Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons



Here we are again. Staring down the cusp of Fall, looking into the eyes of Old Man Winter. That's life in Wyoming.


The seasons change fast in this land, sometimes in the blink of an eye. One day, leaves shudder on the trees, the next, they blanket the ground, and the next, they're blowing away in the wind. Or snow buries them deep.

Wyoming can be a glorious but intimidating place to rest your head. While beautiful, it remains remote and untamed. The mountains conquer by simply gasping with a storm, and beasts dare any to tread where they call home.

How is a person to survive in such a place? Is it worth the risk? I can say, after years of living in this wondrous land, yes.

That's not to say I haven't spent many a day staring out at a snowstorm, wondering if it would ever end or enjoyed a clear blue Sunday morning only for it to be destroyed by a sudden surge of ominous clouds from the horizon. Such things as hunting in November can be a challenge...a life-altering one.

How has God used Wyoming to teach me lessons me over the years?

1. Everything He has created on this planet has a purpose. Genesis 1

Wyoming illustrates how everything...most everything you find...works together for God's good purpose. Can man mess this up? Of course, but take a walk on the high plains and discover the true wonder of the stars. Feel the wind blow through your hair on a mountain peak and hear an elk bugle five miles away. Watch a cowboy round up a steer for branding, his body one with his horse. Eat lunch at a small town diner, and join in with raucous laughter as the owner teases her customers just to make their day. Everything in Wyoming has a purpose.

2.  Life is hard but the reward is worth it. 2 Timothy 2:10

This land does not suffer a fool. That is a harsh statement I know, but it's the truth. To live in Wyoming means to endure all things, economical, emotional, physical, ecological, and spiritual battles. It is a land of opportunity for some, missed for others. But with the strength and direction of the Lord, the spring of life wells up in the soul and makes this place a paradise. Life is hard, but it's worth it.

3. An ounce of common sense is worth more than gold. Proverbs 15:21

An unprepared person in Wyoming is asking for trouble. Is it possible to plan for every contingency? No, but common sense is a valuable commodity. Gored tourists and dead hunters aren't figments of the imagination, they're preventable tales told from the annals of Wyoming history and present-day happenings. God can deliver us from Wyoming but in Wyoming, His creation is a simple place, and not very forgiving. Here, common sense is worth more than money and can buy a life.

4. Never take anything for granted. John 3:16

Wyoming's mountains can be majestic, its prairies vast and wide. Eagles soar and buffalo roam while trout jump high to catch a fly. But even then, it's easy to consider home drab...normal. We rise each day and sink our heads to the same pillow each night, and consider it something less than God's good and perfect creation.
The Lord taught me that this precious land, even if man dots its hills and valleys, is never to be shelved with old books or fishing poles. No, I'm to enjoy each sunrise and sunset, rainstorm and blizzard. Why?

Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good... 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Linda Weaver Clarke's on the Coffee Corner (with E-Book Giveaway)


The Coffee Corner Welcomes



Linda Weaver Clarke


Welcome back to Inspirational Moments. I know it's been a while but I have great news! I'm well on my way to 100%! It's been quite the road to recovery but God is good. All the time. To celebrate, the Coffee Corner brings you Linda Weaver Clarke this week. She's also giving away some e-books! Check out the details after the interview, but for now, let's get to the interview, shall we?

___________________

Renee: Hi there, Linda, welcome to the Corner. I'm excited to have you here. What can you tell us about your Rebel series? What makes it special or unique?

Linda: The Rebel Series is a Period Romance and consists of 3 stories: The Rebels of Cordovia, The
Highwayman of Cordovia, and The Fox of Cordovia. This series is unique for me because it is completely different from what I usually write. It was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a wicked king. I wanted to create a story about a people who wanted the same thing. Each story has its own plot and can be read separately but it should be read in order so you can see how the people deal with their new found freedom. Liberty is a subject that is very dear to me. Each time I hear the Star Spangled Banner or pledge allegiance, my tears well up for gratitude that I live in a land of freedom.

Renee: This series sounds amazing. I'm a patriot as well. I bet it will touch every patriot's heart who reads it. I wonder, how do you decide upon a subject and find time to do your research?

Linda: After I've decided upon a subject, I have so much fun searching for a certain subject. For example, I learned that the waltz was introduced in the 1700's but many people would not accept it because they felt it was "riotous and indecent." It wasn't until a Russian ambassador endorsed that it was accepted in certain countries. I also learned that lamplighters were chosen carefully because they also acted as night watchmen and they needed to be trustworthy. In The Fox of Cordovia, they make their getaway in a pirate ship, so I had to research what pirate ships were like and what was inside such a ship so I could describe it adequately. I love research.

Renee: I love it! Well, since we're talking about writing, let's keep going, how long have you been writing and why did you start?

Linda: Since 2005, about 12 years. I have 22 books published. I have always enjoyed writing, but it wasn't until I was putting together my grandparents and ancestors' stories that actually got me started. When I was done, I couldn't stop writing and turned to fiction. I have taught writing classes for over ten years, teaching people how to write their family history or autobiographies.

Renee: Wow, it sounds like you found your calling, no matter what kind of writing it was. God is so good, isn't He? Let's turn back to your series, what the favorite part of your books and why?

Linda: In each of my books in this series, the romance between the two main characters has always been one of my favorite scenes. All my books are family friendly, so the romance is always clean with sweet delectable kisses. In The Fox of Cordovia, Jesse is totally enamored with Caroline but he is holding back for one reason. He was once a hero, known as The Fox of Cordovia, during the revolt. That was 2 years ago. Now since he's an ordinary guy, he's afraid she thinks of him as that hero and not who he is right now. So her duty is to let him know that she has fallen for Jesse Conover, not The Fox.

Renee: Your stories sound positively amazing. I can't wait to read all of them! I know everyone else can't either. On a personal note, do you have any hobbies or thinks you like to do when you aren't working?

Linda: I love spending time with my children and husband. I love going on road trips with them or just vacationing somewhere fun with my family.

Renee: In closing, is there a special quote or verse which comes to you in times of need or adversity?

Linda: In Rev 3:20, it says: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." In this scripture, I feel as if the Lord is inviting us to talk to him and tell him about our problems. If we just talk with him and explain our difficulties, then he will comfort us and answer our prayers. In another scripture, the Lord says, "For after much tribulation, come the blessings." He just wants us to be patient in our afflictions and to go to him for wisdom and comfort.

Renee: Thank you, Linda, for being on the Coffee Corner. You are an inspiration for young and new writers. May the Lord bless you in your continued endeavors.

____________________

E-BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!




The Rebels of Cordovia


Linda Weaver Clarke is having a Book Giveaway, which will last until Aug 21st: Every visitor will receive 7 EBOOKS FREE if they preorder the Historical Romance: The Fox of Cordovia. For these promotional giveaways, go to https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com/.

______________________



About the Book, The Rebels of Cordovia:

Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

To read a sample chapter from each book in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the title of the book that you want to read.

To purchase a book, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/purchasebook.html.


Here are two book trailers to discover what this series is all about.

The Rebels of Cordovia:



The Highwayman of Cordovia:




About the Author, Linda Weaver Clarke:

Linda Weaver Clarke lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains. She is the author of 22 books. She has traveled throughout the U.S. for the past ten years, giving lectures on writing techniques. All her books are family friendly.