Monday, November 26, 2012

Walks Alone by Sandi Rog Ends December 3rd


Sandi Rog is an award-winning author and has been editing for twelve years. Her debut novel The Master’s Wall won the 2011 CSPA (Christian Small Publisher’s Book of the Year Award), and her second book Yahshua’s Bridge won the CSPA the following year. Her third book Walks Alone released in 2012. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders.

On a side note: Sandi has been battling cancer for the last two years. In October of this year, she was declared cancer free because of a vitamin (B17/Laetrile). You can read her story on her blog at www.sandirog.blogspot.com

Sandi is giving away a copy of Walks Alone. If you know Sandi, you know she has had a long road battling cancer, but we are praising God that He has healed her. To be entered please leave Sandi a comment of encouragement or ask her a question about how God chose to heal her.
WALKS ALONE
A Cheyenne warrior bent on vengeance. A pioneer woman bent on fulfilling a dream. –Until their paths collide.

After fleeing her abusive uncle, Anna is determined to reach the city of her dreams. But White Eagle and his fierce warriors take her prisoner. Anna attempts a harrowing escape, but her savage captor is determined to have her at all costs and forces her to be his wife. Has God forgotten her, or does He have plans of His own?

A man with a boot in one world and a moccasin in the other, White Eagle is disillusioned with his faith after a minister leads a massacre on his peaceful tribe. Where is his God? He's definitely not with the white men who are slaughtering his people. But White Eagle also can't give in to the idolatry practiced by his fellow tribesmen. Only the Truth can set him free.

And it's found in beautiful Anna’s carpetbag.

REVIEWS:

Sandi Rog has crafted an unforgettable, gripping tale of a young Dutch woman who comes to America to find her dream, and ends up in the savage wilderness abode of the Cheyenne Indians! Ten year old, Anna van Stralen has left her homeland of Holland, along with her beloved widowed father, to find their dream in Colorado Territory. Upon reaching America's shore, Anna's father passes away and she is left in her abusive uncle's care for six long, miserable years. Anna, however, never loses sight of her dream, and scrimps and saves every penny until she is able to catch a train to Denver, far away from her uncle. Because of her naivete, something goes terribly awry, and Anna finds herself on the back of a horse, held captive by the fearsome Cheyenne, and headed into the savage wildnerness home of the Indians.

White Eagle is disturbingly handsome, with mesmerizing blue-green eyes, and speaks English better than Anna. In exchange for Anna's freedom and safe passage to Denver City, she agrees to a platonic marriage to White Eagle, a kindhearted but fierce man as well, with a terrible, haunting secret. As Anna learns to live alongside of these gentle, but strange people, she learns some valuable lifelong lessons about prejudice, the color of a man's skin, and the true beauty that lies within a person.

Who is this tenderhearted, but deceitful, fierce man she has married, called White Eagle, and will she ever make it to the place of her and her father's dreams? Is the answer to all of her dreams right inside of her carpetbag? Will she ever be able to let go of her bitterness towards God because of the abuse she has suffered? Will White Eagle find forgiveness in his heart towards the white man, and find peace with God?

Sandi Rog has written a beautiful story of forgiveness and forbidden love--heartrending, exciting, and heartwarming--it's all in there. White Eagle is based on a true character in our country's history, who Sandi Rog gleaned alot of the Cheyenne's cultural practices from, and lends to the authenticity of the storyline. With a deep spiritual thread throughout, alot of twists and turns, and a climactic, satisfying conclusion, this one will definitely have the reader burning the midnight oil! Very nicely done, Sandi Rog! ~Diana Flowers

What an incredible, heart-felt novel! Rich with Native American culture, intrigue, and romance, Walks Alone held me captive to the end. So many desperate choices necessary for survival had to be made, but the things the hero and heroine feared most also made them stronger in the end. The variety of emotions they experienced and the developing love between them compelled me to read on, and more than that, they caused my eyes to well with tears a number of times. I felt the characters' pain and sensed their relief as their many trials made them stronger once they realized they were not alone, but that God was with them all along. Walks Alone contains a lot of realism and spiritual depth, which made me think more about my own faith. Most of all, this is a story of unconditional love and finding true freedom in Christ. He wants us to come to Him because we love Him, not because we were forced. This novel is a beautiful portrayal of Gods love for us and shows us why He gives us the freedom to choose. I loved Walks Alone so much that it's making my favorite fiction list for 2012!  ~Michelle Sutton


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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson ends November 26th

 Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, and the upcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retelling, The Fairest Beauty. She has a degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary in Eastern Europe. She is a member of ACFW and loves to interact with readers on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/melanie.dickerson.author and https://www.facebook.com/MelanieDickersonBooks and on her website, http://www.MelanieDickerson.com. She lives and writes near Huntsville, Alabama with her husband and two daughters. 

A very warm welcome to my wonderful friend, Melanie Dickerson. Thank you for coming this busy holiday week! Melanie has offered to give away a copy of The Merchant's Daughter. Leave a comment telling who your thankful for to be entered. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a follower! Good luck. 



Thank you so much, Debbie Lynne, for having me on your blog! Since this is Thanksgiving week, I wanted to talk about some of the things I’m thankful for as a writer. First I want to say how thankful I am for all my writer friends like Debbie Lynne who are so supportive and understand and can commiserate with me when things aren’t going so well.
I’m also thankful for all my publisher does to help my books be successful—promoting, selling, editing, and especially hiring Magnus Creative’s Mike Heath to do my covers. I am very thankful for my covers!
But most of all, I want to say how thankful I am for my readers. I’m thankful for readers who write to me through my website and tell me how much they loved my books. And I’m thankful for the readers on my facebook pages that are so supportive and positive. Thank you so much for telling your friends about me and my books, for buying my books, checking them out at the library, and sharing them with family and friends! Not sure what I would be doing without readers. Probably not writing! So from my heart, I thank you.
What are you thankful for? Here’s your chance to thank someone, or thank God for something!



Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.


 

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.




 In this Snow White fairy tale retelling, a woman arrives in Hagenheim claiming the young woman betrothed to the duke’s son, Valten, is still alive. With Valten injured, his younger brother, Gabe, defies his family to find Sophie himself. Meanwhile, Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and plans to escape. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom---but can she trust another person to keep her safe?








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Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas at Holly Hill by Martha Rogers Ends November 19th



Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing. She is a member of several writing groups.  A former Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series and several other novels and novellas.

Martha is giving away a copy of her book Christmas at Holly Hill so be sure to leave a comment to be entered. We'd love to hear of any Thanksgiving traditions your family does. Let me know if you follow by feedburner.

‘Tis the Season for Thanksgiving

Gathering with family and friends around a table loaded with good food is special at this time of year for most people. Many tables will have an empty chair for one who is no longer with us. Those who have lost loved ones since last Thanksgiving may find it difficult to celebrate and have joy, but in their hearts there is comfort and peace when that loved one is now celebrating the greatest time of giving thanks. Many are in hospital rooms this day fighting for their very lives, and some will be sitting down to a table with less than others. In all of this we follow Paul’s example and give thanks in the circumstances and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Those who are not as fortunate to have a bountiful year can find hearty meals provided by charitable organizations across the country. These groups share not only with the food but also with the story of our Savior. Volunteering at one of these gatherings can be a real eye opener and will bring great joy to the heart. Watching the faces of children as well as adults partake of what others have shared brings a great deal of peace and hope to those who serve.

Many of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, or even friends are across the ocean serving their country and missing out on the traditions of their families. We remember them and pray for their safe return.

As we take time to pause from our writing and celebrate with our loved ones, we can give thanks for all God has done for us in the past year even though it may have included some rejections and rater meager royalties. God’s plans are far greater than any we could come up with on our own. Let us remember those who are not as blessed as we are. Let us lift our voices in praise to the one true God, the God of Truth and Light and give thanks with a grateful heart for the Son who lived and died that we may eternal life in His presence.

May you all have a blessed and happy day of giving thanks.




Clayton Barlow wants to prove that he’s changed after five years in prison. Even as he is accepted by more and more people in town, he still doesn’t fell worthy of Merry Warner’s love and doesn’t want to hurt her reputation as a fine, upstanding school teacher. His willingness to risk going to jail again in the attempt to free a young girl from bondage finally convinces the town as well as Merry that Clay is a man of courage and deserves their respect. As the trust grows, so does his love for Merry, and the love she once had for him returns as they pledge their lives to one another and to one lonely child. 


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Monday, November 5, 2012

When Shadows Fall by Tina Pinson Ends November 12th



Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and six grandchildren with another on the way.  Tina started her writing in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. Her WWII story Trail of the Sandpiper won third place in the Genesis in 2003.  In the Manor of the Ghost and Touched By Mercy and When Shadows Fall Book 1 in the Shadows Series are available through Desert Breeze Publishers. To Catch a Shadow the next installment of the Shadow Series about the civil war and the Oregon Trail, will be available, June 2013. To Carry her Cross will be available January 2013 and Then There was Grace a Sept 9/11 type story will be available Sept. 2013 and Christmas in Shades of Gray an offbeat Dickens type tale releases December 2013.


               Am I thankful? I'm sure I say this every year, but where did the time go. Shortly 2012 will leave the stage and be filed in the annuals of history. It's been an interesting year. But before this year fades, I still have a month and a half to go. 
              Thanksgiving is coming and I have to ask myself… Am I thankful? Are things better off this year than the last? The world has been on edge financially. There were uprisings in the Middle East and some here at home. The war is still going on in Afghanistan. We are still at odds with Iran. Our ambassador and three others were killed in Libya. When you read this we will have gone through another presidential election. Let's hope my candidate wins. There have been fires and floods, and drought and famine. The gas prices are horrendous. People are still looking for jobs and more seem to fall into poverty everyday.

Wouldn't it be nice to go back to a simpler time? A quiet time. A… Actually, even with all the unrest, we do have it pretty easy in comparison to past generations. Especially to the time my characters live in Shadowed Dreams.
Rebekah is twenty-three and has already lost her parents, a sibling, a husband and a daughter. She has lived in near poverty trying to keep her self and son in a home and food. Now she's on the Oregon Trail with her new husband, Matthew. And getting there wasn't quite that easy.
 Today we have the convenience to get in our car, and drive what will take Matthew and Rebekah 6 months. Remember it already took 2-3 weeks just to get to Independence to join the train.
 Rebekah and Matthew will have stored food to get them through several months. Yes they could stop at stores in some of the towns, but they didn't have ice chests or room to keep too much more than the necessities in their already cramped wagons. And thank about the money they had to save to take the trip.
 We sit in our air-conditioned cars, and pull out credit cards or debit cards to get the gas and snacks we want as we travel.
 Rebekah and Matthew are traveling in the heat, sleeping with bugs and all kinds of critters. Making, at the most, 18 miles or so a day. They cooked over an open flame. Hunted for their meat. Made due with a bit of brush or a hole in the ground for private matters. I know people who get irritated if the color or texture of the toilet paper isn't up to par.
 Roughing it for some Americans is done in expensive campers -- some three times or more the size of the wagons used on the Oregon Trail -- outfitted with every modern convenience, with full bathrooms and queen sized beds.
 We say we need to get a way for the weekend and find some peace.
 Rebekah and Matthew were hoping to leave some of the horrors from the Civil War behind. But they didn't get away from it all.
 We don't live in fear moment-by-moment wondering when some bomb is going to rip our world apart. For me, I just turn off the news and shut the front door and I have quite a bit of peace and quiet. And that's something to be thankful for. I hope you find much to be thankful this year too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you're thankful for, for a chance to win an ebook Copy of Shadowed Dreams.


Matthew has braved the war and near death with one thought in mind… Rebekah. He won her hand in marriage, and now he has a few short months to make her see how much he loves her. How much he needs her. Given the wall she's put up between them, he prays he'll have enough time.

After fleeing the war, Rebekah is determined to go west to Oregon, only to be turned down when she tries to join the train. Matthew's proposal of marriage, in name only to help her west, becomes the miracle she needs. Loving him as she does, she dreads the idea of letting him go once they reach Oregon, but how can she ask him to stay with her, to love her? How could he love her once he's found out her secret? She must guard her heart and his.


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