Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Review: Tina Pinson's To Carry Her Cross




The Book:

Willow Creek, Colorado is a town built on dreams of gold and secrets. Whose life will change forever if their secret is revealed? 
Dr. Harrison Caldwell, who hopes the mountains will shelter him so his past won't find him? 

Mitchell Grover, who hopes to win the mountain for the Lord, and might, if the townspeople would let him live down his past? 
Esther Warren, who wants to be a doctor but can't forget the blood on her hands? 
Crazy Joe, a solitary figure going about his business, helping others like a finely tuned clock, only now someone is interested in the secret he may be hiding? 
Cordelia Mason, the town madam, who knows many secrets, but her dreams just might put her out of business?


The Review:

Love and salvation sparks in the lives of the citizens Willow Creek even as persecution and judgment rains down from all around.
While hope blooms, mining continues… a dangerous but addictive practice in Colorado in 1872. But more than gold rests high in the mountains. Between sheltered secrets and well-crafted facades, a prospect exists for the claiming. If they can uncover the truth.
Pinson formulates her characters, both present and past, and the story accents every one of their traits. From egotism to patience, self-doubt to determination, they’re shown in all their human or spiritual glory. A deep message of trust, faith, and redemption’s nestled within the pages. And although a few plot lines can get a little confusing, Pinson always brings it back around.
I give this book four stars. Well done, Ms. Pinson, well done.


*** GIVEAWAY ***

Enter to win a digital copy of To Carry Her Cross!




The Author:

Tina Pinson is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author. After 20 years in Colorado, she now lives in Arizona. She has been writing since she was in elementary school. In the Manor of the Ghost, Touched by Mercy, and When Shadows Fall are available through Desert Breeze Publishing. Her book Trail of the Sandpiper-Betrayed, won third place in the 2003 ACRW Noble Theme Contest. (Now the ACFW Genesis).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mary L. Ball Returns to the Coffee Corner

A Touch of Relaxation


Welcome back to the Corner, Mary. It’s so great to see you. Summer’s here and Texas is hot. Although, believe it or not, Waco hasn’t hit above one-hundred…yet. How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? 

Hi, Renee it's great to be on your blog again. You're such an inspiration to all. Here in NC we had an unusual cold winter- as many states did.  Spring has finally arrived and the temps are heating up, a welcomed sight for me.

I bet! I know it’s been very cold. Maybe that’s why it’s taken so long to “warm up” this year. Do you have any plans for summer? Road trips or book signings on the agenda?

The local writer's group I belong to has scheduled every month for authors to hold a signing. I'll enjoy mingling with readers and will attend as many as I can, but I have to carve out some recreational time. The summer months for hubby and me mean fishing at the lake. I do like nature and sunshine.

I remember that from your last visit on the Corner! I love to fish as well. It’s one of my favorite things to do with my husband too. I love the mountains and the water, especially the high lakes.

Speaking of the lake reminds me of Escape to Big Fork Lake, my debut novel back in 2012. It leads up to my coming soon novel.

Oh, so cool… do you think we can have a peek?

Absolutely.

Will an inheritance bring new happiness or a trap for murder?
Bad luck seems to follow Sam Blacker. She loses her job and faces daily struggles keeping her drunken neighbor away from her.
When an unexpected inheritance gives her a chance for a new beginning, Sam, a city girl at heart is hesitant. However, after a brutal attack she has no choice.
Making a decision that will forever change her life she flees to the small fishing town of Big Fork Lake, Alabama and soon finds herself in the arms of Noah Frye.  A tumultuous relationship with Noah sparks buried desires of the heart, even if he is a Christian, surely, she can get around that little problem. 
As Sam and Noah’s passion grows, trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching. Inescapable, Sam’s bad luck returns when she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the only suspect. Will she have to run again, this time to stay out of prison? Worse, will she lose the best man she’s ever found? And what about the newfound hunger in heart to know God—can she truly trust in Him?    

My new release scheduled in late fall is titled Redemption in Big Fork Lake. The story visits many of the same characters in Escape to Big Fork Lake
Here is a little about the new book.

What happens when an addiction takes over?
Only after Robert Turner attempts to hurt someone does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life.  
For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.
His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert? Will he return to the life he once had?


I think you have me already. Save a copy. E-copy or paperback, I don’t care! By the way, now that I mention it, if you were to curl up with one, which do you prefer, e-books or print books?

Renee, that's a hard question. My heart will always belong to paperbacks, it used to be anytime that I went to the lake I grabbed a book, but now I find myself leaning toward eBooks, not only because I'm an author and realize the importance of digital novels, but I can tote a complete library with me.  

I have to agree with you. I love paper in my hands but when it comes to digital, I can carry so many books in one place. And I’ve moved so much (and moving again) that I’ve literally had to lighten the load, so my physical library is very thin. I have to admit I read more than I watch to television or movies. In your opinion, why do people still flock to the written word versus movies?

I can't speak for all, but for me a book is much better than the movie. Movies will leave out important bits written in the book. I remember when I first read Message in a Bottle (love the book). I was excited to see the movie, only to be let down because parts of it was deleted, that feeling of connection for me was lost.

Yep. Now, I’m not saying I don’t understand why. They can’t put everything in a book into a production, but sometimes I wonder about the decision process. Different people watch different type of movies based on trailers and such… But, if you want to search for a book on Amazon or in the library, how do you pick a “good” one out of the chaos?

The blurb is what I go by. Reviews are important, but based on individual feelings. If the description speaks to my curiosity then I'm hooked. 

How many books will we find of yours out there, Mary? Anything in the works?

Two novels are released and a contributed story for a third book. My mind is busting with imagination, besides my coming soon book, I finished another and presently working on my sixth.

You are a busy gal. I can’t wait until Redemption in Big Fork Lake hits the shelves. Thanks for coming! Stay cool and dry.

Thank you Renee, may God bless you in all you do.



***GIVEAWAY***

Mary’s giving away a digital copy (Nook or Kindle) of her book, Escape to Big Fork Lake.
The winner will also receive a special gift—winner’s choice of a handmade journal or a CD of vocal music recorded by her and her husband.

Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below!






About the Book:



Bad luck seems to follow Sam Blacker. She loses her job and faces daily struggles keeping her drunken neighbor away from her.
When an unexpected inheritance gives her a chance for a new beginning, Sam, a city girl at heart is hesitant. However, after a brutal attack she has no choice.
Making a decision that will forever change her life she flees to the small fishing town of Big Fork Lake, Alabama and soon finds herself in the arms of Noah Frye.  A tumultuous relationship with Noah sparks buried desires of the heart, even if he is a Christian, surely, she can get around that little problem. 
As Sam and Noah’s passion grows, trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching. Inescapable, Sam’s bad luck returns when she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the only suspect. Will she have to run again, this time to stay out of prison? Worse, will she lose the best man she’s ever found? And what about the newfound hunger in heart to know God—can she truly trust in Him?



About the Author:

Mary L. Ball is a published author of Inspirational fiction, blended with romance. Her novels include, Escape to Big Fork Lake and Stone of Destiny. She lives in North Carolina and weaves together stories to encourage people to see the wonder of love and a divine guidance. When she’s not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at various functions.
Readers can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspirational-author-Mary-L-Ball/200478210087932?ref=hl

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guest: A God of Authority by Kimberly Rose Johnson




Have you ever wondered why the teachers of the law in Jesus’ day didn’t like Him? We’ve been discussing that in a Bible Study I attend. We’ve tossed all kinds of ideas around, but this morning as I was reading in the book of Mark, one verse in particular hit me.

Mark 1:22 (NIV) says, The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
Matthew 7:29 says virtually the same thing.

Jesus spoke with authority. The word authority resonated in my heart and mind and I can’t shake it. What does that mean in my life? How can I apply this?

Perhaps it’s as simple as the Word of God is authoritative. What He says is real and can be trusted as truth. If like me, you already know that, let’s take it a step further. How often do we live our lives as though there is authority in scripture?

I wonder if we lived every day keeping in mind the truths in the Bible if it would change how we approach life in general. Would we forgive more easily, or would that fear still be there?

In my latest novel, A Romance Rekindled, the heroine must forgive her ex-fiancĂ© before she can move forward. A secondary character, a child, who lost her parents in a plane crash is terrified she will lose her guardian, the hero, as well. This one I can directly relate to, as my in-laws were killed in a plane crash. It took years before I stopped worrying every time my husband was more than ten minutes late coming home. Honestly I still do that sometimes, but it’s closer to twenty minutes now—I’m a work in progress.


I think we are all works in progress. But there is hope in the authoritative Word of God. His Word gives comfort, instruction, and correction and we can trust His truth because He is the ultimate authority on everything.


About the Author:


Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.
You may contact Kimberly via her website at http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/




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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Follow Me




Tweet this, pin that, join here, follow there…

Social media’s enough to drive a person batty. I mean, really crazy. Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest… As much as I use it, you’d think I’d be comfortable with it… NOT. I guess I would if it wouldn’t be for the habitual urges of certain entities to constantly modify their forums.

You know what I mean, right? I should be used to it by now. I mean it’s almost as bad as Wyoming weather! The old saying, “don’t worry, if you don’t like it, wait awhile, it’ll change” could apply to Facebook.

I think it’s a boredom thing. What do I mean? They’re bored with how it’s going, so they tweak it. Twitter’s even joining the crowd now. Pinterest followed right along several months ago. Now, I have to admit, these sites haven’t been as bad. Just a few tweaks here and there. Even with Twitter’s major overall, no big meltdowns have occurred.

So…what do I do?

Oh, I still tweet, post, and pin. Through it all, I keep writing and blogging. After all, the Lord promises me His Word doesn’t come back void. And when social media decides to change the rules again, I’ll adapt a little bit more, but I won’t give up.

Don’t give up! Keep going. Spread the Word.


Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.


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