Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Early Christmas Excitement Is Good for You ~ Nike N. Chillimi

Early Christmas Excitement Is Good for You 
by Nike N. Chillemi

I've been hearing in news reports that people who put up Christmas decorations early tend to be happier people. I don't know how they measure such a thing, but I do know that Christmas decorating make me happy. I know that as soon as I begin seeing Christmas decorations in the stores, I feel happy. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm like the character in the movie "Elf," or that anyone should be, but Christmas cheer is just that…cheerful.

Looking a little deeper, as a Christian, I think the world is desperate for some light, relief from the darkness. Christmas is that time for many and they want to extend it. They want it to come earlier and earlier. Of course, the real reason Christmas is the season of light, and love is because it celebrates the birth of the Baby Jesus. Jesus is the Light of the world.

It's one of the reasons why I wrote a Christmas detective story/murder mystery. You can read them anytime of year, I suppose, but it's so much more fun to read them when Christmas displays are popping up…even if it's early. I think mistletoe and murder mysteries go together. It's so much fun to cuddle up with a Christmas murder mystery -- early. Why wait for Christmas when you can have the Christmas mystery spirit now. BLOOD SPEAKS is my Christmas novel. It's filled with Christmas decorations, shopping scenes, winter scenes. However, it's most endearing quality is the story's fifty-something character, Bertha Dagney, who thanks God for everything, even when she's framed for murder.

BLOOD SPEAKS in a nut shell…
Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels, Brooklyn gal PI, waited a long time for the solitaire on her finger. When her sometimes boss, a shadowy figure and director of a secret government organization, offers a one-week bridal shopping vacay in Maryland she jumps at it.

Joined by bridesmaids, Sandra Daube and Bertha Dagney, Ronnie sets off for the village of Heritage Cove on Arrowhead Lake, Maryland. Their joyous stay at the rustic yet luxury Heritage Cove Inn is shattered by a murder with tendrils and a clandestine motive stretching back to the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

It doesn't take long for Ronnie and her gal-pals to become targets of the killer. It goes without saying, Taylor County Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Dawson Hughes leaves Texas to protect his bride-to-be. He's joined by Sandra's employer, conservative political activist Ben Cohen. No obstacle can keep Gabby Hayes look-alike Hoot Dagney from the side of Bertha, his new bride.

Author Bio:

Nike N. Chillemi writes contemporary detective and/or suspense novels with a touch of wry humor, and there's often a national security twist to them. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chair, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award and garnered critical acclaim. 

The first novel in the Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes series HARMFUL INTENT won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network. Find Nike online at:

Blood Speaks Amazon purchase link: https://amzn.to/2PR0b2x
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nike.chillemiTwitter: @NikeNChillemi

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Christmas in Stoney Brook ~ Joi Copeland ~ Giveaway

Please welcome guest author Joi Copeland and her Christmas book Christmas in Stoney Brook. There's also a giveaway involved. Details below.

He was hunting for revenge. She was fleeing from the past.

Austin Birch wanted one thing and one thing only: seek revenge on the man who stole everything from his family.  No matter what it took, he would see it come to pass. When his plans go awry, he is forced to settle in Stoney Brook, Colorado.

Addison McClave only wanted to live her life in peace, away from the man who took everything from her. When their paths collide, Addison is forced to deal with her past and face the one who turned her world upside down.

For a peek at the first several pages, go to:

About the Author 

 Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys. She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom and also enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee or tea. She's been a Christian for over twenty years. God has called her and her family overseas, and she hopes to make her home in Ireland by 2019.


Joi is doing a Giveaway~
She is offering a free copy of Christmas in Stoney Brook to one of this blog's readers. Winner's choice of either print or eBook. If the winner is outside the United States, the copy will automatically be the eBook. Entering is easy ... just leave your name, where you're from, and your contact information so we can notify you if you're the winner. Giveaway ends one week from today on Thursday, November 15, at Midnight, CST.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Love's Christmas Blessings ~ Laura Hilton ~ Rachel J. Cook ~ Giveaway

Christmas ...
A time for fellowship, family, and love. Enjoy two novellas from beloved Amish authors and fill your heart with the wonder of the Christmas season.

Book Synopses:

Winter's Treasure:

Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?

Mistletoe and Miracles:

An exhausted son, Daniel, and a recent widow, Fern, join forces to brighten a grumpy old man’s day and cheer up a shy, displaced little girl. However, things take a serious turn when Fern’s daughter goes missing on a school field trip. With a little help from Daniel, Fern discovers more than just her daughter’s whereabouts. Will four lonely hearts create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?
Release date: November 20, 2018

Purchase link:

 Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family eventsRachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.
 Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs and writes devotionals for blog posts 

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas. 

To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.Seriously Write

Author Media Links: 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Genre: Christian fiction Amish

Format: Paperback, eBook

Series information:

Love’s Christmas Blessing is book 4 in our Amish Collections

Other books in the series are:
Springs of Love: https://amzn.to/2S6nHqN
Love’s Thankful Heart: https://amzn.to/2R4Fhda 
Plain Everyday Heroes: https://amzn.to/2yvV6CV

Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing Group

For more information, contact:
Sandy Barela
Celebrate Lit Publishing Group

Love's Christmas Blessings eBook is now available for pre-order for only $3.99!
Pre-order and receive the following extras:
-The book a week early (Nov 13)
-Free eBook copy of Springs of Love -$2 off the full purchase price

Get two amazing Amish collections (5 stories) for just $3.99.
Only available through Celebrate Lit Publishing's Website. Click below to find out more about the book and to order.

About the Giveaway:

Laura is offering to give away a free copy of Love's Christmas Blessing, either print (US only, please) or eBook. To enter, just leave a comment below with your name and emailinformation so we can contact you if you're the winner. Giveaway ends, one week from today on Tuesday, November 13, at Midnight, CDT. But, remember, the book won't be available until November 20. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Gratitude and Thankfulness ~ Gail Kittleson ~ Devotional

Please welcome my friend and author Gail Kittleson to Whispers in Purple. I hope you will enjoy her devotional offering for today. The floor's all yours, Gail

In 1864, Folliott S. Pierpoint wrote the words to Sacrifice of Praise, which we often sing around Thanksgiving. ...Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise... This old hymn lists many reasons to give thanks, even when troubles surround us. For more about this hymn, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Beauty_of_the_Earth

 November naturally tips me toward thankfulness, so here I go again. Not a bad direction, especially with so much negativity and criticism in our society. 

Someone working on a memoir activity, said, When asked to recall childhood holidays, something sad or unpleasant always comes up.

I could relate, but also shared something I wrote recently titled Turning Around Our Memories. We have the power to revolve memories like shiny Christmas decorations and watch how at every angle, they reflect light.

Not one to promote less than honest perusal of the past,  I do believe we can shore up our ability to focus, like a movie director, on various aspects. And from spending more than enough time on the negative side of memory, I have learned how unhealthy downward spirals can be.

Gratitude can become a habit. How can I not be thankful to get to spend my time doing what I love? Writing has always been my vocation, though it took some time to give myself fully to it. But that makes the process mean even more.

Every new book release reminds me to give thanks. Melody Beattie, whose writing helped me a great deal a few decades ago, says: Gratitude makes sense of our past, gives peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

What could be more important than understanding our experiences, enjoying the present moment, and embracing what is to come with clarity? Sounds like a recipe for satisfaction to me.

So, on this beautiful blog created by my fellow author, I salute gratitude. So much for which to give thanks—health, hope, work, family, our very life! None of these are perfect, but each brings joy.

Right now, I am grateful for another book coming out soon. This World War II novella means a lot to me because novella writing is new, but the writing process has been satisfying.

About the book: (coming soon!)

The heroine, a young woman who sacrificed her dreams for the war effort without complaint, has garnered my respect. Many of us may have made similar choices—hopefully, we have come to see that second chances abound and that we sometimes see the full picture a little later in life.

 My heroine makes this discovery in 1944, beset with worries about her little brother deployed in the South Pacific, her father, who stubbornly refuses to acknowledge signs of his own decline, and her future, not what she had hoped. But someone else is concerned about all of this, as well.

I hope readers enjoy traveling through this season of life with her. It gives me pleasure to share this glimpse of the cover, which I just received last week.

Last but not least, thank you, Peggy, for allowing me to share.

About Gail:
When Gail's not steeped in World War II historical research, writing, or editing, you'll find her reading for fun, gardening, or enjoying her grandchildren in Northern Iowa. She delights in interacting with readers who fall in love with her characters.

Women of the Heartland, Gail's World War II series, highlights women of The Greatest Generation: In Times Like These, April 2016, With Each New Dawn, February, 2017 (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and Word Crafts Press, December, 2017.) 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Your First Fruits ~ Ginger Solomon

I wrote a different post, but when I ran out of things to say about 200 words in, I knew it wasn’t what I was supposed to write.

So instead, I’m going to share what I learned from my last novella, On Angels’ Wings—part of the boxed set, The Heart of Christmas—which released this week.

I almost always learn something from my stories, though I don’t always grasp it right away.

Toward the end of this story, God rebuked me through my heroine, Jenna. She’s basically throwing a temper tantrum because my hero doesn’t put her first in his life. (Hey, we’ve all been there. Don’t judge her too harshly.)

And here’s what God showed her (and me) ...  
Am I first place in your life?
Jenna groaned, knowing that many times God got pushed to the side because she knew He'd understand. Not as much as You should be.
And now you know how I feel when you ignore me. I wait for you. I send reminders of My presence. And still you push me to the side to do other things. Things you deem more important.”

Can we say, “Ouch?”

I write best first thing in the morning. I know this. So, when I’m in writing mode, I postpone my quiet time to write. Which in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing. The problem is that I don’t actually do a quiet time if I write first. That is not good.

I’m a habitual person. I like routine. Do this, and then do that, and then move on to the next thing. And so on. When I put writing first, it became a habit. I pushed God to the side, because “I” knew He’d understand. Afterall, He’d put the gift of writing in my life.

But that’s not giving God my best. It’s not giving Him my first fruits. It’s giving Him the leftovers if I bother to give Him any time at all. And that makes me sad.

I love God. I write for God.

I have a sticky 3x5 card on the wall behind my monitor. It says, “Write for God alone.” Which to me means that even if I never sold even one book, I’m a success because I’ve done what God called me to do. I’ve written the story He asked me to write. I’ve learned something—either about Him or about me. And in the end, that’s worth more than any money I can make. (Not that I say no to the checks when they come in. LOL)

What has God taught you lately, either in your quiet time, through your calling, or through someone else?
About On Angel's Wings:

Bakery owner, Jenna Wing prepares to spend Thanksgiving alone—her first without her family. When her former neighbor, Thomas Hayes, invites her to dinner, she finds that she can’t say no. 

Their previous friendship turns to something more, but Thomas’s family issues threaten their new-found relationship.

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

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