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From here to there

March 26, 2016

IMG_7479They say all good things come to an end. They are right to some extent and wrong in others. It’s been several weeks since I posted here, as we have been away from home since the end of February. We decided to try our hand at being “snow birds” and got the chance to visit our family. We are grateful for the time God gave us to do this. But nearly five weeks away from home has taught me a few things of who I am and what I’m not. More on that.

We began our trip in Portland, Oregon visiting two of our married kids who have lived there nearly a year now. We saw the Pacific from a different point of view than here in California and tried everything from fresh-made donuts to award-winning chocolate! I had the privilege of meeting with five different writer friends, which made the trip extra special. Of course, being with our kids was the highlight as there is just never enough time in a life to be with people you love.

IMG_8251But that trip came to a swift end and we flew down to LAX to see our whole family for a few days. Never enough time, but grateful for the time we had.

IMG_7987Before we left L.A. one of our sons took us to The Last Bookstore. We visited several bookstores on this trip – from Powell’s in Oregon to the one on Alcatraz, but this one tops them all. The unique way they use books for decor is fun and creative!

We drove from L.A. to Arroyo Grande, one of California’s best kept secrets. I love the Central Coast! Whenever we’ve been west, it’s always been to L.A. since our two oldest moved west, with occasional visits to San Diego and Monterey, but Arroyo is like stepping into a midwestern town. We rented another house, this time in the country. Quiet is something I never really appreciated until we stayed here. The owner has been great. We’ve met his chickens and his dogs, both of which are also very quiet. The only noise you hear is at night when the frogs and insects and distant coyotes start talking. I don’t think I could ever vacation in hotels again, though we did have a few nights in them.

IMG_8244A few days after our arrival here, my agent, Wendy Lawton, and her husband met us two hours from here. (It was a two hour drive for both of us.) We spent the day chatting over lunch and dessert and I don’t know how the time flew so fast! I’ve been Wendy’s client now for around ten years and I truly count her a friend. I’m glad the feeling is mutual.

IMG_3783The following week we drove to San Francisco one day and toured Alcatraz the next. (Did I mention how LONG a state California is?) Took us four hours of driving and if I ever visit San Francisco again I will do more research on quiet lodging. Such a busy, noisy city! But the tour was fun and informative and boy, am I glad I have never had to call a prison cell home!

From Alcatraz we drove two hours to Sacramento and spent the next day touring the California State Train Museum. I have never done so much walking that made my calves hurt front and back, as though I’d sprinted a half marathon. Old Sacramento is kind of cool with it’s old architecture and horse-drawn carriages. But the five-hour drive back to Arroyo was exhausting.

IMG_8698We’ve spent numerous visits to the local beaches here – Pismo, Grover, and Avila – all beautiful. Visited a few local sites like Bubblegum Alley and another train museum (Randy’s hobby), and spent a day at Solvang and sometimes all that driving just wore us out so we sat in the house trying to recoup! Our house sitter has Skyped with us twice so we could see Tiger – I can’t wait to hold that furry baby in my arms again!

IMG_8319San Luis Obispo is another fun city nearby though they are doing a lot of construction right now, so it wasn’t quite as fun to walk around town. I found a great coffee shop there that makes their own almond milk from fresh almonds and shaves the chocolate for a cafe mocha. Also found a fun coffee shop in Arroyo that makes a great coconut milk, cherry, coconut, cafe mocha latte. Call me caffeine addicted, but all that driving and fresh sunshine causes one to need a real pick-me-up.

IMG_8654Randy got to golf once with one of our sons, while I had lunch with the other. And too soon we will be seeing them all one last time and boarding the plane for home (this coming week).

So back to the beginning of where I started this. What I’ve learned spending five weeks away from home–it’s too long to stay away. I guess at this point in my life I’m not a “snow bird.” That is, we loved getting away from the Michigan cold and enjoy California’s earlier spring. The flowers here are in full bloom, oranges ripe on the trees, and the temperatures have been in the 60s and 70s. Perfect. (We get to go home to the 40s.) Not so perfect.

IMG_8188But I also learned that God can teach us things wherever we are. Some of those things have not been easy lessons. I’ve had enough struggles already this year to last several decades, trials I hope never to repeat. I’ve also learned that God forgives. He can be trusted. And that the Holy Spirit prays for us and through us with groans too deep for words. We don’t know how we ought to pray sometimes, but the Spirit knows and He is working when we least expect it.

I’ve learned the value of friendships. I disconnected from most of my email groups and only answered email that I felt was work-related or personal enough that it couldn’t wait until April. But I have a group of author friends who have been an anchor to me through many a storm in recent years, and I stayed in touch with them. I’m not sure what I would do without those God-given relationships.

IMG_3639Or the God-given relationships of friends from back home. Today I heard from two friends who miss us and that makes me smile. And so grateful. Everyone needs to feel wanted and needed, and vacation tends to skew our view of things. And yet it also helps us value what we have.

So while all good things, like relaxing trips away from home, less reason to cook, hot tub soaks before showers in the morning on sunny days, and spending time with the people we love most do have to come to an end, the gratitude for life doesn’t have to stop. God put us here for a purpose and our purpose resides in Michigan for now. Randy has classes to return to and I have a book to write. Hannah is starting to take shape in my thoughts, and I’m grateful I have her story to return home to.

EUUZ4471There are a lot of things I’m going to miss about California. The weather. The scenery – the mountains are green and lush with vegetation since they’ve finally had some rain. The ocean never fails to remind me of how big God is. But the traffic reminds me how many people find this state just as inviting as I do, and I can definitely do without the traffic!

Mostly, I’m going to miss the closer proximity to family. It’s hard having all of our kids on the west coast. If I had my wish, they would all prefer Michigan. But maybe God will make a way for us to move here someday. Right now…that’s a long way from my desire. I just want to soak up the sunshine while we can, be grateful for the friendly people in this town, and look forward to one more visit with our kids.

Then Tiger can finally let our house-sitter sleep in his own home in peace! (And hopefully, he will forgive us everything and be glad to have his “mom” and “dad” home again!

Selah~

 

by jill at 9:43 pm in

A much-needed vacation

March 6, 2016

IMG_7374As I have posted on Facebook, and through my email message, you may already know that I’m away from my desk until April. Tiger is not at all happy with our absence, but our house/cat sitter is keeping him great company, so we are quite certain that despite the miffed look we got over Skype, that our baby kitty is in good hands. Besides, my initial desire to take him with us would quite certainly have been a disaster! Dogs travel well on planes (we had two on different flights) but cats…probably not so much.

A few weeks ago we boarded a plane with way too much luggage and flew to Seattle, with a connection to Portland. Due to the snow falling in Detroit at the time, our flight was delayed and alas, as I did once many years ago (and swore never to repeat), we found ourselves running to catch a plane. Lugging suitcases down moving stairs, jumping onto a train before the door closed, and racing to the gate that was nearly about the close…I really hope we never have to do this again! But surprisingly, even our luggage made the transfer without a glitch and we found Portland to be quite the adventure.

IMG_7418Besides spending time with two of our kids there, we toured the Gorge, drove to the coast, bought some of the best chocolate EVER, and even found coconut milk ice cream that was better than any I’ve ever tasted. The moss in this rainy city covers the tress in an ethereal beauty and our trek to the falls near the Gorge was wet but fun. I could not believe we had cell service there, but when the phone rang, there was no doubt!

IMG_7446We stayed in a house though Trip Advisor and had a wonderful experience in an old Victorian home. Our host was very accommodating and the place comfortable and big enough to host a gathering, which added to the feeling of leisure. I’m not sure any hotel could measure up to the experience of renting a house. Definitely something we would do again.

From Portland we flew to Los Angeles and have been in parts of California since. Our biggest joy comes in seeing our family – all of whom will finally be together in one place for a time. Then Randy and I have plans to see the sites, relax, sleep late, and basically vacation. It is a joy to see California hills are green instead of the drought dry brown of a few years past. So much beauty here. If only I could fit a palm tree into my suitcase…

IMG_7534We bought cinnamon rolls (a no-no for me, but I took the risk) and ate them while overlooking the Pacific. I will never be able to stand beside an ocean and not fell the awe and beauty of creation. We are so small in comparison to the One who created these mountains and told the seas, “This is how far you may come and no farther.” How anyone can look at nature and not see intelligent design, a Creator, is a mystery to me.

In the process of vacationing, of course, I am pondering things to write. Pondering Hannah’s story (my next work in progress), pondering future stories. Or sometimes we just watch Little House on the Prairie and Law and Order reruns while chickens run around the yard where we are staying. (Another rental house.)

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We look forward to more time with family and friends in the days ahead. Mostly, I’m finding this a good time to connect with God in my journaling and reading and sneaking peaks at devotionals online. I sense that God has sent us here to teach us. I’m not sure exactly what that lesson is yet, but I have a feeling He will show us. Trust. Faith. Hope. Love. Humility. And so much more.

May He speak His words over you today.

Selah~

by jill at 3:54 pm in

Birthday Reflections

February 14, 2016

IMG_7242Birthdays are one of those days that we either anticipate, dread, or ignore, depending on our age. I remember when our sons were small, we made a big deal out of every birthday. Balloons and streamers filled the kitchen, a party was usually planned, and of course, the cake. When they were too young to decide, I decorated trains and Big Bird and various other patterns from formed cake pans.

But then they grew old enough to request specifics. That’s where my cake decorating skills shifted to Randy, my creative engineer, to draw the launching pad for the space shuttle or a road for a car, all in various colors.

Eventually, we deferred to the local bakeries when an ice cream cake was preferred over the typical box mix. But we did our best to make the day special, because really, it is! (Though I think the mom who gave birth ought to celebrate nearly as much as the birthday person, but that’s another topic.)

IMG_20110615_140439Cakes or pies don’t fill our celebrations these days. We opt for gifts sent long distance and a phone call or FaceTime. I kind of miss those balloon and streamer days.

When I was growing up, we didn’t have parties for birthdays, except for one time I recall my mom inviting a number of young friends over to celebrate my Valentine birthday. I know there is a picture of it somewhere in this house, but don’t ask me which box it might be buried in.

Most of the time I remember my dad always bought my mom flowers for Valentine’s Day and flowers for me for being born that day. Later, when I left home and got married, Daddy always called to set that special date to take me out to lunch – just the two of us.

IMG_20110813_173320I think the one birthday lunch date that sticks most in my memory is the time we sat at a restaurant several years before he ended up in a nursing home. He took my hand in his stronger one and prayed for me. That was one special thing about my dad. He always prayed for his kids, his grandkids, and probably anyone else that came to mind. My mom still prays daily for her family.

I have other birthday memories, wonderful times with Randy and the boys. Like biblical feast days, birthdays centered around food and laughter and spending time together. (And presents!) I think that is why I always valued those moments. (For the time spent, not the presents.)

IMG_7238It’s funny how time changes our perspective. I was twelve going on sixteen and sixteen going on twenty, until I reached twenty-nine and stopped counting. Daddy found birthdays fun when he began to turn our ages around. He would joke with the kids and say, “You’re 10? That means you’re only one!” And with the adults, “You’re 45? That means your 54.” He played that game the rest of his life. I don’t think I would want him flipping my age today!

Truth is, birthdays just aren’t what they used to be. I think that’s because our expectations make them happy or sad. If we are pleased with how they turn out – the way we hope – then we’re happy. If they don’t, we’d prefer to pretend they didn’t even happen. They are just another day.

IMG_7232And I wonder, how many of us feel a certain sense of loss with the passing of time? I expect as we get closer to the 100 mark, the excitement would build again. I remember my great aunt lived with the goal of reaching 90 – and she did. There is a certain sense of bragging rights that come with reaching those kinds of goals.

For me, I’m glad for each day God gives. I look back with gratitude for a dad (and mom too) who made my birthday special, who singled each of us out on that important day. I thank God for parents who prayed because I certainly need it. And I’m grateful for the best husband and best kids ever and for the rest of my family and friends who call and remember and laugh and feast with me!

I might not eat cakes anymore, but I don’t think I want to dread this day. Anticipate? Probably not. Ignore? No. I would rather acknowledge that the God who made me chose to put me here on this earth on this date and even if no one else does, He sings over me. (Zephaniah 3:17) And who knows? Maybe He and Daddy are singing Happy Birthday from heaven. :)

I should probably have written about love and Valentine’s Day because they’re important too. And I’m very grateful for all of the love in my life. But it’s kind of special having a Valentine birthday – and sharing it with you here!

Until the next time~

 

by jill at 7:37 am in

February 2016 Christian Fiction Releases

February 13, 2016

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Amish Romance:

Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman — Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, hoping to keep Alton from another brush with the law. Joshua is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, plans on joining their team. What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton? (Amish Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

An Amish Market: Four Novellas by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman — All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Love Birds by Amy Clipston: Ellie Lapp takes a liking to Lloyd’s beautifully carved wooden birds, not to mention the young man himself, when she convinces this friend of her deceased brother’s to sell his creations in the gift shop where she works. But will his family’s plans for him come between their budding relationship? A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller: Every week, confirmed bachelor Ezra buys Hannah Lynne’s home-churned butter at the local market, barely glancing her way, despite her hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop wondering if Ezra is finally in the market for love. Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin: Shattering a jar of pickled beets in Bee County’s Combination Store was embarrassing enough without Isabella’s receiving a frosty reaction from the handsome store manager, Will Glick. But she soon learns Will’s heart is in pieces. Now, Isabella finds herself longing to be the one to repair it and renew his faith in love. Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman: Stella Schrock and new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower, have to work together to solve the mystery of strange events happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they may find God has more in store than they imagined. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Biblical:

The Prophetess from AmazonThe Prophetess: Deborah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith — Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she’ll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai–and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan’s armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God’s calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?
(Biblical from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Children’s:

Samantha Sanderson Without a Trace by Robin Caroll — Sam Sanderson dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper, where she secretly hopes to become chief editor. With a police officer for a father, Sam is never short on writing material. When Sam’s friend Tam Lee goes missing, all clues seem to point to something sinister in Sam’s opinion. Sam must decide whether to trust law enforcement’s opinion that Tam’s a run-away or follow her heart and poke around for more clues? (Children’s from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Hope Girl by Wendy Dunham — With the discovery of her birth father, 12-year-old River has to decide if she should continue living with Gram, who has been her family for the past ten years, or with her father, who she’s over-the-moon to have just met but knows little about. And when River is diagnosed with a condition that could impact her future, she feels overwhelmed and bewildered. That’s when River asks God for help and decides to trust him with her dreams. (Children’s from Harvest House Publishers)

Contemporary Romance:

Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Metal sculptor Hope Michaels gave up on art when her creativity was zapped by another and buries herself in an electrical contracting job on Wildflower Island. She never imagines her best friend and employer, Piper, would turn matchmaker. When a lonely widower is promoted to manager of the Wildflower Resort, his new responsibilities complicate his relationship with his teenage daughter. Seeking advice from a feisty-but-sweet newcomer, he never expects things to only get more complicated. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

General:

Renovating the Richardsons by Virginia Smith — In the small town of Goose Creek, Kentucky, Millie Richardson is renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B while her husband, Al, busily writes checks for the renovations. Also, the new vet, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town–not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin. But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball game is coming up, and Millie volunteers Al as team manager. But the softball team is a disaster. If they’re not going to embarrass themselves in front of the whole of Franklin County, Al needs Justin to play. But Justin lives just outside the city limits, and the rules say that players must live in town. As if that weren’t enough to keep the town gossips busy, a massage therapist opens up shop in town. Imagine–a massage parlor!–in Goose Creek! No decent Creeker will stand for it. It’s up to Al and Millie–again–to save the day. (General from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Romance:

The Love Is Patient Romance Collection by Janet Lee Barton, Frances Devine, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Franklin, Jill Stengl, Connie Stevens, and Erica Vetsch — Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan — Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Destitute and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother sends a friend–the widely admired cattle baron John McIntyre–to rescue her, then sets off to earn enough money to buy back the family ranch. But when months pass without her brother’s return, Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John McIntyre’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds the deed to her family’s ranch. (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson — After suffering a battlefield injury, wealthy, well-connected British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary. At a ball hosted by the powerful Whilhelm family, Langdon meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Honoring propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England-and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. (Historical Romance from Waterfall Press, an imprint of Amazon Publishing)

The Express Rider’s Lady by Stacy Henrie — Delsie Radford’s father may have kept her and her sister apart, but Delsie refuses to miss her sister’s wedding-even with only eighteen days to get there. And she’s found the perfect escort in Pony Express rider Myles Patton. Myles can’t believe it when a pretty socialite hires him to take her cross-country through dangerous territory. He’s sure she’ll give up soon, but the longer they ride together, the more Myles notices the toughness and kindness beneath Delsie’s refined exterior. And though they may be worlds apart…they might just be perfect for each other. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Texan’s Engagement Agreement by Noelle Marchand — It’s been five years since Adelaide Harper broke Chris Johansen’s heart-and their long-distance engagement. But when she steps off a train in Peppin, Texas, and strolls back into Chris’s life, he can’t help but panic. To avoid his parents’ plan to arrange a marriage for him, he’s let his family believe he and Adelaide are still engaged. Adelaide is facing her own troubles with a matchmaking mama and a parade of aggravating suitors. So pretending to let Chris court her could help them both. Surely after five years, there’s no need to worry their time together could reignite a long-buried love…is there? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Northern Light by Annette O’Hare — The Yankees took her fiancés life, but when a wounded Union soldier washes ashore, needing her help, will she learn to love again or will hate cost him his life? (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing (Pelican))

Romantic Suspense:

Rocky Mountain Pursuit by Mary Alford — Everyone believes agent Jase Bradford is dead-everyone but Reyna Peterson. Only he can protect her now that someone wants the information her CIA husband died to secure. As the one member of their spy team not killed, Jase must remain in the shadows. Yet when Reyna leads the enemy right to his mountain refuge and blows his cover, Jase risks his life for hers. As his best friend’s beautiful widow scales the walls around his heart, whether out of loyalty or love, he makes it his duty to secure her safety. But when their pursuers trap them in the snowy Colorado mountains, will it become his final mission? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

Always Watching by Lynette Eason — The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son. But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client. (Romantic Suspense from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Navy SEAL Security by Liz Johnson — Wounded navy SEAL Luke Dunham’s only goal is returning to active duty…until he rescues his physical therapist from a lethal attack. Now he’ll risk everything-even his recovery-—to keep Mandy Berg’s attacker at bay. Mandy’s been burned before when she trusted the wrong man. And she knows better than to develop feelings for one of her patients. Yet how can she help falling for a man who does not hesitate to put his strength, his skill and his very life in harm’s way to keep her safe? Relying on anyone feels dangerous…but turning away Luke’s protection could be deadly. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Pandora’s Deed by Monica Mynk — Savannah Barrett fled her Dreyfus home to escape childhood bullies, and planned to stay away for good. Body image struggles have led her to give up so much of herself to empty relationships, she believes no one could desire her for more. Geoff Spencer, her former tormentor, is the man who could love her anyway. He cleaned up his life, stopped bullying, and found Christ. When she inherits his farm, she returns to claim the property and face her dreadful past, never expecting to claim his heart. But the property transfer unearths a mystery that some would prefer to stay buried and plants Savannah in the path of a psychopath who’d rather dispose of her rather than expose the past. (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey — In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. But one of them vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled. Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When of Griffin’s former friends, FBI agent Declan Gray, takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Speculative:

The Last Apostle by Dennis Brooke — What if John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, was still alive and well… and living in Seattle? In A.D. 100, John is restored to the body of his youth and sent on a mission with a warning: to never reveal his true identity. Fast-forward to modern day Seattle, where both friends and foes are on the verge of discovering who he truly is-an event that will trigger the end times. (Speculative from Made for Grace)

Far and Near by Amanda G. Stevens — Marcus, Lee, Austin, and Violet are starting over. Texas is supposed to be their sanctuary. But the Constabulary isn’t ready to relinquish their worst offenders, legal jurisdiction or not. They’ve sent agents in undercover, and Marcus is the assigned target of one who has personal reasons to bring him back dead or alive. Marcus and Lee are ready to be whole again, to secure a home here–together. But wholeness and home might not mean what they thought. Stopping the Constabulary hunters will require more than Marcus knows how to give, and God is about to use him again in a way he doesn’t expect. (Speculative from David C. Cook)

Thriller/Suspense:

Voice in the Wilderness by H. L. Wegley — As catastrophes drive the US into martial law, all eyes are on America, waiting to see what emerges. KC Banning, network specialist, discovers President Hannan’s tyrannical plans and is branded a terrorist, sending her fleeing the Beltway to find her childhood soulmate and protector, Brock Daniels. Brock, a writer and man of faith, gives CPR to a dying nation through his blog, which is read by military members still loyal to the Constitution. But starting a grassroots insurgency while reconciling KC’s and Brock’s broken relationship proves difficult. When Hannan sends Special Forces to kill Brock and KC, starting a war in the Central Oregon desert, reconciliation, like staying alive, might be impossible. (Thriller/Suspense, Independently Published using Trinity Press International)

Radio Interviews this week

February 8, 2016

The Prophetess from AmazonIf you live in the Detroit area or if you have a smart phone or a device that allows you to download a radio app, or if you just want to click on a link on your computer, please consider joining me this week on WMUZ 103.5 FM from 10:45-11:00 on Family Life Perspectives Radio Program sponsored by Perspectives of Troy.

We are talking about the different women in the Bible that are covered in my books, including The Prophetess and how we can learn from their struggles – struggles very similar to what we face today. I hope you get the chance to listen in.

Tomorrow I will be on live radio with KNEO Radio on their Author’s Corner program from 10:30-10:45 CT or 11:30-11:45 ET (my time zone). KNEO’s listening audience covers southwest Missouri but also reaches into Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so if you live in any of those states or can pull up the station on a phone app, I hope you’ll join us! I hope you enjoy hearing about these women of Scripture and for tomorrow’s KNEO interview in particular – The Prophetess.

Until then~