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Write to the Point with June Foster June 19, 2013

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Today we get write to the point with June Foster. She has a Genesis 5020 to share today. I love her story because she found a Genesis 5020 not in a death, or affair, or something like that but in something we all use everyday (if you are reading this blog you are using it). So sit back and enjoy her Genesis 5020. Read to the end, she has a giveaway for you.

100_5798Up until last fall, my husband and I traveled full time in our RV. The lifestyle is an exciting adventure with plenty of opportunities to meet wonderful people and see the US. We experienced historical sites, national parks, and the beauty each state has to offer.  However, one frustrating aspect of RVing is the variation in internet access. And any author can tell you how much we depend on the web.

In El Paso, I had one of the most frustrating experiences. I depended on my Sprint Air Card, which served me well in most locations. But not so in this city situated in the corner of western Texas. I wanted to believe the people at the Sprint store who said they had no idea why I couldn’t get the internet, but it still didn’t work. I had to give up any thought of visiting Facebook or Twitter, much less working with my critique group.

Looking back, I see the frustration and hopelessness that plagued me. The enemy probably delighted in my angst.  But in the midst of the situation, the Lord reminded me to depend on Him alone and rest in His peace.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

I wound up getting a lot done on my work-in-progress as well as learning to trust the Lord and enjoy His peace.

The situation helped me learn that above all, I can rely on  Him. The internet was not the answer, but the Lord. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and He will direct your paths. 

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done.”

June Foster is a retired school teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She writes full time and travels in her RV with her husband Joe. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We Forgive – September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012.  June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. June’s book, Ryan’s Father, will be published by WhiteFire Publishing January 2014.

You can find June’s blog by clicking here.

Below you will find a blurb from June’s book, Deliver Us, and an excerpt from the book. Leave a comment for June by June 25th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win an ebook copy of her book.

You can find her book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Desert Breeze.

Short blurb

The fraternity co-ed who coaxed Jillian Coleman upstairs that night is no more than a blur in her memory, but the consequences will haunt her forever. Ten years later,DeliverUsCoverArt72dpi (1) Riley Mathis, now a Christian, can’t tell Jillian he’s the father of the child she aborted. The truth will destroy them.

Excerpt

A man on his knees with his back to her scrubbed the tile with a large brush. His muscular shoulders visible through his brown janitor’s shirt tensed and relaxed with every stroke. She’d never seen a custodian put so much effort into his work as he sank the bristles into the tiles.

He stood and pulled his mop from the back of his cart. With long swipes, he drew the sponge over the suds, and rinsed it in the clear water of his red plastic pail. When he glanced up, their eyes connected.

Riley? Her pulse jolted. Did he work…?

The door to the OR flew open, and Jett walked out. He removed his mask and shrugged his shoulders. Without slowing his pace, he whisked past her and lowered his voice. “A lucky call this time, Jillian.”

Lucky call? How could he say that? A precious life had held in the balance.

Jillian’s exhausted body folded into a chair at the end of the hall near the OR. The pent-up emotion wouldn’t wait any longer. A baby had almost died today. Sobs shook her shoulders.

“What… what did you say to her?” A quiet masculine voice muttered. With a few steps forward, Riley peered at Jett. “I think you owe her an apology.” He dropped his gaze to the floor.

“What the…” Jett drew his fist in front of him.

In disbelief, Jillian stood transfixed.

Jett glared at Riley, tapping his chest over and over. “Who do you think you are, you lowlife?”

 She bit her lip and rushed to them, grasping Jett’s arm. This couldn’t be happening.

With an easy shake, Jett brushed her away. He curled his lip and grabbed the front of Riley’s shirt with both hands. “This is none of your business.” He released Riley, placed his palms on his chest, and shoved him hard.

When Riley lost his footing on the wet floor, he stumbled backward and landed on his rear-end. Scrambling to his feet, he glanced back at the area he’d cleaned. He shook his head. “And I deserve to be fired. I’m sorry.”

“Riley, wait.” Jillian took a few steps toward the men again. “Jett, calm down.”

She worked her way between Jett glaring at Riley who hung his head like a bad dog. “Why did you say that to Dr. Camp?”

“I…I thought he said something that upset you.” Riley lifted tortured eyes. “Your face paled.”

Riley must’ve thought Jett spoke an offensive word to her. Her heart softened. He had only wanted to shield her from pain. To protect her. Compassion for the man, even concern, built in her. The sweet guy thought he was doing the right thing.

 Jett held two fists in front of his chest, still on guard.

“Riley is a friend.” She blew out a breath.” I’d appreciate it if you didn’t make an issue of it. He misunderstood the situation.”

But had Riley actually misunderstood Jett’s intensions? What Jett said had hurt her. A lucky call.

 “A friend?” Jett shrugged. “Yeah, whatever.” He pressed past her. “Forget it. I wouldn’t want to see his minimum wage check yanked away from him.”

 

Review and Giveaway: Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes June 18, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fear Has a Name
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)

by

Creston Mapes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.
ABOUT THE BOOK

From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker’s terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor’s mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family’s safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind “Christian” walls–secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all–the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known–takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. 

Do I really have to write more? Okay I will. This book has to be the best suspense novel I have read this year, maybe ever. If  you like Terri Blackstock or Brandilyn Collins, you will LOVE this book.

If you don’t care for suspense and  high drama, crime, raw brokenness than you might not like this book. But if that is up your alley you need to grab a copy and get reading.

It reached a point in the twisted plot that I said out loud, “Oh my goodness” and my husband looked at me to ask “what?” I had to launch into the plot and what just happened.

Every chapter takes you on a new twist and turn. Just when you think things might slow down, oh no, you are in for more nail-biting tension. You know it will end, but how, who will live, who will die, who will cross the line?

I have never read a fiction book that actually stirred my spirit with Biblical truth. This book drips with truth but never preaches at you.

The characters are real, flawed. They question if God is so good why is this stuff happening? If God is so good why is there abuse? If God is so good how can He allow horrible things happen to those who love Him? Real questions we have all asked.

Honestly, at the end I cried. I never thought I would cry after reading a suspense novel, but the love of Jesus does that. Creston ended the book beautifully, truly fantastic.

And there is a HUGE Genesis 5020 coming from the subplot character, Evan McDaniel. Love it!

Yes, I know I am gushing but this book really is amazing. You won’t be sorry you read it.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or the publisher.

Visit Creston Mapes website here.

Win a copy of this book by leaving a comment by June 24th at 5:00 pm (U.S. residents only).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: Red Dawn Rising June 17, 2013

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Red Dawn Rising

by

Sue Duffey

From the back cover:

Twenty-seven-year-old Cass Rodino is a hardworking, dedicated set designer on Broadway. But, like the actors who take the stage every night, she is masking a different reality. Her secrets lie deep within past wounds too severe to expose to anyone.

Evgeny Kozlov has secrets of his own. A former KGB assassin, he is trying to outrun the underground revolution he once served. Trying to right his wrongs, he’s in a race against time and against a former colleague, Ivan, who has sinister plans to bring down the United States, including an assassination attempt on famed pianist Liesl Bower.

As Cass and Evgeny separately set out to save Liesl from an impending doom, both are hurled into a fierce CIA/FBI dragnet, not knowing that their formidable opponent—a most unlikely predator—is already closing in on them.

Book 2 of the Red Returning Trilogy, Red Dawn Rising mixes suspense, action, and romance in a tale of personal tragedy and triumph that will keep readers pivoting between the evil desires of world powers and the redeeming powers of personal faith, life, and love.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the Red Returning series. But if you haven’t read the first book you can still read this book and not be lost.

If you enjoy political intrigue this will be the book for you. This is steeped deep in people living a double life and never knowing who you can trust.

As much as I like watching movies with political schemes I had trouble getting into this book. It is definitely not a quick read, at least not for me. I had to really slow down so I wouldn’t miss all the details. But you might like the story so much you can read it faster than I could.

Overall Duffey has created a book thick in plot with characters you will be cheering for or hoping for their fall.

This book might not be for everyone but it is definitely for those who enjoy this type of story. And I have great news. You will have the chance to read this book for yourself if you own a Kindle.160-Duffy-kindlead

The book will be available for free on June 20th and 21st.

So mark the date on your calendar and go to Amazon on Thursday or Friday.

Here is the Amazon link to the book, here. Or you can order from Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, or the publisher.

You can visit Sue Duffey’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Smith’s Story: Part Three June 14, 2013

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Hello everyone. I just want to take a minute to say how much I appreciate all of you and your support of this blog. It really means more than you know. My hope and prayer is that you will be touched by the stories shared here and enjoy the books that I share with you as well; that through these things you will grow deeper in your faith.

So, what’s your Genesis 5020? Does God give you a little nudge every time I ask? Then listen and share your story for His glory at: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com.

This week we finish up the Smith’s story by hearing how God is using the fire He lighted inside of them. Enjoy!

poor-29211280020293CcygMy name is Marc Smith and I am an A/G appointed career missionary to Thailand. God is transitioning our family into another season of our lives that has been a dream for as long as we can remember. My wife and I have 6 kids, and 5 of them are adopted.

God believes in adoption; it is what He does. Our hearts burn for adoption. We want to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the fatherless children to the fathers (Malachi 4:5,6).

Thailand is full of unwanted, endangered, and broken children. There are 67 million people in Thailand and only 1.6 percent are Christians. Over 5 million of Thai children are enslaved in child labor, and an increasing number are becoming victims of sex trafficking. An estimated 20 percent of girls and even boys between the ages of 11 and 17 become involved in the sex industry.


You can see the big need in Thailand and that is why we are going. These young lives need to be rescued and introduced to Jesus Christ. A Savior is what they need and a Savior is who we are bringing with us. It is His power to save and not ours. We are just willing tools in His hands.


We are called to rescue and redeem the unwanted and endangered to the love of God and into their God- given destinies.


– we want to raise up a culture of adoption in the Thai people by starting foster care and adoption agencies.

– we want to rescue trafficked children and place them in safe-houses and families. – we also want to raise up houses of prayer in orphanages and implement 24/7 day and night prayer and worship.

-we also want to start a home for special needs children.


We believe we have a very unique calling that which you will connect. I would love to meet with you and share more.


We are not just coming to raise support but God has shown us that we need to share our story to bring a message of hope to people who are hurting, broken or have suffered loss. Like I said before, Andrea and I have adopted 5 kids but in the midst of that we have lost 9 children. Through all the tragedy and all the joys, we have learned so much and known that God is a God of hope, grace, and a giver of good gifts. That is the message we bring.
When you partner with us on a monthly basis you are joining hands with us and when we wipe the tears away of an orphan, they are your hands wiping the tears away. When we rescue a young girl from being trafficked, it is you partnering with us to give her new hope. We are in this together!!!


If you would like to give a special offering or start a monthly commitment, please
click here. If you would like to meet with Andrea and me, please email us at pmarcsmith@gmail.com. We would love to meet with you. We love sharing our heart and vision with anyone who will listen.


Thank you so much for considering linking arms with us to rescue children in Northern Thailand.

You can learn more and watch videos of Marc and Andrea sharing their hearts on their website 2second.org. click here.

 

Write to the Point with Darlene Franklin June 12, 2013

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Hi there wonderful readers. I am so excited to introduce you our writer today. Sit back and as we get write to the point with Darlene Franklin.

df jpegTell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I tell people that the most interesting fact about me is that I write full time from a nursing home. (More about that below).  My daughter died 5 years ago, but God has blessed me with a wonderful son, his wife, and four beautiful grandchildren.  I am from New England, but moved to Texas for seminary and have lived west more or less ever since.

I have been interested in writing all my life, but I began writing seriously (every day) in the wake of my divorce 22 years ago.  My first book (Romanian Rhapsody, still available as an ebook from Barbour) was contracted in 2003.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mother was saved when I was seven. I saw a big change in her, and also longed to belong to the church. So during VBS when I was nine, I asked Jesus to become my Lord and Savior. Hallelujah! 

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

In Calico Brides, four unmarried women in the town of Calico, Kansas, decide that missions should begin at home, and each seek a special project from God. If we each look at our communities like that, what might God lead us to do?

I’d also love to mention three books from May: In Barncastle Memorial, an older widow and widower both celebrate their pasts and look forward to the future through acalico brides special “this is your life” vacation.  In Texas Brides, my novella, Angel in Disguise, takes the New Testament church as the model for caring for the poor. And Hidden Dreams, both hero and heroine have to trust God with their secrets.

Wow, you are one busy writer. You really must use your time wisely, I need to take some lessonsJ

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I’m part of three regular blogs:

Every day, I write a devotional on that day’s “read through the Bible in a year” passage at http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/

On Sundays, I write a potpourri blog about my life, my writing, contemporary news. . .whatever is on my heart.  I also share my writing news.  Check it out at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com.

Once a month, on the 12th, I write an article about some historical subject at christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer. You have to love a story where the heroine’s father “steals” a preacher from a train for a birthday gift!  Not only that, but Karen makes it completely believable.

Ooh, I am going to be reading that book soon, I can’t wait!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Living in the nursing home! No one enters a place like this as an ideal choice. But since I’ve been here, God has blessed me so abundantly.  God has used me to encourage both fellow residents and staff, and I’ve had renewed ministry through my daily devotionals.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)  That’s the verse I cling to.

Here is a verse that struck me a few months ago in my devotional blog: “David proceeded with a longer stride, a larger embrace since the God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10, MSG) I’ve taken it as a challenge to stride longer and reach farther in my ministry.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

You can find all of my books at Amazon and elsewhere.  Check for them at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=darlene+franklin

Darlene, thank you so much for taking time to talk to my readers, we love hearing from authors.

Readers, Darlene is giving away a copy of her book, Calico Brides. Leave a comment for her by June 18th at 5:00 Pm to be entered.

 

Review and Giveaway: An Open Heart by Harry Kraus June 11, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
An Open Heart
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
by
Harry Kraus

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.”

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the “rules” without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I’d have made faster progress if I’d have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you’ll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him …

They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maeltsrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Open Heart, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I couldn’t read this book fast enough to discover all the mysteries within the story. As the reader you will pick up on things that will make you want to reach into the book and say to the characters, “Put this together. Don’t you see the connections?”

From the back cover blurb I thought the book would be a bit different, but still it was a great read. It didn’t move as fast at times as I wanted it to. A lot of backstory, but it is needed, so I see why the author slipped it in there and in small chunks. It kept me flipping the pages so I could see the big picture by the end.

Most of the story takes place in Kenya and the author gives you a wonderful glimpse into it’s beauty, poverty, corruption and customs.

Jace is like many of us — his faith has been shaken and he doesn’t even know if he believes in God anymore, even though he was a missionary kid. Things have happened in his life that make him question what is real and what does he believe? Can’t we all relate, haven’t we all been there at one time or another? I know I have.

Jace is struggling to discover who he really is. But maybe the more important question is….who does God say he is?

Of course I spotted some Genesis 5020’s in the book, can you?

Pick a copy up at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christianbook.com.

Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment by June 17th at 5:00 PM (US residents only).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: The Lifestyle of a Prophet by James W. Goll June 10, 2013

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The Lifestyle of a Prophet

A 21-day Journey to Embracing Your Calling

by

James W. Goll

From the back cover:

“If your heart says, ‘Not my will, but Yours be done,’ you will receive much as you read these pages.”–James W. Goll

Join respected prophetic leader James W. Goll for an incredible journey into the heart of the prophetic calling. This unique, hands-on 21-day guide will help you develop the intimacy with God essential to hearing His voice clearly. Reflection questions, devotional prayers and practical applications will help you proclaim His words faithfully–and step boldly into your calling.

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this book because I am very curious about those who have been called to be a prophet (yes, I believe there are still prophets among us today). I think I was expecting this book to be a guide to help direct those who are curious and possibly interested in pursuing that calling. So I had my expectation and the book was something different.

I felt the book really talked to those who have already been called not to those seeking so I was a bit let down. But, had I not gone into the book with that expectation it might have been a more enjoyable reading experience.

Regardless of how you feel about prophecy this really could be a great book to use as a devotional and draw you closer to the arms of Jesus. The readings aren’t very long and at the end of each chapter are questions for you to ponder or discuss.

I did latch on to a couple of great insights, one being this from page 45: “Worship is a prophetic action that releases the spirit opposite to the boastful pride of life.” And “Extravagant praise is a key that unlocks His presence within us.” Love that!

Depending on what you are looking for this might be the book for you.

If you want to grab your own copy stop by your local bookstore or you order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or the publisher.

You can visit James’ website by clicking here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.