That's a breathtaking view, isn't it? See that little rock outcrop at the bottom of the picture? That's where I'm standing this morning. Safe enough for the moment, but one more step forward...

Guess what? God's telling me to take the next step. And if I follow His instructions there are only two outcomes. I'm either gonna do a serious faceplant at the bottom of a very deep canyon, or I'm going to find the wings I've been asking for. Words like FAITH, TRUST, and OBEDIENCE are looming large in my heart these days. COURAGE...not so much.
God has been trying to instruct me in some things over the last few months. Things that go against everything "They" say I should do and how "They" say I should do them. Instead of obedience, I've dug into MY plan deeper. Working harder. Struggling to learn some new things, all the while ignoring that little voice in my head asking me to please listen...
I wasn't doing anything dangerous, or mean. It came down to getting to the place God wanted me to be, but getting there on my terms. I think I know where God wants me to end up, but I've persisted in trying to get to His destination on my road. I have this mental picture of God sitting up in heaven, like an indulgent parent, arms crossed, head shaking, saying, "Go head, you'll come around to my way of thinking eventually."
Yep, I'm there. I've been doing a lot of things my way. Want to know what. MAJOR FAIL. So, now I'm standing on the edge of the cliff and God is asking me to take the next step in a plan I can't see, towards a future I can't imagine.
This week my prayer has changed from begging to see productive results born of my own stubborn will to "Your plan, not my expectations."
I think I'll give that a try for a while. Hopefully I'll sprout some wings before I hit the ground. 


Let's have some Thanksgiving fun. 

I'm seeing countdown lists of things people are thankful for. God, home, family, jobs, health...

All of those are good things, and nothing short of God's blessings in our lives. you have a frivolous blessing that you're thankful for? This is the time and place to list it.

I have many of those, not the least being the technology that brought us spell checkers. I'd be lost without it. My editor would probably disown me without it.

How about you? What are you thankful for that probably wouldn't make a short list?

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Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all. 

Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.

Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities. 

Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing.  And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.

For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.

Read first chapter and reviews here:


Two struggling families. Two scheming daughters. One Almighty God still in control. 

Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child.  She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?

 Read first chapter and reviews here:


Coming in 2014
Two damaged hearts. Two families in crisis. One healing act of forgiveness. 

Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.
Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.
Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

Clash of the Titles's Newest Gems

Clash of the Titles's Newest Gems

This November Clash of the Titles presents a fantastic selection of brand new books to check out.
Add an American classic, a biological science fiction with suspense, young adult, inspirational romance and Amish story to your to-be-read or Christmas wish list

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell

For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than her past … is her future.

Dark Biology by Bonnie Doran

Renowned vaccinologist "Hildi" Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating  her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal. On Earth, Chet Hildebrandt will teach a lesson to his hot-shot astronaut sister, their philandering hypocritical father, and the CDC by releasing what he thinks is a mild influenza strain.

Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman

Edna is a spoiled, tech-addicted teen wreaking havoc at her Beverly Hills school. How can she survive a summer at her grandparents' cabin, cut off from cell phone service, Internet and television?

Stone of Destiny by Mary L. Ball

Can a mysterious ring change lives? Taylor’s emotional journey begins; testing a heart cold as stone when discovers a missing heirloom.

Awakened Love by Laura V. Hilton

He’s hiding from a cold-blooded killer; her Amish identity has been stripped away. Both must find a way to balance their hearts, their jobs, and their faith while risking their lives for another.

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2013 Laurel Award Feature--Veil of Pearls

On October 18, 2013 Veil of Pearls took home Clash of the Titles's Laurel Award. Over the course of six weeks, the novel's first chapters were read and judged by avid readers of Christian fiction who determined Veil of Pearls to be the worthiest to receive the 2013 Laurel Award.

Clash of the Titles extends a heartfelt congratulations to author MaryLu Tyndall for her exemplary writing. We wish God's richest blessings on her future work. 

About Veil of Pearls:

Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world—a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin them both—suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?

Listen to Cynthia L. Simmon'sHeart of the Matter" radio interview of Laurel Award Winner, MaryLu Tyndall!

About MaryLu:

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author
of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. 

MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people's eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. 

For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at or her blog at


 No one ever said growing up was easy, but as maturity goes, I think we're looking pretty good.

The blog has a new name, a new look, a new color scheme.

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Nope, no one ever said growing up was easy, but I think we are headed in the right direction.

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Clash of the Titles's Birthday Giveaway

Besides giving away a fantastic 
Birthday Bundle of Books,
Clash of the Titles is showcasing another 
can't-pass-it-up new release.

by Ruth Trippy

"And the soul of the rose went into my blood..." This line from a Tennyson poem enchants young Celia Thatcher, who supposes every woman's heart hopes to be the rose that captivates a man. Celia is searching for her own sense of hope after the tragic death of her closest friend. Moving in 1876 to work in a Massachusetts bookstore to start life afresh, she soon catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite but unkempt Edward Lyons and the charming law student Charles Harrod. One is hiding from his past and from God. The other promotes a religious belief Celia had never before considered. Both leave Celia wondering if either are right for her. When one of her suitors is accused of murder, Celia is challenged with a deeper choice: should she follow her heart or her faith?

Ruth Trippy was born in western Michigan to a Dutch family with values similar to the Victorian era she loves. She left home to teach high school language arts in Florida, focusing on American and British literature, and also pursued her interest in apologetics. In addition, she worked as Public Service Director for a radio station in Ft. Lauderdale.

Her writing originated from experiences in her marriage. Her husband was a tough, adventurous Louis L'Amour type individual and needing encouragement in the relationship, she found it in the pages of a 19th century romance novel. 

To learn more about The Soul of the Rose, visit the author at her website:

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Clash of the Titles Turns Three!
So we're giving away THREE books
to ONE lucky winner.

Winner announced at
Monday, November 11, 2013

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*Each author will send his/her book directly to the winner.
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I don’t get up on a soap box very often, but Halloween usually puts me there. Why? Because I get frustrated with the world our children are growing up in and some of the adults that have taken the innocence out of that world.

When I was a kid Halloween was about 3 things. Dressing up, collecting candy, and sharing scary stories with the lights out with a flashlight pressed to your chin. If there was an ulterior meaning to the day, we were oblivious. We didn’t believe witches were real, we’d never heard of the zombie apocalypse & ghost hunters, and vampires were just characters in the scary stories. It wasn’t about Satan, it wasn’t about selling out to some nameless dark side. It was about the candy. It was about being a kid.

When I was a kid we thrived on imagination and the benevolent beings that lived there. The tooth fairy was one of the good guys (girls). Her visit was a reward for being brave when you lost a tooth. Each quarter she slipped under your pillow brought you a step closer to maturity as the baby teeth fell out. It wasn’t about deception. It was about being a kid.


 When I was a kid we woke up on Easter morning to colorful baskets stuffed with candy. We hunted Easter eggs after church. In December we wrote letters to Santa, left cookies and milk by the fire place, and hardly slept for the excitement of Santa’s impending visit. It wasn’t about believing a lie over the truth. It wasn’t about substituting a secular fantasy for Biblical fact. It was about being a kid. You see I was lucky. My parents gave me the fun of childhood and taught me the truth I’d need as an adult. 

When I was a kid it was possible for truth and fun to co-exist.

But those were simpler times I guess. Before the world grew either too educated, or judgmental, or corrupt, or scared.

I’m glad I grew up in that world instead of this one. 

What piece of childhood do you miss the most?