Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter Ears



Easter Sunday presented me with the reality of focusing on the cross up close and personal once more. Easter weekend causes us to reflect first on the suffering of Christ and then the joy of His resurrection. But, what if there had been no resurrection?

When I met Jesus up close and personal for the first time, I couldn’t stop saying, “Jesus died for me!” Even if I’d been the only person on earth, He still would have gone to the cross. That’s how much He loves us––John 3:16.

Now, the Easter baskets will find their way into closets or storage areas until next year. But, where is Jesus’ place in my home and life after Easter? Will I tuck Him into storage areas of my heart where He will wait patiently at a distance for my attention? Or, will Easter morning be continual in my heart?

This year, I thought about Easter baskets and how to communicate the Easter story to little ones. God
tells us to think like children. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV).
  • In my children’s books series, Really RareRabbits, the little rabbits hear someone teaching about Jesus. They listen. They press their ears to the window to hear more. As adults, are we too busy and distracted to listen to God’s voice?
  • Do we press our ears to God’s heavenly window and listen to His voice or have we come away from God’s window and only hear the world’s noise?
  • Even a child can hear the story of the cross and believe. It’s a simple message of love. Jesus came to earth to die for all so that we might live with Him in heaven for eternity––if we only believe. 
Easter is a time of renewal and reflection. Let’s continue to reflect on all Christ did for us on the cross. And, rejoice because he’s not on the cross, He is risen! If He had not risen, we would have no hope of eternal life.

So, let’s determine to press our ears to God’s window and listen to His voice not only on Easter morning but always––with our elbows on heaven’s windowsill and our Easter ears pressed tight like the little rabbits in my stories.

About the Author

Peggy Cunningham is a devotional and children's author and missionary to Bolivia. You can learn more about Peggy and her books, including her latest DANCING LIKE BEES, at her author page at www.WriteIntegrity.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

3 Reasons to LOVE April Fool's Day - No 4!

by Marji Laine

Sick of the pranks and jokes and silliness of April Fool's Day? Boy, when I was teaching, I LOVED the times that April 1st fell on the weekend!

But this year, I can't WAIT for April Fool's Day, and I have 4 reasons why ...

Reason #1
COUNTER POINT (a finalist in the Grace Awards) is only 99¢ on April 1st and 2nd. Need a new read? How about a spine-tingling suspense twisted together with a riveting mystery and scintillating romance? That's what you get with COUNTER POINT, all wrapped up with a strong message of faith in a "game" of ultimate power.






Reasons #2, #3, and #4:

Some of my sister authors of mystery and suspense at Write Integrity Press have their books on sale at 99¢ as well. BETTER THAN REVENGE is a riveting romantic suspense with a side of creepy. IMPERFECT TRUST is book 2 of the Cameron Family series and full of action and adventure along with doses of romance and espionage. MISSTEP offers a twisted mystery in a town full of outright oddities that offer out-loud laughs!

Four mystery/suspense novels in four completely different flavors can satisfy your every whim and get your spring starting right!


And all of this is to celebrate the first release from a new suspense series, The Hunted, by one of our newest sister authors, Dena Netherton! HAVEN'S FLIGHT is available for pre-order right now. It is 40% off, only $2.99, until April 3rd. This is an intense suspense with a creepy stalker! And DEFINITELY worthy of your time!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Award Finalists!

Monday, the finalists for the Grace Awards were announced and among them were three of our own!
For best YA (Young Adult) book: Cynthia Toney's 6 DATES TO DISASTER. Here's the short version of the story:
When Wendy's family faces financial hardship, she must find a way to see Mrs. V and Sam again--but will she lose David forever in the process?
For her mom's birthday, Wendy finds an old jewelry box at a flea market--the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. Inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Wendy's curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side, eager to help. Who wrote the note, and did the intended recipient ever see it?
But Wendy needs more personal and urgent help--the financial kind. Wendy's stepfather has lost his job, and the family's plan to visit Alaska on vacation is headed down the sewer like a hard Louisiana rain. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again?
An opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, and Wendy's money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before.
In the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.
And for best Action/Adventure book, we have a tie between:

Betty Noyes' IMPERFECT BONDS and Marji Laine's COUNTER POINT. That's going to be a hard choice for some judge! Here are the short versions for these stories:


Some bonds hold strong despite our efforts to break them.
Cassidy Cameron’s life is in a tailspin. Her estranged twin sister hates her. Her family tiptoes around her. She’s lost her driver’s license and any hope of a new job. Worse, the arrogant town deputy who stole her heart wants more than she’s willing to give … or is she the one who wants more from him? And now she’s being threatened by a pair of unsavory ruffians.
Deputy Derek Naughton is stumped and aggravated by a series of malicious pranks around the county. Add in a too-smart German shepherd and a too-sexy troublemaker who also happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s ready to cry uncle.
Derek pulls out his guns instead when Cassie stumbles into a maelstrom of illegal arms deals, illicit drugs, and human trafficking.
This sizzling romantic suspense is chock full of nail-biting,
edge-of-your-seat action.

Someone is determined to finish a murdered hit man's final assignment.
Her father's gone. Her diner's closing. Her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose. Except her life. And a madman's bent on taking that away.
Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart.
Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and several godly people killed, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats. Cat’s resistance to his protection and the stirring of his long-denied feelings for her complicate his intentions, placing them both in a fight for their lives.
Can she survive when ultimate power wants her dead?

Find all of the finalists at Amazon and information for them at GraceAwardsdotorg.wordpress.com. Winners to be announced May 31. Which would you choose as your favorites?



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Release TODAY by Fay Lamb!

Hope, a contemporary romance by author Fay Lamb, takes the reader into the life of a young woman, Hope Astor, who has lost so much. When she believes there is nothing else to lose, Hope discovers she has breast cancer. Without a cent to her name, Hope is ready to give up and accept the inevitable, but her friends have become an eclectic family, and they encourage her to keep going. They also rally around to give her the emotion and financial support necessary to seek the best oncological surgeon in Central Florida. Trouble is, Hope is the reason Dr. Duvall’s sister is dead, and she doesn’t think saving her life is on his list of priorities.

Hope is a story of one woman’s desire to endure illness and to be example of someone who needs to know a greater love than she has to offer him. When Daniel Duvall agrees that his oncological practice will treat Hope’s cancer, Hope must humble herself to accept a kindness she knows Daniel does not want to provide. Through her ordeal, Hope soon learns that the curves in our lives might be a highway to exactly what one needs. As Daniel works with Hope through her treatment, he sees the change in the young, vibrant, and once-racy woman he has always adored but thought he could never forgive. Daniel’s grieving mother would not be happy to know that he’s helped the young woman who took her daughter from their lives, but Daniel is learning that forgiveness is freedom and that freedom opens doors once thought locked forever. When Daniel finds himself falling in love, Hope has a closed door of her own: she could never allow their love to flourish unless they have his parents’ approval.

Lamb says, “I have never had cancer, but I have known people in my life who have gone through the struggles of chemo, surgery, and radiation. Some endured and others lost their lives, but all are heroes to me. While some novels with characters enduring medical illness focus more on the disease than on the plot, Hope is a story with hope at its center and a sweet romance of two people in love separated by the consequences of one’s actions.”

Hope releases March 14, 2017 and is available through Amazon.com and other retailers as are Charisse and Libby, also a part of Fay’s The Ties That Bind series which is set in Central Florida.


About the Author:

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren. Fay also spends much of her time in Western North Carolina where she enjoys writing and watching the ever-changing beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.


Fay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken, the first three novels in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase, as are the first three books, Charisse, Libby and now Hope, in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CAPTURE THE MAGIC: A Sale and a New Release!

This contemporary retelling of Queen Esther's story is the first stand-alone book in the Mended Vessels Series. Not only can you get FOR SUCH A MOMENT for 40% off ($2.99) but today is the RELEASE DAY of the 3rd book of the Mended Vessels Series, THE SECRET HEART. Here's the information about FOR SUCH A MOMENT, but check below for the short version of THE SECRET HEART!

Get FOR SUCH A MOMENT!
Revealing her secret could save lives … or change hers forever. In this book that re-imagines the story of Queen Esther in a contemporary setting, Ellen Neilson enjoys her comfortable life as the wife of an American CEO. Having lived in America since the age of ten, she has forsaken her mixed heritage and kept aspects of her childhood secret. Her husband has become engrossed in his job, and she believes having a child will salvage their troubled marriage. When her cousin Manuel, whom she hasn’t seen for twenty years, shows up as one of her husband’s managers, Ellen fears that her past will be revealed. The company buys a banana plantation in her native country of Guatemala, and Manuel informs her that illegal pesticides have poisoned the water. People are dying, but she doesn’t know who’s to blame for the cover-up.
 Readers loved this book; twenty-eight of them gave it 4.9 Stars!

  • "I couldn't put this book down!" 
  • "This is one of those books that pulls you into the story and won't let go till you finish it!"
  • "This book was very intriguing and inspiring. Very well written!"
  • "A bit of mystery, intrigue, travel, espionage, betrayal ... Glad I read it!"
  • "Loved it! Got hooked on the characters!"
And you also need to get THE SECRET HEART!

Truth is messy. But will their shared secret destroy his political career—or sabotage their marriage? 
After a whirlwind romance, beautiful Shawna Moore marries Hunter Wilson, the governor of Tennessee. Now, she wonders if the governor ever loved her or only hoped to avoid a scandal. 
In this modern re-imagining of the biblical story of Bathsheba and King David, an investigative reporter is asking questions—the wedding took place only six weeks following the death of Shawna’s first husband in Iraq. If he discovers the truth about Shawna’s baby, Hunter’s chances for reelection, as well as Shawna’s reputation, will be ruined. 
But keeping their secret is destroying their marriage. 
Will Hunter’s choice mean the end of his political career or his family?

Outstanding reading from a master story-teller! Don't miss this opportunity!

Monday, February 20, 2017

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Riveting YA Novel

Called "the Judy Blume of this generation," Cynthia Toney broaches delicate issues in this her second of the Bird Face series. With 4.7 Stars, this book is a steal at only 99¢ - TODAY ONLY!

Get 10 STEPS TO GIRLFRIEND STATUS!

"Without knowing or caring where I'd wind up, I sneaked out of the house and took off running." 
Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants in high school: two loyal best friends, a complete and happy family, and a hunky boyfriend she's had a crush on since eighth grade--until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That's when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a 1960s scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say "crawdad," Wendy digs into the scandal and into trouble. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V's cute hearing-impaired grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why. 
Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away? And will she lose all the friends she's fought so hard to gain?

This story addresses first innocent romance, a blended family, friendship with an Alzheimer's victim, and an ancestral interracial relationship.

Here's what readers have said about 10 STEPS TO GIRLFRIEND STATUS:

A Judy Blume for this generation. With refreshing candidness, the author lets us see through Wendy's eyes as she navigates her first crush, her first heartbreak, her first dealings with mortality, and the difficulties in blending a family and learning about dark family secrets.


This is another winner for Cynthia Toney. I loved Bird Face, the first in the series. However, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status can be read without reading Bird Face as it is a stand alone novel, but I highly recommend you don't miss out on either one. These are great coming of age stories for young people. So insightful. I wish I had been able to read these books when I was growing up. Do yourself a favor and read these two novels, and then give them as a gift to some young people you know, because they have something to offer everyone.


Cynthia Toney's attention to detail makes this book outstanding. And Wendy's unique voice is still spot on. Cynthia has a knack for active use of verbs, no passive writing from this author. Cynthia kept my attention through the whole book, especially when Wendy set out to discover what happened to a relative of the past. I found the relationship between Wendy and her boyfriend sweet, and very clean. Nice going!


If only I had read a book like this when I was in junior high! Wendy is so much like I was, but I didn't figure out the 10th step until way past high school.
Cynthia Toney brings back to my mind all those horrible insecurities of the teen years, and weaves a story of wise advice against the background of our nation's history in race relations.
This book won't be on sale again this year, so don't miss your opportunity to get it at 75% off!

And while you're in the mood to get a good deal on a great book, pre-order THE SECRET HEART by Marie Wells Coutu (the 3rd stand-alone story in her Mended Vessels series) for only $2.99 - a 40% discount! AND get a free book - THE DIVIDED HEART - a prequel to her third story. (Send your Amazon confirmation to freebookforpreorder@gmail.com.)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Romancing an Award-Winner!

Betty Thomason Owens won The Grace Award for ANNABELLE'S RUTH and has received 4.8 Stars from reviewers. This outstanding book is available TODAY ONLY for 40% off (just $2.99) at Amazon.

“If you think you can come back here and throw yourself on my mercy, you are quite wrong.” After their husbands perish in a fishing boat accident, Connie Cross determines to follow her mother-in-law, Annabelle, from Southern California to Tennessee. Her misgivings begin as they cross the bridge over the muddy Mississippi River. In their new town, where living conditions are far below their previous expectations, they must set up a household and hunt for work to survive. Thanks to the kindness of Annabelle’s handsome, young cousin, life begins to settle down. But Connie has a secret that could uproot them once again.
Inspired by the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth is a 1950’s era “Ruth” story, set in western Tennessee. How will Connie adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, racial tension, and culture shock?
Here are some of the things readers have said about ANNABELLE'S RUTH:
When I began reading Annabelle’s Ruth by Betty Thomason Owens I decided to put aside my knowledge of the biblical story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz and allow the author’s story to carry my imagination. After reading Annabelle’s Ruth I went to the Bible and read once again the wonderful story of love that endures. The author triumphed over the challenging endeavor to take a well-loved story and make it fresh and relevant.


This beautiful story is told gently and thoughtfully--trademark of Betty's writing. Readers of women's fiction will enjoy this one.


The tone and atmosphere of this Appalachian-feel story was so realistic I felt like I was living in 1950's Tennessee. The dialect was perfect, the setting beautifully described, and the characters completely identifiable.


I thoroughly enjoyed this 1950's-era retelling of the biblical story of Ruth. Connie and Annabelle are both such sympathetic characters. The depiction of Tennessee was very well done. The blossoming love between Connie and Alton was sweet. And I loved the dog! I highly recommend this book!
 This outstanding story won't be on sale again before next year! Take advantage of the opportunity!

And while you're in the mood to get a good deal on a great book, pre-order THE SECRET HEART by Marie Wells Coutu (the 3rd stand-alone story in her Mended Vessels series) for only $2.99 - a 40% discount! AND get a free book - THE DIVIDED HEART - a prequel to her third story. (Send your Amazon confirmation to freebookforpreorder@gmail.com.)