Hooked on Beginnings 6/19/2020

by Carmen Peone Let’s face it, that first line is a bugger!   It’s the hook that grabs the reader’s attention right from the beginning and should sink a barb straight into their curiosity.   The first few lines are what will catapult readers into the story, and it’s your job to keep them turning pages. But if you can’t snatch their interest in the […]

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Half-Price Bride

Send to Kindle CrossReads Book Spotlight Half-Price Bride by Laurean Brooks To escape a contentious relationship, Emily Hammons answers a mail-order bride ad from a dentist in Abilene. Arriving a day late, she is shocked to find him exchanging vows with another woman. Handsome rancher, Clint McCall came to town to fetch the doctor, but […]

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CrossReads Short Takes: Without a Dream & Kiss and ’Telle?

Send to Kindle CrossReads Short Takes Without a Dream (Another Chance Book 2) by Janice Cole Hopkins Brandon McAllister has fallen hard for Leslie Baggett and she for him, but Leslie’s mother moved her family from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Dallas, Texas, and keeping in touch becomes hard. According to their agreement, Brandon goes to […]

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There Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing — But Fear Not, Little Flock!

We attended a service where we discussed getting rid of much of the Bible Study material people use today, and focusing on the Bible itself. Our daughter attended a Sunday school where she was very disappointed by the lesson. “A lot of what he said was loosely based on Scriptures (few biblical references) […]

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/15/2020

Send to Kindle by Jim Hughes Is. 55:6-7 Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy […]

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The Point is … Neighbors 6/12/2020

by James Collins “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”  Luke 10:27  A certain white woman went down from Fort Scott, Kansas to Joplin, Missouri, and ran over a nail which punctured her tire and left her stranded […]

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Walden Beach Christian Romance Box Set

Send to Kindle CrossReads Book Spotlight Walden Beach Christian Romance Box Set (3 books in 1) by Andrea Boyd Find Love at Walden Beach! Irresistibly Yours One bad marriage was enough for Vivian Emerson. She could happily stay single for the rest of her life. But Bo Manning has other plans. Will she be able […]

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CrossReads Short Takes: Lane Steen & Jenny’s Secret Diary

Send to Kindle CrossReads Short Takes Lane Steen (Valley Creek Redemption Book 1) by Candace West To let go of the past she must confront it. When Lane Steen discovers her father kidnapped her years ago, her fractured world shatters. A different world and a new family await to welcome her if she’ll only take […]

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Story Structure 6/9/2020

by Shawn Lamb Structure is hanger upon which plot is hung.  The simplest structure is The Three-Act Method, which divides the story into three acts: beginning, middle and end.  This method of storytelling has been around since the Greeks. For centuries, verbal folktales reigned in many countries since most of the populous couldn’t read or write. However, for […]

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: What Would Jesus Be Doing? 6/8/2020

Send to Kindle by Rebekah Beene I keep hearing these words every few days. And this morning as I type watching two grandchildren sleeping next to my computer, I hear them again. Oh beloved. We who belong to Christ need to reconcile our thoughts with Him. Just as these grandchildren are sound asleep stretched out […]

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