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Ebook of the Day! Jubilee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby

Jubilee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby

The children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery.

Genre: Mystery, Family Life, Women’s Fiction

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Book Description
FROM THE USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SPARE CHANGE…Book 2 in the Wyattsville Series. WINNER OF THE 2014 ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD FOR MAINSTREAM FICTION & FPA PRESIDENT’S BOOK AWARD GOLD MEDAL!

When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two orphaned children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and what detective is going to believe a kid?

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“It is a refreshingly sweet story that will keep you wanting to read when you should be doing other things but can’t because you just have to know what happens next.” -L.S. Moore

“A warm – hearted story about two children who suffer the loss of parents, encounter obstacles, but ultimately find love and new family with unrelated people.” -Harriet

“Ms Crosby has written a story with strong characters and a plot that is as believable as it is heart warming.” -Amazon Customer

Author Bio
Bette Lee Crosby v2It 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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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.

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Guest Blog Post – One huge mistake Christians make: What determines our happiness? by Butler Fuqua

One huge mistake Christians make: What determines our happiness?

One thing that I have noticed is that we often let our situation determine our level of happiness.

“If the girl likes me, then I’ll be happy.”
“If I get the job, then I’ll praise God.”
“If I see a miracle, then I’ll be in a good mood.”
“If we get to go on vacation, then we’ll be a happy family.”

I think you see my point. I am guilty of this, as well. If this is our mentality, then our emotions will resemble the world’s most violent roller coaster; going from great hope, to great depression without ever stopping. This world is evil, and it will beat us down. We shouldn’t measure our happiness based off of our situation. We should measure our level of joy based off of whether or not God is with us. Is God every not with us?

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5b

There is the answer! So, if the Creator of all things is always with us, and that determines our level of joy; we will never be let down. The apostle paul covered this beautifully in his letter to the Philippians, which was inspired by Christ…

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” -Philippians 4:12

We know Paul’s level of honesty because he was bound in chains as he wrote this letter. Let’s be more like the apostle Paul, and trusts God’s Words. The book of Philippians also says that God will meet all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). We have to trust God, and realize that our situation is so much smaller than Him. He is big enough and great enough to take care of our problems.

Author Bio
butler headshot v1I am a 24yr old United States Marine Corps Veteran, and now a full time student. My passion is the Lord Jesus Christ, and telling others about him.
A few years ago I rededicated my life to Jesus, an I have been on fire ever since. I had a lot of sin to overcome, and made a radical lifestyle change in order to get in line with God’s plan. Now, I am using the internet to teach others how to do the same thing.

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Living a Fulfilled Life Daily by Jimi Akanbi

Living a Fulfilled Life Daily by Jimi Akanbi

Helps readers’ foster spiritual and personal development.

Genre: Christian Living, Inspirational

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Book Description
As you read and feed on the truths in this book, you would understand and appreciate God more.

This book helps readers grow from humility to meekness, doubting to speaking faith, grace to greater grace, and impurity to purity.

Author Bio
I am Jimi Akanbi. I am husband to one, father to one, and friend to all. I live in Atlanta, Georgia USA. I obtained an MBA in Finance in year 2004. I have completed a believer’s class and a discipleship class. I am an integral part of the prayer and intercessory group at my church.

I just do not write books as I desire; I write books as I am led by God. I write nonfiction Christian books. I love to go running as a way to stay healthy and focus on my calling. Any food which is unhealthy does not get eaten by me.

I had a great urge to change my life, followed through and God began to use me. If you desire to change your life, embrace good habits.

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Ebook of the Day! No More Yelling by Dale Sadler

No More Yelling: Tactics for Effectively Communicating with Your Teen by Dale Sadler

Communicate better with your teen, tonight!

Genre: Parenting, Self-Help

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Book Description
This book can get you started tonight on communicating better with your teen in both casual situations and when you are working to make them do what you expect. As the parent, you must enact what you believe to be best for your teen. This can be difficult as they obviously have a will of their own. Through the active parenting tactics in this book, you can curb your child’s poor behavior and instill positive behavior while building a healthy relationship with him or her.

Author Bio
Dale Sadler is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, School Counselor, speaker, minister, artist, writer, and avid hiker. He has been working with young people and their families since he was in high school. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, he and his wife Malita moved to Portland, TN, where he worked as a full-time youth minister. It was during this time period that he earned his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Kentucky University. Not long after graduating, Dale began working with the local middle school, earning his School Counselor certification and then his Professional Counseling license. In 2010, Dale received the top honor at the Tennessee School Counselors and Administrator’s Institute where he has been a regular presenter. His writings have been featured in Think Magazine, the newsletter for the Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Kaio (a Christian Magazine for teens), the website for the National Center for Fathering, Church Growth. He is also published regularly in local newspapers. Dale is an active member with the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

At his private practice in White House, TN, he specializes in marriage, parenting, and men’s issues. Dale works from a family system’s perspective where he leads men to be better husbands for their wives and better father’s for their children. He also helps parents see their role in their children’s lives and what they can do to better influence them.

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That’s Amoré by Janice Thompson

That’s Amoré by Janice Thompson

The long-awaited return of Bella Neely and her crazy, hilarious life!

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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Bella’s back–in a big way!

Bella Neeley is a busy woman these days. Not only is she juggling two young kids, her hunky husband, and her always-entertaining family–she has another baby on the way. To top it off, she and D.J. are busy opening a second Club Wed location, this time a historic building in beautiful Splendora, Texas. When D.J. suggests they start off the new Club Wed facility with a bang–by getting married again–Bella isn’t sure if she can handle planning another wedding. Still, who could say no to such a sweet man?

But nothing’s simple in relationships or building restoration! When Splendora’s mayor shows up to contest Bella’s facility, she’s faced with the prospect that her long-awaited expansion of Club Wed may be destined to fail before it even gets off the ground. Determined to find out why the mayor seems to have a vendetta against her and D.J., Bella will have to enlist the help of the fabulous Splendora sisters.

Whew! What’s a girl got to do to get a break around here?

Author Words
As an author, I often hear from readers, but never more so than when I brought my Weddings by Bella series to an end back in 2010. “We want more of Bella!” my readers cried out in Facebook posts and emails.

Well, there is a real wedding that inspired Fools Rush In, the first novel in the Weddings by Bella series.

A good friend of mine invited me to serve as a bridesmaid in her wedding in Washington State. We, the wedding party and all of the family, stayed at a wonderful lodge at the base of Mt. Ranier.

My friend is from Texas and her entire Texan family flew to Washington for the wedding. The groom is from a large Italian family, and his whole family came, too. The night before the wedding, both families prepared a huge extravaganza of food—Italian sausage, Texas BBQ, and so much more! When the night was through, we could barely stand, let alone dance! And the next day my friend got married in the loveliest outdoor wedding I’d ever witnessed!

The memories of that wonderful Tex-Italian wedding lingered in my imagination. When it came time to write Bella in Fools Rush In, I tapped into those precious memories and shaped them into a fictional story about a girl from a large Italian family who meets and falls in love with a boy from the piney woods of East Texas. Voila! Bella and DJ were born!

Whether you are already a fan of Bella’s, like I am, or if you are meeting her for the first time, you will love That’s Amore.

Author Bio
Janice Thompson headshot v1Inspirational author Janice Thompson also writes under the name Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers.

She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online course, “Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer” (www.freelancewritingcourses.com) has been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

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Highland Miracle by Leanne Burroughs

Highland Miracle by Leanne Burroughs

Christian version of the award winning Highland Wishes…

Genre: Romance, Historical

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Book Description
They were two lonely hearts who made a connection when The Almighty brought them together…

A Highlander Obsessed

While the Scottish War for Independence rages, a young Laird heads to the Scottish-English border to avenge his father’s vicious murder. The time for retribution has arrived. Rage tightly controlled, Grant Drummond presses forward toward the magnificent Norman-style manor to take its inhabitants by surprise.

A Woman Defiant

Victoria Blackstone tensed with a sense of foreboding. Her stomach knotted as she surveyed the large men surrounding her. Instinct warned her to escape. Her movements gave Grant Pause. As his grey eyes surveyed the woman fate just delivered into his hands, he smiled—first time since hearing the terrible news about his father’s death.

Passion flares, but can love survive?

After kidnapping his enemy’s daughter, Grant whisks Victoria away to Castle Drummond and there holds her hostage. They wage their own war—of strong wills and growing emotions. As the brutal strife intensifies between their countries, the lovers seek fleeting happiness in each other’s arms. Torn by their differences, and with such enormous odds stacked against them, can Grant and Victoria’s love survive?

Or is theirs a love to last through the ages?

Leanne grew up in Wisconsin. She and her husband lived in South Carolina for several years while he was stationed there in the Navy. She and her husband of almost forty-one years now live in Florida. They have one daughter, one son and daughter-in-law, one grandson, three granddaughters and a new grandchild on the way. God and her family are the most important things in her life.

Having worked at three newspapers within the state of Florida, she loved the entire creative process. Her forte was editing.

She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling. She traveled to Norway to do research for an upcoming Viking epic. The year before, she traveled to Ireland, where she fell in love with the beautiful countryside and its Viking history. She’s also traveled to England, Spain, France, Hawaii and Mexico (the Mayans)in search of stories waiting to be told! Her absolute favorite place to visit, however, is the lovely country of Scotland. Its beauty is beyond words, and the friendliness of its people is incomparable. In Florida, she can often be found at Disney World with her grandchildren (although everyone knows they are merely an excuse for her to visit).

Book Excerpt
The time for retribution had arrived. Rage tightly controlled, Grant Drummond waved his hand and yelled, “Now!” Following his lead, men pressed forward toward the magnificent Norman-style doorway to take the manor and its inhabitants by surprise.
The blood-curdling Drummond war cry rent the stillness of the night.
Victoria panicked when high-pitched screams filled the air. Dearest Lord, what should she do? Her breath caught in her throat, pinioned there by fear when she realized she had no weapon.
The fighting abruptly stopped. After repeated curses and screams, quiet reigned. Victoria couldn’t imagine anyone foolhardy enough to attack her father’s holding. He fought the way he lived his life–cruelly.
Suddenly someone grabbed her from behind. Howling winds sent a chill down her spine not only of cold, but fear. She tried to twist away, but the ruffian dragged her to the middle of the courtyard and tossed her at a man’s feet as though little more than a sack of grain.
Stirrings of alarm swept through her.
“Found this lad hiding, Grant,” the man ground out. “Should I run him through?”
Realizing the blackguard towering above her seriously considered the man’s gruff question, Victoria gasped.
“How auld are you, lad?” The man stared into her very being. Victoria lowered her lashes as a knot of fear lodged in her stomach.
She dared not speak. If she made that mistake, they’d instantly know her for a woman.
The man before her made no motion to stop her, but his eyes bored into hers. “I asked a question, lad.” The leader seemed to take in every detail of her sense of unease. “How auld are you?”
Victoria hoped the soot she rubbed on her face earlier hadn’t come off during her scuffle with the scoundrel. With her hat covering her hair and pulled low enough to conceal most of her face, she hoped they wouldn’t peer at her too closely. Perhaps they’d not kill someone they thought a mere boy. She’d had enough foresight to pile her long hair beneath her hat before leaving the manor.
The blackguard in front of her narrowed his eyes and continued to stare.
Victoria tensed with a sense of foreboding and her stomach knotted as she surveyed the group of large men surrounding her. Instinct warned her to escape. She fumbled frantically to adjust her shapeless hat and pulled it lower on her face.
Her movement gave Grant pause.
The attire on the lad before him was similar to that of a young male stable ghillie. Yet something about the coarse trews, smock, and ill-fitting brown jerkin didn’t appear true. Narrowing his eyes in scrutiny, he strode closer with deliberate purpose. His eyes never left the young lad’s face–nor the long black lashes gracefully framing brown eyes.
Grant didn’t think them the eyes or lashes of a lad! They were the most beautiful eyes he’d ever seen. A smirk twitched his lips.
The man behind her jerked her back against his chest and plucked her off her feet for a moment as rage surged in his eyes.
Victoria flailed furiously, her cap falling off in the ensuing scuffle. Her long-flowing, chestnut-colored hair draped gracefully around her shoulders and down to her waist. Panic welled in her chest, she bit back a scream.
“‘Tis a lassie!” A gasp of surprise sounded.
“What will ye do with her, Grant?” someone nearby questioned.
Looking into her soft brown eyes, Grant noticed an attempt at bravado. He saw a look of defiance blaze from the depths of her eyes, and almost laughed. Men were afraid of him, so this lassie certainly should be. She should be quaking right now in what he assumed were borrowed boots.
Leave her. That’s what he’d do.
He’d not come to take prisoners. He’d traveled to Berwick to kill Blackstone, and that he’d done– with his own sword. He didn’t need to kill everyone as the English had a few fortnights earlier. Those were their filthy tactics, not his.
He’d had his revenge.
Grant continued to look at her as if staring into her soul. He imagined her quite pretty.
She drew her tongue between her parched lips and the effect on Grant proved immediate.
“Bring her,” Grant shot over his shoulder as he turned to stalk away.
“Nay!” The woman’s eyes were wide with terror.
Grant heard the desperation in her voice. With one last searching glance, he reaffirmed his resolve.
“Bring her.” Without looking back or sparing the woman in question a second glance he strode purposefully toward his horse, struggling not to break into a wide grin. Failing, a hint of a smile crossed his face as he walked away and found his mount.
It was the first time he’d smiled since hearing the terrible news about his father’s death.

Author Bio
Leanne Burroughs headshot v1Leanne grew up in Wisconsin. She and her husband lived in South Carolina for several years while he was stationed there in the Navy. She and her husband of almost forty-one years now live in Florida. They have one daughter, one son and daughter-in-law, one grandson, three granddaughters and a new grandchild on the way. God and her family are the most important things in her life.

Having worked at three newspapers within the state of Florida, she loved the entire creative process. Her forte was editing.

She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling. She traveled to Norway to do research for an upcoming Viking epic. The year before, she traveled to Ireland, where she fell in love with the beautiful countryside and its Viking history. She’s also traveled to England, Spain, France, Hawaii and Mexico (the Mayans)in search of stories waiting to be told! Her absolute favorite place to visit, however, is the lovely country of Scotland. Its beauty is beyond words, and the friendliness of its people is incomparable. In Florida, she can often be found at Disney World with her grandchildren (although everyone knows they are merely an excuse for her to visit).

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