I have an announcement, in case you haven’t heard it elsewhere. Not only do I have a brand new book out (A Horse for Kate), but the second one in the series releases in two months..,.AND… I just started a new business venture, a small press.
My business name for my press is Mountain Brook INK and here’s the logo, designed and created by my talented friend Judy Vandiver, who is also part of my team. If you’d like to see what books we have available or ones that are coming soon, Click Here to take a look.
If you’re an author who would like to be considered or know someone who would, go to the website and take a look at the Submissions Page.
If you’ve missed hearing about my new kids’ horse novels, here are the covers for A Horse for Kate, available now, and Silver Spurs, coming June 1. If you have a 9-13 year-old-girl in your life, pick up a copy soon. In bookstores everywhere and online.
I know this family personally, and I’d love to see Jayme achieve her dream, which will also bless her physically. If even a handful of my friends would share this and donate a small amount, they would be well on their way to reaching their goal. Here’s the story….
Jayme is severely disabled and requires 24/7 care. Her father died unexpectedly but just before passing away, he left disposal of his company and other assets in the hands of a man he trusted. He shouldn’t have… but isn’t that an age-old story. Jayme and her mother were left with nothing and even had to borrow money to rent a uhaul to move because without his income, they couldn’t afford to keep renting the farm they had been living on. Jayme and her mom have been struggling on what little social security gives them in survival benefits but it hasn’t been enough. Jayme’s mom has sold or pawned everything of any value, including her wedding rings, just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Jayme hasn’t had new clothes in 4 years and has outgrown what she had. She needs her therapy pool installed, but for that, they need to hire someone with a bobcat to level the ground out back. She needs clothes, shoes, dressers, a new mattress, repairs to her old bed, bookshelves, and last but certainly not least… food and heating fuel. With your help, Jayme’s needs could be met and there might even be enough left over to bring past due car payments current so they don’t lose the car. Any help would be appreciated. It breaks my heart to see Jayme go without even basic things… like a second pair of shoes. God bless you for whatever He leads you to do.
If you’d care to donate or see any updates on the GoFundMe site, please click HERE
My daughter-in-law, Hannah Ferrell (right) and her sister-in-law, Chelsea Kuepper, have started a new business that’s getting some attention.
The concept of Burlap & Grace was dreamed up over a cup of coffee by two sisters, who share a love of coffee, a desire for creativity, and a heart to share God’s goodness and grace that has been given to us. Our passion is Pendleton wool, leather, and burlap coffee bags handcrafted into goods that will bring a warmth of hospitality to your home, cabin, and the gatherings with friends and family that fill them. The styling inspired by our Pacific Northwest roots is reflected in the raw beauty of the materials used.
Burlap & Grace has partnered with El Cafecito Bistro, a ministry connected to Forward Edge International in Managua, Nicaragua, who provides young women and others in the community with vocational training and income. This coffee shop blends business and ministry beautifully, and we invite you to play a part by making a difference in the global community. For every product purchased in our market that uses burlap coffee bags, we will make a donation to El Cafecito Bistro.
The girls do all the work from their homes, and are marketing it to small shops online, then ship the product to the buyers. I hope you’ll consider visiting their shop and possibly purchasing one of their products for yourself or a gift.
“Let brotherly love continue. Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2
Images from Sweetmint Photography (Portland, OR)
My brother, Tim Gould, recently decided to write a short novel after waking from a vivid dream. This novel was birthed from that dream, and it’s on sale right now on Amazon.
Now only $2.99
Run Away to Home
by Tim Gould
A Christian Fiction Novel
HE WAS DYING. Tyler could hear his labored breathing and see the way his chest rose and fell, and somehow could tell there wouldn’t be too many more breaths. He knew this was his fault. He was responsible for this man’s condition. Was it too late to make up for what he had done? He tried to remember how it had started. Memories flooded his mind, and suddenly he was seeing it all again.
Crouching down, running, I reached the large plastic garbage can that stuck up through the top of the bushes. Even though my attention was on getting away as fast as possible, I couldn’t help but notice for the first time that the bottom of the garbage can was broken and wide open. And since the bottom of the can was a foot off the ground, I figured I could crawl into it with the newly replaced garbage bag hiding my location. I climbed in quickly when I heard his voice and his heavy footsteps on the ground getting closer. He stopped nearby, and my heart skipped a beat. I heard him say to himself, “When I catch that kid I’m going to beat the livin’ daylights out of him.” At that moment I knew what I had to do…
I’m so excited! I’m launching into a brand new (to me) world…that of middle-grade fiction.
A Horse for Kate, my first book in a four-book series (Horses and Friends) released yesterday. It’s on sale everywhere now, both online and in many bookstores across the country. Reviews from girls ages 9-13 are coming in, and they love it!
Would you like to read the entire first chapter so you can see if it’s something your child might enjoy before you purchase it? Sign up for my newsletter (on the right of this page), then leave a comment here that you signed up, and I’ll send it to you by email.
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