The MacGregor Legacy - For Love or Loyalty

1760 Scotland - To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late.

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour - "Song of My Heart" by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
 
Song of My Heart
Bethany House
by
 
Kim Vogel Sawyer
#christianfiction

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of 15 novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and numerous grandchildren.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Song of My Heart, go HERE.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dream: No Prayer is Ever Forgotten

Dream Description
I found a huge stack of blue prayer cards from our church hidden in the woods. The first stack were from the early 1990's. Other stacks were older, as far back as the 1970's.

Interpretation
Not one prayer had been forgotten and some were still being answered. God wanted me to know that He would hear my prayers as well. 

"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review - "A Hope Undaunted" by Julie Lessman

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Description

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever? A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series.

My Review
Katie O'Connor has a lot of growing up to do, but first she makes some unwise decisions that nearly cost her to lose what she really wants. She has a lot in common with Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. She's spoiled, selfish at times, and goes after what she wants with a vengeance. Cluny McGee, or Luke as he's called, was a poor orphan who grew up on the streets and now wants to save the world, even if it means sacrificing his life to do it. They are complete opposites and attract like magnets. 

Julie Lessman writes with passion and she creates characters with real life issues and baggage. Just when you think everything is going to work out, she throws in another twist to the story and things get worse. The story is fun, entertaining, but also has a moral and spiritual plot when Katie and Luke learn life's lessons and face things they have no control over. Katie must decide if she's going to choose her family's faith, and Luke must allow himself time to grieve and heal. It's a great story. 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Honor the Lord with Your INCREASE not Lack

"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase, so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine." (Proverbs 3:9-10)

I've highlighted the word increase because it is often overlooked in this scripture when used in teachings on the concept of tithes and offerings. If you're struggling with finances, how to pay your living expenses and unexpected expenses that can't be avoided, then I want to encourage you with this post. If your necessary bills add up to more than you make each month, you are NOT in increase each time you get paid. You are in lack


I'm not referring to bad choices such as credit card debt that COULD have been avoided, multiple vehicles you don't need, excessive vacations you shouldn't have taken, shopping addictions, etc. Anyone can spend themselves into debt. I'm referring to job loss, cuts in pay, medical expenses, increases in the cost of gas and insurance with years of no pay raise--things you need and circumstances you couldn't help. 

Don't buy into the guilt ridden deception that Satan often uses to cause you to further your debt through tithes and offerings you aren't meant to pay in this season of your life. The sad part about this is the fact that the devil will use the church and well-respected ministry leaders to plant seeds of guilt. God loves you unconditionally. He isn't going to make you tithe your rent or mortgage payment as an act of faith in order to bring you a bigger blessing. He will bless you because He loves you. He knows you have signed an agreement--a covenant to pay that bill. God will never expect you to break one covenant to honor another. 


"Owe no one anything except to love one another." (Romans 13:8) 


If you are in lack, who is it better to owe? Mankind who has no mercy? Or God who's mercies are new each morning? His covenant with you cannot be broken since it was bought, purchased, and paid for by the blood of Christ--forever! God owns all of it, no matter who's bank account it sits in, whether in your bank, your bill collector, or your church. He owns it all. If God wants that money, the gates of hell won't stop Him, because it is already His.


If you're in increase, by all means, tithe and give offerings to your heart's content since this is your season of prosperity. It doesn't matter if you tithe on your gross or net. I believe that is between you and God. Allow Him to lead you. 


Don't ever tithe and give offerings in lack because you've been bullied and/or manipulated into doing so. Instead, you should be concentrating and praying for a way out of your debt/lack to break the cycle of poverty on your back. Make wise choices that lead to good stewardship. When you are back in increase, begin tithing again as God leads you. 
 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dream: Forgiven and Saved By Grace

Dream Description
I had a dream about a young girl at our church and we took her to a drug rehabilitation center. She sneaked out carrying something in her hand and wearing a yellow raincoat. We split up chasing after her into a store. She stood in line to buy something and we thought it might be drugs. She handed over her money, a wad of old antique money. 

Fulfillment
The young girl was a recovering drug-addict at our church. Our church was her rehabilitation center. Her sneaking out was the temptation to backslide, but many at the church surrounded her with support and helped her through it. The old antique money was her letting go of the past and handing it over.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Allow God to be the Director

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:6)

We can be favored by lots of people and many friends, or gain attention from skills and talented gifts, but as children of God, we must first acknowledge Christ and the gifts/favor comes from Him and not of ourselves. For we are nothing without Christ Jesus. As long as we remember our humble beginnings and acknowledge Christ Jesus as our strength, then our place in Him will be clear, and He will direct the path in which we should take. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour: "In Too Deep" by Mary Connealy

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
 
In Too Deep
Bethany House
by
 
Mary Connealy
#christianfiction




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist, and an IRCC Award finalist.

Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These books and a third are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas trilogy.

Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist. Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

She is also the author of Black Hills Blessing, a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries, and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter. And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they'd planned.

Ethan doesn't expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he's terrified of the pain he's felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He's determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch. Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!

What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Too Deep, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:




Monday, February 13, 2012

Dream: When Changes Comes to the Church

Dream Description
I walked into church and instead of sitting on the first level as usual, many of us chose to sit in the balcony. A girl began singing onstage, but her voice sounded horrible. Several pews on the first level were missing. The carpet was no longer maroon, but gray. Most of the first level was barren except a few people sitting in the back on cheap fold-up chairs in the back where pews used to exist. Trash and residue was all over the floor as if there had been a party. 

Interpretation
A trusted friend's interpretation said that all of the people sitting in the balcony represents those moving to a higher place in the Spirit. The barren first level is the removal of the Lord's presence and the trash represents fleshly manmade agendas. The horrible sound from the girl's singing is how it sounds to the Lord and those in the balcony who want more. 

Fulfillment
Eventually this did happen in the church. Several manmade agendas were exposed and many left the church. Discord rose among the congregation, even the staff. Several pastors including the senior pastor left.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Word of Inspiration: You Are Washed, Sanctified & Justified

"Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

The Lord is so Holy that ANY sin is sin. We are the ones who categorize sin, not God. If we must be washed for one sin, we must be washed for ALL sin. But that is the good news, through Christ Jesus we are washed, sanctified and justified! This means that once we turn to Jesus, we must give up our old lifestyle so that it isn't more important to us than Christ. This doesn't mean we will never sin again, but that we repent and ask for forgiveness when we do, and try not to sin again. This is why God's mercies are new every day. We cannot be committed to our sin, if we are committed to Christ. 


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour - "Ruth's Redemption" by Marlene Banks

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
 
Ruth's Redemption
Moody Publishers (February 1, 2012)
by
 
Marlene Banks
#christianfiction


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Marlene Banks worked 30+ years in nursing and the business arena. Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature. She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes. Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Set in the 1800s, Ruth's Redemption, is an unusual depiction of the lives of slaves and free blacks in pre-Civil War America. Bo was educated while enslaved and given his freedom. He now owns a farm where he buys slaves for the sole purpose of giving them their freedom.

Bo is also a man of God and a widower whose life is destined to change when he meets the proud and hard-hearted slave girl, Ruth. She has known nothing but servitude and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding, Ruth struggles to adjust to life outside of bondage. She wants no part of Bo's Godly devotion. Yet, Bo is unlike any man she's known and her experiences with him will leave her forever changed.

A gripping slave era novel, Ruth's Redemption is a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God's unconditional love in the darkness of a culture's cruel socially accepted inhumanity.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruth's Redemption, go HERE.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Trust in the Lord

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

As we go through life, we'll experience many things that we won't understand while it's happening and we're deep in the midst of it. But on the other side as we make it through some of these experiences, we'll come to understand why things happened the way they did to make us stronger, to bring us to new places that we wouldn't have gone voluntarily, and to meet new people we wouldn't have otherwise met. It's during these difficult experiences, the storms in our life, that we must trust in the Lord to lead us through it. Our understanding alone will not be enough to pull us through, but the Lord's understanding, the One who knows all things, will bring us through everything--if we will trust in Him.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Dream: The Role of a Virtuous Woman in the Home

Dream Description
I dreamed that this woman was using an old-fashioned push mower with a rotary blade to mow her yard. The grass was up to her knees and as soon as she would mow it, the grass would instantly grow back as high as her knees. She was going around in circles and getting nothing accomplished. Then I heard a bomb explosion, and I chastised her for destroying her house.

Fulfillment
This woman was raising three children and homeschooling them. A few years later, it was revealed that she was neglecting the education of her children. She wasn't consistent with what she taught and the lessons had too much time between each, causing the children to forget what little they had managed to learn. Eventually the whole situation blew up when her eldest daughter wanted to go to college, and it was discovered that she could barely read on a 7th grade level. Her 8 year old couldn't read or write at all. Her husband was angry when he realized the extent of the problem.

"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships,  She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. 

"She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land"

She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:10- 31)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"Highland Crossings" Releases Today!

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Highland Crossings Novella, Feb 2012
1) Healer of My Heart (1740) by Pamela Griffin
2) Printed on My Heart (1758) by Laurie Alice Eakes
3) Sugarplum Hearts (1789) by Gina Welborn
4) Heart's Inheritance (1815) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The four stories in  Highland Crossings is centered around the lives of the McKay and McPherson cousins and their descendants. A priceless brooch is given to an ancestress for a good deed she once performed for the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and serves as the motivation that tears the family apart. It plays a role in bringing the sisters together after twenty years of separation, gives a daughter a start on her dreams, and a granddaughter a new plan for the future. Each finds her way in the New World, the new nation, and a new century, finding God’s purpose for their lives and the loves of their hearts.




Places to Purchase Highland Crossings