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What do Your Words Say About You?

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While reading my Bible I came across Proverbs 10:19 This made me think about the words that come out of my mouth. I’m generally a woman of few words, but it’s tough to hold my tongue when I’m angry, and I’m very good at expressing myself. The next time I get angry, and I know I will, 🙂 I’m going to do my best to zip my lips until I calm down and can speak without risking saying something that I shouldn’t.

Let’s try together to think twice before we speak. I imagine the world would be a better place if everyone practiced doing that. 😀 I hope you all have a blessed week.

On the Pineapple Express

perf5.500x8.500.inddWelcome to Kimberly’s Musings, H. L. Wegley. I love your cover. Please tell us about your book.

On the Pineapple Express is a high-action romantic suspense story about a young NSA research scientist, Jennifer Akihara, who accidentally intercepts an encrypted cell phone conversation at a remote research facility. When she decrypts the call, she believes that a human-trafficking syndicate is selling young girls into slavery of the worst sort. But lacking sufficient evidence to engage the FBI, she persuades her fiancé, Lee Brandt, to help her locate the traffickers somewhere in the vast 3,600 square miles of the Olympic Peninsula.

With the clock ticking toward the sale of a group of girls, a deadly 100-year storm bearing down on them, and heavily armed criminals in pursuit, will beautiful, young looking Jennifer survive the bullets and the elements to see her wedding day or will she be sold with the girls she wanted to rescue?

What inspired you to write this particular story?

A neighbor invited my wife and me to an awareness meeting about human trafficking in our area. Several groups of people ranging from an internationally known expert to local law enforcement officers were present. The statistics we heard horrified us, statistics that cannot be directly obtained from police records because so many kids are reported as runaways, children whose parents know would never run away. In one county in our state several hundred young girls disappeared in a single year. The lives these kids are forced into are terrifying to contemplate. At the time we attended the meeting I was planning the second novel in my Pure Genius Series. I quickly outlined a plot built around the discovery of a trafficking operation on the Washington coast and On the Pineapple Express was born.

It’s a horrifying reality, that I’ve read about a lot lately. Thanks for addressing this very real atrocity.  How many books have you written?

Currently, I’m polishing my seventh novel and planning my eighth. My first four books, the Pure Genius Series, are all contracted, complete, and released or scheduled for release from Harbourlight Books, Pelican Book Group. I’ve also self-published my childhood adventure stories, a non-fiction memoir for family and friends. I’ve also contributed to a collaborative devotional book written by several of the Pelican Book Group authors, Red: A Weekly Devotional, which released this past January.

When did you start writing, and when was your first book published?

I’ve written professionally since 1976, but back then I was a research scientist, so my writing consisted of scientific books, reports, and journal articles. Not until my wife and I retired did I start writing fiction. I started my first novel, Hide and Seek, in 2010. It was released by Pelican Book Group in early 2013.

Do you have a favorite character in your book and why?

So far the heroine of the first 3 stories in the Pure Genius Series, Jennifer Akihara, is my favorite. This brilliant (IQ 200), Japanese-Hawaiian beauty, with a temper that runs near the boiling point and an inability to forgive, is fun to watch develop as a character. When she meets the hero, Lee, in book 1, Hide and Seek, her bad character traits sometimes overshadow her good qualities. But when the second story, On the Pineapple Express, begins, Jennifer has been a Christian for 7 1/2 months. What a change! Her courage, faith, selflessness, and a big heart that never quits, even in the face of her worst fears, will win over any doubters. When a savage storm and human traffickers with automatic weapons turn the outer Olympic Peninsula into a war zone, Jennifer is the one person I would want on my side. Opposing her is like playing a chess match at quad-speed fast forward. One miscue, physical or mental, and you’re in checkmate. Book 3, Moon over Maalaea Bay, set in Maui, takes Jennifer back to the Islands where she lived as a child, but places her in more danger than she has ever faced.

H.L. has offered to give away a copy of either Hide and Seek (the first book in the series) or On the Pineapple Express to one lucky commenter. Please leave him a comment to be entered.

Drawing Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 3/2/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 3/3/14 and have until 3/9/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.

SONY DSCH. L. Wegley served in the US Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He is a Meteorologist who worked as a forecaster and a research scientist in Atmospheric Physics, where he published extensively in the scientific literature. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area, where he and his wife of 47 years enjoy small-group ministry, their grandchildren, hiking beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever he gets a chance, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. Besides his scientific publications, he published a non-fiction work, Colby and Me: Growing up in the ’50s, a humorous collection of the childhood adventures of an early baby boomer.

When Bad Things Happen

This week guest blogger Ginger Solomon shares with us.

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When bad things happen, we all want someone to blame. It’s a natural reaction. It’s been happening since the beginning of time – Adam had the audacity to blame God for “the woman you gave me,” then Eve blamed their sin on the serpent (Gen. 3:12-13). (Note: All scripture taken from NKJV)

Whether it’s sin or death or some other disaster, we want answers. We want an explanation. We ask, “Why is this happening to me?” Many times we blame God for the situation.

There’s a saying that’s been going around for a long time, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” I beg to differ. If He were to only give us what we could handle, then we wouldn’t need Him.

In Luke, it is recorded that Jesus confronted the chief priests and scribes with the parable of the vinedressers. (Luke 20:9-19). When he finished the parable, he added a little Scripture. Verses 17 and 18(NKJV), “Then He looked at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.’”

For years, I have pondered this verse. Many might find it discouraging, but I do not. Why? Because I have realized that if I fall on Jesus, who is the cornerstone, I might be broken. BUT God, with grace and mercy, sent Jesus to heal the broken. (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18)

We all go through trials and tribulations. In fact, the Bible promises that we will. It also promises that God will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5), and that He would always be with us (Matt. 28:20).

In my debut novel, One Choice, my heroine, Cahri steps away from God when her parents are killed on the mission field. For years, she lives “going through the motions” of being a Christian, but in her heart she knows how far she’s wandered from God. BUT God does not give up on her. Throughout the story, we see His loving hand on her life — guiding, protecting, providing.

God is faithful (Deut. 7:9, 1 Cor. 1:9) and He does not turn away from us even when we move away from Him. He prods at us gently – through nature, memories, friends, and so many other ways. He loves us and wants us to return to Him.

When bad things happen we must learn that blaming is not going to make us feel better. Only God’s presence can sooth our tattered and wounded souls.

Have you played the blame game with God? He doesn’t mind your questions, or your anger, but He always wants you to come to Him for your comfort. There is no better place to be than on the lap of Abba (Daddy, God) when life throws us more than we can handle.

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Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest five, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for three blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, horses especially, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and loves to sing in the choir at church.

Ginger’s debut novel recently released and that is why I asked her to share a devo with us I hope you’ll check out her book.

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With Autumn’s Return

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Welcome back Amanda. Please tell us about your book.

As someone who needs more than 100,000 words to tell a story, I’m challenged when asked to summarize one, so instead of struggling, I thought I’d share the back cover copy with you.

She’s planning on instant success. What she didn’t plan on was love.

When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open a medical practice, she is confident that the future is as bright as the warm Wyoming sun. Certain she’ll have a line of patients eager for her services, she soon discovers the town may not welcome a new physician—especially a female one. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession.

When a web of deceit among Cheyenne’s wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth’s patients, even if it means falling in love.
What inspired you to write this particular story?

I’ve always been intrigued by women who were pioneers in some way, and being a woman doctor in the nineteenth century certainly qualifies as pioneering.  I also thought it would be fun to send Elizabeth, my heroine, to Wyoming in the 1880s.  Since Wyoming was the first territory to grant women suffrage, she’s certain she’ll be accepted as a physician.  Well … maybe.

What is next for you?

I’m thrilled to tell you that I’m one of four authors whose novellas will be part of Sincerely Yours, Revell’s first novella collection, which is being released in April.  One of the reasons that I’m so excited is that the concept of the book – that four women’s lives were changed by letters they received – was mine.  My story, “One Little Word,” features an heiress who’s on the verge of losing her inheritance and a carousel carver.  The other three authors in the collection are bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick, Ann Shorey and Laurie Alice Eakes.  I’ve read all four stories and, although I’m undoubtedly prejudiced, I think it’s a great collection.

Congratulations on Sincerely Yours! How exciting. 🙂 Do you write in more than one genre?

Although readers know me as the author of nineteenth century historical romances, a change is coming.  My next trilogy, the Texas Crossroads series, will be set in modern times.  Yes, I’m expanding to contemporary romances.  The first book in the series, At Bluebonnet Lake, will be released in October.  I’m having so much fun writing about a run-down resort inspired by a memorable vacation my husband and I took.  Think about a roof that leaks – where else? – right over the bed and power that goes out just when it’s time to use the hairdryer.  And then there’s cell service, or the absence thereof.  My big city heroine is not happy, but then she meets …  I don’t want to spoil the story, so let’s just say that there’s more to the resort’s handyman than she realizes.

What do you do for fun?

My husband and I are avid travelers, and for us, most of that traveling is by car.  We’ve visited all 50 states, although I have to admit that we didn’t drive to Hawaii.  (I wonder why!)  Recently, we’ve stayed closer to home and have been exploring little known parts of Wyoming for my Wednesday in Wyoming blog post.

Kimberly, thanks so much for inviting me to be your guest today.  I’ve enjoyed our time together!

I was great to have you, Amanda! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

Amanda Cabot

From the age of seven, Amanda Cabot dreamed of becoming a published author, but it was only when she set herself the goal of selling a book by her thirtieth birthday that the dream came true.  A former director of Information Technology, Amanda has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages.  She’s delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian historical romances.  Her Texas Dreams trilogy received critical acclaim; Christmas Roses was a CBA bestseller; and a number of her books have been finalists for national awards, including ACFW’s Carol award.

 

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He is Stronger

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2 Corinthians 12:9

Do you ever feel like you are at the end of your patience, or your energy is completely zapped? Maybe your so tired you can’t even form a thought.

Yesterday, I was working on a project and coming up blank. I really needed to finish it, so I turned to the Lord. I asked Him “What do I write” then I sat and waited. Thirty minutes later he filled my depleted mind with a completely new story line and I was able to accomplish what needed to be done. In my weakness He was strong.

I am so grateful that He is there and all I have to do is ask. I’m reminded once again of His great love when I look at this picture my son took. The Lord even provided food for this bird in the middle of a snow storm. If He cares that much for a tiny bird, think about how He feels about you and me. 🙂

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You may or may not have noticed that there have been several guest bloggers on devo day. It’s funny how that happened, I had authors who wanted interview spots, but they were taken. I offered them the opportunity to write a devotional instead and what a blessing it turned out to be. During those weeks I was slammed with work and couldn’t have written a devotional. I believe God worked it all out.

One of the things I was working on was coming up with the final title  with my editor for the third book that take place in Leavenworth, WA. The second book, A Romance Rekindled, will release in June. The cover isn’t up yet on Amazon, but the blurb is and it’s available for pre-order.

The third book is titled A Holiday Proposal and is slated to release in October. Thanks for all your support. If you haven’t yet liked me on Facebook please do. That’s the best place to connect with me and find out all my up to date news. https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson. I also have a news letter sign up on the main page. If you click the home button at the top, it will take you to the page where you can subscribe.

Thanks!

Worth the Wait

9781938708268 This week Laura Jackson will share with us about her novel Worth the Wait. Welcome, Laura. Please give us a short blurb about your story.

Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing – doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

Please describe the setting where you write? Also, do you need silence or noise in the background?

I write in my bedroom mostly. I don’t have an office, and my bed is comfy. I listen to sports radio and/or Rockets or Texans games. Weird, I know.

Not weird to me–sports can serve many purposes. I like to listen to football to help me fall asleep. 🙂 That may sound like a bad thing, but I love football and it relaxes me, so if I’m having a hard time sleeping, I put on a game. It must be NFL though, not college as they sound different so college doesn’t have the same effect on me. 😀

Do you have a favorite character in your book and why?

I really love Josh in Worth the Wait. He’s the kind of guy that I pray my nephew grows up to be (I don’t have kids, or I would pray that for my own kids.) I also love Lindsey, the mean girl. I’m working on her story now. Sometimes mean characters are more interesting–figuring out what makes them tick.

I’m so pleased you chose to answer this question, Laura. Most of the writers I ask refuse since they can’t choose a favorite baby. 🙂

If you could have one wish granted what would it be and why?

If I could have a wish granted, cupcakes wouldn’t have calories. On a more serious note, I would wish for everyone on the earth to hear about Jesus. What they do with that information is up to them, but it hurts my heart to think about those unreached people groups around the world.

What is your favorite snack?

I love cupcakes and Nothing Bundt Cakes. (If they don’t have one of those shops by you, be glad.) I’m trying to switch to snacking on nuts and fruit, but it’s not quite the same.

🙂 Thanks for sharing with us, Laura and for doing a giveaway. If you would like to be entered into the drawing you must answer the following question.

Waiting for God to move is hard. When was a time you had to wait on Him? Are you waiting now? I’m waiting on summer vacation and a husband. They aren’t equally hard, but both are sometimes difficult. 🙂

2013-07-08 22.35.34 (2)Laura Jackson loves books—reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master’s degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.

Drawing Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 2/16/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 2/17/14 and have until 2/23/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.

Rest in the Lord

Today, guest blogger Patricia Bradley will share a devotional with us.

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“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37:7

For many years I claimed verses 4 and 5 in Psalms 37—“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, and He will do it.”

I believed God had given me a task to do—write stories that would honor and glorify Him, but after 32 years, I began to wonder if anyone would ever read them except me. One day I my devotion for the day took me to Psalm 37, verses 4, 5 and 7.

It’s not that I had never read verse 7 before, it’s just that I was so fixated on the other two. That morning, as I looked at verse 7, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” I realized the publication of my books was in His hands. All I needed to do was rest in Him, and He would do the rest. And if the books were never published? That was okay, too. I was writing for an audience of One.

That’s when I began to enjoy the journey, to wait and see what God had in store for me…in His timing.

I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write

1-SotP-cover1 Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, is the first of three set in Mississippi and released February 5, 2014. She will present a workshop, Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, Tennessee, just outside Memphis. Conference date: March 8, 2014.

Patricia Bradley
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Shadows of the Past from Revell February 2014
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