Summer Letters by Dan Petermeier
God leads a young man to rediscover his faith and find his soul mate.
Genre: Romance, Drama, Faith
During an adventure-filled summer, will one letter bring two people together or force them to say goodbye – forever?
When twenty-year-old banker Liam Roberts is introduced to a flirtatious and eye-catching young woman, their mutual attraction soon stretches boundaries he never thought he’d cross. He quickly realizes that God’s plan for him may take him on a surprising and unexpected journey.
>>>A tear-jerking romantic drama about discovering how the pieces of life’s puzzle fit together.
Caring and considerate, the young Midwesterner doesn’t suspect that the pursuit of his soul mate would be wrought with heartbreak. Raised in a conservative environment, Liam struggles with finding faith not only in his religion, but also in others, especially women.
As spring turns to summer and Liam’s love life starts to heat up, he leaves no stone unturned and he finds himself writing letters to someone he’s never met.
Will any of the women in his life be anything more than friends? If so, will he be left heartbroken once more?
Dan grew up in Watertown, a small community outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the second youngest of seven. Dan always was a writer and has written many short stories over the years.
Using his creative writing talents, Dan excelled in marketing and advertising. Opening his first business as a teenager, Dan eventually went into banking and later into the automotive industry.
After meeting and marrying his wife, Beth, they moved to Arizona in the mid-1990s where they lived for three of the next five years, later returning to the Twin Cities. In late 2011 they moved to South Florida, where they reside – still very much happily married.
Every Saturday morning my friend, Carol, and I pile into one of our cars and cruise around Gilbert, Arizona, looking for garage sales. Carol—whom I introduced to “garaging” as she calls it—psychoanalyzed me. She says I love going to garage sales because I can afford anything on the driveway.
Maybe that’s it, or maybe I inherited a cheap gene from my dad, a Willie Nelson look-alike who lived in a camper shell on the back end of a pick-up for decades. I do buy new occasionally. My bed, dining room table, and the dresses I wore to my kids’ weddings came from the store. I’m just sayin’….
If buying other people’s second-hand junk at a fraction of the original price appeals to you, read on. But if it sounds like one more thing you “should” do—like keeping a journal, flossing, or scrubbing your grout with a toothbrush—skip this blog. Life has too many shoulds already.
Ann’s Ten Commandments of Garage Saling
1. If old tires or rims are sitting on the curb, drive on by. I’ve never even been tempted to buy anything at a sale that included these items. Go figure.
2. Pay 10% of what you would pay for the item new. Unless you really, really like it.
3. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with the proprietor. This raises your enjoyment quotient, and if you later bargain—she already likes you. But don’t become a total schmooze. You have to live with yourself afterward.
4. Always dicker with the price–unless the item is underpriced, then pay and drive away before the seller changes her mind.
a. Have a firm top price in your head of how much you are willing to pay.
b. Take off your sun glasses, so the seller can see you’re honest and not a shyster.
c. Bargain with the man on girly items and the woman on power tools. I once got a Pampered Chef stone quiche dish for a buck.
d. Offer half the asking price to open negotiations. [Although my husband—who joins me when Carol is busy—wishes I’d just pay the dang quarter!]
e. Hold out the money you’re offering to them. Seeing the green makes them want it.
f. If the person refuses to budge, smile politely and walk away.
g. Ditto, if they won’t come down to your firm top price. You always feel better in the car, sans the prize, than if you overpaid (well, if you’re me, that is).
5. Carry a measuring tape and a list of your window (or whatever) measurements.
6. If a mountain of clothing has been dumped onto a sheet in the yard, pay no more than a quarter apiece, or fifty cents if you’re feeling generous. Neatly folded items are worth more because the seller did the work instead of you.
7. If a sale stinks of cats, smoke, or perfume, get back into your car. Do you really want that smell to follow you home?
8. Don’t “settle.” You didn’t/won’t (hopefully) settle for your spouse. Don’t buy that hoodie with the frayed sleeves and the stain on the elbow if you don’t love it—even if you need a hoodie. Better no hoodie than walking around feeling like poor-pitiful-me every time you wear it.
9. When you get home:
a. Wash all clothing in as hot water as the fabric can tolerate. What if the people had lice?
b. Never take dry-clean-only items to the cleaners. Wear until soiled, then wash in cold water, lay flat to dry, and hope for the best. There’s just something wrong with paying more to clean your treasure than you paid to purchase it.
c. Do not leave your loot in a pile. Put it away. If you upgraded your toaster, put the old one in the to-be-gotten-rid-of box in your garage.
d. Beg, barter, or somehow convince your spouse to install the new curtain rods, mini-blinds, or hammock ASAP. Or, novel thought, learn how to do it yourself. Not advice I have personally tried, but Carol is a wiz.
10. If the whole sale is grossly overpriced, just say—preferably in your head— have fun hauling it all back into your garage.
If you live in a part of the country that experiences winter, wait till Spring, circle the area garage sales in the classified section and plot a route before you head out. This step isn’t necessary in Phoenix where garage sale signs outnumber cacti.
Don’t discount the entertainment value you get for your investment. Carol and I catch up on each other’s week. Sometimes we try to figure out what’s going on in the seller’s life, determine his/her sexual orientation, or critique the poor dear’s taste in furniture. Once, we even saw a guy who could have passed for Fabio. Whoda thunk—at a garage sale!
Ann earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix. Over 100,000 copies of her debut novel, Kicking Eternity–on sale for .99 Aug. 29-31–have been downloaded from Amazon. Her other titles include Avra’s God, Tattered Innocence, and The Art of My Life. She guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. She may be reached at AnnLeeMiller.com where she blogs memoir on Fridays.
Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller
Genre: Christian Romance, New Adult Christian Romance, Inspirational Romance
Coming To Jesus: One Man’s Search for Truth and Life Purpose by Britt Gillette
What one man found changed his life. Maybe it will change yours too.
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction
Did you know the Bible contains hundreds of fulfilled prophecies made centuries in advance? And did you know that no other book in the world can make that claim?
Britt Gillette didn’t. At age 14, he found himself struggling with the universal questions of life. Questions such as: Who am I? What’s the purpose of life? What happens when I die? And does God exist?
So what did he find? He found the answers – every single one of them. And his life has never been the same.
In Coming To Jesus, you’ll find:
• Proof of the Bible’s divine authority
• Evidence that reveals the Messiah’s true identity
• And compelling reasons to believe Jesus is the Son of God
Most of all, you’ll find that God really does care about you. When Britt Gillette set out to find the truth, what he discovered changed his life forever. Maybe it will change yours too.
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Britt is capable of writing in a highly academic style.” -P. Christian
“I recommend it to anyone searching for answers.” -Amazon Customer
“This book is well worth the read and certainly the 99 cents it cost to purchase.” -Ryan H.
Britt Gillette is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, husband to Jen, and father to Samantha and Tommy. He and his family live in southeastern Virginia. Britt is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy, a website dedicated to helping people learn more about the amazing prophecies found in the Bible.
Britt is the author of “Coming To Jesus: One Man’s Search for Truth and Life Purpose” and “Signs Of The Second Coming: 11 Reasons Jesus Will Return in Our Lifetime.” His third book is scheduled for release in early 2015.
Author Links: Website
Trial of Injustice by T.K. Ware
A pastor charged with 1st degree murder hangs in the balances
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Charles Everson was gifted with determination and an unwavering faith. From a young age, Pastor Ganvis treated him like a son and taught him the Word of God, instilling faith in his heart and instilling the belief that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to.
Upon his completion of middle school he moved away from Banker, Alabama with his family and stared their new life in Los Angeles, California. Upon his completion of high school, he entered the collegiate world with a desire to become a lawyer. As an adult, he carried the teaching of Pastor Ganvis over into his studies and profession. After extensive studies, and years of unprecedented determination, his dream became a reality as he entered law school. Within time, he passed the bar exam and began practicing at Jacob’s Law Firm.
Throughout the years his winning percentage was the highest in the firm, earning him he name, “Mr. Esquire.” One afternoon on his way into the office, he logged into Facebook as the elevator took him up to his floor. His eyes widened and he nearly dropped his phone when a saw a status post about Pastor Ganvis. The pastor he loved, trusted, and served, had been charged with 1st degree murder. Without a second thought, he booked a flight to Banker, Alabama, seeking to bring justice and prove the innocence of a just man. Along the way he discovers the opposition that threatens his pastor’s livelihood and the hidden secrets of townsmen.
Tshombye Kentrell Ware, raised in Albany, Ga. A young man endowed with creativity, moved to the city of Macon Georgia, to continue his education. Upon graduation the creativity begin to emerge. Kentrell would often times would drift away and find himself writing from the imagination that lingered within. This led to the creation of a Christian CD entitled “L.O.C” The Love of Christ.
Upon completion of high school, Kentrell traveled to the great state of Alabama by way of an athletic scholarship to Lurleen B Wallace College. Kentrell, being a man of vivid imaginations, would discover his creativity while obtaining studies at the local college. Kentrell was drawn to particular classes that promoted his creativity. These included Psychology, English, and History courses just to name a few.
As the years progressed, so did his creativity. Oftentimes Kentrell would share his faith with other students through a gift called the spoken word. A display of poetic words mingled with rhythm. As the door to inspiration continued to open, Kentrell became drawn toward writing; which led to his inspired creations.
Declutter Now! by Lindon and Sherry Gareis
Need more time, energy, money, freedom & joy? Declutter Now! can help!
Genre: Inspirational, Self-Help, Daily Living
We all have too much STUFF! Not just tangible things, but also the
harmful clutter we allow to take up residence in our hearts, minds,
bodies, and souls.
EVERY area of your life must be decluttered for you to live with the joy and freedom God desires!
* We’ll clean out closets, relationships, and finances.
* We’ll share ideas on decluttering your children’s lives from the get-go, and how to instill tools they’ll need to keep them that way.
* We’ll navigate through challenges at work and critical career
* Are you burdened by emotional ties that bind or physical problems which keep you in bondage? We’ll tackle those too!
* Does your spiritual life feel empty or stalled? We desire to help!
Declutter what you don’t need to make room for what really matters. Less can truly be more!
* Do you long for more peace and harmony in your life?
* Do you desire more quality time with family?
* Are you seeking relief from financial burdens?
* Are you ready to release the grip of guilt and obligation?
* Do you yearn for an increased ability to serve God?
Declutter Now! is for REAL people dealing with REAL life! Discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ.
Negative clutter can invade every area of your life—not just your closets. Relationships, finances, kids, jobs, health and spiritual wellbeing are all adversely impacted by the unnecessary and harmful stuff we accumulate and hold onto. That could be physical junk or emotional baggage. We know this from firsthand experience.
In Declutter Now! we encourage readers to declutter every area of life: your heart, mind, body, soul and home. We find false security in our stuff. We keep company with the wrong people for the wrong reasons. We hold on to negative and painful feelings. Think about all of the unnecessary things we gather from these behaviors and choices—stagnant lifestyles, needless and excessive stuff, financial debt, obligation, guilt, extra weight, anger, hurt, discontentment, addictions; the list is endless.
Declutter Now! will help the reader let go of those negative influences that impact our quality of life and our relationship with God. Since decluttering removes what you don’t need and gives you more of what you do, it only makes sense your spiritual journey will benefit too. Less is More!
Declutter Now! is for REAL people dealing with REAL life! Discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ.
Now – Also Available – The Declutter Now! 8 Week Study Guide, a comprehensive, step by step approach, designed to coach and motive you to take action. Thought and conversation provoking questions, inspiration and relevant scripture, helpful resources, and practical application. Don’t delay – START TODAY!
When most of us think of removing junk, we often isolate the
thought to only physical tasks such as cleaning out the garage or a closet.
It has become big business and there are now companies specializing
in nothing more than removing clutter and organizing space more efficiently.
Networks devote millions of dollars from their budgets to produce
shows that address cleaning out your home, space efficiency, and
exposing people with hoarding problems. Obviously there’s an interest in
decluttering and a need for it.
Our theory is that cleaning out clutter shouldn’t just be reserved for
material items. We’re going to challenge you to build upon the decluttering
concept and use it to transform EVERY area of your life—your heart,
mind, body, soul, as well as your home.
When you declutter, you let go of the unnecessary, and letting go
makes room for you to consider the next step. Do you want to leave
the space empty? Should you fill it with something more useful? More
efficient? More pleasurable? Now consider what could happen if you applied
this process to your relationships or finances? How about with your
kids or in your careers? With your mental or physical health? What if you
remove harmful clutter from each part of your life? Are you starting to
grasp the potential for total life change? How much room would be left
for healthy, positive living? Just like a music CD that’s completely full,
you have to remove the unwanted songs before you can add the new favorites
you’re dying to hear. We’ll share with you how decluttering your
life will bring freedom and amazing opportunities that reach far beyond
just your garage or closet.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak” (Hans Hofmann).
Each of us has our own set of personal challenges. We can get complacent
and immerse ourselves in mundane routines and bad habits. We find
false security in our stuff and covet what we shouldn’t. We keep company
with the wrong people for the wrong reasons. We eat for comfort and use
artificial means to numb us. We hold on to negative and painful feelings.
Think about all of the unnecessary things we gather from these behaviors
and choices—stagnant lifestyles, needless and excessive stuff, financial
debt, obligation, guilt, extra weight, anger, hurt, discontentment, addictions;
the list is endless. Consider the negative influence these have
on the quality of our lives and how they impact our relationship with
God. Remove the unnecessary so the necessary has room to surface and
prepare to be amazed at the blessings which will emerge.
Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries, debut their writing career with Declutter Now! They are small group leaders and certified Christian Life Coaches from Glendale, AZ with hearts that desire to serve God in a mighty way. Lindon and Sherry combine all their life experience to positively impact every day living with practical and purposeful advice. The Gareises have a blended family of three sons and one daughter Trent, 25, Ryan, 24, Devin, 22, and Sarah, 22. In their spare time you will find them writing, boating, hiking, gardening, or hosting a family barbecue. They love being outdoors, love being together, and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon
Sometimes my heart weeps at the “State of our Union.” As a mother of three children in the United States of America I hesitate to turn on the news. I try to limit what they see of the world around us when the reality they are show by the media is “reality T.V.” Do I really want them to believe the Kardashians, or Dating Naked, (yes it’s a real show) is reality. We are living in volatile times. Racial tension is at an all-time high. Men are faking their own death to avoid marriage, “stars” are choosing death over life, and American journalists are being executed.
I know I can’t shield them from everything, but I can and will protect their innocence as long as possible. What I can’t do is protect them once they leave the shelter of my home. I must prepare them for the true reality of this world. Do I tell them that sometimes good people die? That is a reality. Do I tell them that sometimes, good people, make bad choices and we all have to live with the consequences of those choices? Do I tell them that there is evil in this world?
Of course, I will not tell them the world is full of evil. Instead I will do as my Father, God commands: I will teach them to be strong and courageous. I will teach them not to live in fear, for the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. (Joshua 1:9) I will tell them to do what they can to ease others suffering. Listen with an open heart, be patient during times of trouble, and be constant in your prayer.
Today I sent my children back to school. They left excited to start the day, make new friends and experience life. I sent them out wearing the “full armor of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10-18) knowing that whatever comes they are prepared.
Lynn Landes is the author and independent publisher of The Angel’s Covenant Series, Fae Queen, and Shadow King. Her stories span the spectrum of Romantic Fiction from paranormal, romantic suspense to Christian fantasy. If you like fantasy, fairytale, temptation, and adventure be sure to check Lynn’s blog for upcoming titles.
Genre: Christian Fiction, children fiction