Monday, December 21, 2015

Red is for Rookie by Anne Green ends 12/28



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THE CRASH
         By
   Anne Greene

The huge four by four double cab truck took the blow on the passenger side where my lovely thirteen-year old granddaughter sat. In the back seat my tiny blonde granddaughter screamed. My handsome son at the wheel yelled, “Hold on tight.”

The sixty-mile impact from the car that T-boned them sent the truck into three side-over-side rolls, then screeching down the pavement driver’s side down until it finally stopped twenty-five yards down the road in the opposite lane.

Were they dead? If they lived, would they be injured and side-lined for the rest of their lives? Earlier in the year, their middle sister who was at a birthday party and not inside the crashed truck, mourned a tragedy when her best friend and the best friend’s siblings died in a similar crash.

With the driver’s side smashed against the road and the passenger side crushed in by the outlaw vehicle, firemen and police arrived within minutes. They pulled the tiny blonde out through the shattered back window. My son unhooked his seat belt which allowed him to stand on the driver’s window. He reached across to his daughter hanging by her seat belt and released her. Firemen pulled her to safety through the only way out, across the second seat and through the small back window. Then my son wedged himself out that shattered back window. The truck was toast.

They were all alive and had sustained no major injuries.

How different that could have been. If they had not worn seat belts they could have been thrown from the vehicle as were my son’s cell phone, and my granddaughter’s shoe.

Seat belts helped save their lives as did the strong truck my son had purchased that week with the express purpose of keeping his children safe.  

As wonderful as seat belts and strong built trucks proved, we know God’s angels held each of those three lives in protective hands. God has a plan and purpose for each of us. God didn’t intend for last Friday’s crash to cripple or end any of those precious lives. Perhaps he wanted to point out to those involved in that deadly crash, that life is fragile and easily lost. Perhaps He had another reason. Probably He had many reasons. I do know that it was not God’s time for them to die.

No one inside the truck saw the on-coming vehicle that could have spelled death. The impact was completely unexpected. We do not know when death or pain will hit us, but we do know that in this life we will experience pain, and we will die. How do we live with that knowledge?

God tells us in his Word in Hebrews 1:14, Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
I know my son and my two granddaughters were safe in the hand of God when the truck in which they rode was demolished. There is no safer place then inside the hand of God. John 10:28 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Read her Christmas novellas, A Christmas Belle and A Groom For Christmas. Her Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II, first book Angel With Steel Wings, and read her private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas, first book Red Is For Rookie. Enjoy her award-winning Scottish historical romances, Masquerade Marriage and Marriage By Arrangement. Anne hopes her stories transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books on http://www.Amazon.com.



Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie, is the first book in a new Stephanie Plum-type mystery series.
Except Holly has a Christian world view.

A rookie private investigator tracks a kidnapper poised to kill her best male friend. Will she find her friend in time to save his life? A seasoned PI from a competing firm dogs her footsteps. So why is she falling for the guy? Will she trust her heart to the life-long friend or the danger-addicted PI?

In this first book, Holly progresses from rookie to experienced PI. She gains confidence in her ability to perform her job. She grows from questioning her career choice to realizing she’s in the center of God’s will. She discovers she can be a Christian light in the dark world of criminals. She recovers from being left at the altar and having no love life and discovers two to-die-for men love her. She’s primed for the new PI job the Lord sends her way.

HOLLY won 2nd place in the Daphne du Maurier contest, Finalled in the Genesis Contest, won 2nd place in the Fool For Love contest, and 3rd place in the Heart of the Rockies contests.






RED IS FOR RACE
Tracking a kidnapper is an unusual assignment for a private investigator. But Matt is Holly’s lifelong friend. During the race to save him, Holly discovers a lot more than she bargained for. Matt’s in love with her.

                                                            RED IS FOR RISK
Holly’s world has never been more dangerous. Her mother’s convinced Holly will end up dead, so she hires a PI to protect Holly. She needs Stryker’s savvy and expertise and is eager for his help, though she risks her heart working with the danger-loving man.

                                                            RED IS FOR REVENGE
Stryker’s past returns to haunt him. The kidnapper wants revenge. Stryker risks his life Holly. The dangerous race transforms Holly from a Rookie into a seasoned PI. But with the two men turning her life upside down, can Holly take the heat?





Friday, December 18, 2015

Two Giveaways by Darlene Franklin ends 12/21


Please welcome Darlene Franklin to my blog this week. Darlene is doing two giveaways, The COMPLETE Christmas Collection and her devotional, so be sure to stop by Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's posts and leave a comment for a better chance to win!

PROLOGUE

Angel Vale, Crook County, Wyoming Territory, June 1877

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Jake Underwood looked at Matt across the packing crate he was unloading onto a shelf at his store in the small mining town. “What's this all about?”
            Matt’s grin widened. “Why, I’ve figured how to make me some money, seeing as how my claim on the river didn’t make me enough money to earn a plug nickel. I thought I’d ask you to give it a look-see and tell me what you think.”
Jake frowned as he read the words again, wondering if he was misreading Matt’s sloppy handwriting. “Christmas Angels? Marriage broker? Are you setting up in the mail order bride business?” Matt had experimented with a lot of money-making schemes through the years, but this was his most outrageous idea yet.
“Yup.” Matt snapped his suspenders against his chest. “There’s plenty of men in Angel Vale ready to settle down. There’s the ranchers who were already here settling in before they found gold last year. Then there’s the miners who struck gold, the ones that didn’t spend it all away on gambling and fancy duds and such. And there’s not a bride to be had in all of Crook County, at least not one any god-fearing man would pick.” Matt winked. “There’s you, for instance. Why a fine man like yourself, with a good head for business and in good standing with the Lord, isn’t married yet is beyond me.”
Jake huffed. “You’ve got twenty years on me, and you’re not married.”
“Maybe I wasn’t ready until now.” Matt’s smile turned serious. “It’s time I stop drifting across the plains like tumbleweed. Gold or not, I want to stay put here in Angel Vale. Got to stay here, to keep you in line, don’t I?”
Jake simply smiled. “Do you really think men will pay money for this service?” He scratched his forehead. “I’ve seen some of those advertisements they put in the paper. Don’t cost that much. Why would they pay you to do it for them?”
“I’m aiming to bring a whole bevy of women, find a good match for everyone who’s interested. I’d like to see a bride for everyone who wants one, including you and me, if you want. I’ll find someone back east to help me out, choose the finest women while I weed through the men who are interested.” He picked up a lemon drop, placed a penny in the change jar by the register, and stuck the candy in his mouth. “You watch. The men’ll come out of the woodwork for the service I aim to provide.”
A wife. Matt didn’t know how often Jake’s mind had turned toward matrimony in recent days. He had always thought to marry when he reached thirty, but he had passed that milestone almost a year ago. No matrimonial prospects existed in the town of Angel Vale. It would take a host of Christmas angels to provide for the needs of the town’s single men.
“See what I have here,” Matt said. “I’ve found several circulars advertising for brides. I figure we can write letters to send to all of ‘em, and see what kind of response we get.”
“I have a better idea.” Jake pulled out his Bible. “When I was a young boy.” Before things turned sour with his father. “Pa made me promise on the Bible.” He lifted in the air. “That if I ever got ready to marry, he wanted me to find a bride from the town where he grew up, Merville, Maine. It’s right on the coast, the prettiest little place on God’s green earth to hear him tell it. It’s where he met my mother, before he dragged her to the California goldfields. After Ma died, Pa never did make it back home.” A sad smile played around Jake’s mouth.
“That’s a sad story, son, I know,” Matt said. “But sure, as long we’re looking for a passel of women willing to come west to marry, why not start with Merville?”
 Jake talked through the idea. “I even know the name of the church. We can write to the church, explain the situation, and ask if any of the women might be interested.”
            Matt snapped his fingers, like all was decided. “Let’s get going.” He held one of the circulars close to his heart. “What do the men need to say about themselves?”    
“Things like our occupations, ages, how we expect to provide for a wife, whether or not we’re a believer, and maybe a little bit about our personality.” Jake took a pencil and sharpened it while he gave it some thought. “I could say, Jacob Underwood, thirty, Christian, merchant with good business, seeks a wife.” Narrowing his eyes, Jake thought about what qualities he wanted in a wife. “She must love the Lord, be kind and considerate, and have a sense of adventure.” Satisfied, he cleared his throat. “What do you want to say about yourself?”
            Matt stomped his foot with glee. “I’ll figure it out. So, are you in?”
            Excitement burbled inside Jake. Lord willing, Angel Vale would have a bevy of mail order angels by Christmas.





Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.




Twitter: @darlenefranklin




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Devotion and 2 Giveaways by Darlene Franklin ends 12/21

Please welcome Darlene Franklin to my blog this week. Darlene is doing two giveaways, The COMPLETE Christmas Collection and her devotional, so be sure to stop by Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's posts and leave a comment for a better chance to win!

DEVOTION
BELIEVE IT OR NOT

They [the scholars from the East] could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
Matthew 2:10

The first two chapters of Matthew give us details of the Christmas story, ones that anchor Jesus’ birth in time and space. Like today, people then chose to believe or not, each in his own way.
We see Joseph in chapter 1. An angel spelled out the message, and he dared to believe the impossible.
The message came to Herod from foreigners. Instead of joining them in worship of the Messiah, the announcement filled both king and priests with fear. Herod ordered the assassination of the foreigners when they returned to Jerusalem. The birth of Israel’s king made him afraid. Instead of Joseph’s faith and obedience, Herod wanted to kill the threat. He dispatched his soldiers to murder all boys under the age of two in Bethlehem. (God warned Joseph in a dream to escape.)
The wise men, or “band of scholars,” had no direct revelation. They studied God through nature, especially the stars. In some way, they learned about Israel’s king and his importance. Without angels or scripture, based only on what they saw in the sky, they believed. They not only believed, but also invested a lot of money and four years of time in order to worship Israel’s Messiah.
Today’s verse suggests they reacted with giddy joy when they found Jesus and Mary. They believed, they obeyed—and they received a unique gift.
Today, we have at least three ways of receiving God’s message.
His Word, the Bible, includes the accounts of the miraculous birth of God’s Son.
The message can be found in the trappings of Christmas. How about carols, which proclaim “God and sinner reconciled” and “Christ the Savior is born”? Gifts reflect God’s greatest gift, lights illuminate the Light of the World, and Christmas trees remind us of eternal life. Some churches celebrate Advent and utilize Chrismon symbols.
If we are Christians, we hear His message in our hearts, since He lives within us.
How do you respond to the message of Christmas?
Advent Reflections: Are there aspects of the Christmas story that you accept by faith but don’t understand, such as the virgin birth of Jesus? How do you respond to the Christmas message? What part does it play in your faith in Christ?


Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.



Twitter: @darlenefranklin