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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 4 April 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off the top of Versailles.”

 

“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!”

 

Ya’ll, I.just.can’t. I’m so far behind and things are slipping through my fingers. Except for Front Porch Fellowship on Sundays, Robin’s Nest will be silent for the month of April. I mean, #TheWhisperingWindsofSpring releases in May and ya’ll want a book when it does, right…..

 

 

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

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Robin’s Nest on Hiatus, The Whispering Winds of Spring

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 8 April 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE THINGS (repost)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE THINGS

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Phillipians 4:13

 

I used to think this meant I had to do ALL | THE | THINGS.

 

It does not. It means I can do the things He asks me to do.

 

Which is a lot of words to say, I’ve learned to say, “No.”

 

Which is why the blog is on hiatus for the month of April.

 

So it’s really Father telling me to write first and then blog second. ‘cause, you know, there’s only so much of robin to go around…  * plus I’m just.so.sleepy today…

 

Which, really, goes back to last week’s Front Porch Fellowship, To Become Like Him, and relationship,

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/blogwords-sunday-1-april-2018-front-porch-fellowship-easter-sunday-to-become-like-him/

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, All the Things, Phillipians 4:13

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 4 April 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off the top of Versailles.”

 

“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!”

 

Ya’ll, I.just.can’t. I’m so far behind and things are slipping through my fingers. Except for Front Porch Fellowship on Sundays, Robin’s Nest will be silent for the month of April. I mean, #TheWhisperingWindsofSpring releases in May and ya’ll want a book when it does, right…..

 

 

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

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Robin’s Nest on Hiatus, The Whispering Winds of Spring

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 April 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

THE BLURB:

Lance Michelli had traveled to his grandmother Antonia’s old villa in Sonoma to find the truth behind the secrets of her past. There he met Rese Barrett, the woman who now owns the villa and hides secrets of her own. Now Lance has returned to his grandmother with both Rese and the answers he has found. But Antonia refuses to hear what he has to say. Has she really misunderstood the events of that dark night so long ago? Antonia sends Lance on another quest. But this time he discovers that the past has influenced the present far more than anyone realizes. Lance is caught between the two women he loves as he uncovers unforgotten truths that could change them all forever.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Mere words cannot convey the power and the impact of this story. Layer after layer of truth and humanity. Loyalty and betrayal, conflict and fear. Secrets and sacrifice. Love and victory.

 

I identified in a way, with Rese, denying herself love and attachment. And I really identified with Lance, feeling it was his burden to fix… everything… for everyone…

And yet, I grew angry and impatient with both of them for doing exactly that! I cried with them and laughed with them and, well, swooned for them.

Ms. Heitzmann may have just outdone herself with this story. Such powerful impact, so many threads woven together—it seems so impossible for to tie them all together. But Ms. Heitzmann not only does so, but does it so beautifully. Not only is there meaning and purpose in the seeming fragmented bits, but, as in life, they all overlap to create the whole.

 

A rich and deep and textured story that keeps me turning pages.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

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

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Unforgotten, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelli Family Series, Secrets, Echoes

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 1 April 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

As Christians, we seem to compartmentalize this this thing we call faith. In December we revel in Christ’s birth, God becoming man. At Easter, we mourn His sacrifice, and rejoice He resurrection. And somewhere in between, we await His triumphant return.

 

My mind, though, as it is wont to do, picks it all apart like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle right out of the box. And as my mind is also wont to do—rather, as Holy Spirit takes my musings—I go back to the beginning. Genesis.

 

Which begs the question, “why?”

 

Why did Father God bother with creation at all? What was His purpose and motive? His intention?

 

One word.

 

 

Which begs the question, was God lonely? I don’t believe so, no, not at all. this just in… I believe that because He is love, and has so much love to give, He simply made more creatures to love, to pour His love into.

 

And, as nothing takes Him by surprise, He also knew His creation would let Him down, turn away from Him… betray Him. Even before creation, He knew all this would happen—but He did it anyway. Created us. And He had a plan to fix it.

 

 

Because He knew going in what would happen. Already one of His angels had turned away. And Father God knew that Lucifer would try to rob His creation from fellowship with Him. It looked quite successful, too, for a few millennia. But God is outside of time, and in the grand scope of things, it really wasn’t but a blink of His eye.

 

I almost pity Satan at that moment, thinking he had finally done it. Finally won, thinking he had defeated Christ. Thinking he had put our Savior to death—he didn’t of course. Christ offered Himself as the sacrifice to unite us with Father, once and for all time. Poor Satan was just the minion in Father’s hand to manifest it… to manifest His Glory.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzR4HKbi9w

 

 

See, I picture the Holy Trinity sitting up in heaven, on their bean bag chairs made of clouds, watching us down here, coaching us, laughing with us—or at us—weeping with us. Holy Spirit speaks to us, in us, through us.

 

It’s relationship, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

 

God is. Timeless… “who was, and is, and is to come…” He is outside of time, He is eternal.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWK4wbBCCPA

 

It’s all for us. Everything Father does, or thinks, or says, His very breath even—Holy Spirit—His heartbeat is for us. For fellowship.

 

 

And because He is, we are.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Easter Sunday, He is Risen, To Become Like Him, Fellowship, The Easter Story, Relationship, He Is, We Are

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BLOGWORDS – 31 March 2018 – NEWSLETTER – a little birdie told me

31 March 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Edition VII

 

Roll Call

HALLLOOO!!!

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

The Bird House Book Club

What I am / have been reading!

High Treason by DiAnn Mills

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Unforgotten by Kristen Heitzmann

 

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

New on Facebook—a group just for my readers!! Ya’ll this seriously trips me out! 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 (languishing and sadly neglected) 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.”

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

 

Robin’s Nest, Stories by Design

Writing first, blog second. Is that rude? Perhaps, but the blog supports the writing and if there’s no writing, then the blog is, well, a solo act. And while I love blogging, and welcoming readers and other authors, writing is my first love. I have guest post topics for the rest of the year, if not actual guests… Interviews will reappear hopefully in June, possibly as early as May—and I do have the fellas lined up for Manly Man July Interview Blitz so there’s that at least…

 

Seasons, the Series

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

The Long Shadows of Summer…

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

The Long Shadows of Summer, available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Long-Shadows-summer-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B07569MM8S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

…and The Tilting Leaves of Autumn…

Scarlett was the shrinking violet in the group. Faithful to her friends, and hiding secrets of her own. When Mercedes steps in to rescue her, she unknowlingly plucks the thread that unravels Scarlett’s whole world.

But as Scarlett strives to hold fast to what is familiar the fabric of her life continues to come undone and secrets that are best kept hidden are exposed.

 

The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tilting-Leaves-Autumn-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B077PYCZG3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Leave a comment or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com for a sample chapter.

 

… The Silent Song of Winter…

Pearl had lived under the impossible taskmaster of perfection. Nothing she does or ever did pleased her mother. And nothing she ever did could disappoint her father.

Caught up in the mystery of her friend’s curious—and secretive—return, Pearl wrestles with her own decisions, and flees lest her own secrets are exposed.

 

The Silent Song of Winter, available now on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Song-Winter-Seasons-Book-ebook/dp/B079YZTZYD/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

… COMNG IN MAY—The Whispering Winds of Spring

Simone Bishop’s life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons fifteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes, Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

* not the final cover

The final chapter of Seasons, The Whispering Winds of Spring.

 

COVER REVEAL 11 MAY

RELEASES 31 MAY

 

Seasons is ONE | GIANT | STORY, told by four main characters, each with their own contribution and perspective to the story. One set of characters, one fictional setting, one timeframe to research (1912 – 1913.) And it concludes with The Whispering Winds of Spring.

(seriously, ya’ll, this series has whipped my butt!! LOL)

Leave a comment with your email for a copy of the first chapter. If you don’t want your email public, send it to me privately at robinemason212@gmail.com.

 

Coming in 2019

Yes, I’ve got my next series in mind, The Steppe House. A literary tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Steppe House is fashioned after Mr. Wright’s Falling Water House. Built into the side of a mountain, each of seven (I think) levels is home to a different family, each with their own story. It’s set in the 1940’s, a la Dame Agatha Christie, along the lines of Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None,) and there is a character named Francis Llewellyn Wiggins; beyond that, I don’t know much about it at all.

 

This summer, after Seasons wraps up and my surgery (see below), I plan to write a fun departure from deep dark secrets, One for the Price of Two. Twins Elizabeth and Meredith are so identical their parents can’t even tell them apart.

 

BUT FIRST

A Christmas novella, The Key on the Christmas Tree.

I started this story a while back as part of a series, The Key, and have a short story, The Key in the Mailbox, included in an anthology by my friend, Mary Blowers, Blood Moon, and can be found on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Moon-Anthologies-Heart-2/dp/1511811897/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

* not the final cover

Facebook Live

Technical difficulties…

 

All in the Family

 

 

I am so proud of my oldest son, Doug. After twenty-plus years of drinking, he has been sober for over a year now. HUGE shout out for a HUGE accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son #2, Russell, is a biker. He has ridden in the Ride for a Cure for a couple of years, and will be riding again this summer. The link for anyone who would care to donate (or share) is:

 

 

 

https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?idb=1450210931&df_id=35220&35220.donation=form1&FR_ID=10937&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=13229140&PROXY_TYPE=20

 

 

 

My poor daughter, Maggie, has had a most horrific struggle with asthma complicated by allergies and, sadly, smoking. After yet another trip to the ER, this time in an ambulance, she is making every effort to quit smoking. I have read / heard that is the single most difficult addiction to break!

 

 

 

The Knewbie Kneebie, Part 2

Scheduled for Tuesday 26 June! After the book launch and blog tours, after this amazing series is done and I am SO excited! Reviews may or may not happen later in the year as I plan to read whilst recovering, and work at a more leisurely pace (yeah right! bwahahahah) on the Christmas novella and the twin story before launching (see what I did there?) into the next series.

 

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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A Little Birdie Told Me, #newsletter, Roll Call, Bird House Book Club, Friends of Authors Society, Robin’s Readers Flock, Seasons, the Series, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Spring, The Whispering Winds of Spring, Coming in 2019, The Steppe House, The Key on the Christmas Tree, Facebook Live, All in the Family, The Knewbie Kneebie, Manifesto and Author Tag

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 March 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel, “Little Women,” is the story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Loosely based upon the author’s own experiences with her three sisters, the novel is a classic coming of age story which follows the development of the young women into adulthood. Set against the backdrop of the American civil war, the story begins to unfold during Christmastime. With their father away at war, the family must endure great poverty induced hardship, often times going hungry. Central to the theme of the novel is the issue of overcoming one’s character flaws. For Meg it is vanity; Jo, temper; Beth, shyness; and Amy, selfishness. Through the various activities of the four sisters told throughout the novel lessons are learned of the consequences of these particular flaws. “Little Women” was an instant success and popular favorite ever since its original publication in 1868, spawning many sequels which Alcott’s readers clamored for.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumble Jo, lying on the rug.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Confession: I don’t remember ever reading this! GASP Shocking, I know! (That’s not to say I didn’t, I just don’t remember… ) But a) it’s a classic, and b) I have seen the movie—GASP Not the same, I know…
It has endured and still stands as a classic, a story readers come back to again and again. That speaks for itself! And for me, the dynamic of family wins the story in my (ahem) book!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

Gotta give it five feathers!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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