Sunday, January 7, 2018

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

What Are You Reading?
By Kelley Benson

Every year I try to make an effort to read the Bible through from cover to cover. I know many other people make the same goal, and I’m happy that there are people out there that see the benefit and significance of reading the Bible. It’s a journey that can be frustrating, difficult, even boring at times, but it can also be enlightening, refreshing, and humbling to see how much understanding is still to be gained.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"Go shopping. If you’re just tired of looking at the same four walls or out the same window, bring home something to place in your work space to freshen it up or inspire you. Sometimes something as simple as a poster or a figurine can provide the little jolt of stimulation you need."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Belle Faces Perils on the Frontier

River Bend
By Barbara Shepherd
Historical - Belle Strong expected her husband to meet her when she stepped off the ferry in north Texas, but she was in for a surprise—her husband is dying. Pregnant and alone, she faces challenges along the Red River where her world includes fur trappers, Indians, and a rugged sea captain.
Jacob Owens spends most of his life on the high seas and is a self-proclaimed bachelor. But when a green-eyed beauty enters his world, he finds his thoughts drifting in different directions. Why can’t he stop thinking about her, and why is he trading fine beaver pelts for exquisite fabrics to surprise Belle to use in her quilting?
Can she protect her son in such an uncivilized country? Or will she be forced to rely on a complete stranger?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Best Face Off Against the Beasts

Return of the Phoenix (Volume 1)
By Heath Stallcup

Horror - Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go 'bump' in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: to face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence. But during a routine mission, when things go horribly wrong, the Monster Squad finds themselves having to rebuild from the ashes of what they once were. This time, they face not only the monsters that threaten the peaceful lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect, but their own government as a dark storm brews on the horizon. A storm that will threaten not just the squads and their existence, but the lives of every human on earth.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
We hope the new year blesses you and yours
with joy, peace, health, and wealth!
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

Are You Running the Race?
By Kelley Benson

Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

Running has been a favorite pastime of mine for several decades now. Not so much the aching bones, the cramped muscles, or trying to get motivated to run in frigid conditions, but instead the satisfaction of completing a run.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Featured Blog: Paws and Reflect

Fit for a King
By Kathy Akins

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11

Most Christian homes will have at least one nativity scene set up as part of their Christmas decorations. In addition to the stable with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, there will be shepherds with sheep, and more than likely, three wise men with their camels. This is a lovely picture and has become the traditional view of Christ’s birth.

On the night Jesus was born, the angels announced it to the shepherds, who immediately hurried to see the Messiah. They then ran to share the good news with others. The wise men, or magi, were traveling from the east using the star to guide them to the location of the new king. These men were familiar with the stories of an expected savior, probably passed down from the time and teachings of Daniel in Babylon. They were coming, as was custom, to honor the newborn king.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Featured Blog: Paws and Reflect

God's Gift
By Kathy Akins

“8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12

The Christmas holiday brings thoughts of sharing and giving to others. Many will feel compelled to donate money to charities or homeless shelters. Others will volunteer time to serve meals or distribute toys to those less fortunate. The attitude of generosity and love seems to hover over our collective society. How I wish this could continue throughout the year and not just for a season.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

God's Infinite Power
By Kelley Benson

El Shaddai, the Hebrew name that means “God--the Powerful One, God--the Almighty.” It’s a commonly used name in the Bible for God, but descriptions of that name are illustrated all throughout the Bible: the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:19), Builder of everything (Hebrews 3:4, Ecclesiastes 11:5, Genesis 21:33), the King of Heaven (Daniel 4:37), the only God (Jude 1:25). Paul says it this way in Ephesians 3:20, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler
"As you read over your writing, try to find the things about it that make it different from anyone else’s writing. If those are things that feel good and right, keep doing them, this is how to uncover your voice. If they seem awful, ditch them, but only with a second, third or hundredth opinion on the matter. It’s hard to spot a hedgehog."

Friday, December 8, 2017

There's nothing like a good murder for Christmas!

Murder by Dewey Decimal
By Stephen B. Bagley
Mystery - When Assistant Librarian Bernard M. Worthington finds the body of the dreaded Agatha Ryton-Storer, he has no way of knowing her death will begin a series of murders that will stun his small town and reveal secrets hidden for thirty years. He, roving reporter Lisa Trent, and Police Chief Chuck Donaldson must outwit a ruthless, determined murderer.
What was stolen from the library safe? What happened to the missing janitor? Why is Lisa a target? Who stole the Ryton family jewels? Why did Eliah Ryton will his hideous mansion to the city? What secrets does it hold and who is killing to hide them?
Appealing characters, sly wit, clever plot, and chilling suspense mark this first novel in the Measurements of Murder Mystery™ series.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On Sale Now!

River Bend
By Barbara Shepherd
Historical - Belle Strong expected her husband to meet her when she stepped off the ferry in north Texas, but she was in for a surprise—her husband is dying. Pregnant and alone, she faces challenges along the Red River where her world includes fur trappers, Indians, and a rugged sea captain.
Jacob Owens spends most of his life on the high seas and is a self-proclaimed bachelor. But when a green-eyed beauty enters his world, he finds his thoughts drifting in different directions. Why can’t he stop thinking about her, and why is he trading fine beaver pelts for exquisite fabrics to surprise Belle to use in her quilting?
Can she protect her son in such an uncivilized country? Or will she be forced to rely on a complete stranger?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Writing Tip

Wendy Blanton:
"If you find yourself staring at the blank screen, pack up the laptop or a notepad and pen, and go somewhere else. If you can walk there, that's even better. Sometimes a little exercise and a change of venue wakes up the muse."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Writing Tip

Stephen B. Bagley:
“Learn, learn, learn. We must realize we are always pupils. Read writing magazines and books. Attend writing workshops online and in person. Seek out authors who write better than you or have more information. Share your information with other authors so they can share with you. Read other author’s books and see what they did right and what they did wrong. In this way, your knowledge of the writing craft will continue to grow.”

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

Breath of Fresh Air!
By Kelley Benson

Imagine a country where corruption was a regular headline in the papers, where every day you heard of another crime against humanity and against the authorities. Imagine how hopeless you may feel when you look out over your fellow citizens and realize the corruption in the leadership has trickled down to your neighbors. If you’ve read a newspaper in the past 20 years, you probably don’t have to stretch your imagination too much.
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Dangerous Bargain

The Dragon's Lady
By Elizabeth Joy (Wendy Blanton) & Scott Carman
Fantasy - Robyn's life and Army career were on the fast track to success when a rescue mission went awry. Captured by intergalactic slave traders, she bargains for the release of her team with the only thing she has: herself.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

What Happened in Bethlehem?

Tales from Bethlehem
By Stephen B. Bagley
Inspirational - You've heard the story a thousand times: glorious angels, lowly shepherds, brightly shining star, three Wise Men, and wee babe in a manger. But have you ever wondered about everyone else in tiny Bethlehem on that marvel of nights? What did they think? What did they do? How would you have responded? In these funny and touching tales, you'll meet a stable boy, a serving girl, an honest spy, an astounding clerk, an empty innkeeper, a mighty ship of the desert, and many others as they share their amazing Tales from Bethlehem.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Writing Tip

Debra E. Chandler:
"Avoid thinking things like have to and should in relation to your writing. Try reprogramming want to and will in the space those words take up in your head. It helps maintain that sense of play that is so vital to creativity."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

Calling on His Name
By Kelley Benson

What was the Great Awakening? It’s not Monday morning; it was a revival movement 200 years after the Reformation Movement. The first and second Great awakening was primarily focused in America and England - (The Restoration Movement came out of this movement.) In 1801 the Cane Ridge Revival was labeled “the most important religious gathering in all of American history.”
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Monster Squad returns!

Full Moon Rising (Volume 2)
By Heath Stallcup

Horror - The Monster Squad - Their mission: to keep the civilian populace safe from the monsters that go bump in the night and hide all evidence of their existence. As the squad begins to rebuild from a crippling blow, they face not only the monsters of the dark… but now some start to question the loyalty of members within their elite group. Will they fight as one cohesive unit, or be torn apart by internal strife? 
As the squad deals with their own turmoil, a dark storm brews that threatens not just the hunters, but the lives of every human on Earth.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Writing Tip

Barbara Shepherd:
"Ideas, or solutions, occur when you least expect them. If you think you’ll remember those brilliant words or phrases until you can sit in front of your computer, odds are you won’t. So be prepared. Keep a pad and pen on your bedside table, near your grocery list, beside your favorite chair, and in your vehicle. How long has it been since you wrote with that pen? Make sure you have an extra one or a pencil in reserve."

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Featured Blog: Paws and Reflect

Entitlement
By Kathy Akins

“Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

I grew up with please and thank you as part of my everyday language. Consideration of others and gratitude for kindness was embedded in my upbringing. Admittedly, there have been times when I forgot to say the words. That’s when to ask if it’s a polite courtesy or true gratitude.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"When you’re stuck for ideas, try the person, place, thing prompt. Start with one, say a thing, and then think about who would use or need that thing, and then where they might use it. Make it the basis for other questions and development."

Friday, November 24, 2017

Have a laugh!

Floozy & Other Stories
By Stephen B. Bagley
Humor - Got two nuns and a goat? Do you enjoy Sabbath Night Fever? Or own a flying robot monkey army serving our Alien Masters? If you do - and even if you don't - this is the book for you! Laugh at these hilarious tales from the author's decidedly different life.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Featured Blog: Stephen B. Bagley's Books

Of Pilgrims & Pillorying
By Stephen B. Bagley

I hope if you have to travel during Thanksgiving that you drive carefully. If you take public transportation, ride the bus or train with great caution. Remember only you can prevent forest fires. So stay out of the forest! The chipmunks don’t want you there. They and the squirrels plot against you, and the less said about the devious chipmunks, the better.

I intended to write something about Thanksgiving, but most people know the story of the Pilgrims and their long perilous journey across the ocean.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Conversations with Scars, Death, Pain, Grief & God

Patchwork Skin (Second Edition)
By Barbara Shepherd 
Poetry - A few conversations with scars, death, pain, grief, and God. Patchwork Skin is a collection of "hospital poems" and can take the place of a get-well card to send to someone who may be facing a medical crisis. Shepherd has endured illness and severe injuries but still maintains a positive attitude. In Patchwork Skin, she shares her conversations in and out of the hospital and hopes her words may help others. In this second edition, she adds four new poems to the original thirteen, including two she wrote after one of her sons died suddenly.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"To stay motivated, study motivation. I know it sounds weird, but you have to learn what motivates you, and to do that, you have to learn motivation techniques. You don’t have to take an entire course on it, but looking things up is always helpful."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Writing Tip

Heath Stallcup:
"Link everything. We live in a technology-filled world where everything is, or can be, linked. Link your phone to your computer to your online cloud storage. Find yourself stuck in a doctor's office with a long wait? Access your current WIP [Work In Progress] and add to it. It also makes it a lot tougher to 'lose' that work in the event of a boneheaded move.

"Link your life as well. Connect your social media so that one post to your blog also feeds Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other social media accounts you might have. It saves you time and gets your name 'out there' more."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

What should be different about a Christian than other people without a hope in Christ’s promises? I’m sure we could list many attributes that set us apart from the world, but at least during this time of year one characteristic should come to our minds–Gratitude. At the heart of what many celebrate this week is gratitude for family, friends, material blessings, freedom, and of course spiritual blessings. All of these things we realize have shaped our life and made us what we know we need to be and hopefully want to be.

I’m reminded of a passage that may not seem like a Thanksgiving Day sort of passage, but it addresses the great insight into a grateful-hearted person.
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