Fiction Faith & Foodies

Fiction Faith & Foodies: January 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

thanks givings...

~ for the kickoff of the US golf season. Not that I enjoy watching golf, I don't. But hubby does. So you know what that means. I enjoyed an afternoon kicking back in my recliner with a great book! Mmm...
~ sausage and pineapple pizza. Yummy! 
~ that second when the sun glides up over the horizon, hurling the darkness away and ushering light in, feeling that sense of awe, realizing I didn't have a thing to do with it. How great is our God?
~ North Carolina. The land flowing with milk and honey. And Carolina blue skies...

What about you?
What are your thanks givings this week?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Call for Submissions: White Rose Publishing & Harbourlight Books



Pelican Book Group is seeking manuscripts to fill a special 2012 holiday release extravaganza. We are currently seeking novelette to novella length stories (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) to fill twenty-four
special slots. Stories may fit either the White Rose Publishing (romance) or the Harbourlight Books (general fiction) imprint, but must have a Christmas theme. Submissions must be received on or before 1 May 2012.

Stories must be Christian fiction, may be contemporary or historical, and may fall under any subgenre (e.g. romantic suspense, sci-fi,) To submit, please use the submission form found on our website. ( ) Be sure to include: CHRISTMAS SUBMISSION in the additional notes section.

In addition, Pelican Book Group is always open to general submissions. Full submission guidelines may be found at

For more information about White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books please visit our website at or read some of our titles. Our books are available local and online retailers such as Amazon, ARe, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Sony.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Review of AFTER THE FIRE by Clare Revell

What a wild ride in After The Fire!

Meet Freddie Flynn, a maverick Private Investigator battling bitterness and blaming God for her broken relationship, and Jason Bryant, an ex-missionary pilot who takes a position working in “Uncle” Edwin’s private investigative firm.

Ms. Revell did a great job setting up the conflict between Freddie and Jason. Shocked to see a file showing Freddie’s name linked with betrayal and corruption within the private investigative firm, Jason determines to prove her innocence. Freddie is not thrilled that Jason is now her boss, but she likes it even less when Jason forces her to work with him on a case.

Ms. Revell created a sweet romance within a beautiful setting, but don’t let that fool you. There’s plenty of action in this book as Freddie and Jason work to uncover the truth. Just when you think you’re near “The End,” Ms. Revell pulls out a few more surprises. Five stars for After The Fire!

After The Fire releases with White Rose Publishing on February 17th.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. I received no compensation for my fair and unbiased review.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Live in Greensboro, NC? Join me today...

Want to know more about writing a book?
The publishing process? 

Join me tonight at the

Hemphill Branch Library
City of Greensboro NC
2301 W. Vandalia Rd
Greensboro, NC

Starting at 7 p.m.
Copies of Journey's End will be on sale after the program.

Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Live in Shelby, NC? Stop by on Tuesday...

Let's talk inspirational romance. 
Myra Johnson
Jennifer Hudson Taylor 
Dora Hiers
at the 

Cleveland County Memorial Library

104 Howie Drive, Shelby, NC
on Tuesday, January 24
from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Purchase signed copies of books from all three authors after the program.
Hope to see you there!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

My Review of HEARTS KEY by Marianne Evans

A sweet, irresistible romance from the first page to the last…

My review:

Hearts Key opens with a heart-wrenching scene, the dissolution of a marriage. Once a vibrant youth leader, Amy Samuels barely escapes her husband’s drunken rage with her daughter, Pyper. Estranged from family and friends because of her husband’s abusive behavior, Amy places a collect call to her former pastor for help.

A year later, settled within the loving arms of the Woodland Church family, Amy and Pyper begin the healing process. Hiding behind the safety of a camera lens, Amy arrives at Woodland Church to shoot the homecoming of Tyler Brock. Tyler Brock, whose love she’d tossed aside because she’d been enamored with football star, Mark Samuels. Now a powerhouse in Christian music, Tyler is still the gentle, faithful guy Amy knew in high school. And he still loves her. With his gentle spirit, Tyler breaks down Pyper’s fearful “male” barrier and reminds Amy that God’s love is all she needs to overcome her self-doubts.

I have to admit that once Tyler entered the scene, I wondered if Ms. Evans would be able to sustain the book, but did she ever deliver! Not only does Tyler battle his own fears when an agent woos him with crossing over into mainstream music, but he also helps break down Amy and Pyper’s insecurities. Ms. Evans built the romantic tension to such a level that I found myself whispering, “Kiss her! Just kiss her already!”

Hearts Key is a sweet, irresistible romance from the first page to the last! Even at two hundred and fifty four pages, I wasn’t ready for Hearts Key to end. Sadly, Hearts Key is the last in the series, but that won’t stop me from going back and reading the first three books. Congratulations, Ms. Evans. Five stars from this reader!

Available with White Rose Publishing.

Disclaimer: An unbiased review, based on my purchase of this book.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012


Another contract!

White Rose Publishing contracted
Journey's Embrace
~ 3rd book in the Marshals of Journey Creek series.

What a spectacular way to celebrate the New Year! 
I'm looking forward to an awesome 2012.
All Glory to God!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

My Review of LOST IN LONE CREEK by Mary Manners

Great book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon…
Ms. Manners tugs you right in to the sights and smells of Lone Creek Ranch where you’ll want to kick your cowboy boots up on the coffee table and sit back with your coffee mug and linger awhile. Lost in Lone Creek is the perfect size to curl up with on the couch for a couple hours on a rainy afternoon, but at seventy-three delicious pages, you’ll wish it were longer.
Land Developer Jessica Tate isn’t so likeable when she first appears at Lone Creek Ranch in her high-heeled pumps, designer sunglasses and snooty attitude. Although Rancher Carson Merrill hasn’t seen Jessica since she stomped away a year ago, that doesn’t stop him from looking past her bitter exterior into the heart of the girl he fell in love with and planned to marry. With Carson’s gentle encouragement, Jessica’s attitude melts, along with the brick wall she’d erected since her brother’s accident, making it impossible not to fall in love with this cowboy.      
A sweet, irresistible romance, Lost in Lone Creek is the first in the series. As usual, Ms. Manners leaves us eagerly waiting for the next book. Congratulations, Ms. Manners. Five stars from this reader!
Available now with White Rose Publishing
Disclaimer: An unbiased review, based on my purchase of this book. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

thanks givings

~ for a hubby who loves to tuck himself into a mountain cabin, and eat out, as much as I do.
Hubby and I with our golden, Bruiser
~ for relaxing, sweet fellowship with family.

~ for spectacular sunrises

~ For libraries and library staffs. In these times of budget cutbacks, libraries always seem to get the short end of the budget stick, but they do the best they can, and always with a smile and kind words. What would we do without libraries? 

~ for freshly cleaned carpets

What about you?
What are your thanks givings this week?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Where I'll be in January...

2012 is shaping up to be a busy year! I'm so excited to share these upcoming events with you. If you're in the neighborhood, I would love for you to stop by.

Tuesday, 1/24/2012
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join Myra Johnson, Jennifer Hudson Taylor and me at the Cleveland County Memorial Library, 104 Howie Drive, Shelby, NC. Let's talk inspirational romance! Books will be on sale after the program.

Wednesday, 1/25/2012
7:00 pm
Join me for a brief presentation about how my life has changed since becoming a writer, a description of heart racing, God-gracing books, and a brief glimpse into the publishing process. Books will be on sale after the program.
City of Greensboro NC/Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd, Greensboro, NC

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