Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Life after Life

Life After Life
I tend to hear about friends and family my own age that have passed on. Now, you may think I’m just melancholy today, but that’s far from the truth. I’m not trying to sound morose or crotchety. The reality of the next life brings me great joy. And I suppose it’s a subject a person of any age might contemplate.

It makes no sense to say that when this life is over, we will remain forever unaware, unconscious, and completely dead under the earth. What about our minds that wonder, think, explore— feelings that experience a gamut of emotions, and the spirit within that seeks to find its Maker? Does all that come to an end when our frame enters the grave? I don’t believe we possess all those marvelous components for them to cease to exist.

Where did I get these ideas from? A good source. The Bible says we are aliens and strangers in this world. – 1Peter 2:11. When I lived in Germany for three years, I was an alien citizen in that country. Where was my true earthly citizenship? The United States of America. So if I’m an alien in this world, where is my real home?

When Jesus left this earth, He referred to the next life when he said that in His father’s house were many rooms, and He was going there to prepare a place for me and every other Christian. John 14:2. Revelations 21 tells us that the dwelling place of God will be with men. It’s an existence where there are no more tears, death, crying or pain. In fact, He’s making it brand new. That sounds like Heaven to me.

For the Christian, there is great hope. Heaven shines with the glory of God, its brilliance like precious jewels. Sounds pretty good to me. I don’t mind the gray hair or wrinkles because I know it puts me one step closer to this glorious place. Praise His Holy Name.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Author Spotlight Shines on Gina Wellborn

The Marshal’s Pursuit is the 2nd book in 4-book Tuxedo Park Series. 1st book : The Honorable Heir by Laurie Alice Eakes (May 2014 LIHP)


When her brother is arrested for a gangster's murder, Malia Vaccrelli is plunged into danger. Her life in peril, she trusts on one--not even the special U.S. marshal assigned to protect her. But handsome Frank Louden isn't what Malia expects.

Hiding Malia on his grandparents' Tuxedo Park estate may not be the best idea, but Frank is determined to do anything to protect her . . . even if he's soon unable to ignore his growing feelings for the beautiful woman. As their romance blossoms, will Malia's criminal connections force her to choose between her family and her heart?

Book Purchasing Links for THE MARSHAL'S PURSUIT
Love Inspired/Heartsong Presents
September 2014

 Amazon     http://amzn.to/1mLiaQX
 Barnes & Noble    http://bit.ly/1mE8gPZ
 Bookshout!      http://bit.ly/SBvPQD
 Christian Book Distributors     http://bit.ly/1s4W9wH
 IndieBound     http://bit.ly/1kOCy03
 Parable     http://bit.ly/Rp1wMf

Author Bio

Gina Welborn wrote public service announcements for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She's written three novellas for Barbour, including the 2014 Selah finalist "Mercy Mild" in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories. This year ushers in the release of her novels: The Heiress's CourtshipThe Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of CommunityOnce Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster. She is represented by The Steve Laube Agency.

Gina's Social Media Links:
WEBSITE     www.ginawelborn.com
 TEAM BLOG     www.inkwellinspirations.com
 TWITTER    www.twitter.com/gina_welborn (@gina_welborn)
 PINTEREST     www.pinterest.com/ginawelborn
 AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE     www.amazon.com/author/ginawelborn
 LINKEDIN     www.linkedin.com/in/ginawelborn
 GOOGLE+    www.google.com/+GinaWelborn

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Feature Interview with Misty Beller

Writing Questions:
Do you write in only one genre?
Yes. I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! I love the simpler life, where there's no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I'm an introvert?), and a strong family unit. My stories usual center around horses and ranching, which comes from my love for the animals. I was completely horse crazy growing up, and actually trained and showed horses professionally for a couple years after high school. 

We all have those words, the ones we used repeatedly, what is your repeat word that you have to edit out a lot?
My bad word is "was". As in "He was separating the calves from the cows" when I should just write "He separated the calves from the cows." There are legitimate times to use "was," but so many more times not to!

What is next for your readers?
I'm so excited about it! My next release will be coming from Prism Book Group in 2015, and is tentatively titled The Rancher Takes a Cook. Here's a glimpse of the back cover copy: 
When their home in South Carolina burns to the ground, Anna Stewart has no choice but to move with her 15-year-old brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects begin to look better, until the ranch owner’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.  When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands… and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?

About you Questions:
Are you married, and have a family?
Oh yes! My husband and I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary, and we have two beautiful daughters. Logan is seven, so smart, and a complete tom-boy. She wants to be a vet and says she'll never get married because "I want to have hundreds of dogs and my husband probably wouldn't like that." Haven just turned three and is my sweet princess. With her blonde hair and blue eyes, she looks like an angel, and works so hard to keep up with big sister!

Do you work outside the home, in addition to your writing?  How do you balance all that?
Yes, I've worked for a wonderful commercial office furniture company for about 10 years now. I love the people I work with, but it's a challenge to manage it all—work, family, and writing. I have to be intentional about scheduling writing time every day, as well as family time. On the weekends, we have a couple hours of "quiet time" in the afternoons. It's a nice rest for the family, and I get so much writing done! Needless to say, my house is rarely pristine!

Were you a reader as a kid, if so who (author) did you enjoy reading?
I read like crazy! We went to the library once or twice every week, and read everything I could find! I loved the Mandy books by Lois Gladys Leppard, lots of Nancy Drew, and every horse book I could find—fiction or non-fiction!

Fun things:
Name two things that might surprise your readers to learn about you.
#1: I was a music major my first year in college, then switched to business administration. 
#2: I'm a Mountain-Dew-aholic, much to my husband's dismay. In fact, I'm affectionately known as "Dewy" by some of my close friends.

What is the strangest thing you have ever written into a story?  Is that story published?
When I was researching some old mountain man stories, I ran across the true story of Hugh Glass. This man single-handedly fought and killed a bear, was left for dead by his friends, set his own broken leg, and crawled for six weeks to get to the closest Indian camp for help. The details are incredible, and I was so excited to work the story into The Lady and the Mountain Man!

Who has inspired you most in your writing career, why?
There have been so many people who've invested in my writing, and given me opportunities and encouragement when I needed it. One person who has meant a great deal is one of my critique partners, Jackie Layton. She answers my tough questions with honesty and love. She works tirelessly to increase her knowledge of the craft, and cares enough to pass along something that might be helpful for my own writing. Most importantly, she's one of the clearest examples I've met of Jesus shining through a person. 

OK Last Question, leave the readers and other authors with a final thought by answering this question.
What advice do you have for young authors trying to make it all work?
There are two things I did early on that helped me immeasurably! First, read good books on the craft of writing. My all-time favorite is Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I read it again every time I start writing a new book. Second, join a writing organization, such as ACFW (my favorite!) or RWA. These groups offer incredible resources to their membership. So worth the investment!

Misty Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

Back Cover Blurb:
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after
discovering her fiancĂ©’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.

When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.

But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coming Soon for June Foster Readers

I just wanted to share the cover of my new book, which should be out in the next month or so.

Monday, September 15, 2014

We have a winner in the Reader's Appreciation Contest

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Thanks to all who entered. We will be having more contests and also a fun launch for June's newest book, coming soon! (See the post tomorrow for the cover picture) 

Mongupp email cndloven@yahoo.com with your mailing address and your choice of book, Thank you for entering!

Ryan's Father Book Trailer

Where to Buy June's Books

Click on any of the images to go to a purchase site for the book.