Genesis 5020

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Write to the Point with Misty Beller February 11, 2015

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mistyToday we get write to the point with Misty Beller. Read on to learn more about her.

Misty Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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

I’m a South Carolina girl, born and raised on the “family farm.” We still live close to my family, even though I’m married now with two wonderful daughters. My family, both immediate and extended, are incredibly precious to me! I started writing novels about four years ago. I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top! I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I come from a wonderful, godly family, and was taught the Bible from an early age. My decision moment came when I was four years old, but I still remember it. I was watching a Christian kid’s show, Gospel Bill, and at the end of the video, they said a short prayer and invited viewers to pray with them. I said the prayer to ask Jesus in my heart, and was so excited I ran to tell my mom. J

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

Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.

When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother.Mountain Man cover His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.

But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?

This a story about releasing our own desires to find God’s direction for your life, which is a constant struggle for me!

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

My blog is for my readers! I love to share a little about what’s going on with my books, get reader feedback on storylines, cover art, etc., and share special traditions.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Wow, this is a tough one! The Bible, of course. There are hundreds of other books that have become my favorites. (yes, hundreds). So hard to pick one! I’m currently reading Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen. She’s such a talented regency author!

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

Wow. When I look back, I see God’s hand everywhere in my life—guiding me, molding, and creating good from bad situations! About a year and a half ago, my husband’s job had become incredibly stressful, to the point it was severely affecting his health. He finally left that company, and I struggled to come to terms with the change! I worried, stressed, and juggled the budget. It felt like one of the worst things that could have happened, but over the next few months, the quality of our family interactions began to change for the better. We were ALL so much more relaxed, pleasant, and joyful. The fear of the unknown began to subside as we realized that God was turning what looked like a rough situation into a joyful experience!

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

Colossians 1:9-11 is my prayer for all my readers:

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me on my website, blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Or I’d love for you to check out my books The Lady and the Mountain Man or my upcoming release The Lady and the Mountain Doctor.

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

Thanks so much for hosting me, Melissa! It’s been a pleasure.

You’re welcome and thanks so much for sharing with my readers!

 

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert February 9, 2015

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where rivers part

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Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.

Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it, much to my surprise. So I wasn’t sure if this book could measure up.

Much like the first book (A Women of Fortune), Where Rivers Part took me about fifty pages before I got into it but once I was in…I was in. This was a book that I had to make myself stop reading so I could sleep.

There is so much deception going on and you don’t know who Juliet can trust.

Juliet is one tough girl. She doesn’t really need anyone, or does she? As things unravel in her world she realizes how being alone really isn’t okay. Yet everyone she thought she could count on is letting her down. She doesn’t know if she really believes in God but when push comes to shove will she finally let him in?

The backstory, the many twists and turns will have your engrossed in this book.

This book is really a stand-alone and does not need to be read with the pervious book. However, Kellie is such a wonderful author I highly recommend reading both 🙂

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Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by February 17th for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

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

 

Made New February 6, 2015

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Today I thought I would give you a song to dance to. This is one we started doing recently at church. I just love it! H0pe you enjoy it as well.

Have a great weekend.

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The Ishbane Conspiracy by Angela, Karina and Randy Alcorn February 5, 2015

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Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn to stave off their own defeat, by reading The Ishbane Conspiracy.

My thoughts:

If you have read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and like it then this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy.

From the beginning I was pulled into this book and the “realness” of it. This book is so close to real life and what teen-agers struggle with.

Our four characters are all going through something, or have gone through something and the enemy is playing on the their weakness and wounds.

Oh, to be inside the head of the enemy made me so mad sometimes because I know these are the games he really tries to play with us and our children. He even talks about how he knows he can’t take down those that are already believers but can make us ineffective…grrrr.

This book is layered in truth and grounded in the Word. I think it was eye-opening for me to read this and be reminded how the enemy uses seemingly innocent things for his twisted plans.

The main characters are young but I don’t feel this is a young adult novel. I believe this book is for everyone and parents with teens will especially glean a lot from this book.

This is a novel I highly recommend 🙂

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

 

Write to the Point with Marissa Shrock February 4, 2015

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Marissa Shrock HeadshotToday we get write to the point with Marissa Shrock. I actually will be reviewing her book on this blog next week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it 🙂

Tell us about yourself, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m a middle school language arts teacher who was born and raised in Indiana. I still live there.

I’ve been writing professionally for seven years. I’d always written in a journal and enjoyed writing an occasional story, but I didn’t start learning the craft until seven years ago when I enrolled in the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice course. After completing that course I took the Journeyman and Craftsman courses. The lessons I learned helped me achieve my dream of publication. Unfortunately, the guild has since closed.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?                

I grew up with parents and grandparents who modeled what it meant to have a relationship with Christ. When I was young, I accepted Christ as my Savior every time I heard someone lead a salvation prayer just in case my salvation hadn’t stuck the time before.

I made a public commitment the Easter I was thirteen. At that time I fully understood what it meant to know Jesus as my Savior, and I became serious about reading the Bible and growing in my faith.

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

My young adult novel, The First Principle, is a futuristic story about a teenage girl who must comply with her country’s FirstPrinciplemandatory pregnancy termination law for underage girls or run away and seek the help of an underground rebel group that’s planning a revolution.

There’s a lot that readers can take away, but the most important is that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). In addition, following Christ comes with a cost that may impact family relationships (Matthew 10:34-36).

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

I blog two times per month on the subjects of faith, reading, writing, and teaching. Every once in a while I write about trips and give travel tips for the destinations I’ve visited.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

My favorite is L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. The heroine lives an oppressed life until one day when she learns she’s dying. She makes up her mind to stop living to please others. The changes that come about in her life are both humorous and profound.

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

If you’d told me at 20 that I’d still be unmarried at 34, I probably would’ve taken a dive off of a cliff. A lot of people assume everyone who is single has a gift or a calling. While some singles do, I don’t believe I’m one of those people. Instead, I believe singleness is a trial God is allowing in my life.

I think there are many Christians who are single because we live in a morally corrupt culture, and Satan is waging a war against families. A healthy family begins with a man and woman who have a Christ-centered relationship. Therefore, I believe Satan does his best to keep Christian men and women from finding each other and creating godly homes.

The good news is God is more powerful than Satan. I believe Satan has intended my painful years of singleness for harm, but God has used them for good. God has drawn me close to him, taught me the importance of waiting on his timing and direction, strengthened my faith, and has guided me on a path that lead to publication. Eight years ago, I never would’ve dreamed I’d have a published novel.

 

Thank you so much for sharing that, I believe a lot of singles need to hear that message and I’m so glad you can find the good in it.

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

Isaiah 64:4 is special to me because of my years of singleness and what God has taught me about waiting on him.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.marissashrock.com

Thanks for sharing with my readers and being so open with us. We love hearing from new to us authors. I know God will continue to guide and direct you steps. Be blessed!

 

Review and Giveaway: Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma February 2, 2015

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remember the lilies

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Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive?

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom.

Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family.

But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?

My thoughts and giveaway:

First, I love the vintage looking cover. It’s so soft yet kind of mysterious as well.

Second, I think Liz Tolsma is becoming my favorite historical romance writer, at least in the WWII era. I love how she takes this time period that many of are familiar with and takes us to places during the war that maybe we have never heard of or never given much thought to. Not only do you get a great read but you get a little history lesson as well 🙂

There truly never was a dull moment in this book. Each chapter Liz upped the stakes for the two characters.

I loved Irene’s heart (our heroine). She truly cares for others but has her own wounds to overcome as well, an absent mother and father. And then she discovers a secret about her father that could jeopardize her new friendship with Rand.

Then there’s Rand who is finding his way in this new world of not being in control of everything. There were times I felt he was a bit over-confident, but that was his personality. Deep down he was a nice guy who God was going to work on.

I can’t forget to mention Anita, Irene’s aunt. She is a voice of God’s truth and wisdom in this book and I adored her character.

Overall, I recommend this read to anyone who loves historical romance.

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Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or  Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by February 14th for your chance to win a copy. If book is lost in mail I do not replace. (U.S. residents only)

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