Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Coffee Corner Welcomes V.B. Tenery and Against the Odds (Giveaway)

The Coffee Corner Welcomes V.B. Tenery

Please welcome Virginia Tenery to the Coffee Corner, everyone! I’m excited to have her today. We’re talking about her new book Against the Odds and her life as a writer and Christian. We have a lot to talk about so let’s get started. Make sure you check out the giveaway after the interview though. This book is a great one and I’m excited to host this author!

Renee: Hi Virginia, thanks for being here. You’re an awesome writer and friend.

V. Tenery: Thanks for having me, Renee.

Renee: Can you tell us how you came up with the idea for your book?

V. Tenery: Like many people, I was horrified about the attack on the Benghazi Consulate and the heroes that died there. I began to think what would happen if there were other people outside the Consulate and how they might cope. You will note the book is co-authored with David Arp who lived with his family in the Saudi Arabia for ten years working in the oil fields. David and I have been critique partners for many years and I asked if he would like to join me in this venture. His knowledge of the Middle East was invaluable in making the setting realistic.

Renee: What’s your favorite part of the book?

V. Tenery: The tender developing romance between the two main characters amid the chaos.

Renee: Ah, romance. I love romance. How did you pick your title?

V. Tenery: LOL. I wish I could tell you I go through some elaborate process, but the title simply came to me out of the blue and it fit.  We never considered another title.

Renee: Sometimes that is a miracle from God! I love it when the title drops in your lap because when it doesn’t the process can be a painful one. Personally, when the title doesn’t come to me like that, I punt it to my readers or someone else!
I’d love to hear a fun story about writing this book. Can you share one with us? Please…

V. Tenery: Absolutely. I originally thought that co-authoring a novel would be faster than writing alone. However, I failed to take into the equation the time spent sending chapters between us. Plus, David works on an oil platform 100 miles out in the Gulf so naturally had to put his job first. What I learned was that two heads really are better than one for creative ideas.

Renee: That sounds rather challenging but fun. I’ve never co-authored a book before, but I’d love to try. Speaking of writing, what writing style do you prefer?

V. Tenery: I only write inspirational suspense novels, mostly contemporary. However, I have written one historical suspense and one speculative fiction suspense.

Renee: And how long have you been writing and why did you start?

V. Tenery: I’ve been writing for about 15 years. I was always an avid mystery/suspense reader and most main stream authors were adding more and more violence and sexual content. I decided to try my hand at writing exciting novels without all the violence and sex. Hopefully I have achieved that goal.

Renee: What do you do when your “stuck” or need inspiration?

V. Tenery: I usually have more than one project going at once. When I’m stuck on one, I go to the other one. Sometimes, I just take a break from the project, relax, and read a novel from one of my favorite authors. That gets my creative juices flowing again.

Renee: Oh, I need to do that more. I tend to be the one project person because I’m already so busy. Thanks for that, Virginia. Maybe I should just take some time and do nothing…pharmacy or writing. What do you think? What would you do if weren’t a writer?

V. Tenery: I’m retired now after many years in middle management in a large wholesale optical company. I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do, to write. However, being a tour guide in Great Britain sounds like fun. I could write in my spare time. LOL.

Renee: I’d be first in line for your tours! Where would you go to get away from it all if you could?

V. Tenery: My favorite spot is the River Walk in San Antonio. I love the Mexican influence and the many restaurants along the river, the music and the boat tours.

Renee: San Antonio is a cool place. Austin is too. Before we wrap up this interview, we’d love to hear about what makes you tick if you don’t mind. What do you believe your role is in the world today?

V. Tenery: I believe my purpose is to tell as many people as possible about Christ through my writing and in my community. The world has never needed it more than it does now. I especially have a burden for young girls. Morals are not fashionable today, and they face so many spiritual challenges. There are really no role models outside the church and most of them don’t attend church.

Renee: How do you face this changing world each day?

V. Tenery: I try to stay positive through prayer and to remember that God has everything under control, even when the world seems to be in total chaos. Nothing surprise Him and there is nothing too big for Him to handle.

Renee: God uses life to teach us many lessons. Can you share one with us?

V. Tenery: I don’t want to go into details, but there have been many instances in my life when I ran into problems that seemed too heavy for me to bear. I learned to turn those over to God and ask him to handle it. And He is always faithful. That doesn’t mean things always turn out as I would have wanted, but they are resolved satisfactorily.

Renee: Thank you so much for being here today. You are a true blessing to the world.


V. Tenery is an amazing author and great example to girls and women today. I thank her for coming and sharing her book and life with us. This world is a tough one and is only going to harder. She is a testimony to the world of God’s love and strength.

Virginia is giving away one copy of Against the Odds! Enter by commenting on her interview below. Leave your name and email address to be eligible for the drawing. Winner will be elected by random draw on April 5th!


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About the Book, Against the Odds:

It was the mother of all bad days.
The date, September 11, 2012. The place, Benghazi, Libya.
While a brave band of warrior’s fight for their lives in the consulate and CIA annex, outside, a Mossad Agent, a missionary, and a Mississippi giant fight a different battle. 
Caught between terrorist and an enraged Russian arms dealer, they must complete the mission and manage to stay alive until they can escape or the cavalry arrives.
Never assume things can’t get worse.

About the Author(s):

V.B. Tenery: Author V. B. Tenery lives with her family in East Texas. Her passion is writing books with shinning characters and settings with plots so exciting readers come away feeling delighted with the experience. Not content to stay in one genre, her novels range from contemporary suspense and supernatural suspense, to an upcoming historical suspense set in WWII England. When not writing she enjoys reading, hiking, and tube-floating down rivers in the Hill Country.
God’s child trying to make Him proud.

David Arp: David Arp was born in Arizona, raised in Texas, and lives in Colorado with his wife of 30 years. He’s 59 and has spent the past 36 years in the drilling industry, traveling and working the oilfields of the world, from the deserts of the Middle East to the vast oceans offshore. His thirst for storytelling began on a rig in the Saudi desert with the availability of email when he started penning short stories about his experiences and passing them along to friends at home in the states.
When he's not working, he enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Faithful Review of Danele Rotharmel's Time Trap

Danele Rotharmel's Time Trap

About the Book, Time Trap, Book 2 of the Time Counselor Chronicles:

When problems arise during a field exam, Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson are sent through a time portal to investigate. While they search for their missing cadets, they encounter an enemy who is calculating and brutal—a mysterious nemesis who is holding a grudge against the TEMCO program. As Peter and Laura race to unravel clues directing them to their kidnapped cadets, their own survival comes into question. A deadly trap has been set, and they are forced to pit their wits against a serial killer who is intent on playing a deadly chess game through time itself.

About the Author, Danele Rotharmel:

Danele J. Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a low-level carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was slowly poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causing her to be put into quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful.
Please visit for more information about Danele J. Rotharmel.

Renee's Faithful Review of Time Trap:

A story that captured me from the opening chapter.

Time Trap continues the story of the TEMCO time travelers, taking it to a new level of intrigue and suspense. Each twist and turn takes you to new heights as you turn the pages and the story unfolds. You experience a gamut of emotions from fear to fury with the characters all the while wondering who the culprit is. I can't wait to read Book Three! Good job, Ms. Rotharmel.

I give this book five stars.

All books reviewed are either provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest opinion or purchased personally by Renee. Her reviews are not for sale or in exchange for any services or fees.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Faith for the Journey: Clarice James' Clear Cache and Hit Refresh (Giveaway)

Faith for the Journey Welcomes Clarice James

Clear Cache and Hit Refresh

by Clarice James

(Guest Author sponsored Giveaway -see details below)

I’m a person with a list of a thousand things—all good—I want to do before I die. Sometimes I think I have to cram them all into one month. When my activities start to overlap, things get pushed around: my priorities out of order, my finances out of line, my emotions out of control, and my back, well, just out.
Recently, when my serenity was crowded out by busyness, I had a hard time hearing God's voice. And I needed to. [Duh.] So I prayed for the Lord to speak loud enough for me to hear over the din of my daily activities. He gave me this personalized paraphrase of 1 Kings 19:11-14 instead:

Go stand over there and be quiet. Don't check your email or Facebook and stay away from Pinterest. Wait for God to speak.
A critique group praised my manuscript and bolstered my hopes before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the critique group; after the critique, a great idea for a writing workshop, but God wasn’t in the workshop; and after the great idea, positive remarks on a blog, but God wasn’t in the positive remarks or the blog; and after the positive remarks, a gentle and quiet whisper.
When Clarice heard the quiet voice, she muffled her face with her great lap blanket, went to the mouth of her writing cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Clarice, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Clarice said it again, “I’ve been writing my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of God have turned toward the secular market, destroyed your places of Christian publication, and murdered the written word. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”

Oh, the ego of it all! When I feel like I’m not able to give up some of my activities, writing or otherwise, because there is no one who can possibly replace me, that’s when I know I’m in trouble. BIG FAT PRIDE TROUBLE.
To make it right as quick as I can, I want to clear my cache and start again. However, if I’m not careful, I could rush the process and eliminate the wrong things.
So . . . now I’m waiting—really waiting—to hear the Lord’s gentle whisper. When the cache is cleared, I will hit refresh.

As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. ‘Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.’  The Master said, ‘Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.’ ~ Luke 10:38-42 (MSG)

Clarice James


Clarice is giving away one print copy of her book, Double Header.
Comment (make sure you leave your email address) on this blog to be eligible for the giveaway!

How do you "clear the cache" of your life in order to hear the voice of the Lord?

One winner will be selected by random draw on 3/22/2017 and notified by email.

About the Author: 

Clarice G. James enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction. Readers are likely to find a thread of romance, a sprinkling of humor, and/or an element of mystery throughout each story. When she’s not writing or reading, Clarice enjoys organizing author and writing events. Her debut novel, Double Header (Mountainview Books LLC) was one of three winners in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Party of One, a finalist in the 2011 Operation First Novel contest, will be released April 2017 (Elk Lake Publishing).

About the Book:





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Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam; her lucrative marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which she writes with her brother, Griffin. When Casey discovers that her late father, the one man she idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn't know about, she’s determined to discover his identity before her father’s reputation is blemished. As Casey attempts to fit the changes life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she is challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Cooper Day: Fun with a Friend

Meet Cooper!

Cooper's our fun-loving Labrador retriever. He's full of energy and excitement...all the time. It's true that I have a blog just for Cooper called Cooper, the Water Dog, but I thought you may want to experience a little bit of him here on Inspirational Moments. After all, I think he's an amazing addition to our family and rather inspiring.

Every morning, Cooper wakes up with one thing on his mind, well, besides breakfast. Can you guess what it is? That's right. Fun.

Cooper makes a beeline for water, if it's around, the second he opens his eyes. That's why we call him Cooper, the Water Dog. But if no water is in sight, he plays with anything he can get his paws on. And I mean anything. Bottles, tennis balls, pillows, stuffed animals. Hey, I'm not joking! I've seen him reduce a 2 1/2 gallon water jug to smashed plastic in seconds.

Let's put it this way. He's a pleasure and a challenge. The poor cat doesn't stand a chance, and as you can see, Poco (our old and grumpy Cocker spaniel) puts him in his place on a regular basis.

Cooper's in to everything but he does listen...well, most of the time. He can sit, stay, and even wave "hi" on command. He loves hot dogs and watching television especially when other dogs are on it. What can I say? He's a competitor.

And then there's those pesky critters he has to share the house with. I already mentioned Poco and the cat, Shasta. Poco's the "old man" of the house and he gets a bit grouchy when Cooper runs all over the place. Now don't tell Poco this, but I think all this lively action's keeping the ol' boy young at heart. 😏 And Shasta? Well, she may not cuddle after I say this, but she's merely a hissing, spitting, irate, uh...toy. But she's still my cat and I love her.

If you're wondering what it's like to have a friend who loves water, television, and life in general, take a look at the following videos and pictures. You may decide you need a Cooper Day too. 😊

God bestows blessings through this pup each day. In fact, they're too many to count. The unconditional love, the uplifting joy...all from a four-legged friend we call Cooper.

A Post by Renee Blare
Videos and Pictures by Renee Blare