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February 2017

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Quality Quote

"You do not really understand something unless you
can explain it to your grandmother."

--Albert Einstein
Book Buzzings

This month I highlight  Lethal Homecoming by Lynette Eason  and  Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard . Below is information about these books.
(Disclaimer: I may not have read these releases yet; just letting you know about them.)    

Title: Lethal Homecoming  
Author: Lynette Eason
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Romantic
Publisher: Lynette Eason, LLC 
Release Date: December 2016
Lynette's Website
Book available at Amazon

Six years ago, danger sent Callie Ainsworth running, and now all she wants is to go home to Tanner Hollow. 

Title: Soar Like Eagles  
Author: Terri Wangard
Genre: General/Historical
Publisher: Celebrate Lit 
Release Date: December 2016
Terri's Website
Book available at Amazon

Convinced wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements. 

Always Free!

Book Description:

"God is our able guide. He awaits our invitation to walk with us daily," reads the introduction to this volume of 120 morning prayers. The prayers deal with down-to-earth concerns such as forgiveness, sorrow, faithfulness and stress. They are simple, honest longings from the heart. These morning prayers can encourage you to release the concerns of the day into God's loving care.
Amazon Review:

"I felt like the author knew me and experiences many of the
same problems I have. This is a great book   that I'll refer to
 often as I try to get through my life. Thank you!"


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
Summer on Sunset Ridge     
by Sharlene MacLaren      
Sharlene MacLaren
Our guest this issue is 
Sharlene MacLaren. Shar has dabbled in writing since her high school days, but it wasn't until recent years she felt God's call to take her writing hobby a step further. In 2006, she signed her first contract with Whitaker House; thereby, launching her career with 
Through Every Storm. Now with some 18 titles gracing store shelves nationwide and in various other English-speaking countries, she daily gives God all the honor.
Shar does numerous countrywide book-signings and makes television and radio appearances . She has a strong heart for women and is currently involved in a women's mentoring program. She loves speaking for various organizations and is active in her church. She and her husband Cecil live in Spring Lake, Michigan with their beautiful white collie named Peyton and their loving Ragdoll cat, Blue.
Welcome, Shar. Please describe yourself with three words.
I'm terrible in math.
What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love to spend time with my five adorable grandkids, ages 10 and under. I also love to read, watch a good TV drama, travel with my hubby, walk my dog, go out to lunch with my friends, go shopping, and look through home magazines to dream about new and exciting methods for decorating my house--if I just had the budget. (grins)
Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?

Yes, a few years ago we transformed a basement bedroom into my home office. I love my own little space! I think it's so important for writers to find their own unique space, whether it be in a private little nook in your home, a table at your local library, a quiet corner in a coffee shop, or even at the park on a warm summer day. (Nothing like sitting at a picnic table with your laptop and writing while the birds sing you a sweet song of inspiration.) Here's a pic of my home office.

Love your office! Please tell us a little about your novel, Summer on Sunset Ridge.
Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive--and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slave-catcher Clay Dalton. When Rebecca is assigned to nurse Clay back to health following a near-fatal gunshot wound, her uneasiness around him and the questions surrounding his mysterious past complicate their strained but developing relationship.
Sherriff Clay Dalton is grimly fighting several battles of his own as he stays on at the Albright farm to work off his debt to the family that has saved his life and taken him in. He is torn between his past commitments in the South and his unlikely present among this quiet Quaker community in the North. Almost against his will, he begins to ponder the impossible idea of a future with Rebecca....
When tensions between North and South escalate, Rebecca and Clay find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, and they soon realize that each holds a key to the other's answer.
Where can readers find you online?
You can also find me on Instagram, and Twitter!
Where can readers purchase your novel, Summer on Sunset Ridge?
Any parting comment?
Thanks so much for the opportunity to share a little bit of my life with you. Please feel free to contact me, request my Facebook friendship, and follow me on Twitter or Instagram. I adore my readers and LOVE to interact with them. May God bless each of you with an abundant, joyful, and blessed 2017.
On February 25, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers to receive a paperback copy of   Summer on Sunset Ridge , which Shar has so graciously offered.

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What Am I Reading?
I recently read Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family Novel Book #1) by Becky Wade, Bethany House Publishers, 2013, 384 pages. When Meg Cole's father dies, she inherits a controlling interest in his oil empire, something she never wanted. A part of her inheritance is her father's thoroughbred racehorse farm, managed by Bo Porter. Seeking to lower operating expenses, Meg gives Bo six weeks to prove the worth of the horse farm or she will shut it down. Instead of resenting Meg, Bo only wants to protect her. Their relationship on a business level and a personal level is a minefield of differences. When someone from her past seeks to destroy their fragile bond, Meg and Bo must depend on their belief in God to help their relationship survive. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Meg and Bo's story. Great characterization and beautiful setting descriptions. A good read.


           Read  FREE  the first chapter of each of my novels on  my website
The November 2016 newsletter winner of a copy of From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is Carol Ann. Congratulations!

The November 2016 newsletter winner of a copy of To the Farthest Shores  by E lizabeth Camden is Bonnie. Congratulations!



O n February 25, 2017 I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive a paperback copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge  by Sharlene MacLaren. 

Note: To select winners in my book drawings from active subscribers of this newsletter, I use If you're a winner, the rules are simple: I'll email winners and get the book to them. For print copies, U.S. mailing addresses only. (See 
Disclaimers for complete details.)      

Clean Chuckle

A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth, then they stopped for lunch.

At the counter, the husband asked the waitress, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly?

She leaned over the counter and said, "Burrr-gerrr Kiiing."

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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.

Do Women Really Talk More Than Men?

" Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom ."
-Author Unknown

Yes, it does--talking  does  come by nature. Do you remember the excitement you experienced when your children said their first words? And more excitement when they began to string those words into sentences!

Then some days when their toothless smiles have turned into what we say in the south-they're talking up a blue streak-and you may wonder that those peaceful days of relative silence have disappeared.

According to The Daily Mail online, February 20, 2013, research claims that women speak 20,000 words a day-some 13,000 more than the average man. Research also shows that girls learn to speak earlier and more quickly than boys.

So, ladies, research and our development shows that we really didn't have much say-so about our gender being the talkative one. Therefore, should we give our significant others a little slack, instead of complaining that they won't talk and share with us as much as we want?

But the second part of the quotation above-that silence comes by wisdom-is the significant part of that statement. I can attest to that. An incident from many years ago when I spoke my mind too quickly still bothers me. Words can so easily slip past our lips before we think. Once we speak our words, they're out there forever; we cannot retrieve them or wish them away.

But the incident I mentioned above gave me some measure of wisdom for the future. Wisdom to weigh my words and opinions carefully before sharing them. Yes, silence is golden, and sometimes we truly should be seen and not heard, even as adults.

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