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BLOGWORDS – Monday 31 October 2022 –BOOK LAUNCH EVENT – MEET THE AUTHOR

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BOOK LAUNCH EVENT – MEET THE AUTHOR

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FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies: Actually, ice cream but of those two, cookies, chocolate chip mint

Call or Text: Depends on the situation

Dogs or Cats: Cats of course

Eggs or Pancakes: Eggs

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

Paperback or Kindle: Paperback, but Kindle is so much easier and convenient

Thornton or Darcy: Darcy, preferably Darcy played by Colin Firth #swoon

Yoga Pants or Jeans: Jeans – I can’t STAND tight / snug fitting clothes

First, I have to give a tremendous shout-out to my niece, Briana Mason, for being my cover model. She’s so gorgeous and photogenic, and I’m so grateful she agreed to pose for me!

Now for

MEET THE AUTHOR

  1. The idea for a story of twins originated years ago when I knew a mother and daughter named Elizabeth and Meredith. The series came from the notion of them both marrying twins, and the thought that, no, that’s been done. But, I thought, what if the guys aren’t twins to each other. Which left two lonely dangling brothers without their brides. Of course, they had to be twins also!

Mere marries Jere

Jere’s twin is Jordan

Jordan marries Paige

Paiges’s twin is Claire

Claire marries Alex

Alex’ twin is Zach

 Zach marries Bethy

and Bethy’s twin is Mere..

FourSquare. Four stories of four couples who also happen to be four sets of twins.

  1. There is much of me in both Bethy and Mere. My degree is Interior Design, but I love architecture, too. I am a word person like Bethy, but can be spontaneous sometimes, like Meredith.
  1. Being the first book in a new series, it takes me millions of hours (okay, maybe not quite a million) to create my story world. I’ve a map of Covington, and the names and locations (there’s a map key) of the setting of each scene, plus the typical businesses in most cities.

I also have an extensive list of who’s who—not only the main and secondary characters, but the cousins and spouses and kids. Same for all the friends. There are characters who will never get written into the story but if I need to know how old Gigi (the hippie gramma) I’ve got that into. Or if I need to know when Cousin April (there are actually two cousins named April) got married, it’s there.

Beyond that even, is a spreadsheet with every detail I could think of—favorite beverage, what car they drive, physical attributes… you get the idea.

  1. I’ve been fascinated with twins and multiples for as long as I can remember. Wished I was a twin. Alas, I am not—and that’s just one thing ya don’t get a do-over! LOL I wanted to have twins, but alas, that didn’t happen either.

BUT, I can write twins and multiples all day long!

  1. “I’ve been thrown in the deep end. Of a deep ocean. In a tidal wave. And all I want to do is write my stories. (Well, and get people to read ‘em… ) Write a bio, they say. What do you want to know? I write, that’s what I do. (Well, ok, there’s more too, I’ll get to that later.)” * excerpted from one of my first blog posts, https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/drowning/

I truly had no clue. I wrote stories, released them from my brain. That part I had—in spades. Marketing? Not even an inkling. A friend suggested I self-publish (watch out for vanity published!) He formatted my first manuscript for me.

Since then I’ve learned the tremendous value of networking. Connect with other authors. Listen to other authors. Support other authors. Find your sweet spot in social media and engage with other authors, and with readers. Find your tribe; my Facebook author page is

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/ and of course, my blog https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/ but you’re here—and I’m so glad!

So I reckon now I’m sort of getting a handle on things. I dove right back in, only the waters are so turbulent; they are familiar now. And I’m swimming with some really good friends.

  1. I like to mix-n-match, otherwise known as a mashup. For instance, in One for Two, there are not only two characters from my previous stories (Clara Bess Caldwell and Herman Wisely) but one character is from author friend, Monique Bucheger’s Ginnie West Adventure series!
  1. I nest. My house is small and I don’t have a “proper” office. But I do have a dedicated writing space, a convenient niche in the living room. Even as I write this, I am positioned directly in front of the door, which stays open almost ALL the time. My laptop rests next to me on a displaced shelf. (except, of course, when it’s in my lap) I’ve a binder with notes and details situated to my right, along with other languishing projects.
  1. In addition to writing and painting, I’m an actress, and I do accents. Two, British and Irish, come naturally. (When I was a sophomore in high school, my accent earned me the role as Dr. Armstrong in Dame Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.)

Australian, though, did not come so easily—so similar yet so different to British. But after watching shows set in or with Aussie actors, I’m getting the hang of it.

AND, after watching my Aussie shows, I’ve got some great Aussie jargon to use in the next book in the series, Double, Double, Who’s in Trouble. Co-main character, Jeremy’s best friend, Drew is Australian, and I can’t wait to write dialogue with him.

  1. I am 100% a cat person! (even though I am, ahem, a bird… (robin #winkwink chirp chirp chirp) I don’t DISlike dogs; I’ve just always had (a) cat(s) for as long as I can remember.

Currently I had the three remaining siblings, Jasper, Juniper, and Jake, of a five kitten litter. They are, in order, The Beast aka Sweetie Boy, June Berry aka Baby Girl, and Jakable aka Lovey Boy. All black and white, ten years old, and their mama, Shadow, adopted me when she was tiny.

  1. My favorite genre is Historical Fiction, especially Biblical Historical Fiction. I read a wide variety (no dark writing (i.e. witchcraft) and no explicit sex scenes.) Not a great fan of Amish fiction (I’ve no idea why) – don’t disown me!

I’mma do a dangerous thing here and name a few of my favorite authors—

Dame Agatha Christie has long been a favorite, as have Madeleine L’Engle and Maeve Binchy. I just finished a story, Invisible, by new-to-me author, Ginny L. Yttrup. AMAZING story, AMAZING writing. List T. Bergren, Michelle Griep, Heather Gilbert, Julie Carobini, Jane Ann McLachlan, Chautona Havig, Connie Cossette, C. Hope Clark, J’nell Ciesielski, Jaime Jo Wright, Keely Brooke Keith… There are dozens of authors whose writing I love, and I couldn’t possibly name all of them!!

  1. The very first story I wrote was Pinky the Pink Elephant when I was in first grade. I am a keeper of precious things (NOT hoarding LOL) and have it tucked away. I’m going to pass it to Cora and let her “read it” in her Daddy’s story, Double Double, Who’s in Trouble, the next book in the series.
  1. To be fair, this isn’t directly related to this story. Then again, there’s a reason it has taken me four years to get here.

My first two series, seven stories, veritably poured from me. One for Two, though, felt like pulling teeth. The story, at least the basics, have been simmering in the back of my mind for years, only to be pre-empted by the first two series.

My writing journey, a brief history. Though I’ve always had stories in my head, it wasn’t until 2013 that I started my first novel, Tessa—after I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design (a career I sadly couldn’t jump into.) As I mentioned before, the story flowed from me. Then Clara Bess and Cissy. Right on the heels of that series, Seasons wouldn’t leave me alone.

I assumed, of course, that FourSquare would follow suit. It did not. I reckon my creativity needed a bit of a rest. Then again, immediately after the final book in Seasons, I had my second knee replacement; recovery was slower than the first time (in 2016.)

I spent three years making a valiant effort to get Bethy and Mere’s story out to the world. And I struggled with it, something that had not happened before when writing. It was very discouraging. Then last summer (2021) I realized the story needed to be told in first person. So I backpedaled and barged in to make the changes; it was a massive project. Having two main characters didn’t make it any easier. But it does make the story richer.

EXCERPT – BETHY IS ABDUCTED

I pulled my phone from my pocket to send B a quick text. I knew she was itching for me to respond to her bazillion text messages.

“Oh my God!” Panic edged the euphoria right out the door.

“Babe, what is it?”

“I…. I…” I couldn’t speak. I was hyperventilating. The words were there but they were all jumbled and they wouldn’t come out of my mouth. Of the dozen texts and phone calls I had missed, the one from Zachary—an hour ago—was the one I showed Jeremy.

BETHY IS MISSING!!!!!

Then,

CALL ME!!!!!

Jeremy massaged my shoulders and Jocelyn poured me a glass of cold water. I took several deep breaths, then tapped Zach’s name in my contacts.

“Meredith.” A scratchy version of Zach’s voice cried out.

“I’m putting you on speaker.” I tapped the icon. “What happened? Did you find her?”

“I was hoping you had heard from her…”

“Zach.” Jeremy took the phone. “What happened, man?”

“Dude.” Zach’s voice infused with a sliver of courage. “We were gonna meet at the park before dinner but she never showed. I waited, called, texted. No response.”

“That’s not like her…” I slithered onto a deck chaise.

“Called Rai, but she left there at two. Rai said she was heading home to change and meet me at the park. Said she thought Bethy had some errands to run…”

“Zach?”

“I spotted her car outside Freshly’s so I ran in, but they hadn’t seen her. Not at Tattered Tales, either…”

“ZACHARY!”

“Her purse was on the ground by her car…” A sob came through the speaker.

“Where are you now, man?” Jeremy took the phone, offered a pleading look to his mother, and led me back around front to his bike. “We’re on the way.”

He handed my phone back to me. “He’s at the police station with your parents.”

Criss-crossing through Merida, Zach was on Covington Road within minutes, and back in Covington in record time.

“You go in.” He idled in front of the station. “I’ll park and meet you inside.”

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      Detective LeBlanc, a seasoned officer with salt and pepper hair and moustache, was a towering man. Serious in his work, and compassionate with victims and families in his cases, he had grilled Zachary, and Bethy’s parents. He had called Rai, who had joined them at the station, and Claire, who had neither seen nor talked to Bethy since she left Claire and Paige’s apartment at three. Moe had joined them as well, and now paced the small space.

Jeremy barreled into the squad room within minutes and wrapped his arms around Meredith.

Detective LeBlanc had called both the produce market and the bookstore, and sent two uniformed officers to interview potential witnesses.

“Got a lead for you, boss.” A young officer led a silver haired woman to the detective’s desk.

“Frida!” Beverly went to her friend. “Did you see her? Did you see our Bethy?”

Detective LeBlanc raised his hand. “Let me handle this, Mrs. Elliott.” For the giant of a man that he was, his voice was a soothing balm in an otherwise tense situation.

He got the woman’s name, Frida Callais, and confirmed that she was the owner of the bookshop Bethy frequented, and escorted her to the interview room.

Gritty sunlight streaked in through dusty windows, phones jangled, puncturing the taut mood, muted voices mumbled from around the cavernous space. A clock on the wall tick-ticked languishing minutes.

Twenty minutes passed, dusk shadowed the gray windows, officers came and went. Detective LeBlanc returned with Mrs. Callais.

Frida went to Beverly as the detective called out instructions to three officers.

“I saw them,” Frida told Beverly. She looked to the others gathered. “A big guy, really tall. Dirty blond hair, full beard. Filthy man—vulgar mouth. He was the leader. Four guys, they were watching her, I think she was going into Freshly’s. I was locking up early for the day and I saw him, heard him when I stepped outside to bring my sign in. He nodded at another fellow, scrawny kid, big scar on his arm. He was the one that grabbed her. Whispered something in her ear. Must have terrified her—I saw her face.” Frida held a sob.

“Big guy?” Jeremy pulled away from Meredith’s clinging arms. “Did you hear them? Did they call him Big Mac?”

“Yes!” Frida stood. “Yes, they did. They surely did.”

“Do you know them?” Todd, Bethy and Meredith’s dad, stood and faced Jeremy.

“I’m afraid I do.” He turned to the detective. “Detective?”

Detective LeBlanc turned.

“I know who took her.”

The detective led Jeremy into the interrogation room. They emerged within ten minutes.

Instructions turned to barked commands. Locations called out.

“I’m coming,” Jeremy moved to join the officers that gathered.

“No.” Detective LeBlanc was firm without being aggressive. “You are a civilian, and you don’t have a weapon.” He paused. “Do you?”

“No sir. I can’t—don’t.” He grabbed the detective’s arm as he turned away. “But I know these guys.”

Detective LeBlanc’s bushy brow raised a quarter of an inch.

“I, uh, used to hang with them.” He had, of course, confessed as much in the interrogation room. But Meredith’s parents—his fiancée’s parents—sat not five feet from him.

“Well now.” The detective’s big beefy arms crossed over his barrel chest. “You do have a point.” He turned to one of the uniformed officers. “Brad, get the man a vest.” And to Jeremy, “You stay low or I’ll send you back here. Got it?”

“Yes, sir.”

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 30 October 2022 –BOOK LAUNCH EVENT – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SUNDAY DEVOTION

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The name of Sunday’s feature, Front Porch Fellowship, came about… “Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.” And Father God meets me where I’m at, often on the Front Porch.

SUNDAY DEVOTION

This Christian walk is often mistaken for a religion. But it’s not so much “religion” as it is relationship. The very reason Father God created man was for relationship. He gave us rules, sure, and with good reason. Adam and Eve walked in the “cool of the day,” and I believe they walked with God. I believe we were never meant to leave the Garden of Eden.

Then Satan entered the picture. And lied.

From the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed, everything Father has done has been to restore us to relationship. All the rules and commandments are there for this reason. And when we focus on God and our relationship with Him, our lives are fuller, richer.

AND, we are less influenced by the enemy.

It’s hard to do in this swirling, dazzling world. So many distractions. So many temptations. That’s why He bids us, “Be still.” Shut out the noise and the chaos, and listen for His voice.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (NKJV) Psalm 46:10

Like seeking the wisdom of a trusted friend or spouse or parent, He asks us to seek Him, not the wisdom of the world, which is riddled with conflicting and confusing—and deceiving—answers and direction.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (NKJV) Matthew 6:33

Father has created each of us with our own special gifts and talents and abilities. But also with desires and longings that only He can fulfill. I believe He has placed particular desires within each of, and when we look to Him—and only when we look to Him—will we truly know the fullness of those longings.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (NKJV) Psalm 37:4

* All mention of God, other than specifically Father God, I am referencing the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

DEVOTIONAL EXCERPT – FORGIVING GOD

“Meredith, you need to forgive God.”

“Do what?” I was enveloped by a super wide faux leather chair with extra cushions in Tina Vanderlyn’s den. It felt like I was sitting in a hug.

“Have you forgiven God?”

“Ehmmm…”

“You’re mad at Him, yes?”

“Well, yeah.” I squirmed and choked on the words. I was massively ashamed to be mad at God. Admitting it aloud was mortifying. “But…”

She lifted her ruby colored coffee mug and took a dainty sip but said nothing.

“He’s holy and perfect and…” I lifted my own ruby mug and gulped. Clutching the mug as if I could hide behind it I managed my voice. Sort of. “He does no wrong. How do you forgive someone who never makes a mistake?”

“That’s a good question.” She reached for my hands, her neatly manicured hands suggesting her age but giving nothing away. “What does it mean to forgive?”

“It means that even though someone did something that hurt you, you can’t hold it over their head.”

Her head tipped sideways. “And…”

I stumbled for words. “I don’t understand.”

“Who benefits from forgiveness?”

“Well, the person who did whatever it was that was wrong.” Duh.

“Are you sure?”

I knew how a deer in the headlights must feel.

“Meredith.” She released my hands and sat back, crossing her long legs at the ankle. “My father was not a nice man. He was dishonest in his business and was a tyrant at home. He never struck me but we all lived in fear.”

I listened, sad about her childhood so different than mine. But I didn’t get the connection to our discussion.

“He died when I was fourteen and I was glad. We all were. My mother caught my sister and me doing a happy dance after the funeral. She brought us all down to the den, my brothers and all three of my sisters to ask us these same questions.”

“She was upset that you were glad your father was gone?” I was so confused.

“No, Meredith. That she understood. She was relieved herself.” Mrs. Vanderlyn leaned forward in her chair, crossing her arms on her knees. “She explained the true meaning of forgiveness.”

I waited.

“Forgiveness is giving the offender over to God. Justice is His, and His alone. Judgment is His—not ours. Your definition of forgiveness suggests that you, we, have the power to judge and mete out justice. Mother asked us if we had forgiven Father. We all snickered because, like you, we thought it ridiculous. ‘Why forgive a dead man,’ my oldest sister asked. ‘It won’t help him.’

“Mother caressed her Bible in her lap. ‘Forgiveness doesn’t set the offender free, Darcy. It sets the wounded free.’”

My brain was spinning. Forgive God?  “But…” Mrs. V stood and took both our mugs over to the kitchen to refresh our coffee.

Forgive. Release. Let it go. Thoughts swirled in my mind. And Papa God’s voice—Be free. Forgive and be free.

Mrs. V returned with fresh coffee and I gladly received the warm mug—to hide behind. We ended our session with her walking me through the mechanics of forgiving… God. It still seemed inside out but at the same time made perfect sense. Of course it makes perfect sense, dumb butt. It’s God’s plan.

We ended our afternoon visiting and chatting like old friends. (I still wondered how old she was but would never ask.) And I left her house feeling freer than I had in three and a half years. I let go of the dream, the plan I thought my life needed to be. Picturing myself when I was little and my Etch-a-Sketch quit sketching. I let Daddy have it to fix it; of course, I didn’t realize at the time it was beyond fixing. So when he brought me a new one, my five-year-old self thought he was the most “amazingest” daddy ever; I just knew he had fixed my favorite toy.

Now, I visualized myself handing my grown-up favorite thing—getting pregnant and giving birth—into Daddy God’s hands. He could fix my broken toy. Or He could give me a new one.

But it was up to Him. Me, whining and begging and pleading—and ranting—was poisoning my own heart. That afternoon, I knew that I had all I needed or could ever want. Me and Jere had a passel of kids—we were so blessed. I didn’t need to get pregnant anymore. God held that dream; it wasn’t mine to hold onto.

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 31 October 2022 –BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY THIRTY-ONE – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY THIRTY-ONE – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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I’m so EXCITED and I hope y’all will CELEBRATE with me! Finally, after four long years, I have a new book finished. One for the Price of Two, is the first book in the series, FourSquare. Release date is TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER. To celebrate, I’ve a whole series of LAUNCH EVENTS lined up…

LAUNCH EVENTS

Monday 24 October

Guest post with Author Maria Henriksen and #GIVEAWAY

Tuesday 25 October

Excerpt – You Got Glatheth and Regina Harbison

Wednesday 26 October

Excerpt – Stratton Stables – and special guest feature with Author Monique Bucheger and #GIVEAWAY

Thursday 27 October

Character interview with Bethy and Meredith

Friday 28 October

Guest post with Author Pat Nichols and #GIVEAWAY

Saturday 29 October

Cut scene and Excerpt – Care Bear Birthmark and Baby Duane

Sunday 30 October

Devotion and Excerpt – Forgiving God

Monday 31 October

Meet the Author (that’s me) and Excerpt – Bethy is Abducted

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Meet the Characters and Character Interview Part 2

THE LAUNCH

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

I will be hosting a party on Facebook, with giveaways, excerpts and cut scenes, and six fabulous guest hosts—C. Hope Clark, Linda K. Rodante, Jaime Jo Wright, Kathleen Denly, Heather Day Gilbert, and Chautona Havig.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1709867059388685/

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How identical is too identical?

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. Filling in for one another, switching places to prank their friends and to cover for one another in a pinch.

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

NOTE: This story deals with issues—miscarriage and infertility—that might be difficult for some readers.

BOOK ONE in the FOURSQUARE SERIES

Four stories of four couples who also happen to be four sets of twins.

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THE AUTHOR

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

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My characters struggle in some way for their identity. Their stories are their journey to know who God created them to be.

There is also a strong element of friends, family, and faith in all my stories, and the difference it makes to have such a support system.

I am a Christian and write from a Christian world view, but some of my characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Bible and the guidelines for life that we take for granted. My books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.

PAST SERIES

  • unsavory heritage series—seven generations, from Cissy to Connie, each with their own secrets, one of which is ugly and unsavory, and begins the curse they all bear
  • Seasons series—four friends, each one struggling to know the truth of just what happened when one of them plunged into the depths of the black waters of the Edisto River

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 31 October 2022 – DAILY SCRIPTURE – 1 PETER 5:8

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DAILY SCRIPTURE – 1 PETER 5:8

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ENGLISH / BÉARLA / WAMAREKANI / АНГЛИЙСКИЙ / ENGLISCH / ANGLAISE / INGLES

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV) 1 Peter 5:8

IRISH / GAEILGE

Bí sober, bí ar an airdeall; óir imíonn do namhaid an diabhal thart mar leon beoch, ag iarraidh an té a shluigfidh sé. (NKJV) 1 Peadar 5:8

SWAHILI / KISWAHILI

Mwe na kiasi, kukesha; kwa sababu mshitaki wenu Ibilisi, kama simba angurumaye, anazunguka-zunguka, akitafuta mtu ammeze. (NKJV) 1 Petro 5:8

RUSSIAN / РУССКИЙ

Будьте трезвыми, будьте бдительны; потому что противник ваш диавол ходит, как рыкающий лев, ища, кого поглотить. (NKJV) 1 Петра 5:8

GERMAN / DEUTSCH

Seid nüchtern und wacht! Denn euer Widersacher, der Teufel, geht umher wie ein brüllender Löwe und sucht, wen er verschlingen kann. (SCH 2000) 1 Petrus 5:8

FRENCH / FRANÇAISE

Soyez sobres, veillez. Votre adversaire, le diable, rôde comme un lion rugissant, cherchant qui il dévorera. (NEG 1979) 1 Pierre 5:8

SPANISH / ESPAÑOL

¡Estén alerta! Cuídense de su gran enemigo, el diablo, porque anda al acecho como un león rugiente, buscando a quién devorar. (NTV) 1 Pedro 5:8

* German, French, and Spanish Scripture translations are taken from my Bible Gateway app. Irish, Swahili, and Russian, however, are translated from NKJV via Google Translate app.

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DAILY SCRIPTURE – LEVITICUS 19:2

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ENGLISH / BÉARLA / WAMAREKANI / АНГЛИЙСКИЙ / ENGLISCH / ANGLAISE / INGLES

Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. (NKJV) Leviticus 19:2

IRISH / GAEILGE

Labhair le comhthionól chlann Iosrael go léir agus abair leo: ‘Beidh sibh naofa, óir tá mise an Tiarna bhur nDia naofa. (NKJV) Léivíteas 19:2

SWAHILI / KISWAHILI

Nena na mkutano wote wa wana wa Israeli, uwaambie, Mtakuwa watakatifu, kwa kuwa mimi Bwana, Mungu wenu, ni mtakatifu. ( NKJV) Mambo ya Walawi 19:2

RUSSIAN / РУССКИЙ

объяви всему обществу сынов Израилевых и скажи им: «Будьте святы, ибо Я Господь, Бог ваш, свят». (NKJV) Левит 19:2

GERMAN / DEUTSCH

Rede mit der ganzen Gemeinde der Kinder Israels und sprich zu ihnen: Ihr sollt heilig sein, denn ich bin heilig, der Herr, euer Gott! (SCH 2000) 3 Mose 19:2

FRENCH / FRANÇAISE

Parle à toute l’assemblée des enfants d’Israël, et tu leur diras: Soyez saints, car je suis saint, moi, l’Eternel, votre Dieu. (NEG 1979) Lévitique 19:2

SPANISH / ESPAÑOL

Da las siguientes instrucciones a toda la comunidad de Israel: sé santo porque yo, el Señor tu Dios, soy santo. (NTV) Levítico 19:2

* German, French, and Spanish Scripture translations are taken from my Bible Gateway app. Irish, Swahili, and Russian, however, are translated from NKJV via Google Translate app.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 29 October 2022 –BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY TWENTY-NINE – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY TWENTY-NINE – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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I’m so EXCITED and I hope y’all will CELEBRATE with me! Finally, after four long years, I have a new book finished. One for the Price of Two, is the first book in the series, FourSquare. Release date is TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER. To celebrate, I’ve a whole series of LAUNCH EVENTS lined up…

LAUNCH EVENTS

Monday 24 October

Guest post with Author Maria Henriksen and #GIVEAWAY

Tuesday 25 October

Excerpt – You Got Glatheth and Regina Harbison

Wednesday 26 October

Excerpt – Stratton Stables – and special guest feature with Author Monique Bucheger and #GIVEAWAY

Thursday 27 October

Character interview with Bethy and Meredith

Friday 28 October

Guest post with Author Pat Nichols and #GIVEAWAY

Saturday 29 October

Cut scene and Excerpt – Care Bear Birthmark and Baby Duane

Sunday 30 October

Devotion and Excerpt – Forgiving God

Monday 31 October

Meet the Author (that’s me) and Excerpt – Bethy is Abducted

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Meet the Characters and Character Interview Part 2

THE LAUNCH

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

I will be hosting a party on Facebook, including fabulous guest hosts, a giveaway, excerpts, and cut scenes.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1709867059388685/

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THE BLURB

How identical is too identical?

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. Filling in for one another, switching places to prank their friends and to cover for one another in a pinch.

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

NOTE: This story deals with issues—miscarriage and infertility—that might be difficult for some readers.

BOOK ONE in the FOURSQUARE SERIES

Four stories of four couples who also happen to be four sets of twins.

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THE AUTHOR

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

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My characters struggle in some way for their identity. Their stories are their journey to know who God created them to be.

There is also a strong element of friends, family, and faith in all my stories, and the difference it makes to have such a support system.

I am a Christian and write from a Christian world view, but some of my characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Bible and the guidelines for life that we take for granted. My books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.

PAST SERIES

  • unsavory heritage series—seven generations, from Cissy to Connie, each with their own secrets, one of which is ugly and unsavory, and begins the curse they all bear
  • Seasons series—four friends, each one struggling to know the truth of just what happened when one of them plunged into the depths of the black waters of the Edisto River

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

https://twitter.com/RobinEMason1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

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#Blogwords, Book Release Event, October Countdown, Day Twenty-Nine, One for the Price of Two, Robin E. Mason, FourSquare

#OneforthePriceofTwo

#FourSquareBook1

#twinfiction

#twinsmarryingtwins

#miscarriage

#infertilityandadoption

#twinconflict

#comingsoon

#amwriting

#amediting

#fictionwriting

#faithfiction

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 29 October 2022 – DAILY SCRIPTURE – ROMANS 1:16

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DAILY SCRIPTURE – ROMANS 1:16

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ENGLISH / BÉARLA / WAMAREKANI / АНГЛИЙСКИЙ / ENGLISCH / ANGLAISE / INGLES

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (NKJV) Romans 1:16

IRISH / GAEILGE

Óir níl náire orm faoi shoiscéal Chríost, mar is é cumhacht Dé é chun slánaithe do gach duine a chreideann, don Ghiúdach ar dtús agus don Ghréagach freisin. (NKJV) Rómhánaigh 1:16

SWAHILI / KISWAHILI

Kwa maana siionei haya Injili, kwa maana ni uweza wa Mungu uletao wokovu kwa kila aaminiye, kwa Myahudi kwanza na kwa Myunani pia. (NKJV) Warumi 1:16

RUSSIAN / РУССКИЙ

Ибо я не стыжусь благовествования Христова, ибо оно есть сила Божия ко спасению всякому верующему, во-первых, Иудею, а также и Еллину. (NKJV) Римлянам 1:16

GERMAN / DEUTSCH

Denn ich schäme mich des Evangeliums von Christus nicht; denn es ist Gottes Kraft zur Errettung für jeden, der glaubt, zuerst für den Juden, dann auch für den Griechen. (SCH 2000) Römer 1:16

FRENCH / FRANÇAISE

Car je n’ai point honte de l’Evangile: c’est la puissance de Dieu pour le salut de quiconque croit, du Juif premièrement, puis du Grec. (NEG 1979) Romains 1:16

SPANISH / ESPAÑOL

Pues no me avergüenzo de la Buena Noticia acerca de Cristo, porque es poder de Dios en acción para salvar a todos los que creen, a los judíos primero y también a los gentiles. (NTV) Romanos 1:16

* German, French, and Spanish Scripture translations are taken from my Bible Gateway app. Irish, Swahili, and Russian, however, are translated from NKJV via Google Translate app.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 29 October 2022 –BOOK LAUNCH EVENT – EXCERPTS

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BOOK LAUNCH EVENT – EXCERPTS

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EXCERPT – CARE BEAR BIRTHMARK

“Bethy?” Aunt Liz called her namesake. It was a month before their first birthday.

Liz mistakenly scooped up the toddling Mere.

“Liz,” Beverly made the switch for her sister. “This is Bethy.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m sure.” Bev lifted Bethy’s wrist. “We tied a pink ribbon on Beth—where’s the ribbon?” Beverly lifted her small child’s sweater, even peeped in the knitted tights, scanned the room. “There it is.”

On the floor. Next to Barky’s water dish. In the puddle of water that was supposed to be in the dish.

“Todd!” Beverly called down the hall to her husband’s home office. “Todd!”

“How did she get it off?” Todd reached for the shredded ribbon as he came in the den. “Muffin.”

“We’ve got to find some way to tell them apart.”

“Doesn’t one of them have a birthmark?” Liz played peek-a-boo with the twin she was holding.

Bev and Todd exchanged amused glances.

“Butt mark.” Two-year-old Moe announced, tumbling into the room and dragging a yellow ribbon that the kitten, Muffin, was chasing. “Butt mark,” he repeated. “Butt mark. Butt mark.”

“That’s right.” Liz laughed. “A heart. Like a Care Bear. Right on her tiny hiney.”

EXCERPT – BABY DUANE

“Mere, you’re a natural!” Sophi marveled. “I haven’t been able to get him to calm down all day.”

Just three months old, Duane was my newest nephew. And my newest heartbreak. Part of me couldn’t stand to be close to the babies. But part of me had to. Had to hold him and cuddle him… and pretend he was mine.

“I don’t think he’s colicky, just gassy.” I patted his back and rubbed in circles. “Did you change formula?”

“No but I think we need to.” Sophi had nursed Jack till his first birthday, but Duane hadn’t thrived on breast milk, and their pediatrician had prescribed formula. “I already left a message with Dr. Shapiro to call me on Monday.”

“You’ll probably have to take him in.” The baby now slept peacefully in my arms. Both torture and bliss. “B says Dr. Shapiro is pretty particular.”

“He sure is!” Sophi reached for her son. “When are you and Jeremy going to have a baby? You’re so good with kids, Mere. I mean, Cora’s a different child.” She nodded at Madi and Cora playing tag with their cousin, Faith, and a girl who looked familiar. “A year ago she would barely speak.”

“Yeah, she’s a pretty special kid.” I watched as Cora climbed the ladder to the treehouse Dad and the guys had built. In a moment of boldness, or perhaps a total lapse of mental capacity, I turned to Sophi and drew a steadying breath. “Me and Jere are trying. Guess it’ll happen when God decides it’s time?” I hope it happens…

“You’re right about that.” Sophi laughed. “Both our boys were a surprise. I mean, we wanted kids but we never really talked about it, and we sure didn’t make plans. We weren’t really trying, ya know?”

I didn’t know but I just nodded.

“I really want a girl next time—next time!” Sophi laughed. “Listen to me. This little guy isn’t even four months yet and I’m talking about next time.” She nudged me. “By then you’ll have one of your own, though, right?”

“Sure.” I mumbled. “I hope so.” I lifted my plastic tumbler and rattled the ice. “Need a refill.”

Leaning on the counter, looking out the window, I watched. And contemplated. And questioned God.

Why, God? Why give me this deep desire only to deny it? Why allow me this longing if You’re just going to make me barren? Is this how Sarah felt? WAIT! Do I have to wait till I’m ninety to have a baby? It doesn’t work that way, not now, not like it did then

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#Blogwords, Book Launch Event, #Excerpts, One for the Price of Two, Robin E. Mason, FourSquare

#OneforthePriceofTwo

#FourSquareBook1

#twinfiction

#twinsmarryingtwins

#miscarriage

#infertilityandadoption

#twinconflict

#comingsoon

#amwriting

#amediting

#fictionwriting

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 28 October 2022 –BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY TWENTY-EIGHT – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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BOOK RELEASE EVENT – OCTOBER COUNTDOWN – DAY TWENTY-EIGHT – ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO by ROBIN E. MASON

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I’m so EXCITED and I hope y’all will CELEBRATE with me! Finally, after four long years, I have a new book finished. One for the Price of Two, is the first book in the series, FourSquare. Release date is TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER. To celebrate, I’ve a whole series of LAUNCH EVENTS lined up…

LAUNCH EVENTS

Monday 24 October

Guest post with Author Maria Henriksen and #GIVEAWAY

Tuesday 25 October

Excerpt – You Got Glatheth and Regina Harbison

Wednesday 26 October

Excerpt – Stratton Stables – and special guest feature with Author Monique Bucheger and #GIVEAWAY

Thursday 27 October

Character interview with Bethy and Meredith

Friday 28 October

Guest post with Author Pat Nichols and #GIVEAWAY

Saturday 29 October

Cut scene and Excerpt – Care Bear Birthmark and Baby Duane

Sunday 30 October

Devotion and Excerpt – Forgiving God

Monday 31 October

Meet the Author (that’s me) and Excerpt – Bethy is Abducted

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Meet the Characters

THE LAUNCH

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

I will be hosting a party on Facebook, including fabulous guest hosts, a giveaway, excerpts, and cut scenes.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1709867059388685/

Slide1

THE BLURB

How identical is too identical?

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. Filling in for one another, switching places to prank their friends and to cover for one another in a pinch.

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

NOTE: This story deals with issues—miscarriage and infertility—that might be difficult for some readers.

BOOK ONE in the FOURSQUARE SERIES

Four stories of four couples who also happen to be four sets of twins.

fleuron - 45

THE AUTHOR

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

rem pic

My characters struggle in some way for their identity. Their stories are their journey to know who God created them to be.

There is also a strong element of friends, family, and faith in all my stories, and the difference it makes to have such a support system.

I am a Christian and write from a Christian world view, but some of my characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Bible and the guidelines for life that we take for granted. My books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.

PAST SERIES

  • unsavory heritage series—seven generations, from Cissy to Connie, each with their own secrets, one of which is ugly and unsavory, and begins the curse they all bear
  • Seasons series—four friends, each one struggling to know the truth of just what happened when one of them plunged into the depths of the black waters of the Edisto River

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

https://twitter.com/RobinEMason1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

rem books banner

#Blogwords, Book Release Event, October Countdown, Day Twenty-Eight, One for the Price of Two, Robin E. Mason, FourSquare

#OneforthePriceofTwo

#FourSquareBook1

#twinfiction

#twinsmarryingtwins

#miscarriage

#infertilityandadoption

#twinconflict

#comingsoon

#amwriting

#amediting

#fictionwriting

#faithfiction

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 28 October 2022 – DAILY SCRIPTURE – JOHN 14:6

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DAILY SCRIPTURE – JOHN 14:6

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ENGLISH / BÉARLA / WAMAREKANI / АНГЛИЙСКИЙ / ENGLISCH / ANGLAISE / INGLES

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (NKJV) John 14:6

IRISH / GAEILGE

Dúirt Íosa leis: “Is mise an bealach, an fhírinne, agus an bheatha. Ní thagann aon duine go dtí an tAthair ach tríomsa. (NKJV) Eoin 14:6

SWAHILI / KISWAHILI

Yesu akamwambia, “Mimi ndimi njia, na kweli, na uzima. mtu haji kwa Baba ila kwa njia ya mimi. (NKJV) Yohana 14:6

RUSSIAN / РУССКИЙ

Иисус сказал ему: «Я есмь путь, истина и жизнь. Никто не приходит к Отцу, кроме как через Меня. (NKJV) Иоанна 14:6

GERMAN / DEUTSCH

Jesus spricht zu ihm: Ich bin der Weg und die Wahrheit und das Leben; niemand kommt zum Vater als nur durch mich! (SCH 2000) Johannes 14:6

FRENCH / FRANÇAISE

Jésus lui dit: Je suis le chemin, la vérité, et la vie. Nul ne vient au Père que par moi. (NEG 1979) Jean 14:6

SPANISH / ESPAÑOL

Jesús le contestó:

—Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida; nadie puede ir al Padre si no es por medio de mí. (NTV) Juan 14:6

* German, French, and Spanish Scripture translations are taken from my Bible Gateway app. Irish, Swahili, and Russian, however, are translated from NKJV via Google Translate app.

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