MEMORIAL DAY




Benton turned the helmet over in his hands. He frowned across the yard at the host of the Memorial weekend garage sale and turned back to the piece of history in his hands. Five dollars? Do they have any idea what this is?

He looked around for his fifteen-year-old grandson. “Randy, come over here and look what I found.”

Randy looked up from the stack of DVDs he was sorting through and trotted over to his grandfather’s side. “What’cha got, Pops?”

Benton handed the scuffed and dented piece of metal to the youngster. “That’s a World War I helmet.”

“Seriously.” Randy studied it from several angles. “How can you tell?”

“My grandfather had one just like it. He used to let me wear it sometimes.” Benton retrieved the headgear and hefted it in his hands. “The weight's a dead giveaway. Two pounds or my name isn't Benton Wayne Stillman.” He turned it over and pointed to the seam between bowl and rim. “You see this welded seam? It’s even, not lapped. British helmets were lapped at the seam and lighter in weight.”

Randy took the helmet back into his own hands and performed his own examination. He placed it on his own head, where the thing wobbled around like the bowl it was. “This isn’t much protection.”

“It was state of the art back then. Designed to stop a pistol bullet fired from as close as ten feet.”

His grandson grinned. “They had guns back then?”

Benton shook his head at the teasing. “Yes, fresh mouth, they had guns. They had tanks, submarines, and bombs, but they still did a lot of fighting from horseback as well.”

“Why?” Randy tossed the helmet back to Benton. “If someone is shooting at me, I want to be in a tank.”

“They had tanks, but very few roads to drive them on. World War I soldiers didn’t just battle each other, they battled disease, primitive conditions, and a lack of communication you’ll never appreciate.” He tucked the helmet under his arm and dug his wallet out of his pocket.

Randy put his hands on his hips. “I’m not supposed to let you bring home any junk. Grandma will hurt me if you buy that.”

Benton pulled a five from the folds of his wallet. “Oh, I don’t think so. Callie’s grandpa died fightin’ in that war. He’s part of the reason we have the freedom now, to stand here and talk about it.” He slung his arm around Randy’s shoulder. “Let’s get this bought and get home. The Memorial Day parade starts in a couple of hours. I want a good seat.”


HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY


***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Martha RogersMartha is here to talk about LOVE STAYS TRUE Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. Martha will be giving away a copy of each book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Heidi Glick & Marianne Evans to her page for a sneak peak at their upcoming releases. Callie has a special Memorial day devotion prepared for us by Cheri SwalwellPam has a recipe for Breakfast cupcakes.***  

Lexi's Heart, A Romance for Mothers




LEXI’S HEART
by Delia Latham

COTT’s Image Creator, Delia Latham, is excited to announce a new e-Novella in the ongoing Heart’s Haven collection she co-writes with three other Pelican Book Group authors: Tanya Stowe, Marianne Evans and Mary Manners.


First in a collection of four Heart’s Haven Holiday romances, LEXI’S HEART is the Mother’s Day feature. Follow-up holiday stories will include Independence Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Here’s a blurb:

Forty-three-year-old Lexi Carlisle’s abusive marriage ended three years ago. Deeply scarred by the experience, and helplessly watching her beloved mother succumb to Alzheimers, Lexi is devastated. After selling her fancy home, she rents a cottage in Heart’s Haven, a special place unlike any other. Slowly learning to live again, she despairs of ever delivering the message of love that burns within her heart for her ever-worsening mother. But Mitch Gaynor, a handsome Christian author, reminds Lexi that with God all things are possible, planting within her battered and distrustful heart the seed of hope for a miracle. But can she open her fortressed heart to God? And is Mitch a part of His plans for her future?


Her Heart. His faith. Love Reborn.


The Heart’s Haven Collection started last October with Delia’s book, Jewels for the Kingdom, followed by Evans’ Operation Breathless, Stowe’s Leap of Faith, and Manners’ Dance with Me. Each Heart’s Haven e-Book is set in Angel Falls—a lovely but fictional small town in East Texas. More specifically, all stories focus on the tenants of Heart’s Haven, a one-of-a kind cottage-rental complex owned by a crotchety old guy named Andrew Hart. Folks ‘round those parts believe old Hart actually sees and speaks with angels, and that Heart’s Haven is a favorite hangout for the heavenly creatures. The taciturn gentleman has never come right out and corroborated that rumor. ‘Course, he hasn’t come right out and denied it either.


But then, lots of things are said about Heart’s Haven. Some folks think the place makes folks fall in love. And to add grist to that rumor mill, each little cottage on the property sports a sign hanging over the gate, carved with the sweet blessing: May love find all who enter here.


Thing is, it usually does.


You’re invited to hang out with the Heart’s Haven gang any time. Come on over and find out who’s falling in love with whom, and what the angels are up to around Angel Falls, Texas. We’re not hard to find—Angel Falls isn’t big enough to get lost in. If you don’t find us kicking back in the rec room at Heart’s Haven, we’re probably having a barbecue…or wedding…or something else we came up with so we could all get together at one of the following places:



We love company, so don’t bother to knock—just come on in!

Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, DELIA LATHAM enjoys multiple roles as a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She’s got a “thing” for Dr. Pepper and absolutely loves hearing from her readers. Delia writes inspirational romance, and is currently contracted through White Rose Publishing and Vinspire Publishing.

You can contact her at an of the following locations:



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Hi, Sharon Here. I'm out of town this week, watching the grandson graduate. I hope you'll enjoy this post from CrossReads in my absencePlease check out the other page tabs which are all new this week.


Title: Wacky Wishes By Susette Williams Author, Jack Foster Illustrator

About the Book:

Tommy and Suzie find a wishing well and like children do, they begin making wishes. Imagine their surprise when their wishes start to come true! Are spacesuits the new dress code at school? What’s Tommy going to do with three heads? You’ve heard of, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” When Tommy and Suzie's wishing gets out of hand, will they be able to wish away the mess they've created before their wishes run out?
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Susette Williams Author, Jack Foster Illustrator Susette_300_dpiSusette Williams is a Best Selling Author. She loves writing various genres, both for children and adults. She usually can't resist the urge to let her ornery sense of humor shine through in one of her characters and has always believed that laughter helps you deal with the obstacles life puts in your way. Susette and her husband have six wonderful children, all with intriguing and different personalities, like the characters she creates in her novels. Jack Foster has illustrated over 25 children's books. He is a Sunday school teacher, art teacher and the father of five terrific children and eleven wonderful grand kids. He lives just outside of Chicago with his lovely wife, dog and cat. Check out his work at www.jacksillustrations.blogspot.com Follow Susette Williams Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Featuring the Latest in Christian Historical Fiction




CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT
Prisoners to their own broken dreams...

After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.

Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancĂ© is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago.

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?

Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

PURCHASE ON:
* Review by Top Amazon Reviewer, Diana Flowers--"I have ten authors who are my favs...with Shadowed in Silk--Book One and Captured by Moonlight--Book Two, Christine Lindsay has made it into my top five!"
* Award-winning author Catherine West—"Christine Lindsay's attention to detail, witty prose and moving story line all blend together to create a treat for the senses, leaving the reader satisfied and completely satiated by the end."
* Award-winning, multi-published Author Jeanette Windle—"A worthy sequel to acclaimed debut novel Shadowed in Silk."


About the Author:
Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of God’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.


Visit Christine’s website
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!


It's mother's day and I want to share a very special person with you. This is my mother-in-law, Ruby Srock, 97 years young this coming July. Look at her, still spry.

Ninety-seven years old. Let's just round that up to a 100, she won't mind.

Ruby was born in 1917. World War I was still being fought and if you wanted to mail a letter, a stamp would cost you 2 cents, at least until November of that year when the price increased to 3 cents. (GASP!) 

Charlie Chaplin was the star of the cinema and the music of the day was Jazz.

Most private homes didn't have indoor plumbing, electricity was still a luxury, and while people might have heard of a telephone, very few had actually used one.

One hundred years. Can you imagine what her life must have been like as a young child in the roaring twenties, a teen during the depression, a new bride & young mother during World War II? 

She has outlived all of her siblings, her husband, and two of her children. And although she is beginning to lose some of her mental acuity, but she can still tell some amazing stories. Her life, and the world around her, has been an ongoing science fiction to fact explosion. I’ll bet you could list 20 techie things you use every day that Ruby marveled at. Dreams of men that became a reality.

One hundred years. That’s the kind of number that makes you think. What do you consider the most amazing thing to come out of the last 100 years?

***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Michelle UleMichelle is here to talk about A TEXAS BRIDES COLLECTION Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. Michelle will be giving away a copy of each book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Miralee Ferrell & Alison Stone to her page for a sneak peak at their upcoming releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Gail PallottaPam has a recipe for a berry cobbler with only three ingredients.***  

COTT's March 2013 Winner


The winner of Clash of the Titles' latest Clash is:


Forsaken Dreams
by
MaryLu Tyndall

Congratulations, MaryLu, two-time clash winner!

Special thanks to her competitors for their participation:
Sadie and Sophie Cuffe
Gina Holmes
Christine Lindsey
Noelle Marchand

About Forsaken Dreams: 

They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia

Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.

Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.

But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea  and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.

PURCHASE:

Just when I think MaryLu Tyndall cannot write a more passionate, page-turning romance...she does! Forsaken Dreams is a worthy addition to your keeper shelf, melding adventure, love, and spiritual truths in soul-enriching ways. A blessed start to a new series! 
- Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel's Lady and Love's Reckoning


BACKSTAGE WITH MARYLU:

Several things inspired me to write my new Escape to Paradise series. First the history is so fascinating. I never knew that so many (tens of thousands) Southerners fled the South after the Civil War for greener pastures. Many went to Mexico, some out west, but several thousand went to Brazil. Their descendants still celebrate there today! Secondly I'm a big fan of the TV show LOST, in particular the jungle setting and the spiritual themes that ran through the show.

I love the supernatural and I saw an opportunity to write a story about a group of settlers who are in a sense, running away from their problems and from God, but who end up being part of an eternal plan that involves a battle between good and evil.   Forsaken Dreams is the account of their voyage to Brazil, during which the reader meets all the characters and discovers their individual reasons for running away.

Themes of forgiveness, bitterness, hatred, guilt, rebellion and even Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are addressed as the colonists face several disasters that threaten their mission and their lives. During the trip, hints are given here and there that something much larger is at stake waiting for them in Brazil, something that originated behind the curtain of the natural world.

MORE ABOUT MARYLU:
A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. With over a dozen novels published, she continues to pen her romantic tales while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

For more information on MaryLu and her books, please visit her website at http://www.marylutyndall.com or her blog at http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/ or you can find her on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MaryLu-Tyndall-Swashbuckling-Romance/175344859169475

WORN SLICK


WORN SLICK:

I heard that term some time ago at one of our writer's meetings. I thought it sounded pretty self explanatory, but it invoked visions of saddles on horses and chaps on the legs of hunky cowboys.

I never knew it could apply to a person...as in TIRED.  So tired my tired is tired. Worn out, worn down, can't keep my eyes open, dead tired.

Why?

Full time job.

Part time job.

Coordinating a category in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Genesis contest.

Three weeks of blog tour stops.

Newly received edits on book 3.

Social media to promote books 1 and 2.

You want the really bad news?  All of this is accomplished sitting at a computer, staring at a screen. I think my eyes might fall out.

So, I didn't write an article for this page this week. I promise to do better next week.

In the meantime, if you've ever wondered how my writing journey started I'd love to invite you over to view the Bookfun magazine at 

http://www.bookfunmagazine.com/i/126559

It's an online magazine for Christian readers. I have a two page article and a full page ad for the series starting on page 127. It's worth the trip just to see the beautiful ad. 

But for me, I'm picking my up eyeballs and going to bed. I hope to sleep til noon!

***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Linda GlazLinda is here to talk about her two novels, WITH EYES OF LOVE and ALWAYS ABBY.  Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. Linda will be giving away a copy of each book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Martha Rogers and Chana Keefer to her page for a sneak peak at their upcoming releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Penny McGinnisPam has a recipe for a berry cobbler with only three ingredients.***