crowd out my connections. I need to make those relationships a top priority, and sometimes that means playing hooky.

Let’s talk about this. What do you do in those crazy-busy times to nurture your relationships?
In what ways are you living a partial life? What have you allowed to hinder your joy of today? What can you do today, right now, to live fully present in the present?

About Breaking Free

Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

Read a free, 33-page excerpt here

See scene location pictures for Breaking Free on Pinterest

Buy Breaking Free at
Christian Book Distributors
Barnes and Noble


Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for, and devotions for Internet CafĂ© Devotions, the group blog, Faith-filled Friends, and her personal blog. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ Firefly imprint, and loves working with authors who are serious about pursuing their calling. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at and connect with her on Facebook at and Twitter: @Jenslattery

See scene location pictures for Breaking Free on Pinterest

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Winner of a Book in Gay Lewis's Sarah Series

Winner's Choice for a book in Gay Lewis's Sarah Series is...

Hats, Horns...

Congratulations, Mary Preston!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Gay Lewis Talks about the Latest Book in her Sarah Series, Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie, Gives Away an E-book

A Warm Welcome to Gay Lewis
Gay will give away an e-book of the winner's choice. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Gay Shares a One-Hundred Year Old Cake Recipe

Thanks for the inviting me to guest on your blog.  You asked me to share about myself—maybe tell something I’ve never told. So I decided to give you a recipe—one I’ve never given to anyone. I call it The One-hundred Year Old Cake—it’s at least that old and it comes from Alabama, but before you get to the ancient cake, I’ll tell you a bit about me, the cooks in the family and my latest book.

My mother was the best chef I’ve ever known, with my two grandmothers coming in second and third. My mom and her parents came to Texas from Alabama. Talk about good southern cooking—they both knew the secrets. My paternal grandmother moved to Texas from Tennessee—another excellent southern cook. My mom used to make this cake and gave me the handwritten recipe. Her mother brought it from Alabama in a Model T—she didn’t bring many possessions, but she managed to stow away a few recipes. The one I’m sharing is older than the family.

I’m creative—just not with pots and pans. I’ve photographed people and landscapes—and made money from my efforts. I’ve engaged in interior design professionally —still do a bit of that from time to time. And I’ve written books—ten published to date. I also write articles for "The Texas Hill Country" magazine. For my sweet husband’s sake, I wish cooking had been an inherited talent.

I’ve written one novella, Clue into Kindness, it is in the Woman’s Fiction genre, but most of the time, I write a series about Sarah. She’s my whacky angel who helps humans in spite of causing mayhem. The Superiors always send Sarah to Texas. In the first book, Sarah: A Mission of Love, Sarah managed to lose herself many times between Houston and Austin. You see, Sarah is dyslexic and never knows which way to go—including up or down. Since that first book, Sarah pretty much stays close to Houston. Oh wait! She will go to Chicago in a book to yet be published. Sarah and the Double Wedding Woes. Sarah is ordered to follow her charge from Houston to Chicago for a night, and she is terrified. Sarah and the Double Wedding Woes is a sequel to the latest book, Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie.

Each Sarah book stands alone, and there’s no need to read them in order. Here’s a bit of info about my latest book, Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie.

This time Sarah goes to high school.  She's scared to death...that is if a holy angel can be scared to the point of demise. She's never hung with kids before. Teens have never experienced anything like her either.

Sarah plans to help Mackenzie find a date for the prom.

Uh-oh! What about the school bully?

That little old meanie? Poopty doopty! Sarah can fix him.

Three generations of women live together. What about Mackenzie's teacher mom? Oh yeah, Sarah can find a man for her too. Then there's the grandmother. Must not leave her out. Sarah's got her hands and wings loaded to the brim in this one.

 More about Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie

Merciful heavens! Getting acquainted with adult teachers in a high school is one challenge, but hang with the kids too? Sarah, heaven’s little love angel—known for bungles, has dealt with children and enjoyed them, but teenagers? My stars! They are a different ballgame. She doesn’t understand their jargon, clothes or hairdos. And mood swings? Forget it. She knew nothing about them—nada —zippo. She’d seen and heard them from above—even wondered at times why they existed on the same planet as adults. They were unique and interesting, but to mingle with them? Not a chance would she choose to do so—well, not until her latest assignment. Why would the Superiors send a bumbling angel like her to help a shy teenager find a date for a high school prom? Poopty doopty! A nightmare is about to happen.

Okay, now that I’ve introduced myself to you and your readers, I’m going to give you a yummy recipe.

I’m known for many things in life, but I’ll never be a fine cook. I do make this cake at Christmas, and it is my husband’s favorite.  The cake had no name, and since the recipe is at least a century old, I named it.

One Hundred Year Old Cake

¾ lb of real butter
2 ½ cups of sugar
6 large eggs or 8 small
2 ox of Vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
Mix these ingredients
Sift together and add to top mixture.
3 ¾ cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Then add
1 lb pecans
2 packages of chopped dates

Pour into a Bundt pan at 350 degrees and baked one hour or until a toothpick comes out dry.
Thanks for having me, Gail. I hope you and your readers will try this cake. It is a family favorite in the Lewis household.

Yum. It sounds delicious!
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Buy Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie here