Monday, April 24, 2017

We Cannot Save the Ones We Love





Guest post By Christine Lindsay

We humans were created with a wide variety of personality bents. A
strong trait in my family is that of “caregiver.” Scientific lists
describe this attribute as a “savior” type, or supporter. Certainly not a
bad thing, and a characteristic we find in most doctors or nurses,
firemen, police officers, and so on.


But personality traits can have a negative aspect as well as the positive. Some of us can carry this virtue to a fault.

How can one be faulted for having strong desires to help others? Unless
your kind of service, your fixing of the situation, actually hinders God
from doing what He wants to do in that person’s life.

Have you ever stopped in the middle of helping others out of a jam, and
thought, maybe it would be better if they took their lumps and learned
from their unhappy circumstances?




As parents, we use a “time out” session or some other form of discipline to teach our kids about life. God does the same thing.

In my latest historical romance Sofi’s Bridge, both the hero and the
heroine are “savior” or “supporter” personality types. Sofi’s Bridge
showcases the valuable truth, that these characters, alone, cannot save
their loved ones. In fact, in both Sofi and Neil, their traits to “save”
others actually deepens the trough of predicaments, grief and despair
in the lives of the people they want to help most.

Here is a brief excerpt from Sofi’s Bridge where Irish hero Neil learns this important spiritual lesson:

Back when Neil and Jimmy were only lads, the two of them hanging on to
their father’s hand as they walked to church on a Sunday morn. Bells
chimed all over Belfast. Inside the gray stone building, Neil had
listened to the minister preach of what Christ had done on the cross for
all mankind, taking the punishment that people like him deserved.

Now in this jail cell, Neil sat up and leaned his elbows on his knees.
His hands dangled between them like heavy weights. As a boy he’d
believed in what Jesus had done. But as an adult he’d demeaned that
sacrifice. Instead, he’d tried to be Jimmy’s savior. But how could he
save anyone, him a fallible human being?
Both Sofi and Neil must learn that sometimes true love is letting the
people we love go through difficult times, and not manipulating the
circumstances to alleviate their discomfort. True love means placing
them in the hands of God, even if it will hurt them and us for a while.



 About Christine: Irish born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction and non-fiction. Readers describe her writing as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama.

Christine's fictional novels have garnered the ACFW Genesis Award, The Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award, and was a finalist twice for Readers’ Favorite as well as 2nd place in RWA’s Faith Hope and Love contest.


This author’s non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me is the true-life story that started this award-winning career in Christian fiction and non-fiction. This book is a must for anyone whose life has been touched by adoption. Christine is currently writing a new fictional series set on the majestic coast of Ireland and loaded with her use of setting as a character that will sweep the reader away. Subscribe to her newsletter on her website www.christinelindsay.org




https://www.amazon.com/Sofis-Bridge-Christine-Lindsay-ebook/dp/B015M9SR6C
About the Book: Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to rotect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father's
death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a
sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue
her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade
Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them.
But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the
handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she
trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized
sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Nei, the gardener
continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man
wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love
will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Author Spotlight: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey





Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with a message.”





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AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years, returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host of others add to the fun and excitement.

 A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”


About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material, having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the safety of Davis's daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history teacher who happens to be his daughter's roommate.

Friday, April 14, 2017

What do 1940's Movies and "Alice's Notions" have to do with each other?

Please welcome Tamera Lynn Kraft as my Guest Blogger today. We're featuring her brand new release, Alice's Notions, plus a bit of 'the story behind the story.'

 Hi, Tamera, let's chat. First, tell us about the book.


Book Title: Alice’s Notions
Author Name: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Publisher: Desert Breeze
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Christian Historical Romantic Suspense
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Target Audience: Christian Women

Brief Synopsis:

In this quaint mountain town, things aren't always what they seem.

World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn't know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn't know who she can trust.

 How Classic Movies from the 1940's Made Their Way into My Latest Novel

By Tamera Lynn Kraft

One thing I loved about writing my post World War Two novel was my main character’s passion for movies. Alice Brighton and her late husband loved to go to movies on Friday nights. Now, even after the war made her a widow, Alice still loves movies and compares everyone she meets to a movie character.

Of course for Alice, all these wonderful classic movies and movie stars and a part of her culture, but for me, it was so much fun because I love classic movies. In the novel, Alice compares her landlord to Cary Grant. Cary Grant is one of my favorites. After starring in movies like Suspicion, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Notorious, Grant was one of the biggest stars around in 1946 when Alice’s Notions takes place. My favorite Cary Grant movie wouldn’t be made until a few years later. An Affair to Remember, released 1957, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is one of my all-time favorites.

At one point in the novel, Alice thinks back to when her late husband always said she reminded him of Judy Garland. Garland would have been twenty-four at the time, just a bit younger than Alice, but she became a big star in her teens. She began acting at two years old when she debuted as Baby Francis and sang Jingle Bells. After playing in various roles including a few movies with Mickey Rooney, Garland had her big break in The Wizard of Oz. She went on to star in a ton of movies and had a thriving singing career until she committed suicide in the 1960s. One of my favorite Judy Garland movies released in 1945 during the war was The Clock. The Clock was about a woman who met and fell in love with a GI on leave. Their romance was intensified because they only had the weekend before he was shipped out again for the remainder of the war. This movie must have been in Alice’s mind since she had lost her husband shortly after the movie came out.

During Alice’s Notions, Alice goes on a date to see the movie, The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. It was released in 1946 and was considered scandalous at the time because the two main characters have an affair and murder her husband. The main theme of the movie is you can’t get away with your sin. The truth will be revealed. In Alice’s Notions, the truth being revealed is also a main theme.

So you may be wondering what classic movie Alice’s Notions reminds me of. Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn was released in 1963. In that movie, Hepburn is being pursued and doesn’t know who she can trust. The movie has light-hearted intrigue, suspense, and romance just like Alice’s Notions. Alice, also, doesn’t know who she can trust. 

About Tamera:
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest,  is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest, and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions, has just been released. 

You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Hymn Story for Easter ♦ Lucy Adams

‘The Old Rugged Cross’ is a Beautiful Blessing
by Lucy Adams


How could it ever be a blessing to think of Jesus, the perfect son of God, being sent to the cross? His twelve disciples, in those early days of walking with him, saw no blessings in such an event.
In the Gospel of Matthew we read, “From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders, chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (Matthew 16:21)
The last few words — “and on the third day, be raised” — are the source of our great joy as we study this passage during these days of Lent. As we look toward Easter, we know the ending from the beginning, praise God!
That experience was the turning point in the life of composer George Bennard. Born in 1873 in Youngstown, Ohio, he was a young man who had some difficulties in his life.
But when he attended a stirring revival, he wrote in his journal, “After a very trying experience in my soul, I have discovered a loving kinship with Christ's sufferings.” Even though the details of this experience are not known, the results are the hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
As he prayed and searched the Scriptures, a theme was born. But before he even wrote the words, the lilting melody was composed in his heart. Then the words seemed to fall on each note as he wrote of new insights about the crucifixion of Jesus.
This became George Bennard's testimony in music. The manuscript was sent to the famous hymn writer, Charles Gabriel, whose immediate reply was, “We will certainly hear from this song.”
It proved to be a prophetic statement.  Soon it was the most widely published song, sacred or secular, in America.♦Regardless of our doctrinal differences, we can all lift our voices in song and renew our love to the one who died for all on that cross of Calvary:
“So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross / ‘Til my trophies at last I lay down. / I will cling to the old rugged cross / And exchange it someday for a crown.”
Bennard and his wife joined the Salvation Army. He was always grateful for their input into his life during his great conversion experience. They served there for several years. Then he was ordained into the Methodist Episcopal Church and became a traveling evangelist.
At Albion College in Albion, Michigan, a 12-foot cross was erected to honor this beautiful hymn and the composer who was a beloved graduate of the college. He died on Oct. 9, 1958, when he was 85-years old and exchanged the “old rugged cross for a crown.”
♦ ♦ ♦
Many thanks to my dear friend Lucy Adams, for this beautiful Hymn Story devotion. To add to Lucy's offering, I found a special video to go along with it.
This was filmed live at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel, featuring members of the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming Family. I hope you will find it as much of a blessing as I did. Make sure the volume on your speakers is turned up.



Lucy Adams is the author of “52 Hymn Story Devotions.”
Learn more about Lucy and her book at: https://www.52hymns.com/


Monday, April 10, 2017

Another 'Story Behind the Story' guest blog post ♦ Shannon Taylor Vannatter ♦ Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming author Shannon Taylor Vannatter to Whispers in Purple. Shannon is sharing the Story Behind the Story of her newest release, Winning Over the Cowboy.

Take it away, Shannon, the floor is yours!


While writing my last book, I wanted my hero to escort my heroine to a wedding. She was in danger, so the wedding was a chance for him to protect her and for him to see her all dressed up and realize she’s a girl, since they’d always only been friends. I came up with a wedding for her cousin. That way, she’d have to go even though she was in danger.

I didn’t really want to get into the wedding, just the trip there and back. Since I’d recently heard a headline about a jilted bride who donated her reception food to a homeless shelter, I went with the groom dumping my heroine’s cousin at the altar. This gave my heroine more reason to ban men from her heart. And fodder for the next book.

Sure that bride in the headlines did a good deed. But how did she move on after that. How could her fiancé hurt her so badly? He had to realize he didn’t want to marry her before all the food was ordered. Right?

In Winning Over the Cowboy, Landry Malone is trying to move on after her ex-fiancé dumped her ten months before. On the heels of her prospective groom shattering her heart, her best friend died in a tragic accident only weeks later.

With heavy backstory, the book begins with Landry arriving at the dude ranch her deceased friend left her. The problem, her deceased friend’s brother owns the other half. From the beginning, Chase pegs her as scammer. Unwilling to tuck tail and go home—where everyone feels sorry for her—Landry is determined to win his respect and manage an amicable relationship with her new business partner.

As Chase begins to see her hurt and how much she loved his sister, her unflustered attitude as she tackles issues at the dude ranch earn his grudging respect. Things get complicated when they run into her ex-fiancé and Chase pretends they’re in a relationship to save face for her. And even more tangled when he accompanies her to her hometown. Tired of everyone feeling sorry for her, Chase—well, I’ll let you read the book.

Landry was a challenge to write, but also fun. She’s everything I’m not. Doesn’t mind getting dirty, baits her own fish hook, cleans her own catch, and gets way too acquainted with a cow for my comfort level. I may live in Arkansas, but I like a nice sturdy fence between me and farm animals. Watching Landry chip away at Chase’s armor was fun to watch and I’m glad I got the chance to share her story.

Question for Readers: Are you outdoorsy like Landry? Or squeamish like me? Share something that tested your limits whether outdoorsy or squeamish.

Giveaway details: Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Winning Over the Cowboy. Eleven copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from April 3 -20. One winner will receive a fishing themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special because my son loves to fish as do the characters in the book. Great for displaying kids or grandkids or as a gift for the little fisherman in your life.

Go to my website http://shannontaylorvannatter.com and sign up for my newsletter to enter more giveaways and get a free book download.
Deadline: April 27th. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on April 29th.

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  Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.

Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.


Thank you so much for sharing this peek behind the writing of your book, Shannon. I think these glimpses into a writer's processes is fascinating.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Preparing for Easter - Thoughts from author Kristen Terrette


Easter Preparation
by Kristen Terrette

As a child, I never understood Passover, Palm Sunday, and Holy week. They were concepts and words I couldn’t grasp. I remember palm branches being everywhere at my church, and I remember a story about people placing blood on doorframes (thinking that was a very strange thing to do, but knowing God told them to do this), but not understanding why.

So with Palm Sunday approaching, I am always drawn to the Scriptures about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish tradition of Passover (Exodus 12:1-30). This was the beginning of the first Holy week, for in only seven days Jesus’ would become our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) and have risen victorious over death, providing a way for us to enter through heaven’s gates. This was the beginning to the ultimate sacrifice and act of redemption… the last one we would ever need.

When Jesus entered the city on a donkey, which symbolized a triumphant King, a huge crowd was there to watch him pass by. Imagine thousands of people seeing him approach from off in the distance or hearing that Jesus, the King of Jews, was on His way, and moving into action. They rushed to prepare for Him. They cut palm branches from the fields and laid them on the road so even His donkey’s hooves wouldn’t touch the dirt. They took the very coats off their backs and laid them in road too… remember this would have been thousands of people. Thousands of branches. Thousands of cloaks. Thousands of people shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!”

If the people of the first Holy week prepared for Jesus, and coincidently what He was about to do for us, then shouldn’t we be doing the very same thing? Preparing for the day we celebrate His resurrection?

I find myself preparing for the cul-de-sac egg hunt, the big meal my extended family will enjoy together, and the Easter baskets I will put together for my kids… But what I should be preparing is my heart, and helping to prepare the hearts of my loved ones. I don’t want them growing up not learning about Passover, Palm Sunday, and Holy week. I want them to enter into Holy week with a Divine fascination and anticipation of what is coming. For the next Sunday, only seven days later, we celebrate the risen King! The mighty act of the Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, defeating the grave once and for ALL!

Each day this coming week, I will be reading some of the Easter passages (below) with my children to help us understand and prepare our hearts for what Jesus has done for us. I challenge you to do the same with your loved ones!

Sunday- Palm Sunday-Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-38, John 12:12-19
Monday- Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus’ Authority- Matthew 21:23-27, Mark 11:27-33, Luke 20:1-8
Tuesday- Religious Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus & Judas Agrees to Betray Him- Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1, 2, Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6
Wednesday- Last Supper- Matthew 26:35, Mark 14:17-31, Luke 22: 14-38, John 13:21-38
Thursday- Garden of Gethsemane & Jesus is Arrested- Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-51, Luke 22:39-65, John 18:1-11
Friday- Tried and Crucified- Matthew 27:11-56, Mark 15:1-41, Luke 22:66- 23:49, John 18:28-37
Saturday- Jesus Laid in the Tomb- Matthew 27: 57-66, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42
Sunday- Jesus is ALIVE!- Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-13, Luke 24:1-35, John 20: 1-18

Monday- Jesus Appears to the Disciples and His Ascension into Heaven- Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16: 14-19, Luke 24:36-53, John 20:19-31, John 21

Kristen's Latest RElease:
Eva Elliott is left with a jaded heart after the death of her boyfriend while she was pregnant. She pushed away the idea of God and love, focusing solely on her daughter, Willow. She accepts an offer from her mom to move to Moanna Island, off the coast of Georgia. She hopes the move will help her tuck away the guilt for the role she thinks she played in her boyfriend’s death.

Thad Smith is the local youth mentor and football coach, who’s finally recovered from his fall from grace when his NFL career ended. The day Eva arrives, Thad saves her daughter from drowning in the ocean the day, instantly connecting the pair. Eva stubbornly fights the stirring in her heart the moment Thad smiles, but since Thad coaches the football team where Eva teaches, and lives down the street, God continues to intertwine their lives. Eva will not agree to a date, so Thad uses his adventurous spirit to his advantage.

She doesn’t expect Thad’s ex to throw a kink in the fragile plan, nor for Thad’s relationship with God to convict her own shame and brokenness. Just when she opens the door to God, finally ready to make things right, an accident occurs that could leave Willow an orphan and Thad all alone again.

About Kristen:
Kristen Terrette has been an avid reader since childhood, a self-confessed book nerd, and always had characters running through her mind- ones she made up. She went back to s
chool years ago to obtain a Master's degree in Theological Studies because she felt God's tug towards ministry, but she didn't know then what God had in mind. After five years on staff at her church, she followed God's leading to a different kind of ministry- one with words, love, pain, and real-to-life characters. She now stays at home during the day while the house is quiet writing stories she hopes will bring readers to a stronger understanding of how God works and His love for sinners like us. She always has contemporary romance characters and plots running through her mind and considers romance her first love...but she has a few amazing literary fiction novels up her sleeve as well. Both genres fight for time occupying her mind.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Research for Historical Writing ♦ With Pegg Thomas

Research for Historical Writing

Guest Post
 by Pegg Thomas



Nailing the Details

Many people who read historical and historical romance novels are those who love history. I know that’s true for me. As a life-long history geek, one thing that pulls me out of a story is incorrect details. Let me give a few examples of details that are easy to fact-check.

James haltered the horse, grabbed the reins, vaulted into the saddle and galloped away without a backward glance.

One doesn’t ride a horse with a halter. One rides a horse with a bridle, to which the reins are attached with either a bit or a hackamore. A quick Google search of horse tack (the correct term for gear used with horses) will save any non-horseperson the embarrassment of writing such a sentence.

The rifle knocked against his shoulder once, twice, and a third time as he watched the redcoats fall.

There were no repeating rifles during the Revolutionary War. The first repeaters were patented just before the Civil War, but they were not widely manufactured and distributed to foot soldiers until the end of that war. If you’re going to use a specific type of tool or weapon, always check to see when it became readily available in the geographic region of your story.

With a crack of the whip, the horses plunged into a full gallop, their Conestoga wagon rocking through the deep mud of the prairie.

Conestoga wagons were large and heavy. They sank in the mud, became mired more often than not, had to be dug free, and wagon trains often stayed in camp until the ground hardened enough for traveling. The wagons were almost always pulled with oxen, not horses. If you’re going to write about life on a wagon train, read some of the many journals written by those pioneers.

While writing Embattled Hearts, my new release in The Pony Express Romance Collection, I spent time researching the equipment a Pony Express rider would have, including the type of pistol he would carry and what his saddle bags would look like. The Pony Express had a specific type of saddle bag called a Mochila that fit over the entire saddle so that the weight of the rider held it in place. It contained four locked pockets, three of which could only be opened at military posts. The other pocket could be unlocked by any stationmaster. It contained the rider’s time-card which recorded their arrival and departure times from each station.





Knowing the little details adds a level of authenticity to your story that your history-loving readers will enjoy.


Author Bio:
Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg’s debut story will be published by Barbour in April of 2017. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper.

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