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February 2018

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Quality Quote
"Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of overcoming it."

-Helen Keller
Book Buzzings

This month I highlight Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky and The Labor Day Challenge by Susan Page Davis.  Below is information about these books.   (Disclaimer: I may not have read these releases; just letting you know about them.)    

Title: Waiting for His Return
Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Romance/Historical
Publisher: Flowing Stream Books
Release Date: November 2017
Carrie's Website 
Book available at Amazon

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville.

Title: The Labor Day Challenge
Author: Susan Page Davis
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Romantic
Publisher: Tea Tin Press
Release Date: November 2017
Susan's Website  
Book available at Amazon

What begins as a friendly city rivalry with Bangor turns into a baffling case for the Portland Priority Unit.

Kindle eBook Edition

February 6-10

Book 1, The Caney Creek series

Book Description:

To escape his poppa's physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim 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.

Get your FREE eBook copy at Amazon February 6-10!



A Romance Novella Set in 1950s
Book Description:

They were buddies, not sweethearts...

In 1958, the job of an airline stewardess beckons Joyce Williams with its offer of travel and mobility. Being a stewardess would be her escape route from a boring life in her small hometown in East Tennessee. She would only return to her hometown if her best friend Wayne Mahan lived there instead of in Nashville-until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion. 

At the reunion when Wayne tells Joyce he's always loved her, she fears he's doomed their childhood friendship. Wayne must persuade her that God's timing has finally brought them together as He planned.

A charming story of enduring friendship and genuine devotion. You will root equally for Joyce and Wayne!

Amazon Reader Review:
"Having a best buddy is awesome but when returning home for a class reunion and that buddy has something he has always wanted to tell you he says that night.... Wonderful sweet romance. Well written by Jo Huddleston."

Get your copy of Friendly Persuasion on Amazon now!
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 Valentine Verse
Contemporary Christian Romance by JoAnn Durgin

       JoAnn Durgin
In addition to  The Valentine Verse , JoAnn Durgin is the USA Today bestselling author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series as well as  Prelude , the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling    Catching Serenity   Heart's Design and its sequel,  Gentle Like the Rain , The Wondrous Love Series,    Echoes of Edinburgh   Perchance to Dream Whisper to My Heart Thee Will I Cherish , The Starlight Christmas Series, and The Serendipity Christmas Series.

A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana.
Welcome, JoAnn. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
This is a question I've answered at various times, but my most consistent answer is Samuel L. Clemens--the man more commonly known as Mark Twain. As a teenager, I read The Innocents Abroad, and I was hooked on his sense of style, irony, and sometimes near acerbic wit. He would be a hoot to sit down with over a meal or a glass of iced tea on a summer porch. Oh, the stories I imagine he could tell (undoubtedly with a twinkle in his eye)!
We visited Hannibal, Missouri, a couple of years ago, to tour his tiny childhood home and to take a trip down the Mississippi on a riverboat. I believe it was Twain who was reputed to have once started laughing at a random moment in the middle of a dinner party. When someone asked him what was so amusing, he waved his hand and said, "One of my characters just said something funny." Whether or not it was Twain, it sounds like something he'd do, and I can totally relate. My characters often become so animated and lively in my head that I seriously have to remind myself, "They're not real, JoAnn." But it helps to write them as if they were!
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Why?
I love going on Caribbean cruises, and I've been blessed to take several in the past few years with Jim, my husband of 30 years. However, we took a 30th anniversary trip to Hawaii this past December, and it was truly the vacation of a lifetime! We honeymooned in Hawaii but only stayed on the island of Oahu. This time, we combined the trip with a cruise from Oahu (after spending three nights there) to Maui, The Big Island, and then to Kauai. Something very meaningful happened as I waited in the hotel lobby for our tour bus our first full day on Oahu. It happened to be Pearl Harbor Day (we visited the next day). A group of Army soldiers sat at a table, and a woman walked up to them and asked if they'd like to say hello to a WWII veteran. Of course, they agreed, and as she wheeled the veteran to the table in his wheelchair, the soldiers silently rose together in sync and saluted the man. I had tears in my eyes as they honored him and visited together. Unrehearsed and spontaneous, that precious moment will live on in my memory.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have countless favorite verses of Scripture, but the theme verse for my life as well my writing ministry is Matthew 5:16: Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NASB)
In this verse, Christ told his disciples to be shining lights in a dark world. Being a light meant the Gospel was to be openly shared with others and not hidden within themselves. He instructed them to be a living example of His good works (through integrity, courage, diligence, and telling others about Him). I believe this verse applies to us every bit as much as believers in the dark world we live in today. As much as I'm able, through my books as well as in my conversations and the way I live my life before others, I hope to reflect honor on the Lord and glorify Him always.
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Valentine Verse.
Valentine's Day isn't just for February 14th anymore! Love should be celebrated every day of the year. That's Thornton Fielding's philosophy. In spite of a few false starts in the arena of love, he holds out hope he'll eventually find the woman of his dreams. The problem? He loves his job, and there's no end in sight to his travels. But when Thornton returns to his tiny hometown of Cherish, Minnesota, he meets a beautiful and intriguing woman he believes might be God's answer to ending his bachelor status--permanently.
Vara Alexandris is soured on love and scoffs at the notion of soul mates. But soon after meeting the handsome and unconventional Thornton, the speech and language pathologist suspects he might be the perfect ally to help jump-start her stroke patient's recovery--if only Vara can keep Thornton grounded in Cherish long enough. This man who spouts romanticized and idealistic ideas about love seems all too eager to resume his world travels. Could it be Thornton actually prefers globetrotting in order to avoid a romantic relationship?
Is it time for Vara to call the dreamer's bluff? And can Thornton convince Vara to put past heartache behind her and trust in God's plan for her heart?
Where can readers find you online?

Contact JoAnn via her website

Where can readers purchase your novel?

The Valentine Verse is currently exclusive to Amazon, and it's also available free for Kindle Unlimited readers.

Any parting comment?

Thank you for featuring The Valentine Verse in your wonderful newsletter, Jo. Wishing you and all of your readers a fabulous Valentine's Day!

On February 25, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive an eBook copy of  
The Valentine Verse, which JoAnn has so graciously offered.

What Am I Reading?
I recently read A (kinda) Country Christmas by Krista Phillips, OWD Publishing, 129 pages, 2015. I love Krista Phillips's books! This was a delightful novella set in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at Christmastime. The story brings together a city-bred man who isn't too keen on Christmas decorations and a small town single mom who owns Bethlehem Boutique and lives and breathes Christmas all year. A light touch of humor makes this romance an enjoyable read any time.  A good read!

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

The November 2017 newsletter winner of a copy of Life in Chapel Springs  by Ane Mulligan is Susan.   Congratulations!

On February 25, 2018, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive a copy of The Valentine Verse by JoAnn Durgin.

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

On an icy, bitter-cold day, Hank visited Lou. "I had a rough time getting here," said Hank. "For every step forward, I slipped back two."
"If you slid back two steps for every one you took forward, how ' d you get here? " asked Lou.
"I almost didn't. But then I said to myself, Forget it. So I turned around and started home."

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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.

A Lifetime to Remember
"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once." Lillian Dickson, American missionary (1901-1983)

The TV announcers were analyzing the losing team's limited options in the closing minutes of the football game. One announcer commented how the coach could just as easily choose correctly and leave the field a victor, or make a wrong decision and go down to defeat. "Three minutes to play, but a lifetime to remember it," he said. "Whichever way it goes."

As we step into 2018, we can look at life much like those announcers looked at the end of that football game. We'll have a lifetime to remember our 2018 decisions and their consequences.

Every day of the New Year will present decisions to be made. Some will be easy, even automatic. Yet, we'll struggle with other decisions we face, like the football coach with only three minutes left to play.
We make our marks through life with a ballpoint pen, not with a pencil. No eraser is big enough to rub out life's mistakes.

But I've read regret is the silent killer of the soul. Dwelling on past mistakes or mistreatment from others serves no good purpose.

The driver who always looks backward in his rear view mirror doesn't do a very good job of driving ahead. Once done can't usually be undone; words spoken can never be taken back.

Care is necessary in the performance of our words and actions. The Golden Rule provides an appropriate road map to help us bypass many regretful mistakes: Treat other people the way we'd want them to treat us. And let us not forget the cleansing effect of a sincere apology when necessary.

The New Year offers a clean slate, a new beginning. It's our chance to start a fresh record. But we don't have to wait until each January to decide to turn over a new leaf.

Not just every New Year, but every new day is like flipping to a clean piece of notebook paper. The empty lines are waiting to be filled. What we do each day turns the blank lines into another chapter in the story of our lives.

What kind of reading material are you creating? Would some chapters be more worthy than others? Would you want to acknowledge you'd written some chapters, but not others? Are they of Nobel-prize quality?

It's up to us what we do with each New Year, each new day. Would our life's story claim a prominent spot on the bookstore's shelves? Or would it barely earn space in the lower, right hand corner?

Yes, we will have a lifetime to remember our every day. Here's hoping all our memories get better and better. May each day of 2018 be a happy one! With few regrets.


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