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FREE Kindle: Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love (Book 1) by Julie Lessman (June 23-27, 2017)

I just received an email from author, Julie Lessman, with an outstanding offer!  Her book, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love (Book 1), is currently FREE on Kindle from June 23-27, 2017.  So hurry to Amazon and download this book.

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I’ve read a couple of her books and enjoyed them.  So I’m looking forward to getting to read the first in this series FREE!!  Can’t beat that, can ya?

And I saved the best news for last.  Julie Lessman wrote a prequel to this book, A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope, and it is also FREE to download.

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So, what  are you waiting for?  Get to Amazon and download these two books for FREE now!!  It may be offered free on other e-reader sites too, so be sure to check it out.

Thanks, Julie Lessman, for this wonderful deal!!!!

 

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Free E-Book Today by Louie Giglio

Today, June 7, 2016, you can get a free e-book by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman.

Indescribable by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

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Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul.

Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever before, and every step draws them closer to the God who breathed each star into existence. In Indescribable, the authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. As Giglio and Redman write, God turnswonderers into worshipers.

Above all, Indescribable is a call to worship—an invitation to know and be known by the God of all creation and to become more passionate worshipers of Jesus Christ.

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Don’t Miss This Great Free E-Book Today

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This is a wonderful series and right now Book 1 is a free e-book.  I don’t know what e-readers it’s free on, except I know it’s on Amazon Kindle.  So, hurry and get it today, you’ll love it!  We have the whole series in the Media Center, so for our church members you can read the e-book free and then come to the Media Center and check out the others.

  • FREE:  The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (Avenue of Dreams #1) by Olivia Newport

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The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser – Free E-Book TODAY (7-9-14)

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Here’s your chance to download a fantastic novel.  Our Book Club read this book several years ago and we all loved it.  One interesting fact is that there are some actual historical information in this book and there is an actual Swan House in Atlanta, GA that I would one day love to see!

Remember, this is free today only!!

  • FREE (on Amazon and Apple): The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

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I’m Back With Some Great Deals for Christian E-Books

Hey friends, it’s been awhile!  Little problems here and there and not getting on the computer much lately, but I saw this great offer from Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Fiction and just had to let you know about it.  TODAY ONLY, Saturday, March 22, 2014, they are offering 58 (yes, I said 58!) 1st books in a series for only $1.99 each.  That’s a great deal and I’ve looked through the list and these are REALLY GOOD BOOKS!!

As far as I know this offer is only for your kindle e-reader.  There are way too many books for me to list, so here is the direct link so you can visit it and hopefully find some really great deals in Christian fiction.  Just click the link below.  Let me know if you find something great!!!

58 1st in series books – $1.99 (March 22, 2014 ONLY)

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Free E-Books I Have To Share

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I found a freebie to share with y’all and I have also included a link to Bethany House and you can browse through all the books they have free or discounted, just make sure you check the dates.  Also, these books are available on a lot of different e-readers!

Just a quick side note:  This is our 1 year anniversary of this blog and it’s been such fun!!!  I have met some really great people all around the world and met some fantastic Christian authors also.  It’s been more work than I ever dreamed also.  That’s why I’m taking a break,  but still letting you know about free ebooks.  I can’t download them for myself without sharing them to all my “cyber-friends”!!!  I pray each of you have a very happy and blessed new year and that each day will bring you closer to in your relationship with Jesus!!

  • FREE (1-12/1-20) on Kindle:  24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth and Eugene H. Peterson
  • And here is a link to a website from Bethany House that I find some great freebies and discounted books.  They show the dates for each book, so you’ll know exactly when to purchase them.  So click HERE and you’ll be directed to this page and you can browse through all the great books.

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Lots of Free e-books by Beth Moore

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I have found a lot of free books by Beth Moore (one of my favorite Bible Study teachers) and at first I just downloaded one, because we have the others in our church Media Center, but then I thought…it takes me a lot longer to read a non-fiction book, so I better go ahead and get these while they are free. I don’t know how long they will be free, so I advise you go ahead and download them today!  Always double check the price before downloading since prices do change suddenly.  Also, I haven’t checked to see if they are free on other e-readers, so if you have a nook, or another type of reader, you know how to check your “store” to see if they are there and if they are free.  So….here they are:

  • FREE on Kindle:  Believing God by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Believing God Day by Day: Growing Your Faith All Year Long by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  To Live Is Christ by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  The Beloved Disciple by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Further Still by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  A Heart Like His:  Intimate Reflections on the Life of David by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Breaking Free Day by Day by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Breaking Free by Beth Moore
  • FREE on Kindle:  Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore

Isn’t this exciting!!!!  Thank you Beth, your publishers and whoever else is responsible for offering these fantastic e-books for free!  Click on Beth Moore‘s name here and be directed to her website and you’ll find all kinds of wonderful things!!!

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Do You Struggle With Doubt? Here’s a Great Book For You.

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart:  How to Know for Sure That You Are Saved by J. D. Greear

$3.71 on Kindle…it was this price on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and it’s still this price today, Jan. 3, 2014…but I don’t know for sure how long it will be on sale and I don’t know about other e-readers, so check your e-reader store if you have a Nook, iBooks, etc.

Our Pastor is leading a 8 week class using this book, one chapter a week, and it deals with the issue of Christians who sometimes doubt their salvation.  I know I have.  Every time I sin and certainly when I fall away from reading God’s word and rather read a novel instead.  This book is a great resource for you or maybe for someone you know.  I have read 3 chapters so far and it’s very good.  So I wanted to let y’all know about this just in case you struggle with this issue also or have someone who does…it would be a great resource to have if you need to talk to someone who is struggling with salvation assurance.

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Great Christian Fiction for $1.99

These books are not free, but for only $1.99 there should be no complaining!  I’ve read each of these books and they are GREAT!  I’ve linked to the kindle store, but as I understand it these books are on Nook, CBD, iBooks, Kobo, so check your store.  I have listed the dates by each book, so you’ll know when the deal is over.

  • $1.99 (now through 1/5/14) on Kindle:  Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series #1) by Rachel Hauck
  • $1.99 (now through 1/3/14) on Kindle:  A Bride for All Seasons:  The Mail Order Bride Collection  by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton
  • $1.99 (now through 1/3/14) on Kindle:  To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel #1) by Tamera Alexander

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Three Free E-Books and One Discounted E-Book

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Here are 3 freebies and one discounted.  I’ve read 3 of them and I know they are good, and the Christmas novella by Melody Carlson I’m sure is really good too.  I have no idea how long these will be priced like this, so you better go ahead and get them today.  I have included links to the Kindle store, but if you have another type of e-reader, please check your e-reader store/website, because they might be on sale there also.

  • FREE on Kindle:  No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West #1) by Maggie Brendan.  Great series!
  • FREE on Kindle:  Inescapable (Road to Kingdom #1) by Nancy Mehl.  Loved this series!
  • FREE on Kindle:  All I Have to Give: A Christmas Love Story by Melody Carlson.  This sounds like a really good book.
  • $1.99 on Kindle:  The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden.  Wonderful book!

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Love At Any Cost By Julie Lessman-FREE E-Book 12/4/13 Only

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This book is a free download today only, 12/4!  So I had to get this out ASAP to everyone. It’s available on Kindle, Nook, CBD.

Love at Any Cost is Book 1 in The Heart Of San Francisco Series and Julie Lessman and Revell Publishing are offering this as a free download TODAY only. The second book in the series, Dare to Love Again will be coming out January 1, 2014.

This is a great offer, so don’t let it pass you by today!

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Free E-Books for You Today!

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Here are three free e-books today.  I don’t know how long the “free” price will last, so if you are interested, get them now.  I have included a link to the kindle store, but they may be free on other e-readers also, so check your store if you have something other than a kindle.

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Great E-Book Deal: Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle

Hey, Duck Commander fans…here’s a great deal on the e-book by Si Robertson.  I don’t know how long this price will be in effect and I don’t know what other e-readers are offering it at this price, but you can check your e-reader store and go ahead and get it today…price MAY be different tomorrow.

  • $2.99 on Kindle:  Si-cology 1: by Si Robertson.  I haven’t read this book, but I have heard several people who have read it said it was very good!

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GREAT NEWS- This Deal/Giveaway Has Been Extended Through Cyber Monday! Black Friday Blog Blitz – Fire Storm by Mackenzie Dare

 

THE AUTHOR HAS EXTENDED THIS OFFER THROUGH CYBER MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013…SO YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT HER SITE AND ENTER OR BUY THE BOOK AT A DISCOUNT.

First-time author, Mackenzie Dare has written a thrilling mystery novel.  I have read it, although I haven’t had a chance to write my review yet. I will try and get it posted next week.  The novel will keep you guessing and will present the gospel message in a wonderful way.  I thought Mackenzie did a wonderful job on her first novel.  The mystery kept me going and there were lots of twists and turns and it was action packed.  So, when Mackenzie asked if I would post this on our blog, I said “sure”!  It’s a good deal and you can enter to win a free copy at the link she shares below.  DO NOT ENTER ON MY BLOG, I’M NOT RUNNING THE GIVEAWAY, SHE IS, SO FOLLOW HER DIRECTIONS.  Thanks!  Enjoy the interview and reading the first chapter listed below.

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“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 it creeps closer than he ever expected – not to him, but to 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 or 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!

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Today only, get your copy of “FIRE STORM” for 60% off the retail price by following the “special sale link” below!

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Enter for a chance to win a free e-book of Fire Storm by copy and pasting one of the messages below and emailing it to: fiction4christians(at)gmail(dot)com

Hi, I stopped by (blog name), and would like to enter for a chance to win a free e-book of FIRE STORM. 

Please also sign me up to receive your monthly newsletter.

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Hi, I stopped by (blog name), and would like to enter for a chance to win a free e-book of FIRE STORM. 

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Your name will then be assigned a number, which will then be put in a hat to be drawn out by an unbiased third party.

Enter to win a $25 – $50 prepaid Visa card by following the link below sharing our Facebook page.

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Below read this review along with an interview of the author and the first chapter of Fire Storm.

Review By Caitlyn Santi

May 23, 2013

5 of 5 stars

Oh. My! I absolutely, completely, totally loved this book! I
don’t know if I can put into words how much I loved it, but I will try!
As a Christian, small town, horse crazy, farm girl, I was thrilled to
find a Christian suspense book that was set in a small town where the
main characters live on a horse farm, needless to say I found myself
completely relating to so many aspects of this book! The romance, true
love, and devotion between the married couples was so sweet, their were
times that it made my heart swell and my stomach flutter! I loved Jim
and Jessica, Wade and Mellissa, and through the skillful writing of the
author I grew to love Derrick as well! And of course Morgan was just oh
so adorable. Fire Storm grabbed me on page one and didn’t release me
until I reached the end! I usually am able to guess who the killer is,
but with this one I had no clue who it was, so it was a big surprise
for me when the killer’s identity was revealed! And the suspense, oh my
goodness it was SO amazing, just when I thought it couldn’t get any
crazier (In a good way!) it did!!!

There is one thing I would like to point out and that is that Fire
Storm is told from a number of different characters view points, while
this did not bother me and I personally feel that it helped to tell the
story perfectly, I know that there are people who don’t like this way
of telling a story, but I would highly recommend that they read it
anyway because it is so worth reading!!!

Fire Storm has touched my life and my heart and I feel truly blessed to
have had the opportunity to read it! It is now on my list of all time
favorite books and I know I will reread it many times in the future!
And I highly anticipate this author’s next book!
In closing, Fire Storm is an amazing read, which I highly recommend to
anyone and everyone!!!
It is one of those rare finds that as soon as you finish it, you desire
nothing more than to start it again, it’s that good!!! 🙂

I received this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.
The above is my honest opinion.
All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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Author Interview

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 is your work schedule like when you’re writing? 

Right now, I’m self-employed, so I can just flip flop my schedule around to what works best.

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! One of my favorite things to do is to run outside, especially on a dew-glistening, bird-singing, apple-blossomed, spring morning… just to run toward a painted sunrise and feel absorbed in the beauty of God’s creation! I love riding my horse down the gravel road or through the cornfields. I love chilly fall days… a cool breeze floating in a slightly open window and feeling the warm apple-scented  steam as you slide a crusty, golden, apple pie out of the oven just as a drip of cinnamon syrup bubbles out and sizzles. I like 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. I’ve enjoyed climbing cliffs in the Blue Ridge and drivin’ by buffalo in Yellowstone. I love findin’ deals at garage sales and 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 this sooo many times in my life! One of my favorite verses is “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” He’s the giver of life, the one who makes daffodils smile and the thunderclouds clap. 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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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 by Siri Mitchell – Sounds Good!

Here is one freebie that looks really good.  I have no idea how long it will be free, so I suggest you get it today.  Also, it may be on other e-readers, but I’m just linking to kindle.

  • FREE on Kindle:  A Constant Heart (Against All Expectations #1) by Siri Mitchell

 

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Free E-Books

I’ve found two freebies today, one novella, one non-fiction…look closely at the dates.  I’m listing the kindle store link, but they may be free for other e-readers, so check your store.

  • FREE (11/11 – 11/12) on Kindle:  Seeker of Stars: A Novella by Susan Fish.  There are no reviews and I’ve not heard of this author, but publisher David C Cook is offering it free today and tomorrow, so I’m going to give it a try.
  • FREE (11/11 – 11/12) on Kindle:  Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives from David C Cook Publishers

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Finally, I’ve Found Time to Search for Free E-Books

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Some of these freebies you need to get today or tomorrow.  I have posted the dates on the ones I know, but if you think you want the book, don’t wait, they go away quickly sometimes.  I’m only listing the link to the kindle store, but they may be free on other e-readers too, so check your store.   This is all for today, I’ll get more to you in the next couple of days.  Some of these have been free before, but for our new followers, they might be new to you! Enjoy!!!

  • FREE (11/4 – 11/5)  on Kindle:  Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake
  • FREE (11/5 – 11/6 notice this is NOT FREE until TOMORROW!) on Kindle:  The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camdem.  This is a great book!
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/14) on Kindle:  A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller #1) by Davis Bunn.  This is a GREAT series!
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  An Untamed Land (Red River of the North #1) by Lauraine Snelling.  GREAT series!
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge #1) by Lauraine Snelling.  I haven’t read this, but I love this author.
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Angels Watching Over Me (Shenandoah Sisters #1) by Michael Phillips
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Candle in the Darkness (Refiner’s Fire #1) by Lynn Austin.  GREAT series…Lynn doesn’t write a bad book!
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel #1) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson.  Great book!
  • FREE (11/1 – 11/30) on Kindle:  Shadows of the Canyon (Desert Rose #1) by Tracie Peterson.  I haven’t read this one, but I love all her books!

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Here’s a Great Free E-Book I Just Have To Let You Know About

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This is a fantastic series, A Marc Royce Thriller Series by Davis Bunn.  And right now (don’t know for how long) but Book 1, Lyon of Babylon is FREE.  I’ve included the link to the kindle store, but check your other e-reader store, it might be free there too.  There are two books in this series (Rare Earth #2) and I’ve read both of them and LOVED them, and Book 3 is coming out on November 5th, Straight of Hormuz.

  • FREE on Kindle:  Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller #1) by Davis Bunn.  If you enjoy a great contemporary political thriller, you’ll love this.  It’s full of mystery and suspense.

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Great Deals on E-Books

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Here are some great books at great prices.  I’ve linked to the kindle store, but check your store if you have a different e-reader…it could be on sale with them also.

  • 99¢ on Kindle:  Seeing Things by Patti Hill
  • $1.99 on Kindle:  The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim
  • $1.99 on Kindle:  Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry

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FREE E-Books!

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I’ve found two freebie e-books.  One I haven’t read and one I have.  They are free for a limited time, so get them today.  I know the one by MaryLu Tyndall is on kindle, nook, & CBD, not sure about the one by Nancy Rue, so you can check.  I have included the link to the kindle store.

  • FREE on Kindle:  The Reluctant Prophet (The Reluctant Prophet #1) by Nancy Rue.  This one sound interesting.
  • FREE on Kindle (10/17 – 10/18 ONLY):  Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise #1) by MaryLu Tyndall.  I’ve read this book and it’s great, so get this while it’s free!!!!

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