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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Day Post by Jess Revell




Christmas Day. by Jess Revell

Mostly everyone thinks that Christmas is about presents and Christmas dinner. But it’s not. 2000 years ago, Jesus was born. Christians celebrate this day by having a Christmas service at church. They would then go and celebrate the day with family. Christmas is celebrated differently in different countries, but this is how we celebrate Christmas in my house in England.
We start of the morning by opening some presents, then we go to church for the Christmas service, we then either come back to my house or go to my grandparents’ house. 
After we arrive, we have a drink and a biscuits whilst mum or grandma or both finish off cooking dinner.
Christmas dinner consists of: Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Roast Parsnips, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Peas, Swede, Boiled Potatoes, Pigs in Blankets (Sausages wrapped in Bacon.). Mum makes her own cranberry sauce and bread sauce.
After we have had Christmas dinner and finished pudding, we then watch the queens speech at 3pm. Mum set a rule in our house. We can’t open presents until the queen speech is over. So once, me, my brother and my sister has sat impatiently by the Christmas tree for a whole 10 minutes, the queen speech is over. We finally get to the fun part. Present opening. This is my favourite part about Christmas.
But that isn’t just what Christmas is about. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus happened 2000 years ago. He was born in a stable in Bethlehem. He was visited by shepherds and 3 wise men. The 3 wise men brought 3 gifts for Jesus, they were: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
If you have never heard of the Christmas story and is wondering ‘How did the shepherds and wise men know about Jesus?’, then I shall tell you. When the shepherds were looking after their sheep, the angels appeared to them and sang ‘Glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests’.
A star appeared to the wise men. They first were confused but then they decided to follow the star which led them to Jesus.
Once they had got to the stable, the shepherds and the wise men all worshipped Jesus.
So that’s the story of Jesus being born. If you haven’t heard of Jesus before, then let me tell you. Jesus is the king of kings. Lord of lords, he can heal the sick and calm storms. He died on the cross for you. He saved you from your sins. He is the greatest man you will ever hear of.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas J   

BIO:
Jess is 13. She lives in Reading and goes to The Bulmershe School in Woodley where she is currently in Year Nine. 

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve Devotion by Pastor James Muldoon


Today I have a guest post by Pastor James Muldoon of Carey Baptist Church, Reading.

"Yesterday at church we thought about how startled those shepherds must have been in Luke 2 when suddenly an angel appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them.  That wouldn't have been what they were expecting when they left home to look after their sheep that night!  It's even more surprising, though, that Jesus - God the Son made man - should have come into the world at all.  And the greatest shock of all is that He came so as to die to save all who would believe in Him.

"If you're a Christian, have you lost that sense of shock at what happened that first Christmas?  If so, this year, just stop and think for a few minutes about how stunning it is that Jesus should be born and should die to be your Saviour.  And if you're not a Christian, why not make this the year when you really look into the astonishing teaching of the Bible about the one who came those 2000 years ago?  Maybe you'll get the surprise of your life by discovering that He is just the one you need to believe in."

 

Bio:
James Muldoon was born in Northampton but grew up in the Lincolnshire Fens. After leaving education, he worked for a funeral director and then for Pearl Assurance. He went to Bible College at WEST in Bridgend and was the Assistant Pastor of Freeschool Court Evangelical Church in Bridgend before coming to Carey. He is married to Jennie who works as an Occupational Therapist and they have two daughters.

Contact James: jamesmuldoon.carey@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday, 23 December 2012

It really is a wonderful life by Linda Wood Rondeau



Blurb:
Midville newcomer and Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondack wasteland that has now become her home. After twenty failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Her latest rejection for a clerk’s position at Bargains Galore sets her nerves on edge. Dorie’s faith has been a composite of expectations, first those of her parents, then later her husband’s. She wonders what a faith of her own would look like. Desperate for the towns acceptance, she joins the local Community Theater, in production for It’s a Wonderful Life

Jamey Sullivan has put his professional life on hold in order to run the family business and help his ailing father. He signs on for Midville’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, although he hopes to receive a Broadway casting call any day now. Civic minded, Jamey is a Boy Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, and baseball coach. Helping people is a natural extension of his friendly nature, something he inherited from Pop in addition to the family business.

When Dorie and Jamey meet, they are instantly attracted to one another. However, ambition, demanding children, and a romantic rival threaten to squash their growing love for one another.

Dorie threw the letter and shrugged as it landed on top of
the leftover peanut butter sandwiches. Maybe she should
finish reading it, just in case she’d misunderstood the opening
paragraph. She picked up the memo again and flicked off the
residue along its edges, skimming the next few lines. When done,
she subdued the urge to scream. The kids were asleep—finally.
As she read, she mouthed the words with clenched jaws.
“Thank you for your interest in Bargains Galore. I am sorry to
inform you that the position for which you applied has been
filled… Blah, Blah, Blah. Sincerely, James Paul Sullivan…”
Regardless of the perfumed words, they still stung.
“What is it with this town?” She ripped the rejection into
pieces and tossed it into the trash. “I can’t even get a job at the
local dollar store. Somebody, somewhere, must need a computer
programmer.”
Focus on the positive Dorie. Mom’s voice echoed in her
memory. She’d spent a great night with the children, her favorite
people, a read-a-thon and Fern Gully, and bedtimes with no
rebuttals from Josh or squalls from Emma, all huge positives.
When the kids went to sleep, the nights became a desert
crossing, interminably long and arid. She settled into the recliner—
Devon’s chair—and flipped through the television
channels. Nothing of interest. Just news, reruns, or cartoons.
She clicked off the television and picked up the newspaper.
With a discordant sigh, she skipped over the first seven pages
and turned to the classifieds. Scanning the five employment
ads, she screeched an entire sonnet of Midville condemnations
then threw the paper at the wall.
Now her tirades beamed toward her late husband. “Devon,
you had no right to get yourself blown up fighting a war
nobody cares about anymore. How do you expect me to raise
these kids on my own when I can’t even get a job?”
Boomer’s bark brought her back from the edge of uncontrolled
rage, a precipice she teetered on all too often these days.
He nudged the crumpled newsprint in her direction. Some
people believed Irish setters could read minds, but the last she
knew, they couldn’t read newspapers. Maybe he sensed something
there—something good.
A breeze from the open window stirred its pages.
She bent over to pick it up. A jelly smudge brought her
attention to the announcement: Midville Players casting call.
Who would have thought a puny town like Midville would
have a drama group?
Curiosity numbed her anger. “Midville Players will hold
auditions for their upcoming Christmas production of It’s a
Wonderful Life—
Did she dare? She’d played an angel in a Christmas pageant
once. That was a lot of fun and her teacher said she was the
best angel. This would be different though. Still, what was the
worst that could happen?
You’d look like a fool and find new depths of rejection.
Discretion warned her to avoid any more opportunities for
failure.
“Now don’t let your mind go there Dorie.”
Devon had always encouraged her to try new things. Besides,
didn’t Daddy say the best way to find a job was to circulate?
Since moving to Midville four months ago her only
networking had been with her parents’ retired church friends.
Time to find a new circle of friends closer to her age.
She picked up the phone and hit the first number on her
speed dial. “Mom, will you watch the kids for me tomorrow
night?”


review
Ms. Rondeau has written a charming Christmas story with 3D characters that linger long after the last page is turned. I haven't seen the film that kept being referred to, so all those references were lost. However, it doesn't detract from the story itself. Dorie makes a wonderful heroine as she tries to make a new life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. Jameey as the hero, is also trying to do what is right for him, while doing right by his father and the business. Definitely a book to curl up with over the long winter nights.




Bio:
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight),  LINDA RONDEAU, writes stories of redemption and God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.  Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com.  Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, Trestle Press, the first in a dystopian trilogy, is a futuristic political now available in ebook on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  Also with Trestle Press is her serial story, Rains of Terror which can be found on Amazon.Com. A Christmas Adirondack romance , It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is now available through Amazon.com, published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas.   

Christmas in the Revell house

           
Inspired by Delia's post HERE I thought I'd show you some of my decorations. Each year I buy one new ornament of some description. Or I make one. So below we have my new one and last years. This years is the Nativity scene. The candle, so I keep telling the kids, is to look and and Not to burn.

                              



These ones I got in the US in 2005. Rhys, Ceryn and Jess have one each which they can put on the tree and take with them when they leave home.



My Aussie sister in law and bro also send me an ornament each year, and I send them one. This is the Aussie one for this year.

And then there's the playmobile. That is so much fun.One year Mary took the baby Jesus for a walk in the buggy to find the shepherd as he hadn't turned up. Last year evil shepherd kept tying ppl to the train tracks. One year the air ambulance arrived twice. Once to take Mary to hospital to have the baby as the stable was too disgusting and unsafe. And then later on as Mary and Joseph had taken Jesus abseiling and the rope had broken and they all needed to go to A&E so Auntie Lynne could fix them.


And then there's Elf. Home made.

Rhys's stocking he made in primary school

The decoration Jess made in primary school

The stars Rhys and Ceryn made in nursery school

The advent calendar I made years ago. Each picture is hidden by a bag with chocolate in.

The cross stitch nativity I made.

The banner I made the first year we were married. Still comes out every year.

The tree in all it's glory with the original angel. She came with me when I got married so she must be around 25yrs old now.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas for Ransom by Tanya Hanson



CHRISTMAS FOR RANSOM:  A good-hearted  outlaw and the woman who gives him her heart...before she realizes it’s HER horses he stole!   Member of the notorious Ahab Perkins gang, “Canyon” Jack Ransom promised his beloved gram-maw on her death bed long ago that he’d learn to read. After growing a conscience and leaving his past behind,  he hires Texas schoolmarm Eliza Willows to do the deed while she, unbeknownst he’s the crook, hires him in return to “track” the thief of her granny’s prized Morgans.  Falling in love with each other is fast and furious but real...and the two getting snowbound at Christmas while gun-battling Ahab and the gang only adds to the fun!

ISBN: 978-1-61217-446-4


Review:
Not inspirational romance. Comes with a heat rating of 2
Another winner from Ms. Hanson. What is there not to love about an outlaw? The bad boy of the wild west. And this book has them a plenty. But there is one that will steal your heart from the get go. Along with the feisty heroine who isn’t going to let anything get in her way. One to curl up with on a winters night.

Friday, 21 December 2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan






Overzealous fan or crazed stalker?
Country music superstar Destiny appears to have it all. Beauty, money, and fame. But it’s not all glitz and glamour. Being a celebrity comes with a price—loneliness, and now threats from an unknown stalker.

With Christmas approaching, and as the danger escalates in Nashville, Destiny has no choice but to disappear. She escapes to her grandparents’ cabin in the Adirondack Mountains near the tiny Village of Serenity & Peace. It seems to be the perfect choice for a hideout. Longing for the serenity and peace she experienced there as a child, Destiny sheds her celebrity persona and resumes her long-forgotten identity as Holly Stone.

Unfortunately, fame follows her to the tiny village—along with her stalker.


Review:
If you could describe a book containing an evil stalker as cozy, this would be it. Ms. Duncan’s gifted story telling teeters the reader between edge of your seat, heart pounding action one minute, to tears in your eyes heart warming stuff the next.

Bio:
Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com  

Thursday, 20 December 2012

White Christmas by Tanya Stowe


Blurb:
After his very public break-up from his fiancĂ©, Chad Fletcher is convinced that a healthy marriage and his rising political career won’t mix, and Christmas at his Aunt Nell’s home in White, Arizona is a great way to start fresh. Political watch dog, Tessa Conway, plans to spend her vacation enjoying her grandparents’ ranch before they must sell it, so she is not pleased with Grandma Sophie and Aunt Nell’s efforts to throw her and Chad together. Chad begins to believe Tessa may be the perfect antidote to his unhealthy relationships of the past, but when he decides to take support from a company with questionable ethics, his perfect bubble is burst. Fearing Chad is not the Godly man she believed him to be, Tessa ends their budding romance. Will Chad find the strength and courage to do what’s right even if it costs him his career?







Tanya Stowe has had an eclectic career in market research, arts education and event coordination.  She has written for television, publicity firms, national publications, and even collaborated on a Christmas musical.  Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-eight years.  They have four children and eighteen grandchildren.  Recently her husband retired from government work to take a new position.  They are living in the Middle East and have had many adventures! 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Piece of Heaven - Donna B Snow




The Christmas season passes so quickly, but honestly, Christmas is a day to remind us of the ultimate gift. That Jesus could love ME (yes, and you) so much to be willing to give His life for us. (I am so unworthy.) But I have accepted His gift, and I can only pray that I can bring that gift to others!
 I have just begun to realize that God is calling me to be a blessing (possibly calling all of us, but I can’t speak for anyone else). I recently went to a Women of Faith conference and walked away after shedding more tears than I even knew I could shed.  At first I thought it was chastisement, but by the end of the second day I realized that it was His Spirit filling that place that brought me to that point. So, I am learning to let God work through me, work in me. I am learning to be a blessing, not look for the blessing. Will you be a blessing to someone in this season of giving?
I wish I had a current story to share, although A Piece of Heaven is coming, I have no release date yet. I’m hoping for January. Watch for it!
Here’s what it’s all about:
Trina Wembly dreamt of owning a Christian coffee house for years –a Godly place where people could enjoy a good meal, and entertainment that was pleasing to God. A Piece of Heaven is that dream, and Trina the star entertainer.
Jared Larou, the construction foreman who helps design and build the coffee house, is a wounded soul with a soft heart, a soft heart that Trina is drawn to.
Trina knows God is the only one who can heal Jared’s wounded soul. Does she have the faith and patience to wait on God’s will – if it is God’s will?

Care for a peek? Here you go!

For what seemed like the hundredth time—and maybe it was, Trina stepped into the waiting area of Dared Construction. After months of meetings and hours spent going over drawings and making changes, it looked like things might finally get moving...she hoped.
Pingree, Maryland wasn’t a very large town, but their building codes seemed nearly impossible to decipher.
She wiped damp palms down her skirt.
Lord, please let this be good news and not another roadblock.
“Trina, so good to see you.” Jared said as he and Dave both stepped into the waiting area.  Jared extended his hand first and Dave nodded his greeting.
“Nice to finally meet you in person,” Dave said as he held out his hand. “I’m looking forward to getting this project off the ground, not to mention having a place we can go to relax once you open.”
Trina sighed. “I’m praying that will happen soon, too.”
Dave squeezed her hand one more time then headed toward the door. “I wish I could stay and chat, but I have to get to a meeting at another site. I’ll see you soon, I’m sure.”
Trina watched him leave then turned back to Jared as he pushed the cuffs of his dress shirt up  to his elbows as usual, showing off well muscled forearms. He looked every inch the businessman whenever she saw him in the office. What would he look like on the job site? His movements were fluid, like a dancer or a gymnast. Near six feet tall, with those broad shoulders, Trina felt herself staring.
She smiled and cleared her throat as she searched his face for a clue as to why he had called her in today. “So, good news, I hope?”
Jared’s gray eyes twinkled. “Come on back to my office. We can talk there. I have something to show you.”
“Said the spider to the fly,” she whispered to herself.

I hope you stop by to check out all of the Christmas stories that are coming out this season. Nothing like a good Christian Christmas romance. God bless you all!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

She came to see the snow by Mary Annslee Urban



Haley Blackwell travels to Colorado with plans to relive her favorite childhood memories—including a snowy Christmas. When she meets her grandparents’ neighbor, she finds herself yearning for more than a white Christmas, but trusting men has never been easy for Haley.

After a failed marriage, and the death of his ex-wife, Tate Rivers is determined to concentrate on raising his preschool daughter, Ashlyn, and to stay clear of another relationship. He doubts he can ever trust his heart to another woman—until he meets Haley.

Despite the weather forecast that does not include snow on Christmas Day, Ashlyn prays that God will give Haley the desires of her heart. Will Haley realize Tate isn’t a man who will abandon those he loves, and will they be able to push aside the past and step forward together in love—the way God desires?

http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/she-came-to-see-the-snow




BIO:
Mary Annslee Urban is an author of Inspirational Romance. Her goal is to write stories that stir the heart about love, honor and God's grace! Her debut book, Tapestry of Trust, White Rose Publishing, was released June 2012. Her second book with White Rose Publishing, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, will be released Fall of 2012.
A Registered Nurse by trade, Mary also has been a freelance writer for newspapers in her area and has had articles published in magazines as well as online publications. A North Carolina resident, Mary and her husband have five children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, long walks and anything chocolate!
Genre: Inspiration Romance
Blurb for Tapestry of Trust:
Surrendered Hearts—Interwoven Grace Isabelle had always envisioned Charlie Hamilton as the hero depicted in the romantic tapestry hanging in the Hamilton home. Then Charlie abandoned her to make decisions no one should make alone. Now, six years later, Charlie’s back, and despite Isabelle’s best efforts, she can’t ignore the longing his presence reignites. Charlie wants a second chance, but can Isabelle trust the man he’s become? Can she surrender her threadbare heart long enough for God to weave Isabelle's own happily-ever-after tapestry?


Monday, 17 December 2012

Down the chimney by Mallary Mitchell




Down the Chimney: 'Twas the week before Christmas, and Odessa Courtland needs help... If it wasn't enough to be the widowed mother of two rambunctious daughters, she's about to give birth and an outlaw who thinks she's stolen his ill-gotten gains has threatened to kill her. She needs a miracle.When Deputy Deke Ramey is sent to keep tabs on the widow and the outlaw, he ends up stuck in Odessa Courtland's chimney. She claims he's an answered prayer, and her daughters think he's Saint Nicholas. And while Deke is convinced the lovely widow is no thief, he's worried she might just steal his heart.

Not inspirational romance

Review:
I loved this one. It had me grinning in places, even reading sections to hubby. Especially when the hero is told off for almost cussing and warned how nasty soap tastes by a child. With a warm snuggly Christmas feeling, cute kids, combined with the right amount of action, and a twist at the end, this story by Ms. Mitchell is another keeper.

Bio:

Bio:
Mallary Mitchell fell in love with writing at age ten. Two years later she became hooked on romance while staying with her grandmother who always had a big stash of “happily-ever-afters”. When not writing, she spends time with her children who also share her love of writing.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A Texas Christmas Mystery - Anne Greene



Blurb:
A lady Coastguardsman searches for a killer. An oil rig troubleshooter accused of murder races to clear his name. The murderer strives to silence them both.
As Amber seeks to arrest Derrick, sparks fly.
Amber Meredith needs to solve her first case. But the handsome Cajun suspect makes her heart race and her toes tingle.
Derrick Darbonne worked all his life for his high-paying, adventurous job. When his past threatens his future, will he endanger the woman he loves?





ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. She writes both historical and suspense novels. She and her hero husband, Army Special Forces Colonel Larry Greene, have visited twenty-five countries. A visit to Scotland resulted in her book, Masquerade Marriage. A Texas Christmas Mystery is set in her home town of McKinney, TX. Both books can be purchased at http://www.Pelicanbookgroup.com. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Two of her four children live nearby. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. In 1990, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas. Her highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. To learn more of Anne, see her other books, and to view pictures from her travels and her art work, visit her at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.        

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Dawn Singer by Janalyn Voigt

 The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

Review:
I love fantasy and this book doesn't disappoint. The scenery is so vivid it comes to life in your minds eye and the well rounded characters come instantly to life. If you like Tolkien, you should enjoy this one.

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Janalyn Voigt serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel. She trained in writing through Christian Writers Guild. Besides her fantasy novels, Janalyn also writes in the western romance genre. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. Janalyn lives in a quiet corner of the Pacific Northwest, where she discovers worlds of adventure in the great outdoors. http://janalynvoigt.com

Friday, 14 December 2012

Everybody loves Mickey by Therese Travis





He’s a saint with a tarnished halo, and Aubrey Thomas can’t stand him…or can she?

Handsome fireman, Mickey Hurst is loved by all. He volunteers at the local parish where Aubrey Thomas works as an administrator. He sings in the choir. He leads the youth group. He even acts as the church handyman, but Aubrey knew him before he became Saint Mickey—when he told her he’d have to be drunk to kiss her…and he was. What’s so infuriating is that despite his horrible admission, Aubrey loves Mickey as much as everybody else.

Mickey doesn’t blame Aubrey for disliking him. After all, he kissed her when he wasn’t sober—and insulted her, to boot. Aubrey deserved a better man—a Godly man. But, since that fateful kiss, Mickey’s drawn closer to the Lord. With the intercession of God and the matchmaking parish staff, Mickey prays that this Christmas he will be able to prove to Aubrey he’s now the man for her.

http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/everybody-loves-mickey

Review:
Eveyone loves Mickey - excpet Aubrey. Which is a little difficult as he's the hero and she's the heroine. Or does she? In this charming Christmas story, Ms Travis proves that everyone deserves a second chance, even Mickey.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Legally Wed by Patty Froese


Blurb:
When Rich McConaughey comes back to town, divorce papers in hand, he’s in for more than he bargained for. Lisa Young, the woman he was married to for six months, hasn’t changed a bit. His mother has though… she’s gone from matronly to meow, and his father has taken off with the secretary. Does anything last anymore?
Lisa Young feels chained to the hardware store her family has run for generations. How can she tell her father that she hates the family business? When Rich walks back into her store asking her to finalize a divorce she thought was behind her, she thinks that the answer is to sign on the dotted line and move on. Except, Rich isn’t making it so easy… and God has other plans.
For better or for worse, when you’re legally wed, things can get complicated.


Bio:
Patty Froese lives in central Canada where the winters are long and cold--giving her excellent excuse to stay in and write without guilt. She's a tea drinker, a novel writer, an adoring wife and mom, and she's pretty sure she's a British person born in a shivering, Canadian body. She loves rain, royalty, pretty knick knacks and three square meals a day. No dieting here!
If you'd like to find her online, come by her blog: http://pattyfroese.com. She's also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pattyfroese, and whenever someone gives her a new like or follows her blog, she sighs in delight.
 Legally Wed is her ninth novel to be released. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas Forever by Robin Bayne




Jason hasn’t seen Cami in three years. Now she’s back, with the son he’d wanted to claim as his own. Can he believe her newly found faith or will she desert him, and God, again?

Review:
Love the second time around isn't plain sailing for anyone and neither is it for Jason and Cami. Thrown together both of them have to face the past and future whilst trying to deal with the present. This short story from Ms. Bayne is a page turner that will delight and entrance.

 link - http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/christmas-forever




Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of six novels and five novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles in Writer’s Journal and Christian Communicator.  She lives in Maryland with her husband of twenty years. Robin recently compiled a book of devotionals for writers titled “Words to Write By.”
Visit her at www.robinbayne.com.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Journey's Edge by Dora Hiers


Journey’s Edge

Tagline:
An auditor seeks protection for her daughter from an ex-fiancé after an irate client threatens. Does it add up to trouble or love?

Blurb:
A Routine Audit? Hardly.
Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?


Excerpt:
"Honey, if you’re looking for that kind of action, you’ve got the wrong room."
"What?" McKinley gasped. She knew that voice, that rich timbre with just a hint of teasing. Always teasing, forever flirting.
Renner Crossman.
Oh, no! What kind of twisted sense of humor did James suffer from? She didn’t want to see Renner. She only wanted to know that he was in the hotel.
McKinley tilted her head back, inching her line of vision up to Renner’s face. Just to be sure. A lot could change after ten years. Look at her. She was a prime example.
She heard his deep intake of breath. Shock? Yeah, well, she could relate.
"Kinny?"
Ten years faded into yesterday. Those espresso-colored eyes still gleamed with mischief. Or was it something else? Maybe he hadn’t changed that much.
His hands tightened around her arms, pulling her against him. She closed her eyes and leaned into his chest.
Renner.
His heart thumped a tune with hers. His breath whispered against her hair. And the scent of his aftershave was like a dear friend. She sighed.
What was it about him that latched on to her innermost dreams and desires and wouldn’t let go? His grin? His have-no-cares-in-the-world style against her organized, have-to-know-everything-beforehand outlook?
He looped his arms around her back and pressed his forehead to hers, just like he used to do. When he’d made her feel loved and cherished. Protected. Special.
A clamp tightened around her stomach, cut off air, and she almost tossed the cookies she’d scarfed down in place of dinner. Gag.
Special.
Yeah, right. More like used and abused. Thrown away with the trash.
She wasn’t safe in here, either. She braced her hands against his chest and jerked a step back, telling her brain to reject his familiar, comforting scent. She would take her chances in the hall.


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After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
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