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28 January 2015

CFBA Tour A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliot

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch in Crime
Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
by
Cathy Elliot


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.

20 January 2015

CFBA Tour Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Blind Trust
Revell (June 17, 2014)
by
Sandra Orchard


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time . . . when not doting on her young grandchildren.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Blind Trust, go HERE.

15 January 2015

The Mother & Child Project News Release

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
A. Larry Ross Communications
Melany Ethridge                        
972.267.1111
                                Melany@alarryross.com
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
'The Mother & Child Project' Book Features High-Profile Contributors on Importance of Healthy Moms and Kids
Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Hillary Clinton, Kim Paisley, Desmond Tutu, Jennifer
Nettles among Participants in 'Raising our Voices for Health and Hope'
 
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, Jan. 14, 2015 – Politicians, celebrities, pastors and global health advocates have joined forces to collaborate on a powerful new book designed to shine light on the needs of women and children in the developing world for tools to help their families stay healthy and hopeful for a better future.
 
Scheduled for release from Zondervan in March 2015, The Mother & Child Project: Raising our Voices for Health and Hope, also will include personal stories from women in places like Kenya, India, Uganda and Burundi. They describe how their lives and those of their children are impacted by the ability to plan the timing and spacing of their pregnancies, and by access to pre-natal and post-natal medical care.  
 
The contributors share their perspectives on global efforts to increase access to health services that save lives. Kay Warren writes as a mother who empathizes with the grief of those who have lost children to preventable, treatable causes: "I stand by these millions of women and children in their loss around the world to say that in the midst of mourning, we can choose to do something. We, as Americans, can choose to prevent these deaths with our personal and governmental support for maternal, newborn and child health and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies in ways that honor God. Our voices can and will make a difference."
 
Melinda Gates writes, "[M]y teachers are the women – mothers and wives, daughters and sisters – I meet when I travel to developing countries. The stories they share are rooted in universal values and aspirations that connect all people— the ability to provide for our families and offer our children a better future. My favorite part of my job is talking with these women about what they need to unlock the potential to create that future."
 
Attempting to take the politics out of these discussions, The Mother & Child Project includes both Democrats and Republicans on this issue, as well as people from diverse faith communities. Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, notes, "The very words 'family planning' light up the limbic centers of American politics. From a distance, it seems like a culture war showdown. Close up, in places such as Bweremana [Democratic Republic of Congo], family planning is undeniably pro-life."
 
Many factors contribute to the difficulties that women – including mothers – face in the developing world, but a recurring theme is the cultural mindset that sees women as commodities. "The marriage of adolescent girls, sometimes to much older men, sums up much of the harm, injustice and stolen potential that afflict so many girls around the world," writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a piece co-written with Ela Bhatt of India's Self-Employed Women's Association.
 
To explain the broad-based support among Americans for needs that may seem worlds away, Kimberly Williams Paisley writes about her experiences working with mothers and children in Haiti: "What struck me more than anything was the love I saw between mothers and their children. It moved me because I recognized it. I feel that love for my children. I feel that love for my parents. It's a simple idea but it was life changing to see it in this group of people who I thought had nothing to do with me and my life. It hit me hard. These people matter."
 
Victoria Jennings, director of Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health, describes how family planning – including using fertility awareness methods which are consistent with many women's cultural norms and values – saves lives. "Studies have shown that allowing women and couples to delay their first birth and space subsequent pregnancies three to five years apart has dramatic effects on the health of the children and the mother, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of the whole family and community," Jennings notes. "Experts estimate that the use of family planning to space births coupled with adequate pregnancy care could prevent nearly half of newborn deaths and two-thirds of maternal deaths in the developing world."
 
The book closes with practical ways attendees can get involved to save lives and see families thrive in the developing world.  Many of the contributors are involved with non-profits or ministries working to address maternal, newborn, and child health issues around the world. The project also highlights the positive impact of U.S. government investments in these needs around the world. Readers are asked to share the stories in the book with those around them, to increase awareness about the issues, and then to become advocates for healthy mothers and children.
 
The Mother & Child Projectwas compiled by Hope Through Healing Hands' Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, which seeks to galvanize faith leaders across the U.S. on the issues of maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. Particular emphases include the benefits of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, including the voluntary use of methods for preventing pregnancy, not including abortion, that are harmonious with members' unifying values and religious beliefs.
 
Information about members of who have joined the coalition to date, as well as how others can help, is available at http://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/faith-based-coalition.  Endorsements for the coalition are available at http://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/endorsements.
 
Hope Through Healing Hands is a Nashville-based 501(C) 3 nonprofit with a mission to promote improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace.  Senator Bill Frist, M.D., is the founder and chair of the organization, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D., is the CEO/Executive Director.
 

14 January 2015

CFBA Tour Soul Painter by Cara Luecht

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Soul Painter
WhiteFire Publishing (March 15, 2014)
by
Cara Luecht


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the Author:
I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.

By day, I am an English Instructor at MATC, Marketing Manager for Degnan Design Builders, Inc., mother to four amazing children, wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband, and Worship Leader for Living Hope Fellowship in Sun Prairie, WI. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.

I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Miriam paints the future…but can she change it?

Chicago – 1890

Miriam watches the people jostle their way below the windows of her warehouse home, never thinking to look up at her as she paints their faces. But Miriam's gift as an artist goes beyond a mere recording of what is: Miriam paints their futures. Only once was she wrong. One woman doesn't match the future Miriam saw. The bright girl was supposed to grow into a respected businesswoman. Instead, Ione disappears nightly into the shadowed alley next to the cathedral with the other prostitutes. Then one night, while walking through the city fog, Miriam finds Ione broken and beaten. Miriam is forced to open her home to the stranger whose face she knows so well and open her life to change she never could have foretold. Women are missing—some found floating in the river, some never seen again. The deacon from the cathedral is the first to help. Soon Miriam’s solicitor, Michael, aids her in rejoining society so they might uncover the evil at work in the corrupt city...and awakens feelings she had never considered before. Finally engaged with the world she has so long observed, finally stirred by love and friendship, Miriam realizes the responsibility of her gifting. No longer can she just paint what will be. She must now help Ione find the future she is meant to have...and find her own along with it.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul Painter, go HERE.

13 January 2015

Celebrate the Odyssey Adventure Club's first birthday!

Focus on the Family's Odyssey Adventure Club is turning one, and they want you to celebrate with them! We'd be thrilled if you shared this great deal with your friends and followers!
     

Praise for the Odyssey Adventure Club:

"AIO has been such a blessing to me and my family. They were able to help me re-connect with my 6-year-old, especially on our way to school. It's something we can listen to and have those special moments together. I'm so appreciative of what you all do and what you allow God to do in our lives."
~ Christine, Mom from Fla.
"Today I am getting baptized because I want to show God that I love God and it will bring me closer to Him. When I accepted Jesus in my heart I was listening to Adventures in Odyssey in my basement. Adventures in Odyssey was a big part of my decision to be baptized."
~ Claire Bivens, age 8
Members of the Odyssey Adventure Club receive:
  • 24/7 streaming access to more than 750 Adventures in Odyssey episodes (a $1500 retail value).
  • A new, members-only Adventures in Odyssey episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine.
  • A web quest of video stories and online activities reflecting the biblical theme of that month's episode.
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  •  In February, members can sneak a peek at the second Candid Conversations with Connie book.
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6 January 2015

CFBA Tour Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Masterpiece Marriage
Abingdon Press (December 16, 2014)
by
Gina Welborn


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After Gina Welborn earned a Communications degee from an Oklahoma university, she thought the perfect career choice was working at a news radio station writing commercial copy, public service announcements, and news reports. A PSA writer, sadly, can only be so creative when describing ketchup and Geronimo’s grave. (No, she never combined those two elements in the same script, but now that she thinks about it, she wishes ... ) Thus Gina "retired" to focus on goal, motivation, and conflict within her family before discovering her niche in writing romances. A member of RWA and ACFW, Gina has four published novellas, including one in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories, and three short historical romances: The Heiress's Courtship, The Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Once Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster named Tom Bob Deucalion. Gina is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.


ABOUT THE BOOK

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Masterpiece Marriage, go HERE.

5 January 2015

My One Word


Come and visit Seekerville Monday to hear more about one word for the year. I have done this the past couple of years with last years word being HOPE. It will be my word again this year as due to health issues HOPE is what I hold onto and look to for help. I even have a plaque with the word HOPE which I look at to remind me I have Hope that God will provide the help I need, strength I need and will not make me go through more than He knows I can handle.

21 December 2014

Still struggling

Hi all. The latest is I have insomnia! also found the sleeping tablets have a side effect which is not nice. They only seem to help for a day or so. I really wanted to go to the carols our church were doing last night. We went to about 4 members of the church including the local nursing home where several live in units and I knew I would need some sleep. On Wed and Thurs night I didn't take any but had been itching. Took them Friday night, Got about 6 hours sleep but also an incredible itch! When I say itching I mean to the point of scratching so hard I drew blood. I did take something to help but it only help marginally.

I am keeping a sleep diary and in 4 nights 3 I have slept less than an hour in a 24 hour period. Friday I got 6 hours but they were from the meds so I was drugged more so than real sleep. Do to the exhaustion the goes with it doing things like updating the blog and putting up the reviews and books has been more than I can handle.

On a plus side I have now read 2 more of the 12 brides of Christmas series. It has felt good to read and cos they are short I can handle them. I have also been able to do some cooking and have plenty to give away this year. On the down side it has been tough on the wrist. It hasn't set it back just made it tender and needing a good rest. The meds are working for the head pain at present. I know we have to change one when I see the pain clinic but at this stage the pain is so much better most of the time. I do have higher pain at times but nothing like it can be. It is normally also when I am extremely tired or not coping with noise.

I feel sure tonight I will sleep better. I think I would have last night if not for the itching and the fact the legs feel raw or like they have  heat rash from the itching and the feel of the sheet on them hurt. I spent a lot of last night crying due to the pain and itch. While I have a little itching still it is nothing like it was.

I am looking forward to Christmas. I will be home alone but will go to Church and it will be a good day. I have a Christmas movie I bought (forget the name) I plan to watch and still have some Christmas novellas to read. I am going out to lunch Tuesday with a special friend who has been there for me the past few years. We are planning to go to lunch once a month as I need the support and it helps us both. It will be my Christmas meal.

9 December 2014

Cladach Publishing tour The Story of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel by Judith Galbulm Pex


COME, STAY, CELEBRATE!
The Story of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel
by Judith Galblum Pex
 
The Details

Memoir/ Evangelism/ Christian Life/ Messianic Faith/ Israel
Paperback
5.5" x 8.5" / 264 Pages

The True Story

Make yourself available to God, and He will use you in ways you can't imagine!
You will be convinced of this as you read the story of John and Judy Pex and their conversions as hippies roaming the world in the 1970s to their immigration to Israel, and how the door opened for them to start a hostel near the Red Sea.In the volatile and highly-charged atmosphere of the Middle East, the Shelter is a point of reconciliation between believers and non-believers, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and Arabs, all staying together under one roof. For people from over ninety countries the Shelter Hostel has provided a beacon of light and a welcoming home for thirty years, as the Pexes use their gifts of hospitality and evangelism.Enjoy these touching and humorous stories that reveal how the Lord uses ordinary people to participate in His extraordinary work. TABLE OF CONTENTS1. Who Wants to Run a Hostel, Anyway?2. From Igloos to Palm Trees3. The Blond Dutchman4. The House on Poor House Lane5. Down the Gangplank6. Melon Box Crib & Sandstorm Solutions7. Beginning and End of a Hostel8. Flee to the Refuge9. Sorry, We're Full10. Dutch Wall Climber, Russian Coffee Seller & Egyptian Doctor11. Pee Mattresses, Snotty & Other Encounters12. Elvis & Pilgrims13. Next-Door Strangers14. Lebanese Fugitive & Jordanian Aristocrat15. Scuds, Sirens & Sealed Rooms16. The Russians Are Coming17. Seeking Culture, Finding Yeshua18. God Exists In Romania19. Chicken Feet & Dog Liver20. Visits to Court & to China21. Trail Angels22. From Sudan to Zion23. Trouble In Zion24. EPILOGUE: Musings and Memory25. POSTSCRIPT: Best News in a Zillion Years

The Praise


"Judy Pex loves the Lord and she loves Israel. My wife and I have wholeheartedly enjoyed her compelling and wonderfully-written stories about all that God has been accomplishing through her and John and their team. Their fascinating vantage point on Israel and the Jewish people and the spiritual awakening that is happening here provides unique insights that will encourage your faith!" ~ Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times best-selling author of Epicenter and The Last Jihad"The Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel, lies at the crossroads of a troubled world. Located on the borders of the Sinai Desert, its doors are always open to refugees, world travelers, and many others who seek the love and encouragement offered there. Its proprietors, John and Judy Pex, have the greatest combination of gifts of spontaneous evangelism and loving hospitality that I have seen in extensive travels around the world. Firmly grounded in the Word of God, Judy Pex recounts some of the deeply moving stories of people whose lives have been changed by the love shown to them there. For all who pessimistically see the troubles in today's world, it is a refreshing reminder that God is still on the throne. I heartily recommend this remarkable book." ~ David M. Howard, International Director Emeritus, World Evangelical Alliance"Jesus' final words to his disciples, 'But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,' is lived out daily at the Shelter Hostel. To hippies from Europe, the new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, foreign workers from Romania or China, Jordanian royalty, refugees from Sudan, Israel trail walkers or the ongoing flow of backpackers and students from every continent, John and Judy Pex have opened their hearts and home, as the 'ends of the earth' have come to them. Having run a similar hostel for nearly twenty years in the north of Israel, we can certify that these vignets of searching, discovery, and redemption are too wild to make up! Come, Stay, Celebrate! will encourage every sojourner at any stage of their journey for truth." ~ Paul and Traci Valerio, former managers, Bethel Hostel, Haifa, Israel"Come, Stay, Celebrate! is a breath of fresh air in a world full of strife. It's the story of a hostel in the southern reaches of Israel, a place where travelers, hikers, drug addicts, and refugees of various generations and wars gather to find hospitality and acceptance. Each world conflict of the past four decades leads to new waves of people coming through the Shelter Hostel, and Judith Galbrum Pex presents their stories with grace. Written in a no-frills style yet with a keen eye for detail, Come, Stay, Celebrate! is an honest account of the lives touched by the hostel. Some of the guests find healing and friendship, even love. Some turn to crime or commit suicide. Others discover new life through a relationship with Jesus. If you want to better understand the world around you, if you want to be encouraged to better care for those in need, this book is mandatory reading. It is a fast-paced easy read full of humor, insight, and emotion." ~ Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof, October Baby, and Field of Blood

6 December 2014

Latest on Ausjnny

I thought it was time for an update. The past few months have been interesting. A further 3 trips to the city for specialists for the head and wrist. Back in Oct the wrist flare up badly and ended up having to have cortisone guided by ultra sound which has helped cut the pain a lot. I have to be careful not to over use it and am doing strengthening exercises.

I have changed meds for the Occipital Neuralgia a few times. I will be seeing the Pain Clinic the end of Jan and hoping they have some more options. Currently the pain is around 4 - 5 most of the time but without the meds its around 8 - 9 with the feel of someone shooting nails into my head.

I tire very easily and often need a couple of naps in the day. If I do any work I then will need to rest for an hour or two. I have been able to read a few novellas and am currently loving the Christmas ones that are coming out at present.

I plan to put up reviews an info in the next week. With the pain there are days  struggle to do all I need to.

I do have the Christmas tree up and will share a photo here to show you.

I also have my little village set up again. (Just need some people)

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