Sunday, January 24, 2016

Faithful Reviews: To Honor and Cherish by Kari Trumbo

Faithful Reviews by Renee Blare

To Honor and Cherish


Kari Trumbo

About To Honor and Cherish:

Meg never complained when her father stipulated in his will that she must marry and have a male heir to own his ranch. That is, until she lost her husband to a spring storm. Now everything that looked secure in her life is as destroyed as the buildings around her.
If the loss of her spouse wasn’t hard enough, she now has to take on the ranch and the new foreman, Jax. He likes to argue with her even more than he likes his job. Meg wants to trust him, but Jax is running from something. He has secrets that could put Meg and the ranch in grave danger.

About the Author, Kari Trumbo:

Kari Trumbo is a writer of Christian Historical Romance and a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. She does freelance developmental editing and blogging. When she isn't writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari has written two other novels in the Western Vows series and one prequel/novella; all should be released by this time next year. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing with the worship team, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of eighteen years, two daughters, two sons, and four cats.

The Faithful Review of To Honor and Cherish by Renee Blare:

What a heart-catching story! To Honor and Cherish draws you in and captures your heart. Kari Trumbo pens a delightful, gripping...historical tale of the West you won't want to put down. 

The characters are real, not too lovable but at the same time, someone you may just fall in love with. The story was a bit slow at first but then it took off and I was hooked. Good job, Ms. Trumbo.

* * * * I give To Honor and Cherish four stars. Thanks for the great read!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Coffee Corner Welcomes Teresa Pollard with Woman of Light (Giveaway)

The Coffee Corner


 Teresa Pollard


 Woman of Light


Hello, Teresa! Welcome to the Coffee Corner. I love your new book, Woman of Light. In fact, that's what we're going to talk about today, folks...that, and Teresa. So, grab a cup and stay awhile. This is gonna be fun.

RB: First let's tell the readers a bit about your story...what is your book about?

TP: It’s the story of Deborah from Judges 4 & 5. A judge in Israel at a time when such a thing was unheard of, Deborah has to use not just her skills as a true discerner of the truth in many strange cases. She must also learn to become a “woman of light” in a dark and desperate time in her nation’s history. And she has to learn to overcome her own struggles with loss and frustration to become all that God intends her to be. It’s a story of a beautiful love that endures the trials and separations that threaten to destroy it.
RB: Biblical Fiction isn't something I write but I like to read it. Why? Because I love the retelling of it in the full scope of a book with the depth of characters and setting. It literally brings the Bible alive for me. But I've always do you know what to write about and how do you do research for something like that?

TP: I don’t think I decide. I think God does. I don’t sit down and plot out stories for days. He gives me my stories pretty much whole cloth. If it’s a biblical story like this one, I’m drawn to that story like a magnet, and I run to the commentaries to find out what they have to say. When the commentaries ignore or dismiss something as of little or no value, that’s a red flag to me. I don’t believe there is such a thing in the Bible as a story of no value. I think the problem is we don’t understand its value! Of course, my biblical novels have the basic plot already laid out for me. All I have to do with them is research, research, and more research. With Tokens of Promise, I studied Hebrew for an entire year just to be able to understand that one story. Because of the Internet, this one was much easier to research. I admit though, that I had much less to work with on this one, so there’s much more “novel” to it. Nevertheless, it taught me a lot! It’s all about the power of praise to get us through the toughest situations. 

RB: Wow! You studied Hebrew for a year? I'd say you have quite the challenge on your hands at times...I'm glad this book didn't require that big of task! When you sit down and actually start writing, what's easiest about the process?

TP: Nothing! I’ve always said I was a writer who hates to write! I do blog once a week now, but I had never journaled, written notes, or done anything like that before. With me, it can’t be anything but a spiritual gift. Stories come to me, and I can’t rest until I get them written down. I couldn’t stop them any more than an extremely pregnant woman can avoid giving birth.

RB: Oh, Teresa! I'm sorry, I don't mean to laugh, but that's hilarious. You sound like me when I tell people I enjoy the editing process. People look at me like I'm crazy. I always tell my new crit partners not to sweat it if their crits look like someone took a meat grinder to them...that's what editing is for. (I have a tendency to mark the up quite a bit.) By the way, do you have any advice for a new writer out there?

TP:  If this is truly what God has called you to do, give it everything you’ve got. You can’t do it for money, fame, glory, or any other thing but to honor Him, and to make His Name known. He is your audience of One. Write to please Him, and leave the results in His hands. He cares for you, and He will take care of you.  Just be faithful and persevere.

RB: What an amazing piece of wisdom! Thanks for reminding me why I started this journey. I do need that every once in a while, especially when I feel as if I'm on a hamster wheel. Pffft! That sounded as if I've been writing for centuries and I started penning novels six years ago! For those out there who may be wondering...that's a rather short period of time in comparison to some authors in the field. How long have you been writing, Teresa?

TP:  Since 1979. First novel published in 2013. As you can plainly see, I waited a long time. He is faithful to give us the desires of our hearts, but He does it in His own timing. And He’s always right on time!

RB: See what I mean? You put many years to your work before publication. Praise the Lord! He has delivered! And oh, how He has! Woman of Light looks to be an amazing book and I can't wait to read it. What do you think, folks? See, they agree! If you had one favorite part of this book, what would it be?

TP:  My favorite part of Woman of Light is when Barak goes into Ehud’s house, and he’s so overwhelmed by the goodness of God that he bursts out into a song. This scene was a complete surprise to me. Writing it felt like I was writing an operetta. I almost didn’t do it because I wondered if people would think it was too cheesy. But it had to be that way. Praise became the major theme of the novel. I know now it’s the main reason God gave me this novel. It was a lesson I had learned in my own sorrows, and I was meant to share the power of praise to triumph over evil.

RB: Oh, that's so cool, and we all need a reminder that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. We know you're a Christian. And we know you're an author. I never want to think of you as anything but a Christian, but what do you think you would be if you weren't a writer?

TP:  I’m an old lady. I’ve done lots of things in my life, from cleaning toilets to speaking to a few thousand people at a state Baptist convention. I was a TV production assistant for a local NBC station, helped manage retail stores, worked in the Hollins College library, did Children’s ministry at my church for three years, taught Sunday School for 40+ years, and have just started teaching an ESL class. I’ve also been on five mission trips, and shared my testimony and the gospel wherever I’ve been. I will go wherever God sends me, and do whatever He calls me to do.

RB:  You've had an amazing life so far, Teresa and you will continue to do so. I have no doubt about it. With the Lord as your Shepherd, how can you go wrong? Because if you do, He'll always find you and bring you home. I know just by your testimony and writing that you love the Bible, but I have one last question for you. What's your favorite book and where do you like to the read the most? (I guess that's two questions...oops!)

TP:  I’m a voracious reader. I always have been. Other than the Bible, picking a favorite would be like asking me to choose one of my children. I like to read in bed, but it’s certainly not limited to there. Once I rode to Pennsylvania on the back of Wade’s motorcycle, and I had a book in my hand the whole way. Apparently people were turning their heads and pointing like that was the funniest thing they ever saw. I’d just wave at them and go back to my book.

RB:  You know, I can't read in our car. I've tried and I get the worst headache ever! I may just have to try it on a motorcycle. Think I can talk my husband into it? Thanks for joining us on the Coffee Corner, Teresa. It's been a pleasure getting to know you better. I can't wait to read Woman of Light for next month's Faithful Review!


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About the Book, Woman of Light:

Ehud, Israel’s great judge, is dead.  He must have been out of his mind with sickness to prophesy that his granddaughter Deborah would judge Israel.  Just who does she think she is?  Doesn’t she know Sisera’s iron chariots threaten to annihilate the fledgling nation? And Barak?  A poor man who can barely feed his own family.  What kind of a God would choose two such improbable people to lead His people to battle? 

About the Author, Teresa Pollard:

Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age.  She has a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. She is the co-author of Not Guilty and Not Ashamed, and the author of Tokens of Promise and Woman of Light. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia.

She blogs every Tuesday at Follow her on Facebook at TeresaPollard, Author.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Multitude of Sins by Caryl McAdoo with Book Giveaway

Please welcome Caryl McAdoo this week for a very special guestpost. I love this lady and I know you will too. She talks about an amazing topic on Faith for the Journey and gives away one of her books! So don't forget to comment when you're done reading!

Caryl McAdoo's

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

When I hear ‘Love covers a multitude of sins’, I immediately think of the Truth in 1 Corinthians chapter 13—the LOVE chapter—right? But it is 1 Peter 4:8 where this scripture is found. “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” We know Love never fails and that God is Love.

‘The’ multitude of sins lends itself to the summation that there WILL BE sins. ‘Among yourselves’ definitely indicates His people. And this charity—this love—is touted as most important…above ‘all things,’ not some…or most, but ALL.

Other scriptures this one evokes are: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35 It is our love for one another that testifies to the world of sinners that we are of God. Has a brother or sister done you wrong? Do we respond by complaining to others, other church members? Does that cover their sin against us and show mutual heathen friends the love of the brothers and sisters?

Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery? How did Christ react to her and her accusers? “So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7 We should do our best to emulate Him. Father’s good work—begun at salvation—is to make us into the very image of His Son. When we choose to act as He does, we come one step closer!

The Apostle Paul exhorts us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 This seems very hard sometimes, especially because it involves our thoughts.

It’s hard to put wrongs done us out of our heads. The devil certainly keeps bringing it up. I’ve learned over the years though, that the faster I’m able to refuse those foul reminders of his, that God restores my peace. He even gave me a new song to sing to help me- WHATSOEVER THINGS. It goes: ♥ ♪♫•Whatsoever are lovely ♥♥♪*•♫♪  Whatsoever are things are pure ♫•♥ *♪ Whatsoever are worthy of a good report,♥ ♪♫•♥ I will think on these things! ♥ ♪♫•♥♫♪ I will meditate on the goodness of my God! ♥ ♪♫•♥ I will gravitate to His Holy Word! ♥ ♪♫•I will celebrate His everlasting love for me♥ *♪•.♪ and bring glory to the name of the Lord! ♫•*♥♪ Yes, I will glorify the name of the Lord!*•♫♪♥♪♫ 

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. We’re all guilty; we all need grace. The Lord speaking to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 reassures us. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

So we all need grace because we are imperfect and often weak when temptation rears its ugly lure. Right? After all, scripture says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

That’s just one more reason it is important to show grace toward a sinner. “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” If we sow love and grace, per God’s Word, we will reap love and grace. 

Does this mean that we look the other way when we encounter a brother or sister in sin. I don’t think so. James 5:20 tells us “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” Love doesn’t mean we should ignore sin. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be bold to stand against sin…not in judgement, but in love. Love means we care enough to say something—to the sinner! Not the neighbor or our best friend!

In these end days of this age, evil is called good and things clearly taught as sin in the Word are legalized right here in America—to my way of thinking—gives Christians all the more reason to stand up for holiness, for its only in obedience to God and His Holy Word that we will be guided and protected. It’s what we as believers must come back to!

In JUST KIN, book six in the historical Christian Texas Romance series, my hero and heroine—believers both—make some poor choices, bad decisions. Both love God and know right from wrong. Neither meant to. But circumstance and situation brought them to it, and after that first dive into the realm of sin, the second dip comes easier. Doesn’t it?

So then confession and forgiveness come into play. Each must confess to God and ask His forgiveness, but what about each other? What’s your opinion? I believe if we confess to our soulmates, though we open ourselves up to exposure, we must trust that our beloved lives by that first scripture mentioned ‘Love covers a multitude of sin’ and cover our sins as we cover theirs.


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Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Woohoo! Bringing in the New Year with a Book Signing and Presentation

Book Signing and Author Presentation

Date: January 29, 2016

Place: Weston County Library

25 W. Main St. 

Newcastle, WY 82701

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Renee will be at the Weston County Library in Newcastle, Wyoming on January 29, 2016 between 1:00pm - 5:00pm to sign books and talk about her unique blend of writing...suspense, mystery, and romance she coins Rugged Christian Fiction.

The book signing begins at 1:00pm. Limited supplies of paperback versions of her books will be on hand at a discounted price of $12.00 each. First come, first serve so please arrive early if you wish to purchase a copy. Checks are accepted with a photo ID, Cash is preferred. No credit cards, please.

The author presentation starts at 4:00pm and will include a Q&A session. Want to know how to become an author? Curious about publishing? Critiquing? Ask away!

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