Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Her One True Soldier by Linore Rose Burkard ends October 29th

      Linore Burkard began writing when she couldn’t find a Regency romance with an inspirational twist. “There were Christian books that approached the genre,” she says, “But, they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I knew that many women like me wanted stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God’s involvement in our lives. So, I finally gave up looking and decided to write one myself." 

      Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Her hobbies include writing four new Regency novels, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening.

 

I am tickled to have Linore Rose Burkard here today. She has graciously offered to give away a copy of her novelette Her One True Soldier or if you are a historical lover you can choose her  novelette Coach and Four. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered. And don't forget to let me know if you follow via feedburner. (You can also find this post on Linore's blog) 

Debbie Lynne here. When Linore isn't ranting about political issues, she homeschools two daughters and writes inspirational romance. Here's her latest "novelette": Her One True Soldier is an ebook and you can get it on Amazon for only $1.49. You can buy her other amazing novelette Coach and Four on Amazon for the same low price of $1.49

 

Why Christians Must Vote

Politics is a touchy issue, and I know I run the risk of alienating readers with this post. But hey, it's my blog,  and I'll rant if I want to.  And here's the reason I want to:

It came to my attention recently that a lovely Christian couple of my acquaintance were not planning on voting this year. I was saddened, to say the least.  It made me think about why we should vote, and how being people of faith only adds incentive to that responsibility.

And make no mistake, voting is a responsibility. These misguided people (and many Americans) evidently think of it as an optional activity, to be exercised only if they wholeheartedly approve of a candidate.This is naive.

First of all, there's this principle which says that every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. Jesus said "He that is not with me, is against me." (Matthew 12:40)
Obama could say, "He that votes not against me, votes for me."

Here's the thing: By abandoning their responsibility to choose the candidate who comes CLOSEST to their values, they are by default casting a vote in favor of the one who doesn't. 

"Well, I can't vote for a Mormon," they say.

 ..If Christians abandon the political playing field, they do not leave it empty. They leave it to the other side to come and fill the dugout.



Puh-lease! Jimmy Carter furthered his platform by claiming to be a "born again" Christian, and yet, until Mr. Obama came along, his was the single most disastrous presidency of this country's history. While it's true that Christian principles are what made this nation great, it doesn't mean that just being Christian will make someone a good leader, no more than being Christian makes someone a good worship leader or preacher. And if  neither candidate running has the track record of being effective at Christian leadership, then you choose the one who at least supports godly values. Romney takes the record for that over Obama OVERWHELMINGLY. (Not to mention that Romney's running mate is a Bible believing Christian, a Catholic.)

Mr. Obama has consistently acted against Christian principles, but that could fill a post in itself. 

(Did you catch Joe Biden saying his life has been shaped by his Catholicism? Right. And I have a bridge to sell you...)

One preacher put it this way: "I'd rather vote for a Mormon than a moron."

 One preacher put it this way: "I'd rather vote for a Mormon than a moron."


The point is that if Christians abandon the political playing field, they do not leave it empty. They leave it to the other side to come and fill the dugout. As we have seen over the course of the history of this country, misguided Christian people feeling they should stay out of politics has done nothing but empty the field of good people. My husband has long held that the (sorry) state of our nation is because of the church not stepping up to the plate--not participating on the field.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  We've all heard this before. But are you aware, dear Christian, that by not casting your vote for the better candidate you are effectively doing NOTHING to prevent the triumph of evil in the political arena?

It's more than sad, it's a waste of a privilege. Heck, it's a sin. Voting is a privilege, a right, AND a responsibility.
I will unashamedly cast my vote against the current president who has voted against my Christian principles time and time again. Why? Because I am a woman of God.

That's my rant. 
See you at the polls.
 
Debbie Lynne here. When Linore isn't ranting about political issues, she homeschools two daughters and writes inspirational romance. Here's her latest "novelette": Her One True Soldier is an ebook and you can get it on Amazon for only $1.49. You can buy her other amazing novelette Coach and Four on Amazon for the same low price of $1.49

Her One True Soldier
Is pop-singer Christine Hartman's fairy-tale success story about to end? When a man in camo literally falls across her path while she's on a routine walk on her private, posted retreat property, she knows danger is afoot. Yet she has no idea of what's coming, or why her life might depend on what she knows.
Readers will find suspense, mystery and romance in this short "novelette" that nevertheless manages to end on Ms. Burkard's famously upbeat notes.

 
Coach and Four
 
 Nineteen year-old Lady Allisandra is a ward of King Charles II. When he orders her from court to stay with her old friend Elizabeth Hastings, the Duchess of Langley, Allisandra finds herself trapped inside a coach-and-four with the notorious rake Lord Dorchester. Has the duchess betrayed her? Perhaps, but things are not as they appear, and whether it is Her Grace, the infamous earl of Dorchester or the king himself bent on evil,only time will tell. In the meantime, how does a strong-minded young woman handle first a highwayman, then a debauched earl? Find out in this tale of the late 1600s in England, when conspiracy and betrayal can lead to unexpected love.

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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, October 29nd, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants

23 comments:

  1. Wow Linore! Good for you! I am ashamed to say that I did not vote in the last presidential election. But this time around, I really know how important it is for ALL born-again Christians to vote. Like you said, if you don't vote, you are basically giving your vote to the other guy. Over the past 4 years I've witnessed our current president digging himself into a huge hole. I don't wish to watch him bury himself. God bless you and may God bless America. I would really love to read Coach and Four; please enter me in your contest. debsbunch5@jesusanswers.com

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    1. Hey Chaplain Debbie! Great to see you here this week! And I'm soooo glad you are going to vote! Huzzah! Now we all need to pray for God's forgiveness and that He will heal our land.

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  2. Thanks so much, Chaplain Debbie. :) I'm happy to know you'll be voting, and always pleased to meet someone who loves to read. All the best in the drawing for the ebook, and may God truly bless our nation, as you say!

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  3. a great posting...thanks for the giveaway, too

    i'm a follower :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  4. I feel the same way, neither may be my first choice, but I will vote!
    Both books sound interesting...
    I follow via e-mail.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I plan to vote! We definitely need a change.

    I am a feed burner subscriber.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Hey Karen, Patty, and RubynReba! I'm so glad you are going to vote. Let us all pray for got to heal our land as He promises if we will humble ourselves. We all need to be on our needs begging His forgiveness for our country's sins. Good luck ladies!

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  6. When he orders her from court to stay with her old friend Elizabeth Hastings, the Duchess of Langley, Allisandra finds herself trapped inside a coach-and-four with the notorious rake Lord Dorchester.

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  7. Hi, Karen, Patty and Ruby,
    Thanks for entering the giveaway, and I'm especially pleased to hear from so many believers who ARE planning on voting!
    I also do giveaways on my blog, by the way, usually for print editions of my novels. If you're interested, there's one going on right now!
    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=20688763#editor/target=post;postID=1666714102663741021;onPublishedMenu=template;onClosedMenu=template;postNum=0;src=postname

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    1. If that link isn't working, just go to: http://todayswomanoffaith.blogspot.com

      A comment gets you in the drawing for any of my books.
      If you subscribe to the blog, let me know in your comment and I'll give you two entries. :)

      Hugs,
      Linore

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  8. Definitely planning on voting over this way. Can't get here quick enough. The way I see it, if we don't vote, that's one more vote for whoever Satan wants to win. Thanks for the rant, Linore! Loved it, and thanks for the opportunity to win your book. See ya at the polls!
    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

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  9. Hey Amanda! It is so good to see so many are going to vote. Since I've been able to vote I haven't missed one yet. It's so important that I want to exercise that right.

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  10. Well said, Linore! I always say, if you don't vote, you have no right to complain :)

    Coach & Four was a great short story!

    I'm a follower by GFC and Feedburner.

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    1. Amen, Anne! I couldn't agree more. So I make sure I vote so I can voice my complaints. heehee

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  11. Great post, Linore.

    I think I'm a follower. :) If I'm not, I couldn't figure out how to do so through Feedburner.

    ginger[dot]solomon[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hey Ginger! If you are a feedburner follower you'll get my new posts in your in box letting you know I put up a new blog. If you arent you just have to put your email addy in the little box to the right under feedburner and follow the directions. Thanks for coming by!

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  12. That was a great post. I am proud that we live in a country where we can help decide how it is run. I also don't understand people who don't see voting as a priveledge. I would like to read Her One True Soldier.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Amy. I don't either. Voting is an awesome privilege and responsibility that we have. But going beyond voting every voter should KNOW AND UNDERSTAND the issues and what each candidate stands for. Unfortunately that is not true anymore. Many times a president is voted for because of race, party, or looks. Each individual needs to look beyond the painted picture for the truth. Okay now my rants over. heehee Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

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  13. DEFINITELY plan to vote!!

    I am a follower through FEEDBURNER!

    Would love to win a copy of "Her One True Soldier"

    I will review it at create4christ.blogspot.com

    My email address is gamergranny64@aol.com

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  14. I agree that voting is incredibly important and I don't understand how people don't feel that they must vote. I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Veronica! Thanks for following and for voting! Good luck!

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  15. Great post, voting is so important. I love Linore's books and would love to be entered for Her One True Soldier.
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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