Last Resort

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by BJ Robinson

To me, spring is strawberry season and vice versa. I’ve always felt more alive with the awakening of the world from a long winter’s nap. I love God’s creative glory in nature, flowers, animals, and strawberries. I smell the sweet smell and relish a bowl of berries with sugar and a good old-fashioned homemade strawberry shortcake. A few weeks ago, we attended the Plant City Strawberry Festival because I love the arts, crafts, and berries. I came home with a flat of the fresh fruit, and I literally ate a half of flat for breakfast each morning that week. The other half is in my freezer, and I’m thinking of making the type of shortcake I used to make when my children were young. They all loved it.

I had such fun writing Last Resort and using berry season and a strawberry field as partial settings for a stalker. Readers loved the villain, but it turned out to be a love/hate relationship, and they wanted him to get his just dessert. The hero ends up getting shortcake first, but the stalker gets his without the sweetness and whipped cream in the end. Need a good read to take you back to spring, flowers blooming, and the smell of fresh, ripe, berries while keeping you turning the pages? Don’t miss this one.

Christian romantic suspense. Best seller. Pursued by an ex-fiancé, shattered dreams, an awesome God, and a cowboy farmer. There’s only one place she can turn . . . There’s only one last resort.

Set in Bridal Wreath, Florida, a fictional town, Key West, the Panhandle, and Plant City, Florida. Faith is stalked and forced to search her conflicted heart. In a battle of love, loss, and raging jealousy, she strives to build a new life with peace and contentment.

After a disastrous engagement, Faith flees the city to return to the country home where she grew up, looking for peace and solitude. She’s not looking for love. That is, until she meets Matt Allen, a neighboring cowboy farmer. Faith’s reaction to Matt stuns her, and plans to insulate herself are forgotten. She gets as lost in Matt’s eyes as she would in unknown woods.

Complicating matters, a series of incidents too strange to be coincidence begin happening, convincing Faith that someone wants her gone. When she doesn’t budge, the incidents escalate, forcing her to decide whom she can trust. If she puts her faith and heart in Matt’s hands, will it be enough? Or will she have to go against her stance on guns and pick one up before it’s too late?

What early Readers Had to Say… 

“B. J. Robinson’s Last Resort is an inspirational romantic suspense story that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat — both to see if the villain is overcome and to see if Matt and Faith end up together. You don’t want to miss this one with its twists; it’s a great read!”  

Deb Haggerty, Author and Speaker 

“The warm, sweet romance, yet insightful story, will touch your heart with its simplicity and charm.”  

Janet Perez Eckles, Author and Speaker 

Just when you think it’s another church supper, the hero makes his entrance…and what an entrance it is. He crashes in and winds up with strawberry shortcake all over him. Then there’s the guy with the gun. Creepy. He turns out to be a stalker who relishes the hunt. Scary. 

This is a novel where the reader connects with the heroine and hero, as would be expected, but there’s also connection with the villain. This is a unique take on how to present a villain and an inventive one. 

Nike Chillemi, Author 

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B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle and writes inspirational and romantic suspense as well as other genres. She loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection. http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1449417151&sr=1-2-ent 

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Writing the Story of Your Life

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by Ruth O’Neil

“I want to write my life story, but I don’t know where to start.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement. Many people have a story to tell. It doesn’t matter that that story will never be on the New York Times best seller list. Maybe it’s a story that is only to be shared with family and friends, but it is a story that is important to the author just the same. If you are one of those people that wants to write your life’s story, but don’t know where to begin, keep reading to learn some tips on how to go about it.

  1. Think about who is going to be reading your story. If you are just writing for your family, that story might be different than if you were writing your story to be read by the general public. Think about whether or not you want to change people’s names. If your life was a harsh one you may not want to include the real names of the people involved. You may also want to consider whether your life story could be written as fiction. There’s an old adage that says “real life is better than fiction.” Maybe your true story could be written in fiction form making it more saleable for mass market.
  2. Just start writing. Write down everything you can think of that you want to include in your life story. At this point the order doesn’t necessarily matter; getting the memories and the information down does.
  3. Write scenes of your life that you want to include in your story on different sheets of paper or index cards. This is one place I recommend using the old-fashioned way of writing by using pen and paper. Since all of your scenes are written out separately, you can later rearrange them into an order that that is appropriate for your book.
  4. Decide on the organization of your story. Do you want to tell it in chronological order? Do you want to focus on one aspect of your life? Do you want to go back and forth between “the old days” and the present time? Once you decide on your order, then you can go back and rearrange what you have already written.
  5. Decide on a theme. Is there something you want to enlighten people about? Do you want to just entertain people? Perhaps your family owned a farm or a restaurant and you want to share your experiences through that.
  6. Use friends and family. While you might not remember every detail about a certain event, I guarantee someone who was there does remember. Asking family and friends for ideas or details of a certain situation can give you a completely different perspective of the event or time in your life. That perspective might prove to be invaluable in your writing. Be prepared; once you get a group of family and friends together to reminisce, you will be shocked at how quickly the ideas come and how one idea can spark another and another and another.
  7. Use photos to jog your memories. Sort through old pictures. These can help you remember little vignettes in your life or help to provide details about both people and settings.
  8. Include a range of emotions. Don’t let your entire story be depressing. Even if your story was not a fairy tale, make sure to include some bright spots of hope or humor.
  9. Not necessarily a writer, but still want to record your story somehow? Don’t think that there’s no hope for you. Consider making audio or video recordings. Audio recordings can be especially helpful. You can take audio recordings to a writer/transcriptionist who can then type out your story in a logical order. Working closely with a writer as you verbally record your stories can be an alternative when you feel you are too close to the story and are unsure what to include and what to leave out.

It’s possible that writing your life story could be therapeutic, offering closure on some not so bright spots of your personal history along with emotional and psychological healing. Maybe your life was just a circus act from the beginning and is funny. If writing your life story touches you while you are writing it, think about all the people you can touch when they read it.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 145:18 The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely.

You can never stay close to the Lord if you don’t call on Him. Prayer is the only way you can get to the heart of God. Like anyone whom you love, the Lord thrives on communication. He wants to hear from you consistently and often. There is no getting around it. You must take the time and put forth the effort to pray. And, you must pray sincerely.

Prayer that does not flow from the heart is really not prayer at all. It’s not the words we say that touches the heart of God; it’s the meaning behind the words that we speak that He hears. The Lord hears what comes from the heart and not from the lips. So, if you want to know the closeness of God you must learn to pray from your heart and not your mind. You must learn to condition your heart to pray. And the condition of your heart is determined by how well it is saturated by God’s Word. The Scriptures and God’s Word are essential and inseparable for the heart that wants to draw near to the heart of God.

Closeness to God is also gleaned from living by faith and not be sight. It is daily letting faith determine how we live. It is consistently striving to put into practice the Word. It is understanding that what we believe doesn’t really matter if we don’t live it. The more we live out our faith, the closer we are drawn to God. He becomes more and more of a big deal to us. He is not someone we can ignore.

Take the Lord, His Word, and His presence seriously and He will always be near to your heart. We must fight the tendency to take faith for granted and the blessings of life we enjoy daily. We must discipline ourselves to be God-conscious. We must do things to help ourselves to stay near to the heart of God.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Get a Free eBook Copy of the Cure Today!

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by Parker J. Cole

The Cure

Savannah Woods vows to never again have anything to do with Micah Reddington after he ruins her best friend’s career. Yet, when Savannah’s niece is injured in a serious accident, the one man she can’t trust is the one she needs.

Micah can barely contain his satisfaction when he sees Savannah’s message pleading for him to come to her side. Her disloyalty nearly cost his career and he’ll never forgive her for leaving him at the lowest point in his life.

Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Savannah keeps seeing glimpses of the Micah she once loved behind his cool exterior. Micah fights an ongoing battle to not succumb to the sweetness of the woman he once cared for beyond anything else. But Savannah and Micah’s hearts remain sick with the pangs of betrayal. What, if anything, is the cure?

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St. Patrick Would Have Worn Green & Here Is Why

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by Precarious Yates

For years, I heard about wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day but didn’t know the significance beyond the fact that the Irish flag was 1/3 green. When I lived in Ireland, I saw how very verdant the land was. I mean, I didn’t understand the color green until I saw an Irish field under April sunshine.

It’s been nine years since I’ve lived in Ireland. It was only several months ago that I learned the real reason why we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1798, inspired by the American Revolution and the French Revolution, a number of Irish men, led by Wolfe Tone and others, fought for freedom from an ever growing and oppressive British rule. The Irish were very often enslaved on their own land and treated as if they were less than human.

After the 1798 uprising, the British clamped down with even greater control. By 1803, it was considered an act of treason to wear green.

Green represented freedom from slavery, freedom from inhuman treatments, freedom from oppression.

This wasn’t the first time the Irish were enslaved. During St. Patrick’s time, raiders from what is now Great Britain captured a number of people from Ireland and enslaved them. Some of those who were captured included young women who were part of Patrick’s ministry team. The king who captured the women essentially turned them into sex slaves.

Patrick would have none of it.

Read Patrick’s scathing letter to the Coroticus’s soldiers HERE.

If wearing green would have sent the same sort of message to that king, Patrick would have done just that.

Today, there are people who are equally oppressed, enslaved and treated as if they are less than human. These people don’t live within a single nation, but in almost every nation on this earth. Modern slavery is still at epidemic proportions. Brick factories in India. Brothels in Brazil with way too many underage and unpaid workers. Child soldiers in Africa. Forced prostitutes in Amsterdam. Unpaid illegal immigrants who are farm workers in Florida.

Slavery is rampant all over God’s green earth.

So today, while you wear green, don’t just wear it to stand with the oppressed Irish of yesteryear. Wear it to stand, like many a valiant Irishman and woman, with those who are oppressed and enslaved across the globe. Wear it to remind yourself to help these people in whatever way you can. Volunteer for an organization. Join a prayer group (I’ve seen prayer change too many things to ignore the amazing power it has). Give $5 or $5000 (whatever you can afford). Open your eyes and ears to those around you: you may encounter young girls or boys trapped in slavery and can help them. You can call the anti-trafficking phone numbers:

USA: 1-888-373-7888

GLOBAL HOTLINES

We may not have a day dedicated to us, but we can still inspire others like St. Patrick inspires us. We can still change the lives of others for the better. No one on earth may ever know what you and I do. But heaven knows.

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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Author Interview: Nancy Jill Thames

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Today we hve an interview with Nancy Jill Thames. Thank you Nancy for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Q. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

A. In my non-writing life I live in my imagination. Since my husband retired and moved us to a small town in central Texas there isn’t a whole lot to do or places to go. For fun I listen to music and dance around the house or do chores. Our four children live all over the place so our traveling consists of visits to them or meeting for a reunion in San Diego. The church we belong to has over 3000 members so there is always something going on if we want to be involved. So far my husband and I have joined the senior choir which ministers to the elderly once a month in nursing homes or assisted-living. I used to write stories about destinations my husband and I enjoyed on business trips. Now YouTube has replaced that need. I also just read an article about an author getting inspiration from obituaries. Not a bad idea!

Q. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction.

A. For fun I listen to music every day or play the piano, mostly praise songs. Personal satisfaction for me comes through creativity whether it’s writing, cooking, or gardening.

Q. Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

A. Publishing a book is impossible to do by yourself. I depend on my husband to do the first reading, a creative writing teacher to read my proof, beta readers to offer input, my proofreader who also does all of my formatting, and my cover designer. After I tell my designer the setting, plot and offer image suggestions she creates sample covers until I’m satisfied.

Q. Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

A. “Museums Can Be Murder” will be book 11 in the series. The Christmas holidays get a morbid start when Jillian Bradley’s niece Kaitlyn Romero discovers the body of her boss where she works at the Metropolitan Museum of art. An envelope containing rare illustrations of Charles Dickens work is missing, and Detective Mickey Wells must humbly rely on Jillian’s help to solve the crime. The case goes international when the vendor of the illustrations is murdered and linked to possible fraud. As in previous books Jillians Yorkie companion Teddy helps solve the case by discovering an important clue. Afternoon tea and romance included!

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Q. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

A. When I wrote my first book “Murder in Half Moon Bay” I had no particular message. By the second book “The Ghost Orchid Murder” I could not stop the message of the gospel from coming through on the pages. With subsequent books I made it a point to include my heroine’s personal faith at least once, and included the message of salvation if the opportunity presented itself in the story. Christians have commented how much they appreciate the gospel message in my books and those who read it who are not believers hopefully will glimpse how a person of faith lives day by day no matter what the situation.

Q. Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

A. When I first started to write I remember going to the local library to hear a guest author speak on writing the cozy mystery. I bought one of her books which she signed and I still have to this day. In it she said, “Good luck with your writing.” Years later I was included in a cookbook with Camille Minichino and several anthologies called “Happy Homicides” for which I count a great honor. Being associated with her made me feel like a real author.

Q. What is the best thing about being an author?

A. The best thing about being an author in my case is leaving a legacy of books based on the wonderful life God has given me filled with blessings in fiction form.

Q. Describe a Typical Day for You.

A. A typical day for me begins whenever my eyes open and I feel like getting out of bed. I allow myself two cups of leisurely coffee in the morning interspersed with social media, chatting with my husband, doing a few chores and contemplating whether to write or not.
My husband plays golf three afternoons a week during which I listen to Pandora, read, work jigsaw puzzle’s or Suduko, and bake. Sundays and Tuesdays are times for outings. Saturdays are for doing absolutely nothing or anything we feel like – watching movies, playing Rumikube, or working outside in the garden.
In the evenings we watch movies, drink decaf and have dessert, then head for bed usually early.

Q. Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

A. Aside from Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Murder She Wrote mysteries I tend to read historical fiction, best sellers, or books recommended to me by my granddaughters or daughter, all voracious reader’s. If I like a book I will re-read it many times.
I don’t enjoy reading the same genre I write because I never want to copy ideas even inadvertently.

Q. What is something that readers would be surprised to know about you?

A. Readers may find it interesting to know that my background is in music, not writing. I hold a degree in voice, have been a church music director, and taught piano pedagogy. I will say that writing has given me a true appreciation for English majors.

Q. Pose a question for our readers to answer…

A. Have you ever wanted to write a book? If so, what would the book be about?

Thank you so much for the interview. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Please visit my Amazon author page at https://goo.gl/NRvnJx
Or my website: http://nancy-jill.blogspot.com/?m=0

About the Author:

Nancy Jill ThamesNancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood storyteller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she’s always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems – perfect for plotting whodunits. In 2010, she published her first mystery “Murder in Half Moon Bay,” introducing the well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley and clue-sniffing Yorkie “Teddy.” When not plotting Jillian’s next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas, California, and Georgia finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand, or having afternoon tea with friends. She lives with her husband in Texas and is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) CenTex Chapter.

Visit: nancyjillthames.com
Or contact: jillthames@gmail.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 145:14 The LORD helps the fallen and lifts up those bent beneath their loads.

Maybe you have never fallen or have been bent by the load of life you are carrying. If that is you, then this may be one of those verses that doesn’t mean much to you. However, for the rest of us, we can identify with what it is like and find hope and encouragement from this verse.

I have fallen many times in my walk with the Lord. I try not to sin, but I find myself doing it anyhow. I don’t want to sin, but it has a way of luring me in. It’s a battle that I will fight for the rest of my life. It’s not easy trying to live a pure life. Satan is an expert at exposing and exploiting our weaknesses. But, I have also found great joy in my struggles and failures, because, the Lord helps me. He doesn’t turn His back on me when I fall down. Instead, He takes my hand and gets me back on my feet. He dusts me off, lovingly embraces me, and helps me begin my walk again. My sin causes me to flee to Him and seek His forgiveness. And, He forgives me! He is always there for me to remind me of what I have done and to help me get stronger so that I don’t do it again. I find that I repeat my sin less and less as I let the Lord help me.

I have often been bent over by the loads of life. The loads vary, but they are real. It is hard to walk with much consistency when you are weighed down. Progress, if any, is very slow. When I am underneath a load, I can think of very little else. I get weary and want to just not go on anymore. However, I have discovered that the Lord is always there to help me carry my load. He may or may not take it from me. When I am asked to carry it, He is there to lighten up the load for me. His presence reassures me and gives me hope. I know that the Lord will never let me fall down underneath the load so that I can’t get up. He gives me strength and power to keep on going. Each step I take I know that He is with me. I know that I can do all things when He is with me. There is wondrous joy for those who let the Lord help them carry their load.

Always remember this wonderful truth. The LORD helps us when we fall and when we are bent down by the heavy burdens of life. He never lets us walk or carry our burdens alone. To God be the glory!

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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The Flight from Bondage

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by Jen Gentry

There is no denying that the fight for the Hebrews to be freed from bondage to Egypt was an out and out battle. I say battle because it was part of a war that was not yet won. We seem to focus on the ten plagues God brought down upon Egypt in a tremendous display of His Might and Glory. And what a display it was, but what about the Hebrews mass exodus from Egypt? What of the harrowing flight of hundreds of thousands of people to get out of Egypt to escape the wrath and rage of an angry Pharaoh bent on revenge? How does the Hebrew’s flight from bondage apply to Christians today?

I confess to having been freed from bondage. Like the Hebrews I allowed myself to be led into a life of bondage thinking I had made the right choice. While I did not suffer in bondage for hundreds of years, I did suffer for most of my adult life. Had I listened to the Lord and prayed about the decisions I made I would have saved myself many years of pain and grief. When I realized, many years later, where I was I knew I had to get out. I prayed fervently for months on end for deliverance The Lord heard my cries and delivered me and you know what I did? The very day I was released I begged to be let back in.

I remember clearly on that day the Lord spoke to me. He told me I had two years left. Two years and then my career as a nurse would be over. I cried and I said to my Lord How can this be? Father, how will I support my family? Nevertheless two years later I walked away from my nursing career. Just as the Lord said I would. But my battle to stay out of the life that had brought so much pain and misery would become a flight like no other as the enemy fought to keep me bound and to steal my deliverance in any way he could.

This is where I think of the Hebrews and the fear they must have gone through as their enemy in the form of a raging Pharaoh chased them down. How many times did the Pharaoh and his great army come within striking range of the Hebrews? How many times did God show himself to the Hebrews and the Egyptians during that chase? I pause here and wonder What were the Egyptians thinking? If I were them I would have said Nope, I do not want any more plagues. Thank you very much. Then I would have turned my chariot around and rode off into the setting sun.

The problem here is that as the word teaches us we do not fight against flesh and blood. We fight against the dark powers in high places. The Hebrews flight was not from the flesh and blood Pharaoh. Their flight was from the devil. The Hebrews carried with them the hope of all the nations. From their tribes would come the savior of all mankind. The enemy must have feared the Hebrews above all other men. The devil had to do everything he could to keep the Hebrews enslaved and under his rule with the Pharaoh in the high places. Thus, the way I see it, the enemy pushed the Egyptians forward in the chase fueled by their living God the Pharaoh’s need for revenge against Moses.

Here is where I wonder how many times in this flight across nations, deserts, mountains, rivers, and seas did God’s people cry out Let us go back. Back to Egypt, surely the Egyptians will kill us. No matter how many times the Hebrews cried out the Lord delivered them. However, the Hebrews regretted their deliverance at the first sign of the battle to keep their freedom.

What part of the plagues upon Egypt did the Hebrews miss? I suppose it is easy for us to look back and say to the Hebrews if only you had kept your faith you would have looked upon the promised land instead of wondering around the wilderness for forty years.

The point is no deliverance comes without a fight before and after. The enemy will battle to keep you in bondage. Is your own flight to freedom worth the fight? Christ tells us over and over to keep our faith. I can tell you many times after the Lord delivered me the devil struck at me. Many times I wept and every time my God stepped in to save me. Because I kept the faith in what the Lord had done for me I survived my own flight from bondage.

If you have been praying for deliverance ask yourself if maybe your deliverance is nigh, but you are still afraid of the flight to freedom. Be Blessed.

Psalm 34:7 NIV I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from ALL my fears.

Jen Gentry Author Page Jen is a bestselling Christian writer of fiction and non-fiction works. She writes to entertain and inspire as well as to bring glory to her own personal savior, Jesus Christ. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a Registered Nurse. Her life journey has not been an easy one. She knows what it means to walk through the fires of faith, as she knows the pain and the joys of life.
She has a strange fascination with hummingbirds as one has always showed up in times of difficulty in her life, either a real one or an image of one. She loves things like old tea-pots and mopar-muscle cars from the seventies. She thinks of herself as kind of a redneck chick-slash-southern belle, as she loves to dress up fancy, but spends most of her time in jersey tee-shirts and jeans, with her hair up in a ponytail.When she is not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her with her nose stuck in a book. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached by email at jengentrysbooks@gmail.com

 

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A Review Revisited: The Cana Mystery

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by Paula Rose

A Review Revisited by Paula Rose 

This review appeared on Books-N-Reviews on Publishers Marketplace by Paula Rose http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

Publisher: Tuscany Press, LLC | Published: July 9, 2013 | Format: eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover (352 pages) | ASIN: B00DV639YE, ISBN: 9781939627100, and ISBN: 9781939627117  | Origin: NetGalley

The Cana Mystery

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Can one call change your life?

Inside THE CANA MYSTERY by David Beckett, Ava Fischer has a friend working in Yemen, but he calls to leave her a cryptic message. He needs her help and expertise, but what she encounters is a maze of threats, murder, and fear!

When Paul Grant leaves Ava the message, the discovery they have found is unbelievable, but it is real. Meanwhile, there’s more to his wanting to see her than needing her skills and knowledge, but this second reason wasn’t taking the lead. Out in the desert sands, they really did need her knowledge and her abilities, and her coming would naturally take care of the second reason too. Everything was going well once she accepted the invitation peppered with payment too. Well, it would’ve happened as planned until gunshots sounded and people died.

Stealing wasn’t in his mind while staying safe, getting away from a murderer, and making it far away from the scene was the real deal. The problem was that Ava was already on her way, and he couldn’t stop it. He could not show up, and she’d go safely home.

Unfortunately, Ava arrived at the airport and found a man waiting for her. It wasn’t Paul, but she couldn’t be sure if he was friend or foe. Her friend would have told her if someone would be here instead of him so she took matters into her own hands.

Ava left the airport and contacted a friend back in the states.

She was worried, but Paul was known to get too involved with his projects so it could have been he just forgot to meet her. It could have been that the man who followed her didn’t mean harm the way she thought. Not probable but it was possible, really.

Gabe locates Paul using not-so-aboveboard technological means, but his phone is without service and without her shadow, she was well on her way to making good money and seeing someone she’d been missing.

What she doesn’t expect are lies, danger, and murder!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Paul Grant is aware that working for Simon DeMaj has its downsides and problems, but this project held his interest plus as it turns out, this find surprised everyone.

To uncover what they actually came for isn’t something expected in most archaeological undertakings, but to find something that can literally change the world and the end days is beyond comprehension. These relics contain a secret from the past that was left on this earth by Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, Ava Fischer is the one who can help them find out if there is a prophecy, but she’s also Paul’s former girlfriend who still very much holds his heart.

Paul has never perceived these things to be dangerous, and he contacts Ava.

Her acceptance doesn’t trouble his soul until seven people are shot right in front of him. Paul races out of the area, but he knows he can’t contact her. He would never just leave her in a foreign country and doing this would put the finishing touches on the end of their friendship. But he will do it to keep her safe and get her back home.

Ava Fischer, however, wonders if these men have unearthed false or planted relics. How will all of this affect her reputation?

She will not be too quick to count them as real and lacks the facilities needed for dating such things, but upon seeing the amazing finds, Ava isn’t doubting much anymore.

Her mind fails her as she is unable to discover what the lost jars of Cana are holding that will change the world. However, she knows they must be holding onto something since they’ve been searched out, shot at, and lured into deadly circumstances.

So far away from the States, who can they trust in their trek through Yemen, Egypt, Malta, and Rome to stay alive and unlock the secrets?

An odd juxtaposition comes alive as the history of the Papacy and the history of the Catholic Church comes against a contemporary church crisis unfolding when Pope Benedict XVI resigns!

About the Author:

Paula RoseAuthor Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

Website: http://paularosebooks.com/ Blog: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

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I’m Never Doing That Again

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by Staci Stallings

Let me be honest up-front. I don’t do deadlines.

I’ve known this about myself for… well, my whole writing “career.”

The thing is, I’m a journalist by trade, so you would think that deadlines would come naturally to me. Oh, how I remember the nights at the paper when I was a campus reporter, pounding out 16-inches of copy because they were going to put the paper “to bed” in 20 minutes, and there was no other choice.

Even back then, my stories, if I had any say in the matter at all, were in two days before deadline. I don’t like the adrenaline and panic of writing on deadline.  I don’t like how focused you have to be to get something down and get it shaped into something worth reading on deadline.

I much prefer to have whatever it is FINISHED well before whatever “deadline” is imposed.

So why did I not have my last series finished before I published the first one last May?

Good question.

Okay, in my defense, when I put that one up for pre-order in February, a year seemed doable to finish the very last book in the series.  I only had one more to write. I should be safe. Or so I thought.

So I put that one out and started writing on the fourth book—Raising Attabury.

It quickly became apparent that Attabury was not going to cooperate. For one thing, there was no way I could just start on Eric and Dani’s story without filling in some major plot points of who we got from Book 3 to Attabury.

Doggedly because I had a deadline, I kept at it, figuring I would just do a short “prologue” about what happened in the between time and move on. Yeah. That didn’t work like I thought it would.

218 pages later… I finally got to Eric and Dani’s story.  And it was OCTOBER!

Now, that wasn’t my fault.

In the meantime, I had written two other books I had not planned to write at all!

So, here we are in October with what amounted to a novel of prologue story, and I had just started Attabury. Turns out, I put the bridge book out as “A Moment Like This” in December and all seemed back on track.  Except I did not have Attabury finished.

Here is the place I’m saying, “I’m never doing that again!” Because as I was writing Attabury, I was also:

* Running to basketball games two and three times a week with middle daughter. Senior year, don’t you know. I couldn’t miss one!

* Going to band concerts, choir concerts, open house, and every other thing the school came up with for both kids.

* Teaching Sunday School

* Doing a newsletter

* Running two businesses—including all of the January tax stuff like 941’s, W-2’s, W-3, sales tax, etc.

* Normal running of two businesses.

* Oh, did I mention Christmas, New Years, and helping with two retreats?

* And, wouldn’t you know it, in the middle of all of it, I got sick!

So the February deadline that looked so doable last year, suddenly got to be a much bigger challenge than I had anticipated.

There’s a part of me that always wonders if God kind of does this on purpose just so I know for SURE AND CERTAIN that I did not do it!  Then I go back and read Attabury, and I KNOW I did not do it!

Not saying I won’t follow God’s lead from here on out because believe me, God’s way works, my way doesn’t.  But I’m really, really hoping I never have to do that again because I was definitely not cut out to write that way!

I do hope, my readers enjoy God’s story… because one thing’s for sure, I know I didn’t write that one!

Raising Attabury

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading.

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