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,, 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.

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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.


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.




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.

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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



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.


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, 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.