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April  2017

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Quality Quote

" You don't love because, you love despite; not
 for the virtues, but despite the faults."

--William Faulkner

Book Buzzings

This month I highlight Murder Is No Accident  by A.H. Gabhart  and When the Tide Turns  by Kay Chandler . Below is information about these books.
(Disclaimer: I may not have read these releases yet; just letting you know about them.)    

Title: Murder Is No Accident  
Author: A.H. Gabhart
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: March 2017
A.H.'s Website
Book available at Amazon

When murder comes to call at a stately Victorian house, the town of Hidden Springs looks to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane to solve the crime before anyone else dies.  

Title: When the Tide Turns
Author: Kay Chandler
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Life Rocks Media 
Release Date: February 2017
Kay's Website
Book available at Amazon

Wooed by two men vying to win her hand in marriage, her choice is a difficult one to make. Will she listen to her head or to her heart? Dabney Foxworthy vows to do whatever it takes to keep the child, even if it means marrying someone she doesn't love . 

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Latest Release!

A Historical Romance Novella
Book Description:

A sweet romance spiced with deception, set in 1959.

Jean Stewart and her mama stand firm to protect their family business from a big-city developer's takeover. Oscar Wainworth sends his son William to convince the ladies to sell their property. William has an instant attraction to Jean, believes he shouldn't be the one to discuss the sale with the Stewarts, and gives them a fake name. If they know he's a Wainworth, he's likely to find himself out on the sidewalk.

One lie leads to another until William may have dug a hole too deep to escape. By stealth he learns that Jean can't associate with anyone who is dishonest. To win Jean's love, William must convince her that his lies flowed from good intentions.

Amazon Reader Review:

"With Good Intentions is the perfect title for this heartwarming, sweet romance. William Wainworth's motives are positive, though he mixes deception with good intentions as he carries out his plan.

"The story is brimming with the flavors of the old south including colloquialisms and southern cooking. I'd love to see
this story made into a Hallmark movie one day."

Now $0.99

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 in my
West Virginia Mountains Series
now available in
eBook and paperback

Book 1 Book 2 , and  Book 3
 in my  
Caney Creek Series 
now available in
eBook & paperback 

Guest Gab
Deep Extraction     
by DiAnn Mills  

Our guest is DiAnn Mills. DiAnn is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. Her titles have appeared on the CBA
DiAnn Mills
and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Carol award contests.
Library Journal  presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for  Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Suspense Sister, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-direction of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed on her website at

Welcome, DiAnn. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

DiAnn's Office
I love to cook. I roast my own coffee beans. My grandchildren are perfect.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?

I have an office, my special spot to create.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Writing reviews for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or CBD are greatly appreciated!

Please tell us a little about your novel, Deep Extraction.

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore's life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan's oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional--the victim's wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI's prime suspects.

Clearing Sally's name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer--and to each other--the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase your novel?

All the purchase links are on my website.

Any parting comment?

I appreciate readers! Connect with me on social media and through my reader's blog at my website.  

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What Am I Reading?
I recently read In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot, Revell, 2015, 345 pages. This contemporary romance is set in a small Texas town. Amanda Cabot does not disappoint as she weaves together the lives at Rainbow's End resort with great characterizations. Marisa had a dream job in Atlanta but when downsized, moved to her hometown to work as business manager at the resort. Meeting Blake, the new guest at the resort, helps counter her dislike of being back in a small town. Blake and Marisa are attracted to one another but they both have secrets and then there is the surprise of a hidden identity. Will they share their secrets so they can each enjoy a happily ever after that both dream of? Vivid settings descriptions. A good read.

Read  FREE  the first chapter of my novels and novellas on  my website

T he February 2017 newsletter winner of a copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren  is Zara.  Congratulations!

On April 25, 2017, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive their choice of a paperback or an eBook copy of  Deep Extraction  by DiAnn Mills.

Note: To select winners in my book drawings from active subscribers of this newsletter, I use I'll email the winner. For print copies, U.S. mailing addresses only. (See  Disclaimers for complete details.)      

Clean Chuckle

There was an elderly couple who in their old age noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don't forget. They went home and the old lady told her husband to get her some ice cream.

"You might want to write it down," she said.

The husband said, "No, I can remember that you want some ice cream."

She then told her husband she wanted some ice cream with chocolate syrup. "You might want to write it down," she said.

The husband said, "No, no, I can remember that you want some ice cream with chocolate syrup."

Then the old lady said she wanted some ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream and a cherry on top. "Write it down," she told her husband and again he said, "No, I got it. You want some ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream and a cherry on top."

So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes. He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of eggs and bacon. The wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, "Where's the toast?"

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Inspirational Insight

Below is a recent post from my inspirational blog, Lifelines. I hope you'll visit me there where you can sign up to receive each new post in your email inbox.

How Will Your Life Read?

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable-if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy-think
about such things."
--Philippians 4:8, NIV

Do you keep a written account of your days? Used to we called it writing in a diary. Today, people call it journaling when they write their thoughts each day. This practice is as old as history and as new as space travel.

On cave walls, discovered scribblings reveal thoughts from minds of long ago. And among their many tasks, our space travelers keep a daily log of their activities.

By whatever name we use--logbook, diary, journal, calendar, daybook--many folks keep a daily written record of experiences, observations, and feelings. If you already do so, what kind of reading material are you leaving behind?

Recently someone suggested this exercise: each day write down something good about that day. It could be something that happened to you, something you saw around you, some emotion you experienced. But everything you write would have to be pleasing, uplifting.

What a great way that would be to keep our minds fixed on a positive train of thought. Like the Bible verse quoted above. And Proverbs 23:7 reads, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Descartes, the French philosopher and mathematician, spoke the Proverbs verse personally when he said, "I think, therefore I am."

Clearing our minds of disturbing, disagreeable, and gloomy thoughts would help remove negative aspects from our lifestyle. Maybe we could stop focusing constantly on things with which we disagree or don't like. A better plan might be to think more often on favorable things, bringing improvement to who we really are.

Beyond the exercise of writing down good things, we could take it a step further. After noticing and writing down these happy moments, we could keep them in mind. We could think about them throughout the day or recall them the next day. Doing so would probably bring several smiles to our face and make us friendlier to look at.

Are you up to the task? Will you find something good in each day? Will you write it down? Will you continue to think about it? Allow positive thoughts to brush away the cobwebs of negative thoughts in your mind. Because, like the philosopher Descartes, you probably are the way you think.  

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