2013 National Reader's Choice Finalist

2014 OCW Cascade Writing Contest Finalist

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Feature, Fun Summer Recipes from my books

It is hot!! The dog days of summer are here, so how about some fun summer recipes that can do without the stove or on a grill.

Lynn's Sub Sandwiches - A Hometown Fourth of July
Lynn Marshall made these sandwiches for Max Tate when they went on a picnic to Hood Canal. Only problem was, he didn't eat one. In fact, he couldn't eat any of the lunch she'd worked hours on because he was so concerned about the information

Lynn had on his adoptive mother.
1/4 cup vinaigrette salad dressing
1 large loaf Italian bread
4 ounces each thinly sliced turkey, chicken breast, and ham
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
Shredded romaine lettuce and sliced ripe tomatoes

Cut bread horizontally in half. Brush vinaigrette evenly over cut sides. Layer meats and cheese. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Replace top half of bread. Wrap with foil and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Cut into 4 pieces. Yum.

Tim Garrett's Broiled Salmon with Lemon Slices and Capers - As We Forgive
Tim suggests making this elegant dish out-of-doors on the grill during the summer months. He also recommends using fresh salmon when available. Since it's quite rainy in winter where he lives in Washington state, he prepared this dish for his girlfriend, Roxanne Ratner, in his oven. He created an impressive meal on New Year's Eve accompanied by pasta and salad. Roxanne brought her homemade Christmas cookies, but unfortunately, an argument kept them from enjoying the dessert.
Salmon for two.
2 Salmon steaks, 1 inch thick, 6 ounces each
1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
1 lemon cut into thin slices
One fourth cup capers
Pinch salt
Pinch ground black pepper
Preheat broiler. Rub both sides of salmon steaks with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place salmon on rack in broiling pan. Place pan in broiler, 4 inches from heat source. Broil salmon 5 minutes, then turn. Top with lemon slices and dot with capers. Broil fish about 5 minutes longer until opaque throughout.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Day my Computer Crashed

"Lord, how can I work on my WIP if my computer crashed? Thank you for reminding me to backup everything the night before." That was my cry last spring. Despite McAfee, my computer became infected with so many viruses it had to go immediately to the computer doctor.
A few days before, one of my smart and talented critique partners had advised me to make some changes with the heroine in Misty Hollow. It would require a lot of thought, planning, and some rewrites on the first third of the story I'd already written. So, the day I didn't have my computer, I worked at my kitchen table plotting my novel again and rethinking Molly Cambridge. Ideas poured into my brain in this new environment, and I feel the story has been greatly improved.

Oh, if I could only trust Him more instead of panicking. "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9. "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own, it is not for man to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Author Spotlight is Back on Lynette Endicott

You may remember I did an interview with Lynette earlier this month, today we are going to share about her newest book (releasing TODAY!) and a couple of her earlier books. 

From Lynette
Lynette Endicott said...
Thanks for having me back, June. And I hope all your followers will hop over to www.lynetteendicott.com to enter the contest for an Amazon Gift Card, a Teavana/Starbucks card, or a free download of Out of Agony

Out of Agony Book #4 Starting Over Series

No one can know of Brian's frightening flashbacks of his daughter's death. Can he hold the misery at bay or will he collapse in despair? Brian Van Pelt has barely survived an anguished year of loss, hiding his sorrows under the facade of a cool and uncaring attorney. Not able to deny his grief any long, heartache drives him to collapse and his life takes an unexpected turn.

When Jessie Ingram comes to work at his law firm, she is intrigued by the conflicting darkness of Brian's behavior and the tender inconsistencies that hint at something deeper within him.

Despite her interest, she has her own pain, supporting her niece Sara, who is has a virulent cancer with aggressive treatments that take such a toll they would not be worth it — except they are Sara's only hope of survival.

Will life’s hardships bring Brian and Jessie together? Will they be able to heal and possibly find love?

More Than A Job Book #1 Starting Over Series


Paige Hamilton is forced to seek a new life when her consuming, 24/7 job ends at the hands of a new company owner. But Paige is a survivor, and begins to build anew life, one that may even have room for romance. A handsome stranger helps her through the transition, and soon she falls fast and hard for Joshua Robinson. 
Then she discovers he is the cruel owner, and that the company she loved -- the company that cared so much about the adults with disabilities who lived in their homes -- is in a downward spiral that puts the life of one of her friends at risk. 
Romance, job loss, life coaching, hidden family treasures, and a secret about an uncle she'd never met -- Paige learns that life is More Than A Job.

 Return of Joy Book #2 Starting Over Series

When Joy Huffman's recurring dreams of the husband she lost become urgent she is convinced to go tot he cabin, their project of love, in New Mexico. With her daughter
and mother-in-law, they set out to learn what Steve wants them to know -- that his death was no accident, but murder. 
Their investigation stirs up the evil that ended his life, and puts them all at risk. 
The caretaker at the cabin, Mark Stone, is challenged to keep them safe while he unravels the mystery of why Steve died. Along the way he falls in love with Joy -- but will she be open to loving again?

Author Bio:
Lynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western
Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a
team at the local library, where children read to the dog.
At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years.
Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, 
Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014.
Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. 
In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.

Lynette loves hearing from her fans! Please connect with her on:


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Feature, The Story of Marshall....

This story is part of the inspiration behind my book A Hometown Fourth of July.  Since we recently celebrated the 4th I thought it would be nice to share this story. Some of you may have already read it, but here it is again.
Marshall's Story
My husband loves to tell a story about his parents when they were childless. His mom and dad were of the Catholic faith, so after they'd been married for eight years with no babies on the way, they decided adoption would be a good route to begin expanding their family. They paid a visit to the Catholic Charities in Birmingham, Alabama. There they found a darling, four year old boy named Marshall and brought him home to be a part of their family.
For reasons known only to God, after two more years, Mrs. Foster found she was pregnant and delivered her first biological son, Mike. After that came my husband Joe, then Pat, then Helen, and finally Steve. Marshall was thrilled with so many brothers and a sister.
The story goes that Mrs. Foster decided that the two older boys, Mike and Joe, needed to learn that their oldest brother was adopted. She called a formal family meeting and made the solemn announcement about how Marshall came to their family. At the end of the meeting, Joe questioned his mother, "Marshall still gets to be our big brother, doesn't he?"
Even though my husband left for the army after he grew up, he and Marshall remained in touch. When we moved to Lacey, Washington where he lived, Marshall mentioned to Joe he'd be interested in finding his birth family but had no idea how to go about it. Since Joe had a good knowledge of the computer, he offered to help. Alabama, which had been a closed adoption state, opened their records up in the early 2000's, and Joe was able to find out some information.
Marshall was sorry to hear his birthmother had passed away ten years before but was encouraged to learn he had a sister. Joe couldn't find a contact number for Marshall's sister, but located a number for Marshall's niece, his sister's daughter. Marshall was too ill-at-ease to make the call so Joe dialed the number while Marshall looked on clasping his hands tightly in front of him.
When a woman's voice said hello, Joe said he was phoning on behalf of his brother, Marshall Foster, and that Marshall was looking for his sister. Joe asked if he have the right number. My husband thought the woman had hung up as heard nothing but silence, then a sob carried over the phone. Finally, the woman said she believed he had the correct number. She was Marshall's niece and said her mother, Marshall's sister, had been looking for him for years, always hoping to meet her brother. Joe asked if the mother lived in the same town, and again, the niece let out a sob. She said her mother had died two months before.
Marshall was devastated, but his niece's promise to come to Washington to visit him with her other sister the following July, cheered him, and they made plans. But in June, just two days after Marshall's birthday, he died of cancer, never getting to meet even his nieces.
This sounds like a sad story, but wait. There's more. During the process of helping Marshall to find his birth family, my husband and I had occasion to tell Marshall about our awesome and powerful God who sent his son Jesus to the earth to die for our sins. We shared how to have faith in the Savior and about our final home - Heaven. Marshall began going to church with us and gave his life to the Lord at Thanksgiving that year before the following summer. He started coming to Bible study in our home. We were warmed when he told us how he'd always felt empty. He pointed to his heart. He said he was no longer empty inside, and he finally knew who his real Father was.

Joe and I were present on that day in the middle of June when Marshall went to be with the Lord. I've never witnessed anyone die before, but I can say, truly, without hesitation, that the experience was beautiful. And I know that someday we'll see this wonderful man again when we join him in Heaven to be with Jesus forever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

VBS 2014

I had the privilege of teaching VBS this year at my church. Working with kids is something I know about since I was a teacher for 34 years. Each day, the children learned about Jesus through a Bible lesson. One day, I asked these fifth graders a question that, I believe, made them think.
"Do you believe the stories in the Bible are true? If not, what advantage is there in being a Christian and following God's laws?" Most of them just sat at their desks staring at me. Some probably wondered what I was talking about.
I actually asked myself that same question earlier that morning when I was getting ready to go to VBS. How do we really know the truth? I heard an answer as plain as day.
The first step is to determine whether we believe in God. Do you really believe God exists? All nature speaks of him, from lofty trees to majestic mountains, to intricately designed flowers, to aerodynamic birds. In my heart, I can't believe that He doesn't exist.
Once you've determined you truly believe in a divine power, then the rest falls into place. The Bible tells the story of this eternal God.

I'm not sure exactly how many students absorbed this message, but I have a feeling most did. 

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