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BOOK REVIEW – THE THORN BEARER by PEPPER D. BASHAM                

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How does the heart respond when betrayed by God? Ashleigh Dougall has been betrayed not once, but twice, by the God she was taught to revere. Or has she?

 

A heinous childhood secret haunts her, tormenting, holding her from the promise of love and happiness. The one chance she thought she had, suddenly gone, and without explanation. Has God betrayed her? Or has He made a way for a future of hope for her.

 

Ashleigh returns home to England to escape the heartache of her broken engagement. How could she know the events that will unfold; sailing on the ill-fated Lusitania is but the first of life-altering events she will face in the coming weeks and months.

 

Will Ashleigh come to accept the Father’s love? Will she bare her secrets to the man she comes to love – and who loves her? Will he accept her, knowing her soiled past?

 

When Ashleigh and Sam boarded the ship, I felt I was along with them. Ms. Basham has created characters with depth, whose lives are vivid and genuine. Ashleigh’s struggles run deep, and are not easily resolved. Conflict swirls on different levels: the war, within the family, at hospital, and in the village, and on both sides of the Atlantic. Ms. Basham deftly resolves each conflict, with real human emotion, and with real human triumph.

 

 

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

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Pepper D. Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She writes a variety of genres, but enjoys sprinkling her native culture of Appalachia in them all. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats to wear, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency. The Thorn Bearer is Pepper’s debut novel and the first book in the Penned in Time series. Her second novel, a contemporary romance entitled A Twist of Faith, comes out in June 2015. You can learn more about her at http://www.pepperdbasham.com.

 

 

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    BOOK RELEASE – BLOOD MOON ANTHOLOGY compiled by MARY BLOWERS   

 

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The unspeakable has happened. Well, more the unthinkable, or unimaginable – I, yours truly, have written a short story. Did you hear me? A SHORT story!!! ME!!! Definitely not my strong suit. At least I didn’t think it was.

 

KEY in the MAILBOX: SARAFINA’S LIGHT will become the first in my upcoming KEY Series. SARAFINA’S LIGHT was written, however, specifically for inclusion in Mary Blowers’ latest anthology, BLOOD MOON, just released and available on Amazon. Included are pieces by Ms. Blowers, and eleven other contributors, including yours truly.

 

Author Mary Blowers has just published an anthology of short stories from writers from around the world on 25 April 2015.  BLOOD MOON is an anthology having to do with transformations of all kinds.  The title is tied to the Jewish belief that blood moons recurring in groups of four have a spiritual significance and are an omen portending great change.

Available on Smashwords.com and Amazon.com, with iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and several other online e-book retailers to follow soon, it is currently available in e-book formats and will be released in paperback from Createspace.com within two weeks. More information will be forthcoming on Blowers’ blog, http://maryblowers.com.

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Mary Blowers, editor, is a freelance writer and independently published Christian author specializing in self-published anthologies. Contributing authors are Mary Blowers, Robin E. Mason, R. H. Ali, Tiago Mota, Dash McCallen, Jacklon Michelle Wright, Timothy Trimble, Wendy Janes, Peter Bouchier, Erik van Mechelen, Stewart Bint, and Vanessa Wright.

 

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Guest Post – BROOK LYNN

 

Please give a big welcome to BROOK LYNN to my blog.

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“How to Make the Right Decision”

 

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Over the last few months I’ve had to make some life altering decisions. I was overcome with having to put our senior dog to sleep and handling the effects of my son deploying to Korea. I was offered a new career opportunity; a lovely planned weekend getaway went bad; and recently we determined to welcome an eight week old Lab puppy into our home. (That just names a few things).

I’m not too prideful to admit I have a problem making decisions and worrying about their outcome. I can be indecisive, weary or cautious because I want to do what’s right and what God wants for me and my family. I can also be selfish because I want to suite my own schedule, needs and feelings. I’m easily frustrated and unsettled when I can’t decide what to do. Indecisiveness creates confusion and clouds my ability to feel God’s peace and direction, even during times of prayer. When the right decision isn’t clear, I feel tortured attempting a logical thought process because I’m more of a “feeler”. Therefore, weighing the pros and cons doesn’t create a clear answer to my dilemma; it adds more stress to my mind with additional possibilities of consequences to wrong choices.

What I’m learning through the decision making process is I can prepare myself to do what’s right; BEFORE I come to dilemmas. I can “pre-decide” to choose wisely. I can create a mindset that no matter what, I’m going to stay in prayer, not worry, do my best to remain calm and trust God as I strive daily to be more “Christ-like”.

Unexpected circumstances in life simply occur. Life is creatively designed by God Himself and I can’t be so naive to believe everything I plan will go my way. I need to submit and surrender to God, drawing close to Him. I pray for God’s peace to encompass and embrace me while trusting Him to give clear direction. I choose to trust that God will work everything out for His good because I believe His word. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

When making a decision; prayer is essential. God knows my heart, motives and intentions. I can ask God to make things right, even if I choose wrong. He can do anything! Prayer also proves that listening “For” God’s voice is just as important as listening “To” God’s voice. He speaks to me in unexpected ways deep into my spirit. Prayer also helps defeat the enemy and his plans to thwart me; as he knows just what to throw at me to produce confusion and indecisiveness. Therefore, after I make a decision I’m learning to stand firm in it, pray and trust God. Then I Give all my worries and cares to God, for he cares about me.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Patiently waiting on God is a mindset and an attitude of the heart. It entails trusting in God’s timing; and understanding that He wants the BEST for me. I’m joyful and gracious that my God is always watching out for me. When I surrender all to Him, He has His way in my life and that works much better than doing it alone or my own way. We never see things as God does and that’s because we measure and perceive with our own human understanding; yet God knows the ULTIMATE truth of every reality.

Dear God, open the eyes of my heart and let my Spirit know truth that my soul will act upon. Speak life into me and guide me in all I do. May every decision I make glorify you. Amen

 

 

Author Bio:

Brooke Lynn is a writer and a speaker who passionately lives — reaching others with God’s word and love. She is a survivor of abuse, sharing her past pain and recovery to encourage others with hope. Brooke resides in the Washington D.C. area, has been married for nineteen years, has two children and loves dogs.

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“Raised by Strangers” is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com

 

 

I personally invite you to read my true life story, “Raised by Strangers.”  When I was just five years old, I was kidnapped and forced to live a life burdened with cruel and bizarre physical and emotional abuse.  My will to survive, inspired by an invisible hope, helped me fight the demons and stay alive as I endured haunting experiences.

 

This book chronicles my true life story full of forbidden secrets driven by darkness and deception.  When I was five years old, I was kidnapped, given away, and ultimately raised by strangers who tortured me. Through this gripping story, I share ways I have learned to overcome my horrendous past and rise above the ugliness of humanity with faith and forgiveness. This book is raw with reality and will help you find courage and strength for healing, how to face your fears, forgive offenses, and live a life of freedom.

 

Please visit my website at: www.BrookeLynnBooks.com

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The Hunter Becomes The Hunted in Melanie Dickerson’s Newest Book.

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“Yeah, we’re having sex but we’re a couple, so….

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   BOOK REVIEW – THE WOOD’S EDGE by LORI BENTON     

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Major Reginald Aubrey holds an horrific secret, an act he committed in a moment of grief and despair. An act intended to save his wife from knowing the same grief.

A tormented woman, Heledd Aubrey never knows of her husband’s action, pouring her love and affection on the child that is not her own.

Anna, the orphaned child saved by Aubrey, bright and happy, even as Heledd holds nothing but disdain for her. She and the stolen child, William, are close, as siblings and as friends.

 

GoodVoice, the Oneida mother who knows the dead babe she buries is not her own. And Stone Thrower, her husband, intent on taking his vengeance.

Two Hawks, the son who knows of his stolen brother – and William, utterly unaware.

 

From the first beat of this book, I could hear the Indian war cries, I could smell the sulphur of muskets. The desperation. The fear. The grief.

 

“The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.” [taken from the blurb on the back of the book]

 

Ms. Benton has woven a tale that deftly intertwines the lives of the Oneida family and the family of an American British officer, the native culture of the Oneidas and the British colonists. Each character is real and vibrant, their words and actions and emotions palpable and true. I felt the weight of the Major’s guilt and grief, the angst of his wife’s inner torment. I was a girl in the woods with Anna, as a child, and as she grew. And I was Oneida with Good Voice as she sought to reconcile her loss and her husband’s temper.

 

As a skillfully woven tapestry, Ms. Benton pulled the seeming frayed threads of this story together in a powerful and profound ending, leaving this reviewer breathless – and in tears.

 

 

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

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Her latest release, a Historical Fiction novel, THE WOOD’S EDGE, can be purchased at online retailers.

Lori’s website: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
The first two chapters of The Wood’s Edge: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Woods-Edge2.pdf
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Woods-Edge-Novel-Pathfinders/dp/1601427328/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/1-the-woods-edge/lori-benton/9781601427328/pd/427320?event=ESRCN

 

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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge.

 

 

 

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