Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Easter by Leann Harris
I was touch by Marta's post yesterday. This is Easter week where we walk through the suffering, death and Resurrection of Christ. Years ago I heard a song on the radio by Harvest
entitled Because I Am
where Mary meets Christ on the road and tells him if he'd hurried her brother, Lazarus, wouldn't be dead. Christ responds I am the Resurrection, I am the Life, and he who believes in me, though dead shall not die. Because I am
When I first heard those words, I got chill bumps. To this day, I can't listen to that song without it touching my heart. It is a song of hope.
As I see my garden, the life coming back to it, that also speaks to my of life and this Easter week.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Eastertide by Marta Perry
Somehow in the midst of Holy Week I can't bring myself to blog the usual things about my writing or my books, so I hope you'll bear with me as I share some thoughts on this time of the Christian year. Each year, as we move toward Easter, I find myself remembering the truth of something I heard long, long ago from our pastor--we can't have the joy of Easter morning without going through the grief of Good Friday.
Now, when I was teaching young children in the church, I modified that just a bit--I would never teach children about Good Friday without, in the same session, going on to the joy of Easter morning! Some truths must be modified for little ones.
But for those of us of more mature years, I think it's important not to skip the hard parts. Much as we might long for the beautiful lilies and the hallelujahs of Easter morning, they become so much more meaningful when we've stopped in our busy week of coloring Easter eggs and preparing special Easter foods to meditate on the events of the last week in Jesus's life and to mourn with those who loved him when it seemed there would be no future at all.
Some among us are going through dark days of their own right now and wondering if the sun will ever shine again. Please know that many prayers are rising for you. Please know that beyond the darkness of grief and pain there is a glorious Easter sunrise waiting for you and those you love.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Allie Pleiter on Beautiful Covers
If there’s one thing at which Love Inspired excels, it’s creating gorgeous
I’ve been thrilled with most of my covers over the course of my career, even surprised by some. I hope one day I get to visit the art department and convey my thanks in person to these talented folks.
I love the sense of sunlight and open sky in this cover. I hope it entices you to try out the finale of a sweeping Oklahoma series.
Labels: allie pleiter, Bridegroom Brothers series, Karen Kirst, Laurie Kingery, Love Inspired Historical
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Looking for your help...
Good morning! Jenna Mindel here with a question. Okay, maybe a couple of questions. As a reader, especially a reader of Love Inspired romances, what draws you to pick up the latest copy on the shelves? Is it the cover? A favorite author, or that the book is part of a series of connected stories?
I'm currently working on a proposal for a new series, and while I know what I like in a series - that connection that keeps me coming back for more books, I was wondering about other folks' preferences.
Do you look for a common setting like a small town? A family connection,or a series built around an interesting occupation. Or even an exotic place.
Let me know your thoughts!
And if you email me your name and address through my website www.jennamindel.com
you'll be entered to win a copy of my January release, Season of Redemption
. Thanks, so much!
Labels: Jenna Mindel, Love Inspired Romance, Season of Redemption
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Whole Lot of Shaking Going On
Susan Sleeman here. We had an earthquake Sunday night. Not a big one.
Just a 3.3 and we were a few miles from the epicenter. No damage. No injuries. Still,
our house shook twice as my hubby, daughter, and I looked at each other. We've
experienced bigger quakes so I knew immediately it was an earthquake. Nothing else
feels quite like the rolling of the ground beneath your feet and let me tell
you, nothing makes you feel as helpless either.
This made me think about Dark
Tide, my latest book release and final book in my Justice Agency series. The hero Derrick Justice lost his birth parents
in a car accident and his adoptive parents were murdered. He doesn't want to
experience such loss again so he puts all kinds of controls in place so he can
make sure bad things don't happen in his life. But, as we all know, you can't control
Like the earthquake. We could do nothing to stop it. Nothing. And experiencing that unsettling shaking of my home served as a reminder to me, a control freak of sorts, that God is in control
and I need to rest in the assurance of His control rather than try to fight it.
What about you? Have you experienced an earthquake or another situation
where you were totally out of control? How did you react? Did it change your
MISSION: PROTECT BABY
Gina Evans knows her brother was murdered—even if the police won't believe her.
After catching a quick glimpse of the evidence her brother had gathered, the
same criminals are after her and her baby niece. And Gina's only hope is the
man she left behind.
Despite the painful memories, private investigator Derrick Justice won't
fail Gina and her baby. Yet now, the woman he never stopped loving and the baby
he's come to adore are in a killer's crosshairs. But can Derrick trap the
cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again?
SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and Thread of Suspicion for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award.
In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon, but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.
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Labels: Author Susan Sleeman, Love Inspired Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Susan Sleeman, The Justice Agency
Monday, April 7, 2014
Lost and Found--Lenora Worth
Have you ever lost something really special, so special that you mourned the loss for a long time? I lost a bracelet about three years ago and I sure did miss that bracelet. I wore it everywhere and considered it a touchstone of sorts. It brought me a peace and calm when I traveled and it gave me instant joy each morning when I'd put it on. I thought I'd lost it on the road somewhere or maybe I'd misplaced it in my home. I even tried to find another one in the discontinued line at Brighton. When we moved to Florida, I went through every purse and jewelry box, hoping I'd find it tucked away somewhere. I remember thinking that maybe I'd put it in a safe place and somehow I'd forgotten where that place might be.
Well, about two weeks ago I was going through a purse I hadn't used in a while looking for something else. (Probably money). I reached into a small pocket and felt something inside. And I pulled out my beloved bracelet! I was so shocked and overjoyed I had to sit down and just look at it for about five minutes. It was a bit tarnished in spots but it was my bracelet. I've used that purse so many times since I lost the bracelet, I couldn't believe I'd never felt inside that tiny pocket.
The lesson here is sometimes we search and search for something "out there" when the real treasure has been right here with us all along. I think God's love is like that. We search for answers out there when His love is tucked away inside each of us to begin with.
I hope you can find some tiny treasures in your life today. They are hidden in plain sight :)
Labels: Brighton, jewelry, Lenora Worth, Love Inspired Books, treasures
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Things I Do For Research.
Patricia Davids here. Happy Spring.
If you want to be a writer, or you are a writer, you have to
be prepared to do some research. I always knew that. Happily for me, I love
research. Hours and hours in the library, pouring through old books. Finding
out wonderful facts. That is fun.
As it turns out, sitting in the library will only get you so
far when it comes to writing realistically about something you aren't familiar
with. Take the Amish. There is still a lot I don't know about the Amish even after
12 books in my Brides of Amish Country series. Their culture is so diverse that
what works for an Amish romance set in Ohio won't necessarily work for a story
set in Pennsylvania.
didn't want a dozen books about farmers and quilters, I had to investigate
business run by Amish families. There are many. I've been to visit an alpaca
farm, ridden in a buggy, sat behind a draft horse in a wagon, took a tour of a
printing press company and museum. I've visited a fabric shop and quilt store
in an Amish community, visited with Old Order Mennonite women at a family run café,
spent hours talking to my nephew's wife about being nurse-midwife, and I even
interviewed the cutest small town sheriff ever. (If I get arrested, it will be
in Council Grove.) I have watched a buggy wheel being made in a blacksmith shop
and seen a huge sewing machine for making leather harnesses. In all, less than
one tenth of what I've learned goes into any given book. But they don't call me
the trivia queen for nothing. Just ask me. I'm sure I'll have an answer and if
I don't, I will make one up. I write fiction, you know.
latest book, THE SHEPHERD'S BRIDE, I have the privilege of visiting a sheep
farm during lambing season. Talk about hard work, awesome dogs and cute, cuddly
baby lambs. I will admit that alpacas have won my heart, but a baby lamb comes
in a close second.
going to open it up to questions here. What would you like to know about the
Amish, sheep or even alpacas?
know sheep can be buried under the snow for nearly a week and survive? The heat
from their bodies will melt breathing holes. They'll dig down to grass or eat each
other's wool for food and they can get enough water by eating snow? Boggles the
Labels: Amish fiction, Patricia Davids, Research, sheep
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