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Looking Out The Window: Writing and Film Professor Kimberly Miller Shares The Story Behind Forgiving Tess

A Warm Welcome To Kimberly Miller

Hi Kimberly, Thanks for stopping by to tell us about writing Forgiving Tess.
My recently-published novel, Forgiving Tess, explores some of the nuances of forgiveness in our lives—not just the obvious issues like forgiving others or praying that they will fully forgive us when we’ve wronged them, but also the challenge of truly and completely forgiving ourselves. The last one can sometimes be the hardest of all.

Isn’t it fascinating that the Bible is filled with scriptures that encourage us to ask forgiveness and then let God’s grace wash over us, the healing balm we need and so often, and so sadly, we refuse, thinking we can do it all ourselves?

As I worked through this novel, I imagined I’d use a Bible verse or two to help tell Tess’s story and the ways in which she learns, eventually, to accept others’ forgiveness and ultimately to embrace her own as well. What I found was that I had such a difficult time scaling down all the scripture that I ended…
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Looking In The Window: Talking Love For Valentine's

Valentine Courtesy of Pixabay Talking Love
At Valentine’s Day we think of romantic love, but there are many kinds of love—love of children, Moms, Dads and friends. They all enrich our lives. 

At first it seemed odd to me that I’d think of an atheist on a day celebrating love, but maybe not. When I was in college I used to run into him in the small cafe where we gathered for sodas, hamburgers and French fries after class. I tried to avoid him, because he always hopped over to my table and started an argument about my faith.

He was angry at me because I am a Christian. Even though today I can’t recall which verses he used, he’d take passages from the Bible and try to make me say they weren’t true. When I wouldn’t, he’d retort with a scientific argument and claim it had to be right.

It was the mention of God's love that finally silenced him. That's why he comes to mind on Valentine’s. One day I grew…

Looking Out The Window: Victoria Caine Talks About Her Novel Cotton. Shares Chapter One And Gives Away A Smashwords Link To A Short Story

A Warm Welcome to Victoria Caine

Victoria shares her favorite Bible verse, a Smashwords link to a free short story, "In The Shadow Of My Heart," and the first chapter of Cotton. (See below).

Favorite Bible Verse
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
This verse was a big part of my first novel, Alvarado Gold, available on Amazon

Favorite Recipe
Corn Bread 
1 cup flour 1 cup corn meal 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons sugar 1 ½ cups milk 2 tablespoons melted shorting 1 egg Mix all ingredients together and bake at 425 degrees until golden brown.
My mother, who is almost 104, wrote on the back of the recipe – Good luck Dear. Eat a piece for me – Love you, Mom

About Cotton
Running from a life of poverty, 16 year old Cotton Ramsey escapes the Savannah River bottomland to New York. Twenty years later, she has changed her name and runs a large pharmaceutical company, which belonged to the family of her l…

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

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

Amish Romance:

Convenient Amish Proposal by Jan Drexler -- When Bethany Zook's childhood friend returns to Indiana Amish country a widower, with an adorable little girl in tow, she's willing to aid him in any way. But there's just one thing Andrew Yoder needs - a mother for little Mari. And he seems convinced Bethany is the answer, just as she's sure any union between them would be one strictly of convenience... Andrew thought Bethany had married another. Now, determined to keep Mari despite his mother-in-law's interference, he offers Bethany marriage in name only. But she's quickly becoming more than a housekeeper and a mamm. Can he leave the past behind to claim a family of the heart? (Amish Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Contemporary Romance:

Ocean's Edge by Cindy M. Amos -- Tired of Kansas, Wynn Yardley places her wish to touch the ocean into Dreams Come Tru…

Looking Out The Window: Carol James Talks About Trusting God And Her New Book, The Waiting. Gives Away An E-book

A Warm Welcome to Carol James
Carol will give away an eBook of The Waiting. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address below.
Hi, Gail. Please let me begin by thanking you for having me here. I appreciate the opportunity to share with your readers.
It's my pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am the wife of one, the mother of two, and the grandmother of five. Retired, I enjoy spending time with my husband and Zoe, our Jack Russell “Terrorist.” I have a BA in English/Education and have taught children from kindergarten to high school age. My last job was in the international sales department of a medical device manufacturer.

Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

Oh, yes! I read everything I could find. I particularly enjoyed mysteries and tales of adventure. We lived in England during part of my childhood and got hooked on the Fantastic Five series. Two of my other favorites were Heidi and Robinson Crusoe.

It's always interest…