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Sin Is Not Breaking A List Of Do’s & Don’ts, by John Mendis

Sin is Not Breaking a List of Do’s and Don’ts 

Today I’m pleased to have a guest poster. John’s written a 17 page essay that sounds intriguing.

Here’s the summary:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” said, Mahatma Gandhi. Could it be possible that many Christians are so unlike Christ, because they never understood how sinful they were? And because they didn’t understand how sinful they were, they never understood how deep God’s grace was to sinners like them. And since they never experienced this amazing grace, they never could extend the same kind of love and grace towards others. After all, how can you give someone Grace, when you haven’t received Grace?”

Available on for $2.00. Let me know if you read it, and what you think!

A Deep Thing

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I’m pleased to introduce you to a book that’s close to my heart because it’s also a mystery/thriller/romance from my publisher, Wild Rose Press/Crimson. The Kaleidoscope is mentioned at the conclusion and so when AK Smith contacted me about our mutual books, I couldn’t wait to dive in. See what I did there?

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

As I began reading, I was immediately drawn into the exotic world of scuba, and the main character, Kendall Rigg’s journey to solve the mystery surrounding her husband’s death while he was diving cenotes in Mexico. Cenotes are deep underground reservoirs of water that are the only source of fresh water in the Yucatan Peninsula. And apparently a really dangerous place to dive!

The location is beautiful, the plot is compelling, and the writing is lovely.

“Cave decorations came in all shapes and sizes; they grew from the ceiling and from the floor, resembling rippled sheets or even twisted worms. Stalactites and stalagmites were the most commonly known, but decorations in the cenotes were outstanding.”  Kindle loc 1092

I recommend A Deep Thing for its setting and plot, and especially because it’s obvious that AK has done her homework. The details are well researched and the setting and scuba scenes she weaves together make for a great read.

Summary

What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?
Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living.

A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.

From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?

About the Author

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AK Smith is oiginally from Western Pennsylvania, she is the youngest out of six children. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and abroad in London and Mexico.  She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (MA) SAHE program. She has worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University and Western Maryland College. She has written for various national and international publications and blogs including Flight Network, Examiner.com and has been a monthly travel columnist for Rocky Point Times Newspaper for the last six years.  Published in various print publications including two cover features in Mexico Living Magazine she continues to trek the world to experience off-the-beaten-road destinations. She is also the author of Travel Secrets: Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacation under the name Anita Kaltenbaugh on Amazon (release date 2-1-2017).

Fascinated by the ‘What If’s’ in life, she still wonders if Shangri-La and The Holy Grail exist—hidden somewhere—waiting to be discovered. Her favorite question, “What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” led her to both marriage and writing her first book.

Her big loves are her husband, family, friends, and kindness. Her goal is to step foot on every continent on Planet Earth—she’s slowly getting there. Member of: RWA and Desert Rose RWA chapter Scottsdale.

Please contact : aksmithbook@gmail.com, @aksmithbook, facebook/aksmithbook or follow her blog at www.wordstravelfilm.com. She loves to hear from readers!

Bev out.

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If you haven’t already, find me on Facebook! Here’s the latest post. We’re talking about what you hope for the future. Find out what others are saying.

 

Everyone's been talking about "The Kaleidoscope," my new suspense/mystery/thriller from Wild Rose Press because of its…

Posted by Beverly Nault on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Meet The Kaleidoscope Cast- Pepper

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Pepper’s a spunky survivor still a bit wobbly from her recent chemo treatments, a disappointing past love life, and unsure about the future until the ‘scope shows her something that changes everything. Her kick-butt philosophies and skittish mutt called Glenda send Harold reaching for the pause button, but neither of them can stop events that send them on an adventure they never imagined facing together.

Here’s a scene featuring Pepper:

Ruddy complexions were like skywriting, a girl in high school had told him (Harold) once. The message may appear slowly, but everyone can see it for miles around and remember it for days. “I have to get back to work.” He gathered up his trash and headed for the can. When he turned around, Pepper was standing close, nose to his chin. “Tell Glenda hello.” Before he could go, she grabbed his arm.

“Harry, I really mean it. I am glad I saw…what I saw. Where did you get it again? Could I get one like it, or is that a one-of-a-kind thing?”

He told her about the encounter in the park with the homeless man. “It’s a mystery why he picked me.” He pictured the day of the handoff, the police hurrying the old guy away before he could explain himself. The police responding to his own complaint about the vagrants camping out. She was the first person he shared this with.

“You have been given much responsibility in many areas.” With that, she stood on tiptoe and pecked him on the cheek. “You have been given a gift. Thank you for sharing your magical looking-piece with me.”

“Um. You’re welcome. And thanks.” He demurred, dropping his hand from her grip. “But I don’t believe in magic.”

“A man of science and numbers, I get it.” She tipped her head sideways, considering him. “The mysteries of the universe reveal more than we see with our eyes or hear with our ears. If we slow down and really absorb what it’s trying to teach us, we might be surprised and delighted.” She poked a slender finger at his chest. “I choose to keep my mind open to the possibilities. What about you?”

She yanked off the scarf and dropped it into his lap, climbed up on the bench and began leaping from one bench to the next, her sandals slapping the concrete.

Harold was afraid she would slip and fall, and wondered whether he should first call someone, or check her for ABC’s if she did. But she jumped lightly, a sprite among the forest of potted birds of paradise. Airway, breathing, c…what was the C for?

“I’ve always wanted to do this! Haven’t you?” Where the benches were too far apart, Pepper scissor-kicked to the ground and danced. Harold could breathe as long as she was safely on the ground, her arms aloft, her body swaying. Then she would leap up again, the sun reflecting off bald spots between shags of spirally hair. And she laughed. Not a scary, maniacal sound, but a child-like whiffle that whisked Harold back to the elementary school when Edna Velasquez had tried to jump around the lunchroom but fell and broke her arm when she slipped in pudding. Harold was the only one Edna didn’t pester to sign her cast. Circulation. That was what C stood for.

Pepper collapsed next to him, panting, her caramel skin aglow. She was a china doll with kewpie lips and taffy-pulled earlobes. “That felt good, Harry.” She dabbed at her upper lip with the scarf, a tiny rattle in her breath. “You should dance more. We should all dance more.”

The warmth from her body awoke something in him that had long been dormant. Confused emotions tangled somewhere in his soul, and he met her gaze.

“What makes you dance, Harry? What stirs your soul?”

She’d dared to pull at the thread he’d buried underneath years of proving himself worthy, smart. Sane. “I find satisfaction in my work.”

“And what is that? No, wait. Let me guess. You’re a Pez-head designer. No, a sign spinner for discount plastic surgeons. I could use one of those by the way.”

He knew better than to acknowledge her cosmetic surgery remark. Honest answers to conversations beginning with “Am I pretty enough?” and “I’m thinking of getting work done” had never gone well with Georgia. “I’m a fraud investigator.”

The Kaleidoscope – paperback and e-reader.

Bev out!

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Fresh Start Summer by Beverly Nault

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by Beverly Nault

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Award winning, highly recommended book.

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I’m thrilled to share some exciting news! My long-time friend and critique partner, Joanne Bischoff’s book, “My Hope is Found,” was recently selected as the Novel of the Year at the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild annual conference!

Here’s a bit about the historical series set in the Appalachian mountains, with links to Joanne’s blog. I encourage you to find copies of these books, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Grab your hankies and hunker down, you’re in for a roller coaster of laughter and tears!

From the publisher:

Gideon O’Riley has been given another chance at a life with Lonnie. But will the fight for her heart risk it all over again?

After finally finding love with his sweet bride Lonnie, Gideon’s heart was torn when a woman from his past claimed to be his true and rightful wife, forcing him away from his family. God’s merciful hand saw Gideon through the heartache, and with Cassie’s blessing, he is able to return home. But his journey back through the Blue Ridge Mountains will hold a trial he never anticipated.

Meanwhile, Lonnie determines to seal off her heart from Gideon, convinced he is lost to her forever. Strengthening her resolve to move on is her growing fondness for the handsome Scotsman, Toby McKee—the young reverend she has come to care for deeply. His proposal of marriage offers a bright future for her and her young son.

Yearning to allow joy back into her life, Lonnie must put aside the broken pieces of her heart that still love Gideon. When he returns to find her betrothed to another, he has to place his hope in God, trusting that the One who redeemed their love once can do it again.

Joanne has hit a home run with her Cadence of Grace series… With memorable characters and struggles aplenty, this is the kind of story that will have readers telling their friends, ‘You’ve got to read these books.’  Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the Red River of the North series and Wild West Wind series

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Visit Joanne at her website, Heartfelt Fiction, where she talks about writing, homeschooling, and life in a small mountain town in Southern California. (Yep, we have mountains in Southern California.)

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L-R Ashley Ludwig, Joanne Bischoff, me, Dona Watson

 

Here I am with Joanne, the year I won the SD Writer’s Guild Excellence in Fiction award the year after Joanne won!

 

 

5-Star Honors

Fresh Start Summer has just received this 5-star Seal of Approval from www.readersfavorite.com!

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Here’s one of the reviews that contributed to the honor:

Reviewed By Patricia Day for Readers’ Favorite:

“Open the pages of this delightful book, Fresh Start Summer by Beverly Nault, and prepare to be entertained. Small-town Americans are proud of their roots and even more so of their hometown. When a movie company chooses the town of Cherryvale for its next movie production location, it affects residents in a variety of ways. Maggie does not approve. She loves Cherryvale just the way it is and does not relish movie-making hordes invading it. She envisions corruption of her beloved hometown, as well as the morals and ethics of the residents. No, she foresees only bad coming of it. She owns an animal sanctuary and has enough to handle without outside interference. Sam and Abby Madison are quite excited at the prospect and anticipate being a part of the production – acting and assisting. Carolyn and her twins Cassie and Carson long for the excitement the company will bring to sleepy Cherryvale, and other residents such as Grace and her husband and their Pastor take it all in their stride. What’s to get anxious about – these intruders will only be with them a short while?

When you put all these folk together and add two shady characters from the town, and a spoiled teenage film diva who has known nothing but success, you have the ingredients for an out of the ordinary story. Throw in greed, envy, kidnapping and arsonists, and the story turns from interesting to attention-grabbing. Initially, I wondered when the many characters would be brought together and what would the catalyst be? People and attitudes are changed radically as the intrigue unfolds; even people you’d never think of as friendly become changed beings when their ‘normal’ is tossed inside out. I finished the book loving the differences that had come about as the tale developed. Worth the read.”

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Paperback, Kindle and audible! 

Fresh Start Titles get a fresh start!

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To celebrate the completion of the series with the publication of Spring Blossoms, we’ve given the first two titles pretty new covers! Still the same stories inside, their fresh new look brings the books current with the others. I’m tickled with them, what do you think?

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Welcome to Cherryvale, where neighbors care, gardeners share, and God allows do-overs.

Fascinating Animal Facts – a Kickstarter campaign

 

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Did you know that bats rest, sleep, mate and give birth upside down?

Bev here. Today I’m hosting Kimberley Payne, author of many books, including a series of science books for children. Tell us about yourself, Kimberly!

Thanks, Bev. This is a sample from my soon-to-be-released children’s activity book, Adam’s Animals, the second in the Science and Faith Matters series. You can find out more about the books and how you can help me get them published at the end of the article.

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The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.

Did you know that badgers can eat up to 200 earthworms in one day?

In the Bible, you can find the badger in Psalm 104:18 “The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.”

The psalmist wrote many poems and songs to show appreciation to God and His creation. One of his poems praises God for how He not only creates but also tenderly takes care of His creation. God provides a place to hide in the cliffs for creatures like badgers (also known as coneys or hyraxes).

In the Bible, you can find bats in Leviticus 11:13-19  “These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.”

 

In Bible times, the Israelites were instructed not to eat certain types of birds; including bats. God wanted His people to act differently than the people who didn’t believe in God. By avoiding these foods, God’s people set themselves apart and kept themselves pure and holy for Him.

Did you know that camels retain water and so their pee can be as thick as syrup?

In the Bible, you can find camels in Genesis 12:16 “He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.”

Since camels were rare in Bible times, they belonged to wealthy men only. God helped Abram (later called Abraham) to grow rich and accumulate many things, including camels. Camels were used for riding as well as for carrying loads, clothing, and tent material.

antDid you know that ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants?

In the Bible, you can find the ant in Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”

 

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“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

Kimberley Payne, author

Click through to learn more about Kickstarter and my campaign for Adam’s Animals, I appreciate anything you can do to help!

Thanks for hosting me, Bev!

Anytime, Kimberley! Dig deep, people!