Here’s a Great Deal from Author Mackenzie Dare

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Here’s an interview with the Mackenzie that is posted on her blog (mackenziedare.blogspot.com):

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t remember a conscious decision. I think that’s just the way the Lord made me. I’ve always loved writing and making stories up in my head for as long as I can remember. Every once in a while, I’ll find a page of an ancient second or third grade short story and chuckle as I read it and try to decipher the context.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Like I have any writing quirks…. 😉 Probably my most interesting one is the fact that my characters refuse to ever conform to my outline. Sure, I start out with a neat and detailed plan, but by mid-story, sometimes before, my characters are all running every which-a-way in their own directions. Sometimes the “good guys” turn into bad guys. Sometimes scenes from the end move up to the middle. Sometimes the wrong people fall in love, and even other times a deep, dark secret that I didn’t even know about will just pop up from somebody’s past. Surprises… that’s what makes writing so fun!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love life! I love the experience of just walking through a living world. What can beat going outside for a walk on a beautiful, dew-glistening, bird-singing, apple-blossomed, spring morning… just to head toward a brush-stroked sunrise and feel absorbed in the beauty of God’s creation? I love chilly fall days… a cool breeze floating in a slightly open window, the warm apple-scented steam as you slide a crusty, golden pie out of the oven, a crisp, breezy walk through a pumpkin patch or a swim in a Wisconsin lake. I like camping in the North Woods or browsing souvenir shops, shopping in the mall or havin’ a picnic in the park. I love hangin’ out with my family… cookout style or pizza and popcorn movie nights. My favorite time is Christmas… It’s A Wonderful Life in the DVD player, a fire crackling in the corner, the pop of popcorn, and the sweet aroma of hot chocolate as we hang ornaments and wrap lights around our Christmas tree and nativity scene. I love seeing the Lord work in my life and teach me new things. I love Him because He first loved me. He’s shown me His love sooo many times! One of my favorite verses is “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” He’s the Giver of life, the Maker of all things, the One who makes daffodils smile and the thunderclouds clap, gentle summer breezes and mighty typhoons, tiny, darting minnows and giant, killer whales. I love life, love, loyalty, and laughter.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are all very supportive and encouraging! I loved giving them my new book and hearing what they thought of it. I really appreciated their suggestions before I was satisfied with my final copy.

Do you have any suggestions to help readers interested in writing become better?
If so, what are they?

Always pray about your writing. You couldn’t get a better teacher.
Just keep writing. Progress can be amazing if you just keep practicing until you get the hang of it.
Make it fun, and keep it fun. If you get bored with it or lose track of where you’re going, you’ll likely stop.
Start with an outline for structure, but then add some surprises to keep yourself guessing.

Do you hear from your readers much?

Sometimes. I always enjoy hearing from them.

What do you think makes a good story?

Action, a good plot, likeable and admirable characters, emotion, human interaction, purity of relationships, cleanness in language, mystery… but most of all, it needs to honor God. I loved writing this book, but it would always feel empty and useless to me if there wasn’t a higher purpose in writing it than making money. If you pray about it and are truly writing for Him, I believe He will cause everything else to fall into place

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Be a teacher…or a vet…a nurse… or a fireman… a restaurant owner… or a mom with 12 kids….

For viewers who have not read, but are interested in your book, can you describe it please?

Fire Storm is about a couple of young families living excessively normal lives in a small-town, farming community in Northern Illinois. Wade is a paramedic. His wife, Mellissa, works in a lawyer’s office, and they are expecting a baby very soon. Their best friends, Jim and Jessica, live on a small horse farm out in the country. Jim is a fireman. Jess is a stay-at-home mom with her recently born little girl. Life is fun and carefree till… Jess starts running into threats at every turn. Are they even threats or just accidents? The thought of a killer being after Jess just seems so ridiculous… though not so much… when she comes eye to eye with murder! Who and Why? What about Wade ‘n Mellissa? Will they remain safe in their young existence as they embark in the beginnings of life’s journey, or will the epidemic of murder spread? How far does it reach? What are the secrets?

How and when did you become a Christian?

When I was five, I prayed with my mom after hearing a Christian radio testimony, then I prayed the same prayer quite a few times after that whenever doubts arose after a salvation message. I got complete assurance of my salvation when I was eight and started growing in the Lord. I know I was saved before that. That is just when the Lord removed all doubt. So, I can’t honestly point to an exact date, but I’m 100% sure that I’m in God’s family, that He watches over me, protecting me many times, that He loves me, blessing me with countless surprises that are much more then luck, that He teaches me, not only spiritual but also physical things, and that He’s always there whenever I need Him.

How does God affect your writing?

He gave me the talent to write. He gave me an imagination and a love for stories. He put me in a strongly Christian home where I received wisdom about spiritual things and knowledge of true love, sacrifice, and care. He saved me and gave me a reason to write. Fire Storm was written for Him and dedicated to Him, and by His grace, I pray that every book I write will always point heavenward and never downward toward worldly lusts.

Who is your favorite character in your book?

That’s hard to say. I like all my characters. They are all different and unique. I like variety. The world needs rich and poor, plain and fancy, strong and weak, dream-chasers and content daily laborers, business women and stay-at-home moms, flippant and flighty and rigid work-a-holics. If there was one “right” type of person or one perfect race, the world would be sooo dull. Everyone fiction or real has their very own story.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

The Salvation message. It carries the greatest responsibility.

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Here’s the 1st chapter of the book:

“But we have no enemies!”… Why would a young mother, happily married and safely nestled
amongst the cornfields of small town Illinois suddenly start finding murder attempts around
every corner? A fireman, Jim thrives on danger, that is until, coming in a different form, it
creeps closer than he ever expected – not for him, but for the one he loves more than life itself –
his wife. Who and why? How can the “protector” keep his most cherished possession from this
unseen killer? Totally innocent – untouched by evil, Jess cannot explain nor understand the
incidents threatening her very existence. Holding on to her husband and clinging to her
knowledge of a powerful God, she can only strive to keep trust in her soul and a smile in her
heart, as the icy fingers of death lurk, coiled behind every corner. Safe in innocence, secure in
love – marked for murder! God bless our home – if it doesn’t blow up!

 

CHAPTER 1

Bright autumn leaves whirled around an even brighter red F-150 spurting down the gravel road. At the wheel, Jim Richards, enjoying the cool breeze ruffling his hair and the warm sun tanning the side of his face, had his arm through the open window. In his opinion, northern Illinois was at its peak in the fall. He glanced around at the walls of corn drying on either side of the road, brown with just a hint of green. They’ll harvest ‘em pretty soon.

Jim returned a wave from the driver of an oncoming car. He didn’t know who it was. People were just friendly like that in this small-town, farming community. He and his wife, Jessica, farmed a few acres of hay and bred a small herd on a little horse farm between the village of Oak Creek and the larger town of Spring Valley.

For an average-size guy, Jim’s frame sported a lot of solid muscle. He liked to work and enjoyed a healthy lifestyle. His blond hair was dark, almost brown, cut short and combed to the side. His eyes were a soft, sky-blue and held a mixture of humor, determination, kindness, compassion, or anger – whatever the situation called for.

Giant, white, cotton ball clouds made the sky seem bluer than normal. Jim glanced down at the clock. Better hurry. You’re gonna be late for work. Pushing down on the accelerator, he knew he was going a little faster than he should on these curvy, gravel roads, but he told himself he had grown up around here and knew the area like the back of his hand.

He slowed to the speed limit as he turned onto the main drag going into Spring Valley.

Jim flipped off the radio. It never took him very long to get annoyed with it. It was always on the Chicago “all-news” station, and he really couldn’t care less how the traffic was moving on the Eisenhower or the Kennedy. If there was anything else on that station, he never knew, since he always turned if off before he heard it.

Huh, car in my spot, he thought to himself, as he pulled into the parking lot of the Spring Valley Fire Station.

Jim walked into the locker room. “Hey, Thundercloud, exactly what are you doing in my parking place?” Jim asked his best friend, jokingly.

“Your parking place? Your deed of ownership, please?” Wade Thundercloud held out his hand.

“Squatter’s rights, my brother. Everyone knows that is my parking place.” Jim took his uniform shirt out of his locker.

“Uh oh, looks like another storm’s a brewin’ between Jim and Big Chief Thundercloud,” Carlos laughed.

“Did I miss something?” a fireman Jim didn’t know asked.

“It’s relentless persecution for my name,” Wade grumbled, buckling his belt.

“His name’s Wade Thundercloud. In case you haven’t noticed, the boy’s a full blooded redskin,” Carlos, a brawny, Hispanic fireman, explained as he buttoned his shirt.

Wade rolled his eyes. “Isn’t that a racist statement?”

Carlos laughed, “Awww…we hurt the little guy’s feelings.”

Wade threw his shirt at Carlos. “Oh, it’s on.”

“Yeah, maybe we should change the subject,” Jim suggested.

“Hey, I was kinda enjoying it. The guys at my last station were, like, way too serious,” the new guy protested.

“Yeah, talkin’ ‘bout that, who are you anyway? Derrick get kicked out or something?” Jim put his foot on the paint-chipped bench to tie his shoelace.

“Name’s Travis. Derrick’s sick or something, so I got called over as his replacement.”

Jim nodded and began to tie his other shoe.

“Yeah, well, it’ll be nice to be partnered with a guy that has a little more experience.” Wade straightened his collar. “Derrick’s been out of the academy for almost two years, but he’s only twenty-one.” He buttoned his cuffs. “He graduated from high school a year early when he was sixteen, took one year of paramedic training, quit for a year, then took the last year when he was nineteen.”

“Why’d he quit for a year?”

“Who knows with that kid.”

Jim gave Wade a sideways glance of disapproval.

“By the way, Jim.” Carlos tucked in his shirt. “Cap’s gone at more divorce proceedings so we got Captain Johnson.”

Jim grunted an acknowledgment and then closed his locker door. He was glad to be back to work and was ready for action.

 

Today was hay-stacking day. Jessica Richards really didn’t mind. She loved being out in the barn with the smell of hay. Besides, throwing hay bales all day was one way of keeping in shape, and what girl didn’t want that? Of course, if her husband had been home, she would have conned him into doing it or at least into helping.

She grabbed a bail in each hand and climbed the ladder to the loft. People had commented that she was stronger than she looked. She was only five-foot-three and one-hundred pounds. Her chestnut hair fell thick and shiny to the middle of her back, and her deep brown eyes danced with joy and excitement more often than not. At twenty-three, she was a year younger than her husband and the proud mother of their beautiful baby girl.

After two hours of strenuous hay-stacking, Jess was beginning to wonder if the horses were worth all this trouble. She plopped down on a bale of hay in the loft and sighed. Halfway done.

She just sat there a moment, leaning against the stack of hay bales. She seriously contemplated just backing the hay wagon into the lower half of the hay shed and calling it quits for the day. Why not just leave the wagon there permanently and save all this trouble? After all, they never used this barn for anything other than hay, anyway. She smiled to herself as she imagined Jim’s reaction to that idea. That item of business would never make its way to a serious discussion bu-ut… She chuckled at some humorous mental images of his likely aghast response and filed the topic away in her memory as a good conversation starter to lighten the mood some likely evening. Smile weakening, she huffed a sigh. Un-for-tun-ately… that topic would have to keep for a while since he would not be coming home tonight.

She stretched. Maybe I should go inside, get a glass of cool lemonade, and see how Morgan’s doin’. Mrs. Robinson, an older lady from church, had offered to watch Morgan so she could get some chores done. She wiped her face with her sleeve. It felt good to sweat again. She hadn’t done much really hard labor since before she had Morgan.

As she got up to go down, the smell of smoke drifted up to her. She looked down the ladder. A thick cloud of dark gray smoke filled the barn. Breathing into her sleeve, Jess practically jumped down the ladder, frantic to get out. She raced for the door, but bright, daunting, orange flames already billowed across that escape route. Smoke burned her eyes. She darted for the back, but it was no good. Fire devoured the entire frame. Every wall blazed. Her lungs burned from the smoke.

She turned a full circle but saw fire in every direction. I have to get out, now! Lord, please, please give me a way out! The loft! Spinning around, she raced for the ladder. The heat grew more intense. Flames crept around the ladder, but she knew she had to go for it. As she raced to the top, the heat nearly overwhelmed her. Her lungs screamed for air. Relief flooded her when she saw that the loft door wasn’t engulfed. Thank you, Lord.

Kicking the wooden doors open, she jumped, bracing herself for the impact. Pain and gladness swept over her as she hit the ground. Gasping for air, she was so glad to be alive. Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

 

Jim sniffed the air as he walked into the kitchen. “What’s that smell?”

“Wade’s cooking lunch today. We’ll probably all end up in the ER with food poisoning,” Dan, their oldest firefighter at forty-three, replied.

“Hey, don’t criticize my stew.”

“Stew?”

“Yeah, I found a prize-winning stew recipe and a prize-winning soup recipe. I’m just gonna mix everything together, and you won’t believe what I come up with.”

“I’m sure of that.”

“Just wait. You’ll love it.” Wade stirred the concoction.

Jim looked skeptical. “Did you burn something?”

“Well, the rice got a little done.”

BURRRUZZZ… The deafening fire bell sounded. Wade switched off the stove and hurried after the crowd out to the trucks. The address came over the loud speaker. Jim froze as he grabbed his helmet. “That’s my house!” Carlos shoved Jim into the engine, flipped on the sirens, and followed the squad out onto the road.

Jim’s heart raced, and his adrenaline pumped in overdrive. What happened? How did it start? Are Jess and Morgan okay? Did they get out? Jim clutched the handle near the door until his knuckles turned white. Faster! Faster!

He could see the smoke billowing as they turned onto the gravel road.

Fear invaded him as he saw flames plume above the hay barn. NO! Jess was going to be in there stacking hay today! His heart pounded.

The engine swung into the driveway. The barn looked like a lost cause. Jim’s eyes wildly scanned the area, looking for Jess. She stood in the grass with the elderly babysitter a little ways from the barn, holding their baby. Relief swept over him. They’re okay.

As the engine came to a stop in the front of the barn, they all piled out. Jim raced to his wife. As soon as he reached her, Jess handed the baby to Mrs. Robinson and fell into his arms. He could smell the strong odor of smoke on her. She hid her face in his shoulder. Now that she was in her husband’s strong arms, she let tears flow and allowed herself some quiet sobs.

Jim could feel her shaking. He held her tight, resting his cheekbone on her head. “Are you all right? I almost went crazy when I heard the address and saw….” His voice trailed off.

“I’m fine. Twisted my ankle. Just gla… I’m just glad to be alive.” Her voice shook.

“What happened?” He didn’t want to let go.

Wade put his hand on Jim’s shoulder. “They need your help, man. We’ll take care of her.” Reluctantly, Jim surrendered her to the paramedics and, after a final kiss, left to help with the fire.

The barn was so far gone that they decided just to contain it. Jim thanked the Lord that there was no wind and that the fire had not spread to the main barn or the house.

After the fire was out, Jim took off his helmet and began looking around for his wife. Seeing her seated on the ground leaning against the squad, he took his equipment back to the truck and joined her.

“So how ya doin’?”

“I have been diagnosed with a twisted ankle and mild smoke inhalation.” She coughed into her arm. “For a minute I thought I was a goner, but the Lord showed me a way out.”

“I’m just so glad you weren’t hurt any worse.” He put his arm around her and pulled her into a hug.

She leaned her head against his shoulder, feeling so much safer with him there. “Do they know how it started?”

Jim broke away from her gaze, glancing back at what had been their barn. “They think it was arson.”

“Arson?” Jess sat up straight and stared at him.

“Yeah…they say that someone soaked the walls with accelerant, then came back later and lit it.”

“Why would anyone do that?” She paused. “You mean they came back and lit it while I was in there? They were trying to…?” Her voice quivered.

“That’s not why. Most likely, they got scared off the first time and then came back. It’s probably just teens doing it for kicks. You were up in the loft. They must not have seen you.”

She glanced down at her hands. “I hope you’re right. I just can’t imagine anyone doing something like that for fun. It doesn’t make sense.”

“Some people don’t make sense.”

Wade came over and knelt down in front of Jess. “Are you sure that you don’t want to go to the hospital?”

“Yeah. Mrs. Robinson will drive me to my own doctor after I’ve had a chance to calm down.”

“Do you want me to try and get off work to go with you?” Jim asked.

“No. I’ll be fine. Just so whoever this was doesn’t come back.”

“It was probably just some jerk….”

“I know.… That’s what Jim said.”

“Of course, on the other hand…” Jim lowered his voice and shifted his eyes back and forth. “…it could be the ghost of some long lost second or third cousin seeking vengeance.”

Jess rolled her eyes. “Right.”

“Vengeance for what?” Wade grinned.

“Only the shadow knows.”

“Uh-huh.” Jess held out her hand to Jim who stood in front of her. He pulled her up.

“I better go find Mrs. Robinson and the baby. I’m pretty sure they went inside.” She reached to put her arms around her husband’s neck. Jim bent down. Usually, she stood on her toes, but that wasn’t going to work with a twisted ankle. Jim really wasn’t that tall. She was just that short.

“I’ll see ya tomorrow.” She finished the hug.

“Yeah, okay.” He kissed her and let her go. “Do you need help getting to the house?”

“No, I’ll be fine.” She smiled and began hobbling toward the house. As she went, she heard the alarm sound on the engine’s radio. Turning, she watched everyone pile in and the trucks speed out of the drive.

Not seeing Jim for twenty-four hours at a time was what she disliked most about his job, but it was what he really wanted to do, so she put up with it. She limped up the porch and into the house.

Mrs. Robinson sat in a recliner, rocking the baby. “Did Jim leave already?”

“Yeah. They had another call.” Jess coughed into her elbow. She still felt a little shaky, but she was calming down. “Oh, give me my little girl,” she said softly, bending down to gather her little one into her arms.

“Here you go.” Mrs. Robinson smiled as she handed her to her Mama.

“And how’s my little Morgan?” Jess swung the baby over her head, causing the little girl to wiggle and giggle. Sitting down, Jess put Morgan down in her lap as another coughing fit struck.

Mrs. Robinson headed for the phone in the kitchen. “Do you want me to make an appointment with your doctor?”

“I suppose. … Maybe she won’t have any openings today.”

“Jess-i-ca.” Mrs. Robinson put her hands on her hips reprovingly.

“Well… Can I help it if I’m not crazy about doctors?”

“Jim must be rubbing off on you. I’ll call.”

Jess just stared a moment into the bright, lively blue eyes of her beautiful girl, just so thankful that she could.

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Free E-Book Monday!

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Here is a list of some free e-books I’ve found today.  I’m not sure how long they will be free, so get them today…and I don’t know what e-readers they are all available on, so check your e-book store.

  • FREE:  The Other Daughter (The Homecoming Series #1) by Miralee Ferrell
  • FREE:  Finding Jeena (The Homecoming Series #2) by Miralee Ferrell
  • FREE:  The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer
  • FREE:  A Life of Obedience by Andrew Murray
  • 99¢:  Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men by Cara Putman

 

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A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – FREE E-Book Today (6-24-14)

This is an amazing book.  I recommend it for anyone who is going through any type of suffering or is caring for someone who is suffering, etc.

  • FREE (6-24-14) on most e-readers:  A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada

 

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Made to Crave e-Book on Sale!

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst has become a big hit in the Christian dieting world.  Reading the reviews it looks like this is a great book, not a “diet” book, but a book to change our cravings from food to God.  It’s on sale now for $3.99 on different e-readers, so if you are interested get it quick, because I don’t know how long this price will be in effect.

Watch this GREAT YouTube video about the book.

 

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No Dark Valley by Jamie Langston Turner – FREE E-Book 6-3-14

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I just found this book and it’s FREE TODAY ONLY (6/3).  It’s available on several different e-readers, so get it now and I hope you enjoy it.

  • FREE (6-3-14):  No Dark Valley by Jamie Langston Turner (click on the author’s name and you’ll be directed to her website and you can read about her and her other books)

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Here’s a Great Book for Your Children to Read This Summer – Free E-Book

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It’s Summer and kids are out of school and just from my knowledge of kids, most don’t want to read…but it’s SO important to keep their minds in books and reading.  So, here’s a great FREE E-BOOK to get them started.  Most kids have tablets, so just download an e-reader app and let them start enjoying the adventures of reading electronically.

  • FREE (6/1 – 6/30):  Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station Books #1) by Paul McCuster

Here’s their website you can visit and read about all the books, radio broadcasts, blogs, etc.  Click HERE to be directed to the site.

 

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Composing Amelia by Alison Strobel – FREE E-Book TODAY – May 27, 2014

Here’s a quick shout out about Composing Amelia by Alison Strobel.  It’s FREE (5-27) on most e-readers, so get your copy before the day is out!  Enjoy!  BTW, she is Lee Strobel’s daughter!

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In Your Eyes by Ruth Axtell – FREE E-Book

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I just found this book and I’ve heard of the author, Ruth Axtell, but have yet to read a book by her.  The book looks interesting and the reviews were good.  As far as I know, it’s only on Kindle, but you can check your e-reader store to make sure.  And I don’t know how long it will be FREE so get it today!

 

 

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Heaven by Randy Alcorn – E-Book for 99 Cents!

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I have heard that this is one of the best books on heaven that has been written.  And it’s only 99¢ on Kindle today.  It may be on other e-readers and it may stay at this price for a longer period of time.  But I would recommend you getting it today.  

We have this book in our church Media Center and I’ve heard so many good things about it, but it is a big book and since I’m a “fiction girl”, reading non-fiction takes longer.  But now I can have it on my kindle app on my iPad and read it whenever!  This is a GREAT price for this book.

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Save The Date

I’ve been to two funeral this past week.  Two wonderful men with families they loved and families that loved them back.   They were both in their Golden Years and both passed away with cancer.  One didn’t know it until the day he actually died, the other one fought for many years.  Each one was a Christian and loved God and their families and friends.  But, we didn’t get a “Save The Date” notice in the mail several months ahead telling the day they would pass from this life into Jesus’s presence.

It’s a fairly new tradition that started several years ago with engaged couples, it was too early to send out invitations to their family and friends, but they wanted to make sure that they knew the date of their upcoming marriage so they would be there to share that important moment with them.  Usually months and months go into preparing for a wedding.  So many things to do!  Pick the date, arrange for the preacher, pick the venue, pick the music, GET THE DRESS!!, pick out tucks, pick your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, pick the Best Man and the Groomsmen, and pick out a wedding cake and a grooms cake, decide if you want just finger foods or a sit-down dinner….the list goes on and on!

But we don’t usually take the time to prepare for the greatest event of our lives, passing from this world to the next.  The most important thing you will ever do is except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then embark on a life of learning and studying His Word and getting closer in your relationship with Him. Christians are called the Bride of Christ, so we should prepare ourselves like brides do for their own earthly wedding.  We meet Jesus, we fall totally in love with Him, we get to know Him, and then we start telling people about Him.  Like the parable in Matthew 22:1-2 (The Parable of the Wedding Banquet) “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”  Then the story goes on that the first ones invited did not pay any attention (in other words, they did not RSVP-my interpretation to go along with this post).  He kept sending out invitations and finally said in verses 8-10 ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”   Haven’t you felt that way sometimes?  You go to so much trouble planning an event and then hardly anyone RSVP’s and you say, I’m going to invite some other people, I’ve gone to this much trouble and I’m going to have a full house and someone to enjoy all that I’ve prepared!

God has done much preparation for us to enjoy eternity with Him, and He invites us, only most don’t come, He will take anyone, no matter your race, your station in life, your sins…He wants us to come to Him just as we are, we can’t change ourselves, we can’t save ourselves…oh, but Jesus can!  That’s why He died on the cross for us…He took the penalty for all our sins – past, present, and future.  I heard someone say that when God looks as us, His children, He sees Jesus in us, because Jesus’s blood covers our sins and makes us white as snow – Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

No, we don’t get a “Save The Date” card in life.  We need to be prepared right now.  We are not promised tomorrow, Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”  Life is fragile, life is precious, life is eternal…the only decision you will have is where you will spend eternity.  Heaven or Hell, that’s the only two choices.  I’m going to Heaven, and I hope you will too!

 

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Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thomson – Free E-Book

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Tyndale House Publishers is offering another great e-book for free.  It’s offered on several different e-readers, so check your “e-store” and get it FREE between 5/18 – 5/24.  I’ve not read the book, but it has good reviews and I’m looking forward to reading it, I’m sure y’all will too!

  • FREE (5/18 – 5/24):  Grace’s Pictures (Ellis Island) by Cindy Thomson

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Silenced (Alaskan Courage #4) by Dani Pettrey – 5 Stars!

Another Thrilling Ride Through Alaska (5 Stars)

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Silenced (Alaskan Courage #4) by Dani Pettrey
Bethany House Publishers (2014)


Here we are back with the McKenna family and another breathtaking mixture of suspense and romance. It was great to be back with the McKenna siblings and see how Dani Pettrey worked through the tough-hearted Kayden McKenna to finally soften her up and lead her through a very exciting mystery and then open her heart to love.

This is a series you really need to read in order. Each book has one of the McKenna siblings as the center focus, but with one…you get all. And you really do want to know the back story of all the other family, because they cross over to the next books. So if you haven’t read, Submerged #1, Shattered #2, Stranded #3, then I willl strongly suggest you get started. Each novel is excellent and you’ll be drawn into mystery and romance from the start and it will be hard to put down until you are finished.

In Silenced #4, we begin to get the full story of Kayden McKenna. She’s the tough sister, quiet, strong and not interested in romance. She is an excellent rock climber and the book starts with her on a climb and finding something very disturbing. She gets involved with the mystery, along with Jake Westin. He’s an ex-lawman and was in earlier books with a past that was full of secrets. Now, Kayden and Jake are thrown together to solve this mystery, but it turns out to be a deadly adventure and lives are at stake.

The mystery will keep you going until the end, full of excitement and wondering how it will finally end. But there’s the romance that had began to secretly develop in the previous book and now, as much as Kayden doesn’t want to get close to anyone, this time she has no other choice but to trust Jake with her life and her heart.

I’m waiting to see if there is a Book 5 to finish telling the stories of the last McKenna sibling. Dani Pettrey is an excellent author who knows how to mix excitement, suspense, and romance all together just perfectly!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group & Bethany House for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


 

Let’s meet Dani:

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Short Bio:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and her latest release, Silenced. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

I invite you to check out her website and browse around and take a look at some of her YouTube videos under the “Press” section.

www.danipettrey.com

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Happy Mother’s Day! I Have Some Wonderful Free E-Books For You Today!

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Here are some FREE gifts for all you mother’s and grandmother’s and single women and young adults…you don’t have to be a mother to enjoy these free e-books!!!  I don’t know how many different e-readers have these free, I do know they are free on Kindle.  So check your e-store.  I also don’t know how long these books will be free, so I would get them TODAY!

  • FREE:  Love’s Promises by Sandra Leesmith.  I’ve not heard of this author, but the book sounds good and had some good reviews.
  • FREE:  Beloved Castaway (Fairweather Key, Book 1 (I think)) by Kathleen Y’Barbo.  I’ve read some of her books before and really enjoyed them.
  • FREE:  Breach of Trust (Call of Duty #1) by DiAnn Mills.  She’s another good author!
  • FREE:  It Had To Be You (Christiansen Family #2) by Susan May Warren.  Another great author.

 

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The “Perfect” Woman

To all women who feel like they are a failure, this article is for you. Great blog to follow and this is a great post to read!

Image via. Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31 Woman, proverbs 31 girl I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her.

She’s the woman who has it all together.

The woman who rises early to prepare for the day.

The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need.

The woman who takes care of her home in such an orderly fashion even Martha Stewart wouldn’t be able to keep up.

The woman who wisely budgets and invests her finances.

The woman who speaks wisdom and kindness into the lives of the people around her.

The woman who works hard and lives each day with purpose.

The woman who cares not just about taking care of her outside appearance but whose beauty shines from within.

The woman who fears the Lord in all her ways and smiles at the days ahead.

Who is this woman you might ask? The…

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Jesus’s First Words in RED

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Wednesday I “re-blogged” a post from the blog “laurabrookkeith.wordpress.com” (Grace Alone: Ministering to the Hearts of Women) about her Daily Dare: 40 Days to a Radical Life by studying Jesus’s words in RED.  I hope y’all looked her blog up and are keeping up with the words of Christ she finds and talks about.

But yesterday while driving down the road I wondered “What were Jesus’s first words in RED?”  So when I was in the waiting room, waiting for my car to be checked out, I pulled out my handy iPhone and started my search (before I forgot) and I really should have know this, but it was when Jesus was 12 (we assume) and him and his family traveled to the temple for Passover.  His family and lots of others people where traveling back home and his mother discovered Jesus was missing.  Any parent knows this feeling, and they started back searching for him.

When they found him back at the Temple he simply asked “Why did you seek me?” (NKJV); “Why were you searching for me?” (NIV); “Why were you looking for me?” (ESV).  Now let me say, I’m no Bible scholar and no Bible teacher and really not very smart, but I got to wondering (and I know I’m taking this all out of context, so don’t go get all freaked out on me) but I wondered, “Why do we seek Jesus?”.  Do we seek Him because we need comforting?  Do we seek Him because we want something from Him?  Maybe we are in trouble and we seek Him out asking for help.  We may be selfish in our seeking or we may be seeking Him out on the behalf of someone else that is dear to us and asking for healing. Some may be curious about Jesus and seek Him out to find out more about Him.  Some have hit rock bottom and they remember something they have heard or read about Jesus and start seeking Him then.  Some of us truly find Him. Acts 17:27 says: “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;”.  And then the very famous verse:  Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

I also looked in the book of John and found the first recorded words of Jesus and it was after John the Baptist baptized Jesus and John and two of his disciples were following Jesus and Jesus turned and asked them,  “What do you seek?” (NKJV), “What are you seeking?” (ESV), “What do you want?” (NIV).  I found it amazing that Jesus’s first words as a young man to His parents were basically the same as it was when He finally began His ministry beginning with His baptism and asked the same questions to John and his disciples who were following Him.

I think it’s important for us to know why we are seeking Jesus.  And first and foremost we need to begin our search by seeking Him out for our salvation and start on our journey with Him as our Lord and Savior.  It’s not an easy road, we stumble and fall, some more than others, but He is there to pick us up and love us and forgive us.  It’s an amazing journey with our Lord Jesus Christ.  I’m a huge Hobbit & Lord of the Rings fan and there is a devotional, Walking with Bilbo by Sarah Arthur.  J.R.R. Tolkien referred to the travels as “adventures” and in one of Sarah’s devotionals she says: “First, we find an important distinction between adventure and misadventure.  Adventures are what happen when we’re on the right road. There will be hardships and difficulties that God allows (and designs!) to test and strengthen our character.  But if we wander off the appointed track, we set ourselves up for misadventures – bad events and poor choices that have the power to derail us from completing the journey altogether.  Clearly, adventures are a good thing; misadventures are not.”

So if we truly answer Jesus’s question “Why did you seek me?” and it is because we wanted forgiveness for our sins and we recognize Him as the One and Only Son of God and believe in Him and all the Bible says, then we will be saved and can start on the grand adventure with Jesus, our journey to study God’s Word and to get involved in a Bible believing and preaching church and start serving Jesus and growing along the way.

But don’t get too confident and think you are beyond sin, because the devil wants to ruin Christians and we have to be on our guard.  And when we fall or when other Christians fall, we need to love them back, help them up and bring them back to a good relationship with Jesus.

NOW, like I said, I’m no Bible scholar nor do I even begin to think I know much about the Bible, so I was a little scared to even write this, but it all started with my searching for Jesus’s first words and I just got carried away.  If my preacher reads this and I’ve got something terribly wrong, I do hope he will jump in with a comment and straighten me out.  I DO NOT want to say anything wrong and lead anyone astray.  I want you to seek Jesus and find Him!

I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on these “Words in RED” and why you sought out Jesus, or why you think people seek Jesus and if they are seeking Him for the right reasons.

 

 

 

 

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Daily Dare: 40 Days to a Radical Life

I think this is a wonderful idea. Let’s get on board with this great blogger. Check out her blog and follow her to accept the challenge and see where God leads you.

Grace Alone: Ministering to the Hearts of Women

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For the next 40 days, Grace Alone is going RED. I hope that you will all join me as we embark upon something that I truly believe will challenge you and change you. Through these 40 days, I will be asking you to dive deeper into your relationship with Jesus with dares that are based on the red words of Jesus. Some of them will be easy… some of them will take all you have to give. 

40 is a very meaningful and holy number in the bible…

Noah’s flood consisted of 40 days and 40 nights, a time of cleansing, marking a fresh start on our little spinning orb.

Noah waited another 40 days to open his ark window.

Moses spent 40 days on the mountain with God… Twice.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness…

Then, 40 days He’d be seen in the world after His crucifixion.

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Happy Tuesday with Some Great Book Deals

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Here are some great deals on e-books for you to check out today.  They may be available on several different e-readers, so check your “store”  and always double check the price before “buying”!

  • FREE: Great Expectation by Charles Dickens…for those classic lovers!
  • FREE (5/6 ONLY):  Suncatchers by Jamie Langston Tuner
  • 99¢:  An Ocean Away by Lisa Harris
  • 99¢:  Balancing it All:  My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose by Candace Cameron Bure
  • $1.99 (5/6 – 5/8):  Made to Last (Where Love Begins #1) by Melissa Tagg

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Monday Freebies

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Here are a few free e-books (they are offered on several types of e-readers, so check your “store”).

  • FREE (5/4 – 5/10) Kindle:  30 Days to a More Beautiful You: A Devotional for Girls by Kylie Bisutti
  • FREE (5/4 – 5/10) Kindle:  All for a Story by Allison Pittman
  • FREE (5/1 – 5/31) Kindle:  Horse Dreams (Backyard Horses #1) Dandi Daley Mackall (Junior Fiction)
  • FREE (5/5 ONLY) Kindle:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (forward by Nancy Moser)

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What do Regina Jennings, Nancy Moser and Penelope Wilcock Have In Commom?

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They all have FREE e-books offered today!!!  I don’t know how long these will be free, nor do I know all the e-readers they are available on…I know they are on Kindle…you’ll have to look at your store if you have another e-reader.  I hope you don’t mind doing that, maybe one day I’ll have the time to start doing the direct links again!

  • FREE:  Just Jane by Nancy Moser
  • FREE:  Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County #3) by Regina Jennings
  • FREE (5/1 – 5/2):  The Clear Light of Day by Penelope Wilcock

Happy Reading!!!!

 

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The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz On Sale, Plus More…

I love Laura Frantz and this is a great deal for an e-book.  I think it might be available on several e-readers, so check your store.  And here are 3 more FREE e-books.  They are all “Book 1” in the series, so it’s a great way to see if you like the book/author before buying the whole series.  Happy Reading!

  • $1.99 (4/24 – 4/28):  The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz.  I’m pretty sure we have this in our Media Center, but not completely sure…my brain just doesn’t hold as much info as it use to!! 🙂
  • FREE (4/1 – 6/30):  Courting Kate (The Courtships of Lancaster County #1) by Leslie Gould.  We DO have this in the Media Center.  But since it’s free and you have an e-reader, it would be a great addition to your collection.
  • FREE (4/1 – 6/30): Waiting for Summer’s Return (Heart of the Prairie #1) by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  We DO have this in the Media Center.  But since it’s free and you have an e-reader, it would be a great addition to your collection.
  • FREE:  The Renovation (Project Renovation Series #1) by Terri Kraus

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