Wednesday, July 27, 2016

God Can Use Us at Any Age

My guest today is June Foster. An award-winning author, June is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written eleven Christian romances with more to come. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word.

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I'd like to encourage anyone over 55. You are not too old! Especially when God's got a purpose. Here's my story.

I was a teacher for 34 years then retired to go RV'ing with my husband. I suppose I thought the rest of my life would be a downhill slide to becoming an elderly senior citizen. Wrong!

During this time, I noticed a story lurking in my head. I could even see the characters and the setting in my mind—young professionals in northern California. The heroine had long, dark hair and the hero a wide smile and friendly nature. But he fooled the young Christian woman into thinking he embraced her faith.

A story in my head was an unusual phenomenon for me because I didn't consider myself a creative person. I'd written academically and with my job, but not fiction. God must've put the project in the wrong head.

The idea hung on for several years, and one day my daughter patiently listened as I told her the whole story. She smiled and said she approved, and I should write it. That was the spark God used to propel me down an unbelievable path—penning Christian romances.

At 65, I wrote my first novel and today, in 2016, I have eleven published and am working on number twelve. I'm both traditionally and self published.

When God calls us to a project, He'll provide the tools, the stamina, and the desire. Looking back now, I know I couldn't have ignored His call, and it's been the most rewarding time of my life.

Have you ever had God provide everything you 
need for a project He asked you to do?

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June's latest book is Christmas at Raccoon Creek, a time travel romance.

Emily Eason wants to distance herself from her parents' opulent lifestyle in Birmingham, Alabama, and enjoy life in the rural village of Raccoon Creek and her fifties-style home. But after gazing into the little snow globe she purchased from Hardwicke's Drugs and Gifts, she finds herself transported to another time—her grandmother's era.

Lance Hardwicke is the pharmacist and owner of Hardwicke's Drugs. Four years of pharmacy school didn't allow for much of a social life. Gorgeous Emily Eason, nurse and resident of Raccoon Creek, has captured his attention. The next time she comes in the store, he's determined to ask her out. Maybe take her to Birmingham to see the Christmas lights in his brand new orange and white '53 Pontiac Pathfinder.

Can love span the fifty-year gap standing between them?

Get your copy of Christmas at Racoon Creek on Amazon   

Monday, July 25, 2016

Author News: Website Under Construction.

I am in the process of redesigning my website. You can see above my new header which you all voted on. It still needs to be edited, but I thought you would like to see the new look being "tried on". I am running into a few glitches as this very much DIY author is attempting to do the updates herself (with a bit of help from a couple friends). 

However....since we are fast approaching the release of Where Healing Starts, I didn't want to wait till all the glitches get worked out to start sharing the excitement about my newest book!

Thank you for your patience as I make changes. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In God's Time

God doesn't always do things according to the time we 
hope for. Today's guest, Rebecca DeMarino, shares about 
God's timing in bringing her dream to reality.  

Rebecca DeMarino is a historical romance author who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. 

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In God’s Own Time

Since high school I thought someday I would write a novel, and for my ten-year reunion I noted that my five-year plan was to be a published author. I was an avid reader of many genres, and in my wildest dreams I pictured myself writing contemporary suspense with a touch of romance. But dream as I did, I was a busy mother of three and the years slipped by without so much a Chapter One or a clue as to the story concept. And perhaps the idea was too silly to approach God with in prayer.

And then my daughters grew up, I found myself in the midst of an unwanted divorce, and I wondered what God had I store for me. If you ever ask Him, be prepared to hang on tight as you find yourself in the middle of the answer! For me it was to write the book of my heart—in a time, place, and genre I’d never considered.

My mother, born Helen Horton, grew up hearing stories of her eighth great-grandfather, Barnabas Horton, and how he came from England in a little ship called The Swallow. She passed the tales down to me and my siblings, as had been done for generations. One day she told me my brother had discovered there was a lighthouse named after Barnabas on Long Island. I found it on a map and asked her if she’d like to go see it. She could barely contain her excitement. 

Now there we stood!

We were fascinated by the fact that Barnabas Horton, a Puritan, was one of the founding fathers of Southold, and had built the first timber-framed house on the eastern side of Long Island.

A slab of blue slate covered his grave and still bore a legible engraving (it was re-lettered in the 1800’s) of the epitaph he wrote himself. Few records exist, but one lists his occupation as a baker. We learned he was a wealthy, jovial man whose presence filled a room. He later became a magistrate of Southold. 

The lack of information about Mary Langton Horton, his brave young wife who left family to come to the wilds of Long Island—and our great-grandmother—troubled me. 

I did discover Barnabas was a widower when she married him. She must have been courageous as she left her family to cross an ocean with him and his two young sons by his first wife. We never found her grave, but she is mentioned in the will Barnabas wrote shortly before he died at age eighty.

I began to read about the Puritan families who left persecution in England with hopes of rebuilding the church in the New World, and tried to imagine Mary’s life. What were her motivations? Her dreams? Her struggles? What if . . .

In 2008, three years after my mom passed away—and numerous return trips to Southold—I began to write the love story of Mary and Barnabas. I wanted to honor my mother—another feisty Horton woman who loved adventure and followed her heart—and to give Mary a voice, along with the countless brave and strong women who made the same journey.

My first novel, A Place in His Heart, was contracted by Baker Publishing Group/Revell, in 2012 as a three-book series, The Southold Chronicles. It debuted in 2014, and book two, To Capture Her Heart, released last year. To Follow Her Heart, the conclusion of the series, releases July 19th. God answered my prayer in His own time, in His own way, and blessed me far above what I could have imagined. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 
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Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.

In 1664 Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island. 

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for. 

With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Cover Reveal: Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith

A voyage aboard Providence changes Jonah’s
 plans, but can it change his heart?

In November 1860, Jonah Ashton is determined to finish his studies at Penn’s Medical School before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When he learns his father has joined a group of Virginia families planning to sail from America to form a new settlement elsewhere, he travels to his family’s estate intent on saying goodbye. However, when an accident leaves his father in need of a physician, Jonah agrees to serve as ship’s doctor, but he resolves to return to medical school as quickly as possible.

While aboard the Providence, Jonah falls in love with former classmate Marian Foster. Despite their love for each other, Marian has no desire to return to America with him.

After an arduous voyage, Providence runs aground on an uncharted land in the South Atlantic Ocean. While the rest of the settlers celebrate finding the land they wanted, Jonah takes off to explore the island and he soon discovers a startling truth that changes everything, but can it change his heart?

Release Date: October 20, 2016

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From Angela
I read The Land Uncharted by Keely and enjoy her style of story telling. I am looking forward to reading Aboard Providence once it releases. I think she is an author you need to keep an eye on. You can start by entering below to win a signed copy of Aboard Providence!

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Enter here for your chance to win an 
autographed copy of Aboard Providence.
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What early readers are saying 
about Aboard Providence

“A delightful adventure reminiscent of Swiss Family RobinsonAboard Providence is one of those novels that will stick with me because I feel I’ve lived it. A captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale I can confidently recommend to a wide range of readers.” –Heather Day Gilbert, author of Amazon Norse bestseller God’s Daughter

“With vivid settings and multi-layered characters, Keely Brooke Keith whisks her readers off on a page-turning journey, not just across the ocean, but within the heart. You won’t be able to put Aboard Providence down until the final word is read and then you will long for more.” –Brenda S. Anderson, author of the Coming Home series

“A blend of history and romance with a compelling inspirational message, Keith expertly weaves an intriguing tale. Fans of the Uncharted Series won’t want to miss this journey.” –Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

“Keely Brooke Keith is a master storyteller, weaving adventure, love, and wonderful characters into a vivid story that will take readers on an unforgettable voyage to a new place. Full of inspirational messages and tales of God’s love, readers will find themselves longing for more. Keely’s story teaches all of us that the journey is just the beginning!” –Christina Yother, author of the Hollow Hearts series
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Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence
(CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in surprising ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Marvelous Light

Kathy Nickerson is a fellow CrossRiver Media author and she has a new book coming out soon. But today, she is mostly going to share with you about her experience with depression. Once her steady companion, she has found a way out. If you suffer with depression, I believe her story will give you hope. 

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Today, I call myself an Eternal Optimist, and people comment on how happy I seem. But, that hasn’t always been my story. One morning many years ago, I left my desk at the University library and followed my coworkers to the break room. I was nineteen years old, newly married, pregnant, and working my first job. While everyone else pulled out their knitting, I sank onto the cold, vinyl couch in the corner. I curled into a ball, closed my eyes against the all-day morning sickness, and shut out the world.

And, I never got up. 

Someone finally called my husband. I remember hearing his voice, and I knew what he was saying. But I simply could not respond. Wendell eventually picked me up and carried me across campus to our little yellow Spitfire and took me home. The depression that had been a visitor in high school became my steady companion for the next eight years.

The darkness would lift, sometimes for months, and life would be wonderful. Then it would come again so heavy and choking I felt certain I might faint from the weight of it. In my book, Rose Hill Cottage, the friendly librarian describes depression this way:

“It slithers into the room at night when you are sleeping. And it crawls up under your bed and coils itself around your bones. When you wake up the next morning, its poison has clouded your mind in this dismal, grey, nothing-in-this-world-matters-anymore scrim. You can’t make yourself get out of bed. And, when you finally do, the effort to move is practically painful.” Rose Hill Cottage, pg. 107

Like all good librarians, though, Flora knows where to find the answer. I won’t give away what happens in Rose Hill Cottage. In real life, I found the answer in a book. The Helper, by Catherine Marshall came out a few years after my crisis in the break room. I found it just before our third child was born. And, in its pages, I met the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit became my Helper, my Comforter, and the One who truly lifted me out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

I had always known which tools worked for me to fight depression. But, when you are depressed, you can’t even open the toolbox. With the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, though, I suddenly loved to read and study the Bible. I had the strength to take a walk. I found the words to admit my struggles to a mentor. I began to pray.

Depression doesn’t coil itself around my bones anymore. It hasn’t done so for more than thirty years.  Oh, it threatens now and then. Some days get cloudy in my soul. But, I know where to go for help now. I know how to break the power.

But, that is my story. It might not be yours. Sometimes depression requires medication and/or professional counseling along with prayer. That doesn’t mean God isn’t working. He gave us miraculous breakthroughs in medicine for that purpose.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, please don’t hesitate to get help. From your doctor, from your pastor, from the Holy Spirit. If you want to email me to talk about your struggle, I’ll be glad to listen. You can find your way out of the darkness. And the Light is marvelous.

If you are interested in contacting Kathy to visit with her about your struggles, click HERE to use her contact form. 

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Kathy Nickerson’s most recent novel is Rose Hill Cottage. You can learn more about her writing and her reputation as an Eternal Optimist at her website. Sign up for her free newsletter and get a copy of Three Secrets to a Happy Life at her website .  

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 Rose Hill Cottage
After the death of her young husband, best-selling novelist Nora Kimble escapes New York for a summer cottage in the Ozarks. She hopes to leave behind her nagging mother, her ambitious literary agent, and her own pressing sorrow. But her private retreat is soon crowded by a strange visitor and a community that refuses to let her grieve alone.

If you are already a fan of the Glory Circle Sisters, you will enjoy this summer vacation with Bess Caldwell, who lost her driving privileges and watched the neighbors stealing her electricity in Thirty Days to Glory. That little setback hasn’t stopped her, though, as Nora Kimball is about to learn.

Purchase your copy at CrossRiver Media 

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Winning Header

I asked you to help me pick a new header for 
the redesign of my website and I now have a 
winner. The numbers were close, but #2 won!

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I also have a winner for a Kindle copy of Where Hope Starts! 
My publisher will mail that out shortly. 
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This week I will be updating my website. Hopefully there will be no glitches. Thank you for your patience as I embark on this endeavor!
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Thank you to everyone who stopped by 
to help me pick my new header!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Author News and Notes: Vote for New Website Header!

I am excited about the release of Where Healing Starts coming up September 22 and all the fun I have planned for my readers.  

No worries, I'm not going to wait that long to start the fun! Here we go....
I am redesigning my website and I want your input! 

I recently had a photo shoot for new publicity pictures and website headers. It was a blast. My photographer (friend and assistant, too) took some wonderful photos. The trouble is there are too many great choices. 

That's where you come in. I've narrowed it down to 3 of the best and now its your turn to vote for your favorite pose! And invite your friends to come vote, too!

Instructions: In the comments, indicate by number which of the header choices below is your top pick. Then enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for your chance to win a kindle copy of Where Hope Starts, the first book in the Applewood Hill Series. That way, you'll be all caught up with the Hannigan family and ready for Where Healing Starts when it comes out in September!

Voting will remain open through Saturday, July 9th!
(These are the unedited versions and because of the size of the file, they may appear a 
bit fuzzy on your screen. Focus on which pose you like best. Thanks!)




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