Monthly Archives: July 2015

Love in Mistletoe Springs with Kimberly Rose Johnson

Mistletoe coverHi everyone, this past year has been unprecedented for me as a writer. Love in Mistletoe Springs is my fourth book to release in 2015 and I still have two more coming soon.

Love in Mistletoe Springs is a set of five novellas that I did with a group of writers. The set is centered around an animal shelter and takes place in the small fictional town of Mistletoe Springs, Washington. Here is the back cover blurb.

BCC Cover Mistletoe SpringsMy contribution to the set is Brewed with Love. This story is a about a young woman, Amber Cooke, who inherits a coffee shop from her aunt, but thanks to a rumor, she has a hard time fitting in and being accepted in this small town. She spent her summers in Mistletoe Springs growing up, and volunteered at the animal shelter, so when the shelter looses its funding she steps up to help. She is tasked with finding the musical entertainment for their Christmas in July fundraiser.

Firefighter, Bryan Grant is desperate to find a place for his garage band to practice. When Main Street Java re-opens it’s his last hope, but he’s heard the new owner isn’t a fan of music. Can Bryan and Amber work together, or with the past destroy any hope for their future?

Here is the link get your copy for only .99 cents. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ghFmrN

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Kimberly writes stories that warm the heart and feed the soul. Kimberly and her husband have been married for 25 years and will soon be empty nesters. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and enjoys, playing the piano, reading, dark chocolate, and coffee with friends-not necessarily in that order.

 

 

Redemption In big Fork Lake with Mary L. Ball

Dear Readers, just as a reminder, although I am no longer doing interviews due to personal time constraints, these authors have all asked to be featured on this blog and are more than happy to dialogue with you in the comments. Please don’t be shy. 🙂
Blessings, Kimberly

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Can he be forgiven?

Only after Robert Turner hurts a woman does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life.

For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.

His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert or will heartache drive him to return to the life he once had?

DSCF1666-001Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina between the wondrous mountains and beautiful beaches. She writes about real-life problems, blended with romance.

When Mary is not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at church functions.

 

Readers can connect with her on Face Book and Twitter. https://twitter.com/inspires4mary

https://www.facebook.com/authorMaryL.Ball

Purchase links:

http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Fork-Lake-Mary-Ball-ebook/dp/B00P1AQ39Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-in-big-fork-lake-mary-l-ball/1120795836?ean=9781503267961

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-redemptioninbigforklake-1682852-149.html

 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love with Beth K Vogt

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Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

headshotBeth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called LoveHer e-novella, A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at bethvogt.comBeth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

Sweet Serenade with Valerie Comer

Feel free to leave comments for Valerie. I’m sure she would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about her new release.
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River guide and canoe builder Reed Daniels stands by as his lifelong friends pair off. After all, he’s waited this long for the right woman… what’s a little longer? But when newcomer Carly shows up at the gang’s bonfire, he’s mesmerized. Could she be the answer to his prayers?

Water-sport enthusiast Carly Thorbergsen is starting over in Riverbend. Hired as a canoeing and hiking guide, she’s ready to focus on work and leave the personal stuff behind. That is until the competition, Reed Daniels, offers her a ride in his cedar-strip canoe. No resisting that!

But no matter how much they have in common, Carly can’t erase her past, and Reed is bound to discover the truth. When a date finds Carly and Reed running rapids on the outside of the canoe, they come face to face with the real reasons their new relationship might capsize.

Opening scene:

“Please tell me today was better than the rest of your week.”

That might require lying. Carly Thorbergsen rolled her shoulders and shook her head at her cousin. “No wonder Neil Maddrey couldn’t find anyone local to fill the position at Base Camp Outfitters. Everyone in Riverbend knew he was an idiot, right?”

Brittany plucked her phone off the table and swiped it on.

“Just the fact you’re ignoring me proves I’m right.” Carly sighed. “I’ll survive until I can find something else.” Or move on. That was definitely an option. That’s how she and Dad had survived for years. There was always more to see in Canada’s west.

“Okay, the man does have a bit of a surly reputation. I’ll grant you that. But the job itself sounded right up your alley. Taking tourists out on Sandon Lake in a canoe. Leading day hikes into the mountains. You won’t spend much time with Neil once your orientation is done.”

Hopefully. Carly crossed the small living room into the apartment’s galley kitchen. Good, there was still some of the sun tea she’d made yesterday. “Want a glass?”

“You put honey in that, didn’t you? I’ll grab a diet cola, thanks.”

Because a zero-calorie diet coupled with a gym membership and a jog every day was healthy? Brittany couldn’t be more than a size two.

Carly’s idea of a good time didn’t mesh with her cousin’s. Eat healthy and play outside a lot was Carly’s motto. Let the chips fall where they may. Which meant sometimes consuming actual chips from actual potatoes. Oh, the horror.

Brittany reached past her for a cola and a container of chicken breasts. “These have been marinating all day. I’ll grill them and we can put them over salad. Sound good?”

Carly’d been paddling all day in the hot sun, not sitting in an air-conditioned library. She could inhale an eight-ounce steak and a baked potato without blinking. “Sounds good. Mind if I make myself a sandwich while you cook?”

“Be my guest.”

Weren’t they past the guest stage? “Hey, I bought some groceries.” Even though she was sleeping on the living room floor until she could get her own place. If she stayed in Riverbend.

“I know, I know.” Brittany carried a pair of tongs and the chicken to the patio door then stepped out onto the third-floor balcony. “This will be really good. I promise.”

Carly didn’t doubt it. It sounded great, but not enough. She headed into the kitchen, slathered peanut butter on two slices of sourdough, and followed her cousin out to the tiny balcony. In the distance, the Sandon River flowed southward, curving around the town of Riverbend. Hills crowded the horizon. The locals called them mountains, but they were nothing like the glacier-clad peaks in the Rockies near Jasper. She could make out gaps between the hills where other creeks and rivers joined the Sandon. Farther up the valley lay the lake.

She closed her eyes. Traffic was muted this far from the busier streets. A hummingbird zoomed to the feeder at the neighbor’s balcony. The chicken breasts sizzled on Brittany’s portable grill. A gentle breeze loaded with the fragrance of mock orange caressed her face. Peace. She could almost taste it.

“A bunch from the church’s singles group are getting together tonight. Want to go? Meet some people?”

Carly glanced at her cousin. “Um, maybe? What’s the scene?”

“Swimming in the river. Bonfire. S’mores. Guitars.”

With every word, Carly relaxed a bit more. “Oh, that sounds awesome. My kind of night out.” She had to admit it didn’t seem to match Brittany, though. Her cousin would hate to break a nail outdoors.

Brittany shot her a look. “Yeah, it would be. Not that many unattached guys, but what do you expect in a town this size? Sometimes I think I should’ve gone to college in Calgary or even Castlebrook instead of staying here.”

“Why didn’t you?”

Her cousin shrugged. “Because Joseph was staying. And then we broke up anyway.” Brittany grinned and arched her perfectly-plucked eyebrows. “But I hear he’s back in Riverbend for the summer.”

“And you want to see him.” Carly drained her glass of iced tea.

“Of course. But my gang often does this on Friday nights in summer. You’ll like them. Just stay away from Joseph. Oh, and forget Reed Daniels. He’s the hottest looking guy and ice cold in every other way.”

Check. And check. “What time is the get-together?”

“You’re seriously into this.”

“Why not? I like rivers and s’mores. Unless all the guys wear pants pulled up to their armpits and taped-together glasses, it should be fun.”

“Evan says bring chips and pop.” Brittany scrunched her nose. “No junk food for me, but I’ll take a few cans of diet cola along.”

Right. Must preserve that size two at all cost.

Valerie-Comer-300x300Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Carol J. Post shares on Forgiveness

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FORGIVENESS…

Do I Have To?

“I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget!” These bitter words were spoken to me by a friend who had been wronged by someone close to her. Though she used the words, “I’ll forgive,” her caustic tone said otherwise.

Forgiveness is never easy, and the closer we are to the person who has wronged us, the harder it is. But the Bible doesn’t leave any room for interpretation—if we want to have a right relationship with God, we have to forgive. Jesus gave us the story of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Matthew 5:23-24 tells us that if we are offering our gift at the altar and remember a brother or sister has something against us, to leave our gift lie and seek reconciliation. When we recite the Lord’s Prayer, we say, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” If we really think about those words, their meaning can be alarming. Do we really want God to forgive us the same way we forgive others?

Forgiveness is something I have had to work at. I have a really good memory, and this is an area where it works against me. I can recall word for word what was said in the heat of an argument

Several years ago, I was verbally attacked by a fellow church member. She had come into our fellowship from another one, and I had done everything I could to make her feel welcome, including involving her and her daughter in the music program (my husband’s and my ministry). When she turned on me, I was hurt and angry and struggled with unforgiveness. I asked God to help me love her, but the resentment held on.

One morning when I was praying, God impressed on my heart that I needed to pray for her, not just asking God to mend our relationship, but in the same way that I pray for my closest friends—addressing specific needs in her life and asking for God’s blessing in those areas.

I have to admit, at first my prayers sounded insincere, even to my own ears. But as I continued to pray for her, a wonderful transformation took place. God began to remove the resentment and replace it with compassion and love.

Like so many commands in the Bible, the command to forgive is for our own benefit. Not only is refusing to forgive a poor testimony to the world, but harboring bitterness can damage us physically, devastate us emotionally and destroy us spiritually. Only when we learn to forgive and truly love our enemies can we begin to become all that God wants us to be.

Carol Post-100.150Carol J. Post writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and lives in sunshiny Central Florida. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She also enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund. You can find her at www.caroljpost.com.

cover-hiAfter becoming trapped in a web of blackmail and murder, Meagan Berry escapes by faking her death. She finds anonymity on Florida’s Cedar Key until she is caught on camera rescuing a senator, and the nightmare begins anew. Something tells Cedar Key police officer Hunter Kingston that Meagan isn’t who she claims to be, but the fear in her eyes and the vulnerability beneath that aloof exterior reach out to him. When he learns the truth, he is determined to protect her, whatever the cost, because at least one person is dead set on making sure the next time Meagan “dies,” it’ll be for real.