DECEMBER WILD CARD FRIDAY 26 Dec 2014

Welcome to December's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Marion Ueckermann has a picture to caption and a cool prize for the winner. Take it away Marion...



Sharon, it’s great to be featured here on your Wild Card Friday. I think your readers will have fun with the ‘Caption This’ photo I’m sending in. This photo was taken when we visited the farm section of Ähtäri zoo during our time in Finland in 2012. I’ll be giving away an eBook of Helsinki Sunrise to the funniest caption.


OK guys, use the comment link below to caption away!




He needed the island to himself. So did she.

Three weeks alone at a friend’s summer cottage on a Finnish lake to fast and pray. That was Adam Carter's plan. But sometimes plans go awry.

On an impromptu trip to her family's secluded summer cottage, the last thing Eveliina Mikkola expected to find was a missionary from the other side of the world—in her sauna.

Determined to stay, Eveliina will do whatever it takes—from shortcrust pastry to shorts—to send the man of God packing. This island’s too small for them both.

Adam Carter, however, is not about to leave.

Will he be able to resist her temptations?

Can she withstand his prayers?



Helsinki Sunrise is available to purchase from Pelican Book Group, Christianbook.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Watch the Helsinki Sunrise book trailer on YouTube.

Watch the Passport to Romance book trailer on YouTube.






Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven, and her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise (White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Book Group imprint, Passport to Romance series). Her second Passport to Romance, Oslo Overtures, will be published in 2015.

Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.


Connect with Marion Ueckermann:
Blogs: A Pebble in my Pocket / Foreign Affaire

That's it for this week. While you're here pop over to the Author Spotlight page for a visit with Jennifer Slattery. Jennifer is here to talk about her new release, WHEN DAWN BREAKS. Jennifer will be giving a print copy away at the end of the week.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


As the year draws to a close I wanted to take a minute to wish each of you a Merry Christmas.

My prayer for each of you is that the months ahead will hold amazing blessings and a multitude of answered prayers.

Thanks so much for joining me on this writing journey week after week.I appreciate each and every one of you.

Sharon

SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE 13 DEC 2014

SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE 13 DEC 2014

Welcome to December's SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week I'd like to welcome my wonderful friend Martha Rogers to my blog. Take it away Martha...

This is a recipe that a friend gave to me over thirty-five years ago. I can hardly wait for fresh cranberries to come in every year so I can bake this bread. I make it in small loaves and give it as gifts to friends and neighbors. 




Cranberry Nut Bread

4 cups flour                2/3 cups orange juice
2 ¼ cups sugar               ½ cup water
2 ½ tsp. baking powder        4 Tbsps. melted butter
1 tsp. soda                1½ cups chopped nuts
1 tsp salt                1 bag cranberries
2 eggs

Grease bottom and sides of 4 loaf size pans or 8 mini-loaf pans with baking spray. Set oven for 350’.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and soda in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in center for wet ingredients. Combine beaten eggs, butter, orange juice and water in a bowl and mix well. Pour into well in flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix batter which will be stiff at first. When well blended, fold in nuts and cranberries. (I like the berries whole, but they can also be chopped)

Equally divide batter into prepared pans. Bake large loaf pans 60 minutes, mini-pans for 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack for five minutes before turning onto a rack to complete cooling. For extra decoration, make a glaze of powdered sugar and water and drizzle over top of loaves.



Because of what happened to her father and mother during the War Between the States, Molly Whiteman hates guns, violence and war. Stefan Elliot is an officer in the U.S. Cavalry. When the two meet, sparks fly in their attraction to each other. Stefan returns to his regiment leaving Molly torn between her love for him and her deep feelings about guns and killing. Tragedy changes Molly’s heart and brings them back together, but will Molly's love be enough to overcome the depression that has made Stefan a recluse from society?
 
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written three series, Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart and The Homeward Journey. Book three in that series, Love Never Fails, released in November, 2014.

Find Martha at:  www.marthawrogers.com


While you're here, don't forget to pop over to the Author Spotlight page for an interview with Susan Lyttek, and a chance to win ELEVEN Christmas novellas

GETTING TO KNOW YOU FRIDAY DECEMBER 2014

GETTING TO KNOW YOU FRIDAY DECEMBER 2014 

Welcome to December and getting to know you Friday. On the first Friday of each month I want us to take the time to get to know each other a little better. I'll post something you might not know about me and ask you to share.

EVOLUTION OF AN INJURY:


This is my husband's Harley. He bought it in the spring and we've had several nice rides since then. I like to ride. I'll have to admit that my backside isn't quite up to lengthy trips yet, but for dinner out, I'm good. Until that fateful night, six weeks ago when a perfect ride turned painful.

We took the bike into town for dinner. Great meal, mild weather, beautiful sunset on the way home. We made it all the way back to the house, all the way to the front porch, actually, before things went wrong. Larry stopped to let me off so he could go park. I started the dismount I've done dozens of times and somewhere along the way I hung my foot up on something and overbalanced us. I went down, the bike went down, my husband went down. Ending score: Husband uninjured, bike uninjured, me...one broken wrist. (both bones, does that make it count twice?)


They say diamonds are a girls best friend. In some cases that might be true, but let me tell you now, that evening, Morphine was doing it for me! I spent two weeks in this lovely splint, unable to move anything between my fingertips and my shoulder. Then came the wonderful day when I graduated to

 a lovely, purple short cast. Hello elbow and fingers, how I missed you!!  100% better, but still a prison for three weeks. On Monday the first of December, the cast came off.

I graduated from inconvenience to pain. I broke this same wrist in a skateboard accident in the 4th grade. I don't remember being so sore and stiff when the cast came off. I've been told we don't bounce so well once we get older, I guess that's true. 

It's still a bit swollen and sore, but I'm exercising it, working to get my muscle tone back. I don't remember having to do that in the 4th grade either.

So here's my getting to know you question for December. 

Have you ever hurt yourself doing something you enjoy?  

Share your answer if you can. While you're here don't forget to pop over to the Author Spotlight page. Elizabeth Maddrey is my guest and she's giving away a copy of LOVE DEFINED. 

WILD CARD FRIDAY 28 NOV 2014

Welcome to November's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Harry Wegley has a picture to caption and a cool prize for the winner:


OK all, give this your best shot by leaving a caption in a comment. Harry will pick a winning caption on Friday. Winner will receive an e-copy of Harry's newest release:



Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it's only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh's life, an agnostic who isn't prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences. That's a mistake that would break Katie's heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh. If Katie and Josh survive the investigation, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?
Triple Threat, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow's paper, but pray you never will. An adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest, from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC

H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian-thriller-series with Pelican Book Group. He is currently finishing his 8th novel.

THIRD FRIDAY WRITING NEWS 21 Nov 2014

Welcome to November's issue of third Friday writing news. On the third Friday of every month I'll share any writing updates I have. I'll try to let you know where we are on the next novel and I might have some special tidbit of personal news to share. (Hint--read to the bottom because this is one of those weeks.)

So, what's happening in my little corner of the writing world? THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA galleys.

They look like this:

This is the most tedious part of the editing process and the part they give you the least amount of time to complete. If you'll look at the screen shot above, you'll see that each line of each page is numbered. My job? To make sure that none of the words got deleted, all the punctuation is there, and everything that should be capitalized is.  Most of what I'm finding are missing quotes and commas. If I find an error I make a list of notes like this...

Page 6, line 10, there should be a period after the word stuffy.

So, I'm reading, page by page, line by tedious line. This is the last time I'll see the story before you do, so I want it to be as perfect as I can make it. I have 10 days to finish. With 4 days left, I'm about a quarter of the way through my second pass. Thank God a fellow writer and someone at the publisher is looking at it as well!


The October issue of my newsletter is available. Author Julie Lessman is my guest. She's giving away a copy of her new release SURPRISED BY LOVE. if you haven't subscribed to this quarterly publication, I'd love it if you did. You can do that HERE

Oh yeah, there are more prizes up for grabs than Julie's book.
If you'd like to check out the current issue, click HERE

A couple of months ago I shared this picture with you:
My grandson Derrick and his wife Kyia awaiting the arrival of their daughter. This week we welcomed Miss Brinkley Marie into the world.


I might be just a little prejudiced, but I think she's PERFECT!

That's it for this week. While you're here, don't forget to click over to the Author Spotlight page for and interview with Bonnie Leon and a giveaway of her newest release, THE JOURNEY OF ELEVEN MOONS.

SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE 14 Nov 2014

Welcome to November's SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week I'd like to welcome Laura Hilton to my blog. She has a double Christmas treat for us. Cut out cookies and a new Christmas story.

Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies With Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

Serves: 22-

1 cup butter (no substitutions)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream (at room temperature)
5 cups flour
For the icing
1/2 cup butter (no substitutions)
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar
milk, to thin if needed

For Cookies:.

Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and sour cream together. Add dry ingredients to mixture. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight. Roll out on a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth. Cut into 1/8th to 1/4th inch thickness using your favorite cookie cutters. Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned. May need more time if on the thicker side. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to apply icing.

For icing:.

Cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together. Gradually add powder sugar until blended. Thin with milk to desired consistency. If adding coloring paste, you may not need milk to thin.

After icing cookies, lay flat in the fridge until set. Then store in a airtight container with a small square of wax paper between cookies. Store in fridge until ready to serve.




Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in town and form a fledgling friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy discovers her old beau is still alive. Will she choose Abner? Or return to her old love?

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.


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