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Caramel Surprise — Romance Suspense
Sandra James, owner of Coffee Confessions, a small Houston coffee shop that serves up coffee, books, music and good ole’ fashion customer service, which keeps her shop full of eclectic patrons at the cost of her personal life. She yearns for a man of her own, but will all hell break loose when a love lost and love anew collide?
Caramel Surprise is a short story that originally appeared in Coffee Confessions. Sit back, grab a cup of your favorite joe and prepare for an entertaining story filled with suspense and Sandra’s quest to find love.
Incredulity — Romance Mystery
Callie was done with love—at least, she was until the cowboy of her dreams came and swept her off her feet. She thinks getting into a secret romance is all the excitement she can get, but after an intimate weekend together, she finds Dom on trial for murder in her own courtroom. Torn between her new love and her long-time profession, Callie has to find the right path in a terrifying, unfamiliar territory… or else risk losing both.
Worth the Wait — Western Historical Romance
Lenora Lawson has an ideal of what a marriage should look like. From the inside of the orphanage, she’s certain she’ll never have what she saw her parents share. She’s trying to figure out where to go and how to get there. She’ll be forced to leave the orphanage soon and she’s happy about that. She’s got to have a place to go when the time comes.
She’s daydreamed about adventure and the ability to make her own decisions. Living life on her own terms is just a fantasy. For now, anyway.
She agrees to marry Jackson Brodie, a cattle rancher in Kansas, when she gets into an argument with the headmistress in the orphanage. She’s sure she’s got no other options. She’s sad and angry, but decides to enlist his agreement that they’ll have a marriage of convenience.
He agrees, and all seems to be well, At least on the surface. What could go wrong when two people fall for each other when neither of them wants to be in love? Find out how this young couple figures out the way to true adventure.
The Case of the Hidden Flame — Mystery
Detective Inspector David Graham has just arrived on the island of Jersey, taking over a rag tag team of questionable commitment and skill at the Gorey Constabulary, a team that he is supposed to lead and develop into a cohesive investigative unit.
Within minutes, his first challenge presents itself when ex-soldier, Colonel Graves, finds a dead body on the beach. As the military man kneels down, he discovers it is his soon-to-be fiancé half buried in the sand…
In a small resort like Gorey, this event is monumental, and almost unheard of. The rumors swirl yet it is the new Detective Inspector’s job, with a bag still packed and travel dust on his shoes, to ferret out the clues and solve the case…while bringing his team along to assist.
With a Sherlock soul, The Case of the Hidden Flame packs humor and intrigue onto a small island of eccentric characters, roiling sea undercurrents, and deceptive coincidences – all accompanied by a fine cup of tea.
Graced — Romance
Noelle Langford’s ambitions have always been bigger than the little town of Havre de Grace, but when her father’s heart attack summons her home, she finds the town little changed, except that Connor Bradley, the high school nerd, is now the town’s doctor, a Grade-A hunk, and a widower with two young children.
Connor doesn’t have time for distractions, not while juggling single parenthood and his clinic on five hours of sleep a night. He most certainly doesn’t have time for Noelle, the high school flirt, who is prettier and more irresistible than he remembers.
When her father’s heart attack derails Connor’s plans for his first Christmas without his wife, Noelle wants to save the day for his adorable children, but can she also find her way into Connor’s guarded heart?
The Witching on the Wall — Cozy Mystery
The Seven Caves tourist attraction has been a safe haven for 20 year old Bailey Robinson, that is until murder strikes a failing movie star in one of the Caves. The celebrity grew up in the town near the Seven Caves and was about to reveal the secret writings on their walls. But something murderous lurks within the Caves and Bailey is about to discover that she is one part of that secret.
Find out what happens as Bailey and her friends, Avery and Piper, discover that even a small town has a treasure trove of secrets, and some of them are magical, while others are sinister.
Simple Strategies for Stress Relief — Self-Help
Simple Strategies for Stress Relief is the key to easily managing stress for good. This little book doesn’t just give you list of techniques for coping with stressful situations, it gives you an easy-to-follow blueprint for making lasting, life-long changes to help create and maintain the habits necessary for creating a more relaxed and peaceful life.
This book deftly guides you through a four-step process for understanding and then dissolving your stress. You’ll learn what really causes your stress, why you react to stress the way you do, where you’re going wrong with your current coping strategies, and how to change your own thought processes and habits to put an end to your stress once and for all.
A Bucket Full of Awesome — Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
“Reasonable things will never bring you joy as much as unreasonable ones do.”
Summer Wallace is a wild, crazy girl who simply couldn’t care less about her appearance. She strongly believes in the saying, “You Only Live Once”, in teenage subculture also known as YOLO. She plays basketball like her life depends on it. Well, it sort of does, she loses one game and there’s a dent in her ego, not a small one either.
Meet Blake Walker, her best friend and her partner-in-crime. Saner of the two, however, together they can turn a rather normal, boring day to a momentously crazy one. But one day changes the course of their lives which leads Summer to make a ‘bucket list’ and complete it before her whole life takes a 180 degree. Whereas, Blake is determined to keep her as long as he can. And he is perfect for the job. After all, he does know her more than anyone else. And they have no room for regrets. As Summer Wallace says, “There shouldn’t be any space for regrets in our beautiful lives.”
Fairy Eyeglasses — Fantasy
When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.
A 12,000 word children’s fantasy story.
The Lodestone — Middle Grade Fantasy
When twelve year old Jack Paris feels the small jaws of a creature that shouldn’t exist clamp down on his leg, life as he knows it in small-town northeast Texas comes to a sudden end. Miss Edna, his foster mom, is forced to take him and his friend Sally to a world she secretly forsook two hundred years before to save his life. There Jack discovers that an evil wizard needs him for unknown purposes and will stop at nothing to capture him. The wizard pursues Jack and Sally through forests and under mountains on the other world, and even across Kansas back on Earth.
With all their hope placed in Miss Edna, she suddenly disappears, leaving Jack and Sally to carry on without her. It soon becomes clear, however, that the events of the present are tied to Miss Edna’s past, and the children begin a desperate effort to find her before all hope is lost.
When Jack finally realizes why the wizard needs him, he learns that to live and love, you sometimes have to be willing to die.
The Skeleton King — Middle Grade Fantasy
Three blocks destined to bring eternal night. One treasure hunter who wants nothing to do with heroics, but can’t pass up a good challenge. A Skeleton King who threatens to take over the world.
The Skeleton King is a prequel to the Blade of the Sea series, and has been called a Minecraft version of Indiana Jones meets The Mummy.
Fans of the Elementia Chronicles and the Gameknight999 series will be drawn to Jesse Nethermind’s epic tale of Aziz the treasure hunter. Filled with action, humor, and monsters galore, The Skeleton King is the perfect adventure story for children and adults alike!
Poppy: Bride of Alaska — Western Historical Romance
She wants a new life. He wants his old one back. They need each other to make it happen.
Power, prestige, wealth. Life was good for Matthew Turner, until his family was swindled out of their fortune. Now he must hunt down the man responsible to recover his inheritance. When the trail leads to Sitka, Alaska, stone-broke Matthew resorts to signing on with a missionary group willing to pay his way.
The only catch? He needs to be married.
Poverty, hunger, abuse. Fiercely independent Poppy Adams is desperate to escape her old life but her only chance is to do the one thing she vowed to never do: Become a mail-order bride.
Poppy knows better than to trust any man at his word, but there’s something about her new — gulp! — husband that threatens to break down her defenses. Matthew doesn’t want a wife, but he can’t resist being charmed by her no-nonsense manner and cerulean blue gaze.
Familiar: The Witch Cycle — Young Adult Urban Fantasy
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a song.
Connie Toledano was set to enjoy summer with plenty of time in the pool and Vegas adventures with her best friend Frankie. Then at a concert a sound like nothing she’s ever heard before works deep into her bones and things change. Frankie is creating fireballs with her mind and Connie is seeing things. Specifically, she’s seeing out of the eyes of a werewolf named River.
When River hunts her down and tells her that she’s a witch, a vampiric cult is after her, and River is her familiar, she has to get to the bottom of things just to save her own life. But she isn’t the only one in danger. People are dying and an enigmatic event known as the Witch Cycle is drawing closer. If Connie can’t unravel the mysteries before it’s too late…
Chan’s Story — Dystopian Science Fiction
In this companion story to Numbers Game, Chan Norwell comes from the perfect citizen family. His mother is chief of the city monitor force, his brother an all-star, and his sister a prodigy—which leaves little room for a nobody like Chan. He is determined to have his time in the spotlight at last. But he doesn’t expect things to go so horribly wrong.
Alone, dishonored, and humiliated, Chan can only see one way out. When he meets Maizel, a brilliant redhead determined to follow in her mother’s suicidal footsteps, he sees his life for what it really is. If Chan can save Maizel, maybe there’s a chance he can also save himself.
The McCarran Collection — Romance Suspense
Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist hiding secrets, comes to Utah’s brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. Though she’s sworn off men in her life, she’s attracted to Ben, the bad-boy, off-road racing McCarran cousin. But it’s Lew McCarran, the tall, quiet cousin, she turns to when she finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and death. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves?
Part romance, part cozy mystery, part thriller, The McCarran Collection is, last of all, a novel about family ties.
Coconutty Christmas ~ Holiday in Hawaii — Romance
Kalea has repeatedly been warned about the temporary nature and heartbreaking consequences of falling for a handsome tourist passing through her little slice of Hawaiian paradise. Will the fear of being hurt keep her from experiencing all of the delightful surprises that life has to offer? Or will the trifecta of gorgeous Russ, a freak storm, and an unforgettable Christmas allow her to open her heart to the possibility of finding her happily ever after ending?
This sweet and romantic short story is part of The Escape Series, which includes the Kindle Scout winning book, Getting Lei’d, as well as its prequel novella, Aloha, Baby!, and the follow-up novel, Cruising for Love. The books in this series are standalones that do not have cliffhanger endings. They share characters, but are designed so they can be read in any order.
Luke’s Wipeout — Young Adult Action Adventure
Having led a sheltered life and now turning sixteen, home-schooled twin Luke Addison finds himself engaged in heated sibling battles as his parents leave the twins home alone for the final week of summer vacation.
Their sharp differences intensify when a city-wide disaster lands orphaned brothers, Pedro and Jose on their doorstep, in need of shelter, medical care and a place to hide.
The wonder years come to a screeching halt as they battle and pray their way through a confusing maze of fresh responsibility, romance, temptation, bodily harm, a house fire and a night in jail.
Santa Meets Mrs. Claus — Paranormal Romance
Ever wonder why no one has seen Santa Claus? One of the reasons is that he is an Arctic Wolf Shifter!
How does Santa find his Mrs. Claus? It’s not like he can “Swipe Left” and meet the perfect girl!
Get your free copy and find out these answers and enjoy a bit of Christmas excitement and another pack makes a play for Santa’s job!
Discerning Spirits — Young Adult Paranormal Romance
To fulfill his destiny, he’ll have to uncover hers.
Zeph is half angel, half human, and a total disappointment. As the first double Divisa born in 20 years, everyone expected his supernatural gift to be extraordinary, but instead he didn’t have one at all.
After 17 years of insignificance, Zeph has given up on ever gaining the approval of his family and community, but when Zeph meets Eve, she sees value in him that no else has.
A shy redhead that looks exactly like a Celestia Divisa but is completely unaware of their existence, Eve is an intriguing mystery that Zeph can’t resist trying to unravel.
Together, can they open each other’s eyes to their incredible destiny?
Discerning Spirits is the first book in The Celestia Divisa Collection, a series of clean, paranormal angel romance novels that can be read in order or as stand-alones.
If you like sweet, heartwarming romance novels with charming characters that find themselves when they find true love, you’ll love Discerning Spirits!
Protector — Young Adult Fantasy Romance
To love and protect…across worlds.
Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling—thanks to her warrior father she’s never met—does her own skill of forethought develop.
Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate—an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.
With two wars now waging… one of land and the other of the heart… can the young couple find their place in the world?
In my search for new material on some of the churches in NYC (which my new character Benjamin visits) I ran across Dr. Campbell's sermon. Today with all of the passions running high for the election, and politics, I thought this may bring some peace and understanding. As many of you know the Amish are being courted by the Trump followers. Whether or not they will come out at the polls is something I can't guess, but I do know that there is little in Hillary's agenda that seems Christian. Looking at the third parties, it is always worrisome. Will voting third party just give the election to the worst of the worst?
As always, the first thing we as Christians should do before making a decision, especially one of this magnitude is pray.
In Dr Campbell's sermon, http://www.broadwayucc.org/sermons/2016/8/9/crux-e... I found some answers. I hope you will too. His sermon, is copied below. Giving credit where credit is due. You may want to visit his site for past sermons both in print and audio versions.
A very sincere thank you to Dr. Campbell for his insights.
With love and God's blessings,
Dr. Campbell's guest post follows:
Some of you know that I have chronic migraine headaches. They’ve been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was finally diagnosed in my mid-twenties, I began to very seriously pursue getting well. I decided that I would do whatever I had to in order to be rid of the pain. What I discovered is that some of the purported cures had pain of their own. There were dietary restriction that included a ban on peanut butter, ice cream, and pizza, among other things. I had to establish a consistent sleep pattern, which meant that even on the weekends, I got up and went to bed at the same time each day. I was careful with my intake of caffeine and sugar. I exercised regularly. I drank an inordinate amount of water. But despite my best efforts, the headaches continued. And so I saw more doctors. I had all kinds of tests. I heard all kinds of opinions. Eventually, I decided that I would try some alternative methods, so I went to an acupuncturist. Some people claim that acupuncture doesn’t hurt, but needles between my toes hurt! The acupuncturist also used those heated suction cups all over my body, leaving me covered with bruises. I tried every supplement anyone ever suggested. I read every article. I put Ben Gay on my temples. I rubbed peppermint oil onto the roof of my mouth. Most recently, I’ve started wearing a contraption on my head for twenty minutes a day that shocks me with painful electrical currents that are supposed to disrupt the nerve spasms in my head. Like other sick people, like some of you, I so badly want to be cured of what ails me that I am willing to experience some pain now in hope of relief later.
Isn’t it ironic that this is how healing and recovery work? Medicine can be bitter. Sometimes get worse before you get better.
Once or twice a year, I go on retreat to the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Westpark, NY. Chris Amy turned me on to that wonderful place a few years ago now. And every time I am there, I’m struck by the Latin words engraved over the front door: “Crux est mundi medicina.” “The Cross is the medicine of the world.”
I think that’s true. But I used to think of that in purely personal terms. “The cross is the medicine for James.” It was all about me being forgiven and cleansed of my sins. And there is something to that. On some cosmic level, the cross of Christ does save me and save you. But it also saves the world. The cross is the medicine of the world, for what ails the world. But like other harsh treatments, the cross can cause more pain before it brings relief, because the cross stands witness against the violence and injustice of the world and demands that we take another way.
The book of Isaiah is actually at least three books that scholars refer to as I, II, and III Isaiah. It was compiled over many years and reflects the political and religious realities of different people in different times. But maybe it was made into one book because of its strong common themes – the same themes that flow through all of the Hebrew prophets: justice for the oppressed, liberation for the captives, and welcome for refugees. These are universal themes that speak to universal needs. Everyone wants justice. Everyone needs mercy. Everyone deserves food and shelter and love. But what we want and what we get are often two different things. Most human societies are built in such a way to reward the few by denying the many. And so prophets, in every age, rail against the abuses around them and call for lives of common sacrifice so that there is equity and justice for all. The Bible calls that the Kingdom of God.
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God. And Isaiah did too. But the Kingdom of God and the Kingdoms of this world are often mirror opposites. And so prophets are rabble rousers, pointing out all the inconsistencies. Prophets are like doctors, finding an illness, announcing the cure and then saying: “This is going to hurt a little.” And hurt it did. Isaiah attacked the thing they were most proud of: their religion and their public displays of piety.
I was struck as I watched the conventions at our own public displays of piety. Our piety is a civil religion, washed in red, white and blue, worshipful of military strength, unquestioning of blind patriotism and always invoking these magic words: “God bless America.”
In Isaiah’s day, the public displays of piety consisted of things like burnt offerings and incense and Sabbath celebrations and convocations and solemn assemblies and new moon gatherings and festivals. There was music and the swirl of vestments and the sound of a thousand voices. There was the recitation of beautiful words and pomp and circumstance. It was enough to make your heart thrill, almost as good as a balloon drop. But God hated it all. Isaiah is really clear about that. God hated it.
But why? How could God hate something so beautiful and inspiring? And isn’t worship the work of the people of God? Indeed it is. But there was a problem. It was piety divorced from justice. The ceremony was beautiful, but society was broken. “Your hands are full of blood,” the prophet declared. “What you say you will do for the people and what you actually do are two very different things. You’re sick and you need a cure. And this might hurt a little.”
The cure of justice hurts because it costs something. Real justice demands a more equal sharing of the earth’s bounty. It means that the rich are not quite as rich so that the poor won’t be quite as poor. Those are fightin’ words in America, especially during an election year. And living into them may hurt, but it will also most certainly heal.
Isaiah put it like this: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Notice that each of these phrases begins with an action word, a command: learn, seek, rescue, defend, plead. If Isaiah were talking to us he might say, “Stop talking about justice in your calls to worship and prayers of confession and communion liturgies, and get busy doing justice. Make it real.”
So, Isaiah’s words are meant for us, the people of God, but they’re not just for us. The cross is the medicine of the world. And we are the people of the cross. Jesus said that those who follow him are salt and light in society, meaning that we don’t only need the medicine ourselves; we also dispense it. We embody good news to the poor, and then we become the stone in the shoe of any political party, left or right, that ignores the poor. We embody release for the captives and welcome to strangers, and then we become pains in the behind in city halls and statehouses and the capital whenever captives or strangers are ignored or abused or scapegoated.
This passage ends with these lovely words: “Come, let us reason together, says the Lord…” This verse can also be translated as “Come, let us correct the situation.” And isn’t that wonderful?! If God invites us to correct the situation, then that means that we can! The message of Isaiah, the message of Jesus, the message of the cross and the Resurrection is that despite what ails us, as individuals or as a society, transformation is always possible. It might involve some bitter pills, some surgery, some sacrifice, some rehabilitation, but we can change. By God’s grace, we can change. And so can the world.
Tagged: Isaiah 1:1 10-20
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I ran across this series on Youtube a while ago. It is very factual. Of course, the Amish, and Mennonites, portrayed in this series are not the most conservative of the Amish gamays. No. These are more liberal Amish, but you will see first hand how the Amish live.
I think you will also notice some of the differences in the Amish and Mennonite way of life. It might give you better insight into the situation between Hannah and Elam. Both are Christian. Both are trying to live their lives as best they can in God's love.
I have recently come across a series of "Life with the Amish" videos on Youtube.com which I wanted to share with you. I've found them very enlightening. Several British youths come to visit and live with various Amish families for a little time. Each family is treated in a different video. In this way, you can see that the Amish lead very different lives according to their particular gmay and the ordnung that the community espouses. In this section, the British youth visit the Mennonites. In this way, you can visually see the difference between Amish and Mennonite and perhaps understand the background that went into the story of Hannah and Elam.
I particularly loved seeing the black British girl dressed in Amish plain clothing. I know there is a Mennonite family near me who has adopted several black children. I know that I also have black readers. This truly shows the love of God does not see color. We are all God's children! Comment below, or on my Facebook page. What do you think of my incorporating a black character into the next book, either as an adoptive child or as a love interest?
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