Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Stephanie Landsem Blog Tour - Prizes - Book Talk - Recipe and Bible Verse

 
Enter to win a gift card now through April 1st by clicking the link below!
 
 
Come back on March 31st to read about The Tomb
 
Stephanie also shares a recipe from the Bible story and a Bible verse
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Looking Out the Window: The Theft of an Antique Doll Theme for Linda Weaver Clarke's New Cozy Mystery



A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke
 
Linda Shares Review Excerpts for Her Newest Book, The Mysterious Doll
 
It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. “I love the sparks of romance -- they spice things up and add much interest to the story.” – Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook

Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.

“This was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I think you will enjoy the other books in this cozy mystery series, as well. Amelia and Rick seem to be getting closer as the series continue and some romance is definitely in the air.” – Sonja Nishimoto, Sunnie Reviews


About the Series

“I am LOVING the Amelia Moore Detective Series!” wrote Shauna Wheelwright on her book review blog. “FUN! CLEAN! FUN! AMAZING! DID I MENTION FUN?! I recently reviewed The Bali Mystery and loved it so much that I quickly dove into this sequel.”




About The Mysterious Doll
In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mysteriousdoll.html

Bio:
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.
The Mysterious Doll (ISBN-13: 978-1502929143, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Winner of Deadly Echoes



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Congratulations to Deborah Malone!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All about Award-winning, Best-selling Author Nancy Mehl’s New Book, Deadly Echoes, a Favorite Recipe from Nancy and a Wonderful Devotional

 
 
 
A Warm Welcome to Nancy Mehl

Nancy will give away a print copy of Deadly Echoes (U.S. only). To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below

About Deadly Echoes
                                                                                                                                             

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

Nancy Shares One of her Favorite Recipes

She says, “I’m sharing one of my very favorite recipes. It’s really easy, but it’s absolutely delicious. Normally, I’m not a “lasagna” person. Most of the time, I find lasagna in restaurants rather disappointing. Too much sauce, tastes too much like tomatoes, not enough cheese… The list goes on and on. When I found this recipe, I decided to try it. My first attempt was good. Better than most of the lasagna I’d had. But then I decided to tweak it. This is the end result. I’ve been told by more than one person that it’s the best lasagna they’ve ever tasted. I’m sharing it with you because hot lasagna on a cold day, along with some garlic bread, is an awesome meal. Your family will love it! (And you!)”
Nancy Mehl’s Crock Pot Lasagna
Ingredients:
 1 ½ pounds Ground Beef (or Italian sausage)
 Lasagna noodles
 1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu Roasted Garlic. It seems to work the best.)
 1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese (One half of a large container)
 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (I use a little more than this)
 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I use a little more than this)
Oregano
 Directions:
 Brown ground beef and drain. Spoon 1 C. spaghetti sauce in bottom of crock pot. Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. (I break each noodle in half so they will cover the layers more evenly.) Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Then sprinkle with dried oregano. Cook on low for 4 hours. If cooked much longer, the noodles can get a little hard around the edges of the crock pot.
Makes 6 servings.

Yum. I can’t wait to try it.

One of Nancy’s Favorite Bible Verses and the Dream She Had about It

To properly share this verse, I’ve got to tell a brief story. One night I had a dream. In the dream a young boy stood on a stage, preaching. I was in the audience. The auditorium was full, and everyone seemed to be enthralled by this child because he was very anointed. Suddenly, he stopped talking and came down off the stage. He walked right up to me, took my hand, and gazed into my eyes. All he said was, “Psalm 37:5.” Then he turned around and walked back up to the stage where he resumed his message. Of course, when I woke up, I ran to grab my Bible so I could look up Psalm 37:5. When I located it, I read: “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” I began to study the scripture and found that the Hebrew word for “commit” actually means to “roll over.” The Young’s literal translation says this: Roll on Jehovah thy way, and trust upon Him, and He worketh.” It was clear that God wanted me to completely roll my life over on Him. My cares, my concerns, my worries, my insecurities…everything. I knew that if I could do that, then God could bring about His will in my life. He could work it all out – if I’d just get out of the way.

I’m embarrassed to say it took me a while to finally do what God had asked me to do. One part of the dream that I understood immediately was the reason for the child. Real trust means you can rest in the arms of your Daddy. As a small child you know without a doubt that your father will protect you. Take care of you. I finally came to the end of myself, growing tired of carrying the weight of my life on my own shoulders. I was ready to become the trusting child God desired me to be. I rolled my life over on Him, and I quit worrying about tomorrow - my career, my life, my future, my needs, and the needs of my family. The release of all those burdens feels wonderful. Now I can enjoy my life because I’m no longer worried. My only job is to love God, trust Him, and love the people He puts in my life. I know that my Daddy is taking care of me. 

If you’ve never rolled everything over on Him, I pray you will find a way to do it. You are loved so much. Remember that your Daddy desires that you cast ALL your cares upon Him – because He cares for you.

Thanks to Gail for allowing me to mention my “favorites” in her awesome blog. God bless you.

Thank you, Nancy, for visiting! It is my pleasure to have you!

Bio:
Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty books and just finished a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, “Gathering Shadows” was released in May of 2014. The second book, “Deadly Echoes” became available in February.  The third book, “Rising Darkness will release late in 2015. She is also working on an Amish cozy mystery series for Guideposts.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site. She is part of The Suspense Sisters, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Winner of Higher Mission

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The Winner of Higher Mission is Regina Andrews. Congratulations, Regina!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Astronomy Buff and Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley Talks about His Newest Outer Space Novel, Higher Mission. He'll Give Away an Adobe Copy and a Free Read to a Short Story.


 
A Warm Welcome to Larry Hammersley

What a treat! Larry not only talks about his new book, Higher Mission, but he shares his favorite Bible verses and a recipe for whole wheat bread plus the cute story behind it.

He offers a free read of his short story, "Ice Rink Romance," and will give away an adobe copy of Higher Mission. To enter to win the copy of Higher Mission leave a comment and an e-mail address. To read the short story, click on the FREE READ link below.

First, tell us a little about yourself. I am 76 years old, married, have two children and five grandchildren. I have a BS in chemistry from Purdue University and MS in chemistry from Indiana University. I grew up in Williams, a small town in southern Indiana, and attended high school there. I worked forty years as a civil service chemist, now retired. I am active in the Church of Christ at Oolitic, IN, am an amateur radio operator, call sign WA9FFZ, jog, do a little woodworking, collect old chemistry and astronomy books, and have been writing fiction for forty years.



Tell us about your latest book. Higher Mission was released in October 2013. It features widower, Joe Cramer, whose higher mission is to continue care for his ill daughter, Cindy, who is in a hospital on Mars. Paired with Mona Watson they take on dangerous jobs in the solar system. Brad Whitherspoon, the solar system’s tycoon has another mission for them: a first ever trip to the star, Sirius. Cramer refuses but is shanghaied for a trip at sub light speeds that will take several years to complete. Will he ever see his daughter again? To complicate things he is falling in love with Mona who is along on the trip.  

What inspired you to write this particular book? My love for astronomy, sweet romance and the theme of an ill daughter who is permanently ill like our first born child was. Cindy is healed, a dream I had wished for our dear departed daughter, Tisha.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it? The upbeat theme of healing, sweet love, adventure and the research required in astronomy. I want readers to tell of the clean romance between a man and woman, the love between father and daughter, and the determination of a man and woman to overcome all odds to survive.

What themes do you write about? I write about a hero and heroine who must overcome obstacles to find love. The theme of the main character that must fight all odds to survive and benefit others in the process is a favorite of mine.

Does your faith affect your writing? How? Yes. My hero and heroine remain pure in their actions toward each other. There is no sordid agenda like we see these days. My short story Motorcycle Woman featured a woman who was persuaded to go to church with the hero, Johnnie. My Smashwords story, Runner’s High had the hero preaching a lesson one Sunday and his love interest attending and looking up scriptures.

What are you working on right now? A new science fiction novel, The Silver Dart needs one more read through. It is about Jade Cromwell and his dog, Spike, who travels in the high tech ship Silver Dart to locate his wife, Darla, and daughter, Missy, who have been taken captive by a race in a distant galaxy. I am about finished with a short science fiction story entitled "Sagittarius Bound."

Introduce us to the main character in your new book. (the one we’re featuring this time) My novel, Higher Mission features Joe Cramer who is a widower and mining expert in solar system missions. Mona Watson is a single woman who is also expert in space exploration in the solar system.

Faith:  Larry Shares Some of His Favorite Bible Verses

Ruth 1:16-17
V 16: And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

V 17: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.

These wonderful words were uttered by Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi, as they left the country Moab, Ruth’s homeland, to go to Bethlehem. She journeyed with Naomi and left her own land to a land foreign to her. She proclaims her love for Naomi who had suffered so much in the loss of her husband and two sons. She proclaims her love and faith in God through this action.

These words are often used in a marriage ceremony.

2 Kings 4:12-13
V 12: And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite, And when he had called her, she stood before him.

V 13: And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? Wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

This is the prophet, Elisha, who has been dealt kindness by the Shunammite woman and he wants to do something for her. It is in his power to seek favor from the king or captain of the host for her. She has been described as a great woman in an earlier verse.

Many interpret the term “great” as being rich. I’m not so sure of that but she is great in her character as she and her husband built an extra room on their house for Elisha so he can stop there on his frequent journey from his home in Abel-meholah to Mt. Carmel.

It was her that instigated the kindness shown to Elisha. It was in her power to ask Elisha if she could have something done for her by the king or captain of the host, both men who could give her anything she might desire. Her simple reply was that she dwelled among her own people. What an unselfish woman she was as this shows. The rest of the story about her is in 2 Kings 4 and 2 Kings 8.

Food -Larry's Favorite Recipe and the Cute Story Behind It

Whole Wheat Bread

2 ½ cups warm water (125-130)
Add: 4 Tablespoons margarine
4 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons syrup, honey or brown sugar
Mix dry 2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups gold medal flour
Take 1/3 of flour mix and mix 2 pkg. active dry yeast.
Add water mixture to this and beat 2 minutes.
Add remaining flour and beat.
Let rise in warm place 30-40 minutes or until doubled.
I put the bowl in the oven with a pan of hot water underneath it to provide the warmth. I cover the bowl with a dish cloth.
Beat 25 strokes, divide into 2 greased pans.
Pan size 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ¾ or 9x5x3 inches.
Let raise to top of pan or 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F, bake 40 minutes or until done.
Insert a toothpick into bread to make sure there is no dough on it or tap on the bread and note if it is pulled away from the pan to determine if it is done.

Permission to print this recipe was received via email dated May 30, 2012 from Kelly Gross of General Mills and Betty Crocker. The recipe comes from an old cookbook called Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook from page 105. The email was actually signed by Donna.

I made two loaves of this bread one time when my wife was in the hospital with the birth of our last child, Lisa. I entered the bread in the open class at the Lawrence County 4H Fair and won a blue ribbon on it. The woman who notified me thought it something that a man won a blue ribbon on a baking entry. Truth was I had to try a couple of times before I got the results I wanted. The first loaves had cracks in the top. There was an article in the local newspaper about it but I seemed to have misplaced that article. At least the blue ribbon and entry tag have survived.

A Brief Excerpt from Higher Mission Takes Us to Outer Space

Simultaneously, the rover driver jumped out his door and Dirk reached across in front of Cramer for the passenger side handle, but Cramer beat him to it. He opened the door and leaped for the snowy surface just as the canon emitted a scarlet beam in their direction. The blast exploded the pirate’s rover into a thousand pieces, the debris striking Cramer and sending him tumbling in space away from the blast. During his somersaulting he spotted Dirk flying above him, frozen entrails trailing his lifeless body. Cramer couldn’t see the other man among the tiny pieces of metal and plastic from the exploded rover. He felt his own suit losing pressure. The self sealing mechanism kicked in and barely managed to handle the small leak.

He lost consciousness as his oxygen pack provided him its last gasp of air. At the point of blackout he saw Europa’s icy surface coming up to meet him. His whole life seemed to flash before him like the time on Earth when he fell into the old fishing hole and almost drown forty years ago. The last image burnt into his mind before oblivion struck was Cindy’s face in the Martian hospital.

Buy links for Higher Mission

Champagne Books
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnes and Noble

Larry's Other Stories and Books

Visit Larry's page on Wild Rose e-Books here
Photo Beauty
Runner's High
A Change of Heart
FREE READ - Short Story - Ice Rink Romance Here

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Winner of With Music in Their Hearts



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Congratulations! Linda Weaver Clarke