Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Feature Macy by April McGowan Book Review


Macy, penned by April McGowan, is more than a page turner. I literally felt compelled to keep reading and couldn't put it aside until I finished. The story, written in first person, drew me into the heroine's world, kept me rooting for her, and sent my emotions on a roller coaster ride.

Red headed, green-eyed Macy Stone marries her middle aged husband, Arthur, at sixteen and travels with him in his long-haul truck for seven years. Living out of a suitcase and eating on the road sounds fun at first but eventually loses its charm. Though Arthur is emotionally abusive, she remains with him, caring for his every need—including acting as his navigator.

The days pass, not happily, but at the same time they aren't intolerable. That is until Macy finds out she's pregnant.

Secret after secret unravels before her, adding to her pain and burden. But along her journey, she learns about God. How He provides His loving and caring people to make a difference in lives, especially Macy's.

Macy is an exquisite, intense story of forgiveness, healing, and learning to listen to God, a life changing experience. April's first book, Jasmine, has been nominated for a Carol award. I would suggest this one is a candidate as well. 5 stars.

April McGowan

About the Author:
April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she's on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Devotions for Tuesday

God's Purpose and Our Trust
If you are a follower of the Messiah Jesus Christ and have trusted Him for salvation, then you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord every Easter with over two billion people. That's about one third of the world's population.

Thank God for his flock, but what about the one sheep - me. I take joy in knowing that God loves and cares for me individually. It's mind boggling.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me: your love, O Lord, endure forever. Psalm 138:8
Not only does He cherish and nurture me, but He also has a plan for me as a writer. I desire to pen the stories He puts on my heart. I need to know where to submit my work and to trust Him with the results - whether it's an acceptance or a rejection. Then I want to know where I go next. I need to keep my sights on God's purpose and perform each task in His strength, not my own.

God's word sustains me daily. His Word is a lamp to my feet, a light for my path.
The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Hebrews 9:33

Monday, October 20, 2014

Author Spotlight Shines on Kimberly Johnson

Holly Miller Is Steering Clear of Mistletoe 
Just out of nursing school, Holly can't risk any distractions. She knows a slipup could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Even if the handsome baker is as delectable as his fabulous pastries. 
She didn't notice him back in high school, but things have sure changed. Now that Matthew has Holly's attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all—work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime.


Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Feature Sweet Mountain Music Book Review

Sweet Mountain Music by Suzie Johnson kept me clicking the pages of my kindle until the final chapter and the epilogue. Filled with adventure, laughs, and beautiful vistas in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, the story enchanted me.

Chloe Williston belongs in the twenty-first century instead of the nineteenth. Though her austere father, owner of the Cedar Ridge newspaper, thinks women should be seen and not heard, she won’t have any of it. She must prove she can write stories as well as any male reporter.

Undaunted, Chloe and her brother Caleb finagle their way on Ben Kearny’s research trip into the Cascades in search of Sasquatch. Though a relationship is the last thing either Ben or Chloe wants, sparks fly the moment they meet. It’s hard for Chloe to ignore Ben’s rich mellow singing voice offering sweet mountain music.

Suzie Johnson has thoroughly researched this story set in 1896. The author’s descriptions drew me into the tale and kept me reading. I laughed when hero, Ben Kearny, remarks that “a man could get sunburned tonsils from looking up all the time and trying to take it all in.” From a faced pace start until the ending, this novel will not disappoint. 5 stars

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Devotions for Tuesday

 The Secret
I stumble and fall. I'm frazzled and flustered and berate myself for my mistakes. My humanness gets me in trouble every time. Can't I do any better than this? But Jesus says that's why he died on a cross, for me - for my mistakes and humanness, faults and sins, great or small. He can do better when I can't.

Instead of beating up on myself, I draw near to Him who is near to me and in me. Sure I try my best, but my best is pathetic compared to His best. He can accomplish His best in me. Hallelujah! He has overcome.

Why didn't I understand this before? I am working out my salvation day by day. Today I understood a secret. 

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