Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pen to the Page: Capturing Chaos

Pen to the Page: When Chaos Comes to Town





How do you write a story about the whole world turning upside down and make it believable?

Through Raging Waters is about the small town of Timber Springs, Wyoming. This close-knit tiny town faces destruction from a cataclysmic spring runoff and inner turmoil. The effect isn’t smooth and transitional, it’s chaotic and life-changing. How do you write a story about such an event?

You hang on and let it take you for a ride.

There are no isolated events in small towns such as Timber Springs. What impacts one impacts all. Think of a stone tossed in a pond. The ripples spread outward and soon the entire surface is disrupted. It’s this type of scenario which causes the chaos you see from floods in small towns. But you also see other things as well.

I had to capture these traits in my story. But not only was the town this intertwined, but I had a family just as close. The Fitzgerald siblings are unique in many aspects. They are Christian but grieving the loss of their mother.

Four of the seven are twins, two fraternal and two identical. The oldest son is a preacher and the youngest daughter is adopted. And one is a control-freak. They are a menagerie of personalities and traits. They may love one another but they don’t really know each other as well as they think they do. The storms and flood bring out the worst and best in the siblings that are in Through Raging Waters.

This book is an adventure from page one. Every character plays a part, big or small. Why? Because in a small town, you live and breathe the same air. You’re connected. Do you like everybody? No, but you survive. It’s the nature of the wild.


And with the Lord, the wild meets the Forgiven.







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About Through Raging Waters:

If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same... 

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. 
Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again. 
She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved. 

Can two people find each other through raging waters? 



Read first three chapters on www.reneeblare.com or Goodreads.


About Renee Blare:

Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee began writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Once again in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she serves her small community as a pharmacist and pens her stories any chance she can get. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.







Sunday, July 24, 2016

Faithful Reviews: Sofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

Faithful Reviews on Inspirational Moments

Sofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay



About Sofi's Bridge:

Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father's death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium-a whitewashed term for an insane asylum-so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.


Renee's Review of Sofi's Bridge:

A tale of trauma and secrets, Sofi's Bridge is one that touches the heart.

After her father's unexpected death, Sofi's mother finds comfort in a bottle of laudanum while her sister, slips farther into another world. Her own grief is shoved aside as she formulates a plan to keep her sister out of the sanatorium and get the help she really needs. She decides to trust an unknown man with kind eyes and a gentle voice with a secret past.

In the process, she discovers the bridge she designed is being built, but something is drastically wrong. The calculations don't add up, the metal is falling apart, and people are getting hurt. More secrets surround her with every passing second.

I had a hard time getting into this story but once I did, it kept my attention.

* * * * I give Sofi's Bridge four stars. Good job, Ms. Lindsay.

About the Author Christine Lindsay:

Irish born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Her writing is described as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama. 

Stories of Christine's ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and Book 3 Veiled at Midnight. 

Londonderry Dreaming was Christine's first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland, and she is looking forward to the release in May 2016 of historical romance Sofi's Bridge, and also in 2016 the release of Finding SaraH, Finding Me--A Birth Mother's Story, the non-fiction account of Christine's experience. 

Christine is currently writing a new fictional series set on the Antrim Coast of Ireland which will braid together a current day story with one from the past. Subscribe to her newsletter on her website www.christinelindsay.org and follow her Amazon Page.

A busy writer and speaker, Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Character Interview with Melissa Hampton of Through Raging Waters

[Music fades into the background] Radio Host: Hello everyone, this is Stevie Hixson. Welcome back to KTMB, your Music in the Pines! Now I’d like to introduce you to one very special lady, Melissa Hampton. Welcome, Melissa, how are you this fine, but cloudy morning?

Melissa: I’m good. Busy as always. How are you, Stevie?

Stevie: Absolutely awesome—[static breaks through her headphones and she waits for it to stop before continuing]. Sorry about that. I guess there was a bit of interference. Anyway, what’s it like to work with one of the founding fathers of our town?

Melissa [rolls her eyes]: Oh, give me a break. The man isn’t a founding father. Yes, the Parker family founded Timber Springs but Benjamin Jackson Parker wasn’t a glimmer in his grandfather’s eye when he built that first lumber mill . . . no matter what he may say to the contrary.

Stevie: [laughs] Do you actually talk to your boss like this? I would love to be a fly on the wall in your office!

Melissa: I’ve known BJ since I was a child. In fact, I don’t remember a time I haven’t known him.  He treats me more like a daughter than his assistant.

Stevie: How exactly did you start working at Timberline?

Melissa: [sits back in the chair and sighs] How much time do you have left on your show?

Stevie: [snickers and points to the lights blinking on the desk phone] This is something our listeners may want to know. 

Melissa: Oh, I bet they would, especially since BJ seems to be the talk of the town. Well, let’s see. I began work at Timberline as a secretary in junior in high school. I think he gave me the job out of pity. Mom had just been diagnosed with cancer that year. She passed away a few years later and I stayed on. Now I’m his executive assistant. Things haven’t really changed that much except everyone’s a bit older. And maybe more cranky.

Stevie: [a tense silence settles on the air and the radio host clears her throat] It’s time to take our first caller. This is Stevie with KTMB, your Music in the Pines. What question do you have for our guest today?

Caller: Yes, I was wondering how such a fine woman could stand working with all those guys every single day? I mean, a bunch of lumberjacks?

Melissa: [forces a laugh] I have the company of several women at Timberline. True, the lumber mill is a male dominated environment but I’m well protected . . . uh, taken care of. [adjusts her earphones with shaky fingers]

Stevie: [covers the microphone and leans close to Melissa] Are you all right?

Melissa: [nods] Can we wrap this up? I should return to Timberline.

Stevie: Absolutely . . . thank you, Melissa Hampton, for coming in today. It’s nice to know we have someone like you at Timberline. A strong person who knows how to hold their own against Mr. BJ Par—[static broke in, terminating the broadcast]

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About the Book:

Through Raging Waters by Renee Blare - Romance>Clean and Wholesome eBook
If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same...
A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin.
Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again.

She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved.

Can two people find each other through raging waters?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Writing Redemption...Through Raging Waters

Writing Redemption...Through Raging Waters


Popo Agie River Overflow


I'm so excited! Through Raging Waters released this week. I love this book. No...I'm not saying that because I'm the author...although I am. LOL And I'm not saying that because I guarded it close to my chest like a newborn babe and didn't let anybody touch it. Believe me, this book's been hacked, whacked, rewritten...edited...you name it.

I started this book two years ago. I sat down in front of my white board and brainstormed about characters and the setting. I knew Paul was a control freak and Melissa had a secret in her past to deal with, but I didn't know what that meant for the story. How would the Lord work in their lives? I mean, what lesson did God want for this book?

And then I went to work one day and my life changed. I reached for a bottle and my shoulder popped. The next morning I couldn't move it. The next week I couldn't lift my arm. Two months later, I was in the doctor's office with the worst case of frozen shoulder they'd ever seen.

Through Raging Waters was written while I endured excruciating but pointless physical therapy. For two years, I penned the story. I'd return home after working long, painful hours at the pharmacy and sit at the keyboard to type, sometimes one-handed and use my left hand for other necessary functions.

But I didn't just endure pain during that time. I also experienced fear, anger, and helplessness. All of which I locked away from all around me...even those I loved the most. Why? I'd lost control. Of everything. My body wasn't my own anymore. I couldn't perform the way I wanted. I wasn't good enough for the people I loved and nobody could know it. Above all else, I was mad...at God.

I poured my entire being not just my mind into Through Raging Waters. The agony I experienced at physical therapy, the frustration at my job, the anger at the Almighty...it all rushed onto the page like the water down from the mountains.

And after my first surgery failed, I realized I couldn't do a thing on my own. Only God could help me. I needed to let go and let God. Nothing mattered more to me than His love and forgiveness at that moment. I may have been in pain but when I woke from my second surgery to that machine moving my arm above my head, it was one of the happiest days of my life. God is good.

Life isn’t easy. God never promises it will be. But He gives us the strength to face whatever comes and love conquers all—His love.


I’m so thankful! God led me through my raging waters and produced an awesome book. I hope you enjoy the story.



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About Through Raging Waters:



If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same... 

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. 
Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again. 
She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved. 


Can two people find each other through raging waters? 







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About the Author:

Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, well, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she continues to serve her community as a pharmacist while penning her Christian stories any chance she can get. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.






Saturday, July 2, 2016

Let Freedom Ring


America Celebrates Its Freedom Once Again





Two hundred and forty-years ago, a document was drafted and signed by fifty-six men. A nation was born. That nation changed the world. Empires fell, dreams came true. All due to the hope for a better life...for freedom.

I'm grateful that one of my family members had the courage to sign this document. His name was William Floyd and he was from New York. Even though I have no way of knowing, I would like to think I would have done the same.

As we celebrate our Independence Day, I offer a reminder of our beginnings...where we come from. The Declaration of Independence is uniquely penned and petitioned in that it states succinctly the reasons for this nation's founding. I believe it's important to return to our roots and remember them for they are not a place we wish to find ourselves again...ever.

This nation must stay true to why and how we began this journey so long ago as to protect it. That very directive is written into the fabric of this Declaration. Our founders expected us to protect the rights they fought to secure.

I offer you the Declaration of Independence. I pray you read it with your freedom treasured tightly to your chest.

May your Fourth of July be a blessed one.

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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Georgia:
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
Delaware:
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
Massachusetts:
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
Connecticut:
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton


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