Monday, December 15, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Best-selling, Award-winning Author Anita Higman Talks about Her New Book, A Question of Destiny, and Shares a Beautiful Devotional.


 
A Warm Welcome to Anita Higman

Anita shares a wonderful devotional about something the world needs so badly.
She’ll give away two digital copies of her new book, A Question of Destiny, and a mini spa packet!

That Glorious Gift of Kindness
By
Anita Higman

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

Oh, how I love presents. Don’t you? Little packages tucked into one’s mailbox. Or enormous presents with big bows that sit around the Christmas tree. Or unexpected gifts that arrive with a hug. I love all kinds. And tearing open the package with all that crisp decorative paper is fun too. Or lifting the pastel froufrou tissue out of the dainty gift bag. What utter joy!

 But the type of present that I enjoy even more, is a gift called kindness. It is a generous offering from someone’s heart. These kindness donors don’t have to give, but they do it anyway, even though this quieter gift might go unnoticed. They don’t seem to care about rewards or praise. Yes, it’s that guileless compassion that puts a smile in my spirit and a spring in my step.

I have been on the receiving end of this gift many times, but one woman who stands out in my mind as a true giver of kindness without ever expecting anything in return, is Debby Hartzell. She is one of the most gracious women I’ve ever known. Debby not only knows about the scripture encouraging us to treat each other with kindness, but she lives it daily.

Our world would be a much finer place if there was less devotion to material gain and personal glory and more attention to this gentler way of life, these gifts of the heart. They are the presents that are bound to always fit and always bring delight!
 
About A Question of Destiny
 
 
Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

Buy A Question of Destiny here

About Anita
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Winner of With Music in Their Hearts



I had to call in hubby to help me with the selection process, and he drew a name!

Hats...horns...

Congratulations to Shirley!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Carole Brown Talks about Her New Book, With Music in Their Hearts. She'll Give Away an E-book.

A Warm Welcome to Carole Brown






Carole shares a devotional based on her new book, With Music in Their Hearts.
She'll give away an e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.
 
Why Does God Ask Hard Things From Us?
 
For the life of him, he had no idea what he’d done to deserve two slaps in the face in one day. Tyrell stepped out of the booth and glanced at the cloudy sky. No sign of the sun, and no sign of God’s face smiling down ready to do battle for him. --From With Music in Their Hearts.

Have you ever wondered why God allowed you to go through that hard/dark/difficult period in your life? Has life always been the proverbial bowl of cherries?

Of course not! It just seems worse for those of us who serve a God in heaven because we falsely assume life will always be full of sunshine.

 Tyrell Walker, the protagonist in my WWII novel, lost his parents as a child. That’s a terrible blow to any child, but God had plans for him. Loving grandparents took over the task and raised him to be a God fearing young man who ultimately follows in his ancestors footsteps by accepting the call of ministry.

 Because of his parents’ marital problems, Tyrell assumes he will follow in their path if he should seek marriage. But God knows differently. He has the perfect person, the perfect plan for Tyrell--if he can only accept it.

 Tyrell has his career all planned out. He’s serving as a minister, but also plans to serve his country as a loyal citizen. What better way than to be one of the first to enlist in the service? Only God knows Tyrell can better serve in a way that the young man can never imagine.

Trust is the answer for Tyrell Walker. Trust and faith. And it’s the answer to any of us who love God. We might never understand why we have the problems we have. But God does.

There’s a song that goes something like this: Faith in God can move a mighty mountain. Faith can calm the troubled sea. Faith can make a desert like a fountain. Faith can see the victory. 

Faith. A simple little word, but how powerful!


About With Music in Their Hearts
 
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.

While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.

As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

An Excerpt
A vehicle’s tires spinning gravel behind him warned him he’d not lost the black car. Slowing. Creeping. Engine purring. Only a few feet separated him from the car and making a sudden decision, he jogged around the corner and hugged the building trying to put distance between it. The car’s tires squealed as the car sped up. The driver took the corner, gravel crunching and spinning into the air.
They must have spotted him for the driver braked, throwing the passenger forward. Tyrell flung himself at the car and grabbed for the door handle.

The window slid down.

Something tugged at his arm.

And the handle tore from his grasp as the car accelerated.

The seemingly belated, reverberating crack of a gun vibrated the air around him.
The car spun around a far corner, and Tyrell reached up to rub his stinging arm. The sticky wetness drew his attention.

Blood. He saw the tear in his coat sleeve, the minute traces of blood oozing.

He’d been shot?

Why would they—whoever they were—want to shoot at him? It was a scratch, and they’d been close enough to kill him if they’d wanted to.

They didn’t want to. What were they after? A scare tactic? To warn him away? From what? Perhaps all this was a coincidence, a figment of his active imagination.

No sign of the car. Satisfied he was rid of them, he entered the hotel. At the reception desk, he filled out the necessary papers, climbed the stairs, and headed down the hallway.

At the far end, a red-haired woman inserted a key into the lock.

Was she the same woman who’d been in the recruitment office? That hat . . . He called out, “Hey, lady.”

She glanced his way, her luxurious hat tilted at just the right angle to hide one side of her face. With a flip of her plaid skirt, she shoved open her door and disappeared inside.

Tyrell hesitated at his own door, next to her’s, but inserted his key and entered. Inside, he switched on a light then as quickly flicked it off. He stepped to the window.

And drew in a breath as if he’d been sucker-punched.

Down below, across from the hotel, the streetlight reflected off a long, black Oldsmobile. Standing beside the car staring up at the hotel, stood Ben Hardy.

 His cousin and best friend.

With Music in Their Heart Buy Links:
Kindle Link:   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OVFWA5S?pldnSite=1
Print Link:    http://www.amazon.com/Music-Their-Hearts-Spies-World/dp/1941622038/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415113865&sr=1-1&keywords=With+Music+in+Their+Hearts

Bio:
Brown not only has her award winning (RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.

November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late 2014 winter.

Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Winner of Legacy and Love



Hats...horns...

Congratulations to Laurean!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Author, Speaker and Acquisitions Editor Paula Mowery Talks about Legacy and Love, Her New Book






 
 
 
 
 
A Warm Welcome to Paula Mowery
Paula will give away an e-book of Legacy and Love
To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below



Hi Paula, tell us a little about yourself.
When I look at the title of your blog, Peering Through Life’s Window, it reminds me of one of the roles I have in life – pastor’s wife. It’s been said that we pastor families live in glass houses. I’m glad I don’t really reside in a glass house. I would hate for everyone to see the dust and laundry mountains that are a part of our life. But, I guess this is just proof that we are just normal people who have been called into a different vocation.

I’m a proud mama to a daughter who is a sophomore with Liberty University online. She is studying to go into children's ministry. I had the privilege and honor to homeschool her through all twelve years.

I’m a published author and acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group. God has called me to write and for that reason, I only write Christian themed books. He has blessed my writing ministry by allowing me to hear from readers about how one of my books has encouraged them in their faith or made them think about faith in Christ. Recently He has also given me opportunities to share through speaking.

It's wonderful to impact the lives of others in this way. Thanks for sharing. I'd like to add that I'm fortunate enough to have Paula work with me as my editor.

Lots of writers enjoyed reading as children. Did you? If so, what did you read?
Yes and yes and yes! I loved to read. Thank goodness my mother worked at a Christian bookstore and kept me stocked on reading material. I started out with Trixie Beldon. I loved helping her solve mysteries. I loved the Little House books and was privileged to read some of the first Christian romances as they hit the shelves. Still love my Christian fiction of all genres and review many of them.

Let's talk more about your writing and why you're doing it.
As I said above, I feel a call from God to write. I know how many times I would finish reading a Christian fiction and mull over the take-away and be encouraged in my faith. Issues that I’ve dealt with or specific things God has taught me are most likely to end up as themes in my books. And, from feedback I’ve received from readers, these must be similar issues that others are dealing with. Other than the calling I feel, I just love to write stories. I enjoy the process of creating settings and characters and seeing where they go and what they get into.

Tell us about your latest book.
My most recent release came out in March 2014. Legacy and Love actually contains two contemporary romance novellas.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
The inspiration for Legacy and Love would have to be my Mamaw Lindsey. She was a strong Christian woman whose influence I still feel in my life even though she went on to Heaven my senior year of high school. Her godly legacy really fueled the themes in these two stories. You can see the lingering influence of a godly grandparent for both of my main characters.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?
I love the fact that when we are intentional about the legacy we leave, our influence can continue into future generations. I hope readers will tell others how they felt a strong need to be intentional about leaving a godly legacy to those around them.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
Let’s see – The idea for my Blessing Series came from a sermon illustration. Inheritance from Legacy and Love was a combination of my mamaw and an idea of having a secret that is discovered after the death of the granny in the story. The other story in Legacy and Love, The Prayer Shawl, came to me after remembering the short prayer shawl ministry I was involved in. I have a file where I keep ideas and starts for stories. One story I’m working on came from the testimony of a waiter we had while on vacation.

In three words describe your style of writing.
I’ll use what a reviewer and several readers have said about my writing: Thundering with emotion.

How do you get to know your characters?
When I create characters, I will write a one page description listing different aspects about them such as physical description, personality type and quirks, and basic flaws and goals.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I work part-time as an assistant at a local public school to off-set the cost of my daughter’s tuition. I arrive home at 12:30 each week day, eat lunch, then get to going through emails and updating blogs and Facebook. When that is done, I look at my schedule and take care of writing and editing projects that are due soon. I divide my time between writing my own manuscripts and editing for my authors.
I am fortunate that I have what my husband calls my writing hole. In the extra bedroom at the end of the house I have an L-shaped desk with my laptop, tablet, files, and notebooks. I also have things on the walls around me to inspire me.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
I have a part-time job as well as writing and editing in addition to being a pastor’s wife. I do a lot of juggling. I am a super-organized person. My family might say to the extreme. But, this is the only way I get everything accomplished. I have a planner on my desk that I fill in with tasks that must be completed first. I strive to check off everything each day. If I don’t, I move it to the next day. Also, by having my own space, I can work on something and leave it open on my desk so I can return to it. I definitely take advantage of every moment. I carry my writing notebooks and tablet with me just about everywhere in case I get a moment to work.

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on two books with deadlines in April and May. Each will be part of a line releasing from Prism Book Group in 2015.

I’ve done extensive research for Love Does Not Dishonor. God led me to so many discoveries in my research by making things come together that I am thrilled each day as I get to continue writing this story.

The other is tentatively called Love Again and will release through a Christmas line. This will be new for me since I’ve never really written a Christmas themed book. But, I already have a head-start on this story.



About Legacy and Love

The Prayer Shawl
Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Inheritance
Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?

Paula's Books and Articles

Paula is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in "Woman’s World," "The Christian Online Magazine," and the multi-author devotional blog, "Full Flavored Living." She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

More About Paula

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

Connect with Paula
 
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!



And the Pilgrims gave thanks to God...


photo courtesy Photobucket

 
 
Wishing many blessings for you and yours this Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Winner of The Day She Died



And the winner is...

Congratulations Deanna Stevens!