Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Mountain Hike by author Harriet Michael

A Hike Through Matthew

Summer time is fast approaching. Time to think about summer vacation plans. Do you like roughing it while camping or staying in a fancy hotel? The beach or the mountains? Salt water or fresh water? Sand under your feet or a mountain path to hike?

Today, for a little pre-summer adventure, I’m going to lead you on a hike through the mountains in the book of Matthew. Let’s see what we discover.

The Mountain of Temptation
In Matthew 4:8, Satan took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. There the devil tempted Jesus by promising to give them all to Jesus if only Jesus would worship him. Because the Bible doesn’t tell us the name of this mountain, we don’t know exactly where it is. All we know is that it was a very high mountain. Of course, Jesus refused to worship Satan. Though He was tempted, Jesus did not sin.

The Mountain of a Sermon
A mountain is seen again in the next chapter of Matthew—chapter 5. This time it was a small mountain near the city of Capernaum and instead of being tempted, Jesus was preaching what is often referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount.” This sermon of Jesus contained the Beatitudes—a list of conditions under which a person is blessed. Again, the Bible doesn’t tell us the name of this mountain; just that it was near the city of Capernaum.

The Mountain of a Miracle
Jesus is once again on a mountain in Matthew 15: 29-39. Here, He worked a miracle, feeding 5,000 people with only the lunch of one little boy—just five little loaves of bread and two small fish. It was lunch time and the people were hungry. Jesus told them to sit down and they obeyed Him. Then he kept breaking up the little bit of food that was available and sharing it. Miraculously, there was enough to feed all the people with twelve baskets left over! The Bible does not give the name of the mountain but does locate it near the Sea of Galilee.

The Mountain of Transfiguration
Mathew 17:1-9 tells of the “Mount of Transfiguration.”  In this story, Jesus took three of his disciples with Him up to a mountain and his appearance changed right before their eyes. His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as snow. Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and began to talk to Him too. The three disciples stood near Jesus and watched in amazement.

The Mountain of Olives
In Matthew 24, Jesus is on a mountain again and this time the Bible tells its name—the Mount of Olives. Here, Jesus told the crowd listening to Him all about His second coming—the time when He will come back to the earth again.

The Mountain of Ascension
And finally, in the very last verses of Matthew after Jesus had been crucified and rose again, He claimed to have all authority in heaven and earth and He told His disciples to go into the world and tell others about Him in a passage often referred to as “the Great Commission.” Then He went up to heaven and He did all of this from a mountain, which again is not named.

Now we have hiked up and down the many mountains mentioned in the gospel of Matthew. Not the same sort of hikes we will take this summer but an interesting one just the same. It’s interesting to realize that mountains were important in Jesus’ life.

About the Author
Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet E. Michael is a writer, gardener, wife of over 35 years, mother of four, and grandmother of one.

She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has over a hundred and fifty published articles and devotions.

You can learn more about Harriet on her author page at or on her website.

Monday, May 1, 2017

HAVEN'S FLIGHT is taking off!

We are so excited about our newest suspense, HAVEN'S FLIGHT by Dena Netherton. With a strong faith thread and a high level of conflict and tension, suspense lovers are going to enjoy this one! Make sure you take a breath now and then, because Ms. Netherton doesn't offer many opportunities for normal breathing through this story!

What readers are saying:

"... quite gripping.  Rather than "painting" a story, it's more like the author has architected a three dimensional structure of a story. Well done!"

"... keep you on the edge of your chair."

"... I couldn't put it down!"

"... expertly reeled me in to the finish."

"... incredibly descriptive language ..."

"... a plot that captures your imagination and takes you to a setting that is as beautiful as it is dangerous."

"The unpredictable plot kept me guessing throughout."

Short Version of HAVEN'S FLIGHT:

How can you flee from an unseen enemy?

Haven Ellingsen enrolled in Life Ventures Therapy Camp in the Cascade Mountains to help her heal from horrible memories of her mother’s violent death at the hands of an armed robber. But now, a greater fear dogs her steps. The rustle of leaves or the snap of a twig could be nothing. Or it might signal the sinister presence of the stalker who won’t stop following her. It seems like a cruel trick from God to throw Haven into another dangerous situation only a year after her mom’s murder.

He hides near her tent and listens to the girl talk with the counselor. Mostly she talks about her father. She’s unhappy, and he can’t stand to listen and do nothing about it. He needs to rescue her. He needs to make sure she doesn’t ever go back to that man. His own father was the cause of his mother’s death. And Ruth’s. He can’t let that happen again. Not with this girl. When the time is right, he’ll take her away to his hidden cabin where she’ll be safe. And he will feel peace for the first time in years.

Can one month of survival training equip a girl to face all that the rugged wilderness and a madman can dish out?

First section:

Thomas Dade Boone held his breath and eased the back door shut. Then he listened hard, fearing the creak of his father’s pursuing foot on the upstairs landing. Hearing nothing, he turned noiselessly, hefted his duffle bag, and stepped onto the dark, dew-filled grass.

He patted his back pocket one more time to reassure himself that his wallet hadn’t somehow fallen out. He’d failed to escape his drunken father before. This time, he had money. This time, he would not fail.

A June fog eerily shrouded the half-acre that separated the old Tennessee country house from the barn and chicken coop. Beyond those buildings, in the midnight gloom of trees, his girl waited for him. Beautiful, dainty, and blue-eyed.

If the moon had been out, he would have glimpsed the shimmer of her long, pale hair reflected by the rays of the moon. Ruth. He crept around the barn and strained to see her. Once reunited in the trees, she’d reach her arms around his neck the way she’d done that other day in the barn, and pull his face down to hers for a kiss.

In the morning, his father would see that his bed hadn’t been slept in. Then he’d phone Ruth’s mama and find that her things were missing, too. They’d know. They should’ve known from the day Mrs. Gatling—soon to be Mrs. Bartholomew Boone, Thomas’s step-mama—brought Ruth over and introduced her as his future step-sister. That was nigh on four months ago. Ruth could never be his sister. Not when he’d fallen in love with her on first gander.

He cleared the open space in front of the barnyard, felt with his foot for the drainage ditch that formed the boundary of his father’s property, and leaped the six feet to the soft dirt on the other side. Beyond the ditch, a row of maple trees hid his father’s property from neighbors.

“Here, Tommy.” A feminine hand grasped his and tugged him under the branches of the nearest maple. “Did you get your daddy’s money?” Her fingers wormed around his back pocket.

“Hold your horses,” he whispered and nudged her hand away. “I got it. C’mon. Let’s git a ways down the road before we do any more talkin’.”

He gripped his duffle and they took off diagonally across the woods. In another quarter mile, they met the gravel lane to his father’s farm where it rounded the last acre of baby corn before intersecting with the county road. Though he couldn’t see it through the fog, just a tad farther down the road lay the bridge, then the town and the bus station.

He used his flashlight just long enough to help Ruth scramble across the dry ditch and up onto the road. Distant lights from the closest neighboring farm glowed like fading embers. A dog’s bark echoed from somewhere far off. His nostrils twitched at the familiar earthy scent of cow manure rising from the nearby fields.

“Can’t we use the flashlight? It’s too dark, Tommy. I’m gonna trip.”

“No, girl.” He pulled her closer. “Too risky jes yet. Someone might see the light and git suspicious.”

The warmth of her body and the brush of her bare arm filled his gut with fire. If they hadn’t been in such a hurry to get to town he would have held her and shown her just how she made him feel. “After we git over the bridge we can use the flashlight. There’re so many trees on the other side, nobody’ll see us.”

Minutes passed. No sign of pursuit. It had to be safe enough to talk now. “Once we’re in town we’ll have ’bout an hour till the bus comes through.”

Ruth gasped when she stumbled into an unseen rut in the road. She gripped his hand. “How long will it take to get to Cincinnati?”

“’Bout six hours, I think.” He shifted the duffle bag and rolled his shoulder to work out the stiffness. “But once we git there, we can buy a ticket to anywhere.”

“We got that much money?”

“Uh-huh. Tons.” A soft breeze cleared the haze for a moment, and the sickle moon dimly revealed Ruth’s pretty face. She gazed up at him with such adoration that he dropped the duffle, scooped her up and swung her around, making him dizzy.

“I love you, Ruth.” He lowered his lips to hers, and she clung to his neck.

They’d get so far away that his father would never be able to knock him around anymore. Some safe place. In a few months, he’d be old enough to marry Ruth, and then they could get started on having all those babies she was always talking about. His father wouldn’t win this time.

He set her down and they started to walk again.

“How come you didn’t bring your rifle? How you gonna hunt without it?”

Thomas gave a little snort. “Now can you just see us gittin’ onto the bus and me totin’ that thing? Looks suspicious enough, us being teenagers.”

Their boots crunched on the gravel road. A cricket chirped, then silenced as they passed nearby. “Besides, I’ll get a job, and then I can buy a really good gun. I’ll bag a deer, and you can make us venison steaks every night.”

Ruth sighed with a voice as sweet as molasses on a cornmeal biscuit. He ran his hand down her soft hair. Yes, they’d find a place where his father wouldn’t be able to track them. As far as his money would take them.

The foggy night air laid a sheen over his face. Gurgling sounds, the echo of currents slapping the banks, the silken slipping of leaves as they washed over soggy branches—the song of the river—made him quicken his pace. They rounded a bend and their feet met concrete. The bridge loomed up ahead. Thomas hadn’t set foot on the bridge since …. A pain, hardly dulled by the passage of nine years, squeezed his heart … since his Mama had died.

She’d been running from Father, too.

He held his breath for the last seconds it took to reach the structure. At the edge, he peered over the bridge’s guardrail. The water flowed swift and deep. Deadly, after a season of rain, with a jagged log or two hiding in the murky underwater, like mean old snapping turtles. Crazy currents. He’d taken the canoe out last year when it was like this. Wanted—out of some perverse need—to see the spot where his mama had died. He’d accidentally rammed the canoe into a submerged log. When his father saw the hole in the boat and found out where he’d been, he beat him with two belts tied up together.

Thomas started at the approaching crunch of tires on the gravel road behind him. His heart pounded at the sound of the motor. Had to be Father’s truck. The lights of a big vehicle crashed through the murk, and its diesel engine snorted like a raging feral hog. Fear and hatred seized Thomas’s gut and twisted it till his breath came out in short gasps. Ruth stood paralyzed and her big eyes searched his with a pleading look.

“I’m scared, Tommy.”

“Quick, Ruth, run ‘n hide down the bank.”

But Ruth seemed glued to her spot on the paved bridge. “Run, girl, before he sees you.” The roar of the truck drowned out his voice. Thomas shoved her behind his body and braced his legs as if fixing to stand up to the blast of a hurricane. He blinked into the glare of Father’s headlights.

The truck screeched to a halt and Judge Bartholomew Boone opened the door and launched himself onto the pavement. He stuffed the truck keys into his pocket. Thomas trembled when the silhouette of his father’s form passed in front of the headlights. Strong, purposeful steps approached. Though not as tall as Thomas, he had a head and shoulders of massive proportion and a voice to match. Even big men trembled when Father’s voice thundered from the judge’s bench.

“Thomas, step aside.” His father’s eyes dismissed him as if he were no more than another small-time criminal in his court, facing sentence.

Thomas turned slightly and shook his head. “N-no, Sir.”

Only a twitch in his father’s graying mustache betrayed surprise. “Boy, do you dare to disobey your father?” The man raised his arm to backhand Thomas’s face.

No, no, no, no. You won’t win this time. Before the slap connected, Thomas lunged and sent his own fist into the man’s gut.

Judge Boone hunched over and clutched his stomach, unable to speak.

“You’re never going to hit me again.” Thomas’s jaw clenched so tight he almost couldn’t get the words out.

Ruth started to cry.

“You-you made Mama go away. You take away everything I care about. Well, you can’t take Ruth.”

Thomas turned, pushed Ruth ahead of him, and hurried away. They’d made it halfway across the bridge when a hand grasped his shoulder and spun him around. His father’s fist met bone and flesh. Thomas crashed to the pavement, clutching his jaw. The world seemed to tilt and twirl. It took Ruth’s scream to bring him back to full consciousness. His eyes focused on his father, dragging Ruth toward the truck.

Thomas scrambled to his feet and ran after them. He threw himself onto his father’s shoulders. Ruth scurried out of the way of his flying fists. But this time the judge was ready. He guarded his head and blocked his son’s punches.

“You come at me again, boy, and I’ll have you thrown in jail for a year.”

Breathing hard, Thomas stared at his father, at the sagging jowls and the discolored cheeks that came from hard drinking, the cruelty that had etched deep lines around the man’s eyes.

“I’ll tell them about you—how you beat me like an old mule.”

“You think they’d believe you?”

When his father snickered, Thomas’s breath emptied like a punch to the gut.

“I’m a judge and you, well, you’re just a troubled boy who never got over his ma dying.”

From somewhere deep, a roar thundered up Thomas’s torso and erupted. He lurched for the man’s throat. But strong as he was, he could not overpower his father. Another blow made him stagger backward.

Ruth ran to him and tried to stop him. “Please, Tommy, take me away from here. Let’s go.”

Thomas’s father laughed. “You think you’re going to get far? The police will pick you up before you even get over the county line.” He straightened and swaggered back to the truck. In the glare of the headlights he called out, “By tomorrow morning, you’ll be in jail and Ruth will be back where she belongs.”

All true. The police would be looking on every road, every bus station, every train station. At the age of seventeen, the law would say Thomas had no safer place than his parent’s home. And Ruth was only sixteen. After Mrs. Gatling married his father, Ruth would surely have to endure the same kind of beatings Thomas had lived with all his life.

“You can’t beat me, Thomas. I always win.” As if to rub it in, he lifted the corner of his lip like a dog at a fire hydrant.

Thomas’s face drained of expression. His father would win again. There was no way to keep Ruth safe. Except.

The whoosh of Tommy’s pulse surged in his brain, rivaling the roar of the river fifty feet below them. He shut his eyes and saw again the image of his mama’s car as it sailed off the bridge, sailed far away from his father. The river had rescued Mama. It would do the same again.

He looked down at Ruth.

“Please, Tommy, let’s get away.”

Yes, get away. For good.


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

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 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 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!

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


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!


"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

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

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!)


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!

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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.


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

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


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. 


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! 

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.


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!


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 cliché, 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?


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.


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!


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


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.