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BLOGWORDS – 29 June 2019 – NEWSLETTER – a little birdie told me

29 June 2019                                                                                                                                                                              Edition XI

 

 

Roll Call

 

HALLLOOO!!! Tell me who you are and where you’re at!

 

The Bird House Book Club

 

What I am / have been reading!

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Match Me if You Can by Krista Phillips

The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer

The Knight in Battered Armor by Brianna Tibbetts

The Girl Who Would Be Queen by Jane Ann McLachlan

Parhelion by Lisa Lickel

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Gilbert

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

The Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio

Uncharted Destiny by Keely Brooke Keith

The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Risking Love by Toni Shiloh

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman currently reading

What are you reading?

 

Friends of Authors Society

Who knows the best way to show your love for your favorite authors? (I’m one, right? Your favorite?) Besides the obvious of buying and reading my books, leaving a review on Amazon tickles their calculations and formulas and moves my books up in their ranks, which in turn means more peeps see my books, which means more peeps are likely to buy them.

There are other things you can do, as well. Suggest my books to your library or book club. Tell your friends, buy gift copies to give to your friends. Heck, tell ME how much you love ‘em!

 

Robin’s Readers Flock

 

Facebook group just for my reader friends!

I appreciate every one who has read or will read my books, and this group is for you!

“This group, as with my blog and website—and my writing—are all about community and family. It is a place to gather to chat and discuss my books, but also to become better acquainted and to encourage and pray for one another.”

I share snippets and tidbits that I don’t share elsewhere, as well as first previews of cover design. And when I’m stuck, I go to the Flock for help.

If you’re interested, gimme a holla! I’d love to have you as part of my Flock!

 

Robin’s Nest, Stories by Design

I was working hard to have the blog back to full steam with all my daily features in place. Alas, I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog—and have time (or stamina) for writing. The new series was floundering miserably, and I had to make the sad decision to suspend some blog features indefinitely. I enjoy all my features, and hope to revive the absent ones—What’s Cookin’ in Your Kitchen, Wreading Wednesday, and First Line Friday—when I’m back on my game.

 

FourSquare, the Series

 

Finally making some headway! #jumpsupanddownlikeafiveyearold Seriously, I’m ecstatic to be back in story world again. And getting to know this new cast of people.

Silly me, I thought I’d try my hand at a lighter tone, a more fun set of stories. My brain apparently, won’t let me do that. What I had thought to insert as social issues or causes that each of the main characters in some way supported has turned into trauma that they have experienced. For instance, Zach and Alex (The Author and the Gentleman, Book 4) are both teachers and they advocate against bullying, something they deal with in a regular basis. Turns out, one or both of them was bullied as a child, which prompted them to their chosen careers…

 

Book 1, One for the Price of Two, is well underway, nearing the half-way mark and Part II of the book. * see blurb below.

 

FourSquare, the Covers

I have the covers for all four books laid out; it’s how I do this series cover thing. I’ve purchased the images of the models—and a surprise for One for Two—and am working on the background images. And blurbs.

 

One for the Price of Two – The Blurb

            * subject to change

Twin sisters Elizabeth and Meredith Elliott are so identical their own parents can’t even tell them apart. Two halves of a whole.

 

Elizabeth, the more cautious of the two, reining in her sister’s impetuous side. Meredith, the more daring, urging Elizabeth to step beyond her comfort zone.

 

Elizabeth and Meredith walked in each other’s shadow; it’s what they did. Until the unthinkable happened—they both became uncomfortable, unfulfilled being the other’s mirror personality. They both begin to seek a world without the other. Most especially when love shows up for both of them.

But when heartbreak befalls one of them—while the other’s heart and arms are fulfilled—will it drive a wedge between them?

 

All in the Family

Shared this in a couple of groups on Facebook the other day—

I’ve realized a couple of things in recent weeks. First, though I was diagnosed with RA in 2010 (and have had the disease for at least 10 or 12 years) my brain is only just now accepting that I am, in fact, ill. I have tried to maintain some degree of “normal,” but my body just isn’t.
Second, it occurred to me the other day (while watching a friend’s 20 year old daughter vacuum for me… ) that I am grieving the loss of what I can no longer do…
I know, of course, that Father heals, have experienced it more than once. But He also holds us in our weakness, and uses medical science betimes in our sickness. (to wit, I’ve had total knee replacement on both knees.)
Going forward, I need physical help, but also emotional / mental and spiritual comfort to come to terms with my limitations…

 

I still don’t have a car. Being on Disability, it’s not in the budget to make loan payments, so I have a GoFundMe Campaign set up. Please pop over and take a look, and help if you can.

 

https://www.gofundme.com/robin-still-needs-a-car

A robin with clipped wings is a sad thing indeed.

 

Mancub #1

Doug started a new job in May of last year, and has gotten not one, but two—count ‘em, TWO—promotions (with raises) in the past couple of months. I am so thrilled for him, and proud beyond words. This mama’s heart, however, is a wee bit torn—he is moving 400 miles away!! It’s going to take some getting used to being so far away. BUT, that gives me an excuse to travel—and visit peeps near where he will be living!!!  #WAYTOGO, Dougie!! #PROUDMAMA

 

Mancub #2

Russell, will be riding in the Ride for a Cure again this summer. The link for anyone who would care to donate (or share) is:

 

http://act.alz.org/site/TR/ActiveEvents/SC-SouthCarolina?fr_id=11954&pg=entry

 

Girlcub

 

Maggie has talked about it for years, has made a couple false starts, but she is once again talking about finding a way to go back to school to pursue her dream of being a nurse.

 

 

Devotional

Given my health issues of late, I am leaning on God to carry me through this haze. For answers and solutions.

Regardless of my physical limitations, my heart and my spirit abide in Him, and He sustains me.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI

 

 

Manifesto and Author Tag

The manifesto short version is,

“Stories for Christians to see or remember the ugly effects of the lies of the enemy, and for unbelievers to see the beauty of the Truth of the Word of God.”

 

 

 

And my author tag:

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time.”

 

 

Chatcha’ll next time.

Got questions? Email me at robinemason212@gmail.com.

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“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

A Little Birdie Told Me, #newsletter, Roll Call, Bird House Book Club, Friends of Authors Society, Robin’s Readers Flock, FourSquare, the Series, One for the Price of Two, All in the Family, Devotional, Manifesto and Author Tag

 

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 27 June 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – MARION UECKERMANN – GIVEAWAY WINNER

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – MARION UECKERMANN – GIVEAWAY WINNER

“A novel place to fall in love.”

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

ROXANNE CRUZ

Marion will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author, Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa, but with two gorgeous grandsons hanging their hats at the house next door, their empty nest’s no longer so empty.

 

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https://www.inspyromance.com/

 

 

A Time for Everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give  up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

GIVEAWAY

Marion is giving away an e-copy of Remember Me, book 1 of our new Chapel Cove Romances.

 

 

“Some relationships are like this pot of Gloop—the color fades and they’re just one sticky mess. And some are a sticky mess even when they’re bright and new.”

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Marion Ueckermann, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 27 June 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – CINDY SPROLES

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – CINDY SPROLES

“Speaking and Writing From the Heart”

 

“I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Cindy Sproles.

 

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies Cookies

Call or Text Call

Dogs or Cats  Both

Eggs or Pancakes Eggs

Facebook or Twitter  Facebook

Paperback or Kindle  Paperback

Thornton or Darcy  Darcy

Yoga Pants or Jeans  Jeans

rem:  Hullo Cindy, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

CINDY:  I’m a mountain girl. Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. There’s no place like home – I’m still here.

rem:  I’m a mountain gal, too, and don’t get to go nearly enough! Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

CINDY:  That’s hard. I’m pretty much an open book. But hum…1) I like dumplins for breakfast  2) I love The Curse of Oak Island  3) I want to do a zipline.

rem:  I could go for dumplins for breakfast! And I’m up for a zip line—shall we go together? Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

CINDY:  Is. 40:31 – but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

It’s my favorite because it is pure hope and faith in the Lord. He will renew my strength. I’ll soar on wings like the eagles. Imagine running and not growing weary, walking and never growing faint. What a scripture of hope. I love this.

 

rem:  As one who struggles with fatigue and weakness, I surely cling to that verse. What is your favourite quotation and why?

CINDY:  “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.” Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne has to be one of the wisest people who has ever lived. The words he wove together for Winnie the Pooh are filled with an amazing childlike wisdom and truth. I love this quote. We can never move ahead until we move on.

rem:  Love me some Pooh Bear. What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

CINDY:  A glass nail file. It’s the best thing ever and my most random thing in my bag.

rem:  It’s certainly unusual! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

CINDY:  Believe it or not. . .Tom Sawyer. I’d love to get inside that head of his – this sneaky, fun, mischievous kid. What fun.

 

rem:  Mischievous indeed! What fun to discover the why’s of what makes him tick. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

CINDY:  We need good wholesome writing in our world today. What we don’t need is preachy Christian writing. rem: AMEN!  I believe Christian writers need to slow down writing to the choir and start writing good, wholesome stories to the general market. The thing is, we have to put on a different hat and keep in mind, most readers in the general market don’t know Christ. Preaching is not the way to reach them, rather, wholesome characters that make good decisions and . . .well . . .bad decisions and we see how they suffer the consequence but they find that offer of hope.  rem: SO MUCH YES!!

 

My relationship with Christ is stronger. I’m learning to let go of what I THINK I should write and let God lead me. The result is stories that allow characters to find hope even if things don’t work out the way we think they should.

 

(FYI – general market readers say Christian writers are cheesy. Why do you suppose that is? Hint: One general market reader said, “Life doesn’t work out perfectly MOST of the time.” We need to learn to write life as it is and allow non-believers see we make mistakes too, but the difference is, we have hope in Christ.

rem:  Oh, Cindy, I so agree with you wholeheartedly and 100%! When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

CINDY:  I close a book down in the first two pages if there is nothing happening. There are a lot of writers with the ability to write beautiful scenes, but all the beautiful words in the world mean nothing, if it doesn’t go somewhere.

rem:  What are you reading right now?

CINDY:  The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Conner by Flannery O’Conner; Running on Red Dog Road by Drema Berkhimer; and Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Seacrest McDowell.

rem:  I love this bit from your bio, “I am an encourager and some tell me…this is to a fault.” I am an encourager, too. What evidence do your ‘accusers’ have? And why is it a “fault?”

CINDY:  I believe it’s because I do believe in the good in people and sadly, encouragers are often let down or hurt when those we encourage refuse to move

rem:  Yes, it truly can be such a crushing blow. One of your speaking topics is, “Draw from the Well of Living Water.” What can you share of this topic?

CINDY:  We are offered living water by Jesus. Unfortunately, many times we never take advantage of the freedom and peace found in this living water. When I speak on this topic we delve into the reasons why we refuse the blessing of living water. Often it’s pride. . .we think we are the fix all and many times we fall hard because we can’t or won’t accept the freedom of Christ through the living water He offers. Have you accepted any lately?

rem:  I have, yes, and am continually reminding myself to look more to Him. That said, I have come to a place in my life that, with very little exception, I live in His peace. You are a speaker and an author. How much do they overlap and which do you prefer?

CINDY:  I prefer writing. But I love to speak. If you are a writer, you have to learn to be a speaker and if you are a speaker, you have to learn to be a writer. The two go hand in hand. I am a storyteller, so speaking comes very natural for me. I have tons of stories from my Appalachian childhood and our fun and sometimes quirky family. I draw from my mountain heritage to write and to speak. I prefer to craft a story and let my imagination fly. It’s freeing for me and joyful. But speaking is fun too because we get the immediate interaction.

rem:  Tell us a little about your writing journey.

CINDY:  I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing seriously until my children were grown. I chose that route because I wanted my attention to be focused on my boys as they grew. I did write but not seriously. When they graduated high school, I dug in and began to learn the craft of writing. I attended writers conferences, learned what I could from those who’d walked the road ahead of me. It was six years from the time I wrote my first novel until I was traditionally published. I chose to wait for traditional publication because I knew when I finally received a contract, it would be because my hard work paid off. I’d have learned the craft well enough that a publisher said yes. Every book I write, I offer back to God. My request to God is, “Lord, please let me be a writer. The work and the glory will be yours.”  He has answered my prayers with two best selling, award-winning novels and a third on the way in June of 2020. Pray and offer your work back to the One who has gifted you and things will be successful.

rem:  What a lovely tribute to the One Who anoints us with the gift of writing in the first place. What are your biggest encouragement for new authors?

CINDY:  There’s no harm in getting bloody knees. Cheer when you receive a rejection. It’s just a rung on the ladder to publication. We need to learn to wait, to be patient. God is grooming us for a time such as this. My encouragement would be – Don’t grow discouraged. Your time will come with hard work and patience.

rem:  I’ve seen the list that goes around with familiar names—and the number of times they were rejected before finding success and becoming famous. How do you choose your characters’ names?

CINDY:  I look for good solid mountain names. Since I write Appalachian historical, names are vital. They speak to the culture. I try to match names according to the personality I see my characters have. In the first few chapters, I’ve been known to change names numerous times.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

CINDY:  No. I’m a pantser. And my stories are character driven. So I have a hint in my mind where to start and how I want to end…but the in between happens as my characters come alive.

rem:  Yup, me too!! My characters start talking to me, and I know generally where the story will end up, but how it gets there is entirely up to, uh, them. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

CINDY: My next book releases from Revell in June of 2020. It too, is Appalachian historical and it’s titled What Momma Left Behind . It’s the story of a young woman who began taking in children on the mountain after their parents died from the fever (aka the flu). Her name is Worie Dresser. (How’s that for a mountain name? rem: LOVE IT! ) Worie takes on the task of feeding and caring for the orphaned children – she in essence begins one of the first orphanages in the mountains of East Tennessee.

 

My current work, is a book called Coal Black Lies, it takes place in the mines of Southwest Virginia and upper East Tennessee. It’s about the lies, those little white lies, we tell ourselves to justify our wrongs. I’m excited about this because it’s my first novel from a male POV.

rem:  How intriguing is that! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

CINDY:  I can’t wait for What Momma Left Behind to release. There are so many children in our country without families. I know a few families who have become foster parents and then adopted. It’s such a joy to see these children find homes. Every child deserves a joyful childhood. Whether they are adopted or fostered. We can make a difference by sharing our homes and our love. READ IT! You’ll see the importance of giving of yourself.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.

CINDY:  What Momma Left Behind – By Cindy K. Sproles

 

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.…Matthew 19:14 KJV

 

One

1877 – Sourwood Mountain, Tennessee

 

            “They was nothin I could do for her. Her eyes was fixed on the sky and she never moved again. Despite me shakin her, she was gone.”

            Ely slipped his worn hat from his head and pressed it hard against his chest. “Miss Worie, thangs is what they is. Ain’t nothin you coulda done.” 

            The spring breeze whipped my hair around my face brushin the clay trail of tears from my cheek.

            Just the day before Momma was hangin clothes on the line and singin. “Worie, I got something to show you.” She said.

            “Is it a surprise?”

            She stopped and run her knuckles gently across my cheek. “No, it’s a secret.” Her fingers pushed against her lips. “Shhhh, it’s a secret for you to know. Nobody else.”

            Ely shoved a flat rock into the soft clay. “This’ll mark her ‘til we can make her a cross like your daddy’s.”

            “I never knew what a chore it was to bury a person.” I dropped to my knees and gingerly swept the clots of dirt to one side, smoothin the mound that covered Momma. I wasn’t sure if I was to be angry or hurt. Either way, my heart was achin.

            Ely grunted. “Uh huh. Tis a chore. But you was smart to drop that quilt over her. Kept the buzzards away whilst we dug that hole.” He placed his hat back in its spot, pushin his dark, tight curls from beneath. I stared at Ely, skin blacker than the rock coal Daddy would bring home from time to time. He was a good friend. Stood by Momma and Daddy through thick and thin.

            The sun peeked through the newly formed leaves of the old Oak tree, castin a shine on ever one of those curls that boasted around Ely’s ears. “You’re startin to look a little shabby there Ely.” I smacked at a curl.

            He busted into a guffaw that shook ever bone in his body. “Yous always make a man laugh, Miss Worie. Even now, in the shadow of your own troubles.”

            “Lordy, Lordy. Like you said, it is what it is. Ain’t my fault. Least ways I hope not. But I don’t understand Ely. I did ever thing Momma ever told me. Never give her no reason to pull such a stunt. I thought my bein good would make up for the boys.”

            “You stop right there, girl. Ever man makes his own choices. Calvin chose his swindlin and connivin. Justice made his bed with a bottle of hooch. Them ain’t your doins. And I feel right sure Miss Louise was proud of you. Ain’t many young girls would choose stayin home to help their momma over bein a wife and mother.”

            I lay across the mound of dirt and commenced to sob. Long hard wails. Ely stood solid by me, bendin down ever once in a while to pat my shoulder.

            It wasn’t long before the buzzards went to squawlin over head. “Git way!” I hollered. “Go on. Can’t you see we buried Momma.”

rem:  Oh, Cindy, I’m crying here. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

CINDY:  The take away is forgiveness and also that we all deserve to be loved.

rem:  Yes, we all do. Anything you’d like to add?

CINDY:  Thanks for having me. I hope your readers will dig into my Appalachian Historical books. They are unlike anything you’ve read before.

Mercy’s Rain (Kregel Publications)

Liar’s Winter  (Kregel Publications)

Coming in June 2020 – What Momma Left Behind (Revell)

rem:  I know I can’t wait to read them! Cindy, thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

https://cindysproles.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Sproles/e/B004GL8Y02?

https://christiandevotions.us/

https://www.facebook.com/cindy.sproles

https://twitter.com/cindydevoted

https://www.instagram.com/cindyksproles/

 

GIVEAWAY

Cindy is offering a copy of Liar’s Winter OR Mercy’s Rain, e-book, or a paperback copy to a US reader.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 27 June and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 4 July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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“God first, family second and career third (Thank you Mary Kay Ash for such wisdom.)”

“I am an encourager and some tell me…this is to a fault.”

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview and Giveaway, Cindy Sproles

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO OCEAN TOO WIDE by CARRIE TURANSKY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO OCEAN TOO WIDE by CARRIE TURANSKY

 

THE BLURB

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.
Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?
Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written” . . . “My new favorite author!” Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Turansky.com. Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

This right here is why I love historical fiction for!

Ms. Turansky has pulled pages from history and wrapped them in a poignant and heartrending story! I have known about orphans of the era from the likes of Oliver Twist and Sara Crewe (one of my favorite childhood stories) but I had never heard of British children’s homes sending children to Canada.

The rigidness of the homes, the indifference of the matrons, the inflexibility of the rules—all worked against the welfare and better interest of the children.

Ms. Turansky’s storyline was most revealing and disheartening. That Katie and Garth and Grace were not orphaned had no bearing on their treatment or their plight. The obstacles their sister, Laura, faced at every turn broke my heart—and infuriated me.

Some of the dialogue didn’t seem true to the era, but the details—letters sent via post (no text messages and phone calls) the constraints of society, the broad gap between aristocracy and the lower class—made this story authentic and pulled this reader in.

I look forward to Garth and Grace’s stories.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, No Ocean Too Wide, Carrie Turansky

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 24 June 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – SARAH SUNDIN – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – SARAH SUNDIN – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JOY BURKE

Sarah will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of historical novels, including The Sky Above Us and The Sea Before Us. Her novel The Sea Before Us is a finalist for the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love, When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.

 

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GIVEAWAY

Sarah is offering a copy of her novel, The Sky Above Us, winner’s choice of paperback or CD audiobook.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 24 June 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BETTY THOMASON OWENS

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BETTY THOMASON OWENS

 

Genre—Why You Write What You Write

 

Everything in the room, from the stiffly starched crocheted doilies on the side tables, to the ancient iron used as a doorstop, reminded me of Grandma’s house. If I concentrated really hard, I could almost hear the tick of the grandfather clock; the contented cluck of hens; the stamp of horses’ hooves in their stalls.

My breath is bated as I read the words on the page, igniting still more memories. I love to read historical novels. I enjoy researching days gone by, but most of all, I love remembering my childhood. Those days, lived among some of the sweetest folks on earth, who’d endured things like world wars, the Great Depression, and the dustbowl years. They went from horse-drawn buggies to Cadillac convertibles, or maybe something less imposing, like a Plymouth Fury.

 

Conversations sweep through my memories, of hardship and near defeat. Losses that made me wonder how they had ever gone on living. My grandma told of standing over her husband’s grave, four small children clinging to her, after losing him to a gunshot wound. She seldom spoke of the circumstances of that event, but I relive it whenever I read a similar scene in a novel.

 

This is the reason I write historical fiction. I’m recreating conversations and events of my growing-up years. I like to craft a scene that steals your breath for the ache of unrequited love and settling for someone who was there rather than live the rest of her life alone. Or, better yet, finding that perfect someone who almost seems too good to be true and couldn’t possibly love me…umm…I mean, my main character, of course.

Oh, the beauty of such a scene. Oh, the pure joy of writing it. Overcome with emotion, I’m swiping tears as I type with shaky fingers. Yes, that kind of scene. When I read an old letter, or hear a story told, my imagination kicks into gear. Sometimes, all it takes is a page from a census record as I read the names of those living in a household. Why were their surnames different? Were they lodgers, in-laws, or a married son or daughter and their spouse?

 

Inspiration comes at the oddest moments. I’m standing in the buffet line at a meeting and a fellow member mentions a name I hadn’t heard in years. “Whatever happened to him?” The speaker was eager to tell the tale, complete with embellishments, I’m sure. I smile as I listen, but my curiosity is piqued. I must go home and google it. Research is in order.

 

In my quest for knowledge, I stumbled upon an interesting tidbit. One of my great-great grandfathers (or was it great-great-great?) was a Union sympathizer, living in Missouri during the Civil War. Don’t you know his life was out of the comfort zone? I found a picture of him. He had black hair and a black beard shot through with wide streaks of white or silver. The beard extended to his beltline. His son looked like a cowboy. He wore a ten-gallon hat. The facts told junior left Missouri and settled in the Texas Panhandle.

 

Oh, the tales they could tell if they could still talk. My research left a lot of blank spaces. I wanted to know, so of course, my writer’s mind kicked into gear and created a fantastic story between those blanks. Someday, I really must write that one.

 

In the meantime, I’ve written the historical Legacy series, three books set in subsequent eras. Amelia’s Legacy takes place in the 1920’s, Carlotta’s Legacy, the 1930’s, and Rebecca’s Legacy, the 1940’s (personal favorite at this point). I’ve recently finished the Kinsman Redeemer series, also historical. Annabelle’s Ruth tells a “Ruth-like” story, set in the 1950’s. Sutter’s Landing is the sequel, and the final book is Annabelle’s Joy. This series is set in West Tennessee, where I spent a good bit of my childhood. Annabelle’s Joy is set for release in August 2019.

 

As the August release approaches, I’m pretty sure my publisher will lower prices on the first two books in the Kinsman Redeemer series. If you’ve never read them, leave me a comment here for a chance to win the Kindle version of both books (Annabelle’s Ruth & Sutter’s Landing).

 

If you’d like to stay up with my latest news, you can sign up for my newsletter on my blog—I love to give away stuff there. You may also “like” my Facebook author page or follow me at the usual places to keep up with my releases. You’ll find all the details in my bio.

 

 

Betty Thomason Owens loves being outdoors. Her favorite season is spring, when she can work in the yard or take long walks while thinking through a troublesome scene in one of her stories. She considers herself a word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. She leads the Louisville Area ACFW group, serves on the board of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and is a co-founder of the multi-author Inspired Prompt blog. Married forty-four years, she’s a mother of three, and a grandmother of eight. A part-time bookkeeper at her day-job, she writes for Write Integrity Press, and has eight novels in publication. You can learn more about her at BettyThomasonOwens.com.

 

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BOOK BLURB for ANNABELLE’S RUTH

“If you think you can come back here and throw yourself on my mercy, you are quite wrong.”

After their husbands perish in a fishing boat accident, Connie Cross determines to follow her mother-in-law, Annabelle, from Southern California to Tennessee. Her misgivings begin as they cross the bridge over the muddy Mississippi River. In their new town, where living conditions are far below their previous expectations, they must set up a household and hunt for work to survive. Thanks to the kindness of Annabelle’s handsome, young cousin, life begins to settle down. But Connie has a secret that could uproot them once again.

Inspired by the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth is a 1950’s era “Ruth” story, set in western Tennessee.  How will Connie adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, racial tension, and culture shock?

 

GIVEAWAY

Betty is giving away ebook copies (Kindle version) of Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing to one winner.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 24 June and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday I July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 22 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – RISKING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – RISKING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

THE BLURB

Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even the sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? Read Risking Love today and see what happens when you risk your heart to the care of a good man.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I don’t do pushy, and I don’t do confrontation, and I have an issue with people who are and do. That said, Nikki‘s mom only has her best interest at heart, but I still bristled when she got ALL up in Nikki’s business!

Nikki’s got her reasons for her trifecta rule, and she doesn’t need anybody challenging her on it. But it seems her own heart is the loudest challenger. And Shorty Smalls is the object of the challenge. The louder her heart is, the more patient—and perfect—Shorty seems to her wounded soul.

Ms. Shiloh handles the delicate topic of Nikki’s past in the best possible way—prayer. While keeping the tone of the book light, neither does she gloss over what happened, bringing Nikki through the maze of healing and recovery. Nikki’s actions—running away, building a protective wall, even to the exclusion of those she loved, denying herself the love she craves—are all true to the mind of a victim.

Nikki’s journey to healing was authentic, if forced sometimes for the sake of the story. But the patience Shorty showed gave her the safety net she needed.

This reviewer appreciated Ms. Shiloh’s handling of the subject, and Nikki’s honest and real feelings after the fact.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 20 June 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – LINDA K. RODANTE – GIVEAWAY WINNER

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – LINDA K. RODANTE – GIVEAWAY WINNER

“Books that wrap sweet romance in real life issues women face today, then add an edge of mystery and suspense.”

 

“As a Christian I wanted to write something that glorified God…”

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

CONNIE PORTER SAUNDERS

Linda will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda K. Rodante is an author and lover of sweet tea now living in the foothills of Tennessee. She sometimes misses her native state of Florida—the beaches, the swamps, and the forests—but she loves the coolness and seasonal changes in Tennessee. Especially the fall leaf change!

Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups have given her a heart for women struggling in today’s society, while still respecting the role and strength God has given to men.

She’s a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and of Word Weavers International. She belongs to Christian Indie Authors, Clean Indie Reads and many other online readers’ groups. She’s a past finalist of ACFW’s Genesis contest and has written numerous magazine articles.

Linda writes Christian romantic suspense. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today, then adds an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires not only to entertain with a good story, but to encourage others in their walk with God.

 

 

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“Life can yank the warmth and laughter right out of us some days, but God and his wisdom can restore it.”

GIVEAWAY

Linda is offering a signed paperback of both A Tamale Christmas and Looking for Justice. Sorry, U.S. addresses only.

“Take just this moment and look around you, look at your life. What things can you see and hear and smell that are blessings from God?”

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 20 June 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – MARION UECKERMANN

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – MARION UECKERMANN

“A novel place to fall in love.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Marion Ueckermann.

FAST FAVES

Call or Text TEXT

Eggs or Pancakes        PANCAKES

Facebook or Twitter    FACEBOOK

 

rem:  Hullo Marion, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

MARION:  I was born in the copper belt of Zambia in a town called Mufulira. When I was six, my parents moved back to South Africa and I lived in another small town, Phalaborwa, right beside the Kruger National Park. Nearly twenty years ago, my husband and I and our two boys immigrated to Ireland and we were never coming back to South Africa. LOL, 18 months later we were home and settled in the eastern suburbs of the capital city, Pretoria. We have been in the same house since, but are starting to think about retiring to the beautiful Cape in under seven years’ time.

 

rem:  Ah yes, best laid plans… I may or may not be jealous of your living in Ireland… (I am!) Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

MARION:  Well, perhaps now people do know these things because I have mentioned them in other blogs, but my name is the same as the old famous movie star cowboy, John Wayne. His real name is Marion Morrison (Morrison is my maiden name), but while my second name is Clair, his is Michael. (rem; how cool is that!)

Hmmm, I have been on four continents (that includes Africa where I live), and travelled to 20 different countries (USA, Brazil, Finland, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Australia, New Zealand) … 24 if we count Lapland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as individual places from Finland and Wales … and 29 if we count the five countries where I’ve only spent time in a transit lounge in the airport (Turkey, Germany, Qatar, Dubai, Singapore).

Thirdly, I used to play in my husband’s treehouse at about the age of 10, never realizing that would be the man I’d marry one day.

 

rem:  TOTALLY jealous of ALL.THE.PLACES you’ve been! Way cool, Marion! (also, I love your middle name!) Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

MARION:  Yes. Jeremiah 29 v 11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It’s just a promise from our Heavenly Father that gives so much hope for each day. What a wonderful reminder that we really don’t have to fear what tomorrow holds.

And then I’m very partial to Psalm 139. What a powerful piece of scripture.

 

rem:  Such a powerful promise from our heavenly Father. What is your favourite quotation and why?

MARION:  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wise and encouraging words to not be afraid to step out of the boat, as Jesus asks, and walk on water.

 

rem:  Yes ma’am, trailblazers!! What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

MARION:  I have a rubber alpaca keyring, a gift from my son. It’s kind of like a stress ball because if you squeeze it, it poops a chocolate bubble. My grandsons find it most amusing and I’m sure have almost burst it on numerous occasions.

 

rem:  How perfectly adorable! I love the gifties from my kids, and now grand-girls!! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

MARION:  I think it would be my hero from The Other You, Armand DeBois. I’d love to be sipping that special red wine he made for his wife while enjoying the sunset over the mountains of Stellenbosch, one of my most favorite places in South Africa.

 

rem:  And such a lovely setting, too. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

MARION:  I think it’s wonderful that Christian fiction offers readers a safer choice of reading, and hopefully stories that will feed not only their imagination, but their souls too. Three years ago, God called me to quit my day job and write full time. With every book I write, I have to depend on Him that I’m writing the story He wants. And He has never disappointed me. Deadlines I never thought I’d make, I did. Stories I wasn’t sure of, have been so meaningful to readers. It’s just a wonderful faith journey and certainly not only my means of making a living, but my ministry too.

 

rem:  Unlike so many authors, I did not grow up dreaming of writing. But when Father called me to it—I can’t imagine doing anything else! Something so powerful about a well told story. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

MARION:  I do struggle with stories that have too many characters (rem: ruh roh)  but can’t say I’ve yet read a book that I didn’t enjoy (at least not that I can remember). Since becoming a writer, however, it’s hard not to read with an editor/writer’s cap on. LOL, I don’t like doing that, and often wonder if other writers read my books in the same way.

 

rem:  I so agree with that, although I think I’ve probably always read with an author’s eye, just not so keen as it is now. What are you reading right now?

MARION:  I’m currently reading a book by Kimberly Rae Jordan, A Change of Heart. I have to confess that I’ve been reading it for many, many weeks. Not because I’m not enjoying the story … I am … Just because I’ve had a lot of interruptions to life lately. But, I am 73% through, so the end is in sight. Surprisingly, I’m still managing to keep track of the story.

 

rem:  Ya know, life just needs to stop interrupting our reading time!! You travel quite a lot (and I’m not a bit jealous…  #liesalllies) and incorporate that into your stories. Which comes first—the story or the destination?

MARION:  Probably mostly destination first, although I have written stories first and then done the destination afterward. One place I do still need to visit where I have a story written, is Norway. I think all my other books, I’ve been to the countries that I’ve set the stories in.

 

rem:  I’ve always been fascinated with Norway—the fjords are so so gorgeous! What was your favorite destination, and which story was birthed there?

MARION:  Oh golly, hard question. Every place is so unique. But I guess Lapland, the home of the REAL Santa, has to be it. The place was fascinating, and I was so glad that I could write a story (Poles Apart) set there shortly after visiting. It was good to be able to draw on what I saw and experienced.

 

rem:  How fun is that! You are part of three multi-author sets. What’s your favorite thing about working with other authors to tell a story?

MARION:  Over the years, I’ve been part of several boxed sets. Then there was A Tuscan Legacy, a seven-author series where there was quite a lot of collaboration on our stories with a mystery thread weaving through the stories, culminating in the final book. I’ve also been part of The Potter’s House multi-author series, also seven authors, where only the theme was common to each book, ie. Stories of hope, redemption, and second chances. Now Autumn Macarthur, Alexa Verde (rem: love those ladies!) and I are collaborating on our tri-author series, Chapel Cove Romances. And once we’ve written all 12 books, we have a string of other series we want to collaborate on. I love brainstorming ideas together and seeing the joint stories coming together. But the best thing about collaborating is the special friendships and relationships you form with other authors.

 

rem:  I’ve not done it before, but it sounds so fun, to partner with someone to create stories! I loved the Tuscan Legacy! Read all of them—except I haven’t got the new one yet… How does that work? What are the logistics of creating a story world with more than one creative genius at work?

MARION:  Lots of Messenger chats and notes, and then spreadsheets. Google Docs has become my favorite tool. It certainly helps everyone to keep track, especially like with Chapel Cove where our first three stories ran concurrently and we had to write certain scenes from all three heroine’s viewpoints, taking care not to give away any spoilers for the following story.

 

rem:  Not in collaboration, but I’m running into the timeframe issue with my current series—four stories that are concurrent, and the main characters all know each other! OY! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

MARION:  For years I’d had a desire to write a book. Didn’t know on what, just knew I wanted to do it. Finally I found a story and took a year to write it. It’ll probably never get published, but I look at it as my training ground. I wrote another three or four still unpublished and not quite finished stories. Then I was told by Christine Lindsay, who was part of our International Christian Fiction Writers blog, about Pelican Book Group’s “Passport to Romance” call for stories. I looked at all the places they wanted stories and chose Helsinki, because I’d been there. I wrote and submitted my story, Blueberry Eve, and they contracted it and published it as Helsinki Sunrise. I went on to write another two stories in that line. During that time, Autumn Macarthur contacted me via email (that happened to be the year I was in Finland for Christmas and had just visited Lapland). She said a group of authors led by Valerie Comer (rem: love her stories!) were putting a boxed set together called Splash!, and they wanted stories set on water and would I consider writing one set in Africa. I immediately thought of the mighty Zambesi River and the Victoria Falls and said, “Yes!” Orphaned Hearts was my first Indie publication. The second one was with the next boxed set that was formed out of that first group and published for Christmas. I wrote Poles Apart for that set and as I said before, drew heavily on my experiences from a few months before. Since then I’ve published another 16 Indie novels and novellas, one non-fiction book, and four poetry books. I love it in Indieland.

 

rem:  Yes, me too. I’ve not ventured beyond the borders of Indieland! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

MARION:  DO: 1. Learn the craft. 2. Get a good editor. 3. Get a good cover designer. (Of course, the last one only applies if you’re indie publishing.)

DON’T: 1. Don’t be in a hurry to publish. 2. Don’t be in a hurry to publish. 3. Don’t be in a hurry to publish.

 

rem:  So true, all of them. How do you choose your characters’ names?

MARION:  Sometimes they just spring to mind. Other times I’ll scour baby name websites (LOL, or troll through friends and friends of friends’ names on Facebook).

 

rem:  Haha! to trolling Facebook for names! I may or may not do the same thing… Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

MARION:  Ha, no! I’m a total pantser. I usually know where I want to start, what I want to happen in the middle, and how I want it to end. But what goes between there, my characters take the lead.

 

rem:  Yup! Me too! Pantzer all the way. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

MARION:  Currently I’m writing Choose Me, book 4 in the Chapel Cove Romances. Writing has been slow on this one due to a lot of interruptions in my life at the moment, but hey, I’m getting there … one word at a time. I don’t have a blurb yet, but I do have a tagline: The one thing he wants most in the world, she can’t give him.

 

rem:  Sorry about the disturbances. And yes, one word at a time… What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

MARION:  This is a story I’ve been wanting to write for years. I’ve loosely based it on some of the life-happenings of an ex-colleague of mine.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.

MARION:

TODAY OF all days, Julia Delpont needed to forget about the world. Searching for the latest crime novel to devour might just help. In little over an hour she’d be meeting a new client, and she could not afford to be distracted by thoughts of her past.

            She paused in front of the moss-green, two-story Victorian house. Ivy’s on Spruce. Since moving south to Chapel Cove nearly eighteen months ago, she’d come to love the quirky bookshop. It would be good to see the gray-haired owner, Ivy Macnamara, again. It had been two weeks since Julia’s last visit to the bookstore. She only hoped she could avoid seeing Ivy’s meddlesome shop assistant—always trying to push some castles-in-the-air romance novel into her hands.

            Romance? She didn’t need it. Didn’t want it.

            The doorbell jangled as Julia entered Ivy’s. She headed straight for her favorite section, noticing two things on her way there: the store looked different—cleaner, more organized—and never before had she seen the tall woman with long, dark hair who’d straightened up from behind the counter. Who was she?

            And where was Ivy?

            The woman pushed her wide-rimmed glasses up her nose and offered a smile.

            Julia barely returned the gesture as she flicked her hair over her shoulder. She wasn’t here to make friends; she was here to buy a book. The more distracting, the better.

            But even the blood-splattered knife that filled the cover of the paperback she soon held in her hands couldn’t tear her thoughts from the distressing memories. If anything, it made her think about what she’d still like to do to James Miller.

            Forgive me, Lord. I know Your Word says “Thou shalt not kill.” And truthfully, I don’t really want to kill him. I know that You require us to forgive if we want to be forgiven, but it’s still so hard to do that after what James put me though. Raising my hopes for a happy ever after, just to smash them into a million little pieces.

            It was difficult to comprehend that in just four days, two years would have passed since her most humiliating and most painful moment.

            Even more painful than the doctor’s diagnosis.

            And time had not yet healed the wounds caused by her ex-fiancé.

            Would it ever?

            She released a heavy sigh. Somehow, the days leading up to the anniversary were harder to get through than the actual anniversary itself. At least, it had been that way last year, and this year looked to be heading in the same direction.

            “I… I do.” James’s deep voice slithered into her memory as everything blurred, the books around her morphing into the quaint, white chapel on Echo Bay with its large windows at the altar that overlooked the Pugent Sound waters of Hale Passage. Eight miles north had been home for thirty-two years. Gig Harbor—how she’d loved that small town. Never wanted to leave. But she did. She had to.

            At James’s hesitation, she should’ve realized something was wrong. And yet, when the minister asked, “And do you, Julia Rose Delpont, take James Alexander Miller as your lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do you part?”, she had hurtled ahead with her own “I do.”

            How could James have made that very same pledge, only to take it back moments later?

rem:  Oh, my! Poor Julia. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

MARION:  That often life doesn’t give us what we most desire, but God is faithful and can still fill those empty places in the most miraculous ways.

 

rem:  Such a profound—and much needed—truth! Anything you’d like to add?

MARION:  Just that Choose Me will be releasing sometime in July, so keep a look out for it. Thanks for reading! And thank you for having me on your blog today, Robin.

 

rem:  Marion, thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

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A Time for Everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give  up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

 

GIVEAWAY

Marion is giving away an e-copy of Remember Me, book 1 of our new Chapel Cove Romances.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 20 June and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 27 June. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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“Some relationships are like this pot of Gloop—the color fades and they’re just one sticky mess. And some are a sticky mess even when they’re bright and new.”

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE LOST CASTLE by KRISTY CAMBRON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE LOST CASTLE by KRISTY CAMBRON

 

 

THE BLURB

Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own.

What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

 

THE AUTHOR

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of nonfiction, including the Verse Mapping series Bible studies. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working in partnership with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a peppermint mocha latte and a good read.

To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com

 

MY REVIEW

Oh, how I adore time slip stories! Even before they had a name—or before I ever heard the term.

Ms. Cambron has taken three seeming disconnected stories and found the golden thread that weaves them all together. Three leading ladies and their heroes in three stories that come together across centuries.

Each of the three heroines, Ellie, Vi, and Aveline, step outside their respective comfort zones to act on passions of their heart. Braving unknowns to achieve heart-goals they hadn’t even known were there.

Ms. Cambron brought the three eras to life, vibrant and colorful, and telling in every detail. My heart constricted at the societal restrictions on Aveline, in a world where women were property and marriage a business deal. My heart soared as she dared—no spoilers, but suffice to say she defied her father and society.

Thrust into the war by defeat and resignation, Viola’s mission was more one of bravery and justice than a tug on her heart. I applauded her bravery and fortitude—and trembled with her in the face of the enemy.

Ellie clung to the comfort of the only family she had ever known—her Grandma Vi. Honoring her grandmother’s unspoken wish, Ellie put on a coat of intrepid—and plucky—courage, and overcame obstacles and barriers.

Three women accepting to a life that was laid out for them—until upheaval shredded those plans, thrusting them each into unknowns. The emotion they each felt, the questions, fear, the bravery, were so well written that the reader’s own heart pounds and weeps and exults with every word. Palpable, almost tangible, Ms. Cambron brings the pages alive, immersing the reader fully in the story.

Bonus for this reviewer—the story thread of D-Day, and I was reading it on the 75th anniversary of D-Day!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

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