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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Groom In Training---Gail Gaymer Martin Book Giveaway

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Groom In Training by Gail Gaymer Martin

2nd book in the Man's Best Friend Series
Steeple Hill Love Inspired

What's the Story About?

Steph Wright is a widow with a tragic past, and the memories stifle her ability to let go and move on in life. Along with comfort from her growing faith, Steph finds the much strength and joy in her adorable Border Collie, Fred. When scampering Fred becomes friendly with the new neighbor's pedigreed Bouvier, Steph meets the home owner's brother, very handsome Nick Davis. But wth a broken engagement and a busy job, Nick isn't open to love and romance. Nick's unpleasant brother puts a damper on having a new neighbor. Yet she's enjoyed meeting Nick who seems to love the Bouvier more than his brother does.

When Steph needs an escort to a wedding and Nick realizes he's going alone to the same wedding, he offers to be her not-really-date. Yet dog walks, long talks and a shared love of the Lord, romance seems to edge into their friendship. Steph recognizes that Nick could be the perfect man for her if she could let go of the past. Nick, too, finds his work not as fulfilling and Steph fills his thoughts. He's amazed at her outlook at life and is drawn to her even more when she meets his mother and clicks. Nick looks at Steph with new eyes while she lets go of the pain of the past and realizes there's some unexpected groom-in-training going on.

About Gail:

Multi-award-winning author, Gail Gaymer Martin writes fiction for Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing, where she was honored by Heartsong readers as their Favorite Author of 2008. Gail has written forty-four contracted novels with three million books in print. She is the author of Writing the Christian Romance, a Writers Digest Books release. Gail is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a keynote speaker at churches, libraries and civic organizations and a workshop presenter at conferences across the US. Gail's Writing Fiction Right blog can be found at

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Susie Larson Book Give Away--Freedom!!

Join us as we get acquainted with author Susie Larson and her newest release. Please leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win this book.

Embracing Your Freedom:

In my travels as a speaker, I observed that while we as American women are literally free, we are not totally free. My new book, “Embracing Your Freedom” calls women to tenaciously contend for their freedom in Christ. All too often we allow ourselves to be bullied by our fears and held back by our insecurities. God has a big plan for our lives; He wants to use us in mind-boggling ways, and we’ll miss out on the great adventure if we choose to live small, self-protective lives.

Freedom is something for which we must contend. All of us have been beaten up and bruised by life. We’ve all had experiences that have affected us in a negative way. And most times, without realizing it, we allow those painful experiences to stunt our growth, confirm our fears, and minimize the impact we could make in this world. We tend to make rules around our insecurities. We make excuses for why we don’t venture out into the unknown places God has for us. But to truly be free is to believe that Jesus can redeem every shred of our painful pasts. If we really want to be free, we have to walk by His side and face the lies we picked up when life let us down. God has new places of promises for all of us! As we step out and experience new freedom and courage, we will grow in our conviction to see others know this same liberty. Most often, our world-changing call is directly connected to one of our painful life experiences. We don’t have to be bound by our painful experiences. In fact, we can change the world because of them!

Embracing Your Freedom calls every woman to lay hold her paid-for-freedom, to step out in gritty faith, and to embrace her call to live a life of significance.

Bio: Susie Larson

With enthusiasm, humor, and conviction, author/speaker Susie Larson has spoken to thousands of women locally, nationally, and internationally. She just finished writing her sixth book, “Growing Grateful Kids”, which, releases in March of 2010. Susie has been interviewed on radio stations across the country and serves as a regular guest host for Connecting Faith (A one-hour talk radio show on the Faith Radio Network-900 AM).

While in Washington D.C., Susie and her husband Kevin, along with national recording artist Sara Groves and her husband Troy, represented International Justice Mission’s concerns in meetings with Congress as part of their efforts to abolish and prevent human trafficking and slavery. The four of them serve as co-chairs for the IJM benefit banquet in Minnesota. Susie comes with a passion to share the love of a Savior who will never let us go.

Susie and her husband Kevin will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this March. They have three wonderful grown sons, and now, a new daughter-in-law.

Find Embracing Your Freedom:

Anywhere books are sold. Also find it on Amazon and Christian Book Distributors

Find Susie:

Twitter: @susielarson

Friday, January 15, 2010

Maintaining a Relationship with your Sister

8 Tips for Maintaining a Relationship with your Sister

By Virginia Smith--Christian fiction author of the upcoming Third Time's a Charm, the third, and final book in Virginia (Ginny) Smith's Sister-to-Sister series.

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to let a relationship slide. That’s true regardless of whether you live nearby or far apart. Here are some tips for maintaining a strong relationship with your sister.
Scheduled Phone Calls – Communication is the key to any relationship, so don’t leave it to chance. Select a specific day each week for an uninterrupted phone call. Put your sister on your cell phone “Favorites” so you can talk free.
Text Messages – Texting is the preferred method of communication for one of my sisters. Be sure you have unlimited texts on your cell phone plan.
Utilize the Internet – Email and social networking sites like Facebook are wonderful ways to stay connected. On Goodreads and LibraryThing you can keep track of what your sister is reading, too.
Skype – If you both have a computer with a camera, this software allows you see each other while you talk – and it’s free.
Letters – Email is wonderful, but there’s nothing like reading your sister’s words in her own handwriting.
Cards – Next time you browse the card shelves, pick up several funny ones and tuck them away in a drawer. Send one every so often to surprise your sister with a laugh.
Sister Sleepovers – Even if you live near one another, there’s nothing like getting away from it all with your sister. Schedule an annual sleepover at a lodge, or hotel, or even at someone’s house. Leave the kids at home, and focus on having fun with each other.
Start a Tradition – Create a tradition you share only with your sister. For instance, my sister and I exchange ugly ornaments at Christmas every year. We spend months shopping for the ugliest ornament we can find, and love the competition of seeing who “wins” that year.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Virginia Smith's New Book!!

Award-Winning Author
Virginia Smith

Third Time's a Charm, the third, and final book in Virginia (Ginny) Smith's Sister-to-Sister series is coming soon. Here's an article that Virginia wrote that ties in with her blog, about the ties between sisters. Tomorrow I'll be posting a follow up by Ginny on:

8 Tips for Maintaining a Relationship with your Sister

The Awesome Bond of Sisters
By Virginia Smith
Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there. --Amy Li
My middle sister and I fought like wildcats when we were growing up. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of being forcibly separated during an argument and banished to sit together on the living room couch with orders not to get up until we could get along. I huddled against one arm and resigned myself to living on that two-foot square cushion for the next eleven years, when I would turn eighteen and could get my own apartment. After an eternity, Mom entered the room to mediate. “Girls,” she said, “you are sisters. There will never be another person in the world more closely related to you than your sister. So you’d better learn to get along, because someday one of you might need a kidney.” Not, perhaps, the most convincing argument for reconciliation ever presented, but it worked. For the moment, anyway.
A woman has many relationships in her life, but the bond between sisters is unique. There is the biological link, but the connection goes beyond that. Sisters enjoy a shared past. They experienced many of the same events that molded their personalities, and therefore they understand one another in a way no one else can. They speak the same shorthand. If one of my sisters says, “I know! Let’s put on a show!” we all laugh, because we remember the first time one of us said that, and the resulting spectacle that has become family legend.
Sisters “get” each other without having to go into all the background. When I’ve had an argument with my husband, I can call my sisters and say, “He doesn’t want a puppy. I think I may divorce him.” My sisters understand my reaction immediately, because they remember witnessing our parents’ argument over the same subject. They can talk me down from the ledge, and away from the divorce attorneys. And they will do this even if I call them at three o’clock in the morning, with only a minimum amount of grumbling about the loss of sleep.
Psychologist Marcia Millman, author of The Perfect Sister, said during an interview, “I think sisters can help repair the injuries of childhood.” That’s certainly been true in my family. Whenever we get together, our husbands cover yawns and eventually slip away to the other room to watch a ballgame while we rehash events of our childhood, and discuss how they have impacted us as adults. Often I come away with a new perspective and a better attitude, so gatherings with my sisters are sort of like group therapy sessions. Only less expensive.
While it’s true that we share a common past, even sisters experience different events while growing up in the same household. I like to remind both of my sisters that, being the oldest, I blazed the trail for them. They both got their ears pierced sooner than I did, and wore lipstick, and shaved their legs. They were both allowed to date at an earlier age than I was, and stay out later. There are ten years between my youngest sister and me, so by the time she became a teenager, I had successfully driven our parents into a state of exhausted stupor, and she got to do pretty much whatever she wanted. (Which I still think is totally unfair, but that’s the way it is in most families, I’ve learned.) I think she owes me big-time.
My sisters and I do still have the occasional conflict. Author Linda Sunshine said, “If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.” Our arguments don’t become physical anymore (we all understand the importance of good hair now, so we are no longer tempted to grab a handful), but these days, being at odds with one of my sisters is far more painful than our childhood brawls.
Several years ago, my middle sister and I had a disagreement and didn’t speak to each other for a few days. I was miserable without her, but we both stubbornly refused to back down. While cooking dinner one evening, I dropped a glass measuring cup she had given me, and it shattered. When it did, my stubbornness broke into a million pieces. My husband brought the phone to me where I sat sobbing on the floor, surrounded by shards of glass, and said sternly, “Call your sister.” Never has a reunion been so sweet.
Someone once said that relationships between siblings are the most long-lasting and influential of all. My sisters have been a part of my life longer than my husband or my children, and they will be part of my life even after our parents are gone. They know me, and understand me, and they like me anyway. They’re one of the best blessings God has given me. And as Mom said, if I ever do need a kidney, I know who to call.
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