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Book Drawing with Linda Windsor–Thief!!

Book Drawing with Linda Windsor–Thief!!


Lisa won a copy of Andrea Boeshaar’s new release on my drawing from last week. Thanks everyone for the great questions you asked and for taking part!!

We’re doing a book drawing for Thief, the second book in the Brides of Alba historical series by Linda Windsor. Linda is joining us this week until Friday evening, answering your questions. Please ask about her writing, her home (we’ve included two pics of her lovely home decorated at Christmas), her books, etc., for a chance to win her book. Also, give me a way to contact you & let me know if you follow my blog (or are a new follower) as you’ll get another entry in the drawing. (sorry, U.S. addresses only on this drawing).

Thief—–Exiled in shame and wounded in battle, Caden O’Byrne accepts a mission of penance—to search for his healer’s long-lost daughter. At worst, he’ll finally get his death wish. At best, this could be God’s second chance. But the lovely minstrel Sorcha wants no part in him, his newfound God, or the rescue. In fact, she’s robbed him blind—to help finance her work of buying young captives and returning them to their families. She’s also gone into debt and promised to marry a man she doesn’t love—all for the chidlren’s sake. But before she and Caden can sort out the situation, a treacherous murder forces them to run for their lives…together. While Caden’s rekindled faith is tested, Sorcha wonders if his God is real. If so, can a thief like her dare hope for His mercy? And do the two of them have a chance of reaching home—Sorcha’s real home—alive?

Now, let’s join Linda Windsor, best selling author as she shares a bit about her life and her books.

Since so many readers have asked to see pictures of our home, here are some holiday pictures of the great room & dining room. I constantly battle soot on the walls from our love of candles! I had my web mistress recreate my big cooking fireplace on my website and we decorate it seasonally, just like I do at home. At the moment, there is a vase of colorful flowers in it, since it’s summer, and the decorations are beach motif.

The house is made up of three single room cabins ranging in age from 1790-1830. They are cobbled together with a second floor added sometime around 1900. We left many of the original beams exposed. And like the families that lived in the house before us, we added on as our family grew. I have not used the big fireplace since my husband died six years ago, but my goodness, the delicious roasts, chickens and pies we cooked and prepared for guests.

Linda’s research for the early Celtic Gleannmara series resulted in a personal mission dear to her heart: to provide Christians with an effective witness to reach their New Age and unbelieving family and friends. This knowledge of early Church history enabled Linda to reach her daughter, who became involved in Wicca after being stalked and assaulted in college and blaming the God of her childhood faith—a witness that continues to others at medieval fair signings or wherever these books take Linda.

Linda’s testimony that Christ is her Druid (Master/Teacher) opens wary hearts wounded by harsh Christian condemnation. Admitted Wiccans and pagans became intrigued by the tidbits of history and tradition pointing to the how and why Druids accepted Him. She not only sells these non-believers copies of her books, but also outsells the occult titles surrounding her inspirational ones.

When Linda isn’t writing in the late 18th century home that she and her late husband restored, she’s busy speaking and/or playing music for writing workshops, faith seminars, libraries, and civic and church groups. She and her husband were professional musicians and singers in their country and old Rock and Roll band Homespun.

Presently, she’s working on REBEL, book three of her new historical series Brides of Alba, which tells the story of three brothers finding faith and love in war torn Arthurian Scotland. But woven into the background are the little known historical traditions of the early British church, the Grail Church and its protection of the Irish Davidic kingly and the British Arimathean priestly bloodlines that allegedly survive in the British royal family today. Meanwhile, rave reviews continue to pour in for the first two of this series from her peers and industry professionals.


In Healer, Linda Windsor combines a knack for thorough research and the skill to draw from it judiciously in telling an engaging story. She weaves together a rich and detailed tapestry of sixth century life in Scotland. Her notes about Arthurian characters, the Grail Palace, and the bibliography are well worth reading. Linda has done her homework and written a fine story.

Randy Alcorn
Author of Safely Home and Deception

“I’ve read and loved many of Linda Windsor’s novels; Thief runs away with the prize as my absolute favorite! The conflicts are real, the characters more so, with larger-than-life Caden O’Byrne fighting body and soul to win a spirited woman worthy of his warrior’s heart. Stirring romance, high adventure, and genuine faith all beat like a drum from first page to last. Once you start reading, Thief is sure to steal your every waking hour!”

Liz Curtis Higgs
Best-selling author of Here Burns My Candle

“Windsor’s competent storytelling makes her tropes fresh and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly on THIEF

“Windsor keeps us on the edge of our seats, mixing romance with early Christian testimony. An enchanting tale of intrigue and the power of compassion.

Romantic Times TOP PICK!

Devotional For Us All

Devotional For Us All


It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin’
by Diana Flegal

This came to me via a daily devotional I subscribe to and it really ministered to me, so I wanted to share with my readers.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6

A few years back – ahmm, I don’t want to say how many, I attended a Jesus event where Tony Campolo preached a sermon titled, It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin’! He brought us to our feet and in our hearts, to our knees.

I have returned often to that powerful analogy many times throughout the years.

At the Philadelphia Writers conference last year I shared it with a few authors and editors while taking a break midst our appointments. The message turned into church right there and we were struck once more with the power that Christ provided for our lives by going to the cross on our behalf, suffering as He did to take upon Himself our sins and triumphing over the grave to rise and now reign on high.

When they laid Him in the tomb it looked like the enemy had won, but it was Friday… and Sunday was comin’. Glorious Sunday! Oh how we long for those days.

The bills are piling up and you have no idea where the money is going to come from, but I would like you to consider it is only Friday, and Sunday is coming…

You just lost your job, and your interviews are not bearing fruit, but it is Friday and Sunday is coming….

You just buried your loved one and you are heartbroken, will you ever feel real joy again? It is Friday, and Sunday is coming…

You have attended the right workshops, paid for the business courses you were told you needed to gain the edge yet the rejection letters are piling up, but it’s just Friday and Sunday is coming….

I would like to encourage you to look at your present circumstances with this new perspective.

May your life be empowered as you celebrate meditate on Christ’s sacrifice and victory he secured on your behalf.

Diana Flegal is a literary agent for Hartline Literary Agent

Do Dads Ever Sleep?

Do Dads Ever Sleep?

This is article is courtesy of Kathy Carlton Willis, www.kathycarltonwillis.com

Do Dads Ever Sleep?

By Dr. Charles W. Page

Considering the pace of our modern world—dads probably shouldn’t sleep. Who’s got time?

Unpaid bills.

Undone tasks.

Unrealistic deadlines.

Untimely interruptions.

Even when fathers prepare for rest there are too many thoughts racing through a dad’s mind:

Unkept promises.

Unfamiliar circumstances.

Unpredictable people.

Unforgotten failures.

Sometimes in sleepless desperation dads can feel like throwing in the towel—wondering if they will ever be good enough to meet the challenge of living in our nanosecond culture. Instead of looking around at the challenges facing them or within at their own inadequacies, dads must learn to look up. When we look up toward our Heavenly Father, the whole equation changes:

Unchanging God.

Unsearchable wisdom.

Undeserving grace.

Unfathomable love.

Christian dads can sleep because God’s got their back. Dads who understand that God’s eyes never close can rest in calm assurance as they lie down to sleep (Psalm 121:1-6). God’s got your back, Dad and He never slumbers or sleeps. And if God’s staying up anyway there’s no reason why you should miss out on rest. As we look up to God our helper we are

reminded of several truths that give our hearts calm assurance as we lay our heads on our pillows.


1.

Trust in God’s providence as we lie down to sleep.

Whatever circumstances we face—they pass through the hands of a loving, all knowing God.

2.

Trust in God’s provision as we lie down to sleep. For most dads the greatest challenge is the “to do” lists that burden our minds as we lie down for rest. As dads we must learn to trust God to finish the things left undone in His way and in His time.

3.

Trust in God’s protection as we lie down to sleep. Dad, you can rely on God to surround you and your family with a hedge of protection as you rest. Psalm 121 reminds us that God is watching or guarding our lives—day and night. The one who never slumbers or sleeps has your back while you close your eyes for rest.

Your Heavenly Father always knows best, allowing you to rest in the truth of the verse “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). As you close your eyes for sleep, you can trust in God’s providence, provision and protection. Allow God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself while awake. The One whose eyes never close in slumber created you


Dr. Charles Page is a sleep-deprived surgeon who completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He and his wife Joanna live in Texas with their five children. He is the author of Surrendered Sleep: A Biblical Perspective, which releases later this summer. When the project goes live, you can find more information at www.surrenderedsleep.com.


This article content is provided free of charge by the author through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications. You are welcome to place this article on your site or in your publication as long as 1) it’s used in its entirety, 2) the full bio is also used, and 3) you previously request permission through KCWC at russ@kathycarltonwillis.com.

My New Cover is LIVE!!

My New Cover is LIVE!!


I’m so thrilled to unveil my newest cover to my book releasing August 1st, Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, published by Summerside Press.

Angel Ramirez is tired of living a lie.
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?

Win a Book by Andrea Boeshaar

Win a Book by Andrea Boeshaar


Please help me welcome multi-published Christian fiction author Andrea Boeshaar to my blog!!

I was privileged to read and endorse the first two books in Andrea’s Heartland Heroes series and LOVED them! Full of fascinating characters, action, romance and excellent plots, you won’t be disappointed with these books.


You can win a free copy of Andrea’s newest novel by ASKING her a QUESTION—Don’t just leave a comment saying you want to win. This is an interactive contest. You ask a question, she answers, and you’re entered.

Be sure you give us a way to contact you in your post.


If you follow my blog (or become a new follower) your name goes in the pot twice.
Sorry, we can’t ship to addresses outside of the U.S.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has 26 published novels, 8 published novellas, and a host of collective nonfiction under her belt. She knows the peaks and valleys of the publishing industry and loves to share her experience with other writers. She was an agent for more than 10 years, but is now writing full-time and is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

The one thing no one really knows about me is that I collect music boxes and that my favorite are the ones made by the San Francisco Music Box Co. (Miralee here…I’m including a picture of one from Andrea’s collection)

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Some of Andrea’s recent titles (2008 to present) include: Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky (Summerside Press); Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (nonfiction with authors Sandie Bricker, Loree Lough, and Debby Mayne – Summerside Press); Heartland Heroes (a collection of 3 short novels, Barbour Publishing) and Seasons of Redemption series, which includes: Unwilling Warrior (Realms/Charisma House) Uncertain Heart (Realms) and Unexpected Love (Realms) Undaunted Faith (Realms). Another series, Fabric of Time, is already contracted for. The first book Threads of Hope will be released in January of 2011.

Additionally, Andrea is a certified Christian life coach. She is presently taking classes to be certified in Christian counseling.

Andrea is a cofounder of ACFW. She’s taught at several of the organization’s conferences as well as the Oregon Christian Writers Conference, Write-To-Publish, and Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

For more info, visit Andrea on the web, at: www.andreaboeshaar.com


Can the McCabe Brothers Find Love Amidst the Chaos of the Arizona Territory?
The McCabe brothers have their hands full. Trouble on the range and trouble in town. But they never expected their sweet schoolteacher, Bethany Stafford, to join in the mix of woe. When her reputation is unfairly tarnished, Pastor Luke McCabe is quick to propose marriage. But Bethany wants better than just a marriage of necessity to save her good name. Could Luke ever come to love a plain “little field mouse” like her?

Dr. Annetta Cavanaugh has her own questions about men and their intentions. While Pastor Jake McCabe seems sincere, she still has her doubts about him. But after he accompanies her on a medical call, she sees a whole new side of him and can’t help but admit her attraction to the handsome pastor.

However, there’s evil brewing in town–a lawlessness that even the sheriff cannot tamp down. Finally, it comes face-to-face with both Luke and Jake and it threatens the lives of the women they love. Ar e the McCabe brothers ready for the fight of their lives?

Publicity Offer–I Use This & it’s Great!

Publicity Offer–I Use This & it’s Great!

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Letting Go

Letting Go

LETTING GO

By Carla McDougal

Do you remember the last time you opened the door to your junk closet? You know, the place where you put things you don’t want left out in the open. Maybe an item is old and worn out, so you throw it in this closet. Or, possibly it’s broken, and you don’t know what to do with it.

In my Bible Study, Reflecting Him, I invite readers to take a guided tour through various rooms in our homes, and compare these areas to our spiritual lives. The first day of the tour focuses on the closet—that hidden, dark place no one enters but you. “Out of sight, out of mind” might describe those items tucked away in that small space; but couldn’t the phrase also depict the things we hide in the backs of our minds and hearts? Broken, worn out, or sinful thoughts weigh heavily on our souls, and we need to let go, so they can be replaced by God’s light of love, grace and mercy.

June 23rd is National “Let It Go” Day. I encourage you to find something in your spiritual “junk closet” and let it go.

Do you harbor bitterness for past hurts against you? Does sin linger in the crevices of your heart and mind? Are you in need of God’s forgiveness? We are all sinners, but we can be free from the closet of sin if we confess and ask for His forgiveness. Let go, and let God shine His light on you.
Just like cleaning out the junk closet, once you let go of those spiritual messes in your life, you’ll be left with room for the new.

God’s all about making things new. A new heart. A new life. A new you. It all starts with letting go of those things that fall short of His plan.

When you organize a junk closet, you might choose to use special organizers or aids to make it all work together better. Or perhaps you even hire a professional organizer. In your spiritual closet, don’t forget that you can find all the assistance you’ll ever need through the help of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Are you ready to let God take the tour through the various rooms of your spiritual “house”? When you open the closet, what mess falls out? Give it to Him and see what happens!

CARLA MCDOUGAL is founder of Reflective Life Ministries headquartered in the Houston,
Texas area. Her true passion for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, shines brightly, whether
she is speaking or writing. She shares experiences from her own life to encourage women to
live every day for Him. God is sending Carla around the world to speak to women from all
walks of life—those living in the best of circumstances to those who have hit rock bottom.
Carla’s book, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It, pulls back the veil so you can
see yourself and your Lord more clearly and reflect Him with transparency when interacting
with others. This 10-week study exposes the dark corners of your life, opening your eyes and
heart to what Jesus wants you to see. Carla’s refreshing authenticity and humorous style will
lift you up from a heaviness you didn’t even know weighed you down.
For more information on a growing number of products from Reflective Life Ministries go to:
www.reflectivelifeministries.org

This article content is provided free of charge by the author through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications. You are welcome to place this article on your site or in your publication as long as 1) it’s used in its entirety, 2) the full bio is also used, and 3) you previously request permission through KCWC at russ@kathycarltonwillis.com. All other standard copyrights apply.
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