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.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Nowhere to Turn!

Fay Lamb's suspense books tend to have a sweet romance, and her romance series is just as highly acclaimed. CHARISSE, the first book of Fay's Ties that Bind series, has received 4.9 of 5 stars from 20 different people. An outstanding rating! And you can get the book TODAY for on 99¢ (that's more than 80% off!)

Get CHARISSE!

Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection.
Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay.
Here are some of the quotes from readers:
Haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time. So used to my mysteries & historical romance, I forgot the joys of a real life story & God's role in our lives. Refreshed & uplifted is how this story comes across. Tragedy can lead to true forgiveness & love if we step out of God's way.


I love this book. Charisse and young V.J. come to vivid life through the author’s skilled writing. From the first paragraphs I cared about her predicament and her son’s stark grief. When Judge Gideon Tabor is introduced, it’s easy to picture the football quarterback turned successful lawyer. More handsome than any guy has a right to be, with the bonus of a soft side. The relationship between Charisse, VJ and Gideon tugs at the heart as they struggle through present and past disappointments and dreams. Misunderstandings become huge barriers, as they can in real life. But faith also plays an important role in this story, and that brings hope.

With its well-written, heart-warming message of forgiveness and second chances, Charisse readily earns five stars. Highly recommended.


I'm so mad at myself! I started this book at about 11:00 p.m. And it is now 3:20!!!! I could not put the book down! It is one of the best books I have ever read! I am so glad I purchased this! Please keep writing! You are a fabulous author !! I loved the spiritual truths, I loved the romance, I loved the unexpected twist! I would give this book far more than five stars! Great job!


I really enjoyed this book. It was such a wonderful story of second chances, love, forgiveness and God's love. As a widow, I could definitely relate to the main character's emotions and her journey in finding God's plan for her life. This was a wonderful read and I definitely look forward to the next book in the series.
Don't miss this highly acclaimed read for more than 80% off! Your comfy reading chair deserves this uplifting, inspiring romance! Get CHARISSE!

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.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Near Death Experience

This moving, powerful book has accolades from almost 50 reviewers! (4.7 Stars!) And today ONLY, you can get an e-book copy of SAVING ERIC for only $2.99. That's 40% off the regular price.

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Templetons don't break down. Even when their worlds are falling apart. 
Eric Templeton's well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A helicopter pilot flies him to a remote mission hospital where Dr. Brock Whitfield and his daughter, Ellie, work to save his life. 
If Eric survives, his life may never be the same, and he still has to deal with the traitor who wants him dead. Eric wants justice, but Brock and Ellie know that Eric's survival is the least of his worries. What he needs most is mercy and truth.
 Here's what readers are saying about SAVING ERIC:
"What a blessing! This book came highly recommended by my daughter who read it in two days so I took the ebook on my flight to Israel. Altough I have over 2,000 book in my library, I NEVER read fiction books. However, this book sure passed the time much faster than all of the heavy reading to which I am accustomed."


"I loved this story! Joan Deneve combines the elements of betrayal, suspense, romance, and redemption beautifully into an exciting read that kept me turning pages to find out what happened next."


"Saving Eric is captivating! It catapults the reader from CIA Headquarters to an African mission hospital with stops in-between. Its characters are believable. Its plot is engrossing. Its message is profound. Having read it quickly to find out what happens next, I will read it again slowly to reflect on redemption. Definitely hope Joan Deneve has another work in progress!"


"What a powerful, heart touching story Joan Deneve has crafted in Saving Eric. I picked up the book after seeing it recommended by a friend and I have not been disappointed. Just the opposite actually. I am thoroughly impressed with Joan's storytelling gift and completely in love with the characters she's created. Except for the bad guy of course."
Enjoy your reading getaway with this outstanding book, but don't miss this sale. SAVING ERIC won't be on sale again this year! Get it TODAY before you miss your final chance!



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.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Unexpected Places

With almost a perfect 5.0 ranking on Amazon (with 20 reviews) this book is DEFINITELY worth it's HUGELY DISCOUNTED price (99¢) Today Only


Bitterness, a stalker, and a neighbor to die for. What's a girl to do?
Trailed by a stalker in New York City, Willow Thomas, a young ad executive, scurries back to her small North Carolina hometown and the lake house where ten years earlier a scandal revealed her entire life had been a lie, and a seed of bitterness took root in her soul. The cocoon of safety Willow feels upon her arrival home soon unravels when she meets opposition from her family, faces the man she left behind, and the stalker reveals he is close on her heels.

Can Willow learn to trust God to tear out her roots of resentment, reunite her family, ferret out a deadly stalker, and to rekindle the love she left behind?

Here is what some readers are saying about STALKING WILLOW.


Great book! It keeps you turning the pages with it's suspense and surprises. No doubt one of the best thrillers/love stories I've ever read. I can't wait to order Fay's other books.


What an exciting book. At 3:00 am I was still reading, trying to figure out where this entwined plot was leading, and couldn't stop until I found out. Nice twists.


Be prepared to be so caught up in this book that you forget everything around. Very hard to put down, the storyline was written so well, it was like watching a movie. I loved, loved this book!


This novel is possibly the finest example of contemporary Christian romantic suspense I've read. It kept me guessing throughout as to the familial relationships, motivation, and intent of each character I met. At one point, it made me cry, attesting my strong emotional connection with one of the characters.

Only 99¢ today and for the last time, at least for 2017. Don't miss this opportunity!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CAPTURE THE MAGIC: Time Hopping

The Roaring Twenties! What an intriguing era! Time hop at a huge discount and enjoy this fun read and tender romance from that bygone generation. 

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It's the Roaring Twenties and anything goes! Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career.
Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy. Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge. 
As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?
Here's what readers are saying about AMELIA'S LEGACY.
"I absolutely love this story about Nancy and Robert. I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down. The characters are well-developed and realistic. I loved them but hated the antagonist. Lots of suspense with unexpected twists and turns kept me glued all the way to the surprise ending. Lovely romantic plot.Get the tissues ready!"
"Betty Owen's roarin' twenties setting spiked my interest, and her smooth-paced writing kept it above the norm."

"I would recommend this book to young adults and as well as adults who enjoy a clean inspirational, historical romance. This is much more than a girl-meets-boy story. It is a story of family love, faith, and forgiveness with an ample dose of suspense mixed in."
TODAY ONLY, it is 40% off and available at $2.99. It won't be on sale again during 2017! Don't miss your 24-hour window of opportunity!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CAPTURE THE MAGIC Only 99¢ - 5-Star Ranking with 32 Reviews!

There's DEFINITELY something about this book! 


ROMANTIC SUSPENSE / ACTION ADVENTURE / EXOTIC LOCALES
A young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time... An ex-soldier determined to finish the mission...Assassins, traitors, passions, and a deadly race against time in pursuit of justice.

Evil stalks TJ McKendrick. 
Three years after burying her father, TJ visits Honduras where he died. While there, she witnesses a murder and is forced to flee.  
Don Castillo dreams of power. Funnel the drugs into the States and it's his. First though, he must kill the woman who dared spy on him.  
The last thing Garrett Cameron needs is another woman interrupting his life, but when the feisty vixen that put a monkey wrench in his mission two years ago shows up at his ranch running for her life -- what's a man to do? 
The attraction between TJ and Garrett bursts into flame in the midst of danger, a fierce desire that neither is prepared for. Her past is filled with betrayal. He's lived a life of violence, and love isn't for someone like him.
And TODAY only it's 99¢. Now it's not the first time it's been this price, but it will be the last time, at least for this year. Don't miss this riveting story.

CAPTURE THE MAGIC OF ROMANCE!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Capture the Magic: Special Treat from Elizabeth Noyes

Today is our LAST DAY to give away a free copy of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES, but our Capture the Magic promotion continues! Tomorrow, Imperfect Wings - the first book of the Cameron series - is only 99¢, part of the second half of our celebration of the season of love! Don't miss this chance to enjoy an excellent collection of romance!

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Excerpt from IMPERFECT LIES, Book 4 of The Imperfect Series, Coming Summer 2017

The fine lawn handkerchief, her something blue gift to the bride, lay on the dresser, waiting to be tucked into the sleeve of the wedding dress. Words adorned one edge of the linen, a short phrase, hand-stitched with silken thread the color of a perfect summer sky—A Forever Love.
How clichĂ©, and yet it summed up Lucy’s lifelong dream perfectly. How fitting they chose a Valentine wedding.
A forever love. Did such a thing really exist? Her parents' marriage of fifty-years would suggest so. But, how could a person know with any degree of certainty that they truly loved and were loved?
A fragment of scripture came to mind, wisdom from the New Testament. “Love is patient … love is kind … not easily angered … keeps no record of wrongs … perseveres.”
Wow. If the Bible speaks truth, then love means selfless devotion, unconditional loyalty, and can’t be turned on or off like a light switch. It endures despite a person’s worthiness or shortcomings, does not require qualification or justification, or even that your special someone loves you in return.

Since love is not a physical phenomenon with a quantifiable measure, it is difficult to apply a standard definition. Saint Bonaventure came close: “Love is its own measure and standard.”

How did you know you were in love with your special someone?

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This book sounds intriguing, but the question is deep. What confirmed that you had found the one
you were to be with? Share your answer, if you choose, below. Leave your email address in the comments to enter in order to win today's copy of The HEART SEEKER SERIES.

Last but not least, our Capture the Magic continues on February 14-21 with a book on sale every day. One book per day will be discounted 60% or more. Look HERE on our website, for more information and a schedule for the when the books will be on sale.

Come back tomorrow to see our winner listed and enter again by leaving another comment! Super-simple!

And learn more about Elizabeth Noyes and her Cameron series at her author page on the Write Integrity website.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Capture the Magic: Oh, How He Loves

What a blessing to be about the Lord's work on the Lord's day and in His house with His people.

The Lord shows his amazing love for you in so many ways! Sometimes He shows it by pouring out his blessings, "pressed down, shaken together, running over," and poured into your lap! (Luke 6:38)

And such blessings: exceeding abundantly more than you can ask or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

Sometimes, the Father loves you with purpose. He builds passion in your heart for the plans He has for you; "plans to give a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11) and then He will "equip you with everything good for doing his will." (Hebrews 13:21)

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

And sometimes our Father loves us with training. He loves us far too much to allow us to wallow in our bad habits, mistaken beliefs, and improper expectations. And like a potter scraping the unneeded clay from a work of art, or a gardener clipping back unnecessary branches, He is working to make us perfect in Him. 

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)

May your time with the Lord, today, be a reminder to you of how deep and abiding is His love for
you. That you may "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:18b-19)

If you'd like to enter for our second to last copy of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES, please leave a comment below with your email address. In what way is the Lord showing His love for you, today? Or are you having trouble seeing that great love?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Capture the Magic: What if ...

What a question!

For authors, that's the jumping off point of an exciting story.

  • What if all the computers died at once? 
  • What if the man hiding behind the plant is a desperate fugitive? 
  • What if those little lights in the sky started moving? 
  • What if the the lightning revealed a shadow of a man at the window?

Okay, not gonna lie. Some of those questions send a shiver down my spine.

Sometimes the scariest ones can come from the mouths of kids. Scary and confusing and able to silence the boldest of teachers without even trying.

But in this season of love, sometimes, that question, and those like it that deal with possible futures, are the type that tighten a grip around your gut and send sharp pains through your chest. With others getting engaged and married, the common concern is being "left behind."

And even being in a relationship doesn't solve the concern. When can you know you're "in love?" How can you speak the "L" word aloud? If you do, what will be the result? Does the relationship mean an eventual marriage? Is there "forever" in the other person's eyes? Will that expression actually remain forever?

If you're a Christian, you're completely immune to the worry and concern of the What if question.

Not.

But you do know that you won't be "left behind." You know that you ARE loved. You can speak what's in your heart to your Father and know you'll still be accepted and adored. And yes, the forever in the Father's eyes LITERALLY means FOREVER!

Totally cool.

So what "What if" question has you uptight today? Share it in the comments as your entry to win one of the final copies of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES! And beginning Tuesday (Valentine's Day) we've got a book each day that is going to be on sale. Don't miss this!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Capture the Magic: The Romance of Being There by Betty Thomason Owens

Betty's book, Amelia's Legacy, inspires her post today. And Amelia's Legacy just happens to be one of the books that we'll be deeply discounting next week. Stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, leave a comment here with your email address to enter for a chance to win today's copy of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES!

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Being there.

Sometimes that’s the most romantic thing. In my book, Amelia’s Legacy, the hero has a way of showing up at just the right time. Even when Nancy thinks she doesn’t need him, he’s there. Nancy learns to appreciate that, even comes to depend upon it.

In a marriage, “being there” can be a very romantic thing. Being there in the moment, whether facing each other over a family dinner, or standing side-by-side on a pier gazing at a beautiful sunset. By the way—no phones allowed, no television in the background—only the two of you. Remember those days?

I recently spent a week in the hospital with my husband as he recovered from a near-death illness. The experience drove home the importance of being there. Holding his hand, helping him eat and drink, sometimes just letting him see my face, so he’d know I was there.

For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health—present. And I knew through every excruciating moment, if the tables had been turned, he’d have been there for me.

Isn’t it romantic? Very. Better than a couple dozen red roses. Even better than a pound of my favorite chocolate-covered caramels.

Robert Emerson was there for Nancy in Amelia’s Legacy. He stayed, even when he thought she didn’t want or need him. He stayed, because he loved her. Being there seals your love, binds your relationship, kindles the flame, and keeps the fire burning.

“It burns like blazing fire,
    like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
    rivers cannot sweep it away.” Song of Songs 8:7, NIV

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When has being there been all that you needed from your loved one. Or maybe you were the one who
blessed with being present. If you choose, share your experience in the comments.

Our Capture the Magic continues on February 14-21 with a book on sale every day. One book per day will be discounted 60% or more. Look HERE on our website, for more information and a schedule for the when the books will be on sale.

Come back tomorrow to see our winner listed and enter again by leaving another comment! Super-simple!

And learn more about Betty, her Legacy series and her Kinsman Redeemer series, at her author page on the Write Integrity website.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Capture the Magic: Saving Eric: The Birth of a Novel by Joan Deneve

Congratulations to Paula for winning yesterday's copy of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES! Will you win the next one? Simply leave a comment with your email address to enter for today's free copy!

One of our outstanding romances that will be discounted next week, SAVING ERIC has a beautiful story about its beginnings, even beyond the novel itself.

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July 18, 2016

I'm still surprised when God answers prayer. Don't get me wrong. I've been a believer and practicing woman of faith for over forty years. I've seen God do some amazing things, and yes, even miracles, in answer to prayer. On the other hand, I've experienced times when God remained silent to my anguished cries.

My mouth will tell you that I believe God can do anything, but sometimes my heart counters, "But will He?" At such times, I try to fall back on what I know to be true: That God is a good God who is also wise and all-knowing; That our God is sovereign, which is a fancy way of saying He is God and I am not; that He gets to call the shots.

It was out of these thoughts, feelings, and questions that my first novel Saving Eric was born. I wanted to illustrate that God's plan is sometimes bigger than what we can presently see, and that we can trust God to always do what is needed and right.

Through this character-driven novel, three basic truths about God come to light:

  1. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think. These words, taken from Ephesians 3:20, are the foundational truth behind Brock Whitfield's faith. Brock's faith is strong because it was forged in the crucible of deep failure, disappointment, and loss. He passes on what he has learned about trusting God to all the staff at the mission hospital he started in Angola.
  2. God sometimes lets us be the answer to our own prayers. This is probably my favorite truth. Brock had prayed for Eric Templeton for years, but he never dreamed God would allow him to be part of the answer. What an exciting thought! God not only gives us the desires of our hearts, but He also lets us be part of the answer! 
  3. God uses broken people to help other broken people. We are all broken. That's why we need a savior. God is in the business of changing lives. Brock, Ellie, Eric, and Bob—all are broken and in need of God's truth and God's grace to turn their lives around. 

These fictional characters struggle with things we all struggle with. Using Brock as spiritual mentor, I take the reader down the path of some of my own spiritual battles and questions. My goal was to portray God realistically and faithfully. He is a God who does not always answer the way we think He will or should, but His answer is always the best one. It's a hard lesson to learn, and one that must be relearned many times in one's life.

I wrote the book, tweaked, re-wrote, and tweaked some more, and after three long years, I doubted that I would ever get my book published. So in 2014, I did the unthinkable. I gave God a deadline. Granted, I gave Him a year, but it was still a deadline. I asked for two specific requests. Big requests. Not the generic, "God bless my children and keep them safe." (Nothing wrong with that either)
I prayed on January 1, 2014 for God to come through and answer the two requests I had been praying for three years. I committed to prayer that 2014 be the year both requests would be answered. At every prayer meeting, everybody knew my hand would go up, and I would mention two unspoken prayer requests.

Did I ask in faith? You bet. Did I really believe the requests would be answered? Sort of. In September, fully nine months after asking that original prayer, I was thrilled beyond words to finally have a contract for my novel to get published! Check off first request!

I'll tell more about the second request after the photo


The second request was more of a challenge. Okay, I'll go ahead and tell you, I prayed for God to let my son find a good, godly wife. I still had hope, but I had already decided to let God off the hook in case it wasn't His timing or His will. (Like He needed for me to let Him off the hook.)

The answer came on Christmas Eve. My son visited and announced that he had met a girl, a special girl, who just might be "the one." Unfortunately, like Rhoda who refused to believe Peter was actually out of prison and knocking on the door, I responded with "You're kidding."

How's that for faith?

I'm thankful God answers even weak faith! My novel was published on February 14, 2015, and I like to think of it as God's Valentine to me. My son was married in October of 2015, probably not just because of my prayers, but because God is so good!

Let me sum it all up. God is real. God is good. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think. Our God loves us and delights to show Himself strong on our behalf. But His ways are not our ways. Sometimes He says, "No." Sometimes He says, "Wait." Sometimes He is silent, and at such times, we must do as the song says, "When we can't trace His hand, we trust His heart."

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What a touching post. Have you waited on the Lord? Maybe you're waiting now. Please share your
thoughts when you leave your email address.

Last but not least, our Capture the Magic continues on February 14-21 with a book on sale every day. One book per day will be discounted 60% or more. Look HERE on our website, for more information and a schedule for the when the books will be on sale.

Come back tomorrow to see our winner listed and enter again by leaving another comment! Super-simple!

And learn more about Joan Deneve and her books at her author page on the Write Integrity Press website.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Capture the Magic: Capture the Moment by Fay Lamb

Yesterday's winner is Ginger Solomon! Yea! You'll receive THE HEART SEEKER SERIES link at the email you left in your comment.

So thankful that Fay Lamb shared her romantic tidbit! Be sure to leave a comment with your email address to enter for the free copy of THE HEART SEEKERS SERIES that we'll be giving away first thing in the morning.

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My husband is a data machine. He remembers dates and times while I can’t even recall today’s date or what occurred yesterday. I’ve been sitting with this data machine in the University of Florida’s stadium, affectionately known as The Swamp, for years.

You have to picture my husband, sitting in the seats we inherited from his father, seats he’s enjoyed since he was six years old. That’s a half a century. He’s grown up surrounded by die-hard Gator fans. Yet, he can gather all their attention by pointing to the field and declaring, “I remember in 1966 when Steve Spurrier …”

Me? I have to ask him who the Gators played last week and if they won—even if I attended the game.

The data machine doesn’t sound very romantic, does he?

But he also has a romantic side, and he woos me with it when he says, “I wouldn’t trade walking into the room on July 11, 1987, for all the money in the world.”

I wouldn’t have remembered the year short of his repeating it often, but I do remember what happened on that date. My data machine walked into a room and pretended to be my date because some deviant was hitting on me. I left the party with the data machine and never looked back, and every anniversary of our first date, he romances me off my feet with his declaration.

He woos me on our wedding anniversary as well, but shh … don’t tell him. We married on his birthday so that I’ll never forget the date.

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Be sure to leave your comment with your email address. Fay's hubby has an unexpected romantic
side. Have you experienced that before? One of the comments yesterday was about how her husband just showed up unexpectedly with a single rose. Oo-la-la! It's the little things that can make such a difference! Share one of yours or something you've witnessed!

And don't forget that our Capture the Magic continues on February 14-21 with a book on sale every day. One book per day will be discounted 60% or more. Look HERE on our website, for more information and a schedule for the when the books will be on sale.

Come back tomorrow to see our winner listed and enter again by leaving another comment! Super-simple!

And learn more about Fay Lamb at her author page on the Write Integrity Press website.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Capture the Magic: Watch Out by Marji Laine Clubine


This month, the season of romance, is the time when we relish in the love we have for others. And it’s the time for romance!  Nothing better than snuggling down in front of a fire with a loved one. And snuggling down in front of that same fire with a sweet romance is almost as delightful.

Today, we’re giving away a free e-copy of THE HEART SEEKER SERIES. Leave a comment below with your email address to enter. We'll be drawing a winner every morning from the day's comments. And while you're at it, share a funny, romantic experience that you’ve had or heard about.

Here’s one from my history. My mom always had a saying, “Watch out for the railroad tracks.” See, when my brother or I drove to church, we had to drive over 4 sets of tracks. It was her way of saying “I love you.” But before I get all mushy …

Railroad tracks have a whole new meaning when you have to get braces. And I had them three times; first in 6th grade, then as a freshman in college, and finally my senior year in college. I got them off for the last time just a few months before my wedding.

And I’ll never forget the way my mother’s words echoed through my brain the time that my fiancĂ©’s lip got pulled by the bracket on my front tooth.

“Yeah, dude. Be careful of the railroad tracks!”

So, share something from your past or that you’ve heard. Tuesday’s always a good day to chuckle!

And here are a few things to remember: First, tonight at 7PM Central, Marie Wells Coutu and I will be chatting on Blog Talk Radio at the Publishing Laine program. We’ll be talking about her new book and also about the current awards season. Join us!

Last but not least, our Capture the Magic continues on February 14-21 with a book on sale every day. One book per day will be discounted 60% or more. Look HERE on our website, for more information and a schedule for the when the books will be on sale.

Come back tomorrow to see our winner listed and enter again by leaving another comment! Super-simple!

And learn more about Marji and her books at her page on Write Integrity Press

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5 Ways to Turn a Christian Adult Novel into a YA

By Cynthia T. Toney
Is your novel YA—or is it actually a clean adult novel with a teen protagonist?

This question often comes up in writers groups I belong to. And there’s nothing wrong with writing a good, clean or Christian adult novel that can also be read by teenagers. But before you think that having a young protagonist between the ages of 14 and 18 will allow your novel to fly as YA (Young Adult), consider the following differences.  This short list is the result of reading hundreds of novels for teens, writing a few, and hearing what other YA authors and editors have to say on the subject. If your adult novel has some of these characteristics, maybe it could be—or should be—YA.

1. Voice.  Not only should the voice in a YA novel not sound adult, but it also must sound like the age of the protagonist, and that differs greatly between ages 14 and 18. It can be the difference between the voice of a beginning high school freshman and a graduating senior. In any instance, sentences tend to be shorter than in an adult novel and often incomplete or phrases, just as a teenager speaks. Note: In spite of trends in secular YA, Christian YA does not usually contain profanity.

2. POV.  Most good YA novels are told from a single point of view. Teens typically want to place themselves inside the head of the protagonist and stay there.  Rarely do I see POV in a teen novel switch to a parent or other adult, even an antagonist, and then it often detracts from the story. If there is a second POV, it’s usually that of a love interest or a teen antagonist.

3. Not as much religion.  I’ve read many good Christian YA novels, but morals and life lessons are most often conveyed to the reader through the teen characters’ words and actions, especially how they deal with their struggles and overcome their mistakes. Unless a priest or preacher character is important to the plot, teen readers will likely view a scripture reading, sermon, or religious discussion coming from a religious leader—or any adult—as an intrusion. In YA, teen characters are supposed to find their own way and solve their own problems as much as possible. Good examples demonstrated by adult characters, along with a small amount of verbal guidance when necessary, go a long way. Christian teen characters pray, read their bibles, attend church, etc. but young readers want to learn the teens’ perspectives on religious or moral matters, not those of fictional church leaders.

4. More narrative, lots of angst.  Most teens worry about everything in spite of their faith. They sometimes forget to rely on faith until the going gets really rough. They must think through a lot of choices that adult experience has eliminated for the rest of us, although sometimes teens forget to think when we want them to. Dialogue shouldn’t outweigh the narrative containing their thoughts, which can include non-vocal communication with the Lord. Note: Let your teen protagonist express his emotions, even inappropriately, and more inappropriately than an angry Christian adult would.

5. Focus on specifically teenage problems.  Many more such problems exist than when I was a teen, and YA authors must pick and choose those to address in fiction. For example, I don’t want to write about self-mutilation such as cutting. It happens, and some teens want to read about it, but my personal feeling is that if I knew of a teen engaged in cutting, I’d notify her parents immediately, if not call an ambulance. And that would kill the story. So far, I haven’t encountered any YA Christian novel that addresses confusion over gender identity, although the rate that topic appears in secular YA seems greater than the rate it appears in society. The topic of teen sex and pregnancy, if handled well in Christian YA fiction, can benefit readers. Fortunately, YA authors can still write entertaining stories about timeless subjects of first love, innocent dating, cliques, school problems, planning for college, and understanding oneself.

A book that taught me early on some of the characteristics of YA is Wild Ink by Victoria Hanley. Other such guides exist that can help.

If your story is too mature for YA, look into New Adult (NA) to see if it would be a better fit. Living independently, forging a career, and getting engaged or thinking about marriage are topics in NA, a relatively new category in fiction with possibilities for all the genres we enjoy. Protagonists are in their early twenties.

Are you being called to write for a young adult audience? It’s an endeavor worth praying about and can be both satisfying and rewarding.

About the Author

Cynthia is a former advertising designer, marketing director, and interior decorator who holds a BA in art education with a minor in history. While employed by a large daily newspaper, she tried to rewrite some ad copy without permission and got into trouble for it. At that point, she knew she was destined to become an author.

Learn more about Cynthia at her author page at the Write Integrity Press website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

God's Perfume by Peggy Cunningham

How’s the new year going for you so far? For me, it brought a novelty to our city down under the equator––Cochabamba, Bolivia. This modernity is huge. And, it’s the first of its kind where I live. What is it?

It’s a mall! Could it be a real mall? We have a few shopping centers that pretend to be a mall. I had to see it for myself. Driving up to the entrance, I gasped, much impressed. It’s real. It towers above buildings nearby, and clean and shiny is an understatement. Quite the contrast from our marketplace where bathrooms are few, dust and dirt cover the streets, and aromas aren’t pleasant.

I ventured up the clean, shiny escalators––all five of them. After I’d visited four floors, I arrived at the top floor––wow, a food court. Finally, fifteen minutes into the tour, I returned to the front entrance. Done. No shopping. Many baby stores, but I have no babies, and sports stores galore, but I’m not athletic. And, I don’t need furniture. So I found a comfortable chair (unique also) and waited for my husband’s arrival.

Glancing through a store window to a street outside returned me to reality. Seated in that humungous
modern building, I mentally bolted back in time. The picturesque view out the window captured Bolivia’s charm––a typical, tiny store, horns honking, and the simple life. I welcome change, but
nostalgia comforts me. Just then, a familiar aroma engulfed me. I identified it immediately and followed the aroma––donuts, another novelty. Now those were worth buying. And, I did!

In my new book, Dancing Like Bees, I write about change. We should constantly be changing to become more Christ–like. How? The Honeybee gives us a clue. Each Honeybee has a distinct odor for each member’s identification. How do we identify as Christians and change our world? “For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”
(2 Corinthians 2:15).

A mall provides a pleasant change to my routine, and a whiff of donuts entices my appetite, but reaching the odorant receptors of those around me with a distinct godly aroma is the change I hope for this year.

How about you? Will you be God’s perfume this year?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Impress an Editor in 9 Steps: Part 5

Dear Editor,
Here you go. Talk to you soon.
Signed
Me

No, this isn't a real cover letter. However, some proposals have come through our offices with nothing at all in the email, not even a signature. 

It's hard to say if a cover letter/email like that is being used to force an editor to open the proposal or from an author who is too busy or too shy to actually use the skills they want to sell.

When you write to an acquisitions editor… WRITE to the editor. After all, you are a writer. This is a person you’re emailing. Engage him or her just like you would if you met on the street. An e-mail is a letter after all. Take a moment to introduce yourself and share a little about why you're righting.

Not only is the email a letter, the person to whom you are writing is representing a business. Professionalism is always a plus. Talk to them in your initial email. Tell them why you’ve chosen to email them. Give them a little background on your story that might not fit into part of the proposal attachment.

Publishing companies, even small ones, receive hundreds of proposals every year. Sometimes, they receive hundreds of proposals every week! It’s easier for them to reject a project than it is to accept one. Especially from an author with no publishing experience. Show how well you can engage your audience by engaging them. Give them every reason to pick you.

My best advice: Show, through that initial email, the passion you have for your topic or the enthusiasm you have for your story. Enthusiasm is contagious and can go a long way in moving your book through to publication.

And if you have a question about publishing, queries, proposals, or what type of publishing is right for you, drop a line right here! Our executive director, Marji Laine Clubine, might use your question on her radio show, February 7 at 7PM Central (Publishing Laine). If she uses your question, she'll send you a free book.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NEW BEGINNINGS by Harriet Michael

Are you a morning person or a night one? I’m a morning person. I love mornings! They always beckon me with the promise of a new beginning. Mornings have a freshness to me as if they hold a secret promise of great things that might happen as the day unfolds.

Some years ago as I was researching and writing my book on prayer, I came across so many passages in the scripture where one Bible character or another rises early in the morning to do something God had called them to do that day, or to seek God in some way. Here are some examples, just to list a few:

Abraham rose early the day he planned to offer Isaac as a sacrifice according to Genesis 22:3. He rose early again the day after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and he hurried to a place where he could look down on the cities to see if they had been destroyed or not. (Genesis 19:27-28)

Joshua rose early to travel to the Jordon before he crossed over. (Joshua 3:1)

David rose early to obey his father Jesse and take supplies to his brothers in battle. (1 Samuel 17:20)

God instructed Moses to rise early when he was to stand before Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go. (Exodus 8:20)

… and on and on it goes. If you look for this pattern in the scripture, you will find it.

So, what’s the lesson here? Is this bad news for those of us who do not care so much for mornings and need a little time and maybe a cup of coffee before we can even begin to embrace the new day? I don’t think so. I don’t think the biblical point is to love mornings as much as it is to get on with whatever God has for you to do in life. In the Bible times, before electricity, if they were going to apply themselves in whatever action they felt God had asked of them, they’d better not waste any daylight; they better get on with it.

Today, doing what God has asked of you may require staying up late instead of rising early. But the point remains--embrace the day! Or rather, embrace what God is calling you to do, and get busy doing it, whether that means getting up early or sleeping late because you stayed up late the night before.

And since it is now January, the new beginning of a brand new year—embrace that too.

About the Author

Harriet Michael is the author of over 150 articles and devotions along with her recent release, PRAYER: IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. Born on the mission field of Nigeria, she has a passion for the Lord and sharing His words.

You can learn more about Harriet at her author page on the Write Integrity Press website HERE, and buy her book in print or e-book HERE.