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April 2018

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Quality Quote
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."

-Sydney J. Harris, American journalist (1917-1986)
Book Buzzings

This month I highlight  The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron and The Reluctant Groom by Kimberly Rose Johnson.  Below is information about these books.  (Disclaimer: I may not have read these releases; just letting you know about them.)    

Title: The Lost Castle
Author: Kristy Cambron
Genre: Romance/Historical
Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Release Date: February 2018
Kristy's Website
Book available at Amazon    
Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Title: The Reluctant Groom
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: March 2018
Kimberly's Website
Book available at Amazon    
A modern day marriage of convenience. 
When everything goes wrong, can two friends discover true love? 

$2.97 - April 3, 4, 5, 2018
3 full-length novels
Complete Caney Creek series
Buy Now at Amazon!

This series is set in the East Tennessee Appalachian Mountains and spans decades from the 1920s to the 1950s, telling the story of the Callaway family and their friends.
From Book 1:

Too escape his poppa's physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim Callaway flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart's door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart...and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

Grab this deal now on Amazon!

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
The Man He Never Was
Supernatural Suspense (A psychological thriller, with a Christian supernatural element as part of the story)

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish his stories. He's the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels, a speaker, branding expert, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in Washington. More at his website

Welcome, Jim. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Have to go with my dad. He passed away in 2010, and while I've worked through my grief, I still miss him terribly. But look out, that reunion when my time comes will be epic!
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I've always been a bit random and fascinated by everything. So I play guitar, scuba dive, do sleight of hand, backpack, sky dive (only twice so far) play pickleball, enjoy photography, work with wood ... I could go on, but I haven't met too many people with as many hobbies as I have.
If you could be an animal, what would you be? Why?
Without question, a dolphin. When I worked on a processing boat in Alaska during the summer, five or six dolphins appeared one day and swam along right in front of the boat for over an hour. They were playing! There is a joy in dolphins, and yet a heroic side as well where they have rescued humans hundreds of times.
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Man He Never Was.
What if You Woke Up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?
Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on--with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man, but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep with no notice, they're shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he's changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He's oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he's been, but knows he's been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he's been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise up from deep inside--the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury--and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, James L. Rubart explores the war between good and evil within each of us--and one man's only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.
Where can readers find you online?
On my website where they can sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of one of my short stories
On my Facebook page
And on Twitter
Where can readers purchase The Man He Never Was?
Just about anywhere novels are sold.
Any parting comment?
I think most of us will admit we have a dark side. The Man He Never Was is my attempt to wrestle with that dilemma and find an answer. My hope is that people reading the novel will find the answer for themselves, and while I hope they'll be entertained, I also hope they find more freedom in their lives. Thanks so much for having me, Jo!
Jim, my pleasure to have you visit with me and my readers!
On April 25, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive an eBook copy of The Man He Never Was, which Jim has so graciously offered.

What Am I Reading?
I recently read Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin, Zondervon, 357 pages, 2018. Kelly Irvin continues to write beautiful love stories and her latest is a compelling read. Jennie is a widow whose Amish community thinks it's time for her to remarry for the sake of her seven children. First, she must get past her emotional scars from her first husband. She must choose between Leo, an Amish man who has loved her since she chose her late husband instead of him, and Nathan, a Mennonite book salesman. Both men also cling to emotional scars from their pasts. You'll keep turning pages to learn Jennie's choice. A Good Read.

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

The February 2018 newsletter winner of a copy of The Valentine Verse by JoAnn Durgin  is Jana.   Congratulations!

On April 25, 2018, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive a copy of
Beneath the Summer Sun  by Kelly Irvin .

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 address only. (See  Disclaimers for complete details.)      

Clean Chuckle
A man walks into a lawyer's office and asks, "How much do you charge?"

The lawyer says, "$5,000 for three questions."

"Wow, that's pretty expensive, isn't it?" the man asks.

"Yes," says the lawyer. "Now, what's your third question?"

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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's Your Life Going?
"The greater part of our happiness depends on
our dispositions, not our circumstances ."
-Martha Washington

Is your life simple or stressful? If your life is stressful, can you ever get back to simple? These days the world seems to expect everybody to multitask-do more than one thing at the same time. Do you ever feel like you're barely staying ahead of a full-blown crash of your life?

Some of us probably would enjoy a life of simplicity. A little child's life is an example of simplicity. Children can fuss one minute and then a while later are the best of friends.

Seems like once we become adults we've learned the words disagree, dislike, argue, and unforgiving. We adults find it easy to remember hurt feelings; unlike little children, we hold grudges against those who have hurt us.
Have you watched how simple a little child faces each day? How they probably don't remember having their feelings hurt? They embrace everyone, trusting and laughing. Little children who are cared for are happy every day (unless they are sick).

They usually get along with anyone who pays attention to them. Little children are unaware of all the bad around the world; they look at the world through innocent eyes that yet don't know evil.

We can look at little children and find innocence. Knowing what we know in maturity, some might wish to turn the calendar back a ways and start again. The second time around they might keep that simple innocence that brings such happiness to little children.
An old song sung by the Statler Brothers goes like this: "Life gets complicated when you pass eighteen." The song tells of the adult lives of members of a high school graduating class-how well some have done and also how some have led miserable lives. 

The truth of that song is that life does get complicated when you outgrow your childhood. And to become responsible citizens, we must at some point, leave childhood behind. However, through the small children in our surroundings, we can sometimes experience childhood again, if only for brief periods of time.


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