My Thoughts on the Election–as a Christian

I want to share my heart today. I’m burdened for America, but even more, for Christians who aren’t showing the love of Christ. This will be long, so I hope you’ll have the patience to read it. If it applies to anyone you know, maybe you’d be willing to share it and encourage others to think before they speak.

I’ll be honest. I voted for Trump. I almost voted for Evan MacMillan, as I felt he would be a much better choice, but he wasn’t given as an option in my state. I am not countenancing things that Trump has said or done, but I had to look at the forest instead of just one tree—I had to look at what our future could look like under a Clinton presidency, and I didn’t care for what I saw, especially where the Supreme Court was concerned.

But that’s not what I’m writing about now—I state that only to let you know I am not a Trump hater, nor am I a Trump worshiper or heavy supporter. What I AM is a concerned Christian who is seeing other conservatives and yes, even Christians, posting some ugly things about liberals and democrats who don’t believe like they do. That saddens me. It saddens me to see them hurt their witness and pull down the name of Jesus.

Does that mean I don’t think we should speak to sin, or call people out who are doing something totally against what we believe to be right, when they’re in a place of authority? Absolutely not. But calling then Nazis, or being disrespectful or nasty, is not going to win over hearts or change minds. It’s only going to incite anger and make them even more sure that Christians are intolerant bigots.

Please understand that I also have many Christian friends who are NOT this way—who are gracious, kind, thoughtful and would never slam another person, no matter what their beliefs or stance. They would use love when confronting, and do it in a way that does not bring shame to the name of Christ.

I’m asking that each of us examine our own hearts. Are we perfect? Have we ever sinned? Do we have all the answers? Do we have the right to throw the first stone? I don’t think so. Only Jesus can live up to those claims, and He didn’t stone the woman found in adultery. He forgave her and sent her on her way, telling her to sin no more, even though He was the only one who could have cast that stone. If He didn’t do it, what right do we have to do so? When you post something on FB or Twitter or any other social media site, please be aware there are many, many eyes who can see it—from young teens to non-Christians who might be looking for a reason to walk away—to people who are looking for hope and grace and forgiveness and acceptance. Can you be someone who offers that? Can you help bring peace to a broken nation, or will you choose to stir up more anger and hatred instead?

A friend recently said this to me:

Jesus would NEVER approach things in this manner. He came at the height of the persecution of Rome and the debauchery of that political system. He did not go march on Rome. He did not post on FB the atrocities of the other side nor use hate speech. His disciples (both the 12 and the larger #) wanted him to jump into politics and change the political world. But that’s not what Jesus did. He came to a small area where his people lived. He stayed in that small area. When challenged about politics, he did not take the bait. He focused on showing others God, the Kingdom, forgiveness, grace, and truth. He let the religious leaders know that in no uncertain terms that they were walking the wrong path and God did not approve. He never bashed any politics. He let himself be unjustly judged and accepted the punishment of crucifixion under the unjust political party.

We need to follow His example and do the same.

Rebel Horse Rescue is LIVE!!

rebel-horse-rescue-final-lg-not-fullBook five in my Horses and Friends series

For middle-grade age kids (8-13) is now for sale in paperback and ebook. Check at any bookstore and they can order Rebel Horse Rescue, or purchase it on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and more.

Summer is winding down for Kate and her friends when a surprise visitor appears at her family’s stable—a beautiful bay horse wearing a halter and a bad attitude. Dubbing the horse “Rebel,” the friends set out to find the horse’s owner. Where did he come from, and why are horses all over the area disappearing from their pastures and paddocks? It’s a mystery that even the sheriff can’t figure out, so Kate decides to head up the investigation. When Kate’s autistic brother, Pete, develops a strong connection to the new arrival, Kate wonders—did God bring Rebel to them for a bigger purpose?

I need reviews, so if you’ve read it and could post, that would be wonderful. I’m also still looking for 3 more people who might enjoy reading and and maybe post a review.

Outlaw Angel Brand New Release!

outlaw-angel-final-mediumI’m so excited that I got my rights back to republish Outlaw Angel–which was first published as Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming. My publisher required me to change the name, so I went back to what I wanted to name it when I first wrote the story. And guess what! This is now the first book in an upcoming series. I’m hoping to have book two finished and available sometime after Christmas, depending on my crazy schedule.

Angel Ramirez has been on the run for years disguised as a boy. She wants a fresh start, but can she learn to live like a lady?

On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman.

Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a
ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

On the chance you haven’t read the book yet, you can go HERE to purchase the ebook. The print version will be available in a week or so from when this post goes live.

And guess what? Outlaw Angel has been optioned for a possible movie–no–it’s not a done deal yet, but I’d love if you’d pray that God will bring it to pass. Talk about exciting! That would be awesome!

My Newest Book is Out!!

Fun Contemporary Romance Collection–Only $2.99 for four great books in one!

In Love and War–by four multi-published Christian authors

in-love-and-war-frontFour Multi-Published Authors come together in this contemporary inspirational romance collection.

Lassoed by Love By Miralee Ferrell

Lindsey Morgan is struggling and she can no longer afford the life she’s been living. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn’t expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush, showing up–as her new boss. Steven isn’t the shy, red-neck teen she’d known six years ago. He’s somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she’s still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she’d change that assumption if it killed her–and with the new job description she’d been handed, it just might!

Designed with Love By Kimberly Rose Johnson

To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition–even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Springs, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces…and find love in the process?

More Than Meets the Eye By Trish Perry

Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-’em-and-leave-’em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn’t changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.

Hungry Hearts By Debby Mayne

When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw’s diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women’s shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry–and their pride–and let their hearts take over?

Purchase on Amazon HERE

12 Days and Brides of Christmas: Drawing!

So while we’re still six weeks out from Christmas 2015, the authors of The 12 Brides of Christmas are sponsoring a giveaway!

Over the next twelve days, we’ll give you an opportunity to win TWO books:  2 Brides books

What better way to prepare for the Christmas celebration, than to have one book to read for fun and one to concoct treats for your family!

The two books are not connected except for the title, so you’ll be moving from 12 Brides on the American frontier to 12 Days of recipes to try yourself.

What can be better?

We’re giving away four sets of the two books through Rafflecopter.

You have 24 different opportunities to toss in your name for a chance to win.

The drawing runs from today, November 6 to Tuesday, November 17 at midnight–12 days away.

Just sign up through the form:   https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f949595f6/

Each author newsletter you sign up for counts as one opportunity to win. (12 authors x one each newsletter = 12 opportunities)

Each of the 12 days, we’ll post a new Tweet. If you’re on Twitter, Retweeting that tweet will give you another opportunity.

12 days x 12 tweets = 12 more opportunities to win the two books.

Winners will be announced here on Friday, November 20, on the 12 Brides Facebook page, and by email.

Winner should receive their two books well in time for . . . their own 12 days of Christmas!

Join us, starting here: 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f949595f6/

Questions? Make a comment.

Here are descriptions of the two books.

The 12 Brides of Christmas

Christmas is the time for love, and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors.

The twelve stories center on festivities, nutcrackers, stars, trees, creches, gifts, gingerbread and fruitcakes; they also are festive, advent-related, snowbound, evergreen and my favorite, yuletide.

All set in the mid and western United States, they cover the country from Illinois to Mississippi to Arizona to Wyoming and everywhere in between in the 19th century.

For detailed descriptions of the individual stories, see the 12 Brides of Christmas webpage here.

The 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook:

Wonderfully unique, The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook: 2015 will delight taste buds and make your Christmas even merrier! Featuring tasty recipes organized into fun categories including:

Appetizers on a Platter; Beverages a-Blending; Breads a-Rising

Breakfast Dishes a-Baking; Candies a-Boiling; Cookies a-Cooling

Desserts a-Delighting; Kids a-Cooking; Main Dishes a-Mixing

Salads a-Crunching; Sides a Steaming and Soups a-Simmering

With easy entertaining tips and ideas, this sure-to-be-a-favorite cookbook is overflowing with fantastic recipe ideas for the entire holiday season and beyond!

Merry Christmas!

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HUGE Discount on My Books!

Several of my books are on sale–from .99 to $3.03, as shown below.

I hope you’ll check them out! Most of these are available on all ebook formats including Nook, CBD and iTunes, so look for them online everywhere! Links are to Amazon/Kindle

These are only .99 for a limited time–-A Horse for Kate, book one in Horses and Friends series 

Blowing on Dandelions (book 1), Wishing on Buttercups (book 2) Dreaming on Daisies (book 3) in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series

$1.99 Sale price as follows:

Silver Spurs, book two in Horses and Friends, and Forget Me Not, book two in Love Blossoms in Oregon

$3.03  Sale on Mystery Rider, Book three in Horses and Friends series for another two days. $3.99 today only on Finding Love in Bridal Veil, OregonFinding Love in Bridal VeilForgetMeNot_lg

Silver Spurs Book 2
Silver Spurs Book 2
Book one in Horses and Friends
Book one in Horses and Friends

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So Fun!! Do You Want to Try?

A few weeks ago I got an email from a reader saying their group at church had chosen my book, Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona, to read, discuss and have a fun-filled day built around, dressing up as the characters! How cool is that!  Wouldn’t it be fun if more reading groups did this? Have you or your reading group done this type of thing? If so, please share!

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Our big day is tomorrow, April 18, and we will meet at the church (Elim Baptist in Ludowici, Ga.) Tombstone characters10at 2 pm for a fun afternoon of sharing our thoughts on the book “Love Finds You in Tombstone Arizona”.  We are dressing the part of our favorite character from the book, we will have a horse and wagon, along with a country meal.

These are the ladies and gentlemen that attended:

Jordin Cloninger

Heather Cloninger

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Janet Barrett

Deanna Hartley

Rhea Nell Catoe

Lori Lewis

Dorothy Neluna

Tombstone characters4Cheryl Malone

Retha Rowe

Clay Rowe

Marion AdamsTombstone characters3

Kathy Walter

Jake Rowe

Rhonda Rowe

Children

Ava Bentley

Isaac Malone

Tombstone characters9Brea Malone

Hannah Malone

Ariana

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Kids Video Contest–Win Breyer Horses!!

Tell us why you love horses for a chance to win a $150 Horse Lovers Prize Pack!


Kids 13 & under–Submit a 15 – 30 second video of yourself telling us why you love horses. Two random entrants will receive a Silver Prize and one grand prize winner will receive the Gold Prize. (follow the link below to dates, etc)


Contest Prizes

SILVER PRIZE

The Silver Prize is the Breyer Show Jumping Classics Toy Horse with Accessories, Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, and a copy of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. Two winners will be picked randomly, so anyone who submits a video has a chance to win!GOLD PRIZE

The Gold Prize is a Horse Lovers Prize Pack (a $150 value!) of Breyer Horses products plus two copies of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. See image of the prize pack to the right. During the voting period (April 27–May 3), votes will be collected to determine the Gold Prize winner—the video with the most votes wins.To enter to win (including copies of my newest book, A Horse for Kate) please CLICK HERE to take you to the site where you can enter. Only open to US residents.

Contest Details

Entry period begins April 9 and ends April 26. To enter, entrants (ages 13 and under) must film a 15 – 30 second video of themselves talking about why they love horses. Entrants must then upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, and then copy and paste the URL into the entry form.

Voting period to determine Gold Prize winner begins April 27 and ends May 3. Once the voting period begins, parent or legal guardian will receive an email reminding them to come back and share their child’s video on social media and—together with their child—browse other entries and vote for their favorites. All winners will be announced May 5.

Must be a U.S. resident and child must be age 13 or under to enter. Parent or legal guardian must be the one to submit child’s entry. Information collected in the entry form must belong to the parent or legal guardian, not the child.

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Here’s the book included in both prizes …

A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell

A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with. When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true. Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best. So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe. If she can convince her dad … and figure out what’s going on with that horse.

Purchase now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Books-A-Million | Christianbook.com |DeeperShopping | Parable | Family Christian Stores

Learn more about the entire book series on Miralee Ferrell’s website.

Miralee Ferrell is the author of eleven popular novels, including the bestselling Blowing on Dandelions. She and her husband live on eleven acres along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state, where she loves horseback riding on the wooded trails near her home. She also enjoys playing with her dogs, Lacey and Sophie.

A Contest is Coming for KIDS!

Coming very soon–keep an eye on this blog

Tell us why you love horses for a chance to win a $150 Horse Lovers Prize Pack!

Submit a 15 – 30 second video of yourself telling us why you love horses. Two random entrants will receive a Silver Prize and one grand prize winner will receive the Gold Prize.

Video Contest for Kids
Video Contest for Kids

Contest Prizes

GOLD PRIZE
The Gold Prize is a Horse Lovers Prize Pack (a $150 value!) of Breyer Horses products plus two copies of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. See image of the prize pack to the right. During the voting period (April 20–26), votes will be collected to determine the Gold Prize winner—the video with the most votes wins.

SILVER PRIZE
The Silver Prize is the Breyer Show Jumping Classics Toy Horse with Accessories, Breyer

Book one in Horses and Friends
Book one in Horses and Friends

Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, and a copy of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. Two winners will be picked randomly, so anyone who submits a video has a chance to win!