Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Physics of Love, a Donna Schlachter Book

Please join me as author Donna Schlacther shares her new book with us.

Title: The Physics of Love
Published by: PLS Bookworks

A woman looking for love, a boy looking for family, and the man who found both.

 Set in 1930’s and 1940’s Newfoundland, this story is as rugged as the island setting. Years of struggling to survive in a harsh environment have created a unique group of people, isolated by the miles of ocean surrounding them who long to connect with each other. 

Laura, motherless since she was 12, has sought her father’s love and attention ever since; however, his heart is buried with his dead wife. He has nothing to give. 

Richard, the son born of a backseat liaison sure to anger her father, stands between the life Laura thinks she wants and the life she will be relegated to in the small town of Carbonear. So she does the unthinkable—she leaves him. Richard grows up thinking Laura is his sister, only to learn when he is a teenager that she is his mother, that his father is really his grandfather, and that the woman he calls Mom isn’t even related to him by blood. But instead of destroying him, Richard sets out on a journey to prove he is wanted and he is part of a family that would love him if they really knew him. In the process, he finds everything—and more—that he longs for.

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Author Bio:
Donna lives in Denver with her husband Patrick, who is her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She has published four cozy mysteries and a devotional for accountants under her pen name, and a collection of short stories, a book on writing tips, and several devotionals under her own name. She is currently under contract with Barbour Books in a novella collection on the Pony Express. Donna is a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in March 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and online at: and Her books are available at in digital and print.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10 Signs you Might be Suffering from CAD

This is a fun post, compliments of my friend and fellow Helping Hands Press author, PATTI J. SMITH, used here with permission.

Thanks, Patti

10 signs ou might be suffering from C.A.D. - Character Attachment Disorder.
Check the following list to see if you have the symptoms.

1.): You cry uncontrollably while writing about the death of your character, then light a candle in memorium.

2.): You go into a deep depression after the death of a character — stay in bed all day, neglect family, call in sick to work (characters do not qualify for bereavement leave).

3,): You rewrite your manuscript to avoid killing off your character.

4.): You dream about your character killing you off.

5.): You call out your character's name in your sleep. (Makes for interesting breakfast talk with your spouse).

6.): When the phone rings, for a split second you think it's your character calling.

7.): You wonder what your character is doing right now!

8.): You gossip with your friends about what your character did.

9.): You chuckle all day about the funny thing your character did or said.

10.): You name your child or pet after your character.

So, how did you do? Did you find yourself nodding your head, perhaps even smiling as you read this list? 

If so, then it's my duty to tell you that you do, indeed, suffer from CAD. Though there is no cure, there's no need to panic. There are multiple hundreds of CAD sufferers out there, and you've just joined our world!

Now, I'd love to hear from you. Comments welcome.

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Many thanks to Patti J. Smith for this list and for allowing me to share it here.

Patti J. Smith
Author and Inspirational Speaker
San Diego Silent No More Regional Coordinator
Leader, Rachel's Hope - Escondido

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Writing Talk with author Gail Kittleson

I am so pleased to have Gail Kittleson here today to share some 'writing talk' with us. Gail and I have been online friends for quite some time now, and I've come to have a great appreciation for her. Not only her writing—I really enjoy her books—but also her editing skills, which have come doubly in handy since we are co-writing a fun, cozy mystery. I think I can safely say we're both having a blast with this story.

Gail, welcome to Whispers in Purple! Let's talk writing!

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The Gift of Writing
by Gail Kittleson

            I've always thought of writing as a gift. And lately, even more so, because I've had some eye problems that preclude spending much time w/my laptop. I've never thought of the need to promote my writing as a gift, but am realizing perhaps it is.

               Meeting new people has always been the frosting on my cake. What better way to meet them than making cold calls to slews of libraries and speaking with directors? So many of them seem eager to accommodate a writer and familiarize themselves and their clients with our work. How this be less than a gift? 

               Discovering an eye condition that limits my computer time has led me here. But maybe it's where I should have gone long before this. The writing addict in me says nothing counts like putting in long hours composing and editing, but my recent positive experience with setting up my first "book tour" has me rethinking this. 

               Some  library directors, near retirement, still see aid to set up book talks or pass my information along to their successors. Others that sound younger and energetic, make time to chat with an older writer who calls out of the blue. People person that I am, after wallowing in self-pity for a while, now I wake up excited to launch into my ever-increasing list of libraries. 

              Today, an honest director in a small Iowa town said, "Oh, I'd love to host you, and your World War II series sound fascinating, but I've had poor luck getting our community to attend library functions. However, why don't you contact one of our Main Street stores - they've done well enticing participants for other book talks. 

               So I did, and I'm "on," as they say. In fact, my appointments for book talks have risen to eight, possibly nine for this first venture into touring. Planning my route out, I feel somewhat like a traveling salesman must have decades ago. But I still remember how the Fuller Brush Man found an avid customer in our farmhouse. Mom was always glad to see him drive in so she could buy some new vegetable brushes or spices. 

               Maybe I'll report in on my success after the tour. Does that tell you I'm expecting to do well? Of course, doing well is subject to interpretation, but I never fail to be encouraged when I find two or three new readers. I'll be glad to get home, certainly, but hoping that those who heard me speak and bought my book will become fans. I may say, "I don't know why I kept putting this off … it was great fun!"

               So if you think of me the week of November seventh, please send up a prayer for alertness while I'm driving and the gift of joy in this endeavor. Really, it's ALL about writing!
Gail Kittleson

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Gail Kittleson lives in Northern Iowa with her husband, where they enjoy family and friends. In winter, Arizona's Ponderosa pine forests provide another setting for her historical women's fiction stories. 

Gail's a late bloomer, devoting herself to writing after instructing college writing classes and cheering others on. She now teaches a creative writing class and facilitates women's workshops/retreats on spiritual growth, creativity, and memoir/fiction writing. 

She and Peggy Phifer also are SLOWLY co-writing a cozy mystery.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who We Are in Christ ♦ Today's Scripture Promise

Today, when I opened my Bible to read today's Upper Room devotion, this list was stuck into the sane page: Matthew 4:18-22.

So, thinking of God’s Perfect Timing, I thought posting it here today would be the thing to do.


  1. We have been transferred into the kingdom of Jesus. (Col 1:13)
  2. We have been redeemed. (Col 1:14)
  3. W have been forgiven. (Rom 5:1)
  4. We have been justified. (Rom 5:1)
  5. We have been made holy and blameless in God's Sight. (Eph 1:4)
  6. We have been made righteous. (Eph 4:24)
  7. We have been adopted as part of God's family. (Rom 8:15)
  8. We have been cleansed from all sin and guilt. (John 1:7)
  9. We are seated in heavenly places. (Eph 2:6)
  10. We are co-heirs with Christ. (Rom 8:17)
  11. We are transformed into Christ's likeness. (Rom 8:29)
  12. We are new creations. (II Cor 5:17)
  13. We are complete in Christ. (Col 2:10)
  14. We are more than conquerors. (Rom 8:37)
  15. We are God's ambassadors. (II Cor 5:18-19)
  16. We are God's chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. (I Pet 2:9)
  17. We have peace with God. (Rom 5:1)
  18. We have Christ's love. (Rom 8:35)
  19. We have the mind of Christ. (I Cor 2:16)
  20. We have the will and power to obey God. (Phil 2:13)
  21. We have access to God. (Eph 2:18)
  22. We have a spirit of power, of love and calm, a well-balanced mind, discipline and self-control. (II Tim 1:7)
  23. We have eternal life. (Rom 5:23)
  24. We can do everything through Christ, who gives us strength. (Phil 4:13)
  25. We are overcomers. (Rev 12:11)
  26. We can drive out demons. (Mark 16:17)
  27. We can speak in tongues. (Mark 16:17)
  28. Jesus intercedes for us. (Heb 7:25)
  29. We cannot be separated from the love of God. (Rom 8:35)
  30. God transforms our mind. (Rom 12:2)
  31. God will carry on His good work in us to completion. (I Pet 5:10)
  32. God gives us His Holy Spirit. (John 14:16)
  33. The Holy Spirit lives with and in us. (John 14:17)
  34. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus said. (John 14:26)
  35. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and tell us what is to come. (John 16:13)
  36. The Holy Spirit will never leave us. (John 14:16)
  37. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us. (Rom 8:26)
  38. The Godhead lives in us. (Col 2:10)

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Phil 4:8)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

An Encouraging Psalm Adaptation

Prayer lists and prayer chains are working overtime these days. At least I know several of mine are. Everything from lost jobs/unemployment, illness & injuries, unexpected death, suicide, abuse, family/domestic issues . . .

So a few years ago I did an adaptation of David’s Psalm 121 replacing all the I, me, my, mine with We, our and us.

You can also “Pray the Psalms” when praying for someone specific. Just insert his/her/their name in the appropriate place. It is amazing how comforting and calming it can be.

Won't you join me?

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The South, Football and Life

Congratulations to Janet W. Ferguson and the novel Tackling the Fields for taking home this month's Clash crown! We're pleased to feature this guest post, which gives us a little insight into Janet's book and football...yes, football!

In the South, most of us love football. It’s something we talk about, cheer for, and spend time watching with friends, whether in person or as a group viewing it on TV. The adrenaline seems to flow as the leaves begin to turn from deep greens to those fall yellows and oranges, a chill touches the air, and those pads and helmets are put on.

My husband played high school football. He was a center. I’ve always watched the sport at whatever school I attended, and of course, in Mississippi, a lot of us follow the SEC games. I never thought a whole lot about why we enjoy watching so much or about the injuries the players battle with—until my son played the sport.

His junior year, he tore his ACL and his shoulder labrum participating in this sport he loved. And he was not able to make a comeback. I saw the game through different eyes as he struggled with the loss. He missed the comradery, the goal, the discipline, the friendship. Everything about being a part of a team.

While he was going through three of four surgeries that he ended up having, I began writing Tackling the Fields. It combines this love for a game with the loss of a dream for one character and the loss of innocence for another. It was a challenging, almost painful, book to write. But in the end, God heals our wounds and helps each of us recover from our broken places.

He’s there to free each of us from the heartaches that try to take us captive.

About the book:

Cole Sanders is a changed man. The university quarterback questions his direction in life after serving on a mission
trip in Honduras. Things that used to fill Cole’s ego seem empty after witnessing the developing country’s extreme poverty and the death of a precious child. The one glimmer of hope through his confusion is the fresh perspective he now has about his tutor, Audrey. She possesses something beautiful inside and out—something that might help him become the person he wants to be.

University senior Audrey Vaughn tutored Cole Sanders for an entire year and never imagined the popular
quarterback would see her as anything more than a friend. After partnering with him on the mission trip, they are drawn together. And he appears to have changed for the better. To let Cole into her life, Audrey will have to overcome not only her brother’s distrust, but also the paralyzing fear still lingering from a past she’s tried to leave

Cole can’t walk away from Audrey now that they’re back in Oxford. He’ll have to figure out how to keep her giant of a brother, a lineman on his football team, from killing him when the coach has his back turned. But can Audrey trust her heart to a player so similar to the one who stole so much from her in the past?  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3 Things to Be Grateful For


Maybe I'm getting the jump on Thanksgiving, but I've been thinking about the many things I am grateful for in the 'here and now' . . . one day at a time.

Things like:

*It's a beautiful day up here in the nortwest corner of Wisconsin. It's bright and sunny with temperatures in the balmy 70° range. And even though there are T-storms predicted for later today, with flash-flood warnings, I can enjoy this nice weather for as long as it lasts.

*I'm so thankful for good health, despite the usual aches and pains that go with being a septuagenarian.

*I'm so very grateful for the talent God has blessed me with, and for His calling to me to be a writer, enabling me to tell His stories in a way that is uniquely mine.

So, what about you? Use the comment section below to share the 3 things you are grateful for right now!

Oh, and here's a link to a song that has been around for a long time, and still touches hearts today.

Enjoy and be blessed