Today’s The Day!

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Today’s the day!

Today’s the day for the big American Christian Fiction Writer’s Gala where the winners of the Carol Award will be announced. My book, Puzzle House, is a finalist in the novella category sooo…. what’s my thoughts as I wait to hear the announcement tonight?

I’m sure the other two finalists in my category are just as deserving. I’m sure their books are just as good. I’m sure they’ve worked just as hard to get to this point. Of course, I’d love to win but… winning isn’t everything.

Win or lose, God has blessed me by giving me the dream of being a writer and then the dream becoming a reality.

Win or lose, when Monday comes around I’ll be back at my computer working on my next story.

Win or lose, God will still love me as will my husband, family and friends.

Win or lose, I’m blessed in more ways than I have time or space to talk about.

In 2012, I heard the words, “you have bilateral brain tumors.” Those are not words you want to hear! Those words were quickly followed up by explaining that these type of tumors are rarely cancerous. Good news but that doesn’t mean they haven’t wreaked havoc on my life and my health.

As I went ( and still go) through my struggles, Romans 8: 28 has become one of my go-to Bible verses to give me peace and strength. God promises to work out ALL things for good for those who love him. That’s me! But the truth is I couldn’t see how God could work out BRAIN TUMORS for my good.

And yet He did!

Here it is 6 years later and I still struggle with the effects of the brain tumors but… I have peace and joy. I can still write the stories God gives me. And one of the stories He gave me is PUZZLE HOUSE. Puzzle House would never have been written if I hadn’t developed the brain tumors because the main character has what I have. Yes, the same Puzzle House that’s up for the Carol Award.

So as you can see, God really does work all things out for the good of those who love him.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

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Book Review: Shift Your Thinking For Success by Dean Del Sesto

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Shift Your Thinking for Success: 77 Ways to Win at Work and in Life

I believe in Proverbs 23: 7. It says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (NKJV). I believe what we think  can and does change our life. So when I had the chance to read Shift Your Thinking For Success by Dean Del Sesto, I thought it would be a good fit. And I was right!

There’s so much wisdom in this book, this book should be offered to anyone who wants to be or needs a life coach. In fact think of this book as a life coach in a book! The subtitle of the book is 77 ways to win at work and in life. A lot of the information is just good old-fashioned ideas–something that’s in short demand today. But also a lot of it fits in with today’s thinking on branding and how to best use that branding in your business and private life.

For example the 9th way to win is all about integrity. It goes on to give 25 ways to have more integrity. Those 25 ideas alone are worth the price of the book. Another winning way talks about relationship over agenda. Another talks about preparation. Many of the ideas are not new but they are needed. This book is a great way to jumpstart your career and your life.

This book is a definite 5-star book!

Book Review: Praying God’s Promises by Linda Evans Shepherd

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Praying God's Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures

 

God has given us many promises and yet so many of us do not see those promises fulfilled. Linda Evans Shepherd has written a wonderful book that will help us move from being frustrated with our prayer life to basking in God’s love.

This is not a book to be read in a day or even a week. This is a book that can change how to think about God. I’m currently using it as part of my daily devotions. Each time I open the book, I look forward to what I’m going to learn that day. The Promise Garden is part of each chapter. It gives verses that are relevant to that chapter’s topic along with a prayer that agrees with God’s Word.

Some of the topics covered include: comfort; faith; healing; joy; peace; and protection. And that’s just a few of the topics. No matter where you are in  your spiritual walk, this book will lead you further down the path.

A big thank you to Linda Evans Shepherd for writing this book!

Trivia Game Winner!

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First, let me apologize. I said I’d announce the winner on Friday–which obviously didn’t happen. But I’m ready to announce the winner now.

The winner of the trivia game is….drumroll….Trixi! Trixi, you’re the winner.  Use the contact form to tell me what book you want and where you want it from–Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to use the address you want me to send the book to.

Now for the rest of you–I have a surprise. I can send you a PDF copy of one of my books so the instructions for you are to go to Amazon, pick a book, tell me what book you’d like and I’ll send you a PDF copy. Thanks for playing the game with me!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

PS. The book offer is only for those people who already answered the trivia question–as of this moment.

TRIVIA GAME–DAY 3

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 3.

QUESTION 1–‘Call me Ishmael’ is one of the most famous opening lines every written. What’s the name of the book and the author?

QUESTION 2-What’s the last book of the Old Testament?

QUESTION 3-Tell me one interesting thing about the town, city, or area you live in.

 

There you have it. Three days of trivia. I’ll put all the names of anyone who answered all three questions in a bowl and pick a winner of one of my books. If you answered all three days, you’ll have three entries. The answers must be left as a comment on the blog. Thanks and good luck! Winner will be posted on Friday!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Writer of the Day–Gail Palotta

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Gail Palotta is my writer of the day.  Let’s learn a bit more about her. Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http//gailpallotta.com.

Her latest book is Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. Sounds like a fun book. Gail’s going to share a behind the scenes look at it today.

The Story Behind The Story

My mother’s beauty shop in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains inspired Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. While my mother rolled hair, she listened to as many troubles as the local psychologist and heard as much gossip as the area’s nosiest busybody. But the caring attitude of every customer who entered the shop etched a special memory on my heart for my mother’s business and the town where I grew up. It’s even more precious in our divided society now when the word community only means a place to live. I wanted to bring back the camaraderie, acceptance, and respect for others that existed then. And of course, in my mind every town needs romance, mystery and humor.

Blurb: New York stockbroker Philip Wells crashes his rental car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop in Triville, North Carolina. On the same day the young widow’s defective hair products cause wild hairdos. Philip’s attracted to the distraught top-notch hairstylist and asks her out. She starts dating him, but stops because she falls too hard for a wayfarer who’ll leave and break her heart. When there’s another catastrophe in the shop, Philip comes to Eve’s rescue and convinces her to go out as friends. Later he solicits her help to find the thieves who stole his client’s cash. Then they trail two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals. Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

To celebrate the release of Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, she’s giving away a Kindle copy of Barely Above Water, a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner. To enter, leave a comment. Winner will be picked on August 22.

 

 

Buy Barely Above Water on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1W4fUXB 

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment, if you want to win!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

TRIVIA GAME–DAY 2

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 2.

QUESTION 1–Who wrote GREAT EXPECTATIONS?

QUESTION 2-What’s one of your favorite Bible verses? Give the reference and the verse, please.

QUESTION 3-On the TV show NCIS, what is Gibb’s full name?  Who was he named after? You only need to answer one of these questions.

Don’t forget you need to answer as a comment to be entered in the contest.

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!