What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby
A story of friendship, acceptance and the reality of change.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
What Matters Most – Royal Palm Literary Award Winner, FPA President’s Book Award
from USA Today Bestselling author of Spare Change
A heartwarming story of acceptance and coming to grips with reality. Louise Palmer is a settled-down person. A woman who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. So, when her husband, Clay, announces an intention to quit his job and move to Florida, her life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties. Torn between Clay’s desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do…until her best friend suggests a scheme to thwart the move. Before she discovers the truth of what matters most, a marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships Louise tried to hold on to will change dramatically.
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Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Her books are hard to put down once you start reading them.” -Tda
“This is a very well written story with believable characters.” -Deb B.
“Sometimes it takes some changes in your life to make you see what matters most … What Matters Most is a wonderful story about love, friendship, family and marriage.” -Jersey Girl
USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby’s books are “Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.” – Midwest Book Review
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby’s writing is, “A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures.”
Samantha from Reader’s Favorite raves, “Crosby writes the type of book you can’t stop thinking about long after you put it down.”
“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”
It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.
The Scarlet Cord by Carlene Havel
How did a pagan harlot become the ancestor of Jewish kings?
Genre: Biblical Fiction, Historical Adventure
This eBook is also available from Smashwords
Rahab, a resourceful beauty, struggles to survive in the pagan culture of ancient Jericho. As years of harsh labor begin to lift her and her family from poverty, a foreign army threatens the well-fortified city. Rahab is forced to make an immediate decision. Will she put her faith in the fabled walls of Jericho or the powerful God of the Hebrews? Either choice may cost her life.
Carlene Havel writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels set in Biblical times. She’s lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and all over the United States. Carlene worked for a banana importer, a software development company, and everything in between. She attended several colleges and universities, including one that—surprisingly–granted her a diploma.
Distant Fields by Jed Gourley
The Amazing Call of George Markey from Farmland to Missions.
Genre: Biography, Missions
When George Markey announced that he was moving to the former Soviet Union with his wife and eight children, many people thought he was crazy. But what happened next would change their own lives and the lives of countless others.
Follow the journey of a man of faith. This is the story of a simple man from the North American Midwest, whose not-so-simple journey led him and his family into the urban centers of Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
“George was one of the most servant-hearted men I have ever met.”
- Jeremy Camp–Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter
“George was a tremendous example. When I think of him, more than anything, I think of simple faith, simple trust. A proof of a man’s ministry is when his children continue on in some work and expand it.”
- Pastor Chuck Smith–Founding Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
“It was God’s love through George that opened the doors in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.”
- Pastor David Guzik–Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara
Jed Gourley has been involved in overseas missions for more than two decades. He is married to Renee, the eldest daughter of George and Pam Markey. Together with their five children they have lived and served in church planting missions in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
The Planner by Alexandra Swann
Those who trade liberty for security deserve neither & will lose both.
Genre: Christian fiction; thriller; suspense
Once a top-producing real estate agent with a successful business and a beautiful home, Kris Mitchell is a victim of the economic downturn. She has lost her home to foreclosure, and her long-time boyfriend has married someone else. Then, just when she has almost given up hope for a better future, an opportunity presents itself for her to become a Level 1 Planner for a newly created federal agency that will implement the Retire America Act of 2013.
After persuading her own aging parents to sign over all of their assets, Kris learns that the government’s plan to confiscate the wealth and property of America’s retirees in exchange for lifelong care in the Smart Seniors community has some serious downsides. As she relinquishes more and more personal freedom to hold onto her job, she discovers what it means to trade liberty for a steady government paycheck.
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“It got a bit scary for us if it could really happen!!!!” -Maid
“This was a good read, and couldn’t put the book down.” -Mother of Many
“It was very interesting, and quite engaging.” -Kristian
In 1986, Alexandra Swann graduated at fifteen years of age with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Brigham Young University and a GPA of 3.85. The following year, when she was sixteen, she received a Master’s Degree in History from California State University. After graduation, she taught history and English as a second language for four years at El Paso Community College. In 1989, her book, “No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen”, was published, in which she details her experiences with homeschooling. In 1993, the Swann Family was featured in the CBS Television Series, “How’d They Do That?” They were the subject of articles in “The National Enquirer” and “Woman’s World”, and were featured on Paul Harvey’s radio broadcast.
For fifteen years, from 1998-2013, Alexandra was self-employed in the financial services industry in El Paso, Texas. As a small business owner who was active in the community and on various civic boards, she learned first-hand the challenges that excessive regulations create for small businesses. In 2012 she received the SBA’s Regional Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award.
The Consul’s Daughter by C. Lynn Biccum
Christians running from persecution during the reign of Nero.
Genre: Historical fiction
Diana, a young Christian woman living during the time of Nero, is thrust into a web of intrigue after her settlement is destroyed by Roman soldiers. The biggest problem? Diana is also a Roman, the daughter of a former Consul. She must hide her past, as well as her feelings, as she figures out who she can trust and how to stay alive.
Crystal L Biccum grew up outside Buffalo, NY and joined the Air Force right after college. As an active duty musician her career has taken her all across this great country. Currently she lives in California with her husband, four cats and one goofy dog.
High Noon Justice by Shakira Thompson
Pastor-Elect, Carson Eugene Montgomery IV has just issued a blistering decree upon his wife’s life.
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Fiction Romance, Inspirational Fiction
A Psalms 37 Novel
Pastor-Elect, Carson Eugene Montgomery IV has just issued a blistering decree upon his wife’s life. In order for him to ascend to the throne and take over his family’s church, Carson believes his wife, Scarlett no longer fits the role to stand by his side. In a tyrannical rant, he pressures Scarlett into leaving her beloved Christian church, Wondrous Works Tabernacle Fellowship where she has served with Carson faithfully in ministry for five years so he can marry his latest conquest, Rebekkah Hudson.
Trust the Lord and Do Good
Scarlett’s parents, bible quoting Minta and funny man, George Watson are preparing to live out their retirement dreams when she shows up for a visit at their new home in Jordan, Mississippi to regroup.
Determined to chart a new path in life, Scarlett begins to experience what it means to trust in the Lord with all of her heart and lean not to her own understanding. She learns early on that purpose has to be born and sometimes the greatest triumphs are birthed out of severe adversity.
Faith Without Works Is Dead
In an attempt to process her new way of life, Scarlett discovers she has a knack for merging faith and fitness together.
In teaming up with cardiologist, Dr. James Hartgrove to improve the health conditions of the citizens of Jordan, Scarlett finds herself wondering if Dr. Hartgrove’s ability to heal people’s hearts goes beyond his successful medical practice.
Will Justice Be Served?
When the pews of Wondrous Works calls Scarlett back home, will it go down like a showdown at high noon?
I was in the middle of writing two other books when High Noon Justice stopped me in my tracks. I kept hearing the first line in my head for weeks and I decided one day I was going to sit down and write out what I was hearing. The completion of High Noon Justice is a result from what I heard that one day.
At this time in my life, I feel like I’m scripture personified based upon Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
My dear brothers and sisters, my sweethearts, I truly believe, I’m walking out what He preordained for my life and I would love for your to purchase and support the vision God has given me.
Trusting God can be scary at times, especially when things seem to be so uncertain, but as evidenced in this book, no matter what it looks like, trusting God simply means believing against all else that everything is going to work out.
As you will see in High Noon Justice, I promise you, the sun will shine again.
“You were supposed to love me. Cherish me. Protect me. You promised….”
“I do….I did, or at least, I thought I did.”
“What on earth does that mean – at least, you thought you did.”
“If you didn’t, you never should have married me!”
The shouts, the slams, the crashing from treasured ornaments against the walls filled the Montgomery home for hours.
Carson Montgomery was finding his stride in ducking from trying to miss the projectile objects being thrown at him by his wife, Scarlett.
Unable to understand what was happening to her in that moment, the internal sensations she felt, the mental responses she thought of, a wide range of emotions engulfed her, “How dare you? How could you do this to me, you selfish, ungrateful, son of a -?”
Putting up one hand and interrupting his wife, “Now you hold on a minute Scarlett…”
“Hold on? Hold on, you want me to hold on when you just informed me you’re filing for a divorce? If I didn’t know it before, I certainly know it now, you are one self-centered individual. Everything I’ve done for you and this family, and you’re telling me, it’s over? Oh, and let’s not forget, you’re supposed to be a man of God, right?” The sneering from Scarlett cut deep, “What part of Ephesians 5:25 do you not understand? Somehow, this doesn’t feel very Godly, Pastor Mont-gom-ery? ”
Scarlett looked at Carson through eyes that seemed to be glowing, the tears and the snot flowed from her face onto the floor. This was the first time in hours, Scarlett was showing signs of slowing down and the appearance of a small break gave way for Carson to take control of the situation.
Carson folded back his starched long sleeves as he paced the floor, searching for the right way to deliver such wrong news.
“You see Scarlett, I did love you, or so I thought. At the time I met you, I was getting pressure from my parents and other mentors that it was time to find a wife. The thing is, I wasn’t really ready. But you know my story, my legacy, and family history; if I was to begin taking over the leadership at the church, I needed to have a wife and start a family. Either I had to choose a wife or they were going to do it for me. So I chose you. I was hoping to get all of my needs met by you – sexually, emotionally, physically, I was looking for you to make me be ready for marriage. I needed you to fix me, make me a better man and you didn’t.”
Shakira R. Thompson, a natural born storyteller has submitted to her God-given talents and have allowed them to transform her into an author, publisher, and entrepreneur.
She is the founder of Believer’s Choice Media, an inspirational content company dedicated to encouraging believers to live the life they were created to live on earth and beyond.
These days, Shakira now believes she is living her life according to Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (KJV)
With a renewed sense of purpose, Shakira is now ready and prepared to not only find the plan of God for her life but also fulfill it.
Shakira is a proud Alumni of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida where she holds a B.S in Business Administration as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.
Born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida, she now resides in Orlando, Florida with her family.