Monday, May 22, 2017

Sword of the Matchmaker review by Author Kathleen L. Maher

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Review by Author Kathleen L. Maher

Sword of the Matchmaker is a short, sweet, and fast paced romance of a reluctant knight and his bonny lady which will have you turning pages. Sir Thomas Godfrey is the Master-at-arms for Hawkwood Castle in England and for many years he has taken his job seriously. When a younger lass from a Highlands clan appears, claiming his late father owed her a favor, his curiosity piques. But her warrior demeanor tests his inclinations. Is she who she claims, or is there more to this proud, independent woman? Perchance the soft, kind heart of a true lady? He tells himself that he is too old and set in his ways to pursue anything further with this woman.

Penelope Beatty has run out of options. Her clansmen have all but been annihilated by rival clans, and her father has died, leaving her with something very valuable. Her only chance of protecting his legacy and her own life is to seek refuge with an Englishman who once owed her father a favor. But instead she meets the man's cheeky and proud son who will decide her fate in a foreign land.

When Brithwin, the playful but persistent lady of the manor plays Matchmaker, neither heart can withstand her persuasive ways or deny their feelings. But old habits die hard. Can a battle-seasoned lass accept this new master of her heart? And can a Master-at-arms make room to embrace a fiery lady his equal in both love and war?

Debbie Lynne writes with the same authenticity and compelling, action-packed narrative that made Sword of Forgiveness the bestseller it was. It was a treat to revisit the characters we fell in love with – –Lord Royce Warwick and Lady Brithwin, Sir Thomas, and the wonderful castle setting of Hawkwood. Add a feisty Scottish warrior lass to the mix and you have another captivating medieval romance to whet your appetite for the upcoming sequel about Royce's brother. But be forewarned, you will be most eager to get your hands on the next story in the Winds of Change series! 

Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.

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After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
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Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Mission Trip to Haiti You CAN Help!

Debbie Lynne here today. Thank you for stopping by The Sword and Spirit. Today is about the people of Haiti. I'm trying to accomplish two things with today's post, one is to raise money to help raise funds for the many needs of the Haitian people. The second reason I'm writing this post is to find a church willing to come alongside of a new church plant in the mountains of Haiti. 

More on how you can help at the end.

I recently took a trip to Haiti. Our pastor grew up in Haiti as a mission kid. His parents attend our church and are active with our youth. So for the past 8 years I've heard about Haiti. I've heard stories of what it was like living there, stories of the poverty, the lack of medical intervention, the lack of food. I've seen pictures from previous mission trips. Pictures of what they call home...shacks with metal roofs, dirt floors, a piece of fabric to cover the missing wall. But no matter how many times I heard about it or saw the pictures could prepare me for seeing it first hand. 


We landed in Port-au-Prince and loaded up into a dump truck and a rough van. We pulled out of the airport and started making our way toward our destination--the mountains of Haiti. 

But to get there we had to leave the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area and the two million six hundred thousand people that live there. As we drove through (and I do mean through) the crowds of people, I couldn't stop the tears from falling. 

I looked into the hopeless, empty eyes of so many Haitians in need of not only food but a risen Savior. 

It felt hopeless indeed. And that's why I cried. We were just a hand full of people, twenty something in all on this trip.

What could we do? And we weren't even staying in this area but going up to the poorer areas in the mountains. 

I couldn't stop thinking, how could people be any poorer than these? My pastor's wife and good friend reminded me of the story of the starfish.

A little boy walked along the beach after a bad storm. The beach sand was covered in starfish as far as the eye could see. He walked along and threw them back in the ocean as he went. An older man walked by and told the little boy it was hopeless, didn't he see the thousands of starfish dying on the beach? He asked the little boy, "Do you really think you're making a difference?" The little boy bent down and picked one up and tossed it into the ocean. "It made a difference to that one."

And that is exactly how I had to look at this trip. There are so many people in need in Haiti. We couldn't help them all, so we had to focus on the ones we could help. 

We got to Sequin, the mountains of Haiti. A place where you truly wake above the clouds. 

It's breathtaking and heartbreaking up there. I was part of a medical team that traveled to the remote villages in the mountains.

Gilly! Our interpreter and a seminary student

Church service before one of the medical clinics.

My interpreter
Interpreters and our PA

some of our interpreters.

Many of these people never saw a doctor before. They waited all day, walked for miles through the mountainous terrain to have 5 minutes with a doc/PA/nurse. 
our pharmacy
little boy beating a bag of beans to crush them
Separating the beans
I think I feel in love with the Haitian people that first day. I have no medical training but they didn't care. I'd had a 10 minute lesson on triage and they trusted me to do it right. It was really a humbling experience. 

The people there are so poor but so generous. If we as Americans were as generous and self-sacrificing as many of the Haitians I met, I'd dare say we'd have no poverty here.

Someone shared that I love coconuts and we not only were given fresh coconuts but had the privilege of watching a young boy climb the tree. It was amazing!
All Americans are rich in comparison to the Haitian people. And what was really amazing was they never complained. They are some of the hardest working people I've ever seen. And to know how little they have yet they wake at 5 a.m. singing praises to God! WOW!!! 
Baptism in the river

The man who has a heart for Haiti and makes all this happen.

I don't think you can go to a country like Haiti and NOT have it change your life. It makes you see that it isn't 'things' that make us happy. He is a personal relationship with the Lord that brings true joy.

I'm writing this post because of the burden I have for these beautiful people. If you want to support a mission that 100% of every dollar you send goes to the place you designate, then please check out Parakaleo International. Everyone who works there volunteers their time so that all money given can go to helping the people in need. Parakaleo hooks up churches in the US with new church plants in Haiti. These churches NEED us. They meet under tarps or if they are lucky a tin roof. Right now Parakaleo International is looking for a church to come alongside a church plant in the mountains in the Bedoranj area. If your church is interested contact Parakaleo International or me and I'll put you in contact with them. 

Please click on the link and donate to Parakaleo International. Even a dollar will help us move closer to our goal. Help us help these people.

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