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Monday, July 30, 2018

The Winners From The Bear Lake Family Saga Giveaway

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Everyone who commented! Linda's giving you e-book or audio book!


Monday, July 23, 2018

Looking Out The Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Talks About Her Historical Romance Series, The Bear Lake Family Saga

A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke

Linda will give away an e-book to one winner and an audio book to another. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address. Also, please tell us whether you prefer the e-book or the audio book.

Hi Linda, first, tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now live in Color Country in southern Utah. I am the author of 23 books. I have several genres that I write in. I have a historical romance series: Bear Lake Family Saga, a mystery suspense series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, a cozy mystery series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, and a period/adventure romance: The Rebel Series. All my books are family friendly.

Tell us about your historical romance series.

Bear Lake Family Saga has strong female characters who have a destiny to fulfill. Each woman wants to make a difference in the small world where she lives. No matter the trial that comes her way, she is ready to fight for what she believes. There are five books in this series.

What inspired you to write this particular series?

My ancestors were my inspiration. I was writing their histories so my children would learn to appreciate their heritage. Their stories were intriguing and full of adventure. When I was done, I decided to write a historical romance series and give these experiences to my fictional characters. I’ll give you an example.

One experience involved my father when he was a young boy. He had collected skunk oil from the skunks on his property. One day he took the skunk oil to school to show his classmates and accidentally dropped it. The bottle broke and the skunk oil splashed all over the floor, and the room filled with the most putrid odor known to man. Everyone ran outside as fast as they could. The school was quickly abandoned for the day until it was aired out. He said the children considered him a hero for getting them out of school. In Melinda and the Wild West, I gave this experience to Billy and Melinda was his teacher.

What do you love about this series?

I love that each female character is strong and determined. We have a schoolteacher, a nurse, a journalist, a dance teacher, and a female doctor. Each has her own trials to overcome. I also love the male characters in my stories. Even though they are strong and masculine, they have their tender moments that can melt your heart.

More About The Bear Lake Family Saga

In Melinda and the Wild West, Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho.

In Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Edith is a nurse and has gone home to assist her cousin who is “with child.” Edith has wonderful qualities but never gives a man a second chance because her expectations are so high.

In Jenny’s Dream, Jenny desires to escape her small hometown and become a writer. When she develops a friendship with a young farmer, Jenny soon realizes that he means more to her than she thought. She must now choose between a career and romance. Which dream should she pursue?

In Sarah’s Special Gift, Sarah is a beautiful and successful dance teacher. She is deaf, but this does not stop her from living life to its fullest. And it does not stop her from falling in love with a man who needs her help, someone who is grieving and needs support.

In Elena Woman of Courage, Elena Yeates settles into a small western town as the newest doctor. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. She must struggle against this prejudice to establish her new practice.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

It most certainly does. I have a strong belief in a loving Father in Heaven and in my Savior, Jesus Christ. This faith shows in the characters of my books.

Do you put true stories from your life in these books?

Yes. Here is an example of a funny experience that happened when we took our youngest daughter fishing. This is from Melinda and the Wild West. Gilbert is a widower and his young daughter wants to go fishing with him. This is what happened with the actual conversation:

Jenny watched with interest, wondering what her father was going to do next. She saw him carefully take the hook out of the fish’s mouth and put it in a small bucket. As she watched the fish wiggle, sadness overtook her. Before long, her eyes filled up with tears. Her heart pounded loudly as big drops of tears fell down her cheeks. Jenny looked up at her father and begged, “Pa, put him back in the water.”

Gilbert was busy putting another fat worm on his hook when he heard her voice quiver. He turned to her and saw tears trickling down her cheeks. He was confused. Jenny was the one who had begged to go fishing in the first place.

“Pa, the fish is suffering. See him wiggling and trying to fight for his life. He wants to go back to his family. How would you like it if someone took me away from you? Pa, he wants to live his life and be happy. See? He’s suffering. Please let him go.”

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on having all five stories put into audiobook form from Audible. I had one narrator do Melinda and the Wild West, and another narrator, Carolyn Kashner, who is doing the next four books. Carolyn actually sings in Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, and she has such a lovely voice.

If you could interview any character in one of your books, which one would it be?

It would be Elena from Elena Woman of Courage. In 1868, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate with a doctor’s degree and she endured a lot of prejudice. Elena had to endure this same sort of prejudice from the town bully who felt that women doctors had no right to practice medicine. But that isn’t all. Elena lived during the roaring twenties, and she decided to be a part of this new generation by bobbing her hair and raising her hemlines.

Bobbed hair caused a lot of commotion: A teacher in Jersey City was ordered to grow her hair back by the school board or she would be fired. Women with bobbed hair were fired from prestigious department stores without any warning. A preacher pounded the pulpit, saying that a “bobbed woman was a disgraced woman.” The raising of hemlines had its problems, as well.

I think it would be fun to interview Elena and find out how she endured this time period. Of course, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart. He actually admires her tenacity. I admire Elena, as well.

What shocking thing might your character say?

This question is fun. During the roaring twenties, they spoke a language foreign to their parents and it could be quite shocking at times.

If Elena didn’t agree with something, she could say: Ah, horsefeathers!
If John tried to kiss her, Elena could say: The bank’s closed.
If John liked what he saw as Elena walks away from him, he would say: What a chassis!

At the end of my book, I have the definition of each expression for those who couldn’t figure it out.

What are you doing when you aren’t writing?

I am a missionary at the Family Search Center. I help people find their ancestors and learn more about their heritage. It’s such fun. I really love it.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Read samples and purchase books at my website
My audible author page

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Looking In The Window: When A Bug Bite Means More

Thirteen years ago this month I contracted Lyme disease, but I didn’t receive treatment until November that year, so I have Chronic Lyme disease. I wish no one else ever would get it. There are ways to prevent it.

When outdoors one should wear protective clothing, bug and tick spray, and keep hair away from leaves, foliage and grass. At the onset of a bite that looks as though it’s not an ordinary run of the mill spot, see a physician. For instance, if it’s unusually large or red, or if there’s anything that would make one suspect it could be a problem. If illness, such as chills and fever, appear about the same time as the bite, definitely see a physician.

For those who find treatment for Lyme disease while it still exists as a spot or localized bite on the skin, the entire situation soon becomes a non-event. If one isn’t sure whether or not the bite might be serious, and he or she decides to wait to see about it, that’s not a huge problem as long as it’s tended to while the bacteria, parasites, and other diseases the bug was carrying are still in one’s bloodstream. IV’s given in the hospital will take care of it. However, if one waits until the spirochetes, or Lyme disease bacteria, have burrowed into the body tissue, he or she embarks on a long, difficult road paved with much suffering and few answers.

Here are a couple of myths about Lyme disease. 

Only ticks carry it, and most of those are in the Northeast. 

Any insect that bites, especially mosquitoes and spiders, as well as ticks can carry Lyme disease, and there are many cases in parts of the country other than the northeast.

If it’s Lyme disease, one will see a bull’s eye rash.

Some people see a spot only; others, a rash different than a bull’s eye, and a few, no rash at all.

Enjoy this wonderful summer weather, but while outdoors be safe!

Fortunately, I was led by divine intervention to David Lee, Ph.D, D.C, C.AD. In 2016, I published Barely Above Water, a novel about a young woman who suffers from Lyme disease. The romance and fun kids’ swim team in the story are made up, but the symptoms and treatment for the illness are real. In the back of the book Dr. Lee and another expert Raphael D’Angelo, M.D., share information about this little-understood malady.

About Barely Above Water

An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?

Buy Barely Above Water on Amazon
Pelican / Prism Book Group
Barnes and Noble (paperback)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Looking Out The Window: Darlene Franklin Talks About Her Newest Book, Co-authored with Helen Gray, Risking Love. She'll Give Away An E-book.

A Warm Welcome to Darlene Franklin

Darlene talks about Risking Love, an e-book of four novellas she co-authored with Helen Gray. It tells the story of four contemporary couples who risk everything. Darlene also shares a devotional.

To enter to win the e-book join the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Following the Leader

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2-3
A baton strikes a music stand. Absolute silence falls on the auditorium. All eyes fix on the five hundred voice choir—all of their eyes are fixed on their director.

He lifts his baton and the orchestra plays. A few measures later, he brings in the sopranos followed by the alto section, then the men. They have learned to read his hand gestures, large and small. When to hush. When to soar. When to accent. When to cut short. When to start. When to stop. Just as those singers follow their conductor, so also Christians follow the lead of their coonductor, Jesus Chrst.

The author of Hebrews describes the Christian life as a race. From start to finish, we can fix our eyes on the finish line where Jesus waits. He set the standard for all who have followed when He ran the first heat.

The contest takes perseverance. It’s more of a marathon than a sprint. The course is clearly marked, the rules given in the word of God, and our breath comes from the Holy Spirit. Jesus knows the best way to run. He teaches us how to persevere. The race wasn’t easy for Him either. He endured the cross, and the scorn that came with it.

Like the orchestra conductor, Jesus will tell you when to move quickly and when to slow down. When you follow His instruction, you won’t grow weary. With Him as your compass, you won’t lose your way. He and the Holy Spirit go with you – so fix your eyes on your leader and do as He says.

About Risking Love

Four Novellas To Warm the Heart

Her Rocky Mountain Highness

Krystal Black had helped foreign dignitaries before but never was tempted to join their ranks.

Prince Johann "John" van Koppelberg came to the Colorado Rockies expecting a vacation. He hadn't planned to fall in love with his tourism director.

But like John Denver, the prince found a home and fell in love. Now if only he could get Krystal and his parents to agree.

Hawthorne Hope

Jenna Michaels can’t risk falling in love.

She has already lost too much. When she meets Evan Bryant, their mutual attraction sends her running from the possibility of another loss.

Principal of Hawthorn Christian Academy Evan Bryant never thought he would be attracted to another woman after the death of his beloved wife. Meeting Jenna convinces him that he can love again, but is there hope that they can move beyond their pasts and find happiness together?

Merry Christmas With Love 

People from around the country send their mail to Christmas, Florida, to receive a special Christmas postmark. War widow Randi Pearson enjoys sending Christmas cards to men and women serving in the armed forces--until retired major Troy Brennan shows up as a post office volunteer. Can Troy convince Randi to let go of the past and move into the future?

Tree of Hope


After leaving law enforcement, Travis takes a job as temporary handyman at the Quinn landscaping business and gift shop that two sisters are try to run now that the father is dying of cancer. But he doesn't figure on getting involved in constructing a living Christmas tree, or his heart getting entangled with Reagan Quinn.

Reagan has too much on her plate, operating the businesses and dealing with grief over her father, and confusion at the inevitable changes confronting her. Can Travis convince her that they can form a partnership—in business and life?

Buy Risking Love here

Bio: Best-selling Amazon and ECPA author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she continues to write from a nursing home. She keeps going because God keeps giving her more assignments. She’s written more than fifty-five fiction and nonfiction books, including Pray Through the Bible in a Year here

Of Cash and Cats in Love Comes on Kitten Paws here  

Check out a complete list of Darlene's books here

Visit her website here

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Looking In The Window: Happy July Fourth


Tributes that give Americans goose bumps and bring them to their feet for their country!

The Star Spangled Banner sung by Whitney Houston at Super Bowl 25 in 1991 in Tampa, Florida here

From the World War II era Kate Smith singing God Bless America here

America the Beautiful sung by Elvis Presley here

A church service of inspirational music and a patriotic sermon delivered by Dr. Michael Youssef of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia  here

New Release We Are Americans here

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Looking Out The Window: The American Christian Fiction Writers July New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman -- After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton -- Bridget Behr can’t shake the guilt that it was her fault her family moved—and is too afraid to trust anyone, especially the flirtatious, overly-friendly Amish man who lives next door. Just as Bridget is finally settling into friendship, a new life, and maybe even love, a devastating forest fire ravages the county, destroying both land and the Behrs' dreams. Now Bridget and her family must decide: will they leave behind the ashes and start anew in another Amish community? Or will they dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

General Contemporary:

Ride to the Altar by Linda W. Yezak -- Cattle are dying on the Circle Bar, putting the Texas ranch in financial jeopardy. Newly engaged Patricia Talbert and Talon Carlson must root out the cause before they can concentrate on wedding plans—which involves Patricia’s traveling to New York to patch things up with her domineering mother. While she is away, Talon discovers that the attacks on the ranch are connected to the murder of his first fiancĂ©e over eight years ago. Before they can move forward together, each have to resolve the past. Will they be able to start their new life with a clean slate? (General Contemporary from Canopy Books of Texas)

General Historical:

My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas by Kathleen Y’Barbo -- Dodging bullets takes a simple missing person case to a new level as Jonah Cahill, a Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter, form a tentative truce in Galveston, Texas, 1880. Are they on to a much bigger story when their best witness is suddenly kidnapped? (General Historical from Barbour Publishing)

Historical Mystery:

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright -- Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future--or their very souls. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker])

Historical Romance:

This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller -- Adrien Lockman left France to finally live life on his own terms, but when he discovers a half-starved and half-frozen woman in the treacherous Canadian mountains, the truth soon becomes clear—the only way they’ll survive is together. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Widow’s Plight by Mary Davis -- After moving to a new town and joining a quilting circle, a single mother steps out of the shadows of abuse and into the sunshine. But will a secret clouding her past cost her the man she loves? (Historical Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart -- Orphaned during an early 19th century cholera epidemic and helped by a slave to find a new home, Adria Starr must now stand up for his freedom—and maybe find her own in the process. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano -- A young heiress is suddenly the poorest wealthy woman in all of England when her father dies without telling anyone where he put his money. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])


Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Ludwig -- A mysterious key hidden in the depths of an ancient lighthouse unlocks family secrets hidden for generations. (Cozy Mystery from Guideposts Publications)

Guarded Prognosis by Richard L. Mabry -- At first Dr. Caden Taggart feared for his freedom, then for his ability to cope, and eventually he feared for his life. (Medical Mystery, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll -- When Adelaide Fountaine, the general manager of a hotel in New Orleans, finds the body of a guest who was stabbed with a kitchen knife, her childhood friend Detective Beau Savoie is shocked to discover a connection between his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years—and the murdered guest. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own. Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose? (Romantic Suspense from Gilead Publishing)

Camp Hope by Sara L. Foust -- Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will Amy succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in a vast wilderness forever? (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey -- Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to join an elite team of terrorist hunters. Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he's back, asking her help to stop America’s newest terrorist threat—an attack that would shake the country to its core. Together they must navigate secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next mark? (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Young Adult:

Launch by Jason C. Joyner -- Teens with special abilities are invited to an exclusive conference where tech billionaire Simon Mazor is looking for those who can help him influence the world. (Young Adult from Little Lamb Books)