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We’re almost done with our We Love Our Readers week at my publisher, Write Integrity Press, but if you haven’t entered our Sweepstakes for a $50 Amazon card, a new Kindle Fire, and a bunch of books, read on to find the link!

An amazing group of authors sponsored this giveaway, and I’m giving them the spotlight on my blog this week. They so inspire me.

One of the most inspirational is Joan Deneve. Her book, LOVING BROCK made it to my top ten list a few years ago when it first released, even though it isn’t a mystery, and is still there! Here’s what Joan says:

“I am one blessed woman. I’ve had the privilege to share my life with Rene’, my best friend and husband of more than forty years. We live in a small town in Alabama and together, we have a son and a daughter, seven phenomenal grandchildren, and two very spoiled dogs. I teach in a Christian school, and my passion is to help young people fall in love with Jesus and then equip them to become all God wants them to be. My other passion is writing. I love to show how God changes and restores broken people and relationships through His amazing, transforming grace.”

Learn more about Joan at her website: JoanDeneve.com

Her award-winning book Saving Eric started her “Redeemed Side of Broken” series. Here are the details:

Templetons don’t break down. Even when their worlds are falling apart.

Eric Templeton’s well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A helicopter pilot flies him to a remote mission hospital where Dr. Brock Whitfield and his daughter, Ellie, work to save his life.

If Eric survives, his life may never be the same, and he still has to deal with the traitor who wants him dead. Eric wants justice, but Brock and Ellie know that Eric’s survival is the least of his worries. What he needs most is mercy and truth.

The completed, three-book series is on sale right now for only 99¢ per book because WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Cynthia T. Toney is another inspiring author, and she makes me laugh! She writes fiction with hope and humor that addresses issues important to tweens or teens and contains elements of mystery and romance. She says, “I love writing for tweens and teens, particularly those who speak without thinking, make poor decisions, and have love to give but don’t always know where to direct it. Young people I’ve encountered over the years inspired me to write novels that show them how wonderful, powerful, and valuable they are. Today’s tweens and teens can identify with the emotions, needs, desires, and challenges of characters in my historical as well as contemporary novels.”

You can contact Cynthia through her website: CynthiaTToney.com.

Her completed “Bird Face” series contains books that won multiple awards. Book one is called 8 Notes to a Nobody. Here is a description:

Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send fourteen-year-old Wendy down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.

“Funny how you can live your days as a clueless little kid, believing you look just fine … until someone knocks you in the heart with it.”

Wendy Robichaud doesn’t care one bit about being popular like good-looking classmates Tookie and the Sticks—until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even her best friend, Jennifer, is hiding something and pulling away. But the spring program, abandoned puppies, and high school track team tryouts don’t leave much time to play detective. And the more Wendy discovers about the people around her, the more there is to learn.

When secrets and failed dreams kick off the summer after eighth grade, who will be around to support her as high school starts in the fall?

You can reach the purchase link by clicking the cover or HERE! All of the Bird Face series as well as Cynthia’s historical THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM are only 99¢ each because WE LOVE OUR READERS!

And don’t forget to enter the WE LOVE OUR READERS sweepstakes by clicking HERE!


The First Kiss!

kiss silhouette tightLove is in the air. (Especially here in North Texas with 70 degree temperatures and budding trees!) I couldn’t resist asking a couple of the authors who have recently visited about thoughts on their first kisses.

After all, the first kiss is very telling. I’ve seen them happen on the first date, and I’ve seen them happen at the altar. (Now THAT’s impressive!) But whenever that first kiss occurs, there’s a special realization. Wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading


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Bonus Features: A CHRISTMAS MOSAIC

Warm Mulled Kisses officially released last week and I started a two-week celebration with all of the authors. Yesterday, we hosted the main character from Marilyn Eudaly’s novella, “Santability.” Today, we get another letter to Santa, but this time from Carly, the star of Karen Jurgens’s story, “A Christmas Mosaic.”

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Bonus Features: SANTABILITY

For the remainder of October, the authors of Warm Mulled Kisses are sharing Bonus Features from their individual stories. Today, Trudy Moore, star of “Santability,” shares her letter to Santa this Christmas.

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First Dates: Jackie Castle

couple on the beach silhouetteThe love story blooming in my second book, Grime Wave, inspired me to explore some first dates by some of the best in Christian fiction romance and suspense. Before I put them on the spot, I shared one of my experiences HERE.

This will be the final article of this series, but I have certainly saved one of the best. Jackie Castle is a local buddy and highly Continue reading


When Romance Blooms

3dbookcover2Woohoo! Tomorrow through Thursday, Grime Wave, the second book in the Grime Fighter series, is only 99¢, and tomorrow only book one, Grime Beat, is FREE!

Dani and Jay’s romance begins to bloom in this story. And Jay’s attempt to take Dani on a first real date inspired me to make a series of posts about the first dates of some of some outstanding Christian authors.

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New Chapter

EPSON MFP imageThis year, Sweet Hubby and I celebrate 29 years. Wow. Has it been that long? I don’t feel that old, but one look in my mirror proclaims it was’t just yesterday! It’s funny how big events like that can Continue reading

Couldn’t resist this!

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Cover Reveal for GRIME BEAT

3dbookcoverGF1Please welcome GRIME BEAT! The first book in the Grime Fighter novella series which will be available on Amazon starting tomorrow morning (barring unforeseen complications.)

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Review: Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

HB SomebodyLikeYou_4.inddI’m so blessed to be part of Beth K. Vogt‘s Blog Tour! I had never read any of her work before this book, yet I already respected her. She has led several virtual classes on the My Book Therapy site. I’ve learned so much from her and appreciate her generosity in sharing her skill!  Continue reading