Monday, September 28, 2015

What Were You Doing Last Night

Pamela Tracy here, and I was probably doing what many of you were…

Moon Watching


What's really cool about our neighborhood is the throwback feature.  We've got a gang of boys who do everything together.  My son is the one at the left, blue shirt, sitting down.  This is the beginning of the evening.

Kids loved last night because the end of play time on a school night is usually 7:00.  We didn't end last night until almost 8:00

Hubby grumbled a bit, something about supper being REALLY late and something about a football game..

Still, he dragged out his telescope and let all the kids look through the lens. 

We parents were sitting behind the kids, on lawn chairs, one of the benefits of a cul de sac neighborhood.



This isn't my street.  My photos didn't come out this well.  But, this is another AZ neighborhood with a gorgeous mountain in the background. 

Apparently, one of the cool features of last night's moon was the size.  It was the biggest (closest to the Earth) of the year.




Then, the biggest moon of the year coincided with an eclipse that turned it red.   Which is what earned the cry, "WOW."

God is truly Amazing.


Available December 2015

By the way, what did you think of last night's moon?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Meet Love Inspired Authors and Get Free Books!

Hi everyone! Lee Tobin McClain here, inviting you to a party!

Please stop by a Facebook party THIS THURSDAY, 9/24, to celebrate Christian romantic suspense and the release of the Sacred Bond Guardians. Six amazing Love Inspired Suspense authors will be there:  Margaret Daley, Rachel Dylan, Dana R. Lynn, Carol Post, Alison Stone, and Lenora Worth. You'll have the chance to chat with them... and win copies of their books. Fun!

We're also giving away $10 Amazon gift cards, one per hour... and everyone who comes will get a FREE copy of the Sacred Bond Guardians Prequel Novella, The Protector's Bond, normally $2.99. More fun!

If you can't attend the party, or you'd like to dive into my new series right away, that's easy to do because Book One, A Brother's Bond, is free on iBooks and Amazon. As one Amazon reviewer says, "This book is full of suspense, love, secrets and surprises. I found myself reading whenever I had a spare moment just to find out what happened next. And just when I thought I had the plot figured out, the author threw in another twist I was not expecting and I loved that!!"

Hope to see you Thursday night!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Glynna Kaye: New Beginnings with a New Series!


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Autumn is here once again and I’m excited to have “Rekindling the Widower’s Heart” debuting -- the first book of my new “Hearts of Hunter Ridge” series.

There’s just something about a small town that captures my heart and imagination, and Hunter Ridge is no exception. As with the setting of my seven-book Love Inspired series set in Canyon Springs, Arizona, fictional Hunter Ridge is nestled in the rugged, sweeping expanse of ponderosa pine country several hours north of Phoenix. It’s a land of cool summers and snowy winters.

Originally settled by “Duke” Hunter as a lodging place for early 20th century huntsmen, through the years the area remained a relatively hidden haven accommodating visiting hunters and backcountry explorers. Rental cabins, outdoor outfitters, grain and feed stores and stables mingle with typical small town businesses, schools and churches.

But times are changing. Limited opportunity has forced youth, families and old timers to seek greener pastures. While neighboring Canyon Springs has long-welcomed a summertime influx of visitors, only now is Hunter Ridge beginning, by necessity, to draw attention to itself. Those who’ve diligently guarded the reclusive outdoorsman essence of their hometown must now weather growing pains to make room for vibrant newcomers who may hold the key to strengthening the community’s economic life.

The Hearts of Hunter Ridge series explores the lives and loves of men and women who have always called the place home, who once fled its city limits and are now returning, or who are stepping into the little community for the very first time. Join them on their journey to love and becoming all God wants them to be!

Welcome to Arizona mountain country.

Welcome to Hunter Ridge!

A Future to Build On - All widower Luke Hunter wants is to raise his three kids—and be left alone. When Delaney Marks arrives in town to oversee the youth group's house renovation project, Luke decides he must come out of hiding. He's worried she's too young to get the job done. He'll have to keep a close watch on her—and on his heart. Because being with the vibrant girl makes it easy to forget their age difference and to start hoping for a future he doesn't deserve. As tensions rise over project pressures, Delaney tries to make Luke see that some things are just out of his control—and that he is worthy of happiness...with her.

GLYNNA KAYE treasures memories of growing up in small Midwestern towns—and vacations spent in another small town with the Texan side of the family. She traces her love of storytelling to the times a houseful of great-aunts and great-uncles gathered with her grandma to share candid, heartwarming and often humorous tales of their youth and young adulthood. Her Love Inspired books Pine Country Cowboy and High Country Holiday won first and second place, respectively, in the short contemporary category of the 2015 RWA Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Bearing Good Fruit!



Debby Giusti here!


One of my favorite scriptures is John 15:16: It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit.
 The idea of bearing good fruit for the Lord is always front and center in my mind. It's the reason I write. My stories are the fruit of my labor. Hopefully, the message in my books resonates with readers and touches some who are struggling to accept the Lord into their lives.


Often my characters feel alienated from God, usually because of a past mistake they've made. When they realize that the Lord is a God of mercy, they're able to forgive themselves and open their hearts to His love.


The weather in Georgia has dipped a bit cooler. The summer is waning, and fall is in the air. Farmers bring their produce to town each Wednesday and Saturday to sell at the local outdoor market. Vendors proudly display the fruit of their labor at the bi-weekly neighborhood gathering, and I love to wander through the stalls and select fresh fruits and vegetables to buy for my family.


Just as writers work to create stories that touch hearts and uplift the reader, the bounty of each farmers' harvest brings joy and sustenance to all who buy their produce.

What type of fruit are you producing? How do you see the Lord working in your life?


Wishing you abundant blessings!

Debby Giusti
www.DebbyGiusti.com
www.seekerville.blogspot.com

PERSON OF INTEREST
By Debby Giusti 

WOMAN ON THE RUN
While babysitting a young servicewoman’s infant, Natalie Frazier hears a murder in the neighboring army duplex. Convinced her former commander is behind the crime, the ex-soldier bolts with the baby. But who will believe her story? Army investigator Everett Kohl deals only with the facts, but this time his gut instincts can’t be denied. Is the attractive Natalie a cunning killer, as his ranking officers believe, or an innocent victim? Ordered to bring her in, Everett has a decision to make. Helping her could cost him his job…but not protecting  Natalie and the baby could get all of them killed…

Order your copy in digital or print format: Amazon.

Also available in digital format: Coffee Shop Romances, featuring my novella, "Stolen Kisses."




Friday, September 11, 2015

Research Travel To My Favorite Places - Gail Gaymer Martin

Hi from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailgaymermartin.com

My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and we decided to go to one of our favorite locations, Mackinac Island on the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. The island is like stepping back in time with no automobiles. The only means of transportation is walking, biking, horseback riding or taking a horse and buggy taxi.






The historical hotel is lovely and has been the setting for movies. You might remember Somewhere In Time. The front porch is the longest in the world at 660 feet.  I've stayed here before and often do book signings on the island since I'm a Michigander and many of my books are set in Michigan, including the Island. One of the most popular and a  winner of the National Readers Choice Award and racked up two finalist awards. It's still available as an eBook.



Looking from our balcony window we could enjoy the old-world look with the lamps lightening the roadway and horse and carriages bringing guests to the hotel.

No matter when I come to the Island, I find new things to see and it inspires me to write a new novel set in this magical place. I hope to do that soon.  I have one story outlined but it's finding time to bring it to life.

Visitors can visit Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. They can view the old fur trader buildings and see remnants of the Indiana population that lived her for years, such as Skull Cave. The amazing Arch is on the eight mile bicycle  ride around the island or seen on a carriage tour.  Don't miss this wonderful place if you travel to Michigan or make it your destination.

And while you travel or and just enjoying leisure time. don't miss my newest Love Inspired release  A Husband For Christmas at the end of this month . You'll find it in stores everywhere. This is the second book in the Lilac Circle series, stories set around the residents of the cul de sac in the small town of Owosso. Enjoy meeting everyone, and if you missed the first novel, you can find it at most online bookstores.

I love to hear from you so drop a line on my website under contact and I will add you to my free book drawing held six times a year. And while there, you are invited to sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter with news, photos, a recipe and devotional along with many features.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Allie Pleiter on Fall

Is it really fall?

I know Monday was the “official” end of summer, but here in Chicago it is HOT and STICKY.  Of course, being Chicago, all you have to do is wait a day or so and the weather changes.  Our forecasters (not a job I’d ever undertake in a changeable city like Chicago!) tell us we’ll fall into the sixties by the end of the week, but I’m not sure I believe them.

My favorite sign of fall is the nice, cool day I can get out my fluffy knitted scarves and shawls and not feel out of place.  What’s your favorite sign of fall?


Speaking of coming seasons, you can pre-order my Christmas book now.  It’s the third book in the Lone Star Cowboy League series which launches next week.  Start the series off with Brenda Minton’s A Reunion for the Rancher, continue with Leigh Bale’s A Doctor for the Nanny, and then welcome Christmas with my A Ranger for the Holidays.  Three more books in the series come in the new year!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Allowing space in your day to relax!

Danica Favorite here, and I've been slowly working on finding a balance between my fast-paced life, and finding ways to care for and nourish myself. I recently started doing videos on Periscope, and yesterday's video was a lot of fun. I'm posting it here, but I also wanted to hit the highlights for those of you who don't want to spend ten minutes watching me putter around my kitchen (but my kitchen is super cool, and you do get a tour of my messy kitchen!).

One of the most important points I made was that sometimes, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to take a break and relax. I was SO tired yesterday, and really struggled with getting going after the holiday weekend. Usually, I try to push through it, but to be honest, I'm not very productive when that happens. So, I took a break, took a walk, made myself a yummy smoothie, and did a fun Periscope of the process. Afterwards, I felt SO good. It was amazing how much more energy I had, and I really think I got much more done than I would have had I not given myself that break.

Sometimes, the biggest thing we need to put on our to-do list is taking care of ourselves. So today, I hope you take a little time to be good to yourself and do something to care for yourself. It might seem like a waste of time, but it will energize and prepare you for whatever else you have to get done.

video

If you're on Periscope, come find me at danicafavorite. And, of course, I'd love for you to stop by my website at www.danicafavorite.com and say hi.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Start of a new series releases today....

Jenna Mindel here, super excited to kick off my September release!  Falling for the Mom to Be is the first book in my Maple Springs series that is set in Northern Michigan.
 
One of the fun things about this book is the hero's occupation.  Matthew Zelinsky is a first mate on a Great Lakes freighter.   I love seeing these huge ships on the big lakes or traveling through the Straits of Mackinac or in the Soo Locks.  I love lurking the Boat Nerd website too, so I knew I'd have to have a seafaring hero on a Laker.

Another fun thing is Matthew's family.  A big Polish family with a maple syrup sugar shack on the family homestead.  I grew up in Upstate NY and Vermont maple syrup is touted as the best around, but personally, I think Michigan maple syrup is the bomb.  So, I'll tie in the syrup operation over the course of the series.  It's Maple Springs after all, where love runs sweet.

So - are there character occupations that lure you into reading a book?  If so, which ones are your fav's?

Feel free to join me along with other Love Inspired authors with September books tonight from 8-10pm on Facebook.
 It'll be a fun time!   Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you all later too! 
God bless,  Jenna.