Friday, June 8, 2018

A Devotional Within a Devotional ~ June Foster ~Giveaway

Scripture Comes Alive: A Devotional Within a Devotional

by June Foster

I love the Bible app on my phone because there are an abundance of devotionals available.https://www.bible.com/ For example, some of the devotionals can be found under categories such as peace, joy, love, anxiety, healing, anger, hope, depression, and on and on.

I chose the topic joy and have learned so much. With the wealth of scriptures in this plan, I read each, thinking of its relevance in my life.

For example, "And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10 is one to ponder and take to heart.

The author, Craig Denison, (https://www.first15.org/sites Psalm 16:8-11:

 "I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices. My flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make know to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." 

Wow. I'm reminded to take each one of those words to heart.

At the end of the devotional, the author writes of Paul's prayer to the Colossians. As I read it, I pictured the first century apostle with eyes closed and bearded face bowed down. He seemed to place a weathered hand on my shoulder, "May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy."

I could see him and hear those words. What a blessing to start the day with! You can read the scriptures in the same way as well.

About the book:
All Brooke Cantrell wants is two weeks to live Brooke Radcliff's life. But the one person who knows the truth resides in the room next to hers at Sunlight Peaks Guest Ranch. When Brooke falls in love with the handsome wrangler who works on the ranch, will her employer's daughter tell him the truth Brooke hides?

Garrett Bowman has finally found peace under Wyoming skies at Sunrise Peaks Guest Ranch. Never again will he return to the demanding corporate life in Seattle, Washington. But will the guests recognize him from the incriminating newspaper and magazine articles eighteen months ago?

When Garrett's dog, Fritz, is in grave danger, an intriguing guest helps Garrett get his golden doodle to the vet. As Fritz heals, he whines and begs until he can lay his head in Brooke Radcliff's comfortable lap. Fritz has fallen in love, but so has Garrett.

If Garrett discovers Brooke's secret, will he walk away from her? If Brooke learns Garrett's true identify, will she turn from him like all the others?

 Purchase link: https://tinyurl.com/ycjfrd7q  


June Foster
About June:
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen seventeen contemporary romances and several short stories published. Find June online at http://www.junefoster.com

Giveaway:
June is offering to give away an autographed copy of A Home for Fritz to one commenter on this post.Winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 16. Be sure to leave your contact information where you can be reached if you'rethewinner. 



Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Writer's Calling ~ Author Sherri Stewart


The Writer’s Calling
By Sherri Stewart
When I read the biographies of other writers, it always amazes me how early the writing bug caught them. Some say they started writing stories as soon as they learned to form letters. Others say they filled journals with short stories when they were in high school.
That wasn’t my experience.

If we can judge calling by what we were drawn to as children, my calling would have been teaching. I was cleaning out my mother’s attic in preparation for putting her house up for sale, and I unearthed my early report cards at the bottom of a container holding plastic plant arrangements and old Christmas cards. Apparently, my kindergarten teacher was “concerned.” She wrote that I had a proclivity for helping other students do their work instead of my own. She even suggested that my mother should consider seeking professional help for me.

Yes, Mrs. McDonald might have been right about me seeking professional help. Yet she should have recognized a budding teacher. And I did end up teaching for most of my adult life, yet I always wanted something more, and God permitted me short times to realize my dreams. In my twenties, I was a flight attendant, a very cool job. In my thirties, I taught in Christian schools and studied zoology. In my forties, I was a principal. In my fifties, I passed the California bar and worked for an immigration law firm. And in my sixties, I became a writer.

Eleven books later, I’ve come to realize two things: Callings change many times, and vocation doesn’t matter. God is at work around us. If we listen with a heart to obey even if it means making major or minor adjustments in our lives, He calls us to join him in His work. That’s what I want more than anything. To be sensitive to His slightest prompt. To be open to move at a moment’s notice. To have enough faith to put logic and comfort aside and step out. Abraham did it. Moses did it. The disciples did it. Paul did it. Corrie Ten Boom did it. I want my name to be on the list.
About the book:
Ramona Hathaway dreams of becoming a fashion designer, which will give her a chance to escape her daily struggles with a drunk stepfather and cross the railroad tracks for the last time. But she’s also a realist—with one ragged dress to her name, no one gives her a second glance. Until she meets Ben Farris, the son of the wealthiest man in town. Their love deepens with every tryst on Hidden Ledge. 

But when Ben’s father finds out, he issues an ultimatum—promise never to see Ben again and he’ll help her realize her dream, but if she refuses, he’ll make sure she spends the next ten years in prison for what she did to her stepfather. 

Ramona makes her choice, but how will she forgive the men that forced her choice, and how will she forgive herself?


About Sherri:
Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel. When life threw a curve at her family, she picked up pen and paper (well, she opened her laptop) and started writing. Was it therapy or an obsession? Probably both. Her careers as teacher, principal, flight attendant and lawyer have provided fodder for her books. She's a member of Word Weavers, ACFW, (American Christian Fiction Writers) and the California Bar. She lives in the Orlando area with her husband Bobby, son Joshua, and Lilith the dog. When she's not writing or teaching, you'll find her walking the Disney parks for exercise and thinking through plot lines.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Kimberly Rose Johnson ~ Behind the Story ~ Sleuth's Miscalculation


The Story Behind The Sleuth’s Miscalculation

By Kimberly Rose Johnson

Hi, Kimberly. Welcome to Whispers in Purple! II'm eager to hear all about this mystery! So let's go.
Thanks for having me back on your blog Peggy. It’s always fun to visit.

As I ponder the story behind The Sleuth’s Miscalculation, I need to dig deep into the recesses of my mind. I first started this story several years ago. I was between projects and the idea came to me, so I sat at my computer and started writing. Thankfully, I also wrote a synopsis, because when I revisited this story I couldn’t remember what I’d had planned. Sometimes I don’t have time to finish a project. That’s what happened with this book. I had to quit writing it to work on a series for a book that I’d sold while I’d been working on this.

Let’s back up to what inspired this book. I’ve always been intrigued by the Nancy Drew Mystery series and those books are what inspired this series. My sleuth is Nancy Daley and her mom is the county sheriff. Nancy consults for the department when there are petty crimes that need to be solved.

In The Sleuth’s Miscalculation, Nancy is tasked with helping the new deputy in town figure out who is stealing license plates off of cars. He is none too happy about the arrangement either. I’ve never had the desire to write a murder mystery, so that is why my Nancy helps solves petty crimes.

Because I love romance, all of my books have romance including this one. My publisher and I are calling this a romantic mystery. Basically, it’s a romance story with a strong mystery thread. I think I’ve been moving this direction with all of the books I’ve written for my current publisher. She has asked me without fail to include a small mystery in every book I’ve written for her, but in the case of this book, the mystery is an integral part of the plot.

There you have it, the story behind the story. I had so much fun writing The Sleuth’s Miscalculation that I immediately dove into the next book in the series. My only regret is I can’t start writing the third book just yet because I have another project I need to work on.

I hope you enjoyed hearing how this book came to be. Have you ever read a romantic mystery? Not to be confused with a cozy mystery, or a romantic suspense. If so, what was you favorite thing about it? If not, I hope you’ll check out The Sleuth’s Miscalculation.  Thanks for joining me today!

The Sleuth’s Miscalculation: 


Two strong-willed sleuths team up to solve a mystery. Can they work together, or will their differences pull them apart?

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she’s on the case. This time things are different—she’s been partnered with the new deputy, and he’s not interested in her help. To make matters worse, she’s angered the wrong person and is now being threatened.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. He’d come to town for a fresh start with his nephew—one without the issues big cities deal with. Had he made a mistake? To complicate matters, he’s told he must consult with the sheriff’s daughter, who is not in law enforcement. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction?

Kimberly Rose Johnson: 

Faith Hope and Love Reader's Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 

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Monday, May 28, 2018

It is my pleasure to welcome back Glenn Haggerty to Whispers in Purple and a reprise of his first book in his Intense Book series for our Everything Old is New Again feature. Take it away, Glenn!


Escape, Intense Book 1

by Glenn Haggerty

I write for middle school and teenaged students because I want to provide serious entertainment from the Christian worldview. It’s tough being a tween or teen today, there’s so much bad stuff in our culture, and secular entertainment often offers only despair. I write to give kids hope that they too can make it through this difficult period of life. So I wrote Escape.

Escape, Intense Book 1 began as a scene in my mind featuring three boys biking in the sweltering Florida summer heat. From that scene, my imagination took off, and by God’s grace the story came together—an intense action/suspense adventure packed with relational angst. With its high action, Escape is a good read for reluctant readers, especially boys. And because it is only 127 pages with most of the story occurring in a single day, it is an easy read as well. The eBook version is free, and the print copy is inexpensive at $6.99 from either Amazon or B&N.
Escape Back Cover Copy
“I’d never seen a dead body before, but I was pretty sure the guy in the car trunk was dead.”

Middle school's tough, and Tyler Higgins just wants to hang with the cool kids. But Dustin’s idea of quality entertainment is spying on parked cars on Lover’s Lane. When two creeps show up with a body, Tyler doesn’t want to stick around. Then again, he might not have much choice.

BUYING LINKS
Amazon Free Kindle Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075X2SF8S

Other Books in the Intense Series

Run, Intense Book 2

Chase, Intense Book 3
Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo and others https://books2read.com/u/3yZOW6

The next book in my Intense Series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first three books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. It is also set in Florida where Tyler is vacationing with his cousins. Once again, they get caught up in a mysterious disappearance that has to do with modern-day pirates and treasure buried in plain sight. I’ve done some research on the Spanish gold fleet of Seventeen-fifteen and discovered some interesting possibilities. I’m targeting a late fall 2018 release for this book.

And, I will also be releasing a Bible study companion for Run, Intense Book 2 which provides Biblical tips for finding friends and dealing with bullies on July 1, 2018.
About Glenn 
Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author who combines his love for teaching God’s word with his passion for writing exciting fiction.

You can visit him at http://www.glennhaggerty.com  and reach him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlennHaggertyAuthor, and on Twitter, @grhaggertyjr


Thursday, May 24, 2018

On the Way to Publication ~ Linda Shenton Matchett ~ Giveaway

Nostalgia

By Linda Shenton Matchett

My birthday falls in the month of May, and each year I become more nostalgic on that day, remembering previous celebrations and other heartwarming memories. This year my husband and I went away for the weekend to a cozy cabin in the White Mountains. Every morning was spent writing my latest work-in-progress. It is nearly complete, and I got to thinking about the fact that the manuscript is the ninth one I’ve written, six of which have been published.

I began to reminisce about my writing odyssey. It has been two years since my first book, Love’s Harvest, was published, but putting pen to paper started long before that. I made up stories in elementary school and a little bit in junior high, but I put writing in high school. I didn’t return to it until we moved to New Hampshire fifteen years ago to operate a B&B. As we pulled out of the driveway in Virginia, I wrote my first journal entry. 

Capturing our experience reignited my love of the craft, and I’ve been writing ever since.
Twists and turns littered my path: some freelance writing in travel and lifestyle magazines, a few guest blog posts, and an opportunity to write a monthly devotion for my church’s regional association. I enjoyed the non-fiction work, but telling stories is my first love, so I set out to write “The Great American Novel.” I wrote it, but great it was not! However, I didn’t know that and submitted it to several publishers, one of whom took the time to tell me she saw great potential but that I needed to improve my writing.

To make a long story short (which as a novelist is tough for me!), I took classes, attended conferences, and joined ACFW,[American Christian Fiction Writers] which connected me with a group of authors who decided to create a collaborative blog at www.stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com  

Three years ago, one of the authors suggested we band together and publish a collection of romance novellas. I was alternately excited and terrified of the opportunity. I had never written a romance before. Could I do it? Would anyone read it? If so, would they like it?

The questions continued, including the most important: what in the world could I write about? When the answer came to me, I couldn’t get to my computer fast enough. The biblical book of Ruth is one of my favorites. While I was growing up, my family moved quite often, so I appreciate that Ruth chose to leave her family and all that she knew to follow Naomi to a land where she may not have even spoken the language. Having read Francine River’s book Redeeming Love which is a retelling of the book of Hosea set in the American Old West, I decided to set Ruth during the WWII era. Research helped me find a famine (like the one in Ruth’s story) and the British Women’s Land Army, and a story was born!

It was a long trek to publication, but as I look back I see God’s perfect timing. I wish I had paid attention more during the journey. I think I may have missed some blessings. Are you waiting on God? Instead of chafing at the bit to reach the destination, ask Him what He would have you learn along the way.
About the Book
Noreen Hirsch loses everything including her husband and two sons. Then her adopted country goes to war with her homeland. Has God abandoned her?

Rosa Hirsch barely adjusts to being a bride before she is widowed. She gives up her citizenship to accompany her mother-in-law to her home country. Can Rosa find acceptance among strangers who hate her belligerent nation?

Basil Quincey is rich beyond his wildest dreams, but loneliness stalks him. Can he find a woman who loves him and not his money?

Three people. One God who can raise hope from the ashes of despair.

 About Linda:
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places most of her life. A member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters In Crime, Linda is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of World War II, and a trustee for her local public library.

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About the Giveaway:
Sign up for her newsletter (https://bit.ly/2DDLmI2) to be entered in a raffle to win a paperback (US, or ebook international winner) copy of Love's Harvest. Once you've signed up, post "done" in the comments. The winner will be selected on May 31st.



Monday, May 21, 2018

Looking Back With Ada Brownell ~ Peach Blossom Rancher

Please Welcome author Ada Brownell as she joins us for the Monday Everything Old is New Again feature here on Whispers in Purple. Take it away, Ada!

The Peach Blossom Rancher,
 an historical romance

 By Ada Brownell


A handsome young man with a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect. How will they achieve their dreams?
John Lincoln Parks yearns for a wife to help make the ranch all it should be after his uncle, a judge, ravaged it before he was murdered. John has his eye on his sister Jenny’s elegant matron of honor, Valerie MacDougal, a young widow. But Valerie, a law school graduate, returns to Boston to live. John and Valerie write, but while in Boston Valerie and one of her father’s law partners try to get three patients wrongfully judged as insane out of the Boston asylum—and they spend a lot time together.
Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor who has been in love with John since they were in grade school? Edwina’s father is in a wheelchair and she’s taking care of their ranch. John tries to help and protect this neighbor who has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the persons who dumped a body in John’s barn. But John and Edwina fuss at one another constantly. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2arRVgG 

 Excerpt from Chapter 28 of Peach Blossom Rancher.
At the seed and feed store Charlie’s smile showed a gap missing two front teeth. “You must have rabbits everywhere.”
“You said it,” Stuart chirped. “Some got loose this mornin’, but we caught most of ’em.” He held up his poster. “I have a poster in case we need to try to get customers somewhere else.”
Charlie shook his head. “I have one customer who buys all the rabbit pelts I can give him, and kids probably will snatch up the little ones. How much you want for ’em?”
John stepped forward. “How much will you give us?”
Stu’s eyes bugged when Charlie quoted what he’d pay. John and Stu unloaded the critters, and Stu had his pockets full of money.
“You did a great job with those bunnies,” John said as he approached sheriff’s office. “It wasn’t your fault they got loose.”
Stuart’s chin went up as he stared at the blue sky. “Thanks. I really liked those bunnies, but I knew I couldn’t keep ’em all.”
John stole Stu’s hat off his head. “You’re growin’ into a man, boy.”
As usual, boots propped on the desk, the sheriff snoozed when Stu and John entered his office. John slammed the door shut again, this time rattling the jail. He had a notion to shout, “Jailbreak!” but controlled himself.
The sheriff almost fell out of his wooden desk chair. The wheels started rolling, and he hit the back wall head on.
The man blinked. Then he blinked again and stared. He touched his skull where it hit the wall. Stuart held his hand over his mouth so his giggles wouldn’t escape. 
John leaned down to Woody’s red face. “Hello.”
“You’re lucky I didn’t shoot you two.”
“Guess so.” John touched the gun on his hip. “Although I don’t think you would’ve got me until you opened your eyes.”
One of Stuart’s giggles escaped. Woody frowned at him. Then a smile crept under the huge mustache. “What you two boys need? Come to turn yourself in for the murder of Billy Joe?”John jerked his head negatively. “Brought something to show ya.” He set the box of rat poison on the sheriff’s desk.
Woody’s feet hit the floor. “Don’t you go putting poison on my desk. I eat off that desk!”
“Isn’t there somewhere you can put it for evidence?”
Woody bobbed his head back and forth. “Anywhere I put it in here, some mouse or rat would eat it. If it’s evidence, maybe I can lock it in a cabinet. Where’d ya get it?”
“I found it under a big lilac bush in the back yard. Nobody at Peach Blossom Ranch ever uses rat poison. We depend on the barn cats. This stuff would kill chickens and Stu’s rabbits, and if I got another dog, it would kill him too.” John shoved it toward the sheriff. “It’s a fairly new box of poison, only half gone, and not weathered much.”
“Well, that’s mighty interestin’,” Woody drawled. “Wellington and his pa came here a few days ago and said they discussed B.J.’s murder with Charlie at the feed store. According to them, he said you’d bought rat poison a few days before Billy was killed.”
 Meet Ada Brownell:
The sixth redhead in a family of achievers, Ada Nicholson Brownell writes with stick-to-your-soul encouragement from her Missouri home where she lives with her handsome husband. They have five children—not one of them with red hair or freckles. One is in heaven.

Ada gained experience before becoming a writer and newspaper reporter. The youngest of her parent’s eight children, she was the family tattle tale!

Her career started when she was age 15, when as a youth leader she wrote ideas for a leadership magazine. She expanded to articles for youth and then to full-length stories in Christian magazines and Sunday school papers. Her first news job was as a correspondent for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel—from Thompson, Utah, population 98.

The author of eight books, she loves inspirational historical suspense. She’s in the middle of her latest plot against her leading characters in the third book in her Peaches and Dreams series, Love’s Delicate Blossom. Plot is all about putting challenges and disaster into the lives of fictional characters, and it sometimes hurts her as well.

 She retired from her “real job” at The Pueblo Chieftain, but still writes occasional op-ed pieces for newspapers as well as devotions for a teen magazine, articles for Live, blogs and does other freelance writing.

Her Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Devotional Book for Youths ~ Terry Overton




How I came to write a devotional book for youths

by Terry Overton



One day I was chatting with my granddaughter about a devotional book I was writing. She thought it was pretty cool, so I told her to send me topics and I would write devotionals for her. In a couple of days, my other grandkids joined in sending me all kinds of topics. Within a week, their friends began to send me texts of devotional topics. The texts became real time requests, with the teens asking for advice about dating, challenging people, participating in sports, peer pressure, bullying, and a host of other topics. After a couple of months, I collected the devotionals and found a publisher. 


The result was released in April: Devotionals for Youths: Growing up in Christ. This experience taught me something that parents may not know: kids think about God a lot! They want to know, from a Christian perspective, how to deal with day-to-day problems. I was surprised at the seriousness of some topics such as talking to friends about Christ, keeping steadfast in your faith, using kind words, and explaining the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For those who want to open a dialogue with their middle schooler or high schooler, this devotional can provide a conversation starter for hard topics. The English Standard Version is used for Scripture.


Below is an example of one devotional in the book.

Your Personal Faith

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15

 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6


Your mind and heart, or soul, are amazing. One study found that we have about 86 billion brain cells and that each one connects to as many as 10,000 others which gives us nearly 1000 trillion connections. Our physical brains are astonishing. But what is more important than the brain is the mind. The mind is your brain functioning as a thinking organ. This is where you understand everything that goes on and where you understand what you read and learn. Part of our brain also processes our feelings, and this is what we may call our soul or “heart” or where we feel things like emotions. This is where our thoughts and feelings about God are kept.

 

Having your own personal faith is a wonderful way to think about keeping Jesus in your life always. We are instructed to always honor Jesus in our hearts and by keeping Him there; we should be ready to tell others about Him and even defend our belief in Him for those who do not understand. Scripture also tells us that when we defend Jesus, we should do this with kindness. This reflects how Jesus wants us to treat all other people, with kindness.


“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” Ephesians” 4:32

Know this: your own personal faith is something that is always in your heart just like the Holy Spirit. You use your personal faith and the Holy Spirit to understand Bible verses, to think about what Jesus wants you to do, and to pray. Prayer is something else that God believes is very personal. Jesus told us how to pray:

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” Matthew 6:6

Jesus wants us to live our lives with Him inside of our heart and mind. He says that we should use our personal faith every day as we interact with people. We should perform acts of kindness and not expect to receive any reward for doing so because We should not perform kind acts, so others will see us doing so. God knows when we are doing these kind acts. He is watching and will reward us in heaven. These acts of kindness need not be large or noticeable. It can be as simple as helping your parents or brother and sister. It can be as small as doing something for a teacher or friend that they may not notice until later or they may never know who did the kind act.

 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 6:1


About Terry:


 Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in special education and a Ph.D. in psychology. She has two children and six grandchildren.  Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and psychology. She seeks to answer God’s call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals. She and her husband live in the southern tip of Texas where they enjoy the semi-tropical weather and spending time with their friends and family.