Friday, October 28, 2016

Author Leeann Betts announces New Release—Coming Soon!

 I am pleased to once again to host author Leeann Betts, who has an exciting new book coming up soon! Read all about it below. Sure sounds intriguing to me!

Title: Broke, Busted, and Disgusted
Publisher: PLS Bookworks
Release date: November 30, 2016

Join forensic accountant Carly Turnquist in her fifth adventure in the By the Numbers series. Carly’s best friend in Bear Cove, Maine is smitten with a younger man, and Carly is suspicious of his motives in courting her friend.

When a previous client who blamed husband Mike’s computer program for losing inventory and money is found dead, Mike is the prime suspect. And he’s missing, with video showing a man matching his description maxing out their credit cards and emptying their bank account. 

Can Carly find Mike before the police do? And can she save her friend from making a huge mistake?

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Author Bio:
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. Leeann has released four titles in her By the Numbers series, with Broke, Busted, and Disgusted due for release November 2016. 

In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at or follow Leeann at All books are available on in digital and print.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Will money ruin everything?

I am so very pleased to have author Toni Shiloh as my guest today. Toni will be sharing her new book release Buying Love, and will be sharing some thoughts about it with us. So pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee, or tea . . . or whatever . . . and join us.

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Back cover Blurb –
Will money ruin everything?

Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.

Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her?

Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?
Buy links –

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A Note from Toni:

Thank you so much for having me, Peg! I wanted to talk about my latest release, Buying Love. One of the subject matters the book deals with is adoption. However, I wanted to examine it in a different light.

Nina Warrenton is now in her thirties. Raised an orphan, she was never adopted. Thus, her world is shaped and isolation is now her comfort. It’s hard to go through life in isolation. God didn’t build us for that. Nina knows this on an intellectual level, but she’s not sure how to handle it.
Instead of turning over her wants and desires to God, she takes matters into her own hand. She places an ad in the paper for a husband, complete with a monetary offer to help suede the would be suitor. Enter Dwight Williams. He’s more than Nina bargains for. As she interacts with him and his family, she slowly sees that she’s not completely alone. God has blessed her with a heavenly family: the body of Christ.

I wrote this book hoping that those who read it would be touched by the thought of belonging to God and the brothers and sisters in Christ. It opens a whole new world to us when we realize we’re not alone. We don’t have to walk our journeys alone.

I hope Nina and Dwight’s story touches your heart and draws you closer to our Heavenly Father. If you know someone who may be feeling isolated, reach out to them. Don’t let a moment go by without them realizing that someone cares and that family is what you create.

Blessings to you and happy reading!

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the local Virginia Chapter.

Where to find her:

Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your book here today, Toni. Please think of Whispers in Purple when your next book releases!

May God bless you richly and abundantly.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Autumn leaves are falling from the
trees, and we've raked in some great books for this month's Clash of the

Vote for your Fave!

Scroll through these releases and cast your vote for your fave.
It's a tough choice, but it's up to you to determine our Clash

Love's Faithful Promise  by
Susan Anne Mason

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with
wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. When Deirdre
O’Leary, a feisty New Yorker, arrives requesting he use his skills to
help her stricken mother, he has no idea how his life is about to


Feta and Freeways by Susan M.

Nikolos Action is the lead singer of the band and doesn't
realize love is right in front of him until their manager, Tia, is
almost killed trying to save his life. After years of ignoring her is it
too late to earn her trust...and her love?

Dangerous Alternative by Kelli

Hollywood grip, Levi Boulter unknowingly puts himself in
the crosshairs of a murder plot. Now, he'll do anything to keep the
woman he loves safe, even if it means losing her forever.

Inconceived by Sharyn Kopf

Realizing you’re a spinster is one thing; understanding what that means
and how to handle it is another. And, it would seem, Jolene, Uli and
Catie still have a ways to go before they truly comprehend what God is
trying to show them not only in their desire to marry but in their
longing to have children of their own.


Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler

After the sudden death of her parents, Vietnamese
socialite Cao Kim Lye steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to
enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi when she goes to live
with her Amerasian chauffeur and his adoptive family at a shop cum
living quarters.


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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.

Find Donna at: 

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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